NBC news in Dania Beach, Florida spreads FUD about ammunition in a house fire. (“[It] could have fired off wildly!”) The deceased resident was a collector and had more than 100 guns, some dating back to World War I (More FUD: “…and even a grenade launcher!”). But oh, those guns. Those poor guns. Someone forgot to tell the poor reporter (“Each individual bullet could have gone off?”) about the instructional video that SAAMI did (and apparently the fire chief, as well). Also this: “Propane tanks were also found around the home, but firefighters say those weren’t as big of a threat as the bullets, that were seconds away from shooting off.” The stupid, it burns, and is likely more dangerous than that ammo. . .
Today’s ridiculous overcompensating response comes to us from LAX, where last night a car crash triggered (from some really criminally stupid people) reports of gunfire. Not long thereafter, an anonymous caller reported a gunman at a gate in terminal 4. There was the expected overwhelming police response and evacuation and sweep of the terminal; some 2,000 people were evacuated from the terminals, hundreds more were affected, dozens of flights were delayed and a few were diverted Friday night, airport officials said. Again, the police can’t not respond at this point, so it’s the idiots who thought “loud noise from car crash = gunfire” that need to be taken outside and tossed into a spinning jet engine. Except that’d just cause more delays.
Orlando has been a gun thieves’ paradise lately, though it’s not really new. Last year Florida ranked third in the number of gun thefts, according to the ATF. Twice in the past week residential burglaries have put multiple guns in the hands of criminals. Five guns and a pile of ammunition were stolen from an apartment on the south side Tuesday, and that was followed by 23 rifles, shotguns and pistols disappearing in a daytime burglary from a home in Audubon Park on Wednesday. That guy also lost a laptop, two TVs, and a couple of document-filled fireproof boxes. A partial list of the firearms stolen showed that 17 of them were worth about $9000. Stupidity stings, don’t it? Lock up your guns.
In West Philadelphia (“born and raised…”) a woman was the victim of an accidental shooting on Friday afternoon, suffering shrapnel wounds to her face and arm. A man was rustling through a duffel bag on a bench nearby when she heard a loud boom and felt a sharp pain in her face. The man, who is a security guard and licensed to carry a gun, quickly gathered his things and walked away. The young woman spoke to a SEPTA employee, who told her she was bleeding and called police. The man later saw himself on television and called 911 to turn himself in. No charges have been filed at this time.
Joerg Sprave makes a “rifled” slingshot by mounting the assembly inside a spinning sewer pipe. I would have really liked to see better slow-motion on this one.
And I know it’s not guns, but it is the weekend, so a little Tullamore Dew is not out of order.
Goodnight, and joy be with you all.