Stupidity And Guns Don’t Mix …

To brighten your Sunday afternoon, I bring you the tale of three stupid people.  Now, I don’t make a habit of calling people stupid … I suffered a beating for using that word when I was about four or five years old and use the word only sparingly ever since.  But, in the case of these three men, the word just fits so well.

Stupid … just plain stupid

AndreychenkoDmitriy Andreychenko of Springfield, Missouri, is a stupid man.  He is a 2nd Amendment supporter and he apparently keeps what little brain he has where the sun doesn’t shine.

On Thursday, less than a week after a mass shooting in an El Paso Wal-Mart that left 22 people dead and injured 26 others, Dmitriy Andreychenko decided to “test” his 2nd Amendment rights.  So, he loaded up for bear, donned his body armour, and walked into a local Wal-Mart store with an assault rifle, a pistol, and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.  He didn’t intend to shoot anybody, he says, but was merely checking to see if his 2nd Amendment rights would be “respected in public”.

His wife tried to talk him out of it, told him it was “not a smart idea”.  He tried to get his sister to go along and record a video of the experiment, but she apparently had more sense than he, and so Mr. Andreychenko was left to use his own cell phone to record what he referred to as a ‘social experiment’.

People, understandably, panicked at the sight of a heavily-armed man in body armour, and the store manager immediately had an employee pull the fire alarm in order to get people out of the store quickly.  Police were called and Mr. Andreychenko was arrested promptly and without incident, unless you count the police officer who was involved in a car crash on his way to the scene.  But Mr. Andreychenko was puzzled by his arrest …

“This is Missouri, I understand if we were somewhere else like New York or California, people would freak out.”

I told you he’s stupid.

If convicted, he will serve up to four years in prison and face a fine of up to $10,000.  Although Missouri is one of some 30 states that allows for openly carrying a weapon, Prosecutor Dan Patterson equated Andreychenko’s actions to yelling fire in a crowded theater.

I’m thinking I’m going to move to a country that doesn’t allow guns in the hands of stupid people.

And speaking of stupid …

Timothy-IrelandTimothy James Ireland, Jr. of Toledo, Ohio, has also seemingly left his brain in a dark place.  This one took his hatred of “other” to social media, posting on Facebook about U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez …

“She should be shot. Can’t fire me, my employer would load the gun for me.”

When contacted by police, Mr. Ireland said he was “very proud” of his post and admitted to owning a number of firearms and that he “always carries concealed”, or in other words, never leaves home without his gun.


Too much stupid …

wacholzThis time it’s the owner of a gun store in Murphy, North Carolina, that sat on his brain.  Doc Wacholz, the owner of Cherokee Guns, thought it was a good idea to put up this billboard advertising his wares …billboard

Ol’ Doc was so proud of his work, in fact, that he posted a picture of it on Facebook, and even had bumper stickers made of it, which he sells in his store.  He says he chose the four members of Congress for his billboard because, “their message of turning this country into a socialist country”.  The four, known as ‘The Squad’, have come under fire from republicans of late, and have received threats against their lives because of the hateful rhetoric of none other than Donald Trump.  See, folks … words have consequences … words matter.

The billboard has since been removed, but is not likely to soon be forgotten, since it went viral on social media.

This is the mentality we are dealing with in the U.S.  It is an ugly place to be.  I go out to a store or a restaurant and I find myself looking at everybody I see, wondering … is he packing a pistol somewhere on his person?  Is he one of those fools who would shoot up the place if his food wasn’t to his liking, or if the store was out of his brand of coffee?  You just don’t know any more.  The framers of the Constitution never intended for us to have to live like this.

I will repeat once again what I have said so many times before.  With every right comes a responsibility.  It seems to me that the vast majority of gun-owners in this nation have shirked the responsibility and have assumed their rights to be unlimited.  We can appeal to Congress to enact strict gun laws, but as long as the republican members of Congress are indebted to the NRA, it ain’t gonna happen, folks.  And almost every republican member of Congress has, in fact, accepted donations from the gun lobby.

It is up to us, the people of this nation, to use our brains, to understand what the “right to bear arms” really means, to act with a conscience and a bit of good sense.  In the immortal words of Forrest Gump:  “Stupid is as stupid does.”  And stupid is costing lives … lots of lives.  Maybe mine is next, or yours.  Think about it.

44 thoughts on “Stupidity And Guns Don’t Mix …

  1. In my rural town, the only place to buy cub scout crap is at the gun store. Walking in there, I see the men holding their berettas and their AK-whatevers with a juvenile excitement matching my kid with his bb gun. These wanna-be soldiers are the ones the republican party is sucking up to.

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    • What a terrible thing for a child to have to even see! I think I’d be inclined to start ordering his cub scout stuff online! Personally, I would be happy as a lark if the 2nd Amendment were repealed, but it will never happen. When you look at the statistics of gun deaths here as compared to other countries, it is jaw-dropping. We are #1 in that, if nothing else, with on average 100 per day. Sigh.

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  2. OMG, i have a b-i-l who is not very smart but opinionated & stubborn. He wears his gun in a holster for all to see. Thing is, he’s opinionated & will argue with anyone over anything he doesn’t agree with. I’m waiting for him to argue with another fool who has a gun. Then i have a s-i-l who argues that mental health evaluations are a really bad idea. Why? she owns a gun & her mental elevator has yet to reach the top floor. Did i mention both are rabid trumplicans?

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    • I think we all have at least one such in our family. And of course they are rabid trumplicans … what else could they be? And now, I’m going to make a guess that neither are college-educated? With some exceptions, that seems to be one of the factors of those who would place no limits on guns, and also a factor of those who blindly support Trump, despite the fact that his policies are actually hurting them. Sigh.


    • The intent of the 2nd Amendment was not for citizens to go about shooting each other, or letting their kids shoot each other, but rather was to enable citizens to defend against an outside threat. These days, though, people have lost sight of that, have twisted the meaning to suit their own maniacal desires. You’re right … this country is as lawless as I’ve ever known it to be, starting at the very top of the food chain. Given the wherewithal, I would be gone from here by midnight!


      • Jill, what has puzzled me, is some folks who support the Second Amendment are also literalists on laws. What does the law say, not what is its intent. Well the Second Amendments says to support a militia, someone may own weapons. The closest thing we have to a militia is the national guard and reserves. So, those same folks should draw a conclusion that unless someone is on one of those entities, they should not have a weapon. Keith

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        • An excellent point, Keith! They are textualists when it suits their purposes, methinks. I am really quite nervous about the gun culture in this country today. I read somewhere that after the El Paso shooting, people became afraid and started buying more guns! This is not the answer! Sigh.


  3. OMG. Is this America Jill? These guys are living amongst us. In our communities. In our small towns. In our cities. Other countries in the Western world are laughing at what we’ve become. I’m like you. I find myself looking over my shoulder a lot these days. You never know when one of these whackos may be lurking behind a shrub somewhere. But the ones who sling an assault weapon on their back and walk in our local establishments? Thank you Republicans….if not for the ridiculous open carry laws in these red states, we wouldn’t see these idiots. Once again, why anyone would vote R? I have no clue….

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    • I don’t know, my friend … it certainly isn’t the America we grew up in, is it? I saw a video clip somewhere this evening of a group of about 10-12 people going into a KFC, all with visible weapons, a couple with assault-type weapons slung over their shoulder. I thought … and commented, I think, so it may have been on Twitter … that if I were in that restaurant when those people entered, whether I were a customer or employee, I would get the heck out immediately, and then call the police. To me … I’d be as afraid of them as I would a member of al Qaeda. What is the allure of guns, anyway, if not to instill fear in other people? I would just as soon see the 2nd Amendment overturned completely … this nation has proven what a mistake it is to place guns in the hands of untrained, untested civilians. Sigh. As to why anybody would vote republican … I have been thinking a lot lately, and it seems to me the main reason is bigotry. That is, after all, what the GOP of today stands for … hatred of other. Sigh.

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  4. Jill, then there are the everyday tragic events where thinking was shortchanged. Leaving a gun accessible to children or teens leads to the approximate 2,000 accidental shooting deaths. Google four year old shoots six year old and read the sad stories.

    The other is more common. Having an accessible gun in the house or car trunk at college, with a teen or adult exhibiting signs of depression. All it takes is one impulsive act and it is over. Those arguing for guns on college campuses don’t recognize a key concern – there is a higher propensity of depression on college campuses than in general public.

    Unfortunately, there are more stories. This is a key reason gun governance and safety must be at the forefront. Keith

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    • You are so right … the mass shootings are the ones that get the attention, but with over 100 gun deaths on the average day, it is obviously the single incidents that are taking the most lives. And suicides, of course, which get almost no attention in the media. I would happily see the 2nd Amendment repealed, never to rise again if it were in my power. Civilians do not need guns, as has been proven in so many countries that have strict gun laws and the citizens fare just fine.

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  5. They were there in the 1850s & 1860s. They never went away, sometimes they lurked, some times they appaered and were generally pilloried.
    Thanks to the Limbaughs, the Bannons, The Fundemnetalists and their creation Trump they now have a ‘respectability’ masking as a right….(And Rights Ladies and Gentlemen should be earned)

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  6. “Can’t fix stupid.” My trumpette neighbor’s assessment as she gazed on my Hillary signs in the front yard 2016. Guns – unless the responsible gun owners use their voting power to bring sensible legislation and control, they deserve to lose their precious 2nd Amendment. Florida is considering concealed carry on college campuses…..hell, why not just start with pre-school? 😡 I lived many years on the wild side in a drunken stupor, I drove semi for 16 years cross-country into the heart of major cities and across desolate plains, and not once did I feel threatened to the point of wanting a gun. Today, I think twice about a trip to my local Wally World.

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    • Perhaps medical science should be working more diligently on a cure for ignorance … oh wait … we already have one … it’s called “education”. But, we are failing in that, and it seems that most of the ignorant among us are the ones who stopped at 12th grade, or lower, and never learned how to think for themselves. Like you, I’ve lived some years, done some crazy things, and had a gun pointed at me twice, but never once have I considered wanting to own one. I still don’t, but I do observe the people around me when I’m out much more closely, and prefer not to even go out. ‘Tis a sad state we have come to, but I agree … if those who wish to own guns and have some sense don’t demand gun legislation, then the 2nd amendment needs to go. The framers never intended this.

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  7. It seems to me that the vast majority of gun-owners in this nation have shirked the responsibility

    I disagree. I think it’s actually a small majority. It’s like so many other things … it’s the FEW that make it bad for all.


  8. In my concealed weapons class, the police officer teacher told us to that we could ignore signs—like the ones at Walmart—banning concealed weapons because they didn’t meet state requirements. Wth?


  9. Speaking of stupidity, 62,984,825 people voted for Trump in 2016. Hopefully, many of then were more naïve than stupid, and will have matured and learned their lesson by Nov. 2020 (Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.)


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