Knives and Flaming Cats

Saw this: Firefighter attacked by knife-wielding woman; is saved by coat

A Tucson fire captain responding to an apartment fire early Friday morning was attacked by a knife-wielding woman who tried to stab him in the chest, police said.

The firefighter’s turnout, or firefighting coat, served as body armor and kept the knife from penetrating his chest, according to a press release issued by Tucson Fire.

The firefighter wasn’t hurt and was able to get out of the apartment.

But noticed this:

Firefighters were able to see inside and determine the fire was burning on top of a small stove. Officials say the woman had a dead cat on the stove and was burning it.

Burning a dead cat on the stove.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Lance Corproal with an M16

Lance Cpl. Jacqueline Leombruno prepares to fire an M-16 rifle during a firing range practice on the flight deck aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). Tortuga is part of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group and is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chelsea Mandello/Released)
Lance Cpl. Jacqueline Leombruno prepares to fire an M-16 rifle during a firing range practice on the flight deck aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46). Tortuga is part of the only forward-deployed amphibious ready group and is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chelsea Mandello/Released)

Shooting Gallery, 1936-2009

Very cool:

In 1936, 16-year-old Ria van Dijk from Tilburg, Holland, fires a gun in a fairground shooting gallery. She hits the target, triggering a camera to take her portrait as a prize.

At the age of 88, Ria van Dijk still makes her annual pilgrimage to the Shooting Gallery.

Here she is in 1936:

Ria van Dijk in 1936
Ria van Dijk in 1936

There are 31 photos in the posted collection, and it’s interesting to see how she looks like she’s the same and only the spectators and background has changed in many of them.

Any Gun is Better than No Gun

10-year-old Wash. boy defends mom with BB gun

Police in Bellingham, Wash., say a 10-year-old boy defended his mother from an attacker by shooting him in the face with a BB rifle as many as four times.

The man accused of the attack rents a room in the woman’s home and came home drunk and angry Tuesday morning. Police say he kicked in a bedroom door and started choking the woman.

Woman shoots, kills bow-and-arrow-armed intruder

Florida:

Auxiliary Trooper Tabbatha Nussbaumer was in the shower in her upstairs bathroom when her 9-year-old son told her a man he didn’t recognize was in the house, the Pensacola Police Department said.

When Nussbaumer left her bathroom, Harris was at the bottom of the stairs holding the bow and arrow, police said.

Nussbaumer said Harris asked for money.

In an effort to get Harris out the house, Nussbaumer told him she had money in her truck. As Nussbaumer went out the front door, Harris followed and removed his clothes, police said.

She retrieved a handgun from the truck and ended up shooting the naked archer. It will be interesting to see how this turns out, as though the encounter began in the woman’s home it ended on the street. From the write-up, it sounds like a clear case of self-defense, but it will depend upon the exact circumstances. Didn’t he have to put down the bow to undress?

For what it’s worth, this is just another example of why the “magic wand solution” wouldn’t be any solution at all. Even if you could wave a magic wand and make all guns disappear forever and make it impossible to ever build more guns, we’d be worse off than we are now.

Naked guys with bows could rule the world. No one wants that.

Women help fuel demand for concealed gun permits

Murdoc’s home state of Michigan:

Most women would not have thought to carry a gun even five years ago, said Andrea Durhal. When she became a National Rifle Association certified instructor eight years ago, her classes were mostly men. Recently, women have started to fill her classes.

It took a few years for women to get over a fear of guns and take responsibility for their protection, she said.

“We’re being victimized; we’re being raped. The crimes are getting higher and the police departments are less and less,” she said. “People are realizing now that they need to be their own security.”

Murdoc’s got to say, however, that the picture of the pink Ruger in the article makes him cringe. Seriously. Can we just get over all that and agree that women are just regular shooters?

Below is a Michigan county-by-county graphic. Murdoc is surprised that the number for Kent County (which contains Grand Rapids) is not higher.

Womens' CCW by county in Michigan
Womens' CCW by county in Michigan
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What a difference a gun makes

Meryl Yourish:

I heard a loud noise from downstairs a little while ago. Both cats are upstairs, and it was a loud, metallic crash, so I thought it was something in the laundry room. That’s a small room off the kitchen and the only way you can get to it is through the kitchen. The only way to get to the kitchen is to be inside my condo. I thought something might have fallen off a shelf, but—you never know. So I went to my room and got my handgun from my nighttable and went downstairs to see.

There are all sorts of people in this country that think it’s too dangerous for someone to carry a gun when they go to check out noises in their house at night. They think that people should use a baseball bat or golf club (at most) when investigating such things. Fine. Let them. Just don’t tell me that I have to.

I’m a guy, and I do not want to investigate what might end up being a fight with just a stick in my hands. I would never ask my wife, other women, or anyone who is even wimpier than Murdoc to do so if better options are available. But lots of people are asking them to do exactly that.

Sometimes, unfortunately, it won’t be just a fallen coffee mug.

If you don’t want to maybe get shot, do not go uninvited into other peoples’ houses at night.

Via Instapundit.