Orders of protection are about as protective as the paper they’re written on . . . KSP: Man Killed At Home Of Ex-Girlfriend After EPO Filed
A Clay County man was shot and killed at the home of his ex-girlfriend Tuesday morning.
According to Kentucky State Police, a man was shot and killed after he showed up to his ex-girlfriend’s home on Highway 2467. Kentucky State Police also confirm that an explosive device was found in the man’s truck. That was later identified to be a legal firework. A bomb technician was called to the scene.
Jody M. Sevier was the victim in Tuesday’s shooting. Police say that Sevier was shot at his ex’s home by Matthew Caldwell.
I’m not sure that “victim” means what lex18.com thinks it means in this case.
The New York Times finally discovers “swatting” is a problem now that a Democrat Congresswoman has been swatted . . . When a SWAT Team Comes to Your House
After she introduced the bill, Ms. Clark herself was the victim of swatting. She was watching TV with her husband when police cars pulled up to her house; when she walked outside, she saw officers with long guns on the lawn. Even though she knew all about swatting, she felt a “moment of terror about what was unfolding.”
For the majority of victims, who have never heard of swatting before, the experience can be confusing and chaotic. “Because the homeowners know things are safe in their house, they don’t understand who they are seeing outside their windows,” she said.
Your tax dollars at work . . . More than 1,400 federal agents are wearing expired body armor, according to lawmaker
A senior employee of the U.S. Marshals recently provided documents to the Judiciary Committee showing that many of the agency’s 3,900 operational employees have body armor with expiration dates in 2016 and 2017. The employee told committee staff he had been pressing the marshals for months to update the vests without much response.
The committee’s chairman, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), is now pressing David Harlow, the head of the agency, to explain why so many of his employees have outdated body armor, and why he had previously testified to Congress that he was not aware of such problems.
Esquire film critic needs a safe(r) space . . . ‘Baby Driver’s’ Fetishistic Approach to Gun Violence Made Me Squirm in My Seat
Despite the chaos wrought by Baby witnessing a gun murder early in the film, gun violence is treated as just another cool part of the musical rhythm by the film’s climax. Gunshots are timed to the beat, and when co-stars Jon Hamm and Eiza González pull out their huge semi-automatic rifles in a public parking lot, they get sweet, low-to-the-ground hero shots. They may be shooting at cops and not at all minding any other innocent people, but Edgar Wright sure makes them look cool-as-fuck.
I don’t know when this first started to bother me. I do know that I felt the same way about John Wick: Chapter 2, which similarly featured cool-as-fuck gun violence, also set among civilians. I wasn’t the only one to get a pit in my stomach at the thought of so much gun action in that film. Jordan Hoffman wrote about John Wick: Chapter 2’s “lustily shot” gun violence for the Guardian, pointing out the presence of AR-style rifles in the film—the same guns used in Newtown, Aurora, and San Bernardino. Hoffman calls even the best of these sorts of films “ephemeral,” adding that “their mindlessness doesn’t stick, no matter how many minds are shown sticking to the wall.”
Maybe Corey needs to find a more peaceful line of work.
Because gun lobby….oh, and race, too . . . Why There Will Never Be a ‘Bianca’s Law’
The murders of Bianca Roberson and Miosotis Familia are less politically potent. Roberson was black, and Familia was Hispanic.
Roberson is reported to have been killed by a white man who became enraged when he and Roberson were jockeying for the same highway lane. Guns are freely, legally sold to insecure men with hair-trigger emotions and minimal self-control. Such men, when armed, are dangerous, as Roberson’s death once again confirms.
Yet Republicans in Congress aren’t eager to highlight laws that enable reckless, dangerous men to carry loaded semi-automatic weapons wherever they go. And the politicians have no intention of offering remedies for the violence that sometimes results.
Another ugly American . . . U.S. Woman Throws Live Bullets Into Japan Airport Trash Can
Isn’t it annoying when you get to the airport, and realize you’ve accidentally packed something in your hand luggage you can’t take on your flight?
For one U.S. citizen in her 60s, that something was 100 live bullets. Aftering arriving at Tokyo’s International Haneda Airport Wednesday with her husband to transfer to a flight to Southeast Asia, she noticed the bullets were in her bag and dumped them in a trash can, Japan Times reported.
Police arrested the woman, who has not yet been named, on suspicion of bringing 100 live bullets into to the country, which is in violation of Japan’s Firearm And Sword Control Law.
Not addressed in the article: The US airport TSA checkpoint she managed to pass through with 100 rounds of .22 ammo in her bag.