In all, 243 firearms were lost in both agencies during that period, according to the January report from Inspector General Richard Skinner. Of those, 36 were lost because of circumstances beyond officers' control -- for instance, ICE lost a firearm during an assault on an officer. Another 28 were lost even though officers had stored them in lockboxes or safes.Nice work, Barney Fife.
But 74 percent, or 179 guns, were lost "because officers did not properly secure them," the report said.
Leaving your heater in a public restroom should be an automatic crash-landing. I don't care if you stopped to pee on the way to your retirement party: Leave the public's pistol lying around where any hoodlum or toddler can get their grubby paws on it, and you should exit the doors with enough velocity to bounce when you hit pavement.
This is one of many things that stems from the "Only Ones" mentality so rightly derided in parts of the blogosphere. People who don't even like guns, who have been culturally conditioned to actively dislike them, are issued one and expected to suddenly embrace it and care for it.
You know how come I don't leave my gat in the bathroom? Because I had to pay my own hard-earned dough for it, I'm packing it because I want to and not because my boss makes me, and most importantly, I don't have a powerful .gov employee's union to cover my arse from legal responsibility if I leave it lying around.