Not Mexico, not Gaza, not Afghanistan . . .
The five suspects accused of abusing 11 children at a New Mexico compound were training them to commit school shootings, prosecutors said Wednesday.
If the defendants were to “be released from custody, there is a substantial likelihood defendants may commit new crimes due to their planning and preparation for future school shootings,” according to the court filings.
The complaints did not provide further details about the alleged training.
Allegations against the suspects come in the wake of the discovery that 11 starving children had been living in a filthy compound in Amalia, New Mexico, that lacked electricity or plumbing.
Chicago officials make plea to shooters after deadly weekend: ‘Get your buddies to put down the guns’
Hizzoner’s big idea: beg Chicago’s gangs to stop shooting each other . . .
Chicago officials called on community members to hold shooters and gangs responsible after a violent weekend left at least 12 dead in shootings across the city.
“Somebody knows who did it,” the mayor said after at least 66 people were shot since Friday. “These individuals out here in the street need to stop pulling the trigger … where is the accountability for them?”
Horrible . . .
A young man with Down’s Syndrome and autism has died after being shot by police in Sweden while carrying a toy gun.
Local media reported that Eric Torell, 20, was shot by officers in Stockholm in response to what they described as a “threatening situation” in the early hours of Thursday morning.
He had been reported missing by his family after disappearing from his home hours earlier and was carrying the toy gun, which had been a gift.
Some people are simply too stupid to be allowed to operate without adult supervision . . .
“It was about me calling his bluff,” Arenas said. “You say you’re going to shoot me? Fine, I’ll bring you the guns to do it.”
Crittenton pulled out a loaded gun and pointed it at Arenas, scaring the other players in the locker room. The rest of the team ran and left Arenas and Crittenton alone in the locker room.
After the incident, Commissioner David Stern suspended both players for the remainder of the 2009 season. Arenas and Crittenton later pled guilty to misdemeaner weapons charges and were sentenced to probation.
Crittenton never ended up playing in the NBA again and pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in 2015. He is serving a 23-year prison sentence for killing a mother of four in a 2011 gang-related shooting.
Rubber bands, too? . . .
The ordinance acknowledges that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the rights of citizens to own and carry firearms, however it states, “because neither a ‘bump stock’ nor a ‘trigger crank’ is a firearm, they are not constitutionally protected.”
The full city council would have to approve the ordinance banning the bump stock and other gun accessories in order to go into effect.
If passed, the draft ordinance states it would be declared unlawful for any person to be in possession of the gun enhancements, and those found guilty would face misdemeanor charges.
Now that I’ve graduated from the University of Louisville, I can finally arm myself on campus! 🤪 Come and take it!!! 😤😤😤 pic.twitter.com/XV7zSRyyUn
— Johnny Tomato Seed✨ (@IsARealGal) August 6, 2018
These pics should be a fun topic in the criminal justice major’s future job interviews . . .
The photos of (Haley) Davis posing with the sex toy, sans context, are humorous, but she told HuffPost that she took them to satirize another graduation photo from this year that also went viral.
In May, Kent State University graduate Kaitlin Bennett posted an image of herself in front of her university’s sign with a rifle affixed to her back and a cap that read, “Come and take it.”
Bennett’s post said that she “should have been” able to carry a gun on her campus but wasn’t allowed to.
Davis told HuffPost that she wasn’t “enraged” by Bennett’s post, but that she did think, “Dang, this girl takes things too seriously” and that “bringing an assault rifle to the campus is in poor taste.” Those thoughts led her to recreate the photos herself.
Now that the restraining order is in place, the Los Angeles Times discovers that 3D guns aren’t quite so terrifying . . .
From skimming news stories, you’d think the State Department settlement had suddenly made available these digital source files. Actually, they have been legally obtainable on the open web for years via the Internet Archive, and in other digital media, like USB drives and DVDs. All the settlement did was allow Defense Distributed to host these files at its own URL.
It’s also deceptive to suggest that criminals can take their homebrew guns through metal detectors. Only a fully plastic gun is undetectable; but a fully plastic gun is dangerously fragile and unusable after the first shot. And even an all-plastic gun requires metal bullets. (For what it’s worth, it has long been illegal to manufacture an undetectable gun.)
Then there’s the assertion that 3-D printed guns are “untraceable,” meaning they lack a serial number tying them to a specific manufacturer and retail transaction. But there’s no law against making such a weapon for personal use. Furthermore, the benefits of gun tracing have been vastly oversold. Canada shut down their national long-gun registry because it was too expensive and didn’t have a clear effect on crime rates.
Finally, with the exception of the all-plastic single-shot Liberator pistol, the “guns” one would make from the DEFCAD.com files are not, in fact, “fully functional guns,” but parts, which one must then combine with other parts that have long been freely available for purchase online. (Unlike the classic rifles and revolvers of the Old West, modern guns are designed to be taken apart and customized or upgraded by amateurs.)