SNOWMAGEDDON!

So there is a HUGE snow storm moving through the North East right now. Boston will be essentially shut down. I don’t work in the city on Tuesdays so it won’t be a big deal for me, except for the shoveling. The wife will be home, which will be nice.

Around work we buckled down the lab for a day off, and really the only concern was “Will we have enough to drink!” I always have about 6 months of booze stocked into Casa De Weer’d so that isn’t an issue, and I just finished a rather tasty Daiquiri.

So for those of you in the radius of “Winter Storm Juno”, what will you be drinking?

Be safe out there!

We’ll certainly be getting some use out of this

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“Gun Death” Horrible Auto Accident

Wow!

A large piece of construction stone killed a woman Tuesday in Bastrop County during a crash when it flew through a windshield and struck her, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

…A semi-truck driven by 57-year-old Victoria resident Jeffery Blackmon was eastbound hauling a flatbed trailer loaded with construction rock on the highway when it crashed into the trailer of another eastbound semi-truck that was stopped to turn left onto Texas 21, DPS said.

The collision caused Blackmon’s semi-truck to veer into oncoming traffic and spill its load. One piece of rock went through the windshield of a Mercedes

From what I read it sounds like it was just an accident…still the nature of the load and the severity of the accident a woman is dead. Maybe we should ban heavy-load hauling vehicles because they make this kind of death “too easy”.

Of course reality is we all accept the dangers of driving, and do our best to mitigate them, still even a vehicle as studded with safety equipment as a Mercedes can’t stop EVERYTHING. We just accept this horror and move on with our lives.

Yet the antis don’t think this way. When it is a violent criminal shooting somebody, they don’t think about the judicial and penal system that had them wandering around free, nor do they accept that accidents and even negligence happen, even at VERY small rates. The knee-jerk with “Gun Death” is to ban guns, and to ignore stories like this.

H/T Whipped Cream Difficulties

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We have another great episode up now!

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Why You Should Carry ALL THE TIME!

Have a read of THIS story!

Authorities say a deputy fire chief in Ohio and a store owner were held at gunpoint during a robbery that happened just after firefighters put out a fire in the building.

A spokesman for the Toledo fire department says the suspect went inside the store Friday morning not long after most of the firefighters had left the building.

Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld says the suspect walked right past the deputy chief’s car that had its emergency lights flashing and then held the two men at gunpoint.

Are you kidding me? Guy’s store burns down, and once the fire is out, and the owner and fire chief are inspecting the damage, trying to discover the cause of the blaze, this monster walks into the wreckage and ROBS them!

WTF?

That is a bizarre time for a robber to pick his targets….but still in this case it paid off. Carry your guns people, because the monsters just don’t care!

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Antis and their Infatuation With “Smart Guns”

Even the title is misleading:

Smart Guns Save Lives. So Where Are They?

It’s not even misleading in the sense that it’s pushing bad information or a bad faith question, it’s simply a fallacy in it’s own construction. Yogi Berra once said “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded!” Just like Mr. Berra’s quote, we all understand the MEANING of the title, but once you think about it the logic of it falls apart. He’s asking where the smart guns are. Why? Well because they essentially don’t exist outside of low-number boutique guns and not-ready-for-prime-time prototypes. But he’s wondering because they “save lives”! Who’s life? I just did a search on several of the big gun sale sites for “Armatix iP1″, and I couldn’t find a single listing. There was a lot of hooplah about that ONE shop that allegedly had a few of them in stock, but honestly I don’t buy the story, and still we were talking ONE shop, how many units do you think he had? One? Two? Ten? I highly doubt ten! That’s the next best thing to industry vapor ware! So if nobody actually HAS any of these guns, who’s life has been saved by them?

That’s just sets a really good tone at what kind of piece we’re looking at.

JUST after Christmas, Veronica Rutledge of Blackfoot, Idaho, took her 2-year-old son to a Walmart store to spend holiday gift cards. As they strolled by the electronics section, according to news reports, the toddler reached into his mom’s purse and pulled out a handgun that she legally carried. He pulled the trigger once and killed her.

Now we talked about that story here. It was a terrible story, but the bottom line was the woman was carrying in a purse that was NOT in her direct control. There is a solution to this problem, and it is NOT some uber-expensive untested technology, it’s simple training. I remember standing at the counter of a gun shop when a guy was looking at a Springfield XD. Having noticed that the gun didn’t have a manual safety on it, he mentioned that he’d probably just carry the gun without a round in the chamber. I decided to but in at this point and told him that that wasn’t really a good idea because so much can be going wrong when you need your gun you may not be physically able to rack a round into the chamber, or might be under enough stress that you might do something foolish like short-stroke the gun and jam it. I pointed out that like most modern guns, it was perfectly safe to carry fully loaded, and that focusing on safety devices over proper gun handling is NEVER a good idea. Real World example:

Look at that, a 1911, which has a grip safety, and a thumb safety, and this gentleman still managed to shoot himself. A lot of talk (some of it reasonable) was said about the design of the holster, but in the end that would only spot him the Rule 3 violation, he still was pointing the muzzle at his leg when the gun discharged. He also had flicked the safety off as soon as he was able, and it didn’t save him. I know some people train with manual safety guns to only disengage the safety when the sights are on target…I personally am the same as the man in the video, my firing grip disengages the safety, and I rely on the trigger finger, and practice to make sure the muzzle NEVER crosses my body when I draw. The only “Safety” that will keep somebody from shooting their own foot, or shooting something that doesn’t need to be shot is a safety that renders the gun 100% inoperable at all times. If your gun can shoot a bad guy or a deer, or a target, there is NOTHING that will stop that gun from shooting you or a friend. YOU need to not shoot yourself or your friend.

He also references two stories I’m not terribly familiar with that reeks of young, untrained kids playing with guns they shouldn’t. Yeah maybe some of these “Smart Guns” could have prevented this, but then again somebody so short-sighted as to leave LOADED guns where young children can access them is somebody who just simply isn’t safe from the start. I find this claim to be highly speculative.

About 20 children and teenagers are shot daily in the United States, according to a study by the journal Pediatrics.

And most of them are involved in street gangs and/or dealing prohibited substances, or are suicides. This is a false dichotomy, these “Smart Guns” are designed to prevent accidental shootings. Switching subjects on INTENTIONAL shootings is intentionally misleading. Sure many gang guns are stolen property, so MAYBE this could help…or maybe not. We haven’t actually SEEN any of these guns to figure out how they prevent the gun from firing. It could be as simple as 5 mins with a cutting tool would reduce the “Smart” gun to a “Dumb” gun, or there might be an easy way to hotwire the electronics to either set it as always on, or reset it to factory settings allowing new fingerprints/grips/whatever to be re-entered allowing the thief to now fire the gun.

Oh yeah, and guns are durable goods, so even if the gun shops are FLOODED by smart guns tomorrow…and even if a law is passed making it a crime to own any firearm that is NOT a “Smart Gun”, 100 years from now there will still be countless old guns floating around.

I’m using educated speculation, but again it’s highly speculative that this crap will work in the first place, so I think I have license. You also won’t be surprised that there is almost no skeptics position in this article.

Indeed, more preschool-age children (about 80 a year) are killed by guns each year than police officers are killed by guns (about 50), according to the F.B.I. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Another misleading number. First these are raw numbers not adjusted for rate. According to the US Census there are approximately 20 million children under the age of 5 in the US, and according to this site only 780,000, according to wikipedia counting part-time and volunteer officers it’s probably closer to 900,000. So that gives us a per 1000 rate for children 0.004 and for police officers 0.05. So talking raw statistics, police are VASTLY more likely to be shot to death than little kids…but we’re talking numbers SO small that it can be easily said that it is highly unlikely EITHER group will ever take a bullet. Claiming these numbers as justification is purely tilting at windmills.

This toll is utterly unnecessary, for the technology to make childproof guns goes back more than a century.

I would actually argue that because the numbers are SO small that small rate is technically necessary. Not sure what I mean? Remember when Bob asked Joan Peterson “How few murders have to be committed with firearms before the push for new, more restrictive laws ends?” Joan answered “O”. Now she’s an idiot and wrote a capital letter “o” instead of the number “0”, but we got the point. Still in countries that 100% outlaw the ownership of guns, there are still shootings. You can’t have NO children or cops getting shot EVER, it’s wishing an impossibility.

Beginning in the 1880s, Smith & Wesson (whose gun was used in the Walmart killing) actually sold childproof handguns that required a lever to be depressed as the trigger was pulled.

“No ordinary child under 8 years of age can possibly discharge it,” Smith & Wesson boasted at the time, and it sold half-a-million of these guns, but, today, it no longer offers that childproof option.

Man, another false dichotomy! So we’re talking about biometric and RFID guns, and now you’re blathering about how awesome the S&W lemon squeezer was? Good lord! Also the author doesn’t seem to find it odd that S&W still primarily makes revolvers, and with the exception some materials and some trivial construction details most of S&W’s revolvers are SOLIDLY 19th Century technology. Also while the Lemon Squeezer isn’t around anymore, just about all of their guns come with that stupid internal safety lock. Lock one of those things and NOTHING is touching off that gun, not an 8-year-old-girl, not a 25 year-old body builder. I’ll have more on that in a second!

Doesn’t it seem odd that your cellphone can be set up to require a PIN or a fingerprint, but there’s no such option for a gun?

No more odd that a fire alarm, my car’s airbag, or my toilet lid doesn’t have on. That last one isn’t entirely tongue in cheek, The census doesn’t break down the “under 5″ demographic enough to calculate the rate of children drowning in toilets, but I bet it’s comparable to the insanely small rate of young children or cops getting shot. Still either way, when you suddenly realize that the oysters you had last night were bad, you don’t want to be fumbling with a password or fingerprint scan (and would it work if you are severely sweating, which is a symptom of food poisoning?).

The same goes for when somebody is assaulting you, and your blood pressure spikes, your vision narrow to a pinhole, and you need to ACT NOW or die…sorry I don’t want to remember my Mom’s birth date, or wonder if the blood running down my arm, or the mud on my hand will mess with the print scanner.

Still this is again a false dichotomy! Has this guy never heard of gun safes and lockboxes? They come with electric keypads and even biometrics, and people use them! When I bed down at night, and until I’m dressed and ready to go out all my guns are locked up. I have no issue with this. What this article is about are guns that are essentially locked up like my guns when I’m sleeping ALL THE TIME, except for the moment before I touch off a round. That’s a HUGE leap.

Which brings us to Kai Kloepfer, a lanky 17-year-old high school senior in Boulder, Colo. After the cinema shooting in nearby Aurora, Kloepfer decided that for a science fair project he would engineer a “smart gun” that could be fired only by an authorized user.

“I started with iris recognition, and that seemed a good idea until you realize that many people firing guns wear sunglasses,” Kloepfer recalls. “So I moved on to fingerprints.”

Kloepfer designed a smart handgun that fires only when a finger it recognizes is on the grip. More than 1,000 fingerprints can be authorized per gun, and Kloepfer says the sensor is 99.999 percent accurate.

Now first up, it’s a cool design. We’ll talk about that a bit later. Still let’s have a quick look at it:

First up he’s a kid, so that isn’t a REAL gun. He used an airsoft gun for his project. You can see more pictures here, there’s one shot that shows a rather large protrusion that was added to the frame which would be a deal breaker. Still there is also just one small cell that reads your prints. Awesome if you’re target shooting at the range, but I think you can see how thing could easily go bad in a defensive situation, even if the device is 99.999999999% reliable. Also I’m VERY curious how he got those numbers, and how he tested for them. I’m betting he didn’t.

There are other approaches to smart guns. The best known, the Armatix iP1, made by a German company and available in the United States through a complicated online procedure, can be fired only if the shooter is wearing a companion wristwatch.

This is even worse technology. First up take away all the fancy bells and whistles, this is no different than the plethora of guns that have key locks built into them. The big advantage to this technology is there is no fumbling with the key, the big disadvantages is that the key takes batteries and won’t always work. Still it’s just a lock and key no matter what you call it, and it does little good if the key is stolen with the gun. Further in the walmart shooting, I’d be willing to bet that the mother was in RFID range of the gun when her kid shot her, this goes double if you game the scenario in your head. You kid has pulled out your carry gun from it’s bag (I’ll be unisex for all readers) and is fumbling with it. What do you do? Duhh you try and take it away before something bad happens…with your dominant hand, which likely has the RFID chip on it.

That’s not even getting into this shit:

The National Rifle Association seems set against smart guns, apparently fearing that they might become mandatory. One problem has been an unfortunate 2002 New Jersey law stipulating that three years after smart guns are available anywhere in the United States, only smart guns can be sold in the state. The attorney general’s office there ruled recently that the Armatix smart gun would not trigger the law, but the provision has still led gun enthusiasts to bully dealers to keep smart guns off the market everywhere in the U.S.

Remember when I mentioned that Mr. Kloepfer’s design was cool? It is! Now I have a S&W 617 that has the key lock
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I actually USE this lock to comply with Mass laws, and might also use it in the future if I travel with my daughter to a place where I don’t have a lockbox available where I’ll be shooting it. It’s a training gun, so there will be no real immediacy in using it, so safety is cool. Also I mentioned that people use all sorts of safes, lock boxes, and trigger locks on their guns.

The NRA is NOT opposed to “Smart Guns”…oh hell, I’ll let them speak for themselves:

The NRA doesn’t oppose the development of “smart” guns, nor the ability of Americans to voluntarily acquire them. However, NRA opposes any law prohibiting Americans from acquiring or possessing firearms that don’t possess “smart” gun technology.

Yeah, I think that says it all.

Opponents of smart guns say that they aren’t fully reliable. Some, including Kloepfer’s, will need batteries to be recharged once a year or so. Still, if Veronica Rutledge had had one in her purse in that Idaho Walmart, her son wouldn’t have been able to shoot and kill her.

“Smart guns are going to save lives,” says Stephen Teret, a gun expert at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “They’re not going to save all lives, but why wouldn’t we want to make guns as safe a consumer product as possible?”

David Hemenway, a public health expert at Harvard, says that the way forward is for police departments or the military to buy smart guns, creating a market and proving they work.

So let’s hit each paragraph individually.

Yeah, if Ms. Rutledge’s gun had a fingerprint scanner on it, she’d be alive today. If her gun had an RFID tag in it, she’s probably still be just as dead. And then there’s the question if the countless people who have used guns to defend their lives in this country had such technology (or let’s face it, were priced out of the gun market because these guns aren’t Taurus price levels!), It doesn’t take much speculation to think that many of them might be dead today. Anti-gunners NEVER want to talk about self defense, because when it comes to guns SAVING lives, most of their arguments fall apart.

Next we have an interesting admission that no technology is 100% effective. Still we’ve just seen above that the numbers of people in the potentially “Saved” list is near zero, and further people can get relaxed around technology and lulled into a sense of false security, so it could easily be argued that somebody might do something with a “Smart Gun” that they wouldn’t do with a “Dumb Gun”, so if the net effect isn’t zero, it statistically would be. Further he notes that “Smart guns are going to save lives” which I can imagine would be true, but he doesn’t factor in them COSTING lives if somebody’s smart gun fails when they need to defend their lives.

Last, it is a strange moment in history when I actually AGREE with David Hemenway. Yeah, I think if we’re going to pass “Smart Gun” laws and/or policies they should ONLY be for police and military. The fact that all laws on the books right now do just the opposite, and EXCLUDE police and military from the laws, should tell you all you need to know about this technology. Funny how the author mentions the New Jersey law, but fails to include that it ONLY targets private citizens and exempt New Jersey Military and Police…

Smart guns aren’t a panacea. But when even a 17-year-old kid can come up with a safer gun, why should the gun lobby be so hostile to the option of purchasing one?

Again, NOBODY in the gun world is for BANNING “Smart Guns”, what we’re opposed to is MANDATING that all guns sold be “Smart”.

Something is amiss when we protect our children from toys that they might swallow, but not from firearms. So Veronica Rutledge is dead, and her son will grow up with the knowledge that he killed her — and we all bear some responsibility when we don’t even try to reduce the carnage.

Yeah except this technology won’t. It might change the numbers in some way, but the numbers will remain the same.

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“Gun Death” Robbery

One that is simplicity in its brutality:

A southern Indiana teenager has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for his role in the beating death of a man in his rural home.

Despite the fact that this murder was done to steal money and guns, this is not a “Gun Death”, nor do I see any lack of guns being instrumental in stopping it.

Sadly if this man had one of his guns on his hip at the time, maybe he would have survived the horrible ordeal.

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Images of the Antis: Safety

I almost see it as a gift when the antis make such a short-sighted image such as this:

I 100% agree! Cleaners, prescription meds and guns should be kept away from children who can’t safely use them.

Of course I was pretty young when I was given my first pill case for my daily medication, I was even younger when part of my chores was to use toxic chemicals to help my folks keep the house clean.

It isn’t a crime to hand a young child a bottle of cleaner and tell them to commence the scrubbing, nor is it a crime to allow children to access their own medication, or to help out around the house by delivering medications to a sick relative. Further it isn’t a crime that my wife keeps a week’s supply of medication in a pill case that is not the mandated child-proof pill bottle, even tho we live in a house with a toddler who cannot be trusted with medication or cleaners.

The false dichotomy is amazing with this image. There are also not any specific laws against cleaners, or medication, or power tools, or gasoline etc. The laws just state that you must make a good effort to keep your child safe, and if you don’t you are negligent in any harm done, and can be held criminally responsible.

Yet guns are different because they are different! No we need mandatory “Safe Storage” laws that are blankets over all people, even those without young children, and we need to make it a crime for you to teach your child to shoot!

Nope, I’m in favor of the Common Sense laws, not the “Common Sense” laws of the antis.

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The “Horror” of The American Made AK

So American Companies are starting to make AK pattern rifles and shotguns because import laws have been a pain, and now snactions against Russia have further complicated this.

And the antis are as usual, filling their pants:

The iconic Kalashnikov rifle of America’s enemy form more than half a centtury — from Vietnam to Afghanistan — will now be made right here in the U.S.A.

An American gun company has found a way to deal with the dearth of new AK-47s on the market since U.S. imposed sanctions on Russia went into effect in July: make them in Pennsylvania.

Get that, Global Communism, and Muslim Extremists aren’t our enemy! It’s the AK-47! I’m sure the author of this article would be very happy to learn that the FN FAL, the proverbial “Right arm of the Free World” has been made in the US since the early 90s!. If those newly minted AKs get uppity, the Freedom-loving DS Arms SA58 FALs will take care of them!

Also for people more into AKs than me, haven’t people been building AKs in America for years now? I’ve been seeing dealer fliers advertising 100% US Made AKs for years now. Of course this fool doesn’t understand that like the FAL, or really any other standard pattern firearm that no longer holds a patent have been made EVERYWHERE for decades now. I had an AK for a little while, and that gun was Romanian. We of course can’t import Chinese made ones, but the new sanctions against Russia hasn’t stopped the import of Polish, Bulgarian, and other non-russian AKs. And again, we’ve always been able to make them here.

“We are not permitted to pick up the phone and to talk to [Kalashnikov Concern],” Mr. McCrossin told CNN Tuesday. “In the second quarter of this year we are going to start manufacturing here in the U.S. What I’m manufacturing are our own AK-47s and shotguns under the Kalashnikov brand,” he added.

Ahhh, I get it now, why this story is getting so much traction. It’s not that Americans are making AKs for civilian sales, it’s that we will again see “Kalashnikov” Branded rifles on the US market, this time with “Tullytown, PA” Stamped on the receiver, not “IZHMASH, Russia”.

Still that article looks positively rational compared to this drek!

You may find yourself looking out over this vast and abundant land of ours and yet still finding a country with unmet material needs. More potable water in the Southwest. More sunlight in the Northwest. More high speed rail, everywhere.

But the one exigency that clearly dwarfs the others, in our society of unfailingly polite strangers, incurious children and pharmacologically-based anger management, is self-evident: the lack of available AK-47s.

Fear not, for even with the threat of a falling inventory of Kalashnikovs—due to sanctions against manufacturer—Mother Russia, this little kink in the supply chain has been solved.

We’re gonna make them here.

Again, we’ve already BEEN making them here, just not under this particular RUSSIAN brand name.

This is yet more proof—as if we needed it—that even as states like Washington pass ballot initiatives instituting universal background checks, in the Washington on the Potomac, nothing’s changed. In that Washington, the military wing of one of our two major political parties—the grand old one—is still only too happy to bestow upon those wishing to bring domestic harm the ability to do it, with one of the most efficient killing machines ever created.

Get that? The AK is the “most efficient killing machines ever created”, odd that the rifles being made are semi-auto only. Are the full-auto military rifles less “efficient”? Further why do I keep reading stories of people debating retiring the A-10 Warthog? Wouldn’t we be best served by simply giving all soldiers and airmen Century Sporters? Hell we’d have world peace in a fortnight with that kind of “efficiency”!

Further federal law mandates that for any of these guns to get into civilian hands there will need to be a background check. Funny how anti-gunners don’t seem to understand the very gun laws they prattle on about!

Even Mikhail Kalashnikov himself, on his deathbed a year ago at the age of 94, expressed “spiritual pain” that was “unbearable,” because of the weapon he had created. But then again, unlike today’s Republican Party, he didn’t rely on campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.

Now I don’t want to malign Mikhail Kalashnikov too much, but he was a loyal Soviet. Sure he probably could have escaped to the west, but at the same time he was a rich man living VERY comfortably in a land where abject poverty was ubiquitous. Further his service to the Soviets aligned him with massive amounts of death, destruction, starvation, poverty, and war. When you look at it that way, the damage done by rifle bullets alone seems like a drop in the bucket. Also the dude was a Communist, why should I care what he allegedly thinks about one thing or the other?

Back here in the good ol’ US of A, it has become pretty clear to anyone who’s paying attention, why we should ensure that as few people as possible get their hands on weapons such as these. Twice in the past week and a half, armed gangs referring to themselves in innocuous terms such as “open carry enthusiasts” showed up to state capitols—in Texas and the aforementioned Washington State—to try and intimidate lawmakers into supporting even more permissive gun bills. There is a name for using physical threats to get the legislation you want. It isn’t democracy.

Can you please put on this Dunce cap now? It isn’t “democracy” because we don’t live in a Democratic country! We’re a Constitutional Republic! Democracy is Mob rule and I’ll be DAMNED if I lived under a one!

Second, can you point to the deaths and injuries caused by these so-called “Armed Gangs”? Yeah…

Further the very government these citizens were petitioning have armed guards will full-auto weapons, tanks, grenade launchers, air support, snipers, and SWAT teams. Your concern is misplaced at best, and most likely is simple political hackery!

Then they can shoot more people, and perversely, gun sales go up. As it was put by Dr. Boyce Watkins, in the new documentary, Gunland, “weapons manufacturers tend to do really well when people are killing each other.” If you’re bold enough, you might actually call it a key part of their business plan.

Funny how sales have been through the roof on guns in the last several years, yet violent crime is DOWN! It’s almost like his “expert” on guns is full of shit!

No, we don’t need more AK-47s, believe it or not. We don’t need them domestically produced. And we sure as hell don’t need them available, without background checks, to any criminal, domestic abuser, terrorist, drug-runner or person suffering from delusions—which covers a bunch of the current executive leadership of the National Rifle Association—in just over 30 states in this country.

Again, federal law dictates that all manufacturers of firearms must only sell their product to Federal Firearms License holders. Those FFLs can only sell to other FFLs or private citizens who undergo all the paperwork and background checks. Sure criminals elements can sell to whoever they want, but they care as little about federal or local laws as they do about drug laws.

Also I always like to defer my decisions on what I need to the most ignorant and politically self-serving person in the room!

Sorry bub, but I’m glad we’re making more rifles in this country, and I’m REALLY glad that pisses you off!

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“Gun Death” Cannibal

Well you don’t read about one of these every day

A southeastern Indiana man admitted to police officers that he fatally stabbed his girlfriend and then mutilated her body, including cooking and eating some of her organs, according to police documents released Monday.

Now it gets more interesting:

Authorities say **REDACTED** was convicted of manslaughter in the 1998 shooting death of his then-girlfriend, 17-year-old **REDACTED**, in suburban Salt Lake City just days after the birth of their son. The prosecutor in the Utah case said during **REDACTED** sentencing hearing in 2000 that the shooting followed a two-to three-week drug binge and that he probably wasn’t rational at the time.

So he stabbed this latest girlfriend (and ate her…yuck!), but he shot a previous one while drugged out of his mind. Really what you get from this is that there are monsters among us, and if we simply disappear all guns, we won’t stop them…but we will leave ourselves at their mercy.

H/T Whipped Cream Difficulties

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“Gun Death” Stabbing

Not a “Gun Death”:

One person is dead and another man is in jail after a stabbing in Southeast Dallas.

…Police say around 10:30 p.m., **REDACTED**, got into an argument. The fight escalated and **REDACTED** pulled a knife on **REDACTED**, stabbing him multiple times.

Now the antis claim they focus on “Gun Death” because guns make it “too easy” for simple arguments to escalate to murder. Except when you talk to Police, Military, and civilians who needed to use their gun in self-defense, you will find there is NOTHING “easy” about shooting another person, even when they are a direct threat to you. Further you will find many accounts were a righteous defender was unable to fire their weapon, even when they had every just reason to do so.

But there are some who aren’t hindered by this…and they aren’t hindered by weapon choice either. Note that this was in Texas where allegedly EVERYBODY has a gun, and one just needs to find an appropriate tree and pick as many guns, that are growing wild, as they can carry. Yet this person not only DIDN’T have a gun, but easily escalated an argument to murder with nothing but a mundane knife.

Yeah…

H/T Bob

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