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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,554041,00.html

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Missouri man reportedly shot himself in the head accidentally while teaching his girlfriend about gun safety.

According to witnesses James Looney was insistent on giving his girlfriend a personal lesson in firearm safety Friday before taking her to a shooting range, MyFOXMemphis reported.

As part of the tutorial, Looney demonstrated different safety features on several firearms then put the guns to his head and asked if they would fire, Jefferson County Sheriff told the station. The third gun actually went off.

The 40-year-old was pronounced dead at a local hospital the next morning - the same day he was to take his girlfriend to the range, the station reported
FYI, if you think that pointing a gun at your head is a good way to teach someone gun safety, you are NOT qualified to teach gun safety, and in fact should not be handling guns yourself until someone teaches you. ::)
 

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Just in case there is anyone who does not know this.........................
TREAT ALL FIREAMS AS IF THEY ARE LOADED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That was just Dumb, Dumb, Dumb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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In this guys case more will learn from him than just his girlfriend.

RalphXL
 

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And people say we instructors are overzealous
 

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Another unfortunate thing about this is that there are probably many more people who do stupid stuff like this in the name of safety and DON'T hurt themselves. I mean, what are the odds that the only guy who points the gun at his head and pulls the trigger in a safety demo makes such a deadly miscalculation? There must be a thousand guys who do this and get away with it. What were those four rules again...?

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Cases such as this also give anti-gunners leverage for more firearm restrictions. Unfortunatly most non-gun people only hear these stories of dumb things done with guns. They never hear about the safe weekends we all have, target shooting or competing. It is very sad that this guy took his own life without knowing he was doing something wrong. I hope this case will inspire people to search out professional training.
 

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Looney was demonstrating how to use the different safety mechanisms on several guns to his girlfriend
The most important safety mechanism is the human brain. Apparently his was defective. Isn't the first rule of gun safety "Don't point a gun at anything you aren't willing to destroy"?
 
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