Gun Instructor Charles Vacca Dies After Being Shot by 9-Year-Old Firing Uzi

Gun Instructor Charles Vacca Dies After Being Shot by 9-Year-Old Firing Uzi

Gun Instructor Charles Vacca Dies After Being Shot by 9-Year-Old Firing Uzi (Credit: Wikipedia)

Charles Vacca has been identified as the gun instructor who was killed after being shot by a 9-year-old girl firing a 9 mm Uzi-style submachine gun, KDVR reports.

Charles Vacca was wounded about 10 a.m. at a shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. He later died at a local hospital.

KDVR reports the girl fired once on purpose and then lost control of the gun, with four more rounds discharging. Police said recoil caused the gun to accidentally point upwards, firing over the girl’s head, and hitting Charles Vacca in the head, KDVR reports.

Gun Rights: Atlanta Soccer Club Menaced by Man Walking Around with Gun, Knife

Gun Rights: Atlanta Soccer Club Menaced by Man Walking Around with Gun, Knife

Gun Rights: Atlanta Soccer Club Menaced by Man Walking Around with Gun, Knife

GUN RIGHTS:  While some are applauding Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal for signing into law an expanded gun bill, some are concerned and upset that guns could now be present in bars, churches, schools and government buildings. We all know that guns and alcohol don’t mix. What’s interesting is that someone sent me an email about an incident at a Georgia soccer club that has rankled many.

The United Futbol Academy, based in Forsyth County, Ga. (same county where Hosea Williams was spat on and called a n*gger during a march), sounded the alarm over a man walking around the fields at Fowler Park with a knife and a gun visible on his hip. On any given evening, there are easily over 100 kids along with their parents and UFA staff on the fields. The club management was so concerned about this individual that they contacted the police. Training was cancelled on Thursday because of this menace. Here’s an excerpt from the UFA email:

Dear Parents

We wanted to reach out to you and give you some info regarding the individual that was at Fowler Park the last two days walking around with a knife and an exposed firearm in a holster on his hip.

We contacted the police and the Parks & Rec department. Unfortunately, there is no restriction on ‘open carry’ in Forsyth County. Furthermore, when questioned by Forsyth County Sheriff Office he did produce a Georgia permit. He is exercising his 2nd Amendment rights. These guys know the law very well and he was walking the line the entire time. IF he brandished the weapon, that is a chargeable offense.

Tonight, Wednesday April 23rd we have decided to cancel all training at Fowler Park only. We have reason to believe that this person may return in an effort to provoke confrontation with police. His plan is to use us through fear of an armed man to call the Sheriff and create a confrontation. The Sheriff has already investigated this particular individual and he has a license to carry a weapon so they are really at a disadvantage and fear a lawsuit for harassment.
Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of all our members, parents to players, and we are in the process of working with the county on additional patrols, hiring an off duty policeman as well as having a Park Ranger at Fowler. As of today we are not able to provide the off duty officer however we will plan on having one starting Thursday and over the weekend. We will keep the police officer at Fowler until we feel this issue has been resolved. We are waiting on a response from Parks & Red at this time to provide us with additional guidance on this sensitive issue and there may be further information regarding United FA training at Fowler.
Thanks to Gov. Deal, the gun advocates in the Republican-controlled state legislature, as well as the National Rifle Association, there are people in fear for their lives over a nut walking around with a gun and a knife.  Do you really need to walk around soccer fields with a gun and knife? What if this man suddenly got “fearful” and started shooting? SMH.
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Secretary of State John Kerry Fist Bumps with Rapper Snoop Dogg

Secretary of State John Kerry Fist Bumps with Rapper Snoop Dogg

Secretary of State John Kerry Fist Bumps with Rapper Snoop Dogg

Why would Michelle Malkin care about Secretary of State John Kerry meeting rapper Snoop Dogg? Oh, wait, the right wing consumes itself with insignificant things while ignoring pressing issues. Some are calling this a bad PR move on John Kerry’s part.

Here’s the tweet that irked the right:

The reaction on Twitter:

The bigger question for me is why South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is trying so hard to please the gun loving folks by bragging about her Christmas gift, a Beretta PX4 Storm? It retails for nearly $600. So much for the poor and unemployed in the great state of South Carolina. Still, we get it, she wants to be a vice presidential pick in 2016.

Jim Carrey ‘Cold Dead Hand’ Tweets Mocking Assault Rifle Owners Sparks Right Wing Freak-Out

Right wing freak-out over Jim Carrey’s ‘Cold Dead Hand’ tweets about assault rifle owners who are ‘unwilling’ to bend for the safety of our kids. He also added, if “sorry if you are offended by the word safety.” Robert Zimmerman Jr. sends racist tweet comparing Trayvon Martin to alleged baby killer DeMarquise Elkins and Michelle Malkin’s Twitchy is silent.

Gun Ownership: Nearly Two-Thirds of Married Southern Men Own Guns, 30% of Americans Own Guns

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More married Southern men own guns than any other demographic

A recent Gallup poll has found that more males than females own guns and there are more gun owners in the South, with the lowest number in the East. Here’s the breakdown from Gallup:

Across those six data sets, an average of 30% of Americans said they personally own a gun. Another 14% did not personally own a gun but live in a household with someone who does. The results presented here focus mainly on personal gun ownership, though the demographic patterns are similar among the larger group of Americans living in gun households.

In addition to gender, Southern residence, and marital status, personal gun ownership also varies significantly by age, race, and political ideology.

  • Non-Hispanic whites (33%) are significantly more likely than nonwhites (22%) to own guns. Hispanics (18%) in particular show below-average gun ownership. Twenty-one percent of blacks own a gun.
  • Younger Americans (20%) are much less likely to own guns than older Americans. There are only minor differences among adults 30 and older by age group (ranging between 31% and 34%).
  • Gun ownership is much higher among those who are politically conservative (39%) than among those who are politically liberal (17%).
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Nearly Two-Thirds of Married Southern Men Own Guns, Lowest Gun Ownership in the East (Chart credit: Gallup)


President Obama Calls for $500M Program of Executive Actions to Curb Gun Violence

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S GUN CONTROL PROPOSAL:  President Obama calls for $500 million program of executive actions, legislative proposals to curb gun violence:  @AP

President Obama said, “Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will comes obligation to allow others to do the same.”

He called for an assault weapons ban, says ‘weapons designed for the theater of war have no place in a movie theater.’

“The only way we can change is if the American people demand it.” —President Obama

@WHLive: President Obama: “Let me be absolutely clear: like most Americans, I believe the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.”

Here is the list of President Obama’s executive actions on gun control:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director (Todd Jones).

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

What part of this proposal is so repugnant to the NRA? In other words, they don’t really care about the lives of anyone taken senselessly through gun violence. The president isn’t taking away anyone’s right to bear arms. Why do you need an assault rifle? To hunt?

Here’s an interesting take from the New York Times:

Wednesday’s announcement reflected a decision by the White House to seize on public outrage to challenge the political power of the National Rifle Association and other forces that have successfully fought new gun laws for decades.

In an emotionally charged event, Mr. Obama stood on a stage with four young children who he said had written to him asking for stronger gun laws. Invoking the memory of a young girl named Grace McDonnell who was killed in the Newtown shootings, the president vowed not to let the momentum for new, tougher gun laws fade.

2 Year Old Brennan Nowell Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself with Grandfather’s Gun

TRAGEDY:  Brennan Nowell, 2, WBIR reports, “Two year old Brennan Nowell died after he picked up the .40 caliber gun and shot himself in the side.”

We don’t know the brand of the gun, but as an example, the .40 caliber Smith and Wesson “was developed as a law enforcement cartridge designed to duplicate performance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s reduced-velocity 10mm Auto cartridge, which could be retrofitted into medium-frame (9mm size) automatic handguns.”

It is not clear whether charges will be filed or not. The gun reportedly belong to his grandfather. I guess the NRA wants to have a police officer standing by every home in the U.S.