Sylvia Cooper

City Ink columnist and correspondent for The Augusta Chronicle.

City Ink: Lawmaker gives voice to dangers of frying pans

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State Sen. Bill Jackson took some ribbing last week for telling legislative colleagues that hammers and frying pans kill more people than some guns do.

“More murders were committed last year with hammers than with shotguns, rifles or AK-47s,” Jackson said during a discussion of a mental health bill that the sponsor said would do more to prevent mass shootings than gun control.

Jackson, R-Appling, also mentioned a slaying he read about in which the victim was bludgeoned with a frying pan, Morris News Service’s Walter Jones reported.

Jackson said he didn’t remember where he read the statistic. His point, he said, is that no one is worried about regulating hammers and frying pans.

“If they’re going to take the guns, let’s take the frying pans and the hammers,” he said. “It’s crazy. That frying pan wasn’t going to go and get up out of the kitchen and kill nobody now until that varmint got a hold of it.”

Jackson might have read the statistic from FBI crime reports that show the number of homicides committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number committed with rifles. In 2011, more than twice as many people (728) were killed with hands, fists and feet than with rifles (323) such as AR-15s.

Just last week, an Augusta man who beat his former girlfriend with a baseball bat was sentenced to seven years in prison. And who could forget the man arrested awhile back after hitting his wife in the head with a hammer because she drank their last can of beer?

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN INTO THE GRAVE: Jezebel.com predicts “It’s Only a Matter of Time Before You’re Involved in a Frying Pan Attack,” a prediction based on cases such as a woman accused of hitting a Covington, Va., dry cleaner owner with a frying pan and stealing money from the cash register.

Blogger Anna North also wrote about a New Jersey woman accused of hitting a 9-year-old boy with a frying pan after he dropped a bagel and her dog ate it. A woman in Naples, Fla., was accused of attacking her boyfriend with a pan because he wouldn’t let her use his razors. And a North Carolina man was accused of hitting his housemate with a frying pan after she tried to move out using his luggage. (She also allegedly threw grape jelly at his head.)

One man was acquitted of a frying pan assault last year after being accused of hitting his fiancée in the head. She had broken ribs, a broken nose and a possible concussion. The man was acquitted; however, he was convicted of hitting a police officer trying to arrest him, according to North.

There are too many other examples of frying pan, hammer and bat assaults to mention here. One man camping out with friends even killed a rabid mountain lion with a frying pan. But that’s another story.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “If we don’t do this, we can be sued.” – Augusta Com­mission member Marion Williams, after putting the issue of Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree’s and Solicitor General Kellie Kenner-McIntyre’s requests for “salary adjustments” on this week’s commission agenda after they were defeated on a racially divided 5-4 vote last week.

WHAT’S IN A NAME CAN BE POLITICS: I couldn’t attend former state Rep. Jack Connell’s funeral, but I was told it was a “beautiful tribute to a great American.” I tried to write about the former Georgia House speaker pro tem and his wife, Nan, last week but was under attack by some evil bug.

I wanted to say how regrettable it is that an Augus­ta State University building has not been named in Con­nell’s honor because of the millions of dollars he helped bring to the campus during his 33 years in the Legis­lature.

Friends and family did establish a $50,000 endowment at the school that will help pay tuition for students who have been out of school for a while.

A plaque dedicated to Connell was placed on a bench on the school’s His­tory Walk. Nan laughed and said, “Allgood got a building. At least Jack got a bench.”

Augusta State’s Allgood Hall is named in honor of late state senator and Georgia Board of Regents member Tom Allgood.

Partisan politics kept River Watch Parkway from being named in Connell’s honor. In 1993, state Rep. Henry Howard introduced a bill to rename the road for Connell because of his efforts to get $50 million from the state budget to build it. But his adversaries in the Senate (Republicans) gutted the legislation, effectively removing his name.

In 2004, Sen. Don Cheeks introduced a resolution to “dedicate” the road in Connell’s honor, which was done later that year.

A proposed policy for naming public buildings is on Tuesday’s Augusta Com­mis­sion agenda. It states in part that a building can be “named or renamed for persons who have made significant monetary or land contributions or other significant contributions to the well being and betterment of Augusta, Ga.”

Surely a man who flew 79 missions over Europe in World War II to help save the free world would qualify on that alone, not to mention his work bringing home the bacon – even receiving the Stuck Pig Award for getting a $25,000 state grant to replace drought-stricken city azaleas – plus holding the record for being the longest-serving speaker pro tem in the United States.

HE’S BEEN NOMINATED, BUT HE WON’T RUN: Somebody created a “Bob Young for Congress” Facebook page, but it wasn’t Young.

“I’m running from Con­gress as fast and as hard as we can,” he said. “We all are.”

MORE HONORS FOR STRENGTH: The Augusta State University Alumni Asso­cia­tion will honor former Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength with its 2013 Distinguished Alumnus Award at a dinner at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Friday.

The award is given to alumni who have achieved a level of excellence in their chosen profession and provided outstanding support to the community and ASU.

The Exchange Club of Au­gusta has established an annual award in honor of Strength. The award will be a major donation to a county charity, preferably dealing with child advocacy, according to club President Pat Thompson.

Strength will choose this year’s recipient. Roundtree will choose future recipients during his tenure. Strength will present the first award during the Ex­change Club’s media day Thurs­day at First Baptist Church.

One can’t help but wonder whether Roundtree will demand immediate and equal honors. Never mind that he hasn’t earned them.

HE’S GONE COUNTRY: Since retiring, Strength has grown a goatee, saying, “Everybody down here in the country has got one.”

These days, instead of being at the sheriff’s office at 7 a.m., he heads over to Peggy’s Café in Wrens for breakfast with a “great group of people.”

“They keep up with what’s going on,” he said.

I’ll bet that crowd solves all of the problems of the world before the second fill-up.

FAT CHANCE: State Rep. Calvin Hill, R-Canton, has called for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit public officials from holding office if they are delinquent on taxes. The provision would apply to all state or local elected or appointed offices and all federal, state or local taxes.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 02/16/13 - 07:58 pm
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"One can’t help but wonder

"One can’t help but wonder whether Roundtree will demand immediate and equal honors. Never mind that he hasn’t earned them".

It couldn't have been said better.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/16/13 - 10:56 pm
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Last Can of Beer

About that last can of beer, you have to go deep sea fishing to understand it. I asked somebody how much beer to take and he said it is impossible to take too much beer deep sea fishing. He was right. I don't think I would have hit her with the hammer, but I would have gotten very passive aggressive. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs starts with beer.

Yeah, those early morning meetings at the little restaurant Strength now makes in Wrens await us all. There’s one in every town from here to Ludowici. If I’m driving somewhere and stop at a fast food place early, I often see a group of men and I know it’s the unofficial town meeting.

I went with a friend once to THE one in Martinez to meet some people and listened intently. It’s not the place of a newcomer to talk too much around those groups. You have to age your way into those crowds like a barrel of Jim Beam Seven Year. My time is coming soon enough. No need to rush it.

Jack T
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Jack T 02/16/13 - 10:18 pm
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Guns and hammers are the
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Guns and hammers are the same?

If you really want to argue that something like a hammer, screwdriver, rock or knife has the same killing power as a firearm. Fine, then get rid of all your guns and arm yourself with rocks otherwise I won't take you seriously on that point.

Sure, assuming the person is violent and "bent" on killing someone they will most likely try it in whatever way they think they can succeed. But the bar does get higher when you limit that person's access to the tools(like guns) that make killing an easier thing to do.

Look at the work of Wells & Horney 2002 "Weapon effects and individual intent to do harm," a well done study published in Criminology (arguably the top tier journal in the field). They found that guns have an independent influence on the outcomes of conflict, regardless of offender intent. Meaning that even when the offender does not have an intent to do harm, the mere presence of a firearm can serve to escalate a conflict into serious violence. They also found that the presence of a gun enabled offenders to commit crime they would not have been able to commit otherwise.

And before someone goes:

"If we outlaw guns only criminals will have them!"

Okay not that I'm for a total gun ban cause I'm NOT but....

Perhaps you pro-gunners should start asking WHY there are SO MANY GUNS around that you can buy one at somewhere like a gas station so easily illegally??? Nearly all guns start out in the hands of a legal owner or vendor at some point. Contrary to gun nutter belief there is no illegal gun market fairy....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/16/13 - 10:50 pm
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Who said it's illegal to buy

Who said it's illegal to buy a gun from somebody?

Then we have: "They found that guns have an independent influence on the outcomes of conflict, regardless of offender intent."

I'd hope a gun has an influence on a conflict and it's the law abiding DEFENDER using it making it happen.

Maybe we should do a study on the effects of one of our other rights such as free speech on violence or something? I'll bet those who exercise the right of free speech are in more altercations than those who don't. Should we limit that right, too?

allhans
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allhans 02/16/13 - 10:56 pm
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Peggy's Restaurant in Wrens.

Peggy's Restaurant in Wrens. Worth the trip.

soitgoes
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soitgoes 02/16/13 - 11:20 pm
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Delinquent taxpayers

should not be allowed to hold office. How can they be expected to manage the people's money if they can't manage their own?? This idea MAKES SENSE, but, alas, it will likely never be passed. So it goes...

Jack T
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Jack T 02/17/13 - 12:38 am
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Riverman, Your rights are not
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Riverman,

Your rights are not unlimited...not the first or the second or beyond. Even the Supreme Court agrees. You don't need to own every gun known to man to exercise your second amendment rights.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/17/13 - 12:59 am
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Peggy's

The sheriff has good taste.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/17/13 - 01:05 am
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So?

Jack T posted:

. . . Wells & Horney, 2002, . . . found that guns have an independent influence on the outcomes of conflict, regardless of offender intent.

Yeah, I kinda think that would go without saying. That is the very reason individual citizens must be allowed to own firearms without infringement from the federal government, i.e., the "offender."

jeff scott
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jeff scott 02/17/13 - 01:18 am
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Jack T is clearly unfamiliar

Jack T is clearly unfamiliar with the meaning of the word "infringed." Any delay or obstruction is considered an infringement. The amendment was written solely to protect citizens from their government, not to protect citizens from citizens. Even criminals and nuts. The protection from government is not partial in any way. He wants to be believe it is, but it is not. Read it, believe it.

rebellious
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rebellious 02/17/13 - 05:34 am
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The Audacity of Ridiculousness

The relationship of gun ownership,i.e. Second Amendment rights, to gun death is akin to the relationship of the exercise of free speech and yelling fire in a crowded theater. Or consider that your right to swing your arm ends where the other fellows nose begins. Yet liberals and Big Government Solutionist hue and cry about the availability of guns as a factor in crime. And it is ridiculous how when someone points out that the statistical facts present no case for retricting the Second Amendment, they are excoriated and belittled. Add to these notes that the current discussion amongst the political elite class centers around "assault weapons" when the most recent gun related violences (Sandy Springs, Gabby Gifford) were committed with handguns.

Never let common sense get in the way of public policy!

KSL
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KSL 02/17/13 - 05:39 am
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I have an arsenal of cast

I have an arsenal of cast iron frying pans. It makes me feel more like a woman, Jack T. And a couple of light duty cornbread pans, a covered pot and an antique heavy artillery wash pot.

KSL
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KSL 02/17/13 - 05:43 am
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Oh

And hammers in many sizes. Oh, and a nail gun. But that's more modern.

rebellious
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rebellious 02/17/13 - 05:43 am
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Run Forrest Run

Betcha by golly Bob can't run as fast nor as far with that Mizz Gwen hanging off his back. Many die hard Repubs will remember the Honey Boo Whatever reference and the tea and crumpets reception for ole "pry em from my hands" John Burruh. Yessiree Bob....Guilt by matrimonial association. Bet the Youngster longs for the days of "barefoot and preggers" women. Once them bras got burned, it was all over.

rebellious
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rebellious 02/17/13 - 05:47 am
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Jack T.

Consider yourself warned......whenever I find myself having to run out to a convenience store at night I have one of them little ashtrays that looks like a frying pan in my back pocket. And I know how to use it!

rebellious
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rebellious 02/17/13 - 05:50 am
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Late or Early

And to those who may wonder, I am not up late posting. I am up early posting! Sometimes I can't sleep. Other times I can't sleep much. Today is the latter.

KSL
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KSL 02/17/13 - 05:58 am
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I forgot about the machetes

I forgot about the machetes and the bush ax and the regular axes and hatchets. No native rocks where we live. We have to import them. Being particularly fond of rocks, we have some from as far away as the Las Vegas area and from the reformed sedimentary vein of Stone Mountain in extreme West Georgia, where I grew up.

KSL
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KSL 02/17/13 - 06:00 am
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Same here, rebellious..

Same here, rebellious..

Techfan
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Techfan 02/17/13 - 06:04 am
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When someone can kill at

When someone can kill at 1,000 yards with a frying pan, let me know.

rebellious
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rebellious 02/17/13 - 07:17 am
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KSL

You also carry an ashtray in your pocket?

Techfan, My Mom was deadly at up to 20 feet with a shoe. Like a Wild West gunslinger, she could whip foot up, unfoot shoe and with uncanny accuracy hit a beligerant child square between the eyes. I learned early when and how to bob and weave. But 1000 yards? Let's see, that is 10 football fields. You've seen one too many Bourne movies.

KSL
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KSL 02/17/13 - 07:37 am
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Geeze, Techfan (I choke on that)

How many shooting deaths occur in the US from 1000 yards away?

KSL
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KSL 02/17/13 - 07:45 am
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LOL

Suicide from 1000 yards out. How is that accomplished?

KSL
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KSL 02/17/13 - 07:49 am
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rebel

I have seen those ashtrays, but I don't think we have one. Bet they could be deadly with the right aim.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/17/13 - 07:55 am
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I think the record is over

I think the record is over 2,000 yards.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 02/17/13 - 07:57 am
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Let's see, one cast iron

Let's see, one cast iron frying pan, red hot, one chicken breast wrapped around some raw bacon, seared on the outside in the hot cast iron frying pan and served to someone like techfan. Death from miles away by frying pan!~

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 02/17/13 - 07:59 am
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By the way, political

By the way, political correctness has killed free speech!

KSL
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KSL 02/17/13 - 08:08 am
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Techfan

The question was not for the record distance, it was for the total number. Humble Angela is so right about you.

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CobaltGeorge 02/17/13 - 08:20 am
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Techfan

I just want to say just one thing.....I SURE WOULDN'T WANT TO BE WITHIN 3000 YARDS IF I KNOW YOU HAVE A GUN IN YOUR HANDS!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/17/13 - 08:23 am
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CBBP 06:57

Sure is good to see those early morning menus again.

Techfan
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Techfan 02/17/13 - 08:23 am
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Skip the bacon, make it a

Skip the bacon, make it a tuna steak, and blackened with some asparsgus, and a salad on the side and you're on.

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