Tennessee Gun Report

I’m trying to get better about posting these once a week. Lots of juicy Gunfail this week, including one item from the national news today out of the Capitol. Speaking of Washington D.C., Marsha Blackburn has cooked up a bill requiring background checks for teachers. I love this. One for teachers but not for gun buyers? Okie dokie.

• March 28, 2016:

Keeping in mind that it’s still early, and early reports are often wrong, it appears an armed Tennessee nutball tried to storm the U.S. Capitol and got shot:

Washington (CNN) U.S. Capitol Police shot a Tennessee man Monday afternoon after he pulled out a gun at the Capitol Visitor Center, law enforcement officials said.

A female civilian bystander was injured by shrapnel, but no U.S. Capitol Police officers were injured.

“We believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol grounds before, and there is no reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said.

He said the gunman, who law enforcement officials identified as Larry Russell Dawson, is currently in surgery at a hospital and that a weapon was recovered on the scene. Verderosa also described the woman’s injuries as “minor” and said she was transported to a hospital.

The gunman attempted to go through the metal detectors at the Capitol Visitor Center entrance. When those magnetometers beeped, he was stopped by security and then pulled out a gun. A Capitol police officer then shot him, sources told CNN.

Dawson was arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer in October after an outburst in the chamber of the House of Representatives. Court documents from that 2015 incident describe Dawson as a 66-year-old man from Tennessee. In that incident, according to the documents, Dawson “loudly stated to Congress he was a ‘prophet of God.’ “

According to my Google searches, Dawson lives in Antioch, which is part of Nashville.

• March 27, 2016:

1- An armed man attempting to enter Memphis’ Bellevue Baptist Church just as Easter services started was stopped by security:

A security guard at the church apprehended the man, later identified as 31-year-old Marcus Donald, and took the weapons, Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said. She said Donald was carrying a loaded .40-caliber Beretta in his pants pocket and a .300 Blackout assault rifle in a backpack.

“The suspect stated that people in society are a threat to him and that he must be vigilant,” Rudolph said, adding that Donald was arrested for “emergency commitment” and was being evaluated Sunday evening.


Barnwell said church officials were unsure who the man was, or what he planned to do. He also doesn’t believe that many of the 3,500 or so in attendance Sunday morning realized anything was amiss.

What were the man’s intentions? We don’t know,” he said. “We are thankful for our security people. What a great job that they do.”

Hey, he could’ve just been exercising his Second Amendment rights. Who knows? Open carry or open fire? Who knows until it’s too late. Right?

2- A Nashville man’s AR-15 was stolen during a fight. Wait, I though this never happened?

• March 25, 2016:

In Memphis, an 11-year-old girl was accidentally shot by another child who was playing with a gun. She is in critical condition.

• March 23, 2016:

A CCW holder from Florida accidentally shot the sink in a Murfreesboro motel room. He then responsibly checked out of the motel and skedaddled, fleeing the scene without alerting motel management:

MURFREESBORO — A Florida man received a call from the Murfreesboro Police on Tuesday after it was discovered a sink in his hotel room had been damaged by gunfire.

According to the police report provided to The Daily News Journal, the Clarion Suites manager contacted officers and showed them the damaged sink.

The previous occupant of the room, Timothy Hamm of Mayo, Fla., was contacted by Officer Matthew Harvey. Hamm told police “he did his normal routine every morning by disengaging the magazine from the gun and pulling the slide back to empty the chamber before dry firing the weapon,” the report said.

Harvey said Hamm was surprised when the Glock went off and he had it pointed in the sink. Officers confirmed that Hamm’s conceal permit is valid.

Safest, most responsible NEVER!

• March 22, 2016:

In a shameful display of cowardice by Tennessee Republicans, the House Civil Justice Committee killed a bill that would have prosecuted those who leave guns accessible to kids.

• March 21, 2016:

In Murfreesboro, a bullet fired from outside someone’s house ended up going through a wall and ending up in a baby’s room. From the link:

When officers spoke to the neighbor, he told police that he accidentally discharged his friends Hi Point 995 Rifle. He told the authorities that he thought the bullet only went through the wall of his home and not his neighbors. Luckily, no one was injured.

Are we safer yet? Lots of close calls like this.


Filed under gun control, gun violence, Guns, Tennessee

6 responses to “Tennessee Gun Report

  1. Larry Lewis

    This, from The Tennessean, regarding the DC incident: “Dawson was charged Oct. 23 (2015) with assaulting a police officer and unlawful conduct on Capitol grounds, according to D.C. court records. He was released, but never appeared in court. A bench warrant was issued Nov. 19 for his arrest.” The article doesn’t say what, if anything, was subsequently done about the bench warrant. (I hate shitty, incomplete, reporting, but that’s another story.)

    If this jackalope was allowed to disappear under the radar after last November, that’s unconscionable, on more than one level. Had he today committed a heinous act and, if it turns out that the bench warrant wasn’t pursued, imagine the outcry. Perhaps someone on here knows more by now?

    • Wow. Thanks for sharing that. So, how’d he get a gun?

      • Larry Lewis

        Forgive me, SB, I don’t know if your question is tongue-in-cheek or genuine. I’m betting on the former choice. If it’s the latter, in fact, my best guess as to an answer is that Mr. Dawson had once paid a visit to Honest Harry’s Gun Show Parking Lot Emporium.

        Remember….this guy made it into the U.S. House of Representatives in DC last October, shouting, “I am a prophet of God.” And, oh yeah, almost forgot…he also assaulted a police officer in there, in the process. And, yet (maybe), nothing ultimately happens to him after that incident? I should think that, if Dawson’s bench warrant had been followed through by the LEO’s, the paper of record for Tennessee (as well as CNN, which I just checked) would know of and have reported on the outcome….? Kinda looks like his case fell thru those infamous pesky cracks. I had a snarky observation on that, but this really isn’t funny. I’ve stood in those same Capitol building tour lines,myself.

  2. Larry Lewis

    A related article in the same Commercial Appeal about the Bellevue church gun toter notes that he was completely within his rights, as to carrying both his handgun and his (unloaded) rifle into the church…or, as far as he got into it, a hallway leading to sanctuary. What the earlier & primary article hadn’t mentioned is that, when initially challenged by security, the man made a dash for the sanctuary, where the congregation was assembled. Guess that was his mistake, as he was apprehended & cuffed. He had his carry permit,each weapon was properly carried per the law and, had he wished, he could have shown them in plain sight and, technically (though not realistically), no churchgoers could have done a damn thing about it.

    This church has no signage forbidding guns and a church official later admitted he didn’t even know whether it has any policy towards guns.

    In a 3rd piece, an op-ed column in this same paper, the reporter said he contacted officials at some 36 churches in the Memphis area and that only two had “no guns allowed” signs. Many said, in so many words, they prefer not to think about the issue or (I’m quoting) “assume” that people will just not bring guns into their churches. This….after the Charleston tragedy. I believe this story would be bigger news nationally, were it not for Antioch’s Mr. Dawson’s antics in DC, today.

  3. Larry Lewis

    Is there a THEME running through this summary gun report…? The sink murderer lives in the Florida Panhandle, which explains much. Mr. Hamm’s residence is literally just a few yards north of the “Alton Church of God,” which advertises in Facebook weekly Bible readings in its sanctuary. Hmmm….sounds familiar? Ask Dylann Roof. Or, just wait for Mr. Hamm to clean his gun, next door.

    • Larry Lewis

      And, yes…your final story is eerily similar to the experience of the Knoxville family just 4 weeks ago, where the bullet actually struck the crib in which the baby was asleep. Sorry for the all the posts. I’m not grandstanding, just royally pissed off, that society now chooses of our own free will to acquiesce to our lowest common denominator element. Now, where did I put that map of Nova Scotia, again?