Some of our commenters don't like it when I post stories like this. They feel my message is that all or most gun owners are like this. Nothing could be further from the truth, which I continually assert. So, why do they hate it so much?(28 February 2000, Texas) A Houston man earned a succinct lesson in gun safety when he played Russian roulette with a .45-caliber semiautomatic pistol. Rashaad, nineteen, was visiting friends when he announced his intention to play the deadly game. He apparently did not realize that a semiautomatic pistol, unlike a revolver, automatically inserts a cartridge into the firing chamber when the gun is cocked. His chance of winning a round of Russian roulette was zero, as he quickly discovered.
I have a theory. They hate these stories because they know that what I keep saying is absolutely true. A small, but significant, percentage of them is comprised of folks who are not the responsible, squared-away, savvy gun owners they themselves are, at least according to them.
What's your opinion? Is the Russian Roulette story too far-fetched? Isn't it just a bit stupider than leaving a round in the chamber when you begin cleaning the weapon?
What do you think? Please leave a comment.