Tennessee Gun Report

Been a while since I’ve done one of these — I just don’t have time to troll the local papers like I used to. That said, now is possibly the worst time for me to be slacking on the gun report: Nashville is preparing to hit Peak Wingnut as the NRA has its annual convention here in April, and Republican presidential hopefuls will arrive to fellate pay their respects to the gun loon crowd. It’s gonna be a fun week. Not. Of course, to make the gun loons feel fully welcome, there is a major push on to loosen all gun laws in advance of their arrival. The governor is not amused.

Meanwhile, the number of handgun permits in the state of Tennessee has exploded. Nationally, gun ownership continues to decline, despite an increase in gun sales: this tells us that the hard-core true believers are stockpiling weapons while the rest of us are getting on with our lives. I’d be worried about this militarization of the crayzee contingent save for their propensity to fulfill Darwin’s Law. And without further ado:

• March 12, 2015:

1- That push to loosen gun laws in Tennessee I mentioned above? Here’s an update: an attempt to end the carry permit requirement in Tennessee failed to pass out of committee. Bullet, um, dodged.

2- A responsible gun owner responsibly forgot all about their loaded gun inside their carry-on bag at the Nashville International Airport. It’s the 13th gun found at BNA by TSA agents so far this year.

• March 11, 2015:

1- Memphis police were called to a domestic dispute involving a father and his mentally-ill son, which ended predictably: the police shot and killed the mentally ill, gun-brandishing son.

The man who called police said he was involved in an argument with his intoxicated son who has a history of mental illness.

When they arrived, 31-year-old James Greenwell was sitting on the front porch with a gun. Police say he had already fired a shot at the house before they got to the scene.

As officers tried to get Greenwell surrender, he began firing shots. Three officers returned fire, striking Greenwell. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Nobody else was injured.

You know, people: if there is anyone in your family with mental illness, get rid of the fucking guns. Just, don’t even do it. Jesus Christ, how fucking hard is that to understand?

2- Here’s an update of an item that appeared in the gun report last October: a Murfreesboro man has plead guilty in the accidental shooting death of his cousin. The incident happened in Pennsylvania:

Authorities said the two had come to Wyomissing to repair hailstorm-damaged vehicles. They said the victim had gone into a bedroom and begun jumping on a mattress to wake the defendant, who then brought out the gun to scare him.

You can guess what happened next.

• March 10, 2015:

A Kingsport grandfather pointed a shotgun at his 9-day-old grandchild while confronting his “bully” stepson. Why do I get the feeling a trailer park was involved?

• March 7, 2015:

An 11-year-old Nashville boy was charged with murder in the accidental shooting death of his 15-year-old friend:

An 11-year-old has been charged with his death. Detectives said the 11-year-old told them he was playing with a gun he had found when it went off and hit Ziegler.

Saturday, those in the neighborhood said this tragedy was a wakeup call for the community.

The incident happened on a day when Nashville’s gun-free schools were closed because of the snow. Remind me again how unsafe these gun-free zones are. I’m all ears.

And let me just say: we’re charging the 11-year-old? The 11-year-old? Not the adult who owned the gun? Is this coming from our new District Attorney, the guy who campaigned on the slogan that he “knows the difference between a bad person and a good kid in trouble”?

• March 3, 2015:

A 3-year-old in Coffee County shot his 18-month-old brother in the head. UPDATE: a grand jury will take up the case in April to determine if charges should be filed.

• March 1, 2015:

The Maryville restaurant and bar which made international news for encouraging handgun owners with a “Firearms Welcome” sign went out of business. Apparently competition from a nearby Bojangle’s was the last straw. Also, taxes, gummint and probably Obummer.

• February 19, 2015:

In Nashville, an argument escalated and because everyone is always armed, the predictable happened:

The incident was reported Wednesday afternoon in front of Fire House Subs on Charlotte Pike.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said an unidentified man was sitting alone in the outside eating area when 28-year-old Labrian Lyons drove up to meet him about a loan. The two men ended arguing inside the car and at one point, fell out of the passenger door.

Just after 2:30 p.m., shots were fired and Lyons was apparently struck in the leg and arm. The unidentified man drove off in the car.

I shop at this shopping center all the time; it’s where the CostCo is located. I keep saying this but the country’s gun craziness will only stop when people start staying home from shopping malls because they don’t want to be around the armed and irresponsible.

• February 11, 2015:

A Springfield man accidentally shot himself in the stomach, then blamed it on a fictitious assailant.

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4 responses to “Tennessee Gun Report

  1. Mary L. Wilson

    SB, I have 2 comments: NO, the Governor is not amused. He is scared witless now that he has NO control over these looney tunes gun thugs that get cranked up by just the idea of getting that ‘piece’ in their hot little hands. They have NO concept of…”IS IT LOADED? And all these tiny children, even the 11-year old…had NO IDEA that pulling a trigger can mean DEAD.
    And Maryville store you mentioned where you could wear ALL the guns you own outside your clothes had great publicity in Knoxville when it decided to allow its customers to play ‘Deputy Dog’ while others tried to eat dinner. In case the owners did not consider ‘intimidated by guns’ as the reason they had to close, well, WE KNOW what caused it !

  2. Duke of Clay

    One thing that always amazes me whenever you do one of these gun reports is how many “responsible” gun owners show up at airports with loaded weapons in their carry-on that they forgot was there. For almost 30 years I have carried a small pocketknife. (The longest blade is two inches; I use it mostly for opening letters.) Until I retired last year, I traveled a great deal by air. In all that time, I never ever walked into an airport with my knife in my pocket. 99% of the time I left it at home, but I always checked my pocket before leaving my parked car to be sure. I just cannot understand how someone can forget they have a handgun.

  3. “Republican presidential hopefuls will arrive to fellate pay their respects to the gun loon crowd.”

    Tsk, tsk, Southern Beale:

    When we self-censor, the terrarists have already wun!