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Maybe It’s Not The Lack Of Training

Remember last October’s horrific story of an 8-year-old girl who was shot and killed by her 11-year-old neighbor because she refused to show him her new puppy? The kid has just been convicted by a Jefferson County Juvenile Court judge.

Here’s what happened:

MaKayla Dyer, a student at White Pine Elementary, was killed October 3, 2015, outside her home. Juvenile Judge Dennis “Will” Roach II, who presided over Tiller’s case, wrote in a court order that he was playing with MaKayla Dyer, her 11-year-old sister and her friend when he asked her to retrieve her puppies. After she said no, he went inside and came back with a 12 gauge shotgun and a bb gun, telling the girls he had guns.

“The victim then laughed at Mr. Tiller, and stated that she believed they were not real,” read the court documents. “Tiller then made certain the gun was loaded, cocked the hammer of the gun, and shot the victim just above the heart” from inside the window.

Dyer fell backwards and was later confirmed dead.

This heartbreaking story brought to you by bad parenting, gun culture, and the NRA. The 12-gauge belonged to the kid’s father, and if you think it’s perfectly okay to leave a 12-gauge within reach of an 11-year-old, you’re an asshole. Oh, but you say, it’s perfectly fine if they’ve had that Eddie Eagle training! Riiiight:

Judge Roach said Tiller had been trained in firearm safety and had been taken hunting by both his father and grandfather.

Clearly this kid was fucked up in the head, and I have to wonder why anyone would let their fucked up kid mess around with guns. I wondered this same thing about Nancy Lanza and Chris Harper-Mercer and I also wondered the same thing about Chris Kyle, who took PTSD-afflicted vets to a gun range as “therapy.” That just strikes me as supremely stupid. After every mass shooting people say “Oh, we just need to keep the guns out of the hands of the mentally ill,” yet those same people are the ones handing the mentally ill their guns in the first place!

And every time a child gets his or her hands on a gun and blows someone away we’re told “well, training …” and yet here’s a fucked up kid who had that training, which he apparently put to good use to blow away his neighbor.

So really, gun people just need to shut up, already.

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Tennessee Gun Report

So much stuff never makes the papers. For example, one of the local Moms Demand Action members was in a Nashville Krispy Kreme when someone found a loaded gun left behind in the bathroom. Cops were called but it never made the news.

So it just seems so bizarre that our gun-crazy state legislature is bound and determined to ensure that we all are forced to interact with firearms on a daily basis now, whether we like it or not. Check out this fresh hell: a bill has been filed that would allow people to sue if they are injured in gun-free zones:

The bill, if passed into law, will allow any Tennessean with a valid handgun permit to sue property owners for injury or death that occurs within a gun-free zone.

The right to sue does not extend to individuals who do not have a permit to carry a weapon.

The underlying premise of this bill is the assumption that a gun could prevent said injury or death. Facts not in evidence! This strikes me as legally specious, but regardless, the premise is that if you’re in a gun-free establishment and, say, a bear busts in and goes on a rampage, the underlying assumption is that someone with a gun could have taken that bear out. So if they’re injured by the bear, they have a right to sue.

This is a neat little switcheroo on those of us who have been clamoring for mandatory liability insurance for all gun carriers. But every day is upside-down day in NRA land, right?

I love this glorious assumption that a gun would solve every problem. Hammers and nails, people. This is pretty much how the gun nuts think: the only way they can defend themselves and their families is with a gun. They just feel so helpless without their ballistic security blanket! Poor dears, I feel sorry for them, really I do.

Without further ado, our semi-weekly roundup of law-abiding armed citizenry:

• February 2, 2016:

A Murfreesboro man was chased by police because he was running naked with a gun, firing shots. The police were armed to the teeth too, with assault rifles, shotguns and pistols. Yee haw.

• January 30, 2016:

A fight broke out in the parking lot of Nashville’s White’s Creek Pike High School while a basketball game was going on and one person was shot. He died.

• January 29, 2016:

1- A Franklin County man accidentally shot himself in the shoulder.

2- A road rage shooting on I-40 in Memphis made the morning commute a little more hectic than usual:

The victim advised police the suspect was in a white 4 door F-250. According to the victim, the suspect was attempting to merge onto traffic at Sycamore View and Sam Cooper when the suspect became angry at the victim and began shooting.

The victim said a man shot him multiple times. He went to Regional Medical Center in critical condition. He has since been upgraded to non-critical condition.

Police said they believe the victim was shot in the leg, arm, and shoulder. There were at least 12-13 shots fired into the vehicle.

Are we safer yet?

• January 28, 2016:

1- A 20-year-old Alexandria, Tennessee man called the Murfreesboro Social Security office and threatened to shoot everyone because he said his check was $100 short.

2- Congratulations, Nashville International Airport! You rank #6 for gun catches, with 59 weapons discovered in 2015. So much for “law-abiding citizens” and “safest, most responsible ever.”

By the way, if gun-free zones are so dangerous, how come there have been so few mass shootings at airports?

• January 25, 2016:

Parents leave their kids in the car with a handgun. What happened next will blow your mind! Just kidding:

Investigators said that one of the children found a loaded semi-automatic pistol inside their mother’s purse. The child then tried to unload the gun when it accidentally discharged, striking the 7-year-old boy.

Brilliant.

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Congratulations, Joseph Lemier! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

A man in the checkout at a Dollar General in Lehigh Acres, Florida, was just trying to do some shopping when he got shot. Why? Read on:

Brandon Orlando was standing in the checkout line when the man standing behind him accidentally dropped his gun on the floor, and it fired.

“I heard it go off it sounded like a balloon,” said Orlando.

According to deputies, when the gun hit the floor, it shot off a round. The bullet ricocheted off a conveyor belt and then grazed Orlando’s stomach.

“It’s just a crazy freak accident that happened, but thank God I’m still alive,” he said. “I’m happy.”

Just a “crazy freak accident! Except it’s one of those things that’s happening with increasing frequency. The more people walking around with loaded guns, the more gun accidents. It’s called math.

And as for our 2nd Amendment Hero?

The gun owner, Joseph Lemier, called the sheriff’s office immediately. When a deputy got to the scene, he ran Lemier’s concealed weapons license and learned that it had been revoked.

Lemier also claimed that the safety was on when the gun hit the floor. But upon inspection, the deputy found that the safety was not operational.

Yeah, a real law-abiding citizen would never let that happen. Except, of course, when they do.

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“Things Just Happen”

Quite possibly the stupidest thing you will read this week:

According to police, four children were left alone in a vehicle while their mother and step-father went inside a store to a pay a bill.

One of the children found the gun in the mother’s purse and tried to remove to the magazine to unlock it.

However, the gun fired and struck his seven-year-old brother in the head. The boy was flown to a Knoxville area hospital where he died.

“There’s always a danger leaving a child in the car because they can pull it into neutral or anything else,” Crossville Police Chief Rodney Shoap told Local 8 Now. “Things just happen.”

Things just happen? Because they can put the car in neutral? Are you FUCKING KIDDING ME? What about leaving your loaded gun in the car, maybe that wasn’t such a swuft idea? Ya think?

No, things don’t just “happen.” Some idiot left her four kids in the car with access to a loaded gun and the absolutely, 100% predictable thing happened.

What did you people think would happen when you told ordinary people that they needed to carry guns with them everywhere? Did you seriously think that some person in East Jesus, Tennessee was going to take out ISIS, stop a carjacking, defend freedom and the American flag, be a big damn hero, whatever?

No. These people leave their guns everywhere because they aren’t responsible, they aren’t “law-abiding citizens,” they aren’t the “safest ever.” They’re ordinary people who go about their ordinary days doing ordinary stupid shit like leaving their kids in the car, leaving their purse in the car, lose their keys, drop things, forget stuff, and make bad decisions. Except when you do all of those things with a loaded gun, people die.

I don’t even have a thought and a prayer for you people and your fearmongering enablers like the NRA, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, the Tennessee Firearms Assn, and the entire Tennessee Republican caucus. Scratch that, I do have a thought. Fuck you, that’s my thought.

By the way, who leaves their goddamn purse in the car in the first place? If your community is so safe that you can leave your purse in the car, why the fuck do you need a gun?

Idiots.

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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.

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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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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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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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