I work in a knife shop, and our customer base is about the same as that of a gun shop. Except for the chefs & homemakers who come in for our fine kitchen cutlery, or for sharpening of same. Nothing new when a gun owner came in to look around last week. A dumpy little guy with 511 tactical pants, held up by one of those 'tactical' belts, wearing a safari jacket. No insult meant to people here that prefer that type of dress. Just sayin'.
I noticed his limp, and he got around to annoucing to me that he had recently shot himself in the leg with his concealed carry piece. Turned out it was a Kahr .45. He even brought out of his pocket the bullet that would have killed him if it even came close the femoral artery. One of those defensive all copper things that expand into 7 razor sharp 'petals'.
He'd gone into his bathroom to take a BM. He'd removed firearm from his inside the pants holster and laid it on the vanity. After finishing up and pulling up his pants, he'd tried to reholster. Tried to. Something hung it up. So he tried harder. Much harder. And the .45 went off, leaving what he told me was a small hole going in, a much larger one coming out. Serious surgery, he told me. I listened fascinated, mostly amazed someone would admit to a complete stanger (or to anyone) such a stupid action. He seemed almost proud of it. No kidding.
Then he reached with left hand to pull up his safari jacket, his right moving as if to draw. He wanted to show me the piece he'd irresponsibly handled at least once, with near-deadly results.
"No", I told him. "No, please don't. "Don't show me, and you've got to leave. Leave now. Please". He looked at me like he couldn't figure out what kinda problem I had. Maybe he figured I was anti-gun (not, as I have a concealed permit myself). He shook his head and left, I was relieved when he did.
Not asking any of you if I was out of line, telling the idiot to leave. I already know I was not. Just thought I'd relate the story, illustrating as I do so my complete disgust with gun owners who are not responsible, not safe with a firearm, who have not learned how to use such, how to carry,
have no common sense. Those who make the rest of us look bad. I resent that the most.
But if you ever come into my knife shop, telling me how you shot yourself, know that I will have no pity, and will make fun of you in a public forum. And refuse to allow you to stay.