Irresponsible Gun Owner Link Round Up 1.14.15

It may be a New Year (hi there 2015), but human nature ain’t changed much. There are still people out there with guns who fail to use them responsibly. People who store them incorrectly. People who leave them lying around loaded. People who attempt to train others in the use of guns while being untrained themselves. People who think giving guns to children are a good thing. People who turn to guns to resolve their problems. And of course people who shoot their spouses.  Case in point:

Peachtree City Police Chief shoots wife

Officers were called to Chief William McCollom’s home on Autumn Leaf shortly after 4 a.m., according to Peachtree City police Lt. Mark Brown.

McCollom called 911 at 4:16 a.m., saying he had accidentally shot his wife twice, GBI spokeswoman Sherry Lang told Channel 2 Action News. Margaret McCollom, 58, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center and is in critical condition, according to Brown.

No charges have been filed and a news conference is scheduled at 2 p.m. at the Peachtree City Police Department, Brown said in an email release. Peachtree Police, the GBI and the Fayette County District Attorney will participate in the news conference.

“The investigation into this incident has been turned over to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation due to the husband of the victim being the Peachtree City Chief of Police,” Brown said.

Police have not said what led to the shooting, but the town’s city manager has placed McCollom on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation and an internal review, according to Brown, who referred questions on the incident to the GBI and the Fayette County District Attorney’s office.

Oh, and apparently, this shooting was accidental:

The Peachtree City chief of police is on administrative leave after shooting his wife twice Thursday morning.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says police chief William McCollom called 911 just after 4 a.m. Thursday saying he had accidentally shot his wife, Margaret, at their home on Autumn Leaf.

While I’m not a gun owner (and hope never to be) even I know that guns should be stored unloaded and that one should never point a gun at someone without the intention of shooting that person. So I wonder why the chief of police was pointing his gun at his wife.

It’s bad enough when civilians shoot one another, but when a member of law enforcement shoots someone it is worse.  In the United States, law enforcement officers are granted tremendous privilege and power (IMO, those should be earned, not granted by simply being in uniform and having a gun). They hold significant ability to affect the lives of others.  Often, their decisions can mean the difference between life and death for civilians.  As such, they should be held to a higher standard of responsibility. After all, with great power, comes great responsibility. Or it should.

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Woman is shot and killed by her toddler

A woman is dead and her son now mother-less after a trip to Walmart went horribly wrong.

Local station KXLY reported that a woman in her late 20s died in the electronics section of a Kootenai County, Idaho, Walmart after her son somehow slipped out the handgun she kept in her purse and fired. It’s a sign of the times that employees and customers initially fled the store assuming it was under attack.

Walmart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan said in a statement to ABC News today:

“A very sad and tragic incident happened in our Hayden store involving a female customer, and we’re working with the local sheriff’s department while they investigate what happened.”

Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department’s Lt. Stu Miller said that the woman was with several children doing some after-Christmas shopping when the “accident” happened.

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A man in Nashville, TN wanted his McDonald’s double cheeseburger. Badly. I mean, so badly that when he didn’t get it, he returned to Mickey D’s with a pistol. Yeah…terrorizing the employees of McDonald’s bc your order was messed up? That’s a totally appropriate use of a gun.

North Precinct detectives are looking for 21-year-old Demetri Johnson in connection to the Thursday aggravated assault at the restaurant, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. His last known address is on Joseph Avenue.

Police said Johnson placed a drive-thru order early Thursday, received his food and pulled away. He drove back through the drive-thru, complained about the missing cheeseburger and the manager asked him to park and said he would bring out the missing sandwich.

The cheeseburger is not part of the eight items McDonald’sis cutting from its menu in select testing locations.

Johnson is accused of walking into the restaurant a few minutes later with a pistol, racking it and demanding that staff fix the order, police said. He and the three women with him also wanted fresh fries and new soft drinks. They left after receiving their food.

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14-year-old Texas teen shoots his father  in a Christmas dispute

According to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, the unidentified man was involved in an argument with his 16-year-old son who was disappointed with his Christmas present of a fishing rod.

“The young 16-year-old was very upset because he claimed that the rest of his friends, either got a car or a pickup for Christmas. All his father provided for him was a fishing rod,” Lucio said.

Lucio said that father struck the teen on the head with a baseball bat, enraging another son — age 14 — who ran out to the family car where he retrieved a shotgun kept in the trunk.

Few details have been released, but even if the father struck his son, that’s still no grounds to exacerbate the situation by shooting him.  That makes things worse and is a clear example of an irresponsible gun owner.

“The young 14-year-old boy discharged the weapon. Discharged it twice. The second time he hit his father in part of the face and part of the shoulder,” Lucio explained, adding that the father will lose an eye as a result of the shotgun blast.

Authorities state the 14-year-old then took off from the home, driving in a car before sheriff’s deputies spotted him in an open field. Police say the teen struck another vehicle while attempting to elude them.

Sergeant Michael Brooks with the Harlingen Police Department said shootings like this can be prevented by placing a gun lock on a weapon, adding that the Harlingen Police Department provides gun locks to the public, free of charge.

“If the weapon can’t be fired, then it won’t be fired,” said Brooks.

The shooting could have been avoided if there were no firearm in the household to begin with. Sadly, many people think the presence of a gun makes families safer.

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 An Irresponsible Gun Owner 2-fer! 

Former Glasgow, Kentucky police officer Darrell Smith is suing Barren Outdoors, and one of their employees, for negligence, over an incident that occurred last March. According to WBKO, Smith went into Barren Outdoors and asked to see a .38 caliber handgun. When the clerk handed the gun to Smith, Smith examined the gun, then he cocked it. The gun went off, shooting off part of Smith’s index finger.

Smith’s attorney says that the lawsuit is seeking to make up for lost income. Smith lost his job on the police force after the incident. His attorney, Alan Simpson, tells WBKO:

He’s permanently disfigured. He went through a lot of pain and suffering. He’s gone through several surgeries. He’s got a lot of medical bills that have to be paid. It ended his career and he’s going to have a lot of lost income.

The suit says that Barren Outdoors’ employee was negligent because he didn’t perform a safety check on the gun before handing it to Smith.

If a cop can’t handle a gun safely, why should we assume others who aren’t trained can?

This incident is disturbing on several levels. First, take note in the video that Smith and the clerk who was assisting him were not the only people in the store. There were at least two other customers, and two other clerks. Everyone involved was fortunate that Smith’s finger was the only thing that was shot. Second, cops are supposedly trained to properly handle firearms. The store clerk definitely screwed up by not checking the gun to make sure it wasn’t loaded. But shouldn’t Smith have also checked the weapon before he started playing with it?

If a trained law enforcement officer is this casual and careless with a gun that he only assumed wasn’t loaded, and never checked, how can we feel comfortable around the thousands of largely untrained “responsible gun owners” that we encounter?

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Irresponsible Gun Owner Link Round Up 12.17.14

Toddler accidentally shoots Army veteran mom dead as she changes baby’s diaper: police

A young mom was accidentally shot dead Monday by her toddler son as she changed her 1-year-old daughter’s diaper, police in Oklahoma said.

The “horrible, horrible accident,” happened around 4:30 p.m., when the 3-year-old boy found the loaded semiautomatic handgun and fired a shot, hitting 26-year-old Christa Engles in the head, Tulsa police told the Tulsa World.

She died 60 minutes later.

Her mother and husband also live at the South 168th East Avenue home, but neither was home at the time.

“The grandmother came in and supposedly found the two children covered in blood,”neighbor Vera Bennett told KOKI-TV.

Police said there were several guns in the home, but the toddler found the “large caliber” handgun under a couch before he fired the fatal bullet. As the little boy was taken from the home to be interviewed by police, he repeated over and over again, “Mommy shot,” KJRH-TV reported.

If you were wondering what was irresponsible about this situation, the answer is in that last paragraph. What the hell was a loaded gun doing under the couch?  Especially in a home with little children.  Of course gun lovers will look at this as an isolated incident and will pay no heed to the evidence which shows that a gun in the household increases the risk of death by firearm for the occupants.

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Man, 94, stopped at LaGuardia Airport with loaded gun

A 94-year-old Brooklyn man was nabbed at La Guardia Airport with a loaded gun strapped to his belt, the TSA said Wednesday.

The unidentified man had a permit for the weapon and was not arrested, a Port Authority source told the Daily News.

He walked through security with the gun, which set off the metal detector. He was allowed to board his flight to West Palm Beach, Fla., but not before PA officials confiscated the weapon. The gun was loaded with six bullets, the TSA said.

The false sense of security many people have with guns is often overshadowed by their lack of concern for others.  This guy was trying to board a plane with a loaded gun. Nevermind that a loaded gun on an airplane is NOT a good idea.  Nevermind what message that would send to other passengers (I know I wouldn’t feel safe aboard a plane with someone I knew who had a loaded gun).  Nevermind the potential danger that a loaded gun would bring to the passengers (shooting a gun in an enclosed space with dozens of people around you? That seems likely to cause injury to others).

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Florida woman killed with gun, bow and arrows 

A Florida man was charged with murder on Sunday after police found his mother dead and with arrows sticking out of her head while she sat slumped over in a chair, police said.

Michael Watkins, 42, killed his mother, Gloria Watkins, 65, who was found at their home early on Sunday morning in Mary Esther, Florida, said the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office in a news release and arrest report.

A deputy responded to a call from next-door neighbors of Watkins who said someone was knocking over Christmas decorations in their front yard and yelling, the sheriff’s office said.

When the deputy arrived, the neighbors said some people had argued next door, where the deputy found Gloria Watkins dead and Watkins wielding a large knife, according to the arrest report. Watkins put down the knife but officers had to use a stun gun after he resisted handcuffing, the report said.

Watkins pointed to his mother and said, “You see that, that’s death,” the arrest report stated. Watkins said he killed his mother because she was going to kill him first, that he shot her in the head three times, stabbed her with a knife and shot her with a bow and arrow, the report said.

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Woman dies after being shot by ex-boyfriend at Chicago Nordstrom store

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as Nadia Ezaldein, 22, of Hialeah, Florida. The man, identified as Marcus Dee, 31, shot himself and was declared dead at the scene, police said. His place of residence was not known.

The shooting, on the second floor of the high-end retailer in the popular “Magnificent Mile” shopping district, sent Black Friday customers scattering from the store.

The woman’s family said Dee had physically abused her throughout their relationship, and had harassed both the woman and her family since their breakup last December, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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 Man guns down 6-month old puppy with hollow point round-‘He was gonna shit’

Kathy Davis told KOMO that her husband called her on Thursday to let her know that her 10-year-old son’s Australian shepherd had been shot.

“He said, ‘Rowdy had been shot.’ I said, ‘How do you know?’ And he said, ‘He’s got a big old hole in his gut and he’s bleeding out everywhere,’” she recalled.

The family later learned that the dog had escape from its fence into 82-year-old Otis McCulley’s yard.

According to KOMO, McCulley said that it “looked like the dog was about to poop” so he shot it.

“I shot the f*cking thing,” McCulley said.

And he admitted that it wasn’t the first time he had shot dogs for coming into his yard.

Rowdy’s family said that the puppy ran home, where blood stains could still be seen on the front porch. Vets recovered a hollow point .22 round in the dog’s colon, but couldn’t save Rowdy.

Kathy Davis pointed out that she would have been happy to patch the hole in the puppy’s fence if McCulley had just let her know that it had escaped. And Davis was also upset that McCulley had fired a rifle so close to her home.

“There are so many different ways that this could have been dealt with. Rather than taking out a gun like that and shooting at our dog, at our house, towards our family,” she observed.

The Davis family said that they would pursue civil action in court if the prosecutor decided not to press charges for the shooting.

For his part, McCulley has denied owning hollow point rounds.

 

Oh, gee, you don’t own any hollow point rounds. I guess that exonerates you completely and shows that you were justified in killing the dog.  Wait a sec… no, it doesn’t and no, you weren’t.  You still decided to resolve this situation-a situation involving a puppy escaping a yard mind you, not a 125 lb. dog snarling at you from 10 feet away-by using a firearm. This is not a reasonable use of a firearm. This is an example of someone using a firearm for an unnecessary-and cruel-purpose.  Why not call animal control? Or how about the novel idea of talking to the family themselves? This is someone who cruelly shot an animal, a beloved family pet, simply bc he could.  This guy is a textbook example of irresponsible gun owner.

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U.S. gun deaths in visual perspective

In 2013, over 11,000 people in the United States were killed by guns.  From Addicting Info comes this video by Periscopic, “a socially-conscious data visualization firm that helps companies and organizations promote information transparency and public awareness.”  Thanks to them, the dry statistics of U.S. gun deaths in 2010 and 2013 are put into a visual format that makes those numbers easier to grasp.

Sadly there seems to be no reduction in sight for the gun craze in the United States.

As an aside, I wonder where the anti-abortion protesters are. They should be lobbying for stronger gun control laws to reduce the number of firearm related deaths. After all, they’re fond of arguing that abortion cuts the potential life of a fetus short.  Shouldn’t they also be concerned that gun violence cuts short the lives of U.S. citizens?

Silly me! I forgot they value a fetus over existing human beings (also forgot that they are not consistent in their “pro-life” advocacy).

U.S. gun deaths in visual perspective

6 Thanksgiving tragedies

Children

Thanksgiving Tragedies

A 4-year-old. Dead.

A 5-year-old. Critical Condition.

A 10-year old. Dead.

A 14-year-old. Critical Condition.

A 15-year-old. Dead.

A 17-year-old. Dead.

What do all these horrible tragedies have in common?  In each case, the victim was “accidentally” shot by a friend or relative. ‘Accidentally’ is in scare quotes because while the youths who discharged the guns didn’t understand the lethal nature of the weapons they were using, the parents or adults who owned these guns should have fucking known better than to leave guns–loaded guns at that–lying around.

This is 6 more examples of why we need stricter gun control laws.  The adults in all these cases were irresponsible gun owners and should never have been allowed to own a firearm.

This is 6 more examples of why people need to be properly trained in the use and storage of guns.  The adults in all these cases did not demonstrate responsible handling and storage of guns. To own a gun, people should be required to show that they know how deadly firearms are, and how to properly store them. Especially in a household where children live.  I’d say potential gun owners need a lesson in empathy too, but I think if they did, they might not want to own any firearms (that’s one of the big reasons I don’t own one and don’t plan on ever doing so).

This is 6 more examples of why this country needs to have an ongoing conversation about guns. Far too many people who own guns are irresponsible, not handling them with the requisite care. Guns are treated as toys…as things to play with, rather than tools of death and destruction that can shatter lives if handled incorrectly.  Fake guns are marketed as toys for children, fostering a sense of guns as playthings. Guns are touted as something a “real” American owns (and in many cases, something a “real” man owns), as if you’re not a true citizen if you don’t own one. Nevermind that people in other countries get by just fine without guns (and also don’t have the levels of gun violence we have in the United States). Firearms are treated as sacrosanct. They’re revered in this country as much as fucking Christianity. Any attempt to have a discussion on firearms, or gun control is met with significant resistance from gundamentalists, Second Amendment worshipers, the Religious Right, and the NRA.  These are people who are so divorced from reality that when they read of the aforementioned tragedies, they respond with:

image via Come and Take it Texas (because Gun Control is all about taking away your guns…::rolls eyes::)

How do you engage with people who refuse to take responsibility for their actions?  They’re literally blaming children for the reckless behavior of adults. Children, who don’t understand the lethality of firearms. Children, who don’t understand the responsibility that accompanies ownership of a lethal weapon. God, let me off this planet.

(h/t Addicting Info)

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::Sigh::

I’m not a gun owner, and even I know that you should make sure your gun is unloaded before cleaning it. I guess former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco never got that memo.

Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting Tuesday afternoon.

Reddon says Canseco told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

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Another thing I know is that unless you’re planning on using a gun, you don’t point it at someone.

 

Police: Shotgun blast kills man during shooting lesson

Authorities received a call around 5 a.m. for a shooting in the 4800 block of Julie Drive.

When they arrived, they found the man, 37, who had been shot while inside the home. Authorities have not yet released the man’s identity.

Kirby Police Chief Kevin Bois said the man had come to the home with a shotgun and was giving his girlfriend, who lived there, a lesson in how to use it. At some point, not realizing the gun was loaded, the woman pointed it at the man and pulled the trigger, she told authorities.

The man was rushed to the San Antonio Military Medical Center for treatment but died on the way, Bois said.

The woman was taken into custody, but it was not initially clear if she will face any charges, authorities said. Police are currently waiting on a search warrant to investigate the property.

I’m hesitant to assign blame here. The woman clearly didn’t know much about guns, as she was being given a lesson.  Should she have known to check the weapon to make sure it was unloaded?  Should that have been the job of the man giving the lesson? I’m inclined to say yes, but feels like victim blaming. Perhaps they both share culpability.

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As a non-gun owner, I can only hazard a guess, but aren’t there rules for the proper way to clean your gun? If so, why don’t some gun owners know this?  Oh, right, bc gun safety courses and training are not required before buying a killing machine.  Case in point: man shoots himself in the hand and kills the family dog in the process.

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Man charged with a felony after threatening caseworker 

A Johnsburg man was charged with felony menacing Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly displayed a rifle to a Warren County Department of Social Services caseworker during a home visit, police said.

Kyle W. McComsey, 25, was charged after the 3:30 p.m. incident at a home on Moffitt Drive, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

Police said a Child Protective Services caseworker had gone to the house “to retrieve a child that was voluntarily being turned over.” As caseworkers attempted to talk to a resident of the home, McComsey told them he had a gun and was seen with a rifle slung over his shoulder, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Menacing is alleged when a person “attempts to place another person in reasonable fear of physical injury, serious physical injury or death by displaying a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or what appears to be a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or other firearm,” according to state Penal Law.

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Facebook fight turns deadly

Michael Stubbs was shot and killed in northwest Omaha on Wednesday morning. Stubb’s uncle, Charles Shrum, told KETV7 that “He’s got five kids that are going to grow up without a father over what sounds like a misunderstanding.”

According to the police, Stubbs was shot once in the abdomen by someone he knew, while outside of his home. Another uncle, Andrew Bachmann, said that he heard “a pop” but by the time he “got to the end of the fire place, there Michael was stumbling through the door.” Stubbs would later die at the hospital.

Kenneth R. Armour., Jr. 31, was arrested during a traffic stop hours after the killing and now faces the charge of first-degree murder.

The family believes that the misunderstanding started on Facebook, where all bad things happen, although they’re unsure what the misunderstanding was about or why it led to the shooting.

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Survivor Stories: Stephen Barton

The United States has an epidemic of gun violence.  Each year, more than 30,000 people are killed by firearms.  More than half of those are the result of firearm related suicides.  Discussions about gun control often center on reducing the numbers of firearm related deaths.  Lost in that discussion, however, is that many people have had their lives irrevocably altered by firearms.  They may not have died, but they have been affected by the gun violence in the US. This is Stephen Barton’s survivor story, the final edition in the gun violence series by Rolling Stone.

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Survivor Stories: Antonius Wiriadjaja

The United States has an epidemic of gun violence.  Each year, more than 30,000 people are killed by firearms.  More than half of those are the result of firearm related suicides.  Discussions about gun control often center on reducing the numbers of firearm related deaths.  Lost in that discussion, however, is that many people have had their lives irrevocably altered by firearms.  They may not have died, but they have been affected by the horrific levels of gun violence in the US. In an ongoing series at Rolling Stone, the survivors of gun violence speak out.  Today’s gun violence survivor is Antonius Wiriadjaja:

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Irresponsible Gun Owner Link Round Up 10.28.14

Florida man ‘lucky he didn’t kill somebody’ trying out concrete-piercing rifle ammo downtown

According to WESH, Orlando city leaders received video from a whistleblower of a man target practicing in a building that Crusader’s Contracting was hired to demolish. The whistleblower said that his boss “had many guns on the job site and would frequently shoot things in the basement and other areas in the building.”

Detectives were “working to figure out charges, if any,” an Orlando Police Department spokesperson told WESH. “At best, they will have Improper Exhibition. Punishable by up to 1 year in jail.”

Zach Hudson of Defensive Tactics Solutions, who spent 30 years as a police officer, pointed out that firing this type of weapon in an urban setting was extremely dangerous.

“[It is] very, very foolish,” Hudson remarked after seeing the video. “He is lucky he didn’t kill somebody.”

“This is a military grade weapon. This is a round designed to travel up to 800 meters. You are talking about a round that can go through concrete.”

Hudson also observed that the firing rate of the rifle suggested that it had been modified to be fully automatic.

“If those weapons has been modified in any way that becomes a federal crime,” he said.

I’d like to know how this guy obtained a military grade weapon, and why he thought he needed it. So many gun owners will claim they need guns to protect themselves or their families, but these people are not serving in the military or living in a warzone. They don’t need powerful equipment like this.  What’s the limit on weapons like this? The NRA wants no limits on the type of guns people can possess, but how far will they take that?  Should everyone be allowed to own their own ICBM? Should we all be allowed to own a tactical nuke?  That’s the logical implication of arguing that people ought to be able to arm themselves. If you don’t think people should be able to own a nuke, you need to explain why they can’t have it, but can have other weapons. This applies all the way down to a simple handgun.

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Indiana dad cleaning gun shoots 9-month-old son in the head, and himself in the leg

WTHR reported that 31-year-old John Hambaugh, III, was in his kitchen cleaning his gun on Wednesday when the weapon discharged. The round traveled through Hambaugh’s left thigh and into his 9-month-old son’s head, who was thought to be standing next to his father.

Neighbor Dawn Crecelius recalled that she felt helpless when the child’s mother ran out of the home with the boy.

“She was screaming, ‘He shot my baby! He shot my baby!’ and she was cradling the baby,” Crecelius said. “What do you do? What do you do? Cause there’s– you can’t fix that. You can’t help that. If he’s choking, you can help that. If he’s cut, you can help that. You can’t help a baby that’s been shot in the head.”

Hambaugh and his 9-month-old son were transported to Community Howard Regional Hospital in Kokomo. Hambaugh was expected to make a full recovery, but the child was listed in critical condition on Thursday.

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 A 3 year old Montana child is dead because of an irresponsible gun owner 

NBC Montana reports that Galen Hawk was charged on Friday with negligent homicide after killing Lonato Moran-Allen on Wednesday night. Bail has been set at $100,000.

According to court documents, Moran-Allen was pretending to shoot Hawk with a toy gun as he ran away inside of a Ninepipes-area home. Hawk reportedly pointed his handgun at Moran-Allen in response and the gun went off killing the boy.

According to Hawk, he didn’t think his gun was loaded and that he and the boy had only been “playing.” Hawk told investigators that he had spent the evening drinking whiskey and alcoholic lemonade prior to the shooting.

Following the shooting, Hawk attempted CPR on the boy  before rushing him to a hospital in Ronan where he was later died.

That poor young boy. He’s dead because this asshole treated a gun like it’s a toy and irresponsibly failed to ensure it wasn’t loaded.  Sadly, our culture teaches people that guns are fun and they’re toys to play with. Plus there are no requirements to be trained in the use of guns before purchasing them.

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“A young guy with a gun who doesn’t care about life.”

30 year old Perla Aviva and her husband had a regular every other Sunday routine.  Posole with the Raiders game. Tragically, this routine came to an end recently, after a gunman took the life of Aviva:

The tradition ended tragically this past weekend as the couple was returning home from Supermercado Mi Tierra on International Boulevard, about a mile from their East Oakland home. Police say an angry motorist sprayed gunfire into their black 1998 Toyota Camry, hitting 30-year-old Avina in the head as she sat in the front passenger seat.

Panicked, Gallegos drove the few short blocks to their Brookfield Village home to call for help, but Avina died in their driveway. A medical receptionist, Avina was the mother of four children ages 1 to 14.

“He was a coward with a gun,” 33-year-old Gallegos said with heavy eyes on Monday as he stared at the bullet-riddled Camry in their driveway. “A young guy with a gun who doesn’t care about life.”  As of Monday, police continued to hunt for the shooter and were trying to gather a description of the suspect and the suspect’s car.  The shooting happened about 12:30 p.m. as the couple drove in the southbound lanes of 98th Avenue, somewhere between the 400 to 600 blocks, police said.  Gallegos said details about what led up to the shooting were foggy, but he recalled another motorist not liking the way he drove and subsequent shots fired as the couple’s car was moving. When he realized his wife had been shot, he drove the short distance to their house, where authorities later responded and pronounced her dead, police said.

“I came to my home because I needed someone to call officers,” Gallegos said. A neighbor, Dwayne Jackson, 54, was standing outside across the street from the family’s home when Gallegos’ Camry sped by him.

“He pulled up really abrupt, halfway in the driveway and called to me,” Jackson said. “He said, ‘D, call 911. My wife’s been shot.’ We pulled her out of the car and I started giving her CPR, but I pretty much knew she was gone.”

This simultaneously saddens and angers me.  It saddens me because this woman, who was just trying to live her life and enjoy herself and her family, had her very existence snuffed out because of an irresponsible gun owner.  It saddens me because her husband and her four children will never know her loving embrace or hear her voice again. It angers me, bc yet again, someone had their hands on a weapon that should not have. It angers me, bc yet again, someone decided to take their anger and rage out on others through violent, and lethal means.  It also saddens and angers me bc this shit keeps happening. Again and again and again and again and again.  People are injured, maimed, and killed in tragedies like this. Lives are irrevocably shattered and lost.  Because of irresponsible gun owners. Because of a culture that glorifies guns. Because of a culture that fetishizes guns. Because of a culture that refuses to engage with the fact that gun violence permeates our society.

 

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It’s depressingly easy to find cases of irresponsible gun owners.  The Florida man who shot his pregnant wife in the back of the head and claimed self-defense, only to reveal that he wanted to kill her is the latest example of someone who should never have been allowed to own a gun:

Investigators determined that an argument between Sinclair and his wife began at around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday in their bedroom. The suspect said that he had thrown his wife’s phone into the toilet, and she had chased him around the house with a kitchen knife.

But Sinclair said that the victim could not catch him, so she locked herself in the bedroom. He explained how he retrieved a gun from underneath a recliner in the living room, and went to the bedroom to confront her. The argument escalated, until Sinclair said that Argrett lunged at him with the knife.

He pulled the trigger, and she fell to the floor. But she got up again, so he shot her in the head, he told investigators. Sinclair then waited three hours before notifying police.

Detectives, however, said that Argrett had sustained a gunshot wound to the back of her head at close range.

After admitting that he wanted to kill his wife, Sinclair was charged with first-degree premeditated murder, murder of an unborn child and tampering with evidence.

I will say this though: that charge of “murder of an unborn child” is bullshit.  People get murdered. Fetuses do not.

 

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If you can't control your temper, you shouldn't be allowed to own a gun

Indiana man shoots and kills 13-year-old neighbor for laughing at him

This story is exactly why I think psychological profiling ought to be mandatory for would-be gun owners. There are far too many people who react with anger during times of emotional distress.  When you add a gun to the mix, it becomes a lethal combination.  People who cannot manage their anger such that they don’t reach for their firearm when they become enraged should not be allowed to possess a gun. I’m sympathetic to the guy being robbed. I’d be angry too.  But to then take that anger out on someone by fucking shooting and killing them?  The fuck is wrong with this person?!

According to the Gary Post-Tribune, police have not released the shooter’s name, but said that he shot Kobe Jones, 13, nine times. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:31 p.m. on Friday by the Lake County Coroner’s office.

Gary Police Lt. Thomas Pawlak told the Post-Tribune that the gunman’s home was broken into and robbed some time on Friday afternoon. The man arrived home around 5:00 p.m. and discovered the robbery and flew into a rage.

As he was having a noisy tantrum in his back yard, a crowd of neighborhood residents gathered. Jones made the mistake of laughing at his neighbor’s histrionics, which drove the man to even greater heights of rage.

He produced a gun and shot Jones nine times, killing him. The shooter and his girlfriend fled the scene in a car, but returned at around 7:00 p.m. and surrendered to police.

He shot an innocent teenager 9 times.  Because he laughed at him.  I just can’t even process that.

If you can't control your temper, you shouldn't be allowed to own a gun

If you can’t control your temper, you shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun

Indiana man shoots and kills 13-year-old neighbor for laughing at him

This story is exactly why I think psychological profiling ought to be mandatory for would-be gun owners. There are far too many people who react with anger during times of emotional distress.  When you add a gun to the mix, it becomes a lethal combination.  People who cannot manage their anger such that they don’t reach for their firearm when they become enraged should not be allowed to possess a gun. I’m sympathetic to the guy being robbed. I’d be angry too.  But to then take that anger out on someone by fucking shooting and killing them?  The fuck is wrong with this person?!

According to the Gary Post-Tribune, police have not released the shooter’s name, but said that he shot Kobe Jones, 13, nine times. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:31 p.m. on Friday by the Lake County Coroner’s office.

Gary Police Lt. Thomas Pawlak told the Post-Tribune that the gunman’s home was broken into and robbed some time on Friday afternoon. The man arrived home around 5:00 p.m. and discovered the robbery and flew into a rage.

As he was having a noisy tantrum in his back yard, a crowd of neighborhood residents gathered. Jones made the mistake of laughing at his neighbor’s histrionics, which drove the man to even greater heights of rage.

He produced a gun and shot Jones nine times, killing him. The shooter and his girlfriend fled the scene in a car, but returned at around 7:00 p.m. and surrendered to police.

He shot an innocent teenager 9 times.  Because he laughed at him.  I just can’t even process that.

If you can’t control your temper, you shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun