WTVM Editorial 7/1/16: Important gun safety rules

WTVM Editorial 7/1/16: Important gun safety rules

(WTVM) -  A little 8-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet a few nights ago in Columbus.

It happened near the Circle K gas station, near the Columbus Civic Center on 4th St.

She was not seriously hurt, but the trauma and fear of the experience is likely to leave more of a scar than the bullet itself.

Police said a man was "shooting his gun" in the area. Every responsible gun owner knows that when you fire a bullet, you need to consider the consequences and the path of that bullet, especially in crowded areas.

It should never be a trivial act. Guns are serious business and smart gun owners know how to handle them. But, too often these days, unnecessary gunplay, leads to injuries or worse.

The four most important rules when it comes to safe gun handling are:

  1. Treat every gun as if it’s loaded.
  2. Don’t point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  4. Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.

The simple fact is that the gun owner is responsible for not just his gun, but the bullets he shoots as well.

It appears that's a lesson the man who fired the shot that grazed the little girl never learned.


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