Every now and then we stumble upon a story of an irresponsible gun owner who comes clean. The miscreant admits the four-rule firearms folly that led to his or her negligent discharge. These mea culpas are the exception to the rule. While the cause of gun safety would be well served by NDers putting their hands up (so to speak), most irresponsible gun owners know that telling the truth about their gun safety violation could land them in considerable legal difficulty. Here’s a refreshingly honest case [via whio.com] that gives a full accounting of how things went badly, ballistically wrong. Or does it . . .
I don’t know about you, but when I took my first firearms class focused on defensive use of handguns, the instructor — Randy Cain — made sure everyone memorized Jeff Cooper’s four rules of gun safety:
1.) All guns are always loaded.
2.) Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not prepared to destroy.
3.) Keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on target.
4.) Be sure of your target and what’s behind it.
Alas, not everyone was fortunate enough to have a teacher sensible enough pass on Cooper’s wisdom . . .
“About 6 p.m., 44-year-old Wilfrido Cruz called police to report his Dodge Grand Caravan stolen from his home in the 4300 block of West Cullerton,” chicago.suntimes.com reports. “Officers responded to meet with Cruz and complete a preliminary report. Cruz . . . left to search for his vehicle armed with a handgun. A few minutes later, Cruz saw two males in his vehicle two blocks away, in the 4100 block of West Cullerton.” Guess what happened next . . .
The Second Amendment protects Americans against government infringement on the right to keep and bear arms. The term “arms” covers all types of guns (including machine guns), swords, knives, crossbows, pepper spray, TASERs, flame-throwers – anything that can be used as a weapon. When the current POTUS and his civilian disarmament allies rail against “military grade weapons on our streets” we point out that…hello? Cannons. Not only did our forefathers own their own private cannons, but cannons remain, thankfully, blissfully uncontrolled. Well, not always blissfully . . .
As a father, I’m completely on board with setting boundaries for kids, especially when it comes to TV/electronic screen time. You have to get the kids outside or reading a book. They’ll have plenty of time to sit indoors staring at a glowing screen as an adult, and good habits start early. Unfortunately, Jennifer S. Ullrey took the concept of ‘tough love’ a little too far . . .
“An accidental police gunshot into lobby carpet at Town Hall startled officials attending a Town Council workshop Thursday night,” dnj.com reports. “No one was injured after the weapon of Lt. Earl Barnes, the SWAT team commander, discharged after he tied his shoes in a chair in a lobby area.” Passive construction aside, how’d that happen? If your fingers are busy tying your operationally operational SWAT boot laces, how does the pistol’s trigger get depressed? Excess paunch infiltration (Lt. Barnes isn’t the most svelte SWAT guy I’ve ever seen)? Nope. First the damage . . .
I saw another one of these teen girl fights on my Facebook feed this morning. It was disgusting. Very, very violent. At least six kids recorded the incident on their cell phones, which went on for at least three minutes. Anyone with the slightest hint of morality would have intervened at the start, separating the combatants without resorting to firearms. That said, they were girls. What would you do if you saw man-sized teenage boys beating the bejesus out of each other? Same thing, I’d imagine. Until and unless that didn’t work. And what if one participant was defenseless being beaten to death? Hard to say. But one thing’s for sure . . .
“Adonis Forbes had come (home) to check on the teenager, Murain Hawkins, who was babysitting Forbes’ children in the 2000 block of Tennessee Street. Police said Forbes was ‘working on his handgun’ when the firearm discharged, striking Hawkins.” According to nola.com, Forbes was trying to administer first aid to Hawkins when police arrived, but it was all for naught . . .
“‘Unfortunately I cannot say what was in Tammy’s mind,’ (police Lt. Ray Steiber) said. ‘Tammy is the victim.'” Yes, that’s true. The Tammy who Officer Steiber speaks of is Tammy Myers of Las Vegas who, along with her daughter, was stopped by another driver who then screamed at her in an apparent road rage incident last week. It’s what she did next that raises questions about her — and her 22-year-old son’s — actions. As foxnews.com reports, “Tammy Meyers had her teenage daughter run in the house to fetch her armed son, who then went with her as she drove to find the driver” . . .
By his own account, the camera guy who recorded the video above was sitting in a car on the residential street before the above video starts. Again, by his own account, when camera guy saw a homeowner taking pictures, camera guy decided to do a “walk-by.” Roll the tape! We clearly see that the homeowner has a gun by his side. Which sets off camera guy, who’s pretty damn aggressive for a guy talking to a guy with a gun. I’m not saying that the homeowner shouldn’t have been armed. Or the camera guy, for that matter. I’m saying that the homeowner was wrong to have his gun in plain sight when camera guy walked by. Or gone for a walkabout when he was was confronted. He should have attempted to de-escalate the situation. Something like . . .
We’ve all had days when things just don’t go our way. I get that. But a heated petty domestic dispute between a man, his wife, and their shared romantic partner doesn’t excuse violating basic firearms safety rules. Firefighter Christian Ball, from Manchester, Tennessee, unfortunately found himself in that very situation. The Times Free Press reports that Ball was suspended without pay after “allegedly dry-[firing] a pistol at his and his wife’s girlfriend during an argument between the three.” . . .