It’s a silly story, but one that has to be commented upon if for no other reason than to contest the idiocy shared.
Yesterday, a writer for Gizmodo, the technology wing of Hillary Clinton fanboy ezine Gawker, ran an apparently sincere article blasting Ted Cruz for what author Wes Siler claimed was unsafe gun-handling during an interview.
Here’s what Siler considers a gross safety violation.
Republican presidential candidate and Senator Ted Cruz is talking to journalists in front of him. He is holding an over/under shotgun with the action open and chambers obvious empty, his hands clearly outside the triggerguard of the shotgun. There is clearly no one behind the Senator, except for a number of buildings several hundred yards in the distance.
Oh my God, it’s gonna be a massacre:
Staunch gun rights advocate Ted Cruz is here seen holding a shotgun while being interviewed by CNN. Can you see what he’s doing wrong? That’s right, he’s violating the first two rules of gun safety.
When you learn to shoot, apply for a hunting or carry license and any time you’re at a gun range, there’s four basic rules of gun safety that — and this is impressed on you very strongly — must be observed at all times:
Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
Never point a firearm at something you’re not willing to destroy.
Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
Properly observed, these rules are almost entirely capable of preventing accidental shootings. And I can’t emphasize how thoroughly they are drilled into shooters both as they’re learning and as they visit any gun range, gun store or participate in any organized hunt.
Siler then tries an appeal to authority, asking a “local hunter and lifetime NRA member” what Cruz did wrong, to which the man replied, the muzzle should always point down.
When you’re talking to children and beginners, it is sometimes helpful to deal in absolutes to simplify a basic lesson.