Getting stabby in Charlotte

More non-random violence between people who “knew each other.”

Police were called to the scene of a stabbing at Rozzelles Ferry and the 1700 block of West Trade Street on Thursday night.

They found one victim, who was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries from a stab wound, around 6:15 p.m.

Was it a citizen who was “law abiding until he wasn’t?”

Suspect

I guess not.

Quality time with some good books

I spend a lot of time in the car. I drive from location to location and do inspections of a nature I will not reveal for a company that will remain nameless out of respect for their undoubted desire to remain out of my political activities. I will go so far as to say that I work for an insurance company and leave it at that.

In any case, I’ve been driving a great deal since I started the job over 7 years ago and it’s only just occurred to me that perhaps listening to Pandora Radio (and Sirius Satellite Radio before that) all day long isn’t making me any smarter. A working knowledge of music that can be loosely categorized as Electronic Dance Music has helped me to catch the cultural reference during an episode of the really great TV show Grimm, but I have a feeling that if I just read a few of the more well known books I might at least feel a bit smarter for all the time invested.

For very good reason, the NC State Troopers frown on reading actual books while driving so I’ve turned to the Wake County Library’s extensive audiobook collection. And by “very extensive,” I mean “I didn’t know that many audiobooks existed, let alone in one easily searched, easily ordered, conveniently located place.” And that’s just the ones on physical audio CDs. They have more that are downloadable.

When I received my new company car, I found that Chevrolet had kindly installed a USB port that allowed me to connect a flash drive to the radio. Neat! I already had ripped most of Harry Potter, so I put it on a flash drive and I listened to it again, all the way to Book 4. Then I discovered the Aubrey-Maturin novels. These books were the basis for the Russell Crowe movie, Master and Commander: Far Side of the World. The books, not surprisingly, are even better than the movie. I am working my way through them at a prodigious pace. I’ve read the books up to book 13 and I just finished listening to book 10. I cannot recommend them highly enough. This leaves me with a serious problem. I’ll be done with book 20, and the series, in just a month or two. Then what? What should I listen to then?

I’ve combined one of the online “100 books to read before you die a horrible death because some idiot wasn’t paying attention during his morning commute” lists with the Wake County Public Library’s helpful online card catalog (we can still call it that even though the cards are virtual, right?) and I’ve developed the following list of books to borrow and listen to. This list is alphabetical by author’s last name.

Title Author
Watership Down Adams, Richard
Little women Alcott, Louisa May
Pride and prejudice Austen, Jane
Sense and sensibility Austen, Jane
Persuasion Austen, Jane
Emma Austen, Jane
Jane Eyre Bronte, Charlotte
Wuthering Heights Brontë, Emily
Captain Vorpatril’s alliance Bujold, Lois McMaster
The secret garden Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Ender’s Game Card, Orson Scott
Alice’s adventures in Wonderland Carroll, Lewis
The Canterbury tales Chaucer, Geoffrey
Heart of darkness Conrad, Joseph
Charlie and the chocolate factory Dahl, Roald
Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel
Minority report and other stories Dick, Philip K
A Christmas carol Dickens, Charles
A tale of two cities Dickens, Charles
Great expectations Dickens, Charles
Oliver Twist Dickens, Charles
Crime and punishment Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
Rebecca Du Maurier, Daphne, Dame
The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas, Alexandre
The sound and the fury Faulkner, William
Tender is the night Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Madame Bovary Flaubert, Gustave
Memoirs of a geisha Golden, Arthur
Lord of the flies Golding, William
The wind in the willows Grahame, Kenneth
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Hardy, Thomas
The return of the native Hardy, Thomas
The scarlet letter Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Catch-22 Heller, Joseph
Dune Herbert, Frank
The wailing wind Hillerman, Tony
The Odyssey Homer
The Iliad Homer
The remains of the day Ishiguro, Kazuo
A portrait of the artist as a young man Joyce, James
Ulysses Joyce, James
On the road Kerouac, Jack
To kill a mockingbird Lee, Harper
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe Lewis, C. S
Prince Caspian Lewis, C. S
The horse and his boy Lewis, C. S
The last battle Lewis, C. S
The magician’s nephew Lewis, C. S
The silver chair Lewis, C. S
The voyage of the Dawn Treader Lewis, C. S
The call of the wild London, Jack
The prince Machiavelli, Niccolò
Life of Pi Martel, Yann
Atonement McEwan, Ian
Moby Dick Melville, Herman
Cloud atlas Mitchell, David
Anne of Green Gables Montgomery, L. M.
Lolita Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich
The time traveler’s wife Niffenegger, Audrey
1984 Orwell, George
Animal farm Orwell, George
Frankenstein Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
A town like Alice Shute, Nevil, 1899-1960
Of mice and men Steinbeck, John
The grapes of wrath Steinbeck, John
Dracula Stoker, Bram
Gulliver’s travels Swift, Jonathan
The hobbit Tolkien, J. R. R.
Anna Karenina Tolstoy, Leo, graf
The time machine Wells, H. G.
Charlotte’s web White, E. B.

I am surprised by the number of books on this list that I have never read.

Any suggestions? Did I miss any that you think I should add? Are there any that I should avoid like the plague?

Another day in the Durham free fire zone

Is there a sign up that says “Say it with Bullets” in Durham?

Police are searching for a man charged with murder following a fatal shooting at an apartment on Liberty Street on Saturday.

There must be something that leads to these killings.

Suspect

Victim

Nope. Best if we just blame the guns.

The #BullyMoms of @MomsDemand Action are Sad Pandas today

NC Attorney General Roy Cooper dashed the hopes of Moms Demand Action, a wholly owned subsidiary of Michael Bloomberg, Inc. today.

Domestic violence claimed 108 lives in North Carolina in 2013, according to a report released by the state Department of Justice on Monday.

That’s 14 fewer domestic violence homicides than the year before. That coincides with a 6.9 percent drop in all homicides nationwide during the first six months of 2013, according to the FBI. Final North Carolina crime statistics for 2013 will be available later this year.

While you and I will rejoice that crime, especially domestic violence homicides, are down, the Demanding Mommies are going to be really upset. They need dead bodies. They need an increasing crime rate. They can’t keep telling us that everyone (especially women) is in extreme danger if the crime rate keeps falling.

Unexpectedly, crime rates are down even though gun ownership is up and Concealed Handgun Permits are up (375,000 CHPs as of October 1, 2013). It’s completely inconceivable!

The anti-gun harridans of the Women’s (non)Christian Temper Tantrum Union are going to have a hard time convincing everyone to give up the Demon Gun when our world is getting safer every day.

You can read the NCDOJ report HERE.

Wrong place, wrong time?

They will always say that she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A woman who was shot and killed in front of a Baptist church late last month was hit by a bullet meant for someone else, Durham police said Monday.

But it sounds to me like the killer was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He should have been in prison.

Suspect

They had him earlier, but someone lacked the intestinal fortitude to put him behind bars. He walked away from his probation and remained on the street.

(Suspect) was convicted in Durham last June of having a gun as a convicted felon and was given a suspended sentence and put on two years’ probation. State probation officers listed him as an absconder since then.

In February 2011, (Suspect) was convicted in Granville County of carrying out unarmed robberies in February and September 2010, state prison records show. He served 32 months in prison for those felonies, the records state.

Why do they bother doing “background checks” when they don’t even bother punishing the felons they catch with guns? It’s almost as if they only intend to harass the law abiding while ignoring the criminals.

Shooting without hearing protection

You’ve got to wear hearing protection while you shoot, right? Gunfire will destroy your hearing!

What if I told you I spent all day yesterday on the range and only wore hearing protection for about 30 minutes? And I mean ALL DAY. I started at 10am and didn’t get done until 5pm. That’s because I was at the Silencer Shoot at Durham Rifle and Pistol Club.

I was the range safety officer for NCSilencer.Com. Eric and Hank, along with two other friends of theirs, manned the sales booth and so I took over as range safety, as keeping people from accidentally pointing guns at each other is about the limit of my expertise with silencers.

I did get to shoot several different guns. I brought my rifle and put a Varminter 2.0 silencer in .223 on it. That was fun. It cut down the blast to the point that I could shoot it outdoors without any real problem. You would not believe how loud it is when a 55 grain bullet impacts an 8 inch plate at 75-100 yards. There’s no gentle “ting” when it hits. It sounds like something getting hit with a giant club. The energy is tremendous.

A particular favorite was the AR-15 style short barreled rifle in 9mm. It was a 3.5″ barrel with an Octane 9 suppressor. It was the perfect house gun. It was very short, with about a total of 11 inches of “barrel” length and a  collapsible AR stock. It fired 9mm bullets from a Colt SMG stick mag as fast as you could pull the trigger. I want one of these as a home defense rifle. Fill it with 147gr +P hollowpoints and anyone breaking into your house will have a Very Bad Day™.

9mmSBR2(yes, that is that small)

Hank, who owned the gun, teased us for trying to shoot the 6 inch falling plates at 120 yards. The 8 inch plates closer up were just too easy. It was pretty interesting how we could hand that SBR to a slightly built young woman and she could easily hit an 8 inch plate at 70-100 yards with it, but she had terrible trouble hitting a full sized silhouette at 15 yards with the suppressed Glock 17 shooting the exact same bullets.

The closest gun to the stereotypical movie silenced gun was the suppressed Ruger .22/45 with a mini red dot sight on it. It was like shooting a staple gun. I might say it was a great Bond villain gun but it’s hard to pretend to be a villain when you’ve got a big silly grin on your face.

I didn’t shoot the suppressed Tavor, but I also didn’t like it much. It was pretty brutal. The Tavor was the only rifle that made me put hearing protection on. It also sprayed shooters in the face with gas and carbon.

How good are modern suppressors? I calmly stood behind three different people shooting full power .308 Win bolt guns calling their shots as they tried to hit 6 inch falling plates at 120 yards. We could speak in normal voices as people next to us were blazing away with 9mm and .45 ACP suppressed pistols. I liked it so much that I’ve put in my order. I will be getting a .30 caliber Varminter 2.0 to put on my AR. It works just fine with my 5.56 as long as I use an adapter, and when I get a 300 Blackout barrel I can use it for deer hunting. It’s also rated up to .300 WinMag, so if I ever get a big bolt gun I can use this suppressor.

Thanks to both Eric and Hank at NC Silencer.com for inviting me along. If you’d like to find out more about suppressors, check out their website.

Non-random shooting

What sort of lives lead to this?

Police arrested a suspect in a Friday-night shooting in North Raleigh that left one man dead.

A killer in jail awaiting trial and his victim dead in the street with a bullet in his head.

Suspect

Victim

Oh, that sort of life.

USS Mahan shooter was convicted felon in NC

He wasn’t eligible to own a firearm, but he had a TWIC card.

The credential Savage used to gain access — a Transportation Worker Identity Credential — is issued by the Transportation Security Administration and is valid for five years. In the news release, the Navy said the card alone doesn’t authorize base access. People also have other documents to gain entry, including a manifest of items to be delivered or a receipt indicating an item to be picked up, said Beth Baker, a spokeswoman for the Norfolk-based Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.

People with criminal records for certain crimes are allowed to have a TWIC card, as long as they have been out of prison for at least 5 years, according to TSA’s website. However, applicants can also apply for a waiver.

He apparently went up onto the ship, disarmed the Petty Officer of the Watch and used the gun to shoot a MA2 Mark Mayo.

Suspect

People who view aggressive violence as a way to solve their personal problems generally identify themselves long before their first murder.

It won’t bring him back, but the Navy is calling MA2 Mayo a hero for his actions.

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No doubt some old signalman will be along presently to tell me that this former MM2 did the signal flags wrong.

BZ Mayo.

 

Domestic violence murder in Marshville

This is why the Moms are Demanding Action.

The husband of a woman found dead in a car on a Marshville street has been charged with first-degree murder.

Another law abiding gun owner who followed every law right up until he pulled the trigger?

Suspect

Oh, a felon.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

Fourteen hour crime spree

How long does it take to prove you have zero respect for society’s rules?

Durham police arrested (Suspect) March 5 after a foot chase that followed a robbery at a Dollar General store, and by Tuesday they had obtained warrants charging him with two gunpoint crimes on March 4 and three on the day they captured him.

Police said the spree took place in about 14 hours.

Who runs about, robbing people at gunpoint?

Suspect

People who long ago decided not to live an honest life.