Now, you know me. I’ve been shot at once or twice. That’s been rather . . . unsettling. It’s had something of a lingering effect in that I cannot stand having guns pointed at me. Not even toy ones. Not ever.
Which means I have a small problem.
You see, I love cons. I go to them all the time. And cons means cosplayers.
I LOVE cosplay. The masquerade is one of my favorite things about cons, second only to just wandering the floor and seeing what awesome looks fans have put together.
But SF/F costumes often include representations of firearms, and cosplayers often don’t know basic fire discipline. They don’t know to keep their finger off the trigger. They don’t know not to scan people with their muzzle.
That makes me . . . concerned.
Leave it to Howard Tayler to remind me to put my money where my mouth is. If I don’t like something, I shouldn’t just sit around and moan about it. I need to step up and be the change I wish to see in the world.
To that end, I will now be offering impromptu hallway fire discipline classes for cosplayers at any con I attend. Total time will be 5-7 minutes and will cover the following topics:
– Trigger discipline.
– Muzzle control.
– The 4 rules of firearms safety.
Those who demonstrate a good understanding of those 3 topics will be given a ribbon to attach to their con badge.
Disclaimer: I am not now, nor have I ever been a firearms instructor, or a range safety officer. This training in no way should be construed as sufficient for actual live firearms handling. For that, you need more extensive training from qualified instructors.
I am just a guy who handles guns a lot for his job, and would like to impart some basic safety tips to cosplayers at cons so I don’t jump out of my skin every time I turn a corner in the dealer’s room and FIND A GUN POINTED AT MY FACE.
I will have these ribbons with me beginning at Worldcon, this Labor Day weekend. Please don’t hesitate to seek me out in the hallway. I will stop whatever I am doing to deliver these important tips. I will be patient, kind and respectful.
And most of all, I will be grateful to you for giving a damn.