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.
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,” usatoday.com 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
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.
A three-judge panel of the Chicago-based 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals has tossed a lawsuit against Armslist.com. 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,” arstechnica.com 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 . . .
“A 46-year-old man is in custody Tuesday after allegedly stabbing four people to death in Goleta,” latimes.com 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 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 . . .
Writing these blog posts, I try to see a story from the anti-gunners’ perspective. It’s all too easy to surrender to The Wilkow Majority perspective: “we’re right, they’re wrong, that’s the end of the story.” The fight to defend and extend Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms is won or lost at the margins, amongst the so-called Silent Majority. So when you look at the picture of the owners and employees of St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio defending their property from Ferguson, Missouri looters by force of arms, you’re thanking God (or whatever) for American gun rights. An anti sees a bunch of yahoos subverting the rule of law, itching to kill blacks. The question is, what does the average Joe and Jane see? [h/t TP]
“Will Hayden — the main gunsmith on the reality show “Sons of Guns” — was arrested in Louisiana and booked for child molestation,” tmz.com reports, “but he says the arrest is the result of a bitter ex-girlfriend’s false allegations. TMZ has learned Hayden was arrested on Saturday by East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies — and according to the Sheriff’s website he is accused of molestation of a child and a crime against nature, an aggravated offense. According to the Sheriff’s website, Hayden was released Saturday after posting a $150,000 bond.” Hayden’s daughter released a statement on the arrest on her Facebook page . . .
I started following Dana Loesch a few months back when she appeared on The View to talk about why she became a conservative after years of being EXTRA liberal. So last night while I was getting my social media fix, I noticed that Dana was retweeting like crazy about the developing riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, a topic Farago covered this morning. One of Dana’s retweets is above, from local news source KSDK . . .
Here’s a TTAG Eyewitness News report from our local correspondent, Dirk Diggler, who sent these phone pics. After last night’s looting in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, the St. Louis Cabela’s store (which is located about five miles west of Ferguson in nearby Hazelwood) has taken precautions to protect its firearms inventory. The store is located in a large shopping center called the St. Louis Outlet Mall. Dirk reports that every entrance to the mall has at least one squad car on prominent display and there are policemen posted both at Cabela’s front door and inside the store . . .
As frequently seems to be the case, Hollow Point Ammunition: A Basic Rationale, inspired a large number of comments. Two in particular, however, are often heard in discussion about the use of deadly force. Reader “Former Water Walker” wrote: “Good post. Well except for the verbal gymnastics of ‘stopping,’ but not wounding. Of course I want to wound some criminal when I stop him. Or kill him…” And “Hannibal” agreed . . .
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that U.S. airlines carried 642 million scheduled service passengers in 2013. wsj.com reports that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found 1,813 firearms in carry-on baggage that same year. That’s a very small percentage, right? You know what’s even smaller? The number of terrorist attacks on or using airplanes in 2013. Now you could say that the TSA’s ballistic intervention is somewhat, partially, maybe even just a little bit responsible for that lack of in-fight terrorist activity. Or you could think . . .
So a Ferguson, Missouri cop shot a young black man two days ago. Here’s the police version of events [via wsj.com]: “County Police Chief Jon Belmar said the shooting occurred after an officer encountered two people—one of whom was Mr. Michael Brown—on the street near an apartment complex in Ferguson. Mr. Belmar said one of the men pushed the officer back into his squad car and a struggle began. Mr. Belmar said at least one shot was fired from the officer’s gun inside the police car . . . The struggle spilled out into the street, where Mr. Brown was shot multiple times. Mr. Belmar said the exact number of shots wasn’t known, but ‘it was more than just a couple.’ Police are still investigating why the officer shot Mr. Brown, who police have confirmed was unarmed.” Yesterday, someone in the African-American community organized a march on the police station . . .
“The victim told police that he believed the boys were playing the ‘knockout game,’” members.jacksonville.com reports. “He said he was approached on the beach by one of the boys who asked him if he had a ‘Glock.’ The man was punched after admitting that he was unarmed.” What does that tell all those anti-gunners who counsel people not to carry a gun for self-defense, and advise crime victims to cooperate with and capitulate to their attackers? Not a damn thing. They’d say a gun – in either person’s hand – would have escalated the situation. Yes, well, setting aside the otherwise inescapable fact that a single punch to the head can be fatal, how about this . . .
“Police on Saturday revealed the extent of the arsenal seized from a township resident and evident gun enthusiast, the day after they charged Robert Lintner, 65, with ‘creating a risk of widespread injury or damage,’” northjersey.com reports. I know what you’re thinking: how many guns equals an “arsenal” in New Jersey, a state whose gun laws are the dictionary definition of Second Amendment infringement. I won’t keep you in suspense. Or will I? . . .