I'm curious as to other peoples "stupid gun stories" that they've personally experienced.
It was the thread about the 8 year old with the gun at school found here: http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...40-school.html that got me thinking about mine. I was responsible for teaching my step kids about guns, but only because I was a gun owner. My wife had never exposed them to guns and was pretty anti-gun.
I can't tell you how many times this conversation unfolded:
Them: "Is that loaded?"
Me: "All guns are loaded, always."
Them: "yeah, but does that one have bullets in it?"
Me: "All guns have bullets in them."
Them: <confused look>
Me: "Lots of unloaded guns have killed people. The words 'I didn't know it was loaded' are probably the most common excuse for accidently killing someone. If you treat every single gun as if it's loaded and ready to shoot at all times, you won't accidently kill someone with an 'unloaded gun'"
Them: "ooooooh! Okay. But is that one loaded?"
Me: "All guns are loaded."
One of the measures of when I figured it would be okay to spend time teaching the kids to shoot was when they were able to grasp that concept. It quickly becomes a matter of second-nature. If I ask them now, "is that loaded?" without even thinking they'll tell me "all guns are loaded".
Anyway, my stupid gun story...
In college I walked into a party (with lots of beer and such) and a group of guys who had just watched The Deer Hunter were sitting around a table with a Stainless Interarms Dragoon .44 mag, doing the whole Russian Roulette thing. I completely came unglued and they told me, "it's not loaded!" and I had to lecture a bunch of my peers (who weren't used to seeing me visibly angry) about basic gun safety. I then removed the gun to the trunk of my car and managed to actually permanantly liberate it. Either way, I definitely spoiled the party that night.
Despite the sound of it, these weren't idiot kids. They were of above average IQ. Some of them went on to be responsible gun owners (mostly thanks to me). But they had zero experience with guns, or even remedial gun safety. If it were hammered into kids heads in school, even if they were never to touch another gun again in their lives, we'd all be safer.