Turning a good shooting into a bad one…

Two masked men ran up to a woman at her home in the Legends Trace subdivision Friday and tried to abduct her while one of her children were still in the car.

Source: Man arrested after shooting at fiancée’s attempted abduction

What we have here is a failure to understand when and where you’ve crossed the line from defender to aggressor and reckless idiot with a gun.

Force and deadly force can be justified ,”…to prevent aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery.” But there’s a clause in the penal code that reads, “when and to the degree…necessary.

Our “hero” exceeded that standard. Once he’d stopped the threat, he could and should have tended to his fiancée. Instead, he continued to pursue the suspects and became the aggressor as they tried to break contact. Worse, he became reckless in his actions and graduated to deadly conduct. And now Jeremiah Morin has gotten himself arrested for “defending” his fiancée.

If you’re going to make the decision to use force or deadly force, you have a responsibility to be sure you understand where your rights begin and end. Another problem we have in discussing these incidents is people, especially guys, tend to suffer diarrhea of the mouth, bragging about what they’d do in this situation or that with zero regard to the very real legalities that might arise. Folks, check that crap. Don’t let your ego and emotions take you over the edge into moronic misdemeanors and felony stupid.

/GM

Where did the podcasts go?

We’ve been asked a great many times over the last few months, “Where did the podcasts go?” Well, to be honest, life happened.

A wide variety of personal and professional commitments have had us spread in all different directions. Jeff’s got a range to run. Jason is a grandfather now. And me, well, my father’s sudden passing at the end of 2015 was just the beginning of a variety of challenges. The good news is we’re finally getting back on track. To that end, expect a new podcast in the next 24hrs.

Yes. Seriously. There’s a new podcast. We reunited in the infamous “closet” at Shiloh to bang out a new episode. We can’t promise one for next week just yet but, we’re working to get things rolling again. We never intended to be gone this long but, as I said, life happened and you get what you pay for, right? In summary, Jeff, Jason, and I thank you all for your continued support, interest, and understanding.

/GM

Father Says He – Not the Gun – Killed Son at Shooting Range

It’s a shame the mainstream media is salivating over another death. This time, caused by one man’s admitted negligence.

Source: Father Says He – Not the Gun – Killed Son at Shooting Range

To Clayton Brumby’s credit however, he has not taken the path of so many others, claiming the gun did it. And of course, because they believe it supports their agenda, the media is willing to quote him word for word. The gun didn’t just go off. Clayton Brumby admits he pulled the trigger. The death of Brumby’s son is on own Brumby’s hands. That’s a pain no parent wants and something no one in his right mind would wish on anyone. But here is an opportunity for others to learn.

Folks, those of us who have spent any significant amount of time on a gun range have either had hot brass catch us in a sensitive area or witnessed it happen to someone else. I don’t care how much of a bad ass you think you are, it hurts. Ee all know it can and will inspire people to do the “funky chicken” dance in an instant. Still, one should not lose their composure to the point you forget you’ve got dangerous tool in your hand. A better course of action is to simply dress in a manner to reduce the chances of something like this happening in the first place.

Wear closed-toe shoes, not sandals to the range. If you have a loose collar, button it up! Wear a bill forward baseball cap and eye-protection such that your eyes are shielded from flying brass. If you think getting hot brass down your shirt sucks, try getting it caught between your eyeglasses and your face. But if all else fails, remember that you’ve got a dangerous tool in your hand. THAT takes priority over any discomfort/pain you feel while the gun is in your hand. Put the gun down THEN tend to the issue or ride out the pain and carry on. The latter is hard to do but, you might want to think about it this way…No one is going to stop shooting at you because hot brass went down your shirt or got caught where the sun don’t shine. Control your muzzle and keep your booger hook off the bang switch.

-GM

Neil Steinberg claims unfair denial in an attempt to buy a rifle

A Chicago area “journalist,” Neil Steinberg, tries to buy a rifle in Illinois and his purchase is denied. Steinberg claims the denial occurs because he’s part of the media and therefore gun guys won’t sell to him. The dealer says they denied the purchase because Steinberg has a history of chemical dependency and a documented history of domestic violence. The “Cliff Notes” version is, they are both right.

In his article with the Chicago Sun Times, Steinberg lays out the events that led up to the decision to buy a gun. A classic media stunt even by Steinberg’s own admission, meant to highlight how “easy” it is to do such a thing. Steinberg’s plans went to awry when the gun store called him back the day after he made his purchase saying the sale had been denied and his money returned. After a short while, the dealer said they denied Steinberg’s purchase because of a history of chemical dependence and domestic violence. That’s a pretty serious allegation that Steinberg deflects and never addresses in his article. Instead, he implies the standard the dealer used is unfair yet asserts such a standard should have been applied to the shooter in Orlando.

Such a standard was applied in Orlando. A dealer claiming a man matching the shooter’s description, says they not only denied the man’s intended purchase of a rifle and ammunition, they notified the FBI about it. Nothing happened. He didn’t raise any suspicion with the next dealer and he’d passed the required background checks to be a security guard and a possess license to carry which, in many states, negates the background check phone call at the point of sale. Keep in mind that any dealer can deny a purchase to anyone for any reason. After being denied, Steinberg never entertains the possibility that his own very public past might cause any licensed dealer who knows his name to be resistant to sell anything to him or anyone they reasonably suspect probably shouldn’t be able to buy a gun.

The past Steinberg fails to address isn’t exactly some mild, momentary indiscretion. A quick search indicates he once wrote a book called, “Drunkard: “A Hard-Drinking Life,” which is billed on GoodReads.com as, “An extraordinarily honest memoir about the life of a functioning alcoholic and the realities of recovery from a veteran columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.” Not lightweight stuff, folks. So we have a person who admittedly has an chemical dependency issue. It’s one thing to abuse the drug of your choice. Quite another for that to spill into abusing your family.

According to the Chicago Tribune, late one October night in 2005, Steinberg’s wife tried to call the police to make a report of abuse. We don’t know the details of what led her to make that call. But, Steinberg knocked the phone out of her hands with sufficient force to cause minor injuries in an attempt to prevent her from making said call Steinberg’s wife made the call from another phone. As a result, Steinberg was arrested and charged with one count of domestic battery and one count of interfering with the reporting of domestic battery. A month later, his wife apparently went to Cook County prosecutors and said she no longer felt endangered by him. And like that, “Poof!”…the charges were dropped. He was allowed to undergo private counseling/treatment and move on with his life.

Is it possible the dealer just decided they’d rather not give Steinberg ammunition for his story? Sure. But it is also quite likely that, given recent events and the fact this specific man’s arrest for domestic battery made the local news, that they didn’t want to risk being the latest dealer to be lambasted for selling a gun to a man with a “known” history of domestic abuse. Either way, can you really blame them?

/GM