“Authorities said the 76-year-old woman shot herself in the neck and jaw just after 6 p.m. while trying to lock up a rifle in the family’s gun cabinet at her home on Baker Acres Drive in Melrose.”
It wasn’t very long ago that I was afraid of all of the rifles and guns that GB had in our house. I wanted to learn how to tell if they were loaded and what safety features each had, but I felt overwhelmed because it was a lot to keep straight. As someone who had, at that point, never shot a firearm before, they all looked alike. I couldn’t tell them them apart or remember which had safeties and which didn’t. It was a frightening experience for me. But GB worked with me to learn how to tell when a firearm is unloaded and on safe. And when we store rifles and guns in our gun safes, they are all of them unloaded. Not some loaded and some not so as to avoid confusion or any mistakes.
I was sad to read that a woman shot herself this week trying to put a rifle in her gun safe. I wonder if she knew how to tell if the rifle was safe, if someone taught her like GB taught me. I wonder if her family made a conscious effort to keep the firearms in the safe all in the same condition to avoid confusion. I hope that she and her family will learn from this incident and take steps to keep everyone in their house aware of which guns and rifles are where, what their features are, etc. I’m glad that her injuries are non-life threatening and wish her a speedy recovery.