“[The teenage son of a Will County, IL pastor] was having a sleepover with his 17-year-old cousin at the home attached to the church, when they heard a noise they believed to be someone trying to break into the church, and went to investigate with a loaded gun,” chicago.cbslocal.com reports. “As the two were running towards the church’s gym . . .
. . . the 17-year-old boy tripped on an extension cord, causing the gun to go off one time. The bullet struck the younger boy under the arm, according to Kelley.
Family members, police, and paramedics tried to save the 15-year-old, but he was pronounced dead at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, Kelley said.
Police and prosecutors decided not to press charges against the older boy, who is the son of the church’s pastor.
The first rule of The Four Rules of Gun Safety: always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction. This incident illustrates the reason for its primacy. Keep Your Finger Off the Trigger Until Your Sights Are On Target is something of a backup, a second failsafe. Make no mistake . . .
It’s hard to keep your finger off the trigger during a high-stress event. Doing night time force-on-force training, knowing there was a bad guy in the maze, I “registered” my handgun’s trigger. I instinctively checked to see if it was there.
So don’t think you’re immune from this issue. And do everything you can to obey it. I’ve found that putting a piece of skateboard tape on a gun’s frame where the trigger finger should be until it’s go-time helps. Even still, safe direction people. Safe direction.