Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 115).

 

What is important is for you to have the right to protect your family. So far, so good:

The triple homicide that stemmed from the Tuesday night shooting on Quinlan Court has been ruled a murder-suicide, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said Wednesday:

  • Eric Sirons shot his wife, Jennifer, and stepdaughter Andrea Heiser before shooting himself
  • A handgun used in the killings was found in the home
  • The couple was going through a divorce

If Mr. Sirons left a note thanking Wayne LaPierre, nobody has been able to find it.

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Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 114).

Remember to always keep your weapon ready for the times you will need it to protect your family:

(CNN) —An Indiana man faces charges for leaving a loaded gun in the car with his family as he shopped, after his 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her mother, police said.

Shanique Thomas, the woman who was shot, told police she was unaware that Menzo Brazier, 21, was carrying his weapon when they left their residence in Michigan City, Indiana.
Remember, the NRA instructs responsible gun owners that if they have plans for leaving a loaded gun in a car while they are shopping, they should instruct their young child to not shoot her mother under any circumstances. I hope everybody has the message by now.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 113).

Y’all keep safe out there. The NRA is on your side when you act positively to protect yourself and your community:

Michigan police still haven’t decided if they are going to charge a 47-year-old woman with a felony after she opened fire at alleged shoplifters at a Home Depot.

According to The Detroit News, the woman happened upon a store security officer who looked like he was trying to stop a shoplifter. When the suspects tried to escape in their vehicle, the woman pulled out her concealed 9mm handgun and opened fire.

That’s some quick thinking, Lady. Let me know the next you and your piece are headed toward my neighborhood.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 112).

Think about it for a moment:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 14-year-old girl was accidentally shot by her mother Sunday night on Jacksonville’s Westside, according to police.

The 33-year-old mom works for First Coast Security and was cleaning her gun in their home on Playschool Lane near Ricker Road when the weapon discharged, police said. The 14-year-old was hit by the shot.

I’m feeling safer already.

Special note

Two years ago I embarked on the project of posting one item each week on American gun violence. At the time I decided to restrict my comments to  incidents involving only handguns, this toward the end of keeping the volume down. As it turns out, restricting comments to handguns means I still have to sift through multiple cases each week before picking one to showcase. Apparently the filter needs additional tightening. It’s possible I will narrow the cases featured, and I may restrict coverage to one of the following types of incident:

  • Handgun deaths only, no simple woundings
  • Handgun deaths inflicted by children only
  • Handgun deaths inflicted by children under the age of 5
  • Handgun deaths inflicted by children under the age of 5 while sitting in the back seat of a car
  • Handgun deaths inflicted by children under the age of 5 while sitting in the back seat of a car and involving the death of an adult

I’m asking readers to weigh in and suggest which of these they would prefer to see each week. Other classifications are solicited. Thanks for reading.

People Unclear

This is number 41 of a long series

One of the ideas behind creating and maintaining the Skeptical Analysis blog was to provide a hint of clarity in a sometimes confusing world. A topic I treat on a weekly basis is the matter of gun violence in the United States, but despite all my efforts, there remain a number of people unclear. Some of them are elected officials in our highest offices. Take Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, for example:

Texas lieutenant governor blames abortions and violent video games for school shootings, but not guns

Updated 10:24 PM ET, Sun May 20, 2018

(CNN)Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on Sunday said school shootings aren’t happening because of an issue with guns. Rather, he blamed the tragedies on a litany of other reasons, including abortions and violent video games.

Patrick praised Gov. Greg Abbott’s plans for a roundtable discussion on how to protect students from gun violence after the nation’s latest school shooting in Santa Fe, where 10 people were killed. “Everything ought to be on the table,” Patrick said.

Call me a bleeding heart liberal if you want, but I believe the LG has a point there. Suppose there were not a proliferation of guns about where just about anybody with a trigger finger could get his hands on one, and suppose you just had an abortion or else you spent the last five weeks binging on Street Fighter, then the inevitable would come to pass. You would have the insatiable desire to head back to school for the first time in days and gun down a few jerks who cut in front of you at the cafeteria. It would be no problem for you to dive down into your basement workshop and gin up a rapid-fire handgun with a 20-round magazine, and then those jerks back at school would be quickly short-listed.

Yes, this is the kind of thinking that goes on at levels well above my head. But there’s more.

Speaking Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Patrick repeated earlier arguments about eliminating some school entrances: “We need to get down to one or two entrances into our schools.” He added: “You have the necessary exits for fire, of course, but we have to funnel our students into our schools so we can put eyes on them.”

Wait. Wait! Didn’t we recently enact laws that would make Texas one of the safest places in the country? Didn’t we just make it legal for run of the mill pedestrians to openly carry some serious heat? By now it should be safe enough that schools would not need walls. In fact, shouldn’t that be the case in any circumstance. Shouldn’t society by now be so safe that school shootings are a bad memory? Shouldn’t some of our top elected state officials stop over at the Mayo Clinic to have their brains checked for worms?

The truth is crashing down on us. We were promised that a proliferation in deadly weapons would make us all safer, and the fact is that in places where gun ownership has become a right, sanctified by law, we have:

  • A teenager shot in a scuffle perpetrated by a gun-carrying vigilante
  • A man in a car shot by somebody in another car who objected to loud music
  • A man shot in a movie theater in a confrontation involving popcorn
  • Five Dallas police officers killed by a sniper
  • Twenty-six people shot to death at a Texas church
  • Seventeen people shot to death at a Florida school
  • Ten people shot to death at a Texas school

I’m feeling safer already. Not really. I’m being facetious. Texas has Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Dan Patrick, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator John Cornyn, all supporting the absurd notion that deadly weapons freely distributed will make us safer. What will make us safer is clearing out some of this dead wood.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 111).

Since you never know when some whack job is going to confront you in traffic, you need to keep your piece always handy for when the situation arises. The National Rifle Association works to ensure you don’t have to put up with this shit.

A Marine veteran tried to confront a tailgating driver and was shot in the head, officials say

 February 5

An off-duty Arizona fire captain was shot and killed in an alleged road-rage incident Sunday by a man who told investigators he thought his gun was not loaded, authorities said.

Kyle Brayer, a former Marine and 10-year veteran of the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, was riding in a golf cart with friends early Sunday morning in Scottsdale when a man in a red Scion coupe began driving closely, nearly hitting the back of the cart, police said.

After the cart pulled up to a stop sign, Brayer walked over to the coupe and was shot in the head, according to police. The 34-year-old died at a hospital.

Better be safe than sorry I always say.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 109).

Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association work tirelessly to ensure that your right to own a gun for the protection of your family is not infringed. I’m feeling safer already.

A 9-year-old boy shot his older sister to death over a video game controller, sheriff says

People, let this be a warning. Do not mess with a kid’s video game.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 108).

Families need to feel safe in their homes. The NRA works to ensure that your right to have a gun to protect your family is not infringed. That’s working so very well.

3-year-old accidentally shoots pregnant mother in NW Indiana parking lot

Yes, the story is interesting. Follow the link and read the details.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 107).

In the wake of another tragic school shooting, teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida are taking weapons training with an eye toward averting future attacks. How’s that working out?

Stoneman Douglas teacher left loaded gun in bathroom

An absent-minded science teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — who volunteered to be trained to pack a pistol after the mass shooting there — was busted for leaving his loaded gun in a public bathroom, according to reports.

Sean Simpson, 43, forgot his Glock 9mm in a bathroom stall during a beach outing at Deerfield Beach Pier on Sunday, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

When he ran back to grab it, he heard a gunshot and then saw a drunk homeless man — identified as 69-year-old Joseph Spataro — holding the gun, and snatched it back from him.

How many ways are to spell “good start?”

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 106).

The NRA protects your Second Amendment rights, and these rights are essential to keeping your family safe. How safe? Let’s see:

MAN SHOT IN CHEST DURING DOMESTIC DISPUTE, WIFE ARRESTED

That appears to be just about safe enough. Any safer would be too safe.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 105).

Dana Boesch, speaking for the National Rifle Association, reminds us that all this talk about combating gun violence is really a ploy by left-wingers to take your guns. Yes, we plan to  take your guns.

YouTube shooter visited gun range before attacking strangers, police say

A legally-obtained handgun is your solution to any beef you may have that is impossible to  handle through the courts. Keep your powder dry, folks.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 104).

In the meantime it’s business as usual.

(CNN) — A 17-year-old male student shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning before a school resource officer engaged him and stopped the threat, authorities said.

The incident began in a school hallway at 7:55 a.m., just before classes started. Authorities say Austin Wyatt Rollins, armed with a handgun, shot a female and a male student. The shooter had a prior relationship with the female student, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said.
School resource officer Blaine Gaskill responded to the scene in less than a minute, the sheriff said. Gaskill fired a round at the shooter, and the shooter fired a round simultaneously, Cameron
Rollins was later pronounced dead. Gaskill was unharmed. The 16-year-old female student is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, and the 14-year-old male student who was shot is in stable condition.

The 16-year-old girl has since died. Meanwhile, the NRA continues to disparage students who are speaking out. Some people appear to be beyond shame.

Inner Santorum

Number 2 in a series

So, this morning I was playing catch up with the news streaming over my Internet feed, and this popped up. And I got to wondering why I never voted for Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum in his multiple bids for the presidency? Then I slapped my forehead and thought, “Oh, yeah!”

The discussion on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning was about Saturday’s country-wide marches demanding action on gun violence. Senator Santorum is now a CNN commentator, and I heartedly agree his comments are worth experiencing. For example, yesterday morning he spoke out on the students participating in these marches. Here is what he had to say:

How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that.

Such a kernel of wisdom I do not often experience, and my mind attempted to expand on it. DPRK Dictator for Life Kim Jong-un is making threats to lon a hydrogen bomb on the United states, so instead of wasting their time urging the government to put the kibosh on Kim’s ambitions, citizens should practice using a shovel to bury the dead.

Yes, people, do not, I  repeat, do not work to prevent students from getting shot. Instead, take some personal responsibility and learn how to save the life of your best friend who has been shot through the head with a 5.56 mm round. That’s real leadership.

Speaking of leadership, this is not Rick Santorum’s first trip to the salad bar. He is known best for the “Santorum Amendment.” It was not really an amendment, but rather it was a proposal for an amendment to an education bill:

The Santorum Amendment was a failed proposed amendment to the 2001 education funding bill (which became known as the No Child Left Behind Act), proposed by Republican Rick Santorum (then a United States Senator for Pennsylvania), which promoted the teaching of intelligent design while questioning the academic standing of evolution in US public schools. In response, a coalition of 96 scientific and educational organizations wrote a letter to the conference committee, urging that the amendment be stricken from the final bill, arguing that evolution is, in the scientific fields, regarded as fact and that the amendment creates the misperception that evolution is not fully accepted in the scientific community, and thus weakens science curricula. The words of the amendment survive in modified form in the Bill’s Conference Report and do not carry the weight of law. As one of the Discovery Institute intelligent design campaigns it became a cornerstone in the intelligent design movement’s “Teach the Controversy” campaign.

Yes, former Senator Rick Santorum is a creationist, and whatever he eventually makes of his life, he will always be known for his skewed views on science and the world in general. He is our very own, the inner Santorum.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 103).

There’s nothing more energizing these days than to get people talking about guns. Does the NRA care more about people’s right to have guns than they care about this country’s children? You never heard me say that. Let’s see how it’s working out:

A shooting at an Alabama high school Wednesday afternoon has left a 17-year-old female student dead and a 17-year-old male student injured, according to police.

The shooting occurred around 3:40 p.m. inside Birmingham’s Huffman High School, the largest of seven high schools in the Birmingham City School System, police said.

“School Resource and East Precinct Officers were dispatched to Huffman High School on the report of an individual shot inside the school,” police said in a statement. “Officers immediately responded and found that two individuals had been shot.”

Both students were transported to UAB Hospital, where the female student was pronounced deceased, police said.

It would appear the NRA has the upper hand for the moment. Nothing for the rest of us to do but count the bodies.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 102).

So, how is that working out?

Florida Moves To Arm Teachers After School Massacre

Legislative committees’ answer to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School slaughter? More guns.

Florida, home of the popcorn shooter, home of the Treyvon Martin killing, home of the loud music shooting may want to consult with the state to the north:

Armed social studies teacher arrested after shooting at Georgia high school

DALTON, GA. – An armed social studies teacher has been arrested after shots were fired at a high school in a small town in northern Georgia.

Fifty-three-year-old Jesse Randall Davidson, a social studies teacher who also serves as the play by play voice for the Dalton High School football team, fired at least one shot before barricading himself inside a classroom, according to the Dalton Police Department.

I know, and I fully understand, that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. But I do notice that guns seem to be drawn to people killing people. May Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 101).

These are terrible times. Your right to resort to deadly force is enshrined in the Constitution. Let me know how that turns out.

6-year-old dies after accidental shooting

By NEWS HERALD STAFF REPORT
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at 11:04 AM
Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 5:27 PM

JACKSON COUNTY — A 6-year-old accidentally shot Friday in Jackson County
has died of his injuries.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ervin Gerard Sims Jr., 6, was
pronounced dead Tuesday. He was shot in the head Friday at a home on
Townhouse Drive and flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
JCSO investigators reported a family member accidentally fired the handgun.

This is a continuing investigation.

Do not allow liberal politicians to revoke your God-given rights and leave you defenseless. Thoughts and prayers and all that stuff.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 100).

The right to keep your family safe is protected by the Second Amendment. The NRA is at your side during these troubled times. With exceptions.

7-Year Old Girl Accidentally Shot by Brother

By: Karen Libby 

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 08:27 AM CST

Updated: Jan 17, 2018 11:24 AM CST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A 7 year old girl is recovering from a gunshot wound after her younger brother accidentally shot her early Wednesday morning.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department says the preliminary investigation indicates an adult was visiting the family’s home in the 2400 block of W. Alta just outside the southwest Springfield city limits, and unknowingly dropped a small handgun.

The 6 year old boy found the gun and shot his sister while playing with it.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

This is your President speaking.

Number 60 in a long series

And now a few words from the President of the United States:

What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

“Let me make one thing perfectly clear.”

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 99).

Liberal politicians want to deprive you of the right to protect your family. The Second Amendment protects our inalienable rights. How’s that working out?

7-year-old boy dead after accidental shooting in Jefferson County

A young boy was killed in a New Year’s Day shooting in western Jefferson County.

Jefferson County sheriff’s authorities said the shooting happened just after 6 p.m. at a home in the 6400 block of William Drive in Concord and appears to be accidental.

Sgt. Jack Self said deputies arrived on the scene to find the 7-year-old had been shot. The child was taken to the hospital with critical injuries and pronounced dead shortly after arrival.