When I heard the story about an instructor shooting another instructor I was sad. The whole thing is just sad. I am not going to talk about this specific incident because it’s not my place, but I will say this is why I am such a stickler about safety. Things happen and anything we can do to lessen those “things” from happening, I am all for.
If a new shooter posts a pic with his/her finger on the trigger then I think it is appropriate for someone to NICELY remind them that, that is not a safe practice. The rude comments people make are uncalled for and not helpful. However, when someone boost to be a Firearms Instructor or Marine or cop or even avid shooter and poses with their finger on the trigger or the gun pointed in an unsafe direction, then I get a little pissy. I hold them to a higher standard. Lots of novice shooters are watching and if they see a pretty woman, half naked, with everyone saying how hot and steaming she is, then the new shooter might think it is perfectly ok to have their finger on the trigger. Likewise, if you are a high speed low drag well sought after male instructor posting videos of doing unsafe things, well the same applies. It isn’t enough to say “Don’t try this at home.” Like it or not, if you claim to be a professional in the field you are an example and gun safety should never ever be compromised. Again, these comments are not about the above event. I don’t know that instructor at all or if he has videos or not. I am speaking generally about me and why I continue to make comments about folks doing things that are unsafe.
The Gun Diva’s have a post up about a man who is in deep doodoo. I ask you to please head on over and see if you might want to help him and his family out.
Think about it. I tell my kids this all the time. I am such a stickler about “free” stuff you have no idea. I don’t even let them pick up loose change on the ground. My statement is, you may not know who’s it is, but you know it isn’t yours. If someone else is “paying” the price then you better be darn sure they are willing to do so, otherwise it is wrong, wrong, wrong. Forcing me to pay your health insurance is wrong, wrong, wrong. We make choices based on our hard work and budget. We should not have to make changes to our life style because someone is unwilling to make changes in theirs.