From the Denver Post yesterday morning:
LONGMONT — Police are looking for a .380 semiautomatic pistol that a resident reported he lost while riding a motorized scooter through a north Longmont neighborhood and along a bicycle path on Wednesday, police reported.
Cmdr. Jeff Satur said police volunteers and a police K-9 searched the man’s route along Mountain View Avenue, Pace Street along the east sidewalk, 17th Avenue west from Pace, to Alpine Street and the bike path along the Rough and Ready Ditch to Independence Drive, but did not recover the gun.
“He believes the gun fell out of the holster,” Satur said.
The disabled man has a concealed-carry permit and uses a motorized scooter to help him get around. Satur said the gun was loaded when it was lost.
Police are worried that a child may have found the gun.
“We’re reminding parents up in that area that it is not a toy,” he said.
Longmont police are issuing a call through an automatic system to warn residents that the gun was lost in the area.’
I’m beginning to think that the gun debate of 2013 is much like the sectional crisis after the passage of the Compromise of 1850: one side (the a$$hole side) has managed to get all of the resources of the state on its side to work for its benefit, and effectively to enlist the time, worry, and resources of non gun-owners in the defense of their supposed “Second Amendment rights.” Think about it: someone goes out for a roll in a peaceful U.S. neighborhood–not Syria, not Mali–but in the U.S. with a .380 semiautomatic pistol. That’s borderline nuts, but then he can’t be bothered to secure the pistol, so now the entire neighborhood has to be searched and everyone has to be on the lookout for this a$$hole‘s missing firearm.
All because ONE MAN decided he couldn’t leave home without his gun. I’m actually more sympathetic to this guy carrying than a non-disabled person with a concealed-carry permit, because I can understand that many disabled people may reasonably fear predation more than able-bodied people, but honestly: if you’re too disabled to secure your gun, you’re too disabled for a CCP. (The print version of the story yesterday morning did not include the detail about the disability, but I’m still amazed by this person’s irresponsibility and the drag on public and neighborly resources.)
Does anyone else see the parallel here? The non-gun owning majority’s lives are turned upside down for the sake of the gun-owning minority’s right to drop .380 semiautomatics all over town. Law enforcement officers, volunteers, and even the damn police dog were enlisted to look for one man’s gun. KDVR also reported that “[t]hree schools and the Skyline East Athletic Field are nearby, and police are worried a child may find the gun along the path. Satur said parents should be on the lookout as well.” That’s right–it’s up to parents and schools to be on the lookout for rogue guns littering the byways that the children might get their hands on–it’s no one else’s responsibility to make sure that guns aren’t dropped liberally from one end of town to the other.