Ya think? . . . Chicago Police’s ‘missing’ buyback gun points to inside job
As the BGA reports, the Chicago Police recover thousands of guns each year through buybacks, and confiscate thousands more when making arrests. The guns are supposed to be destroyed. But the gun the judged had turned in mysteriously popped up again in Cicero, at the scene of the shooting of 22-year-old Cesar A. Munive.
That shooting has a particularly bad feel about it. The Cicero police officer had a history of disciplinary problems, the victim’s family claimed in a civil rights suit that the officer shot an unarmed man, and the Cicero Town Council voted a few weeks ago to pay the family $3.5 million to settle the case.
What’s the over/under on how many months this blissful union lasts? . . . Pistol-Packing Bride Arrested for Pointing Gun at Groom
A Tennessee bride was arrested hours after saying “I do” when authorities say she pointed a gun at her groom.
Murfreesboro police Sgt. Kyle Evans told WTVF-TV on Monday that 25-year-old Kate Elizabeth Prichard was still in her wedding dress when she was arrested on an aggravated domestic assault charge.
If you follow debates in Virginia’s General Assembly, you might get the impression that the state could sharply curtail the violent-crime rate if only lawmakers would close the “gun-show loophole.” New data suggest the impression is mistaken. …
In fact, the claim has never held up well. Most criminals get their guns through other means, such as “sharing arrangements with fellow gang members,” according to a recent item in Newsweek. A survey of prison inmates by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that gun shows accounted for less than 1 percent of the firearms used by felons.
Cops who make fatal mistakes should be held to account . . . It’s Time to Deal with the Police Threat to the Second Amendment
If past precedent holds, it’s likely that the officers who killed Ismael Lopez will be treated exactly like the officers in the Scott and Mendez cases. They won’t be prosecuted for crimes, and they’ll probably even be immune from civil suit, with the court following precedents holding that the officers didn’t violate Lopez’s “clearly established” constitutional rights when they approached the wrong house. After all, officers have their own rights of self-defense. What, exactly, are they supposed to do when a gun is pointed at their face?
In other words, the law typically allows officers to shoot innocent homeowners who are lawfully exercising their Second Amendment rights and then provides these same innocent victims with no compensation for the deaths and injuries that result. This is unacceptable, it’s unjust, and it undermines the Second Amendment.
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The Russkis apparently don’t have retention holsters . . . Three killed in Russia court after defendants grab officers’ guns
Three people being taken to trial in a Moscow court for robbery and murder were shot dead after they grabbed side-arms from court security officers in an attempt to escape, Russian law enforcement officials said on Tuesday.
Five defendants were in a lift in the Moscow regional court building when they seized the weapons from the two officers escorting them, the Investigative Committee, the state body which handles serious crimes, said in a statement.
When the lift stopped on the third floor of the building and the doors opened, three of the defendants tried to escape but were shot dead by Russian national guard officers. The two others defendants were seriously wounded, the statement said.
From the country that really knows how to build a shotgun . . . Italy’s Worst Machine Gun: The Breda Modello 30
The Breda Model 30 was the standard Italian light machine gun of World War II, and is a serious contender for “worst machine gun ever”. Yes, given the choice we would prefer to have a Chauchat (which really wasn’t as bad as people today generally think).
The Breda 30 suffered from all manner of problems. To begin with, it was far more complicated than necessary. The amount of machining needed to build one is mind boggling compared to contemporary guns like the ZB26/Bren or BAR. And for all that work, it just didn’t work well in combat conditions.
Remember, only highly trained law enforcement officials are qualified to carry a firearm . . . Orlando airport gun incident: Federal agent fires weapon accidentally at checkpoint
A federal officer accidentally shot his left foot late this morning in Orlando International Airport’s busy passenger lobby near the Hyatt hotel, startling scores of people who were nearby.
Law enforcement at the scene said the man was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent from Kansas City on vacation.
Shotgun: the best tool for almost any job that needs doing . . . Badass 72-Year-Old Kills 17 Copperheads with Shovel, Shotgun
A fearless 72-year-old Oklahoma woman is making headlines after she killed 11 copperhead snakes that were hiding underneath her house.
According to WTVD, Susan Thompson was enjoying a visit with her neighbor, Mrs. Newby, when they made a terrifying discovery. A huge pile of snakes were slithering under her home. This would be a pretty frightening sight for most people, but Mrs. Newby was ready to take action. She used a shotgun, a shovel, and a rake handle to kill all 11 snakes by herself.
Speaking of bad-ass women . . . 60-year-old woman fatally shoots armed home intruder
The 60-year-old woman told deputies two armed men entered her home through the open garage door around 11:30 a.m.“Both were armed with pistols, she confronted both suspects,” said Thomas Gilliland with HCSO.
The woman grabbed her own handgun and fired several shots at the suspects and they ran out the door.
One man collapsed and died in her front yard in the 20000 block of Fort Bowie Ct in the Sundown subdivision. Deputies found a gun near his body.
Sadly, a determined person always finds a way . . . Hanging takes over from guns in SA’s suicide capital
Hanging has replaced a bullet to the brain as the preferred method of killing yourself in South Africa’s suicide capital.
Of the 957 suicide cases handled by Pretoria’s medico-legal laboratory between 2007 and 2010‚ 43% had hung themselves‚ twice the number who used a gun.
An earlier study that analysed suicides in the city between 1997 and 2000 said guns were the most popular method‚ particularly among women.