Archive for July 2011
We’ve heard plenty about the ‘seepage’ of arms from the Mexican army and police forces into criminal hands, but we’re not quite so used to it happening here at home. When twenty-six AK-74 rifles and one Dragunov sniper rifle went missing from a U.S. Army storage depot at Fort Irwin, California, however, Army officials knew just who to call: the ATFE.
After all, no other Federal agency has more experience with losing rifles than the ATFE
A Chicago television station is being blasted by civil rights leaders and news media professionals for airing edited video of a 4-year-old boy that took his statements out of context, violating the basics of journalism ethics.
The Maynard Institute published a story on July 21 detailing how Chicago CBS station WBBM ran a story about the June 29 shooting of two teenagers in the Park Manor neighborhood.
A freelance photographer interviewed the youngster about whether the shooting frightened him. The station aired the portion of the interview in which the boy responded by saying he was not afraid and wanted his own gun.
However, it failed to air the portion of the child’s quote in which he said he wanted a gun because he planned to be a police officer.
But not so easy to get people scared of guns that way.
Law enforcement got a tip on Private First Class Naser Jason Abdo, apparently planning to bomb Ft. Hood, from the owners of a Texas gun store:
Gun Store Clerk: ‘There Was Clearly Something Wrong With Him’
Local police were initially alerted to Abdo by the owners of Guns Galore who reported him as “suspicious.”
A clerk at the store, who identified himself to ABC News as Mr. Ebert, said Abdo came to the store Wednesday afternoon looking for gunpowder and “reloading options.”
Ebert called the police after he said he felt “concerned with the quantity of his request and his general demeanor.”
“There was clearly something wrong with him,” Ebert said.
Abdo was arrested for an outstanding child pornography warrant, not for plotting terrorism. We’ll see what comes of this, but well done on the part of Guns Galore.
Sebastian: Norway Killer Used Mini-14 and Glock 17
Days of our Trailers: Media Matters Lying. But he repeats himself.
Arma Borealis: Killer didn’t use Dum Dum Bullets
Sebastian again: VPC has a new white paper out “The Glock: A Favorite of Mass Shooters.” And also cops.
A THIEF wants his victim to be prosecuted for having a gun in her house.
Guy Whitelaw broke into the 63-year-old widow’s home and stole jewellery and £1700 in cash.
He also grabbed a wooden box from the woman’s safe and found a revolver inside. The old gun belonged to the victim’s late husband and did not have a licence.
After being arrested, Whitelaw, 28, told police that the woman should be charged.
And the Crown are are now considering bringing a prosecution against her.
Bob Owens on Pajamas Media.
Also see Part One here.
Over at SoldierGeek: Army demonstrates new LSAT lightweight machine gun
Definitely worth a look if only for the caseless and plastic-case ammo.
Phil Jordan, a former CIA operative and one-time leader of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center, claims that the Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sale of military grade weapons…
“From the intel, it appears that a company was set up in Mexico to purchase weapons through the U.S. Direct Commercial Sales Program, and that the company may have had a direct link to the Zetas.”
I’ve long argued that we need to see how many of the Mexican crime guns that actually are from the US were sold to the Mexican police and military. But I’ve assumed that they would have been acquired via theft, battlefield scavenging, or black market sales by corrupt government employees. Not by direct sales to a front company.
This is the sort of story that I would generally approach with extreme caution and skepticism. But we’ve seen so many of these wild theories turn out to be true that the benefit of the doubt is rapidly evaporating.
If it does, in fact, turn out that the US State Department has been selling automatic weapons straight to the Mexican cartels, we’ll no doubt see Eric Holder explaining that it needs to be addressed by tightening gun control on the US population.
Via Instapundit, who writes
It seems like the only people they don’t want to have guns are ordinary American citizens.
Shandra Kidd didn’t realize her gun was empty when she tried to shoot a Chicago Police officer.
All the bullets fell out when she was running from the officer.
Unfortunately for her, the officer’s gun was loaded. And the officer shot her in the buttocks.
That was in 2007. She tried twice to shoot the cop at point-blank range. Kidd was just sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Again, I say, GUNS MUST BE BANNED.
And as for this jai term-55 years seems excessive.
Um, in Chicago guns ARE banned.
The commenter thinks a more “reasonable” jail term with “education and counselling” would be a better way to go.