The Myth, Mythos & Myths of the NRA (pt 3: Collateral Damage)

20 YEARS OF 2ND AMENDMENT “COLLATERAL DAMAGE”:

This particular post is mostly a list with a few comments inserted and some of the conclusions I’ve reached after analyzing it thoroughly. One or two of my findings may just surprise you. They surprised me. 

The list is long, but I thought you should know. Feel free to check out the links. In fact, please check out the links.

101 California St. shooting

  • 7/1/93     San Francisco, California
  • Killed: 9 Wounded: 6
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun, 2 assault weapons
  • Weapon(s): two .45 caliber Colt; Intratek DC-9s with 40 & 50 round magazines
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???intratec DC-9

Luigi’s shooting

  • 8/6/93     Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Killed: 4 Wounded: 8
  • Types of weapons: 2 shotguns, 1 rifle
  • Weapon(s): two 12-gauge shotguns; .22 caliber rifle.
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Long Island Railroad massacre

  • 12/7/93     Garden City, New York
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 19
  • Types of weapons:1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9 MM Luger P89 with several 15 round magazines
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Chuck E. Cheese’s killings

  • 12/14/93     Aurora, Colorado
  • Killed: 4 Wounded: 1
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 23 caliber handgun
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Fairchild AF Base Hospital shooting

  • 6/20/94     Fairchild AF Base, Washington
  • Killed: 5   Wounded: 23
  • Types of weapons: 1 assault weapon
  • Weapon(s): MAK 90 (70 round magazine)
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

    MAK 90

    MAK 90

I suppose the NRA’s remedy for situations like this would be “Arm the doctors!” Although, as I recall, that just might go against the Hippocratic Oath.

Walter Rossler Company massacre

  • 4/3/95     Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 0
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun, 1 revolver
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Ruger pistol; .32-caliber revolver
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Fort Lauderdale revenge shooting

  • 2/9/96     Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 1
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Glock
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

R.E. Phelon Company shooting

  • 9/15/97     Aiken, South Carolina
  • Killed: 4 Wounded: 3
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm pistol
  • Prior mental Illness signs: No

Caltrans maintenance yard shooting

  • 12/18/97     Orange, California
  • Killed: 5 Wounded: 2
  • Types of weapons: 1 assault weapon
  • Weapon(s): 7.62mm AK-47 Chinese variant; 30-round magazine
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

    AK-47

    AK-47

Connecticut Lottery shooting

  • 3/6/98     Newington, Connecticut
  • Killed: 5 Wounded: 1
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm pistol; 19-round large capacity magazine
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Westside Middle School killings

  • 3/24/98     Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • Killed: 5 Wounded: 10
  • Types of weapons: 4 semiautomatic handguns, 3 revolvers, 3 rifles
  • Weapon(s): .22-caliber Double Deuce Buddie two-shot derringer; .38-caliber Davis Industries two-shot derringer; FIE 380; 380 caliber Star; 357 caliber Ruger Security Six; 38 caliber Charter Arms; .38 caliber Smith & Wesson; 30-06 caliber Remington 742, .44 Magnum Ruger; 30 caliber Universal
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???Westside MS

Thruston High School shooting

  • 5/21/98     Springfield, Oregon
  • Killed: 4 Wounded: 25
  • Types of weapons: 2 semi-automatic handguns, 1 rifle
  • Weapon(s): 9 MM Glock, .22 caliber Ruger pistol; .22 caliber Ruger rifle.
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesThurston High shooting

Columbine High School massacre

  • 4/20/99     Littleton, Colorado
  • Killed: 15 Wounded: 24
  • Types of weapons: 2 shotguns, 2 assault weapons
  • Weapon(s): 12-gauge Savage Springfield 67H pump-action shotgun; 12-gauge Savage Stevens 311D sawed-off shotgun; 9mm Hi-Point 995; 9mm Intratec DC-9; (13) 10 round clips, 28, 32 & 52 round magazines
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesSCHOOL SHOOTINGColumbine had an armed guard on campus. Didn’t help much.

In what was to become a recurring theme, It turns out the killings were part of a master plot to take away our guns. (Well, somebody’s. Not mine. I don’t own any.) At least that’s what some of the “Conspiracies’R’Us” crowd claimed.

Atlanta day trading spree killings

  • 7/29/99     Atlanta, Georgia
  • Killed: 9 Wounded: 13
  • Types of weapons: 3 semi-automatic handguns, 1 revolver
  • Weapon(s): .9mm Glock 17, .25-caliber Raven Arms MP-25; .45-calibar Colt 1911A1
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Wedgwood Baptist Church shooting

  • 9/15/99     Fort Worth, Texas
  • Killed: 8 Wounded: 7
  • Types of weapons: 2 semi-automatic handguns
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Ruger P85, .380-caliber pistol; 15-round magazine
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Xerox killings

  • 11/2/99     Tampa, Florida
  • Killed: 7 Wounded: 0
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Glock 17; three 17 round magazines
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Hotel shooting

  • 12/30/99     Tampa, Florida
  • Killed: 5 Wounded: 3
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun, 1 revolver
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Lorcin; .38-caliber Charter Arms
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Pittsburgh shooting spree

  • 4/28/00     Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Killed: 5 Wounded: 1
  • Types of weapons: handgun
  • Weapon(s): Smith & Wesson .357 revolver
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Wakefield massacre

  • 12/26/00     Wakefield, Massachusetts
  • Killed: 7 Wounded: 0
  • Types of weapons:1 semi-automatic handgun, 1 shotgun, 1 assault weapon
  • Weapon(s): .32 caliber Retolaza, 12-gauge Winchester 1300; AK-47 variant
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Navistar shooting

  • 2/5/01     Melrose Park, Illinois
  • Killed: 5 Wounded: 4
  • Types of weapons: 1 revolver, 1 shotgun, 2 rifles
  • Weapon(s): .38 caliber revolver; 12-gauge Remington pump-action shotgun; .30 caliber Winchester rifle; SKS 1954R
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Lockheed Martin shooting

  • 7/8/03     Meridian, Mississippi
  • Killed: 7 Wounded: 8
  • Types of weapons: 2 semi-automatic handguns, 1 shotgun, 2 rifles
  • Weapon(s): .22 Magnum derringer; .45 caliber Ruger P90; 12-gauge Winchester: 22 caliber rifle; .223 caliber Ruger mini-14 rifle
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

    Ruger Mini 14

    Ruger Mini 14

Damageplan show shooting

  • 12/8/04     Columbus, Ohio
  • Killed: 5 Wounded: 7
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Beretta 92FS
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Living Church of God shooting

  • 3/12/05     Columbus, Ohio
  • Killed: 7 Wounded: 4
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Beretta
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesLCoG

Red Lake massacre

  • 3/21/05     Red Lake, Minnesota
  • Killed: 10 Wounded: 5
  • Types of weapons: 2 semiautomatic handguns, 1 shotgun
  • Weapon(s): .22-caliber Ruger; .40-caliber Glock 23; 12-gauge Remington 870
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesRed Lake

Goleta postal shootings

  • 1/30/06     Goleta, California
  • Killed: 8 Wounded: 0
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Smith & Wesson 915
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Capitol Hill massacre

  • 3/25/06     Seattle, Washington
  • Killed: 7 Wounded: 2
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun, 1 shotgun
  • Weapon(s): .40-caliber Ruger P44; 12-gauge Winchester 1300 Defender shotgun;
  • Prior mental Illness signs: No

    12-gauge Winchester 1300 Defender shotgun

    12-gauge Winchester 1300 Defender shotgun

Amish school shooting

  • 10/2/06     Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 5
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun, 1 shotgun, 1 assault weapon
  • Weapon(s): Springfield pistol; .30-06 Ruger; 12-gauge Browning shotgun
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???Amish shooting

Trolley Square shooting

  • 2/12/07     Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 4
  • Types of weapons: 1 revolver, 1 shotgun
  • Weapon(s): .38-caliber Smith & Wesson M36; Mossberg Maverick 88 Field
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Virginia Tech massacre

  • 4/16/07     Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Killed: 33 Wounded: 23
  • Types of weapons: 2 semi-automatic handguns
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Glock 19; .22-caliber Walther P22; five 10-round magazines
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesVA Tech

And, of course, the conspiracy assholes were out in full force once again. Here’s one for your listening and dancing enjoyment that links VA Tech to Columbine.

 

 Crandon shooting

  • 10/7/07     Crandon, Wisconsin
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 1
  • Types of weapons: 1 assault weapon
  • Weapon(s): AR-15
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

    AR-15

    AR-15

Westroads Mall shooting

  • 12/5/07     Omaha, Nebraska
  • Killed: 9 Wounded: 4
  • Types of weapons: 1 assault weapon
  • Weapon(s): WASR-10 Century Arms rifle; two 30-round magazines
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Kirkwood City Council shooting

  • 2/7/08     Kirkwood, Missouri
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 2
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun, 1 revolver
  • Weapon(s): .40-caliber Smith & Wesson; .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson Model 29
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Northern Illinois University shooting

  • 2/14/08     DeKalb, Illinois
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 21
  • Types of weapons: 3 semi-automatic handguns, 1 shotgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Glock 19; 9mm Kurz SIG Sauer P232; .380 Hi-Point CF380; 12-gauge Remington Sportsman 48
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Atlantis Plastics shooting

  • 6/25/08     Henderson, Kentucky
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 1
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): .45-caliber Hi-Point pistol
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Carthage nursing home shooting

  • 3/29/09     Carthage, North Carolina
  • Killed: 8 Wounded: 3
  • Types of weapons: 1 revolver, 1 shotgun
  • Weapon(s): .357 Magnum; Winchester 1300
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Binghamton shootings

  • 4/3/09    Binghamton, New York
  • Killed: 14 Wounded: 4
  • Types of weapons: 2 semi-automatic handguns
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Beretta; .45-caliber Beretta Px4 Storm
  • Prior mental Illness signs: No

Fort Hood massacre

  • 11/5/09     Fort Hood, Texas
  • Killed: 13 Wounded: 30
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): FN Five-seven
  • Prior mental Illness signs: NoWho Nu

They’re baaaack: Major Hasan Of Fort Hood: A Patsy In A Drill Gone Live?

Coffee shop police killings

  • 11/29/09     Parkland, Washington
  • Killed: 4 Wounded: 1
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun, 1 revolver
  • Weapon(s): Glock 17; .38-caliber Smith & Wesson
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesLakewood shootingI guess being armed isn’t a deterrent to mass shootings after all. (And, that wasn’t meant as a snark.)

Hartford Beer Distributor shooting

  • 8/3/10     Manchester, Connecticut
  • Killed: 9 Wounded: 2
  • Types of weapons: 2 semi-automatic handguns
  • Weapon(s): two 9mm Ruger SR9 with two 17-round magazines
  • Prior mental Illness signs: ???

Tucson shooting

  • 1/8/11     Tucson, Arizona
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 13
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Glock 19; 33-round magazine; two 15-round magazines;
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesGiffords on stretcher

May 25, 2011 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – The conspiracy theories about the Gabrielle Giffords shooting have started to crop up—and one website in particular has been alarming survivors and others connected to the tragedy. The site, run by a Texas man, claims the Tucson shootings were actually a hoax staged by the government using actors. Two men connected to the site “tried to get into my home,” one victim tells the New York Times. They first claimed to be investigators attempting to discover whether the shooting was a hoax, and “wanted to know if I had any pictures,” the victim says.

Hospital personnel, relatives of victims, and potential trial witnesses have also received visits or had their pictures posted on the website, which claims that those involved resemble Tucson-area actors whose pictures can be found on the Internet. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department, which might normally ignore such a bizarre site, has actually passed information about it to its intelligence unit because of the confrontational nature of those involved. The FBI is also aware of the site.

 

IHOP shooting

  • 9/6/11     Carson City, Nevada
  • Killed: 5 Wounded: 7
  • Types of weapons: Revolver, Assault Weapon
  • Weapon(s): .38 caliber Colt, AK-47 Romarm Cugir variant; AK-47 Norinco Arms variant
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Seal Beach shooting

  • 10/14/11     Seal Beach, California
  • Killed: 8 Wounded: 1
  • Types of weapons: 2 semi-automatic handguns, 1 revolver
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Springfield, .45 Heckler & Koch, .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

AND, IN JUST THE LAST YEAR:

Su Jung Health Sauna shooting

  • 2/22/12     Norcross, Georgia
  • Killed: 5 Wounded: 0
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): two .45-caliber pistol
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

The shooter had been acquitted in a previous multiple shooting in which three people died. Even with that and previous signs of mental illness, he had no problem obtaining a weapon.

Oikos University killings

  • 4/2/12     Oakland, California
  • Killed: 7 Wounded: 3
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): two .45-caliber handgun; four 10-round magazines
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesOikos school shooting

Seattle cafe shooting

  • 5/20/12     Seattle, Washington
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 1
  • Types of weapons: 2 semi-automatic handguns
  • Weapon(s): two .45-caliber pistols
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Aurora theater shooting

  • 7/20/12     Aurora, Colorado
  • Killed: 12 Wounded: 58
  • Types of weapons: 2 semi-automatic handguns, 1 shotgun, 1 assault weapon
  • Weapon(s): two .40-caliber Glocks; 12-gauge Remington 870; .223-caliber Smith & Wesson M&P15 & 6000 rounds of ammo.
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesAurora

And, of course, the conspiracy nuts and/or gun-butts were out in force on this one:

Holmes was mind controlled!

Is there some kind of ritualistic connection between The Dark Knight, the sacrificial death of Heath Ledger and this new installment of a Batman movie that was “launched” with a mass murder? Is there a reason why this mass-murder, which occurred during the midnight screening of a movie called Dark Knight RISING took place in a city called Aurora, the name Roman goddess of dawn (dawn being the time where the sun begins to rise)? Another interesting fact: Aurora is considered to be the mother of the morning star, also know as the Light Bringer, or Lucifer.

Sometimes I don’t want to believe it was the Illuminati. Sometimes, I would rather just accept that this was a mere coincidence. But everywhere I turn, every fucking time, there’s symbolism jam-packed into the event in question. Not only that, but it’s only the events that have said symbolism that get covered by the mass media for days on end. I wonder why…

Also, are you aware that the word ‘colorado’ actually means: ‘red color’ i,e, blood? I found that bit of info quite appropriate considering all that goes on there. Columbine shooting, JonBenet, Aurora shooting, not to mention the bizarre Denver International Airport murals.

One more observation here, 12 victims, 2+1=3.

That was from “The Vigilant Citizen” website.

It was Aurora’s fault!

It is astonishing that cities like Aurora, Colorado do not allow citizens to protect themselves against violence. The deaths of those 12 victims rest squarely on the officials of the city of Aurora who deliberately created an environment of total helplessness that directly led to the unnecessary deaths of innocent people, including young women and children.

He was on a mission from….?

This guy was equipped with exotic gear by someone with connections to military equipment. SWAT clothing, explosives, complex booby-traps… c’mon, this isn’t a “lone gunman.” This is somebody who was selected for a mission, given equipment to carry it out, then somehow brainwashed into getting it done.

This has all the signs of Fast & Furious, Episode II. I wouldn’t be surprised to discover someone in Washington was behind it all. After all, there’s no quicker way to disarm a nation and take total control over the population than to stage violence, blame it on firearms, then call for leaders to “do something!” Such calls inevitably end up resulting in gun confiscation, and it’s never too long after that before government genocide really kicks in like we saw with Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and other tyrants.”

These last two were courtesy of Natural News.

Obama done it!

Of course, Conservatives4Palin had the courage to tell it like it is (in their fantasies). You betcha!

Not one week from the rumored Obama signing of the UN Gun Ban Treaty, on Friday the 27th and Obama is ‘Gift Wrapped’ this horrific slaughter, that he can take and use to Obliterate our God given Second Ammendment[sic] Right’s. Bulshe! This ain’t no coincidence!

They can’t realize any of their plans to enslave and then murder us, in order to destroy the United States of America as founded,unless they take our Firearms away.This is an administration that thought nothing about creating a program like,’Fast and Furious’,specifically designed to result in the murder of 300 mexicans and two American Border Patrol Agents, to see their goal of taking away our Firearms so we can’t defend ourselves. You think they would have any qualms about murdering little children in a theatre? They wouldn’t. At the foundation of statism is mass genocide. It’s what they feed off of.

Finally,as revealed above with their,”By any means necessary plans” as we get closer to the elections ( Which i don’t believe Obama wants to have take place ),expect more deliberately horrors like yesterday,increasing in frequency and body count, as justification to suspend elections and take away our Rights.”

 

Sikh temple shooting

  • 8/5/12     Oak Creek, Wisconsin
  • Killed: 7 Wounded: 3
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): two 9 mm pistol
  • Prior mental Illness signs: YesSikh Temple Shooting

Accent Signage Systems shooting

  • 9/27/12     Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Killed: 6 Wounded: 2
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic handgun
  • Weapon(s): 9mm Glock
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Sandy Hook school shooting

  • 12/14/12     Newtown, Connecticut
  • Killed: 28 Wounded: 2
  • Types of weapons: 1 semi-automatic assault rifle, 2 semi-automatic handguns, 1 shotgun, 
  • Weapon(s): Bushmaster .223 caliber– model XM15-E2S with 30 round clips; Glock 10 mm; Sig-Sauer P226  9mm; Izhmash Canta-12  12-gauge
  • Prior mental Illness signs: Yes

Sandy Hook victims

bushmaster 223

20 years, 49 tragedies, 368 wounded, 375 dead!

But, that’s not even the tip of the iceberg.

The numbers the gun-butts don’t want you to know

(and probably don’t even know themselves):

Those were just the highly publicized mass (4+ victims) murders. If you add in all the 3’s, 2’s and singletons that don’t get the press coverage, it comes to almost a quarter of a million deaths228,692 not counting 2012 as those figures aren’t available yet.

But wait, there’s more! That’s just the homicides. When you add in the suicides and accidental deaths and undetermined causes the number triples to approximately 3/4 of a million .

750,000 gun deaths in 20 years. And, we don’t have a gun problem?

And, I still haven’t taken into account the hundreds of thousands wounded in the same time frame. Or the shattered lives of the victims’ loved ones. Or the monetary cost. Or the lost productivity.

One of the reasons I haven’t is that there’s a lack of publicly available detail. In 1996, the NRA, through bribery (Known in “DC-Speak” as “campaign contributions”.) and extortion, (Known in “DC-Speak” as “Vote the way I tell you or I’ll “primary” you!) managed to get almost all federal gun-violence research funding cut off.I keepem handy!Funding for the Center for Disease Control alone dropped from $2.5 million a year down to $100,000. The last CDC survey on gun violence costs was conducted back in 2005. For that year, the CDC estimated the gun death costs at $37 billion, with gun injuries racking up an additional $3.7 billion.

Here’s a bit of meat for deficit hawks (who only seem to sighted during a Democratic administration): Say someone is shot and lives to tell the tale. It requires surgery, but no great complications. The surgery and 2 day intensive care stay will run about a hundred grand. If there are complications, it could easily run up to a quarter of a mil and keep going north.

Now, unless they’re one of the “1%”, (and probably not even then) most of the money is not coming out of their pocket. That means that other patients, other people’s insurance payments and most likely other people’s tax payments are going to take up the slack. So, one way or another, every time someone gets shot and lives, it costs you money. (Of course, real baggers and more than a few gun-butts would probably say. “Just let them die! I don’t cotton to freeloaders! If you think I’m exaggerating, you weren’t paying attention during last year’s Repugnut Primary Debates Clown Shows.)

Are assault weapons “red herrings” in the debate?

As I was compiling the list, I was intrigued about two things:

  1. The definition of assault weapon tended to be rather loose in some of the original info. In fact, the various definitions of assault weapons range all over the place. Therefore, I made a few value judgements and just included those that were obviously war weapons. The more hunting oriented ones, I relegated to “rifle”. (War weapons are a better description (visually and technically) than assault weapons, so that’s what I’m going to call them from now on.)
  2. War weapons are a problem. But, they are not the problem. Going back and counting, I found that in the 49 instances, there were 9 rifles used, 15 shotguns, 15 revolvers, 13 war weapons and 55 semi-automatic hand guns.

Short take: War weapons constituted about 12% of the weapons, semi-automatic handguns about 50%. What made handguns so bad were the large capacity clips.

Point is, banning war weapons needs to be done. But, it isn’t going to solve the problem. A lot more on that later.

I also found that in 31 of the instances, there were previous indications of mental illness, 4 had none and 14 were unknown. Seems to me that’s another situation that needs to be addressed.

Interesting factoid:

According to statistics, 45% of American households have guns and a large number of those have concealed weapons permits, yet in the covered 49 “incidents” not one civilian stopped a shooter in the middle of his rampage.

Researching this post, I could only find two occasions where someone armed has stopped what could have been a mass shooting: In 1991 at an Alabama Shoney’s and a 2007 shooting at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. I’ve read other claims, but when you check closely, it’s usually after the shooting when the killer was trying to get away and in one case cited (Appalachian School of Law shooting) in which the gunman was taken down by an unarmed ex Marine before two armed students could actually intervene.

And in late breaking news:

KAUFMAN, Texas — Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland took no chances after one of his assistant prosecutors was assassinated two months ago. McLelland said he carried a gun everywhere he went and took extra care when answering the door at his home.

“I’m ahead of everybody else because, basically, I’m a soldier,” the 23-year Army veteran boasted in an interview less than two weeks ago.

On Saturday, he and his wife were found dead in their home just outside the town of Forney, about 20 miles from Dallas, killed in an attack for which authorities have given no motive.

All of this kind of blows the hell out of the “If we were all ‘carrying’, these travesties wouldn’t happen” bullshit.

This isn’t the old west. In fact, the old west wasn’t the old west. The old west that you and I know and love was made in Hollywood. Yes, almost all farmers and ranchers had rifles, but they were for critters, not men. Most frontier towns developed much stronger gun control laws than we have now. Tombstone, Deadwood and Dodge all had laws against carrying guns. (Some of the towns learned the necessity of the laws through hard experience.)

Next episode we deal with the ongoing aftermath of Sandy Hook and I’ll introduce you to some of the whackos like Wayne LePew (I mean LaPierre.) (No, I was right the first time.) and Ted (I crapped my pants to stay out of the army) Nugent.

Take care and be safe. You never know who’s “carrying”.

Grouchy

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