At least one, possibly two accidental shootings this week. Enjoy (said with sarcasm).
May 28, 2014:
• A 70-year-old man has been arrested for animal cruelty after shooting at two Hendersonville dogs, killing one.
• May 27, 2014:
1- A Greeneville teenager has been charged with pointing a shotgun at a three-month-old baby.
2- A belligerent Nashville bar patron brandished a gun and threatened to shoot a server in the face. Alcohol was involved. Guns-in-bars FAIL.
• May 23, 2014:
An 18-year-old has [finally] been charged in the accidental shooting death of his 17-year-old friend in an incident which occurred almost a year ago:
Relatives said Skyler Boring, 17, was shot in the chest on May 28, 2013 while he and some friends were playing with guns. Police responded to the residence, but learned Boring was already being taken to Blount Memorial Hospital by personal vehicle.
The individual charged has not been named. He was 17 at the time of the shooting. Gotta wonder where these kids got a gun and if some adult/parent-type shouldn’t also be charged. I dunno, not familiar with the case but it seems like minors in possession of guns and playing with it unsupervised should require some adult-type accountability, too.
• May 22, 2014:
A responsible gun owner responsibly forgot they had not one but two loaded guns in their carry-on bag when going through TSA at the Nashville International Airport. So responsible to forget where you left your loaded guns, y’all.
• May 21, 2014:
Memphis Police say 63-year-old movie-goer George Gholson had a loaded .38 in his pocket, un-holstered, without a trigger guard.
It fired when it fell onto the floor during the show. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Police say an off-duty officer happened to witness the incident to which Gholson later confessed.
Gholson is not only accused of violating the law but Malco’s policy regarding weapons.
Signs are clearly posted at the entrance and the state law cited supersedes Gholson’s handgun carry permit.
Most responsible ever, etc. etc. BTW, according to other reports the incident occurred during a showing of “Godzilla.”
2- A Johnson City 16-year-old was shot in the leg, then lied to police about how it happened. Piss-poor reporting by the Johnson City Press here but it seems obvious the shooting was accidental and self-inflicted. However, the newspaper says because the person involved is a minor there was very little information released.
• May 20, 2014:
Our Nashville CBS affiliate flogged this report all week about a guy who has a fully-operational Saladin tank:
The Saladin has two fully-operational 30-caliber guns and a 76-millimeter main gun. It can travel at speeds up to 45 miles per hour and it is fully street legal. But you won’t want to drive far: it only gets 3-miles to the gallon.
Arnett said restoring the vehicle was a hobby. Now, he hopes to use it in parades and for educational purposes. If he can get the insurance he’d like to give children rides on it.
Gee, I’m surprised he didn’t say he uses those guns for hunting.