It Should Have Been A Defensive Gun Use: “Austin Police say the public is not in danger at this time” Edition

“Max Cabrera and his girlfriend Gabby Perez were on their way to the car when they encountered five men,” kxan.com reports. “’As they crossed us, one of the guys in the front, he reached over and groped me,’ said Perez. “Perez says she and Cabrera tried to walk away, but that things escalated quickly and the men started punching Cabrera. She says one of the suspects, described only as a black man, reached under her skirt, scratching her. Cabrera was left with a broken nose, fractured bones in his face and six stitches on his forehead.” This one happened in my backyard: downtown Austin, at 2:30 am. Which goes to show that . . .

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Tell Me Again How New York City’s “Tough Gun Laws” Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Dangerous People

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“A Queens man already in custody for shooting at two cops in Jackson Heights while wearing a fake beard and dark glasses copped a plea Wednesday to host of new weapons charges,” nypost.com reports. “Authorities found five pistols and rifles at his home following the arrest and then discovered that he had a secret weapons cache in a Yonkers storage unit he rented. The cache included at least 15 other weapons, including Norinco AK-type machine guns, AR-15 rifles and handguns. Sources previously told the Post that Olmeda also had on-site city maps with Queens police precincts marked off, pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge and fake NYPD shields. It was unclear if he was planning a mass shooting.”

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Groin Shot? Really? Edition

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“WILLIAM LAWLER [above left] didn’t want to shoot the man who threatened his girlfriend and him with a 13-inch knife Sunday outside a Pathmark store near his Northeast Philadelphia home,” philly.com reports. To make a long story short, he did, after telling Knife Guy to cease and desist. “At least a half-dozen times, I ordered him to stop. The last time, I said, ‘I don’t want to shoot you, but I will,'” Lawler said. “Then, after I shot him, he fell to his knees and tried to throw the knife at me.” Lawler, a gun owner who’d unsuccessfully sued the City of Philadelphia after cops clocked his pro-gun bumper stickers and confiscated his GLOCK 17, won. Here are the deets on Lawler’s defensive gun use . . .

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Utah National Guard in Hot Water Over Hot Shots Calendar Shoot

“A risque video shot in conservative Utah featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks for a pinup calendar has raised the ire of a pair of law enforcement agencies who have found some of their officers were in the film,” philly.com reports. Let’s be clear, the unnamed officers will not appear in the calendar. They’re in the promotional “making of” video above, which features an awful (wonderful?) amount of what I’m going to call “breast juggling.” Some of them are – gasp! in uniform. The guys. Focus people! Personally, I’m not a big fan of cheesecake. I prefer images of strong women with guns. IDF style. Anyway, make the jump for official outrage at the “edgy” content. It really is precious . . .

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BREAKING: Officer Wilson Shot Michael Brown in the Squad Car

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Citing “government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter,” the New York Times has just published police officer Darren Wilson’s account of the Michael Brown shooting. “The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown . . . Darren Wilson told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.” Which raises the question . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: OK Gun Owner’s First Ever Shot Takes Down Shotgun Burglar Edition

This one goes out to all you people who think that any gun owner who doesn’t train to operate operationally (while remaining tacticool) is putting themselves at a major disadvantage should they need to perform a defensive gun use. And it’s a shout-out to anyone who says all gun owners should have mandatory training before being “allowed” to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. “Cardell and his wife, Frances, were asleep when they heard a banging on their back door,” kfor.com reports. “’I grabbed my gun and loaded it,’ Cardell said . . .

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PA State Rep Exchanges Gunfire With Robber

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As Irving Kristol once quipped, a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged by reality. Well, reality made an appearance on the streets of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last night when two state House members — Rep. Marty Flynn, (D) Lackawanna, and the delightfully named Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, (D) Erie — were walking home after a late dinner. As post-gazette.com reports, “(T)hey were approached by a man who pointed a gun at them and demanded their wallets” . . .

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NICS Denials Rising for Handguns, Gun Grabbers Befuddled

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First, a little context. Washington State is gearing up for a vote on a proposed “universal background check” law in this coming election cycle, and as we all know universal background check (“UBC”) laws suck (because of the unintended consequences mainly, not necessarily due to the intent of the law). As a way of ginning up support for the measure, the Seattle Times ran a piece a few days ago with a rather sensational title ‘Background check denials rise for would-be pistol buyers‘ trying to lead people to believe that more criminals are trying to buy guns and therefore we need new laws to protect us from evil. There are a couple of problems with that analysis. Or lack thereof . . .

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California Cops Are D.I.S.A.R.M.ing. How Great Is That?

"Firearms seized during a sweep by the Los Angeles Police Department using the California's Armed Prohibited Persons System initiative. The program uses a database to identify gun owners who are no longer allowed to possess a firearm." (caption and photo courtesy npr.org)

“During the month of September, Los Angeles County D.I.S.A.R.M. teams conducted 1,062 searches which resulted in the arrest of 134 probationers, the seizure of over $111 million in illegal drugs and drug money and 38 weapons, including 17 handguns, 1 assault rifle and 10 shotguns,” scvnews.com reports. Just in case you’re wondering what that clever yet deeply foreboding acronym stands for it’s . . .

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Sinaloa Boss Could Blow The Lid Off of Operation Fast and Furious

So Sinaloa cartel boss Chapo Guzman is now in custody. In the 60 Minutes clip above, Tomas Zeron, the head of Mexico’s version of the FBI, more or less admits that Guzman and his unfathomably vicious co-conspirators enjoyed the protection of the Mexican government. The question not asked: did the Sinaloa Cartel also enjoy the protection of the U.S. government? One theory for the motivation behind Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF program that enabled the sale of U.S. gun store guns to Sinaloa cartel members (two of which drug thugs used to kill U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry): F&F was part of a wider policy to protect and promote the Sinaloa cartel in its rivalry with Los Zetas. A policy that included turning a blind eye to drug imports and epic money laundering. In any case, Guzman knows where are a lot bodies are buried, both literally and figuratively. Will he name names or stay stum? The smart money’s on his silence. Both literally and figuratively.

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Ban Clowns!

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It’s called coulrophobia: fear of clowns. It’s a thing (so to speak). If you suffer from coulrophobia, you don’t want to Google Bozo the Clown, attend a Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey’s Clown College reunion or visit Bakersfield, California. “The latest in a series of [16] creepy clown sightings came shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday when Bakersfield police officers near Valhalla Drive and Belle Terrace responded to a report of a person in a clown suit holding a firearm,” bakersfieldcalifornian.com reports. “Officers checked the area but were unable to find the person. The incident came after a week with numerous calls to police from residents reporting seeing scary or mischievous clowns. ‘We’ve had multiple of these clown sightings all over town,’ said Bakersfield police Lt. Jason Matson. ‘He was gone by the time we arrived.’ On Thursday, Bakersfield police officers arrested a minor whom investigators said admitted to dressing as a clown and chasing and scaring younger juveniles.” What’s up with all the clowns? Turns out. . .

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