Fewer cops and a disarmed populace means . . . Crime rise is biggest in a decade, ONS figures show
Ministers will also be concerned that the country is becoming increasingly violent in nature, with gun crime rising 23% to 6,375 offences, largely driven by an increase in the use of handguns. Knife crime has also jumped by 20% to 34,703 incidents – the highest level for seven years. The largest increase in knife crime came in London, which accounted for 40% of the rise.
There has been a particular increase in the number of robberies at knife point to nearly 13,000 incidents. Rape or sexual assaults at knife point also show large percentage increases, although the numbers remain low with a total of 142 offences.
All signs point to no . . . Was Policeman Mohammed Noor Justified in Shooting Justine Damond?
Assuming that Noor does not present a defense that claims the shooting was accidental, his only hope to avoid a conviction is to find a police use-of-force expert who can persuade the jury that, from Noor’s perspective, Damond’s sudden appearance at the side of the police car, taken together with the loud noise reported by Officer Harrity, constituted a deadly threat. This is laughable, but one can find so-called “experts” to testify to almost anything, and we can expect this sort of testimony in the case should Noor not accept a plea deal and proceed to trial.
The jury won’t buy it, and neither should you. Noor is headed to prison, and deserves it.
Have you had a shipment (especially an FN) go missing? . . . Ex-UPS worker charged with stealing guns
A former UPS driver was arrested for stealing guns from a delivery truck this month, Lilburn police said Friday.
Seun Long Vang, 32, was charged with felony theft by taking and drug charges, police spokesman Thomas Bardugon said in a news release.
Police also charged Vang’s girlfriend, Chhun Nath Kheav, 26, with felony theft by receiving stolen property and drug charges.
There’s virtually no human activity that a big city paper editorial writer won’t find appalling . . . Guns and hot air balloons don’t mix
That’s right. A new law, unanimously passed in both chambers, allows the hunting of wild pigs and coyotes from hot air balloons. This strikes us as a bad idea. . . .
Instead of focusing on balloon safety, and preventing future tragedies, state lawmakers opted to allow guns on balloons to kill pigs. That says it all.
It takes a good size bra to hold a Model 85…just sayin’ . . . Woman carried loaded gun in her bra, cops say
While speaking to the front-seat passenger, Deisha Acevedo, officers could smell marijuana on her, Berdnik said.
A female officer searched Acevedo and found a bag of marijuana and a .38-caliber Taurus revolver loaded with five bullets.
The pot and gun were found in the woman’s bra, the sheriff said.
Acevedo was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a handgun.
Given incidents like this one, they can use all the help they can get down there . . . South Australian police look to VR to improve firearms training
The South Australian Police Academy has deployed a new virtual reality (VR) training simulator to assist officers in training with firearms in real-world scenarios. According to an official statement, it allows for training without ammunition, thereby increasing safety, and reducing cost and environmental impact.
The VirTra training system offers a 300-degree of simulated scenarios, utilizing multiple screens, 3D audio, and special effects, the statement said. In addition to testing firearms use, the simulator is also meant to test “factors such as communication skills, de-escalation and appropriate responses,” South Australia Police deputy commissioner Linda Williams said in the statement.
Many in the PETA crowd are, of course, cheering this . . . Female hunter is found dead after apparent suicide ‘following online threats from animal rights activists’
A female hunter has been found dead after apparently committing suicide weeks after she was reportedly threatened on social media by animal rights activists.
Melania Capitan, 27, was a well-known blogger and hunter with thousands of online followers. . . .
She had also reportedly left a suicide note addressed to her friends.
This comes after it was reported that the internet star was threatened online.
Her posts caused much controversy across the internet, especially with animal rights activists who widely criticised her.
The eternal lesson: don’t f*ck with an old guy . . . Nashville man describes chilling armed robbery: ‘They messed with the wrong person’
When they arrived, she got out of the car and went around a building. Two men approached Johnson, saying he couldn’t park there.
That’s when they attacked.
“The other one grabbed me and said give me the money, give me the money, give me the money and the other one hit me, the other one had the gun,” Johnson recalls.
It was a setup.
“I was getting the gun out at the same time while he was asking for the money, when he was asking for the money, talking – POW! I shot that bastard,” Johnson said.
Sounds like the definition of fun . . . Kansas exotic gun range lets you fire mega-weapons, blow stuff up
A squeeze of the trigger later, I was buffeted by both the deafening raport of the AR-50 going off, and the explosion I had detonated down range. Thank goodness for earplugs.
But that noise was nothing compared to shooting the range’s Anzio 20mm, a super-long-range anti-materiel rifle, used in the military as an anti-vehicle weapon. The thing was about as long as I was tall.
What was most interesting, though, was shooting a functional Civil War-era Gatling gun. The gun, which was manufactured in 1862, was brought out on wooden spoke wheels, and the ammunition was fed from the top of the gun. It was crank-operated and not accurate in the slightest – it was pretty crazy to feel how a soldier in the 1860s would have felt using this thing.