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Posted by Jeff Soyer on 18 Dec 2014 05:49 am

One politician in Australia gets it:

Calm and measured discussion about the right to “practical self-defence” was necessary in the wake of the Sydney terrorist siege, a pro-gun Australian senator said on Thursday.

David Leyonhjelm, the federal crossbench senator for the Liberal Democrats, said Australians were a nation of “disarmed victims,” unable to protect themselves with weapons, reports Xinhua.

[ . . .]

“What happened in that cafe would have been most unlikely to have occurred in Florida, Texas or Vermont or Alaska in America, or perhaps even Switzerland as well,” Leyonhjelm told ABC.

The senator said it was “unforgivable” that Australia had turned into “a nation of victims”.

And when mass shootings happen here in the U.S., it’s almost always in a gun free zone.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 17 Dec 2014 05:32 am

Oh, and only cops should have guns. From Philly.com:

Hours after the 40-year-old mother had obtained the order on Monday, the man she’d feared the most - Stephen Rozniakowski, an enraged Delaware County cop with a history of harassment - grabbed a gun, strapped on a bulletproof vest, kicked down the door to her Glenolden home, ran up the stairs and shot her, authorities said.

“He came up the steps with his gun drawn, and as soon as he saw Mrs. Morrow and her daughter in the hallway, he started repeatedly firing at them in their direction, striking Mrs. Morrow and also hitting her 15-year-old daughter,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said yesterday.

Morrow was pronounced dead in the house. Her daughter, Bridget Cruz, was shot in the left bicep. “Bridget fled into her bedroom, while, unfortunately, her mother lie dying in the hallway,” Whelan said.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Dec 2014 04:22 pm

From Random House, the first of a new series of detective stories: 13 Hollywood Apes: A Layla Remington Mystery, by Gil Reavill (Amazon link). Oddly enough, this is the second such thriller involving apes that I’ve reviewed this month at The North Country Review of Books. I wish I could say that it is as good as the first one. Parts of it are, and it is certainly an original plot idea. It all starts with a California brush fire, and the murder of 13 chimpanzees at an animal care facility in the hills of Malibu. It ends with a series of gruesome murders of the staff there. Sheriff deputy and assistant district attorney Layla must unravel the twisted twine of the who and why that ties all of the killings together.

You can read my entire review here.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 16 Dec 2014 05:20 am

Do lawyers really think they stand a chance on this one? From First Coast News:

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit, filed in Bridgeport Superior Court and released on Monday, asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have been sold publicly because it was designed for military use and is unsuited for hunting or home defense.

“In order to continue profiting from the sale of AR-15s, defendants chose to disregard the unreasonable risks the rifle posed outside of specialized, highly regulated institutions like the armed forces and law enforcement,” the plaintiffs wrote in the complaint.

Lever guns were designed for the military, too, but never mind. Hands-up, how many of you find the AR-15 suitable for hunting and home defense? Not to mention they’re just darn fun at the range. About six million hands just went up.

What is an “unreasonable risk?”

Further, there’s a little law passed by congress called Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that says that this suit is going nowhere.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Dec 2014 05:15 am

Seriously, there are too many bad apples:

A Texas police officer was placed on administrative leave on Friday after he reportedly used a Taser on a 76-year-old man after the suspect had already been forced to the ground.

The Victoria Advocate reported that 76-year-old Pete Vasquez was driving a work-owned vehicle back to his place of business on Thursday when 23-year-old Officer Nathanial Robinson pulled him over for an expired inspection.

Vasquez said that he explained that the car belonged to a car lot, and that the dealer tags made it exempt from having an inspection.

I’ve never heard of someone being arrested for an expired sticker?

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 15 Dec 2014 05:07 am

From Town Hall:

Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594.

Organizer Gavin Seim made the extraordinary nature of the rally very clear, “This isn’t just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law.” Attendees publicly transferred their guns to each other in violation of I-591’s background check provisions, and some even bought and sold guns just a few feet away from law enforcement.

Police had decided beforehand that they would not be making arrests. More protests are planned. Read the whole thing.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 12 Dec 2014 03:13 am

This happened in Brazil, but it could have been anywhere. From Emirates247:

A Brazilian man accused of stabbing a woman to death in a Rio suburb has confessed to have murdered 41 people, almost all of them women, “for the fun of it,” police said.

“He wanted to kill women — white women, not black ones. He followed the victims, studying them closely before committing the crimes,” said police commissioner Pedro Henrique Medina from the northern suburb of Nova Iguacu.

The man was identified as Sailson Jose das Gracas, a 26-year-old whom police describe as a psychopath.

A psychopath? What was your first clue, Colonel Mustard?

That’s why I carry a gun.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Dec 2014 05:54 am

I happen to know the person who did this so it doesn’t surprise me. She always was a bit of a nut:

Ruth Dwyer refers to it as a temporary “curtain.” Some townspeople have taken to calling it the Green Monster, or in Selectman Donn Downey’s words, “The Great Wall of Dwyer.”

Thetford zoning officials have determined that the structure — forest-green shade cloth strung across five large wooden utility poles along Sawnee Bean Road — is a “wall” and, therefore, out of compliance until it goes through a permitting process, which is now underway.

Dwyer had the 60-foot-by-24-foot partition built to block the view of a new house next door that she said offends her sensibilities.

Photo at the link. I’ve driven past it a few times. It looks like the screen at a drive-in movie.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 11 Dec 2014 03:38 am

Despite the best efforts of media and the gun grabbers, support for gun rights is growing:

For the first time in at least 20 years, significantly more Americans say it’s more important to protect the right to own guns than it’s more important to control gun ownership, according to the Pew Research Center.

The survey found that more than half of Americans (52 percent) sided with gun rights compared to the 46 percent who favored gun control.

The findings represent the continuation of a shift that was only briefly interrupted by the Newtown, Conn., school shootings in 2012.

In April 2007, the Pew survey found only 32 percent of Americans said it was more important to protect the right to own guns, while 60 percent said it was more important to control gun ownership.

That’s a pretty significant shift in just seven years.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Dec 2014 06:01 am

From the Washington Times:

Activists have secured enough petition signatures to send a measure that would tighten Nevada’s gun purchase background laws to the state legislature and, if lawmakers don’t act, to the ballot for voters to decide on.

The group Nevadans for Background Checks collected 166,779 signatures on a petition to expand gun-purchase background checks to most gun sales, with some exceptions, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Right now, just licensed dealers are required to perform the checks.

Amazing what Bloomberg’s millions can accomplish.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 10 Dec 2014 05:58 am

From WWLP:

We are seeing what could be the first steps in as many as 10 wrongful death cases in the Sandy Hook massacre.

No lawsuits have been filed yet, but 10 of the families have filed documents on behalf of their children indicating actions may be filed.

[ . . . ]

Trial Attorney Robert Berke says, “Before you can file an action on behalf of someone who passed away, you have to file an application with the probate court to get permission.”

Berke, a trial attorney, is not working with any of the Newtown families, but believes they would go after the town, school district or even Bushmaster, the company that made the gun used by the killer.

Berke says, “I think it would be very difficult to prove a lot of these different claims that could surface that people are going to bring.”

Anything for money.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 09 Dec 2014 09:01 am

Random House has started a new series of horror story collections edited by Brian Freeman and Richard T. Chizmar, famed editors of the magazine Cemetery Dance. The first of these short volumes is titled, Dark Screams: Volume One (Amazon link). Featured are stories by Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Bill Pronzini, Simon Clark, and Ramsey Campbell. While the variety of stories is decent, the quality varies. Note to parents: The stories are fine for young adults, and gore is at a minimum.

You can read the full review here.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 08 Dec 2014 12:35 am

File this one under the You Must Be Kidding Department:

Police in Beloit are launching a new effort to reduce gun violence in which they’re asking city residents to volunteer to have police search their homes for guns.

Police Chief Norm Jacobs said he doesn’t expect the phone to be ringing off the hook with requests for police to search their homes…

[ . . . ]

“Gun violence is as serious as the Ebola virus is being represented in the media, and we should fight it using the tools that we’ve learned from our health providers.”

Jacobs said he hopes some searches will result in the discovery of guns they didn’t know were in their own homes. He said that there’s also a chance they’ll find guns linked to crimes.

And any number of other things they can discover while snooping around.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Dec 2014 05:58 am

It was bad enough when Hillary proclaimed that businesses and corporations don’t create jobs. That just showed that she knows as little about the economy as the current president does. But a president is also the civilian head of the armed forces. Here’s how she would, uh, lead?

Hillary Clinton is taking heat for saying America should “empathize” and show “respect” for its enemies.

The former secretary of State, who is considered a likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, made the remarks during a speech Wednesday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Touting an approach she calls “smart power,” Clinton urged America to use “every possible tool and partner” to advance peace.

This, she said, includes “leaving no one on the sidelines, showing respect even for one’s enemies, trying to understand and insofar as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view.”

Maybe she should have a nice sit-down with ISIS leaders and practice that empathy thing with them as they behead her.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 06 Dec 2014 05:42 am

A lot. A whole lot.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 05 Dec 2014 04:22 am

You just can’t make this stuff up:

Sony Kept Thousands of Passwords in a Folder Named “Password”

Allen Ludden was not available for comment.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 04 Dec 2014 05:19 am

There’s no other way to put it: Morford is an idiot. He’s so over the top that he makes Chris Matthews appear rational. Anyway, in his latest screed against guns, he describes the typical gun owner:

You’re a scared white person, almost certainly male. You do not live in a major city, or near a university or intellectual hub of any note, nor have you ever traveled very far from your home town, much less out of state or anywhere further than, say, Mexico. Once. And that was enough.

You do not read complicated books. You do not like new or weird things. You watch lots of TV, mostly Fox News, which rejoices in showing you endless images of angry foreigners and minorities in pain: tear gas explosions, fights in the streets, looting, this time involving sad, small-town black people in Ferguson, all of them protesting the acquittal of that murderous white cop.

This is just part of a hysterical reaction of his to the surge in gun sales on “Black Friday.” The fact that there is always a surge in gun sales on said Friday doesn’t fit into his narrative. You can read the rest of his parody of a thinking person if you must. Me? I’d rather have a root canal without Novocaine.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Dec 2014 12:33 pm

Prepare accordingly.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Dec 2014 11:56 am

Around here, I consider a “Grand Slam” to be a book that earns top ratings in every category. Solomon’s Freedom, by Dennis Meredith, (Amazon link) is a grand slam. It’s a thriller with fabulous characters, witty dialogue, plenty of action, and most importantly, it raises questions about whether man’s closest neighbor in the animal kingdom should be granted any rights.

This is one of the best books I’ve read in quite some time. You can read my full review here.

And yes, I’m trying to drive traffic to, and comments about my reviews, there.

Posted by Jeff Soyer on 03 Dec 2014 09:48 am

American citizens have seen a drastic increase in the surveillance of themselves by police and government. Supposedly this is all done in the name of “Homeland Security” and fighting crime. Cameras on street corners, license plate readers on police cars, mass collection of your emails, phone calls, and websites visited. Even the United States Postal Service now photographs every single letter and package sent through its offices. What if it’s all taken to the next level? That’s the frightening premise of State of Terror, by John Brown from Fire Fighter Books (Amazon link). With a fast moving plot, this story plunges you into a nightmare America where you can be detained indefinitely, with no right to counsel or trial.

You can read my full review of the book here, and also leave any comments or (if you’ve read it yourself) a review there.

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