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Tennessee Gun Report

Another “freak accident” killed a four-year-old in Tennessee this week. Amazing how these “freak accidents” happen every week, isn’t it?

• August 19, 2014:

The family of a 68-year-old Blount County man who was accidentally shot and killed by a Sheriff’s deputy last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. Details of the incident, which I dimly remember from last year, are a stunning example of our “shoot first” mentality run amok:

Ragland was conducting a property check at 1856 Mentor Road in Louisville following two reported burglaries at the rental property that week. At about the same time, Taylor was making his own check inside the garage.

Ragland told investigators he saw a broken window and went to investigate it, then shined his flashlight inside and saw a man with a gun. He said he shouted at the man and fired repeated shots, killing Taylor.

Stunningly bad form by a Sheriff’s deputy, though plenty of gun loons have made the same mistake, and come on places like my blog to defend their actions. “Heck yeah if I see someone on mah properteee I’m a-shootin’ ‘em!”

Fucking idiots. We live in a country where we value property more than people. So yes, DO tell me how “pro life” y’all are. You aren’t pro-life, you’re just materialistic jerks.

• August 18, 2014:

A man driving on Nashville’s Ellington Parkway flashed a lighter that looked like a small gun at another driver in a road rage incident. He was arrested:

According to an affidavit, the victim was driving south on Ellington Parkway when a green Toyota Camry kept speeding up and slowing down in front of him.

The victim told police the driver, later identified as Anthony Raymer, pointed a small metallic copper-colored handgun at him when he tried to pass the Camry.

• August 17, 2014:

1- A four-year-old Clarksville boy has died after finding a gun and shooting himself in the chest.

2- Seventy-eight-year-old Bobby Russell had apparently been stewing for 40 years over that time back in the ’80s he sold his Englewood package store to Bill Haney. He showed up and shot Russell Haney, and then found and fatally shot 80-year-old Bill Culberson, who was also involved with the store. Armed society, polite society:

Russell was an original owner of the package store and seemed to have an obsession with the fact that he had once owned it, said Guy.

Old people and guns. About as wonderful as old people and cars.

• August 13, 2014:

A thrift shop in Springfield is offering discounts to valid gun permit holders for some weird reason.

• August 12, 2014:

One of our most responsible gun owners evah responsibly forgot all about the loaded .380 with a round chambered that was in their carry-on bag at the Nashville airport.

• And closing out the week: not Tennessee related at all but if you need a laugh, check out the Amazon.com reviews for “My Parents Open Carry.” They are delightful.

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Did GA’s Liberal Gun Laws Enable A Hate Crime?

Starting to look that way:

Araim, who was Muslim, and her three female companions were wearing hijab, the traditional Islamic head covering that symbolizes modesty for women in public, her nephew, Omar Araim, said Monday.

Whether Lampien saw Araim and the other women before the shooting was not clear. Neither the Helen police nor the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which took over the case Sunday, responded to requests for information Monday. The Helen police deleted information about the shooting posted Sunday on the department’s Facebook page.

Information is still sketchy at this point. But it explains why Lampien was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Usually these things are written off as “tragic accidents.”

It would be nice to get a little national attention to this case. The scrutiny afforded by the glare of a national spotlight would help make sure the investigation is thorough and nothing is being swept under the rug.

Of course, our national news media is unable to walk and chew gum at the same time, and right now they’re focused solely on Ferguson, Mo.

And yes, it’s really hard for the gun loons to defend these liberal “guns everywhere” laws, when someone can potentially use them to perpetrate a hate crime. More guns = more shootings. Plain and simple.

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In Guns-Everywhere Georgia, A Tourist Dies

[UPDATE]:

Some information about the victim: a newly-naturalized U.S. citizen, native of Iraq. She was wearing a hijab, as were the other women with her.

Has me wondering if this was accidental after all. Which makes the “guns everywhere” law all the more odious: racist assholes can pick off their victims and no one can do a damn thing about it until it’s too late.

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Georgia’s “guns everywhere” law went into effect less than two months ago and in the tourist town of Helen, a tragic gun accident resulted in the death of a visitor from Texas:

A Texas woman died late Saturday after she was struck by a stray gunshot in the town of Helen in North Georgia.

Police said the bullet came from a small-caliber handgun carried by a 53-year-old man from Jasper, Ga. The gun accidentally discharged, and the bullet traveled across Helen’s tourist-laden Main Street and struck the woman in the side.

Bystanders attempted to administer first aid, police said, but authorities pronounced the woman dead at the scene.

The shooting took place outside the Old Heidelberg restaurant and bar, one of many Bavarian-themed businesses in Helen, a town of about 500 residents in White County, 90 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. The town’s main route, Ga. 75, is often crowded with visitors, many of them motorcyclists attracted by the area’s twisting mountainous roads.

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The shooting occurred less than two months after a new law took effect in Georgia that greatly extended gun owners’ rights to carry weapons in public places. Bars are among the locations covered by House Bill 60.

The shooter was Glenn Patrick Lampien, who has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter. Apparently the bullet first shot Lampien in the hand, before traveling across the street to hit the still-unidentified woman.

On Twitter, an Open Carry Georgia dweeb said HB60 wasn’t to blame because Lampien’s gun fired “on a public street.” Meanwhile, from the AJC story, the gun loons are rushing to defend the law:

In an online forum sponsored by GeorgiaPacking.org, a gun-rights advocacy group, one commenter said Sunday: “Of course, HB 60 will be blamed.”

Yes, that’s because people carrying guns don’t magically teleport themselves from restaurants to bars to churches to wherever they’re going. They must travel the public streets. And accidents happen. You morons.

If Glenn Patrick Lampien wasn’t legally allowed to carry his gun with him everywhere, a tourist from Texas would still be alive, enjoying the Bavarian-themed town of Helen, Georgia.

I am not going to Georgia. Ever. For anything.

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Congratulations, Unidentified PA Man! You Are Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Ta da:

A 60-year-old Pennsylvania man was hit by a Chevrolet sedan in the Colorado town of Black Hawk and the rider was thrown to the ground, Police Chief Stephen Cole told ABC 7News. As he was thrown from his bike, a handgun he was carrying fired, shooing him in the chest.

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The motorcyclist suffered serious injuries and was rushed by ambulance to a Denver hospital.

Brilliant! Riding a motorcycle with a loaded handgun, what could possibly go wrong?

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Tennessee Gun Report

This week’s cavalcade of responsible gun ownership includes two accidental shootings, one fatal — sadly, it’s an 8-year-old child.

• August 12, 2014:

1- This Nashville felon tried to sell a stolen gun to some kids in Pennsylvania. The mug shot is priceless:

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As is the crime:

Nevertheless, police said Brin, 44, of Nashville, was drunk on Patriot Square peddling a stolen revolver to children, using as his shop a bicycle with women’s purses dangling from the handlebars and a cup holder carrying a plastic bottle filled with beer. In his pants pocket, police said they found a bag of synthetic marijuana.

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The incident began about 3 p.m. Saturday when a citizen reported someone was trying to sell a gun in the middle of Patriot Square. The man told police he had been walking through the park and asked Brin to light his cigarette when Brin offered to sell a .22-caliber Ruger revolver for $150.

Brin also tried to sell the gun to “two kids on bicycles while waving the firearm around in the air” and also tried to sell “a nickle bag of fake weed” to the man who asked for a light, police said.

Dude. Get your fucking life together.

2- People with guns lose all perspective over when it’s appropriate to use them. IMHO. Case in point: this Afton man, who fired shots at someone in his truck that was for sale. Shoot first, ask questions later seems to be the MO these days. Also, I’m calling bullshit on his claim that the guy in the truck shot at him first, as no shell casings were found. Going out on a limb here and guessing he’s lying to cover up his irresponsible behavior.

3- A Shelby County 15-year-old brought a gun to Whites Station High School. First week of school, y’all.

• August 11, 2014:

An 8-year-old in White County found a gun at his grandparents’ house and shot himself with it accidentally. He died.

Nationwide, this was the 19th accidental shooting for a kid under age 18 for the month of August so far. Keep in mind, it’s only August 11. Six of those shootings were fatal. For children under age 10 there were 10 shot, two fatally for August so far. And it’s only the 11th. But nope, no gun problem here, no sirreee.

• August 8, 2014:

A 60-year-old Chattanooga man was shot twice while he was asleep:

Mr. Edge said that he was unsure of what happened to him, but did believe that he was electrocuted by some unknown object while asleep and that is what caused him to bleed. Mr. Edge insisted that he was not shot; however, the attending physician advised that he was shot once in his right shoulder and again in his upper right arm.

There were no surveillance cameras in the area to capture or record the incident as it transpired. Investigators were also unable to locate any witnesses, leads, or suspect information due to lack of evidence.

Curious.

• August 7, 2014:

A Nashville man shot into a car occupied by his four children. He was arrested.

• August 6, 2014:

1- A Kingsport woman was trying to show her daughter the family’s new Ruger LCR .38 via Skype when she accidentally shot her husband in the thigh with it. These firearms equipped with laser thingies seem to be factors in an awful lot of accidental shootings.

2- A Jackson dad aimed a shotgun at his 14-year-old son’s head and threatened to blow his head off. Just as the Founders intended.

• July 23, 2014:

Here’s one from Murfreesboro that I missed when I was having all of my internet troubles. Truly astonishing exchange here, and shows the hubris and lack of common sense among the gun-toters. This one says she has a carry permit, too:

Jason Hill and his family were walking to their car when they said 37-year-old Angela Scruggs went speeding past.

Hill yelled for her to slow down and he said when Scruggs did, she pulled a weapon on him.

“She pointed it at me and I said, ‘whoa.’ And she said, ‘I’ll shoot you.’ And I said, ‘go ahead and if I live I’ll call the cops.’ And she said, ‘I don’t care I have a carry permit,’” said Hill.

Scruggs was arrested on aggravated assault charges.

Police recovered a 22-caliber, semi-automatic handgun from her car. She told them she pulled her gun out and sat it on her lap when Hill came walking toward her with his hands in his pockets.

And yes, when everyone has a gun, then a person walking towards you is likely to be armed. Better be cocked and ready to blaze away. This is the world the NRA wants us to live in.

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Unfriended

Meet Second Amendment Hero Keith Belajonas. On March 16 his Facebook page supposedly sported this:

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Last week he shot his wife to death in front of their their two small children. He grabbed the kids and took off for New York, prompting an Amber alert. He then held up his brother at gunpoint, then ditched the kids, took off, and committed suicide.

I guess he officially “unfriended” the world.

I love how everyone agrees we need to take guns away from the mentally ill, yet time and again we find the very gun loonz demanding we ditch common-sense gun control laws are the same people who wouldn’t be deemed mentally competent to own firearms.

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Guns-In-Cars FAIL, Exploding Ammo Edition

Well, now. I don’t suppose this is a scenario our gun-humping legislators considered when they passed guns-in-cars last year:

Emergency workers at a car crash on Interstate 95 Thursday had to contend with exploding bullets as fire ignited 40 rounds of ammunition in one car.

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“The car was fully engulfed and it had exploded already,” Vanadestine said. “While I’m there trying to give first aid and help them I hear this popping.” The driver of the Honda told him he had two loaded handguns, a .40-caliber and a .380, and ammunition in the car.

“All that ammo started to explode and go all over that place. I could see it. The car was absolutely destroyed,” Vanadestine said.

Vanadestine ran to his cruiser and positioned it in front of the people who had been in the car.

“I couldn’t move them. I thought we were going to get hit with rounds,” he said. “For five to 10 minutes those rounds were popping off in that car.” None of the rounds hit the cruiser.

Firefighters had to stay back until the rounds stopped going off.

The 20-year-old driver of the car had a concealed-carry permit, so no charges were filed related to the guns and ammo.

Great, just what first responders need to deal with.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Two accidental shootings this week. Freedumb.

• August 5, 2014:

Two men argue in a Chattanooga bar over the quality of work one had done and a gun ended up in the mix. Amazing how often that happens.

• August 4, 2014:

1- A Greeneville man fired his sawed-off shotgun at his wife’s unoccupied truck after the two got into an argument at a bar. Somehow I have a feeling a trailer park is involved.

2- Dispatches from offa my lawn: An 80 year old man in Murfreesboro attacked his teenage neighbors with a stun gun for no reason.

3- Two responsible gun owners plumb responsibly forgot all about their loaded guns when they went to the Memphis airport. So responsible.

• August 3, 2014:

A 36-year-old Memphis woman was sitting on her couch watching TV Sunday night when a stray bullet came through the window and shot her in the head.

• August 1, 2014:

1- A Chattanooga man dropped his gun on the floor while getting out of bed to take a plate of food to the kitchen. In so doing, he accidentally shot himself in the hand. Woopsies. Dude, eating in bed is gross. Eating in bed with a gun? Weird.

2- A Memphis seven-year-old was shot in the arm when some kids were playing with a gun.

• July 31, 2014:

1- Someone broke into a Nashville couple’s fenced backyard and shot and killed their 3-year-old Weimaraner:

Jeremy and his wife Julie think someone may have confused Callie for a neighbor’s dog that barks frequently.

“Who shoots someone’s dog at three in the afternoon? Why would you do that?” his wife Julie said. “This morning when I came out here with my dogs, I actually thought ‘I hope someone doesn’t shoot me in my back yard.'”

Honestly, I’ve long been afraid someone would shoot our dogs in our front yard. One of them gets her greatest joy in life running up and down the front of the yard barking at people walking past. They aren’t out there all the time but when they are, I worry.

2- Members of the 100-year-old Central Christian Church in Murfreesboro have damaged the building’s iconic golden dome with bullets in a failed attempt to remove pigeons over the years. Apparently they thought the dome was real gold. It’s not. It’s paint. Oops. The church has launched a fundraising campaign to repair the dome. They’re hoping to raise $100,000.

3- Here’s a sad sign of the times: Memphis elementary schools are handing out clear backpacks to help keep weapons out of the classroom. Elementary school, kids.

4- Related: Chattanooga firefighters have requested bullet-proof vests. Maybe we all need them.

5- A Rockvale man fired an AR-15 assault rifle at his sister, just at the Founders intended. He then barricaded himself inside his home “for hours.” A special Sheriff’s Dept. team finally used an armored vehicle to get him out.

“He was lying in bed with his AR-15,” Sgt. Chris Kauffman said in a statement. “After numerous, numerous attempts, we used the armored vehicle and he surrendered.”

Lying in bed cradling his AR-15. Sounds about right.

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Congratulations, Unidentified NC Woman! You Are Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour!

[UPDATE]:

Ooops. Our hero is a woman, not a man, and she’s a Marine, too.

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A North Carolina man packing to move accidentally discharged his gun, shooting his neighbor Brannaird Riley in the arm. Riley lives in the next apartment:

Police said that further investigation revealed the projectile that struck him came from the adjacent apartment. The duplex apartments share a common wall which separates the two apartments. Investigators said the neighbor was packing to move when the weapon discharged. The projectile went through the walls and into the apartment.

Information collected during the investigation was presented to District Attorney Scott Thomas. Due to the circumstances of the event it was determined that the weapon discharge was accidental and no criminal charges will be filed.

Just an accident! Bygones!

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Tennessee Gun Report

With all of my internet troubles I got way behind on the Gun Report. Haven’t had time to really catch up but here are a few things I pulled together for you. Two or three accidental shootings in the past couple of weeks, lots and lots of gun cray. Oh, and the gun loons who refer to Moms Demand Action as “anti-gun mommy cultists”? Yeah, no misogyny there. Nope. Can’t even see it.

• July 27, 2014:

Beretta USA is moving from Connecticut, where gun safety laws make them feel “unwelcome,” to Tennessee, where a lawsuit against the gun maker by Memphis-based Elvis Presley Enterprises has not sullied the welcome mat.

[UPDATE]: Ahem:

The firm’s professed reason is laughably hypocritical, because Beretta is based in a country with far stricter gun laws than Maryland or any other U.S. state.

If chief executive Ugo Beretta can’t tolerate what he has described as Maryland’s lack of “respect” and “pattern of harassment” of the company and its customers, then how can he stand to maintain his headquarters in a nation that regulates shotguns for hunting more tightly than America treats assault rifles?

Yet stupid wingnuts eat this ridiculous grandstanding up, like they always do. And they call US sheep?

• July 24, 2014

Local news media are just now confirming that a Rutherford County sheriff’s deputy lost not one but two service weapons, one in 2011 (possibly at a Logan’s restaurant bathroom) and one while on department business in Chicago.

• July 23, 2014:

A Nashville woman slapped then threatened to kill a Kroger employee. Then she went to her car, got her gun (thank you, Tennessee Republicans, for allowing guns in cars! What could possibly go wrong!), and threatened the employee with it.

By the way, the mugshot on this one is classic:

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Here’s the thing about guns in cars. Seems like a good idea until someone loses their shit when an argument escalates, and lookie here, someone has a gun handy to cause a lot of damage. And that happens a lot more often than someone needing a gun to stop a carjacking.

• July 22, 2014:

1- TSA employees at the Memphis airport found a loaded gun in a passenger’s carry-on. So responsible, y’all.

2- A Chattanooga man accidentally shot himself.

3- A Chattanooga-area woman was shot with a BB gun at Walmart. It’s looking like an accidental shooting but not confirmed yet.

4- Two Memphis teens were accidentally shot when one found a gun in his home and the two were playing with it.

• July 20, 2014:

Someone broke into a locked Memphis police van and stole all of the weapons. Lovely. Coming to a Chicago neighborhood near you.

• July 17, 2014:

1- A former sheriff’s captain from Grundy Co. was nabbed stealing guns from the evidence room.

2- a 19-year-old shooting victim lied about a robbery attempt. People, this happens ALL the damn time.

3- A Tipton County man has been indicted for second-degree murder in the accidental shooting death of his wife back in January. William Rains says his wife Laura was handing him a pistol when it accidentally fired, shooting her in the head. She later died.

• July 16, 2014:

Germantown police shot and killed a suicidal man. Government-assisted suicide is a thing now?

• July 15, 2014:

Standing his ground? A Hawkins County man shot at his neighbors’ feet twice during an argument over an injured animal. Yes, a trailer park is mentioned.

• July 10, 2014:

A 15-year-old boy is charged with fatally shooting and killing Sgt. 1st Class Michael W. Braden at the National Guard Armory in Lobelville and no one knows why. However, the teen was staying at his aunt’s house for the summer, where TBI found numerous guns at the home.

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