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
Dmitriy 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 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 …
This 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 …
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.