Monthly Archives: December 2012

Read this immediately

I have seen this exact situation.

In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am Jason Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.

I have seen two different families suffer through this. No matter what they do they cannot fix what is so broken. They end up crushed between the their duties as parents and their duties as human beings. They want as parents to protect and fix their child, but as human beings they must eventually abandon their child to the destructive “care” of the State, if only to protect everyone else.

Why don’t we have anywhere else to put the mentally disturbed than in prison?

It’s always someone you know

Gun grabbers tell us that you’re likely to know the person who kills you. I say that pretty much everyone knows some really bad people.

A Marion man is charged with murder after authorities say he forced his way into a home and fatally shot a man who was inside. Police say the shooting appears to be domestic-related.

Domestic related is probably code for “the person he shot was a rival for the affections of a woman.”

Suspect 

That’s how fast it can happen. Some criminal has the hots for your girl and decides that if he can’t have her, you won’t either.

Exit question. If we can’t keep guns out of the hands of a multiply convicted felon, drunk, and drug dealer, how do the gun grabbers propose to improve the situation by making it harder for me to get a gun?

They just never grow out of it

One would think that as you age you might grow out of those socially unacceptable behaviors of your youth. One man has decided that he’s not going to.

Police on Wednesday accused a 71-year-old man of trying to set fire to a house where his former girlfriend, their child and another child were staying.

Seventy-one and he still thinks that it’s appropriate to settle his differences with deadly force. What was he like in his youth?

A criminal record report submitted with the warrant for his arrest, however, shows that he was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Rhode Island in December 1969 and had been arrested in Providence the previous January on charges of murder and assault with intent to kill.

The records also show several other arrests by Providence and Rhode Island State Police after that, including a November 1990 charge of cocaine possession.

Sounds like we need to offer him secure accommodations until he dies. The rest of the world will be safer if we do.

Gun Show!

A post by Knitebane reminds me to tell everyone that I’ll be at the C&E Gun Show in Raleigh. I’ve been neglecting my duties at the Grass Roots North Carolina booth. I’ve been wrapped up in other items and I’ve been missing out on the fun of recruiting new members and talking gun laws in person at the gun show.

 My Rifle

I’ll be bringing my rifle as a display item, but I have a DPMS stripped lower receiver for an AR-15 that I want to get rid of. I will also be bringing along the last of my Gunwalker T-Shirts to see if I can unload any.

 GunWalker_SeanSorrentino2011

But mostly I’ll be hanging out, talking politics, and generally having a good time with my fellow gun rights activists.

Well, at least he knows the guy

Cops say he knows the person who shot him.

(Victim), 32, was shot through the lower back around 11:35 p.m. on Dec. 9, a police report shows. The bullet travelled into (Victim)’s chest, causing serious injury, the report said.

Strangely enough, the cops know the victim too.

Victim

I wonder if it was a personal or a professional dispute?

She got no prison

At first, I was saddened. After what this mother did, I would have expected a lengthy stay in the Iron Bar Motel.

A South Carolina judge decided against prison time for a woman who left her newborn near death in the toilet of a sports arena after giving birth during the circus.

The 6 1/2-pound newborn baby was likely in the toilet for 90 minutes and was near death before he was found by a cleaning crew in the stall filled with blood and other gore. His head was barely above the water and his body temperature was 85 degrees, prosecutor Betty Strom said.

I would certainly agree that there are better punishments that could be administered. She should have been taken out back and beaten soundly with a 2×4 before being fed to the lions.

Sadly, she got a year’s home confinement instead.

Good thing it was a University!

Thankfully this occurred at NC State University. If someone had been armed, the poor robber might have gotten shot!

 The arrest of an 18-year-old man Monday in the knifepoint robbery of a North Carolina State University student resulted in the same suspect being arrested for a late October theft that included seven N.C. State championship rings taken from a north Raleigh home.

We should assume that any competent criminal, even one who can’t outrun the cops, would know that an 18 year old college student is unlikely to be able to defend himself against a knife wielding attacker.

Suspect

 

Time to put this guy away for a long, long time. He hasn’t learned yet. He isn’t going to, either.

Meanwhile in Sarah Brady Paradise: Pub Shooting edition

It’s Jolly Olde England, and handguns are banned. You’re out drinking at a pub with friends, so no worries, right? 

A 22-year-old woman suffered a single gunshot wound at The Vernon pub in Old Basford on 17 August. She recovered after treatment in hospital.

 

The police think she was a random target of someone who just shot into the crowded building. How’s that gun control working?

Armed gas station robbery

Sometimes low level criminals make the jump to the big time.

Police charged two women with an armed robbery after money was stolen Monday night from a Shell gas station on South Saunders Street.

In an arrest warrant, they charged her with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit that offense, saying she and two other people had a revolver and threatened a clerk when $237 was taken at about 8 p.m.

Sticking a gun in someone’s face and demanding money is definitely the big time.

Suspect 1

Suspect 2

The first suspect was convicted of misdemeanor larceny, but the second suspect assaulted so many people so often that she was convicted of “Habitual Misdemeanor Assault” a felony.

Some  people can’t keep their hands to themselves. Or off your stuff.

Chatham goes online for pistol purchase permits

While I would prefer that the State eliminate the old Jim Crow era pistol purchase permit requirement, this is a good step.

Chatham County has begun accepting online applications for handgun purchase permits, a move several North Carolina counties have made and Wake County is considering.

All handgun purchases, even exchanges between private individuals, require a permit in North Carolina. Sheriffs decide the rules for their counties, however, and buyers must typically apply at the sheriff’s office in person and then return to pick up the permit.

They are considering moving the CHP application process online as well.

This is a good idea. Forcing people to drive to the county courthouse twice just to get permission to purchase a pistol is a stupid waste of everyone’s time. You get the idea that some people would like it to be as difficult as possible to limit the number of people who buy handguns.

Check out their website to see if you live in one of the counties that accepts purchase permits online. Currently the counties that accept purchase permit applications are Mecklenburg, Jones, Moore, Union, Lincoln, and Chatham.