18 Year Old FL Man Ignores All 4 Rules of Firearm Safety, Shoots Self in Private Parts

September 11 2012
by GSL Staff
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Sometimes we have to publish a story like this in order to highlight the four rules for firearm safety and why they exist.

According to WTSP.com, Michael Smeriglio, of Port St. Lucie, FL, accidentally shot himself while cleaning a gun. Doctors say the bullet went through his penis, his left testicle and then lodged itself in his thigh.

Ouch.

Smeriglio claims he bought the gun at a party a month before.

There are four hard and fast rules for gun safety.

  1. All guns are always loaded.
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

The rules are meant to be overlapping and redundant. That is to say, if one rule is not properly followed, the other three rules should prevent a disaster from happening.

Accidentally pull the trigger when you didn’t mean to? Yeah, a negligent discharge (ND) is a very bad thing, but if you are following rules 2 and 4 there should never be an inadvertent injury, even during a ND.

Apparently, Mr. Smeriglio never learned these rules as a child. Just as it is a parent’s responsibility to teach their children about other rules for safety (look both ways before crossing the street, don’t get in a car with a stranger, etc), it should be equally important to teach children the four rules of gun safety. This can even be done by parents who do not own guns themselves.

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