Category Archives: gun violence

Maybe It’s Time To Try Something New

Hmmm…. Something ain’t adding up.

The number of concealed carry permits in the U.S. has skyrocketed. The United States is the most heavily armed nation in the world. States have liberalized where one can carry in the past few years — in Tennessee, we now have guns-in-cars, guns-in-restaurants, guns-in-bars, guns-in-parks. We’ve also seen guns-in-churches and guns-on-campus movements (Oregon being one of several U.S. states where CCW holders can, and do, legally carry.)

All of this because “I need to protect myself and my family.” Okie dokie, but then how come we’re having more mass shootings? Clearly more guns isn’t working.

Maybe it’s time to try something new?


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

One of what I am guessing to be our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH who knows one must always be in Condition White or be a parasite on society was pumping gas on Saturday night when a carjacking occurred. Being a good guy with a gun, he immediately intervened and opened fire on the attackers, when the utterly predictable happened:

When the assailants attempted to take his truck, a witness parked at the gas pump started shooting at the men, according to authorities.

Police said he accidentally shot the victim in the head.

Slow clap. Thanks for playing! Next time let them have the goddamn car. It’s easier to get a new car than a new brain.


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Ordinary, Everyday Gun Negligence

This is the kind of thing we warned about when the Tennessee Legislature forced guns-in-cars on us:

Several guns stolen from cars in Bartlett over weekend

BARTLETT, Tenn. — Four more guns are in the wrong hands on Mid-South streets Wednesday.

Bartlett Police confirmed three cars were broken into over the weekend and four guns were stolen.

One of the victims agreed to speak with WREG to prevent this from happening to others. He said he did not want to be identified because the crook or crooks are still out there.

“My stomach dropped. My heart sank,” he said.

The gun owner recalled the moment he saw the holster in his car was empty Sunday. The rag he used to cover the handle of the gun was on the seat.

You mean the magic invisibility rag you used to hide your gun didn’t work? Shocked face!

But this one for the win:

Police reports showed that all three cars that were broken into over the weekend were parked at home. Police reports suggested at least two of the three cars were left unlocked.

The man we spoke with admitted he left his car unlocked because he felt his neighborhood was very safe.

If your neighborhood is so safe, why the hell do you need a gun in the first place?


Look, let’s just dispense with this ridiculous notion that gun owners are in any way safer, more responsible, or more concerned about public safety than the average schlub who thinks if they leave a laptop in their car overnight with a jacket thrown over it, nobody will know it’s there.

You. Fucking. Idiots.

So thanks for playing, jerks. Now there are more guns in the hands of criminals — guns which may be used to kill an innocent person, a child perhaps. Because every gun used in a crime started its life legally. And this is precisely the kind of thing we told the Tennessee Legislature we were concerned about. But no, we were told that gun owners are so responsible, you guys!

And will there be charges filed for this negligence? Don’t be silly. They’re the victims, y’all!

I wish I could say this was a rare occurrence but sadly, no. Unsecured guns are stolen from cars (and homes) all the time. Sometimes this negligence is charged. Usually not. It all depends on our strange hodge-podge of state laws. Here in Tennessee if you lose your gun or if it’s stolen, you’re not even required to report it. So let’s just say negligent gun storage in Tennessee ain’t exactly viewed as a crime. How does this make sense? It doesn’t — unless you’re deep in the pockets of the Tennessee Firearms Assn. and required to pretend that all gun owners are the most responsible, most awesome citizens ever.

We have loosened pretty much every restriction on where you can carry a gun, but there’s been no attendant requirement related to responsible gun ownership. That’s how it is with the gun loons: all rights, no responsibilities.

And it’s not just guns in cars. Check out this useful idiot in Utahone of our safest, most responsible EVAH, needs to conceal-carry on his trip to the local Walmart because, shit, I dunno, maybe he’s scared of getting robbed or something. So what happens? He goes to the bathroom and gets robbed of his gun! Slow clap, asshole! If only you’d had a gun to protect yourse– ah, never mind.

Look, the more people walking around, driving around, carrying guns everywhere, the more shit like this is going to happen. Now after years of decline we’re seeing a rise in the murder rate, thanks to “a proliferation of arms.” Gee, it’s almost as if more guns everywhere doesn’t make anyone safer. Who knew?


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Tennessee Gun Report

I promised I’d get back on board with this …. still trying! Enjoy the parade of gunfail and lunacy.

• September 18, 2015:

A drunken 21-year-old fired shots at an ETSU fraternity house. Kids today.

• September 17, 2015:

1- Hey everyone! Check out my new gun! Oops, sorry about the shot to the head:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 28-year-old woman was shot in the head and lives to tell the story. Despite all she has been through, Tara Ellis is staying positive.

Ellis was at an apartment complex in Bellevue with a group of people on Sept. 7 when the man who lives there showed his gun to everyone.

Metro police said another man was holding the gun when it accidentally went off, striking Ellis in the back of the head.

“We were at a friend’s apartment. We were about to go to the movies and that’s kind of the last thing I remember other than waking up with the paramedics,” said Ellis.


Ellis told News 2 she can’t see out of her left eye, she has no feeling on her left side and has to endure months of physical rehab.

“Washing my hair is a huge issue it’s really difficult you know it’s hard to wash my hands or open the refrigerator,” said Ellis.

Naturally she doesn’t have any insurance so there’s a GoFundMe campaign. Typical millennial, thought she was bulletproof.

2- A Meigs County man shot his uncle to death in an argument over a fighting rooster.

Respect the culture.

• September 13, 2015:

A woman was shot in the hand at a Nashville dog park.

This happened at the dog park that I go to, when I go to the dog park. Glad I wasn’t there.

• September 11, 2015:

Tennessee’s General Assembly really opened a can of worms when it passed “guns in parks.” That might be fine for people living in Bumfug TN but most of the population lives in cities and that’s a problem. The mayor of Knoxville decided to ban guns at the Tennessee Valley Fair and even Gov. Haslam agreed with the decision but the pants-wetters made a sadface. So far close to 150,000 attended the fair and yet nobody needed a 2nd Amendment Hero to come in and save the day.

I eagerly anticipate more such bullshit as we try to make sense of this idiocy. Already we’re going to have to go through metal detectors at the hockey game because Responsible Gun Owners are too confused about where they can and can’t bring their security blankets. How about just leaving them at home, folks?

• September 9, 2015:

1- A Nashville sixth-grader brought a gun to school and threatened another student if he told anyone.

2- A Clarksville woman was charged with trying to bring a loaded gun into the Montgomery County courthouse. You know, if it had been an airport she’d have been given a warning and it would have been written off as an “honest mistake.”

• September 8, 2015:

A Harrison man described as an “experienced” shooter accidentally shot himself while holstering his gun at the shooting range:

“One of our range members was out there shooting, and when he went to holster his gun, it went off. We’re not sure if he had his finger on the trigger, if the holster hit the trigger, or if his gun malfunctioned,” said owner, Kristi Manning.

The experienced shooter and long-time shooting range member was rushed to the hospital. Manning said the incident serves as a reminder to shooters of all skill sets.

“Don’t get careless. I mean, you can get yourself in such a situation where you’ve done it so many times. Like this gentleman, he’s done it so many times that, it just kind of happened. And it can happen to the best of us,” Manning said.

So much for “safest, most responsible ever.” Looks like complacency = gunfail, too. Guess guns just aren’t safe, no matter whose hands they’re in.


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Why Is Gun Control So Hard

Umm, not exactly.

Umm, not exactly.

Another day, another horrific shooting in America.

Actually, not just one. This also happened today in Kentucky. And this in West Virginia. Not to mention this and this.

But no, these and all the other gun stories today will get overshadowed by the events in Virginia, which unfolded on live TV while viewers were taking their first sips of coffee.

Why is gun control so hard? Why, after every shooting, does nothing ever change? Despite the fact that large majorities of gun owners — not just people but the gun owners themselvessupport basic gun control measures like waiting periods and universal background checks, it doesn’t happen.

Why? Why is it always “too soon” to call for gun control after a tragedy, but nobody waited a beat to call for arming military recruiters after the Chattanooga shooting? Or arming teachers after Sandy Hook? In fact, action has been swiftly taken in several states to arm National Guard recruiters, even though everyone fails to mention that at least one of the “good guys” at the Chattanooga military base actually was armed. Apparently it didn’t do a damn bit of good, but let’s not let facts get in the way of a good talking point, shall we? We even have a Knoxville Republican wanting to give Guardsmen immunity if they use their guns and injure someone.

After every shooting we’ve loosened gun laws, instead of tightening them. And yet we have more shootings. So, that’s not working, obviously. Why can’t we try something new? Why doesn’t anything change? Here are some of my ideas:

• White people largely associate gun violence with “those” neighborhoods in “that” part of town, ergo it doesn’t affect them, it’s a problem for the Blahs. Even though this is factually untrue, that’s the general consensus, as portrayed in the media. So, “not my problem.”

• Coverage of mass shootings is sanitized. I understand there’s a delicate balance here, but throughout our history, pictures have done what words cannot. For example, it took this to change peoples’ attitudes about the Vietnam War and student-led protests:


The video of today’s shooting went out across the internet, and was auto-played on every network and cable news homepage. While not bloody, it was shocking. It may shock people out of their complacency.

• We don’t know how to talk about a policy response to shooting tragedies. It’s always too soon to talk about gun control, but with an average of one mass shooting a day, the time will never be right. Conservatives like to claim the moral high ground with shaming headlines like this one:


No one wants to politicize a tragedy but no one also ever points out that calling for arming teachers, National Guard recruiters, airplane pilots, etc. is doing just that. If the other side can do it, so can we. It’s not exploitation, it’s called taking action to prevent the next tragedy, idiots.

• Rural areas dominate our representation in Congress and state houses. Guns are a different thing in rural areas than in urban areas. Yet gun legislation pretends this is not the case. For example, Tennessee’s rural-dominated state legislature has opened a huge can of worms for metropolitan areas (and state economic drivers) Nashville and Memphis. Ditto our Congress, which sees guns as some kind of RuralMurrica cultural touchstone, not the black market highway to urban gun crime that it is.

• History. If shooting 8-year-olds in their school, and a member of Congress meeting her constituents, wasn’t awful enough to get action, nothing will be. That’s an oft-repeated talking point but it’s also bullshit. Nobody thought the Confederate Flag would ever come down from the South Carolina state capitol, either. Change happens if you want it.

• Laziness. We’re a country of 300 million people. That theater shooting in such-and-such city was awful but hey, I didn’t know any of those people. I’ll write my Congress Critter later. But first, hey let’s watch The Bachelor!

Your ideas?


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Congratulations, Shawn Fuller! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour


It’s so adorable that all of the gun nuts trolling my blog offer “prayers” …. and absolutely nothing of substance. Prayers? Really? Ain’t working, assholes. God apparently doesn’t give a shit about thousands of children injured or killed by guns in America every year. And apparently neither do you.



Just your average North Carolina gun enthusiast, enjoying his Second Amendment right to shoot at everything — including his kids:

Officials in Iredell County, North Carolina state that a man shot his two young sons before turning the gun on himself.

Shawn Fuller, 31, shot and killed his sons, ages 3 and 4, then turned the gun on himself in an attempted suicide on Saturday. Fuller was life flighted to Carolinas Medical Center with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reports WCNC.


Sheriff Darren Campbell says that Fuller had been drinking and that he had gotten into a verbal altercation with his son’s mother. Reportedly, the mother fled the home and shortly after Fuller shot both of his sons.

By the way, this is not to be confused with the tragic domestic violence attack out of Texas, where another unstable misogynist slaughtered his entire family after his ex changed the locks on their house.

But back to Mr. Fuller. It turns out he is just your typical redneck gun enthusiast/paranoiac:

Fuller’s next door neighbor, Ronnie Patterson, told local media that Fuller and his family moved into the home around Christmas of last year. He says that Fuller often fired guns in his backyard.

Patterson said that Fuller shot at milk jugs, cans, and trees. He said it was not uncommon for Fuller and his friends to be drinking while they were shooting guns.

Patterson says that the shooting happened so often that it caused his girlfriend to move out of his home a few months ago. Patterson described Fuller as paranoid. He says Fuller constantly talked about being worried someone would break into his home.

At the link you can find a picture of the family, all decked out in American flag T-shirts:

In better times, when he open-carried.

In better times, when he open-carried.

They’re always responsible gun owners, protecting themselves and their families. Until they’re not.


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Congratulations, Tami Dee Bachart! You Are Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Hey, y’all! Sorry for the long absence. My computer got FUBAR’d and then I was too busy to get back to blogging. I see you all managed without me, however!

There was so much GunFAIL while I was gone — including our own little bizarre “theater shooting” incident here in Nashville (which was really just a mentally ill homeless person with a fake gun and fake hatchet doing a fake attack, and can we find out if the fact that he had a fake gun meant our system worked or was just dumb luck? No?). But by far this item has to be my utmost favorite GunFAIL incident of the past week, and I’m sorry, it’s even better than the Karmadillo:

Bachart admitted that on Dec. 2, 2014, she sent a package with a loaded Ruger Blackhawk .357 revolver and ammunition into the mail at a post office in McCall. The package was sent to an address in Windsor, Connecticut.

While in route to Connecticut, the package arrived at a processing and distribution center in Springfield, Massachusetts. When a U.S. Postal Service employee picked up the package, the gun discharged. The employee was not seriously injured, but sought medical attention for ringing ears and stinging hands.

When the police officers opened the package, they found the loaded revolver with additional ammunition and other items.

Yes, sending a loaded gun through the U.S. mail is so responsible, you guys! Also, really illegal!

For this colossal act of sheer stupidity Ms. Bachart was ordered to serve one year of probation, perform 200 hours of community service, and pay $4,400. Way to lay the hammer down, I must say. She’s no doubt learned her lesson! Gunz is dangeruz!



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