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.
A top Republican House member on Wednesday proposed eliminating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, writing a bill that would freeze all hiring at the troubled agency and require the Justice Department to come up with a plan for transferring its duties to other agencies.
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the Wisconsin Republican who wrote the bill, called it both a chance to streamline government and to clean up an agency that’s been criticized from the right and the left for botched gun-running operations.
“The ATF is a largely duplicative, scandal ridden agency that lacks a clear mission. It is plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges and a lack of leadership,” said Mr. Sensenbrenner, who is a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
“People with guns kill people” is an apparently sensible heading for a report on “gun violence” by a professional organization that regards firearms as dangers for which availability and access should be restricted. Gun Violence: Prediction, Prevention, and Policy was presented in August by the American Psychological Association (APA) at its annual meeting. It rightly calls attention to the need to understand factors in development, community, culture and gender that are associated with more or less likelihood of people resorting to lethal violence. Yet it also veers far away from the APA’s expertise in psychology, and the focus on violence-by-gun invites broader questions about the role of gun use within violence overall. The authors and references are largely drawn from gun control proponents without regard to research that shows how more guns in the right hands can minimize violence.
It’s good to read that “exposure to violent media, in movies and television, is associated with increased aggressive behaviors, aggressive thoughts and feelings, increased physiological arousal, and decreased prosocial behaviors”. This is a topic the mainstream media religiously avoids, but that all parents know matters.
The crying need for better access to quality care for the mentally ill is rightly emphasized. This is a cornerstone of violence prevention among those at risk due to severe psychiatric illness. But the authors offer a much trickier recommendation when they call for expanding the class of persons prohibited from purchasing guns to include “domestic violence offenders, persons convicted of violent misdemeanor crimes” as well as “individuals with mental illness who have been adjudicated as being a threat to themselves or to others.” This sounds desirable, yet demands much more specificity to avoid abuse by false accusations and to distinguish truly threatening criminals from too broadly classified “violent” misdemeanants.
Another surprising Quinnipiac poll out this morning puts Republican Bob Beauprez up 10 points over Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper among likely voters, 50 percent to 40 percent.
The Democratic incumbent is badly underwater in the Q poll, viewed unfavorably by 51 percent and favorably by 43 percent. Beauprez, a former congressman, is viewed positively by 49 percent and negatively by 31 percent.
Beauprez leads by 13 among independents, 50-37. And he’s neck-and-neck with Hickenlooper among women, edging him out 47-46, while carrying men by 20 points, 54-34.
President Obama recalled the one-year anniversary of the Washington Navy Yard shootings, calling it an “an unspeakable act of violence.”
“As we remember men and women taken from us so senselessly, we keep close their family and friends, stand with the survivors who continue to heal and pay tribute to the first responders who acted with skill and bravery,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Obama also called for Americans to reject the ideas that shootings were the “new normal,” calling for “common-sense” gun control and increased security on military bases.
Football player Ray Rice’s video-captured February attack on his then-fiancée has once again brought domestic violence into the public’s consciousness.
Or has it?
Critics would say that while it has placed a spotlight on violence against women, that isn’t at all synonymous with “domestic violence.”
Because studies show that most domestic violence may actually be violence against men.
This has just been brought to light by Guardian columnist Glen Poole, who recently asked why British actress Kelly Brook has “got away with punching two men”? Complaining that there “is little room for the female perpetrator or the male victim in mainstream modern discourse around violence and [sex],” he goes on to point out:
Women are committing violence against men and boys on a daily basis…. International research suggests that as much as half of domestic violence is committed against men, but in the UK, fewer that [sic] 7% of convicted perpetrators are female. So what can we learn from Brook’s refusal to take responsibility for her own celebrity violence? She is clearly no ordinary women [sic], but the gender script she is performing is predictably ordinary.
Yet not only is this information about sex and violence nothing new, some would say Poole is understating the case. For example, Sophie Goodchild reported in a 2000 Guardian piece on a study showing that women were actually more likely to initiate violence in relationships, writing:
The study … is based on an analysis of 34,000 men and women by a British academic. Women lash out more frequently than their husbands or boyfriends, concludes John Archer, professor of psychology at the University of Central Lancashire and president of the International Society for Research on Aggression.
… Professor Archer analysed data from 82 US and UK studies on relationship violence, dating back to 1972. He also looked at 17 studies based on victim reports from 1,140 men and women…. [H]e said that female aggression was greater in westernised women because they were “economically emancipated” and therefore not afraid of ending a relationship.
This is likely only a small part of why women have become more violent, however. Other observers point out that some women will take advantage of domestic-violence laws and procedures, knowing that if a man they assault retaliates, calling the police will generally result in the onus being placed on him. In addition, increased female domestic assault is part and parcel of a decades-long rise in female violence in general.
State Sen. Rod Wright submitted his resignation Monday after he was sentenced last week to three months in jail for lying about where he lived when he ran for office.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg accepted Wright’s one-sentence letter, which stated his resignation is effective Sept. 22. Jennifer Hanson, a spokeswoman for Wright, confirmed the senator submitted the letter.
To replace Wright, Gov. Jerry Brown has 14 days from the time the vacancy begins to call for a special election. Steinberg’s office said the primary is likely to be in December with a runoff in February.
Wright, a Democrat from Los Angeles County, was convicted of perjury in January for lying about his residence and later was suspended with pay from the Senate. Wright’s was the first of three unrelated cases against Democratic lawmakers who were suspended and cost the party its supermajority in the Senate.
A mob vents its fury against a member of Ukraine’s parliament after a vote granted an amnesty to pro-Russia rebels.
An angry crowd has thrown a Ukrainian MP into a skip outside the country’s parliament in Kiev.
A group of men were filmed shoving Vitaly Zhuravsky before grabbing him and dumping him head first into the bin filled with festering rubbish.
As he tried to clamber out, the MP – still gripping his briefcase – was held down by his head as members of the screaming and swearing mob tossed a tyre on top of him.
Before Mr Zhuravsky could free himself, liquid from what looked like a drink can was poured over his head and a woman was heard shouting in Russian: “Boys, let me kick him at least one time.”
Once a member of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of the Regions, the MP risked unpopularity in January when he authored a bill severely tightening restrictions on anti-government protesters.
Previously, he was behind a controversial bill criminalising libel, which was withdrawn amid widespread opposition.
The incident came after the Ukrainian parliament voted to ratify a major EU-Ukraine association agreement.
The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.
With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.
The amendment is causing a headache for gun retailers, as each box needs to be checked off or else it’s an ATF violation — severe enough for the government to shut a business down. Many times people skip over the Hispanic/Latino box and only check their race, or vice versa — both of which are federal errors that can be held against the dealer.