Apart from all other issues surrounding the possession of a handgun, few would argue that an FBI agent, a Fibber of all people, shouldn’t carry his piece. After all, the FBI are the good ones, the smart ones, the agents of law enforcement who stand above the riff-raff. Or not.
Cool backflip, even if one might suppose that he might have a greater concern about the gun in his waistband than his moves on the dance floor.
An FBI agent is under investigation after he accidentally discharged his firearm as he performed a backflip at a Denver nightclub.
The off-duty agent was dancing when the handgun fell from his waistband holster. It fired as he went to pick it up, wounding another customer in the leg.
Two things that to note is that the agent’s face is blurred and his name is concealed. Just as if it was anyone else with a gun doing a backflip at a distillery party, right?
The agent, whose identity wasn’t released, was dancing at the Mile High spirits distillery and tasting bar at around 12.45am on Saturday when the incident occurred, the spokesman added.
Police interviewed the agent before releasing him to an FBI supervisor. An investigation is continuing, and any charges will be determined by the Denver district attorney’s office, officer Marika Putnam said.
A Denver FBI spokeswoman declined to comment, citing an ongoing investigation.
Was the agent drunk? There stands to be a good chance of that. Was he reckless regardless? You bet. Was the bullet emitting from his gun into the body of an onlooker any different than if it had come from the gun of another person, whether a local cop or, god forbid, a non-cop? Nope. So what is there to “investigate”?
The reckless handling of a weapon is intolerable under any circumstances. As responsible gun owners explain over and over, there is no such thing as an accidental discharge. There is no excuse for anyone in possession of a gun to have an accident. It’s a dangerous thing, a gun, and part of the duty of bearing arms to assure that no accident occurs.
But when the moron is in law enforcement, the fault is heightened. It may be that a non-cop lacks sufficient training to appreciate the risk of certain conduct, or that he’s just too stupid to know how to breathe. The exercise of a constitutional right does not require passing an intelligence test. But there should be minimum, just as there are maximum, standards for intelligence for law enforcement.
And then there’s the FBI, the elite of law enforcement. The best educated. The smartest. The most honorable. Or so they tell us. And so we believe when it’s convenient for us to believe because we need to believe that there is some group in law enforcement that is out there investigating collusion and hate crimes.
Of all the people who should be expected to know better than to do something as stupid as get drunk with a gun stuck in the back of his pants, do a backflip with a gun stuck in the back of his pants, handle his gun after it’s flown through the air following his drunken backflip in a way that could possibly cause a bullet to discharge from the weapon when he touched it, it’s this Denver FBI agent.
And of all the things the FBI should do about it if it purports to be worthy of our trust and admiration, it’s name the agent too stupid to breathe and pull his weapon and shield.