- An Indiana permit holder gets angry over the wax job on his car at a car wash and wields his gun- Really? Is this O.K.? What gets into people with guns that makes them think they can do things like this. From the article:"Witnesses told police a customer at Supersonic Car Wash, 1306 W. Chicago Ave., became irate after looking at the detailing to his 1995 Chevrolet Tahoe and then chased an employee through the waiting room with a gun in his hand. The pursuit allegedly continued outside, where witnesses said they heard a gunshot. The employee was not injured." It's hard to know what else to say about this one.
- This Nevada man was found naked on his back porch having discharged his gun in the neighborhood, luckily not hitting anyone with the bullets fired. " Todd Kitchner, 52, of Pahrump was arrested on suspicion of discharging a firearm at or into an occupied residence, assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, discharging a firearm on a public street, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia." And from this more recent article: " As reported Friday by Las Vegas TV station KTNV, Kitchner said he regrets what happened and never intended to harm anyone.“I used to live in Alaska. We used to get away with this kind of crap,” he told the news station. “If I wanted to kill somebody, I would have.” Kitchner further said that he had been through a lot lately, including taunting from neighbors and an inability to sleep due to severe back pain." Yup. Those are all good reasons to shoot up your own house and shoot at innocent neighbors and passers by in cars. Do people really get away with that "kind of crap" in Alaska? You can take a look at the link to the Brady Campaign's new State Scorecard to check out how Alaska does compared to other states when it comes to laws to keep guns away from people who should not have them. Alaska is one of the states with the lowest ranking. And to think the guy can say he could have killed someone if he wanted to while not realizing that he could have killed someone by just shooting randomly! Wow. This guy has serious problems.
- An Ohio man shot himself with his loaded gun as he was getting out of his car. My readers know that I have written about quite a few similar incidents of this nature on my blog. Some gun permit holders are stupid and dangerous. It appears that there enough of them to make us stand up and take notice. The first question is why did the man think he needed his gun in the shopping center in the first place? Can't gun permit holders figure out that there is not a good reason for them to carry their loaded guns into every nook and cranny of our communities? The chances of shooting oneself or someone else are greater than needing that gun for self defense. Where is common sense?
- A Washington state permit holder shot and killed a young woman at a party over the week-end. This one was not only senseless and stupid but tragic. Guns and alcohol just do not go together. And bringing a loaded gun to a party? Why? What will you need your gun for at a party where you know alcohol will be served? Maybe you will need one to protect yourself from the other stupid and dangerous "law abiding" gun permit holders. Good grief. " Investigators believe DeJong fired a .40-caliber handgun while at a party early Sunday morning. The bullet went through a wall and hit a 20-year-old woman who was at the party and standing on the other side. "We do believe that it was due to reckless handling of the gun that caused it to go off," Bove said. "We do not believe it was premeditated."According to court documents, a man who call 911 to report the shooting told dispatchers "my best friend shot a girl in the house, he was drunk."" Bullets do travel through walls. Guns are dangerous. There are too many victims.
And last, let's take a look at the newly released Brady Campaign state scorecard concerning gun laws. From the press release issued today:
Indeed. Also from the press release and the report:“Guns don’t fall from the sky into the hands of criminals,” said Brady Acting President Dennis Henigan. “All too often, crime guns come from gun dealers in the states that stubbornly refuse to enact common sense, lifesaving gun laws. Every day, a river of illegal guns flows out of the states with weak gun laws, victimizing families in states that are doing their best to protect their residents. It is no accident that the states with the weakest gun laws are the exporters of death and injury.”
A fresh analysis of data for crime guns recovered by police and traced back to the dealer that sold the gun provides additional evidence showing that strong gun laws help to curb the supply of guns to the illegal market. The ATF data, available on its website, provide information on the source states of U.S. crime guns by state. The data show that states with weak gun laws have a crime gun export rate nine times higher than states with strong gun laws.
The Brady Center analyzed the data to identify patterns in the movements of crime guns across the United States, including which states have the highest rates of crime guns moving across state borders, known as the crime gun export rate (per 100,000 population).
Texas, Georgia, Ohio, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and West Virginia are among the 31 states that together export crime guns at a rate nine times higher than states with strong gun laws.You can read much more about the scorecard on the website linked above. There are no surprises here. Today, in my own state of Minnesota, the Senate will vote on the "Shoot First" measure that will surely make it easier to shoot someone and get away with it. Minnesota got 14 points on the Brady Scorecard. That will change if this law goes into affect because not only will it increase the ability of people to shoot others under the guise of using deadly force when it may not be necessary, but the law will change the length of time between local background checks for permits to purchase handguns and assault weapons from one to five years. So if someone becomes a domestic abuser, drug abuser, adjudicated mentally ill, etc. in that five year period, there will be no way for local law enforcement to to deny that person their permit. The permit must be shown to Federally Licensed Firearms Dealers in order to purchase handguns and assault rifles. Any amount of these guns can be purchased in this one year period. So instead of working to make us safer, the NRA and its' minions in Minnesota intend to make us less safe. Read more about it at the Protect Minnesota website where you will see that law enforcement agencies and prosecutors are vehemently opposed to his bill. But never mind, the NRA knows better than the people who actually deal with the system. Where is common sense?
UPDATE: The Senate vote on the "Shoot First" bill has been postponed. Perhaps our Minnesota Senators got some common sense and listened to law enforcement, prosecutors and the many people who contacted them in opposition to the bill.