It's more than just the Four Rules; it's knowing where your firearm is, where you are -- and what the rules are in that location for both of you.
Take, for instance, the airport. After a dozen years of Security Theater and, what, thirty years before that of having to walk through a metal detector lest your flight from Minneapolis to St. Paul end up in Havana, you'd would think it would be dawning on folks that carrying a loaded firearm into the "secure" area of an airport is going to be all manner of exciting, and not in a good way.
--Sure, that rule is wrong, and when I rule the world, I'll fix it; but what we've got now is what we must deal with now and right now, they frown on it. For "hauled away in handcuffs" levels of frowning.
And yet it keeps happening. Two people were nicked last week in separate incidents at Indianapolis International House Of Airplanes (it once had a much better name) with handguns in their carry-ons.
"Oops?" Quite apart from the twittering fears of the brainless, if the people carrying had "forgotten that was in there," they need to take a seat over there next to the other dimwits, put on a tall conical cap, and listen up: A firearm is not a pencil stub, a paperclip, a furry old cough drop or a wadded-up tissue and if you're not aware of the presence of your personal carryin' iron, maybe you ought to rethink carrying. What's going to happen if you need it? "'Scuse me, Mr. Miscreant, it's in here somewhere," as you hold a mess of small items in one hand and root around in your purse or valise with the other, "at least I think it is. Here, hold my pocketbook while I look, and I'll shoot you just as soon as I find that darned Glocolt & Smithson automatic revolver...." What's gonna happen when Little Timmy looks through your bag for spare change or a decongestant or a well to fall into? --You'll be down at the pawnshop buyin' that thing back again, is what; or he'll be out holding people up while they dig through their bag for their gun (btw, you totally need a new set of friends and relatives) and those are just the good outcomes.
You're free to be a dam'fool but I'll do what I can to talk you out it -- 'cos if I don't, some nitwit-in-office is gonna try to legislate you out of it. I don't care how badass or nice or Constitutional you are, you pay attention to where your gun's at and keep it away from the secure area of airports. You're not gonna de-infringe those wasp's nests by poking at them with a "How'd that get in there?"
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