Violate these 4 gun safety rules at your own risk

The single most important subject for every gun owner is also the subject few gun owners ever want to talk about: safety.

Why? Because to many, it's boring. It's a lot more fun to talk about the latest and greatest firearm or debate the best caliber for self defense. Right?

But let's face it. Accidents happen. And there's only ONE reason they happen. In every case, without exception, an accidental shooting results from a violation of one or more of these basic gun safety rules:

1. Always treat all guns as if they are loaded.

2. Don't point the gun at anything you don't want to destroy.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.

4. Be sure of your target and what is beyond.

The wording may change a little depending on who's quoting these rules, but these are the 4 basic universal rules for gun safety. If you follow them, you cannot accidentally shoot yourself or anyone else.

Here's Clint Smith, one of the most respected firearms experts in America, explaining these rules and why they're so important. Play particular attention to his stories about accidental shootings.

Note: Second Call Defense offers insurance protection for firearm accidents. But the best protection are these 4 gun safety rules.