It’s baaaaack! Three accidental shootings in this week’s gun report. Enjoy!
• July 10, 2015:
A Nashville couple kept a loaded gun under their child’s mattress.
• July 8, 2015:
1- Nothing screams “pro-life” like pulling a gun on a women’s clinic client at an abortion protest:
BRISTOL — A report of a gunman during a clash between protesters and visitors at a Bristol abortion clinic Wednesday led to a Chilhowie, Va., man’s arrest.
Police were called to the Bristol Regional Women’s Center on West State Street just before 8 a.m. and learned of an argument between a protester and a patron of the business, Derrick Doss, 32,
Police said Doss went to his vehicle and retrieved a handgun, which he loaded by racking the slide. Police found Doss with a handgun.
After gathering evidence and taking witness statements, police charged him with aggravated assault. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail.
That’s so pro-life, you guys! Also, love how when you’re exercising your Second Amendment rights, all other parts of the Constitution are pretty much shredded.
2- Tennessee state rep Mike Stewart (Democrat, of course) doesn’t think it’s “perfectly acceptable” to shoot a firearm into the air in celebration. Gun humpers disagree!
“It’s perfectly acceptable conduct,” said John Harris, executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association.
“We can’t have people shooting a lethal weapon into the air,” said Rep. Stewart. “That’s crazy.”
Tom Michaud, who got hit in the arm by a stray bullet at Nissan Stadium, was shocked to find out that no one would be held responsible or charged with reckless endangerment.
“It doesn’t meet the standard at all because the Supreme Court has said the harm has to be directed towards an identifiable person or group of people,” said Harris.
Reckless endangerment in Tennessee is defined as placing another person in imminent danger. Appellate Court case State vs. Fox says merely discharging a gun is not enough to meet the requirement of reckless endangerment.
“We need to make it obviously clear that firing a weapon in the air in a populated area is illegal,” said Rep. Stewart.
Rep. Stewart says he plans to patch-up this legal loophole with new legislation. The executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association says he would oppose it, “Because people all over the state can do it safely in areas that are not a threat to a third person.”
That makes SO MUCH SENSE, Mr. Harris! Oh wait. It doesn’t. Any claims that the Tennessee Firearms Assn. are reasonable, responsible gun owners have permanently flown out the window. They are the extreme of the extreme — and yet, our idiotic state legislators are afraid of them.
• July 7, 2015:
A Chattanooga man accidentally shot himself while taking his gun apart to clean it, while at work:
Chattanooga police responded to an accidental shooting on Access Road near Highway 153 today just after 12 p.m.
Robert Henry, 38, shot himself in the chest while attempting to take his own gun apart to clean it, according to police. He was trying to field strip his gun while sitting at his desk at Technology Sales, on Access Road, where he works.
Police said he was awake and alert after the shooting and his injury was not life-threatening.
Henry has a valid gun permit.
Remind me, who told us that guns at work were a good idea? Pretty sure it was the Tennessee Firearms Assn.
• July 7, 2015:
Some rare good news in the gun report: a Rockvale woman attempted to buy a gun and was arrested when the background check revealed active warrants against her in two Tennessee counties.
So remind me why we don’t want background checks for all gun purchases?
• July 4, 2015:
As mentioned earlier, two people were hit by stray bullets during Nashville’s July Fourth celebration downtown. We now have an interview with the second victim:
“We were hanging out in the back of the truck, talking to each other,” Michaud said. “I was standing there talking, with my arms crossed, when I heard the noise hit. It sounded like a splat.”
It was the sound of a bullet grazing his left bicep and lodging into his right forearm.
“I felt it and I looked down and I thought it was a singe, maybe from the fireworks or something like that,” Michaud said. “I tried to wipe it off. And on my other arm, I saw a bump. I touched it and I could feel something in my arm.”
In a matter of minutes, Michaud’s friends discovered what had actually happened. They called 911 and helped Michaud to a temporary police post set up in the parking lot of Nissan Stadium.
“I know that it upset a lot of people in my family because of how close this actually was,” Michaud said. “I got really lucky with this. This could have been my life.”
That guy is damn lucky it wasn’t his head.
• July 2, 2015:
Guns and ammo, including an AK-47, stolen from a Memphis home … for the second time!
And here I thought criminals stayed away from homes they knew had guns?
• July 1, 2015:
We still don’t know who shot this bald eagle in Dandridge but there’s a hefty reward.