Skip to main content

There is a military style AR-15 assault rifle in the hands of a thief in Cottonwood Heights, thanks to the carelessness of gun lobbyist and gun safety educator Clark Aposhian.  While he was cleaning out his garage, he left the firearm in the back seat of his Magnum station wagon.

Utah Shooting Sports Council Chairman Clark Aposhian told KSTU that he was cleaning out his garage and placed the firearm in the back of his Dodge Magnum station wagon. He said the AR-15 military-style assault rifle was in a locked case and equipped with a thermal scope for night vision. Aposhian insisted the gun was not loaded at the time.
This I believe is the gun he uses for blowing away deer in the middle of the night.

The local police sergeant called Aposhian's behavior nuts:
“To leave a weapon of that value, an assault rifle, in a car is just nuts,” Cottonwood Heights Police Department Sgt. Scott Peck observed.

Peck fears that the weapon, which is registered, is on the streets of Cottonwood Heights.

“We definitely have a concern,” he explained. “There’s lots of them everywhere and we know there’s another one out there and it’s in the hands of a thief obviously.”

OK, shit happens. But Aposhian is chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council and a gun 'educator' who called for arming and educating teachers in gun use, after the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 26 children and adults.
Just days after the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Aposhian told CNN that the Utah Shooting Sports Council was sponsoring free gun classes for teachers because the answer to school violence was more guns in the classroom.

“It’s why we put fire extinguishers and medical kits in classrooms,” he said.

But he can't even keep track of his own weapon.

As Maryanne Martindale of the Alliance for a Better Utah says:

“It’s pretty shocking, this is a guy whose livelihood is built teaching conceal and carry permit classes and gun safety,” said Maryanne Martindale, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah.

ABU is a non-profit progressive group that opposed Aposhian’s support for House Bill 76, the law that would’ve allowed gun owners to carry their conceal guns without a permit. Governor Herbert vetoed the law.

“I would view Clark prior to this incident as someone with a heightened awareness of gun safety and gun protocol,” said Martindale. “He’s someone who’s always talking about what people do and this is how people carry them and take care of their weapons. I’m a gun owner, I know where my gun is, it’s got a trigger lock, it’s unloaded and in a lock box in my house.”

The irony.

Originally posted to Barefoothoofcare on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:16 AM PDT.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Meteor Blades, skybluewater, Bob Johnson, fly, chrississippi, Radiowalla, jexter, grollen, Geenius at Wrok, Powered Grace, bosdcla14, Eman, Fishgrease, eeff, devtob, exNYinTX, hubcap, Heart of the Rockies, 88kathy, annrose, Bensdad, farmerhunt, roses, PeteZerria, Iberian, high uintas, psnyder, Farugia, duncanidaho, cosette, zerelda, Emmy, vacantlook, rolet, Gowrie Gal, historys mysteries, Bluesee, UncleCharlie, one of 8, dewtx, Laurence Lewis, eru, Beetwasher, where4art, jeff in nyc, Ginny in CO, zinger99, peacestpete, mightymouse, We Shall Overcome, BachFan, detroitmechworks, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, myboo, cybersaur, seefleur, blueoasis, JVolvo, middleagedhousewife, MBNYC, CA Nana, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, suspiciousmind, old wobbly, pgm 01, ColoTim, profewalt, ballerina X, davehouck, cyncynical, mdcalifornia, jhop7, carpunder, OleHippieChick, mamamedusa, Involuntary Exile, elwior, Akonitum, mikeconwell, Calamity Jean, catly, petulans, luckylizard, Troubadour, msdobie, Karl Rover, WearyIdealist, GrannyOPhilly, statsone, maggiejean, prettygirlxoxoxo, enemy of the people, savano66, Bule Betawi, TheFern, Zotz, WakeUpNeo, shopkeeper, Keith Pickering, sfarkash, Larsstephens, Words In Action, p gorden lippy, icemilkcoffee, gramofsam1, leftywright, Lost and Found, samanthab, elginblt, cocinero, Jane Lew, annieli, MidwestTreeHugger, allenjo, pb3550, bgblcklab1, FarWestGirl, Araguato, trumpeter, marleycat, Calvino Partigiani, sound of progress, randomfacts, SoCalSal, Mentatmark, allergywoman, daysey, anodnhajo, Flying Goat, leathersmith, IndieGuy, a2nite, Deep Texan, Yonkers Boy, geojumper, Arahahex, tytalus, oldpotsmuggler, FrY10cK, Glen The Plumber, Heavy Mettle, Chaddiwicker, Alhambra, ReverseThePolarity, Smoh, Hey338Too, LilithGardener, duhban, Dan Schroeder, OldSoldier99, Penny GC

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site