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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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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.

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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.

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Congratulations, William Matthew DeHayes! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

He wasn’t arrested in 2014, and God forbid we should take his guns away because that time it was “just a tragic accident.” But this time? Lock this asshole up:

William Matthew DeHayes of Ridge Manor, who turned 37 on March 17, drunkenly fired a shotgun into the air several times while standing on his front lawn on the night of his birthday, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with discharging a firearm in public, a misdemeanor.

In July 2014, DeHayes, who was living in Brooksville at the time, accidentally shot a friend’s wife in the head while showing them a “Western-style” trick, twirling a loaded gun around his finger. He told police that he didn’t think the gun was loaded.

Katherine Hoover, 25, of Inverness was rushed to the hospital, where she died early the next morning. She was five months pregnant with a child the couple planned to name Rehlin, who was surgically removed from his dying mother in an attempt to save his life but lived about 30 minutes.

Authorities ruled the shooting an accident and decided not to charge DeHayes with a crime.

A misdemeanor. That’s like, what, a fine and you’re good to go? No mandatory safety training course? No losing your guns for a certain period of time? I mean, if it was a DUI after a fatal DUI accident, this guy would probably be in jail. Hell, I don’t know the law in Florida but I do know that this guy is a walking advertisement for gun control. I just don’t get it.

One of the reasons gun control advocates support stronger penalties for negligence like MaKayla’s law is that, while it can’t prevent every accident, it might help identify the negligent and irresponsible gun owners who shouldn’t have firearms in the first place.

Repeat after me: With rights come responsibilities. With rights come responsibilities. With rights come responsibilities ….

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Yes, My Point Exactly

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The above meme is making the rounds, related to this incident and Rep. Carter’s ridiculous pants-wetting when faced with military-grade firepower at his workplace.

Gee, kinda how the rest of us feel every dang day, isn’t it Rep. Carter?

To recap my post yesterday, Carter hilariously protested when Rep. Mike Stewart (a U.S. Army veteran) brought an AR-15-type weapon into a subcommittee to demonstrate the need for universal background checks:

Carter: Mr. Chairman, excuse me I don’t want to interrupt, but this gun could be loaded …

Stewart: No, it could not because —

Carter: Yes sir! You obviously don’t own one, you do not have it properly safe. Do not point that gun at me!

You can hear an audio clip of the exchange here. And as I’ve repeated since this incident first happened, Carter clearly has missed the point — perhaps intentionally, or maybe he’s just that damn stupid.

Because the point is, Rep. Stewart did own that gun. He just bought it. Without a background check, ID check, or any skills assessment, or any other requirement of any kind. Just like any asshole can go buy one of these weapons, thanks to Republicans who have allowed themselves to be bought by the NRA.

This is the landscape you people have inflicted on us, not just in Tennessee but all around the country. So Rep. Carter’s false concern about safety be damned. Fuck you, Rep. Carter. This is my reality every day as I go around my daily business, walk my dogs at Radnor Lake, go to the grocery, or do any of a hundred mundane tasks. In fact, the only place where I’m safe from this kind of bullshit is at the state legislature. Ironic.

This happened just a few blocks from my house:

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I wonder how Rep. Carter would feel if he were going to Kroger and saw this guy walking down the street like it was no big deal? Or if his kid was a Hillsboro High School student who happened to glance out the math class window and saw this, knowing full well that schools have been targeted by mass shooters?

What the fuck is wrong with you people? What makes you think it’s okay for us to live with this, when you obviously can’t handle it yourselves?

Shame on you all. Hypocrites.

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How An AR-15 Ended Up At The TN State Legislature This Morning

Shockingly easily, I’m afraid. Last night Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, was able to purchase this knock-off AR-15-type semiautomatic weapon — and clips of ammo — for $750 cash, no background check, no ID, no questions asked. From Armslist.com search to actual sale, the entire transaction took less than an hour and a half.

Today Rep. Stewart brought his new purchase into the legislature where the Civil Justice Subcommittee was going to take up his bill that would require a background check for all gun sales.

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The funniest part of the whole affair, which I watched on-line, was when Subcommittee Vice Chair Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, nearly wet his pants as Rep. Stewart showed his new purchase to those in the room. He then tried to get all, “you silly Democrats don’t no nuthin’ ’bout no weaponry” on Stewart, who happens to have served in the military:

Carter: Mr. Chairman, excuse me I don’t want to interrupt, but this gun could be loaded …

Stewart: No, it could not because —

Carter: Yes sir! You obviously don’t own one, you do not have it properly safe. Do not point that gun at me! If you can’t assure me that gun cannot shoot.

Stewart: Let me give you that assurance and I did it at the beginning of the debate so that you would not have that concern. Actually, as I said, I had a state trooper inspect this weapon to make sure it was not loaded before it came in here and then, I had him secure it.

As Rep. Stewart told the subcommittee, an hour and a half after visiting Armslist.com, he was equipped as well as he had been when he was a U.S. soldier patroling the DMZ in Korea. So yes, I think he probably knows how to load and unload these things. Funny.

By the way, this is the kind of gun that was used in the July 2015 Chattanooga shootings. Support the troops, y’all.

Committee Chair Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, said he was “disappointed in the show,” despite him having a career in Public Relations, so you’d think he’d have an appreciation for such things. Stewart explained that the point of his “show” was to dispel the oft-repeated NRA zombie lie that every gun sale in America is preceded by a background check. As I wrote back in January, this simply isn’t true. All you need is an internet connection and enough cash and you’re good to go. Or, show up at one of our infamous gun shows and hang out in the parking lot for five minutes. Don’t even need the internet for that, and it’s all perfectly legal.

So that’s the loophole Stewart was attempting to close, and you’d think with everyone on high alert over terrorist attacks, a simple background check to buy military grade weaponry would be a no-brainer. Aaaand you would be wrong. Fresh off yesterday’s cowardly display of fealty to the gun lobby, Tennessee House Republicans today killed this simple, common-sense measure in committee, too. Someone had a sad over grandpa being forced to undergo a background check to buy a hunting rifle for his 14-year-old to go squirrel hunting with. Awwww he’s so oppressed!

Also, too, respect the culture.

And also, there are no consequences for kowtowing to the NRA in this state. At least, not yet. I applaud Tennessee’s Democrats for keeping up the fight. Supermajorities don’t last forever and the more Republicans ignore public safety in the interest of their NRA ratings, the sooner their supermajority will end. The day will come when they will no longer be able to claim that all we need to do to protect ourselves from terror attacks and gun violence is to arm every civilian. That patently stupid and lame excuse to disregard public safety is not going to fly much longer.

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