Too many people think that simply having a gun is all you need for protection when you hear breaking glass in the middle of the night.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Simply having a gun is not enough.
You must first have the mindset to use the gun without hesitation to defend your life and then have the ability to deliver life-saving hits on your opponent under the stress of a lethal encounter.
In this video we see a young man who lacked the proper mindset and did everything wrong.
Note his occupation, his admission that he always has a gun with him, and his understanding that his life was in danger, yet he lacked the mindset and the ability to do what was required and it cost him. He is dumb lucky to be alive.
Yes, this is a justifiable shooting. See the handgun in the suspect’s hand?
Did you identify the glaring tactical error on the part of the officers involved in the shooting?
They failed to stay in the fight, mentally and physically. Notice how after the suspect goes down, they get tunnel vision on the suspect, let their weapons hang one handed and casually walk up to him WHILE HE STILL HAS A GUN IN HIS HAND!
One of the officers even holsters his weapon as he walks up and stands over the suspect, while the suspect is still holding a gun.
Just because your opponent goes down, don’t make the potentially fatal mistake that he is out of the fight… especially if a weapon is still in his hand. He can initially be stunned yet still have enough fight left in him to press the trigger again as you approach. If wearing a ballistic vest or high on drugs, your opponent may be fully capable of taking you out after he goes down.
He may even be playing ‘possum’ to lure you in and get you to relax your guard, only to have him shoot you at close range in a fraction of a second!
You must approach your opponent with your weapon at the ready and the mindset that you will shoot again if he makes any move to use the weapon in his hand or within his reach. You do not let your guard down until your opponent is separated from his ability (the weapon) to hurt you.
Clearly, the incident was a tragic mistake by an officer with just two years on the job. This officer, like anyone else under stress, is only half as good in the field as he is on his best training day. This is all the more reason why private citizens and officers alike can never get enough training. There is quite a bit of speculation as to what happened. I do not believe the officer intentionally shot a prone man in the back.
The look of surprise on the officer’s face when the weapon discharged is evidence that the shot was unintentional. However, there did not appear to be a reason to present a handgun (or shoot) at that time. If there was a reason to present the gun, the officer should not have had his finger on the trigger unless he intended to shoot. Again, this a classic example of the adverse effects of stress in any physical confrontation.
The more lethal the confrontation, the more stressful, and the more likely you will be half as good (and half as smart) as you are on your best training day. Tragically for the suspect, a non-lethal encounter became lethal. Unfortunately for the officer, a career in law enforcement is over and he will forever carry this incident with him.
MORE TRAINING would have prevented this incident from happening.
On April 23rd, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill “nullifying city and county gun restrictions” to ensure that it is legal to “openly carry firearms” throughout the state.
The law takes effect on July 1.
According to cjonline.com, the law will “sweep away restrictions on open carry.” It will also “prevent cities and counties from enacting restrictions on firearm sales or how guns are stored or transported.”
Supporters of the law say it will correct “a patchwork of local regulations [that have] infringed on gun-ownership rights.”
Its official name is the “Safe Carry Protection Act.”
But critics are calling it the “Guns Everywhere Bill.”
At noon Wednesday, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is scheduled to sign the sweeping legislation into law. One of the most permissive state gun laws in the nation, it will allow licensed owners to carry firearms into more public places than at any time in the past century, including churches, bars and government buildings that don’t have security checkpoints.
The law also authorizes school districts to appoint staffers to carry firearms. It allows churches to “opt-in” if they want to allow weapons. Bars could already “opt-in” to allow weapons, but under the new law they must opt out if they want to bar weapons. Permit-holders who accidentally bring a gun to an airport security checkpoint will now be allowed to pick up their weapon and leave with no criminal penalty. (At Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a record 111 guns were found at TSA screening areas last year.)
Americans for Responsible Solutions, the group co-founded by former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, has called the legislation “the most extreme gun bill in America,” and mounted an aggressive campaign against it. So have other gun-control organizations, including Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group started by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Frank Rotondo, the executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, has blasted the law. “Police officers do not want more people carrying guns on the street,” said Rotondo, “particularly police officers in inner city areas.” (Translation: We Fear Legally Armed Minorities – Glenn)
But Georgia state Rep. Rick Jasperse (R.-Jasper), who introduced the bill, insisted that it was not “extreme,” adding that it was simply about restoring Second Amendment rights and allowing licensed gun owners to carry their weapons in more places.
“When we limit a Georgian’s ability to carry a weapon — to defend themselves — we’re empowering the bad guys,” Jasperse said.
A Virginia CHP holder, Guy Ackerman, inadvertently brought a handgun with him into NJ.
He discovered the gun in his car and rather than leave it in there with valet parking, he took the unloaded revolver to his room and locked it in the room safe. The valet had noticed the gun when it was in the car and told the police, who arrested Guy and charged him with unlawful weapon possession – a felony in NJ.
The prosecutor is refusing to allow Guy an option to avoid jail time, an option that is normally available in such cases.
Guy is really in a tough spot. If he takes the prosecutor’s current “deal,” Guy will spend one year in prison before being able to apply for parole. If denied, he will have to serve up to three years. If he rejects the idea of a “guilty” plea and is found guilty in a trial, he then faces a minimum jail sentence of between five and ten years.
Back in 1995, the Tennessee Law Review published a symposium issue on the Second Amendment and firearms policy. That symposium was probably the most influential law review symposium ever published on the topic. (More on that issue, below.) This year, the Tennessee Law Review is doing another Second Amendment symposium. My contribution to the forthcoming issue is The First Amendment Guide to the Second Amendment.
As the article explains, post-Heller courts have frequently looked to the First Amendment for guidance on Second Amendment questions. This is sensible, because since the Supreme Court began taking the First Amendment seriously about 75 years ago, a rich body of precedent has been developed. The First and Second Amendments both safeguard natural, pre-existing human rights, whereas Amendments 4-8 are mainly controls on particular government processes, and Amendments 9-10 are interpretive rules.
Part I of the article explains how the Supreme Court in Heller and McDonald used First Amendment tools and analogies to help resolve Second Amendment issues. This was consistent with several earlier Supreme Court cases, which treated the First and Second Amendments in pari materia.
The Windy City is supposed to be the model of gun control the rest of the nation should follow to keep our streets safe. They have guns laws that make California look like Texas. The only problem is, those pesky criminals don’t follow the laws and Chicago is a bloody war zone. Over the Easter weekend, 9 people were shot to death with another 36 wounded by gunfire.
Enter Paul Konrad. He’s the morning news meteorologist for WGN. Now you wouldn’t expect that a local weatherman would have much to say about gun control or the violence that is tearing the city apart, but you’d be wrong. He tweeted out this:
Wow, someone in the media admitting that criminals, not guns, are the problem. This is almost a shocking as if it flowed from the fingertips of a liberal. I don’t know what Mr. Konrad’s political affiliation is, but he displays the capacity for rational thought, so let’s assume he’s not a democrat.
IN THIS EPISODE:
NYPD’s Friendly Twitter Hashtag Campaign Backfires Big-Time (Police Brutality Pics Fiesta), Gun Owners Shred NY SAFE Act Forms on Registration Deadline Day, County clerks: State delays handgun permit updates under NY SAFE Act, SAFE Act Repeal – Legal Update by NYSRPAs Tom King, ‘Mass exodus’ from Cuomo administration expected post-election, Bill Clinton to headline Gabrielle Giffords gun group event in NYC, Bloomberg’s New Gun-Grabber Group Wants to Invade Gun Owners’ Homes, Bloomberg’s New Campaign: Take Guns from Women in Abusive Households, BLOOMTURD INSANELY WRONG THINKING HE CAN BUY HIS WAY TO HEAVEN, Rick Perry Challenges Andrew Cuomo to Debate on Jobs, Gun owners flying through N.Y and N.J. shouldn’t be arrested when they check their guns, Listen as Anti-NRA Protester Explains Why You Shouldn’t Be Able to Protect Yourself With a Gun If Your Life Is in Danger, Five ways gun control advocates fail, Glen Beck Compares Bundy Protesters to Occupy Protesters, Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy Ranch: ‘If They’re Patriots, We’re in Big Trouble’, After Nevada ranch stand-off, emboldened militias ask: where next?, Murder of Bundy Cattle Will Lead to Criminal Charges Against BLM?, Wrong is the New Right.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who will be arriving in New York this afternoon for a trip trying to lure businesses to the Lone Star State, offered a Texas-sized take-down of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s record on job creation this morning and challenged him to a debate.
“I’d be more than happy to sit down and have a thoughtful conversation, a debate with Gov. Cuomo over the issues that face us as a state and talk about the economic policies and compare New York to Texas,” said Mr. Perry, speaking on New York Post columnist Fred Dicker’s Live from the State Capitolradio show. “I think that would be not only interesting and fun, but a thoughtful way for us as a country to have a discussion between two of the major states in America, talking about which one of these policies are actually better for our people.”
Mr. Cuomo has made a point of emphasizing tax cuts and job growth as he runs for re-election, but Mr. Perry quickly brushed aside those efforts. Asked about an ad campaign Mr. Cuomo has been running advertising the state’s new tax-free zones to lure new businesses, Mr. Perry ran through a list of companies that had relocated or expanded into Texas recently, and also pointed to New York’s high net migration rate.
“There’s a real message there: More wealth left the state of New York and California than any other two states in the nation,” said Mr. Perry. “And you have to be honest about this: It’s about tax policy, it’s about regulatory policy, it’s about the legal system, and then it’s about a skilled workforce.”
Still the Republican had some kind–if veiled–words for Mr. Cuomo. He pointed to a Tax Foundation tax burden tally that moved New York up two spots from 50th to 48th place this year.
“I will say, in New York’s credit, they’ve moved in the right direction,” said Mr. Perry. “Of course there was only one direction you could go in New York.”
Instead woman already in the military … will find themselves assigned to combat arms to meet a quota designed by a wide–load Member of Congress whose most strenuous activity is the Pilates class she makes once a month.
Still, they won’t be seeing the elephant overnight. Right now only a handful of the 203,000 women currently in the military can pass the physical for combat infantry or Marines. When faced with the reality that women can’t pass the test, Congress and Pentagon paper–pushers will change the test until they can pass.
Unfortunately, when you lower standards by definition you get substandard material. This is not to say women as a group are substandard.
The Marine Corps, which I was counting on to maintain standards, is showing signs of going wobbly. CNS News reports the Corps has delayed a requirement that female Marines do a minimum of three pull–ups. The postponement came after 55 percent of females in boot camp couldn’t meet the standard. By comparison, only 1 percent of the males failed.
This test is important for the future of our military’s combat effectiveness because upper body strength is vital both in combat and on the front line where soldiers carry ammunition, lift the wounded, manhandle sandbags and tote weapons.
I suppose we could allow women to push a shopping cart into combat or issue ‘spinner’ luggage. But that won’t work either because after she fills the bag with shoes there won’t be any room for equipment.
The deadline for degrading the combat arm is 2016 and as the date approaches, and the lack of qualified women becomes obvious enough for even a Democrat to see, that’s when the pressure to change the test will be the most severe.