Saturday, October 22, 2016

Followup KS:Woman who Shot Burglar Can't Understand Why People do not Arm Themselves

"I think when something like this happens, you think the worst,” said Mundy. “I worry about Braedyn every day and with that situation I can't imagine what he could have witnessed.”

Mundy says she has learned a lot from her encounter with Jolly and hopes others do too.

 "You don't have to have a conceal and carry to have a gun in your home, and why wouldn't you want to protect yourself? Why wouldn't you want the same weapons or defense like the people that could be coming to your home in these situations?” said Mundy.

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SC: Homeowner Shoots at Burglar who Attempted Looting

The homeowner waited for the prowler at the top of the stairs while he made his way into the home.

“He came across my dining room and to the foot of my stairway. I had a revolver and fired at him twice,” Hough said.

He added he could see the man with just enough light from what seemed like a nightlight the intruder was holding. He didn't have to come down the stairs because the two shots were enough to send the man running.

“I missed obviously, but I think I scared him,” Hough said as he pointed to the bullet holes. “This one probably was my first one because a revolver, a gun will recoil and go up. So I would say that's the first one and that's the second one.”
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FL: Armed Citizen Shoots Armed Robber

PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) - An attempted armed robbery in Plantation ended with one suspect fatally shot and another fleeing the scene, Tuesday night.

Three people who were sitting at the park were approached by two male subjects, at approximately 9:29 p.m., at the Plantation Multi-Cultural Park, located at 460 N.W. 43rd Ave. Police said that was when the subjects tried to have a conversation with them before attempting to rob the three victims at gunpoint. Police said that if one of the victims didn’t have a license to carry a weapon, the outcome would have been a very different one.

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TX: Man Disarms, Shoots, Kills Armed Robbery Suspect

The man refused, and a physical altercation began, according to police.

During the struggle, the man got the robber's gun away from him and shot him in the stomach in self-defense, police said.

The 22-year-old attempted robber died at the scene, police said.
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GA: Man Shoots at 4 Burglary Suspects, Wounds 1

The man “got out of his vehicle and began shooting at the four individuals coming out of his house,” the report stated. The man told police he heard one of the suspects yell “S---!” as he opened fire.

When asked by police why he started shooting, the homeowner said “he was afraid for his life,” according to the report, and said he’d fired about a dozen times.

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GA: Motorcycle Club Member Shoots Man in Self Defense

A Snellville man was arrested Tuesday on assault charges just days after he was shot in Arcade by a Steel Horsemen Motorcycle Club member who fired at the suspect in self defense, authorities said.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

IN: Man fires at fleeing Suspect

The suspect — who was described in vague terms by the victim — fled out of the front door after being confronted.

The man fired one shot as the suspect fled in a get-away car. No one was injured.
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Followup GA: Veteran Shot Teen Burglar

One of the suspects was wounded but they both ran out of the house toward Hanson Street. Oglesby says the man who lives here grew up with her son. In fact, he’s former military and lives alone.

She said this is not the first time teens have targeted his home and doesn’t blame him for taking action and defending himself.

“He was in his right," she said. "You hate to have to stoop to that, but that’s what it is.”
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Video of Homemade Sub Machine Guns in Australia

While this video is from 2013, it is a graphic illustration of the results of what happens when extreme gun restrictions are imposed, as they have been in Australia. When it is expensive to import guns, criminals resort to making their own. The guns in the video are of a simple design and are easily made. Homemade sub machine guns are commonly found in Brazil and Israel, and are turning up in Canada.  In 2015, Australian police estimated 10 percent of the guns they seized were homemade.

In 2009, copies of the MAC machine pistol were confiscated. The MAC is a little more sophisticated than the guns in the video, but is well within the capability of any metal working hobbiest. The underground manufacturer admitted that he made as many as 100 for the black market before a sting operation caught him.  The MAC homemade guns included a homemade silencer and two magazines.

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AK: Bear Attack, Defense with Pistol from Sept, 1985

Rare case, bear mauls hunter after pistol shots

"He ran directly into the grizzly," his wife said. "He shot him twice."

She said the bear was on its hind legs, but the shots did not knock it down. The animal bit one of Moore's legs, breaking the bone, and tossed him six or eight feet.

The animal then put Moore's head in his mouth and mauled his face.

Moore somehow managed to free himself and stuck his pistol in the bear's mouth, firing again, and the bear retreated. Moore's companions heard the gunfire and said at first they thought he had shot a moose. The bear was gone when they found Moore.

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It was a .357.  The third shot killed the bear.

AZ: Two more Bear attack Defenses in Aug, 2016, One with a Pistol

On August 7, former search-and-rescue captain Don Kluting shot a sow with a .44 revolver after it charged him and a hiking partner in Nakwasina Sound — the first time this lifetime resident and outdoorsman had shot a bear in self-defense.

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Where are the Bear Attack Pistol Failures?

Todd Orr Relied on Bear Spray instead of the Pistol he had with him

While discussing the effectiveness of pistols to defend against bear attacks, a consistent theme is the claim that pistols are not effective, are difficult to use, and that many more people who use handguns are badly mauled than use pistols successfully. I tried to recall an incident where someone used a pistol in defense against a bear, where it did not work.  I could not remember one, so I posted this request in response to the claim. From
“Actually, there are legions of people who have been badly mauled after using a handgun on a bear. Even some of the vaunted magnums.”

OK, give us a few examples. As you claim “legions”, it should not be too hard.
I never received a response.  I believe the claim was made in good faith.  There has been an enormous amount of propaganda, fantasy, and electrons sprayed out there to spread the claim.  There does not seem to be much substance to it.

I engaged in an Internet search for instances where use of a pistol in defense against bears did not work.  I found one discredited urban legend about someone finding six .38 bullets in a bear skull.   I was not successful in finding instances of failure.  That does not mean there has never been a failure.  Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.  But it indicates that failures of a pistol defense against bears are rare.

 In contrast, there have been a number of successful uses of pistols as a defense against bear attacks in the last few years.  Here are nine from the last three years.

AZ: Bow Hunter Uses Handgun to Stop Unprovoked Bear Attack In Sept, 2016

PAYSON, AZ - Authorities found two bear cubs after an archery deer hunter fatally shot an adult female bear with a handgun when it charged him in the Payson area.

AK: Successful Bear Attack Defense with .44 Magnum (Aug 7, 2016)

“We immediately found ourselves in a confrontation,” Kluting said. “She ended up turning around and for a split second we thought she would leave – but then she turned back and came at us full charge.”

Kluting fired off a warning shot into the creek. At that point the sow was 15 yards away.

“She ran through that without even flinching,” he said.

So Kluting aimed in the middle of the brown blur, now about 3 yards away.

“I barely had time to get the hammer back for another shot before she reached me,” he said.

She collapsed in the river about 5 feet – two steps – away from them.

On 29 July, 2016, about 4 p.m. Kim Woodman used a 10 mm in an effective defense

Kim had a Glock model 20 10 mm pistol with him.  He was able to stop the attack by shooting the bear as it charged at him.  While backing away from the charging bear, Kim tripped and fell backward.  He instinctively attempted to fend off the bear with his foot, while he concentrated on firing the shots that saved his life.  The last shot was just short of contact.  It probably hit the bear in the chest, but also took off the tip of one of Kim's toes.

AK: Guide Kills Attacking Grizzly with 9mm

In the last week in July, 2016, Phil Shoemaker had use a 9mm pistol to kill a grizzly that was threatening his clients and himself.  It worked.

ID: Bear Attack on Sleeping Man Stopped with a .45 Pistol (Oct 2015)

Steven Vouch reached for his gun when he realized he was being attacked, but it wasn't there.  That is when his friend shot the bear with a .45.  Vouch is on the left in the Cowboy hat.

AK: Details on Charging Kodiak stopped with a .44 Mag Revolver (July 2015)

The bear was roughly 9 feet tall and started its charge at about 20 yards away. The man shot the bear by the time it moved half that distance, Svoboda said.
"It all happened in really tight quarters," he said. "He shot at it five times before it finally stopped and then once it was on the ground, it was still moving. So he shot it one more time and then it died."

MA:Handgun Defense against Black Bear (Nov 2014)

 WEST SPRINGFIELD - A Sikes Avenue man shot and killed a black bear with single pistol-shot to the head Friday night after it started to go after his small dog, police said. 

Glacier National Park: Bear first sprayed, then shot with a .357 (July 2014)

 Murphy first sprayed bear spray at the bear when it was 15 to 25 feet away, firing one shot from his .357 revolver when the bear had approached to within 7-10 feet.  The bear was charging uphill at the time.     He only fired one round at the bear, which fell back and stopped moving when shot.   Many have suggested that he should have continued firing, but it is hard to argue with success.

AK: .45 vs 9-Foot Brown Bear (July, 2014)

Many people claim that handguns are useless for protection against bears.   Numerous examples have shown that this is a false notion.   Handguns may not be ideal as defensive weapons for bears, but they can be effective.  In a defensive situation, you have to use what is available.   In this case, a homeowner in Alaska used a .45 against a brown bear that was trying to get into his house on July 7th of this year.  He and his son were in the home.   He had scared off the animal with some warning shots just three hours before.

I could have missed some instances of bear defenses with a handgun.  Several instances of bear defenses do not identify the firearm used.

I contacted Dave Smith, prominent author and bear attack expert. Dave was not able to recall an incident where a pistol defense against bears had failed. We talked about the study Efficacy of Firearms for Bear Deterrence in Alaska.

In that study, the authors report they included 37 instances of a handgun being present when a bear attacked a human.  The instances were collected over a period from 1883 to 2009.  They recorded 6 failures to stop the attack out of the 37 instances.  That would be an 84% success rate.

Dave Smith said that data from the voluminous Defense of Life and Property reports in Alaska were part of what was searched for the 269 incidents used in the study.  There were over a thousand DLP reports from 1986 to 1996, with over 100 reports a year being added at that time.

Unfortunately, exactly what criteria was used to include some reports and exclude others was not stated in the paper.  Dave Smith told me that attempts to obtain the data set used for the Efficacy paper have been rebuffed. A red flag against the validity of a study is when the authors will not release their data.  It appears that Todd Orr's case (top picture), where he chose bear spray instead of his pistol, would have been counted as a pistol failure.  The pistol was there when he was attacked, and he did not successfully use it to stop the attack.

Where are the instances of pistol defense failures against bears?  According to the mythology, there should be numerous instances available.

Please help us find these cases.

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Why Political Gun Control Fails: A "Progressive" gets it Half-Right

Gary Younge has written a book about young people shot during one day in November of 2013.  After the failure of President Obama's push for more infringements on the Second Amendment, he decided to pick one day at random, determine the details of each young shooting victim, and put a human face on them.  It must have seemed like a good idea, a way to mix activism and to make a buck while pushing the gun-hater agenda.

The problem became that Younge is honest enough to tell the truth of what he found, as much as he could, given his false assumptions about the nature of reality.

He found that the gun hater movement is based on lies.  Younge does a bit of truth-stretching himself.  He calls 18 and 19 year old adults "children".  He has to do this to get the numbers that the gun haters use in their propaganda.  The vast majority of "children" killed with guns are young males from 15 to 25, nearly all of which are victims of gang violence. Most are involved in the gangs themselves.

He found that parents in the ghettos where these killing occurred do not think that "gun control" is the answer to the problem.  From
Which brings us to the second thing that struck me while talking to these families about the 10 young deaths of November 23: When I posed an open-ended question to the victims’ parents about why they thought these tragedies kept happening, not a single one mentioned guns. When I asked a more leading question about what they specifically thought of guns, they would always be more forthcoming. Almost all of them saw the ubiquity of guns as a problem. But it did not necessarily follow that they saw getting rid of guns as a viable solution.
As is usual with today's "progressives", Gary blames the killings on the guns, not the people who are shooting them.  He uses the old "developed nation" scam to claim that it is the presence of guns that cause the killings.  That scam depends on the reader never checking out the facts about international comparisons.  It is all about selection bias.  If you cherry pick what you call "developed" you can make any case you want.  The truth is that other nations have many more or less homicides than the United States, per capita, and many more or less suicides per capita than the United States.  The number of guns has little influence on those numbers.  If you look at individual nations before and after gun controls were implemented, there is little change, except murder rates tend to rise slightly after controls are imposed.

But Gary did not have to investigate international comparisons for this book, so he is just spouting "progressive" dogma.

As a leftist, it is not surprising that Gary puts forward the usual excuse of racism for the high level of criminality in the communities where violence is concentrated. But any community where the rule of law is not trusted will tend toward high levels of violence.  The same result is found all over the world, in communities of people in Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia. When there is no reliable rule of law, people revert to tribalism. In the U.S., the tribes or proto-tribes, are gangs. The commonality is the lack of an effective rule of law, not a common color.  The cure is to build trust for the rule of law.

If the high crime rates in black urban areas are going to be reduced, people in those areas must come to understand that the rule of law is real and will be enforced in their neighborhood.  It is precisely what has worked in the approach pushed by David Kennedy from Harvard.

Pushing the idea that black people cannot rely on the rule of law creates the conditions that multiply crimes and criminality in black neighborhoods. Pushing the meme that racism is the cause instead of the lack of the rule of law makes matters worse by creating distrust and an unwillingness to cooperate with the authorities.  We are seeing that problem playing out with the Ferguson effect, all across the country.

The tone of the article in The Nation is refreshingly pessimistic.  Gary does not have any solution to the intractable problem he found.

The facts are against the imposition of gun control in the United States.  People do not blame the actions of criminals on the guns that they use.  People who do not live in ghettos do not see the ghetto problems as their problems.  People who do not face a high risk of murder do not see a need for infringements on the Second Amendment. People who face a high risk of murder find the idea of being armed a reasonable response.

I am not going to buy Gary's book, at least not now.  Maybe in a few months, off the remainder table.  I already know the reality far better than Gary, because I have studied the issue for decades.  But "progressives" who have some honesty in their soul, if they check out the facts, may realize the narrative they have been sold is false.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

WA: Sheriff was in Mall during Mass Killing, Did not have Gun

The sheriff says he will continue to travel unarmed when off-duty!

"The expectation people have on police officers in these situations is that they're immediately going to solve the situation and not having the ability to do that is certainly frustrating," Brown said in an interview with KOMO News.

Brown was without a gun.

"When I realized the clerk was moving through, I reached for my hip and realized the situation I was in."

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Most Floridians Favor Armed Teachers and Staff in Schools

Sean Caranna the GRPC 2016

When I was at the Gun Rights Policy conference in Florida earlier this month, one of the presentations was about  the FASTER (Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response) program in Ohio.  The FASTER program has been and continues to be a tremendous success story. Staff and teachers love it, embrace it, and recommend it to others. 

 A survey done by the University of South Florida found that there was likely to be a favorable response if such a program were offered in Florida. From
Most Floridians say they support trained staff carrying firearms on school campuses, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

The 2016 University of South Florida Sunshine State Survey found more than half of adult Floridians (56 percent) are in favor of allowing trained staff to carry firearms at schools.

Forty percent of Floridians say they are opposed to allowing firearms in schools, with 29 percent saying they are strongly opposed to the idea.

“Stronger supporters are males, working-age residents, whites, those living in affluent households, college graduates, and residents of the Orlando and North Florida areas,” the USF release said. Residents of the Orlando and North Florida areas are more likely to favor the idea.

Opposition comes from females, older Floridians, African-Americans, lower-income households, those with less formal education and residents of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.
Sean Caranna of Florida Carry is working to bring the FASTER program to Florida.

Jim Irvine's experience in Ohio is that those 11 percent that "oppose" trained staff carrying firearms will switch to "favor" once they understand the program.  It is likely that even a few "strongly opposed" will switch.

Most of the opposition is based on fear and ignorance.

Florida Carry has significant experience in lobbying the legislature in Florida.  That may be the place to start. A bill to authorize programs such as FASTER in Florida schools came close to making through the legislature last year, but was killed in the Senate, along with the open carry bill.

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Rigging the Election Part III - DNC Schemes to Bully Women at Trump Rally

Aaron Black, the deputy rapid response director for the DNC is caught on camera bragging about his involvement with the Chicago Trump protest that turned violent in March. In this video he schemes about getting men to bully women at a Trump rally, saying "That is what I'm going to do. That is the hit."

 The media networks are blackballing this video, so Eric O'Keefe has asked for help distributing it. That is why we have posted this link to it on Gun Watch.  It the video embed above does not work, try the link below.

Link to Video Part III (DNC Schemes to Bully Women at Trump Rally)

Link to video part II  (Voter Fraud) 

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MT: Bear Spray Failure or Bear Spray Success?

Another grizzly bear attack in Montana.  A man was mauled. It sounds like he sprayed the bear with pepper spray while being mauled, but that is a bit unclear.
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports a man suffered bites to the head, shoulder and wrist after being attacked by a grizzly bear north of Whitefish on Sunday.


He was able to use pepper spray against the bear during the attack, which caused the bear to flee back toward the direction from where it charged.
It is possible that the dogs were part of the trigger for the attack.  The cubs, the deer carcass and the dogs all are associated with bear attacks.

Is this a bear spray failure or a bear spray success?  Ending in the hospital does not seem like much of a success to me, but it is better than being killed.

It is impossible to know if a firearm could have stopped the attack before he was injured, or if a firearm would have been as effective in stopping the attack after it was initiated.

There is no objective study that shows that bear spray is as or more effective than firearms for defense against bears.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

AL; Armed Victim fires at Intruder

The victim told officers she left her residence to briefly run an errand. When she returned home, she entered the front door and noticed a man fleeing out the back door of her residence. The armed victim followed the intruder outside and fired one shot at him as he fled the scene.

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OH: 25-year-old wins Gunfight with 2 17-year-olds

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two 17-year-old boys are facing felony charges related to an armed robbery that ended in one of the teens being shot Sunday in the city's Collinwood neighborhood.

The teens arranged to buy a man's Xbox but instead forced him to hand over the video game system and his car keys. The teens fired several shots at the man, who returned fire and shot one teen in the shoulder, police said.
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TN: Armed Contractor stops Armed Robbery

James Jones said one guy aimed a shotgun at him, while two other men stood by his side. They demanded his car keys and phone.

"He hopped in the truck, told me to back up and as soon as I got away from this guy's line of sight, I pulled my weapon," said Jones.
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IN: 14-Year- Old Protecting Home has Accidental Discharge, Injures Self and Sister

Did the shot scare off a burglar or home invader? 

ELKHART — Elkhart police said it appears a 14-year-old boy accidentally shot himself and his 6-year-old sister after getting spooked by loud banging and yelling at the front door.

This happened at a home in the 300 block of East Carlton Avenue around 7:45 p.m. Monday. The boy and his sister were taken to Elkhart General Hospital with injuries that do not appear to be life threatening. The boyfriend of the children's mother told WSBT that the girl was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital to make sure there was no damage to her artery.

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Civil Liberties Union in NYC Joins NRA, NAACP, Legal Aid Society, r Knife Law Reform

From Knife Rights:

NRA Joins NAACP, New York Times, NYCLU, and others to Support Knife Law Reform

The four knives on the bottom left are traditional gravity knives. Some police officers have found the others to be "gravity knives" in NYC.

On October 12, the New York State's ACLU affiliate, the NYCLU, joined the NRA, the NAACP, the New York Times editorial board, the Legal Aid society, the office of Court Administration, and the Village Voice in support of Knife law reform. 

This unusual set of allies was brought together by the heavy handed abuse of the current knife law by New York City prosecutors, especially District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

As many as 80% of the arrests for possession of common pocket knives were of Hispanics and blacks.  Common pocket knives have been characterized as "gravity knives" by a bizarre interpretation of the law. That interpretation is almost exclusively in New York City. 

A lawsuit against District Attorney Vance by Knife Rights is in progress, but may take years to bring relief.  We are not talking a small number of abuses.  The Village Voice estimates 60,000 arrests over a 10 year period.  That was two years ago.

The lawsuit may be moot.  Knife Rights also pushed a legislative reform that would prevent most abuses of the law.  It was heavily lobbied against by Cyrus Vance. This year it passed both houses of the New York legislature with overwhelming margins: 117 to 12 in the Assembly, unanimously in the Senate.

It is unknown if Governor Cuomo will sign or veto the bill.  New York City Mayor De Blasio has come out against it, as has the Cyrus Vance.  Now the NYCLU has sent a letter in support of the reform to Governor Cuomo. From, here are the concluding paragraphs of the NCLU letter:
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have been charged with carrying gravity and switchblade knives since 2000, although the knives the law was actually meant to ban are today rare antiques.4
Nevertheless, the penal code provisions prohibiting possession of gravity knives and switchblades are aggressively enforced, in manner that is starkly discriminatory. Knife possession charges are disproportionately brought against people of color, and stops in which a knife is found are far more likely to result in arrest for people of color than for white New Yorkers.5

The legal consequences can be grave. The law permits prosecutors to charge possession of a gravity knife or switchblade as a felony if the defendant has a prior criminal conviction. And because these offenses are prosecuted as strict liability crimes, any person with a criminal record who owns a folding knife is, for all intents and purposes, a Class D felon waiting to be stopped.

This bill would amend the legal definitions of gravity knives and switchblades, excluding from these definitions knives whose mechanism creates pressure against releasing the knife blade, and a bias toward closure once the knife is opened. These amendments will restore the meaning of the law as intended, and will prevent the unwarranted arrest and prosecution of persons carrying common utility knives and work knives

The New York Civil Liberties Union joins the New York State Office of Court Administration, law enforcement officials, defenders, and civil rights advocates in calling on you to approve A.9082-A/S.6483-A.
Knife Rights has shown the time is right for the repeal of irrational and unconstitutional knife laws.  Even in New York City, organizations that are often in opposition, can agree to stop the abuse that has been ongoing for decades. 

Perhaps Governor Cuomo will sign the bill into law. A number of civil rights organizations, including the NRA, are asking him to do so.  But he may find political power brokers like Mayor De Blasio and Cyrus Vance to be more persuasive.

If he does not sign the bill, perhaps Knife Rights will prevail in court. 

Eventually, knives will be recognized as arms protected by the Second Amendment.  In New York City, we have not reached that point.

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Arizona Gun Hater, E.J. Montini, Cheers when City Officials Violate the Law

E.J. Montini, an Arizona journalist and opinion writer, has been a reliable gun hater.  He is quite willing to call for the legislature to pass laws that chip away at the Second Amendment.  I suspect that he wants people to follow them.

But when the legislature passes common sense laws that limit cities' power, he is all for city officials breaking the law.  From
Finally, it looks like someone is standing up to the biggest bully around, the Replican-controlled Arizona Legislature. As well as its sidekick and enforcer, the gun lobby.

Last session, Senate President Andy Biggs pushed through Senate Bill 1487, which would deny state-shared revenue to local governments that violate state law or the constitution. It also empowers any lawmaker who thinks that may have happened to ask for an investigation by Arizona’s attorney general.
The hypocrisy is breathtaking.  The State has a constitutional mandate to protect the people of the state from lower level governments.  City governments are creatures of the state.  Democrat party power, voter fraud, and corrupt political machines, have always been concentrated in cities.  It is much harder to run a corrupt machine in rural areas.  The people there are more independent, less subject to machine politics, and elect local sheriffs, instead of depending on police chiefs appointed by the political machine.  Rural areas have less political patronage to give out to pay for a political machine.

To characterize the legally elected legislature as a "bully" makes some sense.  Governments depend on power to enforce the laws.  But our system depends on checks and balances to limit government power.  One of those balances is that of the State government to prevent abuses by local governments.

In this particular instance, the legislature passed a law to prevent the ongoing abuse by local governments of destroying valuable property to make political propaganda.  The abuse was exacerbated because it was designed to reduce support for a fundamental Constitutional right.  The Cities insisted on destroying valuable firearms for no other purpose than propaganda.

Academics have routinely found that the "buy back" events do not produce useful results, and are a waste of police resources.  From the "Freakonomics" web site:

When it comes to gun buybacks, both the theory and the data could not be clearer in showing that they don’t work. The only guns that get turned in are ones that people put little value on anyway. There is no impact on crime. On the positive side, the “cash for clunkers” program is more attractive than the gun buyback program because, as long as they are being driven, old cars pollute, whereas old guns just sit there.
This is from 2009.   It is not particularly unusual; academic studies are in agreement that gun "buybacks" do not reduce crime, and that police resources used for them could be better spent elsewhere.

In 2000, academic Garnen Wintemute had a definite opinion about gun "buy backs".  From the
`The continuation of buyback programs is a triumph of wishful thinking over all the available evidence.' -- Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program, referring to evidence that gun buyback programs did nothing to reduce gun-related crime in several major U.S. cities.
But Wintemute, 13 years later, wrote that the most useful part of such programs was propaganda.  From

“They have intangible value that we have really been underestimating,” he says. “They never will reduce rates of violent crime, but that may have been the wrong parameter to look at.”
As part of a larger discussion about public safety, Wintemute says, buybacks may play an important role in mobilizing a community to examine gun control.
Using the waste of valuable resources to propagandize the public is particularly destructive of limited government. The legislature determined that such waste was not in the public interest, and would not be tolerated.

When some localities, especially the City of Tucson, blatantly violated state law and became scofflaws, the legislature passed legislation that put some teeth into the law to prevent such public law breaking.

The City of Tucson has had every opportunity to follow the law.  They refuse to do so.  They are now being investigated by the Attorney General.  E.J. Montini calls that "bullying".  But he is perfectly happy to have the state or federal government "bully" gun owners by putting more and more infringements on a Constitutionally protected right, the right to keep and bear arms.

Gun haters are all for exerting the power of government to violate Constitutional rights.  But when that power is being use for the designed purpose of limiting other government entities, it is called bullying.

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Rigging the Election Part II - Voter Fraud by Project Veritas

This is the video exposing the corruption of the Hillary campaign and the DNC.  There are links to the Obama administration as well. This link is to part II, dealing with voter fraud.  Reaction to part I has already cost one Democrat operative (Scott Foval) his job.

The media networks are blackballing this video, so Eric O'Keefe has asked for help distributing it. That is why we have posted this link to it on Gun Watch.  It the video embed above does not work, try the link below.

Link to video part II  (Voter Fraud) 

Link to Video  part I (Dirty Tricks) 

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Zimmerman's Attempted Assassin Sentenced to 20 Years for Attack

Matthew Apperson has been convicted of attempted murder of George Zimmerman, firing a gun into a vehicle, and aggravated assault. The trial occurred in the same courtroom where Zimmerman was found not guilty by reason of self defense, in the killing of Trayvon Martin.  The sentence was handed down yesterday, on October 17th.  It is for a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Apperson claimed self defense.  He said that as he was driving, Zimmerman accelerated, and that as he approached Zimmerman's vehicle from behind and to the right, he accessed his firearm, because he feared Zimmerman.  Then, as he came close to even with Zimmerman, he saw that Zimmerman had a gun, and he fired at Zimmerman to protect himself.  He said that Zimmerman had threatened to kill him.

The shot missed Zimmerman by inches, after penetrating the passenger side window of Zimmerman's truck.  Glass shards cut Zimmerman, who started bleeding immediately.

Zimmerman said that Apperson followed him, and shot at him without warning. The prosecution found Zimmerman's testimony to be credible.  Zimmerman said that Apperson yelled at him, saying that he (Apperson) did not press charges earlier, because he wanted to kill Zimmerman himself.  From
Assistant State Attorney Stewart Stone told jurors that Apperson instigated the confrontation and chased Zimmerman in a car, which was caught on video surveillance from a nearby post office.

Stone said Apperson “retaliated” against Zimmerman during their encounter in May because of this earlier dispute. To discredit Apperson’s testimony that he felt in fear of his life when he saw Zimmerman flash a gun first, Stone relied on two pieces of evidence: Zimmerman’s window was rolled up when the shot was fired and his windows were too darkly tinted for anyone to see inside. Police officers and crime scene analysts verified that information during the trial.
A jury made up of four women and two men began deliberations at about 2:30 p.m. after hearing a week of testimony, and the deliberations lasted nearly four hours.

Matthew Apperson was also found guilty on charges of shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm. has links to video of both George Zimmerman's and Matthew Apperson's testimony. Be prepared to watch at least an hour of exceedingly careful testimony and questioning.  The videos are a good example of real courtroom procedure.


SANFORD — The Seminole County man convicted of shooting at George Zimmerman was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

A Seminole County jury found Matthew Apperson, 37, guilty last month of attempted second-degree murder, armed aggravated assault and shooting into a vehicle.
The media coverage of the trial focused on Apperson's defense, and claims that he made about earlier encounters. 

Zimmerman disputed what happened in the earlier encounters, but I could not find his testimony in several media accounts that I looked at.  In the video from, there is reference to his testimony about the previous accounts during cross examination, on the second day. 

I did not hear his account of previous encounters on the video of the first day, although the prosecution says they will go there early in the video.  It might have been cut off to make the video a more reasonable length.

Jurors have to weigh credibility of witnesses in such cases.  The credibility is greatly enhanced by physical evidence.  The physical evidence corroborated what Zimmerman said, and contradicted what Apperson said.

I found it is easy to understand how the Jury reached a unanimous verdict on all counts in under four hours. George Zimmerman has been vilified by the media as very few have been, but the evidence was clear.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

TX: Homeowner Shoots 2, Kills 1

According to Fort Bend County deputies, the two men, identified as 24-year-old Hashem Abu Amarah and 20-year-old Faisal Abu Amarah, walked up to people who lived at the home and assaulted them. They said the homeowner went inside, grabbed his gun and fired at both men.
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CA: Stalker Forces Entry, Engages in Gunfight, Is Shot

She was still on the phone with emergency dispatchers when Brady reportedly forced his way inside the home and started shooting at the woman and at least two other residents, the Sheriff’s Office said. A male resident armed himself when Brady was approaching and fired back, hitting him several times and forcing Brady to flee.

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WY: Intruder Refuses to Leave, is Shot, Killed

The intruder again refused to leave the home. "The male resident felt threatened after exhausting efforts to talk the man into leaving the residence," police stated in the press release.

The man shot the intruder once in the chest.

He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
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Followup TX Domestic Defense: Stepson shot in Self Defense Dies

Updated Info: On Friday, October 14, 2016, at 11:21 pm, Cooper was pronounced deceased while at St Elisabeth Hospital. No arrest have been made at this time. The investigation is on-going by the Orange Police Department Detective Division.
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AZ: 80+ Year-Old Armed Man Stops Burglary

Around 4:30 a.m. that morning, an elderly Cornville man confronted a burglar with a handgun and ordered him to lie on the floor during a home invasion at the 5600 block of E. Whisper Ridge in Cornville, according to the release. The area is known as the Verde Santa Fe subdivision located off Cornville Road.

The suspect begged the homeowner not to shoot him, stated the release. YCSO said he then escaped through the front door when the homeowner briefly left the room to access a phone.

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WV: No Charges for Homeowner who Shot Knife man

The incident happened around 10 p.m. in Bob White, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. Police say the homeowners were alerted by a neighbor that someone was possibly in their back yard. The man and his wife, whose names have not been released, went to investigate. They encountered Jack “Anthony” Webb, 40, of Wharton, as he came out of the family’s outbuilding. Wharton, who police say was armed with a knife, was shot once and pronounced dead at the scene by emergency service personnel.
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Disarm VA: Homeowner Shot with Own Gun

The resident grabbed his gun and confronted the intruder, whom he later described to police as a six-foot-tall white man with a large nose. Then the two men started fighting. The intruder got ahold of the gun.

Wright said that neither police nor the victim are quite sure what happened next. Maybe the intruder shot the resident on purpose. Maybe the gun went off accidentally while the men were wrestling for it.

It fired twice, striking the resident in the abdomen both times.

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ID: Man Shoots Attacking Dog, Bullet Kills Dog, Wounds Owner

Both owners tried to separate the dogs and when the pit bull attempted to re-engage the other dog, the owner drew his weapon and fired one shot striking the pit bull in the chest. The bullet also struck the pit bull’s owner in the abdomen as she tried to separate the dogs again.

The owner of the pit bull was transported to a St. Alphonsus in Boise and underwent surgery Sunday on her bladder.

The Meridian Police Department is continuing their investigation to decide if any charges will be filed against either party.
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OH: Armed Store Manager Captures Robbery Suspect

At this point, Khan — who is licensensed to carry a firearm — quickly moves to the side and grabs his own handgun from behind the counter.

“So I said OK, show me something. He says ‘no, you don’t want to get hurt.’ So I got to the side. I pull my weapon out. … As he sees my gun he tried to leave the store, at that point I realize he does not have anything and he is bluffing,” Khan said.
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OH: Home Invasion Suspect with Pistol, Shot by Homeowner with Shotgun

A suspect shot during a reported home invasion on Quincy Road is in surgery at Miami Valley Hospital, Springfield police said.

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Homemade Canadian Submachine Guns and Silencers

As governments attempt to make more guns and gun ownership illegal, they succeed in doing so.  It does not mean that fewer criminals are armed.  Overall crime does not drop when controls are implemented.  One of the reasons is that guns are fairly easy to make, and the materials to make them are virtually impossible for an industrial society to control. An unintended consequence is that submachine guns or machine pistols may be substituted for ordinary pistols.  They are easier to make, because they are a simpler mechanism.

The above machine pistol/ submachine gun, based on the MAC design is
homemade, as is the silencer/suppressor.  Both are illegal for the nearly everyone to possess in Canada.  This machine pistol was taken in a drug raid.  From
Officials said the two busts resulted in police seizing large quantities of fentanyl, meth and crack cocaine, along with seven handguns, and tens of thousands of dollars.

“We have taken significant amounts of drugs and firearms off the streets,” RCMP Insp. Robert Thorainson said.
An identical version was seized a year ago in Alberta

More illegal silencers were seized in this raid in Alberta in 2015.  The image is a screenshot, not a video.

They seem quite similar to homemade MAC machine pistols and suppressors made in Australia.  The person who made those admitted to making up to a hundred of them.  As some of them went for a reported $15,000 Australian, that would be a cool 1.5 million for a couple of years work.

I suspect the underground market will drive the prices down. As advanced manufacturing techniques such as CNC machinating and 3D printers drop in prices, the prices of underground production will also drop.

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Rigging the Election with Dirty Tricks (Video)

This is the video exposing the corruption of the Hillary campaign and the DNC.  There are links to the Obama administration as well.  The media networks are blackballing this video, so Eric O'Keefe has asked for help distributing it.  That is why we have posted this link to it on Gun Watch.  It the video embed above does not work, try the link below.

Link to video 

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Hillary's Tweet to Destroy Gun Makers

Hillary's proposed policy will destroy gun manufacturers. That is what it is designed to do. It would set a precedent that would bankrupt most manufacturers, not just those of guns. No manufacturer can withstand being held accountable for the criminal misuse of their products by other people.  No such lawsuits are being attempted, except against gun manufacturers.  Once the precedent is set, others will follow.  It is the pattern we have seen in tort law for decades.

That is why the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was passed in 2005. Numerous cities were using tax money to sue firearms manufacturers for the "crime" of existing.  The purpose was to drive the manufacturers to bankruptcy. The stated purpose was to bankrupt firearms companies using the unlimited checkbook of taxpayers to file suit after suit, after suit, requiring an expensive defense against all, until the companies were bankrupted. From in 1998:

``The chances are maximized if enough cities file at one time,'' Rendell said. ``The sheer cost of defending these suits would be hard for the gun industry.''
Of course, firearm manufacturers would not be the only manufacturers affected.

The logic is obvious.  If gun manufacturers, producing legal products, already heavily regulated, can be sued for the criminal misuse of their products, so can GM.  So can Ford.  So can McDonalds. It is hard to find a manufacturer who could not be sued in such a hypothetical situation.

Bernie Sanders understood this, and was castigated by Hillary for the obvious truth.

But this is not a play for people who examine claims logically.  It is a play for an emotional response to a false claim.

Hillary's claim is that the ability to destroy innocent gun manufacturers would somehow protect the victims of criminals.  It is not true.

In Europe, mass killings occur with as much frequency as in the United States, even though the arms that are used have been outlawed there for decades.

The Progressive's gun control schemes have always been emotional instead of fact based.

The public has become more adept at seeing through these emotion based claims.  Republicans and Independents are less likely to be fooled, but Hillary's Democrat base is still susceptible.

This is best seen as an attempt to bring out the emotionally driven vote, especially of the Democrat base. It has the risk of ramping up the vote of  Second Amendment supporters as well.  There are probably seven times as many committed Second Amendment Supporters as committed gun haters.

But most of those are already committed to voting against Hillary Clinton, or for her.  Will Hillary's tweet make much difference?  Probably not.

But Hillary's tweet does much to verify the NRA claim that Hillary wishes to destroy the viability of the Second Amendment.  It is hard to exercise Second Amendment rights when gun manufacturers have been sued out of existence.

The PLCAA protects legal manufacturers from irrational, predatory lawsuits, designed to circumvent the democratic process.  Destroying that protection will do nothing to protect families from violent criminals.

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Hot Springs AR: County Officials Restore Carry rights for County Workers

Garland County Courthouse, Arkansas

Garland County, Arkansas, has restored the right to bear arms to County employees.

Political subdivisions across the country are restoring the rights of their workers to defend themselves with effective tools.  As the right to keep and bear arms has been incrementally restored across the nation, city, county and state employees are having restrictions on their rights removed.  From
The Garland County Quorum Court voted Monday night to allow county employees with concealed-carry permits to take firearms to work.

Justices of the peace defeated repeated motions to give the plan more consideration before voting 9-3 in favor of it. Justices of the Peace Denise Marion, Dave Reagan and Ellen Varhalla voted against the ordinance.
Garland County is the latest political subdivision to do so in a nationwide trend.
Counties in Georgia, Virginia, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan and Texas have lifted similar restrictions in the last four years, a trend I wrote about six months ago.

One of the officials voting against restoring the right to be armed asked about the message that was being sent.
"What message are we sending citizens who conduct business at county offices when they're served by an armed clerk or elected official?" Reagan read from a prepared statement. "Will we post signs at county offices warning taxpayers they'll be served by an armed employee?

"We are a modern, civilized society, not the lawless Wild West of the 1800s."
The citizens conducting business can already be legally armed.  That is the common predicate to removing the restrictions from government employees.

The message being sent is that we are a nation of laws and limited government, and that in the United States, the government is the servant of the people, instead of the other way around. If Mr. Reagan wishes a different message, he can start working on the repeal of the Second Amendment. 

When governments do not trust the people with arms, they are sending the message that we have regressed to the tyrannical governments of the past, where people have no rights, other than those the rulers allow them to have.

Free societies have no problem trusting their people with arms.  Societies that govern from the top down do.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

TX: Off Duty Officer Shoot Bat Weilding Suspect

The incident happened shortly after 1 a.m. Friday following a disturbance in the parking lot between Chick-Fil-A and World Gym Express in the 4000 block of Dowlen Rd. Officer Cody Guedry said York was involved in multiple disturbances and had assaulted several male and female victims. An off-duty Beaumont Police Officer, who was not involved in the disturbances, intervened.

Guedry said, “York tried to assault the officer with a bat and the officer discharged his firearm. The suspect was pronounced deceased on the scene.”
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MI: Clerk Disarms Gunwoman, Guest grabs Gun

Sources say a woman walked into the hotel around 6 a.m. and showed her gun. She demanded money from the hotel clerk. When she grabbed the money, she put the gun down.

That's when the clerk grabbed the gun, but there was a struggle. He and the robber were wrestling on the ground. The gun went off and at least one bullet hit a wall. Thankfully, nobody was hit, but the gunfire didn't stop the clerk and crook from fighting.

The clerk was able to throw the gun down the hall and that's when a guest grabbed it and called 911.
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Followup FL: Detais on Defense Against Knife Attack at Gas Station

Banner had just finished helping a relative change a flat tire when Rock, who was sleeping on the property, woke up and started accusing the victim and his wife of "stealing his stuff."

He got into his vehicle when Rock grabbed his arm through the open window and tried to stab him. The man grabbed his gun, which was near the driver's seat, and fired one shot, striking Rock in his upper torso.
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Followup CO: Details on Alamosa Shooting

Report says Wilma used a .247 rifle.  It was likely a .243 or a .257.  Both are used for big game hunting.

The county sheriff’s office was called Oct. 3 to a trespassing-in-progress report in the town of Hooper. Investigators found the suspect, 53-year-old Tony Alonzo Ferrara, allegedly threatened a homeowner — Wilma Lynn Mason — with a firearm.

“In turn, Wilma, who had armed herself, apparently fired her weapon in self-defense, striking and killing Ferrara,” the county sheriff’s office said in a news release.

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Attorney General Investigation of City of Tucson for Illegal Destruction of Firearms

The Tucson City Council has become a notorious scofflaw for ignoring state law that involves firearms. Arizona has a state preemption law, to prevent a confusing patchwork of local laws, which could easily entrap innocent people who exercise their Second Amendment rights.  The Tucson City Council has ignored the law.

Arizona also requires that valuable firearms that come into the possession of the police must be sold to federal firearms dealers, so that the value will be used for the public good.  Tucson has been accused of destroying these valuable items, presumably to make some sort of political statement. 

This year, the legislature became fed up with the scofflaw attitude of the Tucson City Council and other political entities that refuse to follow the law.  They passed a bill that required the Attorney general to investigate claims that political entities were violating the law, if the AG was asked to do so by a member of the legislature.  

If the investigation shows violation of the law, the political entity could be punished by the withholding of state revenue sharing.

From an AzCDL email:
Great news! Representative (and AzCDL member) Mark Finchem (LD 11) has asked the Arizona Attorney General to investigate the City of Tucson for the routine destruction of firearms in violation of ARS 13-3108.F. If the Attorney General’s investigation reveals that legal action should be brought against Tucson, the city could face withholding of State Shared Revenue funds.
It appears that there will be an official investigation into the alleged violations of law by the Tucson City Council.  The next few months should shed light on whether violations of the law have occurred or not. 

The Arizona Citizens Defense League was instrumental in promoting the legislation to hold scofflaw political entities to account.  Similar legislation has been passed in Florida and Pennsylvania, and is being considered in other states. 

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PA: Man uses Pizza as Weapon, is Shot by Girlfriend

Pizza in the face could be used to smother a person

Court paperwork explains that as Jennifer began packing her things in their bedroom when Doan walked in and grabbed her by the hair, then smashed a piece of pizza in her face.

"Had you ever heard of a slice of pizza being used as a weapon? How much would that hurt getting one in the face? Not really, unless it`s really hot and it burned. But that`s about it," commented Mark Laporte of Middleburg.

According to investigators, Jennifer then grabbed a handgun off the dresser and fired one shot into Brandon`s armpit.
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ND: Domestic Defense Wife Shoots Husband after he finds her with Another Man

UPDATE: An attempted murder charge has been filed in the case involving a fight between a husband, wife, and another man.

The sheriff says the husband was shot by his wife. That husband now faces multiple charges, including attempted murder.
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Debunking the "8% forgot to take off the safety" in Bear Attacks Myth

If you have been reading about defensive uses of firearms against bears, you have likely read that bear spray is more effective than firearms, and that a large percentage of people faced with bear attacks failed to disengage the safety.  Both are based on a highly flawed study.

In a discussion at The Truth About Guns, a commenter, writing about the subject thought that a high percentage, maybe 20%, of defenders, failed to take off the safety.  The commenter did some research, found the study by Tom Smith and Stephen Herroro and others, and corrected the number to "8 percent of people who faced a bear failed to disengage the safety".

I read the paper.  It is easy to misunderstand the numbers.  The number of people who failed to disengage the safety are much, much smaller, less than 2 percent.  The total number of firearm users in the study were 215.  That means four people out of 215 failed to disengage the safety on the firearm that they had.  About the same number (5) missed the bear.

The reason for the misunderstanding is clear, if you read the study carefully.  The eight percent is the percentage of the people with guns who failed to stop the bear or bears, not the percentage of people who tried to stop the bear or bears.

The overall percentage of people who successfully stopped the bear with a gun was a bit over 76 percent.  When only handguns were considered, the percentage was just short of 84%!  That is correct.  The study found handguns to be more effective than long guns.

If you are starting to wonder what is going on in this study, you are not alone.

The study has numerous flaws, the most glaring being that incidents where injuries to humans occurred were highly oversampled.  There was a strong selection bias toward incidents where firearms failed.  From the study:
Finally, additional records would have likely improved firearm success rates from those reported here, but to what extent is unknown.
This study is widely reported in the media to claim that firearms are not as effective as bear spray for protection against bear attack. 

The study is mildly interesting.  It is not persuasive science.  I am not going to go into all the flaws in this study.  It has been done.  One of the things that stands out is that a previous study, Human Injuries from Bears in Alaska, shows completely different results.

That study examined over a thousand Defense of Life and Property reports in Alaska from 1986 to 1996.  Only 2 percent of these incidents resulted in any injury to the people involved. That study was not mentioned in the bear attack study done by Tom Smith and Stephen Herrero.

Then next time you read "8% forgot to take off the safety", realize that it is a misunderstanding of the numbers. 
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

OH: Sheriffs Compete to Protect Second Amendment

Candidates for Defiance County sheriff shared similar thoughts on Second Amendment rights at the Defiance County Fish and Game Club Thursday night.

About 100 persons attended the event at the club, located northwest of Defiance on Ohio 15.

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Suit Against Gunmakers, for Criminal's actions at Sand Hook, Dismissed

Attorney Josh Koskoff

Judge Barbara Bellis struck down the lawsuit filed by attorney Josh Koskoff, representing some of the families of the victims of Adam Lanza's attack at the Sand Hook School in Connecticut. The lawsuit was fired against gun manufacturers.

The Judge cited the PLCAA, Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, that forbids lawsuits of gun manufacturers, distributors, or sellers of lawful products that operate as they are designed to.

The purposes of the PLCAA are to expressly to prevent this sort of lawsuit, so as to insure that citizens shall have access to such firearms. From
(b) Purposes The purposes of this chapter are as follows:

(1) To prohibit causes of action against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms or ammunition products, and their trade associations, for the harm solely caused by the criminal or unlawful misuse of firearm products or ammunition products by others when the product functioned as designed and intended.

(2) To preserve a citizen’s access to a supply of firearms and ammunition for all lawful purposes, including hunting, self-defense, collecting, and competitive or recreational shooting.

(3) To guarantee a citizen’s rights, privileges, and immunities, as applied to the States, under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, pursuant to section 5 of that Amendment.

(4) To prevent the use of such lawsuits to impose unreasonable burdens on interstate and foreign commerce.

(5) To protect the right, under the First Amendment to the Constitution, of manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms or ammunition products, and trade associations, to speak freely, to assemble peaceably, and to petition the Government for a redress of their grievances.

(6) To preserve and protect the Separation of Powers doctrine and important principles of federalism, State sovereignty and comity between sister States.

(7) To exercise congressional power under article IV, section 1 (the Full Faith and Credit Clause) of the United States Constitution.

Josh Koskoff is quoted as saying he will appeal the decision. From
"While the families are obviously disappointed with the judge’s decision, this is not the end of the fight. We will appeal this decision immediately and continue our work to help prevent the next Sandy Hook from happening.”
The lawsuit may put dollars in Koskoffs pockets, and increase his notariety, but it is unlikely to do anything to prevent crime. As Constitutional scholar and law school professor at UCLA, Adam Winkler, has noted, "assault weapon" bans are bad policy and bad politics. From the   
It may seem like a victory for the forces of good to ban assault weapons, but such laws aren't the answer. Assault weapon bans are bad policy and bad politics.
An appeal will continue to pile up attorney's fees and court costs.  Under the PLCAA, plaintiffs who lose are liable to pay the court costs and legal fees of the defendants. 

This is precisely the type of emotional, abusive case that the PLAA was designed to prevent.  The case has been dismissed, as predicted. The chances of a successful appeal are vanishingly small.  The plaintiffs are likely to be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs and lawyers fees.

A similar case happened in Colorado where a couple who filed a lawsuit against Lucky Gunner in the Aurora Theater shooting, was required to pay the legal fees, amounting to $202,000 dollars.  The award is under appeal.

I hope Josh Koskoff has informed his clients of their legal risk.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

CO: Armed Woman Shoots, Kills, Man Stalking former Girlfriend

DENVER (AP) — Investigators in Alamosa County say a woman appears to have been acting in self-defense when she shot and killed a man at her home in Hooper.

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FL: Armed man shoots knife wielding attacker at gas station

Nearly all homeless have drug and or alcohol problems, or are mentally ill.

When his brother arrived to help him, the victim says a homeless man attacked them with a knife.

Police say the brother shot and killed the homeless man in self-defense.

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Sheriff Clarke Disinvited from University Speech, Campus Official Lied

Sheriff David Clarke was scheduled to speak at New Haven University.  He had been invited, and had accepted the invitation.  After the University considered the political ramifications, the person who invited him, Patrick Malloy, came up with a face saving excuse to revoke the invitation.  He said that Sheriff Clarke made extravagant demands, such as requiring a "presidential suite" to speak at the event. Sheriff Clarke produced emails that showed the arrangements and correspondence. The excuse was false. It compounded the lie with the injustice of smearing Sheriff Clarke as being unreasonable and greedy. From the University of New Haven
I would like to apologize and take responsibility for my actions that have compromised the University of New Haven and put the community in a difficult position with regard to my discussions with Sheriff David Clarke to speak at the University.

I approached Sheriff Clarke in June about speaking at the Markle Symposium. In the subsequent weeks, I exchanged multiple emails with his assistant about logistics. I was not completely accurate, though, with the information I shared with University officials. I indicated that Sheriff Clarke made a series of demands around his travel arrangements. I unintentionally misrepresented what the Sheriff asked for.

Ultimately, in collaboration with the dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, we decided not to finalize his arrangements to visit campus when it was determined his appearance could potentially become politically polarizing in light of the imminent presidential election. My colleagues and I in the Lee College determined that this talk would be more appropriate for another time.
Sheriff Clarke is an outspoken defender of the Second Amendment, and a blunt critic of Black Lives Matter (BLM).

Sheriff Clarke says that when his assistant was contacted about the cancellation, he was told that it was because Sheriff Clarke has vocally opposed Black Lives Matter.  From
According to Clarke, his assistant was told by a representative at UNH that it was due to his very vocal in his stance against the Black Lives Matter movement, which he refers to as Black Lies Matter.
“The gentleman was very apologetic, he was sincere, he felt bad about having to make the call but he said they were pulling back the invitation and were dis-inviting,” Sheriff Clark told FOX 61 over the phone. “He said people at the university didn’t like some of the things I’ve said about Black Lives Matter.”
The only reason this is being discussed is that the alumni and students got word of the cancellation at New Haven and were not happy about it. A student, Brian Shamrock started a petition to force an apology.  New Haven University is felt the heat, and were compelled to offer the explanation.  According to
Sheriff Clarke had recently impressed a Senior Lecturer, Patrick Malloy, who saw him speak at the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators-Connecticut Chapter, Spotlight on Fraud IV Training Conference. As a result, on June 24, 2016, Sheriff David Clarke was invited to be the keynote speaker.
I feel for Patrick Malloy.  He was put in a difficult position. He thought he could invite a prominent Sheriff to speak about forensics at a Criminal Justice and Forensics school without checking with Black Lives Matter and the censors of political correctness. He did not know that Sheriff Clarke supported the Second Amendment.  He did not know the Sheriff opposed BLM. As a plus, the Sheriff was black and a great speaker. It was a big mistake.

I suspect he was under tremendous pressure to prevent Sheriff Clarke from appearing.  The intimidation, threats, and criminal activity at Black Lives Matter protests is enough to place significant pressure on anyone, but especially someone who did not understand that it would be deployed against them, when they made an innocent decision.

The smear may have been unintentional.  Malloy says it was.

It is the insidious form of censorship known as political correctness.

A Senior Lecturer at New Haven University, Patrick Malloy, smears a black sheriff for political purposes, to stop him from speaking. And he gets a pass.  It appears that Malloy was well intended, but he and the college succumbed to the thuggish tactics of BLM.

It does not bode well for the future of the United States.

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Prayer and Answer with Mike Vanderboegh at the NRA

A year ago, I was with Mike Vanderboegh at the NRA meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.  We grew closer, and worked on stories together.  I first saw Mike in person at the Restore the Constitution Rally on April 19th, 2010.  Mike passed on 10 August this year.  He was a committed Christian, so I hope he is fighting for us from the other side. Mike and I once prayed for assistance.  We got it.

I feel compelled to tell this story.  I have not published it before. It happened while working on a story that Mike and David Codrea had from insider sources. I did not know or need to know their identities. Mike and David Codrea are the people who broke and pursued the Fast and Furious story and scandal.

Mike and I had been attempting to meet with Lieutenant Colonel Robert K. Brown, publisher of Soldier of Fortune magazine, and NRA director.  LTC Brown was a reliable contact for Mike on the NRA Board. 

But like many busy people, Robert Brown did not always keep his phone on.  He was traveling to or at the NRA meeting, so his location was constantly in flux.  We could not find him, in spite of our best efforts, including contacting known associates and the NRA staff in attempts to locate him.

We spent a fair amount of time in the press room.  While there, Mike jocularly asked me "What are two Christian boys like us doing in this den of pagans?"

We were sitting at one of the long rows of tables, working on stories.  I had loaned Mike my laptop, because he had problems with his equipment, and he was not familiar with the Linux operating system.  We had tried hard to make contact with Robert Brown.  We had failed.  It was late during the meeting and Mike looked disappointed and resigned.  He said: "We have to face facts.  We aren't going to make contact with Robert Brown."

I said: "Let's pray on it".  We bowed heads, and I said a short prayer.  Lord, please have Robert K. Brown show up in this press room in the next hour. Amen.

20 minutes later, a familiar voice was heard to our right.  Mike looked up.  It was Robert K. Brown, not 20 feet away. 

I was an agnostic for 40 years.  I know that this is no way to objectively "prove" divine intervention.  I am merely relating what happened.  It is not statistically significant.  It is a subjective anecdote.  But faith is subjective.

Mike was a man of faith who worked hard to undo the damage that he had done as a communist operative.  He felt privileged to have a chance to do so.  Mike and the Sipsey Street Irregulars made a difference.  Mike's hard work and fearless investigations exposed corruption that would otherwise never have come to light. 

Mike is gone now.  Without his commitment, talent, and hard work, the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog is shutting down.  It is a significant loss to Second Amendment supporters everywhere.

I miss Mike, and I will miss the Sipsey Street Irregulars.

See you on the other side, Mike.  God is with us.

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