There is someone else who uses a posting name very similar to mine but he switches the second and third letters. The DV has begun to monitor the posts, but whoever does it apparently don't work on week-ends. View Comment
The bereaved father, Jamiel Shaw, was living in Los Angeles California, not Chicago. He was testifying before House Judiciary Committee on illegal aliens on Thursday, not the Rush Limbaugh show.
When did the House Judiciary Committee become a blog? And more importantly, when did Los Angeles move to the center of the country? View Comment
You're right. I called you an "Irish Idiot". I used the American spelling since I was going for the Alliteration factor, which you apparently missed. So, let me correct myself and properly post it as "Irish eejit". There! That looks much better, don't you think? View Comment
My all time favorite way out name happened back in 2008.
A nine-year-old girl whose parents named her Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii was put into court guardianship in New Zealand so that her name could be changed. Just type her name in the search bar and the stories should come up.
You asked for stories where the victims stopped crimes because they were armed.
BTW, the report with the link to the UK, was about Janet Cooper in California. I took the link because it was a news report rather than on a blog.
When a situation is happening, I don't think that the victim should have to ask him or herself whether the intruder is armed or not. When someone breaks down the door in the middle of the night to someone else's home, the person on the other side of the door does not have any way of knowing it's a mistake. When someone is in fear for their lives, they should be able to defend themselves.
I think we are just going to have to agree to disagree on this one.
Remember, not every incident involving a firearm that actually stops a crime is reported and even among those that are, not every story is picked up by the news agencies.
On the way back to Norwalk today I heard a partial report from WTNH about some perp being held at gunpoint until the police arrived. Unfortunately, I didn't hear the beginning of the story, so I can't tell you where, but it must have been recent.
Guns used to stop crime:
http://www.examiner.com/article/heroic-mom-saves-children-from-violent-intruder-with-38-caliber-handgun ( January 2013)
http://www.thecwtv.tv/shared/news/top-stories/stories/kwbb_vid_2945.shtml (Feb. 2013)
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/finally-gun-used-stop-crime-175812631.htm (March 2013)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2340015/Jan-Cooper-Grandmother-72-fended-burglar-357-magnum-handgun.html (June 2013) View Comment
Uh, have you ever heard of Fast & Furious? The Feds set that one up and forced the gun dealers to sell to people who they knew would be smuggling the arms into Mexico. God alone knows how many innocent Mexican citizens died because of that wonderful little program.
Any gun dealer will tell you that the AFT will pull their license without hesitation for the merest pretext. Mark Kelly, Gabby Gifford's husband, tried to buy a AR-15 type gun in Arizona to prove how "easy" it was to get a firearm like that back in Marsh. Oops, it blew back in his face big time. Fortunately, the gun dealer was careful and thorough and cancelled the deal. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2292438/Mark-Kelly-Gabby-Giffords-husband-buying-handgun-assault-rifle.html View Comment
Mary Jane Nelson does not speak for me. I care about the gun violence in Chicago -- alot! You'll see that the gun laws didn't change, the policing methods did. However, for the 117 families who suffered the tragedies of losing a loved one, it still was devastating.
June 5, 2013 7:36 PM
How did Chicago cut gun violence after deadly year?
(CBS News) CHICAGO - A year ago, one of America's great cities had become one of its deadliest as gun violence exploded in Chicago. By this time last year, 179 people had been shot to death. This year, the number is 117 - a drop of 35 percent.
The police fanning out across Chicago these days are increasingly confident that their strategy is working.
The most tangible results have come in the aftermath of the well-documented murder of 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton in January. The shooting riveted the city and pressured its officials to crack down.
Since then, Chicago has undergone a transformation that puts it on pace with the lowest annual murder rate here since 1964.
"We did not have a comprehensive gang violence reduction strategy, and it took us a little bit to put it together," said Garry McCarthy, the police superintendent. "The methods that we're using today did not really exist a little more than a year ago."
Four hundred extra officers have been assigned to 20 impact zones, where violence has been habitual. Gang leaders have been targeted for questioning and surveillance, and block-by-block data on gang activity is constantly updated.
Sounds good, but unfortunately, the strictest gun laws in the nation are in Chicago, ILL and Washington, D.C. New York City is third runner up. Regretably, those laws have not stemmed the tide of gun violence in any of those cities. I wish the answer was that easy.
One of the saddest testimonies I heard was recently given by black father to a Congressional delegation regarding amnesty. His son was returning from the mall and was literally gunned down in front of his house by a total stranger. The perp, an illegal alien out on an early release program, shot the 17 year old in the stomach and then stood over him and fatally shot him in the head because the victim was black and carrying a red backpack.
The father wanted to know why the perp wasn't deported when he was picked up for his first crime, and why he wasn't turned over to the immigration authorities when he released six months early. The perp was released early because the prisons in California are overcrowded. As for the perp, he didn't care who he murdered or what laws he broke. And therein lies the problem. View Comment
Okay, Broad, I"m on my way out the door to a meeting, but here's one link to get you started.
I'll be out of town tomorrow, but will try to compile some of the links to the stories while I'm away. I may get back here Saturday night, but most likely not until Sunday afternoon. View Comment