Saturday, November 01, 2014

UT: Shooting of Aizenberg Ruled Self Defense

The Washington County Attorney’s Office will not prosecute a man who fatally shot Stephen Aizenberg in Leeds in July, ruling the shooting to be self defense, lead prosecutor Ryan Shaum said Thursday.

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Fl: Homeowner Drives off Invaders with Gunfire (rifle)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -
A man was shot several times by a homeowner after he tried to break into a Brentwood home early Friday morning, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

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JSO said a total of four people were in the car and suspected of being involved in the attempted robbery. Only one of the suspects was shot.

Police said the homeowner shot at the suspects with a rifle, hitting one of the suspects several times.

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GA: Attempted Carjack Victim Wins Gunfight



ATLANTA — Police say a man shot at three men who tried to rob him in southwest Atlanta.

The victim and the suspect engaged in a shootout near the intersection of Fair and Peters streets.

Atlanta police say three men tried to rob a woman and a man who were standing near a Range Rover on Fair Street.

According to investigators, the suspects had intentions on carjacking the victim at gunpoint. But the suspects did not realize one of their victims also had a gun.

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MS: 81-Year-Old Shoots Suspected Intruder

The Vicksburg Police Department says a woman repeatedly tried to gain entry into an 82-year-old man's home.

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Wilson, who is a retired Vicksburg Military Park worker said he was robbed earlier this year by another woman who delivered meals to his home. He said Robinson knows her and thought she victimize him as well.

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 Robinson's boyfriend, Carl Marshall, 55, is also in custody. He is charged with home invasion.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Gun Registration and Confiscation in England and Wales


Guns Hidden from the Government and Confiscated in Wales

The exemplar for restrictive firearms regulation in the United States has been England and Wales.   Some have argued that it was NAZI Germany, but though the 1968 Gun Control Act borrowed heavily from NAZI law, the country and laws that most have referred to has been England.  Wales shares the same laws and Supreme Court as England.   Interestingly, before the British passed their own restrictive firearms laws, the most restrictive law in the Anglosphere was the one passed in New York City, the infamous Sullivan law of 1911.  

The first real study of armed crime and firearms control was done by Colin  Greenwood, Chief Inspector, West Yorkshire Constabulary, in 1972, at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.   Greenwood was somewhat puzzled by the English firearms laws, because they did not appear to have any effect on crime, and very little study had gone into their creation.   Firearms restrictions had been vigorously opposed before the First World War, on the grounds that they infringed on the rights of Englishmen to be armed for their own defense.  The first significant English firearms law was passed in 1920.

From A Study of Armed Crime and Firearms Control in England and Wales by Colin Greenwood, page 246:
How, then, should policy on firearms controls be affected by the facts produced?  The system of registering all firearms to which Section I applies as well as licensing the individual takes up a large part of the police time involved and causes a great deal of trouble and inconvenience.  The voluminous records so produced appear to serve no useful purpose.  In none of the cases examined in this study was the existence of these records of any assistance in detecting a crime and no one questioned during the course of the study could establish the value of the system of registering weapons.
It was not until much later that Greenwood found out the purpose of the English firearms registration laws.  They were passed to facilitate firearms confiscation in the event of civil unrest or revolution.   From Colin Greenwood, May 15, 2000.  The term "Constitutionalists" below means British Constitutionalists:
Constitutionalists might argue about whether in Britain, Statute law can over-ride the basic principles of the Common Law, but in 1920 the Government of Britain was in fear of revolution and documents such as the. Cabinet Diaries reveal debates about the number of aircraft available for use against insurgents within the British Isles. In that climate, the registration of firearms (other than shotguns) was imposed for the purpose of “ensuring that all arms are available for redistribution to friends of the government”.
Extensive research by Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm buttresses what Colin Greenwood found.    From Guns and Violence, the English Experience, page 162:
Second, the Firearms Act of 1920, which took away the traditional right of individuals to be armed, was not passed to reduce or prevent armed crime or gun accidents.  It was passed because the government was afraid of rebellion and keen to control access to guns.
Widespread door to door searches and confiscations of firearms did not happen in England and Wales for the purpose of turning those arms over to government supporters, though that was the initial purpose of the registration of firearms.   Rather, the searches and confiscations occurred incrementally, over the last hundred years, as the government kept tightening requirements for ownership and made possession of arms ever more expensive and difficult.   The decisions to impose more restrictions were often made in secret and not know to the public until long after the fact.   Malcolm does an especially good job of documenting this process.

If someone tells you that the purpose of gun registration is crime control, that was never the case in England.   Nor has gun registration ever been of any significant use as a crime control measure.  

One can say, with considerable authority, that the purpose of firearms registration in England was always confiscation, even if it occurred incrementally over generations.

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Man who Shot Bear Exonerated; Gun may be Returned



A jury in Ashville, North Carolina has found a man not guilty of taking a bear out of season, and of discharging a firearm in city limits, by reason of self defense.   Ernest James Page had always  claimed that he shot the 150-175 pound bear in self defense.  The jury discussed the issue for over two hours, but unanimously agree with Page.  It is significant that Page went to a jury trial, using a court appointed public defender, and won.  The District Attorney justified charging Page with these remarks:
Moore said he has dismissed some cases in the past where a person felt threatened and shot a bear, but they typically involved the person making a call to law enforcement beforehand and asking for help. Moore said Page did not do that and actually went inside his house with his teenage daughter after spotting the bear, then returned with the rifle.
Ironically, Moore then stated that the Wildlife Commission needed to do something:
 "I think the N.C. Wildlife Commission needs to look at doing something about removing the bears in town, because it is getting to be too many, and I do think they are dangerous at times," Moore said, noting he saw a 400-pound bear at his house over the summer.
Any bear that has become accustomed to people in an urban environment is a threat.  It does no good to relocate such animals, as they have lost their fear of people and learned to associate people with food.   The succinct phrase used by wildlife biologists is "a fed bear is a dead bear".   While ignorant and anthropomorphizing neighbors complained about the bear being shot, Page may well have saved some child or older person from being severely mauled or killed.

The judge agreed to allow Ernest Page to ask for his rifle back after 30 additional days.   Other than imposing another burden on the rifleman, it is hard to see the purpose of this delay, as the rifle has been in police hands for over a year.   Page shot the bear on 7 October, 2013, with a 30-30 rifle.

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The State-Level Plan to Mullify Federal Gun Control

From the 10th Amendment Center:

Want to stop federal gun control but don’t know where to start? Interested in solutions from the founding fathers? Looking for model legislation to get things done? The new ShallNot handbook for legislators and grassroots activists is the tool you need to protect the 2nd Amendment from federal abuse.
The ShallNot handbook serves as a guide to how the states can preserve the Second Amendment whether the politicians in Washington D.C., or the special interests that support them, want us to or not.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution for the United States reads, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Simply put, the federal government has no constitutional authority to restrict your right to keep and bear arms.

When the federal government places any restrictions on firearms it not only violates the Second Amendment but also the Tenth Amendment, which states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

So what can we do when the federal government won’t respect its own limits?
James Madison, often referred to as “The Father of the Constitution,” wrote that when the federal government commits an unwarranted act, such as infringing on the right to keep and bear arms, or even a “warrantable act” that is simply unpopular, “the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand.” Madison went on to outline several steps that states could take, including “refusal to cooperate with officers of the union.” He also envisioned “legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions.”

In other words, Madison suggested that when the federal government passes “laws” that infringe on the right to keep and bear arms, the states should refuse to cooperate with their implementation and enforcement, and pass legislation directing its agencies and employees to refuse to lift a finger to assist the federal government in any way. Madison’s strategy was to stand down when asked to help enforce federal gun laws, rules, orders or regulations.

Without state cooperation, the practical effect of federal laws becomes severely limited. This is why Judge Andrew Napolitano recently said that a single state refusing to assist in the enforcement of federal gun laws or regulations would make them “nearly impossible to enforce” in that state.

The federal government simply doesn’t have the resources. And because of that, Madison’s advice not only holds true today, it carries even more weight and more practical impact than it did in his day.

By simply refusing to cooperate, states can target and defeat unconstitutional federal gun “laws,” rules, regulations and orders, preserving the Second Amendment, and protecting the natural right of Americans to own firearms.
State legislatures in Kansas, Alaska and more recently Idaho have all taken steps to preserve the Second Amendment.

Idaho was the first state to pass what we consider a step-one bill into law, with Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signing S.1332 in March 2014. The passage of Idaho’s law prohibiting state cooperation with any future federal firearms acts set the stage beautifully for further action in 2015 and beyond.


Idaho’s S.1332 should act as a model first step for states around the country in 2015.

We have developed model legislation for a step-one bill that can be adapted for passage in any state. The bill prohibits state cooperation with any future federal act relating to firearms and stipulates penalties for state agencies/employees that violate the state law.

Download the FREE 14-page ShallNot handbook at www.shallnot.org/plan and learn more about what YOU can do to help today.

AP gives up on Disarmament... for the Midterms



The AP used to be a reliable disarmenter organization.  John Lott documented how an AP editor edited out of the story, armed students who helped subdue a university shooter, at the Appalachian Law School.    But this has been changing as the gun culture media has been able to document and challenge AP stories and procedures.   AP has been feeling the heat. 

It was with interest that I read this AP story, just before the election.   It starts with a usual disarmenter passive construction:
    The latest U.S. school shooting claimed the lives of two students and the teenage shooter less than two weeks before congressional and statewide elections. It barely made a ripple in the final days of campaigning.
But notice that the second sentence mentions that the shooting has almost no effect on the campaigns.   The article goes on to lament the inattention to "gun control", but it has significant balance.   It mentions that opinions are divided on the issue, that there are two sides, and that candidates may face a price if they push for more gun control.   This is an enormous change.  Allowing that second amendment supporters  have legitimate arguments is a death knell for disarmenters.   They rely on emotion because they do not have rational arguments.

This isn't to say that the AP has become an organization that respects the Constitution and limited government.   It has been forced to back away from a completely one sided position.   However, anything less than a one sided position, and disarmenters lose.   Notice how the passive voice is dropped, later in the article:
Gifford's latest appearance was in Seattle, just two days before a 15-year-old high school student shot and killed two people and himself in an attack north of the city.
It is weird to see AP put forward the mentally challenged Gabby Giffords as the expert on disarmament.   Giffords was not known as a disarmenter before she was shot in the head.   It was only after she was severely mentally disabled that she became a full blown disarmenter under her husbands close guidance.    I do not blame Gabby.   It would be hard to argue that she really understands what is going on.   The AP article not so subtly implies this by reporting on the difficulty that she has had in repeating a 64 word speech eight times in 10 days.
Giffords, who struggles with speech, stumbled as she delivered the same 64-word speech she had made eight times on her tour.

"Together, we can win elections," Giffords said before starting to stumble. After a moment of confused silence, an aide whispers the next line, and Giffords continued the broken sentence: "... change our laws."

AP probably feels that it is safe to use Gabby as an expert, as an attack on Gabby would be seen as an attack on a victim, a person who has already lost a great deal.

That would be true if second amendment activists were to attack Gabby.   But they have no need to do so when they can simply point out how Gabby is being used by the disarmenters to further their cause.   It is not an attractive position for the disarmenters to be in.

AP still attempts to smear the NRA as the big money machine, ignoring the millions spent by "progressive" billionaires such as former Mayor Bloomberg and Bill Gates.   But they give a quote to the NRA, who talks about their millions of members.

Some might cynically say that the article is an attempt to suppress second amendment support, just before the election.   Perhaps, but it can also be seen that the AP has been forced to move away from its historically harsh disarmenter stance.   That is a good sign.

Definition of a disarmenter 

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Gary Marbut is Running in Montana


For those of you who do not know Gary Marbut, I can tell you about him.  He is an activist who believes in the what he is doing, and he believes in restoring limits on government power.   He is smart, dedicated, and a visionary.    I wish that we had a hundred or a thousand of him running in Arizona.  Maybe there are in the rest of the country.

I know of him as a second amendment activist.   He is personally responsible for most of the reform that has been done in Montana firearms law.   He virtually created the Montana Shooting Sports Association, built it up, made it into a potent political force in Montana, and pushed through the reforms of the last few years.   He pushed for and got, constitutional carry for most of Montana, and came within a gnat's whiskers of getting it for the whole state.  He started the state nullification of federal firearms movement that has got laws passed in about eight states.   His understanding of the state legislative process, where the levers of power are, and how to push them, are outstanding.   He has written 64 bills that have been passed by the legislature.

Now he has a real chance to break through to inside the political machine.  He is running in district 94, where he lives.   Gary gives us an update here.

I would vote for Gary in an instant, if I lived in District 94.   He is running as an independent, against an incumbent, disarmenter Democrat.

 Definition of a disarmenter

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Winning the Culture War on Self Defense



In Michigan, following the kidnap and murder of an Arkansas real estate agent, a number or women real estate agents are studying how to effectively control their guns in a deadly force situation.   The person who is encouraging them is the petite, attractive, Shelley Gottschling, pictured above.

There is nothing particularly unusual about this.   Firearm instructors have long noted the ability of women to become excellent shots, and the fact that women do not bring the macho baggage to the range that some men do.   Shelley's mentor, however, notes that she is exceptional.  From mlive.com:
"I haven't seen too many women who can handle a .45 like she can," says Ray Rocha, Gottschling's shooting mentor.

Since obtaining her concealed pistol license in May 2013, Gottschling has worked to improve her shot in an effort to feel more safe and prepared on the job. Now, in the wake of the kidnapping and slaying of an Arkansas real estate agent, she's encouraging other real estate agents to do the same.
What is noteworthy is that this article was published  in mlive.com, a somewhat "liberal" mainstream publication.   There is no obligatory disarmenter comments about how "she will have the gun taken from her and used against her"  or the ever popular, and false "a gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used against you than for self defense".

Those discredited bits of propaganda simply are not there.  The underlying assumption has come much closer to reality.    A gun in your possession in creases your options, and can be used to save your life if you are threatened.

That is a sea change in the attitude of the old media.  It did not happen overnight.  It took 25 years of activism to force the old media to notice.  There were 25 years of desperate struggle on the part of the gun culture before that, merely to prevent legislative annihilation, fighting defensive battles.

But, today, the culture is in a different place.   The gun culture has developed enough of its own media, that the old media has had to pay attention.

When petite Realtors preach the values of the .45 over the 9mm, and are published in mainstream publications, the gun culture is winning.

 "Personally, I like the .45 because if I'm in a situation where someone is banging on a door and I'm trapped, I have the confidence it can shoot through that door," she said.

Accept that guns are legitimate for self defense, and the gun culture has won.  Everything else is simply the details. 

  Definition of a disarmenter

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The Disarmenter's False Premise: Guns Cause Devastation

Victims of the Rwandan Genocide were mostly killed with Machetes
I was reading an unsigned disarmenter editorial in the yorkdispatch.com today.   As is common when a disarmenter does not have a real argument, I could not find a way to comment.   The editorial had some telling statements:

Gun laws tend to bring out the fanatic in some people.

These are smart folks who can be perfectly reasonable about other issues. But mention common-sense legislation to curb gun violence, and they start frothing at the mouth.

They'll tell you about their "cold, dead fingers" and how "only the outlaws will have firearms" — and completely ignore the devastation guns are causing in our communities.
The first statement is pure projection.   The desire to disarm others does bring out the fanatic in a lot of people.  The author of the editorial is a prime example.  Then we have the non-argument, as if calling something "common-sense" makes it so.  But the primary fallacy is in the last phrase:

"...the devastation guns are causing in our communities."
This is simply a false assertion, with no proof behind it.   Guns are not causing devastation in our communities.   Guns do not cause things, yet this is the premise that the entire edifice of the disarmenters is built on.   Let me repeat that statement.  Guns. Do. Not. Cause. Things.

This is the same premise that guns are a "public health problem" is based upon.  It is simply false.  

I have talked to enough disarmenters to understand much of what they are thinking.   They see that some bad things happen that involve guns.   They say, if there were no guns, those bad things would not happen.   Therefore, if we ban guns, those bad things will not happen. 

Any high school student who studies logic can see the many logical flaws in that train of thought.  "Bad things" happen with or without guns.   Banning guns does not actually get rid of guns.  Banning guns also reduces the good that comes from having guns.

There have been many legislative attempts to regulate firearms, from the severe restrictions in the UK, to many lesser attempts in the United States and other countries.

None of them have actually reduced "bad things" from happening.   They have not even reduced "bad things with guns" from happening. 

As increasing firearms controls were put in place in the U.K., overall homicides and gun crime increased, in spite of the controls.   Let me quote Colin Greenwood, the Chief Inspector of the West Yorkshire Constabulary, in the first real study of Firearms Control, written in 1972.  The quote is from the year 2000:
The ban on handguns has been a total irrelevance and underlying crime trends have continued unchanged now that only outlaws have guns.
In the United States, the success of the concealed carry movement has resulted in millions more people carrying guns on a daily basis.  Yet crime rates have dropped in the same period.   John Lott has done the primary research and written that more guns lead to less crime.    That result is in dispute, thought the studies seems to favor Mr. Lott.   What is no longer in dispute is that more guns do not lead to more crime, yet that is the exact premise the entire disarmenter edifice rests upon.

To believe that premise, you have to believe a number of unlikely things.  First, you have to believe that people will do bad things with guns that they would not do if they did not have guns.    Essentially, you have to believe that "the trigger pulls the finger."    This is primarily a mechanism to remove responsibility from human agency.

Second, you have to believe that no one uses guns to stop bad things from happening, because if that is true, then banning guns stops both good and bad things, and more bad things may happen with a gun ban than without one.

Third, you have to believe that a legislative ban will be effective in keeping people who are willing to do bad things from having access to guns.

Yet clearly, all of the above premises are false in the vast majority of cases.

It is easy to understand why disarmenters want to focus on disarming people.  As they often do not have firearms themselves, they see no cost to themselves.   It is easy to suggest that other people pay the cost of legislation.   Concentrating on firearms relieves them of the responsibility for their own actions.   The desire to avoid responsibility is a strong human motivation.   As with many "simple solutions" to complex problems, disarming people is a false solution.

  Definition of a disarmenter
 
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Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Zealand Radio Station says U.S. Territory will enact Gun Laws Tougher than Current Ban



No doubt it was merely a mental slip, but it is hard to make a gun law tougher than an outright ban, which is the current state of the law in the Northern Mariana Islands.   From radionz.co.nz:
Lawmakers in the Northern Marianas are looking at enacting legislation that will make it tougher for individuals to own handguns, in the event a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Weapons Control Act prevails.
The current law in the Northern Mariana Islands is a complete ban on the ownership of handguns.   The ban is being challenged, in part, because of the Pertuta decision in the Ninth Circuit.  Guam has already passed a shall issue concealed carry permit system because of the Peruta decision.

The ban in the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and Palua, was passed when Micronesia was a single territory of the United States, in 1972.   Correspondence with the former peace corps volunteer who wrote the law revealed that there was no problem with gun crime at the time.   The law was passed purely as a precautionary measure, much like the highly restrictive gun ban in Australia was passed 24 years later.    Hoplophobic fears of politicians are a bad reason to pass legislation that restricts whole peoples freedoms.  The justification for the ban was that there was no "need" for the people to own guns, and especially, handguns.
It was the Chairman's view that the abuse of firearms was a serious problem in the United States, and that he did not wish it to become a problem in the Trust Territory, where there was no real need for firearms.
It seems likely that the court in the Northern Mariana Islands will strike down the ban on the ownership and carry of handguns.

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David Codrea: Anti-gun Judge Dismisses Tea Party Lawsuits



“Walton was nominated as a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, by President George W. Bush in 2001,” USA Today chimed in. That background was also noted in stories appearing in “conservative” sites, creating the impression that, even if the decision may be unpopular in some circles, at least it reflects a spirit of bipartisanship, and what we can do when we put aside oue differences and work together.

What it actually reflects is the destructive effect of Stupid Party compromises, the “kinder, gentler” and “compassionate conservatism” that’s been at the squishy RINO core of the Bush family political dynasty, beginning with old man. And this isn't the first time Walton has shown the stuff he’s made of.

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NE: Third Burglary Suspect Shot and Killed

Emergency crews found a man lying in the front yard of a home in the area suffering from a gunshot wound. Investigators said the man was trying to break into a home when the homeowner shot him in the chest.

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There have been at least two other fatal home invasion shootings in recent weeks.

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CA: Woman Shoots Female Intruder

“Fearing for her safety, the victim fired a round at the suspect, hitting her in the leg,” he said. “The suspect ran out of the house and collapsed on a lawn a few houses to the north.”

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OH: CCW Holder Involved in Domestic Figtht


Capt. Brad Blackburn, chief of detectives, said Cracraft came to the apartment complex to visit his estranged wife, who was there with her boyfriend.

The boyfriend, who had a gun, called a friend who lived in the complex to come to help because he was afraid there would be a fight, Blackburn said. The friend has a concealed-weapons permit and took his gun with him when he went to the apartment, Blackburn said.

A fight broke out, and the friend of the boyfriend was hit in the head with a glass bottle, Blackburn said. Both men fired their weapons, Blackburn said.

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TX: Two Women Suspects Survive Buckshot Wounds

 A couple of minutes later came the call that the would-be burglars were in his home, and that he had a shotgun loaded with buckshot ammo.

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Deputies found two women-- one 17 years old and the other in her mid-20's --- both shot in the torso. The older suspect was still in the house, while the teen ran into the street and collapsed.

Lt. Walter Stensland said it's the first encounter he's had with a case involving two female suspects, certainly suspects shot while allegedly committing a burglary



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TX: 71-Year-Old Man Shoots Robber who Attacked his Wife

The man, who has not been publicly identified, approached a man and a woman as they walked out of a grocery store and snatched a gold necklace from the woman’s neck, police said. The incident occurred around 7:15 p.m. at the Aldi in the 3000 block of Forest Lane near Webb Chapel Road.

The man knocked the woman to the ground and tried to rob her. The woman’s husband, 71-year-old Ronnie Lummus, pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the man as he was attempting to flee in his car. The man got in his car but died before fleeing, police said.

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AR: Gunfight at Gas Station

The woman deserves credit for picking up her companion and thinking under pressure.  Video and eye witnesses confirmed the story.

Two men who were working inside the business when it happened said the suspect had walked into the store but then turned around and started shooting from the doorway at the man who was standing outside a car at one of the gas pumps.

The victim, who told police he had a concealed carry permit, reached for a handgun and started shooting back. After being hit by the gunfire, he tried getting into his vehicle but then ran toward a nearby access road. The victim then collapsed in a grassy area and was immediately picked up by the woman and they sped away.

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Phoenix Police Officer Arrested for Pointing Gun at Another Driver




This is an interesting case.   Jeremy Sweet is not a rookie.   He is 51 years old, close to retirement.  He has been working at the Phoenix Police Department since July of 2007.  He was transporting prisoners at the time of the incident, driving an unmarked police vehicle.    Not only are the prisoners that he was transporting willing to testify to his actions, but at least one bystander called 911.  There may be surveillance video as well.   From azfamily.com:
"He did not get on his police radio," Crump continued. "He did not ask for assistance. He did not document this in any way. In fact, pulled up next to the vehicle, lectured the driver about their driving behavior while the gun was pointed at him, and continued on his way to the jail to perform his duties."
If an armed citizen who was not an officer did this, it is likely that they would be charged with aggravated assault under Arizona law.   The police are asking that Jeremy Sweet be charged with aggravated assault.

Police are seeking one count of felony aggravated assault in the case.
Ubiquitous recording devices are working to make police live up to the same rules that everyone else is expected to follow.


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Homicide rates in English Speaking New World Countries






The above chart was created from UNODC data.

Many comparisons have been made between the homicide rates of the the United States and various European countries.  They have been made between members of the G-8, or among "developed" or "advanced" countries, or "economically developed" countries, though all of these comparisons suffer from various unstated assumptions, typically that "economic" development is the prime predictor of homicide rates, which clearly is not correct.

Here is a comparison of homicide rates among new world countries where the official language is English.   This creates an interesting set of common characteristics.   All of these countries were inhabited only by pre-Columbian immigrants a little more than 500 years ago.   All of them were colonized by Europeans, Africans (as a result of the slave trade, in some form or another), and, to a much lesser extent, Asians.   The current populations are now a significant mix of people descended from European, pre-Columbian new world,  African, and Asian cultures.  The pre-Columbian cultures were mostly destroyed and displaced over the last 500 years.  The pre-Columbian languages have been mostly displaced by English in these countries.

Interestingly, the greatest survival of pre-Columbian languages and cultures in these countries exists in Canada and the United States.

The chart shows the enormous problems with international comparisons of crime and homicide rates.  Differences in culture, data collection, and definitions make comparisons very difficult, perhaps to the point of meaninglessness.   Culture is far more important than method or economic condition.

Consider one aspect of the law that is often linked to homicide rates, firearm regulation.   The U.S. Virgin Islands is listed separately from the United States because it is listed separately in the UNODC data.  Perhaps it is because the territory was only purchased by the United States in 1917.   It and Belize are tied for the highest homicide rates of the countries listed.  Both entities have extremely restrictive laws regulating the possession and carry of firearms.  At the other end of the spectrum, we have Canada and the United States.  The firearm laws in Canada are much less restrictive than those in the U.S. Virgin Islands or Belize.   The firearm laws in the United States are the least restrictive of the group.

The comparison supports what other researchers have found.   If firearms regulation has any effect on the overall homicide rate, it is not easily discerned from international comparisons.

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D.C. will Appeal Second Amendment Court Decision

Legal Carry in D.C., for a Brief Period


In July, Judge Frederick Scullin Jr.  ruled that the District of Columbia's ban on the carry of weapons outside the home for self defense was unconstitutional under the second amendment.  For a brief few days, the second amendment was respected in the District of Columbia.   The judge granted a stay until 22 October, for the  D.C. government to pass a new law that would meet constitutional requirements.

The D.C. government passed a new law, one of the most restrictive in the nation, that Alan Gura, counsel for the plaintiff's, characterized as a "practical destruction of the right to bear arms" .  The law gives the police chief power to reject and restrict any applicant's ability to carry outside the home for self defense.    Gura challenged the new legislation, but Judge Scullin has yet to make a decision on it.

The D.C. government asked that Judge Scullin reconsider his ruling.  Judge Scullin suggested that the government attorneys had not read his original decision, a rather strong rebuff.

The D.C. government has decided to appeal the original ruling to the D.C. appeals court.   This is the court that Harry Reid recently used the "nuclear option" to pack with Obama appointees.   It shall be very interesting to see how that court rules, and to see how Judge Scullin rules on the D.C. government attempt to create a bureaucratic ban on carrying outside the home to take the place of the outright ban.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Hickenlooper Blues

This is a great bit of YouTube.   It shows Governor Hickenlooper of Colorado and the many problems he created for himself.



A hat tip  to David Codrea for this.  It needs to be spread about!

MS: Daughter Protects Mother, Children in Gunfight with Intruder

Both victims were tied up and left on the living room floor and the suspect exited the home. Authorities say the daughter was able to free herself and retrieve a handgun. As the mother attempted to lock the door, the suspect fired a shot into the home and reentered. The daughter and suspect fired numerous times at one another inside the residence, authorities say.

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TX: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder

Family members at the residence didn't wish to speak to the media, but they told us that the homeowner is the father of a 9-year-old boy, and he made the choice he felt necessary to protect his household--a decision that locals say they understand.

"We have the right to protect our castle, and we would," said Barbara Stubblefield. "I don't see that well anymore, but I'd take the best shot I could get off."

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IL:Armed Citizen Wounded in Gunfight with Carjack Suspect

Prosecutors said the off-duty officer was in a car when Tillman approached and tapped on the car window with a gun. Tillman shot the officer in the left hand and ran off when the officer fired a gun, prosecutors said.

The officer apparently wounded Tillman, who showed up Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn with a gunshot wound later that day, according to prosecutors. That’s the same hospital where the officer had been taken for treatment.

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Paul Begala: When can you protect your life against the Government?




On CNN, "progressive" operative Paul Begala reiterates a question asked by leftist Ed. Kilgore:

The Washington Monthly blogger Ed Kilgore has asked the right question -- the one any Iowa voter should be putting to Ms. Ernst: "Since you brought it up, exactly what circumstances would justify you shooting a police officer or a soldier in the head?"
If he wanted the standard political answer for these questions, it is found in the Declaration of Independence.  The actual shooting started when the British crown attempted to confiscate arms and military stores from local governments.

But we do not need to look that far back in history.   In 1946 local veterans took up arms against a corrupt local government in Athens, Tennessee, when the  sheriff would not allow an honest vote, shot a man who tried to legally vote, and refused to give up power.

In just the last few years, there are three examples of people justifiably shooting at local police when they broke into their home in the middle of the night, without warning.   It happened in Minneapolis in 2007, and twice again in Texas in 2013 and 2014.

So the answer is fairly simple, even for those "progressives" who worship state power.   It is legitimate to oppose governmental force with force when the government refuses to be bound by the rule of law and when they threaten innocent life with illegitimate deadly force.

I do not see Paul Begala criticizing President Obama for giving aid to the rebels in Libya.   The left has vigorously supported armed revolution, when they thought it advanced their agenda.   

Begala  set up a straw man in an attempt to demonize Joni Ernst, who is stating an obvious political truth that this country was founded on.

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TX:Air Force Officer with CCW Saves Woman



2nd Lt. Joshua Nelson was off duty when he intervened in a situation where a disturbed young man with a knife was threatening his mother.   The officer used his concealed carry firearm to defuse the situation, and talk the man out of hurting anyone.   Lt. Nelson said that he just used his military training.  From laughlinaf.mil:
According to police reports, the young man was mad at his mother, who he had a knife to, because she wouldn't buy him a gun.  Nelson told his wife Brittany to go alert the store manager and call the police.

Nelson, who has a concealed weapons permit stepped up beside the woman.


"I put my hand on my pistol where he'd notice, and then I stepped in between them," said Nelson. "I kept demanding he hand me the knife. I wanted him to see only one option. As I was standing beside that lady, I felt like I was responsible for her life. I was going to do whatever I had to do to protect her."


Then, according to the police report, Nelson went from trying to stop a murder to trying to stop a suicide when the assailant turned the knife on himself.


Nelson pointed to his training and the Air National Guard and previously in the Marine Corps as helping him talk the young man down.
Lt. Nelson was off duty when the incident occurred.  As is clear from the reporting by the public affairs office of the 47th Flying Training Wing, a significant number of people understand that what this officer did reflects well on the United States Armed Forces.

What most people do not know, is that Lt. Nelson, and other officers, are forbidden from carrying a weapon when they are on active duty, at least 99 percent of the time.  It is a policy that was formalized after the Ft. Hood shooting several years ago, though it had been in place for decades.

All of us would be better off if trained military personnel were allowed to carry self defense firearms in the regular course of their duties.    It is a bizarre policy  to forbid trained military officers from carrying arms.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Busted: Ferguson Police Arrest Anti-Gun Dem. Senator with a Loaded 9mm (Maybe Drunk, Maybe Not)


Guess who got arrested Monday night after she refused to get up off the ground out in the middle of the road in front of the Ferguson Police Department?

And not only arrested, but arrested while her breath reportedly reeked of alcohol and she just so happened to be carrying a fully loaded 9mm with extra ammo?

Why none other than Anti-gun Missouri Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis), who has herself sponsored multiple gun control bills.

Via BizPac Review:

    "Sen. Nasheed, along with another male, entered the street, were told numerous times by not only by the St. Louis County commander, but other officers on scene, that they needed to leave the street or they were subject to arrest," St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman said. "They failed to comply, and they were taken into custody."

According to police accounts, Sen. Nasheed reeked of intoxicants, and upon booking and being formally charged with Failure to Obey Lawful Order of Police and Manner of Walking in the Roadway, she refused a breathalyzer. She has since commented that she was not drunk and that the whole thing was a "symbolic arrest":

    "It was a symbolic arrest – sending a message to the protesters that we can protest peacefully and that we must protest peacefully and that we want justice for Michael Brown, but we don't want it in vain," Nasheed said outside the jail Tuesday morning.

So the Senator's message to Ferguson protesters on how to protest "peacefully" involves what police describe as "intoxicants," carrying a loaded gun, and kneeling in front of traffic in the middle of a busy street and refusing to move?

The Senator told KMOV4 that she has a concealed carry permit, yet police seized her gun and the rounds upon her arrest. When KMOV4 asked Ferguson Police Officer Tim Zoll why the gun was taken if Nasheed had a permit, Zoll replied, "If she had a concealed carry permit, I'm sure she would have shown it to the officers."

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Arizona Rangers, 1903


These Arizona Rangers were gathered together in 1903.  The rifles that I can identify are all 1895 Winchesters.   In 1903 the total ranger force was 26 men.   I count 25 in this picture.   The Ranger Act of 1901 required that every ranger carry an 1895 Winchester and a Colt Single Action Army in .45 Colt.  One Ranger, Private Lonnie McDonald,  had been wounded in February of 1903, and he may not have yet recovered.  I see a few possible gunbelts, but the angle is precisely wrong to see any holstered Colts.   Picture from historynet.com.

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Canadian MPs had Makeshift Spears; Congress may do Better


Makeshift Barricade inside Canadian Parliament


In the recent terror attack on the Canadian Parliament,  Members of Parliament (MP)s fashioned crude spears out of flagpoles.   If such an event happened at the American Capitol, it is likely that members of Congress would have more effective weapons.

Members of Congress are restricted from bringing loaded guns into the Capitol, but they can have guns and ammunition in their offices.   In a strange way, the bizarre gun laws of the District of Columbia make it difficult for members to transport the firearms into and out of the building.  From rollcall.com:
Members of Congress and designated employees, acting on behalf of their bosses, can bring unloaded guns into the Capitol. Inside the confines of their offices, regulations set by the Capitol Police Board even allow lawmakers to load the guns. However, carrying the guns through D.C. without a gun license would violate local law.

MPs in the Canadian Parliament had to be content with makeshift spears.  From globalnews.com:
“People took the flag poles with the maple leafs on the end – they’d make pretty good spears – and said ok, if the son of a b***h is coming through the doors we’re going to make him pay,” Edmonton MP Laurie Hawn recalled Thursday.
Some MPs became attached to their makeshift weapons.  From theglobeandmail.com:
Some MPs kept their flagpole weapons as souvenirs.
“Everyone was taking their spears home,” the MP said. “I’m going to frame mine.”
Machiavelli summed up the mindset rather well:
 There is no comparison whatever between an armed and disarmed man; it is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willingly one who is unarmed; or that any unarmed man will remain safe.... - Niccol├│ Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537.

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VA Open Carrier SWATted


Author with Bike and Gun

Moms Demand Action (MDA) disarmenters have threatened to make false 911 calls to police,and encouraged others to do so.   In at least one case, perhaps more, an innocent man was killed by police as a direct response to false allegations in 911 calls.  Last week, in Virginia, an open carrier was falsely accused of robbing a 7-11, in a 911 call.   Fortunately, he was not harmed.

Here is his account, from Robert Dickens, as related to the Virginia Citizens Defense League, recounted at opencarry.org:  (PVC stands for  Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League)
On 10/15/14 at about 5:30 pm, I stopped at a 7-11 for some coffee in the skyline area of Fairfax.

Like every other day when I'm off work, I had hopped on my motorcycle for a short ride . Being an open carry proponent, I didn't think twice about putting on my every-day-carry pistol.


After leaving the 7-11, I went to the Verizon store for some quick shopping. Both stores are within five miles of my home. Chores done, I decided to go for a nice ride around the block.


What's that Fairfax County officer looking at me like that for? Damn he's going to pull me over! Yep… Lights, boop boop. Sigh.


Now I'm thinking that I've got my pistol on me and I’m asking myself how I would feel if I were an officer pulling over someone who was armed? [PVC: That is called “empathy,” something that normal, law-abiding people have, but violent criminals lack.]


Ok, turn the bike off, straddle the bike, interlock your hands on your head, and be calm. [PVC: Doing these steps calmly and slowly probably helped send a clear signal to the SIX responding officers in FOUR patrol cars that Robert was not a threat.]


As the officer gets out of his car, three other cars show up.


Wow, what did I do?


I let the first officer know that I have a firearm on my side. He says, "I know.” I did not move an inch!


To my surprise not one of the at least six police officers have a weapon pointed at me. [PVC: Hats off to FCPD for their professional handling of this situation! Robert’s life was not unnecessarily endangered during the stop by the police pointing their guns at him.]


The officer walks up behind me and asks if he can take the weapon from my holster. “Yes, sir,” I replied.


"Do you have any other weapons on you, sir?”


“Yes, sir, a knife in my pocket.”   


“Yes, sir. Why did you stop me?”

"I will get to that in a minute.” [PVC: Robert wisely decides to temporarily let the issue drop at this point.]


As I’m being frisked, I’m still not moving and am keeping my hands on my head.


"Sir, can I put my hands down now?,” I asked when the frisking was concluded.


“Yes, you can stand at ease.”


At this point I ask the officer what is going on.


“Well, we had a person call from 7-11 and they stated that a white guy on a motorcycle robbed the place.”


I laughed nervously and told the officer that I left a 7-11 30 minutes ago, but that I didn't rob the place! [PVC: This is where an attorney might advise the client to stop talking to the police for fear of saying something innocent that ends up getting misinterpreted. To do so properly, you must verbally indicate you are invoking the Fifth Amendment and stop talking. In this case it’s hard to argue with success, but one should be very, very cautious.]


I'm getting kind of angry now. I've heard of anti-gun people saying that they will call the police if they see an open carrier and make up some story to get the police to respond in a forceful manner.


Wow, I could have been killed!


Ten minutes later I'm on my way. With the police "checking the sanity of the caller.”


I put a call into the police station the following Monday and sent a email thanking FCPD for being very professional.

VCDL became involved and quickly put in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request into Fairfax County.   They expeditiously received a recording of the 911 call, with the callers name and phone number blanked out.  Here is a link to the audio.

Link to audio of 911 call.   The audio file is 5:36 long and is well worth listening to.   It appears that the caller is of diminished mental capacity.  The 911 dispatcher tries to get details to substantiate what the caller is saying.   The dangerous part is that the caller does get most things correct.   He has a good description of Robert Dickens and his motorcycle.   He has the correct location of the 7-11.   It is just that the robbery that he describes never happened.

Just as clearly, the police seem to know this caller, and know that his calls are suspect.   The problem is, of course, that he gets most things right, so there might be something substantive to the call.   The fact that the officers did not draw their weapons on Robert shows that they were treading a middle road.

It also shows that MDA supporters that threaten and encourage false 911 calls are treading a very dangerous line.    John Crawford III is dead, arguably because of false statements made on a 911 call.    Another woman died in the panic induced by the call.   Eric Scott, a West Point Grad, was killed by police in an incident in Las Vegas that may have resulted from bad information on a 911 call.  Video tapes of the events of that shooting were never recovered.    Other incidents of SWATting have occurred involving open carriers.

This is a bit personal, as supporters of MDA wrote that they would call 911 on me when no crime was committed; urged others to make false 911 calls, and even threatened me with death if they saw me openly carrying. 

I will not allow this type of intimidation prevent me from exercising my rights.   make no mistake, that is the purpose of the MDA supporters.   They do not like people exercising their constitutional rights, so they resort to threats and bullying to stop them.   They are generally too cowardly to make the threats in person, so they use their favorite means of oppression, the police power of the state.

The way to make this ineffective is to make it known.   As more and more police become aware of these SWATting efforts, more and more false 911 calls will be prosecuted.

 Definition of a disarmenter

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David Codrea: DOJ and ATF Appeal Court Order

The Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are appealing a settlement in the case of Dobyns v United States, a post by retired agent Jay Dobyns on the Clean Up ATF member forum announced Friday. In September, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis M. Allegra awarded Dobyns $173,000 and denied government royalty claims against Dobyns for his book, "No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels."

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AL: Wounded Cook wins Gunfight at KFC

As one of the cooks began to run to the back of the restaurant, one of the suspects pursued him. The suspect shot the employee in the leg as he ran.

The employee returned fire, hitting the suspect in the stomach. Both suspects fled the scene in a vehicle.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

3D Martyr: Imura Gets Two Years for Thought Crime of Gun Design



Yoshitomo Imura has become 3D printing's first martyr.  He was sentenced to two years in prison for designing and producing blank firing guns on a 3D printer.   From the-japan-news.com:
YOKOHAMA (Jiji Press) — The Yokohama District Court sentenced a former Japanese college employee on Monday to two years in prison for producing guns with a three-dimensional printer.
I have not seen that any of the guns actually fired a projectile; the only ones that I have seen on videos fired blanks.   Imura stated that he did not believe that he was violating the law.   Building blank firing replica guns (in Japan they use special cartridges that work the action) is said to be a popular hobby in Japan.  It seems that Imura's real crime was to show the technological capability of 3D printers.
The accused had “flaunted his skills and knowledge and attempted to make gun controls toothless,” the judge said.

Link to video:


 This  Plug firing gun is made in Japan.


It is highly likely that Imura used the cartridges available for "Plug Firing Guns"  to test his design concepts.  If you look at the video of his "Zig Zag" revolver, it is clear that the muzzles are obstructed so that no projectiles could be fired.



This may be why Imura thought that he was not breaking the law.  From gunmart.net:
Plug fire cap (PFC) ‘modelguns’ were designed to comply with strict Japanese gun laws. The full metal models are made from zinc/alloy metal and more modern models are made from special heavyweight plastic resins. They are specifically designed to be totally impossible to convert into real firearms.
 The Telegraph reports that two of Imura's 3D printed guns could fire real bullets, but I have not seen any evidence that is so.    Imura's defense team stressed that the design included a feature to prevent them from firing real ammunition.
Imura’s design was known as the ZigZag. Although his defense team reportedly stressed that he designed in a plate to stop the weapons being fired, prosecutors said the plate was easily removed.
It appears that the trial revolved about the question of how easily it would be to convert the printed models to fire actual cartridges.   I have not read of any actual test firing to show that the practicality of the action.

 The Japanese legal system has sent a clear message.   Imura's real crime was in challenging the idea that a disarmed population is desirable or practical.

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MO:Open Carry March in Downtown St. Louis



The open carry march in St. Louis went off without a hitch on Saturday, 25 October.   In stark contrast to unruly and violent Ferguson demonstrators, the open carry marchers, who celebrated the restoration of constitutional rights under the newly passed amendment 5, were polite, considerate, peaceful, and had no violent interactions with the police.  From stltoday.com, a counterprotestor complained:
Counterdemonstrator Tef Poe, of Hands Up United and the Organization of Black Struggle, said the calm police reaction was in contrast to police behavior at protests in Ferguson.

“When we protest in a similar manner, without guns, they proceed with aggression and arrest,” Poe said.
Except, as anyone who has watched the news knows, the Ferguson protesters have not protested in a manner that is very similar at all.   A commenter,  GeronL at freerepublic.com made the following point:
So AI protests people shot by cops, while demanding that only cops carry guns??
Another commenter, cripplecreek noted a similarity with open carry demonstrators in Michigan:
Same way the unionistas complain they were locked out of the state capitol building in Michigan while open carry advocates were allowed to walk around in the building with impunity.
The difference being that the open carry advocates weren’t screaming, hollering, kicking doors and trying to disrupt state business.


This is what you see in open carry marches everywhere.    Open carriers are exemplars of good citizens.   When people see it, they recognize it.    That attracts more activists to open carry marches, and the movement continues to expand around the country.

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Dogs and Guns Prove Effective in Ohio Countryside




Dogs and guns have been an effective crime stopping combination for as long as people have possessed them.   They were proven effective once again in Butler County, Ohio.   The suspect broke out a basement window to gain access to the rural home of Brian Hiner.    Brian woke to the alarmed barks of his dogs, which appear to black and golden Labradors.  He then heard the intruder coming up the basement stairs, called the sheriff, and held Michael Roberts, pictured above, at gunpoint for the responding deputies.




The deputies arrived, and took Roberts into custody.    Somehow, Roberts managed to escape the deputies vehicle while Brian was being interviewed.   The suspect fled into a nearby cornfield.


A few hours later, 15 year old, Justin Kugler was home alone, sick, when he heard his dogs start barking.  He armed himself and looked downstairs, just in time to see Roberts enter the house.   Justin is on the left in the screenshot above.  From 14news.com:

"I was home sending an email to my teachers about homework when my dogs started barking and I looked out the window but I didn't see anybody there so I went to the top of the stairs with the gun to make sure there wasn't anybody downstairs and then that's when the door opened and I saw him," said Justin Kugler.

Kugler says he was pretty scared because he noticed Roberts had a knife on him, but he was armed and ready for Roberts at the top of the stairs.

"I told him to get out of the house or I'm going to shoot you," said Justin Kugler.

Roberts was taken back into custody just after he exited the Kugler home.

Dogs and guns are a powerful defensive combination that is hard to overcome.   Just as important is a community that trusts the local peace officers to form a cooperative network.   Local residents are the front line, while the sheriff's deputies form the rapid response team and communications network.  In communities that trust their local criminal justice system, the crime rates are very low.   Sheriffs, as elected officials, tend to be responsive to their constituents.

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PA: Police Attitudes Changing

Robbery Suspects
In Pennsylvania, an armed citizen with a concealed carry permit stopped an attempted robbery.   This has become a fairly common occurrence.   The interesting thing about this incident is the response from Police Lt. Todd Unstead.  20 years ago, we often heard police give the advice that "citizens should not take the law into their own hands" or that they should "leave police work to the professionals".   That response is heard far less often today.

We have nationally know law enforcement leaders like Police Chief James Craig of Detroit, and Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County encouraging armed citizens to protect themselves.    From lancasteronline.com:
One pointed a gun at a 25-year-old city man and tried to rob him, but he retrieved his own gun from his car and pointed it at the robber, city police Lt. Todd Umstead said Friday.
After the police caught the suspected criminals, Lt. Unstead gave this advice:
Umstead said he couldn’t give a “one size fits all” recommendation about when victims should retrieve their own gun during an incident.

It depends on the situation and the individual, he said.

“In this incident, the victim was absolutely justified in taking the action that he did, and was able to successfully thwart the robbery without anyone getting hurt,” Umstead said. “Anyone in that situation has to realize, however, that there is obviously a risk involved in fighting back against an armed assailant, particularly one who has a gun pointed at you.”
 It is good advice.   Assess the risk and make the call.  Each incident is different.  Individuals who take a chance to stop crime make us all safer, and should be rewarded by society.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Would you Provide Security to a Disarmenter who Mocked You?


Open Carry at an Arizona Gas Station

A poster at opencarry.org, Southern Covenanter, recounts an ironic experience in Charlotte, North Carolina.    From opencarry.org:
I made it a point to stop and meet my parents for lunch in Pineville while I was passing through town, and after I left, I stopped at the QT on Woodlawn Road (right off I-77 where Woodlawn turns into Billy Graham Parkway) to gas up the Blue Bullet. This QT is in a somewhat sketchy part of town, so I was already on high alert when I pulled up to the pump. About the time I got the Bullet in park, I noticed three young men walking through the islands towards the store. One of the three was a younger white guy (about 6'1", 175 lbs, and all tatted up) was shirtless, loud, high as a Georgia pine, and clearly acting aggressively. I took note of him, and strolled inside to pre-pay for my gas. Lo and behold, when I got inside, some yuppie soccer Mom type wear a "Moms Demand Action" t-shirt spotted me and the sidearm on my hip and immediately started ranting about how I was dangerous and scary, that my big, bad SigSauer made her nervous, how did she know I wasn't going to shoot everybody in the joint, etc. I did my best to ignore her, hit the latrine, and came back out and paid for my gas.

While I was walking to the door, I noticed the doped up potential troublemaker was waving his arms around, beating on his chest and flinching at people like he was going to throw a punch while yelling, "I'ma f* you up! Y'all don't want none!" and so on.

I walked out the door to head to the car, and when I did, the Mom's Demand nutjob approached from my right and quietly asked, "Would you walk me to my car?"

My response: "I'm sure that loud mouth of yours will keep you safe."

The shocked look on her face was completely worth it.

OC: 1. Moms Demand: 0.
The poster then goes on to explain that he briefly considered acceding to the request, but having information that the the local chief LEO was anti-open carry, and concerned that the clerk might misunderstand a "walk to the car" because of the previous rant by the woman, he decided against it.

Another poster mentioned that Moms Demand Action supporters have encouraged others to make, and have said that they would make, false 911 calls.

My instinct would have been to walk her to the car.   People with phobias can overcome them with experience.   However, I can easily understand his reluctance in the circumstances.

Definition of a disarmenter

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Homicides per 100,000 in G-8 Countries




You can see from the above that Russia has about twice as many homicides per hundred thousand as the United States, even though Russia has very restrictive laws on possession and carrying of firearms.

The above chart was created from UNODC data.

If you look at the chart below created by ABC, the United States seems to be an outlier.  No data is given for Russia, and the Y axis mentions that it is only for gun related homicides.   The large header leaves out the word "Gun".  These are serious clues that the chart is designed to mislead.



Only looking at gun related homicides is a clear case of data selection bias.   It does not matter to a homicide victim if they are killed with a gun, a machete, poison, or a violent mob.   They are still dead.   Firearms, of course, may be used for defense as well as attack, so restrictions could increase as well as decrease homicides.   Attempting to restrict one method may simply result in a substitution of methods.   You need to look at the totals to see if there is a net increase or decrease in homicides. 

There are enormous problems with international comparisons.  Differences in culture, data collection, and definitions make comparisons very difficult, perhaps to the point of meaninglessness.   Culture is far more important than method or economic condition.  Why chose the G8 countries, instead of say, New World countries, or geographically large, ethnically diverse, countries?  You could as easily make the case that Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and Canada should be grouped together, as that of G8 countries.

Here is a chart showing homicide rates for all the countries of the world that we have data for.



Chart from Crime Prevention Research Center

Here is a chart comparing Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and Canada.


It is noteworthy that Brazil and Mexico have extreme restrictions on the private ownership of firearms, Canada is less restrictive, and the United States is less restrictive than Canada.

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