Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Leg While Buying Milk at Lake Highlands Walmart
The way this is written, the author sounds like a snarky anti-gunner, but the jist of it is that some CHL wasn't careful.
"You get the milk and wait in line to check out. You hand the cashier the milk then fumble in your pocket for your wallet. You realize, as a loud report rattles your eardrums and a stab of pain shoots through your leg that, silly you, you forgot to put the safety on."First of all, the author doesn't seem to know that modern semi-automatics don't all have thumb safeties anymore. (ex: mine has a grip & trigger safety) Secondly, and more importantly, the CHL wasn't practicing proper safety.
If you've read any of my previous articles on the subject, you'll know that I practically *preach* on the topic of using a proper holster. Proper meaning a "non collapsible (preferably kydex) holster that fully covers the trigger well". The CHL in the story obviously wasn't using one.
My point is, just because they call it a "pocket pistol" doesn't mean that you should just drop it in your pocket! Always, always, always use a proper holster. If you carry this kind of gun and you must carry it in your pocket, please look for a nice "inside the pocket" holster.
Every CHL is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of their weapon & holster, maintaining proper training, and safety of themselves and others any time their weapon is present. And every CHL is responsible for maintaining the general public reputation of all CHLs. Those responsibilities should make you want to be a safer person. It certainly does for me...