Posts Tagged ‘Stop’

postheadericon Concealed Carriers Stop South Carolina Attempted Murder

If getting angry at a car dealer were a crime, most of us would have been put behind bars long ago. But Alonzo Delunte Seegars took things a little too far at Stateline Dodge in Fort Mill, South Carolina recently when he threatened to kill an employee with a pipe wrench.

Alonzo Seegars, upset with service at Stateline car dealership on Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill on Dec. 21, arrived armed with a pipe wrench, said Aaron Hayes, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor. Seegars told a service employee, “I know who you are and you are a dead man,” then “threatened to kill” a female employee, Hayes said.

Seegars then shouted out ‘Watch this!’ as he smashed at least three vehicles with the pipe wrench, Hayes said.

That’s when a couple of customers who were packing drew their concealed handguns and stopped the attack.

Two customers, whom prosecutors said had legal concealed carry permits and were armed legally at the time, intervened and “held Mr. Seegars at bay” with the handguns at the crowded dealership until police arrived, Hayes said. York County deputies tackled Seegars after using an electric stun gun. Seegars suffered a broken leg in the scuffle.

The best kind of defensive gun use is one in which the trigger isn’t pulled. And even though that’s the kind that happens most often, they’re rarely reported or included in crime statistics. Go figure.

So it’s another case of legally armed citizens stopping a crime in progress…one that could have resulted in grievous bodily harm or even death. That’s pretty much the reason those of us who chose to arm ourselves carry a handgun in the first place. Mission accomplished. Yet again.

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postheadericon Man Shoots Dog At NH Rest Stop After His Dog Comes Under Attack

HOOKSETT, NH — As a concealed carrier who does a fair bit of traveling, few things are less fun than a rest stop. Although some of them are well-surveilled, some aren’t, and the constant arrival and departure of travelers means that maintaining the situational awareness every carrier has to have takes an effort that is far above average.

Even more frustrating, there is more to maintaining that awareness than just the human traffic — animals need to get out and do their business and stretch their legs, too.

Sometimes, those animals don’t get along, as one concealed carrier found out the hard way.

The Boston Globe reports that a man taking a break at a rest stop in New Hampshire was walking his small dog when a large, aggressive dog in another vehicle noticed the small dog and leapt out the vehicle to assail it.

The big dog clamped on to the little dog and stayed there.

The owner was mortified, and did all that he thought to do to free his dog without killing the larger dog. However, it did not seem that anything the owner was doing was going to work, and his pet’s life was in jeopardy.

So, to save his animal’s life, he shot the large dog and killed it.

There are two things that would have completely prevented this situation, and neither of them are the owner’s fault, here.

  1. The owner of the large dog could have ensured that his/her large, obviously aggressive, animal was properly restrained for such a high-traffic area.
  2. The owner could have been paying attention enough to come and resolve the violence his/herself.

Since this is a rest stop, it’s reasonably fair to assume the owner was likely stretching, relieving his/herself, etc., but if that is the case, refer back to #1.

What a shame.

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postheadericon *WARNING: GRAPHIC* Bodycam Footage Released Of Police-Involved Shooting During Traffic Stop

DOUGLAS COUNTY, CO — Amazing body camera footage shows just how little time law enforcement officers sometimes have before they have to choose what path they are going to take in reaction to threats.

Deyon Marcus Rivas-Maestas, 25, turned what was supposed to be a friendly stranded motorist assist into a nightmare when he pulled an AR-style rifle seemingly out of nowhere and attacked an officer who came up to his vehicle, according to KKTV.

The deputy, Brad Proulx, drew his firearm out and engaged Rivas-Maestas.

Look at the video above — it happened so fast.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock is proud of Proulx’s actions.

“The result of this shooting is a testament to the training each of our deputies are provided,” Spurlock said according to KKTV.

“This just shows how necessary it is for deputies to be able to make split-second decisions, not only for their own protection but for the protection of the community.”

Most people know that traffic stops and roadside visits are extremely dangerous, and this just goes to prove that case even further.

“Traffic stops are probably one of the most dangerous things our law enforcement officers do,” El Paso County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jackie Kirby said according to KKTV.

“He was just on routine patrol and wanted to assist a motorist… and then it elevated very very quickly.”

“What’s not captured is that threat, that emotion, that adrenaline that that deputy is feeling,” added Kirby.

Rivas-Maestas was sent to the hospital where he was treated and released. He was then taken into custody to face his charges of stupidity.

Hats off to this deputy for reacting with the speed of a quick-draw shooter.

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postheadericon How To Stop a DDoS Attack with a FlashRouter

DDoS attacks are no joke. Learning how to stop a DDoS attack is a very important skill to have, in this era of the Internet of Things.

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postheadericon New Jersey Lawmaker Wants To Stop Punishing Otherwise Law-Abiding Gun Owners

TRENTON, NEW JERSEY — Senator Ray Lesniak, of the New Jersey state legislature, is seeking to put an end to mandatory minimum sentencing for the possession of a handgun without a permit. As any law-abiding gun owner knows, New Jersey has some of the most draconian gun laws in the country. One specifically hurts out-of-state travelers harder than the rest: mandatory minimum sentencing.

As we covered a few years ago, one unfortunate gun owner was busted in New Jersey on his way to provide help for the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. This otherwise law-abiding gun owner was stopped by a New Jersey state trooper and he voluntarily told the officer he had a gun in the truck with him. He was facing a three-to-five year mandatory minimum and the prosecutor wanted to push it up to ten years in jail.

Thankfully, that man was pardoned by Governor Chris Christie. Many out-of-state travelers haven’t been so lucky.

Now, Senator Ray Lesniak wants to put an end to imprisoning otherwise good, law-abiding people who just happen to get caught in the one state in the union it’s a huge criminal offense.

via News Works

What we have here are innocent folks who either don’t know the law or just made a mistake. These are bad cases, and these folks should not be in prison for making innocent mistakes. I’m a gun control advocate, an unabashed gun control advocate, and these cases make us look bad because they’re unfair. We want to control the massive influx of guns into New Jersey, but we want to do it in a fair way.”

A couple driving through New Jersey from New England to Pennsylvania aren’t looking to bring guns into the state. Chances are good, if they’re armed with a handgun, they’re just under the impression that their concealed carry permits cover them…

Or, sadly, worse — that the Second Amendment should cover them.

New Jersey isn’t hitting gun smugglers when troopers pull over out-of-state travelers and arrest them for possession of a handgun without a New Jersey license. New Jersey recognizes NO STATE’S authority to issue concealed carry licenses. So everyone not physically in possession of a license to carry from the state of New Jersey is breaking the law if he or she is in possession of a handgun.

That’s ridiculous. And it puts a lot of otherwise good people into legal hot water. There’s likely a few otherwise honest gun owners who are sitting in New Jersey prisons right now because they accidentally drove over the line into New Jersey.

The law has yet to be voted on but we hope to report back that it’s reached a certain degree of success. If your state’s legal precedent is to make criminals out of good people, maybe it’s time to change the precedent.

If Sen. Lesniak’s proposed bill becomes law, out-of-state gun owners could STILL be charged under New Jersey law but the judge would have some amount of discretion as to sentencing. It will still be illegal to enter the state while in possession of a handgun without a license, but the judge doesn’t have to send every person to jail for a minimum of three-to-five years.

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postheadericon MIT Student Invents “Smart Gun”, Called The “Zuckerberg Of Firearms” — Can We Stop, Please?

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Working out of his parent’s home, MIT student and entrepreneur Kai Kloepfer has successfully built and fired a handgun equipped with a fingerprint sensor like the ones commonly seen on new smartphones. The device stops the gun from firing unless Kloepfer’s finger is specifically pressed against it. If the gun falls into another person’s hands, it’s essentially useless.

“I think this could be huge. I think it could really be the future of firearms,” Kloepfer said to WDEF News 12.

But, as the president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation pointed out, there’s plenty to make gun users wary.

“Good intentions don’t necessarily make good inventions,” said Stephen Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The device works off of battery power. The fingerprint has to be clear and legible in order to activate the device and discharge the firearm. However, when the battery runs out, the device won’t be able to send a signal to turn the gun on.

“The firearm has to work. And a firearm is not the same as a cell phone,” Sanetti said. “The consequences of a cell phone not working are inconvenience. The consequences of a firearm not working could be someone’s life.

Kloepfer described his invention as “relatively reliable.”

But that’s where I’m going to stop you.

As someone who follows firearms-related news and politics, this isn’t even close to the first time I’ve read about someone inventing a way to stop a gun from firing.

Back in 2014, Armatix was a smart gun manufacturer that produced a gun that wouldn’t fire unless you had a certain watch on your wrist. Gun owners protested in mass from selling it in stores because the gun was considered to be a big liability.

That didn’t stop New Jersey from threatening to require “smart guns” for anyone wishing to buy a handgun. Even the New Jersey legislature — one of the most adamantly anti-2A legislatures in the country — was forced to back down from that. Why?

Because there’s nothing smart about “smart guns”.

The only way these types of guns will succeed in the market is if they are forced upon people who don’t have a choice but to buy them.

This recent example is just another version of the same thing: a gun that may or may not fire on request.

Is that something anyone would want to protect themselves with?

And every single time, the same tired statistics get dragged out of the closet. We get the number of deaths resulting from accidental (negligent) discharges. The number is hovering over 600.

Okay, what’s the next one? Suicides. Something to the order of 20,000 deaths a year due to firearm-related suicide.

How does a smart gun stop either from happening?

It’s not like the gun can detect which direction you are pointing it and stop the trigger from firing — if it even fires in the first place.

It also can’t stop a person from negligently shooting himself or another person. That’s something only stopped through proper handling of a firearm. You can’t slap another piece of technology and magic away the dangers of improper handling of a firearm.

And let’s add one more important piece of the equation — if a smart gun isn’t activated by an electrical device, it doesn’t shoot. Let that sink in. So if you dive behind a vehicle and it’s pouring rain outside and you’re forced to wait in a puddle because it’s the only cover you have available, now you have to hope the rain and water hasn’t shorted out your gun.

Heck, if you carry the gun in an OWB holster while out in the rain, you have to hope it doesn’t short out the device’s electronics.

Unlike a smartphone, we can’t just buy a $ 60 Otterbox to keep our guns dry. Modern guns are made to go through the ice and snow, swamp, and sand. Now there’s a device that can stop them from working when exposed to those conditions.

Okay, another scenario: you’re out camping in the woods for three days. Your pistol ran out of battery life or doesn’t have enough to recognize your fingerprint. And, for some reason, that’s the day a bear or a moose decides your camp looks awfully inviting…

See where we’re going with this?

If there is any common situation or circumstances where a gun could potentially fail due to a completely optional electronic piece of equipment that’s critically embedded into the firearm, that device is a liability.

It’s hard enough designing firearms to work with manual external safeties — an extra step that needs to be artificially engineered in the gun’s process. Now we’re going to trust technology that routinely fails on smartphones to save our lives?

No, no, no. These “innovators” need to stop “being the next Mark Zuckerberg” of “smart guns”. Mark Zuckerberg learned how to make billions of dollars off harvesting and selling people’s metadata. That’s not a great analogy when considering a tool you depend on working reliably in the event of an emergency.

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postheadericon Truck Owner Tries To Stop Car Thief, Gets Knife Pulled On Him — Has A Gun

YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO — When a man saw a car thief attempting to break into his truck, he did what most people would instinctively do when they see their property being wrongfully taken: stop the thief. The thief had other plans.

According to WFMJ, the car thief allegedly pulled a knife on the owner of the vehicle. But this owner doesn’t want to be a victim. He drew his handgun and shot the thief. The criminal ran — as they are wont to do — but he didn’t make it far. Police picked him up farther on down the street with a head injury.

The car thief lived and will likely face charges. The property owner didn’t suffer any injuries whatsoever and maintained his property.

Wow, win-win.

The point of carrying a firearm isn’t to kill people — it’s to protect life and, at worst case scenario, neutralize a threat. The gun owner neutralized the threat. He shot him when he saw that the thief was not going to back down from trying to take his property.

He didn’t follow it up or chase after the thief. The thief retreated. Good enough. Now, it is apparent the thief did suffer a pretty grievous wound but it’s unknown whether this was due to a gunshot or something else.

In either case, this guy handled the situation correctly. It’s his property and someone doesn’t have the right to walk up and take it. Heck, he even tried to de-escalate the conflict by trying to stop the thief.

It was the thief’s mistake to draw a knife.

Carry everyday, neutralize the threat.

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postheadericon Three UT Professors Sue To Try And Stop Campus Carry

By Dan Zimmerman via The Truth About Guns

As you’re probably aware, Texas’s new campus carry law has caused some sturm und drangamongst the compassionate class who mold minds full of mush on the state’s publicly funded campuses. Efforts to split the civil rights baby while staying in compliance with the law (and, not incidentally, maintaining the funding flow from a very pro-carry legislature) haven’t please anyone really.

Now, as the fall semester approaches, there’s this:

Three University of Texas professors have filed a federal lawsuit to halt a state law that would allow holders of concealed handgun licenses to bring pistols into classrooms, saying the measure would have a devastating effect on academic discourse.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court in Austin on Wednesday, comes just weeks before the law takes effect on Aug. 1. It allows license holders 21 and older to bring handguns into classrooms and buildings throughout the University of Texas system, one of the nation’s largest, with an enrollment of more than 214,000 students.

The legal argument the plaintiffs hang their case on revolves around their First Amendment rights:

“Compelling professors at a public university to allow, without any limitation or restriction, students to carry concealed guns in their classrooms chills their First Amendment rights to academic freedom,” according to the lawsuit, whose defendants include the state’s attorney general, the school’s president and university’s board of regents.

Reuters is quick to remind readers that,

The Texas law takes effect on the 50th anniversary of one of the deadliest U.S. gun incidents on a U.S. college campus: student Charles Whitman killed 16 people by firing from a perch atop the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin.

The defendants — who include include Texas attorney general Ken Paxton, the school’s president Greg Fenves and university’s board of regents — say they’re reviewing the suit.

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postheadericon HuffPo Blogger: ‘Self-Defense Is Unjust’ Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love My Attacker

We truly live in interesting times, people. When there’s generations of people who have never grown up under the guise of ever fearing for their mortal lives or, worse, have become complacent with the idea their attacker will show them and their family any mercy, we end up with a recent piece like what was recently published in the Huffington Post. Long divorced from any semblance of the real world or what happens to people when they’re attacked, we have no shortage of Ivory Tower prescriptions for a society that is increasingly gearing up and training for self defense.

Published in part, via the HuffPo Hug Shed

The main problem with the notion of self-defense is it imposes on justice, for everyone has the right for a fair trial. Therefore, using a firearm to defend oneself is not legal because if the attacker is killed, he or she is devoid of his or her rights.

Actually, the use of force is completely is legal. Every single state in the United States has specific codified law (you know, rule of law?) designating precisely when and where and under what conditions the use of deadly force is authorized. Maybe the writer has not familiarized himself with these terms but concealed carriers are obliged to know those conditions should they need to employ deadly force.

In addition, one’s mental capacity is a major factor in deciding whether a man or woman has the right to have a firearm. There are two reasons for ensuring mental capacity. First, one of the Five Aims is to ensure domestic tranquility and there can be no tranquility if one does not have the capacity. Second, if one’s brain is distorting his or her reality, they do not have the proper reasoning and deduction skills to use a firearm.

When a human being is placed into a perceived life or death situation where the application of deadly force would apply, his brain is flooded with a hormone called cortisol. This will alter the shape of the crystalline lens of the person’s eyeball so he has better visual acuity at longer distances for detecting threats but it will also impair his short term memory while it remains at elevated levels.

This process can take 72 hours or more. A life or death situation will permanently alter your brain chemistry and your physical body, as one NRA instructor, Ed Santos, recently informed me during an interview I conducted on his experience with concealed carry instruction. He’s been teaching for over thirty years for law enforcement, military, and civilian audiences and he’s also a professionally certified expert witness on the after-effects of a defensive gun use.

Therefore, if we ponder and meditate on the recent events in news about guns, it would be obvious that the current state is incorrect.

  • A gun for civilians is a weapon for a revolution and not for ordinary use.

  • The belief that a gun is a useful tool to protect one is counterintuitive because guns get into the hands of people who use them for horrible reasons.

  • In addition, there are reasons why cops are trained to use a firearm in stressful situations. It is not to keep their mind at ease or anything of that sort, but to be able to fire accurately at the target in the correct location.

We’ve literally disconnected from the concept of using logic and reason to illustrate out our arguments. I’m not sure where this precisely occurred but it appears now, more than ever, that the people informing us on how we should feel about an issue — based upon irrelevant, fallacious arguments — are no longer concerned with attempting discussion. It is now, quite simply: “I’m sure you’ll all agree that removing your basic right to defend your life is for the best.”

I fear for the future where people such as the writer of this recent HuffPo piece are allowed to make or influence any policy decision governing the lives of millions of people.

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postheadericon Bystander Fires Shots In The Air While Chasing Robber: STOP IT

A bystander to a robbery decided to take action and chase down the suspect, firing two warning shots into the air and also directly at the suspect’s vehicle. Now he’s likely to face legal trouble. Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police say … Continue reading
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