The Asheville Citizen Times reports via USA TODAY, is a story that Colorado political observers know all too well:
Airport police seized the weapon from US House of Representatives Madison Cawthorn, and he will likely face a federal fine and loss of special security status, local and federal officials said.
The Republican congressman representing the 11th district of western North Carolina was attempting to board a plane on Feb. 13 when Transportation Security Administration workers found an unloaded weapon in his carry-on bag, along with a loaded magazine, according to officials. from Asheville Regional Airport.
The weapon was described in a redacted incident report and police radio traffic recordings as a “Glock 9mm pistol.”
Cawthorn, whose spokesman responded to questions on July 30 saying he brought the weapon in error, was not charged with a crime, according to reports and other information about the incident obtained this month through a public records request. That’s a normal result, spokeswoman Tina Kinsey said.
Republican Representative First Year Madison cawthorn from North Carolina, trying his best to keep up with the mad cadence of his fellow freshmen reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene other Lauren boebert, he really loves his guns and cares a lot about carrying one everywhere, possibly even at the House of the United States on January 6th. Of course, safe and legal gun possession begins (we assume) with knowing where your gun is at all times, and simply forgetting that you’ve brought one to the airport security line is a lapse that should result in more punishment than that. usually it does.
“Typically”, you ask? Well yes, readers, if you haven’t followed Colorado News Block for that long, you may not know that Colorado Republicans have made irresponsibility with their guns a recurring theme. In December 2017, the then state representative. Lori saine she was arrested at a DIA security check with a loaded pistol in her purse. And in 2014, the former Rep. Jared wright left a loaded pistol unattended in a House committee hearing room. Both incidents raised questions about the Colorado Capitol’s policy allowing lawmakers to carry concealed weapons in a building where everyone else has to trust the Colorado State Patrol.
The following year, Rep. Saine again sponsored legislation to weaken Colorado’s gun laws as if nothing had happened, so don’t expect Rep. Cawthorn to suddenly regret gun safety. For the rest of us, however, it is another opportunity to learn an important lesson before someone is hurt.
Call it leadership for a cautionary tale.