It’s not as if we haven’t had enough recent examples of how hazardous tucking a heater in your waistband can be. Going sans holster just isn’t a secure way to carry a gun. It’s the CCW equivalent of going commando. It may be comfortable, but nothing’s really held in place. And you can end up shooting yourself in the leg. You can inadvertently ventilate your penis. You can even shoot yourself in your leg and your penis. If Ed Magee was an IGOTD-reading Armed Intelligentsia member, he’d surely know the risks. And while he didn’t end up shooting himself, he didn’t do gun owners any favors…
Magee’s a former board and planning commission member in Granby, Colorado. He was standing at a podium recently, addressing a meeting of the current board of trustees when the gun he’d tucked into his pants fell to the floor.
As you’d expect, the gun didn’t fire. Dropped guns virtually never do. It’s catching them that causes the real problems. Anyway, the board members didn’t realize what happened until Magee told them.
He had “rushed” to get to the meeting on time after having been in the Denver area all day, he said, and he hadn’t had enough time to stop at home to change clothes and put away the weapon.
Locking it in his car apparently didn’t occur to Magee. He said, “it was just an unfortunate encounter with gravity.” Ed’s a laugh a minute that way. Board members can be forgiven for thinking they had an unfortunate encounter with stupidity.
“We were all upset when we found out what was going on. I was,” said Raffety, who presided over the meeting in Mayor Jynnifer Pierro’s absence that evening. “That’s not what I go to a board meeting for,” he said.
So now, thanks to good ol’ Ed, the board’s asked the town’s attorney “to explore a possible amendment to the town code concerning ‘weapons in public buildings and places.'” Colorado states that for a CCW holder, carrying “a gun in a public place is mostly a protected right, save for restrictions at schools and public buildings where there are security checkpoints,” so no further restrictions may be possible. We hope. No one wants to see another “gun-free” zone created.
It’s CCW holders like Magee who give all of us a bad name. If you’re going to take on the responsibility of carrying a gun, spend a few bucks and pick up a secure holster that’s made for your gun. Or, if you can’t carry the gun safely for some reason, lock the damned thing in your car until you can.
So welcome to the prestigious IGOTD club, Eddie boy. And thanks for nothing.