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Tuesday
Jul292014

Don't Become a Victim - Guns Save Lives

Are you safe in your home?  If you don’t own a firearm and know how to use it, you are setting yourself up to become a victim of violent crime.  We live in dangerous times.  This random home invasion happened in west Fort Worth, near the Naval Air Station.  Inside or outside of your home, a good guy with a gun can be the difference between life and death. Take responsibility for your life and the lives of your loved ones.   

From the Fort Worth Star Telegram:

A burglary suspect who police say viciously attacked two men in their home early Sunday, killing one, may have thrown drain cleaner on them. 

Police believe that Miguel Angel Hernandez, 29, randomly chose the house in the 2900 block of Cortez Drive to burglarize early Sunday.

He is accused of entering the home through an exterior window shortly before 2:30 a.m. and was confronted by the two victims.

“We believe that they awoke when they heard the suspect inside the residence,” homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said.

He said a “violent fight ensued.”

When officers arrived, James Bowling, 56, was dead inside. He was strangled, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Don Keaton, 82, was seriously hurt, resulting in what police described as “numerous blunt force injuries.”

Loughman said Keaton suffered chemical burns and may have permanent eye injuries as a result.

“Detectives and crime scene personnel located a partially empty bottle of drain cleaner inside the residence,” Loughman said. “Both victims appeared to have burn injuries and none were observed on the suspect.” 

Patrol officers found Hernandez sitting naked in his parked pickup in the road two houses down.

“He left his keys in his clothing which was still in the back yard of the victims’ residence,” Loughman said.

Hernandez had suffered multiple cuts either during the fight or when fleeing the house by jumping through a closed window, Loughman said.

He was treated at a hospital before being booked into the Mansfield Jail, where he remained Monday morning on outstanding warrants including one alleging parole violation. Detectives are preparing a capital murder warrant against him, Loughman said.

Hernandez, a registered sex offender, had been wanted on a warrant since June 27, when his bail in a pending DWI case was held insufficient, according to Tarrant County court records.

His convictions in Tarrant County include assault with bodily injury, failure to identify, driving while intoxicated and sexual assault.

Records say he was sentenced to two years of deferred adjudication probation in 2007 after pleading gulity to the sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman.

His probation was revoked in June 2010, and he was sentenced to four years in prison in the sexual assault case and on a new conviction of failing to register as a sex offender, records say.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

Monday
Jul282014

Burlington, Iowa City Council Stopped by Gun Owners

Sometimes “forward thinking” can be a good thing – as in when City Council members look ahead to their own re-election campaigns and make common sense decisions on behalf of their residents instead of pursuing a path of ideological craziness.

This is what happened yesterday in Burlington – as the City Council voted down their own proposal to require citizens and visitors in their city to obtain WRITTEN permission from the City Council before children could play with many types of toy guns.

In fact, it was so broad that you would be in violation of the ordinance if your child had one of these toys in the backseat of the car while you were driving around town running errands.

The penalty for being a brazen criminal who would allow your kids to use these toys as they run through the alley behind the house chasing fellow 8 year old criminals in a deadly game of Cops and Robbers – would be a fine in excess of $500 and apossible jail stint of 30 days.

On the one hand you want to just laugh at the insanity of such a proposal – if it wasn’t so serious.

As gun owners know, children all over America are being arrested, kicked out of school, and demonized for toy guns use on an almost daily basis.

Burlington’s City Council wanted to raise the stakes by being allowed to put “violators” in jail for a month, and wanted residents and visiting Iowans to simply trust that they would not abuse this power.

Over 160,000 people saw the Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) Facebook posts on this topic yesterday, and tens of thousands saw their emails where we urged you to call and email the council members.

Almost immediately the phone lines were jammed and people had a hard time getting through – a good problem to have indeed.

By the way, “Forward Thinking” Mayor McCampbell, voted against the proposal.

This was after angrily venting about IGO and IGO members who were there to protest this measure before the council, and protesting about what a good measure this was for Burlington.

In fact, the entire City Council joined with the mayor and killed this measure – with the exception of Council member Robert Fleming - who clearly was in denial about all the calls and emails that the council received yesterday.

Burlington now joins with George, IA and Dubuque, IA, making three towns this year where city hall wanted to pass some form of “Bogg Hogg” anti-gun madness but were stopped cold by IGO members who were mobilized by Facebook and emails.

In the past, a few “angry old guys” would protest measures like this, and would be steamrolled by a slick talking council member, city police chief (as was the case in Burlington), or city attorney.

If you want to support the grassroots work of Iowa Gun Owners you can do so here knowing that your money goes directly to the gun rights fight in Iowa.

Sunday
Jul272014

EMILY MILLER: Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional

Federal Judge stops enforcement of D.C. law banning handgun carry outside of the home  “unless and until” the city adopted a constitutionally valid licensing mechanism. It appears that D.C. just went from a total outside the home gun ban area to a Constitutional Carry jurisdiction. 

Fancy that, the Constitution applies in the federal District of Columbia.  And it only took 5 years for the decision to be handed down😳

But I wouldn’t get too giddy.  D.C. will follow a handful of other states including Maryland, New Jersey and Hawaii, which have concealed carry for law abiding citizens, yet issue close to zero permits a year.  

 From Emily Miller at FOX A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowing to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists.

Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to bear arms extends outside the home, therefore gun-control laws in the nation’s capital are “unconstitutional.”

Click here to read the decision.

 

 

“We won,” Alan Gura, the lead attorney for the Second Amendment Foundation, told Fox News in a phone interview.  “I’m very pleased with the decision that the city can’t forbid the exercise of a fundamental constitutional right.”

Gura said he expects the District to appeal this decision but added, “We’ll be happy to keep the fight going.”

The decision leaves no gray area in gun-carrying rights.

Judge Sculin extensively referenced the Supreme Court decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) to concluding “there is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.”

The court ordered the city to now allow residents from the District and other states to carry weapon within its boundaries.

Judge Scullin wrote that the court “enjoins Defendants from enforcing the home limitations of [D.C. firearms laws] unless and until such time as the District of Columbia adopts a licensing mechanism consistent with constitutional standards enabling people to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms.”

The defendants are the city government and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

This case has dragged in the courts for five years. Gura has twice asked the federal appeals court to force Judge Scullin to issue a decision. The five plaintiffs filed in 2009, and the case was argued twice, most recently in Oct. 2012.

George Lyon, a D.C. resident and registered gun owner is one of the plaintiffs in Palmer.

“I am gratified that after a long wait our right to protect ourselves and our families has been vindicated,” Lyon, a lawyer, said Saturday.

He urged Mayor Vincent Gray, a Democrat, and the Democrat-controlled City Council to “swiftly enact a concealed carry law that protects the rights of law abiding citizens to protect themselves.”

Gray and D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson did not respond immediately for a request for comment.

Emily Miller is the chief investigative reporter for Fox 5 DC. She is the author of Emily Gets Her Gun (Regnery/2013).

Saturday
Jul262014

Chief of the Yeadon Police Department, said that Dr. Silverman returned fire "without a doubt saved lives"

Via Bob Owens, who notes that the medical center where this all went down is a “gun-free zone.” Unfortunately, the shooter didn’t care about that.

Fortunately, his psychiatrist didn’t either. The cops pulled no punches afterwards: If the doctor hadn’t returned fire, the people inside the building were facing a rampage.

On Thursday, Whelan described how the meeting among [Richard] Plotts, [Dr. Lee] Silverman, and [caseworker Theresa] Hunt abruptly took a violent turn.

Plotts and Hunt went to Silverman’s third-floor office shortly before 2:30 p.m., Whelan said. Plotts was apparently armed, Whelan said, and people near the room soon heard shouting.

Concerned, a hospital employee “actually opened the door, saw him pointing a gun at the doctor,” Whelan said. The worker shut the door quietly and immediately called 911.

Plotts then opened fire. According to Whelan, he shot Hunt two times in the face. The psychiatrist then ducked under his desk, retrieved his gun, and came up shooting, striking Plotts three times.

Hunt died at the scene. Silverman was grazed near his temple and Plotts was hit in the arm and torso; as he staggered out of the doctor’s office, other workers tackled him. He had 39 unspent rounds on him when the cops finally got there.

The motive is still hazy: Yesterday the AP thought Plotts might have had a dispute with Silverman over his treatment but today they cite eyewitnesses who claim Plotts was ranting about the hospital’s gun ban. (Which is odd considering that it didn’t stop him.) Then again, given that the guy was being treated by a psychiatrist, maybe it’s not worth parsing motives too closely. He had a violent history, says the AP, and had been arrested before for assault, drugs, and multiple times for gun offenses. 

 

Friday
Jul252014

Good Guy With a Gun Stops Bad Guy in Gun Free Zone

A doctor told police that a patient fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night.

Dr. Lee Silverman, a psychiatrist, was grazed in the temple during the gunfight in his office with patient Richard Plotts, according to Delaware District Attorney Jack Whelan.

Whelan identified the caseworker killed Thursday afternoon at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital as Theresa Hunt, 53. Hunt, who was from Philadelphia, had accompanied Plotts to an appointment with Silverman at a psychiatric crisis center next to the hospital in Darby, just southwest of Philadelphia, authorities said.

“When the caseworker was shot, (Silverman) crouched down behind the desk to avoid him being shot,” Whelan said. “He was able to reach for his weapon, and realizing it was a life or death situation, was able to engage the defendant in the exchange of gunfire.”

A struggle ensued and spilled out into the hallway, Whelan said. Another doctor and a caseworker jumped in to help Silverman and secure Plotts’ weapon, he said.

The motive for the shooting remained unclear late Thursday, although Whelan said Plotts, of Upper Darby, might have had issues with the doctor over his treatment plan.

Silverman was armed, which is against hospital policy, as Mercy Hospital is a deadly GUN FREE ZONE.  

The hospital has a policy barring anyone except on-duty law enforcement officers from carrying weapons on its campus, a spokeswoman for the Mercy Health System said.

But Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux said that “without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives.”

“Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition,” the chief said.