Talk about responsible gun ownership. Just take a look at our good old boys’ club, the Capitol police. Since the beginning of the year, they’ve left their guns sitting out three times for any passerby visiting the Capitol to stumble upon, and one of the three firearms was found by a child in one of the incidents, according to a report by the Capitol Police Board, courtesy of Roll Call.
In January, one member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security team pulled a brain fart and left both a Glock and a magazine in the holder for toilet seat covers in a bathroom stall at the Capitol Visitor Center.
Hey, no one’s perfect. It happens, right? Not often, but it happens. We’re only human. We get distracted, overburdened with numerous tasks. We have lives and children. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. Sure.
Two months later, in late March, it happened again. A Glock was discovered in another bathroom in the House speaker’s suite, by a child of “seven or eight years old,” according to CBS News. The gun, it seems, had been misplaced by one of House Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) security team.
Just a few weeks later, yet another Glock was found. A janitor came across the gun April 16, “left in plain sight at Capitol Police headquarters,” CBS News reports.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) released a statement to CBS News stating:
The Department takes very seriously all breaches of Department rules and has established policies that address such matters. Each disciplinary matter is thoroughly investigated and reviewed, employees are held accountable for their conduct, and they are provided due process in adjudicating these matters. As a matter of policy, the Department does not routinely discuss internal personnel matters, in order to maintain the integrity of the Department.
Two of the three incidents are currently still under investigation, but the officer who left a gun in the toilet seat cover holder is being recommended for a six-day “vacation” sans pay. Oddly, lost guns are not required to be reported by the Capitol police.
Still, while “these things happen,” things seem rather loose over at the Capitol. Perhaps that’s why the USCP is changing the guard. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine put up his resignation only weeks ago, in April, after a gyrocopter entered federal air space illegally and plopped itself right down on the Capitol grounds. Remember that guy? You can see video coverage of the gyrocopter pilot grumbling, below:
As of Friday, May 1, Assistant Chief Daniel Malloy also retires from the USCP after 30 years of service. So, that should cover any foreseeable excuses needed for the lost and discovered-by-the-public guns the USCP may come up missing in the next three months.
Not that they’re required to report them or even notice much if they are missing until some kid finds one in the john.