Of course, the Navy Yard shootings have sucked all the air out of this week’s Tennessee Gun Report. On the one hand, it appears Aaron Alexis (hey, shouldn’t the media have learned his middle name by now?) attempted to buy an AR-15 last weekend and was blocked by Virginia state law. So things conceivably could have been worse.
On the other hand, how a paranoiac who heard voices with a history of gun violence and arrests in at least three states was able to pass a federal background check and purchase “a law-enforcement-style shotgun” is something we need to talk about. It’s amazing to me that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) didn’t find his 2004 Seattle arrest or his 2010 arrest but a Google search does.
This is a system which needs to be strengthened, not weakened. And no, I don’t think the people arming the blind have much interest in tightening these laws. Their only solution is everyone gets a gun, everyone gets shot, and let God sort ’em out. Brilliance. So no matter what the gun loonz say right now, I’m not looking for leadership from that crowd.
Without further ado, some news from around the state:
• Sept. 17, 2013:
1- Knox County school security officer Kevin Lee Waggoner was placed on leave after a shooting left his neighbor dead:
According to the TBI, a confrontation between Waggoner and another unidentified man and Woodby occurred shortly before the shooting. Authorities were alerted of a fight and possible shooting, according to Union County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kenneth Crider.
When Union County sheriff’s officers arrived, they found Woodby “shot alongside the highway,” Helm said.
Waggoner and Woodby live across the street from each other in the 500 block of State Route 370. They have a history of conflict.
Woodby and his wife have taken out multiple orders of protection against Waggoner and repeatedly called the Sheriff’s Office on Waggoner’s family. Waggoner said he has been videotaping Woodby to show sheriff’s officers he was not the aggressor during numerous conflicts.
Hmmm … so hard to distinguish the good guys with the guns from the bad guys with the guns. UPDATE: Waggoner has been arrested.
2- Also in Knox County, a high school student was arrested for having a gun at school.
4- A 13-year-old Nashville boy fatally shot himself in the head with a gun stored in a bedroom in his home. Hard to tell exactly what happened at this point.
• Sept. 16, 2013:
1- Another loaded gun found in a carry-on bag at the Nashville airport. These are weekly occurrences now, BTW.
And yes, you lose the right to call yourself a “responsible gun owner” when you forget where your loaded pistol is.
2- A Memphis elementary school was on lockdown due to a shooting nearby.
3- In south Nashville, a man walking to his mother’s house from the supermarket is shot in the neck. This neighborhood is in the heart of the housing projects, so I guess we’re supposed to accept that “these things” will happen to “those people.”