A 23-year-old shot in the hip on Monday in North Charleston escaped serious injury, potentially due to his belt, authorities told the Post and Courier.

Former City Councilman Wendell Gilliard lost in his effort for a city ban on saggy pants, but state Sen. Robert Ford (D-Charleston) has introduced a similar bill that would go statewide if approved (don’t hold your breath). Enough with the proposed laws and fines. This is what boys on the streets need to hear: Wear a belt and you could save your life.