We’ve got a bumper crop of gun loonery this week, and some real tragedies. Without further ado, here’s your weekly Tennessee Gun Report.
• December 3, 2013:
A Roane County man died after accidentally shooting himself in the head while watching a Western on TV. His wife and daughter were in the room at the time, “dozing.”
• December 2, 2013:
1- A Kingsport man accidentally shot himself while buying a Christmas tree and is in critical condition:
Police say while he was getting a tree stand out of the back of his vehicle, a loaded 12-gauge shotgun lying in the back discharged and shot Bledsoe in the pelvic area.
Yikes, that sounds brutal.
2- A Decatur, TN ex-felon who was found to be in possession of three weapons, including a sawed-off shotgun, was sentenced to 42 months in Federal prison in relation to an accidental shooting that busted him back in October 2012.
Says our perp:
A tearful Brown said he had been able to start a business offering training and riding horses, “but because of one night everything I had is gone.”
The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office responded on Oct. 24, 2012, to his residence on Carl Holt Lane on a shooting call. Preston Miller, 18, had been shot in the thigh.
Brown said he had been handling a revolver and it went off. He said the teen had been interested in buying a gun from him and that it went off accidentally.
Um, no. Everything you had is gone because a) you’re a convicted felon who illegally owned weapons, b) you were careless with your weapons and an 18-year-old kid was shot in the thigh. Next time you get out of prison, stay away from the guns and you’ll be fine.
• December 1, 2013:
In Chattanooga, two children ages 3 and 5 were playing with a flare gun (WTF people???) and set a house on fire.
• November 30, 2013:
Thieves stole 27 guns — 24 handguns and three rifles or shotguns — from a Knoxville gun shop on Thanksgiving Day.
• November 29, 2013:
1- A Middle Tennessee man shot and killed his wife Thanksgiving night over an argument about his shoes.
2- A Murfreesboro cab driver pulled a gun on a customer over a dispute about a fare.
3- In Paris, police received calls about firearm thefts twice in two days:
In one burglary, two semi-automatic rifles and a bottle of liquor were stolen from a storage building on Sproul Heights Road in the past week.
The thief or thieves took two .223-caliber Doublestar AR-15 rifles with a total value of $2,000.
Also taken was a commemorative bottle of whiskey valued at $100.
The items were last seen between 5:30-6 p.m. Sunday.
In the most recent incident, a rifle was stolen from a Routon Street home during daylight hours Thursday.
4- The TSA’s Thanksgiving week travel report is up:
A stun gun was found in a carry-on bag at the Knoxville airport.
A loaded gun was found in a carry-on bag at the Memphis airport on Nov. 25.
A loaded gun was found in a carry-on bag at the Nashville airport on Nov. 27.
• November 28, 2013:
A University of Memphis student was arrested for carrying a loaded gun and several fully loaded magazines to class.
• November 27, 2013:
This story was so outrageous it made the national headlines: a 34-year-old Chattanooga man shot and killed a 72-year-old advanced Alzheimer’s patient who had been wandering around in freezing temperatures for hours. While the shooter was from Chattanooga, the incident occurred across the state line in Georgia. No charges have yet been filed.
The New York Times did an excellent in-depth piece on this tragedy, which is a must-read. Shooter Joe Hendrix is an Iraq war veteran and Tea Party asshole who last election served as spokesman for Republican congressional candidate Scottie Mayfield, who primaried Republican Chuck Fleischmann. In that capacity Hendrix once referred to President Obama as someone who “demonizes free enterprise and small-business owners.” He’s staying away from the media now, however.
What happened that night isn’t under dispute. Lost and disoriented, Ronald Westbrook had been wandering in the freezing cold with his two dogs for hours, collecting mail from neighbors mailboxes and finally ending up at Joe Hendrix’s house, where he rang the doorbell repeatedly in the early hours of the morning. Although Hendrix and his girlfriend were safe inside the home, doors locked, with 911 on the line and the police just minutes away, Hendrix decided to take matters into his own hands. He left the house, followed the old man around, and shot him. Says Westbrook’s widow:
“I understand the man who shot him is real upset, and I think he should be,” Mrs. Westbrook said in an interview. “He shot an innocent man. He should have stayed in the house like a normal person would.”
This is why I hate guns and gun loonz. Somehow when you people get a damn gun in your hands all common sense disappears. Someone ringing the doorbell in the middle of the night does not call for deadly force. I’m surprised Hendrix didn’t kill the man’s dogs, too. Asshole. I’m glad he’s upset, he should be. But he should also be in jail.