A man is in critical condition after he accidentally shot himself while checking for burglars. [Police] say the man thought he heard someone in his apartment, woke up and grabbed his .22 caliber handgun and his flashlight. He went to turn on his flashlight but pulled the gun’s trigger instead.
- Treat all guns as if they are loaded – check
- Never point the gun at anything you do not want to shoot or kill – oops!
- Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot – oops!
- Be absolutely sure of your target – oops!
It’s actually very easy to not shoot yourself and to avoid unpleasant meetings with the police and friendly hospital staff.