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I hope this blog will provoke some thoughtful reflection about the issue of guns and gun violence. I am passionate about the issue and would love to change some misperceptions and the culture of gun violence in America by sharing with readers words, photos, videos and clips from articles to promote common sense about gun issues. Many of you will agree with me- some will not. I am only one person but one among many who think it's time to do something about this national problem. The views expressed by me in this blog do not represent any group with which I am associated but are rather my own personal opinions and thoughts.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Hunters and permit holders in the news

I wasn't planning on writing this particular post but when things "come across my desk" that deserve the light of day, I think the public has a right to know what's going on in the gun world. This one first- yet another "law abiding" gun permit holder tries to get his loaded gun through Detroit airport security. The man claimed that he forgot about the gun. Come on. When you get dressed in the morning and strap your gun around your ankle, you must know it's there. There is a solution to this problem. Don't put the darned gun on your ankle that morning, knowing you are traveling on a plane. Are permit holders so forgetful or are they so paranoid that, as I've said before, without their gun they are naked? This is not an isolated incident if you read my post about guns and airport security. This is the result of a culture that has evolved in America among gun rights extremists that guns are necessary in places where they are not necessary. Further, there are places where guns are not allowed. Law abiding gun owners should be hyper aware of that. With rights come responsibilities.

Oh, and oops- here's another law abiding gun owner who forgot his responsibilities. A Georgia airport security agent accidentally shot himself in the face with a gun found in a traveler's carry-on bag. And why was the gun in the man's bag? "He told police that he often travelled to Florida on business and 'kept the weapon on him for protection, not to kill anyone but in an attempt to scare people off'." Really? Who would he want to scare off at the airport? Maybe other "law abiding" gun owners who forgot they had their loaded gun in their carry-on? Such nonsense is not acceptable. Guns are dangerous. They actually do kill people and are used less often to scare someone off than in actual shootings.

And speaking of responsibilities, what about the Texas hunters who are alleged to have accidentally shot and injured two nearby Middle School students? One is in critical condition. Good grief. Can't we send our kids to school in the morning without thinking about whether they will be shot by hunters before the end of the day? What happened to the idea that having gun ranges, hunting grounds and gun shops close to schools is a bad idea? What happened to common sense? Allowing hunting this close to a school is simply a terrible idea. You may remember that I wrote about this in my post about visiting my daughter in Pennsylvania at Thanksgiving time and hearing gunshots fairly close by in nearby woods.

And last, but certainly not least, is this tragic shooting in Pittsburgh. A woman killed her 21 year old son and then herself. This is just one of the many domestic shootings that occur daily in our country. When guns are available, they get used to take care of family problems or in the midst of arguments, depression, break-ups, alcohol and drug use, etc. Where is common sense?


  1. I refuse to believe these people took the gun through security by accident. We aren't talking about a pair of knitting scissors or a bottle of water. We're talking about a heavy, loaded, lethal weapon. Either they are blatantly breaking the law or are extremely stupid. Either way, they should have their weapons removed permenantly, barred from purchasing or possessing another, and face criminal punishment. There is no excuse for this.

  2. So...should we also bust Adam Savage who admitted finding 12 inch long razors in his jacket pocket after he arrived at his destination? TSA missed two steel 12 inch razors that he was carrying and forgot about. He should be banned from access to razor knives? And face prosecution?

    Security acted correctly. He is being charged. And the gun was confiscated.

  3. Are there regulations concerning the purchase of 12 inch razors? Are they designed as weapons? Consider the source- Adam Savage, who made some claims that TSA missed these razors. Of course we all know that razors and box cutters can be used as weapons. They should be found in screening. There are enough stories to go around about the TSA- some true and valid- some overblown and exaggerated. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/11/22/tsa-body-scan-pat-down-policy-sparks-media-frenzy.html?cid=bs:archive1

    I traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday and had no bad experiences. In fact the TSA agents were most helpful and friendly and I saw nothing suspicious or reportable, contrary to the "nightmare" I was supposed to experience while flying on the holiday.

  4. Here's law-abiding gun owner in the news for breaking the law: http://www.aurorasentinel.com/hp_metro/article_2883df04-1afa-11e1-a318-001cc4c002e0.html

    Isn't he one of the Brady organization's supporting Sheriffs?

  5. So...should Adam Savage be subjected to the penalties that Baldr advocates? No guns were used in 9/11, only blades.

    A weapon is a weapon.

    Or are some weapons "more equal than other weapons"?

  6. Firearms instructor shoots himself in the leg... http://uppitywis.org/blogarticle/no-comment-0

  7. Sleazy ex Sheriff- I have no idea who he supported or what he supported. A

  8. I'm not sure we even know Adam Savage's story happened for sure. People have things confiscated from TSA all the time. I don't believe they are all arrested for trying to bring some things on board a plane. A gun is another story. There are strict rules about how to treat firearms when traveling. Check it out on the NRA website. They give information about it. Gun owners should know about it in advance of traveling. If the guy is a permit holder, he has violated his permit by carrying a gun where it is not allowed. Those are the rules. I didn't make them up.

  9. I would guess bladed weapons over the course of history have killed more people than modern firearms. One of the banned features during the AWB was a bayonet lug that the Brady campaign says "A barrel mount designed to accommodate a bayonet which allows someone to stab a person at close quarters in battle" IT must have been serious to have to ban putting a knife on a rifle. I do not think I have ever heard of a crime where a victim was bayoneted

  10. So why does anyone make a gun like that for common use? It's a weapon of war- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre

    I guess there are a few of them out there- http://www.casebook.org/dissertations/rip-tabramogan.html

    some information about this type of gun
    Anyway- why are we taking this bird walk? This post is not about knives or bayonets. This is a pointless discussion.

  11. Oh sorry I thought we were talking about if bladed weapons were designed to kill. I do not exactly know how Nanking and a jack the ripper victim fit in. You reference a rifle in the Nanking Massacre in witch most of the ground forces would have had a bolt action rifle. It does look like however people were also beheaded with bladed weapons.

  12. I don't actually know how any of this fits in with anything at this point. That is why it's time to stop this thread, which I intend to do. Have a nice evening.

  13. Exactly why I wrote it, molon. It will never happen. I don't want it to happen nor do the people with whom I work. Whatever we are proposing will not lead to this scenario no matter what you guys say. That is not what we are all about no matter what you guys say. Have a nice day.