Little Boy Plays With Fire, Gets Burnt

What ghastly irony, Batman.

keith-ratliff-fps-russiaKeith Ratliff loved guns. He built his own rifles. He kept bullets in his car’s cup holder. And on the rear window he slapped a sticker of the Starbucks Coffee mermaid firing two pistols.

“I ♥ Guns and Coffee,” it read.

Mr. Ratliff’s passion for firearms made him something of a celebrity on the Internet, where he helped make scores of videos about high-powered and exotic guns and explosives. His YouTube channel, called FPSRussia, became the site’s ninth largest, with nearly 3.5 million subscribers and more than 500 million views.

But last week, the authorities said, Mr. Ratliff, 32, ended up on the wrong end of a gun. The police in northeast Georgia found him dead at his office on Jan. 3, shot once in the head. He was surrounded by several guns, but not the one that killed him. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is treating it as a homicide.

“For him not to pull out that gun and try to defend himself, he had to feel comfortable around somebody,” his wife, Amanda, told a television channel in Lexington, Ky., where he used to live. “Either that or he was ambushed.” — NYTimes

So let’s see — this here Second Amendment freak and gun fetishist supreme, owner of a business that makes and repairs firearms, licensed by the ATF, gets himself shot to death in his own office, surrounded by his own weapons.

Who’d a thunk it?  Why, I thought after reading the steady stream of “Only defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” type messages week after week, a guy like this would be the Safest Man In the Universe.  Tsk tsk.  Evidently not.

Now for a pop quiz (pardon the pun)

Answer: 0

Question:  How many weapons owners found this incident instructive?

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10 Responses to Little Boy Plays With Fire, Gets Burnt

  1. Diesel Fitter says:

    HA HA HA HA! More of this Please!!!
    Maybe there’s a vigilante out there?

  2. julesagray says:

    Aaaand the thinning of the herd continues …

  3. Kent Standit says:

    We need a few pipe bombs at gun shows, too..After all, the only defense against people with guns is people with pipe bombs. Right?

  4. Joe Balls says:

    Nothing but good news here. We need the parking space.

  5. Flaming Yon says:

    I think a hole in the center of his forehead would help his overall look, if not his intelligence.

  6. Fuck You says:

    It’s too bad, you guy’s brains aren’t half as big as your mouths.

    • Squathole says:

      Not sure who “you guy’s” refers to, FY — and btw, GREAT pseudonym, very clever — it’s just me here running this blog. But thanks for stopping by and confirming the results of the pop quiz..

      • Seriously, Fuck You says:

        Squathole, I think your line of thinking is just a tad bit in the wrong direction (sarcasm). There is ZERO correlation between a man who owns guns and the fact that he gets himself into trouble. There is an entire world out there of sincere individuals who own guns and are just as responsible as they are good people, both characteristics strong. And here you are, using absolute extremes to try and associate murder with guns. But that’s the problem- the entire firearm community cannot stress enough the level of responsibility that is required when owning a weapon. Believe it or not, most people aren’t fucking criminals.

      • Squathole says:

        Dear Mr/ Ms Fuck You:

        Thanks for your thoughtful note. Let’s have a look at its premises.

        “There is ZERO correlation between a man who owns guns and the fact that he gets himself into trouble.

        There are piles of statistics confirming the dangers of owning a gun to gun owners themselves. Here’s a summary I found in about 30 seconds:
        At the same time, people hesitate to own guns themselves because they recognize that keeping a gun in the house is a dangerous thing to do. A gun in the house minimally doubles the risk that a household member will kill himself or herself. (Some studies put the increase in suicide risk as high as 10 times.) An American is 50% more likely to be shot dead by his or her own hand than to be shot dead by a criminal assailant. More than 30,000 Americans injure themselves with guns every year..”
        Source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/23/opinion/frum-guns And if you visit the article, you’ll be linked to the CDC site which contains details. In sum, you’re just wrong about this. Fucking wrong.

        “There is an entire world out there of sincere individuals who own guns and are just as responsible as they are good people, both characteristics strong.”.

        Awkwardly phrased, but I agree. All of the gun owners I know are responsible people. I don’t know why you think this post suggests anything else. I suspect you’re not all that clever, and tend to react irrationally when offended or when your cherished beliefs are challenged. Which suggests you’re exactly the type of dolt unfit and too irresponsible to own weapons.

        “…the entire firearm community cannot stress enough the level of responsibility that is required when owning a weapon.”

        Again, I agree — they can’t stress it enough. Unfortunately, they don’t. For all the educational pamphlets and courses and training sessions, the industry still tolerates — some would say encourages — activities that place weapons in exactly the wrong hands. It opposes universal background checks, for example. It opposes a national registry.

        I’m not anti-gun, Seriously Fuck You. I believe the 2nd Amendment protects the right of an individual to own one, as clearly stated by the Supreme Court in the Heller decision. That doesn’t change even a tiny bit the truth of how dangerous they are even in the hands of responsible people, or the hollowness of the moronic arguments gun owners offer when challenged. Which you’ve been kind enough to demonstrate here.

        Thanks for stopping by — please come again.

      • Diesel Fitter says:

        Heh heh heh. It took this asshat a whole month to come up with something this lame? Oh, well — he confiorms the results of your pop quiz,

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