Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Two Steps Back Edition

You may have followed some of our posts on the contortions overtaking the University of Colorado-Boulder as it tries to comply with the state’s supreme court ruling allowing students and others with concealed carry permits to pack on campus. As you’d expect at almost any institution of higher learning, the idea of people waking around, sitting in class or chilling in a dorm while armed gave a significant portion of the faculty a wikkid case of the heeby-jeebies. Picture John Hurt lying on the dinner table just before the alien pops through his sternum and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the typical reaction. But even while thinly veiling their distaste for the job, the CU-Boulder administration’s been pretty steadfast in slapping down some of the more strident anti-gun faculty reactions. What happened at the CU-Denver med campus on Friday, though, won’t help advance the cause of campus carry much . . .


Police are investigating the accidental discharge of a weapon after two people were injured at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus on Friday. The gun went off in the office of a staff member of the School of Dental Medicine, said CU spokesman Dan Meyers. Meyers said the gun belonged to a staff member who has a concealed- carry permit. The staffer and another person in the office were injured. Neither person was hospitalized.

Fortunately, the right to keep and bear is an individual one. That means no matter what some numbnuts does with his gun, it has zero bearing on anyone else’s right to armed self defense.

Still, when it comes to winning hearts and minds — let alone depriving the anti-2A crowd of anti-gun rhetorical ammo — this doesn’t help the cause much. So while the fumble-fingered Dental School staffer has remained nameless so far, we’ll be shipping him or her some appropriate hardware to commemorate the achievement…once he’s back from administrative leave. How’s that for a kick in the teeth?