Gun Safety: Who is the person most likely to shoot you?

Screen Shot 2013-09-01 at 11.26.28 PMI read an article about a legendary Utah firearms instructor, Robbie Robertson. I think you will like him too.

“Who is the person most likely to shoot you?”

“Is it the bad guy?” he asks as the nine people taking his gun safety class proceed to think and ponder. “Is it your wife?” he further suggests, in obvious jest, before adding, “I’ve got enough guns. I figure by the time she’s decided which one to use she’s over being mad at me.”  Finally he answers his original question.

 

It’s you, you’re the one most likely to shoot you.

~Robbie Robertson

And with that, he is off and running, once again, and for about the millionth time, sharing the unmitigated passion about guns, and about gun safety, that he’s been packing around since he was 6 years old and his dad gave him a .22 so he could shoot rabbits for dinner.

No one gets out of his class with their concealed permit signed without subscribing religiously to his four commandments of firearm safety:

  1. All guns are always loaded

  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy — or pay for

  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on the target and you have made the conscious decision to fire

  4. Be sure of your target and the backstop beyond

 

He adds a fifth law: when you’re not using them, lock them up.

“You can’t hide them,” he says, “where the kids can’t find them.”

That would have been in the 1930s, the heart of the Great Depression, when Robbie and his older brother Lee grew up on the dry farms of West Jordan.

“So I’ve been a gun nut ever since I was a little guy,” says Robbie, smiling.

Read more via About Utah: A gun nut, and a safety nut too | Deseret News.

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  1. An English general in WWII was asked about handguns issued to his troops. He said the usefulness of a handgun in war is limited. He saw about 30 folks who’d been shot with handguns, about 27 of the accidentally shot themselves or a friend.
    Bad or not training ends up with bad things happening. Of all the ranges I’ve run, Army, Police, Boy Scouts, civilian classes, I’ve never had anybody get shot. However, I’ve been at ranges run by others where I had the crap scared out of me by bad weapons handeling.

    1. I agree, I was at a range last year and a guy, preparing to leave the firing line, turned around with his rifle in the level position. I hit the floor immediately.

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