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A hard-as-nails maths teacher in Colorado has received the grateful thanks of his community after barehandedly tackling a gunman who had opened fire at his school. The BBC reports that a suspect named as Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, 32, allegedly commenced firing at pupils with a rifle in the car park at Deer Trail Middle School …

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Made bail?

How do they figure he won't try to see his new boyfriend again?

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Um what

"Eastwood reportedly made bail on Wednesday pending trial. As this was set at a million dollars, he will no doubt attract the attention of top-line bounty hunters should he fail to appear for his court date."

He made bail??

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"stricken nippers"

C'mon El Reg, surely you can find a more respectful phrase for children shot in cold blood?

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Eastwood? Really?

"I know what you're thinking, punk. Did I use both fists, or only one...?"

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Can someone confirm?

Curious whether our intrepid instructor had the presence of mind to ask Mr. Eastwood if he felt lucky? God, I hope so. Epic Win, if he did.

Now about that coat...

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bail...

I can only guess that the judge decided to make up what he assumed would be a ludicrous figure for bail and then got the shock of his life when the guy turned around and produced the necessary mill...

Still poor form - someone who starts shooting up a school yard (even if hes stupid enough to try and use a bolt action - i mean fully autos arent excatly hard to obtain in the US!) is not exactly someone who should be out on the streets...

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Bolt action? C'mon.

Common sense suggests that it wasn't a bolt or lever action because he'd have reloaded within a few seconds at most. Certainly by the time someone would take to get to him on foot, and the clue is him ditching the rifle because he couldn't reload it in time. Nobody would ditch a bolt or lever action rifle for fists.

It was near certainly something along the lines of a .22 calibre single shot breechloader with the rounds in his pocket under his car keys and assorted change. That would take long enough for someone to close with him before he could get it reloaded.

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.30-06 bolt gun actually

According to the Denver Post, Bruco stole his father's hunting rifle, which is indeed a bolt action rifle in .30-06. That also explains why the mass media hasn't started the 24 hour, nonstop, nausea inducing, coverage. It would be so much more sensational if; he, a man with a long history of violence and mental instability, purchased a full auto AK-105 from slain Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh just days prior to (somehow "prior to" is so much flashier than "before", don't you think) the attack in the basement of the local Filene's... OMG!!!

That said, the man was a few cans shy of a six pack and perhaps he thought his hands were more accurate. After all, reports are that he was close enough to speak to the kids just before letting the rounds go and he hits one in the arm and another in the leg... not exactly Ed McGivern, this one but I suppose the kids wisely didn't sit still as he shouldered the gun.

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US Gun Law

A full auto is not easy to get in the USA. Limited legal supply, and heavily taxed...

But no special restriction on semi-auto, or self-loading. Still, if you have bothered to practice, lever and bolt actions are plenty fast enough. That teacher was fast, and lucky.

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My maths teather...

...was a 3rd Dan in Karate (Shotokan I think). Quite frankly he scared the shit out of me (and most other pupils).

Probably explains why we were rather good at maths though!

Way to go Corduroy-ka!

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Bail Fail!

Give the educator a medal and a nice fat reward cheque!

As for the courts... Let me get this straight?

Creep rocks up to a school and starts shooting at kids..and they then grant him bail? HOW????

This guy clearly has a deep rooted psychiatric issue which urgently needs attention and should prevent him being out in public without a minder and handcuffs! The judge that allowed bail should also be seen by a shrink to see if he/she has any grip on reality.

This is just the sort of story that makes the US justice system look like a clown college

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What is it?

What is it about the schools in Littleton that attracts people to shoot at them?

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@DEAD4EVER

"what is it with americans and guns seriously they think its there best friend or somthing always people going about shooting in schools i mean wtf america needs to sort its gun crime"

You're either using a verbiage generator like amanfrommars or you've been hitting the espresso a bit hard.

It's called having a *written* constitution with amendments (you many not agree with it but at least *everyone* can read it.), one of which is the *right* to bear arms. It's one which is *vigorously* defended by the NRA and the gun mfgs.

America's problem is that most of the gun deaths occur in cities, most of the gun owning support is everywhere else, which as the US is pretty big covers a *lot* of ground. Colorado is also, IIRC an "open carry" state. No license required *provided* they are in plain sight. Not sure if possession is a crime but I'm pretty sure they are also a death penalty state.

" out its a joke. people over there shouldnt have guns in the first place but thats america for you. you hardly hear of any gun crime at schools here in the uk because guns are banned "

Technically gun ownership in the UK is not banned. It is however *very* difficult to do while complying with regulations. You might like to look up "Dunblaine," where the *total* failure of the Police to detect or control an active pedophile was spun into a hysterical crackdown on all *legally* held weapons*. It's interesting that as he set up his own boys group weather he would have needed a CRB check.

in this country and so they should be i hate them people who use em are sick should be locked up and the key thrown away.

Congratulations I think you're a shoe-in for the Private Eye "Great bores of today" column. It's your ability to do that in 1 sentence that's the key. If you can speak it out loud your lung capacity must be formidable.

*those holding weapons illegally IE criminals, did not give a stuff.

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(Written by Reg staff)

this

http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/i_bought_an_awesome_gun_that

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Right to bear arms?

If it is enshrined in the constitution why is it ring fenced by all sorts of additional controls about what sort of arms and where you can bear them (concealed, full automatics, nuclear weapons, etc) dependent on state and territory. It seems to me that despite its stated 'freedoms' the US is the same as everywhere else; similar views varying only slightly by degree.

As a UK citizen I could perhaps feel safer having a gun however I would feel much less safe knowing my neighbours all have guns.

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@John Smith : I think you'll find

that the "right to bear arms" is qualified by a statement which makes it clear that it is expressly for the purpose of forming a militia against an attempt by the British Crown to re-assert supremacy over its colonists.

The amendment wasn't created for shooting burglars/gang members/schoolchildren/deer or anything else - just invading armies.

That's why the NRA are terrified to test the amendment in the Supreme Court, because they know it was never intended to be abused in the way it is.

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NRA won in court

The Supremes fairly recently decided to completely ignore that part about a militia, which never specifically cited its purpose. Thus in the good ol' USA everyone is free to be mowed down in cold blood anywhere and at anytime.

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@Magnus_Pym

"As a UK citizen I could perhaps feel safer having a gun however I would feel much less safe knowing my neighbours all have guns."

Somehow that makes for a very odd statement. And it appears you must have real gits or loons for neighbours. Presumably you would also not accept a neighbours invitation for dinner or an ale lest it be poisoned. It must be difficult indeed to walk past their door knowing that at any moment they could spring from behind it with knives, spears or any odd weaponry. Is it easy to sleep with the knowledge they could slip in under cover of night with a ready garrote in hand?

Silly, I know but inasmuch as they could be armed to the teeth without your knowledge, is it really better not knowing they all have guns?

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Bloody diana ross!

That is all.

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@John Smith 19

Just to clear things up, I'm a Brit who lives in the US. Let's run through your points just to show how ludicrous or irrelevant some of them are.

"It's called having a *written* constitution".

Hmmm, this is an interesting one. The first country to have a written constitution was England. The document was called the Magna Carta, and is the basis of both the US constitution and most constitutional law in western countries. The interesting thing about constitutions is that they can usually be amended. There are many reasons why the second amendment isn't re-amended to change the "right to bear arms", and you rightly identify the strength of the gun lobbies. The reality is that given the problems with gun crime in the US, there really should be a rational debate on gun ownership.

"The Right to Bear Arms".

I always find this argument thoroughly intriguing. Does a US citizen have the right to have a 50 megaton Nuclear Weapon. If the answer to that is no, then you have immediately agreed that a limit on the right to bear arms is acceptable (if the answer is yes, then you have other problems to resolve). The only question that remains is where the limit should lie. I'm not going to specifically argue for any given limit - go back a paragraph and read my view there, I believe that there should be a rational debate on this. But given that you have (most likely) agreed the rationale behind having a limit (and I suspect the supreme court would agree with this), all we have to do is figure out where the limit could be. The constitution does not clearly identify what arms you have the right to bear - just that you can bear arms. Those arms could be flick knives, or nunchucks, or pistols, or automatic rifles, or tanks, or nuclear weapons. But they could equally be limited to a maximum of less-than-lethal weaponry without going against the constitutional clause - you could allow home-owners to defend themselves with tasers, or something similar, whilst still outlawing guns.

Finally, speaking from my Brit in the US position, I'm certain that these debates are unlikely to happen in the US. Unfortunately, as with so many of these issues, the US is so polarised (between the middle states and the coasts mainly, but also north/south) that debates are not rational. Just look at recent debates on healthcare, abortion, gun control, or so many other things. You can see the polarisation by just looking at the way the South used to vote for the Democrats consistently, but now consistently vote for the Republicans, primarly because the Democrats pushed through anti-apartheid legislation that forced equal rights for all races.

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@Eddy Ito

Oh, I see. You're misunderstanding on purpose for comic effect.

I get on with most of the people in my street. However if somebody is drunk, angry, stupid, temporarily insane or any combination of the four, then their ownership of a handgun is not a good thing and my ownership of a gun would be unlikely to figure in their calculations. All of the above have occurred on my street, on one notable occasion concentrated into the same individual. He raved for a bit and went home, nobody died. Yes there are scenarios where I could use a handgun to defend myself and my family but they are generally quite rare occurrences.

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I think I did what a few here have (maybe) done and said "How TF did this guy get released on bail ?" - but, reading the reports from the US media is would seem that he is still being *held* on $ 1 million bail - i.e. he has not been released.

It still beggars belief that he would even be offered bail mind you ("Don't worry people - we only release rich psychopaths")

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corduroy?

Sorry, what does "corduroy" mean in this context? Never heard it used that way before, and google isn't helping me ... can someone explain?

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Stereotyping

"Corduroy" is based on the stereotype that all (male*) teachers wear corduroy trousers and a sports jacket with leather patches at the elbows.

* okay and some female ones, as well.

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Its a UK thing....

To explain - teachers in ye olde times (ie the 70's and 80's =P) had a particularly bad habit of wearing cordurouy pants, turtle neck jumpers and other associated clothing. Anytime you've seen a parody of a teacher or professor it will be this particular look that you get...

So calling the old boy a cordouroy is just the reg's humourous take on all teachers...

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Fair enough

Ah, ok then. I went to school in the 70s/80s, but never heard that expression before.

Maybe it never made it to scotland. We used to call our teachers "bastards"

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Trousers

Corduroy is a type of durable fabric, stereotypically used for trousers. It used to be associated with country folk, and quite how it became associated with teachers I don't really know.

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We came in here with prayers and mace!

Hopefully he will jump bail, and Dog the Bounty Hunter will go after him.

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Hung up on guns?

Is it something about guns per se, US gun culture or mass killing in general.

One could wreak death and injury on similar or larger scales with poison, arson or indeed a motor vehicle.

Certainly the removal of all legally owned firearms might do nothing to prevent a determined attacker.

On the other hand almost all psychopaths lack imagination q.v. terrorist acts can only involve passenger aircraft. Indeed lack of imagination and thereby empathy may be what creates them.

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Guns and Americans eh?

I don't know whether to duck or run!

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@John Smith 19:

Amazing how often Americans only ever quote the "Right to bear arms" part of their Second Amendment. Maybe you missed the qualifier which makes it painfully obvious that said right was only ever intended for *organized militia*.

Here's the quote in full:

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." (This is the wording ratified by the States; Congress passed a version with slightly different punctuation.)

Now, take a look at the history books. Towns, villages and the like were required—in the era before formal, standing armies and organised police forces—to respond to a "hue and cry", to address criminal activities and so forth. THAT is what the Second Amendment is referring to. Today, we'd call this kind of law enforcement "vigilanteism", but it was once an accepted form of maintaining law and order.

While vast rural areas of the US have a valid claim that it can easily take over half an hour for a policeman to get to their property, this does not explain the utterly bizarre claim that everyone in *urban* areas has a "right" to carry guns around while doing their weekly shopping as if this was what the Second Amendment's authors originally intended.

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*ahem*

The US Supreme Court recently disagreed with your interpretation, sorry - see US vs Heller.

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the right to arm bears

http://www.paulseward.com/blog/20091207/light-darkness/

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Punctuation can change everything

If, as you say, Congress passed a version with different punctuation, it could change the amendment to mean the opposite of what is intended.

As an example, consider the following punctuation change in one of Anonymous' parodies of an anti-rape ad. The original ad states: "Rape in marriage is a crime. No man has the right." The Anonymous parody states: "Rape in marriage is a crime? No, man has the right!" See how a statement can be completely reversed with the judicious addition of a few punctuation marks?

So what's the modified version that Congress passed, just out of interest?

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nra do a baaaad job

> one of which is the *right* to bear arms.

> It's one which is *vigorously* defended by the NRA and the gun mfgs.

But it ain't an *unconditional* right, otherwise all these people would have guns:

* prisoners

* mental institution inmates

* children under 14

* anyone within shooting distance of the president

* airline passengers

Until the NRA stands up and demands gunrights for all merkin cits, it's a wussy.

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Bail set, not "made"

The Littleton Gazette article reports that he's being held on $1million *cash* bail, so it's very unlikely he'll be out wandering around before trial. A quote from the article:

"The man accused of wounding two middle school students in a community still haunted by the Columbine massacre had become increasingly erratic in recent weeks, yelling at imaginary friends and complaining that eating macaroni and cheese made too much noise, his father said Wednesday."

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"The older man said that his son used to talk to himself a lot, but in the past month, he had begun yelling. The younger man also complained that the refrigerator was too loud and that certain foods made too much noise, his father said."

The only problem with this is that you get the same behavior from certain type-A personalities with cellphone headsets.

"No officer, I'm not a flaming homicidal whacko. My earpiece battery needs a charge."

Hard to tell the deranged from the executroids any more. Not that there ever *was* that much difference.....

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The Second Amendment

<quote>A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.</quote>

Why does it exist? Something called the Quartering Acts whereby Americans were forced to supply quarters and food to British soldiers without recompense.

See wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartering_Act.

<quote>The Quartering Act was one of the reasons for the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, which authorized a militia. Standing armies were mistrusted, and the First Congress considered quartering of troops to have been one of the tools of oppression before and during the American revolution.</quote>

History and ill-judged Parliamentary legislation gets us to where we are today.

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Sooo close.

You only missed by one as you are thinking of the Third Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

"No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

"The Founding Fathers' intention in writing this amendment was to prevent the recurrence of soldiers being quartered in private property as was done in Colonial America by the British military under the Quartering Act before the American Revolution (1775–1776)."

Nice try tho, but "no soup for you!"

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@Sooo close

Yes, the third amendment was a response to the Quartering Act as was the second.

THE SECOND AMENDMENT: A SECOND LOOK - Northwestern University Law Review

http://saf.org/LawReviews/FellerAndGotting1.html

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@Cucumber C Face

"One could wreak death and injury on similar or larger scales with poison, arson or indeed a motor vehicle.

Certainly the removal of all legally owned firearms might do nothing to prevent a determined attacker."

Certainly, however the thing about guns, or at least the thing about guns as far as us in the UK are concerned, is that guns are sooooo lethal.

We don't have a very big gun sport community in the UK (and then it's only really static target and clay pigeon) and game hunting is generally not legal.

The thing is, to poison someone or go about arsoning stuff takes a degree of planning and thought, and must be done in real cold blood. Knifecriming someone means you have to get in real personal like, but shooting is quick, impersonal and extremely deadly, plus guns are a great leveller, which is not a good thing when tempers boil over. If you are disrespected by a 6'16" body builder down the pub you probably just let it go, but if you can get your hands on a gun.....

Not to mention the obvious arms race required (the burglars all have guns so you need a gun to defend yourself - the homeowners all have guns so you need a gun if you are going out robbing).

But finally I think the real problem we in the UK have with guns (typically us men) is that we are fascinated by them, but we are afraid deep down of what we ourselves would do with them. I know if guns were legal here and I owned one, I would be sent to prison on the basis of pretty much each daily commute.

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General Public = All you can shoot buffet

"I would be sent to prison on the basis of pretty much each daily commute." or trip to the shops, going to the cinema, <insert popular past time here that involves mingling with the moronic public>

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>>>But finally I think the real problem we in the UK have with guns (typically us men) is that we are fascinated by them, but we are afraid deep down of what we ourselves would do with them. I know if guns were legal here and I owned one, I would be sent to prison on the basis of pretty much each daily commute.

Uh huh - that's called projection - when a person's own unacceptable or threatening feelings are repressed and then attributed to someone else (usually without cause). Thanks for your honesty, though - I'm impressed.

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Guns vs Doctors

I saw this on a gun forum I frequent. Yes I do live in the UK and yes i do shoot guns legally.

Doctors vs Gunowners

Doctors

(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.

(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.

(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.

Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.

Now think about this:

Gun Owners

(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million)

(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.

(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.000188

Statistics courtesy of FBI

So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do..'

FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.

Please alert your friends to this alarming threat.

We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!!

Out of concern for the public at large, I withheld the statistics on Lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention!

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Ah but you see

That's skewing statistics somewhat. Now compare the number of deliberate deaths caused by doctors and the number of deliberate deaths caused by guns...

Living with a firearms officer and having had a reasonable amount of experience with firearms in my younger years (when scouts were still allowed to do such things) and later as a cadet instructer, it's not THAT easy to accidentally shoot someone. Generally it's quite deliberate since one of the first rules of firearms safety is never point the weapon at something you aren't prepared to kill.

I'd assume they explain that to people buying guns in America too, and certainly the yanks I've met all have a good grasp on firearms safety.

Unfortunately the only statistic I could find was International Journal of Epidemiology 1998 linked from Wikipedia... That quoted figures for 1993 so I accept they're out of date.

That put accidental deaths per 100,000 of the population at 0.59, firearm suicide at 7.35 and firearm homicide at 3.72.

Of course that's per head of the population are victims as opposed to per head of the population that actually do it. I think.

Brazil tops the list though, followed by Estonia and Mexico and then America. So considering the number of firearms in America it's not THAT bad.

Kind of worrying that physicians in the US cause THAT many accidental deaths though.

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Very funny.

But I'm sure you'll find the number of NON-accidental gun deaths exceeds the number of non-accidental deaths by doctor by just the teensy-weensiest bit.

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I think you may have failed to control for the fact

that most people who are seeing a doctor already have something potentially life-threatening wrong with them, and that most of the time the doctor solves this problem.

I can't think of many situations where being shot would actually save your life.

"hold still, while I shoot your inguinal hernia back in"

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Ouch...

>>>and the number of deliberate deaths caused by guns...

Never seen a gun just jump up and shoot someone - have you?

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First rule?

"never point the weapon at something you aren't prepared to kill."

Really? I've never been prepared to kill paper targets, tin cans, clay pigeons, etc. yet I've pointed weapons at many of them. I could believe "aren't prepared to shoot" but kill... I think that is just the sensational version made for headlines. Also, as I learned it, it was "Keep the weapon pointed in a safe direction". You can see it here; http://www.nrahq.org/education/guide.asp

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*snark*

So you would say "Oh, don't worry - the doc didn't *mean* to kill you, so that's different - all right?"

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