Sometimes I get bored when I’m done practicing, and I do stuff like that. Then for some reason, I post the video on the internet, likely because I’m a terrible person and an attention whore. But it got me thinking about a lot of things that we do in the gun culture without actually thinking about them. Like the four rules, for example. Sure we can all quote them chapter and verse, but why are they important? And are we actually learning anything if we teach people to recite them by rote?
When I was a kid, I memorized a lot of Bible verses for church. I can still repeat some of them to this day, because I committed them to long term memory. But I couldn’t tell you why I memorized them, or what they were actually about without spending some serious time thinking about it. I wonder sometimes if we don’t do the same thing with the 4 rules. Yes, all guns are always loaded, and yes you should never point a gun at something you don’t want to destroy, but why? Why is this important? Are we just repeating safety rules mindlessly in the hopes that memorization and verbal repetition will create some sort of magical safety barrier that prevents errant gun handling?
If that’s what we’re doing, if we’re just teaching the 4 rules and an exercise in memorization, than I worry that we’re missing the point of them entirely.