Monday, December 22, 2014

Gun "Painted to look like Toy" Available from Factory in that Color

A little over a week ago, the Hamilton County Sheriff department said that they arrested a man who they believed painted a handgun to resemble a toy.  From
"And the fact is right here in Hamilton County, we arrested a dangerous individual who we believe purposefully painted a loaded handgun red to mislead law enforcement into thinking this was a toy gun," Neil said in statement.
 The pistol, a Cobra FS 380, pictured above, comes from the factory in a variety of colors.  Guns have been available in a variety of colors for decades.  It seems likely that the pistol confiscated from the police came from the factory that way.   Ruby Red is a color available as an option from Cobra Firearms.

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The color of the pistol does not seem to have anything to do with the charges against Orlando Lowery.   Those are possession of a concealed weapon and possession of 9 grams of cocaine.    Orlando was arrested after police were investigating a "man with a gun" call. 

Someone at the Hamilton County Sheriff's office is probably in trouble.  No Sheriff likes to make claims that go national... and turn out to be false; especially about something that most people believe a sheriff should know about.  

Guns are a large subject, and no one knows everything.  But if a Sheriff is going to hold a press conference on a subject, then he ought to have his facts straight.

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

IN: Armed Homeowner Drives off 2 Intruders

Officers said two subjects made forced entry into a home and came in with weapons. The homeowner fired shots at the subjects and they fled the scene.

About 15 minutes later, police said a male showed up at Community East Hospital with gunshot wounds and is in critical condition.

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PA: 3 AM Attack; Armed 71-Year-Old Bitten, 33-Year-Old Woman Wounded

They were met by the bar's 71-year-old owner. He told investigators he was armed with a handgun, had a permit to carry and had just shot a woman who was assaulting him, police said.


The bar owner was taken to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital for the treatment of bruises, including several human bites, he suffered during the alleged attack, police said.

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Texas Poll: Should Open Carry of Arms Require Texans to Have a License?

On December 9th, radio station KFYO ran an Internet poll on whether or not Texans should be required to have a license in order to openly carry arms in Texas. Here is the question from kfyo:
 If Open Carry passes, should you have to get a license to carry? Let us know in today’s KFYO Poll of the Day.
The poll still appears to be open.  I do not see absolute numbers, but the sentiment that Texans should not have to pay for a license to exercise a right is winning by nearly five to one.

Here is a link to the poll.

Here is a typical response in the comments, by Martin Cohn:
I don't have to pay a tax to the govmt to exercise my other Constitutionally protected Civil Rights. Why should 2A be any different.
 Here is an atypical reply by Zeus Odin:
What's so bad about getting a license to carry a lethal weapon in public?
It is clear that the intensity and level of commitment are on the side of those pushing for open carry without a license.   It should not be too hard to push in Texas, as it already exists in 31 other states without a problem.

Criminals almost never openly carry guns, because it calls attention to their actions.

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OH: Governor Kasich signs Gun Law Reform (H.B. 234)

Without fanfare, Governor Kasich signed H.B. 234 into law yesterday, 19 December, 2014.   While the gun law reform bill did not make all the changes that second amendment supporters desired, it made substantial improvements in the law, and was broadly supported in the legislature.  Governor Kasich signed it as part of a package of 40 bills (pdf):
Am. Sub. H.B. 234 (Grossman, Becker) revises the law governing firearms.
This was reflected by the large vote margins for passage of the bill; 24-6 in the Senate, 69-16 in the House.

Some of the major provisions of the bill are:

  • Creates reciprocity to recognize concealed handgun permits from other states, much as drivers licenses are recognized.
  • Eliminates a provision in the law that equated semi-automatics firearms that could accept magazines with a capacity of more than 30 rounds as automatic weapons.
  • States that the Ohio CHL will meet the requirements of the national instant check system.  This should allow CHL holders to purchase firearms by presenting their CHL to firearms dealers.
  • Allows for training certification by any "national gun advocacy organization" instead of the National Rifle Association specifically.
  • Allows for partial training online, but requires two hours of in person range time for CHL permit training.
  • Extends Ohio CHL permit expiration to the date of expiration on the permit, instead of upon change of residency.
  • Provides that entry into parking lots with a CHL shall not be considered criminal trespass.
  • Allows people in the Military, Peace Corps, and Service to America six months grace to renew an Ohio concealed handgun license.
  • Creates as "Shall Sign" provision for chief law enforcement officers who process National Firearms Act (NFA) forms.
  • Allows people with legal gun mufflers to use them for hunting game.

These common sense reforms have been sought in Ohio for many years.

Second amendment activists say that they will be back for more reforms next year. 

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David Codrea: 14-year-old Hero may be Blamed for 'Gun Death'

A 14-year-old Mecklenburg County boy shot and killed an 18-year-old "youth" and threatened his 22-year-old brother with “gun violence” in a case of death-dispensing “vigilante” action, WSOC TV 9 reported Tuesday. What’s more, the young killer’s grandfather admits leaving the loaded Glock handgun where the child had access to it, allowing him to pick it up and fire three shots, one hitting the wood railing on the porch to further illustrate the lethal danger of guns in the home.

The grandfather’s action appears to be a violation of North Carolina law. “Safe storage” is a requirement in the Tar Heel State according to Wayne Goodwin, Commissioner of the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

“North Carolina law requires that the owner or possessor of a gun must not store or leave the firearm in a condition that could be accessed and discharged by a minor who resides in the house of the gun owner,” a Safe Kids North Carolina message put out under authority of Goodwin’s department and the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force explains. “A minor is a person who is under 18 years of age.

“If you fail to safely store your firearms, you could pay the price,” the message warns. “Not only do you put your children at risk, you could also face fines and/or jail time. You may be guilty of a Class 1 Misdemeanor if a minor gains access to your gun and ... Causes injury or death...”

“If you own a gun, it is your responsibility to store it safely,” Goodwin’s warning continues. “Obey the law.”

“Store firearms out of the reach of children and other unauthorized users,” his message mandates. “Keep them unloaded with the ammunition stored in a separate location.”

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Fl: Gun Beats Pellet Gun, Stops Robbery, Carjacking

The suspect entered the Neighborhood Meat Market, 601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday and demanded money from the clerk, police said.

The clerk then pulled out a gun and fired a shot at the suspect who then ran out of the store, police said.

As the suspect was leaving, the store owner’s wife arrived, and the suspect attempted to carjack her, but the clerk fired another shot at the suspect, who dropped the pellet gun and ran away, police said.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

OH: School Lockdown for Picture of Gun, Text

The latest apparent overreaction about guns and schools appears to be in Ohio, in Stark County, at the Marlington High School in Alliance.   A high school student texted a middle school student.  Attached to the message was a picture of a gun.  The middle school student showed the picture to their teacher, the teacher contacted the police, and the High School was put on lockdown.   From
Officers and deputies located the suspect while maintaining a safety perimeter around the school.

Corleaunce S. Hicks 16 , of Alliance, was charged with inducing panic, a third-degree felony.
 There is usually more to these headline grabbing lockdowns than meets the first glance.   It hardly seems appropriate or prudent to lockdown a school simply because a student texted a picture of a gun.  Was the gun shown in the classroom?  Was a threat made to kill fellow students?

The answer to those questions appears to be no.  From
"I wouldn't go as far as to say it was a threat, but it was a concerning statement," Stark County Sheriff George T. Maier said of the message accompanying the gun image.

Maier said they found no weapons at Marlington High School. Deputies conducted interviews and locker searches while a Canton Police Department K-9 officer swept the school for weapons.

Investigators have determined that Hicks does not own a gun.

The gun in the image, Maier said, belongs to an acquaintance of Hicks.
Fortunately, the lockdown lasted less than an hour and a half.  About like a fire drill when I was in high school.   I would have to see the message in question, but a felony charge for a message that was "concerning" seems rather severe.

A tip of the hat to  Wireless.Phil,

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CO: Threatened with Fake Gun, Armed Man pulls Real Gun

Police say the victim and May met in a parking lot buy a laptop. When the victim found out the money he was paid with was counterfeit, he confronted May.

Police say May threatened the victim and implied he had a gun. The victim pulled out his own gun - which he carries with a concealed carry weapon permit - and called 911.

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SC: Man Wounds Aggresive Neighbor

A scuffle between neighbors ended with a man being shot in the head and charged with trespassing.

Eric Theron West, of 440 Walnut Hill Church Road in Campobello, was taken to Spartanburg Medical Center Wednesday evening. Deputies say his injuries were not life-threatening. They found West in a ditch on Walnut Hill Church Road.


In addition to trespassing, West is charged with assault and battery third degree.

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PA: Suspects Confronted at Gun point; run Toward Cemetary

Neighbors who live on the 300 block of South Avenue said they’re used to living a laid back environment, but around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said two men broke into a man’s home there.

Police said when the victim heard the intruders in his kitchen, he pulled a gun on them, a move that sent them running out of his house toward the cemetery.

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MO: Store Gunfight; Owner and Suspect both Seriously Wounded

Police said a man was attempting to rob the store when the owner of the business pulled out his own gun and exchanged gunfire with the suspect. Both the suspect and the victim were shot and taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

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WA: Schaler Released; Shooting likely Self Defense

EPHRATA – Initial evidence reportedly shows Rodney Schaler allegedly shot an Ephrata man in self-defense.

Schaler, a 22-year-old Soap Lake man, was released from Grant County Jail on Wednesday after he was arrested following the Monday night shooting.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Ed Owens said Schaler was set free pending further investigation, but it appears the other man involved in the incident was reportedly the aggressor.

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Sixth Circuit Upholds Second Amendment; Strikes Involuntary Commitment as Permanent Disqualifier

Another step has been taken to restore second amendment rights to the position that they held before the modern assault on the Constitution.   It is an important case because it establishes the precedent that your second amendment rights cannot be permanently removed for a temporary condition; and that the proper level of scrutiny in the court is the highest accorded to fundamental constitutional rights, that  of strict scrutiny.  From the opinion of the court, pdf file:
BOGGS, Circuit Judge. This case presents an important issue of first impression in the federal courts: whether a prohibition on the possession of firearms by a person “who has been committed to a mental institution,” 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(4), violates the Second Amendment. Twenty-eight years ago, Clifford Charles Tyler was involuntarily committed for less than one month after allegedly undergoing an emotionally devastating divorce. Consequently, he can never possess a firearm. Tyler filed suit in federal court, seeking a declaratory judgment that § 922(g)(4) is unconstitutional as applied to him. The district court dismissed Tyler’s suit for failure to state a claim. Because Tyler’s complaint validly states a violation of the Second Amendment, we reverse and remand.
It is of significant interest that much of the case centers on the refusal of the federal government to provide a mechanism for relief in these cases.   In point of fact, disarmists have blocked passage of funding to allow cases to be reviewed, and the Justice Department refuses to review cases at all.  This case has far reaching consequences for those who were once involuntarily committed.  It might be used to attack the provision, in a number of states, of prohibiting people who are under indictment, from possessing firearms.  After all, they have not yet gone through due process; they are only charged, not convicted.  Of considerable importance is the courts decision to apply strict scrutiny to the second amendment.  The opinion notes that the various circuits have applied intermediate scrutiny in a large variety of significantly different ways.   From the opinion:
What this also reveals is that our circuit is one of the few that has not entered this debate.  Although we must “appl[y] the appropriate level of scrutiny,” ibid., we also must decide whether that is intermediate scrutiny or strict scrutiny. “A choice must be made.” Ezell, 651 F.3d at 706.
There are strong reasons for preferring strict scrutiny over intermediate scrutiny. First, the Supreme Court has by now been clear and emphatic that the “right to keep and bear arms” is a “fundamental righ[t] necessary to our system of ordered liberty.” McDonald, 561 U.S. at 778.  In our view, that strong language suggests that restrictions on that right trigger strict scrutiny. It is true that strict scrutiny is not always “called for whenever a fundamental right is at stake.”  Heller II, 670 F.3d at 1256 (majority opinion). The majority in Heller II forcibly argued this point. See id. at 1256–57. It is true, for instance, that in the First Amendment context, content-neutral regulations that restrict speech’s time, place, or manner are permissible if they survive a form of intermediate scrutiny—i.e., if the regulation promotes a significant interest unrelated to the suppression of a message and allows for ample alternative channels of communication.  United States v. Grace, 461 U.S. 171, 177 (1983); accord Ward v. Rock Against Racism, 491 U.S. 781, 791 (1989). For commercial speech, as well, courts apply a form of intermediate scrutiny. Cent. Hudson Gas & Elec. Corp. v. Pub. Serv. Comm’n of N.Y., 447 U.S. 557, 566  (1980).  In those two contexts, courts “impose similarly demanding levels of intermediate scrutiny.” Hucul Adver. v. Charter Twp. of Gaines, 748 F.3d 273, 276 (6th Cir. 2014). Those two tests are “close cousin[s], if not fraternal twin[s]” of one another. Id. at 276 n.1 (citation omitted).
 The court found that there was no evidence that before 1968, people were denied their second amendment rights for merely having been involuntarily committed at some point in their lives.

This is the first case that I recall where a federal court has struck down a federal law as violating the second amendment, since Heller.   The Palmer case against the government of the District of Columbia is arguably not a federal law, but one established by the government of D.C.

 Definition of  disarmist 

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Australia: Mass stabbing, 8 Children Killed

Eight children have been found stabbed to death near the town of Cairns in for northeastern Australia, according to Australian Broadcasting and other news outlets. A 34-year-old woman suffering from chest and neck wounds was also taken to a hospital from the home and is cooperating with police.

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WI: Disparity of Force, Fleeing the Scene, in Mitrel Anderson case

After seven hours of deliberation, the jury found Mitrel Anderson not guilty of all charges in the stabbing death of DeMario Lee.  The incident occurred in Lacrosse, Wisconsin last year.  Anderson did not deny killing Lee, but had always contended that his actions were in self defense.

Anderson was confronted by three men in the bathroom of a convenience store.   Anderson and Lee had known each other since childhood, but the relationship had soured.  Lee had publicly threatened Anderson and told him that he would kill him.   From, the prosecutor stated in closing arguments:
"When you're getting roughed up in a bathroom you have no justification for stabbing someone in the head, none."
The defense emphasized other points:
Defense attorney Elizabeth Wright brought up Lee's violent past and direct threats he had made to Anderson. "Do you not think he [DeMario Lee] would overpower you, finish you off?" Wright asked jurors.

"You don't have to wait until you're nearly dead if you believe your life is in danger," Wright said. In asking the jury to remember the self defense case, Wright reminded jurors that three men followed Anderson into the bathroom, that Anderson was attacked, and that DeMario Lee told another man to guard the bathroom door
Given the defense arguments, why was the prosecution so intent on going for a first degree murder charge?    I have not talked to the prosecution, but I suspect that it was primarily three things:  First, Anderson fled the scene.  Police tracked him down with cell phone records.   Second, he refused to plead to a lesser charge.  Prosecutors routinely threaten harsh penalties to pressure those who are accused into plea deals.  Third, there were other people in the bathroom, and I did not read that anyone but Lee actually attacked Anderson.

I was not at the scene in the convenience store bathroom in 2013 when the attack took place.   One punch can result in death, and does so with some regularity.  The man killed, DeMario Lee, had a blood alcohol level of .128, and THC in his blood as well, when he was killed.  It is hard to make good judgments when you are drunk and high.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

WV: Armed Woman Fatally Shoots Woman Intruder

“In this particular incidence, the homeowner was acting in self-defense.”

Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner said his office will not release the name of the homeowner or the family she protected.

“They’re really good people,” Tanner said. “They’re traumatized by what happened.

“The last thing we want to do is point out their house or point them out. They’ve been through enough. To make them public would be unprofessional and impolite.”

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AL: Man Holds Intruder for Police

“He was trying to unlock the door,” Graham says demonstrating with his hands. “He had the TV in his hand and the game and was trying to go out the door and I caught him at the door."

Graham says that's when he pulled his gun on Johnson and held him as he called 911.

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WI: Armed Defense against Armed Robber Justified

A 42-year-old man fatally shot a man who was trying to rob him last weekend, Milwaukee police said Thursday.

The Milwaukee County district attorney's office reviewed the case on Wednesday and determined the shooting was in self-defense, Milwaukee police spokesman Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said in an email.

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Beaver Attacks are Serious

I had missed this article when it came out in June of 2014.   It was particularly startling because there is no mention of the beaver having rabies.  The animal literally jumped out of the water, grabbed the kayaker by the arm, and pulled him from the boat.  From
“It’s just a freak thing. This beaver was upset about something and went after him,” kayaking trainer Nate Reynolds said. “I heard him yell my name, so I come running out. As soon as I came out, I see the boat flip over, so the beaver had actually jumped up, grabbed his arm, and pulled him right out of his kayak.”

The beaver was still attached to Mike’s arm after it flipped him out of the kayak. That’s when Nate came down with the paddle. He hit the beaver with so much force it knocked the blade off the shaft.
The beaver, presumably the one who attacked, was later found, dead in the water.  Humans are much deadlier than beavers.  But as I started looking to see if there were any other beaver attacks on record, it became clear that there were several in the last three years.  In April, 2013 a man was reported killed by a beaver in Belarus.  From USAtoday:
A fisherman in Belarus was bitten to death by a beaver, and all he was doing was trying to take its picture, Sky News reports. The man spotted the beaver while fishing with friends at Lake Shestakov, but as he approached to take a photograph, the beaver bit him on the thigh. The animal managed to sever an artery, and his friends couldn't stop the blood flow.
 2012 was a banner year for beaver attacks.   Two young girls were attacked in Lake Anna by a rabid beaver in July.   The bites were severe.

The 8-year-old girl is shown above.   From
Alyssa received around 15 stitches on her upper thigh and Annabella sustained three wounds just above her knee, Wendy Radnovich told

The Spotsylvania County girls have since been released from the hospital.

The girls’ uncle shot the beaver with a BB gun, then killed it with a knife, the mother told

This is the only attack where  a gun (another report says it was a pellet gun, not a BB gun;  I find the pellet gun more likely) was used in defense against the beaver.   The beaver pictured was rabid and weighed 65 pounds, a large specimen.   It seems likely that most of the victims would have been well served with a personal defensive firearm.

In August, 2012, Boy Scouts resorted to rocks to defend their scoutmaster.  From
After initially throwing the animal from his body, it returned to continue the attack, biting Brousseau in the leg, buttocks, arm, hand and torso before he managed to grab it and hold its jaw closed.

Brousseau threw the beaver ashore while Scouts helped him out of the water. After being momentarily stunned, the beaver began attacking a pool noodle.
It was a rabid animal.  The scouts killed it with thrown rocks.

An 83-Year-Old Woman, Lillian Peterson, was attacked by a beaver in September of  2012.  From
A 35-pound, 24-inch rabid beaver had bitten her on the back of the leg and would not let go, sparking an ordeal that lasted more than 20 minutes Tuesday evening. The Falls Church woman and a friend battled the animal with canoe paddles, a stick and bare hands as it came at them again and again. Peterson was seriously injured.

Lillian credits her friend with saving her life.  She believes that the beaver would have killed her if she were the only one fighting it.

While I do not normally think of beavers as dangerous, it is clear that they sometimes are;  normally the dangerous ones turn out to be rabid, but that only makes them more dangerous, not less. 

It appears that the attacks are less frequent than dog attacks, but more frequent than attacks by mountain lions.  There are simply a lot more beaver than there are mountain lions.  The world is a bit more dangerous than I thought.

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AL: Use of Force Likely Justified by Man who shot Neighbor and Son

 Throwing cinder blocks through windows is a good indication that your intentions are not freindly.

ANNISTON, Ala. - Anniston police said a man who shot and killed his next door neighbor Friday is not likely to face charges.


George said Larry Johnson locked himself inside his Wilmer Avenue home Friday evening after getting in an argument with his neighbor, Randall Dale Gaddy.

Police said Gaddy used a cinder block to break windows at the house and came to the front porch. Johnson fired several shots through the front door, killing Gaddy.

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CA: Drunk Man Breaks into Wrong House is Justifiably Shot

A drunk man who thought he was breaking into his own home was shot and wounded early Wednesday by the actual homeowner, police said


Hatch didn’t leave and instead shattered the sliding door and entering the home, police said.

The homeowner continued to yell at the suspect to leave, Greene said. As the suspect walked further into the home, the resident, fearing for his safety and that of his wife, shot Hatch once in the torso, police said.


No criminal charges are expected against the homeowner, whose name wasn’t released, authorities said.
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IL: Tresspass Shooting involved Self Defense, was Justifiable

This shooting was initially characterized as a shooting over trespass.  Now it comes out that it was a defensive shooting.  The following includes a statement by the State Attorney, Jim Devine.

It is my belief on the facts presented to me that the homeowner had a justifiable right to protect himself, his wife and his property," Devine said today in an email. "Mr. Williams had ample opportunity to leave the homeowner's premises. When Williams did not leave and then subsequently moved in an aggressive manner toward the homeowner, the justifiable right of self-defense came into play.

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FL: Victim Disarms Robber

The victim said a man approached him and tried to rob him at gunpoint, but after a brief struggle, the victim managed to grab the gun, and the robber took off running. The gun was taken into evidence by police.

No money was taken and no injuries were reported from the incident.

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MT: Man who Said he wanted to kill Burglar Convicted

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.

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NM: No Charges for Armed Neighbor

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police say no charges will be sought against a man who shot and killed an intruder who'd broken into the man's home.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

PBS Gun Poll Gets Pummeled

Internet polls measure the ratio of people who have enough interest to participate in the given poll. has put up an Internet poll with the responses noted above.   You can see that the poll is getting hammered by second amendment supporters.   The message, loud and clear, is that of people who are interested enough to answer the poll, second amendment supporters outnumber disarmists by  24 to 1.   This is one of largest differentials that I have seen in second amendment related Internet polls.  A couple of weeks ago, we had one in Florida that was 15 to 1.  Maybe this is the start of a trend.

A hat tip to David Workman for the link.

Link to the Poll:

Definition of  disarmist 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dave Workman: WA State Second Amendment Supportes Focusing on 15 Jan

With last Saturday’s “I Will Not Comply” event now history, Evergreen State Second Amendment activists are shifting their focus to an event one month from today on the Capitol steps that will have some heavy-duty backing by two locally-based national gun rights organizations, and the grassroots group that has grown out of the battle against Initiative 594, which took effect earlier this month.

Incidentally, today is Bill of Rights Day. Contrary to what anti-gunners might believe, there are ten amendments in the Bill of Rights, as those attending Saturday's rally could attest because they exercised two of them at the same time.

The Thursday, Jan. 15 gun rights rally in Olympia is being organized by the Gun Rights Coalition (GRC), Protect Our Gun Rights Washington (POGR, the local Pink Pistols and the Washington Firearms Leadership and Advocacy Group (WAFLAG). Supporting the event, which could easily be called an educational effort, are the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and its sister organization, the Second Amendment Foundation.

Saturday’s rally, held to openly defy provisions of I-594 – the voter-approved 18-page gun control measure – went off well, though it did not attract the numbers that had been predicted by some, or reflected in the number of people who reportedly promised to attend. As Examiner reported over the weekend, crowd size estimates ranged from about 800 to about 1,800, there were lots of firearms present and exchanged, and nobody suffered a scratch.

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FL: Armed Robber Picks Armed Victim, Leaves Gun Behind

The victim ran to a security guard and said a man, later identified as Ben-Belarrio Ulysse, 28, of Lantana, pointed a gun at him. The victim said he then pulled out his own gun because he was in fear for his life, according to the report.

The victim told deputies Ulysse initially got on the ground, but jumped up and ran, leaving the gun, a .38-caliber revolver, behind.

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PA: Officer Murders Woman, Husband, also Officer, Fights back, Wounds Attacking Officer

THEY SAY a protection-from-abuse order is just a piece of a paper. For Valerie Morrow, it might as well have been her death certificate.

Hours after the 40-year-old mother had obtained the order on Monday, the man she'd feared the most - Stephen Rozniakowski, an enraged Delaware County cop with a history of harassment - grabbed a gun, strapped on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to her Glenolden home, ran up the stairs and shot her, authorities said.

NC: 14-year-old Protects Grandmother, Shoots, Kills Intruder

This was the third break in at the house in four months.

CHARLOTTE — Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the second man involved in a home break-in that turned deadly near the Charlotte/Mint Hill border has been arrested. Another suspected intruder was killed when a 14-year-old inside the house shot and killed him Tuesday night.

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IL: Homeowner Shoots Trespasser

Little information on this story, no arrests yet.

They say the homeowner asked this person to leave, thinking he was drunk, and asked him to return. "The individual became belligerent and approached the homeowner in an aggressive manner, at which time he was shot," the report said.

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FL: Two Pit Bulls Attack Mans Dog: He Shoots Them

A Davie man shot two pit bulls, killing one, after he witnessed them attacking his dog, police say.

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NM: Burglary Suspect Shot, Killed, at Second House

The man inside the first home didn’t want to talk on camera but said his dog woke him up when the burglar was trying to break in. Police said he gave up on that house.

Instead of getting away with some loot, the would-be burglar was shot and killed by the homeowner in the second house.

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MI: Man shot in chest after trying to kill estranged wife

Officers say a 33-year-old female victim told them her estranged husband tried to shoot her, then ran.

Police found several shell casings in the area that appear to have come from two different guns.

Officers were able to track down a 29-year-old male suspect in the first block of Oaklawn Avenue. He had a gunshot wound to the chest, but is expected to be okay.

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PA: Homeowner calls 911; Shoots Suspect when Attacked

Police believe White was trying to steal the aluminum downspouts from the house. The homeowner saw the suspect and called 911.

White allegedly went after the 62-year-old homeowner, who pulled out a gun and shot him.

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PA: Woman Shoots Boyfriend in Domestic Fight

MONTOURSVILLE – A Lycoming County woman said she fatally shot her boyfriend as she was driving him home but claims she did so after he repeatedly struck and tried to choke her.

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CA: More Burglars Shot, Less Burglaries. Who Knew?

Who would suspect that when burglars are shot, the burglary rate would go down?

I have seen the sentiment before, but never in quite such a succinct way.  The article was about a third burglar suspect being shot and killed in Richmond, California, this year.  From
Terrell Ruben, 42, became the third person shot and killed in an attempted burglary in Richmond this year. A Richmond homeowner shot Ruben in the chest after he discovered Ruben and another man attempting to steal property from his backyard last Saturday
I think most people would see a clear connection between more burglars being shot, and fewer burglaries being committed, but it seems to escape the writer of the article.  This bit of journalistic word-twisting is in the article.  It shows a peculiar view of reality: 
Despite the unusually high number people shot in burglary attempts, residential burglaries have gone down 28 percent compared to last year in the period between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30.
To most people, this would seem to be a reversal of causation.  If you shoot more burglars, you will get less burglaries, and certainly less home invasions, where people who want to steal your stuff are willing to do it when you are there.   There is a reason why criminological research shows that places where guns are highly restricted, such as in England, have much higher levels of home invasions. 

I have seen this weird reversal of causality with the restoration of the right to bear arms and to defend oneself and others, as shall issue concealed carry, castle doctrine, and stand your ground laws have been implemented across the nation.

That version goes something like this:

In spite of higher numbers of self defense shootings, the overall murder rate is down.

Again, most people would assume that most of those who are justifiably shot are violent criminals, and they would be correct.   If more violent criminals are removed from society, then it makes sense that the murder rate would drop.

The old "progressive elite" model of murder, where the average murderer is an ordinary Joe who just got upset that day, and a gun was handy, has been discredited.  The modern model of murder is that most murders are committed by a tiny segment of violent criminals.   If those violent criminals are in jail or dead, they are not committing crimes.

Most people can easily understand that logic.   But most reporters seem to be stuck in the old discredited "progressive elite" model of murder, and are surprised that when you make crime less attractive, you get less of it.

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Neighbor Hears Screams, Shoots Attacking Dogs

Chesterfield County police said the homeowner was attacked by one of the  two dogs in his yard. Both dogs belonged to one of his relatives.
A neighbor who heard the attack shot both dogs, and killed one.The victim has serious but non-life threatening injuries.

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PA: Sledge Hammer to a Gunfight

There are some 9mm revolvers.  I have had a couple.  It is highly likely that it was one of the very common 9mm semi-autos, instead of the uncommon 9mm revolvers.

When confronted by the homeowner, an unidentified 63-year-old man, one of the burglars threatened him with his sledgehammer. But little did they know, they were bringing a hammer to a gun fight. One of the suspects was shot in the leg by the homeowner’s 9 milimeter revolver.

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NM: Smoke Shop Employee Shoots Armed Man

LAS CRUCES >> Las Cruces Police are investigating a fatal shooting at a south Solano Drive smoke shop. Police are reporting the man was shot by a store employee.

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GA: 67-Year-Old in Walker Shoots Drunk Home Invader

...Neal was intoxicated when he arrived at the residence, was told twice to leave and kicked in the door while threatening a 67-year-old man who uses a walker. The elder man shot Neal in his hand, Miller said.

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MA: Liquor Store Owner fires at Fleeing Armed Robber

LOWELL -- Police say the owner of a Central Street liquor store fired two gunshots at a man who had just robbed his store at gunpoint late Saturday night, but that both shots missed as the suspect escaped.

CO: Home Invasion Shooting Unusual

It is unusual for a 52-year-old man to be shot invading a home.  When I see it, it usually is a career criminal, someone who is drunk and mistakes the home, is in the middle of a bad domestic situation, or someone who had a long brewing feud with a neighbor.  In the case of Garry Lieberth of North Platte, Nebraska, I have not been able to find any evidence of those things.  Perhaps we will learn more when the toxicology report comes in.  From the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in Colorado:
The adult male homeowner was asleep on Friday morning when he was awoken by the sounds of a dog barking in his yard. As the homeowner came down the staircase to investigate further, he observed a stranger-intruder crawling through the “doggie door” into his house. The homeowner yelled at the intruder but the man continued to enter the house. The homeowner ran to his bedroom where he retrieved a firearm for protection. The intruder advanced up the staircase and confronted the homeowner. The homeowner pointed his weapon at the man and told him to leave. The intruder did not comply. A physical altercation ensued between the two and the suspect tackled the victim to the ground. The victim was able to fire his weapon at the suspect, striking him in the leg and head. The victim then ran to a neighbor’s house where he called 911.

Liebreth is a resident of Nebraska and has some immediate family in the Denver area. Liebreth was not known to the victim and it is not clear why the suspect picked that home or entered the residence.

The Jeffco Coroner’s Office will complete a drug screen to determine if Liebreth was under the influence of any substance.

Garry Liebreth appears to have a daughter and grandchild in the Denver area about 20 miles away from the shooting, so that makes the "drunk and mistaken house" excuse seem unlikely.  Liebreth's vehicle was found at the scene, which seems to be a fairly prosperous and semi-rural area of Colorado, only a little way off of I-70 on a dead end street.

I will be watching for updates, but the reason for the home invasion remains a mystery at this time.

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IN:Gun Beats Protective Order

A protective order can be effective.  Especially if it is backed up with a gun.  Protective orders are meant to be backed with armed force.  The problem is that in many cases, armed agents of the state either arrive too late to be of help, or they cannot stay around long enough to provide effective protection.  But when the armed force is in the form of the person who asked for the protective order, the protection is multiplied many times.  In this case out of Indiana, the suspect, Jeffrey Frakes, had been released from jail the day before.
According to the caller, Frakes had just been released from the Clay County Jail on December 14th, where he was serving a sentence for domestic violence against the 911 caller.

The resident of the home said Frakes entered the home and threatened to kill them. That is when the 911 caller began firing shots at Frakes with a handgun.


Police found Franks at his mother’s home in Hymera, Ind. with two gun shot wounds.

Franks was taken to the Sullivan County hospital.

A Probable Cause Affidavit was signed, which charged Frakes with Invasion of Privacy, a violation of the protective order.
The protective order by itself was not enough.  An armed resident stopped the intrusion; the protective order was then effective as a means of legal protection, to put the offender back in jail.

It has become a truism that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.  This is true, but it does not mean that police are ineffective at fighting crime.   They are necessary to provide backup for the armed citizen, and to enforce the results of due process of law.    If we had no legal system to back up an armed citizenry, our lives would be far more difficult and dangerous.  An armed citizenry and police are natural allies, inspite of disarmists attempts to drive a wedge between the two groups.

Most police support armed citizens; as more and more citizens routinely exercise their right to be armed, the support has grown and solidified.

People in domestic situations do stupid things, both men and women.  In this case, a violation of a protective order after just being left out of jail, is particularly stupid.  I pray that both parties in this tragic circumstance are able to learn from their mistakes and are able to put their lives back in order.  It is especially hard to do that from a hospital and with a felony conviction.

Definition of  disarmist 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sydney siege

Some notes about the Sydney siege by a now dead Muslim nut on AUSTRALIAN POLITICS

Focus on Gun Color is Farcical

Someone painted this Cobra FS 380 for unknown purposes.  The police claim that it was to make it appear to be a toy, but people have been customizing and adorning the appearance of weapons for centuries.  From
Orlando Lowery was in court this weekend for allegedly painting his .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun to look like a toy.
It is only in recent times that firearms could easily be made in many different colors.  As the capability to do so has emerged, more and more people are taking advantage of it.  Here are some pistols in different colors.

This Pink Glock is fully functional.  One advantage of brightly colored handguns is that they are highly visible.   It is hard for a gun to be a credible deterrent if it cannot be seen.   I have read of more than one incident where a person armed with a mini-revolver was forced to fire it to prove that it was real.

Here are a couple of colorful Glock pistols that are not functional.  If a criminal wanted to have police believe his gun was not "real", training blue might be a better color.   Blue is the traditional color for training munitions that are inert.   This is a Glock 17 T FX,

 Another colorful Glock that cannot fire, a Glock 22 P

This Taurus PT 738 has an excellent reputation for reliability.  It is small, light, easy to carry, and is said to have one of the better triggers of the tiny, composite framed .380 pistols.   It comes in a variety of colors.

In the article about the painted Cobra FS, a Democrat legislator wants to require non-firearm guns to be brightly colored:
 Ohio State Representative and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) introduced legislation to require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio to be brightly colored or have prominent florescent strips.
It seems a nonsensical solution to a non-problem.  A 12-year-old who was acting irresponsibly with an airsoft gun was shot and killed in Ohio.  The orange tip required to be on the gun by law had been removed.  From
A boy brandishing a replica gun died Sunday after being shot by a Cleveland police officer responding to a 911 call about a person waving a gun in a park.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon -- which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually on the muzzle -- from his waistband.
An officer should never assume that a realistic looking item is not real if it is colored, so requiring non-guns to be colored is silly.  

The proposed law seems an emotional response that burdens everyone else for the sake of extremely dubious benefit.  It costs time, money, manpower, and incrementally reduces liberty to implement these regulations and laws.   The old "if it saves one life" mantra is irrational.   A great many things might "save one life".   In the example above, you can easily argue that the "coloring" regulation  was partly responsible for the shooting.  There was no orange tip, so the officer was more likely to believe the gun was a real threat.

One may also ask, what if it costs a single officer's life, because they assumed a gun was a toy when it was not?   Hypothetical's can be easily constructed for both sides.

In half serious mien, it would be better to pass a law requiring all 12-year-olds to be responsible young men with strong moral values.    If followed (not easy, but done in much of the country by custom and culture), it would save many more lives. 

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Weapons Discovered by TSA Last Week

Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT).
Loaded firearm discovered in carry-on bag at San Antonio (SAT).
56 Firearms Discovered This Week Of the 56 firearms, 43 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.
Inert Hand Grenade (LAS) & Explosives Training Kit (RDU)
Inert Hand Grenade (LAS) & Explosives Training Kit (RDU)

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. – We continue to find inert grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because the explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on the aircraft.  Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  •  An inert military explosives training kit was discovered in a checked bag at Raleigh-Durham (RDU).
  • Four inert grenades were discovered in carry-on bags this week. Two were discovered in separate incidents at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were discovered at Atlanta (ATL) and Salt lake City (SLC).

Belt Buckle Knives (OAK), Lipstick Knife (TPA), Sword Cane (FLL)
Belt Buckle Knives (OAK), Lipstick Knife (TPA), Sword Cane (FLL)
Knife taped to handle mechanism under lining of bag at PHX
Knife taped to handle mechanism under lining of bag at PHX
Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items – It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure you are not carrying any prohibited items. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and possibly arrested by law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found by our officers in strange places.

  • A knife was found concealed to the pull handle mechanism under the lining of a carry-on bag at Phoenix (PHX).
  • Two belt buckle knives were discovered in separate incidents at Oakland (OAK).
  • A sword cane was discovered at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).
  • A lipstick knife was discovered at Tampa (TPA).

(L-R) Knives discovered at LAS, FAY, NRT & ONT
Miscellaneous Prohibited Items In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons and many other prohibited items too numerous to note.

Stun Guns – Ten stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags at Allentown (ABE), Billings (BIL), Chicago Midway (MDW), Dallas Love (DAL), Houston Intercontinental (IAH), Lake Charles (LCH), Las Vegas (LAS), Oklahoma City (OKC), Pueblo (PUB), and San Francisco (SFO). 
Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at JFK.
Ammo discovered in carry-on bag at JFK.
Ammunition – When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

Loaded firearms
Clockwise from top left: Firearms discovered at PHX, PIT, SAT, BUF, AUS, CLT & SEA
Loaded firearms
Clockwise from top left: Firearms discovered at PHX, BTV, PHX, ATL, PDX & MSY
56 Firearms Discovered This Week – Of the 56 firearms, 43 were loaded and 13 had rounds chambered.
*In order to provide a timely weekly update, this data is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

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OH:Concealed Carry Fail; Rapist Disarms Realtor

No discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of open and concealed carry used to be complete without the obligatory theory that open carry was more dangerous.  It was asserted that a criminal will target the open carrier because they are armed.   Here is an example from freerepublic:
Why would anyone want the bad guy to shoot him first?
Fortunately, the gun culture is becoming educated in the matter.   People now realize that open carry promotes tactical deterrence.  There have been two known instances where open carriers have been targeted, but they are very rare.  The other side of the coin also occurs.  Concealed carriers are targeted because their attacker does *not* know they are armed, and the attacker sometimes wins.   In this case in Ohio, it is doubtful that the woman would have been attacked if the attacker knew that she was armed.

As is most common in rape cases, the assailant did not use a weapon other than his own body.  It, and the element of surprise, were enough to overcome the victim's defenses.  From the
As she was struggling face down on the floor, the victim reached for her 9 mm Smith and Wesson handgun. Her attacker knocked the weapon out of her hand, causing the weapon to discharge. Each time she'd try to turn and fight back, her head was smashed against the floor.
The attacker probably did not know that she had a gun.  He came very close to being shot and/or killed.  A half second of inattention on his part, or a half second faster response by the victim, and he would have been.   A shot over the back of the neck and above your own buttocks is hard to miss, if you practice just a little bit.

It seems that the attacker was unnerved enough by his close call not to abscond with the victim's gun, which was worth considerably more than the money in her purse, that he did take.   Or, possibly, she managed to reach the gun and he fled, but she does not remember:
 "I don't remember how I got there, but I remember crouching in the corner with my back against the wall and my gun in my hand," she said. "The door was open. I didn't know if he was coming back."
In both circumstances, either an open or concealed carrier being targeted, the best solution is situational awareness.  The woman who was attacked acknowledges this:
"I'm a survivor," she said. "I haven't been back to work yet, but I will be. ... I thought I was invincible. I'm not. But the best tool's not a gun; it's the knowledge of your surroundings."
Everyone who studies self defense says the same thing.  An awareness of your surroundings is more important than having a weapon.   Most attacks can be avoided if you see them coming.  Open carry allows the attacker to avoid the open carrier; concealed carry gives the defender more of an element of surprise.

Open and concealed carry each have their advantages and disadvantages.  The best situation is to be able to use either or both methods when you find them appropriate.

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FL: Students back Second Amendment Rights on Campus

A new bill proposed for the upcoming session would allow people who are licensed to carry concealed weapons on campus. According to Erek Culbreath, Students for Concealed Carry at FSU is backing the Bill.

"It is ludicrous, the way we have it now, where if you are an adult, a law-abiding citizen, and you decide to pursue higher education, somehow you lose your fundamental right to be able to protect yourself and the people around you."

Culbreath says, two members of the group could have stopped last month's attack at Strozier Library had they been armed.

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AL:Burglary Victims Catch Suspects Coming from Another Break-in, Hold them at Gun Point

There are numerous pictures in this UK MailOnline article:

The victims of a burglary captured their alleged intruders after spotting them in the street - on the way back from another break-in.

The Wyatt family's surveillance system filmed the moment a woman and two men took two TVs and numerous Christmas presents from their home in Warrior, Alabama, last Friday.

Just two days later, Chris Wyatt spotted the suspects' Ford Ranger pickup truck driving down a road and swerved to block them into a corner.

The case is the latest of vigilante justice in Alabama, where home surveillance systems have soared in popularity over the past two years.

After realizing they had been burglarized on Friday, the Wyatts watched the security reel which showed a woman knocking on the door.

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NJ: Hiker Snapped Photos of the 300-pound Bear That Killed Him

The state of New Jersey has never had a fatal bear attack in the 150 years since officials started keeping records, but that changed in September when a 22-year-old hiker was brutally mauled by a black bear near West Milford. As it turns out, the college student and his friends actually photographed the bear shortly before being attacked, and those photos were released recently by the West Milford Police Department.

“The group began to take photographs of the bear with their cellphones and the bear began walking towards them,” read a report from Lt. Steven Sutton of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, who interviewed the surviving witnesses of the attack. “Once the bear approached within approximately 100 feet, the group began to back away.”

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Monday, December 15, 2014

MO: Iraq Vet uses Handgun to stop Shotgun Attack

Newt Wilson says he's an Iraq War veteran who's lived in the neighborhood for about a year and a half. Wilson says he was in his house when he heard the first shot coming from the street right in front of his home.

"Was that a shotgun?" Wilson recalls, "and I come out, and I see two guys over here wrestling."

Wilson says when he came outside, he had his handgun with him.


"[The gun was] pointed, pumped, at me... and that's when I shot three shots. Bam, bam, bam," says Wilson.

Wilson says it was a split second decision.

"I surprised him," says Wilson, "He dropped the gun, and they fled."

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LA: Man Wins Gunfight over Girlfreind, is Wounded

Edler ordered Collins out of bed at gunpoint. He led her to the front door, at which point Esteves grabbed a shotgun and fired at least two rounds at the intruder. One of the shots proved fatal.

Edler returned fire, hitting Esteves in the arm, before collapsing.

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Dave Workman: Second Amendment Supporters Crowd Olympia, Puyallup

Depending upon whose estimate one accepts, anywhere from 1,000 to perhaps 1,800 Second Amendment activists turned out for a midday rally opposing Initiative 594 in Olympia Saturday, while the Washington Arms Collectors’ monthly gun show at the Puyallup Fairgrounds drew a couple of thousand more looking for pre-Christmas deals, and answers to questions about the state's new, and confusing, gun law.

In neither location did anybody stop traffic, smash windows or clash with police. Nobody was arrested. Nobody got hurt. A handful of people in Olympia burned their concealed pistol licenses at the end of the event. Protest organizer Gavin Seim posted a video of the event online.

The Olympia gathering was covered by local television. As an example of the fallout, more than 825 comments had been made on the KOMO website reacting to its coverage.

As scheduled, Mike Vanderboegh of Alabama, founder of the so-called "Three Percent" movement and author of the "Sipsey Street Irregulars" blog, spoke to the crowd. However, Nevada rancher Ammon Bundy was a no-show. But national radio talk host Mike Siegel, did appear.

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OH: Unlucky? Clerk Shoots 2nd Robber in Three Years

Grayson Matthews, above, has bad luck.  He has had to defend the family convenience store twice.  Once, back in 2011, he shot a robber who was pretending to have a shotgun.  That guy was wearing a plastic bag over his head with eye holes cut in it.  It must have been hard to see out of.   From
Matthews told the suspect he kept more money in his front right pocket of his pants. He showed Wright the money, switched it from his right to his left hand, and when Wright’s eyes followed, Matthews told him he kept $200 more under the counter.

That’s when he grabbed a .38-caliber revolver, fired three shots, at least one striking Wright in the left shoulder. Wright raced out of the neighborhood store, ran to a nearby residence and dropped the plastic bag and his weapon — later identified as a piece of aluminum — on the back porch.
Matthews seems quick thinking, and has tactical sense, but his luck changed yesterday,  13 December, when two other men attempted to rob the store.  Matthews got into a gunfight with them.  He almost certainly hit one in the head, while the other has not been arrested.   No description of the suspects has been released.

Matthews was wounded, under the arm, which could be deadly or slight.  He is reported to be in the hospital so it appears to be more than  a "treat and release" type of wound. From
Sgt. Ed Buns, spokesman for the Hamilton Police Department, said two men entered the store and tried to rob it.

Grayson Matthews, 53, was the clerk on duty when the suspects entered the store. Matthews told police several gunshots were exchanged between himself and at least one of the men.
In early 2012, Matthew's father used a handgun to chase a robber, who had stabbed him, out of the store.

Matthew's used a .38 revolver in the 2011 incident.  It is not clear what type of firearm he used yesterday.

Luck plays an important part in gun fights, more than many would like to believe.   Get in enough gunfights and your luck will run out.   Training, good tactics, and good equipment can expand and extend your luck, but they cannot make you invincible and your luck infinite. 

I pray that Grayson Matthew's luck comes back, that his wound is not too serious, and that he completely recovers.

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Small Child Shoots Father at Wedding in Egypt (video)

In the video, we see the man, stated as the father, shoot a celebratory shot into the air.  He briefly examines the pistol, which appears to be a Browning type single action of some kind.  He may have put on the safety, but it is not clear.  He then places the pistol down, probably on a chair.   We can see the young child moving toward the pistol as it is put down.  

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In the video, the young boy picks up the pistol and seems to be trying to emulate his father.  The boys hands are placed such that even if the pistol safety was on, and there was a grip safety (not clear from the video), both could have been defeated by the child, and probably were, as the pistol clearly fired.

What is not clear is where the father was hit, if at all.  No hole  is visible in his shirt, and the angle of the shot makes it clear the the shot might have hit his shoulder, but would have missed his head.  He might have fallen down simply in response to the shot going off.

This child appears to be about 3-4 years old.  The case illustrates the necessity of close observation of young children around firearms, and the need to set a good example.   The child is merely doing what he saw his father do.  Firing a pistol into the air in a crowded urban setting is not a good safety practice.

Th date of the event is unclear.   The video was posted on 14 December, 2014, but the date is uncertain.   The location is listed as Egypt, but that is not verified in any way.  The man and child are described as father and son, but there is no verification.  If anyone has a more definite date and location, please let us know.

Update: a source in Turkey says that they believe this was in the news a few months back.  They say that the music is definitely Egyptian.

Found:  The incident occurred in Allepo, Syria, six years ago, and the father of the child died.

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