Category: Crime and Punishment

Personal Defense Tip: Don’t Shoot Blanks

Sadie Bell courtesy

Sadie Bell isn’t really someone you want to disappoint. The 58-year-old from Southfield, Michigan was just convicted of assault with intent to do great bodily harm for shooting her long-time lover over a case of insufficient semen production. That’s right, Bell plugged Edward Lee in January after he failed to elicit what she considered to be a respectable quantity of ejaculate after a spirited session of sex. Bell took his paltry production as evidence that Lee had been fooling around on her, so she perforated his pancreas and colon with a round of hot lead reproval . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: New York Post Cache as Catch Can Edition

Drugs and gun "cache" (courtesy

Cops find cache of guns and heroin in storage locker proclaims. “They were prepping for a different kind of storage war,” the lead asserts, making a pun while unintentionally drawing attention to the pathetic nature of the gun “cache.” “Police discovered a trove of guns, heroin, and cash while executing a search warrant in a Brooklyn storage locker and a nearby car Monday night, authorities said. Cops raided the unit at Lockaway Self Storage in Fort Greene at 6:30 p.m. after three men wanted for recklessly driving ATVs on a public sidewalk were spotted parking inside, according to police. Officers found fourteen ATVs and dirt bikes inside the unit along with four loaded handguns, officials said.” I hope they were more careful unloading the guns than the Post’s editors were about unloading their usual anti-gun hysteria on unsuspecting readers. [h/t DD]

Elgin, IL Cops Go All Tactical-Like for Escaped Felon

TTAG reader MS writes:

More of a local story, but a violent felon escaped from the Elgin Mental Health facility. [Click here for the Trib's take.] One guy, in handcuffs. Cue the lockdowns. People are freaking out on social media. Even if he managed to get OUT of said handcuffs, does it really justify the MRAPs and assault gear? Heck, there’s even a photo of an officer with both an M-4 and a shotgun. It’s like he’s girding himself for a zombie attack. Meanwhile, across town, I’m perfectly content hanging out around the yard, knowing that my puny little sub-compact 9 will do just fine, in the highly-unlikely event he comes charging out of the back woods at me. I like the Elgin cops I’ve met, and I know they’re only doing their jobs, but since they deal with armed gang bangers on a daily basis, isn’t this just a bit overkill for 1 unarmed man on the run? [More tacticool pics after the jump] . . .

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“Chicago commuters can’t run, can’t hide, and can’t carry. I think that’s called fish in a barrel.”

That’s TTAG reader JRW’s take on this story from “Two armed men robbed multiple passengers on an Orange Line CTA train heading into downtown Wednesday afternoon. The robbery happened at 4:13 p.m. on the train as it traveled between the Halsted and Roosevelt stations, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said. Two armed suspects took various items from multiple riders, Zala said. No one is hurt and no one is in custody. Police are reviewing surveillance video in the case, Zala said.” One of these days, a legal concealed carrier – carrying illegally on a train - will Bernhard Goetz some thugs like these. It won’t be pretty, but it will make news. Especially in the wrong circles.

This is What Happens to a Disarmed Populace: Starbucks Gun-Free Zone Edition


“Just before 5:30 a.m. Monday, employees of the Starbucks in the 1800 block of W. Broad St. called police about a suspicious man outside the store. According to police, the suspect then ran into the business, and attacked the two employees,” reports. “Both baristas sustained facial injuries, with the suspect kicking an officer who arrived on scene. A 65-year-old employee is now facing a difficult recovery from serious injuries, and remains at VCU Medical Center in intensive care. Police reported that the suspect . . .

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BREAKING: CA Police Stop Stockton Bank Robbers Armed with “Assault Rifle”

Three bank robbers are in police custody after they attempted to rob Bank of the West in Stockton. The incident left two of three robbers and one hostage dead (who may or may not have been shot by police). The cops say the robbers used at least one “AK-47-style” rifle in their attack and that “multiple civilians” were shot in the ensuing firefight. Two of the women [hostages] were thrown from the suspects’ car during the chase,” Reuters reports, “one with a minor gunshot wound. Another ‘large exchange of gunfire’ took place after the suspects’ car became disabled, police said. ‘Ultimately, all three suspects were shot (one dead) and the third hostage was found in the vehicle deceased from gunfire,’ police said.” Make the jump for two videos showing just how many police responded and more footage of the bullet-ridden SUV . . .

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Self Defense and the Realities of Police Response Times


I enjoy driving. It provides time for reflection. It reminds me of the beauty and uniqueness of America. I recently took a brief vacation, driving from Texas to Wyoming, South Dakota and back. My trip reminded me, in stark terms, of the sheer size of our country; of the realities of time and distance. “No one needs guns,” some anti-liberty advocates claim. “Let the police protect us; that’s their job.” As I drove past lonely ranches and farms and small towns, I imagined myself, once again, in a police car . . .

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