So much stuff never makes the papers. For example, one of the local Moms Demand Action members was in a Nashville Krispy Kreme when someone found a loaded gun left behind in the bathroom. Cops were called but it never made the news.
So it just seems so bizarre that our gun-crazy state legislature is bound and determined to ensure that we all are forced to interact with firearms on a daily basis now, whether we like it or not. Check out this fresh hell: a bill has been filed that would allow people to sue if they are injured in gun-free zones:
The bill, if passed into law, will allow any Tennessean with a valid handgun permit to sue property owners for injury or death that occurs within a gun-free zone.
The right to sue does not extend to individuals who do not have a permit to carry a weapon.
The underlying premise of this bill is the assumption that a gun could prevent said injury or death. Facts not in evidence! This strikes me as legally specious, but regardless, the premise is that if you’re in a gun-free establishment and, say, a bear busts in and goes on a rampage, the underlying assumption is that someone with a gun could have taken that bear out. So if they’re injured by the bear, they have a right to sue.
This is a neat little switcheroo on those of us who have been clamoring for mandatory liability insurance for all gun carriers. But every day is upside-down day in NRA land, right?
I love this glorious assumption that a gun would solve every problem. Hammers and nails, people. This is pretty much how the gun nuts think: the only way they can defend themselves and their families is with a gun. They just feel so helpless without their ballistic security blanket! Poor dears, I feel sorry for them, really I do.
Without further ado, our semi-weekly roundup of law-abiding armed citizenry:
• February 2, 2016:
A Murfreesboro man was chased by police because he was running naked with a gun, firing shots. The police were armed to the teeth too, with assault rifles, shotguns and pistols. Yee haw.
• January 30, 2016:
A fight broke out in the parking lot of Nashville’s White’s Creek Pike High School while a basketball game was going on and one person was shot. He died.
• January 29, 2016:
2- A road rage shooting on I-40 in Memphis made the morning commute a little more hectic than usual:
The victim advised police the suspect was in a white 4 door F-250. According to the victim, the suspect was attempting to merge onto traffic at Sycamore View and Sam Cooper when the suspect became angry at the victim and began shooting.
The victim said a man shot him multiple times. He went to Regional Medical Center in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to non-critical condition.
Police said they believe the victim was shot in the leg, arm, and shoulder. There were at least 12-13 shots fired into the vehicle.
Are we safer yet?
• January 28, 2016:
1- A 20-year-old Alexandria, Tennessee man called the Murfreesboro Social Security office and threatened to shoot everyone because he said his check was $100 short.
2- Congratulations, Nashville International Airport! You rank #6 for gun catches, with 59 weapons discovered in 2015. So much for “law-abiding citizens” and “safest, most responsible ever.”
By the way, if gun-free zones are so dangerous, how come there have been so few mass shootings at airports?
• January 25, 2016:
Parents leave their kids in the car with a handgun. What happened next will blow your mind! Just kidding:
Investigators said that one of the children found a loaded semi-automatic pistol inside their mother’s purse. The child then tried to unload the gun when it accidentally discharged, striking the 7-year-old boy.