Bang bang, she shot me down
Bang bang, I hit the ground
Bang bang, that awful sound
Bang bang, my baby shot me down
Sonny Bono/ Rahmakhan Todd Turnbow, /Robert Rivera
I want to talk a little bit about guns. I do not want to get into a big controversy over the legality of owning them, or gun control, or the 2nd Amendment, or any of that. I want to talk about the Nauglers and their relationship with guns, specifically.
Back in May 2015, when all the hoopla over the Naugler family first started churning, Joe was arrested for “menacing.”
Joe Naugler was charged with menacing after he told his son to get a gun after a neighbor would not let the family tap into her private well for drinking water.
That sort of sets the scene, I think. Joe has a documented history of threatening people with firearms when he’s angry. The Nauglers have guns. They appear to own more than one. They are great supporters of the so-called “2nd Amendment gun rights.” That’s their right as things stand right now in America. I am not quibbling about that.
I’m not even quibbling about this.
Joe is posing as one of the children shoots. It’s supposed to represent how responsible they are, and how the children are being taught to use a gun with supervision. That’s nice, isn’t it?
Here’s a couple more, taken when the Nauglers lived in an actual house, several years ago. They do not have flat pasture land like that or any barn. They have only a garden shed.
The point here is that they like guns.
But, what about this?
The last two screenshots came from a video tour of the garden shed home that Nicole posted on Facebook. The Nauglers were already living in the shed at this point. It’s a home. It’s not being used as a storage area. It’s a home for 13 people, 11 of them minor children.
Obviously, since Nicole posted the video, she has no problem whatever with two firearms being stored in easy reach of her 11 minor children.
Their argument would be, of course, that they teach their children gun safety, and so it’s okay. Only it’s impossible to teach a three or four-year-old “gun safety.” And they have several of those tots.
Regardless of how you feel about guns and ownership of them, I think every sane person in the world can agree that they are not something that should be in easy reach of a small child. We all know that putting those damned hard-to-open lids on pill bottles has saved countless lives by preventing small children from gaining access to them.
Guns are, of course, just as lethal in inexperienced childish hands.
A bigger question, overarching all this, is why?
When you’re living a very tiny garden shed with 13 people, why do you give up valuable space to store not one, but two, large guns? What is the point? Why would somebody do that?
The only reason I can think of is fear.
The Nauglers live in Kentucky, not the wilds of Montana or Alaska. There is no reason for them to fear that some predacious wild animal is going to come around trying to get into their little shed.
We have large animals, so I understand the rationale for keeping a gun so that if you have an animal that needs to be put down humanely, you can do it rapidly. But they don’t have any such animals. Furthermore, you don’t need to keep two guns at the ready, propped in easy reach, to do that.
So, what are they afraid of?
There are only two things that I can think of that they might be afraid of. One is that law enforcement folks are going to come back at some point and try to take their kids again.
If that’s their fear, those two guns aren’t going to do anything except cause a Ruby-Ridge-type situation, which could lead to pure disaster.
It would be like using a slingshot to battle with an army tank. Guess who loses?
The other fear is that some bad people, you know, criminals, that might want to come onto the Naugler property and steal stuff, or burn and pillage.
I’ll wait a second while you think about that sentence.
Criminals might come and want to steal stuff.
The Naugler family doesn’t have any stuff. They are proud of not having any stuff. Honestly, if you’re a robber, are you gonna venture onto that piece of property looking for money and/or valuables?
And how likely is it that anyone would break into a garden shed with 13 people inside for the sole purpose of doing. . . what?
The fact is that the Nauglers are in far more danger of being injured or killed by the guns owned by their own family, at the hands of one of their own family, than any of them would ever be by any intruder. Their children are endangered by having those guns in easy reach.
I hope nothing ever happens. I really, really do.