Making Things Better
"Xavier, why are you opposed to gun locks in the gun, loaded chamber indicators and the like?"Less is often more. Sometimes "upgraded" items are really not improved at all. Let's take the Ruger autoloading pistol as an example. The changes made to the Ruger MKII when it became the MKIII do not really enhance the firearm. They diminish it. The additional features of the MKIII add complexity, and promote apathy towards common gun handling/safety skills.
Guns are tools, and tools are useful things. Tools are the essence of form following function. A claw hammer can injure one's thumb if a person is not proficient at hammering nails. Yet nobody mounts a scope on a claw hammer. Nor do lawyers deem it necessary to add engraved warnings on hammers.
I do not understand why guns are different. Firearms safety is inherent in the shooter. Integrated locks, loaded chamber indicators and magazine safeties and especially engraved warnings will not make an ignorant person safer. Only proper education of safe gun handling skills will make him safer.
Labels: Gun Safety