The four rules of gun safety are there for a reason and are ingrained into the minds of every responsible gun owner from day one. Always assume the gun is loaded. Never point the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire. And always be aware of your target and what’s beyond it. A story out of Florida tells the tale of a group of friends who are now short a member because one of them decided to break all four of the rules at once . . .
You can imagine the scene. You buy a new handgun, and you want to show it off to your friends so you bring it out for a night of dry fire practice. You pass it around (making sure it’s unloaded), and then when everyone is done you put it on the table and continue with the night’s festivities. If this were at my house, the gun would remain unloaded at all times (unless on my body), but in this case the owner of the handgun decided to load it up and leave it on the table. You can see where this is going . . .
BOCA RATON, Fla. — A 22-year-old man died Sunday after being shot in the chest with a gun his girlfriend was playing with.
CBS 12 reported that a friend brought a pistol over to Justin Holt’s apartment and his girlfriend and friends practiced dry shooting it. One friend reloaded the gun and put it on the counter, according to police.
Later, Holt’s girfriend, Erin Steele, picked it up, pointed it at him and fired it, hitting him in the chest, according to the report.
Holt was taken to a local hospital where he soon died, police said.
The four rules exist for a reason, and incidents like this one are reminders to us all to follow them more closely.