An attempted mass shooting ended with no innocent bystanders injured all thanks to a law-abiding Uber driver with a gun, in Chicago of all places!
An armed man began shooting into a crowd of people at Logan Square in Chicago late Friday night. After witnessing everything from his vehicle, an Uber driver with a concealed carry permit immediately responded to what could have been a horrible incident by pulling his own weapon and firing six shots at the gunman.
The gunman was later identified as 22-year-old Everardo Custodio, who is currently being treated for gunshot wounds to the thigh, shin, and lower back at Advocate Illinois Masonic hospital.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Uber driver was in a parked car nearby when he witnessed Custodio shooting into a crowd of pedestrians at the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. The driver, who has only been identified as a 47-year-old male from Little Italy, fired six shots at the gunman and remained at the scene until police arrived. He immediately presented his valid concealed carry permit and firearms owner’s identification card.
A fallen soldier memorial leaves the Village Council concerned, specifically because the gun in the statue is inappropriate for the park.
Friends of American Veterans submitted a proposal to complete their Veterans Memorial at the Central Park in Milford, Michigan. However, the group has not received approval specifically because the monument features an M-16 rifle that is viewed as too inappropriate for the park.
The current plan for the Veteran’s Memorial is to feature an eight-foot-tall battlefield cross, which includes combat boots, an M-16 rifle, a helmet, and dog tags, at the front entrance to the park.
Village manager Christian Wuerth claims that the council understands the meaning of the monument, but doesn’t think it belongs there, as reported by Detroit Free Press.
“There was some concern from a couple of members regarding the specific memorial that’s proposed,” said Wuerth. “Specifically, the gun. They understood the history of (the memorial) and the meaning of it, they just didn’t feel it was appropriate for that specific location.”
The SIG Sauer MPX is now shipping to stores near you.
SIG Sauer has announced that their first civilian production MPX is shipping to distributors and will be available in stores within the next two weeks.
This modernized submachine gun platform has been the talk of the town since its introduction at the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. Originally, SIG Sauer intended to release the 9mm, .40 S&W, and the .357 SIG, but had to break it down into two versions due to technical difficulties. Rather than further delaying the release, SIG announced that the 9mm variants, otherwise known as ‘Version One’, are in full production and will be shipping to distributors on a daily basis. Version two will consist of releasing the .40 S&W as well as the .357 SIG once the infamous feature of changing calibers in the field has been mastered.
SIG MPX-P (pistol), SIG MPX-P-PSB (pistol, with SBX Pistol Stabilizing Brace) and SIG MPX (short-barrel rifle) will be readily available as semi-automatic options for the civilian market. Additional options will be available to military and law enforcement.
When first-time gun owners finally get their concealed carry license, there are some avoidable mistakes made along the way.
You have purchased your gun, you’ve taken your required courses, and you’re now on your way to carrying concealed. This is an exciting step for every gun owner, and a very important one.
However, first-time carriers sometimes make mistakes that are easily avoidable. Instead of learning the hard way, check out some tips to help you be even more responsible and prepared.
A Georgia gun owner is labeled a hero after stopping a car thief and saving the life of the woman clinging to the hood.A Georgia concealed carry permit holder put a stop to an attempted carjacking at the Fast Track Car Wash in Smyrna on Friday afternoon.
While the victim was vacuuming her vehicle, a teenage male came out of a red van parked next to her and attempted to drive away with her car. The suspect began to speed up after the owner of the white Honda jumped onto the hood with the intent of stopping him from driving away. A Smyrna, Georgia city worker was passing by and drew his gun.
Va. woman was arrested for posting gun selfie on Facebook in response to a misdirected threat.
Kristin Holmes, Chesterfield, Va., was arrested Saturday after posting a controversial photo of herself in response to an argument with fellow Facebook users. After being mistaken for another woman, Holmes posted an image of herself pointing a gun at the camera along with a caption that read “I’ll post a few actual pics of me so you’ll know the difference when you ‘come find me’”.
Shortly after the image was posted to Facebook, a user reported the image to the Hernico Police Department. Holmes claims that her post was not meant as a threat and removed the photo once she realized that the image could come across as something other than a joke.
“What happened to freedom of speech?” Holmes asked NBC12. “And it was just a picture. It wasn’t a threat. I thought it was a funny picture, and then I realized later that it was a little bit intimidating. So I took it down.”
Read the rest of my article at Wide Open Spaces.
A recent article published on Kentucky claims that a majority of deaths by firearm can be blamed on the law-abiding citizens. Author Stephen Senft first tries to explore what went wrong when a 2-year-old child shot his mother.
The Nicholas Kristof column referring to the 2-year-old shooting his mother ends with, “Something is amiss….”
Something is much worse than amiss with the people we elect to Congress and state legislatures, and with many in the general population.
The Centers for Disease Control’s 2013 data show that an average of 323 people were shot every day in this country, 92 fatally. Every month, more are killed by gunshot here than the total U.S. military personnel killed in the 13-plus years of war in Afghanistan.
He then continues to provide unsourced statistics to show just how horrible gun violence is. However, he does not mention intentional suicides or how those play into all of this.
If you ACTUALLY look at the CDC FastStats for Death by Firearm, you will see a total of 33,636 deaths be firearm were reported in 2013. This is that scary number that this author is manipulating to make his point, but he missed a huge step.
If you THEN go to the CDC FastStats for Self-Inflicted Injury/Suicide, you will see that 21,175 out of the 33,636 he listed is actually from someone intentionally killing themselves with a firearm. But he doesn’t mention that until the very end of the article, after readers have already assumed that the number listed above is excluding INTENTIONAL firearm use.
Note– someone intentionally shooting themselves is not ‘misuse’ of a gun. It is ‘misuse’ of proper medical care.
He then goes as far as stating that guns are legally available to ‘just about anybody from preschool children to illegal drug dealers’. This is insane!
First, for a gun to be ‘legally available’ to anyone, they have to be over the age of 21 AND have to forego a criminal background check. Habitual criminals, illegal drug dealers, and gang members would NOT be able to obtain a gun LEGALLY. Children under the age of 21 would NOT be able to obtain a gun legally.
Under present laws and levels of enforcement, guns are legally available to just about anybody from preschool children to illegal drug dealers, gang members, habitual criminals, domestic abusers, severely mentally distressed people who may be a danger to themselves or others, and prison escapees.
The NRA/gun manufacturers/gun dealers complex has played upon irrational fears, deceitful data use, patriotic mythology and adolescent male emotionalism to create a fantasy view of the value of easy access to guns.
He then claims that the NRA/gun manufacturers/gun dealers never talk about how to prevent gun misuse. Excuse me while I laugh out loud. The NRA and other gun ranges have safety rules posted through-out the range. The NRA in particular makes you take a gun safety and range safety exam before they even let you into the firing lane. The NRA along with other organizations also OFFER GUN SAFETY CLASSES TO EVERYONE. So how exactly are they ‘never’ talking about how you can prevent accidents?
View NRA Gun Safety Tips here.
View National Shooting Sports Foundation tips on gun safety here.
View example of business dedicated to Firearms Training here.
And last one of many, Armed Defense Training tips on gun safety here.
They always talk about gun rights and self-defense but never about how to prevent frequent misuse of guns by ordinary citizens. Here are basic points that need to be recognized for creating a rational public policy:
1. Guns are designed to be used for destructive acts.
2. Everyone who has access to a gun and is old enough to understand the power of a gun is planning to kill someone if the “right” circumstances arise.
3. Most people who have access to guns have never been screened or trained to safely use the destructive power of guns, and especially have not been trained how to decide when to shoot another person.
4. The result of the first three points is that almost all gunshot injuries and deaths are caused by law-abiding citizens misusing guns.
Then he lists 4 points that he thinks should be recognized when creating public policy.
#1. Gun are designed to be used for destructive acts: Guns are designed to be used for a multitude of reasons including self-defense, sports, and hunting. It is the shooter who makes them destructive.
#2. Everyone who has access to a gun is planning to kill: No. This is false. I don’t sit in my room and stare at my gun until a bad experience comes my way and plot all of the ways I am going to kill someone with it. This ideology is absolutely, mind-numbingly, stupid. It is there for my protection. If I NEED to use it, I can also make the choice to injure someone. I am not automatically assuming that I will need to use deadly force on an intruder. Go back and read some of my articles showing how attackers/intruders either fled the scene or were held at gunpoint until proper authority arrived.
#3. Most people who have access to guns have not been properly trained: First, I would like to know where he got his information on this one. Once again, no source. Second, think of the certain course requirements that must be fulfilled before you can apply for your CCW.
#4. Almost all gunshot injuries and deaths are caused by law-abiding citizens misusing guns: FALSE. He says it himself in the end of the article. 60% of gun deaths in the US each year are from suicides. You then have police shootings in that mix, you have some accidental shootings, and you have homicides. How does this equal ‘almost all’ gun injuries and deaths are caused by law-abiding citizens misusing guns?
The most frequent fatality caused by gun use is suicide. Nationally about 60 percent of gunshot deaths are suicides; in Kentucky it’s about 70 percent, according to the CDC and National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Also, most murders happen between two persons with a close association. Unlimited access to guns makes it easy for a conflict to become deadly.
When Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul respond to letters urging logical gun access restrictions they just talk about rights and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. They never say one word, nor have ever taken any action, to prevent the kinds of misuse of guns by law-abiding citizens that account for almost all gunshot damage. Likewise, Rep. Andy Barr’s response to contacts is to make vague representations about doing something to reduce gun injuries and deaths, but he has accomplished nothing.
What is more than amiss is that the unlimited-access-to-guns complex has so intimidated our elected officials that they are not following the U.S. Constitution’s goal to “promote the general welfare.”
A married couple in Nevada was told that they could not adopt a child because they had concealed carry permits. The state literally denied them because of their LEGAL right to own a firearm.
This, to me, is absolutely insane. How can the Department of Child and Family Services deny a family’s request to adopt for doing absolutely nothing wrong?
Is it wrong to assume that a life with 2 law-abiding citizens is better than years of neglect and bouncing from home to home?
Recently there has been a lot of debate over whether or not women should be permitted to carry on campus. While trying to explain why women don’t need to resort to on-campus carry, Colorado State Rep Joe Salazar said that just because a woman thinks she is being raped, doesn’t mean their suspected attacker has any intent on raping them.
It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble and when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop — pop a round at somebody
The list of flaws in such a small statement are substantial.
- Call boxes don’t mean you’re safe. Call boxes are located around campus in the event someone feels threatened, but what happens after that? What happens after you press the call button and tell university police where you are (if you even know) and what your issue is? You wait. You stand around with the threat of an attack lingering and you wait. I personally used to feel safe at the thought the call boxes were located around campus, but it is a false hope. The one time I ever needed to use a call box, the officer on the other end was laughing and talking to his co-workers in the background, not even acknowledging that I was afraid. It took over a minute to get him to listen to me and he didn’t even know where I was. By the time the lights on the call box went off, it took them over 10 minutes to get to me. There is nothing “safe” about this.
- Safe Zones? You think that just because an area is labeled a ‘safe zone’ that it means that attackers are less likely to choose a victim? What happens when they are no longer in this so-called ‘safe zone’? Safe Zones don’t protect women from a rapist/attacker any more than gun free zones protect people from a shooter. Criminals break the law.
- “It’s why we have whistles..” This is assuming that a woman wears a rape whistle 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This is not a logical or reasonable assumption to make. If the victim doesn’t have a whistle with her, is she just supposed to whistle on her own? And just for the sake of the argument, let’s say the victim DOES have a rape whistle and uses it while she is being attacked. Who is coming to her rescue? Can the university police hear her from their cars or their station? Do you think students are going to jump out of their beds and run to the rescue (not that that is a safe option either) in the middle of the night when they hear a random whistle going off in the parking lot?
So instead of offering female students the option to legally carry a firearm on campus, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers these 10 tips:
1. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
2. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
3. Kick off your shoes if you have time and can’t run in them.
4. Don’t take time to look back; just get away.
5. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
8. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
9. Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
10. Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.
Number 10 is my absolute favorite. “Only you can decide which action is most appropriate”. Oh you know, unless the action I think is most appropriate is to arm myself.
What are your thoughts– should women be permitted to carry on campus?
So what is your first reaction when you hear the following statement?
“Women shouldn’t have guns to protect themselves from men. The attacker can just take it away and end up using it against her.”
I don’t know what you’d say, but to that I give a big “HA!”.
Let’s use the most recent example. Zara Adil was working her normal shift at her family’s tobacco store, when two men came in to rob her. One of the men came behind the counter and held a gun to her while demanding she open her register. He set the gun down to get the cash and she took it. Did he attack her? Yes. But he did not get the gun back from her AND he ended up being shot in the shoulder.
We also have this story reported from SCNow:
A Columbia woman who admitted shooting a former boyfriend in her apartment at 2807 Schoolhouse Road on Feb. 21 acted in self defense and will not be charged “at this time,” Columbia police chief Skip Holbrook said in a news release.
The unnamed woman called 911 around 7:30 p.m. and told police she had shot her ex-boyfriend with his own gun after he dropped it during a physical struggle. The man, identified by the county coroner as Jermaine A. Johnson, 33, had a “documented history of domestic violence allegations,” Holbrook said. The woman was in the process of getting an order of protection against him and had met with the police.
Obviously this woman was at risk and she decided to take matters into her own hands and fight back, just like Adil did earlier this week. Saying that women shouldn’t have guns because men can overpower them is just another weak argument made to try to scare women out of believing they have the power to defend themselves. Arming women gives them MORE of an opportunity to defend themselves in a horrible situation, not less.
I don’t understand this logic one bit. Liberals are all about women’s rights, feminism, and “more power to the woman”, yet they want to depict women as defenseless little beings who can’t control a firearm and would just give-up during an attack?
So ladies, don’t fall for this and allow such a ridiculous argument to discourage you from getting armed. Take classes, go to the range, and familiarize yourself with your gun. If you’re confident on how to handle a firearm and what to do in the event of an attack, you are NOT going to be the weaker individual..
Click here to read Buckeye Firearms Association’s argument.