Accidental Discharge Leads to Unabashed Learning Experience
Back when I was much younger — and, as a result, much more foolish — I owned and rode a motorcycle. It wasn’t the fact that I rode motorcycles that made me foolish. It was the fact that I thought I was somehow exempt from the cliché, “You ride ‘em, you wreck ‘em,” or, more commonly, “It’s not if you’ll be in an accident, but when.”
My ignorance of this warning resulted in not properly preparing for the day that I would be in an accident myself. As a result, when I did have an accident, I was wearing safety gear but was not prepared with how to deal with a last-second cut off, the result of bad judgment from a typical four-wheel driver. Now I have to forever live with the consequences of my failure to prepare by losing the use of my right arm.
I don’t intend to make the same mistake with firearms.
Spend enough time around firearms and you WILL experience accidental and, quite likely, negligent discharges. Many YouTube gun channels have experienced this. Some have even posted their negligence/accidents on YouTube, but use excuses to explain away what happened and attempt to defer fault.
Look, this stuff happens. Rather than try and sweep it under the rug, we need to review the experience and learn all that we can from it. Failure to do so is simply setting yourself up for it to happen again, and possibly harming someone when it does.
So I’ve gotta give serious props to YouTuber TeamKLR2Bar (aka TDCtactical) for having the courage to post his on-video experience with an accidental discharge and providing his very sound lesson-learned response to it. It takes courage because you know that posting yourself doing something like this will bring massive amounts of haters who go on and on about what a moronic idiot you are.
Here is the accidental discharge in all it’s glory, quickly followed up by what he did to learn from it and how he updated his safe operating procedure (SOP).
I’ve been shooting guns for over 30 years, and stuff like this just happens. The best you can do is follow safety protocols at ALL times so that when it does happen to you, you don’t end up killing someone. Then, if you’re wise enough, you review what happened, learn from it, and update your SOP to try and prevent it from ever happening again — or, at least, creating a safer environment in the case that it does.