Skip to comments.The Four Golden Rules of Firearms Safety
Posted on 03/02/2011 9:21:03 AM PST by ArrogantBustard
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I was told the gun is always loaded, the dog always bites, and the mule always kicks.
Even as a young child I do not recall taking this to be literal, but to be a cautionary statement to be acted upon until proven other wise.
Unloaded and verified firearms have never loaded themselves in my presence. Nice doggies have quit being nice - but then they are not inanimate objects. No experience with kicking mules.
Where’s that gun cam?
if it hadn’t been a knockoff I’d have written a letter to the Parrish Sheriff
the project that had me moist was when they built the ma deuce
mmm 50 cal. anti aircraft weapons...
There is some validity to that - NRA sought to develop easy to understand, universally applicable rules that are simple for both novice and expert to implement.
As noted, the major issue with the "Cooper" rules is the "all guns are loaded" assumption. For the expert or journeyman, that might be a useful caution - for someone inexperienced with firearms, it's not instructive.
In practice, NRA 1 and 2 inherently assume a loaded firearm and direct "Always" appropriate action.
3 simply directs that operators unload firearms not under their direct or indirect, immediate control - which cause the majority of unintentional shootings.
"Weaker" wording? Precisely the opposite. "Cooper" No. 1 is not helpful to the novice shooter. NRA 1 and 2 actively direct the operator to treat the gun as loaded, regardless of it's condition, without the use of fiction.
NRA 3 directs operators to unload firearms not in their span of control -an element that causes the majority of firearms injury to kids, and the Cooper rules don't address.
"well, since its not in use, it could/should/must be un-loaded", and more possibility for bad results...
Impossible if NRA 1 and 2 are obeyed. "All guns are loaded" is meaningless absent the requirement to safely handle the firearm, it adds nothing.
my kids will work on the knowledge that all guns should be considered hot, unless and until they see for themselves...
Please dont waste anymore bandwidth on this semantical masturbation, as Im sure you have a desk full of NRA donation mailers that you really outta be lickin stamps for...
LOL, yes, that's how I renew my instructor creds =).
Quite frankly I don’t have a problem with someone modifying the rules for specific groups, but I do have a problem with someone showing open contempt for someone as iconic as Cooper.
It doesn’t take a lot of guts to challenge a dead guy.
Ya know...even compared to yourself you’re not all that.
I have no clue what you are trying to say.
(((eyes rolling facepalm)))
You don’t even compare favorably when you compare yourself to yourself! You always come up lacking even using yourself as the standard for knowledge and wisdom...compared to yourself you always lose!
The square root of your personality is still a negative number.