April 28, 2016

Positivity: Elderly man thwarts robbery; kills a suspect, wounds another

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 8:45 pm

From , West Virginia (HT Sons of Liberty):

April 19, 2016 at 6:30PM

An elderly man opened fire on three suspects who tried to force their way into and rob his home in Fairmont, killing one and sending another to the hospital late Monday, Fairmont Police said.

The 80-year-old man, whose name has not been released, told officers a young female approached his house in the 700 block of Gaston Avenue around midnight on Tuesday claiming that she needed to use his phone for an emergency.

Suspicious that someone would be knocking at the door, the man had concealed a pistol on his person before answering it. The man allowed the girl to come in when two men dressed in dark clothes forced their way inside the house, investigators said.

The suspects, later identified as Larry Shaver, 28, of Fairmont and John Grossklaus, 28, of Fairmont, threatened the victim with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded various items, according to Fairmont Police.

The elderly man then pulled out his own pistol and opened fire on the assailants. At least three rounds hit Shaver and Grossklaus.

Meanwhile, the female accomplice, identified as Whiteny Kabiru, 23, fled during chaos. She was apprehended a few hours later.

Police responding to the call found Shaver lying in the street with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after medics arrived.

At this point in the investigation, investigators say it appears the man had reason to be believe his life was in danger and that his use of force was necessary to defend himself.

Go here for the rest of the story.

The elderly man is alive and the criminal is dead. That’s a positive.

April 10, 2016

Positivity: Chicago Son Saves Mother From Same Fate His Father Met

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Chicago:

March 29, 2016 at 7:51 pm

When his father was shot and killed in a home invasion in 1962, Anthony Tate would never have imagined that history would attempt to repeat itself more than 50 years later.

Bertha Tate, Anthony’s 88-year-old mother and widow of Joseph Price, has kept a gun with her for self-defense ever since the ill-fated night when her husband was murdered. She knows all too well that the streets of Chicago are rife with gunfire, noting that several siblings and her own children have since been killed.

Thankfully, this story has a better ending.

Anthony was in his mother’s Chicago apartment when a man came through her window, but when this intruder tried to victimize this family, he was prepared. He kept a .22 caliber revolver under the cushion of his chair for just such an occasion.

“I heard the gunshot,” Bertha says. “And then my son called me, ‘Momma, somebody tried to break in the window.”

Anthony’s shot hit the intruder and he ran off to his get away car a few blocks away. Police had no problem tracking him down, following his trail of blood from the Tate’s apartment. The 36-year-old man was taken to Stoger Hospital with a gunshot would to the arm and is expected to recover.

In the county jail, that is.

As for Bertha, she’s just thankful this break-in had a better ending than her last.

“My son said he wasn’t going to let that somebody come in that window. He knew those boys came in the house and killed his father. He wasn’t going to let somebody come in the house and kill me.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 9, 2016

Positivity: Handicapped Veteran Says His Gun Saved Him From Armed Intruders

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Savannah, Georgia:

April 1, 2016

Imagine being handicapped. You’re in your home, laying in bed, and around 5:45am, you awake to the sound of people claiming to be police officers ramming your front door down.

That’s exactly what happened to Savannah, GA resident Lam Blake this week at his home on Savannah’s Southside. From his bedroom, he could see two men on his security camera he has trained on his front door.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are investigating the incident, but Blake knew what he had to do to protect himself.

“I immediately grabbed my 9MM Smith and Wesson M&P, loaded it up, and waited for them to come all the way in,” he said.

Staying in his bedroom, he hid behind a wall and readied his gun.

“When I saw them coming in, like I said, I was waiting for them to come, and I had something for them, and they cowardly ran off and fired shots in to my house.”

The armed intruders shot at Blake and he returned fire. Bullet holes may have riddled his home, but no one was hurt in the incident.

“My gun saved my life, yes it did,” Blake said.

Police continue to look for the armed intruders and say crimes like these are very serious. If caught, the suspects may not only face attempted armed robbery charges, but could face a felony count of impersonating a police officer.

Blake is adamant that his gun saved his life, and wants to tell all law-abiding citizens they too should consider carrying one for personal protection.

“This gun saved my life. Without this gun, I might not be here right now,” said Blake. “There are citizens out here who are legally carrying firearms and criminals be aware.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 18, 2016

Positivity: Customer with concealed carry permit fatally shoots ax-wielding attacker at 7-Eleven

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From King County, Washington:

March 14, 2016

A customer at a 7-Eleven store outside Seattle shot and killed a masked man who attacked a clerk with an ax early Sunday.

Investigators said the shooting happened at the store in White Center at approximately 5:45 a.m. local time. Witnesses said the man entered the store and swung a hatchet toward the customer before turning his attention to the clerk.

As the assailant attacked, the customer pulled out a pistol and fired, hitting the suspect. The clerk suffered minor injuries to his stomach and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The customer who shot the suspect is described as a 60-year-old Seattle man who visits the store every morning to get coffee. His name was not immediately released.

Authorities said the man who shot the attacker had a concealed carry permit and likely would not face charges as a result of his action. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

February 25, 2016

In Two Stories, AP Fails to Tag Disgraced California Senator Leland Yee as A Democrat

The political career of California State Senator Leland Yee, a Democrat who had been running for Secretary of State, came to an abrupt end in March 2014 when the strident gun-control advocate was arrested and charged with “six counts of depriving the public of honest services and one count of conspiracy to traffic in guns without a license.”

Last week, Yee, who pled guilty last year to “one count of conspiracy to engage in racketeering,” begged for relatively lenient sentence of five years and three months. Yesterday, he got sentenced to five years. Separate Associated Press stories in these two instances each failed to identify Yee as a Democrat.

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February 13, 2016

RIP …

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:54 pm

Antonin Scalia.

The link is to the last Supreme Court’s ruling in Heller v. District of Columbia, Scalia’s most important case, upholding the actual, obvious meaning of the Second Amendment — i.e., “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Held:

1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

(a) The Amendment’s prefatory clause announces a purpose, but does not limit or expand the scope of the second part, the operative clause. The operative clause’s text and history demonstrate that it connotes an individual right to keep and bear arms.

(b) The prefatory clause comports with the Court’s interpretation of the operative clause. The “militia” comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. The Antifederal- ists feared that the Federal Government would disarm the people in order to disable this citizens’ militia, enabling a politicized standing army or a select militia to rule. The response was to deny Congress power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear arms, so that the ideal of a citizens’ militia would be preserved.

(c) The Court’s interpretation is confirmed by analogous arms-bearing rights in state constitutions that preceded and immediately followed the Second Amendment.

(d) The Second Amendment’s drafting history, while of dubious interpretive worth, reveals three state Second Amendment proposals that unequivocally referred to an individual right to bear arms

(e) Interpretation of the Second Amendment by scholars, courts and legislators, from immediately after its ratification through the late 19th century also supports the Court’s conclusion.

3. The handgun ban and the trigger-lock requirement (as applied to self-defense) violate the Second Amendment. The District’s total ban on handgun possession in the home amounts to a prohibition on an entire class of “arms” that Americans overwhelmingly choose for the lawful purpose of self-defense. Under any of the standards of scrutiny the Court has applied to enumerated constitutional rights, this prohibition—in the place where the importance of the lawful defense of self, family, and property is most acute—would fail constitutional muster. Similarly, the requirement that any lawful firearm in the home be disassembled or bound by a trigger lock makes it impossible for citizens to use arms for the core lawful purpose of self-defense and is hence unconstitutional.

February 3, 2016

Snitchbook: Facebook Enforcing Gun-Sale Ban by Relying on ‘Network of Users’

A great deal was made of Facebook’s announcement last week that it would ban private gun sales on both its flagship website and Instagram.

Readers who only followed establishment press accounts can be forgiven if they came away from most reports thinking that the firm has some kind of algorithm or recognition system for enforcing the ban. That’s not so.

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January 25, 2016

Baltimore Sun Writer Advocating Gunowner Database Thinks She’s in the Majority

Tricia Bishop is back.

The Baltimore Sun deputy editorial page editor and columnist, who on January 7 advocated “a gun owner registry available to the public online — something like those for sex offenders,” posted a follow-up on Friday, claiming that “Gun control advocates (are) the silent majority.” Bishop is clearly put off by the ferocity of the blowback she received for advocating that the whole wide world — which she somehow forgets includes stalkers, leftist intimidators, criminals who would like to steal guns, and other criminals who would like to target the unarmed — should be able to know who does and doesn’t own a gun in the U.S. Well, ma’am, you really didn’t think that everyone you would like to expose for exercising their Second Amendment rights using a “model” similar to that employed for sex offenders would just sit there and take it, did you?

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January 13, 2016

Positivity: Missouri Woman Credits Second Amendment for Saving Her Family

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Springfield, Missouri (video at link; HT Gateway Pundit):

POSTED 4:51 PM, JANUARY 5, 2016

A Missouri woman says the right to carry a gun saved her family’s life last Sunday night. They were filling up their vehicle at a gas station when a man, armed with a knife, opened the door to get inside.

The family of four stopped at the Rapid Roberts on Sunshine Street just west of Highway 65 at about 8pm. A man approached their car acting strange.

Katie Claxton describes the tense moments in a Facebook post:

He opened the door and pulled put a knife about the size of a machete and pointed it at me while starting to get in the van. I screamed, “Matt get your gun!!!!” And the guy stopped getting in the car and said, “You’re lucky he has a gun” and then shut the door and started walking away.”

Claxton says she told her husband Matt to shoot the stranger. Instead, he fired off a call to 911. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

January 8, 2016

Baltimore Sun Editor Wants Searchable Database of Gun Owners — For the Children

Tricia Bishop, the deputy editorial page editor at Baltimore Sun, also writes a biweekly column. Bishop was impressed three years ago when the White Plains, New York-based Journal News published an interactive online map showing “the addresses (and names) of all pistol permit holders” in two Empire State counties.

Very few others were. Though the outrage over the paper’s move was (excuse the expression) fast and furious, the Journal News kept the database up for almost a month before removing it, and “somehow” allowed its raw data to be leaked. It hardly seems a coincidence that the paper laid off 26 employees, including the editor responsible for publishing the map, just eight months later. Bishop, apparently oblivious to the blowback and other consequences, wants to extend the idea to all gun owners nationwide.

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January 6, 2016

Despicable New York Daily News Headline Screams: GOP Is the ‘Party of Pro-Death’

In November and December, the New York Daily News characterized the NRA and its CEO Wayne LaPierre as a jihadists and terrorists. Now it has set its sights on Republican Party presidential candidates and leaders who are defending the plain, Supreme Court-upheld wording of the Constitution’s Second Amendment and Congress’s power to make laws over lawless presidential actions.

Wednesday’s NYDN headline: “GOP: The Party of Pro-Death”:

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December 25, 2015

AP Ignores Minn. Terror Suspect’s Involvement With Airport De-Icing

In a year-end interview with National Public Radio, President Barack Obama largely blamed “a saturation of news” coming from a media which “is pursuing ratings” for growing concerns in America over the ability of ISIS and other terrorists to conduct attacks on U.S. soil, and indicated that “it’s up to the media to make a determination about how they want to cover things.”

It’s reasonable to believe that Obama was telling the press corps, which already works furiously to prop him up, that they need to cut back on their reporting of domestic terrorist activities, arrests and court proceedings. It seems fair to say that the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, quickly took that advice to heart in its selective coverage of the saga of Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, and that its selectivity has kept a noteworthy story very quiet.

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December 21, 2015

Told Ya: Ted Strickland Is (and Always Has Been) a Gun-Grabber

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:09 am

No one should be surprised, or even disappointed, that Ted Strickland has changed his position on the right to keep and bear arms.

Two weeks ago, Strickland quietly began the transition (HT Washington Free Beacon):

Strickland says he supports the same thing as Democrats already in the Senate: a law to expand background checks to people buying guns from private sellers at gun shows and on the Internet, and a requirement to stop people on the terrorist watch list from buying firearms legally.

That means he has changed his mind.

The former Ohio governor had NRA ratings of A or A+ for years. He voted against the assault-weapons ban when he served in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1990s.

When did he change his position, and why?

Strickland has not addressed that in any level of detail.

A story today at the Columbus Dispatch has finally made it explicit:

Strickland switches on gun rights

… Fast-forward to today, and the same Ted Strickland, who faces a contested U.S. Senate Democratic primary race in March against Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, has become an advocate of the type of gun restrictions he once opposed.

It is one of the most-dramatic reversals in Ohio politics since 1990, when Democratic gubernatorial candidate Anthony J. Celebrezze jettisoned his lifelong opposition to abortion rights, a move that hurt him in the general election when he lost to Republican George V. Voinovich.

And even as Strickland’s aides insist that he became an advocate of new gun restrictions in the wake of the shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults in 2012 at a Connecticut elementary school, some analysts suggest the former governor realizes that opposition to gun restrictions could hurt him among Democratic primary voters who tend to back tougher gun laws.

Let’s recap the history:

  • Ted Strickland began his years-long efforts at becoming a Congressman in the 1980s as a staunch gun-control advocate.
  • He changed his public stance when he realized he could never win otherwise in relatively conservative Southeastern Ohio.
  • He barely won election to Congress in 1992 because voters were turned off by the House Bank-related corruption of incumbent Republican Bob McEwen.
  • As a congressperson, he consistently voted to support Second Amendment rights — but I challenge anyone to show me where Strickland’s vote alone was the difference between gun-related legislation passing or failing.
  • Along the way, organizations which should know better looked only at Strickland’s votes while ignoring the rabid anti-Second Amendment politicians he reliably endorsed for almost two decades. He even went on a staged hunting trip with Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry (NRA grade – “F”) in 2004.

Strickland reached the point of no return in 2008 when he endorsed Barack Obama for President; yet the NRA and other gun-rights organizations continued to support him. Less than two years later, Barack Obama, who as a candidate lied when he said that he couldn’t and wouldn’t do such things, began using executive actions to curb the Constitution’s plainly stated right to keep and bear arms.

As I wrote just before the 2010 elections:

Ohio’s Democratic Governor Ted Strickland is running for reelection. He claims to be a staunch supporter of the right to keep and bear arms. He can correctly claim to have a strong record in this area when he was a congressman, and to have taken several actions as governor that are consistent with that alleged belief. But … that’s irrelevant, because Ted Strickland supported Barack Obama for president in 2008, and has not backed away.

While Obama remains president and Democrats retain control of the Senate, we are one deadly Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia, or Kennedy heart attack away from losing the Second Amendment. Any conceivable doubt that this is the case disappeared when Obama-nominated Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, contradicting her confirmation hearing testimony, voted with the minority in the recent 5-4 McDonald decisionThus, no one, including Ted Strickland, can claim to be pro-Second Amendment and continue to support Barack Obama. Sadly, organizations like the NRA and Ohio’s Buckeye Firearms Association, who have both endorsed Strickland over Republican gubernatorial candidate John Kasich, don’t understand that.

The NRA and the Buckeye Firearms Association still endorsed Strickland over incumbent Governor John Kasich in 2010. If Kasich’s assault-weapons vote in the 1990s was really a deal-killer, the groups should have not have endorsed anyone.

Ted Strickland’s long-running gun-rights advocacy was never a sincerely held position. It was a position of convenience which got him into Congress and shielded him from some of Ohio voters’ wrath while he ran for and acted as governor.

But now, Ted has found that publicly supporting the Second Amendment is no longer convenient. In fact, with far-left Democratic primary voters, it could be somewhat problematic.

So Strickland has “changed his mind.”

No one looking at the history objectively can possibly believe that Ted Strickland has ever been sincere in his support for the right to keep and bear arms.

December 8, 2015

LA Times Editorial Opposes ‘No Fly List’ Gun Purchase Ban As ACLU Waffles

In the debate over whether persons whose names are on the “no-fly list” should be denied their constitutional right to purchase a gun, one quite predictable thing has happened. Now that President Barack Obama has come out in favor of such a move in a nationally televised speech — to the point of wondering “What could possibly be the argument?” for opposing him — The ACLU, which 5 years ago strongly opposed it in official congressional testimony, is now trying to appear noncommittal while paying lip service to due-process rights.

That was to be expected, as the ACLU is largely funded by wealthy leftist donors who strongly support curtailing Second Amendment rights, due process be damned. What has literally come out of far-left field as a pigs-must-be-flying surprise is an editorial in the Los Angeles Times which opposes Obama on this issue.

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December 5, 2015

Press Redefines ‘Mass Shootings’ and Claims 355 So Far This Year; It’s Really 4

At the Washington Post’s Wonkblog on Wednesday, Christopher Ingraham claimed that the San Bernardino massacre, which we now know was an act of Islamic terrorism, was “355th mass shooting this year.” A Google search on “355th” mass shooting “this year” (not in quotes) indicates that the stat has become a media meme, repeated at places like the Today Show, PBS, NPR, NBCnews.com, and too many others to mention.

In a New York Times op-ed on Thursday — one which appears not to have made the paper’s print edition — Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, of all places, wrote that Ingraham and others in the media, including the Times itself, are wrong — by a factor of 89. As consistently defined until very recently, there have been four mass shootings in the U.S. year, and 73 since 1982.

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