Guns make you safer

The odds of being a victim of a violent crime in the U.S.? About 0.45 percent. The odds of this particular gun owner shooting himself in the testicles… apparently, 100 percent:

A man was shot in the testicles Sunday afternoon after a gun in his waistband accidentally discharged, police said.

The man was shopping at the Lowe’s hardware store in Lynnwood around 12:30 p.m. when the gun went off, said Shannon Sessions with Lynnwood Police. […] Sessions said it was legal for the man to be carrying the gun and it’s unlikely he’ll face any charges.

I think a lot of guys like carrying a gun because it makes them feel more manly. You know, except this guy.


  1. 1

    drool spews:

    I don’t need a gun to feel manly any more than I need a good IPA to feel manly. This guy was a dumbshit. If he got drunk and lost his nuts in a car crash Goldy wouln’t give a shit. Goldy’s pet crusade is involved so he goes off half cocked.

    From the web site you cite: “In 2004 America’s crime rate was roughly the same as in 1970, with the homicide rate being at its lowest level since 1965″

    BTW, yes guns can make you safer. http://seattletimes.nwsource.c.....zly01.html

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    drool @1,

    I’m just saying that had this guy not gone to Lowe’s with a gun stuffed down his pants, he wouldn’t have gone off “half cocked,” so to speak.

    This gun did not make him safer.

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    ArtFart spews:

    At least the poor fool only shot himself.

    As for me, I think I’d prefer the IPA. Better yet Mac’N’Jack’s. And not necessarily to feel “manly”…just no longer thirsty.

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    drool spews:

    His stupidy with the weapon made him less safe. Did you ever see the photo ops of our previous president with a chain saw? He was using that unsafely too. Stupid is as stupid does.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    This guy is now pretty much on the same level as Goldy’s NW Division of Lunatic Moonbats…
    I’m just sayin’!

    He definitely needs to take a gun safety class..although they’ll have to make a decision if it’s for men…or perhaps transgenders??

    BTW Goldy–
    He actually went in “full-cocked”.
    I wonder if they found the hunk he blew off.

    Seriously though, discharging a weapon in a store…even accidently, ought to have consequences like reckless use or something.
    I’m pro-NRA and pro-2nd Amendment…folks I know in any of these groups DEMAND gun safety be enforced.
    No room for “mistakes” like this.
    Had he gotten aroused, he could have easily injured an innocent bystander.

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    Michael spews:


    Seriously though, discharging a weapon in a store…even accidently, ought to have consequences like reckless use or something.


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    YellowPup spews:

    People who (legally) shoot their nuts off at Lowe’s are a danger to the public.

    Instead of asking why the .45% of people who are victims of violent crime aren’t carrying guns, it would be worth asking whether creating laws that allow idiots to carry guns in public places is really such a great idea.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Reminds me of a cartoon I saw in Playboy magazine many years ago. The woman is in bed and a naked man wearing a handgun in a hip holster is standing up and staring out the window. The punch line goes, “Oh, all right then, wear it to bed if you need it to feel like a man,” or something like that.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Why would any woman date a guy who carries a loaded handgun in his waistbelt? Even if she doesn’t care whether he shoots his equipment off, you’d think she’d worry he might shoot her equipment off.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @1 We can always count on some head-up-his-ass wingnut like you to defend a head-up-his-ass redneck who carries a loaded gun in his waistband into a Lowe’s. Of course you’re too stupid to realize that when the gun went off, instead of the bullet hitting his nuts, it might have gone through a child’s head. Just because cars are legal doesn’t mean it makes sense to drive one in the aisles of a Lowe’s or Safeway. Given the total absence of common sense in the conservative thought process and the total lack of credibility that the screwballs constituting America’s political rightwing deserve, it’s amazing anyone still votes Republican.

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    correctnotright spews:

    Umm drool, way to cite a single instance as fact:

    Rangers said it was the first known instance of a grizzly being shot by a visitor in the park’s wilderness

    also, if you want to kill a grizzly I would not recommend a handgun in most cases….it might just make them angry.

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    bluestater spews:

    I think I’ll call the Lowe’s store manager and ask that they prohibit openly carried weapons. Even thought the guy was legally carrying, businesses do not have to allow it. Gun could easily have injured other customers or employees or even the carrier’s young children. It would make sense for the store’s liability to prohibit weapons (other than concealed weapon permit holders). I’ll bet their employee policy prohibits employees from bringing or carrying guns to workplace.

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    Broadway Joe spews:

    Plaxico Burress, please pick up the white courtesy phone……

    While I (along with a lot of innocent dead in Mexico) would have no problem with reinstating the assault-weapons ban, am I against guns as a whole? Hell, no! This boils down to two words: Responsible Ownership. Clearly this numbnuts (or would that be no-nuts?) was not a responsible owner. I really don’t give a shit if some asshole wants to openly pack his heater around while he gets a latte or picks up his dry-cleaning. Aside from his very public need to compensate for something, at least the guy is smart enough to put the thing in a holster, and he’s probably put in enough time with said gun at a range that he knows how to properly handle it without neutering himself.

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    Go Cheney A. Dick spews:

    Redneck shot off his balls and lost I.Q. points:) How manly is that?


    Go Cheney yourself

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    rhp6033 spews:

    I’ve wondered why this doesn’t happen more often. Anybody who knows anything about handguns knows it’s an incredibly stupid idea to put it in a waistand or belt. It needs to be in a holster to prevent the trigger from being accidently pulled.

    I even chewed out a friend of mine, who is pretty knowledgable about guns, for carrying an unholstered handgun in her purse. She pulled out her keys, and the handgun came out with them, with the trigger caught in the key rings. Fortunately, the safety was still on, and she had the sense not to keep a round in the chamber. She claimed she didn’t want to keep it in a holster becuase it would slow her down if she needed to draw the gun. I pointed out that with the keys wrapped around it, a holster was the least of her problems in that regard.

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    Go Cheney A. Dick spews:

    Mr. Cynical: A guy who has to carry a gun into Lowes to show “how manly” he is probably can’t get it up to begin with :)

    Giddy up.


    Foxy Lady Go Cheney Yourself

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    Warm Gun spews:

    Many thanks to multicultural Rabbit for keeping us pointed in the right direction re BigBox etiquette.

    Rabbit, remember, is an apostle of liberals packing heat. But apparently not at Lowe’s.

    So what about Home Depot? What kind of heat does the well-dressed Rabbit pack in the plywood aisle? And has anyone here, ever, deconstructed John Lott? Didn’t think so. Know that there have been quibbles elsewhere about Lott’s ‘methodolgy,’ whatever that means, but have any of you liberal bedwetters ever proved him wrong?

    (And about the hapless pilgrim who dribbled his balls on the floor, didn’t Tupac have a similar problem? Went in one swell foop from two-pac to one-pac. Discuss.)

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    Warm Gun spews:

    Apologies to rhp for a typo-centric diss last week. His comments @17 are excellent. Also an earlier riff about being Al Qaeda’s #1 or #2. Apropos and prescient.

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    TwoCentVent spews:

    Hey, we all need to pack heat to protect ourselves from the scum that liberals keep releasing from prisons.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @22 I agree! We should shoot* all those Republican thieves and perverts at the jailhouse door the moment they get their parole papers.

    * Just kidding! Heh. Coulter joke.

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    czechsaaz spews:

    Hmmmm…a mandatory safety course prior to purchasing a firearm might have done the little fella some good. I’m just sayin’.

    The question is, did he learn a lesson on gun safety or will he figure he’s got nothing left to lose and continue to endanger those around him by excercising his legal rights?

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    Michael spews:

    I went to Home Depot, the library, & Starbucks today without packing heat and didn’t get mugged or threatened.

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    Michael spews:


    If you’re stupid enough to stick your gun down the front of your pants or to think you need to pack heat in a Lowes in Lynnwood, you’re probably too stupid to learn anything from this.


    Packing a gun in a wilderness area in Alaska seems appropriate, packing one in a Lowes in Lynnwood, not so much.

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    Broadway Joe spews:


    I’d rather keep an old piece like that as close to original condition as possible, as a collector’s item. After reading up on Wikipedia, I’m just curious if you know the individual history of your Mauser. That thing could be 100 years old or more….

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    FunFacts spews:


    This particular rifle already had a scope on it when I purchased it – I just put a better one on.

    Have two Mauser 98’s: The one with the scope is just for fun since it has been modified. I have another that is authentic WW1(1917) and in near perfect condition – rarely shoot that one.

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    rhp6033 spews:

    # 30: I had dinner a while back with a fellow who was a graduate of the Japanese Naval Acadamy, and had retired as an admiral after a career with the Japanese Self-Defense forces. We got to talking aircraft, and I became his new friend when he realized I knew that Mistubishi wasn’t the only manufacturer of the “Zero” in WWII, and that Nakajima had manufactured an Army version of the airplane.

    Anyway, during his Acadamy days he had been trained to use the Garand, and was very surprised to hear that you could purchase one in the States for a few hundred dollars, or get a government-surplus one for virtually free if you participate in a government-sponsored marksmanship program. Some of those rifles still come in Cosmoline (sp?) WWII packing.

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    FunFacts spews:


    Interesting story. The army plane you are referring to is the KI-43 Hayabusa if memory serves me correct.

    The Garand is a great rifle. Hard hitting and accurate.

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    Lou Booga spews:

    I do know you guys didn’t need your guns to kill anything in these threads that might be funny.What about “Gun Nut”, “accidental discharge” or”clean-up on aisle 3″? No you would rather break out the gun oil and rub eachothers barrels.

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    mark spews:

    I love Savage when he says liberals hate guns
    because they’re so mentally unstable that they are afraid if a gun is within reach and they have a bad day, they might use it on themselves.

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    FunFacts spews:


    and some have a bigger bore than others.

    Which begs the question: Is a bigger(read: wider) bullet more important than longer range(read: longer barrel)?


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    FunFacts spews:

    What’s this weapon’s name, Private Pyle?

    Sir, the private’s weapon’s name is Charlene, sir!

    Private Pyle, you are definitely born again hard. Hell, I may even allow you to serve as a rifleman in my beloved Corps.