Monday, August 09, 2010

In The News

Grooms Gone Wild!

In the small village of Akcagoze in south central Turkey (about 50 miles north of the Syrian border), a groom decided to celebrate at his wedding reception by firing a fully automatic AK-47 into the air. This display of celebratory gunfire is common in Turkey even when you are surrounded by friends and loved one. Or maybe because you are surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Turkey is, of course, predominantly Muslim. I have been to many Irish Catholic and Protestant weddings and have never seen so much as a water pistol or firecracker used to manifest the groom's delight at the acquisition of a bride.

Despite the unlimited availability and consumption of adult beverages at these affairs there was nary a fist fight or an unkind word exchanged in my hearing at any American wedding. Though one of my aunts fell down and broke her hip at my brother's wedding; but my uncle Pat denied pushing her despite the fact that this was his third or fourth wife.

But what was decidedly uncommon in this Turkish wedding was the fact that the slap happy cabbage groom lost control of his assault rifle and mowed down almost a dozen people, killing his father and two aunts.

Traditional Surrender of Friends and Family at a Turkish Wedding

One family member, who did not give his name, told CNN: "It happened very quickly. We all tried to take cover and there was blood all over. We are all very sad right now."

The injured guests included three children aged 10, 12 and 16, according to CNN Turk.

The groom, Tevfik Altin, was arrested.

Yeehaw... I mean Allah Akbar.

They'll all remember cousin Tevfik's wedding.

Especially the cops.


Subvet said...

Idiot! Too bad he didn't manage to shoot himself while he was at it.

Mope said...

I wonder how they will top that for the funerals. IED's?

On a lighter note, Sig-ster, here's a guy blasting away a coppers and when the smoke clears he got perforated 21 times. He lived. What do you think the relatives complained about? ... Oh heck, why ruin the ending...

I will say these cops need more range time- they shoot like Chicago coppers.

The_Kid said...

The religion of peace.

Anonymous said...

I'll have to remember never to do this. Even if I forget, I think I'll be okay

sig94 said...

Subvet - Himself? That's about the only person he didn't shoot.

sig94 said...

Kid - I don't think you'll have a problem. With these people - teh stoopid - it's in their DNA.

sig94 said...

Oops Trestin I mean - see? Teh stoopid can be transmitted over the intertubes.

Kid - we gotta come up with another Religion of ..... something or other.

Anonymous said...

Siggie... I must disagree.

As an Italian, I can't remember a family wedding in which at least one member of the bridal party wasn't pistol-whipped.

sig94 said...

Sicilian or Calabrase Nickie?