“A 36-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday night while he was attempting to rob an elderly couple outside a Northwest Dallas grocery store, police say.” I’m sorry, what was that? Two people who had just finished their grocery shopping were victimized by an armed attacker? But we thought people doing their marketing only want #GroceriesNotGuns. It’s a good thing 71-year-old Ronnie Lummus doesn’t pay attention to hoplophobic harpies and was toting a shootin’ iron. “The man knocked the woman to the ground and tried to rob her. The woman’s husband, 71-year-old Ronnie Lummus, pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the man as he was attempting to flee in his car. The man got in his car but died before fleeing, police said.” . . .
One of the most infuriating aspects of the Sand Hook Elementary School massacre: the information blackout in its immediate aftermath. The cynical amongst you might say that the results of the investigation into the tragedy were delayed long enough for Governor Malloy and his boyz to ram through gun control laws – despite the fact that none of the new laws – not one of them – would have prevented Adam Lanza’s heinous crime. Key details of the police response (e.g. their delayed entry into the school) were withheld from the public. The crime scene was literally bulldozed before experts could use it to learn lessons for future attacks. And now, almost two years later, we note that the school’s active shooter plan was fatally flawed. Literally . . .
By Jon Y.
I am currently spending this week looking after my parents’ house in southern New Mexico. Yesterday afternoon, when I went out to get dinner, there was a very small, very young rattlesnake sunning itself on the walkway. It was only six to eight inches long and it probably only had one rattle on it’s tail since it made a sound almost like a loud bumblebee or a vibrating phone. Had it not started rattling, I very possibly could have stepped on it, which would have been very bad for business on both ends of the deal. My initial confusion (What’s that buzzing sound?) turned quickly to excitement (Oh wow, a snake!) and then almost immediately again to absolute terror (Wait… the snake is the one buzzing. Oh shhiii..) . . .
Look in the dictionary as of October 25, 2014 under “courage,” and should find a photo of Megan Silberberger. I include no photo of Silberberger out of respect for her dedication to her students and her selflessness, and to spare her unnecessary harassment. Silberberger is a first-year social studies teacher at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. When a freshman student–who would like his name to be mentioned here–shot and killed one student and badly wounded four others, on Friday, October 24, 2014, he stopped to reload. A student witness described her actions:
According to kirotv.com, Washingtonian Hans Hansen’s “cabinet business had failed and he’d been evicted from a Granite Falls industrial park. He has a vascular disease and one of his legs must be amputated soon. He expects to lose his house in January because he hasn’t been able to pay the mortgage. His wife sent him an upsetting text message. He started drinking. Hansen decided to gather several guns that he owned and go to several locations where police might be ‘so he could fire at cars and buildings and engage the police in a gunfight and be killed.'” Nope. Not happening . . .
According to reports at yahoo.com Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spend 15 minutes in a closet as a gun battle raged outside the caucus room he was in. “Harper initially sought to escape the room through a side door, but was urged to stay put. ‘Someone knew there was a closet there, so they stuck him in there,’ a source told the Globe & Mail.” How did the rest of the MPs prepare to defend themselves? “Several Tory MPs began fashioning spears out of flagpoles to protect themselves. ‘These guys were up there holding these spears ready to impale anyone who came in,’ the source said. News images of the frantic scene also showed antique tables and green leather chairs stacked against the door as a barricade against the gunman.” Perhaps a few Canuck legislators will consider concealed carry as a more robust personal defense choice in the future. And extending that option to all Canadians wouldn’t go amiss either.
Those of you who don’t live in south Texas or the southwest in general are really missing out on some good Mexican food. More specifically, good Tex-Mex. There’s nothing quite like breakfast tacos on an early Saturday morning. My favorite being barbacoa with an icy cold Big Red. And yes, this is a going to be about guns. I’m getting there . . .
I would lay odds that the retired RCMP officer used a Smith & Wesson 5946 in 9mm. They come with 15-round magazines. I doubt that the RCMP used the politically correct 10-rounders. If you look at the video above, you can see the characteristic outline with the ejection port and the telltale stainless finish . . .
There are times when there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself against a criminal attack. Cab drivers who find themselves with a gun against their neck are well advised to comply with the robber’s demands. By the same token, if you’re alone in a pizza parlor and two armed men storm in, point guns at you and demand money, what are you going to do? Give them the money – and hope they leave without physically assaulting you. But at no point should you “give up.” At every point you should be looking for an opportunity to escape, evade and/or attack. You should assume the criminals will attack you even if you comply. To wit . . .
I’m a HUGE proponent of keeping an emergency medical kit and/or a bugout bag in your car. Terrible things happen all the time, and being prepared to meet any challenge is part of staying alive. It’s the same mentality that keeps me tooling up with a 1911 every morning. It looks like Brownells is trying to cash in on the Ebola epidemic by offering a slightly upgraded version of their existing first aid kit with some extra gubbins, and while I prefer rolling my own it’s not half bad. Presser after the jump . . .
In July, 57-year-old Brian D. Murphy defended himself against a charging grizzly in Glacier National Park. The case is interesting for a number of reasons. Two months after the attack, Murphy was charged with discharging a firearm in the park, a misdemeanor that carries a $500 fine. On October 9, a motion to dismiss the charge was put forward by the U.S. Attorney’s Office after Murphy’s attorney said that they would raise the defense of self-defense. Judge Keith Strong granted the motion last Thursday.
As Irving Kristol once quipped, a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged by reality. Well, reality made an appearance on the streets of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania last night when two state House members — Rep. Marty Flynn, (D) Lackawanna, and the delightfully named Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, (D) Erie — were walking home after a late dinner. As post-gazette.com reports, “(T)hey were approached by a man who pointed a gun at them and demanded their wallets” . . .