Saturday, May 16, 2015

Florida One-year-old Accidentally Shot by Sibling - No Charges Expected

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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating the accidental shooting of a one-year-old child.

Preliminary investigations reveal two children – ages three and one – were left alone inside a vehicle.  The three-year-old obtained a handgun that was left inside the vehicle and accidentally shot it. The bullet struck the one-year-old child.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident, and no criminal charges are expected this evening.

PA Gun Owners Charged in Kid Shooting

Elaine and Samoad Key
Elaine and Samoad Key

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A Lancaster woman is headed to trial for an accidental shooting that critically injured her 9-year-old brother.

Elaine Key, 25, waived a preliminary hearing Thursday and allowed charges of aggravated assault, causing or risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy to proceed to county court.

Her husband, 30-year-old Samoad Key, also waived his hearing on counts of hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence. He is accused of hiding his wife’s gun on the roof of their home.
Jose Rentas
Jose Rentas
The couple and Key’s father, 46-year-old Jose Rentas, on April 5 were test-firing Elaine Key’s newly purchased .380-caliber handgun at a target in the basement, using as a backstop a hollow-core door propped in front of a window facing the sidewalk and street.

Mrs. Key fired a shot that went through the door and window and struck her brother in the back as he played on the sidewalk at his home.

Rentas also is charged with aggravated assault, causing or risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, and conspiracy. His preliminary hearing was rescheduled.

Arizona 7-year-old Boy Shoots 7-year-old Friend - No Charges - Just Another Reminder

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Buckeye police are not pursuing any charges in the case of a 7-year-old boy who accidentally shot his 7-year-old friend in the head.

Police said Thursday that no criminal charges are being sought in last month’s shooting inside a home.

Authorities say both boys were at the victim’s home April 13 when they found a Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun in a closet.

According to investigators, the victim’s friend held the gun and accidentally fired it. The bullet grazed the top of the victim’s skull.

Police say the incident is a reminder that gun owners should store firearms in a secure place.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Ohio Man Charged in Accidental Shooting Death of Teen Cousin

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An Ohio man has been charged with reckless homicide in the fatal shotgun shooting of his 15-year-old cousin.

Twenty-eight-year-old Thomas Catalde Jr., of Leavittsburg, was charged with the felony Wednesday and is being held in Trumbull County Jail.

Police say Jesse Hayes from the Cleveland suburb of Parma died Monday after Catalde shot him in the face Saturday.

Authorities say Catalde told police he'd been drinking beer and talking to Jesse about hunting. They say Catalde was showing the boy a new shotgun when he pointed it at Jesse and pulled the trigger. 

Catalde said he didn't think the shotgun was loaded.

Did Gaston Glock Invent the Negligent Discharge?


“Those guns and just unsafe, you’ll never convince me otherwise.” so said a retired police officer during a recent conversation. The topic of conversation was, of course, the Austrian Wonder-Nine, the Plastic Fantastic, the hardest working pistol in show business today…the GLOCK 17.

To be completely honest, I find it a bit odd that in the year 2015 we are still having the Pro/Anti Glock discussions. GLOCK Gmbh. was founded in 1981 and the Model 17 pistol was their first offering in 1982. The Austrian military immediately saw the value of the gun and set the company in motion toward market dominance.

Not a New Design

Folks, Glock pistols have been around for over thirty years and yet some gun culture people talk about them as if they are some recent offering, somehow untested and wet behind the ears. Let’s face facts. If the Glock design was so flawed and faulty, why is it that every major handgun manufacturer in the world now has some type of polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol in their gun stable?

We can argue specifics and minute details until the cows come home, and I don’t even see them on the horizon yet, but with only slight modifications, most of the popular, internal striker-fired pistols function in a very similar manner. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the schematics.

The Creation of the ND

Let’s be intellectually honest, the negligent discharge did not begin with the invention of the Glock pistol. There have been negligent discharges since the ability to discharge a firearm came into being. Can we agree on that?  Can we agree that there have been ND’s since the invention of the firearm?

Yet, there are those malcontents that will acquiesce to the previous assertion but will point out what they feel is as an overabundance of negligent discharges where the Glock pistol was the hardware in question. This is particularly true when the subject of law enforcement using the Glock comes up. 

“More cops ND Glocks than any other handgun.” Said one man feeling he had put the cork on the anti-Glock argument.

Kentucky Sheriff On Suspect Shot By Deputy: 'We Are Glad That He Is White'

Huffington Post link provided by George Jefferson with the following remark, which, hopefully, he'll elaborate upon:

"Pigs being Pigs ....or racism?"

Open Carry in Ohio

From ssgmarkcr

Was wandering and came upon this court decision about open carry. 

"Every part of Shawn Northrup's midsummer evening walk with his wife, daughter, grandson, and dog was legal -- including the holstered handgun he openly carried on his hip. But that was not enough to keep Northrup from being disarmed, handcuffed, and threatened with arrest by a police officer. Fortunately, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to let the officer who illegally detained Northrup escape accountability, exemplifying the kind of judicial engagement that is needed to protect law-abiding citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. "

    One thing I found most interesting is that the officer tried to justify his actions in detaining Mr. Northrup by using the logic often used by the MOMs in their crusade to pressure businesses into banning all legal carry in their venues.  However, the judge wasn't buying,

"As Judge Sutton pointedly observed, "While the dispatcher and [911 caller] may not have known the details of Ohio's open-carry firearm law, the police officer had no basis for such uncertainty." While Bright argued that he faced a difficult decision -- "respond to the communities' fear and the appearance of the gunman" or "do nothing ... and hope that he was not about to start shooting" -- Sutton rejected this as a false choice. Absent any actual evidence that Bright was "about to start shooting," Sutton reasoned, "Bright's hope ... remains another word for the trust that Ohioans have placed in their State's approach to gun licensure and gun possession."

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Oregon Becomes Eighth State to Expand Background Checks on All Gun Sales


Oregon on Monday became the eighth state to expand criminal background checks to include all private gun sales, even transactions on the Internet, when Democratic Governor Kate Brown signed the bill into law.

A federal law, commonly known as the Brady Law, requires licensed firearms dealers to perform background checks on prospective purchasers and to maintain records of the sales. But unlicensed private sellers at gun shows and online are not required by federal law to observe the same policies, which allows people to buy and transfer firearms without first passing a background check. 
Forty percent of guns sold in the U.S. are done so without a background check, according to a 2014 report by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Since the Brady Law was enacted in 1994, background checks have stopped more than 2 million gun purchases by people who may pose a risk to public safety, such as felons and domestic abusers, according to the Brady Campaign.

More on the Latest Zimmerman Incident

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Police officers recovered a handgun from George Zimmerman and took two guns from a man accused of shooting at Zimmerman while both were driving, authorities said Tuesday.

Police also released a 911 call in which the caller says the other man, Matthew Apperson, told him he was forced to fire his gun Monday at the former neighborhood watch leader on a busy street in the Orlando suburb of Lake Mary.

"A guy says he had to shoot a guy through the window and he wants the police to come," the man said on the call. "He had to shoot at somebody ... He said it was George Zimmerman."
Zimmerman suffered minor injuries from flying glass and debris.

Two guns were taken from Apperson's car, including a revolver that had a spent shell casing. Police officers will also execute a search warrant on Zimmerman's pickup truck, said Lake Mary Police Officer Bianca Gillett.

Both men had the guns legally.

Detectives are still investigating and no charges have been filed against Zimmerman or Apperson. She said the investigation could take time. Documents released Tuesday show that detectives are investigating the shooting as a possible aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill.

"It was a busy time of day on a very busy street," Gillett said. "We are thinking there is someone that saw something that they could come forward and provide that information to the Lake Mary Police Department."

Texas High School Teacher with Concealed Carry Permit Loses It

Local news reports via Southern Beale

A teacher at Fayetteville High School had a medical issue and fired his handgun twice inside his vehicle Tuesday afternoon, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. David Beyer with Fayette County Sheriff's Office said deputies arrived around 5 p.m. Tuesday and called EMS after they found the teacher in distress.

The teacher refused transport to a local hospital and deputies took him to the sheriff's office to get a statement. The man was unable to make a coherent statement, and he was released to his family.

No students were on campus at the time. The teacher has a concealed handgun permit.

The incident is under investigation for possible criminal charges.

Mother of Teen Arrested Over NRA Shirt Sues School District for $450K
Jared Marcum points out that not only did the school’s dress code policy not prohibit images of guns, but a statue on the school grounds depicts a soldier with a rifle and a grenade. (Photo: WOWK)

Guns dot com

The mother of a teen who was arrested and suspended for wearing – and refusing to take off – a National Rifle Association t-shirt to school last April has filed a lawsuit against the school district, claiming her son’s constitutional rights were violated when they prohibited him from wearing the shirt.

The suit named a dozen defendants, among which were Logan Middle School and faculty involved in the incident, including the school’s principal and several teachers, and multiple members of Logan County Board of Education were also named.

The complaint, which was filed in federal court last month, calls for $200,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.

Jared Marcum, who was 14-years-old at the time, was stopped by school staff members while standing in line in the cafeteria at lunch time. Staff members told Marcum that his shirt, which featured the NRA logo, a rifle and the words “Protect Your Right,” violated the school’s dress code policy (which has since been removed from the school’s website). The policy prohibited the display of profanity, violence, discriminatory messages or sexually suggestive phrases, but said nothing about images of guns or firearm organizations.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

For the Semper Paratus Crowd

Body Armor Company; Armour Wear, Engineer’s Affordable Ballistic Protection For All

Gun rights people often talk about being prepared.  When questioned about their decision to own and carry guns, they love to fall back on the seemingly wise mantra, it's better to have a gun and not need it than need a gun and not have it.  But why don't they wear ballistic underwear  Or, tourniquet pants?

Well, they certainly would if they truly wanted to be prepared for that extremely rare possibility of finding themselves in a gunfight.  But that's not it at all. The reason they don't generally go in for these things is because, unlike guns, they don't pack the same punch where the ego is concerned.  Guns feed into the fantasy of actively carrying out violence against a perceived threat. Guns make weak men feel powerful. Firing a gun in practice provides an exhilirating rush that's just lacking in the more passive and less glamorous defensive accoutrements. Possessing a gun, and especially carrying one, provides a subconscious stimulation knowing that at any moment you could be just like Tom Cruise in "Collateral" or Liam Neesen in "Taken."

Defense Bill Would Put 100,000 Untraceable Guns On Streets

Huffington Post link provided by George Jefferson with this in the subject line: "Once again Huffpo chooses not to tell the whole truth...just like Fox?‏"

I'm sure he'll humor us with an explanation, first about what the "whole truth" is and second, how anyone can possibly be compared to Fox News in the mendacious, trickster department.
According to a white paper prepared for Congress by the Army opposing the amendment, the measure would allow the unregulated distribution of up to 100,000 Colt .45s, more formally known as .45-caliber semiautomatic M1911 handguns.

The provision, added by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), changes parts of federal rules that were meant to boost rifle skills in the country under a program dating back to Teddy Roosevelt. Under existing law, which was updated in 1996, the Department of Defense makes surplus military rifles available to the public through something known as the Civilian Marksmanship Program, which has a regional headquarters in Rogers' state.

Rogers' amendment would change language in the law that specifies certain rifles allowed in the program to include the much broader category of "firearms."

Although the marksmanship program aims to educate youth about safety and shooting, according to the military's white paper, "There is a significant risk of approximately 100K semi-automatic handguns that are virtually untraceable, being released into commerce."

That's because although the amendment specifies that the weapons cannot be sold to people who are barred by law from having guns, the CMP sells guns over the Internet, and has no mechanism to verify who is making purchases. By law, the CMP "can sell ... only to members of CMP affiliated clubs who are also U.S. citizens, over 18 years of age and who are legally eligible to purchase a firearm," according to eligibility requirements posted on its website. On top of that, although the CMP is allowed by law to sell guns across state lines, it is not covered by the Gun Control Act, and is not required to keep records tracking purchasers.

The Army noted in its opposition that the Department of Justice has tracked an average of nearly 1,800 Colt .45s being used in crimes every year over the last decade, including a significant but unspecified number of those guns that were originally military surplus.

Rogers' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokesman for Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said his boss agreed with the Army and would try to strip the amendment.

"This provision, which the Army has said it does not want or need, could potentially put nearly 100,000 untraceable .45-caliber military-grade handguns on our streets," the spokesman, Michael Amato, said in an email. "This provision is an unnecessary risk."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rape and Death Threats for Dissing American Sniper

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Michigan 4-Year-old Injured in Accidental Shooting - Police Baffled

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Police say a 4-year-old boy was wounded when a gun apparently accidentally discharged and his head was grazed by a bullet in Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor police Detective Sgt. Pat Hughes says the boy had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to an area hospital in stable condition. He says three other children — two boys and a girl all under the age of 10 — were at the home at the time.

Hughes says police were trying to determine whether an adult also was at home, who owned the gun and how exactly the gun was discharged.

George Zimmerman, NRA's Greatest Hero and Biggest Victim, Once Again Makes the News

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The attorney for a Seminole County man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman during a road rage incident on Monday said he opened fire in self-defense.

Police said the shooting stemmed from an incident on Lake Mary Boulevard and involved Matthew Apperson, of Winter Springs, a man involved in another confrontation with Zimmerman in September.

"He simply maintained that he acted in self-defense," attorney Mark NeJame said. "We see everything to suggest that that is correct."

A bullet struck Zimmerman's driver's-side window and he was hit by glass and other debris, said his attorney, Don West.

"His injuries would be considered minor," West said. "The bullet missed his head. I think it broke a window and lodged in his vehicle."

Authorities said Zimmerman did not return fire. He flagged down a local officer about the same time Apperson called 911, authorities said in a news conference on Monday.

"George absolutely denies having shown it, waved, displayed, pointed it," West said of Zimmerman's gun.

Mississippi Subway Worker Fired for Tweets

Pictured in her Subway uniform, Sierra 'C-Babi Mccurdy' was ripped for lauding the deaths of two officers Mccurdy's post immediately sparked outrage and calls for a boycott of Subway appeared almost instantlyThe Laurel, Mississippi, Subway 'sandwich artist' was fired after she created a social media firestorm

The Daily Mail (link provided by George Jefferson)

A Mississippi Subway 'sandwich artist' has been fired after she created a social media firestorm Sunday by posting messages applauding the deaths of two police officers killed in the line of duty.

After Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, were killed on Saturday night about 30 miles away in Hattiesburg, Laurel woman Sierra 'C-Babi' Mccurdy posted a message while wearing her uniform. 

She wrote: 'Two police officers shot tonight in Hattiesburg,' followed by 'GOT EM' and a gun pointed at the words as well as a laughing emoji. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Suicide Prevention in Tennessee Gun Shops

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The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is targeting gun shops as part of its public awareness campaign to try to prevent deaths.

An example is a poster on display in a Memphis gun store noting that suicides in Tennessee far outnumber homicides, and firearms are the leading method, The Commercial Appeal ( reported. The sign lists a crisis hotline.

Will Bass, the gun shop's general manager, said it's good to have anti-suicide messages posted in the shop, just in case a customer is thinking about ending his or her own life. "To hopefully get them thinking 'Maybe this isn't the best option,'" Bass said.

Each year, hundreds of people in Tennessee use guns to kill themselves. Existing laws won't necessarily stop people with mental illnesses or suicidal intent from buying weapons, but the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network's Gun Safety Project is trying to prevent deaths through the public awareness campaign that targets gun stores and gun ranges. The network is a public-private partnership associated with the state government.

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Texas: On the Way to the Gun Range, Driver Shot by Passanger - No Charges

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A driver was hospitalized Saturday after College Station police said a passenger in the crowded car accidentally shot the friend as they headed to a gun range.
The condition of the driver wasn’t known late Saturday, but authorities said the injuries “appeared to be non-life-threatening, according to a statement from College Station police.
The car carrying five friends was eastbound on Harvey Road near Texas 6 by Post Oak Mall when the firearm, which police declined to identify, discharged and hit the driver, authorities said. The driver was able to pull over safely, according to Assistant Chief Chuck Fleeger, who said the front passenger apparently was attempting to disassemble the firearm when it went off just before 3 p.m.

Officers at the scene said there was no indication of foul play, but an inquiry is ongoing, according to police. Further details were not available.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

South Carolina Black Homeowner Mistakenly Shot By Police

The Associated PressInvestigators work at a scene of a shooting in Hollywood, S.C., Thursday, May 7, 2015. A sheriff's deputy responding to a home invasion shot the homeowner in the neck Thursday because he refused to drop his gun, authorities said. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith) 

Local news report

Louisiana Teen Accidentally Killed By Friend Playing with a Gun - Shooter Arrested Immediately

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A Lafayette teen was killed Saturday when he was accidentally shot in the face.

According to a press release from the Lafayette Police Department, officers responded to reports of a shooting on the 1600 block of 12th Street. There, they found an 18-year-old man with a single gunshot wound to the face. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police arrested Anthony Beloney, 18, who told officers that he and the victim were playing with a pistol, and, believing it to be unloaded, he pointed it at the victim's face, the press release says.

Beloney was charged with negligent homicide and possession of marijuana. The identity of the victim is being withheld, pending notification of the victim's family. The investigation remains ongoing.

Texas 3-Year-old Shoots Himself - No Charges - Police Offer the Usual Waste-of-Time Advice

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A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition after an apparent accidental shooting Saturday morning.

A San Antonio Police Department spokesman says the boy apparently shot himself after getting is hands on a gun.

Police say a relative drove the injured child to the University Hospital emergency room around 10:30 a.m.

Officer Douglas Greene says the boy suffered a gunshot, and is alive but in critical condition.

"The child gained access to the gun, and it appears he shot himself in the upper body," Greene said.

Larry Pratt Making Assumptions About the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Plan

Switzerland Shooting - Several Victims


Several people were killed in a shooting late on Saturday in a town in the Swiss canton of Aargau, local police said on Sunday.

Officers responding to reports of shots found several bodies in and around a residential building in Wuerenlingen, a community of roughly 4,500 people north-west of Zurich, police said in a statement.

All those killed were adults and an investigation is under way, the statement said. It gave no further details and a police spokesman declined to say how many people had been killed.