Your Friend The Handgun

Number 151

I’m sure Kenneth Lilly was glad he had his friendly handgun when his car got bumped from behind by a school bus. This is one of those times when the Second Amendment comes in handy. It is, however, possible he is having second thoughts about actually using his handgun to shoot the bus driver twice:

Man shot into school bus, hit driver in the head after minor crash

A student seated in the back of the bus was unharmed. Police call the incident especially reckless.
In case you missed it, “reckless” is the new term for “assault with intent to kill.” Keep safe out there you all.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 150

Before I get into the Second Amendment Moment of the Week, here are a few words from NRA mouthpiece Dana Loesch:

“Martin Luther King Jr. was denied a gun permit as a result of gun control laws put into effect by white male Democrats. Out of all the law-abiding, peace-loving people, this man was denied the means to protect himself while those who wished to do him harm for believing in equality were allowed to carry. Dr. King was disarmed by Democrat laws. That is just one in a series of examples of the explicit racism behind left-wing gun grabs. It should be taught in schools, how the origination of modern-day gun control laws were designed to prevent racial equality.”
― Dana Loesch, Hands Off My Gun: Defeating the Plot to Disarm America
And that is enough of that for now. Let’s see how all of this is working out:

Someone survived mass shooting at Sebring SunTrust Bank, Sheriff’s Office now reports

One day after police say Sebring shooting suspect Zephen Xaver entered a SunTrust Bank and killed five people inside, this is what we know:

Someone survived

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office revealed Thursday afternoon one person inside the bank survived the mass shooting, despite initial reports that the 21-year-old Sebring local had killed everyone inside.

It’s good to see the Second Amendment is keeping us all safe.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 149

I am assured by many that the right to keep and bear arms is what is keeping us safe. How is that working out?

Chief: Davis officer was ambushed when she was killed

New details are coming to light in the shooting death of a Davis police officer and an hourslong manhunt for the suspect.

Officer Natalie Corona was ambushed Thursday night while responding to a three-vehicle crash, Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said.

“He came from the side,” Pytel said. “Based on how dark it was, we’re speculating she never even saw him.”

The suspect was found dead in a downtown Davis home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

I’m feeling safer already.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 148

Yeah, I’m going to keep posting these. From Eugene, Oregon:

Custody dispute, police shooting outside Eugene middle school leaves one dead

EUGENE, Oregon — A man being escorted out of Cascade Middle School following a custodial dispute was shot and killed by police when he pulled out a gun during a struggle Friday morning, Eugene police said.

The school was placed into lockout for most of the day. All students, staff and officers were safe and unharmed, police said.

Remember, people, the Second Amendment ensures your right to possess a handgun to protect yourself from an overbearing government. Now there is one fewer of you.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 147

So your name is Kenneth Martell, and you’re wanted for murder, and you have parked on a deserted dirt road so you can lie low until the heat dies down. But a cop drives up, and she wants to see your papers. Now is the time you think it’s going to be a good idea to pull your handgun and kill the cop. In the image above Martell is in the process of bringing his handgun up to fire. That does not work out so well:

Video shows Lakemoor cop struggling with murder suspect and partner firing fatal shot

Surprised as he sat parked in his SUV, the man wanted for murder pointed a gun at Lakemoor Police Officer Brianna Tedesco and pulled the trigger.

The gun didn’t fire.

Oops. The video from the officer’s body camera catches the last moments of gun owner Kenneth Martell’s sorry life. While the woman cop held on to save her live, another officer drove up and put an end to this Second Amendment moment.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 146

Welcome to a new year, and welcome to another year in America, where possession of handguns is not only protected by the Second Amendment, but is also promoted by any number of conservative factions. So, a quick look back at 2018. Let’s call it The Year of the Handgun:

Four-year-old in critical after 2-year-old brother shoots her in head

By Elisha Fieldstadt

A 4-year-old Indiana girl was in critical condition after her 2-year-old brother shot her Thursday, police said.

The children were being watched by their grandparents Thursday morning when the 2-year-old shot his sister once in the head, according to Lebanon police.

The young girl was taken to Indiana University Riley Hospital for surgery, officials said. The state Department of Family and Child Services is assisting in the investigating.

Family court may not be necessary when siblings are allowed to settle disputes in an adult manner.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 145

Screen shot from ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, streaming on Hulu

Time to close out the year 2018, and what better way than with another salute to those people who like to remind us that that slavish devotion to the Second Amendment is keeping us safe. From the Houston Chronicle:

Sheriff releases name of 7-year-old girl shot leaving east Harris County Walmart with her mother

Updated 

A 7-year-old girl was shot to death and her mother wounded early Sunday by a gunman who opened fire on the family as they drove out of a Walmart parking lot in eastern Harris County.

The unknown shooter fled and was still at large by early evening, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

LaPorsha Washington and her four children – ages 6 to 15 – were leaving the lot in the 15400 block of Wallisville when a man in a red pickup pulled up before 7 a.m. and opened fire into the family’s car.

What do we have to look forward to in the new year? More of the same. Keep your powder dry.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 144

We note that during this period in our history, a gun of some sort appears to be the solution to many of life’s issues. For example:

Man charged with felony for pulling gun on Somali teens

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday charged a Minneapolis area man with a felony for allegedly pulling a gun on a group of young Somalis inside a McDonald’s last month.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s charged Lloyd Edward Johnson, 55, of Eden Prairie with felony terroristic threats and carrying a pistol without a permit, a gross misdemeanor.

In a statement, County Attorney Mike Freeman said Johnson “did everything he could to provoke this incident.” Freeman called Johnson’s alleged actions “outrageous behavior” and said, “it is only through sheer luck that no one was injured.”

Advocates for gun rights are going to point out that what Johnson did was illegal at multiple levels. What has made this an unforgettable moment in Mr. Johnson’s life is the availability of a handgun at some point. They really are nice to have around, don’t you think?

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 143

Reason number 47 why you need to keep your handgun with you at all times. You never know when somebody is going to try to make off with something they didn’t pay for:

Georgia restaurant employee shoots customer who tried to skip out on bill

A restaurant employee in Georgia was arrested after shooting a customer for walking out on the bill.

The customer reportedly tried to pay for his meal at China Cafeteria in Decatur with an invalid credit card Wednesday night, WSB-TV reports.

When the employee, Xin Xing Chen, realized what had happened, he and his co-worker went outside to confront the customer.

Yeah, people. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State and the possibility somebody might attempt to leave without paying, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Think about it.

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.