In addition to Jason himself being on the job, all three of us have close family or friends wearing a badge who face threats like this all day, everyday.
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s assassination-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
This isn’t “revenge.” This was the cold-blooded murder of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. There’s no justification for it. Regardless of how one feels about Garner, Brown, Rice, or anyone else, this is wrong and neither of these officers deserved this. No good can come of it and one can only hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.
Police haven’t said how the children died. But Asnicar said they’re examining several knives in the home that may have been the weapon used to kill the children.
Our hearts and prayers are with these children and their families. This sort of thing should never happen. But, even in a country where guns are all but banned, evil found a way and guns weren’t involved. It looks as if ordinary household knives were involved. Of course, countries like Britain would and have reacted to heinous crimes like this with calls to bans on everything short of a butter knife. Let’s hope the Australians don’t follow suit.
On Thursday, Houston’s First Court of Appeals said the jury’s instructions on the law on self-defense were so confusing that Rodriguez did not get a fair trial.
Some of you may remember Raul Rodriguez, a former Houston Firefighter. In 2012, he was convicted of killing his neighbor after recording a large portion of the confrontation with his own camera. That recording was part of the reason for his conviction as Rodriguez can be heard parroting the phrase, “I am in fear for my life,” over and over again while arguing with Kelly Danaher and Danaher’s father before Rodriguez ultimately shot the younger Danaher, a local school teacher. At the time of the incident, it was our collective opinion on the show that Rodriguez’s own video undermined his claim of self-defense. That opinion still stands.
It is highly likely that the Harris County District Attorney will appeal this ruling. In the meantime, Rodriguez may actually be able to request a bond for his release be set. By overturning this conviction, the appellate court is saying there was a mistake of law that is so egregious that it contributed to Rodriguez’s conviction. Specifically, they are saying the jury instructions were wrong or confusing. Time will tell but, it could be this case will have to go back to trial all over again.
The saga of Tactical Firearms in Katy, Texas continues. Word is, Jeremy Alcede has been jailed for failure to comply with a court order to turn over all account and password information relating to Tactical Firearms to its new owner. You can read more here –>http://coveringkaty.com/2014/12/16/exclusive-katy-obama-critic-jeremy-alcede-imprisoned-by-federal-government/
We have long had debates about gun maintenance. One of the biggest is the issue of lubrication. Especially with regard to how much lube is enough. Now, I have said many times, an oily gun is a happy gun. I didn’t make that up, it comes from old school Army guys who, sadly, are long dead. But, it is not an uncommon saying in the gun business. At any rate, Larry Vickers and the guys at TacTV have done a video to, as they put it, dispel the myth of over lubrication. It’s pretty convincing to me.
I will say that I tend to agree with Vickers on the points made here. Guns are best described as an “open” lubrication system. Your car’s engine has a closed loop system where by parts are constantly bathed in oil freshly pumped from the oil pan at the bottom of the engine in a wet sump system or an external tank in a dry sump system. Your car’s wheels/axles and various suspension/steering components however, are more akin to the gun. There’s no practical way to pump oil in and out of these areas. And so, typically, we grease the bearings in these areas of a car. Some shooters elect to use grease as lube with their guns for the same reason. Regardless of you choice of oil or grease, you can and should consult your owner’s manual for instructions on lubrication for your particular gun or consult a qualified armorer/gunsmith.
Background checks are back. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden said that five U.S. senators—enough to change the outcome—have told him they’re looking for a way to switch their votes and pass legislation requiring a criminal background check for the purchase of a firearm. Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who led the fight for the bill, is firing back at the National Rifle Association with a new TV ad. The White House, emboldened by polls that indicate damage to senators who voted against the bill, is pushing Congress to reconsider it.
According to William Saletan’s post at Slate.com, we’re going to see another push for background checks in the next congress. On one hand, I suppose that is really stating the obvious. Universal Background Checks may have been DOA last time around but, the liberal left and mass media outlets continue to harp on it and keep it in the minds of Democrats and others who believe their political futures are dictated by their support for gun control.
The Obama Administration has redoubled it’s efforts to twist the numbers until the desired results are achieved by telling the Center for Disease Control to reassess existing research on gun violence. And unfortunately, they still don’t add up quite the way the administration would like. They don’t line up entirely in our favor either according to Saletan but, I would argue the facts aren’t readily twisted into supporting the argument for more gun control either. You can read the rest of the article here or check out the actual report, here
Figured some of you will find this entertaining. I managed to get into a conversation with a guy asking for holster recommendations. A number of shooters, including yours truly, recommended Comp-Tac. In response, “Brad” chimes in with “Comp-Tac Sucks.” “Brad” also claims Comp-Tac’s quality is “sub par.” When asked who makes a better holster, Brad’s reply is SERPA. He never responds to why he thinks the SERPA is a better holster.
“After nine years, John was amazed when his friend Knut Øyjorda found his gun in the mountains: The wooden stock was bleached out and brittle, the muzzle was rusted and unusable. Only the scope was still like new. The coating withstood the weather, the cold and heat could not harm the optics. The Customer Service in Wetzlar checked the scope in detail and concluded: ZEISS products are indestructible.”
Color me impressed if this scope was really found in that condition after 9 years in the elements.
I figure it is time, in the middle of all the anti-police and racism/bigotry crap going on right now, to give some credit for good work where it’s due and recognize real cases of desperation that lead people to make bad decisions. So here it goes.
My nomination of good guy of the week is Officer William Stacy of Tarrant, Alabama. I’ve spent enough time in Alabama to be uncomfortable just visiting the state. The Texas legislature was smart enough to put up a big sign warning folks not to leave Texas. It tells you that your at the Sabine River. Turnaround! Let’s put it this way, A great many folks would have expected Stacy to cuff and stuff Helen Johnson and some who will read this will suggest she rot in jail as a thief. But, Stacy truly went above and beyond. Some may call him soft or say he used judgement befitting a rookie but, I say he’s being the kind of cop we should all want on our streets.
“You can’t let kids go hungry. I ran inside, bought the eggs for her and walked out and handed her the eggs,” Stacy said.
“She tried to give me all the money she had on her, which was $1.25. I told her to keep it. I don’t want it. The way she can repay me is to never do this [shoplift] again.”
Stacy didn’t have to do what he did for Helen Johnson. But it’s great to see his chief and the community standing behind him. One can only hope that should Stacy have the misfortune of being in a use of force incident later in his career that people will remember this moment and give him the benefit of the doubt rather than instantly vilifying him as a “jackbooted thug.” Good show Officer Stacy! Keep it up!