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Concealed Carry


I can hear them now; ‘what do you mean all guns are loaded all the time?!’ ‘That’s stupid!’ ‘I have guns at home right now that are not loaded’! ‘Hell, I was at the gun store the other day, none of them guns behind the counter and on the wall rack were loaded’!

I say, yes they are, they are all loaded, every gun at your house, every gun in that store, and everywhere else, they are all loaded.

‘Your Crazy!, They Are Not’!….

Listen, if you don’t have the mindset that they are all loaded, and ready to fire, you are a prime candidate for a firearm accident, you assume too much, take to much for granted, your a danger to yourself and others.

Even people with a high level of firearm experience can get ‘lazy’, over confident, are even more susceptible to accidents, when that happens they become ripe for an accident. And I will go so far as to say they don’t take firearms as seriously as they once did, they need to pause and ‘regroup’. They have become a distinct danger to themselves and others with that lackadaisical mindset. To make the point, even police can accidentally shoot themselves, for stats see these links:

The NRA now says the first rule in firearm safety is: Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction,(muzzle discipline). That was not always so, and I will never agree with that change. As a kid, I distinctly remember the first rule being: Treat all firearms as loaded at all times! It conveys a far sterner, and implies a much stronger sense of urgency/danger to safe firearm handling. And I still have my little red Jr. NRA Rifle Handbook from the mid 1960s to prove it. Even though I will agree that pointing the gun in a safe direction is a key to safety, if you treat every single gun you come into contact with as loaded, you had better point that muzzle in a safe direction! No exceptions! That will, and should, naturally, always follow suit. Just handling a gun and keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction does not lend to the situation the same grave responsibilities/danger as having the mindset of handling a loaded firearm will impart. I am talking about INTACT firearms, go ahead, double check for a clear action, disassemble and clean them….

All additional gun safety rules revert back to the number one rule: Treat them all as loaded. If you live by this you should never do anything unsafe with a firearm, that is why this is the most important rule. It governs all my actions with firearms, as it should yours. So, from this moment forward, for the rest of your life, all guns that you ever come into contact with will always, with no exceptions, be loaded (proper mindset) and treated accordingly. There is a ’trigger guard’ around the trigger, (that little circle of steel) I don’t call it a trigger guard, I do not think that is a serious enough description, not even nearly serious enough. I call it THE CIRCLE OF DEATH, when a finger enters that circle someone could die, keep your finger OUT of that circle of death at all times if you are not going to actually Shoot the firearm!!! The trigger is NOT a casual ‘resting’ place for your finger!

A     safety on a firearm does not give you license to carelessly handle that firearm, , you are the ‘Master’ safety on any/all firearms. NEVER trust anyone that tells you a gun is unloaded while trying to hand it to you! Make that person show you that it is technically unloaded before you will accept it from them. Then, you must still handle it exactly like it is loaded! EVERYONE must show you the gun is technically unloaded first, from your mother, to the gun shop owner, to the head of the NRA. Agreed? If all people did this, firearm accidents would damned near cease to exist, we can all live with that. If anyone has a problem with that, it is not your problem, but theirs, they obviously treat firearms far to nonchalantly, assume too much, and are accidents waiting to happen…..

Maybe you think that I am to ‘hard line’ on this issue? No. Firearms are very unforgiving of careless/foolish people, your first mistake could be your last breath on this Earth, or maybe someone else’s last breath due to your negligence. I do not believe there can be such a thing as to ‘hard line’ in regards too firearm safety. Firearms do not give you second chances, fun does not trump safety.

{Note, If you agree, and I sincerely hope you do, please pass this on to the people in your life.} Thank you.

And remember, Firearm Education Will Save Lives, Firearm Ignorance Can Take Lives. Proper Mindset.

Sincerely, Mark Shean,

Former NRA Law Enforcement Firearm Instructor, NOTE: Please read add-on, a recent story below, (sent to me by one of my past students) to reinforce my meaning.

Va. couple accidentally shot at gun safety class

Associated PressAssociated Press –   4-24-2012

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Roanoke, Va., man and his wife were recovering after he accidentally shot himself and her during a firearms safety class.
The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office tells media outlets that Michael L. Deel shot himself in the hand with a .45-caliber handgun. The bullet also struck his wife, Michelle, in the leg as she was sitting beside him.
The incident occurred Saturday during a firearms safety class at a residence. The instructor, Thomas Starke, told police he’d left the room and then heard a shot.
The Deels were taken to a local hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Michael Deel says the shooting was a “stupid accident.”
Why would the instructor have a loaded weapon anyway and then leave the room?  How stupid.
   NOTE: You are correct Jean. I bring guns to my classes and I bring select ammo to illustrate points being made, in my classes, I do not bring any ammo that fits any gun into my class, that is a recipe for disaster as the story above illustrates. There is so much more than just placing a ‘Firearm Instructor’ pin on your shirt, this is a very serious business, here experience matters over ‘ego’s/titles’.
-Mark Shean-

Reviews  Towns Served   Gun Sense #44, KSG 12ga. Shotgun Demonstration   written 7-3-2009

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