I can be a rather sarcastic and critical old curmudgeon when I choose to. Right now, I’m experiencing such emotions. I’m sure there are many that will be rather surprised at this, but there’s a reason for this behavior, be it justifiable or not.

I saw an article on the Fox News website this morning that proves Mr. Darwin was right.

FOX NEWS- Reputed gang member shoots self with own sawed-off shotgun

“FRESNO, Calif. –Fresno police say a reputed gang member shot himself with his own gun — the second such shooting in as many days. Police tell the Fresno Bee that officers answering a report of shots fired early Sunday found 28-year-old Randy Mcbride with a gunshot wound to the leg. Sgt. Tony Bustos says it appears that Mcbride was in a home when he heard gunshots, put a sawed-off shotgun in his pants and went outside to investigate. Bustos says when Mcbride tried to draw the gun, he pulled the trigger and shot himself….. Police say Mcbride could face charges of being a felon in possession of a gun.”

Obviously, this fine, upstanding and law abiding citizen thought he knew all there is to know about safe firearm handling procedures. Furthermore, it appears he was under the impression he had the right and authority to take the law in his own hands.

I use the term “young male” to describe people that get involved in gangs. They’re certainly not men. My father told me “The man is on the inside.” These young males I speak of are empty inside, especially between the ears.

Eventually, one of these young males is going to encounter the likes of the master shooters and instructors I studied under and find himself on the back side of the curve in a deadly situation. And we’ll read about him, but he won’t read it himself. He’ll be occupying a refrigerated drawer in the morgue with a variety of holes in his chest.

If you have young children, be responsible in how you raise them. Teach them that firearms are not bad, but certainly dangerous if mishandled. Teach them to respect the law and obey it. And teach them to stay far away from gangs and punks.

If you fail to do this, I’m afraid you may receive a call one day asking you to come to the morgue to identify the remains of your child. And seeing a body with a variety of holes in it’s chest can be very unsettling, to say the least.

To paraphrase Willie Nelson, “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be hoodlums.”

Shoot safely!



About Jim

Retired from industrial construction and livin' the dream in the mountains of Virginia.
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