Friday, April 29, 2016

Here are today's horrible reminders of what it is like to live in the NRA's America.

Courtesy of NBC 4:  

Police say a teen was accidentally shot by his own father Tuesday morning. It happened just after 6 a.m. on Skywae Drive in northeast Columbus. 

According to Columbus police, a teen was taken to an area hospital in stable condition after he was unintentionally shot in the leg.

Now at first the father blamed the shooting on some stranger, but then it turned out that he shot his own son thinking he was an intruder.

Yes not only did he shoot his own child with the gun that he most likely purchased to protect his family, he then also lied to the police about it.

Next up.

This one comes courtesy of the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

A 26-year-old woman was shot to death while driving in Milwaukee on Tuesday morning and the shot came from a child in the back seat who somehow got hold of a gun. 

The woman was struck once in the back as she drove south on Highway 175 near W. Vliet St., at the southwest end of Washington Park, about 10:30 a.m., the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said. 

The woman was not breathing and had no pulse when deputies arrived. Officials began CPR but she was pronounced dead at the scene. 

An update to the story identified the child as the woman's two year old son who shot her with her security guard boyfriend's handgun which was carelessly left in the back seat.

Yeah, that's pretty horrible. But sadly not the most horrible.

Courtesy of WSB-TV Atlanta:

A 3-year-old Paulding County boy who accidentally shot and killed himself used his father’s gun, according to police. 

Officers say Holston Cole found his father’s Ruger LCP .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol inside the home on Camp Circle Tuesday morning.

The three year old apparently pressed the gun against his chest and pulled the trigger.

Do we still agree with Bernie Sanders that gun manufacturers should not be sued for making a product so inherently dangerous that a small child can use it to kill themselves or somebody else in their families?

And finally.

Courtesy of WABC-TV:

Police say a doctor and a retired NYPD officer were accidentally shot when the officer's gun accidentally discharged inside the doctor's Long Island office Wednesday morning. 

It happened at about 10:30 a.m. inside the office of Dr. Matthew Nester, a podiatrist, on Long Beach Road in Oceanside. 

According to Nassau County police, the 77-year-old retired officer had removed his licensed .10-mm semi-automatic pistol from a leather briefcase to show to the doctor. 

The weapon accidentally discharged a round, which struck the owner in the thigh and continued through his leg and into doctor's right foot. 

"They both came out on a stretcher," witness Hope Pearlstein said. "They were very alert, and then I heard that he was showing the doctor his gun, and he accidentally shot him in the foot."

You know you might think that a doctor would be just a little cautious about a guy showing off a deadly weapon. But apparently not in the NRA's America.

As always I should mention that there were so many more stories like these that I could have included, and I could literally write something like this up every single day.

But the thing is that at some point we just get numb to it all, and they simply fail to elicit the kind of emotional and fearful response that one might expect.

And that my friends is the scariest part.


  1. Anonymous4:12 AM

    I wonder how many degrees of separation the average American is from gun violence.

    I suspect it is less than 5.

  2. Anonymous4:21 AM

    And they were all accidents. Just amazing.

  3. Anonymous5:15 AM

    What goes through all these people's minds after the "accidents" especially with the deaths of children and parents? Isn't there some kind of epiphany about guns and the NRA? No one in my family owns or has ever owned a gun of any kind. We are not hunters or sports enthusiasts involving guns. It's a way of life that keeps us alive I think.

    1. Anonymous5:54 AM

      Same here no one in my family has ever owned a gun. I can't imagine how anymore would just leave a loaded gun with children around. It's mind boggling.

    2. Anonymous7:47 AM

      What mostly goes through these peoples' minds is doubling down on the NRA rhetoric. Otherwise, they'd have to face themselves and own the horrific mistake they made, and that's unbearable.

      It's the psychology of someone who can't admit they've been duped, or that they had any part in the consequences... I've seen it too many times, sadly.

  4. Anonymous5:59 AM

    Ironic that the retired policeman was at the podiatrist's office and shot the doctor in the foot.

  5. 34 billion per year profit to gun makers ÷ 33,000 gun deaths per year = $1,030,000.00 per gun death, children included. This is insanity...

  6. Anonymous6:14 AM

    We put child safety caps on friggin aspirin...can't we do the same for guns???? A child should not be able to squeeze the trigger!! Better yet get rid of all the f'n guns!!

  7. Linda6:35 AM

    This is horrible but the objective side of me just feels no sympathy or empathy for these people. Even the 3 year old who shot himself - if he's the product of these two stupid people then maybe society didn't need him around either. Callous, I know.

  8. Anonymous6:59 AM

    The NRA has answers for each of these:

    "The three year old apparently pressed the gun against his chest and pulled the trigger."

    Better mental health screening and suicide prevention efforts would have stopped this depressed toddler from taking his own life. If the gun weren't available he would likely have jumped from a tall building, walked in front of a fast moving train or constructed a Kevorkian death machine.

    For the rest of the accidents, the NRA shrugs and says "Meh... Shit happens. Whattya gonna do, eh?"

  9. Gee, here's a good gal with a gun saving her husband and herself from a bad guy with a knife. Something Gryphen says never happens. Please do tell us how the cops would have gotten to the scene in time to save them?

    1. Anonymous11:18 AM

      8:33 Twodux

      I'm pretty sure Gryphen has never said that there should be no guns anywhere ever.....what the NRA rails against is any kind of required registration, required training, child lcks, etc...and they support any gun, anywhere, anytime. None of those safeguards would have prevented this elderly woman from protecting her home in the way she did. Nor did she need and Ak-47 to do so.....

  10. Anonymous10:12 AM

    Here is an update on the recent church MDK.


    1. Anita Winecooler4:54 PM

      This happened about a half mile ride from our almost completed retirement home. I told my husband this is it, never moving again and they'll have to take me out in a pine box. I meant years from now, but who knows? Accidents can happen anywhere.

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  14. Anonymous3:11 PM

    Dude had his finger ON the trigger most of the time>

  15. Anita Winecooler5:00 PM

    These aren't accidents. People get too used to having guns around and take their ability to maim and kill for granted. I feel badly for the kids, they're innocents and didn't ask to be born to these irresponsible, ill educated and lazy gun owners. Why are triggers sensitive enough for kids in the single digit years to fire them? Why aren't they locked? We need to educate people on responsible gun ownership, one strike, you're out.


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