Don’t Be Surprised If You Get Shot This Year

Don’t be surprised if you get shot this year. Daniel von Bargen, best known as George’s boss  on Seinfeld did. Tragically, by his own hand after suffering the untold diabetic agony of a leg amputation and the imminent prospect of losing a few toes off the foot of the remaining leg. At last report, he’s still alive. His 911 call immediately after the shooting is one of the saddest recordings you’ll ever hear.

In January of last year, Democratic Representative, Gabrielle Giffords was gunned down during a constituents meeting in Tucson by a close-in shot to the head. The heroic ‘Gabby’ survived, valiantly willing herself to a degree of normalcy. Her recovery has not been sufficient however, to enable her to return to Congress. A total of 18 others were shot, 6 of which were killed by a gun-wielding kid so loony, he shouldn’t have been allowed a slingshot. And who will ever forget Columbine and Virginia Tech (other than the NRA).

In a matter of the last few weeks, the following incidents graced the pages of my local paper. A homeless man was shot by an attorney’s wife about ten or so miles down the road from my house. Seems the couple had been told by a realtor that, while attempting to show a vacant house the pair owned, she encountered a man inside. Neither the realtor nor the owners called the police. Instead the vigilante pair reached for some heat and sped to their property. Upon entering, sure enough there was the squatter. Hubby got the drop on the apparently unarmed intruder. The alleged ‘trigger’ for the shooting was when the unwelcome occupier approached the owners and supposedly ‘grabbed’ the husband’s arm. I don’t know, if some guy was pointing a gun at me, I might ‘grab’ his arm too. And, given the region, I’m not sure I even believe the account.

Long story short, momma shot the grabber in the face. Lucky for the recipient of this slug, it was not fatal, though any shot in the region of the noggin could well be. The local gentry cheered the shooting. There were a number of Letters to the Editor. Their authors would have done the same thing. Call the police? HA! Not in the ‘take care of business’ south. Did I mention the shootee was black? The local newspaper didn’t say a word about the husband being a lawyer or whether the victim was armed. So you know he wasn’t. The Solicitor cleared the lawyer-vigilante and his like-minded wife in record time. The investigation being little more than “you go girl.”

Another tribute to gun-nuttery was the front page headline on Monday, Februrary 27th ... Man killed at NC flea market. Seems two gun-goobers got into it at their adjoining tool-selling booths at the venerable Sunday morning Hendersonville, North Carolina flea market. One of the vendors shot the other one a reported five times. After the fact, the owner of the flea market said, “…the atmosphere has always been very family-oriented, very safe.”

A week earlier, a South Carolina pastor’s daughter was fatally shot during a church service in Florida. Some churchgoer was showing a Ruger 9mm to a prospective buyer in a church closet when the thing went off, piercing a wall and subsequently, the 20-year-old woman’s skull.

I’m sure you remember the recent tragic story of an 8-year-old Port Orchard, Washington girl accidentally shot in school by a 9-year-old male classmate. She’s on a ventilator. Poppa said, “My kid made a mistake.”

In wrapping up this ode to the almighty bullet, I almost forget the most ironic shooting incident of all. The wife of a Sheriff’s deputy in my county was accidentally shot in the arm and the side by a deputy instructor during a concealed weapons permit class. “Now, class; we have just learned that you should always check for a round in the chamber. Uh, would somebody call 911?” Fortunately she’ll be OK.

In a lot of states, you can be a mini- John Wayne. You can walk down Main St. or anywhere else, at high noon or any other time with that six-shooter proudly displayed in its readily visible holster. You can be the Village People’s Macho Macho Man, (Every man ought to be a macho macho man, to live a life of freedom, machos make a stand.”)

 Yeah, freedom to ‘fire at will’.

No solutions here. These are just a ‘Day in the life of America’ musings. Nothing meaningful or responsible will ever be done by those “protectors of life” elected officials. I’ve stated earlier that a politician who doesn’t earn all A’s in the NRA’s candidate questionnaire, can kiss his or her chances goodbye.

State and national elected officials battle for the most egregiously NRA-friendly legislation possible to guarantee that citizens are duly prepared to thwart the armed hordes of Chinese, Iranians (name any Muslim country), North Koreans, Russians and, what the hell, even the French, that are heading for Dubuque at this very moment.

I know I’ve written of deadly armed gang violence, but unless you can take out 4 or 5 at a time, you’re OK Corral shootout ain’t gonna be pretty. A gun well hidden, under lock from kids with ammo at a separate location is acceptable.  There are a number of state child prevention access laws to that effect. Laws many parents largely ignore. The Castle Doctrine pretty much allows you to gun down the mailman if he looks at you sideways. And while there are hyperbolic statistical claims of homeowners shooting intruders, that’s rarely reflected in the every-other-day accounts of shootings in my local paper.

Hunting, Trap Shooting (there are a lot of great 12 Gauges out there) Skeet and target shooting…go for it.  All are fun.  But there can always be too much of a good thing – or in this case a bad thing.

Reasonable people, know where the guns are, protect the kids, loudly announce when you’re entering the house at night and as you’ve often seen me write in this space – vote Democrat.

11 Replies to “Don’t Be Surprised If You Get Shot This Year”

  1. I live in AZ so the chances are probably higher than the National average. Just assume everyone is armed.

  2. In AZ, especially the ‘burbs, I refuse to in any restaurant where the “no weapons” sign does not appear; I ask if I don’t see one (believe it or not, my exceptions are Central Phx. or Scottsdale as they mostly have signs)…and, I ask in a loud tone so those waiting for tables can hear what the manager has to say…I’m not playin’ the local white, nice and polite game when lives are potentially at stake…

    …but watch yourself hiking as the rationale is “thar might be a snake or one of them ki-yot-tees or sum’thin'”…”or sum’thin'” usually means, something illegal THEY aren’t supposed to be doing.

  3. Many people do not obey the law because of the 2nd amendment. They have the right to have weapons and that gives them the right to put their family at risk. In other words they are stupid.

    Many of the reasons for gun ownership for the most part are just as stupid. Going to fight the gubbment when they come to get yer guns? Cold dead hands? Yep, that’s right. You will last 15 minutes and end up dead. There are valid reasons for owning guns. Sport shooting, hunting, home protection are a few. Store your guns, get them out when you need them and put them back when you don’t. Do NOT let kids have access. The shooting today was supposedly over bullying.

    And never forget, the vast number of killings with guns are done by friends, relatives or aquantances

  4. If white phosphorus is exposed to enough oxygen, it catches fire. If enough inflammatory rhetoric is directed at an armed population, it causes murder. If someone, knowing the presence of the one, tries to introduce a critical amount of the other, that’s arson. Some of this stuff may be sheer stupidity, but be forewarned: the arsonists are out there.

  5. I am a VERY liberal Independent voter. I support equality, & vote Democrat (though ONLY because it is the lesser of the two evils.) I want it to be known that I ABSOLUTELY support the 2nd Amendment. I was shocked when I moved from WA, an open-carry state, to NY where I discovered the ONLY way I could carry my weapons is concealed. I sincerely dislike this – people SEEING that I was armed was always MORE than enough of a deterrent not to fuck with me. I am a young skinny gay guy that was OFTEN the target of harassment & intimidation. I am JUST as trained to handle my weapons as I am in hand-to-hand combat.

    I am NOT in ANY way sorry that I FULLY support my RIGHT to bear arms, and I will NOT apologize for being COMPLETELY against any further gun control. I find it violating to be told where I can and cannot carry my weapons, or how I can carry them. Yes, I recognize that there are irresponsible people out there who make mistakes which allow their children to access weapons. I acknowledge that tragedies happen because mentally disturbed individuals slip through the cracks & aren’t detected in time to prevent such incidents. That we all must suffer because of a few bad people is ABSOLUTELY unacceptable.

    As the old saying goes: you can have my guns when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers. Until then, if you want to come at me, you better come armed to the teeth and ready for a bloody fucking war.

  6. Americans are so retarded . . .
    You either support 2nd Amendment rights, or you accept them.
    30,000 American citizens are killed with firearms, every year ! ! That’s the equivalent of wiping a small American city off the face of the earth, EVERY YEAR ! !
    That’s more than 10 times the number killed in all of America in the 10 years since 9/11 !
    (ie. 300,000 STONE, COLD, DEAD Americans in 10 years)
    You don’t need to be worried about the Taliban, Iran, or the North Koreans; you kill far, far more of your own neighbors and fellow citizens than they ever will.

  7. This is the first I’ve heard of the shooting (no TV – can’t afford it), but having gone through that hell (being bullied by the school) I’m not so quick to condemn the shooter. I usually feel sorry for those who have been put through that living hell, in fact. (Bullies on the other hand… I feel no mercy or kindness toward them.)

    Thanks, by the way, for speaking up. I fear gun control almost as much as I do dominionists… and I’ve shared the (VALID) reasons why in previous posts. The idea of a bunch of people under thought control being armed, yeah… that’s scary (and a good reason to having the means of defending self and family). The idea of ordinary people owning guns… I don’t have a problem with that. After all, isn’t liberalism about a person being free to do pretty much as they please, as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else?

    We really need to work on the root causes of violence (that includes right wing rhetoric and dominionist hate language), and not just point at the instruments.

  8. Arizona’s legislature is pushing for a law to force universities to allow professors and students to carry guns on campus. As one law enforcement officer said, when there’s a gun incident, how are officers supposed to know who the bad guy is? And five states already have such a law. Insanity!

  9. …and the campus’s and police are working in unison to defeat the bill; they are saying enough is enough to the morons down on Jefferson St.

  10. The NRA is very powerful. They used the election of Barack Obama to up gun sales to record amounts. They knew exactly what they were doing. I would love to be the little mouse in the board room, listening to them laugh their a** off at how their words of going to take your guns would send nitwits on a buying spree. They did. I have a few friends whose kids filled the trunk of their car up in fear the government was going to take their guns. This country is pathetic. If I was younger i would pack up and move to Canada, and gladly pay my taxes and have peace of mind. This country is doomed. It is filled with idiots.

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