Knives and Flaming Cats

Saw this: Firefighter attacked by knife-wielding woman; is saved by coat

A Tucson fire captain responding to an apartment fire early Friday morning was attacked by a knife-wielding woman who tried to stab him in the chest, police said.

The firefighter’s turnout, or firefighting coat, served as body armor and kept the knife from penetrating his chest, according to a press release issued by Tucson Fire.

The firefighter wasn’t hurt and was able to get out of the apartment.

But noticed this:

Firefighters were able to see inside and determine the fire was burning on top of a small stove. Officials say the woman had a dead cat on the stove and was burning it.

Burning a dead cat on the stove.

You can’t make this stuff up.


Chandler man accidentally shoots himself in groin

According to the police report, the man had his fiancee’s pink pistol tucked in the front waistband of his pants when the gun accidentally fired.

The bullet hit the man’s penis and then went through one of his legs.

According to the on-scene reporter: “It hit him squarely where it hurt the most.” And the reporter noted that everyone he spoke to brought up the fact that the guy obviously wasn’t being very safe and needed to learn how to handle a gun.

Great Progress by Representative Giffords

Giffords was told by husband she was shot

She’s making a surprisingly good recovery so far and even might be able to attend her husband’s space shuttle launch next month.

The attorneys for the loser who shot her and 18 others in Tuscon in January are asking that records on their client and the autopsy records of those he killed be not admitted in court.

It would probably be easier to defend the guy if people just ignored everything he’d done, I guess.

Campus Carry

Students, Guns and Politics:

New legislation in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma would legalize the “concealed carry” of weapons on college campuses, and many student governments in those states are mobilizing against the bills. Meanwhile, the few other campuses that already allow weapons are waiting to see whether this year marks a real shift in gun policy, or is just another short-lived reaction to a tragedy.

Knee-jerk reactions are rarely good in the long term. And knee-jerk reactions that restrict freedoms are, IMHO, practically indefensible. And critics who try to use Virginia Tech as an example of why concealed carry should be banned on college campuses are either clueless or lying, because concealed carry was banned on the VT campus at the time of the shootings.

Tuscon Shooting Links

Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack Described by Classmate as “Left-Wing Pothead”
Wait a minute. I thought this was all Sarah Palin’s fault.

The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel
Those who purport to care about the tenor of political discourse don’t help civil debate when they seize on any pretext to call their political opponents accomplices to murder.

Bill to Ban Crosshairs
Representative Bob Brady of Pennsylvania told The Caucus he plans to introduce a bill that would ban symbols like that now-infamous campaign cross-hair map.

Military: Ariz. shooting suspect failed drug test
Sources claim that the shooter failed his drug test when he tried to join the military in 2008. Next thing you know, some Congressman is going to introduce a bill outlawing illegal drugs.

The shame and hypocrisy of the New York Times
Urged caution against “jumping to conclusions” about a Muslim with ties to Al Qeada who shot up a military installation but jumped right out an blamed the Tea Party for a guy who turns out to be an irrational druggie.

The progressive “climate of hate:” An illustrated primer, 2000-2010
Madonna claimed she’d kick Palin’s ass? Put that fight on Pay Per View.

Vet tackled shooter
I guess it’s more newsworthy when the shooter is thought to be a veteran than one of the guys who ended the shooting is a veteran.

Crazies with guns isn’t the problem

The problem is people who actually commit crimes. It doesn’t matter if they’re crazy or not.

The overwhelming majority of crazy people, however you decide to define “crazy,” aren’t a threat to anyone whether they have a gun or not.

So all you’ve got to do is keep guns out of the hands of the people who are going to commit crimes. And defining what is and is not a crime is a lot more clear than defining who is or is not crazy, so it’s much easier.

Simple, right?