Your Friend The Handgun

Number 142

Another encouraging story about a good guy with a gun:

3-YEAR-OLD BOY ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS, KILLS 4-YEAR-OLD SISTER

This series concerns itself only with issues related to handguns. Additional search confirmed that a handgun was involved.

Hey! Hey! NRA! How many kids did you kill today?

This will not go away.

As previously mentioned, the NRA does not kill kids. Kids are killed by people using guns, some of which people are supporters of the NRA. The above is from a video posted by the NRA on 5 July 2016, and you are encouraged to watch it. The image shows Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association. It is short, only a minute. Here is some of what Mr. LaPierre has to say:

This nation is run by elites—media figures, Hollywood celebrities and politicians—who decide on where the country is headed by making deals in back rooms without consulting the voting public. It’s time for ordinary Americans to reclaim our future, to stand up and take our country back. We are the NRA, and we are Freedom’s Safest Place.

Here is more regarding Freedom’s Safest Place:

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling safer already.

Hey! Hey! NRA! How many kids did you kill today?

This will not go away.

The title, of course, derives from a chant used by protesters of the Vietnam War 50 years ago. Of course, the implied accusation was not totally fair, since the president didn’t actually kill any children, but it was not a time for being fair. That’s where I’m coming to now. The NRA is an organization that quit playing straight decades ago. It’s time to start playing their game. Take the video above, for example.

That’s NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, and she’s telling a bunch of people what they want to hear. It’s not exactly truthful what she’s telling them, but that hasn’t nattered for some time now. Here’s a transcript:

They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.”

All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place.

Watch the video if you need to, but I have captured some screen shots, and they are posted below along with the approximate text from the video. Full disclosure: I have photo shopped the screen shots to make the captions stand out.

And some more.

What is now apparent is that for a long time the NRA has not been about sport hunting and gun safety. It has morphed into an institution devoted to promoting right wing propaganda in support of a dysfunctional and corrupt administration, one that gained their favor by kowtowing to their base and promoting their agenda. The measure of the depth this organization has plunged to is evidenced by the ideals they now espouse. Here is a view.

The only way we stop this, the only way we save
our country and our freedom, is to fight this
violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

I know that the NRA did not direct Nikolas Cruz to stalk and kill 17 people at a Florida school last February, but I’m going to blame them anyhow. For decades this organization has used their money and their sanctimonious pleading for the Second Amendment to support opportunistic politicians and to thwart efforts to take effective action against gun violence in the United States. All the while they have never flinched, never conceding an inch to the fact that the ready availability of guns is responsible for this country’s horrendous record for gun deaths. And there is more.

The NRA wields considerable political clout, and their strength is underwritten through public donations. The problem is, a sizable fraction of their monetary support now comes from a foreign country—not just any foreign country, but a foreign country at odds with the democratic ideals of the United States, that country being Russia.

Thinking the NRA is all about the Second Amendment has not made sense for years. Since liberal politicians are at the forefront of efforts to curb the proliferation of guns, the organization makes liberals and liberal ideals the target of their propaganda. This is apparent in the Dana Loesch video, where no mention is made about the Second Amendment. Disregarding that I have a number of liberal friends who own guns, many being strong supporters of the Second Amendment, the NRA is now at war with liberal America. To that I say, “Bring it on.” This series is going to be dedicated to taking down NRA propaganda at every opportunity.

Keep reading. And may Jesus have mercy on your soul.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 141

That plan about a “good guy with a gun.” How is it working out?

Officer shoots, kills armed security guard outside south suburban bar

ROBBINS, Ill. — Witnesses said a Midlothian police officer responding to a shooting inside a south suburban bar shot at the wrong person early Sunday morning.

After security asked a group of drunken men to leave Manny’s Blue Room Bar around 4 a.m. Sunday, witnesses said someone came back with a gun and opened fire. Security returned fire, and according to witnesses, 26-year-old armed security guard Jemel Roberson apprehended one of the men involved outside.

“He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, ‘Don’t move,'” witness Adam Harris said.

Soon after, witnesses said, an officer responding to the scene fired at Roberson — killing him.

Yes, that’s right. A security guard, with a good reason to have a handgun at the scene of a crime, is killed. Imagine now you are not a security guard. You are citizen with the constitutional right to own and carry a handgun. Now imagine you see something dangerous going down, and you use your handgun in the manner for which it was intended, and you jump in and avert a criminal act. And the police arrive, and they see you there pointing your gun at a person on the ground. Give me your odds of surviving the day. Think about it for a moment, and then imagine you are not white. Does this still seem like a good idea to you? Let me know where you want the flowers sent.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 140

Hey! Even if you are just a kid, you still have the right to protect yourself. Also, a handgun comes in handy if you feel the need to exercise your muscle on some schoolyard punk:

A Missouri mother was furious after a viral video showed a teenager holding a gun at her 13-year-old son’s head.

The video, which circulated on social media, showed the 13-year-old boy on his knees and being yelled at by a few boys demanding him to kiss their feet. A boy was seen pulling out a gun and pointing it at the boy’s head. The gun was pulled away and the boy was seen being punched.

Now, if both kids had been carrying their shit, this episode might have had a much more satisfactory ending.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 138

This is how we settle the business in Texas. We don’t take stuff off anybody. For example:

In Texas, A Woman Just Shot Her Husband For Beating The Family Cat

Over the weekend, Dallas Police found itself dealing with one of its stranger cases in recent memory, when a 47-year-old woman fatally shot her husband in defense of the family cat.

It’s what we call “instant justice.” Good thing he didn’t kick the dog. Peace, brother.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 137

You never know when you’re going to need it. When you show up with yours it’s bound to create some excitement:

At least 30 shots were fired, police told the Los Angeles Times. Witnesses said a man fired several shots from a handgun before throwing smoke bombs into the crowded bar. A man who said he was in the bar told ABC news he saw a man shoot into the crowd.

Thousand Oaks is not the go-to place for adventure. It was a simple matter to turn that around. All it took was a constitutionally protected right to have a handgun.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 135

No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what you might be doing at this moment, you may come to realize that your handgun is not the problem. It is the solution. When in doubt, whip it out.

Shooting at Jacksonville, Florida, gaming tournament leaves 3 dead, including gunman

Last Updated Aug 26, 2018 11:20 PM EDT

Two people were killed and 11 others injured when a gunman opened fire Sunday at a popular waterfront mall in Jacksonville, Florida, where a video game tournament was being held. Graphic recordings from the scene captured gunshots ringing out and the screams of terrified patrons taking cover.

David Katz, 24, of Baltimore, Maryland, is believed to be the gunman, Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said. Katz used a single handgun to carry out the shooting and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, he said. Williams described Katz as a white male who was attending the gaming event. He did not know if Katz knew the victims.

For the record, the CBS news item includes, “EA Sports lists Katz as a 2017 championship winner.”

Keep it handy, folks.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 134

The reason we are plagued by gun violence is because we have removed God from our public life. That I have been told. I have also been told it’s because we have removed God from our schools. It’s a good thing we have not yet removed God from our churches:

Gunman fatally shoots Pennsylvania churchgoer after fight over seat at Sunday service

All of which leaves us to ask, “What gun would Jesus choose?”

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 133

The National Rifle Association is diligent in protecting the Second Amendment from erosion by liberals. Citizens are now safe knowing they don’t have to take a bunch of shit off anybody. I’m feeling safer already:

Father, son accused of killing their neighbor over dispute about a box spring

Updated 1:07 PM ET, Sun September 23, 2018

(CNN)A father and son are facing murder charges after police say they shot and killed a neighbor in Abilene, Texas, over a dispute about a box spring — an incident the victim’s common-law wife caught on camera.

According to police, on September 1, John Miller, 67, and his son Michael Miller, 31, got into a confrontation with their neighbor over a box spring mattress in a shared alleyway.
The argument escalated, and both father and son discharged a handgun and a shotgun, respectively, killing 37-year-old Aaron Howard, police said.
Remember, the Second Amendment is there for you, but only if you make use of it.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 132

Apologies all around. I try to post one of these each Thursday, but the problem is I’m always running behind. Obviously there is more than one a week of these, but ABC World News Tonight with David Muir was forced to run two items back to back. The first is above:

4 shot, injured in Wisconsin workplace shooting; suspect dead

Four people were shot and injured in a workplace shooting in Middleton, Wisc., on Wednesday morning, a city about 6 miles outside of Madison.

Two are in serious condition and one is in critical condition, according to the University of Wisconsin Health in Madison.

The suspect was shot by officers after the incident at WTS Paradigm, a software company where the suspect worked, Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke said at a news conference.

Here’s the other:

Gunman in courthouse shooting that injured 4 was scheduled for assault hearing, authorities say

Four people were shot at the municipal building that houses the Fayette County Magistrate Court in Masontown, Pennsylvania, a spokesperson for the Fayette County Emergency Management told ABC News.

The gunman entered the lobby shortly after 2 p.m. and began shooting with a handgun, said Lt. Steven Dowlin, station commander of the Pennsylvania Police Department’s Troop B, which handles Fayette County.

And that’s it for today. Again, I apologize. It could be I will run out of ink before they run out of bullets. Sorry. Not my fault.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 131

There is a large segment of modern society, reinforced by a headstrong gun rights organization, that holds to the belief that more guns available to the public makes for a safer world. Others are inclined to disagree:

Officers arrived to the scene at the intersection of South Meadowbrook Drive and Skyline Drive just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, where they found Widman suffering from a gunshot wound. Police and paramedics tried to save the woman’s life, but she was pronounced dead about an hour later at a local hospital.

Police say that Widman was driving northbound on South Meadowbrook Drive with a friend when she stopped at a red light and got out of her car to approach the driver in the car in front of them. Witnesses say they heard a gunshot and saw the woman collapse in a parking lot.

The gunman left the scene, driving away northbound on Meadowbrook Drive.

According to some logic, the woman should have approached the other car with her gun already drawn. That way there might have been two dead people when the police arrived.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 129

The Second Amendment ensures citizens have the right to own guns to protect themselves and their families from dangerous criminals. Let’s see how that’s working out:

Louisville man says 2-year-old son died after accidentally getting into his gun safe

A 2-year-old boy died at Norton Children’s Hospital on Monday after being shot in the face.

Monday, July 31st 2017, 1:15 pm EDT by Travis Ragsdale & Joel Schipper
Updated: 

Monday, July 31st 2017, 10:24 pm EDT

.LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — A 2-year-old boy died at Norton Children’s Hospital on Monday after being shot in the face.

LMPD spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said the shooting happened just after 1 p.m. in the 6500 block of Huff Lane near the intersection of Cane Run Road and Camp Ground Road.

“About 1 o’clock this afternoon, Louisville Metro Police second division officers responded to a call of a shooting in the 6500 block of Huff Lane,” Mitchell said. “When officers arrived, they located a 2-year-old male who had been shot.”

The victim’s father, Jesse Mefford, said his two sons were being watched by their adult cousin when they found a 9 mm handgun.

All right! Dangerous criminals never give you any warning before they prepare to strike at your peaceful home. Keep alert out there, and vote to protect your gun rights.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 128

Above is a photo of Omar Enrique Santa Perez enjoying his constitutional rights under the Second Amendment during the final minutes of his life. With him is his friend, his handgun, which unfortunately failed him at the moment when he needed it the most:

Cincinnati shooter’s gun jammed during four-minute rampage, police say

CINCINNATI — The shooter who killed three people in the lobby of a downtown Cincinnati office high-rise could have killed many more if his gun hadn’t jammed during the four-minute rampage, city leaders said Friday. Newly released security footage from inside the lobby showed the gunman firing randomly while carrying a briefcase with hundreds of rounds of ammunition over his shoulder.

Remember, the Second Amendment protects you, but routine maintenance is also essential.

Here is Mr. Santa Perez in a photo apparently taken in a happier time, during which he had been charged only with minor crimes in another state.

Here is Mr. Santa Perez’s handgun, a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, which he purchased legally at a local gun supply store. The photo appears to have taken where the weapon was found lying on the floor after Mr. Santa Perez dropped it.

Santa Perez did not break any laws when he purchased the pistol. He did not break any laws when he purchased multiple magazines for his weapon, and he did not break any laws when he purchased 200 rounds of 9mm ammunition for it.

Additionally, he did not break any laws when he drove into downtown Cincinnati with the weapon and the ammunition in his car and parked the car before entering several businesses before choosing this particular bank building. In fact, Santa Perez only broke the law when he pointed his weapon at somebody. That is called assault with a deadly weapon. Then he pulled the trigger, breaking additional laws. At that  point he would have become ineligible to purchase, own, or possess this weapon.

Santa Perez’s rights under the Second Amendment next led him to this point in his life, where security video shows him walking down a corridor, shooting people as he encounters them.

The video also shows building security personnel taking advantage of an opportunity to hustle  victims out of harm’s way.

His rights granted by the Constitution finally led Santa Perez to this point, the final seconds in his life, as police, outside on the sidewalk and firing through the glass, accomplish what politicians paid for by the National Rifle Association, refuse to do. They ended this threat to society. They also ended the existence of this human being.

Almost never will I post an image of the final seconds of somebody’s life, but I am posting this one. Four people died, three besides Santa Perez. Two more shot and survived, one wounded by twelve bullets. There is no way this scene is does not depict a travesty of the American political climate.

And you have to ask, who stood up for the three innocents killed? Additionally, who stood up for Omar Enrique Santa Perez when he needed our help? Who stood up, when he went to purchase the pistol and the ammunition, and told him, “Dude, there is no reason for you to have this weapon. You’re not in the military, not even in the National Guard. You’re not a police officer, not even a security guard. Besides, you have already demonstrated the lack of stability that would make us feel safe for you to be among the public and armed. For your own safety and for the safety of others, we deny you permission to own a firearm of any kind. We recommend you seek help.”

I cannot tell you who did stand up for Santa Perez, because nobody did. I can tell you who did not stand up for him:

And there are many more.

Something is wrong when people in positions of power put personal preference and political power ahead of concern for public safety. These people can conjure up a hundred reasons for not restricting gun ownership and possession as they stumble to come up with a single alternative.

Events such as the one that played out in Cincinnati seem automatically to be followed by a flowing of thoughts and prayers, which outpourings end with the resolution to fix the underlying problem, “mental health.” Mental health! They are, before too many more of their constituents die, going to solve a social problem that has existed for thousands of years before addressing one that has become manifest only in the past 200 years—the availability of cheap, powerful, and deadly weapons.

Much as they may claim otherwise, these people are not your friends. And neither is a handgun. Just ask Omar Enrique Santa Perez. If only you could.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 127

It’s the Second Amendment that looks after you when nothing else will. Like when you can’t get concert tickets, and you really need those tickets. Luckily the Constitution ensures you have the means to make your frustrations known to others:

Shots fired before Ice Cube concert at California horse track

Del Mar Racetrack says the concert will go ahead as planned after deputies shot a man outside the track.

Sheriff’s deputies shot a man before a sold-out concert by Ice Cube during the last race of the day at Del Mar Racetrack north of San Diego, authorities and track officials said.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said the man fired several rounds from a semiautomatic handgun when he was told that no more tickets for the concert were available. Deputies returned fire, and the man was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries. The concert went on as planned after a delay.

OK, so you’ve been shot, and you’re flat on the sidewalk, and some highly skilled professionals are working to save your life, but at least you were ensured of your constitutional right to let us know you’re as mad as hell, and you are not going to take it anymore.

NRA NRA

So profound I had to say it twice.

I’ve been trying to figure out what the NRA (National Rifle Association) is all about. I look at the words:

  • national
  • rifle
  • association

By themselves they make sense, but somehow when you string them together they take on a a meaning unto themselves. The NRA, once a sportsman’s club, has within the past few decades morphed into a pernicious political entity. Forget about the 4th Amendment, and forget about the right of citizens to bear arms. The NRA has allied itself with some of the basest elements of American society. If ever this base needed a voice, the NRA is there to provide it. That voice exhibits a nature the likes of which are rare in civilized society. I exhibit an example. Here is NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch speaking in an ad sponsored by the NRA. It’s a video, and I have watched through it a few times and can attest to the accuracy of the transcript provided by Vox. I captured some screen shots and have inserted them into the text at the approximate places they show in the video:. We see Loesch saying:

They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.”

All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.

And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.

I’m the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place.

Watch the video. It also shows protesters smashing windows and otherwise acting in a criminal manner. You will get the idea, she hopes, that all those who oppose President Trump and protest in the streets are like this.

I will repeat a key section of the narrative in order to do a bit of analysis.

They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.”

“They use their media to assassinate real news.” Let’s see how this is done. “They,” meaning me and others like me, make skillful misuse of the media. Would that I had that kind of power. My control over The Dallas Morning News is not what it used to be. We (I) assassinate the real news. Let’s  take a look at some of the real news I have assassinated recently:

All right, I’m getting tired of this part of the game. Let me move on.

“They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler.” Forget about Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler was more popular. And the schools teach this? I pause to gag. The schools have no need to any such. We have a man in Washington we pay to do this kind of thing for us:

I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!

“They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again.” They do? Why? Is it necessary to use movie stars, singers, comedy shows, and award shows to repeat the narrative? If these are used in that manner, then it is a waste of effort on the part of a bunch of people, because once again we pay Donald Trump to do this for us:

Many journalists are honest and great – but some are knowingly dishonest and basic scum. They should.be weeded out!

Yes, that’s about going to do it for me, my friends, and the media working overtime to embarrass the president.

So, if you are a fan of President Trump, you should show him your support and join up with the NRA. Or you could just back off a bit and let somebody else do it. There is no longer any doubt the Russian government is funneling money to the NRA, which then uses it to propagandize for President Trump.

Loesch concludes by reminding viewers the NRA will defend American values withe the “clenched fist of truth.” I will get back to you when I come across the “truth” part.

NRA! Say it twice.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 125

Screen shots are from ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, streaming on Hulu 23 August 2018.

Remember gun rights advocates, the reason you need to have a handgun is for your personal protection and for the protection of your family. These random shootings, these untimely deaths—it’s not supposed to work that way. Excepted that it does. A lot:

2 sought in mystery shooting at Upper East Side building from across East River

Bullets pierced glass windows at apartments inside One East River Place, a 50-unit high-rise located at 525 East 72nd Street, on two separate occasions.

Hey! Nobody injured. Nobody killed. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, right? Actually, no. The way it’s supposed to be is that citizens are supposed to have access to arms in the event they are called out for a well regulated militia.

But, you say, this business in New York, that’s not any of my doing. I’m a responsible gun owner, and I never point my gun at anything I do not intend to kill. Then good for you. You are not responsible for multiple shots being fired into the windows of apartments were people were living. All you did was to support politicians who promised to continue to keep easy access to deadly weapons legal. And it was your constitutional right to do so.

Please note, these shots were from a handgun.

So, your conscience clear. You are now able to sleep, secure in the knowledge you have done nothing wrong. All except the part about secure sleep.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 125

Not only does having a handgun in your home provide you with a greater sense of security, it’s also an invaluable convenience when it comes to those matters that cannot be resolved through thoughtful conversation or, in extreme circumstances, through the courts. Bang bang, the matter is settled, with a certain degree of finality:

Peoria girl, 12, finds mother shot; father suspected in attack

Of course, there remain a few loose ends to tie off, but at least those can be resolved through the courts.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 124

I’ve been trying to determine how this would have come off better if everybody were completely armed up. Let me know when you figure it out:

The father of two Parkland school shooting survivors is shot and killed during a robbery

Don’t get involved. Your job is to stack them and count them.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 123

The answer to the gun death crisis is not fewer guns but putting God back into our lives. How’s that working out?

1 dead, suspect in custody after shooting at Mormon church in Nevada

Last Updated Jul 22, 2018 11:34 PM EDT

Authorities are investigating a shooting that took place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fallon, Nevada. At least one person was killed and one person was injured Sunday afternoon, according to CBS affiliate KTVN-TV. The station writes that the suspect, John K. O’Connor, 48, is in custody but has not been charged yet.

KTVN-TV reports there were about 50 witnesses when the incident unfolded inside the church. Police say the suspect went home after opening fire and police followed him there where a hostage negotiator was able to get him to surrender.

I’m glad we finally got that matter settled.