Sunday, March 9, 2014
The guest of honor: George Zimmerman, pictured with Mike Piwowarski and two other individuals, caused a gun show to be cancelled after he was named the 'featured guest'
The Daily Mail
A Florida gun show was cancelled after organizers publicly announced Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman would be a guest at the event - but Zimmerman will still make a public appearance.
‘The New Orlando Gun Show,’ scheduled for this weekend at Orlando’s Majestic Events Center, was cancelled Thursday despite more than 100 vendors threatening to take the owners to court if the show did not go on.
Organizer Mike Piwowarski, who also owns a local gun store, told ClickOrlando that the show was cancelled because of the announced Zimmerman appearance, and Zimmerman posted emails to his Twitter account backing up that claim.
‘We've had discussions with The Majestic and they decided to cancel the event because George Zimmerman was making an appearance,’ said Piwowarski.
When contacted by MailOnline, Piwowarski clarified that Zimmerman was to be a paying vendor who wanted to attend for a meet and greet - he would not have charged for any autographs.
Zimmerman's intent was to be able to attend an event where he would be more free to be himself, where there would be less negativity than he has encountered in other settings, according to Piwowarski.
When asked if organizers had considered possible backlash to Zimmerman's attendance, Piwowarski replied 'I’m not sure that we were gauging reaction at all.. it was someone who was legally able to have a table.'
"We don't trust government, because government itself has proven unworthy of our trust. We trust ourselves and we trust what we know in our hearts to be right. We trust our freedom. In this uncertain world, surrounded by lies and corruption everywhere you look, there is no greater freedom than the right to survive and protect our families with all the rifles, shotguns, and handguns we want. We know in the world that surrounds us there are terrorists and there are home invaders, drug cartels, carjackers, knockout gamers, and rapers, and haters, and campus killers, airport killers, shopping mall killers and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse our society that sustains us all."
Local news reports
CORRECTION: The story below initially listed the victim as a 20 year-old man. He is 22. Also, one sentence in the earlier story read that the victim held the infant while Forry pointed a loaded gun, and then another sentence showed that it was Forry who held the baby. According to the PA State Police report, it was Forry who held the one year-old girl. We regret the error.
State Police arrested Tyler Forry of York Haven on Wednesday after they say Forry pointed a loaded gun at a man while Forry held a one year-old baby girl.
Tyler Forry, 21, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, making terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment.
According to police reports, Forry was involved in an altercation with a 22-year-old man around noon on Wednesday at a home along the 100 block of Ridge Road in Warrington Township.
Forry was released on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 14.
The California gun store that put the nation’s first smart gun on sale is facing a furious backlash from customers and gun rights advocates who fear the new technology will encroach on their Second Amendment rights if it becomes mandated.
Attacks in online forums and social networks against the Oak Tree Gun Club have prompted the store to back away from any association with the Armatix iP1 smart gun. The protests threaten the nascent smart-gun industry, which received a jolt of support recently when a group of Silicon Valley investors offered a $1 million prize for promising new technology.
The vitriol began almost immediately after The Washington Post reported last month that the Armatix iP1 smart gun was for sale at the pro shop. Electronic chips inside the gun communicate with a watch that can be bought with the gun, making it impossible to fire without the watch. Gun-control advocates, who believe smart guns could reduce gun violence, suicides and accidental shootings, marked the moment as a milestone.
“These people are anti-gunners,” someone said of Oak Tree on the store’s Facebook page, adding, “I will never step foot in this dump.” On Yelp, a user wrote, “If you care about the ability to exercise your [Second Amendment] rights, I would suggest that you do not continue to frequent this place.”
The protests are fueled by worry that being able to buy the iP1 will trigger a New Jersey law mandating that all handguns in the state be personalized within three years of a smart gun going on sale anywhere in the United States. Similar mandates have been introduced in California and in both chambers of Congress.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Kenneth Kendrick Sims, 35, was arrested by Mobile police on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. (Courtesy of the Mobile County Sheriff's Office)
Still reeling from the news that his 7-year-old son had died after accidentally shooting himself in the head on Wednesday, a Mobile man was arrested after police said he attempted to take vengeance against a family member whom he held responsible for the child's death.
Kenneth Kendrick Sims, 35, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault following an altercation at the home where 7-year-old J'Daun Hill found a relative's gun and accidentally shot himself in the head on Wednesday, said MPD spokeswoman Ashley Rains.
J'Daun was transported to the University of South Alabama Medical Center, where he later died.
Around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, officers made their second journey in 24-hours to a home on the 2600 block of Wealthy Street, Rains said. Police were responding to a reported assault at the home. Officers learned Sims had walked into the home while armed with a large knife and a gun.
"He said he was looking for a specific family member who he felt was responsible for J'Daun's death," Rains said.
Two of his relatives sustained minor, superficial cuts while trying to get the grieving father outside of the home, Rains said. They were treated at the scene by members of the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department.
Once outside the home, a second altercation started, Rains said. Sims pulled out his gun and fired two shots, causing another superficial injury to a third person, she said.
On Thursday, police announced an investigation had revealed J'Daun had accidentally shot himself in the head after finding a gun which had been hidden in a spot believed to be safe by a family member. Police do not anticipate any charges will be filed in J'Daun's death.