The Philando Castile Shooting and Some Advice for My Cop Readers | Active Response Training

My take on the shooting is that both the officer and the motorist made some mistakes.  Having researched the case, I don’t believe that Philando Castile was actually reaching for his concealed carry pistol.  He did, however, tell the officer he was armed and make a hand movement consistent with drawing a concealed firearm.

….The bigger mistake, in my opinion, was made by Officer Yanez.  He appeared to panic when confronted by the fact that the driver he stopped was armed and didn’t seem to be paying proper attention to his verbal commands.

Source: The Philando Castile Shooting and Some Advice for My Cop Readers | Active Response Training

Out of all the verbose crap floating around, Greg’s analysis is a real jewel above anything else.

Cop or Civilian, you need to read this and learn from it.

Texas democrat shoots dog & charged with gun violation.

“Pedro stated that as the dog got closer, he feared the dog was becoming aggressive,” the affidavit stated. “Pedro then fired one shot from his 9 mm handgun that he had concealed in his waistband at the dog, hitting the dog near his head.”Afterward, the dog “limped back” toward the back of the house and survived; Juarez and his family waited for the police, who secured the firearm while conducting the investigation, the report states.In May, Juarez, 35, was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, a Class A misdemeanor that carries a sentence of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. He told the Star-Telegram that he has hired an attorney and has no comment at this time.Juarez’s version was documented by police.

Juarez told police he doesn’t have a license to carry a gun and “he believed that since the law for open carry passed, he was no longer required to have a license to carry,” the affidavit stated.

Source: Texas candidate’s husband who shot dog charged with gun violation | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The shooting happened on April 30th. Mr Juarez is married to former Fort Worth school board candidate Pilar Candia and members of the Democratic Party Tarrant County machine. The “former” part is because she lost the election and I am sure that hubby shooting the old pup did not help one bit.

It is the embolden part that I want to attract your attention to: He did not read the law or it is bullshitting everybody or he is plain dumb. Open Carry is not Concealed Carry and it is your responsibility to know the law and not depend on what somebody else told you or what you read on the papers or watched on TV. Then again he might have thought that laws did not apply to him because politics and stuff.

Anyway, once again the lesson is clear: Don’t Guess What The Law Is, Read the Damned Law.

PS: What’s with Democrats shooting anything lately?


The LawDog Files: Darwin is a rotter (Or why gun safety is prime)

Gentle Readers, the Four Rules of Shooting are not just Rules, they are a damned fine idea. Let us ponder, in this case, the wisdom of: “Don’t Point The Barrel At Anything You’re Not Willing To Destroy” and “Keep Your Booger Hook Off Of The Bang Switch”.Yeah. Whoo. I believe that my readers of the male persuasion probably have an inkling of what happened.

Source: The LawDog Files: Darwin is a rotter

You need to go read this. As with LawDog, a beautifully written piece with a great message.

I heard that he was supposed to be writing/collecting blog posts fr a book. I wonder how’s that going. I sure as hell want one.

Gun Control for Fun and Profit?

While checking an article in ThinkProgress about Brady Background Check Delayed Transactions allowed to go forward, I bumped into a name that seemed vaguely familiar: “former ATF Special Agent David Chipman, now a senior policy advisor at the advocacy group Americans for Responsible Solutions.” And I was right, I had mentioned him once before in the blog, but back then he was  Senior Vice President of ShotSpotter, the gunfire locator company and before that a senior advisor for Everytown for Gun Safety where he landed after his 20+ career with ATF.

I had not checked on ShotSpotter for a while. Last I had seen was last year and I had detected a subtle negative press about cities dumping the system because it did not return the expected results. Miami Dade PD had dumped the system back in 2013 for being inefficient (out of 1,000 detections,  only 50 were real), but it was being forcefully shoved back in but county commissioners according to an article from September 2016 in the Miami Times.

So when I googled ShotSpotter today, I get returns that amaze me: According to many press articles, it is the best thing for crime since the movie Minority Report and Eric Holder. Basically anything written about ShotSpotter in 2017 is to celebrate the system and a true crime fighter tool. They even got an official congressional attaboy from none other than Charlie Schummer and demand DOJ to pour money into it. And you are hard pressed to find any article with a negative side.  I wondered if the managed to improve their software or sound detection to get more accurate results so I searched some more and nothing. What I did find however is that ShotSpotter announced in May that they were going public and in June 7th they started trading.

I know the stock is up, but since I have no idea how the market works, I can’t tell if they have really made a profit or it is just huff and puff. But if I were somebody with a suspicious mind, I’d think the sudden onset of good press  might be somewhat remotely related to the company going public.

I would love to know who bought stock and specially who may have had a chance of own company stock prior to the company going public, past and present officer included.

Cui bono.

H. R. 2620 picks three more sponsors.

We are at 49 now.
H. R. 2620 covers several pro gun issues but the most important in my opinion is the elimination of the “sporting purposes” clause:

The new additions are:

Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2]
Rep. Garrett, Thomas A., Jr. [R-VA-5]
Rep. Smith, Jason [R-MO-8]
As usual, all republicans, but at least it is picking somebody.
I think we are done with Special Elections for Congress and we need to get this bill and National Reciprocity moving in Congress.  That means at least one weekly email to the Rep that is not on the list.
Let’s get it going.

Blue Glock

This appeared in my timeline originally without the edit, just the announcement they had Blue Glocks:

For those who do not know, blue is the color given to training non-firing replicas of firearms. It is the standard across the Gun Community pretty much as when you see a white box with a red cross, you know it is a first aid kid or something to that effect.  Although the ones that are just inert replicas are totally blue, the ones that fire Simmunition rounds look exactly  like the one above.

So yes, a bunch of people jumped in and cried foul as loud as possible and with good reason, and Arnzen Arms LLC smartly recognized the screw up and fixed it, so they get kudos for that and my respect.

What drove me nuts was those commenting that the gun painted like that was not a big deal and in fact it was plumb silly that people would complain about the gun painted in blue.

People like these scare me. Not only they have not gotten the idea of Gun Safety right, but they think themselves above making mistakes. Why? Because they have the training, they are professionals in their fields, they know their shit. But we have heard that before:

“I am the only one professional enough to handle this weapon”

The reason the Gun Culture is one of the safest to be around is because our almost fanatical respect for Gun Safety.  It is not only the adherence to the Four Rules, but the constant check and double-check and the three back ups for the double checks. It is constant vigilance because we have acknowledged that even the best and safest of us will have a day off and we know the safety instilled in our actions will lessen a screw up or even stop it.

Or you can be Chest-Thumper and end up with unscheduled extra holes in your body.