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Secure your guns, people

An 8 year-old shot his mother because some dumbass left an unsecured gun in his vehicle.

2 Responses to “Secure your guns, people”

  1. ExpatNJ Says:

    There should always be plans in advance to have safe, secure, storage for firearms in vehicles.

    But, do NOT place all the blame on the the gun-owner here! Instead, ask why the gun had to be left behind in the vehicle in the first place: Because the college baseball game was a ‘gun-free zone’ (unless Tennessee laws have changed since 2016).

    It seems that the gun-owner was obeying the law:

    Tenn. Code Ann. 39-17-1309 [abridged]
    Carrying weapons on school property.
    (b)(1) It is an offense … to possess or carry … openly or concealed … any firearm … not used solely for instructional or school-sanctioned … purposes, in any … public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field or any other property owned, operated, or .. in use by any … college or university …
    (2) Violation of subsection (b) is a Class E felony.
    (B) It is not an offense under this subsection
    (c) for a nonstudent adult to possess a firearm, if the firearm is contained within a private vehicle operated by the adult …
    (2)Violation subsection (c) is a Class B misdemeanor.
    (d)(1) Each … school shall display in prominent locations … a sign … 6″ high 14″ wide … : STATE LAW PRESCRIBES MAXIMUM PENALTY … 6 YEARS IMPRISONMENT AND FINE NOT TO EXCEED … $3,000 FOR CARRYING WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
    (d), “prominent locations” includes … sports arenas, gymnasiums, stadiums and cafeterias.

    Source:
    https://www.memphis.edu/police/pdf/tca_39-17-1309_weapons_on_school_property.pdf

    Corollary: Now, gun-free-zones’ kill people outside of them, also.

  2. Lyle Says:

    Said eight-year-old shot said mother because some dumbass parent never educated him on, a) staying out of other people’s private property, and b) how to behave around firearms.

    But sure; let’s put all the blame on gun owner.

    I don’t imagine that if said boy had got hold of his neighbor’s, oh, let’s say, chainsaw, and he cut his mother’s arm off, we’d be blaming the the victim of said chainsaw robbery. And we don’t want to even THINK of what might happen if said boy got hold of his mother’s kitchen knives– That could be really horrible.

    Certainly there’s no blame against a mother whose kid, being more than old enough to know better, is snooping around, unsupervised, in other people’s vehicles.

    It would be equally just (or rather, unjust) to press charges of negligence on the parent for letting the kid snoop in someone else’s vehicle and for never teaching him anything whatsoever about guns. While we’re at it, lets charge the movie and TV industries for making a BIG DEAL out of guns, for without them the kid would no doubt have been less fascinated with said gun.

    I know I know; we’re a demographic targeted for oppression, and so we’ve been trained to take the blame for anything stupid someone else does with a gun.

    Yeah; don’t even start. I’ve heard it all, thousands of times. Once more isn’t going to change the facts on the ground.

    And yes yes yes; lock up your guns, but you’re a hypocrite if you don’t also lock up your kitchen knives, pointy objects of all kinds, matches, BBQ lighters, gasoline, harsh chemicals, et al. Oh but wait; parents TEACH THEIR KIDS before they’re eight years old, about such things, you say? I mean, everyone KNOWS about the dangers of such things, right? Yeah. Hmm…

    Anyway…another significant takeaway here is; if the gun owner had a loaded gun for protection (for why else have it loaded?), then why wasn’t said gun on his person? That right there makes no sense, and when something on the surface makes no sense it means there’s more to the story which is significant, being neither told nor asked.

    When people do irrational things like leaving a loaeded gun in a car at a college sporting event, there is probably more cause, beyond carelessness or stupidity, to the effect.

    Perchance was it because of existing restrictions? Was said car owner in the habit of carrying a gun, and ended up at a college event with said gun, only then realizing that he’d be in a heap of trouble if found carrying a gun, and so then had to remove it from his person and stow it nonchalantly in his car? Was it then an irrational behavior caused in part by irrational laws?

    I bet every gun owner reading this has left a loaded gun in a car before, because and only because it seemed less of a legal danger than doing the proper thing and keeping it on your person.

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