Tennessee Gun Report

Today in “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” comes news that Remington Arms has recalled two models due to faulty triggers which can cause accidental shootings, or if you prefer the more polite term they used, “unintentional discharge.”

This week’s gun report features a mixed bag of good news and bad. Good news is our legislature has finally said no to the Tennessee Firearms Assn. In the bad, there were three accidental shootings this week, but no injuries.

Stay safe!

• April 15, 2014:

1- Tennessee’s open-carry law, which was passed by the state Senate last week, appears to have died in the state House. Also shot down: the guns-in-parks bill.

2- A Chattanooga man pulled a gun on a car dealer and demanded he fix his son’s car, which had recently been purchased from the dealership as-is without a warranty. Somewhere during the altercation the gun accidentally fired:

Dedios says it all started when 64-year-old Modesto Cardenas and his son came into his shop, demanding Dedios fix the car his son bought two days earlier. Dedios says he offered to pay for the labor only because he says, the 2007 Chrysler Pacifica was sold as is, and without a warranty.

“I got him right here beside me. He pulls out a gun and points it right here. Right at my head,” said Dedios.

Dedios says he then pushed the gun away and that’s when he says it fired. Dalton Police say the bullet went through a window, making it’s way onto East Morris Street. Cardenas was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.

I suppose this whole thing could have been avoided if Dedios shot the man and his son as soon as they walked in the door.


• April 13, 2014:

A Chattanooga man thought he was “dry-firing” his 9mm Glock but — woopsies! — there was a bullet in the chamber. The gun fired through his living room window and took out a neighbor’s car tire.

No, we definitely do not want these people walking around openly carrying their guns. They simply have not shown themselves to be responsible.

• April 11, 2014:

A Nashville first-grader brought a gun to an after-school program at Dan Mills Elementary School. Apparently the gun was “found in a wall during some remodeling.” That sounds mighty suspicious to me.

• April 9, 2014:

1- A drunken Kingsport man was handling his 12-guage late at night when it accidentally fired, sending shots into his elderly neighbors’ house.

2- Sign of the times: Sumner County’s Sheriff’s Department is issuing “active shooter” bags to its deputies.


This just popped in my email box. Chilling:


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11 responses to “Tennessee Gun Report

  1. Joe

    Keep up the great work, SB. Continue to pound the drum that gun owners who have incidents like these need to be charged. And finally, should this gun bill makes its way back to life, those of us who are out of state need to come to your assistance and start letting Visitors Bureaus know, we’re not coming to Tennessee. My wife keeps saying we ought to make a quick getaway to Gatlinburg (5 hrs away), but if this is something we’d potentially face visiting the state, no thanks. That’s where this insanity needs to start hitting folks. You do it with Florida, we need to be doing it everywhere. None of this happens in isolation.

    • From last August:

      “Australia’s former deputy prime minister is urging citizens to boycott travel to the United States after the slaying of Christopher Lane, a 22-year-old Australian collegiate baseball player who police say was targeted and killed for fun by three bored Oklahoma teenagers.”

      Whether it’s a formal boycott or not, America’s reputation as a gun-crazed, “Wild West,” violent place has already deterred a lot of people from visiting. Whether that will grow to a significant enough movement to pressure a political response, I do not know.

  2. How do you think Whiney LaPutrid would look wearing a turban and brandishing an AK-47 as one of MurKKK’a warlords?

  3. “we definitely do not want these people walking around openly carrying their guns.”

    i don’t want them walking around carrying guns at all. i know i’m in a minority, but at least with open carry i can see where the guns are. as your reports illustrate (thx for these, btw) “responsible gun owner” isn’t a thing. the fact that any random person i see could have a gun on them go off at any moment and that “oops” will be the only response is just a bit scary to me.

    • The open carry bill would have allowed anyone without any licensing, background check, or training whatsoever to carry their guns everywhere. At least with concealed carry you have to get a permit which in theory at least involves some kind of exchange of useful information. I realize most concealed carry classes are little more than pro-NRA ugga-bugga Nobummer bashing festivals these days but in theory they are supposed to provide an element of safety training.

      The idea that these people who regularly appear in my gun report — the same people who can’t even responsibly handle their firearms in their own homes — would be endangering the public by taking their arsenals out into public places is terrifying.

      • yes, i understood the difference. it was nuts. it’s just that concealed carry also scares me. most folks i heard objecting to open carry were objecting to the very idea of visible guns in public, as if that were somehow worse than hidden guns in public.

      • I object to open carry as it’s an attempt to normalize that which should never, ever be normalized. It’s disgusting. And any loon who is so scared to live in America that they can’t walk out the door without a gun on his or her hip (or strapped to their back) is not someone I’d trust with their finger on the trigger. There are very, very few people in this country who can justify that level of paranoia.

      • i agree with you. i object to concealed carry because it hides a public behavior which would surely be condemned as a public risk if revealed. but then, maybe i’m too optimistic in my view that people would generally condemn guns if they saw them next to them in line at the grocery store.

  4. greennotGreen

    I have worked at Vanderbilt for 28 years. For a very long time we have been required to take safety training every year – how to use chemicals safely, how to avoid back injuries, what to do in case of a tornado. This year for the first time we were required to take a unit on “Active Shooter.” How sad that such training should be necessary.

  5. You have 3 or 4 items in this week’s “Retard Roundup” that feature gunz goin’ off and the dumbbell bullets goin’ offa LTMTRELAGO*’s property and causin’ hurties on other people’s property.

    That just doesn’t really square with this:

    “a) mandatory registration/taxation of them;
    Carry permits are not free, just like car registration. You don’t need to pay registration or taxes on a car if you keep it on your property.”

    from the comment thread on your post, yesterday.

    Then again, ONLY the bullets crossed the property line, so I can see his point.

    * Like The Most Totes Responsible EVAH Law Abidin’ Gun Ownerz