Friday, January 23, 2015

Disturbing Video of Police Shooting in New Jersey

Huffington Post

 

Virginia Man Gets Prison Sentence in Accidental Shooting

Local news

A Galesburg man who admitted to committing an accident shooting in November of 2013 will spend some time in prison for the crime.
Knox County Circuit Court records indicate 22-year-old Jared Yard was sentenced yesterday to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in November to a count of Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, and three-and-a-half years in prison to a charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Judge Scott Shipplett ordered the the sentences to be served concurrently.
Yard was arrested not long after the incident in the one-hundred block of Silver Street.  Police say Yard and a 21-year-old friend were sitting in a pickup truck when he started displaying a sawed-off shotgun. Yard claims he accidentally shot the friend in the leg.The victim was later taken to a Peoria Hospital and had surgery.
A charge of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm was dropped in exchange for Yard’s plea, which could have resulted in significantly more prison time.
Actually, his prison sentence was for being a felon in possession, not for the accidental shooting. As everyone knows, very few accidental shootings result in jail time.

Bloodshed in Chicago

Local news

Three people were killed and at least nine were wounded in shootings on the South and West sides Wednesday, police said.
Most recently, one man was killed and another was injured by a stray bullet in the Back of the Yards.
About 6:40 p.m., a vehicle approached a 40-year-old man in the 5000 block of South Racine, police said. Someone got out of the vehicle and fired shots, striking the man multiple times in his chest, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he died, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not confirm the death.
At the same time, a 25-year-old man in a home in the 5000 block of South Elizabeth was shot in the leg, police said. A source said it appeared the man was hit by the gunshots fired on Racine. He was taken to Saint Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center, where his condition had stabilized.
About 9 a.m. Wednesday, Edwin Cook, 19, was shot to death in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the South Side. He was standing on the sidewalk in the 6600 block of South Oakley when a black four-door vehicle pulled up and an armed male got out and opened fire, according to police. He was shot multiple times, police said. Cook, who lived in the 6600 block of South Bell, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the medical examiner’s office.
About 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, Heath Huntspon, 25, was shot to death in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. Four males approached a home in the 5300 block of South May about 12:15 a.m. and knocked on the door, police said. When Huntspon came out onto the porch, one of the males pulled out a handgun and shot him twice in the chest, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership


Gary Kleck

Politico


Respondents in two Harvard surveys had more than 3 times as many offensive gun uses against them as defensive gun uses. Another study focusing on adolescences found 13 times as many offensive gun uses. Yet another study focusing on gun use in the home found that a gun was more than 6 times more likely to be used to intimidate a family member than in a defensive capacity. The evidence is nearly unanimous.

Beyond the defensive gun use versus criminal use dichotomy lies an important question: Are all defensive gun uses good? Undergirding gun advocates’ rhetoric touting the millions of defensive gun uses every year is the assumption that these uses are necessarily good. However, most cases of defensive gun use are not of gun owners heroically defending their families from criminals.

Kleck himself admitted in 1997, in response to criticism of his survey, that 36 to 64 percent of the defensive gun uses reported in the survey were likely illegal—meaning the firearm was used to intimidate or harm another person rather than for legitimate self-defense. His conjecture was confirmed by a Harvard study showing that 51 percent of defensive gun uses in a large survey were illegal according to a panel of 5 judges. This was even after the judges were told to take the respondents at their word, deliberately ignoring the tendency of respondents to portray themselves in a positive light.

Let’s assume for a moment that Kleck and Getz’s estimates are accurate. Rather than being a boon to civilized society, then, these estimates of 1 million to 2.5 million defensive gun uses annually would instead indicate an epidemic of irresponsible gun owners—millions! Lucky for us, despite what the NRA’s favorite criminologists claim, this clearly isn’t the case.

The myth of widespread defensive gun use is at the heart of the push to weaken already near catatonic laws controlling the use of guns and expand where good guys can carry guns to bars, houses of worship and college campuses—all in the mistaken belief that more “good guys with guns” will help stop the “bad guys.” As Wayne LaPierre of the NRA railed in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”

Liam Neeson's Comments Upset Firearms Company

Liam Neeson in Taken 3
Taken 3 sees Neeson's ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills framed for the murder of a loved one

BBC News

The firearms company that provided the guns for Liam Neeson's Hollywood movie Taken 3 has criticised the star for his comments about US gun laws.
PARA USA said it "regrets" working with Neeson after he said the proliferation of guns in the US was a "disgrace".
The company added that it would cut ties with the Taken franchise and urged other companies to do the same.
"There's just too many... guns out there," Neeson told Dubai's Gulf News last week. "Especially in America."
He continued: "I think the population is like, 320 million? There's over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America.
"I think it's a disgrace. Every week now we're picking up a newspaper and seeing, 'Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.'"
Neeson made his comments in reply to a question about the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris earlier in the month.
The star, who took on the role of ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills in all three Taken films, said the gun problem was not connected to Hollywood's action movies.

PA Toddler Dead - No One Charged

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