Choice of Shotgun and Ammo Make a Difference

On the surface, this story is amazing. Felon Shoots Cop In Face With Shotgun. Annoyed Cop Fires Back.

But then you find the shotgun was loaded with birdshot, not buckshot. That makes a tremendous difference.

If you’re going to shoot at two-legged predators, I strongly recommend buckshot. My personal preference is Federal LE 132 1B or Federal LE 127 00 ((based on how those load pattern out of my Mossberg 590). I aim it like a rifle, and at my longest possible in-home straight-line shot, it leaves a single golf-ball sized hole (the tear to the left is the Flite Control wadding, the tiny holes are plastic buffer material almost as ineffective as birdshot).

2.75 inch buckshot is perfectly fine.

I live in a single family home on 5 acres, and the house has brick walls. I don’t have to worry about “over penetration.”

The would-be bad guy in this case got captured.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Armed homeowner puts an end to a crime spree. (“Spree” may be an overstatement.) Baton Rouge robbery suspects shot by Breaux Bridge homeowner

They tried to rob a homeowner. Turns out he was armed when he answered the door.

Investigators learned that one suspect rang a doorbell at the home and waited for the homeowner to answer. When the resident approached the door, a second suspect appeared with a handgun.

The homeowner shot both of them. They were both captured by police and taken to a local hospital.

It turns out that these two miscreants were both wanted in connection to a shooting in Baton Rouge that took place on Monday.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Arthur C. Clarke (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008)

Some fun facts about Sir Arthur Charles Clarke…. He is probably most well known as the author of 2001: A Space Odyssey. (He is credited on the screenplay with Kubrick as well as on the novel. Both were written concurrently.) This was based loosely on a short story by Clarke, entitled “The Sentinel.” And a few other of his short stories.

His most notable contribution to the real world is his 1945 description of geostationary communications satellites which he described in the September 1945 edition of Wireless World. (A British publication.) At the time the article was published (“Peacetime Uses for V2”) it was considered to be “not feasible” based on cost. It was in fact less than 20 years before it became a reality when the first geostationary communication satellite, Intelsat I, was launched on April 6th, 1965. The orbit – at 35,786 kilometers above the equator – is known as the Clarke Orbit.

The 2nd interesting idea for the real world that he floated is the space elevator. Pretty much what it sounds like. If we ever develop the technology to build the cables, it will drastically reduce the cost of putting something in orbit.

As an author and observer of human nature, he developed three laws, which he is famous for.

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

The third law has been done to death in science fiction.

Self-defense in Cincinnati – and Neighbors Were Shocked

You can file this under “If you break into houses, you will eventually find an armed resident.” Police identify victim in Madisonville fatal shooting

Cincinnati was at one time a fairly anti-gun city. The media were outright hostile to gun owners (where were the not?) and the city counsel did a lot to make gun owners unwelcome. The Ohio CCW law changed some of that, though not all. That makes even a relatively neutral story on lethal self-defense just a little bit amazing to me.

Police went to 6615 Roe St. about 1 p.m. Saturday for a possible burglary-in-progress call. They said a resident in the house fired at least one shot, killing the suspected burglar.

The reporter seems to be a bit vague on homicide versus murder, but he is clearly trying to be neutral.

Oh and the neighbors were shocked surprised to discover that they live in the Real World™ where crime can occur.

“It’s surprising that it took place in this neighborhood, especially in the daytime,” [a neighbor] said.

The fact is that if you can read this, then you don’t live in Mayberry or Pleasantville, and not residing in those mythic locations you live in an area where crime can (and probably does) happen from time to time, even if it doesn’t happen very often. Make your plans accordingly.

Loreena McKennitt

Continuing our theme of female vocalists from last week, this is Loreena McKennitt. She is Canadian musician that plays the harp, accordion, and piano. She is known for her refined soprano vocals.

This is “Night Ride Across the Caucuses,” from her 1997 album The Book of Secrets. It was certified double-platinum in the US.

Home Invasion Stopped by Armed Homeowner

They went to the home with the apparent intent of robbing the homeowner. One is dead. One is in custody. Update: Victim ID’d in fatal home invasion shooting

Williams, who was shot multiple times, was dead at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered. The homeowner was shot once in a leg and the third man fled, police said.

That 3rd guy surrendered to police later that day.

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed resident. Self-defense is a human-right.

Armed Homeowner Stops Home Invasion

IF you break into homes, you will eventually find and armed homeowner. Homeowner Shoots Home Invaders – AM 720 KDWN

Two guys try to break into a home from the back yard. One ends up dead. One ends up shot in the butt. Unfortunately, one of the homeowners also was injured, by a gunshot wound to the arm.

The homeowner is not expected to be charged.

Because self-defense is a human-right.