Saturday, May 25, 2019

GA: Gunfight in Atlanta, Victim and two Suspects all Killed

An attempted robbery at an apartment complex near Atlanta turned into a grisly scene when the robber and two victims were all killed in a gun battle.

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TX: Gunfight, Robbery Suspect Killed, Victim Wounded

Police said the resident who fired the deadly shot also sustained a gunshot wound, but was in stable condition. The resident was later identified by police as 26-year-old Justin McNeely.

Police said McNeely admitted to shooting the man, who hasn't been identified, during a botched robbery attempt. Investigators said physical evidence supported McNeely's description of what had happened.
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Followup UT: Raul Rivera (who was shot) Faces Multiple Charges

As detectives investigated the case, they learned that in the beginning of April, "Raul made threatening voice calls from the jail stating that he would get his 'people' to come up to Hurricane and kill them. It was also found that there were text messages sent to the (gunman's) wife or daughter that are threatening in nature of bodily harm as well," according to a search warrant affidavit.

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FL: Domestic Defense? Police Investigating Shooting Death

Neighbors said Clint Back, 34, was shot in the face and killed Saturday night in his mobile home in the small community of Sharpes.

But the question is, was it murder or self-defense?

Brevard County detectives say they know who fired the shot, and have not arrested him.
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IL: Chicago Man with Pistol Permit Stops Dog Attack, no Charges

Officers were called at 1 p.m. for a call of gunfire in the 7800 block of South Tripp Avenue, Chicago police said.

A man told officers that he was charged at by a pit bull and shot it twice in self-defense, police said.
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Friday, May 24, 2019

Croc Pictures in Albion Hotel Pub in North Queensland, Australia

These saltwater crocodiles were said to have been shot by Wolf Arnett, near Normanton, Australia in the North of Queensland. I stopped in the Albion pub there a few days ago, and one of the patrons filled me in.

The rifle appears to be a Marlin lever action, probably a 94. The caliber was not noted.

A bolt action rifle is shown in other pictures.

Most of the  information was from John Murr, a retired fisherman and roo shooter.

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AZ: Neighbor Shooots Pit Bulls, Stops attack on two Women, 57 and 61

Neighboring children heard the scream and let their mother know, according to the mother’s witness account. The mother quickly grabbed her handgun and went to see what was happening. She found the three dogs surrounding the two victims, trying to drag one of them under the house.

Afraid to shoot directly at the dogs, the armed neighbor fired a couple of rounds nearby as the dogs kept attacking, according to her account. Meanwhile, her friend called 911 as her husband arrived on scene. He took the handgun from his wife and ran up to where the attack was taking place. He was able to shoot one of the dogs immediately, and eventually another dog. He attempted to shoot the third dog but was unsure if he was successful. Two of the dogs ran off while the third remained where it was shot.
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KY: Domestic Defense, Current Boyfriend Shoots Ex-Boyfriend at 04:30 a.m.

Police say a man showed up to a home and started banging on the front door.

The homeowner came out and started arguing with the suspect.

That's when police say the homeowner fired several shots at the man in self-defense.

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IN: Domestic Defense, Father Shoots Son who Threatened Family with Shotgun

Police said he threatened family members with a shotgun for several hours. At one point, after family members tried to calm him down, Holloway’s father ran to retrieve a handgun. That led to a confrontation between the two men; Holloway pointed the shotgun at his father, who fired a single round that struck Holloway near the abdomen.

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HI: Judge allows for new trial in Shooting of Drunken Navy Man trying to Enter Wrong House

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A judge ruled Tuesday that the state will have a second chance at prosecuting the man who fatally shot a neighbor trying to enter his West Oahu home by mistake.

John Hasselbrink, 41, was killed after a night out drinking in April 2018.

Authorities initially charged his neighbor, Gregory Farr, with manslaughter and firearm violations.

The criminal charges, however, were dismissed earlier this month when the judge ruled that several delays violated Farr’s right to a speedy trial.
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Followup KY: Intruder who was Shot IDed by Police

According to the sheriff’s office, a homeowner called 911 around 8 a.m. about his neighbor, Charlie Jean, trying to breaking into his house. The homeowner said the man was acting strange and threatening.

 The sheriff’s office says the homeowner shot Charlie Jean twice in the chest after the man got inside. Deputies say the neighbor was also armed.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

IN: Taxi Driver Shoots 17-Year-Old Armed Robbery Suspect

According to the Terre Haute Police Department, a cab driver from First Choice Cab picked up Young in downtown Terre Haute and drove him to Greenwood Manor to drop him off.

That is when Young allegedly pulled a gun on the driver and tried to rob him.

Police say the cab driver pulled out a gun and shot Young.
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OK: Domestic Defense, Father Shoots, Kills 20-Year-Old Son

 Police are investigating after they said a man shot and killed his 20-year-old son during a domestic situation in northwest Oklahoma City, police officials confirm.

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TX: Homeowner Confronts Armed Intruder, Disarms and Shoots Him

The homeowner told police that he saw the suspect entering his 13-year-old daughter's room with a gun. The homeowner says he confronted the man and wrestled with him to get the gun. According to police, the homeowner was able to get the gun and shoot the suspect.

Police say the suspect then ran downstairs, took a knife and began stabbing himself.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Range Bill a Return to Legitimization of American Gun Culture

A nation of rifleman used to be a significant part of national defense. The bi-partisan passage of the "range bill" is an acknowledgment that promoting target practice is part of promoting national defense.

The bill is important because firing ranges are constantly under attack by those who wish for a disarmed population. The bill allows states to access excise taxes collected on the sale of  ammunition and guns for the  construction and improvement of shooting ranges.  From NSSF Press Release:

The Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, also known as the “Range Bill,” allows states to use their Pittman-Robertson Fund allocations to begin construction of new ranges, or improve existing state-run public recreational shooting ranges. Prior to this law’s enactment, states were required to put up 25 percent of the cost of range construction projects to access the matching 75 percent of Pittman-Robertson funds. Now, states can access those funds with a 10 percent match and will have five fiscal years to acquire land for range construction or expansion projects.

Pittman-Robertson funds are derived from an excise tax paid by firearms and ammunition manufacturers. Since 1937, the fund has generated more than $12.5 billion funding wildlife conservation and safety education programs in all 50 states. NSSF estimates more than 80 percent of Pittman-Robertson excise tax contributions are generated by sales attributed to recreational shooting. This means today’s recreational target shooter is an overwhelming contributor to conservation through excise tax support.

A recurring concern of recreational shooters, and those considering entering the sport, is proximity and access to a safe range. This new law would make it easier for states to enable recreational target shooters to enter the sport, which in turn would generate continued contributions to Pittman-Robertson funds and the conservation programs which it supports.
President Teddy Roosevelt promoted target practice as a means of preventing war and of projecting national power. From
“The great body of our citizens shoot less as times goes on. We should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving peace in the world... The first step – in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible, and to be fit for war if it should come – is to teach men to shoot!”
President Roosevelt understood that theory without action is impotent. As President, Theodore Roosevelt converted his thoughts into practical action. From
In February 1903, an amendment to the War Department Appropriations Bill established the National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice (NBPRP). This government advisory board became the predecessor to today’s Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety, Inc. that now governs the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The 1903 legislation also established the National Matches, commissioned the National Trophy and provided funding to support the Matches. This historic legislation grew out of a desire to improve military marksmanship and national defense preparedness. President Theodore Roosevelt, Secretary of War Elihu Root and NRA President General Bird Spencer were among the most important supporters of this act.
President Theodore Roosevelt was following the example of England. England had created an National Rifle Association in 1860, and had promoted rifle practice with national matches before the United States NRA was formed.  From
The NRA of England was founded 12 years before the American NRA. According to wikipedia, it was founded "for the promotion of marksmanship in the interests of Defence of the Realm and permanence of the Volunteer Forces, Navy, Military and Air"
A friend who I met in Panama, Dr. Nickolas Smythe, related to me how, as a boy,  in the 1950s, he bicycled around the English countryside with a .22 rifle on his handlebars, going to various matches, because the government wished to encourage rifle marksmanship

As technology advances, many have stated that riflemen are or will become obsolete.  The are of nuclear weapons was supposed to make infantry obsolete. The demise of the rifleman has not occurred. In several recent conflicts, riflemen remain relevant.

While the battlefield shifts with defense and offense gaining relative strength; while smart weapons, drones, autonomous vehicles and directed energy weapons all change the battlespace; ground must still be held by men with personal weapons in their hands.

It may be, as technological development makes it harder for a conventional rifleman to survive, insurgents with concealable weapons will become more important.  They are not as easily identified and destroyed by drones or robots.

As long as human governments rule, men with weapons will be relevant.

Promoting skill in the use of weapons does more than merely increase the skill level in the population. It promotes a mindset of discipline, ordered competence, and independence. Armed men think and act differently than unarmed men.

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AZ: One Shot, Wounded, Aggressor, Shot, Killed, Possible Disarm

How did this all unfold? MCSO says 40-year-old Jose Vera started an argument with a man when things got heated. Deputies say Vera pointed a pistol at the man before 40-year-old Telesforo Rios jumped in and tried to stop him. That's when deputies say Vera shot Rios as they wrestled for the gun. Moments later, Vera was shot dead.

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LA: Clerk Shoots, Kills, Robbery Suspect

According to BRPD, 31-year-old Rico Clayton Jr. attempted to rob the Neighbors Food Mart on Dougherty Drive around 8 a.m. Sunday. Police said a store clerk pulled out a gun and shot Clayton, leaving him critically injured.
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FL: 80-Year-Old Shoots 73-Year-Old Robbery Suspect who Attacked Him

Police said Julio Perez-Delgado pepper sprayed and punched the older man as the man entered his car outside the Royal Arcade, 5440 West 16th Ave. He demanded the man turn over his money, but Ernesto Del Monte instead reached for his firearm inside his pocket and fired several shots at Perez-Delgado.

Riddled with bullets, Perez-Delgado took off. Police eventually found him about a half-mile away after receiving a call of a man down with multiple gunshot wounds in front of 1910 West 56th St.
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CT: Gunfight, Legally Armed Man Shoots back at Man who Shot into Crowd, no Injuries

Although the shooter’s bullets didn’t hit anyone, another person — who holds a valid pistol permit — returned fire at the shooter, Jones said.

The initial shooter was arrested, but the name, age and charges of that person were not provided Saturday. The person who returned fire acted in self-defense, Jones said, and was not charged by police.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Darwin in WWII, Traveling into Western Australia. Writing limited for a few days

I have been to Darwin, Australia. It is a bustling, modern small city of 160,000 or so. At the start of WWII it was about 2,000.  The Japanese command saw Darwin as a useful place for the allies to use as a supply point.

On 19 February, 1942, they attacked with a similar force used on Pear Harbor. They sunk nine ships and destroyed 30 aircraft. They killed over 230 people (more than a tenth of Darwin's civilian population) though most were sailors and soldiers. They wounded 400 more.

The attacks continued for nearly two years, until late 1943.

In the current Darwin harbor, a Japanese four masted sailing training vessel was anchored. I  saw Japanese cadets in town, shopping.

Communications in Western Australia are spotty. The distance between accomodations is far.

Posting will be effected.Writing will be limited.

I should be through it in about a week, maybe less.

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TN: Gunfight, two Killed, Defender Wounded

The shooter was identified as Cameron Denton, 25, and was found to have sustained serious injury. He was transported to a local hospital. Police secured the scene and called for the CPD Violent Crimes Bureau to respond.

After discussing the case with the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office no charges will be filed at this time as Mr. Denton appears to have acted in self defense. The investigation is on-going at this time.

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KY: Domestic Defense, Man Threathens Mother and Stepfather, is shot, Wounded

Police say that Hicks had been in a verbal altercation with his stepfather, 59-year-old Anthony Cox. Police say that Hicks had made several threats against Cox, his mother, and a 15-year-old man.

A press release from the police department said that when Hick attempted to approach the three, Cox fired three shots.
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GA: Woman Fired at Suspect who Attempted Break-in

"He went for the door and tried to kick at it," Wiseman said. "He got the door knob off again. Once I popped (fired the gun) he was gone and I called police."

Wiseman fired at the suspect and missed. He got away. She said the creepiest part about the attempted break-ins is that the man didn't take anything. When she saw him, he just stared at her.

Police said that all but one of the break-ins, nothing was stolen.

"It's creepier when you don't know a motive," Wiseman said. "Like, 'What do you want?' So it's obvious he wants to harm us. We have to be ready."
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FL: More Complications in Wabash Trail Shooting Homeowner Fired 25 shots from a Rifle

The homeowner saw the armed suspects in the kitchen, retrieved a rifle and fired 25 shots at Meeks and Tillman. They returned fire and fled in a stolen car. They left behind clothing, jewelry and a stolen gun.

A blood trail was noted leaving the house.
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Mt. Carbine in the Cape York Peninsula of North Queensland, Australia

While traveling to far North Queensland, Australia, I drove through Mt Carbine. The town has a history of a typical boom-bust mining town. Wolframite was discovered there in the 1890s. The town boomed with the price high, then depopulated after the end of World War I and the crash in the price of mineral markets, particularly for Tungsten.

The mineral leases were purchased again in 1968, and the town enjoyed resurgence from 1971 to 1986. Wolframite prices were falling, and the mine and equipment were sold off in 1993.

The town is said to be named after a racehorse called Carbine. There is no particular firearms provenance in the history of Mt Carbine.  There were a some of bloody conflicts between Aboriginals and European settlers in Cape York, especially near and in the gold fields.  Chinese were supposed to be preferred to Europeans by the Aboriginals for cannibalism, as they "tasted better". Those clashes happened 20 years before Mt Carbine was founded.

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UT: Domiestic Defense? Man Struggles with, Shoots Woman's Ex

During the struggle, the man reportedly shot the ex-boyfriend twice in the leg.

The ex-boyfriend was taken to Intermountain Medical Center where he is said to be in critical condition.
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CA: Armed Homeowner Shoots Intruder who Attacked Him

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said when the intruder didn’t leave, he started to come through the back door and attack the homeowner.

Detectives say the homeowner did his best to fend off the burglary suspect in his kitchen, using a piece of wood. When that wasn’t enough, he fired a single shot, hitting the intruder in the chest.

"The homeowner knew that he did the right thing, and the only thing he could do to protect himself and his wife,” Lt. Rudloff said.
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AZ: Man Responds to Girlfriend's call Holds Intruder at Gunpoint for Police

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A Phoenix man prevented a situation from getting worse when he forced an intruder to lie down at gunpoint, according to court documents.
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ID: Woman Fires Shot; Stops Intruder Attempting Break-in

In a press release Friday, Boise police said the woman heard a noise and then noticed that her front door was ajar. So she grabbed her gun before going to investigate.

She confronted the man on her front porch and fired the gun one time, police said. He fled the scene.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Texas Votes to Repeal Weapons Bans, Restore Second Amendment Rights to Access Clubs and Knucks

The Texas legislature has voted to repeal the state ban on the possession, manufacture, transportation, repair, or sale of knuckles; and the ban on the carrying of a club. These bans clearly infringed on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.  Texas continues to defer to federal law on the regulation of explosive weapons, machine guns, short barreled firearms, and firearm silencers.

They continue to ban armor piercing ammunition, chemical dispensing devices, zip guns, and a tire deflation device, all with rather esoteric definitions in the law.  Perhaps the legislature is saving the repeal of the bans on those devices for another day.  From

AUSTIN — Texas lawmakers have passed legislation lifting the state ban on brass knuckles, kitty keychains and other self defense items.

The Texas Senate gave the bill its final OK on Wednesday morning; it now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature or veto. Abbott's staff did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday. Bill author Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, said the bill was "another step" toward getting rid of" antiquated laws regarding weapons."

"We did it with switchblades. We did it with knives and now with knuckles," Moody said Wednesday. "Hopefully, now, with this on the way to the governor, we can ensure these types of laws aren't being used inappropriately to go after folks who have legitimate tools of self defense."
HB 446 was passed in the House, on 9 April, 2019, 147-1, with 2 absent.

It passed in the Senate, on 15 May, 2019, unanimously, 31-0.

If Governor Abbott signs the bill into law, it will  take effect 1 September, 2019.

Another step in restoring Second Amendment rights. HB 446 was filed by Joe Moody, a Texas Democrat who represents El Paso. Seeing a Democrat champion the right to arms is becoming less of a rarity, as long as the arms are not guns.  Several leftist groups have joined with Knife Rights in an attempt to reform New York's knife law, because of the abuse of the law by New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.

The knife reform bill has passed the legislature at least twice by nearly unanimous votes, only to be vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

It is hard to argue, as Texas Representative Moody (D)-El Paso, noted, against the carry of knives, clubs, knucks and stun guns, when the carry of firearms is perfectly legal.

Thus the restoration of Second Amendment rights for one set of self-defense tools re-infoces the restoration of the rights of others.

The repeal of the bans on stun guns, knives, clubs, and knucks serves to reinfoce the legitimacy of self-defense. Self-defense, defense of others, and defense of the community are the key to restoring Second Amendment rights.

Those who wish to disarm the population specifically target the right to self-defense and work to de-legitimize it. In England, Canada, and Australia, defense is specifically excluded as a legitimate reason to own a firearm.

People will accept police discretion for who may play games with guns, hunt, or collect. They are far less willing to allow the police to decide who will have the ability to defend themselves.

If a plastic key chain set of knucks is legitimate for self-defense, how can a pistol not be?

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AL: Gunfight, Armed Resident Confronts Car Burglars, no Known Injuries

According to police, Wednesday around 1:15 a.m. a homeowner in the Glynwood Subdivision called police after confronting two people going through his vehicle. The homeowner says after confronting the suspects at least one of them fired three shots at him. The homeowner then returned fire at the suspects.

Police say no one was reportedly injured from the gunfire.

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SC: Resident fired at Intruders; says one had Rifle

After hearing an “unusual” knock on his door, North Charleston Police say the apartment tenant told them he opened his door to find two men standing outside, one holding a rifle. Police say the tenant claimed one of the two men then pushed him to the floor of his apartment.

The apartment resident, who was armed with a pistol of his own, pulled his gun and fired several shots at the two men in self-defense, police say. The two men then ran away from the apartment.

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NV: Armed Robbery Suspect may have been Wounded by Homeowner

COLD SPRINGS, NV (KOLO) - Washoe County Sheriff's deputies continue the search for three people involved in a residential armed robbery. They may be driving a black sedan last reported seen at the victim's home in Cold Springs, in the area of Aquamarine and Jutewood, and they are believed to have left the Cold Springs area.

Deputies say evidence indicates one of the robbers may have been shot by the homeowner, though no injuries have been reported.
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CA: Homeowner Fires Shots at Burglary Suspect

He found the shed door partially opened. When he went to open the door, the suspect pushed the door and knocked the homeowner backwards, police said.

The homeowner had a gun and fired several rounds in the direction of the would-be burglar. It's not known if anyone was struck by a bullet, police said.
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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Joe Biden is Corrupt: My Experience at the 1984 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee with Lt. Kayne Robinson's Wife

I watched with considerable alarm as Senator Joe Biden was elected Vice President in 2008. He was a very effective insurance policy for President Barack  Obama.

Vice President Joe Biden is corrupt. He has been at least since 1984. I learned this in 1984, in an interaction I had with Lt. Kayne Robinson's wife at the NRA annual meeting in Milwaukee.

Biden is an unethical bully. I watched him on C-Span as he interrogated Lt. Kayne Robinson during a Senate committee hearing on “cop killer bullets”. The hearing took place on March 7th, 1984. Kayne was unflappable. Biden gave him a complement by saying he could make it in politics. It was months later that I heard the rest of the story.

I was at the NRA annual meeting in Milwaukee in May, 1984. Lt. Kayne Robinson was giving a small session talk. Seating was limited to about 60 people, as I recall. I saw an attractive woman in the front row by herself, and suspected that she had a connection to Lt. Robinson.

I struck up a conversation and found that she was his wife. I told her to complement him on his Senate Committee testimony, and she said that I did not know the half of it. After Lt. Robinson had testified, Biden had a staffer call Robinson's police department to apply pressure to try to get Robinson fired.

I call that very close to Stalinist tactics.

I have not been able to find a video clip of the C-Span recorded session, but I found the transcript of it.


 From Lt. Kayne Robinson's testimony before the judiciary committee on 7 March, 1984 Page 80:
In testing our own vests in the Des Moines Police Department, we manufactured-here are some samples of bullets. It took us about 15 minutes apiece to modify commonly available, ordinary, everyday police type ammunition that would shoot through our vests with no difficulty at all and penetrate way into our bullet catching device. It is the common one that is used, but it nevertheless absorbs energy to capture the bullet.

The point is that it is very easy for anyone to make this ammunition in his own basement. It is very, very easy to do. It is going to be extremely difficult to define that kind of a situation in the law. That ammunition obviously was not originally manufactured for that purpose. Yet it was very easy to modify it. Needless to say, that is cheaper and more readily available than some of the highly restricted ammunition like the KTW that would leave a more dramatic trail, certainly, with regard to the person who bought it.

So as regards the specific proposals that I have read, the one that is before the committee, it will ban many sporting cartridges. It will ban cartridges like some of those standing before you that were not designed to be armor piercing cartridges, and that is a serious problem.

 From Page 86:
Senator BIDEN. And speaking of Iowa's battles, there IS an assistant chief named Zinzer who says you do not speak for the dt~part­ment. I guess he is your assistant chief. We just got him on the phone.

Mr. ROBINSON. Is that right? Senator BIDEN. Yes. He says specifically you do not speak for the department. 1

Senator BIDEN. Is that right? Did you think you did? I mean:. I am confused here.

Mr. ROBINSON. I am not going to debate you about what Assistant Chief Zinzer has to say, sir.

Senator BIDEN. Does that surprise you that he would say that? Mr. ROBINSON. I do not have any way of knowing what he said. Senator BIDEN. I'll tell you what, you could make it in the State Department. [Laughter.]

You might be able to make it in politics...
The account of Biden attempting to use his clout as a Senator to get a police officer fired, for giving effective testimony in opposition to the bill Biden was promoting, was obtained second hand. It was from a very credible source, Lt. Kayne Robinson's wife, who was intimately involved. It was told to me two months after the events occurred.

It was over 35 years ago, but I remember it very well. It changed my perspective by opening my eyes to the seamy side of American politics.

More and more of Americans are having their eyes opened to the seamy side.


In 1986, the "cop-killer" bullet ban was passed. It did nothing to increase officer safety, but it did chip away at the Second Amendment.

Yes, the NRA agreed to the final legislation, which was very limited. It was fighting a rear-guard action. There is a good chance we could have won on preventing any ban at all. Neal Knox thought we could. But the people in charge at the NRA were not willing to go to the wall for it, when they thought a compromise would do nearly as well.

Biden supported the ban on some bullets, the so-called, Orwellian termed "cop-killer" bullets, in 1986, when it passed the Senate
Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), chief sponsor of the bill, along with Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), noted that it is supported by numerous law enforcement groups.
The ban was never about protecting police officers. No officer was ever killed by an "armor piercing bullet" being shot through an armor resistant vest. It was a made up controversy to create the precedent the government could regulate the type of ammunition used by the citizenry.

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TN: Gunfight, Homeowner, Attacker both Wounded

Police say the victim was in the backyard of his home on Crowe Drive when two men walked up to him and shot him in the stomach.

The victim then pulled out a gun of his own and began firing but the gunmen got away. Police are still unsure if the victim hit either during the gunfire.

The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries but he is expected to survive.
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OH: 1 of 3 Columbus Shootings on Wednesday was Self Defense

Police said the teen was found in the neighborhood, the other man who was shot, 21-year-old Adbulrahman A. Jamea, was found at a gas station on Morse Road. Police say Jamea was accused of shooting the teen and was shot in the leg as an act of self defense.
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TX: Domestic Defense? Woman Shoots Man she says Threatened Her

Believing that her boyfriend was retrieving knives to cut her, a woman shot him Wednesday inside their south Fort Worth house, police said.

The woman shot the man five times, in his torso and his arm, Fort Worth police said. The man was in critical condition in the minutes after he was shot and was in surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital. Police did not release his name or age.
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FL: Man Shoots Stallion that Attacked Him

Stallions are known to be dangerous when mares are in heat.

The owner of the pasture says the horse was going after his mares, according to police. When he tried to remove Bolt, the horse reared up, kicked him on the shoulder and seemed to be preparing to trample him.

That's when the horse was shot, police said.

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GA: Man Shoots Pit Bull to Stop Attack, then Kills the Dog

Williams said he went inside his house to get his gun and he shot the pit bull twice to get him to let go of his dog.

"When (the dog) came up beside me after being shot twice, I realized that I had to just give him a kill shot, which I thought I did the first two times,” he said.

Williams said his dog was dead but he killed the pit bull because he feared it would attack again.

Other neighbors have also filed complaints about the pit bull, according to WSB.
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Friday, May 17, 2019

Arizona Repeals Decades old Ban on Nunchakus

Arizona has finally passed a repeal of its decade long ban on the possession of nunchakus. The ban was passed in the heyday of kung-fu movies. It stood as a monument to the power of the media to pass insanely stupid and intrusive legislation. Governor Ducy signed the bill on 10 May, 2019.

From and Arizona Citizens Defense League email:
On Friday, May 10, Governor Ducey signed SB 1291, repealing the decades old law that banned possession of nunchakus. We thank everyone who contacted on the Governor about SB 1291. You made a difference.

The nunchakus ban was so broadly written that in Arizona it is technically a Class 4 felony to be in possession of a jump rope ("two or more.... handles, connected by a rope...."). Arizona was one of only four states, along with California, Massachusetts, and New York, that banned nunchakus. In 2018, New York's ban was struck down in federal court as a violation of the Second Amendment.

The repeal of the nunchakus ban will go into effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends. The target for ending a legislative session is 100 days from the start. That date was Tuesday, April 23. Right now, the legislature is haggling over the state budget. We don't expect them to be finished anytime soon.
Dr. Kelli Ward, as an Arizona state Senator, had attempted to rid the state of the silly ban in 2015. She lost her bid to replace Senator John Kyle last year, and Senator John McCain before that. This year she became Chair of the Republican party in Arizona.  RINO republicans and the main stream media dislike Dr. Ward, as seen in this latimes hit piece.

I suspect Dr. Ward had some influence in the passage of SB 1291.

It appears the nunchaku ban was passed in the 1970s, when the kung-fu movie craze was at its highest. It was also the height of lack of respect for Second Amendment protections.  Restoring Second Amendment rights to bear arms arguably started in 1961, when Washington State passed a "shall issue" permit law. But it wasn't until 1980 that Indiana passed a "shall issue" carry permit statute, followed by Maine and North Dakota in 1985, South Dakota in 1986,   and Florida in 1987. Today, all but eight hold-out states have shall issue concealed carry laws or Constitutional Carry.

Gradually ridding states of silly weapons bans such as the nunchaku ban and bans on switchblades and other edged weapons builds support for the Second Amendment right to bear arms generally. Part of the reason the Arizona law was reformed was the New York court decision that an absolute ban on Nunchakus was unconstitutional.

Bans on arms that are considered less common are part of a "salami slice" strategy of erasing Second Amendment rights. Convince legislators that a ban on switchblades is a good idea, and you have proved the principle of banning a particular class of weapon. Everything can be banned piecemeal. Pocket knives, small handguns, cheap handguns, semi-automatic handguns, large handguns. Fortunately, we have stopped that progression with the Heller decision and the later Caetano decision from the Supreme Court.

It seems bizarre that weapons bans are based on works of fiction. Arguably, the switch-blade bans were pushed over the edge by "West Side Story"; the nunchaku bans by the kung-fu movies with Bruce Lee.  There is a persistent rumor in Queensland, Australia, that the ban on pump shotguns in the 1996 weapons law was because a legislator saw one used in an Arnold Swartznegger movie.

Repealing a ban on nunchakus may not seem an earth-shattering win for Second Amendment supporters. It is another incremental step toward restoring Second Amendment rights.

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SC: Employee Fires at Fleeing Bank Robbery Suspect

Deputies say witnesses told them a man gave a note to the clerk, demanding money. The robber didn't show a weapon, however, nor did he imply he had one at the time.

Deputies then say the employee grabbed his personal gun and fired at the robber as he fled the scene. No one was reportedly injured in the shooting, however.
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OH: Armed Resident Fires at Suspect that Kicked in Door

As officers arrived on scene, two suspects allegedly ran from the home. A foot pursuit began and one of the suspects ran down a back alley; the other kicked in the back door of another house nearby. Someone inside that home fired shots at the suspect, according to police. No one was injured.
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OR: Armed Resident Stops Burglary in Coos Bay

Upon arrival, police learned one person had entered the house from a basement door while two others stayed outside.

The suspects fled when one of the residents confronted them with a gun.

The suspect’s vehicle was blocked in by another resident who was returning home.

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OH: Armed Man Shoots, Kills Man who Attacked Customers, Employees

Police say an initial investigation revealed that Morgan was reportedly intoxicated and engaged in physical altercations with both customers and employees prior to the shooting.

According to police, witness accounts suggest that Morgan escalated the confrontations to the point where one of the employees felt the need to fire a weapon at Morgan, fatally striking him.

Homicide detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the scene. No charges have been filed.
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Murder Rates Drop in Bolsonaro's Brazil: More Guns, Less Crime

During the first two months of President Bolsonaro's term, the Brazilian murder rate fell by 25%.  From
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The murder rates in Brazil for January and February this year were 25 percent lower compared to the same period last year, according to G1’s national homicide index. The index is based on official data from the 26 states and the Federal District.
 Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil on 28 October, 2018. President Bolsonaro has been adamant about reforming Brazil's extreme gun laws, to allow more Brazilians to defend themselves.

Did President Bolsonaro's reform policies in favor of self defense cause the drop in murder rates? The answer is complicated. Bolsonaro's policies probably had a positive effect.

President Bolsonaro's opponents have routinely predicted that homicides would increase because of his reforms of Brazil's gun laws.  From, in March, 2019, before the new statistics were out:
But even if the law doesn’t pass, the presidential decree already represents a step backward for public security in Brazil. Broadening access to guns puts men, women and children at higher risk of lethal violence. Bolsonaro and other gun advocates say that more armed citizens will deter shootings, but there is simply no hard evidence that loosening restrictions on firearms improves public safety or security. In fact, research from IPEA shows that for every 1 percent increase in the number of firearms in circulation in Brazil, there is a 2 percent increase in homicides. In most other countries as well, there is a similar relationship between permissive gun laws and gun-related homicides.
Note the last sentence in the quote above. The author is not talking about a decrease in homicides, rather a decrease in gun-related homicides.

Those who wish a disarmed population assume that more guns = more crime. But numerous studies show there is no clear relationship. Some studies, done by John Lott and others show more guns = less crime. The effects are not extreme, but the overall trend shows a decrease in violent crime when more people are armed. Many studies show no relationship between guns and overall murder rates.

Decreasing gun-related homicides is ineffective if the overall homicide rate remains the same or increases. Much of the argument about restrictive gun law is about substitution effects. It does not matter to a murder victim if they are killed with a bomb or knife instead of a gun.  Making guns harder to get can also mean making victims easier to kill because they are unarmed.

President Bolsnaro issued his first decree reforming some of Brazil's extreme gun laws on 15 January, 2019. How could his decree have such a dramatic effect in such a short time? It is unlikely that the total number of Brazilians with legal guns increased significantly in from January 15th to the end of February.

The answer is an inversion of the copycat effect. Just as some people are more likely to commit horrific crimes because of media publicity, criminals are less likely to commit violent crime if they perceive the risk to be great because of media coverage.

When President Bolsonaro was elected, the publicity of his desired reform of the gun laws was tremendous. His actual reform decree on 15 January was widely reported all over the world.

Potential murders and violent criminals watch TV, listen the radio, and surf the Internet. When their perception is that crime is more risky, crime rates decrease.

There are historical examples that illustrate this effect. When women were widely reported to receive firearms training in Orlando, Florida, in 1966, the number of rapes decreased by 88% in the next year. There were similar effects when Kennesaw Georgia received substantial publicity for an ordinance requiring a gun in the home (an 89% decrease in residential burglaries). Several other instances are cited by Professor Gary Kleck in his seminal work, Point Blank, Guns and Violence in America.

In order to continue the initial drop in homicides, Brazil will need to reinforce the perception that violent crimes have become more dangerous.

The high level of reporting, as President Bolsonaro reinforces his push to reform the extreme gun laws, should help.  There was world wide coverage of his second reform decree on 7 May, 2019.

President Bolsonaro can assist by keeping the gun law reforms in the news.

The media in Brazil should publish stories of citizens purchasing guns, citizens receiving gun training, and successful instances of citizens using guns for defense of self, others, and their homes.

By the end of 2019, we will see if the experiment in reducing homicides by reforming the gun laws to make self defense easier, has had an effect.

Over the long term, more Brazilians will need to be armed and capable of defending themselves on the street to sustain changes in how criminals perceive the risks of violent crime.

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FL: Armed Homeowner stops Home Invasion near Wapash Trail

TPD says officers responded to a shooting near the 2300 block of Wabash Trail at approximately 3:37 a.m. on Tuesday.

When officers arrived on scene they learned that armed suspects had entered a home. Authorities say the victim fired several shots at the suspects before they fled from the residence.
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TX: Homeowner Shoots, Kills, Home Invader

The would-be robber, identified as 20-year-old Rayme Castilleja, specifically targeted the home he tried to rob, police said. Castilleja forced his way into the house, then the homeowner grabbed a gun and shot him.
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AL: Domestic Defense? Guns fired.

The penalty in Alabama, for firing a gun into an unoccupied vehicle can be as much as ten years!

It started when she asked him to leave the home, she told police. They argued and the physical altercation followed. The woman told police Brown slapped her multiple times and tried to choke her. When she got away from him and went to a bedroom to get her gun, he left.

She followed him outside, and she said Brown fired a shot into the car. She said she fired a shot in the air to try to get him to leave. He left the residence before police arrived.
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SC: Gunfight at Cementary, no Injuries

Four people went to the graveyard to lay flowers on their loved ones graves and one of them moved some logs that were blocking the entrance, an incident report states.

The report states a man later identified as Rhodes tried to stop them and said, “I’ll get my gun, I’ll be back.”

One of the victims told deputies not less then two minutes later he heard gunshots whizzing by him.

He said he returned gunfire and all four ran for cover.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Second Amendment Saved These Gun Owners’ Lives in April

The right to keep and bear arms is based on the natural, immutable right to defend oneself and one’s liberties from crime and tyranny.

Unfortunately, too many well-intentioned people today advocate severely restricting the ability of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and others with the most effective firearms.

Their desire for strict gun control laws is based largely on misperceptions. They believe that Americans rarely use firearms to protect their rights and liberties, and they think commonly proposed gun control laws will meaningfully address gun-related violence.

But the reality is quite different.

Measures like universal background checks, depriving young adults of their Second Amendment rights, and banning commonly owned semi-automatic firearms or magazines impose huge burdens on law-abiding gun owners, and they fail to address the underlying realities of suicidal and criminal behavior.

Moreover, it is undeniable that Americans use guns in self-defense on far more occasions than criminals use them to commit crimes. Yet those defensive gun uses rarely receive the amount of attention given to criminal gun uses.

Every month so far this year, we’ve highlighted just a few of the tens of thousands of Americans who exercised their right to keep and bear arms for self-defense purposes. As with January, February, and March, April was full of underreported good guys using a gun.

—April 1, Mullan, Idaho. A domestic violence incident ended badly for the male attacker after his female victim defended herself by shooting him in the face. The man survived and is facing charges of domestic battery and attempted strangulation. The woman was hospitalized with her own injuries from the altercation, but escaped with her life. 

—April 3, Duquesne, Pennsylvania. An elderly taxi driver picked up a passenger who, during the ride, proceeded to pull out a gun and demand money from him. The passenger didn’t know that the driver had a concealed carry permit and was armed with his own handgun. The driver shot and killed the passenger in self-defense.

—April 5, Tallahassee. Police responded to calls about a shooting, but arrived to find that the injured man was actually a would-be armed robber who had demanded money from his two victims while threatening to shoot them and their dog. One of the victims, fearing for his life, used his own gun to shoot the man in self-defense. The man was treated for his injuries, then charged with several felonies, including armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.  

—April 7, Largo, Florida. Two good Samaritans stopped to help the victim of an apparent hit-and-run driver, only to have the man pull out a box cutter and threaten them. One of the good Samaritans was a concealed carry permit holder and shot the man in the leg in defense of himself and the other individual with him. Incredibly, the armed good Samaritan then used his belt as a tourniquet to treat the man’s wounds until medical personnel arrived. Local police said the good Samaritan acted in lawful self-defense.

—April 8, Chicago. A 78-year-old homeowner found three men using a crowbar to break into his house. When one of the robbers raised the crowbar to smash the glass door, the homeowner—who has a valid Illinois firearms permits—shot him, sending all three scattering. The homeowner told reporters that shooting another human being was a hard decision: “I didn’t feel good about doing that, but he would have gotten me with the crowbar. If I get hit with something like a baseball bat, or a crowbar, [I] ain’t gonna make it.”

—April 10, Shasta County, California. After his brother brandished a firearm and threatened their mother by firing a round into the air, Jeffrey Snyder confronted him in their garage. When the brother advanced toward Jeffrey and pointed the gun at him, Jeffrey drew his own gun and fired several rounds, striking and wounding his brother. Deputies interviewed several family members and determined that Jeffrey acted in lawful self-defense, indicating that the brother will face criminal charges.

—April 14, Louisville, Kentucky. Tina Burton’s neighbor broke into her home, entered her 12-year-old daughter’s room, and stripped down to his underwear. Burton alerted her boyfriend, who then yelled at the man to leave and began hitting him with a broom. The man was undaunted and reportedly growled at the boyfriend before getting into a physical altercation. At that point, Burton handed her boyfriend a firearm, and he shot the nearly-naked intruder, who fled and was later arrested by police.

—April 16, Hampton, South Carolina. Despite living less than a block away from the local police department, a homeowner was forced to rely on his Second Amendment rights to defend himself against a home invasion after two men broke into his house. The homeowner shot both of his attackers, one of whom died at the scene while the second was captured by police a mile away.

—April 22, White Center, Washington. A homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into his house in the early morning hours. Police released the 911 recording, in which the terrified homeowner whispers information to the dispatcher while the intruder can be heard smashing items in the background. The dispatcher—later praised for her calm demeanor and precise instructions—talked the homeowner through a harrowing 12-minute call. After shooting one intruder who attacked him, the homeowner hid in the closet for another 7 minutes until police arrived because he heard other intruders and feared he was outnumbered.

—April 26, Chicago. A 41-year-old concealed carry permit holder shot and killed an armed carjacker. The carjacker intentionally rear-ended the permit holder, then threatened him with a gun and demanded his keys when the permit holder got out of his car to check the damage. That’s when the permit holder used his own firearm in self-defense.

—April 28, Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. After store security systems alerted a small business owner that someone was inside the building after hours, the owner and an employee—a concealed carry permit holder who happened to be armed that night—went to investigate. The armed employee, using his handgun, was able to successfully detain the would-be thief until law enforcement arrived.

—April 30, Bradenton, Florida. A young homeowner saw two men walk onto his property, and then split to approach his front and back door at the same time. As the two would-be burglars attempted to use screwdrivers to break into the home, the homeowner saw that one of them was armed. He then procured his own firearm and fired several rounds at the men, who immediately took off running. 

Like the Chicago homeowner referenced above, most lawful gun owners understand the gravity of taking another human life, even in lawful self-defense. They pray the day never comes when they must rely on their Second Amendment rights to protect themselves or others, because it will likely be the hardest moment of their lives.

But those hard moments come, and they come often. We do law-abiding citizens no favors by advocating statutes that make the right to keep and bear arms in self-defense more difficult to exercise. We simply tie one hand behind their backs and insist that they are safer for it.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and Williams v. Beemiller

The New York Supreme Court recently ruled that a man shot by a gang member did not have standing to sue the retailer that legally sold the gun.  The court has been winding its tortuous way through the process for over a decade. Williams was shot in 2005.

Williams v. Beemiller is about injuries sustained from an assault committed by a New York High School gang on an innocent bystander, who was mistaken for a member of an opposition gang. Daniel Williams was shot and injured. High school gang members do not have lots of assets.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence seems to have agreed to help Williams sue the gun seller, the wholesaler, and the manufacturer of the pistol used.

The lower court dismissed the lawsuit as being outlawed by the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, (PLCAA).  The PLCAA was passed to prevent gun manufacturers or dealers from being sued when people misused the firearms they legally made or sold. The purpose was to prevent lawsuits of manufacturers and dealers for the criminal deeds of others.

The appeals court made the claim the case might belong to  an exception to the PLCAA, where a manufacturer or wholesaler knowingly illegally sells guns. In 2012, Law& Liberty summed up the case. From in 2012:
The PLCAA does not insulate manufacturers from suits alleging violations of state or local laws. The complaint alleges an illegal straw sale by Brown and claims that the manufacturer was an accomplice in this sale. The crux of the claim is the allegation of an unusually close relationship between manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer. If proved, this is a very different fact pattern from the set of concerns that undergird the PLCAA. So Williams is not a landmark case. It just presents a fact pattern at the boundaries of the protections the statute was designed to create.
As the case was appealed yet again, it became clear that the gun seller, Brown, had acted completely within the law. He had even contacted the BATFE to make sure the transactions were legal. From
Attorneys for Williams had argued that Brown should have known that Bostic intended to sell the guns illegally in another state based on conversations in which he mentioned opening gun stores in Ohio and Buffalo.

Second Amendment rights advocate Steve Felano with the organization 2AWNY said the ruling "is a situation where logic prevailed over emotion."

The shooting "really has nothing to do with the underlying statutes that the case brought," Felano said. The firearms dealer appears to have made the sale lawfully and there was no way he could have known that the gun would have ended up in the hands of a gang member, he said.

The case mirrors other cases that are trying to hold gun sellers and manufacturers liable for shootings, he said.
The case went to the Supreme Court of New York. The court found that Brown had acted legally.  Because of procedural issues, the manufacturer and distributor still have to fight the case in New York courts.  From Williams v. Beemiller opinion:
Plaintiffs appropriately condemn the scourge of illegal gun trafficking affecting our state and others, which takes an enormous toll on injured parties and their communities. However, notwithstanding the sympathetic facts in this case, we must neutrally apply the well-established precedent of this Court and the United States Supreme Court, which precludes this action from proceeding against Brown in New York, while leaving claims against the manufacturer and distributor pending. Accordingly, the order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed, with costs
Williams was represented by the chief counsel for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. From
Williams was represented by Jonathan Lowy, the chief counsel for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. The group's spokesman, Max Samis, said it is disappointed by the ruling and is considering next steps.
"In the meantime, an active suit still exists against the firearm distributor and manufacturer, and we look forward to pursuing the case against the remaining defendants," he said.

Williams' lawsuit also names Beemiller Inc., an Ohio firearms manufacturer, and MKS Supply Inc., a wholesale firearms distributor in Ohio. Thursday's decision doesn't dismiss his lawsuit against the companies.

The major philosophical difference in viewing the law is that of linking causation with responsibility.

Those who want an unarmed population see firearms as causing harm by the existence of firearms.  They transfer volition from people to the inanimate objects. They use Orwellian language to say people are harmed by firearms, instead of with firearms.

This is fundamentally different from lawsuits that claim a defect in a product caused harm.

Where a defective product causes harm, the product did not work as it was designed (and reasonably expected) to.

When a criminal points a gun at a person and pulls the trigger, if the gun fires, the gun is acting as it was designed to. The gun manufacturer has no control over the volition of the person who has possession of the gun at any particular time.

To a person who has chosen to be unarmed, the choice is simple. Get rid of as many guns as possible, in as many ways as possible. To them, this makes sense, because they do not own guns or expect to own guns. They see no cost to them, personally.

The cost to the greater society is enormous, because of the precedent set. A person may be sued, a company bankrupted, an industry destroyed - for producing legal products that functioned as they were designed to function.

Motor car companies could be sued for producing cars used by bank robbers, or mass killers.

Banks could be sued for lending money to companies that produced fertilizer that was used to make bombs.  It is insanity.  It would mean that anyone who had any assets could eventually be sued for nearly anything that was perceived as a wrong in society...

It is just another aspect of Progressivism, socialism, Marxism, collectivism, or any other ism that has no respect for property rights, individual rights, or the rule of law.

Traditional law and perspective is this:

Guns do not have volition.

People are harmed by other people, not by inanimate objects.

The novel legal theory attempted by the Brady Center is this:

Guns exist.

People are harmed because guns exist.

Therefore, the people who made the guns must pay.

Harming some people because a second set of people harmed a third set of people is wrong, and bad law. It is the heart of Progressivism, Socialism, the attempt to re-distribute wealth, envy, covetousness, and the attempt to make gun manufacturers responsible for the criminal actions of others.

It is based on emotion, on the desire that no one should every be hurt or suffer loss.

It may make sense to have a social safety net that prevents people from suffering catastrophic harm through no fault of their own. It makes no sense to harm others, who were not responsible for the harm caused by a third party.

Democrat candidates Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders have all pledged to work to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, (PLCAA).  I have no intent to slight other Democrat candidates who may have made the same pledge.

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GA: Armed Samaratan Stops Attack by Mob, Shoots 1

From that point, that’s when the fight broke out and a group of men started stomping on the victim’s head, according to police.

When the witness intervened, the men attacked him and as a result, he fired a shot which hit Adaway.
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CA: Lancaster, Father Shoots, Kills Intruder

Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives say the man got into the home through one of the downstairs rear windows and walked into an upstairs bedroom.

That's when the homeowner who feared for the safety of himself and his children grabbed a gun and fired a shot, which struck the suspect in the upper torso, according to authorities.
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CA: Hesperia, Elderly Man Attacke; two Home Invasion Suspects Shot, Killed

A man and a woman died after being shot inside a home in Hesperia, allegedly as they were assaulting the homeowner during the middle of the night, officials said Friday.
Hesperia Police Department deputies responded to a report of an assault and a shooting the 17000 block of Adobe Street at around 3:35 a.m. Thursday.

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TX: Gunfight, Security Guard Kills 1, Wounds Second Armed Robbery Suspect

Lt. Rush with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said the security guard was walking around the Walgreens, doing surveillance, when he spotted the two suspects, wearing masks, about to walk inside of the store.

One of the suspects pulled out a gun when he approached the front door and that's when the security guard pulled out his gun and yelled at the suspects.

The suspect pointed his gun at the guard and that's when the guard started shooting at the both of them. The 16-year-old was shot multiple times. He collapsed on scene and was unresponsive when he was taken to the hospital.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

President Bolsonaro of Brazil eases Restrictions on Ammunition sales and Gun Imports

On 7 May, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree further reforming Brazil's extremely strict laws on gun ownership and carry.

Keeping his campaign promises, President Bolsonaro signed an initial decree only two weeks into his presidency, in January of this year.

The decree signed on 7 May makes it a little easier for Brazilians who wish to use their guns to defend themselves, to train and to do so.  From
“Public security starts inside your home,” said Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who made getting tough on criminals in a country that is the world leader in total homicides a big part of his election campaign.

To own a gun in Brazil, citizens must pass a series of requirements, including a psychological screening and a safety course.

I have not found the text of the 7 May decree. But gave this summation:

According to Bolsonaro, the main measures of the decree include:
  • Permission for the rural gun-owner with legal possession of a firearm to use the weapon within the perimeter of their own property;
  • Breaking of the monopoly on arms imports in Brazil;
  • Permission for collectors, sport shooters and hunters (CSCs) to be able to travel between home and shooting site with the firearm and its ammunition;
  • Armed Forces Veterans with ten years or more of experience will be entitled to bear firearms;
  • The right to purchase up to 50 cartridges per year will go up to one thousand cartridges per year.
President Bolsonaro has been called the Trump of the Tropics, partly for his willingness to eschew political correctness and to speak bluntly and forcefully, and partly for his willingness to keep campaign promises.

Brazil has a major problem with homicides. As one of the more promising developing nations,  Brazil has a very high homicide rate, and a total number of homicides that comprise about half of all reported homicides in the world. The high homicide rate and high number of homicides have happened in spite of extreme restrictions that have been placed on gun ownership, the carry of guns, and the ability of the population to use guns for self defense.

The new government of President Jair Bolsonaro promised an end to the extreme gun laws. They looked to the United States, and wished to try a radically different tact. Instead of forbidding people from defending themselves, the new government offered a different vision.

People would be able to legally have guns and use them to defend themselves from criminals.

The theory is largely in line with Professor John Lott's thesis: More guns, Less crime.

It appears President Bolsonaro is committed to testing the thesis, though so far, few people will actually be able to carry guns on the street for self defense. The framework has been laid for that effort.

To have a serious effect, a few percent of Brazil's population will need to be able to carry firearms for self defense. That would be at least four million people with carry permits.

The current decree makes it a little easier for hunters and collectors to transport guns. It makes it much easier for them to purchase ammunition and train.  It will have little immediate effect on the ability of Brazilians to defend themselves outside of their home or property.

Veterans with 10 years of service will be able to obtain a carry permit. But Brazil's military has only about 235,000 active members. The numbers of veterans with 10 years of service is a small percentage of the total population.

Brazil's President, Jair Bolsonaro, has 15 years of active military service.

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IN: Gunfight, Armed Defender Wounded in Shootout with Robbery Suspect

According to FWPD spokesperson Sofia Rosales-Scatena, the incident began as an armed robbery. Investigators say a man walked into the business, pulled out a gun, and demanded money. That's when an armed citizen inside the building also pulled out a gun and confronted the robber. According to Rosales-Scatena, they exchanged gunfire and the citizen was injured.
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CA: Burglary Suspect Shot after Threatening Resident

As the mother attempted to retreat up a staircase, the caller warned the suspect to leave the house and that he was armed. The suspect started up the staircase. Fearing for their safety, the caller fired a warning shot and told the suspect to leave, deputies said.

When he continued advancing up the staircase, the caller fired again, this time striking him in the right arm, and the suspect fled.
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WA: Gunfight in Seattle Central District

The first shooting in the Central District occurred around 3:15 p.m. Friday. A 19-year-old man died, two others were injured. On Saturday morning, Seattle police reported that two more shootings happened over the evening. None of the three incidents have been reportedly connected to each other.

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OH: Domestic Defense? 50-Year-Old Shoots 24-Year-Old that Broke-In

The gunshot victim reportedly forced his way into the St. Patrick Avenue home, prompting the 50-year-old resident to shoot him.

The sheriff’s office said it was a domestic-related incident and the general public has no reason to be concerned.
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NE: Home Invasion ends with Two Wounded

Investigators said the Browns then called 911 and told the Bridgewaters to leave. At that time, NSP said all three Bridgewaters forced their way inside the home and began fighting with Raymond Brown. Both Brown and Kenneth Bridgewater were armed with handguns during the altercation.

During the fight, NSP said Brown shot both Colton and Levi Bridgewater. After an additional struggle, Kenneth Bridgewater went outside and continued yelling threats at Brown.
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Monday, May 13, 2019

Ammo Stockpiling: Why it makes Sense

In a recent article on Ammoland, a case was presented as to why stockpiling of more than a few hundred rounds of ammunition was unnecessary.

It was an interesting take, but much too limited, in my experience. At the end, the authors put in a disclaimer: stockpile as much as you want.

The self-imposed limitations of the presentation were this: They only considered four reasons to stockpile ammunition. They limited the scenarios applicable to those reasons.

Here is a quick critique of the four reasons they listed:

1.Self-Defense - not unreasonable, in that a couple of hundred rounds fired in self defense, will likely mean you will eventually catch a round yourself.

2. Hunting - not unreasonable in most areas. In some areas, more will be needed, simply for pest control. It is not unreasonable for Australian pest controllers to fire hundreds of rounds a day.  Pest control may be very important if you need to protect your family food supply.

3. Militia actions - A completely unreasonable take on possible militia actions. The idea of a militia force *only* and *solely* fighting a full-up modern military force, is one of the least likely scenarios. Even in that case, lots of ammunition is much better than only a little ammunition.

4. Ammo barter - I completely disagree with the author(s) on this. Ammunition makes great barter material, especially commonly available rounds such as .22 LR and 12 gauge.  One of the reasons this is so in the United States is half the population has access to firearms already. There is more of a market in the United States, than in the vast majority of places around the world.  Nearly all of the 100 million or so firearm owners in the United States has a .22.  Nearly as many have a 12 gauge.

The self imposed limits on ammunition stockpiling failed to take into account the obvious: What do you use ammunition for today?

You will have the same needs/desires/requirements when ammunition becomes unavailable from conventional sources, which is where the utility of stockpiling shines.

Most gun owners use most of their ammunition today for three purposes:

Maintaining and improving their proficiency with firearms.

Training others to use firearms.

Having fun with their firearms.

Stockpiling ammunition allows firearms owners to continue these activities, even if ammunition becomes difficult to obtain through conventional channels.

In addition, there are other, excellent reasons to stockpile ammunition the previous article failed to take into account.

1. Cost savings. Buy cheap, in quantity. Stockpile the ammunition. Ammunition has a shelf life measured in decades, if not in hundreds of years. Stored in reasonable conditions, it will not go bad in your lifetime.

2. Rare and hard to find cartridges. Do you love your 6.5x55 Swedish sporter?  Your 7.62x54 Mosin Nagant? Your .303 British? How about your 5mm Remington Magnum Rimfire, or a .17 HMR?  Owners of those rounds already know to stockpile, because they are not always easily available in gun stores.

3. Specialty ammunition. Find a cartridge you like, which works well, and does wonders in your favorite gun? Stockpile it. It may not be around forever. Target shooters have been doing this for decades. Find a lot number that works well. Buy lots of that lot number.

4. Shortages for commercial reasons. We recently experienced several years where the most common of all cartridges, the .22 LR, was hard to come by at anywhere near reasonable prices. Those who stockpiled prior to the .22 bubble did well. Those who did not, tended to do without.

5. Deterrence. If hundreds of millions of firearms give the anti-Constitutional forces pause, billions of rounds of stockpiled ammunition reinforce the consideration. I believe the privately owned ammunition stockpiled in the united States is in the billions. One hundred rounds per firearm owner would be ten billion rounds of ammunition.

Conservatively, it is less than a trillion rounds, though I know of some enthusiasts who have over a hundred thousand rounds stockpiled. One thousand rounds of ammunition per firearm owner, on average, would be 100 billion rounds stockpiled.

Let's use a little imagination and expand on the militia reason mentioned in the previous article.   Very seldom are militias used solely against full-blown modern military machines. The reason is obvious: lightly armed militias cannot win a direct fight with a modern military.

Militias have numerous other purposes. Militias, in the United States spring up spontaneously when the need arises, such as to maintain order after a hurricane or during a  riot.  The Korean storekeepers during the Rodney King riot did not shoot many people. But they fired a fair number of "warning shots" to inform prospective looters of their presence. They were an example of a spontaneous militia.

Militias, in a time when the state and federal governments are unable to maintain order, will be called upon to maintain order in their neighborhoods, as has been their traditional role.

If order breaks down far enough, militias will be needed to deal with looting gangs, perhaps even those attempting to exert their own pseudo governmental authority.

As late as 1946, in the battle of Athens, Tennessee, an impromptu militia took an illegitimate county government out of office, and insisted on fair elections.  Then,  the core of the militia was military veterans. The same is likely true for future spontaneous militias.

A militia might be called upon to stop looting and see to the fair distribution of foodstocks in a prolonged electrical shortage, or be used to keep the roads open and hunt down and suppress bandits.

All of those things require ammunition. Ammunition to train; ammunition to issue to new militia recruits who are short; ammunition, if necessary, to fight bad guys and maintain order.

In a prolonged crises that might last for years, conventional military forces will burn through their stored supplies fairly quickly. That would do much to even the odds with local militias.

It would be an unusual situation to fight a modern military force. It is more likely local militias would supplement and work with the United States military to restore order, protect property, and save lives. That has been their traditional role.

Ammunition is similar to gold or cash. It is hard to have too much.

I join with my colleagues from the previous article. Stockpile as much as you want.

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KY: Clerk Shoots at Robbery Suspect

According to officers, a man in a blue zip-up sweatshirt and black pants came into the convenient store demanding cash.

When he started to come around the counter, however, police say the store clerk reacted, pulling out a handgun and firing a shot at the would-be robber.
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AL: 23-Year-Old Permit Holder Defends Mother, Shoots Armed Robber

A man was defending himself and his mother when he shot an armed robber outside a Publix store in Huntsville on Thursday, police said.

The 23-year-old man hasn’t been publicly identified, but police said he was within close range of a gun-wielding robber when he took out his own concealed carry gun and pulled the trigger.
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GA: Gunfight between Witness and 3 Car Burglary Suspects

According to DeKalb County Police, a witness returning home found three suspects breaking into multiple vehicles. DeKalb Police said the witness confronted the suspects and the suspects opened fire. The witness returned fire and the suspects tried to leave the scene.

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Followup CA: Gunfight, Shooting of Raymond Gonzalez was Self Defense

As deputies soon learned, another man had shot Gonzales in self-defense.

Gonzales and a woman were allegedly causing a disturbance at the motel. Gonzales was reportedly seen choking a woman, prompting the other man to get a gun from his room and confront him.
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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Iowa Stun Gun Bill on Campus Waiting for Governor's Signature

The Iowa legislature has passed SF 188 (formerly SF 120) with nearly veto proof margins, and sent it to Republican Governor Kim Reynolds for her signature.

The bill removes the power to prohibit the carry of stun guns from unelected university and college administrators. It restores the right to carry such arms on campus as in the rest of Iowa society.  It is a small step toward maintaining the liberties of Iowa citizens, as stated on the great seal of Iowa.

From the bill:
Senate File 188 

  AN ACT  
While the bill is very specific, about non-projectile stun guns, it is emblematic of legislators regaining sovereignty over the unelected leftist bureaucrats who have taken control of the nations universities and colleges.

The universities and colleges of the nation have been infiltrated and taken over by progressives who have no ethics, other than advancing the progressive agenda of the day. Part of that agenda is to use institutions of higher learning to indoctrinate future leaders.

To this purpose, universities and colleges have been made centers of leftist power. They have been granted powers far beyond that of most cities. They have their own police forces and  their own judicial system, accountable to no one but the legislature or the governor. They have been allowed to enact policies that no city can enforce.

The history of university power originated in the policy of "in loco parentis", which is to say, that universities, because they dealt with children, who were beyond their parents control, assumed the role of parent.

That policy is long dead, killed by the 26th Amendment, which extended the franchise to citizens of 18 years or older. Nearly all university students are legal adults at age 18. The Universities no longer have a legal reason to control them.  If they are responsible enough to vote, they are responsible enough to exercise their other Constitutionally protected rights.

Voting is far more dangerous than the right to bear arms. Misuse of the right to arms may mean a few dead. Misuse of the right to vote can kill a society.

It is no secret that institutes of higher learning have become centers of anti-Second Amendment indoctrination. A great many of them routinely violate the rights of their students to keep and bear arms, as a condition of being a student at their institution.

The mere fact that university administrators forbid adults from even possessing knives is a significant level of indoctrination. It forcibly demonstrates to impressionable young adults their right to arms is not respected.

Universities and colleges, dealing almost entirely with adults, created by and funded by state governments, should not be allowed to violate the rights of adult citizens at those universities.

It is the responsibility of state legislators to control the administrators of public institutions of higher learning. Progressive ideology promotes the rule of "experts" who supposedly know more than voters. The problem, of course, is that you can find an "expert" to agree with almost any controversial point of view. Progressive legislators simply choose whatever expert agrees with their prejudices.

Higher education has always been granted significant power by progressives. They have been protected from economic realities with tax dollars. The amount of power that lobbyists for universities and colleges have wielded in state capitols is immense.  Legislators, for far too long, have kowtowed to the administrators of higher education.

The Iowa bill is a very mild first step of legislators to restore the rights of citizens who are
under the control of the administrators of higher education. President Trump's executive order, using the power of the purse to require institutes of higher education to respect the First Amendment, is another.

Eventually, perhaps the entire Bill of Rights will be respected on campuses all around the United States.

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