Monday, July 29, 2013

Police: Would-be Waffle House bandit shot by customer

Want to know who's unlikely to try his had at armed robbery again?  This guy.

While incarceration doesn't seem to help recidivism rates, getting shot does.  While having to use your CCW permit to defend yourselves and others isn't something you ever hope to do, I'm sure the armed citizen is glad he was able to.
A would-be robber was shot early Monday when he tried to hold up a south Fulton County Waffle House, police said.

Union City police Det. Gloria Hodgson said the suspect entered the Waffle House in the 4300 block of Jonesboro Road just before 2 a.m., “brandishing a pistol and demanding money.”

A customer inside the 24-hour diner shot the robbery suspect, Hodgson said.
The robber is being treated for his injuries.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Armed Citizen

A suspected burglar stealthily approached a home in an area neighbors claim is suffering from increasing crime. Police say the burglar began removing a window screen, but was seen by the homeowner, NRA Life Member Charles Jemeyson, who quickly got his pistol. "If I had not had my [gun] handy, he would have come into my home," Jemeyson wrote in an e-mail to the NRA. "I fired one round... and he went down. He jumped up and jumped a six-foot fence." Police found the suspect at a hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. (KSAT 12 News, San Antonio, TX, 03/16/2009)

Sarah Nahmens and her mother often discuss personal safety and keep a .32-caliber revolver in their home. "We've always talked about defending yourself and how impor­tant that is," Nahmens said. Police say her planning paid off when two men began forcing her door open. Nahmens quickly retrieved her gun and pointed it at the door as it flew open. "It kind of kicked in and I thought, 'OK, I've got to make sure that I'm safe'...It was either going to be me or them and it couldn't be me," she explained. Nahmens fired two shots and the uninjured suspects fled. "I commend her for protecting herself," said police Capt. Patrick Whitney. Nahmens said the incident has raised awareness in her normally quiet neighborhood. Several women have expressed interest in a "girls day" at the shooting range to practice and learn more about firearms. (Clovis-News Journal, Clovis, NM, 02/06/2009)

When a man armed with a gun allegedly kicked in Derrick Murray's back door and shouted that he was a police officer, Murray wasn't buying it for a second. "[The suspect and his accomplices outside] were talking in street slang," Murray explained. Police say Murray quickly retrieved a semi-automatic rifle and shot the intruder, causing him to flee. But the story doesn't stop there. The intruder ran outside, where he was run over by his own getaway car. The panicked driver then backed up, running over him a second time. The suspect will face charges pending his release from the hospital. His two accomplices are being sought. (WFIE 14 News, Evansville, IN, 03/16/2009)

John Antonetz and his wife, Lydia Pace-Antonetz, were loading groceries into their vehicle in a Wal-Mart parking lot when, police say, a man wearing a disguise announced a robbery. The couple tried to run from the robber, but he struck Pace-Antonetz, grabbed her purse and pointed a gun at the couple. That's when Antonetz, a 63-year-old dentist with a concealed­ carry permit, retrieved his .357-caliber revolver from the vehicle. As the suspect continued threatening his wife, Antonetz rounded the vehicle and fired several shots. The suspect, who was on parole for a burglary conviction, was arrested by the police when he sought treatment for a gunshot wound at a local hospital. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Lowell, AR, 03/25/2009)

Coincidentally, another act by armed citizenry took place in a Wal-Mart parking lot in March. In that incident, police say 28-year-old Joshua Eastman was loading groceries into his vehicle when a teenage thug pointed a gun at him and demanded cash. The quick-thinking Eastman opened the door to his vehicle to form a barrier between himself and the suspect. The clever act may have saved his life. The suspect fired a shot through the door's window, which narrowly missed Eastman but propelled glass shards into his face. Eastman, a concealed-carry permit holder, drew his .32-caliber handgun, dropped below the door and shot his assailant three times. The suspect fled, but police located him nearby. (The Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, PA, 03/20/2009)

Police say a robber wearing a ski mask decided to target a busy Burger King restaurant just before the dinner hour. The robber demanded money and flashed a gun wildly, endan­gering the lives of the many patrons and employees around him. One cus­tomer, John Landers, had seen enough. Landers told the 18-year-old robber to lower his gun and stop pointing it at people. The robber responded by shooting Landers several times. It was a mistake he'd quickly regret. Landers, a concealed-carry permit holder, drew his handgun and shot the robber, killing him. At press time, Landers was in the hospital recovering from injuries. Police say his actions may have saved a num­ber of lives. (The Miami Herald, Miami, FL, 03/25/2009)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A little comparison

I don't much care for an "us vs. them" mentality when it comes to lawful citizens and police.  Still, these stats are instructive.

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Worried about Fracking? No need.

A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas trapped deep below the surface stayed thousands of feet below the shallower areas that supply drinking water, says CBS News.

Although the results are preliminary (the study is still ongoing) they are a boost to a natural gas industry that has fought complaints from environmental groups and property owners who call fracking dangerous.
  • Drilling fluids tagged with unique markers were injected more than 8,000 feet below the surface, but were not detected in a monitoring zone 3,000 feet higher.
  • That means the potentially dangerous substances stayed about a mile away from drinking water supplies.
From the National Center for Policy Analysis, full article here.

In California, all of our budget woes would easily be solved by fracking, as we have enough oil recoverable by fracking that doing it would turn us into the Saudi Arabia of the West, some experts have said.  Let's get fracking.

Detroit is a Progressive Failure

Hot Air did a brilliant job of destroying the Left on this.  Read that post here:  Important update from MSNBC: Detroit is fast becoming America’s most “libertarian city”

Detroit's had a half century of Leftist (or Statist, whichever you prefer) control.  Its failure is the fault of "Progressives" and nobody else.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Poll: Race relations have plummeted since Obama took office

From the Daily Caller's report on an NBC/WSJ poll:
Negative views on race relations have also increased substantially. According to the poll [pdf], 45 percent of whites and 58 percent African-Americans now believe race relations are very or fairly bad, compared with 2009, when  only 20 percent of whites and 30 percent of blacks held an unfavorable view.

Although the NBC/WSJ survey addressed the politically fueled Trayvon Martin controversy only obliquely (asking how the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Martin’s shooting death had affected respondents’ views of the legal system), the survey’s historical time frame — which shows the steepest declines in positives and increases in negatives coming in the last two years — suggests the firestorm over the Martin case played a role in diminishing the high solidarity between whites and blacks that was exemplified by Obama’s election.

By November 2011, three years after Obama’s election, only 22 percent of whites and 41 percent of African-Americans believed that race relations were fairly bad or very bad. Positive views have fallen correspondingly since November 2011, when 75 percent of whites and 57 percent of blacks said race relations were either good or very good.
Since Zimmerman is Latino, I'd be interested to see how they feel about race relations at this point.  Nothing good comes from constant race-baiting and identity politics.  I'm surprised anyone expected anything different.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Obama 'Pivots' on the Economy for 19th Time

From Obama 'Pivots' for 19th Time

Right after his laser-like focus on jobs he passed Obamacare (a job killer), didn't he?  I'm sure what he means by wanting to focus on the economy is that he'll be working hard to pass amnesty, because adding 20 million legal residents who will no longer do "jobs Americans won't do" will be great for the economy.

Another Abuse of Police Power

Once again, I'd like to preface this with the fact that most of our officers are good people doing a hard job and doing it with respect for the rights of their fellow citizens.  The reason I'm highlighting these incidents is to spotlight a problem that needs addressing.  Note that this is from Reason, and they do have strong political leanings, but so do I. 

US Marshal Upset That Couple His Police Gang Terrorized Went to the Press
After leaving her operating room scrub nurse duties at Sarasota's Doctors Hospital on Wednesday, Louise Goldsberry went to her Hidden Lake Village apartment.

Her boyfriend came over, and after dinner — about 8 p.m. — Goldsberry went to her kitchen sink to wash some dishes.

That's when her boyfriend, Craig Dorris — a manager for a security alarm company — heard her scream and saw her drop to the floor.

Goldsberry, 59, said she had looked up from the sink to see a man “wearing a hunting vest.”

He was aiming a gun at her face, with a red light pinpointing her.

“I screamed and screamed,” she said.

But she also scrambled across the floor to her bedroom and grabbed her gun, a five-shot .38-caliber revolver. Goldsberry has a concealed weapons permit and says the gun has made her feel safer living alone. But she felt anything but safe when she heard a man yelling to open the door.

He was claiming to be a police officer, but the man she had seen looked to her more like an armed thug. Her boyfriend, Dorris, was calmer, and yelled back that he wanted to see some ID.

Note that the officer at the door, Matt Wiggins of the US Marshal's fugitive division, responded to the request that he prove his claim to be a police officer by cursing and threatening to shoot the frightened couple.

Dorris ultimately took the plunge and emerged to establish the raiders' identity. He found 30 or so marshals and Sarasota cops who handcuffed him, ransacked the apartment once Goldsberry emerged (she was also cuffed), showed the photo of the suspected child-rapist they actually wanted, and then left.
Note that if you aren't looking at the suspect you're after, and you have no reason to think the people in a home are aiding and/or abetting him, you don't get to cuff, detain or threaten to shoot them.  Go read the rest, it's worth your time.

Stand your Ground laws are Good

I've posted most of this previously, but wanted a stand-alone post on this subject.  There's been much talk in the media about Stand your Ground laws, and most of it is negative. 

Stand your ground laws in general mean that as opposed to earlier laws, a victim of a crime has no obligation to flee, but may instead defend herself or himself when confronted by an assailant. Earlier laws required the victim to seek any other way out of a confrontation through flight, even at great personal risk. That changed, even in California, because a fleeing victim is an easy target for a criminal. Lawful citizens don't shoot, stab or beat a fleeing person in the back as they run. Criminals do.  Further, many victims don't have a way to fulfill an obligation to flee.  People in wheelchairs, the elderly, mothers with small children and the handicapped often can't flee their assailants.  So, victims were exposed to danger of greater harm and even death by the obligation to flee. Recognizing this, laws changed. If you're in your own home and a home invader breaks in with a lethal weapon, you don't have to try to run to your back door, fumble with the lock and run for help while he stabs or shoots you. In fear of your life or the life of your family, you can arm yourself and defend your life and the lives of your loved ones.

In short, stand your ground laws are a basic affirmation of the self-defense rights of lawful citizens which I believe are supported by the 2nd Amendment. Further, these laws are completely egalitarian, protecting any lawful citizen who is under attack regardless of race, gender or any other factor.  Removing them only benefits criminals, which perversely seems to be what opponents of self-defense want.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Unarmed isn't Harmless

Mark pointed out a great post to me that you should probably read.  You can find it here:  The danger of fists

The poster's thoughts are worth your time.  An excerpt to give you an idea what he's saying:
Police use of force policies treat an officer being knocked unconscious or mounted as lethal force events. Firstly because as we’ve shown it’s extremely easy for the officer to be gravely injured just by the ongoing assault of fists, but also because when the officer is seeing stars or unconscious the perp will often go for the officer’s weapon and use it to kill them. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, in 2011 three officers were killed with their own weapons and five of them had their weapons stolen from them. (Not even counting how many were injured in the same fashion but survived) Better holster design and better defensive tactics have helped reduce the number of officers who die every year after losing a physical confrontation and having their weapon stolen, but every year we still lose police officers because they end up on the losing end of a “fistfight” and then their gun gets taken from them.

Of course, suspects don’t need to use the officer’s weapon to kill. Take this 17 year old who murdered an El Paso police officer using his bare hands. The Cliff’s notes version is that the teenager threw a punch that caught the officer good, then tackled the officer driving him to the ground. Then the teenager mounted the police officer (just like you saw in the MMA video above [see linked post for that video]) and rained down blows on the officer until he succeeded in dealing lethal damage to the officer’s brain. In the MMA ring, the mat isn’t exactly soft, but it has some give to it in order to prevent injury. On the street, it’s asphalt or concrete. There’s no give in concrete. Doubtlessly a contributing factor in the officer’s death was that the blows delivered by the criminal assailant were either bouncing his head off of the unyielding pavement or, even worse, delivered while his head was laying against the pavement, magnifying the force of the blows.  On a different section of the Uniform Crime Report we see that bare hands and feet have been responsible for the death of 4,028 people since 2007. To give you some idea of scale, that makes fists and feet a more popular instrument of lethal criminal violence than rifles and shotguns combined over the same period of time.
His post has more details and examples, but perhaps the quickest way to make the point is to post the first video he presents:

I encourage you to read his post.  It'll give you new perspective on "unarmed."

Disgraced former official wants pension restored

From the AP via the Sacramento Bee:  Disgraced former official wants pension restored
A disgraced former municipal official who once claimed California's largest public pension isn't giving it up without a fight.

Bruce Malkenhorst is a former administrator of the tiny city of Vernon near Los Angeles. After he retired in 2005 he was receiving an annual pension of about $500,000.

Malkenhorst later pleaded guilty to misappropriating public funds and the state cut his pension to $115,000.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday ( ) that the 78-year-old Malkenhorst is suing Vernon to make up the difference.

His lawyers say the city is responsible for keeping his retirement benefits at the higher level, even if the state balks.
If you're in private industry, I support you making anything you lawfully can.  I still think a little voluntary egalitarianism goes a long way to preserving the free market, but go nuts.  It's not quite the same situation if you're a "public servant." 

In almost all of California (Perhaps the San Francisco Bay Area excepted), $115,000 a year is a good living.  Better than most families in California enjoy.  Why should taxpayers in an overburdened state have to pay $500,000 a year in pension costs for anyone, let alone a former public official who committed fraud?

A Martin/Zimmerman question

I've begun calling "Justice for Trayvon" groups, "Vengeance for Trayvon" advocates.  Black mobs beating innocent white and Latino people back that opinion.  I understand they want this case to symbolize all the injustice ever done in the U.S. Court system.  It doesn't and shouldn't.  That's not justice, that's vengeance wrongfully targeted at an Hispanic man who made a poor decision.

Here's my question for all those demanding vengeance for Trayvon:  The State having failed to prove Zimmerman committed murder or manslaughter (and the Justice Department determining race simply wasn't a factor in this case), what exactly do you want him convicted of?

Monday, July 22, 2013

HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule

When I saw the article HUD's New 'Fair Housing' Rule Establishes Diversity Data for Every Neighborhood in U.S., I immediately thought the data collection is a terrible idea.
To ensure that "every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in.

The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for "improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation."
Sounds pretty harmless, doesn't it?  History would suggest that the U.S. government will do two things if they feel neighborhoods are segregated.   They will attempt to force integration, or they will force lenders to give under-qualified applicants loans to get into neighborhoods in which they can't actually afford houses.  The second method was part of what brought us the housing crisis.  The first would likely have to involve the forced relocation of families.  Either option will likely have ugly results.

By the way, it isn't even a great idea.  A liberal Harvard political scientist found much to his dismay, that diversity actually harms civic life.  People need to come to see each other as people before you simply force them to live together.  If enlightenment doesn't precede integration, you don't get great results.
Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam -- famous for "Bowling Alone," his 2000 book on declining civic engagement -- has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings.

"The extent of the effect is shocking," says Scott Page, a University of Michigan political scientist.
That isn't to say that we as human beings shouldn't work to overcome  the tribal instincts that likely evolved as survival mechanisms in a harsh world since our world no longer works that way (or shouldn't work that way, in any case).  It does mean that forcing diverse people to live near one another doesn't solve the problem, it seems to exacerbate it. 

I think working toward educating and enlightening people is a better approach than social engineering.  Further, it might help people make less big a deal of skin color if the government itself stopped dividing us up that way in its statistics and governance.

More on the Militarization of the Police

I posted recently about out of control police, based on the Salon article, "'Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book': The new warrior cop is out of control" which you should read if you haven't. 

Remember, effective policing happens when police and the community are united in wanting to assist one another in preventing and stopping criminal activity.  A switch to community-oriented policing gave us some successes in Iraq and Afghanistan.  So, it's a shock to see our local police switching to tactics of shock, fear and iron-fisted control.  That's not what our fellow citizens and friends are supposed to do to us and to be fair, most of them don't.

Those who do make the mental switch to an us (Police only) vs. them (everyone else, even the lawful) are becoming a problem that needs addressing.

The wall Street Journal has now also posted on the problem, further underscoring the need to do something to prevent this from getting worse.

Have a look at the WSJ article here:
Rise of the Warrior Cop:  Is it time to reconsider the militarization of American policing? 

An excerpt to whet your interest:
In my own research, I have collected over 50 examples in which innocent people were killed in raids to enforce warrants for crimes that are either nonviolent or consensual (that is, crimes such as drug use or gambling, in which all parties participate voluntarily). These victims were bystanders, or the police later found no evidence of the crime for which the victim was being investigated. They include Katherine Johnston, a 92-year-old woman killed by an Atlanta narcotics team acting on a bad tip from an informant in 2006; Alberto Sepulveda, an 11-year-old accidentally shot by a California SWAT officer during a 2000 drug raid; and Eurie Stamps, killed in a 2011 raid on his home in Framingham, Mass., when an officer says his gun mistakenly discharged. Mr. Stamps wasn't a suspect in the investigation.

What would it take to dial back such excessive police measures? The obvious place to start would be ending the federal grants that encourage police forces to acquire gear that is more appropriate for the battlefield. Beyond that, it is crucial to change the culture of militarization in American law enforcement.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Armed Citizen

A nurse was home with her sick children when a man knocked on the door. She'd never seen him before, so she quieted the children and didn't answer. Undeterred, the man circled the house and tried to kick in the kitchen door, prompting the nurse to hide her children in a bedroom closet and tell the oldest to dial 9-1-1. The terrified child placed the call, saying, "We are going to die today." But police say the nurse wasn't going to allow that to happen. She retrieved a .38-caliber revolver, peered down the hallway and saw the burglar standing in the living room. "I came at him and started firing," she recalls. The burglar fled the scene. Speaking to a reporter, the nurse urged other women to consider gun ownership and to take firearm-training classes. (The News Courier, Athens, AL, 11/20/2008)

Police say a would-be burglar is probably feeling pretty inept at his illicit trade. First, he was caught entering a bathroom window by the home's 70-year-old female occupant, so he fled the scene. Minutes later he attempted to burglarize a second home, this time entering the home of Richard and Phyllis Osborne. Mrs. Osborne heard a ruckus, but a quick investigation showed nothing amiss-that is, not until Mr. Osborne noticed the bedspread was out of place. A closer look revealed the suspect's knuckles poking out from beneath the bedspread. Mr. Osborne aimed his shotgun at the suspect, ordered him to come out and held him for police. "I, wasn't scared, I was mad," Mr. Osborne said. "I was mad because he scared my wife." (Gaston Gazette, Gastonia, NC, 11/24/2008)

Gabriel Guzman was awakened by the incessant ringing of his doorbell. Worried about the bell ringer's intentions, he peered out the window and saw an unknown man walking in his backyard. As a precaution, Guzman armed himself with a gun before investigating. "I opened up the door and yelled at him and I just told him to get away," Guzman explained. Instead, pollee say, the suspect pointed a gun at Guzman. "... I thought he was going to shoot me-so I shot him," Guzman said. Police arrested the wounded suspect, who they believe committed two other burglaries in the neighborhood before trying his luck at the Guzman home. (KCBD-TV, Lubbock, TX, 11/24/2008)

Being burglarized four times was too much for 69-year-old Air Force veteran John Lewis. He decided he'd had enough. "I mean I'm not going to sit here and let somebody rob me over and over again," he said. So when he heard an unexplainable sound one evening, Lewis quickly retrieved his .357-caliber pistol. "[The alleged burglar] made more noise than anybody I've ever dreamed of trying to break into a house," he remembers. When Lewis approached the door, he found a man holding a flashlight and a pickax. "What's there to think about?" he asks rhetorically. "I mean he was going to hurt me or I was going to hurt him." Lewis chose the latter, shooting his assailant. According to police, the sus­pect, who has a lengthy criminal record, limped away and was arrested nearby. (WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN, 11/24/2008)

A career criminal's night of may­hem was foiled by an armed citizen, according to police. The suspect had already burglarized one home that evening before moving on to a second residence. There, he went inside and confronted the homeowner, who fired two rounds from his handgun at the intruder. The uninjured suspect was apparently so frightened that he stole a truck in order to flee the scene more quickly. The suspect, however, committed a comedy of errors, one of which was most glaring-he left behind his personal vehicle! "Which was good for us," joked Sgt. Kirk Cooper of the Vt. State Police. "That was a good clue. The suspect was arrested the next day sitting outside his mother-in-law's apartment. (YVCAX-TV, Burlington, VT, 11/25/2008)

When a 37-year-old man started to unload items from his car, two men approached and jabbed what he believed to be a gun into his side. Fearing he was about to be shot, the man, who is reportedly an open-carry advocate, drew his 9 mm handgun and fired a round. He was unsure if he hit either of his assailants, but he heard a loud moaning sound as they fled. Police arrested one of the suspects when he sought medical aid for a gunshot wound. (News Journal, Wilmington, DE, 11/26/2008)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Similarities are Eerie

From President Offers a Personal Take on Race in U.S.:

On Friday, reading an unusually personal, handwritten statement, Mr. Obama summed up his views with a single line: “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” 
That's true, especially given the marijuana found in Martin's system.  The similarities are eerie.  Are Martin's parents and mentor Marxists, and was he planning to seek out Marxist professors in college?  If so, we have a close match here.

I'm really glad the President took the time to address the issue of race, especially given that race wasn't an issue in this case until he, some grandstanding legislators and the media made it about race.  Can't let a crisis go to waste, though.

Another great thing is that professional race baiters, legislators and the media have made this about stand your ground laws, even though stand your ground laws weren't invoked in Zimmerman's defense.  Just good old-fashioned self defense laws.  As a rule of thumb, when someone's on top of you pounding your head against a sidewalk, you can't fulfill a duty to retreat even if it exists.  It's pretty much a case of do whatever it takes to stop the head smashing before you black out and your brain starts leaking out of your skull sort of deal.

I'm not saying Zimmerman was a great guy and wasn't stupid.  He isn't and he was.  I'm just saying the President and media are making a lot of hay with issues that weren't actually part of the case.  Can't lead a dead kid go to waste, after all.  You have to act to your political advantage before the corpse is cold.

I'm trying to imagine a scenario where I'd be more disgusted with the media and President.  Oh, right.  Benghazi.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

That's not Fair

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That's not fair. It took decades of single-party governance to bring Detroit down.  Obama just helped finish nailing the coffin lid on.

"To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government and the sure and gradual deterioration of the public morals."  - Mark Twain's Autobiography

Life, Liberty, Property

"When men once get the habit of helping themselves to the property of others, they are not easily cured of it."  --New York Times editorial, 1909

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

When Federal Officers Overstep their Authority

I've actually been a victim of an overzealous U.S. Forestry service officer (though thank goodness with a good outcome), so this hits close to home.  I'm glad to see some sheriffs standing up to them.  I didn't even know a Sheriff could do this, but I'd like to see it happen in more counties if it's possible.

U.S. Forest Chief Responds To El Dorado County Sheriff Banning Feds Enforcing State Laws
The chief of the U.S. Service is reacting to an El Dorado County Sheriff’s plan to strip federal officers of their authority to enforce state laws in the county.

“We’re very concerned about that, and I’m going to have my director of law enforcement sit down with our folks and see how they can address the concerns the sheriff has,” Chief Tom Tidwell said.

It comes after El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini informed the feds that their officers will no longer be able to enforce California state law in his county.

“I take the service that we provide to the citizens of El Dorado County very seriously, and the style and manner of service we provide, and the U.S. Forest Service, after many attempts and given many opportunities, has failed to meet that standard.”

In June, the sheriff told CBS13 that he received more than 50 complaints about overly aggressive forest service officers.

In blogs, complaints are growing over federal officers stopping people in the forest looking for campers carrying guns.

“I expect them to be professional at all times, and this is one of the things. We are going to look into the concerns. We will address those concerns and always make sure that all of our officers are always doing the right job in the right way to protect the public.”

And the sheriff’s decision means El Dorado County deputies—not forest service officers—will be responsible for responding to all state crimes committed on federal land in his county.

“It creates a potential [of a risk to public safety] but …  I’m hoping to be able to quickly address this.”
Based on my experience, I've found that U.S. Forestry officers are a greater danger to public safety than banning them from enforcing state law would be.  Encourage your Sheriff or police chief to strip U.S. Forestry officers of the power to enforce state and local law.  Let them deal with Federal code.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Minimum Wage for Thee, but not for Me

It's important to point out hypocrisy in government, because in our system, you're really not supposed to have a set of rules for citizens, then a separate set of laws for a privileged political class.  That's what monarchs, tyrants, dictators, communist and socialist governments do.  Our system was supposed to be special, but it takes constant vigilance to maintain it, because it is the natural tendency of those with political power to improve their lives with it even at the expense of the rest of us.

Thies: D.C. Government Doesn't Pay a "Living Wage"
“People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.”

Someone needs to carve those words onto a wall in the D.C. Council legislative chamber.

Last week, the Council approved a measure that would require Walmart and other large retailers doing business in the District to pay a “living wage” of $12.50 per hour.

According to the D.C. Department of Human Resources, some full-time school maintenance workers and custodians make $11.75 per hour. The rate for a clerk at the University of the District of Columbia is $10.40.

Council members went to great lengths to criticize Walmart's pay scale. They should have taken care of their own business first.

The Council's thinking is flawed on other accounts, too. Their law targets Walmart while exempting other businesses from paying higher salaries.
Government doesn't have the right to punish one business, or to hold themselves to a lesser standard than they do others.  When they do, you need to know about it so you can object to your legislators.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Blood on the Media's Hands

As far as the FBI can determine through thorough investigation, what happened between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin wasn't about race.
After interviewing nearly three dozen people in the George Zimmerman murder case, the FBI found no evidence that racial bias was a motivating factor in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, records released Thursday show.

Even the lead detective in the case, Sanford Det. Chris Serino, told agents that he thought Zimmerman profiled Trayvon because of his attire and the circumstances — but not his race.
Serino saw Zimmerman as “having little hero complex, but not as a racist.”

Federal agents interviewed Zimmerman’s neighbors and co-workers, but none said Zimmerman had expressed racial animus at any time prior to the Feb. 26 shooting of Martin, a black teen, in a confrontation at a Sanford housing complex. As Sanford police investigated the circumstances of Martin’s death, the FBI opened a parallel probe to determine if Martin’s civil rights had been violated.

Several co-workers said they had never seen Zimmerman display any prejudice or racial bias.
It's too bad the media didn't bother to dig deep enough to discover that.  Or even deep enough to discover Zimmerman is Latino, not Caucasian.   If they had bothered, Zimmerman might never have been charged, because despite questionable choices, there wasn't enough evidence to convict him of murder or even manslaughter.  The case just wasn't there.  In making it about race and making it a national story, the media made this happen so they could sell more commercials.

The businesses harmed in the "demonstrations" and any blood spilled is on their heads.  They should be sued for it.  Their negligence might even be criminal.  Now, they have one more incident to answer for:
Baltimore police say they are investigating a witness account that a group of black youths beat a Hispanic man near Patterson Park [in Baltimore, Maryland] Sunday while saying, "This is for Trayvon."
The evidence wasn't enough to convict Zimmerman, but the media didn't care.  They made him seem like a guilty white racist.  He turned out to be none of those things, but before this is over, many, many innocent people will suffer because of their actions.

If you care, turn off any news outlet that participated in the media lynching of Zimmerman.  He isn't a hero, he isn't a sterling example of the citizenry, and neither was Martin.  Two very imperfect people met with tragic consequences.  That would have been bad enough, but the media dragged the rest of us into it with them.

I'm pretty sure Shulz didn't draw that

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Outrage over the Zimmerman Verdict

I've tried not to wade into the Zimmerman matter, because honestly I think this guy exercised poor judgment.  He's not a shining example of goodness or a great example of a sterling neighborhood watch captain.

Evidence points to Trayvon Martin doing things that might include casing houses and committing burglary.  If suspicion alone could convict a person, Martin would probably be in jail.  However, suspicion can't convict a person, nor do we incarcerate people long term unless we can prove they did something wrong beyond a reasonable doubt.  All we can prove about Martin is that it looks like he'd exercised poor judgment a number of times in his life.

You've probably guessed where I'm going with this.  Zimmerman exercised poor judgment.  Not in having or carrying a gun, that is his right under the 2nd amendment and the laws of Florida.  I think he exercised poor judgment in following a suspicious person in his neighborhood.  As part of our neighborhood watch in my own town, I call the police and make reports.  That's it.  It's not my job to pursue.  I think Zimmerman chose poorly in doing so.

The outcome was really awful for Martin.  Evidence points to him attacking Zimmerman and hitting his head against the pavement at least once (once can kill a person, by the way).  He didn't deserve to be killed even if he was casing houses and was a burglar.  He didn't even deserve to be killed for attacking Zimmerman.  Once Zimmerman felt he was in danger of death or great bodily injury, however, he was justified in using his firearm.

"Justice for Trayvon" doesn't mean Zimmerman goes to jail for life.  Justice for Trayvon means that authorities look at the case.  If there's cause, justice means Zimmerman is charged and tried.  If a jury says there's not enough evidence to convict Zimmerman, justice means Zimmerman is acquitted and walks free, because just as it did with Martin, our justice system errs on the side of caution. 

The police and DA of his county initially felt that Zimmerman's story was consistent with the evidence to the point that they weren't going to charge him.  National outrage that would not have even existed had the media gotten the facts right and reported Zimmerman is Latino*, caused the Federal government and State government to push the matter.  A jury has now decided there isn't enough to convict Zimmerman.  So the police, DA and a jury all decided Zimmerman may be guilty of making poor choices, but he's not guilty of murder.

Justice doesn't mean Al Sharpton (who is notoriously wrong in cases like these--remember Tawana Brawley or the Duke Lacrosse team?) gets his way.  It doesn't mean we do whatever the media demands.  It doesn't mean we bow to the demands of a bunch of twitter thugs. 

Justice has been done. 

*As an aside, people making this about race are completely wrong.   That angle only has life because the media made it about race.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Armed Citizen

A landlord was horrified when his tenant was victimized-raped by a convicted sex offender. In addition to repairing a damaged window and installing security devices, the landlord bought the tenant a shotgun. The latter move probably saved her life. Just a week later, as police prepared to file charges against the rapist, he returned to the scene of the crime. Likely angry his victim had gone to the authorities, the rapist cut the power to the house and crashed through the basement door. But the woman inside was not about to be a victim again. She fired her shotgun for the first time, killing her rapist. "I'm glad I had something to protect me," the woman said. "When your life is in danger, you just do what you have to do." (Southeast Missourian, Cape Girardeau, MO, 11/01/2008)

Dean Woodling was stopping by his father's property when, according to police, he saw a robber loading a truck with stolen items. Woodling, who is a hunter, had a shotgun in the vehicle. "I jumped out with the shotgun as he was coming out of the barn," Woodling explained. ''To say he was scared was an understatement." Woodling, who has a concealed-carry permit and likes to keep a firearm handy, held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived. "The way the world is, it's like American Express," said Woodling. "I never leave home without it. Police cannot be everywhere all the time." (Pocono Record, Stroudsburg, PA, 11/14/2008)

Brian Berthiaume was walking his dog when he saw a large man acting suspiciously. The man had entered the neighbor's garage through the garage door, which construction workers had accessed earlier in the day, but Berthiaume decided home renovation was not this man's goal. Police say Berthiaume feared for his neighbor, a woman with two young children, so he ran home for his .40-caliber pistol and told his girlfriend to call police. When he returned, the suspect was carrying away a large saw. He confronted the man, who was already on probation for burglary. After a brief standoff, the 240-pound suspect sprawled out on the ground and waited for police. Berthiaume's neighbor lauded his actions, saying, "One of the reasons my family has stayed in New Orleans [following Hurricane Katrina] is because of neighbors who watch out for you, like Brian." (The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA, 11/13/2008)

Mark C. Johnson had been arrested 33 times since 1986, including charges of robbery, larceny and battery, according to law enforcement records. Some would suggest he should have been in jail. Unfortunately for sixth-grade reading teacher Juanita Enzor, he hoped to prey upon yet another victim. Police say Enzor, who lives alone, heard Johnson burst through her front door. Grabbing her gun, Enzor hid in the bedroom, and when Johnson entered the room, she shot him. Johnson attempted, albeit briefly, to attack Enzor before falling dead. (St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, FL, 10/24/2008)

Alejandro Salinas was paying for his gas when the clerk warned him he'd seen several suspicious men outside. On his guard, Salinas walked to his truck, but before he could close the door, one of the men put a gun to his neck. "Get out of the truck. I'm going to take it and I'm going to kill you," the suspect said, according to police. But Salinas executed a classic tactical move: In a fast, fluid motion, he pushed away his assailant's gun while drawing his own 9 rnrn pistol and shooting the assailant twice. The wounded suspect fired once into the air as he fell to the ground. His accomplices grabbed him and took him to a hospital, where he died. Salinas has a concealed-carry permit. (The Monitor, McAllen, TX, 11/10/2008)

There were about 15 people enjoying a game of bingo at a gaming hall when a masked man wielding a shotgun ran into the room. The armed robber fired a round into the ceiling and demanded money. According to police, that's when bingo hall manager Chad England decided to take action. England retrieved a pistol from an office and shot the masked man, possibly preventing several tragedies. The suspect died en route to the hospital. (Pensacola News Journal, Pensacola, FL, 10/25/2008)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Unfortunately, both parties are on board with many of these.
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Colorado Homeowner Shoots and Kills Career Criminal During Burglary Attempt

This is from a purpose-specific blog, so I'll link it:

Colorado Homeowner Shoots and Kills Career Criminal During Burglary Attempt

How bad was the criminal?
The coroner identified the deceased as 29-year-old Charles McLaughlin.

A 7NEWS check found that McLaughlin has a six-page Colorado criminal history, including arrests for burglary, auto theft, resisting arrest, DUI and violating of a protection order.
So, that's pretty bad.  Loss of life is always regrettable, but I much prefer a lawful homeowner ending up safe to becoming a victim.  Based on his history, this criminal had no intention of reform.  It's too bad we didn't see his pattern as severe enough to leave him in jail rather than allowing a situation to develop where a homeowner was forced to shoot him.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What are we doing with all that coal we aren't burning?

We're burning less coal in order to help the environment.  So where's it going?  We're exporting it.

Details here:  Obama for Carbon Power . . . in Africa
The irony is rich. While Obama’s EPA tries to eliminate America’s use of coal to fight global warming, the globe – Europe, China, India (soon Africa?) – is coming to America for its cheap coal reserves. In the last six years, American coal exports (including to Europe) have nearly tripled – negating Obama’s attempt to eliminate coal’s carbon emissions even as it deprives the U.S. of a competitive fuel.
Of course, that is the plan:

It's only the plan for the U.S., however.  Everybody else gets cheap energy from under our soil.

The Next Heller Case?

From the Washington Times:

A controversial Internet talk show host was arrested at his home in Herndon on Tuesday night after a videotaped July 4 stunt in which he loaded a shotgun in the District’s Freedom Plaza — a violation of the city’s gun laws.
This particular action by an activist seems calculated to  bring the city's gun laws before the Supreme Court again.  I hope it does, and I hope he wins.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Out of Control Police

If you've read my posts, you know I'm not against the police.  I think they're brave women and men doing a tough job--for the most part.  There are a few bad ones, and a few bad decisions that make a lot of these officers look bad.  For an eye opening look at the problem, have a read:

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control 

The police shouldn't be killing people over office pools, or swarming young ladies, guns drawn because they think the bottled water just purchased might be underaged purchase of alcohol. 

One example:
...the mission creep hasn’t stopped at poker games. By the end of the 2000s, police departments were sending SWAT teams to enforce regulatory law. In August 2010, for example, a team of heavily armed Orange County, Florida, sheriff’s deputies raided several black-and Hispanic-owned barbershops in the Orlando area. More raids followed in September and October. The Orlando Sentinel reported that police held barbers and customers at gunpoint and put some in handcuffs, while they turned the shops inside out. The police raided a total of nine shops and arrested thirty-seven people.

By all appearances, these raids were drug sweeps. Shop owners told the Sentinel that police asked them where they were hiding illegal drugs and weapons. But in the end, thirty-four of the thirty-seven arrests were for “barbering without a license,” a misdemeanor for which only three people have ever served jail time in Florida.

The most disturbing aspect of the Orlando raids was that police didn’t even attempt to obtain a legal search warrant. They didn’t need to, because they conducted the raids in conjunction with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Despite the guns and handcuffs, under Florida law these were licensure inspections, not criminal searches, so no warrants were necessary.
I submit that this is a problem that needs to be dealt with.  Regulatory matters aren't SWAT matters.  Office betting pools and friendly card games aren't reasons to break down doors and shoot people. 

Police are just fellow citizens, and are supposed to build a rapport with the civilian citizens they work with.  That leads to effective enforcement.  What's going on now is leading to unnecessary expense, property damage and loss of life.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Communism in the Occupy

Recently a friend posted a reference to one current incarnation of the "Occupy" movement.  My flippant reply was:
Commies are funny! Well, until they start killing, stealing and raping. But until that they're Hi-Larious. 
He challenged my assertion that they're communists, so I promised to lay out my reasons for calling them that.  (The crimes of rape, murder and theft that occurred in the squalor of the occupy encampments speak for themselves.)

Commies believe in two things:
  1. Taking stuff from people who have it, and giving it to themselves, their friends, and their definition of "who needs/deserves it" (according to their definition) and,
  2. A totalitarian state that can enforce (1) as well as whatever else they want to force people to do.
And here's my excerpt of "" list of issues.

Items 3, 4, 8, 9 and 10 are clearly demands for socialism.  They include full public health care, education through university, guaranteed wages and housing, and demand to "make the Universal Declaration of Human Rights a reality" (which is a self-contradictory socialist document deserving the greatest derision possible in a lengthier essay).

All of those demands require taking things by force from one group and giving it to another. It is distribution of scarce resources by government dictate, which is what socialism is. It has to lead to shortages, just as the same ideas have everywhere they've been implemented.

Actually implementing the above would require a huge government, but it gets even worse with the first item:
Corporatism – Firmly establish that money is not speech, corporations are not people and only people have Constitutional rights. End corporate influence over the political process. End corporate welfare that enriches the few and instead treat government investment as something that all profit from, ensure corporations pay their fair share by ending corporate loopholes and tax subsidies and put in place a global tax so that off-shoring of money does not avoid taxes....
Obviously this is inspired by the lefty outrage against the Citizens United SCOTUS decision.  However, if I form a company with a few friends, I lose my right to speech?  That is, I can't speak on behalf of my company?  Put bluntly, Wal-Mart can't defend itself against smears by Obama and the anti-capitalist left?  But the New York Times can?  Lunacy.  Either a corporation (a body of people) can speak as a unit, or there should be no free press either.  Else Wal-Mart should bankroll their own press and use that to defend themselves.  At that point, the left will insist that papers can't be owned by corporations.  And then the government decides who is and who isn't valid media and thus is allowed free speech.  Tyranny anyone?

Of course, item 13 goes right on to that:
Media – End the concentration of media by a small number of corporations. Democratize the media by recognizing that the airwaves and the internet are public goods and recognize independent and citizen’s media as legitimate media outlets. Require that media be accurate and accountable to the people and that the internet be accessible to all people, respect people’s privacy and promote the sharing of information.
"Require that media be accurate and accountable" means government imprimatur required to have speech.  This is oppression.  This is and has always been the role only of tyrants.


As a bonus, they also demand we return to the middle ages, with item 11:
Environment – Adopt policies which effectively create a carbon-free and nuclear free energy economy and that respect the rights of nature

Yah, that'll work. We'll need to eliminate 99% of our energy usage (actually a bit more--wind and solar provide less than 1% of our energy needs).  You want to live like darkest Africa?  Support these guys.

The Armed Citizen

This week The Armed Citizen couldn't be more relevant. With government resources spread thin at all levels, many of our law enforcement branches can't do as much as they have in the past. In California, we're trending in the direction of the U.K. in that property crimes are hardly even noticed or responded to. In Cleveland, Ohio, one judge is actually suggesting residents who are feeling insecure get a CCW permit and a firearm. I wish the sheriff in my area believed in my right to self-defense (in California, your right to preserve your life is dependent not on the 2nd Amendment, but on the whims of the local sheriff).

Paul Garner was awakened by shattering glass when, police said, an intruder with a prior burglary conviction attempted to break in through a window. Garner grabbed his .45-caliber, semi-automatic handgun and, when the burglar lifted the window blinds, he fired three rounds. The intruder died at the scene. The incident was at least the fifth time since April that a San Antonio property owner shot an intruder. (San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, TX, 10/17/2008)

A woman was talking on the phone with her son when he yelled that an armed man was trying to break into his apartment. Suddenly, the connection was severed and the woman phoned the police. By the time officers arrived, the woman's son had shot the suspect and was holding him at gunpoint. (The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 10/16/2008)

Police said four men were intent on committing their second burglary of the evening but, on this attempt, they met with a prepared homeowner. As the four entered the home, the barking of the family dog awakened the homeowner and his family. The homeowner confronted the men, who demanded money. As the homeowner fled back to the bedroom, one of the robbers fired a sawed-off shotgun. The homeowner returned with a handgun, shooting one of the robbers and causing the four intruders to flee the scene. All four robbers were later arrested. (The Lancaster News, Lancaster, SC, 09/24/2008)

A 23-year-old University of Arizona student was at his residence several blocks north of campus when two men knocked on the door. According to police, the knock came at an unusual hour, so the student retrieved a handgun before opening the door. One of the men asked to speak to an individual whose name the student didn't know. At that point, the stu­dent noticed the second man was wearing a bandana and holding a handgun. The student tried to slam the door shut, but the men, both of whom had criminal records dating to 1997, forced their way inside. The student drew his handgun, shooting and killing both men. "Had he not done what he did, he probably would have been dead right now," said Tucson police Sgt. Fabian Pacheco. (The Daily Wildcat, Tucson, AZ, 10/17/2008)

When Steve Manning's wife heard someone breaking into her home, she woke her husband, who sprang into action. Manning said a "huge man full of rage"was repeatedly charging the front with a straight arm and shouting, "Dude, you are going to get yours! Dude, you're going to get it!" But Manning was not about to allow himself or his wife to be harmed. He quickly armed himself with his handgun, shouting to the intruder, "If you come into this house, I will shoot you!" According to police, the man did not heed the advice, forcing the door open. Manning fired two shots, wounding the suspect. Manning said the shots appeared to surprise the suspect and, strangely, calmed him. Police arrested the suspect in a nearby flower bed. (Tulsa World, Tulsa, OK, 10/18/2008)

Two assailants armed with shot­ guns approached a man sitting in his pickup outside his home, according to police. They ordered the victim out of the truck and, having not entirely formulated a plan, paused to consider their next course of action. "One of the men decided to force [the victim] back inside his residence and told him to get up," said police spokesman Lt. Paul Henderson." As [the victim] began to stand up, he retrieved a handgun that was concealed in his pants and began slinging lead at the two would-be robbers. One suspect was hit multiple times and immediately collapsed in the street. The wounded suspect died. Police are investigating leads on his alleged accomplices. (Star­ Telegram, Fort Worth, TX, 10/17/2008)

Want even more stories? Visit The Armed Citizen blog.

Other accounts of self-defense collected on this blog:
Shopkeeper Defends Himself and Employees,
2nd Amendment Saves a Pregnant Woman,
Armed Student Saves 10 People,
2nd Amendment vs. a Serial Rapist,
Crime Spree Stopped with the Simple Presentation of a Firearm.

Failures of Gun Control:
UK Government under reports gun violence to pretend their policies work
Scotland holds a Summit on their Failed Gun Policies, Chicago's gun ban continues to fail
Real Women's Rights (This one includes one of my favorite personal accounts)
Opposition to CA AB 2062
Knife Control?!
Protecting Children through Gun Control?
Futility of the Gun Banning Philosophy
A Contrast to VA Tech

Thoughts just prior to the release of DC v. Heller, with one of the best appellate court quotations ever.

Thoughts on publicized shootings: Shootings early in 2009, Alabama Shootings, Finland School Shooting. Remember: The only proven method to mitigate the disaster of a rogue criminal shooter is to have more first responders, e.g. CCW permit holders lawfully armed and on scene. These criminals do not respect "gun free" zones, but simply view them as target-rich opposition-free areas in which to slaughter innocents.

Carrying a firearm is an inherently civilized act.

Right to Carry Statistics.

Does Violence Beget Violence?

Monday, July 1, 2013

Syrian Jihadists behead Catholic priest

I'm sure glad John McCain and others fought so hard to give these guys weapons.  They're WAAAY better than any mean bad dictator.

WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO - Syrian Jihadists behead Catholic priest

Don't watch the video.  I watched one of these long ago in an effort to understand our enemy.  It's as awful as you'd expect.  I wouldn't put down an animal with the kind of disgusting cruelty displayed in these executions.  These extremists dehumanize others so thoroughly and disgustingly it's hard not to think the same of them in return (but don't--we should be better than that).