nakedmolerat: @networkn I guess you're the perfect human and never forget nor ever make mistake. The policeman is a mere mortal like the rest of us here.
I wouldn't leave my LOADED GUN where someone could access it.
That may be the case where carrying a gun is an extraordinarily rare and special occurrence. For these guys the gun is like carrying your car keys, they do it consistently and it becomes second nature. Ever left your car keys anywhere by mistake? Your phone? Not making excuses, the owner needs their ass kicked good and proper, but I get tired of the american theatrics and armchair experts. And a gun isn't much good unless it's loaded, what else would you expect it to be for an operational weapon? Typically that means a full magazine and no bullet in the chamber. Pull the trigger and nothing would happen, so accidental discharge just from someone grabbing the gun is highly unlikely.
I'd argue that for a police officer they should view their weapon as "special" and worth of extra consideration and care. Don't you think they should? If the armed police are considering this the same as a set of keys, as far as I am concerned, they shouldn't have guns. I am FOR police carrying guns, and I am FOR the police being better armed than the criminals they protect against (on the whole), but with great power, comes great responsibility.
The president is responsible for 1 set of the nuclear football codes, would you be so unconcerned if he had an "off day" and left them in a bathroom at the Kremlin?
I don't care that it's loaded (as you say, it's not suitable as an operational device if it's not), I am saying BECAUSE it's loaded, EXTRA care should be taken.
Just because something bad DIDN'T happen, doesn't mean there should be no serious consequences.