I Thought That Cooperation Was the Key to Safety

Violent criminals don’t stop being violent criminals because you are cowering in fear. Police: Store clerk shot after giving cash to robber in NE Houston | abc13.com

The suspect demanded money, and when he was given the cash, he opened fire on the clerk.

Giving bad guys “what they want” is not a guarantee of safety; it is a strategy for dealing with violent criminals. A strategy that sadly has a lot of flaws.

A gun in the hands of this clerk or in the hands of one of the customers in the store may not have changed the outcome. There are no guarantees in this life.

You’re Doing it Wrong

Get the gun FIRST. Better yet, have it on you. (Ohio allows concealed carry these days, with proper licensing.) ‘I was shooting in the streets yelling, ‘call the police’ ‘

Gary Gross, and his family were startled by the intruders who entered their Kenoak Lane home at around 3:15 a.m.

He said his wife and 14-month-old baby were in a back room.

Gross grabbed a hammer and confronted both men, according to a news release. A struggle ensued, and the homeowner retrieved a gun and shot both men.

Still, it worked out. Police found both miscreants and both are in hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

The UK Needs Common Sense Knife Control! Oh, they have it already?

London knife crime is on the rise. London hunts for ways to stop deadly youth stabbings

They are putting metal detectors in schools, and banning more stuff in more places. What they aren’t doing is hiring more cops, or putting more people in jail.

But at the same time, the crackdown is facing an uphill struggle with knife attacks increasing by 24 percent last year.

Since 2010 the number of police officers in the British capital has been cut by 14 percent.

The UK doesn’t do its crime reporting on a calendar year basis, which seems confusing to some people.

Police registered more than 12,100 knife attacks which left 4,400 people injured between April last year and March, the highest figure in five years.

The story goes back and forth between reporting on Britain (no longer Great, apparently) and London. So while it isn’t clear what that statistic covers I would hazard a guess of the UK.)

Parov Stelar

Parov Stelar (not his real name) is an Austrian musician/DJ who produces a type of music known as electro-swing, which is sort-of a blending of house, electronica, and jazz. I first ran across his song “Between the Machine” as it was used in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles a number of years ago.

This is “The Speed Demon.” (Give it a 30 seconds or so, then it works into the jazz.) I’m told the 2nd song is more accessible.

This is “All Night,” a single released in 2014. It did fairly well on the charts in Europe.

I don’t care for a lot of the stuff he does, but some of it is fascinating. For those who are interested in the details, his given name is Marcus Füreder, and he produces music under a number of stage names.

Self-defense in Las Vegas

I don’t think there are too many good Samaritans like this in the world today. Man Dead After Shooting – AM 720 KDWN

Police say the woman had signs of abuse and was bleeding from the face. It’s believed she ran from her apartment and was being chased by her boyfriend when he got into an argument with a neighbor. That’s when the neighbor shot and killed the boyfriend.

I’m not sure I could intervene for a neighbor in this way. I wish I was sure that I could, but if I’m being honest, I probably would only call 911.

Anyway going by this report, Las Vegas Metro Police seem to believe it is a justified shooting.

In Oklahoma it is Make My Day

Also known as the Castile Doctrine. Man deemed justified in fatal shooting of teenager attempting to break into home | KOKH

So how would you react to someone trying to break into your home at 4AM?

When the homeowner opened the door, the 16-year-old miscreant rushed him, with what later proved to be a framing hammer. Luckily the homeowner had armed himself with a shotgun, and fired one shot. The would-be-bad guy was found dead in the driveway.

“Any person who makes a conscious decision to commit this type of crime should take take note that homeowners have the legal right to protect themselves,” Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.

Self-defense is a Human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.