Let me just say up front that I am clearly a terrible person, and there may be a special place in hell for folks like me. Why? Because I laughed out loud when I read this story. But at the risk of damning all of your eternal souls, I’m going to share it anyway.

Back in January a gang of criminals robbed the Cartier store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan of nearly three quarters of a million dollars in merchandise. They smashed the display cases and dashed off with the goods in broad daylight. The suspects were identified and a couple of them were quickly apprehended. One, however, 28 year old Ralik Hansen, remained at large for nearly a year. That ended this weekend when a FedEx delivery guy rang the door where Ralik was laying low. That’s when the story took at turn.

A Brooklyn man wanted in January’s brazen robbery of the Midtown Cartier store freaked out and grabbed a gun when a FedEx man rang his buzzer — then accidentally blew his own brains out trying to hide under a couch, sources said Thursday.

Ralik Hansen, 28, believed that the driver, who rang every bell at 360 Snediker Ave. in Brownsville to deliver a package on Oct. 31, was a cop, authorities said.

“In his paranoia, he ran to the bathroom and grabbed a .357 and was trying to shimmy under his couch to hide in his apartment when the gun went off,” a law-enforcement source said.

“Hansen erroneously thought it was the police coming to get him,” added Leon Krolikowski, the police chief in New Canaan, Conn., where Hansen and his crew allegedly hit a jewelry store a year ago.

This is one of the best examples of the need for proper gun control that’s come along in quite some time. No… not the type of gun control that the government wants to impose, but the pressing and critical need to control your own gun. If you’re going to break your weapon out and go crawling around frantically under the furniture when there isn’t even an identified target in the same room, keep the safety on until you reach a secure position with a good vantage point. The bandit was obviously looking for some sort of ambush situation, and was not involved in an active confrontation, so there should have been time to get set up. And failing to do so resulted in …

Okay. I started laughing again. I’m a horrible, horrible person.

UPDATE: (Jazz) Readers have correctly noted that the gun in question was a revolver and a safety probably wasn’t an option.