From: Fred Petersen
I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for my failure to exercise my own rules for safe gun handling. Last week my wife and I were examining a double action revolver. I had carefully unloaded the gun, we completed our discussion including some dry firing, and I reloaded and placed the gun in a holster. This holster left the trigger exposed, and we both questioned whether this might contribute to an unsafe situation. In that moment I allowed myself to be distracted. I pulled the trigger and found that yes; the gun could in fact be fired from within the holster.
Fortunately, my training and practice did have me pointing the gun in a safe direction, but I had my left hand fingers wrapped around the muzzle. In spite of a rather massive looking bandage, the injury was nowhere near critical and I expect it to heal to near original.
So it is with no small amount of embarrassment that I apologize for not setting the example I should. Chainsaws, power tools, cars, guns, and all the other useful tools we use require our unfailing attention to be used safely. I will redouble my efforts to practice what I preach, and carry that message forth, now able to use myself as a class example of the consequences for not.
Correction to Police Blotter
The Winona Post incorrectly reported in last Wednesday’s paper that Fred Petersen was ticketed by the Winona County Sheriff’s Office and transported by ambulance to the hospital. Petersen was not issued any citations and was transported by private vehicle to the hospital. The Winona Post regrets the error.