Your Friend The Handgun

Number 120

Sometimes a handgun is what you need to get your point across:

Man arrested after shouting ‘womp, womp’ and pulling a gun on immigration protesters

A Huntsville police spokesman said the man — identified as 34-year-old Shane Ryan Sealy — pushed one of the protesters, who pushed him back and knocked him to the ground, at which point Sealy allegedly produced the weapon.

Holder-Joffrion still had her eyes closed, and she said her husband, Democratic congressional candidate Peter Joffrion, didn’t see a scuffle — just a protester telling Sealy to “leave, leave, leave, leave.”

It’s a good thing Sealy had his constitutionally-protected handgun ready when needed it to make his point perfectly clear.

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Your Friend The Handgun

Number 119

Keep it handy. You never know when you’re going to  need it:

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WINA) – A two-year-old Louisa County boy is dead after he was shot by his 4-year-old brother, who thought the gun he was playing with was a toy.

Tyler “Ty” Aponte suffered a shot to the chest at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 22. He was rushed from his Bakers Branch Road home to University of Virginia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later.

It’s all about your right to keep your family safe.

Your Friend The Handgun

Number 117

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The Second Amendment ensures the right of citizens to arm themselves for their own protection and for the protection of others. Tell that to Jeremy Webster of Colorado:

DENVER — A 12-year-old boy told police he saw a driver open fire on his family during a road rage confrontation in Colorado, killing his older brother and critically wounding his mother and younger brother, authorities said Friday. Police arrested Jeremy Webster, 23, hours after the shooting that killed a 13-year-old boy and also wounded a bystander not related to the family.

Apparently that did not turn out well for Jeremy. Fortunately for him, or maybe not, he had no past criminal record, so he was allowed to possess a firearm. Knowing he had “mental issues” and was on “new medication,” he failed to relinquish his right to carry. I’ve been told by others that people can obtain insurance coverage to protect themselves in case their use of a firearm causes harm. I’m guessing instances such as this are addressed by exclusion clauses somewhere down in the fine print. Tell that to Meghan Bigelow, who is now hospitalized in critical condition, her oldest son dead and another wounded. I am sure Meghan would rather not sue if she could only get her son back.

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It’s what we are willing to pay for the right to  “protect ourselves.”

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 115).

 

What is important is for you to have the right to protect your family. So far, so good:

The triple homicide that stemmed from the Tuesday night shooting on Quinlan Court has been ruled a murder-suicide, Springfield Police Chief Lee Graf said Wednesday:

  • Eric Sirons shot his wife, Jennifer, and stepdaughter Andrea Heiser before shooting himself
  • A handgun used in the killings was found in the home
  • The couple was going through a divorce

If Mr. Sirons left a note thanking Wayne LaPierre, nobody has been able to find it.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 114).

Remember to always keep your weapon ready for the times you will need it to protect your family:

(CNN) —An Indiana man faces charges for leaving a loaded gun in the car with his family as he shopped, after his 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her mother, police said.

Shanique Thomas, the woman who was shot, told police she was unaware that Menzo Brazier, 21, was carrying his weapon when they left their residence in Michigan City, Indiana.
Remember, the NRA instructs responsible gun owners that if they have plans for leaving a loaded gun in a car while they are shopping, they should instruct their young child to not shoot her mother under any circumstances. I hope everybody has the message by now.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 113).

Y’all keep safe out there. The NRA is on your side when you act positively to protect yourself and your community:

Michigan police still haven’t decided if they are going to charge a 47-year-old woman with a felony after she opened fire at alleged shoplifters at a Home Depot.

According to The Detroit News, the woman happened upon a store security officer who looked like he was trying to stop a shoplifter. When the suspects tried to escape in their vehicle, the woman pulled out her concealed 9mm handgun and opened fire.

That’s some quick thinking, Lady. Let me know the next you and your piece are headed toward my neighborhood.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 112).

Think about it for a moment:

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 14-year-old girl was accidentally shot by her mother Sunday night on Jacksonville’s Westside, according to police.

The 33-year-old mom works for First Coast Security and was cleaning her gun in their home on Playschool Lane near Ricker Road when the weapon discharged, police said. The 14-year-old was hit by the shot.

I’m feeling safer already.

Special note

Two years ago I embarked on the project of posting one item each week on American gun violence. At the time I decided to restrict my comments to  incidents involving only handguns, this toward the end of keeping the volume down. As it turns out, restricting comments to handguns means I still have to sift through multiple cases each week before picking one to showcase. Apparently the filter needs additional tightening. It’s possible I will narrow the cases featured, and I may restrict coverage to one of the following types of incident:

  • Handgun deaths only, no simple woundings
  • Handgun deaths inflicted by children only
  • Handgun deaths inflicted by children under the age of 5
  • Handgun deaths inflicted by children under the age of 5 while sitting in the back seat of a car
  • Handgun deaths inflicted by children under the age of 5 while sitting in the back seat of a car and involving the death of an adult

I’m asking readers to weigh in and suggest which of these they would prefer to see each week. Other classifications are solicited. Thanks for reading.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 111).

Since you never know when some whack job is going to confront you in traffic, you need to keep your piece always handy for when the situation arises. The National Rifle Association works to ensure you don’t have to put up with this shit.

A Marine veteran tried to confront a tailgating driver and was shot in the head, officials say

 February 5

An off-duty Arizona fire captain was shot and killed in an alleged road-rage incident Sunday by a man who told investigators he thought his gun was not loaded, authorities said.

Kyle Brayer, a former Marine and 10-year veteran of the Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department, was riding in a golf cart with friends early Sunday morning in Scottsdale when a man in a red Scion coupe began driving closely, nearly hitting the back of the cart, police said.

After the cart pulled up to a stop sign, Brayer walked over to the coupe and was shot in the head, according to police. The 34-year-old died at a hospital.

Better be safe than sorry I always say.

Odd Ball Conservatives Say the Darndest Things

Number 7 in a Series

Some are odder than others. Take, for example, cashiered Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North:

“They call them activists. That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists—this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights organization in America,” he said. “You go back to the terrible days of Jim Crow and those kinds of things—even there you didn’t have this kind of thing.”

It is most disgraceful to see the return of the Jim Crow days. This refusal to serve NRA members, this denial of their right to vote, these public lynchings of NRA members—this has got to stop.

And I intend to put a stop to it. Just as soon as I quit laughing.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 109).

Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association work tirelessly to ensure that your right to own a gun for the protection of your family is not infringed. I’m feeling safer already.

A 9-year-old boy shot his older sister to death over a video game controller, sheriff says

People, let this be a warning. Do not mess with a kid’s video game.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 108).

Families need to feel safe in their homes. The NRA works to ensure that your right to have a gun to protect your family is not infringed. That’s working so very well.

3-year-old accidentally shoots pregnant mother in NW Indiana parking lot

Yes, the story is interesting. Follow the link and read the details.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 106).

The NRA protects your Second Amendment rights, and these rights are essential to keeping your family safe. How safe? Let’s see:

MAN SHOT IN CHEST DURING DOMESTIC DISPUTE, WIFE ARRESTED

That appears to be just about safe enough. Any safer would be too safe.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 105).

Dana Boesch, speaking for the National Rifle Association, reminds us that all this talk about combating gun violence is really a ploy by left-wingers to take your guns. Yes, we plan to  take your guns.

YouTube shooter visited gun range before attacking strangers, police say

A legally-obtained handgun is your solution to any beef you may have that is impossible to  handle through the courts. Keep your powder dry, folks.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 104).

In the meantime it’s business as usual.

(CNN) — A 17-year-old male student shot two other students at Great Mills High School in Maryland on Tuesday morning before a school resource officer engaged him and stopped the threat, authorities said.

The incident began in a school hallway at 7:55 a.m., just before classes started. Authorities say Austin Wyatt Rollins, armed with a handgun, shot a female and a male student. The shooter had a prior relationship with the female student, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron said.
School resource officer Blaine Gaskill responded to the scene in less than a minute, the sheriff said. Gaskill fired a round at the shooter, and the shooter fired a round simultaneously, Cameron
Rollins was later pronounced dead. Gaskill was unharmed. The 16-year-old female student is in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, and the 14-year-old male student who was shot is in stable condition.

The 16-year-old girl has since died. Meanwhile, the NRA continues to disparage students who are speaking out. Some people appear to be beyond shame.

The Government You Paid For

Number 30 in a Series

This series of posts is supposed to be about people getting the government they paid for. Sometimes that is not the case. Please follow this humorous story.

Republican Tim Murphy represented Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District until last year. Then he apparently got a woman pregnant (artificial insemination I presume) and subsequently encouraged her to abort the pregnancy. Then, for reasons left for the reader to figure out, he resigned his office. So the Commonwealth of  Pennsylvania figured it needed a replacement to represent its 18th district, and a special election was scheduled for the 13th of this month. Democrats pounced.

Eager to get back into  the game, maybe even to obtain a majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats put up a candidate to run for the open position. That was Conor Lamb. The Republican Party fielded candidate Rick Saccone.

Saccone is critical of welfare spending and is considered a budget hawk. He supports large-scale cuts to K-12 education, childhood education programs, public libraries, child welfare, and other state programs in order to pay back the federal government’s debt. Saccone’s beliefs are strongly influenced by Christian reconstructionist and author David Barton, who also introduced Saccone’s 2018 special election run.

Yes! Rick Saccone is everything the Republican Party has come to  stand for, and his association with Texas religious crank David Barton demonstrates he has well and truly drunk the Kool-Aid.

Conor Lamb is a Marine Corps Reserve officer, having served an active tour as a judge advocate general. Prior to the congressional campaign he was a federal prosecutor.

This was shaping up as an election to  define the political landscape for the remainder of the year. District 18, shortly to disappear as lines are redrawn, was represented by Republicans for the past 15 years, and President Trump carried the district by a 20-point margin in 2016. Turning this district would be a grand prize for the Democrats. They poured in the resources. Full disclosure: I have contributed money to the Democratic Party, and I  receive several times daily email solicitations for funds. Prior to the election on Tuesday I am sure I received at least a dozen appeals to donate to the District 18 race.

And that’s what this is all about. It’s a prime example of how American politics is about money. There seems to be something about the American voter, maybe voters all over the world. So many do not take a look at the facts available, make a decision, then vote their conclusions. It’s either they must be told how to vote, or else they are prone to follow the most recent and the loudest voice. It’s this latter case where money comes in. Money buys the voice. The more money, the longer and the louder the voice speaks.

And the money came in, not from me. Despite the flood of emails, I kept a tight fist, saving my salvo for a pair of  Texas races coming up later this year. But others did. Apparently, Conor Lamb pulled heavily from individual donors like me. Rick Saccone had tremendous outside help. Rather than reconstruct the story from pieces, I am posting what was published on-line by Time.

Republicans and Democrats are employing very different fundraising strategies ahead of the midterm elections, but the results of a special election in Pennsylvania show the GOP strategy may have some drawbacks.

As in other races, a higher amount of Democratic dollars went straight to candidate Conor Lamb, while more Republican money went to outside groups backing state Rep. Rick Saccone. Lamb’s official campaign committee outraised Saccone’s 3 to 1, according to Issue One, a non-partisan group that tracks spending in politics. But outside groups backing Saccone outspent outside groups backing Lamb 6 to 1.

Regarding money raised by Lamb’s campaign, Rick Saccone was quick to mention this. His campaign touted, for voters’ appreciation, his opponent’s fund-raising success. Critically, Saccone failed  to mention the tremendous flow of cash from outside sources. That would be money not spent by his campaign but by groups supporting his election. The NRA made its weight felt:

The National Rifle Association has engaged in an under-the-radar spending campaign for Republican candidate Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania’s Tuesday special election.

It is the only federal political spending the pro-gun group has reported since the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., according to FEC reports.

The NRA spent $7,868 in support of Saccone but the money wasn’t seen in a high-profile venture like TV ads or get-out-the-vote efforts. Most of it – $7,532 – was spent on mailings scheduled to be distributed in the district on Monday. The remaining $336 was spent on phone banking earlier this month, according to campaign finance filings.

Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan has been  noted for pointing out that “money doesn’t talk, it swears.” In this case it whispered. Despite the lop-sided [UNDERSTATEMENT ALERT] spending, Conor Lamb eked out a win by a handful of votes. A recount is in progress, but it’s apparent Mr. Lamb is heading for Washington.

Conor Lamb ran as a conservative Democrat, but Republicans can expect little help from him. While he may vote against the Democrats’ more liberal social ideals, there are a number of things he can be counted on not  to  do:

  • Vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.
  • Vote funding to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
  • Vote to disassemble the Affordable Care Act.

And more.

The big difference between Rick Saccone and Conor Lamb is that President Trump did not come to Pennsylvania to campaign for Conor Lamb. He did for Rick Saccone. The Trump brand is daily becoming more toxic, and we are wondering, come November, whether Republican candidates will look to keep their distance from this rogue leader. Having elected a president from the least qualified, Republicans may have come to think they have some sort of mandate, forgetting in the short term that their candidate was the less popular of the two top contenders.

Powerful lobbying groups such as the NRA and high-pocket industrial interests such as the Koch Brothers can be counted to back Republican candidates in the coming months. Whether they will obtain the government  they paid for is now open for question.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 102).

So, how is that working out?

Florida Moves To Arm Teachers After School Massacre

Legislative committees’ answer to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School slaughter? More guns.

Florida, home of the popcorn shooter, home of the Treyvon Martin killing, home of the loud music shooting may want to consult with the state to the north:

Armed social studies teacher arrested after shooting at Georgia high school

DALTON, GA. – An armed social studies teacher has been arrested after shots were fired at a high school in a small town in northern Georgia.

Fifty-three-year-old Jesse Randall Davidson, a social studies teacher who also serves as the play by play voice for the Dalton High School football team, fired at least one shot before barricading himself inside a classroom, according to the Dalton Police Department.

I know, and I fully understand, that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. But I do notice that guns seem to be drawn to people killing people. May Jesus have mercy on our souls.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 101).

These are terrible times. Your right to resort to deadly force is enshrined in the Constitution. Let me know how that turns out.

6-year-old dies after accidental shooting

By NEWS HERALD STAFF REPORT
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at 11:04 AM
Updated Jan 31, 2018 at 5:27 PM

JACKSON COUNTY — A 6-year-old accidentally shot Friday in Jackson County
has died of his injuries.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Ervin Gerard Sims Jr., 6, was
pronounced dead Tuesday. He was shot in the head Friday at a home on
Townhouse Drive and flown to a nearby hospital in critical condition.
JCSO investigators reported a family member accidentally fired the handgun.

This is a continuing investigation.

Do not allow liberal politicians to revoke your God-given rights and leave you defenseless. Thoughts and prayers and all that stuff.

Your Friend The Handgun

Nothing new here, folks (number 100).

The right to keep your family safe is protected by the Second Amendment. The NRA is at your side during these troubled times. With exceptions.

7-Year Old Girl Accidentally Shot by Brother

By: Karen Libby 

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 08:27 AM CST

Updated: Jan 17, 2018 11:24 AM CST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A 7 year old girl is recovering from a gunshot wound after her younger brother accidentally shot her early Wednesday morning.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Department says the preliminary investigation indicates an adult was visiting the family’s home in the 2400 block of W. Alta just outside the southwest Springfield city limits, and unknowingly dropped a small handgun.

The 6 year old boy found the gun and shot his sister while playing with it.

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.

This is your President speaking.

Number 60 in a long series

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

What many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand, is that Wayne, Chris and the folks who work so hard at the are Great People and Great American Patriots. They love our Country and will do the right thing. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

“Let me make one thing perfectly clear.”