Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

When I say “Nothing new here, folks,” at the top of these posts, I really mean there is nothing new. These are everyday events in this country, multiple such episodes play out every day. I restrict these posts to the boundaries of the United States of America, the region of the world affected by the Second Amendment, of which a certain element is so fond. Also, I make an attempt to limit the scope to tragedies involving handguns (see the title), but at times I lapse and include tales involving long guns. Absolutely none of these posts relate to mass shootings with assault rifles and sniper attacks. Few involve convicted criminals in the act of another crime. Many readers should see themselves in these circumstances. Take this case, as an example:

Adults not talking after toddler shoots self with stolen gun, Philadelphia police say

Ibn-Kareem Lawson, 2, died when he was struck by a bullet from 9mm handgun in a home on the 200 block of West Godfrey Street.

The gun was reported stolen from Cheltenham, Montgomery County in 2005.

Not all these posts involve a death, but they all involve an element of regret.

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Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

From Joe For America

Take comfort in the Bible. Take comfort in the Second Amendment. Apparently not both:

Police: Lincoln man shot neighbor following argument over the Bible

Updated 

A Lincoln man remained in jail Monday after police say he shot his neighbor twice following an argument over the Bible Friday night.

Jimmy Livingston, 60, shot 30-year-old Andrew Pickering in the shoulder and hip in the incident at an apartment building at 741 Sumner Street, according to an affidavit for Livingston’s arrest.

I really miss that part in Isaiah 2:4 about beating swords into plowshares.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

For whatever reason you believe you need to own and carry a gun, the NRA stands by you to protect your Second Amendment rights. You never know when the government is coming to take your gun:

Standoff after shots fired at Robeson County deputy

PARKTON — A man who fired at law enforcement in a Robeson County neighborhood triggered a standoff that lasted more than eight hours Sunday, with a barrage of gunfire at one point that could be heard from a half-mile away.

A state trooper was hit by gunfire early in the standoff but was not seriously injured, according to emergency workers at the scene.

The incident began just after 3 p.m. on a cul-de-sac just outside Parkton, and by 10:30 p.m. there was still no official word about the fate of the man. Law enforcement had apparently entered the two-story home and were going through it, using remote devices. At least 50 local and state law enforcement officers were at the scene, and the neighborhood remained evacuated.

Beverly McDonald lives across the street from where the shootout was happening on Acadiana Drive. She said at around 3:10 or 3:15 p.m., she heard two or three shots and looked out the window to see a Robeson County sheriff’s deputy running behind a truck.

“I saw the cop,” McDonald said. “I saw (my neighbor) shooting at the cop. ‘Bang, bang, bang!’ And the cop ran and jumped behind the truck. A few minutes later, there was a howling of sirens, and the block was covered in police cars. I couldn’t count them all.”

Remember, if you suspect they are coming to take your guns, they probably are.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Nobody knows in advance when they will have the need to use deadly force to protect themselves and their loved ones. That’s why the National Rifle Association stands guard to protect your rights. How’s that working out?

UPDATE | Arrest warrants provide more details in shooting death of 8-year-old

RICHMOND COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Arrest warrants for a man facing involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm charges provides more details in the shooting death of an 8-year-old boy.

Investigators say Terrace Brown removed a Smith and Wasson 9 millimeter handgun from his hoodie pocket to place on top of a fridge. They say while doing this he accidentally pulled the trigger, striking 8-year-old Darrell Brown on the left side of the back.

Investigators say Darrell was pronounced dead at 2:11 Sunday afternoon at the Doctors Hospital Emergency Room.

You can never be too safe. Don’t leave home without it.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

People need guns to protect themselves and their property from vicious elements in out society. The Second Amendment guarantees this basic right. Home owners know they can never bee too careful:

Teen accidentally shot, killed on city’s east side

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Officials are investigating following a fatal shooting on the city’s east side Sunday morning.

It happened around 4 a.m. in the 1800 block of North Routiers Avenue.

Officials said a teenage boy was found dead at the scene where they believe he was accidentally shot by a family member when he was mistaken for an intruder. Detectives believe the teenager was in the process of either sneaking in or out of the home.

No other injuries were reported in the shooting.

Obviously considerable restraint was exercises.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

I am told there is a price we have to pay for our liberty. I am told a lot of other stuff, besides:

5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead

Police rule out drive-by, believe shots followed ‘physical altercation’

October 1, 2017, 1:56 a.m. Updated October 1, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

Lawrence Police are investigating after at least five people were shot — three fatally — just before 1:40 Sunday morning in downtown Lawrence, according to a news release from Officer Derrick Smith.

The exact location of the multiple shooting wasn’t clear but police had blocked off Massachusetts Street between 10th and 11th streets around 2 a.m., and it remained blocked for the next 12 hours as forensic investigators collected evidence. Police believe the shooting stemmed from a “physical altercation” that occurred near the northwest corner of 11th and Massachusetts streets, the department said in a news release late Sunday.

Hey, somebody’s got to pay.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

All those others pissing you off? No need to put up with that. The law allows you a way out:

Man dead, woman hurt after shooting in Avondale

VONDALE, AZ – A police investigation is underway after a shooting in Avondale left a man dead and a woman hurt Sunday morning.

Around 2:30 a.m., Avondale police responded to reports of a shooting in a parking lot near Indian School and El Mirage roads.

According to police, an altercation between two groups led to multiple shots being fired.

Police say they believe only one of the groups fired shots.

Going out for some down time. Don’t forget to bring along some protection.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

When life’s troubles get you down, relief is just a Second Amendment away:

UPDATED: Murder suspect dead following manhunt

WEBER CITY, Va. — A Coeburn man wanted in the Sunday morning shooting death of his wife took his own life Sunday night.

Todd Allen Richardson, 44, was found dead inside the cab of his 2015 Toyota Tacoma pickup just before 8 p.m. Sunday night near a Burger King restaurant off U.S. Route 23 in Weber City, according to Wise County Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp.

I will be the first to agree there are out there many cases of the “good man with a gun.” The problem is, the good man with a gun keeps getting lost among the multitude of so-so men with guns. Keep your powder dry.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Yes, at the first sign of trouble, what you need to do is whip out your trusty side arm and start blazing away. That’s the way to make sure the rest of your day is going to be interesting:

Three charged in shooting after Spencer talk

Three supporters of white nationalist Richard Spencer were arrested Thursday in connection with an incident in which a shot was fired.

Three supporters of white nationalist Richard Spencer were arrested Thursday in connection with a shooting, according to Gainesville police.

William Henry Fears, 30; Colton Gene Fears, 28; and Tyler Eugene Tenbrink, 28; were charged with attempted homicide and held in the Alachua County jail. Tenbrink was also charged with being a felon in possession of a weapon.

People, the Second Amendment gives you the right to keep and carry weapons. But what good is it if you never get a chance to open fire? Opportunity awaits. Use your imagination.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Of course they are. But, before they do, take a final moment to get off a final few rounds:

THORNTON, Colo. (Reuters) – Police in Colorado on Thursday were searching for a gunman who calmly walked into a Walmart in suburban Denver and opened fire with a handgun, randomly shooting at shoppers and store clerks, killing three people, before he fled.

Right on! A responsible gun owner doing what responsible gun owners do every day. You shoot ’em. I’ll count ’em and stack ’em.

This is your President speaking.

Could be the start of a very long series

First, this is why you never want to see David Muir turn up in your back yard.

Second, here is reason number 57 you never want to elect a schlemiel as President of the United States. Donald Trump, who was on an official visit to Japan at the time a Texas dude took his guns to church. Here is what the President of the United States had to say, while the world watched.

Who would ever think a thing like this would happen?

Right! A gun in this country for about every man, woman, and child. Who would ever think somebody would get shot?

Mental health is (shrugs) your problem here.

Wait. Wait! The Donald could have a point here. A whole bunch of people voted for Donald Trump 364 days ago. A large number still support him. We could actually have a mental health problem in America.

I will say no more about this.

But…

Apparently this nation’s mental health situation deteriorated seriously since a week ago.

Yes, this is the President of the United States speaking. Are you proud yet?

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

People, you never know when you’re going to glad you made the right decision to bring your handgun to a domestic dispute. These neat toys have a way of ending the conversation once and for all. Just ask Joshua Weldon:

HOLLIS (WGME) – Police have charged the boyfriend of a Hollis woman with assault, after she was shot five times.

Police say around 8:30 Tuesday night on River Road, 30-year-old Ryan Giliken assaulted his girlfriend, Andria Richardson.

30-year-old Joshua Weldon, who rents an apartment on the property, tried to help Richardson.

That’s when Giliken allegedly assaulted him as well.

In an attempt to defend himself and Richardson, police say Weldon fired his gun, but accidentally shot her in the stomach and leg.

You can never be too prepared. Don’t leave home without it.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

I like to remind my readers that the National Rifle Association is their friend, always ready to protect their Second Amendment freedoms. Nobody appreciates this concern more than Radee Labeeb Prince, 37 years old:

The man believed to have killed three people in a “targeted attack” near a Maryland business and also suspected in a later shooting in Delaware was apprehended by police in Delaware Wednesday evening after a manhunt that stretched on for hours.

Thankfully for Mr. Prince, the NRA was there to look out for his rights. Although Mr. Prince may not have been allowed to possess a handgun legally, that would not have been much of a problem. If a dealer had sold him the weapon he used, it’s possible a considerable waiting period and a comprehensive background check would not have thwarted the transaction. If Mr. Prince had purchased the weapon at a gun show, there would have been no background check, and there would have been no record of the transaction forwarded to legal authorities. Similarly if Mr. Prince had purchased the gun from an individual. Same for if an individual had given Mr. Prince the weapon with no money changing hands. Had Mr. Prince stolen the weapon, it would have been the first time in its recent history that a law had been broken, but there would have been no requirement for the previous owner to report the theft, along with the weapon’s serial number.

No, there was little if anything to prevent Mr. Prince, despite his legal history, from having the weapon he used to kill three and to  injure three others. We can be so thankful that Mr. Prince’s Second Amendment rights have organizations such as the NRA to protect them. And the elected officials who take their money.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

I was out of town and catching all my news by way of a hand-held device. Something came across that made me think of this:

Room service: Room service!
Guest: Yes, is this room service?
Room service: Yes, sir. It is.

Guest: Can you send up an order of the pumpkin pie?
Room service: Yes, sir. Coming right up.
Guest: And a bottle of red wine. Do you have Château Oran pinot noir 2011?
Room service: Yes sir. Should I add a bottle?
Guest: Yes. That will be just wonderful.
Room service: Anything else, sir?
Guest: While you’re at it, could you please bring up 200,000 rounds of 5.56 NATO – 62 Grain Lake City M855 Ball FMJ – Federal American Eagle?

But that’s not this week’s story. This week’s story is about how the National Rifle Association stands guard over the Second Amendment, protecting your right to defend yourself and your self esteem:

Police are on the hunt for a Houston man accused of shooting a homeless man in the leg.

Jamin Stocker, 33, is accused of firing at the 50-year-old man from the balcony of the townhome in a Midtown neighborhood where friction has been growing between homeowners and residents of a burgeoning homeless encampment nearby.

Stocker, however, was apparently not just another frustrated homeowner. Neighbors said he had been living in the home, which went into foreclosure in 2008 but appeared to have reverted to the previous owner last month.

Well, this was definitely a case where an armed response meant the difference between  life and life with some loss of dignity. Keep on keeping on, NRA supporters.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

When it comes to protecting yourself and your property, the Second Amendment is your right to arm yourself. What could possibly go wrong?

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. — A woman has died after being hit by a stray bullet in what appears to be a tragic accident. Deputies said she was shot in the head when a man was running down the street firing at someone who was stealing his car.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, witnesses called 911 shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday to report hearing ten gunshots in the Prairie Ridge Area.

This citizen has the National Rifle Association to thank for (almost) keeping his property safe.

Selling It

Hopefully Not The Beginning of A Lengthy Series

Yes, the picture says it all. Some may not know, but I subscribe to the newsletter of Dallas, Texas, Pastor Robert Jeffress, head of the 13,000-member  First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. This came in an email to me shortly after 58 people were murdered by a millionaire gunman, who subsequently killed himself. Over 500 others were otherwise injured. The message is that financial gain knows no missed opportunity.

The email came with a link to a page hawking one of Pastor Jeffress’ books:

REQUEST YOUR COPY OF A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN: 10 SURPRISING TRUTHS ABOUT YOUR ETERNAL HOME

Start living today with eternity fresh in mind!
Brand-new hard-cover book from Dr. Jeffress and the ministry-exclusive DVD/CD set opens the Scripture to answer your questions about heaven!

Explore …
• Three popular myths about God and Heaven
• Is Hell a real place … and would God really send someone there?
• Six things you and your loved ones can do to prepare for Heaven

Please be as generous as possible — and learn as much as possible — about your everlasting home!

Use the form below to request the book with a generous gift to Pathway to Victory.

You are asked to select amounts of $25, $50, $100, $250.

First Baptist in Dallas is, if nothing else, about money. From Wikipedia:

Under Dr. Jeffress’ leadership, the First Baptist Church of Dallas broke ground on the construction of a new 3,000-seat Worship Center.  As of 2013, it was the largest Protestant church building campaign in modern history.  The $130 million church campus officially opened for Easter Sunday worship on March 31, 2013

Not mentioned in the above item, the perception in Dallas is that First Baptist serves the richest and the most conservative clientèle of a rich and conservative cluster. Jeffress’ conservative politics are never to be questioned. Wikipedia:

Dr. Jeffress is a Fox News contributor and a faith advisor to President Donald Trump.

Jeffress supported Governor Rick Perry in the Republican presidential primaries for the 2012 presidential nomination. On October 7, 2011, he provoked a national controversy when he introduced Perry at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, by indicating that one of Perry’s rivals, Romney, of Massachusetts, is opposed to Christianity. According to Jeffress, Romney’s Mormonism contradicts the teachings of Jesus Christ. He had previously made a similar statement during the 2008 presidential primaries. Nevertheless, in April 2012, Jeffress endorsed Romney for president because of the pastor’s strong opposition to the re-election of Barack Obama.

I may be missing something, but the perception is there is a common theme running through here. May Jesus have mercy on our souls.

People Unclear

An ongoing scandal – number 19

Laura Ingraham has been popping up on my news feeds for the past few years, always in relation to some conservative viewpoint. I never paid much attention before. It’s time. From Wikipedia:

Laura Anne Ingraham (born June 19, 1963) is an American TV and radio talk show host, author, and conservative political commentator. She hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, The Laura Ingraham Show, is the editor-in-chief of LifeZette, a long time Fox News Channel contributor, and starting October 30, 2017 will host her own FNC show, The Ingraham Angle, weeknights at 10 p.m.

All right. I’m comfortable with that. Here’s what brings me some distress:

Ingraham: “I also think we should remember that we’ve done a lot to kick Christianity, God, to the curb in our society in the way we treat each other, in some government policy, in our schools”

That’s from a recent post on MediaMatters. The quote is apparently from a session of Fox & Friends on 3 October. There is some more, but the salient point is the matter of kicking God to the curb. Others commented:

AINSLEY EARHARDT (CO-HOST): You mentioned religion. We all have our cross to bear, right? We all are sinners, and we fall short. This guy, his brother said, did not have religion in his life. You wear your cross. I heard you last night say you went to St. Patrick’s to pray. There were a lot of people there lighting candles and praying. And then I heard you say Big & Rich, when they sang on stage “God Bless America” an hour before some of [the concertgoers] were killed to go meet God, that you said that was such a gift to their families, and I agree with you.

Earhardt remarks the Las Vegas shooter had no religion, and she mentions this as though it were significant. The fact is, having a religion seems not to matter when it comes to mass murder:

How much does it cost to kill 14 people and terrorize a city?

About $4,500, according to an NBC News analysis of the pre-tax cost of the guns and explosives assembled by Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik for their attack on an office holiday party in San Bernardino, California on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

In this case two deeply religious people went on a killing spree, all in the name of religion. To be sure, Ingraham and others will argue this is not the religion they want in our schools. Really? These people prayed to the same God that Christians and Jews pray to. It’s the God of Abraham, the same Abraham who was willing to kill his son on instructions from God. But it’s not Christianity. That makes a difference?

Eric Robert Rudolph (born September 19, 1966), also known as the Olympic Park Bomber, is an American domestic terrorist convicted for a series of anti-abortion and anti-gay-motivated bombings across the southern United States between 1996 and 1998, which killed two people and injured over 120 others.

Rudolph is not alone in demonstrating that Christian belief is no inoculation against mayhem:

James Charles Kopp (born August 2, 1954) is an American citizen who was convicted in 2003 for the 1998 sniper-style murder of Barnett Slepian, an American physician from Amherst, New York who performed abortions. Prior to his capture, Kopp was on the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. On June 7, 1999 he had become the 455th fugitive placed on the list by the FBI. He was affiliated with the militant Roman Catholic anti-abortion group known as “The Lambs of Christ“.

“Lambs of Christ,” indeed. When do we get to meet the Goats of Christ. But I wax sarcastic. Issues with Laura Ingraham run deeper. Getting back to the Las Vegas shooting:

On the October 5 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group’s The Laura Ingraham Show, host Laura Ingraham used her platform to spread conspiracy theories about the massacre in Las Vegas, NV. Ingraham claimed photos of the shooter’s room “were selectively leaked” to the media and “look[ed] like a scene from a Law & Order” episode because everything is “perfectly laid down.” Ingraham implied that these selective photos were staged and leaked to support Democrats who were “speaking from the same [gun control] script” since the attack. Ingraham also baselessly suggested that the shooter was inexperienced with firearms and “clearly in poor health” to cast doubt on the possibility he acted alone.

To be sure, law enforcement agencies are thinking the shooter may have had an accomplice, but it’s not due to his state of health. Unlike many jihadists of late, the Las Vegas shooter appeared to have an escape plan. That said, no accomplice has been identified. The above from MediaMatters is a summation. A pertinent quote is in order:

INGRAHAM: Selective leaking of photos. The press has an overwhelming lack of curiosity as to why those photos were selectively leaked, and where are the other photos? Where are the press folks asking questions about the check-in of Mr. Paddock? When he checked-in by himself, 10 significant-sized bags that held these weapons? Where’s that? Where’s the video? You’re releasing video of body cam — like one body cam video, as far as I can tell just one. You know all those police officers had body cams. One body cam video. And these pictures of the cart and the — it’s just very curious. But you notice how the media, they’re only on gun control. They’re not on — well, wait a second. How is this even possible for one man, with no significant weapons training —

I note from Wikipedia that “In 2012, Ingraham was rated as the No. 5 radio show in America,” and that is telling on the American audience. The quote above indicates there is not a boat load of deep insight going to waste here. And, yes, you guessed it. Ingraham is not alone in casting about for conspiracies. My Facebook feed is alive with them [a bunch of stuff deleted]:

If Ingraham has issues with deep insight, she has ample company. May Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

 

Pesky house guests? Don’t call the ACLU. They don’t give a damn about your personal liberty. When guests won’t leave it’s the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment you can rely on:

A Florida woman opened fire on her house guests because they were “too loud” and had overstayed their welcome, police say.

Alana Annette Savell, 32, was hosting a couple at her Panama City home when the visitors apparently became noisy.

Police say she ordered them to go, before shooting the man and woman in the legs. The victims went to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Take that, all you bleeding-heart liberals. Where were you when I asked these people to leave?

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks.

Because of the National Rifle Association and its defense of the right of all Americans to carry firearms, this is the safest country in the world—with a few exceptions:

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Attorneys completed closing arguments in the murder trial of Shawn Smith, 26, on Tuesday.  Smith is one of three men accused in the shooting death of a 13-month-old Elijah Johnson back in January 2016.

Smith took the stand in his own defense Tuesday.  He testified that he was in fear for his life in what police describe as a drive-by style shooting.

According to police reports, the shooting was sparked after Isaiah Smith robbed the defendant and Dontay King earlier that day.  The prosecution argued that S. Smith and King were enraged over the robbery and went on a manhunt for Isaiah that night and opened fire while he [Isaiah] was holding the toddler.

I mean, man, the police aren’t going to  be there when somebody takes your stuff. It’s up to you and your trusty handgun to take matters in hand and defend your rights. Too bad about the baby. Maybe next time.