Friday, November 16, 2018

Study: Media Coverage Doubles Number of Mass Shootings


A paper presented to the American Psychological Association (APA) found the number of mass killings, rampage killings, or "mass shootings", may be doubled by irresponsible  media aggrandizement of mass killers. The desire for fame was found to be one of the main motivators of these rampage killers. From apa.org:
“Unfortunately, we find that a cross-cutting trait among many profiles of mass shooters is desire for fame,” she said. This quest for fame among mass shooters skyrocketed since the mid-1990s “in correspondence to the emergence of widespread 24-hour news coverage on cable news programs, and the rise of the internet during the same period.”
She cited several media contagion models, most notably one proposed by Towers et al. (2015), which found the rate of mass shootings has escalated to an average of one every 12.5 days, and one school shooting on average every 31.6 days, compared to a pre-2000 level of about three events per year. “A possibility is that news of shooting is spread through social media in addition to mass media,” she said.

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

She said this approach could be adopted in much the same way as the media stopped reporting celebrity suicides in the mid-1990s after it was corroborated that suicide was contagious. Johnston noted that there was “a clear decline” in suicide by 1997, a couple of years after the Centers for Disease Control convened a working group of suicidologists, researchers and the media, and then made recommendations to the media.

“The media has come together before to work for good, to incite social change,” she said. “They have done, and they can do it. It is time. It is enough.”
Media personalities such as Don Lemon often decry these rampage murder events, and claim more restrictions on guns are needed. But the latest rampage murder in California took place in a polity where the restrictions were already in place. Those restrictions failed.

In contrast, armed citizens can stop rampage killings. In Tennessee, a young black father stopped a rampage shooting, using his legally carried self defense pistol. More than two dozen rampage killings have been stopped by armed citizens.

The FBI found  8% of active shooter attacks during 2014-17 were stopped or mitigated by concealed handgun permit holders. John Lott reports the FBI only recorded half of the cases where armed citizens stopped mass killers during that period.

The number of people with carry permits is increasing. In 2017, 7.14% of adults had carry permits.

Don Lemon, of CNN, is part of the problem. By aggrandizing rampage killings, he is, in effect, promoting more of them.  He could reduce rampage killings by calling for restraint on the part of the media.

The media benefits from rampage killings. They obtain ratings and money for aggrandizing rampage killing and rampage killers. They satisfy their political desires by calling for more restrictions on law abiding gun owners, even though the evidence shows those restrictions are not effective in stopping rampage killers.

Will Don Lemon and other media outlets work to reduce rampage killers by toning down the rhetoric? It seems unlikely. Reducing the killing is not to their financial advantage.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

PA: Barber Shot Man who Assaulted Him

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A fight inside of a North Philadelphia barbershop ended in gunfire on Monday, but authorities say the owner of the shop claims the shooting was in self-defense.

Surveillance video from an adjacent business shows the man who was shot stumbling down the 2600 block of Germantown Avenue, with the assistance of a woman.
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TX: Domestic Defense, Wife Shoots Husband who was Beating Her


Earlier, a woman called an area constable’s office saying her friend’s husband threatened them both with a handgun. She said she was able to run away to safety but that her friend was still at the home.

While deputies were on their way, another woman called from that home requesting help, saying she’d shot her husband.

Deputies found that woman bleeding from her face, while her husband Theus was bleeding and unresponsive in the master bedroom.
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IL: Suspect Shot, Charged with Aggravated Battery, for Incident on the Red Line

 The suspect, Roy Lee, was shot. He managed to disarm the shooter, who had a concealed carry permit. Lee then pistol whipped the shooter with the shooter's gun. This all occurred on the Red Line in Chicago.

On Sunday, police said the man who was shot, Roy Lee, 38, was charged with aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon.

Police said the other man had a concealed carry license. It's not clear if that man will be facing charges.

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TX: Nicholas Daniel Shot, Killed During Fight at Another Man's Residence


The homeowner said he observed Daniel open the front door of the residence while looking for him. The homeowner then allegedly came from behind his house and both men got into a physical altercation.

Deputies say the man shot Daniel several times with a handgun.
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WA: Domestic Defense, Grandpa Shoots, Kills, Grandson



A 78-year-old grandfather shoots and kills his grandson after he reportedly got physical with his mother, said the Renton Police Department.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Trump Era NICS Checks for October, 2018, over Two Million


The number of National Instant background Check System (NICS) background checks for October of 2018 is slightly more than the number from 2017. In October of 2017, there were 2,030,391 NICS checks. In October of 2018, there were 2,086,895 background checks.

This does not mean more firearm sales for October of 2018 compared to October of 2017, because the character of NICS checks has been changing.

The number of NICS checks for carry permits and carry permit rechecks are now almost as numerous as the checks for firearms and any other purposes.

The permit and permit rechecks for October of 2018 numbered 1,028,214. That is only 30,000 less than all other checks combined. Most of those checks and rechecks come from two states, Illinois and Kentucky.

In 2017, the number of permit checks and rechecks done in October were 884,919. The permit checks and rechecks increased by 143,295 in October of 2018, with checks for firearm sales and all others decreased by 8.2%.

This does not necessarily mean that firearm sales dropped that much. An increase in permits likely increases sales where NICS checks are not required (25 states do not require an additional NICS check once the permit holder has had a NICS check for the permit). Because the permit checks and rechecks are concentrated in Illinois and Kentucky, it is unlikely that sales to permit holders account for more than a small fraction of the reduction in non-permit NICS checks.

I expect the number of NICS checks to be close to record numbers in November and December of 2018. Those months are traditionally high sales months for firearms.

In addition, the House of Representatives will be in the hands of Democrats in January. Several high profile Democrats have vowed to put forward extremely restrictive gun control legislation. From the wsj.com:
WASHINGTON—Democrats say they will pass the most aggressive gun-control legislation in decades when they become the House majority in January, plans they renewed this week in the aftermath of a mass killing in a California bar.

Their efforts will be spurred by an incoming class of pro-gun-control lawmakers who scored big in Tuesday’s midterm elections, although any measure would likely meet stiff resistance in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Democrats ousted at least 15 House Republicans with “A” National Rifle Association ratings, while the candidates elected to replace them all scored an “F” NRA rating.

“This new majority is not going to be afraid of our shadow,” said Mike Thompson, a California Democrat who is chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “We know that we’ve been elected to do a job, and we’re going to do it.”
It is likely that such legislation would be killed in the Senate or vetoed by President Trump. However, there will be strong media backing for the bill. That translates into strong media coverage, and increased sales of firearms and ammunition. I do not expect the .22 ammunition bubble to reinflate, but fear sells.

The number of permits and permit rechecks are likely to increase as well. The trend of increasing permits has not stopped. The push for more restrictions will increase the number of people seeking permits.

With both numbers increasing, the number of NICS checks in November and December will be high.


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IL: Domestic Defense? Girlfriend Shoots 59-Year-Old Boyfriend



A 59-year-old man was shot multiple times in his chest and abdomen after being involved in a domestic altercation in the South Austin neighborhood around 9:05 p.m. Sunday, police said.
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AL: Semmes Homeowner Shoots at Man Attempting Breakin



SEMMES, Ala. (WKRG) - The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted home invasion off Snow Road in Semmes. According to investigators, a homeowner shot at a man who was trying to breaking into the home.
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TN: Home Invasion, 1 Man Killed, I Invader Critically Wounded



Knox County authorities are searching for two suspects who barged into a mobile home Saturday night and opened fire, killing one man. Another man was critically injured after the homeowner returned fire, according to the sheriff's office.
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IL: Tragic, Officer Shoots, Kills, Security Guard



"He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, 'Don’t move,'" witness Adam Harris said.

Soon after, witnesses said, an officer responding to the scene fired at Roberson — killing him.

"Everybody was screaming out, 'Security!' He was a security guard," Harris said. "And they still did their job, and saw a black man with a gun, and basically killed him."
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MS: Natchez Homeowner Holds Suspect for at Gunpoint



NATCHEZ — A downtown homeowner held a man burglarizing his property at gunpoint Saturday morning until police arrived.

Natchez police said the suspect, Joshua McCloud, 28, of 224 Luck Road, Ferriday, faces charges on four counts of burglary, one within a dwelling and the other three for vehicular burglary, and a misdemeanor charge of malicious mischief.
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TN: Homeowner shoots are Masked Intruder



The resident of the home told police they came home from work at about 3:10 p.m. and found someone in the house wearing an “old man” Halloween mask.

The resident fired one shot from a handgun toward the suspect who fled the scene.
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NM: Gunfight, Business Owner Wounded, Suspect Killed



Police say they were called to Chavez Concrete Contractors around 9 p.m. on Friday near Jefferson and I-25. The owner reported someone was in his lot casing vehicles.

After that call, police said the business owner and the suspect had a confrontation and gunfire was exchanged.

Police said the business owner was shot and injured but he also shot at the man, killing him.

Officers found the man dead inside a construction vehicle in the lot.

"The business owner was involved in the gunfight with this individual that's deceased so we're talking to him about what happened," Ofc. Simon Drobik said.

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NY: Off Duty Officer Shoots Pit Bull, Says Three Charged Him



Meanwhile, police say the federal off-duty correction officer was walking in the vicinity and discharged his firearm when three unleashed pit bulls charged at him.

The pet owner says that while she had not been holding the leash of her third dog, it was one of the leashed dogs that was killed.

"It’s just so sad that my baby's dead. It's just so sad,” she says. “And she was a puppy. Her birthday was next month.”

News 12 is told that the off-duty corrections officer will not be facing any charges.
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TX: Armed Homeowner Shoots half-naked Intruder


An unidentified, half-dressed man who broke into a house early Saturday morning is in the hospital after the homeowner shot him, police say.
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AR: CCW permit holder Shoots two Escaped, Aggressive, Dogs



According to a police report, Hurns' neighbor told police both dogs were barking and lunging at her door on Cedar Ridge Court. The report stated Hurn, who told THV11 that he has a concealed carry license. He also said he tried to intervene by clapping his hands to scare the dogs away from the neighbor's house.

"She was scared of the dogs and unfortunately, in that conversation, the dogs came at me and I was scared to death,” said Hurn.
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Monday, November 12, 2018

Followup PA: No Charges for Charlier Smithgall in Pharmacy Robbery Shooting



The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office released a statement on social media Friday.

“From our review of information and evidence obtained, we anticipate no charges against the store employee who fired upon the robber," the statement reads. “The facts establish that employee was a victim who faced the threat of imminent death.”
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TX: Driver Shoots Teens in Car After they Point Gun

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the teens were in a vehicle that was driven by a 15-year-old girl. About an hour earlier, the teens were in some sort of confrontation with another driver in an Audi SUV at a gas station near Beckford and Lima. The 18-year-old had been shouting at the driver before pulling a gun.

The sheriff said the Audi driver felt threatened and he pulled his own weapon, firing at the teens' vehicle, which then drove away to a nearby neighborhood.

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Tragic CO: Gunfight, Armed Robbery Victim Shot, Killed



An Evergreen man shot and killed in Aurora on Halloween was attempting to sell an Xbox to a teen who contacted him online when the teen opened fire, the victim’s wife said.

Jacob Clymer, 32, died on Oct. 31 after the daytime shooting in north Aurora. And his wife, Miranda Clymer, believes he saved her life that day.
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Followup AL: No Charges in Dothan Self Defense Shooting


A man shot dead Thursday night on Meadow Court in Dothan appeared to have been armed when police arrived, and authorities are treating the shooting as a matter of self-defense.

Dothan Police responded to a report of a firearm assault in the 500 block of Meadow Court Thursday around 10:20 p.m. A man had been shot to death in the front yard of a residence. Police later identified the man as Jay Greene Hollis, 24, of Dothan.
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VA: Armed Woman Shoots, Wounds Man, Claims Self Defense



The victim, Jimmy Tucker, 42, of Victorville, Calif. allegedly made repeated unwanted sexual advances toward the woman in her home, leading her to fear for her safety. When the woman told Tucker to leave her residence, deputies say he refused and threatened to kill her.

The woman allegedly fired multiple shots at Tucker, hitting him twice.
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

KY: Hero Armed Citizen at Kroger Store Stops Mass Murder with Gunfire

Dominiic Rozier, Hero of Kroger Killing Spree


On 24 October, 2018, just before 3 p.m., at the Kroger store in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, a man opened fire on people he did not know.

The suspect, Gregory Alan Bush was a prohibited possessor. He had mental illness, a paranoid-schizophrenia. He had been convicted of domestic violence against his parents and his wife. He was married to a black woman. That is the last time I will mention his name.  Mass murderers should not reap a reward of celebrity.

This is a case where an armed citizen stopped the ongoing mass murder.  There was another armed citizen at the scene, but he did not fire. Both legally armed citizens acted appropriately and with considerable thought and restraint.

The suspect started shooting inside the Kroger store. He fired multiple shots, killing Maurice Stallard. Then he left the store.

It is not exactly known when the second armed citizen encountered the suspect. It may have happened before or after Dominiic Rozier engaged the suspect.

Steve Zinninger says his father had drawn his pistol. The father saw the suspect, but the suspect was not shooting at anyone, pointing a gun at anyone, or threatening anyone. The pistol was at his side. He was not a deadly threat. The armed citizen had no reason to shoot him or engage him. Here is what the armed citizen's son reported. Synopsis from wave3.com video interview:

He saw the suspect, who had a gun at his side.  He had his gun out but the murderer said "I won't shoot you if you won't shoot me"; according to Steve Zinninger, son of the armed person who saw the suspect.

The suspect is also reported to have said: "Whites don't shoot whites." This indicated racism. It is not a reason to shoot a suspect.

This shows judgement and restraint on the part of Steve Zinninger's father.

At some point the suspect moved away and encountered a black woman, apparently Vicki Lee Jones.

Armed citizen, Dominiic Rozier, a black man and his wife, Kiera, witnessed the encounter. The suspect shot and killed Vicki. Dominiic Rozier had every reason to stop the suspect at that point. He had the ability, because he was armed.  From wave3.com:
“She was really close to me on the phone and I heard her say she’s trying to get home,” Kiera recalled. “She said, ‘These people are shooting. They’re crazy. I just want to get home, Lord, let me get home.’ [Bush] looked at her, and he kind of grinned and he just shot her. And that’s when I just froze.”

Kiera said she moved closer to her husband, Dominiic, who had his gun drawn and asked the suspect if he was okay.

“Before he pulled the gun my husband said, ‘Don’t do this. Don’t do this,'" Kiera remembered. “Before he could even say it, the guy had the gun pointed at me and another lady not too far from me.”

Dominiic and Bush then started firing at each other in the parking lot.

Notice the restraint used by Dominiic. He did the right thing. After he started shooting at the suspect, the killing stopped.  A few minutes later the police arrived, found the suspect, and arrested him. It is common for mass killers to give up after being confronted with deadly force.  From the nytimes.com:
After leaving the church, the police said, Mr. Bush headed to the Kroger. They said he entered the store just before 3 p.m. and fired multiple rounds at Mr. Stallard. He then exited and fired at Ms. Jones in the parking lot, Chief Rogers said, striking her several times.

Mr. Bush was stopped by an armed bystander who shot at him in the parking lot, and whose name the police have not released. Mr. Bush tried to flee, but he was caught by police officers. Chief Rogers said Mr. Bush was taken into custody four minutes after the police received the first call for help.
It is worth mentioning that the police did not shoot Dominiic Rozier. It destroys the myth that black men are not allowed to legally defend themselves and others with firearms. Rozier was not shot. He was not killed. He was not charged with a crime. He is being hailed as a hero. With a usual hero's attitude, he has stated that he was not a hero.

There is little media coverage about this mass murder being stopped by an armed citizen. That is what we usually see when an armed citizen stops a mass murder. The Media routinely downplay the event. It does not matter if the hero is black or white.

The old dominant media in this country is biased against self defense. They want the population disarmed. A legally armed man stopping a mass murder destroys their narrative.

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LA: Woman Wounded in Armed Robbery, Fires Back at Masked Men



Sahim Hassan faced off with two men in masks. One pointed a gun at her but she was unfazed. She even tried to pull his mask off.

Chief Harris said the gunman told his accomplice to grab the money behind the counter. That's when Hassan pulled him away and made her way behind the counter.

When she was not looking, the gunman shot Hassan in the leg then ran out the door with his accomplice.

Hassan grabbed a .45 caliber pistol shot at the two men inside the store, limped to the door and shot at them at least three more times as the masked men ran across the street, Harris said.
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AL: Domestic Defense? Uncle Shoots, Wounds Nephew who was on the Lam



Investigators said Danny Fox walked away from his job site on Wednesday, November 7.

After the escape, deputies said Fox broke into his ex-wife's home. Later in the night, Fox broke into his uncle's house.

According to the sheriff's office, the uncle fired a shot at Fox when he discovered him in his home. The uncle told deputies it was dark and he didn't realize it was his nephew.
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NY: Gang Member Shot, Killed after Gang Chases Man in Target


A man chased into a Brooklyn Target store and threatened at knifepoint by six alleged gang members fatally shot one of his pursuers, cops said Thursday.

The men, all affiliated with the Bloods, confronted the shooter outside the City Point shopping center in Downtown Brooklyn around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to police.

The shooter dashed into Target on the shopping center’s second floor with the group in pursuit, surveillance video obtained by cops shows.
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CA: Armed Robber Shot, Killed, by Business Owner



SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KCRA) —

An armed robber was shot and killed Wednesday night when the owner of the business he targeted fired back, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

The Sheriff's Department said it was notified about the shooting just after 10:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Cottage Way.
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KY: Robert Biggers, Jr. Identified as Aggressor Identified in Self Defense Shooting



Robert Biggers Jr., 18, of Louisville, died just after midnight at the complex at 4516 Broadleaf Drive, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office.

The deadly shooting is believed to have been in self-defense, according to police.
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

More on MO: Armed Citizen stops Domestic Assault on Woman



“As I get close to the vehicle, I noticed her top's ripped off,” Seadorf said. “No shirt on. Her bras halfway off, and her pants were halfway off because he kept grabbing her.”

Seadorf approached the car with his gun pointed at Williams then told him to get out and down on the ground.

“He put the car in park, and I knew he was going to start to comply, and I wouldn’t have to go any further,” Seadorf said.
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Followup KS: Domestic Defense, Reginald Dean Griffith Arrested after Being Shot by Roommate



Reginald Dean Griffith, 47, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery and domestic battery, Officer Charley Davidson said in a release. Griffith was shot once in his leg, threated at a hospital then arrested after he was released.

Investigators determined that Griffith had battered a 28-year-old man, Davidson said. The man, who was Griffith’s roommate, had a gun. The roommate shot Griffith after Griffith tried to take the gun from him, police said.
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Followup GA: Quincy Davis, Man Killed in Home Invasion, Domestic Defense, Prior Conviciton


In 2016, during the 17th year of his 20-year prison sentence for a July 1999 double shooting, a parole board ruled it was reasonably probable Quincy Davis would not commit any more crimes.

On Monday, two years after that board granted him early release, Athens-Clarke County police say Davis threatened an ex-girlfriend at gunpoint, opened fire on her family and was killed when the woman’s father returned fire.
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Followup TX: Thomas Hardin Shooting in Elgin ruled Self Defense



Moore said in a statement released Wednesday that 48-year-old Thomas Hardin and a relative of his had gone to a neighbor's home after a prior disagreement earlier that evening. Hardin was armed with a handgun, and the two neighbors exchanged gunfire.

Hardin died from a gunshot wound on the home's front porch.
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NC: Rapper DaBaby Involved in Self Defense Shooting in Walmart

Walmart stores have extensive video surveillance cameras. All action in Walmarts are recorded.

The rapper addressed the shooting in an obscenity-laced video shared on YouTube, saying he was in the store Monday shopping with his two children, ages 1 and 5, and their mother when someone pulled a gun and “tried to take my life.”

“Daughter could have got hit, son could have got hit (and) me,” DaBaby says in the video. “Lawyers ... telling me not to say nothing... But two (people) walk down on you and your whole...family, threatening ya’ll, whip out (a gun) on ya’ll, let me see what ya’ll going to do.”
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TN: Warning Shot used to Scare off Intruder


A man whose mobile home was being broken into about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday fired a gun into the ground to scare off the intruder, sheriff’s Sgt. Jeff Caudill said in a report.

The Camelot Park resident told deputies that he was in bed “when he heard someone jerk his back door open violently,” the report said.
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WA:Domestic Defense, Wanda Lee Roberts released in Shooting of Granddaughter



YAKIMA, Wash. -- An hour before she was to go before a judge to argue for a lower bail, Wanda Lee Roberts was declared a free woman.


Wanda Roberts, 87, was accused of fatally shooting her 34-year-old granddaughter early Monday morning at Roberts’ North Third Street apartment, and was booked into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.
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Friday, November 09, 2018

Followup DE: No Charges for St. Francis Hospital Bus Driver who Shot man in Self Defense



No charges will be filed against the former Saint Francis hospital bus driver who shot a man in an argument on the side of Interstate 95, the state justice department said.

The bus driver and another man engaged in an on-the-road altercation in September before both pulled over near the Airport Road exit ramp to escalate the fight. The bus driver shot the other man after he pulled out a can of pepper spray, state police said.
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Followup MO: Domestic Defense/ Home Invasion Suspects Charged in Murder of Accomplice


UNIVERSITY CITY • A woman plotted with several men to attack her estranged husband Sunday, but one of them was killed and the remaining accomplices are now charged with murder, police say.

A 16-year-old attacker was killed when the armed men confronted the husband, who also had a gun, according to police.

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Brazil: President Bolsonaro is Serious about Gun Law Reform


Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro is showing he is not your typical politician. Bolsonaro has held his political doctrines for decades. For decades, he has been unable to have them implemented because of the power of entrenched leftists in Brazilian government. One of those deeply held positions is the belief that trusting the people with more power is the ethical thing to do.

Specifically, President Elect Bolsonaro is willing to trust them to be capable of protecting themselves with their own firearms.

The government of Brazil has taken the opposite tact for forty years, making firearms harder and harder for Brazilians to legally own and use for self defense. From South China Morning Post:
In his first television interview since being elected on Sunday, former army captain Jair Bolsonaro said it was time to abandon what he called the “politically correct fallacy” that Brazil would be a safer place if everybody was unarmed.

“It won’t be any better. If there were three or four armed people here now, I’d be certain that some nutter wouldn’t be able to come in through that door and do something bad,” the right-wing populist told his interviewer from Record, a television channel owned by one of his powerful supporters.

In the 30-minute interview, Bolsonaro – whose sons and supporters are often seen sporting clothing or hats celebrating automatic weapons and the National Rifle Association – said he believed gun laws should be made more flexible.

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Allowing more people to carry weapons and defend themselves with guns would certainly reduce violence, Bolsonaro claimed.
During the last forty years, the Brazilian murder rate has gone up and up and up.  In 1980, Brazil had a murder rate of about 12 per 100,000 people.

Brazil had an official murder rate of 30.8 per 100,000 people in 2017.  Brazil has about eight firearms for every 100 people. The United States has about 122 fire arms per 100 people.  The United States has about fifteen times as many firearms per person as Brazil.

The United States has only one sixth the rate of homicide of Brazil, while it has fifteen times as many guns per person.

The murder rate in both countries is driven by urban, black, young men, primarily organized into gangs.

Fear of crime in Brazil was a significant driver in the 2018 election cycle.

The number of guns in a society does not drive the murder rate. More guns in Brazil will not do more harm.

The lawless in Brazil have plenty of guns. There are not that many violent criminals.  If violent criminals cannot buy guns on the black market, they make them in small shops. Fully automatic submachine guns are one of the simplest repeaters to make. They are a favorite of Brazilian gangs.

Brazilians who refuse to be victims of crime have not been able to effectively fight back or protect themselves. They have had to become criminals if they carry the means to defend their lives.

President-Elect Bolsonaro aims to change that. He aims for a transformation of the relationship between the law-abiding population and the law enforcers. Armed citizens and police are natural allies.  Disarmed Citizens are not the equal of armed police.


Increase trust in the government. Have more citizens become more difficult to victimize.

It could work. It won't hurt.


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PA: Gunfight, Man Attempts Break-in with Tomahawk, is Stoped by us of Double Barreled Shotgun


Investigators say the victim told them Quimby became angry and threatened to kill him. The victim reported to officers that Quimby told him he had 15 minutes to make amends, “or he was going to cut [the victim] to pieces.”

Police say Quimby then came over to the victim’s home with a tomahawk and began chopping at the door. The victim fired his double-barreled shotgun, and police say Quimby returned fire with a 9mm, allegedly saying, “So that’s the way you want it.”
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Thursday, November 08, 2018

Followup AR: January Shooting of Antwan Anderson in Little Rock ruled Justified



The first confirmed homicide of the year in Little Rock, which left an 18-year-old dead, was ruled justified Friday, authorities said.

The Pulaski County prosecutor’s office filed the ruling, designating the Jan. 8 shooting death of Antwan Anderson as self-defense, Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley said. Jegley said that Arkansas law is "very specific on justification in use of force and deadly force."
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CO: Suspect who was fatally Shot IDed as Rickie Casias



His cause of death is from a gunshot wound, the coroner’s office said. His manner of death is a homicide.


Casias showed up at a home and got into an altercation with the home owner, said John White, a police spokesman. The homeowner shot Casias inside the home.
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Followup AL: Fatal Shooting was Self Defense



A man fatally shot in Montgomery on Sunday was killed in self-defense, investigators said Monday.

The Montgomery Police Department is conducting a death investigation into the fatal shooting and have yet to identify the victim, described as an adult male.
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More Details on LA: Fatal Shooting of Burglary Suspect at LaPlace



LAPLACE – A 15-year-old burglar was fatally shot while allegedly breaking into a home Saturday night.

According to the St. John Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the Sugar Pines Apartments in LaPlace around 5:31 p.m. on Nov. 3 to investigate a shooting. When they arrived, they found 15-year-old Treshon Jenkins dead on the scene.

Police say Jenkins was wearing gloves and had a mask next to him when they found him.
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First Circuit Rules there is no Right to Bear Arms Outside the Home




On 2 November, 2018, the First Circuit court of appeals held the Second Amendment effectively does not apply outside the home.  From uscourts.gov:

This case involves a constitutional challenge to the Massachusetts firearms licensing statute, as implemented in the communities of Boston and Brookline. All of the individual plaintiffs sought and received licenses from one of those two communities to carry firearms in public. The licenses, though, were restricted: they allowed the plaintiffs to carry firearms only in relation to certain specified activities but denied them the right to carry firearms more generally. 

The plaintiffs say that the Massachusetts firearms licensing statute, as implemented in Boston and Brookline, violates the Second Amendment. The district court disagreed, and so do we. Mindful that "the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited," District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 626 (2008), we hold that the challenged regime bears a substantial relationship to important governmental interests in promoting public safety and crime prevention without offending the plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights. Accordingly, we affirm the district court's entry of summary judgment for the defendants. In the last analysis, the plaintiffs simply do not have the right" to carry arms for any sort of confrontation" or "for whatever purpose" they may choose. Id. at 595, 626 (emphasis omitted). 

The Court specifically said the decision applies to both open and concealed carry of handguns. They reserved the power to infringe on concealed carry more than open carry.

Judge Selya  wrote the decision for the unanimous three judge panel. They held that allowing police to decide if a citizen has a "need" to carry a gun outside the home allows sufficient exercise of Second Amendment rights.

A right that can be arbitrarily denied by the government is no right at all. It is effectively just another activity that may be allowed by the government, if a bureaucrat decides to allow it.

In the most restrictive countries, without any semblance of Constitutional rights or the Second Amendment, those favored by the government are allowed to carry firearms outside the home. They may not be given a permit, they may be issued a nominal office such as police officer or special marshal, or party member. But those favored by the Government are given the privilege of being armed.

It is hard to see how this decision differs in effect from the practice in countries without a Second Amendment.

In this decision, the Court is following the lead of  other Circuit courts that have eviscerated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

To date, the Supreme Court has been unwilling to take any circuit cases, and has allowed the Circuits to run roughshod over the exercise of Second Amendment Rights outside the home.

There is a clear split in the circuits. At present, three circuits have held there is a right to carry outside of the home. Three have ruled the opposite.

In the case of the District of Columbia, those who push for a disarmed public urged the District not to appeal the case, for fear the Supreme Court would uphold the Second Amendment.  In the Seventh Circuit case of Moore v. Madigan, the Illinois legislature passed legislation rendering the decision moot. in the Ninth Circuit, in Young v. State of Hawaii, the state has asked for an en banc hearing, which has yet to be decided.

In the Fourth Circuit, the Second Circuit, and the First Circuit, the appeals courts have held that laws allowing state governments to prevent most people from  carrying weapons outside the home are Constitutional, gutting the exercise of Second Amendment rights in public, and in most private settings.

Judge Selya was appointed by President Reagan in 1986. He was born in 1934.

If Judges do not feel bound by the Constitution, the Constitution will have no force.

This case will be appealed to the Supreme Court. The question is whether the Supreme Court will grant a writ of certiorari, that is, will decide to hear the case.

President Trump has appointed two originalists and textualists to the Supreme Court. That may tip the balance. They may vote to hear the case.

President Trump has also appointed  29 appellate court judges in his first two years. That is a record for appellate court justices in the first two years of a  president's term in office.

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SD: Armed Victim Attacked by 5 Men, Fires Shot


Police say a Sioux Falls man fired a gun into the air to scare away people who were beating him up early Sunday morning.

The 28-year-old man told police he was standing near the corner of 12th Street and Minnesota Avenue around 1 a.m. when five men began beating him, police spokesman Sam Clemens said.

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UT: Homeowner Fatally Shot Suspect who was Carrying Bicycle Pump



According to a newly unsealed search warrant in 4th District Court, the homeowner saw Rosales "carrying what appeared to him to be an 'ax' and as he was walking toward (the homeowner), not stopping and lifting the 'ax' in the area at him."

The homeowner fired several shots, striking Rosales twice in the abdomen and once in the shoulder, the warrant states.
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Followup GA: Domestic Defense Gunfight, Ex Killed, 2 Victims Wounded



Early Monday morning gunfire at a home in the Cedar Creek subdivision in east Athens resulted in one death and two people wounded, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

The shootings were the result of a domestic dispute as the suspect, who died at the scene, and a woman at the house had a prior relationship, according to police spokesman Geoffrey Gilland.
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Followup NV: Neighbor returned Fire at Drive by Murder, Suspect Killed

 It was a neighbor, not the father of the 11 year old girl who was killed, who returned fire at the drive-by shooting suspects. It appears to be gang related. The suspects may have been shooting at the wrong address.



A neighbor on his way to work saw the gunfire late Thursday on the quiet residential street and shot with his legally owned handgun at the car as it pulled away, wounding a 19-year-old passenger, North Las Vegas Assistant Police Chief Pamela Ojeda said.

The 17-year-old driver of the getaway car called police when it broke down a few blocks away, saying the vehicle had been hit with random gunfire and he was trying to get his friend to a hospital.
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CO: Intruder Shot, Killed, Investigation ongoing



The injured party was found downstairs in the basement "unresponsive," and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Police say the homeowner, who was apparently armed with a 9 mm Smith & Wesson, is cooperating with investigators, "and that no charges are pending at this time."
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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

More on Yoga Shooting FL: Potential Mass Killing Stopped when Victim Fought Back

 Potential mass killing stopped when victim fought back

Quick said he grabbed Beierle's gun after it jammed and hit him. But Beierle got control of the gun again and pistol-whipped Quick.

Quick said he then grabbed a broom and struck Beierle, which gave some people in the studio time to flee.
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More on Motel Shooting TX: Armed Victim Shoots Suspect, who Flees



According to police, a man walked into a room at Greenview Inn at about 10:15 p.m. and shot the occupant in the face before fleeing. The man who was shot grabbed his own gun and shot the suspect in the parking lot.

The suspect fled and, as of Saturday afternoon, police were still searching for him.
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Followup AL: Armed Defender in McDonalds Shooting will not be Charged

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama say an armed McDonald's customer was justified in fatally shooting a masked gunman.
  
Al.com reports a Tuesday statement by Birmingham police says charges will not be filed against the man who fatally shot 24-year-old Antonio Demond Sanders.

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WA: Armed Samaritan Captures Suspect in Domestic Homicide



SEATTLE - An armed bystander chased after the suspect in a domestic-violence stabbing at Seattle Center on Friday afternoon, backing him down until another man pepper-sprayed the suspect and police eventually Tazed and arrested him.

The woman, who police said is the mother of the man's 4-year-old child and is her domestic partner, was sent to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after she was stabbed multiple times.
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Monday, November 05, 2018

Armed and Unarmed: A difference in Mindset



Being armed or unarmed is, in many ways, a state of mind.

An armed person sees the world differently from a person who has decided to be unarmed.  Nicolo Machiavelli, the famed author and political philosopher, states it well in The Prince:
Because there is nothing proportionate between the armed and the unarmed; and it is not reasonable that he who is armed should yield obedience willingly to him who is unarmed, or that the unarmed man should be secure among armed servants. Because, there being in the one disdain and in the other suspicion, it is not possible for them to work well together.
Reactions to a recent murder and self defense shooting highlight the difference of the viewpoints of armed and deliberately unarmed people.

On 21 October, 2018, a neighbor, Tyler Herrick, entered a house, uninvited.  Kyle Adams, one of two roommates, was in the house.  He woke to find Herrick in his bedroom. Adams told Herrick to leave. Herrick left.

Adams texted his roommate, Brennan Pebbles. Pebbles immediately left work and came to the house. After Pebbles arrived, the neighbor, Herrick, entered the front yard carrying an  AR15 type rifle. 

Adams and Pebbles were in the living room. 

Herrick opened fire on the two men through the living room window, striking Adams, who was mortally wounded.  From ktvz.com:
“Herrick stood in front of the living room window, aimed his rifle at Adams and Pebbles, and fired multiple shots that shattered the front window. At least one of the rounds struck Adams, who eventually died from his injury.

“Pebbles fled from the living room and ran upstairs. Once upstairs, he grabbed his (9mm handgun) and hid in the bathroom of the master bedroom. Herrick fired multiple shots at the front door, and entered the home and methodically hunted Pebbles down in a room-to-room search. When Herrick entered the master bedroom, Pebbles shot and killed him.
Pebbles had made the decision to be armed by obtaining a handgun and storing it in the house. He was able to use his handgun to defend himself against an armed attacker who had shot and mortally wounded his roommate.

People who have the mindset of an armed person will read of the incident and consider it from the viewpoint of an armed person. They will consider the choice of weapon. They will consider the wisdom of storing the handgun in the house, instead of carrying it on the person. They will discuss the tactics and tools of armed self defense.

People who have made the decision to be unarmed will read of the incident and consider it from the viewpoint of an unarmed person. They will create hypotheticals to validate their decision to be unarmed. They will suggest the police should have been called. They will say if only there were no guns, this would not have happened. 

Two comments from the article illustrate the differences between the armed and unarmed mindsets. 


When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. This was certainly a terrible situation to be faced with, but Mr. Pebbles demonstrated why folks fight for their second amendment rights.

Of course, folks fighting for second amendment rights is why the crazy neighbor was able to obtain his gun that was capable of firing into the house from outside and killing a man, so really it's kind of a wash. Or not even that. If nobody in this situation had a gun, the neighbor would have been stuck outside while the two roommates called the police and waited for him to get arrested, and everybody might have survived.

As it is now, a terrible tragedy and my heart goes out to everyone involved and their families.
People who support the Second Amendment have the mindset of an armed person.

President Trump made the decision to be an armed person. He supports the Second Amendment.

Most people who choose to be unarmed do not support the Second Amendment.  They see armed people as a potential threat.

Few people trained in arms choose to be unarmed. Most people who choose to be unarmed do so because they are ignorant of arms. Many consciously unarmed people have followed the easy path. Many never had the opportunity to learn basic firearms skills.

There are endless examples of people who, once exposed to firearms by friendly instruction, change their mindset and become Second Amendment supporters.

Few Second Amendment supporters reverse their position, and work to disarm the population.  Learning to shoot is a form of taking the red pill.

The change in mindset from unarmed to armed, can happen in one session at the range.

When you take a person shooting, make the experience pleasant. Use good hearing and eye protection. Have them shoot a .22 rifle or pistol.  More powerful guns can come later.  Have the target close to build their confidence.  Explain the safety rules so they know they are safe.

Nicolo Machiavelli was right.  Armed people view the world differently from unarmed people.

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NV: Drive by Shooters Killed Innocent Girl, Father Wounded Suspect


Police say a vehicle with several suspects fired gunshots into a residence on 6700 Courtney Michelle Street around 9:30 p.m. Thursday night. The child was taken to University Medical Center and later died at the hospital, police said. Officers now say that the house was wrongfully targeted and that the shooters did not know the victim's family.

The homeowner returned gunfire and struck one of the suspects, who is 19-years-old and transported to University Medical Center Trauma in critical condition.

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Followup SC: Armed Mother Ruled to Have Shot Intruder in Self Defense



That's when Jones said the man kicked in the front door, and she pulled the trigger. She said the bullet hit the man, and he ran off.

“Something just came over me, and I got calm. My heart slowed down and I got focused. I told myself if he comes in here, you can’t let him get past your doorstep. You have three young children to protect," Jones said.

Jones said she didn't hesitate, and if the man would've continued into the home, she would have fired again.
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Followup TN: Jamie Scott Barron Shooting was in Self Defense



No further information was released about the investigation until November. According to the police department, the evidence in the case supports that Moyer shot Barron in self-defense.

The District Attorney General's Office concluded, based upon that evidence, that there was no probable cause to support that a crime had been committed.
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TX: 19-Year-Old Victim Disarms 38-Year-Old Drunk



The 38-year-old man from Oklahoma and a 19-year-old man got into a verbal argument in a parking lot in the 3400 block of South Clack Street about 11:15 p.m. As the victim was getting into his vehicle, the suspect charged him. The victim told the suspect to back off because he had a gun in the vehicle, police said.

The suspect went to his hotel room to retrieve a gun and returned to the parking lot, where he pointed the gun at the 19-year-old, police said. The victim took the gun from the suspect and hit him with it on the ear, police said.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

How President Trump has Supported the Second Amendment



President Donald Trump is the most vocal supporter of the Second Amendment to the Constitution that has ever inhabited the White House.

Before 1934, there were few restrictions on firearm purchases, and virtually none at the federal level. It is not surprising that before 1934, presidents said little about the Second Amendment.

Franklin  Delano Roosevelt was blatantly anti-Second Amendment. He showed it with his court picks and the attempt to register and license all handguns in the United States. While the attempt failed, the first serious federal gun law, the National Firearms Act, was passed as a compromise. 

Only President Trump has given serious support to the Second Amendment in the 85 years since. Most have tended to be neutral; Democrats became eager to impose more infringements in the 1960's, when the entire party was radicalized. President Reagan was supportive, but not as much as President Trump.

What has President Trump done to restore the Second Amendment?

The most obvious, long lasting and consequential actions are President Trump's pick of originalist and textualist Supreme Court justices,  Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. 

These two justices mean the infringements of Second Amendment rights winked at by the Supreme Court in the last three years, will probably be stopped and rolled back.  The Supreme Court will probably validate the right to bear arms outside the home, not just to be able to carry a pistol from the kitchen to the bedroom. It is likely the Supreme Court will hold the Second Amendment protects ammunition sales and the private sale of firearms as well as to mere possession.

Without originalist and textualist justices on the Supreme Court, the circuit courts would be allowed to run roughshod over Second Amendment rights, just as they did for 80 years after the Miller decision. During that period, the Supreme Court simply refused to hear any cases involving the Second Amendment. That will not happen.

We can thank President Donald Trump. President Trump had to drag the Republican party over the finish line, but he was able to do so.


There are other consequential victories from the Trump administration. They are worthwhile.

The Department of Justice reached a settlement with Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation on removing the ITAR restrictions that had been put in place by the Obama administration. The ITAR restrictions criminalized the transfer of computer code on how to make guns, at least over the Internet.  The ITAR restrictions imperiled both the First and Second Amendments.  A lawsuit against the settlement is in progress. It will fail.

The Corps of Engineers (COE) agreed to settle the two cases challenging the Constitutionality of bans on the exercise of the Second Amendment on lands administered by the COE.  Rule making on those agreements is still in progress. Those should support Second Amendment rights on COE managed property.

Importantly, President Donald Trump defends the concept of armed self defense. As a person who actively held a difficult to obtain concealed carry permit in New York City, he views reality with the gaze of an armed man.

From school shootings, where he has championed the usefulness of armed teachers to defend their charges, to the current outrage of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass murder by a Trump hating anti-Semite, he has refused to bow to those who want a disarmed population.  The Left is continually outraged with President Trump's contention that more armed citizens would result in fewer mass murder victims.

We have not seen progress on national reciprocity or the hearing protection act.  President Trump has lacked support of his party for the first year and a half of his Presidency. That has been changing. President Trump has been winning over adversaries among the Republicans, just as he has been winning on many national issues.

It has become trite to call the upcoming election the most important election ever. The American system of government has proven amazingly durable. However, over the last 50 years we have seen a steady erosion of the power and freedoms of the citizenry. 

President Trump's election has set the stage for stopping the juggernaut of Progressivism, Globalism, and the massive regulatory state that continually infringes on all our rights as free people.

The loss of the House or the Senate will stop his reforms. Nothing will be accomplished except for endless investigations and calls for impeachment. Many Democrats are calling for impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh and packing the Supreme Court with more Progressive justices when they take the Presidency, perhaps in 2020.

I do not think that will happen. It all depends on President Trump's supporters going to the polls and retaining Republican party control over the House of Representatives and the Senate.

President Trump, in two years, has been able to convince, cajole,  and construct a Republican party in his image. Control of the House and the Senate is necessary to enact his much needed reforms. All indication are the races will be settled by which party's voters decide to go to the polls.

President Trump has the numbers, if his supporters are willing to take the time to vote.

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Followup, More KY: Man who fired at Kroger Shooter did it to Protect Self, Wife


“I want to apologize on my behalf for my bullets from my weapon, if it may have came across anybody in the wrong way, or injured or hurt anybody the wrong way," Dominiic said. “I was doing it to protect me and my wife.”

Dominiic said people should not label him as a Good Samaritan or a hero because he just did what he needed to do at that moment.

"I hear it and I’ll say thanks,“ Dominiic said. "But...to me -- it’s I could have died, she could have died, we could have died, a lot more people could have died.”
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PA: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Home Invader



MOUNT OLIVER (KDKA) – Allegheny County Homicide Unit Detectives said a suspect is dead after an attempted home invasion in Mount Oliver.

Lt. Andrew Schurman said the man who resides in the home on Sherman Avenue shot and killed the intruder just after 5 a.m. Thursday.
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More on Rolex TX: Details on Shooting of








 Armed Samaritan misread the situation.


"When I was getting money out of the ATM, I see this Hispanic guy come out, and he drops a big wad of money, so I think he's robbing the bank. Then the white guy comes out, and I thought he was shot, he was screaming, 'He got my wife, he got my wife,'" said the man, who did not want to be identified.

Instantly, the man ran after who he thought was a bank robber, and fired his gun several times.

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SC: Armed Woman Shoots Man Attempting Break-In

ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) -- Deputies are investigating a shooting in Anderson County where the homeowner shot a man attempting to break into her home.
The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate after homeowner Ashley Jones reported two people trying to break into her home where her three children were sleeping Thursday morning.

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GA: Man Fires back at Neighbor who attacked with Hammer, Gun



Kilgore went inside his home and grabbed a hammer and began to threaten the two men. He then went back inside the home and retrieved a rifle and fired shots at the men, striking one of them in the leg. That man sustained non life-threatening injuries and is expected to be okay.

One of the men then went to his vehicle, grabbed a gun and began firing shots at Kilgore.
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Followup MO: Teens Involved in Killing of Retired Officer, Ralph Harper, Charged

ST. LOUIS - Two teenage males ages 15 and 16 have been charged with second-degree murder and attempted robbery, among other charges, for the murder of retired St. Louis Police Sergeant, Ralph Harper, 67, Monday morning near Tower Grove Park.

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Saturday, November 03, 2018

MS: Man Wounds Attacker who took Elderly Woman 's Purse



A call to Clinton police said a man was accosting an elderly woman outside the Kroger on U.S. Hwy. 80 at around 3:50 p.m., WJTV reported. The man took the woman’s purse, WAPT reported. As the suspect drove away in a black Kia, another shopper in the fired a shot at the vehicle.
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FL: Domestic Defense, Mother Shoots Father of her Child


The mother left with her kids looking for help in fear for her life. Deputies said Fain caught up with her and her sister, cutting them off in his car. Fain started walking toward them as the woman stated he should not approach.

With an eight-month-old baby in the backseat, she shot Fain in the arm with the same gun put to her head.
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FL: Truck Driver Shoots Man who Attacked Him



Investigators said the driver was standing outside his truck talking to someone when the subject approached him and began to attack him.

Police said the driver pulled out his gun and opened fire, striking the attacker in the stomach and back.
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Followup MA: Cab Driver Justified in Shooting Armed Robber



NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The cab driver who shot and killed one of two customers accused of trying to rob him has been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III.

Quinn's office said their investigation determined the driver acted in self-defense, and the shooting was justified.

The cab driver shot and killed Christopher Dunton, according to the DA, on August 10 after Dunton and another man, Kyle Dawson, allegedly tried to "violently rob the cab driver" at knifepoint.

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Friday, November 02, 2018

Followup Lancaster PA: Details on Former Mayor Shooting Armed Robber



The documents were filed Tuesday along with charges against Brandon Galette, 24, who remains hospitalized in serious condition, according to police. Galette's condition was improving as of Monday, according to police.

The Harrisburg man and a second, unidentified male attempted to take Oxycodone from the West Lemon Street pharmacy Oct. 23, according to police.

Their attempt was foiled after Smithgall shot Galette — who entered the pharmacy wielding a gun —several times, according to police.
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OH: Gunfight, One Home Invader Killed



Police learned two people entered the house with weapons drawn through an unlocked rear door and entered through the kitchen, firing several shots. One of the occupants inside the home fired back with a .40 caliber handgun, hitting a 25-year-old man, who was later identified as a suspect by police.
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Followup AL: Masked Gunman in McDonald's Shootout Identified


The masked gunman who died after opening fire inside a Birmingham McDonald’s has now been identified.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office identified the man has Antonio Demond Sanders. He was 24 and lived in Birmingham. He had only recently completed The Dannon Project, a program aimed at reducing recidivism.

The shooting happened about 10:45 p.m. at the Lomb Avenue restaurant. Sanders was taken to Princeton Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 11:16 p.m.
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NC: Motorcycle Deal Armed Robbery Suspect Shot, Captured by Armed Victim



FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) - A man trying to sell his motorcycle fought back and shot a thief who tried to rob him at gunpoint during an incident at a school in Fayetteville Monday night, police say.

The two men met around 8:10 p.m. at school property in the 200 block of Bonanza Drive, according to a news release from Fayetteville police.
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Followup VA: New Zealand Man, Shot Attempting Break in, Charged with Enticement



GOOCHLAND, Va. — Federal officials have charged a New Zealand man who authorities say was shot while trying to break into a Virginia home after having online contact with a 14-year-old girl.

Troy George Skinner was charged in a criminal complaint last week with coercion and enticement, and production of child pornography.
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OK: Man Holds 2 Home Invasion Suspects at Gun Point, 1 is Mayor

Authorities in Calera say it all started when a homeowner awoke to find two men inside his home. Immediately, the homeowner says he grabbed a shotgun and held the men at gunpoint until police arrived at the scene.

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Thursday, November 01, 2018

CA; Man Shatters Security Door with Rock, is Shot by Homeowner



The homeowner said he awoke just before 3 a.m. to a noise in his yard and spotted a man pounding on his door with a rock.

He was pounding with such force that at one point he shattered the home's security door, SDPD said.

The resident grabbed a gun and shouted at the man to leave or he would shoot.

When the man continued to pound on the door, the homeowner opened fire, striking the man in the left shoulder.
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Followup MI: Suspect in Home Invasion Pleads Guilty



COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - A second suspect from Ohio who authorities say was involved in a home invasion on Burlew Road which led to a home occupant firing a gun at the intruders has entered into a plea agreement with the Branch County Prosecutor's Office.
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IA: Man Shoots Dog that Attacked him and his Dog



"The owner was able to get to the point where he could get inside his fenced yard, and the pit bull was still trying to come after that dog," Des Moines police Sgt. Paul Parizek said. "He retrieved a handgun from his house and he shot the dog that attacked him."

The pit bull died at the scene and Hagar's dog later died of its injuries.

Parizek said police are investigating the use of a gun, but the shooting seems justified.
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NV: 80-Year-Old Disarmed, Shot, Killed


Police identified the suspect as 34-year-old Sheldon Thomas. Police believe Thomas had forced his way into the victim's yard when the victim came out with handgun and confronted the suspect.

Investigators said the two men struggled over the gun and the victim was shot.


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.22 LR on sale at 2.36 cents a round, the .22 Bubble is gone


Remington Thunderbolt .22 LR ammunition is on sale at Locked & Loaded In Pana Illinois and online at their website. Bricks of 500 are priced at $11.79, which is 2.36 cents per cartridge.  The great .22 ammunition bubble, from late 2012 to the middle of 2017, is gone.

In June of 2014, I predicted that the bubble would have collapsed when prices fell below 4 cents a round for the cheapest .22 LR available.  From Ammoland.com:
You will know that the bubble is close to the bottom when you see .22 LR on sale for below 4 cents per round. At the lowest, we might see .22 cartridges below $10 for 500.
As of October, 2017, .22 ammunition was commonly available below 4 cents a round. From Ammoland.com
Federal American Eagle is as low as 3.8 cents per round, the Federal champion 510 round is just under 4 cents a round, and there are several offerings of Aquila Super Extra Standard Velocity from 3.7 cents to 4 cents a round.
$11.79 for a brick of Remington .22 is not $10, but it is very close.

Lock & Loaded in Pana was able to purchase three million rounds of Remington ammunition at a very good price. They are passing it on to their customers. Tyler Sims, the owner has a philosophy about treating customers well. He believes that if customers are treated well, they will come back. His business, established five years ago, is booming. With deals like this, it is easy to see why.

When I talked to Locked & Loaded, they had sold half of the three million rounds in two days.  They are making sure they keep some of the deal for local customers as well as for people on line. Sales tax in Pana, Illinois, is 7.25%.  Shipping cost for a few thousand rounds comes to about the same.

That increases the cost to 2.5 cents per round, still a very good price.

The great .22 bubble lasted longer than I thought, but like all bubbles it ended.

Quite a few commented online that prices would always remain at high levels, because either the manufacturers were conspiring to keep high profit margins, or because the government was conspiring to reduce supply.

In reality, neither was happening. Demand spiked because of President Obama and fear of legislation. There are close to 100 million .22 rimfire firearms in the United States. There may be 50 million .22 rimfire owners. It only takes a small percentage of those to decide they want to have an extra thousand rounds (just in case) to spike demand beyond production.

My best estimate is that production has increased about 20% since 2013.

About 5 billion rounds of .22 LR are being produced for the U.S. market each year. 

Many millions of gun owners now have a reasonable stockpile of .22 ammunition. That is a good thing.

With a little luck, I will be doing an article on the shelf life of .22 rimfire this year.

If Democrats take the house in on November sixth, in the mid-term elections, the bubble may be re-inflated. They are pushing for gun control legislation (re-labeled as "gun safety") with a will.

They believe they have created grass roots support for more gun control.

Second Amendment supporters have made a serious difference in the past. It remains to be seen if they will turn out to support President Trump this year by voting for Republicans in the mid term elections.

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MI: Elderly Man Shoots 19-Year-Old Intruder

The 911 caller said they were inside and shot the 19-year-old man that broke into the house.
Shortly after the call, the 19-year-old was dropped off at the Henry Ford Allegiance Emergency Department with a gunshot wound to the chest. \

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MS: Domestic Defense, Man Shot



LIBERTY — A man in intensive care with a gunshot wound to the body will face aggravated assault charges when he gets out of the hospital, Amite County sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

Jesse Sharp, 53, of 6688 Highway 569 N., Liberty, was wounded in a domestic disturbance which he apparently started, said Sheriff Tim Wroten.
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MO: Robbery Attempt, Retired Officer Killed, Suspect Wounded



Harper was shot about 7:30 a.m. in the 3100 block of Lackland Avenue. Police say he was parking his car when he was approached by an armed robber. Harper had his own gun and exchanged shots with the robber, police said. It wasn’t clear who fired first, but both were hit in the shootout.
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CA: Man Fires at Intruders, stops Break-in Attempt

A man who heard someone trying to break into his home in North Long Beach overnight fired his gun in their direction, but it appears no one was hurt, police said.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Legally-Armed Father Kills Masked Gunman Who Shot Up Alabama McDonald's



Birmingham, Ala., McDonald's attacked by masked gunman. (Screenshot)
A legally-armed father protected his two sons and store employees at a Birmingham, Alabama McDonald’s restaurant Saturday night when a masked gunman entered and opened fire.
When the gunman began shooting, the father drew his gun, shooting and killing the unidentified masked gunman, who had wounded him and one of his sons, AL.com reports:
“The shooting happened about 10:45 p.m. at the Lomb Avenue restaurant. Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Bryan Shelton said one juvenile and two adults were injured. All three were transported to area hospitals where one of the adult victims was later pronounced dead.”
"Right now it appears the victim made a decision that cost his life and the father made a decision that preserved his and children’s' life,'' Sgt. Shelton said.
“He’s my hero,” said Markus Washington, one of two McDonald’s employees working at the time, WAFF 48 reports. “Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed. We might not be here having this interview.” Washington and a fellow employee hid out in the store’s freezer during the shooting.
The father is not expected to be charged with any crime, Shelton added.


https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/legally-armed-father-kills-masked-gunman-who-shot-alabama-mcdonalds
 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Video of Charging Grizzly in Canada, Charge stoped with Birdshot

Screenshot from JLM video
Image from JLM video on Youtube

There has been some difficulty in running the original JLM video. Here is a link to the video through the Daily Mail

A video is circulating of a man stopping a grizzly bear charge with bird shot. The attack and defense occurred before 14 October, 2018. The attack was in British Columbia. The bear was only momentarily stopped, but the shot gave enough time for the man to reach the safety of his house.  If you study the screenshot of JLM firing his last shot, you can see he is aiming low, towards the legs. JLM confirms that was his intention.  From Youtube.com:
I didn’t want to blind the sow by hitting her in the face so I aimed at her right side to hopefully trip her up to buy me enough time to run inside the house. I waited as long as I could, backpedalling and losing my right Croc, almost tripping me up, until she was just across the driveway and then I shot, which did trip her up so I turned and ran inside the house.
The confrontation was inevitable. The bears had claimed the man's property as their own. They refused to be run off by noise. They had been on and off the property for days. JLM has children. JLM dared not allow his children to move outside of the house with the grizzly and cubs asserting territorial rights.

Grizzly bear sows with cubs are notoriously unpredictable and dangerous.

Consider a human analogy.  A homeless meth addict camps on your lawn. They are always armed with several knives. They repeatedly threaten you and your children. Their actions are unpredictable. You live in the country. The authorities will take an hour to reach you. The authorities are known to be sympathetic to meth addicts, and are hesitant to press charges against them. They are only doing what meth addicts do, after all. Addicts existed in Canada long before you were born. This gives present addicts some sort of imagined moral authority.  If you or your children are attacked, mutilated, and or killed, the meth addict may be executed, but only if it can be shown that you did not provoke the attack by moving too close to the meth addict or allowing your children outside without adult protection.   (sarcasm intended)

The sarcasm is only slightly off of reality. In an academic paper about large predatory attacks on humans, unattended children is seen as the greatest contributor to the attacks. Stephen Herrero, the oft cited bear expert, is one of the authors.  From  nih.com:
About half of the well-documented reported attacks have involved risk-enhancing human behaviours, the most common of which is leaving children unattended.
Note the deep green asymmetry. Approach a grizzly bear sow with cubs, and the sow is justified in attacking and mauling you. If a grizzly bear or mountain lion attacks your children, you were at fault for "leaving them unattended".

The person who was attacked on their property, JLM, gives a good account of what happened, how it happened, and why it happened. Most of these details are left out of media accounts. You can read the full account at the link.

Here is a link to the video from dailymail.co.uk.

The comments at most media sites are predictable, vociferous, and ignorant.

The bear should be protected, not the human.

The human should have been killed and eaten.

The bears were there before humans were.

The last is particularly ignorant, as both humans and grizzly bears colonized British Columbia as the glaciers from the Wisconsinan ice age retreated about 10-15 thousand years ago.

from sfu.ca:
The last glacial period in North America is called the Wisconsinan Glaciation, which is divided into the Early (80,000 to 55,000 years ago) and Late (25,000 to 10,000 years ago) glacial stages with an interglacial stage between 55,000 to 25,000 years ago. During the Late Wisconsinan glacial stage, most of Canada and parts of the northern United States were covered by two massive ice sheets, the Cordilleran, which lay to the west of the Rocky Mountains, and the Laurentide to the east.
If all bears that threaten humans in a close encounter were killed, grizzly and black bear populations would still increase. A choice has to be made about what level of bear populations humans will tolerate. If bold bears, unafraid of humans, are selected out of the population (killed), there will be fewer human/bear conflicts. A higher population of cautious bears will be tolerated.

There are many times as many black bears as grizzly bears. The number of fatal attacks by the two species is about the same.  Black bears have been selected to avoid people. Grizzly bears need to undergo the same selection.

The more people are propagandized that bears are simply fuzzy people, the more bears and humans will be killed in bear/human conflicts.  Humans who  live in cities where bears are not a threat are most likely to call for bears to kill and eat humans. Their life and their children are not in danger.

Bears are not people. Bears do not think like people. Bears do not have human culture or morals.  Thinking of bears as people is dangerous and irresponsible.

If you must think of bears as human, think of them as armed human meth addicts. Interesting and attractive at a distance, armed human meth addicts.

Bears want what they want when they want it. Bears do not respect property rights. Bears do not care about the lives of other creatures. Grizzly bears, especially, tend to be paranoid and aggressive, by human standards, much like meth addicts.

Bears are not human meth addicts. Meth addicts need human society to survive. Bears do not. Bears need to be valued and tolerated by humans to survive near humans.

Few people in cities would tolerate armed meth addicts camping in their yard, even if they are interesting and attractive at a distance. Do not expect people, who live where bear populations are increasing, to tolerate bears appropriating their yards as the bears' territory.

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