ESPN reported today that NY Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress turned himself into authorities after he shot himself in the leg with a Glock Saturday night in a nightclub.  Allegedly the gun was tucked into his waistband and started to fall.  He reached for it and it went off, shooting him in the leg.  He was not seriously injured, but the fallout may be huge.  Not only is he at risk for losing a $35 million dollar contract, he may also lose 3 1/2 years of freedom because America’s favorite mayor (Bloomberg) wants him prosecuted to the full extent of the law.  With this story dominating the sports world, I thought I would remind you of a few things.

  1. If you gun starts to fall don’t grab for it.  I have personally known several people who tried to snatch a gun in mid air only to find a bullet hole in them.  One former customer was lucky enough to get 4 holes from one shot.  Just let it hit the ground.  It may be embarrassing to explain in public, but that is better than a trip to the hospital or worse the morgue.
  2. Use a holster.  Stuffing a gun down your pants is not cool.  Only someone with little regard for his own body does that.  A holster keeps things stable and protects the trigger from objects like pens or knives that might cause and accidental discharge.
  3. If you ever have an accidental discharge, tell the truth the first time.  Burress tried to cover his mistake by checking into the hospital under an assumed name.  He then said the incident happened at Applebee’s and not the nightclub.  Just get to the truth and own it.
  4. Stay away from places that are so seedy you have to have a gun even though it is illegal.  Your mom told you nothing good happens after midnight.  Believe her and you will save yourself a lot of grief.