Remember Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey’s advice that Christians should get their concealed-carry permits? The faithful may want to rethink that advice after a California pastor was seriously wounded by his instructor in gun safety class. Roll that beautiful gunfail footage:
Tom Smith, a pastor at The House Modesto, was attending a course taught by Phillip Rushing at the Personal Protection Institute on Woodrow Avenue just west of McHenry Avenue when the incident occurred Dec. 5. The institute’s website notes that classes have been canceled until further notice.
During the course, Rushing was using a training gun, a rubber fake with no firing mechanism, said Heather Graves, Modesto Police Department spokeswoman. But as the class was ending, she said, he removed that prop from his holster and replaced it with his real handgun.
About that time, Graves said, a student asked Rushing to demonstrate what to do if attacked by someone armed with a knife. Smith volunteered to portray the attacker in a role-playing exercise.
“During the scenario, the instructor drew the firearm and it accidentally discharged,” she said. She did not know whether Rushing forgot he replaced the training gun or whether he knew he was drawing the real gun.
“When it fired and he realized what happened, he immediately dialed 911.”
The reporter asked another (competing) firearms instructor named Dan Gray to weigh in on the situation. What he had to say wasn’t encouraging:
“If you’re a firearms instructor long enough, you’re going to see accidents happen,” he said.
But having a real gun in a classroom “should never happen,” Gray said.
Whether Rushing thought he was drawing a rubber gun or a real one, he said, “unfortunately doesn’t matter. You never allow a real gun, loaded or otherwise, in a training environment when role playing. But he’s not the first and probably won’t be the last to have something like this happen.”
I feel so much better, you guys.
This is actually a refrain we see a lot on gun boards. “Accidents happen,” the gun guys say, when they’re talking amongst themselves. If you have a concealed-carry permit, you’re going to have an accident, they say. If you’re at the shooting range, you’re going to have an accident at some point. If you’re an instructor, you’re going to see an accident. “Stuff happens,” and they all know it when they talk amongst themselves. But when they talk to the world at large? It’s “gun accidents are extremely rare.”