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Joe Morrissey Is An Idiot

By Greg L | 17 January 2013 | Virginia Politics, Humor & Satire | 17 Comments

Delegate Joe Morrissey wanted to make a point about the danger of firearms during this session of the General Assembly.  In doing so, Morrissey managed to point a firearm towards the visitors gallery of the House of Delegates in the Capitol Building in Richmond while putting his finder on the trigger, inadvertently endangering an unknown number of innocent people and violating the first rule of firearm safety.  For some insane reason, every time Democrats seem to want to use firearms as a political prop, they manage to do it in a way that risks causing the very tragedies they claim to want to prevent.

As a courtesy to Democrats who think playing with guns in an unsafe manner might not be the wisest thing to do, here’s some firearms handling safety tips from the NRA that should keep you from running afoul of the kind of monumental idiocy (and firestorms of derision) such as are now engulfing the unfortunate Delegate Morrissey:

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
This is the primary rule of gun safety. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that even if it were to go off it would not cause injury or damage. The key to this rule is to control where the muzzle or front end of the barrel is pointed at all times. Common sense dictates the safest direction, depending on different circumstances.

2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
When holding a gun, rest your finger on the trigger guard or along the side of the gun. Until you are actually ready to fire, do not touch the trigger.

3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Whenever you pick up a gun, immediately engage the safety device if possible, and, if the gun has a magazine, remove it before opening the action and looking into the chamber(s) which should be clear of ammunition. If you do not know how to open the action or inspect the chamber(s), leave the gun alone and get help from someone who does.

Let’s not have democrats grandstanding with firearms they don’t understand cause some horrible, and easily preventable tragedy.

UPDATE: Morrissey seems to have quite a record for angry behavior and conduct warranting his incarceration.  I have to wonder how it was legal for him to even legally possess a firearm.

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  1. Shaun Kenney said on 17 Jan 2013 at 10:29 pm:
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    “Do not point a firearm at something you do not intend to kill or destroy.”

    Apparently, the House gallery does not qualify for Joe Morrissey…

  2. Manny said on 17 Jan 2013 at 10:37 pm:
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    Brandishing? Does he have a CHP which is necessary to openly carrying a firearm in the GA building?

  3. Skepp said on 17 Jan 2013 at 11:00 pm:
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    I assume that it’s legal to bring firearms into these sessions.
    Judging from the siize of the fire arm, it would have been difficult to conceal it.
    Wonder how many others in the chambers were armed.

    Doesn’t look like he has a finger on the trigger.

  4. Alton Foley said on 17 Jan 2013 at 11:07 pm:
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    With his past legal problems can he even have a gun in his possession?

  5. James Young said on 17 Jan 2013 at 11:49 pm:
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    You don’t lose your Second Amendment rights for being disbarred. Though, for the life of me, I can’t imagine how he could get himself elected to the General Assembly with such a record.

  6. Maureen said on 18 Jan 2013 at 6:13 am:
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    I find it interesting that the public can bring a fun into the GA and not one member has been shot. Maybe because those that do are law abiding citizens and not criminals. Is that an assualt rifle and he wants to have it banned? If so why does he have one?

  7. Maureen said on 18 Jan 2013 at 6:14 am:
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    Oops fun should have been gun.

  8. G Man said on 18 Jan 2013 at 11:46 am:
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    According to the Washington Examiner article Morrissey is allowed to bring the gun into the chamber and had notified security. Morrissey was interrupted by Delegate Todd Gilbert (R) who had to give Morrissey immediate instructions on gun safety.


    After Morrissey spoke Gilbert delivered a powerful 2nd Amendment response which is here: http://youtu.be/Q_zCamW3KbQ

  9. Greg L said on 18 Jan 2013 at 12:43 pm:
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  10. Cynic said on 18 Jan 2013 at 1:22 pm:
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    One - new requirements related to gun ownership

    Two - some owners will not comply - like they will ignore registering or documenting that they own

    Three - then they will become undocumented owners

    Four - bet the feds. crack down on the undocumented owners to a far greater extend then they have on “undocumented immigrants”

  11. spike59 said on 18 Jan 2013 at 2:25 pm:
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    I was unaware that convicted felons were allowed to wave AK-47’s in the General Assembly, especially when the gallery is full of schoolkids visiting…he could have AT LEAST taken his booger hook off the trigger! Given his record of anger mismanagement and violent behavior, he DID illustrate the point that some folks should never be allowed to handle a firearm

  12. Vigilant1 said on 20 Jan 2013 at 12:50 pm:
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    Skepp said on 17 Jan 2013 at 11:00 pm:

    Doesn’t look like he has a finger on the trigger.

    You are correct that he doesn’t have his finger on the trigger. He has his THUMB on it!

  13. Skepp said on 20 Jan 2013 at 9:28 pm:
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    Sorry, I do know that the thumb is a finger. I just didn’t consider the thumb to be
    a trigger fringer. Have never seen anyone pull a trigger with his thumb, but I’m sure it has happened. So I stand corrected.

  14. Greg L said on 21 Jan 2013 at 9:58 am:
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    Morrissey “loses” semi-automatic firearms belonging to state:


    Richmond Times-Dispatch - Thursday, August 12, 1993
    ALAN COOPER ; Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

    A Richmond circuit judge has directed Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph D. Morrissey to produce two semiautomatic weapons, or an explanation of what happened to them, tomorrow at 9 a.m.

    Morrissey borrowed the firearms, a Tec-9 and an Israeli-made Uzi, and a third weapon, an assault rifle, in May 1991 from the state Division of Forensic Science. He used the firearms as props in a presentation on drugs and violence that he gave at scores of civic meetings and schools.

    His attorney, James E. Sheffield, said Morrissey believes the guns were stolen from his office, his car or the vehicle of a detective who sometimes had custody of the weapons. The office still has the rifle.

    Morrissey has stepped down as commonwealth’s attorney as the result of his indictment on charges of bribery, perjury and misuse of public funds.

    Sources within the office said Morrissey never reported the weapons missing, even though they disappeared as much as a year ago.

    The sources also said Morrissey at times left the weapons in a green canvas bag on the back seat of an unlocked vehicle. Detectives assigned to the office often found the bag and locked it in the trunk of the car or brought the weapons into the office for safekeeping.

    Correspondence obtained by The Times-Dispatch shows that Dr. Paul B. Ferrara, director of the forensic science division, has been trying to get the firearms returned since December.

    Ferrara said yesterday that informal requests for their return had been made earlier, but he would not be more specific.

    In the December letter, Ferrara noted that a recent audit had disclosed that Morrissey’s office had checked out the weapons.

    “It is essential that these firearms be returned immediately to satisfy our audit,” he wrote. “If you have future needs for this type of demonstration equipment, the division will assist to the extent possible.”

    Further inquiries did not produce the weapons, so Ferrara wrote Judge Thomas N. Nance earlier this week.

    He said he did so because Nance had entered orders turning the guns over to the division for research and instruction after they had been legally seized or confiscated.

    “Given the apparent turmoil in the commonwealth’s attorney’s office, I am asking your help in expediting the return of these weapons to the organization and purpose for which your order was intended,” Ferrara said.

    “I regret having to take this route to retrieve these items; we erred in relinquishing them in the first place but felt it appropriate at the time,” he wrote.

    “The division is responsible for these fully functional weapons and now I am concerned as to their status and security.”

    Morrissey’s trial on bribery charges is scheduled to begin Monday.

    He has asked Nottoway Circuit Judge Thomas V. Warren, who will preside over the trial, to disqualify James C. Clark, the Alexandria lawyer appointed as special prosecutor in the case.

    Morrissey’s attorneys, Sheffield and Larry D. Catlett, contended that Clark threatened witnesses and participated in the investigation to such an extent that he is an essential witness. Clark has denied any impropriety and says the case should be tried as scheduled.

    A hearing on the disqualification motions is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Manchester Courthouse.

    The possible theft of the weapons from Morrissey’s vehicle would not be the first time he has had property stolen from a car.

    He reported in July 1989 that $5,000 in cash was stolen from his Jeep in the 2000 block of Riverside Drive.

    Morrissey said his law partner had received the cash from a client after business hours and he had taken it home for safekeeping but stopped to campaign on the way.

    He was elected that year, but a former assistant, David M. Hicks, defeated him in the Democratic primary in June.

    Hicks has no opposition for the general election in November and will assume the office on Jan. 1.

  15. Greg L said on 21 Jan 2013 at 10:01 am:
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    Morrissey traffics Uzis to heroin dealers…


    Richmond Times-Dispatch - Saturday, April 2, 1994
    MARK BOWES ; Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

    A man arrested last year on drug charges was found to be in possession of an Uzi that former Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Joseph D. Morrissey borrowed more than two years ago from the state Division of Forensic Science. The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested by Richmond police in September on a charge of possessing heroin with intent to distribute it, state police said yesterday.

    “He was arrested in Richmond . . . and the gentleman had a storage locker rented to himself in Chesterfield County,” said Special Agent Anita Derby. “A search warrant was conducted on the storage locker and that’s where the gun was found.”

    Derby said she didn’t know specifics of the man’s arrest because “the city placed the charges.” Richmond authorities with knowledge of the case couldn’t be reached for comment yesterday.

    Derby, who was assigned to investigate what happened to the gun, said police never learned how the man got the Israeli-made Uzi.

    “He just said he got it from a friend of his,” she said. “Of course, he didn’t know what his friend’s name was.”

    Derby said she didn’t know whether the gun had been used in any crime since leaving Morrissey’s possession.

    The Uzi and another semiautomatic weapon, a Tec-9, turned up missing last April, Morrissey has said. Morrissey had borrowed them in May 1991 to use as props in a presentation on drugs and violence that he gave at civic meetings and schools.

    Dr. Paul B. Ferrara, director of the forensic science division, had tried to get the firearms returned since December 1992.

    Last August, Morrissey was directed by a Richmond Circuit Court judge to produce the two pistols or explain what happened to them.

    During that hearing, he said the weapons were kept in a green canvas bag along with a “street sweeper” shotgun and an assault rifle.

    Morrissey told Circuit Judge Thomas N. Nance that he recalled not finding the pistols last April when he opened the bag to take them out before a presentation to a civic group.

    The guns, Morrissey said, apparently were “either lost or misplaced.”

    Former staff members said that Morrissey at times left the bag on the back seat of an unlocked car. They said detectives assigned to the office often locked the bag in the trunk or took them inside the office for safekeeping.

    Morrissey said yesterday that he believes the guns were taken from his office.

    Ferrara said the Uzi is back in the custody of his office.

    “I was glad to get at least one of them back,” Ferrara said. “To my knowledge the other weapon . . . is still God knows where.”

  16. Greg L said on 23 Jan 2013 at 10:23 am:
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    And the stories about this knucklehead just keep rolling in. In 2006 Morrissey tried to conceal his past when trying to get a job in Australia, which figured out that he had been disbarred and denied his application for a law license.

    From the article:
    “The New South Wales Bar Association included an article about Morrissey in its 2006 annual report. “The court found Mr Morrissey is not a fit and proper person to be admitted as a legal practitioner,” the article noted, “and that his character is marked by wilful disobedience of court orders and rules, episodes of violence and a failure to make appropriate disclosure and a lack of candour when dealing with colleagues.””


  17. The Bulletproof Monk said on 25 Jan 2013 at 8:00 pm:
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    Thank you , Greg. It’s refreshing to see someone do a little background on this clown.

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