There is no such thing as an “accidental” discharge. Guns don’t fire without a finger on the trigger. And keeping the finger off the trigger, unless one is prepared to shoot, is the primary rule of safe gun handling. This was a NEGLIGENT discharge because she obviously ignored the required trigger finger discipline. Only the fact that the bullet did not strike a person or something like wires in the walls kept this from becoming a tragedy. The lady simply needs to go back and take more instruction, and then take those rules seriously -all the time, and every time she handles her gun.
I am a certified firearms instructor, and have carried a gun all the time for many years. I’ve never had a negligent discharge. Not saying it can’t ever happen, because we are all human, but I wouldn’t try to pass it off as an “accident.” Or worse, that the gun just “went off” on its own.
December 31, 2013 at 7:55am
Fish Oil is NOT an ingredient in WD-40. This is another urban legend that has been around for a long time.
WD-40′s main ingredients, according to its U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet* information, are:
· 51% Stoddard solvent (i.e., mineral spirits: primarily hexane, somewhat similar to kerosene)
· 25% Liquefied petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40′s considerable flammability)
· 15+% Mineral oil (light lubricating oil)
· 10-% Inert ingredients
The German version of the mandatory EU safety sheet lists the following safety-relevant ingredients:
· 60–80% Heavy Naphtha (petroleum product), hydrogen treated
· 1–5% Carbon dioxide
December 29, 2013 at 8:40am
Why didn’t the parents simply pick up the child and take her to the hospital? Why would they wait while call after call went unanswered? I think the young man did the right thing too, but I wonder why so many are depending on others so much, instead of themselves.
The police are NOT in any way obligated to answer a 911 call, nor to intervene in order to protect any individual. They cannot be sued if the victim is injured or dies because they did not respond. I would think this was as true of volunteer EMT and firement.
These volunteers are wonderful, and our country would be much poorer without them, but they cannot take the place of individuals with personal responsibility for their own lives and those of their families.
November 17, 2013 at 8:13am
Not “any other state,” clinker. Lots of us armed old ladies here in Wyoming as well. We have no problem doing what’s necessary to protect ourselves, and no legal barriers to it. I’d a whole lot rather never need to shoot, but I wouldn’t hesitate if it happened. I suspect most of you have never been in that position. I had to shoot a man to save my life 30 years ago. If you want to read the story, click here. http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?page_id=846
I’m so glad this lady survived, but I do wonder how this cretin got into her house without waking her. Did she have the doors locked? She obviously didn’t have a dog or alarm system. There are many things that should be done to create barriers and discouragement for criminals. Having a gun and being willing/able to use it is very important, but only about 10% of what is actually needed for effective self defense. She has the right attitude, and the will to live. I hope she and everyone else learns to lock the doors and do the other things necessary to stay safe.
October 20, 2013 at 7:30am
The only person who is ultimately responsible for your safety is you. Any woman who does not want to be robbed, raped or kidnapped needs to learn how to defend herself effectively, and carry a weapon for the last resort. Those who are unable or unwilling to take that responsibility for themselves should hire a bodyguard, go with a family member, or maybe stay home – or take their chances with the criminals.
Just as with the police, it is impossible for any “security guard” to actually take responsibility for the safety of any individual. You have to do that yourself.
October 19, 2013 at 10:19am
And, of course, no “permit” is required to carry concealed in Wyoming, AZ, Alaska or Vermont. Don’t know about the other states, but in most parts of Wyoming, we’ve been carrying for a long time and that “law” just became official. The police – few in number – don’t spend all their time looking for people to hassle and search either.
October 15, 2013 at 3:05pm
Anyone who can’t be trusted with a gun or any other weapon should have a keeper or be dead at the hands of their intended victim. Any attempt to preempt the right to self defese is defeating for eveyone else.
Then, go look at all of the non-violent, even insanely trivial things that are “felonies,” and you should get the general idea.
October 14, 2013 at 9:02am
Maybe, if they continue to offer the policy, or even continue to stay in business. Or, and this is a big one, if you can continue to pay for it.
Just like “keeping the doctor you like.” Same deal. You might, IF he/she will continue to practice, or if the outfit they work for continues to take your insurance, or IF you live long enough to get an appointment.
Insurance and government interference in the free market is responsible for the incredible and growing cost of medicine of every kind. Everybody seems to want something for nothing, but none of them are willing to work for nothing. Neither will health care professionals.
Learn to get and stay healthy, and learn to take care of yourself for all but the most serious, life threatening things. And look for a “gray market” health care provider now.
Sounds like the gun was in the hands of the other guy. I’m wondering what his nationality had to do with anything… Most service dogs are not trained to jump a man with a gun, however, so I’m still wondering…
But I’ve got to agree with some others here… First you stop the threat. Hard to do if all you’ve got is a dog, obviously, but that’s the priority. Then stop the bleeding, who ever is hit worst. You can’t help anyone else if you bleed out.
Anyway, glad things worked out for you. Hope you can and will get a gun and learn how to use it.
October 9, 2013 at 11:18am
Cannot understand this frantic obsession with left/right, conservative/liberal, etc. There are exactly three kinds of people in the world, and always have been.
1. Those who want to own and control others. They will do whatever it takes to make that happen.
2. Those who have no desire to own or control others, wanting only to be left alone.
3. Those who are not strong enough to do either, but willing to take the stolen goods and help the controllers keep the goodies coming – and often very content to be controlled.
So, let’s get rid of those meaningless labels and start using the three:
Would make our conversations a lot more meaningful.
October 8, 2013 at 1:23pm
Here are some hard and fast facts for everyone. Easily verified in a million places…
The law of the universe:
No human being has the right, under any circumstances, to initiate force against another human, nor to delegate the initiation of force. Every human has the absolute right to own themselves and defend their lives and property by any means necessary.
1. Theft is wrong. No matter who does it or the purpose for which the goods were stolen. Good intentions do not justify theft, ever. Theft (and the real possibility of death if one resists) is not the same thing as charity.
2. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Somebody has to pay for it, even if it is stolen. The person who created the goods or used their time to provide the service paid the initial price. He/she can give it away, of their own free will, but it still costs something to someone.
September 23, 2013 at 2:39pm
They don’t work for me. I don’t want anything to do with politicians or bureaucrats at any level. I didn’t vote for them, and they cannot “represent” me in any way, shape or form. I do not consent. Government is incapable of doing anything without force and theft. The fraud and lies are used to cover the theft and force.
The question not being asked by most of us is: By what legitimate authority? How does anyone legitimately gain authority to control the lives and choices of other people against their will?
They can’t answer that, really, because they have NO legitimate authority over anyone who does not consent to what they are doing; anyone who doesn’t agree to being owned and robbed by their supposed “representatives.”
I own my life and body. I am perfectly capable of working in voluntary association with others for mutual purposes and defense. And so is anyone else who is willing to assume self ownership and complete responsibility for themselves. Those who are truly unable to be self responsible and self supporting would rely on our voluntary charity, instead of receiving the dregs from government stolen goods.
September 20, 2013 at 8:00am
I walk into the bank every month armed. My gun is clearly visible on my belt. Nobody pays any attention to it. In other places, I’d probably conceal. That means CONCEALED, if it needs to be concealed. Nobody should know about it.
So, both these idiots are responsible for the confusion. The guy with the gun needed to carry properly, since having people see the tool was not accepted in that location. The guy with the long, twitchy nose needs to get a life…
September 17, 2013 at 9:35am
Two things commonly left out of the discussion.
1. Violent crime of all kinds has decreased across the country, even in places with the greatest concentrations of dysfunctional people – such as D. C. and Chicago. Generally speaking, the trend is for less and less actual crime (with a victim), especially in those areas where guns are common and people are able to defend themselves.
2. Creation of ever more helpless victims can’t reduce the violence. Criminals want weak, helpless victims. They do not want to be hurt themselves, and will be less likely to attack those who can resist meaningfully.
The answer to “violence” of all kinds is for people to take personal responsibility for their lives (and families) and give up the idea that someone else – or some foolish legislation – can make them “safe.”
August 25, 2013 at 9:58am
What gives the “courts” or anyone else such authority over our lives? Do you own your life?
I own my life and my body… all by myself. I don’t need “permission” of anyone else, let alone government, to live that life as I see fit. And any attempt to interfere with my peaceful life OR death is aggression and tyranny.
And no, we don’t have enough information here, but I suspect he wanted things both ways… he wanted the tax funded “support” of the professional nurse, but also continued control of his own life and family. That hardly ever works out.
I was a hospice RN for 14 years. The “rules” are really screwed up these days, but in the beginning, nobody ready for hospice would have called 911. The nurse may not have had any choice, and a DNR is not a magic talisman, by any means.
August 16, 2013 at 8:56am
Just a few problems with that. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm
May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates – United States
The national average annual wage (among those who actually have ANY job) is $45,790. The national average wage of ordinary police employees is $57,770. This doesn’t include the usual generous pension and other benefits package most LE outfits offer, and which fewer and fewer private employers are able to offer.
Second, the police almost never arrive in time to actually prevent a crime or save a victim. They are generally historians and evidence collectors even when they have the very best intentions. They will, however, often be very glad to attack you and make you the victim all by themselves… and increasingly don’t even need much incentive to do so.
And third, no “law enforcement” organization, at any level, no matter what the propaganda, has any legal obligation to actually protect any individual, ever. They are specifically exempt from this duty, and cannot be sued for any failure to protect anyone, or for any failure to solve a crime.
Each and every person is legally (regardless of the contradictory “laws”) and morally responsible for their own lives and safety, and that of their truly helpless dependents.
This guy rescued a dog, and I’m glad. The last part of that article, however, removes the joy. They now want a “K-9″ unit… so they can more thoroughly terrorize people in their bogus “dr
August 15, 2013 at 10:01am
David, I have to ask if you’ve ever been attacked. Have you ever been in fear of your life and had to defend yourself? I have, and it is only by the greatest good fortune, and the fact that I was armed, that I did not die that night.
WOW, MAMALIBERTY! I read your story, "The Man I Might Have Killed." Impressive and heart-moving! Thanks for sharing. God bless you!
WOW ML - powerful story. Glad you're putting such a traumatic experience to good use. Nice to meet you here & God Bless You!
June 25, 2013 at 12:49pm
The government cannot “provide” or grant any right. The right to life and liberty most definitely include “fun.” The right of humans to life, liberty, property and complete self determination predates the “constitution” by as long as humans have existed.
Women, like men, will make up their own minds about guns, self defense and FUN. We don’t need anyone to define it for us, and we sure can’t expect the controllers in government to protect it. I’m a Certified instructor for firearms and self defense. I carry a gun. http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?page_id=848 Get over it.
June 21, 2013 at 5:30pm
The WalMart national policy on armed customers is to follow the law in the state where the store is located. If either open or concealed carry is legal in the state, it is legal in the store and only dumb managers who don’t understand either the law or the policy will give anyone a problem with it. They simply retain the right to eject anyone causing a problem… and we all know that’s subject to interpretation if the general public is dumb enough to be frightened of the sight of a properly holstered sidearm. Those unwilling to fool with such people are urged to carry concealed.