The headline reads “Officer’s gun fires during arrest of Big Lots suspect” and leads off with “A police officer’s gun went off during a dangerous encounter,” so this was originally going to be yet another post about passive-voice, responsibility-free reporting of gun incidents. But it turns out in this case, this wasn’t just another example of a cop (or anyone, for that matter) dodging responsibility for their own negligence. It seems that during the arrest of Jason Clark, accused of stabbing someone outside a Big Lots, once officers had him out of the house, under control and handcuffed, 23-year-old Brittany Blenker charged into the mix attempting to prevent the arrest of Clark. She grabbed at an officer’s drawn gun, causing it to fire. The bullet grazed a woman . . .
inside the house, a minor injury for which she refused treatment. Blenker was also arrested at that point, and charged with felony assault, felony reckless endangerment and obstructing government administration. She was also found to have an open warrant for prior aggravated harassment. So see? Sometimes “the gun fired” is really the only way to write the headline.
Pinellas County, Florida schools will have a new, four-legged addition starting next week. A pair of Labrador retrievers, Macy and Roo, will begin making rounds at Pinellas County schools. The dogs are trained specifically to sniff out chemical residue on guns and shell casings, “even ones that haven’t been fired in years.” The dogs will be used at events such as high school football games, and will survey each school at least twice during the academic year. “This is a really proactive and visual way to show that there’s no reason why there should be one gun on campus,” said Superintendent Michael Grego on Wednesday at a press conference. The dogs can even tell the difference between real guns and airsoft or BB guns, which means they won’t panic at the sight of anything vaguely gun-shaped. I think that makes them smarter than your average human.
Silencerco Saker 762. Do want. Note that 140 db (if I recall correctly) is considered ear safe.
According to the Governmental Accountability Office, the Department of Homeland Security cut its spending on ammunition by more than 43% from 2009 to 2013. The GAO reports (pdf) that DHS spent $33.8 million on ammunition in 2009, and that amount fell to just $19.2 million last year. In the same period, the raw number of rounds purchased fell from 133 million to 84 million. According to the report, there are about 70,000 Homeland Security employees who carry firearms, and the need for ammunition is “driven primarily by firearm training and qualification requirements.” Most DHS employees who carry firearms are required to complete qualification programs four times a year. DHS told the GAO that the 159 million rounds currently in inventory would last about 22 months.
Criminals in Senoia, Georgia are celebrating with the news that the Senoia Police Department is switching from the clearly superior .40 S&W round for duty use to the tiny, anemic 9 mm. “Heck, I’ll just stick some cardboard inside my shirt to stop those little things,” one repeat offender was overheard saying. [Not really.] The reason for the switch, according to Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens, is the lack of availability of the .40-caliber round (which makes sense, because all the smart kids want it). “Over the past year we have had serious … difficulties finding .40-caliber ammunition,” said Edens. “We have been experiencing anything from six to eight months lead time” getting their full orders. In addition to the higher availability, Eden points to the advantages of larger magazine capacity and lighter recoil with the 9 mm. Also, “we want to build a firearms program that concentrates on precision and accuracy with the shots, as opposed to just having a big chunk of lead,” Edens said. Sounds like a good goal.
Fireside Chat with Dugan Ashley – The GLOCK-brand GLOCK 17. Perfection.
380 thousandths of an inch. That is all.
I don’t speak revolver at all. It’s on my list to learn, but I haven’t made it there yet. This video reinforces that interest, because I’m a firm believer in go big or go home.