this story is true. i just want to make that clear before i start. i know i make a lot of things up, but this is 100% true. i’m serious.
some douchebag shot his girlfriend in her sleep last night in their hotel room in mesa. why did he shoot her? his gun accidentally went off during “quick draw practice”. that’s how the paper put it.
turns out, quick draw practice is exactly what you think it is. it means practicing shooting like high noon-style, take ten paces, turn and shoot. i feel pretty confident saying that everyone who’s anyone practices “quick draw” on a regular basis. kind of like practicing free throws, but there’s no basketball or goal. just a loaded gun, potentially pointed in the direction of a living person when it’s drawn. it’s easy.
now, this is a totally innocent mistake that can and does happen to anyone at anytime. sometimes you’re in a tight area and you absolutely have to practice. there is no getting around it: practice makes perfect. and when you’re looking at someone else who’s getting ready to shoot you, it’s better to be the one faster on the draw, you know? otherwise, things can get messy.
i know that i’ve reprimanded the husband multiple times for pointing his gun at me during “quick draw practice”. it’s just something that happens from time to time and you learn to deal with it. i just make sure his finger isn’t near the trigger so i don’t get shot. that would suck.
i tried to get him to practice without using bullets in the gun, but he said it wasn’t the same because the weight would be off if he practiced with an unloaded gun. and then, what good would it do him to practice? i quickly saw his point.
i thought i’d left all of this stuff when i left southern missouri. turns out, mesa is also a hub for the not-quite-so-bright. i guess i should have seen that coming; there is a bass pro there.