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Let Guns In The State Capitol

I’m serious.

I know that since I’m a good, liberal gun-grabber, my readers might find this hard to believe, but I actually think they should allow guns in the state capitol — practically the only place in Tennessee where they are banned by fiat right now.

Yesterday it came up and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey is all for it. Says Ramsey:

When asked if the move to allow gun owners to carry a weapon inside the Capitol will help ensure safety, Ramsey said, “Absolutely. It’s a proven statistic — indisputable — that if gun carry permit holders are allowed into a facility it is safer, not less safe.

This, actually, is horseshit, but if that’s what Republicans believe, then they should live by what they are inflicting on the rest of us. Sadly, Gov. Bill Hypocrite, er I mean Haslocrite, oops I mean Haslam strongly disagrees:

“We don’t think that people should be able to bring weapons in here,” Haslam said. “This is a secure building. We’ve got metal detectors; we’ve got troopers with guns.”

Aw, what are you so scared of, Governor? You’ve signed guns-in-bars, guns-in-parks, guns-in-cars, guns everywhere except where you work? How is that fair? Safety for you but not the rest of us? If you agree that it’s “indisputable” that more licensed guns make everyone safer — and clearly you do, because you’ve signed all of these pro-gun bills into law — then why wouldn’t you practice what you preach? Why not allow guns in the state capitol?

And don’t give me that crap about there being metal detectors, so we’re fine. If metal detectors protected us, everyone would have them, amiright? Kroger, Regal Cinemas, bars on Lower Broad — shouldn’t they all have metal detectors, then?

And what about those urgent “defensible man-made and natural hazards” that state Sen. Dolores Gresham talks about in her anti-gun-free-zones legislation? I’m talking about the bill that would allow gun permit holders to sue any “gun-free” business if they’re injured or killed by anything that could have been stopped by a gun.

Metal detectors wouldn’t stop a wild boar, now would it? Well, WOULD IT?! Or what about a wolf? What if a pack of wolves escaped from the Nashville Zoo and headed straight for the state capitol. What are you gonna do then, huh? Huh?! Aren’t you so scared of a wolf attack at the state capitol that you think a gun permit holder (“sheepdog”) should be allowed to carry and protect all of us sheep? Clearly Sen. Gresham is worried about it, it’s her bill, after all (Allegedly. I’m sure she thought it up all by her ownself, without any help from gun lobbyists like racist lunatic/ALEC alumnus Larry Pratt who is trying to pass nearly identical laws across the country).

That’s the pro-gun philosophy you endorse every time you kowtow to the gun lobby. So fine, if that’s what you truly believe, don’t be such a limp noodle. Live your gun principles! Let’s see if in five years we really are so much safer!

I’m still a good, liberal gun-grabber. But here’s the thing: if you believe the bullshit lie that guns make us safer and force everyone else to live by that belief, even if we don’t want to, then don’t even try to carve out little exceptions for yourself. Let guns in the capitol and let every fidgety gun humper on the state legislature have their fun in the workplace. Knock yourselves out.

Even gun dealers know y’all think your guns are toys. So go have your fun. Shoot your eyes out, whatever.

I’ll be safe at home, streaming my movies on Netflix, avoiding the shopping mall by shopping on Amazon, Skypeing with my friends instead of going to a bar, getting my restaurant experience via home delivery and my groceries online. I may be isolated but at least I’ll be safe in my gun-free zone until the rest of you idiots come to your senses.

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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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“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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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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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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2015 Tennessee #GunFAIL In Review

I started this tradition last year, with a year-end wrap-up of the best GunFAIL stories from across the state. This year’s report has been much different from last year’s; last year we had sheer gun stupidity (the woman who hid a loaded gun in her vagina, the man who tried to fix his broken lawnmower by shooting at it, etc.)

This year it’s just sheer tragedy: children shot by parents, by other children, by unknown assailants. What was once funny is now just very, very sad. I get no pleasure from this, but it’s important we all take a long, hard look at the way free access to firearms is destroying our culture. We’ve gone from silliness to just plain mean-spiritedness in a matter of 12 months. Pure evil is just around the corner.

Without further ado, the best of the Tennessee Gun Report:

10- In December, 2014 a Nashville man pulled a gun on a McDonald’s drive-through worker because his McDouble cheeseburger was missing from his order.

9- Frontier Firearms in Kingston decided to offer a discount to Christians, after still-unsubstantiated reports that the Umpqua Community College shooter targeted the faithful “went viral” and our Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey told “serious” Christians to get carry permits.

Let me repeat: there has been no substantiation of the single claim that the UCC shooter asked a victim if she was a Christian before murdering her. Zero. But the story circulated through the perpetually-persecuted RWNJ contingency faster than clap through a whorehouse. And hey, it’s not real fearmongering if you can’t profit from it!

8- A 63-year-old woman attending an estate auction in Greene County was accidentally shot in the face when the auctioneer handed a nearby man a .22. Oops. She survived, but her teeth didn’t.

7- In May, one of our safest, most responsible citizens evah (i.e., a CCW holder) dropped his fanny pack at a Murfreesboro Walmart, accidentally firing the gun inside. Walmart, fanny pack, gun … the jokes just write themselves, folks.

6- The Maryville restaurant which made national news in 2014 for posting a “guns welcome” sign, causing much excitement among wingnuts and gun humpers, was forced to close in March. Apparently competition from the nearby Bojangle’s was too much. Karma!

5- In November, 67-year-old Sherry McLain was so terrified of a black man who asked her for a light that she pulled a gun on him. Why yes it happened in the Walmart parking lot, why do you ask?

4- Massive discourse FAIL: in July, following the tragic shooting on Chattanooga-area military stations, volunteer 2nd Amendment Heroes decided to “protect” recruiting stations located in shopping malls. Completely overlooked by the gun-humpers was the fact that not one but two military personnel at the shooting site were armed, both fired on the shooter, and both missed.

It’s almost as if the gun loons just hear what they want to hear, you know? Meanwhile, a Navy recruiter in guns-everywhere Georgia brought his gun to work and promptly shot himself in the leg with it, while a volunteer in Ohio accidentally fired his rifle at the shopping center recruiting station he was “protecting.”

3- In October, an 11-year-old boy shot and killed his 8-year-old neighbor after she refused to show him her new puppy. He used his dad’s 12-guage.

2- After two people were shot by “celebratory” stray bullets during Nashville’s downtown July Fourth celebration, a Democratic lawmaker suggested that maybe there oughta be a law against shooting your gun in the air. The Tennessee Firearms Assn., always the voice of reason, disagreed:

“It’s perfectly acceptable conduct,” said John Harris, executive director of the Tennessee Firearms Association.

[…]

“Because it’s their right to do it if they want to,” said Harris.

Harris says if someone wants to celebrate that way, the government shouldn’t stop them.

And this, boys and girls, is why we can’t have nice things. Because our state government is under the spell of a crazy person.

1- And our top story from the past year: that time in April when the NRA brought its national convention to Nashville, literally blanketing our city with propaganda, like these banners gloating about how they overturned a ban on cop-killer bullets:

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Rep. Rick Womick Continues Anti-Gay Hissy Fit

Fresh off his unsuccessful attempt to have Gov. Bill Haslam impeached over gay marriage, loony Tennessee Republican (I realize that’s redundant) Rep. Rick Womick would now like the state of Tennessee to stop issuing all marriage licenses:

Womick is calling for Tennessee to revert back to a common-law state on marriage, the way it was before the Civil War, and stop issuing marriage licenses altogether.

“We as a state, as a legislature would then be standing up the Supreme Court and saying: ‘You are out of bounds. You don’t have the authority to tell us what we can or can’t do. And you can’t make us issue licenses not only to same sex couples but to heterosexual couples. You can’t make us do anything if it’s not in the Constitution,’” Womick said. “It is a state’s rights issue.”

“The way it was before the Civil War.” Yes, that’s a forward thinking party for you! Nothing says “bold ideas for the future” like a crackpot who wants us to revert to the way things were before the Civil War. He knows that was 150 years ago, right? (I have the sneaking suspicion that there are a few other areas of social policy he’d like to revert to how they were before the Civil War, too.)

Of course, Rick Womick is a certifiably crazy person, who believes Agenda 21 is a real thing and is convinced an “electromagnetic pulse bomb” was detonated outside of Shelbyville in 2013. For a medley of his hits, check out this recent run-down.

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Tennessee Gun Report

Your semi-regular round up of gun crazy. Enjoy.

• December 12, 2015:

An 11-year-old Estill Springs girl was shot in the back in the garage of a home. She died.

• December 11, 2015:

From Dyersburg, and yes, this is perfectly normal in Tennessee:

Employees told officers that a man had abandoned a silver Jeep at the gas pumps and left walking north on Lake Road with two dogs, and never returned.

Moments later the man and the two dogs were found on I-155 near the Lake Road interchange with a handgun in one hand and an ax in the other.

The subject, later identified as Mark Grooms, 26, of Union City, was ordered at gunpoint to drop the weapons.

He complied and was taken into custody.

It was found upon a search that Grooms was armed with a handgun and had a hatchet, a shotgun and rifle in a duffel bag, along with a large quantity of ammunition for all the weapons that were found to be loaded at the time of arrest.

Grooms was also in possession of two different types of illegal drugs and a large amount of cash.

At the time of arrest officers say Grooms appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug and was speaking incoherently about going to a church and “rallying with his people about getting someone.”

So, what happened to the dogs?

• December 10, 2015:

1- A Jackson man accidentally shot himself in the hand and lied to the police about it, telling them he was shot by an unknown assailant.

2- A Kingston gun shop is selling “Christian carry” pins:

KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) — “There ought to be a way for Christians to kind of be able to give a nod to each other that they’re Christian and carry and that they’re not going to kneel down and allow someone to kill them,” said Brant Williams, Owner of Frontier Firearms.

I dunno, a secret handshake, maybe?

“I wear these pins as you notice saying I’m Christian and I carry weapons,” said Bobby Dodd who shoots at the range five days a week.

“I’m a Christian and I carry,” said Rob Snider who works at the shop and also wears the pins. “I’m proud of that fact.”

Okie dokie.

• A Cleveland, TN man killed his girlfriend, her five-year-old son, and the family dog. But that gun sure kept everyone safe, amiright, people?

• December 8, 2015:

Cabo was the mascot of a Nashville-area dog rescue. Until someone shot him at close range in the woods behind his house, that is. The community is heartbroken.

• December 4, 2015:

A dispatch from our armed/polite society out of Athens, Tennessee:

An argument among family members led to gunfire and an arrest recently.

At around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Athens Police Department Officer Jackie Holmes responded to a residence on Summit Street in reference to a father pointing a shotgun at his daughter.

[…]

After officers had him handcuffed, the man – identified as Michael R. Macigewski, 69, of Athens – reportedly explained that he had been arguing with his wife about someone “stealing one of his weapons.” He then allegedly said that he was threatened by his daughter, so he got his .22 caliber rifle from outside, brought it into the residence and “fired the weapon once into the floor of the residence.”

Holmes noted that she could smell a “slight” odor of alcohol on the man.

The officers then headed to the residence on Summit Street where they met with Macigewski’s wife and stepdaughter and heard their side of the story. They reportedly said that the husband and wife had been arguing and when Macigewski began yelling at his wife, the daughter stepped in between them. He then allegedly began shoving both of them around when his wife grabbed a knife and threatened him with it.

Macigewski then left the residence, came back in with his rifle and “shot a round into the floor, barely missing (the daughter’s) foot.”

Family values, y’all.

• November 30, 2015:

1- A Nashville 3-year-old accidentally shot himself in the arm with a loaded gun he found lying around in his parents’ bedroom. Super smart, you guys.

2- What is it about guns and Walmart? A CCW holder with a loaded handgun impersonated a Walmart manager in Murfreesboro, even ordering employees around. WTF?

“Not only was he presenting himself as a manager to other customers, but also giving orders to other employees before another manager asked him who are you and what are you doing here,” said Sgt. Evans.

The manager asked Jones to leave, but said he refused; So police were called and started asking questions.

They discovered that Jones had a loaded handgun with him. Jones never pulled the weapon and had a legal carry permit.

As for what witnesses said appeared to be his Walmart outfit? It wasn’t clear where Jones got it, but the style of clothing is legally available.

The story says Jones bonded out but police are still concerned about him. So glad he’s legally allowed to carry a loaded firearm everywhere. /sarcasm

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Everyone Can Shut Up About Syrian Refugees Now

Tennessee’s Attorney General has ruled that the state has no say over refugees resettled in the state:

In the opinion released Monday, Slatery notes that through the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, federal law pre-empts any rules the state seems to put into place on refugees.

But Slatery said that nothing prevents the state from communicating its preferences and concerns about the refugee resettlement program to the federal government.

We all predicted this, and one would hope that recent acts of terror on the homeland perpetuated by our own right-wing extremists might put this “OMG THEY’RE MUSLIM” BS to rest once and for all. Right-wing extremism is the greater threat to Americans, but we can’t talk about that, can we? It’s not polite! Here in Tennessee, our politicians find it more expedient to deflect and demonize marginalized communities than take responsibility for the violence their own despicable rhetoric creates. I mean, I’m still waiting for Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to tell women who are “serious about their healthcare” to get concealed-carry permits, right? But I kid, I kid.

So all that our Tennessee Legislature can do is tell the State Department that they’re a-skeered of those Middle Easterners, or, to put it more politely, they have “concerns.” You know what’s really sad? There’s a reason that so many refugees have traditionally been resettled in places like Nashville, Tennessee and across the South: it’s because of all the churches located here, and the support services that faith communities have traditionally provided, to help families resettle and assimilate into American life. I’ve mentioned this before, but many if not most of the groups facilitating refugee resettlement are Christian, and they work with local congregations! You know, Christians used to be known for helping people, not shooting up abortion clinics. Weird, huh?

Not everyone has taken leave of their senses. State Senator Jeff Yarbro — a Democrat, of course — wrote this column in our local newspaper, where he chastised his colleagues for their lack of common sense:

Rather than going through the 24-month refugee screening process, it’s far more likely that terrorists will enter the country on tourist, student or work visas. By virtue of having a passport, French and Belgian nationals can pretty easily board a plane and come to the United States.

We should make it harder for people with the intent to harm us to get into the country. But the rational response is to devote resources to more effectively screen those who can get here pretty easily.

Instead, the entire nation is focused like a laser on Syrian refugees — primarily widows and orphans — who are already subject to some of the most stringent security procedures we have. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Nov. 19 requiring national security agencies to focus greater attention on refugees, thus redirecting resources that should be trained on more serious and imminent threats.

It’s like building a moat around your backyard while leaving the front door open.

What’s worse is that closing the borders to refugees makes it harder for the United States to lead the fight against ISIS.

I know Yarbro is a newbie in our State Senate, but can we send him to Washington, please? Rep. Jim Cooper sent me a letter in response to my angry call after he voted for the SAFE Act; it appears Cooper is still sticking with his “this just reinforces existing law” position. If that’s what he thinks, then he doesn’t need to be in Congress anymore.

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