Tennessee Gun Report

Time for another one of these. I’m trying to do one a week but it’s just not working out that way with my schedule. Also, Greeneville? What the hell is wrong with you people in Greeneville? You’re waaay too small of a town to keep showing up in the gun report every week. Y’all have a problem.

• June 19, 2013:

1- The parents of a 6-month-old South Knoxville girl have been arrested after the baby was shot and killed during a domestic dispute Wednesday afternoon. In reading the story, it seems these people not only shouldn’t have had guns, they shouldn’t have had children. Un-freaking-believable.

2- In Nashville, a suspected gunman accused of opening fire because the victim “knocked his hat off his head” in a May shooting incident is now in custody.

See, this is why I don’t like guns. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Some folks are just wound waaaay too tight.

• June 18, 2013:

1- A one-year-old Jackson boy is in critical condition after being shot in the head by a stray bullet. The bullet ricocheted off of a door frame and hit the child in the head, narrowly missing his mother, who was holding him at the time.

2- In east Tennessee, a Hawkins County sheriff’s deputy went on vacation, only to return home to find his service weapon had been stolen. Turns out the thief was a relative and neighbor, who had allegedly stolen the Glock to trade it for drugs. Here’s the part I love:

Ferrell told HCSO Detective Daniel Byington Monday that when he went to put on his duty gear for work, he noticed that his Glock 21SF .45 caliber pistol was missing.

Sounds to me like a) the weapon wasn’t locked in a safe, and b) he didn’t even know the damn thing was missing until he was getting dressed for work. So, so careless.

• June 17, 2013:

1- And once again we have an entry from Greeneville! Greeneville, you keep the gun report going: a man is in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself in the chest while cleaning his gun.

2- A Memphis teenage girl pointed a loaded gun at a family with two children during a road rage incident.

• June 14, 2013:

In Murfreesboro, a man was watching TV with one of his daughters when a stray bullet came through his house, thankfully missing the occupants:

The bullet penetrated two walls and bounced off the door frame to his youngest daughter’s room where she was asleep.

Reed said his family is lucky.

“It’s just amazing what a handgun can do to a man’s house and his peace of mind when it comes to being in his own house,” said Reed.

Probably some yahoo gun loon with a .22 who doesn’t realize how far the bullets travel.

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  1. Mary Wilson

    SB, I have “approved” to write a guest column in the Knoxville news Sentinel entitled “WE Must Stop the Gun Violence in Knoxville”….I am so furious about the fact that most shooting occur in our black community WHERE I LIVE. We have lost so many children, killed, unarmed teens, and the young mother last week, standing in her own front yard…her funeral was yesterday. It is ALL about the MONEY and the easy access to selling guns on our streets. I will let you know when it is in print. And I continue to pray for all the families and survivors. It is evil….at work.

  2. Mary Wilson

    I meant to say that I have been approved by the Editors at KNS!

  3. Bitter Scribe

    The late, great Mike Royko once remarked that if it could somehow be magically fixed so that gun nuts could only hit each other every time they shot, he would sell them guns at cigar stands. These days it wouldn’t surprise me if guns actually were sold at cigar stands.

    (Actually, it would. Do cigar stands still exist?)

    • (Do cigar stands still exist?)

      We have a kiosk in the mall near me. But I think since cigars got all trendy and upscale, these days you have fancy-pants “cigar bars.” Pretty sure those people are dying of lung and mouth cancer before they can think of shooting anyone.

  4. deep

    See, this is why I don’t like guns. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Some folks are just wound waaaay too tight.

    Beale, you are awesome.

  5. Mike G

    a suspected gunman accused of opening fire because the victim “knocked his hat off his head”

    Well, that justifies killing in self defense right there.
    In LA they just concluded the trial of a 16 year-old who got 90 years to life for murdering a 14 month old baby — because the kid’s father was wearing the wrong color shirt.