According to ABC news, U.S. Inspector General Richard Skinner reports that the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lost 289 guns from fiscal year 2006 through 2008. D’oh! It gets worse (of course). Some of the firearms were “never reported lost” and “some of the guns were recovered later by local law enforcement from suspected gang members after they had been engraved with gang signs.” Luckily, not all of the missing firearms were lost because of Homeland Security agents’ “negligence.” USA Today reports that “some were lost in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and others were stolen from safes.” Oh, so that’s alright then. At least the DHS understands the gravity of the problem, what with terrorists and all. “The department is strongly committed to ensuring that weapons … are kept secure,” DHS spokeswoman Amy Kudwa assured. Given the hoo-ha surrounding police and National Guard soldiers confiscating weapons from legal owners after that self-same hurricane, one wonders if Uncle Sam’s embarrassment is some sort of Karma. Just sayin’ . . .