“GUN DISCHARGES AT TICKET COUNTER AT BUSH IAH, AIRPORT OFFICIALS CONFIRM,” abc13.com announces with all-caps amazement. Which leaves pedantic readers wondering, how did a gun discharge all on its own? “A gun was accidentally fired at the ticket counter inside Bush Airport today.” Ah. OK. Still passive – not “an irresponsible gun owner [of the day] negligently discharged a firearm at a ticket counter” – but not that passive. But wait! There’s more . . .
According to airport officials, a passenger at the Delta ticket counter in Terminal A had a gun in his carry-on baggage and was taking it out to check it in. That’s when it reportedly fired inside the bag.
The man was detained and questioned at the airport. He’s facing a deadly conduct charge, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
We’re told there are no reports of injuries and no disruption of service.
Huh. I travel with my guns on a regular basis. I unload them before transport. And make damn sure they’re unloaded when I show them to the agent (when required). Finger on the trigger? You must be joking, mate. Luckily, I don’t own any guns that fire themselves. Anyway, another teachable moment wasted. Another “guns are dangerous” meme perpetuated.