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Monthly Archives: May 2011
Honest, I don’t read Joan Peterson’s blog. She blocked me during the Great CSGV Reasoned Discourse™ Event of 2011, so even if I wanted to, I can’t follow her on Twitter. Faitmaker, however, caught her admitting the truth on Twitter. She retweeted ShotinOhio who linked to this article
Forty-four percent of the known suspects in last year’s homicides in Columbus had been arrested previously on weapons charges.
She retweeted this after all the times she stuck her fingers in her ears and ignored me when I told her that people who murder others are rarely new to crime. So here’s some proof for her, but she won’t acknowledge it. We have crooks who murder. Rather than focus on the gun, we need to focus on getting them off the street quicker and for longer times.
The article goes on at length about how terrible it is that carrying a concealed firearm is not a felony.
Police know they can never get rid of all the guns, so Columbus officers have turned their attention to getting the gun offenders off the streets.
One problem, they say, is that carrying a concealed weapon, or CCW, is a misdemeanor unless the person previously has been convicted of CCW or any violent offense. Then the charge ramps up to a fourth-degree felony, punishable by six to 18 months in prison.
Since possession of a gun after committing a felony is a federal offense, what are they complaining about? Just indict the criminal federally, and send them to 5 years a long way away in the federal prison system.
But that’s too easy.
Does shooting someone because they slapped you sound like a reasonable thing to do?
Investigators say they charged (Suspect) with murder after he told them he shot (Victim) in self-defense after being slapped.
Most people will agree that a slap doesn’t constitute a deadly force attack, so it isn’t appropriate to respond with deadly force. However, in certain subcultures, slapping someone is such terrible sign of disrespect that they might respond by murdering you. Subcultures like felons…
You weren’t surprised, were you?
(In order to verify full names, this article was also consulted)
I had a fabulous time at the LuckyGunner blogger shoot this weekend in Knoxville. Breda, of The Breda Fallacy, was unable to come to the event. She teasingly asked me to shoot up some of the free ammo for her. I thought that this was the perfect gun for the World’s Most Dangerous Librarian.
In all seriousness, this gun, the Kriss Vector, is the rifle I want for home defense. It is a .45ACP caliber short barreled rifle, and it has a suppressor attached. Due to the stupidity of US law, I will have to beg permission from the feds to own this, and pay them $200 each for the privilege of having a shoulder fired weapon with a short barrel and for the suppressor. But what a home defense gun it would be! 30 rounds of God’s Own Caliber on tap, without ripping my eardrums out.
Pull the trigger as fast and as often as necessary, and you will hit what you are aiming at. That metallic ting sound you hear when I am shooting is actually the sound of the bullets hitting a metal 5 lb propane can (empty, of course) about 10 yards away. With the EOTech sight, you basically can’t miss. The recoil is straight back, with no muzzle rise. You could hand this to a 12 year old and she’d be ripping ragged holes in her target in less than 100 rounds.
Before I shot this, I had the Kriss Vector classified as a “Lottery” gun. That is, if I won the lottery, I’d buy one. Now this gun is on my “must buy” list. In its place on the “Lottery” list is 10,000 rounds of .45ACP and about a week on the range with Reuven, the Kriss representative who showed me how to use it.
Let us specify up front that if these allegations are correct, the trooper should be fired.
A state trooper has been assigned to desk duty after a Catawba County judge issued a domestic violence protective order requiring him to stay 100 yards away from a former girlfriend.
According to court records, the woman contends that Senior Trooper Sean “Bobby” Lineberger stalked her in his patrol car and that he ran checks on the license plate numbers of people she spent time with.
In her court filing, Erin Lee Banks included pages of text and Facebook messages in which the trooper called her a “whore” and other derogatory names, even as she repeatedly asked to be left alone.
Banks also claims Lineberger bought her drinks at a Mexican eatery where he asked her to date him again. After she declined and left in her car, Banks claims Lineberger had another trooper pull her on her way home.
If that’s what he really did, then his swift and ignominious exit from the State Highway Patrol is nothing more than he deserves. At a minimum his best friend would also deserve the most severe sanctions short of dismissal.
Of course, then I read about what she did.
In a lawsuit filed in December, Lineberger claims Banks falsely told him he was the father of her baby born last summer. The trooper was identified as the baby’s father on the birth certificate and the child has his last name.
But Lineberger claims he grew suspicious because the infant “does not bear any resemblance to” him or his family, so he had a DNA test performed. The results ruled him out as the father, according to the complaint.
Um, WTF? According to the story, the trooper alternated between demanding repayment of child support and getting back together.
It sounds to me that they both deserve each other. She works for Catawba County, in the Justice Center. I think that we would do well to dismiss both of them.
When a 34 year old mother of twin 13 year old boys was found dead in her home, police didn’t have to search real hard to find their suspect.
A neighbor reported looking through a window and seeing a woman’s body covered in blood in the house at 4601 Rockwood Drive shortly before 11 a.m., police said. EMS workers discovered the body of Alison Ballan Jurich, 34, inside.
(Suspect), 22, of 204 Great Ridge Court in Morrisville, was taken into custody at the Chatham County jail Sunday afternoon and was transported to the Wake County jail around 3:30 p.m. He was charged with murder and two counts of breaking and entering with intent to commit larceny.
It isn’t surprising to me that a person charged with murder has also been charged with other crimes recently. He was previously convicted, as well.
In December 2009, the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for (Suspect). The Silver Alert system was developed to quickly notify the public about missing adults who suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments.
Two weeks after the alert was issued, (Suspect) was arrested on first-degree burglary, felony breaking and entering and larceny charges for allegedly stealing from two Cary homes on New Year’s Day 2010.
Can we stop feeling sorry for him for his “cognitive impairment” now and start keeping him in a secure location so that he can’t kill anyone else?
Today I will be driving back from the LuckyGunner shoot. I was fortunate in my 9 years of military service in that I was never in any danger that was not caused by my own stupidity. Others were not so lucky. Today we remember those who didn’t come home.
On military bases they will raise the flag this morning and lower it to half staff. Then at noon they will begin firing a slow 21 gun salute, 1 shot every minute. The last shot sounds at 12:20pm, and the flag will be raised smartly to full staff for the rest of the day.
That always struck me as just exactly right. Of course we mourn the loss of so many. But we also celebrate what they bought. We are free, the pains of war rarely affect us directly, and we are free to do as we please.
It’s a good place they have died to protect. I’m glad to live here.
I am in Knoxville at the Lucky Gunner blog shoot. I have my Droid, but no computer, so it will be difficult to blog a whole lot. I will get photos, and hopefully a video of me shooting some cool weapons.
We had dinner at a local pizza place. As is typical of gun enthusiast gatherings, everyone is really nice. Nobody looks like they sound on their blogs though. There are big names and little names here. I sat next to one guy who claimed to have 30 readers a week, and chatted with a guy who’s famous on YouTube.
It should be a really good time.
Another terrible gun crime in Wilmington.
Wilmington Police have arrested a man accused of shooting a bouncer at The Edge Lounge early Thursday morning, according to a press release from the Wilmington Police Department.
So I guess that we should run out and ban guns, right? Maybe we should ban shooting people. Or being a felon in possession of a firearm. This is not his first time being accused of Assault With a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury. Given how little time people seem to get for serious crimes around here, I’ll bet it won’t be the last time either. Last time he didn’t even get jail time for the assault.
Let’s set the scene. Two Fayetteville Police officer stop a guy on a moped.
(Suspect) didn’t have any identification but was in possession of papers indicating he was recently released from jail on charges of possessing marijuana, according to police. The officers asked (Suspect) if he had anything illegal on him, and (Suspect) tried to drive off, police said.
The officers pulled (Suspect) off the moped, but he ran. Two handguns fell out of his pocket, according to police.
During the foot chase, one of the police officers injures his knee, and the suspect escaped.
I can’t find anything in the Cumberland County Jail records, but I can find the DOC records where it shows that he was convicted of drug possession with intent to sell, a Class H felony.
He ran because he was a felon in possession of a firearm. Will someone please explain to me why we bother having all these annoying gun laws if a drug dealing felon who can’t even afford a decent getaway car has two gun in his pockets while he is still on probation?
It’s like the newspapers want to tell you only half of the story.
(Suspect) is one of two men accused of going into the 211 Quick Check store at 2133 E. Fifth St. on May 11, pointing a gun at two people inside and demanding money, Barnes said.
(Suspect) is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy, Barnes said.
What they aren’t telling you, but could figure out as easily as I just did, is that he’s a convicted felon who was release from prison in February. So he makes it a grand total of 96 days between release and his alleged crime.
But we need to make it harder for people like you and me to get guns.
I could take the average person off the street today, give them the money, and say “Go” and they couldn’t have a NC Concealed Handgun Permit in 96 days. It’d take them longer than a week to find the training, and the Sheriff is allowed to take 90 days to make a decision. But some clown less than 100 days out of prison has a gun in his hand when he robs a local quickie mart.
It isn’t the gun, it’s the criminal holding that gun.