The [Invisible] Gangs of New Jersey

In the documentary above, Camden community members identify poverty and the lack of legal economic opportunity as the root cause of their city’s firearms-related homicides. But the idea that “easy access” to guns fuels the city’s firearms-related fatalities is never far from their lips. “You can’t pack a gun on a field,” a baseball coach points out. There’s a quick interview and intervention interaction with a handsome criminal, but the report singularly fails to address the amphetamine-crazed 800-pound gorilla in the room: Camden’s ultra-violent gangs. Specifically, the Bloods, the Latin Kings, Los Nietos and MS-13. Who will get guns no matter what. “Block by block, you can take the city back,” a Camden cop opines. Over the gangs’ dead bodies.

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Sunday Book Review: The Dog Stars

Aside from the gun nut thing, and much like our boy Leghorn, my other interests outside of work include aviation. According to my parents, my first full sentence was, “I see it!” while pointing to the sky at a passing plane. Like the gun thing, it is an open secret at work that I’ve got a soft spot for airplanes. Knowing this, one of my coworkers recommended that I read The Dog Stars because, “Its about a pilot and a gun nut living at an airport in a post apocalyptic world near Denver. Right up your alley.” He wasn’t wrong about my enjoyment of The Dog Stars, but not for the reasons he assumed . . .

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Defensive Gun Use of the Day: GA Woman Shoots Burglar, Serves Snacks to Police

Suspect Jaime Lewis

When you are an elderly woman, you are likely to have more leeway in how you interact with criminals. It’s partly a matter of being more vulnerable and partly a matter of the statistics reinforcing the stereotype that women are less aggressive than men. In Georgia, 73-year-old Hilda Douglas shot an intruder through her bedroom door, after he had broken into the house. She heard the doorbell ring a little before 10pm, but didn’t answer. Douglas saw a truck parked in the middle of an intersection, and called 911 . . .

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Huey P. Newton Gun Club Holds Dallas Open Carry Rally

Some 30 African-Americans marched through the streets of South Dallas, Texas on Wednesday. According to myfoxdfw.comThe Huey P. Newton Gun Club “said the show of force served as a reminder of the right to bear arms to protect themselves from criminals and from police.” (Press release after the jump.) “They are trying to protect the community,” said Jacey Cofer with Mothers Against Teen Violence. Wow! A Mother Against group that’s for guns. Now you’re talking! The march had at least one tense moment . . .

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Officer Darren Wilson May Have Suffered Post-Concussion Syndrome

Officer Darren Wilson (courtesy hinterlandgazette.com)

We now know that teenager Michael Brown punched Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson hard enough to inflict a fractured eye socket. Police sources told foxnews.com that Wilson was “nearly beaten unconscious by Brown.” In all likelihood, Wilson’s injuries caused a concussion. A brain injury. Which means Wilson may have been suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome when he opened fire on Brown. “The condition is associated with a wide range of symptoms,” wikipedia reports, “physical, such as headache; cognitive, such as difficulty concentrating; and emotional and behavioral, such as irritability.” Substitute the word “aggression” for “irritability.” injuryresrouces.com describes the after-effects of traumtic brain injury (TBI) this way . . .

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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

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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

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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?

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