Monthly Archives: September 2012

I guess that when you like to beat up women…

I’ve never understood the desire to beat people up. I’ve really never understood the desire to beat up women. I mean, sure, occasionally I’ve had the urge to punch a really obnoxious women in the face, but it’s not really that hard an urge to resist.

Authorities in Richmond County say they have charged a man with murder, in connection with the death of a 4-year-old girl.

Why do I bring up beating up women in reference to the killing of a 4 year old girl?

Suspect

There’s a couple of felonies in there, but look at the “Assault on a Female” charges. There are two separate convictions.

Some people just don’t care about the lives and well being of others. They think that they can solve their problems by beating people that irritate them. They think that stealing your stuff is a proper solution to their desire for money. And sometimes they kill people.

You might wonder why I post about criminals being criminals. It’s like posting about the sun rising in the East or about water being wet. But there’s a method to this. People don’t wake up one day and decide to kill someone. They don’t live exemplary lives for years and then suddenly “snap” and murder their wives and children. People who do things like that generally have a long history of criminal and anti-social behavior.

The anti-gunners like to pretend that you and I are just one bad day from mass murder. They imagine that you, armed with a gun, are a slaughter waiting to happen. They see you with a gun and they imagine what they would do with a gun. They imagine shootouts over fender benders. They imagine fistfights turning into gun battles. They never explain why you would live to adulthood without harming anyone and would suddenly start murdering people once you have a gun.

I think that it says a whole lot more about them than it says about you and me.

Once a criminal?

You’d think that if you raped a child in 1973 that by now you’d have gotten away with it. Assuming you even remembered.

A Hickory man remained in jail early Friday accused of raping a child nearly four decades ago.

I’ve maintained that people who commit crimes tend to commit lots of crimes. People who show a callous disregard for the rights of others in one instance tend to show the same disregard at other times as well.

Suspect

I don’t know if he did it, but he sure looks like the sort of person who might have. Hopefully they have DNA evidence to prove it.

Murder By Numbers: England and Wales

Back about two years ago I wrote about murderers and their relationship to their victim. The discussion was about the common refrain heard from anti-gunners “the killer was known to the victim.” Anti-gunners like to pretend that by saying that killers and victims usually know each other that this somehow translates into “people kill their family members.”

This is total hogwash, but there is a reason that the anti-gunners try this. They know that, on average, women are more likely to be anti-gun than men. They hope that by lying by omission that they can convince women that they are in terrible danger by living with a man who owns a gun.

On Twitter today someone tried to trot that old story out. The difference is that he lives in the UK, so I didn’t have the data for him. Luckily the Home Office happens to post that data for England and Wales.(PDF. If you prefer Excel spreadsheets of the data, try this) I haven’t looked for Scotland, but I’m sure it exists. Let’s look at some numbers.

This is a handy chart of the relationship of homicide victims age 16 and up in England and Wales in the 2009/2010 data series. This is one year, not two years, apparently the Home Office doesn’t use January 1 as the start date for crime data. The above chart is based upon this data.

So here we can see the underlying data. You can see that the data on Under 16 (U16) is pretty clear. By a three to one margin, children under 16 are killed by family/friends, mostly by parents. I felt that the U16 numbers skew our data, so I factored them out. We aren’t interested (at least in this discussion) in child abuse. We are talking about murder and homicide among adults.

What we see is that while family/partner homicide is almost 29% of the total, those numbers are smaller than BOTH non-family acquaintance homicide and stranger killings. Even in England and Wales, you’re more likely to be killed by someone you know than you are to be killed by someone you know well enough to be sleeping with.

One caution. The England and Wales data, unlike the US data, lumps “unknown relationship” in with “Stranger.” I think this makes sense as if you can’t determine a relationship, then they are strangers, but the FBI disagrees. Keep this in mind if you wish to compare data across countries. 

If you want more England and Wales crime data, you can look for it here.

FBI Uniform Crime Reports are here.

Elliot Fineman and the Professional Anti-Gun Leadership

This started out as a comment but morphed into a post. Thirdpower points out Elliot Fineman of National Gun Victims Action Council (NCVAC)’s apparent descent into lunacy. I don’t think he “descended” at all. I think he started out there and hasn’t stopped digging.

I think that Elliot is the reason NGVAC started and he’s the reason that NGVAC has suddenly stopped being newsworthy. Fineman thought he was the Honey Badger, but in reality he was the crazy aunt in the anti-gun attic. No one on his side had the balls to go out on the offensive against the “gun lobby.” He alone made the gutsy call to lead the 300 anti-Spartans through the Hot Gates and on to the open beach below. The reason that he alone had the balls to do that is because everyone else has enough sense to see that he and his 300 would get their asses kicked from here to Timbuktu.

The genius of the anti-gun lobby has been to occupy the key terrain of the Media and the Beltway. For 40 plus years they tried to turn this into a national level fight. They got GCA68 and then the AWB by fighting in Congress instead of trying to work on 50 State capitals. They got their media allies to act as a megaphone to make them look like a national organization when they were actually just a couple of lobbyists in DC. You see, they recognized that they were small and professional so if they could avoid fighting in all 50 legislatures they would have a chance. If they got outside of that very small location, they would be massively outnumbered.

Some time in the last 4 years the anti-gun lobby realized that they were permanently screwed. The AWB was an overreach, making gun control basically a death sentence to Dems in moderate districts. The anti-gun lobby then got the worst news ever. The 2010 elections not only wiped out the US House of Representatives, it absolutely CRUSHED the Dems in State legislatures all over the USA. And it happened in the election right before redistricting. This meant a more or less permanent Republican majority in most state legislatures. The anti-gunners wanted the fight to be Federal, where they could look relatively equal, but the vast majority of the laws that affect guns and self-defense are State level laws. You don’t go to Federal prison if your State doesn’t have Castle Doctrine.

Correctly reading the writing on the wall, the anti-gun groups have decided that they have lost. But that’s no reason not to make some money. Brady staked out the squishy center-left. They try to look mainstream, and they’ve hired a fundraiser whose brother was shot by a likely terrorist to be their President and a photogenic gunshot survivor to being their mouthpiece. CSGV has staked out the loony Left. They’re acting like total kooks online in order to attract donations. Hey, it’s a living. What’s a little dignity when you’re faced with a mortgage payment in this economy? Fineman must have gotten angry with the “establishment” anti-gun groups. I think they told him, “cool your jets, Pops. You’re here to be a sad looking figurehead. You’re here to be our human shield. Leave the actual decision making to us professionals, and we say that we should just try to make a little cash.”

Big Daddy Elliot, who made fat cash in “Strategic Marketing,” doesn’t need to hear that crap from nobody. He grabbed some other true believers and sold them some beachfront property in Arizona. He told them that if they just got one big win against squishy Starbucks, they’d scare every other business into putting up “No Guns Allowed!!!111Eleventy!” signs rather than face the wrath of Elliot NGVAC. The true believers leapt to their feet and followed Pied Piper Elliot right straight into the river where their dreams of a gun free latte promptly drowned.

Meanwhile the anti-gun establishment sat back and laughed at them. The “professional” anti-gunners knew that gun control was a lost cause. It was sad that Elliot had to go out and prove it, but that wouldn’t stop them from conning some other anti-gunners out of some pocket change. In a country of over 300 million there are enough stupid people to keep PETA afloat so there’s certainly enough to pay Ladd Everitt’s salary. Whatever else happens, they’ve got to protect their phony baloney jobs.

So there it is. Elliot Fineman was the only person who could have done what he did. No one else is crazy enough to have led a doomed cause straight into the brick wall of reality. The people who run the actual anti-gun groups know that their first requirement is to pay their own salaries. They can’t pay their salaries if they do stupid things like prove how toothless their organizations actually are. Now that Elliot’s insanity is revealed, the media avoids him like the plague. It’s only when the crazy person espouses Conservative ideas that they stick a camera in his face. No sense damaging their pet causes by showing what a lunatic one of their leaders is.

Another choir boy gets murdered

The gun grabbers like to tell you about all the “gun deaths” that happen in the US. They like to imply that the chance of being shot to death is spread around equally. Here’s one that they will be lighting a candle for without telling you the whole story.

An overnight shooting left a Charlotte man dead and police looking for his killer. CMPD received a call of shots fired on Garibaldi Avenue shortly after 4:00 Thursday morning.

The anti-gunners will light their candles and cry crocodile tears over another senseless death. They won’t tell you that he had a criminal record.

Victim

Most murders are drug and gang related. This guy had a criminal drug history. Do you honestly think that his murder was totally random? We’ll have to wait until the cops find the killer, but dollars to donuts his killer is also a known criminal.

They always start out small

We’ve been told that armed robbery isn’t a starter crime.

No one wakes up in the morning one day and decides to become an armed robber. It is a gradual process that requires some experience and desensitizing. Before a man will pick up a gun and threaten to kill people who have done him no harm in order to get their usually meager possessions he has to get comfortable with some things.

He has to get used to seeing others as objects for him to exploit. He has to accept he may be killed while robbing. He has to accept the felony conviction for Robbery will haunt him all his life. He has to accept he may need to kill a completely innocent person to get away with his crime.

This is a process that starts with stealing candy at the corner store as a child. It progresses through bigger property crimes that may also involve violence. But one day G gets tired of selling his stolen property for nothing and decides it would be better to steal cash. Cut out all that tiresome sales stuff.

 Read the whole thing, it’s an eye opener

So how does that relate to our story for today?

Police charged (Suspect) late Tuesday with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault causing serious injury in the shooting of a man during a robbery Sept. 19.

He robbed a person of his wallet and cell phone.

Did he suddenly one morning out of a clear blue sky decide to quit being a law-abiding citizen and become an armed robber?

Suspect

It starts small. The criminal decides that others only exist to provide what he wants. He steals when no one is looking, then gets more brazen, until one day he’s sticking a gun in the face of his victim and taking what he wants.

10 counts of felony theft from a vehicle and he didn’t even get a day in prison. Is it any wonder that we have so much crime if they won’t even punish big crimes like this?

Sooner or later you get caught

It’s been over a month, but the police got their man

(Suspect), 33, of Deaverview Road, used a small, black semi-automatic handgun to shoot a man in the leg on Aug. 20, according to arrest warrants.

And what sort of person shoots another in the leg?

Suspect

It looks like he’s not satisfied with robbing people at gunpoint. He even took time out of his busy schedule to abuse a child. Typically, they gave him probation.

Belgians enjoy American Freedoms

What a fantastic day. I’m willing to bet that I had a better day than almost all of you. How? I got to take two new shooters to the range and teach them to shoot. Neither of them had ever shot a gun before. In fact, neither of them had ever even TOUCHED a gun before. How can that be? Because they are Belgians, and they are here in the US as foreign exchange students.

Meet Marthe.

In addition to being a great shooting student, she’s also very pretty. She’d seen guns in movies, but until today, she’d never actually put her hands on one. She proved that she could listen well and apply her training. She did awesome for her first day out.

Meet Peter.

Peter asked me not to tell you his full name. He doesn’t want to show up in a Google search.He’s a lawyer from Belgium who’s here at Duke University’s law school for a year. Like Marthe, his only experience with guns is from Hollywood. He said that in Belgium, if you’re a criminal, you can get a gun in 10 minutes on the street. If you’re a law-abiding citizen, it’s very difficult. It’s considered “shocking” to have a gun in Belgium.  How shocked would they be if they found out that Peter is actually quite a good shot?

I met Marthe and Peter last week at the range safety class. Wake County requires you to attend a 3 hour class to learn the rules of the range. I knew right away that Peter wasn’t from around here, and as soon as I heard them speaking, I heard the accent. I asked, and they told me that they came to the class so that they could shoot guns. They were in America, and the one quintessential American experience is shooting a gun.

They didn’t know that the Wake range doesn’t rent guns, so I offered to meet them tonight and let them try out my Ruger 22/45. It’s the perfect gun for beginners. It doesn’t beat you up and it’s accurate and easy to handle. They both were happy with it.

We spent the better part of two hours shooting 50 rounds each. The range safety officer was really supportive. Having a female RSO worked to our advantage. Peter, after looking around the range, remarked that shooting seemed to be a family sport. There were women and children on the range. There was a really nice African-American woman in the lane next to us when we started. She really had that famous Southern charm. She though it was fabulous that these Belgians were here learning how to shoot. The Wake County range sure put its best foot forward today.

After shooting, we talked outside. Peter and Marthe both told me that they found that the biggest thing they learned was that shooting is about concentration and focus and not about excitement. It was fun for them, but it was a sport that required discipline. Peter pointed out my favorite thing about shooting. It has instant feedback. You know right away if you did it right or wrong. You don’t get to make excuses. You do it right and you are rewarded with success. You do it wrong and you see the results. The instant feedback forces you to focus and do it better each time.

We’ve made plans to meet up again on some future Tuesdays and shoot some more. They are even interested in taking a full day shooting class with a professional shooting school. They even gave me Belgian beer and baked goods!

Like I said, I had a fantastic day.

Ramming a patrol car

Here’s a tip. Trying to ram a police officer’s car during a chase is assault with a deadly weapon in pretty much every jurisdiction. Here in North Carolina, the cops will shoot you for doing it and no one will argue with them.

A Woodfin police officer shot and wounded a suspect early Sunday following a vehicle chase that ended when the driver rammed a patrol car.

Here’s my question. Since getting a traffic ticket isn’t such a big deal that you might try to kill someone to get out of it, what caused this guy to try to run from police in the first place?

Suspect

Oh.

The suspect was transported to Mission Hospital and is in stable condition, Holloman said. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

So he’ll get another chance to ride the justice system, and they’ll just let him out later to cause us trouble.

Michelle Dockery Monday: I’m not terrified

Us Weekly, which I think is one of those checkout line quasi scandal rag celebrity magazines, posts “5 Things You Don’t Know” about Michelle Dockery.

#4. Thanks to her character’s antics, men tend to keep their distance

Dockery jokes that her now-infamous scene with a Downton guest who becomes her lover — and then dies in the middle of sex — has scared potential real-life suitors away. “Men are terrified of me now,” she quipped to David Letterman last year.

I ain’t skeered!

Michelle, please check with my wife first, though.