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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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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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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.

[…]

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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