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postheadericon Armed Citizen Shot By Off-Duty Police Officer While Chasing Armed Robber

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — A Georgia man was shot and critically wounded after an off-duty police officer heard shots fired and saw a man round a corner with a gun and assumed he was the culprit.

As WSB-TV Atlanta reports, the gun owner was actually pursuing an armed robber who had just robbed the gun owner and another man to the tune of $ 1,000. The gun owner took off after the armed robber, who is believed to have fired two shots directed at him. An off-duty police officer just happened to be in the area and heard shots fired, so he naturally drew his own handgun.

Unfortunately, the gun owner rounded the corner first and the off-duty officer, seeing a man with a gun and having just heard gunshots, opened fire and struck the gun owner. The victim was critically injured and taken to the hospital where he remains in serious condition. Atlanta police in conjunction with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are looking into the matter and are expected to conduct a thorough inquiry into the incident.

The off-duty police officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.

“I think he should have at least yelled freeze or something. My dad knows English. If he would have said something, stop, freeze or something, he would have stopped,” the son of the victim said to news reporters.

From the sounds of this report, it definitely sounds like the off-duty police officer may have jumped to conclusions before taking control of the situation. In a perceived life-or-death situation with shots actively being fired, a person can easily make that mistake. The problem relates to the fact that no one can take back what leaves the barrel of a gun.

It doesn’t matter if the man is just a gun owner or a sworn officer of the law — it’s vitally important to differentiate good guys from bad guys. Without knowing more about this case or the details leading up to it, it definitely seems like a whole cascade of bad mistakes lead to a great, big tragedy.

  • This gun owner shouldn’t have been shot.
  • The gun owner shouldn’t have attempted to pursue an armed suspect on foot and alone.
  • The police officer should have checked his targets.
  • The police officer should have given much more direction to the person he believed to be the bad guy before he pulled the trigger.

Good guys and bad guys don’t wear little signs on their head indicating which one they are. It’s our job as concealed carriers, gun owners, and in some cases sworn officers of the law, to ensure that every person we perceive as a threat is actually a threat.

Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and hope, if anything, this will provide the basis for better community outreach and education for law enforcement working in Northwest Atlanta.

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postheadericon Retired Chicago Police Commander Wounded After Fighting Back Against Home Intruder

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — A retired Chicago police commander was forced to fight to save his own life after Keith Vaughns, 21, broke into his home and shot him in the shoulder. The former police officer was able to get off a shot and hit Vaughns in the leg. Both went to the hospital and were listed as being in stable condition.

The 73-year-old retiree, according to DNAinfo, was able to reach cover and concealment to return fire on Vaughns after he had already been shot in the shoulder. The young crook got hit in the upper thigh and fled the scene. He was picked up a short while later by police and taken to a nearby hospital.

Vaughns is already a convicted felon and was due in court the Friday after he committed the crime. He will be charged with a litany of felonies but the unfortunate truth is this 21-year-old is the violent product of an ongoing war occurring right inside the United States.

For any who doubt the veracity of such a bold claim, let’s look at the body count in the Chicago Metropolitan Area for just this current year.

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Source: DNAinfo

And here’s a picture of the war zone.

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Source: Chicago Tribune

And, for comparison, here’s the fatalities listed from our Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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So far, with 2016 yet to be concluded, we have more dead Americans killed in Chicago than in the opening invasion of the Iraq war in 2003.

You tell me how that’s working out for us.

Thankfully, this retired police commander was able to defend himself. How many others could say the same?

Keith Vaughns is one of many.

We are witnessing a novel time in human history. This is, I believe, the absolute inverse of the story of Gaius Mucius Scaevola.

Scaevola (508 B.C.) was sent in to assassinate the king of an army that threatened Rome. He misidentified his target and killed the general’s scribe. He was captured and told his captors that his life was worthless but for the glory of Rome. To prove this, he stuck his hand into a nearby fire and burnt his own left hand off as a testament to the tenacity and sacrifice the ‘average Roman’ was willing to make to protect his homeland. The king of this army sent a peace envoy to Rome.

Keith Vaughns is an active example of the absolute opposite of this.

This is a war that has young men growing up in a veritable killing field. There is no honor, glory, or even dedication to any cause except for the pure lust of violence and the utter absence of conscience.

To make it clear, there will be no negotiating with this enemy because this enemy was raised in an environment that knows nothing of the language of diplomacy. They will kill and murder anyone who stands in their way and with the clearest of conscience, do it again.

Witness the statistics. Read the reports. We are fighting a novel and new threat to civilization and this retired police commander was just the most recent, notable person to get caught in the cross hairs.

If ever you needed encouragement to pursue that Illinois FOID and pay the exorbitant fees to pursue an Illinois concealed carry permit, look no further than the ongoing blood bath in Chicago. That’s no hyperbole — that’s reality.

And it’s a reality that we must all face together.

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postheadericon Chicago Facing Police Shortage, Pension Collapse, Rep. Wants To Serialize Ammo… Priorities, Right?

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Labor Day is widely anticipated to be one of the bloodiest weekends in the Windy City. With homicide rates skyrocketing, police unions are warning they won’t be able to cover an expected 2,000 man-hours with voluntary overtime. It’s okay, though. One lawmaker is brave enough to come up with a solution: force manufacturers to serialize ammunition.

State Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago believes that if manufacturers are forced to serialize ammunition, investigators will have an easier time tracing the origin of all the rounds fired by illegally obtained firearms.

via ABC News 7

“We’re not trying to get rid of responsible gun owners guns, we just want to know how the guns and the bullets are getting into the hands of our youth and causing senseless harm and murder,” Harper said.

This proposed bill is expected to be filed later on next week.

Not only would this add a burdensome cost to manufacturers, it would only potentially affect Illinois purchasers.

In Illinois, a resident has to obtain a Firearm Owner Identification Card (FOIC) and then pass another, stringent examination and course work to obtain a concealed carry permit. And now, a concealed carrier in Illinois may potentially have to use serialized ammunition.

This is all in the hopes of better understanding how criminals get their hands on guns.

According to ABC News, Chicago had its deadliest August in nearly two decades. Ninety people were killed in the Windy City and police have confirmed 384 shooting incidents and 472 shooting victims.

This isn’t a gun problem. This is a war zone.

And to make matters worse: Chicago’s infrastructure is running out of money.

When the money stops, the police stop.

Chicago is facing a $ 426 million budget shortfall next year. With a $ 20 billion dollar pension bubble threatening to explode the public sector’s retirement security, Chicago can’t even promise their police officers that they’ll retire in peace and safety.

The Fraternal Order of Police has picked up on this dark new reality and has asked its officers to not volunteer for overtime hours in areas where police are traditionally put in the most violent, hardest hit areas of this war zone.

via Chicago Tribune

“In order to show unity and protest the continued disrespect of Chicago police officers and the killings of law enforcement officers across our country, we are requesting FOP members to refrain from volunteering to work (overtime),” the flier reads. “You’ve earned time to be with your families.”

The police in Chicago are not going to be a phone call away this Labor Day weekend. Do you really want to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to have access to the only means they have to defend their lives, family, and home?

Stay safe, everyone. Carry everyday, everywhere you legally can. Your life is worth it.

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postheadericon Woman Doesn’t Wait For Police: Shoots Ex-Boyfriend Who Broke Into Home, Saving Herself And 11-Year-Old Son

LEITCHFIELD, KENTUCKY — 43-year-old Patrick Dewayne Decker is no stranger to violence. Convicted of charges ranging from rape to kidnapping and assault, it’s not a far fetched notion to think something like a restraining order would be any obstacle for him. That’s why his ex-girlfriend got a gun. It all came down to a simple choice: her and her son or Decker. She chose herself and her son. She chose right.

According to WDRB, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department received notification from 911 dispatch that as of 9:22 p.m., the ex-girlfriend reported she had shot and killed Decker. Her side of the story is that he busted through the door of her home, despite having a restraining order filed against him and being urged to leave her alone by family members and a court. She fired several shots, killing him.

Her and Decker’s son was present at the time of his assault on her home.

That restraining order? It turned out to not be worth the paper it was printed on. When she realized she was dealing with a cold, hardened criminal with a violent streak, she had to make the uncomfortable but brisk reality check that this was a man who would stop at nothing if an idea struck him just right.

Well, he’s dead now and she doesn’t have to worry about him breaking down hers or anyone else’s door ever again.

It’s not the conclusion any sane person hopes for but when faced with the potential to have her and her son be at severe risk, the sheriff’s department is too far away to help but a handgun only takes seconds.

According to court documents, Decker had been living across the street in his parent’s home before the crime took place. He allegedly petitioned the court to allow him to stay within the radius of a protective order so he could have a place to live.

The court issued a protective order that clearly violated this woman’s ability to assess a threat before it’s on her doorstep. Not like it would have mattered. Not like Decker really seemed all to worried about following the course of law in the first place.

And now it’s over.

Sober reality or victimization — we all have to choose whether we like it or not.

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postheadericon Police Chiefs In America: Armed Citizens Reduce Crime

The 28th Annual Survey by the National Association of Chiefs of Police is an event that most concealed carriers would probably never know existed unless they read this sentence. However, it is an important event in terms of letting the community leaders in law enforcement gather and give a voice to concerns with training, readiness, force protection, and better ways to serve their own communities.

This year came with a survey which, in addition to quite a few other questions, asked about the role of citizen gun owners and concealed carriers.

In particular, two questions drew our attention:

  • Can qualified, law-abiding armed citizens help law enforcement reduce violent criminal activity?
  • Do you support nationwide recognition of state issued concealed weapon permits?

In both of these questions, police chiefs and sheriffs overwhelming responded that they were in favor of both.

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It goes with a national trend associated with combating gun violence from criminals. Police and law-abiding citizens both have to deal with this. In one recent situation in Boise, both a homeowner and a police officer came under fire when they attempted to stop a violent rampage from taking place in their neighborhood. The police officer was struck in his vest before the perpetrator took his own life.

In other conflagrations, it’s becoming less and less unusual for concealed carriers and just concerned citizens to step up and fight bad guys.

We’re often on the same side. It only makes sense that police would want us to be capable, willing, and trained in the use of firearms to ensure our own safety.

Listen to this public service announcement given by Sheriff David Clarke of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department. His message pretty much says everything there is to say about the current state of affairs and what we need to do to ensure our own personal safety.

It’s an increasingly rough world out there. But, for the majority of police departments and sheriff’s departments reporting in, the police are on our side.

What can we do to be better prepared?

  • Get properly licensed to carry
  • Take a safety course on the use of handguns
  • Practice using our daily carry handguns
  • Carry every single day
  • Communicate clearly with family and friends so everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency
  • Communicate with law enforcement if a self-defense scenario happens

Whether we want to be or not — we’re in this together. Protecting each other’s lives is no longer a backseat trip. We each need to take the driving wheel in our own individual carry pursuits to ensure our community and our family has a safer place to work and live.

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postheadericon UK police force hire ‘Britain’s greatest fraudster’ to help tackle cybercrime

Once described as ‘Britain’s greatest online fraudster’, reformed Tony Sales has been hired by West Midlands Police in the UK to help tackle ongoing cybercrime.

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postheadericon UK police service ‘needs to better grasp the scale and impact of digital crime’

A new study from HMIC concludes that the police service in the UK needs to better understand the scale and impact of digital crime.

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postheadericon Police arrest couple suspected of running malware encryption service

British police arrested a man and a woman earlier this week, suspected of operating a website which offered services to online criminals which could help them evade detection by anti-virus software.

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postheadericon Using DroidJack to spy on an Android? Expect a visit from the police

Law enforcement agencies across Europe have searched homes this week, as part of an international crackdown against users of a notorious piece of Android malware known as DroidJack.

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postheadericon Police force blames hacker after #CyberAware tweet sent out containing bogus security advice

Organisations of all sizes need to do more to protect their social media accounts from being hijacked.

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