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Congratulations, Michael Vickers! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Our armed society is just getting politer and politer:

According to a news release, a deputy and social services agents went to a home after getting a call about a five-year-old girl who had a gun pointed at her. They said an investigation revealed Vickers pointed a gun at the child for splashing too much water out of her bathtub.

The deputy said Vickers told them he didn’t think it was “a big deal” to point the gun at his step-daughter.

This is what happens when any asshole can have a gun, no training or education required. They use them for really stupid, assholey reasons.

Murrica.

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Congratulations, Stan Lee! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Another of our safest, most responsible citizens evah injured five people — two of them children — in a public place, when he responsibly reached into his pocket for his wallet:

Lee, who has a concealed weapons permit, was carrying a 9 mm Glock in his pocket in the lobby of the Clearwater Beach Marriott, 1201 Gulf Blvd. around 2:30 p.m., police said.

He reached into his pocket to retrieve his wallet and accidentally fired the weapon, police said. The bullet grazed his leg and then hit the tile floor, shattering and sending shrapnel into the four other victims and causing minor, non-life-threatening leg injuries.

Remind me again why we don’t require liability insurance for concealed-carriers? If you can’t even reach for your wallet without injuring people…?

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

I’m guessing “had a medical issue” is a polite way of saying “went temporarily insane and tried to off himself,” but YMMV:

FAYETTEVILLE, Texas – A teacher at Fayetteville High School had a medical issue and fired his handgun twice inside his vehicle Tuesday afternoon, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Lt. David Beyer with Fayette County Sheriff’s Office said deputies arrived around 5 p.m. Tuesday and called EMS after they found the teacher in distress.

The teacher refused transport to a local hospital and deputies took him to the sheriff’s office to get a statement. The man was unable to make a coherent statement, and he was released to his family.

No students were on campus at the time. The teacher has a concealed handgun permit.

Remind me why we want teachers armed again? Because they somehow have superpowers and aren’t like the rest of us?

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NOW Can We Take George Zimmerman’s Guns Away?

Our favorite 2nd Amendment Hero may have another mug shot to add to his collection:

LAKE MARY, Fla. — George Zimmerman was involved in a shooting incident in Lake Mary on Monday afternoon, according to Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell.

The shooting happened on Lake Mary Boulevard, east of Interstate 4.

Officers at the scene said it appeared Zimmerman suffered a minor gunshot wound, Bracknell said.

In January, Zimmerman was accused of assault by his girlfriend, but no charges were filed after she recanted her allegation.

He was also arrested in November 2013 on domestic violence allegations after his girlfriend called police. His girlfriend later recanted her story and charges were never filed.

Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2013.

Well I just can’t wait to find out the details of this one. I’m sure he was responsibly protecting someone from something, somewhere.

[UPDATE]: 1

Details trickling in. Early reports say Zimmerman was shot in the face in a road rage incident. His injuries are minor.

 

[UPDATE]: 2

Orlando Sentinel with the latest. It appears it was not road rage, but Zimmerman was shot by someone he knew:

Police initially thought the shooting was a road-rage incident, but Bracknell said that might not be true.

He said the other man involved is someone Zimmerman knows and has had contact with in the past.

Bracknell said that man is cooperating with police.

Zimmerman is with his lawyer and is not answering any questions, Bracknell said.

Sounds like the other guy stood his ground, ya think? /sarcasm

[UPDATE]: 3

Zimmerman waved a gun, according to the guy who shot him:

According to Cornell, the man told him that he and Zimmerman have had three disputes. This time, Zimmerman waved a gun and the man shot at him, according to Cornell.

This is Zim’s fourth … fifth …. sixth gun incident?

[UPDATE]: 4

Early reports indicate the shooter was Matthew Apperson, who had this altercation with Zimmerman last fall:

The driver, 35-year-old Matthew Apperson, told Lake Mary police officers that a passenger in a truck stopped at a light next to his car on a busy street in the Orlando suburb on Tuesday, rolled down his window and yelled, “Hey, what’s your problem? Why you shaking your finger?”

Apperson said he was listening to music with his windows rolled up at the time, and that the passenger’s yelling was unprovoked.

The truck’s driver then asked Apperson, “Do you know who I am?” according to a police report. Apperson said he believed it was Zimmerman.

Zimmerman was acquitted last year of second-degree murder for fatally shooting the 17-year-old Martin, a case that drew international attention and spurred national discussions about race and self-defense laws. Martin was black and unarmed.

“George Zimmerman was the driver, and they were threatening to kick my ass and to shoot me,” Apperson told a police dispatcher in a 911 call.

Apperson told the dispatcher that he pulled into a nearby gas station to use the phone since he didn’t have his cellphone, and the truck followed him. Zimmerman drove the truck up to Apperson’s car, blocking him in, Apperson said.

“He almost hit my car and he said he would shoot me then,” said Apperson, who told the dispatcher that he never saw a gun in Zimmerman’s truck. “Both of them were threatening to shoot me and kill me.”

Apperson called police from the gas station, but the truck was gone by the time officers arrived. Apperson, who has a concealed-weapons license, was carrying a firearm at the time, according to the police report.

It’s almost as if Zimmerman was stalking this guy.

[UPDATE]: 5

Once again, the real victim is George Zimmerman:

Matthew Apperson turned himself in to police on Friday and was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and firing a deadly missile into an occupied conveyance, police said.

“After conducting numerous interviews throughout the week, detectives determined that Mr. Apperson did intentionally fire his weapon into the vehicle occupied by George Zimmerman,” police said in a news release.

Absolutely fascinating. When everyone has a concealed-carry permit and is armed, everyone is guilty and everyone is innocent.

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

He’s not likely to win any Dad of the Year awards, so let’s nominate him for 2nd Amendment Hero, right?

GARY, Ind. (WLS) — A young boy accidentally shot his sister in Gary, police said, when the two children were left alone in a car with a loaded handgun.

“It appears that her brother was playing with the handgun and she was shot in the vehicle,” said Det. Edward Gonzalez, Gary Police Dept.

Police say two children, ages 3 and 6, were left alone in the car outside a day care while their father went inside to get two other younger children from inside.

Their father told police he’d been out of the car for just a minute or two when the older child got hold of a handgun the father left in the car. It went off, hitting his sister and shooting a hole through her hand.

Brilliant.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Here’s our Gun Report … need to get back on schedule with this, but it is what it is.

• May 7, 2015:

A Gun Report update: The responsible Williamson County gun-toting commissioner who responsibly forgot guns aren’t allowed on school property pleaded no contest to bringing a gun to a school work session last November:

The deal allows the charge, which is not technically a conviction, to be wiped from Sturgeon’s record, so long as she follows unsupervised probation terms for six months. Donations of Depends will be gladly appreciated.

Sturgeon said Thursday that during that time she will give up her carry permit, though she wouldn’t say whether she planned to start carrying again once her probation was up.

I just don’t know how the poor dear will survive without carrying her gun everywhere for six months. Why, she’s just a walking victim. A sitting duck. Maybe she’d just better stay at home with the doors locked until she can have her security blanket by her side again.

• May 6, 2015:

Drunk Henry County good ol’ boy roars up on his ATV with a handgun to threaten a man looking at property for sale. Yee haw!

A Henry County man was arrested for aggravated assault and public intoxication after he allegedly threatened another man with a handgun near his home Tuesday night.

Hubert T. Rose, 66, of 1160 Jackson Drive north of Paris also was charged with possession of a handgun under the influence by Cpl. Jim Sanders of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department after the incident.

In his report, Sanders stated the victim was looking at some property for sale near Rose’s home when a man, later identified as Rose, allegedly drove up on a 4-wheeled ATV holding a handgun.

Rose allegedly began cursing the man, and telling him to leave.

While making the call to 911, the man told officers he was afraid Rose would shoot him if he left.

Officers arrived on the scene within two minutes and found Rose standing at the end of his driveway with a pistol in his right front pocket and holding a wine glass.

Okay, when it comes to stereotypes, I gotta say, the wine glass doesn’t fit the mold. Should’ve been a can of Budweiser.

• May 5, 2015:

A Murfreesboro man found a loaded Glock on the street by his mailbox.

• May 4, 2015:

1- In Murfreesboro, a man dropped his fanny pack at Walmart, and his gun discharged. Freedom!

The man told police he adjusted his belt and the fanny pack fell to the ground, at which point one round was fired, the report stated.

According to the report, the man was lawfully carrying his handgun and had his permit with him.

Most responsible ever!

2- A Nashville high school senior “forgot” the gun in his backpack.

• April 30, 2015:

1- Seven guns were found at Tennessee airports this week. Three of them in Nashville alone.

2- A gun report update: a Nashville man who pulled a gun on the McDonald’s manager because his double cheeseburger was missing has been arrested.

• April 28, 2015:

Two neighbors in Woodbury have had a longstanding dispute; one decided to resolve it with a gun. Welcome to your armed/polite society:

Details about the exact nature of the disagreement were not available, but officials said Smith fired on Lonning, who was struck multiple times.

Lonning was taken by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Information about the nature the injuries was not available, but he was expected to make a full recovery.

[…]

Because they were unsure where Smith was and whether or not he was dangerous, nearby residents were evacuated from their homes.

Officials were finally able to make contact and negotiated with Smith for three hours before he finally gave up and turned himself in peacefully. He was taken into custody and booked into the Rutherford County Jail on charges of attempted murder.

Bond was set at $1 million. Smith was scheduled to appear in court on May 7.

Smith had previously been charged on January 3 with four counts of aggravated assault.

• March 23, 2015:

This is an old one but I think it escaped my notice before. An Alcoa teen thought a semiautomatic pistol was a BB gun and shot her 17-year-old friend:

Investigators said a 14-year-old girl told them that she thought a semiautomatic pistol was a BB gun. When she picked it up, it fired, and a 17-year-old boy was hit.

He was in critical conditon at UT Medical Center.

The names of the teens involved have not been released. Alcoa Police are calling the shooting an accident.

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GunFAIL, Extra Special Law Enforcement Edition

I’ve always said that law enforcement folks are no more immune to gun accidents and gun negligence than your ordinary 2nd Amendment Hero walking the streets with their concealed-carry permit and gun strapped to … whatever.

And it’s true, you’d think with all of the training and instruction and day-to-day interaction with firearms that law enforcement people get, they’d be a little more aware of gun safety. But they aren’t.

Which doesn’t bode well for the rest of us schlubs out there in the world. I mean, I know I mock it enough, but I’ve certainly heard that concealed-carry holders are the safest, most responsible gun owners in the whole wide world often enough from politicians and NRA members; you’d think that law enforcement officers would be the safest, most responsible gun owners in the whole wide world too, wouldn’t you? But if they can’t be safe and responsible, I don’t think anybody can.

There’s been quite a spate of gun negligence from the world of law enforcement this week. Here are a few items culled from the headlines.

• “Detective’s mom stable after being shot at wedding

A McCracken County detective’s mother is in stable condition after the officer accidentally discharged his weapon at a church wedding Saturday in Carlisle County.

Carlisle County Sheriff Steve Perry said Debbie Golightly sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The detective, Cory Golightly, and his mother were attending a wedding at Bardwell Baptist Church on U.S. 51.

• “Concord officer accidentally shoots himself at firing range

A Concord police officer accidentally shot himself this week while conducting firearms training at the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office Training Center and Firing Range on Irish Potato Road.

The officer shot himself in the lower calf. The injury was not life-threatening, and the officer remained lucid, Concord city spokesman Peter Franzese said.

• “Police officer’s stepdaughter shoots self in leg

A 13-year-old girl accidentally shot herself in the leg Monday afternoon with a handgun owned by her stepfather, who is a Gilroy police officer, police said Tuesday.

At about 3 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a report of a teenage girl suffering a gunshot wound to her leg at residence in the 500 block of El Cerrito Way in Gilroy, Sgt. Royce Heath said.

Arriving officers determined the home was owned by a Gilroy police officer, according to Heath.

• “Officer fires gun accidentally in Pacoima

PACOIMA — A shot was fired accidentally today by a law enforcement officer involved in a parole-compliance check in Pacoima, authorities said.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred about 7:25 a.m. in the 12800 block of Van Nuys Boulevard, said Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations office.

• “Georgia sheriff faces reckless-conduct charges after shooting friend in the belly

A Georgia sheriff faces reckless-conduct charges after shooting a real estate agent while conducting what he described as “police training tactics” inside a model home in a suburban subdivision.

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill turned himself in at the Gwinnett County Adult Detention Center on Wednesday evening and was released after posting $2,950 bond.

Hill shot his friend Gwenevere McCord in the abdomen on Sunday afternoon while they were alone inside a house that was for sale in Lawrenceville, a suburb northeast of Atlanta. He says the shooting was accidental.

McCord, 43, remains in critical condition and cannot speak.

• “South Carolina Police Responding to Home Invasion Call Shoot Home’s Resident

Police who were dispatched to a home invasion in South Carolina shot the resident, who now has “life-threatening” injuries, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said today.

At around 11:02 a.m. this morning, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home invasion call and reports of shots fired in Hollywood, South Carolina. A statement from the police said that when the deputies arrived, two black male suspects were seen fleeing the house on bicycles toward the backyard.

“Our deputies proceeded to the rear of the home and were confronted by an armed subject exiting or standing at the back door of the residence,” the sheriff’s statement read. “Our deputies challenged the subject and ordered him to drop his weapon, which he didn’t at the time. As a result, one of our deputies fired his service weapon striking the subject once in the neck area.” Police said the subject who was shot is a homeowner or resides at the property.

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