If you are anti-guns, or afraid of guns, or just don't like them and don't want them in your house, then this blog is for you.
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Friday, August 31, 2012

Man Accidentally Shoots Himself

Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Leg While Buying Milk at Lake Highlands Walmart 


The way this is written, the author sounds like a snarky anti-gunner, but the jist of it is that some CHL wasn't careful.
"You get the milk and wait in line to check out. You hand the cashier the milk then fumble in your pocket for your wallet. You realize, as a loud report rattles your eardrums and a stab of pain shoots through your leg that, silly you, you forgot to put the safety on."
First of all, the author doesn't seem to know that modern semi-automatics don't all have thumb safeties anymore.  (ex: mine has a grip & trigger safety) Secondly, and more importantly, the CHL wasn't practicing proper safety.

If you've read any of my previous articles on the subject, you'll know that I practically *preach* on the topic of using a proper holster.  Proper meaning a "non collapsible (preferably kydex) holster that fully covers the trigger well".  The CHL in the story obviously wasn't using one.

My point is, just because they call it a "pocket pistol" doesn't mean that you should just drop it in your pocket!  Always, always, always use a proper holster.  If you carry this kind of gun and you must carry it in your pocket, please look for a nice "inside the pocket" holster.

Every CHL is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of their weapon & holster, maintaining proper training, and safety of themselves and others any time their weapon is present.  And every CHL is responsible for maintaining the general public reputation of all CHLs.  Those responsibilities should make you want to be a safer person.  It certainly does for me...

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Dont depend on calling 911 to save your life

Just another reason not to depend on calling 911 to save your life

Woman found murdered in house two days after calling 9-1-1

Have a weapon, have practiced with it, and have a plan.

Armed bystander stops stabbing outside school

Teresa Barron, 38, had just dropped off her child at the school when the child's father showed up, and the two got into an argument. The child's father, 38-year-old Roberto Barron allegedly then stabbed the woman several times in the upper body and neck area.

Police say a bystander who happened to be a concealed handgun license holder pulled his weapon and ordered Barron to drop the knife. Barron surrendered and was taken into custody by the bystander and a school district officer.


Kudos to the unnamed bystander!  Just hope they stopped him in time to save her life.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Fresno County Woman Stops Kidnapping By Pulling Gun on Home Intruder

By KSEE News

Fresno County sheriff's deputies are looking for a man in connection to a burglary and attempted kidnapping.
It happened just after 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home on Maple between South and Manning. Deputies say a woman and her two-year old daughter heard a window break in the back of her home. They saw a man in his 20's, who then broke in, stole some merchandise and tried to kidnap the child.

The woman then grabbed a shotgun and told the suspect to leave her daughter or he would be shot. The suspect let the child go, then took off in a blue Honda Civic or Accord.

The suspect is described as a white or light Hispanic man with dirty blonde hair, and wearing camouflage shorts.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Fresno County Sheriff's Office, or Crimestoppers at 498-stop

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Customer shoots robber at Dollar Store

By Andrew Greenstein

Instead of saving money at a Northside dollar store, a 57-year-old grandfather ends up saving the day.
The man was doing some late-night shopping at the Dollar General store on Dunn Avenue when all of the sudden, two men stormed in and tried robbing it.

Unfortunately for one of them, the man happens to have a concealed weapons permit, and Lt. Rob Schoonover with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says the man wasted no time springing into action.

"There was a citizen who had a concealed firearms permit that was inside the store as a customer," says Lt. Schoonover.  "He fired at the suspect, striking him and killing him."

The other robber ended up getting away -- he is described by police as a black male about 6 feet tall and wearing a blue bandana.  He drove off in a small SUV.

There are no charges pending against the customer.


Monday, August 27, 2012

More on the Empire State Building shooting - Cops shot them all!

2 dead, 9 wounded in Empire State Building shootings

Police officers fired a total of 16 rounds; one officer shot nine while another one shot seven, the New York Police Department said.

What I read elsewhere, and what they dont tell you in this article is that all *9* of the people injured were shot by police bullets...  The "gunman" only killed 1 victim and them himself.  People are blaming the NYC 8 to 12lb trigger.  Truth is more likely that they were not properly trained to shoot under stress.  You *MUST* know what is near and behind your target.  You are responsible for every round that you fire!

Sparks moviegoer shoots himself in buttocks, apologizes, leaves theater

A 56-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks inside the Century 14 movie theaters in downtown Sparks on Tuesday night when a gun he had brought into the cinema discharged, police dispatch said.

No one else was hurt in the theater at 1250 Victorian Ave. when the gun discharged while the unidentified Sparks resident was seeing “The Bourne Legacy,” police said.

Calls reporting shots fired in the theater came in about 8:40 p.m., according to preliminary information.
“Witnesses inside the theater at the time the shot was fired stated that a (man) was adjusting himself in his seat when a gun he had on him discharged,” Sparks police Sgt. Pay Dyer said in statement issued late Tuesday.

The man immediately got up, apologized to those around him and left the theater before police arrived, police said.

He later was found at a Reno hospital where he was being treated for a wound not considered life-threatening.

“The (man) was cooperative with police and admitted that his gun fell out of his pocket and when it hit the floor it discharged,” Dyer said in the police statement.

The man has a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon, Dyer added.

One caller told police that seven to eight shots were fired in the theater, but police later determined only one shot was involved.

“There was no panic in the theater as only five people heard the shot out of the approximate 30 people in attendance,” police said in an email about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The case will be forwarded to the Sparks City Attorney’s Office for possible charges related to the gun going off, Dyer said in the news release.

The Sparks shooting comes less than a month after a massacre at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. On July 20, 12 were shot to death and 58 others wounded there. Among those killed in the Colorado shooting was 2004 Hug High School graduate Jonathan Blunk.


CU-Boulder: Profs have no right to cancel classes over gun-carrying students

By Brittany Ans

University of Colorado Chancellor Phil DiStefano notified the Boulder campus faculty Tuesday afternoon that professors "do not have the right to shut down a class or refuse to teach" should they learn that one of their students is lawfully carrying a gun under a concealed-carry permit.

And, DiStefano added, any faculty members who do so will be in violation of their contracts and face disciplinary action.

DiStefano's message comes a day after Professor Jerry Peterson, chairman of the Boulder Faculty Assembly, told the Daily Camera that, under his own "personal policy," he plans to cancel class if he ever learns any of his students are carrying firearms. A Colorado Supreme Court ruling this spring overturned CU's Boulder campus gun ban, and university officials say that students with conceal-carry permits are allowed to bring guns into classrooms and labs.

"I have the utmost respect for Professor Peterson, who is an old friend and valued colleague, but I want to make clear that if the student carrying the weapon has a concealed-carry permit, the position implied by Professor Peterson's comments directly violates Colorado law and the operating principles of the campus," DiStefano wrote in the e-mail to faculty.

Peterson stood by his classroom policy Tuesday and said he's never had to cancel a class. The physics professor -- who has said he simply wants his students to feel safe to engage in discussions that could become controversial -- reiterated that the presence of guns in his classroom "would destroy the learning environment."

DiStefano, in his e-mail, said canceling a class in those circumstances would discriminate against concealed-carry permit holders and deprive other students of the education they have paid for.

"On this issue, there can be no ambiguity: all CU-Boulder faculty, as CU and state employees, are expected to teach their assigned courses and to hold classes for all enrolled students," DiStefano wrote.

Bronson Hilliard, spokesman for the Boulder campus, said university officials appreciate that Peterson is concerned about the safety of his students, but stressed that students with-concealed carry permits are allowed to bring guns to campus.

Hilliard declined to speculate on what type of disciplinary actions professors could face if they cancel classes to keep guns out of their classrooms, saying such cases would be handled by department chairs.

Over the summer, CU officials ironed out rules surrounding concealed-carry in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, banning guns from undergraduate dorms and the Bear Creek Apartments, but allowing them in some family housing units, including a dozen cottages and some units in Athens North. Students in these family housing units must sign contracts stating that they will lock their guns in safes when they leave their cottages or apartments.

The university also is banning guns from ticketed events, including football games and campus concerts.


Clothing malfunction causes handgun discharge

Lesson learned.  Always be mindful of your re-holstering.  This isn't the first story that I've heard about an unintentional discharge when re-holstering due to some kind of blockage pulling the trigger back - and probably wont be the last.
By Ed Ramsey
In June 2012, a Police Officer was needlessly injured participating in firearms training.  The officer was shooting a .40 S&W caliber SIG P229 DAK.  The ammunition was department issued Federal Premium 180 Grain HST.  The holster utilized was a right-handed Blackhawk Serpa CQC concealment paddle-style.  It was raining that day, so the officer was wearing a light weight wet weather jacket.
After having fired several rounds during the course of fire, the officer was in the process of holstering when the pistol discharged through the open portion at the bottom of the holster.  The round entered the outside of the right upper calf and exited the outside of the lower calf and was stopped by the ground.  By pure luck the round did not strike any bone.  There was little bleeding and no serious nerve damage.  The officer is expected to make a full recovery. 
Once first aid was rendered, an examination of the pistol in the holster revealed that the trigger was depressed to the rear of the trigger guard (see photograph below).  A plastic cylinder-shaped draw cord adjuster attached to the wet weather jacket the officer was wearing was lodged against the front of the trigger.  The plastic draw cord adjuster had become caught inside of the trigger guard during the holstering of the pistol. 
These draw cord adjusters are found on many jackets.  The one that became lodged was for the side/waist adjustment cord.   Remove these adjusters if you are going to wear the jacket with a gun.
We train to keep our eyes up when holstering.  When holstering with cover clothing and using the support hand to clear the holster, ensure that the support hand doesn’t get covered by the muzzle.  Keep the support hand and clothing well above the top of the holster and bring the pistol in below them.


@#$%^$#% OUch!

I like to wear XL clothes now for better concealment, and I'm always worried about my shirt or jacket fabric catching the trigger when re-holstering.  Sometimes, when I remember, I lean my hip out to the right and turn my foot inwards when I'm holstering, just so if it goes off, I won't hit myself.