What kind of jackass brings a loaded gun and body armor to the General Assembly? The answer: Republican Delegate John S. Reid of Henrico. Reid's gun went off in his office today:
In a freak accident, Reid said his gun went off when he was ejecting the magazine -- which contains bullets --from the .380-caliber Kel-Tec handgun. A bullet was fired into a bulltet-proof vest that happened to be hanging inside his office door.The RTD has the story here.
For crying out loud! A 13-year old was arrested in Richmond yesterday for bringing an unloaded pistol to school. The day before yesterday in Maryland a 7-year old girl was accidentally shot by a handgun brought to school by an 8-year classmate. What kind of example does Delegate Reid set for Virginia's children?
What is the message being sent to Reid's fellow General Assembly members? "Support my legislation or I'll go get my gun and body armor!"
Already Reid has attempted to joke the incident away with a "humorous" apology before both the Republican and Democratic Caucuses. An apology isn't nearly enough: Delegate Reid should face serious consequences for his irresponsible actions. Better yet, he should be replaced by his constituents in 2007.
Update: Reid is going to escape with a slap on the wrist. I suppose we should just be thankful that the silly ass didn't shoot a page or General Assembly staff member.