When I remember and have the chance, I tell New Shooters of our Club’s Gun Safety Rules As Told By The Safety Officer:
1) Don’t shoot me.
2) Don’t shoot anybody else.
3) Don’t shoot yourself.
Make sure you follow Rules #1 and #2 religiously. If you don’t, people will shoot you back.
The New shooters usually laugh till they realize I am looking at them with a stern face and then they get very quiet. Of course we are not gonna shoot them, but leaving the doubt in their minds makes for a very safe shooting environment.
Harsh you say? Beats being shot accidentally.