A Woman, a Warning Shot, a Toy Gun and a Justifiable Homicide

A career criminal has an out of wedlock child with a woman. He shows up for the child’s first birthday, only to find another man present, who also has a criminal record, but no felonies. The first criminal, enraged to find another man with the mother of his child, threatens to kidnap the one-year-old. The man without felonies fires a warning shot from a .38 to stop the threat.  The  career criminal goes to his car, pulls out a handgun and points it at the man with the .38, who promptly shoots him in the chest, killing him.  The handgun the felon retrieved from the car was a non-firing, realistic toy . . .

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New From Houlding Precision Firearms: HPF-15 Wraith Carbon Fiber AR


Another AR? You betcha! The Houlding Wraith’s claim to fame is it tips the scales at a svelte 6 lbs. and comes with a lot of upgrades, standard. Things like their HPF-Curse muzzle brake, Cerakoted finish and a Geissele Super Dynamic 3 Gun trigger. As Kyle, the pseudo Soviet, was no doubt paid to say, the Wraith comes with 3-gun performance straight out of the box. But don’t hold that against the gun. MSRP is $2499 with case. Press release after the jump . . .

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The Officer-Involved Shooting and Police Response in Ferguson: A Law Enforcement Perspective

Aftermath of Michael Brown shooting, Ferguson, St. Louis, America - 12 Aug 2014
By Patrick Hayes

I’m a Georgia Police officer with more than a few years of service under my belt. Unlike most of my colleagues, I’ve had riot training. But not much and not recently. Equally, my department doesn’t keep or maintain riot gear: shields, tear gas, etc. The responsibility for quelling civil disturbances – like the one in Ferguson, Missouri – lies entirely with the Georgia State Patrol. We call them, they handle it. Done. That’s not how it went down in Ferguson, before Governor Nixon called in the Highway Patrol. And from what I’ve seen of the situation since then, it looks like the Show Me State Police are making some major miscalculations . . .

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Flesh-Eating Zombies to Invade Buena Park Camp Snoopy Kiddie Land – And What You Can Do About It

(courtesy latimes.com)

I hate zombies as much as the next guy. I mean the whole zombie phenom. In fact, the fact that puke green zombie-themed guns and gear have largely disappeared from the consumer market is one of my reasons to be cheerful. But I gotta admit zombies serve a purpose. The undead provide young ‘uns a safe not-to-say PC target for their caviar dreams and champagne wishes. I mean ballistic dreams and heroic wishes. And as long as boys and girls consider guns cool – which they are – our gun rights are safe. er. Safer. So it’s good to read [via latimes.com] that “the new Special Ops: Infected zombie apocalypse attraction will take over six acres of the Buena Park theme park’s Camp Snoopy kiddie land during this year’s Knott’s Scary Farm event.” Snoopy’s out. Zombies in. How great is that? During the attraction’s run 12 member teams . . .

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Arizona Neighbor Shoots Carjacker who Attacked his Wife

A man and his wife see a neighbor drive up to her house. The neighbor is in her 60′s. As they watch, a strange man approaches her, speaks to her, then grabs her, drags her from the SUV, throws her to the ground and jumps in the vehicle. The wife opens the passenger side door, but is struck by the vehicle and knocked down.   The husband fires several shots from a handgun. A short while later, the vehicle crashes . . .

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World War E


By Cliff Heseltine

A while back I wrote a kind of half-serious article “In Support of the Zombie Apocalypse” and in the comments section engaged in a running defense of my assertion that there was no logical, rational way that such a condition as Zombie-ism, as depicted in modern fiction, could actually occur. Well, I stand (partially) corrected . . .

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Mainstream Media Reveal Ferguson Cop Darren Wilson’s Address

CNN report on Ferguson cop who shot Michael Brown (courtesy cnn.com)

“CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown,” thegatewaypundit.com reveals. “The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning. Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map to Wilson’s house for those bent on vengeance. Yahoo News named the community Wilson where Wilson resides and published a photograph of the officer. The UK Daily Mail also named the community, posted photos of the officer and gave a description of the house. USA Today also named the community and reported a local police presence. The Washington Post named the street where Wilson lives.” Etc. Are these media outlets right to ID Wilson’s 10-40? What public interest is served here?


BREAKING: Missouri Gov. Nixon Sends National Guard to Ferguson

Police in Ferguson, Missouri (courtesy nydailynews.com)

“Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the state National Guard to restore peace after a third straight night of violence in the St. Louis suburb rocked by protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer,” businessweek.com reports. “Nixon’s decision came after organized groups attacked police officers with firearms and gasoline bombs last night, leading police to fire a barrage of tear gas into the streets. ‘Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist Colonel Ron Replogle and the Unified Command in restoring peace and order to this community,’ Nixon said in a statement.” Apparently . . .

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Texas Drawn Hunt: First Timer Edition

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Whilst spending my Sunday morning fueling up on coffee and bacon, and making plans for an entire week of being on the road for my day job, I got another text from the parents to let me know that they saw the Axis herd I mentioned earlier this week again. And it’s times like these that I’m glad I have a support community in TTAG to share in my angst about how far hunting season is from today. I’ve got the itch to hit the great outdoors way worse than I have in previous years. Maybe its because I’ve been doing a bit more camping this year, or because my day job has had me way more stressed than last year, I’m not sure. Either way, I’m planning to spend a lot more time in the great outdoors this fall and winter, gun in hand, harvesting some wild game.

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San Jose Cops Kill Woman Brandishing Power Drill

San Jose woman brandishing a power drill (courtesy abcnews7.com)

“San Jose police received a report that a woman was threatening to kill her family with an Uzi assault weapon,” reuters.com reports. “When they arrived at the family’s home, they saw the woman outside, holding what they thought was a weapon. [ED: a cordless drill painted flat black.] Officers asked her to drop it, but she did not, pointing it at them instead.” Click here for the edited video. Anyway, that was the end of that. “One of the officers, Wakana Okuma, shot the woman, who was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. San Jose Police spokeswoman Heather Randol said Okuma, who has been placed on administrative leave, ‘feared for her safety and the safety of the public’ when she shot the woman.” You know the drill: “The shooting is being investigated by San Jose homicide detectives.” Perhaps a pair of binoculars would have prevented the ballistic solution. Even so, it seems like an unfortunate, but good shoot, no? [h/t JK]


BREAKING: Missouri Gov. Declares a State of Emergency in Ferguson. Imposes Midnight Curfew

“Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Saturday declared a state of emergency and implemented a midnight to 5 a.m. curfew in Ferguson, where the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked a week of protests and sporadic looting,” cnn.com reports. “‘I’m committed to making sure the forces of peace and justice prevail,’ Nixon said at a community meeting. ‘If we’re going to achieve justice we first must have and maintain peace.’” Meanwhile, in the absence of adequate police protection, following accusations of over-zealous police action during the nights of rioting, Ferguson residents have taken-up arms to protect their property. As well they should, given the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s non-engagement policy on looting and Capt. Ron Johnson’s statement on curfew enforcement . . .

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Open Carry Texas Plans 5th Ward March…Then Cancels


Open Carry Texas has gotten mixed reviews at TTAG. I’m not opposed to open carry as a political statement per se, just OCing like a d!ckhead. That expectation of not dressing and acting like a D-bag extends to more than just gun rights. Generally, I feel like you should dress nicely, act politely, and do everything you can to put a kind face on whatever our cause might be. In the case of Open Carry Texas, I have mixed feelings. They’ve occasionally gotten it right, but they’ve occasionally gotten it wrong, too. We’re all fallible. Either way, they’re marching through the 5th Ward in Houston tomorrow. Or at least they were . . .

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New York City Paying $12.7m to Unaccountable Felons to Curb “Gun Violence”

“The recent spate of gun violence illustrates the need for programs such as the City Council’s cure violence initiative,” Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore) said in a press release celebrating New York City’s forthcoming $12.7m payout to most favored felons and known gang bangers (a.k.a., “violence interrupters”). “Our existing cure violence program has made strides in keeping our neighborhoods safe with trained violence interrupters, conflict mediation, credible messengers and other proven tools. The initiative is one of the many resources we have to defuse gun violence and other volatile situations, and I’m pleased that this City Council initiative will deliver additional resources to communities where they are needed. I will aggressively continue to work toward seeking solutions to gun violence in the community.” Yes, well . . .

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Open Carry at Meteor Crater – Know the Law

I was on a mission of mercy. A close friend needed a lady friend and her goods to be transported cross country. I found myself hauling a good-sized trailer on I-40, looking for a gas station with easy in and out. I stopped at Meteor Crater rest stop to give everyone a break. As I came out of the facility, I asked a gentleman who was uniformed as staff where the next truck stop was. He graciously told me that there was one at exit 255, about 20 miles further east. Then he said, “You are not supposed to have that here,” indicating the GLOCK on my hip . . .

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BREAKING: Ferguson, Missouri Police About to ID Officer Who Shot Unarmed Black Teen, Sparking Riots

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