A teenager is at his girlfriends house in Escondido, CA when, according to him, she says she has a gun in her dresser and asks him to look at it. In his own account he describes picking it up and, because the safety wasn't on, "it shot him". The bullet went through his hand and into his girlfriend. They both went to the hospital and lived another day.
Which rule was violated:
According to the 4 main safety rules of Firearm Safety, lets examine how this negligence occurred, because he broke every single rule.
- Always treat every firearm as if it is loaded
- He didn't handle it as if it was loaded.
- Never cover anything with the muzzle you are NOT willing to destroy
- He pointed it at multiple things that he shouldn't have.
- Never put your finger on the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire
- His finger was obviously on the trigger since a handgun is an inanimate object and can't grow legs and walk around shooting people.
- BE SURE of your target and what is beyond it
- Not only was he not sure of his "target"(his hand), but he didn't even consider what was beyond it (his girlfriend).
How could it have been avoided?
This story is a sobering example of why firearm safety training is so important. It could have ended so much worse! He should never have touched that firearm. The handgun should have been locked up or stored safely so that it couldn't be tampered with by an "unauthorized person". If a child had found that gun and caused injury to himself or someone else the gun owner would be looking at a possible felony. If the teenager had killed himself or someone else the gun owner would be looking at a criminal offense. Firearm safety education, for the firearm's owner or the teenager could have potentially prevented this narrow mishap.