Watch: Vice Reporter Points Gun at Cameraman, Pulls Trigger

A Beretta rifle is shot during the men's trap qualification shooting event held at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall during Day 2 of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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During a report on smart guns/gun safety, a Vice reporter points a rifle back at the cameraman and pulls the trigger.

One of the first rules new gun owners learn in a safety class is to treat every gun as if it were loaded. Doing this encourages responsibility in the handling of the firearm and discourages pointing it at other people and/or things of value.

The goal of that safety rule is to diminish, if not eliminate, accidental shootings.

Townhall‘s Julio Rosas posted the video showing a Vice reporter swing a Thompson rifle in the direction of a cameraman and pull the trigger. After hearing the gun dry fire the Vice reporter says, “I didn’t think it was going to do that.”

One of the other most important gun safety rules is to never point the gun toward anything you are not willing to destroy. This rule compliments the one about treating all guns as if they were loaded, helping to teach new shooters to always keep their guns pointed in a safe direction.

On December 17, 2018, Breitbart News reported on a Mom Demand Action firearms safety instructor who held up a pistol by the tip of the barrel. The Lewiston Tribune reports that the instructor, Marcia Banta, was at a Moms Demand meeting as part of an overarching campaign to “[encourage] responsible gun ownership”:

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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