Carrying a gun in Detroit is certainly a logical choice. While it’s a good idea anywhere – you never know if and when you’ll have to defend yourself – there are some locales that just seem to mandate packing a piece. And if the Motor City doesn’t lead that list, it’s certainly amongst ’em. So we’re glad that an un-named woman shopping at a Home Depot in Auburn Hills was strapped. We just wish she had a better idea of when the use of deadly force is justified . . .
“On Sunday, September 13th the 8-year-old victim and several family members arrived at the church for Sunday services,” abc7ny.com reports. “Prior to the mass beginning, police say Father Carter asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms.” Note: it’s not what you might think but still not entirely advisable behavior. Just sayin’ . . . “Once in the room, Father Carter allegedly had the victim stand against a wall. He then retrieved a [functioning civil war style musket] from nearby and pointed it at the child with an indication that he would shoot him. Police say this was witnessed by several people that were standing outside of the room.” Cops arrested Father Kevin Carter, despite the fact that . . .
“Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms special agent Marc Delpit, father of a St. Thomas High School football player, allegedly got into an argument with a fellow team father during halftime in a recent game against Angleton High School,” eagnews.com reports. “Several witnesses allege Delpit punched the man to the ground and continued to assault him as bystanders gathered and attempted to intervene. Houston Police spokesman Kese Smith said Delpit pulled out a pistol and waved it at the crowd before police arrived.” Agent Delpit was unrepentant . . .
For our next story, we go south, south, south of the border to a futebol match in Brumadinho, in the Brazilian state of Minais Gerais, where a regional league match was in progress. A referee named Gabriel Murta had a rough time dealing with some unruly players from the Amantes de Bola team. During a dispute over a red card that wasn’t called, Murta was kicked and slapped and quickly retreated to the locker room. This time out was the last act of good judgment he displayed that day . . .
Gun control advocates like to say that gun rights advocates think everyone should have a gun. Not true! While everyone has a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, they do not have a natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to use those firearms in any way they see fit. Murdering someone with a gun, for example, is a no-no. The antis like to conflate ownership and misuse, implying that regulating ownership is the best way to curtail or eliminate misuse. Yeah right. Anyway, here’s a very bad man doing bad things with a gun who’s proven – at least twice – that he shouldn’t have a gun [via usatoday.com]. . .
“An off-duty Temple Police Department corporal consumed alcohol before he was arrested and charged Tuesday for allegedly firing his weapon during a law-enforcement gathering in El Paso,” tdtnews.com reports. And what, pray tell, motivated this perfect picture of a peace keeper to clear leather? First, the who, what, when and where. “Cpl. Kenneth Lee Sheka, 28, is charged with deadly conduct/discharge of firearm, a third-degree felony, in connection with the incident at a hospitality event associated with the 2015 Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas convention.” And now the why . . .
This version of the now infamous Missouri Mum gun brandishing story contains the raw footage. It’s most instructive. It tells us that Tracy Leeser did nothing to de-escalate the confrontation with her son’s alleged tormentors – such as change her tone, put distance between herself and the boys, seek to get her son away and disengage, etc. – and much to make it worse. Would a reasonable person . . .
“A woman said she accidentally shot her boyfriend Thursday morning in Daytona Beach Shores while he was teaching her how to use a rifle, and he died a short time later,” clickorlando.com reports. The instructor in question: one Robert F. Branton. While one might wonder why anyone would want to begin firearms instruction at 12:30am with a woman in her bra and underwear, the 911 call sounds plausible enough. [Click here to listen] It’s also pretty distressing, listening to a man die and all. Hang on, what about . . .
Special Assistant to President Obama and House Legislative Liaison Barvetta Singletary, perhaps demonstrating the principle of absolute power corrupting absolutely that her boss exhibits every day, was arrested on Friday and charged with domestic violence after taking a pot-shot at her (unidentified, and now presumably ex-) boyfriend (a member of the U.S. Capitol Police) during a heated argument at her home in Upper Marlboro, Maryland . . .
John McAfee, the creator of the eponymously -named commercial antivirus software has had his share of troubles in recent years. Incidents such as fleeing the nation of Belize to avoid arrest by local police or losing much of his fortune in the Great Recession. Now the tech magnate has been arrested in Henderson Conuty, Tennessee, for driving under the influence, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated . . .
We’re all for getting children acclimated to guns from an early age to teach them the respect and safe handling everyone should have for firearms. And from watching the little girl in the video manipulate the gun, odds are that’s only an airsoft pistol. Still. This isn’t the kind of safety training anyone who cares about instilling respect for firearms gives their children. We’re pretty sure the unidentified father has never even heard of Eddie Eagle, let alone the four rules. So for his conspicuous irresponsibility with his progeny vis a vis firearms safety, we award LiveLeak Dad our IGOTD title with an instant hall of fame nomination to boot.
I’m from Rhode Island where there’s always a story behind the story. Here’s a tale from Apopka, Florida – the Indoor Foliage Capital of the World and birthplace of disgraced NFL defensive lineman Warren Sapp – that raises more questions than it answers. But one thing we know for sure: pointing a shotgun at someone to break up a bad relationship is never a good idea – unless the pointee is an imminent threat of death or grievous bodily harm. (Trust me, it happens.) Feel free to speculate after this all-too-brief description from orlandosentinel.com . . .