Guns In Parking Lots FAIL, Florida Edition

Just another law-abiding CCW holder:

MARCH 4–Angered that a Walmart employee refused to honor a “dollar-off” coupon, a Florida woman allegedly retrieved a handgun from her car and waved the weapon at several store employees, police allege.

The confrontation at the Crawfordville store began Friday afternoon when Mary Frances Alday, 61, sought to use an Internet coupon. Alday became “extremely upset” when a Walmart assistant manager, Tracy Stockslager, told her of the retailer’s policy not to accept such online coupons, according to a Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office report.

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As several Walmart employees watched from the store’s entrance, Alday appeared outside her car “waving the gun in the holster,” reported investigators. Alday then removed the weapon–a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special–from the holster and pointed it “at all the store employees and stated ‘I have something for Y’all.’” The Walmart workers “retreated back inside the building due to being in fear for their lives.”

Alday, who fled the Walmart parking lot in a 2011 Ford Escape, was subsequently pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy who asked if there was a firearm in the SUV. “Yes, I have a concealed weapons permit, and you are not taking my gun.” Asked about the gun’s location, Alday replied, “You’re not taking my gun.”

Well, thank goodness she stood her ground over that dollar off coupon! Repeat after me: CCW holders are the most responsible gun owners ever. Say it often enough, maybe it will be true …some day.

Look, as long as I’m reading multiple stories daily about gun loons behaving irresponsibly versus the very rare, occasional story about a gun owner saving the day, you will never convince me that liberalizing gun laws is a good idea. But, the firearms manufacturers must be appeased … the firearms manufacturers must be appeased … the firearms manufacturers must be appeased … amiright, TNGOP?

Also, this is reason number 5,708 why I’m still boycotting Florida. If you can’t go to a damn Walmart or buy some Skittles and iced tea without someone flinging a gun around, then forget it.

[UPDATE]:

I’d forgotten about this one, but it’s worth adding here: different Florida Walmart, same massive gun loooonacy FAIL:

ORANGE CITY, Fla. – A man arrested for opening fire in a busy Walmart parking lot said he was trying to stop a shoplifter and is now defending his actions.

Orange City police arrested Jose Martinez, 35, after they said he unleashed at least five bullets in the parking lot of the Walmart on Veterans Memorial Parkway.

Martinez told Local 6, he was defending himself from a shoplifter who nearly ran him over and injured him.

“The guy put me in danger and other people,” said Martinez as police hauled him off to jail Wednesday evening. “He tried to run me over.”

But police said Martinez only was bumped by the shoplifter’s getaway car because he was chasing after the car and even tried to open the door to the moving vehicle before he opened fire.

Standing his ground against some poor sap shoplifting groceries, way to go, Florida! Let me say, the whole “he tried to run me over” stuff is utter bullshit, because a) there’s video of the incident, and b) when I first read this story, he said he,

[...] started opening fire because he said he wanted to mark the suspect’s car as he fled from the scene.

That’s a real genius move right there. You know what? Scratch boycotting Florida. I’m staying out of Walmart, too.

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11 responses to “Guns In Parking Lots FAIL, Florida Edition

  1. dianewordsmith

    Just want to say that I love, love, love your posts. Very thoughtful and insightful with a touch of humor. Keep up the good work.

  2. Eykis

    Imagine what is going to happen if Haslam does NOT veto this piece of tripe. No where will be safe in Tennessee – stupid is as stupid does and TNLeg has a whole lot of stupid~

  3. Gay Howard

    I just found your blog and I am delighted by what I have read. I will be back.

  4. democommie

    Gunzloonz and gunzligion.

    I think it’s safe to say that the majority of the gun owning U.S. public that are like Sunday Christians. They own firearms, they store and use them sensibly and they do NOT have fever dreams of heroism. They do not see firearms as “equalizers” in tense situations. They do not think, “Some sub-human stole my stereo, they need to be put down!”. They do not have a sense of entitlement in the area of killing.

    Then, otoh, there is a substantial fraction of gun owners who are the opposite of safe, sane and sober in their desire for and use of firearms. They have a messianic zeal about the efficacy of guns for solving problems and their own (largely undemonstrated) prowess with said guns and expertise in such things as knowing who to shoot and when. Those are the same people who want to carry teh gunz EVERYWHEREALLATIME!!

  5. democommie

    The idiot shooting at the shoplifter is gonna look a bit stoopit if there were any security cams that caught his antics.

    The cops are the only ones allowed to shoot shoplifters at Walmart:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/walmart-shoplifter-killed-shot-dead-off-duty-deputy-houston-texas_n_2258080.html

  6. Mary Wilson

    Thanks, girl. And if y’all are waiting for Haslam to veto ANY GUNS everywhere bills, hold your breath and turn blue. These cretins do not have to bother. And thanks, SB, for reminding us that our ‘law-abiding Senate and House’ gun owners, permits or NOT, are Baaack, writing more drivel (Curry Todd and David Hawk for 2 of them) for the rest of the pack of loons to push right into law. And Campfield’s guns in parking lots and at college campuses WILL pass. It is our destiny, don’t you know, for HIS followers to help him win again.
    OH, and the store manager of the Dollar General store who whipped out his gun, chased down the robber and killed him? At leased the Police now has a patrol car parked all day in front of the store. If they let this doofus come back to his old job, I won’t be able to shop there. He used to look at me ‘funny’ because I have asked for refunds twice there!

  7. Min

    I’ve been staying out of Walmart for years.

  8. Comment sort of related to this post – recent work by Gallup/Healthways ranks the states from happiest to saddest. Health status and working environment are two areas that factor into the rankings. The southern states don’t fair so well – Good Old Tennessee is fourth from the bottom. Would the TN legislature see this as a reason to help improve the lives to Tennesseans? Probably not – let’s cut the funding for the study and keep our heads in the sand instead. Companies in the south might have good reason for not wanting their customers/employees to have guns in their cars.

  9. ThresherK

    I’d suggest someone had seen too many TJ Hooker reruns, except that nobody spent ten minutes hanging onto the hood of a car roaring down the highway. Yet.