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Let’s begin with the obvious: The senseless, stupid tragedy of a 73-year-old Punta Gorda, FL volunteer being killed was caused by a cop and/or a police department who thought it would be a good idea to point an actual firearm (loaded with blanks or not) at a person and pull the trigger.
Period, full stop.
For reasons that are sure to come out at a later date, they thought that breaking the fundamental rules of gun safety in order to set up a poorly-design “active shooter” drill was a good idea. They’re the ones who broke the fundamental rules of gun safety, and so they need to be rightly excoriated for what they did.
Why did no one present that day pipe up and say “Wait, what are you going to do? That’s unsafe, I won’t participate!” Would we sit there and participate in a group demonstration where a cop says “Okay, I’m going to drive towards you at full speed, and at the last second, I’ll swerve away, I promise!” I wouldn’t, and I like doing things like jumping out of airplanes. Why then did these citizens (and others) think that getting shot at by a cop, even a with a gun that (allegedly) held blanks, was a good idea?
I believe the reason is because the Three Rules of Gun Safety have not spread outside of gun culture, and that’s a shame. These rules have been proven to work time and time again, and yet Moms Demand Action and other groups steadfastly refuse to allow this message of common-sense gun safety to be spread to a larger audience.
If we want fewer accidental gun deaths, we need to educate the public about what guns can and cannot do and when they are and are not dangerous. Groups like the NRA and the Project Childsafe are fulfilling this mission, while all that Bloomberg’s minions are doing is recruiting Kardashians to spread their message of civilian disarmament.
The rules of gun safety are not just for gun owners: We teach our children at an early age to look both ways before crossing a street and they don’t own a car, so why aren’t we teaching our children at an early age how to stay safe around guns? What would happen if the next time someone tried a stupid stunt with a gun, someone in the audience stepped up and said, “No, this is a dumb idea, and here’s why”? An informed public is a safer public, and getting the message out about how to safely handle a gun (whether they’re a policeman or not), will always be a good thing.