Tennessee Gun Report


Ahh crap. A workplace/domestic violence incident north of Nashville this morning. News said the guy used a semiautomatic pistol.

In light of the shooter’s previous history, I wonder how he got the gun? The options are limitless.


We’re just back from traveling and I’ve been swamped trying to catch up with work, so here’s just a cursory pass on the gun news from Tennessee. Some of these stories are pretty nutso, though. Enjoy:

• September 3, 2013:

A 17-year-old who nearly lost his life to a hunting accident last February is hoping to rejoin the high school football team:

A DeKalb County 17-year-old is adjusting to life with a prosthetic leg after a serious rifle hunting injury in February. First, he had to relearn how to walk, but now he has a greater goal.

Seven months later, all Dillon Williams is worried about is his life on the football field at DeKalb County High School.

The leg wound was so serious, Williams’ life was in jeopardy, and doctors needed to amputate below his right knee.

“To see blood everywhere, you can’t honestly prepare for something like that,” he said.

Good luck, Dillon.

• September 1, 2013:

Teenagers on a playground, with a gun? You know where this one’s leading:

MEMPHIS, TN – (WMC-TV) – A teenager is in critical condition after being shot on a playground near Evans Elementary School Sunday afternoon. The school is located in the 4900 block of Cottonwood Road near South Perkins and American Way.

According to neighbors, the 14-year-old victim was playing with two others when the gun accidentally went off. The victim was hit in the side. Children from the neighborhood tended to the teenager until paramedics arrived.


Police have confirmed no one has been charged at this time. So far, it is unclear where the teens got the gun and what caused it to go off.

Stupid kids. Stupid people who leave guns lying around.

• August 30, 2013:

More Tennesseans are getting licensed to carry a handgun, and it could be anyone — your crazy ex-boyyfriend (or girlfriend), your paranoid brother-in-law, your neighbor you’ve been feuding with … hey, you don’t need to know, because as the gun loonz are always telling us, licensed carry folks are the most responsible gun owners evah!

More Tennesseans are getting licensed to carry a handgun. The number of applications to the state has more than doubled since last year, according to the Department of Safety. The spike comes as the identities of permit holders are no longer public record.

I don’t understand why the loonz have such a hard-on to keep the identities of these folks secret. What are they so scared of? And isn’t being scared the point of having a gun?

• August 27, 2013:

Another gun in a student’s backpack in Memphis:

(Memphis) An unloaded gun was found at Cypress Middle School Tuesday morning.

The school board called the police department at 11:22 a.m., saying a school officer had retrieved the gun from a student’s backpack.

This is the second time in less than a week that a gun has been found in a Shelby County school.

• August 26, 2013:

1- In Cheatham County outside of Nashville, another gun cleaning accident:

Investigators said a man was cleaning his brand new gun at a duplex in Cheatham County when the gun accidentally fired.

A .44 caliber bullet traveled through a wall and struck the victim, James Kratz, right in the eye as he sat in his recliner eating breakfast.

We’re told the man responsible for the accident is so remorseful he is now getting rid of all of his guns, and deputies hope other gun owners learn from his mistake.

Good move.

2- TSA agents at Nashville International Airport reports a milestone: the 34th gun confiscated at security:

The Transportation Security Administration has already confiscated more guns this year than during all of last year.

The latest incident – the 34th gun found this year – was Friday, when TSA agents discovered a loaded .40 pistol in a passenger’s carry-on bag at the security checkpoint.

In all of 2012, TSA workers confiscated 32 guns at BNA.

• August 22, 2013:

1- A five-year-old brought a gun to school, and it discharged in the school cafeteria:

MEMPHIS, TN – (WMC-TV) – A kindergartner is in police custody after a handgun he reportedly brought to school in his backpack discharged in an elementary school cafeteria.

According to Shelby County Schools, the gun went off between 7:30 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. at Westside Elementary School in Frayser. Police were called around 8:30 a.m. Nobody was injured when the shot was fired.

The kid was taken into police custody? Not the owner of the gun? Who knows.

2- It appears an inexperienced, rookie cop shot and killed a 68-year-old homeowner/20-year Air Force veteran in Louisville, TN. This incident will no doubt haunt this young man for the rest of his life:

“(Ragland) said he was checking on a garage on the property when he saw a broken window and went to investigate it, then shined his flashlight inside the building and saw a man with a handgun,” the news release from Sheriff James Berrong states. “He told supervisors that he gave verbal commands, and fired multiple shots, striking Henry C. Taylor, 68, and killing him.”


The victim was checking on a reported theft at the residence when he was shot, Dorothy Taylor, his sister-in-law, said Thursday.

“They thought he was a burglar and shot him,” she said.


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8 responses to “Tennessee Gun Report

  1. deep

    hey, you don’t need to know, because as the gun loonz are always telling us, licensed carry folks are the most responsible gun owners evah!

    And even if they’re not, if you had a gun then you can keep them polite. Y’know, by shooting off some warning shot at their house to let them know you’re keeping an eye them. I’m sure that will go over well.

    • deep

      um… and in case there is any confusion, that comment was meant to be sarcastic

      • GregH

        I’m not falling for your so-called “sarcasm”! Shooting at people’s houses without a license and training specifically to do so is very dangerous. Bullets might ricochet and hit you or another neighbor unless you use proper, armor-piercing ammunition!

  2. Mary Wilson

    Lordy, I just read that over 430,000 applications have been submitted for carry permits, in TN in the last 2 years. Worse, that this huge list of nuts will be secret…even from the cops, apparently. And my question today, SB, on each item that involved LITTLE children, why weren’t the adults publicly called to appear to tell how the hell these kids had access to the guns…in their backpacks, in the first place. Did the ‘law’ even confiscate the weapons and hold them til the owners, the real stupid, careless, irresponsible adults showed up? Sounds like Memphis has an open policy….come on in, kids and put your guns in your lockers!

  3. democommie

    Orders of protection appear to be pretty much worthless for women in real danger from cowardly and abusive exes.

    Somebody with video/film editing skilz should take that clip at the end of “It’s a Beautiful Life” and give it the treatment that was given to that clip from the “Hitler” movie a couple of years back.

    Just the 15 seconds or so of Zuzu’s big moment at the end of the film, when she says,

    “Look, Daddy. Teacher says, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his* wings?”

    It could be swapped out for:

    “Look Daddy. Eddie Eagle says, “Every time a child, an abused woman or some other innocent party is shot by some gutless piece of shit or complete fucking moron, Wayne LaPierre gets a piece of the commission on the gunz salez!”.

    Has that black-o-perp gone down for his heinous crime of allowing a four yo to shoot himself? Has that upstanding KKKristian minister decided that he will take up a new duty and start teaching gun control (as in, “Use both hands!” in Sunday school?

    * Angels are ALL men, right? Hunky, blonde, blue-eyed, sword wielding, bad ass but gentle, MEN. RIGHT? AMIRITE??

  4. democommie

    BTW, was it you that ran the post about the secret gun registration program undertaken by the NRA?

    The Onondaga County Sheriff has just formally refused a request for his list of 65,000 handgun ownerz, cuz’ like, y’know, the list might be used inappropriately by someone to market to those gunz ownerz. I wonder where that idea might have come from?

    • Yeah I did link to it. This came up here in TN when there was a big push to make the list secret. Of course state and county Republican groups want that list for their own fundraising and GOTV programs. Now they just get the NRA to do their dirty work for them.