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Basic gun-safety rules could have prevented shooting accident

ShootingsSafety of CitizensBill MillerNational Rifle Association of America

The inexcusable shooting of a police trainee by fellow officers suggests that the Baltimore City Police Department should partner with the National Rifle Association or some similar organization for gun safety instructions ("Campus officer shot in training," Feb. 13).

Anyone one who has ever taken a gun safety course knows there are certain basic rules for handling firearms. The shooting of the police trainee clearly indicates that at least three of these rules were broken:

First, always check to see whether a gun is loaded; second, treat all guns as if they were loaded; and third, never point a gun at anything that you don't intend to kill.

My daughter, who is developmentally delayed, has known these rules since she was 7. Her brother and sister understood them at an even younger age. How is it that those who are involved in police training do not?

Bill Miller

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