Four armed intruders broke into home — two survived

The suspects forced their way inside but were soon confronted by the homeowner, who was also armed

Mitchell Willetts – May 16, 2022 The Kansas City Star
https://news.yahoo.com/four-armed-intruders-broke-indiana-191526190.html

DEKALB COUNTY, Indiana – A group of four armed intruders broke into an Indiana home recently, but only two left alive, state police told news outlets.

It happened early Sunday, May 15, at a home in DeKalb County, officials told WXIN.

The suspects forced their way inside but were soon confronted by the homeowner, who was also armed, the TV station reported.

The resident fired at the burglars, killing two of them, police told WTHR. The homeowner held the remaining two at gunpoint until officers arrived and arrested them.

No charges have been brought against the homeowner, WPTA reported.

The surviving suspects were taken into custody on charges of burglary and murder, according to the outlet. Murder charges can be brought against the suspects because they reportedly were committing a felony that led to two deaths, the station said.

Federal Firearm License revocations up a staggering 500%

The 2nd Amendment Foundation
by Lee Williams – May 9, 2022

In the years before the Biden-Harris administration took over the White House, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives usually revoked an average of 40 Federal Firearm Licenses (FFLs) per year. But, in the 11 months since Joe Biden declared war on “rogue gun dealers,” the ATF has revoked 273 FFLs – an increase of more than 500%. However, rather than targeting the true rogues, Biden’s ATF is revoking FFLs for the most minor of paperwork errors, which were never a concern for the ATF until Biden weaponized the agency.

“This has nothing to do with the ATF and everything to do with the DOJ,” said John Clark of FFL Consultants. Clark is a firearm industry expert who said the ATF announced the number of revocations at a recent Firearm Industry Conference.

“The vast majority of the ATF don’t like this any more than the industry does,” he said. “It’s Biden.”

Clark and business partner John Bocker crisscross the country to help gun dealers fight back against Biden’s overreach – a service that is free to all members of the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Their mantra is: “Get it right the first time.”

“Our goal is to prevent an incident from occurring,” Bocker has said. “Our goal is prevention – get it right the first time. We are the proactive and preventative arm of the NSSF.”

Nowadays, they’re extremely busy. “I had three revocation hearings last week,” Clark said.

Key to the massive increase in revocations is Biden’s zero-tolerance for willful violations policy, which Clark said relies upon a new definition of willful. If a dealer makes a simple mistake, they can now lose their license, because the new definition of willful states that the dealer knew the law, but willfully chose to violate it anyway – regardless of whether it was an oversight, an error by an employee or a simple paperwork mistake.

“They have twisted negligence into willful,” Clark said. “These are not uncommon errors that we’re seeing. Things happen.”

On paper, Biden’s new policy seems clear:

Absent extraordinary circumstances that would need to be justified to the Director, ATF will seek to revoke the licenses of dealers the first time that they violate federal law by willfully.

1.) transferring a firearm to a prohibited person
2.) failing to run a required background check
3.) falsifying records, such as a firearms transaction form
4.) failing to respond to an ATF tracing request
5.) refusing to permit ATF to conduct an inspection in violation of the law

However, Clark and Bocker are seeing these rules pushed far beyond the realm of common sense or fairness, and local gun dealers are paying the price.

For example, the transaction number for a NICS background check requires nine digits. If a gun dealer mistakenly omits a number, their license can be revoked for failing to run a background check. Under the Biden-Harris administration, there is no longer any room for human error.

Similarly, the ATF has started contracting out its trace requests, Clark said. He and Bocker have talked to a dealer whom the ATF accused of not complying with a trace request. They fault, they found, actually belonged to the ATF, which hadn’t updated its records from the contractors. Until this was clarified, the dealer was at risk of losing everything.

Their firm offers a free webinar for gun dealers, which addresses Biden’s policy.

ATF breaking federal law

Biden first announced his zero-tolerance policy for “rogue gun dealers” in June of last year. He claimed these dealers were responsible for skyrocketing violent crime rates in major cities historically controlled by Democrats.

The violence wasn’t caused by weak prosecutors who refuse to hold criminals accountable, or gangs or underfunded police departments or by any combination thereof, he said. It was all the fault of “rogue gun dealers,” who Biden claimed willfully transfer firearms to prohibited persons, and/or refuse to cooperate with a tracing request from the ATF.

To vet Biden’s rogue gun dealer theory, the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project immediately sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the ATF, seeking the following:

Copies of documents that show the number of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) and their state of residence, who have been prosecuted for willfully transferring a firearm to a prohibited person over the past three years (from June 23, 2018 to June 23, 2021.)

We’re still waiting for a response.

In the 11 months since the FOIA request was filed, the ATF has not complied with the law. The ATF is in a trick-bag of sorts. They can comply with federal law and provide the documents, which will likely reveal that Biden’s rogue gun dealer policy is just a ruse, or they can continue to deny and delay the FOIA request even though their actions violate federal law.

Takeaways

If there is a dealer who transfers firearms to prohibited persons, fails to conduct background checks and ignores requests from the ATF to help trace firearms used in a crime, they should lose their FFL. I don’t know anyone who disagrees with that. However, these are not the type of dealers the ATF is targeting at Biden’s behest. The Biden-Harris administration has ordered the ATF to revoke FFLs for even the most minor of paperwork errors, solely to support its rogue-dealer myth.

There is no doubt Biden will soon hold a press conference touting the effectiveness of his zero-tolerance policy and the hundreds of “rogue gun dealers” whose licenses were revoked as a result. What he won’t mention is that none of the dealers who lost their livelihoods contributed to the skyrocketing violent crime rates of major metros. They were simply law-abiding men and women who made a minor paperwork error, which Biden has now criminalized as part of his ongoing war on our guns.

CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY – A good arguement

Texas accounted for a quarter of the fatal shootings last year that were documented in the study, with 33 people killed in road rage shootings in the state, up from 18 in 2019.

Keep in mind, it is constitutional ‘carry’ not constitutional ownership.

In September 2021, Texas enacted its ‘Constitutional Carry’ law. Below is a example of what has occured since then.

It is all well and good until it is your 9-year-old son, daughter, neice, nephew, grandson or granddaughter. Maybe not everyone should carry a gun in public.

Angry Drivers, Lots of Guns: An Explosion in Road Rage Shootings

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/12/us/road-rage-shootings-guns-texas.html
April 12, 2022 – By J. David Goodman

Need more convencing . . . .

Mother, 2 children injured in Marshall shooting
Apr 11, 2022 – MARSHALL, Texas (KETK) — A mother and her two children were injured in a shooting that occurred Sunday evening in Marshall.

3-year-old dies after shooting, Dallas police say
March 28, 2022 – Monday night, police said the child’s mother reported that the shooting was related to a road rage incident involving another sedan near a park at Whitehurst and Arbor Park.

Feb. 18, 2022 – A 4-year-old child was shot in the leg in the courtyard in front of his apartment around 4:30 p.m., according to Houston police. The shooting happened in the 600 block of Nottingham Oaks Trail.

Feb. 15, 20229-year-old girl in critical condition after being caught in crossfire during robbery at SE Houston ATM: HPD: A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition after police said she was shot by a man that had been robbed at a drive-thru ATM in southeast Houston.

Feb. 8, 20229-year-old girl shot in head while riding with family on Southwest Freeway, HPD saysAuthorities are investigating after a 9-year-old girl was shot in the head while riding with her family to the grocery store Tuesday night. Family members identified the girl as Ashanti Grant, 9.

Feb. 4, 2022‘My baby didn’t deserve this’: Mother speaks out after 11-year-old was shot to death at NE Harris Co. ApartmentThe family of an 11-year-old who was shot and killed at a northeast Harris County apartment Thursday night identified the victim as Darius Dugas, a student who attended Cobb Sixth Grade Campus. The child, affectionately called “DJ,” was shot in the parking lot of Vireo Apartments located at 12212 Tidwell Rd.

Jan. 30, 2022HPD: 7-year-old boy shot inside SW Houston apartmentA 7-year-old boy is in stable condition after being shot in the leg inside a southwest Houston apartment, Houston police said. Officers were called to assist firefighters in the 10500 block of Fondren Road near Willowbend Boulevard at around 12:10 a.m

Jan. 17, 20223 injured, including brothers ages 1 and 6, in shooting in SE Houston, HPD says: Two children and a man were injured during a shooting in southeast Houston in the 5900 block of Selinsky Road around 7 p.m. Police said they were flagged down by a vehicle with several people inside. Police said they found three people shot, one man and two siblings – a 1-year-old boy and a 6-year-old boy. The 1-year-old was shot in the arm and the 6-year-old was shot in the stomach. The man was shot in the hand at a separate location that police described as being “chaotic.”.

Dec. 5, 202111-year-old girl shot multiple times after ‘random bullets’ fly through home, HPD saysAn 11-year-old girl is expected to survive after police say bullets pierced through her family’s home, striking her several times. It happened in the 900 block of Blanchard Hill Lane near Almeda Genoa Road in southwest Houston.

Nov. 21, 20211-year-old expected to survive after drive-by shooting in southwest Houston, police sayAn investigation is underway after a 1-year-old boy was shot during a drive-by in southwest Houston, police said. Officers said it happened in the 5400 block of Renwick at 10:20 a.m. when a woman was walking home from the store with her 1-year-old son.

Nov. 20, 20214-year-old girl, woman shot after southeast Houston drive-by, HPD saysA 4-year-old girl and a 48-year-old woman were shot in southeast Houston, Houston police said. Initial details from Houston police confirmed the shooting took place in the 6900 block of Moss Rose Street. Authorities were called to the scene around 8:18 p.m.

Oct. 31, 2021Father, young child injured in road rage shooting in north Houston, police sayA man and his 1-year-old child were injured in a road rage shooting in north Houston, Houston police said. The man was driving south on I-45 near Loop 610 around 7:30 p.m. when he got into “some type of road rage altercation” with another driver, police said. At some point during the incident, the driver pulled up next to the victim and fired multiple rounds into his vehicle.

Oct. 28, 202110-year-old boy killed in accidental shooting inside vehicle in north Houston, police sayA 10-year-old boy is dead after an accidental shooting in north Houston, police say. The shooting occurred at the 8300 block of Willow Place Drive at around 12:30 p.m. Police said the 10-year-old boy’s mother sent him and his 11-year-old cousin to get something from her vehicle when the boys found a gun inside of the car.

Oct. 11, 20217-year-old shot in head at apartment complex in southeast Houston, HPD says: Houston police are investigating after a 7-year-old boy was found shot in the head at an apartment complex in southeast Houston. Houston police responded to reports of a shooting at an apartment complex located at 11810 Algonquin Drive. Police said they found the 7-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition.

Oct. 6, 20213-year-old boy accidentally shot after gun goes off in his mother’s purse, police say: Houston police are investigating after they said a 3-year-old boy was accidentally shot when the gun in his mother’s purse went off in southeast Houston. Police said it happened in the 3800 block of Amos around 9 p.m.

D.C. Sniper: White Supremacist, MAGA Follower Had 3 Fully Automatic Rifles and 1,000 Rounds of Ammunition – Well, not exactly.

Of course you’ve seen the incident widely reported in the news, right? Then again, maybe not.

The suspect fired over 200 rounds in a school zone, threatening students, had 3 fully automatic rifles, four inocent victims wounded and crickets from the news media. It is almost as if it never happen.

The question begs:

  • Where did the 23-year-old get 3 fully automatic rifles?
  • What was his motive?
  • What is his nationality?
  • Where did he get the money to rent 2 apartments?

The suspect, Raymond Spencer, 23, is alleged to have had 800 more unspent rounds and three more firearms, including two handguns, at his apartment in the city’s Van Ness neighborhood, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said at a public safety briefing.

Suspect in D.C. shooting had 1,000 rounds, 3 fully automatic rifles
April 25, 2022 – By Tim Stelloh

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/suspect-dc-shooting-1000-rounds-3-fully-automatic-rifles-police-say-rcna25968

A suspected gunman who injured four people when he “indiscriminately” opened fire from a fifth-floor apartment in Washington, D.C., last week had three fully automatic rifles and shot more than 200 rounds of ammunition, authorities said Monday.

Spencer is alleged to have set up a hallway camera to monitor people approaching the unit, Contee said, adding that an appliance was wedged against the home’s front door to slow anyone trying to enter.

Police had to ram the apartment’s front door to open it, Contee said.

At a second apartment in Northern Virginia, police discovered parts for three more rifles that also belonged to Spencer, Contee said.

Authorities believe Spencer, who had been identified as a person of interest in the case, died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound as officers were entering his apartment Friday, Contee said.

Authorities previously said Spencer used a tripod and a “sniper-type set up” to open fire.

“I’m thankful we didn’t lose more lives that day,” Contee told reporters.

A 12-year-old girl was shot in the arm, and a woman in her mid-30s and a 54-year-old man were also hit, police said. A woman in her mid-60s with a graze wound to her upper back was treated at the scene and released.

Contee said investigators were trying to determine a motive. It wasn’t clear whether the shooting was connected to a nearby prep school, Edmund Burke, that was placed on lockdown during the shooting.

Security video captured Spencer rolling a suitcase into the Washington apartment the night before the shooting, Contee said. A few hours before he is alleged to have opened fire, Spencer went to a grocery store and bought two meals, he added.

Contee said Spencer was a former lifeguard who attended high school in suburban Maryland. He was in the Coast Guard for a few months in 2017, Contee said.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Spencer was discharged. The Coast Guard didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Contee also said it also wasn’t clear how he was able to rent two apartments or buy guns and ammunition.

“There are a lot of things we need to know that we don’t know,” he said.

Two victims who suffered gunshot wounds remained in critical condition Monday, NBC Washington reported.

Own an AR-15 with a ‘Forced-Reset’ trigger? It now requires a Class 3 license

Feds: Forced-reset triggers are machine guns under US law

MICHAEL BALSAMO – AP
March 24, 2022

https://news.yahoo.com/feds-forced-reset-triggers-machine-174403847.html

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are notifying gun dealers that some forced-reset triggers, which allow guns to fire rapidly with a single continuous pull of the trigger, are considered machine guns under federal law and subject to strict regulation.

The notification was being made Thursday in an open letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to federally licensed firearms dealers. It spells out how investigators have determined the triggers to be “conversion devices,” making the weapons machine guns.

The notification was being made Thursday in an open letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to federally licensed firearms dealers. It spells out how investigators have determined the triggers to be “conversion devices,” making the weapons machine guns.

The Biden administration has been working to strengthen gun regulation, step up its fight against gun violence and tackle rising violent crime rates in the country. The Justice Department has already announced it is taking a hardline approach to gun dealers who break federal law and has established several strike forces in cities to help stop firearms trafficking.

In the new letter, the agency said its examination of the devices in question determined that they “allow a firearm to automatically expel more than one shot with a single, continuous pull of the trigger.”

The ATF says using the triggers, some of which sell online for around $400, mean that the weapons are being turned into machine guns under federal law, and as a result would be subject to strict regulation for possession, transportation or transferring the devices.

The determination applies only to forced-reset triggers that allow guns to fire more than one shot with a single trigger-pull and not others on the market that require the trigger to be released before another shot can be fired.

Florida Sheriffs endorse Wilton Simpson for State Commissioner of Agriculture

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd credited Simpson’s leadership with bringing Florida’s crime rate to a 50-year low.

http://www.floridapolitics.com/archives/510102-59-sheriffs-endorse-wilton-simpson-for-state-commissioner-of-agriculture

Fifty-nine of the state’s sheriffs — all but eight of them — are endorsing Senate President Wilton Simpson’s campaign for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the campaign announced Monday.

The Florida Police Benevolent Association has also endorsed Simpson’s campaign, according to a news release from the Simpson campaign.

Simpson is running to succeed Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is leaving the position aiming to become Florida’s next Governor.

The campaign attributed the sheriffs’ united front for Simpson’s campaign to his support for law enforcement.

“As others have tried to defund the police, I fought to ensure Floridians in uniform have the support and resources they need to do their jobs,” Simpson said, according to a news release.

The news release highlighted endorsements of sheriffs from Pasco and Polk counties.

“The women and men in law enforcement start each shift with a mission: to work side by side with members of their community to keep it safe and to make it home to their families,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. “Wilton Simpson has firmly stood with law enforcement in this mission and understands that protecting our communities and our future will allow Florida to continue to prosper.”

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd credited Simpson’s leadership with bringing Florida’s crime rate to a 50-year low.

“Wilton is a PROVEN LEADER who cares about your safety and wellbeing,” Judd’s written comments read. “He has always supported law enforcement and that is exactly why I support Wilton.”

Simpson, a Trilby Republican, is the heavy favorite to win his party’s nomination for the post and face Democratic candidate Ryan Morales, a Clermont cannabis activist. Simpson has millions on hand for his campaign, compared to Morales and Republican candidates Richard Ollie Jr. and James Shaw, who have done negligible fundraising.

The majority of sheriffs not endorsing Simpson come largely from counties that are larger and traditionally more Democratic counties. Sheriffs from Alachua, Broward, Leon, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach and St. Lucie were not on the list of endorsers.

Joe Biden: “Ban high capacity magazines”

“You think the deer have Kevlar vests?” – Joe Biden

Joe Biden stated in his 2022 State of the Union address: “Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”

“I ask Congress to pass proven measures to reduce gun violence,” he added. “Pass universal background checks. Why should anyone on a terrorist list be able to purchase a weapon? Why?”

Joe Biden, 2022 State of the Union speech

On the surface background checks appear to be a good idea. Exactly, who wants a terrorist to be able to purchase a gun?

However . . .

  • What is the definition of a terrorist?
  • Who defines the word terrorist?
  • Is a parent who speaks out at a local school board meeting a terrorist?
  • Is a law-abiding citizen who peacefully protests mask and vaccine mandates a terrorist?

“These laws don’t infringe on the Second Amendment. They save lives.” – Joe Biden

Ask the people of Ukraine and Vladimir Putin the definition of a terrorist and it is likely you will get two entirely differnt answers.

Regrettably, the Ukraine people do not have a Second Amendment. If they had, maybe Vladimir Putin would have thought twice about an invasion.

When your head is in the bear’s mouth it’s too late to load your gun.

Donating Ammo To Ukraine – Maybe not such a good idea

Arizona-based ammo company offers to donate 1M bullets to Ukrainian military

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS – March 5, 2022

https://fortune.com/2022/03/05/arizona-based-ammo-company-offers-to-donate-1m-bullets-to-ukrainian-military/

CEO Fred Wagenhals of AMMO Inc. on Friday said it was his response to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s appeal for international assistance.

There was no immediate indication whether the U.S. government will approve the proposed export of the ammunition, which has a retail of about $700,000, Phoenix television station KSAZ-TV reported.


DATE:  February 28, 2022
TO:      USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
            USF Executive Director
            NRA Past President
In case you were remembering that during WWII, NRA and NRA members sent thousands of guns to the British to defend against the Nazis, and were wondering if we could send guns to Ukraine, this is the answer.

https://armedamericannews.org/no-we-cant-donate-guns-and-ammo-to-the-ukrainians-we-checked/

No, We Can’t Donate Guns and Ammo to the Ukrainians. We checked.

By Lee Williams Armed American News - February 28, 2022

https://armedamericannews.org/no-we-cant-donate-guns-and-ammo-to-the-ukrainians-we-checked/ 

Americans have always had a well-developed sense of fair play. We root for the underdog. We scream at the TV when a referee makes a bad call, and we hate bullies of any kind.

There’s nothing fair about Russia’s invasion of its peaceful neighbor. The Ukrainian resistance – which includes old men and women, moms and dads, and even kids as young as 12 – is facing off against a modern army even though they lack air, armor or artillery support, reliable comms and even sufficient small arms and ammunition.

Still, the Ukrainians have been fierce. They’re sending Russians home in bags – a few thousand so far – with little more than rusty AKs and Molotov cocktails – a term that ironically was coined by the Finns when they were repelling Russian invaders from their homeland more than 80 years ago.

In the Ukraine, uncommon valor has become commonplace. The 13 border guards who were killed by Russian naval gunfire after telling the warship’s captain to have sex with himself turned their last post, Snake Island, into Ukraine’s Alamo. Those fighting for Kiev could face five brigades of Russian Spetsnaz.

As a free people, it’s natural for us to want to help the Ukrainians. After all, who wouldn’t want to stop Vladimir Putin and his stormtroopers before he escalates the conflict into World War III? The only question is how we can help… Keep reading....
https://armedamericannews.org/no-we-cant-donate-guns-and-ammo-to-the-ukrainians-we-checked/

AMMO, Inc. Announces Overwhelming Response to Recent Donation Offer to Ukrainian Armed Forces – Directions to Donate and Support AMMO’s Charitable Efforts

https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/03/04/2397120/0/en/AMMO-Inc-Announces-Overwhelming-Response-to-Recent-Donation-Offer-to-Ukrainian-Armed-Forces-Directions-to-Donate-and-Support-AMMO-s-Charitable-Efforts.html

Again, maybe not such a good idea!

The NRA Survives Blow From New York’s Overzealous Attorney General To Put It Out Of Business

A judge has rejected an effort by New York’s attorney general to put the National Rifle Association out of business.

Judge Blocks NY’s Bid to Shutter NRA, But Lawsuit Continues

By Michael R. Sisak – NBC News, New York March 2, 2022

A judge has rejected an effort by New York’s attorney general to put the National Rifle Association out of business, but will allow her lawsuit accusing top executives of illegally diverting tens of millions of dollars from the powerful gun advocacy organization to proceed.

Manhattan Judge Joel M. Cohen said allegations of NRA officials misspending on personal trips, no-show contracts and other questionable expenditures can be addressed by other remedies, such as fines and remuneration, and do not warrant the “corporate death penalty” that Attorney General Letitia James had sought.

James’ lawsuit, filed in August 2020, tells “a grim story of greed, self-dealing, and lax financial oversight” at the NRA’s highest levels, but it does not allege any financial misconduct benefited the organization or harmed the public, or that the NRA is incapable of “continuing its legitimate activities on behalf of its millions of members,” Cohen wrote in a 42-page decision.

The judge also raised concerns that shutting down the NRA could impinge the free speech and assembly rights of its millions of members. Nevertheless, he said, James’ lawsuit can continue against the NRA, its longtime leader Wayne LaPierre, and three other people who have served as executives with the organization. They had filed a motion to dismiss the case.

“While we’re heartened that the judge rejected the NRA’s attempts to thwart most of the claims in our case against the NRA, we are disappointed that the judge ruled against the dissolution portion of the case,” James said in a statement. “We are considering our legal options with respect to this ruling. We remain committed to enforcing New York law regardless of how powerful any individual or organization may be.”

Florida Road Rage Incident Results In Nearly A Dozen Shots Fired By Single Driver

Eric Popper, of Deerfield Beach, Florida, fired nearly a dozen shots in what was reported as a road dispute. The shooter told the Florida Highway Patrol that he fired because he thought the other driver had a gun.

There appears to be no shortage of such incidents . . .

Stupidity is not limited to men. Women get into the act also . . . .

Woman pulls gun and waves it around in traffic following minor fender bender