DENVER, Colorado — Last winter, on the outskirts of a large U.S.city, an FBI hostage rescue team set up an elevated observation post to assess an unfolding situation. Soon they heard the buzz of small drones — and then the tiny aircraft were all around them, swooping past in a series of “high-speed low passes at the agents in the observation post to flush them,” the head of the agency’s operational technology law unit told attendees of the AUVSIXponential conference here. Result: “We were then blind,” said Joe Mazel, meaning the group lost situational awareness of the target. “It definitely presented some challenges.”
The hard left denies that an armed citizen can stop a mass shooting. Well, they are wrong. Again. An armed citizen stopped the church shooting in Texas on Sunday.
Authorities said the armed neighbor may have saved countless lives by opening fire on Kelley and forcing him to flee the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs during his 11:30 a.m. massacre.
New study from the Crime Prevention Center on concealed handgun permits show how more guns = less crime.
Murder rate goes down as armed adults goes up.
Other interesting facts:
Since President Obama’s election the number of concealed handgun permits has soared, growing from 4.6 million in 2007 to over 12.8 million this year. Among the findings in our report:
— The number of concealed handgun permits is increasing at an ever- increasing rate. Over the past year, 1.7 million additional new permits have been issued – a 15.4% increase in just one single year. This is the largest ever single-year increase in the number of concealed handgun permits.
— 5.2% of the total adult population has a permit.
— Five states now have more than 10% of their adult population with concealed handgun permits.
— In ten states, a permit is no longer required to carry in all or virtually all of the state. This is a major reason why legal carrying handguns is growing so much faster than the number of permits.
— Since 2007, permits for women has increased by 270% and for men by 156%.
— Some evidence suggests that permit holding by minorities is increasing more than twice as fast as for whites.
— Between 2007 and 2014, murder rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.2 (preliminary estimates) per 100,000. This represents a 25% drop in the murder rate at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with permits soared by 156%. Overall violent crime also fell by 25 percent over that period of time.
— States with the largest increase in permits have seen the largest relative drops in murder rates.
— Concealed handgun permit holders are extremely law-abiding. In Florida and Texas, permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies at one-sixth the rate that police officers are convicted.
Vehicles traveling on I-10 in Phoenix have been shot at by a sniper. So far 10 have been hit, maybe 2 more today. So far only minor injuries.
PHOENIX (AP) – Authorities in Arizona were investigating two more possible shootings of vehicles in the Phoenix area, where electronic billboards urged freeway motorists to provide tips on a spate of shootings that have residents on edge.
The state Department of Public Safety said a passenger car’s window was damaged when hit by an unspecified projectile on Interstate 10 Thursday morning. News video showed an intact but severely cracked rear window with a visible indention.
In another incident, the DPS said it was investigating a delayed report of a commercial truck being hit by a bullet. Investigators were near I-10 examining what appeared to be a small hole in the truck’s cargo area.
DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the truck had been making deliveries for hours before the damage was noticed and it’s unclear where or when it might have been hit.
Graves said it had yet to be determined whether either incident involved a shooting. He said investigators were unable to verify a separate report of a gunshot along I-10.
There have been at least 10 other confirmed shootings in the last two weeks, though it’s unclear if they all are connected. Most were on Interstate 10 – one of the main highways through the city – and seven of them involved bullets, with three others involving unspecified projectiles, DPS said.
Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead has called the incidents “domestic terrorism crimes.”
If gun control works, how come 55 people were shot in Chicago where there are draconian gun laws?
The liberal bastion of gun control and budget control – Chicago (aka Chiraq) – had another eventful weekend, full of fireworks and gunshots. It seems 55 fine citizens of Rahm’s paradise forgot to duck. I’m sure Obama’s “sons” will clean up their act when he moves back into town in early 2017.
This isn’t because the city has lax gun laws. Everyone, especially those who are for Second Amendment rights, knows that Chicago has some of the most stringent anti-gun laws on the books. Laws that keep the law-abiding vulnerable and unable to defend themselves, while criminals mostly bypass legal means to obtain their weapons (shocker! I know!).
So far, Chiraq has seen a 17.4 percent increase in shootings (1,625 this year), and a 22.6 percent increase in homicides (320 so far); the vast majority of the victims being young African-American men. Overall, we’re seeing a spike in homicides in many urban areas across the country. Baltimore has federal agents working their police’s homicide units to curb the violence. While the picture is grim, we’re not approaching the high crime rates of the early 1990s. – Matt Vespa
Labor Day weekend toll in Chicago: 9 slain, 46 wounded
Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune
How could this be?