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Officer leaves loaded gun in University Restroom

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by RIDE, May 7, 2007.

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  1. RIDE

    RIDE Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    LINK: http://www.kansas.com/212/story/63595.html

    My favorite part:
    Riiiiiight... but had this been a civilian who left his loaded weapon in a bathroom somewhere... it surely would not be a "human" mistake of being "forgetful", but a CRIME of negligence.
  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Nevada, escaped from the PDRK via Idaho.
    Undoubtedly the officer will have an infamous nickname from now on.

  3. yhtomit

    yhtomit Member

    May 27, 2006
    E. Tennessee
    Now that would be justice ;)

    Pilgrim wrote:
    Which, you know, is probably the correct outcome for any non-malicious, non-harmful negligent act, involving a gun or not. (At least, if non-malicious, non-harmful acts should ever even be eligible for charges, a point on which I have an opinion.) It would consist of a two-stage punishment:

    1) Having your new embarrassing nickname (You are hereby and henceforth to be known on all occasions as William "What Gun?" O'Shea!") assigned by a Judge, who will have been well trained in insultology, and has been allowed to consult with your friends and enemies to find the one most humiliating to you. (Or, he could spend three days in a sweat lodge to come up with your Not-such-a-warrior name.)

    2) Being required to do your time -- that is, to go have all your official papers updated to reflect the "What Gun?" designation.

    This reminds me of the case involving Huckabee's son; it's not that the tap-on-wrist punishment is inappropriate in absolute terms, it's that I suspect a lot of "ordinary" folk (not LEO, not politically connected) would get far worse treatment, and that's fine -- if you want to have a samurai class.

    Will pull / influence whatever always have some power? I can't imagine that they wouldn't, but in cases like this, it would be easy to design laws that protect people from over-enthusiastic bullying by acknowledging that a chiding and the quick return of a recovered gun is the right thing to do, rather than only being the nicest option in a range that gets far more onerous.

  4. reppondj

    reppondj Member

    Mar 21, 2007
    Ruston, Louisiana
    I dont know about yall but I think I would have missed it, lol. After a tour in Afghanistan and a tour in Iraq, carrying a pistol and rifle every day, when I got back every time I turned around I was looking for my weapons. That went on for several weeks before the habit wore off.
  5. ProficientRifleman

    ProficientRifleman Member

    May 3, 2006

    Are these "civilians" you speak of in some other category than the police officer spoken of in the thread?

    I say again...Police Officers ARE CIVILIANS! They are not ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY, therefor they are CIVILIAN Police Officers.
  6. cuervo

    cuervo Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    The link is gone. Does anyone have the text of it to post?

    PR--that's always been a peeve of mine, too. Police are civil law enforcement.
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