Oh, the schadenfreude is thick here, isn’t it?
[Philadelphia] police are asking for the public’s help tracking down the second suspect responsible for robbing gun range customers of at least nine weapons and shooting a 67-year-old man.
Authorities identified the missing robber as 27-year-old Jeffrey Chandler.
Officials say Chandler, who stands 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds, has numerous tattoos on both arms. The most distinctive tattoo is the word – “Stretch” – located on his right hand, they say.
Investigators say Chandler fired the shot that wounded one of the victims.
Chandler’s alleged accompolice, 21-year-old Samiyyah Poteat turned herself in to authorities on June 13 after seeing herself in surveillance video of the crimes.
She faces multiple charges including attempted homicide, robbery and aggravated assault.(NBC Philadelphia)
Normally, I don’t make fun of crime victims – God knows they’ve been through enough – but this is an exception to that rule…maybe someone should ask Wayne LaPierre, ‘where were all the good guys with guns, ya’ sonuvabitch?‘
H/T to Crooks & Liars & NBC Philadelphia
Remember Adam Kokesh? You know, that libertarian fellow who thought it’d be a great idea to go marching around Washington, D.C., with a bevy of loaded weapons? Well…he’s back, unfortunately:
A libertarian gun activist — who was convicted on weapons charges after he carried a loaded shotgun in downtown Washington, D.C. — this week defended two people who recently went on a shooting rampage in Las Vegas, killing two police officers and another person.
On his Wednesday Internet show, Adam Kokesh blasted the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for noting that Jerad and Amanda Miller had been inspired by his gun activism.
“You’re not going to get away with it this time USA Today and SPLC,” Kokesh insisted, arguing that the shooters had acted because “authority has become a homicidal institution against freedom.”(Crooks & Liars)
Yeah…he actually thinks the two people who killed the pair of cops in Vegas were heroes…what…the…..fuck?!? What’s even worse is that he actually rationalizes what they did:
Kokesh asserted that the slaying of the two officers was not “murder” because police are likely to kill people.
“Let’s say someone is going around stabbing people, like just stabbing people,” he opined. “It’s not murder to kill someone in that situation. And has been pointed out about the Vegas shooting, when you have police officers that are going around and doing violent things all day long, and then they take a break for lunch, well, it doesn’t mean all of the sudden they’re innocent or they’re being peaceful because they’re taking a break from all of their other anti-freedom, rights-violating violence.”
“Think of how many lives might have been saved by this incident. How many people would these cops have killed had they not been killed?” he asked. “We can only hope that some of the officers in America are listening — if you care about your own safety — to understand that you are hurting people, and you can only push them so far before they hit a breaking point.”
Kokesh argued that blaming Jerad and Amanda Miller was “kind of like blaming the victim,” adding that they could have been thinking about the time his home was raided after he posted the video of himself loading a shotgun in downtown D.C.
After a 15 minute rant about the SPLC, Kokesh concluded that the civil rights group may have confused his time as a “violent psychopath” working for the U.S. Marines with his current anti-government beliefs.(Crooks & Liars)
You know, maybe its’ just me….but it is high damn time that we begin calling people like Adam Kokesh exactly what they are: domestic terrorists.
*checks calendar to make sure its’ still 2014* Even a broken clock is right on occasion…
The NRA writes, “Texas, independent-minded and liberty-loving place that it is, doesn’t ban the carrying of loaded long guns in public, nor does it require a permit for this activity. Yet some so-called firearm advocates seem determined to change this.”
The organization continues, “Yet while unlicensed open carry of long guns is also typically legal in most places, it is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms.”
It’s actually intimidating.(Freak Out Nation via. Crooks & Liars)
I don’t know what’s weirder: the fact that I actually find myself in agreement with the NRA on something…or that I can’t help but laugh at the schadenfreude they’re now facing from those weird open carry groups…bring the popcorn!
The more I read this, the more that I’m tempted to say, “Fuck you, Georgia!”
Georgia has officially gone mad. Mad, I tell you. In all my life I never thought a political party would be so crazy as to put their own constituents in so much jeopardy, but that’s what conservatives have done. Every single politician that voted for the “guns everywhere,” law will have blood on their hands for every person that falls victim to this new law if it is indeed signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.(Crooks & Liars)
Basically, this new law pretty much allows guns everywhere: bars, churches, schools, restaurants, airports, etc. It also allows felons – who, by rights, shouldn’t be possessing firearms to start – to claim self-defense (a/k/a “stand your ground”) and it also eliminates state crimes against gun possession inside airport security checkpoints (good luck, TSA!) The kicker…everyone and every group of record – outside of the gun fetishist crowd – opposed this bill…and it still passed the legislature. Put simply, this was the dumbest fucking decision I’ve seen in a long time and it is, in my opinion, high time that people of good will begin boycotting the state of Georgia.
Like I said….fuck you, Georgia!
You know, there’s a special place in hell for people like New York Post columnist Frederick Dicker…why? Oh, this:
New York Post columnist and radio host Frederic Dicker called the Newtown massacre a “little convenient massacre” on his show Monday to describe his contempt for New York State legislation to contain gun violence.
“That was [Governor Andrew Cuomo’s] anti-gun legislation, which he had promised not to do, but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Connecticut, and all of a sudden there was an opportunity for him,” Dicker said.
Slammed by Newtown victims’ families and anti-gun violence groups, Dicker since said his sarcasm was aimed at New York’s 2013 SAFE Act gun legislation.
As an outspoken critic of the gun package, Dicker told the Albany Times Union his point “is a sarcastic reference to the governor latching on to an horrendous out of state mass killing to advance a political agenda that had nothing to do with the problem of gun-related crimes in New York.” According to his statement, “I used the word ‘massacre’ intentionally because it refers, by definition, to a horrendous large scale killing, which of course the Newtown horror was.”(Think Progress)
Naturally, family members of those who died at Newtown were not amused…
Newtown families and groups may not accept this answer. “Mr. Dicker should issue an immediate on-air apology to the Newtown families who lost children and loved ones on that life changing morning last December,” executive director for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Leah Barrett said. Until then, the group is advising a boycott of Dicker’s outlets, including the NY Post and Talk1300AM.
The cousin of a teacher murdered in Sandy Hook said, “There’s nothing ‘convenient’ about 26 lives being gunned down in an elementary school.”(Think Progress)
You know, the more I think about Dicker’s remarks, the more it makes me start wishing there wasn’t such a thing as the 1st Amendment….then again, if that were the case, America would be a far sadder place that it is at present.
…NRA for protecting yet another would-be mass murderer with ineffectual gun laws & regulations….quoting:
Federal agents were tracking Ohio resident Richard Schmidt’s imports of counterfeit sports jerseys when they stumbled upon his arsenal of 18 guns, more than 40,000 rounds of ammunition, and bulletproof body armor. Besides the arsenal, he had lists of Jewish and black leaders in Detroit, MI. He is also an ex-felon who killed a Hispanic man and wounded two others 24 years ago.
Yet before December, no one even noticed that Schmidt, 47, was amassing weapons illegally, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Instead, federal investigators zeroed in on his sports memorabilia shop around September 2011, tracking his shipments of knock-off jerseys from China for over a year before they discovered the cache of firearms.(Think Progress)
This is but another reason why we need sensible, reasonably-enforced gun regulations: even under current federal law, a person such as Mr. Schmidt should have never been able to amass the supposed arsenal that he was able to gather, yet thanks to groups such as the National Rifle Association, America’s gun laws are so riddled with loopholes and barriers that it’s amazing any gun-law enforcement is carried out at all. Indeed, as Think Progress points out,
Indeed, Schmidt might have been able to stockpile firearms so easily thanks to decades of hard work by the the gun lobby. Combating calls for stricter background checks on private gun sales, the National Rifle Association insisted the bill would create a national registry of gun owners which would be used to confiscate weapons and enact tyranny. This fearmongering has also hobbled federal law enforcement agents, who are forbidden from keeping any records of gun purchases. That means individuals like Schmidt can potentially avoid background checks when they purchase firearms, or they can obtain guns through a straw purchaser that law enforcement cannot track because any records revealing the purchaser’s activities would have been destroyed.(Think Progress)
Like I said earlier, “Gee, thanks NRA for making us feel so much safer in our homes and neighborhoods and cities…”
You read that correctly….quoting HuffPost:
The Senate voted in dramatic fashion Wednesday to approve one of President Barack Obama’s nominees. For Democrats to prevail, all it took was a last-ditch vote switch by one senator, a flight back from North Dakota by another and an afternoon roll call that stretched into the evening.
Five hours after the balloting started, the Senate voted to end Republican delaying tactics against B. Todd Jones, Obama’s pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It then voted in a comparatively instantaneous 29 minutes for his final confirmation, 53-42.
A defeat would have been a setback for Obama, who is trying to plug gaps in his second-term administration’s lineup, and dealt a blow to the recent cooperation between the two parties over allowing votes on the president’s nominees.
The lengthy roll call and the theatrics accompanying it nearly obscured that Jones’ approval marked a rare congressional victory for gun-control forces. His confirmation came three months after the Senate rejected Obama’s drive to expand background checks for firearms buyers.
In a written statement, Obama applauded senators of both parties for confirming ATF’s first director in seven years – gridlock, he said, caused by Senate Republicans who “put politics ahead of the agency’s law enforcement mission.”(Huffington Post)
Considering how hard it is to get any kind of gun-related vote through Congress nowadays, this is worthy of celebration.