A man is in intensive care after an attempted armed robbery at a Doraville restaurant, authorities said.
The man, who police are not identifying, pointed a pistol at the owner of the restaurant in the 5000 block of Buford Highway just before midnight Thursday, Doraville police spokesman Gene Callaway said. The name of the restaurant was not released.The suspect, who demanded cash, was shot in the chest by a restaurant employee, according to Callaway. The injured man fled the scene and was later found in a wood line off Shallowford Road.
Another school shooting, this time by a 15-year-old at Saugus High School in California, another quest for answers. Yet, 20 years after Columbine, the United States is still looking for how to stop mass public shootings. The rest of the world, where mass public shootings are actually much more common, is also looking for solutions. Russia, France, Finland, and Norway are among the European countries that have experienced far more deaths per capita from these attacks.
Change is coming, if slowly, in the United States. Earlier this year Florida and Texas passed major improvements to their laws that are significantly increasing the number of teachers with guns at school. Both bills received strong support from those states’ Republican governors.
It isn’t by coincidence that every mass public shooting in Europe since at least 1990 has occurred in an area where general, law-abiding citizens are banned from carrying firearms for protection, and for recent mass public shootings in New Zealand, Brazil, and the Netherlands. That has also held true for 94% of such attacks in the U.S. since 1950.
Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group funded by Michael Bloomberg, argues that the bills in Texas and Florida “would make school a much more dangerous place for our children.” By contrast, President Trump keeps proposing arming teachers and staff at schools, saying: “I’m telling you that would work.”
But 20 states currently allow teachers and staff to carry guns to varying degrees on school property, so we don’t need to guess about how safe these schools are. Some states have had these rules for decades. In recent decades, only California and Rhode Island have moved to be more restrictive. The Crime Prevention Research Center, of which I am the president, has just released a new report looking at all the school shootings of any type in the United States from 2000 through 2018.
During these years, Utah, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and parts of Oregon allowed all permitted teachers and staff to carry, without any additional training requirements. Other states leave it to the discretion of the local superintendent or school board. As of December 2018, teachers carried in more than 30 percent of Texas school districts. And in September 2018, Ohio teachers were carrying in over 200 school districts.
Roughly 5 percent of Utah teachers carry permitted concealed handguns at school, according to Clark Aposhian, the senior member of Utah’s Concealed Firearm Review Board. Support staff — including janitors, librarians, secretaries, and lunch staff — carry at a higher estimated rate of between 10 and 12 percent.
Carrying in a school is no different than in a grocery store, movie theater, or restaurant. Seventeen million Americans have concealed handgun permits — which is 8.75 percent of the adult population outside of permit-unfriendly California and New York. Nobody knows whether the person next to them might have a gun, unless it happens to be needed………..
Not a single person has been injured or killed by a teacher’s gun. But even more amazing, not a single person has been shot during school hours. Gun control groups may paint fearful pictures of what might go wrong with teachers carrying, but that fear gets harder to push given these programs’ successes. This research provides evidence that armed teachers deter attacks.
It is past time for us to do something that really works. With another mass public shooting in California, it is time for California to recognize that its gun control laws might actually be part of the problem. Let’s stop leaving our schoolchildren as sitting ducks.
Remember, I’ve said more than once, I’m not anti-cop. I’m anti-stupid cop. This is one that qualifies.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has denied immunity to a cop involved in a no-knock raid that left the raided house’s resident, Julian Betton, paralyzed. This case was touched on briefly in a previous post discussing legal arguments made by law enforcement officers that attempt to portray people in their own homes as dangerous aggressors when police crash through their doors unannounced.
In this case, South Carolina police officer David Belue’s legal rep tried to tell the court Betton’s response to a bunch of heavily-armed men rushing through his door — grabbing a gun and moving into the hallway from the bathroom — created a situation where Betton deserved every bullet fired at him by officers. In other words, if Betton didn’t want to get shot, he shouldn’t have been in his own house when it was invaded by officers who never informed him they were police officers.
Here’s a recap of the events leading to the lawsuit, from the Fourth Circuit’s decision [PDF]:
In the afternoon of April 16, 2015, a team of plain-clothed law enforcement officers armed with “assault style rifles” used a battering ram to enter Julian Ray Betton’s dwelling to execute a warrant authorizing a search for marijuana and other illegal substances. The officers did not identify themselves as “police” or otherwise announce their presence before employing the battering ram. From the rear of his home, Betton heard a commotion but did not hear any verbal commands. Responding to the tumult, Betton pulled a gun from his waistband and held it down at his hip.
Three officers, including Myrtle Beach, South Carolina police officer David Belue, fired a total of 29 shots at Betton, striking him nine times. Betton suffered permanent paralysis resulting from his gunshot wounds.
This shooting was immediately followed by a bunch of lies. Officer Belue first claimed Betton fired his gun at officers. The ensuing investigation showed Betton’s weapon was never fired. Faced with this direct contradiction of his statement, Officer Belue revised his, claiming Betton pointed his gun at officers. According to Betton, he never got the chance to point a gun at anyone. The moment he appeared with his gun, officers opened fire.
Officers also lied about their entrance to Betton’s home. They claimed they knocked and announced their presence. Betton’s surveillance camera told the real story. Nine seconds elapsed between the officers’ arrival on Betton’s lawn and their entrance into his house. None of the officers present appeared to announce anything before bashing down his door and swarming inside.
Officer Belue also initially had asserted that the agents had knocked on Betton’s door and announced their presence, and had waited before forcibly entering the home. However, footage from the video cameras on Betton’s front porch showed that the officers had not knocked on the door or announced their presence, and had not waited any length of time before using the battering ram to gain entry.
To the contrary, the video recordings showed that the officers ran up the front steps and immediately began using the battering ram. Moreover, Garcia confirmed that the officers did not announce that they were law enforcement personnel before entering the home. The record before us also contains a statement from a former DEU agent, who related that the DEU agents “almost always forcibly entered [residences] without knocking and announcing” their presence.
Despite this — and despite inverting the Castle Doctrine to say its the invaders of a home who need protection from the home’s occupants — Officer Belue still sought qualified immunity. The district court denied his request, pointing to the facts still in dispute, as well as the officer’s actions.
Regarding Betton’s unlawful entry claim, the magistrate judge found that the officers had not knocked or announced their presence before entering, and that there were no exigent circumstances warranting abandonment of the “knock and announce” procedure. The district court adopted the magistrate judge’s recommendation to deny qualified immunity on the unlawful entry claim, and Officer Belue has not challenged this ruling in the present appeal.
With respect to Betton’s excessive force claim, the magistrate judge found that there were material facts in dispute regarding whether Betton had pointed a gun at the officers before Officer Belue fired his weapon. Thus, the magistrate judge concluded that a jury could find that Betton did not pose an immediate deadly threat to Officer Belue or others justifying the use of deadly force.
The Appeals Court sees no reason to upend this finding, especially when there’s precedent on point saying actions like this clearly violate Constitutional rights.
[A]s of 2015, the law in this Circuit was clearly established that a person is entitled to be free from excessive force when the person “is on his property or in his residence, is in possession of a gun that he is not pointing at police officers, and is not given a warning or command to drop the gun before he is shot.”
Officer Belue also argued Julian Betton was so inherently dangerous it didn’t matter whether officers announced themselves or ordered him to put his weapon down before opening fire. This claim basically turns Betton’s mere existence into an exigent circumstance where Constitutional rights no longer apply. The Appeals Court isn’t interested in advancing this terrible legal theory.
[N]o information in Betton’s criminal history suggested that he was inherently violent to a degree that the officers would have been justified in storming into his home unannounced and in firing their weapons at him when he did not present a current threat. Notably, the search warrant was based on Betton’s conduct of selling small amounts of marijuana on two occasions. And, although the informant observed security cameras and two firearms in Betton’s home, there was no evidence indicating that Betton had engaged in threatening or violent conduct toward the confidential informant.
Betton’s case goes back to the district court and Officer Belue will have to face a jury if he doesn’t attempt to settle this lawsuit first. Denying immunity preserves the rights of homeowners to defend themselves from unexpected intruders in their homes. Officer Belue’s attempt to separate one action (his shooting of Julian Betton) from another of his actions (entering a home unannounced) is soundly rejected. Even when an officer subjectively “fears for his safety,” context matters. If officers want to use the element of surprise to their advantage in no-knock raids, they can’t turn around and claim residents have no right to react with alarm to armed intruders.
Florida – Deputies say an accused burglar was arrested Thursday night after she was shot by a homeowner.
According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, 40-year-old Jessica Gutzler forced her way into a residence on Strasburg Drive around 7pm. The victim, who says she knows Gutzler, says she was physically attacked by her. During the attack, the homeowner fired a shot from a handgun, striking Gutzler in the lower back.
Gutzler fled the home and later called 911 for medical assistance. Gutzler was found two blocks away and taken to a medical facility.
She will be charged with Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling – Unarmed, Making an Assault or Battery upon her release from medical care.
South Carolina – A Cope woman almost lost her van’s catalytic converter to a would-be thief, but he ran away after she fired shots, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
The woman called deputies at 12:33 p.m. Thursday after she heard someone knock on the door of her Ember Drive home. She then checked on her surveillance cameras and saw a male with a blue sedan. She said the man stood in her yard as if he was checking to see if anyone was at home.
A moment later, the man appeared to be underneath her 1996 white Ford Econoline van. The woman “felt as if she needed to take action,” the incident report states.
She walked out of her front door and shot her Hi-Point 9mm handgun toward the man’s direction. The man fled.
When a deputy arrived, he discovered a yellow saw blade wedged in the exhaust of the van “as if the subject was trying to remove the catalytic converters,” the incident report states.
The woman showed the deputy where she discharged her firearm and the two bullet holes on her screen porch.
South Carolina – A couple arrived at their daughter’s Waters Ferry Road residence just before noon on Wednesday only to find a suspicious vehicle in the yard of her North home.
The couple drove to the front yard and honked their horn. Moments later, a man opened the front door, looked at them and slammed the door closed, an incident report states. Not long after that, a man came running from behind the house and got into the mysterious green vehicle in the front yard.
As the man entered the green vehicle, the husband stood in front of it. The man attempted to flee the scene, but the husband pulled his .380-caliber handgun and told the man not to leave. The wife called 911 and the husband told the man he had to wait for deputies to arrive.
The man told the husband he was trying to find Gaston and begged him not to call law enforcement, the report states.
As the man drove forward, the husband stepped to the driver’s side of the green vehicle. He continued to tell the man not to leave, but the man put the vehicle in reverse and backed up quickly. The husband then fired a shot at the man’s tire to try and stop him.
As the man continued to drive, the husband fired more shots at the vehicle. The man got away.
A deputy and a North police officer made sure no one was inside of the home and found an open window in the rear of the house. A deputy was able to locate evidence at the scene. It was secured. A neighbor showed the deputy video surveillance from her home security system.
The burglary task force is investigating the incident.
VICTORIA, Texas – On November 13th ,2019, 12:35 a.m. Victoria Police Department officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of Monterrey Dr. in response to a shooting, according to a statement from Victoria Police.
Preliminary investigation revealed that prior to police arrival, an altercation occurred, and as a result gunfire was exchanged.
The resident, 31 year old Andrew Guzman shot 42 year old Kyle Kirby of Victoria, in what appears to be self-defense. Kirby succumbed to his wounds at the scene.
After conferring with the Victoria County District Attorney’s Office, no arrests have been made at this time.
This is an ongoing investigation.
It appears from this article that this article in NEJM provoked it. While there is no direct statement: “guns should be banned,” this quote conveys some of the language that is pretty clearly intended for that purpose: “Despite the widely held belief that guns are effective for protection, our results suggest that they actually pose a substantial threat to members of the household. People who keep guns in their homes appear to be at greater risk of homicide in the home than people who do not. Most of this risk is due to a substantially greater risk of homicide at the hands of a family member or intimate acquaintance. We did not find evidence of a protective effect of keeping a gun in the home, even in the small subgroup of cases that involved forced entry.”
That they excluded lawful uses is pretty indicative of cherry-picking the data: “Although our case definition excluded the rare instances in which a nonresident intruder was killed by a homeowner, our methodology was capable of demonstrating significant protective effects of gun ownership as readily as any evidence of increased risk.” They assume that “a nonresident intruder was killed by a homeowner” is rare, and exclude defensive uses that do not lead to death of an intruder.
Here are 1155 gun defensive uses involving home invasions.
And 492 residential burglary cases.
And 326 residence robbery incidents.
Many did not leave a bad guy dead. Excluding such cases is misleading.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Kansas, homeowner shot an intruder overnight Wednesday in the 1900 block of Key Lane.
The victim told police he was startled by a noise in his home.
The homeowner found the suspect and shot him.
The suspect was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.
Police have classified the incident as aggravated burglary and aggravated battery.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A woman was shot while attempting to break into a Raleigh apartment she claimed was hers. Police were called to The Coves at Yale apartments in the 5000 block of Yale Road Sunday. Erika Glass is charged with aggravated burglary.
One neighbor said she was asleep when she heard someone trying to break into several homes. “I heard a boom coming from across the hall, and my husband, my daughter and I jumped,” she told FOX13. “And I heard after that a woman say ‘She shot me.’”
The resident told FOX13 that Glass started banging on her patio door around 4 a.m. Sunday. That’s when she heard noises that sounded like gunshots and glass breaking. “I haven’t really slept since then,” she said.
She told FOX13 she heard someone trying to get in through her 15-year-old son’s bedroom window. “My neighbors said he or she was going around twisting the nobs and ringing the doorbells,” she said.
The victim told police she asked Glass to get away from her door. She said Glass wouldn’t leave. That’s when the suspect allegedly broke the glass on the patio door.
According to police, the victim shot the suspect when she came into the home.
Another neighbor told FOX13, “I heard at least 2 or three that’s when I was like da**, somebody shooting outside for real.”
Police found the 32-year-old Glass on Yale Road when they arrived. Officers said she was covered in blood and holding mail, trash and a water hydrant cover in her hands.
Glass, whose last address is listed as Ripley, told police the apartment belonged to her and that the victim needed to get out. “My momma, she stay here. I got a little girl that stay here with me. So my momma she elderly. If she would have came, my momma would have let rounds off too,” a neighbor told FOX13.
He said he did not open his door when someone tried to break in his home that same morning.
The victim who allegedly shot the suspect was not home when FOX13 attempted to speak with her.
We are fully aware of the growing concern for school safety against shootings. Schools are becoming one of the most targeted areas due to being gun-free zones. No one on the property is allowed to carry a firearm, regardless of their training except the police officer who sits at the front desk. One person is in charge to cover and protect the entire school against a shooter that can be anywhere in the building.
A change is needed, and it starts with who may or may not be allowed to carry a firearm.
Teachers throughout the school should be allowed the right to carry a firearm for protection of themselves and, more importantly, the students in their class. This right needs to involve detailed training, extensive background checks and also psychiatric testing to confirm these individuals are suitable for that responsibility.
Now, this should not be mandatory, but it certainly should be allowed for the protection and safety of our children. These mentally insane individuals are targeting schools because they have to get past one person at the front door, and then the devastation is up to them. With teachers carrying guns, the shooter will be able to be apprehended much sooner if a gun is pointed back at them and save a lot of innocent lives.
According to the National Rifle Association, there are over 95 percent less shootings in gun-friendly zones than gun-free zones. This information persuaded lawmakers in Florida to make it legal for a teacher to carry a firearm at school. Coupled with testing previously stated in this letter, teachers having the right to carry firearms is a very strong form of protection and definitely can be regulated and implemented in schools in this area.
In the aftermath of a recent Florida self-defense shooting, female gun owners argued that the AR-15 provides specific advantages to women for home defense, vehemently rejecting the views of gun-control activists who insist the firearm is unnecessary.
Speaking with the Washington Free Beacon on Friday, five female firearm owners and advocates said the AR-15 platform offers several features that are ideal for women specifically. Robyn M. Sandoval, executive director of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, said the rifle is both more effective and safer for female shooters.
“ARs are an excellent choice for women for home defense,” Sandoval told the Free Beacon. “The platform is relatively lightweight and easy to hold and customize so that the firearm fits her body correctly. Having a rifle that is the right size for the shooter makes it more comfortable to shoot and therefore more accurate and safer.”
Many Democratic politicians, including 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden, have long decried the AR-15 as both dangerous and an impractical or unnecessary firearm for civilians, especially women. But the female firearm owners the Free Beacon spoke to rejected the logic of these pro-gun-control men.
“AR-15s are perfect for women,” Mary Chastain, a writer and gun owner, said. “Despite the size, they are lightweight and have hardly any kickback. This allows us to aim well and shoot the target where we want to.”
Dana Loesch, a nationally syndicated radio host and gun-rights activist who has faced threats to her safety throughout her career, said she picks an AR-15 when it comes to home defense.
“I was always taught in training that your pistol is what you use to get to your rifle, and the AR-15 is what I choose to use,” Loesch told the Free Beacon.
The customizability of the rifle is a big selling point for women, competitive shooter and trainer Julie Golob said.
“The AR platform can be a useful and effective option for women when it comes to defending themselves and their property,” she told the Free Beacon. “Starting with the fact that the length of pull can be adjusted easily, unlike rifles with fixed stocks, the AR can quickly become custom fit to its user. The pistol grip, combined with quick access to the safety and other controls, makes this platform one a woman can confidently control.”
“I can choose my trigger, hand guard, barrel length, grip,” Dianna Muller, a former police officer and head of the gun-rights group DC Project, added. “I can put a light, laser, etc. I call it the Mr. Potato Head for the gun connoisseur!”
The testimony of these women contradicts Biden, who has repeatedly claimed that AR-15s are hard to use and ineffective compared with shotguns. In 2013, he said he had advised his own wife to use a double-barrel shotgun instead of an AR-15.
“I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,'” Biden said in an interview with Parents Magazine. “You don’t need an AR-15—it’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use, and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!”
Late last month, a heavily pregnant mother did exactly what Biden warned against to defend her family. She used an AR-15 to fend off two armed men who were attacking her husband and daughter in their Florida home.
The women who spoke with the Free Beacon disagreed with Biden’s assertions that AR-15s are not necessary. Loesch said she was competent with shotguns, but has found the AR-15 is simply a better option.
“The 12 gauge is an excellent home defense gun, too, but the collateral consideration does affect my decision there (frangible ammo is an option),” Loesch told the Free Beacon. “AR-15s are easy to shoulder, lightweight, the low recoil makes it easier to maintain target acquisition, and the ergonomics are great. I can access everything without compromising a defensive stance. I also have more rounds with an AR-15.”
Chastain also said that she finds the AR-15 easier than many other firearms to use.
“You can use it with one hand, which helps me,” she said. “My entire left side is handicapped, caused by brain trauma at birth. There are many guns I cannot use. The AR is perfect because I can use the functions with only my right hand. The lightness of the gun makes it easy for my handicapped left arm and hand to hold it.”
The women said the availability of magazines with more ammunition capacity than the double-barrel shotguns Biden highlighted—which hold only two rounds—is a significant advantage of the AR platform, as is the variety of ammunition types.
“Standard capacity magazines create a reduced chance to have to fumble to exchange mags under stress,” Golob said.
“The ballistics of defensive ammunition prevent over-penetration, and standard-capacity magazines hold 30 rounds, which is more than a shotgun or pistol,” Sandoval said.
The women who spoke to the Free Beacon stressed that, while they believe the AR-15 provides them certain advantages over other guns, women are more than able to become skilled with shotguns, handguns, or any other firearm.
“There are pros and cons to any self-defense tool,” Golob said. “Practice on the range and training gun-handling skills, whether it’s a rifle, pistol, or shotgun, is key. I feel that the best home defense option for a woman is the one she is most comfortable with and that she can produce the best results.”
Sandoval encouraged women to “train extensively on any firearm they choose to use to protect their families” but also noted AR-15 classes are one of the most commonly available—one of its primary advantages in her opinion.
Some of the women also view the imposing nature and reputation of the AR-15 as a bonus feature.
“I also like the fact that they’re scary looking,” Chastain said. “A man breaks into my house, I don’t mind using a scary looking weapon to defend myself.”
“Ultimately, I want the meanest, most manageable thing I can get,” Loesch said.
TASCOCITA, Texas (KTRK) — Delton Hayes looked out on the showroom of his jewelry store that was transformed in a matter of seconds by a 4 person robbery crew.
In the end, the store owner got the last laugh, despite the damage.
Mid-afternoon, a man tugged at the front door of the store, which is controlled by a security buzzer.
“I’m the one who buzzed him in,” said employee Deana Henson. “When he opened the door, and stuck his foot there, and was on the phone, I knew something was wrong.”
Moments later, four robbers masked with bandanas rushed the store and hammered away at the glass showcase.
What they didn’t know was that Hayes was watching from the office, behind a one-way mirror.
“They were smashing the cases, but they stopped as soon as I started shooting,” he said.
Surveillance video shows them entering, reaching into the jewelry case, and then running for their lives out the door.
Training, people; TRAINING. Remember:
#1 Is gun, is not safe
#2 When gun is loaded, front of muzzle is not your friend.
PARIS TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) – The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery that involved a shooting.
According to Sheriff George T. Maier, deputies were called to the 14000 block of Lincoln Street SE in Paris Township on Friday around 2:21 p.m.
A 22-year-old Paris Township man was being robbed by two men.
Authorities say the victim did shoot one of the suspects before they fled the scene. The suspect who was shot was taken to Mercy Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries.
The second suspect, Caleb Alan Pugh, 22, of New Philadelphia, was arrested and taken to Stark County Jail. He faces charges of robbery and felonious assault.
Officials say the robbery victim also suffered what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was transported to Aultman Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
“And I think for somebody to put a sign that said ‘this is a gun-free zone’ is asinine. You’re only asking for trouble.”
WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — An alleged home intruder was shot and killed in Wheat Ridge late Wednesday night.
According to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, the shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. near West 45th Avenue and Parfet Street.
Police say a man entered a home and startled the homeowner. The man refused to leave and was shot by the homeowner.
WRPD did not mention the shooting until it was contacted by FOX31 Thursday evening following a news tip.
The name of the victim and homeowner were not released.
No one involved in the incident is planning to press charges, according to police.
Also, on this date in 1938, was “Kristallnacht”.
The name comes from the shards of broken glass that littered the streets after the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues were smashed.
Historians view Kristallnacht as a prelude to the Final Solution and the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust.
Be forewarned; Once a group in any society has been singled out for ridicule and persecution, then they can be systematically attacked. We here in the U.S. have an advantage. We still have arms. All we need to do is maintain the freedom to use them if necessary to make our own justice.
I bet they didn’t expect that.
GLEN BURNIE, Md. – Investigators say a Glen Burnie man fired a shotgun at two intruders when he saw them struggling with his wife during a targeted home invasion Thursday morning.
One of the suspects was injured, the other fled the scene, Anne Arundel County police say.
According to police, the man was checking on his chicken coop when he heard a noise from within his house.
When he returned, he saw two men struggling with his wife, and he fired a shotgun at them.
Stafford, N.Y. (WHAM) – A homeowner said he shot an intruder who was trying to rob him in his home in Stafford.
Our news partners at The Batavian said this happened on Clinton Street Road on Tuesday evening around 9:05 p.m.
According to Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies, Charles Cooper, 36, forced his way into the home with what appeared to be a pistol. He allegedly threatened the two people who lived in the home and demanded money from them. The homeowner said he gave him the cash from his wallet………
“I just shot from my hip. I didn’t aim it or anything,” said the homeowner, who did not want to be identified. “All I wanted to do was make sure he was disabled, because he threatened to kill us.”
‘Americans should hold on to their guns’: Bride-to-be whose family was killed in massacre days before her wedding advocates for carrying weapons because she says defenseless Mexicans can’t fight back against cartels
A relative of the Mormon family slaughtered in Mexico just days before her wedding has advocated for carrying guns because she says defenseless Mexicans can’t fight back against cartel gunmen.
Kendra Miller, whose sister-in-law was among the nine LeBaron family members gunned down in Sonora state on Monday, claims her family was specifically targeted to wage a war between rival cartels.
Three mothers and six children, aged between six months and 12 years, were killed in the cartel ambush after leaving their La Mora religious community, which is a decades-old settlement in Sonora state founded as part of an offshoot of the Mormon church.
Speaking from her home in La Mora, where she is due to get married next week, Miller told CNN that her family constantly face threats from the cartels.
Miller brought up the issue of gun control and urged Americans to fight against any bans on weapons.
‘I don’t know where you’re standing on the whole (idea of) trying to take away the guns in America right now, but I say fight for those guns,’ she said.
‘These things are happening here in Mexico because people can’t protect themselves because by law they’re not allowed to own these guns.
‘So since the government isn’t doing their job of protection in the way that they should, these cartels can just wreak havoc and the people are left defenseless.
‘So I say hold onto your guns, people.’
She said the issue of safety doesn’t just effect her family and is part of a country-wide problem.
‘What’s happening here is the Mexican people are being oppressed. They’re being abused by these cartels, living in fear for their life,’ Miller said.
‘We can’t drive public roads safely. We’re being threatened that we can’t even take some of the public roads or else we’ll have bad things happen to us.
‘So many people are not protected the way that they should be.’
In the world of pocket pistols, the .380 ACP reigns supreme. Once upon a time, the .380 was considered to be weak and underpowered; but thanks to advanced bullet technology, the .380 has a new life in the modern world. We’ll be taking a look at two different .380 ACP loads — one designed around advanced expanding bullet technology and the other that adopts an old-school approach to achieve incredible penetration.
A LITTLE HISTORY
The .380 ACP loads in this article are designed around two different perspectives on what yields effectiveness. The first is one you’ve likely seen in the form of the Hornady 90-grain Critical Defense. This load features a proprietary jacketed hollow point with an FTX polymer tip. It is not a stretch to say that this load is what helped escalate the popularity of the .380, catapulting it to a modern self-defense mainstay. The FTX bullet technology allows for the projectile to pierce heavy clothing and minor barriers without deforming or clogging.
Its competitor in this showdown is the Buffalo Bore 100-grain +P hard cast. This load is essentially similar in construction to cowboy ammo from years past. Unlike the Hornady bullet, the Buffalo Bore is not designed to expand at all, instead, using the same premise as big game hunting. A solid-enough bullet drives straight through the target allowing vitals to be reached through thick hide, bone, and fat. This load is ultimately meant to drive in deep, penetrating as much tissues as possible.
We selected the Glock 42, chambered in .380 ACP, as our pistol platform. A popular option for many concealed carriers, the G42 brings a reliable pocket pistol construction that packs a punch. Though some .380 ACP micro pistols suffer from poor reliability, luckily, the Glock 42 seems to always do well on paper. Both the Hornady Critical Defense and Buffalo Bore loads were tested at a distance of 10-yards for accuracy. Each was fired from a rest and produced five, five-shot groups.
The Hornady load produces an average group size of 2.1-inches. The largest group produced was 2.75-inches while the smallest came in at 1.75-inches.
The 100-grain Buffalo Bore load produced slightly larger groups. The average five-shot group at 10-yards was 3.2-inches. The largest and smallest groups did not deviate very much at all, with the largest being 3.5-inches and the smallest being 3-inches.
Velocity testing was conducted over an Oehler 35P chronograph. The velocity recorded here was the average of 20 shots fired 5-feet from the chronograph. The Hornady load averaged 947-ft/s. The Buffalo Bore load, despite being heavier, launched at an impressive average of 1,100-ft/s. It should be noted that the Buffalo Bore load is much hotter and is rated to +P pressure.
WINNER: BUFFALO BORE
Although it is a heavier bullet loaded to higher pressure, the Buffalo Bore 100 green hard cast +P does not show a tremendous increase in recoil over its competition. The added power is something that can be felt in a gun as small as the Glock 42, but it doesn’t deliver a significant difference. It is snappier than the Hornady offering, but the impulse is smooth.
It wasn’t easy to declare a winner in this category, because there has to be something said for a small gun that has very little recoil. The Hornady load had barely any recoil at all, but for the added power, we felt the price of the added snap was worth it.
WINNER: BUFFALO BORE
While the win was handed to the Buffalo Bore load in the recoil category, this is mainly because it had more power-per-shot for a marginal increase in recoil. When it comes to shooting quickly, the low recoil of the 90-grain Critical Defense became an advantage.
Accuracy and low recoil seem to go hand in hand, so the choice became somewhat obvious. The Buffalo Bore load also generates copious amounts of smoke at the muzzle. While not quite like black powder, it does create a cloud of thin white smoke. This is not a liability, but it can slightly obstruct the shooter’s vision in low light.
When comes to the gel test, we had a hard time declaring a winner. In terms of penetration, the Buffalo Bore load went through an amazing amount of bare gel considering how small of a bullet the .380 launches. It achieved an averaged penetration depth that rivaled big calibers like .45 ACP and .44 Magnum of similar bullet construction. The little bullets went in an astounding 41-inches, completely passing through two entire blocks of gel before coming to rest in the third.
The Hornaday load was not designed to penetrate but, instead, offer expansion and energy transfer. The Critical Defense bullets averaged 9-inches of gel penetration. All the recovered bullets showed excellent expansion. Penetration depth for three shots resulted in very uniform performance.
A tie was issued here because the bullets, while of the same caliber, were designed for two very different purposes and each achieved their specific goals.
OVERALL WINNER: BUFFALO BORE
These two loads each offer their own advantages for the .380, but the same advantages that they enjoy in a small gun, such as penetration and low recoil, may not translate to larger and more common calibers. The .380 is so small there isn’t much middle ground. In larger calibers, you can find mediums in performance that aren’t so extreme.
It was not without great debate that Buffalo Bore was ultimately declared the winner. When it comes to a gun as small as the Glock 42, every advantage must be sought out. Penetration is a quality that is usually lacking from small-caliber pocket pistols, so it is refreshing that the Buffalo Bore load shoots through any angle of a target.
Carmel borders on the north of Indianapolis. Some relatives used to live there.
CARMEL, Ind. — Carmel police are looking for two people who attempted to rob a Village Pantry early Wednesday morning.
The Carmel Police Department said officers responded to a reported armed robbery at the Village Pantry at 9601 North College Avenue around 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Witnesses told police that two suspects entered the business and tried to rob it by holding the cashier at gunpoint. At some point, the cashier shot at the suspects and they ran away with an undetermined amount of cash and merchandise.
The Dover Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred in the 100 Block of Old Forge Drive on Sunday morning, according to M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer.
Hoffman said at approximately 1:08, a 21-year-old female observed several black male subjects walking around her vehicle in front of her residence. They walked away from her vehicle and were standing near a black hatchback vehicle parked on Old Forge Drive.
The female drove in her vehicle toward the subjects when one male pulled a handgun and fired several rounds, striking her vehicle in the rear passenger side door. The female stated that she open carries a handgun and returned fire before fleeing in her vehicle.
No injuries were reported and no shots appeared to strike anything else in the area. One of the male subjects was described as being a black male wearing a blue jacket. The group of subjects fled in the black hatchback vehicle.
Looks like the victim gave back better than he got.
DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Two men are recovering after shooting each other in a robbery gone wrong, according to Dothan police.
Officers responded to “a robbery/shooting call” on Greentree Ave Monday where they found that the suspect tried to pull a gun on his target only for the victim to fight back.
The would-be robber shot the victim in the leg, but he didn’t escape unscathed as the victim pulled out his own gun and shot the suspect twice, once in the shoulder and once in the leg.
Both men were treated for their wounds, which have been determined to be nonlife-threatening. While the suspect has not been identified, arrests are expected in this case.
A would-be armed robber was killed Sunday in West Philadelphia when his intended victim fought back, pulled his own gun and shot his attacker instead, police said.
Investigators described the hopeful thief as a black male approximately 25 to 30 years old. They said he was attempting to rob a man sitting outside a home on the 1200 block of North 60th Street, near its the intersection with Haverford Avenue a when he was shot.
The alleged robber ran down the block but collapsed on a porch a few feet away. He was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and pronounced dead just before 9 p.m.
Officers did not release the dead man’s name Sunday night, citing the ongoing investigation. He was at least the third person to die and the sixth injured as a result of gun violence in the city this weekend.
The shooter was not injured during the incident and had a license to carry his weapon, they said.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi police say a suspected burglar was shot by a south side homeowner.
The shooting happened around 5:45 p.m. Sunday in the 7800 block of Yorktown Blvd.
Police say a homeowner confronted two suspects who allegedly burglarized a home. The homeowner then pulled out a gun and fired.
A man was hit, while a woman that was with the burglary suspect took off on foot. The suspect/gunshot victim was transported to Bay Area Hospital. His condition is not known.
Police are still searching for the woman at the scene.