The words “gun safety” are in quotes in this title, because what this man was doing was NOT gun safety, and yet the news outlet that wrote on this story called it just that.
A 36-year-old Michigan man had been drinking when he decided to demonstrate to his girlfriend that his guns were harmless when no magazines were in them. But what led to him accidentally shooting himself was the result of idiocy not gun safety.
This is how the original article put it:
A 36-year-old man from Independence Township apparently shot and killed himself by accident while trying to demonstrate gun safety to his girlfriend after he had been drinking, authorities said.
The man’s girlfriend told police that the man had been drinking all day long when the incident occurred. He was trying to explain to his girlfriend that his guns were harmless when there was no ammunition in them. And he demonstrated this by holding the guns to his head and pulling the trigger.
The first two guns were truly empty, but when he pulled the trigger on the 3rd gun it discharged and killed him instantly.
Let’s be clear, this was NOT gun safety. Even if you know 100% that a gun is empty you should NEVER point it at anything you do not intend to destroy. His drunken idiocy led to his untimely death, but don’t expect anti-gunners to see it that way.
Gun control activists will look at a story like this and claim it’s another reason to ban guns. Yet take another drunk driver who crashes his car into a minivan and kills the entire family and you will not hear cries for cars to be banned. Why? Because we go after the bad drivers and not the vehicles which they use to demonstrate their stupidity.
So who is to blame here? Are the guns to blame? Should they have emptied themselves of all their bullets? It’s obviously a drunken idiots unfortunate decisions that led to his own death, but anti-gun activists aren’t looking at the obvious. They are looking to demonize guns to the point of disarmament.
The writer of the article linked to above called it “gun safety” that the man was doing. As if every gun owner who performs gun safety might end up shooting himself because guns are just THAT dangerous. But calling this “gun safety” is like calling it “proper driving procedure” when a drunk driver tests his airbags by driving into a tree.
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