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Just what Georgia needed

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So even Jimmy Carter’s grandson supports this crazy-ass law? That’s plain nuts. (See what I did there?)

Ellijay, Georgia (CNN) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law Wednesday that has critics howling and proponents applauding.

House Bill 60, or the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 — which opponents have nicknamed the “guns everywhere bill” — specifies where Georgia residents can carry weapons. Included are provisions that allow residents who have concealed carry permits to take guns into some bars, churches, school zones, government buildings and certain parts of airports.

GeorgiaCarry, which lobbied for the bill, calls it “meaningful pro-gun legislation,” despite it being watered down from the group’s perspective. Still, the group has lauded the legislation, which will go into effect July 1. Americans for Responsible Solutions opposed the bill, calling it “extremism in action.”

Wednesday’s signing came at an open-air picnic area along a creek in Ellijay, in northern Georgia. It opened with a prayer, the singing of the national anthem and a recital of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Hundreds of people filled more than 25 picnic tables, while others stood. Many were openly carrying handguns, and some wore National Rifle Association hats and buttons proclaiming, “Stop Gun Control” and “Guns Save Lives.”

The bill, which easily navigated the state legislature — by a 112-58 vote in the House and a 37-18 tally in the Senate — also earned the support of Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, a gubernatorial candidate challenging Deal.

Calling it “a great day to reaffirm our liberties,” Deal said the law allows residents to protect their families and expands the list of places where they can legally carry firearms, while allowing certain property owners, namely churches and bars, to make judgments on whether they want worshippers and patrons carrying guns.

Republican Jesus to rise again

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I don’t think even crazy people like Jerry Boykin believe their own crap. They’re just mixing up a psychic stew to serve to their donors:

The Prince of Peace will be armed with a piece when he returns … or so says one gun rights advocate.

Family Research Council’s Executive Vice President William (Jerry) Boykin predicted the Son of God will have an AR-15 assault rifle at the Second Coming.

Mad gun skillz

Feeling safer yet?

A police chief accidentally shot himself in the leg at a gun store on Saturday. Somewhat amazingly, this is the second time the chief has suffered an inadvertent self-inflicted gunshot wound; 15 years ago he shot himself in the hand while cleaning his service weapon.

Connersville, Indiana police chief David Counceller’s most recent self-inflicted wound occurred when his sweatshirt jammed against his 40-caliber Glock’s trigger as he attempted to holster the weapon. He was examining a new Glock at a gun shop at the time.

“It got tangled in my clothing,” Counceller said of his gun, according to the Indy Star. “I was wearing a sweatshirt and a fleece jacket. I felt (the gun) go in the holster and I pushed it, but it was tangled in the material which caused it to discharge. The bullet went into my leg and then into the floor.”

Counceller’s injury was minor and he was able to drive himself to the hospital, where he said nurses laughed at him when he said he’d shot himself.

Gun risks and the illusion of self-defense

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I think this falls under the category of “duh!”:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – People may have heightened risks of dying from suicide and murder if they own or have access to a gun, according to a new analysis of previous research.

Researchers found people who lived in homes with firearms were between two and three times more likely to die from either cause, compared to those who lived in homes without guns.

“There have been a lot of conflicting reports about having a firearm in the home,” Andrew Anglemyer said. He is the study’s lead author and an epidemiologist from the University of California, San Francisco.

Anglemyer and his coauthors write in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday that the U.S. has the highest prevalence of gun ownership in the world, and the majority of suicides and murders are committed with firearms.

Criminally insane Florida man stopped with 36 guns

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This is why I love Florida. They really go to the wall to protect our constitutional freedoms!

TAMPA — A man who shot a trucker to death in 1992 but was judged to be criminally insane seemed nervous Saturday when stopped for speeding east of Gainesville, a deputy reported.

David Harris Dunaway, 58, was wanted by federal authorities, the deputy learned. A grand jury in Tampa had indicted him on a gun charge Dec. 18, alleging that he had a pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition, illegal for someone with Dunaway’s medical history.

But in a search of his green Honda van, the deputy found more — 36 guns, 4,629 rounds.

Dunaway of Hawthorne reported that he was headed to the Waldo flea market to sell “some” of his personal collection, according to Alachua County sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey.

I’m sure there’s a valid constitutional argument to be made. I just can’t think of one.

H/T Kush Arora.

Chris Christie, hypocrite hero of the gun nuts

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Because he wouldn’t dream of saying no to the wingnut gun lovers and standing up for his own communities of Newark, Elizabeth, Trenton and Camden!

Christie declines to defend N.J. gun laws, sparking criticism (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s administration declined to defend two of New Jersey’s toughest gun laws in a high-profile case decided Monday by a state appeals court. The court upheld both laws anyway, finding that New Jersey has a “well-established…

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A Christmas memory

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People and their fucking guns:

While many in America were busy wrapping or unwrapping presents last night, tragedy struck a family in Pennsylvania. A family member decided to handle a gun with a baby in the room. The 2-month-old baby girl died on Christmas Eve in what is described as another ‘accidental’ shooting.

Reckless endangerment. This criminally negligent asshole should be charged.

Packin’ Heat…

A couple of weeks ago, Daddylonglegs and I drove up to the big box sporting goods store to look for some tire tubes for the beach bombers. While walking around, we spotted a little kid about 8 years old dressed up in a superhero costume complete with red cape walking in front of us. Awwwww weeee! He was really cute. His dad was walking along beside him was wearing a little red cape himself. Awwwwww double weeee! They turned the corner to exit the store and there it was. The superhero’s Dad was packin’ heat in the sporting goods store.

Now, I don’t know why he was carrying. Surely, I didn’t go up and ask why he had a gun with him. He could have been a cop of some sort, or buying something he needed for his weapon or something. I don’t know.

It just looked odd, even for the gun laden South. It could have been for protection, I guess. I just never hear of too much trouble up in Hiram, GA.

But, some people take things to extremes

Earlier this month, two men decided to wander into a crowded farmers market in Appleton, Wisconsin each with an AR-15 assault rifle strapped across their back. They did not make it to the market. After several residents called 911, expressing concerns about the two gun-toting men. Police briefly detained the men, with at least one officer drawing his weapon after they determined that the assault rifles were real. The men were briefly handcuffed and detained but were eventually released without citations.

Although open carry is legal in Wisconsin, police say they stopped the men to prevent a panic — “walking into a farmers market filled with a couple thousand individuals would be a recipe for disaster.” Yet the a county attorney told the Appleton Post-Crescent that the men could not be charged because “they had not made it to the farmers market” at the point when they were stopped and the men are reportedly considering a lawsuit against the police. In video of the men’s encounter with the police, one of the men tells an officer that they are carrying a highly visible pair of assault rifles into a crowded public market for “self defense.”

It is illegal to carry a fake or toy gun in Appleton.

I am trying to understand the thought process here.

Did one of these guys call his friend up and say, “Hey, you want to go down to the Farmer’s Market with me? The wife needs some tomatoes and apples. Thought I’d surprise her and get her a piece of that goat milk soap. She loves that stuff.”

“I don’t know, I mean it’s a rough crowd down there, all those organic farmers and all. They get pretty militant. And the kids, well, you know how they are these days.”

“Well, if you are that concerned, why don’t we carry our AR-15’s! If you feel like you need some self defense and all…”

(Appleton Mayor) Hanna said the cherished weekly event, which draws thousands of people to the avenue, will not be “ruined by two idiots trying to prove a point” and said he would be there today for coffee and breakfast.

“This is not the Wild West; this is one of the safest communities in the country. We don’t need posses and we don’t need vigilantes,” Hanna said. “We’re limited in our ability to ban weapons, but you can’t bring your dog and you can’t bring a toy gun to the farmers market.”

One of the two men, Charles Branstrom, of Appleton, told Post-Crescent Media on Friday he had no regrets.

“We never did it to prove a point, I carry every day for my safety,” Branstrom said. “It’s 100 percent within the law, we never should have been stopped in the first place … I was one nervous twitch away from getting shot.”

Gimme a freakin’ break, buddy, you are a victim?  And, yes, the police should have stopped you and questioned you. Why? Because there is no obvious way to tell the “good guys” with guns (as you claim you are) from the “bad guys” with guns. It is not tattooed on your forehead.

And, yes you did do it to prove a point. Attention seeking nutbags…

 

 

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