Saturday, November 18, 2017

Breaking the Four Rules

At a Thanksgiving supper at a church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, some elders were discussing the recent shooting in Texas. One elder unholstered his concealed carry piece, unloaded it, and passed it around. When he got it back, he loaded it, rechambered a round, and then...wait for it.

That's right! He went for it, broke all Four Rules, with the predictable results.

He took a loaded gun, pointed it at other people at a church supper, put his finger on the trigger, and shot two people.

All Guns are always loaded. He couldn't even say he thought it was unloaded. He knew it was loaded. He had just loaded it.

Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy. He pointed it at a couple from his congregation.

Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot).His finger was definitely on the trigger.

Be sure of your target and what is beyond it. He not only shot one person in the hand, he hit the next person in the abdomen.

If he had just pointed the gun away from the people into a corner as he loaded it, most of this stupid would have been reduced to embarrassment and sheet rock repairs. If he had left it in the holster, all of it would have been eliminated.

As Tam would say, "Just stop touching it."


Brigid said...

I carry in church - I'm the only federal LEO in the congregation, and although no one has said anything they pretty much figure I do. We also have two Korean War Vets, VERY proficient, who do as well. We sit where we are not in each other's line of fire aiming at the front door. Side doors are locked now during service.

Families with small kids have moved up towards the front, where there are two immediate exits out if you hit the floor and scoot.

You can't be too careful.

Will said...

I think the proper response to those who ask to see a carry piece is: "No, get your own."

A couple times I've uncovered it, to show the size, location, or type of holster, but that's it.
Oddly enough, I think that doing this on one occasion may have saved my life more than a decade later. A friend's brother had observed this, and while visiting the brother to discuss my friends death some years later, he suddenly got extremely hostile in response to a request, but when I stood up and faced him, he quickly calmed down, and I was able to leave the sailboat's cabin. Thinking about it later, it occurred to me that he had probably killed his brother, and what I wanted to see might have pointed a finger at him. I was also wearing the same jacket that he had seen conceal my shoulder rig. That I had just got done showing him a new pistol I had picked up from a dealer near the marina may have prodded his memory. Telling him about the classes I had taken at the shooting school may have also influenced his thinking.

burt said...

One does not draw a weapon unless (a) it is to be used, or (b) it is to be cleaned.

I do not answer either "yes" or "no" when asked whether I am carrying a weapon *unless* the person asking is a LEO. Instead, I compliment the other person's jacket or shoes (or whatever).

I do not lift my shirt or open my jacket to display my weapon. In some states (such as Massachusetts), it can be considered "brandishing" (yes, I know it isn't, but that liberal grandma over there *will*).

Yes, I know it isn't a tactical holster, but I use a Sneaky Pete when out in public without a jacket or any other way to keep prying eyes away.

I am a strong 2A advocate, but I'm not going to be "in someone's face" about it.

Cooper's rules, ever and always.

Tom in NC said...

It is amazing how many people think the four rules don't apply to them at all times. Complacency is a killer. "I just cleared it, it's OK to break the rules this time." The stupid is strong with that elder in TN. And I try very hard to make sure the only person who knows I'm carrying is my wife, and she usually does, too.

Will said...

Ayoob had a very instructive story about the cop's wife who loudly demanded that her husband respond to the restaurant take-over robbery with his gun. He died after emptying his 5-shot snubbie, and not having spare ammo to continue the fight. IIRC, alcohol was consumed by both.

So, yeah, don't advertise under any circumstances. If it comes out in public, it should be with the intention to make loud noises RFN.

LSP said...

That was a most disturbing story. Please tell me it isn't real.

With that in mind, a friend told me about his son and friends (all Dallas PD) who were on his lease. One did a neg discharge in a trailer, another barrel swiped the hunting crew, another shot up the sign in front of the compound, etc.

I asked, "What'd you do about it?" He replied, "I took all their guns away LOL."