|With my luck at fishing I would hook a Hi-Point...|
OK, so finding something like this may be a big shock to some, but to Mr. Pina here, it was a harrowing and frightening experience...one he hyperventilated apparently while telling a reporter and apparently it was a "horrible" experience that his son had to see that as well. WTF is this world coming to? Horrible to just have you child look at a gun? What about when reality sets in later in life and he learns that there are some 80 MILLION of them in the hands of his fellow US citizens. Well, if he should cower in fear at the thought of one handgun, that information might make one just break down and die from fear now, wouldn't it?
|OMG!...Its a GUN!!|
This is why there are anti's in this country to begin with, we have a nation of "haves" and "have nots" in regards to firearm experience. Those that "have" would think nothing of the sight of a handgun NOT being used unsafely, those that "have not" recoil in horror because they have been brainwashed into thinking that a gun will spontaneously kill everyone in the area on its own. Sorry folks, it doesn't work that way. A gun is a machine, just like any other machine it obeys the laws of physics in its operation. Its no more likely to go off on its own than a car is to start up and drive away on its own, a washing machine to do the laundry without you there, the lawn mower to mow without you (although that would be awesome for yours truly if that actually worked) and so on. A living, breathing and, most importantly, thinking person must activate it in order for it to fulfill its intended purpose. As long as the person the closest to that pistol is thinking and rationale....and not panicking like and idiot in front of their child....that pistol poses no particular threat. In this regard it appears Mr. Pina failed.
“When I pulled it up, I dropped it over at the pier. I didn’t dare to touch it.”Really, you dropped it? Now the vast majority of modern pistols have some type of drop safety mechanism in them to prevent discharges if dropped...that is when properly maintained. This pistol (and I do not know if it was loaded or not) had been submerged in salt water for an extended period of time. In this condition there is the possibility that a safety may malfunction. So, by dropping it (and I do believe he means this literally because nothing in the article leads me to believe he would even think of touching it) you did probably the most unsafe thing with it possible at that moment. Way to go.
Respect firearms, don't fear them unless they are pointed directly at you by a person intent on doing you harm.