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Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Planet of the Gun Nuts

Posted by on Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 6:20 PM


At least four people — three in North Carolina and one in Indiana — were injured after weapons went off at gun shows Saturday, officials said, at a time when there's been renewed discussion about private gun sales at such shows.
Dixie Gun and Knife Show attendees bolted, with at least one woman wiping out in the frenetic scene, after gunfire rang out around 1 p.m., as seen on video captured by CNN affiliate WRAL.
Police later explained that a a 36-year-old man from Wilmington, North Carolina, was unfastening the case of his 12-gauge shotgun on a table near the show entrance when it accidentally discharged. The man planned to sell the shotgun at the show.
The bird shot ended up injuring three people. One was a sheriff's deputy, who suffered a slight injury to his hand and was treated and released at a local hospital before returning immediately to work, said Joel Keith, chief of police of the North Carolina State Fair.
A 54-year-old woman from Benson, North Carolina, was being treated a wound to her right torso at a local hospital, and a 50-year-old man from Durham, North Carolina, was treated for an injured left hand, Keith told reporters.

This is how it happened:

A man identified as Gary Lynn Wilson, 36, of Wilmington, brought the 12-gauge shotgun to the show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and was attempting to remove it from its case when the weapon went off shortly after 1 p.m., police said.
One wonders if these people even know that guns are dangerous, that they are not toys, that they must be handled with a great amount of attention and care. But to be honest, I only want guns and gun shows out of the city. The country people are more than welcome to have as many shows, guns, and guns that just go off as they want.


Two similar incidents occurred at entirely separate gun shows in the Midwest, one in the Cleveland suburb of Medina, Ohio and the other at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. In Ohio, the local ABC affiliate reports that one individual was brought to a hospital by EMS, and in Indiana Channel 8 WISH says that an individual shot himself in the hand while trying to reload his gun in the show parking lot. That brings the tally to 4 victims of gun violence so far at three different gun shows during the country’s first Gun Appreciation Day.


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GeneStoner 31
Amazing how there were thousands of eeeeeevil guns on the streets of Seattle on Saturday, and none went off and nobody got killed. This, at the biggest gun show EVER in Seattle, hosted by Mayor McGinn. I'm totally voting for him next time BTW.

SO many "stupid inbred people" there too (especially white guys with signs)...


Posted by GeneStoner on January 29, 2013 at 5:34 PM · Report this
@24 Come midterms I defy you to show me one gun nut politician in a CLOSE race talking about their support for armed guards in schools, large clips, more concealed weapons, and less government regulation of firearms.

They are under pressure and we have to keep the pressure on. Pointing out how poor vast numbers of "law abiding" gun owners are at safely managing their weapons is a very effective argument to the ambivalent or conflicted against relying solely on self-regulation.
Posted by cracked on January 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM · Report this
#28 - I'll bite; what the hell's a Tonderai?
Posted by catsnbanjos on January 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM · Report this
I love how Tonderai lumps everyone in a geographic area with his cut little epithets: those rural people [niggers] or those country people [niggers]. I guess everyone in America can't be a "hip" third world refugee such as himself.
Posted by Stranger'sWorstNightmare on January 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM · Report this
The irony is that most gun shows don't allow you to carry a loaded gun into the show for safety/insurance reasons. Even gun enthusiasts recognize at some level that getting too many 'good guys' with guns together raises the danger level.
Posted by Action Slacks on January 20, 2013 at 9:15 AM · Report this
#24 Yesssssssssss, we're playing directly into the hands of the NRA by...

Reporting idiots who shot themselves and others at gun shows?


I think not.

Because, again, reality has a well-known liberal bias.
Posted by judybrowni on January 20, 2013 at 8:49 AM · Report this
Couldn't have happened to better people.
Posted by DisorganizedReligion on January 20, 2013 at 7:58 AM · Report this
chinaski 24
@18 it certainly is disappointing to see the political left so obvious, clumsy, and heavy handed. Playing directly into the hands of the NRA and firing up the base on the right for the midterms. there were better fights to choose
Posted by chinaski on January 20, 2013 at 7:43 AM · Report this
And once again there are reports of shootings from across the nation.
But nothing from Seattle.
No one here can name the first (or latest) brown person wounded or killed in Seattle in 2013. Without looking it up.
Judging by the coverage in The Stranger, there haven't been any.
Yet there will be stories posted about shootings across the nation.

Who is shooting whom with what and why?
Posted by fairly.unbalanced on January 20, 2013 at 7:26 AM · Report this
Now if they had made it "Bullet Appreciation Day", things would have been a lot better for everyone.
Posted by mubhappy on January 20, 2013 at 6:28 AM · Report this
@8 Good point. Indiana and North Carolina where these events occurred happen to be the two states that voted for Obama in 2008, but then voted against him in 2012. This surely can't be a coincidence.
Posted by bwouns on January 20, 2013 at 6:25 AM · Report this
these folks are so stupid.

in fact, according to the CDC, 20% of practicing gun owners have shot them self.

fucking. retards.
Posted by yes. you are SO full of shit. on January 20, 2013 at 4:41 AM · Report this
@18 Fuck the big dog. I don't want 45 student classes with 11 gun toting guards roaming the halls at my kids' schools here in Washington, so why should I accede to it in order to mollify some fools in Arkansas? We have to laugh at them. Gun nuts currently are awarded deference and power beyond their numbers, but the gun nuts are not the boogy man. And they are ludicrous, as shown with these shenanigans at national gun coming out day. However, it is hard to fight them because they are both fanatics and well funded puppets for the gun industry, and industry that rejoices in every killing as it raises both paranoia and gun sales.
Posted by cracked on January 20, 2013 at 1:13 AM · Report this
Amnt 18
Some gun owners are stupid, some make mistakes, sometimes they combine in dangerous and unfortunate ways. This is not news, though it does feed into the popular narrative here on slog.

Some words from the Big Dog:…
Posted by Amnt on January 20, 2013 at 12:11 AM · Report this
seatackled 17

Well, there were only injuries--just flesh wounds; nobody got killed. And the reason no one got killed was because they all had guns. If they didn't have guns, don't you think we would have seen something besides injuries? See? The guns really protected them from other guns!
Posted by seatackled on January 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 16
@14 - Oops, I think you were being sarcastic. Sorry for my itchy post button finger!
Posted by Pridge Wessea on January 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM · Report this
Pridge Wessea 15
@14 - Because the idea and comparison between the two is completely asinine.
Posted by Pridge Wessea on January 19, 2013 at 11:19 PM · Report this
fletc3her 14
Why isn't the Stranger reporting about all the deaths at boat shows today? Or are they..?!
Posted by fletc3her on January 19, 2013 at 10:34 PM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 13
If only all of these guns had had guns, these tragedies could have been avoided.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on January 19, 2013 at 10:29 PM · Report this
fletc3her 12
Hilarious. Maybe we should have more gun shows.
Posted by fletc3her on January 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM · Report this
Who needs false flags? All Obama has to do is show them a rope, and they'll grab it right from his hands and hang themselves with gusto.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on January 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM · Report this
Ballard Pimp 10
The Stupid is very strong among these folks. Like a vortex, The Stupid sweeps them into gun shows. The thing about Darwin is that his ideas work, whether you believe them or not.
Posted by Ballard Pimp on January 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM · Report this
@8 You wicked, wicked devil!
Posted by OOF POOF on January 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM · Report this
runswithnailclippers 8
Cue the conspiracy theorists saying this was staged by Obama in 3...2...1....
Posted by runswithnailclippers on January 19, 2013 at 9:17 PM · Report this
runswithnailclippers 7
It's now official--you can't make this shit up.
Posted by runswithnailclippers on January 19, 2013 at 9:07 PM · Report this
I can see where the Coffinmakers of America could co-sponsor an annual Gun Appreciation Day with pharmaceutical corporations. Business would soar.
Posted by Weird how SPD doesn't offer buybacks for cars & pools on January 19, 2013 at 8:28 PM · Report this
theophrastus 5
it's a lamentably slow process, but since gun ownership statistically shortens the life of the owner as well as any household members then the gun nut (mutation) will eventually be eliminated from the gene pool.
Posted by theophrastus on January 19, 2013 at 7:43 PM · Report this
@3: That's how I figured it would happen. There have been a couple of public shootings in the last few years where bystanders with guns have reported not firing because while they knew shooting was going on, they couldn't be sure who "the bad guy" was. Apparently it's not as simple as in video games.

And while not all gun owners are idjits, it seems idjits are magnetically attracted to guns and mishandling them. Loaded? Safety off? Finger on trigger? Not pointed at the ground? Good god.
Posted by tiktok on January 19, 2013 at 7:21 PM · Report this
I couldn't help but spin this scenario out in my mind alá the kid in the film Stand By Me - you know where the barf chain reaction starts at a pie eating contest.

Imagine that some "good guy" returns fire when he thinks an attack is being made by a lunatic with a 12 gauge. Other heroes attempt to drop good guy No1. mistaking him for a lunatic after shooting some dude who is just trying to exercise his god given right to pawn a 12 gauge for a couple of bucks. Before you know it the most heavily armed convention center on the East Coast and presumably the safest place on earth has erupted in gunfire. Casualties abound.

Essay question A. How does the NRA spin this event.
Posted by jnonymous on January 19, 2013 at 7:11 PM · Report this
seatackled 2
If there's got to be accidental shootings, that's one of the places they should happen.

So what was the reaction? Did all the other folks there heroically run toward the sound of the gunfire ready to take out the bad guys?
Posted by seatackled on January 19, 2013 at 6:57 PM · Report this
auntie jim 1
why didn't he unload the damn thing before he went to the gun show? I'd like to think that the guy would have been cited for reckless endangerment here in Washington and fined or even thrown in jail. His gun toting days should be over.
Posted by auntie jim on January 19, 2013 at 6:47 PM · Report this

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