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Congratulations, Unidentified Texas Family! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Heroes Du Jour

Three-year-old Texas child finds gun in mom’s purse, shoots self in head, dies:

HOUSTON — A 3-year-old boy has died after accidentally shooting himself in the head in northwest Harris County Friday afternoon.

It happened just after 12:30 p.m. in the 7400 block of Betanna, according to the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office.

The child was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital by Life Flight, but doctors couldn’t save him.

Investigators say the boy found the gun in a purse up on a shelf.

So much for our “safest, most responsible citizens evah:

Harris County Precinct 5 Captain Romeo Chapa tells us they believe the child’s parents have a concealed handgun permit […]

Don’t they teach you in those concealed-carry classes not to leave a loaded gun where a three-year-old can get his hands on it? Or are those classes mostly “long evenings of platitudes, Obama jokes, and belligerent posturing”? Just wondering how they do it in Texas.

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

From the annals of “safest, most responsible evah:

Police concluded the man accidentally discharged his gun inside his car when the gun shifted between the driver’s seat and the console. The man reached for the gun and unintentionally fired it while reaching, Grimsley said.

His name was not released.

The man was not cited. He was was treated at Greenview and released.

Of course the man wasn’t cited. That would be wrong. And it might undermine the myth of the safe, responsible gun owner. And we certainly can’t have that.

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Congratulations, Unidentified AK Lady! You’re Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

Another of our most responsible citizens evah fails to live up to their NRA-crafted reputation:

Investigations revealed that “as the family was getting out of their pickup truck in the parking lot the mother’s .357 magnum revolver fell out of her holster and struck the pavement by the hammer which caused the revolver to discharge a round,” troopers wrote.

Troopers wrote that the fired round struck the child “just above the knee then exited his leg and lodged in the trim of the building.”

Earlier today in Texas a concealed-carry permit holder accidentally shot himself in the leg in a mall parking lot. But shooting your own child just adds to the hero status, in my book.

Well done, gun nuts.

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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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Congratulations, Christina Bond! You Are Our 2nd Amendment Hero Du Jour

I am beyond words:

ST. JOSEPH, MI — A woman who accidentally shot herself in the eye on New Years Day at her Lake Michigan home was adjusting the handgun in her bra holster, police say.

St. Joseph Public Safety detectives are still waiting on the full autopsy report in the death of Christina Bond, 55, but released the new details to the Kalamazoo Gazette on Wednesday.

“She was having trouble adjusting her bra holster, couldn’t get it to fit the way she wanted it to. She was looking down at it and accidentally discharged the weapon,” said St. Joseph Public Safety Director Mark Clapp.

Officers responded to 396 Upton Drive at 5:10 p.m. Jan. 1 to find Bond with a gunshot wound to the eye. She was taken to Lakeland Hospital and then airlifted to Bronson Methodist Hospital where she died the next day.

Can you say “liability lawsuit”? And what fucking moron thought a “bra holster” was a good idea in the first place? (Except maybe this lady.) Hey fellas, how about a jockstrap holster?

Idiots.

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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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Tennessee Gun Report: Facts Have A Known Liberal Bias

There’s yet another move afoot to send wet kisses to the NRA and allow guns in Tennessee’s parks. While the Depends crowd will no doubt bring up the threat of boogey men waiting to rape your women and steal your children and flat-screen TVs, today’s New York Times has this to say about our safest, most responsible evah (h/t, Jo in comments):

There is no central tally of the effects, with states often barring release of concealed-carry data and Congress hewing to the gun lobby’s opposition to research on guns’ effects on public health. But a methodical gleaning of eight years of news accounts by the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety group, found that in research involving 722 deaths in 544 concealed-carry shootings in 36 states and the District of Columbia, only 16 cases were eventually ruled lawful self-defense — even though this has been a major gun rights selling point for the new laws.

Nothing screams “my pro-gun argument completely lacks any basis in reality” louder than “states barring the release of concealed-carry data.” But I digress.

More gravely, the study found that the fatalities included 17 law enforcement officers shot by people with legal permits along with 705 slain civilians. There were 28 mass shootings (involving three or more victims) in which 136 people were killed — even though concealed carry has also been sold as a defense against massacres like the one in Newtown, Conn.

In studying the 544 shootings, the center found 177 cases where people with gun licenses were ultimately convicted of crimes, including homicides, and 218 cases where the permit holder used the gun to commit suicide. There were 44 total lives taken by licensed individuals who first murdered others, then committed suicide.

The full death toll attributable to concealed carry is undoubtedly larger because the center’s study did not cover all 50 states. Lawmakers dare not allow a national tally, so badly needed, to be kept by the government. No one is sure how many citizens now legally carry guns, but estimates run beyond 11 million nationally with many statehouse agendas pursuing even more permits.

What we don’t know surely won’t hurt us, amiright? But let’s put this “safest, most responsible evah” bullshit to bed right now.

And now, your Tennessee gun report:

• February 9, 2015:

This pants-wetter claims the mall in Morristown violated his 2nd Amendment Rights. Apparently he needs to revisit the concept of “private property rights.”

• February 7, 2015:

A 19-year-old Chattanooga man accidentally shot himself when he adjusted the gun he had in his pants. He does not appear to have hit anything important.

• February 4, 2015:

1- A 15-year-old in Morgan County accidentally shot himself. He died.

2- A 69-year-old Greeneville man pointed a loaded gun at another man, then clocked him on the head with it. Appears to be road rage, from what I can tell.

• January 31, 2015:

Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas are in the top ten states for gun deaths in 2013. Tennessee ranks ninth. For more on this, see our January 30 gun report item.

• January 30, 2015:

State Senator Frank Nicely has proposed a “Second Amendment sales tax holiday” which would eliminate sale tax on firearms, ammo and hunting supplies the first weekend of September. From the story:

The bill is modeled after similar legislation in Mississippi.

Because Tennessee is so dumbed down we’re actually getting ideas from Mississippi, the state that is permanently last in everything sane people want to be first in.

My thought is we don’t need a sales tax holiday. We need to double or even triple the sales tax on guns, ammo and hunting supplies, to compensate for the cost of all the gun fail. I’m tired of privatizing gains and socializing losses. There’s a public cost associated with gun ownership and we need to make the gun owners responsible, by requiring liability insurance and providing funds to be used toward the medical and law enforcement costs that stem from gun ownership. Personal responsibility time.

• January 29, 2015:

1- Nashville man trying out new birthday shotgun accidentally shot out his neighbor’s window. Yes, alcohol was involved.

2- A Franklin County sheriff’s deputy was in Murfressboro and left his gun and bulletproof vest in his car, whereupon it was stolen. Slow clap.

• January 26, 2015:

Someone shot a bald eagle in Vonore, Tennessee. There’s a $10,000 reward for information.

• January 19, 2015:

This Memphis man shot two dogs with an AK-47. One died.

• January 18, 2015:

This Dyer County man chased a German shepherd puppy around his neighborhood shooting at it until he finally killed it.

• January 16, 2015:

A McMinn County man was arrested after waving an AK-47 and pointing it at traffic.

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