Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Prediction: More Guns, Less Suicide During Trump Administration

On the chart, 0 is 0% 1 is 100%, 1 is 1 firearm per capita

There have been a number of recent opinion articles that attempted to create a linkage between firearms in society and the rate of suicides in society. The opinion articles contain explicit calls for more regulation of firearms, even though most of the policy prescriptions would have no effect on suicides.

Banning or restriction semi-automatic firearms? Suicides only need a single shot.

Banning or restricting magazine capacity? Suicides only need one shot. Magazines are superfluous to suicide.

Reducing the age of sale for semi-automatic rifles? The same lack of logic applies.

The general argument that more guns result in more suicides is false.

Suicide in the United States is primarily a phenomena of white men. In 2016, 69% of all suicides were white men. Among white men, older men have the most suicides.

Consider the chart. During the Obama administration, gun sales went through the roof. That trend is continuing in the Trump years.  While the per capita gun numbers have been increasing over the last decades, the percent of suicides committed with guns has dropped considerably. It is been relatively level at 50% during the entire Obama administration.

During the same period, the per capita number of guns increased from 1.01 in 2008 to 1.25 in 2016. While the per capita number of guns increased by 24%, the percentage of suicides with guns stayed level.

The total national suicide rate has been on the increase since the turn of the millennium. From 2000 to 2007, the rate increased from 10.44 to 11.27, or .83 per 100k population.  In 2016, the rate had increased to 13.42, an increase of 2.15 per 100k population.  Most of the increase has been during the Great Recession of the Obama years.

During the Obama years, older white men were vilified. Detesting the white majority was considered legitimate in the media. Older rural and blue collar white men were especially vilified. Much of their employment had disappeared, and economic hope with it. The Democrats openly pushed economic policies that discriminated against manufacturing and energy production. Consider West Virgina and the coal industry, directly targeted by the Obama administration.

Large numbers of thrifty retirees saw their income plummet as government bond returns fell through the floor. An enormous amount of wealth was transferred from those investing in government bonds to those investing in the stock market. Many saw their death, combined with an insurance premium, as a way to save family members, the family business, or farm.

Many veterans despaired with the attacks on the military, Second Amendment rights, and the flag.

I do not have the data for 2017. When it comes out, I expect to see a decrease in the suicide rate. Older white men are seeing some hope and change. They are not being denigrated by the administration. Veterans believe the administration cares for them. They do not see the country they fought for being transformed into a socialist state. Government bond rates have started to increase.

Suicide rates will go down with the Trump presidency, which gives men hope that they are not forgotten, makes veterans believe they are appreciated, and which has brought back employment and rational policy to the United States.

The suicide numbers for 2017 should come out fairly soon.

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IL: Legally Armed Driver Stops Beating, Carjack Attempt in Chicago

A concealed-carrying ride-share driver shot at two customers-turned-carjackers Thursday night in the Belmont Heights neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The struggle began about 11:15 p.m. when the 23-year-old driver picked up two males in the 7400 block of West Belmont Avenue, according to Chicago Police. The males began to beat the driver and attempted to take his vehicle.

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TX: Gun Beats Car in Beaumont

Investigators say they learned the disturbance started at the residence of the man in the car. Witnesses said the man was intoxicated and was arguing with other people at the house and with neighbors.

They say he struck a pole with his vehicle and continued to drive recklessly, argue and threaten people in the area. Witnesses say he threatened and struck a neighbor with his vehicle. The neighbor, a 31-year-old Beaumont man, told officers he feared for his life and shot the man. He is cooperating with detectives and the the investigation is ongoing.
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Followup TX: Four Suspects Arrested in Pawn Shop Robbery that left Owner and 1 Suspect Dead


A man and three women have been jailed in connection with a robbery and fatal shooting at a Fort Worth pawn shop last week that left an alleged accomplice and the store’s owner dead.

Crystal Anne Hendrix, who turns 31 on Friday, Jensyn Polner, 20, Michael Ogden, 24, and Melissa Pierce, 45, face a capital murder charge.

They were being held Thursday in the Tarrant County Jail.
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CA: Gun Beats Pepper Spray in Foiled Robbery

STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — A smash-and-grab crew busted into a jewelry store armed with hammers and pepper spray but what they didn’t know is the owner had a gun.

The attempted smash-and-grab at Dana Kathryn Jewelry in Studio City took place on May 25th.
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Trump Era Gun Checks Remain near Record Levels in June of 2018

Many people believed 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. They did not drop much. 2017 had the second highest ever yearly total NICS checks.

2018 is trending higher than 2017. In 2017, at the end of June, the total NICS checks were 12,601,112.

2018 is becoming the second highest year on record. In 2016, the all time record year, they were 13,829,491 at the end of June.

In 2018, they have moved up from 2017 and are approaching the 2016 level. The number of checks by the end of June, 13,293,318, is 96% of the all time record.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, NSSF, has figured out how to adjust NICS checks for purchasing firearms from those used for other purposes.  From sgbonline.com:
The June 2018 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 892,479 is a decrease of 12.2 percent compared to the June 2017 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1.02 million.

NICS-adjusted checks were down 8.5 percent in May, 4.2 percent in April and increased 10.8 percent in March. And the second-quarter 2018 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 2.9 million reflects a decrease of 8.1 percent compared to the 3.1 million figure for the second quarter of 2017.
We will not know precisely how many of the NICS background checks are for new firearms until a year and a half from now. The BATFE does not release manufacture figures for at least a year after they are submitted to the BATFE.

The BATFE does this to respect the proprietary interest manufacturers have in these number. You can see that many manufacturers would like to know exactly how many of what model their competition is making and selling.

FBI NICS background checks are used to purchase both used and new firearms. They are used to obtain concealed carry permits. They are used to renew concealed carry permits.  They are being used, in some states, to check out gun store personnel or even teachers.

Historically, there are about .6 new firearms added to the national private stock for each NICS check.

If the .6 relationship between checks and new gun sales holds, about eight million new firearms have been added to the private stock in the first six months of 2018. That raises the number of private firearms in the United States to about 426 million firearms.

If the classic annual buying pattern prevails, the total number of private firearms added will be over 15 million in 2018. That would bring the total of private firearms in the United States to about 432 million by the end of the year.

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OK: Man Armed with Two AR15-type Rifles Stops Crime Spree

The affidavit said the retired officer went into his camper and gave his wife a handgun, telling her to take cover. He then took an AR-15 out of the camper and went outside, ordering Benson to drop his gun, according to the affidavit.

Benson, however, started to drive away and began shooting at the retired officer and his camper. This prompted the officer to return fire. According to the affidavit, Benson crashed into a tree.

When the retired officer thought he had fired all of the ammunition in his AR-15, he told deputies he set it in the bed of his truck and took out a second AR-15. According to the affidavit, the retired officer told deputies that he fired one more shot to see if Benson would react since he didn’t see any movement in his car.
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FL: Armed Man Stopps Potential Mass Shooting

Tom says a man, who deputies later identified and arrested as Keith Zavattaro, 55, of Naples, drove back to the front of the building, stopped and then slowly rolled down his window to then point what looked like a gun.

“So I got behind the cement pillar and showed my pistol, and he took off out of there really quick,” Tom said.
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OH: Armed Grandson Stops Carjacking

The teen pointed a gun at the woman and said "get out, I'm taking your car," the report says.

The woman's grandson was in her house and saw the attempted carjacking through a window. The grandson grabbed his own gun, ran outside and told the teen to leave his grandmother alone, the report says.
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TX: Pit Bull shot, Killed while Attacking Family Pet

"My cousin turned a hose on and started dousing it,” Flores said. “It still wouldn’t work. In the end my mom was like, get the gun, you’ve got to save Rocky.”

The teen’s dad shot and killed the pit bull. The only thing they have to remember Rocky by, right now, is his collar and some photos.

Workers with Dallas Animal Services say they’ve been aggressively tackling issues involving loose and dangerous dogs.
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Followup SC: Ruled Self Defense, Charges Dropped Against Chancellor Earl Thompson

Citing "insurmountable" evidence of self-defense, prosecutors have dismissed a murder charge against a North Charleston man who was accused of killing another man during a shootout in 2015.

The charge against Chancellor Earl Thompson, 31, was dropped this week. Thompson had been free since posting bail in 2016, jail records showed.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Black Man with Gun Assaulted by Miami Beach Police

Michael Taylor is an open carry and Second Amendment activist and a black man. On June 24th, about 10 a.m., he and a number of friends were legally open carrying in Florida, while fishing on a Miami Beach pier.They are members of Florida Open carry, and had notified the Miami Beach Police Department, by letter and telephone, that they would be open carrying at the pier, in advance. A letter notifying the Miami Beach Police Department and the City Attorney was sent on June 7th, 2018. A phone call was made the day of the event, hours in advance.

At first, an unidentified Park Ranger told them they had to leave the pier because they were openly carrying. They corrected the Park Ranger and showed him the statute that preserved the right to open carry while fishing, hunting or camping.

The Park Ranger is heard to mention something about Michael's afro haircut.

The park ranger left the area and called in the Miami Beach Police Department.

The Miami Beach Police arrived on the scene with guns drawn, rapidly advancing on Michael Taylor and his friends. The Florida open carry group had not done anything threatening, rude, or aggressive. They were simply fishing while exercising their Second Amendment rights. All of them, regardless of color or ethnicity, were handcuffed, disarmed, and searched.

Michael Taylor protested the heavy handed tactics and told the officers that he was not relinquishing any of His Fourth, Fifth, First, and Second Amendment rights, and that he was not giving any consent to search anything.

In most jurisdictions, it is aggravated assault to point a gun at someone without legal justification. In this case, I fail to see any legal justification for the drawn firearms in the hands of police. The police compounded their bad position by handcuffing the open carriers without any reasonable suspicion of illegal activity.

Michael repeatedly asked why they were being detained. The officers refused to say. Eventually, one officer came up with an often rendered excuse, when no crime is known. "Officer safety". But the open carriers complied with the officer's orders, never touched their guns, and never threatened the officers. Courts have ruled the mere presence of a firearm is not enough to disarm someone for "officer safety". 

Michael had put his phone on the pier to facilitate video recording while the assault was occurring. One of the officers noticed the phone, and stopped the video recording by covering the camera. The screen shot shows him just before he covered the camera.

Video recording of officials in the public performance of their public duties is a First Amendment right. By stopping the video recording, the officer likely violated Michael's First Amendment rights. Fortunately, Michael had a backup. He was recording the action with a body camera. The video below captures much of the action.

Link to Youtube of Open Carry and Police interaction at Miami Beach

The Miami Beach park ranger, the Miami Beach Police Department officers and  the police chief, may be personally liable for violating Florida preemption law in this case. The law has a provision for willful and knowing violation of citizens rights in this area. The failure of the park ranger and the police officers to ignore the law when presented with it by Michael Taylor, and the written notice given to the police three weeks prior to the event and hours before the event on May 24th could easily rise to the level of knowing and willful violation of the law.

Here are the appropriate sections of the Florida preemption law. From leg.stat.fl.us:
(b) If any county, city, town, or other local government violates this section, the court shall declare the improper ordinance, regulation, or rule invalid and issue a permanent injunction against the local government prohibiting it from enforcing such ordinance, regulation, or rule. It is no defense that in enacting the ordinance, regulation, or rule the local government was acting in good faith or upon advice of counsel. 
(c) If the court determines that a violation was knowing and willful, the court shall assess a civil fine of up to $5,000 against the elected or appointed local government official or officials or administrative agency head under whose jurisdiction the violation occurred. 
(d) Except as required by applicable law, public funds may not be used to defend or reimburse the unlawful conduct of any person found to have knowingly and willfully violated this section. 
(e) A knowing and willful violation of any provision of this section by a person acting in an official capacity for any entity enacting or causing to be enforced a local ordinance or administrative rule or regulation prohibited under paragraph (a) or otherwise under color of law shall be cause for termination of employment or contract or removal from office by the Governor. 
(f) A person or an organization whose membership is adversely affected by any ordinance, regulation, measure, directive, rule, enactment, order, or policy promulgated or caused to be enforced in violation of this section may file suit against any county, agency, municipality, district, or other entity in any court of this state having jurisdiction over any defendant to the suit for declaratory and injunctive relief and for actual damages, as limited herein, caused by the violation. A court shall award the prevailing plaintiff in any such suit: 
1. Reasonable attorney’s fees and costs in accordance with the laws of this state, including a contingency fee multiplier, as authorized by law; and 
2. The actual damages incurred, but not more than $100,000.
Police chief  Daniel Oates comments after the release of the legal open carriers and Second Amendment supporters practically screams of willfull and knowing violation of the law. The law was passed, in part, exactly to protect against such violations of Constitutional rights. From the miamiherald.com:
Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates said, "Given the current climate, if six people show up to to a pier in South Beach carrying guns, our citizens expect us to respond promptly and address any potential danger. We did so, and I am confident our officers acted appropriately."
That may prove to be an expensive comment by Chief Oates. Ignoring clear notice of intent to exercise rights, willful refusal to read the law when given clear opportunity to do so, assaulting peaceful citizens merely because they were exercising their rights. These all seem to be things Chief Oates heartily approves of.

Will Miami Beach compound the offense by using public funds to defend against a lawsuit in this case?  I suspect they will claim that the offense was not "knowing and willful". The prior notices, by letter and telephone, and the unwillingness of the officers to even consider the law, work against that interpretation.

Florida Carry is preparing a lawsuit.

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OH: Man Shoots Robbery Suspect


A 23-year-old man who shot another man multiple times tonight told police he shot his would-be robber.
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AR: Man Attacked in Parking lot, Shoots Suspect

Edricus Drains, 37, of Little Rock told police that as he pulled up to his apartment, he saw three people lingering nearby and placed a firearm into his pocket.

Drains said one of the people assaulted him and reached into his pockets as he got out his truck. The person grabbed Drains' firearm, at which point a fight began over the weapon, police said.

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IA: Business Owner Shoots, Kills Suspect

There was a confrontation between the burglary suspect and the business owner and the owner shot him, Des Moines police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said.

The burglary suspect had driven up to the business in an out-of-state stolen truck and was loading items from Kraft 5 Star Muffler, Parizek said. When the owner came in for work, he found the suspect. Instead of fleeing, the man confronted the store owner, Parizek said.
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CA: Armed Homeowner Shoots Suspect, ends Crime Spree

The homeowner armed himself with a handgun and confronted the man.

Police say the homeowner fired a single shot at the man after he lurched at him in the stolen vehicle.

The male suspect was pronounced dead on the scene. His identity has not yet been released.
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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Italians Desire for Gun Law Reform increases from 26% to 39%

Italians are questioning the reasonableness and effectiveness of their complex and strict gun control laws. From thelocal.com:
While 26 percent of people questioned in 2015 said they supported looser laws on owning a gun for self-defence, the latest research carried out by social studies institute Censis and private security sector organization Federsicurezza found that 39 percent were in favour.

The percentage was highest among people with a low level of education and the elderly, rising to 51 percent among respondents who hadn't completed high school and 41 percent for the over-65s.

The study also found that the number of Italians with guns is rising: there were a total of 1,398,920 gun permits in Italy in 2017, an increase of nearly 14 percent in the last year. Factoring in specialist licences for trap shooting and other sports, the authors estimate that some 4.5 million Italians have a gun in the house.
Italy has a long history of brave armed men. The illustration shows an Italian saint who inspired a campaign to make him the saint of handgunners, Saint Gabriel Possenti.

Most of Europe lacked strong gun restrictions until after WWI. Most European gun control was instituted between WWI and WWII, as totalitarian government grew across the continent. English gun control started in 1921, French in 1936. The current Italian gun control scheme started in 1931 under the Fascist government of Benito Mussolini. The laws came from a fear of political opposition. From davekope.com:
Modern Italian gun control laws date from the Fascist period; the Public Safety Act was passed in 1931 as one of a series of measures designed to put an end to leftist violence. Addressing the Italian Senate Benito Mussolini explained:
"The measures adopted to restore public order are: First of all, the elimination of the so-called subversive elements. ... They were elements of disorder and subversion. On the morrow of each conflict I gave the categorical order to confiscate the largest possible number of weapons of every sort and kind. This confiscation, which continues with the utmost energy, has given satisfactory results."
Yet after the fall of the Fascist regime, the gun-control law remained and was gradually made even more stringent. In response to Communist terrorism in the 1970's, a variety of laws were passed to disarm law-abiding people. More recent amendments force those who need the permit to carry firearms to demonstrate a "necessity," and to give the government extremely personal information, such as medical certificates.
 The crime rate dropped as Europe became more national and educated in the 19th century, but before the gun laws were adopted. Italy tended to lag behind with a higher crime rate than Northern Europe.  In the 20th century, it caught up.

The idea that gun control reduces the homicide rate is a myth. It is mostly unrelated.  Homicides were dropping before the gun control law was put in place in 1931. Homicides were at a low of 1.3/100K of population. They rose after the gun law was passed, and peaked at 4.6/100k in 1950.  Criminal homicides tend to drop during a war, but Italy lost the war.

They dropped to a low of 1.0 in 1972 (more controls put in during the 70's), peaked again at 2.2 in 1986, 3.3 in 1991, and have dropped to .9/100K in 2015, relatively little different than they were when the whole mess started in 1939.

Homicide has gone up and down in Italy, in spite of gun laws.

People in Italy are being exposed to ideas of freedom and individual responsibility. Those ideas include taking responsibility for your own safety.

Niccolo Machiavelli was born and raised in Italy, which was then a warring mix of small states. He has been called the father of modern political thought. He had an opinion about how being armed changes how people think. Machiavelli states it well in The Prince:
Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed; and it is not reasonable that he who is armed should yield obedience willingly to him who is unarmed, or that the unarmed man should be secure among armed servants. Because, there being in the one disdain and in the other suspicion, it is not possible for them to work well together.
Control whether a people are armed, and you control how they think. A person who has no choice to be armed will think differently than a person who can chose to be armed.

Much of the push for gun control in the modern state is a desire to control how the common man thinks.

Controlling personal weapons helps to cement control of the state in the hands of the elite.

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MI: Kalamazoo Man Shot while Attempting Break-in

When Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officers were called there on multiple reports of a shooting, they found a 46-year-old Kalamazoo man with a gunshot wound to the torso. He was hospitalized and listed in critical condition.
Police say the shooter approached them and said the 46-year-old had tried to break into the home where the shooter was, at which that point the shooter opened fire.

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OK: Burglary Suspect Shot by Homeowner, Held for Police

When police entered the home, the homeowner told them his weapon was secure. Officers said the suspect had been shot in the leg and was bleeding badly.

They treated him at the scene until he was taken to the hospital where he went straight into surgery. He is expected to recover, and police say he will be held on first-degree burglary.
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IL: Man Shot, Killed While Attempting Break-in

CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed while trying to break into a home in the Gage Park neighborhood, Chicago police said.
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Friday, July 13, 2018

AR15 Clone Used to Rescue Treed Teen Girl from Big Alligator

Image of 11 foot Alligator from Victoria Advocate, 2009

On Friday afternoon, 29 June, 2018, a 15 year old girl, Jordan Broderick, was floating on a raft in Freek creek in the Ocala National Forest. That section of the creek is in Lake County Florida.

Alligators chased her up a tree. Her mother called 911 and reported that alligators had treed her daughter, and were aggressive. From foxnews.com:
"My daughter's stuck in a frickin' tree and there's gators surrounding her!" Broderick's mother reportedly told a 911 dispatcher. "Oh my God! Please hurry! Please hurry!"

Deputy Mitch Blackmon responded to the scene, where he found the teen — who had been swimming in a creek in Ocala National Forest — yelling that she was tired from hanging onto a tree branch for so long.

Blackmon wrote in his report that his "presence failed to scare the alligator away, and it began encroaching on my area at which time I fired one single 223 round from my Bushmaster AR15 killing the alligator."
The AR15 style rifle was wielded by a competent deputy who went into harms way to rescue the teenage girl.

Many of those who want a disarmed population claim there is no useful purpose for AR15 style rifles. This incident shows that claim is foolish. Modern Sporting Rifles, or Sport Utility Rifles, or the vague, derogatory, and inaccurate term "assault weapons" are all used to describe these versatile semi-automatic rifles.

They are designed to be easy to use, accurate, and adequately powerful, without excessive recoil. They work equally well for deputies, police, or armed citizens. The rifle offers more accuracy, range, and magazine capacity than the commonly available shotgun, with less recoil. From  orlandosentinal.com:
With a single shot from his AR-15 rifle, a Lake County deputy sheriff quickly put an end to a large alligator that had a teenage girl trapped in a tree for nearly an hour, authorities said Monday.

Jordan Broderick, 15, was eventually able to climb safely down from the tree, according to a sheriff’s report.
A shotgun might have worked in this case. But the rifle showed how versatile a tool it is.

The picture shows how big an 11 foot alligator is. One that size is 800 pounds of potent predator. Their diet consists of animals they can catch and kill. To a big alligator, a human is just another meal.

This video shows a large alligator attacking a wild pig. It illustrates the speed and ferocity of an alligator attack.  Warning: extremely graphic.

Link to video

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TX: Armed Homeowner Drives off Intruder Attempting Break-in

The homeowner told investigators a man arrived at the house on a bicycle and tried to break in through the front door. That's when the homeowner pulled out a gun and fired at least one shot, scaring off the alleged intruder.
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FL: Gunfight, Attacker Shoots at 26-Year-Old,, Kills Bystander, is Shot

Deputies say that 35-year-old Victor Emanuel Brown and 26-year-old Jorge Vega-Rosado were involved in a physical altercation in the parking lot of the shopping center. Brown pulled out a handgun during the altercation and fired one round. Vega-Rosado responded by also retrieving a handgun and firing multiple rounds, striking Brown.

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MS: Store Owner Shoots 1 of 4 Robbery Suspects


Four juveniles were taken into custody after an early morning convenience store robbery in D'Iberville turned into a shooting, a police chase and a K9 search through the woods.

The store owner fired shots at the suspects and hit one of them in the stomach. That suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment.
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NV: Gunfight, Homeowner Killed in Battle with Three Home Invaders

ELKO – A home invasion on the outskirts of Elko turned deadly Saturday night when a gun battle ensued between a resident and three intruders.

Homeowner Bradley Smith, 33, was wounded several times and died after being taken to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, according to Elko County Sheriff Jim Pitts.

Tieres A. Lopez Sr., 23, of Elko was being held in Elko County Jail without bail on charges of first-degree murder, robbery and attempted home invasion.
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Gun Restrictions Prompt use of Boar Spear to Stop Mountain Lion Attack

Image from facebook

On 8 September, 2013, a problem mountain lion attacked Rick Coutts wife, Sandy Flores. It purpose was to kill and eat her. The big cat had shown increasing interest in Sandy Flores over the previous months. The last time, it had snarled and slashed at Sandy. She managed to repel it with a machete.

Rick considered getting a rifle. The couple lives in a remote location on the West coast of Vancouver Island, in Canada. Canadian regulations and testing requirements were stringent and prolonged. He believed he would never obtain the permit in time. The danger was ever present and acute. For someone in a remote area, finding a class, scheduling to be in it, then doing the test and waiting for a permit could take months.

Rick settled for a Cold Steel Boar Spear, purchased over the counter.  He kept it close by, leaning against the cabin wall.

Cold Steel boar spear

I have a Cold Steel boar spear. It is a serious weapon. The spearhead is over 18 inches long. The shaft is six feet. The overall length is 89 inches, or 7 feet, 5 inches.

The coverage of the story in the United States was pitiful. There were a few brief accounts on some Internet sites. The international coverage, especially in the UK, was excellent.  The most informative article was an in depth interview done by Brinkman Forest Ltd. in Canada. Rick Coutts is one of their best workers. From brinkmanforest.ca.news:
“The man wasn’t going to let the cougar have the woman without a fight.” This isn’t from an Ernest Hemingway short story and it isn’t a passage from Clan of the Cave Bear. It’s from a September 2013 Canadian Press news story, reporting on a remarkable incident involving a Brinkman tree planter and his wife. The planter in question is Rick Coutts, who lives with his wife Sandy on remote Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound. Rick has worked with Brinkman every season for more than 30 years, one of the longest-tenured field workers with the company, and one of our most impressive highballers. On September 8th a cougar attacked and mauled Sandy while she was working in their garden, and Rick fought the animal off with a spear. Sandy was severely hurt, but with the help of the Coast Guard they got her to surgery in Victoria a matter of hours later and she is now on her way to a full recovery. The cougar was later found in the woods nearby, dead from its wounds.
On September 8th, Sandy had stepped outside the cabin to work in the garden at 6 p.m. Before she left, she hooked a can of bear spray on her belt. From globeandmail.com:
Reading the tracks later, Rick said, the cougar came out of the trees, followed Sandy down the path, then lay in wait.

"I was coming back … and I just happened to look down," Sandy said. "I think me looking down saved my life because he would have got me in the face and I would have fallen on my back and he would have ripped my neck open. … He did a flying leap and all I saw before his teeth got into my skull was his face for a second. … And when he took a bite it sounded like he was crunching my skull because the noise was so intense. … It really felt like all my bones were breaking."

Knocked to the ground, Sandy was in shock, unable to scream. She could not find the bear spray.
Sandy says she probably lived because she did not allow the lion to turn her over to get at her throat. She almost gave up, but the thought of Rick, by himself, at the mercy of the lion, made her fight. She started screaming.

Rick was not far away, near the cabin, working with a chain saw. For some reason, he shut off the saw. Then he heard his wife screaming. He instantly understood what was happening. Yelling Sandy's name as loudly as he could, he sprinted to the cabin, grabbed the boar spear, and ran to her aid. The lion did not run away, but stopped biting at Sandy's head. It crouched over Rick's badly mauled wife and snarled at him.

Rick circled for an opening. He thrust the boar spear just behind the lion's shoulder, in to the hilt. Boar spears are delivered razor sharp. I know. I have one. The lion wriggled intensely. Rick pulled out the spear, and the lion ran off.

Rick helped Sandy to the cabin, and busied himself with first aid. Sandy's injuries were extensive. Several fingers on her right hand were crushed by the lions teeth as she attempted to fight it off. The left bicep was nearly torn off her arm. Her scalp was attached by only a couple of inches of flesh.

For 250 years we have known that for severe injuries, there is little pain during the first hour. In Sandy's case, that allowed her to advise Rick on getting ready for the trip to the hospital. With Canadian Coast Guard help, they made it to the hospital in record time. A Coast Guard boat took them from the beach to the hospital in Tofino. Sandy was medevaced by helicopter to Victoria. There, a specialist in treating animal attack lacerations, a surgeon, was standing by.

After spending three weeks in Victoria, and several more trips there for skin grafts and to fight infection, Sandy and Rick's life have returned to a semblance of normalcy. Sandy may never regain full use of her arm and hand.

Responding officers found the lion dead, about 60 feet from where Sandy was attacked. A necropsy showed the spear had pierced both lungs and the heart. It was a healthy young male, about 90 lbs. Its stomach had the remains of a squirrel in it.

Rick and Sandy do not want their story to become a reason to fear and hate mountain lions. They say this was just one bad lion.

Little attention has been given to the fact that Canada's restrictive firearms laws led to Rick resorting to a spear. Who knows what might have happened if Sandy had a pistol in a holster instead of bear spray hooked in her belt? She might have stuck the barrel of a .38 in the lions mouth instead of her fingers.

Pistols are very tightly restricted in Canada. They are much more difficult for Canadians to purchase and own than rifles or shotguns. It is nearly impossible to obtain a permit to carry a pistol outside the home.

For many decades, there were very few attacks by mountain lions. The animals were avidly hunted. As protections for mountain lions have increased, the number of attacks have soared. From 1890 to 1970, there were 10 fatal attacks, according to wikipedia, or 1 for every eight years. From 1971 to 2018, there were 15 fatal attacks, or 1 for every 3.1 years. A scholarly study by Stephen Herrero shows that large predator attacks have been accelerating. From nature.com:
The media and scientific literature are increasingly reporting an escalation of large carnivore attacks on humans in North America and Europe.
Spears have been effective weapons for all of human history. The first non-organic weapon was probably a rock or club. Spears were a large step forward. It took modern firearms to render spears obsolete.

When I looked at the Cold Steel site, they list the Boar Spear as out of stock. Amazon lists it as unavailable, and says it may not be shipped internationally. Perhaps Canadian readers can tell us if the Boar Spear is still available for sale in Canadian outlets.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Maine and NH Legislators Pressure Gun Store to Stop Selling Rifles

Three Democrat Maine legislators are using their position to demand the biggest gun store in Maine, stop selling rifles the lawmakers disapprove of.  Kittery Trading Post has been a successful business since 1938.  From nh1.com:
The Democratic lawmakers wrote a letter to Kittery Trading Post, asking the store to restrict gun sales and to discontinue sales of what the lawmakers said are assault-style rifles. The letter was written by Deane Rykerson, Lydia Blume, and Patty Hymanson — who represent York and Kittery — alongside others from Maine and New Hampshire.

"Your store to us has been a symbol of a good business that is involved in the community and the area in which it does business," said the lawmakers in the letter.

The legislators cite the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as one reason for the request, and say boycotts and protests are planned if the store does not respond to their letter.
Using legislative positions to force actions that could not be accomplished within the political system is an abuse of political power. The legislators have far more power than ordinary people. They are threaten boycotts and protests if their demands are not met. Ordinary people can boycott and protest within legal limits. Adding the power of legislators to the efforts, aimed a at singular local business, becomes an abuse of power.

Nice business you have there. Be a shame if anything was to happen to it.

This legislative bullying is all the more disturbing because it is aimed directly at the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Progressives have always disdained the Constitution. The Second Amendment draws especial vitriol because it is a direct and shining example of a limit on government power. The very essense of Progressive ideology is unlimited government power.

The exercise is bizarre because of its irrationality. Rifles are used in a tiny percentage of murders in a given year, about 3%. Semi-automatic rifles are used in a smaller percentage than that.  One of the clear purposes of the Second Amendment is to provide for the arming of local militias. It is hard to imagine a better or more appropriate militia weapon than an AR15 type rifle.

AR-15 style rifles were not used in a mass murder until 2007. That rifle was a police issued rifle. It was wielded by a member of the Sheriff's tactical team, in Crandon, Wisconsin, in a domestic mass murder.

AR15 style rifles became more common in rampage shootings as the media emphasized their use and pushed for more infringements on the Second Amendment. The media push for more Second Amendment Infringements was, in effect, an incentive for mass murderers to use AR15 type rifles. Many mass murderers crave fame, hoping to achieve immortality through media coverage.

A study presented at the American Psychological Association projected a drop in rampage mass murder by at least one third, if the media would stop glorifying these events. From the study:

“If the mass media and social media enthusiasts make a pact to no longer share, reproduce or retweet the names, faces, detailed histories or long-winded statements of killers, we could see a dramatic reduction in mass shootings in one to two years,” she said. “Even conservatively, if the calculations of contagion modelers are correct, we should see at least a one-third reduction in shootings if the contagion is removed.”
Numerous cases illustrate this effect. One of the most famous is the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, Australia.

The legislators, by pushing for greater media coverage of mass murder, and by calling for the banning of AR15 rifles, are effectively promoting mass murder with these style rifles.

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KS: Man Notices Suspicious Man, Stops Robbery, Holds Suspect for Police

BOONVILLE, Mo. — The Cooper County Sheriff’s Office is crediting a convenience store customer with thwarting a robbery allegedly attempted by a Kansas City man last week. Investigators say the customer noticed 26-year-old Elijah Carter acting suspiciously, and held him at gunpoint when Carter allegedly approached the register demanding money.
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OH: Armed Man Holds three Burglary Suspects for Police

DAYTON — A man held three alleged attempted burglary suspects at gunpoint outside of Belmont Party Supply, located at 2621 S. Smithville Road, until police arrived in Dayton earlier Sunday morning around 3 a.m.

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TX: Armed Resident Shoots at Intruders, Kills 1, Wounds 1

Police said Espino and Ivory Dewayne Tatum III, 17, entered an apartment in the 200 block of East Oak Knoll Circle.

When officers arrived, a resident of the apartment had shot and killed Espino, and Tatum had injuries to his face.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

FBI Director Comey Refused to Carry a Gun

Former FBI Director James Comey refused to carry a gun when he was with the FBI. It is likely he never carried a gun during his career. He grew up in Yonkers, New York. He obtained his Batchelors of Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, well before Virginia passed a shall issue concealed carry law. From inews.co.uk:
In his memoir, A Higher Loyalty, James Comey writes of his time at the FBI: “In every staff meeting, 80 per cent of the attendees had a gun on them. I eventually grew accustomed to seeing a pistol in an ankle holster when the deputy director crossed his legs during a meeting.”

He was permitted to carry one himself but chose not to. “I was surrounded by armed people all day long. If I wasn’t safe in the hands of the FBI, then our country was really in trouble.”

Mr Comey spoke of how he worked with the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence on engaging with the NRA to improve drugs laws during the early part of his career as a prosecutor.
He obtained his law degree (JD) from the University of Chicago at a time when it was illegal to possess pistols, that had not been previously registered, in the city. Only government officials, such as aldermen, were allowed to carry firearms in Chicago.

After graduating from law school in 1985, he clerked for a New York Judge and joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

In 1993, he joined the law firm of McGuireWoods, LLP, based in Virginia. He became a partner in 1996.

In 1995, Virginia passed a shall issure Concealed Carry law.

In 1996 he became a special deputy counsel of the committee investigating the Whitewater real estate scandal involving Hillary and William Clinton.

1996 was the year James Comey began a five year term as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

James Comey likely would not have been able to carry at work, as a federal lawyer in government offices.

U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2005. During that period he prosecuted Martha Stewart.

From 2005 to 2010 he was Vice President of Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin headquarters is in Bethesda, Maryland.

Concealed Carry permits are very difficult to obtain in Maryland. Comey might have been able to obtain one, in his powerful and connected position, but we have seen no evidence of this.

From 2010 to 2013 he was General Counsel at Bridgewater Associates.

The headquarters of  Bridgewater Associates is in Westport, Connecticut.
Concealed Carry permits can be obtained in Connecticut, with some difficulty,  but there is no evidence the James Comey obtained one.

In early 2013, he became a Senior Fellow at Columbia Law School, and served on the board of HSBC holdings until July of 2013.  Columbia is located in New York City, where carry permits are nearly impossible to obtain.

He was appointed to be the Director of the FBI in September of 2013.

Given that Director Comey has stated that he did not carry a gun as Director of the FBI, it is very likely that he never regularly carried a gun in his life.

This is important. The mindset of a person who has chosen to be unarmed is radically different from one who has chosen to be armed. Machiavelli states it well in The Prince:
Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed; and it is not reasonable that he who is armed should yield obedience willingly to him who is unarmed, or that the unarmed man should be secure among armed servants. Because, there being in the one disdain and in the other suspicion, it is not possible for them to work well together.
James Comey decided to be unarmed. When he looks at a situation in which one might be armed or unarmed, he will put himself in the position of one who is unarmed.  In a hostage situation, he will be the hostage. He will not put himself in the position of rescuer. In a situation where an unarmed person is shot, he will put himself in the position of the unarmed person.

It is not surprising, that James Comey has been in favor of infringements on the Second Amendment. He decided to be unarmed. The Second Amendment offers him relatively little. He may see armed people as threats.

Thus, he has no problem in restricting the right of the people to be armed. Those restrictions do not affect him directly. He is infringing on other peoples' rights. It is very similar to legislatures who spend other peoples' money.

Politicians who have never carried a gun should not be put in charge of people who do so every day. It is no coincidence that most presidents had personal experience in carrying guns.

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TX: Off-Duty Dallas Officer Wounds Suspects, Stops Robbery in Fort Worth


An off-duty Dallas police officer who stopped for food at a west Fort Worth Whataburger Sunday morning thwarted a holdup when he confronted two suspects in a parking lot, police said.

The Dallas officer fired his weapon at the suspects as they stepped into the Whataburger parking lot.
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CA: Homeowner uses Shotgun to stop Hammer Attack

Then one of the men began to attack another hired worker, beating him repeatedly in the head with a hammer.

The alleged attack only came to an end when the homeowner, who told FOX40 he is a former military member, grabbed his shotgun and pointed it at the suspect until law enforcement was able to land the helicopter and run over.

Hampton says, in this case, using the gun to keep the suspect at bay was the correct thing to do.
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WI: Waitress with CCW Stops Attack on Co-Worker (link to video)

The woman who was hit had a concussion but is back at the work.

Another worker, who pulled out a gun and pointed it at the man to get him away from the victim, has quit.

"I thank God that the one waitress had a concealed carry and pulled out her gun. I shudder to think what might have happened had she not been able to do that. What this guy would've done," Donovan said.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Gun Turn-in Montgomery Alabama: Trash and Treasures Turned In at "buyback"

Image from crimestoppers

The image above is of the 73 firearms turned in on the 30th of June, 2018, in Montgomery, Alabama.  While there are many inexpensive firearms on the table, there are some classic and expensive collector items as well.

I see a Hi Standard Model B .22, a Beretta pocket tip up model, a Smith & Wesson Victory model, and a Colt pocket auto.32.  One of the "assault weapons" is a Mossberg 715T, which is an straight blowback Mossberg .22, dressed in a plastic shell to make it look like an AR15 clone. 

There is an actual AR15 clone and Tec .22. There appears to be a pre-64 model 70 Winchester in 30-06. There are interesting old pocket pistols, and a classic model 60 S&W in stainless steel.

All of the pistols went for $50. Some of them look to be worth $500. The so called "assault rifles" went for $100.  It is hard to find a pre-64 model 70 for less than a thousand.    From alabamanews.net:
CrimeStoppers’ Gun Buy Back program paid people $100 for assault weapons and $50 for pistols.

“We’ve had everything from AR-15’s to 22 pistols, shotguns, some are guns that people want to get ride of because they had younger kids around the house,” says Garrett.

67 guns were turned in during last year’s 2 hour gun buy back. Serial numbers of the guns they are buying back so see if the gun was used in a crime.
Organizers of these events have become conflicted about how much they advertise them. If the event become well known, private parties show up to purchase the valuable guns, benefiting all concerned, but destroying the propaganda message of the event. I did not see any coverage of private purchasers at this event. That is likely why so many valuable guns were turned in for so little in recompense.

I found one announcement for the event. It was broadcast the day before the event at 9:44 p.m. Friday, from wsfa.com

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, anybody with unwanted firearms could sell them to CrimeStoppers for up to $100 cash per weapon.
Almost all of these guns were turned in by people who know nothing about guns. They inherited them. They have been propagandized by the media. So they turn in $500 - $1,000 guns for $50. From montgomeryadvertiser.com:
Tony Garrett, executive director of CrimeStoppers said most of the guns were from "residents who were not gun users and feared that the gun created an unnecessary risk around their children and/or could be used illegally if the gun(s) were stolen out of their home."

Garrett said the next gun buyback event will be held June 29, 2019.
Second Amendment activists near Montgomery can mark their calendars for next year. That event will be held on June 29th, the last Saturday in June. At least one person in Alabama is paying attention. From al.com, in the comments:
How much did they pay for each gun? Next time they do this I'll set up a stand next to theirs and offer five dollars more for each gun that I accept. Of course I reserve the right not to buy rusty junk--which is what usually is brought to these buybacks.
If private parties had been there, it is hard to believe they wouldn't have paid a couple of hundred dollars for that AR clone, the Smith & Wesson model 60, the classic Colt pocket .32, or the pre-64 30-06.

The research about these events show the police resources are better off being used to fight crime. From the Freakonomics" web site:
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.
Having private purchasers show up at these events is cheap activism for Second Amendment supporters. It shows that guns are valued assets for many people in the community.

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

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AZ: Domestic Defense? Woman Shoots Man Attempting Break-in

A woman shot a man who tried to break into her apartment Saturday afternoon in Phoenix, police said.

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CA: Man uses Gunfire to Repell Burglary Attempt

A Shasta County man said he fired a gun twice in self-defense during a burglary attempt at his Happy Valley area home Friday morning.

No one was injured in the shootings but deputies later arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of attempted burglary among many other charges.
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CA: 19-Year-Old Shoots, Wounds two Teens Attempting Break-in

Arriving officers met the 19-year-old party host who stated he was having a party and several uninvited guests arrived and entered the home. The party crashers were reportedly asked to leave.

Shortly after, they returned and attempted to force their way inside by kicking in the front door. The party host said he armed himself with a handgun and fired shots at the party crashers. Two of the uninvited guests were stuck by gunfire while the others fled the scene.
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AL; Domestic Defense, Woman Shoots Estranged Husband during Attack

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. — A Jefferson County woman shot her estranged husband after he broke into her home and attempted to sexually assault her, according to the sheriff's office.

The woman told deputies she shot the man in the leg to fend him off and he escaped the Center Point home. Deputies later stopped the man on the 1900 block of Old Springville Road. He was then taken to an area hospital.
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Monday, July 09, 2018

Democrat Maryland Governor Candidate Suggests Ban on Shotguns

Ben Jelous
The Democrat governor candidate in Maryland for 2018 has implied the state's extreme gun laws do not go far enough. On MSNBC, he said the following:
“We will, in the next [Maryland state] legislative session, have to have a real conversation about how we finish the job here of our assault weapons ban. But we have to go much further. Journalists were killed with a shotgun.”
Here is the video on Youtube, from the Finkelblog:

Link to Youtube video

The active shooter in the Capital Gazzette shooting used a shotgun. Shotguns are extremely popular in the United States. Cartridge shotguns have been actively produced for 150 years. Shotguns make up about 1/3 of the private firearms stock. There are over 100 million shotguns in private hands in the country.

What is Ben Jelous attempting to accomplish with this message? 

A recent poll found that Maryland voters are evenly split on who to trust on gun control. From wbalt.com:
Kromer oversaw the survey of 617 Marylanders, who were asked, "Who do you have more confidence in to handle the issue of gun violence? The Republican governor? Or the Democrats?" The answer was a statistically equal split of 39 percent favoring Gov. Larry Hogan and 40 percent favoring the Democrats.
 Maryland Goucher poll 

The message of banning shotguns does not strike me as something that will bring Democrat voters to the voting booth. It is well designed to energize Second Amendment supporters.

Ben Jelous does not seem well versed in the intricacies of firearm nomenclature and technology. If he attempts to finesse this gaff, he is likely to make it worse.

This is a common problem for people who are ignorant about guns, and who made the choice to be unarmed. They see no value in firearms. They see no cost to disarming others, because it does not cost *them* anything.

Those who have made the choice to be armed, are not willingly and easily disarmed.

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Reporter Resigns who Said Maryland Mass Murderer dropped Maga Hat

In the early reporting on the Maryland Mass Murder, Conor Berry, a reporter from a Massachusetts newspaper, tweeted the shooter dropped his MAGA hat on the newsroom floor before opening fire.

It was a very stupid remark, which Conor has acknowledged. What makes such tweets particularly toxic, is they color early perceptions of events, and tend to become urban myths and the stuff of conspiracy theories.

Conor regrets his error, and has offered up an apology to go along with his resignation. From thehill.com:
"Folks, My 21-year career as a 'journalist,' a fancy term that makes my skin crawl, frankly, came to a screeching halt yesterday with one stupid, regrettable tweet," he wrote. "Can't take it back; wish I could. My sincere apologies to all good, hardworking reporters and to POTUS supporters."
In this case, the apology seems to have gotten more traction than the original tweet. The tweet was withdrawn, but still can be found on archives on the Internet. The apology can be found on main stream sources all over the Internet. I did not find the original tweet until the bottom of the third page of a Google search.

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OK: Domestic Defense, Woman Shoots, Kills, Ex as he Attempt Break-in

The woman told detectives she was at the home with her current boyfriend when they heard loud banging on the back door.

She grabbed a pistol and shot the intruder after he forced his way inside the residence, Butterfield said.
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KY: Domestic Defense, Teen Shoots Uncle to Protect Grandfather

Deputies say it stemmed from a family dispute. They say a 17-year-old shot 35-year-old Dustin Sparkman in the chest while he was in an altercation with the teen's grandfather. Sparkman is the uncle of the teen.

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IA: Domestic Defense, Attempted Disarm, Woman Shoots 60-Year-Old Man in Hand

BURLINGTON, Iowa -- A 60-year-old Burlington man was shot in the hand after trying to break down a barricaded bedroom door where the woman he lives with was hiding with a gun following a domestic disturbance.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Democrat Candidates' "Get Out of Jail Free" Card is Fading

Image from Facebook

In an obviously uninformed and politically correct stunt, a Democrat candidate in a Democrat primary broke the law. She will not be prosecuted. There is nothing new in that. It only proves the rule. From wavy.com:
"At a minimum she broke at least two federal laws, both of which are felonies, and at least one felony at the state level," said Virginia Beach attorney Robert Herron III, an expert in firearms law.

Herron says the federal law dates back to the 1930s, and involves what's known as short barreled rifles, or SBRs. He says Mallard broke the law twice: for making an SBR when she cut the barrel -- and then for having one in her possession.

But Herron doubts she'll get prosecuted because she's running for Congress.
Herron only gets half of the equation. She won't get prosecuted because she is a reliable Progressive and a Democrat running for office. Progressives break the law with impunity. All they have to claim is they had good intentions. Reliable Progressives of both parties (mostly Democrats) have had a "get out of jail free" card for decades. The old dominant Progressive media protects them. Selective and biased media coverage amounts to a "get out of jail free" card.

Hillary Clinton broke the law numerous times with unsecured top secret classified information on her private email server. FBI director Comey, who was also illegally conducting official business on gmail, (away from congressional and FOIA oversight) said it did not matter, because she did not have criminal intent. But intent was not part of the law. Comey altered the meaning of the law to fit his, and Progressives', desires.

Reliably Progressive host of Meet the Press, David Gregory, was not charged when he scoffed at the law and brandished a magazine that was illegal to possess in the District of Columbia.

Progressives no longer control the narrative by controlling nearly all media.  There were consequences to Karen Mallard's action.

She was investigated by the ATF, because of the social media outcry.  She lost the primary, probably because being an anti-Second Amendment extremist does not work well in a red district. From 13newsnow.com:
 Elaine Luria's victory on Tuesday likely pits her against Republican Congressman Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, in November.

Luria defeated school teacher Karen Mallard in Virginia's 2nd District.

National Democrats are backing Luria in their quest to flip the district and recapture the U.S. House. The 2nd District is considered competitive, although political observers say it leans Republican.
Mallard lost by a large margin, 38 to 62 percent to her retired DOD opponent. Her opponent was favored by the Democrat National Committee.

Intent is not considered when the media and their law enforcement allies go after President Trump. Neither is the law.

Donald Trump briefly had people on his campaign, who years ago had contacts with Russian citizens. That is enough for an "investigation" obviously aimed at discrediting him and harming him politically.  "Collusion" is not even a criminal act.

President Donald Trump, who might have had a consensual sexual encounter years before he ever decided to run for office, has his personal lawyer raided and all files, in spite of attorney client privilege, confiscated by federal prosecutors. The ACLU was silent.

Texas congressman DeLay was run out of office for non-existent crimes. His major "crime" appears to be that he was a very effective Republican leader.

These events illustrate the enormous power of a partisan media.  The media has been a major part of the Progressive power structure for decades.

With the 2016 election, the old, dominant, Progressive media's ability to shape and control the national narrative has been successfully challenged. It may be broken beyond recovery. Social media forces, outside the control of Progressives, have the ability to force an investigation of candidates who blatantly break the law.

Progressives are not happy about it. Their ability to pick and choose what candidates are immune from investigation and prosecution is ending.

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OH: Shotgun Fired in Struggle with Intruder

PLEASANT CITY — Authorities continue to search for a Cumberland area man identified as a suspect in an apparent home invasion incident Wednesday at an Elm Street residence in Pleasant City.

Guernsey County sheriff’s deputies declined to release the name of the 21-year-old suspect pending his arrest and charges being filed.
The suspect fled from the home after a shotgun was discharged during a struggle with the resident. Nobody was struck by the gunfire.
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TN: Man Attempting to Break Into Apartment is Shot

JACKSON, Tenn. — A shooting at an apartment complex in east Jackson sent one person to the hospital Thursday, according to Jackson police. Investigators said the man who was shot is accused of breaking into an apartment.
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CA: Homeowner Shoots Intruder Attempting Break-in

RICHMOND — A homeowner shot a man suspected of trying to rob his home early Friday in what police are calling a justifiable shooting.

Police did not immediately identify the 47-year-old suspect, who was rushed to a hospital trauma center after the shooting, Richmond police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said. He is in critical condition.
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Saturday, July 07, 2018

Maryland Newpaper Shooting was in a Gun Free Zone

Five people were murdered and two others were wounded in Maryland on  28 June, 2018. A lone murderer shot his way into the newspaper office of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis. Police response was swift, but it was not fast enough to stop the murderer before he put down his weapon and hid under a desk.

The entire state of Maryland is pretty much a gun free zone. No one at the newpaper was armed to oppose the killer. From wtop.com:
Officers were on the scene within two minutes of the first call about the shooting, Altomare said. Ramos was arrested by officers after he was discovered hiding under a desk.

Altomare said more than 300 officers from federal and state enforcement agencies descended on the scene of the shooting. There were no shots fired by law enforcement during the arrest.

Wes Adams, the state’s attorney for Anne Arundel County, told WTOP’s Neal Augenstein that Ramos barricaded the back entrance before coming to the front entrance, shooting out the front window and shooting into the newsroom.

Adams described it as an orchestrated plan to make sure no one could get out. He added that one of the victims tried to get out the back door, but couldn’t, and was killed.
One of the reporters at the paper tweeted how he felt terrified, hiding under his desk, as other people were shot and killed. He wrote of how he heard the killer reloading his pump shotgun. From the independent.co.uk:
Phil Davis, a crime reporter for the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, posted a series of tweets, explaining how he and others were in their office when the suspected shooter – said to be a lone male – entered and opened fire.

“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” he wrote.
People who are familiar with firearms feel regret they were not armed, and could have cut the killing short. That is what happened to Suzzana Gratia Hupp, who had her parents murdered in a mass killing at Luby's restaurant, in Kileen Texas.

Dozens of mass killings have been stopped by armed citizens.

The FBI says 8% of mass killings have been stopped by people with concealed carry permits from 2014-2017. About 6.5% of adults in the United States had a concealed carry permit in March of 2017.

Maryland had one of the fewest concealed carry permit percentages in the United States. As of March, 2017, the State had 17,414 active permits.  That is the lowest number of permits of all but two other states, Hawaii and New Jersey. Maryland had a population of six million in 2017. That would be 4,662,000 adults. Very few permits are issued to anyone but the powerful, connected, or security personnel who had to have a permit to work.

An activist says he looked at the permit list in 2010.  From thedailyrecord.com:
In 2010, I obtained the MDSP MAAFS list, that has all of the names and occupations of those who hold a MD CCW permit. When you remove the business people, the state politicians, retired police, prison guards, etc… In essence, if you remove the government, business, and people who require such for work, it leaves approximately 750 issued permits in a state of 5,000,000 residents, or less than 1/10th of 1%. The reason 95% of all permits are issued, is because only those groups aforementioned need apply. The average citizen does not apply, because they cannot obtain one.

17,411 would be .37 of one percent of the adult population.  If we take the estimate of 750 in 2010 (4,483,00 adults in 2010). That would be .017 percent of the population who were not powerful, connected, or work related.

Maryland is one of only six states that has no protection for a right to keep and bear arms in its Constitution.

When people who are gun owners, who feel comfortable with firearms, think of themselves in such a situation, they know they would want to be armed. People who have made the decision to be voluntarily unarmed, wonder when armed protectors might rescue them.

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Followup SC: No Charges in Shooting Death of Kevin Henicks

No charges will be filed for the shooting death of 36-year-old Kevin Henicks, according to Lt. Mike Brandt with Florence Police Department.

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GA: Double Disarm? Victim Wounded, Suspect Flees

“The handgun was then recovered by one of the suspects, who fired a round at the victim, striking him in the hand,” Atlanta police spokesman Officer Jarius Daugherty said.

Somehow, the shooter dropped the gun, and the victim regained control of it, according to police. “The victim then fired upon the suspects and the suspects fled the location,” Daugher said.

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Followup TX: Gunfight in Pawn Shop, Gary Duke Dies in Hospital

Gary Duke, 58, Lake Worth, was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's website. Duke died from multiple gunshot wounds, the medical examiner's report showed.

Duke was shot multiple times during a possible robbery of the shop, police say.

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MO: Officer Shoots Dog to Free his Hand from Jaws

The officer then approached a back entrance when the dog bit his hand. The officer could not get the dog to disengage. He then fired his weapon.
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GA: Domestic Defense? Riner - Wilson case to go to Grand Jury

Sheriff Stephens says one reason they'll take the case directly to a grand jury is connections Wilson and his family had with the sheriff's office as well as relationships he's had with Riner's family for decades. An objective grand jury will decide whether to indict or not. If they do, authorities will arrest Riner and the case will proceed. If they don't, that could be the end of the case.

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Friday, July 06, 2018

California Supreme Court Rules Law Requiring the Impossible is Constitutional

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In 2007, California passed a law requiring all new semi-automatic handgun models have dual stamp micro-stamping incorporated in their design. Because of legal challenges, the law does not go into effect until 2013. In 2013, California AG Kamala Harris insists on enforcing the law. No new handgun models have been added to the California handgun roster since that time.

Manufacturers have stated that dual microstamping, as required by the California law, is technologically and commercially impossible. The State appeals court ruling was appealed to the California Supreme Court, on the grounds that the law cannot require an impossibility.

On June 28, 2018, the California Supreme Court ruled the State legislature can require impossible things, if that was the legislature's intent.  From sfchronicle.com:

Gun manufacturers must do their best to comply with a California law requiring new models of semiautomatic handguns to imprint their bullets with identifying micro stamps so police can trace them, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting the companies’ arguments that the law should be overturned because compliance is technologically impossible.

A gun-control advocate said the ruling preserves safety regulations that encourage industries to develop new technologies. A gun organization’s lawyer said the state is headed for a “slow-motion handgun ban.”

The gun law, passed in 2007, is supported by police organizations that say the stamps would help officers to determine the source of bullets found at crime scenes. It requires that new brands of semiautomatic pistols introduced for retail sale in California carry markings in two places that would imprint the gun’s model and serial number on each cartridge as it is fired.

A federal legal challenge to the law on Second Amendment grounds was filed in June of 2013.  The district court upheld the law. An appeal was filed in the Ninth Circuit. The oral arguments were heard on March 16th, 2017, over a year ago, by a three judge panel. Here is a video summation of the oral arguments done by CalGuns.

Link to video done by Calguns

The Ninth Circuit still has not ruled, over a year later. If the the three judge panel in the Ninth rules for the Second Amendment, I expect a judge on the Ninth will demand a vote for an en banc ruling by the entire Ninth Circuit. That has been the pattern for recent Second Amendment cases in the Ninth Circuit.

The Ninth Circuit, en banc, has been ideologically hostile to the Second Amendment.

A new Supreme Court justice, appointed by President Donald Trump to replay retiring Justice Kennedy, should be on the Supreme Court by the time the Court would be called to hear an appeal from the Ninth Circuit on this case.

That might, or might not make the difference in whether or not the Supreme Court would decide to hear an appeal of the case.

The Supreme Court has been able to pick and choose what cases it will hear since 1891. In 1891, the legislature gave the power to refuse cases to the Supreme Court, in order to reduce the Courts workload. Instead of being heard by the Supreme Court, most cases are heard by the appellate courts.

The Ninth Circuit has become the Circuit with the highest percentage of decisions overturned by the Supreme Court.

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IL: Business Owner Shoots two Robbery Suspects

The owner of a business shot two men Tuesday night during an attempted armed robbery in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.

The men, ages 21 and 29, walked into the store about 7:05 p.m. in the 300 block of West 75th Street and pulled out weapons in an effort to rob it, according to Chicago Police. The business owner then shot both men.
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TX: 17-Year-Old Shoots Robber, Stops Crime Spree

The 17-year-old clerk was asleep inside, guarding the thousands of dollars of fireworks.

The clerk shot one of the robbers. He survived. Deputies say the two robbers were arrested. Investigators do not think they were connected to the six robberies that happened on July 5.

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WA: Grandson Uses Pellet Gun to Shoot man Who Theatened Grandmother

The man threatened to stab the woman then attempted to climb over the fence of the property, Boyle said. The woman’s grandson then shot the man with a pellet gun.

The man was sent to a local hospital but the injury was not life-threatening, Boyle said. Both the alleged intruder and the grandson were detained for investigation Wednesday afternoon, Boyle said.

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Mom Shoots Gas Station Carjacker in Head When He Tries to Drive Off With Her Two Toddlers

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 By Craig Bannister | July 5, 2018 | 10:57 AM EDT

Gas station carjacking and kidnapping thwarted. (Screenshot)
When a Texas mother got out of her car to buy gas at a local Shell station, a carjacker got into her car and started to drive off with her two young children still inside the vehicle.
Police say the mother quickly jumped into the front passenger seat and pulled her gun out of the glove compartment and began begging the carjacker to stop, WFAA ABC 8 reports.
When he refused, she shot him in the head. After the car crashed, she rescued her two toddlers from the vehicle. When police arrived, the wounded carjacker was taken to a local hospital