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Monday, July 25, 2011

14 dead and 53 wounded

America's deadly weekend: String of family shooting sprees claim 14 dead and 53 wounded as gunmen kill wives and children

Shootings don't just happen to other people. They happen everywhere and can happen at any time. Be aware, be alert, be prepared. Be able to avoid & evade, as well as defend yourself and your family.

a man walked into a Seattle casino in the early hours of this morning and opened fire on his estranged wife and her two sisters as she danced with her new boyfriend.

six people were killed after a man allegedly opened fire on his estranged wife and her family before killing himself at his son's eleventh birthday party at a Texas roller rink

Eight people were shot at the car show in the Seattle shopping center

A 42-year-old suspect’s wife and two other were listed in a critical condition after seven people were injured in the shooting at the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn.

a 15-year-old boy died after he and eight people were wounded in a shooting at a backyard shooting in Stockton, California

In Apopka, Florida, nine teenagers were injured on Saturday night at a birthday party

A NYPD officer was shot after the suspect got into a fight with someone outside his hotel.


In broad daylight

Two men have been shot to death as they were leaving a store near a suburban Dallas mall.

The two men and a woman were leaving an AT&T store across the street from Irving Mall on Sunday afternoon. Witnesses told police that the three were about to get into their vehicle when a yellow sedan pulled up to them and shots were fired. Police said there appeared to more than one suspect in the shooting, which occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m.


2 shot while at work

Employers who have policies against CHLs carrying while at work are creating a hazardous work environment. Even with proper building security, friends of employees and former employees can often gain access toa building. In this case, someone who knew the victims entered each building, shot them the victims and fled. A trusted armed CHL employee may not have been able to stop the first assault, but may have stopped the shooter before the second shooting. Let us pray that the victims pull though.

The search is on for a suspect in an afternoon shooting that sent two people to the hospital.

Shortly after 3 P.M. the suspected shooter entered the Hobbs Bonded Fibers building on Commerce Street and shot the first victim. A short time later this suspect supposedly shot another victim at a building at the nearby Tyco International. A source at the seen told our crew that both businesses are owned by the same company.

Both victims were taken to the hospital, and their conditions are not known at this time.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Boy Scouts, Other Groups Provide Gun Safety Training

Boy Scouts, Other Groups Provide Gun Safety Training

The St. Louis Boy Scouts make a point of teaching gun safety beginning with Cub Scouts at age seven.

Thursday's triple digit temperatures did not seem to bother dozens of Cub Scouts learning to fire "BB" guns at Beaumont Scout Reservation in southwest St. Louis County. The boys had been learning about gun safety, history and shooting techniques during their week-long camp.
"It's very cool and I like doing it," said one eager seven year old.

Scout Range Safety Officer Ron Newton has taught firearm skills to scouts for more than 25 years. "Certainly we stress safety. Number one is to point that muzzle in a safe direction"

Cub Scout Brendan said he understands why the safety rules are important, "Because otherwise you could shoot someone and you could drop the gun and if it was loaded it would fire"


Three men with guns rob woman inside her Vallejo home

Three men held a woman at gunpoint and robbed her of cash and other belongings about 10 a.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Avian Drive, Vallejo police Sgt. Herman Robinson said.

The 22-year-old woman was inside her apartment and alone after home repair workers left to get supplies, Robinson said. Apparently the front door had been left open and three men came in, all carrying handguns, Robinson said.

One held a gun to her head, but due to a language barrier she was unable to understand what they were saying, Robinson said. They forced her into the master bedroom and made her lay down on the bed at gunpoint while they rifled through the dresser drawers and found an undisclosed amount of cash, he said.

The men also rifled through the children's bedroom and then took the woman into the dining area where they went through her purse, took her ATM card and then threatened her to get the PIN number, Robinson said.


Ill. likely to see fierce battle over gun control


As state after state voted to let residents carry concealed guns, Illinois has held out, for a long list of reasons: A strong gun control movement. A dynasty of powerful Chicago mayors. A line-up of state leaders who oppose expanding access to guns.

With Wisconsin now on the verge of adopting concealed carry, Illinois soon will be all alone, the last state with a complete ban on carrying concealed weapons

Despite the obstacles, gun-rights advocates believe time and political momentum are on their side. Pro-gun groups expect to make another push this fall or next spring. They’re also pursuing at least two lawsuits. The outcome of the effort will determine whether firearms officially achieve new status in the United States — something citizens of every state can own and carry, regardless of regional differences or which party is in power.

Right now, Wisconsin is the only other state that doesn’t give people a way to obtain permission to carry concealed guns. But lawmakers there have voted to end their ban, and Gov. Scott Walker said Monday that he would sign the change into law after July 4.

In much of the state, guns are commonplace, used for hunting and target-shooting. But in Chicago, guns are associated with crime. People worry that concealed guns will mean more shootings — in bars, on the el, at neighborhood festivals.

But plenty of states have legalized concealed carry despite having large cities where gun crimes are a major concern


Guns Save Lives

Stories from readers like you

"My husband and I were accosted in Phoenix one evening (about 6PM) in a public parking lot (well lighted) by four individuals who wanted our truck (and who knows what else). If we had not been armed, they would have had the truck and anything else they may well have wanted. The police were no where in sight and when we contacted them the next day all they said was, "what were you doing on that street at that time of the evening? We don't even go there after dark."

I agree with what has already been stated and is well documented, "courts have long held that the police are under no obligation to protect individual citizens."

- Linda

The first time I used my gun in self defense I was leaving work late. It was dark and the parking lot was empty. Our office building was on a road off the main streets where the traffic was. The building was surrounded by woods. The other office building in the area were empty. No one would see me leaving. Except the man who was waiting in the shadows for me to leave. I had my gun purse in which I carried my colt mustang plus II 380. As I was walking towards my car I heard a man say "hey baby, looking good" I couldn't see him. I just kept walking. I heard foot steps and then he said "where ya going? Your not afraid are you?" I could tell he was closer now from the sound of his voice. I reached the side of my car which put the car between us and turned to face him. He had a knife in his hand which shined so I could see it clearly. He said "give it up easy and I won't cut you too bad" so I pulled out my gun (which I keep a bullet chambered and the safety on, all I have to do is take the safety off.) I pointed it at him and remembering the line from the untouchables movie with Sean Connery, I said "not too smart bringing a knife to a gunfight" he put the knife away as he backed up. He put his hands in the air and without saying a word ran away. I wished after that I had made him drop the knife before he ran away so he wouldn't have that knife at least to use on someone else and maybe I could have given it to the police. He had gloves on so I don't know if they could get fingerprints. Besides him hiding in the shadows waiting, the gloves also show he had planned an attack. Without that gun what would have happened? No one would have seen anything and no one would have heard me scream. The other story I'll save for another time. I had to protect myself with lethal force it's a hard story to tell.

- Theresa/ FL


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Reminder: CHLs / CCW holders should inform police IMMEDIATELY that they are armed

Police officers are understandably sensitive about being aware of all firearms present at traffic stops, for very good reasons, most of which have to do with gravemarkers of their fellow officers who ended up getting surprised by them.

In this case, though, a fair viewing of the videotape shows that the driver did attempt to notify the officers on more than one occasion before stepping out of the car, and tried to do so when the officer approached his window several minutes into the stop. He may not have done it very well, but it certainly doesn’t appear that the driver intended to keep the information from the police. The officer told him repeatedly to keep his mouth shut while they checked out the other two people involved in the stop. Threatening death and/or a beating to a man who tried repeatedly and finally succeeded in fulfilling his legal obligation to inform them is irrational and should be illegal.

The driver faces [first-class misdemeanor] failure-to-inform charges.


EDIT: Here is more information on the event, including comments from a fellow police officer

I have just received, well, multiple copies of a police cruiser dash-cam video of a stop performed by two officers of the Canton Police Department in Canton, Ohio.

I am speechless.

After sitting through that, I have some questions.

1) Is it Standard Operating Procedure for Canton PD Officers to threaten to assault handcuffed and compliant prisoners?

2) Is it SOP for Canton PD Officers to search the back seat of a car with the driver not only still sitting in the car, but not even Terry frisked yet?

3) Is it SOP for Canton PD Officers to threaten the murder of handcuffed and compliant prisoners?


That lead officer in this video needs a psych evaluation. Sooner, rather than later.

I neither know, nor care, what snakes he's got in his head, what sort of shift he had or what personal problems he's got, but he is a loose cannon on deck and does not need to be driving anything with more horsepower than a desk, nor carrying any gun that uses anything other than water for ammunition.

As a law enforcement professional my-own-self, I state here and now that that man makes me ashamed of my chosen profession.

If you can not handle that traffic stop in the video, my old lad -- that certain, particular and exact traffic stop in the above video -- with more self-control, more decorum, more professionalism, and more basic, common courtesy than what you show ... tell me, do: what the hell are you going to do on one that really goes rodeo?

Insults are no substitute for self-control. Threats are not better than self-discipline. Screaming is not a replacement for dignity and courtesy.

Burger King is hiring. Do yourself a favour; do your department a favour; and do the rest of us a favour -- find a job doing something else ... before you cripple or maim an innocent "putting lumps" on them, or you "put ten rounds" into someone who doesn't need killing.

You complete, utter and total jackass.



EDIT: According to the Canton PD facebook page, the office has been relieved of duty.

Intent Of 2nd Amendment Is Crystal Clear

Intent Of 2nd Amendment Is Crystal Clear

Though the Obama Administration has left the gun rights issue alone to date, you know they are just dying to figure out some way to make an impact - and not in a positive way. The tragic shooting yesterday in Las Vegas could provide them with some additional impetus.

I always find it amusing when the left debates the true intent of the 2nd Amendment. You don't have to look very far to determine exactly what the Founding Fathers intended.

"A free people ought to be armed." - George Washington

"The said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize congress to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." - Samuel Adams

"The great object is that every man is armed. Everyone who is able may have a gun." - Patrick Henry

"Americans need never fear their government because of the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation." - James Madison

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them." - Richard Henry Lee

"To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson

"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense." -John Adams

Not much ambiguity in those statements is there?

Ben Franklin famously penned a letter to future generations of Americans that said, "we gave you a republic, if you can keep it." With the far left working so hard to destroy what took 244 years to build, that becomes less a certainty everyday.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Our Founding Fathers Would Not Have Put Up with Gun Control

Our nations founding fathers fought gun control — by killing the who the people who tried to enforce it. Paul Revere’s famous ride started because Dr. Joseph Warren believed that government troops were marching on Concord to confiscate the arms stored there.

“A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” — George Washington

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” — Thomas Jefferson

“Oppressors can tyrannize only when they achieve a standing army, an enslaved press, and a disarmed populace.” — James Madison