Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day: Jerome Hauer

If you’ve ever given a PowerPoint presentation, we feel for you. Actually, we feel for your audience even more, but sometimes these things must be done. Be that as it may, there are some basic pointers the pros will impart to make the experience more informative and less sleep-inducing. Things like, don’t read every word on the slide out loud, keep it to no more than four bullet points to a page and make them brief and punchy. Now, though, we have to hand it to Jerome Hauer. New York’s Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has found a new, sure-fire way to make damned sure no one in his audience nods off while he’s droning on . . .

According to, back in October, he gave a briefing to a Swedish delegation on the state’s response to “superstorm” Sandy in a “highly secure state emergency operations center below State Police headquarters.” In order to get his point across, he drew his GLOCK and used its laser to enhance the experience.

These officials, one of whom claimed to be an eyewitness, said that three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York, at which he wanted to point.

Hauer, commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, was disabled by a stroke a few years ago and can be unsteady. He isn’t a law enforcement official. He carries the loaded 9-millimeter Glock in a holster into state buildings, an apparent violation of state law barring state employees from bringing weapons to the workplace, several witnesses say.

He definitely would have commanded our attention if we’d been there.

According to one person who witnessed the scene in the conference room, which has mid-wall-to-ceiling windows so that people can see into the meeting space, two people opposite Hauer at the table moved quickly out of the line of the laser when he brought out the gun.

Thank goodness New York’s SAFE Act makes it harder for John and Jane Q. Public to own their own guns. Surely Empire Staters are sleeping more soundly now, secure in the knowledge that it’s much more likely that only highly trained, qualified individuals like Mr. Hauer will be handling dangerous tools like firearms. Still, literally lasing the heads of visiting dignitaries can be bad for international relations. So for that reason alone, we’ll be sending the Director his very own IGOTD keepsake for prominent display in his palatial office. Your tax dollars at work.   [h/t One_if_by_land1776]