Category Archives: gun violence

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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2014 Tennessee #GunFAIL In Review

Ah, Tennessee and GunFAIL, we go together like cray and zee, like guns ‘n ammo, like “watch this” and “oops.” As promised, here are our Top 10 greatest hits (pun intended) from the preceding year. Enjoy!

10- In December 2013, a Madison woman pulled a gun in an argument over the Titans game. She said she was only joking, but she got arrested anyway. Some folks just can’t take a joke.

9- In May, a Memphis man brought a loaded gun into a movie theater. It fell out of his pocket and fired. Oops.

8- Finish the sentence: If your prom photo looks like this ….

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This adorable couple hails from Granger County. The photo, which appeared in the Knoxville newspaper’s May “prom” edition, was so controversial that the paper actually cropped it — but not before your humble blogger was able to capture the full thing.

7- In December 2014, a Greeneville man tried to fix his lawnmower by shooting at the blade, and got injured for his trouble.

6- The tree of patriots must be watered with the blood of Liberties: In October, a Winchester dad showing his two sons how to load a rifle in the basement of their home accidentally shot his 7-year-old daughter, Liberty, in the stomach. Liberty was in another room; the bullet traveled through an air hockey table and a wall before finding its way into the child. Brilliant!

5- In June, a Meigs County man shot himself in the leg while he was driving. He died. The state’s “guns in cars” law was not quite a year old.

4- In April, a Knoxville man shot himself in the leg reaching for a cup of coffee.

3- Mother of all wardrobe malfunctions: In January a Carter County man shot himself in the chin while taking off his pants.

2- In August, a Kingsport woman showing her daughter her new Ruger via Skype accidentally shot her husband in the thigh. Ta da.

1- Our grand prize winner is 19-year-old Dallas J. Archer of Kingsport, who was arrested in April on a driver’s license offense and brought a stolen gun into jail by hiding it in her vagina. Did I mention it was loaded? It was loaded.

By the way, hope all the gun loons watch out for that pesky law of gravity tonight. It’s New Year’s Eve, but please don’t fire your rifle into the air. Bullets have a funny way of coming back down again.

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Things That Should Be A National Outrage

While the shooting of two NYPD police officers has understandably sparked national outrage, perhaps a little bit of that anger should be focused in a more productive direction: namely, how a man with a long, storied criminal past was able to get his hands on a gun. We’re starting to get some answers:

It was at Arrowhead Pawn Shop, a sprawling store tucked into a shopping center along a busy commercial corridor in this city of 4,700 people just south of Atlanta, that the gun was last purchased in a legally traceable transaction in 1996, according to a police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation.

An Asian man purchased the gun, according to the official, but that buyer told investigators this week that he gave the weapon to a cousin. Federal investigators are now trying to determine what happened to the gun after that.

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As recently as 2010, Arrowhead was the leading out-of-state source of guns recovered in crimes by the New York Police Department, according to an article in The Daily News. Georgia is also part of the “Iron Pipeline,” a chain of Southern states with looser gun laws that is responsible for sending a steady stream of firearms into New York and other Northern cities, where there are many more restrictions on who can purchase a gun.

As long as we continue to treat guns like used bicycles, these agents of death are going to end up in the wrong hands. And the NRA will continue to tell us that the only way we can stop this is … more guns. Fantasy, meet reality: dead cops.

Slow clap for the “guns make us safer” crowd who have enabled the flow of guns to criminals. And now they’re pointing the finger at people protesting the deaths of their kids who have been targeted because of the color of their skin? Well, that seems about right. The old Confederate states are still fighting their lost cause. Some things never change.

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Rich Lowry: Asshole Of The Day

The editor of the conservative National Review, on Twitter tonight:

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This, of course, is in reference to the killing of two New York City police officers today by a crazy person who had earlier in the day shot his girlfriend and ended up shooting and killing himself.

Trying to tarnish an entire national movement by highlighting the horribles words or actions of a few individuals is, of course, a favorite political pastime. It’s not something that legitimate pundits and journalists usually indulge in. But then, National Review has always been known more for demagoguery than reasoned intellectual discourse.

[Update]:

Memory hole, June 2014:

Jerad Miller, 31, then covered the officers with a Gadsden flag — a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words “Don’t Tread on Me” — and placed a note with a swastika symbol on one officer’s body, according to police officials speaking at the news conference.

Someone remind me: was the Tea Party asked to answer for Jerad and Amanda Miller, who struck down two police officers as they ate pizza on their lunch break?

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GA’s Gun Fail

I wrote about the “accidental” shooting of a Muslim woman in the tourist town of Helen, Georgia, back in August. At the time I wrote:

Some information about the victim: a newly-naturalized U.S. citizen, native of Iraq. She was wearing a hijab, as were the other women with her.

Has me wondering if this was accidental after all. Which makes the “guns everywhere” law all the more odious: racist assholes can pick off their victims and no one can do a damn thing about it until it’s too late.

Now it’s four months later, and we have no more clarity on the case than we did after it happened. However, we do have one piece of new information: Glenn Lampien was drunk. Oh, yes! Our safest, most responsible evah are … well, not. He had skipped out on his bar tab and had, in fact, carried his gun into a bar that had a “No Firearms” sign posted.

I know y’all are shocked.

Was it a hate crime? We’ll never know. I have my doubts. Either way, it appears Georgia’s “gunseverywhere” law was a huge fail. One of our safest, most responsible evah wasn’t. Because when you know you have to leave your gun at home, you aren’t tempted to carry it into a bar where they aren’t allowed. You aren’t tempted to have a drink or three in that bar.

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Congratulations, Veronica Dunnachie! You Are Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour!

Texas “guns rights”/open carry advocate Veronica Dunnachie, who appeared at several Open Carry Texas and Open Carry Tarrant County events, has been arrested for allegedly shooting and killing her husband and step-daughter. She apparently shot and killed the two, then checked herself in to a mental hospital. Pretty sure she should have gone to the mental hospital first.

So much for safest, most responsible, etc.

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