Friday, February 13, 2015

Orlando Florida 4-Year-old Shoots Himself - Charges Uncertain

video report

Police in Washington State Fatally Shoot Man Who Threw Rocks at Them

Yahoo News

Police in Washington state shot a man to death who threw rocks at them, officials said on Wednesday, as a video published online appearing to show the incident drew criticism of the officers' actions.

LAPD Officer Shoots Teen Standing Next To Someone Holding Replica Gun

Huffington Post

Authorities say a Los Angeles police officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy in the back after spotting him in an alley standing near someone holding what appeared to be a gun.

Sgt. Frank Preciado said early Thursday that what the officer thought was a weapon turned out to be a replica handgun.

The boy was transported to a hospital and released to his mother the same day.

Two officers spotted a teenager pointing what they thought was a gun at another person Tuesday morning.

Preciado says officers ordered the boy to drop the weapon. When he didn't comply, one of the officers opened fire.

The teen holding the replica weapon wasn't hurt, but the boy standing next to him was struck.

No arrests have been made.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Louisiana Man Leaves His Guns Out - 3-Year-old Daughter Kills Herself - No Charges Yet

Alexis Mercer. (Source: Family) 
Alexis Mercer

 Local news

A 3-year-old LeBleu Settlement child died at a local hospital Monday night following an accidental shooting at her home on Arsene Road, authorities said.

Family members have identified the child as 3-year-old Alexis Mercer. 

"This is a moment as a Sheriff that I have to tell people, you have got to protect our children," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso in an interview with KPLC.

Mancuso said the father had been cleaning his guns in the living room that day, while his wife and children were gone, and he did not put them up before leaving for work. When the mother returned home with the three children, ages 1-3, the 3-year-old girl was able to get one of the loaded guns, accidentally causing the gun to fire.

New Study Suggests Gun Owners And Gun Rights Advocates Are More Racist

Huffington Post

With a flurry of national incidents calling attention to legislation surrounding the right to bear arms, gun ownership and gun rights advocacy has been at the center of debate. Between the staggering reports of gun violence in cities like Chicago, and the number of mass shootings throughout the year, gun control has become a major issue nationwide. 

But Americans are still facing off on either side of the gun debate, and a new study suggests that gun owners and supporters of legislation in favor of carrying concealed weapons are more likely to be racist. 

The report is extremely relevant, based on recent findings that African-Americans are disproportionately affected by gun violence. According to a 2012 study by the Children's Defense Fund, gun violence is the leading cause of death for black males ages 15-19. In 2008 and 2009, black children and teenagers were 15 percent of the nation's population, however, they accounted for 45 percent of young people killed by guns.

But researcher Kerry O'Brien said, despite the disparity, white Americans are seriously affected by guns as well. 

“White Americans oppose gun control to a far greater extent than do black Americans, but whites are actually more likely to kill themselves with their guns than be killed by someone else. So why would you keep them?” O'Brien said in a press release. “We decided to examine what social and psychological factors predict gun ownership and opposition to gun control.”

Federal Judge Strikes Down Interstate Handgun Transfer Ban



In a ruling issued today, a Federal judge has declared that the longstanding ban on gun dealers selling handguns to residents in different states is not only unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, but also violates other fair trade provisions of the United States Constitution. The full decision is available here, but from what I can tell this looks to be a major win for the Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Louis Bonham, one of TTAG’s consulting lawyers, wrote the following analysis of the ruling:

The suit was brought by a Texas gun dealer, two District of Columbia residents, and the Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. In what appears to have been a test case, the DC residents wished to purchase a handgun from the Texas dealer, but federal law prohibited them from doing so without having the Texas dealer ship the gun to DC’s only FFL, who would have charged them a $125 transfer fee.

North Carolina Muslim Family of 3 Murdered

Deah Shaddy Barakat, right his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, in an undated Facebook photo.
Deah Shaddy Barakat, right his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, in an undated Facebook photo.

Huffington post

Three members of a Muslim family shot to death Tuesday in their home near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus may have been killed over a parking dispute.

The suspect, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, surrendered and was arrested on charges of first-degree murder. He is accused of killing Deah Barakat, 23, Barakat's wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Yusor's sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19.

On Wednesday, police said the motive behind the shooting may have been an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking, rather than a hate crime.

In a press conference, Hicks' wife of seven years, Karen, said she "never would have expected this." She said that the shooting had nothing to do with race or religion, and everything to do with parking problems.

"This incident had nothing to do with religion or victims’ faith but instead had to do with the longstanding parking disputes that my husband had with the neighbors," she said, choking back tears. "He often champions on his Facebook page for the rights of many individuals. Same sex marriages, abortion, race, he just believes that everyone is equal. Doesn’t matter what you look like or who you are or what you believe."

She said she didn't know what drove Hicks to allegedly shoot three people, but her lawyers said that the suspect didn't single out the victims and had problems with other neighbors in the past. Hicks' ex-wife, Kristen, told The Huffington Post that she hadn't "heard from or seen him in 10 years," and had no further comment.

Still, the father of two victims, Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, believes hate led to the killings.
"It was execution style, a bullet in every head," he told the News Observer. "This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime. This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt. And they were uncomfortable with him, but they did not know he would go this far."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

**As Seen on Fox CBS NBC News** Front Main Pallet From Front Yard Gun Range

e-bay suggested by George Jefferson with the following qualifier "And no mike I dont support or defend this retard"

PA State Police Firearms Instructor Charged with Misdemeanors In Accidental Shooting Death of Fellow Trooper

Local news

Clark County’s Gun Registration System Could Be History
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, sworn in last month, is on record wanting to scuttle the long-standing handgun registry in Las Vegas. (Photo: LVMP)

Guns dot com suggested by George Jefferson with the following comment: "While it is likely that background checks will pass in Nevada,we still hope for positive change."

Las Vegas area gun owners may soon be able to disregard the county’s 67-year-old blue card program, the only one of its kind in the state, which requires registration of handguns.

Implemented in 1948, when the area was frequented by notorious East Coast mobsters such as Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, Clark County’s mandatory handgun registry survived a 1989 preemption law by being grandfathered, effectively making it the only place in Nevada that requires gun registration. However there is a new sheriff in town and he is ready to pull the plug on the program.

“I believe that it’s a redundant system,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo told media last fall while he was a candidate for his current office.

With Lombardo now in the driver’s seat, the powerful Republican Speaker of the state Assembly, John Hambrick, has filed legislation to run in the relic of Vegas’s bad old days.

Hambrick’s bill, AB 127, would homogenize gun laws in the state, striking language that exempts Clark County’s gun registry. Currently the county, with some exceptions, mandates that all handguns with a barrel less than 12 inches be registered within 72 hours of being purchased by an area resident. Those who move to the county and stay more than 60 days likewise have to obtain a blue card – known as such by its color – from police. Registration involves a cursory background check and is without fees to the gun owner.

A similar effort in 2013 brought opposition from both Henderson Police Department and Las Vegas Metro leaders who felt the registry of some 1.2 million handguns is a valuable investigative tool for law enforcement. Even if the local police agree with the sheriff this time around, there are still other factors at play.

Further, community groups have already gone on record opposing any move to discontinue the registry.

“Is it helping them solve crimes because that was the end goal?” asked Jocelyn Torres with Progress Now Nevada Action prior to AB 127’s introduction. “Is it helping them solve crimes that are happening in our community? I think we would need a little more research, more hard numbers from them showing why they would want to get rid of it.”

Some interesting points:

1. counties, and presumably cities, can be exempted from state law.
2. mass confiscations did not happen in Clark County.
3. the gun registration has helped in solving crimes.

NYPD Officer Indicted In Death Of Akai Gurley

Huffington Post

A New York City police officer has been indicted in the shooting death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley on Tuesday.

A bullet fired by rookie officer Peter Liang killed Gurley inside the darkened stairwell of the Louis Pink housing project in East New York, Brooklyn, on Nov. 20. 

Although New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton initially characterized the shooting as an “accidental discharge,” Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced in December that he was convening a grand jury to investigate Gurley’s death.

On the night of Nov. 20, Gurley and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Melissa Butler, left Butler’s seventh-floor apartment inside the housing project. The pair tried to take the elevator but it wasn’t working, so they entered the building’s stairwell. The building’s superintendent had requested that the New York City Housing Authority fix the lights in the stairwell months earlier, but when Gurley and Butler entered, it was still dark. 

Just as they entered the stairwell, two first-year police officers -- Liang and his partner, Shaun Landau -- entered from the eighth floor. The two cops were conducting a “vertical patrol,” in which officers walk the stairs of public housing buildings in an attempt to prevent crime.

According to multiple reports, Liang was carrying his gun in one hand and a flashlight in another, when he opened the door to the stairwell. At that moment, a bullet was fired from Liang’s gun, striking Gurley in the chest. Gurley managed to get down two flights of stairs before collapsing on the fifth floor, where a neighbor called 911 and Butler tried to administer first aid. 

Gurley, who had a 2-year-old daughter, was pronounced dead at the hospital. He had been planning to surprise his mother in Florida for Thanksgiving the following weekend.

According to the Daily News report from December, both a commanding officer and an emergency operator frantically tried to reach Liang and Landau after the 911 call, but the two officers didn’t respond to the calls for six and a half minutes. During that time, according to the paper, Liang was texting his police union representative.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Virginia Senate Kills One Pro-Gun Bill And One Anti-Gun Bill

Virginia Citizens Defense League 


The Senate Finance committee has killed Senator Black’s lifetime CHP bill, SB 689. 

The Senate Finance committee also killed Senator Favola’s bill to take away gun rights for certain misdemeanors, SB 943. Senator Favola has vowed to bring up her bill on the Floor of the Senate and attempt to get funding for it there, so we will have to keep an eye on it for the the next few days.

More on the Georgia Domestic Multiple Murder Suicide

Cedric G. Prather

Constitutional Carry: Are the Inmates Finally Taking Over the Asylum?

Huffington Post

Before the ink was even dry on the 2008 Heller decision, the gun lobby began to agitate for an extension of this Second Amendment right to keep a gun in the home for self-defense to carrying concealed weapons outside the home as well. The CCW movement, as it is called, spread throughout the United States but with the exception of five states -- AK, AR, AZ, VT, WY. The residents of all the other 45 states must receive a permit for CCW that is separate from any licensing required simply to own a gun.

It's estimated that somewhere around 10 million people now have CCW permits, or roughly 10 percent of the people who admit to legal ownership of guns. To listen to the gun lobby you would think that armed citizens are responsible for the continued decline in violent crime, even though it's anyone's guess as to how many people are actually walking around armed each day. In 2013, roughly 450 people used guns in what is referred to as "justifiable homicide," while that same year at least 500 people accidentally killed themselves or others with guns. The FBI and CDC numbers may be a little off, but this is the only apples-to-apples comparison that can be made about whether guns help us or hurt us -- and please don't waste my time with the nonsense about how millions of crimes are prevented each year by people walking around with guns. 

This hasn't stopped the NRA from endlessly screaming that "good guys" with guns will always stop "bad guys" with guns to the point that the movement to issue everyone a CCW license has now begun to shift to the idea that we should be able to walk around with guns, concealed or unconcealed at our option, with no licensing required at all. Called "constitutional carry," as opposed to "concealed carry," the loudest and most active proponents of this new credo can be found in the Lone Star State where this nutty idea sprang from a group of dissident NRA members who took issue with the gun organization's refusal to back the open carry of handguns. And the result was a series of guerrilla-theater events at which these dopes paraded outside and inside stores and fast-food franchises toting their ARs and AKs to show that they had the constitutional right to behave like jerks.

Eric Holder's Inability to Pass Gun Control


Harris-Perry looked at Holder and said, “You once said the worst day in office was the day that you had to walk through the bloodied aftermath” following the heinous attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. She said, “Children were slaughtered in their classrooms and we have not made any meaningful progress on changing the access to guns in this country. Are we a nation of cowards when it comes to guns?”

Holder responded:
Well, I’ll say this, [walking through the school] was the worst day I had as Attorney General. It is, I think the single failure that I point to in my time as Attorney General, that I was not able to… convince Congress to really follow the will of the American people — which was to enact meaningful, reasonable, gun safety measures. The gun lobby simply won.
Holder went to say he does not believe America is a “nation of cowards,” but he does believe “members of Congress need to have a little more backbone and stand up to what is a distinct minority, even within… the NRA.”

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Bush Cheney Legacy

Ferguson Police Testing "Less Lethal' Gun Attachment

Yahoo news suggested by Kurt

Ferguson police are testing new methods of incapacitating suspects — six months after a highly controversial police shooting involving one of their officers.

This week, five instructors for the Missouri city’s police department are training to use a "less lethal" device, called the Alternative, which has enough force to knock a suspect to the ground but not kill him or her.

The Alternative is a small orange device that attaches to the top of a normal handgun and extends a Ping-Pong-ball-sized projectile in front of the muzzle.

After traveling through the barrel, the bullet embeds itself inside the alloy projectile, and the docking unit immediately detaches from the weapon, according to the manufacturer.

This process decreases the bullet's velocity and dampens its impact. The bullet, then, should not pierce a human’s skin and cause the type of internal damage that would kill the person. However, it retains enough blunt force to knock someone over and deliver severe, debilitating pain.

Christian Ellis, founder and CEO of Alternative Ballistics, says Ferguson police reached out to him after an extensive Google search.

“After the Michael Brown shooting, they were very concerned about taking lives and making sure that they are proactive,” he said in an interview with Yahoo News. "These guys are taking it very seriously. They really like the technology, and I think they are doing the right thing by giving their officers more tools so they can deal with deadly force encounters in different ways."

Another NRA Board Member Speaks

NRA board member Charles Cotton made controversial comments that eliminating corporal punishment in schools would require him to have 'to put a bullet in him later.’ 
NRA board member Charles Cotton

The Daily News

A member of the NRA's board believes a "good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in him later."

Charles Cotton made the controversial statement in a post Wednesday on a Texas website that tracks gun legislation in response to a bill proposed by Texas Rep. Alma Allen to prohibit corporal punishment in schools.

"I'm sick of this woman and her 'don't touch my kid regardless what he/she did or will do again' attitude," he wrote in a thread on, according to Talking Points Memo. "Perhaps a good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in him later."

The bill, HB567: Corporal punishment in schools, was proposed in December and has not been scheduled for a vote.

The gun-rights organization opposes the legislation and seems to explain Cotton's brazen comments.
Though the bill doesn't specifically address guns, TexasCHLForum states that the inability to curb bad behavior among children at an early age will lead to increased criminal activity. That could then lead gun owners to need to use their weapons for self-defense.

Pennsylvania Teen Killed Classmate And Posed For Snapchat Selfie With Body

Ryan Mangan (pictured) was allegedly killed by his classmate Maxwell Morton.
Ryan Mangan

Huffington Post

A high school football player allegedly shot his classmate in the face and posted a photo of himself with the teen's dead body, according to police near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Maxwell Marion Morton, 16, has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder, and allegedly confessed to police in the killing of 16-year-old Ryan Mangan in Jeannette, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Mangan's mother found him in their home on Wednesday.

Jeannette police arrested Morton on Friday after receiving a photo showing Morton with Mangan's body sitting in a chair, according to an affidavit. 

Another boy allegedly received the photo from Morton via Snapchat and saved a screenshot of it before the picture automatically deleted, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The boy's mother contacted police after learning he had a photo of the murder scene.

There was also a text message from Morton to the boy saying, "Ryan was not the last one," CBS Pittsburgh reports.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Guns in the Home

Pennsylvania Mall Shooting Leaves Several Wounded

Huffington Post

Georgia Domestic Shooting - 5 Dead, 2 Wounded

Huffington Post

A man shot six people Saturday afternoon, killing four of them, including his ex-wife and several children before turning the gun on himself on a quiet, suburban street west of Atlanta, police and neighbors said.