First Hand: Ferguson, MO Could Be Your Town

by John Boch

I was down at Barnes Hospital today in St. Louis, not far from Ferguson, Missouri. So, being the dedicated reporter I am, I had to go see ground zero in the worst rioting and looting our nation has seen in decades. A few observations: First off, most of what I’ve been watching at one of the live feeds (this one) has been shot from the parking lot of the business Michael Brown allegedly stole those cigars from, Ferguson Market and Liquor. It has now become a media staging location, and actually it’s been designated by cops as a “safe harbor” location for the media to report from . . .

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Speculative Analysis of the Ferguson, Missouri Shoot

Wolf Blitzer asks why cops can't "shoot to injure." (courtesy

Officer Darren Wilson is innocent until he’s proven guilty. What I’m about to write is speculation on the course of events based on an account of the shooting of teenager Michael Brown provided by a woman named “Josie,” who phoned it in to The Dana Show on NewsTalk 97.1 KTFK [as above]. Josie claims her description came from Wilson himself. CNN said they checked her account with officers close to the investigation into the shooting. They decided that the testimony was close enough for rock and roll. With that said, let’s take a look at this incident and what may – I repeat may – have happened. Here’s Josie’s story [via] . . .

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Mental Health Approach to Preventing Mass Shootings: It’s a Trap!

TTAG reader NYC2AZ writes:

I think something needs to be highlighted: the after-action reports of attempted or successful mass murderers. While the NRA hangs their hat on the “mental health” angle, that tactic is as flawed as the “ban guns” angle. Easy and uniform answers for these acts are unlikely. Each individual who attempts or commits mass murder is different in their approach and their reasons. Further, the NRA is starting to see that the antis can play the “mental health” card as well, with such do-nothing legislation as “the gun violence restraining order.” The following article excerpt (after the jump) is another example of someone who was “evaluated” (much like Elliot Rodger) months prior to their murderous event. But in this case, the murderer was stopped by armed intervention within 90 seconds of starting his attack . . .

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Arizona Neighbor Shoots Carjacker who Attacked his Wife

A man and his wife see a neighbor drive up to her house. The neighbor is in her 60′s. As they watch, a strange man approaches her, speaks to her, then grabs her, drags her from the SUV, throws her to the ground and jumps in the vehicle. The wife opens the passenger side door, but is struck by the vehicle and knocked down.   The husband fires several shots from a handgun. A short while later, the vehicle crashes . . .

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BREAKING: Michael Brown Was Shot “At Least Six Times”; More Rioting, Shots Fired in Ferguson


St. Louis TV station KSDK is reporting that 90 minutes in advance of another midnight curfew, police have swiftly moved through another line of protesters who were throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails. Once of the KSDK reporters is quoting one police officer that multiple shots were fired by rioters, though there are no reports of injuries. This as has just reported that an autopsy performed by Dr. Michael M. Baden, New York City’s former medical examiner at the request of Michael Brown’s parents, shows that he was shot “at least six times” . . .

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It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Cali Crime Spree Edition


“On Monday morning, authorities say [Brian Thomas] Cruz first went into a woman’s home and forced her at knifepoint to drive him in her car, which she intentionally crashed to get away,” reports. “He then allegedly carjacked a teacher’s vehicle near Palisades High School, after which he struck several other vehicles, authorities said. After leaving the second car, Cruz entered another residence and allegedly forced a woman inside to give him her car keys. He took that car and crashed it against several other vehicles before running a red light and colliding with yet another car near Webb Way in Malibu, according to the district attorney’s office. After that crash, [armed] officers caught up with and arrested Cruz.” TTAG reader JY draws the obvious (to us) lesson . . .

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BREAKING: 7 Arrested, 1 Shot During Ferguson, MO Curfew

Ferguson, MO residents protecting their property through force of arms (courtesy

” Seven people were arrested and one person shot early Sunday in Ferguson, Mo.,” reports, “as police and protesters clashed again in a haze of tear gas despite a curfew that took effect at midnight.” Wait. Tear gas? Didn’t Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson promise “we won’t enforce [the curfew] with trucks, we won’t enforce it with tear gas“? As for those “trucks” (a.k.a., armored personnel carriers) . . . “A team of officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis city and county police moved armored vehicles down the street of the St. Louis suburb just after the midnight curfew Sunday,” reports. “It turned out the timing was coincidental, said patrol Capt. Ron Johnson.” How’s this for coincidence . . .

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San Jose Cops Kill Woman Brandishing Power Drill

San Jose woman brandishing a power drill (courtesy

“San Jose police received a report that a woman was threatening to kill her family with an Uzi assault weapon,” reports. “When they arrived at the family’s home, they saw the woman outside, holding what they thought was a weapon. [ED: a cordless drill painted flat black.] Officers asked her to drop it, but she did not, pointing it at them instead.” Click here for the edited video. Anyway, that was the end of that. “One of the officers, Wakana Okuma, shot the woman, who was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. San Jose Police spokeswoman Heather Randol said Okuma, who has been placed on administrative leave, ‘feared for her safety and the safety of the public’ when she shot the woman.” You know the drill: “The shooting is being investigated by San Jose homicide detectives.” Perhaps a pair of binoculars would have prevented the ballistic solution. Even so, it seems like an unfortunate, but good shoot, no? [h/t JK]


New York City Paying $12.7m to Unaccountable Felons to Curb “Gun Violence”

“The recent spate of gun violence illustrates the need for programs such as the City Council’s cure violence initiative,” Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore) said in a press release celebrating New York City’s forthcoming $12.7m payout to most favored felons and known gang bangers (a.k.a., “violence interrupters”). “Our existing cure violence program has made strides in keeping our neighborhoods safe with trained violence interrupters, conflict mediation, credible messengers and other proven tools. The initiative is one of the many resources we have to defuse gun violence and other volatile situations, and I’m pleased that this City Council initiative will deliver additional resources to communities where they are needed. I will aggressively continue to work toward seeking solutions to gun violence in the community.” Yes, well . . .

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BREAKING: Ferguson Police Name Officer Who Shot and Killed Michael Brown

Ferguson, MO teen Michael Brown (courtesy

The Ferguson, Missouri police department have named the officer who shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown [above], setting off days of looting and rioting. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson gave a timeline for the shooting, then named the Officer who pulled the trigger as six-year veteran Darren Wilson. We will update you on information on this incident as we receive it. Meanwhile, we hope that Ferguson residents remain calm, that outside agitators hold their tongues, that the police maintain order with suitable restraint and that officer Wilson is protected until he has a chance to defend himself against any charges related to the shooting.


BREAKING: Ferguson, Missouri Police About to ID Officer Who Shot Unarmed Black Teen, Sparking Riots

Ferguson, Missouri police have announced that they are about to name the officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen, sparking looting and rioting. The move comes five days after a “hacktivist” group published a name on its Twitter account (since suspended), claiming it was the officer who pulled the trigger. “However,” reports, “police, Ferguson’s mayor and the stepmother of the man named all said the group was incorrect and that the person named is not a police officer.” The officer’s name also emerges . . . Continue Reading


Texas Man Declares Republic of Dougistan, Fires at Cops, Fire Fighters

Can you secede from the US (let alone Texas) and establish a new nation if you don’t know your own address? Dougie Doug’s takeaway from this little episode should be that instead of notifying the local po-lice of your intention to create your own sovereign Republic of Dougistan (while letting them know you’re holding an indeterminate number of firearms), the proper procedure is to send a certified letter to the State Department. Duh. Oh, and Dougie? Shooting at police officers and firemen typically results in rapid, extensive blood loss, so consider yourself lucky to only be facing charges of aggravated assault. You can wave goodbye to those guns, too, because you’ve seen the last of them.


BREAKING: Court Rules Not Responsible for Handgun Murder

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 3.16.00 PMA three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals has tossed a lawsuit against The federal court ruled that the online private sales site is not liable for its users’ actions. “The case concerns a woman murdered in 2011 with a .40-caliber handgun that a Seattle man advertised on Armslist for $400,” reports. “Demetry Smirnov, the gun purchaser, murdered Jitka Vesel in Chicago with that weapon after an online romance soured. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison. The man who sold him the gun . . .

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BREAKING: CA Quadruple Homicide (Ban Knives!)

Crime scene, Goleta, CA (courtesy

“A 46-year-old man is in custody Tuesday after allegedly stabbing four people to death in Goleta,” reports. “The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said they began investigating a quadruple homicide about 11 p.m. Monday at a home in the 600 block of Walnut Park Lane. Authorities declined to state who called them or how they knew to go to that specific home, but said that the man who was found inside the house was taken into custody without incident. Neither the man’s name nor the names of the victims have been released pending notification of next of kin, officials said. A dog was also found stabbed to death. Authorities said they believe the man acted alone.” Domestic violence? No doubt the antis would say it would have been worse with a gun.


It Should Have Been a DGU: Christy Mack Edition

It is an oft repeated slogan on this site and in the gun community at large that God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal. The actual quote according to Colt’s own website is, “Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal.” No matter who did the creating or the freeing, the fact is that a gun in hand is one of the best tools available for self defense, especially when the attacker is much larger, faster, and stronger than the defender. Unfortunately, a somewhat high profile case has popped up that gives us a stark example of just how true that can be. Please be warned that the photos after the jump are disturbing . . .

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