“I’m the only one in this room professional enough…”

An analysis of the ‘DEA Agent who shoots himself in the foot’ viral video.

Paige was lecturing a group of students and parents of the Orlando Minority Golf Association in April of 2004. He gave a very condescending lecture, during which he held up his duty weapon and said, “I’m the only one in this room, that I know of, professional enough to carry this Glock 40.” He then pointed the gun at his foot and discharged a round into his leg.

The best part? It was all captured on tape. In March of 2005, the video was leaked to the internet, and was received with a mixture of shock, bemusement and (quite justified) mockery. Paige was suspended from his duties, and the above quote became folklore.

At 1:40, he draws his weapon and hands it to his assistant, who assures him it’s unloaded. Without checking for himself, he holds the gun up to the classroom, then drops it to low-ready while making the condescending pronouncement, “Fifty Cent, Too Short…all of ’em talk about a Glock 40 [there is no such model, it’s a Glock 22]…Okay…I’m the only one in this room, that I know of, professional enough to carry this Glock 40. I’m the only one…”

At this point, the slide is locked back, but there is quite obviously a magazine still in the gun.

(via del.icio.us/wcitymike)