you are absolutely right in your post #16 and know that I wholeheartedly agree with you. So, with that said, let me elaborate on 'my' earlier post #13 just a tad.
1st - We were both in our teens and still learning about the worldly things that can hurt us. (not an excuse, just a fact)
2nd - She had never, up to that day, shown any interest in shooting herself, just wanting to watch, so a T-shirt in our climate was pretty common at the time. However in all honesty, I probably would not have recognized the need for her to have worn something more appropriate at the time anyway. IIRC, I was 17 or 18 years old at the time.
3rd - We all know and accept that the written word never conveys the nuance of the spoken word, so many times writing doesn't convey the exact sentiment, expression, nor humor intended.
4th - If you'll notice the series of ( ......... ) following the next to last paragraph, that's an indication of timing ... or a pause. Usually meaning there's a 'punch' line or an important point coming which is exactly what the last paragraph was ..... a punchline to a joke. The part about the shirt unintentionally coming off is true, as well as not sure who was most surprised/embarrassed.
5th - I personally never would and never have laughed at anyone who is seriously hurt, much less a damsel in distress. I do now as I did then .... made every real attempt to help.
So, with all that being said, please understand I do agree with your statement. I'm sorry my post came across in the wrong way. And know too, that even if it had all been exactly the way it's written, I would not have been laughing at the individual, only the situation and circumstance, much as I'm sure she would have been after the initial shock.
And finally, this very same young lady and I have recently celebrated our 52nd anniversary together as husband and wife. I'm telling this part only to show how well my gun handling instruction must have been received by her ..... even under less that ideal circumstances on that particular day.
She and I, together in the 80's and 90's shot probably hundreds of thousands of rounds together in various competitions around the state ..... and she was also one of my best instructors in our state's hunter safety program that I coordinated locally for about 16 years.
We still shoot together as often and as much as possible .............. but I assure you sir, rarely does she wear a T-shirt to the range anymore .......... nor would I likely have the strength and/or motion of movement to help her lift it off should the need arise!!!