Wednesday, August 3, 2011

101-Year-Old Virginia Woman Shot

The Washington Post reports

A 101-year-old Virginia woman was shot and wounded as she tried to break up a family dispute, authorities and a neighbor said Monday.

The woman, who was not identified, was struck in the neck and taken to a hospital after the shooting, which occurred over the weekend in Richmond, police there said.

Michael Haskell, a longtime friend of the woman’s, said a gun went off as she tried to intervene in the dispute. He said the woman was in stable condition after successful surgery.

Police said they were called at about midnight Saturday to a house for a reported shooting. They said investigators have determined that two of the woman’s grandsons were arguing over money, and that they began shooting at each other.
Now, you know how I hate to generalize, it's completely clear to me that any single incident cannot be considered characteristic of a particular state. Yet, when those single incidents become frequent enough, as with Arizona and Florida, it is reasonable to draw certain conclusions.

Virginia is one of those states. There are too many guns, too many unqualified people with guns, there is too much 2nd Amendment pseudo-patriotism and when they start shooting their centenarian grandmothers, I cannot remain silent any longer.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment


  1. If granny is 101, then it is unlikely that her grandkids are, well, kids, but rather far more likely to be adults, and adults more than old enough to know better.

    We can only hope that these two yokels will 1. realize that the proper time, according to tradition, is high noon, not midnight for one of these kinds of gunfights (sarcasm, for those who don't recognize it); and 2. that the courts will revoke their rights to own or carry guns in the future, permanently, on the basis of using them improperly and illegally, and for clear lack of reasonable and responsible judgement.

  2. Presumably at least one of these idiots, if not both, were involved. Anyone want to make a side bet that 1. these two fools had at some time in the past relied on a firearm to define their masculinity; 2. they imagine themselves patriots, and believe the were acting reasonably to assert their just cause, in the shooting. It wouldn't be much of a stretch to believe they think they were acting morally, if not legally, and that since Grandma's shooting was 'a ax-ident', that it wasn't their fault she ended up in the hospital.

    These clowns don't strike me as the responsible type. It is clear that this is precisely the kind of injury can happen if one does not consider where shots fired might injure someone else.

    "A 28-year-old man who lives in the house was arrested on an aggravated assault warrant that was not related to the incident, police said. A 36-year-old man, who also lives at the house, was being sought Monday in connection with the shooting."

    Give the day of the week and the time of day.........anyone want to make a side bet that 'alcohol may have been involved'?

  3. " since Grandma's shooting was 'a ax-ident'"

    What is an "ax-ident"?

  4. I'm making fun of the functionally illiterate.

  5. I don't know what's funnier, Dog Gone's use of that hillbilly talk or Jim's questioning it.