Southwest Middle School in Lakeland, Florida was placed on lockdown for two hours Thursday morning after a student reported seeing a man waving a gun and another reported seeing him jump the fence surrounding the campus. School resource officers notified other officers, and eventually approximately 25 police officers, K-9 units, detectives, tactical officers and sheriff’s deputies were on the scene. After a search found a BB gun in a residential backyard behind the school, police spoke to a man inside the house who admitted being in his backyard with the gun. . .
and shooting at squirrels, but said he never pointed it at the students or jumped the fence. Police reinterviewed the student witnesses and say they now think the man never crossed the fence or posed any danger. I don’t blame the cops, because at this point they can’t not respond. I blame the hoplophobic adults who have taught the children under their care to be afraid of their own shadows. Well, them, and the cops wearing balaclavas. Because seriously.
A Coralville, Iowa burglary was thwarted by a gun-toting homeowner Wednesday evening. It seems that the homeowner caught 22-year-old James L. Travis, Jr., dressed in black and wearing a black stocking cap inside his car and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. No one will be surprised to learn that the would-be burglar has two prior burglary convictions from waaaay back in October of this year. In an interesting twist, property records show the homeowner is Quint Meyerdirk, a Johnson County public defender. Meyerkirk has never represented Travis according to online court information. Of course, despite the homeowners actions being completely legal, the police recommend citizens not take matters into their own hands. “We do not encourage people to take enforcement action,” said Coralville Police Chief Barry Bedford.
San Jose, California will hold its first gun buy-up in 18 years on December 14th, the anniversary of Sandy Hook. Several local muckety-mucks including the Santa Clara County DA and acting Police Chief announced they would be raising money for the gun buy-up after a couple of “successful” events organized by Santa Clara County doled out $175,000 to collect over 1700 guns in March. The county DA said, “We here in San Jose are not going to stand for guns being in the wrong hands.” Somehow I think voluntary turn-ins are not the most effective method the District Attorney could be employing to reach those ends. I wonder how many cases his office has reduced charges on or plead out in order to “get a win” rather than going to the expense and hassle of a trial.
The Port Charlotte (Florida) Town Centre Mall was locked down Monday after police received reports of a man carrying a handgun near the mall’s J.C. Penney store. Several nearby schools were also locked down for about an hour along with the mall while deputies searched the facility. Police were unable to find a man with a gun or see anyone carrying a gun on security camera footage. After an extensive search, deputies located the man, who was discovered to be a waiter at a local restaurant who was carrying his folded-up apron around the mall with him. I… don’t even have the words. Fill them in yourself while I pour another drink.
Hickok45 gives his (brief) thoughts on the “leaving your magazines loaded” debate, which really ought not to be a debate any longer.
He’s also a hell of a woodcarver.