They’re gunsafety rules, not guidelines |

They’re gunsafety rules, not guidelines

It’s a no-brainer. Never point a gun at someone or something and pull the trigger unless it’s a legal target. That’s the basic, foremost rule in gun safety. The second most important rule: Check the chamber to make sure it’s empty.Hunter safety courses around the country emphasize these two basic rules, and it should be automatic behavior whenever people handle firearms, but tragically, every year, people get shot accidentally because their friends and relatives didn’t follow these rules. Sportspeople and ordinary citizens alike have made the same mistake, and had that memory to live with the rest of their lives. In the case of Jesse Gallegos of Glenwood Springs, he and his friends have learned those lessons the hard way with the accidental shooting of his friend Sept. 4. Whether it was youthful horseplay, trying to show off, or whatever the reason, playing with guns is not a good idea. Add alcohol and/or drugs to the mix, and it’s more than likely going to end the way it did. Fortunately, this time the victim is alive, although seriously injured. He will most likely come out of this experience with more than physical scars. The shooter will also come out of this with some scars. It must not be easy to go through life knowing you have shot your friend and seriously injured or killed them. No one deserves that. The whole incident could have been avoided if the shooter had followed those two basic rules: Don’t point the gun at something you don’t plan on shooting, and check the chamber even if the clip is out.

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