Congratulations, Unidentified AL Man! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Well-regulated American goes to grocery store, shoots customer for Freedom:

HAZEL GREEN, AL (WAFF) – Two men were transported to the hospital after a shooting at Griner’s Supermarket in Hazel Green.

The owner of Griner’s Supermarket said a shopper’s gun fell to the floor and discharged. When it went off, the shopper and another man were hit.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Department say both men were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This is exactly the kind of thing I’ve been talking about. When more people walk around with guns, more gun accidents happen. That’s just logic. And yes, we are seeing more and more cases of innocent people being shot by gun idiots. Last week a woman dropped a gun at a Beaumont, Texas medical clinic and shot another patient in the thigh. In Georgia, an 8-year-old child was killed. And of course we have our Kansas friend, protecting America by shooting himself in the leg at a movie. That’s just three incidents, last week, off the top of my head. I’m sure there were others.

    This is insane, America.

If you have a CCW permit, you should be required to carry liability insurance. Furthermore, these cases of gun negligence need to be prosecuted. There are no accidents. Walking around with a loaded gun with a bullet chambered is negligence. If you don’t have a round in the chamber, then when Mr. or Ms. Butterfingers drops their security blanket, it won’t fire. If you’re too chickenshit to go to the grocery store without your gun, then at least show you’re responsible by not having a round in the chamber. Again: that’s common sense. And if you don’t follow basic safety procedures, you are too irresponsible to be walking around armed. You clearly don’t know what the fuck you’re doing.

It is long past time for these 2nd Amendment Heroes to be held accountable for their actions.


Speaking of our Kansas 2nd Amendment Hero, this story has crossed my radar:

Salina attorney and former Saline County commissioner John Reynolds, a long-time concealed carry advocate, said it’s best to keep the weapon holstered and not touch it unnecessarily. He said even people who practice safety still have accidents. He said he shot a hole in the ceiling of his office three or four years ago, and he had a gun malfunction and shoot the floor.

“Sooner or later everybody has one,” he said. “If you handle something the same way over and over, sooner or later you just screw up.”

Are we safer yet? If even CCW advocates admit gun accidents are inevitable, then all the more reason why you should be required to carry liability insurance.


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9 responses to “Congratulations, Unidentified AL Man! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

  1. Jim 'Prup' Benton

    The problem with the wonderful job you do on finding these stories is that their impact is based on the number of them that turn up every day. But these are not front page or first five minute stories. They don’t ‘travel well,’ especially the ‘oops’ type — the dropped gun that goes off.

    The ‘average voter’ doesn’t see them en masse. He sees maybe one a week — if he happens to be reading page 23 of the paper covering the area where it occurs. It is tragic or comic or ‘odd’ but the voter doesn’t get the overall pattern. This is why I think someone has to make a book out of your 2nd Amendment Heroes. I wish you had the time, or I had the equipment — and organizational and financial skills I have proven many times are totally lacking in my makeup.

  2. J R in WV

    I was on a jury once involving a shooting, and the state’s ballistics expert was asked first hoe many police dept ready rooms he had been in over his career, and he answered hundreds, I couldn’t say, but hundreds.

    Then the canny defence lawyer asked “And have you ever been in a police department ready room [which is like a locker room where the cops get ready to go on patrol] where there was no sign of an unintentional discharge of a firearm?” in other words, do cops set their guns off accidently all the time…

    And the ballistics expert was quiet for a long moment while he thought, and then answered “No… I think all of them had experienced at least one unintentional discharge.” So, yes, even cops shoot by accident all the time.

    Much later we found the defendant not guilty because there were so many signs that it was an accidental discharge… reasonable doubt, don’t you know.

    And these people were shooters, they target shot almost every day, and hunted from early fall until the seasons all ended. Still killed by what was almost certainly an accidental discharge of a hunting pistol still in its holster.

  3. Jim 'Prup' Benton

    One point that makes me hopeful is the type of comments the final update to the story and the others received. In the past, comments I’d see on a gun story would be about 50% from the crazies. These stories, when they have comments, have usually one or two 2nd Amendment types — the first Kansas one is particularly interesting because it has one loon and one who disagrees, but reasonably — but most of them practically copy what we say here. Again, attitudes are shifting, and more people, even carriers, are coming out for sensible safety regulations and at least one called for the sort of liability insurance we have — and I forgot to check for familiar names and see if we were (sensibly) adding our own comments as well.

  4. Jim 'Prup' Benton

    Just a follow up. The other stories from places like Kansas and Alabama had the sort of comments I mentioned, but the one from Elyria, OHIO is the one where the nuts are out in full bloom. Not exactly what would have expected.

  5. I visited with my family in NC this past weekend. They were talking about taking a concealed carry class. I asked them why they felt the need to have a gun on their person and they replied with the usual litany of safety, protection, blah blah. I shared with them some of the stats and stories I’ve read on here as well as common sense thoughts that shouldn’t require any research to prove accuracy. I ended the conversation by telling them that should they choose to get their CCW permit, I will not allow my 5 year old to be with them if they are carrying a weapon nor will I allow him to stay in their house. They are great grandparents and that would be a tremendous loss, but I am his mother and have to do what I think is right. We’ll see where that goes.

    • Having suffered “carrying” once when I visited Bogota back when it was really dangerous, you may want to ask them to experiment a bit beforehand; simply find a way to strap a 5 pound mallet to your person for a few days.

      I suppose you could similarly use the mallet for self-protection, and you wont need papers and a class …