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Congratulations, Christopher A. Reed! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

That didn’t take long:

Civilian guards ordered to leave shopping center after one accidentally fires rifle

LANCASTER, Ohio — The armed civilians who have been guarding a military recruitment center here are gone, ordered off the property after one of them accidentally discharged his rifle on Thursday.

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One of them has been charged with a misdemeanor after he accidentally fired his AR-15 rifle. Someone from the recruiting center at 1530 River Valley Blvd. flagged down an officer at 12:01 p.m. to report the incident, Lt. Shane Wilson said.

The shopping-center owner issued a statement saying it was decided that “for the safety of tenants, customers and construction personnel working in the immediate vicinity of the Military Recruiting Center, it would be best to request the removal of the armed individuals.”

Christopher A. Reed, 28, of Lancaster, was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits, and was issued a summons to appear in Fairfield County Municipal Court on Tuesday, according to the police incident report.

Reed told police that he was holding his rifle outside the recruitment center when someone asked if he could take a look at it. Reed agreed, and while he was trying to clear the ammunition from the weapon, he accidentally fired one shot into the asphalt pavement.

The only damage was a hole in the pavement. The rifle was taken from Reed pending his appearance in court, the incident report says.

Conviction on the fourth-degree misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail.

Reed was convicted of the same offense in 2013, and was fined $50, court records show.

Score one for our safest, most responsible evah! Clearly that $50 fine from his last incident was a deterrent! /sarcasm

Go to the link where you can read about how our 2nd Amendment Hero is “nobody special,” just an average guy with no training whatsoever “doing my job because my own government wouldn’t do it.”

Um, yeah, I’ll pass, you fucking klutz.

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Well-Regulated Militia

What could possibly go wrong?

Is teen’s homemade “flying gun” illegal?

A video showing a controversial “flying gun” is raising new concerns among law enforcement agencies about potential threats from drones, but the Connecticut teenager who built the device may not have violated any laws, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Albert.

Austin Haughwout, an 18-year-old college sophomore, successfully built what is thought to be among the first armed civilian drones, and filmed the device flying on his family’s property.

The armed drone was a wake-up call for law enforcement, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Despite their strong public safety concerns, the agency told “CBS This Morning” there appears to be nothing illegal about it, and they admit they have no way to prevent the next one.

The lightweight drone features a mounted semi-automatic handgun and is just over two feet long.

The video shows the gun being fired four times, and the drone is able to recover from the firearm’s recoil to remain in flight.

Law enforcement people are calling this a case of the law not keeping up with the technology. This may very well be true. But let’s face it: your modern NRAer focuses more on the “shall not be infringed” part of the Second Amendment than on the “well-regulated” part. Flying guns? Fuck, yeah! Gun humpers are going to claim this all part of their Constitutional rights and also, hunting, etc. etc. Sure as the sun rises in the east. I mean, these are the idiots who allowed the blind to have gun permits.

So yeah, something else to look forward to.

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Congratulations Steven Franklin! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Another of our safest, most responsible citizens evah strikes again:

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) – A man accidentally shot himself when he sat down with a gun in his pocket Sunday, according to Covington Police.

Police found Steven Franklin, 18, suffering from a gunshot wound when they responded to the 1800 block of Eastern Avenue around 7:30 p.m.

He was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

After an investigation, officials determined the shooting to be accidental.

“Evidence suggests that the victim was carrying a loaded .22 revolver in his pocket that discharged when he sat down,” read a Covington Police statement released on Monday.

Totally unavoidable!

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Congratulations, Roy Clyde! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Wyoming parks employee who said he was “tired of cleaning up after the homeless” decided to do the responsible thing: he took his gun and opened fire on an alcohol detox facility. Hey, whateves, made sense to him:

RIVERTON, Wyo. (AP) – A Wyoming man accused of opening fire at an alcohol detoxification center, killing one man and wounding another, is a parks employee who said he targeted the facility because he was tired of cleaning up after the homeless population, police said Monday.

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Murphy said Clyde told investigators that homeless people were using city parks as a sewer. “And basically he was angry at that, and that’s what precipitated him to go and do this violent act,” Murphy said.

“It was strictly homeless people,” he said. “He was angry about the homeless population.”

Murphy said there has been public concern about the homeless situation in Riverton.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that we have an intoxication problem, and a homeless problem,” he said. “It’s been brought up in several open meetings, public meetings.”

So you open fire on the facility that is getting people sober so they won’t be homeless? Just another responsible gun owner doing his duty, I guess.

Slow clap, Murrica.

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Isn’t It Ironic?

[UPDATE]:

That didn’t take long:

Man accidentally shoots self at military recruiting office

GAINESVILLE, GA (CBS46) – A Navy recruiter is recovering in the hospital after accidentally shooting himself with his personal weapon that he brought to work Friday morning.

Gainsville Police said he accidentally shot himself in the upper thigh. No one else was injured.

The incident happened at a military recruiting office on Dawsonville Highway.

In guns=everywhere Georgia, one of our safest, most responsible citizens evah decides to ignore the ban, and the predictable happens. Not even 24 hours after the shootings in Chattanooga, too.

So very predictable.

Hey, assholes: more guns is not the answer!
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Isn’t it ironic that on the very same day a jury found James Holmes guilty of murder in the Aurora, CO mass shooting, Dylann Roof had his preliminary hearing in the Charleston mass shooting? And on that very same day we had yet another mass shooting?

Ironic? Umm, actually, no. Just simple arithmetic. That’s how many mass shootings we have in America these days.

We’ve got a problem. What are we going to do about it?

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Congratulations, Jeffrey Odell! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Another of our safest, most responsible citizens evah! Two innocent bystanders were shot — one a six-year-old boy:

Russell said Jeffrey Odell was showing two handguns, a revolver and a Glock 30 .45 caliber semiautomatic, to Anil Gupta. This was reportedly Gupta’s first time to hold a handgun. He allegedly pulled the trigger to the Glock several times before returning it to Odell, who put the magazine back in the weapon. Apparently Odell became distracted but he handed the weapon back to Gupta who didn’t know it was now loaded and pulled the trigger again with the gun discharging, striking both victims.

Ta da!

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Close The Loophole

Now that we’ve removed the Confederate flag from everything from the South Carolina state capitol to Disney World to the Warner Bros. gift shop — and trust me, I’m all in favor of that, don’t get me wrong — but now that we’ve done the comparatively easy thing, can we close the damn loopholes that allow these kinds of tragedies to happen in the first place?

Background Check Flaw Let Dylann Roof Buy Gun, F.B.I. Says

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According to Mr. Comey, Mr. Roof first tried to buy the gun on April 11 from a dealer in West Columbia, S.C. The F.B.I., which operates the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, received a call from the dealer, seeking approval to sell Mr. Roof the weapon. The F.B.I. did not give the dealer the authority to proceed with the purchase because the bureau said it needed to do more investigating of Mr. Roof’s criminal history, which showed he had recently been arrested.

Under federal law, the F.B.I. has three business days to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to deny a purchase. If the bureau cannot come up with an answer, the purchaser can return to the dealer on the fourth day and buy the gun.

Many major gun retailers, like Walmart, will not sell a weapon if they do not have an answer from the F.B.I., because of the fear of public criticism if the gun is used in a crime. The marginal sale of one gun means little to the bottom line of a large dealer, which is not the case for smaller stores like the one that sold Mr. Roof his gun.

Two days after Mr. Roof tried to buy the weapon, an examiner at the F.B.I.’s national background check center in Clarksburg, W.Va., began investigating his criminal history. The examiner found that Mr. Roof had been arrested this year on a felony drug charge, but not convicted. The charge alone would not have prevented him from buying the gun under federal law. But evidence that Mr. Roof had been convicted of a felony or was a drug addict would have resulted in a denial, so she continued to investigate his background.

Because Mr. Roof had been arrested in a small part of Columbia that is in Lexington County and not in Richland County, where most of the city is, the examiner was confused about which police department to call. She ultimately did not find the right department and failed to obtain the police report. Had the examiner gained access to the police report, she would have seen that Mr. Roof had admitted to having been in possession of a controlled substance and she would have issued a denial.

The examiner, however, did send a request to the Lexington County prosecutor’s office, which had charged him, inquiring about the case. The prosecutor’s office, however, did not respond.

Around that time the three-day waiting period expired, and Mr. Roof returned to the store and purchased the gun.

And nine people are dead as a result. Some history on the three-day waiting period:

Due to a National Rifle Association-backed amendment to the 1994 Brady Bill, federal law allows sales to proceed once three business days have elapsed.

Since 1994, federal law has required that licensed gun dealers run background checks on all gun buyers. Since 1998, this check has been run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), a series of electronic databases operated by the FBI.

When a dealer runs a check on a potential buyer, he contacts either the FBI or, in some states, a state “point-of-contact”, either by phone or electronically. Operators enter the person’s name into the NICS system and review the person’s criminal records to determine if the person is prohibited from possessing or purchasing guns.

In the vast majority of cases, operators instruct the dealer within minutes that the sale may proceed (a “green light”) or that the sale is denied (a “red light”).

Since its inception, the background check system has blocked more than 2.4 million gun sales to criminals and other dangerous people.

In a small minority of cases (approximately 9 percent in 2014), operators cannot determine from the available records whether the purchaser is prohibited, and will inform the dealer that the background check is in “delay” status (a “yellow light”). Operators will then pursue further records in order to make a determination, including by contacting courts, prosecutors, and law enforcement.

Operators will continue to research the case until a definitive conclusion is made—but federal law allows the dealer to proceed with the sale after three business days, regardless of whether the investigation is complete.

This is what’s called “default proceed” and I can think of nothing that makes less sense. When dealing with deadly weapons and instruments of mass murder, your default position should not be to “proceed.” Your default position should be to deny.

The gun laws in this country are fucking stupid.

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