Forrest Gump was right. Case in point: James Hayes of Ambridge, Pennsylvania. We all know you shouldn’t bring a knife to a gun fight. Now we need to add don’t bring a BB pistol either, which is what Hayes used to try robbing a convenience store. The only problem is that the clerk had a real gun and didn’t hesitate to pull it. The surveillance video showing the ensuing scuffle (above) is actually kind of funny to watch; too bad it doesn’t have sound, too. Interim Police Chief James Mann said Hayes “is one of the world’s dumbest, and luckiest to be alive, criminals.” (h/t to RichG)
Elsewhere in Stupidville…
No discussion of stupid behavior would be complete without some mention of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. His latest cause célèbre is “stand your ground” laws. From up on high comes these words of enlightenment: “But one fact has long been crystal clear: ‘shoot-first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns… Last year, I joined a broad coalition of civic leaders to shine a light on the impact of ‘shoot-first’ laws and work to eliminate them… We will continue that work – and the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed child attempting to walk home from the store, will continue to drive our efforts.” Excuse me for a moment while I look for a barf bag.
And then there’s Jon Andrew Meyer Jr of Grants Pass, Oregon. He was sitting on the couch at a friend’s apartment. When he started to get up, he used his “assault rifle” as a crutch to help him get up. Somehow in the process he fired a burst through the ceiling and killed a five-year-old girl in the apartment above. Meyer said he’d been “assured the gun was not fully automatic.” He’s being held on $250K bail on charges of manslaughter, assualt and “unlawful possession of a machine gun.” Oh, and a bonus stupid award for whoever chose the photo to illustrate the article in the NY Daily News.
Stupid knows no age boundries. The Detroit Free Press reports “an 87-year-old Highland Township man who uses a wheelchair was jailed on a felony charge after police say he pulled two handguns in succession and fired a shot at his [73-year-old] wife.” They were having an argument over some checks the old guy had signed and put in the mail, and she went out to the mailbox to retrieve them. When she got back in he was pointing a pistol at her. She managed to get it away from him and he pulled another one from somewhere and shot at her. He missed and is now cooling his heels in the county lockup. It was probably the first thing he’d been able to shoot at her in years.
Hopefully pro boxer and three-time champion Adrien Broner is shooting off his mouth and nothing else. He recently stupidly tweeted “I’m bout to play Russian roulette with a fully loaded pistol maybe all my problems will go away!!! I don’t care bout being dead or in jail!!!” Someone needs to take this idiot to a morgue somewhere and show him what happens when bullets meet heads and that impress upon him that irresponsible behavior like he’s showing could lead some kid to trying what he’s talking about. Then they need to ban him from sports until he can act like an adult. Of course, if that was a criterion for being in pro sports, two-thirds of pro athletes would be out of a job.
Leave it to someone in California to figure out a new way to harass gun dealers. The San Marcos City Council has voted to require criminal background checks for all employees at the three firearms dealers in the city. They’re giving the dealers a one-year grace period to comply. They claim that all this additional red tape will somehow help limit illegal gun sales. So when are they going to start requiring criminal background checks (and let’s add mental health certifications to that, too) before someone can run for public office? Oh… that’s what I thought. Never mind.
OK. It’s been confirmed: the MSM has the attention span of a 3-month-old lab puppy. The WaPo analyzed the number of gun-control-related stories since Sandy Hook and discovered “media coverage in the wake of major shootings tends to follow what’s known as the ‘issue attention cycle’… despite a photo-op of… former congresswoman [Giffords] firing a pistol at a Las Vegas range – about as close as you can get to journalistic catnip – there is no evidence that it regenerated the media’s interest.” There may be a slight uptick on the number of stories following the Zimmerman verdict but “once the Senate gun control bill died in April, so did the story.” And for that we’re thankful.
And finally, something you’ll never see on MSNBC or Piers Morgan: “The ten states given the highest ratings by the Brady Campaign for having the most stringent gun control legislation have about triple the amount of gun deaths compared to the ten states that have the least restrictive gun legislation.” Examiner.com used data compiled by Slate on gun deaths since Sandy Hook and compared them to the Brady Bunch’s ratings for states having the most stringent gun control legislation. They discovered “the top ten states with the most restrictive gun laws had 2,002 gun deaths, versus the ten states with the least restrictive gun laws, which totaled 696 gun deaths.” I wonder what Mothers Demand Action and other civilian disarmament groups would have to say about that?