Congratulations , Unidentified CA Man! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

A Southern California man accidentally shot himself in the balls last night:

A man accidentally shot himself in the testicles while walking down a street in Los Angeles Saturday, police said.

The 26-year-old was enjoying a stroll with his girlfriend on Beverly Boulevard and Robinson Street in Silver Lake at around 12:45 a.m. when he heard a pop, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.

Much to his dismay, he discovered his gun had accidentally discharged, with the bullet hitting him in the private parts.

He was rushed to the hospital in a stable condition. There were no other witnesses besides his girlfriend

Hard not to laugh at these people, it really is.

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Holy Loophole

IMG_1649I just love this story: A swinger’s club which had operated without incident for years near Nashville’s oh-so-hot Gulch neighborhood was recently forced to move because of a new mega-development going in. So they were going to relocate to a building in Madison, north of town. And the good Christian folks up there got wind of it and decided they didn’t want no swingin’ sullying their neighborhood and would someone please think of the children and so the Tennessee State Legislature and the Nashville Metro Council passed laws that prevented “social clubs” from being in certain neighborhoods (small government alert!), and so now the swinger’s club is reopening as a church. Whose members all pay dues to the swinger’s club:

On paper, at least, plans have changed dramatically for a Madison property where a swingers club tried to open before city and state policymakers moved swiftly to block it.

The owners now plan to open a church — a church that honors the paid memberships from the swingers club.

The United Fellowship Center at 520 Lentz Drive will honor memberships to The Social Club, according to a member newsletter, but baseball caps, bandanas, skull caps and sagging pants won’t be tolerated.

The center was “founded on the basic belief that we are all children of the same universe,” the newsletter says. “Every individual is free to practice their religion in the manner of their choosing, as mandated by the First Amendment, so long as that expression does not impinge upon the rights or freedoms of others and is in accordance with the government’s laws.”

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ….

By the way, I spotted the decal above on a mailbox outside a bbq place here in town during the height of the swinger’s club controversy. I thought it was pretty funny. I just love how we’re all in favor of small government here until sex gets involved and then it’s like OMG WE GOTTA PASS A LAW. I mean honestly, I do not care what people do in their bedrooms, who (or how many) they share a bed with, who marries whom, etc. It simply is not my business. As long as it’s all consenting adults, I really would prefer to not even know about everybody else’s sex life.

I used to live in a small town in Kentucky and let me say, you would be shocked at how many of these fine Christian folks who were so downright upright were also taking trips into Nashville on the weekends to indulge in carnal entertainment. I’d place bets that some of those passing laws targeting this “social club” have indulged in a little swing time themselves.

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Partners, Milwaukee-Style

[UPDATE]:

The story ended in a predictable way. The suspect who shot the van driver and accidentally shot his teenage nephew has taken his own life. Story of a gun.

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NRA convention speaker/Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, January 2013:

“I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal … your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, April 15, 2015:

“What did we have Sunday? We had some clown take the law into his own hands and murder a guy who was doing what we expect good citizens to do, and oops, accidentally kill somebody else.”

Well, isn’t this completely, totally predictable. When you have one group of people constantly yammering about how you have the right–no, the obligation–to defend yourself and your family and a gun is the answer to every problem and your home is your castle etc. etc. etc. then mistakes will be made.

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Playing Cop

“Why was a 73-year-old insurance company executive riding around playing cop?”

This question was asked by the Washington Post in reference to the tragic story of a Tulsa, OK “reserve cop” who accidentally shot and killed an unarmed black man last week. He says he meant to use his taser, but used his gun by mistake:

When Robert Bates pulled his weapon and shot 44-year-old Eric Harris on April 2, he said he thought his handgun was his Taser. In a video released by authorities over the weekend, a gunshot fires and Bates says, “Oh, I shot him. I’m sorry.” The incident was one of two shootings this month in which a white officer shot and killed an unarmed black man — and it has created a backlash for many reasons, one being Bates is not a real police officer. He’s a reserve sheriff’s deputy. And some fear he wasn’t qualified to be one.

So who are these “reserve officers” out on the streets playing cop? The Post tells us they’re insurance salesmen, bankers, lawyers, teachers. They are movie stars like Steven Seagal and Lou Ferrigno, and NBA stars like Shaquille O’Neal.

And what the hell are they doing patroling our streets, armed with tasers and guns?

It’s all part of the big push to outsource community policing from the public police force (and their unions, and pensions) to private citizens which I touched on last week. While conservatives and the NRA and other groups like to go on and on about “the right of citizens to protect themselves and their families,” what’s really going on here is a dismantling of a public function handled by public employees and turning it over to ordinary individuals.

These volunteer “reserve officers” are just another piece of that general philosophy. The fact that it’s being implemented by the local police and sheriff’s office just tells me they’ve bought into a narrative that has devalued their training and expertise and tells ordinary citizens that this is a job any asshole can do.

This is the issue underlying our gun debate, and it’s one we haven’t discussed because nobody seems to realize it’s even going on. So now we have “Glock Blocks” — a stepped-up form of neighborhood watch, now with firepower:

Tolomon and a group of Jennings Lodge neighbors say they’re responding to escalating crime on their block by also making fliers that read “This is a Glock block. We don’t call 911.”

It’s mostly petty crime that neighbors are sick and tired of: stolen lawn ornaments, vandalism. But for neighbors like Tolonen, a breast-cancer survivor, that’s enough: “I will defend myself — and my home,” she told KOIN 6 News.

Shooting at someone who stole your Lily Rose lawn ornament is not exactly the best, most appropriate response. But as yet another American institution fails, this is what happens. This is how civil society crumbles.

And then you have useful idiots like Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, NRA hero, who famously recorded a PSA telling the citizens to not bother calling 911, but to instead arm themselves:

“With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option,” Clarke intones.

While I don’t buy into Clarke’s fearmongering about dangerous criminals lurking behind every bush — crime rates have consistently fallen as the population ages — he has a point. Our national infatuation with tax cuts tax cuts tax cuts has cut services at all levels of government, finally reaching once-sacred cows like local law enforcement and education. Shit needs to be paid for, but since we’re unwilling to do that these days, we’ll just have to take matters into our own hands. Let’s all homeschool our kids and get carry permits. Maybe we can operate our own water and sewage treatment plants, too. “Public” functions have been denigrated and devalued — no wonder, they don’t function so well on starvation budgets — and people are left to think they can do this stuff better themselves.

And that’s why our state legislature wants ordinary citizens out armed and concealed-carrying, in parks and schools and everywhere else. They don’t have to pay for that, do they? These are volunteers “playing cop,” too. People who may do something stupid like shooting themselves accidentally checking to see if the gun is loaded (news flash: it was!). Or, here’s one out of David Clarke’s home turf: a guy driving a van accidentally hits a toddler who ran out into the street. When he gets out of the van to check on the child, someone shot and killed him — and the teenager who was with him. For some reason. This is justice, American-style. We don’t need no 911, no police force, no judicial system. We’ll be judge and jury and executioner, too. Welcome to modern America.

This is how civil society dies. It starts by denigrating all things public — public employees, public schools, public servants of all kinds. Make “public” a bad word, tell everyone you can do a better job yourself (or the private sector can).

You can pretend it’s all about freedom and self-protection and defending your castle, but stop kidding yourselves. It’s about the slow descent into anarchy you guys have been fearmongering about. You’re the useful idiots pulling the string that will unravel our society and you don’t even realize it.

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Tennessee Gun Report

I’ve been unable to keep on top of this because of work but as last week’s 2nd Amendment Heroes show, I really need to get back on it. Seriously, it was a bad week for gun loons here in Tennessee. This week wasn’t much better. But I’m sure more guns is the answer!

• April 12, 2015:

A Knoxville woman says she and her husband were arguing over a text he was sending so she got the .38 they kept in their nightstand and shot him. He died. She’s now in jail.

Love how these guns kept for home protection always end up being used for something else, don’t you?

• April 11, 2015:

A 7-year-old Memphis girl was playing in her front yard when she was shot. She died.

• April 10, 2015:

1- In Nashville, a man was lying in his bed when he was shot in the foot. The bullet came from outside his home by a high-powered rifle.

2- In Memphis, a 15-year-old girl was lying in bed when she was hit by a bullet fired from outside her home. She died.

3- A Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer accidentally fired his gun into a classroom floor while teaching a hunter safety course in Morgan County. The class was attended by adults and childeren.

4- Two people have stolen 16 guns from unlocked cars in Cleveland, Tennessee. Says the Cleveland PD spokesidiot:

“Some of the cars are unlocked, getting in there, rummaging around, finding the firearm, selling these firearms to people on the street, then they are being taken away from the citizens who made good choices to the citizens that make bad choices.

Sorry but “choosing” to leave a gun in an unlocked vehicle is the epitome of a horrendously bad choice. Stop giving a pass for gun negligence.

Also:

West added the burglaries first started in February and cars with stickers celebrating gun ownership are being targeted.

Heh. And here we thought gun-free zones were crime magnets, but stickers labeling someone a gun owner magically kept criminals away? Not so much.

5- Idiots, Millersville PD division: a 26-year-old man has confessed to stealing an AR-15 from a Millersville police officer’s take-home vehicle. How could this possibly have happened, you may wonder?

According to officials, this was a crime of opportunity because the patrol car was unlocked. Boone reportedly admitted to being inebriated and wanting to “mess with the police.”

After taking the gun, he threw it in the Old Hickory Lake in Gallatin. The Sumner County EMA later helped Hendersonville police recover the weapon from the bottom of the lake in a shallow fishing area.

The guy who stole a police officer’s gun and threw it into the lake was charged with theft and burglary of a vehicle. He’s currently being held on $5,000 bond. The dumbass police officer who left an AR-15 in his unlocked vehicle like it’s a goddamn umbrella is … what? Was he cited, sanctioned, placed on desk duty, stripped of his weapon, anything? Anything at all? We don’t know because the news story doesn’t say. But I think the kid who stole a gun just to prove a point and threw it in a lake should be given a goddamn medal. He could have sold it to some drug dealer.

• April 9, 2015:

Armed society, police society at a Crossville tattoo parlor:

Witnesses told investigators that a man entered the tattoo studio “very drunk” and raised a shotgun, pointing it at Myers and saying, “We have to talk.” A juvenile woman who works at the studio screamed and hollered, “What’s your problem?” The assailant then allegedly pointed the shotgun at the woman and two others who were present.

The man, witnesses said, then turned to leave, threatening to “kill you all dogs,” and pointed the shotgun at a dog. The man fired three shots into the air while standing near the female victim.

Witnesses said he then walked to a gate, turned and shouted another threat and fired the gun five additional times.

• April 8, 2015:

• A Knxoville man shot his neighbors’ pet dogs when they got into his yard.

• A drunk Athens man started waving his gun around in an argument that appears to have started over a cupcake and ended with him aiming a shotgun at a police officer. So much fail.

• April 5, 2015:

Someone shot and killed this Antioch woman’s 7-month-old puppy while it was in her backyard.

• April 4, 2015:

Today in armed/polite society: a North Nashville man was shot and killed over a parking space.

And finally, some chalk art at Riverfront Park where our GunSense rally was held:

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Rallying For GunSense

What a gorgeous day for a rally in Nashville today! The Moms Demand Action group was here and it was great to get together and hear from such powerful speakers as Richard Martinez, Shannon Watts, and Lucy McBath. It wasn’t a huge crowd — maybe 175 or so — but I didn’t expect it to be. It was a nice gathering and a beautiful day.

Many people had signs honoring those who had been lost to gun negligence and gun violence. I saw just one troll, a pretty wacko guy who kept saying his “Ban All Cars” sign had nothing to do with guns (although the back read “Kiss My Green Tip”). He said he just wanted to make sure we were all real careful crossing the street, and I told him thanks, since my dad was killed in a crosswalk years ago (he was). I tried to ask him if he wanted everyone to have a license to use a gun, like how we all need a license to drive a car. Or if he wanted us to register guns, like how we need to register cars. Or liability insurance. Or … or …. he got kinda incoherent at that point. They always do. He said I could take his picture but then he kept getting too close and I had to tell him to back away. It was a weird encounter.

One thing that I wanted to say about the Moms Demand Action group is that they’re always stressing that they’re not anti-gun, to the point where I find it almost annoying. Every speaker had to give their pro-gun history: “I grew up with guns,” “I hunt,” “I have a carry permit,” etc. That’s fine but after a while it got old, and I’m not sure how useful it is, anyway. The other side still refers to us as “gun-grabbing Mommies,” forever and ever, amen. Anyone advocating common-sense gun control will forever be labeled as a gun-grabber or anti-gun. There’s simply no middle ground with these folks, zero. If asking for universal background checks or promoting initiatives that educate people about safe gun storage makes you a “gun-grabber” and “anti-gun,” then there’s not much room for discussion.

I suppose the point was to stress to the media in attendance that the group is not anti-gun, perhaps strike a reasonable counterbalance to the extremist rhetoric happening just a few blocks away at the NRA convention. But I suspect a lot of that is lost on our clueless media anyway, and the constant reminders of everyone’s pro-gun bonafides weakened what I think is the most important message, which is how gun violence and gun negligence damages American society. Just my .02.

Below are some photos from the event. Enjoy:

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Group photo: I'm in the back.

Moms In Nashville

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Grifters Gotta Grift

For sale at the Rand Paul for President website:

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Ha ha ha ha ha! Be the first to review this product … I dare you!

Gotta say, $15 seems awfully steep for something that a piece of electrical tape can do for 5 cents.

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