Thursday, January 26, 2006

John S. Reid is an irresponsible jackass

A .380-caliber Kel-Tec P3AT automatic pistol

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.

13 comments:

David said...

Some questions JC
1) Is it illegal to carry a loaded gun into the capital building?
2) Does the Senator have a CCW permit?
3) How many Republicans and Democrats carry concealed weapons into the General Assembly everyday?

I am glad he didn't hurt himself or anyone else but it sounds like they need to pull his CCW permit until he takes another gun safety class. I saw a DEA agent shoot himself in the foot during a gun safety presentation. People make mistakes.

Link to the video:
http://www.news4jax.com/news/4300274/detail.html

The Richmond Democrat said...

Not illegal, just irresponsible and a very bad example to Virginia's children.

Of course there are lots of things that aren't illegal, but one should not do.

Tom James (aka Brave Hart) said...

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+coh+18.2-56.1+408741

http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+coh+18.2-279+408741

Class 6 felony
Class 1 misdemeanor

Michael Lee-Whitehouse said...

An unloaded firearm never shot anyone/thing.

Will Vaught said...

remember, the gun love lobby loves this, so what, he owns a gun, so it accidently went off. They see nothing wrong with this, and will likely celebrate it. He'll probably recieve the NRA lifetime achievement award for this now...

I've got no problems with gun owners, I too have a "grip" at my house, but there's a time and place for everything. Sure if I have the proper permit I have the right to take it to work with me, but I don't, because there is a freak chance it could go off.

I think a little common sense goes a long way, Reid can thank god that no one was hurt or killed, then we'd really have a story...

The Richmond Democrat said...

Well, David is right that at the very least he needs to get more gun safety training.

I still think he should face more discipline of some sort because of the pages. If any of you have ever been to the GA, you know what I'm talking about. The pages are about 13 to 18 years of age and they are everywhere. Bringing a gun to the GA is very nearly the same thing as bringing a gun to a high school.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if all you democrats were so quick to pass judgment when Bill Clinton had his accidental discharge in the White House . . .

Anonymous said...

ah, yea, bill clinton brings a gun to the white house and it goes off...sure, I think he was a total jackass..you bet, are you serious?

The Richmond Democrat said...

Looks like we got us a brouhaha.

SouthoftheJames.com said...

Anon: what does Bill Cliton have to do with Reid? That kind of juvenile bait-and-switch just deflects from the real issue. My question is, why does he need to clean his gun in the morning? Did he use it? And, isn't he being paid to do a job? I know that if I brought my gun to work (legally or not), and it went off accidentally, I'd be fired. Hmmm...

Anonymous said...

He's my state delegate and I have either voted for his opponent, voted for a write-in opponent, or just not voted for him at every election. Somebody loves this jackass -- he keeps getting re-elected, but not by me.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Conway ... you're obviously not up-to-date on the facts. Based upon the investigation to date, "cleaning" had nothing to do with it. Too bad Jed Bartlett is retiring. I understand you were going to vote for him next time around.

David said...

A simple non-partisan solution to this problem would be to put a clearing barrel or access to a clearing barrel for all members of the GA who carry a weapon to and from work. When entering the building they would be required to render their weapon safe by using proper clearing procedures in front of the barrel.