Guns are pretty dangerous when they are in the hands of uneducated people. The Internet has tons of proof of this claim, with thousands of videos online showing stupid people with guns accidentally shooting themselves or other people, sometimes with unfortunate results. The following is a clear example of how not to handle a firearm.
Stupid People With Guns | How NOT to Handle a Firearm
The screenshot above is taken from a YouTube video by Tossing salad. According to the caption, the person in the video is a wannabe rapper who is playing around with a gun. Anyone would notice the wannabe rapper is the one who is filming himself rapping with his iPhone using his right hand, and waving his gun in the air using the left hand.
3 seconds into the video, the wannabe rapper playfully shoots the mirror. He then waves the gun to the side, continuing his rap performance. At the 6-second mark, the wannabe rapper appears to have pulled the trigger, causing the gun to go off. The guy was startled and abruptly stopped filming.
Tips To Avoid Accidental or Negligent Firing
While we may never know if the guy owns the gun, or has the license to do so, the video clearly shows he does not know how to properly handle a gun. We are also gonna go out on a limb here and say that this guy really should never hold a firearm. Nonetheless, there is a valuable lesson to be learned in the video: Guns are not toys to be played with. Here are safety tips for handling a gun:
1. Learn basic firearm safety rules before holding one
A responsible person would take upon himself the four rules of firearm safety. Whether you just bought a new gun or have handled a gun a few times, these four rules will quell any trepidation:
- Every gun is always loaded
- Never allow the muzzle to cover anything you are not willing to destroy
- Finger off the trigger until sight is on target and you have decided to shoot it
- Be sure of your target and what’s around it
2. Never rely on the safety
Just because the safety is on does not mean it will not fire even if you pull the trigger. There is still a likelihood of the gun firing. And should it fire, you can never take the shot back. It also pays to learn and understand the firearm, and how to clean it properly.
3. If you have to play around with it, keep your trigger finger straight
While it can be tempting to put on a show like Machine Gun Kelly, you should at least keep your finger away from the trigger. The guy in the video made this grave mistake, which caused the firearm to go off. Straighten your trigger finger and rest it on the barrel so the grip remains comfortable.
Watch the video by Tossing salad again to see how stupid people with guns can cause trouble:
There is some debate about the validity of this video because some say that it is a fake gun. But it does not matter because at the end of the day, people need to be responsible when handling firearms. We can only hope there was only slight property damage and that no one was injured.
What did you think of the video? How could he have prevented this stupidity? Share your thoughts in the comments below.