This week’s #10 lesson in gun safety

For this week’s tenth lesson in how obviously safe guns are and how clearly responsible gun owners can be we travel to Fairfield County, Ohio. Where we defer to firearms safety officer Terry Dunlap Sr.

LANCASTER, Ohio — A firearms instructor accidentally shot a student while teaching a gun-safety class on Saturday in Fairfield County to people seeking permits to carry concealed weapons.

Terry J. Dunlap Sr., who runs a shooting range and training center at 6995 Coonpath Rd. near Lancaster, was demonstrating a handgun when he fired a .38-caliber bullet that ricocheted off a desk and into student Michael Piemonte’s right arm.

Dunlap, 73, also is a long-time Violet Township trustee who is running for re-election in November.

Yesterday, Piemonte said he feels lucky, and it could have been worse.

It could have been worse. The safety instructor could have shot Michael’s balls. But the facts are that Dunlap himself wasn’t even looking in the kid’s direction at the time and he’s not exactly Annie Oakley. Back in Ms. Oakley’s day, the impresarios of rodeo entertained the crowd by throwing playing cards in the air. Nowadays Michael only hides his balls beneath a sturdy desktop and that’s not interesting or fair.

He and his wife, Allison, both 26 and residents of Pataskala in Licking County, attended the daylong concealed-carry class together.

“My wife was sitting just inches away from me,” he said. “It could have easily hit her.”

Dunlap apparently didn’t know that the gun was loaded, Piemonte said — “That’s my guess.”

What did you expect from a firearms safety expert? That he would remember such things? That he might not come close to shooting your balls? C’mon man. From this we once again conclude: The more guns you have, the safer your safety is.

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