Mehserle/Grant blog fallout

Like nearly everyone else, Colorlines questions the verdict: Oscar Grant Verdict: What’s Inside the Jury’s Ruling The awkward ruling, which came after just under nine hours of deliberation, appears to both accept the defense case that Mehserle pulled his gun on accident and reject it, by adding a sentencing enhancement to the conviction for intentionally […]

Much Ado About 1911

I feel thoroughly humbled after reading this article from Salon’s War Room, poking fun at a 9.12 Project event. First, here’s the real invite to a 912 member: Dear Tampa 912 Member, Please join us at the Alfano Conference and Banquet Center on Tuesday, June 29th at 6:30 pm for a meet & greet and 7pm […]

NYC: Safe at Last?

I find David Brooks one of the least convincing op-ed writers around, but I have to admit that he is a lot more sly than most conservatives. In this column, Brooks earnestly sells the new-found safety of The Big Apple: Today you can walk around the Upper West Side of Manhattan in such ease and […]

Arlen Specter Under the Gun

Back home in PA, Senator Arlen Specter is running neck and neck with Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary. According to Washington Post reporter Greg Sargent, the Kansas-born Specter, “is highlighting his vote against the assault weapons ban in the 90s and calling Sestak out for his ‘F’ rating from the NRA.” But Specter is only […]

For want of a pin …

Here’s another story (via The Baltimore Sun) about a criminal going free on technicalities, and an unlucky citizen suffering as a result. “Michael R. Hunter Jr. pleaded guilty to having a .22-caliber revolver loaded with five bullets tucked in his waistband while walking along a city street on the evening of Oct. 25. Two Baltimore […]

Zen and the Brain Chemistry of Hitting A Target With A Bullet

Discover Magazine’s recent article “The Brain Why Athletes Are Geniuses” reinforces what I’ve heard before: great athletes are body geniuses. “Even a sport as seemingly straightforward as pistol shooting is surprisingly complex,” author Carl Zimmer declaims. “A marksman just points his weapon and fires, and yet each shot calls for many rapid decisions, such as […]

Baltimore Public “Saftey” vs Budget Cuts

That Ashtabula judge is not the only one trying to invoke public safety to keep his budget intact. The Fraternal Order of Police planned to hold a rally last Monday and march on Baltimore City Hall. Now is the time to Unite and Stand with your fellow Police Officers and Firefighters and let the Mayor […]

Off-duty Officer Carjacked

I encountered this in the crime section of today’s Baltimore Sun: Off-duty D.C. police officer carjacked. “The 44-year-old officer told police he was driving home on Harford Road and East 25th Street at about 11:40 p.m. when a woman stepped in front of his car and a man armed with a handgun ordered him out […]

Editorial: Arm This

The AP reports that “In the ongoing financial crisis in Ashtabula County [the largest county by area in Ohio], the Sheriff’s Department has been cut from 112 to 49 deputies. With deputies assigned to transport prisoners, serve warrants and other duties, only one patrol car is assigned to patrol the entire county of 720 square […]

Editorial: Ammo Sapiens

As some of you may have noticed, I am not any sort of expert on guns. In the late 1970s, I shot a rifle, probably a .22, for about an hour at a strictly-monitored scout range. My brothers were scouts and webelos, and my Dad was a scoutmaster, so they brought me along as a […]