When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Lawn Mowers

Lawn mower fires are common. This is another one. Google image search.

Lawn mower fires are common. This is another one. Google image search.

This one is just strange. Strange indeed.

A retired firefighter died from his injuries after his lawn mower suddenly caught fire in Burlington County, New Jersey, Sunday afternoon.
Roger Lippincott, 79, was operating a lawn mower on the 2200 block of Saylors Pond Road in Jobstown around 2:30 p.m. when it suddenly burst into flames.
Lippincott suffered severe burns and died from his injuries at the scene.

This accident, in Alabama, sent a 15-year-old kid to the hospital with serious burns. It caught our eye because we use the same model on the grounds at the Manor!

This accident, in Alabama, sent a 15-year-old kid to the hospital with serious burns in 2010 (the article makes it sound like he was going to recover, though). It caught our eye because we use the same model on the grounds at the Manor!

via Retired Firefighter Dies After Lawn Mower Catches Fire | NBC 10 Philadelphia.

It gets weirder — the former Fire Academy instructor is the second retired Springfield Township, NJ firefighter to die in a fire in the last two years.

It turns out, when we went a-google for pictures, searching for “burning lawnmower,” this is not exactly an unheard-of occurrence. We guess if you want to live forever you have to accept lawns and gardens that look like a feminist’s armpits.

Fortunately, nobody here is a firefighter. That may not keep us alive, but it may keep us out of the papers if our mower goes FOOM.

13 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Lawn Mowers

  1. Mr. AR-10

    Hate to go OT WM, but was wondering if you saw this one;


    “California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative that would ask voters to strengthen the state’s gun laws by restricting ammunition sales, requiring owners to turn in assault-style magazines that have a large capacity and requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen guns to law enforcement.”

    This proposal is errily familiar to me, being in New York of course. In fact it’s right out of the pages of the SAFE act, and as many have commented before, this does seem to be the plan for the anti 2a crowd, to make the SAFE act more of a national set of “sensible rules”.

    If they cannot have a registry of all firearms well then the second best thing of course is to create the registry based on firearm food. If you are buying 223 ammo, and a lot of it, well it’s a good guess you have a modern sporting rifle, QED.

    And of course, this does nothing to prevent crimes based on illegally owned firearms.

    The state lives in a fantasy world where all they need do is pass a law and magically solve the problems we face in society via some as yet unknown mechanism. But reality of course doesn’t matter to these people, all they know is law and having that hammer means they seem to know where all the nails are and intend to hit those nails.

    Here in my neck of the woods we have another similiar hammer being readied;


    “Monroe County – Stricter gun legislation has been proposed in Monroe County. It would require gun owners to lock up their weapons or store them in a safe.

    County Legislator Ernest Flagler-Mitchell said, “Just like many other families in Monroe County, I know the pain of the tragedy that has happened.”

    Yea, that will take care of the problem.

    Maybe it’s just me, but catching, convicting, locking up – and keeping locked up – the people who commit these crimes might be a better way.

    So why, one might ask oneself, are they so laser like focussed on restricting the rights of all of us who obey the law?

    1. Hognose Post author

      They’re like the drunk looking for his keys down the street from where he lost ’em, cause it’s dark there, and there’s a street light here. Laws can only exert their grasp on people they can reach.

      1. John Distai

        Speaking of which…

        I once dated this girl who lived in an apartment over a bar. This was a very small agricultural town. Every so many evenings we’d hear this lawnmower outside the window. This was the main street of this tiny town, and there were no lawns, only concrete. It seems that the town drunks means of frequenting this particular bar was to drive his riding mower in. He’d park it on the sidewalk, tie one on, and then drive out. I don’t know if the cops ever caught up with him, or if they cared. I was almost tempted to call them and see, but that just seemed mean and petty.

  2. Dave

    My sister works in a burn unit. A formula predicting survival is roughly age + percentage of tissue severely burned. If it’s over 100, you’re going to die from the injuries.

    1. obdo

      mmh, nowadays we can do much better, thanks to the experience gained in iraq and ‘stan.

      1st and 2nd degree burns don’t go into that equation, time to treatment is important plus access to dialysis. plenty plasma required as well, so don’t miss yer next donation.

      thanky thanks for that. ;)

  3. Jacob Ivancev

    Dear “Hognose.”
    I’m not sure exactly who you are, but since you have written pretty nasty things about me on your blog I felt obliged to at least set the record straight.
    Like you, I was an 11B Airborne Infantryman in the U.S. Army, then after serving as a Heavy Machine gunner in Iraq, I became a an 18B Weapons Sergeant, serving on ODA’s in 10th SFG (Airborne).
    I came to the United States from a foreign country as an immigrant and obtained a Green Card from a legitimate marriage to a U.S. Citizen.
    The same day I was awarded my Green Card I volunteered and joined the U.S. Army in time of war.

    After Infantry School I was stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska, and from there shipped down range to Iraq.
    I served honorably and conducted over 250 Combat Patrols during the most intense part of the Iraq war, when the U.S. Military casualty rate was averaging 130 Servicemen Killed In Action per Month.
    During one of too many firefights to count, as I laid down suppressive fire with my M2HB .50 Cal Ma Deuce Machinegun at the enemy Insurgents, my Medic and best friend, Sgt Mike Hullender, bled to death right next to me after stepping on a pressure plate IED, on April 28, 2007.
    My regiment lost 54 Infantry Soldiers KIA during this deployment, and the sadness of losing so many of my brothers will live with me for the rest of my days.
    I was awarded numerous Commendations during my deployment, and I was also awarded my beloved U.S. Citizenship from the President of the United States; George W. Bush.

    Later, I became a qualified member of the Green Berets, serving as an 18B Weapons Sergeant on several ODA’s at 10th SFG (A) at Fort Carson, Colorado.
    I served with distinction in the U.S. Army Special Forces, and I have excellent NCO Evaluation Reports from of Senior Raters to prove it.
    When I decided to file for Divorce from my now bitter Ex-Wife my nightmare started.
    After fighting the terms of the Divorce, she proceeded to stalk me and make baseless allegations against me.
    Twice she took me to Family Court, falsely and with malice, accusing me of threatening her, and twice her allegations were proven baseless and the cases dismissed.
    However, during the time it took for these cases to be dismissed, my NYC Pistol License was automatically suspended, thereby making it impossible for me to work as an Armed Guard in the Civilian World.

    In order to stop my vindictive Ex-Wife from abusing the legal system and falsely keep taking me to court I was forced to sue her for loss of income, defamation of character and false prosecution combined with harassment.
    None of the things my bitter Ex-Wife has said about me is true.
    I am not gay, and I have never been involved in any of the activities that she falsely accuses me of.

    I will tell you what I am however;
    I am Disabled Combat Veteran (with a V.A. Service Related Disability Rating) who has served his Country Honorably.
    I have earned my U.S. Citizenship of the fields of Battle, proudly serving the Greatest Nation on God’s Green Earth.
    One day my Court Case will be finished, and I will be vindicated.
    In the mean time – stop writing gossip on the internet without doing proper research; ie, contacting the subject matter of your articles when possible.
    If you have something to say to me, then all you have to do is ask, and we can meet and talk about it over a few good German Beers.
    Remember “Hognose”, I am your Brother – and Brother’s don’t throw each other under the Bus.
    I would just like to live my life in peace and be able to look back on my days as an American Soldier with pride.
    In the end, the Truth shall set you Free.
    Best Regards, Jacob Ivancev.

    “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother.”
    Shakespeare’s Henry V.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Jacob — I have added an addendum to the post at:

      Referring people to your statement here. Right now things are extremely busy (as you see I am responding to comments at 0220 Eastern time).

      You wouldn’t be the first SF guy to contract a bad marriage. I once held the SF Short Marriage Record. (Maybe I still do, it’s not like the Guinness Book keeps it).

    2. TF-BA

      On the bright side people think you have a huge cock.

      Bang crazy chicks, win crazy prizes?

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  5. Y.

    We guess if you want to live forever you have to accept lawns and gardens that look like a feminist’s armpits.

    How about a .. scythe? Works just fine – and as an added bonus, it’s virtually silent.
    Also there is no way you can set yourself on fire with it…

  6. archy

    ***Fortunately, nobody here is a firefighter. That may not keep us alive, but it may keep us out of the papers if our mower goes FOOM.***

    Unfortunately, several [most, maybe?!] of us do use barbecue grills. And quite a few, I would reckon, especially the former/current engineer demo types, actually LIKE things that go FOOM!

    For your entertainment and inspirational purposes only; warning kids: don’t try this indoors!


  7. KenWats

    Both in Jersey… Why does it always have to be Jersey?

    Glad I didn’t mow my lawn this weekend.

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