Tennessee Gun Report

This week’s cavalcade of responsible gun ownership includes two accidental shootings, one fatal — sadly, it’s an 8-year-old child.

• August 12, 2014:

1- This Nashville felon tried to sell a stolen gun to some kids in Pennsylvania. The mug shot is priceless:


As is the crime:

Nevertheless, police said Brin, 44, of Nashville, was drunk on Patriot Square peddling a stolen revolver to children, using as his shop a bicycle with women’s purses dangling from the handlebars and a cup holder carrying a plastic bottle filled with beer. In his pants pocket, police said they found a bag of synthetic marijuana.


The incident began about 3 p.m. Saturday when a citizen reported someone was trying to sell a gun in the middle of Patriot Square. The man told police he had been walking through the park and asked Brin to light his cigarette when Brin offered to sell a .22-caliber Ruger revolver for $150.

Brin also tried to sell the gun to “two kids on bicycles while waving the firearm around in the air” and also tried to sell “a nickle bag of fake weed” to the man who asked for a light, police said.

Dude. Get your fucking life together.

2- People with guns lose all perspective over when it’s appropriate to use them. IMHO. Case in point: this Afton man, who fired shots at someone in his truck that was for sale. Shoot first, ask questions later seems to be the MO these days. Also, I’m calling bullshit on his claim that the guy in the truck shot at him first, as no shell casings were found. Going out on a limb here and guessing he’s lying to cover up his irresponsible behavior.

3- A Shelby County 15-year-old brought a gun to Whites Station High School. First week of school, y’all.

• August 11, 2014:

An 8-year-old in White County found a gun at his grandparents’ house and shot himself with it accidentally. He died.

Nationwide, this was the 19th accidental shooting for a kid under age 18 for the month of August so far. Keep in mind, it’s only August 11. Six of those shootings were fatal. For children under age 10 there were 10 shot, two fatally for August so far. And it’s only the 11th. But nope, no gun problem here, no sirreee.

• August 8, 2014:

A 60-year-old Chattanooga man was shot twice while he was asleep:

Mr. Edge said that he was unsure of what happened to him, but did believe that he was electrocuted by some unknown object while asleep and that is what caused him to bleed. Mr. Edge insisted that he was not shot; however, the attending physician advised that he was shot once in his right shoulder and again in his upper right arm.

There were no surveillance cameras in the area to capture or record the incident as it transpired. Investigators were also unable to locate any witnesses, leads, or suspect information due to lack of evidence.


• August 7, 2014:

A Nashville man shot into a car occupied by his four children. He was arrested.

• August 6, 2014:

1- A Kingsport woman was trying to show her daughter the family’s new Ruger LCR .38 via Skype when she accidentally shot her husband in the thigh with it. These firearms equipped with laser thingies seem to be factors in an awful lot of accidental shootings.

2- A Jackson dad aimed a shotgun at his 14-year-old son’s head and threatened to blow his head off. Just as the Founders intended.

• July 23, 2014:

Here’s one from Murfreesboro that I missed when I was having all of my internet troubles. Truly astonishing exchange here, and shows the hubris and lack of common sense among the gun-toters. This one says she has a carry permit, too:

Jason Hill and his family were walking to their car when they said 37-year-old Angela Scruggs went speeding past.

Hill yelled for her to slow down and he said when Scruggs did, she pulled a weapon on him.

“She pointed it at me and I said, ‘whoa.’ And she said, ‘I’ll shoot you.’ And I said, ‘go ahead and if I live I’ll call the cops.’ And she said, ‘I don’t care I have a carry permit,’” said Hill.

Scruggs was arrested on aggravated assault charges.

Police recovered a 22-caliber, semi-automatic handgun from her car. She told them she pulled her gun out and sat it on her lap when Hill came walking toward her with his hands in his pockets.

And yes, when everyone has a gun, then a person walking towards you is likely to be armed. Better be cocked and ready to blaze away. This is the world the NRA wants us to live in.


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6 responses to “Tennessee Gun Report

  1. Jim 'Prup' Benton

    Can I make a suggestion for a very tiny step — but as always, one that I think will broaden the conversation. In response to the profile of Larry Pratt, of Gun Owners of America — the NRA’s far crazier and more extreme ‘cousin’ — and particularly in response to Pratt’s response, to a Congresswoman who expressed fear that she might be shot by a member of the group — Mark Kelly, the husband of Gabrielle Giffords has called on all candidates to refuse the support and contributions of the GOoA.

    Since Pratt’s response was “That’s probably a healthy fear for them to have,…You know, I’m kind of glad that’s in the back of their minds. Hopefully they’ll behave.” And since the person he made it to was Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who entered politics as a direct response to her husband getting shot on the train massacre of a decade or so ago, I think that even Conservatives, even religious nuts and TPers that haven’t gone completely around the bend would agree. (And the rest of Pratt’s career — including being so entangled with racists, anti-Semites and fringers that he was kicked off the campaign of Pat Buchanan, along with birtherism, anti-immigrant work — just check RWW — is so vile that he won’t find many defenders even among the extreme right.)

    So this could be a very small meeting ground, if we circulated petitions to both our progressive friends and our Crazy Uncles, declaring that we would not vote for or contribute to any candidate who received such backing and would demand our money back if they did not return the GOaA’s money. And once there was a crack in 2nd Amendment Absolutism, then we can discuss more peacefully where the line should be drawn — and even ask our right wing friends if they can produce a group supposedly on ‘our side’ we could make the same demand about.

    Taking a small step in one place does not keep us from taking larger steps elsewhere — but it could get us, if not allies, people less willing to fight against us.

    • Pretty sad state of affairs when our “common ground” with the other side is an agreement to oppose an extremist zealot like Larry Pratt. When that’s your starting point the “middle” has moved so far to the right that things that used to be a given (like universal background checks) suddenly become contentious and controversial.

      But yes I’d hope the Crazy Uncle Party would oppose Larry Pratt. They really shouldn’t need to be convinced to do so, but when one group has completely lost their moral footing anything is possible.

  2. GregH

    Troll Invasion – when I commented on a letter to the editor in the local newspaper in Columbia, TN, basically saying that people (mostly men) convicted of domestic violence should not even be allowed to possess or carry a firearm (and similar restrictions should be part of any order of protection because of domestic violence) – the Internet Trolls of America descended on me. Whack jobs from all over the country weighed in on how NOTHING should EVER limit the right to carry arms, because TYRANNY!!! And BIBLE!!! and (my personal favorite) ALL WOMEN LIE ABOUT BEING ABUSED!!!! It made me sick to my stomach and very afraid and sad that these guys have computers….and…exist.

    • Curiously, those folks banging the drum about tyranny and the 2nd Amendment being the only thing standing between democracy and fascism are notably silent on what’s happening in Ferguson MO.

      • GregH

        Oh SB, didn’t you hear? When the government oppresses (or kills) black or brown people, that’s OK (especially if the government representatives doing the oppressing and/or killing happen to be white). It is also good, if the “victims” are poor and uneducated. Poor and uneducated black and brown people don’t have any Constitutional rights. Just sayin’. So to review, white person denied right to take a gun into a Jiffy Lube = TYRANNY!!!! Uarmed, poor Black person shot and killed = *yawn*.

  3. ThresherK

    using as his shop a bicycle with women’s purses dangling from the handlebars and a cup holder carrying a plastic bottle filled with beer

    All contestants who bet “Plastic bottle filled with urine”: Sorry, but here’s a case of Rice-a-Roni, and we hope you had fun playing.