RedState's Watercooler, D-Day Open Thread: Gun Safety PSA


Welcome back to another installment of the Watercooler, RedState’s daily Open Thread! Today, we’ve got…

Public Service Announcement: The Four Rules of Firearms Safety


In light of the Denver Disco Doofus’s  negligent discharge injuring a hapless bystander, I thought a refresher on the Four Rules developed by “Gunner’s Guru” Jeff Cooper might be beneficial, including the Colonel’s elaborating thoughts from Cooper’s Commentaries, volume 6 number 2.

  1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED – The only exception to this occurs when one has a weapon in his hands and he has personally unloaded it for checking. As soon as he puts it down, Rule 1 applies again.
  2. NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT PREPARED TO DESTROY – You may not wish to destroy it, but you must be clear in your mind that you are quite ready to if you let that muzzle cover the target. To allow a firearm to point at another human being is a deadly threat, and should always be treated as such.
  3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER TIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET – This we call the Golden Rule because its violation is responsible for about 80 percent of the firearms disasters we read about.
  4. BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET – You never shoot at anything until you have positively identified it. You never fire at a shadow, or a sound, or a suspected presence. You shoot only when you know absolutely what you are shooting at and what is beyond it.



This Week In History

  • Sunday, 6/3: Adams settles into DC, 1800; Zoot Suit Riots, 1943; Ed White performs first American spacewalk, 1965
  • Monday, 6/4: Washington builds Ft. Necessity, 1754; Ford tests his first auto, 1896; Battle of Midway, 1942
  • Tuesday, 6/5: Uncle Tom’s Cabin begins serial run in newspapers, 1851; Confederate rout in Battle of Piedmont, 1864; Gold Standard abolished, 1933
  • Wednesday, 6/6: Union forces take Memphis, 1862; D-Day, 1944; Orwell publishes Nineteen Eighty-four, 1949
  • Thursday, 6/7: Lee Resolution starts road to independence, 1776; US-UK agreement to end African slave-trade, 1862; Elvis’s Graceland opened to public, 1982
  • Friday, 6/8: Madison proposes twelve Constitutional amendments, 1789; Tennessee secedes, 1861; Navy-USPS “Missile Mail” test, 1959
  • Saturday, 6/9: Georgia Colony chartered, 1732; Battle of Port Republic ends Shenandoah Campaign, 1862; USS George Washington launch debuts nuclear-powered ballistic missile subs, 1959

Today’s Birthdays: Surveyor-outfitter David T. Abercrombie, 1867; astronaut Dave Scott, 1932; actor Robert Englund, 1947; politician Eric Cantor, 1963.

Holidays Around the World: It’s National Huntington’s Disease Awareness Day. Sweden celebrates their National Day, South Korea observes Memorial Day, Bolivia has Teachers’ Day and Taiwan has Engineer’s Day.

This Week In History is compiled with assistance from and Wikipedia. Something interesting not listed here? Please share in the Comments section–this is an Audience Participation Encouraged featurette.


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Quote of the Day

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.–Sir William Drummond


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