"The shooting community, especially at the shallower end of the pool, tends to treat firearms safety less as logical guidelines and more as holy writ. This results in two related problems:
- Any time someone makes a mistake, the Monks of the Holy Order of Self-Righteous Range Safety (HOSRS) jump up and down pointing at the offender as if he committed a mortal sin. The accused is instantly and irrevocably excommunicated from the Church of Guys Who Like to Shoot.
- Any time someone makes a mistake, he has to try like hell to hide it or make excuses for it so he doesn’t get flagellated by said Monks of Self-Righteousness."
Recognize that? If you shoot and/or run practical matches, you probably not only recognize that attitude, you RESEMBLE IT.
Safety is practical. When I teach safety, I teach it from the point of view that you are better off alive than dead or whole rather than having your ass shot off. Then I leave it up to you to make the right choices, with some help along the way. If you are a newbie, and totally dense, I might boot you off my range, but the ONE thing I won't do is the whips and chains thing that happens at matches with self-important ROs/RSOs running things.
You "monks" know who you are. You can catch a lot more flies (and safety goofs) with honey than vinegar. Wise up.