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I used to frequent a rifle range where the safety rules were lax. One day, the staff were doing some construction on the range and one person was using a bulldozer. The range safety officer asked shooters to temporarily stop shooting while the bulldozer drove across the field of fire. He didn't freeze the range and have all rifles unloaded, racked, and checked--he just asked us to temporarily stop shooting.
That's when I decided to find a better range--one where safety is taken seriously.
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Too many to list. But #5 is "Don't poke the snake with a stick."
I read a blog post many years ago which recounted paramedic statistics about snakebites. The vast majority were on the hands and arms. But so many victims insisted that they were simply walking along, minding their own business, when a snake lunged at them. If true, there should have been far more snakebites on the legs.
They lied. They saw a snake, decided it would be fun to poke at it with a stick, and misjudged the snake's range. So don't poke the snake with a stick.
More broadly: practice conflict avoidance. When you meet a dangerous person, avoiding rather than defeating should be your first option. There's no need to poke that person with a stick, so to speak.
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