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Don't leave guns loaded!

Even if in a gun cabinet.  Coulda been alot worse.

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20101228/NEWS02/101228012/Tinmouth-man-accidentally-wounded-by-own-weapon

 

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tragedy in NY

We have a tragic case on the local news here in the Albany NY area.  Two 12 year old boys were left home alone.  They eventually found an unloaded pistol in a parent's bedroom dresser and found the ammunition in another storage place.  The pistol was not loaded but the boys loaded it and unloaded it several times until it went off and killed one of them.  Be careful folks use all the caution that you can and more. 

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In about my second or third

In about my second or third year of college, I lived off campus, sharing a house with several other guys.  All of us hunted and each of us had a rifle and or a pistol in our rooms.  One day some other friends were at our house and several of us went into one of my roommates room where he had a S&W .38 Spl on his dresser.

One of the girls noticed the pistol, picked it up, aimed it out the window, and pulled the trigger at the same time as she asked "is this real?"  Luckily it was not loaded.

Another time several years ago, my ex-wife and I were both at work.  I have one room at home that is my reloading and gun room.  I had been deer hunting the previous weekend and I had not locked my rifle in the gun cabinet, but I had unloaded it and left it leaning against my reloading bench planning to clean it before locking it up.  I had also left the cartridges from the magazine of that rifle on the bench.

Her 12 year old son, who had just completed his Hunter Safety Course, got home from school before we got home from work.  He saw my rifle leaning against the bench and decided to play with it.  He later said he was pretending he was hunting, and he loaded the cartridges in the rifle so he could work the bolt to pretend he was taking multiple shots.

Only his pretending got too real when the rifle fired sending a .25 caliber bullet through the door of my reloading room, through the wall behind the door, across the family room, through the far wall of the family room, through his sister's bedroom closet and through the closet wall, then across his sister's bedroom and finally stopped somewhere in the wall between their bedrooms.

Luckily no one else was home, and the only damage was to the door and several walls.

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There are so many horror

There are so many horror storys about loaded guns in the house. I have always kept a loaded handgun in the house. My boys were allowed to access them any time they wanted but had to ask first and I had to be there when they got them out. Neighbor kids were not allowed in the rooms where guns were. I believe the biggest reason for these accidents is parents don't teach their kids about guns early enough. Rather they make a big mystery of them and that only increases the intrigue and likelyhood they will go looking when they shouldn't.

Now it's just me and the dogs and they just aren't intrested in anything other than the shotguns. Squirt is becoming very good at sporting clays! Bodie prefers trap.Thumbs up

For some reason the answer to accidents in everything but firearns seems to be education but with firearms it seems to be keep'em ignorant.

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Agree

Don Fischer wrote:

I believe the biggest reason for these accidents is parents don't teach their kids about guns early enough. Rather they make a big mystery of them and that only increases the intrigue and likelyhood they will go looking when they shouldn't.

For some reason the answer to accidents in everything but firearns seems to be education but with firearms it seems to be keep'em ignorant.

I completely agree with you Don, but if you try and even mension advocating that gun safety be taught or offered to school age kids the masses of liberal minded parents and school board will turn on you and defame you in a violent way.  Even the Anti-Defamation Legue is known for defaming and bad mouthing certain individuals who advocate that Fireams Safety classes and shooting sports should be offered in public schools.  Makes me wonder who the real bigots are??  The world has changed dramatically to the point that solving problems the way they should be solved has become too politically incorrect for todays people to be able to stomach.  It's sad too. 

I'm doing my part to teach my toddlers privately, but I have to start small and reinforce it until they become old enough to really understand, then the safe handling part comes in at a later age. Basically at their very young age right now I'm only concerened with them knowing what to to if they come across a gun in anyones home or anywhere, and I always reinforce that real guns are not toys and need to be left alone if found and to tell an adult right away.

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Blame the owner not the gun

Reading the article, it sounds like the owner is at fault.  The revolver very well could have been an old school single action without a transfer bar (or equal type of internal safety) & if so the owner didn't have the knowledge to keep the cylinder under the firing pin empty. Also, it sounds like his organization skills in the safe are kind of sloppy. 

Not too long ago, a gentleman in the area managed to loose several fingers to a snow blower when he tried to remove a rock that jammed to auger.  Guess he thought it was out of gear (really, who knows or cares what he thought) so he didn't turn the machine off.  The story didn't even make the local paper - Loaded Snow Blower Attacks & Maims Owner.  Wasn't the blowers fault - it was the knuckehead operator's fault (something he readily admitted instead of running to the nearest ambulance chaser aka attorney). 

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I agree with Don and

I agree with Don and WesternHunter, proper precaution should be taken with loaded guns, but teaching kids to treat all firearms as loaded until determined otherwise is more important.

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