“Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 9500 block of Wayne Avenue around 1:25 a.m. Friday for reports of a man with a gun,” Cincinnati’s wlwt.com reports. “According to investigators, Orlando Lowery, 23, was found in possession of a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun that was painted red to resemble a toy gun.” Nope. As TTAG commentator bryce pointed out, “the Cobra or Lorcin FS 380 comes in that color from factory.” Besides, if the criminal really wanted to fool the cops into thinking he’s carrying a toy gun . . .
“At least one offender took hostages at the popular Lindt chocolate cafe, in Martin Place, just before 10am. Some members of staff could be seen wearing their shop aprons and standing with their hands up at the windows. There is also a black and white flag being held up in a window. It is believed to be the Black Standard, a jihadist flag.” This, in certifiably gun-free Sydney, Australia. “We don’t yet know the motivation of perpetrator, we don’t know whether it’s politically motivated although there are indications it could be,” said Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Yes, well that black standard now hanging in the window should provide a clue . . .
“A 28-year old East Hartford man with 51 previous arrests and more than a dozen convictions [and wanted for a homicide in 2006] was charged Thursday night with assaulting two police officers following a car accident,” courant.com reports. Specifically, 28-year-old Joshua Suarez’s charges include assault on a police officer, possession of narcotics, engaging police in pursuit, driving under license suspension, driving an unregistered car, reckless driving, evading responsibility and driving without insurance. The judge in the case praised Sgt. Jeff Morrison for not shooting Suarez, and for good reason . . .
“On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman killed 16 people and wounded 32 more in Austin from atop the University of Texas Tower. Whitman, a former marine, terrorized the campus for 90 minutes, killing students, pedestrians, and unborn children with pinpoint accuracy.” You probably knew all that. But did you know that in addition to the National Portrait Gallery, the Air and Space Museum, the Vietnam War Memorial the Museum of Natural History and the Newseum, Washington, D.C. is also home to the Crime Museum? That’s probably the only place where it might make sense to display Witman’s rifle . . .
“DeKalb County School Police arrested Mustapha Dukereh, 21, after they say security officers found a gun inside his car at Elizabeth Andrews High School in Stone Mountain,” wsbtv.com reports. “School sources say Mustapha playfully pointed the gun at a student on Monday.” Playfully? What game might that be? Anyway, the Georgia report focuses on Mustapha’s father’s reaction to the his son’s arrest and incarceration. “‘How he get that gun?’ Mustapha’s dad repeatedly asked. He plans to pound home the point to his son when he sees him that guns are trouble. ‘That’s not our culture. Our culture is respect another brother. Love yourself.'” Quick question . . .
Gunfire has been used as a means of signaling and communications as long as there have been guns. A warning shot is essentially a means of communicating a deadly threat without actually harming the person being warned. I may have to start a new category: warming shots that worked. I have routinely advised students against firing warning shots with the usual caveats; the bullet has to go somewhere, innocents may be hit, and a round is wasted that you might need. Not to mention it’s frequently illegal. Many claim that a warning shot may be considered as evidence that the warning shot shooter wasn’t serious. I think that is unlikely. And there is apparently at least one prosecutor who thinks that firing a warning shot demonstrates restraint . . .
“Law enforcement officers are searching for two assault suspects who hid in bushes, posed as police officers and chased a man and his girlfriend down an apartment hallway,” q13.com reports. Jack Permison read this tale and sent us a big SMH. The Chief Instructor at Castle Defense Solutions, is wondering what a gun owner should do to deal with the possibility of faux po-po . . .
In some small percentage of cases, a crime victim disarms their attacker. The attacker usually runs off. In one case, the bad guy even returned to ask for the gun back. My experience is that cases in which victims disarm attackers are considerably more common than the other way around. It’s not hard to understand why. The victim has a lot more to gain from snatching the bad guy’s gun, and the attacker more to lose if he continues the fight. Sometimes the victim turns the gun on the attacker, as happen in a recent case in Chicago. It happened in the 6600 block of South State Street, one of the most dangerous areas of the city.
You may recall that former NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory waved a high-capacity ammunition magazine at NRA jefe Wayne LaPierre in a post-Newtown interview. The display was a clear and undeniable violation of D.C. Code Section 7-2506.01(b) banning the possession of high capacity ammo mags, a class D felony. So how did Gregory skate? Judicial Watch (via legalinsurrection.com) has been on the case with various Freedom of Information Act requests. Turns out the D.C. police warned NBC not to use a real mag but a picture. And when the peacock network’s news execs ignored the advice, they issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Gregory. And then . . .
For decades we’ve seen a steady movement in public opinion away from the 1980’s era belief that gun control is the solution to all of our nation’s crime problems. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, that trend momentarily reversed, but the latest Pew Research poll shows that the post-Newtown gun control fervor was nothing more than a blip and support for gun ownership and gun rights has never been higher — especially among a surprising demographic . . .
In the dramatic video of an attempted armed robbery of a gun shop in Springdale, Arkansas last week, one robber is wounded and the gunshop owner is hit by a spent bullet that doesn’t break the skin. The two suspects, Marcus Gould, and Leon Roberson, are from California and are both in custody. Gould has a long criminal record, and was wounded in the arm by a shot fired by store owner Shirley Cornett. A bullet fired back was slowed by coin books on the counter before it hit her . . .