Saturday, May 19, 2012

Obama's Accomplishments

1) Averting another Great Depression
2) Rescuing the Auto Industry
3) Repealing the discrimination of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell”
4) Passing the comprehensive health care act
5) Ending the War in Iraq
6) Nominating two women to the U.S. Supreme Court
7) Killing Osama bin Laden
8.) Reduced unemployment and created 3.5 million new jobs

Coyote Asks about The Gun Show Loophole

The New Uzi Pro from Israel Weapon Industries

KitUp reports on the latest from IWI.
While overshadowed by designs such as the HK MP5 and MP7, the original UZI SMG remains popular with about 10 million copies used in 90 countries. 

Guns that are designed for military and police use are not limited to those markets. Manufacturers know that law abiding civilian gun owners are also interested in their products. But, the marketing and sales of these weapons doesn't end there.  Criminal buyers represent a huge market share, the exact numbers are a jealously guarded secret, but the manufacturers know.

What's your opinion? Should a gun like that be considered an assault weapon and prohibited for civilian use?

The Zorg Industries ZF-1 from The Fifth Element

California Gun Owner Changes Sides from Lawful to Criminal

The Daily Journal reports

Fealofai Laiafa, 31, and his sister had reportedly been arguing with his sister’s boyfriend, who is also the father of the woman’s child.

During the argument, the boyfriend allegedly went outside and broke a window to Laiafa’s bedroom.

Laiafa then allegedly fired one shot at the victim’s feet with a pistol through the broken window.

No one was injured, and responding officers found a gun believed to be the weapon used in the shooting nearby.

Officers found Laiafa to be in possession of methamphetamine, and he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled substance.
No charge for illegal possession of a firearm means only one thing in California. This guy was a lawful gun owner. And like so many, he was absolutely unfit to exercise that right. Besides the drug use, he demonstrated an inability to deal with conflict without unnecessarily resorting to the gun.

In Florida, this would have been a legitimate DGU and the cops would have had no reason to find the drugs. That's why the California attitudes towards gun use are better.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Manliest Mailbox

Reposted from a while ago, the comments were entertaining back then too.

Nick Hanauer's TED Talk

Accidental Shooting of Toddler by 14-Year-old Uncle - The Kid's Dead

The News-Gazette reports

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said the youth had taken the magazine out of the .25-caliber handgun that he had stolen in February from a Rantoul drug dealer’s home but apparently didn’t realize it was still loaded.

Rietz said the teen told Urbana police that Mekhi had been playing with the gun, which the teen kept in his room.

“He pointed it at the child and pulled the trigger, wanting to scare him and teach him about gun safety, not knowing there was a round in the chamber,” she said.

Rietz said after the round hit the toddler in the forehead, the teen scooped the child up and ran outdoors with him, handing his limp body to a young female friend he knew from school.

Assistant State’s Attorney Chris Kanis told Ladd in court that the child was still breathing, although the breathing was labored and the child had an obvious open wound to the forehead.

When the first officer arrived, the girl handed the wounded boy to him. At the same time, the teen was outside still holding the gun and yelling hysterically that he had shot his nephew and was going to shoot himself, Kanis said.
Where was the parental supervision in this horror story? That's what I want to know.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of Arkansas Man by Neighbor Shooting at Stray Cats

The Republic reports

A man in Logan County was left in critical condition after he was struck by a gunshot fired by a neighbor who was trying to shoot a stray cat. 

The Logan County Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Terry Osburn was sitting on his porch in the Prairie View community on Tuesday when the gunshot struck him in the face. 

A 58-year-old neighbor was several hundred feet away and took aim at a stray cat with a .38-caliber handgun. The neighbor's name wasn't released but deputies say he was arrested for suspicion of second-degree battery. 

The sheriff's department says the men hadn't been arguing and that the shooting appears to have been accidental.
How does that "second-degree battery work? That should be easily bargained down to a slap on the wrist, don't you think?

Please leave a comment.

More on the Vigilante Squatter Shooter

We talked about this one the other day. Still no charges.

Selena Gomez Loves Shooting Guns

Hollywood Life reports

You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of a girl. 

Today Selena Gomez spent time at the gun range when she needed a break from her busy schedule! 

Selena Gomez may be one of the busiest young stars in Hollywood, juggling her burgeoning acting career while still making music and being a great girlfriend to Justin Bieber. But even teen stars need some time to relax and have fun, and while Selena may stay away from drugs and alcohol she can’t resist a good firearm. 

“Released some stress today,” Selena, 19, tweeted alongside a picture of her at a shooting range. 

Because of the starlet’s innocent reputation, we expected her to be baking cookies in her free time rather than firing pistols. However, she’s in Bulgaria right now shooting The Getaway remake, which is action packed. 
Now that's just what we need, huh, teen heart throbs shooting guns for relaxation. I must admit, this would go a long way towards normalizing guns than all those fat white older guys doing open carry.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

More on J.T. Ready, Pride of Arizona

The Arizona Republic

J.T. Ready had 13 encounters with Gilbert police since 2008, and corresponding police reports depict an armed vigilante with a short temper, racially charged motives and a history of domestic-violence accusations.
He and Loughner are both examples of so-called lawful gun owners who are really hidden criminals. They both enjoyed Arizona-style gun laws, things like permit-less concealed carry. They both had no problem owning and using guns legally in spite of being mentally ill.

What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Donna Summer was Hot Stuff - May She Rest in Peace

Why I Blame the NRA, Gun Manufacturers and the Gun-Rights Activists

 Yahoo news reports

Three people were killed Thursday after a chaotic shooting scene that had crowds running for cover in a crime-ridden section of Louisville.

Two men — Tyson Mimms, 24 and Craig Bland Jr., 22 — were killed Thursday afternoon in a shooting that attracted dozens of onlookers anxious for answers in the city's Russell neighborhood, which is dotted with boarded-up houses.

As police investigated and a host of media gathered nearby, shots rang out about four houses down. Makeba Lee, 24, was killed after she was shot by a woman who had gotten into an argument with her about the incident, police said.
Gun availability is one of the major contributing factors in these stories. And the factor of gun availability can be blamed on the NRA, the gun manufacturers and the gun-rights advocates. Here's how it works.

There are three main ways in which guns are channeled into the criminal world. 1. straw purchasing, 2. personal sales without background checks, and 3. theft. Each of those are still viable because of the lack of common-sense legislation which would either eradicate them or severely diminish them.

Who do you think is fighting tooth and nail to prevent licensing and registration which would eliminate straw purchasing, and universal background checks which would stop criminals from buying guns from lawful sellers, and safe storage laws which would cut way down on theft?

That's why I blame them. We all agree that criminals and gang bangers are always going to do their thing, but allowing them easy access to guns is wrong.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

More Like Somalia Every Day

Seven Misdemeanors That Can Ruin Your Career

posted a fascinating list of no-nos for your career. Here's one of them.
 Weapons charges: Are you a gun fanatic? In addition to handling your weapons with care, you had better be sure you don't get cited for misdemeanor weapons violations like carrying a concealed weapon or brandishing a concealed firearm. These charges could end your career. How would you expect an employer to react to an employee's conviction on a weapons charge? What if the employee brought the weapon to work? What if the employee had the weapon concealed during business hours? And what if something happened that caused the employee to use the weapon? An employer is likely to conclude that hiring or retaining an employee guilty of a weapons charge might not be worth the risk, and that's not a position you want to be in.

The NRA Picks its Battles Very Carefully

The Root reports

The National Rifle Association has strongly supported "Stand your ground" laws, which are in nearly 30 states, including Florida. But why has the group not been vocal about the Marissa Alexander case?

On Aug. 1, 2010, Alexander, of Jacksonville, Fla. -- then a 31-year-old mother of three with a 9-day-old baby -- fired a single warning shot into her ceiling after her husband, who had been arrested twice on domestic-battery charges, threatened her. He allegedly said, "If I can't have you, nobody going to have you." The shot hit no one.

She believed that she had the legal right to defend herself under Florida's "Stand your ground" law -- the same defense that George Zimmerman has claimed in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. But a judge decided otherwise, applying the state's 10-20-Life law, under which an assault with a firearm carries a steep penalty. Her sentence? A mandatory minimum of 20 years in prison.
What's your opinion? Is it the racism within the organization that accounts for this difficult-to-understand disparity?

What else could it be?

Please leave a comment.  

Virginia Woman Claims Self-Defense - Guilty of Brandishing

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports

A Chesterfield County woman was found guilty Tuesday of brandishing her husband's pistol at several teens and placing the gun to a 16-year-old's head after claiming she was threatened and repeatedly cursed as she tried driving through her neighborhood.
 It was a long complicated story, which had me sympathetic to the woman, but here's the bottom line.

"You don't get to claim self-defense when you're the aggressor,"
What's your opinion? Does it remind you of the Zimmerman case? Do you think it's somewhat common for gun owners to overstep their bounds like this, confronting people, admonishing them for perceived wrongdoing? When the tables are turned, they claim self-defense.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting in Florida Results in Arrest

The Cheshire Herald reports

A single arrest has been made in the Tufano Amusements accidental shooting incident, which occurred in April, and the case is now closed, officials stated this week.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sean Cazimovski, 24, of Florida, turned himself into the Cheshire Police Department for his involvement in the shooting, which occurred on April 20. Cazimovski was charged with first degree reckless endangerment and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Apparently a group of men, who police said are all around the same age, were drinking and handling guns when the shooting took place. Police said everyone cooperated with the investigation. No more arrests are forthcoming, Cheshire police said.
What's your opinion? Are those charges sufficient to make him a disqualified person? It may take more than that in gun-friendly Florida.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting Death of 12-Year-old Results in No Charges

Bladen County District Attorney Jon David said in a news release Wednesday afternoon that the death of James Ethan Bartley was "a tragic event" for which no one could be held criminally responsible.

Ethan was shot in the side about 1:30 p.m. Nov. 25 while he and two 12-year-olds were squirrel hunting with a rifle they found. The gun "inadvertently discharged" when a boy standing next to Ethan was holding it as they stood side by side, David wrote in the release.

David said the case did not meet the criteria to prosecute the gun's owner for failing to secure the weapon.

"For a person to be prosecuted for an offense, all elements of a criminal charge must be satisfied," David wrote. "Accidents are not generally punished as crimes, even severe accidents that lead to tragic outcomes."

According to David's report, Ethan had left his relatives' home on Soup Haire Road on Nov. 25 to play with the 12-year-olds next door. The adults in the home left the children, who were playing video games, in the care of an 18-year-old to go shopping.

Some time later, Ethan and the 12-year-olds found the unloaded rifle under a blanket in a storage building behind the home. They also found some ammunition and went into nearby woods to hunt squirrels.

David said no charges were brought because the gun was stored outside the home, unloaded and under a blanket; that the adults did not know the children had found it; and that there was no sign children had previously looked for it.

This is a disgusting travesty of justice. What kind of flimsy justification is that, the gun was outside under a blanket? Is that supposed to make it secure? Is that supposed to eliminate the need for parental supervision?

Do you think it's safe to assume that the boys who went squirrel hunting by themselves had received safety instructions about proper gun handling?  Sure they had, probably their entire lives.  Then, since the adults had fulfilled their responsibility they were free to go shopping and let the boys go play by themselves.

In spite of whatever safety instructions those boys may have received, Rules were broken and one of them ended up dead, and most importantly, no adult has been held accountable.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

St. Louis Gas Station Shooting

Florida Mom Kills her Four Children and Herself

The LA Times reports

The unmistakable sound of gunfire stirred the neighbors early Tuesday. Moments later, there was a knock at the front door.

They opened it to find three children from next door — at least one of them shot and wounded, authorities said. The neighbors called 911, grabbed a towel and tried to attend to the kids.

Then, the couple told deputies later, a calm voice in the darkness summoned the three children back to their home on Bright Avenue in Port St. John. It was their mother, 33-year-old Tonya Thomas.

The neighbors tried to stop the kids from returning home, according to Brevard County Sheriff's Lt. Tod Goodyear. But the kids walked back obediently. And once inside, Thomas apparently shot and killed them.
Sounds like another mentally ill lawful gun owner gone berserk. How many of these incidents do we need before something is done about it?

It should not be so easy to get a gun that people like Tonya Thomas can get one.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wanda Brown - Missouri's Champion of Gun Rights

Mitt Romney is Gordon Gekko

via Under the Lobsterscope

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Bernie Sanders on Women's Rights

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Friend Shoots Friend on Purpose with Permission - Shooter Charged

The Washington Post reports

Authorities say a northern New York man had his friend shoot him in the leg with a rifle because he wanted to know what it feels like to be shot.

25-year-old Shawn Mossow of neighboring Norfolk relented to his friend’s repeated requests and shot him once in the right leg with a .22-caliber rifle.

The 24-year-old man from Norfolk is expected to make a full recovery. 

Mossow was charged with reckless endangerment. He’s being held in the county jail on $10,000 bail.

What do you think? Should the guy who wanted to be shot and talked his friend into doing it be charged too? Please leave a comment.

The War on Drugs is to Blame

Accidental Shooting of Saratoga Man by Himself - Minor Charges

 The Saratoga Times Union reports

A city man faces criminal charges in a case that began when he allegedly shot himself in the leg.

Shawn Noisette, 28, told police he had been robbed at gunpoint. That caused police to investigate the incident.

Police determined that Noisette apparently shot himself with an unregistered .22-caliber handgun while in his house on Pearl Street while getting ready for work.

Noisette was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and falsely reporting an incident, all misdemeanors.
All misdemeanors??!!! And that, only because he pissed off the police by lying to them.

Negligent discharges should be taken more seriously than they usually are. The gun-rights advocates are always pointing out that it's impossible to anticipate who is unfit to own guns and that we cannot take away their rights beforehand.  Well, these people, these negligent-discharge people are proving themselves to be unfit. They should lose their rights to own guns. One strike you're out.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting by Seattle Vigilante - No Charges for Him

A man in his 20s was shot in the buttocks by a neighbor after a dispute over squatting in a vacant home. The neighbor, 66, heard noises next door in the vacant house and went to investigate.

“One of the doors looked like it was forced open,” Sgt. Cindi West said. “He found a guy in his 20s.”

That man refused to leave and the neighbor went back to his house and armed himself with a shotgun, then returned to again tell the younger man to leave, according to investigators. The younger man is not believed to have lived there.

There was a struggle, and “apparently during the struggle the suspect decided to take off running,”  West said. “The homeowner tripped and shot him in the butt.

“That’s what he said, he had an accidental discharge.”

The man in his 20s was taken to Harborview Medical Center where they treated the birdshot wound. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit arrived at the scene just before 7 p.m. Neither the man in his 20s or the 66-year-old were arrested, though West said the younger man may be arrested for trespassing after he was treated at Harborview. Detectives were investigating the older man’s story.
The vigilante, policing-the-neighborhood attitude of some gun owners needs to be discouraged, but unfortunately that doesn't seem to be happening in Washington. In fact, in this case it's the young squatter who will likely be charged.

Another fascinating aspect of this story is the similarity between the way this shooter claimed it was an accident and the way many shooters claim theirs was defensive.

Whenever the target of the shooting is a criminal, the so-called responsible gun owner can just about say anything he wants to get away with his own crimes. Naturally the pro-gun crowd denies this ever happens.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of ND Man by Himself - No Charges

The Daily News reports

A Christine, N.D., man was transported to the hospital after accidentally shooting himself about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Cory Robertsdahl, 48, Christine, was transported to Essentia Health in Fargo by family members after he accidentally shot himself in the right leg with a .22-caliber weapon. According to the press release, his injury was believed to be non-life threatening. He remains at the hospital at this time, said investigating officer Steve Gjerdevig, Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

This incident remains under investigation by the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.
What's your opinion? Is there a fundamental difference between this type of negligence and that which results in someone getting killed or seriously injured? No, there isn't. The gravity of these incidents should not only be judged by the end result.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Charges in Bremerton Washington Shooting

Bauer and Chaffin
 Reuters has the follow-up to this story which we covered before.

[the mother Jamie] Chaffin, already a convicted felon barred from carrying a gun, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and agreed in turn to testify against her boyfriend, Douglas Bauer.

An assault charge against Chaffin was dismissed as part of her plea deal, but she faces 12 to 16 months in prison when sentenced following Bauer's trial, now scheduled for July.

Bauer remains charged with felony third-degree assault for what prosecutors say was his role in negligently allowing the boy access to his gun. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison, said Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Morris.

An attorney for relatives of the wounded girl said the family was upset by the outcome of the mother's plea deal.

"Their disappointment was based on the fact that the assault charge ... was dismissed and the person who bore responsibility for the shooting of their child was absolved of that responsibility by the plea bargain," lawyer Jeffery Campiche said. "The crime, as the Bowman family sees it, was the horror of the discharge of a handgun in an elementary school classroom, not the fact that a felon possessed a handgun."
That's exactly right, the fact that the gun was owned by felons should not be the determining factor. The fact that a kid got ahold of it should be the thing. What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Joe Arpaio, America's Toughest Sheriff and Its Most Racist

Police Shootings in Germany Compared to the US

 Last year German police fired off 85 bullets in total - in a nation of 85 million people: 
Police officers in Germany fired 85 bullets in 2011 in the entire country while pursuing crminals; 49 of these were warning shots.  The police fired targeted shots at individuals 36 times, during which 15 people were wounded and six killed, according to statistics provided by the Police College in Muenster.
Meanwhile the New York City police fired slightly fewer bullets - 84 bullets, to be exact - at one man, while their colleagues in Los Angeles fired 90 times at an unarmed teenager.  Still, there is far too little bloody mayhem in the United States to satisfy the NRA; the organizaiton is pushing to allow concealed weapons in schools, churches, hospitals, and even courtrooms. 
Read Battleground America: One Nation Under the Gun.
What could possibly account for that staggering difference? Why do comparisons between the US and Switzerland as well as comparisons between the US and the UK abound, but you never hear anything about Germany? What's going on over there?

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

The Gun Boom of 2012 is in Full Swing

The National Rifle Association and the assorted far-right gun nuts who make up the gun lobby, as we recently pointed out, really are creating an extremely problematic environment for any post-election America in which Barack Obama has won re-election -- because, thanks to their fact-free and irresponsibly inflammatory attacks on Obama, they've once again convinced a significant segment of the American populace that Obama is secretly plotting to take their guns and their freedoms away.

Katy Perry Joins the Marine Corps

It's so silly it's embarrassing, yet there have been over 50 million views.

One thing the video gets right is that young people who join the Marines often do so for less than patriotic and heroic motives.  More often than not it's about running away in one form or another.

Then, a couple years later the conservative element in the country puts these mixed-up kids on a pedestal of jingoistic and patriotic red, white and blue. They're elevated to heights of honor, often praised with exaggeratedly serious platitudes like, "thank you for your service."

You can hear this very often on the pro-gun blogs.  Some of the folks doing this are draft-dodgers and service-avoiders like Ted Nugent, that's real irony.  Others are former servicemen themselves who've chosen to forget their original motives and relish all the wrong-placed admiration and praise.

The truth is there has not been an honorable and necessary reason to participate in the military for about 65 years, if then. Oftentimes, participation in this global system of abuse, this world-policing by the US, is actually immoral. Those who do so are often constrained by economic disadvantages, the result being that minorities and the poor are over-represented, suicides and other forms of self-abuse are more and more prevalent, and after service care is off the charts.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of 8-Year-old PA Boy with BB Gun - No Charges

Local News reports

Troopers were called to the Towanda Memorial Hospital Sunday, for an incident that happened over the weekend. 

Two brothers, aged 8 and 14 years old, were shooting cans with BB guns in their backyard on Mason Street, when the older boy shot the younger boy in the stomach. The boys ran into the house to tell their mom. 

After the 8-year-old complained he was having trouble breathing his parents took him to the emergency room. 

X-rays reveal the BB went through his body, just missing his spine. Troopers continue to investigate.
It's safe to assume that these boys had been instructed in basic gun safety, being from gun-friendly Pennsylvania and having been granted permission to play with the BB gun unsupervised. Yet, this is what happened.

This is what often happens when kids use guns.  The only proper precaution is adult supervision, all the time, every time.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of Cleveland 2-Year-old - Gun Owner Charged

Local Cleveland news reports

A two-year-old boy is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his head after a gun went off accidentally in a home on the city's east side.

Police say toddler Di'rico Washington is being treated at a hospital for head injuries. His baby sitter, 48-year-old Annette Jackson, is hospitalized in stable condition after the bullet struck her hand.

Jackson's son, 19-year-old Ernest Crawford, was arrested for felonious assault and is being held in the city jail.

Police tell The Plain Dealer that Jackson's son and three other people began arguing Sunday afternoon and that Jackson separated them. Inside Jackson's house, Crawford's gun fired accidentally, going through a wall and hitting his mother and the child.
What's your opinion? You don't think there's a disparity between your typical accident-prone white guy and the black folks in Cleveland, do you?

Felony charges sounds just right, but how many stories have we seen in which the whole thing is written off as an "accident?"

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Oklahoma to Legalize Open Carry

from Fat White Man via News OK

Gov. Mary Fallin said Saturday she will sign a bill into law that will allow Oklahomans with concealed handgun permits to carry their weapons in the open. 

“I'm going to be signing that bill,” Fallin announced to 1,400 delegates at the Oklahoma Republican State Convention, drawing cheers and applause. “I've been waiting a long time.” 

Oklahoma will become the 26th state to allow open carrying of handguns, she said. “We believe it's a responsible piece of legislation that allows licensed gun owners to be able to open carry if they choose,” Fallin, a Republican elected governor in 2010, said afterward. “If they choose not to, they don't have to."
My idea is the joke's on them. Open carry does more harm to the gun-rights movement than it does good. It shows them for the nuts and fanatics they ofter are.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

A Legitimate DGU or Not?

via The Second Amendment Shooting and Firearms Blog, where they always give the shooter the benefit of the doubt. I usually question whether it was really necessary to shoot.

What do you think? Please leave a comment.

The Sacred and Inviolable Aspect of Carrying a Gun

Guns should not be verboten, that's another trick on the part of the gun-rights fanatics.  We're not talking about banning guns.  We're talking about removing the sacred and inviolable aspect of carrying a gun so that it can be reasonably controlled.  Too many people prove themselves to be unfit and incapable of responsibly managing this activity, therefore restrictions are required.  All the talk about "rights" interferes with that necessary process.

Several Shootings in Oklahoma City

D.C.’s Mayor, Vincent Gray Holds up Gun Rights

 The Washington Times reports

While the city council voted unanimously on April 17 in favor of a bill to ease restrictions on Second Amendment rights, Mayor Vincent Gray has not signed the bill into law.

...gun owners are still forced to have their guns photographed and shot for a ballistics test and pay to have an application document notarized. Residents and nonresidents risk a felony charge for possessing ammunition that is not in the same gauge and caliber as a registered gun.
Does that sound so tough? Are those requirements such that Washington D.C. is considered to have the toughest gun laws in the country?

This is one of the favorite ploys of the gun-rights argument: exaggeration. They love to feign outrage and pretend that reasonable restrictions like these are outrageous.

They're not. That much is obvious.

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Ohio Club Fight Escalates To Stabbings, Shooting

Local News reports

Three people were hospitalized Sunday morning after a fight spilled into the parking lot of a North Columbus club.

According to Columbus police, a fight broke out inside Club Polaris at 8270 Sancus Blvd. involving a large group of men and women. During the fight, police said that several people were stabbed with an unknown weapon.

After the fight spilled into the parking lot, police said that a man went to a vehicle, retrieved a gun, and started shooting.

One man was shot in the leg and several vehicles were damaged.
This is the problem with the no-guns-in-bars rule. High-spirited young people have to resort to fists and knives and take it out into the parking lot before they can get to their guns. What kind of freedom is that?

What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

Accidental Shooting of Iowa Man by Himself - He's Dead

Local News reports

Lake Mills police said Douglas Zobel, 55, was trying Wednesday to repair the malfunctioning firearm when it discharged. He died of his injuries.

The death was been listed as an accident.
What's your opinion? Isn't it hard to believe how commonplace these incidents are? Why is it so difficult for people to follow Rule Number 2?

Please leave a comment.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Tucson Shooting Hero, Patricia Maisch, Speaks Her Mind

Hearing of Issa’s “plan to spend more of [his] time and our precious tax dollars on contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder,” Maisch wrote, only reminded her of painful memories from the “political games” following the Tucson shooting.

Holder was the “only one talking about the need for common sense gun laws, including a better background check system and tougher laws to fight gun trafficking,” she continued, according to the letter obtained by POLITICO.

“While we cannot turn on our televisions without hearing about ‘Fast & Furious,’ neither Congress nor the President have taken any action to fix the system,” Maisch wrote in a letter to Issa and Oversight Committee ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.). “In the year and a half since that horrible day, the failings of our legislators to take even one single step to help prevent more senseless murders, is more than a disappointment to us, it is a slap in our collective faces.”
What's your opinion? Could it be that all the attention placed on the Fast and Furious scandal is a diversion more than anything else?

That's what I thought from the very beginning.

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

How Are Gun Rights God-Given And Inalienable?

Our friends over at Ammoland have the explanation.

And the short answer is that part of the foundation for keeping and bearing arms rests in laws that lend order to nature. These are laws that God ordained and implemented just as certainly as he implemented and ordained the moral law (the 10 Commandments). This point is worth explaining because it’s fundamental to an understanding of how our inalienable rights flow to us from God rather than from government. As such, the foundation of those rights transcends government, which is why the right to keep and bear arms “shall not be infringed.”

There are two sets of law authored and maintained by God: Divine Law, consisting of the 10 Commandments and the outworking of those commandments in the New Testament, and Natural Law, consisting of the order intrinsic to nature and the universe around it. We know Divine Law from reading the Bible, and we know aspects of Natural Law because it is written upon our hearts and consciences. The Apostle Paul indicated this in Romans 2:14-15: “When Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness.”
My response:

  • This is one of those “If you agree no explanation is necessary, if you don’t agree no explanation is possible” kinda things.

    The way I look at it is this.

    1. right to life
    2. right to self-defense
    3. right to own and carry a particular inanimate object called a gun.

    The absurd jump from number two to number three takes the kind of spinning and justifying you gave us in this post.

    What's your opinion? Do the Christian fundamentalist gun owners who push this nonsense have no concern for their atheist brothers-in-arms, or their Jewish friends?

    What about that "shall not be infringed" nonsense? Isn't raising that to the level of "god-given" a bit silly when infringements already abound? Didn't the god-inspired Supreme Court already rule that "reasonable restrictions" are acceptable?

    What's your opinion?  Please leave a comment.

    Steven Hopler Wins Big - The Blind Can See

    North reports

    A blind man in New Jersey has won a two-year legal battle to keep his gun collection. 

    Morris County prosecutors claimed Steven Hopler was unfit to safely maintain his handguns, claiming he abuses alcohol and was taking an antidepressant when he accidentally shot himself in his Rockaway Township home while cleaning a pistol in 2008. 

    But the 49-year-old Hopler, who is blind because of complications from diabetes, denies abusing alcohol and has completed a firearms safety course. And a state judge sided with him in a ruling issued Friday. 

    The judge said Hopler can keep his gun permit and also ordered police to return the weapons they had seized after the accidental shooting. A court in 1994 allowed Hopler to purchase firearms and shoot them under strict conditions.
    I'm speechless at this bone-headed court ruling. Blindness itself should be a disqualifier, as should having shot himself negligently.

    I wonder how long it will be before we see Mr. Hopler in the news again.

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    Accidental Shooting of Ohio 7-Year-old - Parents Charged

    Authorities say the parents of a little girl wounded by her 3-year-old brother while they were left alone at home tried to claim the accidental shooting was a drive-by.

    Police say the couple told the children to walk down the road before the man called 911, and instructed them to tell police it was a drive-by gunshot Thursday evening. Police didn't believe the children, and charged both parents with endangering children, tampering with evidence, and obstructing official business.

    The 7-year-old girl was wounded in the back, but police say she is expected to recover.
    What stupid parents. If they'd only fessed up to the "accident" they'd be home right now watching professional wrestling. It's lying to the cops that'll get you every time.

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    Accidental Shootings in Lower Minnesota and the Media's Response

    Local news reports on the problem and the solution, complete with a fat white guy telling us how simple it is to just teach your kids to not touch daddy's toys.