Posts Tagged ‘VA’
David Forster and Marjon Rostami are just the latest victims of brutal beatings tied to the Trayvon Martin shooting, and some Virginians are outraged that the newspaper did not report the attack for “politically correct reasons.” The attack was revealed not as news, but in an opinion piece.
And here’s something:
On March 24-25, a string of attacks in Grand Rapids, Mich., by mobs of black youths injured seven whites in separate incidents. Five of the injured filed police reports. Examiner reporter Kyle Rogers interviewed one of the victims, Jacob Palasek, who had been beaten with a chain. Palasek stated that police investigators feel that all the attacks were related to the Trayvon Martin story. Local news media stand accused of burying the story to keep racial tensions from rising to a boiling point.
A long-standing prohibition on openly carrying guns in Virginia state parks is set to officially end Monday, a victory for gun rights advocates after a protracted political battle that spanned four administrations.
More than a year in the making, the state code is being changed after Gov. Bob McDonnell in January 2011 ordered the Department of Conservation and Recreation to stop enforcing the regulation banning guns from parks…
People 18 and older in Virginia who can legally own a gun can carry one openly in the state without a permit, as long as it’s visible and holstered. But they were not allowed to bring a gun into a state park. Repealing that regulation affects a significantly larger swath of the gun-owning population because there are far more legal gun owners than concealed-carry permit holders.
Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota and Virgina have no-permit-needed legislation in the works. They’d join Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming.
South Dakota is just waiting for the governor’s signature.
McDonnell’s decision to sign HB 940 was not a surprise. He said before the legislative session began that he supported repeal of the one-handgun-per-month law, a top priority of pro-gun organizations that have long derided it as unnecessary “gun rationing.” The repeal will take effect July 1.
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.
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.
(Murdoc wants to start by noting that this story is running in the Washington Post and not The Onion.)
Add the name Andrew Mikel to the long list of those who have terrorized our schools:
In December, bored and craving attention, the 14-year-old used a plastic tube to blow small plastic pellets at fellow students in Spotsylvania High School. In one lunch period, he scored three hits. “They flinched. They looked annoyed,” Mikel said.
He was immediately expelled from school for “possession and use of a weapon” and then turned over to the county sheriff’s department, where he was apparently charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault. Even if Russell Davis, principal of Spotsylvania High, was insistent on being an idiot, why did the sheriff’s department charge a kid with misdemeanor assault over this?
He is was a freshman honor student and member of the Junior ROTC.
The plastic pellets in question appear to be airsoft BBs. The plastic tube was from a pen.
Mikel’s family appealed the expulsion but it was upheld by the school board. This is a strong indication that the problem is not one idiot who made a bad decision, but a system of idiots who are more than willing to double down on stupid.
Via Neptunus Lex.
Via Uncle and Sailor Curt comes the story of some bartender in Richmond, VA, who seems unhappy with a recent law change which allows those carrying concealed weapons into establishments which serve alcohol. He wrote about it on his blog Jack Goes Forth.
He uses lots of profanity and over-the-top stereotypes to describe gun owners as uneducated idiots. Murdoc can’t quite figure out the logic to that one, but we see it a lot so it must be SOP. Anyway, he includes a couple of gems:
I’m honestly thinking about getting a concealed weapons permit with my spotless record and then going to these people’s places of work and seeing how they feel about someone that they have never met, walking into their front door with a handgun.
Well, we wouldn’t even know, would we? That’s the point. And if we did, I doubt we’d mind. I know I wouldn’t. Not exactly sure what the point is here.
Hide behind your 2nd amendment you uneducated [X]. When the Brits come back and try to re-colonize us, then you can tell me that I was wrong and that we need to bear arms. Until then…You’re a [X] idiot.
Ah, the old “hiding behind the Constitution” card. Just a bunch of dumb people who think that simply because something was important enough to include in the document that established our government, it actually matters. If the cops try to ticket a driver for going 20 in a 35, is the driver “hiding behind the posted speed limit” if he thinks it’s wrong?
In closing…. If you attempt to walk into my bar with a concealed weapon and for whatever reason you didn’t conceal it enough…. You won’t have enough time to draw your piece cowboy. Your face will already be on the pavement. I promise.
Hmmm. Threat of violence. In his Twitter feed he stated that he intended to “maim” if he attacked and that
I stand by my guns in bars comments. If you have a problem with it then bring your concealed gun with you. You’ll need it.
He stood by those comments so strongly that he then TOOK DOWN THE THREAT. Gone. No longer on the blog. No mention about it or why he did it. (Plus he doesn’t allow comments on his blog in the first place, probably because other people are so insecure.)
But here’s a screenshot from the Bing cache:
What a classy act.
I guess I’ve missed any news on these files. This is a bit odd:
The missing files were released nearly five weeks after they were discovered at the home of the former director of the university’s counseling center.
Is something weird going on here? Were the files previously reported “lost” or something?
Got google alerts for all of these stories today:
South Haven, MI: Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint
Portsmouth, VA: Pizza delivery driver robbed at gunpoint in Portsmouth
New Castle County, DE: Delivering pizzas downright dangerous
Raleigh, NC: Pizza shop worker shot in robbery attempt
Those watching things closely may have noticed a trend:
- Gun sales jump (Utah)
- Area gun sales spike (Alabama)
- Gun sales rise in Ohio, stay flat in Ross County (Ohio)
- Gun sales shoot up after Election Day (Colorado)
- Gun sales up, supplies down (Texas)
- S.D. gun shops see rise in sales (South Dakota)
- Gun, ammo sales increase in Churchill, Lyon counties (Nevada)
- Local gun sales increase since election (Arkansas)
- Gun sales shoot way up (Maine)
- Hawaii gun sales shooting up
- Fear Fuels Gun Sales Locally (West Virginia)
- Gun Sales Are Up Since Obama Election (Kentucky)
- Fear of ban increases gun sales (Mississippi)
- Finger on safety as gun sales shoot upward (Idaho)
- Gun sales rise as owners fear stricter controls (North Carolina)
- Gun Sales Boom Ahead of Obama Presidency (Tennessee)
- Gun Sales Booming Since Presidential Election (Nebraska)
- Gun sales, permits climb following election (North Dakota)
- Gun Sales Rise As Buyers Anticipate Political Change (Washington)
- Gun Sales Shoot Upward in Springfield (Missouri)
- Madison gun sales soar (Virginia)
- Some stores see surge in gun sales (Pennsylvania)
- Firearm sales surge following election (Wisconsin)
These are all from the past two or three days and aren’t simply re-runs of AP items in different papers. All of these have considerable, if not exclusively, local content. I could easily have included many, many more.
No doubt, the media coverage is feeding the flames a bit. As is the fact that hunting seasons are kicking off or underway in most states right now. But the trend is unmistakable.
It doesn’t seem to be localized to the bitter, clingy parts of the nation. Or to the red states.