One of the most infuriating aspects of the Sand Hook Elementary School massacre: the information blackout in its immediate aftermath. The cynical amongst you might say that the results of the investigation into the tragedy were delayed long enough for Governor Malloy and his boyz to ram through gun control laws – despite the fact that none of the new laws – not one of them – would have prevented Adam Lanza’s heinous crime. Key details of the police response (e.g. their delayed entry into the school) were withheld from the public. The crime scene was literally bulldozed before experts could use it to learn lessons for future attacks. And now, almost two years later, we note that the school’s active shooter plan was fatally flawed. Literally . . .
“I do not have enough faith in our citizenry—regardless of their comfort level with handling guns—to believe that everyone would have and/or use the proper judgment in the many uncomfortable and sometimes intimidating, even threatening interactions that can and do present themselves in the school yard or building. And, referring again to last week’s school shooting in Marysville, Wash., the shooter reportedly was confronted by an unarmed teacher, who is being considered a hero for her actions.” – Junior high principal Russ Moore in No, Teachers Should Not Carry Guns [at edweek.org]
More frequently known for shooting himself in the foot, former major leaguer Jose Canseco went for a change of pace this afternoon by shooting himself in the hand while cleaning a firearm, nbcnews.com reports. “’It was a serious hand injury,’ Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Mark Reddon said of the 2:30 p.m. accident in northeast Las Vegas, which damaged one of the fingers on Canseco’s left hand.” NBC’s story portrays Lt. Reddon as taking a nothing-to-see-here approach, indicating that, “There was nothing suspicious. There was no alcohol involved, just a misstep with a handgun.” No biggie. No word yet as to whether or not the handgun in question had been chemically enhanced in any way.
“Reputed gang member shoots self with own sawed-off shotgun [not shown],” foxnews.com reports. So if you’re a “reputed gang member” (i.e. a gang banger) your gun doesn’t just “go off.” You actually shoot yourself. “It appears that Mcbride was in a home when he heard gunshots, put a sawed-off shotgun in his pants and went outside to investigate. When Mcbride tried to draw the gun, he pulled the trigger and shot himself.” Hey, what have we been saying about always using a proper holster? Which brings us to this revelation: “Police say Saturday night, another gang member accidentally wounded himself while threatening someone with a revolver.” Negligently! Sigh. So close . . . [h/t TP]
My name is Robert Farago and I approve of this animated recreation of the Lonato Moran-Allen’s manslaughter at the hands of gun owner Galen Hawk. I reckon it’s not enough to know that a gun owner’s negligence caused a fatality. The written details of a negligent discharge – available for this tragedy at missoulian.com – don’t seem to have sufficient power to alter dangerous firearms-related behavior for some irresponsible owners. Some people have to fully imagine, to visualize the carnage and heartbreak caused by a negligent discharge, to let it sear their subconscious, in order to remember to practice all four safety rules at all times. That said, tens of millions of American firearms owners, the vast majority, are responsible gun owners. They would no more point a gun at a child than throw them down a flight of stairs. Still, if this sort of video saves one life, it’s worth it. Yes? [h/t SD'I]
We’ve broken for lunch after a morning of shooting with the guys at Tac-Con, makers of AR trigger groups. They’ve debuted some new products, modified some of their existing lineup, and reduced prices. I’ve managed to burn through a few hundred rounds this so far, watched an AK nearly catch fire, and started the formation of some opinions . . .
The video above ties itself in rhetorical knots to prove that the right to keep and bear arms mooted by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution was not – and is not – restricted to members of a militia. Well duh. A militia needs a right to keep and bear arms like a politician needs a right to be a pompous ass. Or an anti-gunner needs a right to ignore common sense (while claiming it for his or her own). Yes, there is that. The antis believe that . . .
As we all know, only a tiny fraction of firearm owners actually carry their guns on a regular basis. That’s a sad state of affairs because as many respected analysts have pointed out, more guns means less crime. On the whole. Still, it’s easy for many to rationalize leaving their heater at home, particularly women who tend toward clingier clothing that makes effective concealment a challenge. So mad props are in order for Tiffanie Lizette Bass of Raleigh, North Carolina for conspicuous ingenuity in the art of concealed carry. Ms. Bass was swept up last week in a dragnet conducted by the RPD and state alcohol revenuers at a gin joint called Club Rumors . . .
Moms Demand Action (MDA) types have threatened to make false 911 calls whenever they see anyone open carrying and have encouraged others to do so. In at least one case (though probably not MDA-related), an innocent man was killed by police as a direct response to false allegations in a 911 call. Last week, in Virginia, an open carrier was falsely accused of robbing a 7-11, in a 911 call. Fortunately, he was not harmed . . .
‘Man shot in abdomen by shotgun’, Iowa’s kcci.com proclaims. More promisingly – in terms of attributing the firearms-related injury to something other than a malevolent inanimate object – the lead reveals that “A man was airlifted to the hospital after being shot in the abdomen while pheasant hunting Saturday morning in Plymouth County.” Ouch! But don’t get to thinking that kcci.com’s crack journos would use this as an opportunity to warn readers about gun safety, rather than gun possession (in the demonic sense) . . .
“I’ve been involved in about five standoff situations where, as soon as the MARV showed up, the person gives up, saving time, money and increasing safety.” That’s Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Bean paean to his 2001 Marathon County Response Vehicle (MARV), which gets a lot more use than you’d imagine or, perhaps, want. “It’s the only one in the county and gets used 10 to 20 times a year,” Bean told jsonline.com. “People may not always understand why, but an armored vehicle is almost a necessity now.” Almost a necessity does not a necessity make. In at least one case, however, MARV seems to have done the trick. The trick being intimidation . . .
A poster at opencarry.org, Southern Covenanter, recounts an ironic experience in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here’s his story:
I made it a point to stop and meet my parents for lunch in Pineville while I was passing through town, and after I left, I stopped at the QT on Woodlawn Road (right off I-77 where Woodlawn turns into Billy Graham Parkway) to gas up the Blue Bullet. This QT is in a somewhat sketchy part of town, so I was already on high alert when I pulled up to the pump.