Fact vs. Narrative in the Trayvon Martin Case

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With the third anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin (2/26/12) coinciding with the exit from office of Attorney General Eric Holder, this is a good time to review the facts — not the narrative fantasies — of the Trayvon Martin case. As a result of this case and others, Mr. Holder plans to argue that federal law should employ a lesser standard than is currently the practice in civil rights cases, so that worthy “social justice” principles might be vindicated. The rule of law and outmoded concepts like “proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” or producing actual evidence that fulfills the necessary elements of crimes must be changed or ignored so that “white Hispanics” like George Zimmerman may be prosecuted regardless of the law and the facts . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Speed, Surprise and Violence of Action!

“Even the unarmed folk in Brazil are fighting back,” the liveleak.com caption asserts. “As two bandits arrive on their motorbike, one steps off brandishing a gun, and is immediately attacked by his intended victim. Although he appears to get a shot or two off, he retreats and makes a run for it, with our intended victim appearing to be none-the-worse.” And there you have it: go all-in as early as you can. If you’re armed – and we certainly hope you are – don’t necessarily go for your gun at first. That is all.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Cafe Brandishing

Monday morning quarterbacking a defensive gun use is a fool’s game. As long as the good guy wins and the bad guy or guys lose, result! Even so, we can learn from these videos. What to do. What not to do. Best practices. What’s your take on this contretemps? What did the gun owner do right and what did she do wrong? I’ll just say this: . . .

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How I Learned Never to Assume Anyone Is Unarmed

Reader Judie writes:

I look out the only pane of glass near me that isn’t bulletproof. I’m aware of the K9 officer and his German Shepard sticking close to the triage desk as I take in what small parts of the sky I can see through forty story skyscrapers. The dog is the only one disinterested as I and the rest of the hospital’s “unarmed” security force digest the latest radio call. Local PD/Highway Patrol had just called in to notify us that some thirty or so members of a known biker gang were trailing an incoming ambulance . . .

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Everytown for Gun Safety: Guns Don’t Stop Rape

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I’ve scheduled a post tomorrow on how to frame the argument that gun control advocates can’t win: guns stop rape. Ahead of that piece, I’d like to point out that the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex is up in arms about today’s quote of the day from Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore. Ms. Fiore said “If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them.” Bilious billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s mob, Everytown for Gun Safety, sent out an email blast today claiming, “This grotesque display of opportunism is beyond the pale.” Irony: the bloody shirt-wavers in the gun grabbing biz don’t do it. Here’s the reasoning behind their claim that guns don’t stop rape. Well, most rape . . .

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Real Power And Choice

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Recently, Dan asked an interesting and important question: Is self-defense a human invention or is it God-given? If there is no right to self-defense, there is surely no right to the implements necessary to exercise that right, no right to keep and bear arms. If that’s the case, we live, essentially, in a state of nature, where, as Thomas Hobbes wrote in Leviathan (1651), life is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” Anything large and vicious enough to take life may do so and . . .

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This Is What Happens To A Disarmed TV Crew: They Get Mugged

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“Reporter Tara Moriarty and camera operator Keith Crook were reporting from World’s Fare Donuts at 20800 Hesperian Boulevard west of Interstate 880,” sfgate.com reports. “The restaurant is the home of many lottery winners, and the two had been doing live shots earlier in the morning about the Powerball jackpot, which is approaching $500 million. Moriarty and Crook had just finished a live shot at the donut shop about 6:40 a.m. and were walking back to the news truck when they were confronted by two men in masks.” The crew quickly realized that the men weren’t live TV photobombers . . .

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It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Dominos Driver Rape Edition

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“It is unthinkable that something like this could happen to an innocent woman, simply trying to earn a living.” Really? That’s Domino’s spokesman Tim McIntyre talking about the weekend’s broad daylight rape of a 22-year-old delivery woman in Antioch, California. Tim must be really busy, because it’s actually not that unthinkable. If he had the time to explore the wonder that is Google, he’d find no shortage of robberies, assaults and rapes of the pizza purveyor’s drivers . . .

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[Another] Local TV Reporter Can’t Use the Word “Gun” When Dispensing Home Invasion Advice

Local TV news loves them some home invasions. The subject’s a ratings winners fer sher. Over the course of the last six months, I’ve seen a dozen of these “what to do in a home invasion” local reports. This one is particularly annoying. Nebraska police officer Jason Bettin advises viewers to “flee, comply or resist.” Yes, but … the report clearly suggests that it’s a sequential hierarchy . . .

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Self-Defense Tip: Block!

I don’t know the backstory to this one. The aggressor has a South African accent and claims the security guard pepper sprayed his kid. Other than that I got nothing. Save this: the security guard did the right thing by using the van as a blocking device. I used this same technique to avoid getting hit by an RPG once. (Brian! Give me back my damn keyboard!) This is a particularly useful technique when  . . .

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Incendiary Image of the Day: University of South Carolina Lockdown

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The above photo (and another after the jump) shows a classroom at University of South Carolina, tweeted by journalist Jason Cook. The image was taken sometime after “A professor at the University of South Carolina’s public health division was gunned down in a campus building in what authorities say was a murder-suicide that locked down most of the campus for several hours.” thestate.com goes on to report that . . .

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