Your Friend The Handgun

Number 177, unfortunately

This is a continuation of my posts from “A few of the reasons people fired their guns in December, 2018.” Here is number 7:


I saw a parent arguing with his kid’s basketball coach about how much game time the kid had. It looked pretty intense, so I shot both of them (NY, 12/22/18)

Dad’s confrontation with basketball coach ends in double shooting

The father of a Brooklyn high-school basketball player got so upset about his son’s lack of court time that he confronted the kid’s coach during a melee that resulted in both being shot by a third man, sources said.

Remember, “an armed society is a polite society.”

This is your president speaking.

Number 221 in a series

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

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrumpSerious discussions are taking place between House and Senate leadership on meaningful Background Checks. I have also been speaking to the NRA, and others, so that their very strong views can be fully represented and respected. Guns should not be placed in the hands of…..

7:03 AM · Aug 9, 2019Twitter for iPhone

Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump

….mentally ill or deranged people. I am the biggest Second Amendment person there is, but we all must work together for the good and safety of our Country. Common sense things can be done that are good for everyone!

7:03 AM · Aug 9, 2019Twitter for iPhone

It’s good news President Trump has finally relented and decided to take action to reduce gun violence. It’s also good news that he will be bringing in the experts from the National Rifle Association to make sure crafting of new laws does not go off the rails.

Wait! Haven’t we seen this before? Was it last year, following the massacre at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, the president mouthed similar words? Did he essentially say he would take action, but only after consulting with the NRA, long known for its promotion of gun safety:

Following the massacre, the anger and frustration of Parkland student survivors intensified towards the perceived inaction of the Republican-dominated legislature on the wider issue of mass shootings and gun violence. The students founded Never Again MSD, an advocacy groupthat lobbies for legislative action on gun violence. On March 9, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that raised the minimum age for buying rifles in Florida from 18 to 21. The legislation also established waiting periods and background checks for gun buyers. The law allowed for the arming of teachers who were properly trained and the hiring of school police. So-called “bump stocks” would now be banned and some potentially violent or mentally unstable persons would be prohibited from possessing guns. The National Rifle Association (NRA) immediately filed a lawsuit that challenged the federal constitutionality of the age requirement clause.

The thinking is, to be sure—we want gun safety, but we can’t have liberal crazies calling the shots. I have an egg timer for the president’s announcement saying the NRA has nixed the deal.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 11 of the series

Sometimes you wonder, “What was he thinking?” It may have sounded cool at the time he said it, but viewed with perspective there is the perception of a terrible disconnect. Here is one:

Lindsey Graham Politely Explains to Idiot Reporters Why He needs an AR-15


Sen. Lindsey Graham knocked down the idea of banning semi-automatic weapons nearly identical to those used by soldiers on the off chance a hurricane slams into his South Carolina town.

“Here’s a scenario that I think is real: There’s a hurricane, a natural disaster, no power, no cops, no anything,” the Republican lawmaker told reporters aboard Air Force One.

A reporter asked if he meant looters.

“Yeah, people, they’re not going to come to the AR-15 home,” Graham responded. “Well, I think if you show up on the porch with an AR-15, they’ll probably go down the street.”

That was conservative columnist Stephen Kruiser quoting from the New York Post. There is more:

I sleep with a loaded Beretta on my nightstand and was once asked why.

“Because I (expletive deleted) want to.”

That’s really the only answer anyone needs in response to being asked why he or she is doing something perfectly legal that isn’t harming anyone else.

Quotation marks are missing in the original text.

Anyhow, the senator from South Carolina was making the defense as to why people need ponderous fire power, and he may have something there. Suppose  there is a zombie apocalypse, and you now regret marching in that ban the guns rally. I mean, when that happens it’s going to be too late to run to the Smoke and Powder gun shop and fill out all those government forms.

Seldom before has the English language been so dismally underused. Imagine (take 15 seconds it you need) what better response he could have given. I have a few suggestions:

  • Alligators sometimes come up from the swamp and get into the house.
  • ISIS has declared a fatwa, calling for suicide assassins to take me out, and several suspicious Arabs have been spotted in my neighborhood.
  • I receive a testimonial fee from the company.
  • The dog keeps trying to get in bed with me.

Yeah, you guessed it. Just about anything beats “Because I want to.” And once again it was not necessary for me to make this stuff up.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 176, unfortunately

This is a continuation of my posts from “A few of the reasons people fired their guns in December, 2018.” Here is number 6:

A customer came into the pharmacy where I work to pick up his photos from our lab. He was unhappy with our work, so we started arguing about it. Then we both pulled out our guns. I shot him dead (and I also shot one of my co-workers—oops!), and the customer’s gun went off and grazed another customer.

Clerk in deadly Oklahoma pharmacy shooting will not be charged

TULSA, Okla. – Authorities say they will not bring charges against a former Walgreens clerk in Oklahoma who shot and killed a customer during a confrontation over photographs.

Remember, boys and girls, “an armed society is a polite society.”

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 8 of the series

I really don’t have to, people. I have others who do it for me. Take, for example,Ohio lawmaker Candice Keller:

In a Facebook post, the Ohio lawmaker blamed “homosexual marriage,” “drag queen advocates” and “recreational marijuana” for mass shootings.

The chairwoman of the Ohio Republican Party called on Monday for the resignation of State Representative Candice Keller, a fellow Republican who one day earlier said mass shootings were the result of such factors as “homosexual marriage,” “drag queen advocates” and “recreational marijuana.”

Yes, you read that right. But in case you missed it, there are two points of interest.

First, if you come out against gun control, and a Republican party leader tells you it’s time to resign, then you know you have screwed up big time. If you ever wondered whether it was possible for a Republican lawmaker to overstep, now you know there is a line out there somewhere. Is there hope? Is the Pope Jewish?

Second, and I have to look over my shoulder as I type this, “drag queens.” I am going to stop typing right now, as I learned long ago to quit when I’m winning.

But, not quite. The Facebook post has been since deleted. However, somebody grabbed a screen shot first, so here it is in case you think I’m making this stuff up.

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 7 of the series

God bless the great state of Texas. Owing to foresight on the part of our voters we have in place a resource paid from the state treasury to shoulder a load for me. Thanks to Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, I do not have to make this crap up. Straight from a prominent resource:

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blames video games, lack of prayer in schools for El Paso shooting

Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Sunday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said that while authorities have yet to classify it as such, he saw Saturday’s shooting as a “hate crime against immigrants.”

Patrick cited a list of possible contributing factors, starting with video games.

“We’ve always had guns, always had evil, but I see a video game industry that teaches young people to kill,” he said.

He said it so I would not have to. Thanks to our esteemed Lt. Gov. we now know the following:

  • It’s not necessary to restrict access to weapons of war.
  • The root cause can be traced to video games and absence of school prayer.
  • If we could eliminate violent video games and lead public school students in prayers to a mythical being, then we would have fewer of these horrific events.
  • We will still have these horrific events no matter what we do, seeming to contradict the bullet item above.

Thank you, Dan Patrick. It’s the nicest thing anybody’s ever done for me. Thank you very, very, very much!

I don’t make this stuff up.

Number 3 of the series

I should have titled this series something like, “I don’t have to make this stuff up,” because the case is I do not have to make this stuff up. Other people write it for me. For example, there is a response to a comment I posted to Facebook. See the meme above. I posted this as eye candy for a short item about reasons people shot their guns in December 2018. The meme has only peripheral relationship to the story, which is about a news item from December: “Irate customer pulls gun on Little Italy restaurant owner over sales tax, police say.”

Anyhow, the item on Facebook got picked up and was being batted about, which caught my attention, and I chimed in, eventually eliciting the following response from Timothy:

Timothy It’s a cost/benefit question. It’s also not a significant number considering there are 350M people in the country. I mean 800 people die from falling out of bed every year.

Yes, I redacted Timothy’s name in order to not make Timothy the focus, but you can read the complete Facebook posting for yourself.

Timothy’s comment speaks for itself. The deaths (also injuries, associated legal action, etc.) are rolled up in a cost/benefit analysis. Stop being appalled for a moment and focus forward to 800 people each year who die falling out of bed. Without checking the statistics, take that number and move forward. People falling out of bed is ranked with people getting shot or even people caught up in legal action because somebody thought it was a good idea to keep and bear a handgun (my series concentrates on handguns to the exclusion of others).

People, I do not have to make this stuff up.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 174, unfortunately

This is a continuation of my posts from “A few of the reasons people fired their guns in December, 2018.” Here is number 4:

I went to pick up my takeout order from a restaurant, and they tried to charge me sales tax. I told them takeout orders aren’t taxed (apparently I was wrong?) but they wouldn’t listen so I pulled out my gun and threatened the manager. (OH, 12/14/18)

Irate customer pulls gun on Little Italy restaurant owner over sales tax, police say

CLEVELAND, Ohio – An irate customer of a popular Little Italy restaurant pulled a gun on the restaurant owner’s because he had to pay taxes on a takeout order, police reports say.

Remember, “an armed society is a polite society!”

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 173, unfortunately

I’m continuing to post headlines from “A few of the reasons people fired their guns in December, 2018.” Here is number 3:

A librarian banned me from the library, so I shot her dead. (CA, 12/11/18)

Sacramento librarian fatally shot by man banned from library, police say

As 56-year-old Ronald Seay sits inside a Sacramento jail charged in the shooting death of a librarian, he’s also facing charges for crimes at libraries in the Midwest.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 172, unfortunately

As mentioned previously, I am posting headlines from “A few of the reasons people fired their guns in December, 2018.” Here is number 2:

I bring a gun everywhere for safety. When I dropped my purse at Walmart, though, my Derringer went off and shot me in the foot. (MO, 12/4/18)

Woman accidentally shoots herself in the foot in Walmart in Mount Vernon, Mo.

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — In Mount Vernon an accident at a Walmart sent a woman to the hospital. However police tell us, it could have ended in death.

On December 4, police responded to a shooting inside of the Walmart.
The victim shot herself in the foot after dropping her purse, which had her loaded 38 caliber Derringer gun inside of it.

People continually remind me on Facebook that it’s better to pack heat:

Linda Spencer John Blanton “ an armed society is a polite society!”

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 171, unfortunately

The summer season is upon me, and I have a bunch of stuff on my plate. What I’m going to do is schedule a slew of posts on this theme and use my time later on for other matters. To this end I’m picking up something called “A Few of the Reasons People Fired their Guns in December, 2018.” I will go one at a time until the list runs out. Here’s the first:

My stepdad wouldn’t give me the wi-fi password, so I shot him. (PA, 12/4/18)

Here’s the story;

Man Shot Stepfather After Argument over Wi-Fi Password: Police

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man from Monroe County is accused of shooting his stepfather after an argument over a Wi-Fi password.

Investigators say Brendon Ruprecht, 20, of Saylorsburg, shot his stepfather in the shoulder around 7 p.m. Tuesday at a home in Hamilton Township.

The victim was taken to the hospital.

Here is what somebody replied to me on Facebook:

Linda Spencer John Blanton “ an armed society is a polite society!”

Enough said.


Your Friend The Handgun

Number 170, unfortunately

These get posted on Thursday, but I usually write them in advance. The result is some of the material is dated—last week’s news. Such as this:

CHICAGO (CBS) — One week after a Chicago woman was shot inside a Walgreens, the company could be facing legal trouble.

CBS 2’s Jim Williams spoke with experts who say the manager on duty that night made the wrong call.

“I’m trying. I’m trying. It hurts so bad,” said April Reed, who is trying to understand why her sister Sircie Varnado was shot to death at a Walgreens in Belmont Cragin Wednesday night.

“He should have called the police,” said Varnado’s niece, Lydia Foster.

Instead the Walgreens night manager, who suspected Varnado was shoplifting, called a friend, a former security guard.

Witnesses said the man confronted Varnado, falsely identifying himself as a Chicago police officer.

An argument turned physical, and the man shot Varnado in the face.

CBS 2 legal analyst Irv Miller said the Walgreens manager made the wrong call.

“Frankly, a no-brainer,” he said. “You see a shoplifter, and you don’t have security personnel employed by Walgreens on premises, you call 911, and you let the pros take over and do the right thing.”

Yes, definitely, an armed citizenry is what’s going to keep us safer. This a belief that is held by real people. I don’t know what fraction of gun fans buy into it, but they do pop up on my Facebook feed. Here is one:

Linda Spencer John Blanton “ an armed society is a polite society!”

Linda has something there. If everybody is packing heat, who is wanting to rock the boat. My mind wanders. What if everybody carried around an M67 fragmentation grenade with the pin pulled? Nobody, I mean no body, is going to jostle you. Are you feeling safe yet?

To finish out, here are some that didn’t make the cut this week.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 169, unfortunately

People keep telling me that an armed citizenry is going to make us all safer. That’s good to know.

Woman pulled a gun during argument over karaoke, Austin police say

Hey! Everybody stand down. Nobody got hurt. No shots were fired.

Then what was the purpose of pulling the gun? I need to know. That’s because, although I do not like karaoke, and I never play karaoke, but in case I ever decide to give it a try, I need to know if I’m supposed to bring my own heat, or will somebody provide me with a piece when I sign in.

Just asking.

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.