Monthly Archives: March 2012

Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: In Self Defence* edition

It looks like the people in (Formerly Great) Britain have finally made it clear to their overlords that killing in self defense is not a crime.
The 72 year old man was originally arrested on suspicion of murder, but later released when the Crown made the determination that he used “reasonable force.” What made stabbing them “reasonable?”
So how is it that in gun free (Formerly Great) Britain, every stupid criminal seems to have a gun? Why is a 72 year old man forced to grapple with four thugs, using only a knife? After he killed one he was still faced with three, whose combined total age was still less than his.
They say that old age and treachery beats youth and skill. I say, give that old man a gun. We need our old men to be dangerous.
* Spelt incorrectly in deference to the odd conventions of English English.


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The Florida shooting case becomes news in Raleigh

Inevitably some reporter decided to go down to the gun shop/range and interview gun owners. I have no idea why they think they will get useful information out of people whose only knowledge of the case comes from the very newspapers and TV reports that are grossly misrepresenting what happened, but they come out anyway.
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I think that on the whole, these gun owners represented us pretty well, but I’m still angry that the press has printed what has turned out to be a pack of lies about the case and then demands that the average gun owner react as if those lies are truth. I sent the reporter an email.
Justin,
In most ways, NC Law is the same as Florida law. In NC you do not have to retreat from anywhere you have a legal right to be. You are certainly not required to attempt to retreat when your assailant is sitting on top of you and pounding your head on the pavement.
The cops handcuffed Zimmerman, put him in a police car, and took him to the station for interrogation. They then compared his statement to the physical evidence found at the scene, and to witness statements. They all matched. They all point to Treyvon attacking Zimmerman, taking him to the ground, sitting on top of him and pounding his head into the pavement. This is considered a deadly force attack in any jurisdiction, including North Carolina. It also points out that there was no duty to retreat even in states that demand you attempt to retreat because retreat is impossible when someone is sitting on top of you.
Now most of us would equate being handcuffed and hauled down to the station as an “Arrest.” The police called in “Investigative Detention.” In either case, the popular notion that Zimmerman was patted on the back, handed his gun back, and sent home to rest while the cops swept up the crime scene is certainly false.
The only specific difference I can see between Florida law and NC Law is that it is written in Florida law that if the police can’t find probable cause to dipute your claim of self defense, they can’t arrest you. Even here in North Carolina, absent probable cause the police can’t arrest you. And when the shooter’s statement, the physical evidence, and the witness statements all line up to say that it was a lawful shoot, they shouldn’t arrest you here in NC either.

Respectfully,
Sean D Sorrentino
blogging at An NC Gun Blog
UPDATE: His answer.
Sean,
Thank you for sending this email. It’s good to have this information.
-Justin
I don’t expect a lengthy answer from him, he has a real job and is off doing it. The fact that he read the email means he has a chance of knowing the facts next time. He also might call and ask for help.
Getting them to call and ask when they don’t know the answer is half the battle.

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Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: Guns, Grenades, and Gangs edition

I’ll admit, we’ve got it pretty good here in the US. I can go and buy a rifle, shotgun, or pistol. But I’ve never been able to get a grenade! In fact, the only time I’ve even seen a live grenade is the time they let us throw them in basic training.
Apparently you can get them in (Formerly Great) Britain.

So if “Fat Tony” and his gang can get all the guns and grenades they like in order to set themselves up as underworld hitmen, what good is gun control doing? If criminals have guns and grenades, why bother preventing the honest residents from purchasing a pistol?
Unless crime reduction really isn’t the goal of the exercise.
And by the way, two of the gang were convicted in absentia.

Way to go British Police!

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Fayetteville PD drops charges, seeks another in Club Ciroc shooting

The Fayetteville Police have decided that their suspect in the Club Ciroc shooting is not the killer.
I posted about this one before.
It looks like another criminal. Not really surprising that they suspect that criminals are responsible for crime.


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Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: Dukinfield Drive By edition

Guns are next to impossible to get legally in (Formerly Great) Britain, so where did these people get their gun?
Gun control means that the criminals have guns while you and I are disarmed.


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Appleseed is well worth the effort

This weekend was the long awaited Appleseed rifle clinic in Ramseur, NC. I have been planning one going for quite a while now. I bought my 10-22 rifle with money made by selling the Gunwalker T-Shirts, and decided to fill it full of aftermarket parts to turn it into a Liberty Training Rifle. After that, it was just a matter of making time to go. Since Chris and Heather of Arma Borealis moved to South Carolina, they suggested that we make it a blogger group and go to the Ramseur range, the home range of the Appleseeds.

In the end, we had 8 people.
Me
Chris and Heather of Arma Borealis
Arms are the Mark of a Free Man


Appleseed is a lot of work. You’re going to spend a lot of time on the firing line, shooting at some pretty small targets. The concentration necessary to do well is pretty wearing, but in the end, it will be worth it.



That’s me receiving my Rifleman’s patch from Walter. This is the third test (AQT) that I shot, and I scored 232 out of 250. Minimum score to pass is 210. I shot it again twice on Sunday with Bob Reynold’s AR-15 and scored 225 both times. I think that once you get the hang of it, it gets easier.

Out of our group of 7, we had 4 people qualify Rifleman, Me, Mr. Knightbane, Heather, and Bob Owens. Chris shot a 209 several times, but could never find that last point to put him over the top. Mrs. Knightbane made progress, but will need to return to shoot some AQTs, and Arms are the Mark of a Free Man just need a few more tries to get it.

If you get a chance to go to an Appleseed, go. It’s a good time, especially if you bring some friends with you. Pay attention to the rifle requirements. It is certainly possible to shoot a bolt action rifle, but you will be much happier with a 10-22 and a bag of ammo.


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This story has WTF written all over it

Even if the cops don’t really like the person you shot, they will eventually get you.
In February, the suspect shot two people. They both lived, but later…
And now they’ve indicted him on some serious drug charges. Read the whole thing, plus read the rap sheets. WTF!
I couldn’t find the name of the second victim, so I have no idea if he’s a criminal as well.
Bad things happen to bad people. It’s because they hang out with other bad people doing bad things. Tam says it best.
Sniff. I wish I could write stuff like that.


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Meanwhile in Rebecca Peters Paradise: Robbing a Pet Store

Who robs a pet store? I mean, what are you going to get, besides a lot of dog food?

If guns were expensive or difficult to get a hold of, street level robbers wouldn’t have them. Only people who made a lot of money in crime could afford them. If even a pet store robber can get a gun, you know that gun control is an utter failure.


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Shot with a “Military Style” rifle

It was a home invasion shooting, but luckily the victim will survive.
Unusually for this sort of thing, there don’t seem to be drugs involved. At least the cops aren’t reporting it.
So they were murderous incompetents who couldn’t even find a lucrative score.
The shooter was Suspect 1, who was also the only person in the gang that the victim knew.
So we have a person shot by a person he knew, so the anti-gunners will tout that in their statistics. They will conveniently forget to mention that he was already a felon with multiple convictions.


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Meanwhile in Rebecca Peters Paradise: Drugs, Stolen Property, and a Gun edition

How exactly do the gun grabbers think we can control guns if the Australians can’t? I mean, it’s a big island, but it’s still an island. It’s not like foreign smugglers can walk there, right?

Welcome to the failure of gun control. It’s examples like this that really point out how bad a failure it really is. They can’t keep the drugs out, how can they expect to keep out the guns?
Maybe all they really want to do is disarm the law abiding. It certainly makes them easier to control, both for the government and for the criminals.


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