I am writing papers for college credits (one way out of having to take all my classes again this late in life). One of the papers was on gun safety.
My professor said that if ever he had read a paper that needed to be shared it was this one...
First I would like to say this post is not about pro or anti guns. This is a thread about handgun
safety. There are other types of guns that
are not covered in this post. I am hoping that people read this, please add if you feel you have other tips that will help. Please do not derail
*I have placed this is The Grey Area because this is my opinion and experience
If you are going to understand handgun safety I feel that you first need to understand the types of handguns. First there is the single-shot pistol,
a miniature hand-held cannon which discharges only one round before having to be reloaded. A small Derringer pistol would be an example of a
single-shot pistol. Next is the multi-barreled pistol, this is a handgun that contains more than one barrel so that the shooter does not have to
reload after each shot. One example of a multi-barreled handgun is the .577 Snider. The revolver was created in the early 19th century to allow
multi loading of ammunition. It contains a cylindrical chamber that will allow the shooter to load usually 5-8 bullets. Still popular and in use
today, with the most recognized being Dirty Harry’s Smith & Wesson Model 29 or the .44 Magnum. Two other types are the semi-automatic and the
automatic handguns. Both use the same mechanics by using the energy of a discharge to automatically reload the chamber with the next available round
of ammunition. The difference in the two automatic guns is how they respond to a trigger pull. With a semi-automatic handgun, you must pull the
trigger each time for it to discharge a round, while an automatic handgun is capable of rapid or consecutive fire with only one trigger pull. An
example of a semi-automatic would be TEC-9 or a Glock 26. An example of the automatic would be machine gun, such as the Beretta 93R. Fully automatic
guns are still legal in the United States but they are heavily regulated.
One of the most important points of handgun safety is to realize, there are no accidental discharges. It comes down to either negligence,
carelessness, or a defective firearm. If you own a handgun, then you should be familiar with every aspect of that handgun and how it functions. You
should practice on a regular basis so that it is always familiar to you. When practicing, you should follow all safety rules but into place. This
will teach you the proper way to handle a gun and it will become second nature.
There are three elements to gun safety; a positive attitude, gun knowledge, and skill in operating handguns. A gun is a lethal weapon and should be
treated as such. At no time should a gun be picked up with anger or ill-intent. You need to have all the knowledge needed to safely operate your
gun. This includes the safety rules and regulations in the area where you are. These rules differ by area so if you go to a new location you need to
research to see if they have differing laws or regulations. And skill in operating handguns. This goes back to knowing your gun. You need to know
how to load, unload, clean, and to turn the safety on and off properly.
There are four simple gun safety rules that you should always follow. First, you should treat every gun as if it is loaded. This ensures that you
never discharge a round you forgot about. Second, you should never place your finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire. Have the target in
your sights but only when you have made the decision that you are going to fire. Third, never point a gun at something you are not willing to
destroy. Again, going back to a gun being a lethal weapon, you should only point it when you are willing to use lethal force. And lastly, take in
your full surroundings. You may be shooting at your target but what other items or people are in your target’s environment? You need to consider
what other targets will be hit.
There are also rules that you need to follow if you are going to conceal carry. Your concealed handgun is there for the protection of life only. It
should only be drawn if you are going to protect you or someone else from a criminal attack that may result in serious bodily injury. You must know
the circumstances when using your concealed handgun are legal. The other party must have the ability to inflict serious bodily injury or death, they
must have the opportunity to inflict serious bodily injury or death, and they must have the intent to act. If you are able to avoid the
confrontation, then you must remove yourself and fight back only as a last resort. You should also never display your firearm unless you are brought
to the point of firing. You have permit for a concealed weapon, it should remain concealed at all times. If you take the responsibility of carrying
a concealed weapon you agree not to let your emotions get involved. If you are not able to separate emotions from the situation, you do not need to
It is up to the gun owner to know where you can and cannot carry a gun. Certain areas are always legally restricted and as such you should never
carry a firearm on these premises. Airport security areas, Court secure areas, National parks, Federal Buildings, and any correctional or mental
health facility is a banned area. There may be other areas covered by your state law that you should also be aware of. Any private business can also
restrict weapons by posting a sign that you must adhere to.