Can you say "idiot"?
and the fact remains that Nagin does point the weapon at the Police Chief. It makes no difference whether he was putting it away, playing at shooting the chief or anything else. Swinging the weapon through an arc which traverses the Chief is dangerous behavior. Go to a public range and act like that in front of the range safety officer or your instructor and see what happens. It is, SIMPLY, negligent handling of a weapon. Actions like this get people killed. Yes, there is no mag in the gun, yes they are at a "supervised" photo-opp but Nagin shows a total lack of understanding concerning the handling of a firearm. Some kid can see this picture and draw the conclusion that this is the way supposedly responsible adults handle weapons. Arguably the laughter is out of context but, it doesn't change the fact that you NEVER point a firearm at someone without the intent to use it. PERIOD. I am equally unimpressed with the Chief and a supposedly highly-trained SWAT team allowing this kind of playful behavior. It typifies the worst sort of good, ole' boy stupidity and stereotyping of ignorant politicians attempting to act like they are knowledgeable about something when they are demonstrably incompetent and clueless.