Monthly Archives: December 2011

Meanwhile in Rebecca Peters Paradise: Narrowly Escaped edition

It’s a good thing that guns are so hard to get in Australia. If they were easy to get, homeowners might be able to defend themselves. We can’t have that, now can we? (Video at link)
I maintain that this is exactly what both the criminals and the government want. The criminals don’t want to have to worry about getting shot, and the government wants helpless dependents instead of independent citizens.
So we have the people, the government, and the criminals. Two out of three ain’t bad.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.

Grass Roots North Carolina responds to the NY Times hit piece on concealed carry in North Carolina

Grass Roots North Carolina responds to the NY Times hit piece on concealed carry in North Carolina
Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) is the state gun rights organization that basically wrote the Shall Issue concealed carry law in North Carolina. I am just going to post their latest Alert. They make their point pretty well without my help.
These are some pretty damning accusations. The biggest is that the author of the “study” didn’t bother to confirm his “matches” for more than about 15 of the 2,400. I do this every day. Every single day I peruse the newspapers and TV stations of North Carolina, looking for crime stories and trying to match those names to the DOC database. It’s hard work. Common names and lack of basic data make it difficult to be sure about many of the people that I’d like to tell you about. But until I have a reasonable belief that they are the same people, I don’t write a post about them. I look at the name, the age, and the County that they are supposed to be from. If I have the info (and strangely, a lot of time I don’t) I check to make sure that the race is correct. John Smith a 28 year old white guy from Wake County is most certainly not John Smith a 28 year old black guy from Buncombe. Until I get a match, I don’t post, and I am dealing with people that almost certainly have a criminal record of some kind. I’m not posting stories of misdemeanor trespass, I’m posting murder, armed robbery, and rape. These are not “starter” crimes.
Unfortunately, the author of this hit piece has decided not to bother with verification, nor did he bother to listen to Paul Valone of GRNC. He spun his story the way he wanted it spun, and damn the facts. I think that since he basically says the Sheriffs and the SBI are incompetent, those Sheriffs and the SBI ought to demand his data so that they can look at it themselves. Let’s face it, the author is alleging ongoing criminal activity, prohibited persons in possession of firearms and concealed carry permits. The author got the info from public sources of data, so he can’t claim that he’s “protecting his sources.”
Time to cough up the data, Mr. Luo.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.

Union County Sheriff responds to NYT hit piece on Concealed Carry

The Union County (Near Charlotte, NC) Sheriff responded to the NY Times’ hit piece on North Carolina’s CHP system. He thinks there should be some sort of statewide CHP notification system.
I have some sad news for him. There is already a system in place where the CHPs are centrally maintained. It’s called the SBI. The State Bureau of Investigation maintains the CHP database. That database is visible on the computer of every police officer. All the cop has to do is punch in your driver’s license number and you come up. On your little data screen, it shows whether or not you have a CHP. It wouldn’t be hard to notify a Sheriff if a person has been arrested.
Alternatively, we could just dump the whole system off onto the SBI. Let the SBI maintain the entire system, just like the Utah Department of Public Safety does. Or perhaps like the Florida Department of Agriculture does in Florida. Then any time someone gets arrested, the system could be flagged and the CHP suspended until trial in accordance with the law.
I am not personally in favor of the Sheriff’s doing the CHP issue anyway. I think that 100 different Sheriffs running 100 different Permit desks lead to 100 different outcomes. It leads to things like Philly rejecting people for parking tickets. It also leads to higher CHP fees. Let’s make everyone happy and get the Sheriff out of the loop entirely.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.

Domestic violence leads to shooting

If a cop tells you that you to drop the knife, you should drop the knife. Even if you are stabbing your husband at the time.
We all know how the victim disarmament lobby likes to tout “Domestic Violence” as proof that people can’t be trusted with guns. They never seem to look into the backgrounds of some of these people
So we have one felon stabbing another. Don’t worry, the gun grabbers will ignore the fact that they were felons, and that the only gun involved was the one in the hands of the Deputy. In the end, we’ll get the blame no matter what the circumstances.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.

Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: Unprovoked Attack edition

From Bubblehead Les, via Weer’d Beard,
You would think that in (Formerly Great) Britain, where handguns are totally banned, criminals might have a bit of trouble getting a handgun.
The criminals were outnumbered 9 to 2, but still they murdered their victim. This is the power of gun control. It makes sure that the victim is totally unable to defend himself against the criminals who ignore the law. In (Formerly Great) Britain it’s even a crime to carry a knife or a baton or even pepper spray.
But don’t worry, they are planning on doing utterly pointless things in response.
The victim wasn’t murdered due to a lack of “peace” he was murdered because he had no effective way to defend himself.
Any guesses as to what they will call for at the “peace” march? My bet is stronger gun control. How much do you think that their overlords love that? Their slaves will demand for stronger chains.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.

NY Times fails basic criminal law

Here’s another glaring error in the NY Times hitpiece on Concealed Handgun Permits in NC. Apparently the NY Times thinks that the only person who can assault a female is that person’s significant other
What they fail to understand is that Assault on a Female is defined in law as
So in the most sexist law in North Carolina, you can only be guilty of assaulting a female if 1) you are male, and 2) you are 18 or older.
Nowhere in that definition does it describe any relationship between those two people. While it is common to charge a man who beats his wife with Assault on a Female, getting convicted of Assault on a Female is not necessarily a domestic violence charge.
“All Labradors are dogs” is a valid statement. The NY Times wants us to believe that all dogs are Labradors.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.

Pitt County (Greenville, NC) reports an increase in CHP issue

They are a little late off the mark, and they understate the numbers dramatically, but at least they are paying some attention to this issue
I have the actual numbers, as reported in the annual SBI report dated June 30 2011.
This is an increase of 426 CHPs, or about 14.5%
In a county with a 2010 Census population of 168,148, this works out to a total of approximately 2.89% of the eligible population (21 years and older) have a CHP. This is a bit lower than the State average of 3.33%, which is probably due to the fact that Pitt County is more than 1/3rd African-American. African-Americans are much less likely than whites to have a CHP.
Here’s the accompanying video

I emailed the reporter and offered him the actual data.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.

Finally a balanced “Guns in Parks” story

This issue is pretty simple, so you wouldn’t think it would be all that difficult for a reporter to get them straight. Finally, a journalist gets it right.

I have an issue with them allowing this statement of the Executive Director of North Carolinians against Gun Violence (NCGV) to stand unchallenged

 
It should be an interesting fight. We could, however, short circuit the whole thing. Let’s just pass a law that says localities may not ban firearms anywhere. That would be much a much shorter, easier to interpret law.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.

Another South Carolina Sheriff tells women to get a concealed carry license

Remember the Sheriff of Spartanburg who told women “Don’t go for the mace, go for the concealed weapons permit“?(Audio at link) Well another South Carolina Sheriff is saying the same thing.
The woman was found dead after a panicked family member called cops saying she had called saying someone was following her.  Her car was found stuck in a ditch still running in reverse. Said the Sheriff,
The Sheriff is correct. She was already scared enough to have called home. She had plenty of time to get out her gun and deal with her attacker.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.

Robbing the convenience store in Bladenboro

He cased the joint first, and then
According to police, the victim was able to identify the robber as the same guy who had just come in earlier.
Looks like he is just continuing his previous criminal ways.

========================================================================
Do you RSS? Don’t know what an RSS Feed is?
Save time and read all the latest blog news first.