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~Good guys with guns.~ February 21, 2013

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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“Numerous sources confirmed today that it would not shock you in the slightest if this newspaper article was about 12 isolated mass shootings occurring across the country this afternoon that together left 318 people either wounded or dead.” The Onion is on fire lately.

“See that blue Toyota with all the bullet holes? It was being driven by two women, 71-year-old Emma Hernandez and her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47. With no warning, the police opened fire. Hernandez is in intensive care. She was shot in the back. Her daughter was shot in the hand. Hernandez and Carranza were delivering the Los Angeles Times.”

“The Kendall County Sheriff’s Department has launched an internal investigation into an alleged incident involving an off-duty deputy pulling a gun on a pregnant woman in a Walmart express lane.”

“Suggestion I’ve heard again and again from gun fanatics: Arm teachers. When every teacher has a gun, every child will be safe. […] Wow, I really hope no teacher ever loses it. And I say this as someone who once watched her teacher have a nervous breakdown. We sat frozen in our seats, twenty-two fourteen-year-old targets, as he yelled, wept, and threw things at us – pencils, chalk, a mug, books. Despite the noise and the open door, it took twenty minutes for someone to come help us. If he’d had access to a gun, boy, that would have gone a lot better, right?”

“Arnold, a 32-year veteran of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept., as well as a firearms instructor, has been hired by the 16-year-old charter school academy as the county’s first armed school security officer. […] Just three days later…a report from the Flint Journal says that ‘A security officer at a Lapeer charter school left a firearm unattended in a school bathroom on Monday, Jan. 14, a school official said.‘”

That last one is about a K-8 school, by the way.

What’s most terrifying is how casually some people quoted in the original article are talking about it. From a county prosecutor: “If you left a gun unattended and a toddler finds it and shoots and hurts someone, it could be some kind of reckless use of a firearm.” Really! You let a five-year-old get ahold of your gun and someone, maybe that same five-year-old, ends up taking a bullet, and it COULD be a prosecutable crime?

It’s supposed to be cute, the way the one guy slips in the aside about using guns to kill people instead of moose and deer.”

Stidham bought the gun at [Kenny Woods’] shop about five hours before the shootings. The sale was legal, Woods said. ‘He cleared a background check without even a delay,’ Woods said. ‘Everything was fine with him.'”

At least there are some folks getting actual perspective out of this.

“I dropped my daughter off at school this morning. That was enough for me,” James said. “Conscience wins over making money.”‘

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