This story of an Iowa man shot by his dog reminded me of the one I wrote about not long ago about a Russian hunter shot by his dog. These are both tragic accidents, obviously, but it bears repeating that the message of gun safety is GUN SAFETY. That means being safe and aware of your gun whenever there are people as well as animals around. Here’s what happened…
Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was doing what all of us dog people do every day, multiple times a day probably. He was encouraging his dog Balew, a cross between a pit bull and a Labrador, to jump on his lap as he lay on his couch at home.
Remme had a 9mm in his belt (the article I saw this in specifically says “in his belt,” which says to me, it was stuffed in his belt and not holstered). When Balew jumped up onto his lap he apparently flicked the safety catch off the pistol and shot Remme in the leg.
Here’s what Remme had to say:
‘It has a trigger safety as well as a thumb safety, and he managed to hit both of them, and it discharged and went into my leg, did no major damage to anything.’
Here’s what we say…keep your gun in a legit holster when it’s on your body. When you’re horsing around with your dog, put your gun somewhere safe and out of the way. Right?