‘You’re walking by, minding your business. You’re attacked.’

Muggers Meet Target’s Sig Sauer P239

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.


Driver Hits, Kills Mountain Lion in Conn.

A driver struck a mountain lion in Milford, Conn. early Saturday morning and officials believe it is the animal that has eluded authorities in Greenwich.

Sigred Lacson of Newington, was traveling on Route 15 northbound, just north of exit 55 in Milford, around 1:30 a.m. and hit the animal, which was in the left lane.

I had linked to the story of the huge catamount earlier. This was about 40 miles from those sightings, so it’s quite possible it’s not the same mountain lion. Seems that if it was living in the area, it would have a lair of sorts and not wander so far. But if it was an escapee or a released pet it could have been on the run and 40 miles is quite believable.

Glad no one was hurt. Glad the beast didn’t cause damage to property or livestock or pets. (Though I’ll bet the car that hit it has a mark.)

Still, sad to see such a majestic animal bite the dust.

Thanks to a reader for the tip!


Up To 8-Foot Long, 160-Pound Mountain Lion On The Loose In Greenwich, Conn.

An unusually large mountain lion has been spotted in the Greenwhich suburbs. Predictably,

Greenwich Conservation director Denise Savageau said that if anyone happens upon a suspected mountain lion, they should, “Act large, stand up tall, wave your arms and make noises. Don’t freeze. You don’t want to act like a bunny.”

By doing so, the animal more than likely will not view a human as prey, Savageau said.

Murdoc’s been pointing out mountain lion encounters here and there for years now. Back in 2004 I noted that the California state suggestions to deal with a mountain lion, including “Do not approach a lion,” “Do not run from a lion,” and “Do all you can to appear larger.”

To their credit, they also suggest fighting back if attacked.

A hiker in Southern California used a rock to fend off a mountain lion that was attacking his son. Others have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands.

That’s not fighting back, that’s a desperate last-ditch attempt to continue living.

Also see Friendly neighborhood mountain lion . And I posted a page from the Worst Case Scenario A Day calendar I had at the time:

How to escape from a mountain lion

Though option 3 might be tough against 160 pounds of cat muscle, claws, and teeth.

Incidentally, the Eastern Cougar was declared EXTINCT in March, with researchers believing it had been so since the 1930s. This, of course, may or may not be an eastern cougar, and/or it may or may not be a native wild animal.

Via Instapundit.

Citizens of Connecticut: Turn in your property because it scares some people

Say Uncle points out a bill in Connecticut that would ban “large capacity” magazines (those that hold more than ten rounds). But it ain’t all that bad:

(c) Any person who (1) prior to the effective date of this section, lawfully possessed a large capacity magazine, and (2) not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section, removes such magazine from this state or surrenders such magazine to an organized local police department or the Department of Public Safety for destruction, shall not be subject to prosecution for a violation of subsection (b) of this section.

So you’d have three months to give away your stuff to the government.

Meanwhile, it looks Brownells 30-round AR mags are still on sale for $9.99.

Killer’s Side of the Story

Book Details Komisarjevsky’s Version Of Cheshire Murders

Author Brian McDonald has written a book telling Joshua Komisarjevsky’s side of the story of the brutal 2007 rape, kidnapping, and killing of the wife and two daughters of Dr. William A. Petit in Chesire, Connecticut.

McDonald corresponded and visited with Komisarjevsky to get the whole story. Here’s a quote:

To be honest, I’m a reluctant true-crime writer. I like happy endings. I took on both projects simply because I needed the work.


The book is called ‘In the Middle of the Night: The Shocking True Story of a Family Killed in Cold Blood’. I guess books like this are what we get when some writers “need work.”

‘If you can’t talk about the Second Amendment, what happened to the First Amendment?’

Professor Called Police After Student Presentation

This happened in October at Central Connecticut State University, but I don’t think I had heard about it until a reader tipped me off this evening:

On October 3, 2008, [John] Wahlberg and two other classmates prepared to give an oral presentation for a Communication 140 class that was required to discuss a “relevant issue in the media”. Wahlberg and his group chose to discuss school violence due to recent events such as the Virginia Tech shootings that occurred in 2007.

Shortly after his professor, Paula Anderson, filed a complaint with the CCSU Police against her student. During the presentation Wahlberg made the point that if students were permitted to conceal carry guns on campus, the violence could have been stopped earlier in many of these cases. He also touched on the controversial idea of free gun zones on college campuses.

That night at work, Wahlberg received a message stating that the campus police “requested his presence”. Upon entering the police station, the officers began to list off firearms that were registered under his name, and questioned him about where he kept them.

Apparently the professor thought the presentation made other students feel “scared and uncomfortable.”

I saw at least one gunblogger in the comments, but I gotta say that this one takes the cake:

As a student at CCSU i am deeply concerned. I do not agree with Wahlberg and I believe he should be put in prison for saying such things. When someone speaks of promoting guns they are promoting MURDER and should be punished. I’m all for free speech, just not when it comes to guns.

Then, Susie, you AREN’T exactly for free speech, are you?

Teleconference in the Killer

Prisons beefing up teleconferencing to save money

It costs the state of Connecticut at least $1,600 every time multiple murder suspect Joshua Komisarjevsky appears in a courtroom.

Despite his slight build and boyish appearance, Komisarjevsky is classified as a high security inmate, facing charges of murder, rape and arson from a 2007 home invasion in which a woman and her two daughters were killed in Cheshire.

At every court appearance, a special detail of corrections officers and two state troopers are assigned to accompany him.

So, when Komisarjevsky was due in family court earlier this year on an unrelated matter, prison officials opted for a teleconference. Instead an expensive trip to the courthouse, officers escorted Komisarjevsky down the hall from his cell at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, to a room where he participated in the hearing via two-way video.

I think this makes a lot of sense.

Also, recall that Dr. William Petit, whose wife and two daughters were killed by Komisarjevsky and his partner, has become an activist for the “Three Strike Law.”

Three Strikes

Dr. William Petit, whose wife and two daughters were killed by two career criminals in Cheshire, CT, last year, has become an activist for the “Three Strike Law.” The law would five a mandatory life sentence on anyone convicted for the third time for a violent felony.

Petit’s wife and youngest daughter were raped. The mother was strangled to death and the two girls were tied in their beds and left to die when the two invaders set the house on fire.

ABC’s Good Morning America brought on a home defense “expert” who suggested that wind chimes and cactus on the windowsill would deter invaders.

UPDATE: From a commenter:

If cactus was actually effective at stopping malefactors, CT and MA would’ve required a license to buy, sell, and transport it long ago.