Tennessee Gun Report

I told y’all I was gonna be busy this week! No accidental shootings in the state crossed my radar this week, but plenty of negligent and crazy behavior. Enjoy:

• May 19, 2014

Waaay too many of these stories, folks:

A man who allegedly fired a handgun after arguing with a woman before driving away from the scene was charged Sunday with aggravated domestic assault, driving under the influence-second offense and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

Charged was Michael Robert Minga, 28, of 2335 Chimney Top Loop.

Minga put the victim in fear for her safety “by shooting a handgun behind the house after an argument,” sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Rogers said in a report.

I guess if more women had guns this problem would just magically disappear.

* poof *

• May 18, 2014

A Clarksville man believed to be high on bath salts was arrested after waving a gun in front of Publix grocery store then firing shots at an apartment building.

• May 16, 2014

1- A guy driving a camo-painted minivan with a “cannon,” “missiles” and “machine guns” mounted on top broke down by the Nashville airport. Hilarity ensued.

1- Not sure why they’re calling this a “road rage” incident since clearly just another case of someone showing extremely poor judgment over when to use a firearm. In this case, a man fired two shots at a semi-truck after the truck supposedly hit them and kept driving. The shooter was arrested, but his wife claims it was self-defense:

They followed the semi down Central Pike, but while turning left onto Tulip Grove Road, things escalated.

News Channel 5 was unable to reach the driver of the semi. According to the affidavit, he told police that Patterson tried to “pull up next to him…then got behind him.”

Kennetha Patterson claims the driver of the semi tried to veer them into oncoming traffic and they felt threatened.

“My husband did at that point, shoot at the semi in self-defense,” she said.

Police said Quentin Patterson fired two shots – one hit the middle of the semi between the driver and passenger and the other went about a foot above the driver. Patterson told police he was trying to shoot the tire out.

“His character was demeaned because he was made out to look like a hardened criminal,” his wife said. “And he was just trying to protect his family.”


2- A man claiming to be a Rutherford County police officer shot through the door of an occupied Murfressboro apartment.

3- In Baxter, a father shot and killed his son.

• May 15, 2014

A Madison family’s 9-year-old black Labrador retriever, Scooby, was shot between the eyes and dumped on their front porch.

• May 14, 2014

• 1- Someone shot this 7-month-old orange tabby twice. Timmy the cat was found severely injured near the Tennessee State Faigrounds in Nashville. He needed a blood transfusion and one leg had to be amputated. Poor little fellah.

Dear Responsible Gun Owners: animals are not your target practice.

2- A responsible gun owner responsibly forgot all about their loaded .357 in their carry-on at the Knoxville airport. Again: you lose the right to call yourself “responsible” when you forget you’ve got a loaded gun in your bag.

• May 13, 2014

The TSA blog reports a loaded .380 with a bullet chambered was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Nashville airport. Also, two credit card knives were discovered at the Memphis airport. I don’t even know what that is.


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4 responses to “Tennessee Gun Report

  1. Bella Pea

    Southern Beale, could you share the link about Timmy, the poor little cat who was shot, with the Balloon Juice community? They are really supportive folks who always help animals in need.

  2. Bella Pea

    I’m glad to hear the kitty is doing well, poor little thing. It is beyond sickening what some of these nuts are doing these days to both people and helpless animals.

  3. Why is it that every time I hear about some clown getting popped with a loaded handcannon in an airport (or other place where handcannonz aren’t allowed) that they never say, “…my cold dead fingers!”? I’m just askin’ the question.