June 3, 2018
During the Reagan era, in an ill-conceived attempt to deal with the fallout from the disco music scene, oppressive “dance mania” laws were passed.
Though they have been loosely enforced over the last decades, these laws remain on the books.
But what if the dance maniac is the law?
An off-duty FBI agent dropped his gun on a nightclub dancefloor and accidentally fired the weapon while trying to retrieve it, injuring an unfortunate reveller at the club in Denver, Colorado.
The victim, whose identity was not released, suffered a gunshot injury to his lower leg and was taken to hospital with a “good prognosis,” according to local media. Denver police said the unidentified agent was questioned and released to a Federal Bureau of Investigations supervisor, without any charges.
The incident reportedly took place at the Mile High Spirits Bar in downtown Denver. Police responded to reports of gunfire around 12:45am on Saturday.
“It appears an off-duty Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agent was dancing at a night club when his firearm became dislodged from its waistband holster and fell onto the floor. When the agent retrieved his handgun an unintended discharge occurred, another patron was struck by a bullet in the lower leg,” local police said in a statement.
It is a founding principle of America that all are equal under the law – even idiotic fascist Reaganite anti-dance mania laws which make it illegal to fire your gun off on the dance floor.
But will this FBI agent be held to the same standards as everyone else?
It seems not.
It’s time to repeal the 80s-era dance maniac laws.
Being a dance maniac is a fundamental human right.