Once again, I can’t make ALL of this stuff up I comment on…..
From down in Arizona….
Police urge holster use after man shoots his own penis
August 10, 2011 - 9:39AM
US police have warned armed residents not to stuff their guns into their waistbands as portrayed in films and TV shows - after a US man accidentally shot himself in the penis.
Police in Chandler, Arizona said 27-year-old Joshua Seto and his fiancee, Cara Christopher, were walking towards a grocery store when the shooting happened last week.
The pink gun, which was pushed into the front waistband of Seto's pants, fired, striking his penis and continuing through his left thigh, The Arizona Republic newspaper reported.
Ms Christopher called the emergency services, telling a 911 operator: "He's still coherent and everything but he's bleeding quite a lot. He is still conscious, there is just a lot of blood."
The operator told her to apply direct pressure to the wound with a dry towel or T-shirt, but not to look at it.
Ms Christopher replied: "I did look at it. It's pretty bad."
Chandler Police Detective Seth Tyler told Arizona residents to use holsters, not waistbands, to carry their guns, adding films and television shows like Sons of Anarchy, which show tough men shoving guns into their jeans, were not realistic, the Republic reported.
"Whenever you handle a firearm, whether you are a novice or experienced, always treat firearms as though they are loaded," he said.
"If you are going to carry a handgun on your person, use a holster, not your waistband."
Detective Tyler was unsure of the type of gun, or whether it had a safety that was off.
He also says it's unclear if Seto has been released from the hospital or suffered any permanent damage.
OK Folks, I know I have covered this before. If you carry, use a holster that adequately covers the trigger area of your weapon. Kudos to Chandler Police Detective Tyler for using the incident to re-enforce the 1st rule of safe shooting, treat all weapons as if they were loaded. The quip about the gun having a safety or not is kind of moot. If you are carrying a modern pistol or revolver, chances are it has a built in passive safety of some type that will keep it from firing, manual safety on or off, until that trigger is pulled. Whether is be a firing pin block, a hammer block on a revolver, a drop safety block or what have you…most modern designs require that trigger to be pulled in order to go bang….keep the trigger covered so it cannot be pulled by accident and you are good to go! Hmmm, what does this story remind you of….