Our first gun report of the new year and Memphis, you are over-represented. What is going on down there?
• January 5, 2016:
In Memphis, a 21-year-old man accidentally fired his gun in his apartment. The bullet passed through the floor to the apartment downstairs, where it hit (and killed) a 13-year-old, and grazed the 3-month-old baby she was holding. The shooter was then shot and killed by someone who went upstairs to investigate.
So much gunfail. Welcome to the NRA’s America.
• January 4, 2016:
A gun report update: two felony indictments have been filed against the Goodlettsville dad whose 5-year-old was accidentally shot by an older brother using dad’s gun back in November.
This was an especially egregious case of negligence. From the original report:
Prior to the shooting, the dad had been watching television with the two children and was playing with the family’s cat with a laser mounted onto a gun.
Police said the man later went into the kitchen and forgot to put the firearm out of the children’s reach.
The older child picked up the gun in an effort to get the cat to chase the laser. Police said the child was unfamiliar with how the laser worked and instead pulled the gun’s trigger, firing one shot.
Hope they lock him up.
• January 3, 2016:
A Memphis teenager is in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself.
• December 28, 2015:
New bill would prohibit civilians from having armed drones but leaves the door open to law enforcement.
Oh hell no.
• December 25, 2015:
A man is in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself in the leg and crashing his car, police say.
According to Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph, officers found two vehicles involved in a crash at Third and Madison Avenue shortly before 9 on Christmas night. The 31-year-old driver of the first vehicle, a Chevrolet Camaro, was pinned by the steering wheel and had to be freed by firefighers.
Once the man was pulled from the car, officers found him to be shot in the leg. The man told police that he accidentally shot himself and was going to the hospital when he crashed his car, police say.
The driver of the second car, an Acura, said he was sitting at the light at Third and Madison when the first car ran the red light and lost control at the intersection. The car struck a pole and then the Acura, police say.
I feel so much safer now, you guys.
• December 23, 2015:
• December 19, 2015:
In Chattanooga, a leaf-blowing incident “escalated”:
Orville Hughes, 53, said Marsh apparently took offense when he was blowing leaves near his property.
He said they argued, then Marsh came down from the porch and onto the sidewalk holding a knife.
Hughes said he retreated to his residence and came back out with a gun and holster.
He said he looked up on the porch before leaving his yard and saw Marsh sitting on the porch holding a shotgun. He then retreated and called police.
Arms races always work out so well.
• December 18, 2015:
In case you missed it, we had a mass shooting in Knoxville before Christmas. Very tragic story, which I’m not sure made the national headlines:
Police: Football player killed shielding girls from gunfire
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Police say a high school football player was shot to death while shielding three girls from the gunfire.
Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch says the death of 15-year-old Zaevion William Dobson was part of a series of shootings that began Thursday night.
The first incident involved 46-year-old Lisa Perry being shot in her apartment. She is expected to survive.
Rausch said Perry’s 23-year-old son, Brandon Perry, and several other men then drove to the neighborhood where Dobson lived and “randomly fired multiple times.”
The girls shielded by Dobson were not hurt.
Rausch said Brandon Perry was found to have been shot after he crashed a car into another apartment. He died from his injuries on Friday morning.
These vendetta shootings, I just don’t get it. What the hell is wrong with people?