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Tennessee Gun Report

Three accidental shootings, one fatal.

• May 26, 2016:

1- In Murfreesboro, a son was cleaning a rifle and forgot to clear the round in the chamber. He shot dad in the leg. Oops.

2- Also in Murfreesboro, a neighbor shot down this guy’s new drone. And, cue the boo hoos:

A store owner and avid drone operator told News 2 shooting down a drone can be dangerous. He said if the aircraft falls from the sky uncontrollably, it could hit someone or a passing vehicle causing injury or death.

You know what’s dangerous? Sending your drone over a neighbors’ yard, when everyone in Tennessee is armed for Armageddon. The guy is lucky the only thing shot down was the fucking drone.

I hate drones.

• May 25, 2016:

A Nashville 18-year-old with his whole life ahead of him decided to play with a gun, and that made all the difference in the world:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are investigating the accidental shooting death of an 18-year-old.

DeAndre Kpana-Quamoh had just graduated from East Literature Magnet High School two weeks ago and was ready to compete in the state track championships this weekend.

He also a had a full academic scholarship to Alabama State University.

It wasn’t just DeAndre’s parents that had great things to say about him. In addition to being captain of the track tream and maintaining good grades in school, DeAndre also worked weekends at Inglewood Kroger on Gallatin Pike.

“He was very smart and very talented,” said DeAndre’s boss at Kroger, Clarissa Whitfield. “He could sing, he could run. He was amazing.

That’s why Whitfield said she was surprised when she heard after his shift Sunday night, he went to a friend’s house where there was a gun.

The teens thought it was unloaded, but it went off. DeAndre was shot and died that night.”

Goddammit. Just … goddammit. Magnet school graduate, full scholarship to college, track star, and now all of that promise is gone. Because he went to a friend’s house where there was a gun. And they thought it was unloaded.

Just … goddammit.

• May 21, 2016:

1- Another road rage shooting in Memphis:

According to police, the victim, a 61-year-old woman, told officers a gray Ford F250 pickup truck came up behind her as she was drying underneath the flyover, pulled out a gun and began shooting.

The victim then said she heard a loud sound and a plastic object hit her window, but didn’t break it.

The victim had no idea why the occupants of the truck were upset with her.

The woman was not hurt in the road rage incident.

Police do not have a description of the suspects at this time. They did release the license plate number of the suspects’ vehicle: TN tag number NG2503.

Memphis and road rage shootings, like puppies and cuteness.

2- In Nashville, two teenagers were shot while just one block away, a youth violence summit was underway.

• May 20, 2016:

People just can’t stop getting shot on Memphis interstates.

• May 19, 2016:

1- A Springfield 7-year-old brought a loaded 9mm to school. The gun was found in the kid’s backpack.

Seven years old. I can’t even.

2- Stolen guns in Chattanooga are used in crimes. And where do they come from? The unsecured homes and cars of “responsible” gun owners.

Agent Gibbons said 70 percent of guns taken off the streets in Chattanooga are stolen from local homes and vehicles.

“My son has a concealed license and they stole his pistol that was in the car,” Jerry Yother said.

Pastor Jerry Yother is one of those victims. The gun his family legally purchased is now considered an illegal firearm.

“Even when you think you’re in a safe neighborhood you need to think again,” Yother said.

Until that gun is used in a crime, or recovered from the streets, the ATF said there’s a very small chance Yother will get his gun back.

“Individual caught with an illegal firearm, I would imagine that the purpose of having that illegal firearm is not for any good reason at all,” Gibbons said.

Illegal firearms are used in most of Chattanooga’s shootings and violent crimes

No, Pastor Yother. You’re not a victim. You’re another idiot contributing to the flow of illegal guns. It takes a special kind of stupid to leave your firearm in a car. Hell, in my neighborhood, people break your car windows to grab a CD.

3- This Rogersville man went to Illinois and started firing off his gun because, why not?

• May 16, 2016:

1- From our perennial Gun Report location: Greeneville. Congratulations, you are the state’s GunFAIL capital.

A man accidentally shot himself as he went to bed about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, sheriff’s Deputy Franklyn Morgan said in a report.

Victim Johnny Perkins, 51, of Kitchen Branch Road, told deputies that “he was going to bed and his gun fell off the night stand and went off,” the report said.

2- A Memphis man shot into a car after being rejected by a woman he was flirting with. Unfortunately, he hit her 3-year-old.

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

Oh, lookie. Another one of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH didn’t live up to their NRA-crafted image. Shocked, I tell you:

Police: Man with concealed carry permit accidentally shoots self, woman at graduation ceremony

A high school graduation in Augusta, Kan., was interrupted on Sunday by a “knucklehead situation,” police say.

Augusta Police Chief Tyler Brewer told the Wichita Eagle that a 37-year-old man with a concealed carry permit inadvertently caused a small automatic handgun to go off inside his sock during the Augusta High School commencement.

“An individual sitting on the southern portion of the stadium had brought this gun into the stadium,” Brewer said. “It was in his sock. It was uncomfortable for him. He went to adjust his sock, and the weapon went off, striking him in the foot.”

According to the Associated Press, the bullet then traveled 50 feet, hitting a woman in her calf.

She has been released from the hospital, while the man is still being treated for a non-life-threatening injury.

Weapons are not permitted on school grounds, and Brewer said he plans to ask prosecutors to file charges.

So let’s count the way this man failed humanity: he brought a gun into a gun-free zone. He had it concealed in his sock. And he shot himself and a bystander.

Slow clap, gun idiot!

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Tennessee Gun Report

Two accidental shootings this week. Also: I’ve been meaning to say this for a while now but what the hell is going on in Memphis?

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I mean, it’s EVERY DAY. Chattanooga, too. And yes, there are stabbings, but guns are far more lethal. And what’s up with the increase in the murder rate? I thought more guns would keep the murder rate down?

• May 14, 2016:

Memphis mom of the year nominee waved a gun at five kids outside a community center in an ill-advised attempt to defend her daughter from some bullies. When you have a gun, it seems all other options for problem resolution just fly out the window.

• May 13, 2016:

1- An 18-year-old Memphis teen getting ready for her prom was shot in the chest by her 17-year-old boyfriend. The boy was “playing with the gun when it went off.” Oops.

2- A Columbia man nearly shot an innocent person in a case of mistaken identity:

“I was driving down the road, back home from my mother’s house, when I heard a loud gunshot,” Rogalski said. “It sounded very close to me. It was super loud, like nothing I’ve ever heard before.

“I instantly called my mom, and she told me to find a safe place to pull over my car and see what happened,” the 21-year-old Columbia resident said. “I got out, and there was a bullet in my car.”

The bullet went through the back door on the driver’s side of her car and ricocheted through the passenger’s head rest in the front seat. Her mother, Lori King, rushed down one-lane, unpaved Porters Branch Road toward Old Natchez Trace Road, about a mile away, to find out what happened.

“I felt like I had a target on my forehead,” Rogalski said.

So this woman is driving down a road and is nearly shot in the head. So, let’s find out about the shooter:

As it turns out, it was a case of mistaken identity, Rogalski said.

After waiting for deputies to arrive, another car, similar to hers, pulled up. The person in the car asked Rogalski and her family if they knew how to locate the 22-year-old Temes, apparently trying to collect a drug debt.

“It is believed that due to this fear of being in danger that Mr. Temes has taken to arming himself daily with a firearm,” a deputy’s report on the incident said.

So, was he a good guy with a gun or a bad guy? Hard to tell here. So confusing.

• May 12, 2016:

A Soddy Daisy 18-year-old driving through downtown Chattanooga is shot at by a man in a gold mini van in what’s believed to be a road rage incident.

• May 11, 2016:

Domestic assault, Paris edition. I’m not clear if the couple were arguing over a telephone or were actually on the phone when he shot through the kitchen ceiling at her.

I bring it up because guns are very much a women’s issue. Guns are used in an astonishing number of domestic violence cases, and the idea that women should just arm themselves so they can fire back is just … retarded.

• May 10, 2016:

A Gun Report update: murder charges have been filed against CCW-holder Michael W. Young of Johnson City, stemming from a February road rage incident featured in the March 9 Gun Report. Young gunned down Jesus Mijares in front of his 14-year-old son.

• May 8, 2016:

1- Knox County man target shooting accidentally shoots an innocent person sitting in his car. Ooops:

Robert Mathis, 32, was shooting at a backstop to check the accuracy of the sites on his weapon, when the ammunition went beyond the backstop, travelling down an embankment and through a wooded area striking a vehicle.

Benjamin Fawver, 33, was seated in the vehicle and was struck in the left arm.

Article doesn’t say how far away the car was parked. It’s a pretty sad day when a person can’t sit in their own car without worrying about getting shot by some yahoo target shooting on the other side of the woods, though.

2- Yet another person driving on the interstate in Memphis is shot. This is happening a lot.

Police said it is unclear if the shooting was caused by road rage, but drivers worry that with so many road rage shootings this year, that may have been the case.

Guns in cars, now whose bright idea was that?

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Tennessee Gun Report

Four accidental shootings in Tennessee this week, one fatal. This has to be some kind of record. Also, WTF May 2? Go home, you’re drunk.

• May 7, 2016:

A Smyrna toddler accidentally shot herself in the face:

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A two-year-old was injured after she accidentally shot herself Saturday morning.

The Smyrna Police Department received a call about the shooting at 10:53 a.m. at a home in the 4000 block of Snowbird Drive.

Authorities say the toddler got access to a pistol and accidentally shot herself in the cheek. She was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight.

This is the third accidental shooting involving a child under the age of 13 since Tennessee Republicans killed MaKayla’s Law in March.

• May 5, 2016:

Gun Report UPDATE: Charges have been filed against a Tullahoma-area mother and son related to the Deccember 2015 shooting of 11-year-old Sienna Owens, which was featured in the December 14 edition of the Tennessee Gun Report.

• May 3, 2016:

1- A stray bullet struck a car traveling through downtown Memphis near the National Civil Rights Museum.

2- Disaster narrowly averted in Rogersville:

ROGERSVILLE — A passing pedestrian reportedly found a loaded pistol with the hammer cocked on the campus of Rogersville City School Monday afternoon only minutes before children were to begin their afternoon outside playtime.

Rogersville Police Department Chief Doug Nelson told the Times-News that a burglary had been reported the night before on Huffmaster Street approximately a quarter-mile from the K-8 school campus.

During that burglary, multiple guns as well as some pills were reportedly stolen.

Next time one of you gun idiots has a loaded gun stolen from your home, remember this: it could just as easily end up on a school playground, or used in a crime, as it could end up in a Chicago or New York City gang. But guns make us safer. Riiiiight. Maybe if you weren’t so damn irresponsible we wouldn’t have so much gun violence in the first place.

• May 2, 2016:

1- A Murfreesboro man accidentally shot himself in the foot while cleaning his shotgun. Ouch.

2- An 18-year-old Huntingdon man accidentally shot himself in the head in his apartment. He died.

3- A Greeneville man was fondling his brand-new .38 when he accidentally shot himself in the foot with it.

4- A Crossville man was out on his ATV with his shotgun when someone “strong-armed” it away from him. Wait, I thought the point of carrying a gun was to prevent stuff like this from happening?

Veler reportedly made contact with Bilyeu and a second man on a wooded trail during which Bilyeu attempted to grab the shotgun. The two wrestled over control of the gun and Veler was “knocked unconscious.” When he regained consciousness, his shotgun valued at $600 and his ATV valued at $13,000 were gone.

So you have a gun to protect yourself but it ends up getting stolen when you’re knocked out? THAT isn’t in the NRA’s talking points.

5- Guns on campus is now the law, although our governor didn’t sign the bill.

6- Possibly the most Tennessee story you’ll read this week! A drunk Hawkins County man got upset that no one had washed the dishes so he did what anyone would do: fired a gun at his lazy step-son’s head. When sheriff’s deputies responded, they found a moonshine still in an outbuilding:

“James stated Guy had been drinking, and became irate because the dishes were dirty and no one had washed them,” Harrell said. “The argument continued into the living room where Guy got a handgun from under the cushion on the couch and fired one shot by his (Smallwood’s) head, striking the front door.

Smallwood stated the Mendenhall had a moonshine still in an out-building.

Mendenhall reportedly consented to a search, at which time deputies allegedly located a copper still commonly used to manufacture moonshine.

Although no moonshine was found at the residence, Harrell said the still was active.

Mendenhall had the mash warming and ready to begin cooking, Harrell noted.

Deputies destroyed the still.

Mendenhall was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a handgun by an intoxicated person, and possession of a still.

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Open Carrier Has Gun Stolen From Back Pocket

Check out this smooth operator, plucking a gun from the back pocket of the idiot gun humper in line at a Phoenix McDonald’s:

So much fail:

PHOENIX (KSAZ) – Police are offering a reward to help find a suspect who stole a gun from a customer at McDonald’s.

According to Sgt. James Rothschild with Silent Witness, the victim was placing an order at the McDonald’s at Central and Southern.

The male suspect came up behind him and stole the gun from his back-pocket holster and then fled the store.

The victim chased down the suspect, but the suspect then pointed the weapon at the victim, and then ran off.

Didn’t those of us arguing against guns in restaurants predict this would happen?

Incidents like this are rare, because open carry and concealed carry are pretty rare, but I would think as more people walk around in public with guns, it will be happening with increasing frequency. And it’s certainly not unheard of: this just happened in Wisconsin last week, there was this incident at a Philadelphia deli last August where a robber stole a CCWer’s gun and fled with it, this happened in a Walmart bathroom in Oregon last fall, there was this incident also in Oregon, this one in Memphis, and aww fuckit, it happens a lot more often than you think.

BTW, I haven’t seen anything reported on the gun owner. According to this, no permit is required to open or concealed-carry in Arizona. So without a permit, that means no training, which means people do stupid shit like have a handgun in their back pocket like’s it’s a damn iPhone. That was smart.

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

One of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH really needed his .40 caliber at a children’s swimming practice because Constitution and reasons and shut up, that’s why and so of course the predictable happened:

Jackie Kay, of Charleston, said her 17-year-old daughter teaches swim lessons through the HYCAT program, which meets at the Gorman PE Building on the University of Charleston’s campus. Kay’s daughter was in the pool with several students while the children’s parents sat around the pool, watching the lesson.

“This man was sitting not 2 feet away, and his gun went off,” Kay said, recalling what her daughter told her. “She said he had a huge hole in his pocket.

“Everyone was upset. It could have been a terrible tragedy for many people.”

Randy Ross, UC’s director of public safety, said the man, whose name has not been released, was carrying a Springfield Arms XDM .40-caliber handgun in his back pants pocket. The man has a concealed carry permit, Ross said. Weapons are not allowed on UC’s campus.

The weapon was accidentally discharged, Ross said, adding that it was a “strange” occurrence for that type of weapon, which has what he called a “double-action” safety.

“It’s very hard to do that with that weapon,” Ross said. “Weapons don’t just go off like that. It’s almost something like you have to consciously do and I know that that wasn’t the case.”

Ross said the discharge likely wouldn’t have happened had the man been carrying the weapon in a proper holster. The round was fired through the man’s back pocket, ricocheted off the tile floor and struck a bench, he said.

Wait, guns are not allowed on campus? And one of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH broke the law? But I thought all CCW holders were law-abiding citizens! How is this possible?!

Meanwhile, our unidentified 2nd Amendment Hero suffered a bruised ego and will “probably” face charges. I’ll close with these words of wisdom from the university’s public safety director:

“I question his judgment in carrying the weapon that way, but he seemed like a responsible man,” Ross said. “He didn’t have the weapon out. He seemed embarrassed and traumatized by the whole thing.”

Yes, he “seemed” like a responsible man. They always do. Until something like this happens. Fortunately, this time no one was hurt.

This time.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Sorry, I got busy again … here’s your latest round-up of gun loonery from across the state.

• April 29, 2016:

1- A 10-year-old Lebanon boy shot himself in the stomach when left alone at home with a firearm.

2- A man with a gunshot wound was found at the Memphis International Airport baggage claim. Weird.

3- A Nashville 10th grader brought a loaded gun to Hillsboro High School, which happens to be just down the street from me. Ugh.

• April 28, 2015:

1- A Murfreesboro Electric customer threatened to shoot up the utility’s office when his power was cut off.

2- These Parent of the Year Award nominees were arrested after they left a loaded gun under their sleeping one-year-old.

• April 27, 2016:

1- A Brighton woman asleep in bed with her infant was shot in the hip by a bullet fired from outside the home. A 19-year-old has been arrested:

The woman was shot with a rifle near the roadway in front of the home. The bullet entered into the bedroom where the victim was sleeping, traveled through the wall, through the mattress, and struck the victim in the hip.

Not even safe in your own bed, people.

2- A Mt. Juliet gun store was robbed twice in one week. It’s almost as if these places are a magnet for crime or something:

Chandler noted gun stores are popular targets for thieves. And while this particular store did have a surveillance system set up, he said there were some general things store owners (and home owners) can do to deter break-ins like this.

“Make sure the exterior of the property is lit up well, keep it cleaned up and this makes it difficult on the criminal,” he said. “Make access harder. Of course have good locks on the door and try to put up extra barriers, such as bars over glass entries.”

This is a no-brainer. These shouldn’t be suggestions, these should be mandatory requirements for anyone wanting a dealer’s license. Too many of these mom-and-pop “gun stores” operate out of someone’s garage in East Jesus, Tennessee, where the owner still thinks it’s 1950 and they’re selling to law-abiding citizens or whatever bullshit. No, pops. You’re fueling the iron pipeline. Get a clue.

• April 26, 2016:

A Muslim gun lover took pictures of racist and Islamophobic merchandise sold at a Memphis gun show:

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The gun show producer “had no comment.”

• April 25, 2016:

An argument over a rap song at a Goodlettsville recording studio ended predictably. Armed/polite society, y’all.

• April 24, 2016:

It was only a matter of time before Nashville had its own mass shooting. This one happened at downtown Nashville’s bus station and injured four people. The incident occurred in the middle of the day as the bus station was filled with kids coming home from school (all Metro school students receive free public transportation). Members of Tennessee’s legislature were also on the scene as they had just concluded business for the day.

I’m just shocked that none of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH were on the scene to play the hero and apprehend the suspect. I mean, I thought that’s why we were tasking citizens with carrying everywhere, right? Come one, do your job!

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested.

• April 15, 2016:

An apparent prostitute accidentally shot herself outside an East Ridge motel. Now that’s bad for business.

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Guns On Campus FAIL

[UPDATE]:

Apparently the officer’s accidental discharge was caught on camera. H/T Larry in comments.

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Did you hear the one about the armed woman threat on the campus of the University of Central Florida yesterday?

The library was evacuated and there was a massive police response. Well, ha ha, funny story about that:

The threats turned out not to be true, and the only gun that went off was that of a police officer, who accidentally discharged the weapon.

The school’s police department tweeted: “We received a social media report of a gunwoman at library. We’re responding to scene, and library is evacuated.”

Hilarious. Some asshole decided to make things interesting during finals week by creating chaos over social media, and a campus police officer accidentally fired his or her gun, just to keep it real.

This seems relevant because campus-carry appears ready to become law in Tennessee, unless Gov. Haslam vetoes it, which I think is unlikely. So here we have an incident where trained law enforcement can’t respond to an armed person threat without accidentally firing a gun, but we’re expecting teachers and other staff of dubious training and skill levels to do better? This is gonna be fun. I mean, it’s worked so well in Utah, Texas, Idaho, etc. etc. etc.

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Tennessee Gun Report

While our legislature debates guns on college campuses and Beretta opens its Tennessee facility, we’re all pretty gun happy around here these days. However, there’s always plenty of bad news, too. Without further ado:

• April 15, 2016:

A Springfield man was using his gun to pistol-whip someone when it accidentally went off:

Police say that after the argument at the Stop One Market on N. Main St., somehow the two men made their way over to Travis Lane in the Sleepy Hollow subdivision MAP where the victim was pistol-whipped and the gun discharged. Police told Smokey Barn News that the discharge of the weapon may have been accidental.

• April 14, 2016:

1- Greeneville man shoots himself in the thigh cleaning his gun. Some guns just won’t get cleaned.

2- A Dyersburg man accidentally shot himself and then lied to police about it.

3- Shots were fired at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Memphis.

• April 8, 2016:

But wait, I thought more guns made us safer?

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– According to the gun safety advocacy group Safe Tennessee Project, Tennessee has already totaled as many accidental shootings this year as the state totaled in all of 2015.

It’s almost as if allowing guns everywhere wasn’t such a smart idea.

• April 7, 2016:

A man accidentally shot himself at a Memphis Walgreen’s.

• April 6, 2016:

East Nashville woman inside her home is struck by a stray bullet from outside.

• April 4, 2016:

A 19-year-old Franklin man pulled a gun on the occupants of another car on I-65 in a road rage incident.

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Congratulations, Unidentified KY Boy! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

And let’s add a “Mom Of The Year Award” nomination for Jereen Stamper while we’re at it:

ELLIOT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – Kentucky State Police say a woman was hospitalized after accidentally being shot by her son in Elliot County.

According to police, the shooting occurred as the juvenile was dismounting a horse he had been riding. They say boy’s 22 caliber pistol fell out of his holster and discharged after hitting the ground.

We’re told Jereen Stamper, 39, was struck in the side after the gun discharged.

Police say she was taken to a hospital in West Virginia for treatment.

Sure, who doesn’t go horseback riding with a loaded pistol? And a juvenile, too. Brilliant.

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