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Isn't step one of cleaning your gun to unload the gun? It's a bit mind-boggling how many people apparently forget that step.

I remember the first two rules of gun safety from when I was in Boy Scouts:
1) A gun is always loaded.
2) There are no exceptions to rule 1.

Rule 3: Never point a loaded (see rule 1) firearm at something you do not plan on destroying.



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Which is an excellent reason never to tuck a gun into your waistband. Especially front and center.


It might solve a few future problems if they do.  :D


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Which is an excellent reason never to tuck a gun into your waistband. Especially front and center.


It might solve a few future problems if they do.  :D

Also, you might get a Darwin Award without having to die first. 


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Which is an excellent reason never to tuck a gun into your waistband. Especially front and center.


Back in high school, Lil Sis "starred" as the innocent heroine of a Wild West melodrama - complete with wicked villain in black hat, with black mustache to twirl, and a blacker heart; innocent hero in a white hat, and of course - someone who went through puberty (finally) at 17 - so she looked "really" young in the part - and everyone knew that she was a preacher's kid - so she was probably being type cast.....  The young couple had talked earlier in the play about starting a chicken ranch, if she can just get the deed to her farm back from the villain (hisses & boos from the audience - it's part of the fun of a melodrama).

Hero sticks gun in front of pants (prop gun that fired water, at most).  She makes a rather nave comment (in the script for the innocent heroine) that she "hopes that THING (gun) doesn't go off".

Someone in the back of the auditorium hollers out "If it does, CHICKENS is all that they'll be raising!"

Cue total pandemonium for about sixty to ninety everyone else in the audience got the joke (West Texas - lots & lots of people had REAL guns of their own at home). 

I understand that the next time they performed - they waited a few seconds to see if anyone else had a comment to make from the peanut gallery - but the audience was a bit mouthed than the previous one!  And the actors kept their composure a bit better without the total loss of decorum in the audience.
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When I lived at home, there was a house and a couple barns across the cornfield from us, that had been bought buy a bank. The volunteer fire dept was doing a practice burn on them.  The barns went up like kindling. The practice burn for on FD turned into a practice burn for many. They had the extra fire trucks standing by in the surrounding subdivisions to put out any fires started by floatin embers.


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My parents had to leave their house rather abruptly a while ago and come to ours because workers had found a 500kg WW II bomb when they were digging a ditch. The whole neighbourhood had to be evacuated in a 400m radius, including a retirement home. My parents were surprisingly chipper, considering that my mom was around when those bombs were new and dropping from the sky.


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Not human-caused, but a major wildfire a few years ago that was threatening to quite literally come over the mountains and burn down the town.  The sky was...dramatic.  And scary!  The firefighters were amazing!


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In a nice neighborhood where my family lived while I was in my teens, there was (1) a murder by a mugger, over $1 (that is all the victim had on him), which happened in the afternoon, on the street just a few houses from ours; (2) two separate fatal hit-and-runs, the pedestrians were in the cross-walk, also happened in afternoon and on same street and in front few houses down from ours; a rape of a sandwhich shop teen girl, around 5 pm, still daylight, a few blocks down. The poor girl had her clothes stolen and she ran home. These all happened with two years.

I move to my own place in my 20's, in the same nice town. One of the neighbors were hippy-types, and when I had to park on the street coming home from work, they were paranoid and would shout at me, asking who I was and why I was parking there. I walked every morning and some evenings so I was no stranger, and lots of people parked on the street. I tried to avoid them, thinking they could be on drugs. A time later, the neighbors on my other side had several police cars, sheriff department cars all outside surrounding that house: a big drug bust! Somebody told me the parents had moved out because their children were involved in the drug traffic.

Scary also, as I did a lot of walking of that neighborhood, when I came back home to watch tv, on the news it was reported a nearby drug (legit) manufacturer had leaked harmful chemicals from a truck, in the street gutters -- right there where I did walking. We were advised not to walk there, let children play or pets there. Okay, but why wasn't there any warning signs or anything at the location? Why did I have to hear it from a tv news broadcast? That was scary.


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Another natural-causes scary thing:

About 20 years ago, it rained about three or four times as much as normal during the summer.  My parents' back yard flooded - four foot deep where we measured it, plus at least one small sinkhole that opened up in the garden.

We stopped feeling comfortable playing outside around the edge of the water when I saw a 4-foot long alligator splashing around.  Doubly so when we realized that the entire end of the street next to us had flooded, and there were 12+ foot alligators spotted with no more barricade between our yard and the gators than a mostly-submerged chain-link fence.


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Not as much scary as it was confusing really.  Two years ago (wow was it that long already?) We had a relatively small earthquake in the DC/VA/MD area.  I had been sitting in what has become the babe's room, talking on the phone with a friend.  Now we do live on a through street on which many trucks do pass, and many stop in front of the dairy across the street so at first I thought it was just truck rolling past or something.

So I kept talking but as I kept talking, I could feel the whole house moving and shaking.  Not badly but enough to realize that wasn't a truck!  I told my friend "Um, I think we're having an earthquake!" By the time it dawned on me and I got in a doorway, it was over. 

Go figure, I lived in California 4 years and didn't feel a durned thing, only to move back to Maryland and feel an earthquake.
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I remember that earthquake, too. I was talking to a co-worker, George, when he and another coworker, Tim, said, "Do you feel that?"

I said, "Feel what?"

George said, "That."

A few seconds later I felt something that felt like a full cart rolling down the aisle -- and then the full force hit, and the room shook for a few seconds.

After it was done, I said, "Should we evacuate?"

George looked up and said to me, "I don't know about you, but I'm getting the (bleep) out of here."  And stood up, and took off.

The funniest part, for me, was that we had LITERALLY just finished my company's disaster preparedness training. In that training, we'd dealt with tornadoes, bomb scares, fires, and even stuck elevators.

The one thing they missed?


(To be fair, in central Maryland, you hardly expect earthquakes. It would be like getting a blizzard in Atlanta.)

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It was 10 years ago yesterday that Ontario and most of the Eastern seaboard was plunged into darkness.

That was pretty dramatic.

I was supposed to be heading home to my Dad's; my Mom was dying and we were told she only had a few days.  But I didn't have any gas in my truck.  I called home to let them know I'd have to come in the morning because the power was out and my brother said, 'Uh oh.  The power is out here, too.'  I was wakened by the AC kicking in at about 5:00 in the morning so I got up and took off.  Turns out, some small pockets in my city never lost power and I probably could have headed out but I wasn't sorry I'd slept first.  I was home for three weeks, helping my Dad and talking recipes with my Mom.  She held out until the 24th of September.
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Nothing's happened yet, but my road is a disaster waiting to happen.

My road is straight at first, but once you get past my house it follows the edge of the lake. Up, down, tight curves, plenty of foliage, pretty hard to see more than thirty feet or so ahead of you. People generally take this road at about 50 mph. I can understand that, it's a fun road.

The bank collapsed last year. Took out a few miles of roadside on it's way down. The road is one lane now.

People still do 50 on it.

And still can't see what's coming up.

Thank the gods it's a little-used back-road... 
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Regarding the Washington, DC area earthquake, I was in my office on the twelveth floor.  :(  My first thought was an explosion or collapse in the parking garage underneath the building, because, you know, we don't have earthquakes.

I will say that building management handled it very well, knowing that most of the buildings in this neighborhood were built in the 1970s, and are not earthquake proof.  They closed down the building for the rest of the day so that they could inspect it for damage.  We were fine, but a nearby building had visible cracks in its stairwell.


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Ah yes, the year of the Hurriquake.  I was sitting on my porch working from home that day.  My cats alerted me to it right before it hit.  That weekend I went hiking and it happened to be when a hurricane was on it's way up the East Coast.  The hike went fine, but driving back, we ran into the storm.
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