Posts filed under ‘Firearms’
A few years ago, after the Sandy Hook massacre, during the height of the so-called gun “debate” here in the U.S., I read an article (forgot who wrote it or where I read it — apologies) that in essence postulated that as soon as white America saw African-Americans walking around legally carrying guns, the debate about gun control would begin.
(We all know allowing Americans to openly carry guns translates to white Americans openly carrying guns because white America has to protect itself from the black savages who are ruining the country so — wink-wink — open carry laws aren’t really meant to apply to African-Americans.)
I agreed and it has begun. This happened in front of the State Capitol in Austin, Texas today:
I can’t imagine putting George Zimmerman in the position of being a “security guard.” Talk about the potential for disaster:
Report: George Zimmerman Asked to Watch DeLand Business Due to Recent Burglary
DELAND, Fla. — DeLand police initially told WFTV that George Zimmerman was working as a security guard at Pompano Pat’s in DeLand, but a report stated that the owner of the business had asked Zimmerman to guard the store due to a recent burglary.
Nobody does anything about the killing:
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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 a big ugh in the gut.