This is why we can’t have nice things. One man is dead and three others seriously injured (defined as “losing arms and legs” in the article) after an explosion of some old ammunition in Vítkov, North Moravia in the Czech Republic on Saturday. They were “manipulating an unknown item they had allegedly found on the Libavá former military grounds.” The object was believed to be a fully-functioning S5 unguided rocket, which is usually launched from aircraft and helicopters from pods of 4-32 rockets. S5 rockets are 2.2 inches in diameter, about three feet long, and weigh about 11 pounds. After the three injured folks were transported, police found a damaged car at the scene but no other explosives, and did not yet have details of exactly what occurred to cause the big bada-boom. Read on . . .
Tell me again how universal background checks fix stuff like this, because to my mind it’s just going to happen sometimes. A 17-year-old high school student was arrested Tuesday for having a gun at school. Other students alerted the resource officer that Andrew Daniel Smith was in possession of a gun. He was patted down and a .25 caliber semi automatic handgun was found. The weapon was not loaded and no ammunition was found. Smith was arrested and booked on a charge of Possession of a Firearm in a School Zone, and then released on $25,000 bond. I don’t have any details on where or how he got the gun, but there is no confluence of circumstances that negates the fact that he acquired it extra-legally. So tell me again how universal background checks are the answer.
It’s no secret that Floridians like their guns. Apparently that extends to places you wouldn’t expect, as a gun was recovered inside the Columbia Correctional Institute (part of the state prison system) in Lake City within the last couple days. The gun was used in the shootings of two inmates late Saturday afternoon. Authorities aren’t saying who got shot, or why, or how they think the gun got inside the facility, but get inside it did. Regular corrections officers do not carry firearms while inside the compound. The two inmates who were shot suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
A South Carolina man was arrested Saturday after crashing his vehicle into the one driven by his granddaughter’s father in attempt to keep him from taking the granddaughter away. Apparently the teenage girl asked her father to come and get her, but he does not have custody to do so. So granddad tried to stop him. But the notable thing about this story is the headline in The State, which describes him as a “Gun-toting Rock Hill grandfather,” even though the story involved no gunplay. When deputies arrived at the scene, he admitted to them that he had a gun in the vehicle, and he was charged with (among other non-gun-related charges) unlawful carrying of a weapon, but there are zero reports that he used the gun, waved the gun, or threatened anyone with the gun. But it’s in the headline, because it feeds the crazy gun-owner narrative.
MattV2099 likes to ask the hard questions, like “How will an AK-47 shoot without a recoil spring?”
I really like the “Don’t give a damn” attitude. When faced with the question of “how are we gonna hold this thing in place,” the answer is “a bench vice, held to the table with Spongebob duct tape.” Because it works, that’s why.