Historically, the FBI Uniform Crime Report has been a more or less trustworthy source of crime data, depending as it does on the accuracy of crime-related data supplied by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Now, not so much. “”The FBI put out a clearly incorrect set of numbers on public shootings shortly before the November election last year,” claims John “More Guns, Less Crime” Lott “I have been reading FBI reports for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this .” He is shocked I tell you, shocked. “It is one thing for the Bureau of Justice Statistics or the National Institute of Justice to put out politically biased studies . . .
I wish we didn’t live in a world where people try to slash their mother’s throat – or any of the other heinous, violent things people do to each other. But we do. “Victoria Mendez was driving home from work around 10:30 Sunday night when she saw her estranged son standing near the corner of 50th Drive and Windrose, just down the street from her house on the northern Glendale-Phoenix border,” azfamily.com reports. “‘I rolled my passenger window down and I said, ‘Hey Hakeem [Shawky, above], what’s up? How are you doing?’ she explained. ‘And he popped his head into my window and he says, ‘I just want to give you a kiss, mama.’ . . .
“Two 15-year-old Philadelphia boys face murder charges for shooting a man while he walked his dog, firing the final round as he pleaded for his life,” nydailynews.com reports. “The cold-hearted teens and a 14-year-old boy targeted 51-year-old James Stuhlman for a robbery after they tired of playing basketball, police Captain James Clark told reporters.” Sad but true: Stuhlman was just walking his dog in the otherwise quiet Philly neighborhood of Overbrook, where movie star Will Smith attended high school. After apprehension, the 14-year-old perp sang like a canary. The murder went down like this . . .
TTAG reader RN writes:
There was a man shot at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Boston, MA) this morning (1/20/15). I first found out about this while checking my work e-mail around 1430. (I work at a different hospital). There were reports on the news on the way home. From what I can determine now, a man went to one of the clinics, asked for a doctor by name, and shot him at close range. The building was put in lockdown. Police found the suspect, apparently dead by his own hand. The victim is said to be in critical condition. The email from my hospital’s president was timed at 1313 (it is now 1613). From his letter . . .
After the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the murder of French Jews in a Paris market, calls in at least some quarters went up for Europe’s Jews to arm themselves. Relying on the local gendarmerie to protect the targets of aggressive Islamist terrorists didn’t work out well for Charlie Hebdo’s employees (who had police stationed outside their offices at the time of the attack). Why would anyone think that the average European, whether shopping for groceries, eating dinner in a restaurant, or just walking down the street, would fare any better? Yesterday the anti-semitic violence hopped across the channel to north London when a mob of yobs attacked a synagogue shouting “kill the Jews!” . . .
“Richard White sprayed Transportation Security Administration agents and several passengers in line at the [New Orleans’ International Airport] checkpoint with wasp killer,” the AP reports. “He then drew a large machete from the waistband of his pants. A male TSA agent blocked the machete with a piece of luggage as White ran through a metal detector. Lt. Heather Slyve of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office drew her weapon. White continued to swing the machete as she approached, and she fired three rounds, striking him in the face, chest and leg . . .
Reader Ben W. writes:
I share this story that happened a few days ago to an acquaintance of mine who lives a few blocks away from me. It’s a perfect example of why, regardless of what your personal beliefs or political opinion is, your personal protection is 100% your responsibility. Last Sunday, at roughly 4:00 pm in a relatively nice neighborhood in Savannah, Georgia, two men walking down the street began to open fire on the neighborhood. They just casually strolled down the street, shooting at houses and yards, until they had their fill and left . . .
The Wall Street Journal reports that two people were killed and about a dozen were injured after men with automatic weapons attacked the Var Krog och Bar (“our tavern and bar”) restaurant in suburban Göteborg, Sweden on Wednesday. Police reportedly suspected that the attack was due to conflict between rival criminal gangs . . .
A lawfully owned pistol resulted in the arrest of this man, Stefan Josie-Davis, a licensed security guard. As a result, he’s lost his job and will never achieve his goal of becoming a police officer. As Dirk Diggler writes, “Since Howard Schultz has Starbucks engaging in “race discussions” on coffee cups now, maybe he will take up the outdated and racially charged gun possession laws in NJ, NY and other states created as a way of keeping blacks, immigrants, and other “undesirables” unarmed and unprotected? Doubtful but worth shaming them for their $hitty coffee and poor policy.”
“Authorities in the United States are stepping up security at some of this country’s most popular museums,” abcnews.go.com reports. “In New York overnight, extra police were assigned to the city’s most popular museums in a direct response to the attack at the museum in Tunisia. ‘I’d call this a rather loud wake-up call for major museums around the world,’ said Peter Herdrich, vice chairman of The Antiquities Coalition, an archaeological advocacy group.” No word on . . .
I’m a Second Amendment absolutist. If someone has served their time for a criminal offense, if they’ve finished their probationary period, they should have their gun rights restored. Period. Also, if someone is too mentally unstable to own a firearm, if they’re too dangerous to leave on their own in society, they should be committed to a mental institution. Upon their release, having received a clean bill of health from their caregivers, they should have their gun rights restored. So when I heard that California had redoubled its efforts to disarm people on the prohibited list, I was none too happy. California Democrats (of course) and Republicans (yes Republicans) disagree . . .
A Washington man who invoked the “Joe Biden” defense — i.e., that when faced with a threat that may or may not be life-threatening, just shoot wildly into their air — learned on Friday to his astonishment that the the Vice President’s tactical advice doesn’t carry much weight in a court of law . . .