Anti-gun proponents often characterize gun owners as reckless rubes, prone to violence and shooting up the landscape at the slightest provocation. In so doing, they either mischaracterize or lie about the culture of gun ownership, a culture deeply concerned about and trained in the safe handling of firearms. The basic safety rules of gun handling are inculcated in virtually all gun owners, from their youth if introduced to firearms by relatives, or by others if they take up gun ownership in adulthood, as millions of Americans are doing every year.
That’s why anti-gun hypocrisy is so blaring obvious when Democrats and their anti-gun sycophants do what they accuse gun owners of doing. Read this and try to avoid cringing:
Jerome M. Hauer, [New York] Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s director of homeland security, took out his handgun and used the laser sighting device attached to the barrel as a pointer in a presentation to a foreign delegation, according to public officials. It happened Oct. 24 in Albany at the highly secure state emergency operations center below State Police headquarters.
These officials, one of whom claimed to be an eyewitness, said that three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York, at which he wanted to point.
Hauer, commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, was disabled by a stroke a few years ago and can be unsteady. He isn’t a law enforcement official. He carries the loaded 9-millimeter Glock in a holster into state buildings, an apparent violation of state law barring state employees from bringing weapons to the workplace, several witnesses say.
The incident with the Swedish delegation occurred during a two-hour briefing at the operations center concerning the state’s response to Superstorm Sandy, according to one of the officials.
According to one person who witnessed the scene in the conference room, which has mid-wall-to-ceiling windows so that people can see into the meeting space, two people opposite Hauer at the table moved quickly out of the line of the laser when he brought out the gun.
Why, I wonder, does one never hear of this sort of thing happening at an NRA meeting or convention? All human beings are fallible, and all make mistakes, but using the laser sight of a loaded weapon as a presentation pointer, and tracking it over people’s bodies? People “moved quickly out of the line of the laser when he brought out the gun”? Well, yeah…