Daily Digest: Tax & Spend Edition

Ned McNally courtesy ketv.com

We’ll start with a story to watch out of Nebraska, that of a 20-year-old University of Nebraska Omaha student who was arrested early Saturday morning on felony charge of having weapons on school property. Campus security called police around 2 a.m. to report that a student had weapons in his dorm room. According to KETV.com, police “confiscated several magazines, ammunition and three rifles.” While that is clearly a violation of both school policy and the law, what makes this a story to watch is how it is handled. He admitted the guns were his, and from all accounts he simply had nowhere else to store them. He was not planning an attack . . .

and I’ve seen multiple articles where in the comments he was described as a nice guy who simply did a stupid thing. One of the comments at the article linked above actually describes him as a “gun nut,” and it’s meant in a good way, like “car nut” or “computer nut.” Whether you’re watching from “the law should always be evenly applied” side or the “a life shouldn’t be ruined over a stupid mistake” side, I’ll try to keep you apprised of the outcome of this one.

Your Lockdown of the Day™ is the story I had the most fun writing tonight. It comes from Madison County, Iowa, famous for their covered bridges. Someone even made a movie about them. I didn’t see it, but apparently it did pretty well. Doesn’t seem like a movie about bridges would be terribly interesting. Well, Bridge on the River Kwai, but that’s a whole ‘nother thing. (That movie is on my “25 movies every guy should see” list, btw.) Anyway, Cory Daugherty was inside the courthouse in Winterset, Iowa (birthplace of John Wayne, pilgrim) and had just received a 10 year prison sentence for meth possession with intent. After the sentencing, he had what was described as a “heated discussion” with his attorney before pulling out a handgun, in the courtroom mind you, and running out of said courtroom. A deputy tried to Taser [Tase?] him, but was unsuccessful. He led police on a two-block foot chase before being cornered at gunpoint by Sheriff Craig Busch, to whom he surrendered. Not one but two guns were discovered in a dumpster in the alley down which Daugherty had been running. Anyway, back to the lockdown. According to the article at kcci.com, Winterset Community Schools instituted a lockdown after hearing about the incident. The article goes on to say “the situation ended about 10 minutes after the lockdown started.” Makes you (okay, me) wonder why they bothered.

Travis Haley on the Tactical Reload. He also touches briefly on the Combat Reload and then spends some time on the Search & Assess, and why many people who do it just because they see guys like him do it are doing it wrong, or at least for the wrong reasons. Hint: It’s not just about looking around. Some good stuff in this video, I think, and worth a few minutes of your time. [h/t ENDO]

Several firearms were discovered and seized by the Opelousas (LA) Police Department after a tip from an elementary school student during a gun safety class. The OPD was holding the instruction in the wake of the shooting death of a five-year-old boy in his own front yard by an alleged teenaged shooter. Opelousas Police Chief Perry Gallow began the safety initiative to better inform school kids about the dangers of guns being handled by those who are untrained. During the class, a student told police about the guns under an abandoned house, and police found “an SKS assault rifle 7.62 X 39, a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun, along with a 38 cal. revolver.” The case, and the ownership of the weapons, remains under investigation.

Alabama will have a tax-free weekend the first weekend in September, thanks to a bill that’s headed to the governor’s desk for a signature. The “Second Amendment Weekend Holiday” bill will exempt guns, ammunition and “hunting supplies” from normal sales tax beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in September and extending through midnight the following Sunday. A more expansive House bill would also have exempted boats, trailers, and ATVs, but those items didn’t make it into the Senate bill that finally passed. Still, it’ll save our Alabama brethren a few bucks, and maybe help them get a few bucks, too.

MattV2099 has been doing a series called Red Hot Muzzle Brake (a tribute to another YouTuber’s Red Hot Nickel Ball videos), where he drops a Red Hot Muzzle Brake onto various items to see what happens. This series doesn’t really blow my skirt up, so I’ve been avoiding them, but this one’s pretty alright. He drops his RHMB onto a half dozen or so .22LR rounds.



  1. avatar neiowa says:

    Hey Ya al watch this chit.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    Who does that to .22 ammo? That stuff is as scarce as unicorn farts.

    1. avatar Bob says:

      Waddayamean? My unicorn has been farting like crazy! Maybe I should stop feeding him tacos

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Better yet, teach him to fart top 40 hits and take him to “America’s Got Talent.”

      2. avatar William Burke says:

        Well, it’s no wonder he’s been farting! Unicorns eat rainbows and moonbeams. I’m calling the Humane Society.

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Rainbows and moonbeams? Gawd dammed thing has a spike sticking out of his head. And it fly’s. Hell spawned predator if ever I saw one.

        2. avatar William Burke says:

          Okay, if you’re out of those, try some sparkles.

        3. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

          Unicorns eat hope and change…

    2. avatar Matt in FL says:

      I think most of it wasn’t suitable for shooting, as he used it in a “Will it blend?” video a few months back. It’s all dinged up and bent.

  3. avatar Heretical Politik says:

    +1 for Bridge on the River Kwai. Great film.

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        What about A Bridge Too Far?

        1. avatar MothaLova says:

          What about “The Girl on the Bridge”?

        2. avatar Defens says:

          What about Bridge to Tarabithia?

        3. avatar jwm says:

          I need to get to the dentist and get a new bridge.

        4. avatar peirsonb says:

          Bridge to Tarabithia (book) = excellent kids read.

          Bridge to Tarabithia (movie) = HORRIBLE movie, even by the standards of the day.

          There’s nothing like a film adaptation that completely guts the themes from the source material.

    1. avatar JasonM says:

      I recently enjoyed The Bridge Over the River Kok on Top Gear.

    2. avatar Roger Joe Ebert says:

      Hey Matt, What ARE the 25 movies all guys should see? I’ll bet us readers will come up with more great flicks some of us haven’t seen.

      1. avatar John Phelps says:

        +1 to this, sounds like a great article idea for you, Matt! I’m always up to check out new movies, although were I to guess, I suspect I’ve seen most of your list. 🙂

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          I have a copy of my personal list on my computer, but it’s currently down while I’m between homes. I’ll be sure to pull it up once I’m back up and running.

      2. avatar jwm says:

        The Searchers. The original Japanese Godzilla, not the Raymond Burr blended mess released in America. The Seven Samuarai first and then the Magnificent Seven.

        Hell in the Pacific. Bullit. The Dirty Dozen. Any Eastwood Man With No Name movie. Way of the Gun. Tremors. The original Night of the Living Dead.

  4. avatar Maineuh says:

    Great. Now I’ve got THAT theme in my head.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Me too, man. Me too.

      At least it’s a jaunty tune.

      1. avatar Felix says:

        Göring has only got one ball

        Hitler’s [are] so very small

        Himmler’s so very similar

        And Goebbels has no balls at all

  5. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    I just spent the last several minutes giggling.
    MattV2099 reminded me of fire Marshall Bill from in living color. What with the hard hat and goggles. Add on the general resemblance.
    “Lemme showya sumthin”

    Oh, and BTW. Bridges of Madison county was a total chick flick. It’s two hours of my life I’ll never get back.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      As is every chick flick EVER. We got OLD YELLER; they got FLICKA.

      ‘Nuff said.

  6. avatar DJ says:

    Good video. Thanks, Matt.

  7. avatar William Burke says:

    Why did the school bother to lock down? Was that the question? [Raises hand high, and waves it around]
    I know the answer! Call on ME!

    To get schoolkids used to the idea that guns are bad, and people who own them are child-killers in waiting!

    What do I get?

    1. avatar JR says:

      Slight correction. Or addition.

      To get the school kids used to being LOCKED DOWN. It’s an institutionalization thing.

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        True. All other answers are wrong.

  8. avatar former water walker says:

    Wow…Alabama is cool! In Illinois we have the highest sales tax in America. And in Cook County the Dumbocrats passed a $25 firearm slush fund tax. I’m doing my best to NOT pay it.

  9. avatar Your Friendly Neighborhood Anon says:

    So the SKS is now an assault rifle? Removable “high cap” magazine? No. Collapsible shoulder thing? No. Pistol grip? Nyet. I suppose it’s got a flash hider. And some have bayonnettes. Scaaaaaary.

    1. avatar Sixpack70 says:

      Don’t forget those 10 round assault clips.

      1. avatar JR says:

        I’d think they’d be quite popular, being called STRIPPER clips and all…

        1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

          If one used stripper clips, would the spike bayonet then be a stripper pole?

    2. avatar Another Robert says:

      The ones I used to see all the time had neither flash hider nor bayonet. Kind of wish I had got one now, along with one of those Model 44 Mosins that were going for just at $100.

  10. avatar Mall Ninja commando says:

    The Mattv2099 video is 3:01 minutes of just stupid. Here we have desperate for attention Lt. Mall Ninja finding his 3 minutes of fame by posting stupid videos on Heywatchmetube. I just love it when someone greets me with “Yo!”, I know I am in for a stellar intellectual conversation.

    The level of stupidity here is awesome.

    Some highlights;
    1. Well the point of the video for one, if it’s to just show stuff blowing up, I think this guy is probably no threat to Michael Bay.

    2. Why are we blowing up unused 22 cartridges? Aren’t they like gold these days? I can think of so many better uses for them. You know like ammo for my training classes, since I can’t find any for my students.

    3. I know without having something to hold the cartridge in place you don’t get the dangerous velocity that we have come to know and love from all things gun powder related. There is that whole Physics/Newtons law milieu. But still is this to present some sort of safety benefit? Maybe its a science video and providing a physics lesson? Maybe if Timmy was doing the actual work. (am I dating myself with that joke?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwVA698Hx2g

    3. Speaking of safety! Lets go with the safety gear applied! Sexy and non functional. At least he will probably not put an eye out. But what? No sweater? What other gems of safety do we have here…..

    Then there is the whole ceramic dish. Cause I just love seeing flying ceramic pieces tearing flesh….hey it gave Michael Bay a career, well that and scantily clad young women. Maybe if Matt had a scantily clad young woman torn to shreds by flying ceramic bowl pieces this whole video might make a bit of sense, you know if you apply rule 36, but I don’t judge……ok maybe a bit. (for those of you unclear on Internet rules http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Rule%2036)

    And finally my favorite, the propane canister next to a possibly exploding ceramic dish with heated glowing metal on top of precious 22. (Que the Gollum voice) My precious 22….. Cause you know those propane tanks make a nice boom when they go too. Now contrary to belief it is very difficult to make a canister of propane explode. However all the right ingredients were right there. The tank, the propane in the tank, the flying piece of metal to rupture said tank, ah yes and the heat source. That would be the “muzzle break” which has been heated to the point of glowing in an effort to provide said physics example. Now that would have been a cool video! Maybe he can get the girl in there too? (Can he even get a girl?)

    Why oh why must TTAG give these people a platform? This is how we get the whole gun nut reputation. I grew out of this stuff when I left middle school. This guy is probably out of some sort of primary school (notice I said out of, not graduated), yet his facebook avatar image shows him trying to drink from two beer cans at once. That would have made a more impressive video then the crap posted on lookatmetube.

    Come on guys, don’t give the loony left any more examples of poor behavior to use to support the idea that all us 2nd amendment supporters (and all those other pesky words from that “unimportant” piece of paper) are crazy, clinging to God and our Guns.

    Act responsible, act safe, and act intelligently.

    1. avatar Mall Ninja commando says:

      And yes my panties are in a twist because I still can’t find any 22 in stock anywhere on my side of the world. And this maroon (yes I spelled it properly, cause this guy is the spitting image of Elmer Fudd) is wasting it in the dam blender! Talk about Daffy!

      1. avatar Gyufygy says:

        So you are objecting to an individual who used his own money to pay for .22LR using his .22 caliber property (that he paid for!) as he sees fit? And in this case, what he saw fit to do was make a silly video for lulz on the internet. And this is a “bad thing” because anti-gunners don’t like guns and lack senses of humor. Oh, and your students could totally use those 6 rounds.

        You, sir, are depressing. And so, I leave you with this.


        1. avatar Mall Ninja commando says:

          LOL Robot Chicken. Best show on Television. Yes, old guy used LOL. And still more worthwhile to watch than “Mattheylookatme”

        2. avatar William Burke says:

          How dare you rain on his tantrum? 😀

    2. avatar Matt in FL says:

      “Why oh why must TTAG give these people a platform?”

      Because it makes me laugh.

  11. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    The MattV2099 videos are pointless and stupid.
    Gotta wonder what that kid would do if his parents stopped buying his groceries and giving him toys.

  12. avatar Ontheotherhand says:

    I remember my neighbors son who goes to Nebraska saying that he just stored his guns at the police station…

  13. avatar Skyler says:

    It seems to me that it is unconstitutional to forbid someone to keep arms in their home. Why would a school be different than other public housing? At least if I were his attorney, that is something I would look into.

    If you can’t win on the facts, argue the law.

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Florida Carry is actually asking that exact question in a pending lawsuit against the University of Florida, with regard to students who live (and have their home of record) on campus. The current solution is storing the guns at the University Police Department, but that requires taking them on and off campus via a specific route without deviation, and also only allows access during banker’s hours. Not to mention that it’s hard to defend yourself or your home, if necessary, with a gun locked in a storage locker at the station house.

      1. avatar William Burke says:

        Doesn’t the key to the issue lie in the legal definition of the word “domicile”?

        1. avatar Skyler says:

          Not really. As with most judicial decisions, the key will lie with the whims of the judges.

      2. avatar Santander says:

        Perhaps they need to be reminded of these five killings — http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100821/NEWS/100829920
        … In student’s dwellings — with a knife…

      3. avatar Model 31 says:

        Can this student be forced to house military troops in his dorm room during a time of peace?

  14. avatar CA.Ben says:

    The NRA needs to jump on that case and defend that student all the way to the Supreme Court. They already have a strong background in 2A housing cases, and as a college student, this is something that needs to hit the courts.

    1. avatar peirsonb says:

      This is ‘Mericuh. By the time it makes it to the supremes he’ll be well into his retirement.

  15. avatar the ruester says:

    The kids tip about the stash house;

    The inner city version of “the Goonies.” Funny if not sad, etc.

  16. avatar JoshuaS says:

    My college provided some gun safes for student firearms. This was in California. It is not clear (being a private campus) that we couldn’t have them there, but insurance liability is an issue. Heck we had some random dude come one, park (illegally) in student parking and take a rifle out and hiked up in the woods to shoot some targets (it was a rural campus) and I believe, once his intentions were clear, that all the school insisted on was a parking ticket.

    Laws need to admit of “epikeia”, that is clemency according to particular circumstances.

    I remember I had a discussion with faculty about having a gun range. Zoning was an issue and insurance. Then I mentioned guns on campus. Apparently they allowed that until the early 1990’s (with storage provided in dorm) but legal counsel persuaded them to change. It seemed to me that we live there and hence had the right as with any other domicile. CA Courts have ruled (surprisingly I know) that campsites and hotel rooms count as domiciles and hence one can conceal carry or open carry as they like within them, just as in one’s own house. That logic SHOULD extend to student housing/dorms/etc, but who said anyone was logical.

  17. Dropping a red hot hunk of steel into a ceramic bowl full of ammo….. a desperate cry for help.

    : )

  18. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    The Haley video hits some very good points, but the best in my opinion is the workspace.

    Just get the gun up into you line of sight for reloads, so you can at least half ass see what you are doing and see what’s in front of you.

    One pistol class I attended, the instructor walked up and tapped me on the head while I was looking down reloading and said,” you’re dead.” Didn’t even see him there, which was the point.

    It’s hard not to look down sometimes. I think its instinctual laziness to put objects at your waist while fiddling with them, so you don’t have to hold them up, I guess.

  19. avatar Albaniaaaaaaaaa says:

    An SKS “assault” rifle? Ha

    1. avatar Another Robert says:

      Maybe they figure any long gun that has capital letters in the name (like AR, AK) must be an “assault rifle”.

  20. avatar lolinski says:

    A Clint Eastwood film I haven’t seen? I would cancel all meetings but I don’t have any.

    BTW what is the list? I hope “A Bronx Tale” and “No Mans Land” is on it.

  21. avatar Dave J says:

    I hope dude realizes that some of his blended, deep fried and blown out of the blue bowl,yet live .22lr rounds are now down in the bottom of his grill. Not that there is anything wrong with that….just saying.

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