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Robber Tries To Commit Robbery With Gun Magazine, Gets Slapped

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This clown is fortunate he did not win the Darwin Award. 

This robbery might have actually worked in New York City or San Francisco, but was met with utter contempt by a pizza shop employee in South Carolina, where most folks know the difference between a firearm and a magazine.

A man tried to rob a pizza place on Ocean Boulevard Tuesday night by pointing a gun’s magazine at the employee, but the employee slapped it out of the suspect’s hands, according to a Myrtle Beach Police report.

Police responded to the location at about 10 p.m. Tuesday night and spoke to the employee, who said he saw the suspect and asked if he needed help. The report states the suspect then pulled out a magazine for a firearm and pointed at the victim, telling the victim to give him everything he has. The victim then slapped the magazine out of the suspect’s hands.

The suspect grabbed two rounds that fell out of the magazine, turned around, and walked out the door, the report states.

The employee in this instance was clearly educated enough about firearms and ammunition to not consider a magazine containing several cartridges by itself a lethal threat, and contemptuously slapped it out of the would-be robber’s hand.

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Dashcam Madness: Georgia Man Brings Stupid To A Gunfight

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The moral of this story is don’t bring a lead pipe to a gunfight.

Gary Lee Castle doesn’t appear to be the sharpest knife in the proverbial drawer.

After courteously using his turn signals as he led a Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant on a high-speed chase, Mr. Castle came to a stop and then decided to advance upon Sergeant Travis Curran with a large section of metal pipe.

Sergeant Curran retreated as much as he could and implored Castle to drop his weapon, but in the end, he had to do what he had to do to protect his own life.

At approximately 1:00 am, Sergeant Travis Curran with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office attempted to make a traffic stop on Hwy 53 East in Jasper Georgia. Curran followed the vehicle until it stopped on Lincoln Street. As Curran exited his vehicle, the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Gary Lee Castle, moved aggressively toward him with a large metal pipe in his hand.

As Castle moved toward Curran, the Sergeant retreated approximately 100 feet while repeatedly pleading with Castle to drop the weapon. After Castle refused the commands, Sgt. Curran discharged his firearm, striking Castle. Castle received aid on the scene and was transported by helicopter to a trauma center in Atlanta Georgia.

At the time of this release, Castle remains in critical but stable condition. Following standard procedure for the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called in to complete a thorough investigation of the incident. While the investigation is being completed, Sergeant Curran has been placed on administrative leave. This case remains under active investigation now, limiting the ability to release additional details.

Here’s the dash camera video, which captures most of the incident.

Crackpot Senator Calls Nation’s Oldest Civil Rights Group “Extreme.”

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Senator Feinstein there are extremist they are in both Houses Of Congress and they have the letter “D” behind their names.

It is not the National Rifle Association and their members. 

During yesterday’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, California Senator Dianne Feinstein took dead aim at the National Rifle Association, branding the nation’s oldest civil rights group (founded in 1871) as an ‘extreme organization.”

Feinstein’s NRA comment came after she voiced her expectations that the Supreme Court will have final say on air and water pollution and just before she addressed employers who “[discriminate] against workers.”

CSPAN 2 aired Feinstein’s comments: “It is the Supreme Court that will have final word … [on] whether the NRA and other extreme organizations will be able to block common sense gun regulations, including those that keep military-style assault weapons off our streets.”

Many things are at play in Feinstein’s statement, including the ongoing Democrat animosity toward the fact that the Supreme Court rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) pose a great hindrance to the future of gun control in this country. Moreover, Feinstein’s statement betrays her continued support of an “assault weapons” ban, such as the one that Democrats enacted during the Clinton administration or the one Feinstein herself unsuccessfully pushed after the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School.

“Assault weapons” are of course a politically-manufactured term created by gun control fanatic Josh Sugarmann to describe any firearm that looks remotely like a military firearm, regardless of their actual function or capability.

Semi-automatic weapons (self-loading firearms that fire one shot per trigger pull) have been in common use in the United States for more than a century, having first been produced in large commercial quantities in the late 1800s. The semi-automatic action has been the most popular kind of firearm action for handguns for decades, and remains the most popular action type for rifles. Semi-automatics may soon become the most popular form of action for shotguns as well.

Feinstein and her dishonest ilk use the term “military-style assault weapons” in an intentional attempt to confuse the public.

“Assault weapon” is supposed to confuse the public into thinking that selective-fire military firearms are easily sold to the general public, which is an outright falsehood.

Selective-fire weapons such as assault rifles, submachine guns, and machine guns have been tightly restricted by the National Firearms Act since 1934, and while there are more than 240,000 registered “NFA” guns in civilian hands in the United States, they are almost never used in crime, with only two documented occurrences known. Further, the manufacture of new NFA firearms for the general public  was outlawed 31 years ago, when the Hughes Amendment passed as part of the Firearm Owners Protection Act in 1986.

Yes, you read that correctly: real military firearms capable of firing more than one shot per trigger pull have been banned for more than three decades.

The National Rifle Association is the largest and oldest Second Amendment rights advocacy group in the United States, and is also the largest training provider, with more than 100,000 certified trainers. They are hardly out of the mainstream.

Feinstein, however, represents a view that would crush the core right of American citizens to be armed for their own defense against both criminals and the tyrants which most concerned the Founding Fathers, a corrupt and all-powerful government she champions.

There are extremists in Washington. Dianne Feinstien, with her warped view of the natural right of all human beings to armed self defense, is one of them.

Man Shot and Killed In Brazen Mid-Day Home Invasion Attempt

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 Tyrone Frazier became a good punk a dead one.        

A 34-year-old man is dead after residents of a home in Madisonville shot him as he allegedly attempted to force entry into their home.

Police went to 6615 Roe St. about 1 p.m. Saturday for a possible burglary-in-progress call. They said a resident in the house fired at least one shot, killing the suspected burglar.

First responders located the victim and transported him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The victim has now been identified as Tyrone Frazier, 34.

The case is under investigation as a homicide. No charges have been filed.

A next-door neighbor said she heard a gunshot and looked out her window to see a man lying in the front yard.
“They started doing CPR on him and they did that all the way to the ambulance,” Marlene Smith said.

Police say Tyrone Frazier, 34, was killed after possibly attempting to break into the home.

Smith, who knows the couple next door, was shaken up.

“It was a little upsetting. I mean they’re very good neighbors. We’ve been neighbors for over 18 years so they’re very good neighbors,” Smith said.

Note that a “homicide” merely means that someone was killed by another person, and that does not imply that a crime was committed, only that a life was taken. If it was determined that Frazier was indeed attempting to force unlawful entry and that the residents fired in lawful self-defense, then the shooting will be ruled a justifiable homicide.

Based upon preliminary evidence, that is the likely case here.

Knife-Wielding Suspect Learns Armed People Are A Lot Harder To Attack

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Manuel Gonzalez won a Darwin Award because he brought a knife to a gunfight.    

 

   

A Bellingham (WA) officer was barely out of his vehicle when he was forced to bring down the suspect in a stabbing just a few minutes before at almost bad-breath range.

The suspect in a stabbing who was fatally shot by a Bellingham police officer was identified Thursday as Manuel Gonzalez, 28.

Police said that Gonzalez stabbed and wounded a 20-year-old man in the neck during an altercation in the 100 block of E. Holly Street on Sunday and then fled on foot. Witnesses chased him and caught up to him in the 1400 block of Railroad Avenue, police said.

Police said that officer Jeremiah Leland came to the scene and ordered Gonzalez to drop his knife. Police said Gonzalez failed to drop the knife and advanced toward Leland, prompting Leland to shoot him. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Bellingham Herald reported that an initial autopsy of Gonzalez determined he bled to death from a gunshot wound to the neck.

Police said Gonzalez had a history of minor criminal offenses.

The 20-year-old man who was stabbed remains in serious condition at a local hospital.

Leland has been an officer with the Bellingham Police Department for three years, police said.

Officer Leland dropped Gonzalez in his tracks with either the first or second bullet in a volley of four shots. You’ll note Officer Leland gave voice commands that Gonzalez ignored, and when he was forced to fire he didn’t do so tentatively, and fired controlled shots at speed until he registered that the threat had gone away.

For a fatal arterial shot through the neck, there wasn’t Hollywood horror film spurting wound one might expect. I’d note that the officers in frame of the body camera did (as best I can tell) a good job of managing their weapons so that they didn’t muzzle one another, and they kept their fingers straight alongside the slide when they weren’t on target.

I’m personally not feeling a great deal of pity for the death of Mr. Gonzalez. As the video below shows, he’d stabbed a man in the neck a short time before his death for merely attempting to non-violently stop an altercation between Gonzalez and a woman.

The man Gonzalez  stabbed is expected to pull through.

Woman Dies In Front Of Kids In Accidental Suicide

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This childern had to witness the death of this woman and they will be traumatized for a long time.

This woman died due because she forgot or did not know the rules of firearm safety. 

Jeff Cooper’s Rules of Gun Safety,

RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED

RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY

RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET

RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET

This is the kind of story that makes me sometimes feel that I’m banging my head against the wall when I advocate spending the time and money to get good gear and good training. Two children were forced to see a woman—possibly their mother—die right in front of them because of the negligent discharge of her firearm.

Police say a woman has died after accidentally shooting herself while getting inside a car.

Corporal Ashley Jenrette with Hampton Police says the incident happened just before 8 a.m. on March 16 in the 1st block of Regal Way.

The woman was pronounced dead on the scene by the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the woman was getting inside the car, when her gun accidentally went off.

Two juveniles were in the car at the time of the shooting.

I spoke with Corporal Jenrette with Hampton Police a short time ago. Investigators are still conducting their investigation into the death, and so they are not yet releasing any information about the location and nature of the woman’s injury, the kind and brand of holster she was using (if any) and at what location the gun was being carried, or even if it was on-body or off-body carried in a purse or bag. They are also not releasing any information about the firearm that discharged the single fatal shot.

All we can tell with any degree of certainty is that she did not have the trigger of a loaded weapon adequately protected, that the weapon was pointed at her body, and something depressed the trigger, causing the fatal shot to break.

I will never recommend the holsterless carry of a handgun, as it leaves the trigger poorly protected. I will never recommend inexpensive soft woven nylon holsters, as they are tend to leave the trigger poorly protected. I will never recommend thin leather or suede holsters, as they can tear easily, and they leave the trigger poorly protected. I would never recommend many of the belly bands and ladies’ holsters or pocket holsters that use neoprene, a material also used in wetsuits and known for its flexibility and stretch, all bad things around the trigger of a gun.

Are you sensing a theme here?

I can only recommend quality, well-designed holsters made of rigid leather or Kydex (living in the South I prefer Kydex to help keep sweat off my gun) to protect the trigger and keep the gun from going off, even if I fall, or slam into a hard surface directly against the holster.

Something pulled the trigger here. Whether it was this woman’s finger due to negligent gun handling, or due to her using no holster, or a poorly designed/maintained/built holster, is really very irrelevant to her family. My friend Reid Henrichs of Valor Ridge often notes that, “the lessons we learn are etched on the tombstones of others.”

Learn from this mistake, and never carry a handgun that isn’t protected by a quality holster that will both retain the weapon and protect the trigger from both fingers and foreign objects.

 

Real-World Gunfight Proves Fast Is Fine, But Accuracy Is Final

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Wyatt Earp said it best “Fast is fine, but accuracy is final.”    

       

A man in his thirties was ambushed in his vehicle last week by a man who not only got off the first shots, but who made the first hit. The victim of the attack rallies, however, drew his own firearm, and ended the threat on his life by being the better shooter.

A shooting victim exchanged gunfire with a suspect, killing him, in north St. Louis Thursday night

The 37-year-old victim told police he was in his vehicle in the 5700 block of Delmar when the suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Marcus Portis, approached him and began yelling while showing a gun around 7:20 p.m.

After approaching the victim, Portis reportedly fired several gunshots, striking the victim. Then, the victim got his own gun and returned fire, hitting the suspect.

According to police, after the gunshots were fired, Portis ran from the area and eventually collapsed.

Portis was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the thigh and listed in stable condition.

It’s amusing to watch any number of social-media-obsessed shooters engaging (and sometimes missing) targets from near-contact range. I’m impressed by their ability to draw a gun and get a shot off quickly. I’m typically far less impressed with their shot placement, however, as even on their highly-edited “sizzle reels” they can be seen shooting high, low, and wide with boring regularity.

This shooting in St. Louis is an example of the “get the shots off quickly” mindset can fail in real-life encounters against a determined adversary. Marcus Portis had the element of surprise and launched an ambush on a man in a vehicle in what should have been a relatively simple attack to complete successfully. He failed, however, to make a single effective hit, missing his intended victim repeatedly and leaving him only with a thigh wound.

Despite being behind the curve, the victim was able to regroup, draw his own firearm, and put effective shots on Portis that killed him in his tracks.

Our victim, who is expected to recover, will see another day.

Portis is being refrigerated like a side of beef in the morgue.

Wyatt Earp had it right.

“Fast is fine, but accuracy is final.”

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