Tuesday, January 21, 2020

TX: Domestic Defense, Stepfather Shoots, Wounds, Stepson

Deputies responded to the 800 block of Isetta Lane near Sweeney Road after a man was allegedly shot by his stepfather during a dispute.

Police believe the shooting may have been an act of self-defense.

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TN: Domestic Defense Gunfight, no one hit

Covington Police officers responded to the scene at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. The victim told he had dropped off a woman at the Cottonwood Apartments and left when Taylor, who is the woman’s ex-boyfriend, started following him to the area of Logan Drive.
Taylor started firing shots at the victim after they got into a verbal argument. Police say the victim returned fire.

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MS: Homeowner Shoots Man who Entered through Window

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A homeowner shot a man who climbed into his house through a window, according to Jackson Police Department.

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NH: Armed Neighbor Hold Piggy Bank Burglary Suspect for Police

PELHAM, N.H. (AP) - A man who broke into a New Hampshire home was caught at gunpoint by the homeowner’s neighbor, police said.

Andrew Billcliff, 31, of Plaistow, was arrested and charged with burglary and breach of bail Wednesday after his attempted break-in was thwarted by a neighbor.
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CO: Intruders enter Mans Apartment; He Shoots One

Police said intruders entered a man's apartment. After a struggle, the man shot and wounded one of the intruders, according to a police spokesperson.
Investigators are working to determine whether there's a connection between the man and the intruders.
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VA: Man Shot after Forcing Entry into House (not the recent Duffield case)

A Nelson County man attempting to force himself into a residence is being treated for life-threatening injuries after shots were fired inside the home.

Virginia State Police are investigating the incident reported Thursday in the 500 block of Hunting Lodge Road in Wingina.

The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call around 8:30 p.m. Thursday about a shooting inside the residence. A Nelson County adult male had forced himself into the residence.

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Memo from David Horowitz on Virginia gun restrictions

As I'm sure you've heard by now today thousands of patriots are marching on the Virginia State Capitol.

And the Left is doing to them what they did to me.

Left Wing journalists are calling the demonstrators "white nationalists" and "white supremacists" for defending their Second Amendment rights -- just like they called me a "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" for telling the truth about Jihad.

Because it's never about "white nationalism" or "white supremacy." It's about the Left's need to silence and discredit anyone that challenges their radical agenda.

It doesn't matter who you are or what you stand for: if you pose the slightest threat to the Left and their sick conspiracy, they will do everything they can do to destroy you and everything you love.

Because remember, to the Left, the ends justify the means. They don't care how many good people they have to go after, or how many lies they have to tell to achieve their Marxist, open borders, godless dystopia.


Arrived in Las Vegas for Shot Show

I arrived in Las Vegas for the Shot Show last night. The weather was excellent, cool and partly sunny, temperature in the middle 50's for most of the trip.

Today I will be going to the Industry Day at the Range. Where industry media get a chance to see and shoot the latest products.  I have been fortunate to have an invitation to attend for the last few years.

It is not impossible to write at the Industry Day at the Range, but it is not as easy or convenient as at the hotel room.

Dean Weingarten

Followup CA: Girfriend of Man who Died in Gunfight Charged, Armed Victim Survived


The girlfriend of a man who died in a shootout at the Shell gas station in Bishop last week will be charged with multiple felony charges.

The shooting occurred on the evening of Jan. 6 when an armed, out-of-area man tried to rob a local man who was parked at the gas station. However, the local man, whose name is still being withheld, was carrying a permitted concealed weapon and returned fire. Both men were wounded in the gun fight but the robber, whose name is also still being withheld by law enforcement, died at the scene.
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WA: Domestic Defense, Grandfather Shoots Grandson

One man is in jail after his grandfather shot him in an act of self defense last night in Federal Way, according to police.

Federal Way police responded to reports of a shooting in the 31400 block of 4th Ave. S. around 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 15, said FWPD Cmdr. Kurt Schwan. The incident was later found to be a case of domestic violence.

The caller, a 72-year-old male, said he shot his 25-year-old grandson.
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CA: San Rafael Homeowner Shot at Man Attempting Break-In

San Rafael police are searching for a man in his 50s who attempted to break into a home before the homeowner shot at the man. It is unknown if the man was struck by gunfire.

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NM: Homeowner Fatally Shoots Person Attempting to Break-In

Police say they received a 911 call saying a homeowner shot a person trying to break into a home in a neighborhood near Coors and Paseo del Norte.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Virginia Governor Sets a Trap for Lobby Day, 20 January, 2020

graphic from Matt Bracken essay

Second Amendment supporters face a daunting challenge in Virginia for Lobby day, at the Virginia Capitol in Richmond, on 20 January, 2020.  Those who wish to disarm Virginians have created a trap to frame Second Amendment Supporters as violent white supremacists, going to Richmond to destroy duly elected government.

Do not take the bait.

Armed Virginians have been going to the State Capitol in Richmond to lobby to restore Second Amendment rights since 2002. The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) has been very successful in these efforts. VCDL was instrumental in moving Virginia from a may issue to a shall issue state in 1995. It has made the shall issue law better and better by such things as eliminating many gun free zones and eliminating the requirement for fingerprints to obtain a permit to carry. It has kept improving the state preemption law, to prevent local governments from chipping away at Second Amendment rights.  It has been one of the most effective of the state organizations working to restore Second Amendment rights.

In 2019, a combination of a lawsuit used to gerrymander Virginia voting districts in favor of Democrats, millions of dollars of money spent by billionaires aimed at destroying Second Amendment rights, the influx of immigrants to areas next to the District of Columbia, the successful get out to vote campaign by supporters of Communist China for new immigrants, and the restoration of voting rights, but not the right to arms, to convicted felons, has resulted in the Democrat takeover of the Virginia General Assembly and the Senate, by Democrats who have vowed to impose severe restrictions on the exercise of Second Amendment rights.

Virginians have seen Lobby Day as a place to focus their actions to show how much they oppose the restrictions and violations of their rights.

It seems the opposition, lead by Governor Northam, has seen it as an opportunity to paint Second Amendment supporters as violent white supremacists, against whom any action will be deemed moral and legitimate.

If we are to win the war to restore our rights, Second Amendment supporters must win the war to convince a majority, or at least, a majority of voters or judges, they have the moral high ground. The entire weight of the legacy media has been against Second Amendment supporters for 50 years, but Second Amendment supporters have been winning battles, gradually, for the last 30 years. We have organized, built networks, built alternate media, and educated much of the public over that time period.

The provocations by Governor Northam and the elected Democrats seem meant to destroy that progress and to portray Second Amendment supporters as lawless, violent white supremacists.

Matt Bracken has written an excellent essay on the potential for Lobby Day to be used to create a terrible media defeat for Second Amendment supporters. It is worth the read. Bracken lists several ways Lobby Day could be turned into another Charleston, or worse, to discredit Constitutionalists.

The opposition has the entire legacy media on their side. Northam and his allies control the ground at the Capitol. While many of the Capitol police are likely to be sympathetic to their oath and the Constitution, Northam and his allies will have control of the Capitol police. Northam and allies will control all the high ground.

It is known that agent provocateurs have been used by the Democrats to provoke violence, to discredit the Trump presidential campaign in 2016. It is plausible that similar tactics will be used to provoke Second Amendment supporters on January 20th in Richmond. Violence by leftists will be excused by the legacy media. Self Defense by Second Amendment supporters will be portrayed as criminal.

This is ground of the opposition's choosing, where they have most of the advantages. The only chance of winning is a moral victory, where the General Assembly and the outside world are shown an overwhelming presence of peaceful Second Amendment supporters lobbying for their rights.  That can be a difficult goal to achieve, when agent provocateurs and false flags are serious possibilities. The majority of the anti-Second Amendment politicians, are unlikely to be moved.  The legacy media will sensationalize any violence. They will downplay even massive majorities of Second Amendment supporters.

Those who want a disarmed population have been losing. President Trump has appointed 25% of federal judges. A third Supreme Court pick by President Trump could enable restoration of Constitutional government. The current governing elite is getting desperate. Desperate opponents do desperate things.

Second Amendment supporters who attend will need to be extremely vigilant. This is not a place where an open carry protest is likely to succeed. The law is not clear. A court has upheld Governor Northam's emergency order as lawful. 

To those who say, you do not defend your rights by agreeing to allow them to be infringed: If simple disobedience of unconstitutional laws were enough to protect our rights, we would never have lost them.  Many refused to obey. They were unorganized, marginalized, lied about, arrested, prosecuted, jailed, beaten, and killed.

To win, Second Amendment supporters have the be smart, pick their battles, and work hard.

This particular exercise of the rights to assembly and free speech has been turned into a media trap.  All the usual suspects will be there, and they will be actively looking for any incident to smear Second Amendment activists. It is reasonable to believe some opponents will be working to create a violent event.

As a defense against the trap, everyone should be capable of recording incidents during the event. Every thing should be recorded from multiple perspectives, if only to assure accurate portrayals of the events and to have the ability to identify bad actors. The other side will be recording everything. Second Amendment supporters need to be able to prevent them from creating a singular, selective, and false portrayal of what happens. 

Extreme measures should be employed to avoid any appearance for the national media to use to smear Second Amendment supporters. At this event, a Second Amendment supporter will serve his country better by taking recorded abuse than by defending themselves. Second Amendment supporters should use every opportunity to defuse any abusive or violent situation.  The opposition will, very likely, be looking to goad a Second Amendment supporter into violent self defense. The action would almost certainly be mischaracterized by the media. They are desperate. They lie without compunction.

If you go, wearing an orange Guns Save Lives sticker will be far more effective than camouflage.  Wearing camouflage aids the opposition at this event.

The more women, children, and minorities who are Second Amendment supporters at this event, the better.

There will be more opportunities for media events that favor Second Amendment activists. The Second Amendment sanctuary county and city movement has been very effective. That can, and should, be built upon. 

Only 40% of Virginians voted in the last election. Virginians can win at the ballot box.

Those attending Lobby Day need to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.

Virginians need to show courage,  exercise discipline, and be shrewd to avoid the trap this Lobby Day has become.

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Gun Watch

SD: Mountain Lion Shot after Killing 800 lb Steer

Sources say the 118-pound yearling tomcat took down an 800-pound steer as his last meal.

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NC: Man Shoots out Tires of Own Car as it is Being Stolen

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man fired several shots at his own vehicle Thursday morning after police said a group of "kids" tried to steal his car from a west Charlotte gas station.

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at a Circle K gas station located in the 500 block of Little Rock Road.
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MI: Man Shot in Hand in Disarm Attempt in Detroit

Detroit — A 34-year-old man was injured in an early Thursday morning shooting on the city's east side, police said.

They said the suspect in the shooting is a 17-year-old male.

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OH: Armed Cashier Thwarts Amed Robbery in Hermies Party Shop

LIMA — An armed cashier at Lima business thwarted an armed robbery attempt Tuesday night.

According to a statement released Wednesday by the Lima Police Department, two males entered Hermies Party Shop on St. Johns Road shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday with pistols drawn. They demanded the cashier give them money from the cash register.
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TX: Road Rage, Driver Shoots Man who Assaulted Him in Vehicle

Witnesses stated that Ton began assaulting Kim while Kim remained in his vehicle. That is when, police say, Kim fired a handgun, striking Ton twice. Ton received first aid from bystanders and Kim, but later died on the scene.

Kim cooperated with the police and does possess a valid Texas License to Carry.
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Followup WA: Man Shot in Road Rage Defense Case Identified

A man shot to death during a road rage incident in University Place has been identified.

Darek Williams, 48, of DuPont, was spotted driving recklessly downhill on Chambers Creek Road West about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

In his Chevy Silverado, Williams passed several vehicles on the two-lane road and eventually stopped in the middle of the road.

Read more here: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/crime/article239353318.html#storylink=cpy

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

West Virginia Bill SB 96 Would Extend Preemption to Non-Firearm Weapons

West Virginia has a strong preemption statute to insure the state has reasonably uniform laws about the carry and use of firearms by individuals, throughout the state. It is §8-12-5a:
Limitations upon municipalities' power to restrict the purchase, possession, transfer, ownership, carrying, transport, sale and storage of certain weapons and ammunition.
 §8-12-5a does a pretty good job of limiting the power of local governments to in fringe on the right to keep and bear firearms. But the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is not limited to firearms.

As affirmed in the Heller decision, the Second Amendment covers all bearable arms. The Heller decision was re-inforced by the Caetano decision, where the justices on the Supreme Court unanimously held the Second Amendment protects all bearable arms. From Caetano v. Massachusetts:
The Court has held that “the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding,” District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. 570, 582 (2008), and that this “Second Amendment right is fully applicable to the States,” McDonald v. Chicago, 561 U. S. 742, 750 (2010).
Senate Bill 96 has been filed in West Virginia to expand the state preemption protection from firearms to most bearable arms. From the Senate Bill 96:
(b) For the purposes of this section:

“Deadly weapon” means an instrument which is designed to be used to produce serious bodily injury or death or is readily adaptable to that use. The term “deadly weapon” includes, but is not limited to:

(A) A blackjack, gravity knife, knife, switchblade knife, nunchuka, metallic or false knuckles, pistol, revolver and firearm, as defined in §61-7-2 of this code, or other deadly weapons of like kind or character which may be easily concealed on or about the person; and

(B) A rifle and a shotgun.

“Deadly weapon” does not include explosive, chemical, biological and radiological materials, or any item or material owned by a school or county board of education intended for curricular use, and used by a student solely for curricular purposes.
 Later in the bill, pepper spray is included in the preemption law:
“Pepper spray” means a temporarily disabling aerosol that is composed partly of capsicum oleoresin and causes irritation and blinding of the eyes and inflammation of the nose, throat, and skin, intended for self-defense use.
While SB 96 expands the protections of the preemption bill to most concealable weapons, there are a number of bearable weapons which may not be protected, depending on whether a judge or jury would believe them to be "concealable on or about the person.

Would most swords be considered to fall under the law? Would spears, quarterstaves, or other polearms? It seems unlikely they would be considered to be concealable. Most people do not carry a spear with them. But swords are popular, and a spear was used to stop a mountain lion attack in Canada, when the firearms law was found to be burdensome.

It is unclear why the protections of the bill were limited to concealable weapons. Perhaps it was because the prohibition were originally applied to concealable weapons.

The bill may or may not be passed in the current legislative session. The extreme restrictions on the exercise of Second Amendment rights being proposed in the neighboring state of Virginia may aid in the bills passage, simply to differentiate West Virginia's approach to the protection of the right to keep and bear arms.

©2019 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

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TX: Domestic Defense, Ex-Boyfriend Kicks in Door, is Shot, Killed

Initial investigation indicates that he forced his way into the residence and a disturbance ensued before he was shot. Police declined to say whether or not he had a firearm, but did say several other people were in the home at the time of the incident and are all cooperating with the investigation.
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TX: Domestic Defense, Father Wounds Son who Fired Flare Gun at Him

The father told officers on scene that his son fired a flare gun at him.
The father alleges he then fired a handgun at his son, striking him at least once.
The son fled the scene and was driven to a local hospital by a neighbor.

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NC: Burger King Robbery Suspect Shot by Armed Victim

A man attempting a robbery outside a Burger King on Monday morning was shot when the victim pulled a handgun and fired several shots at him, according to the Fayetteville Police Department.

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Followup SC: No Charges for Glenn Wilbur Rowe Jr. in Self Defense Shooting at Party

LEXINGTON, S.C. — A man who fatally shot another man at a company Christmas party won’t face criminal charges because he acted in self-defense, authorities in South Carolina said Wednesday.

Lexington police told news outlets that no charges will be filed against Glenn Wilbur Rowe Jr., 46, in the death of Wesley Warren-Camp, 26.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

OK: Domestic Defense, Mother Shoots, Kills Adult Son

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — Tulsa police are investigating what led up to a mother shooting and killing her son outside her home near North Peoria and 51st Street North on Tuesday afternoon.
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MO: Shots Fired During Burglary Attempt

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City police are searching for a man after an attempted burglary, where shots were fired.

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NC: Gunfight Between Homeowner and Robbery Suspect

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem Police are investigating after a shooting between a homeowner and a robbery suspect.

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TN: Armed Victim Wounds 1 of 3 Robbery Suspects

According to Metro Police, the victim was approached by three men on Lemont Drive in Madison near Maplewood Lane. The suspects pulled a gun on the man and attempted to rob him, but that's when the victim revealed he was also armed.

The victim shot at the men robbing him, and they fled the scene. At least one was struck by a bullet.
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

December 2019 NICS Increase, lead to All time Record for 2019

The December, 2019 National Instant background Checks System numbers were the highest month in the year, at 2,936,894 checks for the month. Those numbers lead to the highest number of checks for a year on record. 2019 saw the most background checks ever done in a single year, with 28,369,750 checks done in 2019.

Increasing numbers of checks done for carry permits and permit rechecks skew the totals from reflecting only gun sales.

In December of 2019, permit checks were 343,649, and rechecks were 1,000,887. This shows the trend of rechecks becoming much more common than permit checks. The numbers for December are nearly the reverse of what they were in January of 2019. In January, the permit checks were 820,224, and the rechecks were 343,649.

This is a combination of more accurate reporting and the growth of the total number of permits nationwide. Many permit rechecks were recorded as permit checks in Kentucky.  Between May, 2019 and July, 2019, Kentucky went from over 300,000 permit checks per month to over 300,000 permit rechecks per month. This is simply accurate recording of reality. Kentucky does a recheck on every permit every month.

The growth in the number of permits nationwide, almost certainly now over 19 million, is bound to increase the number of permit rechecks.

Even with the large number of permit and permit rechecks, the overall number of firearm sales appears to be up slightly over 2018.

Small Arms Analytics estimates the 2019 gun sales numbers to be about 13.9 million vs 13.8 million in 2018.
More and more handguns are being sold compared to long guns.

It is likely the sales figures for 2020 will continue the rise shown in 2019. The Democrat candidates all seem committed to significant infringements on the right to own and carry firearms.

Bans on some firearms and firearms accessories are being continually pushed in the old media. Presidential candidate, Michael Bloomberg has asserted the "average citizen" should not be allowed to carry guns in crowded places.

Candidate Bloomberg has spent over $200 million in advertising in just a few weeks, nearly as much as the rest of the Democrat field combined.

That spending is likely to continue. Whatever the political effect, it is likely to inform more potential gun owners of legislative efforts to restrict their options.

Permit checks, permit rechecks, and firearms sales are all likely to increase in 2020, leading to another record year for checks, and a notable increase in firearm sales.

Supreme Court cases could lead to an increase in permits in states where the number of permits are depressed by highly restrictive state laws. About 25% of the United States population lives in states with highly restrictive "may issue" permit laws.

If the Supreme Court rules those laws are unconstitutional infringements on the right to bear arms outside of the home, it would be reasonable to see the number of permits increase to 25 million, nationwide.

Estimating how high the number of permits may rise is beyond the capability of this prognosticator. National reciprocity may become law. The increase in Constitutional Carry states might dampen interest in carry permits.

In the immediate future, gun sales will continue above the new base level, created by the Obama administration and fear of infringements on Second Amendment rights.

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MO: Gunfight, Carjacker's Gun Misfires, Victim's Gun Works

The intended victim, a 22-year-old, told police he had just parked his car and got out of the vehicle when a red pickup truck pulled up beside him. An older man got out of the truck, pointed a gun at the victim, and demanded the keys to the victim’s car.

The victim handed over his car keys but the suspect tried shooting him anyway. Fortunately, the suspect’s gun malfunctioned. The victim was able to grab his own firearm and fired several shots at the carjacker.

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MI: Woman Pulls Gun on Man in Macy's Restroom

"As I was going in, she was wrapping up, I’m in the stall, she's beating on the stall (saying) 'Ma am, ma'am' and I hear the urgency in her voice," Crawford said. "I'm like what's going on."

Crawford said when she opened the stall door she spotted a black man appearing to be in his mid-to late 30s touching himself. He was looking at the other woman who got so terrified - she pulled out a gun.
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FL: Road Rage? Driver Shoots, Kills Truck Driver who Blocked, Threatened Him

The SUV driver told officials the truck driver threatened to kill him and the passenger, making him fear for his life, so he grabbed a gun from his glove compartment, pointed it at the man and fired it.

The truck driver was taken with a gunshot wound to a hospital, where he later died. No arrests have been made, and neither of the men’s names have been made public.
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IN: Kris Bratton Shot after Breaking into Turtle Creek Apartment

The Kokomo Police Department says Kris Bratton, 49, broke into an apartment at the Turtle Creek Apartment complex on the west side of Kokomo. They say they were called to the scene and realized that Bratton had been shot in the stomach by the person who lives in that apartment.

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Virginia Democrats Break Precedent, Ban Guns and Knives in State Capitol

Virginia Democrats changed the rules of the General Assembly to ban guns and knives in the state capitol. Nearly all knives are banned as well as any item capable of launching a projectile. There is an exception for folding knives with a blade of less than 3 inches in length.

All people entering the capitol, with the exceptions of full-time, on duty, paid law enforcement officers and military personnel, who are conducting official business at the state capitol, are subject to the policy.

To enforce the policy, Capitol police are authorized to search and seize all people entering the building, with the exception of current members of the General Assembly.  In practice, it is expected all people entering the building will have to go through metal detectors, with the exception of current legislators.

The rule change was passed on strict party lines. Democrats voted for the ban, Republicans voted against it.

The Democrats claim the ban is required for "public safety",  and that the Capitol Police recommended the ban. From vpm .org:
“This is a recommendation from our Capitol Police who we trust every day, and who have kept us safe, and I trust their judgment,” House Majority Leader Charniele Herring told the Joint Rules Committee meeting.
Capitol Police Chief Col. Anthony Pike said the Capitol Police had not recommended the ban.  From wfmz.com:
But Capitol Police Col. Anthony Pike said after the vote that he made no recommendations on whether guns should be banned, only on how to implement the ban Democrats wanted. The new policy will require that everyone entering the Capitol, except for lawmakers, must go through a metal detector.
The Democrats were able to cite one incident, in 2006, when a Republican delegate accidentally discharged a handgun into a bullet-proof vest hanging on a door. No one was injured. Another delegate forgot a gun in a conference room, in 2017, for about 20 minutes.

Perhaps that would be a reason to ban delegates from conduction dry-fire practice. It does not seem to apply to the general public.

In the last 30 years, several states have loosened restrictions on the exercise of Second Amendment rights in state capitols. Among those are Texas, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. At least 20 state capitols allow some form of the practice.

This is likely the first of numerous restrictions on the carry, ownership, and use of firearms in Virginia by the newly minted Democrat majority. They are unwilling to bear arms themselves. Machiavelli spoke of the mindset that is generated when a government disarms its people:
When you disarm [the people] you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred against you. - Niccol├│ Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537.
The Democrat party seems to believe they can convince enough of "the people" that they will be safer without arms than with them.

The next election will determine if Machiavelli or modern Democrats were a better judge of political realities.

Machiavelli had an excellent understanding power politics and human nature, while modern Democrats have the advantage of mass media and propaganda techniques.

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PA: Man Shoots, Kills Joshua Long, at Attempted Robbery/Home Invasion

Investigators learned the 22-year-old man, identified by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office as Joshua Long, of West Mifflin, had a handgun when he went to the apartment and tried to rob the victim. The victim then got his handgun and shot Long.

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LA: Resident Shoots, Kills, Kendal McCarroll, as he Attempts Break-in with Shovel

LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A husband and wife attempted to force their way into a Livingston Parish home before the husband was shot by a resident in the home, investigators from the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
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OK: Tulsa Resident Shoots, Wounds Man who Kicked in Door

The man peered through vehicle windows at the residence, then went into the backyard and to the backdoor, police said. The homeowner’s son retrieved a gun and “issued several warnings” to the man, but the man kicked open the door and entered the house, according to a news release. The son then fired one shot, striking the man in the abdomen.
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FL: Gunfight, Homeowner Wounds Intruder

The Sheriff’s Office said investigation showed the homeowner exchanged gunfire with an intruder — a man who then fled in a white compact pickup truck. A short time later, police found the potential suspect at the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
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Monday, January 13, 2020

Followup FL: Shooting of David Norgard in Road Rage Incident Ruled Justified

A confessed shooter involved in a deadly road rage incident from last spring in Golden Gate Estates will not be criminally charged, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooter, whose identity has not been released by the sheriff’s office, was cleared of wrongdoing a few months after the shooting.
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TX: Armed Robber Shot While Attempting to Rob Party Goers

Officials say a homeowner was hosting a social gathering in the front yard of a house when three suspects robbed the party at gunpoint. One of the individuals at the party, who police say is a licensed handgun carrier, produced his weapon and shot one of the robbers.

One robber was shot and two others fled the scene. The injured robber was transported to the hospital and pronounced deceased.
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WI: 79-Year-Old Shoots 20-Year-Old who Pointed Toy Gun at Him


A 79-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting a man suspected of breaking into his car.

The shooting happened about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday near North 42nd Street and West Silver Spring Drive in Milwaukee.
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FL: Disarm, Intruder Drops Gun in Struggle, Homeowner Shoots Him

During a scuffle, deputies say the intruder dropped the pistol -- allowing the homeowner to grab it and shoot him.

The homeowner then ran next door for help.

When authorities showed up, they found a pistol and the back door open. But, they say they couldn't find the intruder who was shot.
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TX: Homeowner in Killeen Shoots, Kills Intruder

KILLEEN, Texas — A homeowner shot and killed a man who tried to break into his house Friday morning, according to Killeen police.

Police spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez said James Centron Taylor Mitchell, 18, forced his way into the home on Corinne Dr. a little before 10 a.m.
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Stark Difference Between Candidate Bloomberg and President Trump on Guns in Church

Image composition and lettering by Dean Weingarten. Images from NRA annual meeting photo of screen and YouTube.

Comments by President Donald Trump and Candidate Michael Bloomberg, made shortly after the heroic actions of Jack Wilson, in the West Freeway Church of Christ, in White Settlement, Texas, show a stark difference in their attitude toward the Second Amendment and the wisdom of having the right to bear arms protected in the United States Constitution.

First, the reaction of President Donald Trump, as put forward in one of his famous tweets:

The tweet by President Trump is consistent with his support for the right of the individual to bear arms in defense of himself and others, as mentioned many times during his campaign.

Candidate Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York City, also reacted to the defensive shooting in the West Freeway Church of Christ. He did so during a public event, which was recorded and placed on YouTube.

Link to Youtube video

The statement in the video is quoted below. 

Michael Bloomberg:
"And that may be true, I wasn't there and I don't know the facts that somebody in the congregation had their own gun and killed the person who murdered two other people, but it is the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot. You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place."
Michael Bloomberg may not have known all of the facts at the time he answered this question. The video of the shooting has been widely available.

Here is the link 

For those with a slower Internet connection, here is a screenshot with labels: 

The facts are not in dispute. Jack Wilson clearly shot and stopped the attack, after the attacker killed two of Jack's friends in less than two seconds. Jack's single shot from a Sig P229 in .357 Sig, was fired virtually simultaneously with the attackers third shot, aimed toward the pulpit.

Candidate Michael Bloomberg's response is completely consistent with his actions while Mayor of New York City, and since. He has spent tens of millions of dollars on political campaigns to undermine the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms for defense of self and others, especially in public places.

Candidate Bloomberg is being honest and consistent. He thinks average people should not have guns in public places.

He backs that up with his actions. He almost certainly does not carry a gun himself, for defense of self and others. He relies on his very professional team of armed security. With an estimated wealth of 40-50 billion dollars, he can afford the very best professionals to protect him and his.

Donald Trump has been a billionaire for some time. He is not as wealthy as Candidate Michael Bloomberg. Before he had Secret Service protection, he had his own, very professional security team. He also had a concealed carry permit, and was known to carry for his own protection. His personal actions are consistent with support for the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms for defense of self and others.

Both candidates have been consistent in their views regarding the carry of concealed weapons for the defense of self and others.

The choice is clear.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

TX: Man Harrassing Customers, Shot fired in Walmart Parking Lot

SAN ANTONIO — One person was arrested at the Walmart on Southeast Military Drive after a report of a shot fired in the parking lot.

The shooting was reported at around 9:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Police say someone was harassing people in the parking lot of the store. That's when another man with a gun fired a shot, according to police.
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NC: Man Killed in Reported Self Defense Shooting

Deputies were dispatched to 1855 Skyland Drive, Lot 3, at 2:51 a.m. and found Leonard Evan Loehr, 42, of 2078 U.S. 64 in Morganton, dead, according to a press release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.

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MO: Disarm Attempt After Warning Shot Wounds Armed Victim

Police say a 25-year-old had confronted a 34-year-old, whom he suspected was stealing from a vehicle. The younger man was armed and fired a warning shot after chasing down the suspected crook, cops say. The two then fought over the gun, and it went off, hitting the 25-year-old in the ankle, according to police.
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TN: Gunfight, Armed Victim Drives off Robbery Suspects, no Hits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man fired shots at two would-be robbers after they confronted him as he was sitting in his SUV.

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Followup TX: Robber Wounded in Smoke Shop Shootout Sentenced to Life in Prison

He previously rejected a 20-year plea bargain from prosecutors. But that was before he was linked to the robbery of another smoke shop on Lake Air Drive when his DNA was found on a pistol magazine he mistakenly ejected during the robbery.

After that, prosecutors Amanda Smith and Christi Hunting Horse offered him 40 years in a subsequent plea bargain that Robinson also rejected. Robinson must serve at least 30 years in prison before he can seek parole.
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Saturday, January 11, 2020

How Virginia Sheriffs Can Enforce Their Second Amendment Sanctuaries

Virginia Second Amendment Sanctuaries in Green, 8 January, 2020

Image from vcdl.org, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

The situation in Virginia is heating up. In a combination of gerrymandering mandated by the Federal courts, millions of dollars spent on a few local races by billionaires who hate the idea of an armed population, targeted advertising, organization by sympathizers of the Chinese communists, and apathy by the rest of Virginia voters, the Democrats have taken control of the Governorship and both the General assembly and the Virginia Senate, by rather slim margins.

These are not yesterday's Democrats. These Democrats have been especially selected for their antipathy toward the Virginia Constitution's limitations on government power, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and limits on government power, generally.

As a result, a plethora of bills, designed to severely restrict the exercise of Second Amendment rights, have been filed.

They range from Universal Background Checks, to bans on semi-automatics and magazines, "red flag" laws, heavy restrictions on indoor and outdoor ranges, and firearms training.

In response to these proposed attacks on the exercise of Second Amendment rights, 91 of 95 Virginia counties have declared themselves "Second Amendment sanctuaries".

The Culpeper County Sheriff, Scott Jenkins, has proposed a possible counter move. Deputizing thousands of Second Amendment Supporters would render them immune from several of the proposed laws. From a facebook post by Culpeper County Sheriff's office:

I remain very optimistic that our General Assembly will not pass the proposed bills. Obviously, if passed, there are many of us willing to challenge these laws through the courts. In addition, if necessary, I plan to properly screen and deputize thousands of our law-abiding citizens to protect their constitutional right to own firearms."

-Sheriff Scott Jenkins

“A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves...and include all men capable of bearing arms.” (1788)

-Richard Henry Lee

How effective would such a move be? It could be very effective, at least in the short term. From the Virginia Constitution, Article VII. Local Government

Section 4. County and city officers

There shall be elected by the qualified voters of each county and city a treasurer, a sheriff, an attorney for the Commonwealth, a clerk, who shall be clerk of the court in the office of which deeds are recorded, and a commissioner of revenue. The duties and compensation of such officers shall be prescribed by general law or special act.
Current law allows the sheriff to appoint unlimited numbers of part-time deputies. § 15.2-1603. Appointment of deputies; their powers; how removed.
The treasurer, the sheriff, the commissioner of the revenue, and the clerk of any circuit court may at the time he qualifies as provided in § 15.2-1522 or thereafter appoint one or more deputies, who may discharge any of the official duties of their principal during his continuance in office, unless it is some duty the performance of which by a deputy is expressly forbidden by law.
The deputies may not be removed from office except for the following: 

Virginia law § 24.2-230.
However, an appointed officer shall be removed from office only by the person or authority who appointed him unless he is sentenced for a crime as provided for in § 24.2-231 or is determined to be "mentally incompetent" as provided for in § 24.2-232.
Deputies do not need to wear a uniform. The sheriff decides what they may or may not wear.

§ 15.2-1611. Alternate clothing for sheriff and deputies.
When the duties of a sheriff or deputy sheriff are such that the wearing of the standard sheriff's uniform would adversely limit the effectiveness of the sheriff's or deputy sheriff's ability to perform his prescribed duties, then clothing appropriate for the duties to be performed may be required by the sheriff.
Deputies are to be compensated for expenses, but there is no guarantee.

§ 15.2-1609.9. Compensation of part-time deputies.
The part-time deputies of sheriffs shall not receive fixed salaries, but shall be entitled to receive reasonable compensation for their services and allowances for their expenses, to be determined and paid as hereinafter provided.
The law enforcement training is not required, if the deputy is not a full time deputy.

§ 15.2-1612.1. Deputy sheriffs to complete course of instruction established by Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Any full-time deputy sheriff not employed on July 1, 1971, shall successfully complete a course of instruction established by the Department of Criminal Justice Services as provided in clause (i) of subdivision 2 of § 9.1-102.

Virginia sheriffs can short circuit many of the proposed laws by deputizing the adults who wish to participate. I do not see any limitation on residence for those who may be deputized. Theoretically, one sheriff could deputize all of Virginia, and others, including residents of other states.

The counter, would be for the Legislature to pass legislation limiting the powers of the county sheriffs.

Political activists on the left have suggested California do away with the office of sheriff. Rural sheriffs are a bulwark of local power.

That would be very difficult in Virginia. It would require a state Constitutional amendment. However, the legislature could limit sheriff's power with the passage of a law.

They do not appear to be able to revoke the appointments of "minor officers" at least without going to court.

Court cases would, and will, take time.

It appears the appointment of large numbers of deputies, in Virginia Second Amendment sanctuary counties, is a viable and valid strategy, at least in the short term. 

Over the long term, elections and courts may resolve the issue.

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CA: Armed Homeowner Shoots Burglary Suspect in Leg, Police rule Self Defense

The incident happened along the 2000 block of Gordon Avenue just after 5 a.m.

Modesto police say the resident heard an alarm go off in their motorhome and caught a man inside. Police were called, but the resident shot the suspect in the leg while officers were on their way to the scene.
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MI: Man in Tent Shoots Intoxicated Man who Assaulted him, No Charges

Berry continued toward the tent and then collapsed onto it, spurring Kasin to fire another unsuccessful warning shot, and then, when that did little to deter the invader, he fired a live round, according to investigators' records. It struck Berry in the torso, the Record-Eagle previously reported.

The written disposition determines Kacin, who has back issues and would have struggled to otherwise defend himself, was acting in self defense, according to Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Brian Giddis.

Prosecutors also declined to charge Berry in relation to the late December incident.
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PA: Suspect Threatens Trump Supporter, Trump Supporter Draws Gun, Suspect Flees

Wilkes-Barre Twp. police were quick to post on social media that there was no active shooter and the Trump supporter, who holds a concealed carry permit, appeared justified in pulling his gun in self defense.

Chief Will Clark on Tuesday indicated the Trump supporter was the victim and police are still looking for the person who attempted to assault him.
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TX: Female Off-Duty HPD Officer Shoots Shotgun Weilding Robbery Suspect at WalMart

HOUSTON — An off-duty Houston police officer who shot an armed robbery suspect Wednesday in northeast Harris County is being heralded as a hero.

The shooting happened around 2:40 p.m. at the Walmart on Beltway 8 near Wilson Road.

During the attempt, authorities said, 18-year-old Antonio Washington walked up to the customer service desk with a shotgun and was in the process of robbing an employee when the off-duty officer realized what was going on.

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MO: Suspect tries to Rob ATM Tech, is Shot, Killed

Panus said two people approached the ATM tech while the individual was servicing the machine. One of the suspects was then shot and the other person drove away from the scene. It’s unclear who shot the suspect.

The wounded suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Virginia Bill Aims to Shut Down NRA Headquarters Range

Image from nrahqrange.nra.org, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

Virginia House Bill no. 567, prefiled on 6 January, 2020, and offered on 8 January, 2020, seems aimed particularly at the NRA headquarters range at 11250 Waples Mill Rd. in Fairfax, Virginia. HB 567 contains a number of provisions that single out the NRA HQ range from nearly all others. Here are the provisions of the bill:

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Article 3 of Chapter 12 of Title 18.2 a section numbered 18.2-511.2 as follows:

§ 18.2-511.2. Indoor shooting ranges; prohibited in private buildings; exceptions; penalty.

A. As used in this section, "indoor shooting range" means any fully enclosed or indoor area or facility designed for the use of rifles, shotguns, pistols, silhouettes, skeet, trap, or black powder or any other similar sport shooting.

B. It is unlawful to operate an indoor shooting range in any building not owned or leased by the Commonwealth or the federal government unless (i) fewer than 50 employees work in the building or (ii) (a) at least 90 percent of the users of the indoor shooting range are law-enforcement officers, as defined in § 9.1-101, or federal law-enforcement officers, (b) the indoor shooting range maintains a log of each user's name, phone number, address, and the law-enforcement agency where such user is employed, and (c) the indoor shooting range verifies each user's identity and address by requiring all users to present a government-issued photo-identification card.

C. Any person that violates the provisions of this section is subject to a civil penalty of not less than $1,000 nor more than $100,000 for the initial violation and $5,000 per day for each day of violation thereafter.

  • It is indoors. 
  • It is privately owned. 
  • More than 50 employees work in the building.
  • It is open to the public.

Only one of the other indoor ranges found, in a quick survey of Virginia indoor ranges, were in buildings over two stories tall. The Colonial Shooting Acadamy, in Richmond, Virginia, is a three-story facility. It has a few more than 50 employees working in its building. It is the biggest indoor range in Virginia. The owners would like to expand and hire more employees. This bill would make expansion impossible. Large indoor urban ranges have been expanding across the country. The trend was arguably started with the Scottsdale Gun Club in Arizona.

Full disclosure, Terry Schmidt is my second cousin. He and his wife Nadine conceived of the Scottsdale gun club and now own majority interests and manage the concern. Terry credits me with planting the seed of his lifelong fascination and career with firearms.

Many small businesses have less than 50 employees to avoid burdensome federal regulations that apply to businesses which have over 50 employees. It is a large range, indeed, which would employ over 50 people in one building.

The bill would likely face challenges under both the Virginia state Constitution and the federal Constitution under the Second Amendment.

The Seventh Circuit has ruled the availability of gun ranges, to serve the public, is protected to some extent, by the Second Amendment.

It seems unlikely the proposed Virginia law would meet the requirements to pass muster under the Second Amendment. What rational would require the limitation of gun ranges to be buildings that employ less than 50 people?

Governments have deep pockets to defend against lawsuits. They are spending other people's money. 

The lawsuits required to defend against the host of laws infringing on the Second Amendment in Virginia will be costly. They will not be funded by tax dollars, but by private individuals.

The individuals may band together into groups or organizations to fund the lawsuits, but the money will not be taken from other people by force, as is tax money.

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GA: Gunfight, Retired Deputy Shot, Killed While Drawing Gun on Suspect

The suspect then demanded the cash drawer which got the attention of a male employee who came out of the back and attempted to draw his weapon. The suspect responded by opening fire and killing the male employee.

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OR: Husband Holds two Intruders at Gunpoint for Police in Coos County

The caller reported she and her husband had found two males in the detached garage of their residence.

The caller reported her husband was currently holding the two burglars at gunpoint.

Upon deputies’ arrival, the two males, identified as 36-year-old Philip Raymond Nerpel and 27-year-old Jordan James Duvall, were taken into custody.
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CO: Missionary Defuses Armed Confrontation in his Cabin

He let his dogs run into his house, and they led him to a young man hiding in a bedroom, armed with a pistol...and it was pointed right at Kenny.

He says he is a concealed carry holder, and was able to detain the burglar with no bullets being fired but he told us the whole situation could have been avoided.
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MI: Domestic Defense, Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder

Grand Rapids police say a 51-year-old man showed up to the home to confront a woman inside.

The man pushed his way into the home where an argument ensued. A 38-year-old man inside the home then confronted the intruder and ended up shooting the intruder in the chest, killing him.
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Thursday, January 09, 2020

Mountain Lions: Attack one Man, Eat another Human, Attack Dogs, Unafraid

Mountain lion populations are on the increase and pose significant threats to unarmed humans.  Mountain lions were involved in a flurry of interaction with humans in the last two weeks of 2019.

On 26 December, 2019, Gary Gorney was hunting pheasants with his two dogs, in the Custer Mine hunting area near Minot, North Dakota. His dogs alerted him to something ahead. Instead of a pheasant, a large female mountain lion charged him out of the grass. He shot and killed the lion with his 9mm pistol.
Gorney said he was talking on his cell phone when his German shorthair, Milly, went on point. He put the cell phone in his pocket with the expectation that a rooster pheasant was about to take flight. Instead, a large female mountain lion emerged from the tall grass and came right at him.

“I dropped my dad’s 100-year-old double-barrel, I don’t even remember doing that, and went for the sidearm that I carry with me underneath my jacket,” said Gorney. “My instincts as a military law enforcement officer took over. There was no thought process. It was self-defense.”

The mountain lion was within 10 feet of Gorney when it was hit by a bullet from Gorney’s 9 millimeter handgun.

On the last day of the year, in 2019, near the Pine Canyon trail head, a few miles Northeast of Tucson, Arizona, Pima County Sheriff deputies discovered three mountain lions were feeding on a human body.  The three lions were unafraid of people. The lions did not flee as officers approached. They were feeding on the body within sight of human homes. From kold.com:
“Mountain lions are not routinely scavengers,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of AZGFD in Tucson. “A mountain lion eating human remains is abnormal behavior. Those that do are more likely to attack a human being in the future. In addition, they did so 50 yards from a popular hiking trail and within sight of homes, and repeatedly showed no fear of responding officers. They were a clear and present danger to public safety.”
The official line is the cause of death of the human has not been determined. As noted, mountain lions ordinarily kill their own prey, rather than feed on carrion. It is often difficult to determine the cause of death after a body has been mostly consumed.

All three lions were killed, for the purposes of public safety.

In the week before Christmas, 2019, mountain lions attacked five pet dogs in the Wood River Valley in Idaho.  From idahostatesman.com:
The latest is the fifth mountain lion attack on dogs in the past week in the Wood River Valley, Fish and Game spokesman Terry Thompson said Monday in a statement. Three dogs have died due to the attacks.
The dogs attacked included an Australian Shepard, a pudelpointer, and a Labrador. The attacks happened in back yards and near residences.

As protections of mountain lions have ramped up in the last 40 years, mountain lion populations have increased. Increasing lion and human populations have lead to more interactions. As lions learn that humans and dogs are not to be feared, there have been more attacks. Humans that are armed can usually stop an attack and kill the cat. It is the surprise attack which is considered the most dangerous.

Given that caveat, I have not found a single instance where a human armed with a firearm, was killed by a mountain lion.

If readers know of such a case, please share it in the comments.

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Read more here: https://www.idahostatesman.com/news/northwest/idaho/article238692013.html#storylink=cpy

Followup FL: No Charges for Clerk who Shot Habitual Criminal

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies say the Escambia County hotel clerk who shot a suspect during an altercation on Sunday will not be charged.

According to the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, the incident happened around 4:20 a.m. at the Quality Inn at New Warrington Road.
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LA: Gunfight, Domestic Defense, Husband Shoots, Wounds Wife

Investigators learned Mickey LaCaze went to his hunting lease that afternoon and while he tried to get his ATV Angel LaCaze came out of the woods firing a semi-automatic handgun.

Mickey LaCaze ran to his vehicle while Angel LaCaze still fired the gun, authorities said. Mickey LaCaze got his own handgun out of his vehicle and ran toward the highway while shots were still being fired at him.

Mickey LaCaze told investigators he ordered his wife to drop her gun but when she failed to do so he fired one round, hitting her in the hip area.
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FL: Pit Bull Shot, Killed to stop Attack o Step-son

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A family's pit bull was shot and killed by the dog's owner Friday after a deputy said it bit the man's 15-year-old stepson and wouldn't let go.

Jonluke Fell, 26, told a deputy his dog started to fight his other pit bull in his house in the 8400 block of 104th Avenue, according to an Indian River County Sheriff's Office incident report.
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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

AL: Domestic Defense, Father Shoots Son to Stop Beating with Chain

Deputies were dispatched to the 10000 block of Camp Oliver Road in Adger late Sunday night and found a man suffering from a gunshot would to his stomach. Witness told police the injured man was hitting his girlfriend with a dog chain.
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OR: Warning Shot Draws Fire from Thief

Johnson said the incident began at about 3:40 a.m. when a man driving a stolen pickup truck pulled into an unoccupied ranch and loaded the tractor and side-by-side onto a trailer. Johnson said an alert neighbor called 911 and then approached the ranch and fired a shot into the air.

At that point, said Johnson, the individual in the truck fired back at the neighbor. Johnson said the owner of the ranch was out of to town.
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Followup CA: Man Wounded in Gunfight Pleads Guilty

A Willits man who was shot by an armed bystander while robbing a Subway sandwich shop in 2018 pleaded guilty to the charges against him Friday in court, according to the Mendocino County District Attorney.

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MI: Home Invasion Gunfight, Victim and 1 Assailant Wounded

Through trickery he was able to position himself near his gun, and when the final moments drew near, a gun fight broke out. David’s gun jammed after 2 rounds - but one of the predators fired off several shots as they all scrambled to flee. Miraculously - being shot 6 times, none of the bullets hit any vital organs.

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AR: Domestic Defense, Woman Shoots Boyfriend who was Beating Her

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On Sunday, Jan. 5 at 8:25 a.m., Little Rock police responded to an assault where the caller advised she just shot her boyfriend.

As officers walked up to an apartment door on Pleasant Ridge Circle, 23-year-old Courtni Hampton of Little Rock came out of the front with her hands up.
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FL: Hotel Clerk Shoots Man Who Lunged at Him

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - A Pensacola hotel clerk ended up shooting a man who allegedly lunged at the clerk after causing a disturbance at the hotel early Sunday morning.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office says the incident, which happened at the Quality Inn on New Warrington Road, likely falls under the state's 'Stand Your Ground Law.'
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KY: Domestic Defense, Woman Shoots Adult Son who Attacked Her

The mother called 911 after the shooting and told deputies the act was self-defense, Jessamine County Sheriff’s Lt. Anthony Purcell said. James Davis, 30, was shot in the head and taken to a hospital, where he died, Purcell said.
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IL: Gunfight, Wounded Chicago Gun Owner Kills 1 of 2 Attackers

According to police, a 39-year-old man, 20-year-old man and 27-year-old man were standing together on the 10000 block of South Avenue M around 3:48 p.m. Sunday when two men exited a vehicle and fired shots, wounding all three of them.

Police said the 27-year-old victim is a concealed carry holder, and produced a weapon and fired back, fatally wounding one of the shooters. The other shooter re-entered their vehicle and left the scene, according to police.
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FL: Two Home Invasion Suspects Shot, 1 Killed, 1 Wounded by Armed Homeowner in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – One teen was killed and another was hospitalized after being shot by a resident of a home they were breaking into, deputies said.

Deputies responded to the Seasons at Westchase apartment complex on Citrus Falls Circle around 7:30 p.m. Saturday after the report of a double shooting.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

California Universal Background Checks and Gun Ban: No Effect on Gun Suicides or Homicides

Chart from the California Department of Justice

A study of the effects of California's institution of Universal Background Checks, along with a state ban of firearms ownership for people who had committed a violent misdemeanor, has been published in The Annals of Epidemiology, volume 30, February, 2020.

The study covered a decade before the laws were passed to a decade after the laws were passed. It found the laws had no effect on firearms homicides or suicides. Here is the abstract of the paper,  from Science Direct:

In 1991, California implemented a law that mandated a background check for all firearm purchases with limited exceptions (comprehensive background check or CBC policy) and prohibited firearm purchase and possession for persons convicted within the past 10 years of certain violent crimes classified as misdemeanors (MVP policy). We evaluated the population effect of the simultaneous implementation of CBC and MVP policies in California on firearm homicide and suicide.


Quasi-experimental ecological study using the synthetic control group methodology. We included annual firearm and nonfirearm mortality data for California and 32 control states for 1981–2000, with secondary analyses up to 2005.


The simultaneous implementation of CBC and MVP policies was not associated with a net change in the firearm homicide rate over the ensuing 10 years in California. The decrease in firearm suicides in California was similar to the decrease in nonfirearm suicides in that state. Results were robust across multiple model specifications and methods.


CBC and MVP policies were not associated with changes in firearm suicide or homicide. Incomplete and missing records for background checks, incomplete compliance and enforcement, and narrowly constructed prohibitions may be among the reasons for these null findings.
The statement that the firearms homicide rate did not change is not correct. It changed, along with the overall homicide rate and the non-firearm homicide rate. As with suicides, the decrease in rates was virtually the same. The percentage of homicides with firearms varied by less than 10% from 1991 to 2000. In 1991 it was 70.1%, in 2000, it was 70.4%, essentially no change.

The study in the Journal of Epidemiology compared the California results with those in 32 control states, where the California law was not implemented. The comparison allowed them to determine the overall decrease in homicide was not the result of the California law, but was common to the control states as well.

This is a powerful indictment against the usefulness of Universal Background Checks to reduce homicides or suicides.

Not only did the California law prohibit private sales of firearms; firearm sales are not private when they are required to be conducted and recorded through a government system. California created a complete new class of prohibited possessors, people who had been convicted of a "violent" misdemeanor.   Most proposals for Universal Background Checks do not go so far.  California has a much more extensive list of prohibited possessors than exist in federal law.

California firearms law is complex and convoluted. It is difficult to read and understand. Recently, it has been changing radically and rapidly.

California has some of the strictest and most severe infringements on Second Amendment rights, of any state in the nation.

In this most favorable approach to evaluating the effectiveness of Universal Background Checks (evaluating firearms suicides and homicides separately) and an entire new class of prohibited possessors, there was no measurable effect on firearms homicides, firearms suicides, or overall homicides or suicides. 

The authors of the study likely expected to find a positive effect. The fact they wrote the paper and reported the negative result reflects well on their integrity. Negative results are just as important in science as positive results.

The conclusions show a certain bias. Translated into easily digested English, they say, these laws may have failed because they were not strict enough, or enforced rigorously enough.

It is the classic leftist response. If the policy fails, it is not the fault of the policy. We just need to spend more and do more of the same!

California has far more infringements on Second Amendment rights than most states in the Union.

It is ripe to have numerous firearms laws struck down by the Supreme Court.

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Monday, January 06, 2020

IN: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder Armed with Baseball Bat

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Police say a man in Columbus fatally shot a person who confronted him with a baseball bat in his own home early Saturday morning.

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IL: Restaurant Security Guard Shoots, Kills Suspect

CHICAGO — A man was shot and killed by a restaurant security guard an armed confrontation in the city’s Montclare neighborhood early Saturday morning.

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IN: Armed Victim Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 20-year-old man is in critical condition after police say he attempted to rob someone at a gas station and the victim shot him.

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OK: Theif Steals Gun, is Shot at


A routine gun sale went south Friday morning when the buyer allegedly stole the gun and the seller fired four shots at him as he ran away.

Warr Acres police said they are searching for a suspect in the alleged theft.
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Irrational Responses to Armed Defenders in Church

The recent use of arms by a skilled, armed defender, Jack Wilson, in the West Highway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, was recorded on live stream video.

In spite of rapid attempts to suppress the video, it has been made available to the world, via social media and the quick actions of freedom loving activists.

The actions in the video are crystal clear. An armed, skilled, volunteer congregant stops an active murderer with one shot, after two of his friends are shot and killed. The entire action happens in six seconds.

The defender acted with skill and grace under fire. Within a few seconds, several other armed congregant volunteers converge on the downed murderer.

None of the chaos and multiple deaths, predicted by those who wish a disarmed population, happened, in spite of several armed, volunteer, congregants.

The actions and video are one of the clearest refutations of the arguments of those who want a disarmed population, that has happened in recent years.

How have those who want us disarmed, responded?

Their first, and most common response, is to retreat to their fantasy of a world without guns. From flobalob, comment at dailymail.co.uk:
Three people died because of those guns. If there were no guns nobody would have died.
There are many variations.  From a comment by RedRobinHood in the dailymail.co.uk:
 Wait a minute , the NRA made sure a madman had a gun in the first place.
This is a fantasy position. Guns are a 600 year old technology. Even with draconian controls on guns, it makes little difference in the number of illegal guns or homicides. Gun restrictions may reduce the number of legal guns; the number of legal guns has no relationship to the number of illegal guns, or the rate of homicide.

Gun bans have not reduced homicide anywhere in the world. They may have reduced murders with guns, but even that is doubtful. It did not happen in England and Wales, where it has been extensively studied. The academic works of Joyce Lee Malcolm and Constable Greenwood in Cambridge, show that clearly.

The number of guns in a country, and the gun homicide rate do not show a meaningful correlation. That argument begs the question: what is the point of reducing legal gun ownership, if it does not reduce the homicide rate?

The fantasy, held by most supporters of a disarmed population, is there is some magical policy which will make guns disappear. They say, no guns, no killing with guns. It is magical thinking, especially in the United States, with a population of 330 million, 430 million guns, billions of rounds of ammunition, and the skills and tools to produce guns and ammunition in millions of garages, hobby centers, small shops, and homes.

Essentially they are putting their fingers in their collective ears, yelling la,la,la,la... They don't like guns and they demand they go away. They expect to be able to change the reality by wishing for a different reality, where guns do not exist, cannot be made, smuggled, or sold on the black market.

The fall back position, is to claim more infringements on the Second Amendment will somehow reduce the overall number of violent deaths in society. Because homicide deaths, including homicide deaths with guns, have dropped with increasing numbers of guns, this argument depends on the number of deaths by suicide. Here is the response put forward by Moms Demand Action, the Bloomberg funded group pushing population disarmament. From momsdemandaction.org:
Once again, the gun violence crisis in Texas is in the spotlight after two people were shot and killed at a church in White Settlement on Sunday. Gun violence kills more than 3,000 Texans each year, and the rate of gun deaths in Texas increased 14 percent from 2008 to 2017.
The Texas Homicide rate in 2008 was 5.6 per 100,000, according to dps.texas.gov.

The Texas Homicide rate in 2017, was 5.0 per 100,000, according to dps.texas.gov.

The Texas homicide rate dropped 12% from 2008 to 2017.

If we look at more data, we find there was an enormous drop in both homicide and suicide (and homicide and suicide with guns) from 1991 to 2017. 

The Texas Homicide rate 1991, was 15.3 per 100,000, according to dps.texas.gov.

Using the Orwellian term "gun violence" which lumps together justified homicide, murder, suicide, and accidents, the Moms' figure for "gun violence" is 11.5 per 100K, including all causes, with 62% of that figure being suicides.

The rate of suicides with guns in Texas dropped by 23.6% from 1991 to 2015, according to The Trace, hardly a pro-Second Amendment publication.  The rate of homicides with guns dropped 61.3% during the same period, using the same source. The rate of overall homicide in Texas in 2015 was 4.8, 96% of what it was in 2017, so the firearms homicide rate in Texas is unlikely to have changed much, from 2015 to 2017.

The suicide with firearms rate in 2017 was 62% of 11.5, or 7.13 per 100,000 population, a decrease in the rate.  In 2015, it was 7.3 per 100,000. In 2016, it was 7.28 per 100,000.  These numbers show the relationship shown in the Trace article, has not changed.

The suicide rate with guns, in Texas, is about 24% lower in 2017, than it was in 1991. The homicide rate (all methods) in 2017, is  67% lower than it was in 1991. The homicide rate with guns is about 60% lower than it was in 1991.

In the period from 1991 to 2017, per capita guns in the United States increased from .857 in 1991 to 1.27 in 2017(calculated). A 47% increase in the number of guns per capita in the United States, (The numbers are not available for Texas, separately) resulted in a decrease of suicides by guns of 24% in Texas, and a decrease of homicides (all methods) of 67% in Texas.

The Moms' reach their figure of increasing "gun violence" by cherry picking the start date of their data, in 2008. 1991 was shown above, because 1991 was the peak rate shown for homicides in Texas.

Statistics can easily be manipulated to present the conclusion the author wants.

There is no correlation with gun ownership and homicides, or with gun ownership and suicides. Many countries with extremely low gun ownership have very high suicide rates. Virtually none of the policies being pushed by the people who wish the population disarmed would reduce suicides by guns or suicides overall.

Bans of semi-automatic rifles? 1 shot needed for suicide.

Bans of magazines of more than 10 shots. The same.

Bans on private sales of guns?  The vast majority of suicides have owned their guns for a long time.

The arguments used to counter the usefulness of guns for defense of self and others fail miserably.

Those who want disarmed populations argue from fantasy and emotion, because the facts do not support their arguments.

Many want to disarm everyone else, because they do not wish to bother with learning to effectively defend themselves or others.  They cry out: I don't like guns! They scare me! Make them go away! Cynical politicians hear their cries, amplify them, and use the emotion to gain power.

The emotional haters of guns need to understand: armed defenders protect them.  Private concealed carry permit holders are more law abiding than police.

Guns cannot be removed from society. To think they can is magical thinking.

Reality has a way of intruding on fantasy and magical thinking.

The defensive use of a gun to stop the killing in the West Freeway Church of Christ, is a powerful reminder of reality.

©2019 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

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