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Washington man pleads guilty to manslaughter from stray bullet

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H/T Guns.com.

It is people like  Tobin Panton  that make responsible gun owners look bad.    

Tobin Panton entered a guilty plea to a manslaughter charge this week after he fatally shot a sleeping neighbor while firing at a fleeing car thief. (Photo: Q13 FOX News)

Tobin Panton entered a guilty plea to a manslaughter charge this week after he fatally shot a sleeping neighbor while firing at a fleeing car thief. (Photo: Q13 FOX News)

   

A man who fired his Glock at a car thief leaving his driveway with his vehicle pled guilty this week to the death of a neighbor struck by one of his bullets.

Tobin Panton, 40, of Bonney Lake in the Tacoma area entered a guilty plea on Monday to one count of manslaughter in the first degree for the death of Linda Green, 61. The incident, which occurred last November, happened just after Tobin was getting out of the shower and saw his Jeep leaving his driveway. Retrieving his Glock, Tobin fired at the departing vehicle from his porch until he ran out of ammunition. Pierce County deputies were called a brief time later to a home two blocks away from the man’s residence, where Green was found shot in the head.

Detectives discovered a bullet hole in the window of Green’s home that faced Tobin’s porch and numerous “strike marks” on the front of her residence as well as her next-door neighbor’s home.

“If you use deadly force it has to be reasonable under the circumstances,” said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, who sought charges against Tobin. “Generally speaking, in Washington you cannot use deadly force to stop a non-violent crime.”

As noted by Komo News, Tobin’s Jeep was later found abandoned a mile away from the scene, and the thief has not been found.

Charged last year, Tobin initially entered a plea of not guilty and was given $200,000 bail due to his lack of prior criminal convictions and strong ties to the community.

He is set for sentencing in Pierce County Superior Court in September. A class A felony, under Washington law Tobin could face life in prison.

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New Legislation Aims to Put Firearms Education in Wisconsin High Schools

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H/T Bearing Arms.

Every state needs to have a law promoting firearms safety in schools.

Well, hallelujah, what wonders never cease!

On June 30, 2017, 18 Wisconsin Representatives and 5 State Senators introduced Assembly Bill 427, common sense legislation aimed at putting firearms education into high schools across the Dairy State.

The bill would require the state superintendent of public instruction to work with the Department of Natural Resources, a law enforcement agency, or an organization that specializes in firearms safety to develop a curriculum for a comprehensive firearm education course to be offered as an elective to high school pupils. It would not require any school district to offer the course and would prohibit the presence or use of live ammunition.

Lead author of the bill, Representative Ken Skowronski (R-Waukesha) has been participating in shooting sports since the age or 12 and was inspired to draft the bill after seeing a rise in trap shooting clubs throughout Wisconsin.

“What we’re doing is allowing the high schools to offer an elective as a choice,” Skowronski said. “It can be yearlong, a quarter or a semester. It’s up to the school.”

The legislation drew quick criticism from hoplophobes like State Rep. Sondy Pope (D-Mt. Horeb), who thinks students should learn about gun safety somewhere other than in schools “because it is not the responsibility of the school district.”

“I know Wisconsin is a hunting state, I grew up in a hunting family, but I think it denotes something completely different, especially with handguns, in an urban setting,” Pope said.

Pope then inadvertently made a case to pass the legislation, saying, “I think we are all aware of the proliferation of death and injury because of the accessibility of guns in our society. I don’t see a reason to introduce guns to students in school,” before she concluded, “I think it’s inappropriate.”

If schools were to offer a firearm safety course which would greatly curtail “the proliferation of death and injury” from guns in our society, wouldn’t that be a good thing and an appropriate response to the issue?

Now if only we could get the Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program in every school across the United States, then we’d really be taking a tremendous step toward gun safety in every town of America.

But that, of course, would make entirely too much sense.

Armed Florida Mom Ends Violent Attack on Neighbor

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H/T Bearing Arms.

Once again a citizen with a firearms saves an others life.

Earlier this month, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida responded to a call at approximately 4 a.m. of a suspicious person knocking on doors.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found an 18-year-old who fit the description of the suspect. As deputies approached the condominium, they heard loud yelling and banging on the walls. Officers knocked on the door and announced their presence, at which time dispatchers alerted deputies to an armed individual.

The suspect, who was covered in blood, opened the door and began attacking deputies. The deputies attempted to use a taser gun to subdue the suspect. Eventually, he was taken into custody.

When deputies swept the apartment, they found 31-year-old Brittany Cheek and her 3-year-old child, locked in the bathroom.

According to Cheek, the suspect had attacked her neighbor, 52-year-old Susan Bass. Cheek grabbed her firearm and demanded the suspect leave Bass alone. Out of fear for her and her daughter’s life, Bass shot the suspect in the leg.

The suspect then forced his way into Cheek’s apartment, at which point he attacked her. When deputies arrived on the scene, Cheek and her daughter had time run into the bathroom until law enforcement found them.

According to Bass, the suspect initially knocked on her door with a bloody head. She thought he needed medical attention. He began making incoherent statements and wouldn’t allow her to shut her door. That’s when he attacked her.

The suspect was charged with two counts of Simple Battery, two counts of Burglary with Assault or Battery, one count of Battery on Law Enforcement Officer, and three counts of Resisting with Violence.

He was transported to the Pinellas County Jail after he was released from the hospital on Sunday. His bond was set at $301,000.

Watch WFLA’s coverage of the story:

Pinellas mom shoots intruder who attacked her and neighbor

No charges for disabled veteran who shot intruder

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It is a sad state of affairs when you are defending yourself against some punk and you have to worry about some overzealous prosecutor charging you with a crime of some sort.

Harvey Lembo believes that because he is disabled and uses a motorized wheelchair to get around, criminals thought he was an easy target. (Photo: Bangor Daily News)

A 69-year-old disabled veteran who shot an intruder in his Rockland, Maine, apartment in 2015 will not face any charges for his actions, the Knox County district attorney determined this week.

“Had this case gone to trial, the evidence would have raised issues related to self-defense and defense of premises,” said District Attorney Jonathan Liberman, the Bangor Daily Newsreported. “The standard of proof in criminal cases is proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and I do not believe that we can meet that burden in this case.”

Attorney David Weyrens said Harvey Lembo, whom he represented, never felt he did anything wrong and was “grateful” for Liberman’s decision.

Lembo made headlines nearly two years ago when he shot Christopher Wildhaber, 47, just hours after purchasing a 7mm Russian-made handgun. Lembo made the purchase after his home had been broken into numerous times.

The Aug. 31, 2015, shooting occurred after Lembo was awakened around midnight by the sound of Wildhaber in his home then saw his shadow move in the darkness. Lembo grabbed his recently-purchased means of protection from under his pillow and confronted Wildhaber, who he found rummaging through his prescription pain medications, which had been stolen in the past.

“I told him to sit down while I called police or I would blow his brains out,” Lembo recalled.

Wildhaber did as instructed and sat on a coffee table as Lembo called the police. However, while Lembo was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, Wildhaber decided to jump up. Lembo promptly proved he wasn’t bluffing and fired a single shot at Wildhaber, who left a trail of blood as he ran out of the apartment through a back door.

Authorities located Wildhaber in a nearby wooded area a short time later and, after a brief struggle, apprehended him. Wildhaber, who claimed he was simply in the wrong apartment but too intoxicated to notice, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

But shortly after the break-in and subsequent shooting, Lembo was contacted by the property management company and told he was in violation of the house rules. He was given two options: Give up his gun or get out.

Lembo, however, fought back and filed a lawsuit against the property owner and the management company, citing a violation of his constitutional rights.

Initially, Lembo’s case was shot down, but the decision was appealed. Soon thereafter, the state passed legislation that would not allow rental property owners who receive government subsidies to ban tenants from possessing firearms, with the exception of owner-occupied properties with less than five units. Once the legislation was passed, the appeal filed on Lembo’s behalf was dropped.

Lembo remains in the apartment he’s called home for several years.

 

Judge tosses Texas professors’ lawsuit over guns on campus

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H/T ABC.

Bravo U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel for making the right call on this bullshit lawsuit.

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit by three University of Texas professors who argued that a new state law allowing concealed handguns on campus could have a “chilling effect” on classroom debate.

Sociology professor Jennifer Lynn Glass and English professors Lisa Moore and Mia Carter sued last summer, before the law took effect in September. It requires public universities to allow people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry weapons inside school buildings.

The professors said guns in classrooms could lead to self-censorship during discussions about emotional or politically charged topics, such as abortion or gay rights. They said that could disrupt academic discussions and violate constitutional free speech protections.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel dismissed the case Thursday, ruling the professors offered “no concrete evidence to substantiate their fears.”

Pastors Take On A New Roll In The Gun Control Agenda

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H/T Bearing Arms.

This pastor is a moron.

 

Pastors in Beaumont, Texas are doing something not many would have the courage to do: they’re offering a $100 gift card to people who turn over their guns to the Beaumont Police Department. The program, known as “Not in My City,” was started by a group of churches and community leaders who are working to end gun violence.

“We are aware of the fact that it will not eradicate gun violence in our city or county,” Pastor John Adolph, one of the organizers, told KFDM.“That’s not the aim or ambition. The aim is to erase the mindset that’s pushing it. To stand against it in unity to say ‘Wait a minute this is killing us, and hurting us, it’s not helping us.’”

The program’s organizers will set up shop somewhere in town for people to anonymously hand over their gun. The thought process? Criminals won’t willingly walk into a police station and turn over firearms. They’re more likely to give them to a group like Adolph’s.

“The impact that the program has on reducing violent crime is marginal but for the one unrealized victim that is in the margin, it will mean everything for them,” said Pastor Randy Feldschau, the other co-organizer.

The first setup is taking place at 10 a.m. today at Cathedral in the Pines Church, located off Eastex Fwy.

If We Talked About Cars the Way We Talk About Guns

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H/T JPFO.

By Rob Morse. June 11th, 2017
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We’ve lived with guns for several centuries. Despite those years of cultural and personal familiarity, some people talk about guns as if they had been invented yesterday. I’m going to try and shift the discussion about guns so we can hear this stale bigotry with fresh ears. More people die each year in car accidents than in gun accidents. How do these anti-gun arguments sound to you when we substitute word for word?

  • Cars are not the answer. Good people leave the driving to the the government.
  • We’re not against car ownership. We simply want you to get proper training before you’re allowed to drive..and we don’t want any driving schools in your state.
  • Only criminals and the police drive fast cars. Why do you need to go that fast? Are you some sort of escaped criminal?
  • You know you’re more likely to have an accident if you have a car at home.
  • Only the police and bus drivers have enough training to drive. That’s why you should leave the driving to them..or walk.
  • Given how dangerous cars are, we think it is inappropriate for teachers to have personal cars at school.
  • Just say no to car and motorcycle violence.
  • vWhy do you need a car? Can’t you wait and take public transportation like everyone else?

  • We need to start training children early, so ban toy cars and toy motorcycles.
  • We’ve evolved past the need for personal transportation.
  • We don’t think you should have a car, but if you do, why would your family need more that one. No one needs a fleet of dangerous cars! (Does that argument sound familiar?)
  • Are you crazy? You know that cars don’t belong on a university campus. Campus is a place for education, not for car racing.
  • Cars don’t belong at church. Cars disturb our spiritual tranquility.
  • You’re so insensitive. You should know that cars don’t belong at a hospital. Some of the people in the hospital are there because of car crashes.
  • You only have a car for an emergency. You haven’t used it, so that is proof no one really needs a car.
  • Only the army or police need a car or truck that holds more than five gallons of fuel. High capacity cars should be outlawed. It is worth it if it saves one life.
  • It is disrespectful of you to have your own car. Don’t you trust the bus company to get you where you need to go?
  • Of course the President of the United States has a motorcade. That is no reason for you to have a car. Just who do you think you are?
  • Car owners are insecure and trying to make up for some personal inadequacy.
  • We’re not against cars. We’re only a car-safety organization and we want a few commonsense car-safety regulations.
  • Other states shouldn’t have to honor your driver’s license. Each state should be able to decide who may and may not drive there.

These sentiments are both shocking and shockingly familiar. This sounds like the sort of things we might have heard a hundred years ago when cars replaced horses. Today, it is the everyday bigotry directed against gun owners.

I don’t believe in voodoo and magical objects. Guns are lumps of metal and plastic. They are neither good nor bad. They don’t have magic powers. We were supposed to get past that mystical view of the world when we were about 16 years old. Most of us have. Clearly, some of us haven’t.

P.S. If you think I want to regulate cars, then your sense of humor is broken.

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