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A couple of gun stories from up here in Maine.  

A store worker at the L.L. Bean outlet store in Ellsworth Maine found a loaded handgun in the men’s restroom.  Just sitting there, waiting to be picked up by anyone who happened to find it.  Turns out it was left there by a 72 year old doctor from Winter Harbor Maine who said that he took the gun out of its holster to use the bathroom and simply forgot it.

More after the break.

Some background on Ellsworth crime statistics for 2010:

Ellsworth Maine  Pop 7741

0 murders
1 rape
4 robberies
10 assaults
36 burglaries
219 thefts
4 auto thefts
0 arsons

And then there was Justin Dean, the 24 year old ex-Army Ranger who took a 3-1/2 hour stroll around the city of Portland on Christmas Eve.  That in itself wasn’t so newsworthy.  What was newsworthy was that he also happened to be carrying a fully loaded assault rifle with a high capacity magazine slung over his shoulder.  The local police kept an eye on him, even spoke briefly with him, but he was not asked to identify himself or explain what he doing because he wasn’t breaking any laws.  

He later approached the press on his own to explain his behavior.

“The chances of me ever committing a crime with this weapon are zero percent.  No crimes are ever going to happen from my firearm,” he said.

Bill Nemitz, the columnist for the Portland Press Herald who interviewed Mr. Dean, summed it up perfectly:  “If only he could guarantee no tragedies.”


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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    teacherjon, grollen, luckylizard, cany

    "For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best." V. Frankl

    by Wonton Tom on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 06:55:41 AM PST

  •  sadly I think it is a dog (3+ / 0-)
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    Wonton Tom, luckylizard, cany

    remember in Missouri the state voted to outlaw puppy mills of the most egregious sort and the state legislature overturned that vote and reinstated the option?  My state embarrasses me, on a regular basis.

    •  I'm not embarrased by Maine, just (1+ / 0-)
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      thinking that it's time to rethink what constitutes "legal" when it comes to guns.  I can't bring my dog on the beach during certain times as passed by our city ordinances.  He has to be on a leash or under "voice control" or I could be ticketed.  

      "For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best." V. Frankl

      by Wonton Tom on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 10:02:04 AM PST

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  •  Yet another "responsible" gun owner. (0+ / 0-)

    And the guy with the rifle? A nut.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 05:23:38 PM PST

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