archives

safety

This category contains 51 posts

A ‘Top Gun’ ‘Witness’

(Sorry)

kelly mcgillis

years ago

 

FoxNews.com

Kelly McGillis said she plans to apply for a concealed carry gun permit after she was assaulted by an intruder in her North Carolina home Friday, June 17.

The actress, who is best known for playing Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood in “Top Gun,” recalled the scary incident in a recent Facebook post.

“Upon entering the house I notice a pair of girls pink sandals and a black larger pair,” McGillis wrote. At first, she thought it her daughter might be home and she called out several times for her.

“[But then] a stranger, a woman, came barreling down the hallway and began yelling at me. I asked her who she is and why she was in my house and she said ‘you know why you’ve been stalking me in Twitter.’ Not true.”

The 58-year-old wrote that she keeps guns and ammunition in her home and was concerned one of the intruders had gotten a hold of them.

“That’s when I started to panic” and “ran out the front door and called 911.”

McGillis wrote that the intruder ran after her and “began punching and scratching [me] trying to grab the phone out of my hand. I began screaming as loud as I could hoping someone somewhere might hear me.”

It was a Friday night so not many people were around, McGillis explained. She managed to set off her car alarm since she had her car keys in hand. “More fighting ensued.”

McGillis ran to her truck and drove off. She eventually flagged down another driver who called 911 for her.

The intruder, 38-year-old Laurence Marie Dorn, was arrested by the Henderson County police and charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor stalking, assault and battery and interfering with emergency communication. She is being held on $60,000 bond, according to her arrest report.

McGillis wrote that she was left “scratched and bruised” but is “very thankful it turned out well.”

She added, “But who I feel heartache for is the little girl that was with her. Mental illness takes many hostages. I don’t know her name… but I would like to asked that you pray for her and her mother.”

In a separate post, McGillis shared her plans to protect herself from future invaders.

“I have decided to get a conceal and carry permit. And you can be sure I will be setting the alarm from here on out.

This isn’t the first time McGillis has been the victim of assault; she and her girlfriend at the time were raped in 1982. She has said the experience led her to play the role of attorney Kathryn Murphy in the 1988 film “The Accused,” based on the gang rape of Cheryl Araujo.

O-kay.  She owns guns, but left them in her house, and failed to set the alarm!

Just because you no longer live in L.A. doesn’t mean you are safe.  Hopefully, she gets proper training and her permit and starts setting the alarm from this day forward…

Some folks don’t get second chances.

The NEXT Fig Leaf

I read a while back about a national psychiatric association promoting the idea that pedophilia was just another direction for humanity – that it should be decriminalized and such folks just needed understanding.

Uh-huh.

Well, apparently, this idea has caught on with the Leftist media!  Who knew?

from Free North Carolina

OMG! Salon Publishes Article DEFENDING Pedophiles

There are sex-crimes and there are sex-crimes, all of them are absolutely terrible. But the worst sex crime IMHO is pedophilia, sex with a child.  Taking advantage of a child is an unforgivable crime.

But apparently liberal web-magazine Salon doesn’t think so, they seem to be trying to legitimize the practice.

The post below was written by my colleague Joe Newby and might make you ill (it sure made me ill).

On Tuesday, the ultra-left wing rag Salon published an article defending pedophiles, presenting them as poor, lonely souls who just want someone to love.

There’s only one problem.  The people these individuals want to “love” are children.  And Salon is apparently okay with that.

More @ The Lid
In the early 1970s, the psychiatric community ‘de-mental diseased’ homosexuality, saying it was part of the human condition.  The obvious difference between these two situations is pedophilia enlists demands the participation of children.  This is not about the actions of two consenting adults (regardless one’s opinion about gayness).
I’m libertarian (small L).  What you do or don’t do with your partner in the privacy of your bedchamber, as long as both consent, is no business of mine – nor of the government.
But children need to be protected!  I know both men and women who were abused by pedophiles when they were kids, and have suffered profoundly as adults, as a direct result.
I wonder of part of this wholesale gender confusion is at least in part due to the rampant unreported abuse of children?  
There, I said it.

Yep – ATMs Gonna Be More Safe, Now…

from Activist Post, in part…

No card reader, no PIN pad, no touch-screen display — how you bank at your ATM could drastically change in the not-so-distant future. Citigroup is testing an automated teller machine made by Canton, Ohio-based Diebold that relies on your smartphone and perhaps an eye scan to dispense your cash.

Diebold’s so-called “Irving” system works like this: Let’s say you want to get $100 from your ATM.Instead of taking your bank card with you, you schedule your withdrawal ahead of time on your phone via your bank’s mobile app. When you walk up to the screenless machine, it identifies you in one of several ways: Near Field Communication (NFC, the same type of technology used in Apple Pay’s mobile payment service), QR Code (for Quick Response Code, a machine-readable bar code that’s been used extensively in Japan) or biometrics (scanning your iris, a technique that’s considered far more fail-safe than fingerprints as a form of ID).The machine then spits out the cash and you go on your merry way.

Diebold said the entire transaction could be completed in less than 10 seconds. The new system is more secure than traditional ATMs, in part because you wouldn’t need a card and wouldn’t have to punch in a PIN, the company said.

[…]

“Our latest concepts embody a new era of banking and put the user experience at the top of the pyramid to connect consumers with their money when and how they see fit,” Frank Natoli, Diebold executive vice president, self-service technology, said in a press release.

I predicted this probably 10 years ago, when I was a senior credit card fraud investigator.  Of course, I also predicted as persons were being taken at gunpoint to ATMs to have their accounts forcibly emptied, this new security technology would allow the robber to bypass the middle man.  By removing digits or eyes for them to obtain access at their leisure.

Don’t believe it’ll happen?  Just wait…

Sad Wisdom

If you are not reading Peter Grant (Bayou Renaissance Man) daily, may I say your daily blog reading is – in the very least – incomplete!

For those of us interested in personal security and safety…

The scary-as-hell reality of an urban terrorist attack

America’s shopping malls are wide open to attack by terrorists and criminal thugs.  I’ve spoken about that on various occasions, and I’ll repeat here what I’ve warned before:

In today’s racially charged climate, with criminal flash mobs an ever-increasing problem in many cities, the average urban shopping mall now qualifies as a “stupid place” to be. (!!!)

In 2013 four Muslim fundamentalist terrorists attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in a chilling foretaste of what could happen in any city in America at any time.  I wrote about it that same day.  I urge you to read the warning I gave then, and ask yourself the same questions I posed on that day.  They’re as relevant as ever they were.

Now Foreign Policy brings us an in-depth report on what happened that day in Nairobi, complete with many eye-witness and participant accounts.  It’s the next best thing to a security briefing on what you might confront any day now in an American shopping center.  I have no faith whatsoever that our police and security forces could stop such a thing from at least getting started.  I hope and trust they’d do rather better at shutting it down before it got out of hand:  but if the attacking party is larger, or better-armed, or their assault is timed to coincide with mass street protests that draw too many cops away from the danger zone . . . who knows?

We already know that fundamentalist Islamic terrorists and/or their sympathizers are trying to infiltrate the United States.  Some claim they’ve already done so.  None of us know the facts . . . but I guaran-damn-tee you, they want to.  Nairobi was a foreshadowing of what they’d like to do to the Great Satan, America itself.  Go read the Foreign Policy article in full, and ask yourself:  if something like that goes down tomorrow, in my town, and I’m there, what am I going to do about it?  Am I prepared to deal with it?  If not . . . why not?

Peter

Sad, but true, from Peter.
Those who say ‘it won’t happen here’ are whistling in the dark.
Stay safe.

The Well-Armed Woman

(from Woman’s Outdoor News)

TWAW-Glock

Scottsdale, AZ – August 20, 2015 – Finally, a women’s only online gun forum, sponsored by The Well Armed Woman (TWAW). With the numbers of women entering gun ownership soaring, there hasn’t yet been a comprehensive online community and gun forum created for women, a place where they can share and discuss all things gun – until now.

The Women’s Gun Zone offers extensive forums covering every possible topic important to women shooters of all ages. Women can ask questions and glean from other women shooters. News feeds, videos, photos, private groups where women can “gather” based on things they have in common, as well as places to share their own photos and videos are available. Popular forum topics include the following: Purchasing the Right Gun, Concealed Carry Holsters, Owning Guns with Children, Gun Laws, Pregnancy and Shooting, Defensive Shooting, Competitive Shooting, Senior Citizens, just to name a few. New topics will be regularly and can be added by users, so no question goes unanswered.

Visit The Women’s Gun Zone here: www.thewomensgunzone.com

Great stuff, what?!

Safety In The Desert

Other than with firearms…!

15-07-31-123

And I know folks who have worn flip-flops while shooting and hiking!!

This makes BOOTS seem like a minimum!

The lesson here is wear proper protection in the desert (or wherever there are snakes), and (of course) carry an appropriate firearm!

Once bitten twice shy?  HELL, once bitten always broke!  (assuming one survives)

snake

h/t Wirecutter

Better To Be Tried By Twelve…

Yatta, yatta, yatta.

One of my favorite bloggers, wirecutter, gives us his take on the Supreme Court failing to follow through with their own decisions.

This week the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to get the government out of the bedroom. Counterintuitively, the case involved an ordinance adopted by the famously tolerant and progressive city of San Francisco just eight years ago.

The puzzle is solved when you learn that the ordinance deals with guns, tools for exercising a constitutional right that is decidedly unfashionable in the City by the Bay. By declining to hear the case, the Supreme Court, which in 2010 affirmed that the Second Amendment binds states and cities as well as the federal government, undermines that principle, suggesting that the right of armed self-defense is constrained by local sensibilities.

San Francisco’s ordinance, enacted in 2007, requires that handguns kept at home be “stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock” except when they are being carried. As the six residents challenging the ordinance pointed out in their petition asking the Supreme Court to consider the case, that requirement means “law-abiding individuals must render their handguns inoperable or inaccessible precisely when they are needed most, whenever they are not physically carrying them on their persons—including when they are asleep in the dark of night.
MORE

My solution?  A.C.E.  ALWAYS CARRY EVERYWHERE

And let the constabulary try to figure out how they are going to determine the gun in your hand whose muzzle (flash) they are seeing when they breach your door wasn’t worn by you to bed!

And vote those anti-rights bastards out at the soonest possibility!

And change the stupid law.

To Inoculate, Or NOT To Inoculate…

vaccineTHAT is the question!

I recognize the need for public health policy.  Knowledge of germ theory and sanitation throughout the public is paramount in this regard.  But, as a libertarian (small L), I question the efficacy and efficiency of government-mandated measures to stave off disease.

Where does the public need trump private beliefs?  Religion?

My maternal grandmother passed in 1919 due to the Worldwide Spanish influenza epidemic.  Who knows how many lives could have been saved had a vaccine been available?

As a child in the 50’s, I contracted just about every ‘children’s’ malady known – measles, mumps, chicken pox (2X – yeah, I know, not supposed to happen!), whooping cough.  It’s amazing I didn’t get polio, considering.  I did participate in the nationwide polio vaccine distribution in the 1960’s.

Fast-forward to today.  There is an ubiquitous meme (I’m certain fueled by the anti-corporation profit, ‘natural’ folks) that vaccines are laden with poisonous chemicals, and that in spite of their possible benefit, these chemicals cause autism in a percentage of growing children.

As a result, there is a minority of folks who have kept their children from being vaccinated.  The incidence of measles, whooping cough and other maladies are on the rise, when previously they were essentially eradicated.

And, as with the polio vaccine, there is a small percentage of folks who develop diseases from the vaccine.  An ‘acceptable’ percentage we are told.

Should parents be required to vaccinate their children by government mandate?  Even though there is a small chance they will become ill?

There was a recent court case wherein parents were forced to have their daughter given chemotherapy, even though they believed in not administering such a medication.  Of course, her cancer wasn’t contagious.

This is a complex issue, in my view.  The rights of the individual versus the power of the State.

New Poll: Americans Want Mandatory Vaccines

What do you guys think?

h/t Refdesk, Newsweek

Time For Another Gentle Reminder…

RULE 2, and the other three!

This just in…

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.

An email sent to a representative of Canseco on Tuesday night was not immediately returned.

At least he didn’t tuck it into his waistband!

PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE…if you don’t read anything else PLEASE read THE FOUR RULES on the sidebar!

And if you intend to clean your firearm, please unload it in a safe direction FIRST!  And put the ammo in another room.

THINGS LIKE THIS ADD TO THE NEGATIVE PUBLICITY ABOUT GUNS AND GUN OWNERS.

BE SAFE!

stupid stupidisasstupiddoesgunphone

 

The World Has OFFICIALLY Turned Upside Down!

The beginning of an opinion offered in (wait for it)… TIME MAGAZINE!

Letting Kids Shoot Guns Is Good for Them

170144639
kali9—Getty Images

Marksmanship builds concentration, confidence and trust

It’s a terrible time to say this, right after a 9-year-old girl killed her instructor with an Uzi, but shooting guns can be great for kids.

I know it’s a parallel universe, or the bizarro world when a liberal spew sheet such as Time actually allows such a radical op-ed in it’s pages.  Of course, I suspect the following letters-to-the-editor were scathing indictments of an America, crime laden with youngsters poisoned by such criminal tutelage.

Or not.

1)  The times (Times), they are a changin’., and

2)  I don’t care about the opinions of those who seek to deny the law-abiding their rights – unless, of course, they are in power!

REGARDLESS – what a turn of events!

h/t Maddened Fowl

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 397 other followers