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One assumes most of the people that work at the FBI are dedicated professionals, people that understand nothing destroys public confidence in their agency faster than engaging in politics.  Yet, even the FBI, which bills itself, and not entirely without cause, as America’s premier law enforcement agency, is hampered by being forced to hire from the human race.

 Recent revelations alarmingly indicate that people at the highest level of the FBI are progressive partisans, traitors who shielded the corrupt and criminal Hillary Clinton and her minions from the consequences of their treason and arrogant disregard of our nation’s security.  It is also reasonable to think a large part of why the FBI and the DOJ protected Clinton and her minions is because in so doing, they were also protecting Barack Obama and his minions.

The reputation of the FBI is in tatters, at least in part because anyone of normal intelligence understands that what the FBI has apparently done had to be accomplished by lower-ranking agents, men and women willing, for whatever reason, to abandon their oaths and to work against America in favor of the Democrat Party (see Peter Strzok). Failing to elect Hillary Clinton, they relied on their “insurance policy,” and attempted a coup by any means possible, a coup that is ongoing.  The cover up that continues to date is not covering the FBI in glory.

Even if most FBI employees are honorable people, how are we to know who they are?  How are we to know which of them are trustworthy, and which, given the chance, would be delighted to persecute any of us they thought to be enemies of their progressive masters?  When one knocks on our door and ask for our cooperation, can they be trusted?  This, from Fox News, does not help:

The man in Colorado who was hit with a stray bullet fired inadvertently from an off-duty FBI agent’s weapon has recalled the moment he realized he’d been shot at a nightclub over the weekend.

Thomas Reddington, 24, remembered hearing ‘a loud bang’ and thinking a firecracker had gone off, he said during an interview with ABC. That is, however, he said until he realized his leg was bleeding.

‘I heard a loud bang and I thought, oh some idiot set off a firecracker,’ Reddington said during the interview. ‘I looked down at my leg and see some brown residue …’

‘So I’m still thinking it was a firework,’ he continued. ‘All of a sudden … from the knee down, became completely red. And that’s when it clicked in my head, oh, I’ve been shot.

And so he had, the round apparently striking an artery:

Chase Bishop
credit: denverpost

The encounter took place Saturday around 12:45 a.m. at the Mile High Spirits Distillery and Tasting Bar in Denver. A weapon belonging to an off-duty FBI agent accidentally fired after falling off the agent, striking the patron in the leg, while the agent was dancing at the establishment.

This initial report was incorrect.  The agent, Chase Bishop, 29, was dancing–apparently showing off–for the crowd, and did a sloppy backflip.  His handgun–the make and model have not been identified–fell out of his waistband and hit the floor, but did not fire.  When Bishop reached down to grab the gun, he fired the weapon. He casually picked it up, and walked away.  The Denver Post updates what is known:

Note the muzzle flash

Chase Bishop, 29,  has been charged with one count of second-degree assault in connection with the June 2 nightclub shooting, according to a news release from the Denver District Attorney’s Office. [skip]

The results of a blood alcohol test have not been received, but District Attorney Beth McCann said in the news release said she was not going to wait.

‘We are filing this charge now rather than waiting until the BAC report is received, which we understand could take another week, because sufficient evidence has been presented to file it,’ McCann said.  ‘If an additional charge needs to be filed after further evidence is received, we can file those charges then.

This is the statute involved–thus far:  

§ 18-3-203. Assault in the second degree

(1) A person commits the crime of assault in the second degree if:

(a) Repealed.

(b) With intent to cause bodily injury to another person, he or she causes such injury to any person by means of a deadly weapon; or [skip]

(d) He recklessly causes serious bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon; or…

As usual, there is more to the statute.  I’ve included only those portions of the statue that appear to apply to this incident. Take the link for the entire statue, which is a felony.

The bullet hit the victim in an artery in his leg, according to previous news reports. The injury was serious but the man will recover, said his attorney Frank Azar.

FBI officials had refused to release Bishop’s name although he had been identified by other media outlets. The FBI also has not released any information about its policy for agents carrying weapons while off duty and in alcohol establishments

The FBI continued its silence Tuesday after the arrest became public.

‘In order to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment regarding this matter.  The FBI will continue to fully cooperate with the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney’s Office as this matter proceeds through the judicial process,’ Amy Sanders, an FBI spokeswoman in Denver said, via email.

Right. Integrity.  One might be tempted, at this point, to observe the progressive argument that only law enforcement officials should be allowed to keep and bear arms seems, upon reflection, a bit silly, but I certainly wouldn’t stoop to that level of rationality and common sense.  That would be unfair, wouldn’t it, gentle readers?

Steven Hayward at Powerline also did a bit of stooping:

I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t a metaphor, if not God’s little joke, for the drunken backflips and misfires that characterize the FBI’s investigations of Hillary and Trump.

Glock 19 with Crimson Trace Railmaster Pro laser/light

The best information I’ve been able to find suggests the FBI issues various Glock models to their agents, in either 9mm or .40 S&W calibers.  If this is accurate, that explains why Bishop’s handgun did not fire when it hit the floor.  Glock has an internal drop safety that works.  In various initial familiarization classes with police officers, I saw numerous officers accidently fling their Glocks downrange onto concrete floors.  None fired. In fact, new Glock shooters are taught not to grab for their weapons if they’re dropping them–that could cause a negligent discharge if they grab the trigger–but to just let them fall.

In the above photo, we can see Bishop’s gun firing–the muzzle flash is apparent–as he grabs the trigger. Standard Glock triggers are 5.5 pounds, which has caused some to suggest Glocks are somehow dangerous, a topic I’ve addressed in the past.  In truth, Glock owns the majority of the police market, its designs among the most popular handguns ever made.  They are, in fact, safe, reliable, almost indestructible, and accurate, which is why they are so popular, and why so many law enforcement agencies embrace them. But as with every handgun, safety depends largely on following very simple rules:  

1) All guns are loaded (until absolutely proved otherwise each and every time they’re handled).

2) Remove the magazine or all ammunition first, and always manually and visually inspect the chamber to ensure the gun is unloaded.  Then do it again.

3) Always keep a gun pointed in a safe direction.

4) Keep the trigger finger out of the triggerguard and off the trigger until ready to shoot.

I also addressed the issue of negligent discharges in Negligent Discharges I have Known.  Obviously, Bishop violated the 3rdand 4thrules.  Many have asked if FBI agents are allowed to carry their handguns off duty, or while drinking.  I’m not certain of the FBI’s actual policy, but virtually every law enforcement agency allows off duty carry.  It’s necessary for the officer’s safety, and officers are expected, if the violation is serious enough or if people are endangered, to act when they witness crimes. I’ve no reason to suspect the FBI is any different.

Every law enforcement agency, however, absolutely expects their people to keep their handguns concealed.  From the screenshot, it appears Bishop’s Glock was in an inside the waistband holster at his back, which explains how it was able to fly out of the holster.  Such holsters have no retention devices, relying on the pressure of the belt, the friction of the holster, and gravity to keep the handgun in place.  Pulling a backflip, Bishop overrode all of those passive features.

What is currently known also suggests Bishop had been drinking, perhaps heavily.  These days it seems almost impossible for FBI agents to be fired.  In the past, embarrassing the Bureau was more than sufficient grounds for termination.  Bishop has surely done that, and absent a plea deal, will almost surely be convicted of a felony and sued civilly.  A felony conviction should cause him to be terminated, but again, that sort of thing would appear to depend on the political value of the employee to those attempting a coup against President Trump and normal Americans.  We may never know because integrity.

Ultimately, Bishop appears to have been, for whatever reason, engaging in terribly stupid behavior, behavior any rational FBI agent should have avoided like the plague.  Dropping his gun, he was so distracted or impaired, he didn’t realize he was pulling the trigger.  It’s possible he wasn’t even aware the gun fired; his actions would suggest that. It’s not the gun’s fault.  It did what it was designed to do; it did not fire when dropped, but it did fire when the trigger was pulled.  The gun doesn’t know why the trigger is pulled; it simply fires when it is.

Unfortunately, this is not helping the public look on the FBI with renewed confidence.  The Inspector General’s report, to be released on 06-14-18, will likely not inspire confidence either.