Back in 2010, Jared Kellner, who was only 15, was killed by a 13-ton concrete panel that fell on him as he left a Wisconsin garage. A friend of Kellner's was injured. That was less than two months before the Wisconsin gubernatorial primary, so now-Governor Scott Walker was in full campaign mode.
Members of the Milwaukee County Board and others "suggested Walker and his administration’s policies resulted in deferred maintenance of the parking structure."
Scotty was "intimately involved in the discussions," per emails [which were part of that years-long John Doe probe], which include his aides "complaining about reporters they felt were biased against them in their coverage of the incident."
WisPolitics has a few more revelations about Walker's handling of the tragedy:
The discussions included Walker county exec staffers seeking guidance from the campaign on whether they should slow down their response time to open records requests.
[Former Walker aide Tim] Russell asked the email chain where Walker was following the incident, warning “Scott cannot be at a fundraiser or something like that. He’ll be eaten alive.”
In one email, an aide forwarded to Walker a request from the Daily Reporter to respond to Supv. John Weishan’s suggestion that a move in 2003 to move surplus money from the county’s 0.5 percent sales tax from the capital budget to the general operating budget contributed to the tragedy.
“I called him and beat down Weishan,” Walker wrote, adding “He is a back bencher who the board doesn’t even listen to.” [...]
Nardelli, in an email to Walker, Rindfleisch and Gilkes three days after the accident, criticized WTMJ-TV reporter Aaron Diamant for picking up on allegations made by former County Board Chairman Lee Holloway that maintenance at the garage had been deferred according to a report. “He is just as biased against you as (Journal Sentinel reporter Steve) Schultze…what a schmuck!”
In another email, Russell wrote Journal Sentinel reporter Jesse Garza had gotten a message to him that he was willing to help Walker get “good ink” if the county exec wanted to speak with the reporter.
And word is, Walker could be the Big Presidential Contender in 2016.
Mother: "Honey, next time you clean your gun, please be more careful! Your finger just hit me smack in the face!"
Son: "Sorry, ma. I didn't think it was loaded."
Mother: "You're grounded!"
Son: "Again? But I wanted to watch the replay of Wayne LaPierre's testimony on CSPAN!"
Mother: "Go straight to your room! But first, get your finger off the floor. Company's coming!"
Per the Des Moines Register, my little dramatization wasn't all that far off. A 22-year-old Des Moine man did, indeed, shoot off the tip of his own finger while cleaning what he thought was an unloaded gun. And his finger flew across the room and hit his mom.
These gun "accidents" are not accidents at all. They're negligence. Gun Guy said he pulled the trigger to make sure his firearm was in good working order, which then fired the round that shot off the tip of his own index finger which in turn collided with his poor mom.
They were lucky. The bullet could have killed one of them.
Kinda puts the term "itchy trigger finger" in a new light.
In the state of Texas this happened, according to a school board member: "There was an accident involving one of the employees today."
This "accident"-- usually in the case of firearms calamities, it's negligence-- occurred during a district-sponsored concealed handgun license class for teachers, because, as you can see, nothing says "safe" like having guns on campuses.
Leslie Goode, a school board member, said this didn't change his mind about arming teachers. Pshyeah, he didn't get shot, but a man who works in the maintenance department sure did.
The employee from the Van Independent School District had stayed for one-on-one training after class with the concealed handgun license training instructor on Tuesday when a mechanical malfunction with his weapon caused his gun to misfire, NBC affiliate KETK reported. The bullet ricocheted, striking the employee in the left leg; his injury was not life-threatening, the affiliate said.
What if that "malfunction" had happened in the classroom?
And hey! Who needs "bad guys" when the "good guys" shoot themselves?
Here's a bonus L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Re “Glendale schools boost security,” Feb. 25
This weekend, Glendale will host its annual gun show at the Civic Auditorium, conveniently located near a skate park, schools and opening-day Little League fields. Seems to me if officials want to take steps to make Glendale schools safer, they could start at the heart of the problem, namely by making it more difficult to get more guns and ammo.
It's not a lack of security in our schools — it's the guns, this country's addiction to them and fear run amok that are threatening our communities.