Numerous people have criticized homeowners for having a gun in their hand or on their person when answering a door. I have always maintained that it is only prudent to do so. Home security systems can be very useful, of course. A standoff barrier, such as my old friend, Tex Ferguson, the highly decorated combat vet and intelligence operative used, works very well, as do surveillance cameras. Not everyone has such a system in place, or working, all the time. In any case, surveillance and standoff systems work best when backed up by armed force. I have reported numerous cases where armed homeowners prevailed against criminal attackers; and even a few cases where armed homeowners prevailed in court against police invaders. There are even a couple of rare cases where police officers have shot and killed homeowners, simply because the homeowner was armed . . .
Taylor Woolrich, a student at Darmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, has been victimized by a stalker since she was 16. You’d think that being a continent away from the man against whom she has a restraining order would provide some peace of mind, but Richard Bennett has been more than persistent. As foxnews.com reports, “Woolrich says he constantly harassed her during her first two years at Dartmouth, stalking her on social media and sending messages in which he ‘promised’ to fly across the country to see her at college.” Not wanting to find out how serious the 67-year-old creeper is about paying her a visit, she asked the ivory tower powers that be at Dartmouth for permission to carry a firearm . . .
I’ve been working on my overall level of fitness in anticipation of a fall biathlon in West Texas. The idea of being out of shape, a few hundred miles from home, in one of the hotter places in Texas is not something I’m ready to entertain. As part of my training, I picked up a Wahoo Fitness Heart Rate Monitor which transmits data over Bluetooth to my iPhone while I run. Not to get too far into a review of it, but I can program the app to give me updates during the run on pacing and heart rate which is super helpful for making sure that my training is effective . . .
Force Science News’ latest email blast links us to a UK study at scienceandjusticejournal.com: The ignitability of petrol vapours and potential for vapour phase explosion by use of TASER® law enforcement electronic control device. As we’re too cheap to purchase the study, and most of our readers possess a modicum common sense, I’ll give you Force Science’s best excerpt and put the abstract after the jump. “When the CEW discharged, the room was instantly engulfed in flames. In less than 1.5 seconds, heat at the officer’s head and hand level reached nearly 800 degrees Fahrenheit. ‘The police mannequin showed severe [burns] to about 20% total body surface area,’ the researchers report. (The dummy’s Kevlar vest tended to protect the chest area.) For the suspect mannequin, there was ‘almost 100%’ total body surface burned–’very probably fatal for a person if accompanied by inhalation injury.’” So now you know . . .
Sure, we’ve had our differences with Shannon Watts and her now-Bloomberg-owned Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America civilian disarmament org. Not to mention the euphemistically named Everytown for Gun Safety. But let no one say we don’t give credit where and when it’s due. Shannon has used a nice chunk of the $50 million Mayor Mike dedicated to making it harder for Americans to exercise their right to keep and bear arms to turn out this slickly-produced spot illustrating exactly why armed self defense is so important . . .
“Craig Sytsma left work Wednesday evening and went for a run along the shoulder of a rural road in Metamora Township in Lapeer County [MI],” freep.com reports. “A man mowing his lawn waved at Sytsma, a 46-year-old Livonia man, who politely waved back. The man said he continued mowing the lawn and the next time he saw Sytsma, he was in a nearby ditch being attacked by two loose dogs. ‘He yelled at the dogs,’ Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office Det. Sgt. Jason Parks said. ‘They would not release.’” The neighbor had a gun . . .
“Every time I go to the range to practice, I put the target on my garage so (thieves) know I know how to shoot.” – Baltmore resident Richard McCormick quoted in Baltimore supermarket swaps guns for groceries [at baltimoresun.com]
“(T)he Pennsylvania hospital gunfight is already being recounted at least by some gun owners as a telling anecdote about life in a heavily armed nation where 60 million people suffer from some kind of mental-health problem. For one thing, police are still trying to figure out why (Dr. Lee) Silverman was armed in the first place since bringing a gun to work is against the rules at the hospital.” – Patrick Jonsson in ‘Doctor shoots armed patient in Philly hospital: a gun rights case is born’ [at csmonitor.com]
Details of the defensive gun use at Philly’s Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital are now emerging. “A doctor with a semi-automatic gun and a caseworker who was “nothing short of heroic” were able to wound and then subdue an armed psychiatric patient after he had killed another caseworker and appeared intent of reloading and shooting more people in a Pennsylvania hospital, police said today.” abcnews.go.com says “The patient, Richard Plotts, 49, suddenly pulled a gun out of his waistband and shot his caseworker, Theresa Hunt, in the head at point blank range while inside psychiatrist Lee Silverman’s office for a scheduled appointment on Thursday. Hunt was killed instantly . . .
“I come back and they see me with a gun, and they run,” 80-year-old Long Beach homeowner Tom Greer told nbclosangeles.com, recalling a recent home invasion. The male robber escaped, but Greer shot his female accomplice. She fell in an alley behind his house. “She says, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m pregnant! I’m going to have a baby!’ And I shot her anyway,” Greer told the reporter. “She was dead. I shot her twice, she best be dead … (The man) had run off and left her.” You don’t have to be a prosecutor to see that Mr. Greer has given the state more than enough rope to hang him with. The threat was over when Greer fired his gun. And it seems Mr. Greer administered a coupe de grace to a pregnant woman pleading for her life. Now I’m not saying . . .
Don Natale writes:
I was wondering how the press would spin the doctor DGU in Pennsylvania. Well today I found out, they’re reporting intentionally ambiguous headlines of the format, “Gunfight erupts between doctor and patient…why God, why?”. From sfgate.com: ‘Cause sought for gunfight between patient, doctor’ (since changed). From our friends north of the border: ‘Gunfight breaks out between patient, doctor at Philadelphia hospital.” Then there’s the reliably anti-gun Star Tribune: “Authorities seek motive for gunfight between patient, psychiatrist at Pennsylvania hospital.” The Strib’s editor must have gone to J-school with the Washington Post’s headline writer: “Authorities search for motive in gunfight between psychiatric patient and doctor.” That’s pretty clever huh? . . .
Animal attacks are not recorded as defensive gun uses in most surveys. They’re never recorded as justifiable homicides. Still, defensive uses of guns against animals occur frequently. I was surprised to learn of the number of mountain lions that have been shot in defensive situations in Nebraska, the latest incident being a case in point. A man in near Chadron, Nebraska shot a mountain lion that was menacing young children near his residence. He grabbed a rifle and approached the animal, which refused to flee . . .