Kids and guns: What could go wrong? (Part 2)

David Waldman at Daily Kos keeps track of people shot in America each week. Here a snippet of his findings:

This week’s compilation includes three God-given-but-somehow-forgotten guns, four accidents while cleaning loaded guns (which nobody ever does, though I’ve now found 102 who’ve done it so far this year), two home invasion shootings, one NRA-certified instructor shooting himself, six law enforcement officer FAILs, two more turkey hunters shot, and 10 kids accidentally shot, nine of whom either shot themselves or were identifiably shot by other kids under the age of 16. The victims are (or were) ages 2, 3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14 and 14. All were accidentally shot within a seven-day span, from April 27th through May 3rd.

The surprising stat is that two of the kids shot were shot by kids who owned their own guns.

The new twist on the kid shootings this week was, of course, that two of the kids shot and killed younger siblings with their own guns, as opposed to guns belonging to parents or guardians which they found around the house. I felt sure earlier in the week that we’d all be talking about the Mountain Home, Alaska 8-year-old who shot and killed his 5-year-old sister with the rifle he’d taken hunting the day before. But that was before—one day before—the Burkesville, Kentucky 5-year-old shot and killed his 2-year-old sister with the rifle he’d been given for his 5th birthday. The 9-year-old girl shot the very next day by her 7-year-old brother in Auburn, Washington, was, it seems, shot with a rifle belonging a to third sibling.

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Well, Pop-Tart does have “POP” in its name

English: A Raspberry Pop-Tart.

This is a stick up!

In an irrational world, they can regulate Pop-Tarts, but they can’t regulate guns. This is from Maryland:

7-year-old Josh Welch was eating a Pop-Tart at school. A teacher saw the pastry and said she thought it looked like it was being shaped into a gun.

The teacher also said she heard Welch say, “Bang Bang” while he was holding it.

That was enough to get him suspended.

The school sent out a letter late in the day to parents explaining what happened and why they thought it was a threat saying, “A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture.”

Welch was suspended for two days.

I’ve posted before how insane this whole idea of punishing children for doing nothing more than playing is.

Welcome to the irrational world.

The latest in gun insanity

Until politicians do something about guns, I’m going to keep posting things like this:

Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law has been cited in hundreds of cases. People have used it to justify shooting, stabbing, killing and maiming would-be intruders, romantic competitors and rival gang members.

And on Sunday, at a pizza joint in St. Petersburg, a man tried to use it as justification for shooting another customer who was yelling at workers because he wasn’t getting his order fast enough.

So, in Florida, people think that if you get into an altercation with someone complaining about bad service at a pizza joint, the way to resolve it is to shoot him?

“There are arguments every day, but how many people pull out a gun? When you pull a gun out and shoot somebody, your life better be in danger,” [Randall] White said. “He was in my face and I pushed him. His life was not being threatened.”

White said he got mad because his thin-crust vegetable pie was taking longer than the 10 minutes he was promised.

“Twenty minutes later, I’m like, ‘Where’s my pizza?’ ” White said.

White, who admitted he was tired and agitated, started talking about the service. That’s when he said [Michael] Jock “started chewing me out.”

White said the gun came out quickly. A shot rang out. The two men wrestled for the gun before the second shot was fired.

White said he still has a bullet fragment in his back.

“I got lucky,” he said. “To me, that stand your ground rule … people are twisting it. He’s twisting it. I walked in to get a pizza and I got shot … I’m hoping the law prevails. We’ll see.”

First of all, the “stand your ground” law is absurd and a government sanctioned ticket for murder. George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin in Florida and is using “stand your ground” as his defense.

Second, if you go by past NRA statements, the guy who got shot should have had a gun. That way he could have defended himself. So instead of one person being shot, there would have been a gunfight in a pizza joint.

Finally, is a Little Caesars pizza really worth dying over?

Guns don’t kill people, they just go off accidentally

From the Rude Pundit:

Zombie Darwin must be chortling his bearded bony ass at this 18-year old in Port St. Lucie, Florida, just across the state from Tampa, who was “cleaning his .357 Magnum revolver when he ‘somehow accidentally shot himself in the groin and leg area.'” Yep, the gun just went off ….

Need more to feel vastly superior to gun nuts? How about the Indiana man who modified his Ruger and shot off his fingertip? The South Carolina man who shot his hand with a .40 Smith and Wesson at a gun show? The North Carolina man who shot himself while showing off a pistol at a gun show? The rural Washington man who had MacGyvered a mole trap using a 12-gauge shotgun and shot out his knee (to the everlasting delight of the moles who had an orgy in his blood while he rolled around screaming)? The Nevada man who shot himself in the ass in a movie theatre (he was deemed responsible enough to have a conceal carry permit)? The New Hampshire man who shot himself in the ass while watching TV? The Nebraska man who shot himself in the foot (holy true-life aphorisms) while unloading his Glock? The Oklahoma man who accidentally shot himself in the chest?

That’s just in the last couple of weeks. And this list is by no means exhaustive.

What the Rude Pundit would like to know is how many of the men up there used that excuse, “The gun just went off”? And he wonders how many of those who said that have also used the worthless canard that “guns don’t kill people…”

Trick or treat in South Carolina

Someone’s grandfather needs to go to jail:

A 10-year-old Aiken trick-or-treater pulled a gun on a woman who said she would take his candy on Halloween.

According to a police incident report, the 28-year-old victim told authorities she recognized some boys from her neighborhood while they were trick-or-treating about 6:30 p.m. Monday near Schroeder and George streets and jokingly told them she would take their candy.

One 10-year-old in the group of about 10 juveniles responded with “no you’re not …” and then pointed a 9 mm handgun at her.

According to Aiken Public Safety Lt. David Turno, the clip was not in the gun at the time, but the boy did have a loaded clip in his possession.

Turno said the boys got the weapons from their grandfather without permission.

It doesn’t matter if they had “permission” or not. If the grandfather is stupid enough to leave a gun in a place where a 10 year old can just pick it up and walk away, he needs to be put away to ensure the safety of the community.

Happiness is a warm gun

There appears to be a major disconnect involving people in Arizona and guns. It’s the state that allowed an obvious psychopath to buy a gun, which he later used to shoot 18 people at a political rally, seriously wounding a congresswoman and killing six people, including a little girl.

It’s the state that allowed gun nuts to carry automatic weapons near a speech by the president of the United States in August 2009 as part of a protest.

And it’s a state where legislators in 2008 tried to push through a law that allowed guns in schools, which failed, but then tried to push it through again after Giffords was shot.

Arizona legislator and her cute little gun

So this little gem, shouldn’t come as a surprise:

State Sen. Lori Klein did not intend to make a political statement when she carried a loaded weapon into the state Capitol two days after the mass shooting outside Tucson. The raspberry-pink handgun was simply in her purse, alongside her lipstick and keys.

But when security tried to stop the Anthem Republican from carrying the .380 Ruger into the legislative chambers, which were filled with dignitaries for the governor’s annual address, her action became public. And, as is the case with much involving firearms, it also became political.

Here’s the clincher. They let her bring the gun in, and then she did this:

“Oh, it’s so cute,” Klein said, as she unzipped the loaded Ruger from its carrying case to show a reporter and photographer. She was sitting on a leather couch in a lounge, just outside the Senate chamber.

She showed off the laser sighting by pointing the red beam at the reporter’s chest. The gun has no safety, she said, but there was no need to worry.

“I just didn’t have my hand on the trigger,” she said.

You know, even serious gun advocates know you never, NEVER, point a loaded gun at anyone you’re not intending to shoot. But not only does she point a gun at a reporter, she uses the laser sighting to target his chest to show how cute the gun is.

In a rational world, this person would be hauled off to jail. In a sane world, this legislator would be voted out of office.

But rational and sane don’t seem to apply to Arizona when it comes to guns.

And if I had to live there, I’d get a gun, too, because those people are out of their minds and liable to do anything.