This twitter post showed Zehat Bibeau with what appears to be a Winchester lever action rifle. At first, it was unclear if this was the same firearm that he used to murder Cpl. Nathan Cirillo before entering Canada’s Parliament building and continue his shooting spree. But the BBC quickly came up with an identification of the firearm used – a Winchester lever action shotgun . . .
Reports from the scene indicate that the shooter in today’s shooting near Seattle — high school freshman Jaylen Fryberg — walked up to his friends during lunch and began shooting them in the back using a “small handgun.” Describing the incident, the witness stated that “it wasn’t just random” — the shooter knew his victims. Contrary to the typical narrative, Jaylen had been crowned freshman homecoming king on the 17th and was a popular student. In the aftermath . . .
[Final Update 10/24/2014 4:30 PM Central]
According to local law enforcement, there are two confirmed dead (including the shooter) at a high school in Marysville, Washington (outside of Seattle) and four injuries which have been transported to a nearby hospital. The shooting took place in and around the cafeteria of the school, reminiscent of the Columbine school shooting a few decades ago. There’s a live stream available here of the local news station covering the event with live video.
I would lay odds that the retired RCMP officer used a Smith & Wesson 5946 in 9mm. They come with 15-round magazines. I doubt that the RCMP used the politically correct 10-rounders. If you look at the video above, you can see the characteristic outline with the ejection port and the telltale stainless finish . . .
As the lawsuits — many of them filed and pursued by Judicial Watch — have wound their way through the courts, the Obama administration has been less and less successful in kicking the Fast and Furious can much farther down the road. Not that they aren’t still trying. Attorney General Eric Holder – the first AG to be held in contempt of Congress for his assiduous lack of cooperation – has finally come to the realization that soon the entire sordid story will be disgorged from the Justice Department’s files. If, that is, they don’t experience mass hard drive failures a la the IRS. In any case, Holder has decided that now’s the time to get the hell out while the getting is good. In a long-delayed just-released accounting of the related evidence the most transparent administration in history has been sitting on . . .
There are times when there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself against a criminal attack. Cab drivers who find themselves with a gun against their neck are well advised to comply with the robber’s demands. By the same token, if you’re alone in a pizza parlor and two armed men storm in, point guns at you and demand money, what are you going to do? Give them the money – and hope they leave without physically assaulting you. But at no point should you “give up.” At every point you should be looking for an opportunity to escape, evade and/or attack. You should assume the criminals will attack you even if you comply. To wit . . .
Technically, Augie’s Bourbon Street Cafe’s failure to detect Jasmine N. Jones’s handgun didn’t “lead” to LaKisha Neal’s murder. The Minneapolis gentlemen’s venue is no more responsible for the fatal headshot than the Bank of the West in Stockton, CA is responsible for the hail of police bullets that claimed the life of a hostage. But the fact that the club’s security personnel failed to detect Ms. Jones firearm reveals a simple inescapable fact: political correctness kills. For proof we turn to Augie’s owner Brian “My Name Is Not Augie” Michaels . . .
The Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown cases are much in the news these days. The Martin case because media outlets, “community organizers,” and other assorted rabble rousers and race hustlers see an opportunity to stir the political pot, poke political enemies in the eye, and above all, make money by trading on its notoriety in comparison to the Brown case. We are treated to specious comparisons of the Trayvon Martin case to the Michael Brown case, and never-ending misleading descriptions of Michael Brown as an “unarmed teenager.” There are, in fact, a few useful comparisons . . .
According to nytimes.com, the shootings in and around the Canadian parliament in Ottawa were carried out by at least two shooters. “At least two gunmen traumatized the heart of the Canadian government on Wednesday, with one shooting a soldier guarding the National War Memorial and then entering the adjacent Parliament building, where multiple rounds were fired. Shooting also was reported at a nearby shopping mall . . .
Regular readers will recall that Bakersfield, California was recently home to a clown outbreak, including an unconfirmed report of an armed Bozo. mlive.com reports that the trend has spread to the Mitten State. “Police arrested a 54-year-old man [not shown] after he was allegedly seen wearing camouflage pants and a clown mask, shooting a gun at a can in the street. Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies said the man also was seen playing a trombone at one point, all the while as he stood in a garage. The man, described as intoxicated, was arrested for a personal protection order violation. No one was hurt and the gun turned out to be a pellet gun.” To be clear, a Michigan personal protection order (PPO) is . . .
“A soldier (not pictured above) has been shot at Ottawa’s War Memorial in Canada, near the parliament, after a gunman opened fire. The soldier was being treated by paramedics and police rushed on the scene. Witnesses told CBC News that the suspected shooter was carrying rifle.” The report from ibtimes.co.uk has no information as to the soldier’s condition. Another attack on two Canadian soldiers yesterday – that one vehicular – killed one and injured the other. That incident is now being called a terrorist attack by a radical Islamic convert. Canada is part of the coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. There’s no information yet whether the two crimes are related in any way. More as details emerge.
UPDATE: bbc.com reports that the gunman continued shooting inside Canada’s Parliament building – “Witnesses reported seeing a gunman firing at the Ottawa War Memorial and then running toward the government buildings, where more shots were heard. A soldier has been wounded in the attack, Canadian media report. The incident came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level from low to medium. A soldier was killed in a hit-and-run earlier in the week. Two Canadian MPs later said the gunman was killed, but that has yet to be confirmed.”
Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed (above) was arrested on Monday night by Ferguson, Missouri police for walking in the road instead of on the sidewalk. During a post-arrest search, officers discovered that the anti-gun Democrat was packing a 9mm handgun and a spare mag.