I’m not sure that this is really any kind of lefty conspiracy, so much as a lesson that grieving loved ones really should not form the basis of a public policy discussion. The topic of the article is the recent spate of stories involving self-defense shootings, where the families demand the person defending themselves be prosecuted for doing so.
This is a predictable outcome of the Zimmerman case. Grieving families will seldom want to accept that their loved one might have been engaging in predatory criminal activity which has a high likelihood of placing one on the receiving end of a justifiable homicide. The Zimmerman case playbook offers an easy means to avoid having to deal with the truth of the situation. What’s concerning is that the media chooses to cover it in a sympathetic light, which will only lead to more of it.
Hey, he was just a family man, you know, a family man that went around robbing people. If you don’t want to risk getting shot by someone in self-defense, there is an easy solution. Don’t rob people. Robbing people is wrong, and a person is within his right to defend himself against someone pointing a deadly weapon at them and threatening their lives. It’s amazing there are people in society who need to be told this. But he was just doing it to pay back child support!
Legal costs for the Pinkerton family have been mounting. According to Michael, “they already had to take out a loan for 25k to get him out on bond” and “now is lawyer fees are another 25k; all for defending his home and family.”
That said, I’d like to see the Bill of Indictment, Information, or the Bill of Particulars his attorney has filed for if you look the case up online. I do believe that prosecutors can often be overzealous, and prosecute in cases that are legitimate self-defense. The Gerald Ung case comes to mind in Philadelphia. But prosecutors generally don’t like to take hopeless cases to trial. If the facts are as presented, this a likely loss in a jury trial. I’m willing to be outraged, but I suspect there’s more to this case than is being told, and I’d like all the facts before passing full judgement. But I agree on the surface, this doesn’t look good. If anyone can find me public records that describe the particulars, I’d be grateful.
As a bit of a Halloween surprise, the ladies of Los Angeles County got a special notice that the state has decided to release a mentally ill serial rapist in their area.
The man admits to raping 38 women in 9 years, and he was found to have “mental disorders that make [him] likely to reoffend.” But, hey, a judge ordered him released, and the Deputy District Attorney assures people that it’s all fine and dandy. She promises that the women who live around the house he’ll be assigned to can feel safe because, in theory, the cops will try to keep an eye on him.
Of course, there’s no indication that LA County will start issuing carry permits to the innocent women who have suddenly had this habitual rapist moved into their community.
Sanford, Florida plans to announce that anyone who has a concealed carry permit and chooses to carry a firearm may not participate in the Neighborhood Watch programs. They can carry their guns all they want, but they can’t be acting under any “authority” of Neighborhood Watch.
If you want to contribute to the safety of your community, you have to leave your gun behind and put your personal safety at risk.
While I do think that George Zimmerman made some less-than-perfect decisions on his infamous evening out, I don’t really see how anything that Sanford is proposing helps the situation.
Sanford officials claim that the ban on people legally carrying firearms will revitalize the image of the program that has reportedly suffered following the trial, but I’m not sure how telling me that I should give up my personal protection and take one for the team is an incentive to participate.
The real message they are sending here is that even though Floridians who are legally carrying a concealed firearm have already proven themselves to be law-abiding citizens, they cannot be trusted when it comes to neighborhood public safety issues. Do they think that concealed carry holders are going to give up the guns or give up the program first? I can pretty much assure you, it won’t be their personal protection.
The current Interpol Secretary General, the first American to hold the post, says that after the Westgate Mall act of terror, it’s time to start having a serious conversation on the value of armed citizens. He basically highlights that to minimize the risk of these kinds of attacks, we can go to a police state where you need exceptional security to go into any building or there’s the option of an armed populace:
“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”
He notes that these terrorists didn’t go to a place like Texas to find victims. They went to a place where citizens are largely unarmed.
Looking up his story, this is a complete break from so many things you would expect about a man with his background. He was born in New Jersey and went to New England for college. He’s a tenured professor, and he served in the Clinton Administration as Undersecretary for Enforcement at the Department of the Treasury. That means he was also involved in the “review” of ATF’s actions at Waco. He has previously been so well liked by his colleagues in the international law enforcement world that his last two elections as Secretary General have been supported unanimously.
“What’s the point of a trunk gun? If you can make it to your car, why not just get in and drive away?”
I’ve never really kept a gun in my vehicle, mostly because I’m more concerned about theft than needing it. I get nervous when I go grocery shopping at Wegman’s and leave my 4 year old MacBook in my bag in the car, let alone leaving a $800 AR-15 in there.
Many thanks for the well wishes yesterday. This morning my temperature seems to be staying down, and my intestines no longer feel like they’ve been twisted up like a pretzel. The fortunate thing was I didn’t have to spend any quality time with the porcelain throne, though I had no appetite to eat much of anything yesterday.
Don’t bring a taser to a gunfight. I’d also direct your attention to the 911 call at the bottom, as a good example of reacting well under stress. In a 911 call, you should tell them you need a police officer and ambulance, because someone has been shot. They will ask you if you’re the shooter. Just tell them to get help on the scene quickly. This guy did that. Your next call needs to be to your attorney.
Looks like the kid is going to be OK. Hopefully this turns into a valuable lesson for him.