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Civics lesson

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.

 
 

Article Comments

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OneAikea

Sep-30-13 6:13 PM

"You can shoot your mouth off all you want, but you were wrong doppess." johnmichaelgault

Not in my view. You got your foot in you mouth and maybe one in your posterior motive. I work alone, so being a doppess is irrelevant.

johngault

Sep-30-13 5:01 PM

You can shoot your mouth off all you want, but you were wrong doppess.

OneAikea

Sep-26-13 8:14 PM

"Cylinder would be correct if the Kahr CM9 was a revolver, but the CM9 is a semi automatic with a 6+1 magazine, and thus the gun was chambered." johnmichaelgault.

Seems that johnmichaelgault has a break from his job and makes an irrelevant comment on his employers time. Can't be retired since too young. About a Colt 45 or six shooter has 7 bullets? And johnmichaelgault was dead right?

I guess the old west had a Kahr CM9, then johnmichaelgault would just be dead since there were no computers in those days. Books, yes and it would take johnmichaelgault years to find answers and easier to use Wikipedia. A genious borderline genius. Entertain me daily johnmichaelgault. Contradict like a conservative. Liberal with your comments when relevant to nada. LoLo-LoL

johngault

Sep-26-13 3:10 PM

Cylinder would be correct if the Kahr CM9 was a revolver, but the CM9 is a semi automatic with a 6+1 magazine, and thus the gun was chambered.

John Wayne was dead on right, and most shops that are truly professional will tell a revolver buyer to load 5 and leave the 6th cylinder empty.

OneAikea

Sep-24-13 8:58 PM

Correction: not chamber, cylinder. Chamber holds the round for firing.

OneAikea

Sep-24-13 8:54 PM

The Shootist with John Wayne. Asked why he only kept 5 bullets instead of 6. He said he kept five bullets in the chamber and kept the firing pin in the empty chamber. He did not want to keep the firing pin on a live round and shoot his own foot. There is no safety on gun and any jolt can make the firing pin hit the live round and go off. Makes sense.

 
 

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