Because when you don’t, negligent discharges occur. To make things worse, a child was wounded due to the foolishness and inattention of his own mother, and her erstwhile boyfriend.
It’s review time.
The Four Rules
1. All firearms are always 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 until you are ready to shoot.
4. Be sure of your target and what is behind it.
By my reckoning, at least two of the four basic rules of firearms safety were broken here. Finger on the trigger, and muzzle direction.
Now, I don’t want to pile on the mother in this case, she probably feels pretty bad for accidentally plugging her son. But what I want to point out is two things, 1) Gun safety exists for a reason, and 2) we don’t need shit like this. I guarantee that this incident did not go unnoticed by the Brady Bunch; and they feed off of stuff like this. So, to quote LawDog, “keep your booger hook off the bang switch.”