Everyone likes a happy ending

Not all crime stories have happy endings. They wouldn’t be crime stories if they were all happy. But not all of them have sad endings either. Today we get a happy ending to contrast with your daily dose of felons behaving badly.

Two robbery victims, one shot in the hand during a struggle, turned the tables on an armed robber early Sunday, tied him up with shoelaces and held him until police arrived, Durham police said.

A struggle turned into a shooting, but one of the intended victims came up with the gun and used it as a blunt object. Cops arrived to find the perp tied up with shoelaces.

Suspect

It’s nice that the tables got rotated, but it would be nicer still if the criminal had been in some secure facility serving time for his previous crimes instead.

Hopefully the nurse is giving the victim all the Happy Endings he wants. When I lived in northern Maryland, I always ordered my Happy Endings with vanilla and caramel.

GunBlog VarietyCast Episode 9

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Episode 9 is out!

Show Notes available HERE

Birds of a Feather

That’s a strange thing to focus on in a murder case

Alcohol Played A Factor In Man’s Shooting Death

So what happened?

Police in Alexander County were investigating a homicide after they said a fight between two friends ended with one man being shot in the head Thursday night.

So two guys got drunk, got into a fight, and one shot the other. Another case of guns turning a simple fight into a murder?

Suspect

Victim

Or another case of two ne’er-do-wells resorting to violence because they can’t be bothered to absorb the normal socially acceptable ways of dealing with anger?

Another on a long list of things my father said when I was a child that turned out to be useful wisdom in adulthood was “Birds of a feather flock together.” Look at your friends. What they are is what you are. Look at your girlfriend/boyfriend’s friends. Whatever they are, s/he is. Make sure to take a good look before you marry. If you find that you don’t like what you see in your friends or your significant other’s friends, now is the time to walk away.

And he’ll be back on the street in no time at all

Police charged him with Trespassing on School Property, Possession of a Weapon on School Property, and Disorderly Conduct.

“I wanted to do something for all the children that have ever been sold into sex slavery and get out on a stage with a motherf***ing ax and a f***ing toothpick of a f***ing knife, my katana, and just lay everything down,” Kirk Cowart told WTKR.com in a rambling jailhouse interview hours after police arrested him for sneaking into a Virginia Beach high school with a hatchet.

Workers at Salem High School discovered Cowart on the auditorium stage. Police said he likely entered the school while the cafeteria was accepting an early-morning delivery on Thursday.

Watch the video Click through and watch the video and you can see that he’s completely nuts. (Video removed because it autoplays, go to link)

Here’s the thing. His charges are all misdemeanors in North Carolina and are probably misdemeanors in Virginia as well. They might get him a bit of help, but the minute he’s determined to be no longer an immediate threat to himself or others, he’s back out on the street.

Cowart’s father told WTKR his son suffers from mental illness and lives in his own imaginary world.

The problem is that his imaginary world intersects with our real world, and no matter how loony tunes this guy is, smacking someone upside the head with a hatchet is going to cause real effects in the real world.

There is no earthly reason that this guy should be free to roam the world. He should be in a nice safe place where he’s carefully monitored. It isn’t fair to us and it isn’t fair to him to ignore his problem and hope that he never kills someone or himself.

This guy is a prime example of why David Codrea is right about background checks. A person who shouldn’t have a gun shouldn’t have a hatchet either. Nor gasoline, matches, kitchen knives, or the contents of the cupboard under the sink. Anyone who cannot be trusted WITH a firearm cannot be trusted WITHOUT a custodian.

The anti-gun fanatics will congratulate themselves for making sure that Virginia bans him from having guns yet they will ignore the fact he has access to many other dangerous items. They won’t care that in 6 months this guy will be roaming around free, with deadly weapons as close as the nearest kitchen knife block. They won’t object to him wandering down to the local Wal-Mart to pick up a 5 gallon gas can. But they’ll cheerfully support a law that makes it illegal for me to loan my gun to a friend.

That should tell you what their real agenda is.

Pimp runs riot

The headline is kind of strange.

Morrisville police charge man brought women to hotel as prostitutes

Umm, what does that even mean?

A 21-year-old Greensboro man is facing three counts of human trafficking and several other charges from Morrisville police who said he brought three women to a hotel near RDU International Airport to work as prostitutes, according to arrest warrants.

Oh, I get it. They didn’t want to say “Greensboro man arrested as a pimp and human trafficker.”

Suspect

I’d love to know more about that Riot & Civil Disorder conviction in Guilford County last year.

Why is the Left having vapors over this?

Sometimes the Left just baffles me. I think it comes from the years they have invested in not thinking. As Evan Sayet says:

So they’re convinced that since all of these ideas of man have proved to be wrong, the real cause of war, pov­erty, crime, and injustice must be found–can only be found–in the attempt to be right.

If nobody ever thought they were right, what would we disagree about? If we didn’t disagree, surely we wouldn’t fight. If we didn’t fight, of course we wouldn’t go to war. Without war, there would be no poverty; without poverty, there would be no crime; without crime, there would be no injustice. It’s a utopian vision, and all that’s required to usher in this utopia is the rejection of all fact, reason, evi­dence, logic, truth, morality, and decency–all the tools that you and I use in our attempts to be better people, to make the world more right by trying to be right, by siding with right, by recognizing what is right and moving toward it.

So let’s look at a case in point. The breathless reporting from North Carolina’s very own far Left “Think Tank” NC Policy Watch. In their recurring report “The Follies,” they get all weirded out that the Henderson Sheriff is thinking about building a sort of Emergency Preparedness group. Naturally it means the Republican Sheriff is going all Reich Wing Fascist on the poor unsuspecting residents of NC.

“Henderson sheriff explores emergency ‘posse’”

That’s right, a posse. The paper reports that Henderson County Sheriff Charlie McDonald has created a Citizens Preparedness Division “in keeping with the right that a sheriff has to deputize a posse.”

The story goes on to report that posse will not be armed—well probably not.

Division members are not authorized to carry guns when assisting the department, McDonald said, “unless there was an exigent need to deputize personnel for a specific crisis event.”

It’s not clear what qualifies as an exigent need or specific crisis event in the eyes of the sheriff, but the posse is being trained and may be armed, just in case.

Seriously? The Sheriff wants to raise and train himself a group of emergency volunteers to help out in emergencies and the Leftist loons at a “Think Tank” go all Black Helicopter Crowd?

Let’s specify that I’ve certainly learned my lesson from the George Zimmerman trial. I will never be party to a neighborhood watch. I’ll cheerfully call the cops if I see someone robbing my neighbor’s house, but I’ll never give our political enemies the chance to scream “WANNABE COP!” when they’re trying to hang me for defending myself. So the chances of me being party to a Sheriff’s “Citizen’s Preparedness Division” is about nil. But why is the Left so bent out of shape that he’s trying to involve citizens in their own disaster preparedness?

I tracked down the Asheville Citizen-Times story they were referring to.

Experts disagree on whether he is crossing a line in training civilians.

The training could create liability for the department, said Professor Maria Haberfeld of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, a leader in the field.

One of her colleagues said the training amounted to a civilian police academy, the type common in American policing.

McDonald, who is running for election, has the blessing of the county manager and the chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, which controls his department’s funding.

His political rival, Democrat Marty Katz, blasted the program in an interview with the Citizen-Times.

He said counties already have disaster plans that often rely on the National Guard, or surrounding counties, for help.

“I don’t think there is a page in there that says take your private posse out and go defend your cities,” he said. “On every single level, that is a disaster waiting to happen.”

Ahh, I see. In addition to defaulting to their basic assumptions of “Government employee: Good, Citizen: Bad” they are attacking the currently appointed Sheriff as a way to help out the Democrat challenger. It’s like a Leftist perfect storm.

The Left hates the idea that you might be competent to take care of yourself. They want you to be dependent upon government services at all times and especially reliant on government in a crisis. If you know that you can handle yourself for a couple of weeks in an emergency, you are less likely to willingly hand over more of your rights to a government that likes to scare you with disaster fear-mongering. If you worry that the least little disruption to normal life will kill you, you’re willing to hand over all your rights.

They hate you. They hate that you might just be willing to step up and help your neighbor instead of waiting for the government teat to come by your house and give you a little taste.

They’ll turn us all into beggars ’cause they’re easier to please
They’re feeding our people that Government Cheese

Credit card fraudulator

Stealing a word-like object from Lawdog (well, one of his inmates, actually)  here’s a case of someone fradulating a whole bunch of credit cards.

Wake County sheriff’s investigators charged a Halifax County man with forging 14 bank cards, having and transporting 18 counterfeit prepaid debit cards and having methamphetamine with him when they stopped his car on U.S. 64 on Wednesday.

I think there might be an obvious reason that he’s turned to fraudulating in public without a license.

Suspect

See if you can spot the pattern.

Free armed, uniformed police escorts to be provided at the @NCStateFair

I attended the NC State Fair’s pre-fair “Safety Press Conference.” The was considerable discussion of last year’s “incident” with the Vortex ride hurting riders, but I was there to discuss the NC State Fair’s anti-gun policy.

Commissioner Troxler has unilaterally decided that legal Concealed Handgun Permit holders are barred from carrying their legal concealed handguns in the State Fair. He cited the possibility of “accidental discharge,” and “losing your gun” along with making noises about how crowded the State Fair is. He went so far as to defend his policy in court, leading to a refusal of a judge to grant a restraining order against the anti-gun policy.

A judge ruled Monday that concealed handguns will not be allowed at the North Carolina State Fair, a decision that disappointed gun-rights advocates who asked for the ban to be overturned.

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler says he made the decision based on what he says is a vague 2013 law prohibiting people from carrying guns at events where admission is charged.

“A weapons ban is just one way to minimize risk and maintain a family-friendly environment,” he said.

Troxler says the policy has nothing to do with being against guns or the Second Amendment but that it is about concerns of accidental discharge.

“I believe that the mix of kids, guns, rides and large crowds is a bad idea,” he said.

My concern was never with having to defend myself inside the gates of the Fairgrounds. There are lots of cops about, none more than a few seconds away from you. My concern was always with the long walk back to my car with my wife. I am sure that many other CHP holders have similar concerns and are not too pleased with the Commissioner preventing them from protecting their family.

Luckily, WRAL was there to capture the exchange. My part starts at about 45:15 UPDATE: The video has been edited. I’m now at 37:40.

If, like Commissioner Troxler, you can’t hear my question, what I said was

Mr. Troxler, by actively fighting licensed concealed carry at the State Fair, and by loudly declaring to everyone that no one may carry so much as a can of pepper spray into the fair, haven’t you basically announced to every criminal in North Carolina that if they want easy targets all they need to do is lurk in the parking lots and wait for the people to come to them?

Troxler handed the question off to his Chief of Police, Joel Keith. Chief Keith said that there will be uniformed patrols of the parking lots, so I asked,

And if a person feels unsafe, and wishes to have an escort, will you send an escort with them, anybody who asks?

There you have the Department of Agriculture’s Chief of Police, Joel Keith promising not only uniformed police patrols in the parking lots, but armed escorts for anyone who asks for one.

So there you have it. Chief Keith, backed up by the Wake County Sheriff, Donnie Harrison, will provide you an armed police escort back to your vehicle. After they’ve made it illegal to defend yourself, I think it’s the least they can do.

How would you like this guy following YOUR daughter?

This is a level of creepy beyond normal everyday creepy.

A man stalked a girl on her way to a school bus stop Tuesday morning, talking to her and telling her she was pretty, and then followed her onto her bus and ignored the driver’s orders to get off, police charged.

What kind of sicko would follow a 16 year old onto a bus?

Suspect

Not one who has any respect at all for normal social behavior rules.

Stabbed at the Bar

The Raleigh PD have arrested their suspect

Police charged a 25-year-old woman with assault in the stabbing of a man who was found seriously injured at Flashbacks bar on Capital Boulevard early Monday.

Who stabs a guy at a bar?

Suspect

He was an absconder from parole when the stabbing happened. He’s not merely a felon, but one who can’t abide by the terms of his probation.

It’s also interesting that he was convicted of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, but he got probation and not jail time. Would you or I be treated similarly?