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Tennessee Gun Report

Today in “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” comes news that Remington Arms has recalled two models due to faulty triggers which can cause accidental shootings, or if you prefer the more polite term they used, “unintentional discharge.”

This week’s gun report features a mixed bag of good news and bad. Good news is our legislature has finally said no to the Tennessee Firearms Assn. In the bad, there were three accidental shootings this week, but no injuries.

Stay safe!

• April 15, 2014:

1- Tennessee’s open-carry law, which was passed by the state Senate last week, appears to have died in the state House. Also shot down: the guns-in-parks bill.

2- A Chattanooga man pulled a gun on a car dealer and demanded he fix his son’s car, which had recently been purchased from the dealership as-is without a warranty. Somewhere during the altercation the gun accidentally fired:

Dedios says it all started when 64-year-old Modesto Cardenas and his son came into his shop, demanding Dedios fix the car his son bought two days earlier. Dedios says he offered to pay for the labor only because he says, the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica was sold as is, and without a warranty.

“I got him right here beside me. He pulls out a gun and points it right here. Right at my head,” said Dedios.

Dedios says he then pushed the gun away and that’s when he says it fired. Dalton Police say the bullet went through a window, making it’s way onto East Morris Street. Cardenas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.

I suppose this whole thing could have been avoided if Dedios shot the man and his son as soon as they walked in the door.

/sarcasm

• April 13, 2014:

A Chattanooga man thought he was “dry-firing” his 9mm Glock but — woopsies! — there was a bullet in the chamber. The gun fired through his living room window and took out a neighbor’s car tire.

No, we definitely do not want these people walking around openly carrying their guns. They simply have not shown themselves to be responsible.

• April 11, 2014:

A Nashville first-grader brought a gun to an after-school program at Dan Mills Elementary School. Apparently the gun was “found in a wall during some remodeling.” That sounds mighty suspicious to me.

• April 9, 2014:

1- A drunken Kingsport man was handling his 12-guage late at night when it accidentally fired, sending shots into his elderly neighbors’ house.

2- Sign of the times: Sumner County’s Sheriff’s Department is issuing “active shooter” bags to its deputies.

[UPDATE]:

This just popped in my email box. Chilling:

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Guns-In-Trunks FAIL

In South Carolina:

GASTON — A 7-year-old girl was killed and a 5-year-old boy was injured Saturday night when another 5-year-old boy accidentally discharged a gun at a birthday party in Gaston.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the children were outside a home on Wild Bird Lane shortly before 9 p.m. when the 5-year-old asked his mom if he could get his toy gun out of the trunk of her boyfriend’s car. The sheriff says the mother and young boy didn’t realize the boyfriend kept a loaded gun in the trunk, and when the boy reached for it he accidentally pulled the trigger.

The bullet went through the trunk and its fragments struck the girl in the chest and another boy in the arm.

The two were taken to Lexington Medical Center where the girl was pronounced dead and the boy remains with a non-life threatening injury to his arm.

Freedom, Second Amendment, respect the culture, “right to defend my family” etc. etc. etc. Keep pretending you don’t have a problem, America.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

A gun range in Oklahoma City wants to be the first to have a liquor license. Congratulations, owners of Wilshire Gun. You are our Second Amendment Heroes of the week.

Do I have to show you people my Bill of Rights For Dumbasses video again?

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Tennessee Gun Report

We had three accidental shootings this week, plus a whole passel of gun cray. In light of yesterday’s action by the state Senate to approve open carry/no permits required, public safety has just taken a turn for the worse here.

Here’s your weekly gun report:

• April 8, 2014:

A Nashville man came home from work to find a burglar inside his house. He detained the man until police arrived, and he didn’t even need a gun to do it. Amazing. NRA talking point FAIL.

Here’s the thing I don’t get with you gun loons: your only argument is, “I have a right to protect myself and my property,” ergo you need to keep your guns with you at all times and in all places. But you never explain why the only way you can protect yourself and your property is by killing someone. Stealing your flat-screen TV is not, at this juncture, a death penalty offense. And there are a whole bunch of ways that people can protect themselves without a firearm.

There are way too many tragedies because someone went off half-cocked and blew an innocent person away under the mistaken idea that they were protecting themselves. Thinking of Ronald Westbrook, Johran McCormick, Carl and Garrick Hopkins, this unnamed 14-year-old Colorado girl, and, of course, Trayvon Martin. The people who chose to use deadly force where it wasn’t warranted will have to live with their tragic mistake for the rest of their lives. You can’t bring dead people back.

At some point we’re going to have to decide what we value more: peoples’ lives or their property.

• April 7, 2014:

1- Greeneville, represent! Congratulations to 62-year-old Donnie Franklin, who accidentally shot himself in the calf while “messing around” with a .25 caliber gun. You are Greeneville’s 7th accidental shooting in the past 12 months.

Y’all are waaay too tiny a town for this much GunFAIL. Just sayin’.

2- A Chattanooga couple decided to shoot up every single room in their house, including their childrens’ toys and their furniture, trying to eradicate imaginary lizards and snakes. Yes, meth was involved. At some point a neighbor collected the couple’s children and took them out of harm’s way. I don’t think they’ll be seeing those kids for a while.

3- A road rage incident in Murfreesboro resulted in one driver pulling a gun and pointing it at the head of another driver.

4- Also in Murfreesboro, some men who crashed a party and started smoking in the host’s apartment turned violent when they were asked to smoke outside. They attacked residents and one pulled out a handgun and started firing.

5- And again in Murfreesboro: shots were fired at the Haynes Manor Apartments, though no injuries were reported. However, children live in the apartment directly above the one that was shot at.

Murfreesboro regularly appears in the Gun Report (and the daily news) for gun violence and gun lunacy. The sheer number of shootings happening down there on a daily basis is alarming. Again: wtf, people?

• April 6, 2014:

1- A Davidson County man accidentally shot his wife in the leg while trying to shoot an “aggressive pit bull.” Yes, that would be the definition of “fail.”

2- A North Chattanooga man fired seven rounds into another man’s door “to scare him.” Just as the Founders intended.

• April 4, 2014:

1- The Monteagle police chief accidentally shot and killed his friend while turkey hunting.

2- This story has gone underreported in the Tennessee press: four Greene County teenagers have been captured in South Carolina with nine guns (including an AK-47) and over 200 rounds of ammo. They were wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of Greene County’s Robert J. Blanchard, father of one teen involved in the shooting. Two of the kids are age 15, the others 16 and 17. And I think WTF where did kids this age get their hands on this kind of arsenal and also, y’all can shut up now about rural American being so much better than big cities.

Holy hell.

3- Time to check in with the TSA blog! Well, lookie here:

Agents found a live flash bang grenade in a checked bag at the Memphis airport. Also in Memphis, a loaded .45 caliber handgun with a round chambered was found in a traveler’s carry-on bag on March 29. Meanwhile, a traveler forgot about his or her loaded 9mm left in their carry-on at the Nashville airport on April 3.

I repeat: you lose the right to call yourself a responsible gun owner when you forget where the hell you left your guns. End, full stop.

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TN Senate Approves Open Carry, No Permit Required

So, this just happened:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit.

The chamber voted 25-2 in favor of the bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.

Beavers said the measure would keep the background checks and training requirements in order to carry concealed firearms, but would allow anyone legally allowed to own a gun to carry it openly.

I’ve been compiling my weekly list of gun loonery and accidental shootings for tomorrow’s Tennessee Gun Report post. We have two three accidental shootings this week, one fatal, which is about the average: we tend to get two a week across the state — at least, those are the ones that are reported in the news media. Most responsible evah, etc. etc. Say it often enough, that still doesn’t make it true.

So, is the Tennessee Senate ensuring the rest of us are at least financially protected from the personal and property damage caused by idiots who can’t take off their pants without accidentally shooting something? Or can’t load a Christmas tree in the back of their truck without shooting themselves? Or can’t clean their guns without accidentally shooting a person eating breakfast in an entirely different room?

Of course not. Because we can throw all sorts of road blocks up to block people trying to vote, or exercise their freedom of religion that’s not Christian-flavored, but the Second Amendment is somehow different from all of those other ones. Somehow that’s the one that Tennessee politicians are just too chicken shit to touch.

So congratulations ALEC, Walmart and Koch Bros.! You got this one. I hope you reap every single ounce of bad karma you deserve for this bone-headed move.

The only solution to this, I fear, is public mocking and shaming. When I see one of these loons walking around with his gun proudly on display, I plan to offer my condolences about his penis. I may start traveling with a box of adult diapers, and hand them out to any one of these scaredy-cats who can’t leave the house without his security blanket. Or how about just asking them, “what the hell is wrong with you?”

Absolutely insane.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Lots of loonery this week, plus one (possibly two) accidental shootings. Enjoy.

• March 31, 2014:

This is one outrageous piece of gun loonery out of Chattanooga:

A woman’s teenage boyfriend fired five shots at another woman, a disabled man and three children after his girlfriend had an argument over trying to get baby formula.

I got nuthin’.

• March 30, 2014:

A woman driving her car just north of Nashville was struck in the leg by a stray bullet which came through the car door. Police have no clue where the bullet came from.

This part of the county is pretty rural and since the incident occurred at 3 pm on a lovely, sunny Sunday afternoon, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it was some yahoo target shooting.

• March 28, 2014:

From Murfreesboro:

MURFREESBORO — A resident of the Brownstone Apartments on Lascassas Pike accused his neighbor of striking him with the butt of a double-barreled shotgun, according to a reported filed Thursday with the Murfreesboro Police Department.

The 19-year-old man told Officer Phillip Simpson that he confronted his neighbor around 11:30 Tuesday night about her harassing his girlfriend over the phone.

The victim said he told her to stop and the 19-year-old woman responded by slamming the door in his face, Simpson said.

“As (the victim) was walking away, (the subject) came back out of the apartment carrying a double-barreled, side-by-side shotgun. (She) approached (the victim) with the shotgun, pointed it at him before flipping it around and striking (him) in the right eye with the buttstock,” Simpson wrote.

• March 26, 2014:

Also from Murfreesboro: Knock knock! Who’s there? Gun. Gun who?

A 35-year old woman at a local apartment complex called the police after she says her neighbor pulled a gun on her. The incident was reported on Tuesday at Saddlebrook Apartments. The victim reported that she had past issues with the neighbor and that he previously spit on her car.

On Tuesday, the victim said she received a knock at her door. When she opened it, her neighbor was allegedly standing with a gun pointed directly at her. She told Officer S. Harris that he held the gun on her for about 5-seconds then started to laugh and walked off.

At this point, the culprit has not been arrested. The case was labeled as an “Aggravated Assault.”

I don’t know, is it a sign of progress that people have stopped using their guns for shooting each other?

• March 18, 2014:

A Murfreesboro man was cleaning his handgun when he accidentally shot himself. It happens.

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Tennessee Gun Report

[UPDATE]:

Big news from SCOTUS today:

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court says a federal law barring people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses from possessing guns can be enforced even in states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge.

The justices on Wednesday reinstated charges against a Tennessee man who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault in 2001. He was then charged in 2009 with illegal possession of a firearm. Lower courts threw out the gun charge because Tennessee law doesn’t require physical, or violent, force to have been used in misdemeanor domestic assault.

The Supreme Court reversed that decision in an opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The Obama administration argued that the lower courts’ reading of the law would render it unenforceable in many states.

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Three accidental shootings make this week’s report, one law-enforcement related, plus a sad update on last week’s accidental shooting in Nashville. But nothing tops this story out of Utah: an 8-year-old, showing his 9-year-old cousin how to handle a .45, while riding in the backseat of a pickup truck. What could possibly go wrong? Listen, folks, just ’cause you don’t believe in Darwin doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe in you. Culling the herd, indeed.

Without further ado, I bring you your weekly wrap up of #GunFAIL from across the state.

• March 26, 2014:

A Nashville-area man accidentally shot himself in the hand when he grabbed his gun:

The man told police that he was woken up by a noise at his home on Wellington Court around 4 a.m. While trying to grab his gun, he dropped it and it discharged. He was struck in the hand by a bullet.

That sounds about right.

• March 25, 2014:

1- Two teenagers were arrested for trespassing on the campus of Manassas High School in Shelby County, one carrying a handgun and one carrying a box cutter. They were not students. Seems way too many teenagers have access to guns in this state.

2- Residents of Elder Mountain outside of Chattanooga seek peace from the “Fourth of July every day” they experience due to an illegal gun range at the 86-acre Firemen and Policemen Outing Club.

• March 24, 2014:

A 15-year-old Sevierville teenager accidentally shot himself in the leg with a Colt .45 while putting on his gun belt:

Galloway told Allen they had completed their ride and were feeding their horses when a male in their party, who was 15 at the time but turned 16 on Monday, said he was going to check his “game cameras.”

“He went outside and put his gun belt on,” Allen stated in his report. “A few minutes later they heard him screaming as he came out onto the porch. He told them he had dropped his Colt .45 out of the holster, and when it hit the floor it went off.”

The bullet reportedly traveled through the front side of his lower right leg and exited just above it, Allen added.

Respect the culture, etc. etc.

• March 23, 2014:

1- A man fired shots into the air after an argument at his cousin’s house and was promptly arrested.

2- Update: the Nashville teenager accidentally shot in the neck last week by his friend has died.

3- Lots of gun violence this week, which I don’t normally report here, but I wanted to call attention to this story: One person died and three others were injured when an argument inside a Johnson City nightclub escalated and someone began shooting in the club parking lot. You know, things don’t “escalate” to deadly levels if people don’t have guns with them everywhere. Just sayin’.

But yeah, there’s that one chance in five thousand that you might get to use your gun to play Sir Galahad and live out your wingnut hero fantasies, so by all means, take that chance.

• March 19, 2014:

A Bartlett police investigation into a shooting that occurred while suspects were being served warrants states that the shooting was accidental:

Marcus Allen was shot in the hip as Bartlett officers tried to service a warrant for drugs.

Rikard says Lontrelle Green accidentally shot Allen during the raid.

Bartlett police officers said Green pointed a gun at them so they fired ten shots but did not his either man

All officers involved has been returned to duty.

Also love that the police officers fired 10 shots but didn’t hit anyone.

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Tennessee Gun Report

One accidental shootings and plenty of gun loonery this week.

• March 19, 2014:

1- A Roane County man who’s been charged with reckless endangerment for shooting an SKS assault rifle at Tiger Haven large-cat sanctuary last year (and nearly hitting a police officer) has been denied his request to have a gun for protection before his upcoming trial. Guy sounds like a loon.

2- Someone shot up the windows of a Nashville area elementary school.

• March 18, 2014:

1- Jimmy Eugene Barker of Louisivlle, TN was shot and killed by Florida police when he allegedly pulled out a gun at a DUI checkpoint.

2- A drunken man caused a disturbance at a Madison Subway restaurant, dropping a glass bottle and then pulling out a gun and threatening to shoot a good samaritan who asked him if he was okay. All of this apparently happened back in November, but the man was just arrested in March. Don’t know what took so long.

• March 17, 2014:

1- An 18-year-old North Nashville teen is in critical condition after his friend accidentally shot him in the neck:

William Blackwell and Robert Goodner, both 18, were handling Goodner’s pistol while visiting a Woodridge Drive home, according to a statement from police. Goodner noticed the safety was off and asked to see the gun.

Goodner told police he mishandled the weapon when it fired, hitting Blackwell in the neck.

2- A 25-year-old Knox County school security officer pulled a Curry Todd, driving drunk with a loaded handgun. This one is even better than Todd’s, though:

A witness told police he followed Copeland after the suspect allegedly pointed a gun at a man on Jackson Avenue Saturday afternoon. When the witness saw a Knoxville police officer on the ramp from I-640 to Mall Road, he told the officer he thought Copeland was drunk.

The KPD officer then followed the suspect and pulled him over after seeing Copeland’s truck swerve over the yellow line on Millertown Pike at about 4 p.m.

According to court documents, the officer arrested Copeland after he failed his sobriety test. Officials said the school security officer also had a loaded handgun in his vehicle.

This is who the NRA and Tennessee Firearms Assn. wants protecting our kids from crazy people with guns. What could possibly go wrong?

• March 14, 2014:

1- A businessman in Maryville was convicted of selling firearms and ammo to a person he knew to be a convicted felon.

2- This one is odd:

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Police say an East Knoxville man who was shot in both hands may have been the victim of random shooting.

Officers on patrol say they heard about five to seven gunshots around 2:02 p.m. Friday.

Moments later, officers located a 19-year-old man who said he had been shot in both hands.

The man was unable to give any suspect information, but said he was in the backyard of his home on Oakland Street when the shooting happened.

Officers could not find any witnesses and believe the shooting may have been random.

I dunno. Sounds a little too bizarre to me.

• March 13, 2014:

A Goodlettsville man who was repeatedly been cited for codes violations fired shots at a codes enforcement officer, and has been jailed.

• March 10, 2014:

A man pulled a gun on his coworker when they got in an argument in the parking lot of the restaurant where they worked.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Forgot to post this yesterday. Sorry.

• March 11, 2014

1- I don’t normally post gun crimes in the gun report but this one was notable: three masked gunmen robbed a Mt. Juliet Goodwill store.

Say what?

Does this make sense? Who robs the Goodwill store? Couldn’t you guys hit up a liquor store or something?

2- Seeing a lot more of these stories now: road rage and fights escalating into shootings, now that everyone is carrying guns in their cars.

JACKSON, Tenn. — Police are investigating a fight that escalated into a shooting, Tuesday afternoon.

Based on the preliminary investigation, four people were shot at while inside a minivan. The minivan was struck at least once. There were no injuries.

• March 10, 2014

An 11th-grader in Nashville was arrested for bringing a loaded gun onto school property:

Investigators said the teen told them he bought the gun for social status. He was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school property.

“Social status.” Right. Let’s keep blaming Hollywood and oh by the way, you can shut up about that now that Harvey Weinstein has pledged to stop glorifying gun violence in his films. Aaand the screams and hollers about how gun loons are oppressed and being ignored by Hollywood start in 5… 4… 3…

• March 9, 2014:

A Clarksville man apparently brandished a gun not once but twice in the same day in road rage incidents. However, the second incident was self-defense, he claims:

According to the warrants, Bellamy told the detective that he owned the gun and admitted that earlier in the day he waved it a woman driving on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard near Exit 4. He also told Honholt that he displayed the weapon when the driver of a vehicle on Madison Street pointed an AR-15 assault rife at him, then tossed it out of the vehicle between Pageant Lane and 10th Street.

Guns-in-cars FAIL.

• March 8, 2014:

A customer got into an argument with a clerk at a Jackson business, went to his car, pulled out a gun, and fired it into the business’ awning. He is still at large. Guns-in-cars FAIL version eleventybillion.

SO glad the state legislature is making sure we have guns at the ready for every instance when they’re not necessary.

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How Not To Meet With Citizens

Nashville representatives of Moms Demand Action say they were greeted with guns and lectures about rape when they met with Republican state legislators on background checks last month:

Linda McFadyen-Ketchum, Moms Demand Action chapter leader, and Telisha Cobb wanted to change some state representatives’ minds about the bill. In the middle of a conversation with Womick, McFadyen-Ketchum said, he reached into a drawer, pulled out a gun and placed it on his desk.

Womick, a Rockvale Republican, denies that. It was a gun holster, he said this week, and he explained that he leaves the gun itself in his car, even though he is exempt from the Capitol’s no-carry law. That’s the point he was trying to make, he said.

McFadyen-Ketchum disputes that version. “Why would anyone pull out a holster?” she said. “I don’t have a photographic memory, but it was a gun.”

Womick, of course, is the John Birch Society tin-foil hat conspiracy nut behind the legislature’s Agenda 21 vote last year, as well as an attempt to bar Muslims from serving in the military. The guy is squirrelier than a bag of nuts, but in addition to intimidating moms who want some sensible background checks, he also seems to have forgotten that one of the last places in Tennessee where guns are not allowed is the state Capitol.

By the way, Womick claims he is exempt because he says he “works in law enforcement,” but according to his bio, he’s an airline pilot who received training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Training is not the same as employment. I would love to know what his actual law enforcement job is.

And let me add, I am alarmed that a raging paranoiac like Rick Womick is running around both armed and writing our laws. Normal people are not scared that sustainable development is a United Nations conspiracy to further one-world government or that Sharia Law is a real threat to America. That is crackpot Glenn Beck shit, y’all. Anyone who believes it is so far inside the John Birch information bubble that they’re oxygen deprived.

And it gets better:

She and Cobb also met Rep. Mike Carter, an Ooltewah Republican, who told them there were lots of guns inside the state legislature, McFadyen-Ketchum said. Then he said some women carry firearms to defend themselves from rape. Carter suggested Cobb should do the same. Cobb said she’d take her chances.

Wow, was that a threat?

Thank you, Rep. Carter, for mansplaining to us ladies about how rape is a thing we need to be worried about. Gee, I was so busy thinking about shopping and clipping coupons that I totally forgot about that! /sarcasm

But let’s get back to the issue of guns in the Capitol:

In the course the meetings, McFadyen-Ketchum also snagged a Capitol security guard and asked whether lawmakers routinely kept guns in their offices. She said the guard told her there was a gentlemen’s agreement — the lawmakers don’t talk about the guns, and security doesn’t look.

That’s encouraging. Let’s hope one of our legislators thumbing their nose at the law doesn’t pull a Leslie Combs.

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