Santa Fe BB shooting courtesy yahoo.com/KOATStupid people, stupid places, stupid things… Five teenagers thought it’d be fun to drive around Santa Fe, New Mexico, and shoot at random cars with BB guns. What could possibly go wrong? Since you’re reading it here, you’d be forgiven for assuming that one or more of them ended up perforated, but that didn’t happen this time. They did, however, shoot the wrong car at one point, and the victim decided to give chase. When he did, the kids got so scared that they called 911 for help. The cops, who had already gotten reports of the vandalism, showed up . . .

and arrested the teens. In addition to the property crimes, they also face drug paraphernalia charges because police found marijuana pipes in the car. [h/t Pascal]

Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Portland, Oregon. [It’s worth noting that this was from last Tuesday, so it was not an overreaction due to the shooting in Oregon today.] The lockdown encompassed a whole two classrooms. It seems someone set off some firecrackers in a hallway on the third floor of Jefferson High School. The noise was “so similar to gunshots” that some thought there was an active shooter. [As opposed to an inactive shooter? I really hate that phrase.] The two nearest classrooms went into lockdown; in one of the rooms the teacher had the students get on the floor. In the meantime, the vice principal ran up the stairs to see what the commotion was about. Administrators quickly figured out it was firecrackers, not gunshots, and say they are “grilling students” to find out who was responsible. According to the district, administrators called fire crews to find out the best way to clean up the debris. Well, I’m no fireman, but I’ve played with a few firecrackers in my time, and I’d suggest a broom and a dustpan. [h/t Tom in Oregon]

SilencerCo is giving away a Sparrow for Father’s Day. Of course they’re also collecting contact information in the process. It’s up to you if that’s worth the tradeoff. Go here to enter.

Back in April, I told you about a kayaker in Maryland who had apparently been hit in the abdomen by an errant shot (a “357-mm”) from some campers on shore. Police searched extensively both above and below the water looking for evidence that would lead them to the shooter, without result. It turns out they should have looked a little closer to home, because evidence now indicates the man shot himself. Gunshot residue swabs were taken from the man’s hands at the time, but those tests take some time to come back. When it came back positive, police went to his house to execute a search warrant, and here’s where the story gets even weirder. The 58-year-old man answered the door, and police found that he had shot himself again, this time in the face and torso. He remains in the hospital in critical condition, and upon his release will likely face charges including filing a false police report. [h/t WarsawPactHeat]

After two years of videos, mattv2099 finally broke his GLOCK-brand GLOCK 17. Luckily it was only the recoil spring, and he had a spare, so it was quick work to swap that in. With that done, the gun needed to be relubed to factory specs, and since GLOCK-brand GLOCKs ship from the factory with a copper-based anti-seize compound on them, that’s what he uses.

 
Of course, that copper-based anti-seize is messy, and it gets everywhere, so you have to get it back off. Enter, orange hand cleaner. It works like magic. With grit. Gritty magic.

I suppose that has the added benefit of ending up with hand-lapped frame rail interfaces.

37 Responses to Daily Digest: Good As New Edition

    • “It’s been following us and we’re scared it’s like, armed or something.” LMAO

      Say hello to “Retarded in America.”

      …… I had a feeling it involved a dumb bitch like that…. just like the one who made a terrorist threat to American Airlines as a joke- what a waste of our oxygen. I’m glad that “stupid” is not contagious…. well, maybe it is, if you are friends with them.

  1. Teens dumb enough to go around shooting a BB gun at occupied cars were found with drug paraphernalia in their possession? This is my surprised face (i.e. the one with four eyes going in different directions).

  2. Dang. I’m giggling uncontrollably at the auto sub-titles on MattV’s video.
    “Marxist test area Mother’s Day Scottish doctor charles”

    Instead of “8am on Thursday when they stock the shelves”

    It’s like those hitler tantrum videos where the subtitles don’t match the spoken word.
    Gonna watch that again.

    Thanks Matt. And Matt.

  3. Lockdowns of the Day used to be funny, and the more absurd ones still are; but with school area shootings approaching near weekly frequency, their former silliness is converging with prudence.

    We should still highlight them, again, especially the particularly absurd ones; but the goal should be to prompt implementation of more effective active shooter countermeasures (such as arming teachers), and not simply our own supercilious amusement.

    • Notice their lethality is declining. This last one was one student shot, and one shooter found dead. ????? Did some armed janitor shoot the shooter and they’ve just blanked that fact out? They didn’t say that he shot himself, either. Maybe the noise scared him to death?

      With one victim and one dead perp, they can hardly call this a spree, can they?

  4. I remember that canoe story. I also remember how pretty much everyone realized there was something missing from it. Didn’t expect to hear he shot himself, though.

    • People on forums and in the comments section went bats*it crazy over the guy being shot by some irresponsible redneck. I find it funny that all of the vitriol they spewed was for nothing. Too bad this followup report won’t reach the circulation of the original story.

  5. So the man shot himself in the face, as in fairly closely to the police showing up at his house? It’s my understanding that most hospitals call the police if somebody shows up with a gunshot wound and a vague cover story.

    • I read a couple different versions of that story, and it was unclear if he shot himself in response to the police showing up at his door, or if their arrival was coincidental and well-timed. Strange story.

  6. Firecrackers: I’ve seen more than one post on facebook or motherjones about people thinking it would be funny to call the cops on Open Carry activists (“I think there is a robbery in progress”) and then throw out a bundle of lite firecrackers when they show up.

    • Probably the same people that in the previous post wished death on children. They wish death on gun owners and revel in the news of someone who owns guns dying.

      • Funny how the real villains in this country don’t even need guns in order to make their own inner evil known to the world.

        They’re the reason why every time someone accuses me of thinking “everyone should own a gun,” I immediately say, “That’s certainly not true. I don’t think those like you should be able to own guns.”

    • Yeah, people who talk big like that probably would be afraid to be within a hundred yards of such an incident.

  7. Ah, I remember the guy with the 357mm. How did he manage to shoot himself with that? Does it have a RRREEEAAALLLLLLYYY long lanyard, or is it on a remote-control?

    • Either way, had he used a propellant any more potent that wet dog food he’d surely not have been around to file a police report of the incident, falsely or otherwise.

  8. Inactive shooter: All of “those law abiding citizens” carrying concealed (or openly) who are NOT brandishing or making threats. May also apply to any firearm owner/user who is not “hot” and standing at the ready line of a firing range.

    Calling 911 was the smartest thing the kid did. Any idea how many people are injured and killed by automobiles each year?

    /sarcasm

  9. I’m guessing the guy with the .357 is trying to commit suicide. He’s just REEAALLY bad at it.

  10. “Gunshot residue swabs were taken from the man’s hands at the time, but those tests take some time to come back. ”

    According to NCIS, those tests take minutes to get back!!

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