Washington, D.C. has some of the nation’s most prohibitive gun laws. The District’s civilian disarmament code is so strict, and its application so Byzantine, that law-abiding citizens must wade through months of bureaucratic sewage and pay many hundreds of dollars before they’re allowed to exercise their right to bear arms in self-defense. Washington Times journalist Emily Miller has basically made a career of lampooning DC’s obscene gun regulations, but she’s actually one of the lucky few who made it through the administrative gauntlet. As a result, there are no civilian CCW permits and barely 40,000 legally-owned firearms among the entire District’s population of just over 630,000. And 103 people have been murdered so far in 2013, for a murder rate of 16.3 per 100,000. Meanwhile, out on the left coast . . .
Theodore Wafer, 54, is to be charged with 2nd-degree murder, manslaughter, and a firearm charge for shooting 19 year-old Renisha McBride in the face with a shotgun on November 2nd, prosecutors announced today. Wafer is expected to turn himself in today to formally answer the charges. This case has drawn accusations of racial profiling, along with inevitable (but utterly baseless) comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case. ‘Stand Your Ground’ and ‘Castle Doctrine’ laws will play no part in this case at all . . .
As the father of a recently-minted teen and a (relatively) recently-divorced OFWG, my social life is a little on the thin side. Between budgeting for school uniforms, paying bills and working my Alice B. Tookus off, “Date Night” is a rare pleasure. When I get a night on the town with my girlfriend, it’s got to be something special. When asked about the evening’s agenda, My Lady Fair requested we dine at a local establishment that’s a bit geographically-challenged. Translation: it’s in a bad part of town. As I’ve noted elsewhere here on TTAG, just this past week, two men were shot in a well-lit, well-patrolled parking garage in a relatively safe part of my home town. Not good . . .
If you’re in Amarillo, the weekend’s sensational tabloid-esque story du jour was all about the murder of “troubled” real estate developer Paul Gillette’s wife Sherri, at the hands of Gillette himself. First reports trickling out had Gillette shooting his wife, possibly in front of his kids, and police discovering her body as the kids tried to revive her, with Gillette sitting nearby, waiting for the cops. Some of this is inaccurate, according to revised reports in the local rags.
If you’re a regular reader of TTAG, you know me as a writer, columnist, and frequent commenter on other’s posts. If you know me personally, you may see me in different roles: father, son, musician, entrepreneur, programmer, graphic artist, animator. Last night, I added a new role, a role that I don’t know that I’m prepared to play. Suicide prevention counselor.
Or something like that. This story from the NY Daily News recounts the pertinent info, and dances carefully down a line between titillation and politically-incorrect positions. The pertinent facts are these – a woman got into an argument with her estranged significant other, killed her, went to another location where she shot some relatives, took a child hostage, and ran. The boys in blue arrested her, freed the child, and had the DA charge her with two counts of murder, kidnapping, and assault. Her body count stands at two – her former lover and her uncle. She also shot her grandfather in the leg.
Unless you’ve had your head buried in the the sand, you’ve likely heard about the little law they passed way out West in Arizona. WHAT you’ve heard depends on where you get your news. If you listen to ABC/CBS/NBC/CNBC/MSNBC or read most daily newspapers, you’ve heard that a bunch of bigoted, narrow-minded, provincial, pig-headed, anti-poor, anti-immigrant yahoos passed a law that will force a bunch of jack-booted thugs in police uniforms to racially profile, round up, beat the crap out of and then deport a host of honest, hard-working undocumented aliens, who are guilty only of wanting the same things you and I want. If, on the other hand, you get your news and information from Fox or Talk Radio, you will have heard that Arizona has passed a law that will force the United States to enforce it’s very own Constitution, treating illegal aliens as . . . well . . . illegal. As always, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.