Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Knives in Australia, a Changed Viewpoint

Knives for sale in Australia


When I came to Australia, I had read of the weapons laws regarding the carry of knives. I had read that knives could only be carried if you had a "good reason" to do so. I knew how much the "good reason" limitation had been abused in the United States to stop people from exercising their Second Amendment rights. States like New Jersey, New York, and California are notorious for the abuse of that limitation. I was apprehensive about carrying a pocket knife in Australia. On arrival, I wrote:
As I talked to the manager, I mentioned that I understood it was illegal to carry a pocket knife. She said that yes, she used to carry a small knife all the time, but she does not do so anymore.
Such are the ways in which liberty dies, a little at a time.

After I found my hotel, and checked in, I spent some time walking about the city.  It is clean and busy. It seemed odd to be unarmed, and to realize that carrying even a pocket knife is a serious crime.
Now, after almost three months in Australia. I admit, I was wrong about knives and the ability to carry them.  In rural Australia, knives are common, and are sold over the counter in many stores. It is true that you are not allowed to carry a knife without a "good reason".  I was quickly informed that a "good reason" is easily met.

Informed people told me that there were two reasons that nearly always would be accepted. First, that the knife was a "rescue tool" in time of need. Not for self defense. Self defense is not a valid reason. But to aid in an auto accident, to cut a line, or other rescue purposes, is valid. Second is "food preparation". Slicing a salami, peeling fruit, or other food preparation tasks are valid reasons.

There are two places where carrying a knife will get you in trouble. Knives are forbidden in bars and in schools. Not carrying a knife there is not too difficult. Double edged knives require a permit. Spears do not. Walking with a spear in an Australian city will draw attention.

The other point about Australia that makes pocket knife carry plausible is the reasonableness of Australian police. I was impressed. Every Australian policeman that I encountered was polite, willing to be reasonable, and easy to engage. If you work at being difficult and abusive... your mileage may vary.

A knife vendor told me, when I showed him the Victorinox Swiss Army knife that I had been toting about in Australia "there is no reason for any law abiding person to fear carrying a Victorinox, as long as you stay out of bars and schools."  He, quite reasonably, asked how many times I had been searched by a policeman during my life.  I have to admit, in a long life filled with political action, and some close scrapes, the last time I was searched by a policeman was in 1970 during riots on the University of Wisconsin campus. They did not do a very good job. 

My impression in Australia is that being searched by the police is very rare.

A caveat must be mentioned in all this. I rarely saw anyone carrying a knife that was visible. Knives with pocket clips are common in the United States. I see people with them all the time. I did not see one in Australia, and I was looking. I looked when I attended the Shot Show in Brisbane. There were thousands of people. I did not see one carrying a knife with the pocket clip visible.

The attitude may be, if no knife is showing, there is no reason for the police to ask why it is being carried.

If you are in a remote rural area, camping, or walking in the bush, I doubt that carrying a belt knife, a hatchet, or a machete would be a problem. In the city, it would.

Perhaps, on the next trip to Australia, I will bring a pocket knife with a clip and see if the two reasons for carry hold up.

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AL: Wounded Boyfriend Accesses Pistol, Defends Girlfriend from Ex

A weekend shooting that killed a 29-year-old man is believed to be an act of self-defense, the Athens police chief said.

Christopher Demond Carter, of Harvest, was killed by his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend on McClung Lane after shooting and injuring the couple, according to Chief Floyd Johnson.

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MN: Homeowner Shoots at large Intruder


The Cass County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a report of an intruder. When they arrived they learned a man had made entry into the home but ran off when the homeowner shot at him.

The intruder is described as white and about 6 feet 5 inches tall with a very large body. At the time of the incident, the intruder was wearing all black clothing

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MS: Homeowner Fataly Shoots Angry Man



Tucker said Marty Lee, 43, went to the home armed with a rifle and was “angry with the homeowner.” Tucker said it’s unclear what Lee’s intentions were “but it wasn’t anything good.”

According to Tucker, an argument broke out and Lee pointed his rifle at the homeowner.

The homeowner reportedly shot one time, killing Lee. Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said Lee was shot in the abdomen.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Australian Gun Culture Part 24: Black Powder at 1000 Meter Range at Nioka, NSW

Small white square in distance is 1000 meter target.

On Saturday, 16 September, 2017, my friend, Curtis Eykamp, was showing me a bit of Australia. He wanted me to see a captured Turkish gun from WWI, in Manila, NSW. We were traveling from Gunnedah, through a gorgeous countryside, dotted with cattle and the ubiquitous road killed kangaroo. Many people have noted the resemblance to the inner valleys of Southern California, (with different trees, and kangaroos). Roy Eykamp, a few months short of 100 years old, was along for the ride.

Off in the distance, I spotted a white square on a berm. "That looks like a range", I said. "Maybe a thousand yards. Here in Australia, a thousand meters."

Half a mile further along, red flags blowing in the wind made it clear that a shoot was in progress. It was the Nioka range, developed by Matthew Miegel, on the Nioka property.

A muzzleloader club was having a shoot at the range.  They were only too happy to talk to a Yank writer.

One of the peculiarities of the Australian mesh of regulations put in place in 1996, was that pre-1900 muzzleloaders are not considered legal guns, but reproductions are. You may own a pre-1900 antique, but you are not allowed to shoot it without a gun license. Reproductions require licenses to possess, and they must be registered.

The club was having a good time loading and firing muzzleloaders, mostly flintlocks. The range was a full 1000 meters long. The targets were closer for this shoot.

The 1000 meter target will be used in the "Buffalo Shoot" to take place next weekend. The theme of the shoot is a loose recreation of the Adobe Walls battle that occurred in 1874 in the northern panhandle of Texas. During that battle, buffalo hunter William "Billy" Dixon made the famous long range rifle shot that stopped the siege of Adobe Walls.

I was told that one contestant reliably and repeatedly hits the bullseye at 1000 meters with his black powder Sharps rifle and iron sights.

There were battles between Aborigines and European settlers not far from where the range is located. Battles at  Yarramanba (page 23) in 1827 and at Borambil (page 53), in 1828, involved hundreds of Aboriginals against a handful of Europeans armed with muskets. The accounts were not widely circulated at the time. It is not clear exactly where the fighting took place. In the U.S.A., someone might design a Yarramanba shoot, but it may be too politically incorrect for NSW.

A happy result of the current gun amnesty is that one of the shooters was able to register his flintlock pistol. He registered 21 firearms during the current amnesty.




There are plans to have the range certified for pistols in the near future, in conjunction with a pistol club. Membership in a pistol club is necessary for legal ownership of a pistol.

 

Some historic guns are being turned in for destruction under the ongoing amnesty. You can see an original caplock (third from top, under the old Browning .22 semi-auto, above the rusty 1916 Spanish Mauser). This picture was taken of the back of a police van, as the guns were carted off.

A difference between New South Wales regulation and that of Queensland was pointed out by people who showed me some miniature cannon that met the legal requirements for muzzleloaders in NSW.


In NSW, the cannon must be small, or they are not legal. In Queensland, the cannon have to be big, or they are considered "concealable".

In the United States, in Florida, a pistol must be concealed if you are in a car, and do not have a carry permit. In North Carolina, a pistol carried in a car, without a permit, must be visible.  Australia does not have a monopoly on contradictory laws between states.

While I was interviewing people, the participants learned that Roy Eykamp, Senior, was sitting in our vehicle. Attention quickly shifted to this 99 year old well known farmer, inventor, and producer of Kikuyu seed. 

Matthew Miegel deserves credit for his far thinking development of a 1000 meter range. I heard rumors it might be extended to 1600 meters, almost exactly a mile. There seems to be enough room on the Nioka property.

Australians are adapting to the stringent requirements of the 1996 gun laws. The number of shooters and the number of registered guns, are growing.

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“What Happened”: Clinton Recognizes NRA’s Power, Rewrites History, Urges Dems to Double-down on Gun Control by Dr. Rich Swier


This week, twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton released her new book, “What Happened,” which chiefly serves to assign blame to the myriad politicians, journalists, organizations, countries, prejudices, and technologies she claims caused her defeat. Gun rights supporters will be happy to know that NRA is featured prominently.
In addition to apportioning NRA its well-deserved share of the blame, Clinton seeks to rewrite her own history on the gun issue and urges her fellow Democrats to ignore political reality and continue to champion gun control.

NRA’s Power

Clinton repeatedly acknowledges NRA’s influence on the 2016 election and the broad political landscape.
Pointing out the grassroots power of gun rights supporters, Clinton explains, “The politics of guns has been toxic for a long time… The vocal minority of voters against gun safety laws have historically been more organized, better funded, and more willing to be single-issue voters.”
Recounting her first policy speech of the 2016 campaign, where she attacked NRA, Clinton admits, “Going after the NRA is dangerous for candidates…”
Reiterating some of the same points Bill Clinton made about NRA’s power in his 2001 autobiography My Life, Clinton writes,
In the 1990s, my husband fought hard to pass both a ten-year ban on assault weapons and the Brady Bill, which, for the first time, required background checks on many gun purchases at federally licensed firearms dealers… The NRA funded an intense backlash to the new safety measures and helped defeat a lot of Democratic members of Congress in the disastrous 1994 midterm elections. Then, in 2000, the NRA helped beat Al Gore.
Discussing NRA’s contribution to her 2016 defeat, Clinton notes, 
As for the NRA, it kept its promise to do everything it could to stop me. All told, the gun lobby spent more than $30 million supporting Trump, more money than any other outside group and more than double what it spent to support Mitt Romney in 2012. About two-thirds of that money paid for more than ten thousand negative ads attacking me in battleground states.
Clinton’s recognition of NRA’s role in her and her husband’s defeats should motivate gun owners in the continuing fight to defend the Second Amendment and serve as a stark warning to anti-gun politicians.

AL: One of Two Intruders Shot, Killed



Jefferson County sheriff's deputies were dispatched just before 10:30 p.m. on a report of a disturbance at a home in the 200 block of Bayview Drive, said Chief Deputy Randy Christian. A woman called 911 to tell authorities that her husband had yelled from the back of the house for her to call 911 and then she heard what she believed to be a gunshot.

Once on the scene, deputies found an adult male victim dead on the floor in the house. The homeowner, Christian said, was taken to the hospital for treatment of a cut to the head.
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IN: Man Breaks in for Wrong Kids, Is Shot, Killed



“It appears he was yelling to get into the residence because he believed his kids were in the house. It turns out the kids inside did not belong to him,” said IMPD officer Aaron Hamer.

Police say the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Percy Walker kicked down the front door, breaking the deadbolt and storming inside. That’s when he was shot and killed by a man in the apartment in front of two young kids, just 2 and 4 years of age.
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

WA: Homeowner with Children Shoots Man Attempting Break-in



SEATAC, Wash. - King County deputies say a homeowner fatally shot a suspect who broke into a home in SeaTac.

The shooting happened in the 17600 block of 38th Avenue South Thursday morning.
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TX: Carjack Victim Shoots, Kills Carjacker



SELMA, Texas - The Texas Rangers are investigating, and a suspected carjacker is dead after being shot in Selma by his intended victim.

Heathcliff Garcia, 34, died at the San Antonio Military Medical Center after a Thursday afternoon shooting near the 8000 block of Old Austin Road.
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Followup NC: No Charges for 79-Year-Old Who Shot Home Invader



Noah and 77-year-old Barbara Ella Melton were in their apartment Saturday afternoon when Melton answered a knock at the door. Police say Reed and another man shoved past Melton and assaulted Noah with a blunt object, at which point Noah drew a handgun and fired once, striking Reed in the head.
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Followup VA: No Charges for Clerk that Shot, Killed, Armed Robber



LUNENBURG – Lunenburg County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Clement announced today that he and the Multi-Jurisdiction Grand Jury have agreed that the store clerk at the Little B Convenience Store in Victoria will not be prosecuted for the fatal shooting of an armed robber.
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

PA: Resident Shoots, Kills Suspect Attempting Break-in

Troopers tell Eyewitness News 30-year-old Cody Englert from Jersey Shore tried to break into a house on Fourth Street near Avis early Wednesday morning.

State police say he was shot and killed by someone who lives at the home. That person is cooperating with the investigation.


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KY: Armed Homeowner holds Suspect for Police



An arrest report states that police responded to a call where a homeowner was "holding a burglar at gunpoint with a shotgun."

Officials say when officers arrived, they found Hall being held at gunpoint by the owner of the home.
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LA: Homeowner Fataly Shoots man Attempting Break-in, Stops crime career



According to Tregre, the homeowner heard two voices in the back and went to the door to see what was happening in his yard. That's when he says Ferrygood forced his way into his home and the homeowner opened fire.

Deputies later found a gun in the backyard they believe belonged to one of the intruders.

The Sheriff's Office says there is video evidence of what happened. And according to police records, Ferrygood was arrested for shooting five people on Christmas Eve, 2008, at a nightclub in St. James Parish.

Ferrygood's cousin, Andrea Wilkins says he got out four months ago, but regardless of his past, she doesn't think he should have been shot.
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Washington School Shooting Classic Copycat Effect



 The murder of Sam Strahan at Freeman High School in Washington State, appears to be another result of the American media's obsession with school shootings.

Guns have been around for hundreds of years. Semi-automatic pistols have been common for over a hundred. But the rash of school shootings only escalated in the middle 1990's, after the federal bans on guns in schools. The most likely explanation is the copycat effect.

The copycat effect is well known and understood. When an event is highly publicized, people who are emotional misfits, contemplating suicide, see a way to put meaning in their lives.  They see the previous events brought media attention, fame and a sort of "immortality" to the previous perpetrators. They see a way to end their pain and to become famous. They become "copy cats".  They attempt to duplicate or surpass previous incidents. It is why school shootings happen in clusters.  It is why the number of victims have been increasing. The Establishment media know this, but they want more ratings and more gun bans. From oregonlive.com:
The documents and his classmates detailed troubling behavior by Caleb Sharpe, saying he brought notes to school about doing "something stupid," was obsessed with past school shootings and posted videos online showing him playing with guns.

Sharpe, a sophomore at the school of 300 students, also had left a suicide note at home for his parents, the records said. Freeman High School in the tiny town of Rockford has not responded to calls for comment on how they dealt with Sharpe's behavior outside of counseling for his suicidal thoughts.
The media responsibility for mass shooting was recognized by an article in the left-leaning Pacific Standard. From psmag.com:
We’ve witnessed the collision of the media’s mass murder fixation and the fame-seeking of would-be perpetrators: the Columbine shooters’ desire “to leave a lasting impression on the world”; Jared Lee Loughner’s pre-Tucson proclamation that he’d “see you on national TV”; Umpqua Community College shooter Chris Harper-Mercer’s belief that “it seems the more people you kill, the more you’re in the limelight.”
What the Pacific Standard article missed is the perceived political benefits to the establishment media from exaggerated coverage of school shootings. Several studies have confirmed the overwhelming leftist bias and anti-Second Amendment attitudes in the establishment media. Perhaps the best study is "The National Rifle Association and the Media: The Motivating Force of Negative Coverage" by Brian Anse  Patrick.

The establishment media culture sees opportunity to push its desired restrictions on firearms ownership with school shootings. The media spends a disproportionate amount of time effectively glamorizing school shooters when compared to other violence. The push for political action has the effect of providing more incentive for school shootings.

There are numerous ways the media can cover school shootings while providing little incentive for more school shooters. The media has been told, again and again, how it could be done.  Clayton Cramer wrote a paper on this in 1993.   It was published in a the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 9:1 [Winter 1993-94].  It won First Place, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Ethics Prize, 1993, Undergraduate Division.  It has been widely written about in other publications, such as the Wall Street Journal.

Author Loren Coleman, who wrote "The Copycat Effect, published in 2004, made these suggestions, among others.

1. Accept that these stories have an effect and that the way they are covered is important.

2. Stop glamorizing the deaths with wall to wall coverage.

3. Stop using cultural stereotypes about the perpetrators or victims.

4. Do not give details about the killing. That serves as a road map for copycats.

5. Give alternatives, such as seeking help or counseling.

These recommendations could be implemented voluntarily by the media, if the establishment media were serious about reducing school shootings.  The AP could include these requirements in its writers guidelines.  The Cramer article has been around for 20 years, and won a prize for ethics.  "The Copycat Effect" has been available for over a decade.  Any thoughtful person can see the connection between making anti-heros of school shooters and the potential to tip unbalanced people over the edge.

The media would rather use these events push a political agenda. They could prevent children from being murdered, but they will not.  As Cramer noted, the coverage of school shooting is at least 8 times as large at that of similar mass homicides that do not involve guns.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Tucson Pays for Scofflaw Actions to Destroy Guns



In September, 2017, the City of Tucson taxpayers agreed to pay the State of Arizona for the legal fees required to stop the City Council from violating State law.  The Council had required that legal, valuable firearms be destroyed rather than sold for the benefit of the public.

In 2012, Arizona made the wasteful practice of destroying valuable firearms illegal for local governments. From AZCDL.org:
This legislation was a follow-up to a 2010 law that required forfeited firearms to be sold to authorized dealers and not be scrapped. Unfortunately, there was a provision in the law that allowed local jurisdictions to determine the disposition of forfeited firearms they acquired. Sadly, this resulted in the loss of revenue to many police departments, short of cash because of ideology based decisions to destroy these firearms. Under the new law, after 60 days unclaimed firearms that can be legally owned must be sold to a business authorized to receive and dispose of fire-arms under state and federal law, for sale to the public. Law enforcement agencies also have the option to trade forfeited firearms to federally licensed dealers for guns, ammo or other law enforcement equipment.
The Council become scofflaws in 2012. Over the next few years they destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars of valuable property. In addition, they wasted City money in a needless court battle with the State of Arizona. From tucson.com:
A settlement with Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich will have the city of Tucson shelling out $100,000 to cover the state’s legal fees for the court fight that ended the city’s practice of destroying seized firearms.

The figure is identical to the amount the city had estimated it would earn annually in auctioning seized firearms to licensed gun dealers.
The City Council spent tens of thousands more dollars fighting the state before the case went to the Arizona Supreme Court.  It spent thousands to illegally destroy the 4,820 firearms from 2013 to 2016. Those firearms could have been sold for about a half a million dollars.

A reasonable estimate is that the Tucson City Council wasted $750,000 for nothing more than making propaganda to show they disapprove of the private ownership of guns.

The seven Democrats on the city council do not have a problem wasting other people's money. 

There are the deep pockets of Democrat donors, such as former Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. He has spent hundreds of millions of dollars attempting to undermine the Second Amendment. Democrats who demonstrate their deep commitment to destroying firearms, might obtain some of that money for their relection campaigns.

It will be interesting to see if any of Michael Bloomberg's money ends up in the campaign coffers of Tucson City Council.

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More Realtors Carry Guns for Safety



25% of men and 12% of women members of The National Association of Realtors (NAR) carry self defense firearms, according to the 2017 safety report. The number of members who carried a firearm totaled 19%.

The organization has published safety reports that show how many member carry weapons since 2015.

In 2014 real estate agent Beverly Carter was kidnapped and murdered. The crime made national news.  The president elect of the National Association of Realtors vowed to make safety a priority. From cnn.com:
Carter was killed in September, "Realtor Safety Month," for the National Association of Realtors.
The group's president elect, Chris Polychron, has promised to make safety a priority when he takes office.

"We're not going to let it die, I can tell you that," he said. "It's sad that it took a tragic death of one of our own to run the red flag up."
An article from 2014 reported this step as being recommended by the National Association of Realtors:
10. Don’t assume that everyone has left the premises at the end of an open house. Check all of the rooms and the backyard prior to locking the doors. Be prepared to defend yourself, if necessary.
The man who murdered Beverly Carter was convicted in January of 2015.

Chris Polychron took office as president of NAR in 2015. The NAR conducted the first survey showing how many of its members carried weapons. In 2015, 12% of members reported they carried a gun. From therealdaily.com:
Interestingly, according to the National Association of REALTORS® 2015 Member Safety Report, 12 percent of agents who responded said that they already carry a gun in the field.
 In 2016, 16% of members reported they carried a gun. Now, in 2017, 19% of members say they carry a gun. The increase in carrying guns for self defense is a national trend. The number of states that respect the Second Amendment has been growing steadily. The number of people with concealed carry permits has surged in the last few years. There is a growing movement for Constitutional Carry, where no permits for carry are required.

According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, there were 12.83 million concealed carry permits in the United States in 2015, 14.53 million concealed carry permits in 2016, and 16.36 concealed carry permits in 2017.  The number of concealed carry permits has grown 27% since 2015. The number of NAR members carrying guns has followed that trend, but has grown twice as fast, increasing 58% since 2015.

About three times as many NAR members carry guns as do people in the general population. The estimate of the general population that carry guns most or all of the time is about 5.4%, with 6.5% of the population having concealed carry permits.

It is likely that some of the NAR members do not need permits to carry concealed firearms. Fourteen states do not require a permit to carry concealed guns in 2017.  That system is commonly called Constitutional carry.  There were seven states that did not require a permit to carry in 2015.

Realtors reflect a population that has similarities to people with concealed carry permits. The tend to be better educated than average, have above average income, and are very responsible people. It is not surprising that they carry defensive guns at a rate greater than the rest of the population.

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GA: Armed Victim Shoots, Kills, 1 of 2 Armed Teen Suspects


The 44-year-old man told investigators a white Lexus with Florida tags pulled next to him in the 5800 block of Cedar Croft Lane near Lithonia.

Two teens jumped out of the vehicle and attempted to rob the man at gunpoint, DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said Thursday.

That, police said, is when the man pulled out his own gun, shot one of teens and called 911.

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IL: Armed Customer Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect

DOLTON, Ill. (WLS) -- A suspect was shot Wednesday night during an attempted armed robbery at an auto parts store in south suburban Dolton. A customer said the suspect ran at him with a weapon, so he opened fire.

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KY: Domestic Defense, Ex Girlfreind Kills Man who Broke Her Face

The girlfriend had a warrant out for Endicott's arrest.

News outlets report troopers say 35-year-old Brandon Endicott entered Krystal Shepherd’s home in a Floyd County trailer park Tuesday morning. KSP says Shepherd shot Endicott, who left and was found dead in a neighboring yard. A stray bullet went into a neighboring trailer.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Black Women Carrying Guns in Chicago part of National Trend



A recent article in the Chicago Tribune detailed the experiences of a black woman who obtained a concealed carry permit in Chicago. The article is surprisingly positive about her experiences. An important point is that minority women make up a significant percentage of the growth in concealed carry permits nationwide. From chicagotribune.com:
Robinzine, 51, is a gun owner with a concealed carry license. Since she received her permit in late spring, she carries her firearm wherever she goes.

"It's like a part of me now," Robinzine said with the smile.

Data show Robinzine is part of a burgeoning group in Cook County: black women obtaining concealed carry permits. Since Illinois began issuing licenses in 2014, the number of African-American women receiving a permit in Cook County has grown every year.

About 800 black women got a license in 2014, according to Illinois State Police. So far in 2017, nearly 1,400 black women have received a concealed carry permit — already more than all of 2016. In all, more than 4,000 black women have received a concealed carry license in Cook County.
4,000 black women with permits to carry guns for self defense may not seem like a lot in Cook County, Illinois. The County, dominated by Chicago, has a population of 5.2 million. That is less than one legally armed black woman on the streets for each thousand residents.

Illinois was the last state to allow for legal concealed carry of handguns, in 2014. Chicago fought against the exercise of Second Amendment rights and continues to do so. It took two Supreme Court decisions (Heller and McDonald) and a Seventh Circuit decision to force the Illinois Legislature to pass the law.

Permits have only been issued for three years. The growth in permits for blacks and women has been highlighted in research of the Crime Prevention Research Center. From the CRPC:
There are now over 16.3 million permit holders, a record 1.83 million increase in permits since last July. Nationwide, 6.5% adults have a concealed handgun permit. Outside of California and New York, 8 percent of adults have a permit. Permits for women and blacks are increasing much faster than they are for men and whites.
Black women with guns destroy the stereotype that guns are only for old white men.  John Lott's research shows that the utility of guns for defense against violent crime is greater in high crime areas. From the 1996 paper:
For most violent crimes such as murder, rape, and aggravated assault concealed weapons laws have a much greater deterrent effect in high crime counties, while for robbery, property crimes, auto theft, burglary, and larceny the effect appears to be greatest in low crime counties.
The result may seem obvious now. Recall that in 1996, the "common sense" assumption in the national media was that more guns caused more crime. The assumption has been derailed as the per capita number of firearms in the United States has increased from .89 in 1993 to 1.125 in 2015, while the homicide rate dropped in half. In addition, people with concealed carry permits have shown themselves to be extremely law abiding, much more than the general population, and more than police officers.

The highest densities of black women live in high crime areas. Chicago is a classic example.  It is not surprising that black women are discovering the utility of the legal carry of defensive firearms.
 

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LA: Armed Neighbors Capture Burglars



"Grabbed my pistol check my property," the neighbor said.

When checking his property he found one of the suspects in his backyard bushes.

"I told him don't move or i will shoot and he didn't move."

He said police showed up shortly after that.

the neighbor says, "the adrenaline, just fear you know for the safety of my wife not necessarily myself ...But uh just trying to protect everything."

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UT: Dog Shooting was in Self Defense



The man reportedly pulled out a handgun and fired several shots after the two dogs began fighting and biting his dog. He told officers that he fired the gun in the direction of the dogs but hadn’t intended to hit either of them.

One of the pit bulls was struck, the bullet entering its shoulder and out of its neck. The dog was taken to a veterinary clinic for treatment.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

August Gun Background Checks High in Trump Era


The Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System  (NICS) checks has had eight months of high sales.  The record for NICS checks was set in 2017, with over 27 million NICS checks for the year. 2015 was the second highest year for NICS Checks with over 23 million checks done.

The National Instant background Check System (NICS) checks were 1,925,146 in August of 2017.  There were 16,268,794 since January 1, more checks than all of 2010. In 2016 the number was 17,880,475 at the end of August. Through August, 2015, they were 13,812,485.  The 2017 August figure is 1.04% of the 2016 NICS checks and 110% of the 2015 NICS checks.

Firearm sales and NICS checks are having a good year. The overall NICS checks are at 92% of the all time record through August.  2017 is looking to surpass 2015 as the second highest year for number of NICS checks, since NICS started in 1999.

The high number of NICS checks reflects an expanded base of firearms owners and shooters who are buying more guns under the expectation of a prosperous Trump Presidency. Gallup released a poll on September 8th, that shows U.S. investor optimism at a 17 year high. From gallup.com:
A new surge of optimism among U.S. investors has pushed the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index to its highest level since September 2000. The index, after rising in every quarter since the start of 2016, leveled off in the second quarter at +124 before rising to its current +138 in the third quarter.

The latest boost in optimism pushes the index almost 100 points higher than the +40 score measured in February 2016. The 98-point hike over the past 18 months is the largest increase in the 20-year history of the index that is not a rebound immediately after a major drop in optimism.

There is a high inventory of firearms for sale, and many good quality AR-15 types can be had for under $500. Ammunition prices have been slowly dropping.

The number of people with carry licenses continues to soar. There are over 16.5 million. At the time of this report, the number has likely surpassed 17 million. Carry permit holders are 5-15% of voters in many states, some crucial swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. When a carry permit is obtained or renewed, another NICS check is done.

Kentucky contributes to the number of NICS checks by performing a NICS check on every Kentucky concealed carry permit holder every month. Kentucky performs nearly three million checks every year.

NICS checks are done for Federal Firearms License sales of used guns as well as new ones. The latest estimation of the ratio of NICS checks to the addition of private firearms stock is about .53 private firearms added for each NICS check done. If that ratio holds in 2017, about 8.6 million more firearms have been added to the private stock in 2017 thus far.

The expected drop in firearms sales has been minimal. Sales are at historical high levels, only a little less than the records set in 2016.  If the economy continues to pick up, 2017 will be the second highest year on record for NICS background checks.
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July 2017 NICS Continue on Path to Second Highest Year Ever for Gun Sales


The Trump era of the National Instant Criminal Background  Check System  (NICS) checks has had seven months of high sales.  The record for NICS checks was set in 2017, with over 27 million NICS checks for the year.

The National Instant background Check System (NICS) checks were 1,742,546 in July of 2017.  There were 14,346,648 checks since January 1, more checks than all of 2010. In 2016 the number was 16,026,660 at the end of July. Through July, 2015, they were 12,067,075.  The July figure is 79% of the 2016 NICS checks and 108.8% of the 2015 NICS checks.

The NSSF has figured out how to remove checks done for permits and renewals. That gives a much better estimation of the number of new guns sold. Recent calculations by the NSSF show there are about .53 guns sold for each NICS check. That would amount to about another million guns in private hands in July of 2017, and 7.7 million more privately owned guns since the beginning of the year. About 14.7 million were added to the stock in 2016.

The NICS checks for June, 2017 were 1,901,768.  That is the second highest number of NICS checks for any June. The highest was in 2016, with 2,131,485. The third highest June was in 2015, with 1,529,057.  Both of those were driven by fear that strong gun control measures might be passed by President Obama. 

Firearm sales and NICS checks have not dropped precipitously with a Trump presidency as expected.  Instead, gun sales and NICS checks have stayed at high, near record, or record levels in 2017.  The July, 2017 NICS checks are 89% of the 2016 figures, 108.8% of 2015 figures.

The high number of NICS checks reflects an expanded base of firearms owners and shooters who are buying more guns under the expectation of a prosperous Trump Presidency.

There is a high inventory of firearms for sale, and many good quality AR-15 types can be had for under $500. Ammunition prices have been slowly dropping.

The number of people with carry licenses continues to soar. There are over 15 million. At the time of this report, the number has likely surpassed 16 million. They are 5-15% of voters in many states, some crucial swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. When a carry permit is obtained or renewed, another NICS check is done.

Kentucky contributes to the number of NICS checks by performing a NICS check on every Kentucky concealed carry permit holder every month. Kentucky performs nearly three million checks every year.

The fear of violence from the Left, as shown in Berkley, Portland, the District of Columbia, and San Francisco, may be leading to more firearm sales.

The media propaganda against President Trump has driven people on the left to buy guns and ammunition.

There has been a gradual increase in the use of NICS for things other than firearm sales.  The increases are for such transactions as the sales of suppressors/silencer, and even checks on school teachers.

The average ratio, of the number of NICS checks to additions of firearms to the private stock in the United States, over 15 years, is a little less than .6 NICS checks per firearm.

If that ratio holds true, over 7.5 million guns were added to the private stock in the first half of 2017.

The expected drop in firearms sales has been minimal. Sales are at historical high levels, only a little less than the records set in 2016.  If the economy continues to pick up, 2017 could become a record year for NICS checks.

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WY: Man Tells Matthew Butrick to Stop Assault, Retreats, then Shoots



According to the Sheriff’s Department, Brice Page, 27, allegedly fatally shot Matthew Butrick, 43, in what the Sheriff’s Department is investigating as a case of self-defense. Both men are from Laramie County.

The Sheriff’s Department were informed of a shooting on Saturday, Sept. 9 at about 1:22 p.m. on Forest Service road 701 on Pole Mountain. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Page was driving on the Forest Service road and saw what he thought to be a multicolored truck chasing two people riding ATV’s. The truck allegedly ran the ATV’s off the road and Page saw Butrick, the driver of the truck, leave the truck and begin assaulting one of the ATV riders, who were later revealed to be 15 years old.
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PA: Man Breaks into Home, is Shot, Killed



LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, DAUPHIN COUNTY, Pa -- Police in Dauphin County are investigating a home invasion in which the intruder was shot and killed by the homeowner.

Update: The intruder has now been identified as Servando Santos, 23, of York. Witnesses reported that they saw Santos walk from another home on Fairway lane, where police believe he was involved in a disturbance that left a woman critically injured, to the second home where he was subsequently shot and killed.
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MO: Domestic Defense? Incident under Investigation



The 31-year-old male from Kansas City, Missouri was found to have a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The man was treated and released by EMS on scene.

Deputies spoke with several people on scene, including the shooter. Deputies say everyone on scene was cooperative. Investigators say at this time, the shooting is being investigated as a possible self-defense incident.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

TX: Permit Holder Shoots Man who Threatened Him

The person who called police said someone ran up to him and threatened to kill him, said Melinda Gutierrez, Dallas police spokeswoman. The caller, who is a concealed handgun owner, shot and killed the person, Gutierrez said.

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LA: Gun Beats Pole



The man, who'd gotten ahead of the picture-taker, was on the phone with authorities and confronted the stranger, asking why he'd photographed the house, Landry said. The homeowner told Landry the picture-taker was armed with a pole and began attacking him.

"He started beating the daylights out of (the homeowner,)" Landry said.

That's when the man told Landry he retrieved his gun and shot the picture-taker.
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NV: Employee Shoots, Kills 1 of 3


A convenience store employee shot and killed a man late Sunday after a confrontation with several people at the east valley business, according to Metro Police.

The shooting happened shortly before midnight at a 7-Eleven in the 4500 block of Vegas Valley Drive, police said.

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VA: Victims Show Gun, Assailants Flee



The attack, in the 8400 block of Stoney Lane, came in the course of an argument, and it apparently ended, according to the police account, when one of the two assault victims showed a gun. A police statement said a victim “brandished a firearm in self-defense and the suspects fled.”
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Monday, September 11, 2017

With all the Flooding: What about Submerged Ammunition?




With the recent impact of two hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, on the United States, there is going to be a lot of ammunition that was submerged for some time. To prevent damage, many people keep ammunition in waterproof ammo cans. They tend to work very well, if the can is not submerged more than a few feet. Not everyone stores ammunition in ammo cans, and the cans can be damaged or leak. The two storms flooded tens of thousands of houses. A recent survey showed that about half of the homes in the United States have a gun owner living in them.  From msn.com:


The organization that sets the standards for firearms and ammunition manufacture in the United States, SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer's Institute), recommends zero tolerance for ammunition that has been submerged for any period of time. From saami.org:
Regarding ammunition that has been submerged in water for any period of time, there are too many variables that would need to be considered such as the cartridge type (e.g., rimfire, shotshell, centerfire rifle, centerfire handgun); depth of the water; length of time the cartridges were submerged; are the primers on the cartridges sealed providing some degree of water resistance? what contaminates may have been in the water that might affect the powder charge or priming compound? and many others. Some of the potential hazards of attempting to salvage or use the previously submerged ammunition include, but are not limited to: Potential safety hazard in attempting to “dry out” the cartridges. Possible further deterioration or damage of the loaded cartridge or its components due to drying methods. Failure of the cartridge to fire, which could have life-threatening ramifications.

Initiation of only the priming compound or ignition of only a proportion of the propellant powder charge. This may result in insufficient pressure to push the projectile clear of the barrel resulting in the projectile stopping part way down the barrel and creating a bore obstruction. Firing a subsequent round through an obstructed barrel could result in serious bodily injury, death and property damage.

It would be impossible to ascertain for certain the extent of the deteriorating effect, if any, the water may have had on each individual cartridge. Therefore, the safe answer is that no attempt be made to salvage or use previously submerged ammunition. The ammunition should be disposed of in a safe and responsible manner. Do not ship the ammunition back to the manufacturer. Contact your local law enforcement agency for disposal instructions in your area.
 

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Destruction of ammunition, on the chance that it might have a misfire or hangfire, or be a squib, may not be an acceptable choice. If it is the only ammunition available, careful firing may be the lesser of evils.

If the ammunition is of military specifications, and has not been submerged more than a few feet, it may be undamaged.

On the other side of the spectrum, I had ammunition that had been through a flood a few years ago. It was ammunition that would be particularly vulnerable: shotgun ammunition reloaded in paper shotgun shells. I had a couple of hundred rounds. It had been submerged for a few days. It was only a few inches under water. I decided to use the shells to hunt dove. I do not consider a missed dove a tragedy.

I let the ammunition dry in the Arizona summer, which is quite dry.

I carefully considered each shot separately.  If there was a problem, I waited and checked out the barrel for a possible obstruction before firing another round. One of the worst dangers of a flood damaged cartridge is the possibility that a projectile will lodge in the bore.  If another round is fired, the damage could be catastrophic.

I had a few misfires. The cartridges simply did not fire. I had a spectacular hangfire. Two doves were crossing my front, left to right, about 35 yards out. I picked one and swung on it. As I slapped the trigger of my 20 gauge double, there was a distinct click...followed by a boom! The dove fell out of the sky.  The hangfire was of short duration, about a quarter of a second, or less.

I checked the bore, even though the shot had killed the dove. It was clear.

If you find yourself where circumstance requires you to use ammunition that has been submerged, realize that misfires, hangfires, and squib rounds are serious possibilities. A squib is a round that does not fully ignite.  A squib can easily lodge a projectile in the bore.

Treat every shot as a potential hangfire, misfire or squib. Those possibilities should be something you are prepared for. If you experience a misfire, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction for 30 seconds. Some misfires take a bit of time to become a hangfire.   If anything unusual happens, if the recoil or shot does not seem "right", wait, then check the bore to make sure it is clear.

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International Firearm Ownership and Firearms Homicide Rates



The data for the graphic above was taken from the Guardian, a leftwing publication in England. Firearm ownership rates are from the Small Arms Survey in 2007, so it is a bit dated. The per capita ownership in the United States has gone up considerably since then. It is now about 120 firearms per 100 people. U.S. citizens purchased 94 million firearms during the Obama presidency. They have likely purchased another 6 million in the first 8 months of 2017.  The firearms homicide rate fell from 4.19 in 2007 to 3.45 in 2014, but bumped up to 4.13 in 2015. (numbers from the CDC)

The chart shows that firearms ownership is not related to firearm homicides. That is somewhat misleading. What matters is not firearm homicides, but total homicides. Firearms availability could either increase or decrease total homicides.  I ran the data from the Guardian through a standard statistical calculator to see if there was any correlation between firearm ownership and total homicides.  There wasn't much correlation. The 110 States that had both firearm ownership rates and homicide data were used.


The horizontal axis is the number of firearms per 100 people. The vertical axis is the homicide rate.  As you can see there was only a small negative correlation, of -.137. That is not a strong correlation, but it shows that the homicide rate tends to fall a bit with higher firearms ownership.  It is not statistically significant.

It does not show causation. There could be many other factors involved. For example, the rise in firearms homicides in the United States in 2015 is likely correlated with the Ferguson Effect. Several large cities have essentially withdrawn active policing from urban crime centers because of accusations of racism. Homicides have sharply risen in those areas.  Another reason is general prosperity. Places where there is the rule of law usually have higher prosperity and higher legal firearm ownership rates. Both are associated with lower homicide rates.

The slight negative correlation between firearms ownership and homicides confirms observations made after reading most of the literature on the subject. The rate of firearms ownership has little to do with the overall homicide rate.

If there is a relationship, a higher legal firearms ownership rate means slightly less crime.

This does not mean that firearms are not useful. More likely, it means that people with firearms are less likely to be victims, and people without firearms are more likely to be victims.

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AZ: 69-Year-Old Woman Shoots Man Attempting Break-in



A 69-year-old Sierra Vista woman shot a man she says was trying to break into her house Thursday night, just hours after a burglary there, the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department said.

The wounded man, 26, was in critical condition at a Tucson hospital Friday, said Carol A. Capas, a spokeswoman for the department.
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IL: Woman Disarms Armed Robber, Shoots Him



A 23-year-old man was wounded Saturday morning when the person he was trying to rob stole his gun from him and shot him in the South Side Gresham neighborhood.

Dennis Evans, 23, faces felony counts of attempted murder and armed robbery, according to Chicago Police.
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Followup WA: Man Sentenced to 8 years for First Degree Manslaughter



Hershman said Panton was trying to shoot at the tires of the fleeing car.

He pointed out that Panton has no criminal history, and that he’s his mother’s caregiver.

“He made a terrible mistake,” Hershman said.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/crime/article172179877.html#storylink=cpy

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

2Adoc.com Will Connect Patients with Gun-Friendly Providers



Patients want to trust their provider to not make mistakes and to not lie to them. Unfortunately, when it comes to guns, medical organizations have not been living up to that expectation. Medical associations have been insinuating an anti-gun political agenda into the patient-doctor relationship for decades. Patients are routinely being asked about gun ownership. Worse, many physicians commit boundary violations by pressing anti-gun messages on patients.

Frankly, medicine has an institutional bias against guns. To counter this, DRGO has launched 2Adoc.com, a referral service that will connect patients with healthcare providers who respect their second amendment rights and who won’t engage in anti-gun activism in the patient exam room.

In February of 2017, the 11th circuit court struck down key provisions of Florida’s Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act in the Wollschlaeger vs. Governor of Florida case (commonly termed “Docs vs. Glocks”). That ruling gives uninformed and anti-gun doctors legal cover to abuse the doctor-patient relationship to further a political agenda.

This was an unfortunate conclusion to a nearly decade-long saga. In 2010, Amber Ullman and her daughter were terminated from their pediatrician’s practice for refusing to tell the pediatrician whether she had a gun in her home on the grounds of privacy. Many other such instances had occurred, leading to the creation of Florida’s Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act.

This issue is a continuing nationwide problem. The case of my 90 year old, bed-ridden mother-in-law who lives in a nursing home in Los Angeles illustrates the extent of the problem: Just recently, she was taken to an off-site specialist consultation. The paperwork my wife had to fill out included questions about the presence of firearms in the home.

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ID: Home Invasion Suspect Shot, Killed



The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office reports the shooting occurred during what appears to be a home invasion at a residence on Idaho Highway 40 just west of Downey.

A man was reportedly forcing his way through the door of the residence around 4:30 a.m. Friday when the man living in the house opened fire, the Sheriff’s Office said. The suspected intruder was struck by the gunfire and died at the scene — prior to the arrival of responding sheriff’s deputies.
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MS: Home Invasion Suspects Arrested



A masked man armed with a hammer came into the Traweek home on Wright Rd.

The homeowner was allegedly assaulted with a hammer during the robbery. The homeowner grabbed a gun and shots were fired but nobody was struck by the bullets.
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Followup MA: Prosecutor Says Homeowner was Justified



SPRINGFIELD -- A prosecutor on Thursday in Hampden Superior Court said Springfield resident Sean McCarthy was "absolutely within his rights as a homeowner" when he shot and injured Jordan Eady on Feb. 7, 2015.

McCarthy was not charged with any crime, as police said the shooting was justified. McCarthy is a licensed gun owner.
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LA: Wounded Victim Disarms Robber



Springer lead the victim into the residence to retrieve the money when a struggle over the gun broke out between the two. During the struggle authorities say Springer pulled the trigger and shot the victim in the left hand, injuring his middle finger. The victim was able to gain control over the gun and lead Springer back into the front yard. He held Springer at gunpoint until authorities arrived at the scene.
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Saturday, September 09, 2017

Defensive Use of AR-15, Man Kills two, wounds one of three Attackers




On May 6th, 2017, an armed man was sitting in his front porch in the 400 block of Glenburnie Drive in Houston, Texas. He had a concealed carry permit. His brother says that he goes to the range often. He was on his porch, and had another firearm with him. An AR-15 type rifle.

Three men attacked him in a drive by shooting at about 2:15 a.m. He fired back, hitting all three. They car they were in crashed, and all three left the vehicle to continue the attack.

The homeowner kept up his defense, shooting back and hitting all three men again. Two died, one at the scene, one at the hospital. One of them was in critical condition. Over 40 shots were fired, but the home defender was not hit. Not once.

 Link to Video of report

Those who wish a disarmed population tell us that AR-15 rifles and other modern sporting rifles are not useful for self defense. From bustle.com:
The AR-15 has no business being used for home defense purposes. This has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with saving lives.
But the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disagrees.  From radioviceonline.com:
In paragraph 3.1 under requirements and testing standards we read…
DHS and its components have a requirement for a 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.
Isn’t that inconvenient for the gun control politicians? In requirement paragraph 3.9.10, they find a need for a 30-round magazine.
The action shall be capable of accepting all standard NATO STANAG 20 and 30 round M16 magazines (NSN 1005-00-921-5004) and Magpul 30 round PMAG (NSN 1005-01-576-5159). The magazine well shall be designed to allow easy insertion of a magazine.
All of the things that make an AR-15 useful to the Department of Homeland Security make them exceptionally useful for home defense. The AR-15 rifles that are available to ordinary citizens are not select fire. They have most of the same valuable qualities desired by the DHS. Here are a few:

Easy to control, easy to aim, easy to hit with.

A sufficient magazine capacity, extremely important for multiple assailants.

Sufficient power to disable assailants.

Significant deterrence capability.

Ease of use, even if disabled.


The first three factors, except were demonstrated in the Houston defensive shooting.  FRom click2houston.com:
According to officers, the Nissan drove by the man's yard and the men started to shoot at the man.

Authorities said the man standing in his yard, who has a concealed handgun license, shot back at the car hit all three men in the vehicle.

Houston police said the Nissan crashed into another vehicle. Police said three of the men got out the Nissan and continued to exchange gunfire with the homeowner. Police said the homeowner struck all three men.
It would be harder to do if the defender had to manually operate the action, change magazines multiple times, and/or be limited to a handgun.

Fortunately the defender was not hit, so he did not serve as an example for the last point. The attack happened from a moving vehicle, at night, so there was little chance for deterrence to work in the Houston case.

AR-15 and other military weapons were designed for defensive use. Half of warfare is defense.  They are superbly suited to the defensive role.

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Another Bear Spray Failure



Another case of bear spray failure occurred in Montana on September 4th at about 8 a.m.   A grizzly bear charged through bear spray to get at Tom Sommers.

Sommers and his partner Dan were bow hunting for elk when they saw the bear about 30 feet away.  Dan put out a cloud of spray, but the bear charged through it.  Sommers was unable to get the safety off his spray can and dropped it as the bear closed with him. He then accessed a pistol, but was unable to shoot before the bear swatted his hand down. As the bear attacked him, it stood on his hand/gun, so he could not shoot.

From facebook.com:
(Tom Sommers) And partner Dan both pulled out pepper spray. Dan sprayed but Toms spray didn't work so bear came after Tom. Tom ran behind a tree, bear kept coming. apparently bear chased Tom around tree twice, Tom got his pistol out turned to shoot, bear knocked his hand down. Tom hit ground. bear bit through thigh then put toms head in his mouth. while head in mouth tom tried to shoot bear in neck but bear stepped on hand /gun. Tom said he could hear his skull cracking. thought that was it. Dan shot bear at 2 feet with pepper spray. that's all it took. bear ran off and tom shot at it but said he couldn't see anything from all the blood and pepper spray in his face. 4 hours later after several hours on back of mule he is alive and in hospital. great spirits. was laughing. hope I did his story justice.
Some interesting things to note about this failure of bear spray to prevent the attack. Tom would have had time to use his pistol if he had not fumbled with the bear spray first. He almost had time to use it, twice, even after wasting 3-4 seconds with the bear spray.  It was only after the bear was sprayed at extremely close range (2 feet) that the bear stopped the attack. Then Tom fired a shot. Whether it was the spray or the shot or both that kept the bear from returning is uncertain.  From yahoo.com:
"The bear just flat-out charged us," said Tom Sommer, as he recovered in a Montana hospital on Tuesday afternoon. He said it closed the 30-foot (9-meter) distance in 3 or 4 seconds.
The attack on Sommers is reminiscent of the attack on Todd Orr that happened in the same area less than a year ago.  In that bear spray failure, the bear also charged through a cloud of spray. Todd Orr also relied on bear spray instead of his pistol, and was unable to use the pistol while the bear was mauling him. Orr was alone when attacked.

Both Orr and Sommers yelled at the bear to "let them know they were there". It was the wrong decision in both of their cases.  Both bears attacked when they were yelled at. Both men sustained severe injuries to their head that required dozens of stitches. Both were fortunate to survive.

There are numerous flaws in the "studies" that show bear spray to be effective.  A skeptical article by the Bear Attack Examiner, Dave Smith, tears apart the idea that studies have shown bear spray to be more effective than firearms.   

 A thorough review the research on firearms and bear spray reveals that it's not possible to make a legitimate comparison of bear spray to firearms, and that Smith's research on bear spray and firearms is flawed and biased.
The Bear Attack Examiner goes on to show selection bias in the study by Tom Smith.  All 269 incidents used to classify gun defenses were incidents involving aggressive bears, while less than a third of the bear spray incidents involve aggressive bears.   Dave Smith goes on to write:
A far more significant problem is that the results of Tom Smith's study on firearms are inconsistent with the results of a 1999 study by Miller and Tutterrow on Characteristics of Nonsport Mortalities to Brown and Black Bears and Human Injuries from Bears in Alaska. Miller & Tutterrow examined more than 2,000 incidents from 1970 to 1996 when people killed bears in defense of life of property, and less than 2% of the people involved reported injuries. Instead of offering a meaningful explanation for major differences between the two studies on firearms vs bears, Smith and Herrero claimed there were no previous studies on firearms vs. bears.
Bear spray can be a useful tool. It is good for conditioning non-aggressive bears to avoid humans. The claim that it is more effective at stopping bears than firearms is unwarranted. Smith explains the advantages of bear spray.  From craigmedred.news:
Lighter than a gun; requires less training; no risk of an accidental, fatal shooting; and no real skill required for use.

“So fine, go to bear spray,” he said, “but realize you’re giving up something.”

There is simply not enough evidence to conclude – as some have – that bear spray is more effective than a firearm, Smith said, and the attack on Johnson at Pogo Mine underlines that. Smith is deeply critical of government officials for suggesting bear spray might be more effective than a firearm.

He is of the belief that it was only a matter of time before the growing faith in bear spray got someone killed. He’s not alone.
Bear spray has had a number of spectacular failures. It has had numerous successes with non-aggressive bears.

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OH: Woman Flees Edged Weapon, Fires at Intruders


King told officers that two women she did not know attempted to force entry into her residence. As she attempted to hold the door shut, one of the women slashed her face.

King said she fled to the back her house with an armed woman following.

Once inside, the suspect, holding the weapon, began walking toward King’s 10-year-old child.

King told police she retrieved her gun and fired at the woman.

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IN: Gun Beats Bat, Attackers Flee



William Kellerhals told police that two white males kicked in the side door of his house and began to beat him with a bat. He said he was eventually able to grab his gun and fire shots at the two intruders, forcing them to flee.

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OH: Domestic Defense, Three Armed Women Suspects Shot, Fourth Escapes



Officers were called to the 11000 block of Harvey Ave. just before 8 p.m. and found a woman in the front yard with a gunshot wound to her stomach. According to police, the three women (along with another unknown suspect) came to the home armed with weapons and attempted to enter. Shots were then fired by both the suspects as well as two victims inside, resulting in the three suspects being shot.
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Friday, September 08, 2017

Tucson Stops Illegal Destruction of Firearms, Grudgingly Follows State Law


Mint condition Colt Python, valued at $3,000, Turned in to Tucson Police in 2013


The City Council of Tucson has finally been forced to stop their irrational violation of state law. For years the city council has been destroying valuable property that could have been sold for the benefit of the public. Instead, they insisted on expensive destruction for political grandstanding. 

Since 2013 they have ordered 4,820 guns to be destroyed, conservatively valued at between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Guns sold at auction by police routinely bring $100-$200. One gun destroyed by the city is claimed to have been a rare collectible valued at $10,000.

 A Colt Python in mint condition turned in to the Tucson Police in 2013 sells for about $3,000 in online auctions that must be processed through dealers. The revolver pictured is presumed to be one of the 4,820 firearms destroyed by the City of Tucson City Council.

Surprisingly, the vote on the council to follow the law was close, 3-4. From tucson.com:
The seven Democrats on the Tucson City Council, after meeting behind closed doors with their attorneys, said their hands were tied by the court’s decision. The city will begin auctioning off guns in the next few months to licensed gun dealers.

The vote Wednesday was not unanimous, however. The reversal of the policy narrowly passed 4-3, with council members Steve Kozachik, Karin Uhlich and Regina Romero voting against ending the practice.

Romero said she simply couldn’t stomach it.

“I couldn’t make myself vote ‘yes.’ I think it is wrong in every way, shape and form,” Romero said.
It is hard to see what logic Council member Romero followed in her decision. Destroying used guns only puts more money in the pockets of gun manufacturers. There are plenty of guns for sale in Tucson gun shops.  Selling the valuable antiques and used guns collected by Tucson police doesn't put anyone at risk. They would be sold out of the same shops that sell new and used guns now, with the same background checks. Demand for new guns can be met with the sale of used guns.

Some of the guns would likely be sold to dealers of shops that are not in Tucson. Romero seems to be making a statement that she does not like guns. Romero approved of a Tucson resolution to divest City funds from any company that profits off the border wall with Mexico.  From thinkprogress.org:
“The goal is to get as many cities around the country as possible to jump on board because puny little Tucson will not make these corporations fearful,” Tucson’s Vice Mayor Regina Romero told ThinkProgress.
"Profits off the border wall" is a broad stroke. Many would contend the entire country will "profit off the border wall". Tucson has often been opposed to policies the majority of Arizonas desire. Romero's attitude helps to explain why.

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Australian Gun Culture Part 22: More Amnesty Treasures from Australia


Martini Henry Police Carbine Turned in to be Registered During 2017 Gun Amnesty

It is the first general amnesty since the implementation of the extreme restrictions placed on firearms ownership and sales in 1996. Those were put in place by a hoplophobic Prime Minister and a unified establishment media. The media fed the wave of emotion after the Port Arthur Massacre. John Howard and Rebecca Peters (George Soros gun control lobbyist in Australia) had the plan in place, waiting for a suitable trigger.

I have been told that other than his sick fascination with firearms, John Howard was one of the best prime ministers in Australian politics. People place him with the likes of Margaret Thatcher or President Ronald Reagan.

The Shooters, Fishers, and Farmer party lobbied  to bring sanity to the 2017 firearms amnesty. If the guns could be legally owned, they could be sold by a dealer or registered to a licensed firearms owner. More than 2/3 of the guns involved in the 2017 amnesty have been registered to legal owners.

I stopped at Tamworth Firearms in the Australian state of New South Wales to see what was happening. There was a baker's dozen of guns waiting to be registered.



The Australian Martini-Henry police carbines are quite rare. Fortunately, this specimen in the top photograph was destined for the Gunnedah Rural Museum.  The carbine was manufactured in 1893, and is chambered for the .577/.450 cartridge. That should make it a non-gun antique under Australian law, as the .577/.450 is no longer available in commercial channels.


 You can see the police markings on the stock. N.S.W. stands for New South Wales, an Australian state.

Another desirable item was an Australian Martini-Henry cadet rifle in .310 Rook. They have an excellent reputation for accuracy. A few were purchased by the British Government to teach Australian military officer cadets.


This example was made by the famous gun maker, W.W. Greener of Birmingham.



In addition to the Martinis, both of which will find a home in the museum, there was a Winchester model 92, "button" or half magazine rifle in .44-40. The button magazine rifles seem more common in Australia than in the United States.

There were a couple of Lee Enfields, five nice old doubles (with damascus barrels, more grist for the museum), a rusty old single shot 12 gauge, and two well used rifles made by Sportco, an Australian manufacturer that ceased operations in the 1980's.

Recent reports are that close to 26,000 guns have been turned in to the authorities to be registered or destroyed. One elderly pastoralist in Queensland turned in a "small arsenal". The picture shows a pump shotgun (appears to be a Savage model 67), four rifles, and six likely war souvenirs including a Luger, a Webley MK VI, a 1911, a Smith & Wesson revolver, and a Walther PPK.

One can hope these treasures were there to be registered or sold, and not to be destroyed. From thewest.com.au:

One of the more peculiar weapons handed in to WA police was a circa 1856 Beaumont Adams revolver which was given to its owner in 1953 in exchange for cigarettes.

Police in Queensland received a small arsenal from an elderly pastoralist who claimed he had been given the guns by relatives who served in various wars.


The Beaumont Adams 1856 revolver is another non-firearm that was turned in. It is worth a fair amount to collectors, even though its condition appears to be poor.  The cylinder on this specimen shows that it may have been converted to an obsolete revolver cartridge from the original percussion model.


The guns turned into police during these amnesties are almost never used in crimes. Fortunately, this amnesty created the commonsense possibility of allowing guns to be registered to a legal owner.

It is hard to see why this would only happen during an amnesty that occurs once in 20 years. Wouldn't police want guns to be registered?

The obvious policy would be to allow guns to be registered at any time by peole who have the appropriate firearms licenses.

Australia has seen some movement toward common sense and away from their extreme and rigid firearms regulation scheme.

Allowing registration of old firearms at any time may be a good candidate for reform legislation.

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OK: Girlfriend Shoots Boyfriend who Threatened her, Kicked down Door



The victim told police the two had a fight and the man sent text messages saying he was going to come over and kill her.

She says she shot him with a handgun after he kicked in the door.
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OH: Three Taco Bell Employees Fataly Shoot Armed Robber





CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Three Taco Bell employees opened fire on two armed and masked robbers early Wednesday, killing one, police said.

The employees -- two 19-year-old men and a 23-year-old man -- shot one of the armed robbers six times about 2:45 p.m. inside the Taco Bell on West 117th Street in the city's Edgewater neighborhood.

Police have not yet identified the employees who fired the shots, or the robber who was killed. There were no customers inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting, police said.
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