Congratulations, Unidentified WA Man Dane Gallion! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

[UPDATE] 2:

“He feared mass shootings”:

His father, Donald Gallion, had called the King County sheriff’s dispatch to say his son had returned home extremely upset, claiming the gun had fallen out of his pocket and gone off, police said.

Dane Gallion later told the arresting officer that another moviegoer reached for his crotch and that’s when he accidentally fired the gun, according to the probable-cause statement. Gallion said he fled the theater immediately because he didn’t want to be taken for a mass shooter.

Finally, at the Renton police station, he told another officer that a man had been bothering him, but declined to go into the details, according to the statement. Gallion alleged the gun accidentally went off and scared him, prompting him to leave; he denied having handled the gun.

Looks like a paranoid, trigger-happy loon — exactly not the kind of person you want walking around with a gun in a public place.

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[UPDATE]:

He was one of our safest, most responsible gun owners evah. Shocker!

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It’s a wingnut trifecta! Guns! Benghazi movie! GunFAIL!

(CNN) —A man who shot a woman while fumbling with his gun in a Washington state movie theater has turned himself in, authorities said.

The victim was in stable condition after she was shot in the torso Thursday night in Renton.

She was in the theater watching the movie “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” when the shooting occurred, CNN affiliate KOMO reported.

The unidentified suspect took off after the shooting, the Renton Police Department said in a statement.

His father later called 911 and said his distraught son told him the gun discharged after he dropped it in the theater, authorities said.

That’s a responsible gun owner for you! Accidentally shoot someone in a movie and then take off like a scared little boy. Brilliant!

One question: are we safer yet? Just asking!

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Congratulations, Larry Lotz! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

That gun sure kept that family safe:

Larry Lotz, 65, snapped after his wife, Karen, admonished him for leaving the coffee maker turned on in the couple’s Barrington, Ill., home, according to police reports.

After the argument, Larry Lotz walked out of the kitchen and into his home office, where he grabbed a .45-caliber handgun, Assistant State’s Attorney Chris Corbin told the Chicago Tribune.

When Karen Lotz followed him into the office, Larry Lotz fired four shots at his wife, striking her three times — including once in the head, Corbin said.

He “snapped.” Well clearly, the wife should have been armed, right?

Oh, by the way, she’s dead now. Slow clap, gun nuts.

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Tennessee Gun Report

The past week has given us a handful of accidental shootings and various other gun hilarity. One question: are we safer yet?

• January 15, 2016:

In South Nashville, a man was shot in the arm, but his story doesn’t add up:

Police told News 2 the victim said a car pulled up next to him and, after an exchange with the driver, he was shot in the arm.

Despite their interaction, police said the victim could not provide a suspect description and an exact crime scene could not be located.

On the news they said police believe the man accidentally shot himself and just doesn’t want to admit it. Sigh.

• January 14, 2016:

A Johnson City felon received 15 years in prison after he posted numerous photos to Facebook of himself posing with guns.

• January 13, 2016:

1- In Nashville, someone shot at a school bus full of kids.

2- Background checks work! An Arkansas man used a fake badge to get a first-responder discount at a Memphis gun store; the background check revealed that he’s worked for the police department for just three weeks back in 2014 and never returned his equipment.

3- This WTF moment comes from Murfreesboro:

A witness told officers he heard shots fired, then overheard a woman asking someone why he had shot at her, according to the report.

The witness told police he saw the man come out from behind the nearby McDonald’s on Memorial, the report stated.

Officers apprehended Brandon Climer, 30, of Fawnwood Drive, who appeared to be intoxicated, the report stated.

Climer was taken to Saint Thomas Rutherford Medical Center, where he said it was his wife’s fault he had gotten into trouble and that he was going to beat her when he got home, the report stated.

Climer said he had chased a woman to defend himself, according to the report. He was charged with felony reckless endangerment and possession of a handgun while intoxicated.

Guns just make every situation so much better, don’t they?

• January 12, 2016:

1- A Murfreesboro man accidentally shot himself in the foot at his apartment when he tried to grab his gun as it slipped out of his hand. Ooops.

2- An 18-year-old was arrested for “reckless homicide” in connection with the accidental Christmas Eve shooting of a 16-year-old:

Jones admitted to shooting his friend while handling a pistol.  He said he then panicked and fled.

• January 11, 2016:

1- A Kingsport dad accidentally shot his 4-year-old in the head:

According to police, last Friday Bobo was shooting a high-powered adult pellet rifle at targets across the street from his home in Kingsport. A family member told the Times-News that during this time his 4-year-old son, Teagan White, rode his bicycle into the path of his father’s target practice and was struck one time in the side of his forehead.

Dad has since been arrested on unrelated drug charges. The actual shooting occurred on January 9.

2- A Knoxville man walking down the middle of the street didn’t like it when a car honked at him so he did what any Tennessean would: he pulled out his 9mm and shot at it.

3- An assault rifle was stolen from a Memphis gun show over the weekend.

4- A new bill would allow guns in private K-12 schools. Tennessee Legislature wants everyone packing, everywhere, all the time, and they won’t rest until it happens. God. Meanwhile, a state senator says allowing guns on college campuses is his “top priority.”

5- A Blackman High School student is accused of bringing a gun to class.

6- A Greeneville man pulled a gun on another man to get help fixing his truck. Hilarity ensued.

 

• January 8, 2016:

After yet another gun store burglary, police are asking gun store owners to increase security at their shops:

At gun stores, police said crooks often use the smash-and-grab technique. In many cases, the only thing standing in their way is a sheet of glass.

“People who break into stores to steal guns are going to use them to create other crimes. They’re criminals,” Vaughn said.

[…]

There are no laws requiring Tennessee gun store owners to have specific safety measures in place. The ATF doesn’t regulate them, and Vaughn said that’s the way it should be.

But Vaughn said he hopes owners will take it upon themselves to add security going forward.

That’s just fucking stupid, people. BTW, if you’ve ever been to a gun store in any rural area, they’re often even more vulnerable — sometimes the front of someone’s house or a garage. I’m going to hope that gun store owners go ahead and “do the right thing” as the one mentioned in the article does, but I’m a realist and know too many idiots and cheapskates out there don’t give a crap. So I’m thinking this wishing and hoping nonsense will amount to squat.

• January 7, 2016:

1- A man unloading his gun accidentally fired it, sending the bullet into his neighbor’s bedroom. She was in bed at the time, but not shot.

2- One of our safest, most responsible evah brought his gun into a Dept. of Children’s Services office in Lebanon. Hilarity ensued:

It was discovered that a 10-year-old child, who was in a cubicle for an interview with a DCS worker, had noticed a handgun in a bag. The juvenile got the weapon out of the bag and showed it to the worker.

Authorities confirmed the gun was pointed at the worker to display it, but not in a threatening manner.

Police said the gun belonged to 34-year-old Nicholas Collier who has a handgun carry permit.

Collier, a contract worker for DCS through Omni Community Health, had placed the bag in the cubicle with the weapon inside.

He has been cited for possessing a weapon in a government building where signage indicates weapons are not allowed.

Awesome. Are we safer yet?

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What The Fuck Am I Looking At Here

The Donald Trump Jam????

There really are no words. It’s like a Hitler youth/Bob Roberts mash-up.

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Congratulations, Unidentified IN Person! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

A meeting of “gun enthusiasts” at the Vigo County Public Library in Indiana predictably went off with a bang:

The library offers meeting rooms, which provide an extra sense of comfort and security for community organizations or groups. On Tuesday afternoon “gun hobbyists” reserved a room, and it was during their discussion when a person in attendance had a gun accidentally discharge.

“Throughout the course of their meeting they were handling firearms that were intended to be unloaded, and in fact one of them did still have a live round in the chamber,” said Howe.

That’s brilliant. Nobody was injured, thankfully. I’m sure this person was super responsible, though. Don’t you feel safer?

I love that the state of Indiana, like Tennessee and so many other states, has made it almost impossible to not interact with firearms on a daily basis. By using state statute to allow the carrying of firearms on public property, you will find it really difficult to avoid being around guns these days. Or as the library’s spokesman put it,

There’s always the possibility that guns are in the building and we’re not even aware of it. The library board does not really have the ability to implement additional regulation beyond Indiana code, we just comply with what the code states for us,” said Howe.

But think of all the times someone carrying a gun protected the library from tyranny!

The library is working with the group to make sure a similar incident does not happen again in the future. “We’re not interested in the gun control debate, our first priority is safety.”

Can’t see the forest for those pesky trees.

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Big Government, Liars & Abortion

Government is sooooo teeensy weensy teeny tiny in the State of North Carolina that doctors performing abortions must send their required-by-law ultrasounds to the state:

Per The New York Times, doctors who perform abortions at or after the 16-week mark must send North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services “the method used to determine the ‘probable gestational age’ of the fetus, the measurements used to support the assertion and, most controversially, an ultrasound showing the measurements.” The law states that this information is being collected for “statistical purposes only,” and that patients’ and doctors’ names will remain confidential.

But Melissa Reed, the director of Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic, argues that the law, which went into effect on January 1, is “medically unnecessary and purely politically driven. The true intent of the law is clear—to shame women and intimidate the doctors that care for them.”

Anti-abortion activist Tami L. Fitzgerald, who consulted on the bill with Republicans in the legislature, told the Times that the law should “act as a deterrent to the doctors themselves from lying about gestational age. The state has made a public policy decision that babies after 20 weeks have a right to live. So this law is about protecting the rights of those unborn babies.”

Why would doctors lie about gestational age? Just for kicks?

Several years ago I did a blog post where I recounted a conversation I had with my own ob/gyn about mandatory ultrasound regulations the state of Tennessee was proposing, as well as other healthcare issues currently being debated nationally. I couldn’t for the life of me understand why doctors were remaining quiet on an issue that affected their business.

From the 2013 archive:

[…] I asked her if she was aware that there were bills in the legislature requiring women to get an ultrasound before receiving an abortion.

“Really?!” She seemed genuinely surprised. Jesus, lady! I wanted to scream. You’re a gynecologist! This is your field! Don’t you pay attention to what legislators are doing affecting your own business?

I asked if there was any medical reason why this procedure would be necessary. “They need to do it,” she said, “to determine the age of the fetus.”

“But what if a woman is positive that it’s within the first trimester?”

“They still need to do it, to make sure.”

“To make sure?”

“To make sure she’s telling the truth.”

So, ultrasounds are needed to make sure women are telling the truth. This was my own doctor of going on 20-something years telling me this. And now, we have taken that idea to its next logical place: state government bureaucrats must review these ultrasounds becase the doctors might be lying.

Oh and also, “statistical purposes.” Right. (Statistics? Seriously? Of what?)

Where do we go from there? I have to think we’ll need some kind of federal oversight, don’t you? In case the state government bureaucrats are lying, especially if one of those ‘bortion lovin’ LIEberals gets in the governor’s office, right? Could happen! You know it could!

I mean, why not? If a universal background check is the first step towards Obama coming to confiscate everyone’s guns with his magic gun-grabbing super magnet device, how is this not the first step toward fascism?

If government has to check an ultrasound because they think a doctor might be lying about a fetus’ gestational age, and that ultrasound itself is required because the government thinks a woman might be lying about gestational age, it’s not a big leap to assume everyone is lying about everything and the government better just Big Brother-up on everything. Amiright?

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Arthur Laffer, For The Win

People, I ask you: is there anyone more hilarious than perennial clown and serial liar Arthur Laffer? I think not:

Supply-side economist Arthur Laffer is predicting Republicans will win the White House in a landslide this year, regardless of the nominee.

“I would be surprised if the Republicans don’t take 45, 46, 47 states out of the 50,” Laffer told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970 on Sunday.

“I mean, I think we’re going to landslide this election.”

Laffer, who served in various positions in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations, said he is bullish on the entire Republican primary field.

“When I look at these candidates, I don’t see one of them who wouldn’t do a great job as president,” he said.

“I think Donald Trump is phenomenal, I think Rand Paul has done a great job, I even like Jeb Bush — I think Jeb Bush is great, he did a wonderful job in Florida,” he added. “Chris Christie – phenomenal.”

This guy is such a jackass. Why, I wonder, does anyone even give him the time of day? Because, as I pointed out in 2012, he tells conservatives exactly what they want to hear. Whether it’s supply-side fairy tales, or various and sundry fabrications about rich people leaving Tennessee because of inheritance taxes, Laffer can always be relied upon to reinforce conservative theology. That none of it is true seems not to matter at all.

I don’t know how many times someone can lie and be wrong before our political fanboys stop paying attention to them. Apparently, if you’re a conservative, never.

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Denial

The reaction to President Obama’s executive order on gun control has been interesting. Initially the NRA called the proposals “surprisingly thin”:

“This is it, really?” asked Jennifer Baker, an official with the N.R.A.’s Washington lobbying arm. “This is what they’ve been hyping for how long now? This is the proposal they’ve spent seven years putting together? They’re not really doing anything.”

So, no biggie, right? I mean, the NRA is always saying that we don’t need new gun laws, we just need to enforce the ones we have, right? So they should be fine with this. Nobody is coming for your guns, we’re just expanding some background checks and beefing up enforcement. Everyone should be happy, right?

Well, it didn’t take too long for everyone to lose their shit. Newsmax literally called it a “gun grab” (Google it); Republicans already vow they will defund the effort to “enforce the laws we already have”; Tennessee Republicans see tyranny and a shredded Constitution; the NRA refuses to participate in the president’s town hall on gun violence. Basically, it’s a right-wing freak-out.

Shocked face.

One argument I keep hearing from the saner gun owners is that they’ve “never, ever” run across a situation where they were offered a chance to buy a gun without a background check. “There are no gun sales without background checks,” they say. This clearly isn’t true (I’ve outlined here), but one of Tennessee’s Moms Demand Action members decided to put that theory to the test after talking to a gun enthusiast friend who made that same claim.

She went to Armslist.com, found a reasonably-priced handgun, and proceeded to text the seller. Here’s their conversation; she notes the seller offered to meet in person:

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“Cash and carry, no paperwork at all.” Brilliant! When I posted this elsewhere, the first response I got was from a gun loon saying there’s “no evidence” that this is an actual conversation with an Armslist.com gun seller. You’re right, Sherlock! Maybe we’re all big, fat liars. Or maybe you’re just in fucking denial.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Our first gun report of the new year and Memphis, you are over-represented. What is going on down there?

• January 5, 2016:

In Memphis, a 21-year-old man accidentally fired his gun in his apartment. The bullet passed through the floor to the apartment downstairs, where it hit (and killed) a 13-year-old, and grazed the 3-month-old baby she was holding. The shooter was then shot and killed by someone who went upstairs to investigate.

So much gunfail. Welcome to the NRA’s America.

• January 4, 2016:

A gun report update: two felony indictments have been filed against the Goodlettsville dad whose 5-year-old was accidentally shot by an older brother using dad’s gun back in November.

This was an especially egregious case of negligence. From the original report:

Prior to the shooting, the dad had been watching television with the two children and was playing with the family’s cat with a laser mounted onto a gun.

Police said the man later went into the kitchen and forgot to put the firearm out of the children’s reach.

The older child picked up the gun in an effort to get the cat to chase the laser. Police said the child was unfamiliar with how the laser worked and instead pulled the gun’s trigger, firing one shot.

Hope they lock him up.

• January 3, 2016:

A Memphis teenager is in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself.

• December 28, 2015:

New bill would prohibit civilians from having armed drones but leaves the door open to law enforcement.

Oh hell no.

• December 25, 2015:

Christmas night in Memphis:

A man is in critical condition after accidentally shooting himself in the leg and crashing his car, police say.

According to Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph, officers found two vehicles involved in a crash at Third and Madison Avenue shortly before 9 on Christmas night. The 31-year-old driver of the first vehicle, a Chevrolet Camaro, was pinned by the steering wheel and had to be freed by firefighers.

Once the man was pulled from the car, officers found him to be shot in the leg. The man told police that he accidentally shot himself and was going to the hospital when he crashed his car, police say.

The driver of the second car, an Acura, said he was sitting at the light at Third and Madison when the first car ran the red light and lost control at the intersection. The car struck a pole and then the Acura, police say.

I feel so much safer now, you guys.

• December 23, 2015:

Tennesseans can no longer conceal-carry in Virginia.

• December 19, 2015:

In Chattanooga, a leaf-blowing incident “escalated”:

Orville Hughes, 53, said Marsh apparently took offense when he was blowing leaves near his property.

He said they argued, then Marsh came down from the porch and onto the sidewalk holding a knife.

Hughes said he retreated to his residence and came back out with a gun and holster.

He said he looked up on the porch before leaving his yard and saw Marsh sitting on the porch holding a shotgun. He then retreated and called police.

Arms races always work out so well.

• December 18, 2015:

In case you missed it, we had a mass shooting in Knoxville before Christmas. Very tragic story, which I’m not sure made the national headlines:

Police: Football player killed shielding girls from gunfire

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Police say a high school football player was shot to death while shielding three girls from the gunfire.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch says the death of 15-year-old Zaevion William Dobson was part of a series of shootings that began Thursday night.

The first incident involved 46-year-old Lisa Perry being shot in her apartment. She is expected to survive.

Rausch said Perry’s 23-year-old son, Brandon Perry, and several other men then drove to the neighborhood where Dobson lived and “randomly fired multiple times.”

The girls shielded by Dobson were not hurt.

Rausch said Brandon Perry was found to have been shot after he crashed a car into another apartment. He died from his injuries on Friday morning.

These vendetta shootings, I just don’t get it. What the hell is wrong with people?

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Inquiring Minds, Immigration Edition

Why is it whenever Republicans like Donald Trump fearmonger about illegal immigration, they show people pouring over a wall?

Aren’t they the ones who are always trying to build a wall to stop it? Doesn’t this prove that walls don’t work?

[UPDATE]:

Ted Cruz’s hilarious immigration ad also features people flooding across a wall (as well as through rivers, etc.)

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