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UPDATED: What Happens When the NRA Owns Democrats and Republicans?

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Nobody does anything about the killing:


More Than 50 Shot, 7 Dead in Chicago’s Bloody Holiday Weekend

UPDATED 7/7/14 @ 2:55 p.m. EDT:  OOPS.  I put this post up too soon.  Here’s the final tally:   Horror in Chicago as 82 Shot, 14 Killed Over Fourth of July Weekend


July 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM 1 comment

Not a Good First Day for Georgia’s New “Guns Everywhere” Law

Paul Broun on Wikipedia

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) (Image via Wikimedia)

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, Georgia’s new “Safe Carry Protection Act” went into effect.

Certifiably insane Georgia Congressman Paul Broun (R) explained the Act on Newsmax yesterday afternoon:

“We know that when law abiding citizens — who know how to use one — have one on their person, it helps to prevent crime.  A law that I think is going to help prevent shootings, that is going to help prevent crime.”

“We need to go back to the Constitution for not only the First Amendment, but the Second Amendment,” he explained. “Because the First and Second Amendments are the guardians of our liberties. The Second Amendment is the one that really protects all of our liberties that we are given by our Lord, and our God-given rights, and are protected under the Constitution.”

“Folks that don’t understand firearms are fearful of them, but actually firearms have been proven to reduce crime,” he insisted. “We see as we go forward that schools are going to be safer, that anybody around in any locale is going to be safer because someone who understands how to utilize a firearm will be there to protect other folks, and I think it’s going to be a very positive move.”

“These gun-free areas are actually — they’re free-shooting zones for people,” he said. “Because they know that there won’t be anybody there that can stop them.”


Okay, hold that thought:  This happened yesterday (again, the first day of the new law) in Valdosta, Georgia:

At approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to a call regarding a customer dispute at the Enmark on the corner of Park Avenue and North Lee Street.

A man carrying a holstered firearm entered the store to make a purchase. Another customer, also with a holstered firearm, approached him and demanded to see his identification and firearms license, according to the Valdosta Police Department report.

The customer making demands for ID pulled his firearm from its holster but never pointed it at the other customer, who said he was not obligated to show any permits or identification.

He demanded the man’s ID again. Undeterred by the drawn gun, the man paid for his items, left the store and called for police.


“This is an example of my concern with the new gun law that people will take the law into their own hands which we will not tolerate,” [Police Chief Brian] Childress said.


Geezus.  Let’s check back in a few years to see how much gun deaths have skyrocketed increased there.

P.S.  Just an aside, Broun’s on his fourth marriage.  I wonder what “our Lord” thinks about that.


July 2, 2014 at 2:53 PM 1 comment

Target Decides Open Carry in Their Stores Isn’t “Safe and Inviting”

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Here’s a statement issued today by Target’s interim CEO, John Mulligan,

The leadership team has been weighing a complex issue, and I want to be sure everyone understands our thoughts and ultimate decision.

As you’ve likely seen in the media, there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit “open carry” should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.

We’ve listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved. In return, we are asking for help in fulfilling our goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.

This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.


I’m eating lunch and I’m laughing with my mouth full.  That and:  Let the free market work!  Get the government out of it!  Okay.  Here we go.



July 2, 2014 at 11:49 AM 1 comment

Forget Bullets: Watch Out for Howitzers in Oklahoma

 A homeowner in Wyandotte, Oklahoma is awaiting damage assessments after an artillery shell entered his home.

It was fired at the Oklahoma Full Auto Shoot and Trade Show on Saturday, around 3 miles a way.

Homeowner Gene Kelley could not fathom what he found after hearing a large crash inside his home.

“It’s unbelievable,” Kelley said.  “Unless you were here to see it or see the pictures I’ve got, you would not believe how huge this thing is.”

A 105 howitzer artillery shell, 14 and a half inches long and 3 and a half inches across, was lying on his bedroom floor.

It entered from the outside wall, hit the ceiling, and damaged another wall, all while he and his wife were home.

“Fortunately, nobody was hurt,” Kelley said.

Homeowners say if the shell had not first hit a tree limb and then the ground, the impact would have been a lot more severe when it hit the house.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department says the shell came from a historic artillery canon fired at the gun show.

The gun range owner says the weapon was fired safely by professionals at a downward projection.


Owners of the range say they are taking every measure to prevent something like this from ever happening again.


Oklahoma:  You want guns everywhere? You got it.  You want 14″ Howitzer missiles bombing your neighborhoods and landing in your kitchens?  You got that too.

Google “14″ Howitzers” and you get images like this:


(Image via Wikipedia)

Living in Oklahoma means you have the  FREEDOM to shoot off shells like this.  I mean, this is the USA!  USA!  USA!  If they land in someone’s kitchen?  Hey, what about MY  gun rights?



June 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM 1 comment

When Guns Are Everywhere

Ten years ago (or so) a 20-something woman was killed in my town when a neighbor in her apartment complex “accidentally” discharged a rifle he was “cleaning.” The bullet went through their shared wall; she was hit in the head and killed.

Not to minimize her death, but she was single.  Justin Ayers was married and he was bringing his three-day old baby home when this happened:

Justin Ayers on Facebook as of 6-15-14

(Image of Justin Ayers (June 15, 2014) via Justin Ayers on Facebook)

A musician, teacher and new father is dead after a stray bullet pierced the wall of his Florida home on Tuesday and struck him in the back of the head. The Panama City News Herald reported that 33-year-old Justin Ayers and his wife were welcoming their 3-day-old baby home from the hospital with relatives when Justin was killed.

The bullet came from the house next door, where 62-year-old Charles Edward Shisler picked up a .9 mm pistol by the trigger, causing it to discharge.


“The damn gun doesn’t usually shoot,” said Shisler, according to his arrest report. “You have to squeeze the hell out of the trigger to shoot it.”

A blood test taken more than four hours after the shooting found that Shisler had a blood alcohol level of .079. The legal limit for driving in Florida is .08.


I can’t imagine the pain the Ayers’ family is experiencing or the pain it will continue to experience. This will ripple through their lives for decades:  A 3-day-old baby grows up without a father because the father was shot in the head by a (probably drunk) neighbor?  Think  about the potential ramifications.


Just ugh.

Just a big ugh in the gut.


June 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM 1 comment

It’s Come to This: A Bulletproof “Blanket” for Your Kid

This is where we are folks:  The “Bodyguard Blanket.”  It’s coming down to people having to build bulletproof cocoons around themselves while shooters go on shooting.

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Watch the video here.



June 10, 2014 at 7:29 AM Leave a comment

NRA Backing Laws Prohibiting Pediatricians From Talking to Kids About Gun Safety

I heard a quote the other day from Lily Tomlin:  “No matter how cynical you get, it’s hard to keep up.” And that applies here:

NRA gag physicians


I suppose they’re aiming to pass this law in every state.

In.  Sane and tragic.

May 21, 2014 at 1:38 PM 1 comment

Brave Chipotle Says No to Guns

Chipotle via Wikipedia

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I’m waiting for the wingnut freak out about this.

Maybe it’s just me but I’d rather not sit next to a guy with a Lugar under his belt:

Chipotle: Don’t Bring Guns in Our Stores

Chipotle is asking customers not to bring firearms into its stores after it says gun rights advocates brought military-style assault rifles into one of its restaurants in Texas.

The Denver-based company notes that it has traditionally complied with local laws regarding open and concealed firearms.

But in a statement Monday, the company said that “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”


Gee.  Ya think?

People who don’t want to be around guns have rights too.

Thanks Chipotle.




May 19, 2014 at 6:35 PM 1 comment

Man Shoots Cousin, Mistook Him for a Turkey

Turkey via Wikipedia

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Aye yie yie.  Are we gun crazy or that?

A New Hampshire man could face criminal charges and lose his hunting license after he shot his cousin in the head while turkey hunting over the weekend.

Glenn Ranfos, 57, recalled to WBZ that he had just killed a turkey himself, and was hunting in the deep woods of Dunbarton.

“And I had this eerie feeling,” Glenn Ranfos explained. “I turned around and the gun was pointing at me.”

Kenneth Ranfos, who has been hunting with his cousin for 40 years, shot him from just 30 yards away with a shotgun. WBZ speculated that Kenneth Ranfos may have mistaken his cousin’s bald head for a turkey when he quickly removed his hat.

“I instantly started bleeding from the forehead,” Glenn Ranfos said. “And I could feel penetration on my side and I stood up and said to Kenny ‘you shot me’ and he was in disbelief. He really thought he shot a turkey.”


New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Joshua Mackay advised that hunters should always “identify your target.”

“Head to toe. Beak to tail,” Mackay insisted. “It really shouldn’t happen. A human doesn’t really look like a turkey in the woods.”


No kidding.  That’s got to be the understatement of the year.

May 14, 2014 at 8:12 AM Leave a comment

This is Cliven Bundy — The Republican’s New Hero

Check out this article from Caty Enders at Esquire mag: Life at The Bundy Ranch, Uncensored.

At the Bundy camp last week, pundits and politicians descended on Bunkerville, Nevada, to throw in their American flag hats with the BLM protestors. A FOX news van had been parked by the side of the road for days. Up on the ridge, militia snipers kept a trained watch as Bundy held court, and disciples from far and wide came to share their personal theories as to why the government was enforcing a court order.

But on Thursday, we witnessed a mainstream exodus from Bundy’s flank. Sean Hannity, Bundy’s biggest booster, called his racist remarks “beyond despicable,” but maintained that they should not taint the supporters who “for the right reasons saw this case as government overreach.”

Exactly how difficult was it, though, to determine pretty early on that Bundy and his followers were using the threat of force to back up some terrifyingly misguided beliefs?

During the few hours I visited last week, this was what was said.


Here’s the condensed version:

Bundy Ranch insanity via buhbyegop on twitter

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I want to be like it was growing up in the 50s too Cliven:  When the United Nations was the hope of the world.  When my father supported he, my mother and my two brothers (on one salary).  We had great public schools and California had essentially free universities.  I trick-or-treated for UNICEF when I was nine-years-old and I thought I could make a difference.  When my 14-year-old self and my girlfriend swooned over 20, 24-year-olds hunks who we saw in the Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado.  That would be before Reagan and his predecessors decided we didn’t need them anymore … the Forest Service caretakers or the forests.

U.S. Forest SErvice guyys

Back in the 50s I’d drink a Dr. Pepper and it had good ol’ sugar in it instead of high fructose corn syrup and it came in a glass bottle instead of one that leached BPA into my brain.

Here’s lookin’ at you Cliven.  The 50s were great in so so many ways but lots has happened since. You might want to Google it.

Woohoo!:  #RepublicanRebranding.

April 26, 2014 at 8:14 PM Leave a comment

Let There be No Doubt: Alabama State Rep. Steve Hurst is Really, Really Pro-Gun


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Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst wants you to know he is for gun rights.

The District 35 Republican from Talladega gets his message across at parades in a very unmistakable way: He uses a giant revolver as a parade float. (And a barbecue. The gun is actually not a balloon but a large barbecue shaped like a handgun.)


Hurst said the parade float has two purposes: For one, it reminds people Hurst is a small business owner. He owns a fencing company and also Haynes Street Pawn and Gun Shop. He sells guns with his business partner. And two, the gun-shaped barbecue, often attached to his truck, reminds people he supports gun rights. Hurst pushed for and won a change in Alabama law that no longer requires homeowners to flee from an intruder.


April 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM 1 comment

The U.S. Wins Hands Down: Homicide Rates Among Developed Countries

Well, I guess we can all shout USA!  USA!  USA!  about this because we’re beating wimpy countries by a mile!

Homicide Rates

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April 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM Leave a comment

Man Yells “Heil Hitler:” Kills Three at Two Jewish Centers in Kansas City

There’s this:  Shootings at Jewish Centers in Kansas City Leave 3 Dead

And this:

We’ll know more tomorrow.


April 13, 2014 at 8:11 PM Leave a comment

Shock and Awe — 11th Years and $4 Trillion Later

This happened 11 years ago tonight:

Watch it.  I’m serious.  It’s amazing how much pleasure CNN got from showing live video of bombs blowing people up.

I remember thinking how thrilled Americans would be about this:  explosions, patriotism and oh yeah, they’re gonna pay!  We bad!

Eleven years on:

Iraq, Afghan wars will cost to $4 trillion to $6 trillion, Harvard study says.

March 20, 2014 at 7:56 PM 2 comments

Guns on Campus: Idaho Professor Wonders When It’s Okay for Him to Shoot a Student

Man-oh-man, does this ever zero in on the insanity of allowing college kids to carry guns on campus:

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When May I Shoot a Student?

BOISE, Idaho — TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature:

In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student?

I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students are likely to be armed, I thought it would be a good idea to even the playing field.


I assume that if a student shoots first, I am allowed to empty my clip; but given the velocity of firearms, and my aging reflexes, I’d like to be proactive. For example, if I am working out a long equation on the board and several students try to correct me using their laser sights, am I allowed to fire a warning shot?


My current students have grown up learning responsible weapon use through virtual training available on the Xbox and PlayStation. Far from being enamored of violence, many studies have shown, they are numb to it.


I want to applaud the Legislature’s courage. On a final note: I hope its members will consider my amendment for bulletproof office windows and faculty body armor in Boise State blue and orange.


Thanks wingers.  You’re proposing legislation that will lead to a fucking legal mess (and loss of  lives too).  You’ll have your precious guns by your side. What I want to know is what about the rights of people who don’t want to be terrorized by people who walk around with guns and trigger fingers.  As usual, it’s your way or the highway.

February 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM 1 comment

Gun News Headline of the Day

From the Detroit Free Press:

Handgun Interror of barrel via Wikimeida commons

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Oakland County Man Accidentally Kills Himself Demonstrating Gun Safety

A 36-year-old man from Independence Township apparently shot and killed himself by accident while trying to demonstrate gun safety to his girlfriend after he had been drinking, authorities said.

I would think the first rule when it comes to gun safety is that you don’t demonstrate gun safety after you’ve been drinking.

What a waste of a life.


USA!  USA!  USA!  Guns everywhere.  Woohah. Are we happy now?  (The NRA sure as hell is.)

February 24, 2014 at 9:25 PM Leave a comment

3-Year-Old Son of Parenting Advice Columnist Shoots Baby Sister

This has got to be the headline of the day:

Image via Justin Carper on Twitter

(Image via Justin Carper on Twitter)

NC Parenting Columnist’s 3-Year-Old Son Shoots 17-Month-Old Sister With Dad’s Gun

The 17-month-old daughter of a North Carolina parenting columnist is expected to recover after her 3-year-old brother shot her with his father’s gun.


Justin Carper, who is a youth church leader and writes an unpaid parenting column for the Shelby Star, said that he never imagined that his son could have climbed on a stool and and then taken the gun from a “secret compartment” on top of his dresser.

The mother drove the baby girl to Cleveland Regional Medical Center after calling 911. She was then flown to Levine Children’s Hospital.


Carper called it a “miracle” when the girl was able to use the injured arm to feed herself in the hospital later that night.



February 7, 2014 at 11:32 AM Leave a comment

Many in Colorado Town’s Government Threaten to Quit After Open-Carry Guns Approved

The wild, wild west is running headlong into itself in Castle Rock, Colorado (just south of Denver):

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Many, if not all, of the planning commissioners for the town of Castle Rock, Colorado may quit their jobs after the town council voted on Tuesday to allow guns to be openly carried in public buildings and parks.

Last week, Castle Rock Planning Commission acting chair Michael Fronczak notified the town clerk’s office that “many on the Commission have expressed that they would feel unsafe serving as a Commissioner if open carry were permitted.”

“It is likely that many, if not all, members of the Planning Commission would resign because of the increased possibility for intimidation and/or violence,” Fronczak wrote.

In June 2013, Castle Rock Mayor Paul Donahue had asked the town council to consider repealing a ban on weapons being openly displayed in public buildings and parks. Donahue is also managing partner of the nearby Centennial Gun Club.

A survey of town employees found that about 95 percent did not want the ban repealed, and on Sept. 5, Castle Rock’s public safety commission voted to recommend against repeal.

However, the council moved forward with plans for repeal. After a heated hearing on Tuesday night, the council voted 4-3 in favor of repealing the open-carry ban.


The measure will face final approval at a future second hearing.


I’ll follow up.

January 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM Leave a comment

Think “Animal Planet” is About Animals? Think Again

Have you ever watched “Animal Planet” and had the feeling that what you were watching wasn’t, at its core, about animals?  Me too.

Animal Planet via Wikipedia

Here’s an article Mother Jones published today about that very issue:

Drugs, Death, Neglect: Behind the Scenes at Animal Planet  –  Our Exclusive Investigation Reveals How Animals Suffer on the Network’s Top Reality Show.

Which leads me to my quote of the day, even though I don’t have a quote of the day category here on ye ol’ blog:

“We’re not looking to be a natural history channel,” Animal Planet group president Marjorie Kaplan told the New York Times in 2008. “We’re looking to be an entertainment destination.” The network recently aired two documentary-style programs purporting to present evidence that mermaids are real.


I don’t look to Animal Planet to be “a natural history channel” but I do look to them to be a channel that cares about animals.  Read the Mother Jones article.  Not only don’t they care about animals, they’re willing to kill them in order to add drama to their shows.

I guess we should take them at their word:  “We’re looking to be an entertainment destination” and here in the good ol’ U.S. of A., killing animals is entertaining.  Check your local listings.


January 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM Leave a comment

How Real Men Shoot Animals

My Tweet of the Day (bravo!):

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January 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM Leave a comment

SC Governor Nikki Haley (R) Got a Beretta PX4 Storm For Christmas!

On a day when we wish each other peace on Earth, good will toward men:

Nickey Haley Gun for Christmas

(Image via NikkiHaley on Instagram)

Larger version here.




December 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM 1 comment

The NFL Rejects Gun Manufacturer’s Ad for the Upcoming Super Bowl, Gun Nuts Go Nuts

Gee.  Good for the NFL.  Now let’s see if it can and will withstand the pressure it will inevitably come under to cave:

NFL Logo via Wikipedia

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This week, Guns & Ammo magazine broke the story that the NFL rejected a proposed Super Bowl advertisement for Daniel Defense, a gun manufacturer based in Georgia. The ad, which features a handsome young father explaining that he’s “chosen the most effective tool” for defending his family from harm, was dinged by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on advertisements. That policy prohibits any ads that feature “firearms, ammunition or other weapons.” Although Daniel Defense’s ad doesn’t show any actual firearms—though it does feature the company’s logo, which is an artistic rendering of a military-style rifle—the league barred Fox, the network that will air the Super Bowl, from running it.

To gun advocates, this was nothing less than a declaration of war. Alex Jones, who last made headlines with a notorious anti-gun control rant on Piers Morgan’s show, said the NFL’s decision proved the league was “anti-family,” “anti-liberty,” and “anti-American.” Worse yet, Jones said, the NFL was in cahoots with the imperialistic Obama Administration, which is using the Super Bowl as a venue for political propaganda, just like Hitler did with the 1936 Munich Olympics.


December 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM 1 comment

Suicide by Gun Surpasses Traffic Accident Deaths in Colorado

Hee hah.  Rid’em cowboy

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Gun deaths have outpaced motor vehicle fatalities in Colorado since 2009, but data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment indicate the state has passed yet another milestone in death statistics.

For the first time in 2012, suicides by firearm alone surpassed motor vehicle fatalities, with 457 Coloradans dying in fatal car crashes and 532 taking their own lives using guns.

Gun suicides experienced their biggest increase in the past 12 years between 2011 and 2012, jumping up nearly 20 percent. Experts say many of these deaths are preventable, but that prevention requires framing suicide as a public health issue, not an insular problem.


Colorado ranks 32nd in the nation for traffic fatalities per miles traveled, according to 2009 numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. Yet Colorado has the eighth-highest suicide rate per capita, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


“In these Western states, you pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” Breitzman said. “There is a lot of value placed on being independent instead of being interdependent.”



November 30, 2013 at 5:38 PM Leave a comment

Uh Oh — Chris Christie Supported a Ban On Assault Weapons

Red hot Wingnut / Teabagger alert here:

Chris Christie support ban on assault weapons via TheGarance on Twitter

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More on this and other so-called “missteps” in Christie’s political career here.

November 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM Leave a comment

Guns & Ammo Editor Resigns After Publishing Editorial Advocating Gun Control

There are certain things gun nuts absolutely Do.  Not.  Want.  To.  Hear.

AK 47 via Wikipedia Commons

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The editor of Guns & Ammo magazine apologized to readers and resigned immediately, earlier than planned, after he published a column advocating gun control, enraging his readers.

Editor Jim Bequette wanted to “generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights” when he published a commentary by Dick Metcalf, who wrote that he supported regulations on firearms.

Instead, the column in the December issue “aroused unprecedented controversy” among readers who began “questioning ‘Guns & Ammo’s commitment to the Second Amendment,” Bequette wrote in his apology.

Bequette also fired Metcalf, a gun writer who had written the Firearms Law column for the magazine’s sister publication, Shooting Times.


The right to bear arms, yes.  Freedom of the press, not so much.  And this crowd thinks they’re the premiere defenders of the Constitution.

Yeah.  Right.




November 7, 2013 at 5:48 PM 1 comment

Driving to Walmart in Russellville, AK is Apparently Very Dangerous

Here’s yet another near-tragedy brought on by a father in Arkansas who thought he needed to have an unsecured, loaded shotgun in his truck during a trip to Walmart with his little son:

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The Russellville Police Department is investigating an accidental shooting of a man by a child Saturday morning.

RPD Public Information Officer Drew Latch stated police responded to 2409 E. Main St. (Walmart) at approximately 11:04 a.m. Saturday. in reference to a possible shooting. Upon arrival, officers witnessed a man who had injuries to his back. After further investigation, it was determined the man had accidentally been shot by his child. While the child was attempting to enter the vehicle, the child accidentally grabbed a hold of a loaded shotgun, that had not been secured, to help pull himself into the vehicle (truck).

While grabbing the shotgun the child accidentally pulled the trigger and caused the shotgun to discharge and strike his father in the back.


At the time of the writing of the article, the dad was in stable condition, thank goodness.


November 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM Leave a comment

George Zimmerman: A Menace to Society (UPDATED)

George Zimmerman seminole county sheriff's office via wikimedia commons

(Image Seminole County Sheriff’s Office via Wikimedia Commons)


The saga of George Zimmerman is not going to end well.  The guy has some serious problems:

Police in a central Florida town say George Zimmerman was taken into custody Monday after his estranged wife reported that he was allegedly threatening her and her father with a gun.

Last week, his wife, Shellie Zimmerman. filed for divorce.

CNN quotes police as saying that Zimmerman is in “investigative custody.”


UPDATED @ 4:36 p.m. ETHere’s the audio of Zimmerman’s wife’s 911 call.

September 9, 2013 at 2:26 PM Leave a comment

Not From the Onion: Iowa Grants Gun Permits to Blind People

What appears on its face to be insane policy has turned into a deep philosophical issue in Iowa:

Braille via Lrcg2012 on Wikipedia

(Image Lrcg2012 via Wikipedia)

Here’s some news that has law enforcement officials and lawmakers scratching their heads:

Iowa is granting permits to acquire or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind.

No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.

The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.

On one side: People such as Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, who demonstrated for The Des Moines Register how blind people can be taught to shoot guns. And Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, who says blocking visually impaired people from the right to obtain weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. That federal law generally prohibits different treatment based on disabilities

On the other side: People such as Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos, who said he wouldn’t issue a permit to someone who is blind. And Patrick Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, who says guns may be a rare exception to his philosophy that blind people can participate fully in life.



September 8, 2013 at 12:10 PM Leave a comment

The Zimmerman Verdict

My Tweet of the Day:

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July 14, 2013 at 8:40 AM Leave a comment

“If My Vagina Was a Gun” It Would be Protected

I don’t think I’ve read a more perfect couple of sentences, ones that encapsulate what Republicans across the country are doing to women, than these:

Vaginas More Regulated than Guns via

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If my vagina was a gun, you would stand for its rights. You would ride on a bus and fight all the fights.

If my vagina was a gun, you would treat it with care. You wouldn’t spill all its secrets, because, well, why go there?

If my vagina was a gun you’d say what it holds is private. From cold dead hands we could pry; you surely would riot.

If my vagina was a gun its rights would all be protected. No matter the body count or the children affected.

If my vagina was a gun I could bypass security. Concealed carry laws would ensure I had purity.

If my vagina was a gun, I wouldn’t have to beg you. I could hunt this great land and do all the things that men do.


July 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM Leave a comment

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