It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these.
• October 22, 2014:
You know how we’re always told that criminals will stay away from places where they know there are guns? Not so much: in South Nashville, burglars used a stolen pickup truck to break into a gun shop, making off with $14,000 worth of guns. The shop had an alarm which, amazingly, did not go off (no doubt the “responsible” gun shop owners didn’t bother to set it), but a Metro police patrol happened to be passing by and saw the suspects pulling away.
Would be nice if we could have some kind of regulations on these places — how hard is it to set an alarm? — but, sadly, in gun crazy Tennessee, that’s asking too much.
• October 21, 2014:
In Memphis, a middle school student accidentally shot himself in the leg showing his gun to other students:
A 13-year-old boy is recovering after he brought a loaded gun to school Tuesday and was hit in the leg when the gun fired.
The boy, who has not been identified, was taken to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in noncritical condition after the incident at A. Maceo Walker Middle School, 1900 E. Raines Road. It happened about 7:45 a.m.
“Apparently while trying to change classes, he had stopped and was going to show the pistol to some other children when he dropped his backpack and the gun fired,” said Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph.
• October 20, 2014:
1- In Paris, a 4-year-old got her hands on the family handgun and shot herself. She died.
2-Four shootings in Clarksville in the span of one hour. It just gets worse and worse. It’s almost as if the more guns there are, the more people abuse them.
• October 17, 2014:
A 23-year-old woman fired her handgun during a traffic altercation in East Ridge, just outside of Chattanooga. She fired the gun into the air, and was arrested.
These wannabe Yosemite Sams and Samanthas are gonna kill us all.
• October 16, 2014:
A 7-year-old Winchester girl was accidentally shot in the lower abdomen when her dad was showing her two brothers how to load a high-powered rifle:
John was showing his two sons how to load a rifle in the basement of the family’s 45 Living Oak Lane residence, located between Winchester and Cowan, when the gun misfired, sending a .233 caliber bullet through a bedroom wall and an air hockey table before hitting 7-year-old Liberty Miller in the lower stomach.
The tree of patriots must be watered with the blood of Liberties, I guess.
Also, to whomever wrote this story: nice use of the passive voice gun dodge there. “The gun misfired” all by itsownself. Guns don’t shoot people, except when some lame reporter doesn’t want to state the obvious.
• October 15, 2014:
1- Proving yet again the poor judgment of so many of our gun owners, this happened in Clarksville:
Gregory Wayne Brown allegedly discharged a handgun during a domestic altercation with a 38-year-old man. He did not fire in the direction of Knight, but the bullet went through the wall, through a baby’s crib and stopped at the next wall, according to a police report.
The wall where the bullet stopped was the wall where his 10-month-old child was sleeping in his bed. Brown later changed his story and said the child was asleep in a different room, the report said.
2- This story comes out of Pennsylvania but it concerns a Tennessee man who the family says accidentally shot his cousin:
Soumpholphakdy, 22, was sleeping when Chanthara began jumping on his bed to wake him up around noon, police said.
That’s when, police said, Soumpholphakdy grabbed a gun to try and scare Chanthara. The two men began wrestling and the gun went off, police said.
Friends and family members said the two men are cousins, and it must have been an accident.
“We don’t think there was any foul play or anything like that. If anything, it was accidental,” said Shaggy Phon, a friend.
3- Four guns were stolen from a Memphis police officer’s truck this week. This is not a repeat of the last 12 times this happened. Memphis, get your shit together.
• October 10, 2014:
A Memphis police officer had his gun stolen when he left it in a shopping mall bathroom.
• October 8, 2014:
Guns-in-cars fail: a Chattanooga woman got angry at another driver, started tailgating her, and when that driver pulled over to let her pass, pulled out a gun and pointed it at her.
Seems to me that the vast majority of people simply do not have the emotional maturity to responsibly carry firearms with them.
• September 26, 2014:
• A security guard at a Nashville Walmart shot a man who stole a 6-pack of beer. He’s in serious condition.
I think that is a use of force way out of proportion for the crime.
• September 25, 2014:
• A responsible gun owner responsibly forgot about their loaded Sig Sauer pistol they’d left in their carry-on bag when they tried to board a plane in Nashville. And it’s the 31st such incident this year.