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September 24, 2013 - Harry Eagar
Sure, this guy is not mentally ill (so far as the story goes), so what could possibly go wrong if he carries a loaded pistol to work at his state Capitol?
Let us count the ways.
A Missouri House staffer reportedly left a loaded gun in a public restroom in the state Capitol last week. According to a Capitol Police incident report, a Kahr CM9 9mm pistol – later claimed by House Speaker Tim Jones’ legislative assistant Dave Evans – was found on top of the toilet paper dispenser in a men's restroom in the Capitol basement Friday. The incident report states that the gun “was fully loaded with one round in the chamber and six rounds in the magazine.”
Loaded with hollow-point bullets, according to another report because some of those Capitol rats can't be brought down with just one round.
No information about whether the safety was set to "on" or "gun nut," but Missourians will be comforted to know that "A law passed in 2011 allows Missouri legislators and their staffers to have guns in the Capitol if they have concealed gun permits."
The story does not say whether common or garden variety Missouri citizens can pack heat on lobbying visits in order to protect themselves in case a deranged Republican solon (but we repeat ourselves) should crack and start shooting.
It goes without saying, of course, that everyone needs to carry a pistol with a round racked in the chamber, at work or at home, in order to prevent tragedies like this. Even out in the countryside, it is important to have a firearm, in case you are attacked by a bear.
Because as Dave Evans can testify, you can't be too careful.
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