Wednesday, September 25, 2013

To Protect and Serve... Or Not

Police officers are not perfect:

CMPD charges officer with voluntary manslaughter

I do not like disparaging police.  I have friends and neighbors who are police officers.  They are all good folks.  I want to use this story to make a couple of points.  The first is about a false perception that a lot of folks seem to have.  A lot of cops are not trained properly.  They are as varied as you or I.  When the gun control crowd says that "civilians" (a misnomer, as cops are civilians as well) should not have access to certain firearms or "high cap mags" (another misnomer) they often point to the fact that the police should only have these because they are "trained".  There are average joe's that probably shoot more in one year than some police officers will in their entire career!  As Uncle Si would say, "That's a fact, Jack!"

The other point I would like to make is that this was a rare case of police officers being held liable for what they did.  All over the country, police get away with some pretty egregious violations.  The NYPD is the poster child for this.  Here are two examples that spring to my mind:

NYPD: 9 shooting bystander victims hit by police gunfire

Times Square shooting: NYPD officers shoot two innocent bystanders near Times Square

No accountability.  What. So. Ever.  If you or I, in the course of defending ourselves, were to miss our target and hit someone else, then we would be charged with crimes.  Not so with these two cases.  There are several just like it every year.  We need to start holding our officers to higher standards.  Don't take the shot if you can't make it.  If nothing else, then up the training for our officers.  Hitting bystanders is unacceptable.  Period.

Without looking it up, what is your best guess for the amount of training your police force gets on average?  What ideas do you have to address the lack of training?  What should happen to law enforcement officers who hit bystanders?  Serious answers please.  I do not want this to become a bash fest.

Monday, September 23, 2013

DGU of the Day: Pregnant Woman Fends Off Two Burglars

A once reluctant woman realizes the value of having a gun in the home for defense.

Pregnant woman shoots at two men breaking into home

Just a couple of points I'd like to make on this one.

First, people become "true believers" once they are faced with a situation where they need a gun to defend themselves.  The fortunate ones are those who actually had the forethought to obtain one.  You can imagine what happens to those who decided that "guns are evil".

Second, the lady states that she did not want to shoot the men and that she shot the truck to aid in identifying the truck.  Frankly, this was not a smart move.  This is akin to taking Crazy Uncle Joe Biden's advice and firing your shotgun into the air to scare away intruders.  If the situation is serious enough for you to draw your weapon, then it is serious enough that you need to stop your assailant, so you better be aiming accordingly.  Otherwise, you may find yourself being charged with violating the law in some states.  Food for thought: Hypothetically, who's to say they didn't have their own weapon in the truck and come back to take her out?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DGU of the Day: Drunk Decides To Invite Himself In

Looks like this guy was lucky the homeowner did not decide to ventilate him.

Homeowner showed 'amazing restraint,' didn't shoot burglar

I don't like to Monday morning quarterback a DGU.  However, without more information I think the better course of action would have been to get the family to a safe room and wait there with the gun pointed at the door until police arrived.  But hey, it ended well, so what the hell do I know?

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quick, Gun Control Before The Bodies Cool Off!

Well, that did not take long.  Dianne Feinstein and others rang the battle cry for gun control the day after the Navy Yard shooting that occurred Monday September 16th, 2013.  Of course, immediately there were media reports of the irrationally "scary" AR-15 being used.  Turns out the shooter took Joe Biden's advice and used a shotgun.  And, it is also being widely reported that the shooter was suffering from mental illness.

Is anyone else really surprised that the media and gun control advocates pounced on the idea that a AR-15 might have been used before letting the facts come out?  What a bunch of "malarkey" as Uncle Joe Biden would put it.  As if the AR-15 is any more dangerous than, case in point, a shotgun and a couple of pistols took off security guards.  

Dianne Feinstein mentioned that Congress has been shirking it's responsibility on gun violence.  Gun control and gun free zones don't work.  Face it.  You know what just might work?  Treating mentally ill people and reporting them into an already established background check system.  How about finally really focusing on mental illness?  Yeah, that couldn't be the solution at all...

Monday, September 16, 2013

Holy Work Batman!

Work has me going overtime this week.  So, unfortunately, unless there's a significant let up, I probably won't have a whole lot to post this week.  I do have some posts in the pipeline, but I want to be able to devote time and attention to them.  Keep an eye out on this spot.  Regular scheduled programming should resume next Monday if not sooner.

Also, pray for the victims of the Navy Yard shooting in DC.  I'll be watching it closely over the next few days and possibly blog on it depending on what information comes out.

Thank you all for your patience!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Chinese Knife Rampage... BAN KNIVES BEFORE IT HAPPENS HERE!!!!

Hopefully, you get the sarcasm in the title.  Take a quick read of the following:

China knife attack: Police arrest suspect in bus rampage

If you're a regular on this blog, then you probably know where I'm going with this.  If not, then allow me to explain a basic truth.  Guns, knives, baseball bats, high heels, crowbars, concrete curbs...  All are inanimate objects that have been used in assaults not to mention murders.  People commit these crimes, not the objects themselves.  Banning any type of item, at best, only queues up the next object for a person to attempt to use to commit a crime.  The idea that laws prohibiting items will somehow stop violence has been proven over and over to be an utter failure.

Ban criminals.  Lock them up.  Enforce laws pertaining to the criminal behavior, not the objects used.  Some people cannot accept the concept on punishing criminal behavior as the right path.   One can only conclude that these people attribute evil to inanimate objects when trying to argue a ban on <insert perceived scary item her>.  Is that really rational thinking?

What do you think?  Should we ban potential items on the chance they could be used to hurt or kill another person?  Or do you fall on the side of enforcing and/or strengthening laws against criminal behavior?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Never Forget: September 11th, '01 and '12

This year, we unfortunately have two separate dates to remember.  I will keep this short because I cannot do justice to any of these people's memories.  However, please say a prayer for their souls and for the ones they left behind.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

DGU of the Day: This Criminal Just Couldn't Catch a Break

So, last week I was on the road for work, and my buddy @Lady_Liberty76 clued me in to what was going on in my area of KC:

Police investigate home invasion, fatal shooting in Northland

This happened very close to my neighborhood.  Just goes to show you that it can happen anywhere.  Home carry.  Always.

Monday, September 9, 2013

DGU of the Day: Clerk Gives Criminal Something to Chew On

This criminal is lucky the clerk showed him mercy:

Caught on camera: Clerk pulls gun on criminal, stops robbery

I applaud the clerk for his quick decision making.  No one lost their life and he was able to save his own in the process.  Hopefully, the police find the dirtball and put him away.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Crazy busy!

Hey folks, hope you had a good Labor Day weekend.  I was down at my uncle's ranch running around popping dillos in the dark.  I'll be blogging in detail on that later.  I wanted to just give the heads up that this week's posting may be erratic.  I have a lot of work to do and my evenings will not be as free as they normally are.  It should return to normal by next Monday, but I will try and get a few posts up this week if time allows.

Thanks for reading and thanks for the understanding.