Wednesday, September 03, 2014

WI: Victim Shoots one of Four Robbery Suspects

Police say four people were trying to rob a group of people near 2nd Street and National Avenue around 5:30 a.m. September 1 when one of the would-be victims pulled out a gun and shot one of the suspects.

The suspect died at the scene and the others ran away.

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IL: Mother Shoots one of two Intruders



WOODSTOCK – Two teenagers have been charged with a break-in that resulted in a Crystal Lake woman shooting one of the would-be intruders in the stomach.

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Her teenage children had locked two men out of the house, but they kicked the door down. The two men were unarmed.

The woman warned them and asked them to leave, Zinke said. She shot one when they ignored her and kept advancing on her.

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Joe Becomes a Hunter





Last year, I wrote about mentoring a new hunter.   It is harder to bring new hunters into the gun culture now than when I was a child.   When I started hunting at age 11, with an air rifle on the farm in northern Wisconsin, I grabbed a gun, stepped out the door, and was hunting.   My father had carefully told me what pests I could hunt.  In  a year, I was using a real rifle,  a .22.  My father taught me to shoot, but most of my early hunting was alone or in the company of one or both of my younger brothers, who at 3 or 5 years younger than I, were not yet allowed to carry a gun themselves.    Every boy that I knew hunted, or wanted to.    The idea that a 12 year old was not responsible enough to carry a gun around the woods or drive a tractor, would have been considered preposterous; the idea that such a decision be made by the government, insane.    Now, government schools tell parents that their children may not carry a pocket knife, or even draw a picture of a gun.  It is an intolerable situation.

Last year Joe shot four dove on his first hunt, under close supervision.  This year on opening day, he shot four more.  Taking Joe hunting is why new articles have been scarce on this blog the last two days.    If a new generation of the gun culture is to continue the tradition of hunting, it is up to us to make it so.   Joe's father is a hunter, but medical problems make it very difficult for him to go afield.

This morning, Joe graduated to full hunter status.   I felt confident enough in his ability that I let him hunt on his own.  We even did a couple of mini-team hunts, where we separated and moved to flush sitting birds toward each other.   To be trusted to carry a deadly weapon in the presence of others, to be considered mature enough to hold a gun in your hand, follow the safety rules, exercise judgment and make instant decisions involving life and death, is a profoundly maturing and empowering experience.   Joe passed that threshold today.

In the gun culture, this experience is not approached lightly.   I have known Joe for years.   I have taken him shooting.   I helped instruct him on gun safety.  I closely observed him interact with others, follow instructions, handle the firearms that I presented him with.   Some people never reach the state of responsibility that Joe has reached.    Today, Joe shot seven dove;  I shot eight.  I had Joe clean and prepare his birds as I did mine.   We did it together at his house, they went into his refrigerator, and together we have enough for a celebratory dinner.  


Joe is now more than a student.   He has become a hunting companion.   We are talking of a deer hunt in northern Wisconsin.  Joe is 16.

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Firearms note: Joe is holding my Browning Double-Auto Twentyweight 12 gauge in the top picture; the Browning and a  Remington  870 20 gauge that I was using in the second picture.   Both guns have Poly-chokes.

Washington Times: Gun Friendly Business Attract Customers

However, many smaller restaurants and bars are embracing guns, telling patrons to come in and eat armed for a variety of reasons, including not angering their own customer base, to attract Second Amendment rights activists and to not leave themselves vulnerable to crimes by blatantly stating everyone in the joint is unarmed.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Weerd World Article on Guns and Attitudes: An Anti-Gunner Makes The Big Mistake

Interesting new media article:

So this story (found via Joan Peterson), starts out the usual way:
According to Pew Research, different estimates say there are from 270 million to 310 million guns in the United States — almost one firearm for every man, woman and child. Statistics from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence include these depressing numbers:
On average, 32 Americans are murdered with guns every day and 140 are treated for a gun assault in an emergency room.
Every day on average, 51 people kill themselves with a firearm, and 45 people are shot or killed in an accident with a gun.
American children die by guns 11 times as often as children in other high-income countries.
In 2007, more pre-school-aged children (85) were killed by guns than police officers were killed in the line of duty.
Yep we have the standard murder rate, and suicide rate. The Brady Campaign likes to re-package it by slicing it up, and setting up different variables to make it look different, but still we have the same roughly 30,000 “Gun Deaths” every year. That’s the same number as in the 90s when we had the Assault Weapon ban, the same as in the 80s when Crack was hitting the scene, and more-or-less the same today. Gun control isn’t the issue, hence why they don’t just say “30,000 gun deaths per year” because people are used to that number and get that everything Brady has proposed, and the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation work to restore our freedoms hasn’t changed this.

(Hint, it’s Gang culture which is essentially unchanged since I’ve been alive. Gang members are violent, they sell drugs and women illegally, and they kill each-other. Cops don’t play the game too hard because A) it’s gang members shooting other gang members, sounds like they have that under control, B) they are concerned that they too might catch lead, and over one felon killing another, I can almost understand. More on that in a moment. Next up we have suicide, again virtually unchanged, but because Americans, vs. other nations, prefer to use guns at a rate of 50% to kill themselves, this is blood the Bradys can dance in, because only gun death counts)

Next the children dying, well 85 is a really small number, and the only similarity between these cases are the bullets. Some are domestic issues, some are gang violence issues, some are bad SWAT raids, some are accidents. Either way it isn’t even a relevant number when you think of how children in this age gap die. Poisoning, fire, falls, car accidents, abuse, cancer, swimming accidents. Pick one, it’s magnitudes more no matter how you slice it, but hey let’s ban some guns, because only “Gun Death” counts, right!

Also comparing it to Officer Death is a little disingenuous. Have you noticed that whenever an officer gets shot, its HUGE news? Why? Because being a police officer is relatively safe. Hell the leading cause of officer death is CAR ACCIDENTS, mostly from officers getting struck while serving traffic citations.

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ID: Twin Falls Repeals Illegal Gun Ordinance



Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state.  The laws have proven to be popular in the United States.  All states have some form of preemption.   In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances.  The laws vary in their application by state. 

In the case of Twin Falls, an old ordinance prohibited the carrying of guns in county parks.  This was in violation of state law.  The County board understood the violation, and voted unanimously to repeal the offending language. From magicvalley.com:
Commissioner Leon Mills said he took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, and the new law does that.
 A couple, Leon and Ann Martin, opposed the law.
“What about my right to be in a public park, in a public place, that is free of guns?” asked Anne Martin.
There is no such "right".  To even ask the question is to demonstrate a profound misunderstanding of the definition of a right.   To illustrate the fallacy of the question, consider it in regards to another right, free speech.   The analogy would be "What about my right not to hear speech that I disagree with in a public place?"   If anyone had such a "right", it would destroy the right to free speech.   The "right" that Ann Martin desires, is not a right, but the power to control others actions.      

The Second Amendment Foundation is working to have these illegal ordinances repealed around the country.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

OH:Armed Woman Stops Assault

"Two gentlemen came out of the woods, one holding a baseball bat, and said 'You're coming with us'."

The men weren't deterred by Dinah's dog Gracie.

"I said, 'Well, what do you want?,' and as I was saying that I reached in to my pocket and slipped my gun out, slipped the safety off as I pulled it out.  As I was doing that the other gentleman came toward me and raised the baseball bat.  And, I pointed the gun at them and said, 'I have this and I'm not afraid to use it.'"

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OH: Doctor Not Guilty in Self Defense Shooting

A jury found a Duncan physician not guilty on Friday of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in the shooting last year of his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

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McKinnon and Rachel Morales testified they did not provoke the violence.

  Defense attorney Garvin Isaacs introduced photograhic evidence that showed the doctor was heavily bruised after the incident to bolster his contention that was a full-fledged altercation preceding the gunfire.

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OH:Cheap Gun Opportunity Cleveland 6 September, 2014






There will be a gun turn in event in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, 6 September,  2014.  While these events are commonly labeled with the propaganda term "buyback" the guns were never owned by the people attempting to buy them.

I have not been able to find any definitive information about where the event will be held, how much will be offered for what firearms, or what the starting and ending times are.  It appears that the event will only collect handguns.   From newsnet5.com:
At the handgun buyback event, people can exchange guns for gift cards, no questions asked. The guns are tagged and checked and eventually melted down.

There is no hint of objectivity by Newsnet5.com.  They are actively promoting the event.  There would not be a problem with this if the event were politically neutral.   The event obviously is not.   It promotes the idea that guns are bad and should be destroyed.
Between noon and 8 p.m. today, we are holding a phone bank to help the Cleveland Police Foundation raise money for the Foundation's handgun buyback event set for Saturday, September 6. The phone bank phone number is 800-658-5370.
Private sales of firearms in Ohio are legal, and Cleveland cannot override state law.  Last year some private buyers were successful.   From the ohioccwforums.org, :
I bought a Colt Agent revolver last year in almost new condition. I believe a Python was purchased also.
After some initial friction last year, the police recognized the right of private buyers to be there.
Yup, a bit of an interaction in the morning as they got their crap together, then we were free to operate. One of the officers was actually reassuring citizens bringing in guns that they could sell to us without issue.
Last year, the location was on Payne Avenue.  Here is last year's (2013) information from newsnet5.com:

CLEVELAND - The 2013 City of Cleveland Gun Buy-Back was held Saturday, June 15 at Public Safety Central on Payne Avenue. 

In all, 352 firearms (311 handguns and 41 long guns) were surrendered to police.
In exchange for operable handguns or semi-automatic rifles (Assault Rifles), citizens were given a either a $100 (handguns) or $200 (semi-automatic rifles) Target, gas or food gift card and two tickets to an upcoming Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters game.

In addition, they were entered into a raffle with a chance to win up to $1,000.




You might want to read the insider story by private buyers in Jacksonville Florida to see how things were handled there.

Be prepared for a percentage of people who refuse to talk to anyone but police. All the private buyers that I saw at gun turn ins were polite and let ideologically driven people turn in their guns for a fraction of what they would be worth on the open market.

Signs are helpful, as are good grooming, cash, and a friendly attitude. Dale Carnegie's advise for dealing with people works very well. Risks of purchasing stolen guns are small. You can read about them at this article.

Across the country, communities, police departments and churches are sponsoring gun turn-ins to get "guns off the street". At many of these events, private buyers are showing up, offering cash for the more valuable guns. These private additions to the public turn-in are effective, no doubt, in getting more guns off the street, because they add to the resources that are available to those who want to get rid of guns for something of value, be it a grocery card or a number of twenty dollar bills.

You can help make the turn-in in your area more effective by standing on the curb with your "Cash for Guns" sign, or at a folding table, willing to offer more than the gift card for firearms that are more valuable. It would be best if numerous private parties were available, as more good guns could then be transferred into responsible hands.

This action serves many useful purposes. It stretches the turn-in budget so that more guns can be taken off the street. It helps keep fearful widows from being defrauded of most of the market value of the gun they are turning in. It prevents valuable assets from being destroyed by bureaucratic inflexibility. It is a win-win-win situation. The ideal situation for those organizing the turn in would be to allow private buyers to purchase the valuable guns, while having the organizers take the cheap guns "off the streets". As these events are ideologically driven, that seems unlikely, but it might be worth an attempt at outreach. All parties would benefit.

Private buyers dispel the pernicious message that guns are bad and should be destroyed.

Link to potential legal risk of buying a gun at one of these events

Link to article with numerous examples of private sales at gun turn in events

Link to an article about private buyers at Detroit event

Link to Phoenix Article: pictures of private buyers

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TX:Clerk Wounds Would-be Robber

HOUSTON -
Houston police said an armed convenience store clerk not only foiled an attempted robbery, but wound up putting the would-be robber in the hospital. Police said the man was shot in the neck while trying to rob a convenience store at the intersection of Almeda-Genoa and Rowlett.

"When I saw the gun I felt like I was going to die. For my safety I had to pull my trigger," said store clerk Kiran Giri.

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CO: Castle Rock Approves Open Carry, Curtails Town Manager Power



Castle Rock, Colorado sits on the urban corridor from Denver to Colorado Springs.  It is primarily a bedroom community to Denver that has had explosive growth in the last 30 years, form 3,921 in 1980 to 51,348 in 2012.

In 2003 the Town Council gave the Town Manager, who is appointed by the Council, the authority to ban the open carry of firearms on town property.  In  2014, the Council voted to remove that authority.    The current Town Manager, Mark Stevens, had prohibited open carry on Town property. 

What resulted were two initiatives; one to approve of the action of the Town Council, (put forward by those opposed to it - a "no" vote would reverse the decision), and another to remove the power to regulate firearms from the Town Council and to requiring a referendum on all future firearms issues.

Second Amendment advocates recommended a "Yes" vote on both issues.

The election process was hotly disputed, with at least two lawsuits and concerns over the counting of election results.  Second amendment advocates claimed that many election safeguards were disregarded by officials who reported to the Town Manager.  The election was held on 19 August and the results certified on the 29th of August.  The election turnout was reported to be the highest in City history.  This is due to a combination  because of city growth, the new Colorado election laws that require a mailing of ballots to all voters, and because of the nature of the questions.

Here is the wording of the two ballot questions, from crgov.com:

 A. REFERENDUM ON ORDINANCE NO. 2014-03 will read:

SHALL TOWN COUNCIL ORDINANCE 2014-03 BE APPROVED WHICH ORDINANCE REVOKES THE AUTHORITY OF- THE TOWN MANAGER UNDER THE MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROHIBIT THE OPEN CARRYING OF FIREARMS WITHIN MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS, PARKS, RECREATION AREAS AND OTHER MUNICIPAL PROPERTIES OWNED OR OPERATED BY THE TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK?

YES ___ NO ___

B. HOME RULE CHARTER AMENDMENT will read:

SHALL THE TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK HOME RULE CHARTER BE AMENDED BY ADDING A NEW SECTION 1-5 TO READ AS FOLLOWS?



Section 1-5. Constitutional Rights.
Any restriction or limitation on the rights of citizens to keep and bear firearms enacted by the Town Council shall require the approval of the registered electors as a referred measure under Section 15-4 of this Charter. This Section shall not apply to Town Council action which makes unlawful the discharge or brandishing of firearms. This Section shall govern and control over Articles II and VII or any other conflicting provision of this Charter, and shall apply only to Council action taken after its adoption.
YES ____ NO ___ 


Both results were in favor of second amendment advocates, both initiatives passed.

Measure A, which approved of the Town Council removing the authority of the town manager to restrict open carry, passed by 50.8% of the vote, 4,737 to 4,586. 

Measure B, which required that all future decisions on gun restrictions be subject to referendum, passed overwhelmingly,  6,610 (71.2%) to 2,679 (28.8%)


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Cowboy mounted shooting debuts at Nebraska State Fair


In the Old West, the handgun, shotgun and rifle were important tools for self-defense and survival. Being proficient with a weapon was important. Being proficient with a weapon while riding a horse was even better.

On Thursday at the Nebraska State Fair, modern-day cowboys, some of the best riders and shooters in the state, gathered for a cowboy mounted shooting demonstration and competition at Thompson Arena.


Cowboy mounted shooting has a historical link to shooting and riding demonstrations featured in the wild west shows of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show once performed in Grand Island.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

TX:Border Patrol Fires at Armed Citizen



The Border Patrol has had strict policies about the firing of weapons for decades.    In the most famous recent case, Border patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a firefight in which the Patrolman used less lethal "bean bag" rounds.    Border Patrol agents I have talked to have always said that the mere presence of a weapon is not enough to justify shooting at someone.   This makes sense, because most people in the United States can legally possess weapons, and because the law is clear on what is required to justify the use of deadly force.   The mere presence of a weapon is not enough.    In border areas, where there is often rampant criminality, many people consider it foolhardy not to be armed.

The Arizona Supreme Court recently reiterated this maxim, when they ruled that the mere presence of a weapon is insufficient to allow a person to be detained.

From ap.org:
Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora said agents had been chasing a group of immigrants east of Brownsville Friday afternoon when an agent saw a man holding a gun near the Rio Grande. The agent fired four shots, but did not hit the man.
The totality of the circumstances must be taken into account.   In this case, the agent was pursuing a group of illegal aliens when he saw the armed citizen.   However, the citizen never made any threatening moves, and never pointed his long gun in the direction of the agent.   Perhaps the shots were meant as a "warning".   I do not believe that this is Border Patrol policy, as it is a good way to instigate a gun fight.  The citizen in this case immediately dropped his weapon.

He very likely had seen the agent coming in his direction and knew that the person firing at him was a member of the Border Patrol.

I suspect that the Border Patrol agent will be in a lot of trouble for this breach of protocol.   He is very lucky that he did not hit the armed citizen, who was on private property, who had permission to be there, and who was not reported as doing anything wrong or illegal.   

Update from a post to this article on The Truth About Guns:

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OFFICIAL NONCLASSIFIED INCIDENT REPORT
SITREP: CAMP LONESTAR

Posted to ACR by KC on the border in TEXAS about an clash between his group and Law enforcement agncies
30 Aug14
SUBJECT: BP AGENT DISCHARGES FIREARM AT VOLUNTEER CONCERNED CITIZEN
On or about Wednesday 27AUG14 at approx 18:00 Archie, a fellow teammate at Camp Lonestar, met Mr Aguliar curator of the wildlife sanctuary located on the Texas Border at a Gas Station named “Stripes”. After speaking with Archie, Mr. Agulair showed interest in having us patrol the sanctuary due to illegal alien incursions onto his property. He invited us to come speak with him.
On 29AUG14 at approx. 14:00 We (KC, Wolf, Jesus) went to speak with Mr. Aguliar about patrolling his property. After agreeing to his terms for patrol on his property, we set out to scout the new property along the river. After we cleaned up 3 crossing spots(we remove refuse to beautify our state and to allow us to monitor new traffic) we observed a dismounted Border Patrol Agent walking down the river road. We knew from working with BP when they are dismounted they are actively looking for illegals that have crossed into US territory. I approached the Agent and asked him what was going on. The BP agent informed us that they had illegals being pushed toward our location from other BP agents. We asked if we could help him and he said yes. We heard voices coming from the river so we deployed to the river approx. 75 yards apart, which was to the rear position of the BP agents position to cover his back. Wolf took the most Northern position I assumed the middle position and Jesus was in the southern position. While I was in a covered position on the river I observed a heavily tattooed late 20′s early 30′s Hispanic male hollering and whistling up and down the river. While observing suspect I heard a series of approx. 5 gun shots ring out. My first impression was, it was the cartel flexing their might to attempt to intimidate us as they had done previously to BP. I observed suspect until he got out of my visual range. When I went back up to the top of the ridge to reposition myself to further observe the suspect, my teammate Wolf informed me a BP Captain was looking for me. I immediately proceeded to meet the Captain on the border road. I observed the BP Captain coming toward me holding the AK Pistol Jesus was carrying and Jesus following behind the Agent. When the BP Captain and I got within speaking range he informed me that one of his agents discharged his firearm at my teammate(Jesus) approx. 5 times. He stated to me his agent mistook our teammate as an illegal and saw the weapon and he opened fire without provocation or without ordering Jesus to drop his weapon. I then observed the Agent who discharged his weapon and he was visibly shaken. His skin was flushed and his color appeared to be white. After about 20 minutes the Agent was back to a normal darker skin tone. The BP Captain then asked us to move out of the “HOT” zone for our security to further discuss the incidental discharge. We agreed and moved approx. 250 yards from the site of the shooting.
When we arrived at the new location the BP agent chose, we stopped approx. 30 yds. behind his vehicle. I disarmed and stowed my side arm in the glove box of the mule and left my rifle leaning on the gun rack mounted to the mule. Wolf left his rifle laying on the back seat of the mule and we dismounted. Wolf retained his pistol concealed under his blouse. We then approached the BP Captain and continued to discuss the incident. After approx. 15 minutes BP agents started to gather at our location to secure the scene for the ensuing investigation into the discharge of the BP agents firearm. The BP Captain asked us if he could secure our weapons since we did have illegals in the area and we were not in a position to protect the weapons from being used against us by an illegal. We consented to him securing the weapons in his vehicle. The BP Captain also took possession of my GoPro camera that was mounted to the mule.
After approx. 45 minutes a Charge Sargent of the Cameron County sheriffs office arrived and took possession of our identification and he proceeded to run our names and backgrounds. He also ran the numbers on our weapons which all came back clear. I had to scratch the paint off of my AK pistol for the BP and deputy to obtain the serial number. He also ran the VIN of my mule which was clear. Shortly afterwards top ranking Border Patrol commanders and investigators arrived. The FBI and Homeland security investigators arrived on the scene. I was questioned by Homeland Security agent and an FBI agent about what I knew and observed. I answered all questions posed to me truly and accurately. After approx. 5 hours being detained by Federal and county officials we were told we were free to go.
While we were waiting for our identification back we observed the Deputy Sheriff taking possession of our weapons. When I questioned why he was taking our weapons after they were cleared as not stolen and we had every legal right to possess them on the private property we had permission to be on, I was informed they were “Part of the investigation” into the discharge of a weapon by a federal agent. I again questioned why our weapons were part of an investigation that we had not committed and wrong doing. The Deputy asserted he was told to do so and I could retrieve my weapons Monday 1SEPT14 at the Sheriffs office. I was not given an inventory list of the weapons being held nor for my GoPro camera they refused to give back due to their investigation. I was just told to go to the Sheriffs office next week. The SSG with the Cameron County sheriffs office returned our identification and told us we were free to go. Again I asked about my weapons and camera and again I was refused access to my lawful property. We mounted up on the mule and departed to our base camp.
The statement reported by AP is completely false. We never identified ourselves as “Militia” as a matter of fact we all stated we are NOT Militia just Concerned Patriotic American Citizen here to help protect and serve our fellow Americans being victimized by these illegals aliens and support the Border Patrol in the deterring of illegal incursions onto American soil.
KC Massey
CO Camp LoneStar

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David Codrea: Lawsuit faults Gander Mountain for failure to read minds

David Codrea hits another one out of the park with this article.   I thought the NYTs could not drop its credibility about guns and gun laws much lower.  But with the editorial that David writes about, they succeed.

"Will a Gun Retailer Get Away With Negligence?" Teresa Tritch of The New York Times asks.

That headline is significant for two reasons: First, because it very publicly presumes a defendant in a contested civil lawsuit is guilty of negligence. By all standards of objective journalism, even suspected murderers everyone "knows" are guilty are referred to as "alleged" killers until verdicts are rendered. Second, because Tritch is a 10-year member of The Times' editorial board, writing her piece for "Taking Note," the paper's "editorial page editor's blog."

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IN: Man Defends Home and Family Against Gang

Police received a report of shots fired in the 11000 block of Dedham Drive around 3 a.m. Detectives said two or three men were trying to break into the home. The homeowner struggled with the men over a gun and shot one of the suspects.

A woman and small child inside the home at the time were not hurt.

There are bullet holes in the home's front door and blood on the front porch and driveway.

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MI: Armored Car Guard Shoots Two

Police Chief Fred Posavetz saidthat shortly before 1 p.m., a Garda armored car security guard was entering the bank at 37370 Gratiot when he was accosted by a robber.

“They got into a gun battle,” Posavetz said, adding that the suspect was “shot several times by the armored car officer.”

In the exchange of gunfire, the guard also shot a getaway driver who was sitting nearby in a stolen minivan, Posavetz said. Police found the silver Town and Country minivan unoccupied on a side street just north of the bank. A bullet hole was found in the passenger front door and blood was on the driver’s seat and steering wheel.

LA: Pastor Shoots Suspected Burglar

A pastor of an Algiers church shot and wounded a 50-year-old man Wednesday in a reported burglary, New Orleans police and relatives of the pastor said.

The Rev. W.L.T. Littleton fired on two burglary suspects, striking one in the head outside the Greater Morning Star Baptist Church on Vallette Street, according to relatives and church members who gathered at the scene and a brief police statement.

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LA: Homeowner Shoots Intruder Four Times

Craft said the homeowner, who has not been identified, told investigators that a man began beating on the front door, and when he opened the door the man forced his way into his house.

The homeowner said that when he pulled a gun on the man, he fled outside, but he still refused to leave the property, and then began to move toward him in an aggressive manner. The homeowner then opened fire, striking Fernandez four times.

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Deputy Shoots Attacking Cow

Cows are large, powerful animals.  They can easily weigh 800 lbs.  If they want to hurt you, they have the means to do so.

The deputy says he got to his feet just as the cow was charging a second time, and was forced to shoot and kill the animal to avoid a second blow from the cow.

The deputy's injuries are not life-threatening.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

UT: Scofflaw City Agrees to Follow Gun Law




The Utah municipality of Sandy City has agreed to stop violating state law.   The city had passed ordinances that were  clearly in violation of state law.    Nearly all states control what power is granted to cities.   State power is granted by the Constitution, and constrained by it, as is federal power.

Most states have reserved the power to regulate guns to the state level, so that there will be uniform gun laws throughout the state.   Utah is one of the vast majority of states that have a preemption law that does this.

The Second Amendment Foundation has been looking at local municipalities that are in violation of the law, and pushing to have them follow the law.   In the case of Sandy City, the violation was obvious.   Sandy City agreed to repeal the offending ordinances.   From sltrib.com:
"Sandy City Corporation has no legal authority to adopt or enforce these sections of the Sandy City Corporation Code and should, out of respect for the supremacy of the Utah Legislature, and out of respect for the rule of law, repeal them," foundation Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb wrote in a July 8 letter to the city.
 Only one member of the public spoke against repeal of the ordinances.
"Where are the laws protecting my rights as a private citizen who does not feel safe anymore, anywhere?" said Sally Jo Fuller, a 45-year Sandy resident who was the only member of the public to speak against the amendments.
 If Ms. Fuller had thought about her comment, she would realize that her proposed "right" would cancel all other rights.   If one can stop anyone from exercising their rights by claiming that a  person " does not feel safe", then no right would be safe.   Anyone could claim that the way a person talked, or dressed, or practiced their religion made them feel "not safe".

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NC: Homeowner Shoots Rabid Raccoon

When he went to chase the raccoon off the porch, it turned toward him, making noises and "not acting right," according to police. So he shot the animal twice and called police.

Spartanburg Animal Services removed the raccoon, which tested positive for rabies on Monday, police said.

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FL: Armed Citizen Stops Attack of Pit Bull Pack

OKEECHOBEE — A man’s quick thinking and shooting ability saved his neighbor from a possible attack by two aggressive pit bulls, indicated a deputy’s report.

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About that time Mr. Sperry’s neighbors, Pete and Susanne Clemons, arrived home. By this time Mr. Sperry was armed with a .22 caliber rifle.

As Mr. Clemons stood by his vehicle two of the more aggressive pit bulls turned their attention toward him. As a grey pit bull started to lunge at Mr. Clemons, Mr. Sperry took aim and killed the animal with one shot.

By this time the second pit bull charged Mr. Clemons. Again, Mr. Sperry took careful aim and shot the dog. Although he did not kill the animal, it ran away. The other dogs ran away, too

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

DE: Shooting Ruled Justified

DOVER - Authorities dropped charges Tuesday against a 32-year-old man accused in connection with the second of two shooting deaths in Dover on Sunday.

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TX: Homeowner Shoots Intruder

"I was sleeping in, trying to get my rest. I heard the door bell ring. I'm like, who is this? I hear a strong knock. I'm like, something going on. I get up, I hear stuff at the door, I'm like, something is happening. I went and got my gun," said Quinton Wood.

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  All I know is, I'm telling him, get down, stop. It went bad. He kept coming toward me and didn't want to stop," said Wood.

Deputies said Wood shot 25-year-old Avery Powell in the chest once. Powell was shot inside of the home, on the front door step. Wood said Powell kept begging to make a phone call.

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TX: Cell Phone Employee Shoots Suspect

HOUSTON -
Two suspects in a cell phone robbery were chased down and one of them shot at a Fiesta grocery store in northwest Houston.

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 There is no word on what if any charges the suspect or the gunman will face.

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CO:Woman has Gunfight with Intruders who Steal her SUV





An armed woman in Denver chased two intruders from her home, only to have them drive off in her SUV.  From kdvr.com:
About 2:30 a.m., two burglars broke into a woman’s home, then stole her blue Toyota Highlander, last seen going east on Exposition Avenue.

She got in a gunfight with the intruders as they took the vehicle.  From cbslocal.com:

The woman apparently got scared and fired at them while they were still outside.

“Obviously she felt threatened so she took some measures,” said Sonny Jackson, Denver police spokesman.

The suspects fired back, and one of the bullets ended up hitting a neighbor’s SUV and smashing the back windshield.
 

 From kwgn.com:
 Marquies Jackson was a suspect in the incident, in which two people reportedly broke into a home in the 7000 block of East Exposition Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, the Denver Police Department said.
I suspect that Marquies is still a suspect.  Marquies is 18 years old.   The blue Toyota Highlander has not yet been recovered.


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GA: Store Owner Proud of Armed Employee


Suspect in five crimes
In Georgia, on Sunday, 24 August, a criminal attempted to rob the Shell Food Mart at about 4 a.m.  It did not turn out as expected.   The clerk pulled out his own gun and chased the robber from the store.   The suspect (perhaps accidentally) fired his gun as he ran off.  From wjcl.com:
Surveillance video shows the suspect approach the counter, pull out a hand gun, and start waving it around. Patel then reaches under the counter and pulls out his own gun.
The suspect ran and Patel is seen on video chasing him out of the store. Patel said the suspect’s gun went off as he ran toward the self storage business next door. Patel said he’d do it again if he had to.
This sort of incident has been seen over and over again.   It is fairly common for crimes to be stopped by armed citizens.   What is seen less often is the attitude of the store owner:
 “I’m really proud,” said Shell Food Mart owner Bhinder Singh Dhiman. “Whatever he did I’d like if everybody started doing it that way, the robbery will be stopped, especially for convenience stores.”
Bhinder Singh is exactly correct.   The effect of disarming yourself so as not to present a threat to armed robbers only encourages more armed robbery.   It is why ransoms should not be paid to kidnappers.   It encourages more kidnapping.  On a national scale, Rudyard Kipling captured the essence of it in his poem,  Danegeld:

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray,
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say:

   “We never pay any one Dane-geld,
   No matter how trifling the cost,
  For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
  And the nation that plays it is lost!”
  The robber in this story held up five stores that night, and got money from three of them.

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AZ: Gun Control Loses in Arizona Dem Primary Race





Mary Rose Wilcox is a career politician from Phoenix' South side who runs a Democrat political machine that has been compared to Daley's in Chicago.  She was running in the Democrat primary for a congressional seat in the deep blue safe seventh district of Arizona, one of the few Arizona districts that is safe for Democrat candidates.   She had name recognition, organization, and money on her side.   She decided to differentiate herself from her main opposition, Ruben Gallego, by being more willing to chip away at second amendment rights.

Gallego is rated by the NRA as a B+, hardly much of a distinction in Arizona.   Wilcox seemed to think that pushing for severe restrictions on peoples' ability to keep and carry firearms would work for her.   From Mother Jones:

Wilcox, who was shot in the hip in 1997 by an angry constituent, has kept gun control front and center during the campaign, although not always successfully. She brought up Gallego's vote at a recent debate; in June, her husband, Earl, confronted Gallego at a gun control rally, alleging that he was a "traitor to the cause." Gallego, a former NRA member, has said he brought a handgun to work at the state capitol after receiving threats, but supports a ban on assault rifles and the county buyback program Wilcox helped to start.
Wilcox is not known for subtlety.   Many have attributed the fact that she was shot directly to her corruption.    In any case, her anti-rights attacks on Gallego did not work.   She lost the primary yesterday, 26 August, with 36% of the vote.   Her major opponent, Gallego, won with 48%.   Interesting enough, in this hotly contested election, which essentially decided who will be representing the "safe seventh" district, likely for the rest of their career, only 24,189 people voted.

Being for restrictive gun control did not work for Mary Rose Wilcox.   Being perceived as a modestly pro gun rights candidate worked for Ruben Gallego.

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FL: 89-Year-Old Wins Gunfight with Career Criminal



A decorated WWII veteran, who never fired a shot while overseas, won a battle with a robber half his age on Saturday.   The hand to hand combat lasted until Arthur M. Lewis and the robber were both exhausted.   Lewis had shot the robber six times, four times in the chest, once in the arm and once in the wrist and leg.  Lewis himself was wounded with a graze to his left arm.



Lewis' girlfriend says that people think of him as frail, but he is anything but frail.



The alleged robber, Lennard Patrick Jervis, has been arrested 20 times since 1989.   From palmbeachpost.com:
Lewis was working behind the counter at The Jewelry Exchange at 900 N. Federal Highway when he was approached by a gun-wielding man around 3 p.m., according to an arrest report from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Lewis said he immediately grabbed the suspect’s revolver and pulled out a .38-caliber handgun from his own pocket.

The two men wrestled for several minutes and fired shots at each other. Despite battling someone half his age, Lewis got the best of it. A man identified by the sheriff’s office as Lennard Patrick Jervis, a Miramar resident, was shot six times by Lewis, including four times in the chest. Lewis’ left arm was grazed by a bullet, but he was otherwise unscathed.
Other members of the gun culture would do well to consider Mr. Lewis as an example of grace under fire.   His modesty is common among the WWII veterans that I have known.   I wonder how many crimes Mr. Lewis may have prevented by aiding in the incapacitation and arrest of Lennard Jervis.  

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

NE:73-year-Old Shoots Intruder

The 73-year-old homeowner told KETV NewsWatch 7 everyone was asleep upstairs, when they heard suspicious noises initially thought to be storm related.
The homeowner said he grabbed a gun and started walking downstairs, when he saw someone trying to climb through a front window.

With the alarm system blaring, the homeowner said he yelled at the intruder to stop. But when the intruder didn't stop, the homeowner said he shot the man.

WI: Armed Woman Drives off Intruders

The woman was in her Buffalo City residence near the city ball park about 5 a.m. Friday when two men forceably entered the rear door of the residence, assaulted the woman, and threatened her with a knife, according to the department. The woman fired multiple shots from a handgun at the two men, causing them to flee, the department said.

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TX: Neighbors watching Home Shoot Suspected Burglar

Sgt. Beall says the couple found the burglary suspect locked in a bathroom of their friend's home. They announced that they had guns, and tried to open the bathroom door. When they opened the bathroom door, the suspect allegedly rushed at the homeowners.

"He knocked the female into some of the furniture, both the homeowners discharged their weapons, striking the male. The male was able to get to the backyard, where he collapsed," said Sgt. Beall.

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TX: Armed 78-Year-Old Drives off Intruders

The homeowner reported to a deputy that he had been awaken by an audible alarm inside his house for his shop in the 36000 block of FM 1774 and observed the woman at his shop door. He reportedly ordered her to get on her knees at gunpoint, but she and the man who emerged both fled for their car. The homeowner fired at the tire of the vehicle and deputies were able to stop the suspects from fleeing. The woman was also arrested for an outstanding warrant.

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India: Woman Fights Leopard, Wins



A 54-year-old Indian woman has killed a leopard using only her farming tools after it attacked her on her way home from the fields.
Kamla Devi remains in hospital after a one-hour battle with the predator near her village in Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand on Sunday.

The mother-of-one used a sickle and a small spade to fight off the leopard, after which she had to walk more than half-a-mile before finding help.

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FL:Legaly Blind, Homeowner Shoots Intruder who Cut Power



Melchisedec Williams is 50 years old and legally blind.  He has no sight in his right eye, and only minor vision in his left, because of Glaucoma.  He took in his 15 year old nephew to try to help straighten the boy out after he got into trouble at his mother's house.   The nephew disappeared a week ago.  He was arrested last Sunday on a separate charge, the family reportsFrom theglobaldispatch.com:
Melchisedec Williams was woken up on Sunday night when he heard a crash and stomping. The 50-year-old man grabbed his gun, Tampa police said. The intruder, armed with only a knife, had cut the power to the man’s house and broken in through a bedroom window, police added..
After the lights went out and he heard the window crash, Melchisedec accessed his .38 revolver.  He tried to determine if the intruder was his nephew, but could only see a shadowy figure with a flashlight approaching him.   When he did not receive a response, he fired, hitting the intruder in the leg.   The intruder then responded, and the homeowner stopped shooting.  The intruder was his nephew, who, though hospitalized in critical condition, has survived.

People who have limited vision often compensate with more acute senses such as hearing.   They should not be denied second amendment rights because of their disability. 

Williams knows that he did what he had to do.
 “I have no remorse for what I did,” he said. “It’s sad what happened, but I’m glad it happened. That way it took him off the streets and people can sleep calmer at night.”
No charges have been filed against anyone in the case thus far.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

LA:Baton Rouge Ban on Guns in Places that Serve Alcohol Unconstitutional




The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana has struck down the City of Baton Rouge's ban (pdf) on the possession of firearms or other weapons in places that sell alcohol, and their parking lots.   The lawsuit was filed under Section 1983.   The court granted default judgment to the plaintiff.   A  permanent injunction was ordered against enforcement of the ordinance, which was passed in 2012.   A hearing to determine the amount of damages will be held on October 23, 2014.

The facts are clear and undisputed.  On October 13, 2012, at about 1:35 a.m., Earnest Taylor was pulled over coming out of Romeo's Lounge parking lot.  He was arrested for the possession of two rifles in the back of his car, a HiPoint 9mm carbine, and a Squires Bingham .22.   When he informed the officers that he legally possessed the rifles, he was told that there was a "new law".  Later the police searched the trunk of his vehicle and found a Yugo 59/66 SKS-type rifle which was also confiscated.

Taylor filed suit under 42 U.S.C section 1983.  When the City failed to respond after several months, he filed for default judgment.     While the lawsuit also cited the claimed damages under the 4th, 5th, and 14th amendments, and under the Louisiana Constitution, the Court only considered the second amendment claims.

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Federal Court Finds 10 Day Waiting Period Violates Second Amendment (mostly)



In JEFF SILVESTER v. KAMALA HARRIS, the United States District Court for the eastern District of California found that the 10 day waiting period to receive a firearm after a background check, was a violation of the second amendment for people who already owned a firearm (and could be shown to do so in the California database), who had a valid CCW license in California, or who owned a firearm and had a Certificate of Exemption (COE). 

This is a significant win for restoration of second amendment rights in California.   The court gave the government of California 180 days to implement changes to put this ruling into effect.  From the ruling, formatting changed slightly for readability:
Conclusion 
As applied to individuals who already possess a firearm as confirmed by the AFS system, Defendant has not established that applying the full 10-day waiting period when the background check is completed prior to 10-days is a “reasonable fit.” The 10-day waiting period laws as applied to individuals who already lawfully possess a firearm as confirmed by the AFS system, and who pass the background check prior to 10-days, violates the Second Amendment.38 
See Edenfield, 507 U.S. at 770-71; Peruta, 742 F.3d at 1177; Valley Broadcasting, 107 F.3d at 1334.
Readers should consider the entire ruling to understand the full implications, but it is clear that for people who already possess a firearm, or who have gone through the CCW process in California, the 10 day waiting period is considered as violating the second amendment, if they have passed the background check.

There is much the court did not consider, because it was not a part of this case.   For example, 99+ percent of the people who buy firearms from legal dealers in California (private sales outside of dealers are forbidden) pass the background check.   The most lee way the government can hope for is under "intermediate scrutiny".   From the decision:
 A regulation “may not be sustained if it provides only ineffective or remote support for the government‟s purpose,” rather there must be an indication that the regulation will alleviate the asserted harms to a “material degree.”
Yet, the waiting period only has a positive effect for the government purposes in less than 1% of the people directly affected by the regulation!  I know of no studies that show that waiting periods actually reduce crime, and there are studies that show they may increase it.   It appears to me, that even under the relatively easy standards of intermediate scrutiny, the government would not be able to show that waiting periods were effective and narrowly tailored to their purpose.

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NC: Home Invader Shot, Killed at 2 am


CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. – A man accused of trying to break into a North Carolina home was shot and killed early Saturday morning, according to WRAL-TV.

Investigators said they found 23-year-old Theodore Horton shot to death at a home in the 300 block of Brooklyn Circle in Cumberland County just before 2 a.m.

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PA: Successful Open Carry Defense in Wilkes Barre



A man was walking at 1:20 am, Sunday morning, when he was confronted by two black males, one of which pointed a gun at him.   From timesleader.com:
“What do you got for me?” one man said to the victim.

He told police he grabbed his attacker’s gun with one hand and drew his own firearm. The man does not have a concealed firearms permit, but carries his gun under Pennsylvania’s open carry laws, police said. The robbers fled.
On a dark street, the tactical deterrence offered by open carry may not be as effective, essentially making open carry the equivalent of concealed carry.  The open carrier showed good tactical sense in the encounter, and the two criminals were lucky that they did not get shot.  

This also illustrates the wisdom of those who teach the importance of maintaining your distance when you are holding a person at gun point.   Get too close, and you invite a disarm technique.   In this case the possibility of the "gun" being a replica, BB gun, or toy might have figured into the victim's decision to use the deflect and draw technique.   Wilkes Barre is listed as having a somewhat higher than average crime rate, with 80% of American cities having lower crime rates.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

MA: Man faces Charges for Self Defense With Inherited Gun

The development is about 15 years old


One of the major reasons for those who push for a disarmed population to desire the registration of all firearms is that it makes the ownership of the means to self defense contingent on government approval.  This is the philosophy that "everything that is not permitted is forbidden", rather than the standard English/American philosophy that "everything that is not forbidden is allowed".  It is an enormous difference in perspective. 

In Revere, Massachusetts, a homeowner evicted from a party after getting in a fight.   He returned with his 50 year old step father.   From wcvb.com:

After he was kicked out of the party, he returned to the home with his 50-year-old stepfather and they started striking the residence with rocks and baseball bats, officials said.

The 77-year-old homeowner, Robert Distefano, fired at the two men when they approached him, according to authorities.

The 21-year-old suffered critical injuries but is expected to survive, and the 50-year-old man also suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Distefano is not facing charges related to the shooting but will be arraigned Monday for unlawful possession of a firearm within in his home because he used a deceased relative's handgun, officials said.
Once it is clear that ownership is contingent on government approval, then the restrictions on approval can gradually be increased to reduce the number of firearm owners.   This is already underway in Massachusetts.

It is not clear that Massachusetts requires registration of firearms, but a permit is required to merely possess a firearm.   State law used to require permits to purchase or possess firearms be issued for long guns; a recent change in the law now gives judges the authority to forbid possession of all guns if requested to do so by a police chief.   The law is very recent, and there will be court cases to clarify it, no doubt.

In this case, Mr. Distefano is facing charges because he did not jump through the legal hoops required of him by state law, in order to exercise his rights.  If you have to ask the government for permission to do something, it is no longer a right.  

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Big Bobcat Killed by Top Predator in Florida


A Florida man demonstrated humans occupation of the top predator spot by shooting a big bobcat that had lost its fear of men.   The big cat was killing and eating a chicken a day for a month, and killed the last one just feet from the man  and his children.

Florida Farm Where Bobcat Killed 30 Chickens


From local10.com:
"Saturday evening we were sitting in the hot tub and right there, you see the feather on the ground? The cat came out of nowhere, killed a chicken right in front of us, like 8 feet away. Just splattered blood and feathers right in our face," said Nail. "No fear of man whatsoever."
I had a similar, but more benign situation occur at  my place in Arizona.   A Kit fox wandered near my children and I as we sat in the hot tub just feet away.  I have no chickens there, but I wonder if a hot tub might  be a good "blind" to hunt from...   All you need is a source of power, water, cleaning supplies, mild weather...   In my case, the Kit fox was more fun to watch, and represented no threat.

A bobcat this big could well be a threat to small children, and 30 chickens are worth considering as well.    People gained the top of the food chain through hard work.   It is bad policy to allow other species to consider that they occupy the spot.   Bad for them, bad for the people they interact with.

Ronnie Nail picked an excellent tool for the job he had to do:


It appears to be a Benelli 12 gauge, an excellent choice to stop a marauding bobcat.    While no loads are mentioned, anything from number 2 shot up would be a good choice.

In the comments at the article, one person who has not thought the situation through wishes death for Ronnie Nail.

We all die, men, bobcats, and chickens.    If the homicidal poster thinks it wrong for Ronnie to kill the bobcat, why was it not wrong for the bobcat to kill the chickens, or for the chickens to kill the bugs and ticks that they eat while free ranging on Ronnie's farm?   It is as natural for men to kill bobcats and chickens as it is for chickens to kill ticks.


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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Emily Miller: DC will appeal and write new carry law


"The whole issue of the public carrying of a firearm is very complicated," Mendelson said. "And I believe the executive and the attorney general will continue with the appeal."

Also this week, the city asked the court for six more months to rewrite its gun laws. Right now, the city has until October 22. That's why Mendelson said gun carry will be at the top of the agenda when the city council returns from recess.

"What the court said very clearly was that a complete 100-percent ban on anybody being able to get a license to carry a handgun was unconstitutional. But there's a gray area between 100-percent ban and everybody can carry. And that's what we're working through."

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TX: Good Guy With Gun Stops Attempted Murder outside of School



During the last media push for laws to disarm the population, NRA executive VP Wayne LaPierre said that a good guy with a gun is what is needed to stop a bad guy with a gun.   A recent shooting outside the Harry Stone Montessori school in Dallas is a perfect illustration of his point. 

In this case, an armed citizen was present.   He happened to be an off duty police officer.   The "Gun Free School Zone" law would have worked perfectly to assure the attacker of an unarmed victim if the legally armed citizen had not been there.   From wfaa.com:

Dallas Police Deputy Chief Gil Garza said in a news conference the officer was out of uniform and headed to a family function when he saw an altercation. A woman was stopped at an intersection when another car, driven by the suspect, pulled up alongside her. Words were exchanged between the two, then the suspect fired multiple shots into the victim's vehicle.

The officer witnessed the shooting, got out of his vehicle, and intervened before he shot the suspect.
 Gun free school zone laws have been a complete disaster.   Mass shootings inside schools have increased four-fold since the laws were passed.   This shooting may not have any more connection to a school than the location; however, it does illustrate the insanity of "gun free zones".

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FL: One of Two Car Thieves Shot

An attempted car theft by two men in the parking lot of a Kmart in Northeast Miami-Dade backfired on Thursday when a third man showed up and shot at the pair, police said.

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CT: Membership of Bar Revolts on Gun Law


The Latin means "He who transplants, sustains"


In a controversial move, the leadership of the Connecticut Bar Association lobbied to pass the highly restrictive gun law pushed by Governor Malloy.   The move sparked opposition within the body.   From the courant.com, a paper that also pushed hard for the controversial gun laws:
"Why is our bar association taking a position on a matter that has nothing to do with the practice of law?" Hartford lawyer and former Democratic state Chairman John Droney asked in an email typical of hundreds of others inspired by a debate that has continued now for two months.
The President of the Bar,  Mark Dubois, replied:
Dubois contends the bar serves the public by permitting experts in its specialty sections to debate and take positions on sharp legal questions. If the association races toward an unpopular, minority position, he said membership can use its referendum right as a restraint.

"As one member said to me, what's next?" Dubois said. "Immigration. Obamacare? And I said, 'Yes. All of those and probably more that we haven't even thought about.' All of which have legal implications and all of which may involve a request by one or more of our constituent sections."
 Anyone who has studied the dynamics of such groups realizes that such a position amounts to a blank check to the leadership of what it can get away with.  As the leadership controls a significant amount of the information that the membership receives, this gives it considerable power to influence events outside of the core issues of the group.

It was clear that the membership did not support the lobbying effort.

Dubois pushed for more.   He pushed for an amicus brief to defended the law against an appeal the the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.   The "house of delegates referenced is the governing body of the Connecticut Bar.
 After listening to entreaties by past association presidents and a lawyer who also is a Newtown selectman, the house of delegates voted 34 to 15 to join with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in defense of the law — in spite of signs that a substantial portion of the membership might be opposed. Among the signs: A straw poll showing opposition was running 4-to-1 in one of the association's biggest sub districts, Hartford.

But the gun culture has developed its own media that act as a check on the ability of others to shape the narrative.   This is well documented in Professor Brian Anse Patrick's book "Rise of the Anti-Media".

The membership of the Connecticut Bar Association took up the referendum challenge by Dubois.    Enough signatures were gathered to force a referendum.    The quote below shows how secure Dubois thought his power was:
On Aug. 5, lawyers opposed to joining the Brady defense had collected sufficient petition signatures to force a referendum. Dubois said he cannot recall that happening during his 40 years as a bar member.
The irony is thick.   This response by the person who said that if the membership does not like what we do, they can "use their referendum right", knowing full well that it was nearly impossible to do so.

The referendum vote result was released on Wednesday.   Dubois said that it was very close.  From NSSF, an email report:
The final vote announced Wednesday afternoon was so close that CBA President Mark Dubois wrote members, "I am ruling that the referendum vote will be called as tied. I do not feel that the best interests of the CBA would be served going forward without a clear and empirically defensible result. Accordingly, I have decided not to sign the brief prepared by the Brady Center in support of the Appellee in the matter of Shew v. Malloy."
I wonder what the actual vote was.  Mr. Dubois must have released it to the membership.     Some might wonder if Mr. Dubois would have given this response if the vote were in his favor.

Update:  The vote was reported in the courant.com as 734 in favor of an amicus brief to 729 opposed.   This lends credence to Mr. Dubois' decision, and his character as a leader.  From the courant.com:

Dubois said Wednesday afternoon that the vote may have been even closer, as issues with a new website format may have hampered some members' efforts to vote late Tuesday night.

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CA: Jewelry Store Magnet for Gunplay



A jewelry store in Little Saigon, Orange County California, has become a magnet  for robbers.   In 2012, there was an attempted robbery in which one of the robbers was shot.  In 2013, several shots were fired at a thief who fought with the store owner, and escaped with a $9,000 watch.   Yesterday, 21 August, 2014, another robbery attempt ended in gunfire as a store employee drove off two robbers who had smashed a display case.  From ocregister.com:
Two men wearing ski-type masks and hooded sweatshirts entered the store, used a hammer to break glass on a display case and began removing merchandise, Westminster police Officer Rachel Archambault said. One witness reported that one of the men may have been armed with a gun, she added.

A store employee pulled out a weapon and fired two shots at the robbers, Collins said.
 You would think that the robbers would learn that Tick Tock Watches is not a good choice of targets.   Maybe they do not read the papers; maybe they think they are different and smarter; maybe they just cannot resist that high grade bling.

I would not want someone who had escaped the communist takeover of Vietnam to be shooting at me.

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PA: Man Shoots Car Burglar, Calls Police

The police in Philadelphia have not yet made a determination if the shooting was justifiable or not.   Labeling the criminal as the "victim" may be premature.

“It is unusual,” Chief Inspector Scott Small says. “Normally the shooter flees right after firing the weapon, but in this case, the 56-year-old shooter remained on location, turned the weapon over to police and voluntarily came with us to homicide.”

The shooter was being questioned by police.

Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey says they’ll gather all the info and then the district attorney’s office will have to decide if charges are warranted.

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TX: Resident Shoots one, Captures one; one Escapes

Sgt. Gary Harrison says during that home invasion, the man who lives inside the apartment shot one of the suspects in self-defense. That young man was airlifted to Ben Taub Hospital.

Harrison tells us there were three suspects involved. One other was taken into custody. The third fled the scene once gunfire erupted.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

WA: Armed Husband Stops Armed Robber

When the gunman slammed a gun on the counter and pointed it at the woman, she immediately ducked behind the counter and covered her head, according to police.

When the woman’s husband saw what was happening, he drew his own weapon and pointed it at the gunman.

The gunman then swung his weapon around, pointed it at the clerk's husband, and then fled out the door. No money was taken during the incident.

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GA: 73-Year-Old Woman Shoots Burglar: Serves Police Treats

Suspect Jaime Lewis





When you are an elderly woman, you are likely to have more leeway in how you interact with criminals.  It is partly a matter of being more vulnerable; and partly a matter of the statistics reinforcing the stereotype that women are less aggressive than men.  In Georgia, a 73-Year-Old woman shot an intruder through her bedroom door, after he had broken into the house.  The woman heard the doorbell ring a little before 10 pm, but did not answer.  She saw a truck parked in the middle of an intersection, and called 911.   From ajc.com:


Moments later, however, she heard glass shattering and then the pottery she placed in front of her backdoor breaking so she grabbed her gun.

According to the report, Douglas stayed in the bedroom but she “could see light from a flashlight getting closer from under the door. When she heard the doorknob turn, she fired one shot through the door.

“She then heard a scream on the other side of the door and the subject fled downstairs. Douglas went downstairs and saw the subject in the kitchen looking for the back door. She fired several more shots in the general direction of the subject as he ran outside.”
Georgia has a castle doctrine law that allows for a person to use force, including deadly force:
A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when and to the extent that he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to prevent or terminate such other's unlawful entry into or attack upon a habitation; however, such person is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if:

   (1) The entry is made or attempted in a violent and tumultuous manner and he or she reasonably believes that the entry is attempted or made for the purpose of assaulting or offering personal violence to any person dwelling or being therein and that such force is necessary to prevent the assault or offer of personal violence;

   (2) That force is used against another person who is not a member of the family or household and who unlawfully and forcibly enters or has unlawfully and forcibly entered the residence and the person using such force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry occurred; or

   (3) The person using such force reasonably believes that the entry is made or attempted for the purpose of committing a felony therein and that such force is necessary to prevent the commission of the felony.
 It appears to me that the necessary conditions are met for paragraph (3).

Suspect Jaime Lewis turned up at a medical center with a bullet wound to the chest.   

I also believe that the woman enjoys good relations with the local police department.   She was at the police department parking lot, handing out snacks, when reporters approached, and she left.

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