June is National Safety Month and Glock is asking all of those out there in the firearms community, whether they have combat polymer on tap or not, to take the Glock Safety Pledge.
Why gun safety?
According to the National Safety Council, injuries of all sorts are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. But many injuries can be prevented when people practice safe behaviors. Now firearms are inherently safe, and by no means the leading cause of injury or death in the county.
In fact, in the last two decades the number of unintentional firearm-related fatalities has declined by 58 percent from 1,441 unintentional fatalities in 1991 to 600 in 2011. In fact, you are 55 times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than in one involving a gun.
This decrease is due to a more widespread focus on proper gun safety. No matter how many times you hear it, you always need to follow reasonable safety measures.
The basic rules
Glock is asking everyone to get on board with taking the Glock Safety Pledge. Besides increasing awareness, you can also win prizes (and who doesn't like Glock swag?)
These 'golden four' safety rules, if followed 100 percent, will eliminate all but the most freak of accidents with firearms no matter if they are on the range, in the home, or elsewhere.
1. Treat every firearm as if its loaded. This means anything you would do with the gun while unloaded, is the same thing you would do with it ready to fire. I can personally tell you of two negligent discharges I witnessed with people when people who knew better pulled the trigger on a gun they just 'knew' was unloaded.
2. Never point a firearm at anything that you do not intend to destroy. This includes any and all horseplay with firearms-- especially if you forget rule number one above. This translates into the concept of proper muzzle-control. Remember, the only things that are cleared to point a firearm at is a target, berm, or threat. Moreover, even with that, keep in mind all of the other rules.
3. Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it or behind it. Bullets are funny things. Even low-powered rimfire ammo can travel significant distances and penetrate walls, doors, etc. Keep this in mind even in self-defense instances.
4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target. Ah trigger discipline, or commonly just called TD. Its pretty hard for a firearm, especially a Glock, to just suddenly go off unless the trigger is pulled back successfully. If your trigger finger is aligned down the side of the trigger well, or better, down the side of the slide, until you are ready to fire, the less likely you are to shoot yourself in the leg or accidentally wing an innocent bystander. "Booger hook off the bang switch!"
Be safe out there.