Today’s tale of Second Amendment Heroism.
Associated Press: Police say a man has died after being struck by a bullet that passed through the wall of a neighbor’s apartment in Columbus.
Officers responding to a reported shooting found Jonathan Gardner suffering from a single gunshot wound around 12:50 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injury.
Police say a person in a nearby apartment accidentally fired a round from a handgun which went through a wall, striking 28-year-old Gardner.
A lot of Second Amendment Heroism comes from Ohio, for some reason. Maybe reading a little bit farther down will give us a clue as to why…
The person who fired the gun has been identified but has not been charged by police.
"Yeah, your clumsy mishandling of your weapon resulted in the death of one of your neighbors, but hey, accidents will happen, right?" one of Columbus’ finest apparently told our Second Amendment Hero. "Welp, guess we’ll be on our way. You have fun with your handgun, OK?"
I think we can say that little mystery has been solved.
In a post-Citizens United world, Boehner still manages to find campaign finance laws to break.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: The Federal Election Commission is examining whether dozens of political action committees and individuals contributed more than the legally allowed amount to House Speaker John Boehner during last year’s election cycle.
Letters the Federal Election Committee sent Monday to Friends of John Boehner indicated that donors including coal, energy, and gambling interests, exceeded contribution limits to Boehner’s committee by more than $150,000.
Among the groups that were allegedly overgenerous to Boehner were Coalpac and Minepac, which represent the mining industry, as well as political committees representing the Exelon, Constellation and Luminant power companies, and the Ceasars and Penn National gambling enterprises.
Needless to say, the FEC expects FoJB to send some checks back. Of course, this isn’t the first time Boehner’s been caught playing fast and loose with campaign finance laws. In 1995, Boehner was caught on the House floor, handing out checks from Big Tobacco prior to a vote. Most people would call that bribery and most people would be right.
After the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, the world of campaign finance is damned near anarchy — there aren’t a lot of laws left governing it. That Boehner still managed to find one to break shows skill and a real commitment to corruption.
Columbus Dispatch: A firearms instructor accidentally shot a student while teaching a gun-safety class on Saturday in Fairfield County to people seeking permits to carry concealed weapons.
Terry J. Dunlap Sr., who runs a shooting range and training center at 6995 Coonpath Rd. near Lancaster, was demonstrating a handgun when he fired a .38-caliber bullet that ricocheted off a desk and into student Michael Piemonte’s right arm.
Dunlap, 73, also is a long-time Violet Township trustee who is running for re-election in November.
Yesterday, Piemonte said he feels lucky, and it could have been worse.
"My wife was sitting just inches away from me," Piemonte said. "It could have easily hit her."
According to the report, Piemonte told the Dispatch that the couple had decided to get concealed-carry permits “for their own general safety.” That sure worked out great, huh? Carrying a gun for safety is like carrying a magnet to ward off iron — it’s doing things exactly the wrong way.
Carrying a gun actually makes it more likely that you’ll be shot. There are a lot of reasons for that increased risk, one of which is demonstrated by this story — people are imperfect. Here we have a guy who runs a gun range and trains people to use firearms; he’s no stranger to these weapons. But even he isn’t immune to a careless moment when he’s not paying attention. Guns are extremely dangerous and the more often you’re exposed to firearms, the more likely it is that something like this will happen. The odds rise every time. As personal safety strategies go, carrying a loaded weapon is one of the worst. It’s like taking up smoking to avoid cancer.
Ohio Honors Student attempts suicide by handgun in high school classroom.
“According to a 911 call, students were running through the halls screaming after the shooting,” Fox 19 reports.
How the student smuggled the gun into class remains unknown… But yay for guns, huh? Out there, keeping everybody safe. Yup. Yay for America’s piles and piles of fucking guns.