A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, April 21, 2006

Idiots With Guns #28

Nina is trying real hard to look like a Hollywood badass with her finger on the trigger of her Makarov. Her pistol is either cocked, or she is pulling the trigger back in double action. Either way, she has earns the title of this week's idiot when she turns the pistol on her camera.

The purpose of Idiots with Guns is not to humiliate, but to educate. Over the years we have seen photos of people who, upon picking up a gun, just cannot resist pointing it at something they should not, with their finger on the trigger. This is usually the camera, another person, or themselves. These photos are often difficult to google up, because of the pages they are shown on. If you have archived any of these photos, feel free to send them in to bayouroversATjamDOTrrDOTcom

The Four Rules
1. All firearms are loaded
2. Never let the muzzle of a firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy
3. Keep your finger off the trigger unless your sights are on the target
4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it

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6 Comments:

Blogger Sterno said...

Nooooo!! Not an idiot with a Mak!

And one of the .22 conversions too...

8:59 AM  
Anonymous xochitl said...

if only they would extirpate their kind before they can reproduce...

3:16 PM  
Anonymous shawn said...

I was introduced to shooting and gun by discovering Col. Jeff Cooper in the late sixtys. I recalling reading one piece he wrote about having to pose for pictures for articles he was doing and how the photographer would sometimes insist on his pointing the gun at the camera (note the good Col. would still never have his finger on the trigger in the pictures and would be very sure the firearm was unloaded), he would instead point slightly to the left or right if he could. Even then he would remark that it would make him physically ill to do so. Recall by this time he had been in combat in WWII and two other gun fights, so it waan't that he couldn't point at people if NEED be. It impressed me that he would internalize Rule Two to that degree.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous wolfwalker said...

Xavier, have you ever considered doing something like a "Four Rules survey" of TV cop shows? I was watching an episode of NCIS a few weeks ago, not long after reading an "Idiots with Guns" post, and suddenly noticed that the show seems to make a point of following the Four Rules. The characters draw their guns only in practice or a combat situation; they never point the gun straight at the camera; scenes of them taking out or putting away their sidearms often include them checking the clip and clearing the chamber. When their guns are out but action doesn't seem imminent, the agents always have their finger around the guard, not on the trigger. Another CBS show, Numb3rs, doesn't have as many gun scenes, but they also seem to follow the Four Rules.

OTOH, NBC's Law & Order seems to routinely violate the Four Rules.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

WW,
That's an interesting idea! Unfortunately, I do not watch enough of those types of programs to make a fair assessment. If they play for over two minutes on my TV it's because I'm looking for the remote!

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xavier, you keep mis stating rule number one, it is propperly stated "all guns are ALWAYS loaded" 1911 Tom

1:28 PM  

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