Delegate Joe Morrissey wanted to make a point about the danger of firearms during this session of the General Assembly. In doing so, Morrissey managed to point a firearm towards the visitors gallery of the House of Delegates in the Capitol Building in Richmond while putting his finder on the trigger, inadvertently endangering an unknown number of innocent people and violating the first rule of firearm safety. For some insane reason, every time Democrats seem to want to use firearms as a political prop, they manage to do it in a way that risks causing the very tragedies they claim to want to prevent.
As a courtesy to Democrats who think playing with guns in an unsafe manner might not be the wisest thing to do, here’s some firearms handling safety tips from the NRA that should keep you from running afoul of the kind of monumental idiocy (and firestorms of derision) such as are now engulfing the unfortunate Delegate Morrissey:
1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.
2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.
Let’s not have democrats grandstanding with firearms they don’t understand cause some horrible, and easily preventable tragedy.
UPDATE: Morrissey seems to have quite a record for angry behavior and conduct warranting his incarceration. I have to wonder how it was legal for him to even legally possess a firearm.
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