2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.
3. Keep weapon on safe until you are ready to fire.
4. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire.
Gun safety is important folks. It always has been, and always will be. No matter what the weapon is they are deadly, it's the point of having a weapon. Take a moment to read over this article and bonus points to anyone that can point out the ultimate no-no with gun safety that was violated. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/army-soldier-trying-cure-hiccups-charged-manslaughter-124541269.html
Can't find it? Hopefully it stuck out like a sore thumb. THEY WERE DRINKING! I'm not opposed to drinking, I am not opposed to handguns, I am very opposed to the two converging with one another at the same time. Gun-n-Gin is not a good combo, EVER. Out of this tragedy I hope something good can show through. I hope that people can learn that like everything else in life the choice to owning a firearm also comes with a responsibility to maintain safety. If you are going to drink, lock up your guns. If you are going to shoot, don't drink beforehand. This was not a gun accident, what happened was intentional violation of rule 1, 2, 3 and 4 of basic gun safety. It is tragic that one of our uniformed brethren lost his life because another solider failed to treat a firearm with respect. It is a weapon, it is designed to kill, treat it as such and not as a prop in some outlandish plot to scare someone out of the hiccups.