Everyone with a gun blog or YouTube channel has posted these rules at some time or another. It's still worth adding one more post to the list.
We've added a lot of new gun owners to our ranks over the last few years. Obama has sold a lot of guns. While I applaud all of the new gun owners taking responsibility for their own safety, I have to say that I've seen a lot of unsafe gun handling at the range over the last few months. IMO, this is due to a lack of training, and people getting into firearms later in life instead of growing up with them.
Far too much information comes from Hollywood, and the internet instead of a knowledgeable mentor or instructor.
These 4 rules aren't everything that you need to know about gun safety, but if you follow them it's a helluva good start.
All guns are always loaded.
Never let the muzzle of your weapon cover anything that you're not willing to destroy.
Keep your finger off of the trigger until your sights are on your target.
Be sure of your target (and what's beyond the target).