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Mark Atwood

  1. Finger inside trigger guard. That should get him ejected by the RO by itself.
  2. He's not looking at where it's pointed.
  3. (similar but different to above) He doesn't know what's BEYOND where it's pointed.
  4. No eye protection.
  5. No visible ear protection. (They all might be wearing plugs, so I shouldn't count it.)

If he's going to do a photo op to try to impress the RKBA folks, maybe his campaign should have hired a consultant to make him look less damn stupid. (Tho, maybe they *did*, and said consultant proceeded to make him look bad...)
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juuro From: juuro Date: July 4th, 2004 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe I see plugs on all three gents.

I always use double ear protection: both the plugs and the muffs.
I don't think I ever used eye protection, except with the grenade launcher. Eye protection is not required by the army regulations over here. Not a bad idea, though, I fully concur that.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: July 4th, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
#4 and #5 are little nits, I admit.

#1, #2, and #3, on the other hand, are Big Deals.

Especially since it turns out this wasn't an unloaded prop gun photo-op, he was actually shooting skeet.
juuro From: juuro Date: July 4th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
1, 2, and 3 -- fully agreed.

BTW, what are those loudspeaker-resembling things 'round him?
sinanju From: sinanju Date: July 4th, 2004 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
And maybe it's just a particularly unflattering photo (opposition action, again?) but what the hell is he DOING? It _looks_ like he's shouting to the cameraman, "Watch this! I'm NOT EVEN LOOKING!"
riverheart From: riverheart Date: July 4th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Grrrr. Politicians give us gun owners a bad name.

Kerry's wearing EARs (plugs). The other two gentleman are likewise wearing plugs. Don't know about the lady, because her ears are obscured by Kerry's gun. I go for plugs and muffs every time.

Eye protection missing on at least two gentlemen, Kerry included. NOT good. Maybe more excusable for skeet shooting than at something like a pistol or rifle range.

#s 1-3 are big deals. VERY big deals. Note also that his finger is inside the trigger guard as he's pumping the shotgun! Not only has he almost certainly just completed a shot, but he's getting ready to shoot again. He's getting his ammo positioned. His finger most certainly should be laid alongside and upwards of the trigger, flat against the barrel.

He also has chosen to go shooting with someone whose shotgun is tricked out in Mossy Oak Shadow Grass camo. This is something I have to say I don't understand. If you're going duck hunting and you (for some reason) have to put down your shotgun, how the heck are you going to FIND it if you've covered it in Shadow Grass camo?

I strongly suspect the "loudspeaker looking thingies" are shotgun rests. One puts the shotgun in barrel first, with the business end pointed safely at the ground at an angle.
riverheart From: riverheart Date: July 4th, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's still not as bad as that pic of DiFi sweeping the crowd with an AK-47, though.
fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: July 5th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC) (Link)
DiFi can suck moldy donkey dick.

She likes to pack while attending session, and had done so while voting for more victim disarmament laws.
riverheart From: riverheart Date: July 5th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think of it rather as "voting against victim prevention methods". The idea of carrying is to not become a victim in the first place (says the woman with the CPL).

DiFi can kiss a fish as far as I'm concerned. She's a hypocrite. I may mostly vote Democrat, but I'd never vote for her, or anybody else who thinks that only THEY can pack, and the rest of us should be disarmed.

This means I end up voting third party a lot.
daikitsune From: daikitsune Date: July 4th, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I was but a boy, at 13, I learned how to fire a shotgun, and took to it wonderfully. I'm a very good shot. But one of the most frightening things that's happened in my life is something that didn't happen that day:

I just remember the moment that I carelessly let the barrel of my gun swing past the midsection of the farmer (about 5 feet away) who was showing me how to shoot. The safety was off, the gun was loaded and ready, and my finger was inside the trigger guard. A slight twitch, a stumble...any little thing gone wrong and I probably would have killed him. Nobody noticed it except for me, but I've been EXTREMELY careful ever since.

A picture like this just makes me shake my head and desire to move to Canada.
xenologue From: xenologue Date: July 5th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
C'mon up. There's plenty of room. :)
seawasp From: seawasp Date: July 7th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

I suspect...

... He was given a bunch of instructions for the camera. "Look like you're going to shoot it. No, don't look down there, we need you to look into the camera..."
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