Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Gun Control Advocate Kills Herself, Three Children, Demonstrates Emotional Decision Process

Image from, attributed to facebook

Ashley Auzenne was a mother of three and an advocate for more laws to limit access to firearms. She was at the end of a divorce, had suffered from depression, and appears to have killed her three children, Parrish, 11, Eleanor, 9, and Lincoln, 7.  From
On Thursday, the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office ruled that the deaths appeared to be because of a murder/suicide with the “mother as the suspect.”
Many have written about the subject, noting the seeming hypocrisy.

Many have written about the irony.

It is very sad that Ashley could not control her demons a little longer. If only she had been able to resist the pain for a few more days, she and her children might have survived.

This is a terrible event. Divorce is extremely hard to go through for most people. It is harder when there are children involved. In Japan, a parent killing their children and themselves is considered a "family suicide" and not a homicide.

In Japan the three deaths would be counted as suicides. This is a small part of why cross cultural rates of homicide do not serve well to indicate the effect of various laws.

While Ashley appears to have been a vocal advocate for more restrictions on gun ownership, it does not mean she had thought through all the implications and ramifications. Many gun control advocates simply trust government more than they trust themselves. Others act out of emotion rather than logic. Many rely on bad information peddled by a biased media.

A great many of them are attempting to do what they think is correct, without much reflection. It is common for academics who have studied gun control to change their opinion, and conclude most proposals for restricting guns are misguided and counter-productive.

Most gun control legislation is passed in a hurry before people have time to argue the issues, consider long term consequences, and make rational, carefully argued decisions. Those who wish the population disarmed push for fevered decisions, done quickly, without much rational thought. They know calm reflection will not result in the laws they desire.

Most people have heard the push to DO SOMETHING, right now!  It is the cry of people who know rational discussion is not in their favor.

Ashley's terrible decision to end her own life, and that of her three children, reminds me of that sort of decision. A decision made at the height of emotion, a decision made while under terrible stress. Such decisions are often very poor decisions.

Most people have learned through hard experience, that making quick decisions during emotional crises leads to regrettable results.

A great many people find Ashley's last decisions regrettable and deplorable.

The people who designed our government knew that bad laws were often passed at the height of emotional tides. They designed the Constitution to slow down the process so as to dampen extreme decisions during emotional crises.

For the most part, the system has worked. Unfortunately, the rise of mass media in the last 50-75 years has overcome many of our former safeguards. Mass media can build national emotion very quickly, placing pressure on all branches of government all at once. It would not matter as much, if the media had diverse opinions and ideology.

As the media became mass media, most of the dominant media has been of one ideology, Progressivism. It has colored our national discourse for decades.
Now, more than ever, we need to be vigilant against extreme decisions made at the height of deep emotional stress.

When someone tells you a law must be passed, right now! Ask yourself why there is no time for argument, debate, and the consideration of long term effects.

If the proponents say it is because we need to harness the emotion of the moment to get what they want, it is likely bad law.

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MI: Concealed Pistol License Holder Shoots, Kills man who Displayed Gun

Police said the victim produced a gun and the 27-year-old man, a Concealed Pistol License holder with his own gun, saw the weapon and fatally shot the victim.

The 27-year-old man was taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.
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TN: Armed Woman Resident Shoots, Wounds Woman Breaking into Home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A woman was shot while attempting to break into a Raleigh apartment she claimed was hers.

Police were called to The Coves at Yale apartments in the 5000 block of Yale Road Sunday.

Erika Glass is charged with aggravated burglary.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Carved Polar Bear Skull Shows Where to Aim

Image from wikimedia naturepics online, 2010

I suspect much of the mythology about the difficulty of penetrating bear skulls with bullets is based on the position of a bear's brain inside of those skulls. The volume of a large bear's brain is a little more or less than a pint (473 ml). The volume of a large bear's head is about 2 1/2  gallons (9.46 l) or more. The brain, to many, is unexpectedly low and narrow. It is easy to shoot a bear in the head and miss the brain. It is easy to shoot a bear in the eye and miss the brain. It is easy to shoot a bear between the eyes and miss the brain, if you are a little bit above the mark.

There is quite a bit of fur, skin, muscle, and fat surrounding a bear's skull. 

Some detailed pictures of a carved polar bear skull from Nunavut have been posted on facebook. The pictures make it relatively easy to show where a polar bear's brain lies, and how to aim to hit it.

In this photograph of the skull, taken from above, you can see how narrow the brain case is. It lies entirely in back of the eye sockets.   It is narrow enough, that viewed from above, you can see it does not extend to the area directly behind each eye socket.


From the front, if the bear is looking directly at you, if you shoot it in the eye, or above or below the eye, you will miss the brain. Notice the bone of the brain case is not especially thick. The bone between the eyes just above and in front of the brain case is very thick. With tough hide, and some muscle, a bullet that hits  just above the eyes, and centered, from the front, could be deflected. It can easily miss the skull entirely, hitting only fur, skin, muscle or fat. But a hunter could say, with considerable veracity, "I shot him right between the eyes!"

I recall one account, where the shooter related, with astonishment: I shot the bear right above the eye, but it did not stop! A shot above the eye misses the brain, but not because the bullet is deflected. It misses the brain because it is aimed at the wrong place.

Bullets from handguns, including the .45 ACP, have been deflected from human skulls, if they hit at enough of an angle.

The side view shows how slight the angle of the skull between the eyes to a shot fired from the front would be.

It shows that shots anywhere from the side that hit forward of a line drawn behind the eye sockets, will miss the brain and the spinal column. A shot under the eye, from the side, will miss the brain. To hit the brain from the side, you have to aim half way between the eye and the ear opening.  There are large muscles on each side of the brain. They power the bear's jaws. A bullet has to penetrate the skin and about 2 - 4 inches (5-10 cm) of muscle to reach the skull. .22 bullets can easily do this on a straight side shot.

Bella Twin shot a world record grizzly bear in 1953. She killed it with one shot from a .22 Cooey Ace 1, single shot rifle, using .22 long cartridges. The other seven or eight shots were to make sure it was dead. Bella Twin had been a hunter and trapper her whole life. She had skinned hundreds or thousands of animals. She understood the anatomy of a bear head and skull very well. She aimed for and hit exactly the right spot.  One of her under-powered, .22 long, 29 grain bullets, penetrated completely through the brain and the skull on the other side of the enormous grizzly. She killed the bear from less than 30 feet away. The bullet that penetrated both sides of the brain case likely entered a hole that had been made on the left side by a previous bullet.

Bella Twin's grizzly bear skull

The picture of the carved polar bear skull, from the front, with the mouth open, shows this is a prime target to reach the brain. Aim for the back of the mouth, between the teeth. A shot there will almost certainly hit the brain or the spinal column. I recall reading one account where a prospector in Alaska killed a grizzly bear with a .22 short, fired to the brain, through the bear's open mouth.

If you can see the bottom of the bears head, aim under the bear's chin, toward the back where the brain and spine are. There is very little bone between the brain and the bottom of the bear's head. Penetrate the skin and tongue, and the back of the bear's mouth, and the bullet is in the brain. A little lower, and it hits the spinal column.

If the bear's nose is pointed at you, shooting directly up the nose puts the bullet into the brain. Notice how the interior of the nose opening is weak, thin, bone.  The nasal passages lead directly back toward the brain. A shot into the nose is guided toward the brain, or a little lower, toward the spinal column. With the nose pointed mostly at you, as in this picture from Twitter, a shot above the nose misses the brain entirely. You might hit some muscle, skin, fur and fat, but not the brain.

One easy way to remember where a bear's brain is located, is to imagine lines between the eyes and the opposite ear openings. The intersection of those lines is very close to the center of the bears brain. In the picture below, those lines would intersect a couple of inches under the bear's skin, inside the skull.

Image from wikimedia naturepics online, 2010 lines added by Dean Weingarten

When hunters are looking to harvest an animal, they consider the animal in three dimensions. They use their knowledge of animal anatomy to determine where the organs they are looking to destroy are situated inside the animal. Then they aim for a point where the projectile's trajectory will travel through the animal's body to reach the organ(s) they intend to break/destroy/stop from functioning.  An understanding of anatomy is essential for a competent hunter.

Higher powered firearm and cartridge combinations can easily penetrate a large bear's hide, fat, muscle and bone to reach the heart and lungs in the chest cavity, or break the large shoulder, hip, or spinal column bones. Those are larger targets than the brain.

A .22 cannot be relied on to destroy those targets. Most centerfire pistol cartridges, 10 mm and above can do so, if heavy for caliber, deep penetrating bullets are used. Most centerfire rifle cartridges can do so, with good bullet construction.

Only central nervous system hits to the brain or spine are reliable, near instant incapacitating shots. Heart/lung shots will kill a bear, but it may take a little time. Shots that break the spine behind the shoulders, shoulders, hips, or the pelvic girdle will slow down a bear, making follow-up shots easier. Shots to the abdominal cavity may well kill a bear, but it may take days to die.

Sport and trophy hunters generally avoid brain shots on bears, because the bear's skull is an important part of the trophy. It is what is measured for the record books. A high powered rifle bullet to a bear's brain will destroy the skull, leaving the hunter with a sack of bones for his trophy. The brain is a small target to hit at most hunting ranges.

If a person is shooting at a bear in defense of self and others, the bear is usually much closer, a trophy is not important, and the brain becomes a viable target.

Many subsistence hunters above the arctic circle in Alaska favor the .22-250 with full metal jacketed bullets. It is flat shooting, has an excellent reputation for accuracy, has good penetration and does not damage pelts much.  The .223 in the AR-15 platform rifles are also popular in Alaska. Most animals shot are not polar bears.

I am not suggesting the .223 or the .22-250 are ideal bear cartridges. The subsistence hunters are superb hunters who understand the limitations of their equipment, have a long tradition and knowledge of bears and their habits, and know their territory and bear anatomy intimately. They are subject matter experts in their field.

Most published authorities recommend .308 or .30-06 cartridges or larger for defense against polar bears.

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IN: Domesic Defnse? Two Women Shot Attempting Break in to Home

INDIANAPOLIS — Two women were shot after police say a man thought they were trying to break into his home.

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TN: Domestic Defense, Co-Worker Shoots Woman's Ex who Assaulted Her

Starolyn Macon Jr., 26, will be charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic assault after he is released from the hospital after being shot near the rear door of Martin’s Bar-B-Que.
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MI: 43-Year-Old who Shot 21-Year-Old, Shot and Killed by Third Man

The man who fired that shot, a 43-year-old, was subsequently shot and killed by a third man whose age was not released.

Green said detectives are speaking with that man but he has not been taken into custody.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

Open Carry at the Second Amendment Rally at D.C. 2 Novermber, 2019

At the Second Amendment rally on the second of November, 2019, two Second Amendment activists openly carried bananas in their holsters. They were making a significant point. On the grounds of the nation's capitol, which was founded when the British government attempted to confiscate privately owned arms, which enshrined the right to keep and bear arms in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution, they were barred from bearing arms under the penalty of law, enforced by armed agents of the government.

It is a strange situation for the land of the free and the home of the brave. The author of the Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key, would not have believed it. While he lived, citizens could carry arms, openly or concealed as they wished, without legal hindrance. Key died in 1843. The first infringements on the Second Amendment took effect after the Supreme Court ruled the Bill of Rights did not apply to the States, in 1833, in Barron v. Baltimore. From
The Supreme Court, in a decision written by Chief Justice John Marshall, ruled that Barron had no claim against the state under the Bill of Rights because the Bill of Rights does not apply to the states.
At first, there were only a couple of states that infringed on the Second Amendment, and they limited their infringements to banning concealed carry.

The first four presidents of the United States owned numerous personal arms and used them regularly.

It wasn't until 1932, the year Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected, that Congress passed a law to require a permit for the carrying of concealed weapons in the District of Columbia. It was two years before the controversial National Firearms Act was passed in 1934. In 1943, in the middle of World War II,  Congress passed the first law banning open carry in the District.

The unconstitutional infringement of the Second Amendment, banning the open carry of arms in the District of Columbia, continued until July 27th, 2014. On that date, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier issued an order not to arrest people who could legally carry in their home state, or D.C. residents who could now legally carry in the District of Columbia. The return to respect for Second Amendment rights did not last long. The District of Columbia moved fast to pass a new ordinance after the existing ordinance had been ruled unconstitutional on July 26, 2014.

One of the activists at the rally for the Second Amendment on 2 November, 2019, carried a sign. "We came un-armed this time".

It is a disgrace on the nation, the legislature, and the rule of law that peaceful American citizens are forbidden from openly carrying arms in public spaces in the Nation's Capitol. It was a wartime policy that has been hanging on for nearly 60 years, with the brief abatement five years ago.

Legal efforts to reverse this travesty are in progress. Scholars and lawyers have been pursuing a string of Second Amendment cases to restore the fundamental, enumerated, Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. American gun owners continue to show their law-abiding and peaceful nature, while enduring a long train of abuses.

The Supreme Court will hear another Second Amendment case this year. The opinion will not be issued until next year.

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Followup FL: Rashad Gibson not guilty by reason of Self Defense in Shooting of Shawn Robbins

A love triangle that ended with a man getting shot to death in a Merritt Island Walmart was an act of self-defense, Brevard County State Attorney’s Office officials said Thursday.

No charges will be filed in the case.
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OH: Armed Victim Shoots Suspect, Wounds Self, Dies

A 22-year-old Paris Township man was being robbed by two men.
Authorities say the victim did shoot one of the suspects before they fled the scene.  The suspect who was shot was taken to Mercy Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries.

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TX: Four Young Robbers Smash Jewelry Cases, flee when Shooting Starts

Moments later, four robbers masked with bandanas rushed the store and hammered away at the glass showcase.

What they didn't know was that Hayes was watching from the office, behind a one-way mirror.

"They were smashing the cases, but they stopped as soon as I started shooting," he said.
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TN: Aggressive Black Bear Shot on Motel Balcony by Man with a .45

I have interviewed Greg. An article is in the works. The bear was large, aggressive, and the event happened very fast.

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — A tourist in Gatlinburg faces a couple of criminal charges after firing his gun six times at a bear outside the door of his motel room Thursday night.

Gregory Sapp, 53, of Hixson, Tenn. was cited for illegal discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

Gatlinburg police said Sapp claimed the bear was outside his room on the second floor breezeway of the Motel 6 and charged at him. The shooting happened 11:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Joy Behar Calls for Deception to Confiscate Guns

Joy Behar revealed a key piece of the Progressive Project to her listeners on 4 November, 2019. She advised politicians who wanted to confiscate guns from U.S. citizens to deceive them so the politicians could get elected; then confiscate the guns. 

To the Left, this is nothing controversial. The whole point of Progressivism is the electorate is too stupid and ignorant to govern themselves. They believe the purpose of an elite is to deceive the governed (through manipulation of the information they receive, and controlling the narrative), so as to allow the elite to keep power and govern as they wish.  The purpose of the media is to be "gatekeepers" of the information flow and to create the desired narratives.

But Behar violated an important Progressive rule: Do not tell the victims of the con they are being conned. From
Politicians seeking to confiscate guns from Americans shouldn't share their plans with the public beforehand and should seek to maintain an element of surprise, Joy Behar said on "The View" Monday.

Behar was discussing former 2020 presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat from Texas, and said it was foolish of him to announce his plans for gun confiscation before he was elected. She advised all politicians to go after the country's guns after they've assumed office.

"They should not tell everything they’re going to do. If you're going to take people’s guns away, wait until you get elected -- then take the guns away," she said. "Don’t tell them ahead of time."
One of the many problems with the Progressive Project is its reliance on false premises. The Progressives put forward the narrative that experts were far better suited to govern the country than politicians selected by voters. But, if you have a policy preference, you can easily find experts to validate it. There are "experts" on every side of every issue. It is not hard to create "experts" to give you "studies" to push whatever policy you want. If you control academia and the educational system, it is even easier.

We see precisely that in "Climate Change", "White Privilege", and "Gun Control".

But truth is a powerful antidote. No matter how many millions of dollars a Bloomberg or the U.N., or U.S. governmental agencies, pour into creating the experts and research to validate their preferred policies, objective reality exists.

It only takes a small amount of bandwidth to allow countervailing facts, or interpretations of agreed on facts, to discredit mountains of "experts" and "studies".

The Progressives have no problem with deception, because they have no foundational ethics except the drive to political power. Government is their god.

The embrace of deception is there for anyone who wishes to study Progressive theory. Most people do not have the time or inclination to do the reading. Behar made the mistake of allowing a peek behind the curtain to a wide audience.

Conservatives, on the other hand, are more constrained. They agree, in principle, that lying and deception of the electorate is bad. It undermines the base premise of the American system of self-government and limited government.

This is the main reason for the divide between Conservatives and Progressives on the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment directly limits governmental power. That is its prime purpose. "Shall not infringe" is a direct, clear, limit on governmental authority.  This enrages Progressives. It is a direct affront to their entire philosophy. 20% of voters believe limits on governmental power are immoral.

It is no coincidence that 20% of voters believe owning a gun is immoral. 

It explains why Progressives do not do the obvious, embrace the Second Amendment, and win election after election. To do so, they would be contradicting their own core principle, and, particularly, stymieing their long term strategy of destroying the gun culture through cutting off salami slices of the Second Amendment until nothing is left.

To Progressives, the idea of allowing a limit on the government is evil. Progressives, or the Left, in general, will claim limiting the government is to limit its ability to do good. But all the great disasters in governments around the world in the last century claimed they were using power to achieve the greater good. Stalin, Pol Poi, Mao, Castro, Chavez, Hitler, Mussolini, Roosevelt, Churchill, and al-Baghdadi, all claimed to be pursuing the greater good.

Conservatives, on the other hand see nothing wrong with the Second Amendment. It is simply another check and balance to governmental power, part of the social contract of the Constitution between the people and the government. Government must be limited to assure personal freedom.

As the media fragments, allowing more viewpoints to be heard, Progressive power will decrease. Since the middle 1960s, at least, it has depended on its overwhelming ability to control the narrative.  Joy Behar did not do the Progressive Project any favors by exposing its embrace of deception.

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CO: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Alleged Intruder

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. -- An alleged home intruder was shot and killed in Wheat Ridge late Wednesday night.

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TX: Attempted Robbery, Victim Wounded, Suspect Escapes

At Bada Bing Game Room, located at 5001 Avenue Q, a suspect entered with a gun and demanded money from Henry Palomo, 46. Palomo then pulled a handgun on the suspect, and the suspect grabbed a second victim, Isabel Vasquez, 60, and used her as a hostage. Palomo and the suspect started fighting, and Palomo was shot in the arm during the altercation. Vasquez used a mop to beat the suspect while the altercation continued. The suspect then fled the location.
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IL: Homeowner Fires Warning Shot, Possible Charges

HOMER GLEN, IL — A Homer Glen homeowner fired a warning shot after a driver fleeing the scene of a car accident ran into his backyard where his children were playing, the Will County Sheriff's Office said. At 4 p.m. Nov. 4, police said deputies were responding to a personal injury accident when hey received a call of shots fired in the area of 151st Street and Hillary in Homer Glen.
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AZ: Domestic Defense? Ex Shot While Breaking In

PHOENIX - Phoenix police are investigating a shooting after getting a call from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend was trying to break into her home.

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Followup AZ: Robert Moore Found not guilty in July, 2018 Shooting Death of Frank Pineda

SURPRISE, AZ — A jury has found 27-year-old Robert Moore not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a Surprise resident.

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Saturday, November 09, 2019

US Park Police Surveil Second Amendment Rally at US Capitol, 2 November, 2019

At the 2019 rally for the Second Amendment on the west lawn of the Capitol, in Washington, D.C. about 2,000 freedom activists were listening to speakers orate about the necessity of restoring the Second Amendment. Most attendees noticed a helicopter orbit around the capitol a couple of times, starting around 2:30, as I recall.

Several people thought it might be President Trump having a look at the crowd. I did not think so. The helicopter was too small for Marine 1, the designation for the most commonly used helicopter by the President. The helicopter appears to be a Bell 412EP, designated Eagle 1, by the Park Police.

I snapped a few photographs on about 30X telephoto. When I viewed them later, it became clear the flights were surveillance missions to photograph the crowds. It would be silly and stupid to have the expense and risk of a helicopter flight, only to allow a crew member to observe the crowd, without recording the event.

The two camera pods visible in the picture are likely permanently installed. The images obtainable from professional level surveillance gear on helicopters, at the relatively low elevation of the helicopter (rough guess, 2,000 feet), along with the very good visibility, means the digital capture included good, facial recognition level images of most people at the rally. It appears the crew member in the doorway also has a camera in a chest rig, but it is less certain.

As early as 2010, the Park Police were "on the cutting edge" of using aerial surveillance video. From 
Though they may be the oldest uniformed police agency in the nation, the U.S. Park Police are the on the cutting edge when it comes to utilizing video surveillance technology. 
The Park Police, in 2011, said they wrote the policy on the video to prevent other agencies from recording or redistributing video that was routinely shared with those agencies.
To deal with potential interagency problems related to this sharing initiative, Mulholland said they wrote into their policy that 1) the video could only be received in an official government facility, 2) the video couldn’t be recorded, 3) the video could not be redistributed, and 4) the video feed may cut.
It stretches credibility that the Park Police would not record the video and distribute it as they deemed necessary. They likely record every public event at the Capitol.

If my little Sony super-zoom camera can make out the face of the crew member in the doorway (5 megapixel), images from a helicopter/aerial photography dedicated surveillance camera may be 3,000 times better.

In 2013, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, demonstrated a drone camera that could  capture 1.8 gigapixel images at the rate of 12 per second.  What was innovative in 2013 may be commonly used today.

Policies can change.

If the images were publicly available, they could be used to give us an accurate count of the crowd for the event, as well as good images of everyone who looked up at the aircraft.

There is no constitutional right to privacy in a public place. Every time you go out in public, anyone with a camera can take pictures of you without your permission. Simply going out in public is permission.

The same, generally applies to public officials going about their public duties. Several different circuits have ruled that taking pictures, video, and audio recording of public officials, in public, is a part of First Amendment rights.

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MD: Homeowner Fires Shotgun at Intruders, Stops Assault on Wife

GLEN BURINE, Md. - Investigators say a Glen Burnie man fired a shotgun at two intruders when he saw them struggling with his wife during a targeted home invasion Thursday morning.
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GA: Moped Ride,r Assaulted by Pickup Riders, Shoots 1

Police said the men in the truck got out of their vehicle and assaulted the person on the moped. He then pulled out a gun and fired a round, hitting on of them. Police said the man was taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

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MO: Armed Victim Fires Shots, Stops Home Invasion in Springfield

The male victim fired warning shots and the suspect left the scene, Bailey said. The female victim has minor injuries.

Bailey said the suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
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WA: Armed Samaritan Subdues Psyco Throwing Rocks Thru Windshields on Freeway

But then, Wilde saw another driver stop and confront Yates. We tracked down that Good Samaritan, a Sultan man named Jacob. He told KOMO News that he has a concealed weapons permit.

“I drew my pistol," Jacob said. "I aimed it at his head because as I got closer to him, he still had this chunk of metal in his hand. I said several expletives at him, told him to get on the ground and he was under citizen’s arrest. As I ran up to him, he dropped. He dropped the metal. I went to the ground with him. As I went down with him, he jumped up and wanted to fight my father who was behind me."

He came up to help me out. I gave my father my pistol and I went toe-to-toe with the guy.”
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Friday, November 08, 2019

Pregnant Mother uses AR-15 to Save Husband during Violent Home Invasion

 On Wednesday, October 30, at about 9 p.m. Jeremy King, his 11 year old daughter, and eight month pregnant wife, were subject to a violent home invasion by two armed men.
Suspects forced their way into the home. According to various interviews with King, the suspects demanded that he "give everything". He denied having anything. The suspects started pistol whipping him and kicking him in the head while he was on the floor. From
King said one of the men started pistol-whipping him while another kicked him repeatedly in the head. His wife, who is eight months pregnant, was in the back bedroom and peeked out to see what was going on.

King said one of the men shot at her. She retreated, grabbed an AR-15 and returned fire.
 King's heavily pregnant wife used good tactical sense. She did not barge out of the back room with the AR-15. She took up a position, and, as one of the invaders came into her line of sight through the doorway, she shot him. Both home invaders fled the scene. A man was found 200 feet from the house, in a ditch, dead. From
“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him,” King said. “He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”
One of the advantages of the AR-15 platform for home defense is the ease of use, even by people with little upper body strength. It recoils relatively little, but has plenty of power to for human targets. The report of an AR-15 is very loud, especially indoors.

One improvement for home defense would be a sound suppressor, or silencer. The rifle would still be loud, but the user would be less likely to be deafened by the report. Federal law has made acquisition of sound suppressors bureaucratically cumbersome, time consuming, and expensive. Many countries have far less regulation of suppressors than the United States. In  New Zealand, they are an over the counter item. Suppressors have never been used much in crime in the United States.  No reason was given for their regulation when the 1934 National Firearm Act was considered in committee.

King appreciates the advantages the AR-15 rifle gave his pregnant wife.

“Them guys came in with two normal pistols and my AR stopped it,” King said. “[My wife] evened the playing field and kept them from killing me. “
 The King home is in a semi-rural area of Florida. The home invasion occurred near the center of  the image from Google.

Over penetration is less of a problem in a rural setting. Careful selection of the ammunition can control how much penetration is likely. There are many expanding and frangible bullet choices available for the AR-15 platform.

It will be a little while before Jeremy King knows if he has any permanent loss of vision.

The Sheriff's representative, in this video on facebook, says they are looking for the remaining black male home invader.

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TX: Disarm Man takes gun From Robbery Suspect, Shoots Same

Police say a man was able to get control of a gun wielded by a would-be robber and shoot the assailant multiple times outside of Villa Main Apartments.

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IN: Cashier Shoots at Robbery Suspects

Witnesses told police that two suspects entered the business and tried to rob it by holding the cashier at gunpoint. At some point, the cashier shot at the suspects and they ran away with an undetermined amount of cash and merchandise.

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TN: Business Owner Shoots back, Kills Teen

The owner of the car came out of the store and confronted the suspects who were inside of the SUV. The suspects inside of the SUV reportedly fired a shot at the owner, and the owner returned fire.

The black SUV fled the scene while the owner of the car remained.
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MO: Domestic Defense, Man Shoots Woman, Neighbor Shoots Man, both die

Police later identified the woman as Artelia Jones-Harold, 48, and the man as Bennie Whalen, 51.

Officers believe Whalen shot Jones-Harold in the middle of a domestic dispute. Someone else inside the apartment tried to intervene and ended up shooting Whalen. Police said the adult who shot Whalen has been cooperating with the investigation.
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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Dmitriy N. Andreychenko,Youthful 2A Activist with Open Carry at WalMart Missouri, Cops a Plea

The youthful Second Amendment supporter who made national headlines has reached a plea deal with the Green County Prosecutor.  Dmitriy N. Andreychenko conducted his advocacy in a Missouri Walmart on 8 August, 2019, less than a week after a mass murder in an El Paso, Texas Walmart on 3 August, 2019.

Andreychenko wore body armor, had an unloaded, slung AR-15 type rifle, and a loaded, holstered pistol. He took a shopping cart into the Walmart while videoing himself on his phone. Police arrested Dmitriy on a charge of a terrorist threat in the first degree. The prosecutor initially charged him with a terrorist threat in the second degree. I predicted the prosecutor would not charge him with a first degree threat. The conduct did not match the charge.


  Link to video

 The video demonstrates Dmitriy was calm and cooperative with the police.

Surveillance video of Dmitriy inside the store store does not seem to have been released to the public.

On August 14, I predicted the prosecutor was aiming for a plea bargain to a charge of terrorist threat in the third degree, "Causing a false belief or fear".
From the previous article:
Dmitriy consistently told the story that he was testing his Second Amendment rights, and he expected Walmart management to talk to him, not pull a fire alarm. The Third degree terrorist threat is probably the prosecutor's target.
The prosecutor and defense have agreed on a plea bargain to a somewhat reduced charge from the third degree terrorist threat, which is a class A misdemeanor. Dmitriy has agreed to a plea of "knowingly causing a false report to be made", which is a class B misdemeanor. From
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson announces that Dmitriy N. Andreychenko, 21, of Battlefield, Missouri, entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of the class B misdemeanor making a false report. In the amended charge, the defendant is charged with knowingly causing a false report to be made to the Springfield Police Department on August 8, 2019 that an active shooter situation was about to occur at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Republic Road in Springfield, Missouri. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the defendant received a 180 day suspended jail sentence, two years of probation, with special conditions requiring him to serve 48 hours shock incarceration in the county jail, receive firearms training, and participate in a victim-offender dialog, a restorative justice measure, and any community service established through the restorative justice proceeding.
According to the Green County prosecutor, several witnesses noted similarities between Dmitriy and the murderer in El Paso. One witness said she had frequently seen people openly carrying firearms, but this case seemed much different. She had her boyfriend call 911.
A customer in the parking lot of the Walmart observed the defendant putting on his body armor and then sling the rifle across his front while recording. Based upon his actions and recent events, she feared for the people inside the Walmart and had her boyfriend call 911. She has never been bothered by people carrying guns in Walmart before but this was different.The manager of the store is familiar with individuals carrying openly in his store,but also stated this was different. 
The investigation revealed Dmitriy was acting to protect Second Amendment rights, but exercised poor judgment in his choice of methods. Several family members had advised him not to use this method so close to the El Paso mass murder.

In the press release, the Green County prosecutor notes that open carry is a right in Missouri, and it is accepted and protected by the community.
Prosecutor Dan Patterson noted that in our community it is not unusual to observe fellow citizens openly carrying firearms in a responsible manner as is their right. This case is a reminder that any time we choose to exercise a right we also have the responsibility to act in a manner that does not threaten the rights of our other fellow citizens.
The plea bargain accomplishes several things that benefit both parties. For Dmitriy, it means he has no substantial financial penalties; he does not lose any Constitutional rights; there was no mention of forfeiting his firearms or body armor, so he should get them back.  He may need them for the firearms training he is required to undergo as part of the plea deal. The "48 hours shock incarceration" requirement has likely been met by his initial confinement. He will be on probation for two years; but he has never been in trouble with the law before. It will probably not be a problem.

For the prosecution, it counts as a win. As a guilty plea, it precludes potential lawsuits against the County for deprivation of rights under color of law, and frees the Walmart manager from an potential lawsuit or prosecution for making a terrorist threat by pulling the fire alarm. Both sides get something they want; it is the nature of plea deals.

Most of us have had lapses of critical judgement in our youth. It is how people learn, mature, and take responsibility.

I doubt we have heard the last of Dmitriy Andreychenko. He has the making of a strong Second Amendment activist. He has been put through the fire. He has survived.  Experiences such as this, when they do not destroy you, temper and strengthen resolve. He can spend the next two years concentrating on taking care of his new child and family.

The people of Oklahoma are likely to see the wisdom in this plea deal.

With freedom comes responsibility.

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Gun Watch 

DE: Gunfight, Woman Open Carrying and Suspects Exchange Shots at 1 a.m.

The female drove in her vehicle toward the subjects when one male pulled a handgun and fired several rounds, striking her vehicle in the rear passenger side door. The female stated that she open carries a handgun and returned fire before fleeing in her vehicle.

No injuries were reported and no shots appeared to strike anything else in the area. One of the male subjects was described as being a black male wearing a blue jacket. The group of subjects fled in the black hatchback vehicle.
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MO: Gunfight, shots exchanged between Robbers and Armed Samaritan

The woman started screaming, which caught the attention of a 48-year-old man in the neighborhood. He came over and confronted the men who were trying to rob the woman—and it worked. The men dropped her purse and ran toward a red car.

But while they were running away, one of the men fired shots at the man who came to help. He pulled out his own gun and returned fire.

No one was injured and the would-be robbers got away.
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AL: Gunfight, Suspect and Armed Victim both Wounded

Officers responded to “a robbery/shooting call” on Greentree Ave Monday where they found that the suspect tried to pull a gun on his target only for the victim to fight back.

The would-be robber shot the victim in the leg, but he didn’t escape unscathed as the victim pulled out his own gun and shot the suspect twice, once in the shoulder and once in the leg.
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More MI: Domestic Defense? Woman says She Shot Father of Her Child while he Stangled Her

The call came from a 23-year-old woman, who said the father of her 3-year-old child "had been strangling her and striking her in the face," according to a statement from the sheriff's office. She responded by shooting him in the stomach, calling 911 and waiting outside.

Deputies found the man lying on the living room floor. He had been shot in his stomach, and was unconscious, but still breathing. Medics transported him to McLaren hospital, but he died from his injuries.
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OH: Gunfight, Canton Man Fires back at Man who Shot at Him

CANTON A Tuscarawas County man who told police when he went to help a friend get rid of unwanted visitors around 1 a.m. Tuesday, one of the visitors climbed into a car and fired several shots at him while riding away.

The 29-year-old New Philadelphia man, who holds a concealed carry permit, fired back, said Lt. Dennis Garren, police spokesman.
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Wednesday, November 06, 2019

2nd Amendment Rally on 2 November in Washington, D.C.

The sky was blue, the wind light, the temperature mild, and there were thousands of Second Amendment activists at the Rally for the Second Amendment on the 2nd of November, 2019. Counting was imprecise without a good overhead image of the crowd. About half an hour before the rally I counted a quarter and estimated about 500. The crowd swelled as start time approached. My best estimate was over 2,000 activists were in the crowd at peak attendance. Te rally started on time at 12:30.

Rob Pincus was concerned the Nationals' world series victory parade might impact the turnout for the Second Amendment rally. If it did, the thousands that showed up were committed and prepared. There were numerous flags, dozens of placards as well as hundreds of themed shirts, buttons, and stickers. One of the favorites was the Guns Save Lives stickers. Individual activists were handing them out on their own initiative, at their own expense.

 There were a plethora of individually made and carried signs and placards, often variations on a theme. It was clear this was not a mass produced rally with barely interested participants bused in.  The participants I talked to came at their own expense. Many drove in from hundreds of miles away. Some flew; they came from as far away as Hawaii and California. It showed deep commitment to show up at an event with only six weeks notice.

The Gadsden Flag, yellow with the "Don't Tread on Me" logo, was popular. 

Themes chanted by the enthusiastic crowd were:

We will not comply!

We are the Gun Lobby!

Shall not be Infringed!

No more restrictions! 

There were about 30 speakers who were enthusiastically greeted by the rally members. There was a strong showing of women activists and a number of black activists.

Rally Speakers
 Attendees ranged from babies in strollers to senior citizens. There were men and women and people of every color.  Activists tended to be young and middle aged, but there were a significant number of Seniors. The rally showed the support for the Second Amendment is not a dying movement of old, white, men.

The crowd knew its history. It cheered when speakers reminded them, in the Constitutional legal scheme, rights came from God, not from the government.

There were scattered Christian references. One modernized a command from Christ, changing a sword to a gun: "If you do not have a gun, sell your cloak and buy one!"

Another common theme from the speakers was the need for unity. Flags in the audience echoed the theme with the Revolutionary war message: Join or die!

A few things may have prevented the crowd from being larger.  The rally was announced with only six weeks notice to prepare. That is not a lot of time for people who have commitments at work, at school or for family. The fevered pitch for more restrictions on the right to arms by the Media has died down, as the latest outrage of the day is focused on the impeachment spectacle created in the House of Representatives by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff. President Trump and Vice President Pence both vowed to defend the Second Amendment.

There were numerous NRA hats present, but the NRA had no appointed speaker. The rally was organized while the NRA was undergoing significant internal and external attacks.

Numerous smaller organizations supporting the Second Amendment from national to state, to local level attended and were enthusiastically received.

The organizers and funding for the rally were anonymous, but it was clear Rob Pincus and Jeff Cox had a major part in putting the rally together. Rob and Jeff were the primary masters of the ceremonies. They were efficient and effective. The rally wrapped up a little before 4 p.m.

As expected of a rally whose themes featured individual responsibility, respect for the law, and fidelity to the Constitution, the crowd picked up after itself.

No trash was left behind.

End of the rally from the speakers podium
There wasn't a single counter protester noticeable during the entire event.

Estimation of the number of attendees was from pictures taken. The crowd was on a front of about 125 people, with a depth of about 50 people. The shape was irregular, deepest in the center and tapering to the sides. The density was variable. There were about 300 attendees along the retention walls, behind the speakers, and behind the main crowd. 125 x 50 = 6250. Reduce by half because of the shape = 3125. Reduce by 40%  for density =  1825. Add 300 for retention walls, behind the speakers, behind the main crowd = 2125. Estimate, over 2000 attendees at the peak.

Four hours are a long time to stand and listen to 30 speakers. The speakers were passionate, the crowd enthusiastic, the weather, perfect.
It was a good day for supporting the Second Amendment on the 2nd of November, 2019.

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CO: Synagogue advertises it is *not* a Gun Free Zone

They already have an armed guard, some members of the congregation carry guns, and surveillance cameras will be added.

A sign posted in a window states, “This is NOT a gun free zone.”
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MO: Springfield Man's Attorney says Shooting, Killing, was Self Defense

Police say 19-year-old Dearies Hempstead died at a Springfield hospital shortly after the shooting.

Eighteen-year-old Timber Porter, of Springfield, turned himself in to police Tuesday afternoon. He has not been charged and an attorney for Porter said the shooting was self-defense.
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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Oklahoma Judge Denies Desperate Injunction against Constitutional Carry

On Friday, 1 November, 2019, Constitutional Carry is scheduled to be restored in Oklahoma. The latest desperate attempt to stop the restoration was blocked by an Oklahoma District judge. The plaintiffs had asked for a temporary injunction against the law. From
Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement after Oklahoma County District Judge Don Andrews’ ruling that denied the plaintiffs request for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the constitutional carry law from going into effect on Nov. 1.

The law will now take effect Friday, despite ongoing litigation.

 “We are pleased Judge Andrews ruled in our favor and did not grant a preliminary injunction, which will allow this law to go into effect on Nov. 1,” Attorney General Hunter said. “My office is proud to defend the constitutional carry law against a political attack by plaintiffs who were unable to succeed at the legislature, unable to persuade voters in the referendum process and now seeking to overturn a duly enacted law with meritless claims and scare tactics.”
Oklahoma is the 15th state to restore Constitutional Carry. Vermont has always had Constitutional Carry, since becoming a state on March 4th, 1791. The states that have restored Constitutional Carry have not seen an increase in violent crimes involving guns, or accidents involving guns.

Constitutional Carry is the right to carry loaded handguns in most public places. It is the state of the law which existed when the Constitution was written and when the Bill of Rights was ratified. It remained the state of the law for forty years, until the original writers of the Constitution were dead. The last of them, Jame Madison, died in 1836.  In Oklahoma, Constitutional Carry has been popular in the legislature. From an article I wrote two weeks ago:
On 27 February, 2019, Governor Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 2597, Constitutional Carry, into law. The bill had passed the Senate 40 to 6, with 2 excused, on the same day.

Two weeks earlier, the bill had passed the House, 70 to 30, with 1 excused.

In 2018, Constitutional Carry had passed the legislature with large margins. Governor Mary Fallin vetoed the bill on 11 May, 2018.

Earlier this year, 2019, a veto referendum was attempted by Representative Lowe and others. It required 59,320 signatures. It failed with 37,057 valid signatures. Lowe had claimed the effort had collected over 59,000 signatures, then later said his information was wrong.
Those who oppose Constitutional Carry do not seem to be interested in the facts.

It might be they are afraid of them. An easy prediction: Constitutional Carry will go into effect. There will not be a noticeable effect, except that Second Amendment rights will be restored, and the rule of law re-enforced.

This may be what those opposed are afraid of most: to be shown their fears and predictions are wrong. It has happened many times in the past, with the restoration of Constitutional Carry in the previous 14 states.

 Vermont always had Constitutional Carry.

15 States have passed some version of Constitutional Carry since 2003.

2003, Alaska restored Constitutional Carry to the exercise of Second Amendment rights.

2010, Arizona restored Constitutional Carry.

2011, Wyoming restored Constitutional Carry.

2013, Arkansas passed Act 746 into law. It is effectively Constitutional Carry. Some county prosecutors have threatened prosecution. None has occurred.

2015, Kansas, and Maine became Constitutional Carry club members.

2016, Idaho, Missouri, West Virginia, and Mississippi became Constitutional Carry states.

2017, New Hampshire, and North Dakota restored Constitutional Carry.

2019, South Dakota and Oklahoma, and Kentucky have restored Constitutional Carry.

Several other states seem ripe to pass Constitutional Carry. A Democrat governor has vetoed Constitutional Carry in Montana for years.

A Republican governor may well be elected in Louisiana. Tennessee,  Alabama, Indiana, and Iowa are all plausible candidates to restore Constitutional Carry.

Wisconsin, Michigan, and Texas all have significant efforts to restore Constitutional Carry.

32% of all the states currently have Constitutional Carry. If one more state restores Constitutional Carry, more than 1/3 of the states will have Constitutional Carry in effect.

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Gun Watch

PA: Would-be Armed Robber Shot and Killed by Armed Victim

A would-be armed robber was killed Sunday in West Philadelphia when his intended victim fought back, pulled his own gun and shot his attacker instead, police said.
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IN: Domestic Defense, Man Shot, Killed after Breaking into Home of Ex-Girlfriend

Friends and witnesses who live in the home say an ex-boyfriend broke into the house and tried to kill his ex-girlfriend. That's when the intruder was shot and killed.

Police would only confirm the case appears to involve a domestic relationship.

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Monday, November 04, 2019

FL: Pregnant Mom Uses AR-15 to Save Husband

“As soon as they had got the back door opened, they had a pistol on me and was grabbing my 11-year-old daughter.”

The robbers then pistol-whipped King and kicked him while the man’s wife, who is eight months pregnant, retreated into the bedroom.

“When he came toward the back door in her line of sight, she clipped him,” King told the outlet. “He made it from my back door to roughly 200 feet out in the front ditch before the AR did its thing.”

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PA: Off Duty Officer Shoots at, Misses two who Threatened him with gun

The 18th District officer had just finished his shift and was parking his truck near his home when a 17-year-old boy tapped on the driver side window with a gun, according to police. A second 17-year-old boy, who did not have a gun, approached the passenger side window and told the officer to get out or he was going to get killed.
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CA: Gunfight, Man Shoots at Apartment, is Shot, Killed by Resident

“Detectives determined Parnell Gutter and Thurman Mathew were involved in an argument, and later it became a physical altercation,” the sheriff’s department said in a written statement. A short time after the fight, Mathew went to Gutter’s apartment and began shooting at the apartment, at which time Gutter returned fire and struck Mathew.”

Paramedics pronounced Matthew dead at the scene.
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TX: Homeowner Shoots 1 of 2 Burglary Suspects

Police say a homeowner confronted two suspects who allegedly burglarized a home. The homeowner then pulled out a gun and fired.

A man was hit, while a woman that was with the burglary suspect took off on foot. The suspect/gunshot victim was transported to Bay Area Hospital. His condition is not known.
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IN: Off Duty Officer Shoots Robbery, Assault Suspect

IMPD said the off-duty officer got out of his police vehicle, identified himself as an officer and then engaged the robbery suspect, who was running toward the officer following the robbery. The officer then shot the suspect, who ran toward the north end of the parking lot before being apprehended. The officer rendered first aid until medics arrived.

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Sunday, November 03, 2019

Detroit Justifiable Homicides 25 times the National Average, Murders lowest in 50 years

In 2018, Detroit had 25 times the national average of reported justifiable homicides. The police chief of Detroit, James Craig, supports the residents' right to self defense. He supports the issuance of concealed carry permits. From
The county's report shows there were 289 homicides in Detroit in 2018, although the county lists all homicides, whereas Detroit, like most cities, doesn't include justifiable homicides in its report because those aren't crimes.

Assistant Detroit Police Chief David LeValley said there were 18 justifiable homicides in the city last year. Including those in the city's count raises the number of homicides to 279 — 10 fewer than the county reported.

Detroit's population in 2018 was listed as 672,662. The number of murders in Detroit were listed as 261. This equates to a homicide rate of 38.8 per 100,000 population. It is the second highest city in the nation. However, the number of murders are considerably lower than they were in 2012, just before Chief Craig took over. The numbers of murders are the lowest in 50 years. The population of Detroit has dropped; thus the rate of murders is still high. The rate was 55.2 per 100,000 in 2012. In 2012, the interim police chief, Chester Logan, blamed the homicide rate on guns.

The rate of reported justifiable homicide in Detroit in 2018, was 2.68 per 100,000. About 6.5% of the homicides in Detroit are reported as justified.

Tucker Carlson noted, on his show, that many people in Detroit are exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Link to video

Rick Ector, a Second Amendment activist and a firearms instructor, has worked for years to increase the number of women in Detroit who are legally armed.

Homicides in the United States in 2018, from the FBI UCR. 16,214.   The number of justifiable homicides by private citizens was recorded at 353.  The population in the United States was estimated at 327.2 million. The rate of reported justified homicides in the U.S.A. was .108 per 100,000 population. The murder rate in the United States in 2018 was 5.0 per 100,000 population.

The Detroit rate of recorded justifiable homicides is 25 times the recorded national rate of justified homicides. Detroit's murder rate is 7.76 time that of the United States. Using the murder rate as a scale, Detroit has recorded 3.2 times as many justifiable homicides per murder, as are recorded in the United States, on average.

The number of murders recorded by the FBI matches those recorded by the police in Detroit for 2018, at 261 murders.

Why are the recorded number of justified homicides in Detroit so far above the national average?

The police chief in Detroit, James Craig, has served there since 2013, for seven years. He has embraced concealed carry and supports armed citizens and their right to self defense.  It is to his benefit, and to the benefit of his department, to accurately collect and identify justifiable homicides.  Justifiable homicides are not recorded as murders in the FBI UCR. But, they are not necessarily counted as justifiable homicides either. The FBI UCR definition of a justifiable homicide is very restrictive. According to two different studies, the FBI UCR only catches about 20% of justifiable homicides.

Award winning criminologist, Gary Kleck (page 111-114) estimates justifiable homicides are between 7.1 and 12.9 percent of total homicides. Detroit's figure of 6.5% approaches the lower end of that estimate.

There are probably over 1600 justifiable homicides a year. 

It is likely Detroit's police are still missing many justifiable homicides. Most of Detroit's homicides, about 50%, remain unsolved.  While trust in the Detroit Police is starting to rebuild, there are decades of distrust to overcome. Many of Detroit's residents, if faced with the potential of walking away from a justifiable homicide, rather than reporting it to police, are likely to do so.

A convicted felon is more likely to be involved in a justifiable homicide than an upright citizen; and far more likely to be reluctant to report it to police.

The minimalist numbers of justifiable homicides are often reported by those who wish for a disarmed population, as evidence that self defense is rare.

It is evidence the reporting of justifiable homicides is low.

Justifiable homicides, by themselves, are a poor indicator of defensive firearms use. An law abiding gun owner's purpose is to prevent injury to himself or others, not to kill offenders.

Justifiable homicides are only those extreme cases where the offender makes such horrible judgements in the victim selection process, that they die as a result.

Justifiable homicides are a tiny percentage of defensive gun uses, probably less than one tenth of one percent, as several surveys show national defensive gun uses at between 500,000 and three million per year.

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CO: Armed Homeowner Shoots, Wounds man Attempting Break-in

Police said Rivers tried to break into the home through the front door. But when he didn't make it inside, he began damaging furniture on the porch and broke the home's front window, police said. He tried to enter the home through the window and the homeowner fired several shots, striking Rivers in the arm, police said.
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WA: Gunfight, Neighbor fires Back at Intruders who Shot at Him

As he walked toward the house, he spotted two boys, who looked like they were about 16 to 18 years old, dash out of the house. They got into a tan or gray Honda sedan and drove toward Barajas.

 The sedan slowly approached him and one teen fired a shot at him, and Barajas fired back, said police.

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OK: Gun Beats Rebar, Armed Victim Shoots Attacker

TULSA, Oklahoma - Detectives are investigating a deadly shooting at a construction site near 13th and Detroit.

Officers said the victim was sitting inside his truck getting the construction site ready for the day when a man carrying a piece of rebar ran up and started beating on the vehicle. When the man tried to get inside, the construction worker told police he pulled out a gun and fired because he was in fear for his life.
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Saturday, November 02, 2019

The Governor's View of Bear Spray or Firearms for Defense Against Polar Bears

Image by Ansgar Walk, 16 November, 2004, Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, Canada wikicommons

In the United States, some governmental authorities are strongly pushing the use of bear spray over other methods of protection against bear attacks. From the Montana Hunter Ed Course:
In sudden encounters, bear spray has proven to work. Bears sprayed with bear spray often stop attacking and, as such, are less likely to inflict serious injury. Use a firearm only as a last resort and only if bear spray is unavailable. Always use your bear spray to help a hunting partner who is being attacked. Misdirected bear spray is survivable; bullets are not. Bears wounded with an arrow, knife, or firearm may intensify the attack, and killing a bear charging at full speed is difficult at best. If you shoot a bear in self-defense, leave the scene as soon as it is safe, and report the incident to Fish, Wildlife & Parks immediately.
The implication seems, if you are armed with a firearm, put it down and use bear spray instead! This is problematic advice at best. The advise ignores the possibility that bear spray will intensify an attack. It ignores the possibility a person attacked will only have 2-3 seconds to react.

Bear spray has *not* been shown to be more effective than firearms in stopping bear attacks. The studies on bear spray were never done against aggressive bears. In this interview with Tom Smith, one of the principle authors of the most cited bear spray and firearms studies, Tom clarifies the issue. He says the methods are not comparable. He says bear spray has not been shown to be effective against aggressive bears. From
I asked Tom Smith if it was valid to conclude that the studied effectiveness of bear spray in brown bear charges is just 33 percent. “That’s what you would conclude from that data,” he says, before going on to point out that the sample size is very small. “Importantly, protracted mauling did not occur,” he says. “Whether that’s due to the spray or simply due to the vagaries of bear attacks is an open question.” 

The Trouble with Numbers

Thirty-three percent is very far from that 98 percent efficacy rate so widely cited. And it’s an especially problematic number if we accept that firearms can be demonstrated to have a success rate of between a 76 percent (in a worst-case scenario, as presented in “Efficacy of Firearms”) and 96 percent (as is the case in Alaska’s DLP data or that compiled by firearms writer Dean Weingarten).

The Government of Svalbard, Norway,  has strict requirements for protection against bears. People are not allowed to leave the town without adequate protection, because of the large number of polar bears in the vicinity, and the constant potential for attack. The governor of Svalbard does not recommend bear spray. The governor of Svalbard prohibits the use of bear spray as a protection against polar bears. The Governor requires people to have appropriate firearms in their group. From Svalbard, Norway;

Regulations on firearms and other devices to protect against polar bears:
3.2.Bear repellent spray/ pepper-ballsThe use, trade and import of bear repellent spray and pepper-balls for protection against polar bears in Svalbard is prohibited. The Governor of Svalbard is currently looking into the regulation of bear repellent spray and pepper-balls for protection against polar bears.

 The governor of Svalbard requires firearms of adequate power to protect against polar bears. Here are the requirements:

2.Types of firearms 

2.1. Rifles
The acquisition, use, trade and import of rifles for use as protection against polar bears is permitted in Svalbard, pursuant to the Firearms Act and Firearms Regulations.

2.1 Rifles used for protection against polar bears shall have a minimum calibre of .308W or 30-06 (7.62 mm). Rifle bullets shall be expanding, with a minimum bullet weight of 11.5 g. The required impact energy shall be 2,700 J, measured at a distance of 100 m.

For reasons of precision, range, functionality in cold conditions and stopping power, the Governor of Svalbard recommends the use of rifles as the primary means of protection against polar bears, rather than other types of firearms.

Hiring out rifles is permitted. For more detailed conditions regarding this, please refer to Section 4.2.2. Shotguns

The acquisition, use, trade and import of shotguns for use as protection against polar bears is permitted in Svalbard, pursuant to the Firearms Act and Firearms Regulations.

2.2 Shotguns used for protection against polar bears shall have a minimum calibre of 12, and should have a magazine permitting a minimum of four shots (automatic or pump-action shotgun). The use of slugs (shotgun ammunition comprised of one projectile) is recommended for protection against polar bears.

However, the Governor of Svalbard warns that most magazine-fed shotguns tend to have problems with icing and condensation, and require more preventive maintenance work if they are to function in difficult conditions. Because of this, combined with the fact that shotguns have less precise sights and a limited range, the Governor of Svalbard recommends the use of rifles as the primary means of protection against polar bears.

The Governor of Svalbard advises against the use of double-barrelled shotguns for protection against polar bears, because of the number of available shots.

It is prohibited to hire out shotguns for protection against polar bears.

2.3. Handguns/revolversHandguns for competition and practice can legally be used in the field for protection against polar bears, provided that the Governor of Svalbard has granted a special permit for this.

This combination of usage purposes shall be stated explicitly on the firearm permit and may only be granted upon application to the Governor of Svalbard. This permit may only be granted if the applicant meets the requirements for documented activity in an approved shooting association.

Handguns for which an applicant is seeking a permit for use as protection against polar bears shall have a minimum calibre of 44. Ammunition to be used for protection against polar bears shall have a minimum weight of 15.5 g and a minimum muzzle energy of 1,200 J.
In English measurement, that is 885 ft-lbs, with a minimum bullet weight of 239 grains. Full power .44 magnum loads, .480 Ruger, .454 Casull, .500 Smith & Wesson and .460 Smith & Wesson would qualify.  Some .41 magnum loads would qualify.

Those who would carry a pistol for protection in Svalbard need to show they have participated in organized pistol training four times in the last year, before they can be approved.

The Governor also reserves the power to grant handgun permits for bear protection to trappers who are Svalbard residents, and in special cases. It is not permitted to rent handguns for protection against polar bears.

Another writer about protection from polar bears in Svalbard has something to say about bear spray. From Spitsbergen: Svalbard, Franz Josef, Jan Mayen, 3rd Brant travel Guide, by Andres Umbreit
Be properly armed

.. ; and then there's the hiker with the pepper spray (ask the bear to attack against wind direction, please, or serve yourself nicely peppered with the wind blowing in the same direction from which the bear attacks). I am grateful for all these 'alternatives' as good entertainment stories and some of these ideas may even be useful in addition to a firearm. But there is no substitute for a big-bore firearm (see pages 132-7).

The same source says that in the previous 50 years, no properly armed person was injured or killed by a polar bear. They specifically exclude the case where a group armed with a .22 pistol and a flare gun were attacked. One person was killed, another seriously wounded.
Statistics support this: no properly armed person has been injured or killed by a polar bear in the last 50 years in Spitsbergen. There have been casualties, indeed, but all victims were unarmed or inadequately armed - here are some of these stories.
 In 1998, an academic study of bear attacks was done in Svalbard. The study found, from 1971-1995, 77 bears had been killed in serious confrontations with people. Three bears escaped. 10 people were injured. Of those, four died from their injuries. None of those who were injured or killed had an appropriate firearm. From Man and Polar Bear in Svalbard: a solvable ecological conflict?:
From 1971 to 1995, approximately 80 bears were involved in serious bear-human interactions. Of these, 77 bears were killed and 3 escaped after having injured people. During the same period, 10 people were injured, 4 of them fatally, in 7 separate interactions, each involving a single bear. None of the victims carried an appropriate firearm.
At least for polar bears, the attitude of Svalbard authorities is clear: being armed with an appropriate firearm, knowledge of how to use it, (and an understanding of bear behavior) is the best protection against polar bear attacks.

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