“Tellico Plains Police Chief Russ Parks [said] members of the First United Methodist Church were talking about guns in churches,” cbsnews.com reports. “Parks said the man pulled out .380-caliber Ruger handgun, removed the magazine, cleared the chamber, and showed the gun. He put the magazine back in and returned the gun to its holster.” Not the smartest thing to do in church, or anywhere else for that matter. That said . . .
Here at TTAG’s secret above-ground bunker, guns are passed around like the holy sacrament at midnight mass. Firearms are always cleared, pointed in a safe direction, handed over carefully and safety checked by the recipient. And if someone asks to see my gun out there in the real world, I don’t hand it over. And I always keep it pointed in a safe direction. Because . . .
When someone asked if they could see the gun, he pulled it out saying the gun was not loaded and pulled the trigger.
Parks said the bullet sliced the man’s palm, then entered the left side of his wife’s abdomen and exited the right side . . .
The couple, in their 80s, were flown to a hospital with injuries that didn’t appear to be life-threatening.
Hoisted by his own ballistic petard!
Obviously, this incident got national attention because it happened less than two weeks since the Sutherland Springs mass shooting. It gives ammunition to the antis who want Americans to believe that gun ownership isn’t worth the risk.
It is, of course. Risk of self-harm can be mitigated to an entirely manageable level by following The Four Rules of Gun Safety. The real question here is: was the irresponsible gun owner too old to carry a gun?