Extremities in defense of liberty is no vice. Sacrificing themselves in the cause of Freedom this week were four hands, five legs, and one foot.
Six Patriots flipped the bird to private property rights, just as the Founders intended, and exercised their Second Amendment right to leaden trespass, by committing this week's half dozen home invasion shootings. Three Freedom Fighters let fly while cleaning loaded weapons. And it was a banner week for those who let their guns slip from their warm, live hands without even realizing it. We saw eight such pillars of the community forget to secure their weapons before heading to the airport (three in Salt Lake City alone). But once again, the news reports we saw were just a fraction of the real activity level, since the TSA found some sixty such secreted weapons inside of the past week.
Among the standout stories this week were the brand new gun owner who had his first accident (a home invasion shooting) on the very day he bought his new pistol; the varmint hunter who accidentally shot a 70-year-old woman out enjoying (up to that point) a round of golf, and; a teacher in Wichita, Kansas, who, apparently so excited by the new state law allowing school districts to designate an employee to carry a gun at work, designated his own self without telling anybody and ended up having the cops called on him. Thank you, Patriot!
The winner of this week's "Respect the Culture" award goes to the young man in Waterloo, Iowa, who decided to drive home his point about his disapproval of his girlfriend's short shorts by firing five rounds into the air. But don't worry, folks. If you love Freedom enough when you do this—and how can someone who brandishes weapons over wardrobe disagreements really be said not to love Freedom?—those bullets don't have to come down.
In more somber news, 10 kids shot themselves, shot other kids, shot their siblings, or were shot by folks unknown in this week's report. And in Hempstead, Long Island, the police showed us what can actually happen when you fire away at a gunman holding a hostage in a headlock. It was a crazy situation to be sure. But keep that in mind if you can, if you're ever thinking of trying to pull a pick-off move in a crowded movie theater or mall some day. Was the four-hour concealed carry course really enough to prepare you for this? And does that even matter, if you love Freedom hard enough?
This week's list begins below the fold.
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