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Tennessee Gun Report

I’m trying to get better about posting these once a week. Lots of juicy Gunfail this week, including one item from the national news today out of the Capitol. Speaking of Washington D.C., Marsha Blackburn has cooked up a bill requiring background checks for teachers. I love this. One for teachers but not for gun buyers? Okie dokie.

• March 28, 2016:

Keeping in mind that it’s still early, and early reports are often wrong, it appears an armed Tennessee nutball tried to storm the U.S. Capitol and got shot:

Washington (CNN) U.S. Capitol Police shot a Tennessee man Monday afternoon after he pulled out a gun at the Capitol Visitor Center, law enforcement officials said.

A female civilian bystander was injured by shrapnel, but no U.S. Capitol Police officers were injured.

“We believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol grounds before, and there is no reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act,” U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa said.

He said the gunman, who law enforcement officials identified as Larry Russell Dawson, is currently in surgery at a hospital and that a weapon was recovered on the scene. Verderosa also described the woman’s injuries as “minor” and said she was transported to a hospital.

The gunman attempted to go through the metal detectors at the Capitol Visitor Center entrance. When those magnetometers beeped, he was stopped by security and then pulled out a gun. A Capitol police officer then shot him, sources told CNN.

Dawson was arrested on a charge of assaulting a police officer in October after an outburst in the chamber of the House of Representatives. Court documents from that 2015 incident describe Dawson as a 66-year-old man from Tennessee. In that incident, according to the documents, Dawson “loudly stated to Congress he was a ‘prophet of God.’ “

According to my Google searches, Dawson lives in Antioch, which is part of Nashville.

• March 27, 2016:

1- An armed man attempting to enter Memphis’ Bellevue Baptist Church just as Easter services started was stopped by security:

A security guard at the church apprehended the man, later identified as 31-year-old Marcus Donald, and took the weapons, Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said. She said Donald was carrying a loaded .40-caliber Beretta in his pants pocket and a .300 Blackout assault rifle in a backpack.

“The suspect stated that people in society are a threat to him and that he must be vigilant,” Rudolph said, adding that Donald was arrested for “emergency commitment” and was being evaluated Sunday evening.


Barnwell said church officials were unsure who the man was, or what he planned to do. He also doesn’t believe that many of the 3,500 or so in attendance Sunday morning realized anything was amiss.

What were the man’s intentions? We don’t know,” he said. “We are thankful for our security people. What a great job that they do.”

Hey, he could’ve just been exercising his Second Amendment rights. Who knows? Open carry or open fire? Who knows until it’s too late. Right?

2- A Nashville man’s AR-15 was stolen during a fight. Wait, I though this never happened?

• March 25, 2016:

In Memphis, an 11-year-old girl was accidentally shot by another child who was playing with a gun. She is in critical condition.

• March 23, 2016:

A CCW holder from Florida accidentally shot the sink in a Murfreesboro motel room. He then responsibly checked out of the motel and skedaddled, fleeing the scene without alerting motel management:

MURFREESBORO — A Florida man received a call from the Murfreesboro Police on Tuesday after it was discovered a sink in his hotel room had been damaged by gunfire.

According to the police report provided to The Daily News Journal, the Clarion Suites manager contacted officers and showed them the damaged sink.

The previous occupant of the room, Timothy Hamm of Mayo, Fla., was contacted by Officer Matthew Harvey. Hamm told police “he did his normal routine every morning by disengaging the magazine from the gun and pulling the slide back to empty the chamber before dry firing the weapon,” the report said.

Harvey said Hamm was surprised when the Glock went off and he had it pointed in the sink. Officers confirmed that Hamm’s conceal permit is valid.

Safest, most responsible NEVER!

• March 22, 2016:

In a shameful display of cowardice by Tennessee Republicans, the House Civil Justice Committee killed a bill that would have prosecuted those who leave guns accessible to kids.

• March 21, 2016:

In Murfreesboro, a bullet fired from outside someone’s house ended up going through a wall and ending up in a baby’s room. From the link:

When officers spoke to the neighbor, he told police that he accidentally discharged his friends Hi Point 995 Rifle. He told the authorities that he thought the bullet only went through the wall of his home and not his neighbors. Luckily, no one was injured.

Are we safer yet? Lots of close calls like this.


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Yes, My Point Exactly


The above meme is making the rounds, related to this incident and Rep. Carter’s ridiculous pants-wetting when faced with military-grade firepower at his workplace.

Gee, kinda how the rest of us feel every dang day, isn’t it Rep. Carter?

To recap my post yesterday, Carter hilariously protested when Rep. Mike Stewart (a U.S. Army veteran) brought an AR-15-type weapon into a subcommittee to demonstrate the need for universal background checks:

Carter: Mr. Chairman, excuse me I don’t want to interrupt, but this gun could be loaded …

Stewart: No, it could not because —

Carter: Yes sir! You obviously don’t own one, you do not have it properly safe. Do not point that gun at me!

You can hear an audio clip of the exchange here. And as I’ve repeated since this incident first happened, Carter clearly has missed the point — perhaps intentionally, or maybe he’s just that damn stupid.

Because the point is, Rep. Stewart did own that gun. He just bought it. Without a background check, ID check, or any skills assessment, or any other requirement of any kind. Just like any asshole can go buy one of these weapons, thanks to Republicans who have allowed themselves to be bought by the NRA.

This is the landscape you people have inflicted on us, not just in Tennessee but all around the country. So Rep. Carter’s false concern about safety be damned. Fuck you, Rep. Carter. This is my reality every day as I go around my daily business, walk my dogs at Radnor Lake, go to the grocery, or do any of a hundred mundane tasks. In fact, the only place where I’m safe from this kind of bullshit is at the state legislature. Ironic.

This happened just a few blocks from my house:


I wonder how Rep. Carter would feel if he were going to Kroger and saw this guy walking down the street like it was no big deal? Or if his kid was a Hillsboro High School student who happened to glance out the math class window and saw this, knowing full well that schools have been targeted by mass shooters?

What the fuck is wrong with you people? What makes you think it’s okay for us to live with this, when you obviously can’t handle it yourselves?

Shame on you all. Hypocrites.


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How An AR-15 Ended Up At The TN State Legislature This Morning

Shockingly easily, I’m afraid. Last night Rep. Mike Stewart, D-Nashville, was able to purchase this knock-off AR-15-type semiautomatic weapon — and clips of ammo — for $750 cash, no background check, no ID, no questions asked. From Armslist.com search to actual sale, the entire transaction took less than an hour and a half.

Today Rep. Stewart brought his new purchase into the legislature where the Civil Justice Subcommittee was going to take up his bill that would require a background check for all gun sales.


The funniest part of the whole affair, which I watched on-line, was when Subcommittee Vice Chair Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, nearly wet his pants as Rep. Stewart showed his new purchase to those in the room. He then tried to get all, “you silly Democrats don’t no nuthin’ ’bout no weaponry” on Stewart, who happens to have served in the military:

Carter: Mr. Chairman, excuse me I don’t want to interrupt, but this gun could be loaded …

Stewart: No, it could not because —

Carter: Yes sir! You obviously don’t own one, you do not have it properly safe. Do not point that gun at me! If you can’t assure me that gun cannot shoot.

Stewart: Let me give you that assurance and I did it at the beginning of the debate so that you would not have that concern. Actually, as I said, I had a state trooper inspect this weapon to make sure it was not loaded before it came in here and then, I had him secure it.

As Rep. Stewart told the subcommittee, an hour and a half after visiting Armslist.com, he was equipped as well as he had been when he was a U.S. soldier patroling the DMZ in Korea. So yes, I think he probably knows how to load and unload these things. Funny.

By the way, this is the kind of gun that was used in the July 2015 Chattanooga shootings. Support the troops, y’all.

Committee Chair Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, said he was “disappointed in the show,” despite him having a career in Public Relations, so you’d think he’d have an appreciation for such things. Stewart explained that the point of his “show” was to dispel the oft-repeated NRA zombie lie that every gun sale in America is preceded by a background check. As I wrote back in January, this simply isn’t true. All you need is an internet connection and enough cash and you’re good to go. Or, show up at one of our infamous gun shows and hang out in the parking lot for five minutes. Don’t even need the internet for that, and it’s all perfectly legal.

So that’s the loophole Stewart was attempting to close, and you’d think with everyone on high alert over terrorist attacks, a simple background check to buy military grade weaponry would be a no-brainer. Aaaand you would be wrong. Fresh off yesterday’s cowardly display of fealty to the gun lobby, Tennessee House Republicans today killed this simple, common-sense measure in committee, too. Someone had a sad over grandpa being forced to undergo a background check to buy a hunting rifle for his 14-year-old to go squirrel hunting with. Awwww he’s so oppressed!

Also, too, respect the culture.

And also, there are no consequences for kowtowing to the NRA in this state. At least, not yet. I applaud Tennessee’s Democrats for keeping up the fight. Supermajorities don’t last forever and the more Republicans ignore public safety in the interest of their NRA ratings, the sooner their supermajority will end. The day will come when they will no longer be able to claim that all we need to do to protect ourselves from terror attacks and gun violence is to arm every civilian. That patently stupid and lame excuse to disregard public safety is not going to fly much longer.


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Tennessee Gun Report

Lots of gunfail in this report. Enjoy. Stay safe … if you can!

• March 20, 2016:

1- A Nashville 14-year-old accidentally shot himself in the leg. Kids today.

2- Here’s a twist: it’s usually a drunken man who has barricaded himself in his house with his guns. This incident in Oak Ridge involved an intoxicated woman:

Around 2:00 a.m. Akagi says police were called to the residence for a domestic disturbance. A woman had barricaded herself inside with weapons.

According to a release, police made contact with a man who said is girlfriend was intoxicated and had locked herself in a bedroom. She had multiple weapons on her.

Officers attempted to negotiate with her. She threw a gun out the window, so a tactical team was called in.

We’re seeing more and more of these incidents, at least two or three a week. I’ve posted a few more here.

You know, everyone is always a responsible gun owner … until they’re not. Wish there were some way of knowing ahead of time who’s gonna lose their shit with an arsenal at hand and who’s just a “collector.”

• March 17, 2016:

He was just a law-abiding gun owner, until he wasn’t: LaVergne man fires rifle inside his home, causes four-hour standoff before passing out. Ta da.

Lots of these cases of unhinged, drunken or otherwise unstable people having a mental breakdown and barricading themselves inside their homes with guns … and sometimes hostages. Here’s another one from March 18. Everyone’s a responsible gun owner, until they’re not. I feel so much safer.

• March 16, 2016:

A 19-year-old Chattanooga woman was accidentally shot through a wall. She died:

The 19-year-old woman who was unintentionally shot and killed Tuesday was hanging out with friends before a planned camping trip, her uncle said today.

Carly Ellis was killed when Aaron Randal, 22, unintentionally discharged a weapon in a home on Lewis Street and shot Ellis through a wall around 1 p.m. Tuesday. She was hit in the neck and mortally wounded.

She was hanging out with friends and preparing for a camping trip when she was shot.

• March 15, 2016:

In Memphis, a pregnant 15-year-old girl was shot in the head and killed. Although currently ruled a homicide, the defendant claims the shooting was accidental because he was trying to take the gun away from the victim.

• March 14, 2016:

A Chattanooga 15-year-old was accidentally shot in the chest when his mother was fighting with her boyfriend and “a gun accidentally went off.” All by itsownself.

• March 12, 2016:

A gun report update: the Greeneville building official who accidentally shot himself getting out of his car at the doctor’s office back in February has died from his wound. Chalk up another one for guns-in-cars.

• March 11, 2016:

1- A Madison man accidentally shot himself attempting to clean his gun. Some guns just won’t be cleaned.

2- Bullets from a Rutherford County gun range hit the outside of a home, smashing a homeowner’s window. High-powered rifles, who thought this was a good idea?

3- An arrest was made in a road-rage shooting on I-440 in Nashville. Guns in cars, now who thought that was a good idea?

• March 10, 2016:

A Nashville area student was expelled after a gun was found in his backpack. Kids today. Gun culture.

• March 9, 2016:

This Lawrenceburg man was convicted of 18 counts of a felon in possession of a firearm. Where did he get his guns? “A local flea market.” You know, where they don’t have background checks and all.

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No To Sex Week, Yes To ISIS


Not surprisingly, the bill has been pulled.


What the hell is going on with the Tennessee Republican Party these days? Have they gone completely insane? Yesterday, Tennessee House Rep. Martin Daniel, Republican from Knoxville, had this to say:

While presenting a bill dubbed the “Tennessee Student Free Speech Protection Act,” Rep. Martin Daniel, R-Knoxville, fielded a question from Rep. John DeBerry Jr., D-Memphis, about whether he believed ISIS should be able to stand in the middle of university campuses and “recruit for ISIS.”

“Yes,” Daniel replied. “So long as it doesn’t disrupt the proceedings on that campus. Yes sir. They can recruit people for any other organization or any other cause. I think it’s just part of being exposed to differing viewpoints.

The remarks came after a debate about the bill, which Daniel said “would direct schools to observe freedom of speech on campus.”

ISIS is “a differing viewpoint”? That’s novel. Meanwhile, also this week:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill that would strip the University of Tennessee’s controversial Office of Diversity and Inclusion of some – but not all – of its state funding has passed a House subcommittee. An amendment tacked on to the bill on Tuesday would also ban state funds from being used to promote the university’s Sex Week, the use of gender-neutral pronouns on campus and the promotion or demotion of any religion.

The University of Tennessee, as many know, is located in Knoxville. So let’s just get this straight: Republicans are so concerned about free speech on campus that they think it’s okay for ISIS to recruit on campus but not for students to hold “Sex Week.”

Hey, Tennessee Republicans: you guys realize how crazy this is, right?

This is your state under a Republican supermajority. I want what I want cuz I want it and it doesn’t have to make any sense.


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TN Rep. Wants Students Armed So They Can Shoot At Natl. Guard


And now we have a media link to Rogers’ ignorant statement, not my cheesy screen grab of a Tweet.  For verification. And freedom, of course.

Your humble scribe does not make this shit up.


Meet Rep. Courtney Rogers of Sumner County, sponsor of a bill that would allow guns-in-trunks on college campuses in Tennessee. She cited Kent State as a justification for her bill:


Kent State. When the National Guard fired on unarmed students. So if I have Rep. Rogers right, she wants the students armed so they can shoot back?

She is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tennessee Firearms Assn.:


Oh, the bill passed. Of course it did. Why do you ask?


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With Friends Like These …


And now for Rep. Littleton’s side of the story, via the Nashville Scene:

“Everyone has had a bad experience with service at some point when dining out at a restaurant. It is unfortunate that my private note to the server regarding the quality of service in this instance was made public. Due to the overall experience that evening, I decided not to provide a tip.”

I’m calling bullshit. If the service was poor, why write “sorry”? Why not write, “poor service” or something of that nature?

Let me add, I’ve certainly experienced poor service at a restaurant before, but even I have never refused to tip completely. If the service is really poor I might leave a small amount. But usually my issues with restaurants have been management-related, not server-related (poor quality food, something nasty in my food, etc.) That’s not the server’s fault.

Anyway, an apparent ironic twist to this story is the server is a former constituent of Littleton’s. Which begs the question: when constituents receive poor service from their legislative reps, can we dock their pay?



It appears Rep. Littleton dined with a friend, fellow Republican Tilman Goins of Morristown:

Version 2

And he wasn’t even sorry. What a douche canoe.


Tennessee Republicans are a pretty horrid lot and nothing illustrates that better than this slap in the face a server at a downtown Nashville Hooter’s received from Republican Rep. Mary Littleton of Cheatham County (a suburb of Nashville):


“Sorry”? What is this poor server supposed to do with your “sorry”? Pay her rent or student loans or put food on the table?

Honestly, Republicans should just stop trying to pretend they’re friends to working people. I love that Littleton is a member of the Church of Christ. Maybe she needs to go to more Bible study.

Ironically, Tennessee Republican Rep. Susan Lynn was just in the news for fighting against an equal pay bill, saying it “wasn’t necessary.” And then we have Mary Littleton not giving a tip to a server. I guess the message is, stay poor.


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Tennessee Gun Report

Sorry, I got busy again this week. Here’s your semi-weekly round-up of Tennessee GunFAIL.

I pulled this screenshot from Nashville’s Midtown Precinct Community Report. Note the gun idiot who left their handgun in an unlocked car. It takes a special kind of stupid to leave your gun in an unlocked car and yet, this happens all the dang time. I just have to wonder: if your neighborhood is so safe that you can leave your car unlocked overnight, what the hell do you need a gun for? This kind of negligence needs to be prosecuted.


This report has two accidental shootings, one a 3-year-old fatality, and one by a CCW holder.

• March 9, 2016:

In a rare moment of sanity, the Senate Judiciary Committee failed to advance a proposal that would eliminate gun permits in Tennessee.

• March 8, 2016:

1- Thefts from licensed gun dealers are on the rise in Middle Tennessee, according to the ATF.

I’ve long maintained that licensed gun dealers need to be held to a higher standard where gun storage is concerned. Lock up your damn stock, people. There are ways to do it, roll-up doors over the shelves, other ways to secure the stock. The problem is that, in rural areas, a lot of “gun dealers” are mom and pop operations. Federal storage requirements would probably put them out of business and, you know, respect the culture, blah blah.

2- An incident over a crumpled Trump For President yard sign escalated with a gun being flashed. This is going to be a fun campaign season.

• March 5, 2016:

1- A man accidentally shot himself in the leg outside the West Town Mall in Knoxville. He’ll be okay. The shooter was one of our safest, most responsible citizens EVAH.

• March 4, 2016:

1- Guns in cars, such a smart idea. I’m sure this licensed concealed carry permit holder was just standing his ground. This tragic story is out of Johnson City:

When a state prosecutor asked 14-year-old Jesus Mijares during a preliminary hearing Thursday what his father’s name was, it was too much for the teenager to bear. He broke down in sobs before he could answer, “Jose Mijares.”

Young Mijares’ testimony came during the preliminary hearing for Michael Young, 45, No. 4 Lambeth Court, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jose Mijares, 45. Mijares lived next door to Young at No. 4 Lambeth Court.

The morning of the shooting, he and son Jesus Mijares were headed to a nearby Roadrunner market for coffee, the younger Mijares testified.

He saw a green vehicle pull out from Young’s driveway and get behind his father’s vehicle and drive up very close to their bumper. Then the green vehicle, later determined to be driven by Young, went around the Mijares vehicle and “cut in front of us,” the teen testified.

At the stop sign at Lambeth Drive and North Roan Street, Mijares said his father got out of the vehicle and approached the car ahead of them.

“He was going to talk to the dude…why he cut in front of us,” the teen said in response to a question from Young’s attorney, Rick Spivey.

Mijares said he didn’t hear his father say anything, but saw the man in the green truck shoot his father.

“He tried to get back in the car but he fell,” the teenager testified. “I got out of the truck and went to go check on him. I opened his jacket and there was a blood stain.”

The boy waved down a passing motorist for help, he said.


Kirkman, who said he had his legal carry permit, called 911 and then retrieved his weapon from his vehicle and stood guard after EMS arrived to provide medical assistance. The medics loaded Mijares into an ambulance and took him to the hospital where officials said he later died.

Another motorist had also arrived prior to EMS getting to the scene.

That person, Melanie Hungate, testified she is a nurse and wanted to render aid to the victim, but was warned about the shooter still being on scene and still having a weapon. She took Jesus Mijares to her car to get him out of the cold and let him use her cell phone to call his mother, who arrived within minutes.

Seriously, WTF was this guy thinking, “standing guard” with his gun — after just shooting a man in front of his 14-year-old son?

Who thought guns in cars was a good idea? Oh, right, Tennessee Republicans.

2- And yet another guns-in-cars incident, which appears to be a case of road rage, this one in Memphis:

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – A woman was shot while in a car on Interstate 240.

The man in the car with her pulled over on I-240 westbound near Airways Boulevard and called police.

Memphis Police Department sent more than half a dozen cruisers and an ambulance to the location. The shooting victim was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Police shut down the right lane of traffic on the interstate as they investigated the shooting. All lanes are back open at this time.

Police said the shots were fired from a red four-door vehicle. That vehicle has since driven away.

Freedom to get shot while a passenger in a car, that was smart!

3- Chattanooga kids just being kids I guess:

Students Arrested At 3 Different County Schools On Threats To Shoot School Personnel, Students

An East Ridge High School student was arrested on Friday after authorities said he assaulted a teacher and then threatened to get a gun and shoot several people at the school.


In the second incident, the Sheriff’s Office said on Friday afternoon, a note was found on the floor in the hallway at Washington Alternative School.

Officials said, “The note indicated a threat to shoot the school in general, the majority of teachers, and school administrators.


In the third case, a note was discovered written on a bathroom wall in a girls restroom at Ooltewah High School on Friday morning.

Officials said, “The note indicated a threat to shoot students at the campus along with a reference to the previous note found in a boys restroom last week.

What the hell? Welcome to modern America. I can’t even think of something comparable from when I was in high school.

• March 2, 2016:

A Murfreesboro high school senior was expelled after a gun and pot was found in his car.

• March 1, 2016:

1- A Chattanooga area 3-year-old shot himself in the head while playing with a gun in the family van, which was parked at home. Mom was outside the car yakking on her cell phone. The child died.

Since we passed guns-in-cars we’ve had how many kids find a gun in a car and shoot someone? UPDATE: Mom has been charged with negligence and child endangerment.

2- I’m not sure “peeved” is the word I’d use to describe this Nashville teen’s reaction to being told to get up and go to school:

Teen, peeved at getting up for school, shoots family

An argument over getting out of bed for school Tuesday morning led a teenage boy to open fire on four family members, including his grandmother and two young children, in an East Nashville home, Metro police said.

Nashville police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said that shortly before 7:17 a.m. a relative was attempting to wake up the 16-year-old boy inside his home at Berkshire Place Apartments on Porter Road when an argument broke out.

“There was a quarrel about getting up and getting ready for the day when (at some point) the 16-year-old ran to a closet, got a 9 mm handgun and started firing,” Mumford said.

Kids today ….

• February 26, 2016:

I’m sure this sends the right message:

Tennessee’s new official state rifle is so powerful it can ‘destroy commercial aircraft’

The Barrett .50 caliber rifle is a powerful gun. Widely used in the military, its rounds can “penetrate light armor, down helicopters, destroy commercial aircraft, and blast through rail cars,” according to a report from the Violence Policy Center, a gun safety group. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence describes .50 caliber rifles like the Barrett as “among the most destructive weapons legally available to civilians in the United States.”

And as of Wednesday, the Barrett .50 caliber is now the official state rifle of Tennessee, joining an illustrious roster of other state symbols including the raccoon (state wild animal), the tomato (state fruit), and Tennessee cave salamander (state amphibian).

The gun’s inventor, Ronnie Barrett, is a Tennessee native and NRA board member who was referred to as “the rock superstar in the world of weapons” at a 2014 birthday bash attended by politicians Mike Huckabee, Lamar Alexander, Marsha Blackburn and others. The rifle bearing his name is manufactured in Christiana, Tennessee.

Tennessee is the seventh state to declare an official state firearm of some sort. If the idea of an “official state gun” seems a little strange, that’s because it’s a recent development. There weren’t any state firearms until 2011, when Utah adopted the Browning M1911 pistol as its state gun.

Ah yes, the gun derp, it runs strong. Very, very strong.

• February 24, 2016:

A five-month-old baby was nearly shot as she slept in her crib when a stray bullet came through the walls of the house:

Brynn, a five-month-old baby was sleeping in her chipped wood-covered crib when her parents Sarina and Brian Manifold heard gunshots in their daughter’s nursery. The couple immediately ran into the room and found the crib littered with wood fragments. “Fear, terror, grateful that she’s OK… As soon as I hung up the phone with 911, I think that’s when it hit me, and I just started hugging her and sobbing,” Sarina Manifold said in an interview, according to Little Things.

The bullets were believed to be shot a few blocks away from the Manifold’s residence which entered through the side of their house, then baby Brynn’s crib headboard, through the bedroom wall lodging to their guestroom wall. Knox county police are looking at the possibility of at least 10 rounds being fired that night for nine shell casings have also been recovered near the area.

These high powered rifles are just not a smart idea.

• February 23, 2016:

In Lenoir City, a man was arrested for being intoxicated with a gun in a restaurant.

I’m so shocked. When they passed guns-in-bars they told us this would never happen!


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Respect The Culture

Notice anything about these seven states?

Study Flags Seven States With High Rates of Accidental Gun Deaths

Researchers seeking to identify each state’s most “distinctive” kind of injury-related death uncovered a pattern that could help cut shootings across the South.

The study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that seven states — West Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee — all suffered from disproportionately high rates of unintentional firearm deaths.

The researchers noted that none of the states have laws requiring the safe storage of guns, which have been shown to prevent accidental shootings, particularly among children.

The gun derp, it is strong in the South. Remember, it’s “just a way of life,” right? And also, too: “respect the culture.”

As long as there are no penalties for gun negligence, and accidental shootings are written off as just “freak accidents” (even though they happen every day in America!), there is no incentive to behave responsibly. But there needs to be a law on the books before it can be enforced and violators prosecuted. That’s how it works.

Unless there is a statewide gun safety standard that can be enforced, cases of negligence will continue to be prosecuted inconsistently, if at all, and some accidental shootings will be more accidental than others.

Fortunately just such a bill was recently introduced in Tennessee:

Bill would punish gun owners if children gain access to loaded weapons

NASHVILLE — Democratic lawmakers unveiled a bill Thursday to deter gun owners from leaving loaded guns accessible to children — and named it “MaKayla’s Law” after the 8-year-old East Tennessee girl killed by an 11-year-old neighbor with his father’s shotgun.

MaKayla Dyer’s mother, Tasha Patterson of White Pine, and grandfather, Robbie Huddleston of Illinois, agreed to have MaKayla’s name on the bill and support the effort, said Beth Joslin Roth, policy director for the Safe Tennessee Project, which is helping push the bill.

If approved, the bill would make it a violation for a person to “recklessly place, leave or store a firearm in a location in plain view and readily accessible to a child under 13 if the gun is left unattended” and either contains ammunition or ammunition is in the immediate vicinity — unless it has a trigger lock or similar device or is in a locked container or cabinet accessible only by the owner or his or her spouse.

Let me take this moment to say, kudos to Rep. Sherry Jones. I love this woman, who most recently was in the news for her “Viagra bill.” Next time I meet you, Rep. Jones, I’m giving you a big hug. Ditto to Sen. Sara Kyle of Memphis, who so warmly welcomed us supporters of refugees to the senate chambers this week. We need more Democratic women in our legislature. Let’s get to work on that, Tennessee.

Naturally, gun humpers hate these kinds of regulations, saying,

…the government has no right to determine how people keep themselves safe at home. Training and education are more effective, they say. Some warn that safe storage laws are being used to the government to take people’s guns away.

Oh, puh-leeze, get over yourselves. There are thousands of ways that the federal, state and local governments keep people safe in their homes, from product safety standards on household appliances to local building codes. This is no different than anything else. Training and education? Pfft. The kid who murdered MaKayla Dyer because she wouldn’t show him her new puppy had been trained in firearm safety, according to the judge.

Here’s the thing, gun humpers: you’re always talking about your RIGHTS. But with your rights come RESPONSIBILITIES. It just can’t be all rights and no responsibilities with you people.

The gun derp is strong in our state legislature, so unless there is a massive effort to support MaKayla’s Law, it faces an uphill battle. But it’s clearly something we need.

Write your state reps and senators, folks.


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Tennessee Gun Report

An astonishing rise in GunFAIL incidents this week: six accidental shootings across the state, which has to be a new record. Mostly people are just shooting themselves, which is as it should be. Maybe they’ll learn a lesson.

• February 23, 2016:

1- A man accidentally shot himself outside a Corky’s Bar-B-Que restaurant in Cordova. The victim is an employee of the restaurant.

2- Memphis police report a second accidental shooting in East Memphis. No other information is available but it doesn’t appear to be the same incident as the Corky’s Bar-B-Que shooting, based on the address and time of the shooting.

• February 22, 2016:

1- It’s almost as if more guns don’t make us safer! I know, weird, right?

Less than two months into 2016, accidental shootings have more than doubled in Tennessee from the same period a year ago, according to a report released Monday by the Safe Tennessee Project.

According to the nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing gun violence, there have been 16 accidental shootings across the state in January and February — eight involving children and eight involving adults. Of that number, two children and one adult died.

Actually, I’ve counted more than 20 so far this year — and February hasn’t even ended yet. So are more guns making us safer? Doesn’t look that way, but honestly, it’s hard to tell. Are we just seeing more accidental shootings make the news, or have there really been more incidents?

The problem is, we rely on the news media for our reporting, and that is not ideal. What we really need is thorough county by county examination of police logs, hospital records, etc. Ideally we would have the government fund studies like this, but of course the NRA is too afraid of that. And any private funding source — say, Bloomberg — would immediately be written off as “biased.” So for now we have to make do with the information we have. And sorry, but it’s not looking like “more guns make us safer.” To the contrary.

2- Somehow this Greeneville city official was accidentally shot, but from reading this story I’m just really unclear on how it all went down:

Greeneville police Detective Capt. Tim Davis said that about 10:30 a.m., Woods was in the parking lot of the medical office of Dr. Philip Thwing, 400 Y St., when a .22-caliber handgun went off.

Woods was outside the city-owned Jeep and the gun was in a coat pocket inside the vehicle when the weapon went off, Davis said.

“He was standing outside of his car and the firearm was in the car and it discharged, striking him in the abdomen,” Davis said.



The gun may have discharged as Woods placed his coat on a seat of the Jeep as he got out of the vehicle, a city official said.

I feel so much safer now.

• February 20, 2016:

A Knoxville woman was accidentally shot in the head at the TACSOG Armory and Range. The injury occurred when she was struck by a ricocheted bullet.

• February 19, 2016:

1- A Memphis man accidentally shot himself in the foot while reaching for his cell phone in an adult lingerie store. He had a handgun permit but it had expired in 2013.

• February 16, 2016:

1- A Knoxville man took his gun to work and promptly shot himself by accident in the bathroom.

2- Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold blamed Beyonce when someone shot up his house, but that cynical national media thought it might have more to do with his FBI investigation for a selling-cigarettes-to-inmates racket.


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