Traumatic scene for witnesses.
And who got stabbed?
He only just got out of prison.
Traumatic scene for witnesses.
And who got stabbed?
He only just got out of prison.
So, the question comes up sometimes, “do you do anything that isn’t gun related?” Well, yes, but I don’t much talk about it on my gun blog. Here’s a case in point.
After I got my iPhone and started listening to podcasts, I got a recommendation from an actor friend who thought I should check out Escape Pod, a weekly science fiction podcast. They read science fiction short stories. It’s like books on tape, but in 30-60 minute lengths. It sounded like a good idea, so I checked it out. I thought the story was good. I also thought that I could do at least as good a job as the reader. And coincidentally, I had just purchased some audio equipment for my own podcast, GunBlog VarietyCast. So I sent an email to the editor of Escape Pod and asked if I could give reading for them a whirl.
Norm Sherman, the editor, asked for a sample reading. I scratched my head, looked around me, and grabbed the first SciFi book that came to hand. Marko Kloos’s “Terms of Enlistment.” I flipped into it and found a short chapter, and read the bit where the hero, Andrew Grayson, reports aboard his first ship, the Versailles. Norm must have liked it, because he emailed back saying, “Hey, this is good, read slower, and I’ve got a piece of ‘flash fiction,’ that I need read for my other podcast, The Drabblecast. Can you read it for me?” “Flash Fiction” is apparently short stories that go between 100 and 2,000 words.
I labored over it for at least 3 hours. Hardly what you would call grueling. But it wasn’t nearly as easy as I’d thought. But still fun. Final audio came out to about 8 minutes and I even found the author and let her listen to it. She was very happy with it, so I submitted it. And now it’s out.
I’m going to embed the link in a player so that you can download it straight from here. You could also go to The Drabblecast’s website and download it there. It’s also available on iTunes. I’m the second story, but all three stories are really good. And yes, the first story has a cat clicking off the safety on a revolver. I had nothing to do with that.
This is why we need to legalize drugs.
Let’s look at who was involved
So we have a victim with a small time conviction for misdemeanor assault getting killed by two guys with violent criminal records. This is exactly what we are choosing.
When a business cannot rely upon the law for dispute resolutions, they must use violence if they intend for their contracts to be honored. Those who are most willing to use violence either get killed right away or end up running things. In legal businesses, the courts can determine who is right and who is wrong without anyone ending up dead.
When is the last time Jack Daniels sent a hit squad over to Jim Beam’s corporate headquarters over a distribution arrangement disagreement?
Two unrelated stories, both involving criminal threats
In the first case, (Suspect 1), 19, of 501 New Bern Ave. was arrested near the Moore Square bus station in downtown Raleigh and charged with communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and threatening to punish gang withdrawal.
Moore Square bus station is where all the criminals and homeless people hang out. Note that many of the homeless are homeless because they are criminals.
My favorite Sunday brunch is an Irish pub on Moore Square. I don’t go there any more because they banned guns. Right off Moore Square. Where criminals, both homed and homeless hang out.
In the other case, police charged that (Suspect 2), 33, of 322 S. Franklin St., was caught on the jail’s Paytel inmate phone system telling a woman, “All … you need to do is not show up” in court and that if she did come to court, “You’re gonna see a side of me you ain’t never seen,” an arrest warrant recounted.
It takes a special kind of stupid to make actionable threats against witnesses while using the prison pay phone which is monitored and recorded.
Note that the “side of him” that the victim “ain’t never seen,” is probably contained in the 6-12-2000 incident listed at the bottom of his criminal record.
Employment can be formal, with wages, a boss, and taxes paid. Or it can be informal.
and judging by his rap sheet,
he’s employed informally as a thief.
These pre-paid wireless stores seem to get robbed a lot.
A worker told police he pulled out a gun and forced him to hand over cash from the register and the store safe. The suspect then duct taped the clerk’s hands and arms and told him to stay in the bathroom, according to police.
They caught him at a bus station
Pre-paid wireless stores are a cash heavy business. They are one of the go-to robbery locations. Sadly, they can’t hire a talking cricket to be the conscience of the people who rob them.
Spreading hate and discontent to other states.
(Suspect 1), 36, and (Suspect 2), 24, both from Raleigh, N.C., were using children to attempt to pass counterfeit U.S. currency at the Family Dollar Store in the Four Mile Fork Shopping Center, 5095 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Sheriff Roger Harris said.
The store manager called 9-1-1. “Deputies detained all suspects, including the driver, (Suspect 1), who was waiting in the vehicle outside the store,” Harris said. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspects’ vehicle, and they recovered a printing machine, used to print the counterfeit bills, and several hundred dollars in counterfeit currency.
What a nice guy he is, sending his wife and children in to the store to pass the fake bills while he sat in the car.
He looks like he is incapable of getting away with things. He keeps getting caught.
Apparently criminals in Goldsboro work together.
So how many of the six have previous convictions?
Five. Three felons and two misdemeanants.
When you hear “School Shooting,” naturally you think about things like Newtown, Columbine, and Virginia Tech. The gun grabbers like to exploit that thinking in order to pretend that there is a serious problem with mass murder in schools.
Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America released the information Wednesday. They say there have been at least 95 school shootings in 33 states around the country. The data was collected for incidents that occurred at colleges, as well as K-12 schools.
“That’s not a ranking that any parent, any student, any principal, any teacher wants to see that we have the 4th most school shootings in the country,” says Jackie Holcombe, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
They forgot to point out that Jackie Holcombe is a “volunteer” for Moms Demand Illegal Mayors for Everytown, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc, only because she no longer has a job being mayor of Morrisville, NC. She pissed off the gun owners and GRNC led the charge to vote her out of office.
So let’s take a look at these SchoolShootings™. Are they incidents of mass murder and mayhem?
4/13/2013 Elizabeth City, NC Elizabeth City State University
Police officers patrolling the campus on foot responded to Butler Hall late Saturday about 9:30 p.m. after hearing gunshots. They found the student with a gunshot wound, a news release from the university said. Elizabeth City police also responded because there were officers on campus assisting with security for a concert that was taking place at the Robert L. Vaughan Center.
No arrests have been made, but police said that the shooting was in retaliation for a fight that had occurred earlier in the evening at Butler Hall. The university did not say in the news release whether any suspects in the shooting had been identified.
Increased security measures are also in place for the remainder of the semester, the university news release said. Students, faculty and staff should have their university ID cards with them at all times.
Following the shooting, the campus was placed on lockdown and visitors were eventually required to leave, the university news release said. With the exception of the concert at the Vaughan Center, all other events on Saturday night were canceled. Once the concert ended, attendees were routed away from the crime scene.
This was the second lockdown at ECSU this week. On Thursday night, the campus was placed on lockdown about 11 p.m. after a report of shots fired on campus. No injuries were reported and the university said later that the shots were fired by someone who was not on the campus but in a wooded area east of the university. The lockdown was lifted less than two hours later.
No mass mahem. Not even an injury.
8/30/2013 Winston-Salem, NC Carver High School
According to eyewitnesses and police, the shooting happened outside of the school building at the end of a scheduled fire drill. Officer Tim Wilson, a school resource officer assigned to Carver, called in the shooting.
According to police, (Victim), 15, was shot with a .38-caliber handgun. A witness said four or five shots were fired. Police said that the shooting stemmed from an on-going dispute between (Victim) and (Suspect).
A contingent of 30 to 60 police officers responded to the scene and officers delayed traffic in front of Carver High School. Carver officials followed the district’s lockdown procedures for its schools immediately after the shooting.
Police set up an area at nearby Russell Community Center where parents could pick up their children. Authorities allowed school buses one at a time to pick up riders, so police could account for every student.
(Suspect) had previously been convicted of bringing a knife to school during the 2011-12 school year while attending Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. From court records, it appears (Suspect) enrolled in Carver High School the following year.
According to court records, he was accused of trespassing on property in the 1000 block of 15th Street that belonged to the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem. He was also accused of failing to stop when a police officer told him to do so.
That May, as part of a plea arrangement, (Suspect) pleaded guilty in Forsyth District Court to the charge of carrying a concealed weapon, and Assistant District Attorney Aaron Berlin voluntarily dismissed the other charges.
(Victim) was involved in the 2011 beating of Rickie Wilson, a 58-year-old man with learning disabilities. At the time, prosecutors requested that (Victim) be tried as an adult, but a judge denied that request.
A fine pair of individuals.
The victim was convicted for previous offenses as a juvenile and did not have an adult criminal record.
11/2/2013 Greensboro, NC North Carolina A&T State University
Eatmon is from Whitakers, approximately 20 miles north of Rocky Mount. He has been released from Moses Cone Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound, said Samantha Hargrove, director of media relations for A&T.
A&T had additional police and security officers on campus for homecoming weekend. Following the shooting, the university increased patrols, Hargrove said. The exact number of officers the university added for the weekend was not immediately available.
The university does not think it needs to improve security for the school on a daily basis, Hargrove said. However, it will take steps to increase safety at the school for future homecoming celebrations.
I couldn’t find a story saying that they had located any suspects.
2/10/2014 Salisbury, NC Salisbury High School
(Suspect) of Salisbury is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possession of a firearm on school property and discharging a weapon on school property. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
Salisbury High School student (Victim) told the Salisbury Post that he was trying to break up a fight in the school gymnasium on Monday when he was shot in the stomach. The 16-year-old was treated and released after several hours at the hospital.
Neither suspect nor victim had adult criminal records in the NC DOC database
9/30/2014 Albermarle, NC Abermarle High School
ALBEMARLE, N.C. — An Albemarle teenager shot twice by a fellow student is still in serious condition, one week after the campus shooting. The attorney for (Victim) and his family says the 16 year old has a long road ahead of him. Medically, he says (Victim) hasn’t improved much over the past seven days.
“Still facing a long road from a medical stand point,” said Ken Harris, (Victim)’s family attorney. “He sustained profound injuries in the incident, and it’s going to be a long time before his medical situation resolves.”
(Victim) was shot one week ago before class at Albemarle Senior High School. Police say (Suspect) shot him twice, then turned the gun over, and waited for police. Some speculate bullying led to the argument and shooting, but (Victim)’s attorney says it’s too early to say.
“I don’t think there’s been any confirmation at this point that this is a bullying situation,” said Harris. “I’m not saying that that won’t happen. I’m saying it’s very early in the investigation, and investigators have not reached that conclusion at this point.”
Harris says his firm is concerned about the school system and whether it did everything necessary to protect its students following reports (Suspect) was involved in another incident at a different school.
Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton says the department has no comment on the bullying reports tied to this shooting, and they will not release any 911 calls from last Tuesday until the district attorney’s office has time to review them.
Neither the suspect nor the victim’s names appear in the DOC database.
10/8/2014 Elizabeth City, NC Elizabeth City State University
(Suspect), 24, faces five charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, going armed to terror of public, discharging a gun on educational property (a felony) and gun on educational property (another felony), according to officers.
University police said no one was hurt and they located (Suspect) and his car within an hour of the shot. (Suspect) fired the bullet by the outdoor classroom, which sits near the center of ECSU’s campus.
WAVY.com spoke to ECSU Campus Police Chief John Manley about the incident. Manley said (Suspect) came across another student in the outdoor classroom shortly before 1 p.m. Manley said the two knew each other and had a previous dispute that dated back a few months ago. According to Manley, (Suspect) confessed he fired a gunshot into the ground near the student.
However, there have been discrepancies. Some students said they received the alert around 1:10 p.m. A campus news release said an emergency alert was sent out to campus at 1:14 p.m. WAVY.com is working to determine exactly what time the initial alert was sent to students and staff.
Strangely, the suspect in this case doesn’t have any conviction records in the NC DOC database either.
So there you have it. At least this time the gun grabbers are only including actual on campus incidents, unlike the previous time where they included drive by shootings near campus. But do any of these situations sound like Columbine? Newtown? No. They sound like ordinary crime that happened to occur on school grounds.
Why do these people think that the magic line between “school” and “not school” repels crime? Is there something that makes people believe that the presence of people learning things prevents crime? If anything, these incidents point to the need for expanded concealed carry on school campuses. The magic line doesn’t stop criminals from bringing guns, much less stop them from committing crimes. So why is it that the gun haters want to keep the law abiding from carrying a firearm for self defense? Why do they need to keep us disarmed and helpless?