More proof it’s not average citizens who need to be disarmed, but public officials. Really? Seriously? A State Director of Homeland Security is this irresponsible and clueless?
Jerome M. Hauer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s director of homeland security, took out his handgun and used the laser sighting device attached to the barrel as a pointer in a presentation to a foreign delegation, according to public officials. It happened Oct. 24 in Albany at the highly secure state emergency operations center below State Police headquarters.
Hauer, commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, was disabled by a stroke a few years ago and can be unsteady. He isn’t a law enforcement official. He carries the loaded 9-millimeter Glock in a holster into state buildings, an apparent violation of state law barring state employees from bringing weapons to the workplace, several witnesses say.
The incident with the Swedish delegation occurred during a two-hour briefing at the operations center concerning the state’s response to Superstorm Sandy, according to one of the officials.
Asked about the matter over the course of several weeks, Cuomo’s press aide promised to look into it but has repeatedly had no comment. Hauer’s communications officer, Peter Cutler, also promised to look into it, but he has declined to respond beyond saying he is unaware that it happened. “I’ve heard rumors,” Cutler said.
No one, including Hauer, has denied the episode happened. Approached by the Times Union at the Capitol after a meeting with Cuomo, Hauer was asked if he had used his gun as a pointer in a presentation. “You have bad sources,” he said, but would not take follow-up questions.
Look at the first rule of firearm safety in this list (http://www.nssf.org/safety/basics/):
1. Always Keep The Muzzle Pointed In A Safe Direction
Now, read this: “…three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York, at which he wanted to point.”
Newsflash: Before my children even touched a firearm, they learned the inviolable rules, and knew that a single violation meant the end of their practice session for the day. Using a weapon as a laser pointer… no… freaking… way.
Yet in New York, Mr. Hauer gets to carry a weapon and many citizens cannot. Dandy.
Now, think about the fact that we’re suspending kids from school for having “gun-shaped” Pop Tarts, and pointing their fingers at each other on the playground… yeah… makes total sense.