Brethren and Sistern, there is an obvious lack of sufficient sermonizing here, so let me turn to the Book of Armaments, Chapter Four, Verse One: “Be Sure Of Your Target And What Is Beyond It.” There is no codicil that says “Unless you’re in a shoot house,” or “Unless you’re going really fast.”
It’s not okay to shoot your fellow range patrons EVEN… and I’d like to make this perfectly clear… EVEN IF THE RSO SAYS IT’S COOL.
[While yes we can jokingly say wouldn’t it be nice at times if that were true. But honestly thank god Tam is right. Just because the RSO says your safe doesn’t absolve you from maintaining control of your weapon and properly identifying your targets.
Everyone is a RSO, period, full stop, end of discussion. We all know these tacticool operators do and say some crazy crap. The problem is impressionable youth take it and accept their quotes as gospel. What happens in the end though is Mr. Tacticool ventilates someone who didn’t need ventilating. The response from Fanbois? Justification, absolvance, and excuses. None step up to the accountability and responsibility department. Both of which are critical for gun owners.
I wish I had saved it but recently I had stumbled across a video on Youtube and the individual in the comments started arguing against the four rules. His complaint was because you need exceptions to the rules for things like maintenance and training. The way around this is to create rules where no exceptions exist. Funny thing for me is I’ve never needed an exception for maintenance or training. Instead I use a dummy gun, or I watch my muzzle while cleaning and disassembling. I promptly put him on my do not listen or watch list.*
Why? Because the 4 rules are rules, without exemption and the wonder is you have to break two of them to end up in deep trouble. I am willing to accept Alan’s condensed rules as it is merely the 4 rules condensed and non-redundant. This individual had used a real weapon as a demonstration piece under the crux of it being unloaded. Unloaded or not, I don’t like people pointing guns at me. Why? Because it’s how people get hurt and the comment after is always, “I thought it was unloaded.” Grab any number of safe training methods, leave the real guns off to the side.
Back to the subject at hand though. The nut behind the trigger ultimately has the responsibility of the safe handling and discharge of their weapon. Failure to do so cannot be blamed on anyone other than the shooter. The RSO is there as an extra set of eyes to try and stop things before they become unsafe. Even then though final responsibility falls with shooter.
They don’t DQ RO’s when a shooter does something wrong for failing to stop them in time. So why should anyone get a pass in this case? -B]
*I would link said video, but I have spent the last 30 minutes searching and couldn’t find it. It is possible and quite probable he pulled the video after trying to justify pointing a weapon at something he didn’t really want destroyed. It was a video on muzzle up vs muzzle down and weapon retention. If you know of the video, bump the link. He was using an AR.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.