Nationally-syndicated talk radio host Lars Larson, already on Seattle’s KVI in the evenings, will take over the noon-to-3 p.m. slot at that station Monday, and considering the events of the past 24 hours in Seattle and Chattanooga, he’ll have plenty to talk about.
Whatever else Larson is, he could easily be called a “gun guy.” Not only does he occasionally talk gun rights, he is a shooter and accomplished hunter, a fact that hardly endears the veteran broadcaster to the animal rights crowd, and he’s had four decades in the business to soften them up.
Larson is a Vancouver resident broadcasting nationally from Portland’s KXL, where’s he’s been since 1997. He likes to talk, and by Monday – with the investigations of the terrorist attack in Chattanooga and this morning’s officer-involved fatal shooting in North Seattle shaking out over the weekend – there could be plenty about which to talk.
He’ll be butting airwaves with popular KIRO-FM host Dori Monson, who is also known for his pull-no-punches approach to local and national politics. Monson is not afraid of calling a spade a spade, or the governor a few names. Midday listening could get hot next week, and that’s good for the public.
Both of these guys may want to chat about today’s revelation by the Seattle Times that one specific firearm has been linked to ten different shootings in the Jet City over the past two years, ranging from incidents in the Rainier Valley to Capitol Hill. That’s a pretty busy pistol, and it’s a cinch that when it changes hands – as published images by Seattle Police suggest it has – there is no background check.
There’s also today’s remark by Gen. Ray Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, that is raising eyebrows among veterans. He told reporters that “I think we have to be careful about over-arming ourselves, and I’m not talking about where you end up attacking each other,” and that it’s about “accidental discharges and everything else that goes along with having weapons that are loaded that causes injuries.”
Call it incredibly ironic timing, but NBC and WXIA are reporting that earlier today, a gun accidentally went off at an armed forces recruiting station in Gainesville, Georgia. One person was taken to the hospital. A police spokesman said the wound appeared to have been self-inflicted.
These people are supposed to be highly trained in firearms handling, which includes safety. Millions of armed citizens go about their daily routines without accidentally shooting one another, and so do the legions of police and sheriff’s deputies. And today, a Fox affiliate in Atlanta is reporting that armed citizens in Hiram were standing guard outside a recruiting office there, in a show of support for the service members inside.
It was revealed during a press briefing this afternoon that Chattanooga gunman Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez was armed with “at least” one handgun and two long guns, some of which may, or may not, have been purchased legally, according to NBC News. A naturalized citizen with no significant criminal record, he should have been able to legally purchased those guns.
Today the dead Marines were identified as Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan of Hampden, Massachusetts; Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt from Burke, North Carolina; Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist of Polk, Wisconsin; and Lance Cpl. Squire K. “Skip” Wells of Cobb County, Georgia.
As if to rebut an earlier Examiner column today, anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying organization just sent out an e-mail blitz that exploits yesterday’s attack, suggesting that more gun control is needed. Sent over the name of Everytown Survivor Network Director Chris Kocher, the e-mail asserts that, “service members regularly risk their lives to protect us abroad. They shouldn’t have to fear for their lives when they come back home.” They wouldn’t face such risks if they weren’t disarmed on duty here, and assigned to offices that are designated “gun-free zones,” critics are contending.
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