Friday, November 28, 2014

CA: AG Kamala Harris Requests en banc Review of the Denial of her Request to Intervene in Peruta



On November 26, Kamala Harris, the AG of California, filed a request for an en banc review of the decision on 12 November to deny her request to intervene in the case.  From campaign-archive1.com  (Michel & Associates):
The AG’s latest request to the court comes after the court denied the AG’s and several gun ban advocacy groups’ requests to join the case once they learned Sheriff Gore had decided not to appeal the case any further.  The anti-gun rights groups have also filed a similar request for en banc review of the Ninth Circuit's denial of their requests to intervene in the case.
 This is another move by the AG to fight Peruta at every possible turn.  I have read the Order Denying Motions to Intervene.  Like the rest of the Peruta decisions, the order is clear and logical.  But then, I am not a lawyer. 

It is easy to see why the disarmists are desperate to stop implementation of Peruta.   Once Peruta is implemented, hundreds of thousands of California shall issue permits will be issued.   Once that many voters, (because virtually every permit holder is a reliable voter) have permits, there is no putting the shall issue genie back in the bottle.

California is the last hope for disarmists to achieve a sort of stalemate for the implementation of the second amendment.  If they lose Peruta, California and Hawaii are lost.  Once California and Hawaii are lost, only a tiny remnant of "may issue states remain on the east coast, surrounding New York, where the entire sham of modern "may issue" started with the infamous Sullivan law, a law that was designed to protect organized crime.

In that situation, national reciprocity will become a fact, if it has not already.  It is hard to believe that the citizens of New York will be reconciled to a situation where everyone in the nation who wishes to, will be able to exercise their second amendment rights in New York, *except* for citizens of New York and the other five states in the North East coastal cluster.

I think Peruta will stand.   The logic is clear, the facts are clear, the Constitution is clear.  Much of rural California is already effectively shall issue.

But ideologues on the left seems to hate the idea of armed citizens to its core, even though that hatred is irrational and is an enormous political liability.

  Definition of  disarmist 

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

FL: Marissa Alexander Agrees to Plea Deal


(Reuters) - A north Florida woman facing a retrial on charges of aggravated assault after she said she fired a warning shot at her abusive husband agreed on Monday to plead guilty after her sentence was dramatically reduced.

The case of Marissa Alexander, 34, helped inspire a new state law making a warning shot legal in some circumstances, although it was not known if that influenced the plea deal.

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Charges Dropped Against Seven Texas Open Carriers

Arrest in Austin September, 2013
The State Trooper, center, has a holstered antique revolver in his left hand.

About a year  ago, Open Carry Texas held a demonstration at the Texas State Capitol at Austin.  Several people were arrested.  Charges were slow in coming.  It appeared that they might be charged with the catch-all of "disorderly conduct".  The open carriers repeatedly said that they were doing nothing illegal.

There is breaking news on opencarry.org.  It has been reported that seven people who were arrested over a year ago, in conjunction with open carry, have had all charges against them dropped.  Elections have consequences, and the new activists in the open carry movement have been... active.   Stealthyeliminator at opencarry.org, from Texas, reports:
Very happy to report that, according to CJ of Open Carry Texas (OCT), Texas Law Shield (TLS) was able to get all charges of all those arrested at the Capitol dropped today. This should include several arrests for carrying BP replica revolvers, as well as an arrest for carrying a toy revolver. I'll post more details if they become available.
Both Governor candidates in the recent election endorsed removing the legal restrictions on the open carry of handguns to some degree.  Governor elect Greg Abbott has publicly declared that he will sign a constitutional carry bill if it comes to his desk, or a licensed open carry bill if the legislature gives him that option instead.   He has said that this debate will be worked out in the legislature.

It is worth noting that he did not give, as a viable option, no change in the system.



Bills have been put forward for both constitutional carry, which would not require a permit, and licensed open carry, which would allow people who currently have a permit to carry openly if they choose to do so.   Currently, 44 states have open carry of modern handguns to some degree.  Over 30 of those do not require a license.

The Texas Republican party included a plank in their platform for this year's election calling for constitutional carry.   The platform also included a resolution put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to restore the Texas Constitution's right to bear arms protection to what it was before it was mangled by the reconstruction government after the war between the states, or civil war, if you prefer.

Texas has a reputation among the states, as being very protective of the right to keep and bear arms.  In reality, it is in the middle of the pack.  Guns and Ammo magazine rated Texas as number 15 out of 50 in 2013, with Arizona rated at the number 1 spot.  There is a good chance that the rating will go up in 2015.

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Judge Voids own Decision in Fast and Furious Whistleblower Case



In a bizarre decision in Agent Dobyns' case.  Judge Frances M. Allegra, voided his own decision in favor of Jay Dobyns.

That decision excoriated the ATF, and was appealed by them to the Federal Court of Appeals.   The appeal and a cross-appeal are still in process.  In addion, Judge Allegra sealed all records concerning the case.  From azcentral.com:
U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Francis M. Allegra, who issued a 54-page decision in favor of that ex-agent, Jay Dobyns, in August, voided his decision on Oct. 29, according to a court notice filed Nov. 5.

The notice does not outline why Allegra voided his decision. Furthermore, the judge sealed other court documents, shrouding the matter from public view.
No one associated with the case is commenting on what the decision means, but there is bound to be speculation comparing the case to Chief Justice Roberts decision to change the finding on Obamacare just days before it was released.

Judge Allega had ordered that Eric Holder and other top Department of Justice officials be served with the judgement.

 Matt Bracken has speculated that the Obama administration uses extortion and blackmail to coerce members of the Judicial and Legislative branches of government to obtain the results that he desires.  

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UT: City Officials Forced to Obey the Constitution on guns



Park City, Utah, officials were the latest in a series of local governments that have been forced to respect the Constitution by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF).   SAF has run up an impressive number of legal wins to protect second amendment rights.   It has become the ACLU of the gun culture.  

In the Park City case, the city had adopted local laws in direct violation of the second amendment and Utah state preemption law. 

The city law prohibited all use and possession of firearms; all carrying of concealed weapons; carrying of loaded guns inside a vehicle; showing a gun in an angry or threatening manner (no exceptions for justified use of force); and using a gun in a fight.

A city hall attorney, Tricia Lake, was clear about the illegality of the city's law.  From parkrecord.com:
" Had the City Council not repealed the sections, the restrictions "would amount to unlawfully restricting an individual's rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution . . . " as well as rights outlined in the Utah Constitution, the report said.
The council members were not happy about being required to obey the Constitution.
City Councilor Liza Simpson said it was "simply irritating." Simpson said she would not be the City Councilor who made the motion to approve the repeal.

"Do we have to," Cindy Matsumoto, another member of the City Council, said.
They reluctantly repealed the illegal gun laws on 25 November of 2014.  The council members seem quite willing to create law for others to obey. 

These seem like unusual positions for a rural Utah town of  8,000 people.  Perhaps a reader can comment on the local politics.

Park City received the letter from SAF in July of this year.   It was signed by Alan Gottlieb.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

IN: Homeowner Shoots, Kills, Intruder



According to the police report, Grimes punched the homeowner in the stomach and the two began fighting.

The other homeowner heard the dispute and saw Grimes, who was holding a knife, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a bandana over his face.

The homeowner shot Grimes with a handgun. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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LA: No Charges for Man who shot Suspected Armed Robber



New Orleans police will not ask for charges against the man who shot a suspected armed robber Friday night in the city's Gentilly neighborhood, an NOPD spokesman said Monday (Nov. 24).

The wounded man, identified by police as 22-year-old Samuel Sims, remains hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the chest following the shooting near the intersection of Paris Avenue and Treasure Street.

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FL: Pit Bulls Attack Mother; Daughter Shoots them

St. Petersburg, Florida -- A dog owner could could be charged with an ordinance violation after her two pit bulls reportedly attacked a neighbor and were shot Monday.

(snip)

 As she tried to close the window, she said the dogs jumped at her, biting her hands and wrist. She called out for help and her daughter grabbed a gun and, seeing the dogs attacking her mother, shot them. The dogs ran off back to their yard.

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Bracken: Stonewalled In Obama’s Garden Of Beasts



“Goddammit, Sharyl! The Washington Post is reasonable, the L.A. Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, you’re the only one who’s not reasonable! So, Sharyl Atkisson is the only reporter who knows what she’s doing? Nobody else thinks this is a story. Just you. You’re the only one. Sharyl Atkisson is right and everybody else is wrong? Goddammit!

This is how CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Atkisson described the response to a phone call she made to the White House to ask some questions about the Operation Fast And Furious scandal. On the other end of the line was a deputy White House press officer named Eric Schultz. The screaming tantrum was disturbing enough that she put the call on speaker phone in her office at CBS News, so that Schultz’s blistering tirade could be overheard by ear-witnesses.

Operation Fast and Furious was conceived and ordered by the Obama Justice Department, and executed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Its purpose was to deliver thousands of high-powered assault rifles to Mexican drug cartels. There was no attempt to follow or trace the weapons into Mexico, putting the lie to the cover-story that it was a “botched sting operation.” The Mexican government and Mexican law enforcement were not even informed of the program to smuggle deadly assault rifles into their nation. (Incidentally, that is considered an illegal act of war.)

(snip)

 She made repeated calls over many months to Verizon asking for help with her sabotaged phones and computers with no success. When she enlisted the help of trusted former intelligence officers, they found an extra and unneeded fiber-optic line leading from her house to the side of her garage. On New Years Eve 2012, she called Verizon, but they disavowed any knowledge of the extra fiber-optic line, and advised her to contact law enforcement.

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Another Bear Spray, Gun and Grizzly National Park Incident



I actively look for and monitor defensive uses of firearms.   While some defensive uses of firearms are common, such as driving off intruders from a home, others such as defense against a grizzly bear, are rare.  They tend to stand out when they happen.   I missed this one, even though it did get some coverage in 2013.  The actual defense occurred two years ago in November of 2012.

It is especially interesting because both bear spray and bullets were used.  The only other one that I recall happened this year. The bear was killed by the gunfire, dropping, literally at the shooters' feet.   The shooters showed remarkable restraint, not firing until the bear was only 10 feet from one shooter, eight feet from the other, moving fast.  From foxnews.com:
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Federal prosecutors have decided not to file charges against two young elk hunters after investigators concluded they acted in self-defense when they shot and killed a grizzly bear in Grand Teton National Park last fall, park officials announced Thursday.

The bear charged the two and their father from 42 yards on Thanksgiving Day. First, the father fired bear spray at the animal. The sons opened fire when the bear was 10 feet away.

The two hunters who shot the bear were brothers, 17 and 20 years old, accompanied by their father, who deployed the bear spray.  They were not identified but their Grandfather speaks of what he heard from investigators:
 "They complimented the boys on how well they did because the bear was within eight feet of one of them," Dwayne Trembly told The Associated Press.
The bear was hit with three bullets.  Two were to the head, and the third was to the back.  I suspect that the head shots occurred first, and and the shot to the back happened as the bear dropped and slid toward the hunters.   It seems unlikely that bear spray would have been sufficient to prevent injury in this incident.   I have not seen any description of make, model, or caliber of the firearms used.

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Does Second Amendment apply to the Corps? 11th Circuit to Decide

Army Corps of Engineers Administered Land


In the Ninth Circuit federal court of appeals, District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled that the second amendment does not stop at the boundary of land administered by  the Army Corps of Engineers.   There are millions of acres of wild land and waters involved, as the Corps of Engineers administers enormous projects across America on the waterways.

In the 11th Circuit, Judge Harold Murphy in Georgia has ruled that the second amendment does not apply on land administered by the Corps, because the land is all considered "sensitive", like a courtroom, or prison.  The decision is being appealed.  From northwestgeorgianews.com:
U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy in August ruled against David James and GeorgiaCarry.org, both of whom argue James has the right to carry firearms onto U.S. Army Corps of Engineer-managed land and water at Lake Allatoona, including McKaskey Creek Campground in Cartersville.

James and GeorgiaCarry.org appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, dismissing Murphy’s ruling that the Corps land is “sensitive,” like a school or government building. They want the appeals court to issue a preliminary injunction and allow James to carry firearms onto Corps property.
Many are speculating that the Idaho case settled by Judge Winmill will also be appealed, but it has not yet happened.   Both cases appear to assume that there is a right to bear arms outside of the home.   In the Georgia case, the ruling uses the "sensitive places" wording in the Heller decision as the excuse for a ban on bearing arms in millions of acres of Corps administered land.  It is hard to see that land as being more sensitive than National Park land, on which a ban was removed by law in 2009.

Second amendment supporters have been pushing for a similar bill that would nullify the Army Corps of Engineers regulations.  With wide support in the Senate and House, passage of such a bill would render the lawsuit in Georgia moot.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Revolver Bedroom. Someone had a "Thing" for Them



These pictures of a unique bedroom set came to me via the Internet.  I do not know the location of the set or the source of the revolvers.


Counting the revolvers that make up the bed frame, the vanity, the lamps, table, chair, chandelier, and window decoration, and assuming that there is symmetry on the sides of the objects that are not visible, I believe there are at least 100 revolvers used in the construction of the set.


The revolvers are an eclectic mix of Smith & Wesson (or clones) and Colt (or clones) revolvers.  They appear to mostly intact.  It seems likely that a few dozen working revolvers could be assembled from the frames and parts.   While there are many places that have dozens of revolvers, there may be only one revolver bedroom! 

The actions do not appear to be welded shut.  A good friend who is a small arms expert, and I, examined the pictures as best we could.  He believes that the revolvers are pre-WWII.   It is certainly possible.   All of them appear to be side swing revolvers.   I do not see any top breaks, and that makes sense for this sort of construction. 

A related question is: what was the source of these revolvers?  Our best theory is that they were confiscated guns that were required to be "disposed of".   A large police department in a city such as New York, Chicago, or Detroit, can confiscate thousands of firearms a year.    Perhaps these were confiscated during Prohibition.

The set is a unique piece of firearms art that celebrates, rather than vilifies, gun maker skills.

Any additional information about the provenance and location of this set would be appreciated.

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MO: Employee Shoots at Rampaging Car, Driver

People outside said a car driven by a black woman with three other people in it sped through the parking lot several times and almost hit bystanders, Stroer said. When the car returned, an employee confronted the driver and fired multiple shots at the car as it drove toward the employee and other people in the parking lot, Stroer said. Witnesses said the driver sped off.

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AL: Woman Uses Shotgun to Shoot Domestic Stalker

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- A Tuscaloosa woman opened fire Saturday night on a man previously accused of stalking her after he allegedly came to her house and threatened to kill her.

(snip)

The woman, 41, grabbed a shotgun, and when Johnson allegedly pulled up in the driveway and threatened her outside her own home, she fired two shells at him, grazing him with at least one pellet in his neck.

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OH: Resident is Wounded, but Shoots and Kills one of Three Intruders



WARREN — A resident of Starlite Drive Northwest shot and killed an 18-year-old Southington man who police believe was part of a group of three people committing an aggravated burglary at the Starlite residence.

(snip)

The Startlite resident, Benjamin Talanca, 29, suffered a "severe laceration" head injury in the confrontation, police said and went to St. Joseph Health Center for treatment of his injuries, which are non-life-threatening.


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MS: Bussiness Owner Shoots Armed Robber


"He went to the back and tried to break in the window. He was coming and he got a pistol on him and after that, when I saw him, I started shooting. I shot him three times," says Nancer.

Around the time, Nancer says he shot the man, a man can be seen running to a car parked in front of the store.

He struggles to get in and too weak to shut the door.

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MO: Armed Citizen Holds would be Robber for Police

I have a little difficulty understanding what happened.  Did the criminal have a gun?  Both men?  

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The victim of an attempted strong armed robbery detained a suspect who was attempting to rob him until police arrived at the scene in Hazelwood.

AL: Robbery Suspect Shot by Armed Citizen

Birmingham, Ala._A robbery suspect is at UAB Hospital after being shot by the person he's accused of trying to steal from.

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Why I carried an AR-15 through Sky Harbor (Phoenix Airport)

Excellent article by Dr. Steinmetz.

Since I peacefully, legally and openly carried an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle through the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport last July, many people have wondered, both privately and publicly, why I would do such a thing. Indeed, many have speculated on my motives in most unkind terms.

Having recently emerged from the threat of prosecution on two felony "dangerous nature" criminal charges, I can now freely address the important reasons for this protest. In brief, I must protest a now nearly institutionalized attempt to intimidate us into surrendering our civil rights to other people's irrational fears.

We all have fears, but what do I mean by irrational fears?

Some fears are, of course, quite rational; for example, being fearful of burning your finger after touching a hot burner as a child.

But the responses to other fears are simply not based on a reasonable assessment of reality. They are are irrational.

Extreme examples can be psychotic or delusional beliefs, such as being afraid to get out of bed at night because of a fixed false belief that a ghost will emerge from the closet to harm you.

Other fears are irrational because the assessment of the likelihood of the event is completely out of proportion to reality. An example would be an unwillingness to leave the house because a meteor might strike and kill you. While a meteor could suddenly come out of the sky and kill you, it only happens 1 time in every 74.8 million years of life.

Unfortunately, our airports are now prime sites where people's irrational responses to their fears are used as an excuse to bully, intimidate or force us into giving up our liberties. Here are three such fears:

One argument given for why it is just terrible to carry an AR-15 to the airport is that these are such dangerous and awful weapons that no civilian needs them, let alone to carry them at the airport.

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Blowback Against Washington State’s Anti-gun Initiative Just Beginning



Despite opposition from individual gun owners, Washington State sheriffs, the state’s Republican Party, and the National Rifle Association, Initiative 594 passed easily on Tuesday, November 4, by 59 percent to 41 percent, with Bloomberg's money promoting myths about it.

This makes Washington the seventh state (along with the District of Columbia) to require universal background checks not only on all sales of firearms but on “transfers” as well, even between friends. Washington is the first state to pass such restrictions through a citizen-driven initiative.

Largely unknown to voters, the complex 18-page initiative also greatly expands the state’s handgun registration program, with every sale or transfer of a handgun resulting in every party having his or her name entered into the state’s Department of Licensing database.


One of the many myths circulated widely about the initiative was that it would keep criminals from obtaining firearms on the open market such as at gun shows. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, however, in a report issued in May, 2013, 77 percent of state prison inmates who are in jail for gun crimes acquired their weapons through “street” sources which included “theft or burglary,” drug dealers, and fences operating in the black or underground market. That i594 would have no effect in such acquisitions seemed to be lost on Washington State’s voters.

Initiative 594 regulates all sales and transfers of firearms in the state. As the NRA noted in one of its broadsheets:

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Silly WWII Analogy...but Fun!


On freerepublic, people were discussing the recent legal victory, where a federal judge ruled that people who already had guns had no reason to wait through a 10 day California waiting period.  The law was first passed in 1923.  He ruled that the law infringed on second amendment rights.  The KG9 Kid wrote, from freerepublic.com:
I'm sorry, but I read of these little 'victories' by the CalGuns Foundation in their thoroughly anti-gun state and cannot help but compare them to some WWII Japanese radio broadcast that exclaims that the Imperial Japanese Navy now has now deployed the first rocket-powered flying suicide bomb with which they shall lay waste to the American fleet off of Okinawa.
I thought about it a bit, and it seemed his analogy was all wrong.
The analogy might hold “water” if the kamakazi rocket planes had holed half of the carriers in the U.S fleet, and they were taking on water while the crews fought the fires.

If Peruta stands, and odds are that it will, second amendment supporters win.

How do you stop concealed carry reciprocity across the nation when you have as your redoubt six little east coast states, and the entire rest of the country has shall issue or constitutional carry?

I submit that the truth would be closer if the roles in the analogy were reversed. It is the Californian politicos that are fighting a desperate rearguard action. Heller was their Midway, and McDonald, MacArthur’s return to the Philippines. Concealed carry has been the Island hopping. Illinois was Okinawa. Peruta is a potential Hiroshima.

Second amendment supporters just successfully “firebombed” Tokyo (DC) with the Palmer decision.

I would not want to trade sides with the opposition.  Second amendment supporters have the facts, logic, the culture, and the Constitution on their side.  It is like the overwhelming advantage that the tremendous American production gave U.S. troops in the Pacific theater.    In addition, second amendment fighters, those that pay attention and care, out number disarmists by somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 to one.   Bloomberg is Benito Mussolini, Schumer is Emperor Hirohito,  I will let you assign your own roll for the current president.

It is a silly World War II analogy.   The timing does not fit.   Second Amendment supporters have been fighting the war for 50 years, 80, if you include the 1934 NFA.   But it is fun to think of it that way.   We are winning.

Definition of disarmist

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Stupid kid gets himself shot and killed





 "Tamir, who was formally identified by officials on Sunday afternoon, was spotted 'waving around' the airsoft gun at a playground next to the Ohio recreation center at 3.30pm last Saturday.  A concerned man, who was sitting nearby, called 911 and told the dispatcher: 'I’m sitting in the park…there’s a guy here with a pistol, and it’s probably a fake one, but he’s pointing it at everybody.

Minutes later, two Cleveland Police officers - a rookie and a 10-15 year veteran - arrived at the scene. The rookie then asked the boy to put his hands up, at which point the youngster reached into his waistband and pulled out the pistol.

Despite the 911 caller's prior warning that the gun was likely fake, the officer then fired two shots at Tamir, at least one of which hit him in the stomach, according to Cleveland.com.  Police later told Fox 8 the weapon Tamir was carrying was 'an airsoft type replica gun resembling a semi-automatic pistol.' They added that the gun's orange safety indicator had been removed."

Source:

Cops would often end up dead if they took the risk of assuming that a gun being drawn on them was fake


Little Lady Reloader, Age Five



A reader sent this picture of his daughter assisting him in reloading cartridges.   On a single stage press, such as the RCBS pictured, there  is plenty to do.   A young child can easily and safely deprime cases, such as this young girl is doing.   She deprimed 500 of them for her father, and was very pleased with herself.   It reminds me of pleasant times when my daughter was about five.  She loved to help me reload ammunition.

My own first experiences with reloading were when I was much older, perhaps eight, or nine.  My father reloaded hunting ammunition for his model 99 .300 Savage.  He was deadly with that rifle in the woods.  I helped, or at least watched and handed over bullets.  He used a Lyman 310 tool and an Ideal reloading manual.   The 310 tool works just fine if you use the same rifle and do not have to full length resize the cases.

We only loaded a couple of boxes at a time.   The rifle was not shot that much, mostly sighting in from a bench on our property a quarter mile away, across the Namekagon river, where there was a good backstop, and while hunting.   More shots were fired in sighting in and in small amounts of practice, than were fired while hunting, even if my father routinely shot one or two deer a year.   I shot my first deer with that rifle, at age 13.

Reloading cartridges, and shooting a few of them, is an experience a child will remember forever.   It imprints the brain with the possibilities of being productive and of having some control over the material world.  I recall the experience as being empowering.    It is a great building block for responsibility.   To be trusted with real involvement in a powerful activity that requires responsibility, shows a child that they are loved, trusted, and respected.

As fired cartridges contain small amounts of lead compounds, it is good safety practice to wash hands after a reloading session.

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OH: Armed Citizen Found not Guilty. Were Charges Political?




This appears to be another politically motivated trial.  The armed citizen was originally found to have been acting in self defense by the police who investigated the situation.  He was confronted by two men, one with a knife, aged 25 and 26.  There was another witness in their car.  The shooter was 43 and had a valid concealed carry permit.   The family of the attacker who was shot protested, and a prosecutor convinced a grand jury to indict the shooter, two months after the event.  From wlwt.com:

CINCINNATI —A man accused of shooting another driver in a road rage incident last year has been found not guilty on all charges.

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 The judge said that Furr acted in self defense because Grissom was carrying a knife.
I have not found much detail about this case.  The news reports from Cincinnati are only giving the attacker's side of the story, referring to him as the "victim".  Clearly, the judge and the police did not agree.  It is not unusual for the real victim in these cases to be effectively gagged by the fact that they are facing charges, and their attorney has told them not to talk about the case.

I suspect that the situation was very clear cut, but as we have seen with Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin, an attempt to learn the facts is handicapped by the way the system works.   "Victims" can make incendiary charges, without any worry about repercussions.  The accused can have anything he says used against him, so they must be very cautious.

What is clear is that we do not have a detailed account of what happened when the "victim" was shot.  The accusation simply seems to be "He was shot, therefore he is the victim."   It is not clear if a jury was involved or not.  It is a little unusual for a judge to make a statement such as the one above, so it may have been a trial without a jury.   A person who is accused can waive their right to a jury trial, and many do, when they believe the facts are overwhelmingly in their favor.

It would be nice to read the police reports written immediately after the event.  They likely include statements from all of those involved.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

OH: Armed Citizen not Charged in Shooting:

Columbus police say no charges have been filed in a Friday night shooting on the North Side that left a 49-year-old man dead. The shooter said he fired in self-defense.

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 Columbus homicide detectives said that Paul V. Dixon II, 38, admitted to shooting Patterson but said it was in self-defense. Police said Dixon cooperated with authorities.

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CA: 74-year-old Neighbor Stops Stalker who Attacked him



A 74-year-old man trying to help his female neighbor shot another man in self-defense Friday when he came upon the woman’s apparent stalker.

(snip)

He was confronted by Miller, who told Green he had a knife and kicked him in the chest.

Green then fired one shot into Miller’s foot with his licensed weapon. A knife was never located by deputies.

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KY: Armed Woman Stops Theft of her Gun







Many people have made the observation that it is the weapon that you have with you that matters.   A .22 that you have beats a .45 that you left at home.   It is one of the reasons the tiny pocket .380s like the KelTec P3AT, the Taurus 738 and the Ruger LCP are so popular.

I do not know what make and model the woman in Kentucky was carrying when she returned home.  What matters is that she had it when she confronted the two suspects who were looting her residence.   One of them had a pistol; one of her pistols.   Fortunately, he did not resist.  From wave3.com:
According to an arrest report, when the homeowner returned to her home around 5:20 p.m. Nov. 19, she found Derrick D. Mosley, 22, and a juvenile inside. The two had several items belonging to her, including a pistol, in their possession.

Police said the homeowner pulled the handgun that she was wearing and held Mosley and the juvenile until officers arrived.
Would things have turned out differently if she did not have her personal defensive firearm with her?  Very likely.   At the minimum, it is unlikely that the two criminals would have patiently waited for police to arrive.  At worst, she could have been beaten, raped, or killed.   That is all speculation, but you do not have to look far to find examples where it happened.

Instead, we have the happy result of two more criminals having their career interrupted for some period of time.

Women are the fastest growing segment of the gun culture.   It has been reported that minority women benefit the most from the legal carry of guns.

Stephanie Carter notes that in Texas, the fastest growing demographic of concealed handgun permit holders is black women.  The ability to be legally armed brings about a profound change of attitude.    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.... - Niccoló Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537.
While Machiavelli wrote that quote before personal firearms had advanced to the point where Col. Colt had "made men and women equal", the meaning is clear, and just as valid today as it was in 1537.


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NM: Mountain Lion Defense by 12-year-old not widely reported






A mountain lion defense shooting has not been covered in the old media, at least not extensively.  I have not found any other stories about the event other than that published in the 14 November, 2014 issue of the Lone Star Outdoor News.  The Lone Star Outdoor News claims to be the "largest hunting and fishing newspaper in Texas".

The picture is said to have been taken by Alyssa's father, Joshua.  No date is given for the picture, but it appears to be reasonably modern, as attested by the contemporary stainless rifle barrel, camouflage composite stock, and what appears to be a nylon sling.  The camouflage pattern of Alyssa's hunting gear seems quite modern.   Alyssa is said to be a resident of Midland, Texas.   From the article:

Alyssa said she had no idea the mountain lion was there until she was looking him in the face. 

"I saw him first," Alyssa said.  "I didn't hear him or see him until he was really close.  I didn't know exactly what it was but I knew it wasn't a bobcat.  I raised my gun when he crouched down."

Alyssa shot the cat at only 5 yards.  She said that it was clear that the big cat was stalking her. 

While the place of the incident is not precisely mentioned in the article, it appears to have happened in New Mexico, near to the Colorado border.  Alyssa continued on the hunt and two days later harvested a trophy bull elk.

Update: I contacted the author of the article in the Lone Star Outdoor News, Conor Harrison.  He confirmed that the event occurred in October of this year, 2014.

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TX: Attempted Home Invasion; no Media Coverage



One of the difficult things to quantify about defensive gun uses, is how often they occur without a shot being fired.  The survey information indicates that it happens somewhere between a few hundred thousand to a few million times per year in the United States.  With the Internet, we are becoming more aware of these events.   Sometimes, they are reported in local media. 

It in the vast majority of cases, there is no report to police; if there is a police report, there is no media coverage; if there is media coverage, it is strictly local.   I recall numerous students and friends telling me of incidents where they used a gun defensively without ever firing a shot.  None of these incidents had any media coverage. 

The Internet has expanded the transmission of information by many orders of magnitude, so we now find out about a fraction of cases that are mostly never heard of.   I read about the following case on opencarry.org.  I have not been able to find any media coverage.  Leicajh reports from opencarry.org:
I live out in the county. , Around 1/2 mile from me a bad guy tried a home invasion on Daniels Road. This happened just 30 minutes ago. Bad guy tried to bang the door down while the good guys wife called the sheriff. Bad guy picked the wrong door. Good guy held the bad guy at gun point, ( God Bless Texas ) until the Deputies could transport him to the jail.. Turns out, the Bad guy was on a major parol violation from the State of Texas Prison System, and was to considered armed and extremely dangerous. A very good ending of what might have been very bad. Look up the Otero family murders in Wichita Kansas. I was a Deputy Sheriff there. At dark, as Susan, my daughter can attest, I never answer my door unarmed. Sorry Susan about you former boy friend. H

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The location was listed as near Wichita Falls, Texas.  

The problem, of course, is that people develop a false sense of reality.   I have talked to many people who claim that self defense with a gun "never happens" because "I have never read about a singe case where it happened".   This is how ideological editorial decisions (on the few cases that reach an editor's desk) misshape peoples' understanding of the world.   Add to this the natural tendency to pay attention to blood and violence, while ignoring less dramatic defenses where no one is shot, and false impressions of the utility of firearms are created and furthered.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

FL: Opinion Swinging Toward Campus Carry? (poll)




After the recent shooting on campus in Florida, Florida Carry quickly made the case that the campus was a "gun free" or "defenseless victim" zone, and that removing the prohibition on legal guns would make campus safer.  From new4jax.com:
Friday said several lawsuits are pending against Florida universities that refuse to allow students the right to carry weapons in class. In states like Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Oregon and Kansas, Friday said, school shooting statistics are remarkably lower than the rest of the nation.

"Every state that allows law-abiding students to carry guns on campus, every one of those schools has not had a mass shooting since they enacted that rule," Friday said.
The case for campus carry is seldom allowed full presentation in the old media, but a fair presentation of the argument was given in the news4jax.com article.  The article also includes a poll offering several options.   Online polls are not scientific, but they do measure "intensity" fairly well.   They measure the ratio of people for and against, who are willing to take the time to fill out an online poll.

In the Florida campus carry poll, the results are outside of the norm.  Most second amendment related polls show pro-rights support of from 3-10 to 1 in favor of more freedom.    This online poll shows an astonishing 12 to 1 support for more freedom on campus!

Link to online poll, left side of page

Poll question:

Would allowing guns on college campuses make students safer?

 I think more people carrying guns on campus would minimize shootings  48%  (1305 votes)


Yes, but only people with concealed carry permits should have them at college. - 43% (1182 votes)

 Guns should be allowed on campus, but only locked in vehicles. (Current law). - 1% (40 votes)

 Only law enforcement personnel should be allowed to carry guns on campus. - 8% (213 votes)

Note that the status quo, that is, the current law, is the least popular, with only 1 percent of the votes.

Coming right after a campus shooting, this is a very interesting result.

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Update: As of 18:00 MST, 24 November, 2014, the ratio is now nearly 15-1 in favor of more freedom on campus.  This is the highest ratio that I have observed in a second amendment related poll. 

SC: Homeowner fires Gun at Invader

ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) - Anderson County K-9s were assisting in the search for a person after a reported attempted breaking and entering.

Deputies said a homeowner on the 1500 block of Big Creek Road fired a gun to scare off the person trying to break in on Thursday afternoon.

At 2:30 p.m., K-9s were attempting to locate the person, who is described as between 25 and 35 years old, 5'9", 150 pounds and wearing a camouflage jacket.

The victim's son, who wishes to remain anonymous, told FOX Carolina his dad's home had been robbed earlier in the week.

NC: Robber puts Gun Down, Clerk picks Gun up, Fires

SALISBURY, N.C. —
Police are looking for a thief who ran from an Internet café after being shot at by a teller in downtown Salisbury Thursday night.

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Police said the suspect placed the gun on the counter while attempting to stuff the cash in his clothing.

The teller picked up the gun, pointed it at the robber and fired a shot at him but missed

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LA: Man Shoots Robbery Suspect

A man who was robbed of his iPhone shot the would-be robber in the chest Friday night in the city's Gentilly neighborhood, New Orleans police said.

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FL: Gun Mufflers now Legal for Hunting Game



The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted yesterday to remove an antiquated regulation that prevented hunters from protecting their hearing.   The regulation banned the use of gun mufflers for the taking of game.  From the nraila:
Following the suppressor vote, the Commission also voted to authorize an Executive Order to lift the ban immediately and allow hunting with suppressors to begin at once. 

Following that vote, Executive Order # EO 14-32 was signed. Using suppressor-equipped rifles, pistols and shotguns is now legal for all hunting in Florida.

Map from American Suppressor Association.

Using gun mufflers, sometimes referred to as suppressors or "silencers", has never been illegal in Florida.   For some poorly documented reason, language was inserted into the Florida fish and game regulations in 1957, to make hunting with gun mufflers illegal.  Today, 21 November, 2014, that language was removed.  Now 33 states allow gun mufflers for all legal hunting.  One state, Montana, only allows gun mufflers for hunting varmints.  There are 11 states that do not allow ordinary citizens to own gun mufflers, and five that do not allow them for hunting.

In Europe, gun mufflers are far less controlled than in the United States.  In most countries, their use is considered to be good manners.

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Federal Judge Rules Against California’s Bid to Delay End of Gun Waiting Periods for Some


In a new order released today, Federal District Court Judge Anthony W. Ishii rejected two requests made by California Attorney General Kamala Harris in a dispute, captioned Silvester, et al. v. Harris, filed in Fresno nearly three years ago.

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 “A bench trial has concluded, and a law that is actively being enforced has been found to be unconstitutional. The Court does not know how Defendant or the BOF prioritizes projects, but dealing with an unconstitutional law should be towards the top of the list.”

Friday, November 21, 2014

NH: Dog Fights off Coyote that Attacks Mistress


 Mac, Coyote Fighter

The first coyote was recorded in New Hampshire in 1972.  By 1980, they were found across the state.  Eastern coyotes have wolf genes, and are larger than the western variety, reaching as much as 60 lbs.



The first coyote attack on a human in New Hampshire occurred in 2012.  Ironically, the boy's dog ran off, leaving him to fight the coyote.  From inquisiter.com:
The boy’s dog ran away when the coyote approached which left the boy to fend off the coyote’s attack on his own. After repeatedly punching the coyote in the nose, the coyote eventually ran off leaving the boy scratched and potentially bitten. As a precautionary measure, the teen is undergoing a course of rabies shots intended to thwart the deadly viral infection.
The second coyote attack occurred just a couple of days ago, near Greenland, NH.  In this case the woman's dog was an able defender, and gunshots failed to drive off the animal.  From wmur.com:
The woman involved in the Monday morning attack didn't want to be identified. Her 4-year-old dog, Mac, has too many wounds to count and is wearing a pain patch on his hind leg but was credited with fighting off the coyote.
The woman and her dog were attacked while they were walking in a field on her property. Her husband heard her screams and drove his truck to separate them from the wild animal.
"He fired off a couple of shots," said Police Chief Tara Laurent. "Not at the coyote, because it was near his wife, but he shot off a couple of rounds thinking it would scare the animal off, which is usually the case. And it didn't seem to faze the coyote in this particular case.
The attack occurred in a rural area of fields and forest.  No mention is made of the make, model, or caliber of the firearm used.

The man and wife are undergoing rabies shots as a precautionary measure.  Their dog, Mac the Coyote Fighter, is recovering.

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UT: CCW Holder ruled Justified in Domestic Shooting


Officials say a Hyrum man who was shot and killed in his home last month was shot in self defense.


Robert Van Hemert, 37, was shot and killed by his brother-in-law, 40-year-old Aaron Smith of Utah County, on Oct. 14 after an argument between them.

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NM: No Charges against Peason in Albuqurque Shooting

Investigators say 23-year old Jonathan Mitchell was running through the Ventana Ranch neighborhood with a loaded weapon when he shot at his neighbor Donnie Pearson.

Pearson shot back, killing Mitchell.

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Followup:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The attorney general's office says no charges will be filed in the March 2013 fatal shooting of an Iraq War veteran.
Investigators say Jonathan Mitchell, 23, was shot and killed near his northwest Albuquerque home by a neighbor named Donnie Pearson.

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OH:Store Owner Loses Gunfight

Distance is your friend in a gunfight.  The good guys do not always win.

“I see the guy reach in his pockets. I say ‘Abdullah, he is getting his gun.’ Abdullah pulls his gun at the same time as that guy, he shoots, Abdullah gets a shot off,” Hamayel said.

She said Mahdi suffered a head wound in the exchange, while McDonald was hit in the stomach. She said McDonald continued shooting as she hit the floor.

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Ironically, Sana said Mahdi, who died from his wounds a few hours after the shooting, would have given McDonald anything he wanted if he had asked.

“He is the most pure man you can ever be around. He can’t stop helping people. And it hurts him not to be able to do anything for anyone,” Hamayel said.

At last check, McDonald was being treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
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WA:Armed Homeowner, Deputies Subdue Hostile, Destructive, Drugged up Drunk

The victim was asleep in his home shortly after 2:45 a.m. when he heard loud banging and glass breaking at the front of his house. He grabbed his gun and looked outside but didn't see anyone.
 
According to the charging documents, the victim went to the backdoor when he heard another window breaking and saw 18-year-old Jimmy Harding attempting to kick in the door to the detached building the victim uses as his shop.
 
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The victim was backing toward deputies and unloading his gun when Harding reportedly stood up suddenly and charged at him. One of the deputies punched Harding in the face, and he fell onto the victim's porch.
 
According to the charging documents, deputies punched Harding multiple times in the ribs and used a Taser on him before they were able to get him into handcuffs and seated in the back of a patrol car.
 

MS:Victim had Protection, Detective says

"The victim, luckily he had protection. He had his firearm," Det. Thompson says. "Once they realized he was about to reach for his gun, they fled the scene. "
Detectives are talking to the victim now to learn more about what happened. Police say he is being cooperative, and they hope to track down his two attackers as soon as possible.

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Gura asks Judge Scullin to hold D.C. in Contempt in Palmer Carry Case



In the ongoing legal battle by Alan Gura to force the District of Columbia City Council to respect the second amendment of the Constitution, a request that the City government be held in contempt was file on Tuesday, the 18th of November, 2014.  It seems to come as a response to the city claiming that the Court lacked jurisdiction, because no request for a finding of contempt was fired.

Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr gave the DC government until the 4th of December, and Gura's reply by the 11th of December.  From us.archive.org:
TEXT SCHEDULING ORDER: regarding the # 83 Motion for Order to Show Cause. Response to Motion due by 12/4/2014. Reply to Response to Motion due by 12/11/2014. IT IS SO ORDERED by Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr. on 11/20/2014. (Scullin, Frederick) (Entered: 11/20/2014)
 #83 is the  proposed order asked for by Alan Gura:
This matter came before the Court on Plaintiffs’ motion to hold Defendants in contempt.  Defendants are hereby ORDERED TO SHOW CAUSE, by ____________, 2014, why they should not be held in contempt for violating this Court’s injunction entered July 26, 2014.
Both parties are therefore to present arguments about whether Judge Scullin should issue an order asking the DC city government why they should not be held in contempt.

Actual lawyers, feel free to enlighten us as to what this likely means.

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Dave Workman: Gunfights and gun legislation: The unintended consequences

Two violent robbery attempts in Pierce County yesterday may reinforce the notion that the way to fight crime is to shoot back, as police are investigating whether a body dumped in Federal Way may have been one of the suspects in a Lakewood home invasion, and other cops are hunting for suspects in a separate incident who may have been shot up pretty badly by a friend of the victim.

According to an account by KOMO, police apparently suspect that a body dumped outside of a Federal Way apartment complex may be one of three would-be home invaders who traded shots with their intended victim earlier in the evening in Lakewood. This happened a few hours after another caper, in the Midland area south of Tacoma also ended in a rolling gun battle as the suspects sped away from that crime scene, with friends of the victim in hot pursuit.

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FL:Resident Shoots, Misses, Intruder

A Laurel Hill man shot at an intruder late Wednesday morning, but apparently missed.

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 Deputies later found the bullet in a kitchen microwave, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office. They found no blood or other evidence that the intruder had been struck.

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OH: Victim "accidentaly fires" Attacker Runs Off

The victim said the suspect pushed him into a door. The victim said as he turned to face the suspect, the victim began pulling his gun out of his jacket in self-defense and then slipped on ice and the victim accidentally discharged the pistol into the ground. The suspect ran away.

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The New Gun Suspect: Every School Child

Five-year-old Elizabeth of Mobile, Alabama learned two new words last month in kindergarten: suicide and homicide. After drawing what resembled a gun, she pointed her crayon at another child and went "pew, pew." Horrified by the outburst of violence, the school required Elizabeth to fill out a "suicide/homicide assessment scoresheet" complete with questions on how often she thought about killing herself. An agreement not to commit suicide or homicide ensued, and psychiatric treatment was recommended. The incident went on her permanent record.

From 'healthy' eating to gun control and the principles of 'social justice,' political agendas dominate the public school systems in Canada and the U.S. The schools are attitude-factories that knead children into the shape of politically-correct citizens.

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WA: Pistol Whipped, Tied, Husband Escapes, Gets Gun, Fights Back



If you cannot effectively fight back immediately, escaping and fighting back may be the next best thing.  The best chance to fight back and prevail is usually before you are put under restraint.   That does not mean that you have no chance after that point.   Your assailants may be sloppy or overconfident.  You many be able to seize an opportunity.  Getting away should be more important than revenge.   If you manage to escape, try not to give yourself up to allies of your assailants, as happened recently in Syria.

Washington State had two home invasions recently.  The first, in Tacoma, involved medical marijuana.   The second was in Lakewood, and fighting back after escape, was necessary.  From q13fox.com:
At some point during the robbery, the suspects stepped outside and the husband was able to free himself and untie his wife, police said. They shut the door and locked the suspects out before running into a back bedroom.

However, the suspects forced themselves back into the house, police said, and ran to the bedroom. 

The husband, who had since armed himself with a handgun he kept in his room, fired two shots as the suspects barged through the door. Police said evidence from the scene suggests one of the suspects was hit by gunfire, and the suspects fled.

Scene of Lakewood home invasion

One of the three suspects had fired at the husband, 62 year old Harry Lodhollm.   Mr. Lodhollm required about a dozen stitches for his head wound from the pistol whipping.  The body of a 20 year old black man was found a short time later, 20 miles  away.  Police determined that a fake 911 call was made to alert them to the location where the dead invader was dropped.

It is a good that Harry did not have to unlock a safe or undo a trigger lock before he could fire his weapon.  Decisive action was necessary.  A firearm equalized multiple assailants, multiple weapons, and age differentials.  Too bad Harry did not have it with him when he answered the door.

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Update: Harry Lodhollm is said to have fired five shots, according to the AP.  The suspect who was found dead has been identified as 19-year-old Taijon Voorhees.  Duprea Romon Wilson, also 19, was arrested in conjunction with the home invasion.  Another suspect is still being sought.   The two men above fall into the category of teenagers, but it does not make them less dangerous.   A third suspect is still at large.  

IN: Resident Shoots One of Two Invaders

Around 12:30 a.m., police say two men broke into a home near East 35th Street and North Shadeland Avenue. A man inside the home told police he heard the men kick in the front door. The man said he grabbed a gun and shot one of the suspects. The other suspect, he told police, ran out of the home.

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SC: No Charges in Shooting

A man who was taken into custody after a deadly shooting in North Myrtle Beach Tuesday has been released from jail without being charged in connection with the case.

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Il: Bakery Shootout: no Restraints



I teach students to make a decision about being put under restraint before they get into a deadly force situation.   By restraint, I mean that the aggressor/attacker is attempting something, or commanding you to do something, that significantly reduces your options for resistance.  One of the simplest of these is for someone to aim a gun at you from a vehicle, and order you to get into the car.  It is almost always better to run for cover at that point.  Criminals do not want to move you somewhere for your benefit.

Other examples are: they are going to tie you up, move you to another location, put a hood over your head.   It could be as simple as commanding you to lie face down on the floor or go into a cooler at a retail outlet.

It is worth repeating: criminals do not want to put you under restraint for your own good.   It often ends badly for the person put under restraint.  I  recall reading a source that claimed that once you were under restraint, the chances of your survival dropped below 50%.  Academic studies and common sense indicate that resistance with a weapon are far more likely to be successful.

Make the decision now.  At what point will you resist?  I have made my decision.  If the criminal tries to put me under restraint, I will fight.  Pick your moment for optimum resistance.  The recent case in Atlanta is a good example.  Another is this case in Illinois, just south of Chicago.   From nbcchicago.com:
He said a pair of men came into the shop at about 3:30 p.m., took a couple of hundred dollars out of the safe, and then tried to force him and another employee to the back of the bakery. That's when the shop owner fired the weapon, striking one of the robbers.

"They had the money already, why would they ask us to go to the back," the owner said. "It just didn't feel right, everything happened so fast."
The baker acted quickly and decisively.  He shot one  robber seven times.  We do not know if the other robber was hit, because he escaped.  Let this be a lesson for disarmists in New York, such as Governor Cuomo, who claim that no one would ever need more than seven shots to defend themselves.

Another important point is the benefit to society that accrued from the Baker's resistance.  A criminal was put out of action for a considerable period.   It is likely that another will be caught and prosecuted.  Many crimes will be prevented as a result.   The police chief, Edward L. Gilmore,  supported the bakery owner. 

Calumet City Police Chief Edward L. Gilmore said the shop owner is a legal gun owner and was acting well within in his rights. Gilmore said it should serve as a warning to other would-be criminals.

"I think a message should be sent to all would-be criminals out there that business owners have a right to protect themselves," Gilmore said.
Police Chief Gilmore joins the ranks of chiefs who recognize the rights of citizens to self defense.  Perhaps he will join Sheriff Clarke of Milwaukee and Police Chief Craig of Detroit in actively supporting armed citizens.

 Definition of  disarmist 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

GA:"We is teenagers, don't shoot me"



Has the use of the word "teenager" by the old media given criminal teens a sense of immunity?   You see it again and again. Trayvon Martin is constantly referred to as a teenager, as though that somehow absolved him of his crimes.

Most male children, who are brought up in intact families, do not become predatory creatures in their teens.   But for those who do not have strong, moral, male role models in their lives, especially if this is the default position in their community, predation is a common role.

In a home invasion in Georgia, the homeowner grabbed his gun as his door was broken down.  As he confronted the three invaders, they yelled at him.  From wrdw.com:
"The first thing he hollered, we is teenagers, don't shoot me," Green said.

Green said he didn't care what age they were, they were breaking into his home.

"If you are old enough to do a crime, age doesn't matter. Doesn't matter whether you're a teenager, you're grown. If you can do the crime, your punishment, it shouldn't matter. I had my gun in my hand and I just started firing at them," Green said.
A six foot plus 17 year old can be just as dangerous as an older criminal, maybe more.   As I read media reports, it seems that being 17 should give some special sort of invulnerability to bullets and jail.   The juvenile justice system may give some invulnerability to jail, for a time.   But words do not stop bullets.

The "progressive" position seems to be that "children" are inherently good.  That is not true.  Children are inherently selfish and amoral.  In Christianity, this is recognized as original sin.  Each child is a wild animal that must be civilized and taught moral virtues.  This is much harder to do in a single parent home.    If teenagers are told that they are expected to steal, as many media reports seem to imply; and that it is excused because they are "teenagers", we should not be surprised when large percentages of them become actual criminals.

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Truesbury: Obama Shield Squad


WV:AG’s office files amicus brief in Maryland gun case

It is a compelling argument that state governments cannot simply whittle away at second amendment rights until they are essentially voided.

The amicus brief argues Maryland’s law violates citizens’ core Second Amendment right to keep firearms in their home for self-protection. Plaintiffs in the case, Kolbe, et al., argued that the Maryland ban completely prohibited the possession of commonly used firearms and some of the most popular guns used by citizens for self-defense.

A U.S. District Court ruled the law did not violate the constitution.

“Our office is committed to defending law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment rights, and we believe this law clearly violates the Constitution,” Morrisey said in a press release. “This law’s broad categorical ban is no different than trying to impose a content-based ban on speech. It simply cannot be done.”

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Eugene Volokh:Can California ban gun stores from advertising handguns on their signs?

This is a long but brilliant legal brief by Eugene Volokh.  I would add that the arguments that he writes about that apply to the first amendment should apply to the second amendment as well, but do not yet do so.

I blogged last week about Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC. v. Harris (E.D. Cal.), a case in which I’ve been hired to consult, and which the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, The Calguns Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation are supporting. The case is a First Amendment challenge to Cal. Civil Code § 26820 (which was first enacted 1923, but is still being enforced today):
No handgun or imitation handgun, or placard advertising the sale or other transfer thereof, shall be displayed in any part of the premises where it can readily be seen from the outside.
Just yesterday, we filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the statute; you can read the full motion in a PDF, but I also include the text below:

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Kurt Hofmann: Anti-gun, anti-hunting agendas both depend on lies

Kurt does an excellent job at showing the utter disregard for the truth by an anti-hunting activist.

Gun rights advocates have for years been understandably contemptuous of "Fudds"--hunters who cannot be bothered to fight against attacks on gun rights, as long as their hunting guns are left alone. Fudds have even been known to actively participate in the attacks so-called "assault weapons," "high capacity" magazines, etc., presumably hoping that by feeding other gun owners to the crocodile first, they can avoid the jaws forever. The rest of us know better. Anti-gun politicians also get useful cover from the Fudds, when they argue that, "You don't need an 'assault weapon to hunt deer"--as if that makes banning the most effective militia arms acceptable.

That said, it would be equally foolish for gun rights advocates to dismiss hunters--some of whom are also gun rights advocates--as needed allies. While many enemies of gun rights are not enemies of hunting (at least not outwardly, and especially when elections approach), anti-hunting activists tend to be reliably anti-gun. In other words, we share many common enemies. And those enemies share a common strategy--blatant dishonesty.

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OR: Background Checks Ineffective



We now have the Oregon State Police numbers for firearms purchase denials for Oct. 2014. Once again, they demonstrate what a colossal sham the entire process is.

While these numbers are repeatedly used by politicians and anti-gun groups to “prove” that background checks work, they prove exactly the opposite.

Of the 19, 901 background checks run by the Oregon State Police in October, 196 sales were “denied.” Wow, that’s 196 bad guys off the street. Maybe not.

Of the 196 desperadoes denied, a grand total of 5 were “arrested” or “taken into custody.” Not a single one of the people who were denied because they were identified as felons or “otherwise prohibited” was arrested. Of those arrested we have no idea how many were actually charged with a crime.

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