I think this is one of those "failure to communicate" issues.
You are really missing my point. I am not saying that it is safe to point the gun after checking it is clear.
I am saying that IT IS NEVER SAFE TO ASSUME A GUN IS NOT LOADED.
I don't care about other peoples posts. I assume that even after I have checked a gun it is still a potential danger, even when I KNOW it is not loaded. It is a habit. It keeps me from shooting people or things. Sometimes what you KNOW and what is ACTUAL don't happen to coincide. Years of experience have taught me to constantly question my certainties.
All guns are loaded (until you've checked the gun, then you can do something stupid with it)
This may be what other people think but it is not what the rule states. I'm a pretty technical guy. I follow rules to the letter. I do not employ my "interpretation" if I don't have to.
Always assume a gun is loaded. Pretty simple. If you do anything else, you're not following the rule. Even after checking thrice that a gun is unloaded, I follow that rule. The other rules are backup for stupid people.
Once again, I grew up with guns. I learned this lesson at the age of 9. It is sacrosanct.
Maybe you should be arguing that people that alter rule #1 are the problem?