I feel like it has been a minute since we’ve covered any negligent discharge stories, and it is the first for the year. We can watch what happened and learn from it thanks to the gun range’s security camera.
Recently, a man and two women were at the Parma Armory Shooting Range in Parma, Ohio. We don’t know if they are preparing to go shooting or just finishing up. You can see the man explaining something to the two women, and then he picks up his Glock 9mm handgun. It is hard to tell what he is trying to do. But then you see him turn the gun slightly so that it was then pointed at the woman next to him. It seems like he tries to rack the slide with his finger on the trigger. And then he has a negligent discharge.
The round went through the man’s wrist, into the woman’s stomach, and then in and out of her leg, according to Clevland19. Both were treated at the hospital and released. Luckily, no one was severely injured.
So, as usual, I’ll leave the following link to the 4 Rules of Gun Safety, which would have prevented this incident if they had been followed. The man handling the firearm in this video broke the first three rules.
- Treat every gun as if it was loaded: broken
- Always point the muzzle in a safe direction: broken
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot: broken
Learn the rules and follow them.
And while you are at it, go out and get some medical training. I always recommend that you should at least take a Stop the Bleed course as a concealed carrier. But I’d also recommend getting TCCC certified so that you will know how to deal with gunshot wounds and other trauma.
And training is no good without having the tools with you. Do you have a trauma kit with a tourniquet with you when you go to the range? You should. Would you have been able to spring into action if someone were to be shot at the range? These are all things to think about.
Stay armed and prepared.