Sunday, January 24, 2021

OH: Gunfight, Gas Station Clerk Wounds man who Fired at Him

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A gas station store clerk shot a gunman in the ankle early Wednesday morning.

Cleveland police said the suspect walked into the Marathon Gas Station in the 5300 block of Superior Avenue and fired several shots at the clerk.

The clerk, who was not injured, fired back and struck the suspect one time.

Officers said the suspect then drove off in a black Monte Carlo and crashed into a city salt truck at Superior Avenue and East Blvd.


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Strange: No Comments for 5 days

It appears some sort of change has taken place.

There have been no comments on this blog for five days.

None. 

Not even spam. 

Comments appear to be allowed as usual.

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Montana House Passes Bill with Constitutional Carry, Removal of Gun Free Zones


The Montana House of Representatives has passed major gun law legislation, HB102, by more than a 2-1 margin, 66 for, 31 against.

The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.

Link to the text of Montana bill HB102 at mt.gov.

HB102 is a general revision of Montana gun law. Numerous Montana statutes are revised, and new sections are added.Here are the major points of HB102:

Purpose and Legislative intent from the bill: 

NEW SECTION. Section 1. Purpose. The purpose of [sections 1 through11] is to enhance the safety of people by expanding their legal ability to provide for their own defense by reducing or eliminating government-mandated places where only criminals are armed and where citizens are prevented from exercising their fundamental right to defend themselves and others.

NEW SECTION. Section 2. Legislative intent. It is the intent of the legislature to reduce or remove provisions of law that limit or prohibit the ability of citizens to defend themselves by restricting with prior restraint the right to keep or bear arms that the people have reserved to themselves in the Montana constitution, and to further establish that the right to defense of a person’s life, liberty, or property is a fundamental right.

Section 3. Legislative Findings: 

  • The Montana Constitution does not grant the Montana University system the power to amend, suspend, alter or abolish Constitutional rights.
  • The Montana University land and buildings are public property, and are not private entities.
  • Prohibition of possession of firearms on campus calls into question the right to keep and bear arms protected by the Montana Constitution.
  • Gun free zones provide an increased risk to the health and safety of citizens.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court, in the Heller and McDonald decisions affirmed the right to keep and bear arms. The rights apply against local and state governments.

Section 4.  Establishes 8 limited places where concealed firearms may not be carried, and confirms they may be carried everywhere else.

Section 5. Prohibits university officials from infringing on the right to keep and bear arms.

Section 6. Allows for limited regulation of firearms on University campus. 

Section 7. Allows for lawsuit and recovery of damages, court costs and attorney's fees if the right to keep and bear arms is denied, diminished or wrongfully delayed by government officials.

Section 8. Protects the defensive display of a weapon.

Section 9. Eliminates the penalties for concealed carry for people who may legally possess firearm (permitless carry).

Section 10. Limits concealed carry in places that serve alcohol, and in government buildings, to people who have concealed carry permits. 

Section 11. Reinforces and enhances Montana preemption law for firearms.

Section 12. Repeals exceptions for numerous privileged officials and the statute banning the carry of firearms on a train. 

Section 13. Severability of the statute

Section 14. Codification instructions

Section 15. Statute shall be effective on passage and approval. 

Passage of HB102 in the Senate seems likely. Governor Greg Gianforte  is expected to sign the bill.

Fifteen years of much needed reforms are included in the fifteen sections of HB102. The chance of passage is good. Expect intense lobbying and propaganda by those who want the population disarmed. 

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TX: Neighbor Shoots, Kills Tresspasser who Attacked Him

The subsequent investigation revealed that earlier that morning Young had been issued a Criminal Trespass Warning for an apartment. He returned to the apartment complex and continued to bang on a door. This prompted a neighbor to exit and ask him to leave.

This resulted in an altercation and the neighbor shot Young.


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IL: Car Owner Stops Theft of Vehicle with Gunfight

A legal gun owner who police say left his SUV running late Monday as he went into a Wicker Park store stopped the theft of his vehicle by exchanging gunfire with the person who drove off with it, a move firearms instructors caution should be a last resort.

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TX: Bounty Hunters Invade Home, start Gunfight, are Arrested


Brannon rushed inside of the home and attempted to close the front door, but the men still managed to rush inside.

He said he grabbed his gun from his closet, and that's when the gun battle started. He said at one point, all three were shooting at him.

"I thought they was gonna kill me," he said.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

The Minimal Barriers and Timing at the US Capitol, 6 January, 2021

Picture taken about 11:14 a.m. on 6 January, 2021.

The barriers put up to keep the crowds of protestors away from the Capitol building on 6 January, 2021, were minimal and easily overcome. They were primarily psychological. An ordinary 10 year old child could push their way through them, with minimal effort.

Physical barriers must be backed up by manpower, if they are to be effective. This is especially true for such minimalist barriers as were placed between the massive crowds which came to the Capitol on 6 January, 2021. 

In the photograph, there are three widely spaced Capitol police officers in the broad grounds between the Ulyssess S. Grant Memorial and the Capitol. The distance between the two is about 250 yards. 

It is a significant distance. Being at the Ulyssess S. Grant Memorial does not feel as if you are at the Capitol. You are hundreds of yards away from the Capitol building.

11:20 a.m. 6 January, 2021, south end of west side of the Capitol grounds

The first barrier encountered consisted of a line of the freestanding metal fencing pictured above.  It is about three feet tall. Most of the individual sections were not connected with each other. A section can easily be lifted with one hand.

11:15 a.m. 6 January, 2021   (0919:11 raw time on camera)

Another view of the Capitol from the West, before crowds of protestors began to arrive.  Notice the two Capitol Police on the grounds. The signs saying AREA CLOSED are attached to the second barrier encountered.

The second barrier consisted of green plastic mesh, attached to steel fence posts with what appeared to be plastic ties.  

A few pounds of pressure on the mesh would detach the mesh from the posts and defeat the barrier.  There were several of these plastic mesh on steel posts barriers. Once the inhibition of pushing them down was overcome, there were ineffective.


At 12:30, most of the protestors at the Capitol were on the east side. By 12:45, protestors coming down the mall and Pennsylvania avenue began to accumulate between the barriers and the Ulyssess S. Grant Monument. The Monument had the steel stand alone barriers surrounding it.  The monument has a footprint of about 70 feet by 250 feet. Protestors jostled/moved the steel stand alone fencing a foot or two, leaving gaps. This destroyed the psychological impact of this barrier.  Protestors moved freely in and out of the Ulyssess S. Grant Monument.  

A significant psychological barrier had been breached. More and more protestors joined the people at the barriers.  There seemed an inexhaustible supply of protestors coming from the Ellipse area, down the mall and Pennsylvania Avenue. Hundreds of thousands were coming from the rally at the Ellipse.

12:51 p.m. 6 January, 2021Barrier outside of Ulysses S. Grant memorial, about 250 yards to the Capitol.

About five minutes later, I heard a shout and saw a person had gone past the plastic mesh barrier on the north part of the west side of the Capitol grounds. He shouted encouragement. He was followed by a couple of dozen others. 

The psychological breach of the flimsy barriers was similar to an earthen dam being breached. The trickle of people became a flow. The flow became a flood. 

Tens, then hundreds, then thousands flowed toward the west side of the Capitol.


12:56:13 p.m. 6 January, 2021

This picture is from early in the process. You can see how ineffectual the plastic mesh was.

This picture was taken three seconds later. The flow of people is increasing.


12:56:31, 18 seconds later. The pressure of the mass of people is turning into a flood moving toward the Capitol. Only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands coming from the Ellipse have reached the barriers at this time.


That small fraction is still hundreds of people, rapidly becoming thousands of people. This picture is five seconds later. The first protestors have not yet reached the Capitol or the scaffolding. 

 

 

This picture was taken about a minute and a half after the plastic mesh barriers were pushed through. The protestors are getting close to the Capitol but have not reached the scaffolding, which can be seen on the upper right.  

Notice the section of stand alone fencing on the ground in the middle left, and the gaps in a third plastic mesh barrier with the signs on it.





The protestors reach the scaffolding at the Capitol.  It is about 12:58:25 in the afternoon on 6 January, 2021. 



More protestors arriving at scaffolding area 25 seconds later. It is very close to 12:59 pm. The Police Lives Matter flag was prophetic.

President Trump's speech ended about 01:12 p.m., about thirteen  minutes later.

The protesters were overwhelmingly supportive and protective of the police.

There were very rare exceptions.

The west side of the Capitol is where the first entry to the Capitol by the protestors appears to have happened. It is said to have happened between about 2  p.m and 2:40 p.m., about an hour or more after the above picture was taken.

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CA: Gunfight in Hesperia, Homeowner with 9mm Drive off Intruder armed with .22 (video)

HESPERIA, Calif. (KABC) -- A Hesperia homeowner fended off an armed man who was trying to break into his home, exchanging gunfire until the man ran away.

The wild early-morning shootout was caught on camera - and the suspect turned out to be a neighbor who lived only a few doors down.

 


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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Ken Ledeau Bear attack 8 April, 2020 Dupuyer Montana .44 mag, Grizzly

File Image of grizzly bear  by Troy Nemitz, permission to use granted; scaled and cropped by Dean Weingarten
 

Ken Ledeau is a semi-retired trucker who rented a cabin near Dupuyer Montana. He loved the area, the views and the wildlife he would see while walking for exercise. He would walk up and down a finger ridge on one side of Dupuyer creek drainage. The land was mostly open on the ridge, while the creek had dense stands of willow trees and other vegetation. 

Ken was 59 years old when the bear attacked him.

Neighbors in the Dupuyer area had warned him about the dangers of grizzly bears in the area. He had taken their advice, and was carrying a Smith & Wesson 629 stainless steel .44 magnum revolver.  The revolver was loaded with 305 grain HSM cartridges. He had a can of bear spray.

On 8 April, 2020, Ken was walking for in the evening. It was cool and clear, in the low 40's Fahrenheit.  Ken wore an old backpacking windbreaker over his holstered pistol, gloves, and carried a walking stick. His  629 Smith has a six inch barrel, and was carried in an Uncle Mike's nylon belt holster with a thumb break retainer. 

Ken hiked the ridge about a half mile south of his rented cabin. He was returning down the ridge.   Lower on the ridge, on the right, toward the Dupuyer drainage, there was a patch of snow and a brush patch.  As he passed the brush patch below him, he heard a noise.  He stopped and looked around, but did not see any animals.  He continued walking. For some reason, he looked back. A grizzly bear was emerging  from the brush onto the snow and was charging up the slope toward him. The bear was 50-60 feet from him.

He yelled at the bear and threw his walking stick.  The bear was up on the ridge and coming at him in an instant. 

He tried to get at the big Smith revolver. The windbreaker interfered with his draw. The bear closed very fast.  Time perception slowed, a common phenomena in life and death situations, known as tachypsychia

As the bear closed, in fractions of a second, Ken twisted and raised his left leg to protect his groin and femoral artery. The bear grabbed him by the thigh, a few inches above the knee, by the big muscles. The bear did not reach bone. Ken said:

 "When she bit me, it felt like a vise was closing on my leg."

As the bear knocked him down, and twisted him, he managed to free the revolver from the windbreaker, release the thumb break, and draw it. 

He could see the back of the bear, but not its head. He shot the bear in the back, into the shoulder/chest, with the muzzle of the revolver just inches from it.  Ken said, maybe he should have shot her in the head, but he did not want to shoot his own leg.

Ken says the first shot worked. It hurt the bear. The bear immediately let him go and retreated. As the bear turned and presented its side, he shot again at its chest. As the bear staggered away and paused, Ken emptied the revolver at it.

Then Ken attempted to reload with an HKS speed loader. The HKS is a handy way to carry spare ammunition. It seemed to take a long time to reload. He attributed the lack of speed to lack of experience.

The bear staggered away. Ken finished reloading, assessed the damage and limped back to his truck. He was able to drive to the hospital in Conrad. It took him four months to heal.

Before the attack Ken had fired his 629 Smith only once, to test it. 

The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks investigators told Ken he hit the bear four times out of six shots. One of the shots hit the bear in the eye socket and missed the brain. The bear was an adult female about 12 years old, weighing 350 - 400 lbs. Three cubs were later found and rescued by a rancher.

Ken has started to practice with his Smith & Wesson. He had a .357 and a .22 when he was younger. He says he is not an experienced pistol user.

Ken is considering a shoulder holster or a chest holster.  He has practiced drawing his revolver.

Ken said there had been nine bear attacks in Montana in 2020, as of the time of our conversation, late in the year. He says his experience and what he has observed in Dupuyer has changed his attitude about bears and how they affect the people living in areas where grizzly bears  are expanding their range. He says many of those attacked were injured far worse than he was. The expense of recovery has been much higher for them.

He used to believe there should be more bears. Now he thinks the difficulties they present to people who are living where the bear population  is increasing should be considered.

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IL: Gunfight, Security Guard and Car Thief

A Walgreens security guard exchanged gunfire Monday night with a man who stole his car, which he left running outside the Wicker Park store, according to a CPD report. No one was struck by the gunfire and the thief ditched his car nearby.

The guard, age 22, left his car running briefly while he ran into the store at 1372 North Milwaukee around 11:20 p.m., the report said. When he walked back out, he saw someone driving away with his black 2017 Hyundai SUV, according to CPD.


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NH: Drug Addict and Felon Shot, Killed by Resident in Concord

Terrence Isaiah Wigglesworth, 28, a homeless man with several prior criminal incidents and interactions with Concord police, was killed around 11:30 a.m.

According to police, dispatch, witnesses, and scanner chatter, a caller from the complex called police accusing Wigglesworth of banging on the door of an apartment and then, hearing gunshots. Police and firefighters responded to the building and found Wigglesworth suffering from a gunshot wound on the fourth floor of the complex, according to Kate Giaquinto, the director of communications for the attorney general's office.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Defensive Mountain Lion Shooting by Eldorado County Deputy with Colt AR15 Style Rifle

From El Dorado County Sheriff's Office facebook, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

Have call in to Sgt. Robert St. Tierre at SO have recording, notes. 

In the afternoon of 11 January, 2021, a family with two small children and two small dogs was walking along the El Dorado bike trail. They were just outside of Placerville, California, on the east side. The trail there is paved. The weather was very good for walking, the sky was clear and the temperature was about 55 degrees F, with a light breeze. The two small children were in a stroller.

The couple noticed a mountain lion behind them on the trail. They shouted at the lion. It continued to follow them for several minutes. The family called 911. A veteran deputy from the El Dorado Sheriff's department made good time reaching their location. It was seven minutes from the 911 call to his arrival on the scene, about 200 yards east of where the El Dorado trail crosses the Smith Flat School Road, not far outside the city limits.

Image from National Park Service, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten


El Dorado Sheriff's department requires every patrol vehicle to have a Remington 870 shotgun and a dedicated less-lethal beanbag shotgun in the vehicle. If patrol officers take and pass a rifle course, they may be issued a Colt AR15 style rifle in .223 caliber. The issue ammunition is a 55 grain Hornaday softtip TAP. Almost all of the patrol deputies have rifles; most of them have purchased their own optical sights to put on the rifles, which are issued with iron sights as standard.

When the deputy arrived at the young family's location, he exited the vehicle with a Colt AR15 style rifle in .223 caliber.

The mountain lion was not deterred, even after the deputy arrived. The deputy tried shouting at the animal. It stopped pacing back and forth, and started advancing toward the deputy. 

The deputy fired a warning round in front of the big cat. It continued to advance. 

The deputy fired at the front of the cat, below the head. At the the shot, the cat started charging the deputy. The first shot was from 25-30 yards out.

The deputy continued to fire, hitting the cat three or four times out of four or five shots.  The last shot was into the side of the cat as it turned. It dropped to the ground about 10 yards from the deputy.

California Fish and Wildlife took possession of the cat from the Sheriff's Office. F&W will have a necropsy of the cat performed to see if it had rabies or any other problems. The mountain lion was a full grown, adult female. 

California banned hunting of mountain lions with proposition 117 in 1990. 

Mountain lions may be killed in self defense, or depredation permits can be obtained to kill lions which are killing livestock.  In 2016, 218 depredation permits were issued and 120 problem mountain lions were killed, according to sacbee.com

When mountain lions were routinely hunted with dogs, it was common for even a small dog to tree a mountain lion. 

Today, thirty years after regular lion hunting was banned in California, mountain lions routinely kill and eat pet dogs

In the comments at the Eldorado Sherrif's Office facebook page, several commenters revealed they had close encounters with mountain lions. From the comments: 

My kids were also followed about six months ago in this same area. Called the sheriff's and they did nothing. Had to wait for 3 weeks till animals control to call back. Unfortunately something bad has to happen before action.
 
We hike all the time and everywhere, but never without at the very least pepper spray and a knife or two. When we go deeper into the mountains we always bring a side arm. We got stalked once and it is an eerie scary feeling even when you are armed.
 
I'm glad no one was hurt. This is not typical lion behavior (although once I had one on the roof of my house staring down at me at 5 am!). They normally stay hidden or run off. 
 
I was followed by a cat while hiking back to my car after a day of prospecting a few years ago. I walked backwards away from it and made sure to make lots of sound while waving my shovel. I think it got bored of watching a lunatic so it walked away into the forest.
I also had a gun on me, luckily i did not need to use it.

Animal populations must be managed by humans, or they fluctuate wildly. There is no inherent "balance" in nature. Predator populations increase until they run out of food or habitat. 

Human occupied areas offer plenty of food for predators in the form of garbage, garages, pet food, pets, and if pressed, people themselves.

The most effective, humane, and efficient way to manage predator populations is with regulated hunting. Without management of large predator populations, they increase until humans are put at risk.

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IL: Elliot Scott takes Tow Truck without permission, Calls 911

There may be more to this case than meets the eye. Many towing companies in Chicago owe their existence to the Chicago political machine. 

 

A Grand Crossing man stole a towing company’s truck and then called 911 himself because he was upset that the truck’s driver dared to pull a gun on him, prosecutors said.

Elliott Scott, 22, is charged with aggravated possession of a stolen motor vehicle, misdemeanor theft, and driving on a suspended or revoked license.


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SC: Armed Robber Shot, Killed inside of Myrtle Beach Home

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach police revealed that an armed robber was shot and killed at a home on Monday night.

Officers were called to the shooting around 6 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of 34th Avenue North.

Responding officers found two people hurt inside the home. Both were taken to the hospital, but one person succumbed to their injuries while the second person is expected to be OK.


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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

TX: Domestic Defense, Father Shoots Ex who Blocked Daughter

HOUSTON — A man with a restraining order against him was shot during an altercation outside his ex-girlfriend’s family’s home late Wednesday, police said.

The shooting happened on Houston’s south side before 11 p.m.

Police said a woman saw her ex-boyfriend following her, so she drove to her parents’ home. When she pulled in the driveway, the ex allegedly blocked her in.


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TX: Domestic Defense in Fort Worth, Man Shoots Woman, Security Guard Shoots Man

A man shot at a woman during a domestic dispute early Saturday at a northwest Fort Worth business, striking her critically in the upper torso, and security guards shot at the man, police said. 


He, too, was struck in the upper torso. He and the woman were both in critical condition Saturday morning.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Governor Ricketts of Nebraska: no Problem with Open Carry at Protests, 2A rights Prevail


Image screenshot from Youtube video KETV, cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

There are few Governors who will unabashadly support the exercise of Second Amendment rights at protests inside their own state Capitol buildings. Governor Pete Rickets of Nebraska is one of them.

On 12 January, 2021, Governor Pete Ricketts gave a press conference about how the Covid19 protective measures.

At about 42:11 in the video, a reporter asks about potential "armed protestors" at the Capitol. From Governor Ricketts:

So, If  people want to protest and bring their guns, obviously open carry is allowed in Nebraska.  But I would suggest that everybody remember that we have a pandemic going on, and a protest should be done peacefully, also be thoughtful, that people are nervous about bringing guns out, and be thoughtful about that as well. 

In another clip from the press conference, Governor Ricketts referenced the second Amendment. That was in a seven second clip from wowt.com:

and, again, it is a Second Amendment right, it is in the Constitution.

This isn't the first time Governor Ricketts has come out in support of Second Amendment rights, against the media narrative. On 21 February, 2020, Governor Ricketts showed political courage and stood for Second Amendment rights and open carry.

Nebraska  Republican State Senator Suzanne Geist, District 25, was also willing to speak up when asked about the issue from KETV on a Youtube video:

We know that some are saying it will be an armed protest.  And frankly, that's also their right as well.  That is legal in our state. 

 

Nebraska is an open carry state. The State has a strong state constitutional protection of the right to keep and bear arms.  Governor Pete Ricketts affirmed the right in a webpage dated 18 February, 2020:

“The right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, recreational use, and all other lawful purposes...shall not be denied or infringed by the state or any subdivision thereof.”

On the same webpage, Governor Ricketts comes out strongly against "red flag" laws:

While Nebraska has a long tradition of protecting Second Amendment rights, it’s important to be vigilant against legislative attempts to erode them.  LB 58, a bill currently under consideration by the Legislature, would infringe on your right to bear arms in Nebraska.  The so-called “Red Flag Law” would permit household members or law enforcement to go before a court to “flag” someone as unfit to have a firearm.  Based on this allegation, the court could then order a search of the property of law-abiding citizens and the seizure of any guns found.  The court order would also prevent the “flagged” person from purchasing a firearm.  Under LB 58, all of this could take place prior to the accused persons having the opportunity to defend themselves in court!  This is a clear violation of due process rights under the guise of public safety.  LB 58 would create a judicial weapon for anti-gun activists who wish to roll back the gun rights enshrined in both our federal and state constitutions.

 It is refreshing to hear a state governor carefully and consistently defend the right to keep and bear arms. 

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OH: Coyahoga Falls Resident Shoots, Kills, Intruder

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cuyahoga Falls resident called police Saturday morning and told them he had shot a home intruder.

The shooting occurred in the 2200 block of Richmond Road shortly before 5:45 a.m., according to a Cuyahoga Falls police press release.


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WA: Everett Homeowner Shoots, Wounds, Intruder

EVERETT — A man shot an alleged burglar trying to break into his home Saturday night, according to police.

The burglary and shooting was reported around 10 p.m. in the 3600 block of Tulalip Avenue in the Rucker Hill area of Everett, police spokesman Aaron Snell said.


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TX: Armed Citizen Holds Stabbing Suspect for Police

A local ex-con accused of stabbing another man was detained at gunpoint by a concealed handgun license holder before being arrested -- for the 29th time in Kerr County -- on suspicion of aggravated assault.


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OH: Gunfight, Armed Victim Shoots, Kills Teen Armed Robber

Police said Hill and 17-year-old Josiah Cocroft tried to rob a 33-year-old man at the market.

Police said Hill pulled a gun on the man and then the man, who has a CCW permit, pulled out his own gun.

Hill was shot when he and the man exchanged gunfire, police said.

The man who shot Hill stayed at the scene.

Police arrested Cocroft, who detectives said was with Hill, and charged him with murder.


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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Marines Begin Mass Fielding of Suppressors (Silencers) at end of 2020


 

Image from Marine.mil  Knight Armaments Company Suppressor on M38 cropped and scaled by Dean Weingarten

The Marine Corps is well on its way to procuring suppressors (silencers) for all small arms in its arsenal. 

During 2020, the Marines have procured 6,700 suppressors for M4, M4A1 and M27 rifles. Suppressors are in common use with the M38 squad designated marksman rifle. 

Another 7,000 suppressors are in the pipeline. The goal is to have about 30,000 suppressors by fiscal year 2023. From Defense Visual Information Service:


In 2020, PM IW procured about 6,700 small arms suppressors through Defense Logistics Agency’s Tailored Logistic Program, and acquired more than 7,000 additional units on the first delivery order upon the contract award. Brisker said the goal is to field approximately 30,000 suppressors by fiscal year 2023.
There are about 184,000 active duty Marines. Not all of them are going to be using or issued suppressors at the same time. Perhaps the Marines only need 120,000 suppressors for all their rifles. At the current rate of procurement, the Corps would meet their goal by about 2030.

Four years ago, in 2016, the Marines fielded a battalion equipped with suppressors.   From military.com:

In a series of experiments this year, units from 2nd Marine Division will be silencing every element of an infantry battalion — from M4 rifles to .50 caliber machine guns.

It was a tremendous success. In 2019, the intent to suppress every rifle was made. 

From nationaldefensemag.com in 2019

Another area of interest is a new suppressor for rifles. The Marine Corps is planning to release a request for proposals to industry, Hough added.

“The intent is to suppress every M4, M4A1 and M27 in the infantry community,” he said. “Our intent there is to move quickly and find the best possible suppressor we can that is good enough in order to move out in a quick enough fashion.”

The Marine Corps plans to award a contract for a suppressor by the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2020, he noted.

Alert readers will notice the lack of suppressors for .50 caliber machine guns. .50 caliber machine guns require very large suppressors. Perhaps they will be added in the future. No suppressors were mentioned for squad automatic weapons. 

The suppressor procured by the Marines is the Knight Armaments Company NT-4, National Stock Number (NSN) 1005-01-437-0324. It can be seen on page  19 of knightarmco.com military catalog. It is an older, but well proven design, first assigned an NSN in 1998. The design is over 20 years old.

Suppressor experimentation by the Corps has shown them to be very popular with the troops on the ground. They make communication easier, and make it harder for the enemy to locate and return fire. In the 2016 article, a Marine said suppressors were already common in many other militaries, including those of Russia and China. 

Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities affecting veterans. From the DVIS article: 

“In the big picture, the VA pays out a lot in hearing loss claims,” said Brisker. “We’d like Marines to be able to continue to hear for many years even after they leave the service. These suppressors have that benefit as well.”

Tomlinson mentioned how the news of the fielding of additional suppressors has created a groundswell of excitement among the units receiving them. He believes the myriad advantages suppressors provide will benefit the Marine Corps for years to come.

The ability of suppressors to prevent and reduce hearing loss is an excellent reason to remove them from the intrusive and irrational regulatory environment of the National Firearms Act.  All citizens should have easy access to this safety equipment.

It seems unlikely to happen during a Biden administration.

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IL: Chicago Armed Robber Shot by Armed Samaritan


At 5:59 p.m., the 39-year-old woman was on the street in the 9000 block of South East End Avenue when the robber walked up, took out a gun, and demanded her property, police said.

Then another man approached both the robber and the victim, took out his own gun, and shot the robber, police said.


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Followup PA: Khalif Sinclair Aressted in Death of Abdur Small

At 5:30 p.m., he walked onto the porch and fired two shots from his 9mm handgun, prompting one of the residents to return fire using a .22 caliber firearm, authorities said.

Small was apparently closest to the door as the shots were fired, and was struck by a bullet, Steele said. An autopsy confirmed the shot was fired by one of the home’s occupants firing back at Sinclair.

Small was transported by ambulance to Suburban Community Hospital and then flown to Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was later pronounced dead. 

“The defendant went to the residence with the specific intent to kill and his actions directly resulted in the death of Abdur Small,” said Steele.

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Saturday, January 16, 2021

NICS December 2020, New Record for Background Checks, Gun Sales for Year


2020 is over. The year set records for every month and for total National Instant background Check System (NICS) background checks done in a year.

2020 almost certainly set a record for the number of new firearms owners.  New firearms owners are estimated at over 8 million, based on the NSSF figures of about 40% of firearms purchasers in 2020 have been new firearms owners. Precise records of new owners are not available, only estimates.

In December, the number of NICS background checks was 3,937,066, an all time record.  The number of firearms sold in December was about 1.90 million. It falls short of the number of firearms sold in December of 2015, which was about 2.22 million.

The total number of NICS background checks for 2020 was 39,695,315, about 40% greater than the record set in 2019. The number of firearms sold for all of 2020 was about 20.66 million, an all time record. The number of firearms added to the private stock in 2019 was about 13.95 million. The highest previous years total was set in 2016, at 16.29 million. 

The 2019 and 2016 numbers come from final figures provided by the ATF. It will be about a year before the final production, sales and import figures are released from the ATF for 2020.  They are expected to be close to the estimate calculated from the NICS checks.

NICS checks are done for things other than for firearm sales. For the last few years, checks for carry permits and carry permit rechecks have been more than those for firearm sales. 

In 2020, that trend slowed and reversed, with gun sales taking a slightly  larger percentage of the NICS checks. 

Permit and permit rechecks took a smaller percentage of the total. A number of states restricted the issuance of permits during the Covid19 pandemic.

While the number of gun sales were large for December, they were not a record for December.  Demand for new firearms may have reached a temporary saturation. Some models are a little more available.

Some of the reduction of demand is because the production of ammunition is maxed out, yet demand has outstripped it. The shelves are mostly bare. 

There is speculation fewer people are purchasing guns, because ammunition is difficult to obtain and/or very expensive by historical standards.

The number of firearm sales has been driven by concern over increased controls and potential gun bans proposed by the Biden/Harris ticket. Those concerns will remain in place, given the almost certainty of a Biden presidency, after President Trump has stated he will transfer power peacefully on 20 January.

The total number of private firearms in the United States is now about 462 million, as calculated using the methods pioneered by Newton and Zimring, and extended by Gary Kleck in “Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America”.

The number is the cumulative addition of domestic manufacture plus imports minus exports.  It does not count guns shipped to the U.S. military.   The figures are rounded to the nearest million.

The number of people desiring guns and ammunition as a hedge against political uncertainty will remain high. 

A Biden administration could reduce the demand by refusing to push for gun confiscation and gun registration. That seems unlikely. 

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OH: Lyft Driver Fired for Defending Herself

She said he started punching her in the face as the man in the backseat choked her.

She was driving a rental car and refused to back down.

“They didn’t know I was going to fight back,” she said.

Norman told 19 News she then grabbed her gun from the center console and started shooting.

 

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Friday, January 15, 2021

First Person Accounts of Breach of Capitol on 6 January, 2021

 

Image at the Capitol, west side, scaffolding, before protestors entered Capitol, about, 1:05 p.m.

Outside of the Capitol on the afternoon of 6 January, 2021, after the news had come the Capitol had been entered by protestors, this correspondent was able to interview four people, in two separate pairs, who claimed to have been through the Capitol. There were multiple other people present.

This correspondent did not see them entering or leaving the capitol. Here are links to the recordings, and transcripts of the accounts. They are in two segments.  

It gives a better understanding of the mindset of people who went into the Capitol on 6 January. 

 

This pair had been approached by another correspondent who asked them if she could get a statement.  This was close to the Capitol, on the Southwest. Here is the transcript:

Other reporter:

We are outside the Capitol.

Sorry I am having trouble with my phone now.

Weingarten: 

An audio recorder.

Initial Protestor: 

This was not an organized official plan to take over. Our original plan was to simply protest in front of the building, but when police decided to tear gas and shoot rubber bullets at individuals who were simply protesting, we decided it was time for us to act.

We stormed the building, we got inside, and we simply shouted: 

This is our house.  

We're here to simply show that if individuals think they can take our rights, we can take them back.  We are American citizens and we will fight for what is right. 

We stand here, not because of party, but because of our morals. We stand here because we share similar morals and we won't  let those morals be taken away. 

I don't use this to attack people on purpose, I use it for self defense. And I was here at this monumental moment, to prove to our government, presently, that they cannot control the citizens. The citizens control them.

Weingarten: 

Did you see any destruction inside, at all. 

Other protestor: 

The front door, I would say,  Like, to get in, they broke the glass and everything, and inside a couple of cubes, where you can sit, they were like flipping stuff. But most of the statues and everything, nothing was touched. 

Weingarten:

Now, you went in from this side, the West side.

Protestors;

Yeah, we went in from the back side.

Weingarten: 

Yes. This is the West side.  The other side is the East side. There are other groups that went in from two entrances on the East side. I did not see them go in, but they said they had gotten in.

Initial Protestor: 

There was a group of maybe 40, Maybe, a small group who went in, we went through the entire building, and then we came out the East side, then we let everyone else in. 

And from there, and from there, I'm not sure, but then there, there is like, a ton of people in there, but, you know, I heard a woman had gotten shot, and its true, she had gotten taken out of the building, in an ambulance, bleeding the entire time. I'm not sure of the case of why. But, it should of have never happened.

 Weingarten: 

Was she inside the building or outside?

Woman: 

 Inside
Initial Protestor: 

Inside. 

Weingarten:  

When she was shot? 

Initial Protestor: 

 Because she was in part of that group. 

Woman: 

Did you see any senators or any representatives?

Initial Protestor:

No. They all hid. There was nobody in that group there.

Weingarten:

 I think they have underground evacuation.

Initial Protestor:

That too.

Woman: 

There was report they were sitting in the basement.

 Initial Protestor:

While we were in the building there was an announcement  that there was a shutdown at six o'clock, due to this event. And, as a result, I believe a lot of the individuals who were in that building had evacuated.  I believe, to my knowledge.

Other protestor:

We broke into the senate too, and we sat down, and we did our, our chants. Everybody was formally... we all sat.  And eventually I heard people were sitting in the Speaker's chair. When we went, we didn't do that. 

People .. laughter.

Woman protestor:

That's awesome...right... good job, good job!

 Initial Protestor:

People from outside...people... it was a wonderful opportunity for us to see it and to do it, specifically, peacefully.

Weingarten:

I have a report that Nancy Pelosi's portrait, picture, whatever, was taken down and smashed.

Woman protestor: 

Oh that's good! I have seen a unintelligible ...

Initial Protestor:

If, if an individual did that it would be a separate group who did that. 

Weingarten: 

Oh, okay, I just heard that from people on the east side. 

Initial Protestor:

I understand.

 Other protestor:

I never saw anything like that.

We do not condone destruction, violence in any form. They need to be tried in justice under our Constitution. 

Initial Protestor:

We love our system. We love our system. We don't like the people running it right now. 

Others: Yes! Laughter

Reporter: 

So how did you guys leave? 

 Initial Protestor:

We simply went through the exit.

When we let everyone in, we left. Because, at that point,  I felt like I did my job, and I was done. I didn't need to stay there.

 

On the east side, this correspondent approached two men who said they had just been in the Capitol. 

They were asked if they would give an account of what happened. They were in the right place at the right time, but this correspondent did not see them enter or leave the Capitol.

Weingarten: 

        That's good. 

This gentleman just went through the building from the other, the  West side, through to the East side. We are on the East side now, we can see the Supreme Court right behind, and in front of us is the Capitol. 

So, we are on the east side.

What did you see as you went through the building?

First protestor:

We held off for a while, and eventually something happened we started rushing them and then before you really knew it, unintelligible, we went through the whole building, every room. 

Weingarten: 

Did you see any doors destroyed, anything like that? 

First protestor:

Not too much destruction, other than they took Nancy Pelosi's picture off the wall and smashed it and ripped it into shreds.

Weingarten: 

Wow. 

Second protestor:

Yea, we went in there and unintelligible.

We stopped them from... 

First protestor:

There were a lot of people stopping people from doing destructive acts.

Second protestor: 

When they first got pushed back, we all brought them aside so they didn't get hurt. 

First protestor:

A couple of people also were protecting the police. No one wants the police hurt. As far as we are concerned, they're American citizens, just like we are.

Weingarten: Yea, exactly

 First protestor:

There job is to protect this building.  And, uh, sorry, 

Second protestor:

We really stopped a lot of people from breaking things. 

Weingarten:

That's good, but I think my recorder is going bad. 

First protestor:

Well you will remember our words. 

Second protestor: 

You will remember our words.

Weingarten: 

Uh, yeah, I mean,  I can hope so, but my memory is not good, guys.

I got a spare.

Second protestor: 

There are people in the windows,  there are people in the windows, as you can see, they are in the building, they are in the building.

Weingarten: 

Maybe I should go up there to see what is going on. It would be interesting.

Come on. I put in fresh batteries.

Third protestor:

If I was you, you might try to go up there, but I wouldn't try to go back in the building.  I think, I think you won't be able to get back in. They have held their ground now. 

First protestor:

I think we proved our point. Proved our point.

Weingarten: 

What do you mean, held their ground? What did they do?

Third protestor: 

The cops, I don't think I they are letting anyone in anymore.  

Weingarten: 

Anyone getting arrested?

First protestor:

They let us freely walk out. But I don't think they were letting anyone back in.

Third protestor:

Twenty-four, twenty-five guys got arrested.

Weingarten: 

Did they? 

Third protestor:

Yeah.

First protestor: 

Will, look at the people. That cop that was up on the pedestal, and he was watching us, and he was targeting people, and they rushed in and got the people.

That guy that was throwing things at the cops?  I stopped him. He is probably lucky because I stopped him. They were taking the people like that. 

Weingarten:

Right, right. 

First protestor:

I mean, we're here to protest.

And you know what? Did you notice that?  The guy that was throwing that sh!t?

 Second protestor:

 In black cloth?

 First protestor:

100%. He had a black bicycle helmet, with a black vest, black shirt, pants. That guy was f*cking Antifa.

Second protestor:

More than likely.  He was trying to make it look. He was probably doing that for the cameras.

First protestor:

No, what he is doing, is the same thing they always do. They throw rocks, and they try to cause damage, then it looks like the Trump people did it.

Weingarten: 

You tried to stop them. 

You stopped some people from throwing stuff, they tore down the picture of Nancy Pelosi and they shredded it up. But they didn't do much other damage, the police let them go out, they arrested a few people that they selected as targets,who were being violent or whatever,  causing destruction.

First protestor: 

Trying to hit the policeman. 

Third protestor:

They were teargassing the first few on line. So we just kept pushing.

First protestor: 

Another key point is, there were a lot of Trump protestors in the building that were protecting the police and the property.

Weingarten: 

Right.

First protestor: 

We didn't want to cause damage. We just wanted to make our voice heard. 

Fourth protestor: 

My brother heard  a report on the news, that there were actually Antifa members, got in there, and there were guns drawn. 

First protestor: 

We saw, one of the guys who were out there throwing sh!t, he was breaking up iron grates, breaking up metal grates, you know that they have along the plants, those metal grates, you know they are like this thick.  He was breaking them up, and throwing them directly at the cops, all at the back side of the building. 

I got right in his face. I'll do it to you. 

I go right in his face, and I told him. We don't want to see you throwing sh!t. No one wants to see you throwing sh!t. We're not throwing sh!t. 

Fourth protestor: 

My brother said that actually it might have been Antifa members dressed up in MAGA hats to make our side look bad. 

Second protestor: 

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it could be. he had a hat on. It was a red hat. 

Protestor:

Yeah, Yeah they could do that, yeah, breaking stuff and doing property.

Fourth protestor:

I mean, we're not destructive.

First protestor: 

Not just us. Not just us! There was a lot of people in there stopping everyone from doing things ...

Fourth protestor: They said guns were drawn. Guns were drawn.

Second protestor: 

Yeah, they were banging on the desks. 

Like: What are you doing? Banging on the desk? 

Unknown: probably trying to bust the desks up, you know. 

Fourth protestor: 

My brother, a news report said guns were drawn in there. 

Second protestor: 

That never happened, idiot. I haven't dealt with it.

Fourth protestor:

That was a news report. 

Unknown: Yeah, well the news...chuckle

First protestor: 

Yeah Fake news. CNN told you that? 

Fourth protestor:   AB...

Unknown:  Yeah! laugh

They're wrong again! ABC...

Weingarten: 

Thank you very much

Fourth protestor:

That's what my brother told me from Akron, Ohio. 

Unknown: 

Akron. Hold that up. Oh my God. 
 

Capitol Police retake control of Capitol, 3:05 p.m.  6 January, 2021, east side
 

Many are making comparisons of the way protestors were treated in Madison, Wisconsin, when they took over the State Capitol in 2011.  A left-wing publication, the Isthmus.com, published this:

 The impulse to enter came from the immense symbolism of the Capitol itself. There was an intense compulsion, sometimes even below the level of rational reflection, to be inside self-government. Taking possession of that house of the people, even if only temporarily and symbolically, was a way of trying to make the ideal of self-government real.

The major difference is that Madison, Wisconsin, is a far left city filled with students and government bureaucrats.

Those occupying the Wisconsin Capitol were on the far left.

Washington, D.C. is a far left town filled with bureaucrats.

Those who breached the Capitol were conservatives, libertarians, and others. There may have been some Antifa. It is not as if they wore uniforms and the police checked the identification of those who entered. 

It was a chaotic situation at the Capitol during half an hour where protestors roamed about inside the Capitol and an unarmed woman protestor was shot and killed by a reportedly plain clothes Capitol policeman. He was in a suit.




Link to video 

 

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CA: Man Crashes Security Gate in Santa Clarita, pulls Gun, is Shot

The driver allegedly pulled out a handgun. That’s when one of the individuals who came up to him, a retired deputy, took out a gun and shot him twice in the upper torso, the Sherif’s Department said.

The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was last listed in critical condition, according to officials. Officers recovered his weapon at the scene, the Sheriff’s Department said.


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AZ: Nathan Lindman shot, Killed after Following man Home after Road Rage

Following that confrontation, the victim, a 27-year-old man, left the area and returned to his home nearby. But police say the alleged suspect, 42-year-old Nathan Lindman, followed him to his home. The two men then got into an argument in the parking lot.

During that argument, police say Lindman reached into a bag. The victim, fearing Lindman was reaching for a gun, drew his own weapon and fired, striking Lindman, according to Scottsdale police.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

OK: Miami, Oklahoma Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder

A burglary in progress was reported in the 900 block of B Street Northwest in Miami around 12:16 a.m. The resident told police he shot the person who broke into his house, according to Anderson’s statement.

The caller told police he was in his living room when the man began banging on the back door. He said he armed himself with a shotgun after he heard someone climb through the window of a back bedroom, according to the statement.

He told police he fired once at the man, later identified as Nelums, after the intruder approached the resident, according to Anderson.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

CA: Barstow Smoke Shop Employee Shoots, Kills Armed Robbery Suspect

A shooting at a smoke shop in Barstow this week left a robbery suspect dead after Barstow Police officials said he pointed a handgun at a store employee and demanded money and property.

The shooting occurred Wednesday afternoon at the So Cal Smoke Shop located at 1251 East Main Street. There, detectives learned through an investigation that the employee retrieved a handgun and shot the unidentified man as he was robbing the business, according to a Barstow Police statement.


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NC: Gunfight, Armed Victim Shoots, Kills Armed Robbery Suspect

A witness said she heard three gunshots and then saw a person lying on the ground.

“Initial report indicates a victim shot in self-defense when a suspect attempted to rob him,” a police statement on Twitter said.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, but later died.  


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LA: New Orleans Homeowner Shoots, Wounds, Teen Burglary Suspect

A man arrived home in the 2600 block of Clover Street after a neighbor called to tell him about a possible break-in, police said. He found the front door open and unfamiliar objects inside.

The homeowner fired a warning shot before entering. A teenage boy appeared, and the homeowner fired again, striking him in the buttocks.

 

 

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The Most Organized Pro-Trump Group at the 6 January Protests were the Chinese Anti-Communists




 Anti Chinese Communist Party Banner at Trump Rally 6 January, 2021

The fight to restore and retain the most basic freedoms in the United States may be most well understood by people who have experienced oppression in other parts of the world. Most of the world has no First or Second Amendment rights.

The most organized group at the pro President Trump rally/ stop the steal protest were the Chinese Americans warning against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). At the Washington Monument, they had pavilions and banners erected praising President Trump and warning against the danger of the Chinese Communist Party. Almost certainly many of those supporting President Trump had directly experienced the totalitarian rule in China. Most had probably lost relatives in the Great Leap Forward. They could see what was happening in the United States with a clarity lacked by many Americans.

Chinese Americans for Trump Banners and Pavilions near Washington Monument, courtesy Dean Weingarten

As Trump supporters, patriots and attendees walked along the Mall toward the Washington Monument, there were many Chinese Americans asking for signatures to oppose the CCP and handing out literature. They were well organized. In perhaps 3/4 of a mile, this reporter saw a dozen couples stationed along the way. This couple was happy to pose for a photograph.

Couple collecting anti-CCP signatures and handing out literature on 6 January, 2021, courtesy Dean Weingarten

Closer to the Capitol, this wall of signs protesting the disputed election, and the close ties between former President Joe Biden and the CCP were prominently displayed for all passersby. This sort of display takes planning, forethought and organization.


No Go China Joe wall of signs near Capitol on 6 January, 2021, courtesy Dean Weingarten

The anti- Chinese Communist Party group had an organized car caravan driving around the capitol. Their signage was clear. It took time and efforts to create those signs and organize the caravan.


Anti-Chinese Communist Party caravan around the Capitol on 6 January, 2021, courtesy Dean Weingarten

The spelling on the sign below is less than perfect, but the message is clear. Those who have lived under the rule of the CCP are warning the citizens of the United States.  There were other, smaller, individual  protest signs against China Joe as well, displayed by people who did not appear to be from China.


The Chinese Communist Party plan to dominate the world and supplant the United States as the foremost world power are now well known. The best, most unified and clear exposition of that plan is put forward in The Hundred Year Marathon,  The author is a noted sinologist, who speaks and writes fluent Mandarin. He supported the transfer of wealth and technology to China for decades, until he became aware of the Chinese plan to use the largess of the west to supplant the United States as the dominant power in the world. President Trump made the world aware.

There were several smaller groups which had organization and cohesion. The most prominent were the Proud Boys. As a group, they seemed to have the largest percentage of black and Hispanic members. I did not see them engage in any violence, although they chanted their antipathy toward Antifa.

After the rally/protest/march, this reporter and a correspondent from Italy had a conversation. Max, as the correspondent introduced himself, said the whole world was watching the events in Washington, D.C. 

He said the whole world is facing an extenquishment of freedom for the foreseeable future. Your rights, he said, are being taken away in small nibbles, so you do not notice. You give up a little here, a little there, and soon you have no free speech. He said free speech no longer exists in Europe in any real sense.

 

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AZ: Maricopa Grandmother Scares off Intruder with Warning Shot

The pistol she used is described as a Ruger from World War II. Perhaps it is a Luger?  Ruger did not start making pistols until after World War II. 

As Debby looked at the shadow on the other side of the glass, she reached for the switch to turn on the patio light. In a moment, his face illuminated, she quickly surmised the blue-eyed man might be strung out on meth as she unlocked the door and slid it open.

Moving the gun through the doorway, she pulled the trigger as the guy began to run, firing one shot into the patio.

She followed the intruder across the patio, watching as he scampered across the backyard and scaled the 7-foot-tall block wall at the edge of her yard to get away.

“I just wanted to scare him,” Debby said. “If he had come into the house, it might have been different.”


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SC: Body of Man who Broke into Dorchester County home Identified

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office has identified a man who broke into a home and died of a gunshot wound Friday afternoon.

The coroner’s office identified him as Damian B. Harrison, 32, of Summerville.


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ME: Woman Shoots at, May have Wounded Man who Attempted Assault

CARIBOU, Maine — A woman in Caribou allegedly shot a gun at a man who she says tried to assault her.

According to police, the woman says after the incident, the man drove away in a black pickup on Caribou Lake Road.


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