Sunday, November 16, 2014

FBI & Self-Defense Statistics

For reference re: justifiable homicide

Posted by David Hardy · 29 August 2014 11:45 AM
In the dispute over how many self-defense cases occur, one data point often cited by those seeking to minimize the number is the FBI Uniform Crime Report's count of justifiable homicides (a legal category that includes self-defense). This is usually in the range of 900 a year, including several hundred by police. While that doesn't count self-defense that doesn't result in the perp's death, it is argued that it is inconsistent with hundreds of thousands or millions of defensive uses annually.
What's not realized is that the FBI count is artificially defined in a way that far undercounts defensive uses. The usual definition of self-defense with a deadly weapon is use of force immediately necessary in light of a reasonable belief that the perp is likely to inflict death or serious bodily injury.
But the FBI UCR Reporting Handbook at pp. 17-18 uses a completely different definition. Reporting officials are instructed, in the case of use of force by a non-LEO, to include under justifiable homicide only killings "The killing of a felon, during the commission of a felony, by a private citizen."
The illustration given (do NOT list as justifiable a situation where a citizen shoots a fellow attacking him, in a crime of passion, with a broken bottle -- the author must have watched too many 1950s movies about street fights) makes it apparent that the assault itself does not count as "commission of a felony."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Race, Guns, Drugs & Violence

In reading the "press offerings" on this subject, I do note that those who depreciate the gross misuse of guns by Blacks:
1. Point out the issue of poverty among Blacks--Without providing data as to such crimes among poor Whites; And,
2. Blame the illegal drug trade for such gun-related violence----Without providing parallel data as to any, if such, disproportional violence among Whites involve in illegal drug sales/distribution.

I wish I could find the "research"; But, I recall that the removal of Blacks from our statistics as to gun-related and other violence would leave the USA with a record of violent crimes no worse than Belgium, a nations whose citizens (For a EU nation) can easily obtain handguns (Or were so).

Friday, November 07, 2014

Questions For Nominees For AG/Federal Judgeships

I have yet to read or hear the fullness of (Federal) judges or candidates for Federal elective/appointive offices (Especially to the Federal Bench) responses to the following questions.

1. Do you agree or disagree that the original Constitution of the United States could not be ratified without a Bill Of Rights, that resulting in the latter document being the first ten amendments to the first?
2. Do you agree or disagree with President Thomas Jefferson that the intent of the authors of the Constitution (ie As the above-noted "Package Deal") is to be considered when involved in interpretation of that document?
3. As to the Second Amendment, do your agree or disagree that we can clearly understand the intent of those authors be understood from the comments of Presidents Jefferson, Washington and Madison---And, the other patriots who established our Republic?
4. Do you agree or disagree with the statement that the "Shall Not Be Infringed" clause of the Second Amendment is the strongest statement of a limit-to or prohibition-against Federal acts in violation of the above-noted "package deal"?
5. Will you obey or resist the ruling of the Supreme Court Of The United States in declaring the rights under the Second Amendment as due every citizen without regard to membership in  a "militia"?
6. Will you obey or resist that Court's making that ruling binding, through the 14th Amendment, on the States?
7. How (If at all) have Federal judges considered/addressed the noted "shall not be infringed" clause?

Monday, October 27, 2014

"Common Core"--UPDATED

First and foremost is the fact that, in the USA, standardization-and-centralization of any educational  function leads to: An overall lowering of standards to appease the worst performing parts of our student-AND-teacher populations [As endorsed by Mr. B. H. Obama and others]; Probable "teaching to/for the tests AND the expected-and-demonstrated faking of test results; Probable suppression of those schools  which are willing to take risks. leave standard methods AND achieve excellence; Such "standard", centralized and "politically correct" schools as MPS  failing to properly educate pupils/students, commonly at a cost higher than non-conforming schools; And, abuse of the "Common Core" non-system to meet the corrupt views of some teachers'/schools.

Educational programs can be formed and corrupted by:  Giving-or-withholding of Federal funds ; And, towards the policies of one Party OR some "Glorious Leader".

What most specially seems to be lacking is a scientific pre-testing ("Reliable and valid" and with a "high level of confidence") of "Common Core" by some qualified scientists who have "no ax to grind". [That lack reminds me far too much of the very recent failure of the effectively untested web-site for "Obamacare" and the ongoing unknowns as to its ability to truly deliver useful and econonmicall-sounhinsurance.]

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A Disease Worse Than Ebola

In today's world there is a very wide spread disease much, much, worse than Ebola. That disease:
  1. Kills many more people every month than does Ebola;
  2. Causes many to insanely kill themselves and others;
  3. Results in the loss of sexuality in many females;
  4. Results in such “brain damage” as causes the destruction of scientific knowledge and the use of logical thinking---Especially in young people;
  5. Has major infection reservoirs in such places the Middle East, all of Africa, France, the Scandinavian nations, England, urban Minnesota, Dearborn (Michigan) Tennessee; some of the one-time “Republics” of the old USSR and the Indian Sub-Continent;
  6. Has “metastasized” in smaller, but potentially as deadly, locals as Ireland, our own Department of Defense, the White House and even within the United States Congress.
If that horrid disease were cancer we would attack it with the knife or (Radiation) bullets or chemicals or such other means as would destroy that deadly growth. If that disease were from a bacteria or virus, we would use such chemicals as would kill all of the infection's organisms.

We do not fight and destroy such diseases by denying their causes and blaming “Evil Spirits” or witches or stating that some of their organisms are not deadly or claiming that some sites of such a cancer can be left alone.

That disease is, of course, the criminal-terrorist ideology called “Islam”.

Denying the reality that the teachings of Islam cannot be changed since the death of that fellow Mohammed (Of Mecca & Medina; The inventor of Islam; Who was a murderer, bandit, liar and treaty breaker and the perverted sexual abuser of a nine-year-young girl-child) AND that the horrors inflicted by ISIS/ISO or Boku Haram are fully in-line with those teachings is a form of mental and, very likely, physical suicide.

Failure for the leaders of our nation to use the most deadly means to destroy that disease is “TREASON” as defined by Article-III, Section-3 of the US Constitution. [Failure to arrest and immediately deport foreign carriers of that disease who have illegally entered the USA or have violated their visas (Well represented in urban Minnesota among Somalis who are providing volunteers for the Jihad outside/within the USA) is also aiding those who are waging war against the USA and endangering all of civilization. Failure to charge US citizens who participate in domestic or foreign Jihad or provide any, even minimal, aid to such persons with treason is also treason itself.]


Monday, September 15, 2014

Guns: Sale Records = Registration = Confiscation

What are some examples of where gun registration lead to gun confiscation?

Let's stick to fairly recent examples, say the last 25 years. Anywhere in the world. Are there any?

You mean aside from Cuba, China, Russia, and most other totalitarian states?

Let's see...New Zealand, 1921 the ownership of revolvers were allowed in the name of personal defense, 1970s this list was used to confiscate all revolvers.

Canada...registration list 1990s, old guns grandfathered in, but this list is used for the state to confiscate the guns upon the death of the holder with no compensation to the estate

1996 Australia used it's list of registered semiauto hunting rifles to confiscate all those weapons.

The UK government instituted handgun registration in 1921, and about every 10 years or so they further restrict what can be owned and use the registration rolls to collect what is illegal.

How about Chicago, put in registration of long guns, used that same registration to confiscate semiauto long guns in the early 1990s

What about California, couldn't make up it's mind if the SKS was covered or not (1989), decided AFTER the registration period was closed that they needed to be registered, declared a second 'grace period' for registration...then about 5 years ago they decided that those SKSs registered during the grace period were illegal because the grace period was illegal, and in certain cities and counties sent law enforcement to the listed addresses demanding surrender of the firearm. Because there is the legal option of removing the gun from the state of CA, and these officers had no warrants, smart gun owners turned them away with the claim 'I gave it to a relative in Oregon (or whatever)' but MANY were seized with no compensation. (Cities and counties later on offered compensation for anyone who had a receipt, but the police weren't giving out receipts, only a few people who demanded them had them and they were basically notes scribbled on whatever spare paper the officer had)

Side Note, the SKS was the MOST common weapon in the hands of Korean Shop Owners who used them to defend themselves and businesses when the LA riots happened.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Founders Of USA, Guns & Tyrants--Updated

A. "No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms"; "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government"; "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants"; “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. LET THEM TAKE ARMS.” (President Thomas Jefferson)
B.  "The very atmosphere of firearms any where and every where restrains evil interference---they deserve a place of honor with all that is good.";  "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth""Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a  fearful master"; "Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected";
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.";  And, as still true,  "The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves"  (President George Washington)
C. "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve  it but downright force. When you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined"; "Are we at last brought to such humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our defense?"; "The liberties of a people never were, nor every will be secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them" ;  And, of course, "Give me liberty or death!" (Patrick Henry)
D.  "The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.      (President James Madison)
E.  Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”   Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”  (Benjamin Franklin)

 F. "The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." (Samuel Adams)
G.  “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials”. (George Mason)
H. “Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom? Congress shall have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every other terrible instrument of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the People.” (Emphasis added); “As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms (Tench Coxe; Member of The Continental Congress and, later, constitutional scholar and author). [Emphasis added]