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Moms put Harris Teeter on notice about open carry in their stores

Fresh from my in-box:

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville-area members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will visit the Harris Teeter store at 136 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville on May 9th at 10 a.m. to return their loyalty cards and deliver signatures of North Carolina residents asking Harris Teeter to change their firearm policy to prohibit the open carry of firearms along with a collection of receipts from stores with better gun policies. Harris Teeter currently allows the open carry of firearms in its stores, putting the safety and security of its customers and employees at risk.

The ten-percenters: Armed and angry

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Effect, meet cause:

Angry people with ready access to guns are typically young or middle-aged men, who at times lose their temper, smash and break things, or get into physical fights, according to the study co-authored by scientists at Duke, Harvard, and Columbia universities.

Study participants who owned six or more firearms were also far more likely than people with only one or two firearms to carry guns outside the home and to have a history of impulsive, angry behavior.

Cue the argument from GRNC or other firearm fetishists: "It's not against the law to be angry. At least not yet." Within that (admittedly fictional) statement is the paranoia and distrust that underlies the thought patterns of many gun enthusiasts, who are also the people who expect us to not be paranoid about them concealed carrying in parks and restaurants. But they simply can't (or won't) grasp the contradiction.

Triple-murderer had a concealed carry permit

So much for the law-abiding, even-tempered, 2nd Amendment hero fantasy:

Hicks, a Second Amendment rights advocate with a concealed weapons permit, often complained about both Christians and Muslims on his Facebook page. "Some call me a gun toting Liberal, others call me an open-minded Conservative," Hicks wrote.

Imad Ahmad, who lived in the condo where his friends were killed until Barakat and Mohammed were married in December, said Hicks complained about once a month that the two men were parking in a visitor's space as well as their assigned spot. "He would come over to the door. Knock on the door and then have a gun on his hip saying 'you guys need to not park here,'" said Ahmad, a graduate student in chemistry at UNC-Chapel Hill. "He did it again after they got married."

Bolding mine, since the media has apparently determined the fact he was licensed by the state to carry a concealed weapon is only worth a casual mention. We'll give the nut-jobs over at Grass Roots NC a few more hours to concoct their tortured reasoning to show how this doesn't call into question the crime-fighting superhero image they've created of CCW Man.

Head gun-nut tries racial fear-mongering in State Fair debate

Reminiscent of 1960's pro-segregation scare tactics:

How about this headline: “ ‘Beat Whitey Night’ at Iowa State Fair”? – “Police are investigating whether a series of assaults at the Iowa State Fair were racially motivated since the attackers reportedly announced it was ‘ Beat Whitey Night.’ ”

The Christian Science Monitor reports: “Wisconsin State Fair mob attack: Police seek hate crime charges” – “Police in West Allis, Wis., say some attacks by black teenagers on white people outside the gates of the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug. 4 were racially motivated and should be prosecuted as hate crimes.” At a previous Wisconsin fair, the mayor of Milwaukee was beaten with a metal pipe.

Not surprisingly, these comments could have been taken directly from a White Supremacist website. It is surprising to see them in the pages of the state's flagship newspaper though, and the News & Observer's editorial staff needs to do some serious soul-searching on whether they are trying to give both sides of a debate some column space, or help fan the flames of racial strife for controversy's sake.

Prominent Cabarrus County Republican shoots his own son

Being Cabarrus County, this is probably not front page material:

“There appears to have been an altercation between Mr. Cowherd and his son,” said Cabarrus County Chief Deputy Paul Hunt. “A gunshot went, off striking the son.”

The younger man, whose name was not immediately available, was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Phil Cowherd III was interviewed at his home but was not taken into custody Sunday, Hunt said. Deputies have collected the gun used in the shooting as evidence.

When he was finally tracked down for a comment, Cowherd replied, "Ahh, he'll be alright, I just winged him. Besides, how I discipline my children is nobody's damn business but my own." You're right, I just made that up. It happens. ;)

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