Virginia is a fairly conservative state, mostly rural, and home to the National Rifle Association's headquarters. Given all that, the state's politicians treat gun control as something to be feared almost as much as bird flu. Until recently, Virginia residents were even allowed to carry licensed firearms into the state capitol.
And one of the chief advocates of this loose policy is John S. "Jack" Reid, a delegate from Henrico county near Richmond. He's conservative, Republican, and very much in favor of totin' guns for protection.
Mr. Reid is also just a wee bit embarrassed at the moment.
It seems that the lawmaker was removing the clip from his trusty .380 handgun in his office in the Virginia General Assembly Building when it, well, kinda went off. Fortunately no one was injured, but the bullet did manage to hit the bulletproof vest he keeps on the back of his door.
That's it. I'm moving to Canada.