As funny as these 10 (fake) rules might be - gun safety is a very important topic here at Many times, while browsing gun forums such as this one, you will see posts erupt into a chorus of irate members because of a stray finger too close to a trigger. There is good reason. Continue reading to see the REAL 4 gun safety rules.

Picture - courtesy of our friends at Gun Hack

My own grandfather was killed due to a handgun mishap, and I'm not the only one to lose someone to an accidental discharge. 606 people were killed accidentally in 2010. These deaths could have been prevented had the 4 rules been followed.

  1. Treat every gun as if it is loaded.
  2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on target (and you have made the decision to shoot).
  4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.

The real message of these rules is simple - awareness. This is, of course, my opinion - but I believe it stands on its own.

  1. Be aware that you are holding a potentially deadly weapon.
  2. Be aware that the object opposite your muzzle might die.
  3. Be aware that your decision to pull the trigger might cause a death.
  4. Be aware that bullets might go through your target into an unintended target.

Please, shoot responsibly.