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Parent goes to youth basketball game, gets stabby

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One of the many reasons I advocate against laws allowing guns at youth sports events is the powder-keg of emotions in the stands. And what can set it off is not necessarily anything going on in the game. A youth sports event can be a wondrous event to bring families together in harmony — or a horrible excuse for broken families to get together to settle their differences.

From The Indianapolis Star:

MIDDLETOWN, Ind. — Police say a man stabbed his wife’s ex-husband during a fight that broke out during a youth basketball game at a Central Indiana school. Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker says 34-year-old Eric Allred, Muncie, suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound to his torso and was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Baker tells The [Muncie] Star Press that Allred and 27-year-old Christopher Ellis, Middletown, started arguing in the bleachers during Saturday’s game at Shenandoah Elementary School. Baker says the fight then moved into a restroom, where Ellis attacked Allred with a knife.

The [Anderson, Ind.] Herald Bulletin reports Allred is the father of a child who was playing.

Ellis was being held in the Henry County Jail on preliminary aggravated battery charges.

OK, let me rephrase that — people shouldn’t be bringing any weapons to a kids game. At least, though, a knife can do limited damage compared to a gun. And, with no guns allowed, a trigger-happy vigilante can’t decide to step in the middle of a, shall we say, dicey domestic situation.

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Written by rkcookjr

November 8, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Take your gun to the ballgame in one of America’s foreclosure capitals

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In Florida, it’s against state law to bring a concealed weapon to a professional sporting events, even though at a Marlins game a string of automatic gunfire wouldn’t hit anybody.

However, the law doesn’t specify that you’re banned from bringing a gun to a youth sporting event, which is a bit more crowded. So the commissioners in Lee County, Fla., had no choice but to overturn such a ban, thus allowing fans to pack heat in the sort of emotional, hair-trigger environment that makes you think, “You know what this crowd needs? Armaments.” Especially in an area that’s a bit stressed out, what with its one-in-95 houses foreclosure rate being among the highest in the country, a place with a court notorious for its “rocket docket” of speeding through such foreclosures in 10 seconds or less, a place with an area, Lehigh Acres, that has become Exhibit A in how the foreclosure crisis has turned once-thriving exurbs into ghost towns.


“What was that call again, ump?”

One Lee County commissioner spoke about lobbying state legislators to change the law so youth sporting events were included in the gun ban. But, its legal hands tied, the commission voted unanimously to lift its own ban, and signs noting the ban are already coming down.

From the Naples (Fla.) News:

“I’m not against anyone’s right to bear arms nor to have a concealed weapons license, I just find it deplorable that it would be allowed at a youth sports event,” Mert Leeman, Florida’s district 9 Little League administrator.

Howard Gold, president of the South Fort Myers Little League, said the organization goes to great pains to ensure safety, such as doing background checks on coaches and safety checks on equipment.

And sometimes Gold has had to come between parents in heated arguments about calls on the field.

“I’m fortunate to say we have not had any serious situations in 10 years, but that possibility also exists,” Gold said.

No other commissioners commented on taking the issue to state legislators.

Deleting the ordinance language that restricted firearms is expected to settle a lawsuit filed by Amanda Buckley on Aug. 13.

The lawsuit was filed by Buckley’s attorney husband, who apparently had gotten tired of hearing his wife complain about the inconvenience of leaving the Glock behind when catching a kid’s ballgame. A hearing is scheduled Nov. 1 on the lawsuit, but it appears likely the case will be done now that permitted conceal-carry owners can take their gun to the ballgame. So in Lee County, Fla., you can pry houses from people’s warm, live hands, but not guns from their cold, dead ones.

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October 26, 2010 at 10:51 pm

No gun sponsorship allowed for N.J. youth baseball team

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Apparently the only arms the South Orange-Maplewood Baseball League wants referenced on its fields are those attached to the players. From My Fox New York:

TheInstructorA Maplewood, New Jersey man is upset that a Little League baseball league has rejected his business as a team sponsor.

Matthew Carmel’s (right) son played in the South Orange-Maplewood Baseball League last year and he wanted to sponsor a team in the coming season. A sponsorship costs $300.

The league committee rejected his offer.  Carmel thinks that it is because his business happens to be a gun store called Constitution Arms. [The league did not give an official reason for denying his sponsorship.]

Carmel says, “It is fairly clear that someone has a problem with firearms.”

Mao was wrong. Youth sports sponsorship power does not come from the barrel of a gun.

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March 5, 2010 at 10:58 am

Pistol-packin' mamas are going to be just mamas at some Tennessee games

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Before you bring your big-ass gun to a youth sports event in Tennessee, you’d better check with the local constabulary first. That’s because some Tennessee localities are already taking advantage of a loophole in a law, effective Sept. 1, that allows handgun permit owners to carry guns into any public park.

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For example, despite expressing love for the Second Amendment, the Williamson County Commission (that’s the county immediately to the east of Nashville) voted 24-to-nil Monday to ban guns in county parks. However, it also voted 18-to-6 to allow its opt-out to expire in May 2010, in order to figure out whether school teams are allowed to use parks where guns are OK. In Tennessee, guns are not allowed in schools (which are getting to be among the few places where they’re not.)

Meanwhile, the Williamson County seat of Murfreesboro itself opted out of the gun ban. As Williamson County did, Murfreesboro made the point that its vote, taken last Thursday, had nothing to do with how much everyone loves guns. However, Murfreesboro is the site of the annual Spring Fling, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s five-sports-at-once state championships. The Murfreesboro vote came one day after the TSSAA said it backed down enforcing its own Spring Fling gun ban on advice of counsel. I’m going to take a not-so-wild guess that Murfreesboro was afraid it would lose the lucrative event to a less trigger-happy town.

Among the other municipalities on the don’t-shoot list: Clarksville, the hometown for Fort Campbell, and Bristol, home of a NASCAR race. Many other cities and counties are still debating the issue, and some might be passing bans while I type. One city that had a proposed ban on the agenda Tuesday night was Dandridge, where three people were fatally shot (one of the dead was the shooter) at a youth baseball game.  However, opponents of the ban might say, with some justification, that it wouldn’t have prevented that 2006 incident, which evolved from a domestic dispute. Meanwhile, other cities are tabling measures or outright rejecting bans.

The best back-and-forth exchange I’ve seen on opting out of the Tennessee law comes from the comments section of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. (Of course, all comments are presented as raw as they were typed. How am I supposed to copy edit them?). From a person who presumably wants guns allowed:

I’m a father of two daughters, ocassionally we’ve tried to enjoy riding our bicycles together on the greenway trails, these trails are considered to be city or county parks. However, in the past, I have felt very uncomfortable riding these trails because of the transient and homeless individuals, often appearing impaired by drugs and/or alcohol, that seems to frequent some areas of these trails. Allowing people with handgun carry permits, (citizens who’s backgrounds have been throughly checked by the FBI, TBI and Sheriff and found to have no history of felonies, domestic violence or mental illness), to go armed in those parks would give me comfort when recreating on the greenways. Because opting out of the law will not stop those who illegally carry weapons with intent to prey on or harm knowingly unarmed, law-abiding individuals. I want the right to defend myself and my daughters if some drug-crazed person pulls out an illegal weapon and threatens to do us harm.

A response. I’m sensing this is sarcasm:

On certain Saturdays in the fall, I like to take my kids down to the riverwalk and there are thousands of people clad totally in orange. Huddling in groups around massive mounds of food and coolers, their loud and disturbing rituals pierce the afternoon air as we try to ride our bikes. I have felt very uncomfortable sometimes when groups of men will shout and stare at me and my kids, often appearing impaired by alcohol and excessive amounts of fatty foods. After several hours, their eyes are glazed over, their guts are hanging out over their trousers, and usually we are scared by men who jump out of bushes after relieving themselves….or worse. All I know is, I would feel a lot safer if the city of Knoxville would allow he to execute my HCP to the fullest extent. I’ve been welding this rack to my handlebars that would enable me to mount two pistols and not have to worry about losing control of the bike. I want the right to defend my kids if some booze-soaked pumpkin face tries to do something. All we’re guilty of is wearing these really pretty maroon sweaters that my mother-in-law knit for us last year. Please, Knox Countians, take back your parks!!!

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July 13, 2009 at 10:56 pm