Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Gun Death Statistics - Figures Don't Lie, But Liars Do Figure

There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. The U.S. population is 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Do the math: 0.00925% of the population dies from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant!
There is, however, a fly in this anti-gun ointment.  "Gun related" does not correlate with "gun violence"
• 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws
• 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
• 17% are through criminal activity
• 3% are accidental discharge deaths

So technically, "gun violence" is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100 - Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?
• 480 homicides (9.4%) were in Chicago
• 344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
• 333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
• 119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)

Note:  These are all last year's numbers.  So far, as of Christmas 2016 in Chicago there have been more than 700 alone!

So basically, 25% of all gun crime happens in just 4 cities. All 4 of those cities have strict gun laws, so it is not the lack of law that is the root cause.

This leaves 3,825 for the entire rest of the nation - or about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States have much higher rates than others.
For example, California had 1,169 - and Alabama had 1.

Now, which state has the strictest gun laws by far? Ans: California, of course, but understand, it is not guns causing this. It is a crime rate spawned by the number of criminal persons residing in those cities and states. So if all cities and states are not created equally, then there must be something other than the tool causing the gun deaths.

Are 5,100 deaths per year horrific? How about in comparison to other deaths? All death is sad and especially so when it is in the commission of a crime but that is the nature of crime. Robbery, death, rape, assault - all are done by criminals and thinking that criminals will obey laws is ludicrous. That's why they are criminals.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Obama is going Full-Speed Retard in Support of Islamic Terror

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power raises her hand to abstain from voting on a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction at the U.N. on Friday.
In the most blatant and disgusting demonstration of his love for ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, Taliban, Hamas. PLO, and other sundry Islamic Terrorists,  Obama has given his clear support for a condemnation of Israel.

Even in the face of pleas for sanity from both Democrat and Republican Senators and Representatives, Obama has extended his middle finger to Israel and a leg-up to Islamic Terrorists.

Obama's ambassador to the United Nations is toeing the anti-American line as commanded by the god-forsaking, Allah-embracing, whining, progressive pile of steaming cowardice otherwise known as Barack Obama.

Here is the story from two different and widely respected sources:,7340,L-4897550,00.html

In a nutshell, Obama and his UN stooges have sided with Islamist butchers in condemning Israel for building houses in their own homeland.  It was the first time in 36 years the UN Security Council adopted a resolution addressing the issue of Israeli settlement construction.

The one thing that allowed this travesty to occur was the absence of a vote from the USA.  A vote that was withheld at the command of the freedom-hating, islamist-loving Barack Obama.

This action is not a reflection of United States policy, it is an example of Obama's fetish of kissing islam's ass and spitting on western civilization.

I think I'm gonna puke.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Washington State Wet-siders

The Badger Lake Observer is published from the Eastern side of the Washington Cascades.  The Western side of the mountains is mostly infected with this kind of vermin.

The vast majority of counties, cities, towns, and communities in the State of Washington are good people that love our country, its heritage, its history, and the Constitution.  Sadly, the very very few jumbo-sized metropolitan centers are choked with hyper-liberal domestic terrorists such as Kshama Sawant and her ilk.

Kshama Sawant is a card-carrying member of the Socialist Alternative political party, and has not only been elected to the Seattle City Council, but has actually been returned to that seat by moss-for-brains Seattle voters.  Really - I'm not kidding .  Google "Kshama Sawant" for more subversive anti-American details.

A petition is circulating that has been signed by about 20,000 people to remove Sawant from office.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Here is Something I NEVER thought would Happen!

Never, did I ever imagine that the Badger Lake Observer would post a link to an article from GQ magazine.  It is probably because I've never even picked up a copy or flipped through one in the MD's waiting room to calm my nerves before the inevitable prostate poke (shudder).

Maybe GQ magazine isn't so bad after all.

Here is a story about women and guns that actually make sense . . . at least to me.

Why Women Own Guns

Picture the “gun owners of America,” and it’s all too easy to imagine bearded white guys toting long-barrel shotguns into pheasant country. But these days, a curiously large proportion of U.S. gun owners are women, and more gun owners than ever are arming themselves for self-defense. Who is the new American female gun owner, and what’s she taking up arms against?

On any given day, there are an infinite number of objects you might find in a woman's bra, besides her breasts. Maybe a credit card, some folded-up cash, or a tampon; a tube of lipstick if she's feeling fancy. Because of the never-ending, one-sided battle between women's clothing and functional pockets, the bra has over the years become a repository for the small, important items women want with them at all times.

Which is why the bra of 42-year-old pharmacist Lola often contains a gun. To be specific, a Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm. Less than one inch thick, the $449 Shield is a matte black semi-automatic double-action pistol with an eight-round magazine (plus the ability to have a ninth bullet in the chamber).

Lola carries in every place it's legal to do so, whether that's in her bra or in a waist holster—which, in her home state of Florida, is just about everywhere except courthouses, schools, government buildings, airports, career centers, and post offices. And it's her preference for the Flashbang Bra Holster that first caught my attention: Under her Internet nom de plume, "Lola Strange," Lola stars in an instructional (and delightful) YouTube video about her holster of choice. In the video, Lola says that one reason she—along with her husband, Hank—loves the Flashbang holster is that it offers a little "lift" in the cleavage department. "I can always use a lift."

For most of her life, Lola believed "guns were just something you saw on TV, and it was always the bad guys who had them." But three years ago, Hank took an interest in learning how to use a gun for self-defense, and he encouraged his wife (and two teenage sons) to do the same. Today Lola never leaves the house without her Smith & Wesson. "Having a gun alone isn't going to save your life," she says. "But at least that gun gives you the opportunity to have some kind of equal ground with whoever."

I'll say what Lola won't. A gun isn't just a weapon—it's also an unambiguous way to signal to someone that they should fuck off and leave you alone. And if you're a woman in need of an unambiguous way to signal that someone should fuck off and leave you alone, history, data, and the plain old common sense that comes from living in the world suggest that someone is probably a man.

I didn't grow up around guns; as an adult, I've never liked them. I get nervous around them. But I have a distinct feeling that any fascination I ever had with guns—any faint arousal I'd felt as a teenager watching the hyper-violent action sequences of The Matrix or Angelina Jolie, all pouty lips and short shorts, double-fisting pistols in Tomb Raider—disappeared one night in my early twenties. That's when a particularly volatile boyfriend showed me a short, grainy video of him, taken the summer before, brandishing a chunky silver handgun a little too zealously. Waving it around, cocking it gleefully like a John Woo protagonist.

I remember squeezing my eyes shut, jerking away; something about the image of my boyfriend with a gun in his hand tripped an alarm. We'd been arguing lately, even as we'd started making plans for where we'd live when college was over—and a few times, instead of bickering back at me, he'd just grown silent and loomed. An uneasy thought unfurled: Did I trust this guy I loved, this guy who knew the key code to my apartment and knew where to find me at any given hour, with a gun? Did I want to build my future around someone who looked so turned on by the weapon in his hand?

We didn't stay together much longer after that; I wrote him a long letter and collected my things from his place, and I wish I could say that was the end of it. A month later, I stood shivering in the doorway of my building at 3 A.M. in a bathrobe, telling a police officer why I'd called 911 from under my bedcovers to report a man standing on my back porch.

Our school would later initiate a no-contact order to help keep my ex-boyfriend out of my life until after we'd both graduated. But there was damage already done: For two decades, I'd believed home was a place I could expect to feel safe, and that when someone said they loved me, it meant I wouldn't have to wonder if they'd harm me. Now I wasn't sure anymore. In other words, I'd been initiated.

Just about every woman's felt it at one point or another—that flicker of fear for her safety around angry men, and especially angry men with guns. And with good reason: Simply being female increases a person's risk of being stalked or sexually assaulted by someone of the opposite sex. Between 1980 and 2008, 90 percent of homicides, and 92.1 percent of gun homicides, were committed by men. In mass shootings since 1982, that figure rises to 96.5 percent, according to research done at Mother Jones. For all the strides we've made toward equality, there's still a more violent sex.

Which may be why the makeup of the gun-owning population of the United States is changing—and could look and act a lot more like Lola.

In September, The Guardian and gun-research publication The Trace published the results of an extensive new survey from Harvard and Northeastern universities—which its researchers describe as the "most authoritative since 1994"—on gun ownership in the United States. "Fear of Other People Is Now the Primary Motivation for American Gun Ownership, a Landmark Survey Finds," The Trace's headline boomed. Today two-thirds of gun owners list self-defense as their main motivation for owning a firearm, and The Guardian story notes that "the proportion of female gun owners is increasing as fewer men own guns." While the rate of personal gun ownership among American men has been steadily decreasing for decades, gun ownership among American women has stayed curiously consistent, hovering between 9 and 14 percent of women from 1980 to 2014. Today, the Harvard-Northeastern study found, nearly half of gun owners whose gun collection consists of a single handgun are women—and according to the NRA, the number of women who registered for classes on how to use a pistol nearly doubled between 2011 and 2014.

So is it the ownership of a gun that makes women feel better equipped to deal with the everyday dangers of living while female? Or is it simply the knowledge of how to use a gun—how to harness the threat of violence and turn it to point away from you, not towards—that women find comforting? If it was the latter, I reasoned, it couldn't hurt to find out.

It's a sad commentary on the state of affairs that simply running along the same path every day is a known safety risk for women. All the same, I feel a pang of jealousy that Uhan is a woman who's found a way to confidently go jogging alone at night.

Most people, Uhan said, are surprised to learn she owns a gun. ("Especially men," she noted.) She grew up shooting her dad's guns, but when her first child was born five years ago, maternal instinct kicked in. "I don't think you expect a mom toting a 5-year-old and a toddler to carry a gun in her purse," she said. "But I wanted a safe and reliable way to know I could protect my family in the case of a threat."

What kind of threat, exactly, does Uhan picture when she tucks her pistol into a handbag before leaving the house? Uhan recalled something she once told a friend who worried that carrying a concealed weapon was dangerous in itself: "When you and I are standing in line together at Target with our carts full of kids, and some crazy walks in and points a gun at us, I will protect my family and I will protect your family." (Though it's worth noting: The "good guy"—or gal—"with a gun" scenario has been disproven time and time again.)

Women like Uhan are quietly taking up arms all over the U.S. Out in the suburbs of Seattle, 25-year-old dental hygienist Danica McCombs keeps a Smith & Wesson SW40 in her nightstand. She gets nervous about home break-ins, and the pistol next to her bed makes her feel "more comfortable" when her husband's out of the house at night.

A longtime deer hunter, McCombs also keeps a .243 Winchester rifle at home in a case—but it's the handgun she gets questions about. "The worst is when people don't understand why I feel I need one. People understand why I have a rifle," McCombs said. "They feel different about handguns in the home."

And in Austin, Texas, 31-year-old Katie Garza, an assistant camp director for a girls' camp, bought herself a Walther PPK/S .22 a couple years back after getting her concealed-handgun license at a co-worker's suggestion. Garza, who travels on the job as a recruiter, had experienced what she describes only as "a scary moment traveling alone with a flat tire" one night in a small town in West Texas—so she began carrying the Walther in the console of her car. (A stranded female traveler's scary encounter alone at night, bear in mind, involves a somewhat different set of fears from a stranded male traveler's.)

There are some perks to being a woman with a gun license, though, too, Garza told me. "Guys tend to think it's pretty cool."

At the aptly named, Google-friendly The Gun Range in central Philadelphia, state law makes it possible for someone who's never once fired a gun to simply show up with a driver's license and nod their way through a 20-minute tutorial, then rent a handgun and a shooting lane and blast bullets at pieces of paper for an afternoon. (Unlike in New York City, where I live, and where you have to spend $427 just to apply for a gun license that requires passport photos and your Social Security card and actual paper checks, which have to be hand-delivered in person to an office in Kew Gardens, Queens, which is roughly as easy as hand-delivering it all to Narnia.) I went alone, carrying a purse and some bad memories I hoped to exorcise.

Yuri, the gun-range owner, told me to give the hot-pink, man-shaped silhouette on my target a new nose; I gave him a new nose, a new mouth, and a stray puncture wound near his shoulder. Then Yuri had me shoot at the "8" on the target—the "8" he pointed at being right where my hot-pink assailant's junk would have been, had I not put twenty rounds through it. A memory I'll think back on fondly and a little wistfully from time to time, I'm sure.

I shot for two hours, until a new blister on my hand began to bleed. Somehow the never-not-alarming sound of gunfire, the manual difficulty of shoving bullets into a magazine, the stinging pain of scraping my palms over and over again across the ridges of a slide, and the burnt stench of hot brass shells added up to a pleasurable routine. I shot a pistol for the first time in the same week I tried SoulCycle for the first time, and it was way better than SoulCycle.

It wasn't until a week later, when I dragged a suitcase through the door of the apartment I rent alone, that I thought about my ex-boyfriend. It was right after Thanksgiving, and I'd only just gotten home and unpacked when someone knocked on my door unexpectedly. It was late. I froze, and for a half-second, I wondered: Would I feel less creeped out about opening my door if I had a Glock 17 tucked in the dresser drawer ten feet from the entryway?

Chances were I wouldn't even be able to get to the gun in time if it were some soft-knocking serial killer. But if just having the gun would make me feel safer, sleep better, worry less about what might happen if a post-date "come over for a drink at my place" rendezvous suddenly took a turn for the worse, did it matter?

Anyway, it turned out to be Seamless. I'd scheduled a late-night dinner delivery from the airport tarmac before take-off and then promptly forgotten about it.

Lola, who often carries her gun strapped to her chest, actually worries less about the open world than the house she sleeps in. When I asked her for an example of a time she felt safer having a gun, her first response was, "when my husband travels and I'm home alone."

Of course, Lola also wears a gun on her person in case she encounters more visible, public danger, too. When Lola set out to buy her first handgun and holster in 2013, her priorities were aimed at this kind of prevention, and they were of a distinctly female sort: She worries about being assaulted while walking to her car late at night after work, so she wanted a gun she wouldn't have to carry in her purse, a favorite souvenir of thieves and attackers who target women.

"Guns are like…guns are like birth-control pills," she explained to me with a laugh. "They're a dime a dozen, and there are so many variables among women. If you pick up one and it doesn't work for you, you try another one."

I quit running outside at night a few years ago; these days I exercise in the safe, stuffy, fluorescent-lit confines of a city gym. That's just one example of a fear I cope with by staying indoors or staying home. But women like Lola, and women like Megan Uhan, deal with many of those same fears by going out into the world armed to deal with its dangers. Out in Minnesota, Uhan's Christmas list this year includes a women's holster shirt like the one made by 5.11 Tactical—a sleeveless jogging top built to carry a handgun discreetly under the arm.


While I was reading this story, I noticed another good one - also in GQ magazine.  Please note, however, the total number of American deaths quoted is in error by more than an order of magnitude.  For any non-mathematical types, that means it is more than 10 times greater than reality.  Other than that, it has a few good points of view to ponder.
It is entitled:  What Conservatives Get Right About Guns.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

“They believed they were more experienced, which they were. They believed they were smarter, which they weren’t,”

This story from Politico  may be too long and too dry for many of you folks, so I'll merely provide a link to it.

Don't be fooled into thinking it is merely another of the myriad analyses of the Presidential election and how Clinton blew it big time.
Hillary Clinton Hearing the Michigan Election Results

It is more - much more - than that.

In my humble opinion it clearly describes the mindset of an elite wanna-be ruling class that has been destroying the USA over the past few decades.  Self-described intellectuals with a very narrow education preached to them by sycophants of a failing political and world view, have time and time again refused to realize that they don't really know it all.

In reality, the experience these Intellectuals Yet Idiots (IYIs) have, has little connection with the real world and the real people that live in it.

In Her Words: Kristy Titus

In Her Words: Kristy Titus: Having grown up in Oregon, a strong blue state because of urban areas such as Portland and Eugene, I see first-hand the destruction that these groups are creating within my great state and the ripple that is felt across the nation.

With the win of Donald Trump, our most recent historic race for the United States Presidency has left many throughout the country protesting the result. Some of these protests have escalated turning into all out riots and criminal acts. College students, in some cases, have been allowed to miss exams over depression, while organized cry-ins are taking place on campuses around the country. Certain groups are even burning the flag of our great nation – an insult to the brave servicemen and women that have paid the ultimate price for that freedom.

Having grown up in Oregon, a strong blue state because of urban areas such as Portland and Eugene, I have seen first-hand the destruction that these groups are creating within my great state and the ripple that is felt across the nation. This destruction, this mentality, is geographically isolated to small populous areas, meanwhile, the remainder of the state bleeds crimson red and honors the flag and what Old Glory represents.

The riots, destruction, race baiting, and gender wars are the exact reason we now have a President Elect Donald Trump. A man that has preached the gospel of hard work, determination, never quit principals that are found evident in his business dealings, cabinet selections and closer to home, his children.

I have always said that life’s lessons are best learned afield with family and friends by your side, helping to develop work and moral ethic, and determination. There is no better teacher than Mother Nature herself, and many are in need of the powerful life lessons that only she can provide.

We are blessed with the freedom to climb to the tops of the highest mountains, to experience the thrill of the hunt while taking in the splendor of the good Lord’s perfect paintbrush; the awe inspiring landscapes of wild places. When the wind is howling, it’s snowing and you are cold, wet and tired and you are six miles from your camp, here in this moment, we are all equal. Race, gender and the amount of money in your bank account mean absolutely nothing. You cannot buy your way back to camp and yes, girls have to make the same trek as the guys. This is true equality.

You can cry all you want, but here, on the mountain, courtesy of Mother Nature, there are no safe spaces. Life is tough. This is reality. The mountain teaches you to dig deep, to keep going, to persevere despite the conditions, learning self-reliance, mental fortitude and the value of hard work.

The mountain makes a person want to work harder, even to the point of exhaustion, but at the end of the trail there is the triumph that one has risen to the challenge.  Hunters can all relate to this triumph and the confidence that is actualized in life-changing moments.

Today, kids are growing up with the “everyone wins a trophy” mentality. On the mountain and in life, you don’t always win a trophy. During many hunts, days are spent trekking sun up to sundown across the roughest landscapes in the world in pursuit of fair chase game animals. In the end, not everyone fills their tag. Not everyone wins a trophy.

The success is the journey. Time spent with loved ones and friends, memories that last a lifetime and beyond. That is the true trophy that is earned. When things don’t go your way and you don’t fill your tag, you don’t set fire to the wilderness or destroy vehicles parked at the trailhead.

Yet, we are tolerating this very behavior and conduct in our cities.

Instead, you learn to be a better hunter, train and work harder, and be willing to go the extra mile and put forth the extra effort. Every year, I plan and prepare so that my chances of success become greater.

Embracing God and the great outdoors, family, friends and the freedoms found here in America. Our past brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow and together we shape that vision into reality. Educate others in your community and across the country on why out time honored traditions are relevant in today’s society, now more than ever.

Make time to serve others, to make a difference and you’ll help to influence someone that has been lead left without ever seeing or experiencing what’s right.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Emo Snowflakes Melting in Louisiana

Call the Cops!  There is a Cop in my classroom!

A truly special snowflake at Loyola University in New Orleans saw a fellow classmate in a full police uniform and became “uncomfortable” at the sight of the officer’s sidearm. That’s right: the sight of Josh Collins, a Sheriff’s sergeant in uniform caused a delicate little flower to complain to the professor.

What did the professor of the Law and Morality class do?

He called the Cops because one of his students was a Cop.

No shit - I'm not making this up.

The cognitive dissonance on display boggles the mind. The professor called police – officers armed with guns – to respond to a police officer in full uniform - including his gun.

What’s worse, this wasn’t exactly the first day of class. In fact the semester is almost over, so Sgt. Collins’ was obviously a familiar face.

Josh Collins, a Sheriff’s sergeant in New Orleans, attends the classes at the city’s Loyola University.

In a Facebook post he explained how he arrived at class this week in his uniform as he didn’t have time to change.

However a fellow classmate complained to the professor of being ‘uncomfortable’ at having a police officer in the room.

Here is the actual Facebook post from Sergeant Collins:

The University’s response: Oops!

In response the university claimed the incident had been a misunderstanding.

‘A student in the class saw another student with a firearm, and during a class break said something to the teacher. The teacher contacted campus security to determine university policy.

‘Campus security directed the teacher to confirm that the student with the firearm works in law enforcement. The teacher confirmed that the student worked in law enforcement and the class resumed at the end of the break.’

The teacher/professor didn’t already know university’s policy on police officers on campus? C’mon. To quote Hillary Clinton, the University’s statement requires a ‘willing suspension of disbelief’.

Monday, December 12, 2016

There’s a new sheriff in town, and he will be here for 1,461 days

Maureen Dowd, liberal columnist for the NY Times focuses very clearly on the election and the Democrat’s response.  Good job Mo, you’re spot on.

Whether or not you agree with the author, she gives us much to ponder! 

Subject: from Maureen Dowd of NY Times - NOVEMBER 26, 2016

The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.

The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust.

Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion. This did not go down well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44 electoral votes.

The rudeness reached its peak when Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by attendees of “Hamilton” and then pompously lectured by the cast. This may play well with the New York theater crowd but is considered boorish and unacceptable by those of us taught to respect the office of the president and vice president, if not the occupants.

Here is a short primer for the young protesters. If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics. The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes. That can be her participation trophy.

If any of my sons had told me they were too distraught over a national election to take an exam, I would have brought them home the next day, fearful of the instruction they were receiving. Not one of the top 50 colleges mandates one semester of Western Civilization. Maybe they should rethink that.

Mr. Trump received over 62 million votes, not all of them cast by homophobes, Islamaphobes, racists, sexists, misogynists or any other “ists.” I would caution Trump deniers that all of the crying and whining is not good preparation for the coming storm. The liberal media, both print and electronic, has lost all credibility. I am reasonably sure that none of the mainstream print media had stories prepared for a Trump victory. I watched the networks and cable stations in their midnight meltdown — embodied by Rachel Maddow explaining to viewers that they were not having a “terrible, terrible dream” and that they had not died and “gone to hell.”

The media’s criticism of Trump’s high-level picks as “not diverse enough” or “too white and male” — a day before he named two women and offered a cabinet position to an African-American — magnified this fact.

Here is a final word to my Democratic friends. The election is over. There will not be a do-over. So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons. Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting. And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting. To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts. And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate.

As Eddie Murphy so eloquently stated in the movie “48 Hrs.”: “There’s a new sheriff in town.” And he is going to be here for 1,461 days. Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Smith & Wesson

When my friend goes to her ATM, or anywhere else, she always takes along her Smith & Wesson.
She has never had any problems with muggers, rapists, panhandlers, wise-asses, street punks, or attorneys.
Here's a photo of her making a withdrawal at the ATM:

Smith is the one on the left.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Knives Kill More Each Year Than Rifles: Time For Knife Control?

According to crime statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), knives are consistently used to kill people far more often than rifles are used. And the numbers aren’t even close: five times as many murders were committed with knives than were committed with rifles last year.

The FBI statistics show that knives have been used as a murder weapon far more often than rifles — even those evil “assault weapons” we hear so much about — for quite a while. In 2013, knives or other cutting instruments were used to kill 1,490 victims. In contrast, rifles were the cause of death of 285 murder victims. Shotguns were used in 308 murders. In 2009, the ratio was very similar: knives were used in five times as many murders as rifles.

The 2013 numbers are even more interesting when you compare them to data from 2003, the last year in which the 1994 federal “assault weapon” ban was in effect. In 2003, 390 people were murdered with a rifle. That’s right. The number of rifle murders is 27 percent lower today — ten years after the expiration of the “assault weapon” ban — than it was in 2003, the last year “assault weapons” were banned by the federal government.

“But what about handgun murders?” you might ask. “They’re responsible for the majority of gun murders, so why don’t we just ban them and stop worrying about rifles?”

Easy: because gun bans and strict gun control don’t really prevent gun violence. Take, for example, Illinois and California. In 2013, there were 5,782 murders by handgun in the U.S. According to FBI data, 20 percent of those — 1,157 of the 5,782 handgun murders — happened in Illinois and California, which have two of the toughest state gun control regimes in the entire country. And even though California and Illinois contain about 16 percent of the nation’s population, those two states are responsible for over 20 percent of the nation’s handgun murders.
FBI Murder Victims 2013
Chicago is a perfect example of the total failure of gun controllers to prevent gun violence. Until recently, the city basically banned any and all transfers or sales of handguns. It was virtually impossible to get a concealed carry permit. Did that do anything to stem the tide of gun-related bloodshed? Of course not. Chicago was the murder capital of the U.S. in 2012.

In 2013, however, Chicago’s murder rate fell to its lowest level in 48 years. What could have possibly led to such a drastic change? This might help explain it.
Gun owners in the nation’s third-largest city will no longer have to register their firearms with the local authorities, ending a policy that has helped the police track guns here for decades.

Chicago’s City Council voted to make the change on Wednesday, modifying the municipal code to comply with a new state law that will make Illinois the last in the nation to allow people to carry concealed weapons in public. While the city’s strict bans on assault weapons and gun dealers remain, the loss of control over its own registry, in effect since 1968, was another setback for gun control proponents — this time in President Obama’s hometown, in a state run by Democrats.

The 2013 law passed by the Chicago city council didn’t just kill the city’s gun registry. More important, it also removed a ban on gun possession outside the home, a much-needed change that finally gave law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves throughout the city. And earlier that year, the state legislature in Illinois finally passed a law allowing lawful citizens to carry concealed weapons to protect themselves.

Meanwhile, new polling data from Gallup suggests that the American public increasingly believes that guns are necessary to keep Americans and their homes safe from criminals. Over the past 15 years or so, Americans have become more and more supportive of basic gun rights:

Gallup Guns Home Safer

Professor Fataly Shot by a Knife at USC

Yup - Professor killed by a knife that apparently went off by itself.

The Shooter was a PhD graduate student.  I guess that explains how he got the knife to shoot the victim.

Oh the humanity - when will this senseless knife violence come to an end?

A University of Southern California student fatally stabbed a psychology professor on campus Friday afternoon, authorities said, following what was described as a “personal dispute.”

The stabbing happened just days after an Ohio State University student drove a car into a crowd outside a building at that university then attacked people with a butcher knife. Authorities have not ruled out whether that attack was terrorism-related.

In Los Angeles, police hurried to say that students and the public at-large weren’t in danger.

The killer musta used a knifegun.

Bergdahl - Thirty years ago he would have been shot.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has petitioned the Obama White House for a pardon to avoiding being tried on charges of desertion and misbehavior.  For some reason, he doesn't think President Donald Trump will view him in the same light as Obama and Clinton.

It would be nice if our fearless leader would see fit not to pardon Bergdahl and further stain his place in history as the worst president the USA has ever been subjected to.

Up until his release in exchange for high ranking Taliban and Al Qaeda military leaders, full-sized billboards could be seen along Interstate 90 here in the Inland Northwest.  As soon as the skinny on this traitorous coward became commonly known; the billboards vanished.  Those billboards depicted traitor Bergdahl in uniform, not smiling in the arms of bloodthirsty murdering muslim psychos.

This photo of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, smiling and posing with Taliban Commander Badruddin Haqqani, a senior member of the Haqqani network in Afghanistan, was posted on Twitter in June, 2014
Now, before the bleeding-heart progressives start misting up and whine that poor Bowe was merely a POW with Stockholm syndrome, remember this:  He was no POW. Do not insult real POW's by calling him one. He sought out the Taliban after deserting his post.  I don't recall seeing any American POWs in Vietnam smiling with their captors.  Ask John McCain how the gooks treated him.

Bergdahl is a cowardly scum that mailed his uniform back to his parents, along with messages stating that he was disillusioned with America's mission in Afghanistan, he had lost faith in the U.S. Army and was considering desertion. Bergdahl told his parents he was 'ashamed to even be American'.

Attorneys for the disgraced soldier recently filed clemency applications on his behalf with the White House, Justice Department and the Pentagon, the New York Times reported Friday, citing multiple government officials.

A court-martial slated to start in the spring will determine if Sgt. Bergdahl, 30, should be punished for deserting his post and consorting with the enemy. If convicted, he faces the possibility of life imprisonment.

Sgt. Bergdahl’s lead defense lawyer, Eugene R. Fidell, declined to comment the legal team’s efforts when reached by the newspaper prior to publication. If the case is still pending when Mr. Trump is inaugurated next month, however, then Mr. Fidell said he’ll file a motion for dismissal arguing that a fair trial isn’t possible under the next presidential administration.

Mr. Trump repeatedly condemned the soldier while campaigning for the White House, at one point calling him “a no-good traitor who should have been executed.”

“Thirty years ago he would have been shot,” Mr. Trump said during an Oct. 2015 event.

Sounds fair to me.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Indiana State Rep. Jim Lucas has the Right Stuff

Lucas plans to introduce legislation that would allow Hoosiers to carry handguns without a permit. Called by some “constitutional carry,” such laws are on the books in 11 states, including three that passed them just this year, and are under consideration in several more.

The central argument for such laws is pretty compelling. If something is a constitutional right, which “bearing arms” is, why should we need what is essentially a government permission slip?

“To me it’s immoral and even it is criminal ... to force an innocent person to jump through hoops and pay money to the state to prove their innocence and exercise a constitutional right,” Lucas said.

Here is the story as published in the Fort Wayne Indiana News-Sentinel

Editorial: Do we need permission to exercise a right

Mad Dog and Conan make Great Bedfellows

This fellow was born in the same Pacific Northwest neighborhood as me.  Moscow Idaho and Pullman Washington are adjoining towns separated by the Snake River.  Back in the day, the major hospital serving those burgs was Gritman Memorial in Moscow.  It could very well be that Mad Dog and Conan Bolonan shared the same bassinet!.