Category Archives: gun violence

War On Terror Electric Boogaloo

Hey kids, let’s shoot a machine gun with the Navy Seal who killed Bin Laden! All it takes is a cool 50 grand:

Key contributors to a conservative group have received a special invitation: For $50,000, they can shoot guns and hang out this June with Robert O’Neill, the former Navy SEAL credited with killing al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The offer was recently made by the ForAmerica organization. Those invited have until May 10 to RSVP for an event at the Amangani Resort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The facility offers picturesque views of the Snake River, and is on the southern tip of Grand Teton National Park. A room there can cost more than $1,000 per night.

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The ForAmerica group is run by America, Inc., of Reston, Va. It was founded in 2009 by Brent Bozell, a conservative commentator who also started the Media Research Center, which provides a conservative critique of the media. It received nearly $4.9 million in contributions in 2012, and $2.5 million in 2013, according to tax documents.

I am so sick of this jingoistic, pro-war, amygdala-tweaking, “wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross” bullshit fascism-disguised-as-patriotism we’ve come to expect from conservatives.

But hey, maybe I’m just being melodramatic, right? Silly woman. But nothing speaks — no screams — a morally bankrupt culture louder than this. Nothing screams that institutional conservatism is made up of a bunch of sick fucks louder than this.

War is not entertainment. Assassinating Osama bin Laden may have been necessary (I say may — because we never did have a national conversation about that, did we?) but for God’s sake, don’t turn it into a fucking fundraiser! Don’t cheapen this entire chapter of American history by monetizing it, for fuck’s sake.

What the hell is wrong with these people?

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Tennessee Gun Report

Too much gun news to keep track of these days. We’ve had a couple of accidental shootings — one in a park, go figure! — and the usual craziness. Enjoy.

• April 23, 2015:

1- A Kentucky man walking in a park in Henry County accidentally shot himself in the thigh. And they said this would never happen!

A 19-year-old Calloway County man was treated at Henry County Medical Center Wednesday night for an accidental gunshot wound to the leg.

According to a report at the PPD, the Murray resident was treated at the emergency room for a gunshot wound to the upper right thigh.

The man told Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Stacey Bostwick he had been walking across a field in the area of Paris Landing State Park that afternoon with an unfamiliar handgun at his right side.

As he walked, his finger slipped off the guard and hit the trigger, causing the weapon to fire.

The man went to a friend’s house before coming to the emergency room.

Henry County Sheriff’s Capt. Damon Lowe said this morning the shooting had been confirmed as accidental by investigators.

Freedom!

2- Gun Report Update: a Coffee County grand jury has indicted the father of a toddler who was shot in the head by his 3-year-old brother with a handgun back in March.

3- A Lincoln County 8th grader brought a gun to school.

• April 22, 2015:

A Memphis-area teenager was accidentally shot by another 18-year-old who was playing with a gun. He died.

• April 18, 2015:

In what has become a regular occurrence, there was a shooting inside a Nashville sports bar on a Saturday night. Yee haw.

• April 17, 2015:

Was it a full moon on the 17th? We’ve got a bumper crop of gun lunacy on this day.

1- Someone forgot their loaded 9mm Ruger when they tried to board a plane at Nashville International Airport. Isn’t that responsible, y’all!

And then there’s this:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A loaded gun was discovered in a traveler’s bag at the Nashville International Airport Friday morning.

According to airport officials, 20 guns have been found at the airport this year.

In 2014, a total of 48 guns were found at checkpoints.

Note the date, people. Just sayin’.

2- A Greeneville woman who was holding a gun to her own head also got charged with child endangerment for doing so with a 4-year-old in the apartment. And speaking of suicide:

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health of all 50 U.S. states reveals a powerful link between rates of firearm ownership and suicides. Based on a survey of American households conducted in 2002, HSPH Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Matthew Miller, Research Associate Deborah Azrael, and colleagues at the School’s Injury Control Research Center (ICRC), found that in states where guns were prevalent—as in Wyoming, where 63 percent of households reported owning guns—rates of suicide were higher. The inverse was also true: where gun ownership was less common, suicide rates were also lower.

3- A Clarksville man with no criminal history got into an argument with two other people and fired a gun at them in an apartment. Armed/polite, etc.

4- Armed/polite vol. 2: in Knoxville, two men got in a verbal argument and so one shot the other in the leg.

5- Gun nuts are pissed that Tim McGraw is headlining a benefit for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed by the families of victims of the Newtown mass shooting.

6- Too many people with too many guns who too often think pulling a gun is the answer to everything. This story’s out of Jackson:

Aaron Morgan said he and family members were gathered for a wake for his sister who passed away last week.”We out here having a good time, we out here laughing you know wasn’t nothing going on, just having a good time,” he said.

Morgan said two uninvited guest showed up and that’s when the argument started. “Somebody had drunk a little too much and asked a question like why you doing this and it started an argument,” recalled Morgan.

When he tried to get the men to leave, Morgan said that’s when he was shot. “They yell he got a gun, so when I seen it i started back pedaling and trying to get away but I slipped and when I slipped, that’s when he shot me,” he said.

Sheriff’s deputies rushed to the house on Pipkin Road around 9:30 p.m. Investigators believe alcohol played a part in the violence. Morgan agreed. “You got some people that drink, and can’t hold their liquor and they say anything at that moment,” he commented.

Yes, blame the alcohol, by all means. But if a gun hadn’t entered the mix, then things wouldn’t have escalated the way they did. But this is American gun culture. Bring a gun everywhere and by all means be sure to pull it out at every occasion.

• April 16, 2015:

The Chattanooga airport set a new record last year for the number of firearms discovered at airport security. What kind of fucking moron doesn’t know you can’t take a gun through security? For God’s sake, people. You still can’t take goddamn liquids through.

• April 13, 2015:

1- A Memphis mom with a gun in her diaper bag accidentally shot up the Bargain Hunt. Woopsies!

2- Someone fired a gun at Nashville’s West End Synagogue.

Police say they heard two stories: it fired when it fell to the floor and it fired when a child pulled it out of the bag.

Shoppers say they don’t care how it happened.

“There should be some kind of repercussions,” Joshua Braswell said. “If you’re going to carry make sure you do it safely. That could have been my kids in there”

Silly Joshua! That would give the Tennessee Firearms Assn. some big sadz and we can’t have that! Gun negligence will not be prosecuted!

• April 1, 2015:

A Shelbyville high school senior was permanently paralyzed from the wait down when a friend shot him in the back with a pellet gun:

Police said Castillo looked through the scope, pointed at his friend’s back and pulled the trigger, thinking the safety was on.

It wasn’t.

“And it struck him in the spine,” Phillips said.

Kyle Burnett, an 18-year-old high school senior, immediately lost feeling from the waist down. He was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Wednesday morning, Burnett managed to move his right foot a little, but doctors are unable to remove the pellet and said the outlook isn’t good.

“They were playing around, joking, and it may cost this guy to be paralyzed for the rest of his life,” Phillips said.

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In The NRA’s America

Welcome to modern America, where guns and gun culture and gun violence have become a part of the fabric of life and one charter school decided to test teacher readiness with an ill-conceived surprise “active shooter” drill during a teacher in-service day:

Not everyone, however, found the drill a positive experience. In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Portland, teacher Linda McLean says the April 26, 2013 drill at the Halfway school, in which a gunman in a black hoodie and goggles pointed a pistol at her face and shot her with blanks, left her with permanent emotional trauma and unable to return to work, the Oregonian reports.

An employee of the school district since 1982, McLean “was extremely shaken, confused and mentally, physically and emotionally ill” after the drill, the complaint alleges. “She could not shake the event but continued to relive it and try to make sense of it, but could not. Ms. McLean could not sleep and remained anxious and vigilant. When she drifted off to sleep, she experienced nightmares and sweating.”

She sought psychological help, but when she tried to return to the school building, “she was short of breath, anxious, emotionally distressed and had to leave.”

One teacher wet her pants during the drill and another injured his arm as he scuffled with a gunman at the door to his classroom, according to the suit.

What the fuck is wrong with people? Is this how it’s going to be, now? As if being a teacher doesn’t suck enough already, now we have charter school administrators inflicting mental torture on teachers, all in the interest of “safety” and “emergency preparedness”? Because we refuse to take even the smallest, teeniest, tiniest steps to keep school shootings like Sandy Hook, Columbine and Heath High School from happening again and again?

America, you’ve got a problem.

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Partners, Milwaukee-Style

[UPDATE]:

The story ended in a predictable way. The suspect who shot the van driver and accidentally shot his teenage nephew has taken his own life. Story of a gun.

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NRA convention speaker/Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, January 2013:

“I’m Sheriff David Clarke, and I want to talk to you about something personal … your safety. It’s no longer a spectator sport; I need you in the game, but are you ready? With officers laid-off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, April 15, 2015:

“What did we have Sunday? We had some clown take the law into his own hands and murder a guy who was doing what we expect good citizens to do, and oops, accidentally kill somebody else.”

Well, isn’t this completely, totally predictable. When you have one group of people constantly yammering about how you have the right–no, the obligation–to defend yourself and your family and a gun is the answer to every problem and your home is your castle etc. etc. etc. then mistakes will be made.

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Congratulations, Theresa Steward! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Responsible Nashville gun owner responsibly waves a gun during an argument with her fiance, responsibly accidentally fires it as she’s trying to holster it. Nearly kills child. Ta da!

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 26-year-old Theresa Steward and her fiancé were arguing Friday night in the driveway of their home on Blairfield Drive.

During the course of the fight, investigators said Steward pulled out her pistol.

After things cooled off, she was pulling the gun back into its holster when it went off. The bullet went flying out of her car and shattered the window of a nearby vehicle.

A child happened to be in that car. Officials said the child was not hit with the bullet, but glass from the shattered window got into the child’s eye.

Welcome to Nashville, NRA! Your good work here is done.

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Stop Calling It Road Rage

It’s just gun culture reacting in predictable ways, with completely predictable results:

LAS VEGAS – The family of a Las Vegas mother of four who was killed in an apparent road rage shooting last week says she was just trying to protect her daughter when she went home to get her son and his gun, then drove around the neighborhood searching for a man who may have eventually killed her.

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“My mom was protecting me this night, you know? She was doing what every mother would do is protect her baby,” 15-year-old Kristal Meyers said Tuesday night at a candlelight vigil in the cul-de-sac where the family lives, about 5 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip.

Yeah, how’d that work out for you guys, now that you’re making funeral arrangements? She could have gone inside and called the police but no, gun culture and the NRA says you gotta take matters into your own hands and hunt down your fucked up, also-armed neighbor. Because Freedumb:

Meyers said his wife and son went looking for Nowsch after the road rage incident because they knew him and where he lived.

This isn’t road rage. Road rage implies a randomness, strangers whose chance encounter on the highway escalates because one person can’t control their emotions. These people knew each other. Both were armed. And that’s what changed everything.

I’m done feeling sorry for you people. Live by the gun, die by the gun. Constitution, Founding Fathers, blah blah. This is the country you want to live in? These are the neighborhoods you’re creating for our families? Fuck you.

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It’s The Guns, People!

A parking dispute? Are you serious?

Police said a preliminary investigation showed the motive to be a parking dispute. They said Hicks, who has no criminal history in Chapel Hill, turned himself in and was cooperating.

A parking dispute?

Does this sound like a parking dispute?

“It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” Abu-Salha said. “This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime. This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt. And they were uncomfortable with him, but they did not know he would go this far.”

Parking dispute or hate crime? Time will tell. What we do know is that Craig Hicks is an anti-religion gun nut:

“I guess after the horrible tragedy early this week in Arizona, all Glock pistols will officially be labeled ‘assault weapons,'” he wrote. “While I never cared for Glocks personally, it stinks that anyone would blame a firearm rather than the operator of such firearm for such a terrible act. I think I’ll start blaming McDonalds for my weight problem, Christianity for the Ku Klux Klan, and Islam for terrorism.”

Well, I do blame the firearm. Because the reality is, whether it was a parking dispute or hatred of Muslims, this interaction would not have ended in the deaths of three people if Craig Hicks hadn’t been armed and carrying. That’s just fact. Everyone is a responsible gun owner until they’re not. Everyone is a rational person trying to “protect themselves and their family” until they’re not. No one knows when some law-abiding citizen is going to lose their shit and let their emotions get the best of them. Being armed is the game-changer every damn time.

There’s no psychological test, no “pre-crime” muse, no surefire way to know who will flip out and who won’t. Because humans are fallible but guns are not.

That’s the fucking point, you morons. Get rid of the goddamn guns.

[UPDATE]: Hicks had 12 guns. One just wasn’t enough for some reason.

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