Monday, September 22, 2014

Bear Hunt in Northern Wisconsin

Bears in Northern Wisconsin


The gun culture permeated the part of Wisconsin where I grew up.   In that area and time, we did not think of it as a separate culture.   The gun culture and the culture were one and the same.   Guns and hunting were simply integral parts of everyday life.    If a boy was not a hunter, he aspired to be one.  There was considerable game, ruffed grouse, woodcock, rabbits, squirrel, ducks,  geese, deer, mink, muskrats, raccoon, fox and ...bear.   There were not very many bear.   In my first 18 years, with nearly a decade spent wandering the woods, and a good portion of that time spent hunting, trapping, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking (we did not know that riding 3-speed bikes around logging roads was mountain biking back then) and berry picking, I recall seeing one or two bear other than those encountered at the county dump/landfill.  Those dumps have since changed enormously, and bears no longer congregate there...

Because of a confluence of several reasons, black bears have become common in Northern Wisconsin.   I have seen as many as 10 in a two week visit.  Bear hunting is by permit, but otherwise is far more liberal than it  was 5 decades ago, when I was a boy.   The picture above is from a game camera, taken the first of September.   The near bear is a big sow, probably in the 300 to 400 lb range.   The other two bear are nearly adult "cubs".   A  third grown "cub" is outside the frame.

My brother and his son both managed to obtain permits this year.  It now takes about 7-8 years to obtain a permit, which are drawn as a lottery.   Previous, unsuccessful entries increase your chances of a draw.   Part of Wisconsin's success with their bear hunts has been because they allow both dog and bait hunting for bears.   They alternate years to allow both types of hunting a good chance at bears.   This year was a "bait" year, where dog hunting was not allowed during the first week of the season.   Next year will be a "dog" year where bait hunting will not be allowed the first week.   Both methods can be very exciting, and success is far from assured.   In Wisconsin the success rate has been about 50%.

On this year's hunt, my brother had been contacted by a friend who runs a pack of bear dogs.    Capable hunters who have a bear permit  may be sought after by dog hunters, to allow the pack owners to participate in the season that they have been preparing for all year.   As you may guess, maintaining a pack of hunting dogs is a moderately expensive and time consuming hobby,  perhaps as much as automobile racing, sky diving, flying your own airplane, or downhill skiing.   On the first day, the hunters were up at 5 a.m.   No bears were treed or held at bay.

The next morning, the dogs found a hot scent at one of the baits.   The tracks looked big.  The dogs gave chase.   The bear had immediately crossed the Namekagon river, where I grew up.   Bridges were a half mile north and south.  The hunters were able to make a crossing, and find logging roads to approach within a quarter mile of the ruckus the dogs were making.   My brother and his son carefully approached the location of the baying dogs, with the pack owner close behind.   The bear was treed in a large white pine.


On seeing it, my brother immediately knew that it was a bear worth shooting.   He advised his son to shoot it in the head, to limit the damage that it might do to the dogs when it fell out of the tree.  The rifle that my nephew was carrying was a customized Springfield '03-A3, crafted by my brother into a "scout rifle" configuration.  It has an 18 inch barrel and a long eye relief Leuopold scope.   It  was charged with 220 grain roundnose  handloads at 2300 feet per second.

Military issue '03-A3 Springfields are hard to come by now, because so many have been sporterized.   I remember when they were for sale in barrels, at $29.95, your choice, cash and carry.  This rifle had been one of those.

My nephew took the shot from about 30 feet from the tree.   He is an excellent shot.     The bear collapsed and dropped bonelessly out of the tree.   My brother glanced to the owner of the dog pack, as the owner looked at him.   They simultaneously said "dead bear" before the bear hit the ground.   

Then my brother started toward the bear.   As he closed to within 20 feet, the bear jumped up and ran off!

My nephew could not shoot because of the position of my brother.    Three shots from a .44 magnum were fired at the escaping, wounded bear.    It is uncertain if any of the rounds connected.   

There was a good blood trail, and the dogs were set back on the track.  A quarter of a mile away from the first tree, the bear was held at bay in the middle of an ash swamp.  Visibility was extremely limited.   My brother and my nephew waded through as much as two feet  of water and muck, for a hundred yards, attempting to approach the bear without causing it to run again.    The dogs made a continual racket.   Finally, they saw the bear from 30 feet away.   It was backed up against the upended root system of a downed tree.  

It must have seen them at about the same time, for it broke from the dogs.  My nephew knocked it down with a snap shot from the scout rifle.     It started to get up as a pistol shot delivered the coup de grace to the brain, from two feet away.  

The silver item protruding from the mouth is a metal tag required by Wisconsin law
The next four hours were spent dragging the bear back to a logging road where a 4X4 truck could get at it.   The original tree was 90 yards from a logging road; the place where it was brought to bay was 500 yards from one, in the middle of a swamp.   Fortunately, one hunter had a plastic deer sled that made hauling the beast easier.    Bear are much harder to get out of the woods than deer.   Not only are they generally bigger, but there is no easy way to put a rope on them to haul with.   The head tends to be too heavy and to drag too much if the rope is put around the neck.    It is nearly impossible for a lone hunter to drag a good sized bear.   A plastic deer sled and a four-wheeler can shine in this situation.

Bear season seldom has  the snow that makes tracking and dragging deer so much easier in Northern Wisconsin, because the bear tend to be denned at that point.    Three hunters helped drag this bear out of the swamp.  If you have ever tried to drag a very large, unconscious man, through water and muck, the task is similar.

The bear dressed out at 295 pounds, likely over 350 pounds live weight, a large black bear sow.

The next day the hunters were out again, but did not see a single bear.

People often ask me if the bears are eaten.  Most definitely, they are.   My brother says that bears 250 pounds or under make better eating.   Bears under 100 pounds are considered cubs, and are protected.  I have had bear, generally prepared as a roast.   To me it tasted much like roast beef.   I prefer bear to venison, and I like venison.

My nephew is at the beginning of his career.   My brother has retired.   He will be hunting on his own this week.  He has already shot several bear in his life, but another good sized bear has been hitting one of his baits.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

OH:Six Shots, Six Misses at Robber? or Not?



In close range gunfights with handguns, it is not uncommon for both participants to fire several shots without anyone being hit.   In this article From wcpo.com, it is written that no injuries were reported:
Police say the suspect pulled out a gun and demanded the victim's wallet.
Once the wallet was turned over, the victim pulled out his own gun and both men pointed the firearms at each other.

Officials say the victim fired about six shots after the suspect refused to put his gun down.

(snip)

No injuries were reported and no arrests made.
In the video for the story, however, it is mentioned that two people showed up at area hospitals with gunshot wounds.    The assailant who was shot  at, was driven from the scene by a person most assume was a confederate.   If the 60-year-old victim shot at his assailant near the getaway vehicle, then it would make sense for two people to be wounded.  The attack occurred about midnight.

Link to video.

The investigation continues.

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Mark Steyn: Descent into Barberism

I often joke with my hairdresser Amanda about the number of state permits she requires for the privilege of cutting my hair. As I point out on page 49 of After America (personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available, etc):
In the Fifties, one in twenty members of the workforce needed government permission in order to do his job. Today, it's one in three.
That's tyrannous - which is bad enough, albeit not unique to America: The entire developed world has massively expanded the hyper-regulatory state. But only in America does the Department of Paperwork command lethal force:
On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando and found everything in order: All of the barbers working there were properly licensed, and all of the work stations complied with state regulations. Two days later, even though no violations had been discovered and even though the DBPR is authorized to conduct such inspections only once every two years, the inspectors called again, this time accompanied by "between eight and ten officers, including narcotics agents," who "rushed into" the barbershop "like [a] SWAT team." Some of them wore masks and bulletproof vests and had their guns drawn. Meanwhile, police cars blocked off the parking lot.

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NV: Vet wins Gunfight with 15-Year-Old Attacker


Gunshot Holes on each side of Window

In this defensive gun use in Las Vegas, a veteran defends his family from a frontal attack.   The attacker is a 15-Year-Old boy, who shoots through the front door.   Fortunately, the attacker has never practiced door breaching techniques.   The gunshot holes are not even close to the door lock or hinges.  It was repored that the shots went through  the kitchen, narrowly missing the father of the former friend.   Perhaps the shooter was aiming for the father.

The attacker is known to the victims.  The 15-Year-Old had been camping with a 14-Year-Old who lives at the home.  The 15-Year-Old had been in the house before.  No motive is given, but it is clearly a premeditated attack.  The 15-Year-Old concealed the weapon, almost certainly a shotgun, given the distinctive holes in the door.  We do not know the loads used, but almost any load will make a similar sized hole from a shotgun at point blank range.   27 year old Army veteran Shaun Cooper, brother of the 14 year old, speaks;  From mynews3.com:
“My dad was actually standing in the kitchen. He was firing through the door through the kitchen and completely missed him. Bullets went all around, except for him. Got lucky.”

Those first shots led to a gunfight.

“I took off, grabbed my gun and got back, and he saw me thorugh the window,” Cooper said. “Shot one more time, and that’s when I shot through the window, and he dropped.”
This is another case that does not fit the "progressive elite" model of murder.  There was no heated argument that led to the attack in a moment of rage, because a gun was available.  This was a planned attack.   The victims saw the attacker approaching, wearing a leather jacket, which seemed unusual.  It is likely that the shotgun was concealed under the jacket.   Fortunately, the veteran was the better shot.   There is no mention of how the attacker was transported to the scene.   Did he walk or was he dropped off close by?

I know this area of Las Vegas.  I have a nephew who lives only a few blocks away.   The area is a mix of small acreages, single family houses, and some apartments.   It is within a mile of the North boundary of Las Vegas, which butts against open desert.   

The North Jones Boulevard and Farm Road Intersection is low center of the map

 The veteran suggests that the shooting might have been prevented if parents locked up  their guns from teenagers.    If his 14 year old brother had been home alone, that would have left him to the mercy of the 15 year old attacker.  There have been many cases where armed teenagers have defended themselves.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

OH: 60-Year-Old CCW carrier Wins Gun Fight

After being robbed, a man reportedly shoots at robber who refuses  to drop weapon.  Video report, little detail, mostly a firearms instructor giving advice.

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NV: Man Shot While Threatening People

A preliminary investigation found the victim was with his girlfriend in a vehicle when an argument ensued between him and the occupants of a nearby vehicle, police said.

The victim reportedly got out of his vehicle, pulled out a firearm and pointed it at the occupants of the other vehicle, police said. A passenger in the vehicle pulled out a gun and fired one round, striking the victim, police said.

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MS: Man Stabbed, Man Shot, Woman Injured

COVINGTON COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -
No charges have been filed yet in a shooting in Covington County early Monday morning that left one man dead. And investigators said it may have been a case of self-defense.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

CA: Homeowner Shoots Suspect during Struggle

Authorities said a man found the suspect in his home, a struggle ensued and several shots were fired.

The suspect, identified as 25-year-old Grachia Nalbanyan, was wounded in a hip and transported to a hospital.

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WY: Fatal Bear Attack

Officials from Wyoming’s Game and Fish Department confirmed late Monday that a 31-year-old Utah man had been killed by a bear.

The body of Adam Thomas Stewart, 31, was found adjacent to two deer carcasses that bears had been feeding on in Bridger-Teton National Forest.

A release from the Wyoming wildlife agency said Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan "indicated the pathologist’s preliminary report stated the individual suffered blunt force trauma from a probable bear bite."

Evidence collected at the site is being analyzed to try to determine if the bear that attacked Stewart was a grizzly or a black bear.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

David Codrea: More on Mayor Sly James of Kansas City


Elle Moxley, who bills herself as a “reporter” for KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR station, on her Twitter page, assures visitors “I believe in the profession of journalism” on her personal website. I discovered her by accident, after noting Kansas City Star opinion columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah was wrong, as usual, in his intentionally obnoxious assessment of Panera Bread’s request for customers to disarm on company premises.

Had he not responded on Twitter by trying to change the subject, which is par for the course, chances are I’d have not returned to his feed and noticed a retweet of Moxley’s inane original post:

“‘Guns are more readily available than fresh food,’says @MayorSlyJames,” Moxley told her followers. “Wants lawmakers to focus on jobs, not gun legislation like SB 656.”

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Don Surber: Do Democrats care about dead black men?


Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

For years, conservatives have argued that liberals and their allies in the media have overstated the role of "military-style assault weapons" in the national homicide rate. As Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Michael Ramirez pointed out, mass shootings are rare. In one year, we suffered 18 people killed in such an assault, while we average 30 homicides by other weapons a day.

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OR:72-Year-Old Father Defends Wife, Shoots Son



In Metolius, Oregon, a 72-year-old man used a .38 caliber revolver to defend himself and his wife from a drunken attacker who broke down their bedroom door.   The attacker was their 45 year old son.   

One of the prime weapons in the propaganda campaign to disarm Americans is a theory of homicide in the United States.   I call it the "progressive elite" theory.  

It runs like this:  The majority of people, except for the exceptional elite, are just moments away from committing a criminal homicide.  They have poor impulse control and fly into rages which escalate into homicidal rages if a weapon happens to be present.  For this reason, only  those in the elite, who have become experts in government through the attainment of public office, employment by police agencies, or attendance at ivy league schools, should be allowed access to weapons that might be used when these uncontrollable, emotional fits, strike.

One of the prime supports cited for this theory is the statistic that "most murders are committed by people who know each other", as if that shows the theory to be correct.   But it is simply a non-sequitur, one does not prove the other.  

In the case mentioned above, the son was 6-foot, 240 pounds, and had a long history of violent rages.   He had been in jail and in court numerous times, often having to do with domestic violence.   A person who knew the son summed it up this way, from ktvz.com:
Stewart said she believes it was, indeed, self-defense: "I believe if he would have gotten his hands on one of them, they would be dead today, and not Mark - that's my personal opinion."
This illustrates one of the fallacies of the "progressive elite" model of murder.   Just because someone is known, does not mean that they are an ordinary person.  Violent criminals have families.   Drug dealers have suppliers and customers.   Prostitutes have violent clients.  

The vast majority of murderers are not ordinary people, but a tiny minority of violent people that have a long history of violence and disrespect for the persons and property of others.    

The number of people who  know their murderers is also suspect.   If you examine the FBI figures, you find that 44% of the relationships are "unknown", and 12.4% of them are strangers.    21% are "acquaintances, so only 22.6% are close to the people that they murder.  

It is sad that Mark Allen Provence's father was forced to shoot him to protect his wife and himself.   It is sad that Mark Allen died before he was able to learn to control his drinking and violent proclivities.   But it is far better that he died than that his elderly parents were beat, crippled, or killed.

For those who follow the caliber wars, it might be noted that two shots were fired; only one hit the 6-foot, 240 pound, enraged and drunken attacker; the hit was in the chest.   One .38 seems to have been sufficient to stop the attack.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OH:Open Carry Walk in Vermilion



Ohio Carry organized another open carry walk on Saturday, the 13 of September.  This was part of their ongoing effort to educate the public about their constitutional rights in Ohio.  Note the completely different image from what the Bloomberg media campaign is trying to craft for open carriers.  From the morningjournal.com in Vermilion:
 In an effort to educate the public and combat stereotypes surrounding gun rights, Ohio Carry’s Northeast and Northwest chapters hosted a joint open carry and firearm education walk in Downtown Vermilion Sept. 13.

Ohio Carry, founded in 2012 as a firerm rights, advocacy and education group, consists of five chapters in Ohio and has hosted walks in Akron, Cleveland and Canton. The group has done around a dozen walks this year, and the most recent in Vermilion was the city’s first.
The group did not shy away from the carry of long guns on the walk in Ohio, but were careful to insure that the rifles were slung and not pointed at anyone.  This is a classic demonstration of strong, political, symbolic speech.


The walk proudly proclaims "I have rights that government may not violate."  "The Constitution means what it says."   "The second amendment is meant as a limitation on the government."  

These types of walks are spreading, from Texas, to Arkansas, to Ohio.  Only in California has the state dared to make them illegal once they started, and that action led to the Peruta decision that requires the state to issue concealed carry permits.   In numerous states, such as Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, Ohio, and Arizona, open carry activism preceded the establishment of shall issue concealed carry laws.

This type of activism goes around the tight control on information flow in the old media.   To see how it works, read "Rise of the Anti-Media", a scholarly book by Brian Anse Patrick.

There is video at the morningjournal.com link.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

OH:Criminals, Emergency Rooms, and Survival



When a person suffers severe trauma, minutes become precious.  Prompt medical treatment means the difference between losing a limb or keeping it, between full brain function and life confined to a wheel chair, between life and death. 

I recently wrote about the percentage of people who are shot who survive.   One of the most important factors in survival is whether a person shot arrives at a medical treatment facility with a pulse and blood pressure.  If they do, chances of survival jump to about 95%. 

In this example of a shooting of an intruder in Prairie Township, Ohio,  the budding criminal's "friends" either did not know this, were drug or alcohol addled, or were hoping it would all go away with wishful thinking.   Reality intruded instead.  From columbusdispatch.com:
Despite a gunshot wound in his upper back, Barbee ran with his friends about a half-mile back to Barbee’s house at 635 Dovalon Place.

Nobody called 911. Not until an hour later, at 5:14 a.m. when Adam Pickens picked up the phone

(snip)

Their friend dead, Pickens and two other youths, Brandon J. Hamilton and Tyler R. Blazer, both 17, were arrested. Hamilton and Blazer are facing delinquency counts of murder and complicity to aggravated burglary. Pickens is facing those same charges in adult court and is being held on $250,000 bond.

“If they would have got him help, we wouldn’t be talking about murder charges,” Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said. “It was a bad decision on top of a bad decision.”
Members of the new tribes known as gangs know to drop off a shot confederate at the local emergency room.   These young men do not appear to be part of a gang, and they did not have the street smarts to take their friend to the hospital immediately.  Prairie Township is mostly surrounded by Columbus, Ohio.   Perhaps an Ohio resident can give us local knowledge about the area.

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PA: Gunfight; Nephew Saves Couple from Enraged Ex


Police say a man enraged over his estranged wife’s new relationship showed up at her home in Dauphin County, armed and ready to kill.

60-year-old Todd Eugene Taylor was determined. He drove from Halifax and arrived at the 200 block of Kempton Avenue in Swatara Township armed with two handguns and a 12-gauge shotgun.

(snip)

“Mr. Everette initially had fled the home through the rear of the house with his girlfriend when the shooting began but then after hearing cries for help from his aunt returned into the front of the residence armed with a 12-gauge shotgun and confronted Taylor in the upstairs hallway,” said Chief Umberger.

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OH:Private Buyers Compete for Guns at Toledo Turn In "buy back"



I missed the notifications of this 8 September 2014 event.   It seems that those notifications are coming closer and closer to the event date, almost as if those conducting the events do not want anyone to do any pre-planning.   Toledo has a checkered history of police bullying private buyers and sellers.   Buckeyefirearms.org did a great job of exposing this last year, with four videos:  Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, and Video 4.  It did not matter much.  There were plenty of private buyers there this year.

This year, the police seem to have learned more about the law.  Maybe it was the bad publicity.  Here is what the Toledo Blade reported:
In addition to attracting people willing to trade in their guns for cash, the buyback drew private gun buyers and collectors who were willing to pay people cash.

Larry Lorms of Columbus was willing to offer more than $50, possibly $300 to $400, depending on the model, age, and condition.

 They even reported that the police had no problems with the private buyers:
Sergeant Madison said she was aware of the buyers outside the church.
“That is their right to be there. We are not concerned about them,” she said. “Our mission is to provide a service to our community. We are not trying to pressure people to get rid of guns they want to keep.”
I have not seen how many private sales were conducted.   Last year the turn in event brought in at least two nice S&W revolvers.   A total of 185 guns were collected, and 90 pounds of ammunition!

Some private sales were conducted last year:




No numbers yet for the 2014 event.

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VA Letter of Revocation of Second Amendment Rights



This image of a VA letter revoking second amendment rights based on PTSD diagnosis appears to be legitimate.   I do not recall ever seeing this type of revocation being challenged in the courts.   As the decision is a bureaucratic one, not one that was made with due process through the courts, a challenge other than the appeal process might hold promise.

The point here is that the VA should not have the power to unilaterally make this decision without court oversight.  The existence of an appeals process is not, in my opinion, sufficient due process.   I do not know how the letter was delivered.   Was it properly served as a legal document?  

Lawyers, feel free to enlighten us.    Is the sending of a notice of an appeal process considered sufficient as to constitute due process of law?   Would a mere letter, sent by first class mail, meet legal requirements of service?  

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TX: Dramatic Video of Gunfight



The man attempting the robbery appears to have a pistol gripped shotgun of unknown make.    In the video, it is clear that he hides the shotgun until he starts to attempt the robbery.  

In the narrative, it is unclear exactly what happens next, whether the father pulls out a gun and tells the robber to leave after the daughter is threatened, or whether the father hands the gun to the 20 year old son,  or whether the son takes the gun from the father, and then shoots the robber. 

It seems most likely that the father handed the handgun to the son, who then shoots the robber.



The son fires at the robber, wounding him in the leg.  The robber retreats, but refuses to put down the shotgun, even after the son tells him to do so.  The defensive handgun used is a full sized semi-automatic of unknown make.

It appears that the robber never fires the shotgun.   It would be interesting to know if there was a round in the chamber, if the shotgun was operable, or if it was loaded at all.  Criminals often make fatal mistakes about weapons.  Discipline, training, and practice are not high priorities for most criminals, especially those that rob convenience stores.

When the robber continues to try to shoot at the family, the son fires several more times, killing the robber. 

It is classic to see the son, on video, state what has become so clear, but so politically incorrect:
"It was not wrong, because I was protecting my family."
Here is the link to the video.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

MS:Suspected burglar shot by resident

Jackson resident Johndarius Curtis, 20, was facing this dilemma on Sunday after he walked up on a suspected burglar trying to steal a stereo from his vehicle.

(snip)

 Jackson Police said the 28-year-old male suspect attempted to strike Curtis with his own stereo, that's when Curtis shot the man once in the jaw with a .22 caliber revolver.

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CO: Armed Homeowner Shoots at Intruder

A burglary Saturday at a residence on the 2600 block of Aster Street was thwarted when the homeowner shot at the intruder at 5:33 a.m.

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MA: Real Gun Beats Fake Gun

SPRINGFIELD — Video footage from Wednesday's attempted armed robbery at a Six Corners market shows the store owner fending off an assailant who allegedly stuck a fake gun in his face.

(snip)

 "I say, 'I'm not gonna shoot ya,' and I was holding him till the cops got here, and that's what I did," the owner told ABC40 reporter Brendan Monahan.

(snip)

 Pelzer's defense attorney told the judge that her client, whose address was unavailable, works as a neighborhood recruiter for ARISE for Social Justice and plans to attend Holyoke Community College.

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TN: Armed Homeowner Stops Assault

The victim, who came to the door with a pistol, was reportedly assaulted after he told the men to leave. He said he was in fear of his safety, so he fired his weapon, hitting Weiss in the leg and chest.

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Wall Street Journal: Finally Waving the White Flag on the Assault Weapons Ban

If the CAP is Washington's leading liberal think tank, liberals are in big trouble.

Twenty years after the since-expired assault weapons ban passed Congress, Washington’s leading liberal think says it’s no longer an idea worth pursuing.

The Center for American Progress is waving a white flag on banning assault weapons in a study out Friday titled “Assault Weapons Revisited.” CAP authors Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons argue that gun control advocates focus their energies primarily on expanding background checks and firearms licensing laws instead of pushing to prohibit assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle.

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PA:Another Writer Transfers Volition to Guns



The alternative online publication philebrity.com, which is about "Philly Arts, Gossip, Media, Music, Nightlife & Politics".   The have picked up on the theme of irrationality of those who wish to disarm the citizenry by attribution volition and motivation to inanimate objects:

"..3,373 people were killed by guns in Philadelphia between September 11, 2001 and the end of 2013, and 174 more have been murdered so far this year."
People were killed *with* guns, not "by" guns.   There is a large difference.   Guns are not alive.   Guns do not make choices.  Guns do not have volition or motivation.   People do.   Those who try to impute volition and motivation to guns appear to do so in order to remove volition and motivation from people.   If humans have no volition or motivation, then they are not responsible for what they do.   That seems to be what this irrational usage is aiming at.

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Another Mayor Says: Thousands are Killed by Guns


 Mayor Hodges of Minneapolis is all wet.

I recently wrote about Mayor Sly James of Kansas City saying that "Too much violence is committed by guns".   I was skeptical that he had actually said that, because the Mayor is a well educated man, and served on active duty as a Marine.   It is a nonsensical statement to say that violence is committed "by" guns.   It transfers volition and responsibility to an inanimate object.  But, with another Mayor saying much the same thing, I begin to wonder.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsey Hodges, at a "Gun Violence" conference in Milwaukee, used the same improper transfer of volition to inanimate objects.  As reported by jsonline.com:
Hodges said urban gun violence is a moral issue, with thousands of teenagers killed each year by guns, as well as a political issue, because most victims and suspects have similar backgrounds, including criminal histories.
No, Mayor Hodges, the teenagers are not "killed each year by guns".  They may be killed "with" guns, but the difference is crucial.   They are killed each year by each other, primarily.   It is not a lack of jobs or education that causes them to kill each other.   It is a lack of responsibility for their actions, a lack of respect for themselves and others and their property, and a lack of respect for the rule of law, that causes them to kill each other.

The lack of responsibility, respect, and the rule of law have numerous causes, but primary among them are the "progressive" policies that have been implemented in the last 50 years.  Those policies implicitly preach that they have no responsibility for their actions,  a father is of no help in raising responsible children, that the rule of law is repressive, and that working is a form of slavery.

These policies have created an urban frontier where the new "tribes" are gangs that view everyone outside the gang as enemies or prey.

Guns are just a scapegoat that is used to cover the failure of the political policies of the last 50 years.  Politicians cannot admit the failure of these policies, because they have invested their lives and careers in them.   The politicians live lives insulated from the effects of their policies.   It is everyone else that has to pay.

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3D Printed Imura Revolver Hybrid Development




An innovative 3D printed hybrid revolver design is being worked on as tribute to 3D printings first martyr,  Yoshito Imura.  Imura was arrested for 3D printing some plastic, blank firing guns in Japan.  The development would fire from the bottom of the cylinder, as did the original blank firing plastic gun.   The new design has hybrid features, including steel chamber sleeves and barrel liner.



 As seen in this computer image of the developing design, the revolver is meant to be double action; that is, one pull of the trigger will rotate the cylinder, cock the striker, and release it, firing the charge, whether cap and ball, blank cartridge, or conventional cartridge.


It is an ambitious design.   Here is a link to tweets on its development by WarFairy, Frostbyte, et al.  Double action revolvers are more complex than single action revolvers such as the original Imura design.  I see one weakness that the designers have probably noticed.   There is very little tensile strength in the proposed design.   Convention revolvers use a metal frame to contain the forces generated by firing a charge.   The chambers contain the pressure at right angles to the barrel, but the frame, chamber, and case, if one is used, must contain the pressure to the rear.   The projectile contains the pressure to the front, where the force is used to propel it out the end of the barrel.
 
If I were designing this revolver, I would consider the use of a bolt as a center pin for the cylinder to turn on.   A simple backplate of steel could be made to screw the bolt into, adding tensile strength.  It would not need to be circular, as long as it supported the rear of the chamber being fired.  Removal of the bolt would allow the cylinder to be removed from the side of the design, so as to facilitate loading.  Many conventional revolvers use this design feature.



While development is still in progress, at least one prototype cylinder has been produced.   Looking at the surface of the cylinder, it appears that a hobby type printer was used.   More images are available at this site.

Hybrid designs such as this offer unique advantages for the production of inexpensive firearms outside of normal channels of commerce.

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Florida looks to Expand Legal Hunting with Gun Mufflers



While the United States leads the world in most ways, it has lagged in the adoption of mufflers for guns.   In most of Europe, mufflers on guns are not controversial.   In Finland, ownership, manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of gun mufflers is a constitutional right.   On most of the continent, gun mufflers are easier to acquire than firearms; their use is considered good manners.

Not so in the United States.   Due to a weird quirk in firearms law passed during the Roosevelt administration, gun mufflers require a $200 tax to be paid to the federal government.  Processing of the tax form runs to several months.   When the law was passed, the tax was equivalent to $4,000 today.   This "tax" was on a device that normally cost $10.   Today such devices can be had for $50 in Finland.   No reason was given for the virtual ban on the mufflers.

Now that inflation has reduced value of the tax to "only" one half  to four times the cost of the device, there has been a resurgence in the use of gun mufflers.  States are seeing the advantages of reducing ear damage and the irritation of neighbors.   Most states now allow the mufflers to be used for hunting.

Florida already allows gun mufflers to be used on private property with rifles and pistols, and for hunting with shotguns.   From bizjournals.com:
TALLAHASSEE | Hunting game in Florida could become less noisy by the end of the year.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission advanced a proposal Wednesday to remove a prohibition on the use of noise-suppressors, or silencers, with rifles and pistols when hunting deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows.

The proposal will now be advertised in the Florida Administrative Register, and the commission is expected to vote on the new rule in November.
Florida is likely to join the other states in allowing the devices to be used for most hunting.   It is hard to argue against it when bows and crossbows are legal.

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PA: Legislature to Vote on Gun Law Reform



The NRA is reporting that an important gun law reform will be coming up for a vote this week.  From the nraila.org:
Next week, the Pennsylvania Legislature returns from its summer break, and the NRA has learned that the state House of Representatives may be considering a vote on House Bill 2011 as early as next Monday.  This critical firearms preemption legislation is needed to strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  To date, nearly fifty municipalities have enacted illegal local gun control ordinances including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Reading and the state capital of Harrisburg.  Enough is enough.
 I wrote about the law back in March.  There are very good reasons to pass this law.  It is popular with the legislature, and the anti-rights types hate it, because it provides needed limits on government power.  Local tyranny is still tyranny.   

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AZ:Armed Robbery: Distraction = Death



A common theme in the failure of armed robbers is the problem of becoming distracted, if only for one or two seconds.   That is all the time a prospective victim needs to access a weapon and strike a fatal blow or three.   Robbers want compliance and money or goods.   They generally do not want murder, at least until after they get the goods or money, which compliance helps them to obtain.   In this case in Phoenix, the would be robber was distracted, and loses the subsequent gunfight.   From kpho.com;  Crump is a police Sargent:
The suspect walked up to the 54-year-old seller, who was in the back seat of a vehicle, about 9:45 p.m., Crump said.

But when the seller asked to see the suspect's medical marijuana card, the suspect pulled a handgun and tried to rob the victim.

Crump said the suspect's attention was diverted and the victim also pulled a handgun and shot the suspect several times.

The suspect returned fire and struck the victim's vehicle at least once, but did not hit the seller, Crump said.
The lesson for potential armed robbers is, distraction = death.  It is very difficult to avoid all distraction.   For a single robber, it is almost impossible.  He has to cover 360 degrees, and the noise at the back room or door could as easily be a deadly threat as the clerk that he is holding at gun point. 

Even professional robber teams get distracted and die.  I recall a failed robbery in Florida, where one of the victims was a 71 year old retired Marine with a concealed carry permit.   It took two attempts to get the robbers distracted; they were canny and suspicious of the older man who wasn't acting exactly as they wished.  They were correct in their suspicion:  he pulled out his legally carried pistol and killed one and severely wounded the other.  They were ordering him into the store restroom when he shot them.


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

TX: Gas Station Owner Shoots at Thief


The owner followed the suspect outside the store and shot at the thief, but it's still unclear if he was hit.

"I drew upon my training and I did what I had to do to protect me and my co-worker," the clerk told Eyewitness News.

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TX: Woman Shoots Man, Man Takes Gun, Flees

Perhaps not as bizarre as it might seem.  I have read of at least one, perhaps tww similar cases.   If you consider that the disarm prevents further shooting, and leaving allows for care of the wound...

San Antonio police said a man allegedly talked himself into a woman's apartment and tried to choke her.

That's when police said the woman pulled out a gun and shot the man in the shoulder. The woman told officers the man fled, but also managed to take the gun.

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WeaponsMan:Printed AR Lowers Continue to Evolve

Another excellent article by WeaponsMan:

The mainstream media have left this behind for now, although another round of ZOMG Invisible Ghost Guns!!1!!!1!! is never too far in the future, and indeed in Calfruitopia a “Ghost gun ban” bill which criminalizes build-your-own firearms is on the desk of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh er, Governor Brown. (We regret the error. They’re easily confused). But printed AR lower designs continue to evolve.

More here, with good pictures

Charles Krauthammer, the Assault Weapon Ban, and Shannon Watts



On April 5th, 1996, Charles Krauthammer gave his reasons for supporting the 1994 Clinton Assault Weapon Ban.   The column was called "Disarm the Citizenry.  But Not Yet." in the Washington Post.  
Ultimately, a civilized society must disarm its citizenry if it is to have a modicum of domestic tranquillity of the kind enjoyed in sister democracies like Canada and Britain. Given the frontier history and individualist ideology of the United States, however, this will not come easily. It certainly cannot be done radically. It will probably take one, maybe two generations. It might be 50 years before the United States gets to where Britain is today.

Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic -- purely symbolic -- move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation. Its purpose is to spark debate, highlight the issue, make the case that the arms race between criminals and citizens is as dangerous as it is pointless.

De-escalation begins with a change in mentality. And that change in mentality starts with the symbolic yielding of certain types of weapons. The real steps, like the banning of handguns, will never occur unless this one is taken first, and even then not for decades.
The column came to mind because even the Bloomberg funded Moms Demand Aciton has decided to step away from the idiotic "Assault Weapon Ban" for much the same reasons that Charles Krauthammer mentioned:

While many gun control groups still officially support the assault weapons ban — "we haven't abandoned the issue," as Watts said — they're no longer actively fighting for it.
Krauthammer has changed his thought a little bit since then.   This is from his column "The roots of mass murder" published in December of 2012:
I have no problem in principle with gun control. Congress enacted (and I supported) an assault weapons ban in 1994. The problem was: It didn’t work. (So concluded a University of Pennsylvania study commissioned by the Justice Department.) The reason is simple. Unless you are prepared to confiscate all existing firearms, disarm the citizenry and repeal the Second Amendment, it’s almost impossible to craft a law that will be effective.
But Charles has never really explained why he thinks that gun bans are necessary for domestic tranquility.   They have never reduced the homicide rate anywhere else.    The homicide rate in England increased with increasing gun control, including homicide with guns.  Nowhere have gun bans been shown to decrease homicide rates.   The closest place is Australia, where a massive, intrusive, gun control scheme was pushed onto the public in a rush after a mass shooting in  1996.   The legislation had been planned in advance, just waiting for the right trigger. 

The only problem is that academics agree:  the legislation had no effect on Australia's homicide rate, which was already dropping before the ban.

An excellent counterexample is Switzerland, which had far less gun control than the United States for decades, up until 1998.   Facing immense pressure from the European Union to impose restrictive gun laws, Switizerland implemented gun control that brought it close to the United States in some areas, more restrictive in some ways, less restrictive in others.   Yet Switzerland has always had one of the lowest homicide rates in Europe.

The evidence that restricting guns lowers crime simply does not exist.   So why does Charles Krauthammer think it is necessary?  Does his idea of "domestic tranquility" mean something other than crime reduction?

I have one explanation.  It is because citizen disarmament has become an article of "progressive" faith, not logic or reason.    Perhaps part of that is simply that "progressivism" is built on the idea of a powerful state protecting and providing for its citizens.   If the state is your god, limits on it, such as the second amendment, are intrinsically offensive.

But limits on state power have proven to be necessary everywhere. Even socialistic European nations have found that they must limit state power. All of them have far lower corporate tax rates than the United States, for example. Unlimited state power leads to disasters such as the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, North Korea, and most recently, Venezuela.  Expecting a "world government" to be an exception to the abuse of state power is the worst kind of pollyannism.

I would like to have Charles Krauthammer explain what "domestic tranquility" would be enhanced by a gun ban.   Perhaps he will, some day.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

MO: KC Mayor James "Violence is committed by guns." ?



There has been much talk about how "progressives" do not believe in individual responsibility.  There is the stereotype that liberals attribute volitional powers to firearms, that firearms cause violence.   In anticipation of the veto override  of SB656 in Missouri, Mayor Sly James gave a speech in Kansas City, MO.

The transcript from fox4kc.com shows:
Violence, the mayor says is committed by guns.
I listened to the video of the speech.  That sentence is not recorded from Mayor James, but is reported as being said by Kerri Stowell of Fox4news.  As I heard it , she said that Mayor James said "Too much violence is committed by guns".



It does not matter  much whether the Mayor said it or if Kerri Stowell misquoted him.  It is a major misuse of the language to say that violence is committed "by" guns instead of "with" guns.   "By guns" attributes agency and volition to guns, a nonsensical statement.   "With guns" correctly attributes agency and volition to the people using the guns.

I see and hear this usage repeatedly.   I do not think it is accidental.  Saying that violence is committed "by guns" removes the volition and responsibility from human hands, and offers a simplistic and irrational solution to a complex problem.   Remove the guns, and you remove the violence.   As with most simplistic solutions to complex problems, it only creates more problems.

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The Lethality of Shootings in Wisconsin

 

How many people who are deliberately shot survive, compared to those who are shot and killed?  Some early work on this subject was done decades ago.    In 1985, Cook found that about 15% of assault linked gunshot victims that were known to police, died.  That would be a ratio of 5.67 to one.

A recent study by the Urban Institute(pdf) helps to shed some light on this ratio.  It gives fairly precise figures for firearm assault injuries that are reported by hospitals, for Black males 15-34.

By finding the ACS numbers for the population of 15-34 year old Black males in Wisconsin, we can determine the number of assaultive gunshot victims that were reported by hospitals.    The population  number, according to ACS estimates, is 16.5% of the Wisconsin black population, or 59,259.   This matches well with the 2010 census figures of 59,522.  The number of assaultive gunshot victims then comes to .59259 x 554.4 or 307.   The article points out that 6.5% of these hospitalizations ended with the victim dying, so the non-fatal hospital reports are .935 x 307 or 287.

With a little digging, I found the National Violent Death Reporting System has Wisconsin firearms homicides listed for 2010.   It only has this data for 18 states, and Wisconsin is one of them. It lists 37 Black male homicides victims from intentional gunfire in 2010 aged 15-34.   The non-Hispanic White and Hispanic male fatality numbers for the age group were both less than 10, so they were not available.  Together, they were only 13.

We now have a workable ratio for non fatal to fatal shootings recorded by  hospitals, or lethality of assaultive shootings.   It is 287 to 37, or 7.76 to one.   That is in the ball park of what Cook reported in 1985   However, this is a limited slice of the population.   It is not hard to believe that older groups would have different results.

Young Black males are the group most involved in crimes, but young people are more likely to survive trauma. Over 30 of the young Black male victims were in Milwaukee.

I was a little surprised at the numbers.   As most shootings involve handguns, I expected a higher number of survivors.    Talking to knowledgeable friends, most thought the ration would be closer to 10-1.   One thought he had read of military studies with the 1-10 ratio.


There are uncertainties.   These results are only from Wisconsin, but the Wisconsin fatality percentage (6.5% once the hospital is reached) is listed as the same as the national percentage.

Some people may choose not to be treated for minor gunshot wounds.  I suspect the number is small.   Similarly, some murder victims may not be found.  Again, I suspect the number is small.

While not definitive, I find this ratio to be interesting.  All it really says, is that if you are a young Black male in Milwaukee, and are shot, your chances of survival are about 8-1.

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PA:Armed Homeowner Drives of Burglar



The incident happened around 1:00 a.m. on the 1500 block of Elbridge Street.

Police say the homeowner fired a shot at the suspect who did not fire back.

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TX: Dogs Threaten New Born Calf, are Shot

“We received a call from the property and cattle owner who reported that he shot the dogs after they entered his property and began threatening his livestock,” Sheriff Larry Fowler said. “He was upset that he had to shoot the dogs but feared they would kill a new-born calf and other cattle. In this particular case, we found that the cattle owner’s actions were justified according to State Law.”

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Friday, September 12, 2014

SC: Victims takes Robbers Gun, finds Gun was Stolen




I have read thousands of stories of citizens fighting criminals, and usually winning, especially if they are armed.   In very rare cases, the criminal takes a weapon from an armed citizen.   It seems to be a bit more common for a citizen to take a weapon from the criminal.   It makes sense when you consider that the citizen has a lot more to lose than the criminal.  Criminals, by their actions, have shown that they have no concern for the rights of others, so a victim has reason to fear for their life.   Most citizens have no desire to harm others, so criminals know that citizens are less likely to kill them without provocation.  Here is the latest example of a victim taking a gun from a criminal.   The victim is 29 years old, and thought that he was checking out an Xbox One for sale.   From islandpacket.com:

He was met by two unknown men, one of whom pointed a gun, the report said. The victim wrestled it away from him, the report said.

Keeping the gun, the victim got into his car and drove down Bruce K. Smalls Road as the suspect and the second man ran from the home, the report said.

The victim returned to his home, called authorities, and turned the gun over to deputies, who discovered it had been reported stolen from a Burton home in 2007.
I am sure that the gun's original owner will be glad to get his gun back.  The man who recovered it should be rewarded.

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GA: Woman Shoots Dog in Self Defense



The woman told the officer she heard dogs barking loudly in her yard and upon checking, she saw two dogs jumping around her chicken coop. The woman went inside and got her .38-caliber pistol and went back outside, where she found the dogs had cornered her cat under a lawn mower, deputies said.

The woman fired two shots in the air to frighten the dogs, and while one dog ran, the other lunged at her, according to the report. She fired one shot at the dog, which laid down, so she called friends and family to get help, she told the officer.

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MO: Legislature Overrides Nixon's(D) Veto, Restores Gun Rights




Today, September 11, the Missouri House Joined the Missouri Senate in overriding Governor Nixon's (D) veto of SB 656.    From wsvn.com:
The new regulations, which this time garnered the two-thirds majority needed to override Nixon's veto, take effect in about a month.
 Here are the primary reforms that will be enacted with SB0656:

  •  Guarantees the right to posses arms in public housing
  •  Forbids physical restraint or disarmament unless there is an arrest or an articulable and reasonable suspicion of criminal activity
  • Mandates that  POST  determine the training standards for school protection officers
  • Allows school districts to designate school protection officers
  • Forbids health care professionals from entering data about firearms ownership into databases 
  •  Allows for a demonstration of proficiency with either a revolver or semi-automatic handgun instead of both for the carry permit
  • Uniform open carry law throughout the state with a concealed carry permit
  • Changes the age of eligibility for the carry permit from 21 to 19
 The bill override comes on the heels of the overwhelming passage of Missouri Constitutional Amendment 5 on August 5th of this year.

Constitutional Amendment 5 changed the language of the Missouri Constitution to confirm that the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms is unalienable, that any restriction on the right shall be subject to strict scrutiny; and that the State of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold the rights.  SB656 becomes effective in a month.   Amendment 5 took effect on September 5th.   Amendment 5 removed the legislative power to regulate the carry of concealed arms from the Missouri Constitution.

It is too soon to determine what the synergistic effect of Amendment 5 and SB656 will be, but it seems likely that constitutional, or "permitless" carry is in Missouri's future.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

CA: Homeowner Drives of Burglars with Pistol Shot


These "kids", that is criminals form 14-19, have some of the highest murder rates in the U.S. population.

A Rancho Cucamonga homeowner fired a .45-caliber pistol at a burglar climbing through a window, and deputies later arrested three suspects, all kids, sheriff's officials say.

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Governor Christie Watching Shaneen Allen Gun Case



Governor Christie is closely following the Shaneen Allan case.  This fact was mentioned at the tail end of an article about New Jersey lawmakers attempting to reform the State's gun laws, which are some of the most restrictive in the country.  From cbslocal.com (NewYork):
Christie says he’s been following the case closely but doesn’t like to intervene in cases until they’ve had the opportunity to work their way through the judicial process.

“I don’t like to intervene in the judicial process until the judicial process has an opportunity to work its way through,” he said. “I think then and only then is it the appropriate time for a governor to consider action.”
The Shaneen Allen case has become something of a cause celebre because of the bizarre injustice of the New Jersey law.   Allan faces a mandatory three years in jail for a "crime" that appears to be without any criminal intent.   The act is a clear case of Malum prohibitum (wrong because it is prohibited) instead of evil of itself.    Lawmakers are hoping to avoid the embarassment of more cases like Ms. Allen's.    Allen is being prosecuted for being in possession of a gun in New Jersey, without a New Jersey license.  She holds a valid Pennsylvania concealed carry license and volunteered the possession of the gun when stopped by New Jersey police, close to the border.

Governor Christie commuted the sentence of Brian Aitken, another gun owner who was persecuted under the draconian New Jersey gun laws, in 2012.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ID: Coeu d'Alene City Council Scoffs at the Law



Coeur d'Alene City Council.

Idaho, as with most states, has a preemption statute that guarantees uniform gun laws across the state.  The laws have proven to be popular in the United States.  All states have some form of preemption.   In New York, courts have ruled that the State handgun licensing law preempts local ordinances.  The laws vary in their application by state. 

The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance is pushing Idaho governments to follow the state law.   Most have been doing so, at least when notified

Coeur d'Alene seems to have less respect for the rule of law than most.   From boiseweekly.com:
When the Coeur d'Alene City Council refused to overturn laws prohibiting firearms at parades and public assemblies, the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance threatened to sue, according to KTVB. A report from the Coeur d'Alene Press said the organization lacks the legal standing to file suit on its own, but members are working with an attorney to build a case.
From cdapress.com; two members of the council voted to amend the ordinace.
 Despite his arguments, Adams' attempt was unsuccessful. Only Adams and Councilman Dan Gookin voted to amend the ordinance.
Adams is to the right of the Mayor, who is wearing a suit and tie.  Gookin is to the left of the Mayor in the picture.

Ultimately, disrespect for the second amendment is disrespect for the rule of law.  It is not surprising that those who disdain putting limits on government power see any attempt to limit their authority as a challenge.

Governments have to have sufficient power to maintain the rule of law and to enforce borders.   The founders of the United States worked hard to create a balance of powers to restrain all levels of government, while allowing them to be effective.

State government restraint of local governments is part of that balance.

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Second Amendment Supporters Buy Best Guns at Cleveland "Buy Back"


At the recent Cleveland gun turn in event, "buy back", the public turned in 270 guns to the police.    Second amendment supporters were there in force, and purchased about 100 guns, some of the most valuable of the brought to the event, for cash.   From guns.com:
“Overall we saved about 100 guns. Anything worth saving was saved. I would say less than 10 guns of actual value made it through us to get turned in to police. If the guns weren’t worth anything, we directed them over to the police to at least get something for them. And we did encounter a couple with scratched off serial numbers that we immediately directed to the police,” said Pucillio.

The gun rights advocate stressed that all of the guns were bought in individual transactions and included several collectable firearms and antiques. The cache included a Colt 1911 and M1 Garand of World War II vintage, a Ruger Blackhawk and a Dan Wesson .357 Magnum that went into the hands of gun lovers rather than into the furnace door of a smelter.
There were at least two local groups of second amendment supporters present, Ohio Carry,  whose president was quoted above, and OhioCCW.org, who paid for the billboard truck shown in the photograph.   Some local news organizations downplayed the private purchasers.

In some instances, impromptu auctions took place as there were several buyers for the best guns offered for sale.   From OFCC, Crosswire3:

It was all fairly well organized and most every buyer had a change to approach any vehicle. If it was something they really wanted, nobody was there keeping them from paying a fair price for it. Many sellers received well over their expected $100/$200 in value, and I wouldn't have it any other way. If people want to be completely "fair" about things they should hold an open auction for every item that shows up instead of handing out numbers to take advantage of the sellers. All in all it was a very good showing from well-meaning and respectably dressed firearms rights supporters. Many innocent firearms were saved from a fiery demise
 At least one firearm, a Ruger Redhawk, was bid up form $100 to $400.

There is very little risk in buying guns at these events.   Here is an article that consideres the legal risk:

What is the Legal Risk of Buying a Gun at a Turn In (buy back)?

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Americans For Responsible Solutions Makes offer, Reneges (Giffords,Kelly anti-gun)



Americans for Responsible Solutions Pac, the political fundraising group created to turn Gabby Giffords tragedy into a way to raise money and disarm Americans, made what I thought was a very reasonable offer.

I was alerted to the offer by a member of the Arizona Citizen Defense League (AZCDL).   In short, Mark Kelly's group says that they will send you their latest propaganda book for a donation of any amount.

I'll tell you more about the book itself in a second, but here's our offer.

Contribute ANY amount you think is fair to support our work at Americans for Responsible Solutions, and we'll send you a copy of our book before it's even in stores.

(snip)

We know that some people might contribute less than the book costs, and that's OK.

The suggestion from the email author was that a donation of 2 cents be made, as the book probably cost about 50 cents to print and a buck to deliver.

As shown in the screenshot above,  two cents was not accepted.   So much for the truthfulness of the "Any amount you think is fair" statement.  Another AZCDL member said that the lowest he could make it work was one dollar.  That would recoup most of the cost of printing and shipping... but that is not all.

As one of the officers of AZCDL warned:
ANY person who donates to these groups will also be counted as a member or supporter when they tell the media or Congress how much support they have. And, they WILL sell your information to other organizations and vendors.
They more than likely would make more than enough money to cover book printing and shipping by selling your information. In my offer.  I did not give them a telephone number, and the email address was one I could easily monitor for spam.

 I doubt that there is any useful information in this book.  I would not spend more than two cents for it.  I certainly thought that the two cent offer was fair, considering that they want to use the money to undermine my rights and the Constitution.

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MT:Dem Senate Candidate "virulently anti-gun"

“That’s not what her record says, not by a long shot,” Marbut stated. “MSSA tracked 24 gun-related votes cast by Curtis in the Montana House last session.  Curtis voted anti-gun on 23 of 24 opportunities.  For that, she scored a miserable 2.6%.  A 59% score would have earned her an “F” on gun issues.  She is well below F-, if there is such a thing.”

(snip)

 “Curtis is virulently anti-gun,” Marbut concluded. “Her claim to support the right to keep and bear arms sounds like the beginning of another Walsh thesis.”

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MS: First Gan Sales Tax Holiday Booming



Tupelo, Miss. (WTVA) — It was a booming weekend for sporting goods stores in the Magnolia State. Sunday marked the final day of the Mississippi Second Amendment sales tax holiday.

"It'd be nice to have this about every six months," said shopper Darrin Brown. Outdoorsman Darin Brown has been waiting for the Second Amendment sales tax holiday to go into effect for the chance to buy ammunition without the 7 percent state sales tax. He's not alone.

"I've seen a lot of people that I know that came this weekend just to get bullets and ammunition tax free," said Brown.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

TX: Dove Hunting Disaster


Hunting in the United States is an extremely safe sport, much safer than swimming, football, baseball, or soccer.   Accidents are rare.   Accidents involving five year olds are rarer still.   When they happen, they make national news.

In Humble, Texas, a five year old accidentally shot himself while he accompanied his 11 year old brother who was hunting dove.

I started hunting independently, about the same age, often accompanied by younger brothers.  I can relate, and feel an intense sympathy for the young man, his brother, and the family.    From abc13.com:
Neighbors filled in the gaps, telling us the boys often go dove hunting. This time, their parents were left at home. The older brother got into the water-but the younger boy went back to get the gun and accidentally shot himself. Neighbors then say the 11-year-old tried to save his brother, desperately getting the attention of neighbors for help.
I have a theory about what happened, because I have taught gun safety and hunter safety for many decades.   Dove are attracted to ranch water reservoirs, called "tanks" in Texas, usually in the morning and evening.   They are a prime spot to hunt dove.  Dove are normally shot on the wing, and it is common for  a shot bird to fall into the water.  It is very likely that the older boy put down the shotgun to retrieve a downed bird.     That would explain why he was entering the water.



The shotgun appears to be a single barrel model.  He probably had reloaded the gun, but we do not know if he had closed the action.

Then, for some reason, the five year old decided that he needed to bring the shotgun to his older brother.   Perhaps a wounded bird was getting away; perhaps he saw more birds approaching.   Whatever the reason, it would have been easy for him to grab the barrel of the shotgun to drag it toward him.     This is an action that gun safety instructors specifically warn against.  It is all too easy for  a branch to slip off a safety or cock a hammer, a twig to find its way into the trigger guard, and then, the gun is pointed in the direction of the person dragging it, and it goes off.    If the action were left open, the five year old might have closed it.   He would have seen his brother do this many times.


If you look closely, you can see the exposed hammer.  You can easily see how it could catch on a branch or root and become cocked or partly cocked, and then released, firing the gun.  These type of guns are considered one of the safest, because they only hold one shot, and it is easy to determine if they are loaded or not.   No gun is meant to be dragged toward you by the barrel, but a five year old likely does not realize that, and so a hunting tragedy occurs.

Those events may sound unlikely, and they are.   It only takes once to create the extremely rare accident that the story recounts.    The five year old is in the hospital in critical but stable condition.

My prayers are with the family in Humble, Texas.

Two actions could have prevented this accident.  First, the gun could have been unloaded before the 11 year old set it down.  Second, the five year old could have been taught not to handle guns on his own.  

I will use this incident to teach future hunters how to prevent future accidents.

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