This is your president speaking.

Number 216 in a series

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

LONDON needs a new mayor ASAP. Khan is a disaster – will only get worse!

The president’s tweet is in apparent response to another by Katie Hopkins:

20 hours in Stab-City UPDATE 2 stabbed to death 1 shot dead Three stabbed – but not dead. Wandsworth & Tower Hamlets This is Khan’s Londonistan.

Wow! killings in London, and the mayor is responsible. Killings in the United States, and the president is not responsible:

US leads the world in child gun deaths

(CNN) — Death by gunshot was the second-highest cause of death in the United States in 2016 among children and adolescents ages 1 to 19, according to a study released Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The mayor needs to get his act together.

Breathtaking Inanity

Number 17 of a continuing series

A conversation has been going back and forth on Facebook. It relates to a post on this site concerning this country’s remarkable rate of gun-related tragedies. Here’s the gist:

  • John Blanton We need to hear both sides. There are many who will contend we should accept the collateral damage. The problem is getting them to make that statement.
  • Daniel G. Kuttner I’ll say something like what you’re fishing for, John:

    In a free society, bad things will happen.

    It is a pipe dream to believe one can regulate and legislate utopia. Quite the opposite is the result.

    Using government to take away “their” rights results in powers which later on will be used to take awy your own.

  • John Blanton Thank you, Daniel G. Kuttner, You have stated the case more precisely than anybody else could have.
    • Daniel G. Kuttner What’s your position on it?
    • John Blanton My position is that you are giving an honest answer. Instead of saying we are safer having a proliferation of guns in society, you are saying that all these deaths represent acceptable collateral damage.
    • Daniel G. Kuttner Again you misrepresent what I said.

      “Unavoidable” is not the same as “acceptable” in my dictionary.

      I still await your statement of your position.

    • John Blanton My position is, given the proliferation of guns in society, the consequences are unavoidable. Since it is unavoidable, it must be acceptable to those who insist upon a proliferation of guns in society.
    • Daniel G. Kuttner John: (I think you know) I meant your position on “keeping and bearing” arms. That is, the right (or not) of self-protection.

      Just please don’t mislabel my position as “insisting on a proliferation of guns.”

      You use a lot of labels which seem to me loaded. Maybe you could reconsider that manner of speaking/writing, at least, if you want to appear scientific in drawing your conclusions.

    • John Blanton Daniel G. Kuttner Right now I’m sitting among strangers in a strange city, enjoying a cup of hot cocoa. I [will] post a lengthy response when I get back to my computer.
    • Daniel G. Kuttner John: Glad you’re in a pleasant place.

      No need to be lengthy on my account!

      I still don’t know if you’re pro-self defense or not.

In total, Dan wants me to state my position on the “keeping and bearing” arms, as paraphrased from the Second Amendment of the Constitution. That amendment is stated as such:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The first thing a person reading this notices is the amendment does not mention guns. It does not mention “firearms.” Hopefully that does not come as a shock to members of the National Rifle Association.

So what does the wording mean by “arms?” I contend some interpretation is required. Note at this point many fans of the Second Amendment argue daily there must be no interpretation. The right to keep and bear arms must not in any manner be infringed. So what are “arms?” What did the writers of the amendment mean? My take goes back to the initial wording, “A well regulated Militia being necessary…” The Second Amendment is meant to preserve the right to keep and bear weapons of war. Guns? Yes. Machine guns? Yes. Claymore mines? Yes.

Obviously some interpretation is required. Once fans of the Second Amendment agree on that point, then it is sort of downhill from there. The Second Amendment must be interpreted to mean that citizens on the street (not active in a well regulated militia) do not have the right to use Claymore mines for home defense.

Take this further. Not everybody should have the right to keep and bear guns. There are some people who should not be allowed near a firearm. We have such laws. Convicted felons can be and are prohibited under penalty of prosecution from having a firearm on or around themselves. Others are likewise prohibited.

A problem arises when such prohibitions are diluted to the point that is it almost impossible to keep certain people from getting hold of firearms.

  • Guns are sold individual to individual with no regulation.
  • Guns are sold at swap meets.
  • People are not penalized for having their weapons stolen.
  • People who obviously should not be allowed to touch a firearm cannot be prevented from getting hold of one. Think about people who have otherwise threatened others. Should such a person be denied for life from having a gun?

The courts have, of late, ruled in favor of very much unrestricted access to guns and also against laws that prevent carrying guns on the streets and in public places. That is the law as it stands. Dan wants to know whether I support the law.

I do support the law. Considering that in some places it is your right to carry a loaded pistol into a classroom. I think the law should be changed. If on reading the paragraphs above you agree the Second Amendment is subject to interpretation, then you should begin to think about how it should be interpreted to bring down the rate of death and injury due to guns.

Dan asks how I feel about self-defense. Dan, I’m for it. Let’s see who else has been for it.

  • Man in Florida shot the man who threw popcorn on him.
  • Man in Florida shot the teenager he thought might have a gun.
  • Retired Army major I met shot his neighbor, who was wandering in his back yard.
  • Man shot foreign student who did not understand his command to “freeze.”
  • Numerous cases of road rage escalating into deadly shootings.

Let’s get real about self-defense.

Dan says he does not advocate a proliferation of guns in society. What language would he prefer instead? In American society there is a gun for every person. Does Dan want the proliferation to be reduced? By how much?

I will wind down. Stuff coming up tomorrow. We should rejoin this conversation from time to time.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 168, unfortunately

People tell me we are safer. I am hoping they are not saying this kind of thing does not happen. I’m hoping, instead, they will say it is worth it if it keeps me safe:

3-year-old accidentally shot in Yukon neighborhood

YUKON, Okla. – Oklahoma City police said a 3-year-old child was shot in the torso Thursday evening. The toddler was rushed to the hospital and into surgery and is expected to survive the wound. News 4 was told the bullet entered and exited the abdomen.

Here is a sample of what I am told by people on Facebook.

[Somebody else responding to somebody else] It’s NOT ABOUT the “neighborhood” Helen … it’s our defense against a tyrannical government (history). GOOD LORD, people … put down your remotes and read a damn book!

[Previous person responding to me] John Blanton is that all? 300,000 die every year in hospitals from negligence and no one seems to care! I guess it’s the MANNER of death (especially if it can be used for a political agenda) rather than the death itself. #AbolishHospitals#BanDoctors

[I posted a link to the New York Times, and somebody responded.] If people were allowed to defend themselves from unrighteous cop aggression then the self – defense numbers would be MUCH higher.

NYT? LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL I would not wipe my ass with that paper.

[Another response] When you have 30 seconds to respond gun safes get you killed.

[Another response] If someone broke into my home while I was there, how would I know the limit of what they were ready to do to me or mine?

Where I live, that’s a very rare occurrence. Some places, though, it happens more often – usually someone high or in withdrawal needing drug money. No rational thinker, in any case, decides to break into an occupied house

[A final response] It’s sad to see anyone killed by any method. But his selected headlines are reminders there are armed people out there with evil intent.

The main defense against them is armed citizens sprinkled among the populace.

Not everyone need be armed to deter the relatively sane bad guys from taking the chance of meeting one.

Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but the argument I am getting is we need armed civilians to prevent all kinds of crime, and it’s too bad if kids get killed along the way.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 167, unfortunately

As mentioned before, I catch heat from some Facebook friends for ignoring all the times a personal firearm has kept us safer. My intent is to correct that shortcoming, and I am doing so by posting stories testifying to the way personal weapons are keeping us safe. National Rifle Association mouthpiece Dana Loesch was thoughtful enough to post this reminder on Twitter.

Dana Loesch Retweeted WFLA NEWS

Glad this mother had the ability to protect herself and her family with her Second Amendment right — and a good neighbor who arrived with his own lawfully-owned firearm. 26 minute response time.

Dana Loesch added,

All right. The message is clear. Police are unable to protect us. It took 26 minutes for them to arrive after a woman, a mother, phoned for help. Only having a personal firearm—I’m guessing a handgun—saved the day for this woman in danger. Here is the story linked in the Twitter post.

Hudson mom holds intruder at gunpoint waiting for deputies to arrive

HUDSON, Fla. (WFLA) – A Tampa Bay area mother says she experienced 26 minutes of terror recently. During half of that nightmare, Lauren Richards was forced to hold an alleged intruder at gunpoint.

The incident happened in Rolling Oaks Estates in Hudson in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 25. The accused intruder, 25-year-old Devin Cooke, lives nearby, according to a PCSO incident report.

Surveillance video shows an armed neighbor trying to help before deputies arrived at the scene.

Neighbors say that’s when deputies went back to the house and for the first time, they took official witness statements and pictures of the scene. According to an incident report, that occurred on Wednesday, May 29.

A PCSO spokesperson tells 8 On Your Side Cooke will face a felony burglary charge once he is released from a medical facility. The 25-year-old was taken in for a mental health evaluation, as per a prior court order.

Please read the complete story. It really is soul-stirring.

That said, what I would have preferred to see was a bit more drama. It would be more of a story if Mr. Cooke had been a hardened criminal with a firearm of his own. What would make the best story for people who follow Dana Loesch on Twitter would be for the gun owner to be an innocent and pure white woman holding of a menacing, dark-skinned, serial rapist. Not only dark-skinned, but speaking with a foreign accent, likely in the country illegally. Maybe even Muslim, associated with a terrorist cell in Syria. The news photo shows what appears to be a light-skinned man with a mustache. Too bad.

But there was a newsworthy amount of drama. A story about an unarmed prowler was turned into a story about an armed confrontation by a good person with a gun. We need to see more of that. Meanwhile, in the world we have come to live in:

Virginia Beach shooting: What we know about the motive, the victims

Twelve people were killed when a public works employee opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach on Friday.

The suspected shooter, a 15-year veteran of public works and a civil engineer, was also fatally shot after a standoff with police.

The shooting, the nation’s deadliest of the year, unfolded Friday afternoon around 4 p.m. when the gunman shot the first victim outside Building 2, a three-story brick structure with about 400 municipal workers.

The suspect then headed into the building, moving between floors and firing at workers. Victims were later found on all three floors.

Police are still investigating and have said they do not know the shooter’s motive.

I’m beginning to think sometimes these people do not have a motive. They only have a gun.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 166, unfortunately

This series has been getting some push back from people who truly believe the handgun is their friend. They demand I also feature stories that actually show a handgun can be your friend, at times. In that light I determined to tell the story of my friend Zack who saved his life, killing a man who was about to kill him. But this came up on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, so I decided to show it now and print Zack’s story later. Here is the story behind the above meme:

Hatchet-wielding thief backs down when store clerk pulls out gun – but firearm costs employee his job

Oregon authorities are seeking a would-be thief who was armed with a hatchet when he tried to rob a convenience store, only to flee when the clerk drew a gun and called 911.

However, the clerk’s quick thinking cost him his job, with the president of Plaid Pantry in Oak Grove explaining to local station KOIN-TV that the chain has a zero-tolerance policy for weapons.

He said employees are trained to de-escalate robbery situations to avoid injury, according to the station.

Interesting enough, on the same news half-hour that featured the above was this.

Truth be told, for every one of the first one there is a bundle of the second one. Here is story number two from 25 May:

LAPD officer wounded in South L.A. shooting after traffic stop

Yeah, that’s just what a cop looks forward to when he stops somebody for a traffic violation. Some jerk with a handgun coming out of the woodwork to join in the fun. You gun fans, tone it down a bit.

This series does not address all such stories, because there are too many. Here are a few that did not make the cut this week:

  • 30 May: Groom shot in both legs, hit in head with gun by brother-in-law after argument at wedding reception
  • 27 May: Argument at a late-night party near UTSA ends in fatal shooting
  • 27 May: 11-year-old arrested after 9-year-old brother killed in shooting
  • 27 May: Church Shooter’s Dad Suggested Keeping Bible Under Pillow to Scare Demons Away | Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist | Patheos
  • 26 May: Virginia shooting: One killed, others injured at Memorial Day weekend event – CNN

There are several who insist the incidents involving self-defense with guns make all these random shootings worthwhile, and I have asked those people to provide their own stories. When did they ever use a gun in self defense? Who do they know personally who had such an experience? Witnessed such events? How about friends and family killed by gunfire? I’m not getting any responses.

I get stuff like this on Facebook:

John, I hereby sentence you to wearing only shirts that say, “I AM UNARMED.”

I’m sure John has a sign on his yard “Gun-Free Zone.” That’s been so effective at keeping violent perps away.

John Blanton That is what a LOT of people say… until fate strikes them. Get over the idea you seem to have that criminals are nice people that honor our rights.

Daniel G. Kuttner That is what an asshole does.

I left out a lot of the in-between. That last line is apparently in response to something commenter Dan posted. I have no idea what it means.

Anyhow, I have promised a comprehensive post on the value of loose guns, particularly handguns, in society. I will attempt to pick apart some of the arguments on both sides. Keep reading.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 165, unfortunately

This is directed to my friends who tell me whenever the matter comes up that the right to own firearms is what is keeping this country safe. It’s interesting to see how that’s working out:

Tulsa police on Tuesday released body camera footage showing the fatal officer-involved shooting of a man on Interstate 44 who shot two people at a south Tulsa strip mall earlier this month.

The video begins with Tulsa Police Department officers in a police cruiser responding to a dispatcher notifying them that Derrec Shaw, 25, had shot two people at separate locations after being observed “acting erratic and strange” while at a strip mall in the 4900 block of South Peoria Avenue on May 10.

ABC World News Tonight with David Muir had the story on Tuesday this week, featuring video from the police officer’s body camera. The sequence graphically depicts the tragic end of a short life. Derrec Shaw was able to obtain a handgun principally because to deny him that ability would result in the denial of a vast body of responsible ownership. In order to allow responsible owners to possess firearms we are making it possible for people like Derrec Shaw to have one.

So Derrec Shaw did not kill anybody. He was the only fatality that day, a victim of a mindset that is unwilling to admit responsible ownership might be no ownership. I invite readers to relate their own positive experiences due to gun ownership. When have you used a firearm to defend your life? I don’t mean when you used a gun to keep somebody from stealing your car. That would still count as an unnecessary death by firearm. If you have had no such personal experience, then relate an incident you are closely familiar with. Barring that, how about news items or police reports of self defense.

I will get the dialog going from my experience:

  • Close relative shot, not killed—1
  • Close relative shot, killed—1
  • Personal acquaintance shot, killed—3
  • Homicide personally witnessed—1 or more
  • Close relative who killed in self defense—1

Mine is not a good record. Maybe you have a better story to tell. Tell it. I will post it here.

  • I restrict these posts to stories involving handguns, and I only post one stuff that pops up in my email Even so, there are always a few stories that are upstaged by the main feature and never get reported. Here are some that did not make the cut this week:
  • 20 May: Mother kills daughter in Guilderland murder suicide | News Radio 810 & 103.1 WGY
  • 19 May: 3-year-old killed in accidental shooting in Kansas City, MO | The Kansas City Star
  • 18 May: Police: 7 shot, 3 with life-threatening wounds, at off-campus party near Indiana university
  • 17 May: 8-year-old finds gun at baseball game, accidentally shoots mother
    16 May: Autopsy: 4-year-old shot himself with unsecured weapon

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 164, unfortunately

The above was posted by a Facebook friend. There is a discussion over whether the ready availability of guns will make us safer. For example:

Two men shot in Soho after late-night fight

A gunman blasted two men after a fight in front of a Soho nightclub Thursday morning, police said.

The suspect opened fire at about 1:40 a.m. in front of SOB’s music venue on Varick Street near Houston Street, striking a 26-year-old in his chest and abdomen and a 29-year-old in his upper thigh, cops said.

The victims were rushed to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, police said. They’re both expected to survive.

A bar fight turning into a shootout? Who would have thought it?

This is one of several I received in the past week. Here are two more.

  • 9 May: Police Investigating After Young Girl Shot In SE OKC – News 9
  • 9 May: Concealed carry holder fatally shoots himself during struggle over gun

Stay safe out their, friends, and keep ’em loaded.

Breitbart Mentality

Number 8

You know it already, but I will repeat: I subscribe to Breitbart’s email newsletter, and something pops up in my mail box every day or so. I gave this one a look, and I must say I was impressed. I captured a screen shot. The page showed more, but I cropped down to the item of interest. Here is the story, from other sources.

By Julie TurkewitzJack Healy and Patricia Mazzei

May 8, 2019

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — It was three days before the last day of school, and the students inside Ms. Harper’s English classroom were whiling away the last period of the day watching “The Princess Bride” when one of their classmates walked in late and pulled out a gun.

“The only thing he said out loud to the students was, ‘Don’t you move,’” said Nui Giasolli, an 18-year-old senior who was in the class at the time.

In that moment, she recalled, Kendrick Castillo, a gentle teenager fascinated by cars and engineering, lunged to stop the gunman and was shot dead. Eight other students were wounded in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon, which the authorities said was carried out by two fellow students.

Yes, two students at the school entered with handguns, and one of them opened fire, killing Kendrick Castillo and wounding seven others. But that’s not what caught the attention of Breitbart News. Not that the two students had access to handguns. For Breitbart the story to headline was that one of the gunmen is transsexual. Yes, he’s not like the rest of us. At the very least, he’s not like the Breitbart audience. He’s not straight. He’s not manly. He’s d-i-f-f-e-r-e-n-t. That’s what matters. in Breitbart mentality.

For the record, and this is directed at whoever is picking stories at Breitbart and whoever is reading these stories, here is the story. Two young men, on the verge of entering the adult world, stepped up where our leaders have failed to.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 163, unfortunately

I post one of these every Thursday—by the counting since about this time in 2016. Previously I was in the habit of posting a number of these in advance, scheduling them for consecutive Thursdays, and allowing Word Press to activate them on Thursday at five in the morning. Then I realized I was posting about a bunch of stuff that was stale by the time it got activated, so I changed the process and saved recent news in my email, and when Thursday comes around I now pick an interesting story from the most recent and post that. For perspective, I also post headlines from recent stories that did not make the cut. Remember, handguns only. For stories about sniper rifles and shotguns you need to check some other sites.

So, here goes for this Thursday. I hope you’re felling safe today with our leadership, at the direction of the National Rifle Association and gun fans across this great country, all working diligently to ensure there guns are readily available to those of us who choose to manage our own protection. And also some others. Here is this week’s story:

‘Hero’ student describes how he, 2 classmates thwarted suspect in Colorado school shooting

A high school student who helped tackle an accused gunman at his Colorado high school this week said his feeling of “absolute and complete fear” evaporated as he watched his friend, Kendrick Castillo, charge forward without hesitation.

Along with Castillo and one other student, Brendan Bialy, an 18-year-old student at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was able to disarm one of the alleged shooters and pin him to the ground. 18-year-old Castillo was killed as he charged at the accused gunman and threw him up against the wall.

See, we don’t need laws that restrict the right of good citizens to own and carry deadly weapons. We have our children, who have been taught well to step up whenever our leadership fails them. A grateful nation salutes Kendrick Castillo and Brendan Bialy. Thoughts and prayers to Kendrick, but, hey, when the NRA, Senators Cornyn and Cruz of Texas plus others in seats of high power decline to do their jobs, somebody has to make the sacrifice.

People, your sacrifices are much appreciated. From ABC News:

Here are some stories that didn’t make the cut this week:

  • 7 May: Sheriff: Husband, wife, 8th grade daughter killed by shooting inside Winona home
  • 7 May: South Middleton Township couple injured after armed man targets ex-wife
  • 7 May: Little Rock man accused of shooting, critically injuring sibling, 69, after argument over money, police say
  • 7 May: Somerset standoff ends with suspect dead in apparent murder-suicide | The Sacramento Bee
  • 7 May: Man shot in chest Friday night at Not So Boring Bar & Grill – oregonlive.com
  • 7 May: Toddler shot in apparent road-rage incident after dad cuts off another driver and tries to apologize – New York Daily News
  • 7 May: Burlington 12-Year-Old Accidentally Shot By Family Member: Police | wfmynews2.com
  • 7 May: Boyfriend accidentally shot girlfriend and tried to make it look like she shot herself, police say – The Washington Post
  • 7 May: 17-year-old accused of accidentally shooting brother in Steak ‘n Shake
  • 6 May: Gun in woman’s purse fires inside Pasco Publix, husband shot in checkout lane
  • 5 May: 12-year-old charged with murder in shooting of Conroe boy – San Antonio Express-News

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 162 Unfortunately

As mentioned before, I post one of these each Thursday. No chance the supply will ever run dry. Here is the most recent:

2 Dead And 4 Injured In Shooting At University Of North Carolina, Charlotte Campus

Updated May 1 at 11:25 a.m. ET

Two people died and another four were wounded, three critically, in a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on Tuesday.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announced in a tweet that a suspect, Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, was in custody. Terrell, a former student at the university, now faces charges of murder and attempted murder in the attack.

On Wednesday, the school identified the victims who died as students Ellis Parlier, 19, and Riley Howell, 21, according to member station WFAE.

So, I have the count straight. Two were killed. Four were badly injured. Another person’s life is effectively over. And it is a small price to pay so every jakeleg with a touch of paranoia will have access to deadly weapons. We are assured this is going to make us all safer. Safer. Safer like the students in the photo above from ABC News. They look safe enough to me.

Not quite. It has long been apparent some people are not doing their jobs to keep us safe. Enumerating: Texas Senator Ted Cruz is not doing his job. Texas Senator John Cornyn is not doing his job. President Donald Trump is not doing his job. The NRA is not doing its job. Particularly Wayne LaPierre, Oliver North (until recently), and Dana Loesch are not doing their jobs. The courts are not doing their job.

When all these failed to live up to their responsibility, this week it turned to 21-year-old Riley Powell to do their jobs for them. He paid with his life. Rest easy all you in the government who didn’t your job. Riley covered this one for you.

A slew of these come my way each week, and I can only post one. Here are some that you’re not going to see:

  • 1 May: Florida Wife Pulled Into Oncoming Traffic, Shot at Husband: Cops | NBC 6 South Florida
  • 1 May: Baltimore County police investigating shooting of 4-year-old boy
  • 1 May: School Resource Officer’s gun accidentally fires in cafeteria of Wesley Chapel middle school
  • 1 May: Euless man fired shot into neighbor’s home while aiming at prowler, police say | Crime | Dallas News
  • 1 May: Virginia man shoots two people after argument over which is better brand: Chevy or Ford? | WJLA [By the way, it’s Ford.]
  • 29 April: 10-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed 1-year-old cousin in Cleveland, police say – cleveland.com
  • 29 April: Teen Accidentally Shot in Miami Home: Police | NBC 6 South Florida
  • 29 April: Ammon man says he ‘blacked out’ when he shot his wife, according to documents | East Idaho News
  • 29 April: Father arrested after accidentally shooting 6-year-old during gun safety lesson
  • 29 April: Shot With His Own Gun: Fair Lawn Man Injured Cleaning 9MM In His Garage | Fair Lawn-Glen Rock Daily Voice
  • 26 April: Accidental shooting in Greencastle sends juvenile, grandfather to hospital | FOX59
  • 26 April: Florida man accidentally shoots himself at I-4 rest stop, claims it was someone else, deputies say – Orlando Sentinel
  • 26 April: Husband subscribes to porn channel and gets shot by wife – Noble Nashville
  • 26 April: School staffer fired after gun ‘accidentally’ discharges and injures student: report
  • 25 April: 10-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed 1-year-old cousin in Cleveland, police say – cleveland.com
  • 25 April: Mailman killed splitting up fight between mother and son – CNN Video

More of the same next week. Keep reading.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 161

This has been a weekly posting for over three years, and the volume of traffic has reached the point of making it expedient to set aside a separate mail folder for news items. A core theme is the too ready availability of deadly firearms in the United States, but I have committed to restricting coverage to stories involving handguns. Here is one of several from the past seven days:

Dog groomer pulled gun on couple late picking up their pet, police say

By Pat Reavy | Posted – Apr 22nd, 2019 @ 12:45pm

DRAPER — The owner of a dog grooming business was arrested after police say she pulled a gun on a couple who were late picking up their pet.

Lisa Vickie Hull, 56, was arrested Friday for investigation of aggravated assault, threatening to use a gun in a fight, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a weapon by a restricted person.

A man and woman went to Absolute Best Grooming, 656 E. 11400 South, to pick up their dog. Hull, the owner of the business, “was upset due to him picking up his dog after the business’ closing time,” a Salt Lake County Jail report states.

“Lisa yelled at him to leave the business and pulled out a handgun from a holster, which Lisa retrieved from the back area of the business, and pointed it at him,” the dog owner told police, according to the report.

This is not what you would hope to encounter when dealing with a local merchant, but apparently it is what Wayne LaPierre, Oliver North, and Dana Loesch of the National Rifle Association consider to be an acceptable price to pay for “keeping out country safe.” Here are items from the past week that did not make the cut this Thursday, and will likely never show up in this column. Seven days from now there will be another collection to choose from:

  • April 22: SAPD: Man claims girlfriend accidentally fatally shot self
  • April 23: Two children shot in North Carolina road rage incident | TheHill
  • April 23: 12-year-old accidentally shot by cousin in motorhome | fox5sandiego.com
  • April 22: Bronx man, 21, accidentally kills himself playing with gun – New York Daily News
  • April 22: Oro Valley Police: Man accidentally shoots dog while cleaning gun | Local news | tucson.com
  • April 21: Tanger Outlets shooting: What we know about murder-suicide in Sevierville
  • April 21: Authorities: Oklahoma woman says she accidentally shot, killed husband | KFOR.com
  • April 20: Police: Man accidentally shot himself in Youngstown home

And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 160

Aren’t we glad we have the Second Amendment to ensure we have the safety of self-protection. If only:

McDowell County man facing charges after son accidentally shoots friend

Jon Randall Updated

Nebo, NC (FOX Carolina) – A man in McDowell County is facing charges deputies say after his son accidentally shot a friend.

According to deputies, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office charged 48-year-old Merle Dwayne Foster with failure to store a firearm to protect a minor.

The sheriff’s office says in the early morning hours of March 27, Foster’s son had a friend spending the night.  According to deputies, Foster’s son was cleaning the handgun when it went off accidentally, firing a shot and hitting the friend in the lower left leg.

What can I add to that except, “Oops!”

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 159

The National Rifle Association will remind you it is your constitutional right to keep your weapon with you at all times. There is no telling when it will come in handy. If you doubt this, just ask  Dharquintium Brown of Phoenix, Arizona:

‘She was just a baby’: 10-year-old killed in front of her family in apparent road rage incident

Phoenix police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a 10-year-old girl as she sat with her family in a car in their driveway in an apparent road rage incident, authorities said.

“This is heartbreaking… that I lost my baby like this,” her mother, Taniesha Brown, told reporters Thursday, overcome with emotion. “She was just a baby.”

The NRA could have advised Mr. Brown he should have protected his family by keeping his weapon with him whenever they all went out in the car. Most likely the NRA would have advised us that if the kid had her own weapon she would have been able to blaze back at the constitutional carry who followed her home. Thanks for the thoughts and prayers.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 158

By the count I have been posting these for three years. I don’t post them all. There are too many. Just ask Darryl Bynes of Atlanta:

Man killed after knocking on wrong door, Atlanta police say

CNN)An Atlanta man is under arrest after police say he shot and killed a man who knocked on the wrong door, mistaking it for his girlfriend’s apartment.

Darryl Bynes, 32, has been booked into Fulton County jail on a murder charge, according to Atlanta Police Sergeant John Chafee.

Shortly after midnight on Friday, police say the victim was knocking on a door that he believed was his girlfriend’s apartment. As the victim was walking away from the door, Bynes, who was the resident of the apartment, came to his balcony and the two began to exchange words. At some point, Bynes got a handgun and shot the victim, police said.

That’s how it’s supposed to work out, according to what I hear from the NRA. You get a ration of shit from somebody, you don’t have to take it, provided you have your handy sidearm, which the Second Amendment says is your right. Problem for Mr. Bynes is he’s going to have to give up his friend the handgun while he’s serving time. Only temporary, I’m sure.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 157

If there is one thing Charles Darwin taught us it’s that survival goes to the fittest, and that includes those who are prepared to keep themselves safe and to reproduce. Yeah, right:

Gun slips from waistband, shoots man in genitals

By: WFLA/WISH

Posted: Mar 01, 2019 07:57 AM EST

Updated: Mar 01, 2019 05:27 PM EST

MARION, Ind. (WISH) –  A man in Indiana accidentally shot himself in the genitals early Thursday morning when a gun slipped from his waistband, police said.

While in the emergency room of Marion General Hospital, Mark Anthony Jones, 46, told police he was walking about 6:44 a.m. on a riverside trail when the gun began to slip from his waistband. He reached to adjust the firearm and it discharged.

“The bullet entered just above his penis and exited his scrotum,” said a Marion Police Department spokesperson.

Ouch! That has got to hurt. But at least he’s going to have a story to tell his grandchildren.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 156

Having a handgun to ensure the safety of your family seems like a pretty good idea. Let’s check that out with Meleanie Hain:

Meleanie Hain shooting was witnessed on Web cam, police say

Meleanie Hain, the pistol-carrying Lebanon mom who received national attention
for taking a loaded gun to her daughter’s soccer game, was talking to a friend via a Web camera when her husband, Scott, shot her to death before killing himself, Lebanon police said today.

All right. That did not work out as expected. Maybe next time. Only, for Meleanie there will not be a next time.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 155

The National Rifle Association is not about only rifles. They work tirelessly to ensure that Americans have access to all manner of firearms, including handguns. No organization works more diligently than the NRA to see that guns are used properly (see above). We should all be safer now. let’s see how that’s working out:

Suspect in deadly Clermont County standoff ‘struggled with mental health’

Wade Edward Winn is accused of killing a Clermont County Sheriff’s Deputy and injuring another during a standoff at a Clermont County apartment complex that stretched from Saturday night into Sunday morning.

Winn’s lawyer, Jay Clark, told The Enquirer Monday that his client has “struggled with mental health issues for several years.”

Fortunately, the right of private citizens to own handguns continues to be preserved.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 153

The above is from ABC News, and it shows the mayor of a small Florida town:

Florida mayor shot at deputies serving warrant for illegal medical practice: police

All right, let’s take this as a given. When you’re a sheriff’s deputy, and you arrive at the mayor’s house to serve a warrant, the last thing you want is to be met with gunfire. Fat chance of that. There is something about Florida and gun laws. This after:

I’m going to have to stop there, because I’m going to run out of room before Florida runs out of shootings. Or guns. Or victims. Or excuses for allowing people to have deadly weapons.

Bad Joke of the Week

One of a series

These would be funny if they were not true.

A few of the reasons people shot people in May 2018

A family of four tried to pass me on the interstate, so I shot and killed the mom. (WI, 5/1)

I was fired from my job so I went back with a shotgun and shot five people. (TX, 5/9)

My brother wanted my cheeseburger, so I shot him dead. (FL, 5/5)

I tried to get some tacos from the taco truck, and some guy thought I cut in line in front of him, so I shot him. (TX, 5/10)

I was playing with my gun at home and unintentionally pulled the trigger. The bullet went through my hand, through a woman’s leg, through a wall, into a neighbor’s apartment, and into the body of a four-month-old baby who was nursing in its mother’s arms. (GA, 5/10)

1 liked to feed the squirrels in our neighborhood, but several of my neighbors didn’t like that. One of them argued with me about it, so I shot him in the buttocks and claimed self defense. (CO, 5/12)

My husband and I were having a fight, so we both grabbed our guns and shot each other. (VA, 5/13)

My three-year-old stepson was jumping on the bed and wouldn’t behave, so I shot him dead. (TX, 5/19)

My girlfriend was arguing with me about how to spend the money I inherited. She got mad and pulled a gun on me, so I took it away from her and shot her with it. (KY, (5/19)

Dad and I were arguing, so I shot him a few times and dropped the gun. He picked it up and shot me. (FL, 5/23)

My neighbor was mowing her lawn. I showed her where I thought the boundary was between our properties, but she disagreed, so I shot her. (WA, 5/28)

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 152

What I am going to do this week is bypass last Friday’s multiple homicide with a handgun in Illinois and go at what is all too typical:

Father spinning gun on finger at daughter’s birthday party accidentally shoots himself

A man reportedly shot himself as he spun his gun on his finger at his daughter’s birthday party.

As they celebrated her sixteenth at the family home in the Texas city of Humble, the man who has not been named, began playing with the weapon during the party over the weekend, detectives said.

This is the kind of thing that can cause somebody to lose the right to own a gun. Just kidding. There is very little that can prevent somebody from owning a deadly weapon.