The Four Rules of Gun Safety Saves Lives!

Four Rules of Gun SafetyJust this past weekend there was a tragedy in my area when a Hyannis man was shot wail jogger in the woods. Barnstable Police Department said they received a call from a woman around 5 p.m. who was reporting hearing a gunshot and saw a man staggering out of the woods. This Brings to mind the Four Rules of Gun Safety.

Arriving on scene police found two men. One man was suffering from pellet injuries to both his hands and upper back. The victim was jogging through the woods with his dog when he was hit twice with shotgun pellets from a hunter who was also in the woods.

The hunter was arrested after the investigation and charged with unlawful possession of ammunition primer, and unlawful possession of a gun that police found in his truck. It is illegal to possess firearms and ammunition without the proper licenses in the state of MA. The hunter was also charged with careless use of a firearm causing injury and carrying a dangerous weapon after police found a spring-loaded knife.

Four Rules of Gun Safety

Never mind the fact that the jogger was running through the woods during deer season without wearing orange, or the fact that he was in the wrong area. The hunter in this case is fully to blame. If the hunter would have followed the basic rules of Gun Safety this would have never had happened. The Four Rules of Gun Safety are:

  1. Treat Every Firearm as if it is loaded.
  2. Never Point a firearm at anything you don’t intend on shooting.
  3. Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.

Without a Shadow of a doubt

buckshot woundI can prove without a shadow of a doubt that the hunter in this case violated at least three of the four most basic rules of firearms safety. Although the hunter may have treated his firearm as if it was loaded and followed rule one that does not negate the other four rules.

The hunter in this case pointed a loaded firearm in an unsafe direction and at a target that he was not intending on shooting. Not only was the hunter pointing a loaded weapon at the jogger but he had no way of clearly identifying his target.

Sunset in Hyannis, MA that day was 1610 or 410pm and the incident occurred shortly before 5pm. Even though the hunter may have had a little bit of light there is no way that he could have clearly identified his target and what was beyond it. IF he would have been able to clearly identify his target he would have never taken the shot.

In direct contradiction to what the hunter should have done he not only took one shot but a follow up shot on the target that was un identified violating rules two, three and four!

Could have been much worse

four rules of gun safetyDon’t get me wrong this incident could have been much worse! Luckily the hunter was not hunting with slugs but only buckshot. But even then it makes me wonder if he was in range to make an effective kill. If he had been I would be reporting a much more gruesome story.


there is no excuse for violating the basic four rules of gun safety rules! If you are unable to follow these very simple rules then you have no place owning or using a firearm. This is just one of many stories just like it that happen every year because of hunters not clearly identifying their targets. Don’t be the next person that we write about this year. Follow the rules and be safe and legal!

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About the Author:

Hi, I am Gregory Beckman, as the main owner of Military Hunting and Fishing let me tell you a little bit more about myself. I am currently an active duty member in the United States Coast Guard. I have been privileged to traveling the world. My experiences have shaped the way that I see the world and my memories will stick with me for a lifetime. Although I may not live in the country, the country lives in me. Traveling the world I have had the chance to experience the wonders of nature in many different places, meeting many different people and tasting wild game that the normal person would not get to experience. Although these experiences have kept me away from home, it has instilled a deep passion of hunting and fishing in my blood. Thank you for joining our site, and I look forward to interacting and sharing stories of our hunting adventures. Gregory A. Beckman
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