Saturday, October 10, 2015

Defender Disarms Handgun Wielding Home Invader (link to video of fight)

The San Francisco Police Department has posted a video of a victim disarming an attacking home invader.  The invader is armed with what appears to be a black, compact, semi-automatic handgun.  As the screen shots show, the video has good resolution. 

Link to Video  1:33

The attack is sudden and by surprise.  The attacker runs in, knocking over the blue trash receptacle on the lower right of the screen shot.  The suspect is wearing a grey and black hoodie with grey pants.  The defender is wearing a mostly white shirt and dark blue pants.  

As the defender turns to face the threat, the attacker has the pistol in his left hand.  

The two men immediately start grappling for the pistol.   Self defense instructors will tell you, when faced with a weapon, your focus should be on the weapon, and that is what happens.

Early in the fight, you can see the pistol in the Attacker's left hand.   The fight continues for a minute and 20 seconds.  That is a long time in a hand to hand fight.   I did not see any elbow or knee strikes used by either party in the fight for the pistol.  The pistol is never fired, even though the Attacker seems to have his finger on the trigger.  

I suspect that there was no round in the chamber, although a misfire is another possibility.   It is unlikely that the pistol is a realistic looking replica, because the police have it in their possession, and they refer to it as a handgun.

After over a minute of grappling, the Defender gains the upper hand, and is able to take control of the handgun.  The Defender appears to have better aerobic conditioning.  At the point of disarm, he is on top of the Attacker, who is face down on the floor.  The Defender chooses to disengage, and makes a run for the garage door and the street, where he turns and points the pistol back toward the attacker.  His finger is on the trigger, and he may be attempting to fire the handgun.

The limited views of the pistol remind me of a Sig Sauer P250. 

There are other candidates, such as the Taurus Millenium.

Criminals are notorious for having handguns that do not work,  handguns that are not loaded, or for having the wrong ammunition.  In the recent Chicago study of armed criminals, the authors note that the criminals interviewed were ignorant of the technical aspects of firearms, and uninterested in learning about them.  From the study:
Still, it is interesting to note that the majority of respondents demonstrated little knowledge of firearms. Many of the comments by Rs demonstrated ignorance of the manner in which firearms function, the ammunition requirements and the capabilities of their weapon of choice. Rs never discussed safe handling or storage practices, nor did they mention efforts to improve their knowledge of the firearms they possessed.9
Has the shift to semi-automatic pistols improved public safety?  Revolvers are more intuitive to load and use.  Many people believe that simply inserting a magazine into a semi-automatic is sufficient to load it.  Others do not understand safeties, magazine disconnectors or the importance of being fully in battery.  Many have noted that eliminating inexpensive and unreliable handguns from the market may have resulted in more reliable arms in the hands of criminals.

The classic consideration of a disarm attempt requires an evaluation of the risk/benefit ratio.  In this case, the defender found himself in the middle of a fight as soon as he turned to see what was happening.  The video records his success.

The police are asking for help in finding the attacker.  They had not yet released a description, other than saying that they believe he has dreadlocks.  The lack of description is puzzling, as they posted the video so that the public could aid in locating the suspect.

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Friday, October 09, 2015

Leftmedia Lies About Mass Shootings

After every mass shooting, the Leftmedia regurgitates how many of these rampages there supposedly are. Reuters notes, “So far this year, 294 U.S. mass shootings have been reported nationwide.” But here’s the caveat — they’re not even doing their own reporting. That number is “according to the Mass Shooting Tracker website, a crowd-sourced database kept by anti-gun activists that logs events in which four or more people are shot.” Ah, so a small group of malcontents with an agenda runs a propaganda website and Reuters considers it “reporting” to simply relay the numbers.

Worse, as Nick Leghorn of The Truth About Guns points out, “The people who run [it] clearly don’t care about facts. They just care about putting out as big a number as possible to make those evil, insane NRA members look as bloodthirsty and heartless as possible.” He cites two cases in point, in which the website counts incidents involving pellet guns in order to inflate its number of “mass shootings.” When four or 12 people are hit with pellets and live to laugh about it, that’s hardly comparable to nine innocent victims losing their lives in a gun free zone in Oregon.

In looking over Shooting Tracker’s data for 2015, a third of the mass shootings left no one dead; 89 more left only one dead. And no doubt most are gang-related. We in no way wish to minimize these deaths or the problem of bad guys with guns, but propaganda-pushing gun-haters have an agenda, and they deliberately manipulate the data for their own ends.

MI: Armed Neighbor Shoots Armed Lurker

He said he found a man hiding behind his neighbor's shed and ordered the man out of the darkness. Instead, the man threatened the man with a gun and charged at him, he told police, and the man with a gun shot him.

The gunshot victim was transported to the hospital. The man accused of shooting him is lodged in the Kalamazoo County Jail on a charge of assault with intent to murder, as the investigation continues, the sheriff's office said.
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AL: Armed Homeowner Defends Self from Strange Wife-Beater

Edwards said the homeowner intervened and asked the man to get off his property.

The husband allegedly refused, looked into his car's trunk, got a brick off the ground instead and advanced toward his wife and the homeowner. He was shouting threats while moving toward them, Edwards said.

"The homeowner shoots the husband in the arm and the husband retreats for a short second, but the husband becomes more agitated and advances again toward the homeowner and his wife," Edwards said.

The homeowner then shot the husband a second time. This time he hit him in the stomach.
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IL: Armed Victim Wins Gunfight - no one hurt

"The victim pulled a legal concealed-carry weapon and he and the suspect began to shoot at each other," Benton said.

The robber did not appear to be injured as he fled the scene and the victim was not injured either, Benton said.
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MT: Fed Bears, Dead Bears; and Dead Woman

Was an 85-Year-Old woman a victim of Disneyitis?  She was born two years after the release of the first Mickey Mouse cartoon.

She, much like Timothy Treadwell, appears to be a victim of severe anthropomorphism (thinking of animals as humans).  In this case, she was feeding several black bears.  One of them broke into her house and killed her.  From
KALISPELL - The elderly woman attacked by a black bear inside her home west of Kalispell over the weekend has died from injuries she sustained in the incident.
The Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks personel stated the problem well: 
“This is a very unfortunate situation,” FWP Warden Capt. Lee Anderson said. “These bears were extremely habituated and food-conditioned, and they posed a danger to the people who live in the area.

“The last thing we wanted to do is to kill these bears. But we had no choice because of the danger they pose to local residents.”

Anderson and other FWP officials made the comments before Paschke’s death was announced. The woman had not been identified prior to Thursday.

Anderson said FWP does not know how many bears were food-conditioned at the woman’s residence.
Feeding of bears is against the law in Montana.  It is bad for bears, because it makes them dependent, unable to forage for themselves, unless they are taking food from people.   When they become dependent on taking food from people, they lose all respect for people and become an active danger.  It is not  much of a step, from becoming dependent on handouts, to taking what is not offered.

Given the self-created danger of the situation, almost any gun could have been used to stop this attack, but next to having a gun when needed, the most important thing is having the willingness to use it.

Bears are always armed with numerous weapons.  Using them is part of their nature.

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MT: Gun Effective Against Charging Grizzly

“Their dog ran down and encountered a bear, and then ran back toward the men with the bear on its tail,” according to Fraley. “They yelled at the bear, and then the bear charged one of them.”

Another in the group shot the grizzly with a high-powered rifle, Fraley said. The animal came to rest about 10 feet from one of the other men.

The men returned to their vehicle and reported the incident to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office.

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TX: Off Duty Officer Shoots Home Invader

A few minutes later, he heard the noise again but this time outside his own front door. When he looked through the peephole again, he saw a man standing outside.

"At that point the subject then kicked open the front door of the deputy's apartment," Deputy Thomas Gilliland with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said. "Fearing for his life, he discharged his weapon one time, we think striking the suspect."
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MI: Carjack Suspect Shot by Armed Victim

At least one carjacker approached the car, reached in the window and tried snatching the cellphone. Witnesses say an argument then took place over the driver's wallet.

The suspect apparently punched the driver in the face.

That's when witnesses say the driver took out a gun and shot at the suspect.

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AZ: Payson Shooting Likely Self Defense

Around 3 p.m., Annabel reportedly used his vehicle to cut Schmidt off in his vehicle in the Home Depot parking lot, 2000 N. Beeline Highway. Schmidt called 911 and was on the phone with dispatchers as an altercation ensued, Engler said. Annabel reportedly reached into Schmidt’s vehicle and Schmidt told Annabel he had a gun. Schmidt fired three times, striking Annabel in the upper torso.

#Paramedics took Annabel to Banner Payson Medical Center and he was then flown to Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix in critical condition. He underwent surgery, but remained in critical condition, Engler said. He passed away at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

#Detectives reviewed the store’s surveillance video of the parking lot, the 911 recording and questioned Schmidt. In conjunction with the Gila County Attorney’s Office, they determined Schmidt likely shot in self-defense and he is not facing any charges at this time. The investigation is ongoing.
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Thursday, October 08, 2015

TX: Armed Homeowner Shoots all 3 Home Invaders

DUNCANVILLE (CBSDFW.COM) – A suspected robber is on the run and three others are in the hospital after a homeowner opened fire this afternoon.

“Almost like fire crackers but louder,” said neighbor Felicia White.

According to police, three men went into a home on the 6900 block of Rolling Creek Lane and attacked the homeowner. They said one of the men stole something from his house during the struggle before the homeowner grabbed a gun.
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DC: Victim Disarms, Shoots, Kills, Career Criminal, after being shot

WASHINGTON - A weekend triple shooting in Northeast D.C. appears to be a case of self-defense from a robbery.

Four people were walking in the 700 block of H Street around 1 a.m. Saturday when a man identified as Jerome Wright held them up at gunpoint. But according to a source close to the investigation, one of the victims fought back.

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Followup NC: Tina Bayne Domestic Shooting may have been Self Defense

A Lake Toxaway woman who shot and killed her husband may have done so in self-defense.

District Attorney Greg Newman, chief prosecutor for Transylvania County, said Tina Bayne may have been in an abusive relationship and the incident on Sept. 25 that left her husband and former Brevard Police officer Thomas Bayne dead may have been a result of self-defense.

“What we are being told... over the last two years the relationship had been volatile,” said Newman on Thursday afternoon.

Newman said his office was still looking at the case, along with Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office detectives and the State Bureau of Investigation. He said charges have not been filed against Bayne, but he did not rule them out. Investigators said Thomas C. Bayne, 45, was dead when they arrived at his home on Chapman Ridge at about 3 a.m.

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OH: Disarm of Suspect results in Minor Gunshot Wound

The 43-year-old man was walking in the area of East 105th and Columbia around 8 p.m. on Friday evening. He told police that one man approached him, pointed a gun at him and tried to rob him. Instead of handing anything over, the victim struggled with the suspect and was able to get the gun away from him. It was then that the second suspect, who was across the street, entered the struggle. He took back the gun from the victim and shot him in the neck. Both suspects then ran away.

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ID: Neighbors use Knife, Gun to drive off Attacking Pit Bulls

“I don’t even know why I thought about it, but I thought, ‘I’m going to take a knife with me, just in case,’” Davis said. “It’s a good thing that I did too, because I soon as they saw me, those dogs started charging up the stairs.”

Davis said she struggled to hold the spring-loaded gate at the top of the stairs shut, and she stabbed at the larger of the two pit bulls.


Davis also told Miller to bring a gun.


“I didn’t want to kill the dog, but when I shot, it seemed to make him more aggressive, and he kept coming at me,” Miller said.

He fired again and believes he hit one of the dogs.

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Followup MI: No Charges for Armed Man who Shot Bank Robbery Suspect

WARREN — A customer who thwarted a bank robbery in Warren Sept. 21 when he used a concealed pistol to shoot the suspect will not face criminal charges, police said after reviewing the facts of the case with Macomb County prosecutors.

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FL: Victims Disarm Robber, Shoot Him

“The victims were forced up to the doorway of the house where a struggle ensued and the firearm discharged,” Turner said. “The victims were able to wrestle the firearm away from Medina, shooting him once. They detained him until officers arrived on scene.”
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Stabbed in the Back, Armed Israeli Shoots Attacker

Earlier this morning a Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli civilian in the back. Luckily, the victim was armed. He was able to save his own life by shooting his attacker.

The terrorist attack was carried out at Jerusalem’s Lion’s Gate in the Old City. Although some details remain unclear, police say the victim of the stabbing was a 36-year old man. The perpetrator, an 18 year-old Palestinian woman, lightly wounded the man. Thankfully, the intended victim was armed. He turned around and shot the terrorist trying to kill him.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

FL: Witnesses Gather Money to Return to Brinks Driver in Foiled Robbery

A  Brinks driver was attempting to fill an ATM in Orange County, Florida.  A robber approached him from behind, and grabbed at the money bag.  The driver drew his pistol and fired three or four shots at the robber, who fled.  Money flew all over the parking lot.

Witnesses helped recover the cash and returned it to the Brinks Driver. 

From the video at

It is worth noting that the witnesses helped recover the cash and return it.  This shows a high level of confidence in the criminal justice system. 

A few blocks away, several officers were executing a felony stop on a white vehicle.   It was not known if the vehicle contained the robbery suspect.

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Monday, October 05, 2015

Poll: Should Christians Arm Themselves?

Link to the poll

Some people seems to think that Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey said something controversial when he suggested that these are troubled times; that Christians are under attack, and that it would be wise for Christians to obtain a concealed carry permit and be willing to defend themselves.  From the
"Whether the perpetrators are motivated by aggressive secularism, jihadist extremism or racial supremacy, their targets remain the same: Christians and defenders of the West," he wrote.

"While this is not the time for widespread panic," Ramsey added, "it is a time to prepare. I would encourage my fellow Christians who are serious about their faith to think about getting a handgun carry permit. I have always believed that it is better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it. "Our enemies are armed," he added. "We must do likewise."
 Perhaps not surprisingly, a Democrat prefers Christians to be unarmed.
Rep. John Ray Clemmons, D-Nashville, said in a statement that Ramsey's comments "reek of fear mongering and religious crusading."
 A poll at the site asks: Should Christians arm themselves?

The results thus far are:

No: 38.55 (70 votes)

Yes: 60.45 (107 votes)

The results are far closer than usual in this type of poll.  For the most part, polls that reflect on the Second Amendment show supporters outnumbering disarmists by 3-10 to 1.  Perhaps the latest shooting in Oregon has dampened those numbers.

Internet polls reliably measure the intensity of support on the Internet.  As most Second Amendment Supporters strongly support individual choice in armament, this poll might be interpreted as "preachy".

Christians will not doubt point to Luke 22:36, where Jesus tells the Apostles to buy swords:
 “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.

I suspect the results will widen in support of Christians arming themselves rather quickly.  Christians are under attack all over the world, and in most place, are prohibited from the ability to obtain weapons for self defense that Americans enjoy.  James Madison, credited with the final writing of the bill of rights, wrote:
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”
It is true that few other countries enjoy as free an access to arms as in America.  There is Switzerland.   Most of the Anglosphere would have been included before the First World War.  After the war, England and Wales adopted severely restrictive gun laws in fear of revolution, such as had happened in Russia.  Most of the Anglosphere, including Canada and Australia, followed the lead of England and Wales.  Franklin Roosevelt attempted to institute severe limits on arms in 1934, during the depression, in the United States, but was only partly successful.

Link to the poll

 Definition of disarmist

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WI: Deer Hunter Stops Wolf attack with Walther .380

On Sept. 23, Matthew Nellessen of Friendship, Wisc., an avid deer hunter and former U.S. Army sergeant who served with the 961st Engineers in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, was scouting a potential hunting area in the Colburn Wildlife Management Area of Adams County when he locked eyes with a wolf only 30 yards away. Acting on instinct he gained from military service, Nellessen immediately pulled his sidearm, a Walther PK .380, and chambered a round.

That’s when things went from bad to worse. As he racked the slide, Nellessen noticed two more wolves approaching from the left.

“It all happened so fast,” said Nellessen. "It was maybe 3-4 seconds and the wolves were on me.”

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FL: Bill Strengthens Protection for Self Defense

Gabriel Mobley
A bill that would limit prosecutors in their use of the legal process to punish people who have legitimately acted in self defense has been introduced in the Florida Senate.

HB 169 was introduced on the 15th of September by Senator Baxley, co-introduced by Combee, Drake, Gaetz and Stone.  From the
Use or Threatened Use of Defensive Force; Provides legislative findings & intent; provides for retroactive application; specifies that once prima facie claim of self-defense immunity has been raised, burden of proof shall be on party seeking to overcome immunity from criminal prosecution; entitles criminal defendants who successfully claim such immunity to award of specified costs, attorney fees, & related expenses; specifies procedure for reimbursement requests; requires reimbursements to be paid from operating trust fund of state attorney who prosecuted defendant; limits amount of award.
Prosecutors have absolute immunity for their official actions, so they can charge individuals who they know are innocent, put them through enormous stress and expense, then drop charges at the last minute, and no one is allowed to bring suit against them.  They can even lie and falsify evidence, and are still immune.

The Supreme Court has upheld the power of prosecutors to do this and to be immune from any lawsuit for damages resulting from such abuse.

In Washington State, if a prosecutor's office charges an individual, and the individual is found not guilty in a self defense case, the state pays the legal fees of the accused, under RCW 9A.110.
The full text of RCW 9A.16.110 (2) provides:When a person charged with a crime listed in subsection (1) of this section is found not guilty by reason of self-defense, the state of Washington shall reimburse the defendant for all reasonable costs, including loss of time, legal fees incurred, and other expenses involved in his or her defense.  
The Florida bill does not go quite so far.  It only allows for reimbursement of fees if the case is so clear that a judge grants immunity from prosecution under Florida's self defense laws.  From bill HB 169(pdf):

84 939.061
85 (1)
Motion to dismiss; costs.— 
If a defendant files a motion to dismiss claiming
86 immunity from criminal prosecution under s. 776.032 and the
87 court grants the motion, the defendant shall be reimbursed for
88 court costs, reasonable private attorney fees, and related
89 expenses incurred in defending the criminal prosecution, up to
90 the limit specified in subsection (4).
 A cap for legal fees is set at $200,000 in the bill.  It is likely that one of the reasons for the bill is the case of Gabriel Mobley.   Mobley and a friend, Jose Correa, were attacked without provocation in 2008.

All of the action was recorded on surveillance video.  A Miami-Dade Judge Thomas Rebull refused to grant immunity to Mobley under the self defense law.  Mobley appealed, and won at the appeals court.

In a rare move, the prosecutors appealed to the Florida Supreme Court, which also found for Gabriel Mobley.  The fact that Mobley is black was not mentioned in most of the press coverage.

This bill would be retroactive, so it is likely that if it passes, it is likely that Mobley would be reimbursed for the extensive legal fees that he incurred.

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Sunday, October 04, 2015

Followup TX: Assualted Woman Shot 1 of 2 Intruders in Self Defense

The 23-year-old woman grabbed the gun and fatally shot the other woman in the head, Harrod said. The woman was taken in for questioning, and police incorrectly announced Friday that she had been arrested on suspicion of murder. Harrod said that after questioning police determined that she acted in self-defense, and she was released Friday and it is likely that she won't be charged with a crime.

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CA: Armed Resident Shoots at Invader

An attempted home-invasion robbery in Reseda early Saturday didn’t go according to plan when the intended victim grabbed a gun and shot at the intruder.

The would-be robber fled into the night, and it wasn’t known if the individual was was hit by the gunfire.
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MO: Resident Shoots at Police Impersonator

According to the police report, the victim told officers he heard the front window of his house shatter. He told them he went to check it and saw a man standing outside the window. The resident says he opened the front door and the suspect pointed a gun at him. The victim says he closed and locked the door and the suspect began trying to kick in the front door, yelling ‘KCPD.’

When the suspect got through the door, the resident says he retried his firearm and fired at the suspect, who ran off. The resident was unsure if he shot the suspect.

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Followup OH: Voluntary Manslaughter in Hillis - Glover Shooting

Akron police said that Glover and Tart walked into Hillis' home about 2 p.m. and tried to rob Hillis and two others inside the home. Hillis grabbed a gun and chased the duo outside.

Hillis then fired several shots as the men ran, according to police. Glover was found dead two houses away. Tart escaped through a wooded area near the home. Two others inside Hillis' home were not injured, according to police.

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Followup MO: Ryan Culbertson-Faegre Shooting ruled Justified

Investigators say Gipson left, re-entered through the apartment's back door, came out the front door with a gun, and fired a shot.  Detectives say that's when the property owner's son, Ryan Culbertson-Faegre, shot at Gibson seven times.

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Followup TX: Jury finds John Lancey found Not Guilty

A Spring man charged with murder in the death of his 26-year-old half-brother has been found not guilty.
John Lancey, 33, shot the man in 2013 after a Sunday afternoon football watch party turned violent.
"This was a self-defense case from the very beginning," Lancey said Friday. "He attacked me, he ran at me."

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NM: Homeowner Shoots at Suspects

On October 1, 2015 The Clovis Police Department Dispatch Center received phone calls stating there were gunshots in the 1300 block of Arciniega.

The caller said one suspect was last seen running north along the east side of Goodwin Lake Trails. A second suspect left in a pickup that was ultimately stolen from Tucumcari. Police report the witness confronted the suspect who had entered the neighbor’s home. The witness fired shots at the pickup as it placed the witness's life in danger. Both suspects left the area.
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MN: Authorities Consider Charges for Man Who Shot at Car Burglars

St. Louis County sheriff's deputies continue to investigate a rash of vehicle prowls in Rice Lake earlier this month that led to a homeowner firing three shots at a man and woman he believed were the suspects.

No one was hurt, and no one has been arrested for the thefts. But the homeowner may face charges for firing the gun, authorities said.

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Followup SC: No Charges for Marcus Brown

Brown and Pickens knew each other.  Pickens sent Brown a photo of himself hours before the shooting.

Marcus Brown will not face criminal charges for fatally shooting a man in his home last year, 10th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Chrissy Adams said Thursday.

Brown, who owns the Marcus D. Brown Funeral Home in Anderson, told authorities that he shot an intruder in his Greenland Road home just west of Anderson about 2:30 a.m. on April 13, 2014. Leandus Pickens died an hour later at AnMed Health Medical Center of a gunshot wound to the chest.
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TX: Armed Homeowner hits 1 Intruder in Head with Shotgun, Shoots Accomplice

San Antonio Police said the two unnamed suspects broke into a man's home in the 500 block of Cumberland Road. He met his intruders with a shotgun.

Investigators said the man hit one of the suspect's over the head with a shotgun, then shot the other suspect after he claimed he had a gun.
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AK: Bear Killed with Homemade Spear

Spears are very effective weapons.

Anchorage area wildlife biologist Dave Battle, with the state Department of Fish and Game, said a group of homeless people in the camp -- who had left out food and cooked near their tents -- became afraid of the bear after several recent encounters.

Using a metal knife blade, they made a spear to protect themselves, said Battle, who had talked to the illegal camp’s inhabitants.

The camp consisted of about half a dozen tents, Battle said. Four people were there Friday.

The group had strapped a foot-long knife to a 5 or 6-foot wooden staff, he said.

Friday morning, a roughly one-year-old cub was sniffing around a tent with someone inside, Battle said. Troopers said in a written statement there were children in the tent the bear approached.

"So he threw the spear and killed it,” Battle said. “They were attracting bears into their area because they were leaving food out irresponsibly. They had the bears coming in several times.”

From Breitbart: Obama Bullies His Nation of Criminals For Rejecting ‘Gun-Control’

President Obama’s shameful, and frankly nauseating, rush to politicize the Oregon shootings — he actually used the word “politicize!” — is easy to understand.

It is all part of the left-wing power-grab strategy of collective guilt.

Normal people think coercive government power should be primarily directed at criminals, so the Left is constantly trying to make the entire population see themselves as criminals. The more collectively guilty we all feel, the more prepared we are to submit to the power of a self-appointed “enlightened” ruling class.

Gun control is not a goal — it is really a means to an end, a vehicle the Left would drive to gain even greater power.

In the short term, it’s an issue that helps them raise money, and to attack an important element of their political opposition. Note how foaming-at-the-mouth liberals rush to accuse the law-abiding National Rifle Association of being accessories to murder, even though they have absolutely nothing to do with any of the politicized crimes.

It is also a means for the Left to express it’s emotional and psychological discomfort about the citizen independence symbolized and promoted by the Second Amendment — from the ability of responsible citizens to defend themselves and their families, to the principle that an armed population should be a check against elite tyranny. It’s not so much that totalitarian liberals fear their quest for power will end with armed citizens rising up in revolt; it’s that they hate it when free people think that way. We’re supposed to be submissive, indeed reverent of authority. We’re supposed to be dependent children, helpless in a vast “gun-free zone” where our very lives are a gift from the benevolent State, placing our trust in a volume of laws that grows far beyond its demonstrated ability to actually prevent crime.
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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Leftist Political Cartoonist Matt Wuerker nails it with his "The News Cycle" Cartoon

Matt Wuerker (wearing badge), receives Pulitzer Prize.

Matt Wuerker is the cartoonist for Politico, and his cartoons are reliably far left.  But, he occasionally hits one out of the park that is not one sided.

He did it with his The News Cycle cartoon, published on September 28th.

Link to Cartoon here

The cartoon is copyrighted, so you need to click the link to see it.

The cartoon shows the cycle as a deranged man getting the idea that he can die famous by killing a lot of people.  He gets the idea from the news stories about a deranged man becoming famous by killing a lot of people.

Then he commits a horrendous crime, killing a lot of people.

The news crews cover all the gory details, and make his name and image known nationally and internationally.

Then, a deranged man gets the idea that he can at least die famous...

It is a pretty accurate cartoon description of the copycat effect.  I wonder if Matt Wuerker thought of it himself, (as did I) or read about it and discovered that it has been a well known psychological effect for hundreds of years.

The media know all about it, but they continue to make celebrities of the mass killers who kill to become celebrities, even though the killers want to die in the process.

It clearly was a motivation for the latest mass killer, who wrote about it on the Internet.

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NJ: Armed Neighbor Shoots Rabid Fox after it Bites Resident

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — A rabid fox tried to get into a home recently and bit a resident in the attempt, police said.

A neighbor shot the animal after it bit the Lees Lane resident, police said. The animal was tested by the Atlantic County Division of Public Health, police said, and it came back positive for rabies.
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CO: Home Invasion Suspect Killed in Gunfight

GREELEY – Greeley Police confirm they have found the body of a trespassing suspect inside of a Greeley home. They're now trying to determine if the "Make My Day" law applies in this case.

The homeowners say the suspect shot at them, prompting one of them to return fire.
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Bear Spray Failure? Video

Mary Maley was taking a solo kayak trip from Ketchikan, Alaska to Petersburg, Alaska.  That is a 150 mile trip by sea, which is the only viable transportation route, other than by air.

The bear first appeared near the kayak.  Mary stepped out of the forest service cabin door to see what was happening.  The bear started to approach her, and she thanked the bear for leaving her kayak alone.  The bear kept coming at her, she threatened to pepper spray it, then she pepper sprayed the bear.  It stopped approaching her, but went back to the kayak and damaged it in spite of Mary's entreaties.  You can see the bear shaking its head to rid itself of the effects of the bear spray as it goes back to damaging the kayak.

Link to video

It is not clear if this should be considered a bear spray failure or a success.  The bear stopped coming at her; she was not physically, immediately harmed.  On the other hand, the spray was not enough to stop the damage to her only form of transportation many miles away from help or civilization.  She might have been in serious trouble, if not for the sailboat in  the background.

It would have been better if she had shot the bear. It is obviously a problem bear that will either be shot now or cause some serious problems and be shot later. She did not have a gun, perhaps because of all the propaganda in the Schools and the media.  She was in Berg Bay, 22 miles Southeast of Wrangell, AK, so she was about 100 miles into her trip.

As for talking to the bear, how many of us have talked to inanimate objects when under stress?

“Come on car, just make it to the next exit! Come on baby, I promise to get you tuned up and an oil change!”

This may be a wake-up call for her.

Any woman that is doing a long distance solo sea kayak trip, is no wall flower.
I would like to meet her (and teach her to shoot, if she does not know, already).

A facebook poster alleges that this is the woman who goes with the kayak and bear video.

Bear spray failure?  You be the judge.

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KY: Armed Robber Apologizes to Armed Victim

LMPD said Kenneth Graves entered the business and displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The victim pulled a gun and Graves apologized and fled without receiving any proceeds, according to the police report.
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OK: Neighbor at Burglary Suspects who drive at him

A burglary in a midtown Tulsa neighborhood ended with a neighbor firing shots at the intruders' car as they fled Tuesday morning.

A man called the police about a gray Hyundai parked in his neighbor's driveway in the neighbor's backyard in the 1500 block of South Columbia Avenue around 10:40 a.m., police said.

The man walked to his neighbor's house with a hand gun and saw two men in the backyard. The men told the neighbor they were looking for someone named Frank who owed them money, police said.

The neighbor told police that he didn't know a Frank and tried to block the car in the backyard by closing the gate to a chain link fence, police said.

The men then got into the car and drove in reverse into the gate, which struck the neighbor as it opened, police said.
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WA: Woman Shoots Man in Self Defense

A man is dead after a woman shot him in what appears to be self-defense, according to the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office.
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Followup OR: 1 Year Later, Urig Cleared in Shooting of Armed Invader

A September 2014 shooting at a Beaverton apartment was ruled self-defense, the Washington County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.


Officials say Urig called 911 saying people were chasing him, shooting at him, and trying to kill him.

Beaverton police say Alkofi fired a shot at Kyle Hansen, then Urig returned fire and killed Alkofi.

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GA: 64-Year-Old Woman Shoots man who Attacks her and 75-Year-Old Sister


One of two sisters living in a Folkston home shot and killed a man who they say broke into her home and attacked them Tuesday night, according to the Charlton County Sheriff's Office.

A Folkston police officer and Charlton deputy responded to a call of a burglary in progress just before 8 a.m. at a home on Cedar Ridge Road, near Highway 121 and Okefenokee Drive. They found a man later identified as Jonathan Green, 40, of Folkston, unresponsive at the edge of the yard. The 64- and 75-year-old women who live there said the man entered the home and attacked them.

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TX: Gun Beats Thrown Bricks

According to authorities, one of the men started throwing bricks at the other man, who was sitting inside of his mother’s SUV. Fearing for his life, the other man pulled out a gun and shot his attacker twice. The shooter then drove the SUV to the Gander Mountain outdoors store near the intersection of Interstate-20 and Collins Street, calling his mother for help along the way.

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NC: Victim Shoots 1 of 2 Home Invaders in Catawba

Lyons said he shot one of the two men in self defense, which caused them to leave. Lyons suffered from a severe concussion and multiple cuts as a result of the incident. His dog, Karma, an Australian dingo, also got loose during the attack.
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CA: Neighbor Shoots Aggressive Dog

The 60-year-old homeowner was bitten when she attempted to separate her fighting dogs, police said. The woman screamed for help as she feared the aggressive dog would kill her other dog.

Armed with a gun, the woman's neighbor went to the house to assist her. The neighbor saw that the aggressive dog had the other dog by the threat and shot it twice. The shooting stopped the attack and the dogs were separated.

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TX: Homeowner Shoots 1 0f 2 Invaders who Posed as Utility Men

The suspect was with another man who asked the homeowner where his gas meter was located Tuesday afternoon. The homeowner directed the two men to his backyard, but told deputies he was suspicious and grabbed a gun.

The suspects broke into the home and assaulted the homeowner, sheriff’s officials said, before the homeowner grabbed his gun and fired at the suspects. No one inside the home was injured.
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Umpqua Shooting: More Blood on Media Hands

The media knows that the more attention they pay to mass killing perpetrators, the more incentive they create for more mass killings.  The effect is known as the "Copycat Effect".  It is a well known and researched phenomena.  Endless promotion of these tragic events and the publicity given to the perpetrators is far more of a causal factor than the Second Amendment.

CBS news relates the latest evidence that media coverage of his name and face was one of the primary motivations for the Umpqua shooter.   From
In one post on the blog about Vester Flanagan, the man who killed the reporter and cameraman in Virginia, Mercer apparently wrote, "I have noticed that so many people like [Flanagan] are alone and unknown, yet when they spill a little blood, the whole world knows who they are. A man who was known by no one, is now known by everyone. His face splashed across every screen, his name across the lips of every person on the planet, all in the course of one day. Seems like the more people you kill, the more you're in the limelight."
Over 20 years ago,  Clayton Cramer wrote a paper on the ethical problems of promoting mass killings in the media.   It was published in a the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 9:1 [Winter 1993-94].  It won First Place, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Ethics Prize, 1993, Undergraduate Division.

Loren Coleman wrote a book, The Copycat Effect, in 2004.  The book details simple strategies for reducing media incentives for mass killings. 

(1) The media must be more aware of the power of their words. Using language like "successful" sniper attacks, suicides, and bridge jumpers, and "failed" murder-suicides, for example, clearly suggest to viewers and readers that someone should keep trying again until they "succeed." We may wish to "succeed" in relationships, sports, and jobs, but we do not want rampage or serial killers, architects of murder-suicide, and suicide bombers to make further attempts after "failing." Words are important. Even the use of "suicide" or "rampage" in headlines, news alerts, and breaking bulletins should be reconsidered.

(2) The media must drop their clich├ęd stories about the "nice boy next door" or the "lone nut." The copycat violent individual is neither mysterious nor healthy, or usually an overachiever. They are often a fatal combination of despondency, depression, and mental illness. School shooters are suicidal youth that slipped through the cracks, but it is a complex issue, nevertheless. People are not simple. The formulaic stories are too often too simplistic.

(3) The media must cease its graphic and sensationalized wall-to-wall commentary and coverage of violent acts and the details of the actual methods and places where they occur. Photographs of murder victims, tapes of people jumping off bridges, and live shots of things like car chases ending in deadly crashes, for example, merely glamorize these deaths, and create models for others ­ down to the method, the place, the timing, and the type of individual involved. Even fictional entertainment, such as the screening of
The Deer Hunter, provides vivid copycatting stimuli for vulnerable, unstable, angry, and depressed individuals. 

(4) The media should show more details about the grief of the survivors and victims (without glorifying the death), highlight the alternatives to the violent acts, and mention the relevant background traits that may have brought this event to this deathly end. They should also avoid setting up the incident as a logical or reasonable way to solve a problem.

(5) The media must avoid ethnic, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes in portraying the victims or the perpetrators. Why set up situations that like-minded individuals (e.g. neo-Nazis) can use as a roadmap for a future rampages against similar victims?

(6) The media should never publish a report on suicide or murder-suicide without adding the protective factors, such as the contact information for hot lines, help lines, soft lines, and other available community resources, including email addresses, websites, and phone numbers. To run a story on suicide or a gangland murder without thinking about the damage the story can do is simply not responsible. It¹s like giving a child a loaded gun. The media should try to balance such stories with some concern and consideration for those who may use it to imitate the act described.

(7) And finally, the media should reflect more on their role in creating our increasingly violent society. Honest reporting on the positive nature of being alive in the twenty-first century might actually decrease the negative outcomes of the copycat effect, and create a wave of self-awareness that this life is rather good after all. Most of our lives are mundane, safe, and uneventful. This is something that an alien watching television news from outer space, as they say, would never know. The media should "get real," and try to use their influence and the copycat effect to spread a little peace, rather than mayhem.
David Kopel, in an article published in the Wall Street Journal, wrote about the copycat effect and Coleman's book in December of 2012. 

The media cynically benefits from coverage of these events.  The media benefit from ratings and from politicization of the event.  The old media use these events to further their agenda to impose severe restrictions on gun ownership and use.  The restrictions called for often have no relationship to the mass killings committed. 

After the Sandy Hook shootings, where the shooter murdered his own mother to obtain the weapons used, the call was for "universal background checks" (UBC), a code for collecting data for universal gun registration.   UBC legislation which would have preserved the privacy of gun buyers, was defeated by those who claimed to want UBCs.  The proponents insisted that serial numbers and weapon types and models be recorded.  The only reason to do so would be to promote a later registration system.

Such systems are already being used for piecemeal gun confiscations in California and New York.

The media's reward of mass killers with copious air time and celebrity status is exacerbated by the Obama administration's desire to use these events for political gain.  Even before any details are known about the shooters, their motivations, or whether legislation would have had any effect on them, President Obama is on the air, calling for more laws restricting gun ownership. Such showmanship encourages mass killers; they know that they will be receiving national attention for an extended period.

The media and the Obama administration has blood on their hands.  After 20 years of publicity, they know the copycat effect.  They know that there are simple measures that would minimize it, and which would not significantly effect First Amendment rights.

Saving lives takes second place to their political agenda and their profits.

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Friday, October 02, 2015

AZ: Brady Urinals at the Gun Rights Policy Conference 2015

While at the Gun Rights Policy Conference held at the Sheraton Crescent Center in Glendale, Arizona (part of the Phoenix metroplex), a participant alerted me to this ironic coincidence.  

The urinal screens at the conference were all Bradys!  No, not the disarmist Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, but the legitimate Brady company that produces urinal bathroom products!

I am certain that some waggish member of the hotel staff did not order and place Brady urinal screens in the bathrooms merely to provoke smiles on the faces of Gun Rights Policy Conference participants.

No doubt it is merely one of those cosmic coincidences that smile through the clouds of an uncertain universe.

Definition of disarmist

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TX:.22 Ammo in Walmart, 5 Cents a Round

Is the .22 bubble finally bursting?  I have, with many others, been watching WalMart for .22 ammunition.   It is a good indicator that demand may be saturating, and prices dropping.  For two years, .22 long rifle ammunition in WalMarts has been very spotty.  They have had a "3 boxes per customer limit" for most of that period.  When .22 ammunition comes in, it is snapped up by the first few customers; then the the shelves are bare until the next shipment, which usually happens a week or more later.

On October 1st, in a Dallas Walmart near the North boundary, off of Marsh Lane, I spotted these boxes of Blazer .22 Long Rifle, at $2.47 for a box of 50.  That is less than 5 cents a round, starting to approach pre-bubble levels.

Appropriately, there were 22 boxes of Blazer on the shelf, and a few boxes of .22 shotshells above them. 

Suspecting that I might have come across one of those rare moments when the shipments were just put on the shelf, I asked a nearby associate about the presence of the .22 ammunition.   They were a little reluctant to talk, but an explanation of my interest as a writer convinced them to open up.

The shelves in the North Dallas WalMart have been stocked with .22 LR for two weeks, nearly constantly.  The three boxes per customer limit applies, but shipments have been coming in regularly.

The rest of the shelves were nearly full of centerfire ammunition of the common varieties.

Two weeks earlier, in Yuma, I had seen a few boxes of Winchester Varmint .22 LR in the local WalMart.

It was priced at $9.97 for a box of 50.   It is some of the highest velocity .22 LR out there, with an advertised velocity of 1650 feet per second and a special, hollowpoint, 26 grain, tin bullet.  I do not count those as an indicator of the end of the bubble, but some have said that the stocking of the higher priced .22 is a precursor to wide availability of the garden variety loads.

A bit over a year ago, I wrote that:
 You will know that the bubble is close to the bottom when you see .22 LR on sale for below 4 cents per round.  At the lowest, we might see .22 cartridges below $10 for 500.
We are not there, yet.  There is still that three box per customer limit, and the price is nearly 5 cents a round.  But we are getting a lot closer.  The .22 ammunition bubble may be close to busting, but it would only take a few words from President Obama to start it inflating again.

I checked on the 4th of October, and the same shelf now had 23 boxes of the Blazer ammunition at the same price.  On the 5th of October, there were still 18 boxes of Blazer, same $2.47 per box of 50.  That is about three weeks that reasonably priced .22 ammunition has been  consistently stocked at this particular WalMart.

An internet search showed that Natchez Shooting Supply was selling the excellent Federal Champion Target .22 LR for $2.79 a box of 50, or 5.6 cents a round, with a maximum order of 10 boxes a day.

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Update:  A correspondent reports large quantities of .22 LR at a Cabella's at $89.99 for 1400 rounds.  That is 6.42 cents per round.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Raymond Fryberg, Father of School Shooter, found Guilty of Illegal Firearms Possession

Raymond Fryberg was found guilty of illegal possession of firearms by a jury in a federal trial.  The case serves as a warning for those who fail to contest domestic violence restraining orders.  The restraining order used to convict Fryberg was granted in 2002.  It was a permanent restraining order.  The order was requested by Fryberg's former girlfriend,  Jamie Gobin.  The two have a child in common.

Originally, the restraining order was temporary.  There was a hearing to determine if the restraining order should be permanent.  Records show that Fryberg was served notice of the hearing, but he never showed up, and a permanent restraining order was granted.  Thus, even though Fryberg was never convicted of a crime of domestic violence, the restraining order permanently prohibited him from owning firearms.  

To complicate the matter, the restraining order did not show up in Federal background checks, because the tribal court had no requirement to submit it, and had not done so.

Browne said the problem started with the protection order, which was sought by Fryberg's former girlfriend, Jamie Gobin.
A judge granted Gobin the permanent order because Fryberg never appeared at a hearing to contest it. However, the defense contended Fryberg was never notified about the hearing.
The officer who claimed to notify Fryberg was married to Gobin's sister and reported serving the notice at a nonexistent address, Browne said.
Fryberg's attorney claims that Fryberg did not know did not know he was prohibited from owning guns.  From
Browne says the protection order never made it clear that Fryberg couldn't own a gun. He even showed KIRO 7 a concealed weapons permit from the state dated Jan. 14, 2013, which was issued after the protection order.
An important point in the case was that tribal court records showed that Fryberg plead no contest in 2012 to violating the restraining order.  From
In 2012, Fryberg was found in violation of the order and fined $200 and placed on probation.
Here is the court document showing that Fryberg was convicted of violating the protection order.

We cannot know what might have happened if Fryberg had shown up for the hearing in 2002.  It is plausible that the restraining order would not have been made permanent, and that it would have expired after a year.

But that was not the case.  10 years later, he plead guilty to violating the restraining order.  We do not know what happened to cause the plea deal, but most plea deals are the result of dropping more serious charges.  I do not know the workings of the tribal court, so whether that happened or not is pure speculation.

Fryberg was never denied from purchasing a firearm or obtaining a concealed carry permit.  The prosecution made the point that even though the restraining order was not in the system, Fryberg signed a statement saying that he would abide by the terms of the Order for Protection.  Maybe he never read them.  I have not read of any other convictions of Raymond Fryberg.

When a person buys a firearm from a federal dealer, a form 4473(pdf) is signed.   Question h. on the form asks that if person is subject to a restraining order for domestic violence.
Are you subject to a court order restraining you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your child or an intimate partner or child ofsuch partner? (See Instructions for Question 11.h.) 
The question is one of 12 questions about the eligibility of a person to purchase a firearm on the 4473 form.  Prosecutors emphasized that Raymond Fryberg checked "No" and signed the form.

Even when background checks are denied, they seldom result in prosecution.  In 2010, there were over six million background checks.  Only 72,659 were denied, and of those 94% were not deemed worthy of investigation.  4,184 cases were investigated by field offices, and of those, only 62 were prosecuted.  Of the 62, 13 plead guilty, 10 involved a plea agreement, five were dismissed and 12 were pending at the time of the report.  It is likely that a large number of denials are false positives, that is, they falsely deny people who should have been allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights.  Background checks appear to be exceptionally ineffective at preventing criminals from obtaining firearms, a very inefficient use of resources.

Fryberg can now be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail and fined up to $250,000.

The notorious nature of case where Fryberg's son, Jaylen, murdered four classmates, then committed suicide, was what resulted in the investigation and prosecution for illegal possession.   The murder/suicide appears to have been precipitated by a teen romance.

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Followup TX: 4 Suspects Arrested in Case where Former Marine fired through Door

HEWITT (September 28, 2015) Four teenagers were in custody Monday in connection with an attempted home invasion in Hewitt that was thwarted when the former Marine whose home the teens targeted opened fire through the front door at the would-be intruders.

Chris Barrientos, 18, was arrested on Friday and was charged with aggravated robbery.

He remained jailed Monday on that charge and two unrelated complaints.

His bonds total $45,000.

Three other teens, two 16-year-olds and at 15-year-old, are in juvenile custody.

Their names were not released.

The 15-year-old and one of the 16-year-olds were arrested Friday.

Officers arrested the last of the four, a 16-year-old, Monday at University High School in Waco, Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin said.

OK: Husband Shoots Wife, Breaks into Neighbors House, is Shot and Killed

Lewis said after leaving his house, Morgan’s wife, Tiffany, attempted to get him to go back inside the residence. Morgan allegedly became upset with her and shot her once in the head. Tiffany was transported to OU Medical Center and is in serious condition following surgery Sunday night.

Lewis said Morgan then went across the street to a neighbor’s house, fired one round into the door and kicked the door open. Once he gained entry to the house, the home owner, Justin Bozeman, 28, shot and killed Morgan.

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MI: Armed Woman Repels Belligerent Ex

The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said a Pontiac woman scared the man off when she pulled out a handgun and fired several shots Sunday after he broke into her home and threatened to "knock her out." The 30-year-old Pontiac man was later arrested and jailed.

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MI: Veteran Captures Burglary Suspect, Property Recovered

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – With nearly two decades of active military service, John Scott is the perfect person to protect a home from a potential break-in. And that’s exactly what he did Sunday in Van Buren County. He caught a burglar in the act and held him for police.


He says since the arrest, all of the stolen items from Jeff’s home have been recovered, and, while the search for the remaining two suspects continues, John and Jennifer are just happy they were able to put at least one behind bars.

WA: Police Investigate; Shooting may be Justified

Police said the homeowner, who is in his 50s, is acquainted with the suspected intruder, who is in his late 20s early 30s. The homeowner said the intruder first knocked on the door and spoke to his wife. When she saw the gun she went to get her husband, who armed himself. When he got to the door, that's when the shots were fired hitting the suspect in the legs.

"If somebody arrived at his front porch and had a gun and pointed it at the home owner then, yes, you're allowed to protect yourself at that point," Green said.
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KS: Homeowner Shoots, Wounds 1 of 4 Suspects

Police say a 32-year-old woman and 28-year-old man were in the home at the time. They reported three unknown suspects and one known suspect trying to break into their residence.

One of the homeowners shot a 16-year-old suspect. He was still at the scene when officers arrived. He was taken to Wesley in serious condition from the gunshot wound.

GA: Pistol does not Fire, but Robbers Run Away

Around 9 p.m. the two women came back to the victim’s house with a male, identified by police as Vantella Malone, the victim told police. The victim said they entered his home uninvited.
According to police reports, Malone picked up a clothes line and told the victim he wanted it to sell as scrap metal. The victim said he told Malone he couldn’t have it and then Malone grabbed the victim around his neck and told him to tell them where the rest of the money was or else he would hurt him.
The victim said Strange and Beard began searching his house looking for money. The victim told police he reached inside his pocket and pulled out a pistol, pointed it at Malone’s face and pulled the trigger but the pistol didn’t discharge. About the same time one of the females yelled, “He’s got a gun,” and everyone ran out of the residence, the victim told police.
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TX: Homeowner Shoots, Kills, 1 of 3 Invaders


One suspect is dead and two others on the run after a homeowner reportedly opened fire during an attempted home invasion in northwest Harris County early this morning.
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OR: Armed Woman Shoots, Wounds, Dog Harassing Chickens

The woman did not want to go on camera, but she said this was not the first time dogs from the neighbor’s property had come onto her land, and she did not feel safe, so she shot at the dog to protect herself and her chickens.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says in this situation, that was her right. According to the county's general definitions, a dog can be considered dangerous if it is chasing, wounding, injuring, or killing livestock, or damaging or destroying property of persons other than that of the keeper.
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KY: Clerk wins Gunfight, Kills Armed Robber

Officers say 41-year-old Sami Abulaila was trying to rob the Liquor World on Goldsmith Lane Friday. Officers say he showed the clerk a weapon, who then pulled out a gun and shot Abulaila. He died at the hospital.

IN: Homeowner Chases, Disarms, Fires, Misses Suspect

The homeowner chased the man for approximately two blocks before the two began to fight. The homeowner said he wrestled the gun away from the man. The homeowner told police the man then ran and the homeowner fired several shots from the suspect’s gun.

Around 1:19 a.m. police officers found the suspect. He has been identified as Peyton K. Tonning, 19, of Noblesvile. He was not injured from any gun shots.

Tonning has been charged with burglary, robbery and pointing a firearm.

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Followup PA: 'Carjacker' who was Shot MisIdentified Car

According to police, Malcolm King was inside the shop waiting for a friend when someone pulled up in an identical vehicle like his friend.

He went out of the store and got into the car.

The driver thought he was getting carjacked and pulled out a gun and shot King.

MO: Carondelet Park Shooting likely Self Defense

ST. LOUIS • Police say a fatal shooting at Carondelet Park Saturday night appears to have been a matter of self-defense, but the case will be presented to prosecutors for review.

On Sunday, police identified the dead man as Ronnie Carlton, 37, of the 6600 block of Vermont Avenue, just east of the park. Authorities say Carlton was shot after following another man at the park and confronting him in his vehicle shortly before 7 p.m.

AL: Neighbor Shoots Pit Bull Attacking Child

According to Edwards, two children were playing in a yard when the dog jumped over a 6 foot wooden fence and bit a nine-year-old boy.

The mother heard the screams and came outside. Two neighbors came to help. One neighbor tried to get the dog off the child by striking it with a bat, then the other neighbor shot the dog twice, Edwards confirmed.

KS: Bullet Grazes Head of Drunk attempting Break-in

Police say a drunk man attempted to break into a home that he thought was his, and was shot by the real homeowner.

It happened in the 9400 block of E Longlake around 11:30 p.m. Friday night.

Police say a 67-year-old man and 61-year-old woman reported a 63-year-old male was trying to break into the residence.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dueling Petitions to Support, Close Gun Shop

In Virginia, one of the Bloomberg disarmist groups is attempting to shut down one of the few gun shops near the nations capitol.

One of the more destructive and sadly, successful, disarmist memes has been the alienation of the gun culture from education and the schools.   In my recollection, it started with the destruction of rifle, shotgun, and pistol teams in the Universities, with many ranges being closed and never reopened as ROTC was chased off of Campus during the Vietnam war and after.

It spread to high schools and grammar schools, and reached a legislative high with the Federal gun free school zones act passed during the first George Bush administration.  That law was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court; but Bill Clinton, with enormous help from the old media, was able to have it passed into law again, with minor changes, in 1996.  It has never been re-challenged in the courts.

The high water mark of the effect of banning guns from the schools was the Sandy Hook mass killing that took place in 2012.   Schools shootings took off after the passage of the 1996 law, the increase most likely caused by a combination of the new gun free zones and the copycat effect promoted by the media.

The purpose of banning guns from the schools has never been safety.  It has always been the long term destruction of the gun culture.   They theory is that if you prevent children from having contact with guns, especially in school, they absorb the idea that guns are bad, and you gradually reduce the number of gun owners, over time, to insignificance.

A clear example of that meme happens when disarmist organizations work to prevent gun stores from opening up near schools.  Children are not allowed to buy guns by law.  But exposing them to the idea of legitimate guns destroys the meme that guns are evil and must be separated from civil society.

That is why the disarmist Bloomberg group, Moms Demand Action, is trying to close down the Nova Firearms Gun shop in McLeanVirgina, which claims to be the closest gun shop to Washington, D. C.

They simply state, without any evidence, that having a gunshop in a community, makes the community less safe.  I have not seen any study, but the evidence clearly points to the opposite.  Having a gun shop in a community is almost certainly correlated with low crime rates.

The group held a small protest to attempt to have the completely legal gun shop closed.  They have taken out a petition to close the keep Nova Firearms out of McLean that has over 1400 signatures.  There is also a petition to Support the Gun Shop.  It has over 400 signatures.

It is rare for the disarmists to outnumber second amendment supporters on online petitions such as this. Usually, Second Amendment Supporters outnumber disarmists by 3-10 to 1.

The disarmist attempt to delegitimize guns in the eyes of children does not seem to be working.  The number of guns in the United States is at record levels; the number of new gun owners is rapidly growing among young adults, women, and minorities.

After Sandy Hook, a nation wide movement has been sparked to train and arm teachers to provide real defenses against mass shooting in schools, even though it is a rare phenomena.

The latest number on the petition to defend the Nova Firearms Gun Shop was 484.

Here is the Link to the petition

It often takes a little while for word of a petition or online poll to spread in the new media.  The disarmists are widely supported in the old media.

 Definition of disarmist

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015


On September 27 an argument among a group of illegal gamblers at a Georgia “event center” escalated into a shootout which wounded ten people aged 16 to 29. The next day gun control proponent Shannon Watts tried to use the altercation to smear the NRA.

The incident occurred in Meriwether County in a former bar that has since been converted into Hill Haven Event Center.

According to Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith, law enforcement personnel were called to the center and arrived to find “that an altercation occurred involving several suspects over illegal gambling that was taking place in the back portion of the building. The verbal altercation escalated with at least several suspects pulling handguns and firing multiple rounds within the confines of the building. These indiscriminate shots resulted in multiple people being struck.”

TX : Man who Survived Bear attack back in Texas

As the sow approached, Matthews said he was able to keep his composure together long enough to fire a shot at the animal, which struck her in the jaw. Matthews then used the barrel of his rifle and shoved it into the bear’s mouth before the animal knocked him to the ground.

Matthews says the bear bit into his head, and later his arm as he raised it in self-defense. He has bite marks on his back and leg, as well.

In addition, Matthews says the bear picked him up and tossed him during the attack. He recalls trying to protect this throat as the mauling continued.

His brother was able to divert the animal’s attention and shoot it. He then helped Matthews back to a boat the men had used to reach the remote area.

MN: Court: BB Gun is a 'Firearm'

A BB gun is a firearm, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled.

The court made its declaration in the case of a man who was not allowed to possess a firearm because of an earlier felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

This is the law that tripped up David Haywood.

Any person who has been convicted of a crime of violence, as defined in section 624.712, subdivision 5, and who ships, transports, possesses, or receives a firearm, commits a felony and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 15 years or to payment of a fine of not more than $30,000, or both.

But the law doesn’t define what a firearm is.

Rob Morse: Guerrilla Tactics in the Culture War- Part 4

We are in a cultural conflict where freedom is under attack on many fronts.  I chose to talk about self-defense.  This is the final part of a four part series.  Parts onetwo and three are here.  Thank you for your comments.
Self-defense is more than a right we reluctantly tolerate.  It is more than a private choice.  In this culture war, people who love liberty should advocate for a better culture rather than watch as they lose their rights one by one.  Self-defense is a virtue we want to actively support across our culture.
What would we do if we really valued self-sufficiency and self-defense?
  • The United States is fragmenting into separate cultures. Entrepreneurs in pro-liberty states would open businesses to temporarily rent firearm to qualified visitors from blue states.  That way, the non-residents can go armed when they visit “free America”.
  • Movies would tell stories of heroic self-defense. Examples include-
    • Passengers gang-tackling a terrorist on an airplane.. or on a French train.
    • A woman successfully defends herself from a criminal. That night she goes to dinner and is complemented by everyone in the restaurant.
    • A couple defends each other from an armed attack by relying on their church marriage training that taught them how to work as an armed team.
  • U-Hunt/ we-clean-and-cook restaurants would spread across the US.
  • Insurance companies would offer lower rates to families with firearms and training.
  • Couples going out on a date would decide which of them will carry that night.
  • One reader suggested to carry openly rather than concealed. “I shouldn’t hide a virtue,” he said.
  • Another reader wanted to carry in his hospital.  “They trust me to save patient’s lives.. but disarm me in the parking lot.”
What would local politicians do tomorrow if they really valued self-defense?