Thursday, November 26, 2015

Homeless Man's Black Market Submachine Guns and Improvised Silencer

The LA times has an article about a homeless man who was found in possession of two submachine guns a couple of magazines, a couple of pistols and an improvised suppressor.  From the picture it appears that the two submachine guns are a reactivated/remanufactured Sten in 9mm and a reactivated/remanufactured vz.26, which is normally chambered in 7.62x25 caliber, the common East block pistol and submachine gun round that is nearly identical to the 7.65x25 Mauser cartridge. 

This ad shows the deactivated vz.26 as being available in the European Union for 95 Euros.  Parts kits have been available in the United States, but do not included an intact receiver, only stubs from the receiver tube, for $62.  Here is a link to a person who hoped to rebuild one of the parts kits into a legal semi-auto pistol.  He expected to spend about $600 on it in 2013.

The vz.26 has a large oil filter attached to the muzzle.  These are reported to make effective improvised suppressors.  The first round fired creates a hole for the rounds to follow.  It is questionable how effective it would be on the 7.62x25 round, which has a supersonic velocity of nearly 1500 feet per second. 

The LA Sheriff's Department, which took the picture, reported that the Sten and the vz.26 were fully functional.  You can see two loaded magazines for the vz.26 loaded with the 7.62x25 bottleneck rounds in the magazines.  I can only see three handguns, a Ruger MK1 that has an AR-15 flash suppressor attached to the barrel, an Rohm RG-10 .22 revolver or close facsimile, and Cobray model DD .410/.45 Colt Derringer.  The Cobray was offered in kit form about 20 years ago.

The department reported that there were two improvised suppressors; perhaps they included the AR-15 flash suppressor as an improvised sound suppressor.

I do not see a fourth mentioned handgun; it may well be outside the picture frame.

These reactivated/re-manufactured subguns should really count as homemade guns.  They almost certainly have no serial numbers.  Very likely the Cobray derringer has no serial number either.   Because the firearms were found in the possession of a convicted felon, a prohibited possessor, the firearms were likely created specifically for the black market.

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TX: WalMart Shelves Empty of 5 Cent .22 Ammo, Again

About two months ago, for two weeks in early October, the local WalMart near to my Daughter's place in North Dallas had .22 Federal Champion ammunition available for less than 5 cents per round.  It was in 50 round boxes, at $2.47 per box, with a limit of three boxes per customer.

I checked again, on November 24th.  The shelves were empty of inexpensive .22 rimfire once again.  There were a few boxes of CCI .22 LR shotshells at $7.87 per box.  That is about 39.2 cents per round.  You can easily find it for that price on the Internet.  Some places are carrying it as low as 28.5 cents per round, in the 20 round box.  The price for CCI .22 LR shotshells is the same in that WalMart as it was in early October.

A number of significant events have occurred since the middle of October, any one of which could cause a resurgence in demand for .22 LR ammunition.   The rampage shooting in Colorado, the increase in knife attacks in Israel, the Jihadi attack in Paris, the call for more gun control in the United States, as a reflexive response from the left;  President Obama's statement that he will push hard for more gun control in his last year.

All of those things make people who believe that they do not have a sufficient stock of .22 ammunition for potential bad times, increased federal legal restrictions, or who may face extra burdens placed on them by local governments, have reason to buy some more ammunition.  This keeps the demand high.

Component costs of ammunition have dropped tremendously.  Lead and other metal prices are down; oil and other feedstocks for making gunpowder are down.  The price of a 12 gauge shotgun shell, which uses more than 10 times the components of a .22 cartridge (ll times the lead, 20 times the gunpowder, a separate wad, and intricate primer that the .22 does not need)  is commonly available for 22 cents a round.  If demand were to drop, there is reason to believe that .22 ammunition would be available at about 3 cents a cartridge.  I purchased bulk .22 (Federal Champions) for just over 3 cents a round in 2012.  At that point, oil prices and metal prices were much higher than they are now.

It is clear that political fears are sustaining the .22 LR bubble.  .22 LR is available, but you have to hunt to find it for less than 8 cents a cartridge.  There was plenty of .22 available in Sprague's, a local gun store in Yuma.  But most of it was at 10 cents a round, or more.

All of the Democrat candidates have indicated that they wish to install new, stricter gun control measures.

We may have to wait until a Republican President is elected and in office before the demand for .22 LR drops enough to bust the .22 LR ammunition bubble.

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Three U.S. Islands with Strict Gun Control and their Murder Rates

Strict controls on the ownership and use of guns have been enacted in a number of polities in the United States.   One of the supposed purposes of such laws is to reduce the murder rate.  Murder rates in the FBI Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) consist of murder and non-negligent manslaughter.

When strict controls do not produce low murder rates, such as in Chicago or Washington D.C., the claim is made that the problem is the easy access to guns in areas outside of the polity with the strict controls.  In Washington, D.C., it is claimed that criminals can easily obtain guns in Virginia.  In Chicago, gun shops in Indiana are blamed as the source of guns.

Here is a look at three island polities that are under U.S. Jurisdiction that have implemented strict controls on gun purchases and ownership.  These islands must be reached by air travel, where the carry of firearms is highly regulated and restricted, or by ship.   If the problem with crime rates in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, or even New York City, is caused by the inflow of guns from areas with less restrictions on the purchase and ownership of guns, these polities should show a decrease in murder rates, as criminals cannot simply drive across state lines to obtain firearms.

Murder rates have been selected because they are the most carefully reported and investigated crimes, so they provide the best index of unjustified violence.

First island polity: The United States Virgin Islands.

The U.S. Virgin Islands has extremely restrictive gun control.  No guns are allowed to be legally owned without permission from the Police Commissioner.  His discretion is complete and final.  Even antique guns are subject to his approval.  Approval is hard to get, and involves a lengthy process.
476. Collections of antique firearms; certificates of uselessness. No provision hereof shall prevent that private collections of antique firearms, which may not be used as weapons. be preserved and maintained and that their owners possess them as ornaments or as matters of curiosity, nor the collections of firearms kept as relics, but for the preservation of any weapon of those included in this section the prior inspection thereof and approval therefor by the Commissioner shall be necessary and he shall render such firearms unless, so that the same may not be used as such. The Commissioner shall issue a certificate of uselessness of all the weapons possessed under the provisions of this section, and the possession of any firearm not included in said certificate shall be subject to all the provisions hereof. ****
The U.S. Virgin Islands were purchased from Denmark in 1917.  They have local self government and elect their own Governor.    But self government with extremely restrictive gun laws has not resulted in a low murder rate.  The murder rate in the U.S. Virgin Islands was 32.9 per 100,000 in 2013, down sharply from the previous year, but still over seven times as high as the average murder rate for the entire United States, which was 4.5 per 100,000 in 2013.

Second Island Polity: Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico has been under United States administration from 1898, when the United States took possession of the Island from Spain in the Spanish - American war.   Puerto Ricans have been U.S. citizens since 1917.  Puerto Rico has had extremely restrictive laws.  All guns are required to be licensed and registered.  The difficulty of obtaining a permit to purchase is time-consuming and expensive.  No ammunition can be purchased unless it is for a firearm specifically mentioned on the gun license.   The murder rate in Puerto Rico in 2013 was 24.4 per 100,000 population.  That is over 5 times the average rate for the entire United States.

In June of 2015, a Puerto Rico judge ruled most of Puerto Rico's gun laws unconstitutional.  It is too early to determine if the ruling will have an effect on the murder rate.  The ruling is likely to be appealed to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.

Third Island Polity: Hawaii.

Hawaii was annexed as a United States territory in 1900, two years after the acquisition of Puerto Rico and 17 years before the acquisition of the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Hawaii became a state in 1959.  Hawaii, unlike the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, has a state Constitution with a segment identical to the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, protecting the right to keep and bear arms.

Hawaii has strict gun control, but not as strict as the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The restrictions are similar to the restrictions in Puerto Rico.  All guns have been required to be registered since 1994, but guns possessed before the 1994 legislation was passed are grandfathered in.  There are lawsuits pending that challenge the constitutionality of some of the Hawaiian gun laws, but the laws are still in effect as of 2015.

The murder rate in Hawaii is much lower than the average in the United States.   In 2013 the murder rate was 1.5 per 100,000 population, about one third of the United States average or 4.5 per 100,000.

Three United States island polities with quite similar, strict, gun control laws.  Two have murder rates more than 7 and 5 times  greater than the United States average; one has a murder rate one third as great as the United States average.

It is clear that the gun control laws are not a major factor in the rate of murder. 
It is highly unlikely that effects of stricter gun laws, such as those pushed by former Mayor Bloomberg's organizations, will have any measurable effect on the homicide rate in Chicago, Washington D.C., or in New York City.  Many of the polities with far less restrictive gun laws on the purchase and possession of firearms, have far lower murder rates, such as Vermont, with 1.6 per 100,000; or Utah, with 1.7 per 100,000.

A major problem with trying to lower murder rates with gun laws aimed at restricting the entire population's access to firearms is that only a tiny number of guns are needed to supply those involved in violent crime.  From an economic perspective, it does not matter much if you attempt to fill a bucket from a small pond or an ocean; filling the bucket is easy in either case.

Murders are committed by a tiny percentage of the population.  David Kennedy's research indicates that even in urban areas with high crime rates, that percentage is less than one half of one percent of the population.   From
The same is true about people. “We now know that homicide and gun violence are overwhelmingly concentrated among serious offenders operating in groups: gangs, drug crews, and the like representing under half of one percent of a city's population who commit half to three-quarters of all murders.”

There have been numerous studies on the effects of implementing strict controls on the purchase and ownership of firearms in the United States.  The controls appear to have no effect or to be associated with somewhat greater homicide rates.  The controls on gun purchase and ownership are slightly less strict in Hawaii than they are in the U.S. Virgin Islands, yet the murder rate in Hawaii is at least 20 times lower.  Utah or Vermont have only modest controls on purchase and possession of firearms, yet their murder rate is similar to Hawaii's.   It is the demographics of the population, and how they perceive the effectiveness of the justice system that controls the murder rate.  Legal access to weapons has little effect. 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TN: Gunfight with Intruders, no one hit

A man returned gunfire and scared off two men this morning after they allegedly forced their way into his Sevierville home.

According to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, a person called 911 at about 8:53 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 to report gunshots coming from their neighbor’s home on Hilltop Road in Sevierville and that they saw two subjects flee in a red truck. Another 911 call was received a few minutes later, this one from the residence at which the gunshots originated, reporting a home invasion with shots fired. Officers arrived on the scene at 9:08 a.m.

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LA: Shooting of Roomate was Self Defense

BATON ROUGE - Police said a man who shot his roommate during an argument in Baton Rouge did so in self-defense Monday night.

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TX: Amarillo Homeowner Shoots aggressive Burglar

The homeowner said he saw two burglars removing his property from a shed in the back of his house. The homeowner armed himself with a pistol and ran outside to confront the burglars. He ordered them to the ground. One of the burglars aggressively threw down the items he had stolen and violently lunged at the homeowner. The homeowner then shot the burglar. The homeowner continued to hold both burglars at gunpoint while police were on the way, but the burglars took off running from the scene.

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Followup PA: Sherri Lynn Scarantino Found Justified in Domestic Killing

WILLIAM SPORT — A Lycoming County woman acted in self-defense when she shot and killed her boyfriend nearly a year ago, the district attorney says.

District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt Tuesday said he will not authorize a homicide charge against Sherri Lynn Scarantino, 39, in the death of Ty D. Kimble, 40.

"I am satisfied that Ms. Scarantino acted in self-defense, that she reasonably feared for her life and that her use of deadly force was justified," he said

She will be issued a summons on a state police charge of firearms not to be carried without a license, he said.
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TX: Homeowner Shoots, Kills 1 of 2 Intruders

DALLAS — A Dallas homeowner shot and killed one of two intruders early Tuesday morning at his residence, said Dallas police in a statement released later in the morning.
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CA: Pistol Grip Promotes Pistol Use

 No jury would convict this man for believing they were armed, after they saw the pistol grip hanging out of the thief's pocket.

A Laton-area homeowner detained two burglary suspects at gunpoint after riddling their getaway vehicle with gunfire Friday, the Kings County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The incident happened about 3:40 p.m. in the 17000 block of Everett Avenue, where the victim called 911 and reported two men were breaking into his home and stealing from the garage. The homeowner, armed with a small-caliber handgun, confronted the pair as they carried tools from the garage.

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Belgian Jews Beg to Stay Disarmed

Perhaps I should not be surprised.  Jewish leaders that insist that everyone remain defenseless.

Belgian Jewish leaders denounced calls for their governments to issue gun permits to members of their communities this weekend, saying that such efforts could lead to harrowing consequences.

Last week, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the Brussels-based head of the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the affiliated Rabbinical Center of Europe, sent a letter to senior officials in a number of EU states requesting that gun laws be loosened to allow “designated people” among Europe’s Jews “to own weapons for the essential protection of their communities.”

Both community heads and Jewish business owners should be trained in firearms and be permitted to carry them, he said in a statement.

“There is absolutely no intention to create a pro-active force.

Rather, we expect local authorities to identify, train and oversee all designated armed personnel,” Margolin said.

Belgian Jews were quick to distance themselves from Margolin’s comments, asserting that he does not represent their communities.

“I think that he has no authority to speak in the name of Belgian Jewry because he doesn’t represent Belgian Jewry,” Abraham Guigui, the country’s chief rabbi, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

Over the weekend, Guigui issued a statement blasting what he called marginal elements and stating that calls for the arming of Jews were “a real danger and unacceptable.”

Calling for Jewish gun ownership would be tantamount to an admission that the Jews are outside of mainstream European society and that their governments are unable to provide for their security, he explained.

Such a view is considered unacceptable to the vast majority of Belgian Jews, he said, calling on the government to defend every Belgian no matter his religious creed.

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Sorry Democrats, But There Is No ‘Loophole’ That Allows Terrorists To Legally Buy Guns

Having overwhelmingly lost the public debate about whether the Obama administration’s Syrian refugee screening policy should be enhanced, Democrats have retreated to more comfortable rhetorical ground: demanding more gun control.

Their new secret weapon? A bill that would ban anyone whose name appears on a terror watch list from buying or possessing a firearm. The idea sounds reasonable enough until you dig into the details and realize that the proposed Democratic legislation is a shocking assault on the constitutional right to due process. What makes the proposal even worse is that the Democrats’ assault on due process isn’t necessary to accomplish what they say is their only goal: preventing “dangerous terrorists” from legally purchasing or possessing a firearm. The idea sounds reasonable enough until you dig into the details and realize that the proposed Democratic legislation is a shocking assault on the constitutional right to due process. What makes the proposal even worse is that the Democrats’ assault on due process isn’t necessary to accomplish what they say is their only goal: preventing “dangerous terrorists” from legally purchasing or possessing a firearm.

The new bill, which Democrats have dubbed the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015, gives the U.S. attorney general the authority to “deny the sale, delivery, or transfer of a firearm or the issuance of a firearms or explosives license or permit to dangerous terrorists.”

According to several Democratic sponsors of the bill, the proposed law would allow the attorney general to deny a criminal background check clearance to any individual whose name appears on the national terror watch list. The huge problem with this expansive new power is that there are precisely zero statutory criteria for inclusion on this massive list. In fact, when statutory authority for the centralized government database was first codified into law via the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, Congress gave all authority for determining criteria for inclusion in the watch list to unelected, unaccountable government bureaucrats. If some faceless Beltway bureaucrat decides you might be a terrorist, then you’re a terrorist. End of story.

It gets even worse, though. If your name erroneously appears on that watch list, which as of 2013 included nearly 900,000 names, the Democrats’ proposed legislation renders you virtually powerless to find out why your name is on there, let alone to have it removed. And having your name erroneously or fraudulently added to that list isn’t as far-fetched as you might think.

In 2014, for example, Weekly Standard writer and Fox News contributor Stephen F. Hayes was informed that somebody added his name to the Department of Homeland Security’s terrorist watch list. There is zero credible evidence that he has any ties whatsoever to terrorism or to any terrorist organizations. Yet, under the Democrats’ new bill, he and everyone else who is erroneously listed would be banned from ever purchasing or possessing a firearm. Hayes’ apparent crime was traveling overseas for a cruise. Hayes is not alone. Each year, thousands of names end up on the terror watch list for no good reason whatsoever.

Under the Democrats’ proposal, the government doesn’t have to tell you why your name is on the list. The proposed law allows the government to keep that information secret. And if you decide to take the government to court over it, the Democrats’ bill creates a brand new legal standard that tilts the scales of justice against you.

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Fully 3D Printed Pepperbox

Mechanical engineering student James Patrick recently uploaded a video to his YouTube channel showing off the fully functional PM522 Washbear .22LR revolver that he designed and 3D printed. With the exception of the firing pin, a few elastic bands that act as springs and the legally required amount of detectable metal, the entire gun including the body and cylinder is completely 3D printed. This is, to my knowledge, the very first functional repeating firearm ever made entirely (This doesn’t count, it has metal barrel inserts) on a desktop 3D printer.
The optional 8 barrel revolver needs metal tubing inserts for each individual chamber.
The frame of the PM522 Washbear was designed to hold either a six or eight shot pepperbox revolver, however the six shot is printed in a more durable nylon material while the eight shot is printed in ABS with steel chamber liners for extra strength. Both barrels will fit in the same gun frame, so they are interchangeable. All of the stl files have been optimally orientated by Patrick in order to maximize the strength of the material and prevent failure. For instance, the gun frame is printed flat on its side while the revolver is printed standing up. By putting them together the frame is strong enough to contain the the pressure of firing and keep the cylinder layers from splitting.
In contrast, the 3D printed Liberator handgun designed by Cody Wilson holds and fires only a single bullet, and doesn’t always survive for a second shot. If what Patrick says about the PM522 Washbear is accurate, this is a significant upgrade from the Liberator, although he does warn that the gun isn’t intended for repeated usage. Patrick also suggests that subsonic ammunition is the best choice of ammo because it won’t break the sound barrier when it fires, resulting in no shock wave as the slug leaves the chamber.


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New Book 'These Are My Guns' Examines USA's Second Amendment Rights and the Statistics that Refute Anti-Gun Movement

About the Book

"A definitive and in-depth examination of the Anti-Gun Movement's claims and tactics, and the facts and statistics that completely refute them; written not by a Politician, Political Operative, or Media Expert with a bully pulpit, but by a regular American Citizen who is tired of seeing our rights and Constitution under attack by those who mean to control every aspect of our lives."

PublishNext says that, "'These Are My Guns' is a well-written, data-driven treatise on the right of United States citizens to own guns. It looks at the country's founding documents and major Supreme Court cases, examines common arguments against gun ownership, and presents statistical data supporting ownership. The manuscript is well-documented, containing many citations."

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NJ: 78-Year-Old Claims Self Defense in Killing 3 Bears at his Home

A growing legal battle has mounted in New Jersey, with the state claiming that a homeowner was hunting when he shot three bears – but the man claiming it was self-defense.

As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, Robert Ehling well remembers the day last October when he shot and killed three bears on his property in Sparta, New Jersey.

“I put another shot in him right behind his shoulder,” Ehling said.

It was an early morning when he heard his wife scream from their kitchen. A 300-pound bear on their back deck was trying to get inside the home to reach a bag of birdseed.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MO: State Representative Teaches Concealed Carry Class

Representative Mike Kelley holds a conceal and carry weapons class. He started teaching the courses as a way to fund his reelection campaign while doing something he saw as productive to society.

Today, 18 people show up for the 8 hour long class that includes lecture and time at the shooting range. Those with conceal and carry permits have a different set of laws to follow, something the class reviews extensively.

Kelley believes that when it comes to events like the recent Paris attacks, those carrying concealed weapons could be a big help.

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NM: Couple, aged 70, 66 use Pistol and Shotgun to hold Burglar for Police

George Kennedy says he went out to his garage Thursday morning and saw Lujan loading the couple’s stuff into a Jeep. He said he confronted Lujan, who apparently didn’t care and kept doing what he was doing.

So George Kennedy got serious.

“The victim went inside his house, armed himself with a shotgun, grabbed his wife, she armed herself with a handgun, out they came and held the guy at gunpoint,” Tixier said.

Police would show up moments later and noticed a Metropolitan Detention Center band on Lujan’s left wrist.
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Followup WY: AR-15 used in Defense

Morrison reportedly went back into the house, where he collapsed.

Cheyenne Police's investigation revealed that Mathis was following Morrison toward the front door of the house with the pistol in his hand before Painter fatally shot him.

Although the investigation remains open while detectives await finalized reports, Long said it appears that Painter acted in self-defense.

Long said Painter has not been arrested or charged with any crime.

Initial information released by Long said that Morrison, who was reportedly shot first, was taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center after the shooting and died there.
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TX: Act like a Car Burglar, Get Shot like a Car Burglar, AR-15 used to Stop Undercover Drug Force Officer

Undercover officers assigned to a task force had come to a house on Wilbur Street in Southwest Dallas to put a tracker on a vehicle when the shooting started, leaving an undercover Arlington Police officer wounded. It appears that the officer may have been mistaken for a car burglar.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

WY: AR-15 used in Self Defense

CHEYENNE (WTE) - The Cheyenne Police Department has released the name of another man they say was involved in a shooting Sunday night that resulted in the deaths of Justin Morrison and Darius Mathis.

Police say Brandon Painter, 20, was acting in self-defense when he shot Mathis with an AR-15 rifle after a fight that quickly escalated
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Followup CO: No Charges in Edward Tanner Shooting

Servando Flores, 33, was initially arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the Nov. 1 fatal shooting of 23-year-old Edward Tanner Jr.

Chief Trial Deputy Trevor Moritzky said Flores was acting legally — either in self defense or to stop a burglar — when he killed Tanner at the Madison Park Apartments in the 3300 block of East 120th Avenue.

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OH: Gas Station Owner Shoots Robber Suspect

CINCINNATI -- A gas station owner shot a suspect Friday night in East Price Hill, Cincinnati police said.

Officers got a report of a robbery at the Marathon station at Warsaw Avenue and Del Monte Place at 7:45 p.m., Lt. Craig Gregoire said.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

TX: Woman Shoots at Robber

Andre Dawson, 27, was in the line of fire after a woman shot at him when he allegedly tried to steal the purse of a different woman.

Witnesses recorded the incident from across the street.

In the video, you can see the woman pointing a pistol at Dawson who was struggling with a man. When he got away, the woman shot at the suspect.

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FL: Jewelry Store Owner and Robber Wounded in Gunfight


A Northwest Jacksonville jewelry store owner shot Thursday night in a struggle with two robbers managed to shoot one of the masked men attempting to rob him, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said.

The wounded robbery suspect showed up at a hospital just after 10 p.m. Thursday and died from his injuries Friday, police said. He was identified by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office as Kurt Dean, 24.
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Followup Fl: Off Duty Officer who shot Burglarizing Teen will not face Charges

Who do you believe, the officer, who was there, and who the investigators say the physical evidence supports, or the Teens Father, who was not there?

After spotting the teen, Latimer borrowed a neighbor's gun to inspect and told Lake County deputies the minor charged at him outside the home. He said he had no choice but to shoot him, deputies said. The teen's father told the Orlando Sentinel a different story during an interview, claiming his son had been shot while trying to run away.
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IL: Homeowner in Madison County Shoots Intruder

The burglar was warned, but kept trying to break in.

MARINE, IL (KTVI) – A Madison County man picked the wrong home to burglarize Thursday night after being sent to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the chest.

The incident happened several miles east of Marine, a village of less than a thousand residents. The homeowner, who lives on Mayer Road, woke up to find a man trying to enter his home.

Madison County Sheriff John Lakin said the homeowner had every right to protect his property – and he did.
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This State Just Signed Landmark Gun Legislation

There is SOME good news for gun owners. Conservative Kansas Governor Sam Brownback just signed new legislation bolstering the right to bear arms. When asked why he passed such a broad bill, Brownback offered great rationale:

"Kansans soon can carry concealed weapons without permits or training under a bill signed by Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday.

The new law, which kicks in July 1, makes Kansas the sixth state to allow “constitutional carry.” It will allow Kansans 21 and older to carry concealed firearms regardless of whether they have obtained a permit.

Training still will be required for anyone who wants to carry a concealed gun in the 36 states that accept Kansas permits.

Brownback touted the importance of training, explaining that his youngest son took a hunter safety course this past week.

“It was an excellent course. He got a lot out of it. I got a lot out of it. And I want to urge people to take advantage of that,” said Brownback, who was flanked by Republican lawmakers and representatives from the National Rifle Association and Kansas State Rifle Association.

Asked why he did not think training should be required if it is valuable, Brownback said carrying a gun is a constitutional right.

“We’re saying that if you want to do that in this state, then you don’t have to get the permission slip from the government,” Brownback said. “It is a constitutional right, and we’re removing a barrier to that right.”"

Governor Brownback's commitment to protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of Kansans is admirable.We hope that other governors recognize his wisdom.

AZ: "School Shooting" May have been Self Defense

If you look closely at the photograph, it is clear that Steven Jones likely suffered some blows to the head.  His lower lip is swollen, and you can see abrasions on it and one to the his right below the lip.  There is also a abrasion just to his left and above his left eyebrow.  It appears that Jones had legal possession of the handgun.  It would have been legal for him to have carried it in his car in Arizona.

Jones, 18, claimed he and two friends were first attacked and beaten outside an apartment complex in the Oct. 9 incident and then chased to his car by another group of students who shouted obscenities and threatened to kill them

But the surviving victims and other witnesses told varying stories that corroborated some of Jones' statements and contradicted others.

Jones, who wept during police interviews, claimed he got his Glock pistol from the car and told the pursuers, who were then surrounding his friends, that he had a gun. He said he shot two of the attackers, again saying they would kill him, when they charged him.
Blows to the head can easily be lethal, as can attacks by multiple assailants.  If Jones version of events is correct, or if he can show a jury that it was reasonable for him to believe that his version was correct, he could easily be justified in his use of deadly force to defend himself and others.

 Jones cooperated fully with police; he even sought their protection when they came to the shooting scene.  He does not fit the profile of a rampage shooter.  He is not a loner, nor did he attempt to shoot people randomly.  There is testimony that his version of events is correct.  Without his glasses, he may have been visually impaired.

The testimony that disagrees with his, is largely form the people that he shot, who he claims were attacking him.   It is not clear how much police investigation has been done.  From the article:
In Piring's version of events, he was not standing with Brough but saw him fall and then was shot as he walked toward him. Piring said he didn't see any fighting. Piring said he saw Brough fall as he was running toward him and did not realize at first he had been shot as well.
With all the surveillance video available today, with numerous cell phones, I hope the police have been diligent in searching for evidence.  Even placement of the cases ejected at the scene would be important;   Jones said that he fired again, in an upward direction, as several men knocked him down and attempted to disarm him. It should be easy to determine if Jones were attacked before he fired, about how far he was from the people that he shot at, and how many people were involved in the initial attack, how many were involved in the chase that supposedly followed, and how many attempted to disarm him.  Blood should have been drawn from Jones and the others involved to determine blood alcohol levels or the presence of other drugs.

Jones is scheduled for a court appearance on November 24th.

Jones was a pledge with the Sigma Chi fraternity.  All of the men shot were from Delta Chi Fraternity.

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There is no Ban on "Gun Violence" Reseach; The Hill Pushes the Lie

A recent headline at The Hill read "Dems push to end ban on gun violence research".  The only problem is that there is no ban on "gun violence" research.  There is a ban on spending federal dollars, by the Department of Health and Human Services, on research that advocates for more gun control.  It is called the Dickey Amendment, and was put in place after the leaders of the CDC proclaimed what they expected from research results (advocating for more gun control) before the research was conducted.  The CDC had already funded severely flawed, advocacy  "research" to advance gun control.  The Congress responded by cutting off their funding.   They did not cut off funding to other agencies that might be expected to research the effects of gun ownership; for example, the Department of Justice.  But The Hill headline gives the opposite impression.  The article gives the correct purpose of the ban, but with caveats, and only after quoting Democrats to "explain" what the ban "really" does.  From The Hill:
Led by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), the Democrats said the so-called Dickey Amendment — a long-standing provision that has effectively blocked federal research on gun violence — leaves lawmakers in the dark when it comes to crafting policies aimed at tackling the problem.
"We dedicate $240 million a year on traffic safety research, more than $233 million a year on food safety, and $331 million a year on the effects of tobacco, but almost nothing on firearms that kill 33,000 Americans annually," the lawmakers wrote.
 Notice that Rep Jackie Speir deliberatively uses bad grammar to obfuscate the issue.  Guns do not kill people.  They have no volition.  They can be used to kill people; and people can be killed with guns; but guns by themselves; do not kill people.  Later, The Hill author, Mike Lillis, gives this explanation of the legislation:
First passed in 1996, the Dickey Amendment does not ban gun-violence research outright, but stipulates that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”
He frames the debate with Speir as a victim of "gun violence" when she was shot by rabid leftists in South America, investigating the Jonestown cult.   Even though Guyana has strict restrictions on owning guns, Speir wants to import those sort of restrictions to the United States.  The Guyana murder rate is 17 per 100,000, about four times as high as the rate in the United States.  Here is the letter from the Democrats:

Disarmists turned to the attempt to "medicalize" crimes committed with guns when research funded by the Justice Department did not show any support for more restrictive gun control policies.  It is why you see most  research funded by Michael Bloomberg in medical journals, not in criminological journals or in economic journals.  Medical "researchers" seem to feel no need to cite studies done in other fields.  They routinely ignore studies by Gary Kleck, or John Lott, for example. 

The disarmists want the CDC to be able to produce more propaganda.  The scandal is that the CDC ever produced any to begin with.  There are plenty of studies about guns and crime, guns and suicides, and others.  They are simply not funded by the CDC, and rightly so.

Definition of  disarmist

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Is There a Gun Violence Epidemic? The Numbers Say No

The recent mass shooting in Oregon has brought the seemingly endless debate on gun control back into the national spotlight.

Are we, as some insist, in the midst of a gun violence crisis? Gun control advocates would certainly have you think so.

Rolling Stone magazine has an entire section on its website dedicated to gun violence entitled “America’s gun violence epidemic.”

Hillary Clinton recently stated that “this epidemic of gun violence knows no boundaries.” Even the American Public Health Organization states in its section on gun violence that “a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary.”

A quick look into the facts reveals an entirely different picture. According to the FBI, in the past two decades, violent crime has been falling almost continuously. In 2013, the number of violent crimes perpetrated was 37 percent lower than it was just two decades earlier.

In 1994, there were 23,326 murders in the United States; by 2013, that number had fallen to 14,196, an incredible 39-percent decline. More specifically, according to the Department of Justice, the number of firearm-related homicides declined from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011.

The Department of Justice further concludes that even non-fatal gun-related crimes are declining, dropping 69 percent between 1993 and 2011. While the exact causes for this dramatic decrease can be debated, the decrease itself raises the question: Where does this idea of an “epidemic” of rising gun violence come from?

The most significant factor may be the large-scale media coverage of and public interest in mass shootings. Americans are captivated by stories of mass shootings and have followed them closely.

According to the Pew Research Center, in 2012, 57 percent of the American public said that they followed the Newtown, Conn., school shooting “very closely.” The attention given was second only to that year’s presidential election. The Pew Research center further reports that 48 percent of Americans also paid close attention to the movie theater shootings in Aurora, Colo.

The simple fact is that horrific headlines, such as the number of children gunned down in a school, have a greater shock value than nearly any other kind of story. The media understand this. Seeking, as always, the highest ratings, media companies tend to disproportionately report on mass shootings even though mass shootings account for only a fraction of the total number of homicides committed each year.

IL: Resident uses Gun to Drive off Car Burglar

LOGAN SQUARE — A longtime Logan Square resident had a burglar scrambling Sunday afternoon when he confronted the man with a handgun.
The confrontation, which was captured on surveillance tape, shows the burglar rummaging through the victim's vehicle for 25 seconds before bolting for cover.

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TX: Rare Gunfight at Gunshop

Two men were shot Thursday morning during what police are calling an aggravated robbery at a Wichita Falls gun store, and police are searching for one possible suspect who left the scene in a vehicle.

The shooting occurred at 10:48 a.m. at a gun shop along the 4700 block of Southwest Parkway.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

MI: Criminal uses Concealed Sword to rob Dairy Queen

The story says "machete" but the picture looks like a sword.

Police responded to the Dairy Queen in the 1200 block of Military Street shortly before 6:40 p.m. Tuesday after it was reported a man with a machete threatened the employee inside and took cash.

Carter Smith, 19, said Wednesday the man entered the store and ordered a Blizzard.

As he rung up the order, Smith thought the man was going for his wallet, but he instead took out a machete.

The man then demanded Smith go to the back of the store, took cash from the register and fled.
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Using The Terrorist Watchlist Against Gun Owners

If you want to keep your right to keep and bear arms, you need to contact your congressman and U.S. senators now.

Amid the horror and outrage over last week’s Paris terrorist attacks, on the pretext of stopping terrorism, New York Democrat Congressman Pete King is pushing a scheme to deny your Second Amendment rights—and deny your right to due process in the bargain—by banning firearm sales to anyone on the FBI’s so-called Terrorist Watch List.

There are several key points to be made here:
  • Just because someone who’s on the terrorist watch list does get a gun, that doesn’t mean they’re terrorists or criminals or anything else. Because you can be put on the watch list for any reason, or no reason at all. There doesn’t need to be any proof of wrongdoing. All you need to go on the list is some anonymous bureaucrat’s say-so
  • The government won’t tell you who’s on the lists. Or who put them on the lists. Or why. You can try to appeal after they deny you your rights. But since they won’t tell you what you’re accused of, or who’s accusing you, there’s not much way to fight back. 
  • In other words, under this scheme, you can lose your most fundamental constitutional freedom—your Second Amendment right to defend yourself, your family, your country and your freedom—simply because some anonymous somebody somewhere said you shouldn’t have it. And you can’t get it back until some anonymous somebody says you can. Consider, for example, that even three federal legislators, including Sen. Ted Kennedy, found themselves on the list. As Charles C.W. Cooke pointed out on, some 280,000 people on the list have “no affiliation with known terrorist groups” but simply fall under “reasonable suspicion.” 
  • Given this kind of power, President Barack Obama or any other government official could be able to add anyone to the list for any reason—perhaps returning veteran status, party affiliation, or even membership in an organization like the National Rifle Association—and wouldn’t be answerable to anyone for it.

That’s the deadly cancer on freedom that lies at the heart of the so-called “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act” (H.R. 1076).

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TX: Resident injured in Gunfight

Police say two people jumped over the fence of an apartment complex on Greens Parkway at Fall Lake Drive after 10:30pm and attempted to kick in the man's front door.

The resident grabbed his gun and started shooting at the suspects as they tried to make entry into his apartment.

The suspects fired back, striking the victim in the leg. He was taken to Ben Taub hospital for treatment.
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TX: Armed 80-Year-Old Rancher and Son Shoot Tires, Assist in Capturing Burglars

It is legal to shoot at burglars to prevent theft of property in Texas.

LAMAR COUNTY, Texas (KXII) - A Lamar County man came home to two burglars inside his home Tuesday.

80-year-old Eldon Foster is a rancher. He's also a veteran and an avid hunter. So when he got a call from a neighbor that some strangers had broken into his Ragtown home off FM 197 Tuesday morning, he knew just what to do.

"I just try to take care of business until the sheriff gets here," said Foster.

He and his son locked and loaded, and chased Jesse Keene, 24, and Samantha Varner, 25, out of his home.

"I had a shotgun, and my son had a pistol," said Foster. "We tried to stop them and they wouldn't, so we popped their back tires."

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OH: Armed Woman Shoots at Robber

Officers responded to Gas and Go at 9 p.m. Nov. 10 for a report of an armed robbery. The suspect had already fled the scene after the clerk, a 23-year-old Brookpark woman, shot at his vehicle. He got away with an undisclosed amount of money. The incident is under investigation.

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541 Guns Confiscated from California man are all Legal

"It's a blatant attempt by a Sacramento politician to aggrandize herself with the anti-gun group in San Francisco and Los Angeles and garner votes among that group," said Coleman.  

Some of the guns in Sheakalee's possesion are banned in California, but Coleman has the 2006 paperwork to show the guns are legal, and says he has a strong legal defense.

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PA: Permits level in Luzerne County

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County has not seen a dramatic spike in applications for gun permits, but officials in the sheriff’s office reported Thursday their office has definitely been busier in the last few days.

About 25 people were outside the sheriff’s office Thursday morning waiting to either apply for a gun permit or to renew one.

Anthony and Cathleen Ortolani traveled from the Poconos to renew licenses they’ve had since 2007.

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Followup PA: Victims give Details of Home Invasion Gunfight

Without hesitation, Eric reached for his own weapon from a nightstand and exchanged shots.

"He took off, ran down the steps. I followed and someone at the bottom pointed his gun towards me, so I fired again and I hit him. I hit 'em both and he dropped the gun and bolted out the door," Eric recalled.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Demand For Firarms Increases with Swedish Migrant Crises

Now, this country is a night-watchman state -- each man is on his own. When the Minister of Justice, Morgan Johansson, encourages breaking the law, it means opening the gates to anarchy. Mr. and Mrs. Swede have every reason to be worried, with the influx of 190,000 unskilled and unemployed migrants expected this year -- equivalent to 2% of Sweden's current population. The number is as if 6.4 million penniless migrants who did not speak English arrived in U.S. in one year, or 1.3 million in Britain.

And the Swedes are preparing: demand for firearms licenses is increasing; more and more Swedes are joining shooting clubs and starting vigilante groups. After a slight dip in 2014, the number of new gun permits has gone up significantly again this year. According to police statistics, there are 1,901,325 licensed guns, owned by 567,733 people, in Sweden. Add to this an unknown number of illegal weapons. To get a gun permit in Sweden, you need to be at least 18 years old; law-abiding; well-behaved, and have a hunting license or be a member of an approved shooting club. In 2014, 11,000 people got a hunting license: 10% more than the year before. One out of five was a woman.

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TX: Brother of Owner Fires at Officer Breaking into House; Officer Fires Back

The officer, presuming the people were intruders, then forced his way inside, McManus said.

"He kicked the door in to make an apprehension and the person inside opened fire on who he thought was a burglar,” McManus said.

The officer fired back, grazing the man’s side. McManus said he was treated by EMS workers at the scene and refused a ride to the hospital.

It turns out both of them, according to McManus, were mistaken.
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KY: Video of Clerk Turning Tables on Robber

Surveillance video shows Kenneth Graves buying cigarettes and then pointing a gun in Mian's face and demanding money.

"You're ready to die. I mean, you don't know if you're going to die the next second or not. So, you kind of think about from your childhood all the way up here, like, all the things you have done to hurt some feelings, or stuff like that, and you want to apologize, or you want to say your last words to your family,” Mian said.

But then Mian turns the tables and pulls out his own gun. Graves instantly surrenders, admits the gun is fake and hands it over.

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John Lott: As Paris Attacks Show, Europe In Denial About Gun Rights

French citizens were sitting ducks last Friday. For at least 10 uninterrupted minutes, terrorists mowed down attendants at Paris' Bataclan Concert Hall. In five other coordinated attacks, terrorists were given far too much time to go about their business.

But European politicians are in denial.

French President Francois Hollande immediately ordered 1,500 additional soldiers to protect the streets of Paris. After January's Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, France placed 10,000 uniformed soldiers in front of Jewish sites across the country. These troops gave only the illusion of protection.

Israel learned this lesson the hard way. In its first decades of existence, the nation responded to attacks by placing more soldiers and armed police on streets.

Unfortunately, a mass killer can target the uniformed officers first or wait for a moment when they are not present. It didn't matter how much money Israel spent. With a little patience, terrorists would find their moments to strike.

In recent years, 12% to 15% of adult Jewish civilians in Israel have been able to carry licensed firearms.

This complicates things for terrorists. Even when uniformed police leave an area, terrorists don't know whom they have to worry about.

The Political Consequences of Trump's Support for Armed Defense

Donald Trump came out in favor of armed defense of the individual and the Country on Wednesday, 18 November, 2015.  In an exclusive to, Donald Trump has called for Americans to bear arms to increase the security of the United States.  From
There are nearly 13 million concealed carry permit holders in the United States who are part of the 100 million gun owners who defend the Constitutional right to “keep and bear arms.” This fundamental liberty is held closest by those who have gone through the process of vetting required to be entrusted with the ability to defend themselves, their families and their property with concealed weapons.
 Each permit holder must make the decision to carry or not carry. I will carry more often than I have in the past, and I am sure other concealed permit holders will do the same. Do we have an obligation to carry? The answer is “yes,” but we must do it in such a way as to raise serious doubts in the minds of those who might be considering violence in America.
This is not much of a surprise; Trump has championed the Second Amendment in speeches and in his proposed policies for years.  This confounds political correctness, which makes the claim attempting to defend oneself or one's country is a fools errand that is only engaged in by those who believe in outdated ideologies, such as patriotism or Christianity.   President Obama's characterization of people who cling to their Bibles and their guns is "progressive" shorthand for such a view.

But those who hold such a politically correct view are a tiny minority of the population.  Trump has successfully connected with large majorities of the voting public.  Here are the results of a Gallup poll taken this year, about public attitudes about concealed carry:

That is a 15% advantage, and those are only the ones willing to buck the ongoing propaganda from the media cartel.  I suspect that it is a larger percentage in the privacy of the voting booth.

If you look at guns in the home, a 2014 poll shows and even greater disparity:

Americans see arms as providing more safety, not less, by a two to one margin.

This has been the historically prevalent view.  It was only challenged after World War One, as post WWI elites, worried about violent revolution, used mass media to sell the idea that being disarmed made people safer.  That idea has now been discredited.

The Gallup poll from 2014 shows that 81% of Republicans support armed defense, which shows the wisdom of Trump supporting this policy.  But so do 64% of Independents, and 41% of Democrats.  That translates into a blowout issue for a general election.

President Clinton confirmed that electoral reality when confronted with the Republican blowout in 1994.  Lack of support for the Second Amendment is widely credited with the loss of Al Gore's presidential bid in 2000.  That was with lukewarm support for the Second Amendment from candidate George W. Bush.  From

NEWSCASTER: What we found in an exit poll is gun owners— 40 percent of the voters in Ohio are gun owners, and they went almost 60 percent for George W. Bush.

NEWSCASTER: George W. Bush gets West Virginia—

NARRATOR: West Virginia—

NEWSCASTER: West Virginia, which has been solidly in the Democratic column for a long, long time—

NEWSCASTER: Bill Clinton’s home state has gone Bush—

NARRATOR: And Arkansas—

NEWSCASTER: —six electoral votes, and they go for Bush—

NARRATOR: And even Al Gore’s home state of Tennessee.

NEWSCASTER: —embarrassing Vice President Gore by snatching his state’s 11 electoral votes—

Image the differential created between Donald Trump, who proudly supports (and leads by example) the concept of armed defense, contrasted with Hillary, who denigrates and dismisses the concept altogether.

This issue creates a large positive voter advantage for Trump in both the Republican primary and the general election.

I expect other candidates will see the obvious advantages of this position, and will follow the Donald's lead.  If they do not, it may become impossible to overcome Donald Trump's momentum.

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Ari Armstrong: Criminologist Gary Kleck on Guns, Crime, and Their Study

Recently I cited the work of criminologist Gary Kleck to rebut claims about defensive gun use and the relative risks of gun ownership; see “Michael Shermer’s Bogus Claims about Defensive Gun Use: Why the ’22 Times’ Statistic Is Nonsense.”

As a follow-up to that article, I contacted Kleck to see if he’d be interested in being interviewed; he graciously agreed. I interviewed him by phone on November 2; the transcript (lightly edited and approved by Kleck) is below. I’ve added some headers for ease of navigation.

One need not agree with all of Kleck’s conclusions to find his remarks enormously insightful. I have four main concerns that might make interesting research topics for later. First, I wonder if factors other than the planning requirements and lethality of suicide methods impact the likeliness of a person attempting suicide. In particular, I wonder if the painfulness (real or perceived) of a method makes a difference. Second, I know quite a few people in Colorado who did not carry a handgun prior to liberalized licensing who do carry now. I find it hard to believe that my experiences are atypical; thus, I’m skeptical of the survey that Kleck cites indicating that carry laws didn’t affect carrying practices. Third, I wonder if Kleck is too skeptical of the possibility of more proactive policing in cases where people make direct threats of violence or articulate plans to commit violence. Fourth, I wonder how much of a difference, if any, expanded records for background checks would make in keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. But these concerns are minor relative to the enormous value of Kleck’s expert and deeply researched discussions.

Kleck’s remarks will not settle every debate in these areas, but they are an excellent place to start in thinking through the complexities of gun ownership and crime. —Ari Armstrong
Estimating Defensive Gun Use

Ari Armstrong: Over the years various researchers, including you, have attempted to estimate the annual number of defensive gun uses in the United States. Of course, defensive gun uses have probably decreased over the years as violent crime has fallen. In your view, what is the best estimate at this point?

Gary Kleck: I think your premise is correct, that defensive gun uses would go down proportionally as the need for defensive gun use goes down, and thus as the crime rate goes down.

The violent crime rate is about half now of what it was circa 1993, when we did that survey on defensive gun uses, so, best guess, the number of defensive gun uses would be about half. So, if it was 2.5 million then, it would be 1.2 million or so now.

But, I have to tell you, there hasn’t actually been a national survey on the subject that I know of since 2000. It’s as if, once people found out what kind of answers they would be getting if they did a national, probability-based survey, they ceased doing them. They didn’t ask the question anymore.

The defensive gun-use question has been asked in quite a few non-academic surveys—Gallup or whoever would ask the question as a single, isolated question in a survey largely about other topics. But nobody’s done a survey since a Washington Post survey way back in 2000. So we’re fifteen years out of date. So that’s why I have to guestimate what it would be, but I think that’s a pretty reasonable guestimate.

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Ari Armstrong: John Lott Defends More Guns, Less Crime Thesis

Recently I interviewed criminologist Gary Kleck about gun ownership and crime. In the course of that interview, Kleck expressed skepticism regarding economist John Lott‘s claims that expanded concealed carry of handguns reduces crime. I asked Lott if he wanted to reply, and he graciously agreed to do so. He also addressed a number of other questions regarding gun ownership and crime.

I think there’s still much work to be done to square all of the seemingly conflicting claims regarding guns and crime in the United States and across different regions in and out of the country. (Perhaps I’ll look more deeply into such issues in the future.) However, Lott’s remarks provide some excellent leads. Below are his unedited replies to my questions. —Ari Armstrong

Ari Armstrong: Americans who want to regulate guns more heavily (or even ban guns) often invoke international comparisons. Rates of violent crime generally, and rates of gun-related violent crime specifically, are higher in the United States than in Canada, Australia, and various western European nations. What do you think is the significance of such international comparisons?

John Lott: We can learn something from international comparisons, but it is important to recognize that crime rates vary across countries for a large number of reasons. A common comparison is to look at the low homicide rate in the UK compared to the US and assume that is just because of the UK’s strict gun control laws. But after the January 1997 ban on handguns, the UK’s homicide rate actually rose by 50 percent over the next eight years. It only declined after that back down to its pre-ban rates after an 18 percent increase in the number of police.

Indeed, the same thing happens elsewhere. In every country in the world that has banned guns, murder rates have gone up.

The UK has lower homicide rates than the US, but their homicide rate actually rose relative to the US after they had a gun ban. There is something else besides gun ownership that explains the difference between the two countries.

Australia’s crime rates also haven’t changed the way that gun control advocates would have predicted. The buyback in 1996 and 1997 resulted in more than 1 million firearms being turned in and destroyed. This reduced the number of guns in the country from 3.2 million to about 2.2 million guns. Since then, however, there has been a steady increase in the number of privately owned guns. In 2010, private gun ownership was back to 1996 levels.

Their firearms homicide rate had been falling for a decade prior to the buyback. It continued falling at the same rate after the buyback. There was no sudden drop, just a fairly constant decline that continued even as gun ownership rose back up to previous levels.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Donald Trump is now the Leading Second Amendment Supporter

In an exclusive to, Donald Trump has called for Americans to bear arms to increase security in the United States.  From
Carrying a weapon is not always feasible or appropriate. However, given the increased tensions that are the result of continued, escalating terrorism around the world, more legitimately armed individuals on the streets is a positive outcome. Each permit holder must make the decision to carry or not carry. I will carry more often than I have in the past, and I am sure other concealed permit holders will do the same. Do we have an obligation to carry? The answer is “yes,” but we must do it in such a way as to raise serious doubts in the minds of those who might be considering violence in America. Deterring violence is far better than dealing with the aftermath of an act of terror. Less blood, more security. That is what will make America great again.
Donald Trump shows that he understands reality better than most of the politicians in the nation.  This continues his breakthrough strategy of ignoring the censorship imposed by the media cartel in the name of "political correctness".    The concept of the citizenry being armed to defend against threats is as old and as obvious as mankind.  Only in the last hundred years, with the rise of "progressivism", has the weird idea that people are safer when disarmed been marketed to the public as a sane concept.

In Europe, people carried arms all over the continent before WWI.  In the British Empire, British Citizens had the right to keep and carry arms.  It was only after WWI that elites all around the world marketed the idea that the public would be "safer" if they were disarmed.

The elites feared an overthrow of their elite order, and believed that the elites would be safer if the public were disarmed.  That is how British elites imposed "gun control" by deception.  What the empire had imposed on its subjects, they now imposed on its citizens.

The idea of disarming citizens in the United States had started in the South, where permit systems were designed to keep blacks, who had not been citizens, disarmed.  The laws were never meant to disarm the majority of the citizenry.  That strategy backfired, as more and more "progressives" were elected, and started to apply those prohibitions to all.

The concept was promoted by the increasing power of the "progressive" movement,  a movement that rested on the theory that the majority of the people were too stupid to govern themselves, and that the "consent of the governed" must be manufactured by the elite, particularly the elite that controlled mass media.

"Progressives" spread the concept into states outside the South.  In New York, with the infamous Sullivan law, meant to protect the corrupt criminal/political Tammany Gang of New York, and California, where the elite wanted to be able to keep Hispanics and Chinese minorities disarmed and controlled.  Notably, neither New York or California have a state constitutional protection for the right to keep and bear arms.  They are two of only six states that lack such protection.

The "progressive" media cartel, formed by the early newspaper chains and the Associated Press, nurtured and strengthened by the FCC, censorship during WWII, and the leftist takeover of the journalism schools and the networks in the 1960's, pushed the notion of citizen disarmament relentlessly.

The media cartel no longer has the ability to control the information flow.  It has been superseded by technological advances, just as it was made possible by the rise of the mass media.  It can no longer prop up the absurd notion that people are safer when they are disarmed.

The last shreds of disinformation used to create that illusion have disintegrated with the victory of concealed carry activists across the United States.  Those victories forced the Supreme Court to uphold the Second Amendment.  In practical terms, it has shown that armed citizens are more law biding than the average police officer.

Donald Trump is speaking a truth that cannot be denied.  Long ago, before the media cartel started its incessant propaganda to convince Americans that they were safer when disarmed, Niccolo Machiavelli, the archetypal scholar of power politics said it this way:
There is no comparison whatever between an armed and disarmed man; it is not reasonable to suppose that one who is armed will obey willingly one who is unarmed; or that any unarmed man will remain safe.... - Niccol├│ Machiavelli, The Prince. 1537.
Donald Trump, leading by example, is becoming the armed leader that a free people can respect.  Not long ago, we learned, unsurprisingly, that Ronald Reagan routinely went about armed

Can  anyone imagine the current "progressive" leadership having the sense to extol an armed citizenry as one of the great defensive resources of the Republic?  Can anyone imagine one of the "progressive" candidates leading by example?   In a recent debate, all three Democrat candidates fell over themselves, trying to find ways that they could disarm Americans through deceit.

That horse has left the stable.

Donald Trump has shown that he trusts the American people.  "Progressives" show that they fear and distrust the people, who they believe are too stupid to govern themselves.

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From, Donald Trump CCW Holder "Have an Obligation to Carry"

GOP Presidential front runner Donald Trump says the 13 million concealed carry permit holders in the United States have an obligation to carry, “but we must do it in such a way as to raise serious doubts in the minds of those who might be considering violence in America.”

In a statement on concealed carry responsibility released exclusively to Breitbart News Trump says:

There are nearly 13 million concealed carry permit holders in the United States who are part of the 100 million gun owners who defend the Constitutional right to “keep and bear arms.” This fundamental liberty is held closest by those who have gone through the process of vetting required to be entrusted with the ability to defend themselves, their families and their property with concealed weapons.
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AL: Stand Your Ground Saves Innocent Marine from Prosecution

- The woman continued to aggressively approach Watson and threatened to kill him even after he fired a warning shot towards the ground.

- "Scarred (sic) for his life as well as his families, the defendant had to make a split-second decision and fired a second shot at her."

- Watson testified clearly he had not choice.

- Watson had no criminal history and was honorably discharged from the Marines.

- "There was no evidence that the defendant had any animosity toward Ms. Langston that he was motivated by anything other than reasonable fear of serious bodily harm to himself or others present."

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PA: Homeowner Shoots 2 of 3 Robbery Suspects

Police say the homeowner pulled out a gun when three masked males attempted to rob him. He reportedly shot an 18-year-old multiple times in the chest and right side and a 15-year-old male in the finger. The third suspect was not injured.

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PA: Resident and two Intruders Wounded in Gun fight

A resident of Mill Road told police he was awakened at 1:06 a.m. by a man pointing a gun at him. He grabbed his own weapon and fired rounds at the intruder and chased him to the steps, police said.

The victim saw someone pointing a gun at him at the bottom of the steps, and additional shots were fired, police said.

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GA: Homeowner Shoots Suspect

According to police, the owner of the home woke up and heard someone trying to steal his vehicle when he fired shots at the suspect.

The suspect was hit and then driven to Grady Hospital by another person. Police have questioned that person to try to figure out what led up to the shooting.

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MO: Armed Clerk wins Gunfight

The clerk told police responding to a holdup alarm that a gunman had walked in and tried to rob the store. The clerk said he drew his own gun and the gunman ran but pointed his weapon back at the clerk. The clerk fired one shot at the would-be robber.

The clerk said he believed the bullet struck the robber.

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MT: Attacking Grizzly Killed at Close Range

Investigators are planning to interview the man. They aren’t sure of the sex of the bear and aren’t sure if they will be able to visit the site where it happened because of the weather. They also could not say how long the investigation might take.

This incident comes on the heels of two other grizzly deaths in recent weeks, one in Gardiner and one in West Yellowstone. In both of those incidents, hunters reported shooting the animals after bear spray failed to stop them from charging.
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NE: Dog Harrasses Livestock, is Shot

The neighbors who shot the dog say they were in a bad situation and they did not want to shot the dog. Neighbors tell WOWT 6 News this time was different. They say Sky would not stop, they could not get her to respond and she was putting their livestock in danger. They say they had no other choice but to shoot.

“Nobody wants to see a pet get killed, but again, they have to be responsible for their animal. If they have a pet you just can’t let them run loose, even if it’s out in the country. You can’t let them run loose,” said Sheriff Jeff Danker.
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OK: Homeowner Shoots Burglary Suspect in Leg

Strange things have been afoot around 2 a.m. recently.

A suspected burglar was shot in the leg and hospitalized Sunday morning after, police said, he picked an armed resident's home.

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OH: Homeowner Wounds two Invaders

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A south Columbus home invasion ended in gunfire Monday morning.

Police said two people broke into a home around midnight on East Hanford Street near Parsons Avenue. Officers said the homeowner opened fire at the alleged intruders.
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MO: Third Victim was Armed, Shot and Killed Robber

The robber took wallets from the two men, 49 and 58 years old, at gunpoint before turning his attention to a third man, 22, nearby, police said. The robber told the third man to give him his belongings that were inside of a work truck, according to police.

That third robbery victim had a handgun stored inside the truck, and as the robber held him at gunpoint, the victim fired one shot at the robber, striking him in the chest. The robber died at the scene, police said.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Book Review: Intrepid Explorer: The Autobiography of the World's Best Mine Finder

Intrepid Explorer: The Autobiography of the World's Best Mine Finder, by J. David Lowell

496 pages, Published by Sentinel Peak Press, University of Arizona, 2014

J. David Lowell is a hero directly out of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, but in real life.  This little promoted book is an inspirational account of a life built on the American dream, a questioning and active mind, physical courage and achievement that enriched the entire world.  The book is a true life adventure novel.  It was hard to put down.  I read longer into the night than I should have.

It was impossible for me to read the book without a sense of sorrow for the freedoms that the United States has lost over the lifetime of the author.  David was born in 1928.   As a child, he recalled his father buying dynamite at the local hardware store, and loading it into their truck.  Safety was assured by keeping the blasting caps on the side of the truck away from the dynamite.  You could legally buy explosives over the counter in Arizona into the 1990's.

Crossing the border with firearms was not a huge problem.  David and his new wife transported firearms down to Mexico without a hitch or question.  While guns are not a central theme in the book, it is clear that they have often been an everyday working tool for David Lowell.  Hunting was his primary recreation at his first job as a mining engineer in Mexico.  He was a member of his college rifle team, and later in life, he shot a marauding mountain lion with a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver.

The central thesis in the book is how David Lowell created great wealth for the world with his mind and courage.  He was able to understand and, importantly, act, on the information that he perceived, to convert useless rock into enormous wealth.  He became wealthy in the process, but his wealth was but a tiny fraction of the wealth that he created for the world.  Make no mistake, in spite of David Lowell characterising himself as a "Treasure Finder", he created the wealth.  It was his knowledge, ability, drive, and organization that turned useless rock into valuable ore and metal to keep our industrial civilization going.

What were David's primary enemies?  Ignorance, stupidity, corruption, fraud, and irrational bureaucracy.   Physical danger, while significant, was a smaller obstacle to overcome.  Fortunately for the world, David's several brushes with death were near misses.

Disclaimer: I have a degree in mining engineering, was on my college pistol team, worked in a military bureaucracy for 30 years, and own a couple of mining properties.

If you wish to read an inspirational true story about how giants among us create wealth for all, read this book.

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Combined Suicide and Murder Rates by Country

The chart shows the combined suicide and intentional homicide rates for 26 developed nations.  It is always hard to come up with a list of countries to choose, so I let the Washington Post choose this list.  They conveniently came up with the list in an article on suicide.   As with most international comparisons, one of the major questions is: What countries do you choose to compare?  It makes an enormous difference, and can cause exactly opposite conclusions.  Why was Luxembourg included, but not Australia?  Ask the Washington Post.  Why was Iceland included, but not the U.S. Virgin Islands?  Ask the Washington Post.  The numbers for intentional homicide were gathered from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, at this site.  Intentional homicide is defined as unjustified intentional killing of another human outside of warfare.  For the sake of simplicity, I will use the term murder as a substitute for intentional homicide in the rest of the article.

The latest tactic among those who want a disarmed population is to lump suicide and murder together, in order to get a bigger number.  This was done because the murder rate has fallen sharply in the United States, while the number of guns per person has risen about 40%.  That makes it hard to blame the presence of firearms for a high murder rate.  To make the "gun violence" numbers higher, the disarmists add in suicides committed with guns.  There are about twice as many suicides committed with guns in the United States as there are murders with guns.

"Gun violence" is a propaganda term meant to create emotional antipathy to firearms.  It means very little.  Guns are inanimate objects.  Violence is neutral, like gravity.  It can be used for good or evil.  What should be looked at from a policy perspective is whether the violence is justified, or not.  Human actors are the controlling factor, not inanimate objects.  It is unjustified violence that we wish to minimize.

Suicide is a special case.  It is almost impossible to defend yourself, against yourself.  It is much harder for the state to defend you from yourself.  Removing one method for suicide simply means that suicides will chose different methods.  When Canada made guns harder to come by, suicide with guns dropped and suicide by hanging increased.

If the disarmists insist on lumping suicides with murders, they need to be made to own that assertion.    The international comparison shows how silly that assertion is.

The idea that people in other countries are more capable of finding ways to kill themselves than people in the United States is laughable.  Access to the Internet allows anyone with a computer or smart phone to find numerous ways to commit suicide cheaply, painlessly, and effectively, without a gun.  I refuse to link to those sites, but they are easily found.  Many of the same people who become emotional about suicides committed with guns, support suicide facilitated by the state.  It is easy to understand why.  Personal responsibility is removed by removing access to guns; personal responsibility is removed by requiring state sanction for suicide.  In both cases, power is taken from the individual and transferred to the state.

In the top chart, Austria and Poland have combined suicide and murder rates very close to those of the United States.  The combined suicide and murder rate of France is higher.  The combined suicide and murder rates for Finland, Japan, Belgium, Hungary, South Korea, and Mexico, are much higher.  By the "logic" of those who lump suicide and murder together into "gun violence", Finland, Japan, Belgium, Hungary, and South Korea are all more violent countries than the United States, and they all have much more restrictive gun policies.

Suicide and murder rates both vary considerably over time.  So does the comparison of the combined rates.  The chart is not meant to show that highly restrictive gun controls promote suicide or homicide or a combination of them.  Nor is it meant to show that the right to keep and bear arms results in lower suicide or murder rates.  It is meant to illustrate the irrationality of an argument that lumps suicide and murder together, in order to further a political agenda.

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