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I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

guns and pants

Oops. Who thought this could happen? A man's pants fall down and, Voila, a gun is found inside them. This article in the Star Tribune shows us that you really have to be careful pulling up your pants, or someone else's, for that matter. What you might find could surprise you. I can't get the vision out of my head of the famous Dr. Seuss children's story, " The Pale Green Pants" from The Sneetches. This is a favorite in our family. We have the copy of the book that we read to our children and we are now reading the same copy to our grandchildren. 

Dr. Seuss has a way of capturing the humor of life and making statements about social issues. The message in this story seems more allusive to me than some of the others in the book,The Sneetches. But the green pants are scary until the character in the story confronts them and finds out that the pants also have feelings so they become less scary.

Pants should not be scary. But I have read more than a few incidents of a gun in someone's pants dropping out of their pocket or holster and firing. Sometimes these incidents result in the gun carrier being injured and sometimes other people are injured. In the above, a criminal was carrying a gun and it was only because he was wearing baggy pants that his gun was discovered.  I am betting that this guy could never have imagined his pants falling down and having his concealed gun found. I find it hard to sympathize with the criminal. His intentions were not honorable.The article above is about a judge's ruling against the criminal in question who challenged the Police Officer's "search" and said it violated his constitutional rights. Never mind that he denied that he knew there was a gun in his pants. The judge denied the defendant and ended with this quote: " "We are confident that our opinion will not be misconstrued to suggest that an officer can freely meddle with a person's clothes to the refrain, 'Pants on the ground, pants on the ground'...""

" I yelled for help. I screamed. I shrieked. I howled. I yowled. I cried, 
Pants can be scary. Be careful out there.


  1. I read the Sneetches to my younger brother, to my kids, and it won't be long before it is time to start reading it to my grandson. "I got brickles in my britches,(accompanies by a tickle) but I stayed there anyway".

    I have heard of guns falling out of pockets and waistbands and firing. Invariably when a specific gun is mentioned, it is something very cheap.

    Like all gun mishaps, it takes a combination of ill-advised actions to cause a dropped gun firing mishap. I have never heard of this happening with a proper holster, or with a gun over about $200 new retail price. And really--how can a gun fall out of a pocket unless someone is playing with it?

    If you are going to carry a gun, carry a decent quality gun, with a decent quality holster that fits that particular gun--even if you will carry in a pocket, use a pocket holster. Get advice from someone who isn't trying to sell you something--your firearms instructor is a good place to start, or various internet gun forums.

  2. Thanks for the good advice Sevesteen. I'm sure all the guys who carry cheap guns around in their pockets or in their waistbands will stop immediately and comply.

  3. MikeB302000,

    What advice do you have for gun owners?

    You are a person who previously owned firearms, right?

    Did you carry them? Carry them concealed? Use a holster or not?

    Were your firearms cheap ones or high quality ones?

    Talk to us about your guns, answer the questions you ask us. Give us your advice based on your experience, eh.