As a firearms instructor, I hate reading stories of accidental shootings like this one about a graduation gift that went wrong. Brennan Fields received a gun as a high school graduation gift. Then he shot and killed his girlfriend while he was showing it to her. It is time for gun owners to start making safety our #1 priority! A gun makes an excellent present but should not be given to someone who has not been taught to handle a it safely. I've posted before about the rules for safe gun handling. Clearly, Mr. Fields broke all of these.
Gun accidents are caused by:
I'm not sure which of these was to blame in the case of Mr. Fields, but the lesson is crystal clear. If you've learned the rules of safe gun handling, ensure you apply them 100% of the time and that those around you do too! If you don't know the rules of safe gun handling - learn them now!
Jon Woodard - NRA certified instructor. Passionate about gun safety, shooting and self-defense.