Here is this week's media coverage of stupid and dangerous "stuff" with guns and gun rhetoric. This is the 7th week of my reporting about gun incidents in the news. It's important that the news about what happens every day in our country with guns is spread to a wider audience. Why? Because then maybe it will be agreed that we must do something to prevent senseless shootings and stop the stupid and dangerous rhetoric about guns.
- Those stupid guns. Sometimes they just go off with no one pulling the trigger. This Tennessee man had emergency surgery to dislodge the bullet that ended in his lower back after the gun stored in the car trunk discharged. Yes, it does sound illogical but this wouldn't be the first time I've written about an incident like this one. You will notice that the first comment on the on-line story was a gun guy in denial about the chances that anything like this can happen. You see, when things like this happen, it "shoots a hole" in the logic of the gun guys who try to make us all think that loaded guns in cars and public places are perfectly safe. Instead, what we see is more and more stupid and dangerous things happening with guns in public places.
- Will new permit holders in Wisconsin get the right training for carrying loaded guns around in public places? Some apparently think that hunting classes will do the trick. I sure as heck hope that shooters will know that there is a big difference between sitting in the deer stand and shooting at a human being in a public place.
- Again, I must write about the senseless shooting death of a toddler. This little girl was shot on the front porch of her California home. In addition, her mother was injured as was another pregnant woman. Guns are dangerous.
- You may remember me writing about this Maine legislator pulling a gun on someone in a parking lot a while ago. It seems that resigning would be the better part of valor. I wonder why it took him this long to realize that his constituents would likely not take kindly to their elected representative threatening someone with a gun.
- Young people use guns to commit suicide in an alarming number. This young man did not succeed, if this was indeed a suicide attempt. The majority of gun deaths are due to suicide, many of these among young men. What's worse here is that if you read the comments at the end of this article, you will see the usual inane comments. Can't some people just read articles without making comments? I guess not. I should know the answer to that since my "gun guy" friends must sit around waiting for me to post something and they are compelled to write something argumentative or sometimes unfounded and just plain not true Whatever.
- Darn it all. I just hate it when I have to write about a story reported in the media about a "law abiding" gun permit holder doing stupid and dangerous things. This Arkansas permit holder got mad at a judge who ruled against him in a divorce proceeding so he decided to bring his assault gun with him to the courthouse just in case. Now a clerk is injured and the permit holder is dead after a shoot-out with police. The man fired 70 rounds from an assault rifle and also had several semi-automatic pistols. I would say he was on a mission and not just using those guns for self defense. Senseless. And yet, another law abiding citizen dies because of a belief that a gun will solve his problems. Did I say, guns are dangerous?
- It's good news that the courts in Florida have decided that the law passed in the Florida legislature to stop doctors from asking patients about guns in the home can't go forward. But, of course, the NRA is going to appeal the ruling, leading possibly to the Supreme Court. By all rights common sense should prevail if the case makes it that far. But the NRA and it's extreme agenda only considers what's in it for them rather than what can be done to prevent gun injuries and deaths. So if a Pediatrician or other Physician wants to talk to patients about safety, according to the extreme views of the NRA, it must inevitably lead to gun confiscation. Such rhetoric is not only stupid but also dangerous. A Physician's job is to prevent their patients from harm and keep them safe and healthy. I have written about this one before on my blog. See it here and here.
- One gun homicide is no worse than the others, really, but this article from the Star Tribune about a double homicide/suicide shooting involved a young child finding the dead bodies of her family members when she got home from school. There is discussion in the article about the trauma experienced by children who are effected by this kind of bloody, violent scene. Another young child was in the home, apparently when the shootings occurred. Senseless and tragic.
- In yet another shooting death in Minnesota, this one is similar to others I have written about many times. How do 15 year old kids get their hands on guns and what makes them, at that young age, want to shoot another human being?
- What's going on in Minnesota? Here is another article about a shooting in Minneapolis. And this was the first one of, "at least two shootings in South Minneapolis."
- This one falls under the category of stupid. According to this article from Media Matters, the right wing media and the gun nuts have a new theory about the ATF's failed "Fast and Furious" program- Hilary Clinton would run for President if it wasn't for her involvement in this program. Seriously?? Sometimes one must laugh or one would cry because of the nonsensical things spouted in the right wing media. You can read other false statements about the ATF's "Fast and Furious"put out in the mainstream by the right wing media in the linked article above.
- NRA Board member Ted Nugent is at it again. I wonder if the listeners of NRA radio take this guy seriously. Here is just some of what Nugent had to say: "We have bent over so far as a citizenry in this country that we've allowed a communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-trained, a church-goer to the hate-America church, we've allowed him to become the president of the United States of America, because we bent over that far. We've allowed our federal agents to get away with this kind of jack-booted thuggery." Wow, really? This kind of extremist talk from an NRA Board member, as Ted Nugent is, is not only stupid, but it's false, dangerous and hateful rhetoric.
- Of course, I just had to end this column with the report of yet another accidental discharge of a gun. This poor Ohio gun permit holder has a problem. Her loaded gun fell from her holster and discharged, injuring her in the leg. Stupid. It's just lucky that that bullet didn't hurt anyone else.
- Oh, and one more story just caught my attention. What was this Florida man doing with a gun and shooting 2 pastors in the back at church? The church shooting came right after he had already shot his wife to death. Now his wife is dead, in a likely domestic incident and 2 local pastors are wounded from gun fire, having been shot in the back by a man who should not have had a gun: "According to the Highlands County Clerk of courts, Fogle pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge in the death of a previous wife." What? How did he get his gun? Guns are very dangerous, and most especially in the wrong hands. Here's how the shooter was stopped: " He said it took three or four minutes of struggling with the gunman before he finally wrested the weapon away.The gunman had six rounds in his pocket. "He was prepared to shoot even more," Sheriff Grady Judd said." Notice that it did not take a gun to stop the man from shooting more people.
(This post is written as part of the Media Matters Gun Facts fellowship. The purpose of the fellowship is to further Media Matters' mission to comprehensively monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media Some of the worst misinformation occurs around the issue of guns, gun violence, and extremism, the fellowship program. The fellowship program is designed to fight this misinformation with facts.)