LA Times: Bob Owens Was Right. Handguns Without External Safeties And “Light Trigger Pulls” Increase the Probability Police Negligent Discharges

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You may recall that bearingarms.com blogger Bob Owens recently penned a post for latimes.com. Mr. Owens asserted that cops shouldn’t carry GLOCKs. “The underlying problem with these pistols is a short trigger pull and the lack of an external safety,” he wrote. Needless to say, a significant proportion of TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia begged to differ with Bob’s “blame the gun for negligent discharges” editorial. Hot on the heels of that debacle, and perhaps not coincidentally, the LA Times has published Rise in accidental gunshots by L.A. County deputies follows new firearm . . .
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Quote of the Day: It’s the Carpenter, Not the Tools Edition

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“The M&P has obvious benefits. It is easier to shoot accurately, can be fired more reliably under stress and is a better fit for people with small hands. The switch was prompted in part by the threat of a lawsuit by women who had failed the Sheriff’s Academy. More recruits — including more women — are now passing the firearms test, and veteran deputies are also logging better scores at the firing range.” – Cindy Chang in Rise in accidental gunshots by L.A. County deputies follows new firearm [at latimes.com]

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Kentucky Cop Shoots Flagpole-Wielding Attacker

“Moving to quell criticism of the fatal shooting of a black man by a Louisville Metro Policeofficer a day earlier, Police Chief Steve Conrad on Sunday released video of the incident and identified the officer involved,” usatoday.com reports. “Conrad said Officer Nathan Blanford acted in self-defense when he shot Deng Manyoun, whom the chief said had a ‘dangerous instrument.'” [Click on the link to see the full, unedited version of the video.] It seems clear enough that Officer Blanford acted in self-defense. Equally clear: race hustlers won’t gain traction on this one, despite their best/worst efforts. But it won’t be for lack of trying, as thedailybeast.com reports . . .

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BREAKING: Dallas Police HQ Attacked by Gunfire, Armored Van, Pipe Bombs

Someone in possession of an armored van opened fire at Dallas Police headquarters, damaging windows and hitting squad cars after midnight last night. Police returned fire and the van then drove off, ramming several cars along the way. Several pipe bombs were also found around the headquarters as well, one of which exploded. Dallas SWAT disabled the van with a .50 cal. rifle. As of 7:00AM EDT, the standoff continues in the suburb of Hutchins near the junction of I-20 and I-45, where there was apparently another gunfight . . .

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Note to Jon Stewart and Co.: Open Carry is Color Blind

In the video above, lame duck Daily Show host Jon Stewart takes on the controversy surrounding the now-infamous McKinney pool party video, where a police officer draws his weapon (and holsters it) while trying to control an out-of-control event. Stewart states that pool parties should be fun and involve “super soakers.” His black, body armor-wearing “correspondent” pretends to be shocked. “A water gun at a Texas pool party?” she replies . . .

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Policing In Kalamazoo – Doing it Right?

Kalamazoo Public Safety Lt. Christopher Franks (courtesy mlive.com)

Republished with permission from forcescience.org:

For a heart-stopping moment during his foot pursuit of an ADW suspect, a gang member with a long history of violence, Ofcr. Rick McCall was a sitting duck. His gunbelt hung up as he tried to scale a wobbly chain-link fence, pinning him at the top. The suspect lay on the ground 5 ft. below, having fallen when he cleared the wire. Looking up at the officer, he grabbed the butt of a semiautomatic and pulled it from his waistband . . .

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CAA Creates a GLOCK “Smart Gun”

Sec-ubit (courtesy commandarms.com)

The good folks at CAA have created a device that slots into your GLOCK’s grip that records the exact date and time of any shots fired, the time between shots (split time) and the rate of fire. The information is easily downloaded onto an Android smart phone or PC. CAA’s press release (after the jump) pitches the Secubit GSC Gun Shot counter as a helpful training device for shooters who want to “maintain a complete record of shot counts for pistol maintenance and personal performance levels.” The obvious, unstated application: police accountability. What are the odds the Boys in Blue will agree to implement this technological advance? On the other hand, how long before New Jersey makes them mandatory with a fine for tampering? . . .

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NY Post: “You’re 45% more likely to be murdered in de Blasio’s Manhattan”

Crime scene, the Bronx  (courtesy nytimes.com)

Talk about misleading. First of all, who is the “you” of whom they speak? Methinks the people shooting and being shot in Manhattan aren’t the kind of people who matter – in the mainstream media scheme of things. Odds are they’re part of the city’s gang/drug trade, which employs (if that’s the right word) tens of thousands of people and generates tens of millions of dollars in revenue. More than that, this seemingly staggering increase in homicides is a [headline grabbing] percentage increase of a small number. Here are the stats . . .

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Boston Police Targeting Toy Guns

“Police plan to target replica guns and the inappropriate use of scooters, mopeds, and off-road vehicles to keep Boston streets safe from violence this summer,” bostonglobe.com reports. “Commissioner William B. Evans revealed his plan as Boston approaches the Memorial Day weekend with 11 homicides on record for the year.” Wait. What? Surely that’s not the BPD’s answer to Beantown’s “gun violence”? Don’t call me Shirley and check it out . . .

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Quote of the Day: Say Cheeeeeeese Edition

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“The Kansas City, KS Police Department became aware of the photos depicting officers posing with patrol rifles in front of a stop sign thru social media late yesterday. The photos are disappointing and inappropriate. The Police Department has spent a great deal of time building relationships with the community in order to strengthen the confidence and trust they have our officers. We hope the actions of these two officers will be viewed as poor judgement and will not take away from the good work being done every day by members of the Kansas City, KS Police.” – Statement from the Kansas City (KS) police department in Police under fire after posing with guns for pics near “cops stop murdering” graffiti [at fox4kc.com]

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More Questions About Waco Biker Brawl

“Despite the characterization by police that the afternoon gathering at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas that led to Sunday’s bloody shooting incident was a gathering of criminal biker gangs with violent intent, the meeting appears to have been a legitimate, organized gathering of motorcycle riders meeting to discuss political issues,” brietbart.com reports. ” The group that met was the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoC&I) and a look at that group’s website and history gives a very different impression of the group’s purpose and goals than what has been said repeatedly by Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.” In other words, the gathering was not a planned confrontation. This fact adds some weight to rumors surrounding the police’s response to the violence, specifically . . .

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