Take politeness with you on a family outing.
Shawn Huber tries to understand the lure of firearms. Here’s a nugget.
What we get out of guns doesn’t get enough airtime, but it comes to my mind every time there’s another mass shooting like the one in Oregon, followed by another fruitless national fight. Years after I left what President Barack Obama once famously called the “guns and religion” belt of Pennsylvania, an astute Los Angeles psychologist put it to me this way: Yes, the right to carry a gun is a civil liberty, constitutionally protected. But whatever their other uses, firearms also are a lot like liquor and pornography and tobacco.
“Guns,” he said bluntly, “are a vice.”
Unlike speech, or assembly, or voting or other liberties in the Constitution, guns are for killing. That gives people, even nice people, a sense of power, a rush.
The hunt for politeness marches on.
Luke Burns, 16, an Exeter Union High School student, was hunting with family and friends just before 8 a.m. near Horse Meadow when he wandered in front of hunters. He was hidden behind some brush when another hunter fired and struck the boy in the torso.
And, in more news of the polite . . . .
. . . and a polite society is a clean society.
Deputies say 21-year-old Riley Cottrell was cleaning his gun when it accidentally discharged, hitting him in the leg. He was treated by medics on the scene but then taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.
Maybe it’s just me, but I used to make sure my rifle was unloaded before ramming the cleaning wad down the barrel.
Play with politeness.
Edwards said Baker and the suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, got into a fight after the suspect walked into Baker’s bedroom and knocked a video game controller out of the victim’s hand. At that time, both men began to wrestle with each other and at some point a gun was removed from the suspect’s waist.
The two then began to fight over the gun, and it discharged, hitting Baker in the chest.
Had both of them been packing, no doubt no one would have been hurt.
Be polite to your mother.
Nayback’s daughter, Aleeah Wayne, 27, told investigators she was shooting steel targets with a 9 mm handgun when “a bullet ricocheted” off and struck her mother, Hilldsale Sheriff Stan Burchardt said.
Nayback had been walking down the road at the time of the incident, while the steel targets were placed on the ground in the woods, according to the release.
Steel targets. Words fail me.
The hunt for politeness continues.
Upton, 28, was taken to an Arkansas hospital, where he died from his injuries.
I’m sure he looked just a bear or a rabbit or whatever the other fellow was hunting.
Get a load of all this politeness:
“He was just taking the bullets out of his weapon because there were kids in the house and he wanted to make sure it was empty,” said Sheriff Harrison.
Self-politeness is the politest kind.
A South Dakota man is currently in custody after telling police officers he was shot in the penis by a “black guy” when he actually shot himself while attempting to purchase a gun illegally, reports the Argus Leader.
Note the use of the all-purpose “blame a black guy” strategy.
Politeness. You can’t handle the politeness.
Ensure that children have the opportunity to be polite.
Police Chief William Moore said police got a 911 call at 9:01 a.m. for a gunshot wound in one of the apartments at The Commons Way off Mill Pond Drive. Moore said a couple was home with their children when a handgun went off. The bullet apparently hit the woman in the buttocks area and came out of her abdomen.
Mayor Craig Randall said he was told by police that the couple’s 3-year old child was believed to have fired the weapon.
Just another day in NRA Paradise.
He forgot that the polite do it in the back seat.
The 38-year-old victim, whose identity has not been released by police, was found in the driver’s seat of his car with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. A gun was sitting on the passenger seat of the car.
“It looks like (the shooting was a result of) an accidental mishandling* of a firearm. All of the evidence appears consistent with that determination,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Bob Bromage said Sunday.
*Yet another report in which “fondling” is misplet.
Politeness is essential between life partners.
Shoot first, get questioned later–always a good policy.
Some folks just can’t handle politeness.
And, in more news of the polite . . . .
*I got a dollar to a doughnut that “fondling” would have been a more accurate term.