Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Former Pennsylvania AG, Convicted Felon Kathleen Kane Sentenced to Jail

Kathleen Kane is another of a long list of corrupt politicians who have promoted strict gun control laws.  She was found guilty of two felony perjury charges and several lesser crimes.  From mcall.com:
Kane pleaded with a judge to spare her teenage sons the pain of being separated from their mother when she spoke Monday during her sentencing in Montgomery County Court.

Kane, convicted in August of two felony counts of perjury and less serious charges of false swearing, obstruction, official oppression and conspiracy, apologized for leaking grand jury secrets in a plot to discredit a foe whom she believed was responsible for a negative newspaper article.
Kane was sentenced to a minimum of 10 months, and a maximum of 23 months in the county jail.

Another scandal came from disclosure that Kane shut down a "sting" operation for Philadelphia officials.  From philly.com:
Kane's tenure has been marked by controversy over the last year, much of it generated by an Inquirer disclosure that she had secretly shut down an undercover "sting" investigation that had caught elected officials from Philadelphia on tape accepting cash.
Kathleen Kane was elected in 2012, and is an avid proponent of infringing on  Second Amendment rights.   She went so far as to defend a law designed to put in place potential penalties for cities that violate Pennsylvania gun law and citizens second amendment rights.

Laws that disarm citizens have long been associated with corrupt politicians and organized crime.  One of the first of the "progressive" gun control laws was the Sullivan Act, the foundation of the New York gun laws.  It was created in 1911 to protect organized crime, and was pushed through by "Big Tim" Sullivan, one of the criminal bosses of the Tammany gang.

The "SAFE" act is one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the United States, imposing further restrictions on already strict New York State laws.  There has been massive civil disobedience with the law.  Numerous Sheriff's have refused to enforce it.  It is currently being appealed as unconstitutional.

Three men have been widely criticized for pushing through the "SAFE" act in the dead of night as as so called "emergency measure", without debate or public input.  Those three men were New York State Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, New York Majority Leader Dean Skeltos, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Silver has been convicted of corruption.
Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, for decades one of the state's most powerful politicians, was sentenced on Tuesday to 12 years in federal prison for collecting millions of dollars in illegal kickbacks.

U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan federal court said she hoped the penalty would cause "the next corrupt politician to hesitate" before accepting a bribe.
Dean Skelos has been convicted.
 A judge sentenced former State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos to five years in prison Thursday for running a federal shakedown scheme that “caused immeasurable damage.”
 Governor Cuomo has not been indicted, tried, or convicted. 

Politicians that push for more infringements on the Second Amendment may not all be corrupt.  But that is the way to bet with politicians who take an oath to uphold the Constitution, only to ignore or conspire against the Second Amendment as soon as they gain office.

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MN: Emotional Gun Hatred Disguised as "Safety Concerns"

The Hibbing Minnesota School District has become a battleground in the culture wars around the Second Amendment.  When the Lincoln Elementary School was being built in 1956, it was seen as reasonable and proper to include a gun range in the basement.  The range has been in continuous use for almost 60 years.  The range has a spotless safety record.  There have not been any injuries in the entire 60 year history of its operation. From hibbingmn.com:
Director Jeff Polcher noted that there have been zero incidents at the gun range in its nearly 60-year existence. He said requiring a safety officer to be in charge of granting access to the gun range could resolve some of the issues.

“Now someone raised a stink literally two weeks ago and now we’re talking about shutting down a landmark of the school district,” Polcher said. “No one has never been injured down there. The perception that guns are harmful is wrong. Guns are a way of life up here.”
Such a spotless safety record is only possible in a culture of individual and community responsibility. People from other places have decided that the range cannot be allowed because "guns!" Superintendent Brad Johnson made these comments.  From hibbingmn.com:
“People are more sensitive than they used to be,” said Johnson. “There are concerns from people who are here for activities or events from other towns who are seeing people going down to the rifle range. It’s causing lots of questions and concerns.”
The school district quickly caved to a tiny minority of "concerns" while telling the community that it was not caving.  The range was closed, indefinitely, while the Superintendent made noises about it not being "closed". From hibbingmn.com:
“We’re not closing the gun range,” said Superintendent Brad Johnson. “No one said we’re shutting it down and I’m sick of hearing it. As the superintendent, I’m trying to find an amicable solution.”
At the Oct. 5 meeting, the school board formed a committee to research ways to ensure safety while allowing access to the gun range. Due to safety concerns from the community, the gun range was temporarily closed and will remain that way until there’s a solution in place.
Consider this.  A local institution, in use for 60 years with a spotless safety record, is closed on the mere disapproval of few gun haters.  It is not maintained in operation while a committee investigates.  It is immediately shut down on emotion, with no evidence of any problem.

It appears the community is fighting back. Whether the national anti-Second Amendment narrative "Guns Bad"  "No Guns near Children" pushed by the gun haters will prevail remains to be seen.

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"Amerca's Morning News" All in for Hillary

I was listening to the radio when America's Morning News came on with some election "news".  It was essentially a campaign ad for Hillary Clinton disguised as "news".  It dwelt on the made up "scandal" of Trump accusers that have been mostly debunked.  Not a single word about the multiple Hillary scandals from exposing U.S. classified information, pay for play as Secretary of State, transferring  half a million dollars to the campaign of the wife of the FBI individual who was supposed to be investigating Hillary, and on and on.

I have never seen the full force of the organized media so completely all in for one candidate before.  It is an amazing display of propaganda and coordination.

Much of that coordination has been exposed in the wikileaks information that *surprise*  the same media refuses to cover.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

IL: Homeowner Fires at Burglary Suspect, Suspect Arrested

According to Covelli, the male homeowner was sleeping on a couch in an office area in the basement when he heard someone trying to enter through a window. The intruder also had tried to get in a side door, Covelli said.

The male resident retrieved a semi-automatic pistol and fired at the intruder identified by authorities as Mota.

"He (the resident) fired four times. One of the rounds appears to have struck Mota in the pants leg, one of the rounds hit Mota's vehicle and the other two missed," Covelli said.
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VA: Gunfight with Intruders- Homeowner wounded

The homeowner and a suspect fired shots at each other before both suspects fled the scene. The homeowner was shot in the left leg.
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IN: Woman Grabs Husband's Gun, Shoots at Intruder who Attacked Her

She said she was able to get away and run upstairs, but was followed by the attacker. That’s when she said she went to her bedroom, grabbed her husband’s gun and shot at the man twice before he ran away. Investigators believe the man was not hit. The woman went to a neighbor’s house to call for help.
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Followup NC: Home invasion Suspect Dies in Hospital

The suspect in the early Saturday morning home invasion incident has been identified as 32 year old Jeremy Batson. Batson died from his wound Saturday afternoon at Vidant Hospital in Greenville.

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Al: Armed Employee's Father with .45 Shoots Robbery Suspect Armed with .22 Pistol

The exact circumstances of this shooting in Anniston, Alabama, are a little uncertain. It happened on 22 October, 2016, just before 8:59 p.m. One source says that Malachi Hicks, the robbery suspect, was running away when he was shot by the employee's parent, who was armed with a model 1911 in .45 ACP. The Anniston Police Chief, Shane Denham had this to say.

From annistonstar.com:
Denham said Hicks was apparently lying in wait as employees were closing the restaurant for the evening. Hicks was armed with a .22 caliber pistol, Denham said.

“He forced his way into the back of the business and got that night’s proceeds,” Denham said.

Denham said that as the crime occurred, one employee ran out the front of the business to where his parents were parked to pick him up. Upon hearing of the robbery, the employee’s father grabbed a .45 caliber pistol, confronted Hicks behind the building, then shot him multiple times.

Shooting at someone who is running away is frowned upon in most states. But it always depends on the circumstances and the state you are in.  In Texas, for example, there are special provisions if the crime occurs at night, on your own property, or if a reasonable person would believe it would be necessary to prevent the loss of movable property.  It is important to know the laws for the area where you live. There are some general guidelines that apply across the nation as a whole.

If someone has moved far enough away so that they are no longer a threat, shooting at them is a bad idea.  That bullet has to be accounted for.  In densely populated areas, there is the chance that it will hit an innocent.  There is a real chance of property damage.  But there is one situation where juries and prosecutors usually agree that shooting can be considered reasonable.

That is where the the person doing the shooting has already been threatened with a weapon that is effective at a distance, such as a gun.  The person cannot know if the movement of the person threatening them is really a retreat, or simply a tactical move to cover or a better position to shoot from.  It is not uncommon for criminals to fire back toward possible pursuers, to cover their escape.  They are still a deadly threat.

We do not know how the prosecutor in this case will rule.

Anniston, Alabama is a fairly small town of about 23,000.  It is home to the Anniston Army Depot, which employs 3,400 people directly.  The Army is obviously a major employer in the area.  Small town, with the Army as the major employer.  A great place for military retirees.

I doubt that the man with the .45 will be charged.

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Followup WA: Drunk acted the fool at the Wrong House, and Died

Drinking and acting the fool is dangerous.

Yeates first knocked on the front door, then got into the house through the garage door. He came face to face with the resident, Chapman.

Chapman shot him, fearing for his life after Yeates lunged at him.

Sant says this is the second example in two years of a homeowner shooting and killing a drunk intruder.
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Bobcat and Coyote at Ranch, October 9th, 2016

That is a good sized bobcat and a small coyote.  The confrontation took place at my ranch at 0918 on October 9th, 2016, according to the game camera.

This shows the coyote 12 minutes earlier.  I suspect she sensed the bobcat at that time, but it did not show up on the camera.

I keep the water running to attract wildlife.  The water hole is about 10 yards from the pistol range backstop.

Deserts do not support a tremendous biomass, so wildlife is much less common than in many other areas.  I do not have livestock, and have no desire to shoot coyotes or bobcats at the ranch.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

NJ: Robbery Suspect Shot at Tobacco Store

GARFIELD – A would-be robber was shot and wounded Thursday night during a holdup at a smoke shop, police confirmed on Friday.

The unidentified suspect was shot at the Tobacco Road store, 320 River Drive.

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New York Times gets Gun Stories Wrong

The New York Times produced another hit piece on guns, pushing for some sort of general increase in the current infringements on the Second Amendment.  At Reason.com, Brian Doherty did a good job of taking apart much of the bias and ignorance displayed in the article. The Reason.com article is worth reading, and I recommend it.  A fair amount can be summed up in these two paragraphs.  From the nytimes.com:
The findings are dispiriting to anyone hoping for simple legislative fixes to gun violence. In more than half the 130 cases, at least one assailant was already barred by federal law from having a weapon, usually because of a felony conviction, but nonetheless acquired a gun. Including those who lacked the required state or local permits, 64 percent of the shootings involved at least one attacker who violated an existing gun law.

Of the remaining assailants, 40 percent had never had a serious run-in with the law and probably could have bought a gun even in states with the strictest firearm controls. Typically those were men who killed their families and then themselves.
I read the article at the New York Times.  I seldom visit it because of their highly selective rendition of questionable facts, and their obvious pushing of an anti-Second Amendment agenda. Why corrupt the data stream with data from an obviously corrupt source?  But this article was in my area of expertise. 

The article referenced three cases that I recognized, cases I have written about. The New York Times mis-characterized or left out important information in all three cases. Color me not surprised. 

The Conyers, Georgia case involved an attempted mass shooting that was interrupted by an armed citizen.  The NYT mentions the armed citizen, Todd Scott, but fails to mention that he was openly carrying his firearm.  It is noteworthy, because of their characterization of open carry in another of the three cases.

In the Colorado Springs case, the New York Times mis-characterizes the shooting rampage as someone openly carrying.  A man in the middle of a crime spree was carrying a rifle between two buildings, going in and out.  The NYT claims that police response was delayed 11 minutes because open carry is legal in Colorado.  That is simply false.  The police in Colorado Springs responded as if the call were a burglary in progress.  The New York Times accepted a debunked hypothetical that the police would have responded faster if open carry was illegal in Colorado.  It it highly unlikely.  Criminals who are committing crimes are not the same as citizens openly carrying.  In this case, the lawbreaker was acting suspiciously and carrying a rifle back and forth and in and out of two buildings while carrying gas cans. The actions warranted a burglary call. The police responded appropriately. The NYT focuses on creating the false impression of open carry in this case, but failed to mention that it was an open carrier who stopped the mass killing in the Conyers, Georgia case.

The last case is the shooting that occurred at Northern Arizona University.  It is a claimed case of self-defense.  The New York times left out important information, and emphasized other information to make it appear that the shooting was not justified.  The case is in the courts.  The prosecutors office is notoriously biased against armed self defense, as evidenced from the Harold Fish case.  It is likely the final result will be that a jury finds the shootings justified.  An important fact the NYT conveniently left out: all the attackers were found to have high levels of alcohol in their blood, several had THC (marijuana) traces.  The shooter had no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system.

For decades the NYT has been all in on pushing to neuter or destroy Second Amendment rights.  It is no surprise that their stories reflect this.  We are returning to the era where every media source was known to be partisan, and people accepted that, and took it into account.

Our problem is that most of the old media has come into being and has been granted special legal privileges on the basis that they would be objective and fair reporters of fact.  It has lead to the current crises, where a minority trust what the old media says, but the accumulated power may still be enough to determine who wins this presidential election.

Be skeptical of what you read and hear, and compare a number of sources.  You will come closer to the truth with that approach.

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National Park Service: Discharging Firearms for Self Defense Illegal

Image from nbc29.com

The National Park Service is giving bad legal advice to people who visit their web page and attempt to find out about firearms policy at various national parks. 

For Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, they claim that firearms "cannot be used as a wildlife protection strategy". From nps.gov:
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park (such as visitor centers, government offices, etc.); those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Firearms may not be discharged in this national park (except during legal hunting seasons) and can not be used as a wildlife protection strategy. Bear spray and other safety precautions are the proven methods for preventing bear and other wildlife interactions. See the Bear Safety and Wildlife Viewing pages.
Having a firearm as a "wildlife protection strategy" is not illegal.  It is not something the park has any say over.  It is ruled by state law, not park regulations. The Supreme Court has ruled that the carry of firearms for self defense is a constitutional right, in Heller v. District of Columbia.

For Yosemite National Park in California, they claim that "Discharging a firearm for any reason is illegal." From nps.gov:
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, visit the California Attorney General's website.

Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. Discharging a firearm for any reason is illegal.
Discharging a firearm for defense of self and others is legal.  You may have to show that your purpose was defense, and that a reasonable person would have done what you did, but it is not illegal.

Going to the Frequently Asked Questions Implementation of Firearms Law link gives you this inept "DRAFT - Do Not Distribute" pdf. From nps.gov:

As this document is only a "draft" from 2010, that was never supposed to be distributed to the public, I would suggest this modest addition:

Q.  Why was the National Park Service allowed to ignore the Second Amendment for nearly a hundred years? 

A.  The ban on firearms was an administrative rule designed to reduce poaching in the parks.  As the penalties were small compared to the costs of challenging an administrative rule on constitutional grounds, the National Park Service ignored the Second Amendment until the people pushed Congress to act.

There are numerous other FAQs that some imaginative and paranoid person at NPS put together in this DRAFT.  It has stayed up at the site, never being updated, for the last six years.  One of the most amusing is this:
Q. I am frightened by firearms and am leaving the park. Can I have my entrance fee refunded? My annual pass refunded?

A. Park superintendents have the authority to provide a refund if the circumstances warrant it.
Have any refunds ever been given?  Perhaps it could be determined with a FOIA request.

The NPS is not known for its high level of competence. I suspect a mundane case of bureaucratic inertia, compounded by the usual lack of "blood in the streets" following the incremental restoration of Second Rights. From eenews.net:
Mark Magnuson, the chief ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park, was hard-pressed to come up with examples of the law's effects. But one was immediate confusion from visitors.

"The year after the law change, we had several complaints from visitors about people openly carrying firearms -- which was now legal," he said. "So it was a little bit of an educational learning curve for members of the public, but not a huge deal." 
It is time for the National Park Service to move into the 21st Century, and do away with their 20th Century prejudices.

They should update their websites to reflect reality and update their hastily made DRAFT FAQs from 2010.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

OH: Couple holds Suspect at Gunpoint for Police

AKRON, Ohio -- An Akron husband and wife held a break-in suspect at gunpoint until officers arrived to arrest him, police said.

DeJuan McCraney, 38, of Akron, is charged with aggravated burglary and having weapons while under disability in the Sunday incident at a house on Cordova Avenue.

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Wisconsin CCW Permits Reach new Heights in 2016

Wisconsin reached over 300,000 active concealed carry weapon permits in 2016.  The number of permits issued reached 300,000 by the end of March, but the number of active permits is a bit behind the number of permits issued.  People die.  People move. People forget to renew their permit.

I obtained information on the number of active permits from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  As of 1 January, 2016, there were 276,011 active permits.

Three months later, as of 1 July, 2016, the number of active permits was at 305,463.

92.5% of all applications received in the first six months were approved for new permits.  Some of there rest were for renewals and others had insufficient documentation or incomplete forms.  The breakdown for 2016 will not be available for a few months, but in 2015, less than 1.5% were turned down for legal reasons ranging from not being a resident of Wisconsin to a felony conviction. One person out of the 45,549 applications in 2015 was turned down because their check bounced.

That correlates with my experience in teaching concealed carry courses in Arizona for 15 years.  In that entire period, I never had a problem with bounced checks.  The people who decide to legally carry guns are incredibly responsible.

A website dedicated to new applications and renewals was made available to the public on 1 July, 2016.  It had the capability to make applications for new permits and renewals easier and faster than it has been previously.

People who prefer to apply by mail will still be able to.

About 10,000 applications were submitted from 1 July to 31 October.

An additional 9,900 new permits were approved, bringing the total active permits in Wisconsin to 315,363 at the end of September. At that rate, Wisconsin can expect to have between 325,000 and 330,000 permits by the end of the year.

I have only been able to find one permit holder who was convicted of any sort of homicide in the five years of the Wisconsin program so far.  That means that Wisconsin permit holders have a homicide rate among the lowest in the world, about .1 per 100,000 per year.

The world rate for homicides is 7.6 per 100,000.  The U.S. rate was 4.5 per 100,000 for 2014.  The Wisconsin rate was 2.9 per 100,000.  Japan's rate was .3 per 100,000, still three times higher than the rate for Wisconsin Concealed Permit holders.

Wisconsin permit holders have been involved in numerous cases of self defence and the defense of others.  One of the more famous cases occurred during an attempt at an armed robbery in a Milwaukee barbershop.

Of course, one homicide over five years is a very small number.  Another unjustified homicide or two could happen at any time, increasing the figure dramatically.

The extremely low rate shows the success of the Wisconsin permit system, which is one of the most liberal, least expensive, most efficiently run, and easiest to use of any in the United States.

The Wisconsin DOJ has done an excellent job.

The legislature could improve the system where the DOJ cannot.  Open the system so that people from other states could apply.  Utah and Florida get the greatest share of out of state permits now, and Wisconsin does not get any.

The Wisconsin DOJ could easily gain a few million dollars a year for its budget, if the legislature would allow people outside of Wisconsin to apply for permits. I grew up in Wisconsin, and spend time there.  I have Arizona and Florida permits.  I would gladly pay $50 to obtain a Wisconsin permit.

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Alaskan Girls Enthusiastic about Shooting Pistols

Four decades ago, gun clubs in schools were common.  Then came the all out assault on the Second Amendment.  Educators and the NEA were (and are) firmly in the hands of "progressives". Gun clubs in schools had to go.  There are only a few gun clubs in today's schools.  "Progressives" want to be sure to indoctrinate the youth that guns are bad and should be strictly left to the police.  The message has not resonated, and is being fought.

Gun clubs in schools are starting to make a come back.  People are finding a way to get around school gun bans imposed by legislatures, or even school boards.  In Alaska, a popular program for young women has been created on the Kenai peninsula. You can see some of them in the picture above, courtesy the Peninsula Clarion. From peninsulaclarion.com:
The young women were members of Teens on Target, created by Elaina Spraker, and they were just getting into their third meeting of this year’s course at the gun club in Kenai. Spraker said she got the idea for the program back in 2009 when she asked her son, then a student at Soldotna High School, whether the girls he hung out with enjoyed going to the shooting range as much as he and his male friends did. His answer was that they tended to hang back, which got Spraker thinking of a way to get young women more involved in shooting and firearm safety.

“What we discovered in the years from then until now, is an amazing thing that has happened with these women is just the strength and empowerment and what it does to their self esteem,” Spraker said.
Most of the experience girls have with shooting in Alaska is shooting rifles and shotguns. An especially interesting part of the program is teaching teenage girls to shoot popular handguns. Faith Glassmaker is 14. She went through the class last year. This year her friend, Morgan Reynolds, 14, is attending for the first time. Both were excited about shooting pistols.  Glassmaker said:
“Last year when you (Spraker) had us shooting the pistols, I (thought) ‘This is, like, intense,’ and my adrenalin was just like overflowing,” she said. “And after a couple shots you’re like, ‘I got this.’”

Boatright and Glassmaker have already been through the self-defense class portion of the program taught by members of the Kenai Police Department. Boatright said it was informative and that she only hopes she’d be able to recall what she learned while under the pressure of an emergency situation. 
What they learn in the course makes them subject matter experts among their peers. Being familiar with firearms can be a life and death matter in Alaska, in ways unlikely in most states. In June of 2013, a man was killed and eaten by a black bear because his wife was not familiar with firearms.  From topix.com:
"The information we have is they yelled at it, and the bear moved away and went over to some brush, and it was watching them from the brush," Dahlke said.The couple started walking toward their cabin, Dahlke said."It attacked him. Then the victim told his wife to run to the cabin, so she ran to the cabin," he said.Weaver's wife grabbed a gun from inside the cabin, but the gun jammed when she tried to fire it, Dahlke said. A family member said the woman also tried to throw things at the bear."The bear obviously was not scared of her at all.
Almost any sort of pistol would likely have stopped the attack, but the couple did not have one with them.  If the wife had been familiar with the firearm, she would almost certainly have been able to shoot the bear and kill it or drive it off.

Bear attacks are extremely rare, even in Alaska.  An Alaskan is far more likely to face a human predator. In either case, the girls are learning a valuable life skill and a lifelong sport that can be practiced long past when other sports have become something for younger people.

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KS: This Woman is a Nightmare for Gun Haters

Ashley Mundy is the gun haters worse nightmare.  She is a woman whose father encouraged her to obtain a concealed carry license.  She used her personal defensive handgun to defend herself and her child.  She shot a neighbor high on meth who had broken into her house and was disabling her security system.  He had a machete.

Any woman who sees this news interview is likely to identify with this single mother who felt compelled to defend her child.  You can see the emotional connection being made with the interviewer.  You can feel the sincerity and intensity of Ashley's experience and communication. From wibw.com:
TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW)--- Ashley Mundy says the night of Oct. 08, 2015 started out like any other night. She says she fell asleep in her bed with her then four-year-old son Braedyn, but later, woke up to the sound of glass breaking. Mundy says she got up, grabbed her 9 millimeter handgun and found her neighbor, Bruce Jolly, disarming her security system. That's when she decided to shoot.
"I was there alone with my child; My dad encouraged me to get a conceal and carry, and I just felt that was the thing to do at that moment,” said Mundy.
Link to video   (The pistol appears to be a SigSauer P290)

The emotional message of Ashley being encouraged to have a gun by her father is a powerful one that crosses cultural lines.  I recall an intense conversation I had with a Muslim woman on her way back to Bangladesh.  She was smart and well educated, with a PhD.  As we traded life experiences, I asked about firearms in Bangladesh.  She said that they had them but they were illegal because no one trusted the police.  Her father had taught her how to shoot an illegal revolver.

These emotional and sincere connections are a tremendous threat to the false narrative that gun haters have worked to create.  Ashley is a woman and mother who protected herself and her child from a drug addled neighbor with a machete.  Her father encouraged her to protect herself. Her community supported her after the fact and applauded her decision and effectiveness.

Ashley closes the deal with the last comments she makes in the interview:
Mundy says she has learned a lot from her encounter with Jolly and hopes others do too.

"You don't have to have a conceal and carry to have a gun in your home, and why wouldn't you want to protect yourself? Why wouldn't you want the same weapons or defense like the people that could be coming to your home in these situations?” said Mundy.
There are many women who have not thought much about armed self defense. This video will connect with them at a deep, emotional, level.

Help them find a chance to see it.

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Followup KS:Woman who Shot Burglar Can't Understand Why People do not Arm Themselves

"I think when something like this happens, you think the worst,” said Mundy. “I worry about Braedyn every day and with that situation I can't imagine what he could have witnessed.”

Mundy says she has learned a lot from her encounter with Jolly and hopes others do too.

 "You don't have to have a conceal and carry to have a gun in your home, and why wouldn't you want to protect yourself? Why wouldn't you want the same weapons or defense like the people that could be coming to your home in these situations?” said Mundy.

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SC: Homeowner Shoots at Burglar who Attempted Looting

The homeowner waited for the prowler at the top of the stairs while he made his way into the home.

“He came across my dining room and to the foot of my stairway. I had a revolver and fired at him twice,” Hough said.

He added he could see the man with just enough light from what seemed like a nightlight the intruder was holding. He didn't have to come down the stairs because the two shots were enough to send the man running.

“I missed obviously, but I think I scared him,” Hough said as he pointed to the bullet holes. “This one probably was my first one because a revolver, a gun will recoil and go up. So I would say that's the first one and that's the second one.”
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FL: Armed Citizen Shoots Armed Robber

PLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) - An attempted armed robbery in Plantation ended with one suspect fatally shot and another fleeing the scene, Tuesday night.

Three people who were sitting at the park were approached by two male subjects, at approximately 9:29 p.m., at the Plantation Multi-Cultural Park, located at 460 N.W. 43rd Ave. Police said that was when the subjects tried to have a conversation with them before attempting to rob the three victims at gunpoint. Police said that if one of the victims didn’t have a license to carry a weapon, the outcome would have been a very different one.

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TX: Man Disarms, Shoots, Kills Armed Robbery Suspect

The man refused, and a physical altercation began, according to police.

During the struggle, the man got the robber's gun away from him and shot him in the stomach in self-defense, police said.

The 22-year-old attempted robber died at the scene, police said.
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GA: Man Shoots at 4 Burglary Suspects, Wounds 1

The man “got out of his vehicle and began shooting at the four individuals coming out of his house,” the report stated. The man told police he heard one of the suspects yell “S---!” as he opened fire.

When asked by police why he started shooting, the homeowner said “he was afraid for his life,” according to the report, and said he’d fired about a dozen times.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article109158597.html#storylink=cpy

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GA: Motorcycle Club Member Shoots Man in Self Defense

A Snellville man was arrested Tuesday on assault charges just days after he was shot in Arcade by a Steel Horsemen Motorcycle Club member who fired at the suspect in self defense, authorities said.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

IN: Man fires at fleeing Suspect

The suspect — who was described in vague terms by the victim — fled out of the front door after being confronted.

The man fired one shot as the suspect fled in a get-away car. No one was injured.
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Followup GA: Veteran Shot Teen Burglar

One of the suspects was wounded but they both ran out of the house toward Hanson Street. Oglesby says the man who lives here grew up with her son. In fact, he’s former military and lives alone.

She said this is not the first time teens have targeted his home and doesn’t blame him for taking action and defending himself.

“He was in his right," she said. "You hate to have to stoop to that, but that’s what it is.”
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Video of Homemade Sub Machine Guns in Australia

While this video is from 2013, it is a graphic illustration of the results of what happens when extreme gun restrictions are imposed, as they have been in Australia. When it is expensive to import guns, criminals resort to making their own. The guns in the video are of a simple design and are easily made. Homemade sub machine guns are commonly found in Brazil and Israel, and are turning up in Canada.  In 2015, Australian police estimated 10 percent of the guns they seized were homemade.

In 2009, copies of the MAC machine pistol were confiscated. The MAC is a little more sophisticated than the guns in the video, but is well within the capability of any metal working hobbiest. The underground manufacturer admitted that he made as many as 100 for the black market before a sting operation caught him.  The MAC homemade guns included a homemade silencer and two magazines.

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AK: Bear Attack, Defense with Pistol from Sept, 1985

Rare case, bear mauls hunter after pistol shots

"He ran directly into the grizzly," his wife said. "He shot him twice."

She said the bear was on its hind legs, but the shots did not knock it down. The animal bit one of Moore's legs, breaking the bone, and tossed him six or eight feet.

The animal then put Moore's head in his mouth and mauled his face.

Moore somehow managed to free himself and stuck his pistol in the bear's mouth, firing again, and the bear retreated. Moore's companions heard the gunfire and said at first they thought he had shot a moose. The bear was gone when they found Moore.

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It was a .357.  The third shot killed the bear.

AZ: Two more Bear attack Defenses in Aug, 2016, One with a Pistol

On August 7, former search-and-rescue captain Don Kluting shot a sow with a .44 revolver after it charged him and a hiking partner in Nakwasina Sound — the first time this lifetime resident and outdoorsman had shot a bear in self-defense.

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Where are the Bear Attack Pistol Failures?

Todd Orr Relied on Bear Spray instead of the Pistol he had with him

While discussing the effectiveness of pistols to defend against bear attacks, a consistent theme is the claim that pistols are not effective, are difficult to use, and that many more people who use handguns are badly mauled than use pistols successfully. I tried to recall an incident where someone used a pistol in defense against a bear, where it did not work.  I could not remember one, so I posted this request in response to the claim. From freerepublic.com:
“Actually, there are legions of people who have been badly mauled after using a handgun on a bear. Even some of the vaunted magnums.”

OK, give us a few examples. As you claim “legions”, it should not be too hard.
I never received a response.  I believe the claim was made in good faith.  There has been an enormous amount of propaganda, fantasy, and electrons sprayed out there to spread the claim.  There does not seem to be much substance to it.

I engaged in an Internet search for instances where use of a pistol in defense against bears did not work.  I found one discredited urban legend about someone finding six .38 bullets in a bear skull.   I was not successful in finding instances of failure.  That does not mean there has never been a failure.  Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.  But it indicates that failures of a pistol defense against bears are rare.

 In contrast, there have been a number of successful uses of pistols as a defense against bear attacks in the last few years.  Here are nine from the last three years.

AZ: Bow Hunter Uses Handgun to Stop Unprovoked Bear Attack In Sept, 2016

PAYSON, AZ - Authorities found two bear cubs after an archery deer hunter fatally shot an adult female bear with a handgun when it charged him in the Payson area.

AK: Successful Bear Attack Defense with .44 Magnum (Aug 7, 2016)

“We immediately found ourselves in a confrontation,” Kluting said. “She ended up turning around and for a split second we thought she would leave – but then she turned back and came at us full charge.”

Kluting fired off a warning shot into the creek. At that point the sow was 15 yards away.

“She ran through that without even flinching,” he said.

So Kluting aimed in the middle of the brown blur, now about 3 yards away.

“I barely had time to get the hammer back for another shot before she reached me,” he said.

She collapsed in the river about 5 feet – two steps – away from them.

On 29 July, 2016, about 4 p.m. Kim Woodman used a 10 mm in an effective defense

Kim had a Glock model 20 10 mm pistol with him.  He was able to stop the attack by shooting the bear as it charged at him.  While backing away from the charging bear, Kim tripped and fell backward.  He instinctively attempted to fend off the bear with his foot, while he concentrated on firing the shots that saved his life.  The last shot was just short of contact.  It probably hit the bear in the chest, but also took off the tip of one of Kim's toes.

AK: Guide Kills Attacking Grizzly with 9mm

In the last week in July, 2016, Phil Shoemaker had use a 9mm pistol to kill a grizzly that was threatening his clients and himself.  It worked.

ID: Bear Attack on Sleeping Man Stopped with a .45 Pistol (Oct 2015)

Steven Vouch reached for his gun when he realized he was being attacked, but it wasn't there.  That is when his friend shot the bear with a .45.  Vouch is on the left in the Cowboy hat.

AK: Details on Charging Kodiak stopped with a .44 Mag Revolver (July 2015)

The bear was roughly 9 feet tall and started its charge at about 20 yards away. The man shot the bear by the time it moved half that distance, Svoboda said.
"It all happened in really tight quarters," he said. "He shot at it five times before it finally stopped and then once it was on the ground, it was still moving. So he shot it one more time and then it died."

MA:Handgun Defense against Black Bear (Nov 2014)

 WEST SPRINGFIELD - A Sikes Avenue man shot and killed a black bear with single pistol-shot to the head Friday night after it started to go after his small dog, police said. 

Glacier National Park: Bear first sprayed, then shot with a .357 (July 2014)

 Murphy first sprayed bear spray at the bear when it was 15 to 25 feet away, firing one shot from his .357 revolver when the bear had approached to within 7-10 feet.  The bear was charging uphill at the time.     He only fired one round at the bear, which fell back and stopped moving when shot.   Many have suggested that he should have continued firing, but it is hard to argue with success.

AK: .45 vs 9-Foot Brown Bear (July, 2014)

Many people claim that handguns are useless for protection against bears.   Numerous examples have shown that this is a false notion.   Handguns may not be ideal as defensive weapons for bears, but they can be effective.  In a defensive situation, you have to use what is available.   In this case, a homeowner in Alaska used a .45 against a brown bear that was trying to get into his house on July 7th of this year.  He and his son were in the home.   He had scared off the animal with some warning shots just three hours before.

I could have missed some instances of bear defenses with a handgun.  Several instances of bear defenses do not identify the firearm used.

I contacted Dave Smith, prominent author and bear attack expert. Dave was not able to recall an incident where a pistol defense against bears had failed. We talked about the study Efficacy of Firearms for Bear Deterrence in Alaska.

In that study, the authors report they included 37 instances of a handgun being present when a bear attacked a human.  The instances were collected over a period from 1883 to 2009.  They recorded 6 failures to stop the attack out of the 37 instances.  That would be an 84% success rate.

Dave Smith said that data from the voluminous Defense of Life and Property reports in Alaska were part of what was searched for the 269 incidents used in the study.  There were over a thousand DLP reports from 1986 to 1996, with over 100 reports a year being added at that time.

Unfortunately, exactly what criteria was used to include some reports and exclude others was not stated in the paper.  Dave Smith told me that attempts to obtain the data set used for the Efficacy paper have been rebuffed. A red flag against the validity of a study is when the authors will not release their data.  It appears that Todd Orr's case (top picture), where he chose bear spray instead of his pistol, would have been counted as a pistol failure.  The pistol was there when he was attacked, and he did not successfully use it to stop the attack.

Where are the instances of pistol defense failures against bears?  According to the mythology, there should be numerous instances available.

Please help us find these cases.

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Why Political Gun Control Fails: A "Progressive" gets it Half-Right

Gary Younge has written a book about young people shot during one day in November of 2013.  After the failure of President Obama's push for more infringements on the Second Amendment, he decided to pick one day at random, determine the details of each young shooting victim, and put a human face on them.  It must have seemed like a good idea, a way to mix activism and to make a buck while pushing the gun-hater agenda.

The problem became that Younge is honest enough to tell the truth of what he found, as much as he could, given his false assumptions about the nature of reality.

He found that the gun hater movement is based on lies.  Younge does a bit of truth-stretching himself.  He calls 18 and 19 year old adults "children".  He has to do this to get the numbers that the gun haters use in their propaganda.  The vast majority of "children" killed with guns are young males from 15 to 25, nearly all of which are victims of gang violence. Most are involved in the gangs themselves.

He found that parents in the ghettos where these killing occurred do not think that "gun control" is the answer to the problem.  From thenation.com:
Which brings us to the second thing that struck me while talking to these families about the 10 young deaths of November 23: When I posed an open-ended question to the victims’ parents about why they thought these tragedies kept happening, not a single one mentioned guns. When I asked a more leading question about what they specifically thought of guns, they would always be more forthcoming. Almost all of them saw the ubiquity of guns as a problem. But it did not necessarily follow that they saw getting rid of guns as a viable solution.
As is usual with today's "progressives", Gary blames the killings on the guns, not the people who are shooting them.  He uses the old "developed nation" scam to claim that it is the presence of guns that cause the killings.  That scam depends on the reader never checking out the facts about international comparisons.  It is all about selection bias.  If you cherry pick what you call "developed" you can make any case you want.  The truth is that other nations have many more or less homicides than the United States, per capita, and many more or less suicides per capita than the United States.  The number of guns has little influence on those numbers.  If you look at individual nations before and after gun controls were implemented, there is little change, except murder rates tend to rise slightly after controls are imposed.

But Gary did not have to investigate international comparisons for this book, so he is just spouting "progressive" dogma.

As a leftist, it is not surprising that Gary puts forward the usual excuse of racism for the high level of criminality in the communities where violence is concentrated. But any community where the rule of law is not trusted will tend toward high levels of violence.  The same result is found all over the world, in communities of people in Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia. When there is no reliable rule of law, people revert to tribalism. In the U.S., the tribes or proto-tribes, are gangs. The commonality is the lack of an effective rule of law, not a common color.  The cure is to build trust for the rule of law.

If the high crime rates in black urban areas are going to be reduced, people in those areas must come to understand that the rule of law is real and will be enforced in their neighborhood.  It is precisely what has worked in the approach pushed by David Kennedy from Harvard.

Pushing the idea that black people cannot rely on the rule of law creates the conditions that multiply crimes and criminality in black neighborhoods. Pushing the meme that racism is the cause instead of the lack of the rule of law makes matters worse by creating distrust and an unwillingness to cooperate with the authorities.  We are seeing that problem playing out with the Ferguson effect, all across the country.

The tone of the article in The Nation is refreshingly pessimistic.  Gary does not have any solution to the intractable problem he found.

The facts are against the imposition of gun control in the United States.  People do not blame the actions of criminals on the guns that they use.  People who do not live in ghettos do not see the ghetto problems as their problems.  People who do not face a high risk of murder do not see a need for infringements on the Second Amendment. People who face a high risk of murder find the idea of being armed a reasonable response.

I am not going to buy Gary's book, at least not now.  Maybe in a few months, off the remainder table.  I already know the reality far better than Gary, because I have studied the issue for decades.  But "progressives" who have some honesty in their soul, if they check out the facts, may realize the narrative they have been sold is false.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

WA: Sheriff was in Mall during Mass Killing, Did not have Gun

The sheriff says he will continue to travel unarmed when off-duty!

"The expectation people have on police officers in these situations is that they're immediately going to solve the situation and not having the ability to do that is certainly frustrating," Brown said in an interview with KOMO News.

Brown was without a gun.

"When I realized the clerk was moving through, I reached for my hip and realized the situation I was in."

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Most Floridians Favor Armed Teachers and Staff in Schools

Sean Caranna the GRPC 2016

When I was at the Gun Rights Policy conference in Florida earlier this month, one of the presentations was about  the FASTER (Faculty / Administrator Safety Training & Emergency Response) program in Ohio.  The FASTER program has been and continues to be a tremendous success story. Staff and teachers love it, embrace it, and recommend it to others. 

 A survey done by the University of South Florida found that there was likely to be a favorable response if such a program were offered in Florida. From sunshinestatenews.com:
Most Floridians say they support trained staff carrying firearms on school campuses, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

The 2016 University of South Florida Sunshine State Survey found more than half of adult Floridians (56 percent) are in favor of allowing trained staff to carry firearms at schools.

Forty percent of Floridians say they are opposed to allowing firearms in schools, with 29 percent saying they are strongly opposed to the idea.

“Stronger supporters are males, working-age residents, whites, those living in affluent households, college graduates, and residents of the Orlando and North Florida areas,” the USF release said. Residents of the Orlando and North Florida areas are more likely to favor the idea.

Opposition comes from females, older Floridians, African-Americans, lower-income households, those with less formal education and residents of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.
Sean Caranna of Florida Carry is working to bring the FASTER program to Florida.

Jim Irvine's experience in Ohio is that those 11 percent that "oppose" trained staff carrying firearms will switch to "favor" once they understand the program.  It is likely that even a few "strongly opposed" will switch.

Most of the opposition is based on fear and ignorance.

Florida Carry has significant experience in lobbying the legislature in Florida.  That may be the place to start. A bill to authorize programs such as FASTER in Florida schools came close to making through the legislature last year, but was killed in the Senate, along with the open carry bill.

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Rigging the Election Part III - DNC Schemes to Bully Women at Trump Rally

Aaron Black, the deputy rapid response director for the DNC is caught on camera bragging about his involvement with the Chicago Trump protest that turned violent in March. In this video he schemes about getting men to bully women at a Trump rally, saying "That is what I'm going to do. That is the hit."

 The media networks are blackballing this video, so Eric O'Keefe has asked for help distributing it. That is why we have posted this link to it on Gun Watch.  It the video embed above does not work, try the link below.

Link to Video Part III (DNC Schemes to Bully Women at Trump Rally)

Link to video part II  (Voter Fraud) 

Link to Video  part I (Dirty Tricks)  

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MT: Bear Spray Failure or Bear Spray Success?

Another grizzly bear attack in Montana.  A man was mauled. It sounds like he sprayed the bear with pepper spray while being mauled, but that is a bit unclear.
From kbzk.com:
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports a man suffered bites to the head, shoulder and wrist after being attacked by a grizzly bear north of Whitefish on Sunday.


He was able to use pepper spray against the bear during the attack, which caused the bear to flee back toward the direction from where it charged.
It is possible that the dogs were part of the trigger for the attack.  The cubs, the deer carcass and the dogs all are associated with bear attacks.

Is this a bear spray failure or a bear spray success?  Ending in the hospital does not seem like much of a success to me, but it is better than being killed.

It is impossible to know if a firearm could have stopped the attack before he was injured, or if a firearm would have been as effective in stopping the attack after it was initiated.

There is no objective study that shows that bear spray is as or more effective than firearms for defense against bears.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

AL; Armed Victim fires at Intruder

The victim told officers she left her residence to briefly run an errand. When she returned home, she entered the front door and noticed a man fleeing out the back door of her residence. The armed victim followed the intruder outside and fired one shot at him as he fled the scene.

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OH: 25-year-old wins Gunfight with 2 17-year-olds

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two 17-year-old boys are facing felony charges related to an armed robbery that ended in one of the teens being shot Sunday in the city's Collinwood neighborhood.

The teens arranged to buy a man's Xbox but instead forced him to hand over the video game system and his car keys. The teens fired several shots at the man, who returned fire and shot one teen in the shoulder, police said.
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TN: Armed Contractor stops Armed Robbery

James Jones said one guy aimed a shotgun at him, while two other men stood by his side. They demanded his car keys and phone.

"He hopped in the truck, told me to back up and as soon as I got away from this guy's line of sight, I pulled my weapon," said Jones.
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IN: 14-Year- Old Protecting Home has Accidental Discharge, Injures Self and Sister

Did the shot scare off a burglar or home invader? 

ELKHART — Elkhart police said it appears a 14-year-old boy accidentally shot himself and his 6-year-old sister after getting spooked by loud banging and yelling at the front door.

This happened at a home in the 300 block of East Carlton Avenue around 7:45 p.m. Monday. The boy and his sister were taken to Elkhart General Hospital with injuries that do not appear to be life threatening. The boyfriend of the children's mother told WSBT that the girl was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital to make sure there was no damage to her artery.

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Civil Liberties Union in NYC Joins NRA, NAACP, Legal Aid Society, r Knife Law Reform

From Knife Rights:

NRA Joins NAACP, New York Times, NYCLU, and others to Support Knife Law Reform

The four knives on the bottom left are traditional gravity knives. Some police officers have found the others to be "gravity knives" in NYC.

On October 12, the New York State's ACLU affiliate, the NYCLU, joined the NRA, the NAACP, the New York Times editorial board, the Legal Aid society, the office of Court Administration, and the Village Voice in support of Knife law reform. 

This unusual set of allies was brought together by the heavy handed abuse of the current knife law by New York City prosecutors, especially District Attorney Cyrus Vance.

As many as 80% of the arrests for possession of common pocket knives were of Hispanics and blacks.  Common pocket knives have been characterized as "gravity knives" by a bizarre interpretation of the law. That interpretation is almost exclusively in New York City. 

A lawsuit against District Attorney Vance by Knife Rights is in progress, but may take years to bring relief.  We are not talking a small number of abuses.  The Village Voice estimates 60,000 arrests over a 10 year period.  That was two years ago.

The lawsuit may be moot.  Knife Rights also pushed a legislative reform that would prevent most abuses of the law.  It was heavily lobbied against by Cyrus Vance. This year it passed both houses of the New York legislature with overwhelming margins: 117 to 12 in the Assembly, unanimously in the Senate.

It is unknown if Governor Cuomo will sign or veto the bill.  New York City Mayor De Blasio has come out against it, as has the Cyrus Vance.  Now the NYCLU has sent a letter in support of the reform to Governor Cuomo. From kniferights.org, here are the concluding paragraphs of the NCLU letter:
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have been charged with carrying gravity and switchblade knives since 2000, although the knives the law was actually meant to ban are today rare antiques.4
Nevertheless, the penal code provisions prohibiting possession of gravity knives and switchblades are aggressively enforced, in manner that is starkly discriminatory. Knife possession charges are disproportionately brought against people of color, and stops in which a knife is found are far more likely to result in arrest for people of color than for white New Yorkers.5

The legal consequences can be grave. The law permits prosecutors to charge possession of a gravity knife or switchblade as a felony if the defendant has a prior criminal conviction. And because these offenses are prosecuted as strict liability crimes, any person with a criminal record who owns a folding knife is, for all intents and purposes, a Class D felon waiting to be stopped.

This bill would amend the legal definitions of gravity knives and switchblades, excluding from these definitions knives whose mechanism creates pressure against releasing the knife blade, and a bias toward closure once the knife is opened. These amendments will restore the meaning of the law as intended, and will prevent the unwarranted arrest and prosecution of persons carrying common utility knives and work knives

The New York Civil Liberties Union joins the New York State Office of Court Administration, law enforcement officials, defenders, and civil rights advocates in calling on you to approve A.9082-A/S.6483-A.
Knife Rights has shown the time is right for the repeal of irrational and unconstitutional knife laws.  Even in New York City, organizations that are often in opposition, can agree to stop the abuse that has been ongoing for decades. 

Perhaps Governor Cuomo will sign the bill into law. A number of civil rights organizations, including the NRA, are asking him to do so.  But he may find political power brokers like Mayor De Blasio and Cyrus Vance to be more persuasive.

If he does not sign the bill, perhaps Knife Rights will prevail in court. 

Eventually, knives will be recognized as arms protected by the Second Amendment.  In New York City, we have not reached that point.

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Arizona Gun Hater, E.J. Montini, Cheers when City Officials Violate the Law

E.J. Montini, an Arizona journalist and opinion writer, has been a reliable gun hater.  He is quite willing to call for the legislature to pass laws that chip away at the Second Amendment.  I suspect that he wants people to follow them.

But when the legislature passes common sense laws that limit cities' power, he is all for city officials breaking the law.  From azcentral.com:
Finally, it looks like someone is standing up to the biggest bully around, the Replican-controlled Arizona Legislature. As well as its sidekick and enforcer, the gun lobby.

Last session, Senate President Andy Biggs pushed through Senate Bill 1487, which would deny state-shared revenue to local governments that violate state law or the constitution. It also empowers any lawmaker who thinks that may have happened to ask for an investigation by Arizona’s attorney general.
The hypocrisy is breathtaking.  The State has a constitutional mandate to protect the people of the state from lower level governments.  City governments are creatures of the state.  Democrat party power, voter fraud, and corrupt political machines, have always been concentrated in cities.  It is much harder to run a corrupt machine in rural areas.  The people there are more independent, less subject to machine politics, and elect local sheriffs, instead of depending on police chiefs appointed by the political machine.  Rural areas have less political patronage to give out to pay for a political machine.

To characterize the legally elected legislature as a "bully" makes some sense.  Governments depend on power to enforce the laws.  But our system depends on checks and balances to limit government power.  One of those balances is that of the State government to prevent abuses by local governments.

In this particular instance, the legislature passed a law to prevent the ongoing abuse by local governments of destroying valuable property to make political propaganda.  The abuse was exacerbated because it was designed to reduce support for a fundamental Constitutional right.  The Cities insisted on destroying valuable firearms for no other purpose than propaganda.

Academics have routinely found that the "buy back" events do not produce useful results, and are a waste of police resources.  From the "Freakonomics" web site:

When it comes to gun buybacks, both the theory and the data could not be clearer in showing that they don’t work. The only guns that get turned in are ones that people put little value on anyway. There is no impact on crime. On the positive side, the “cash for clunkers” program is more attractive than the gun buyback program because, as long as they are being driven, old cars pollute, whereas old guns just sit there.
This is from 2009.   It is not particularly unusual; academic studies are in agreement that gun "buybacks" do not reduce crime, and that police resources used for them could be better spent elsewhere.

In 2000, academic Garnen Wintemute had a definite opinion about gun "buy backs".  From the chicagotribune.com:
`The continuation of buyback programs is a triumph of wishful thinking over all the available evidence.' -- Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program, referring to evidence that gun buyback programs did nothing to reduce gun-related crime in several major U.S. cities.
But Wintemute, 13 years later, wrote that the most useful part of such programs was propaganda.  From governing.com:

“They have intangible value that we have really been underestimating,” he says. “They never will reduce rates of violent crime, but that may have been the wrong parameter to look at.”
As part of a larger discussion about public safety, Wintemute says, buybacks may play an important role in mobilizing a community to examine gun control.
Using the waste of valuable resources to propagandize the public is particularly destructive of limited government. The legislature determined that such waste was not in the public interest, and would not be tolerated.

When some localities, especially the City of Tucson, blatantly violated state law and became scofflaws, the legislature passed legislation that put some teeth into the law to prevent such public law breaking.

The City of Tucson has had every opportunity to follow the law.  They refuse to do so.  They are now being investigated by the Attorney General.  E.J. Montini calls that "bullying".  But he is perfectly happy to have the state or federal government "bully" gun owners by putting more and more infringements on a Constitutionally protected right, the right to keep and bear arms.

Gun haters are all for exerting the power of government to violate Constitutional rights.  But when that power is being use for the designed purpose of limiting other government entities, it is called bullying.

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Rigging the Election Part II - Voter Fraud by Project Veritas

This is the video exposing the corruption of the Hillary campaign and the DNC.  There are links to the Obama administration as well. This link is to part II, dealing with voter fraud.  Reaction to part I has already cost one Democrat operative (Scott Foval) his job.

The media networks are blackballing this video, so Eric O'Keefe has asked for help distributing it. That is why we have posted this link to it on Gun Watch.  It the video embed above does not work, try the link below.

Link to video part II  (Voter Fraud) 

Link to Video  part I (Dirty Tricks) 

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Zimmerman's Attempted Assassin Sentenced to 20 Years for Attack

Matthew Apperson has been convicted of attempted murder of George Zimmerman, firing a gun into a vehicle, and aggravated assault. The trial occurred in the same courtroom where Zimmerman was found not guilty by reason of self defense, in the killing of Trayvon Martin.  The sentence was handed down yesterday, on October 17th.  It is for a minimum of 20 years in prison.

Apperson claimed self defense.  He said that as he was driving, Zimmerman accelerated, and that as he approached Zimmerman's vehicle from behind and to the right, he accessed his firearm, because he feared Zimmerman.  Then, as he came close to even with Zimmerman, he saw that Zimmerman had a gun, and he fired at Zimmerman to protect himself.  He said that Zimmerman had threatened to kill him.

The shot missed Zimmerman by inches, after penetrating the passenger side window of Zimmerman's truck.  Glass shards cut Zimmerman, who started bleeding immediately.

Zimmerman said that Apperson followed him, and shot at him without warning. The prosecution found Zimmerman's testimony to be credible.  Zimmerman said that Apperson yelled at him, saying that he (Apperson) did not press charges earlier, because he wanted to kill Zimmerman himself.  From staradvertiser.com:
Assistant State Attorney Stewart Stone told jurors that Apperson instigated the confrontation and chased Zimmerman in a car, which was caught on video surveillance from a nearby post office.

Stone said Apperson “retaliated” against Zimmerman during their encounter in May because of this earlier dispute. To discredit Apperson’s testimony that he felt in fear of his life when he saw Zimmerman flash a gun first, Stone relied on two pieces of evidence: Zimmerman’s window was rolled up when the shot was fired and his windows were too darkly tinted for anyone to see inside. Police officers and crime scene analysts verified that information during the trial.
From wftv.com:
A jury made up of four women and two men began deliberations at about 2:30 p.m. after hearing a week of testimony, and the deliberations lasted nearly four hours.

Matthew Apperson was also found guilty on charges of shooting into an occupied vehicle and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Wftv.com has links to video of both George Zimmerman's and Matthew Apperson's testimony. Be prepared to watch at least an hour of exceedingly careful testimony and questioning.  The videos are a good example of real courtroom procedure.

From orlandosentinel.com:

SANFORD — The Seminole County man convicted of shooting at George Zimmerman was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

A Seminole County jury found Matthew Apperson, 37, guilty last month of attempted second-degree murder, armed aggravated assault and shooting into a vehicle.
The media coverage of the trial focused on Apperson's defense, and claims that he made about earlier encounters. 

Zimmerman disputed what happened in the earlier encounters, but I could not find his testimony in several media accounts that I looked at.  In the video from wftv.com, there is reference to his testimony about the previous accounts during cross examination, on the second day. 

I did not hear his account of previous encounters on the video of the first day, although the prosecution says they will go there early in the video.  It might have been cut off to make the video a more reasonable length.

Jurors have to weigh credibility of witnesses in such cases.  The credibility is greatly enhanced by physical evidence.  The physical evidence corroborated what Zimmerman said, and contradicted what Apperson said.

I found it is easy to understand how the Jury reached a unanimous verdict on all counts in under four hours. George Zimmerman has been vilified by the media as very few have been, but the evidence was clear.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

TX: Homeowner Shoots 2, Kills 1

According to Fort Bend County deputies, the two men, identified as 24-year-old Hashem Abu Amarah and 20-year-old Faisal Abu Amarah, walked up to people who lived at the home and assaulted them. They said the homeowner went inside, grabbed his gun and fired at both men.
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CA: Stalker Forces Entry, Engages in Gunfight, Is Shot

She was still on the phone with emergency dispatchers when Brady reportedly forced his way inside the home and started shooting at the woman and at least two other residents, the Sheriff’s Office said. A male resident armed himself when Brady was approaching and fired back, hitting him several times and forcing Brady to flee.

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WY: Intruder Refuses to Leave, is Shot, Killed

The intruder again refused to leave the home. "The male resident felt threatened after exhausting efforts to talk the man into leaving the residence," police stated in the press release.

The man shot the intruder once in the chest.

He was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
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Followup TX Domestic Defense: Stepson shot in Self Defense Dies

Updated Info: On Friday, October 14, 2016, at 11:21 pm, Cooper was pronounced deceased while at St Elisabeth Hospital. No arrest have been made at this time. The investigation is on-going by the Orange Police Department Detective Division.
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AZ: 80+ Year-Old Armed Man Stops Burglary

Around 4:30 a.m. that morning, an elderly Cornville man confronted a burglar with a handgun and ordered him to lie on the floor during a home invasion at the 5600 block of E. Whisper Ridge in Cornville, according to the release. The area is known as the Verde Santa Fe subdivision located off Cornville Road.

The suspect begged the homeowner not to shoot him, stated the release. YCSO said he then escaped through the front door when the homeowner briefly left the room to access a phone.

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