It’s the gun, not the person.

It’s the gun, not the person.

Famous words of anti-gun people. Most gunnies balk and exclaim it’s not the gun, but the person, and rightfully so. The person is the one who controls the firearm, the tool. The firearm is not a weapon, it’s simply an extension of the person. Technology is human, it’s how we progress and evolve ourselves. We are the weapons, not the metal in our hands.

So, tell me this. Why is it when we see a good shooter with an expensive gun we say, “Well, if I had a gun like that…” Sure, there are some features that a quality firearm possesses that make it inherently better in certain areas. But by no means does it make the shooter.

However, it’s not the good shooter, or the anti-gun crowd I’m focusing on. I’m focusing on people who blame the gun, instead of the user. More and more do I see it coming from the gunnies. Headlines read, “Man shoots woman while cleaning handgun”. One not need look far to see most people blame the gun, usually a Glock. Yes, I’ll agree that the Glock does not have the best takedown procedure. But this is irrelevant in most cases, and here’s why.

1) NEVER POINT YOUR GUN AT ANYTHING YOU AREN’T WILLING TO DESTROY.

Bolded for emphasis. This seems like an easy one, right? Bullets towards the bad guys, bullets come out of the barrel, don’t point the barrel at loved ones. So why is it so hard to follow?

2) Keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.

Well, you can’t do that with a Glock, can you? So, if you’re going to pull the trigger, you should expect the gun to shoot. If you did your duty and made sure the chamber was empty (you did do that, didn’t you?) then you shouldn’t be surprised about the absence of a bang.

3) ALWAYS KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT IS BEYOND IT.

Again, bold for emphasis. This goes back to number 1. If your gun is pointing at a person, and you’re going to pull the trigger, is that good? Maybe in some situations, but not if you’re cleaning your gun.

4) TREAT ALL GUNS AS IF THEY’RE LOADED!

You can violate any one of the rules, and be ok (meaning you didn’t kill anyone). But break two, and all bets are off. The gun doesn’t break the rules, the person does. Sure, having to pull the trigger to takedown the Glock isn’t the best for one of the most common in-use pistols in the world. But it is what it is. Dry firing is also a common activity with firearms. If someone shoots their gun on accident while dry firing we don’t blame the gun, we blame the idiot who didn’t unload the gun. So why do we insist on blaming the Gun when someone ND’s while taking apart their Glock?

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Greg Ryman is a certified NRA instructor and RSO. He is also a California DOJ Certified Handgun Safety Instructor and a Certified Glock Armorer. Greg has been shooting for over 20 years and is the owner of Ryman Tactical.

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