"Gun with 3 safeties" blamed for inability to shoot home invader

"Gun with 3 safeties" blamed for inability to shoot home invader

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    "Gun with 3 safeties" blamed for inability to shoot home invader

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    "I kept pulling the trigger," she said. "I was trying to get that gun to go off, and I just couldn't."

    The gun, as it turned out, had three separate safety mechanisms.
    She couldn't kill the man who killed her husband. And probably never touched that gun until she needed it. I want to know what kind of gun she had.
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    That is very tragic for her.

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    If you look at the photos that go with this news article, you will see that the murderer had used a Ruger pistol to kill her husband.

    No indication, though, as to what the husband had kept in the house for their protection. I would suspect that I would have to be some type of handgun with a manual safety on it.

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    While I'm not a fan of safeties, it's not the gun's fault.
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    Glock's advertise their 3 Safeties.

    Perhaps she didn't have one in the pipe?

    Sounds like the kind of dumb mistake a journalist would make.
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    She's a victim of the "No one needs a gun" until they need a gun mentality. Her inability to manipulate the firearm properly is her fault and her fault only.
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    I didn't know how to drive a stick shift the first time I got in one. Is that Ford's fault? No.
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    That mindset of "I'll figure it out when and IF I need it" is way too common and I see it alot.

    It's part of the "we want it now" mentality that is prevalent in todays society.

    As for the title of the article, it's not suprising in this day and age of no personal responsibility.
    She hated guns and likely never messed with it...until she needed it. She also said she just "gave up".Bad,bad mindset.
    Now she can cry her life away and blame it on the evil gun that wouldn't work when she needed it.
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    While I am sorry for her loss and her inability to achieve a reckoning, her hatred of guns very possibly caused her unfamilairity and inability to operate the weapon.
    Unless some other facts come to light, its very simple, operator error.
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    Yeah this lady was a fool and I feel bad for her. Despite her irresponsibility in learning to properly use the firearm, she and her husband don't deserve such a tragedy. Of course, this is why I have a loaded 686 set aside for my wife to use in case of a home invasion. I'm sure that would go off just fine, all 7 times...

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    Bottom line...... If you have a gun in the house, know how to use it.
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    They struggled for the gun, the BG may have pushed the slide back just enough it wouldn't shoot when he got a hand on it. A manaul safety or decocker would be my other guess.
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    Picture of the TBI agent holding the gun says it's a Ruger. My guess is the chamber was empty.
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    Her own fault for not knowing how to use it. The only safety on my pistol is my finger and my brain. The wife knows how to shoot, but if she didn't, she could still pick it up and hit the bang switch without having to know anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guantes View Post
    While I am sorry for her loss and her inability to achieve a reckoning, her hate of guns very possibly caused her unfamilairity and inability to operate the weapon.
    This.

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