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(NEWSER) – It may be a bit early in 2015 to be handing out the Parents of the Year Award, but a man and woman in Indiana are certainly contenders: Police say they found a cellphone video featuring Michael Barnes, 19, and Toni Wilson, 22, encouraging a 1-year-old baby girl to place a .40-caliber handgun in her mouth and say “pow.” “The video also shows the child placing the muzzle of the gun in [her] mouth,” police say in a statement (amended here). “At no point does Barnes try to stop the child from playing with the gun.” Wilson is the girl’s mother, but Barnes is not her father. Authorities obtained the video after arresting Barnes in a separate incident in which he made arrangements via social media to sell a handgun to an undercover cop, Reuters reports. Wilson claimed the gun in the video was just a pellet gun, but police say that’s not true. Barnes has been charged with child neglect, allowing a child to possess a firearm, and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and Wilson faces the same charges, NBC News reports. The baby, as well as month-old twins in the home—of whom Barnes is the father, police say—were put into emergency care.

If I'm a gun fan, nuts like this and nuts like Open Carry would make me worried that gun laws are going to get a heck of a lot stricter in the future. 


Anonymous said...

As a emphatic supporter of the second amendment, neither surprises me, but the fact that he got arrested for trying to sell a gun bothers me more.
I hope there's something else going on than just "trying to sell a gun to an undercover officer".
Obviously, the video would suggest numerous bad choices have been made.

But, what's the purpose of not allowing open-carry?
Talk about outdated laws. That is one.

Now, the truth is.....we should be able to open-carry.

But as a licensed carrier, why in the world would you want to open carry?

The whole purpose is for the perpetrator to not know who is carrying.

I don't want anyone to know I have a pistol strapped to me.

Anonymous said...

I am a "gun nut". I have a concealed carry permit. I have a gun safe full of guns, both rifles, pistols and shotguns. I got my first gun, a Remington .22 rifle as a present on my 9th birthday. I also received years of expert training in its use by family, friends and fellow hunters before I was allowed out on my own with the weapon.

I believe the gun laws we now have are totally inadequate. Todays society is woefully ignorant of guns, what they can do and how to handle them.

If you want to own a gun, you should have an extensive background check, a comprehensive course in their use, the legal ramifications of that use, and you should be licensed by the state to own one prior to purchase.

Anyone with a modicum of common sense, and maybe a touch of maturity, will agree with the above. If you don't, you're an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Those are not gun nuts. Those are stupid white trash parents the likes of which surely will ask to have an attorney appointed for them. Don't lump them with responsible gun owners. I keep telling you Barry that you are too smart for that kind of logic, but I am beginning to wonder.

Anonymous said...

Look at what race they are. That should help you understand. He is a future micheal brown. Poor kid dont stand a chance

Anonymous said...


Since you leave no room for discussion (otherwise I'm an idiot), I'll just cut to the chase -- you're an idiot. Are you a LEO? You sure fit the profile.

Anonymous said...

Try and slap me, kid? Welcome to the gun show.

--famous quote by Barry Green

Anonymous said...

If you disagree with me, you're an idiot.

There's nothing quite like an open-minded, self-proclaimed "gun nut."

Anonymous said...

@12:25 PM-I'm with you, but does it matter that he is age 19 re selling the handgun? Is he a felon?

@12:27 PM-Not interested in a conversation with you. Ever. On any subject. I'll bet you are one conflicted individual.
I won't take the time to rebut in full, but just in case there are others reading this who are pondering this issue:
Don't ever forget that if what 12:27 PM proposes should become law, it will absolutely not stop there. You might say that is a sad commentary, but it is true, and what would come to pass would be horrendous. If that argument bothers you, please consider that the onus is squarely on those who use "foot in the door" tactics, and have long blamed the failure of past gun control laws on "we didn't go far enough, we just need more of them" rather than on those who care about preserving freedom and accept responsibility for their own behavior. There are so many valid arguments to oppose 12:27 PM's view, and I won't change it anyway, so I'm done. I sincerely hope 12:27 PM is too lazy to vote.

Bear said...


I don't think it is any business of the state as to whether I own a gun or not. I do not need anyone's permission to purchase or own a gun. The Constitution gives me that right, until I do something to cause me to lose that right. You sir, are an idiot for not allowing any type of discussion to your all knowing opinion. Stay out of my business and I will stay out of yours.

Anonymous said...

Yes, idiots like these and the Open Carry folks scare the shit out of responsible gun owners. I cringe everytime I read a story of a child getting his/her hands on a gun. These folks will only make it much harder for the responsible folks, but maybe it is time for that change to happen.

Triple Fake... said...

professing innocence by saying it's only a pellet gun is lame. What happens when the kid figures out how to pull the trigger and finds a real gun (or even a pellet gun) and does the same thing, because the parental units thought it was cute and encouraged that behavior?
If they had to play Russian roulette while French kissing a pistol I don't think they would find it very amusing

Anonymous said...

Big problem here, folks. Police say they "found" the clip. I hope and pray to God they had a warrant to search that phone.

Mr. Mike Honcho said...

3:17 PM gets the Blue Ribbon.

BG, you are usually anti-LEO-overstepping-their-bounds. Surprised you missed that.

And the people concerned in the pic? Meh. Not really concerned. Dumb people are dumb.

Anonymous said...

I see no prollem. All nigs should be taught this.

Anonymous said...

Every new gun law opens the door for a stricter law down the road.

You can't be a supporter of gun ownership and say "I think every owner should register".

Only idiots think otherwise ;)

Anonymous said...

It's that "gangsta wannabe" lifestyle that frightens me more.

Anonymous said...

3:59 I don't think it is about "I think every owner should register" it is about how do we create laws that keep guns out of the hands of idiots. I realize new laws are a slippery slope but I am also tired of seeing innocent children killed because they have idiot parents that have no business owning a gun. I am a proud gun owner and I hurt everytime a child is killed in this senseless manner. I also realize these deaths are just what the gun removal advocates live for.

Anonymous said...

Except the gun nuts now have all three branches of Texas government.


Anonymous said...

"gun nut" or a master gun control baiter. I doubt the truth really matters.

If the authorities were to take away your weapon, would you go behind their back, illegally, to obtain one to protect yourself and your family? As a "gun nut", I think yes.

No amount of gun control can stop irresponsible or illegal activity. Ask the French! Keep preaching your more regulation/fewer freedoms beliefs, God Himself couldn't convince you that you could be wrong.

If our government would stop enabling irresponsibility through welfare and entitlement programs, natural selection would thin out the herd of humans that infect this society of the idiocy you so easily judge those who disagree with you. Mother nature is brutal, but insures survival of the fittest.

Losers resort to name calling so they don't have to throw in the towel! I may be an idiot, but I don't have to call you one in order feel relevant, win a debate or get people to agree with me.

Anonymous said...

"Losers" resort to name calling...

Yeah, you may not understand what name calling is, if you think you don't do it.


Anonymous said...

BG, and 0218, it may be instructive to distinguish between OCT and OCTC.

OCT works to promote cooperation and collaboration with LE, whereas OCTC - namely Kory Watkins - mainly seeks to provoke/antagonize LE, usually the Arlington PD.

As a 'gun nut', I support OC legislation giving CH licensees the option of type of carry. The 'constitutional carry' variant, which would permit any citizen to carry openly, without licensing, does not, IMO, appear to be a practicably viable alternative.

Anonymous said...


It worked. Glad to know you're the "gun nut"

Anonymous said...

So what are you going to do when some meth head kicks in your door at 3 am with the intent to cause harm to you and your family? Tell them you are a lawyer and will sue them. Being a small person you might want to consider a weapon for protection. Better to have a gun and not need it than to not have a gun and need it.