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Chicago: The Endia Martin Murder Case

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Endia Martin, murdered at 14

Good Lord, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. The crime itself is asinine and abhorrent, but the background stories show that an utterly feral culture lives amongst us.

This is a really sick tale. And what makes it sicker is that it’s probably as common as muck. I have to wonder if the streets of Chicago have become a gladiatorial arena for the entertainment of the natives. Natives who in this case, gave a child the thumbs down and stood around to watch her die.

Endia Martin was a 14 Chicago girl. I gather that she got into some kind of argument on Facebook with her best girlfriend, over - you guessed it - some boy. That other 14 year old girl (an honor student, naturally) decided she was gonna throw down on that bitch, so she positioned herself to catch Endia when she got off her school bus. But instead of duking it out, the 2nd girl’s plan was murder. Malice aforethought: she called up her 24 year old uncle and said she needed a gun. So he brought her one on the bus, meeting her at the scene before the fight began. Somehow a crowd gathered. Endia got off the bus, a fight ensued, and at some point (either when she was face down on the ground, or running away) Endia’s friend took the gun and shot her in the head. Except that the gun misfired. Hey, no worries, someone in a crowd - a 17 year old man I think - quickly repaired the revolver and handed it back to her. And while the crowd watched, she shot Endia in the head and killed her. But hey, it was only from a couple feet away, so she missed, and managed to wing somebody else too. Or perhaps it was a case of over penetration, and we’re talking two victims with one bullet. But I digress. Once the murder was done, that 17 year old man took the gun and tried to dispose of it. A completely illegal firearm of course. And the most disgusting part of the tale, is that this deliberate assassination occurred in front of at least 20 witnesses, and nobody did a thing to stop it. Not even when the gun misfired and needed a time-out to be repaired. No; instead of stopping it, they recorded the entire event on their cellphone cameras.

OF COURSE the press wants to play Blame It On The Gun, and the cops cry for more gun control (Chicago already being gun free, according to the law) ,but that’s garbage and you know it. This crime comes in two parts: the perpetrator and her enablers, and the barbaric environment that accepts, supports, and even demands this kind of insane behavior.

I’m not even sure where to begin ...

Martin’s family says she and the alleged shooter were close friends who were fighting over a boy in a dispute that originally started on Facebook. They attended the same school.

“She used to do all her work. She seemed like a nice person,” classmate Michael Baker said [Drew: Baker is talking about the alleged shooter, not the victim]. “I never thought she would do something like that.”

“She wasn’t a bad kid, I mean, everybody gets suspended. She wasn’t bad,” classmate Kimberly Taylor said. “When I heard that, I was sad for her. It hurts my heart to see her life is away. She throw her life away.”

Oh gosh, it’s so sad, this poor little thing WHO TOOK A GUN AND BLEW ANOTHER CHILD’S HEAD OFF, she has my sympathy, she’ll get juvie for 4 years now. Concern or sympathy for the murdered girl: ZERO.

The alleged shooter’s mother, who the Chicago Sun-Times is not identifying because her daughter has been charged as a juvenile, told the Sun-Times that her daughter “feels bad too.” The girl disputed the official account of Martin’s death and told her mother after the shooting: “It did not happen like that.”

“She was very hurt,” the mother said of her daughter. “Her and the little girl used to be friends.”

But the mother claimed Endia, also 14, and her friends “jumped on” her daughter last year, and the feud picked up again recently on Facebook. She even said her daughter’s life was threatened, and that someone told her daughter they would “lay her where her daddy’s at.”

The woman said her daughter’s father died when she was 9 months old. “She’s hurt about the whole situation,” the woman said.

Finally, the woman said she didn’t know about her daughter’s juvenile court hearing Tuesday afternoon, where the teenage girl faced charges that included first-degree murder and attempted murder without any family in the courtroom. The judge said at the hearing the girl’s mother “obviously” knew about it.

“We’ve never been through anything like this before,” she said.

Meanwhile, the girl’s uncle was ordered held on $3 million bail Wednesday. Cook County prosecutors said the paralyzed, wheelchair-bound man took the bus to hand her the fully loaded weapon knowing there would be a fight.

Before the 14-year-old suspect went to confront two girls about an ongoing dispute she had with them about a boy, she asked Donnell Flora for a gun, Assistant State’s Attorney Jamie Santini said.

Flora, 25, agreed with his niece’s request and got on a bus with the .38-caliber revolver Monday afternoon, Santini said.

Once at the 900 block of Garfield Boulevard, Flora gave the girl the gun before the shooting, Santini said.

Right ... the old Turn It Around story: my baby is the victim here, that horrible monster was out to get her, she was in fear for her life.
Hey, who wants to bet against my guess that uncle Don became wheelchair bound because of being shot himself? Any takers? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

A 14-year-old Chicago girl accused of killing another girl in a dispute over a boy tried unsuccessfully to fire a gun before someone fixed it for her and handed it back to her so she could open fire, prosecutors said Tuesday.

That detail emerged during a hearing in juvenile court on the latest incident of violence grabbing headlines in Chicago. The alleged shooter appeared at the hearing on a first-degree murder charge in Monday’s slaying of 14-year-old Endia Martin.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters earlier in the day that the girls were fighting over a boy. According to prosecutors, the suspect went to a residence in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the city’s South Side around 4:30 Monday afternoon to continue a fight that began on Facebook.

So at the very least, we have Miss Shooter, her adult uncle Donnell, and some street gunsmith at the scene, on her side, and entirely supportive of her desire to commit premeditated murder. So far. The arena is filling up quickly; hurry hurry the main event is about to begin!

And so the deed was done. But don’t worry if you missed being there, at least one person recorded the whole thing. Didn’t do a damn thing to stop it. Didn’t call 911. Didn’t get an adult to intervene - WTH, there were several adults already there! - just stood around and watched. And recorded. And perhaps the Chicago Police are grateful for that, now that the child is dead and they begin to arrest everyone in sight on the video. Because everyone at the scene told them lies. “Don’t be a snitch” is another aspect of this feral mob. Cry out for justice, cry out for help, cry out for your “gibbs”, but when help and justice arrive, lie your ass off, hide the evidence, and stonewall all the live long day.

And then the cascade of arrests began ... sort of ...

A second person is now charged in the shooting death of a 14-year-old Chicago girl and Tuesday night, just blocks away from a vigil to remember Endia Martin four more people were shot.

A 17-year-old was charged with illegally having a gun, using it and then trying to get rid of it after the murder of Endia Martin.

The murder of Endia Martin, 14, was recorded via cell phone video, prosecutors said on the same day a third suspect was charged in her shooting death.

“This entire incident was captured on a cell phone video, taken by one of the witnesses to the incident,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Santini said. Martin was shot to death Monday afternoon on her way home from school. Three people have been charged, including a 14-year-old girl, a 17-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man. A vigil is set to be held Wednesday evening near the scene of the crime.

The 25-year-old man, Donnell Flora, appeared at the Cook County Courthouse Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge and a further charge of aggravated battery with a firearm. Prosecutors said he supplied the murder weapon to his 14-year-old niece after taking the bus to the scene, and that he had foreknowledge of the crime.

“Upon arriving at the location,” said Santini, “the defendant provided the loaded gun to the 14-year-old co-offender, knowing she was going to become involved in a fight.”

And then the lies began. Gun? What gun? Oh, that gun? Hey, that gun was stolen years ago when somebody broke into my car.  And the police and the press bleated out their usual sound bytes, because now it was time to Blame The Gun and Blame The Law ...

Chicago police superintendent: Killing of girl, 14, shows need for stricter gun laws
The killing of a 14-year-old girl, allegedly by another teen in a fight over a boy, shows that Illinois needs stricter gun laws, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Tuesday. McCarthy told reporters that Endia Martin was shot with a .38-caliber handgun stolen from a car. He urged a change in the law to require gun owners to store weapons securely, saying that a firearm was brought to what would otherwise have been a “fistfight.”

“There was a legal gun that became an illegal gun,” he said, saying state law should be changed to require guns to be kept more securely. “In this case, the simple fact that the law states that you can store a firearm in a vehicle is absolutely insane,” McCarthy said. “Those guns need to be in lock boxes, in safes, in people’s residences or on their person.”

But then it turned out that this wasn’t entirely true. Oh sure, the gun had been reported stolen, but it wasn’t. It had been sold, under the table, at least once. Well, at least the press could dogpile on that story.

Endia Martin murder weapon illegally sold, falsely reported stolen, police say
Two more people have been charged in connection with the shooting death of Endia Martin. Police announced felony charges against Robert James, 34, for unlawful delivery of a weapon and filing a false police report. Police have also charged Vandetta Redwood, 32, who is an aunt of the alleged 14-year-old shooter, with mob action and obstruction of justice.

Police said James is the legal owner of the weapon used to kill Endia Martin, and that he sold it to another individual in November of 2013. It is not clear who took possession of the weapon, but on April 15, 2014, James reported the gun had been stolen from his mother’s car.
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“So on day one we believed that gun was stolen, because it was reported stolen,” Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy said Thursday. “But what do we find out? We find out that the legal gun owner illegally transferred that gun to another person. That’s how that gun ended up on the street.”

Police said the investigation also shows Vandetta Redwood was at the scene in the 900 block of West Garfield at the time of the fight between the 14-year-old victim and the 14-year-old girl charged in the shooting. Prosecutors say that cell phone video in their possession shows the actual shooting, and includes Redwood standing next to the 14-year-old shooter, along with a crowd of about 20, some of whom carried bottles and pipes.

Redwood faces felony charges for mob action and obstruction of justice, in part because she denied being at the scene even though the video places her there. Her attorney, Mark Almanza, called her charges “guilt by proximity.”

“There were numerous other individuals there,” said Almanza, “and essentially they’re saying my client should be charged for standing near where a crime happened.”

So auntie is right there on the video, but she’s still lying to the po-po with a straight face. And the 20 - TWENTY OTHER PEOPLE - standing around? Carrying bottles and pipes? What does that mean? Does that mean that what actually went down was a neighborhood riot, with dozens of fighters armed with bottles and pipes? Or that dozens were there ready to fight in case a riot broke out? That they were there IN SUPPORT OF A PREMEDITATED MURDER? Or was it party time in the hood, everyone kicking back, enjoying some CPT, chillaxin’ with a 40 and a few rocks and some bud to smoke? And the fight was just entertainment?

And yeah, Auntie, you get arrested. Because it’s your niece who pulled the trigger. Several times. And you’re the adult; a family member who should have stopped this from happening. Instead, it turns out you’re part of the enablers, and part of the aftermath smokescreen. So ... busted.

A total of five people have been charged in connection with the shooting. A 17-year-old boy and the 14-year-old suspect’s 25-year-old uncle, Donnell Flora, were also charged this week. Flora allegedly gave the gun to his niece, according to police.

[a day later] A sixth man has been charged in connection to the murder of 14-year-old Endia Martin.

Floyd Evans is accused of illegally obtaining the gun used in the Monday afternoon shooting in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.

It began with a legal purchase, according to a lawyer for Robert James, the Hyde Park man whose .38 special revolver was at the center of events leading to Endia’s tragic death.
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James’ mother apparently did not want the gun in her home, so in November 2013 James allegedly sold the firearm to a former Atlanta man on the South Side. The exchange was done illegally, according to police and Cook County prosecutors, because James didn’t determine whether the buyer had a valid firearm owner’s identification card as required by law.

The man police identify as the buyer, 43-year-old Floyd Evans, was charged Thursday in Chicago with possessing a firearm without a valid FOID card, Chicago police said Thursday night. He is also wanted on a warrant in a separate case.

Prosecutors said that after James learned the man no longer had the gun, he falsely reported that it had been stolen from his mother’s car.
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Less clear is how and when the gun made its next move from Evans to Donnell Flora, 25, the uncle of the girl charged with Endia’s slaying. But police and prosecutors charged that Flora, who was paralyzed after he was shot in 2010, knew his niece was going to confront Endia when he took the bus to the Back of the Yards neighborhood to deliver the loaded gun.

Ha, toldja so. Pfft; that was, like, a guarantee.

So what really did happen? Mabye we should just go and look at the video ...

The 14-year-old suspect and Endia, friends since elementary school, had been feuding over a boy, authorities said. According to her lawyer, the suspect had never been arrested before. She was on the honor roll at Hope College Prep High School, was a student leader and played on the freshman-sophomore basketball team. Endia’s parents had moved her to Tilden Career Community Academy to keep her closer to home.

The dispute between the girls worsened after they taunted each other on Facebook, where the suspect’s mother said the two often communicated. They agreed to meet after school Monday. Prosecutors said the confrontation drew close to 20 people — at least some of them armed with a lock on a chain, a metal pipe and a bottle — to the 900 block of West Garfield Boulevard.

Among the crowd was Vandetta Redwood, 32, the aunt of the alleged shooter.

Ah ha. Now we see a bit of light, finally. The fight was planned. From both sides. And the word was out, so a bunch of wannabes piled on, hoping to “help” which really means hoping to escalate the situation. The crowd filling the seats in the arena.

Police gave this account of what happened: The 14-year-old pulled the handgun from her waistband. She pointed it at one woman, who pushed it away. A 16-year-old then swung the lock on a chain at the shooter but missed her. The younger girl then tried to fire the gun, but it malfunctioned. She handed it to another person, who fixed it and handed it back to the 14-year-old. She fired again, hitting the 16-year-old in the arm and Endia in the back as she fled. Prosecutors said the confrontation was caught on a cellphone video.

So the 16 year old, up until now who appeared to be a mere bystander suffering collateral damage, in fact used her weapon to either try to stop the shooting (which is what her lawyer will say, naturally) or stepped in to fight on Endia’s side. And got shot for it.

And then I suppose that Miss Shooter, amped up on the power rush of shooting one girl in sort-of self defense, pulled the trigger again on her best friend who was trying to get away from their altercation. Or was this also an accident, because, shit and damnation, the piss poor writing does not tell us specifically if the same shot that winged the chain swinger just happened to brain her pal by chance. It’s implied, but “she fired again” can mean she fired several times, not just once. But maybe it was an accident after all.

And we should really be looking at Chain Control for Chicago. Because without that chain, maybe none of this would have ever happened.

Yeah right. Feral culture. Period.

And in the week or less since this has happened, another 4 are dead, another 24 are gunned down, in Chicago.

Animals.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/05/2014 at 11:49 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 23, 2014

Just playing with guns again

Two wildcat cartridges from the drawing board. Both are designed to fire the .375” 225 grain bullet at about 2000 feet per second, and be short enough and small enough in case diameter to properly stack in an unmodified AR-15 magazine.

One cartridge uses the .35 Remington as its parent, the other one is based on the old Italian 6.5 Carcano.  Either one should work, but both have rather tiny shoulders, and that could lead to headspacing problems. On the third hand, these short cases are formed by cutting down military brass, so the case walls at the shoulder may be exceptionally thick and strong. That kind of thing is hard to tell on a simple computer modeling.

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No, neither cartridge is a super barn burner. Both throw out a big fat chunk of lead at fairly leisurely velocity. Both would actually be superb deer rifles for shorter ranges. Like a .45-70, a .444, or a .375/.38-55 but with less recoil. And on an evil black rifle platform. Mwaaahahaaahaha.

One advantage both these cartridges have is that, on the modeling software, both are very efficient at burning up their powder charges in a short distance. So they’d work as AR pistol rounds too, burning clean in barrels as short as 8” with the right powders, and still giving better velocity than a typical .44 Magnum with nearly identical bullet weight. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/23/2014 at 07:21 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 17, 2014

Still No Bullets

The Continuing, Never Ending Ammo Shortage



As we enter the spring of the 6th year of our “temporary” ammunition shortage, a lot of folks just aren’t buying the old standby reasons and excuses any longer.

Here’s one reason that can’t be argued with too much: guns need ammunition to work. Gun sales are still at stratospheric levels; after a 2 month decline in the middle of the worst winter in ages, monthly 2014 gun sales are again outstripping their 2013 monthly sales. Those monthly sales, in turn, were moer than those of 2012. 2012’s were more than 2011’s. And so on. Here are the latest numbers, straight from the FBI. Notice how the total number of NICS checks in 2013 was just about the same as the total number of checks done in 2006 and 2007 combined. It’s a madhouse out there. I would not be at all surprised to see 2014’s total numbers equal double 2008’s. Barack Obama, greatest gun salesman in world history.

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Add to this mix the never ending, always increasing demand for copper. And how one of our biggest copper mines was closed last year due to a pit collapse. You can’t make brass (or gilding metal) without it. I haven’t heard of any lead shortages yet, but I did notice how the last lead mine in the USA was closed late last year. Zinc goes into brass too. Anyone have new stats on that? 2012 production was up about 10% over 2011, with the industry reporting demand growth for the 4th year in a row. Copper production is also up, with secondary feed production (ie recycled copper) growing fastest. Heck, demand for copper is so high that plumbers and builders have switched over to plastic pipes in houses, so that the thieves won’t steal them. Copper pipe and wire theft is rampant.

So high metals demand is one aspect. All these huge government ammo contracts are another. Did you know that BY LAW the government gets first crack at ammo production? Not just the military, but to any federal agency or department, homeland security, emergency responders, even firemen? No wonder the EPA, both DOEs, the Post Office, and all are doing what they are.

EPA raids on brass makers only puts a tiny dent in the market. Sure, it adds a lot of fear, but it only impacts production a little.

Rulings against certain kinds of ammo that prohibit their import keep a few million other rounds off of our markets too. But compared to the billions of rounds sold, and the demand for billions more, this one is another drop in the proverbial bucket. Shitty move though, considering a similar kind of bullet is legal to sell on military surplus American ammo. You know, if there was any of that to be found.

Hoarders and profiteers. Everybody wants to blame them. The evil Daddy Warbucks guys. Can’t find ammo at Walmart, but you can get all you want for 5 times the regular price on eBay. Really? Really? What kind of buying power do you think these folks have, that they can snap up the entire output of a $170 billion industry? Can they make a dent? Maybe so. Can they eat up all of it? Hell no.

Continuing idiotic gun control legislation by states like NJ and NY aren’t having much impact ... especially not if more than a million NY gun owners are deciding to flout the law. Good for them.



So there you have it. Mostly. The old saw “ammo companies aren’t going to invest fortunes in more loading machines just to respond to a temporary spike in demand” doesn’t hold water any longer. Sure, for a 90 day spike it makes sense. For a 1 year spike it might make sense. But more than half a decade? No. Any good capitalist company would have ramped it up by now. If they were allowed to. And that’s another can of worms right there, because we hear that they are. But that hasn’t made any difference yet.

Latest worry? Dire predictions that the shooting war in Ukraine will start in earnest the day after Easter, which will cause every last round of 7.62x39 the world over to evaporate. Let’s wait a few days on that one and see.

Bottom line: metals production is running flat out, but demand never stops increasing. More guns means more ammo needed, and more guns have been purchased during this current regime than in the previous 20 years combined ... and it ain’t over yet.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/17/2014 at 04:22 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 16, 2014

The Left’s Continuing War On Women

Bloomberg: “We will wear them down”



Billionaire former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg announces $50 million campaign against the NRA, focusing on women.

Me? I’d put some real Sam Colt style equality out there and pass laws requiring all women to be armed, however they wanted. Just for their own self-protection.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year through his new group Everytown for Gun Safety to counter the influence of the National Rifle Association, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Women, and more particularly moms, will be the key demographic in the outreach to curb gun violence, Everytown for Gun Safety spokeswoman Erika Soto Lamb told CNN.

The news was first reported by the New York Times.

“You’ve got to work at it piece by piece,” Bloomberg told the newspaper. “One mom and another mom. You’ve got to wear them down until they finally say, ‘Enough.’”

Everytown for Gun Safety will serve as an umbrella organization for Bloomberg’s two gun control groups—Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

The effort will target 15 states. And it will focus more on grass-roots organizing than on television ads, Lamb told CNN.

I have no idea what this campaign will be saying, but I’d take every line with a bucket or two of salt. And I’d encourage everyone, male female or otherwise, to at least give shooting a try. Enough to get past that “icky” feeling about guns they might have. And realize that they’re just tools. After that, I’d suggest all different kinds of research if they were interested. Not really into firearms so much, but civil liberties, the history of armed citizens against totalitarian states, the chances of a 103lb woman against a 285lb drugged up rapist, the ability of police and CCTV cameras to actually prevent crime, the way that enormous amounts of crime and violence in our society are ignore by the media, and so forth.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/16/2014 at 01:37 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 03, 2014

Freedom In The Sawdust

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What is this thing?

It’s a homemade, custom sized, plywood lower receiver for an AR-15. No permits, no licenses, no serial numbers. No casting, no machining. Not even very much metal. Just precise measurements, very careful assembly, and lots of sanding. And some epoxy. Oh, and quality hardwood furniture grade plywood. And it’s going to work. As a pistol.

Follow the progress over at Summer Patriot / Winter Soldier ... John Jay is also hard at work on another wildcat cartridge, this time a .375 shorty. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/03/2014 at 01:09 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 01, 2014

Second Verse, Same As The First

Henry the Eighth I am I am, Henry the Eight I am ... oh wait, not that one. Sadly. No, this one: another INSANE anti-gun law makes a criminal out of a law abiding citizen. And now he’s a ... get this BS ... a registered gun offender. Say what? WTFF has this county become? Holy clams on the half-shell.

Mark Witaschek: Registered Gun Offender
Convicted of possessing a dud shotgun shell, one empty brass case, and a handful of loose bullets.
Turned in by his ex-wife, of course.

Where is that damn Reset Button? Time to drain the fever swamp that is Washington DC, and hose down all the insects there with DDT. And they’re ALL insects.

Witaschek surrenders to D.C. police ‘Gun Offenders Registry’; Businessman convicted of having unregistered muzzleloader bullets

Mark Witaschek never had a firearm in the District of Columbia, but he is now on the city’s Gun Offenders Registry.

This bizarre case has drawn national attention because an upstanding citizen was tried and convicted of possessing unregistered ammunition for muzzleloader bullets, which are simply pieces of lead and copper.
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On Friday afternoon, I accompanied Mr. Witaschek and his wife, Bonnie, to Metropolitan Police Department headquarters to abide by the terms of his sentence, which meant registering within 48 hours.

Immediately inside the front doors and metal detectors is the Gun Offenders Registry Unit, which has suddenly appeared in the same office space as what was the Firearms Registry Unit. A white piece of paper taped over the existing painted sign indicated the office switch.

“They label it ‘gun-offender registry’ to sound like a sex-offender registry,” Mr. Witaschek noted.

There were five uniformed officers and one plainclothes cop manning the unit. We were the only civilians. Mr. Witaschek quietly gave his name and said why he was there.

“We’ve been waiting for you,” said Officer Flores

I have unregistered muzzleloader bullets. And round balls too. And thousands of unregistered pistol and rifle bullets, in your choice of cast lead, jacketed, solid copper, solid bronze, and a variety of shapes and styles. And I’m certain I could dig up a few dud rounds, although I make it a habit to break them up and dispose of them ASAP.

For Mr. Witaschek, the registration process took less than 30 minutes sinc e no other offenders were in the office at the same time.

Outside the police station, I asked Mr. Witaschek how he felt about submitting to this requirement of his sentence given by Judge Robert Morin.

I was found guilty of something that is not even illegal and forced to register for something that is not illegal,” Mr. Witaschek said. He paused, then he just shook his head.

Mr. Witaschek is appealing his conviction both on technical grounds that muzzleloaders [muzzle loading] bullets are not classified as ammunition under the law and on the constitutional grounds that his Second Amendment rights have been infringed.

Sounds like jack booted thuggery to me. Sounds like it’s high time to Take Back America from our very own cops. Sounds like cause for revolution.

Follow the link above to learn more about the new, secret list THAT YOU CAN’T SEE that the DC cops are keeping. Oh, they’ll happily share it with any other government employee. But not you, citizen scum. Bad dog! Back in line! Heads down! Praise Obama, mmm mmm mmm! Work harder!!

For more of Witaschek’s case, go here, and read about the INSANE over the top antics of a completely out of control, over-militarized police department. Every last one of these fuckers should be fired and charged. Every. Last. One. Because this is the real story here ... the you-can’t-do-shit-about-it ham-handed gestapo tactics of modern American police, operating with impunity far outside the law and any constitutional restraint. They are your masters, slave, so you’d better behave.

Mark Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal record, is facing two years in prison for possession of unregistered ammunition after D.C. police raided his house looking for guns. Mr. Witaschek has never had a firearm in the city, but he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The trial starts on Nov. 4.

The police banged on the front door of Mr. Witaschek’s Georgetown home at 8:20 p.m. on July 7, 2012, to execute a search warrant for “firearms and ammunition … gun cleaning equipment, holsters, bullet holders and ammunition receipts.”

SEE ALSO: MILLER: Justice delayed is justice denied - Appeal for decision on D.C.’s gun carry-rights ban

Mr. Witaschek’s 14-year-old daughter let inside some 30 armed officers in full tactical gear.

D.C. law requires residents to register every firearm with the police, and only registered gun owners can possess ammunition, which includes spent shells and casings. The maximum penalty for violating these laws is a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.

Police based their search on a charge made by Mr. Witaschek’s estranged wife, who had earlier convinced a court clerk to issue a temporary restraining order against her husband for threatening her with a gun, although a judge later found the charge to be without merit.

What the fuck. Who does she think she is, Jerry Ryan?

h/t to Doc Jeff


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/01/2014 at 07:19 PM   
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Not In My America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

They Don’t Understand This Part Either

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed San Francisco’s tough gun control laws Tuesday, ruling that they fall within the scope of the 2nd Amendment.

At question was the city’s requirement to lock up firearms and ban the sales of hollow-point ammunition.

“San Francisco’s regulations do not destroy the Second Amendment right,” wrote Judge Sandra S. Ikuta for the three-judge panel in a 35-page decision filed Tuesday.  The other judges on the panel were Dorothy W. Nelson, and Milan D. Smith, Jr., who concurred with Ikuta. Two of the judges were Bush appointees while the third, Nelson, was a Carter appointee.

The case, Jackson v. San Francisco, has been winding its way through federal courts since 2009. It challenged the City and County of San Francisco over local laws implemented in 2007 that compelled gun owners to secure guns either locked inside a container or disabled with a trigger lock.

Further, it took exception with the blanket ban on selling ammunition with “no sporting purpose,” which in effect took self-defense-based rounds off the local shelves. Plaintiffs in the case included Espanola Jackson, the National Rifle Association, and the San Francisco Veteran Police Officer’s Association.

Concerning the locking requirements, the court stated that, while the law, “burdened the Second Amendment because storage regulations were not part of a long historical tradition,” they were “not a substantial burden on the Second Amendment right itself because it did not prevent an individual from possessing a firearm in the home.”

The 2007 San Fransisco laws forbid the sale or transfer of hollow-point ammunition in the city or county.

On the subject of self-defense ammunition, the court again stated that while the requirement, “may burden the core of the Second Amendment right of self-defense,” it was a, “reasonable fit to achieve [San Francisco’s] goal of reducing the lethality of ammunition.”

It ain’t none of backdoor jamming San Franswishco’s effing business whether ammunition is more or less lethal. Storage regulation be damned; you own a gun, it’s your right to keep (or bear) the thing any way you choose. Granted, should you do so in a matter that actually causes harm to someone else - not “made them uncomfortable”, but real harm - then you’re subject to liability. Aside from that, sod off.

And excuse me, but where and in what invisible sub-atomic penumbra do you find “trap and skeet, competitive target shooting, deer hunting, and pest control” and other “sporting purposes” in “a well regulated militia” or any “right of the people”? It ain’t about sporting purposes. Well, not only about. This is blanket infringement, pure and simple. So San Fran and the whack-a-doodle leftard lunatics on the 9th should all strap on rubber wings, drop trou, and take a flying F at the moon.

PS - what the bleep-bleepity-bleep makes you think that a “not substantial” burden to the 2A is ok in the first place? Are you that retarded? Any burden. ANY. BURDEN. is an infringement. Period.

From now on, all citizens of San Francisco and all members of the 9th circuit court of appeals are allowed full and complete free speech. As long as they use ONLY the 1776 words that I personally select for them as their vocabulary. 1776 words is quite a lot; I can’t see that being a “substantial burden” on their 1st Amendment rights. I’ll also let them practice whatever religion they want ... as long as it’s on my list of approved faiths ... which I haven’t written yet. But WTF, if they sign off on bullshit like this case, they ought not to have any trouble accepting ex post facto. Obviously they don’t know our Constitution from a bucket of hog slop, so what difference could it make at this point in time?

“The Second Amendment is not a second-class right– that’s is what the Supreme Court says– but that’s not how the intermediate courts are treating the Second Amendment,” said [primary counsel Chuck] Michel. Jackson v San Francisco is not finished, however. Michel advised Guns.com that he will be seeking en banc review of the case by the 9th Circuit.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/01/2014 at 06:53 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 06, 2014

In The Inbox

Four from Doc. Well done! Thanks!


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Connecticut: Firearms Confiscation Plan On Hold: 2/3 Of Police Force Is On The List Too

Connecticut has been making news due to their hastily passed gun registration laws. According to some sources as few as 15% of gun owners have actually registered their firearms. News Blogs have been warning state officials are talking about mass confiscations of the unregistered firearms.

Plans for these confiscations hit a snag when a legislative intern dared to ask a question. “Who will be going door to door to take all the guns away?” asked the 21-year-old college senior.

Reportedly multiple people in the room in the most sarcastic voices they could muster said “the police”.

The unnamed intern then pointed at the list and said, “my dad’s name is on the list, and he is the police chief. I see three other names on this list of family members, all cops.”

Within hours a print off of all sworn Law Enforcement officers in the state was obtained. Comparisons of the list of gun owners who failed to comply with registration requirements and sworn LEOs showed a startling figure. Just over 68% of Connecticut cops had failed to register firearms according to the new law.

An anonymous source in the Governors office said lawmakers were dumbfounded.
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So now Connecticut is in little quagmire. The powers that be are making all kinds of threats, but there is no one to follow through on the threats.

Dumbfounded? Really? I’d say those lawmakers are not just stupid, but willfully blinded by their own beliefs.

On the other hand, since when has total hypocrisy ever stopped those in power or with badges from doing whatever they wanted?

On the third hand, if the state already had a list of who owned what guns, then why did they need to make the people go through the BS of registration? Was that just an exercise in brow beating, and object lesson to remind the plebes who was in charge?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/06/2014 at 04:19 PM   
Filed Under: • FREEDOMGuns and Gun ControlInternationalJack Booted Thugs •  
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calendar   Wednesday - March 05, 2014

New And Improved. Mostly

Busy day for me. I have to go do another bathroom repair, then I’ll be spending the rest of the day helping out an old friend who is temporarily house bound. Errr, not what I wanted to do today (must clean garage by Friday for the new door installation!), but what can you do? At least I’ll get some lunch and some free bowling out of it. Update: 10:40pm I just walked in the door. Nearly 9 hours for this errand, 225 miles driven, mostly at about 40mph. Oy yoy yoy. Never again!!

Here’s something I find interesting ... an old manufacturer brings out a new product which is a better made version of an existing product which itself is one of the improved versions of an old and nearly universal product with a number of known shortcomings. This latest version seems to be better and cheaper than other aftermarket versions, but is it really up to snuff with the official government issued, “you can’t get this at home” version? Time will tell.

Razor Core 5.56 From IMI

Only 78¢ each in lots of 1000

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Not what I’d call a name chosen to endear the product with the hoplophobic public, but what the heck.

Israel Military Industries Ltd. (IMI) recently announced a new 5.56 NATO load called the Razor Core.  The load is designed to improve stopping power, accuracy and range when compared to standard NATO ball ammo.
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...  the bullet is a 77 grain Sierra HPBT MatchKing.  Some are suggesting the Razor Core is a less expensive duplication of the MK 262 load from Black Hills.

For those in the know, a 70+ grain bullet in a 5.56 NATO ( aka .223 Remington, plus some freebore in the throat ) requires one of the newer, super fast twist barrels (1:7 - 1:8) to properly stabilize it. Given that, the longer, heavier 77gr bullet has a much better BC (.372) and SD (.219) which gives you far better long range performance. Accuracy is vastly increased compared to standard issue BALL ammo, with a dispersion barely 1/5 as much at 300 meters. No surprise there: this is the Sierra Matchking bullet with a cannelure added.

For those really in the know, Black Hills makes the MK262 Mod 1 ammo, which is a bit below full military spec, being around 100fps slower. But at much lower pressures, so I hear.

The point is, this is as close to genuine military sniper ammo as us regular folks can buy. And you can actually buy this one, $390 for 500 rounds.

[advertising blurb, emphasis theirs:] This is the EXACT new MK262 clone ammunition made to the DEMANDING specs for the IDF (Israel Defense Force). This ammunition is NOT seconds or surplus, IT IS THE REAL DEAL and it came off the exact line that produces the IDF ammunition. IMI has just introduced this fully checked, COMBAT tested round under the IMI “RAZOR CORE” brand name.

It features the world famous IMI brass case. This case is made to exacting IMI milspec and is checked for all dimensions before proceeding to the loading area. This brass has a case wall concentricity second to none which helps insure accuracy. The web is thick and the case is designed to be reloaded many times over.
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It features the SIERRA 77gr HPBT MatchKing bullet with cannelure. BUT, the bullet is special loaded in the case with waterproof sealant like NOTHING ELSE on the market ANYWHERE. In addition to the tar seal, the final application of a clear sealant made by Loctite is applied to the OUTSIDE of the case mouth to insure a COMPLETE waterproof seal. This ammo is the very best you can buy.

The Black Hills product gives a muzzle velocity of about 2650fps in shorter barrels. Actual military issue MK262 gives a muzzle velocity of about 2750fps, barrel length unknown (and it makes a big difference!). Either way, this new cartridge loading is what’s called “making a silk purse from a sow’s ear” and creates a round with significantly better long range terminal ballistics.

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ordnance gelatin test results show impressive performance

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A variety of .224 bullets used by the military. The long orange one is the one in this loading

The downside, of course, is that such a long shanked bullet sits very deep in the case body in order to fit into the tiny 2.26” allowable length. Which means a lot less room for powder, which means lower velocity, which means a more arcing trajectory, which means shorter point blank range. Once again, the best solution would be to have a rifle that could handle 2.55” ammo, which would let the long bullet seat much further out. More powder space, more velocity, better everything. Oh heck, while we’re at it, let’s just dump the paltry 5.56 NATO and use an “Ackley” .22-250 parent case, which could easily push this “heavier” (original military 5.56 bullet weighed only 55gr) bullet another 1000fps faster, and turn it into a 700-800 meter monster. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/05/2014 at 03:56 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 26, 2014

A Good Day to Die?

Gonna get some of your jack-booted thugs killed doing this.

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/26/2014 at 07:18 PM   
Filed Under: • CommiesDemocrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsGovernmentGuns and Gun ControlJack Booted ThugsStoopid-PeopleTyrants and Dictators •  
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calendar   Friday - February 21, 2014

Do They Have Budget Left For Anything Else?

DHS To Purchase 704 MILLION Rounds Of Ammo Next 4 Years

70,000 officers. That’s an entire army, just for DHS alone Not TSA etc, just DHS. Don’t you think that’s a wee bit too many? Just a wee?

So it’s “merely” 176 MILLION per year then. Really? How many rounds does our entire military need per year to fight a war or two?

Will there be any left over for you??

Why haven’t you purchased shares in the companies that make the primers and the gunpowder and the cases and the bullets? It’s gravy time for them!

There. I always wanted to do a post wherein I covered the news story and nearly all of my reactions to it just in the headlines.

Now you have no need to read to thing, but here it is anyway.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is contracted to purchase 704,390,250 rounds of ammunition over the next four years, which is equal to a total of about 2,500 rounds per DHS agent per year, according to a January 2014 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled Ammunition Purchases Have Declined Since 2009.

“If DHS were to purchase all 704 million rounds over the next four years, and if they were used by 70,000 DHS agents and officers, it would be roughly 2,500 rounds per agent per year,” David Maurer, author of the GAO report, told CNSNews.com.

“That would be higher than what we saw in past years at DHS and higher than the average annual number of rounds per agent or officer at the Department of Justice (DOJ),” he said.

“The 704,390,250 number of rounds is like a ceiling or credit limit which DHS wouldn’t have to fully execute,” said Maurer.  “It’s there to use over the next four years until fiscal year 2018, if DHS needed to purchase those rounds.”

Hang on, that’s only a quarter of a box of ammo per week per agent. Even if it’s all for practice, a) 12 rounds a week isn’t anywhere near enough to stay proficient, b) where are all these shooting ranges, they must be running them 24-7!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/21/2014 at 05:45 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - February 15, 2014

No Joke This Time

Q. What goes “clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop, bang bang bang, clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop?

A. This does.

Gun fans may wonder ... did he fulfill the stereotype?




explanation below for those who don’t get it ... 

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2014 at 06:39 PM   
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calendar   Friday - February 14, 2014

tweak this ya commies

It’s called “complying with the law” ya asshat

Cosmetic tweaks to AR-15 thwart New York’s ‘ban’ on assault rifles

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No pistol grip. No thumbhole stock. No grenade launcher. No bayonet lug. No flash suppressor. No carry handle. And a 7 round, NY legal, magazine.

I’m sure liberals feel this is cheating, just like the simple modifications made to the AR-15 back in Clinton’s day with the first AWB to make those rifles legal. We call it staying in business. They expected their Chinese Take Out menu rules of “one from Column A, one from Column B” to make these guns go away. Not a chance dimwits. Not a chance.

Simple design tweaks are allowing gun makers to get around restrictions New York put in place following the 2012 school shootings in Connecticut, prompting some critics to say the laws were mere window dressing.

New York lawmakers passed the SAFE Act last year, and announced with fanfare that it effectively banned the sale of “assault weapons.” But AR-15s, the most popular type of guns often referred to as assault weapons, are sold in Empire State gun shops, freely and legally. The gun is being marketed by Stag Arms as a “New York-compliant AR-15,” and features a slightly modified stock and no bells and whistles. The gun does not have a pistol grip, for instance - one of the features banned by the act.

“This just shows that the gun prohibition lobby uses symbolic gestures over substance to push their anti-gun rights agenda. Banning guns based on cosmetic features proves that point,” Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation, told FoxNews.com.

“get around restrictions” means the same as “comply with the law”, but seemingly from the hoplophobic side of the looking glass. Or perhaps not, but I think this is one time to get extra double uppity over terminology. If pro-murder can be “pro choice” and all the other “code word” PC expressions that must and must not be used, then we can demand this one. “Willingly complies with the law”. yeah, that sounds nice.

In New York, an assault weapon is defined as any semi-automatic rifle that accepts a magazine and has any of a list of ten features, ranging from a pistol-like grip to a flash suppressor to a bayonet mount.
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“The New York State Police have told us that by removing all of the prohibited design characteristics the rifle is no longer considered an “assault weapon” and is therefore not subject to the registration requirement,” Steve Byron, President of S&B Products, told FoxNews.com.

So there you have it. ”willingly comply with the law” can now mean the same thing as the classic Chinese ”thank you so much for your precious advice” : G. F. Y.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/14/2014 at 07:30 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 13, 2014

“May Issue” Gets a West Coast Slapdown

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You do see how “the drapes don’t match the carpet” here, kinda, right?



But hey, “irregardless” ...

A divided federal appeals court on Thursday struck down California’s concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

By a 2-1 vote, the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said California was wrong to require applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

“The right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable firearm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defense,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote for the majority.

Thank you judge O’Scannlin, you are a true American.

Judge Sidney Thomas dissented, writing that the good cause requirement limited the number of people carrying concealed handguns in public to those legitimately in need.

“It limits the risk to public safety by reducing the number of guns in public circulation, but allows those who will most likely need to defend themselves in public to carry a handgun,” Thomas wrote.

Unfortunately he has to work with nanny-state pinkos just like the rest of us.

Officials are required to follow the state rules requiring applicants to show good cause and moral character.

The San Francisco-based appeals court said those requirements were too strict and ran afoul of a 5-4 landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2008 that struck down a Washington, D.C., handgun ban and said law-abiding citizens are allowed to have handguns in their home for self-defense.

The appeals court on Thursday reinstated a lawsuit filed in 2009 by Edward Peruta, who challenged San Diego County’s denial of a concealed weapons permit.

The ruling on Thursday also disagreed with three other federal appeals courts that have upheld permit rules similar to the one in California.

The U.S. Supreme Court often takes cases when federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings.

Moral character? How the HELL are you supposed to judge moral character in California? It’s probably illegal to do so, because darn near everything morality is based on has been thrown under the bus in PC-insane la-la land. And what constitutes “good cause” in that state these days? Not wanting to be dissed by my homies for having no caps in da hood?

Whatever ... but this is yet another case in point that any and every “may issue” state is in fact prejudicial/racist/elitist/politically biased/unfair. In other words, the law is selectively applied. And that application method makes the law corrupt and wrong. Equal rights and equal application, or flush the law down the low water using, self composting green toilet.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/13/2014 at 10:34 PM   
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