I got a lot of heat about an article I posted a few months back that discussed alcohol and firearms. I was called ‘self-righteous’ and even a ‘pussy’. Sticks and stones… I have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to my own rules. That is, if I have even a single drink, I won’t have my firearm around. You can argue all day with me about this, but it’s a decision that’s been made and won’t change. Plus, I don’t really drink anyway, so it’s really a non-issue. The fact of the matter is, one drink can make your brain fuzzy. While everyone reacts differently to one drink, know how it will affect you. I like to be on top of my game.
Let’s quickly move to a recent story of a 57-year-old man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. You’d normally think suicide, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. It seems to be an issue of drinking and playing with your firearm. Again, that never mixes.
This man was drinking with a few friends when he took out his pistol to show it off. Then, for whatever reason, the man removes the magazine and points the gun to his throat. He then pulls the trigger. As you just guessed, a round was chambered, and removing the magazine did nothing to completely clear the firearm.
He died from his injuries.
It’s a very sad thing that occurred, but it’s not an accident. It’s negligence. It’s a damn shame that something like this happened, but that’s why I’m putting it on blast so that people stop and think before they mix alcohol and firearms in the future.