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Why Is Gun Control So Hard

Umm, not exactly.

Umm, not exactly.


Another day, another horrific shooting in America.

Actually, not just one. This also happened today in Kentucky. And this in West Virginia. Not to mention this and this.

But no, these and all the other gun stories today will get overshadowed by the events in Virginia, which unfolded on live TV while viewers were taking their first sips of coffee.

Why is gun control so hard? Why, after every shooting, does nothing ever change? Despite the fact that large majorities of gun owners — not just people but the gun owners themselvessupport basic gun control measures like waiting periods and universal background checks, it doesn’t happen.

Why? Why is it always “too soon” to call for gun control after a tragedy, but nobody waited a beat to call for arming military recruiters after the Chattanooga shooting? Or arming teachers after Sandy Hook? In fact, action has been swiftly taken in several states to arm National Guard recruiters, even though everyone fails to mention that at least one of the “good guys” at the Chattanooga military base actually was armed. Apparently it didn’t do a damn bit of good, but let’s not let facts get in the way of a good talking point, shall we? We even have a Knoxville Republican wanting to give Guardsmen immunity if they use their guns and injure someone.

After every shooting we’ve loosened gun laws, instead of tightening them. And yet we have more shootings. So, that’s not working, obviously. Why can’t we try something new? Why doesn’t anything change? Here are some of my ideas:

• White people largely associate gun violence with “those” neighborhoods in “that” part of town, ergo it doesn’t affect them, it’s a problem for the Blahs. Even though this is factually untrue, that’s the general consensus, as portrayed in the media. So, “not my problem.”

• Coverage of mass shootings is sanitized. I understand there’s a delicate balance here, but throughout our history, pictures have done what words cannot. For example, it took this to change peoples’ attitudes about the Vietnam War and student-led protests:

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The video of today’s shooting went out across the internet, and was auto-played on every network and cable news homepage. While not bloody, it was shocking. It may shock people out of their complacency.

• We don’t know how to talk about a policy response to shooting tragedies. It’s always too soon to talk about gun control, but with an average of one mass shooting a day, the time will never be right. Conservatives like to claim the moral high ground with shaming headlines like this one:

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No one wants to politicize a tragedy but no one also ever points out that calling for arming teachers, National Guard recruiters, airplane pilots, etc. is doing just that. If the other side can do it, so can we. It’s not exploitation, it’s called taking action to prevent the next tragedy, idiots.

• Rural areas dominate our representation in Congress and state houses. Guns are a different thing in rural areas than in urban areas. Yet gun legislation pretends this is not the case. For example, Tennessee’s rural-dominated state legislature has opened a huge can of worms for metropolitan areas (and state economic drivers) Nashville and Memphis. Ditto our Congress, which sees guns as some kind of RuralMurrica cultural touchstone, not the black market highway to urban gun crime that it is.

• History. If shooting 8-year-olds in their school, and a member of Congress meeting her constituents, wasn’t awful enough to get action, nothing will be. That’s an oft-repeated talking point but it’s also bullshit. Nobody thought the Confederate Flag would ever come down from the South Carolina state capitol, either. Change happens if you want it.

• Laziness. We’re a country of 300 million people. That theater shooting in such-and-such city was awful but hey, I didn’t know any of those people. I’ll write my Congress Critter later. But first, hey let’s watch The Bachelor!

Your ideas?

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Congratulations, Kristen A. Harris! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Responsible gun owner alert! A stalker who leaves a loaded gun within reach of her 7-year-old and walks around with it falling out of her pocket? Give her a Mom of the Year Award, too:

Squabble at KFC leads to neglect, gun charges for Rockport woman

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EVANSVILLE – A Rockport, Indiana, woman faces weapons and child neglect charges after police said her loaded handgun fell out of her pocket while she was arguing with her ex-boyfriend outside an Evansville fast food restaurant Thursday evening.

The man, who said he’s been in Evansville for about two weeks because of work, told police he was eating at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on South Green River Road just after 6:30 p.m. when he was confronted by 29-year-old Kristen A. Harris inside the eatery. The pair went outside and argued, according to the probable cause affidavit against her.

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Harris reportedly left the scene, but was apprehended a short time later. When she was stopped, Harris had two children — ages 2 and 7 — in her vehicle with her. They were both in the back seat, according to police. Investigators noted in the affidavit that the older child was not wearing a seat belt and could have grabbed the gun, which turned out to be loaded and was reportedly lying on the front seat of Harris’ car when she was arrested. Police said they believe Harris left the children inside her vehicle when she went inside the restaurant.

So much fail. But did she have a permit for that gun? Let’s investigate:

During the subsequent investigation, police learned that the gun legally belonged to Harris but she did not have a valid permit to carry the weapon. A records search indicated that the process for Harris to obtain a permit was started but the fees were never paid, according to the affidavit. Harris reportedly acknowledged that she did not have a permit for the weapon but claimed she normally does not take the weapon out of her home. She said she took it with her to confront her ex-boyfriend because he “has acted crazy in the past,” according to the affidavit. Police did not disclose if Harris told them what the argument was about.

AH. So she didn’t have a permit because she hadn’t paid the fees yet. Just a few dollars shy of being one of our safest, most responsible citizens evah!

But wait, there’s more:

Harris reportedly told police that she knew the man was inside KFC because she had put a GPS device inside his vehicle. There is no mention in the affidavit whether the 26-year-old man knew about that device or not.

And a stalker, too. Slow clap, gun loons.

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

Chalk up another victory for freedom from one of our safest, most responsible citizens evah:

A 39-year-old parent of a high school student is expected to face a third-degree felony charge after a gun went off at Roo Stadium Thursday night.

The accidental discharge occurred around 9 p.m. at the end of the Meet the Roos event at the Ninth Grade Center campus.

No injuries or property damage resulted from the incident, according to Weatherford police.

Witnesses in section G reported hearing a gunshot and then seeing a man retrieve a pistol possibly off the ground, put it in his pocket and hurriedly leave the area, according to Weatherford Police CID Sgt. John Rudolph.

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The man had no intention of harming anyone and it is believed to be an accident that occurred when the man put his hand in his pocket, according to Rudolph.

The man did have a concealed carry license, Rudolph said.

He gets extra bravery points for slinking home with his tail tucked between his legs and waiting for the police to ID him. I wonder if they taught him that in concealed-carry class>

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Congratulations, Unidentified OK Man Terrence Veninga! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour!

[UPDATE]:

Somehow“:

“Somehow the loop that goes over the hammer on my .45 Long Colt got brushed, and (the gun) fell and went off,” Veninga said in a phone interview with the Tulsa World. “(The bullet) was about 4 inches from my (right) elbow.”

I love that the safety of everyone else near these concealed-carry idiots is left up to “somehow.” Feel safer yet?

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Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Man Accidentally Shoots Self While Guarding ‘Muslim-Free’ Oktaha Gun Store

OKTAHA, Oklahoma – The Muskogee County sheriff said a member of the group guarding an Oktaha gun shop accidentally shot himself Tuesday.

Sheriff Charles Pearson said the man dropped his gun and a bullet hit him in the arm. The sheriff did not identify the man or offer any other details about what happened.

The group of armed citizens and veterans is standing guard outside the Save Yourself Survival and Tactical Gear store after the owners said they received death threats from all over the world for putting up a sign saying Muslims weren’t welcome.

“I saw several of those gentlemen out there yesterday,” Pearson said. “The way they were holding their weapons, with the fingers on the triggers, you can tell a couple of these gentlemen have no idea about weapons safety. It’s like the Clampetts have come to town,” Sheriff Pearson told muskogeenow.com.

Maybe they should have hired George Zimmerman, instead.

Dumbfucks.

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Congratulations, Brent Dawson Estabrook! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Gee, it always works so well in the movies:

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In a complaint filed in court, authorities said Estabrook pulled out a .45 caliber pistol while at the house.

“(He) was spinning it around on his finger and it accidentally went off,” the complaint said. The bullet struck 24-year-old Jacob Parker in the cheek, killing him.

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Records from Mobile County Metro Jail showed authorities also picked up Estabrook on menacing and harassment charges out of Mobile. The cases appeared to stem from confrontations in 2013, although additional information was not immediately available.

Wonder where he got the gun from.

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Congratulations, Scott Guild! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour!

A 68-year-old concealed carry permit holder from Massachusetts — always our safest, most responsible ever, don’tcha know! — broke a few laws he should have known better than to break. He brought his loaded gun (and a knife!) across state lines into Rhode Island, into a baseball game, where it fell out of his waistband (so safe, you guys!), at which point he got busted. Ta da:

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Police said Scott Guild, of Mansfield, Massachusetts, was apprehend after a female patron saw him drop a handgun from his waist at the ballpark around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The witness told police Guild then picked up the gun and went onto the men’s room.

When they reported to the scene, authorities found Guild in the rest room.

According to police, Guild was also in possession of a knife, which was immediately seized by officers. Authorities noted that the knife had a blade length of at least three inches.

They then located the gun in Guild’s pocket, along with three additional magazines.

While Guild has a current concealed carry permit from Massachusetts, he does not have a Rhode Island permit to carry a firearm.

Guild, who was taken into custody, was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, and weapons other than firearms prohibited.

Wait, I thought CCW holders were so safe and responsible, ready to jump in and save us from the scary rapists and murderers who are everywhere? No?

I wonder what he was going to do with that knife and gun and extra magazines, anyway? Save us all from the next mass shooter or perpetrate a crime himself? It’s always so hard to tell the good guys with guns from the bad guys with guns these days.

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Congratulations, Shawn Fuller! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

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It’s so adorable that all of the gun nuts trolling my blog offer “prayers” …. and absolutely nothing of substance. Prayers? Really? Ain’t working, assholes. God apparently doesn’t give a shit about thousands of children injured or killed by guns in America every year. And apparently neither do you.

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Just your average North Carolina gun enthusiast, enjoying his Second Amendment right to shoot at everything — including his kids:

Officials in Iredell County, North Carolina state that a man shot his two young sons before turning the gun on himself.

Shawn Fuller, 31, shot and killed his sons, ages 3 and 4, then turned the gun on himself in an attempted suicide on Saturday. Fuller was life flighted to Carolinas Medical Center with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports WCNC.

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Sheriff Darren Campbell says that Fuller had been drinking and that he had gotten into a verbal altercation with his son’s mother. Reportedly, the mother fled the home and shortly after Fuller shot both of his sons.

By the way, this is not to be confused with the tragic domestic violence attack out of Texas, where another unstable misogynist slaughtered his entire family after his ex changed the locks on their house.

But back to Mr. Fuller. It turns out he is just your typical redneck gun enthusiast/paranoiac:

Fuller’s next door neighbor, Ronnie Patterson, told local media that Fuller and his family moved into the home around Christmas of last year. He says that Fuller often fired guns in his backyard.

Patterson said that Fuller shot at milk jugs, cans, and trees. He said it was not uncommon for Fuller and his friends to be drinking while they were shooting guns.

Patterson says that the shooting happened so often that it caused his girlfriend to move out of his home a few months ago. Patterson described Fuller as paranoid. He says Fuller constantly talked about being worried someone would break into his home.

At the link you can find a picture of the family, all decked out in American flag T-shirts:

In better times, when he open-carried.

In better times, when he open-carried.

They’re always responsible gun owners, protecting themselves and their families. Until they’re not.

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