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Gun Safety: Our Greatest Enemy is Complacency

Being raised around firearms would suggest that one would have a strong understanding of how they work, the responsibilities involved in owning one, and the dangers imposed by mistreating them. This is not always the case. Often, headlines top a story of accidental shootings. Sometimes the story is that the gun “was supposed to be unloaded.” Other times, a family member coming home late is mistaken for a burglar. Then you have those that tell the story of children getting a hold of a gun, not even knowing what it is, and accidentally shooting someone or themselves.

Veronica RutledgeOne of those stories, a recent one from Idaho, tells how a young, bright mother was killed by her two year old while out shopping. The mother had been given a concealed carry purse by her husband for Christmas which, on this sad day, contained her handgun. Unattended with the purse, the two year old happened to find the gun, pull it out, point it at the mother’s head, and fire one fatal shot.

Why did this happen? Is this a prime example of why guns, at least handguns, should be banned? Banning guns does little to stop crime, and this wasn’t a crime. Perhaps it is an example of better training needing to be conducted. Well, training is a great thing to have and should be obtained, but she had it. To hold a CCW in Idaho, you have to attend some form of firearms safety class.

I actually think there is a much simpler, yet scarier answer: Her problem was not a lack of government supervision or a lack of training. It was complacency.

It can happen to the best of us. We spend a significant portion of our lives doing something and training for it in a way that makes us feel confident. When it comes to firearms, you should be confident. If you cannot be confident that you can use that weapon correctly when the time comes, then put it back in the safe until you are confident. Confidence, however, can lead to overconfidence and complacency, and there is no room for mistakes when the subject is a firearm. One moment of disregard can and does lead to horrible results.

Gun Safety RulesBy choosing to exercise the right of armed self-protection, you take on a level of responsibility that cannot be shirked for even a moment. Every time the guns come out, I remind myself of one little fact: “These things kill – you better be careful.” I don’t care if the gun is out only for a cleaning or if I am getting ready to carry it outside of the house.  I always remind myself of that danger so that complacency doesn’t become my killer. Or worse; it doesn’t become the killer of my wife or child.

By leaving a two year old child in a cart that contained a concealed weapon, a mother took her own life and scarred the life of her child. Her moment of miscalculation was not forgiven and her family has paid the price alongside her.

I wish the best for her family and am truly sorry for their loss. I can only hope that they can make it past this sad time. As for everyone else who chooses to carry, please use this as a reminder that as much as our guns can protect us, they can harm us. It is only or actions and our level of diligence that will determine which tool our guns become: Protector or destroyer.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Seth Belt

Seth grew up in Southern Arizona before joining the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Seth was an anti-narcotics operator and an anti-submarine operator for 5 years. He was lucky enough to travel to many of the Central and South American countries, as well as visiting many South East Asian nations and islands. One of Seth’s greatest joys from his time in the Navy was teaching new Sailors firearms education and safety. After leaving the Navy in 2010, Seth returned to Arizona and had a rough time learning how to be a civilian again, often working jobs that could barely pay the bills. After going to school, Seth became an Emergency Medical Technician in the Phoenix Valley, where he now lives with his wife and son.His areas of knowledge cover military, firearms, and emergency medicine.
Seth Belt

11 thoughts on “Gun Safety: Our Greatest Enemy is Complacency

  1. The single easiest way to protect yourself around guns: Don’t trust anyone with a gun. Especially with the amount of ignorant, arrogant, malicious and vile “people” in this country who are allowed to own guns. Just think about the “militia” who showed up to try and fight the government on behalf of that neo-nazi Cliven Bundy. Just know, when the world goes to hell (thanks to the greedy 1 percent), that those are the “people” who are going to kill you for your stuff, or rape you for fun or just be the kind of “people” they are and kill for the hell of it and call it sport. That’s why I own guns and LOTS of ammo, because I know what kind of fascist hypocrites live in this country, and how quickly they succumb to their jackbooted ways.

    1. Anyone who reads this post will surely notice the hypocritical nature of the comment. It’s just fine and dandy for for “Your Demise” to own guns and “LOTS of ammo” but anyone else doing same must be “ignorant, arrogant, malicious and vile”. I think we all know who is the cucko bird there (wink)

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  2. The tough choice for women is whether to carry revolver or semi-auto type pistol. I don’t know which type was involved here so I have to guess. If you carry a semi-auto, you can leave the chamber empty. Hard for a small child to rack a Glock slide isn’t it? If it’s a revolver, you can’t do that but a long, heavy trigger pull should make it harder. I suspect the 2 year old picked up a fully loaded (one in the chamber) semi auto.

  3. I agree with you David, I hear countless times about the need for having one chambered, but other than being in a military zone really doubt I will not have the time to rack one.

    1. Look up some vidoes on youtube and elsewhere that talk about carrying with one in the chamber. If you are not comfortable enough and treained well enough with a firearm to keep it chambered, the answer to your problem is not leaving the pipe dry; it is more training. More often than not, a conflict outside of the home will be in the “very violent” phase within 1.5 seconds. The average TRAINED person can draw and fire a CHAMBERED weapon in 1.3 seconds. And attacker can cross 21 feet in 1.5 seconds. If you can draw, rack, aim, and fire in less than that, every time, then I would bet that you are trained enough to not have a need to keep the weapon unchambered.

      1. In Bosnia I carried both my rifle and pistol with an empty chamber. Making ready is something I can do in the time it takes to get into a fire position anyway, and it’s also a visible escalation that a lot of the time will persuade an aggressor to back down. I’ve had an angry mob of half a dozen people suddenly decide it was time to talk after I chambered a round.

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    2. I’m with you on that. From time to time I re-evaluate my decision to keep the chamber empty but so far I have opted for the increased safety aspect. I’m programmed and practice to rack the slide upon draw. Not ideal, but there are trade offs to every choice we make when it comes to pistols and revolvers.

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  4. I do stand corrected guys and you are right. I live in Alaska and where I live its more for protection from animals than people. And yes more practice is needed. Thanks for your comments. Bob

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