Tennessee Gun Report

Four accidental shootings this week, y’all! Plus, waaaay too many high school boys bringing guns to school. What the hell is up with that, anyway?

• January 14, 2014:

1- We’re going to the Supremes, folks!

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Supreme Court is set to decide whether a Tennessee man’s misdemeanor domestic assault plea should ban him from gun ownership.

The high court on Wednesday will hear prosecutor’s appeal in the case of James Castleman of Huntingdon.

Castleman pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor domestic assault in 2001. He was then charged in 2009 with illegal possession of a firearm by a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence. A federal judge threw those charges out.

2- The ex-boyfriend of a student at Hamilton County High School, an adult high school in Chattanooga, drove on campus, fired a gun twice, fled, and was arrested. Ta da. Says a former student:

Ronnie Smith, a former students, says, “All I hear is they came in, bunch of drama, boy and girl broke up.”

That summary deserves some kind of award.

• January 13, 2014:

1- A Carter County man accidentally shot himself in the chin Sunday night while taking off his pants:

Caldwell said Rood told him he had a .25 caliber Baretta pistol in the right front pocket of his pants. He took the pants off and placed them on his dresser, at which time the Baretta discharged, striking Rood in the chin. It was believed the bullet was still in Rood’s neck.

Respect the culture, freedom, most responsible ever, etc. etc.

2- A Collegedale, TN woman came home from church and was relaxing in her mobile home when she got shot in the leg. The incident is under investigation but neighbors in the trailer park say there have been several similar near mnisses in the past due to people playing around with high-powered rifles. You know, the kind that used to be illegal.

3- Back to Carter County, where a man is finally facing charges over shooting his neighbor’s dog last November.

• January 12, 2014:

Two teenagers in Chattanooga were playing with a loaded gun and one was accidentally shot in the head. The injury is not said to be life threatening.

• January 11, 2014:

1- An 80-year-old man shot another man in Campbell County, then had a brief standoff with police.

2- A Unicoi County man was indicted for threatening his family with a gun at a meeting about family finances following the death of the family matriarch. I don’t care how poor you are, nothing causes a family to lose its shit like inheritance issues. You may only have two pots to piss in but your kids will fight to the death over those damn pots.

3- A man was arrested for shooting his estranged wife in a Sam’s Club parking lot in Nashville. From the link:

At the time of the shooting, Vinson was free on $20,000 bond from an arrest from December 14 on charges of aggravated assault against Pack and order of protection violation.

Officials said Vinson was convicted of domestic assault against Pack in 2011. He was also convicted of felony aggravated assault and received a two-year sentence for twice striking Pack’s car with his pickup truck.

How did he get the gun? Anyone? Bueller?!

• January 10, 2014:

1- Several people in Rutherford County narrowly missed getting injured when one of our most responsible EVAH decided to do some target shooting with four of his friends who happened to be convicted felons and of course therefore were not shooting because that would be wrong, etc. etc.:

Four people in the area escaped injury, including college student Hailey McWhorter, who was taking her neighbor’s mail next door when the family’s horses started going wild.

“They looked like they were going to jump over the fence, and I said, ‘Whoa,'” McWhorter said.

She said bullets then came whizzing by.

“It just went flying over my head, so I just ducked down,” she said. “I didn’t know what else to do because if they start shooting, I was like, ‘I might get shot.'”

One bullet struck a double-wide mobile home on Wayside Road and penetrated the bathroom wall, landing in a tub often used by a six-year-old girl.

“If my renter’s daughter had been in the bathtub, it would have killed her,” Jeffrey McWhorter said.

Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate. They believe the gunshots were coming from a farm on Sledge Road in Christiana about 650 yards away.

Two people, Michelle Baker and Troy Barrett, were cutting trees nearby and also reported bullets flying over their heads.

2- A Tennessee teacher pointed a toy gun at a student and told him she “wished it was real” when he didn’t understand the material.

3- A 16-year-old Bartlett High School student was arrested for bringing a .32 semiautomatic pistol onto campus.

• January 9, 2014:

In Jackson, a 16-year-old student shot a fellow student in front of the principal’s office. The victim was shot in the thigh and was taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. Apparently the incident was about a girl.

• January 8, 2014:

A 17-year-old student attempted to commit suicide with a gun in the bathroom of Hardin County High School in Savannah.

• January 7, 2014:

1- A Tipton County man accidentally shot and killed his wife:

Chris said his wife was handing him a pistol when the weapon discharged striking her once in the head.

2- A Kingsport man was arrested after forgetting he had a loaded gun in his backpack. It’s at least the second time this has happened to him in 5 years.

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17 responses to “Tennessee Gun Report

  1. deep

    Jeez I know Scalia and Thomas will be all like, “Let’s give guns to people with a history of violence!” But I’m really hoping that Roberts and Alito use some common sense and say no fricken way.

    At the time of the shooting, Vinson was free on $20,000 bond from an arrest from December 14 on charges of aggravated assault against Pack and order of protection violation.

    Officials said Vinson was convicted of domestic assault against Pack in 2011. He was also convicted of felony aggravated assault and received a two-year sentence for twice striking Pack’s car with his pickup truck.

    Yep. History of violence.

    • GregH

      A history, present, and apparently, a future of extreme firearms-related violence – the story of our country! Yeee-Haw!

      • Southern Beale:

        I’m not sure (the story you linked to had no report of what weapon or round was involved), that the doublewide stupident was the result of someone firing a firearm that was only lately allowed. Rapidfire sem-auto rifles (the AR-15 and variants) are deadlier in some ways than bolt action hunting rifles. However, if somebody shoots a 7mm Mag Remington or any of the other calibers that people use for taking deer and other game in the U.S. the round can travel several miles and penetrate up to 12 inches of pine (lab ballistics, ymmv in the real world). Regardless what weapon was fired, the people shooting them in those situations are shitheads.

        This:

        “- A Tipton County man accidentally shot and killed his wife:

        Chris said his wife was handing him a pistol when the weapon discharged striking her once in the head.”

        must have had the deputies and detectives shaking their heads. It will turn out that these two have a history of dispute/abuse/etc.

      • Read the second link … it’s an apparent update. Everyone wants to be anonymous on this one:

        COLLEGEDALE, TN, (WDEF)-For one Collegedale resident who would like to remain anonymous shooting high powered guns in a residential area has to stop.

        “Over a period of about three years I can think of at least four or five incidents that’s happened back there and each time the police were informed of it and we just don’t think anything has been done about it”

        He feels there are too many families around and stray bullets are an unnecessary hazard.

        “The children, elderly folk that’s in the surrounding area of that trailer park”

        ————–

        I dunno you’re right the reporting wasn’t exactly Pulitzer-worthy.

  2. GregH

    Here’s the flip side of the gun report – Bought a .22 rifle for me and my son for Christmas (with the required background check, of course!) – bought the traditional “annoyingly slow to reload” tubular magazine under the barrel version (like my grandpa had), despite the salesman pushing one with a quick-change magazine. If I can’t hit a target or a pesky critter eating my garden with 13 shots (we live in the country – mind you!), I should just give up. Unlike all these bozos, I keep it unloaded and trigger-locked – and I do not and never will own a handgun. That is made 100% for killing other humans. Parents who don’t keep guns safely locked away from children should be thrown in jail. People who shoot themselves or others accidentally should have their guns taken from them for their own safety (and that of everyone else).

  3. Southern Beale:

    Sorry, maybe I’m misunderstanding something. I read the high powered rifle part, but unless something very odd is going on in TN, those firearms that are typically used for hunting–and which are much more powerful, on a per round fired basis, than any of the smaller caliber semi-auto “assault style” weapons have never been banned anywhere in the U.S. except a few major cities.

    It was only a minor quibble in any case and, yes, the reporting was amateurish.

    • Yeah, whatevs. I took that to mean they were shooting a variety of different weapons including the semiautomatics that had been banned but you’re right the story doesn’t really say.

    • GregH

      Tennessee *is* the home of Barrett Arms, makers of the .50 cal sniper rifle, and I think Ronnie Barrett qualifies as a “gun loon”.

  4. “and, yes, the reporting was amateurish.”

    Although it could have been a FOX bureau chief.

  5. Waiting patiently for the Florida theatre popcorn throwing/Stand Your Ground commentary.

    • Here ya go:

      “Asked on the Fox News segment about what might have caused Reeves to blast Oulson in the dark movie theater, as if being f*cked in the head isn’t enough, Ablow came up with this gem…

      “I think we may have to look at something I’ll call data rage. Just like road rage. We know that when people interact with machines that sometimes they feel emboldened to do things that they never would, that it can be tremendously frustrating and that people who could be vulnerable — by the way, they may be impulsive to begin with or explosive — add in technology or a machine and things can go over the top.”

      ————-

      Got that? It was the cell phone, not the gun. Also, blame the victim etc. etc.

  6. Something has to be done to change the gun culture in this country. If it were as easy as putting more laws on the books or enforcing those we already have, that would be one thing. But what really has to change is the paranoia that tells a person they MUST carry a loaded handgun at all times, or risk being a helpless victim. I’m almost sixty years old, and I’ve never needed a weapon to defend myself or my family, nor do I even know anyone who knows anyone who HAS needed a weapon for self-defense. It’s a canard designed to keep us armed and dangerous to one another, and it’s way past time we treated this gun fascination the same way one would treat any other form of mental illness. WE NEED TO FUND MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA, and anyone currently paying dues to the NRA ought to move to the front of the line at the doctor’s office.

    When kids are toting guns to school on a regular basis, and people are being shot to death in movie theaters by “stand your grounders” afraid of popcorn tossing, text messaging movie patrons, well, maybe the culture of fear and paranoia has reached an apex. Australia had one gun massacre too many a few years ago and simply outlawed the damn things. The world didn’t stop spinning, and crime hasn’t run rampant Down Under.

    It won’t stop in this country until we stop it.

    • But what really has to change is the paranoia that tells a person they MUST carry a loaded handgun at all times, or risk being a helpless victim.

      Well there’s no money to be made in not scaring the crap out of everyone. Silly!

  7. “people are being shot to death in movie theaters by “stand your grounders” afraid of popcorn tossing, text messaging movie patrons,”

    Now, you just hold on one minute!. That poor, brave, retired cop who’s gonna be martyred on the altar of GUN CONTROLLISTAN was only exercising his GOD GIVEN RIGHT to protect his home and, er, other places he goes. ‘sides, you don’t know what might have happened if he hadn’t proactively pulled his piece and popped that potential perp. Sure, it was just popcorn he was throwin’, but how do you know he didn’t have a gun and wouldn’t lose his shit and pull it out and shoot that poor defenseless cop unle–, um, never mind.

  8. “people are being shot to death in movie theaters by “stand your grounders” afraid of popcorn tossing, text messaging movie patrons,”

    You don’t know that the popcorn-o-perp wasn’t some crazed s.o.b. who had he not been preemptively and pro-actively popped by the cop woulda pulled out a hand cannon and cut loo–, um, never mind.