WOW! Why hadn't I heard of this?
COPYRIGHT: 1987 (AP Photo/Gary Miller)
Who is this guy and why does he have a gun? His name is Budd Dwyer and he is about to commit suicide at his own press conference. Yes, I am totally serious. You can read the entire account here. To summarize, Dwyer was State Treasurer in Pennsylvania during the 1980s. Eventually he became embroiled in scandal and called a press conference as pressure to resign mounted. While most at the conference expected him to resign, he proclaimed innocence, gave a few envelopes to his staffers, and pulled a gun out, all on live television. Dwyer then asked anyone in the room who might be offended to leave and well, I'll spare the details.