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Uzi Death Deemed An “Industrial Accident”

Uzi Death Industrial Accident

What happens when you give a 9-year-old girl an automatic submachine gun and minimal instruction? An “industrial accident” apparently.

Arizona law enforcement officials announced that no criminal charges would be filed related to the incident where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor with an Uzi. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office released a statement saying there are “no charges pending” in regards to the shooting of Charles Vacca, 39, and that the death will be “viewed as an industrial accident.”

The deadly incident occurred last Monday morning at a gun range in Arizona called Bullets and Burgers that caters to hungry gun-loving Las Vegas tourists. Better than Bullets and Beer I guess…

According to the Bullets and Burgers website:

Our guests have the opportunity to fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons.

We even have the actual firearms used in several Hollywood hits including The Terminator and Rambo II.

At our range, you can shoot FULL auto on our machine guns. … Let ‘em Rip!

Sounds like a great place to bring your children…

The shooting incident, which is also a viral video now, began with Charles Vacca teaching a 9-year-old girl, who was at the shooting range with her parents, how to use an automatic Uzi – a weapon designed for use by the Israeli defense forces in the 1940s. In the video, Vacca is seen guiding the child on how to handle the gun, saying, “All right, full auto.”

Now, unless this girl had been training to become a Somali pirate, there’s no way she would be ready to properly handle an extremely powerful submachine-gun. Cut to two seconds later and the girl loses control of the submachine gun and strikes Vacca in the head.

“The girl pulled the trigger on the automatic Uzi, the recoil sent the gun over her head and the victim was shot,” a Sheriff’s Office statement read.

The instructor suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head. He was airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital where he died that night.

As for the 9-year-old girl, she is probably traumatized for life because her parents thought bringing their young daughter to a place in the desert called Bullets and Burgers to eat freedom fries and shoot fully automatic firearms was a great idea for summer vacation.

Meanwhile, an employee at Burgers and Bullets says the shooting range has already resumed operations – because learning your lesson in not the Arizona way.

Takeaway: Guns don’t kill people, 9-year-old girls kill people!

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When Taking a Gun Selfie, Remember: Don’t Pull the Trigger

Gun Selfie

A 21-year-old Mexican man who posed for a gun selfie died shortly after shooting himself in the head by accident.

Oscar Aguilar was no stranger to the selfie. His Facebook page showed him posing in front of sports cars, sitting on motorbikes and hugging semi-attractive women. But things went horribly wrong when he decided to give his Facebook friends a little taste of the infamous gun selfie after he had been drinking with pals in Mexico City last weekend. Unfortunately, instead of becoming a big shot on social media, Oscar just ended up shot.

“I heard a gunshot, and then I heard somebody screaming and realized somebody had been hurt. I called the police straight away and when they arrived they found that he was still alive,” neighbor Manfredo Paez Paez said.

Police say he failed to realize the gun was loaded when he began snapping pictures of himself waving it about.

The 21-year-old died on the way to hospital in Mexico City. Sad, but on the bright side, Oscar is currently in the running for the coveted 2014 Darwin Award. It’s a tight race between him and that Florida kid who almost died lighting himself ablaze for the popular social media fire challenge.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Happy Fourth of July Chiraq!

Current Event Cat - CHicago Fourth of July

For those of you celebrating the Fourth of July in Chicago this year, those weren’t fireworks you heard – they were gunshots.

The Fourth of July weekend was a bloody one in Chicago, or Chiraq as it is *affectionately* referred to. In total, at least 82 people were shot, 14 of them fatally, during the holiday weekend. So much for those strict gun controls…

The Fourth of July fireworks/gunshots kicked off on Thursday afternoon when two women were shot as they sat outside a two-flat within a block of Garfield Park. By Saturday morning the number had shot up to 36 people, including five who were shot by the police. But the most violent stretch of gun violence happened between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 3:30 a.m. Monday when four people were killed and at least another 26 wounded.

Most victims were in their late teens and 20s, although a 66-year-old woman was grazed in the head as she walked up the steps of her porch on the Far South Side. Many of the long weekend’s shootings occurred on the South Side, clustered in the notoriously gang-ridden neighborhoods of Englewood, Roseland, Gresham and West Pullman. So don’t worry – Reagan and the cats were safe. Although the cats may be suffering from some PTSD from the fireworks…

Ever since Chiraq was named the Murder Capital of America, the Chicago Police Department has been pursuing a wide range of strategies to stem the violence, much of which is gang-related. So far, nothing seems to be working

“Going into a holiday weekend like this, we obviously had a plan— [the] plan included putting hundreds of more officers on the streets at the times that we needed them and in the places we needed them,” said Chicago Police superintendent Garry McCarthy. “What were the results? The results were a lot of shootings and a lot of murders unfortunately.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has made reducing violence a top priority for his administration, was likely equally disappointed in the holiday violence. For now, Emanuel has declined to comment on the weekend shootings – at least until he can find something to blame it on. Illegal gun proliferation? Gang culture? Insufficient police presence? Meh, just blame it on the NRA and move on.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Guns With No Target

Current Event Cat - Target Guns

Joining the ranks of Starbucks and Chipotle, Target is “respectfully” requesting that shoppers not bring guns into its stores.

After photos of pro-gun activists carrying assault weapons in the baby clothes section of a Texas Target store surfaced and staffers found a loaded handgun in the toy section of a South Carolina location, Target decided it might be time to re-think their gun policy.

“Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so,” Target CEO John Mulligan wrote in a statement on the company’s corporate blog. “But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target — even in communities where it is permitted by law.

Noting that Target has been the subject to numerous “open carry” protests in recent weeks, Mulligan says guns are at odds with the retail giant’s family atmosphere.

“This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create,” he said.

Not to mention that having dozens of barely literate gun nuts waving around assault weapons in the children’s aisle probably had a negative impact on sales… Who would have known? Everybody, I guess…

As logical as not having loaded guns near children is, Target’s announcement still caused a fair bit of backlash from angry gun activists – mainly on Target’s website.

“This is just to shut up the anti gunners. Going back to Target with my gun today and tomorrow and whatever days I want,” one commenter raged.

“Being that it is a request, I say to Target: No, I will not give up my rights to your request and will continue to conceal carry when on your premises while I am out and about. In other words: No, make me stop,” another said.

“I’m sorry that Target was put in this position. They will no longer get any money from me. I refuse to shop at a store that does not want me to have the tools to protect my son.”

Yes, a gun-free Target is a death trap for children. Fortunately for them, there’s always Wal-Mart.

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Joe the Plumber: The Real Victims of the Santa Barbara Shootings Are My Guns

Joe the Plumber Pro Gun Letter

Joe the Plumber, who rose to Republican fame as a metaphor for middle-class Americans during the 2008 McCain-Palin campaign disaster, wrote a pro-gun rights open letter to the parents of the victims of Elliott Rodger’s killing spree.

Joe the Plumber’s letter came in response to grieving father Richard Martinez, who blamed his 20-year-old son’s death in the Santa Barbara, California, massacre on “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA.”

Joe the Plumber (who isn’t actually a plumber, but rather an American conservative activist and Tea Party darling who once expressed interest in purchasing a small plumbing business) wrote that he is really sorry that their children are dead, but that at the end of the day the real tragedy is that it might lead to restrictions on his right to bear arms. Won’t somebody PLEASE think of the guns?!?

“As harsh as this sounds — your dead kids don’t trump my Constitutional rights,” the 40-year-old “plumber” wrote.

“We still have the Right to Bear Arms and I intend to continue to speak out for that right, and against those who would restrict it — even in the face of this horrible incident by this sad and insane individual. I almost said “Obama Voter” but I’m waiting for it to be official.”

So quit your grieving, you selfish parents and think about the fate of Joe the Plumber’s guns. Sure, you may never hear your child’s laughter again, but Joe may never hear his gun go “bang bang” again – and that’s the real tragedy.

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Santa Barbara Shooter Couldn’t Figure Out Why Girls Didn’t Like Him. Perhaps It Was Because He Was A Psychopath?

Santa Barbara Shooter

Police identified the suspect responsible for Friday’s night shooting rampage at University of California, Santa Barbara as Elliot Rodgers.

The lonely 22-year-old student and son of Peter Rodgers, the Hunger Games assistant director, went on a shooting spree in Santa Barbara Friday leaving seven people dead, including himself. Rodgers reportedly first stabbed to death his three roommates, killed two women and injured one at a sorority house, and then fired at random people before taking his own life. In addition to the seven deaths, 13 people were injured in the spree.

Why? Because he couldn’t get laid.

Prior to the Santa Barbara shooting the 22-year-old virgin posted eight videos on YouTube detailing his anger, frustrations, and plans for retribution.

I don’t know why you girls haven’t been attracted to me, but I will punish you, for it is an injustice,” he said adding “I’ll take great pleasure in slaughtering all of you.”

And in case you didn’t get the picture, he also wrote a 137-page rant called “My Twisted World: The Story of Elliot Rodger.”

Choice exerts of the narcissistic emo dribble include:

“All I ever wanted was to fit in and live a happy life amongst humanity, but I was cast out and rejected, forced to endure an existence of loneliness and insignificance, all because the females of the human species were incapable of seeing the value in me.”

“If only one pretty girl had shown some form of attraction to me, the Day of Retribution would never happen. I’d never even consider it.”

“‘How dare those girls give their love and sex to those other men and not me, I constantly think when I see young couples,” wrote Rodger. “There is nowhere in the world I can go anymore.”

“The females of the human species have never wanted to mate with me, so how could I possibly consider myself part of humanity? Humanity has never accepted me among them, and now I know why. I am more than human. I am superior to them all. I am Elliot Rodger … Magnificent, glorious, supreme, eminent … Divine!”

Why was I condemned to live a life of misery and worthlessness while other men were able to experience the pleasures of sex and love with women?”

Umm… it might be because of your mental issues… but that’s just a guess.

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Turns out Burritos and Assault Rifles Don’t Mix

Burritos and Assault Rifles

Gun-rights activists have shot themselves in the foot again after a gun rally scared Chipotle customers, causing the retail chain to declare assault rifles unwelcome.

Over the weekend gun-rights activists affiliated with Open Carry Texas brought military-style assault rifles into a Dallas-area Chipotle, scaring the crap out of some customers.

Chipotle Guns

So on Monday, the burrito chain issued a statement asking customers who aren’t police officers to leave their weapons at home because “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”

But not wanting to strain relations with their gun-loving burrito buyers, the company played it safe by also giving a nod to pro-gun advocates, saying that there are “strong arguments” on both sides of the gun rights issue and that the decision is not an outright ban (which would likely be impossible to enforce) but simply a request.

“The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request,” the statement continued. “And we hope that our customers who oppose the carrying of guns in public agree with us that it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area, not the role of businesses like Chipotle.”

Chipotle customers aren’t the first to be terrified of gun-weilding rednecks. Earlier this month, Open Carry Texas demonstrators showed up unannounced at a Jack in the Box restaurant in Ft. Worth without notifying police in advance and without carrying signs indicating that it was meant as a political statement.

“Officers spoke with Jack-in-the-Box employees who reported that they feared for their lives and believed they were being robbed. They locked themselves inside a freezer for protection out of fear the rifle-carrying men would rob them,” reported a local CBS affiliate, quoting a statement from the Fort Worth Police Department.

And in an open letter last year, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz asked customers not to bring guns to their local Starbucks. The announcement was in response to a series of gun groups’ decision to hold “Starbucks Appreciation Days,” in which members were encouraged to openly carry weapons at the popular coffee shops – including one in Newtown, Connecticut.

So the moral of the story is PLEASE leave your assault rifles at home and stop scaring the shit out of customers – especially Chipotle customers. They don’t need anything else to get the shit out of them – the burritos already do a decent job.

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Rambo Shooter Opens Fire Days After Georgia Passes “Guns Everywhere” Bill… And Other News.

FedEx Shooting Rambo Style

Rambo impersonator attacks FedEx!

A 19-year-old package handler decked out “Rambo-style,” with an assault rifle and bullets strapped to his chest, opened fire on fellow employees at a FedEx facility in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday morning. Six people were sent to the hospital following the shooting and the suspect, 19-year-old Geddy L. Kramer of Acworth, died from a self-inflicted gunshot. “He had an assault rifle. He had bullets strapped to his chest like Rambo,” a FedEx employee said. “I mean, he looked like he was heading into war. As soon as I saw him, I ran the other way. I ran and made sure that people upstairs were gone. He was in all black. I think he had a camo vest.” Maybe now Georgia will reconsider their “GUNS EVERYWHERE” bill? No, who am I kidding? They love that bill. USA Today

Assad Third TermThere’s no time like the middle of a civil war to start your reelection campaign! Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has announced he will seek a third presidential term when Syria holds its election on June 3. Yes, Assad has decided to throw his hat into the ring for a third seven year term! And by hat, I mean a fistful of nerve gas and by ring, I mean a Damascus suburb. And who had the good taste to nominate the Syrian dictator? Bashar al-Assad of course! “I… Dr. Bashar Hafez al-Assad… wish to nominate myself for the post of president of the republic,” the dictator announced in a letter read by Parliament Speaker Mohammad al-Laham. As of now Assad leads a list of 24 presidential hopefuls who have registered as potential candidates for the June election. Despite poisoning his own people with nerve gas and failing to meet Syria’s second deadline for surrendering chemical weapons, Assad is the overwhelming favourite and is expected to coast to victory – mostly because the election is a sham. But in all seriousness I’m sure he’ll get a few legitimate votes – like from that guy who nominated him. LA Times

ZonkeyWhat do you get when you cross a donkey with a zebra? Adorable! Following the unlikely love affair between a female zebra named Rayas and a dwarf albino donkey named Ignacio, a rare zonkey was born at a zoo in northern Mexico. The zonkey, named Khumba, was born on April 21 at the Reynosa Zoo in northeastern Mexico and already rocks some pretty awesome zebra-striped legs. The birth of the little zonkey was a big surprise, as the zebra and donkey chromosomes are not usually compatible and no one is typically attracted to albino dwarves. Telegraph

Buffalo JillsIf having to watch every Buffalo Bills football game wasn’t bad enough, the Bills’ cheerleaders also have to put up with bad wages and “jiggle tests”. The Buffalo Bills’ cheerleaders (aka the Buffalo Jills) filed suit last week against the National Football League for what they claim is an unfair wage system. The five cheerleaders who brought the lawsuit forward complained that they were forced to work hundreds of hours without pay, cover their own travel expenses and spend hundreds of dollars on uniforms – all of which violates the state’s $8-an-hour minimum-wage rule. With personal costs, one cheerleader said in a press conference that she estimated she made just $105 during the 2012-2013 season. And then there’s the “jiggle tests”… In addition to putting up with “degrading sexual comments and inappropriate touching” at promotional events, dancers were given penalties if they failed the “jiggle test,” a visual inspection of a dancer’s body fat. Wait, the jiggle test has nothing to do with boobs? That’s more surprising than only making $105 a season. Globe and Mail

Prom StabbingSome teenagers deal with a rejected prom invite by binge eating ice cream and crying at home, others simply stab their crush to death. A 16-year-old boy was charged on Tuesday after he stabbed a female classmate to death outside their Connecticut high school because she rejected his invitation to the prom. Christopher Plaskon, a junior at Jonathan Law High School in Milford, about an hour away from New York City, admitted to stabbing his dream prom date with a kitchen knife, telling a police officer, “I did it. Just arrest me.” Meanwhile, the prom, which was scheduled for last Friday night, has been postponed. Way to ruin it for everybody Christopher! Reuters

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Sarah Palin’s America: Baptizing Terrorists Since 2001

Sarah Palin Baptizing Terrorists

Speaking at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention last week, Sarah Palin gave America a taste of what life would be like if she were in charge – and it involves baptizing terrorists via waterboarding.

The former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee let terrorists (and the NRA crowd) know how the United States would deal with their enemies if she were president.

“They obviously have information on plots to carry out jihad,” Palin said of terrorists. “Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”

First, thank God that’s a hypothetical. Second, that wasn’t even the dumbest thing she said at Saturday’s NRA rally.

According to Palin, baptizing terrorists is a smart solution to the war on terror but creating gun-free zones in schools and other public buildings is “stupid on steroids.

“Maybe our kids could be defended against criminals on the spot if more Mama Grizzlies carried,” she said, firing up the crowd at the Indianapolis convention. “And [the] Obama administration wants you ID’d for that? Well, then go ahead and carry a sign too. A sign that says ‘Yeah, I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy.’

Palin also went after Joe Biden’s recent advice to fire in the air to scare off attackers by saying:

“Just aim up in the air – that was his directive, his advice. Well, fine, Joe Squirt Gun, if your rapist is a bird.”

So always carry a gun, kill everyone you see as a threat, and baptize terrorists whenever the opportunity presents itself. Got it.

But Sarah Palin’s not the only one going gun crazy these days. The great state of Georgia just passed one of the biggest expansions of gun rights, dubbed the “Guns Everywhere” bill. The Guns Everywhere bill is exactly what it sounds like. The bill will now allow Georgians to carry firearms in schools, bars, churches, airports and government buildings – basically everywhere. Well, everywhere except the state Capitol. The lawmakers who passed the Guns Everywhere bill don’t want any gun-wielding maniacs coming into their place of work – that would be too dangerous.

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Anti-Semitism Strikes in Kansas… And Other News

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Three people, including a man and his grandson, were shot dead at the Jewish Community Center and a Jewish assisted-living home in Overland Park, Kansas on Sunday afternoon, the eve of Passover.

Police have arrested 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller who is, not surprisingly, a major white supremacist. The former Kansas Ku Klux Klan “grand dragon” fired at five people but his hands must have been a little shaky because he only managed to hit three. Miller yelled “Heil Hitler!” from the back of the police car as he was taken away. Police have declined to say whether the incident is linked to anti-semitism, but considering the attack took place just before the Jewish festival of Passover, Jews were targeted, and the suspect yelled “Heil Hitler”, I’m going to go ahead and assume there was a little bit of anti-semitism there. BBC News

nigeria-violenceA bus station bomb in the Nigerian capital of Abuja during Monday’s rush hour has killed 71 people and wounded 124. The massive explosion ripped through the bus station, leaving the streets covered with blood and body parts. The bombing, which set a new record for the bloodiest extremist attack ever in Abuja, destroyed 16 luxury buses and 24 minibuses and cars – and dozens of people. “I can’t count the number of people that died. They took them in open vehicles. People were running and there was confusion,” said civil servant Ben Nwachukwu. So far no one has fessed up to the attack but all signs point to extremist Islamist group Boko Haram, who has been threatening to attack the capital for a while now. But even though the bus station bomb was a biggie, it wasn’t the biggest bomb of the week – no, that honor was reserved for last night’s Mad Men premiere. The television show only raked in 2.3 million viewers, down from the 3.4 million who tuned in for last season’s premiere. CBC News

Concerns-over-fraudElection fraud? In a war-torn developing country? Yep, looks like it. While it’s still way too early to tell if Afghanistan will face a presidential run-off (they’re slow counters), it is early enough to report on election fraud. Only 10 percent of the votes from the April 5 election have been counted, but the Independent Election Commission has already identified 870 cases of fraud at the polls – which could end up skewing the outcome. While some Afghans played it cool, others decided to go big or go home. In one instance, a member of Parliament forced his way into a polling place at gunpoint and made off with all the ballot boxes. New York Times

Smoking South KoreaSouth Koreans are willing to spend all their money on plastic surgery but they are getting fed up with footing the bill for smoking-related health problems. South Korea’s national health insurance body sued three cigarette makers for $51.9 million in damages for health issues related to smoking. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) has said it spends more than $1.6 billion on smoking-related diseases annually. “We believe the NHIS, as it takes responsibility for the health of the public and oversees the insurance budget, has a natural duty to bring this tobacco lawsuit,” said NHIS lawyer An Sun-young. Now they just have to worry about China’s notorious smog drifting over… Bloomberg

France DNAThere’s only one way to get to the bottom of a rape case: mass DNA testing!  And I mean mass. Police in La Rochelle, France are taking DNA samples from more than 500 male students and staff at a school where a girl was raped in a dark bathroom last September. Apparently investigators had exhausted all other leads in the rape case, so police figured mass DNA testing would reveal a match for the DNA traces found on the victim’s clothing. Students and faculty members are not being forced to give DNA samples, but if they refuse it will look awfully suspicious. So far no one has rejected the swab. Toronto Star

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