“Gun Death” Family Stabbing

Remember what the antis tell you, guns cause domestic violence!

A 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing his parents at their suburban Cleveland home has been charged with felonious assault.

If only guns were banned!

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Remember That Squirrel Podcast?

Well we’ll be back tonight after a two week hiatus!

We have a bunch of topics to talk about as they’ve been piling up over the few weeks!

Remember to call in 214-530-0036 starting at 9pm EST!

Squirrel Babies

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AstroTurf or Vaporware?

Or Both?

State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence, in part because the Congress has failed to reform gun laws, members of the group said on Monday.

Some 200 lawmakers from 50 states have joined the alliance, American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention, said the group’s founder, Democratic New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh.

Now when I saw the link to this article while cruising the anti-rights feeds, I almost skipped it. Still I was hooked by the “Non-Partisan” line in the lead. These days support for gun ownership is really the bi-partisan political issue:

Partisan differences on this question, already sizeable in 2012, have widened over the last two years. As was the case in December 2012, a majority of Democrats (60%) say guns do more to put people’s safety at risk, while only about a third (35%) say they do more to protect people from becoming crime victims. By contrast, eight-in-ten Republicans say guns do more to protect people from becoming crime victims, up 17-points from 2012.

Back in the 90s the Brady Campaign (when that name meant something) picked Paul Helmke to head their group because while Gun Control is a Democrat issue (be it the Marxists in the North or the Hood-Wearing Jim Crow types in the South) they wanted to increase their bi-partisan appeal. And they did…for a little while. Now gun control isn’t even a Democrat issue, it’s a “Progressive” one. So how is this group bi-partisan in these days?

Lawmakers from eight states were at the news conference, including Virginia, Alabama, New Hampshire and Kansas. The only Republican lawmaker was state Representative Barbara Bollier from Kansas.

Ahhh, so they managed to to get ONE Republican to sign on. Have a look at this statement from her October:

I support local control and voted against the recent bill that took away cities rights to determine where guns and knives are allowed. I would absolutely support the return of local control, but do not see passage of such a change as a possibility due to the current makeup of the Kansas legislature. However, I will work for change in our state regarding gun laws and would support mandatory background checks for any purchase of a gun. I would also support limitations on the type of guns available to the general public specifically related to the number of rounds that can be fired sequentially. While I support Second Amendment rights, I also recognize that guns are a public health issue and reasonable policy must be the goal surrounding guns.

So she supports the Second Amendment, she doesn’t seem to much support the right of the people to keep and bear arms!

Now what’s interesting is they almost don’t exist outside of this article. They have a website, in that they’ve registered a domain and put up a front page, but all it does is link to this presser:

At the summit, the legislators will discuss how to organize the coalition to be most effective, as well as legislative successes of the last two years and actions they plan to take in their respective states in 2015. Topics will include ways of strengthening and closing loopholes in the background check system, growing concerns about guns in the context of domestic violence and abuse, and effective intervention strategies in communities experiencing high rates of gun violence.

That’s as close to any true agenda item you’ll find. Also while they brag about having 200 members from all 50 states, plus DC and Puerto Rico, they only list the few seen in the press release. Do they really have 200 members, or do they have 200 people interested in attending the summit to see what’s going on, or are they like Mayors against Illegal Guns where they inflated their numbers by keeping on people who quit the group when they found out what it was about, or adding people to the roster simply because they filled out a survey?

Last is this line:

The group has not released information on its preliminary donors, but Kavanagh said fundraising efforts were under way. Members are scheduled to hold their first meeting on Tuesday.

I’m willing to bet this is just Michael Bloomberg working on his new agenda to push local referendums to ban guns rather than dealing with the hostile waters of National politics.

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“Gun Death” Well is it?

This is a REALLY interesting one:

A Tampa Bay area teen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for her role in a fatal robbery.

…Authorities say a then-16-year-old **REDACTED** lured 20-year-old Jeremy Mayers to a St. Petersburg neighborhood in July 2012 so that her friends — Scionti Hill and Franco Thomas — could rob him.

Police said Mayers resisted and the boys beat him to death with an unloaded shotgun.

They say in gunnie culture an unloaded or malfunctioning firearm is nothing more than a club. The MO of the weapon is certainly along those lines. Still it WAS a gun, so does this count as a “Gun Death” even if it was used as a bludgeon?

Leave comments below!

H/T Divemedic

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“Gun Death” Police Chase

Fleeing from the cops is a bad idea, and it can be a deadly one:

Police say a vehicle being pursued by officers has crashed into a building that then collapsed onto the car.

Police in Springfield Township in suburban Cincinnati say two of three suspects in the vehicle may have been trapped in the car.

Thank goodness nobody was shot!

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“Gun Death” Rock Climbing

A sad one:

A yoga instructor fell to his death while he climbed alone in Yosemite National Park on Saturday – just after his girlfriend had accepted his proposal.

…He added that he believes his son could have been tired after climbing Cathedral Peak and then running to the Crest.

The guy was big into fitness, surfing, and rock climbing, but every man has his limits, and rock climbing is dangerous stuff.

So what do we ban? Rock climbing? Excessive exercise?

Ah screw it, just fixate on “Gun Death” and ban guns! Makes sense, right?

H/T Bob

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Yeah, it Feels Like That

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“Gun Death” New York City

Just look at this story!

A drunken commuter stabbed and wounded three men with a knife as he got off a subway train arriving at New York’s Grand Central Terminal early on Saturday morning, police said.

…The argument escalated on the subway platform as **REDACTED** slashed and stabbed at the three men with a folding knife, wounding one in his arm, another in his stomach and the third in his chest, Markowski said.

So in New York City guns are essentially banned…so are folding knives. Of course that doesn’t mean you’re safer, it DOES mean that the monsters out there will have less fear pulling this kind of crap.

Why do we focus on “Gun Death”?

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Evening Music: Mad Caddies

Was listening to the Mad Caddies on the stereo. LaWeer’da loves them, as do I, but surprisingly the wife and Mother-in-law both flipped over this one.

And one more won’t hurt, will it?

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All Laws Are Deadly

It’s a common thing when running in libertarian circles to hear about “Malum prohibitum” and “Malum in se” laws. Respectively they speak of laws that go against a behavior because it has been declared “Prohibited” vs. laws that target behavior because it is “evil”.

For example laws against rape and murder are there because murder and rape are horrible evil crimes.

Meanwhile consenting prostitution, recreational drugs, magazines holding more than X bullets and cigarette taxes are laws because society has decided they should be prohibited when really there are no victims in these crimes.

The Daily Show went after Rand Paul for noting this:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) even blamed cigarette taxes.

“What the fuck are you talking about?” Stewart asked after hearing Paul’s remarks. “Well I guess now we know what it takes for a senator from Kentucky to admit cigarettes can kill.”

I have mixed feelings about Eric Garner’s death. Like all death, be it Mr. Garner, or Trayvon Martin, or Michael Brown, or countless others, it’s sad when something ends in deadly force. My sadness for Brown and Martin only goes so far. They both were violent criminals involved in a criminal culture, and chances are if George Zimmerman, or Officer Wilson hadn’t shot them when they did, they probably would have been shot by somebody else. Eric Garner isn’t too different as he was a frequent scofflaw of the law, and some of those past convictions were violent ones.

I am NOT AN ANARCHIST! We NEED police to enforce our laws. Also we need police to enforce ALL our laws, just and unjust. The solution to unjust laws is to REPEAL them, not fight them on the streets. Eric Garner was committing a crime, and then further he chose to resist arrest when caught.

I don’t know enough, even watching the video of Mr. Garner’s last moments if the force was excessive, or even if the officers caused his death any more than the exertion of fighting with the cops. Mr. Garner was severely overweight and had a heart condition, it isn’t unreasonable to think that if he had started sparing at the local martial arts dojo and his partner took extra care not to hurt him, he might have died there as well.

Resisting arrest is a SERIOUS crime. Police are required to enforce the law, and they can’t just stop doing their job because a suspect acts like a toddler and simply says “No!”. Now if you are detained by police you might help yourself a LOT by keeping your mouth shut. There are certainly cases where people were arrested, jailed, or imprisoned because they told the cops information that was beneficial to their case. Still once the police say “You’re under arrest, put your hands behind your back!” the time to fight any injustice is NOT THERE. Resisting arrest after this point will only make things worse for you.

Still the bottom line is ALL LAWS ARE POTENTIALLY DEADLY. You sell black market cigarettes, or speed in your car, or shoplift penny candy from the local drug store, it could lead to your death either by police mistaking your actions for more dangerous ones, or from resisting arrest to the point where the force becomes deadly.

If cigarettes weren’t taxed to such a stupid level in New York Eric Garner might still be dead, but he wouldn’t have been killed for THIS crime.

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