Today’s Daily Digest is brought to you by the letter “S,” as in “sneakers.” Saturday morning people were lined up early outside a shoe store in Atlanta, Georgia, waiting to buy one of 22 pairs of the new $180 LeBron James sneakers the store would be selling when it opened at noon. Around 5:30 AM an armed man showed up, trying to rob them. One of the customers waiting in line pulled out his own (legal) weapon and shot the would-be robber, killing him. Police ruled it self-defense and did not charge the customer who shot and killed the suspect. After taking care of business, the customer got back in line. They didn’t say if he was successful at getting his sneakers. “S” also stands for…
…”starter,” as in “starter pistol.” Parents are “outraged” that a 10-year old took a starter pistol to school with him to show his friends in Davidson County, North Carolina and the school didn’t “send them a letter or any type of notification about what happened.” The school explained that a starter pistol is not considered a weapon so legally they could do nothing. From the way these people reacted, let’s hope they never use a starter pistol at track meets there or we’ll have parents hitting the dirt and making “shots fired” calls to 911.
“Stupidity” also starts with ‘s’ and the news was rife with stupid gun owners today. In Hallowell, Maine, the father of a four-year-old who took his dad’s loaded “.380 caliber semi-automatic handgun” to his day care in April has been charged with reckless conduct. The gun’s safety was on, but there was a round in the chamber. In Huntsville, Alabama, police were called about a shooting when a gun owner “tripped while carrying his handgun” and shot his pinky Sunday morning.
And in Herndon, Virginia, a bicyclist was shot in the abdomen Saturday evening when a gun owner was “loading his gun inside his home when it discharged. The bullet struck the cyclist outside.” When will gun owners stop providing fodder for the anti-gun crowd through their own stupidity?
Also under ‘S’ we find the word “shame,” which Jim Carrey says he feels for his role in the upcoming film Kick-Ass 2 for it’s “level of violence.” He tweeted “I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence. My apologies to e— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013” then “I meant to say my apologies to others involve with the film. I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart.— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) June 23, 2013.:” I’ll bet that “change” in his heart isn’t great enough for him to give back the all money he’s made (and will make) off of gun-rich movies like this and The Mask.
“Sad” starts with “S,” too and that’s what I felt after reading of a gun “take-back” (nee “buy-back”) held in East Haven, Connecticut Saturday. A guy showed up with a “small five-round pistol.” All he knew about it was that it was “a .38 caliber and it belonged to his grandfather.” He no longer wanted it so he exchanged it for a $50 gift card from a convenience store. Police found “a small inscription revealing the maker as Harrington and Richardson of Worcester, Mass. A date on the barrel indicated the pistol was made in 1896.” And its fate? “Police will take the guns to state police for melting.” We shall now observe a moment of silence over this.
And finally, “S” stands for “Sabine” as in Sabine Pearlman Photography. She has published a collection of cross-section photos of 900 cartridges she took inside a WWII Swiss bunker last October. Some of them are in a slide show at her web site. She doesn’t say what any of them are, but a few are identified at io9.com.