- All guns are always loaded.
- Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
- Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target!
- Always be sure of your target.
An active-duty military member shot himself in his leg Thursday in a Tikahtnu Commons parking lot as he loaded his pistol for a venture into town, police said.
Police received a call at 11:47 a.m. that a man had a non-fatal injury after shooting himself in his left thigh, said Anita Shell, Anchorage police spokeswoman.
The man had just left Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, where regulations bar military personnel from carrying loaded personal firearms, Shell said. The man was in the Tikahtnu parking lot, just outside the base, to meet his wife for lunch at the Red Robin there, Shell said.
The man was seating his magazine with his finger on the trigger when he shot himself, Shell said. [Emphasis added - Ed.]
But this isn't possible, right? The anti-gun fringe is always telling us that only military and police should have guns. They're the ONLY ONES trained enough.
I was first handed a rifle at the age of six, in 1961; you do the math. Yes, I've been in the Navy, and worked for a small-town PD in the years since then ... but have never shot myself.
Accidents happen, people. I'm sorry he hurt himself, but this one was entirely preventable ... sigh.