I realize that mistakes happen. I’ve dropped my keys in the parking lot while shuffling the baby from one arm to the other; I’ve left an item or two in my shopping cart as I’ve loaded my trunk, only to have to drive all the way back to the store hoping the cart is where I left it, saving myself from the embarrassment of having to go inside and explain that I forgot my groceries. But I’ve never, ever, lost my gun.
The article is very short because nothing really happened. Grandma finds loaded “automatic” gun on a ride. I’m so tired of that word. As a society, we’ve apparently forgotten what “automatic” means. Guy realizes he lost his gun minutes later and comes back to get it. MINUTES. This is where I really get annoyed with my fellow gun owners. When I carry, I make sure that I know where my gun is AT ALL TIMES. When I sit, I check. When I stand, I check. As a gun owner, I am representative of ALL gun owners and when shit like this happens, it’s FODDER for the anti’s and they will use it “for the sake of the children”.
Well, guess what? I carry for the sake of the children.
Forget about the fact that Disney Parks prohibit firearms. We all know that won’t stop a tragedy so I’m sure this guy is not the only Concealed Carry permit holder to bring a firearm into the park with him…ESPECIALLY when he is a resident of Florida where the park is located. He didn’t do anything illegal. However, what happened is inexcusable. Safety first is not a range-specific rule.
Yes, I realize that he was at the park with his family and most likely got distracted which happens to everyone. But with great power comes great responsibility. What would have happened if he NEEDED his gun in those few minutes he was without it? What then?
This is exactly the kind of situation that anti-gunners are going to love to get their hands on. The “what-if’s” are astounding. I could see the rhetoric now: “if responsible gun owners can’t even keep track of their guns, why should they be allowed to have them?”
You don’t need a vivid imagination to realize what a stir this would have created if a child got a hold of the gun and not a responsible adult. Yes, I said responsible because who knows what kinds of people are out there and what they would to to get their anti-freedom point across. What an opportunity this presented. A shooting at a theme park? a DISNEY Park? Where the Imaginators (or whatever they call themselves) are working their asses off to create the most happy place on earth? Are you kiddin’ me? That scenario would have been PERFECT and exactly what would have been the nail in the coffin, so to speak.
You’re probably saying to yourself that I’m overreacting. I don’t think the guy did anything wrong except he lost track of his gun. It was a stupid mistake on his part and one that may still cost him and the rest of us. That is why I’m so pissed. Stupid mistakes create large consequences.
I don’t think his right should be taken away. I don’t think he should be charged with anything. This is a lesson for all of us on how a momentary distraction has the potential to cause great harm not only to oneself but to an entire community.