You can be pro-gun, or one of Ralph Northam’s Pro-Gun Grabbers but no matter which side of the Gun debate you’re on, we can all agree on one thing, the importance of gun safety.
During his prep work for his latest flick, “Bad Boys 3,” Hollywood actor Will Smith, was caught on camera showing that he takes his basic gun safety rules very seriously.
Four Gun Safety Rules To Live By:
- Always treat every firearm as if it were loaded.
- Never point a gun at anything or anyone that you don’t intend to shoot.
- Always keep your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to fire the weapon.
- Be aware of your surroundings and especially what’s behind your intended target.
Bad Boy…Bad Boy
A short video that has been circulating around social media shows Smith and co-star Martin Lawrence, along with other actors and extras, standing by a table and surveying an array of prop guns.
An unidentified man causally reaches across the table and picks up a semi-automatic handgun and, as he draws it near Smith, sweeps him with the muzzle of the weapon, provoking a sharp side-eye glare from the movie star.
Almost reflexively, Smith smacks the muzzle of the handgun with his hand assuring the muzzle points down toward the table instead of directly at himself, and those around him.
The actor then eases the slide back forward over the clear chamber and replaces the empty magazine before handing it back butt-first to the other man, who sheepishly responds, “thank you, Will.”
Smith then leans toward the camera and says with a smile, “Terrible gun safety.”
Smith and the other Bad Boy 3 actors can smile and laugh about what happened, and some might even suggest that Smith’s actions were over the top.
After-all they were dealing with prop guns that were almost assuredly not loaded and posed little to no danger.
I said “Almost” because even a prop gun can kill you.
One of the most infamous prop gun tragedies was the death of actor Brandon Lee, 28, in 1993.
Lee, the son of actor and legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, had a starring role in goth cult classic The Crow.
Toward the end of production, Lee was performing his death scene for the film when he was struck by a bullet that had been lodged in the prop gun that was only supposed to be a blank.
The bullet pierced through his abdomen and ended up near his spine.
Lee was taken to the hospital where surgeons tried to stop the bleeding and repair the damage, but they were unsuccessful. He died on March 31, 1993, from his injuries.
After a meteoric rise in the world of showbiz, Jon-Erik Hexum’s life was cut short on October 18, 1984 when he put a 44. magnum, which was loaded with blanks, to his head and pulled the trigger.
The 26-year-old actor had been filming a scene on his own television show, CBS spy adventure Cover Up, where he played an undercover CIA agent posing as a male model.
In what has been described as a tragic accident, the actor playfully spun the barrel, which had one bullet inside, and placed the gun to the temple of his head and pulled the trigger.
The gun discharged a wad of paper which shattered his skull, forcing a bone fragment the size of a small coin into the centre of his brain.
After losing several pints of blood on the way to the hospital, the actor underwent five hours of surgery and was placed on life-support machines.
Six days later, Hexum was declared brain dead and his organs were harvested with permission of his devastated family.