Monday, June 18, 2018

Wyoming: Another Successful Handgun Defense against a Grizzly

Image by Troy Nemitz

On May 31, 2018, about two o'clock in the afternoon, 23-year-old Noah Kolis was guiding three friends from Chicago. They started at his boyhood home near Cora, Wyoming. His dog, a Chesapeake-Lab mix, was with them. They were heading to some rock formations. Noah was carrying his 460V Smith & Wesson revolver. Two other men in the party were carrying bear spray. 

The two men with bear spray had fallen 50 yards behind. The dog alerted on something. Noah thought it was some sort of big animal. Then he saw the bears, a grizzly sow and cubs, uphill. He yelled at the dog, but it was too late. The dog came running back. The sow grizzly charged, moving extremely fast. His friend from Chicago bolted back down the trail.  Noah had his revolver out, as the bear came to a stop, just a dozen feet away. From jhnewsandguide.com:
“I was just thinking, ‘Don’t make me do this, don’t make me do this,’” Kolis said.

As he scanned the ground where the grizzly stood on all fours about a dozen feet away, the sight of the claws spurred the thought “Those will kill you.” His gut told him a second charge could be imminent. Adrenaline pumping, “my mind was quiet,” he said, as he then calmly pulled the trigger on his Smith & Wesson Model 460V revolver. The bullet struck the stationary bear in the cheek, and she fell.

Potential harm to himself averted, Kolis started “cursing up a storm,” mad at the situation and himself, as the bloodied bruin rolled down a steep hillside in the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s Boulder Basin. He shot at least three more times to end the sow’s misery, knowing the gravity of what had just happened.

“With the pull of my finger,” he said, “I just killed three bears.”
Smith & Wesson 460V revolver

The Wyoming Game and Fish department investigated the shooting. They found it to be justified self defense. From gillettenewsrecord.com:
“The dog saw the bear, the bear came after the dog, the dog ran back to the people,” he related.

The grizzly charged “head on” toward one man who was legally carrying a handgun and shot it several times as it ran to 10 feet in front of him.

“It happened really quickly,” Lund said.

One hiker carrying bear spray had it ready but couldn’t spray the bear because the other man was in front of him.
The sow had been involved in conflicts with people before.  Cora Wyoming is inside the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). Grizzly bears in the GYE have a bad record of being dangerous to humans. In 2017, over five percent of the grizzly bears in the GYE were either shot and killed in self defense, or killed by government officials after being shown to be an serious threat to people and their property.  In 2017, that was 35 bears out of a population of about 690.

The bear was wearing a collar. The collar showed the bear had been trapped and collared after conflicts in the Upper Green River area. The sow had two cubs with her. There is a good chance the cubs will not survive through the winter. Bear cubs have a high mortality rate. They are often killed and eaten by adult boar grizzlys.

The 460 S&W magnum is one of the most powerful pistol cartridges chambered in a revolver. This case illustrates how effective it can be at stopping a grizzly bear.  Handguns have stopped bear attacks 97% of the time in the cases that have been documented. All cases that involved pistols being used to defend against bears, that could be found, were included.

Bear spray might have worked. It can be effective.  In the studies most cited to recommend bear spray, the researchers refuse to release their data. Numerous flaws have been found in the methodology. The primary flaw seems to be in the selection of what cases to include in the data base. Most of the cases involving bear spray were with non-aggressive bears. In a study of firearm effectiveness by the same authors, most of the cases involved aggressive bears.

In this case, the bear had stopped only a dozen feet away. The situation was extremely dangerous. 23-year-old Noah Kolis my not be a big game hunter. He said the biggest thing he had killed previously was a rabbit he had hit with his car. He was calm in the face of a deadly threat. Others have said a magnum revolver in the hand calmed them enormously. From The Longest Minute-Terrifying Bear Attack:
  As I pulled the revolver out, a sudden calm came over me, and I knew everything would be fine.
Noah kept his cool and did what he had to do. He protected himself and his friends.

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FL: Home Invaders Driven off by Armed Father



The victim wouldn't go on camera but tells Fox 4 the men had guns when they broke into his home, punched him in the eye and stole nearly $1500.

He explains his dad grabbed his own gun after the burglars threatened to kill him and was able to shoot them off. He says the men ran out the front door and drove away. They immediately called police.
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ID: Neighbor Assaults Neighbor, gets Shot


Police said they arrested Bryan Huff, 29, of Pocatello, after he was released from Portneuf Medical Center early Sunday morning. Huff was treated at PMC for the gunshot wound to the arm he received in the 1000 block of West Clark Street during a dispute with a neighbor around 9:40 p.m. Saturday.

Huff has been booked into Bannock County Jail on a charge of felony aggravated battery for allegedly running at his neighbor while armed with a steel pipe in the neighbor's yard, police said.
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GA: Gunfight, Armed Victim Shoots 2 Suspects



DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Crime scene tape remained up late into the night Friday at the scene of a shopping center shooting.

Three would-be robbers are in the hospital after the couple they targeted pulled a gun and fought back.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Second Amendment Fight Protects More than Guns




People who talk and write about the Second Amendment focus on firearms. There is nothing wrong with that. Some people go off into the weeds on nuclear weapons, but the cost of obtaining one for non-state actors is prohibitive and covered in minute detail by thousands of pages of regulations.

Consider the other end of the spectrum. That end is clearly covered by the Second Amendment.

Consider how much protection the Second Amendment gives to items other than firearms. Items which are used and carried every day by tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of Americans.

This was driven home to me in the months I spent in Australia. The Australian right to arms, which should have come with the Australian Constitution, has been destroyed. It was driven into oblivion by the willingness of the Australian courts to follow the British lead and simply ignore it.

In Australia, the only item in the picture which can be carried without tacit police approval, is the pen, included for scale. A knife dealer assured me that no police official would prosecute me for carrying the Swiss army knife.  I was *not* allowed to carry it into a pub (bar). I could carry it most other places because I was obviously not a shady character, as long as I uttered the magic words that gave a reasonable reason to carry it (food preparation, farm work). That emphatically did *not* include self defense.

The Choat ice scraper was right out; reading the law, it appeared to fit the very broad Australian definition of a prohibited weapon. So are sling shots and cross bows. I probably could have gotten by carrying the Cold Steel with its 5.4 inch blade... but I did not want to risk it. This is how lives are penned in and circumscribed by the regulatory nanny state.

In America, because of incremental restoration of Second Amendment rights, things are different.

We have been in a cultural and legal war to restore Second Amendment rights for over 50 years. We were in a holding action for the previous 40. Progressivism detests the idea of the Second Amendment in its very essence. During the last 30 years, we have been winning the majority of the battles.

The focus has been on firearms. That focus has taken much of the regulatory steam out of attempts to destroy the right to carry items deemed of less lethality.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously, that electric stun guns are covered by the Second Amendment, in the Caetano decision. Several cities and states have repealed or revised their ban on stun guns. Knife Rights has been wildly successful in repealing or reforming knife laws in numerous states. Typing this in Wisconsin, I have no worries about carrying my Cold Steel XL Voyager virtually everywhere. (It is a wonderful knife. I have used it for everything from a mini-machete to gutting deer, to removing splinters to slicing apples). I can carry it in Wisconsin without worries, because of the efforts of Knife Rights.

When legislators are focused on firearms, it is possible to craft and pass reforms to eliminate stupid knife bans.

I do not know of any state that bans the Choate ice scrapper. Maybe New Jersey, maybe New York City.  Knife reform law passed the legislature twice in New York State, very close to unanimously, but was vetoed by Governor Cuomo.

The American fight to restore the Second Amendment keeps those who wish Americans disarmed from focusing on knives, slingshots, ice scrappers, stun guns and walking sticks. As I read the law in Wisconsin, I may legally carry a sword cane or strap a sword to may belt and stroll through Milwaukee.

It is time consuming, frustrating, and expensive for people to keep fighting to restore the Second Amendment. It has been going on for decades. Doing so, Second Amendment supporters keep the fight focused on firearms, and away from "less lethal" items. That is worth a good deal.

As legislation is passed reforming knife law, and removing bans on other weapons, momentum is built for reforming gun law and restoring Second Amendment rights.  In England, a judge is calling for legislation to remove the point from English knives.

That view is derided with laughter in America. That derision occurs because the Second Amendment fight is focused on firearms, making concerns about knives mockable.

The fight to restore Second Amendment rights is far from over, but there are many positive secondary effects.

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NY: Legally Armed Man Shoots 1 of 4 Armed Robbery Suspects


Rochester Police said four men tried to rob the 40-year-old victim of his vehicle and property around 11:30 p.m. Investigators said one of the suspects was armed and threatened the victim.

The victim shot the suspect at least once in the upper body with a legally registered handgun. The injured suspect is in serious but stable condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.
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Followup In: Guard Justified in Strip Club Shooting


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Prosecutors say they will not file charges against a security guard involved in a deadly shooting outside a strip club.

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OH: Neighbor Shoots Axe-Weilding man who Attacked Woman



An ax-wielding man attacking a woman inside a pickup truck was shot and killed by a neighbor who intervened in a suspected South Toledo domestic dispute, police said.

Lt. Kevan Toney said the shooter told police he saw the man strike a woman with an ax or hatchet inside a vehicle shortly after noon Wednesday on Nelson Avenue, just east of Lodge Avenue. The neighbor intervened and shot the man, identified as Bernard Neyland, 59, of Toledo.
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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Evanston Gun Turn In Nets 32 guns


The Evanston, Illinois Police Department held a gun turn in on 9 June, 2018. They offered $100 for any gun turned in. People turning in guns had to identify themselves as from a limited geographical area. They had to be residents of Skokie, Evanston, or the North side of Chicago.

It is interesting to note that ID has to be used to turn in guns to the police, but must be forbidden in order to vote.

The requirement for I.D. was likely caused by Second Amendment entrepreneurs who use these events to dump old, cheap, guns.

The advertisement for the event says there will be no arrests; that it is an amnesty event. 

The guns were supposed to be functional. Some amount, to be determined at the gun turn in, would be paid for ammunition and magazines. 32 firearms were turned in for $100 each. There were 6 long guns, and 26 handguns. From patch.com:
EVANSTON, IL — Police announced 32 guns were brought in to a gun buyback event Saturday at Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Evanston. The buyback brought in 26 handguns and six long guns at $100 apiece. The unwanted firearms are not longer at risk of misuse or entering the criminal market, police said.

Police thanked all the citizens who turned in their guns and said community cooperation made the event a success. The $3,200 in cash that funded the event was provided by an anonymous donor. The buyback was organized by the Evanston P.D.'s Problem Solving Team, according to a release.
The long guns had a couple of collectible items. There appears to be a WWII M1 carbine. Carbines, if they are original, command a good price. Even aftermarket carbines are worth hundreds of dollars. A Winchester Model 1907 is just above the Carbine. They were chambered for the .351 Winchester round, which is expensive and difficult to come by.  The rifles go for about $600-$900.

It is harder to ID most of the handguns. Several are inexpensive semi-autos. I suspect one of the semi-autos is an Iver Johnson or Erma TP-22. Two look to be the ubiquitous, but reliable, Raven .25.  I see a Beretta pocket top break semi-auto. There appears to be a couple of Smith & Wesson revolvers, but they might be Spanish clones. Taurus or Rossi Revolvers have a similar appearance. An later model H&R is represented just above the single shot shotgun folding shotgun.

One intriguing turn in looks like a Webley top break that was nickel plated, with a 2 inch barrel.  There are a three other older top break revolvers, along with a North American Arms mini revolver.

There is one shotgun with a sawed off barrel, wrapped in something like duct tape.  Those generally require an NFA tax stamp to own legally.

It is unlikely that any of these collectible and inexpensive guns would ever be used in a crime. Even leftist academics agree with that. From  Freakonomics
When it comes to gun buybacks, both the theory and the data could not be clearer in showing that they don’t work. The only guns that get turned in are ones that people put little value on anyway. There is no impact on crime. On the positive side, the “cash for clunkers” program is more attractive than the gun buyback program because, as long as they are being driven, old cars pollute, whereas old guns just sit there.
It is not unusual. Academic studies are in agreement that gun “buybacks” do not reduce crime; that police resources used for them could be better spent elsewhere.

The major purpose of these events seem to be to send the propaganda message: Guns bad, turn them in to the police!

I did not see evidence of private buyers at this event. If any showed up, please let us know about it.

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DE: Burglary Suspect shot, Killed by Homeowner

PIKE CREEK, Del. (WPVI) -- Police in Delaware say a burglary suspect who was shot after illegally entering a home has died.

The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Elijah Gordy-Stith.

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FL: Would be Carjacker Stopped by two Firearm Carriers



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WSVN) — Police say a man who tried to carjack two people was thwarted after the victims both pulled out guns to protect themselves.

According to Fox 30, Jacksonville police officers arrested 36-year-old Christopher Raymond Hill, charging him with strong-arm robbery, carjacking with firearm or deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and trespassing.
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TX: Assailant Shot and Killed, no charges as Police Investigate



When Lopez went back into the home, he allegedly threatened the shooter and pointed his gun at him. The shooter pulled out his own gun and shot Lopez, who was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after they arrived to the home, authorities said.
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Friday, June 15, 2018

TX: Patterson Reports on Governor Abbot's Gun Control Proposals

Governor Gregg Abbott has been a friend to Second Amendment supporters in Texas. After the tragic shooting at the Santa Fe High School, he held several meetings to come up with suggestions to improve school safety. In the Longview News-Journal, former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson writes that these firearm related measures are what Governor Abbot will send to the legislature as part of his plan. Patterson contends that none of these measures will infringe on Second Amendment rights. From Longview newsjournal.com:
■ 1. Closing reporting gaps for federal background checks by creating a case management system for Texas judges.

■ 2. Encouraging the Legislature to carefully study the possible creation of a “red flag” law to permit the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person — only after legal due process is provided, and on a temporary basis.

■ 3. Requiring the courts to report within 48 hours any judgment, protective order or family violence conviction affecting the right to legally purchase and possess firearms.

■ 4. Strengthening the state’s existing safe firearm storage law by changing the definition of “child” to include 17-year-olds, clarifying that secure storage of a loaded or unloaded firearm around children is required, and increasing the penalty level from a Class A misdemeanor to a 3rd-degree felony when access results in death or serious bodily injury.

■ 5. Promoting the voluntary use of devices to secure firearms.

■ 6. Requiring gun owners to report within 10 days when their firearms are lost or stolen to aid law enforcement.
As Patterson notes, you have to see the actual wording of legislation to critically assess its impacts. Nonetheless, there are areas that raise serious concerns about the aboe propositions. Some of those concerns:

1. Closing reporting gaps for federal background checks by creating a case management system for Texas judges.

Much depends on the details here. The entire background check system needs to be reformed from the current presumption of guilt to a presumption of innocence. Instead of a person attempting to prove that they are allowed to have access to firearms, the presumption should be they have the right to access unless they have been adjudicated as a "prohibited person". If the "closing gaps" language is only to make sure that adjudicated prohibited possessors are added to the system, it would not add further infringements.

2. Encouraging the Legislature to carefully study the possible creation of a “red flag” law to permit the removal of firearms from a potentially dangerous person — only after legal due process is provided, and on a temporary basis.

Due process and temporary are key here. "Red flag" laws hold serious potential for abuse of Second Amendment rights. As this is only an "encouragement to study", it likely does little harm.

 3. Requiring the courts to report within 48 hours any judgment, protective order or family violence conviction affecting the right to legally purchase and possess firearms.

 This probably does little harm. It works to insure faster responses to existing "prohibited person" law. The problem is the increasing, incremental addition of more prohibited person categories.

4. Strengthening the state’s existing safe firearm storage law by changing the definition of “child” to include 17-year-olds, clarifying that secure storage of a loaded or unloaded firearm around children is required, and increasing the penalty level from a Class A misdemeanor to a 3rd-degree felony when access results in death or serious bodily injury.

This is a very dangerous infringement. It forms part of the an incremental scheme to have the state in control of firearms ownership. The vast majority of teenagers have shown themselves to be fully responsible in their handling of firearms.  Gun storage laws have been shown to be ineffective in reducing accidents with children, and are associated with an increase in crime. They demonize gun owners with the presumption that teens cannot be trusted with access to guns in the home. There are numerous cases where teens accessed guns in the home and successfully used them for self defense. This part of the plan would make those self defense acts into criminal acts.

5. Promoting the voluntary use of devices to secure firearms.

Relatively harmless, as long as it remains "voluntary". But "voluntary" actions , when sanctioned by the state, tend to become mandatory.

 6. Requiring gun owners to report within 10 days when their firearms are lost or stolen to aid law enforcement.

The idea that the victim of a theft would be further victimized by the requirement to report to the police after their property is stolen, is anathema to the rule of law. Moreover, it only "works" with extensive firearm registration data. It significantly chills the exercise of Second Amendment rights by increasing the risk of criminal prosecution for gun ownership. The entire concept of gun tracing does nothing to control crime.  Its purpose seems to be to victimize the original owner, and to aid in state control over gun owners. Recovering stolen guns uses a different data base (NCIC) than that used to trace gun ownership (BATFE).

Any moves toward a gun registration system are significant threats to Second Amendment rights. As seen in California, setting up a registration system is very useful for the state to implement incremental gun confiscation.

Property owners, including gun owners, should never be held responsible for what happens when their property is used without their consent or control.  A mandatory reporting system shifts the burden of proof to gun owners, to prove their property was not in their control.  It is a heavy burden that chills the exercise of Second Amendment rights.

Governor Abbott has been a Second Amendment supporter. These proposals contain several problem areas that need to be addressed. Several of the proposals imply that gun ownership and the Second Amendment are the problem instead of the solution. That needs to be changed.

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NV: Las Vegas Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder



A central valley homeowner shot and killed an intruder Wednesday morning, Las Vegas police said.
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MS: Gunfight, Armed Clerk Shoots, Kills Armed Robbery Suspect



MCCOMB, Miss. —

A suspected robber was killed Monday after exchanging gunfire with a store clerk, McComb police said.

The robbery was reported about 9:40 p.m. at the Bigner's gas station on Presley Boulevard in McComb, police said.
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KY: Armed Homeowner Holds Tresspasser for Police

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man armed with a baseball bat was met by a gun-wielding homeowner this morning as he tried to break into a home, according to authorities.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

I Ain't Never Shot me a Horse Before

Roy Eykamp about 16 years old, 1933
Rifle appears to be a Springfield 86

Early this year, I attended the birthday party for 100 year old Roy Eykamp, in New South Wales, Australia.

Roy Eykamp, when he was young, learned that practical jokes can have lasting effects.

On the Eykamp farm near Quirindi, New South Wales, 100 year old Roy told me about his life experiences. On the family farm where he was raised in South Dakota, they were using horses during the depression. He was about 15 at the time  (1932). One of the last horses was getting very old and sick. He needed help to get to his feet. The horse had to be put down.

Roy was already an accomplished shot at 15. His father was a bit sentimental. The horse had given long and faithful service. The horse was suffering. Roy's father, Will, asked Roy to shoot the horse for him. Roy's father handed Roy his brother's (Roy's uncle) Winchester lever action .25-20. Roy had shot the rifle before.

Roy went out in the pasture to shoot the horse.

As Roy got close to the horse, a car came down the county road that went through the farm. On the other side of the dirt road was a slough that was not mowed. It was fall, and the slough was a good place to hunt pheasants.

The car was not local. It stopped and the driver rolled down the window. The driver asked Roy if they could hunt pheasants in the slough across the road.

Roy said no, they could not. They saved those pheasants for their own hunting.

Then Roy conceived his practical joke.

Dropping one corner of his mouth to appear as imbecilic as possible, closing his eyes a slight amount, and slurring his words a little, speaking slowly and deliberately, he said:

"I ain't never shot a horse before. I think I'll shoot me a horse."

The .25-20 came up to his shoulder. The horse was only 20 feet away. Roy knew exactly where to aim on the horses head for an instant death.

Bang! The horse fell dead.

Roy said the wheels on the strange car never stopped spinning in the gravel until a quarter mile down the road.

20 years later, Roy was hunting wolves from the air for bounty in Canada. Roy did not raise animals on his farm in South Dakota, so he had time to go to Canada in the winter, and hunt wolves. Harley Rauch, the South Dakota aviator, was the pilot. Rauch had pioneered the concept.  About 1953, Harley asked Roy to be his shooter. In Canada, a wealthy sportsman from Chicago was giving a banquet in the area, and all American hunters were invited.



Roy decided to attend the banquet. During the proceedings, one of the Chicago hunters stood up and told the story about how they had been asking to hunt pheasants in South Dakota, 20 years earlier. Some imbecilic farm boy shot a horse, right in front of them, for no reason. They were lucky to escape with their lives.

Roy considered standing up and saying, "I was that farm boy".  He decided discretion was the better part of valor, and said nothing.


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LA: Gunfight, Homeowner and Intruder both Shot, Killed



The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into an incident in Denham Springs on Sunday morning (June 10) in which the homeowner and an intruder shot each other to death, according to numerous media reports.

The homeowner, Beaux Bailey, 36, and another man, identified as Ted Bourn, 37, of Tupelo, Miss., were found dead inside the house after authorities responded to a report of a home invasion.
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FL: Carjacker with Knive Stopped by Drivers with Guns



A man who robbed a Florida Walmart liquor store at knifepoint tried to get away by carjacking two people, but they both scared him off with guns they had in their vehicles, Jacksonville police said, according to a report by CBS-Fox 30.
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FL: Woman Shoots Intruder


OVIEDO, Fla. - A woman shot an intruder Monday afternoon in unincorporated Seminole County near the University of Central Florida, sheriff's officials said.

The shooting was reported around 1 p.m. in the 2000 block of Westbourne Drive near Oviedo.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Mountain Lion Attack Stopped by Man with Handgun ... in 2008


Family photo of P.J. Schalow and lion that attacked him

This attack from 2008 shows the utility of a handgun for defense against big predators. In this case, the mountain lion was found to have rabies. That accounted for its lethargic behavior. The lion ignored the adults in the group and went right for the children. P.J. Schalow was 10 years old at the time. The account in Today is the only one to identify the firearm used as a handgun. From today.com:
“You could see he was definitely sizing [P.J] up,” Smith said. “He put his paw on his shoulder. He put his mouth directly on top of his head, and I think if the head had been smaller, he’d have been picked up.”

Fortunately, another adult — P.J.’s uncle — in the party had brought a handgun along and had left it in a vehicle that was parked nearby. He ran to get the gun, and when the animal started to investigate whether P.J.’s head was bite-sized, Smith told him to shoot the animal, which he did with one extremely well-placed shot.
Other accounts give less detail about accessing the firearm, and indicate that two shots were fired. Notice that this account is second hand. The person speaking in the article is an Arizona wildlife biologist, Randy Babb. Babb was not present at the attack.  From  foxnews.com in 2008:
Babb said the attack occurred while the boy and his family were taking a break from riding all-terrain vehicles. He said while the animal tried to bite Paul's head, it didn't actually do it, only slightly clawing the boy's back.

A member of the group shot the lion twice, killing it, Babb said. He didn't know what kind of weapon was used.
This account from the Camp Verde Bugle, also says there were two shots. Maybe the cat was shot twice. The uncle deserves commendation for shooting straight in a tense situation. From cvbugle.com:
Suddenly everyone was yelling at Paul "not to move" and the somewhat lethargic lion placed his jaw on the boy's head and put its paw on him.

The young boy said he could not feel the teeth because they were dull, but Paul did feel the scratches from the big paw. The lion did not attack further and the boy's uncle shot at the cat. The animal became a little "wobbly" and went to a tree then moved toward Paul again and it was shot a second time. The child was scratched by the cat's paw when the lion was spooked by gunfire.
The motivation for the scratches differ from account to account. This is the only one to attribute it to action taken after the sho.

Rabid animals can take considerable damage to stop. They do not respond the same way as animals that are healthy. Mountain lion attacks often allow the victims a bit of time to access weapons.  In this case, fortunately, the uncle had time to go to his vehicle and retrieve the handgun. The cougar was probably at the end of the "rage stage", where attacks on anything are common. The next stage results in paralysis.

We do not know what caliber, make or model the handgun was.  Mountain lions do not have a reputation for requiring powerful firearms to put them down.  When they were hunted with dogs in the 1950s and 60s, many were shot with .22 rimfire cartridges out of rifles and pistols.

There is an interesting compilation of mountain lion incidents and attacks titled: Cougar Attacks & Other Incidents -2000 to date. I found it on the Internet in a read only document. It has been updated through June of 2017. The compilation lists 61 mountain lion attacks that resulted in injuries in the 16 and a half years, and at least 31 cases where attacks were thwarted by aggressive action.
While mountain lion attacks are rare, it is because mountain lions are not common, and interactions between mountain lions and humans are uncommon.
In ordinary life, people are much more likely to be attacked by another person, than by a mountain lion.

But if you are hiking in territories inhabited by mountain lions, they are a serious danger, just as is lightning, drowning, and falling.

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DE: Homeowner Shoots Burglary Suspect

Police learned that a 20-year-old male suspect had unlawfully entered a residence in the 1100 block of Flint Hill Road while the family was inside. The homeowner located the suspect in a room of the residence at which time a gun shot was fired striking the male suspect.

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TX: Domestic Defense? Brother Shoots Brother who Threatened Mother

A man was killed by his own brother after he threatened to hit their mother with a sledgehammer at a home in Katy, police say.

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OH: Homeowner Shoots Through Door, Investigatioln Ongoing



The man eventually went to his vehicle and returned, continuing to threaten the residents.

The homeowner told police he believed that when the man had left, he had gone to retrieve a weapon, and that when he returned, the homeowner was armed with a .12-gauge shotgun, Davis said.

“He claimed the individual made furtive movements and he fired two shots, striking the individual in the pelvic area,” Davis said.
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Common Sense School Protection Going Nowhere in North Carolina



Several North Carolina legislators have introduced a common sense solution to increase protection for schools in North Carolina, The bill, HB 1039, also known as the School Self-Defense Act, has been introduced, but has not been voted out of committee.  It is in the Committee on Rules, Calender, and Operations of the House.

The premise of the bill is simple. Take responsible members of the school staff who already are permitted to carry concealed weapons in the rest of the community. Require them to obtain training in responding to an active shooter. Allow them to carry concealed in the school, to provide a discreet, immediate armed response to a deadly force situation in the school. From abc11.com:
"HB 1039, School Self-Defense Act, would have allowed this common sense, practical solution to be implemented in North Carolina," said Representative Larry Pittman (R) 82nd District, one of the bill's sponsors. "However, seeking to avoid controversy in an election year, our leadership has chosen not to allow this bill even to be heard in committee. This is a failure to act that I fear may one day cost lives that could have been saved."

House Bill 1039 authorizes some faculty or staff members to carry a handgun onto school grounds "to respond to acts of violence or an imminent threat of violence."

"I believe that there are many teachers who would want to be armed and want to be in a position to protect their children from any kind of a school shooter," said Jean Fitzsimmons, a retired teacher.

Under the bill, the person would need a valid concealed handgun permit and 16 hours of active shooter training. Plus, the school or governing body could opt out.
Polls have revealed about 20% of teachers favor having armed teachers capable of protecting the children in their schools. Many teachers have military and law enforcement experience.

People with concealed carry permits have already shown themselves to be extremely safe and responsible. Statistics on people who have concealed carry permits show that they are far less likely to commit crimes than police officers.
The bill simply removes many obstacles that have been put in place to make it difficult for teachers to provide protection for their students. It does not force any teachers to be armed, but provides a mechanism for those who wish to volunteer, to do so.  As the teachers are volunteers, additional expenses to the school are minimal.

Advantages of this approach are many. Students do not know who, or how many, teachers may be armed at any one time. Thus, it becomes difficult to plan a successful rampage shooting. Rampage shooters typically plan their event for months, sometimes over a year, in advance. Introducing the variable of one or more unknown armed individuals in the school makes the planning far more difficult. Knowing that the individuals are trained to deal with active shooters increases the difficulty.

There is evidence that increasing the difficulty can cause potential shooters to abandon the project or to seek other targets. The more time used, the more possibility the shooter will be discovered, discouraged, or simply mature out of a dangerous fixation on rampage shootings.

The standard response to increasing the numbers of armed defenders in schools is a simplistic slogan - "no guns in schools". The slogan makes no sense. The slogan might as well be "no guns in schools until too late!"

Requiring law enforcement to respond to an active shooter, from outside a school, has been shown to take too much time. Most active shooting incidents are over in five minutes.

Having a few volunteers who know how to use weapons, carry them concealed routinely, and who have had specialized training in reacting to active shooters, is simple, inexpensive, and effective on several levels.

The majority of teachers who do not wish to be armed would not be required to be armed. Those who have experience, the desire to protect, and the willingness to undergo some training, could do so.

Many teachers have already shown their willingness to engage active shooters when unarmed, often paying with their lives. Those teachers would have been much more effective if they had been allowed to be armed.

Having armed and known school police officers, who are unwilling to actually protect the students, was counterproductive in the Parkland shooting.


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TSA Discovers Over 100 Pistols May 14-20 2018 in Carry-ons


The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) discovered 101 pistols in carry-on luggage at TSA covered airports in the United States during the week of 14-20 May, 2018.  The above collage of 27 pistols pictures are a sample of those found.

The characteristics of the pistols found included caliber, make, and model for most of the pistols.  Seven pistols did not have a caliber listed.

9mm pistols were the clear favorite, with 43 of the 94 pistols being in 9mm. Another 23 were in .380 caliber. 9x19 and 9x17 (to use the European designation, made up 66 of the 94 pistols found. There were 7 .45 caliber guns, 6 .38 revolvers, 6 .40 caliber pistols, 3 .357 magnums, 2 .22 LR, 2 .32 caliber Kel-Tec semi-autos (one with a crimson trace laser), 1 .22 magnum North American
Arms mini revolver, and 1 Glock 20 10mm.

My vote for the most unusual goes to the unloaded Colt Woodsman discovered at O'Hare International Airport (ORD).  Ernest Hemingway favored the Colt as a carry gun for the big city, because of its accuracy and ease of use. Maybe someone in Chicago was a fan.

The quality of the pistols found suggest most were taken from people who can legally carry them in most places. There are over 16 million people with carry permits in the United States, and there are 13 states where no carry permit is required.

While the number may be increasing, last year about 4,000 pistols were found in carry-on luggage. That may seem like a lot, until you realize it is one pistol found for every 194,000 passengers passing through the TSA checkpoints that year.

When you reach those numbers, you start getting into the rare, but bound to happen, category.

Everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect. Given enough time and actions, everyone makes an error. An executive is interrupted by a family emergency, just as he has decided to remove the pistol from his briefcase, before a trip. His mind registers that he did, but he did not, and then gets rushed to catch his flight.

A helpful teen puts mothers pistol back in her purse, and forgets to tell her before she takes off to the airport.

There are many ways in which mistakes can be made. I found a full box of .22 ammunition once, inside a computer bag I took to a conference. The ammo did not come back with me.

While many find the idea of misplacing a pistol unbelievable, try doing something every day for 530 years, and never making a mistake. That is the ratio of error that one in 194,000 compares to. We do not know how many pistols go through without being detected.

Most of these errors are investigated and recognized for what they are: honest mistakes. Sometimes fines are imposed, sometimes not. Much depends on where the discovery occurs. In New York, there will be considerable trouble. In Alaska, more sanity is likely.

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AL: Man Assaults Neighbor, is Shot, Killed



According to investigators, Michael Moore Watson, 47, confronted and assaulted a neighbor over loud music. Deputies say Watson then turned toward a family member of the assault victim, and a man shot him.
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OH: Gunfight, 84-Year-Old Trades Shots with 2 Suspects, is Wounded

SILVERTON, Ohio -- An 84-year-old man was wounded Sunday night when he exchanged gunfire with two men who broke into his home, according to reports.

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TN: Clerk Shoots, Kills, Armed Robbery Suspect



ORANGE — Police in Orange are investigating a fatal shooting in which they say a convenience store clerk shot and killed a man with a gun during an attempted robbery.
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Second Amendment Fight Protects More than Guns




People who talk and write about the Second Amendment focus on firearms. There is nothing wrong with that. Some people go off into the weeds on nuclear weapons, but the cost of obtaining one for non-state actors is prohibitive and covered in minute detail by thousands of pages of regulations.

Consider the other end of the spectrum. That end is clearly covered by the Second Amendment.

Consider how much protection the Second Amendment gives to items other than firearms. Items which are used and carried every day by tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of Americans.

This was driven home to me in the months I spent in Australia. The Australian right to arms, which should have come with the Australian Constitution, has been destroyed. It was driven into oblivion by the willingness of the Australian courts to follow the British lead and simply ignore it.

In Australia, the only item in the picture which can be carried without tacit police approval, is the pen, included for scale. A knife dealer assured me that no police official would prosecute me for carrying the Swiss army knife.  I was *not* allowed to carry it into a pub (bar). I could carry it most other places because I was obviously not a shady character, as long as I uttered the magic words that gave a reasonable reason to carry it (food preparation, farm work). That emphatically did *not* include self defense.

The Choat ice scraper was right out; reading the law, it appeared to fit the very broad Australian definition of a prohibited weapon. So are sling shots and cross bows. I probably could have gotten by carrying the Cold Steel with its 5.4 inch blade... but I did not want to risk it. This is how lives are penned in and circumscribed by the regulatory nanny state.

In America, because of incremental restoration of Second Amendment rights, things are different.

We have been in a cultural and legal war to restore Second Amendment rights for over 50 years. We were in a holding action for the previous 40. Progressivism detests the idea of the Second Amendment in its very essence. During the last 30 years, we have been winning the majority of the battles.

The focus has been on firearms. That focus has taken much of the regulatory steam out of attempts to destroy the right to carry items deemed of less lethality.

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously, that electric stun guns are covered by the Second Amendment, in the Caetano decision. Several cities and states have repealed or revised their ban on stun guns. Knife Rights has been wildly successful in repealing or reforming knife laws in numerous states. Typing this in Wisconsin, I have no worries about carrying my Cold Steel XL Voyager virtually everywhere. (It is a wonderful knife. I have used it for everything from a mini-machete to gutting deer, to removing splinters to slicing apples). I can carry it in Wisconsin without worries, because of the efforts of Knife Rights.

When legislators are focused on firearms, it is possible to craft and pass reforms to eliminate stupid knife bans.

I do not know of any state that bans the Choate ice scrapper. Maybe New Jersey, maybe New York City.  Knife reform law passed the legislature twice in New York State, very close to unanimously, but was vetoed by Governor Cuomo.

The American fight to restore the Second Amendment keeps those who wish Americans disarmed from focusing on knives, slingshots, ice scrappers, stun guns and walking sticks. As I read the law in Wisconsin, I may legally carry a sword cane or strap a sword to may belt and stroll through Milwaukee.

It is time consuming, frustrating, and expensive for people to keep fighting to restore the Second Amendment. It has been going on for decades. Doing so, Second Amendment supporters keep the fight focused on firearms, and away from "less lethal" items. That is worth a good deal.

As legislation is passed reforming knife law, and removing bans on other weapons, momentum is built for reforming gun law and restoring Second Amendment rights.  In England, a judge is calling for legislation to remove the point from English knives.

That view is derided with laughter in America. That derision occurs because the Second Amendment fight is focused on firearms, making concerns about knives mockable.

The fight to restore Second Amendment rights is far from over, but there are many positive secondary effects.

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Free Tommy Youtube on Trafalgar Square



Tommy Robinson has been a thorn in the side of pro-immigration British politicians for years. He refuses to be silenced, even though ordered by a court to shut up and stop video taping outside a court where a rape - child grooming trial was going on.

His imprisonment has set off massive protests in England, where many people thought they had the right to free speech.

While I know nothing of the video taker of this video, it gives excellent views of the protest.



Link to video

This sort of coverage shows the power of the Internet and social media. It will continue to grow in importance, unless Google and other corporate giants use their power to censor it. The old media have lost control of the narrative. Control that they had for 60 years or more.

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2018 May NICS Background Checks Highest on Record


May 2018 set a new record for the number of National Instant background Checks conducted by the FBI. 2,002,992 background checks were conducted in May, 2018. The next highest May was in 2017, at 1,942,677. Before that, the next highest May was in 2016, at 1,870,000.

There were numerous predictions that President Trump would preside over an era of decreasing firearm sales. Firearm sales dropped a little from the record levels in the 2016 presidential election year, but not much. 2017 had the second highest ever yearly total NICS checks. 2018 is trending higher than 2017. In 2017, at the end of May, the total NICS checks were 10,699,334. In 2018, they are 11,357,627. That is 97% of the number of the top year, 2016, 11,698,006.

97% of the the all time record is not a bad year.

One reason is the booming Trump economy, with the stock market breaking records, unemployment at record lows, and consumer confidence at record highs.

Combine the good economic news with the push by Democrats and the Left-Media for more restrictions on gun ownership and use, and the record numbers make sense. Much of the push for gun bans and restrictions are for sport utility rifles such as the AR-15 and clones. These rifles, as a class, are the most popular rifles in the United States. They are one of the most easily recognizable rifles in the nation. Millions of Americans own them and shoot them. It may be that millions more Americans want them, but have not purchased them yet.

Highly restrictive laws on ownership and use have passed in California, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Those states have Democrat administrations. It does not take a doctorate in political science for Americans in other states to understand the potential if Democrats are elected in their state.

When more restrictive laws are pushed nationally and locally, many who have been considering gun purchases are motivated to take the next step.

NICS numbers do not translate directly into increases in the private stock of guns in the United States. Many NICS checks are done on guns that are in the existing stock. Gun stores do NICS checks on guns that have been traded in, purchased from an estate, or sold on consignment. Many NICS checks are done for people who obtain carry permits. In half of the states, once the NICS check is done for a carry permit, more NICS checks are not required for further purchases as long as the carry permit is valid.

One NICS check can be used to purchase multiple guns at one time. 

The estimate for the number of privately owned firearms in the United States at the end of 2017 was 418 million. In the first five months of 2018, using a conservative estimate of .56 new guns for each NICS check, over 6 million additional firearms have been added. That brings the estimated total to 424 million so far. The total is likely to exceed 430 million guns by the end of 2018.

The number of private firearms in the United States has been calculated using the method pioneered by Newton and Zimring, then extended by Dr. Gary Kleck in his seminal work, "Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America" Table 2.1.

The methodology used by Kleck was applied to  the figures obtained from the ATF for years after 1987.  The number shown is the cumulative addition of domestic manufacture plus imports minus exports.  This does not count guns shipped to the U.S. military.   The figures are rounded to the nearest million. The figures for 2017 and 2018 are estimated from the NICS checks.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

UT: Man Shot after Forced Entry to Apartment



Police said that man allegedly broke into one of the apartments just moments prior and was confronted by a resident who was armed with a gun.

“There may have been some type of altercation inside the apartment which led to the shooting,” Oehler said.
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IN: Male Suspect Shot Breaking into Home



GARY — A homeowner shot and wounded a Hobart man Sunday as the man and a woman broke into his Aetna home, police said.

Nathan K. Cole, 32, Hobart, was shot by the 29-year-old homeowner as Cole forced his way into the home, according to police and court records.
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UT: Man Shoots, Kills Female Burglary Suspect



The 26-year-old man woke up about 5:30 a.m. to the sound of his garage door opening. His dogs started barking, too, so he went downstairs with a gun to investigate, West Jordan police officer Scott List said .

He had “some kind of altercation” with the female burglar before firing at and hitting her. She died at the home, near 6800 W. 7600 South.
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

AK-47 Used in Self Defense



Sport Utility Rifles are very effective as home defense tools. They are easy to use, have sufficient power, and the magazine capacity to handle multiple assailants with standard capacity, commonly available magazines.  In this story from Memphis, Tennessee, a homeowner got into a gunfight with two armed burglars. From wmcactionnews.com:
"I see my house being ransacked and the dog was still going hysterical in the cage," he said. "When he saw me he notified the other individual that was with him, 'hey, they are here.'"
That's the moment he said when the suspected burglars pulled out guns, but he was able to get to a hall closet to get his.
"I had my own personal AK-47," he said.
The homeowner admits it's not the first time there's been a shooting at his home. Police markings show where the home was shot up less than a year ago.
"I don't know what's going on but I know I'm going to defend my life to the best of my ability," he said.
The shooting occurred on the evening of 1 June, 2018, in the Colonial Acres neighborhood.

Sport Utility rifles were designed with reliability and defense against multiple people in mind. The ergonomics are good for large and small framed people.

People who want a disarmed population are most concerned with sport utility rifles. It does not make sense; these rifles are seldom used in crime, suicide, or accidents, all of which are predominated by pistols.

They are not used much by criminals because they are harder to conceal than pistols.

Use of a sport utility rifle in a home defense plan calls for thought and consideration of the rifle and ammunition. If the home to be defended is in a country/rural setting, the possibility of over penetration is less of a problem. In the Tennessee case, the brick exterior of the house served to limit penetration problems. Sport utility rifles commonly use popular calibers. Cartridges in those calibers are available with bullets designed to limit penetration.

As with any home defense plan, how long the defenders may have to wait for reinforcements is a consideration. In the Tennessee case, the homeowner had been the victim of a previous shooting, which left bullet pockmarks on the outside of the brick.


 image from wmcationnews.com


A homeowner in Texas prevailed over assailants doing a drive-by shooting at his house, using an AR-15.

I wonder if the defender lives in a rough part of Memphis. Perhaps readers who have local knowledge can educate us about that.

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Followup TX: Wounded Robbery Suspect Found with Cash on Ground



A suspected robber is believed to have been shot in the face during an East Side stickup, police said.

It's unclear who or what the suspect robbed, but when police found him just before midnight in the 100 block of Rambling Drive, officers found cash on the ground all around him.
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Followup FL: No Charges for Timothy Sartori in Shooting of Dennis Hicks



Timothy Sartori, 29, told investigators he shot and killed Dennis Hicks, 38, in self-defense.

Despite Hicks being unarmed, the State Attorney’s Office said evidence supports Sartori’s self defense claim.
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AR: Intruder Attacks Man at 3 a.m. Man Shoots him with Shotgun



At about 3 a.m. Wednesday on Clear Creek Road near Kibler, a man woke up to the sound of his home alarm going off. When he opened the door to his garage, he was attacked.

The man shot the attacker in the head with a shotgun, but it didn't kill him. The attacker ran off.
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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Prominent California Farmer Attempts to Comply with Law, Raided, Arrested, Charged with Dozen Felonies



 image from kget.com

Last month, April, 2018, the California Department of Justice raided prominent Kern County Farmer. The justification for the raid were pictures the farmer had sent to the Department of Justice in an attempt to register a rifle. The DOJ claimed the rifle was an illegally modified "Assault weapon".  During the raid, the DOJ confiscated 230 rounds of ammunition, a dozen guns, two objects claimed to be "silencers", and some sort of trigger activator.

There is reason to be wary of the accuracy of the claims of what was found during the raid. California law is very complex. California law enforcement officers have been known to make mistakes about what is an "assault weapon" and what is not. "Silencers" can only be determined with a test to see if the devices actually reduce the sound signature of a firearm. There are many fake look alike simulated "silencers" on the market.  From kget.com:
Retired KCSO Commander Joe Pilkington is a court recognized firearms expert. He could not speak directly to Kirschenmann's case but says the laws are changing so frequently, it's often hard to keep up with the latest regulations.

"Just in the last few years, there have been lots of changes in gun laws," he said. "Making an effort, a good faith effort to comply with these really complicated laws, should count for something."

A new state law requires assault-style weapons be registered by the end of June.

Pilkington recommends anyone who isn't sure about the process go through a federally licensed firearms dealer.
For years, those who wish a disarmed population have told Second Amendment supporters that registration does not lead to confiscation. Second Amendment supporters have been repeatedly told  "no one wants to confiscate your guns".

In this case, an attempt to register a gun led to confiscation of several guns and a dozen felony charges against the owner of the gun who had made the attempt.

The raid was counter productive, if the purpose was to actually have guns registered.

Comments among gun owner ran to these lines:

Don't ever register anything. It cannot lead to anything good.

Guy was probably trying to do the right thing. He has money, now he will be bankrupted by the state.

Can't possibly know what is legal and illegal anymore, without a law degree.

Too bad he wasn't an illegal alien. They would go easy on him.

California gun laws are extremely complex. They are difficult to follow. And the California State Attorney's office has a reputation for pursuing extremely strict, even bizarre, interpretations of the law.  A federal judge had this to say about California gun law, in 2017. From  sandiegouniontribune.com:
The judge eviscerated the attorney general’s arguments and said while the lawyer was well-prepared in her presentation, she was not able to describe certain intricacies of the law.

“Who could blame her? The California matrix of gun control laws is among the harshest in the nation and are filled with criminal law traps for people of common intelligence who desire to obey the law,” Benitez said. “Statutes must be sufficiently well-defined so that reasonably intelligent citizens can know what conduct is against the law.”

California's monopoly on power by far left Democrats has not helped. The legislature seems to be in a race to pass complicated and severe gun laws. Several laws have been upheld by the Ninth Circuit. The Supreme Court does not seem interested in hearing appeals.

It is too early to know exactly what happened with Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann''s case. No one was harmed by his activity. The drug war has created ample precedent to impose big penalties in cases where there is no clear victim.

The California legislature is creating a reputation as the state most infringing on the Second Amendment rights.  Currently, New Jersey and Hawaii can logically be claimed to infringe more, because they effectively issue no permits to carry guns outside of the home. Many counties in California issue substantial numbers of carry permits. That does not happen in New Jersey or Hawaii.

California is one of only six states that does not have a protection of the right to keep and bear arms in its state constitution.

Many have questioned whether the California legislature wants people to actually follow the law, or whether they wish to create more felons among gun owners, to signal virtue, and to discourage gun ownership. The famous quote from Ayn Rand comes to mind:
“Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.”

Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann has means to fight the legal battle. We cannot rely on the California DOJ to give unbiased information in the case. They are prosecuting the case, and modern prosecutors have become focused on getting convictions instead of pursuing justice. Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann has rationally lawyered up and is not releasing information to the public.

It may be years before we know all the details, if we ever do.

The message from the California DOJ seems clear: Contact with us risks a full blown swat raid on your home. It is not a message that encourages trust in the system and the rule of law.

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WV: Armed Woman Drives off Car Burglar



“So, finally, I told the dispatcher ‘I’m going to get my gun’, and they didn’t want me to do that but I still continued to say that I was going to get my gun," Steffey said.

When she stepped onto the porch with her gun, the intruder ran away. When she looked in her car, Steffey discovered the man had dropped crystal meth in her passenger's seat.
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Followup AL: Off Duty Deputy not Charged in Shooting of Neighbor's Dog



A Houston County grand jury declined to indict a Houston County deputy accused of shooting a neighbor’s dog while off duty.
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AK: Armed Samaritan Stops Burglary, Three Arrested


Alaska State Troopers say the witness early Saturday afternoon drove by the home of a friend and noticed people removing items. The witness attempt to detain the suspects at gunpoint but they fled into woods.

The witness called troopers. Officers found items worth thousands loaded into two vehicles.
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Friday, June 08, 2018

English Judge Says Solution to Knife Crime is to Remove the Point


A British judge is proposing that all knives in the country have the points filed off.  You do not really need pointy knives, he says, and they are causing all the knife crime.

The parallels to the the push to ban guns in the UK are unmistakable. From telegraph.co.uk:
A judge has proposed a nationwide programme to file down the points of kitchen knives as a solution to the country’s soaring knife crime epidemic.

Last week in his valedictory address, retiring Luton Crown Court Judge Nic Madge spoke of his concern that carrying a knife had become routine in some circles and called on the Government to ban the sale of large pointed kitchen knives.

Latest figures show stabbing deaths among teenagers and young adults have reached the highest level for eight years, and knife crime overall rose 22 per cent in 2017.

In the past two months, he said, there have been 77 knife-related incidents in Bedfordshire, including three killings.

Does he really believe these young warriors, defending their honor and their turf, as they see it, will be deterred from having effective weapons because they may need to file a point back on a knife?

Does he completely miss the availability of steel, hard plastic, files, belt sanders, brass, bronze, copper, aluminum, or even flint and glass?

How far separated from reality is this judge?



According to the theory pushed to ban guns, it was the guns that caused crime. It is hard to believe that anyone in the British Government at the time (early 1920's on through the 1980's) actually believed that to be true. Some might have. People are exceptionally good at rationalizing their decisions.

Research done by Joyce Lee Malcomb in the United States and Chief Inspector Colin Greenwood have shown that it was fear of revolt (an armed population) that drove the legislation, not the extraordinary low crime rate at the time. But the crime rate rose as social cohesion was discredited, Christianity mocked, and the rise of "diversity" trumped British pride in their achievements and history.

This is what happens when you push the notion that crime is caused by inanimate objects, when you buy into the gibberish that there is no human nature.  Science and Christianity both understand that there is a human nature. It is violent, selfish, and needs to be tamed. Science would call it our predatory ancestry. Christianity calls it original sin.

The default position for humanity is the tribe. The tribe views all outsiders as enemies or resources or both. The tribe values its warriors because the warriors protect the tribe and define it.

It takes a lot of effort to turn the warrior drive into a positive value for a greater society. It has to be done every generation. Each child is a wild animal that must be tamed.

Attempting to stop crime by eliminating weapons is insane. Crime is reduced to a minimal level when societies respect their warriors, give then purpose and meaning, and shared responsibility to protect the nation, which can include week, the infirm, and the old.

Not doing this is a self correcting backwater. Societies that do not honor their warriors become prey to those who do.  Western society did not become the predominant force in the world by denigrating warriors, but by using them to spread and enforce civilized values.

Weapons and conflict are as much a part of mankind's genetic makeup as are speech and thought. 

When England banned most guns through hyper-regulation, people predicted that knives would be next. Then pointy sticks, then lumber, then rocks.

It appears England is at the second stage. Guns have been banned or heavily regulated. Crime is up. Knives are being demonized, and the strongest young toughs rule the streets.

Before 1920, English men respected property rights and individual rights. Those rights were supported by the theory of natural law and Christianity.

Anyone could purchase a gun privately, without registration or regulation. Englishmen had the right to arms. The crime rate was a fraction of what it is today.


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TN: Domestic Defense? Girfriend Shoots Boyfriend who Hit Her



Officers said the man who hit his girlfriend earlier returned to the home and hid.

They said when the woman returned, he confronted her and hit her again. That's when the woman pulled out a gun and shot him in the arm and groin.

The man ran from the house and a neighbor called for an ambulance. He is now in critical condition.
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IL: Homeowner Shoots Man who Refused to Leave, Moved Toward him



At 7:08 p.m., the younger man walked into the other man’s yard in the 700 block of North Monticello and refused to leave, according to Chicago Police. During an ensuing confrontation, the younger man walked toward the homeowner, who pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest.
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AL: Gunfight, Burglary Victim Injured


The victim arrived home to find a male suspect standing in the hall of his residence. Both the victim and the suspect fired shots at each other.

The victim was transported to the hospital by private vehicle with non-life threatening injuries. An initial report described the injuries as life-threatening.

According to detectives, there is a person of interest but that person is not in custody at this time.


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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Accusation of "Conflict of Interest" Backfires in NAU Self Defense Trial


Almost three years ago, Steven Jones, an 18-Year-Old freshman at the Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff, and his two friends, were attacked by a drunken mob of fraternity members. One fraternity member ran up to Jones and sucker punched him. Jones friends were down on the ground defending themselves. The fraternity members chased him. Jones ran to his car and retrieved a legally owned and transported Glock pistol. One drunk fraternity member came at him and he fired, killing that member and wounding two others.

According to evidence presented at the first trial, there is little dispute about those facts. The main contention is whether Steven Jones was justified in shooting.

The incident happened on 18 October, 2015. It was characterized as a school shooting by the media and the University. Jones was charged with first degree murder.

Steven Jones cooperated with authorities from the beginning.  Police video from the scene shows that. The video was initially withheld from the jury because it was "prejudicial".  All of Jones attackers were legally intoxicated with alcohol. Most of them had traces of marijuana in their blood. Jones had neither. After the jury was allowed to see a partial transcript of the police video, the trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial.

Here is a link to the police bodycam video.

Parents of one the students who was shot by Jones filed allegations of conflict of interest of Jones attorneys in the case. The tactic backfired. The attorneys have said they cannot realistically continue the defense while under threat of removal because of the conflict of interest charges. The conflict of interest charge has delayed the second trial.

The earliest date for the second trial of Steven Jones is now sometime in October of 2018. From azdailysun.com:
A jury in Steven Jones' first trial deadlocked on murder and aggravated assault charges, and he had been scheduled for a retrial in July.

However, Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton granted a request from two of his attorneys to push back the date but didn't immediately set a new one. Jones remains free during the process.

The attorneys said Jones doesn't want other counsel, but they can't focus on his case while the State Bar of Arizona investigates a conflict of interest allegation against them filed by one of the victims.

Slayton said he considered the impact of asking lawyers Bruce Griffen and Ryan Stevens to withdraw, leaving in place a third defense attorney who has said he doesn't feel confident taking on the case alone. Slayton said that could lead to claims of ineffective counsel and potentially a third trial.

Notice the Arizona Daily Sun picks sides by claiming the students shot by Jones are the victims. One of the points to be settled by the trial is who were the victim/victims, and who was/were the aggressor(s)? As shown by the hung jury in the last trial, the answer is not as obvious as the early media reporting suggested.

The many checks and balances in the American court system can cause trials to be long and expensive. The common wisdom is delay favors the defense. In this case, delays move the case away from the overheated reporting that the shooting was a rampage murder event. Only as evidence was slowly released, was the possibility of a legitimate self defense shooting revealed.

No one knows how a second trial will go. It is unclear if Judge Slayton (also the judge in the first trial) will again withhold the video evidence from jurors.

The individual who admitted to sucker punching Jones has never been charged.

The prosecution in the Steven Jones case comes from the Coconino County Attorney's office.  This is the office that persecuted Harold Fish.

Harold Fish was in prison for three years before the Arizona Court of Appeals reversed Fish's conviction.  Arizona law on self defense was reversed to what it had been, 9 years earlier, because of the Harold Fish case.  The case was so egregious, the legislature voted three times to reverse itself, with the legislation being vetoed twice by Democrat and former prosecutor, Governor Janet Napolitano.

If Jones had to defend himself using the rules Harold Fish was forced to operate under, he might have been found guilty at the first trial. It happened to Harold Fish. The appeals court reversal in the Harold Fish case was about the suppression of evidence.

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Followup IA: Domestic Defense, No Charges in Jerry Goff Shooting



DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Prosecutors have decided not to file charges in the shooting death of a Des Moines man.

Police say 40-year-old Jerry Goff was fatally shot early Sunday morning at a residence west of downtown Des Moines.
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TN: Woman Accuses 18-Year-Old of Rape attempt



The woman was able to knee Corter in the groin, and retrieve the pistol in her bedroom, according to the criminal complaint. Police said the woman then placed the gun in the man’s face and told him to leave.

Police were notified of the incident Monday afternoon after the victim told her boss at work what happened the night before.


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LA: Domestic Defense, Gunfight, Woman Shot, Friend Returns Fire



Officers were called about 4:30 a.m. to investigate the shooting, reported in the 2800 block of Lasalle Street. According to a preliminary NOPD report, the victim's aunt heard loud banging at the door and encountered a man who asked for the victim and then pushed open the door, knocking the aunt down in the process.

Once inside the home, the man opened the bedroom door and opened fire on the woman, who police said suffered a gunshot wound to the mouth. Another man in the house, identified by police as the woman's friend, returned fire at the intruder. It's unclear from the NOPD report whether anyone else was injured in the exchange.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

First and Second Amendment Intertwined in Michigan Case


Calvin Congden posted the above picture on facebook during December of 2015. It was taken in front of the Christmas tree in his home. He is a military veteran who has had extensive firearms training. Notice the correct trigger finger placement. Notice the military medals and the American flag. He routinely volunteered as a Santa Clause for Hillsdale Foster Care Children. He had recently transferred from Michigan Department of Corrections to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  His picture was used to denigrate him to fellow employees, his lawsuit contends. He was later "constructively terminated". From freep.com:
DETROIT — A man who says his career suffered after he posted a photo of himself wearing a Santa Claus costume and holding a semi-automatic rifle has cleared a key hurdle in a lawsuit against the state of Michigan.

Calvin Congden's lawsuit can proceed on his First Amendment claim and other arguments. Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith released a decision Tuesday.
One of the defendants in Calvin Congden's lawsuit is a manager in Michigan Health and Human Services, Allison Zinn. The lawsuit contends that Zinn discriminated against Congden after she viewed his facebook picture. She is said to have told Congden's co-workers to beware of him because he was a veteran, owned firearms, and "looked crazy".  From the lawsuit
24. After learning of Defendant Zinn’s statements, on January 10, 2016 Plaintiff contacted his State Representative and informed her of the potential discrimination against him as a State employee.

25. The next day, January 11, 2016, Plaintiff met with Defendant HUDSON. Plaintiff told Defendant HUDSON about Defendant ZINN’s comments. Plaintiff strongly opposed Defendant ZINN’s discriminatory behavior and informed Defendant HUDSON that he was a disabled veteran.

26. Later that same day, Plaintiff also met with Defendant LYONS in her office. Plaintiff again opposed Defendant ZINN’s comments.
In spite of the timely complaints to his management, Congden was subject to a series of disciplinary actions, stating his performance was "unsatisfactory" and that he would be terminated.

It is hard to know precisely the details of the he-said/she-said issues in the case. The part that strikes me as interesting is the intertwining of First and Second Amendment issues.

The First and Second Amendment have been intertwined precisely because those who want a disarmed public seek to de-legitimize the idea of being armed. If there are legitimate reasons to be armed, the Second Amendment has legitimate purposes to exist. Pictures of armed people are a strong defense of the Second Amendment. They are strong, protected, political speech. They make the point: I am armed, I am here, and I am not going away.

Congden states that he was and is a strong proponent of the Second Amendment. Using a picture of a person who is legitimately holding a Constitutionally protected item, in his own home, to remove him from a public position, is a clear violation of First Amendment rights in order to attack Second Amendment rights.

At least one judge, Mark Goldsmith, in the United States District Court in Michigan, understands this to be true. It is a reason the lawsuit has been allowed to go forward. Other issues in the lawsuit include protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other statutes.

Even a writer for the NYTs has recognized the symbolic potency of carrying arms as protected, political speech. From the NYTs blog:
The paradoxical upshot: if you and I get into a heated dispute at the local watering hole, and I say something ambiguous about how you’d best be quiet while casually pulling back my jacket to reveal that I’m packing heat, there’s a solid chance I’ve just committed felony brandishing — but if I stand outside an event featuring the president of the United States with a loaded handgun and a sign invoking Thomas Jefferson’s injunction that the “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” I’m in the clear.
The population cannot be effectively disarmed without destroying the First Amendment. Guns are too easily made, if information on how to make them is allowed to be freely distributed under First Amendment rights. That right has been under attack by the U.S. government. The case may be going to the Supreme Court.

Guns are too popular and too useful to be demonized effectively, if people are allowed to show their support for being armed,  to speak freely, to publish their views and argue the merits of their case.

It is not just the Second Amendment that has protected the right to keep and bear arms in the United States. It is the First Amendment as well.

Using government power to discriminate against an employee because he supports the Second Amendment is an abuse of power. Congden's lawsuit may set a precedent.

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