I'm not sure if this article is amusing or just pathetic, but apparently the agency that is charged with our national security has a hard time keeping tabs on its own weapons.
Agents and officers of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security reported that 289 of their handguns, shotguns or automatic rifles had been lost or stolen between 2005 and 2008
Actually, that didn't seem too bad to me, especially over the course of three years, but I found some of the ways that officers lost weapons to be fairly amusing. Apparently, weapons were left in places ranging from fast-food restaurant restrooms to bowling alleys to clothing stores.
I can just imagine how some of those conversations went down:
Boss: Where's your weapon, officer?
Officer: Um, I can't find it.
Boss: What do you mean you can't find it?
Officer: Well, I went bowling with the kids last night and must have left my gun on the scoring table because it was really interfering with my follow through.
Boss: Well, these things happen. Go get yourself another one.
I think that's funny (although it could be due to the cold medicine), but DHS isn't laughing.
"Although some reported losses were beyond the officers' control, most losses occurred because officers did not properly secure firearms," said DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner in a 23-page report dated Jan. 25. "The Department of Homeland Security, through its components, did not adequately safeguard and control its firearms."
But this issue apparently isn't just relegated to DHS.
While the report was embarrassing for DHS, other unidentified federal law enforcement agencies fared worse. Skinner said the Justice Department and the Government Accountability Office, Congress's audit arm, found similar problems among 18 agencies assessed between 2003 and 2007.
I'm guessing a lot of these folks are military or former law enforcement officers (or at least have been trained and certified to carry guns) so they should know how to keep track of their weapons, right? Perhaps it is true that those government jobs make you soft.