If Guns are Outlawed, Only Morons Who Are Outlaws Will Accidentally Shoot Each Other

Today is “Gun Appreciation Day.”  An event created by right winger with penis issues, and so called because “Insensitivity To First Graders Being Slaughtered Wholesale Day” doesn’t roll as glibly off the tongue.   It also gives the game away, but I digress.

At gun shows across the country, the hicks and goobers line up to look at and buy all sorts of guns, and more guns and still more guns instead of getting the roof fixed, buying a used truck less than eight years old, or saving up for Billy Bob’s and Jolene’s tuition at the junior college that might have allowed them to not work at Walmart as adults.

So today, on this day where we are supposed to be seeing examples of law-abiding, safety conscious gun owners engaging in the patriotic past time of purchasing mass killing implements just because they can, what do you suppose has been happening?   Wait for it…

Five different people have been wounded in accidental shootings at three different gun shows today.  “Emergency personnel had to be called to the scene of the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina after a gun accidentally discharged and shot two people *at the show’s safety check-in booth just after 1 pm. Both victims were transported to an area hospital, and the Raleigh Fire Department announced that the show would be closed for the rest of the day.”    *This information has since been updated to three victims in that one incident.  And then this update to the original story:

Two similar incidents occurred at entirely separate gun shows in the Midwest, one in the Cleveland suburb of Medina, Ohio and the other at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. In Ohio, the local ABC affiliate reports that one individual was brought to a hospital by EMS, and in Indiana Channel 8 WISH says that an individual shot himself in the hand while trying to reload his gun in the show parking lot. That brings the tally to 4 victims of gun violence so far at three different gun shows during the country’s first Gun Appreciation Day.

 

161 replies
  1. 1
    Violet says:

    Emergency personnel had to be called to the scene of the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina after a gun accidentally discharged and shot two people at the show’s safety check-in booth just after 1 pm.

    I kind of think that emergency personnel shouldn’t have to waste their time dealing with gunshot injuries at a gun show. If there’s a gunshot injury at a gun show, let the free market take care of it. Let them call a cab to get someone to a hospital. Aren’t they all about avoiding the use of soshulist resources like police officers and other emergency personnel?

  2. 2
    White Trash Liberal says:

    But bad things only happen in gun free zones!

  3. 3
    Haydnseek says:

    Proving once again, as if any further proof was needed, that Charles Darwin was absolutely right.

  4. 4
    Lojasmo says:

    How the fuck does a “gun accidently discharge” and shoot two people?

  5. 5
    Roger Moore says:

    @Violet:
    Nothing there says they used a publicly provided ambulance. And let me tell you, even public emergency medical personnel are not provided gratis by the government; they will charge as much as they can get away with to cover their costs.

  6. 6
    PeakVT says:

    At the local gun show, background checks were required for all sales, no exceptions. That may just drive some questionable sales out-of-state, but may also prevent a few.

  7. 7
    Karen in GA says:

    Is it common for people to hurt themselves or others at gun shows? I’m just wondering what the odds are of several gun injuries happening on the Feast of the Holy Compensation.

  8. 8
    Jay S says:

    Now now, the Raleigh incident is obviously fake. The first report had two injured, but they had to change it to three to give it more impact. /gunnut

  9. 9
    Napoleon says:

    @Lojasmo:

    Why is it even loaded?

  10. 10
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Lojasmo: It was a shotgun. I’ll bet that the moron grabbed it by the neck of the stock and put his finger on the trigger, instead of grabbing it by the receiver.

  11. 11
    Jennifer says:

    @Lojasmo: This kind of thing happens oftener than you might think. For example, when I was growing up, my family had a fetish for knives. We all walked around brandishing butcher knives whenever we were at home. You’d be surprised how many times someone just happened to trip and fall on someone else’s knife.

  12. 12
    ruemara says:

    I wish there was an auto detonate that was triggered by stupidity. Why are these gun nuts the most perfect advertisement for gun regulations?

  13. 13
    Violet says:

    @Roger Moore: I’m aware of how much soshulist amublances cost. They’re not free. They are cheaper than a private service, however. I hope all the Freedom Loving Real Murkins at the gun show used the free market version.

  14. 14
    Roger Moore says:

    @Lojasmo:

    How the fuck does a “gun accidently discharge” and shoot two people?

    As a wild guess, I’m going to suggest incompetent handling.

  15. 15
    opie_jeanne says:

    @Roger Moore: Anaheim has an annual fee on the property tax bill (initially $7, probably about $12 now) that covered paramedics services, a real bargain since we used it one time in 8 years we lived there. I have seen the bill for EMS services in Anaheim (to people who opted out) and it took my breath away.

  16. 16
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    Clearly, there are not enough guns at these shows. Everyone knows more guns means fewer shootings.

  17. 17
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Karen in GA: ” the Feast of the Holy Compensation.”
    Where would you like your Internets delivered?

  18. 18
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Other things, happening: National Fuck You, Obama Day is not racist. Anymore.

    Gun Appreciation Day Is Sponsored By A White Nationalist Party
    UPDATED: Gun Appreciation Day Removes White Nationalist Party Sponsorship

    Reminds me of the Tea Party rally that wasn’t racist, because if they saw any explicitly racist signs, they told the Tea Baggers to throw them away, or at least keep them away from the camears.

  19. 19
    maya says:

    So why didn’t some good-guy hero with a gun shoot the mofo who shot two people, albeit, accidentally before he could reload? I mean, with all that lead flying there should have been more lead flying, right? Isn’t that the new rule?

  20. 20
    StringOnAStick says:

    Hey, the NRA president’s son should have been at one of these events, instead of in the middle of his 10 year sentence for a road rage shooting (he missed, barely). After all, he’s shown that accidental discharges are not a problem for him; he meant to try to kill that other driver!

  21. 21
    Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin) says:

    Five different people have been wounded in accidental shootings at three different gun shows today.

    Coincidentally, bathtub slime claims many who have no conception of the inherent dangers.

    http://jezebel.com/bathroom-injuries

  22. 22
    sharl says:

    Josh Marshall has been having an off-and-on twitter exchange with these very type of dudes with, um, manhood issues. The first one I came across was this retweet by Josh of a “columnist” at Big Dead Andy’s site, introduced by JM:

    This is a good view into what’s behind the guns debate:
    Kurt Schlichter @KurtSchlichter
    __
    Single, non-lib ladies, @joshtpm won’t touch guns & disses those who do. Assuming he looks OK, would such a guy ever have a shot with you?

    That’s Kurt Schlichter, ladeez and germs, “Writer of Amazon ebook ‘I Am a Liberal’, Breitbart.com contributor, ex-comic, Army vet, & the only conservative civil trial lawyer in LA. Also, #caring. Manhattan Beach CA”

  23. 23
    jharp says:

    I saw the crazy fuckers at the Indianapolis show yesterday. Happened to be at the fairgrounds for another reason.

    I guessed 1 out of 10 was carrying a long gun. And another 1 or 2 our of ten was carrying a backpack that I assume contained guns. Oh, and a grocery cart filled with ammo.

    And a whole shitload of people. Thousands. Maybe 5 or more.

    Yikes.

  24. 24
    Obliterati says:

    If only everybody at the gun show had a gun, none of this would…uhh, have…err.

  25. 25
    bemused says:

    On the front page of Mpls Star Tribune today is a photo of a 36 yr old guy from St. Cloud, brand new gun owner, holding his 9-millimeter handgun in his home. From the article, perched on the corner of (the couple) bedroom dresser, a new deluxe gun safe sits right next to wedding and family photos. New gun owner taps out a combination, the door pops open, a light goes on and new gun owner grabs his new handgun and snaps in a 19-round clip.

    Anoka County Sheriff’s Office overseer of gun licensing said, “We call it panic buying”.

    It took new gun owner awhile to convince his wife he should buy a handgun. The couple have two young children. New gun owner’s friends were saying harder restrictions were coming and you’d better get what you want now or your options will be limited.

    I wonder if gun owner’s friends told him he was an idiot to have his name, town and photo on the front page of the newspaper with location of new deluxe gun safe and handgun.

  26. 26
    gwangung says:

    Remember. These are people who presumably know they’re doing and appreciate what dangerous and lethal tools that guns can be.

    Heh.

  27. 27
    cokane says:

    i pray for more accidental shooting at gun gatherings

  28. 28
    Randy P says:

    an individual shot himself in the hand while trying to reload his gun in the show parking lot.

    Not being a gun nut, I suppose it’s ignorant of me to ask why you need to load your gun at the gun show parking lot. Do you need to carry a loaded gun inside the show? Do you need to fight your way out of the parking lot and back onto the highway?

  29. 29
    The Dangerman says:

    …shot himself in the hand while trying to reload…

    Since even the stupidest of idiots know bullets are loaded on one end and come out the other end, I’m calling he shot himself while rubbing one out.

  30. 30
    Roger Moore says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Other things, happening: National Fuck You, Obama Day is not racist.

    Of course not. The only thing that’s truly racist is pointing out that somebody else is a racist.

  31. 31
    RAM says:

    So if it was just the Dixie Knife Show would three people have been wounded when the moron took his knife out of its case? On the other hand, given the total idiocy of these morons, I suppose it could happen.

  32. 32

    I’m guessing whomever had the premature discharge issue was still able to buy as many rifles as his Wal-mart paycheck would purchase.

  33. 33
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Randy P: he was most likely reloading the gun after leaving the gun show. I’ve been to a few of these things–it’s Oklahoma, it’s cheap, and it’s a great way to feel better about myself–and they never let anyone enter with a loaded gun as a safety and security issue.

  34. 34
    Chet says:

    Yeah – even I can agree these guys are idiots. In fact the whole notion of a “gun show” is pretty stupid, unless it’s a thinly-veiled reference to your pumped-up biceps. No, wait, that’s stupid, too.

  35. 35
    gene108 says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    How do you know the gun works, if you can’t fire off a few shots?

    I’m assuming all sales are final at the these shows.

  36. 36
    JoyfulA says:

    @Roger Moore: The ambulance company will charge exactly what the patient’s health insurance company will pay. If the patient is uninsured, the price will be a lot higher.

    So maybe this might make some gun guys think a bit more realistically about Obamacare.

  37. 37
    Violet says:

    @Randy P:

    Not being a gun nut, I suppose it’s ignorant of me to ask why you need to load your gun at the gun show parking lot. Do you need to carry a loaded gun inside the show? Do you need to fight your way out of the parking lot and back onto the highway?

    According to gun nuts, there is never any reason to carry an unloaded gun. That’s just asking for trouble.

  38. 38
    Roger Moore says:

    @RAM:

    So if it was just the Dixie Knife Show would three people have been wounded when the moron took his knife out of its case?

    Actually, it was a gun and knife show, but it was a gun that cause the damage. Nobody could have predicted!

  39. 39
    JoyfulA says:

    @Karen in GA: At a gun show here last year, a vender from Missouri (IIRC) got in an argument with his wife in the parking lot and shot her. If there have been accidental shootings at local gun shows, I haven’t heard about it.

  40. 40
    gene108 says:

    @bemused:

    New gun owner’s friends were saying harder restrictions were coming and you’d better get what you want now or your options will be limited.

    You can’t have a debate about gun control/safety, when the other side is basing their opposition on the most far fetched hypothetical outcome they can imagine.

    You don’t have people saying, “You better make a run on cough medicine, because those anti-meth laws are about to kick in and it’s going to be a lot harder to get as much cough medicine as you could possibly want”.

    I don’t get the freak-out about panic buying, with regards to guns. It doesn’t happen with other things.

  41. 41
    Soonergrunt says:

    @gene108: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a gun store where sales weren’t final, come to think of it.
    If you don’t like your new gun, you’re supposed to pawn it. Or, one supposes, sell it in the gun show parking lot.

  42. 42
    Soonergrunt says:

    @gene108: how many other things are there that are such obvious penis compensators?
    Threaten to make Viagra* or Cialis* completely illegal, and watch what happens.

    *yes, I get to say the magic words with impunity.

  43. 43
    trex says:

    Video of gun safety fails by our friends who deem themselves “experts” with firearms.

  44. 44
    Roger Moore says:

    @JoyfulA:

    If there have been accidental shootings at local gun shows, I haven’t heard about it.

    Which in no way proves that it didn’t happen. I think this is one of the big things surrounding the increased media scrutiny of all things associated with guns after the Newtown shootings. Bad things involving guns that were previously too minor to make the national, or even local, news are now getting attention.

  45. 45
    opie_jeanne says:

    @gene108: Mothers Cookies. The company was going under and Some People I Know have a weakness for Taffy Creams. The brand has been resuscitated and Taffy Creams are again available, but I knew People who stocked up.

  46. 46
    scav says:

    @Violet:

    According to gun nuts, there is never any reason to carry an unloaded gun. That’s just asking for trouble.

    Not according to this
    Utah man with Rifle in pJC Pennys

    A man in Utah was photographed at a JC Penney carrying around an unloaded version of the gun used in the Newtown tragedy to prove that guns aren’t as dangerous as they’re portrayed.
    In addition to the unloaded rifle, a loaded Glock pistol was strapped to his hip when his picture was taken by shopper Cindy Yorgason on her cell phone camera. Speaking with the Salt Lake Tribune, the man — identified as 22-year old Joseph Kelley — said that he called the local police to let them know about his actions before he left his home and intended to display that weapons aren’t dangerous when handled by law-abiding citizens.

    . . . well, the unloaded bit certainly helps a teeeny bit.

  47. 47
    Violet says:

    @gene108:

    You don’t have people saying, “You better make a run on cough medicine, because those anti-meth laws are about to kick in and it’s going to be a lot harder to get as much cough medicine as you could possibly want”.

    I don’t get the freak-out about panic buying, with regards to guns. It doesn’t happen with other things.

    It does happen, but it’s a bit different. There was the New Coke debacle and people bought up all the Old Coke they could get.

    Every Black Friday people get hurt in the crowd surge to get that ultra cheap TV.

    There are other examples of course. But in most of the examples it’s not the government deciding you can’t have something. If the government decided to outlaw all pain relievers, for example, there would be panic buying like you can’t imagine. But not if it’s just one brand.

  48. 48
    Jon says:

    Is there anything else to say other than:

    bawhwhahahahahwhwhwhhahahahhahahahhahahahhahahh

    no, real

    ahahah….. ahhahahahhahahahhhhhhhahahahahhahahahhhhahahhahha

    Morans.

  49. 49
    Chris says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Actually, what I saw on PJM was “liberals may try to discredit us by pretending to be conservatives and bringing racist signs to the parties.” Heh. Yep, because there’s so little racism on your side that we’d actually have to resort to that. LOL.

  50. 50
    SatanicPanic says:

    I understand that criminals having guns is a bad thing BUT I actually prefer a world where career criminals (bank robbers, muggers, etc.) are the only people who have guns to a world where they and every other dumbass has guns. I can at least guess what criminals’ motives are. White male suburbanites? How do I know what they’re thinking?

  51. 51
    Jon says:

    @Violet: This is not how America ends. Not with a bang, or a whimper, but a retarded “oopse.”

  52. 52
    Alison says:

    @opie_jeanne: Also, the recent Hostess Panic where foolios ran out and spent hundreds of dollars on fucking Twinkies. I mean…really.

  53. 53
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    I’m ashamed to say that over my years of intermittent gun use I have discharged a gun in town.
    My wife bought a fancy high powered Crossman pellet rifle on an impulse one day because she thought she saw a rat in the back yard (red squirrel) and she thought a pellet gun wasn’t a firearm (wrong). She loaded and cocked it then left for work. I came home and assumed her new little pop-gun was loaded. Pointed it out the back door at a gravel pile and touched it off. BLAMMO! 1000fps is plenty of power to wake up the neighborhood. I hid the thing, dived on the couch, put on headphones and started a CD (and a book) in the middle, waiting to answer the door with an irritated look on my face.

  54. 54
    hamletta says:

    @Roger Moore: Well, of course!

    The American public is paying closer attention after Newtown, so it makes sense that these formerly local stories make it to the wire.

  55. 55
    Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin) says:

    @Alison:

    Well, they do have a shelf-life comparable to plutoniums half-life.

  56. 56
    Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin) says:

    @Alison:

    Well, they do have a shelf-life comparable to plutoniums half-life.

  57. 57
    J R in WV says:

    I think part of it is very inexperienced people attending shows or visiting rod and gun shops for the first time. Plus a larger crowd of people lately; you would expect more accidents if 10K people attend instead of 5K people with identical accident rates.

    That said, I don’t particularly want to depend on a guy I see once at a show to vend a $1500 item, no refunds or repairs possible.

  58. 58
    opie_jeanne says:

    @Alison: Yes, I was thinking of that one too. At least the Mothers Cookies I bought for myself were iced oatmeal, unlike the ones purchased for A Person I Know.

  59. 59
    PaulW says:

    @Lojasmo:

    How the fuck does a “gun accidently discharge” and shoot two people?

    When it’s a semi-automatic with a loaded clip and someone accidentally forgets to put the safety on… and someone else accidentally pulls the trigger too hard… and two someone elses accidentally happen to stand in the path of the bullets.

    But hey, to err is human… and after all, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Which means that at gun shows the real danger is people.

  60. 60
    handy says:

    Today is “Gun Appreciation Day.”

    I can’t wait for “Hammer Appreciation Day,” or “Knife Appreciation Day.” How come we don’t have days like those? I wonder.

  61. 61
    JoyfulA says:

    @Roger Moore: Our local newspaper has gone to 3 days a week, and it didn’t have much news in it when it was daily. Somebody shot in the hand at a gun show wouldn’t make the paper unless a reporter happened to be out to buy a gun that day.

  62. 62
    Violet says:

    @gene108: @opie_jeanne:
    And if an item goes off the market and is in short supply, it must be conserved. Hence, Spongeworthy.

  63. 63
    Roger Moore says:

    @J R in WV:

    I think part of it is very inexperienced people attending shows or visiting rod and gun shops for the first time.

    Not a good excuse. If you can’t handle your gun safely, you shouldn’t have one. All that’s happened here is that some of the idiots who shouldn’t be allowed to touch a weapon have proven it in public.

  64. 64
    Chris says:

    @SatanicPanic:

    This.

    It’s bad enough having to worry about professional gangs, without also having to worry that every middle aged suburbanite going through a divorce, a mid life crisis or a spate of unemployment might also be a time bomb sitting on a neighborhood shooting.

  65. 65
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @JoyfulA:

    Somebody shot in the hand at a gun show wouldn’t make the paper unless a reporter happened to be out to buy a gun that day.

    Police blotter. If a report was filed they’d grab it at least for filler.
    Pretty much all the local news we get is provided to the paper free by the cops. No idea what the civic issues are, but I’m up on all the failed sobriety tests at 2:00 am Sunday morning.

  66. 66
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @scav: Kelley added that he carries weapons to protect children and other people from “criminals, cartels, drug lords” and other “evil men

    drug lords and cartels are known to operate out of JC Penney’s.

  67. 67
    bemused says:

    @gene108:

    People don’t make good decisions when very angry. The same goes for when folks are panicked out of their skulls which so many people, most male, seem to succumb to.

  68. 68
    Karen in GA says:

    @RAM:

    So if it was just the Dixie Knife Show would three people have been wounded when the moron took his knife out of its case? On the other hand, given the total idiocy of these morons, I suppose it could happen.

    Pretty much. It could be the National Tubesock and Simple Footwear Show, and these yahoos would lose fingers trying to tie their shoes.

  69. 69
    Roger Moore says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    drug lords and cartels are known to operate out of JC Penney’s.

    In wingnut fever dreams, yes, they are. There are millions of would-be criminals out there who would love nothing more than to go on criminal rampages, except that they’re terrified of ordinary citizens packing heat.

  70. 70
    Chris says:

    @scav:

    My goodness gracious, cartel drug lords? You ARE trying to live out a movie fantasy. The drug lords are safe at home living the high life and don’t come any closer to the field work than any other predatory billionaires.

  71. 71
    WereBear says:

    @Soonergrunt: they never let anyone enter with a loaded gun as a safety and security issue.

    What? GUN SHOWS have a “don’t take your guns to town” rule?

    And yet these are the same people who want armed guards strolling around our schools?

    What the freakin’ heck?

  72. 72
    Jebediah says:

    @Karen in GA:

    Feast of the Holy Compensation

    Nice!

  73. 73
    Davis X. Machina says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: Small town journalism is the police blotter, or as we high school teachers like to call it, ‘the alumni newsletter’.

  74. 74
    Roger Moore says:

    @WereBear:
    Amazing, isn’t it. These idiots are either the biggest hypocrites in the known universe or suffer from near-terminal cognitive dissonance. Or both, I suppose.

  75. 75
    Violet says:

    From the top:

    Today is “Gun Appreciation Day.” An event created by right winger with penis issues

    Linking gun lust with small genitalia is a potential way to make being a gun nut less desirable.

  76. 76
    Gravenstone says:

    @sharl: I’m going to guess that Herr Schliter scrupulously avoided reading the letter Josh posted from a reader who’d accidentally shot and killed his best friend (with said friend’s gun) when both were teens. Wouldn’t want his little self affirming bubble where his gunz substitute for his disease ravaged pen1s at risk of puncture, no sir.

  77. 77
    Violet says:

    For fuck’s sake, I copied the text in the post and it sent me into moderation. I’ll edit it:
    From the top:

    Today is “Gun Appreciation Day.” An event created by right winger with p3nis issues

    Linking gun lust with small genitalia is a potential way to make being a gun nut less desirable.

  78. 78
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Violet:

    Linking gun lust with small genitalia is a potential way to make being a gun nut less desirable.

    If that worked the new Corvette never would have happened.

  79. 79
    scav says:

    @Roger Moore: remember, even heat without bullets might work according to this dude, unless he really is trying to make the point that in the hands of the righteous, guns only shoot bullets that injure the unrighteous (god wanted that bullet in you) bad guys. It’s sort of a modern-day test for witches: If you were innocent, you wouldn’t have been shot by the non-dangerous law-abiding firearm. they even go off on their own when affronted by the nearness of someone that deserves it!

  80. 80
    Comrade Luke says:

    I already posted this a couple of days ago in another thread, but it seems appropriate today as well:

    Gun FAILS: Second Amendment Rights Gone Wrong In Honor of ‘Gun Appreciation’ Day

    So much stupidity.

  81. 81
    Mike G says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    he was most likely reloading the gun after leaving the gun show.

    Because you can’t possbily make it across a suburban parking lot to your truck without a loaded handgun. Where the hell does he think he is, Fallujah?

  82. 82
    WereBear says:

    @Roger Moore: near-terminal cognitive dissonance

    Almost makes you wish it did have some kind of physical symptom, since they have such a high threshold.

  83. 83
    JCT says:

    @WereBear: Yup, they make a big elaborate fuss over putting zip ties through the chamber of the firearm. It’s hilarious. Meanwhile I am still trying to figure out how the idiot in the parking lot shot himself in the hand – seems like it would take effort.

  84. 84
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Chris: Those crazy suburbanites scare me more. I’m not so worried about having to give up my wallet to a mugger.

  85. 85
    jharp says:

    @WereBear:

    What? GUN SHOWS have a “don’t take your guns to town” rule?

    And yet these are the same people who want armed guards strolling around our schools?

    Yes and yes.

  86. 86
    Kyle says:

    @Violet:

    Linking gun lust with small genitalia is a potential way to make being a gun nut less desirable.

    In Australia the NSW government launched an anti-speeding campaign aimed at young males using such a message.

    http://www.advertising.nsw.gov.....ks-big-you

    But in Australia the uptight-Jesus-freak-prude lobby is less powerful. Imagine the screeching if anyone tried this in the South.

  87. 87
    mainmati says:

    I like Violet’s response. These people are Darwinian losers and do not merit society’s support, IMO since they are essentially anti-social, themselves.

  88. 88
    Gravenstone says:

    Not related to the gun nutz, but Stan Musial is reported to have passed. Looks like the current “deaths in threes” is making a run on baseball Hall of Famers.

  89. 89
    JoyfulA says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: Reporters don’t bother with the police blotter around here, except for the state capital’s 50,000 people of the local population of 643,000. There are too many towns and townships with police forces to make the rounds.

    (I have often said somebody could make a living with a blog that daily reported just our township’s police blotter and our township’s two volunteer fire companies’ daily activity list, plus township commissioners’ and school board meetings, by ads for local pizzarias, stores, and politicians.)

  90. 90
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Roger Moore: @Chris: to be fair, Tony Soprano did sometimes use the Piramus (sp?) Mall to stage “accidental” encounters with associates. Who knows what nefarious schemes are hatched at the Mrs Fields in the Salt Lake Galleria food court? Some young guns from Orem might try to stage a coup.

    Just occurred to me that I would probably have to jump through more hoops, as pro forma and barely noticeable as they’ve become, to buy a beer in Utah than to buy a Bushmaster.

  91. 91
    RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Kyle:

    I spent part of the week with an Indonesian colleague who lives in Sidney Australia. He was leaving Detroit to drive to W. Virginia to work.

    We must have talked for an hour about how not to get shot in the South. He had a lot of concerns. He should have. He’s pretty brown and his English has a German accent. He was utterly amazed when I explained Stand Your Ground laws.

  92. 92
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Read this post and comments via this link and laugh your ass off.

    We iz all gangsta now!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    I have seen photos on my Facebook news feed of babies sucking on the barrels of guns, in one or two instances while their mothers looked on benevolently. I will not link, partly because I can’t remember who originally put up the photos so i cant find them, and partly because even if I could, I wouldn’t.

    ETA: images were posted as horrible examples by people on our side. I’m still not going to go looking for them.

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    Yikes says:

    Funny, here are some instructions for Gun Appreciation Day in Phoenix:

    1. Feel free to bring firearms. It has been suggested that we not sling our EBRs, and I wouldn’t, but feel free to. As a side note: please, do not take it upon yourself to be an asshole and deride anyone for bringing their EBR or OCing their firearm. This is a show of unity. Please do, however, stand up for your fellow gun-owner if you see them taking flack. Furthermore, if you do bring a rifle, EBR or otherwise, go ahead and have a loaded mag in there, but do not chamber rounds. A slung rifle tends to get handled more than a handgun in a holster, and accidents (/negligence) happen(s). Especially when you put your damn booger-hook on the bang-switch.

    2. ) Unless you are a “right proper wordsmith”, please do NOT speak to the media. They are there to demonize us and overall trash the 2A. I REPEAT: DO NOT SPEAK TO THE MEDIA. Warn others of this as well, please.

    3. By all means, carry a sign; about the 2A. No Truther/Birther/Taxes/Debt/Fluoride bullshit. Verboten. Prohibido. Nyet. Just don’t. 2A related, only. This includes signs, shirts, hats, and coffee mugs. To paraphrase, a house divided will be conquered.

    Sigh.

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    Grincheuse says:

    @opie_jeanne: Just don’t get yourself into a car wreck in Buena Park or Stanton, because you’ll be charged that breathtaking fee since you haven’t also been paying $7 to the neighboring city. It’s one of the brilliant “fees” that have been imposed in lieu of soshulist taxes since the OC bankruptcy.

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    quannlace says:

    y goodness gracious, cartel drug lords? You ARE trying to live out a movie fantasy

    No kid. Forget Rambo. These darlings are more like McBain from the Simpsons.

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    scav says:

    Details of the Ohio one have hit the standard issue press at least: Dealer Accidentally Shoots Man at Ohio Gun Show
    Police in Medina (meh-DEYE’-nuh) say a gun dealer was checking out a semi-automatic handgun he’d bought Saturday when he accidentally pulled the trigger.

    Police Chief Pat Berarducci (BEHR’-uh-doo-chee) says it appears the bullet struck the floor, then a longtime friend of the gun dealer. The man was wounded in the arm and leg.

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    gene108 says:

    @Violet:

    There was the New Coke debacle and people bought up all the Old Coke they could get.

    The difference between New Coke and my cough mixture analogy is for all intents and purposes Old Coke was not going to be made anymore, because the Coca Cola company changed the formulation to New Coke. There’s no way to have realized in 1985 (IIRC) that consumer protest would’ve been so fierce or effective in bringing Old Coke back.

    With cough medicine now, I think most states have restrictions on its OTC purchases, with some requiring you show ID, maybe give your name to the drug store clerk or limit the number you can buy in a finite period of time or some combination of the above.

    No one has made the leap in logic with cough medicine that the government is out to destroy our rights to get cough relief and cold relief, the way similar suggestions of a gun registry or universal background checks trigger panic buying of guns and ammo.

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    Karen in GA says:

    @Soonergrunt: My first Internets! I am honored and humbled. (Just put ’em anywhere. And don’t worry about the calico. She just likes to know the cleaver’s nearby — she hardly ever uses it on anyone.)

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    Raven says:

    Stan Musial Dead: MLB Hall Of Famer Dies At 92

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    scav says:

    @scav: for one, FYWP isn’t the cause so much as operator error and FYWP+ipod for lack of edit cabability.

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    gene108 says:

    @Machine-Gun Preacher (formerly Ben Franklin):

    Unlike us, who made them, Twinkies will survive a nuclear war giving sustenance to the new mutant hoards that will roam the Earth in our post-Apocalyptic future.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Gravenstone:

    Not related to the gun nutz, but Stan Musial is reported to have passed.

    Confirmed on ESPN. Always got to be upstaging somebody, I guess.

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    Tom says:

    @handy: I assume the next hammer appreciation day is November 8, 2013 (Thor 2’s U.S. release date).

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Just occurred to me that I would probably have to jump through more hoops, as pro forma and barely noticeable as they’ve become, to buy a beer in Utah than to buy a Bushmaster.

    Depends on where. The last time I bought beer in Utah (at a restaurant outside Zion NP) they didn’t even check my ID.

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    Raven says:

    Asked to describe the habits that kept him in baseball for so long, Musial once said: “Get eight hours of sleep regularly. Keep your weight down, run a mile a day. If you must smoke, try light cigars. They cut down on inhaling.”

    One last thing, he said: “Make it a point to bat .300.”

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Yikes: The Googles tell me that EBR (pronounced “fake pen1s”)stands for Enhanced Battle Rifle. You think our little gun nutz might have masculinity issues?

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    Felonius Monk says:

    @gene108:

    With cough medicine now, I think most states have restrictions on its OTC purchases.

    Interestin point. We control people’s access to cough medicine better than their access to guns. Jeebus Crisp!

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    jefft452 says:

    “an individual shot himself in the hand while trying to reload his gun in the show parking lot”

    Let me correct for accuracy
    “an individual shot himself in the hand while playing with his gun in the show parking lot”

    Same goes for “while cleaning his gun”, change “cleaning” to “playing with” and it makes a lot more sense

    PS,
    “accidently” and “gun discharged” never belong in the same sentence

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    gene108 says:

    @Raven:

    One last thing, he said: “Make it a point to bat .300.”

    Musial’s before my time, but the above line made me laugh, like batting .300 is just some switch to be flipped when needed :-)

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    kerFuFFler says:

    @sharl: “…with these very type of dudes with, um, manhood issues.”

    Honest to God, I read some absurdly paranoid comment at HuffPo with some gun nut proclaiming that he would refuse to register his guns. “I refuse to let my family be neutered,” he concluded.

    Some of these guys really do have issues….

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    jp7505a says:

    Thank the FSM that we have such responsible gun owners – 5 hurt in shootings at gun shows in Ohio, Ind., NC according to the AP. One of the responsible gun owners was carring a loaded shotgun that accidently discharged at a security checkpoint. I feel so much safer knowing these folks are protetcing us. (snark)

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    Raven says:

    @Gravenstone: They are M14’s

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    Raven says:

    @gene108: Obviously he was a great hitter. As a life long Cub fan I have nothing but admiration for Musial.

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    Ken says:

    @PaulW: guns don’t kill people

    This one apparently tried: a gun accidentally discharged and shot two people. No sign of human agency; it was the gun that accidentally discharged.

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    Gravenstone says:

    @Raven: If they meant a specific model, then just say so. I took them to mean it in a much more generic sense to apply to any semi-automatic rifle possessing multiple militarized modifications.

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    kerFuFFler says:

    BTW, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. The sensible safety regulations they have at gun shows (unload at entry and secure trigger with zipcord) make it pretty clear that the people organizing them do understand deep down that more people milling around packing heat does not make an area safer. They KNOW what a disastrous, free-for-all, chaotic mess it would be if someone started shooting and all the other people decided to take out the shooter. With everyone drawing their weapons, no one would know who to shoot at.

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    John 2.0 says:

    I was actually at the NC Fairgrounds today, the site of the Dixie Classic Show. I wasn’t there for the show, I take my dog every to the big flea market they have there every week (she’s a husky and loves the attention she gets, since almost everyone wants to stop and pet her).

    Anyway, this was, hands down, the most crowded I have EVER seen the fairgrounds parking lots. Not for State Fair, not even for NCSU Homecoming (NC State share it’s football and basketball facilities with the Fairgrounds). In fairness, there was at least one other event going on at the time (a cheerleading competition, I think), but still.

    I was there before the shooting happened at 1:00 (I got there around 11:00), and I overheard some people saying that the Gun Show was at capacity. The show was being held in the Jim Graham building, the biggest building on the fairground, and one designed for livestock and cattle shows. Let that sink in for a second: A building designed to show cattle couldn’t accommodate all the people wanting to buy guns this morning. People were waiting in lines for more than 2 hours to get in.

    According to the paper, the shooting was from a Wake County Sheriff Deputy tried to unload a gun someone was trying to bring into the hall. The gun discharged, and people were shot. I don’t know if everyone was hit with the same bullet, bullets from the same gun, or if the deputy managed to hit someone else with his weapon. Pretty crazy.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @gene108:

    Musial’s before my time, but the above line made me laugh, like batting .300 is just some switch to be flipped when needed :-)

    For him, maybe it was. He just left the switch set to >.300 for most of his career.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @Grincheuse: Yeah, I know. Good thing we had Kaiser back then. The paramedics were summoned for my father at a Christmas Eve dinner after he fell and blacked out for a few seconds. He didn’t live with us but it was covered under the deal with Anaheim.

    The genius who was responsible for the OC bankruptcy died about a week ago. That happened in 1994 but the effect lingers on. In 2001 mr opie_jeanne was interviewing for a new job in SoCal, moving back after 9 years in the SF area to be near our aging parents, and the interview with Orange County was the most ridiculous one he says he’s ever been to, directly related to that bankruptcy. He told them not to bother, to take him off their list of candidates, but they continued to try to hire him for a year.

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    opie_jeanne says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: Did you do that? I think I’m in love.

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    gian says:

    @Yikes:

    Sounds like the perfect event to have a table to get plastic surgeons leads for male enhancement surgery

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    Raven says:

    @Gravenstone: “The United States Navy Mark 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) is an American selective fire military rifle chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. It is a variant of the M14 battle rifle and was originally built for use with units of the United States Naval Special Warfare Command”

    And skip the snippy shit.

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    gelfling545 says:

    My daughter had the misfortune to observe the gun festivities in our city today where the gun lovers were gathered in front of city hall. She tells me that the swastikas were an interesting touch. Just one thing though: we live in NY State where we have already got the laws in place so they are a bit late.

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    the Conster says:

    @Karen in GA:

    Stolen for FB.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @opie_jeanne:

    Nope, someone mentioned it over at another site I frequent so I checked it (Gizoogle) out. I put in the address for some Obama speeches and had a blast laughing my ass off at them. Then I saw this post and decided to run it through the Great Gizoogle. It was worth it! Redstate is a real riot when run through Gizoogle.

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    Calcixeroll says:

    Based on recent success, can we roll this event into a new Holiday? How about monthly?

    A few more of these and all those Diebold upgrades may as well be irrelevant

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    Calcixeroll says:

    FYWP

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    OMG… running Genesis through the Gizoogle returns this:

    Genesis 1
     
    New Internationistic Version (NIV)
    Da Beginning
     
    1 In tha beginning Dogg pimped tha heavens n’ tha earth. 2 Now tha earth was formless n’ empty, darknizz was over tha surface of tha deep, n’ tha Spirit of Dogg was hovering over tha waters.
     
    3 And Dogg holla’d, “Let there be light,” n’ boo-ya.. there was a shitload of weed. 4 Dogg smelled dat tha chronic was phat, n’ he separated tha light from tha darkness.

    I like this version of Genesis much more!

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    Baud says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    Holy shit. The Internet is now complete.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @Steeplejack:

    I’ve tripped across his work too, great stuff! I’ve been plugging in a variety of sites into Gizoogle and enjoying the results. I was just thinking I need to check out Free Republic through this!

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    Another site, similar to the Gizoogle one, is the Dialectizer, which has been around for years. Feeding a right wing site through the Elmer Fudd, Redneck, or Moron translator can be funny.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee: I am never reading a conservative site without running it through their translator.

    Epic win.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @WereBear: The NRA conferences always have “no guns” signs. Go figure.

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    From Free Republic:

    Da Right Calls Obizzay a Dictator yo, but Sarah Palin Disarmed tha Alaska Civil Militia
    Politicususa ^ | Jan. I aint talkin’ bout chicken n’ gravy biatch. 18th, 2013 | Sarah Jones
     
    Posted on 01/19/2013 5:32:14 PM PST by Bratch
     
    In 2008, tha Anchorage Daily Shit ran dis deck bellow tha headline: “NO MORE GUNS: Alaska State Defense Force stripped of nuff powers.”
     
    Irony knows no boundz when it comes ta tha Tea Party.
     
    In 2008, Tea Jam Biatch n’ Shoot ‘Em Up n’ Hang ‘Em Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK) disarmed brigade thugz of tha Alaska State Defense Force (think volunteer militia) all up in tha recommendation of tha state military officials, based on a report by a investigator wit tha Washington Nationizzle Guard. Y’all KNOW dat shit, muthafucka!
     
    (I)n a major decision provin unpopular wit at least a shitload of tha force’s roughly 280 members, tha state is takin away tha brigade’s guns.
     
    Yes, Sarah Palin, as executizzle of tha state, took away they glocks fo’ realz. And no, conservatives, you can’t have it both ways. Clearly they gave Sarah Palin tha report n’ her ass took executizzle action on it (also known as “tyranny” when a Democrat do it).
     
    “Da report do not say Westsideall was a funky-ass bad commander,” Campbell holla’d. Y’all KNOW dat shit, muthafucka! “Da report says tha state defense force, it’s a voluntary organization, it’s part time, it’s dedicated volunteers servin they state yo, but they don’t have tha intensitizzle of training, tha skill sets tha Nationizzle Guard has.”
     
    As a result, Campbell recommended ta Gov. Right back up in yo muthafuckin ass. Sarah Palin dat brigade thugz should no longer be armed. Y’all KNOW dat shit, muthafucka!

    “Tea Jam Biatch n’ Shoot ‘Em Up n’ Hang ‘Em Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK)”? Now that’s fucking funny!

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    @Baud:

    Yes, it truly is. :)

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    Damned straight, it’s a translator that works!

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Baud:

    Holy shit. The Internet is now complete.

    It’s been complete for a while.

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    Baud says:

    @Roger Moore:

    How can I be seeing that photo and yet not perceive any tear in the fabric of space-time itself? Weird.

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    johnny aquitard says:

    @Gravenstone: It means Evil Black Rifle. As in military type assault rifles such as the M16/AR15. It refers to the threatening appearance of such rifles (whose aesthetics are different from typical hunting rifles, not surprisingly because thier purposes are very different) as well as referring to the fact that these rifles are the kind that are targeted by gun control legislation. Yes they are mocking people who think such rifles have little legitimate place in private hands.

    Early in its history the M16 was sometimes referred to as a black rifle because of its then innovative use of a black plastic stock and utiltarian black oxide metal finish. This is in contrast to a traditional rifle’s that has a walnut stock and blued steel. As a result all modern assault rifles are sometimes referred to as black rifles, and then during the Clinton ban, Evil Black Rifles, when many of these military models didn’t meet the criteria for continued manufacture/importation.

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    sharl says:

    @Steeplejack:
    Ah, yes, Herbert Kornfeld. His gangsta lifestyle finally caught up with him back in ’07: White-On-White Violence Claims Life Of Accounts Receivable Supervisor

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    andy says:

    @handy: Hammer Appreciation Day happens every Thorsday…

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    Roger Moore says:

    @handy:

    I can’t wait for “Hammer Appreciation Day,”

    You can’t touch this!

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    g says:

    @Randy P: Yes, wouldn’t you assume that everyone in the gun show are law-abiding, responsible gun owners and you wouldn’t need to means to defend yourself against them? Unless…..?

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    gbear says:

    @Violet:

    Linking gun lust with small genitalia is a potential way to make being a gun nut less desirable.

    If only we could apply that to ‘loud pipes’ too. Loud pipes shrink testicles.

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    andy says:

    @scav: Obviously an improved version of the Puckle Gun.

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    Heliopause says:

    Is there a way of segregating all the gun fetishists in a confined geographic space with unfettered access to any firearm they desire? Only single individuals with no spouse or children allowed, and let them run their social experiment in liberty to its conclusion? I would have no objection.

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    majii says:

    The following gives me great pleasure:
    “…the Raleigh Fire Department announced that the show would be closed for the rest of the day.”
    Serves the tools right for buying into their own delusions. They are supposed to be the ones who already “know” about gun safety. Idjits.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @sharl:

    I know. The whole intermittent arc over almost a decade was hilarious. That’s why I recommended reading them in order. I worked one consulting gig where “letter opener of death” became an office catchphrase.

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    JCT says:

    Holy crap, did you guys see this pic at Tbogg’s !

    Look ma! I can blow my sister’s head off with this

    I am gobsmacked. WTF is wrong with people.

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    E. says:

    I’ve been watching “Doomsday Preppers” on YouTube. It’s totally awesome. In one episode the gun nut apocalypse fetishist takes his family out for shooting training and blows his finger off on camera. The tough-guy survivalist then gets transported to the hospital via helicopter from out in the desert, after fainting while the film crew bandages his wound.

    Like I said, the show is awesome. I recommend it to all.

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    @JCT: I hope those kids get taken out of that home. That is clear and flagrant endangerment.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:

    True story from the Fountain Hills (AZ) police blotter:

    A Fountain Hills man was arrested for endangerment and disorderly conduct with a deadly weapon. The man was believed to be intoxicated and was waving a handgun. The weapon was taken by another man and the suspect called MCSO [Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] to report his gun was taken.

    That’s right — the guy drunkenly waved his gun around and then called the police to complain when one of his friends took it away from him.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Heliopause: Yes, there is. Phase One is called “West Virginia.”

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    Another Halocene Human says:

    @RossInDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: That’s hot.

    & sometimes liking to drive fast is just about liking to drive fast. Looking cool doing it is just a bonus.

    Tho’ probably only mid-life-crisis age buyers can afford it. :(

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    Fred says:

    First rule of gun handling: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN UNLOADED GUN
    Second rule: NEVER POINT A GUN AT A HUMAN

    If the NRA would get out of the PR/BS buisines and get back to teaching first principals of gun safety (the thing they were founded to do) there would be a good deal less grief in the world.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    the suspect called MCSO [Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] to report his gun was taken.

    i.e. Sheriff Joe Arpaio's motley band of thugs.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    @JCT:

    I am gobsmacked. WTF is wrong with people.

    We received a similar picture from the in-laws of their two kids with their .22 rifles, of which one is princess-pink. Yeah, I despair.

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    El Cid says:

    Why did these gun owners fail to have additional guns which they could use to defend themselves and their loved ones against the accidentally discharging weapons?

    The only thing which can stop a misfiring gun is a properly firing gun.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Well at least no one was killed, right?

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    Redleg says:

    LOL. I guess it’s not really that funny that something like this could happen to manly fools who believe they can protect us against the armed hordes.

    It just reminds me of some of the unsafe gun nuts I used to shoot with after work.

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