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Too Many Safeties

Instapundit reports on what can happen when your gun has too many safeties.

6 Responses to “Too Many Safeties”

  1. Counsel says:

    Was that a problem with too many safety mechanisms or with operator error? I actually like the extra thumb safety on my fnx-9, and my draw includes the move to disengage ;)

  2. What Counsel said …. sounds like she thought the firearm was magical, rather than being a tool that the user needs to have some familiarity with.

  3. Tam says:

    Looks like an older Ruger P-9X, so the “three safeties” bit is a little spurious, since only one of them is actually a manual safety on the outside of the gun and the other two are like the “three safeties” on a Glock.

    But, yeah, using a slide-mounted safety as anything other than a decocker is asking for trouble.

    On the other hand, the gun was apparently being stored next to a chair and not secured in any way. If the intruder had grabbed the gun first and tried to shoot the homeowner and failed to disengage the safety, then the discussion would be all about how the safety saved the good guy’s life…

  4. Robert says:

    Like Counsel — operator error. As the article quotes, “Graves has hated guns ever since her father died from an accidental shooting” — so its likely she has /absolutely zero training/ in how to operate one. Trying to use any firearm without experience would be a major issue for nearly anyone, because they’re not auto-magical.

  5. Stephen says:

    The lady didn’t even take the time to learn the basics of operating a firearm her husband kept unsecured in her home … and then it’s the safety’s fault when it didn’t work for her. Huh.

    She made her choice to make sure the guns in the house were useless to her a long time before this happen, and her choice bore fruit.

  6. Geodkyt says:

    Tam,

    The gun they are holding up in the photos is identified as the murder weapon in one caption, as being involved in other captions.

    The husband was shot before the wife even started to go fetch theweapon from where it was stashed next to the husband’s chair.

    Ergo, the weapon in the photo is NOT the gun that failed to fire.

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