Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Every Gun

Every gun, even one being held by a police officer, works the same way. Carefully shaped lumps of metal come out of the muzzle at several hundred feet per second when a small lever is depressed.

Whether the lever is pressed deliberately or accidentally negligently is immaterial. Once the lever is pressed, everything that occurs is governed by the laws of physics.

Col. Cooper came up with four interlocking rules to ensure that unwanted outcomes related to lever pressing and muzzle direction are avoided.
The Four Rules
  • All guns are always loaded.
  • Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot).
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Last Saturday, a Lincoln County, N.C. Sheriff's deputy managed to shoot her own daughter while showing off her departmental handgun to some friends.

The Sheriff's office fired her today. Her daughter had abdominal surgery and is expected to survive.


burt said...

Add one rule for those stupid enough to not understand the other 4 rules:

Never unholster your gun until you are either ready to fire it or to clean it.

Borepatch said...

And remember that the most important safety device is between your ears

B said...


Glad the girl is gonna be OK.

But they are "the only ones".

After 11 PM. Whaddya wanna bet that alcohol was involved?

Bob said...

Wow, a very rare case of a law enforcement officer being held accountable for his/her actions and canned outright.

matism said...

Wanna bet, Bob, that she's hired back to that same job, or with another "Law Enforcement" organization before the end of the year?

Will said...


a suit will be filed, she will sit out most of next year, and then be re-instated, with back pay and interest. The tax-payers will foot the bill for the kid's injuries.

selsey.steve said...

There's no such thing as an "accidental" shooting.
Negligence and ignorance are the ruling circumstances. Just happy that the little girl is alive.