How to be safe when using guns.
Guns are an undeniably controversial issue in the U.S., especially now. Whether you’re for them or against them, the reality is that they are part of our culture and to some degree they always will be.
That said, if you’re like me, you know nothing about guns or gun safety. Except, of course, what the movies have told you, which apparently is a bunch of lies. Thankfully for us, the gun lovers of Reddit came together to dispel the most commonly believed and repeated falsehoods about gun use and safety and they’re really enlightening. So let’s take a journey and learn the truth about guns together.
Not Anyone Can Shoot
That having a scoped rifle makes it trivially easy to hit targets at long range.
On TV they always depict the view through a scope as being perfectly steady. IRL it’s shaky as hell. (PeakPredator)
Another user added:
ok never used a scope on a rifle, but I spend a lot of time with large binoculars, and a 15x binocular will magnify any shake in the system by 15x. A rifle scope would do the same (get-finch)
Warning Shots Are Not a Thing
“Why don’t they fire warning shots!?”
That bullet is still going somewhere. If you shoot in the air, it comes down. If you shoot at the ground, it will probably ricochet. If you shoot horizontally, it’s almost definitely gonna hit something before it lands. (mmmbacon914)
This False Portrayal
[It’s not true] that a person hit with a bullet will be lifted off the ground and thrown across the room. (PeakPredator)
Another user clarified:
I mean, SOME bullets can do that at certain distances. And of course by bullets I mean munitions. And by thrown across the room I mean obliterated. (skwonkie_)