Thursday, July 02, 2015

NV Gunfight: 1 Invader Dead, 1 Wounded



A 23-year-old man was able to fend off two intruders in his family’s home Tuesday morning, killing one and wounding the other, according to a police report released Wednesday.

Just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Tarneshia Harris, 29, also known as Tiffany Carter, and a male accomplice broke into a house in the 3800 block of King Palm Avenue, near Pecos and Alexander roads, while several people were home, according to the report.

The duo initially tried a ruse to gain entry, police said.
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Murder Rates: Why Comparing The United States Only To Other Developed Countries Is Deceitful



My recent article “Islands, Churches, and Guns” was met with a ridiculous criticism that gun rights advocates have left unrefuted for far too long. Namely, the idea that it's only legitimate to compare the US murder rate to that of other developed countries. When one does compare the US to that cherry picked group the US looks, for the most part, bad. This false point is why gun rights haters try to limit the comparison. The problem with that limited comparison is the fact that many very poor countries are also very peaceful. Gun rights haters would have to be able to show that virtually all affluent countries are very peaceful and that virtually all poor countries are very violent for their limited comparison to make any sense. That would indeed make the US an outlier. Fortunately for gun rights they can't meet the above conditions. There are many poor countries with high murder rates. The table below shows that there are at least 36 poor countries (that's over 18% of the 195 countries that exist in the world today) with a murder rate under 5 per 100,000. This puts them in the same category that the US and most of Europe is in. This tells us that a country's level of development or poverty is irrelevant to the murder rate.
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Police shooting Video, Palestine, TX



"Footage taken from the bodycam of Palestine Police Sgt. Gabriel Green during the shooting of James Bushey on May 31, 2015. This footage may be disturbing for some viewers. Discretion is advised."

 In the video, you see the suspect draw a gun, flee, then turn toward the police, gun in hand.

Later, it was determined that it was a realistic looking BB gun.  No one will ever know for certain why the suspect,  47 year old James D. Bushey, decided to draw the gun, then run, then turn toward the police.   As he was accused of stealing beer, perhaps he was drunk.

His brother said that he was "trying to turn his life around".

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MO: State Supreme Court Upholds Strong Right to Arms Amendment



The Missouri State Supreme Court has upheld Amendment 5, which provides increased protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the State.  From stlpublicradio.org:
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat running for governor in 2016, has stuck by Amendment 5 as well -- despite heat he has taken from fellow Democrats, including St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce.

In her own statement, Joyce said her office was closely reviewing the Supreme Court's decision.

"We remain very hopeful that we will retain our abilities to hold gun offenders accountable to ensure the safety of all citizens in the City of St. Louis," she said.

Koster reaffirmed his support shortly after the state Supreme Court announced its decision: “The court’s decision recognizes the common-sense belief of Missourians that strong support of the Second Amendment and strong support of law enforcement need not be in conflict in our state. I am grateful for the Court’s wisdom in this matter.”

Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey also lauded the court's action.

This was not a surprising decision. The lawsuit was a desperate attempt to thwart the will of the electorate. It seems likely that the amendment will result in Missouri becoming a "constitutional carry" state as a result, joining Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Arkansas, Wyoming, Vermont, and very likely Maine, where a bill is awaiting Governor Le Page's signature to become law.

All the "blood in the streets" predictions have proved wrong in those states.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

LA: House owner shoots Burglary Suspect

New Orleans police were questioning a Milan neighborhood homeowner after they said he shot a 40-year-old man multiple times Tuesday afternoon (June 30) outside his house. The homeowner's wife, who asked that her name not be released, said at the scene that her husband thought the man was a burglar when they arrived at their unoccupied house in the 2100 block of Louisiana Avenue.

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MO: Car Owner Wounds Masked Car Burglary Suspect


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

A man pulls a gun, when an intruder invades his property. He fired at a suspected car thief, who was soon picked up by Greene County deputies. It happened just west of Springfield near the intersection of Farm Road 129 and Farm Road 146.

Greene County investigators say there are no charges yet, but the suspected would-be thief did suffer a non-life threatening gunshot wound after the car's owner came out firing.
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SC: Domestic Shooting likely Self-Defense



Deputies said a female resident at the incident location went to a neighbor's home and informed them that she had shot Humphries after he assaulted her and threatened her with a gun. The deceased was found to be holding another gun prior to his transport to the hospital by EMS.

Deputies said the female had visible injuries. It appears at this time that the female resident acted in self-defense against Humphries, according to deputies.


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Arms of the Tunisian Mass Shooter



In reading about the horrific attack by the Tunisian mass shooter, on the beach on Friday, the 26th of June, 2015, it appears that he used two weapons systems.  An AKM rifle, commonly referred to as an AK47, almost certainly in 7.62x39 caliber, with several standard 30 round magazines, was used for most of the killing.  The rifle is seen above.  It has wooden furniture, the AKM muzzle brake, and a web sling.  It is missing the standard cleaning rod from under the barrel.  


On the right, below the rifle muzzle, is one of the other armaments used by the mass shooter, an IED fragmentation grenade.  You can see the ball bearings or similar projectiles secured to the outside of the device by transparent tape.  The fusing system appears to have been removed and placed next to the device by security personnel.  At least two of the devices, perhaps more, were used in the attack, though it is unclear if they caused any deaths directly.  The death toll has reached 38 at last count, and is likely to increase.


The picture above shows the shooter down with the rifle and improvised explosive device on the right. 



The rifle used in the attack does not appear to be one of those pictured in an image posed by the shooter before the attack.  These rifles have different furniture than the one located with the mass shooter's body.  The wood stock of the rifle on the left extends well to the rear of the rear sight block, which suggests that it is a mock up or a training dummy.  It does not have a forward lug for the cleaning rod.


The shooter had at least three magazines, perhaps more.   From Jihadwatch.org:
Rezgui was apparently well aware of the hotel’s layout, a security source said. He had time to reload his rifle at least twice before he was finally confronted and shot dead by police outside the hotel.
The shooter targeted tourists and attempted to avoid locals:
“I was on the beach when he started shooting. We got everyone back toward the hotel, but he followed us. He targeted the foreigners but not the Tunisians,” said Wadia, a waiter.

“When he saw a Tunisian he shouted out ‘Get out of the way’ and shot at foreigners.”
It is reported that the shooter had psychoactive drugs in his system, similar to cocaine.

The attack is said to have taken about seven minutes.  I have not read any reports of attempted resistance, though some bystanders are reported to have followed the shooter and taken pictures.  Perhaps they thought they would be useful for evidence afterward.

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Brady Center's Frivolous Suit Against Ammo Company Backfires


After the massacre at the Aurora movie theater, The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence went after the company from which the murderer bought his ammunition. The center filed suit against Lucky Gunner because it sold its ammunition online, arguing that’s “unreasonably dangerous and create[s] a public nuisance.”

But not only did the judge disagree, he reprimanded the Brady Center because he said it was filing suit simply to make a high-profile political point. Judge Richard Matsch wrote in his ruling, “It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order.”

Furthermore, Matsch said the Brady Center had to pay Lucky Gunner’s legal fees. Lucky Gunner said those funds would be donated to pro-Second Amendment groups. For groups with deep pockets and a bitterness toward Liberty, an effective strategy is to silence the lovers of Liberty through suits, frivolous or no. Judge Matsch put a damper on that strategy.

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TX: Guard Shoots Robbery Suspect who Sprays Partner


ARLINGTON – A man was shot in an apparent robbery attempt outside an Arlington bank Tuesday after accosting one of the guards as he serviced an ATM machine.
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NC: Neighbor Shoots Man who Shot his Grandmother



Detectives say a man and woman were arguing in a car as she drove down Pegram. According the police, the man shot the woman in the leg, causing her to hit a telephone pole. They got out of the car, and the man continued to shoot at the woman, investigators say.

The neighbor emerged from his house after hearing screams, and found the man pointing a gun at the woman. According to police, the neighbor ordered the shooter to drop his gun, but he refused. That's when the neighbor shot the gunman.
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FL: Armed Uber Driver Stops Assault with Gunshot

An Uber driver who was being choked by a passenger shot him in the foot Sunday in Clearwater Beach, police said.

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KY: Armed Father Stops Home Invasion



Officials say the victim's father ran and retrieved a gun from a bedroom. Police say the man then returned to the living room and exchanged gunfire with Thornsbury. The official police report says Thornsbury was then hit in the back.

Police say the first victim's father tried to hold Thornsbury at the location, but he was able to get up and flee the scene before police arrived. Authorities say the second suspect also fled from the scene.

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TN: Bar Owner Pulls Gun to stop Violence



MADISON COUNTY, Tenn. -- A man was arrested Saturday on accusations of hitting two women with a cane in a bar before the owner pulled a gun on him.

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NM: Jury Finds Shooter not Guilty

A jury in Sandoval County has ruled that a woman who shot and killed her longtime friend, a man she considered a brother, did so in self-defense and found her not guilty

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WA: Cougar Kills Goat, Man Kills Cougar

PREDATORS -- A young female cougar was shot and killed as it attacked a goat on the porch of a home near Elk, Washington last week.

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ME: Constitutional Carry Bill Goes to Governor Paul Le Page



LD 652/SP 245, known as the constitutional carry bill, has been passed out of the special appropriations table, been  approved of in the Senate (again) by a 23 to 12 vote, and will now go to Governor Paul Le Page for signature or veto.   It does not appear that the legislature will be in session for three consecutive days in July, so if Governor Le Page does not sign the bill, it will not become law.

Governor Le Page said that he would not sign the bill if it required Maine residents under the age of 21, on active duty, to obtain a concealed carry permit to carry concealed arms.   The bill did not require a permit for people who could legally own a firearm, who were 21 or older.  The bill was modified to meet Governor Le Page's objections.

It is widely believed that the Governor will sign the bill into law.  He will have 10 days, not counting Sundays, to do so.

If Governor Le Page signs the bill, Maine will join Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Wyoming, and Vermont, as constitutional carry, or permitless carry states.  In those states, a permit is not required to carry a weapon, openly or concealed, as was the case in the United States when the Bill of Rights was ratified.  Montana and Mississippi are sometimes counted as constitutional carry states.  In Montana, a permit is not required in 99% of the state; in Mississippi, a permit is not required to carry openly or concealed in a fully enclosed container, such as a purse, bag, backpack, fannypack, or full flap holster.

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IL: Black man Shoots two Unarmed White Men; no Charges expected



The headline is incendiary.  It is meant to be to show the double standard that has been inculcated in this country, and to show that black people are routinely treated fairly under the law.    There is a myth that has been built and supported by the old media that only white people can use guns in self defense.  The mythology erroneously states that if black people use guns in self defense, they will be jailed.  In fact, black people are using guns in self defense more and more, and they are finding that the law applies to them the same as to other people in society.   Reported on 29 June, 2015,  from courierpress.com:
Paula, who is black, said he encountered the two men — who are white — at a party earlier in the evening, according to Wayne County Sheriff's report. He said the two had made racial remarks, and he had asked them to stop. The men later confronted Paula on Mount Vernon Road near the Fairfield airport.

Statements to police indicate the two men got out of their car, approached Paula and demanded to fight. Paula told the men he didn't want to fight and that he had a concealed-carry licensed and was armed.

When the two men demanded Paula give up his weapon and engage in a fist fight, he pulled his .22 caliber gun and fired 10 rounds at the two, emptying the gun's clip, according to the report. Paula told police the two men were about a foot from him when he opened fire.

(snip)

Paula drove to the Wayne County Sheriff's Department to report the incident. While the investigation is open, Wayne County Sheriff's deputies say they don't expect any charges will be filed against Paula. They described the shooting as self-defense.
Why isn't this nationwide news on all the channels, especially as this is one of the fruits of the Illinois shall issue concealed carry law?   A black man defends himself against a beating by two white men who made racist remarks.  It sounds like a heck of a news story to me.

It goes against the Democrat President's agenda, who is pushing for more restrictive gun laws.  Examples of black men who defend themselves with guns, and who are respected by the law, do not fit the narrative. 

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AL: No Charges in Possible Self Defense Case



SILVERHILL, AL (WALA) - Silverhill Police say they have no plans in charging anyone in an altercation that resulted in one man being shot to death and another being badly beaten and taken to the hospital. It happened late Friday night, June 26, 2015 on McPhillips Road.
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AL: Armed Tenant wins Gunfight



The commotion woke up the tenant sleeping inside, who grabbed a handgun and opened fire on the alleged burglars, who Hood said were armed with guns of their own.

The would-be victim shot one of the alleged burglars, and both suspects ran out of the apartment and jumped over the second floor railing trying to flee the scene.
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CA: One of Three Home Invaders Shot


The three men had gone to the home to collect a debt from the homeowner, then forced their way into a garage and confronted the homeowner, Chantler said.

The homeowner fired at least one shotgun round, striking a man in a leg, Chantler said.
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CA: Gun Beats Machete on Indian Island


The shooting occurred sometime before 12:29 p.m., when it was reported to police. According to the EPD release, the resident returned home to find the suspect sitting next to his house. He then told the suspect he was trespassing and demanded he leave the island.

The suspect, whose back was to the resident, stood and faced the resident. With a bottle of liquor in one hand, he raised a machete with the other, advancing toward the resident and verbally threatening him.

The resident fired two rounds from his handgun into the suspect’s torso, which stopped the suspect’s advance.
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NM: No Charges for Domino's Driver who Shot Robber



A Domino’s delivery man who shot an alleged armed robber Sunday night did so in self-defense and will not face any criminal charges, according to the Albuquerque Police Department.

The man who police say robbed the pizza chain’s location near 12th and Menaul was in critical condition Sunday night, but improved to stable condition Monday morning, said APD spokesman Tanner Tixier.
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LA: Armed Victim was Justified in Shooting



BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities say a victim was justified in shooting and killing a would-be armed robber early Monday morning, and the shooter will not be charged with a crime.

Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office say 22-year-old Greg Frazier, of Baton Rouge, walked up to a man and asked for a lighter. When the man reached into his pocket, Frazier allegedly pointed a gun at the person, demanding his possessions. That is when the victim of a would-be armed robber pulled his gun out of his pocket and shot Frazier.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gun Control Scheme Shot Down


A gun control scheme was thwarted on Tuesday by the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee after Democrats tried to take advantage of a deranged man’s hate crime in Charleston, South Carolina, last week. Only 19 members voted for an amendment filed by Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) that would have given the Centers for Disease Control the authority to prescribe “gun violence” remedies compared to 32 against.

Lowey claimed, “This is not about a gun registry. There is no gun confiscation. There is absolutely no harm to the Second Amendment. This is about research. My amendment is about research, nothing more.”

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) likewise noted, “The notion that somehow research is our enemy is just wrong-headed. And for people to chip away at our ability to investigate efforts that are about public health and prevention, is wrong-headed. There is no reason not to fund this research.”

In truth, the agency is not banned from conducting said research; what it can’t do is suggest strategies (read: gun control proposals) for curtailing violence involving firearms. And that’s the point of contention for Democrats. If the CDC can somehow pin the weapon as the disease — a ludicrous suggestion in itself — the government then has even more authority to restrict gun rights. It’s just one of the many reasons why expanding background checks is a dangerous proposition.


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David Frum Ignores reality in his anti-gun "article"



David Frum, in an article published in the Atlantic on 23 May, takes considerable liberties with the facts and truth.   The article is under the "politics" section, so it should be a bit more concerned with facts than a typical opinion piece.  But disarmists seldom let reality interfere with their fantasies.  Frum makes a number of assertions as fact that are not true.  He selectively ignores other facts that invalidate his thesis.  Here are some of the more egregious errors.

He claims that mass killing with firearms is a distinctly American phenomena.  That is simply false, an echoing of President Obama's sentiment.  It is debunked here by politifact:
The data shows that it clearly happens in other countries, and in at least three of them, there’s evidence that the rate of killings in mass-shooting events occurred at a higher per-capita rate than in the United States between 2000 and 2014. The only partial support for Obama’s claim is that the per-capita gun-incident fatality rate in the United States does rank in the top one-third of the list of 11 countries studied. On balance, we rate the claim Mostly False.
Then Frum compounds the error by selecting only certain countries to compare mass shootings, managing to exclude those who have had recent mass shootings and ignoring mass shootings in the countries that he mentions.  Frum writes:
The fact that Americans are regularly gunned down in large numbers by lone gunmen—and that Britons, Germans, French, Italians, Canadians, Japanese, Australians, New Zealanders, South Koreans, Danes, Swiss, Poles, and Spaniards are not—is just one of those unfathomable mysteries, like the fate of the crew of the Mary Celeste.
Frum conveniently ignores Norway, Finland, which Politifact notes had more mass shooting per capita than the United States in the last 15 years,  and ignores the Charlie Hebdo attack in France, while including the Ft. Hood attack in the United States.   In includes Switzerland, which has a higher rate per capita than the United States, as per Politifact.   He may be forgiven for not including the mass shooting in Tunisia shortly after his article was written, where a single gunman, in a country with extremely strict gun control, killed 37 or more before he was stopped.  Still, the incident serves to invalidate his "fact".

Frum casually mentions that the crime rate in the U.S. has declined enormously in the last 20 years, yet fails to mention that the number of guns in the United States increased by 50% over the same period.

Then he tells this whopper:
As guns proliferate (perhaps 270 million of them in the United States comparted to just 9.5 million in Canada)—and as handguns displace hunting pieces—so do gun accidents and suicides.
It simply is not true.  Fatal gun accidents have dropped to the lowest level in about a hundred years in the United States, while the number of guns per capita have at least tripled and the population tripled as well.  Here is confirmation from politifact.com, hardly a conservative site:
 According to council data, the total number of unintentional deaths from firearms sank to 554 in 2009 -- easily the lowest of any year back to 1903.

In fact, it took from 1903 all the way until 1997 for the number of unintentional gunfire deaths to drop below 1,000. The all-time highs came in 1929 and 1930, when the number of such deaths reached 3,200 for two consecutive years.

This decline is all the more striking considering the increase in population over this period. In 1904, there were 3.4 unintentional firearm deaths per 100,000 people. By 2009, that rate had fallen to 0.2 deaths per 100,000 in people.

However, the data for unintentional gun deaths ticked up modestly in 2010, to 606, and then fell slightly to 600 in 2011.
Certainly, in the United States, people, particularly older white men, tend to commit suicide with guns.  But as one of many methods available, it is unlikely to change with any of the modifications that Frum suggests.  It is simply irrelevant.   Countries with extremely restrictive gun control laws still manage to have suicide rates much higher than the United States.

From then directs a calumny at gun dealers.  He notes that of guns that are traced, 57 percent found at crime scenes come from 1 percent of gun dealers.  I believe that is a true, if misleading statement.  Then he jumps to this:
By holding these rogue gun dealers to account, it might be possible to significantly diminish the flow of guns into criminal hands. Instead, Congress chose to protect rogue gun dealers from scrutiny and sanction. In 2003, Congress passed a law forbidding government agencies to disclose tracing data that might link a particular dealer to a criminal purchaser. It’s hard to hold gun dealers responsible for selling to unlawful buyers if nobody is allowed to know where an unlawful buyer purchased his weapons.
But, these are not "rogue gun dealers".  These dealers just happen to be the ones at a the statistical conflation of two events.  They are very large gun dealers who operate in close proximity to high crime areas.  Consequently, they sell lots of guns, and a percentage ends up at crime scenes.  Many are stolen from the people they sell to.  If a stolen gun is recovered, it counts as a "gun at a crime scene".  Some are bought by undetectable straw purchasers for sale to criminals.  If the dealer refused to sell to likely criminals based on demographics (young, male, and black), they would be accused of racism and discrimination. Being a large dealer near a high crime area is what produces the statistical artefact.  These dealers are repeatedly investigated by the ATF.  They keep meticulous records.  They have to, or they would be shut down.

Frum is simply telling an untruth when  he says "nobody is allowed to know where an unlawful buyer purchased his weapons"  The implication is, that nobody is allowed to know, but that is false.  Any legitimate investigation by law enforcement is allowed to know, and can find out those facts on particular cases. 

Frum cites the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case as an example of a "good guy with a gun" who "tracked and killed Trayvon Martin".  It is irresponsible and incendiary to make that claim when exhaustive investigation and a court trial all concluded that Zimmerman was fully justified in protecting his life from the attack by Trayvon Martin.  


Frum conveniently ignores voluminous evidence that concealed carry license holders are far less likely to commit crimes than average citizens, or even police officers.  He fantasizes about concealed carry weapons permit holders shooting innocents during an attempt to intervene in a mass shooting.  He does not offer one concrete example, and ignores over a dozen where armed citizens stopped mass attacks without shooting any innocents.

Frum trots out the usual disarmist prescriptions, often described as "first steps" or "common sense".  Some, such as requiring insurance to exercise a constitutional right, are clear infringements meant to chill the exercise of that right.  Other infringements, such as "universal background checks", are designed as stepping stones to more stringent restrictions.   Legislation that would have allowed for "universal background checks" without collecting data that could be used for a gun registration system, was opposed by proponents of the "background checks".

In order to make these policies plausible, he has to trot out the disinformation and misdirection shown above.

Frum is allowed his fantasies and false assumptions about reality, but he is not allowed to fabricate his own facts.

Definition of  disarmist 

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Dave Workman: Essay in ‘The Week’ cuts to heart of U.S. gun rights debate



An essay appearing in today’s edition of The Week, authored by Jeb Golinkin, so clearly explains the backbone of the Second Amendment movement in this country that anyone but a closed-minded gun prohibitionist should understand why millions of citizens so zealously defend their right to keep and bear arms.

It’s not that Golinkin comes across as a hardcore right to keep and bear arms absolutist (he doesn't); he alludes in the third paragraph to another article, written earlier this week by David Frum, that no hardcore gun rights activist is going to like at all. But Golinkin’s piece does sum up why millions of Americans passionately resist and revile any erosion of their fundamental civil right.

“The gun rights movement is about individual freedom and American individualism,” Golinkin writes. “These are people who believe in their right and obligation to control their own fate by carrying a firearm to protect themselves and those around them, even if that might disadvantage those who choose not to.

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FL: Homeowner Shoots Robbery Suspect

ORLANDO, Fla. —
Orlando police are investigating after they said a homeowner shot an alleged robber who broke into his house.

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3D Printed Gun Found with Stolen Firearms

Today, we learn that two felons in Oregon were arrested and charged with illegally possessing firearms, one of which deputies believe was 3D printed. Nolan DeBell, 42, and Joshua Holloway, 27, were arrested three weeks ago on June 9 when deputies found a large number of illegally-modified and stolen firearms at their house in Chiloquin, Oregon. One of the weapons that was seized was an AR-15 assault rifle, which included a lower receiver that investigators now believe had been 3D printed. The lower receiver is of course a part of the gun that contains the firing mechanism, and is basically what makes the gun “work”.

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Jim Jefferies Wants to keep Women from having guns



Comedian Jim Jefferies has been making a bit of a splash in the United States by putting together a misleading rant against the right to bear arms in the U.S.  Jefferies does not want women to have guns.  He says that he does not want anyone to have guns, but then he is much bigger and stronger than most women, so perhaps he does not mind being disarmed, as long as women are disarmed as well.  A general prohibition on guns always favors those who are bigger, stronger and younger.

Jefferies does not just rant about guns, he rants about women.  That is the gist of this article from Australia about one of his comedy routines.  From smh.com:
I had no idea that Jefferies, whose show is listed as one of the top 10 acts to see in this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival, was such a misogynist.

(snip)

Violence against women exists on a spectrum: at one end there are misogynist attitudes, which Jefferies champions. His jokes against women were delivered with passion and conviction, and sections of the crowd consumed them like hungry wolves. These jokes made me feel uncomfortable and angry because they are being told against the backdrop of a society that systematically denigrates women.
It is has become a stereotype that those who want others disarmed are motivated by fear of their own ability to control themselves.  Others have said that disarmists fear the idea of an armed victim.

The Australian reviewer is not the only one to see the nasty nature of Jeffries misogyny.  From thequardian.com:
There's nothing wrong, of course, with off-colour comedy. But tonight, Jefferies isn't good enough to redeem the standard-issue Madeleine McCann gags and graphic misogyny. A Jerry Sadowitz or Doug Stanhope creates a persona to contextualise those jokes, or offsets the cynicism with linguistic or comic ability. Jefferies is a bland phrase-maker and a so-so joke-writer, who says of one "fat" admirer, "She was the type of girl who might have a personality, but – who cares?", then pauses for a laugh.

The image of Jeffries as an angry misogynist makes his passionate desire to disarm women more easily understandable.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Lever Action - the new DEMON GUN!


The latest news from Australia

Many of you may have read or viewed disturbing media reports over the past week on how Victorian Police are “concerned” about a new “rapid fire” lever action shotgun about to be released for sale in Australia. As expected these reports have been followed by calls in the media and by various “experts” and officials for a rethink (read new gun grab) on Australian gun laws.

At Shooters Union we have been aware of a disturbing trend appearing over the past year. First a rumour here and a dropped word there from someone in a meeting. We were hesitant to bring it to our members because, to be honest, every single official that was approached denied there were any plans afoot to change legislation regarding certain types of firearms.

OOPS, now it appears these same people are coming out from their dark little corners because they think a modern lever action shotgun can be used to make the public fearful enough to push even more non-effective restrictions on you, the legitimate law-abiding firearm user.

In a nutshell, this is what we have been hearing over the past year or so:

Various state police officials in several states, have been working together with a shadowy group that operates under the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office (Firearms and Weapons Policy Working Group) on various firearm related issues and one that has been repeatedly raised has been the concept of heavily restricting “Manually Operated Rapid Fire Weapons” MORFW (surely only a government department could even imagine such a title).

MORFW’s include the following:

 *   All lever action firearms (rifle/shotgun)

 *  ALL pump rifles (pump action shotguns already heavily restricted)

 *  Straight pull bolt action rifles with detachable magazines
The basic proposal is that MORFW’s should be reclassified as Category C firearms, as is currently done for self loading rimfire rifles and shotguns and pump action shotguns. This means that 95% of shooters could not own or use them!

BUT, here is the good news. To accomplish this the Federal government would have to get ALL Australian state governments to agree to change their legislation.
This will be hard to do as most state governments have ZERO interest in changing these laws and going through all the massive political fight that will come with such proposals (I am hoping you are in the fight right alongside us).

So that is exactly why you are now seeing very carefully dropped articles in media across the country about the new “demon shotgun” that can fire so rapidly and is “deadly” (I guess other 12 gauge shotguns are not deadly??). The people pushing for these outrageous changes need a focus, something to try and gain some support and the lever action shotgun has been picked as the new poster child for “bad gun”.

Leaving aside the inherent idiocy of the whole “good” gun “bad” gun concept we live with in Australia, this new move against what amounts to probably 30-40% of all legally owned firearms is mind numbing.

As firearm owners we need to be united in opposing this concept totally, utterly and completely.

Some facts:

 *  Lever Action Shotguns have been around since the 1880s, and newmodels have been selling well in Australia for a number of years without problems.

 *  Lever action rifles are the second most popular action type in Australia and have been selling here since the 1870s.

 *  All firearms are safe in the right hands.

You can  write or talk to your local MPs and let them know your feelings on the issue. The only way these laws will get through is if you and your shooting friends say nothing and do nothing.

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Free Meal with Concealed Handgun License


Chicken Express, located at 2 Warnock Springs Rd in Magnolia, Arkansas, is offering a free meal to people who present a concealed handgun license at their location on July 4th, 2015.   From facebook.com:
On Saturday July 4th we will be giving a FREE #1 combo to anyone with a Conceal Handgun License.
This will be DINE IN ONLY.

You must have your License with you! We hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!
There have been a number of other businesses that welcome both the open and concealed carry of firearms and offer promotions based on the same.  There are many advantages to such an offer.

First is the attraction of a prosperous, well educated, and responsible clientèle.  People who have concealed carry permits or CHLs, whatever the local idiom many be, have been shown to be all of the above.  They are better educated, more prosperous, and are more responsible than the general population.   They are precisely the type of customer that a business would want to attract and keep.

Secondly, there is the increase in store security.  It takes an especially stupid criminal to decide to attempt a robbery at a place that is openly attracting legally armed citizens.  It may still happen.  Many criminals are stupid, many are functionally illiterate, and many are high on drugs or alcohol or a combination when they commit their crimes.  But just as you seldom see cop bars or gun stores as the victims of robberies, there is a clear deterrent effect.

The market will favor signs such as the one above over the dwindling number of "gun free zone" signs.

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FL: No Charges in Domestic Shooting


GROVELAND — Police said they will not file charges against a man accused of punching his wife in the eye before she shot him three times earlier this month.

According to an arrest affidavit, 42-year-old Shalom Toney told detectives she initially left the couple’s Groveland home on June 8 after her 48-year-old husband, Willie, punched her in the eye during a physical altercation. She said when she returned to pick up her children, Willie charged at her with a knife, so she reached under a chair for a hidden gun and shot him.



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SC domestic: Woman Shoots Man who Broke into Home



Anderson County Coroner Don McCown said it appears Bratcher went to the home in, forced his way inside and was asked to leave. He and a woman in the home got into a physical altercation before the woman shot him with a .38 caliber handgun.

Lt. Sheila Cole, with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, said investigators believe that the shooting was a case of self-defense.
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SC: Father Shoots Son During knife attack



GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

In Greer, police said a father shot his son in self defense as he was attacked with a knife.

On Thursday night, police and the coroner's office were called to investigate the deadly shooting. The coroner identified the victim as 30-year-old Matthew Davenport.
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MO: Burglary Suspect Shot Multiple Times

Springfield police say a man suffered multiple gunshot wounds after being shot by a resident who said he was burglarizing their home.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Firearms Numbers in the United States 1945 - 2012



The data for these numbers has been gathered from two sources.  From 1945 to 1987, the data was taken from "Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America" by Gary Kleck, Table 2.1.   The methodology used by Kleck was applied to  the figures obtained from the ATF for later years.  The number shown is the cumulative addition of domestic manufacture plus imports minus exports.  This does not count guns shipped to the U.S. military.   The figures are rounded to the nearest million.

Kleck attributes the 1945 - 1968 numbers to Newton and Zimring, which includes the calculation of the 1945 number of modern guns added to the stock from 1899 to 1945.  Firearms manufactured before 1899 are not included.  The starting figure in 1945 is 47 million; at the end of 2012, it is 347 million, an increase of 300 million in 67 years, a six fold increase in the stock. The year 2013 is shown on the end of the chart as a place holder so that the figure 347 will be visible for 2012.   Numbers for 2013 were not available at the time of publication.

The numbers do not account for reduction of the gun stock due to wear and tear, loss, destruction or illegal exportation; or increases of the stock from illegal importation, individual or illegal manufacture, or acquisition from military sources.

The U.S. population increased from 133 million in 1945 to 313 million in 2012, a 135% increase in population, or over a 200% increase in the number of guns per capita.  Guns per capita rose from .35 in 1945, to 1.1 guns per capita in 2012.

For some perspective, motor vehicle ownership in the United States has followed a similar trend,  with an increase from .22 per capita in 1945 to .809 per capita in 2011, a 269% increase.

For those who wish to put data into a program to create your own charts and graphs, here are the numbers:

From Point Blank, by Kleck:

1945     47
1946     48
1947     51
1948     53
1949     55
1950     58
1951     60
1952     62
1953     64
1954     66
1955     67
1956     69
1957     71
1958     73
1959     75
1960     78
1961     80
1962     81
1963     84
1964     86
1965     89
1966     93
1967     97
1968     102
1969     107
1970     112
1971     117
1972     122
1973     128
1974     135
1975     140
1976     146
1977     151
1978     156
1979     162
1980     168
1981     173
1982     178
1983     182
1984     186
1985     191
1986     194
1987     198

1988 - 2012  ATF reports

1988     203
1989     209
1990     213
1991     217
1992     223
1993     231
1994     238
1995     243
1996     247
1997     252
1998     256
1999     261
2000     265
2001     270
2002     274
2003     279
2004     284
2005     289
2006     295
2007     301
2008     308
2009     316
2010     325
2011     334
2012     347

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PA followup: Hart found guilty of third degree murder



An Allegheny County jury Friday found Herbert Hart, 26, guilty of third-degree murder in the shooting death of a man at his Homewood house last year.

The jury deliberated for about three hours before reaching its verdict. Hart faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 24.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Berquist asked the jury to find Hart guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Robert Wilson, 35, of East Liberty.

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John Lott: Myths of American gun violence



In the wake of the murders in Charleston, President Obama has made more exaggerations and false claims about gun violence in America. He made two public addresses this past week — one to the nation on Thursday and one to the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday. On both occasions, he gave distorted impressions of how rates of violence in America compare with those in the rest of the world.

In his address to the nation, Obama claimed that, “We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency.”

But Obama overlooks Norway, where Anders Behring Breivik used a gun to kill 67 people and wound 110 others. Still others were killed by bombs that Breivik detonated. Three of the six worst K-12 school shootings ever have occurred in Europe. Germany saw two of these — one in 2002 at Erfurt and another in 2009 at Winnenden. The combined death toll was 34. France and Belgium have both faced multiple terrorist attacks over the past year.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Daily Beast claims Triple Murder in 1991 not related to Waiting Period




On March 5th, 1991, a former police officer and firearm instructor named James Fendry received a call from a woman.   Her name was Bonnie.  She had a restraining order against her husband.  She was desperate to get a gun to protect herself.  The Instructor told her that Wisconsin had a 48 hour waiting period.  The next day, Bonnie Elmasri and her two children were murdered by her estranged husband, who then committed suicide.

The address in the map above is where Bonnie and her children lived.  The red arrow, at the bottom, is the reported location for James Fendry, the former policeman and firearms instructor, in 1991, when the call was reported.

After the murders, Fendry reported the conversation, which then became an example of how waiting periods can be counterproductive by denying people the ability to defend themselves.   The account became national and has been included in the debate about waiting periods and self defense.  It is included in web pages such as this one  that shows how waiting periods for handguns have costs.  The existing research shows that waiting periods do not have a measurable effect in preventing crime.

Bonnie Elmasri's brother, a few months after the murders, contended that his sister would never contact anyone about buying a gun, that she knew nothing about guns, and would never buy one.  Therefore, he contends, the story must be false.  Bonnie and her children are dead.  They cannot be questioned.  Phone records of the time are gone, and did not include the digital records of today, so we can never prove that Bonnie called Fendry, a prominent instructor who headed up a state gun organization. 

Bonnie Elmasri and her children lived at 2454 N. Lefeber Ave in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  That is only 15 miles from Fendry, whose organization has a (414) area code, so it would have been a local call.   Fendry had been quoted in an AP story about gun control in a Milwaukee paper, on February 11th, less than a month before the murders.  From the journaltimes.com:
"When you pass a gun law, the criminal realizes an honest person is less likely to have a gun or use a gun," said Fendry, a former police officer. "Locally, statewide and nationally, people who focus on gun control don't care about crime control."
How many women named Bonnie had restraining orders against their husband in the local area is not known.

The Daily Beast claims that the brother's account must be the correct one.   But desperate people are known to step outside of their comfort zones.    It seems highly unlikely that Fendry would just make the story up.  The waiting period bill had been passed, 15 years earlier.  There was no bill pending in the legislature to repeal the waiting period in 1991.   We cannot prove that Bonnie Elmasri made the call.  Her brother does not believe that she did.  That does not make the assertion a lie or false.  From the dailybeast.com:
A shameful falsehood resides at the heart of the gun de-control bill that Gov. Scott Walker signed on Wednesday even as the nation still reeled from the reality of the nine innocents shot to death in a Charleston church.
In the law, there is the concept of "preponderance of the evidence".  That is, if there is a little more evidence on one side than the other, you accept the side with the little more evidence, in civil cases. 

This is not a civil case, it is not a court of law.  We have two competing claims.  Which is more believable?  That a desperate woman, not knowledgeable about guns, would reach out to prominent gun instructor who is a former policeman, who had been recently featured in the newspapers defending the right to self defense;  or that a grief stricken brother can be certain that the desperate sister would never do such a thing?  

I do not think either claim would be enough to put someone in jail, but I think a jury would find the phone call likely to have come from Bonnie Elmasri, by a preponderance of the evidence.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

UT: No Charges for Shooting Drunk who Attempted Break-in



A Pleasant Grove homeowner will not face criminal charges for shooting and killing a man who tried to force his way into his townhouse.

The Plesant Grove Police Department confirmed Monday that the Utah County Attorney's Office decided last month that the homeowner was justified in his use of force against 24-year-old Christian Chichia.

Police confirmed that Chichia was likely intoxicated and confused about where he was when he tried to break in on May 3.

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NC: Self-Defene Claimed in Harnett County



LILLINGTON - No charges have been filed in a Harnett County shooting that killed an 18-year-old.

"A self-defense claim has been made and all circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation," a news release from the Harnett County Sheriff's Office said today.

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Hypocrite, know thyself




The Pope is just another Leftist -- preaching the characteristic: "Do as I say, not as I do"

POPE FRANCIS had harsh words for the arms industry on Sunday, condemning as "two-faced" those who claim to be Christian while manufacturing weapons or investing in companies that produce them. "It is hypocritical to talk about peace and make weapons," the pope told an audience of young people in Turin. "Doing one thing and saying another. What hypocrisy!"

It's not the first time Francis has blasted the defense industry. In May, he denounced the arms business as an "industry of death," run by people who "don't want peace" because "they make more money from war." In February, he labeled weapons dealers "merchants of death" and blamed them for "furthering a cycle of hate, fratricide, and violence."

So sweeping a calumny would be unworthy coming from anyone; from a moral teacher as prominent as the Bishop of Rome, it is inexcusable. Of course there are hypocrites and charlatans in the arms trade, just as there are hypocrites and charlatans in all professions. But to smear everyone in the weapons business as unethical and anti-peace is sheer demagoguery.

I wouldn't presume to instruct the pope in theology, but if Francis really means to execrate any commerce in weapons, he goes farther than even Jesus did. "Let him who has a purse take it and also a bag," Jesus instructs his apostles in the Gospel of Luke, "and let him who has no sword sell his garment and buy one." In both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions, Saint Adrian of Nicomedia has long been honored as the patron saint of arms dealers. There is room for good Christians, the church seems to believe, even in the weapons business.

And would the pope want it any other way? Would the world be better off if the industries that make weapons, ammunition, and military equipment didn't employ men and women who aspire to live ethically? The Vatican itself is defended by a military force — the Swiss Guard — that is well-supplied with sophisticated firepower, including assault rifles and submachine guns. When Francis slams weapons-makers and firearms-sellers as "hypocrites" and "merchants of death," does he include those who provide the guns that keep him and the papal offices safe?

In Isaiah's messianic vision of a world in which universal peace and goodness reigns, human beings will "beat their swords into plowshares / And their spears into pruning hooks." But until that utopia arrives, there is nothing moral about pacifism. In the here and now, evil exists and the decent must fight it. And unless they are to fight unarmed, they will need the tools of violence.

The pope knows only too well what happens when good people — or good nations — aren't willing to fight the world's monsters with every available weapon.

At the very same rally in Turin in which he excoriated those who make and sell munitions, Francis retroactively decried the failure of the Western democracies to do more to stop the Nazi genocide and Stalin's terror. "The great powers had photographs of the railway routes that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews, Christians, Roma, homosexuals, everybody," he said. "Tell me, then: Why did they not bomb them?"

Does the pontiff hear his own words? He laments the failure to bomb the rail lines and save millions of lives. Who would have made those bombs? Who would have made the bombers to deliver them? Who made the guns and tanks and missiles that did, in the end, defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan? Who supplied the arms that ended the slave trade and eradicated piracy? Were all of them conniving merchants of death?

No, Pope Francis, it is not hypocritical to talk about peace and make weapons. For if the peaceable cannot defend themselves, they will have no peace. "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition," Americans sang during World War II. A moral world requires moral violence, and the wisdom to know when to use it.

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Brazil Motorcycle Cop Shoots two (video)






In this video that is said to be from Brazil, a motorcycle officer is involved in a chase after two people on another motorcycle.   The passenger on the motorcycle being chased throws a spare helmet at the pursuing officer.  We do not know the backstory, but the motorcycle being chased crashes into a pole, perhaps a power pole.  The officer is able to slow down, stops his bike feet from the crashed cyclists, draws a pistol, and opens fire on them.  He appears to shoot at least four times.

It is difficult to shoot from a motorcycle if you are the only rider.  I note that the officer draws and fires his pistol with his left hand, which normally controls the clutch, while the right hand controls the throttle.  He may have put the motorcycle into neutral before letting go of the clutch, or there may be special controls on the police motor cycles.

Notice that the lettering in the caption is reversed. I wonder if the images are reversed as well. If so, the motorcycle cop could be shooting with his right hand, which would make more sense, as his left could hold in the clutch while his right foot could work the rear brake.


Link to video on Imgur

Yes, the images are reversed.  Here is the video on Youtube.  It is a bit longer.  It appears that the motorcycle cop shoots the passenger during the chase, and that is why the pursued motorcycle crashes.


  

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AK: Details on Charging Kodiak stopped with a .44 Mag Revolver


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."

Alaska State Troopers said the shooting occurred near a home off Sharatin Road in the city of Kodiak. Troopers identified the man who shot and killed the bear as Hamilton Long, 49. Fish and Game received the bear hide and skull.

"Hamilton shot and killed the bear in defense of his life at close range," troopers said.

Svoboda said he wanted to emphasize that "this particular individual did everything right."

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What SCOTUSCare Means for Second Amendment Supporters



On June 25th, 2015, the majority of Supreme Court Justices, lead by Chief Justice Roberts, ruled that what the law says does not matter.   What matters is what the Justices want the law to say.

This is an important break down in the rule of law.  We have seen it before from the Supreme Court, particularly from the Warren Court, and during the Roosevelt revolution of the 1930's and on.   There seemed to be a brief period in the early 2000s when the Court might actually follow the law of the land.  This was labelled by the left as a "radically conservative court" but it was merely a slight tendency to follow law and truth, instead of rubber stamping "progressive" ideology.

The decision sheds light on why the Court has not accepted any direct Second Amendment cases since McDonald.  Both sides are afraid that a wavering Justice, typically Justice Kennedy, will vote against them.   The Constitutional side does not want a Supreme Court ruling that guts Heller and McDonald; the "progressive" side does not want a ruling that confirms and expands them.   It is even possible that a Justice does not want to have to yield to pressure from the Obama Administration, so avoiding a case becomes the easier choice.

It is obvious that the Court, similar to what happened in Venezuela, has been turned to the side of the administration.  Decisions that are in direct opposition to the law are found for the administration when enough pressure is brought to bear.   The Court explicitly ruled that it had to find the law Constitutional to avoid the law becoming unworkable.   In other words, they subverted the rule of law in order to support the current administration.

The only hope for a return to Constitutional restraints is an end to the current administration.   That hope presupposes that whatever pressure has been brought will cease when this administration ends.

It is not a hope that a future can be built upon.  After the SCOTUSCare decision, I have no real belief that we can depend on the Supreme Court to protect Second Amendment rights.   The Obama administration is in full attack mode against the Second Amendment.  It will bring whatever pressure it can against the Justices to insure that they rule the way that it wishes, in any Second Amendment case.

All is not lost.

The Supreme Court failed to protect the Second Amendment from 1935 through 2005.   It only started to protect the Second Amendment because Second Amendment activists organized and won legislative battles, educated greater and greater numbers of the public, and pushed the Court to rule properly.   That dynamic has not changed, but the Supreme Court has now shown that it cannot be relied on to follow the rule of law while this administration has all the power of the Government at its disposal.

Second Amendment activists will have to use their existing organizations, communications ability, and all their remaining protections under the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to hold on to the restoration of freedoms that have been won in the last 20 years.  Legislatively, they may be able to do more.

They can win back, in State and Federal legislatures, what the Courts are refusing to protect.  The Obama administration will not be in power forever.  There will be a backlash.  It may happen that a Justice or Justices on the Supreme Court will find the ability to act ethically after the abuses of this administration end.

But, for the next year and a half, do not expect the Supreme Court to protect Second Amendment rights.  Second Amendment supporters should be glad that the Court has not taken important Second Amendment cases.    If my analysis is correct, the next year and a half is a very dangerous time for the Second Amendment to be heard in the Supreme Court.


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SC: Armed Homeowner Uses .22 Revolver to Drive off Burglars

The victim told police he was in his home when he heard a noise in the garage and went to go investigate and grabbed his .22 revolver gun as he walked out. He said he found one man inside his garage talking to another man located outside the garage, authorities said.

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CT: Armed Homeowner drives off Burglar


According to officials, no one was home when the suspect broke in to the Acorn Drive residence through a garage window, but the homeowner was alerted and immediately responded. They say the homeowner fired one shot during an altercation. It’s not known if the suspect was hit.

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VA: Wounded Home Invader Arrested


When Hunnicutt encountered the son in the downstairs area of the home, a verbal and eventually physical altercation broke out. Hunnicutt reportedly armed himself with a knife from the kitchen, and as the brawl began to escalate the son shot Hunnicutt with a handgun belonging to the homeowners.

Hunnicutt was reportedly shot through one wrist and also suffered a non-penetrating wound to his head. He was taken to Mary Washington Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

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CO: Campers fire Rifle to Drive off Bear


The campers -- who had dogs with them -- said the small, "scruffy" bear continued to come back and eat food outside their tent, and they felt threatened. The man then fired a shot with a .308 rifle at the bear to scare it off while it was about 15 yards away.

Churchill said rangers do not believe the bear was hit, as there was no blood trail.



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

AK: Man uses .44 Mag to stop Charging Kodiak Bear

A Kodiak homeowner shot and killed a 9-foot-tall bear on his lawn after it charged him. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Tuesday Hamilton Long fired six rounds at the 1,000-pound bear. Alaska State Troopers Kodiak Post supervisor Sgt. Eric Olsen says Long emptied the cylinder of his .44 Magnum revolver. He says an investigator determined Long acted in self-defense.

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FL: Pizza Driver Shoots Two Robbery Suspects; one Dies


Hollywood police said two men wearing ski masks entered the Domino's, where they were shot by a delivery driver, identified by police as Slayde Henry, 24.

One of the men shot, Adalberto Hernandez, 24, died at the scene, police said.

Police are searching for a second robber who ran away and is possibly wounded. Police said he wore dark clothing, had his face covered and is possibly armed.

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TX: Fatal Shooting Goes to Grand Jury



The fatal shooting of a male at 17400 Saturn about 6:20 p.m. on Monday (June 22) will be referred to a Harris County grand jury.

The identity of the deceased male, 48, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.

The male shooter, 27, was not injured in the incident.

HPD Homicide Division Officers M. Dykens, R. Nunez, J. Saldana and A. Vinogradov reported:

A male was following another male in their respective vehicles as they left work. The male pulled up alongside the suspect's vehicle at two different stop lights and threatened him both times. As the threatened male attempted to drive away from the other vehicle, the first male intentionally steered his vehicle into the path of the other man's vehicle and struck it. The male then got out of his vehicle and, as he approached the disabled vehicle, the male inside the vehicle pulled out a pistol and fatally shot the approaching male.


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MS: Armed Homeowner Aims for Middle, Hits Middle, Intruder Dies


"Mr Ruff had gained entry into a home on Ninth Street and 26th Avenue that was occupied," Cobler said. "The renter aimed for the middle and hit him right in the middle with one gunshot."

Meridian Police Department detective Dareall Thompson confirmed that during the course of a home invasion, the person breaking into the home was shot by the homeowner.

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OH: 70-Year-Old Armed Woman Fires at Intruder



The woman, who police say is in her 70's, tells police that she observed the suspect walking down her drive way. He knocked on the door and when she didn't answer, he went around back and broke into her home using a rock.

Police tell 21 News, that the woman grabbed a gun and went into the bathroom. As the suspect made his way through the house, the woman stepped out and fired at him.

Police don't believe the woman hit the suspect.

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OK: Armed Homeowner holds Shirtless, Shoeless Suspect for Police





Suspect Jonathan Parker, Center, shirtless, shoeless.


TULSA, Okla. —
Quick Facts:

An 18-year-old man was arrested in south Tulsa for burglary

Police say he broke into a few cars and a home near 101st and Mingo

A homeowner held the man at gunpoint until police arrived

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CA: No Charges in Domestic Shooting Case



Citing insufficient evidence and an uncooperative witness, prosecutors opted to dismiss charges Monday against a San Carlos man accused of shooting his son earlier this year.

Alan Fisher, a 65-year-old retired obstetrician, was facing attempted murder and assault charges after allegedly getting into an argument with his 33-year-old son, then shooting him in the neck and abdomen April 22.

Fisher pleaded not guilty to the charges while claiming he was defending himself against his son who was armed with a knife. Fisher lived with his son and wife at their Crestview Drive home, according to prosecutors.
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NH: Homeowner Holds Burglar at Gunpoint



Police said John Terrell got his gun and held the man at gunpoint until they arrived.

Police charged Renaud "Junior" Plaisir, 28, of Manchester, with burglary and receiving stolen property.
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OK: Lawyer Shoots Client in Self Defense



Police spokeswoman Jennifer Wardlow said Monday that officers are continuing to investigate the Friday shooting at attorney Jay Silvernail's home in Oklahoma City.

Silvernail shot 54-year-old client David Scott Smith, who was at Silvernail's home to pick up unspecified items. Police say Smith became upset with Silvernail and attacked him before the shooting.
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TX: Domestic - Man Defends Mother, Shoots Stepfather

Authorities said that a man shot his 48-year-old stepfather because he was beating up his mother in their apartment on Broadway at Bellfort. The adult son shot the man in the chest and abdomen.

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TX: Man wins Texas Gunfight



Witnesses said one of the suspects asked to borrow a lighter. He then pulled a mask over his head and pulled out a gun.

But one of the victims had a gun of his own in his vehicle. He grabbed it and exchanged fire with the suspect.
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MO: Woman Shoots Man who Stabbed her


A struggle ensued and the woman was stabbed in the hand. During the struggle, according to the police report, the woman was able to retrieve a firearm and fired a shot at the man killing him. The woman sustained a cut to the hand and bruising to her body. She refused medical treatment at the scene.


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MI: Armed Man Shoots Suspect Holding 20 People at Gunpoint



DETROIT -

A worker at a Detroit Coney Island shot and killed a robber Sunday morning after the man walked into the restaurant with a gun and announced a robbery in front of customers.

Police say the robber was an adult man who was attempting to rob the Pete's Grill and Coney Island at 1400 East Outer Drive on the city's east side.

(snip)

"It was a good thing, because the guy was threatening everybody," Felton said. "There had to be at least 20 people in the restaurant. The guy that works here, he's a hero. He's really a hero."

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John Lott Defends against Critics Claims, 2015

 A response that shows that John Lott's critics refuse to examine his defenses.

Recently Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes claimed that defensive gun use was a myth.  Gary Kleck wrote a response where he noted that these authors were merely repeating earlier criticisms and ignored the responses that he and others have made to those critiques.

Well, DeFilippis and Hughes use the same approach in discussing my research (a screen shot of their original post is saved here).  Let's try to go through these points in order that they are presented:


-- Tim Lambert as a source.  Professor Jim Purtilo at the University of Maryland put up a post in 2004 that he has updated over the years that shows that Lambert has been caught falsifying evidence on multiple occasions and has otherwise been dishonest.  See:


-- Cherry picking surveys on gun ownership.
In an audacious display of cherry-picking, Lott argues that there were “more guns” between 1977 to 1992 by choosing to examine two seemingly arbitrary surveys on gun ownership, and then sloppily applying a formula he devised to correct for survey limitations. Since 1959, however, there have been at least 86 surveys examining gun ownership, and none of them show any clear trend establishing a rise in gun ownership. Differences between surveys appear to be dependent almost entirely on sampling errors, question wordings, and people’s willingness to answer questions honestly.
My paper with Mustard as well as my book looked at all the crime data available when those pieces were written and I updated that data with each successive updated edition of my book.  

AZ: Open Carry at Rest Areas Socially Accepted


On my recent vacation to Meteor Crater and environs, I stopped at the rest areas along the way to check and see if the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) had done its job.  They needed to replace old signs that illegally banned guns in the rest areas.  When other travellers were available, I had them take my picture for use in this and future articles.   After the pretty young woman holding the child took my picture, I asked if I could take hers.   She was happy to pose for me. 


Here is the picture she took of me at Painted Cliffs.  I asked her to be sure that the Glock was prominently displayed.


No one had any problem taking my picture with the openly carried pistol.  I asked men, women, white and black, and no one had a problem.   They smiled and happily helped out.  The idea that the public is terrified of openly carried weapons is a media produced mythology that has been promoted by Bloomberg and his paid groups.  If openly carried weapons do not terrify the population, then most of their emotional argument collapses.



A black man took my picture at the South Meteor Crater Rest Area.  It is one of the best that my volunteers took.  I wonder if he is a photographer.  His wife or female companion did not have a problem with it.  I checked the "rules" sign, as this is where one of the old signs was posted last year.  



A new sign was in place.  There is no ban on the exercise of the Second Amendment on this side.  Second Amendment supporters have made progress in restoring Constitutional rights that had been eroded.


I should have had the volunteer at Sentinel zoom in a little, but you can still see the Glock in the cross draw position.  

Maybe someone at ADOT read the previous article, because most of the rest areas had new signs that did not prohibit the exercise of constitutional rights.   I showed the old signs in an article about a year ago.

Cross draw carry works for travel in a car, because the seat belt does not interfere with the draw.  In the cross draw position, you can use either hand to draw the pistol.   The pistol is protected from any shenanigans on the part of a person in the passenger seat. 

The cross draw position was common in the 1850's and 1860's, according to Phil Spangenberger, in "Frontier Gunleather", an article in "Guns of the Gunfighters", published 1975.   It allowed for an easy draw while seated, and on horse back. 

I will have a report on a rest stop sign in New Mexico in a later article.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Is the Pope just another crazy Leftist?



How about condemning pedophile priests instead of condemning guns?


President Obama's Angry Projection on Guns



In a podcast with far left comedian Marc Maron, President Obama put forward a typical "first step" toward further infringement of Second Amendment rights.  Building on the existing, ineffective background check system, President Obama posited these "standards".  From the patriotpost.us:
“The question is just, is there a way of accommodating that legitimate set of [hunting and sporting] traditions with some common-sense stuff that prevents a 21-year-old who’s angry about something — or confused about something, or is racist, or is deranged — from going into a gun store, and suddenly he’s packing and can do enormous harm?”
There is no question that the President made the remarks, as they are also quoted on the leftwing thehill.com.

Others have noted that these are not real standards, simply emotional labels that would allow someone to use their political power to deny some people their constitutional rights.  This is a favorite tactic of statists,.  They do not wish the rule of law, they wish the rule of man.

What I find fascinating about President Obama's "standards" are that they appear to be pure projection.  Other than the age, which seems unlikely to be upheld by any court (but courts only rarely hold this administration in check), all of the reasons for preventing a person from owning a gun could apply directly to President Obama.  Let's see:

"angry about something"   Check.  When hasn't the President been angry about something?

"confused about something" Check.  This President is confused about nearly everything, at least he seems so from his speeches.

"racist"  Check.  This is the most racist President that I have ever seen.  Consider his "typical white woman" remarks about his own grandmother, his inserting of race into every policy issue, his jumping to the side of the black person before any facts are know about any particular incident.

"deranged"  Uncertain, many have claimed that President Obama is a narcissist, but many others believe that what appears to be insane may simply be the rational enactment of what he really wants.    But this restriction does not really matter, because it is already U.S. law.

President Obama, by his own words has shown that he believes that he should never be trusted with owning a gun, because "suddenly he’s packing and can do enormous harm”

The potential to do harm by owning a gun is minuscule compared the potential to do harm by owning the Presidency.

We have been seeing that harm for the past seven years.  The economy is in shambles, the national debt has increased by 70%, race relations are at their lowest point in forty years, and war is breaking out in Europe and much of the Middle East and Africa due to this President's policies.

I would like to see the President apply his own standards to his own conduct, but he never has, and he never will.   Being the first black President means never having to answer to anyone.  Rationality, consistency, or logic have never applied to President Obama.

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