Your Friend The Handgun

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Don’t you feel safer already? Some assembly required:

Person accidentally shot while being shown gun in Rowan Co.

Wednesday, March 8th 2017, 4:16 pm CSTWednesday, March 8th 2017, 6:08 pm CST

Your Friend The Handgun

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Good news, gun fans. Being mentally ill is no longer an obstacle to purchasing a handgun. We are all so thrilled:

Despite a mother’s plea, her mentally ill daughter was sold a gun — with tragic results

She called the police. Then ATF. After that, the FBI.

Janet Delana was desperate to stop her mentally ill adult daughter from buying another handgun.

Despite Mrs. Delana’s pleas, the pawn shop sold her daughter, Colby Sue Weathers, a handgun and a box of ammunition. Pausing only to purchase cigarettes, Colby Sue went to her father’s house, where he sat watching TV, and shot him dead. Another victory for gun rights advocates.

There’s going to be  one of these every Thursday. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Your Friend The Handgun

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The Second Amendment gives American the right to arm themselves for the protection of their persons. Responsible citizens are ready to respond when the government fails to do its job of protecting us. How’s that working out?

Three men were wounded in the shooting at a crowded bar in Olathe on Wednesday night and one of them later died.

A barman told local media a man used racial slurs before opening fire. Two of the victims, including the deceased, are Indian.

Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and the FBI is investigating a motive.

Of course, Purinton is one of the people not allowed to possess a firearm under United States law:

“They’re shocked,” said Raymond Horspool, who lives a few houses away from Purinton, of his neighborhood’s residents. Other neighbors told him the attack “seemed out of character.”

Purinton had lived in Olathe since 1998, records show. He was known by neighbors as a low-key fixture in the community, and as a regular of Austins who was generally friendly, said Horspool.

Well… I guess my previous statement is wrong. Purinton is exactly the person permitted to own and carry a handgun. It’s interesting how that works out.

The story is not over. I have one of these every Thursday. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Your Friend The Handgun

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The Second Amendment protects our right, as citizens, to arm ourselves for our protection and for the protection of our property. How’s that working out?

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — A mother is accused of driving drunk with her five children in the car and pointing a gun at a semi truck on Interstate 35.

Crystal Blancarte, 30, was arrested Wednesday and charged with five counts of child endangerment, unlawfully carrying a weapon, theft of property and driving with an invalid license.

San Marcos police were called at 4:29 p.m. for a report of a black BMW SUV whose driver had pointed a gun at a semi truck on I-35 northbound.

It is becoming ever more difficult to distinguish responsible gun owners from the other 99%.

Your Friend The Handgun

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The Second Amendment ensures American citizens have the right to use firearms to protect themselves and their family, and it is heartwarming to see this right being put to good use. Take the example of a grandmother in Tennessee:

Nellums, initially identified by police as the boy’s mother, carried her grandson outside and told officers that his 3-year-old brother was playing with a gun when he dropped it and it discharged. The victim was taken to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital where he was in non-critical condition for a gunshot wound to the arm.

Nellums told police that when shots were fired at her home, she grabbed her gun from her lock box and went outside. She fired shots into the ground to scare off suspects. She then put the gun back in the lock box, but forgot to lock it. Police recovered the gun and Nellums was arrested. She will be in court Tuesday on the charge.

Americans are cautioned to be on alert in these trouble times and to keep their powder dry.

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The National Rifle Association works tirelessly to defend your right to protect yourself. How’s that working out?

DUDLEY – An 11-year-old boy died Friday after accidentally shooting himself in the head, according to reports from Dudley officials Friday evening.

At 9:15 p.m. Friday, A Dudley police sergeant said Police Chief Steven J. Wojnar was at the location of the shooting, but no other information could be given because it was still an active scene.

Later in the night, Chief Wojnar confirmed the child died from his injury and said state police were leading the investigation.

Keep your powder dry. And keep reading.

Your Friend The Handgun

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The Second Amendment is there to protect us. With all things of any worth there is always a price to be paid:

Police: 4-year-old shot, killed while playing with mother’s boyfriend’s gun

Boyfriend originally told police boy hit head on table, APD says

By Brianna Volz – ClickOrlando.com Staff

Posted: 8:35 AM, January 22, 2017 Updated: 4:35 PM, January 22, 2017

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – A 4-year-old died from a gunshot wound Friday evening, the Auburndale Police Department said.

Police said they responded to the 100 block of Lakeside Hills Loop in Auburndale around 10 p.m.

Officers said they were originally told that a 4-year-old boy had hit his head on a table and was badly injured. Upon their arrival, officers and arriving emergency medical responders found the boy, Avion Weaver, with a gunshot wound to his cheek.

Weaver was transported to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The handgun apparently belonged to Demenko Robinson, who was outside talking to some friends at the time. We can all be thankful there are people like Mr. Robinson who care enough about public safety to assert his Second Amendment rights.

People, you need to keep your powder dry these days. And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Your Friend The Handgun

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The Second Amendment is always in need of protection. People give their lives to protect this right. Some are only ten years old:

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Sa’nya LaTrinity Faith Hill has been identified as the 10-year-old victim of an apparent accidental shooting Friday afternoon in Carthage.

In a statement today, Carthage police Chief Greg Dagnan said the firearm that is believed to have been used in the fatal shooting was from the home and is a handgun. Police have not identified the owner of the handgun. Two other juveniles present during the shooting will not be identified because they are juveniles.

Remember, when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

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Not everybody is hunky dory with the current president. M.D. Harmon, a retired journalist and military officer, is one of them. As a free-lance writer and speaker, he could always be counted on for sage advice contra the policies of out-going President Barack Obama. Here is some commentary from last June:

Harmon: Gun owners unjustly under fire

Restricting firearm sales won’t prevent crime.

Why is it that when a man motivated by a foreign ideology attacks a group of Americans, many of us ignore the perpetrator and attack each other instead?

It’s been more than a little sickening to see commentators, celebrities and politicians from our top national leadership on down (all of whom seem to lack an effective strategy for defeating jihadists, “homegrown” or otherwise) blame gun owners, traditional Christians, Republicans and conservatives in general because a U.S.-born son of immigrants from Afghanistan killed dozens and wounded many more in a vicious attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

 I doubt that quail hunters in Wisconsin, target shooters in Arizona or gun collectors in Maine were responsible for this massacre. And it’s more than hypocritical for people who have armed guards protecting them 24/7 to tell free Americans they can’t even defend themselves with guns.

And Mr. Harmon had a lot of other things to say. He touched on additional concerns, such as baking cakes for gay couples and people holding onto biblical moral standards on sexual issues. But, the gist of the June posting had to do with the value of maintaining an armed populace. His remarks included the following:

So I will offer my expertise instead. As a retired Army officer (and Vietnam vet) who has fired everything the Army has to offer, up to and including a 105 mm tank cannon, I will consult for free with first-time gun buyers, male or female, gay or straight, who want to acquire a weapon for self-defense.

I can also put people in touch with range officials and firearms instructors who can teach them how to shoot safely and also maintain their firearms, both critical components of their use.

And here’s a special bonus: For the first five people who contact me and prove they have acquired a gun since the Orlando attack, I will buy them a standard-sized box of ammunition.

That’s strong stuff. If ever there were a champion for the Second Amendment, here was that person. Harmon, as you might expect, was one of many glad to see the back side of President Obama as he sidles out of office tomorrow. As it turned out, Mr. Harmon did, indeed, have the very last word:

M.D. Harmon: Obama flounces out of office as Democrats ponder much-diminished prospects

Donald Trump’s election is what’s offering ‘hope and change’ these days, as the outgoing president’s U.N. inaction puts Mideast peace even further out of reach.

President Obama’s last few days in office (writing those words is one of life’s simple joys) illustrate the lyrics of the old country song: “How can we miss you if you won’t go away?”

Oh, he’ll depart the Oval Office soon, but because Hillary Clinton’s defeat meant his policies will get no “third term,” he has become like a spiteful ex-spouse smashing as much furniture as he can before the door slams and the lock clicks behind him.

And that was, in fact, the very last word. I neglected to include in the above a note added by the editors of the Portland Press Herald. Here is the omitted note:

Editor’s note: M.D. Harmon filed this column earlier this week for publication Friday. A longtime columnist and former Maine Sunday Telegram and Press Herald editor, Harmon died late Wednesday.

Died on Wednesday. Died on Wednesday? Really? Totally no sense of irony. What the editors of the Press Herald linked to but did not print along with Harmon’s very last posting was this:

As the Press Herald itself reports, the 71-year-old Harmon was showing off one of his guns to a 16-year-old boy in his home in Sanford, Maine, on Wednesday. Harmon apparently let the teenager handle the weapon, which went off while the boy was holding it.

Both the teenager and his father were visiting Harmon for undisclosed reasons, and Harmon’s wife has called the shooting an “accidental tragedy.”

Yes, well this brings us around to the supposed Benjamin Franklin quote featured above. I covered this previously:

I did a quick search of Franklin quotes. There may be one, but I couldn’t find any related to this, so let’s consider this a made-up case. Somebody created this to make a point, and the point is not explicit, only implied. I will state the point: “Disarming innocent people does not protect innocent people.”

Really?

Let’s go back to  M.D. Harmon’s headline from last June:

Restricting firearm sales won’t prevent crime.

For the record, the purpose of gun control laws is not to prevent crime. Most crime is committed without the use of firearms. My own experience is that most homicides by firearms are not committed by criminals. That is, at least in most cases the killers are not criminals up until the time the point  a gun at a person and pull the trigger.

This is number 42 of this series of postings, and there is going  to  be one every week while my fingers remain able to work a keyboard. Keep reading.

And may Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Your Friend The Handgun

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Are you starting to feel  safe yet? Depends on how your Christmas party is going:

A family Christmas party had been going on at the home when an argument broke out between a man and woman, who are believed to be boyfriend and girlfriend, police said.

Family members escorted 44-year-old Alford Thorpe out of the party, but he returned about an hour later and tried to reenter the home, police said. He got into an argument with several family members in the front yard, then pulled out a gun and shot a 35-year-old man in the abdomen.

That was last year. Check back in December, and I will let you know what kind of Christmas we’re going to have this year.