He has a terrible history

One of the more repugnant crimes

Police charged a Rocky Mount resident Tuesday with sex crimes involving a child between September 2007 and December 2009.

They said a child under 13 was involved.

Read his criminal record.

Suspect

You have to go all the way to the bottom to see the felony charge, but to get there you have to scroll past a whole lot of abuse towards women. People who abuse one person they have power over will abuse others they get power over.

Shot to death in Salisbury

It’s interesting how they describe the area.

Salisbury Police are investigating a murder in an area of the city that has seen an increase in violent crime over the last few years.

The area has seen an increase in violent crime, but not the city itself. The is likely as close as most of the mainstream media will ever get to acknowledging that crime is down all over the country, and that violent crime is chiefly confined to the criminal class.

Victim

People who break the law tend to associate with others who break the law.

Satanic murder in Clemmons

My views on religion are pretty simple. It’s a free country, so worship, or not, however you please. I do wonder why anyone would decide to be a Satanist, however. With all the other gods to choose from, why worship evil?

The body of (Victim 1) was found, along with the body of another man, buried in a yard five years after they were reported missing.

(Suspect 1) and his girlfriend, (Suspect 2), faced a judge Thursday for a pretrial hearing. The two are accused of murdering (Victim 1) and (Victim 2), then burying their bodies five years ago.

Police said they were familiar with (Suspect 1), a self-proclaimed Satanist. Family members said he’d bragged about killing people and burying them in his back yard.

Click over and see the mug shot. Like Tam says, I could ID that guy out of a lineup and I wasn’t even there!

Suspect 1

Victim 1

Victim 2

I guess he was an “In for a Penny, In for a Pound” sort of guy.

When you announce that all fairgoers are disarmed…

When you announce that all fairgoers are disarmed, you should not be surprised when that attracts criminals.

Raleigh police are searching for two armed men who robbed two people at gunpoint late Saturday…

Police say the victims were walking to their vehicles after returning from the North Carolina State Fair around 11:30 p.m. when the armed men approached them and stole their wallets. 

Well what did Troxler expect? He made absolutely sure that everyone and their criminal brother knew that anyone coming out of the fair gates was disarmed for the robbers’ convenience.

How would it have been different if the announcement was “Any fairgoer might be carrying a gun…”? Would criminals be so quick to rob a group of people they knew had a possibility of being concealed carriers?

Disarming people makes them easier targets. Disarming them and then telling the whole world that they are unable to defend themselves attracts criminals. This is why I demanded my free armed escort to my car on the day I visited the fair.

For background on the State Fair Gun Ban, check out GRNC’s alerts on the subject.

GRNC Alert 09-29-14 TROXLER TO POST NC STATE FAIR IN VIOLATION OF LAW

GRNC Alert 10-13-14: Judge in State Fair Case Legislates From Bench

GRNC Alert 10-24-14: Troxler Lies about Fair Security

And here’s a short video I took showing the Security Theater at the State Fair.

They deny your right to defend yourself and then don’t even do a good job pretending to provide security.

GunBlog VarietyCast Episode 10

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Episode 10 is now available!

Show Notes available HERE

What’s driving Durham crime increase?

Gang warfare, says the police.

The shootings that drove early numbers up were largely due to a feud between two factions of the same gang, according to police: likely a power struggle that led to a series of retaliatory shootings.

“What I think most people would be shocked to hear is that this violence, most of it, was Bloods shooting at Bloods and fighting amongst themselves,” Smith said.

The story says that “gang involved incidents” account for just 7% of overall violent crime in Durham, which is odd since the FBI reports that

Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions and up to 90 percent in several others, according to NGIC analysis

I think this results from a difference in definitions. If one limits “Gang Related Activity” to just incidents of one gang going after another, or intra-gang conflicts, then the lower number makes sense. The real death toll comes from drug related killings which are certainly gang related, but not necessarily gang warfare.

An important note. It’s clearly not the increase in Concealed Handgun Permits causing the problem. It’s the same people that were always causing the problem, the criminals.

Everyone likes a happy ending

Not all crime stories have happy endings. They wouldn’t be crime stories if they were all happy. But not all of them have sad endings either. Today we get a happy ending to contrast with your daily dose of felons behaving badly.

Two robbery victims, one shot in the hand during a struggle, turned the tables on an armed robber early Sunday, tied him up with shoelaces and held him until police arrived, Durham police said.

A struggle turned into a shooting, but one of the intended victims came up with the gun and used it as a blunt object. Cops arrived to find the perp tied up with shoelaces.

Suspect

It’s nice that the tables got rotated, but it would be nicer still if the criminal had been in some secure facility serving time for his previous crimes instead.

Hopefully the nurse is giving the victim all the Happy Endings he wants. When I lived in northern Maryland, I always ordered my Happy Endings with vanilla and caramel.

GunBlog VarietyCast Episode 9

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Episode 9 is out!

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Birds of a Feather

That’s a strange thing to focus on in a murder case

Alcohol Played A Factor In Man’s Shooting Death

So what happened?

Police in Alexander County were investigating a homicide after they said a fight between two friends ended with one man being shot in the head Thursday night.

So two guys got drunk, got into a fight, and one shot the other. Another case of guns turning a simple fight into a murder?

Suspect

Victim

Or another case of two ne’er-do-wells resorting to violence because they can’t be bothered to absorb the normal socially acceptable ways of dealing with anger?

Another on a long list of things my father said when I was a child that turned out to be useful wisdom in adulthood was “Birds of a feather flock together.” Look at your friends. What they are is what you are. Look at your girlfriend/boyfriend’s friends. Whatever they are, s/he is. Make sure to take a good look before you marry. If you find that you don’t like what you see in your friends or your significant other’s friends, now is the time to walk away.

And he’ll be back on the street in no time at all

Police charged him with Trespassing on School Property, Possession of a Weapon on School Property, and Disorderly Conduct.

“I wanted to do something for all the children that have ever been sold into sex slavery and get out on a stage with a motherf***ing ax and a f***ing toothpick of a f***ing knife, my katana, and just lay everything down,” Kirk Cowart told WTKR.com in a rambling jailhouse interview hours after police arrested him for sneaking into a Virginia Beach high school with a hatchet.

Workers at Salem High School discovered Cowart on the auditorium stage. Police said he likely entered the school while the cafeteria was accepting an early-morning delivery on Thursday.

Watch the video Click through and watch the video and you can see that he’s completely nuts. (Video removed because it autoplays, go to link)

Here’s the thing. His charges are all misdemeanors in North Carolina and are probably misdemeanors in Virginia as well. They might get him a bit of help, but the minute he’s determined to be no longer an immediate threat to himself or others, he’s back out on the street.

Cowart’s father told WTKR his son suffers from mental illness and lives in his own imaginary world.

The problem is that his imaginary world intersects with our real world, and no matter how loony tunes this guy is, smacking someone upside the head with a hatchet is going to cause real effects in the real world.

There is no earthly reason that this guy should be free to roam the world. He should be in a nice safe place where he’s carefully monitored. It isn’t fair to us and it isn’t fair to him to ignore his problem and hope that he never kills someone or himself.

This guy is a prime example of why David Codrea is right about background checks. A person who shouldn’t have a gun shouldn’t have a hatchet either. Nor gasoline, matches, kitchen knives, or the contents of the cupboard under the sink. Anyone who cannot be trusted WITH a firearm cannot be trusted WITHOUT a custodian.

The anti-gun fanatics will congratulate themselves for making sure that Virginia bans him from having guns yet they will ignore the fact he has access to many other dangerous items. They won’t care that in 6 months this guy will be roaming around free, with deadly weapons as close as the nearest kitchen knife block. They won’t object to him wandering down to the local Wal-Mart to pick up a 5 gallon gas can. But they’ll cheerfully support a law that makes it illegal for me to loan my gun to a friend.

That should tell you what their real agenda is.