Hey, Remember When Jesse James Said Texas Is Safer Because It Has Fewer Gun Restrictions?

January 22nd, 2013 // 106 Comments
Jesse James Sniper Rifle

December 22, 2012:

“Since moving to Texas (a state with far less gun restrictions) I have not seen one dead body. have not experience any drive by shootings. My dogs are 100% different dogs now. I can now relax, and live life in this Free country. I have for the first time in my life enjoyed the freedom to purchase and shoot the guns of my choice. I have been able to enjoy these things with my family and teach them the safe proper way to shoot, handle, and secure weapons. Using the freedoms that the 2nd Amendment protects.” – Jesse James, defending the NRA’s response to the Newtown shootings by touting Texas’ gun laws as far safer than California’s.


Shooting Reported At College Campus In Texas – Mediaite 1.22.13

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  1. Michael_D

    I mean, Jesse James is still a tw*t but I’ll just simply say the shooting happened on the north side of Houston, right near an area of town (Greenspoint) more commonly referred to as Gunspoint. Not a shocker. Still sucks, though

  2. pepperhat

    Eh, its a community college. Those have shootings all the time.

  3. JL

    Gang oriented. Most likely unregistered or stolen. Try again.

  4. that Spanish guy

    “My dogs are 100% different dogs now”, they wear cowboy hats now.

  5. You know what would have prevented this? More guns.

    • I bet the victims were unarmed. I would rather die in a shootout than a shooting. But seriously, I am an assole.

      • MRF

        You’re not an asshole, (well, you are), you’re an idiot. You ain’t Clint Eastwood – Clint Eastwood isn’t Clint Eastwood, even though he thinks he is.

      • What I find interesting is the cultural or societal difference where, as a Canadian, the idea of arming everyone doesn’t cross my mind as a solution to the problem – and I say that with no mockery or sarcasm. The idea that I should have a gun for my own protection is completely foreign to me… I go about my day to day life not even worrying that the people around me might be armed, much less intending to do me harm.

      • I love Canadians. They’re like puppies.

      • Well Iveski, what you need to do to provide the experience necessary to make the idea less foreign is actually go to a place where such things occur. Walk around a bit. Meet the locals. Get a true feel for the reality of certain, very specific cross-cultural interactions.
        Go somewhere where you are not supposed to be. Where you are viewed as an oppressor, where you are in genuine danger just for being you, no matter what you believe or how you have behaved in the past. Where they not only don’t give a damn about you or your well-being, but would actually rather do you harm. Generations of engendered hate, just waiting for an opportunity to manifest. Then you might realize that if you couldn’t go back home, that if your means did not allow you to leave that situation, defending yourself becomes not an option, but a necessity if you want to stay alive.
        And I too say that without an ounce of mockery or sarcasm. But maybe you can see why it was really, really hard.

      • DFCtomm

        You feel completely safe and nurtured in our shadow free from having to worry about things like your own security. Must be nice to be perpetually a child.

      • hamtime

        ya – thanks for that … and I’m only partly joking.

        Having said that, part of the reason we NEED security is because the US has such a freakin’ aggressive foreign policy – so thanks for that too. It’s great living in your massive shadow and all that implies.

        If you need me I’ll be playing in my sandbox.

      • Dick Magnus

        I am Canadian too, except I’m not an uppity snarky smug little pussy, even though I am from Toronto.

        Stop commenting on how we are better than Americans: we are not. We ride the wave of their success. For example: the space program, trading of commodities, and… well everything.

    • hamtime

      Interestingly, the exact same arguments are being waged on a different site because of an (unrelated) picture posted showing a handgun with a “cool-looking” double magazine.
      It is alarming at both sites how vehemently so many will defend their “right to bear arms” based on the second amendment (that was written in 1791 kids).

      I get that things are dangerous in big US cities, but giving everyone the right to carry an assault weapon surely can’t help the matter!

      People argue that it is not the guns that kill people, but crazed lunatics. Why would you want to give them such easy access to an assault weapon that can produce maximal damage with minimal effort?

      The most prevalent reason for visits to the ER in Texas – GSW (gun shot wound). Call it Darwinism if you want – Americans are killing themselves.

      • Fascists like senator Diane Feinstein have said in the past they want to get rid of all guns period, not just modern sporter rifles. Once you let them demonize one kind of gun they will grab them all. They have done this all over the world. “We just want to get rid of the rifles that LOOK like military rifles(even though they don’t operate the same way, they only look the same) Then they ban the handguns, then the shotguns and hunting rifles. And if crime skyrockets and you were safer with guns than without, oh well tough luck you’re not getting them back. Never give up your basic human right to self defense.

      • Yeah, if it supports your argument it must be true. The most common reason for an ER visit at Ben Taub in Houston for example, MIGHT be gunshot wound, since all such major wounds are routed there due to their excellent trauma center. But if you are insane enough to believe every emergency room in Texas is full of people dying of bullet wounds, so be it. I’ve been to the ER three or four times in my life; never saw a gunshot wound. (I did see a stripper once who I will swear under oath would qualify, but that is off-topic.) And as for you needing a military because of our foreign policy, that’s almost as deluded. What’s amazing is some of the most levelheaded people I’ve met in my life have been Canadian. But some of you live in a bubble of niceness you usually have to visit a seven year-old girl’s tea party to experience.

  6. Who cares? People will cry about it on the news for a few weeks, call for the government to do something about guns, the government will try to do something and the gun nuts will shoot it down, then everybody will go back to life as normal ready to repeat the process when the next shooting happens.

    Nothing good will come of any of these tragedies.

  7. lol

    Wow, I guess this is CNN now.

  8. USDA Prime McBeef

    The real crime is the draconian weed laws in that state. You can go to jail for a roach in the ashtray. ffffffffuuuuuuck that.

    Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie didn’t die so Chuck Norris can be a dick about it.

  9. Heywood Jabloeme

    Please, Mr. Superficial writer, leave your bullsh*t political rants for another website. I’m don’t come here for your liberal agenda, I can go to CNN for that. Stick to the gossip site and leave the political rantings to more educated and more sane individuals. Thanks!

    • Jill

      Since when providing a quote and linking to an article referencing a current event a bullshit political rant?

      • Please. You can’t be that naive. I hate guns – I’ve personally seen first hand what they can do to people but Fish may as well have said “neener neener.”

      • Heywood Jabloeme

        Hi Jill! Last time I checked, this was not a news site. Just a place to go and look at what inane stuff that celebrities are doing today. I find it very annoying when this site feels like they need to push their own agenda. Actually, I’m not really sure why I’m answering you since you are probably also a hard-core liberal and I could give you the most reasoned argument why this kind of story does not belong on this site but since it supports your own opinion you will just call me a name and tell me to go away. Have a great day!

      • Jill

        Glad you got me all figured out then. I didn’t call you a name, nor did I intend to, just saying that a “rant” tends to indicate someone stating their own, lengthy opinion. This is a quote and a link on a site that has contained similar content before, so it shouldn’t be shocking to anyone who checks it out regularly.

      • Heywood Jabloeme

        I’m so sorry. I must have mischaracterized your comment. So you don’t see this story as an attempt to further an anti-gun agenda and is a legitimate post on a gossip website who’s most recent article before this one talked about how Kim Kardashian is going to put her baby photos on Twitter?.. I’m SO sorry I misjudged you.

      • USDA Prime McBeef

        Hey… Heywood….pssst…..your tiny cock is showing.

      • Heywood Jabloeme

        What? Are you saying something?

      • Last time I checked, this was not a news site. Just a place to go and look at what inane stuff that celebrities are doing today.

        I love how so many people have an opinion as to what does and does not belong on this blog. Hey, everyone: This is the Superficial Writer’s website. He can write about whatever and whomever he wants, from Jesse James to Scarlett Johansson to Johann Sebastian Bach to that other Sebastian Bach. From boobs to dicks to guns to Christ to more boobs. If you don’t like what he writes, you can skip over the offending post, or you can take your oh-so-hurt butt somewhere else. No one will miss you.

        P.S. I’m fairly certain that if Heywood’s politics aligned with Fish’s, he wouldn’t go off on these rants. So, once again, it’s not a matter of “politics don’t belong here,” it’s “I don’t want to read your politics, I’d much rather live in my mostly-conservative-news bubble, thankyouverymuch.”

    • It was direct quote. Calm your ass down. Conservatives are always on the defense about their precious guns.

    • JC

      Please, Mr. comment writer, leave your bullsh*t political comments for another website. I’m don’t come here for your agenda, I can go to your own dumb site for that. Stick to funny comments and leave the deranged rantings to McBeef and Cock Dr. Thanks!

    • I’m with Jill, it wasn’t a rant, but the fact that Fish is anti-gun probably helped in choosing that (pretty bizarre) quote. I think if you are conservative/gun-loving enough to get upset about something like this, you either haven’t been on this site for very long or you should look into getting your bikini pics somewhere else. The writer here expresses his opinions pretty frequently, which I like, but since it might not match up 100% with what you want to hear, you might be better off staying at TMZ or some other soulless gossip site.

  10. That’s a highschool body count for California.

  11. James van Froog

    Guns = dead people. Even the NRA understands that.

  12. catapostrophe

    You’re right, Fish. People don’t kill people–guns do. The Second Amendment to the Constitution ought to be wadded up and thrown in a recycling bin. Only certain people paid by federal, state and local law enforcement ought to have guns. Amen!

  13. ari

    fewer, not less.

  14. ChaCha

    Well, I guess this shooting stands as indisputable proof that Texas couldn’t possibly be safer than California.

    • Anyone in California who feels he or she would be safer in Texas, FUCKING GO, ALREADY! California natives never wanted you people here in the first place.

      I’m a third generation native and I can tell you that California was just fine and dandy before people from all over the galaxy decided to move here.

      Let me say this: “Welcome to California…now go the fuck home!”

  15. Nate

    A family near to Bass Pro Shops was slaughtered, gunned down by another family member back in 2011.

  16. HalifaxDave

    The Second Amendment should be followed to the letter of the law. IE guns are for a well organized Militia for the defense of the country, not so every Tom, Dick and Harry can run around with a big banging phallic symbol

    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

    If you want a bang bang toy go join the National Gaurd

    • Fuck You

      Halifax Dave,
      You really really don’t want us to follow the letter of the Second Amendment. You only say this b/c you have no idea what you are talking about. If we follow the letter of the Second Amendment you would be required to to purchase, maintain and train at your own cost a military grade rifle, ammunition and equipment. Because you know nothing the the Militia referred to in the Second Amendment is ALL male citizens of sound body between the ages of 17 and 50 years of age. Granted, I’m making a couple of assumptions about you 1. that you are an American Citizen and 2. that you are sound of body. Remember there is NO subsidy for this service and there is NO exemption for “conscience.” And in the case of military grade we would mean fully automatic weapons, since that is what is in use with the Army today.

      • That is a good point you unintentionally made. The 2nd Amendment referred to guns when they took about thirty seconds to load a single shot, nothing automatic. Our forefathers weren’t considering future killsticks when they were laying out the rules for the new nation. All the more reason to amend the amendment that has lost its reason to exist.

      • Jethro

        Wrong. The second amendment was written to protect the practice of slavery. The militias were formed and used by southern states/would-be-states to capture escaped slaves, capture free black persons in order to impress them into slavery, and put down slave uprisings. Large groups of armed, trained men with the authority to kill and capture human beings were necessary to protect the economy of the south.

      • That Trial Balloon popped a few days ago.

      • I love how the gun nut assumes that “HalifaxDave” is an American citizen.

    • It was every Tom, Dick and Harry that composed those militias, and they used their private firearms. Ask General Thomas Gage how it went down.

      Since Americans deeply disliked the idea of a standing army during peacetime, well regulated militias served as a substitute. While this stuff might seem crazy to outsiders, and to less educated Americans, there really are some fascinating reasons why we’ve ended up at this point in history.

  17. aidsfart

    way to spin it superficial. you must have one of those jerky knees too huh?

  18. CK

    Where’s your pickup truck, asshole?

  19. His dogs are 100% different dogs now? WTF?

    Whack job.

  20. ugh

    Texas has a pretty high murder rate.

  21. Me

    Two people with “minor injuries”. Nobody’s dead. Not exactly a massacre. Looks like he still hasn’t seen a dead body there.

  22. CarlT

    Well said Jesse!

  23. I was just in Texas for a couple of weeks over Christmas. What is hilarious about Texas other than it being a shithole, Dallas anyway, is that you can just sense the presence of crime everywhere. Many of the hotels and businesses have signs up telling you not to bring guns into the businesses. The hotels also have signs telling you basically your car will get broken into in every parking spot. I was staying out in affluent Preston Hollow and they have the largest walls and gates I have seen anywhere in my life. Living in total paranoia and fear. Pathetic.

    Mark Cuban’s mansion has a giant wall and gate and cameras and then a huge “Armed Guards on Duty” sign also.

    • – Cuban is from Pittsburgh.
      – The signs regard the Concealed Carry law; store owners are not asking thieves to be so kind as to rob them with something other than a gun.
      – The hotels are just following insurance regulations; the same signs can be seen in every major American city.
      – The walls and gates are designed for privacy, not to keep you out and keep Mother Nature in.

      I’ll stop with just the breaks with facts, and leave the remaining equally astute social commentary to stand on its own.

      • That is bullshit, those signs are not on every hotel in every city. In fact out of 6 states I just went through, they were ONLY in Texas.

        WTF do you think a 10 foot tall wall with 20 ft tall gates and dozens of security cameras are for? Of course it is for security. Who the fuck hangs out in the front lawn of their 15,000 sq.ft mansion on 2 acres? How the fuck could it be for privacy? Cuban was not the only one with armed guards signs and him being from another state has nothing to do with it. He lives there and owns some of the most expensive shit in Dallas and has for awhile now.

      • I did not say the signs were on every hotel in every city. Try and keep your exaggerations out of what I say. They are at nicer hotels. I’ve seen them everywhere I’ve travelled, most recently Philadelphia. Security cameras are for security, yes. But as for the cameras, Cuban’s armed guards and those elsewhere, could it maybe, just maybe be due to wealthy people having a greater likelihood of being robbed, what with their having more money, more to lose, and thus greater reason for concern? That if you had more to protect, and there was reason to worry, you might do the same to protect you and yours? That said, of course the walls are as well for privacy. (I should have said “not just to keep you out,” but I was trying to remember who Tesla was covering.) Hell, If I could have two acres of completely private space, I’d sure have it. And how the fuck do you know what people do behind walls you are bitching about not being able to see over? Just so you know, we frolic naked wearing only pearl-handled pistols, polishing gold bullion while watching Fox News.

      • Plenty of rich people in CA live behind high walls and armed guards. But I am definitely glad to hear that all the flee bag motels are in Texas. It must have been some other kind of motel that I saw in San Francisco.

      • Goddammit, where’s kimmykimkim? I want her to respond—positively or negatively—to the Dallas trash-talk.

  24. Dr. J

    I’m fairly certain they try not to leave dead bodies lying around, as a sort of general, public sanitation rule. But, you know, duly noted.

  25. Tsk tsk …”fewer” gun restrictions, Fish, not less, lol.

  26. j/k

    Here’s the deal. Gun makers start talking about the government taking away guns and people run out and buy a record number of handguns.

    The government bans assault rifles, and people run out and buy more handguns.

    People talk about saving lives but not one person talks about banning the caliber of ammunition that takes the most American lives. This about stimulating the economy and nothing more.

  27. I guess this is as good a place to ask as any, I suppose. As a non-American, I’m confused when I hear people arguing about their right to bear arms. In the one breath, they say its purpose is for a well-armed, regulated militia and in the other it’s for self-defence. So is it one, the other, or both? The text of the Amendment seems to only support the former, yet the Supreme Court seems to have accepted the latter as well – though given the wording of the Amendment, I don’t see the Court’s reasoning. Can anyone provide a poor foreigner the Coles’ Notes version?

    • The problem with your question, Iveski, is that Coles Notes are Canadian. Ya wanna ask a MERKA!n a question, ya gotta speak MERKA!n. And in MERKA!, what you call Coles Notes are Cliff Notes.

      The Supreme Court made their 2nd Amendment/self-defense decision in District of Columbia v. Heller—that’s the Wikipedia link, which is as Coles/Cliff Notesy as I’m willing to look for. But if you’re still wondering how the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to self-defense where none existed in the Amendment’s wording—despite explicit contemporaneous self-defense clauses in some 18th-century state constitutions that could easily have been included in the Amendment if the Framers so chose—the short-short answer is that it only takes five Supreme Court justices to have the Constitution say what they want it to say. And as you might imagine, D.C. v. Heller was a 5 (conservative) to 4 (liberal-moderate) decision.

    • Since most militias at the time the constitution was authored were composed of citizens with private firearms, some argue that there is an implied individual right to bear arms.

  28. Joe Melnick

    Ok, how many people have been killed in Chicago since Jesse made that statement on Dec 22? They’re up to 31 so far just in the first 3 weeks of January, in the city with the strictest gun control in the country.

  29. lol

    I like how they felt compelled to find a picture of Jesse James firing a gun to make the statement. A picture in which he is using one responsibly for sporting purposes with proper eye and ear protection. Or is he firing on a small town in Texas?

    “We need to make guns look evil! Holy crap we can feed off of this Texas shooting…Bob, can you have our expert team google CELEBRITY, GUN, and TEXAS? Result is Jesse James? We can ride this all the way to the Nobel Prize, people!”

  30. Throb the Wonder Mule

    We’ll eventually find out that those involved were most likely criminal types.

    I’d say they were not one of the HUGE amount of law biding citizens living in Texas, so you liberal useless gun grabbing assholes, please shut the fuck up.

    Worst thing about this web page, the IGNORANT anti gun bullshit. I’m sorry YOU can’t handle protecting yourself or your loved ones, but I think a CRIMINAL trying to hurt others is less worthy of life than I or my family.

    • Burt

      Fitting nickname for a jackass.

    • hamtime

      Dear Throb, Mr. Wonder Mule,

      I absolutely support your need to protect your family, but who is going to protect your kids at school when one of their unbalanced classmates brings their parent’s assault weapon to school?

      Also, there’s this – people who own a weapon are more likely to be killed in their home and/or shoot themselves (that also means suicide). See – Dahlberg et al. American Journal of Epidemiology, 160 (10), p. 929-936, 2004

      I think it’s crazy that someone is allowed strut around a street in Arizona with an assault rifle just outside the building where your elected president (like him or not) is giving a speech. Just because I think that doesn’t mean I’m ignorant.

      Good luck with your 2nd amendment and your right to defend yourself against your freakin’ crazy neighbors.

  31. Janne

    Greenspoint is a shithole filled with minorities nowadays. The Greenspoint mall used to be pretty nice but no sane person would go there now.


  32. sherlockzz

    What do you want to bet that the college was a “gun free zone”?

  33. VoiceOfReason

    I wish these people would realize that dick size is just not important-no matter what porn tries to tell you, an artificial phallic symbol is not needed.

    . Of course I guess I’m a commie-liberal-whatever name these people like to spew because I stupidly believe in respecting and putting value on human life over cold soulless heartless lifeless chunks of metal whose only purpose it taking away life.

    About two years ago, I go to my car in a dark deserted parking lot after getting off at work at 2AM just as I approach my car some punk comes walking up and sticks a gun in my face. He started to say something (trying to sound menacing) when I decked him and put him down on the ground and kept him there until the police arrived. Stupid me I could have blown him away and killed him and felt guilty the rest of my life, but then of course I would have been a real man using a manufactured weapon instead of my god-give fist.

  34. Tom

    I used to think JJ was a bit of a twit until I read this post and I have to saw that truer words have never been spoken.

    Sure, there are occasional shootings in Texas but they are confined mostly to Dallas, Houston, border areas and East Austin where a lot of black refuges fled NOLA after Katrina. Compare the crime rate in Texas with that of Oakland, Chicago, Detroit, DC, Baltimore or any other urban area and Texas is on the low end.

    Explain why the states with the strictest gun control have the most shootings…

  35. *coughs* I’d like to point out now that no one died.

    Of course that is why today everyone has forgotten about it. Well no. The story was buried because reality is that mass deaths do not occur in areas where concealed guns are a reality.

    Not that anyone cares about things like facts, especially on a celeb-rag but I feel the need to educate tonight. *Puts on her glasses and looks down in a way that properly displays her amazing rack because that is what good teachers do to make boys pay attention*

    – Mayan Palace Theater, San Antonio, Texas, this week: Jesus Manuel Garcia shoots at a movie theater, a police car and bystanders from the nearby China Garden restaurant; as he enters the movie theater, guns blazing, an armed off-duty cop shoots Garcia four times, stopping the attack. Total dead: Zero.
    – Winnemucca, Nev., 2008: Ernesto Villagomez opens fire in a crowded restaurant; concealed-carry permit-holder shoots him dead. Total dead: Two. (I’m excluding the shooters’ deaths in these examples.)
    – Appalachian School of Law, 2002: Crazed immigrant shoots the dean and a professor, then begins shooting students; as he goes for more ammunition, two armed students point their guns at him, allowing a third to tackle him. Total dead: Three.
    – Santee, Calif., 2001: Student begins shooting his classmates — as well as the “trained campus supervisor”; an off-duty cop who happened to be bringing his daughter to school that day points his gun at the shooter, holding him until more police arrive. Total dead: Two.
    – Pearl High School, Mississippi, 1997: After shooting several people at his high school, student heads for the junior high school; assistant principal Joel Myrick retrieves a .45 pistol from his car and points it at the gunman’s head, ending the murder spree. Total dead: Two.
    – Edinboro, Pa., 1998: A student shoots up a junior high school dance being held at a restaurant; restaurant owner pulls out his shotgun and stops the gunman. Total dead: One.
    By contrast, the shootings in gun-free zones invariably result in far higher casualty figures — Sikh temple, Oak Creek, Wis. (six dead); Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va. (32 dead); Columbine High School, Columbine, Colo. (12 dead); Amish school, Lancaster County, Pa. (five little girls killed); public school, Craighead County, Ark. (five killed, including four little girls).

    • hamtime

      But teacher, what about this:
      Dahlberg et al. American Journal of Epidemiology, 160 (10), p. 929-936, 2004.
      Conclusion: “Results show that regardless of storage practice, type of gun, or number of firearms in the home, having a gun in the home was associated with an increased risk of firearm homicide and firearm suicide in the home”

      By the way, nice rack.

      • People with cars get in more car accidents, but people still want to drive.

      • hamtime

        @ Liam McPoyle.
        That’s a really poor analogy and I am amazed that so many bring it up. Cars are made for transportation and there is the unfortunate result that you can be killed by one. Oh, and yes, of course there are lots of lunatics and drunks who drive them and that is a problem.

        Guns are made for one thing – to kill.

      • Idiot: Sometimes killing is unfortunately, tragically, necessary in order to protect oneself and ones family. The Bad Guys are not going to go away even if you take away the Good Guys guns, and in fact this will only leave the Bad Guys with guns. Because, believe it or not, the Bad Guys will not comply with what the Government tells them to do. They are kind of known for it. Criminal behavior and all?

        But, ironically, in this instance, neither will the truly Good Guys.

      • Guns are made to kill? That bothers you, not me. If saving the public from themselves was really important to you than you would be out there every day trying to ban fast food and forcing people to wear helmets in their cars. You could save tens of thousands of people a year. But gun control is really just a political power grab.

      • “Results show that homes with knives are associated with an increased risk of cutting and various forms of slicing.”

        “Results show that homes with icy sidewalks are associated with an increased risk of slippage.”

        Results show that [if x is necessary to y], [where x is present] there will be increased risk of [y].

        A brilliant thing to post as evidence, really. On a par with a study commissioned to study whether loaded or unloaded guns tend to fire more bullets.

        Why do I suspect that study was taxpayer financed?

      • Professor Hipster

        …and now’s the time when you tell us that you drive without a seat belt because you know someone who was in a rollover and they were lucky enough to be thrown clear of the collision.

        You’re right; these sorts of studies are for liberal hipsters – funded by your tyrannical government. Better get a gun to protect yourself.

      • Why, no. Because seatbelts actually protect people in the unfortunate event they are needed. Kind of like, well. . .Gosh, wish there was a relevant example pertinent to both this and the overall topic here.

        Seriously, it’s the increasingly grabby Government supported by Liberal Hipsters we worry about. (As did Paine, Jefferson, Madison, et. al., to the degree some of you lunatics are actually starting to call to ignore the US Constitution itself due to its age, as though it matters when timeless truths are put to paper.) Fortunately, as said Government is proving to be a case study in unintended consequence, the only people now who don’t have guns are those who don’t want them. Everyone else appears to have doubled up on their collections. Well played, anti-gun nuts.

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