You remember Lee, right? Who could forget him? Lee was the only one in the room “professional enough” show a group of Orlando area kids his gun. Yep, that Lee Paige. He has sued his employer, the DEA, over the release of his negligent-discharge-for-the-ages video. It seems his viral notoriety has prevented him from working undercover and has resulted in no small amount of humiliation. . .
Humiliation? Who’d a thunk it? If you’ll remember, it took the audience’s objections to prevent him from professionally showing them another gun after he’s shot himself. From foxnes.com:
The video shows that after Paige shot himself, he tried to continue his presentation to the Orlando Youth Minority Golf Association. “See how that accident happened?” he told the audience. “It can happen to you, and you can be blown away. So guys, never play with guns.”
Limping, he started to bring out another gun to show but the audience protested. He tried to assure them the second weapon was unloaded — as he had claimed when he brought out the Glock — but ended the presentation when the crowd continued to object.
While we were deep withing the SHOT Show reporting bubble came news that Paige has now lost his appeal of an earlier court defeat.
On Tuesday, a three-judge appeals court panel upheld that ruling and found that the video contained no private facts because the accidental discharge occurred in an Orlando community center at an event open to the public.
Bummer. Guess Lee will just have to continue being the National Negligent Discharge poster boy and YouTube star that he’s become. Surely there’s a way he can cash in on that fame. Somehow. Maybe some good can come out of this after all. Maybe he can team up with Eddie the Eagle, traveling the country (with a limp) and telling kids (while holding a blue gun) “don’t be like me.”