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SAD AND STUPID

Filed at 8:01 am under by dcobranchi

A home educating family lost a young child to a handgun incident. The pistol was apparently kept loaded and unsecured in a bedroom drawer.

8 Responses to “SAD AND STUPID”


Comment by
Jason
November 29th, 2005
at 8:33 am

‘Sad and stupid’ just about says it. I would only add that the ‘safety button’ was not engaged because Glocks do not have a mechanical safety. The safety is built into the trigger. But mechanics aside, the safety or danger of any firearm is determined by its owner. In this case, clearly, the owner failed to behave responsibly and the result was tragic. For shame!


Comment by
Ron
November 29th, 2005
at 6:34 pm

Do people really feel that unsafe? In grade 9 or so we read The Pearl for english/literature. Does PS cover it in the US? If not, they should.


Comment by
COD
November 29th, 2005
at 9:28 pm

Although the odds of being a victim of violent crime in your home are very low – if somebody does come crashing through your front door at 2 AM the police will never get there in time to help. You are on your own.

However, with three kids under 6 in the home, there is simply no excuse for not having the gun in a more secure location.


Comment by
Daryl
November 30th, 2005
at 4:27 am

I agree. It’s locked up in my bedroom. Shells in the sidesaddle but not in the mag. And you have to physically hold down the safety while chambering the first shell.

So, if the pandemic comes and all y’all are reenacting “28 Days Later” I’ll be able to fend off the zombies. 🙂


Comment by
Rob
November 30th, 2005
at 10:03 am

I’m a big gun fan, Glocks especially, but I echo what’s been posted here. The link seems to be busted, but if it’s true that a parent kept a loaded pistol in a drawer, I can add all sorts of words to “sad and stupid”.

My wife and I have decided to get a gun, after 7 years of not owning one. The gun safe came first. After we bolt it to the floor and learn the combo by heart, then we’ll go to the gun store. It sure would be a dang shame if the tool meant to be used in defense of family ended up hurting one of us.


Comment by
Jason
November 30th, 2005
at 12:36 pm

Kudos on the gun safe. The more you can drill on hasty opening procedure, the better. Obviously, too, you and your wife should spend some serious time at the range. You don’t need to shoot like a sniper for home defense, but you should be able to get nice tight groups out to 10 meters with any pistol.


Comment by
Tim
November 30th, 2005
at 3:11 pm

I recommend a safe that you can open in the dark. Mine has four buttons you can slip your finger over to put in the code and open it. Much better and faster than trying to spin a dial in the dark. Also, if it’s electronic like mine and has a key backup for when the battery dies (don’t get one that opens when the battery dies, that’s just dumb), leave the key at work or at a friend’s house so there’s no way to open it without knowing the combination.


Comment by
COD
November 30th, 2005
at 4:19 pm

I have a steel gun box – with a push button lock. I can do the combo without being able to see the buttons.