Iowa study finds gun injuries exceed $622 million in hospitalizations

These medical costs amount to a little more than 0.16% of all money spent on medical care in the U.S. yearly.
But since it’s about *GUNS!!*, it’s so ‘special’ it must be studied more than how the other 99.84% is spent.

Gun injuries account for more than $622 million nationally in hospitalization costs each year, with more than 57 percent paid by Medicaid or not at all, according to a new study by the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

“One reason I looked at the data was to see, what is the burden? Is there a societal burden?” said Corinne Peek-Asa, lead author of the study and professor of environmental and occupational health.
She will present the findings at a summit at Boston University later this year.

“The piece (of data) that was missing was the direct dollars for hospitalizations,” she said. “Everyone is certainly interested right now in thinking about health care dollars and how they’re being used specifically.”

The study, published in the current issue of the journal Injury Epidemiology, looked at the National Inpatient Sample — a database that estimates outcomes related to hospital admissions — to analyze hospitalizations caused by firearm injuries between 2003 and 2013. Researchers looked only at costs associated with the immediate hospitalization after a gun injury and did not consider associated costs after discharge.

The study notes that the $622 million represents less than 1 percent of the overall $377 billion costs for hospital stays annually.

Slugs for ATM Thugs (but a miss, dang it)

Would-be mugger surprised by gun-toting victim

And just why the local prosecutor would have to take any longer than about 15 seconds after receiving the report to determine if the victim was justified escapes me.

An armed robber targeted a man who had just made a withdrawal from a cash machine, but the victim turned the tables.

Sierra McFatridge was out in her yard Monday night when she heard a crack of gunfire and came face to face with a robber.

“I was just outside getting my dog and then you just hear this shot, and I see this guy falling right in front of me,” McFatridge said. “I didn’t know where the shot came from and then he was right there. It scared me.”

Police said a 51-year-old man was walking in the Jackson Park neighborhood when the robber hit him in the head.

The robber’s weapon was a rock. It was the victim who had the gun.

“Hit the guy with a rock in his head, and the guy who got hit with the rock fired,” said Gina Sarabia, McFatridge’s mother.
“He didn’t expect that guy to have a gun,” Sarabia said.

The robber got away. A neighbor spotted a woman in a getaway car and gave police the license plate number.

“It’s scary. It really is. I mean that’s my daughter,” Sarabia said. She’s just thankful her daughter wasn’t hit.

“I am a little leery about people having guns in front of my house walking down the street, but in reality he defended himself. That’s why we have concealed carry,” Sarabia said.

Police said the victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The district attorney will review the case to decide if the victim was justified in firing his gun.

News for our Georgia readers

State Supreme Court: Georgia students can argue self-defense to justify school fights

In its first decision in a school discipline case, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled zero tolerance policies on school fighting cannot deny students the right to assert they were defending themselves. The court said Georgia law gives students the legal right to argue self-defense as a justification.

Georgia Code states, “A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when…he or she reasonably believes that such threat or force is necessary to defend himself or herself or a third person against such other’s imminent use of unlawful force.”

In essence, the state’s highest court ruled that Georgia law on self-defense requires schools to consider that defense in spite of zero tolerance policies on fighting.

The court was asked whether the Henry County Board of Education gave proper weight to and opportunity for a self-defense claim by a Locust Grove High School student involved in a fight in 2014. The fight led to the student being expelled from Locust Grove and assigned to an alternative school.

She challenged the school board’s decision, eventually ending up in Superior Court where she won. But the Henry County school board appealed. The question eventually went to the state Supreme Court.


Daniel Greenfield’s take on it.
“Tactical Cynicism”. Yep, sounds just like proggies.

Does the left have any kind of speed bump for radicalism?

The Democrats were quickly overrun by the left with little resistance. Within little more than a decade, they were on board with Socialism. A few weeks ago, the media was full of editorials calling for the end of free speech. It certainly didn’t appear that the Democrats, now a leftist party, or what was now the mainstream left, had any ability or desire to resist further radicalization.

But that was largely because there was no tactical reason to do so. Instead the left had tactical reasons to open the door wide open. The radicals were better at accelerating change. That’s always been their calling card. And the Dems were far more afraid of their own left than any kind of mainstream opinion.

That was the initial response to Antifa violence. But now the tactical damage is starting to pile up.

Pelosi Statement Condemning Antifa Violence in Berkeley

San Francisco — Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement denouncing the violent protests carried out this weekend in Berkeley, California:

“Our democracy has no room for inciting violence or endangering the public, no matter the ideology of those who commit such acts.  The violent actions of people calling themselves antifa in Berkeley this weekend deserve unequivocal condemnation, and the perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted.

That statement could have come from a Republican last week. But to be fair to Nance, when she came in, she was the leading edge of the left. Among today’s radicalized Dems, she looks downright conservative. Even in her own delegation filled with raving angry demagogues like Ted lieu or Brad Sherman, Pelosi seems almost statesmanlike in her opposition to impeachment.

But the condemnations are pouring in. And the media condemnations look cynically tactical.

The Sacramento Bee

 The anti-fascists we saw in Sacramento were thugs. By employing violence, they ceded any moral high ground they might have had… And apparently, they become useful idiots employed by anyone excusing Trump

This is the ongoing theme.

Antifa has become a useful Trump talking point. So let’s drop them like a hot potato.

There are more principled condemnations to Antifa that don’t resort to tactical justifications.

Political scientist Jo Freeman, part of the radical student movement that forced UC Berkeley to permit political speech five decades ago, said she was dismayed at the effort that went into silencing opposition. She drew similarities between those who threatened her and other freedom marchers in the South in the 1960s, and those who bully the far right now.

“It is not uncommon for societies to produce a hate squad,” Freeman said. “People who want to suppress the right to speak — they are everywhere.”

That they are. But that is the way things are in an illiberal society.

DaTechGuy’s Laws of Media Outrage ANTIFA Election 2018/2020 Edition

How fast the political winds can shift these days.
The old chinese curse is working.
This is utter hypocrisy from the proggies.
As long as ANTIFA and their ilk had remained more or less constrained and followed the lead of the politicians, nothing would have changed.

But now that they’ve become a political liability for the next series of elections to get on or stay on the government gravy train (which today is the primary purpose of all national politics), the demoncrap party and their boot licking lackeys in the press will kick them under the bus as fast as they can. If they can.

I hope I’m wrong and most of these idjits are participating only because they’re getting paid, but these radicals have their own political agenda and have been given a taste of political power and notoriety.
I don’t think they’re going to willingly give it up.


the reality is those events are walking talking Trump 2020 ads that are going to coin votes for him in every swing state that the left has to win back if they are going to beat him next time around.

The Grand Prize Winner of the Boston Common Protest Pageant: Donald Trump 2020 Campaign

Ever since I covered the Boston marches this month I’ve been explaining to anyone who will listen that these marches in general and ANTIFA in particular, while making leftists in blue states feel good and self righteous about themselves, are going to coin votes for Donald Trump.
I got an awful lot of pushback on twitter for saying that celebrations of stifling free speech, these chants and the violence that came with them were politically foolish.

We lo and behold the day after we were treated to ANTIFA chants of “No Trump, No Wall, No USA at all” the blogfather is noticing the same thing I am:

I’ve noticed a sudden media pivot against Antifa in the last couple of days, which I assume means that someone has polled this stuff and it’s electoral poison for Democrats. Which should come as no surprise, unless you live in a Media Bubble.

The Question is, why the sudden change? Well it’s all in accordance with DaTechGuy’s 2nd Law of Media Outrage

The level of acceptance of the positions and/or actions of any group or organization by the left and media is directly proportional to their current or potential value in electing liberal Democrats.

One doesn’t have to be an expensive political consultant to know that visuals of people in masks beating reporters and their political foes combined with chants of “No Fascist USA” and “No USA at all” being linked to the single most visible group of leftists/Democrats is not going to help Democrat Senators running in blue states.

(Clovis NM) Library shooting: Patrons tell of laughing gunman ordering them to run

All it took to stop this ‘bad guy with a gun’ was good guys with guns. Note that he immediately surrendered to police. Who had guns!
If one (1) person in that library had been carrying, probably in violation of it being a “gun free zone” (more commonly noted as “free fire zones”) they most likely would have stopped this wack-job in his tracks with him having killed and wounded less.
The line from the song still applies:
Arm yourself, because no one else here will save you

Patrons of the public library where a young man opened fire Monday described the surreal scene in which the laughing attacker killed two people.

The suspect has been identified as 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett.
“He was happy,” Lupe Aguirre told the Albuquerque Journal. “He was just laughing, smiling the whole time, until he came up real close to me, and then he put on that mean look.”

Aguirre had gone into the library to find his wife and son after hearing the shots — and there he was confronted by the gunman, who told him to get on the ground. As Aguirre kneeled, he attempted to distract the shooter by pointing out something behind the man’s back. The shooter then walked away in the direction Aguirre had pointed.
Aguirre’s family escaped safely after hiding in an office.
Lisa Baird said she was about 20 feet from the man when he opened fire. “Run!,” he yelled at her. “Why aren’t you running? I’m shooting at you! Run!”

Baird says she dove under a nearby desk “and tried to squish up as small as possible.” From there, Baird told the Eastern New Mexico News, she could hear the man moving around the library and firing multiple shots.
“I heard his pants ‘shooshing’ as he approached the end of the reference desk. I heard a sound like a phone or something being put on the reference counter at the end of the desk, about 4 feet from my head.”
It was then, she said, that police entered the library and began yelling for the gunman to “lay on the ground.”

Clovis Police Chief Doug Ford says the suspect did not resist after police arrived.

Police on Tuesday confirmed that the young suspect who was seen being led in handcuffs from the Clovis-Carver Public Library after the shooting was Jouett, a sophomore at Clovis High School.

Slugs for Looter Thugs

Gun group, others react to report of suspect shot in head as Harvey struck

Headshot and still ‘coherent’? Yep. The head is actually a small target, moving around a lot, resulting in easily skipping one off the skull. I always advise center mass for average shooters, high chest for the more able.

A gun owners group and others on social media reacted this week to news that a homeowner in Harvey-ravaged Corpus Christi, Texas, apparently took matters into his own hands against an alleged looter.

According to police, the unidentified homeowner shot the suspect in the head as he tried to break into the house, USA Today and Breitbart News reported.

The suspect was coherent at the scene and was taken to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline for treatment, police said, but his medical condition early Wednesday was unknown.

Gun rights group backs Roy Moore in Senate race

The two Republican candidates for Alabama’s Senate seat now each have gun rights groups in their corners.

Roy Moore received the backing Monday of the National Association for Gun Rights, the political action committee announced.

Rival Luther Strange boasts the endorsement of the National Rifle Association.

“Judge Roy Moore has proven to be a strict constitutionalist and has given good reason to believe he’ll be a gun rights champion and vocal supporter of the Second Amendment in the U.S. Senate,” Dudley Brown, Director of NAGR-PAC, said in the endorsement announcement.

The NAGR said Moore filled out his candidate survey 100 percent pro-gun and he “opposes expanded Brady Registration checks, calling them a national gun registration. He is also a steadfast opponent of high capacity gun magazine bans and bans on so-called ‘assault weapons.'”

“Judge Moore has defended the Constitution as a judge, and is a great candidate to do the same as a Senator,” Brown said. “In this new political landscape, Moore will defend against anti-gun legislation, but also go on the offensive and roll back unconstitutional gun control laws.”

Teen arrested in burglary at Dragonman gun range

Been there. Seen that. Get a chance and go there.
If the ‘museum’ is still operational, it’s not to be missed.

One suspect was in custody Tuesday in the weapons burglary at the Dragonman’s shooting range and paintball park.

Camron Specht, 18, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and has federal charges pending, said Lisa Meiman, spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Federal charges were pending on another suspect, too, Meiman said, but she declined to say who or whether that person had been arrested.

Burglars broke into the giant Dragonman gun store, east of Colorado Springs off Colorado 94, on Sunday evening, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office reported.

After melees, Berkeley mayor asks Cal to cancel right-wing Free Speech Week

And just to clarify things:

Berkeley Mayor Is Member of Antifa Facebook Group that Organized Riots

Blatant hypocrisy
“Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin is a member of the anti-fascist (ANTIFA) Facebook group, By Any Means Necessary, which orchestrated the riots that occurred ahead of a scheduled lecture by Milo Yiannopoulos.
Berkley Mayor Jesse Arreguin was revealed to be a member of the anti-fascist group, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), on Facebook. BAMN orchestrated the violence that shut down a scheduled lecture at UC Berkeley featuring Milo Yiannopoulos in early 2017.”

In the aftermath of a right-wing rally Sunday that ended with anarchists (ANTIFA) chasing attendees from a downtown park, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin urged UC Berkeley on Monday to cancel conservatives’ plans for a Free Speech Week next month to avoid making the city the center of more violent unrest.

“I don’t want Berkeley being used as a punching bag,” said Arreguin, whose city has been the site of several showdowns this year between, on the one hand, the left and its fringe anarchist wing (ANTIFA, which – again – this paper neglects to name), and on the other, supporters of President Trump who at times have included white nationalists.

“I am concerned about these groups using large protests to create mayhem,” Arreguin said. “It’s something we have seen in Oakland and in Berkeley.”

The mayor wants UC Berkeley to halt plans by a conservative campus group, the Berkeley Patriot, to host right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos during its scheduled Free Speech Week from Sept. 24-27. Berkeley’s right-vs.-left cage matches began with an appearance that Yiannopoulos was to have made in February at a campus hall, an event that was aborted when black-clad anarchists like those who broke up Sunday’s downtown rally stormed into Sproul Plaza, smashed windows and set bonfires.

Bloomberg steals from the little guys?

Doesn’t surprise me a bit. Nothing against being rich, but I’ve found that the ones who originally made the money are as tightfisted with it as possible and will take any advantage to not spend any more of their own than absolutely necessary.
C.S. Lewis’ quotation applies.

I have to admit that I would expect Bloomberg’s people to be much more thoughtful about the optics of taking the work produced by individuals with far less cash in their bank accounts in this era of economic populism.

Bloomberg was smart enough to realize that after years of his political allies getting arrested – often for gun violence crimes or crimes against women & children – that Illegal Mayors Against Guns wasn’t going to go anywhere. Not to mention, actual grassroots gun owners in many non-urban areas successfully convinced several to very publicly disavow his agenda. He already had a lock on urban leaders, so he rebranded.

He can’t rebrand himself as “not a billionaire.” It is something that has worked against him repeatedly since it automatically paints him as a guy looking to come into states, throw some personal wealth around, and outspend any local voices. Because, well, that is exactly what he does in elections. Regardless, you’d think he’s still want to keep a softer image with it outside of election season so that he can try to build a network of allies to use in the next election season before he pisses them all off.

Nope, Bloomberg’s folks apparently want to promote the image of big, bad jerk billionaire because his partner Shannon Watts decided to take the work of a Houston-based independent photographer. Despite having licensing information clearly stated on his Twitter bio, Shannon swiped his work…

In fact, not only did she take it without paying for it, she didn’t even credit him for his work and the fact that he ventured out into the storm to capture the magnitude of the damage. She spent nearly $3 million on a house in the mountains, and her boss is worth about $53 billion, but their online advocacy efforts run through her Twitter page would rather take the (fantastic) work of others without credit or license.

Of course, it gets better. This theft of other people’s work goes beyond Twitter and photographs. NSSF’s Larry Keane found that state leaders for Bloomberg & Watts are using local government offices to request Project ChildSafe gun locks and slapping their own branding on them, pretending like they are responsible for the program.

Bass Pro Sending Boats to Rescue Harvey Victims


Springfield, Missouri-based Bass Pro Shops is joining many other major corporations in sending aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Monday, the company posted on it’s Facebook page it will send 80 Tracker boats for use by government agencies and rescue organizations along the Gulf Coast.

The company is also donating $40,000 in essential supplies to Springfield-based Convoy of Hope, which is also in the region helping victims.


Now for something completely different:

Pet parrot sends Michigan woman to prison for murder of husband

Well, probably not, but this one is definitely ‘out there’.

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. — A Michigan woman has been sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of her husband in a crime apparently witnessed by the man’s pet parrot.

49-year-old Glenna Duram of Sand Lake learned her sentence Monday after a jury found her guilty of first-degree murder and a felony firearm charge last month.

Martin Duram, 46, was shot five times in May 2015. Glenna Duram suffered a head wound in what prosecutors said was a suicide attempt, but survived.

Martin Duram’s ex-wife, Christina Keller, has said that after the slaying, the pet parrot, Bud, repeated “don’t (expletive) shoot” in Martin Duram’s voice. Keller took ownership of the bird after Martin Duram’s death.

Japan may have no choice but to shoot down the next North Korean missile test

Just me, but I don’t see the why this journalist thinks Japan is between some metaphysical rock and a hard place. If the missile is in a trajectory that can be targeted, splash it.

After North Korea overflew Japan with a missile launch early Tuesday, the island nation may have no choice but to knock down any further missile launches or learn to live with such provocations.

North Korea has reached a point in its missile development where it can no longer simply fire missiles straight up in the sky as it has in the past. To continue to learn and advance, North Korea must now start firing its long-range missiles on realistic trajectories, which, due to geography, means overflying its neighbors.

“This ballistic missile launch appeared to fly over our territory. It is an unprecedented, serious and grave threat to our nation,” a top Japanese government spokesman told Reuters.

“We will make utmost efforts to firmly protect the lives of the people,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Reuters.

Houston Is The Best Of America. Berkeley Is The Worst. Here’s Why.

Over the weekend, we saw the best of America: Americans helping Americans in Houston. Race, creed, color — none of it mattered. Americans were in need, and other Americans moved to help them.

Meanwhile, in Berkeley, we saw the worst of America: Americans, garbed in black, helmeted, wearing bandannas over their faces, assaulting peaceful protesters merely there to exercise their free speech rights. We saw the police stand down. We saw assaults in the streets.

So, what’s the difference between Americans in Houston and Americans in Berkeley?

The existential threat.

Human beings unify in the face of an existential threat. It’s why members of the military become brothers; it’s why the West unified in opposition to Communism; it’s why Americans unified after 9/11.

In Houston, the existential threat is nature. And Americans who wouldn’t share a meal are now sharing speedboats, attempting to help each other survive her wrath. Survival is the top priority; death is the ultimate enemy.

But remove that existential threat, and people look for a new existential threat. That’s what we’re seeing in Berkeley: Americans defining one another as an existential threat. Antifa defines the “system” as an existential threat — a wellspring of racism, bigotry, and economic injustice. And they define anyone who disagrees with them as a “fascist” worthy of violence. This is horse manure, but it’s their justification for their violence. Similarly, as Charlottesville shows, the white supremacist alt-right finds itself a different existential threat: non-white people whom they believe are inherently unable to assimilate to Western civilization. Their argument is absolute racist garbage, but because they believe it, that means that all those who don’t become their “cuck” enemies.


South Carolina governor cuts all state and local funding for abortion clinics


South Carolina’s Republican Gov. Henry McMaster on Friday cut off all state and local funding to the state’s three abortion clinics, according to a report.

McMaster not only cut off all funding but also called for the state’s Medicaid agency to ask the federal government to exclude abortion clinics from its Medicaid provider network, according to the Post and Courier. It was not immediately clear how much money that involved.

While a judge has blocked a Texas law to defund Planned Parenthood, a federal appeals court ruled this month that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to the organization.


Trudeau won’t adopt Scheer’s plan to control the border (that’s the southern Canadian border with the U.S. by the way)

Hypocritical hand wringing by people who were casing aspersions our way about the policies trying to decrease refugee and immigration and they have the gall the squeal when their precious border means nothing to the refugees that have figured out that we’re not going to be the pushover we used to be for that past 8 years. 

CPC leader Andrew Scheer has been relatively quiet this summer causing criticism from some conservatives. It seems the newly elected leader preferred to do the barbeque circuit rather than speak out against serious issues facing Canada such as the $10.5 million payment to terrorist Omar Khadr and the erasure by the Trudeau government of the country’s southern border.

It is true Scheer made some comments about these matters but left the bulk of the border crisis to Michelle Rempel, the party’s immigration critic. Rempel’s solution was to simply spend more and more money to hire more immigration officers and Immigration and Refugee board judges and support staff in order to process these illegal border crossers more quickly. The faster they can be processed, the sooner they can be deported back to their countries of origin. Rempel’s solution to simply throw more money at the problem was truly Trudashian.

Lo and behold, Scheer came up with a solution last week that was brilliant in its simplicity. Scheer suggested the popular illegal crossing points such as Roxton Road in Quebec and Emerson in Manitoba be designated as official ports of entry. It would not be necessary for Parliament to be sitting to pass a law; designation of such areas could be done by regulation that can be enacted by an order-in-council. In practical terms, if the prime minister wants an order-in-council enacted it shall be done.

If these illegal border crossing points were made official, the Third Party Agreement signed in 2002 by the United States and Canada would apply. Those who come into the country seeking asylum from the United States would be forced to go back to the U.S. and make a claim there. If they had made an asylum claim there but been rejected, they will be out of luck.


Dr. Pielke Jr. slams linkage of Harvey to climate change as ‘political opportunism & attention seeking’

Extreme weather expert Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. issued this statement: “There is no reason to be debating Harvey and climate change in the context of an unfolding disaster, other than political opportunism and attention seeking. It’s not a good look for scientists or journalists who are promoting this issue. The IPCC and other assessments are quite clear on this subject and one storm doesn’t change that. A better focus in the short term is on those with expertise in disaster response and recovery. The politicized debate over climate change can wait.”
Pielke Jr.: Obama’s presidency “had the fewest landfalls per year of any President since 1901.” “President Obama saw four hurricane landfalls. President George W. Bush saw 18. Obama had the fewest landfalls per year of any President since 1901. Lucky.” He added: “George W. Bush had 18 (4+ per year). Obama had 4 (0.5 per year).”


Pielke Jr. issued this statement on August 28: “There is no reason to be debating Harvey and climate change in the context of an unfolding disaster, other than political opportunism and attention seeking. It’s not a good look for scientists or journalists who are promoting this issue. The IPCC and other assessments are quite clear on this subject and one storm doesn’t change that. A better focus in the short term is on those with expertise in disaster response and recovery. The politicized debate over climate change can wait.”

Live Vietnam-era ammunition removed from Pontiac Michigan home

Be still my beating heart. Pitty-Pat, Pitty Pat. Two boxes of 9mm ball ammo, an artillery simulator and a trip-flare. Well, yes the artillery simulator is a ‘destructive device’ as defined by Federal law, but the rest is a nothing-burger. And I bet both you and I know how the bombs squad is going to safely destruct the items.

Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies recovered live Vietnam-era ammunition from a Pontiac home over the weekend.

A woman in the 200 block of W. Ann Arbor Avenue called police Sunday after she found a suspicious package while cleaning out the basement. Two cylinder-shaped objects were discovered inside a green ammunition box, which she had moved to the backyard. Deputies found military ordnance and two boxes of 9mm ammunition.

The woman told deputies the box belonged to her deceased husband, a Vietnam veteran.

A Michigan State Police Bomb Squad examined the items, determined it was a military training device designed to simulate a mortar round and an incendiary element that could have caused injury. The items were transported by the bomb squad for safe destruction.


Slugs For Thugs

Clerk at south metro Verizon had gun at his head when he pulled firearm, shot suspect

This is how to do it. Gutsy move too.


A clerk at a Verizon store in Inver Grove Heights had a robber’s gun at his head when he drew his own firearm from his waistband and shot the perpetrator, according to robbery charges filed Monday.

Also Monday, police say the clerk did everything right from the moment he defended himself to when he put down his gun and showed police his state-issued permit to carry a firearm.

Jamaal M. Mays, 32, of Crystal, was charged in Dakota County District Court with first-degree aggravated robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the holdup on Aug. 17 of the Verizon Wireless store in a strip mall off Hwy. 52 in the 9000 block of Cahill Avenue.

An accomplice in the crime remains at large, and police say they are still trying to determine that person’s identity. Police have not released a detailed description of the man they hope to capture.

The moment of truth inside the store for the employee, according to charges against Mays, came when the “defendant pointed a gun at [the victim’s] head and told [the clerk], ‘Make it easy on me.’ ”

With the gun still trained on his head and believing he was about to be shot, the clerk “pulled his gun from his waistband and fired what he believed to be three shots.” Mays was hit twice by gunfire and survived.

The shots sent the accomplice fleeing in a minivan, which was recovered Monday by police in St. Paul and will be searched for evidence later this week.

Police Lt. Joshua Otis said authorities are not disclosing the identity of the clerk for his safety because the other suspect remains a fugitive. The clerk is employed by Verizon partner Cellular Connection.

Otis said that the armed clerk “acted as we would expect any crime victim to act,” including when he put his gun and the suspect’s weapon on a window ledge.

“He followed his training that he received from his classes,” Otis said. Classes are required when applying for a permit to carry in Minnesota.

Homeowner arrested for shooting alleged car burglar

This is how not to do it people.

A 17 year old male is in critical condition at Medical Center Barbour Wednesday after an alleged break-in attempt of a car on Macon Avenue. The homeowner who allegedly shot the juvenile has been arrested and charged with assault first degree, a felony offense.

At 12:03 p.m. Wednesday, 58-year-old Malcolm Duel Wilson called 911 to report a suspicious person inside a vehicle under his carport on Macon Avenue. As officers were dispatched, the homeowner was able to give a description of the subject and describe his actions to the communications the officer.

During the 911 call, Wilson confronted the subject just prior to the responding officer’s arrival and attempted to confine him to the corner of the yard. As a police car approached the residence, the juvenile attempted to flee, and Wilson allegedly fired a weapon at him, striking him once in the lower back.  (that – right there – folks is what’s going to cause this guy no end of grief for who knows how long) The subject continued running away from the residence and was later located at the Medical Center Barbour emergency room.

Wilson was arrested on a warrant and released on bond pending a preliminary hearing.

“While we understand the frustration and helplessness that victims of property crimes feel, there must be an understanding of State law in matters of deadly force and physical force and when each can be applied,” said Watkins in a press release.

Researcher: ‘Even if You Close All the Borders,’ ISIS Attacks Wouldn’t Stop

Gist of article? We let this happen to ourselves. We let too many mooze immigrants in, not to mention refugees. They breed and their children – who become U.S. natural born citizens, are the ones apt to go jihadi.
They didn’t ‘assimilate’ as the idea of the U.S. as “The Great Melting Pot” was anathema to the demoncraps who need their identity politics to maintain their cushy positions on the political government gravy train.

Tightening borders will have little impact in deterring ISIS-linked terror attacks like the recent atrocity in Barcelona because the Islamic State is winning the propaganda war through social media, a George Washington University scholar said Thursday.

Younes Abouyaaqoub, who allegedly drove a van through Barcelona’s famed Las Ramblas pedestrian mall earlier this month, killing 13 and injuring at least 120 others, was born in Morocco but had lived in Spain since he was a toddler. Abouyaaqoub, who held Spanish residency, was later shot dead by police.

“Even if you close all the borders, it wouldn’t stop many of the terrorist attacks we’ve seen in Europe, in other countries, in the last month because they are people with the passports,” Javier Lesaca, a researcher at George Washington University, said at the Hudson Institute on Thursday.

Research published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in May showed how ISIS is successfully recruiting and radicalizing culturally isolated Muslims in homogenous countries. The research paper – “What Explains the Flow of Foreign Fighters to ISIS?” – suggests that recruitment has little to do economic or political conditions but rather alienation of the radicalized.

The NBER compiled a list of countries with the highest ISIS recruitment rates, while weighing the Muslim population versus the number of ISIS fighters in each country. Topping the list were Finland, Belgium, Ireland, Sweden, Maldives, Trinidad and Tobago, Austria, Tunisia, Norway and Denmark.

Separate research in America shows that about 80 percent of ISIS-linked perpetrators in the U.S. were born here or are naturalized citizens. Published in February by the Chicago Project on Security and Threats at the University of Chicago and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Counter-Terrorism Policy Center, the report analyzed more than 100 individuals indicted by the Department of Justice for ISIS-related offenses between 2014 and 2016. Of the 112 people studied, only three held refugee status.

Researchers found that about 60 percent of the perpetrators were born in the U.S. while another 20 percent were naturalized citizens.