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Oh No! More School Shootings Possible!

Idaho becomes eighth state to have concealed handguns on college campuses  (from John Lott)

Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin currently prevent public colleges from banning concealed handguns on college campuses.  With Idaho becoming the eighth state (Governor Butch Otter has already indicated that he will sign the bill), 20 states leave the decision to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses up to each college or university individually.  From Reuters:

Idaho lawmakers on Thursday approved a measure allowing concealed guns to be carried onto university and college campuses.
The legislation, which cleared the state House of Representatives by a 50-19 vote and was overwhelmingly approved by the state Senate last month, now heads to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter for his signature.
If the Republican governor signs the bill into law as expected, Idaho will be the seventh U.S. state that allows guns on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The passage of the Idaho bill comes amid a tense debate on the extent of gun ownership restrictions in the United States, which has seen a string of recent shootings at schools, movie theaters and other public places. . . .

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BE AFRAID!  There have been more school shootings from legally-possessed handguns…   OH, wait a minute…

I don’t think there have been any on the campuses which make such allowances, have there?

Next On Matlock

Not THIS Matlock!

Not THIS Matlock!

Isn’t it wonderful when the family of a dead alleged criminal arrives to tell us how there wasn’t really a home invasion?

Somehow, the homeowner didn’t see it that way:

Authorities on Monday said Ronald Green, 66, was watching TV when he was startled by the sound of his front door flying open.

Ramon R. Matlock entered the home, and Green ran to a bedroom to retrieve a revolver, authorities said.

Matlock swung at Green, and Green fired a shot into Matlock’s chest and another into his lower back, authorities said.

Authorities said Matlock ran out the door, but only got as far as the front yard. The Omaha Fire Department pronounced Matlock dead at the scene.

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His family claims that perhaps the teen had been drinking and was confused, and thought he was at his aunt’s house. Presumably, crashing in through doors and taking a swing at those inside after they’ve retreated to their bedrooms is just how Ramon greeted people.

The district attorney said that Ramon was known in the neighborhood… and not for his hugs. He ruled Ramon’s entry a home invasion, and his swing at the homeowner a deadly force attack justifying the use of deadly force.

No charges will be filed.

Another example of wasted youth.

I did some incredibly stupid stuff in my youth, and as my Dad used to say, I’m not young, anymore.  But, it never occurred to me to get drunk, kick in someone’s door and take a swing at a 66 year-old man!

I was more into whining I had no date for Saturday night.  And the only time I kicked in a door was when I locked myself out of my own bedroom at my college roommates house.

h/t Bob Owens, Robert McDonald

Go Cougars!

Ninety Miles From Tyranny brings us the story…

How girl ELEVEN grabbed gun and shot dead cougar that was stalking her brother, 13, outside their house (link)

Of course, these kids would have been much safer had they no firearm or safety or shooting instruction or access to firearms.  After all, the cougars were here first.

Picking on a poor, defenseless animal like that, how dare they!

It’s for the children…

PS – I took my first shot at age 6.  When did you start?

You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist

It got a lot of attention this morning when I tweeted, “You’re Eight Times More Likely to be Killed by a Police Officer than a Terrorist.” It’s been quickly retweeted dozens of times, indicating that the idea is interesting to many people. So let’s discuss it in more than 140 characters.

In case it needs saying: Police officers are unlike terrorists in almost all respects. Crucially, the goal of the former, in their vastest majority, is to have a stable, peaceful, safe, law-abiding society, which is a goal we all share. The goal of the latter is … well, it’s complicated. I’ve cited my favorite expert on that, Audrey Kurth Cronin, here and here and here. Needless to say, the goal of terrorists is not that peaceful, safe, stable society.

I picked up the statistic from a blog post called: “Fear of Terror Makes People Stupid,” which in turn cites the National Safety Council for this and lots of other numbers reflecting likelihoods of dying from various causes. So dispute the number(s) with them, if you care to.

You need to read the whole article, and it’s links.

This is the quote that came to mind, after I read them:

They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.  -  Benjamin Franklin, November 11, 1755

h/t Miss Cellania, Cato @ Liberty

“We Don’t Have Time For This!”

Two North Carolina parents are in shock after local police shot and killed their 18-year-old son in their own home, while they watched helplessly.

The family called police because they were worried about their son, Keith Vidal, who is schizophrenic and suffers from depression, according to local news. Vidal, armed with a small screwdriver, was apparently having a psychotic episode. Mark Wilsey, Vidal’s father, called the authorities to help deal with the situation.

An officer from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and another from the Boiling Spring Lakes police department showed up to the house soon after. Eventually, a third officer from the Southport police department entered the home as well, and ordered the use of tasers to subdue Vidal. According to Wilsey, Vidal was pinned on the ground by two of the officers when a third said, “we don’t have time for this,” and shot Vidal, killing him.

Vidal had just turned 18, and weighed a mere 90 pounds. He couldn’t have hurt anyone with the screwdriver, and had no history of violence according to family and friends.  (The Daily Caller)

Now, of course, none of us were there, and we weren’t the responding officers.  HOWEVER, while my tendency is to support law enforcement, this appears lazy, at best.  And it’s not the best.

What do YOU think?

Maddox and Platt Revisited

Maddox and Platt were responsible for the death of 2 FBI agents, and the upgrading of FBI armament from revolvers to semiautomatics.  They were sociopaths who trained with their guns.  (The Miami FBI Massacre)

Maddened Fowl pointed us to an article by Greg Elfritz in Active Response Training.

Most of us armchair blog reader/occasional shooters think that because most criminals are lazy, if we have a modicum of training, we can defeat them on the street.  After all, criminals don’t train.

Ever see a video of convicts ‘taking exercise’?  If they are not lifting weights, they are practicing disarmament techniques in the yard.  And (per this article) many criminals get more and regular target practice than we (the good guys) get!

We might get lucky disarming some 12 year old meth freak trying to rob the local convenience store with a nail file, but, anyone who makes a living doing violent crime probably has the practice and the tools to fight back.

Many guys (and gals) practice karate or some martial art through kata (forms) and kumite (pretend combat). For every cage fighter there are 1000 folks out there pretending to hit each other.  Hardly a skill valuable in the real world.  Can you break a board?  My daughter broke a 1″ pine board in her Second Grade karate class.  It’s all about focus.

And the stones.

Keep practicing.  As an exercise, think through scenarios in your head (What would I do if the guy at Denny cash register pulled a gun?)

Continue to be aware of your surroundings, AND your limitations.

“Man’s got to know his limitations.”  -  ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan

h/t Wikipedia

Guns are NOT Talismans!

JayG said it – truer words never spoken!

Then followed up with THIS!

Long Island Deli Worker Pulls Machete, Chases Away Armed Robber

A New York deli worker pulled a machete from under his counter and chased away an armed, masked gunman who fired a shot at the wall as he demanded money, police said.

Police on Long Island say the gunman entered the Stop & Shop Deli on Crooked Hill Road Sept. 25 and fired his silver .22-caliber pistol as he ordered the worker to stuff his Air Jordan backpack with cash.

The worker apparently chased the dude out of the store and through the parking lot. Armed with a machete. Against a gun. That’s pretty impressive right there, I have to admit. Not many people would go on the offensive against a (marginally) superior weapon. I know I’d sure as hell be reluctant to take on someone armed with a gun if I only had a lawn care implement…

Amen, brother!

(I was reminded that Jamaica has rampant violent crime, and very strict firearms control – perhaps we should all get machetes as backup?)

Another dispatch from..

Condition GREY

Wirecutter shares with us a tale of people in Condition GREY…

The passengers on a San Francisco light rail line were so absorbed in their phones and their tablet computers that no one noticed when a madman pulled out a handgun and waved it around several times before opening fire and killing a random commuter, police have revealed.

Nikhom Thephakaysone is charged with murdering promising San Francisco State University student Justin Valdez, 20, in cold blood, without provocation on a Municipal Railway last month.

Police say the CCTV footage from the rail car show that neither Valdez nor any of his fellow passengers saw it coming – even though Thephakaysone pulled out a .45-caliber pistol several times – even rubbing his nose with it in his hand once.
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I used to hang with a shooter who said average people walk around inattentive (Condition WHITE), but those whose faces are buried in newspapers or magazines (the cell phones and tablets of the day) are even WORSE.  CONDITION GREY!

Don’t be GREY!

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Zimmerman and The Race Card

George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman

Well, at long last, the Zimmerman trial is set to begin in Florida.  You remember?  The White guy who killed an innocent Black youth for the crime of being Black?

That’s what the press told you, more or less.

Of course, none of us were there.  And, isn’t Justice alleged to be racially blind in this country?  That is, unless the press takes the tack that the assailant  victim was subjected to racial profiling.

Now it has come out that the defendant previously fought for racial justice causes.
Hardly a bigot.

And, this gem from Glenn Reynolds:

IF THE PRESS WERE PUSHING A ZIMMERMAN-VICTIMOLOGY STORY, would they be saying more about how a black/Hispanic male is being tried by a jury of (mostly white) women? Zimmerman, remember, is 1/4 black,making him blacker than Homer Plessy.

Regardless of the facts and evidence, it’ll be interesting to see if racial justice for Mr. Zimmerman is served.

If you don’t know Homer Plessy, here’s a link…

Father’s Day Courage

My Dad was a very complex individual.  He certainly had courage, but he had his unresolved fears, as well.  He had amazing will power, but not in all areas of his weaknesses.  Guess that’s why they’re weaknesses.

My Dad did a stint ‘working on the railroad’ back in the forties and fifties.  He was still living in Connecticut, and his father (the former Marine sharpshooter) was a Lieutenant in the NY,NH & H Railroad Police (The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad).  This was long before AMTRAK.

I’m certain, at least in part, my father obtained the RR police job through nepotism.  That doesn’t mean he wasn’t qualified, but getting a railroad job was exceedingly difficult.

One late night, he was on a platform awaiting another train’s arrival.  The platform was basically empty.  Suddenly, two drunken sailors appeared and approached my dad.  And proceeded to beat the living crap out of him.

As he told the story (being a macho former college football lineman) he tried to defend himself as best he could.  Have you ever been in a physical confrontation?  Against multiple assailants?  It can’t be easy, given just one can be problematic.  And these two guys were fit Navy guys.

Ultimately, he found himself down on his hands-and-knees, covering his face and eyes with his hands, and his ribs with his arms, while being kicked by two men.  At least one had brought him into that position by kicking him in the crotch.

And there he was, awaiting death.  And appealing to God to give him the strength to survive.

Suddenly, there was a break in the pain and nausea, and he lunged sideways, tackling one of his assailants.  After banging his head on the platform (I assume multiple times), he faced the second sailor.  He threw him off the platform and down onto an empty track.

Then he somehow made his way to a railroad room where he could lock himself away.  There was no such thing as instant communication and backup in those days.

After returning to work, he found out two sailors had reported having been assaulted on the platform.  One with a concussion, the other a broken back!  No one connected my father to the injuries.  Or at least tried to make the connection.

A couple years later, I was born.

Fast-forward about 20 years after that, my Dad was officiating a Pop Warner football game.  And one of those events that seems to be more common these days occurred.  Some kiddie-footballer’s dad took offense to a call and began physically attacking the officials!  And a melee ensued.  Fans and officials fighting all over the field!   A buddy of my father’s, another official, was being choked by one of the irate fan fathers.

And, here comes my Dad, 20+ years after the sailor fight.  He was able to pull the attacker off his friend, and then was blindsided by a second idiot, having his eyeglasses broken for the effort.  He was obviously much older and overweight.  The end result was three crowd members were arrested, fortunately, no officials.  And no serious injuries.

My dad’s friend presented him with a trophy, a football in a kicking tee with a plaque reading COURAGE.

He certainly had that.  And he left us way too young.

He died six years before Molly was born.  He would have revelled in her.

I no longer have my Dad, nor my daughter.  I still have the trophy, somewhere.

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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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