Archive for January, 2007

Some fun quotes:

January 22, 2007

“those who choose security over freedom end up with neither”

more to be added later….

Don’t Carry Too Much Money

January 20, 2007

Cuz suspicious money might get taken! Will be keeping an eye on this.

The Monitor, Sheriff’s deputy resigns after $1 million seizure, January 13,2007,Michael Barnett and Jeremy Roebuck

Patroling Your Backyard is Terrorism

January 20, 2007

Apparently some people want to make it a class 5 felony to protect your own backyard. Supposedly this law was designed to go after minutemen (who patrol to prevent illegal aliens) but it’s broad enough to impact ones own national and private backyard.

A. An individual or group of individuals commits domestic terrorism if the individual or group of individuals are not affiliated with a local, state or federal law enforcement entity and associate with another individual or group of individuals as an organization, group, corporation or company for the purpose of patrolling to detect alleged illegal activity or to individually patrol for the purpose of detecting alleged illegal activity and if the individual or group of individuals is armed with a firearm or other weapon.

State of Arizona, House of Representatives, Forty-eighth Legislature, First Regular Session, 2007, HB 2286, REFERENCE TITLE: domestic terrorism

Self Defense? Ordinary Citizens Need Not Apply

January 20, 2007

Federal documents made public Friday show the scope of the investigation into Chicago Ald. Arenda Troutman and indicate the FBI may not be done looking into her connections to street gangs.

Evidence logs from searches of Troutman’s home and office on Monday also show that agents allegedly found suspected drugs, drug paraphernalia and a handgun.

Earlier this week, authorities charged Troutman with accepting a bribe to smooth the way for a mixed-use development on the South Side. Troutman has denied the accusations.

The documents show some of the suspected drugs were recovered in Troutman’s home in the 6500 block of South Kimbark Avenue, where the revolver also was found. A “white powdery substance in Ziploc plastic bag” was found in her office at 5958 S. State St., the documents state, noting it was found in a desk drawer.

Gun control opponents have criticized a policy that allows aldermen, but not ordinary citizens, to bear arms.

Chicago Tribune, FBI log: Troutman raids turned up ‘suspect’ drugs, gun, Jeff Coen, January 12, 2007, 8:18 PM CST
Chicago Sun-Times, ‘She just wanted to feel safe’ Cable host defends decision to give gun to Troutman January 18, 2007, FRANK MAIN AND NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Defender, Pistol packin’ aldermen protected by the law, Faith Okpotor,February 3, 2006

It’s Ok for Girls Gone Wild?

January 20, 2007

This article makes me dread the day I become a parent.


The Anatomy of Gun Control

January 20, 2007

Video comments:

The Anatomy of Gun Control (video)
The Anatomy of Gun Control
You can see it in every gun control ordinance and law
January 11, 2007
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The Anatomy of Gun Control – you can find it in every piece of legislation that blames inanimate objects and restricts the rights of the law-abiding American while ignoring the real problem. I believe one can find it in every bill or ordinance that the anti-gun lobby slides through California city councils, county boards and the state legislature. The Anatomy of Gun Control exposes itself in the light of day, if you take the time to look.

So I thought I’d take a current piece of lawmaking and illustrate by examining the very goings-on of a major California legislative body. A few weeks ago, I was forwarded a link to an online video, that of the Sacramento city council on December 5th of last year (just over a month at the moment I write this). Sacramento is in the early stages of considering 8 different gun control measures (watch the video).

If I’m right, it didn’t matter what the gun control issue was. Where gun control is being successfully foisted on California citizens, there is sure to be an unholy collboration between gun-control groups and your elected representatives, underway long before any public meetings are held. One can easily find plenty of evidence of the Anatomy of Gun Control in such situations if one only takes the time to look.

Did I find that evidence? Of course, the viewer is the judge and I defer to Your Honor. Please visit:

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FoxNews: War on Drugs is Futile

January 17, 2007

It’s understandable why when many people first see Howard Wooldridge, they might at first think he’s a crank.

The slender, mustachioed man of middle-age frequently wears a cowboy hat, and has been known to get around town on a horse. He also wears a black shirt with loud, conspicuous lettering on both the front and back. You’d be forgiven to dismiss him as a religious zealot proclaiming the coming apocalypse, or a disciple of Lyndon Larouche.

But look closer. The shirt reads: “COPS SAY LEGALIZE DRUGS: ASK ME WHY.”

And people do.

“I get stopped just about everywhere,” he says. “The shirt works. I have several different for different occasions – I can get my point across in 30 seconds in an elevator, a few minutes in a restaurant, or full-blown speech at a Rotary Club.”

If he doesn’t leave people convinced, he at least leaves them asking the right questions.

So does Norm Stamper, former police chief for the city of Seattle.

“People ask how a former cop could say drugs should be legalized, but it’s precisely because I love police and love police work that I’m saying it. The drug war stops real cops from doing real police work. It’s corrupting. It’s wasteful. And it has wrecked communities.”

Wooldridge and Stamper are featured speakers for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a relatively new but powerfully motivated group of current and former police officers, judges, prosecutors, and politicians who have come out against America’s failed war on drugs.

LEAP was founded in 2002 by Jack Cole, a 26-year veteran of the New Jersey State Police. Cole spent 12 of those years as an undercover narcotics detective. According to his bio, it was his post-retirement struggle with the “emotional residue” left over from his work as a narcotics officer that led him to the realization that the war on drugs has failed.

After forming LEAP, Cole, Wooldridge, and three other founding members hit the public speaking circuit, talking to government classes, Rotary Clubs, and campus organizations. They wrote op-eds for local newspapers, and they debated on radio programs. In just under five years, LEAP now claims more than 6,500 members.

Proponents of drug prohibition tend to dismiss reform groups like NORML or the Drug Policy Alliance as fringe ideologues (politicians seem fond of dismissing the latter group for no other reason than that it gets its funding from George Soros). But when decorated police officers, former police chiefs, and ex-judges and prosecutors speak up, audiences can’t help but take notice.

These aren’t stoners. They’re former public servants, and many risked their lives for a cause they now say is mistaken.

That’s powerful stuff. When a guy tells you he regrets what he’s done for most of his career — and what he could well have died for — his words take on a unique credibility and urgency.

One common characteristic you’ll find in many members of LEAP is guilt. Most of these former officers lug around a weighty burden. Many concede they realized early in their careers that the drug war was a failure, and would always be a failure. They regret now that they didn’t speak up sooner.

Stamper says in LEAP’s promotional video, “Even though I knew that the drug war was harmful financially and psychically and spiritually . . . I should have been saying much more of that, much more strenuously.”

One thing LEAP’s members can attest to that other drug war critics can’t is the drug war’s corrupting influence on police officers.

Tony Ryan, one of LEAP’s newest member and a well-decorated, 36-year Denver police officer recently wrote in an op-ed, “the huge lure of money is always there, either through bribes by drug dealers, or during busts where piles of money are lying around. Corruption of law enforcement was at its highest during alcohol prohibition and we see it now with drug prohibition.”

Any Lexis or Google News search will confirm Ryan’s warning about corruption a dozen times over. That’s not an indictment of police officers. Rather, it’s an indictment of policy that puts police officers in situations where temptation and corruption come begging. But it’s still a difficult argument for someone without law enforcement experience to make. Coming from a retired cop – in fact from dozens of them affiliated with LEAP – it becomes impossible for drug war proponents to ignore.

LEAP’s message is powerful. I’ve now heard or seen four of its speakers’ presentations. They use tales from the front lines to illustrate their broader points on public policy. Their delivery is authentic and gently persuasive, not didactic. They come from all political stripes, from hippy-ish liberals to live-and-let-live libertarians to law-and-order conservatives, the latter having come to the realization that the drug war consists of bad laws that cause much disorder.

For several years now, LEAP has been looking for a debate with the country’s top drug policymakers – anyone from DEA Administrator Karen Tandy to Drug Czar John Walters to powerful prohibition politicians like Indiana Rep. Mark Souder.

So far, they’ve had little luck. That’s too bad. If the drug war is still as important and necessary as our leaders in government say it is, it’s champions should be able to defend it–especially against the law enforcement officers they’ve asked to fight it.

FoxNews, Former Narcs Say Drug War is Futile, Monday, January 15, 2007, Radley Balko

Drinking Water it Can Be Dangerous………

January 14, 2007

dangerous water

Looks like a woman died by water intoxication:

A 28-year-old woman found dead hours after taking part in a radio station’s water drinking contest died of water intoxication, the coroner’s office said Saturday.

Assistant Sacramento County Coroner Ed Smith said a preliminary investigation found evidence “consistent with a water intoxication death.”

Jennifer Strange’s mother found her daughter’s body at her home Friday in the Sacramento suburb of Rancho Cordova after Strange called her supervisor at her job to say she was heading home in terrible pain.

“She said to one of our supervisors that she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad,” said Laura Rios, one of Strange’s co-workers at Radiological Associates of Sacramento. “She was crying and that was the last that anyone had heard from her.”

Earlier Friday, Strange took part in a contest at radio station KDND 107.9 in which participants competed to see how much water they could drink without going to the bathroom.

Initially, contestants were handed eight-ounce bottles of water to drink every 15 minutes.

“They were small little half-pint bottles, so we thought it was going to be easy,” said fellow contestant James Ybarra of Woodland. “They told us if you don’t feel like you can do this, don’t put your health at risk.”

Ybarra said he quit after drinking five bottles. “My bladder couldn’t handle it anymore,” he added.

After he quit, he said, the remaining contestants, including Strange, were given even bigger bottles to drink.

“I was talking to her and she was a nice lady,” Ybarra said. “She was telling me about her family and her three kids and how she was doing it for kids.”

The winner of the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest was promised a Nintendo Wii video game system.

John Geary, vice president and marketing manager for Entercom Sacramento, the station’s owner, said station personnel were stunned when they heard of Strange’s death.

“We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred,” he said.

And this isn’t the first person to die from too much water. Reminds me of a story I read where in the medieval times somebody held their bladder to avoid interrupting the kings speech. He held his bladder so long it exploded. His death was neither quick nor painless.

The Associated Press, Woman dies after taking part in radio station contest, 6:46 pm PST Saturday, January 13, 2007

Rape, guns, and cellphones

January 14, 2007

This makes the point fair enough. There are 4 more videos here.

Bruce Montague is in trouble for firearm violations, something that apparently 90% of canadian gun owners are ‘guilty’ of as well, and is currently fighting the system via legal means.

Gun Accidents: And how to avoid them

January 14, 2007

As the saying goes…”those that don’t know history are condemned to repeat it”. So lets learn from the mistakes of others. It seems if all the following accidents seem to be avoidable if you either use a quality holster or follow the four rules.

The four rules of firearm safety are:
1. Treat all guns as if they are always loaded.
2. Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.
4. Be sure of your target. (and what is behind it)

Accidents due to No Holster

No Holster #1, Mexican Carry #11,2: Loss of Family Jewels

The man had just stuck the gun back into his waistband when it fired, shooting him in the left testicle. He cringed, causing the gun to fire again and strike him in the left calf.

No Holster #2, Mexican Carry #2: No Wang Vo

His name was Chang Thong Vo, but he was better known on the streets of Chinatown as Tommy or “No Wang Vo” because four years ago he accidentally shot off part of his penis with the .45-calibre handgun he kept stuffed down the front of his baggy blue jeans.

No Holster #3, Gun in Backpack: Woman Paralyzed

Rubalcava’s gun discharged on Aug. 4 as he set the backpack on the floor during a class at California Beauty College in downtown Modesto. The bullet lodged in Michelle’s back and severed her spinal chord, paralyzing her from the waist down.

(probable) No Holster #4, Locked and Loaded Gun Under Pillow

ALBANY, Ga. – A police officer was shot in the wrist when the service weapon that she kept under her pillow went off. Albany police Sgt. Kinshishi Adams, 34, was lying in bed Sunday when a .40 caliber pistol she kept under her pillow discharged and struck her in her left wrist, Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek said. Adams was listed in good condition Tuesday at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Valerie Benton said. “She sustained an extremely serious wound to the left wrist and underwent surgery (Sunday) night,” Cheek said. “Everything indicates it was just a freak accident. She apparently sleeps with a weapon under her pillow, and somehow it discharged.1

Comment from THR says it all: “She sounds like a real bright one. “Let me see, I’m going to cock and lock this pistol then rest my head on it!” Someone that stupid doesn’t need to be in law enforcement and is very lucky she was only shot in the wrist.” Try a holster or a night stand next time. If you awake at night and have to make a speed draw on a criminal standing over your bed, well, it’s too late for you my friend. The best option is to sleep in a secure house, locked bedroom, with your home defense weapon in condition 3. That way you have to make deliberate moves to make your weapon “dangerous”, while using physical barriers and a decent alarm system to give you time to prepare/contact help. Speed drawing is for street carry. Buy a dog if you are that scared.

Cheap Holster #1: Gun Falls Out

While eating dinner at the Planet Hollywood restaurant, a patron bent to pick something up from the floor. A small pistol fell from his pocket, hit the floor, and went off. The bullet struck and injured two convention delegates waiting to be seated; both women went to the hospital.

Cheap Holster #21: Gun gets cocked.

I once was a rent a cop and we had cheap Hunter holsters, the retention strap went over the trigger guard, leaving the hammer exposed. Twice I looked down to see my revolver cocked.

    Violating the four rules

1. Treat all guns as if they are always loaded.

Teen Assumes Gun Was Unloaded

Samuel B. Allgyer, 15, of Mill Hall, and two other male teens, 13 and 15, returned from hunting and each was handling the gun in a farmhouse Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The 15-year-old fired the rifle thinking it had no ammunition in it, said state police Trooper Nicholas A. Loffredo. But it did have a live round, which struck the victim in the chest.

Man Assumes Gun Was Unloaded At Gunshow

John Bogesdorfer, 64, of Monroeville was looking at a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at the booth of Hannah’s Gun Shop of Tipton, Blair County when the incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. The booth was tended by vendor John Hannah . While Bogesdorfer was handling the gun, it went off, striking Gladkoski who was at another vendor’s booth. All guns at the gun show were supposed to be unloaded.

Pop Star is Reckless, Doesn’t Check The Chamber

JIMMY ZAMBO, a Hungarian pop star, died yesterday in a gun accident. Zambo, 42, accidentally shot himself in the head at 5am in his house in Budapest. He had fired a 9mm Beretta out of the window. Zambo removed the clip, but failed to realise a bullet was still in the chamber.

2. Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.
Being Careless While Unloading1: Darwin Award

Atlantic Beach Police say a gun accident turned fatal Sunday afternoon. Police say two best friends, 26 year old Justin Corbett Ellingsworth and 25 year old Donald Robert Jones Jr, were unloading some guns, …

Extremely rare (not to mention suspicious). Violated rule #2 even though no human was touching the gun.

The man had gotten out of the boat to pick up decoys at the end of the day, said Cape Taylor, Tennessee Wildlife Resources law enforcement supervisor for Davidson and several other counties. A hunting companion, who didn’t have waders on, remained in the boat, where the other man’s shotgun lay on the floor. “The dog apparently jumped back there and hit the trigger of the gun,”

4. Be sure of your target. (and what is behind it)

Shooting before identifyingsource

An off-duty police officer in Connecticut shot and critically wounded his 18-year-old daughter, apparently mistaking her for an intruder after she sneaked out of their home and re-entered through the basement.

Eric Scott, 41, a member of the New Haven police force for nine years, has not been charged in the Tuesday shooting.

“Mr. Scott was under the impression his daughter had gone to bed for the night,” Stratford Capt. Thomas Rodia said. “He did not expect his daughter to be outside or down in the basement.”

Investigators said Tasha Scott left her home late Monday to meet a boyfriend. She triggered a backyard motion sensor light as she tried to enter through a basement door.

Awakened by the light, Eric Scott spotted someone moving in the basement bathroom, police said. He fired his department-issued pistol once, hitting the teen in the knee. The bullet traveled up her leg and lodged in her thigh area, police said.

The teenager underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition Wednesday morning.

Lesson learned: Be sure of your target (rule #4), it just ain’t empty platitude. Invest in a good flashlight. Gun mounted light = target ID while keeping your shooting platform. Don’t shoot anything just because it “broke” into your home. Cops are not infallible. And if somebody is in the bathroom common sense would say they probably aren’t extremely dangerous.

Dropping a Gun

Not sure what to say about this….

Kuala Lumpur- Three shoppers, including two Vietnamese workers, were shot in the leg by stray [pellets] when a Malaysian security guard at a popular mall accidentally dropped his shotgun, reports said Friday. The guard, 24, had been loading his shotgun early Thursday when the weapon slipped and fell to the ground.

Tennessean,Hunting dog hits trigger, kills hunter, ANNE PAINE, Friday, 01/12/07
Havard Magazine, Death by the Barrel, David Hemenway applies scientific method to the gun problem, Craig Lambert
MSNBC, Nobody move or the one on the right gets it, too, Would-be kidnapper shoots own left testicle, police say, then nails left calf, 6:03 p.m. ET Nov 15, 2006
Beauty college shooter sentenced, Rubalcava admits to ‘really bad decision,’ gets 270 days in jail, SUSAN HERENDEEN, December 19, 2006, 05:55:53 AM PST
MSNBC, Nobody move or the one on the right gets it, too, Would-be kidnapper shoots own left testicle, police say, then nails left calf, 6:03 p.m. ET Nov 15, 2006
Canada First, “Refugee” Gangster ‘No Wang’ Vo Slain in Toronto’s Chinatown
The Associated Press, AMISH TEEN KILLED IN GUN ACCIDENT AFTER HUNTING, 12/3/2004, 12:58 p.m. ET, Gun accident injures man at ExpoMart, Sunday, May 15, 2005, Man Killed in Gun Accident, 6:21 PM Apr 23, 2006
Independent Newspapers UK Limited, Pop star dies in gun accident, Jan 3, 2001

Deutsche Presse Agentur, Three shoppers shot in freak gun accident at Malaysian mall, Thursday August 31, 2006
CBS, Off-Duty Cop Accidentally Shoots Daughter, Connecticut Police Officer Critically Wounds Daughter After Mistaking Her For An Intruder, STRATFORD, Conn., May 30, 2007
Associated Press, Officer shot by gun kept under pillow, June 12 2007
Albany Herald, Officer accidentally shoots self, Joshua Brown