Too much gun news to keep track of these days. We’ve had a couple of accidental shootings — one in a park, go figure! — and the usual craziness. Enjoy.
• April 23, 2015:
1- A Kentucky man walking in a park in Henry County accidentally shot himself in the thigh. And they said this would never happen!
A 19-year-old Calloway County man was treated at Henry County Medical Center Wednesday night for an accidental gunshot wound to the leg.
According to a report at the PPD, the Murray resident was treated at the emergency room for a gunshot wound to the upper right thigh.
The man told Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Stacey Bostwick he had been walking across a field in the area of Paris Landing State Park that afternoon with an unfamiliar handgun at his right side.
As he walked, his finger slipped off the guard and hit the trigger, causing the weapon to fire.
The man went to a friend’s house before coming to the emergency room.
Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Damon Lowe said this morning the shooting had been confirmed as accidental by investigators.
2- Gun Report Update: a Coffee County grand jury has indicted the father of a toddler who was shot in the head by his 3-year-old brother with a handgun back in March.
3- A Lincoln County 8th grader brought a gun to school.
• April 22, 2015:
A Memphis-area teenager was accidentally shot by another 18-year-old who was playing with a gun. He died.
• April 18, 2015:
In what has become a regular occurrence, there was a shooting inside a Nashville sports bar on a Saturday night. Yee haw.
• April 17, 2015:
Was it a full moon on the 17th? We’ve got a bumper crop of gun lunacy on this day.
1- Someone forgot their loaded 9mm Ruger when they tried to board a plane at Nashville International Airport. Isn’t that responsible, y’all!
And then there’s this:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A loaded gun was discovered in a traveler’s bag at the Nashville International Airport Friday morning.
According to airport officials, 20 guns have been found at the airport this year.
In 2014, a total of 48 guns were found at checkpoints.
Note the date, people. Just sayin’.
A study by the Harvard School of Public Health of all 50 U.S. states reveals a powerful link between rates of firearm ownership and suicides. Based on a survey of American households conducted in 2002, HSPH Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Matthew Miller, Research Associate Deborah Azrael, and colleagues at the School’s Injury Control Research Center (ICRC), found that in states where guns were prevalent—as in Wyoming, where 63 percent of households reported owning guns—rates of suicide were higher. The inverse was also true: where gun ownership was less common, suicide rates were also lower.
3- A Clarksville man with no criminal history got into an argument with two other people and fired a gun at them in an apartment. Armed/polite, etc.
4- Armed/polite vol. 2: in Knoxville, two men got in a verbal argument and so one shot the other in the leg.
5- Gun nuts are pissed that Tim McGraw is headlining a benefit for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed by the families of victims of the Newtown mass shooting.
6- Too many people with too many guns who too often think pulling a gun is the answer to everything. This story’s out of Jackson:
Aaron Morgan said he and family members were gathered for a wake for his sister who passed away last week.”We out here having a good time, we out here laughing you know wasn’t nothing going on, just having a good time,” he said.
Morgan said two uninvited guest showed up and that’s when the argument started. “Somebody had drunk a little too much and asked a question like why you doing this and it started an argument,” recalled Morgan.
When he tried to get the men to leave, Morgan said that’s when he was shot. “They yell he got a gun, so when I seen it i started back pedaling and trying to get away but I slipped and when I slipped, that’s when he shot me,” he said.
Sheriff’s deputies rushed to the house on Pipkin Road around 9:30 p.m. Investigators believe alcohol played a part in the violence. Morgan agreed. “You got some people that drink, and can’t hold their liquor and they say anything at that moment,” he commented.
Yes, blame the alcohol, by all means. But if a gun hadn’t entered the mix, then things wouldn’t have escalated the way they did. But this is American gun culture. Bring a gun everywhere and by all means be sure to pull it out at every occasion.
• April 16, 2015:
The Chattanooga airport set a new record last year for the number of firearms discovered at airport security. What kind of fucking moron doesn’t know you can’t take a gun through security? For God’s sake, people. You still can’t take goddamn liquids through.
• April 13, 2015:
1- A Memphis mom with a gun in her diaper bag accidentally shot up the Bargain Hunt. Woopsies!
Police say they heard two stories: it fired when it fell to the floor and it fired when a child pulled it out of the bag.
Shoppers say they don’t care how it happened.
“There should be some kind of repercussions,” Joshua Braswell said. “If you’re going to carry make sure you do it safely. That could have been my kids in there”
Silly Joshua! That would give the Tennessee Firearms Assn. some big sadz and we can’t have that! Gun negligence will not be prosecuted!
• April 1, 2015:
A Shelbyville high school senior was permanently paralyzed from the wait down when a friend shot him in the back with a pellet gun:
Police said Castillo looked through the scope, pointed at his friend’s back and pulled the trigger, thinking the safety was on.
“And it struck him in the spine,” Phillips said.
Kyle Burnett, an 18-year-old high school senior, immediately lost feeling from the waist down. He was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Wednesday morning, Burnett managed to move his right foot a little, but doctors are unable to remove the pellet and said the outlook isn’t good.
“They were playing around, joking, and it may cost this guy to be paralyzed for the rest of his life,” Phillips said.