And this my friends is why you see me mention gun safety in just about every post. Serious accidents could have resulted from each and every one of these videos, assuming they hadn’t already. If you want to shoot or own a gun, great and I encourage you to, BUT (and it’s a BIG but) EDUCATE YOURSELF. Learn about guns, including the proper ways to hold them, load/unload, and fire them. Also, don’t be afraid to start off small and work your way up. Recoil can be a scary thing if you don’t know what to expect. Also, DO NOT just give your gun to a friend/family member/spouse to “try”. It’s not a toy so don’t treat it as such.
Finally, practice proper grips. If you don’t want to gun to fly out of your hand, smack you in the face, or knock you off your feet, then get a firm grip and know how to hold it. Holding a shotgun down by your hip is not the proper way to shoot. Holding a handgun sideways with one hand or down by your belly button with bent elbows is not the way to hold it.
Accidents happen because people aren’t willing to learn the right way or their friends don’t know enough themselves to teach proper gun safety. It’s people like this that give RESPONSIBLE gun owners (and yes there is a difference) a very very bad name.
What do you do to ensure your loved ones are well informed?