With all this talk about “gun violence” the fact that suicides account for some two-thirds of all firearms-related homicides is often forgotten. Given the “stopping power” of the .9mm handgun, I guess it’s a good thing that the caliber continues to enjoy popularity. Anyway, here’s a round-up of the latest .9mm crime stories, a .9mm defensive gun use and one tale of .9mm fun at the range . . .
Retired Correction officer fatally shoots unleashed pit bull who charged at his two pooches – “He was walking his pets at about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday when an unleashed pit bull came rushing up to them near Beach 52nd St. and the boardwalk in Far Rockaway, cops said. The [dogs] attacked Van Williams’ pets and, when he tried to intervene, he was bitten on his fingers. He also suffered cuts on his knee and forehead in the tussle. Van Williams fired a shot from his licensed .9mm handgun and then called 911. He later argued with the dead dog’s owner, Shatasia Tisdale, 25, about the pet being unleashed.”
Police: Pa. man jailed for shooting pistol at teen – “According to Pennsylvania State Police, Joseph Samek, 24, got into an argument with a 17-year-old male at his mobile park home in North Beaver Twp. As the teen was leaving Samek’s home, Samek fired a .9mm caliber pistol at him, narrowly missing him but hitting the teen’s car.”
Suspect indicted for murder in Irondale homicide – “Morgan also is charged by Birmingham police in a March 26 [incident]. In that case, documents show, Morgan shot another man during the course of a robbery of $500. He also is charged with being in possession of an altered Ruger9C .9mm weapon.”
Davenport man indicted on federal drug, gun charges – “Police also found digital scales, packaging material for distribution, marijuana wax and remnants of butane honey oil. Of the more than 800 plants, 61 were hung in a drying room, ready to be processed. During a search of Manning’s home, police found a .9mm Springfield XDM handgun and marijuana. Manning is a convicted felon and is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm.”
9mm: The Best Round for Personal Defense? – [comment underneath post] – “I have every caliber discussed here and in the urban area where I live I carry a .9mm and what it is loaded with is a big part of the solution. I have also been in two shootings. Where that first round goes matters more than anything else.”
8 bullets pumped into singer, brother-in-law prime suspect – “Meanwhile, forensic examinations revealed that the two assailants fired eight bullets from point blank range at Dahiya from two different weapons of .9mm and .32 bores. One bullet hit the singer in the centre of her chest, while rest were peppered across her head and neck.
Shooting range seeks to make guns ‘mainstream’ – “For me it’s stress relief,” said Algan, who is married and the father of four daughters under 6 years old. Down the hall, Ken Fearon, 31, a pool technician from Hackensack, was finishing up a session in which he fired his .9mm Glock pistol. “We had a short day at work today,” said Fearon, who brought a colleague, Omar Miller, 30, of Paterson, who had never fired a gun before. “To me, this is recreation,” Fearon said. “It’s like a sport. It’s just for fun.”