Do you really need a concealed weapon?
Ever drop your cell phone in the toilet? If not, you probably will.
It's an embarrassing and expensive accident, as you scramble to save the phone (probably impossible) and recover your list of contacts.
Now just imagine it was not a small piece of electronic equipment, but a handgun that you dropped in the loo.
A Florida woman found out last week.
Debra Monce, who has a concealed weapons permit, was using a Tampa hotel restroom when her gun fell out of its holster, hit the floor, went off and shot the woman in the next stall in the leg.
Monce helped stop the other woman's bleeding and had the front desk call 911, but didn't want to talk to reporters who wanted to ask about the incident.
Police said the woman was using a holster without a strap to secure the weapon, which allowed it to fall out and hit the floor.
Nebraska has allowed concealed weapons, with a permit, for a couple of years, and, through the efforts of Sen. Mark Christensen of Imperial, recently clarified the law to keep cities from going beyond the state law.
But the Florida incident should at least cause those considering carrying a concealed weapon to ask themselves: Do I really need this gun? Am I willing to increase the risk of accidentally shooting myself or someone else?
If the answer is no, perhaps you'd be better off putting the money into another cell phone.
Official Nebraska State Patrol information on obtaining a concealed weapon permit is available here.