Let this well known and common-sense saying be your guide
and you will not go far wrong
NEVER EVER LET YOUR GUN,
POINTED BE AT ANYONE
NEVER point your firearm at anybody,
EVEN if you are SURE it is unloaded
ALWAYS treat ANY firearm as if it is loaded.
THE RESPONSIBILITY LIES WITH THE NUT BEHIND THE BOLT !
................Please read on below:
It may be thought that the foolishness of this kind of act,
which fools keep repeating, as the moth and the daddylonglegs repeat that of
flying into the candle, cannot possibly be further set forth than it has repeatedly
been. Perhaps that is so; but there is a folly in connection with it which,
those who are likely to commit, or may be able to prevent at least, have not
had so frequently pointed out to them. That is the folly of leaving a gun about
loaded, which is conditional to the foolish act of letting it off. A gun could
hardly be fired, in foolishness, at a companion by one fool, if it had not been
left about loaded by another fool.
The fool who leaves about a loaded gun, and the fool who pulls its trigger, or the trigger of any gun, whether loaded or not, whilst the gun covers anybody whom he does not mean to shoot, are nearly as great fools, one as the other. But the latter of those fools is something worse than a fool; for covering anyone with a gun and drawing the trigger even knowing it to be unloaded, is shooting that person in idea, and that idea is a vicious and criminal one in itself, and ought, perhaps, in act, to be rendered more punishable than it is.