Archive for August 2011
Gun crimes drop at Virginia bars and restaurants during the first year of a new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses.
The number of major crimes involving firearms at bars and restaurants statewide declined 5.2 percent from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, compared with the fiscal year before the law went into effect, according to crime data compiled by Virginia State Police at the newspaper’s request.
And overall, the crimes that occurred during the law’s first year were relatively minor, and few of the incidents appeared to involve gun owners with concealed-carry permits, the analysis found.
Via Instapundit, who writes
In other words, exactly what carry advocates predicted, and exactly the opposite of what anti-gun folks predicted. Again.
A 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of fatally stabbing six people, including two young children, on the British island of Jersey, police said.
Just another step in the direction of knife control in the UK.
Compared to similar outbreaks of unrest in the United States, like the 1992 riots in Los Angeles after the Rodney King verdict, there has been relatively little loss of life. In LA, 53 people died; in the UK, four were dead as of Wednesday afternoon. This likely can be attributed to one major difference between the US and the UK, which is the low level of gun ownership in Britain (35 of the LA victims were killed by gunshot wounds).
Here is a summary of the 53 deaths which lists 36, not 35, shooting deaths. 15 of the 36 were shootings by police, National Guard, or “store owners.” 16 were by someone other than police, National Guard, or “store owners,” and 5 were shot but no solid clue to the identity of the shooter was uncovered.
Regardless of the numbers, when it comes down to defending myself, my family, and my property, I insist on having the best weaponry I can get my hands on. I’m not willing to lose my life, my loved ones, or my stuff in the name of keeping “gun violence” numbers down. If someone’s coming for me, my family, or my stuff, I’m probably going to be doing my best to inflate those numbers a bit.
If these last few days shows anything it is that when push comes to shove, only you and your neighbours can defend against what can only be called barbarian scum. Contrary to what the state would have you believe, you have the right to defend yourself and your property that morally supersede any law that would deny that right.
When added an Anarchy in the UK category a while back, it was a bit of a Sex Pistols joke. Now there are efforts to make it a national policy.
Plus here are two comments from the post:
Yet, people are sitting in prison right now in the US, Britain, and every other English speaking nation for defending themselves and their property. All it takes is a bad law with good intentions, a prosecutor looking to pad his statistics, or one who has an agenda, a justice system that no longer protects the rights of the accused, and the power of the state to back up said prosecutor.
Let’s hope that the US has learned at least a little from Katrina.
The state does not wish for people to defend themselves against criminals and thus prosecutes them when they do. After all, if a citizen learns to defend himself against criminals, he might contemplate defending himself against the state.
And there wasn’t demand for a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to keep and bear arms because they were afraid of burglars or rioters.
Texas Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul continues to champion constitutional rights. His latest endeavor is a bill that would abolish “gun-free zones,” ultimately permitting teachers to carry firearms on school grounds. Predictably, anti-gun groups are calling the legislation “extremist.”
CNS News reports, “H.R. 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011, would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and remove all federally created criminal safety zones.”
The campus of Virginia Tech, the site of a 2007 mass shooting that left 33 people dead, was under lockdown Thursday after juveniles attending a summer camp told authorities they had seen a man carrying what looked like a gun.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking people to stay indoors for now,” Larry Hincker, associate vice president for university relations, said at a news conference.
The kids saw a man with something “covered with a cloth.” Probably an assault rifle. Or maybe a broom.
Authorities haven’t found anything.
This party was a long time coming. Maye was arrested in 2001, the day after Christmas, for killing Prentiss, Mississippi, police officer Ron Jones during a botched drug raid on Maye’s home. Maye, now 30, was convicted in 2004 of capital murder, or the intentional killing of a police officer. He was sentenced to death. Maye says he was asleep as the raid began at 12:30 a.m. and had no idea the men breaking into his home were police. The police say they announced themselves. Maye had no prior criminal record, and police found all of a marijuana roach in his apartment, which under other circumstances would bring a $100 fine.
The man who lived next door to Maye in that bright yellow duplex, Jamie Smith, already had drug charges pending against him and appears to have been the actual target of the police action that night. The police found a significant supply of drugs in Smith’s apartment, though Smith has never been tried.
Via Instapundit, who writes
I don’t think he should have spent a single day in prison. It’s sad that this counts as a victory for justice.
According to the police report, the man had his fiancee’s pink pistol tucked in the front waistband of his pants when the gun accidentally fired.
The bullet hit the man’s penis and then went through one of his legs.
According to the on-scene reporter: “It hit him squarely where it hurt the most.” And the reporter noted that everyone he spoke to brought up the fact that the guy obviously wasn’t being very safe and needed to learn how to handle a gun.
Police today were trying to figure out how a .22-caliber revolver wound up on the ground outside a Banning mobile home, where a woman mistook it for a cigarette lighter and accidentally fired it, wounding her 12- year-old daughter.
Another case of “accidentally” really meaning “negligently.”
At State and Wall, three young men walked toward him. He stepped to the left. One of the young men punched him in the head; the two others surrounded him.
The initial attacker punched him again with a closed fist.
Kruse was able to push him back. Then Kruse reached for his waistband. He pointed the gun at them. He didn’t speak.
“I just pulled the gun. They all scattered,” Kruse said in an interview Monday.
Kruse called 911. Then two of the gang returned to the scene to retrieve some sandals and shopping bags they’d dropped. He pulled the gun again—and this time he spoke. “Stand back,” he said, and held them there until two cops arrived.
A lot of people think he should have just gotten beat up and let them have whatever they wanted because it’s less dangerous to do so.
Otherwise nearly identical in features to the full-size HK45, Heckler & Koch has introduced the new HK45-C Compact with a slim-line grip profile. It could be just another pistol, but H&K has such faith in its performance and durability that it donated new guns to the Army for its 2011 Best Ranger Competition April 15-17 at Fort Benning, Georgia.