Prosecutors Admit Decade-Long Relationship With Pulse Shooter’s Father Despite Terror Tip – The modern FBI is a critically flawed, startlingly dysfunctional operation . . .
Though former FBI Director James Comey painted Omar as a “lone wolf,” prosecutors say the attack was carried out in support of ISIS and that his wife was well aware of his plans. Salman admitted to lying to the FBI about it. She is now facing trial in Orlando for providing material support to a foreign terror organization. Police shot and killed Omar, ending the attack.
Defense attorneys say the FBI wanted to “implicate Noor Salman, rather than Seddique Mateen in order to avoid scrutiny of its own ineptitude with the latter,” Orlando’s News 6 reported.
Defense attorneys are seeking a mistrial based on the government’s actions surrounding the father. “If the Government had provided this information, the Defense would have investigated whether a tie existed between Seddique Mateen and his son, specifically whether Mateen’s father was involved in or had foreknowledge of the Pulse attack. ”
Never Again: Is gun control movement too white? – Yes, please keep pushing this narrative . . .
Is the new movement against gun violence that is sweeping America too white and too rich?
It’s a question hotly debated on social media as hundreds of thousands rallied on Saturday in support of the #NeverAgain campaign that emerged after 17 people were killed in a gun attack at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month.
Protesters are being accused of hypocrisy, as some ask why they didn’t turn out for the Black Lives Matter movement, which was set up in 2013 to end police violence against black people and highlight the impact of gun violence in ethnic minority communities.
New Jersey Assembly Approves Sweeping Gun Control Legislation – That’s an evergreen headline if ever there was one . . .
Two days after hundreds of thousands of people rallied across the world for more gun control, the New Jersey Assembly passed six bills to further toughen the state’s strict gun laws.
The bills require background checks for private gun sales, ban the sale of armor piercing ammunition, reduce the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, and codify regulations regarding handgun permits. The Assembly also passed a pair of bills that allow police to take firearms from people deemed to pose a threat to themselves or others.
Gov. Phil Murphy has pledged to sign the measures into law if they reach his desk. The bills must still clear the Senate before going to the Democratic governor.
The 2016 Chicago Homicide Spike – Explained – Huh. Would ya look at that . . .
Detailed regression analysis of the homicide (and related shooting) data strongly supports what visual observation suggests. Using monthly data from 2012 through 2016, we are able to control for such factors as temperature, homicides in other parts of Illinois, 9-1-1 calls (as a measure of police-citizen cooperation), and arrests for various types of crimes. Even controlling for these factors, our equations indicate that the steep decline in stop and frisks was strongly linked, at high levels of statistical significance, to the sharp increase in homicides (and other shooting crimes) in 2016.
We also explain why the possibly contrary experience with reductions in stop and frisks in New York City may be exceptional and inapplicable to Chicago and other cities. New York has comparatively low levels of gun violence—and stop and frisk tactics may be particularlyl important for deterring gun crimes.
We then qualitatively search for other possible factors that might be responsible for the Chicago homicide spike. For various reasons, none of these other candidates fit the data as well as the decline in stop and frisks. In addition, Bayesian Model Averaging (“BMA”) provide strong statistical evidence that our findings are robust in the sense that they are not due to inclusion or exclusion of any particular variables in our equations.
Lyman Products Voluntarily Issues Recall on Black Powder Rifles and Pistols – The discovery of a potential for separation in the breech plug has spurred the recall program . . .
Middletown, Conn. (March 2018) – Lyman® Products has voluntarily announced a product safety warning and recall notice on their black powder rifles and pistols due to the potential of separation in the breech plug. Lyman maintains a safety‐first approach, so despite finding only a few firearms affected and no reported injuries, Lyman is offering a recall program to have the issue corrected. Lyman regrets the inconvenience but remains committed to the safety of their customers.
The recall includes black powder rifles and pistols regardless of caliber including the following brands manufactured between March 1, 2017 to Dec. 22, 2017. Barrels with the serial number in the range of A595960 – A599025 are subject to this recall.
The NRA’s narrative about Maryland school shooting collapses – Somehow the tactical geniuses at Think Progress discount the fact that the RSO opening fire at the shooter — and hitting him — prevented him from shooting more innocents and prompted him to kill himself. Wonder why that is . . .
Six days after the National Rifle Association pointed to a school shooting in Maryland as an example of how guns save lives, the NRA’s spin fell apart.
The gun lobby argued that last week’s shooting was stopped by an armed school resource officer, proving that “good guys with guns” can prevent tragedies. But the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office confirmed on Monday night that the 17-year-old gunman who opened fire at Great Mills High School actually died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Texas man who allegedly had weapons stockpile in Boston-area hotel says he was on a classified mission – Not the brightest bulbs in the chandelier
A Texas man who was arrested Sunday after police said they found a weapons stockpile that included an AK-47, AR-15 and bump stock in his hotel room told investigators that he was on a classified government mission, The Lowell Sun reported.
Francho S. Bradley, 59, and Adrianne D. Jennings, 40, were taken into custody after Bradley called police to the hotel room to report that someone was breaking in. Police responded and found the weapons, the report said.
Bradley called the police while away from the room and informed authorities that he had a firearm in his hotel room.
School Gun Control Texas-Style – Don’t mess with Texas schools . . .
So what should we do to protect our schools?
One solution is to follow the example set by Texas.
Arguably, the deterrence factor is even more important. It shouldn’t take an academic study to prove that shooters are far less likely to target a school that will offer resistance. It’s commonsense. Those willing to shoot defenseless children are deranged, evil men, and the only thing such men respond to is force. They are cowards, and the prospect of return fire is the only thing likely to convince them to leave a school alone.
One way Texas does this is by allowing school districts to designate administrators and teachers who act as “guardians”. These guardians are allowed to carry concealed on campus. The identities of who these guardians are isn’t publicized. In fact, in most instances, their fellow teachers and administrators won’t even know. Think of them as the super heroes of the school. Mild-mannered teachers by day, guardians when needed.
The guns debate is a culture war. And young people will win it – Well, she’s half right . . .
A lot of us adults watching the march and the walkout felt hope for the first time in a long time, and not just because of the incredible signs. We saw a generation who is succeeding where we failed, an emerging new force that thinks differently and who is willing to take the power they democratically deserve.
I, for one, am ready to take my cues from this smart new America for whom creating change comes so easily. As Haider said to me when I asked why she protested, “Why wouldn’t I? It’s insane not to.”
From the mouths of babes.
This is what happens when you have pig-ignorant media types talking to pig-ignorant gun control activists, discussing topics about which neither has anything resembling a working knowledge:
CNN host Brian Stelter admits he let gun-control activist David Hogg get away with making false claims about firearms on his show “Reliable Sources.” pic.twitter.com/ykQZKMVPf1
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 27, 2018
Or maybe Stelter just didn’t give a damn because he agreed with the dumb kid.