The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accidental shooting of a one-year-old child.
investigations reveal two children – ages three and one – were left
alone inside a vehicle. The three-year-old obtained a handgun that was
left inside the vehicle and accidentally shot it. The bullet struck the
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, and no criminal charges are expected this evening.
A Lancaster woman is headed to trial for an accidental shooting that critically injured her 9-year-old brother.
Elaine Key, 25, waived a preliminary hearing Thursday and allowed
charges of aggravated assault, causing or risking a catastrophe,
reckless endangerment, and conspiracy to proceed to county court.
Her husband, 30-year-old Samoad Key, also waived his hearing on
counts of hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence. He is
accused of hiding his wife’s gun on the roof of their home. The couple and Key’s father, 46-year-old Jose Rentas, on April 5 were test-firing Elaine Key’s newly purchased .380-caliber handgun
at a target in the basement, using as a backstop a hollow-core door
propped in front of a window facing the sidewalk and street.
Mrs. Key fired a shot that went through the door and window and
struck her brother in the back as he played on the sidewalk at his home.
Rentas also is charged with aggravated assault, causing or risking a
catastrophe, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy. His preliminary
hearing was rescheduled.
“Those guns and just unsafe, you’ll never convince me otherwise.” so
said a retired police officer during a recent conversation. The topic of
conversation was, of course, the Austrian Wonder-Nine, the Plastic
Fantastic, the hardest working pistol in show business today…the GLOCK
To be completely honest, I find it a bit odd that in the year 2015 we are still having the Pro/Anti Glock discussions.
GLOCK Gmbh. was founded in 1981 and the Model 17 pistol was their first
offering in 1982. The Austrian military immediately saw the value of
the gun and set the company in motion toward market dominance.
Not a New Design
Folks, Glock pistols have been around for over thirty years and yet
some gun culture people talk about them as if they are some recent
offering, somehow untested and wet behind the ears. Let’s face facts. If
the Glock design was so flawed and faulty, why is it that every major
handgun manufacturer in the world now has some type of polymer-framed,
striker-fired pistol in their gun stable?
We can argue specifics and minute details until the cows come home,
and I don’t even see them on the horizon yet, but with only slight
modifications, most of the popular, internal striker-fired pistols
function in a very similar manner. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the
The Creation of the ND
Let’s be intellectually honest, the negligent discharge did not begin
with the invention of the Glock pistol. There have been negligent
discharges since the ability to discharge a firearm came into being. Can
we agree on that? Can we agree that there have been ND’s since the
invention of the firearm?
Yet, there are those malcontents that will acquiesce to the previous
assertion but will point out what they feel is as an overabundance of
negligent discharges where the Glock pistol was the hardware in
question. This is particularly true when the subject of law enforcement
using the Glock comes up.
“More cops ND Glocks than any other handgun.”
Said one man feeling he had put the cork on the anti-Glock argument.
Was wandering and came upon this court decision about open carry.
part of Shawn Northrup's midsummer evening walk with his wife,
daughter, grandson, and dog was legal -- including the holstered handgun
he openly carried on his hip. But that was not enough to keep Northrup
from being disarmed, handcuffed, and threatened with arrest by a police
officer. Fortunately, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to let the officer who illegally detained Northrup escape accountability, exemplifying the kind of judicial engagement that is needed to protect law-abiding citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. "
One thing I found most interesting is that the officer tried to justify
his actions in detaining Mr. Northrup by using the logic often used by
the MOMs in their crusade to pressure businesses into banning all legal
carry in their venues. However, the judge wasn't buying,
Judge Sutton pointedly observed, "While the dispatcher and [911 caller]
may not have known the details of Ohio's open-carry firearm law, the
police officer had no basis for such uncertainty." While Bright argued
that he faced a difficult decision -- "respond to the communities' fear
and the appearance of the gunman" or "do nothing ... and hope that he
was not about to start shooting" -- Sutton rejected this as a false
choice. Absent any actual evidence that Bright was "about to start
shooting," Sutton reasoned, "Bright's hope ... remains another word for the trust that Ohioans have placed in their State's approach to gun licensure and gun possession."
Oregon on Monday became the eighth
state to expand criminal background checks to include all private gun
sales, even transactions on the Internet, when Democratic Governor Kate
Brown signed the bill into law.
A federal law, commonly known as the Brady Law, requires licensed
firearms dealers to perform background checks on prospective purchasers
and to maintain records of the sales. But unlicensed private sellers at
gun shows and online are not required by federal law to observe the same
policies, which allows people to buy and transfer firearms without
first passing a background check.
Forty percent of guns sold in the U.S. are done so without a background check, according to a 2014 report by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Since the Brady Law was enacted in 1994, background checks have
stopped more than 2 million gun purchases by people who may pose a risk
to public safety, such as felons and domestic abusers, according to the Brady Campaign.
Police officers recovered a handgun from George Zimmerman and took
two guns from a man accused of shooting at Zimmerman while both were
driving, authorities said Tuesday.
Police also released a 911 call
in which the caller says the other man, Matthew Apperson, told him he
was forced to fire his gun Monday at the former neighborhood watch
leader on a busy street in the Orlando suburb of Lake Mary.
says he had to shoot a guy through the window and he wants the police
to come," the man said on the call. "He had to shoot at somebody ... He
said it was George Zimmerman." Zimmerman suffered minor injuries from flying glass and debris.
guns were taken from Apperson's car, including a revolver that had a
spent shell casing. Police officers will also execute a search warrant
on Zimmerman's pickup truck, said Lake Mary Police Officer Bianca
Both men had the guns legally.
Detectives are still
investigating and no charges have been filed against Zimmerman or
Apperson. She said the investigation could take time. Documents released
Tuesday show that detectives are investigating the shooting as a
possible aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.
was a busy time of day on a very busy street," Gillett said. "We are
thinking there is someone that saw something that they could come
forward and provide that information to the Lake Mary Police
The mother of a teen who was arrested and suspended for
wearing – and refusing to take off – a National Rifle Association
t-shirt to school last April has filed a lawsuit against the school
district, claiming her son’s constitutional rights were violated when
they prohibited him from wearing the shirt.
The suit named a dozen defendants, among which were Logan Middle
School and faculty involved in the incident, including the school’s
principal and several teachers, and multiple members of Logan County
Board of Education were also named.
The complaint, which was filed in federal court last month, calls for $200,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.
Jared Marcum, who was 14-years-old at the time, was stopped by school
staff members while standing in line in the cafeteria at lunch time.
Staff members told Marcum that his shirt, which featured the NRA logo, a
rifle and the words “Protect Your Right,” violated the school’s dress
code policy (which has since been removed from the school’s website).
The policy prohibited the display of profanity, violence, discriminatory
messages or sexually suggestive phrases, but said nothing about images
of guns or firearm organizations.
Gun rights people often talk about being prepared. When questioned about their decision to own and carry guns, they love to fall back on the seemingly wise mantra, it's better to have a gun and not need it than need a gun and not have it. But why don't they wear ballistic underwear Or, tourniquet pants?
Well, they certainly would if they truly wanted to be prepared for that extremely rare possibility of finding themselves in a gunfight. But that's not it at all. The reason they don't generally go in for these things is because, unlike guns, they don't pack the same punch where the ego is concerned. Guns feed into the fantasy of actively carrying out violence against a perceived threat. Guns make weak men feel powerful. Firing a gun in practice provides an exhilirating rush that's just lacking in the more passive and less glamorous defensive accoutrements. Possessing a gun, and especially carrying one, provides a subconscious stimulation knowing that at any moment you could be just like Tom Cruise in "Collateral" or Liam Neesen in "Taken."
Huffington Post link provided by George Jefferson with this in the subject line: "Once again Huffpo chooses not to tell the whole truth...just like Fox?"
I'm sure he'll humor us with an explanation, first about what the "whole truth" is and second, how anyone can possibly be compared to Fox News in the mendacious, trickster department. According to a white paper prepared for Congress
by the Army opposing the amendment, the measure would allow the
unregulated distribution of up to 100,000 Colt .45s, more formally known
as .45-caliber semiautomatic M1911 handguns.
provision, added by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), changes parts of federal
rules that were meant to boost rifle skills in the country under a
program dating back to Teddy Roosevelt. Under existing law, which was
updated in 1996, the Department of Defense makes surplus military rifles
available to the public through something known as the Civilian
Marksmanship Program, which has a regional headquarters in Rogers'
would change language in the law that specifies certain rifles allowed
in the program to include the much broader category of "firearms."
Although the marksmanship program
aims to educate youth about safety and shooting, according to the
military's white paper, "There is a significant risk of approximately
100K semi-automatic handguns that are virtually untraceable, being
released into commerce."
That's because although the amendment
specifies that the weapons cannot be sold to people who are barred by
law from having guns, the CMP sells guns over the Internet, and has no
mechanism to verify who is making purchases. By law, the CMP "can sell
... only to members of CMP affiliated clubs who are also U.S. citizens,
over 18 years of age and who are legally eligible to purchase a
firearm," according to eligibility requirements posted on its website. On top of that, although the CMP is allowed by law to sell guns across state lines, it is not covered by the Gun Control Act, and is not required to keep records tracking purchasers.
Army noted in its opposition that the Department of Justice has tracked
an average of nearly 1,800 Colt .45s being used in crimes every year
over the last decade, including a significant but unspecified number of
those guns that were originally military surplus.
Rogers' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
spokesman for Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), the top Democrat on the House
Armed Services Committee, said his boss agreed with the Army and would
try to strip the amendment.
"This provision, which the Army has
said it does not want or need, could potentially put nearly 100,000
untraceable .45-caliber military-grade handguns on our streets," the
spokesman, Michael Amato, said in an email. "This provision is an
Police say a 4-year-old boy was wounded when a gun apparently
accidentally discharged and his head was grazed by a bullet in Ann
Arbor police Detective Sgt. Pat Hughes says the boy had
non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital in
stable condition. He says three other children — two boys and a girl all
under the age of 10 — were at the home at the time.
police were trying to determine whether an adult also was at home, who
owned the gun and how exactly the gun was discharged.
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is targeting gun shops as
part of its public awareness campaign to try to prevent deaths.
example is a poster on display in a Memphis gun store noting that
suicides in Tennessee far outnumber homicides, and firearms are the
leading method, The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1RrFVxk) reported.
The sign lists a crisis hotline.
Will Bass, the gun shop's general
manager, said it's good to have anti-suicide messages posted in the
shop, just in case a customer is thinking about ending his or her own
life. "To hopefully get them thinking 'Maybe this isn't the best
option,'" Bass said.
Each year, hundreds of people in Tennessee
use guns to kill themselves. Existing laws won't necessarily stop people
with mental illnesses or suicidal intent from buying weapons, but the
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network's Gun Safety Project is trying to
prevent deaths through the public awareness campaign that targets gun
stores and gun ranges. The network is a public-private partnership
associated with the state government.
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A driver was
hospitalized Saturday after College Station police said a passenger in
the crowded car accidentally shot the friend as they headed to a gun
range. The condition of
the driver wasn’t known late Saturday, but authorities said the injuries
“appeared to be non-life-threatening, according to a statement from
College Station police.
The car carrying five friends was
eastbound on Harvey Road near Texas 6 by Post Oak Mall when the
firearm, which police declined to identify, discharged and hit the
driver, authorities said. The driver was able to pull over safely,
according to Assistant Chief Chuck Fleeger, who said the front passenger
apparently was attempting to disassemble the firearm when it went off
just before 3 p.m.
Officers at the scene said there
was no indication of foul play, but an inquiry is ongoing, according to
police. Further details were not available.
Investigators work at a scene of a shooting in Hollywood, S.C.,
Thursday, May 7, 2015. A sheriff's deputy responding to a home invasion
shot the homeowner in the neck Thursday because he refused to drop his
gun, authorities said. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
A Lafayette teen was killed Saturday when he was accidentally shot in the face.
to a press release from the Lafayette Police Department, officers
responded to reports of a shooting on the 1600 block of 12th Street.
There, they found an 18-year-old man with a single gunshot wound to the
face. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced
Police arrested Anthony Beloney, 18, who told officers that
he and the victim were playing with a pistol, and, believing it to be
unloaded, he pointed it at the victim's face, the press release says.
was charged with negligent homicide and possession of marijuana. The
identity of the victim is being withheld, pending notification of the
victim's family. The investigation remains ongoing.