Many non-gun people think that firearms and hunting are necessarily very dangerous. This is not the case as compared to most sports. Having taught hunter safety for more than two decades (yes, I have been teaching it since about 1989), I have watched the hunting and firearms accident statistics.
For example, the state of Georgia annually there are usually less than 100 accidents. Usually, only about five of these are lethal. This can be compared to a popular sports statistic. In the year 1991, there were 300,000 non- professional injuries from amateur football which resulted in surgeries. Think about it. How many former football players do you know who have injuries that have not ever had them repaired? All of the former players? Most of them? Just one-half of them? Obviously, when compared to other sports, hunting and firearms handling is much safer.
Having watched these statistics over the decades, I have surmised that four basic safety rules would address most hunting, firearms, and gun safety accidents. These can be summarized with a simple acronym called TABS.
- T – Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
- A – Always point your gun in a safe direction.
- B – Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
- S – Safety harnesses should be used when tree stand hunting.
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