Researchers in Washington State studied the lives of people who were admitted to hospitals with firearm injuries. From the Seattle Times:
The study highlighted a strong correlation between firearm-related hospitalizations and poor outcomes after being discharged, including repeated hospitalization, commission of crime and death. A quarter of those hospitalized for a firearm-related injury were arrested for firearm-related crime within the next five years.
Researchers found that those hospitalized with a gun-related injury who had a prior arrest for gun-related or violent crime were 43 times more likely to be slain within the next five years than those without either.
This is me after reading the article:
A Federal court in Denver ruled that it is acceptable for a police chief to order subordinates to attend an Islamic event — even if they object based on religious reasons.
When Paul Fields, a Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer, objected to being forced to go to an Islamic mosque that had featured a controversial speaker (who promotes the destruction of Western civilization and the creation of an Islamic caliphate), he was ordered by superiors he must attend the mosque or suffer the consequences.
Paul Fields is a Christian.
As a Christian, his unwillingness to attend centered around the fact he did not want to go to a religious event where the topics being covered “discussed Islamic beliefs, Muhammad, Mecca, and why and how Muslims pray.”
Fields, who was one of the key officers that lead a protection program for the mosque, …
Now, I believe in the rights enumerated in the First Amendment. Speech, Press, Assembly. Freedom of Religion (or from Religion) as mandated by State authority.
Doesn’t such an order violate such a Right?
I’m betting this was all done in the name of political correctness and inclusion. Because, after all even the opinions of those seeking to destroy us have value. (yeah, right – Guffaw)
I’m certain Hillary Clinton would agree. Except she stated legal firearms owners are terrorists and as such have no right to an opinion!
h/t Preserve Freedom
(Courtesy of Irish)
As long as you don’t interfere with them doing their job it should be legal. Videotaping would
help keep everyone in line.
A local New Hampshire police department agreed Thursday to pay a woman who was arrested and charged with wiretapping $57,000 to settle her civil rights lawsuit. The deal comes a week after a federal appeals court ruled that the public has a “First Amendment” right to film cops.
The plaintiff in the case, Carla Gericke, was arrested on wiretapping allegations in 2010 for filming her friend being pulled over by the Weare Police Department during a late-night traffic stop. Although Gericke was never brought to trial, she sued, alleging that her arrest constituted retaliatory prosecution in breach of her constitutional rights. The department, without admitting wrongdoing, settled Thursday in a move that the woman’s attorney speculated would deter future police “retaliation.”
There is that part mentioned without admitting wrongdoing which does disturb me, however…
In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying the Dark Lord on the front lawn of the Oklahoma Statehouse. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised. Now an artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath a pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.
The statue is a direct response to the state’s installation of a Ten Commandments monument outside the Capitol in 2012. State Representative Mike Ritze paid for the controversial statue with his own money, and therefore it was considered a donation and OK to place on government property. Following that line of reasoning, the Satanic Temple submitted a formal application for their monument.
As Trait Thompson of the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission told CNN last December, “Individuals and groups are free to apply to place a monument or statue or artwork.” The applications are then approved or rejected by the Commission. Unfortunately, the state has placed a halt on issuing permits for any other monuments until a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against Ritze’s Commandments monument is settled.
Now I’m all about freedom OF religion and freedom FROM religion, when it comes to State entities. But, paradoxically I do support the notice that the Judeo-Christian ethic helped found this great nation. I’ve no problem with the Ten Commandments being posted proudly in the Supreme Court chamber, for example.
But, I don’t remember any Satanists (not to be confused with Wiccans or practitioners of Santaria) being involved in the crucible of the United States.
h/t Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog, vice.com
There’s been much ‘press’ lately with regard to sports team owners and figures expressing themselves, and being held accountable for their statements. Regular readers know I’ve little interest in sports, so if I get some details wrong
forgive me I don’t care!
I know there have been many other such incidents – after all, many professional sports players are recruited out of high school, and haven’t finished college, and based on their status have money and fame thrust upon them. This unfortunately means in some cases they haven’t been properly educated in ethics, etiquette or how to interact properly in the public arena. They are as rock stars or kid TV stars turned adult.
And they have the rights to their opinions and their religions, even if we might disagree with them!
Of course, in this New World Order of political correctness, we’re not allowed to think that way. I understand the player who made disparaging remarks is being sent to mandatory sensitivity training!
Returned for Re-Grooving, indeed!
Their first album, “Waiting for the Electrician or Someone like Him” (1968) includes a satirical tale of the future based on the values of the psychedelic sixties. In particular, there is one track involving two police officers of the future traveling together in their patrol car. As part of their duties, they have to check to see if all of the citizens are “groovy.” If a citizen looks suspicious, the police would stop them, ask them some pointed questions to determine their grooviness, what drugs they were carrying, as well as to check their clothing and body paint. If the citizen wasn’t compliant, he/she would be “taken away for regrooving” which meant a massive reorientation to bring them up to date with the times. (from Tim Bryce’s blog, musing on the Firesign Theatre)
Yeah, not so much…
Or just in need of further education?
Sarah Shahi plays Sameen Shaw in the CBS drama “Person of Interest” and has also appeared in shows like “Fairly Legal” and “The L Word.” The 34 year old Texan native is descended from Persian royalty, an ex-Dallas cheerleader and a pretty good shot, too. The married mom of a three year old son spoke to FOX411 about the show, being a cheerleader and gun ownership. (…)
(…)If you own a gun you need to educate yourself. It can’t fall into the wrong hands. There should be mental checks. More background checks go into adopting a dog then someone walking into a store and being able to buy a gun. I think that’s not right. (Fox 411)
Obviously, she needs to be educated at the very least. I love the show Person of Interest. And her’s is an interesting character. But comments as above show a lack of knowledge of the issues. Of course, they don’t interview and quote unknown, anonymous, disabled, old man bloggers. Just beautiful people.
AND, she already HAS her gun!
h/t Maddened Fowl
Officer involved shooting near Phoenix gun shop
PHOENIX – A robbery at a gun shop in Phoenix led to an officer involved shooting early Monday.
Officers and a SWAT team were searching for one suspect in the area of 19th Avenue and Camelback Road shortly after 6 a.m. while two others had been detained.
One suspect may have been shot in the hand. No officers were hurt.
Traffic was stopped between Camelback and Missouri roads on 19th Avenue for a couple of hours but have since been re-opened.
As of 7 a.m. police had conducted the residential search and all side streets were re-opened.
The residential area search on 19th Ave. (OIS) is complete, side streets are open. Clearing the gun store and adjacent buildings now.
— Phoenix Police (@phoenixpolice) March 3, 2014
The light rail was also affected, with passengers being asked to get off and a bus will take them to the next station.
By 8 a.m. it was back to running on normal schedule.
Jim Cross, Reporter
Well, THIS got my blood pumping this morning! This was the gun store where I used to hang out (and allegedly ‘worked’ part-time) a few years back! And I saw the headline and the location and freaked out!
Of course, reporters are not lawyers. Or cops, or even have a clue about most things, apparently (excluding Biff, of course!).
You see, it was an attempted BURGLARY of a closed store, NOT a robbery! No store personnel were present. It was dark out, before breakfast Monday morning! The store opens @ 10:00 A.M. I’m guessing crack reporter Mr. Cross doesn’t understand that robbery and burglary are NOT synonymous!
Mostly Cajun, All American and Opinionated reminded us of this, with this almanac entry:
1941 – Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a neutrality pact with Adolf Hitler. Just because you’re famous for being good at one thing doesn’t mean you’re smart about everything…
Are you listening Bill Maher, Susan Sarandon, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Steven Spielberg, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey et al.
YES, they have a right to an opinion!
Even if it’s wrong, or misinformed.
And, don’t get me wrong. Just because I like someone’s film or stage performance (or think they’re hot or cool) doesn’t mean I think their opinion about politics or restriction of MY RIGHTS holds water!
Here’s a TV show I never watch, and have no interest in. I’ve seen snippets, and except for the family’s touching religiosity (like dining together and saying grace) I find it inane. It’s reportedly the most watched show on television!
Based on Mr. Robertson’s pronouncements, this is an area where he and I disagree.
I’ve never been to a Chik-fil-A. There isn’t one nearby. I understand the food is exceptional (for fast food), the places are spotless, and, because of the company’s president’s predilections, it is closed on Sunday. They are rumored to have terrific biscuits.
The media was all over the Chik-fil-A story last Summer, and is now having a feeding frenzy over the Duck Dynasty story. How dare people hold opinions different from those promoted by the mainstream media?
This doesn’t mean I agree with the President of Chik-fil-A or Phil Robertson. But, I can make my own decisions with regard to my interaction with them! (or not).
AND, they have a right to express their opinions!!
If you disagree with the president of Chik-fil-A, so be it. If you choose not to patronize them, don’t. If Phil Robertson upsets you, don’t watch the show. Or watch it and yell at the TV – I don’t care!
Just don’t tell me what is politically-correct to buy or watch. I make my own decisions, thank you.
(from The San Antonio Express News, courtesy of Live from the Alamo)
We have advocated in the past for universal background checks and an assault weapon ban. Incompatible with the Second Amendment? Not if the concept of “guns in the wrong hands” has any meaning.
I had a thought upon reading this. What if we promoted universal background checks for anyone who wished to establish religion and freely exercise it, or speak freely, or publish, or peaceably assemble or petition the government for redress of grievances? And ban certain kinds of rapid dissemination of published material. Incompatible with the First Amendment?
After all, isn’t there a concept of “words in the wrong hands”?
How far do you think we’d get? Questioning the inviolability of The First Amendment? We’d be tarred and feathered and pilloried and spat upon and run out of town on a rail. Then hanged, drawn and quartered and the pieces arrested!
Of course there are “common sense” controls on The First Amendment! Laws against libel/slander, inciting riots, yelling fire in a crowded theatre. And there already are “common sense” controls on The Second Amendment. Laws against armed robbery, armed rape, armed mayhem, armed murder.
Mr, President, Mr. Blumberg, and Mr. King – leave me and my rights alone! If I do something wrong, arrest me.