Saturday, September 21, 2019

Open Carry Leads to Conversation with a Chinese Immigrant About Guns, Law, and Power

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Open Carry often leads to interesting conversations.

An ethnic Chinese emigrant approached me as I was openly carrying, as I often do during my daily activities.

I will not identify the woman, who is an acquaintance. The reasons will become obvious.

She started by asking me if I had been dove hunting. I said I had. She asked if I had been successful.

I said I had. It was the start to a conversation on geopolitics, an opening, a subtle approach to ask about gun control in the United States.

The lady knows almost nothing about guns, United States gun laws, or even guns in China. She knows a good bit about Chinese governmental authority, Chinese cultures, and how governmental power is exercised in China. She has family there. She is multi-lingual.

To illustrate her ignorance about guns, she asked if I used the small one (the pistol on my hip) to hunt doves, or a big one. We are all ignorant, just about different things. She knows far more about Chinese cultures than I ever will; I know far more about guns and American gun culture. I explained a bit about shotguns and ballistics.

As the conversation progressed, it became clear she wanted to understand about American gun laws, and American gun culture.

She asked how many guns I had; I answered with a non-specific reference to past numbers.

She said an American told her he owned over a hundred guns. She said people in China did not have guns. They were not allowed to have guns. She asked if I was aware of what was happening in Hong Kong.  I said I was. She showed me pictures of protesters in Hong Kong.

I told her Americans had the most guns in the world, over 400 million. We have more guns than people, and while there are millions of illegal guns in China, the Chinese government worked hard to keep the Chinese unarmed, as did most governments in the world.  The illegal guns in China (about 50 million) are a fraction of the guns legally owned by Americans.

She asked why Americans had so many guns.

It told her, when the United States was created, we were able to do so because we were armed. We broke away from the British Empire about the time the British were importing opium into China.

When we created our founding documents, we included a guarantee the government would not disarm the people.  I told her people who have the guns make the rules. In America, the people have the guns. In America, the government is to be the servant of the people, not the people the servant of the government. In America, the government does not tell the people what the people need, the people tell the government what the government may do.

In America, people have guns to defend themselves from other people, and to keep limits on government power.

We agreed America was unique in its guarantee of the right to have guns. America is unlike China. America has a robust guarantee of property rights. The Chinese government was founded on the idea that property is theft, and that all property, ultimately, belongs to the government.

The lady said she could not discuss such things in China. That in China, much money goes into the pockets of government officials. She said she had to be very careful what she said, because she wished to be able to visit China.

She asked what the maximum number of guns a person was allowed to have in the United States.

I told her, there is no maximum number. There is no maximum amount of ammunition that may be owned. I told her a friend of mine, who recently died, had over a hundred guns and a hundred thousand rounds of ammunition in his estate. I used hyperbole to make the point: how many thousands of guns do you want, I asked? I will help you order them. You do not need government permission to own guns in the United States.

She did not ask for any guns. I told her I hoped the protesters in Hong Kong would accept a political settlement where they kept the rights they currently have.  I said many important members of the Chinese government have hundreds of millions, billions, of dollars in Hong Kong. Those members do not want the Chinese government to take control over Hong Kong, because their funds would no longer be safe from confiscation.

She ended the conversation by saying she was very, very happy she was living in the United States, and not in China.

I have had many conversations with people from other countries about guns and the Second Amendment.

One of the most memorable happened 30 years ago, in Panama. A Panamanian asking for food, during the Noriega difficulties (just before the U.S. invasion), talked about gun confiscation in Panama and other Central American countries. It will never happen in the United States, he said. The Rifle Association will not allow it.

Americans' access to arms is envied around the world.

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NE: Aggressive Jack Russel Terriers, Escaped, Shot, Killed

The dog’s owners claim this is only the second time their pets have got out, but an animal control employee told KCAU off-camera that he’s received several reports about the dogs being aggressive and scaring other neighbors in past years.

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FL: Armed Woman Fires Gun to Save Life, Stop Beating

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - Police are investigating after a woman fired her gun during a robbery outside a Popeyes in southwest Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade police Detective Lee Cowart said a woman who witnessed the robbery outside the Popeyes on the corner of Southwest 112th Avenue and Southwest 152nd Street tried to intervene, pulled out a gun and fired several shots.

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OK: Home Invasion Gunfight, Suspect Wounded

One person is in custody and police are looking for a possible second person involved in a home invasion, during which shots were fired Friday morning in Enid, police officials said.

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CA: Armed Man, Sleeping in Truck, Shoots 3 Robbery Suspects, Killing 1

The victim may be a certified security guard, who was off duty. 

The victim told investigators that he was sleeping in his truck outside an AutoZone in the 10900 block of Long Beach Boulevard about 4:45 a.m. when he was awakened by the suspects breaking into the vehicle.

The security guard was not an employee of AutoZone or any other nearby businesses, according to officials. He left the scene and notified authorities of what had happened.

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CA: San Pedro Burglary Suspect, Shot, Killed by Armed Resident

A burglary suspect was fatally shot by a San Pedro resident Thursday morning.
The incident was reported about 7:15 a.m. in the 2800 block of South Carolina Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Drake Madison said.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Bears or Humans more Dangerous in Yellowstone Back Country?

Image of bear by Troy Nemitz

A few years ago, I held the widespread belief that in the wild, humans were far more dangerous than bears. Humans are the top predator on the planet. They routinely prey on their own. Far more humans are killed by humans than by bears.

The reality is more complex. As I researched bear attacks and the effectiveness of using handguns to stop those attacks, I found I was mistaken about the comparative danger of humans. Comparing how many people are killed by humans against how many are killed by bears is a misleading metric. There are hundreds of millions of people in North America, and somewhat less than a million bears.  About six percent of those are grizzly bears. There are about ten to fifteen thousand polar bears associated with North America. The danger of something is not represented by how many people are killed or hurt, out of the entire human population. Rather, the danger of something is more reliably measured by how many people are killed or hurt per the item in question in relation to exposure to humans.

Very few people die of drowning in the Sahara desert. To be in danger of being killed by a bear, you have to be where the bears are. It can happen in New York City, if you break into the zoo. In 1982, a man was killed by a polar bear when he climbed a series of fences to get into the bear cage after hours. An eleven year old boy was killed by bears in New York City when he sneaked into the polar bear enclosure at night, in 1987. Most of the time, most people are not in contact with bears. Lack of opportunity does not mean bears are not dangerous.

To consider how dangerous bears are, you must consider the danger level where the bears are. Fortunately, the National Park Service has kept records of  injuries and  fatalities inflicted by grizzly bears and the number of visitor days in Yellowstone park. The National Park Service site had these helpful numbers for the risk of being injured or killed by bears in the park.
Type of Recreational Activity:
Risk of Grizzly Bear Attack
Remain in developed areas, roadsides, and boardwalks: 1 in 25.1 million visits
Camp in roadside campgrounds: 1 in 22.8 million overnight stays
Camp in the backcountry: 1 in 1.4 million overnight stays
Travel in the backcountry: 1 in 232,000 person travel days
All park activities combined: 1 in 2.7 million visits
If you stay away from bears (in developed areas) the risk of injury by bear is only 1 in 25.1 million visits.

If you go where the bears are (travel in the back country), the risks increase 100 fold to 1 in 232,000 travel days. If you were in the back country for 1,000 days, or about five years (bears are only active about 200 days a year), your risk of injury by bear increases to 1 in 232! Deaths were about 15% of the injuries, or about 1 in 1600.

Make it a career, or about 30 years, the risk of injury by bear is roughly 1 in 39, with the chance of a fatality 1 in 265.  Increase the years to 78, the typical life expectancy in the United States, and the chances of being injured becomes 1 in 16, with chances of a fatality 1 in 102.

To put the risk in perspective, the lifetime risk of death by car accident in the United States is about 1 in 114.

The time you spend traveling in the back country in Yellowstone park, you have about the same chance of dying from bear attack, as you have of dying in a car accident, if you spend the time in the rest of the United States.

Bear attacks in bear country are a significant risk; about the same as car accidents in the rest of the United States.  The risk can be reduced through preventative measures and the use of safety equipment.

Wearing a personal firearm in bear country is similar to buckling your seat belt while driving.

Many bears are prevented from injuring humans, because the human was armed.

Timothy Treadwell spent a lot of time with bears. He did not consider bears a serious threat. He and his girlfriend, Amie Hugenard, were killed and eaten.

Phil Shoemaker guided people in Alaska for 33 years. For years he disparaged people who carried pistols to defend against bear attacks. In July, 2016, he used a 9 mm Smith & Wesson  pistol to defend his clients from a serious bear attack. He no longer derides people for carrying pistols to defend against bears.

The United States Geological Survey maintains an interesting collection of data on grizzly bear mortality in the Greater Yellowstone Ecological system (GYE).

I looked at the data for 2017. In 2017, there were 56 grizzly bear deaths recorded, out of a population of 690.  The grizzly bear population has been growing steadily since 1975, when they were listed as endangered. There were about 136 bears in the GYE in 1975. No fatal bear attacks on humans were recorded in the GYE in 2017.

In 2017, Of the approximate population of 690 grizzly bears, 56 died. Of the 56 recorded bear mortalities, 19 were killed in self defense by humans. 16 were killed by government bear management because they had proven to be a threat to humans and human property. 35 bears out of a population of 690, for one year, were a threat to human lives and human property. That is over five percent of grizzly bears in 2017.

Three bears were killed in road accidents and two were killed because of mistaken identity during black bear hunts. Natural causes (non human) accounted for seven bear deaths. Two of those were from other bears. Six bears died of unknown causes; three bear deaths were still under investigation.  Of the known causes of bear deaths (47) 35 were caused by bear-human conflicts, of which 19 were self defense killings  by humans.

Grizzly bears are an extremely dangerous species to humans. Humans are extremely dangerous to bears, if the human is attacked.

The indications are that numerous bears are killed in self defense for every person killed by a bear.

From the national park service
5. Reducing conflicts with people is the key to grizzly conservation. Employing best practices for safety in bear country doesn't just protect people, but the welfare of animals as well. When bears kill people or damage property, bears lose.
The aggravated assault rate plus the murder rate for humans would be the comparable number to grizzly bear attacks. In 2016, for the United States, the aggravated assault rate was 248 per 100,000. The homicide rate was about 5 per hundred thousand. That would be a comparable rate of 253 per hundred thousand, or about .253%.  On an individual basis, the grizzly bears in the GYE are more than 20 times as dangerous as humans. One in 20 is involved in a serious assault in a given year. Roughly 1 in 400 humans is victimized in a serious assault in a given year in the United States.  Humans are far less dangerous in Yellowstone National Park. Career criminals don't seen to spend much time in Yellowstone. If they do, they are on vacation and seldom attack other people.

There are serious differences in the measurements, of course. In the bear population, individual bears were counted. In the human population, individual assaults were counted. With bears and humans, one individual is likely to commit several assaults. That would increase the numbers for the bears and decrease the numbers of humans. The actual proportion of dangerous grizzly bears to dangerous humans is likely much higher than 20 to 1.

Black bears are less likely to assault humans than are grizzly bears. But the number of black bears is much higher, so human fatalities inflicted by grizzly bears and black bears are about the same.  Black bears will normally run from humans. If a black bear does not run, the chances of an attack have multiplied many times over.

If you encounter a human stranger far from police or other humans, you should be wary. If you encounter a bear under the same circumstances, you should be many times as wary. If the bear does not run, prepare to defend yourself.

If you encounter a bear in the wild, your chances of injury or death have multiplied by orders of magnitude. They have become much, much higher than being struck by lightning. There have been only two deaths from lightning in Yellowstone park in the last hundred years, to compare with the seven deaths caused by bears. Neither of the lightning deaths occurred in the back country.

In Yellowstone National Park, in the last 100 years, there have been seven people killed by bears. Six of those were in the back country.  Four people were murdered by other humans. None of them were in the back country.
There are numerous bear attacks for every person killed by a bear.  The chances of a serious attack on people in wilderness bear country is much higher than the chance of an attack by a human or being struck by lightning.

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SC: Legally Armed man Stops man on Rampage in Black Truck

Witnesses said the suspect got in his black truck and continuously slammed into three to four cars. He was stopped by one of the drivers, who was carrying a gun. The man with the gun allegedly hit the suspect in the head with the weapon.

“I thought he shot him, but he had pistol-whipped the fellow and that’s what made the gun go off,” said witness John Simpson.

The York County Sheriff’s Office said the person with the gun will not face charges and is a legal concealed-carry gun owner.
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MN: Father with Carry Permit Shots at man Who gunned Down his Son

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota police say a man who was leaving a Bible study with his young daughter and father was fatally shot outside his church in St. Paul.

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Followup AR: July Finds Dale Wayne Bryant not guilty of all charges.

HUNTSVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A Combs man was acquitted on murder charges in the fatal shooting of his neighbor last year.

A Madison County Circuit Court jury on Friday (Sept. 13) found Dale Wayne Bryant, 57, not guilty of first or second-degree murder, negligent homicide or manslaughter charges.
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NC: Fatal shooting of Otto Worth ruled Self Defense

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office says a shooting that took place early Saturday morning that left one man dead was self-defense.

Deputies initially responded to calls about a body being found in a yard off of Foster Road in Woodleaf. Upon arriving at the scene, officials found Robin Otto Worth, 35, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.
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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Open Carry in Walmart and Frys, September, 2019

There is an ongoing thrust by the fanatical pushers for a disarmed population, to enlist corporate America to their cause. Understandably, corporate entities are uneasy about outright support for any political faction; come out strongly on one side or the other, you are potentially alienating 20-30 percent of your customers. The 50% that are not strongly engaged in politics are unlikely to respond.

When it comes to Second Amendment issues, there are about 5 million NRA members and 100 million gun owners. There are about 30 million people that think owning a gun is immoral. The numbers game falls to the Second Amendment, but the Old Media are overwhelmingly hostile to gun ownership.

This puts corporate America in a bind. Several large corporations have yielded to old media pressure and enacted policies that request Americans who are exercising their Second Amendment rights, not to openly carry in their establishments.

In doing so, they are attempting to split the baby without bloodshed. The request is not legally binding. They are not banning firearms from their establishments; they are working a policy to give lip service to the liberal fascists who want to take a fire-axe to the Bill of Rights, while doing as little as possible to offend the Second Amendment juggernaut.

It all seemed pretty inconsequential. In a few months the policies would be forgotten, and Second Amendment supporters would get back to making incremental strides toward restoring Second Amendment rights.

Confession is good for the soul. I confess I forgot about the controversy.

I set out to get a few groceries and to check on the price of .22 ammunition at Walmart. I routinely open carry. I open carry primarily for political purposes, demonstrating to others the Second Amendment means something, and the government is effectively limited in at least one way.  I often open carry because it is a bit simpler and more convenient than concealed carry.  It is better to avoid trouble than to recover from it. Open carry is tactical deterrence. The overwhelming majority of criminals don't want to confront an armed person.

I did not notice any sign on the door at Walmart. I went about my business. The price of .22 ammunition continues to  drop toward to historical norms. A brick of 500 Remington Thunderbolt .22 Long Rifle cartridges was priced at $16.97. On Labor Day, CAL Ranch stores  had them for $14.99.  Three cents a round for .22 ammunition is not too bad.

I picked up a few inexpensive grocery items, and headed for the checkout. On the way there, I ran into an old friend who asked how I was. He asked if anyone had asked me to leave.

The light bulb came on. No, I said. I did not see any sign on the door. He graciously took my picture to commemorate Walmart's benign, non-confrontational, threading of the political needle. The phone in my shirt pocket could have been recording video. It wasn't.

I went to Fry's. They did not have .22 ammunition, but I don't recall them caving to liberal fascists, either. I spent a bit more there than I did at Walmart. I asked the checkout lady if she would take my picture to commemorate Fry's more open minded attitude.  The picture did not turn out quite as well as the one my buddy took.

People will rightly note the Glock 17 does not stand out against the dark shirt. Most people do not notice when a person is openly carrying, even when there is better contrast. I did not dress to show off the Glock, but for utilitarian purposes of where I live. Open carry has become so normalized in Arizona, no one considered it an issue. 

This is the situation the liberal fascists desperately want to avoid. They do not like anyone but the government to have guns. The open exercise of Second Amendment rights greatly offends them. My rights are not subject to their emotional and mental problems. Only a tiny percentage of Americans are offended by open carry. A much larger number are mildly surprised when they first encounter it, but  become accepting of it with a few exposures.  We constantly see the process as numerous winter visitors and California visitors come, notice, and become acclimated. Most people do not even notice.

The facts, the culture, and the Constitution are on the side of Second Amendment supporters. We only need to keep exposing the moral, legal, and cultural disasters of the left to continue to restore our rights. Their dominance of the media has made this difficult, but we are winning.

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Followup FL: Domestic Defense, Man shot by Woman Identified as Andrew Brian Patrick

A woman told investigators she shot Andrew Brian Patrick as he approached her with a knife during an argument.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office identified the man shot and killed by a roommate on Friday night north of Ocala was 42-year-old Andrew Brian Patrick.
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IN: Gunfight, Home Invasion, Two Residents and Suspect Wounded

Three people were shot this morning in what police said was a home invasion.

Just before 8 a.m., police were called to the 4000 block of Reed Street, where a homeowner was shot during a home invasion. The two people inside the home, Demale Amos, 37 and Jamika Martin, 35, told police the suspect or suspects may have been shot before they ran off.
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RI: Victim of Robbery Accesses gun, Shoots Suspect

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man accused of robbing another man at gunpoint was ultimately shot by the victim, Providence Police said.

The robbery and shooting happened on Simmons Street shortly before 11 p.m. Monday night.
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MD: Armed Victim Stops Attack at Brandywine Apartments

Deputies responded to the 203000 block of Youngstoun Court for a report of shots fired around 11 p.m. They said the resident who was attacked fired several rounds from their own firearm, and the two suspects fled the area.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

ME: Rabid Fox Bites Neighbor, is shot, Killed

Appleton — An Appleton man killed a fox that may have been rabid Sunday, Sept. 15, after it attacked him and a neighbor on Appleton Ridge.

Animal Control Officer Heidi Blood said the man was bitten and received medical treatment.
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GA: Gunfight, Armed Homeowner Shoots, Kills Three Masked Suspects

The homeowner may have used a semi-automatic rifle to defend themselves against the masked suspects.

CONYERS, Ga. — Three masked teenagers were fatally shot after a shootout with a homeowner in Rockdale County early Monday, authorities said.

The incident happened just after 4 a.m. off Flat Shoals Road on White Oak Court in Conyers. The sheriff's office said the teens, two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old, were killed during an exchange of gunfire. It appears the teens were attempting to rob three people in the front yard, authorities said.
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TX: Armed Woman Shoots, Kills Suspect who Beat her with Bat

HOCKLEY, Texas (KTRK) -- An attempted robbery suspect was shot to death after police say he beat a movie theater manager with a bat.

Deputies responded to reports of a shooting at the Showboat Drive-in theater located at 22422 Farm to Market 2920 around 2:30 a.m.
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Georgia homeowner kills three teens wearing masks in possible 'stand your ground' case

The fatal shooting of three teens by a Georgia homeowner this week could be a "stand your ground" case, the Rockdale County Sheriff says.

The teens, ages 15 and 16, died Monday following an early morning exchange of gunfire with a resident, Sheriff Eric Levett said. He said evidence indicates the three teens attempted to rob three people in a front yard.

"It could be a 'stand your ground' type case, based on the preliminary (information) that we have learned so far," Levett said at a press conference.

Levett said the teens were wearing masks when they approached the yard, and that one of them brandished a gun and reportedly fired shots at the residents.

"One of the intended robbery victims returned fire," Levett said in a statement. The victims of the attempted robbery were not injured, but one of the teens died at the scene and the others were rushed to a hospital where they died, Levett said.

He said the three people at the residence and several neighbors were interviewed and that no charges had been filed so far. Two guns were found at the scene, he said, but it was not clear to whom they belonged.

"This is at the very early stages of the investigation," Levett said.

Stand your ground laws essentially state that a person who is being threatened by another person's use of force does not have a duty to retreat or back down.

Dana Loesch Proves, Once Again, Why Red Flag Laws Are Dangerous

Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs), commonly referred to as red flag laws, have been all the talk in Washington. Politicians on both sides of the aisle seem to think red flag laws are the answers to the mass shootings taking place in our country.

The House Judiciary Committee proved once again that they don't understand or value the Constitution. They green lighted ERPOs, despite many Second Amendment advocates concerns over the lack of due process.

Talk radio host and pro-gun activist Dana Loesch compiled a Twitter thread giving Americans 10 reasons why we should all be against this move.

1) #RedFlagLaws are an inversion of “innocent until proven guilty.” The standard of evidence is low and while state laws vary, many different people, not just family, can report you.

2) You don't have to be in the room (and advance notice isn't required) for the petition to be granted meaning you must wait to defend yourself. Most laws provide no penalty for abuse and no state law allows for civil cause of action against false accusers.

3) Time varies as to how long until respondents can have their day in court. A study conducted on Indiana's law, which said 14 day wait, revealed that the average wait was 9 months. Rights delayed are rights denied.

4) @davekopel , who has done excellent research on this, has noted that of the four states with the oldest gun confiscation laws, Connecticut, Indiana, California, and Washington, no research has revealed any statistical reduction in crime. #RedFlagLaws

(Also still No. 4) Furthermore, Kopel notes that nearly 1/3 of such orders are improperly issued against innocent people.

5) No advance notice is given ahead of serving a #RedFlag order. That worked out horribly for Maryland resident Gary Willis, who was shot and killed when answering his door early morning before the sun was up. This puts LEO in a HORRIBLE position of enforcing these orders.

6) Counsel is not provided (Blumenthal draft does, it's of little solace considering), meaning you could be like FL man Jonathan Carpenter, who is waging an expensive court battle to clear his name and reclaim his property because his name was too similar to a drug dealer's.

Florida resident Jonathan Carpenter's case is a prime example of red flag laws gone wrong. A woman filed a complaint against a drug dealer with the same name. Police came knocking on Carpenter's door, confiscated his firearms and then he had to go to court to prove they had the wrong person. It wasn't until he showed up in court, the plaintiff saw him and told cops they had the wrong person, that Carpenter was allowed to get his guns back.

7) We aren't arresting people, we're arresting guns. State laws ignore the very reason the petition was granted in the first place: danger resulting in violence or mental instability. No mental evaluations given, no charges for a crime.

8) How will confiscated firearms be stored? Local police will be tasked with figuring out storage and bearing the cost of any liability or insurance -- at a time when some struggle with budgets to afford body cams.

9) This isn't just about the 2nd Amendment. It doesn't matter if you're a "gun nut" or even own guns. The deconstruction of due process calls into question your 5th and 14th Amendment rights, too.

10) Lastly (not really, but I'm sticking to 10), if there is enough evidence to strip you of your rights THERE IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CHARGE YOU or commit you. There are NUMEROUS other options to start fixing this problem WITHOUT sacrificing due process.

The biggest issue our nation has is the lack of law enforcement. Yes, we have cops, the FBI, the CIA, ICE but what we're missing is adequately enforcing every single law that's on the book.

Anti-gunners want to strip more rights guaranteed to us by the Second Amendment but they're not looking at the flaws that already exist, the biggest one being with background checks. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) isn't a completely wholesome system. Assuming a criminal decides to go through the "legal process" of purchasing a firearm, there's a chance that he or she may be given the green light when really they're a prohibited possessor. That's not something that will be fixed by adding another law. It's something that's fixed by enforcing the law and requiring every government agency, at every level, to provide their convictions to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), which oversees NICS.

The other issue is to stop letting people off with a slap on the wrist. If the court thinks you're mentally unfit or unstable enough to take away your firearms, there's a pretty good chance they have enough evidence to convict you of a crime. Right?


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

CA: Lyft Driver Wounded in Gunfight with Two Robbery Suspects

Police in California are looking for two suspects who allegedly shot a Lyft driver early Sunday morning after the driver shot at the men who held him up, according to a local report.

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Followup FL: Taquana Washington, who Shot Neighbor, Arrested, Chaged

A Florida woman has been charged with murder after police say she killed her neighbor who became upset that she refused to close her blinds while walking around in her house in the nude.

Taquana Washington, 34, was arrested Wednesday and charged with second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the Miami Herald.
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WA: Road Rage, Man Assaulted Armed Victim, was Shot

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash - The man shot in an apparent road rage incident in the Nine Mile area Thursday night appears to be the aggressor, according to Spokane County major crimes investigators and the shooter's mother.

The incident happened Thursday in the area of 8600 Block of N. Seven Mile Road.

Witnesses say a man was a passenger in a car and got upset with another driver. The passenger got out of the vehicle, was yelling at the driver and began physically assaulting him.
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MO: Woman Wounded in Road Rage Gunfight

The driver then then cut her off and began driving 45 miles an hour before the driver pulled out a gun and shot once, she told police.

The victim, who also had a gun, then fired several shots back at the vehicle before pulling off the road and calling police, according to Kansas City police.
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Monday, September 16, 2019

Clayton Craymer is looking for a copy of Acts Passed in Tennessee in 1801

Clayton Cramer is a well known historian who debunked the idea that guns were rare in colonial America.  He has been at the forefront of defending Second Amendment rights.

He is working on a presentation for a California law brief, and needs access to the laws passed in Tennessee in 1801. Many libraries have copies of the document in some sort of non-digital storage media; he is trying to obtain a copy and has asked for assistance.

He only needs copies of three pages, 259-261.

The copy of the law is needed to fight the California government's activism against gun ownership.

From Clayton's Blog:
If you have access to a library on this list:; could I cajole you into going there, and photocopying or scanning the title page and pp. 259-61?  And yes, this is about putting a torpedo through the California Attorney-General's powder magazine.  UC Berkeley and Stanford libraries have it either on microfilm or microprint.  I know that Berkeley has (or had) microprint printers (even rarer than the readers).

Or if your university has a subscription to Early American Imprints, that would be a lot easier to get those pages.

Link to list of libraries with this document

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Democrat Senators Fear Beto O’Rourke Torpedoed Gun Control with Confiscation Push

Democrat senators currently pushing gun control laws worry presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke torpedoed any chance of passage via his insistence on firearm confiscation.

Breitbart News reported that O’Rourke talked of confiscating firearms during the September 12, 2019, Democrat debate. He said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15.”

During an appearance on MSNBC the next morning, O’Rourke made clear that handing over AR-15s will be “mandatory” under his plan. Breitbart News reported that O’Rourke’s push was a game-changer, proving the left’s goal is gun seizure.

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GA: Gunfight, Home Invasion, Resident and Suspect both Wounded

STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - Statesboro Police are investigating after two people were shot during a robbery at an apartment complex on Saturday night.

Statesboro Police Chief Mike Broadhead says that the shooting at the Cambridge Apartments involved two groups of people. Police say it appears an attempted home invasion led to an exchange of gunfire.
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Sunday, September 15, 2019

NC: Gunfight, Armed Homeowner Shoots, Kills 1 Invader, Wife Wounded in Leg

Fayetteville, N.C. — Fayetteville police reported a home invasion Thursday evening that left one intruder dead and another at large after being shot by the homeowner. It comes less than 24 hours after another home invasion in the county.
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AK: Husband Holds Suspect at Gunpoint for Alaska Troopers

Alaska State Troopers responded to Port Saint Nicholas Road in Craig after receiving a call reporting a man being held at gunpoint at that location early Friday morning, AST reported today.
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LA: In Casino, Victim Shoots Assailants, 1 Dead, 1 Wounded

LAKE CHARLES, La. - One person is dead following a casino robbery in Lake Charles on Thursday. Police say it was self-defense.

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TX: Houston Man Shoots Suspect in Carjacking Attempt

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man shot an attempted carjacker who allegedly tried to steal his girlfriend's vehicle in northwest Houston.

Deputies say the attempted carjacking happened in a Walgreens parking lot near Antoine and Gulf Bank around 8:30 p.m.
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

TX: Armed Samaritan uses Shotgun to Shoot Armed Robbery Suspect

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A suspect was shot in the chest while trying to rob a group of people at an apartment complex in Dallas late Wednesday evening, police say.

Police responded to the shooting at around 10 p.m. in the 1600 block of John West Road. When they arrived, they found the male suspect with a gunshot wound to his chest. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive.
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Followup TX : Dequavious Eugene Sanderson Indicted on 3 Charges following Gunfight at Sweetbriar Home Invasion

A Wichita Falls man and his wife closed the liquor store they have owned 25 years like they normally do at 9 p.m. and drove home, only to immediately be faced with armed gang members invading their home through the garage, according to court documents.

The husband exchanged gunfire with two masked men, and his wife was shot in the leg, according to court records. The ensuing police investigation involved DNA from a shoe one suspect lost in the garage.
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NC: Gunfight, Homeowner Wounded, Suspect Killed

— A Cumberland County homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar Wednesday night, authorities said.

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TX: Theives may have been Shot by Armed Victim

Police say two men who were found with gunshot wounds at a shopping center in the Alamo Ranch area may have been shot by a person they were trying to rob.

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OK: Armed Woman Shoots Man who was Banging on House

An area man was shot to death Tuesday night by a woman who says she was defending herself.

Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting report on West Clyde Maher Road Tuesday night. A woman called 911 and told dispatchers she had shot a burglar. When deputies arrived, they found Josh Montgomery lying dead in the driveway.
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Friday, September 13, 2019

WV: Domestic Defense, Sister-In-Law Shoots, 44-Year-Old Brother-in-law

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 9/11/19 @ 10:25 a.m.
Deputies have released the names of the people involved in a Kanawha County shooting Tuesday morning.

According to the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, the 911 call came in around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. A woman reported a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of Shadywood Lane in the Browns Creek area just outside of St. Albans.

Investigators say the shooting involved three family members who all live at the home where it happened.
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SC: Domestic Defense, Brother Fatally Shoots Brother

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Summerville police are treating a deadly shooting Tuesday night as self-defense, according to police spokesman Shaun Tumbleston.

Officers arrived at 5:57 p.m. to the house in the 100 block of Salisbury Drive.

According to the incident report, dispaters told officers headed to the scene that the shooter was on the phone with 9-1-1 and told them that he just shot his brother.
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Followup OR: No Charges for William Paul Fuller, who Shot Son in Domestic Defense

DAMASCUS, OR (KPTV) – Charges were dismissed in the case of a deadly Damascus shooting involving a father and son.

William Paul Fuller, 69, of Damascus, shot his son, Jason Fuller, 35, on Sept. 1 during a confrontation near Southeast Eastmont Drive and Southeast Shady Lane, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
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OH: Armed Woman Stops Asault and Robbery

A woman tells Warren police that she shot at a man that tried to rob her outside of her home.

Police responded to an attempted robbery in the 700 block of Willard Ave on September 9 just before noon.

The victim told police that as she pulled her car into the driveway and exited the vehicle, a tall man wearing a red shirt and tan pants approached her from behind.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Gun Registration is Gun Confiscation: 2019

This essay was first written 19 years ago, in 2000. I have expanded, edited, and updated it.

The holy grail of those who wish us disarmed is gun registration. Once your guns are required to be registered, they are, in effect, already confiscated. A little thought will reveal to you why this is so. The Government will know who has legal possession of each firearm. They will know where the firearm is stored. When physical possession of the gun is desired, they can order you to turn it in. This has happened repeatedly. The historical examples include NAZI Germany, Soviet Russia, Red China, and Cambodia. Recent examples include Kosovo, Great Britain, Australia, New York, and California. Not having possession of the firearm registered to you can be grounds for prosecution. If you have reported the gun stolen, and it is found in your possession, you can be charged with obstruction of justice, filing a false report, or perhaps a newly created crime for "gun criminals". 

Once all guns are required to be registered, the only people who will legally possess guns will be those who have registered them, a truism, but necessary to state the case clearly.

If you choose to follow the course of civil disobedience, and not register your firearms, mere possession of an unregistered gun will put you at grave legal risk. Civil disobedience has been the most common course of action in California and Canada, in Maryland and Connecticut, where it has proven impossible to enforce the laws requiring registration.

If you choose this course of action, you would be at the mercy of any informant who discovers you possess a gun illegally. Children are being trained in public schools to inform authorities if there is a gun in the house. Doctors are urged to ask children if there are guns in their home. A warrant was issued in California for a SWAT raid based on the mere picture of people holding unidentified guns which were legal.

Social media is being used to find gun owners. If you are not on the list of those who have registered, you have become a criminal. If you are forced to use the gun for self defense, you will have committed a serious crime. It will become difficult to train your children in firearms safety or to bring friends or relatives into the gun culture. Any use of the now illegal gun will risk exposure, confiscation, arrest and other penalties. With digital recording devices in nearly every pocket, in most businesses and homes, this becomes a serious threat. This essay explains how it could work.

New Zealand passed a ban on whole classes of guns recently. There has been massive non-compliance. The proponents of the ban admit gun registration is necessary to effectively confiscate the banned guns. Those pushing disarmament are now pushing for mandatory gun registration.

The theory to produce gradual disarmament is to slowly destroy the gun culture by administratively reducing the number of people who legally own guns. The people who urge gradual or immediate gun registration are attempting cultural genocide of the gun culture.

The practice, once guns are required to be registered, is to incrementally tighten the requirements of registration to reduce the number of gun owners. When the number is low enough to limit effective political action, the remaining legal guns can be confiscated with little political cost. The purpose is not to reduce the number of guns, precisely. It is to reduce the number of legal gun owners, to make sure all those who have guns are politically reliable. All societies have some gun owners. The political elite can always obtain guns. The political elite in San Francisco consider the National Rifle Association to be a terrorist organization32% of Democrats agree with them.

Gun registration has proven ineffective in reducing crime. Those who wish us disarmed often cite European countries' crime rates. But crime rates in European countries were  low before gun registration was implemented.  The did not change much, up or down with gun registration. Under registration systems, crime may increase because of the transfer of police resources from crime fighting to administer and police the political requirements of the gun registration scheme, and because of the number of people willing or able to use their firearms for self defense will be reduced. There is no relationship between legal gun ownership, illegal gun ownership, and violent crime.

Self defense is never acknowledged by those who wish us disarmed, because it trumps their arguments for disarming the people. In those groups, it is crimespeak to admit the utility of guns for self defense. The primary purpose of gun registration has always been to reduce the political power of the people rather than reduce the crime rate.

There have been three significant attempts to require gun registration in the United States. The first attempt was during the regime of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). In the original bill, all handguns were to have been registered, with a $200 ($3,800 in today's dollars) federal tax. The provision was defeated by the NRA.  FDR got the booby prize of requiring registration of a few seldom used or owned firearms and accessories. The people were saddled with the ineffective National Firearms Act of 1934, which registered machine guns, short barreled shotguns and rifles, and silencers.

The second attempt at requiring gun registration started in 1968. Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) tried to pass a bill requiring all handguns to be registered. It was opposed by the NRA, and the registration requirement taken from the bill. As a compromise, Congress required gun dealers to obtain a federal license. Purchasers of guns from federally licensed dealers were required to fill out a form 4473 to take possession. Congress forbid the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms from constructing any national gun registration list from this data.

The third, ongoing, scheme was initiated in 1994. Congress passed the Brady bill, which required handgun purchasers to undergo an instant check or a five day wait to purchase a handgun. While parts of this act were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, a little known part of the bill went into effect in 1998, requiring all purchasers of firearms from licensed dealers to undergo an "instant check" before taking possession.

Two safeguards were built into the bill to insure it would not be used to develop a national registration of firearms. First, the FBI is forbidden to keep any records of instant checks that allow purchase. Second, the instant checks only applied to dealers, not to private sales. Since gun owners could sell their firearm without government permission, no registration list could effectively be developed. Effective gun confiscation was prevented.

Both of these safeguards have been under attack. The FBI refused to immediately destroy the instant check information, although required to do so by law.  Their refusal was struck down in court. There is an ongoing campaign to eliminate the other safeguard, private sales.  The campaign has been pushed as a requirement for "universal" background checks. Once private parties are forbidden from selling guns without government permission, universal registration comes from making those records permanent. The final step is to make possession of a gun that is *not* registered illegal.

Particularly troubling is the emphasis on guns seldom used in crime, but which are very useful in militias. Groups who promised they only wished to limit handguns, now call for limiting the ownership of semi-automatic rifles and standard capacity magazines.

Many models of guns which are almost never used in crime, are now required to be registered, or illegal for people to own, in some states.  Those laws are being challenged in court.

This desire to remove power from the people is reflected in the push to place severe restrictions on the sale of .50 BMG caliber rifles. The authors of the legislation don't claim these guns are significant in crime.

Only one homicide in the United States appears to have been committed with a .50 caliber rifle, in the case of Adam Wickizer, in Moosic, Pennsylvania. The case likely involved a muzzle loading rifle, not a .50 BMG caliber. The murderer was a convicted felon. Articles about the case do not identify the rifle.

The people who want to ban .50BMG caliber rifles wish to ban them because they have military purposes.  One argument, heard frequently by those pushing for gun registration, is to ban "weapons of war".

The most explicit reason for the Second Amendment is to insure the people retain a large measure of military power, to balance the power of the government. It is stated in the present participle of the Second Amendment, "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state,".   The people are to have the right to keep and bear arms, in part, so they can form militias. The Republic is in grave danger when congressmen openly state they fear military power in the hands of the people. Gun registration is advocated by people who want the power of government to be unlimited.

The only practical effect of gun registration is gun confiscation, whether it is done individually and piecemeal, as legal requirements to own a gun become more and more difficult, or en mass, when politicians feel the necessity to disarm citizens to further the politicians' control, consolidate their, power, or prevent insurrection.

Governments that push for gun registration distrust their people, and have earned the people's distrust.

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NC: Man Shot, Killed while Attempting Break-in

— A man trying to break into a Henderson home was shot and killed early Monday, police said.

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NV: Man who Shot Aggressive Dog may not Face Charges

A Skyline Ranch resident may not face charges in connection with the Labor Day shooting of a neighbor’s dog that jumped his fence.

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TX: Gunfight, Two men Wounded, Return Fire

Police say around 8:45 p.m., a vehicle pulled up to the home on Murr near Tavenor, two male suspects got out, and they began shooting at the men on the porch.

Investigators say the victims returned gunfire, and the suspects fled the scene.
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IL: Man Charged with Reckless Discharge for Firing Warning Shot in Air

Jodi Hoos, who was sworn in as state’s attorney on Sunday, said Jordan A. Cremer, 27, of 2712 N. Rockwood Drive, was outside of a house he was staying at when he saw someone who was attempting to enter the house. He fired a shot into the air in an effort to scare the intruder away, said Hoos.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Top Three Rated "Safe States" are Constitutional Carry States

US News and World Report rates the states for public safety. The rating takes both property crime and violent crime into account. The ratings use the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) data from 2017 for the article this year, as the latest data available. 

The top three states for public safety this year are Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. All three are Constitutional Carry states, which means no permit is required to carry a loaded handgun in most public places, openly, or concealed. That was the state of the law in the nation when the Constitution was ratified on 4 March, 1789. Constitutional carry existed in all states for the first four decades of the Republic. Then states and the courts started chipping away at the Second Amendment.

Vermont has always been a Constitutional Carry state. No permit has been required to carry handguns there since the Constitution was ratified.

Maine became a Constitutional Carry state in 2015. At the time, those opposed claimed that Constitutional Carry would increase street violence. From
Tom Franklin, president of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, predicted that passage will lead to more street violence and deaths. The group works to prevent gun violence through gun safety and education.

“I believe this bill reflects the current state of dysfunction in Augusta,” Franklin said Monday night during a telephone interview. “It does not reflect the wishes of Maine people.”

He said his group is deeply concerned about allowing people to carry handguns without a permit.
It hasn't happened. Maine followed the same script as has happened in other states that restore Constitutional Carry. Mostly, nothing but a restoration of personal freedom.

New Hampshire restored Constitutional Carry in 2017.  Opponents said the law would result in dead kids. From
Although those in favor of the legislation argued the bill would not be a safety hazard, Rep. Wayne Burton of Durham told his colleagues it was too risky.

“I think a few inconvenient people is far less important that 12 dead kids," Burton said Wednesday.
It did not happen. New Hampshire continued to be a very safe state.

Of the top ten states on the US News and World Report list, five of them are in Constitutional Carry states. Those states are shown in bold print.  The top ten are:
  1.  Maine
  2.  Vermont
  3.  New Hampshire
  4.  New Jersey
  5.  Idaho
  6.  Virginia
  7.  Rhode Island
  8.  Connecticut
  9.  Wyoming
  10.  Massachusetts
New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts are "may issue" states. Carry permits are issued in those states at the discretion of the authorities. Virginia and Connecticut are "shall issue" states.  Idaho restored Constitutional Carry in 2016. Opponents said it would endanger the public and law enforcement officers. From
"If signed into law, SB 1389 would dismantle our current system and put Idahoans at risk, including law enforcement officers who risk their safety to protect us," Sharp said. "Moms across Idaho will continue to fight against this bill and to advocate for safer gun laws—our families’ lives depend on it."
Idaho followed the same script as New Hampshire. Nothing much happened. That has been the story across the United States as 13 states joined Vermont as Constitutional Carry States. The right to keep and bear arms is restored back to what it was at the nations founding. People who are not prohibited from owning arms can carry them most places without worrying about being arrested, fined, and jailed.

Other than an increase in personal freedom, a greater respect for the Constitution and the rule of law, very little happens.

According to this poll, about 20% of United States registered voters oppose any limits on government power. The Second Amendment is all about limits on the power of government.

The history of Constitutional Carry shows there is nothing to fear from restoring Second Amendment rights to what they were when the Second Amendment was ratified.

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OK: Armed Homeowne Holds Fugitive for Police, Stops Crime Spree

She says she immediately ran to grab her father who was inside their house at the time.

“I ran and told my dad I was like, 'There’s somebody in the garage. I think it could be that guy,'" she said. "He grabbed his gun and said, 'Call the police'.”

Her father kept Lewis on the ground until police arrived and arrested him.

Court documents say Lewis was in Oklahoma with his girlfriend who was already behind bars. The duo's crime spree started in Texas with a chase. They're accused of stealing two cars before driving to the Edmond area.
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WA: Dogs Shot while Attacking Neighbor's Chickens

Two dogs are shot after leaving their yard in Finley and attacking a neighbor’s chickens, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

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OR: Resident uses Rifle to Stop Burglary, hold Suspect for Police

A Sisters resident stopped an apparent burglary in progress early Monday morning and held the alleged burglar at gunpoint until sheriff’s deputies arrived and arrested him.

Ryan Paul Huber, 43, of Sisters, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing and second-degree criminal mischief and lodged in the Deschutes County jail.
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AK: Grizzly Attacks Hunter, Partner Shoots, Kills Bear, Stops Attack

A moose hunter has been left with serious injuries after being mauled by an adult female bear last Friday in the Eureka and Gunsight Mountain area of Alaska.

The attack, which was reported to state troopers at approximately 7 p.m., came to an end after the person's hunting partner shot the bear. Both hunters were able to make their way to nearby cabins and the victim was rushed to an Anchorage hospital by rescue helicopter.

As reported by KTVA, the Alaska State Troopers said: "Reportedly the two hunters surprised a sow brown bear with two cubs. The sow attacked one of the hunters causing serious injuries." The hunters have not yet been identified by law enforcement.
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NC: Rabid Fox Attacks Children, Neighbor is Bitten, Shoots Fox

LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Two children were attacked at a school bus stop in Lexington.

Now health officials are confirming the animal involved represents Davidson county’s fifth case of rabies this year.

The children were waiting for their school bus Friday morning when a fox suddenly ran out of the woods right up to the kids. It shredded one child’s backpack and bit through another’s shoe.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

CA: Intoxicated Man Attacks People at Party, is Shot, Killed

Deputies say a party was underway at a ranch down Green House Road when 48-year-old Mario Quinonez from Gustine became intoxicated and started threatening people with a knife.

"He cut a couple of people, and at some point or another, one of the subjects who was assaulted with the knife pulled out a gun to defend himself and ended up shooting the decedent," said Merced County sheriff's deputy Daryl Allen.

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NC: Gunfight, Store Owner and Robber Wounded

Employees said 22-year-old James Murray came into the store and tried to rob it, and jumped over the counter before running to the back of the store. That's when the owner pulled out a gun and shot him.

Murray fired back, hitting the owner, according to employees.
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VA: Domestic Defense? Man Shot After Assaulting two Women

The suspect, 65-year-old Henry Frank Herbig of Pace, Florida, was later charged with aggravated malicious wounding and breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony.

Initial reports said that Herbig assaulted one of the two victims, then went inside the home and began assaulting the second victim.

The first victim was able to get a hold of a firearm and shot Herbig in self defense.
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TX: Domestic Defense Disarm, Wife takes Gun from Husband, Shoots, Kills, him

Authorities later said a man and a woman were fighting at their home when the man got a gun.
The woman was able to wrest the weapon away from her husband and then shot him, authorities said.

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Monday, September 09, 2019

Midland/Odessa Murderer may have used Homemade Gun

The Midland/Odessa Murderer may have used a homemade gun. He was a prohibited possessor under federal law. This offers one explanation for his firing at police officers during the traffic stop. As a prohibited possessor, in possession of a rifle, he would be subject to years in jail. 

The Wall Street Journal reports that authorities are investigating a person who may have made the rifle and sold it to the murderer. If the person knew the murderer was prohibited from owning firearms, the sale would be illegal. From the
Law-enforcement officials said they have identified a person of interest they suspect of illegally manufacturing and selling the rifle used in Saturday’s mass shooting in West Texas.
Fox news reports the murderer had been ruled mentally unfit to possess a firearm. from
The gunman who killed 7 and injured at least 22 others in a West Texas shooting rampage on Labor Day weekend before he was shot and killed by police was federally banned from owning or buying firearms after a court previously ruled he was mentally unfit to do so, authorities said.
The murderer applied to purchase a gun. He was denied.
"The background check was run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The NIC system did work. He applied to get a gun. He was denied a gun," John Wester, a special agent for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said at a press conference Monday, according to ABC News.
No one followed up to arrest him for illegally attempting to purchase a gun. This is what happens in nearly all denials of gun sales. It is impossible to follow up all denials, because the many of them are false positives: they prevent people who are legally allowed to have guns from exercising their Second Amendment rights. Many others are simple mistakes, cases where the person has no idea they were a prohibited possessor. If all denials were followed up, the cost in manpower and time would be enormous. It is almost never done

It has always been legal for people to make their own guns. If they are going to make guns for sale, they are required to have a federal license and to put serial numbers on the guns. 

If the firearm used by the murderer in Texas was privately made, it was probably made legally.

If the maker sold it to someone he knew was prohibited from possessing a gun, the sale would be illegal.

It is unknown if the seller knew if the murderer was prohibited from owning a gun. The federal government prohibits private parties from using the NICS system to determine if a person is prohibited or not.

A better solution than NICS would be for the federal government to make available, on the Internet, and by other means, a data base containing all people known to be prohibited from owning guns. All gun sellers could access it to determine if a sale would be legal. The system could then issue a unique identifying number which would be a defense that the seller had checked to see if the sale was legal or not.

No information about the firearm would be needed or kept. This type of system has been proposed for a number of years. Alan Korwin refers to it as BIDS, or Blind Identification Database System.

The BIDS system would allow people to check if a person is legally allowed to possess or buy guns. It is relatively unintrusive. It would allow appeals for  people who believe they are wrongly included on the data base. It would cost far less to maintain and run than the current NICS system.

It is unlikely to pass, because it moves power away from the federal government. It moves money away from the federal government. It eliminates the possibility to turn NICS checks into a registration system.

If the firearm used by the murderer was a homemade gun, it shows most of the federal licensing and tracking system is worthless. The cat is out of the bag, the horse fled the barn, and the milk spilled, for 400 years.

People have been making and using their own guns for the entire period.

U.S. Citizens have always been able to make and use their own guns. California passed a law requiring homemade guns to have state issued serial numbers, starting in 2019. The law is almost certainly unconstitutional.

The entire idea of serial numbers is of severely limited utility. Tracing guns does not aid in solving crimes.  A few guns are returned to people they were stolen from each year. Other than that, virtually no crimes are solved by gun traces.

The current gun trace system, which started with the infamous Gun Control Act of 1968, was a compromise because Congress refused to pass a national registration system. It has been illegal to create a national registration system for decades. Lyndon Johnson wanted one. He did not get it. Instead, he got the useless compromise of the tracing system.

It is time to reform NICS, and switch to BIDS. It will cost less money,  be more effective, and will reduce government control over our lives.

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IA: Man fires at Group at Big Muddy's Restaurant, Defender fires back

According to the affidavit, as Sherman walked to his vehicle the group of people began to retreat when Sharkey allegedly open fired at them. Sharkey then got into Sherman’s vehicle and allegedly continued to fire his gun at the group.

One of the individuals at the scene, Tristan Brown, was able to retrieve his own gun and fired at the truck while Sherman drove away. Brown was not detained because police said he actions were in self defense.
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WI: Vincent Nash may face Charges for Firing at Suspect

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee man is speaking out after a violent confrontation with a man trying to break into his vehicle on the city's northwest side. The homeowner says he shot the suspect to protect his family -- and now it is possible he could face charges.

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TX: Neighbor Stops Attack on 5-Year-Old Boy by Shooting Dog

A 5-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after being attacked by a dog in north Houston early Friday.

The boy was in the 7300 block of Alabonson shortly before 7:30 a.m. when the dog attacked him, according to the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office. A neighbor who spotted the attack pulled a gun and shot the dog, which died.
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Followup FL: Resident Shot two Home Invaders in Self Defense

Detectives investigating a fatal shooting in Lakeland believe the person killed was an intruder who was shot in self defense, the city’s police department said in a statement Friday.

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Sunday, September 08, 2019

OH: Ohio Homeowner Shoots, Wounds Intruder Identified as Estranged 28-year-Old Stepson

According to a news release, at approximately 8:42 a.m. Wednesday, Rittman police received a 911 call from a 68-year-old man who said he shot an intruder at his house in the 300 block of Hilty Avenue.

The 911 call came from a calm man who said, "I just shot an intruder in my house," before asking for a squad.

The resident identified the suspect as his 28-year-old estranged stepson.
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FL: 1 of 3 Home Invasion Suspects Shot, Killed, Woman Struck by Spent Bullet

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A woman was shot while asleep in her apartment Friday morning after bullets started flying during a home invasion at a nearby apartment that left one suspect dead, Orange County deputies said.

Deputies said the gunfire started after three suspects committed a home invasion at an apartment in Los Robles Apartments on Silver Star Road around 2:15 a.m. Friday.
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AL: Armed Woman Homeowner Shoots Woman who Refused to Leave

That led to a confrontation between the homeowner and a woman she knew, who used to live there. “She commands the person to get out of the house. They don’t leave. She ends up getting a firearm out of the bedside table and again telling the person to leave and the information we have the person that got shot may have reached for the gun.”

The intruder was shot once in the abdomen with a .38 caliber handgun.
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IL: State Police Investigate "warning shot" fired Near Peoria Police

The man arrested for shooting at Peoria Police on Sunday in the East Bluff — may not have been shooting at them after all.Peoria County State’s Attorney Jodi Hoos says Jordan Cremer claims he did not know police were there when he fired a warning shot. Instead, he says he was trying to scare off what he thought was an intruder.

Ali Gude lives in the same East Bluff neighborhood. Given the crime they have seen there lately, he say’s Cremer’s actions were understandable.
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Senator Majority Leader McConnel, Do something: Protect the Bill of Rights!

In an editorial, the Washington post calls on Senate Majority Leader McConnell to "Do something".

The editorial lists names of people killed in the last 20 years in mass public murders that involve guns. All of them easily fit on less than one page of the Post. The writer calls for action, out of emotion, and nothing else but emotion. From the Washington post:
The list below, far from comprehensive, is tragic, in part, because it is so far from inevitable. No, no single law would end gun violence. But there are reasonable, obvious measures that would help. For example: Ban the sale of military-grade assault weapons. Unneeded by civilians, they are a blight on the nation, their ready availability a national disgrace. Eliminating them would slow the growth of this list. It would save lives.
There are many falsehoods and misstatement of fact in the above paragraph. It is unknown what a "military-grade" assault weapon is. No "assault weapons" used in the U.S. military are readily available for sale to U.S. residents. The AR-15 semi-automatics sold in the United States are not issued to the U.S. military, nor are AK47 semiautomatic clones. Details are important in legislation.

It is far from obvious that an obviously unconstitutional ban on "military-grade" "assault weapons" would reduce mass public killings one iota. Most of them do not involve semi-automatic rifles; the involvement of semi-automatic rifles appears to have increased as the media has promoted the idea they were the firearm of choice in public mass killings.

There is the little detail of the Bill of Rights. There are quite a few rights, if ignored, might result in taking criminals off the streets and reducing the number of murders by significant amounts.

If we do away with the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, the police would be able to solve more crimes, more easily. Doing away with the requirement for warrants will simplify police work considerably.

If we do away with the Fifth Amendment protections of double jeopardy, and due process of law, we will be able to lock up criminals more easily, preventing innumerable crimes. As the vast majority of murders are not mass public murders, this will save many more lives than focusing on rifles such as the AR15, which are used in a tiny percentage of murders.

If we do away with the Sixth Amendment's pesky requirement for speedy trials and juries, prosecutions can be done at the whim and convenience of police and prosecutors, keeping many dangerous criminals off the streets for longer periods.

Doing away with the Eighth Amendment requirement for reasonable bail and the prohibition against excessive fines and cruel and unusual punishments could free up the system to extract justice from especially evil criminals.

If we wish to make a serious dent if mass public killings, there is one amendment we should focus on. It is not any of the above.

It is the First Amendment. Study after study shows that mass public killings are promoted and spread by media publicity and glorification of the perpetrators. Eliminate the First Amendment, and we can return to the day when mass public killing were rare (or rarely heard of).

Semi-automatic rifles and pistols have been commonly available in the United States for over a hundred years. Millions of military rifles with standard magazine capacity of 15 and 30 rounds were sold to the public as surplus after World War II (6.2 million M1 carbines were made during the war). They have figured in remarkably few mass public killings.  What happened? The rise of the 24/7 news cycle, social media, and the Internet have all contributed to the media contagion effect that spreads mass public killings.

A ban on "assault weapons", whatever that fuzzy, imprecise term means, would not make a difference in mass public killing, just as it did not make a difference from 1995 to 2005. It would make a difference in the destruction of the Bill of Rights, and the rule of law, just as violating the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments would.

In the end, violating the Bill of Rights does far more damage than it prevents.

The Washington Post demands "Do something" in an plea to the emotions. Pleading to emotions is something the Left does very well. It is the opposite of good government. The Left has always pushed emotional pleas because they despise the idea of limited government. Pleas to emotion allow them to pass statutes that would never stand up to clear, logical discussion, because they lack logic and facts. Emotion is a way to bypass ordinary Constitutional restraints.

The designers of the Constitution deliberately created a system that resisted pleas to "Do something" on the instant. The designers knew those emotional pleas were a guarantee of bad law.

The takeover of the American Media by far left Progressives circumvents much of the restraint built into the American Constitutional system. The Progressive Media has the ability to do a full court press on the President, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and even the Supreme Court, all at once, rapidly and emotionally.  Only recently have a small amount of conservative, Constitutional, media been able to provide a minimal voice to counter them.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have lost their lives to preserve the Bill of Rights. It has made us the exception in the world. In most of the world, free speech, the rule of law, and right to bear arms are ignored, or only given lip service. It has made us the most powerful, free, and arguably, rich, nation on earth.

Don't throw away the American heritage for a false promise of preventing a small number of murders. Murders that have been promoted by the Progressive media.

Yes, Mr. McConnell, do something.

Follow your oath of office and protect the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

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UT: Armed Standoff as Man Attempts to Recover Stolen Tools

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Some tense moments in the parking lot of a Salt Lake City warehouse involving two men with guns were caught on video Wednesday morning.

Workers at the business started recording the incident after noticing what appeared to be an altercation between men in a parking lot near 1700 South and 1800 West.
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TX: Armed Neighbor Shot Man who set House on Fire, Stabbed Woman

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man is dead and a woman is hospitalized after a house fire turned into a deadly shooting in north Houston.

It happened on E. 35th Street near Arlington in Independence Heights around 10 a.m. Thursday.

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MO: Two Men Shot when they Attempted to Break in

The shooting happened around 5:30 a.m. in the 4600 block of Varrelmann Avenue.
Police said two men attempted to break into a home in the area when they were shot.

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Friday, September 06, 2019

Don't Destroy First Amendment to Stop Mass Public Killings

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We are in the midst of a cluster of public mass murder by gunfire. Such clusters are created and promoted, in large part, by media coverage of the events, which normalize them. The media coverage provides unstable individuals with permission, templates for action, scenarios, and tactics.

Reason magazine produced a podcast with the foremost expert on mass murder/rampage events, Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, on August 14, 2019. Fox has published 18 books, dozens of journal and magazine articles, and hundreds of newspaper columns. The podcast is well worth the time to listen. Fox, who has studied the subject for 35 years, makes several cogent points.

Fox clarifies the definition of a mass public killing compared to a mass shooting, explains how the definitions have been muddied and how the changes are used to sensationalize the subject. Mass public killings are what the public is most concerned with.  Most mass killings, about 3/4, are private mass killings. About a half are domestic.  Another quarter are gang or crime related.

There is no evidence of an epidemic of mass public killings. The event numbers and the numbers of victims are too small to draw a conclusion.  It may simply be a spike, not a trend. Part of the problem is the copy cat/ media contagion effect, which creates an obsession with public mass killing. The coverage reinforces the idea that the way to solve a problem, or to "get even" is to pick up a gun and start killing people. Mass killers see themselves as victims. They blame other people for their failures.

Fox says it is hard to establish a trend based on what 5 or 6 people have done, in a population of over 300 million.

As an example of how coverage sensationalizes the events and numbers, in 2013 the definition of "mass shooting" was changed to include 4 or more people who were shot, not even people killed. In half of the cases no one was killed. In 3/4 of cases, one or less was killed.  Yet media coverage often mixes the term "mass shooting" with the rare "mass public killing" to sensationalize the events and promote public fear and legislation.

There is no evidence of an epidemic of "mass shootings", either, which are different from mass public killings. The data are not there. No one has collected data prior to 2013 on  "mass shootings".  It is nearly impossible to go back in time and find data from archives, because the events were covered differently, and often ignored.

In 2019, we have a cluster of eight public mass murders committed in Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China, and the United States in a six month period. Most of these are likely the result of sensationalist media coverage.

Brazil Suzano School shooting, 13 March, 2019  7 murdered

New Zealand  Christchurch, 15 March, 2019 50 murdered

Australia Mass Murder in Darwin, 4 June, 2019, 4 murdered

Japan, Kyoto, Arson Attack, July 18, 35 murdered

USA, El Paso Texas, 3 August, 2019, 21 murdered

USA, Dayton, Ohio, 4 August, 2019, 7 murdered

USA, Midland/Odessa, 31 August, 2019, 7 murdered

China, Baiyangping, School, 3 September, 2019,  8 murdered

There is the California, Garlic Festival, event on 28 July, 2019, with 3 murdered.  This event does not meet the four people murdered definition, but the media coverage places it squarely in the cluster.

This is a cluster of eight events, over a six month period, promoted by media coverage around the world, even without the Garlic Festival event.

James Alan Fox believes coverage of the events can be done while minimizing the media contagion effect. He thinks the way the events are covered can make a large difference in whether more mass killings are triggered. He says there is big difference between reporting and celebrity watch. The media needs to stop making the perpetrators into celebrities, which elevates them in the eyes of potential killers.

Fox says most mass killers do not have criminal records. He says mass killers are extremely determined individuals who will get a gun in spite of gun laws.  Mass public killings are so rare an event, they are impossible to predict.

James Alan Fox says murders with guns are at historical lows.  Fox is in favor of more gun laws, but he says mass public killings are the wrong reason for such laws. He says there is no reason to believe such laws would reduce mass public killings.

During 2019, there have been at least five other mass public killings that do not quite meet the definition as given above. They are gang attacks and Muslim terrorism/religious attacks.

Mexico Salamanca Nightclub shooting, 9 March, 2019, 15 murdered, gang attack. 

Mexico, Minatitlan, Veracruz, Birthday party 19 April, 2019 14 murdered, gang attack

Mexico Bar Attack Coatzacoalcos  August 28, 2019,  27 murdered, arson, gang attack

Phillippines, Jolo Cathedral. 20 January, 2019 bombing, 20 murdered, bombs, muslim terrorism

Nigeria Kafanchan massacre, 16  March, 2019, 120 murdered (Muslim militia)

We are seeing a concentrated effort by the media in the United States to use mass public murders to advance their desire to disarm the public. There is a long history of media distorting events to promote their ideological agenda.

In an aside, James Alan Fox own beliefs illustrate how successful one of those campaigns was. In the 1950s, the media and Progressive politicians were able to obtain bans on the carry, transport and ownership of switch blade knives, all based on sensationalized media accounts of an epidemic of violence involving switchblades.  Fox bought into this narrative. Fox even references "West Side Story".

There was no reliable data to back up the claims made in the 1950s. Today, are we finally rolling back these bans. In the meantime, tens of thousands of innocent people, the majority minorities, have been victimized in the criminal justice system, using these highly suspect laws

The United States has a long history of media induced legislation. When the media are a mix of partisan views, their effect is limited; alternate views and narratives are easily available. When the media become concentrated and ideologically unified, their force in passing legislation becomes enormous.  Those in the media have known this for a hundred years. By the 1960s, if not earlier, the media in the United States became overwhelmingly dominated by Progressive ideology.  The switchblade ban was an early case showing how legislation could be passed without evidence or facts.

With mass public killings, there is considerable evidence media coverage acts as a feedback mechanism. More sensationalist coverage results in more killings, which results in more coverage.

Exposing the feedback loop, and the media complicity in it, may help to tone down the creation of celebrity status for the killers.

That would have far more effect than attempting to stop determined mass killers from obtaining firearms in a nation with over 400 million guns.  The social cost of victimizing tens of millions of gun owners who hold the Second Amendment dear, must be considered.

Mass killings are very rare, even with the media promotion. We should not throw out the First Amendment or the Second Amendment in emotional attempts to reduce those extremely rare events.

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