Tennessee Gun Report

So much gun fail this week I can’t even believe it myself. It’s almost as if more guns don’t make us safer, y’know?

• October 9, 2015:

1- In Murfreesboro, a Responsible Gun Owner™ brandished a gun in an argument with a neighbor over dog poop, got arrested.

2- People in Spring Hill ran for cover when someone opened fire on them for unknown reasons. Wild Wild West time! Clearly more guns is the answer!

• October 8, 2015:

An armed Whites Creek woman chased her ex in her car, firing shots at him, and eventually flipped her car — all with her 9-mos-old baby in the vehicle.

• October 7, 2015:

1- The pro-gun National Shooting Sports Foundation is buying billboards in Nashville to remind people that straw purchases are illegal. They really, really care.

2- A drunken Elizabethton man “threw a fit” when his wife refused to give him his gun because he was drunk. He eventually punched her in the mouth, got his gun, and fired it outside. He showed her.

3- A Kingston gun store is offering discounts to Christians, because they are stupid, probably. How do you know someone is a Christian? Do they show their Bible? Recite a Bible verse or something? Spout the empty platitudes we’ve come to associate with “Christians” (“I have a personal relationship with Jesus,” “I’ve been saved,” and “Obama is a Moooooslim”)? Not even!

“I don’t think its a matter or proving or disapproving. Its a matter of saying the words I’m a Christian and you get the discount,” Williams said.

Oh, well, fine then. Any ol’ empty gesture will work, which seems to be about par for the course in the Fundiegelical wing of Christianity.

Here’s the best part of this whole bullshit “Christians are being targeted” story:

Some accounts of the shooting in Oregon have claimed the suspect targeted Christians. That claim has not been proven.

There is zero evidence that Christians were specifically targeted. It’s a story the news media ran with because the shooter had anti-organized religion views, but he was also a hard-right winger. Funny how the focus shifted away from his political views and toward the “poor pitiful Christians we’re so persecuted” storyline. The Christian persecution complex is getting incredibly tiresome, especially when it’s based on absolutely zero evidence, but I’m glad someone is able to monetize it. Carry on, gun store owners.

• October 6, 2015:

1- A Cookeville man “in an excited state” accidentally shot off his thumb during an argument. The bullet then traveled into the torso of a woman at the scene. Brilliant.

2- A loaded firearm was found in a passenger’s carry-on bag at McGhee Tyson Airport.

• October 4, 2015:

An 11-year-old Jefferson County child shot his 8-year-old neighbor because she wouldn’t show him her new puppy:

WHITE PINE (WATE) — A shooting Sunday morning in White Pine left an 8-year-old girl dead and an 11-year-old boy arrested on first-degree murder charges.

Jefferson County Sheriff G.W “Bud” McCoig said the boy shot the girl in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun, from inside his home along Robin Road. Sheriff McCoig said the gun belonged to the boy’s father. The boy’s name is not being released at this time.

According to her mother, McKayla Dyer, 8, was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to her chest. She was taken to Morristown-Hamblen hospital, where she later died.

Apparently the family had had problems with the boy before. So yeah, let’s leave a fucking 12-guage lying around the house where the child can get his hands on it. Respect the culture, etc. etc.

• October 2, 2015:

A gun hoarder in Greeneville just contributed 14 guns to the blackmarket, after a theft at his home. Thanks a lot, asshole. What do you need 14 guns for anyway? I think anyone wanting to hoard that many guns should be required to have a collector’s license.

• October 1, 2015:

1- In Grundy County, a hunter was accidentally shot. He died.

2- A Mt. Juliet felon methed it up before heading out to the Publix with a handgun. I’m just wondering: in this fabulous word the gun loons imagine where we’re all walking around armed, how can you tell the good guys with guns from the bad guys?

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  1. CB

    Has there been any discussion in the local or regional press about Tennessee’s laws regarding negligent homicide or involuntary manslaughter, and what would apply to the parents of the boy? I understand why law enforcement often doesn’t bring charges when parents lose their own child because of their stupidity, but the boy who shot the little girl is still alive. I suppose there is also the possibility of a wrongful death suit, I just wonder about the law. From my reading, it’s not uniform state to state.