Romney Secret Service Agent Leaves Gun in Airplane Toilet

“A gun belonging to a member of Mitt Romney’s U.S. Secret Service detail was found unattended in the bathroom of the candidate’s charter plane Wednesday afternoon,” CBS reports. “The weapon, presumably left behind in the bathroom by accident, was discovered by a CBS News/National Journal reporter, who alerted a flight attendant about the gun. A member of the Secret Service on board the plane was informed and retrieved the gun.” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told CBS News/National Journal  that “We are aware of the incident. We take the care and custody of our equipment, especially firearms, very seriously. We will deal with this matter internally and in an appropriate manner.” Internally? That’s gotta hurt.

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  1. avatar jwm says:

    obviously, the agent didn’t see the very recent ttag post about what to do in public toilets if you’re packing.maybe ttag should be required reading for agents in training.

    1. avatar g says:

      +1

      That’s probably a big “oops” for the agent in question. Wonder what the disciplinary action will be.

    2. avatar jkp says:

      Obviously he DID — and FOLLOWED TTAG’s advice about unholstering while in a restroom.

      http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2012/08/foghorn/ask-foghorn-concealed-carry-and-public-toilets/

      Just keep it holstered, people.

      1. avatar Levi B says:

        Yeah, there’s no reason to remove your carry gun from its holster unless you are cleaning it or forced to shoot somebody.

      2. avatar Brandon says:

        If you unholster like TTAG suggests there is no way to leave your heater in the water closet. I’m not saying that there aren’t better options, just that the gun falling out of your drawers when you finish your business would remind you to put it back where it belongs.

        1. avatar jkp says:

          “the gun falling out of your drawers”

          If the gun falls out of your pants, that’s one way that you COULD leave a handgun behind in the toilet after unholstering.

          There’s also the extra chance of a negligent discharge that all this unnecessary pistol handling engenders.

  2. avatar John Arizona says:

    :He will probably be demoted to NYPD and patrol in front of the Empire State Bldg

  3. avatar Aharon says:

    The agent felt a load off himself walking away much lighter from the bathroom.

  4. avatar RKBA says:

    Apparently, the Secret Service sent Romney their Short Bus Agents….

  5. avatar Greg Camp says:

    Obama’s detail parties hard in Columbia, and Romney’s shrug their shoulders and ask, “Which way did he go?” Inspiring–to all the wrong people.

  6. avatar CarlosT says:

    It’s been a stellar week for America’s law enforcement community.

  7. avatar Mikeb302000 says:

    “One strike you’re out” should apply.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Yeah, but that’s your solution to everything.

      1. avatar Jake says:

        Except for drug running, home invasions, rape, kidnapping, murder with implements other than firearms owned legally by the person doing the shooting, and a host of other things. Can’t be too hard on the psychopaths that prey on innocent crime-free citizens.

    2. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Would that rule have applied to you?

  8. avatar GS650G says:

    So this is how mall cops get their start in the field.

  9. avatar Gw says:

    Reporter to attendant: There’s trouble in the lavatory.
    What’s that?
    That’s the place in the plane where guns can be left unattended but that’s not important now.
    O.K. then, what’s the trouble?
    I think the unattended gun in the lavatory might be about to have an accidental discharge, and the man I saw coming out earlier didn’t look like he washed his hands.
    And who are you?
    I’m an authorized Urinalist from the Central Bathroom Service.

    Memo from the Director to all agents.
    “Effective immediately, All personnel will wash their hands and guns before leaving the lavatory on all charter aircraft or be subject to internal instigation.”

  10. avatar mdc says:

    Sometime off without pay,letter in file.Based on his employee record,first time offense etc.

  11. avatar Jeff R says:

    ‘We are aware of the incident. We take the care and custody of our equipment, especially firearms, very seriously. We will deal with this matter internally and in an appropriate manner.’
    —————–
    So he’ll be transferred and promoted.

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      Supervisory position in the Justice department.

  12. avatar LeftShooter says:

    Bad, bad luck for that agent. I think his punishment should be that he be detailed to the hard-drinking, hard-partying, (hard-pontificating?) Mormon politician for as long as Secret Service protection is allowed him.

    Sure, it’s Draconian punishment, but it is a serious offense.

  13. avatar TheGuy09 says:

    From all the articles I have read on TTAG about this subject I have come to the following conclusion…

    Carrying =/= Pooping in public restrooms

  14. avatar Don says:

    Maybe he forgot about the gun because he was distracted by his hooker?

  15. avatar bontai Joe says:

    I’m just glad that the reporter told a grown-up about the gun he found like Eddie the Eagle says.

  16. avatar Hinshelworld says:

    /\ this.

  17. If a Samurai forgot his sword in a toilet, Bushido required him to commit ritual suicide. Today it’s just an ooopsie-daisy.

    If I were Romney (or Obama) I’d send the Secret “Service” home and hire competent, private industry protection.

    First prostitutes, now this. Yet another federal agency that needs a house-cleaning from top to bottom, in the light of day.

  18. avatar Ralph says:

    Dropping your gun in the hopper is a big step up in class for the Secret Service, who usually drop their pants with a Colombian hooker.

  19. avatar Azman says:

    Theguy09 is right. If you carry, don’t poop in a public restroom. Just don’t.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      and if you’re escorting a candidate around for days, even weeks at a time on the campaign trail, what do you suggest the person carrying does. insert a cork?

  20. avatar jsallison says:

    In the series Barney Miller, detective Fish, (Abe Vigoda) seemed to spend quite a bit of time in public restrooms. He was the only one on the squad that used a shoulder holster, coincidence?

  21. avatar Legion7 says:

    All I can say is “only ones”, yeah, right…

  22. avatar Brad says:

    Likely he/she was so tired and over worked, they will easily beat this. With budget cuts and increased details, the USSS is completely overworked. I am guess the agents times sheets will show 16+ hours days for weeks on end with no days off. As for the press weenie who ratted them out, now you know brutha, now you know why we rarely give you the time of day and disdain your very existence. That reporter could have scored some long term points and gained himself an incredible edge over his competition. Instead he went for the quick story which will be forgotten in a week. Bad career move buddy. Bad.

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