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Basic Trope: Supposed expert handles a gun in a unsafe way.

  • Straight: Officer Bob jokingly points his gun at Charlie, something you should never do out of chance the gun might be loaded.
  • Exaggerated: Officer Bob pulls the trigger at Charlie several times.
  • Downplayed:
    • Officer Bob stores his gun on an unlocked drawer.
    • Officer Bob accidentally gives a very brief sweep over Charlie during a dangerous situation - an error certainly but one of insufficient drilling rather than recklessness.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Officer Bob had emptied the gun before the prank.
  • Double Subverted: ...but there was a round on the chamber.
  • Parodied: Officer Bob enters the room twirling the gun with his eyes closed.
  • Zig Zagged: The way Bob handles guns varies depending on the day.
  • Averted:
    • Everyone handles guns safely.
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    • Police and military handle guns safely. Amateurs are less careful, but any expert who witnesses a safety rule being broken is appropriately alarmed and sets it straight.
  • Enforced: The author does not know about gun safety.
  • Lampshaded: "Shouldn't a cop know better about gun safety?"
  • Invoked: Bob does this to scare a suspect.
  • Exploited: Alice loads Bob's gun when he is not looking, making sure he accidentally kills Charlie.
  • Defied: Officer Bob studies and follows the gun safety rules.
  • Discussed: "Be careful Bob! The gun might be loaded!"
  • Conversed: "I thought Bob would know better than to use a gun like that."
  • Implied: Danny mentions how somebody was using his gun the other day, but doesn't elaborate.
  • Deconstructed: Bob pulls the trigger and accidentally kills Charlie.
  • Reconstructed: Charlie survives somehow, and Bob is slightly more careful about carelessly using guns. Slightly.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: Bob accidentally kills Charlie because Alice loaded Bob's gun the day before.

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