The Nightmare that is Qualified Immunity

JusticeSo bureaucrats can violate your constitutional rights, and you have no recourse. UConn not liable for unconstitutional punishment of athlete because she flipped the bird on national TV.

The judge said they violated the first amendment and granted them immunity anyway.

Harris noted that the rationale for the creation of qualified immunity was to protect public officials from “the constant fear of liability for ‘reasonable but mistaken judgements about open legal questions.’”

Asked how qualified immunity could be more “reasonable,” Harris told The Fix she understands that public officials need “breathing room.” Yet the current standard lets public officials off the hook for almost any reason, while at the same time “private employees do not have such protections!”

Stop “fooling around with guns”

They are not toys. They are quite dangerous things, and you should respect them. Man arrested after he accidentally shoots, kills friend, state police say.

A Rhode Island man who state police said fatally shot his friend while fooling around with guns at a New Milford party last year was arrested on a manslaughter charge Tuesday.

Rules of safe gun-handling exist for a reason.

3D-printed Gun Seized in Connecticut

Leftists screeching in three, two, … Waterbury Police Seize 3D-Printed Gun During Arrest.

“It’s one scary thought. Somebody can print up a gun in their own home,” said Chief James Cetran, President of the CT Police Chiefs Association.

Welcome to the 21st Century.

Oh, and while he wants to ban them, he does acknowledge that criminals don’t follow the law.

“Banning them is good, but having to run across them by people who don’t follow the laws well in the first place, is a scary thought,” added Cetran.

Hat tip goes to Impro Guns, who had this to say.

This pistol seized appears to be a variation of the Songbird model with a steel tube inserted to serve as a stronger barrel. The fame was possibly intentionally broken before arrest.

So would scaredy-cat Chief Cetran be happier if the guns were made out of metal? I doubt it.

Shortage of Police and Delays in 911 Response

You call 911 and you think you will get a quick response, but you may have to wait quite some time. Public safety chief on lookout for more troopers.

Some troops have average response times that are nearing the 15 minute maximum set by state statute. Troop K, based in Colchester, had an average response time of 12.28 minutes in 2018. It also had a 12 percent staff reduction, leaving it with 59 officers for 360 square miles of territory.

A lot of really bad things can happen in 12 minutes. And they list another troop with response times almost that long.

And we are not talking about the great open spaces out west; this is Connecticut.

State troopers provide primary law enforcement services for 79 of Connecticut’s 169 towns and patrol state property and state highways.

And it is getting harder to recruit officers.

They Ran Like Rabbits

Maybe they were not expecting an armed homeowner in Connecticut. Police Investigate Home Invasion in Plainfield.

The caller and homeowner said he was woken up from bed to his front door being kicked in.

The homeowner said when he grabbed his gun to investigate, he was met by a masked intruder, who was also armed with a gun.

He shot at a second guy, and both miscreants ran. No one was injured.

So how will this show up in statistics? It won’t since no one was shot, no one will count it. Officially.

Self-defense in Connecticut

Even in a Blue State, self-defense works. Intruder Shot By Homeowner In Fairfield County.

The incident took place around 8:30 p.m. Thursday when a woman called 911 to report that her husband had just shot the person at their home, said Av Harris, spokesman for the Bridgeport Police.

The 22-year-old man apparently left the area, and then called the police himself.

The guy who got shot is in a hospital. The police are still investigating.

Self-defense is a human-right.

How Should a 72-year-old Defend Himself from an 18-year-old?

If not with a firearm? Trumbull teen shot on Shelton Road.

Also, when they say “teen” do you think “Legal adult?”

According to Captain Keith Golding, the 18-year-old suspect forced his way into the home of a 72-year-old neighbor at about 6 p.m. The suspect charged at the homeowner and a struggle ensued. The homeowner shot the suspect once, striking him in the abdomen. Responding officers treated the suspect at the scene before he was transported to Bridgeport Hospital.

Since reports in Connecticut don’t like guns, they have to grudgingly admit that it was legally owned, and make much about the “mental health disability” the guy who got shot suffers from. But in the instant when he is a threat, that isn’t what matters.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Self-defense Is Legal in Connecticut

JusticeSometimes you wonder about certain states. Though it looks pretty clear to me that they were hoping to charge this guy with something. Fatal Kent shooting ruled self-defense; victim’s shoe print was on kicked-in door.

It’s Connecticut, and they’re journalists, so they are naturally confused about who is and who is not a victim. (If you break into my house, you’re a criminal, not a victim, not even if I defend myself.)

“Several members of my staff, including myself, reviewed the investigation and concluded that it appeared to be a lawful exercise of self-defense,” State’s Attorney David Shepack said.

It took the six months to determine that the dead-guy’s shoe-print was on the kicked-in-door. (Which was probably repaired 5 months and 3 weeks ago.). In Texas, the cops would have shaken this guy’s hand, and said something like “Thanks for saving the taxpayers a lot of money” after a day or three. But not in Connecticut! They have to be 110% sure they can’t charge with something, because they just plain hate self-defense. (You are supposed to rely on The State for absolutely everything.)

But in the end, even in Connecticut, self-defense is a human-right.

He – Literally – Shot Himself in the Foot

Two storied of stupid criminals. The first one is a runner up for the Darwin Award. Burglar Caught Napping | New Haven Independent

At 2:13 a.m. the police went to an Ellsworth Avenue apartment where a 54-year-old man said he’d shot himself after striking a shotgun shell with a hammer. He went to the hospital, where he told Detective Daniel Conklin that “he’d been paranoid after smoking crack cocaine, retrieved the weapon, and that while walking with it, shot himself.”

He is a convicted felon, so possession of a firearm is illegal. And a sawed-off shotgun is illegal on its own (unless you jump through a bunch of hoops and get it legal under the National Firearms Act).

The 2nd guy isn’t much better, but at least he didn’t shoot himself.

Police went to the scene of a reported break-in on Eastern Street — and found the alleged burglar, a 27-year-old Ansonia man, asleep on the living-room sofa.

He had some story about a woman letting him in, but the homeowner had watched him break into the home on a surveillance system that connected to her smartphone. Think about that – he broke in, and decided the logical thing to do was to take a nap.

Criminals aren’t usually the sharpest tools in the shed, but these two are amazing in their insanity.

Not Sure More Time at the Range Could Fix This

He shot at the burglar, but didn’t hit him. In the heat of the moment, with a spike of adrenaline, who would? State Police: Tolland Homeowner Fires Gun At Burglar

He came home to find a strange pickup truck in his driveway. The passenger gave a bullshit answer to “What are you doing?” involving asking for directions.

The homeowner then heard a noise behind him, and when he turned around he saw a man running toward him with something in his hand. Fearing for his safety, the homeowner pulled his handgun and fired at the stranger.

The one thing I thought of was to take a photo before hand. Because he has no information to provide to the cops, except a relatively generic description of a 4-door pickup truck.

Still, he was able to defend himself, so perhaps the bad guy will leave him alone in the future, recognizing that he is lucky he didn’t get shot.

Self-defense is a human-right.

What If You Dialed 911 and No One Answered?

This is happening in Cincinnati, and in other places. 911 Outages Imperil Public Safety in Cincinnati and Elsewhere

According to an internal city document obtained by NBC News, there have been 10 911 outages since June of 2016. The latest one, just this summer, lasted three hours and 30 minutes.

Usually when I write about the problems with calling 911, the delays are in the minutes, not hours. 3 hours (or more) is a very long time when bad things are happening. It could literally be a lifetime.

The powers that be in Cincinnati trot out the standard (though at this point very lame) excuse that it is all the fault of cellphones.

“These 911 systems have been designed and built for landlines,” said Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black. “Now we’ve got the proliferation of cellphones.”

While the modern cellphone can be dated to 1983, they really didn’t show up everywhere until 1991 when generation 2 technology became available and sparked competition.

1991 was more than 25 years ago, and they are still blaming the cellphone for their incompetence. Sorry, but I don’t buy it.

Since they know that no one is going to buy that excuse, Harry Black tees up standard excuse number 2, “It’s not my fault.”

Black blames most of the trouble on a private company called Comtech that runs Cincinnati’s 911 system. “We’ve got a service provider at that level who’s not been as reliable and dependable as we’ve needed them to be,” Black said.

But that contract – if it was written by anyone who has ever seen any contract ever – would have performance clauses and what would happen if a given level of performance is not met. Like penalties and withheld fees all the way up to contract termination. Which is apparently the stage they’ve reached, because Cincinnati is taking over its own 911. (What could go wrong by putting the .gov in charge?)

And of course Cincinnati is not the only .gov entity that signed up with Comtech, and they are not the only folks having problems with them.

In Connecticut, officials replaced Comtech’s system with a new company after a three-hour 911 outage hit 52 call-taking sites. And in South Dakota this year, officials temporarily suspended payments to Comtech, saying the company was “slow to fix several recurring problems found within the system.

So how did Comtech get to be so big in the 911 “industry” if they have so many problems? They didn’t answer questions for the linked article, so who knows.

The final “suggestion” is to program your local police/fire numbers into your phone in case 911 isn’t working. Works only as long as you never leave home. 911 was introduced so that if I am visiting you and you have a heart attack, I don’t have to search around for the number for paramedics. That is not as fast as me just being able to call 911 wherever I go. “In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there’s a difference.”

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do in an emergency. It can send police, and fire, and emergency medical personnel to help with whatever you are facing. If what you are facing is a violent encounter, you may not be able to call 911 before bad things happen, but in any event, if the ONLY thing you are prepared to do is call 911, then you might have a problem, when that system breaks down.

If You Break Into Homes, You Will Eventually Find an Armed Homeowner

If it weren’t for bad luck, these guys would have none at all. Police: Home invasion robbery suspect shot in Bridgeport

Police say two suspects entered a home at 903 Kossuth St. around 5 p.m. with the intention of robbing someone.

The homeowner shot one of the suspects, who was wearing a mask, according to authorities. They say the two suspects then fled in a pickup truck that police pulled over at Barnum and Central avenues.

A “tactical narcotics team” was in the area and was able to arrest these 2. Well, one was arrested, and the other sent to a local hospital.

Cooperating With the Criminal Didn’t Work Out So Well

We are told we don’t need to defend ourselves with guns, we just need to cooperate and all will be well. (That is always talk about robbery, never talk about rape.) Of course it doesn’t always work out so well, even with robbers. Connecticut store clerk shot, then attacks robber | KHON2.

When a man tried to rob a convenience store in Connecticut, the owner says his brother tried to cooperate with the gunman.

When that didn’t work, he fought back — and it was all caught on tape.

He tried to cooperate. He put up his hands and told the miscreant where the money was. He got shot for his trouble.

That’s when Alam says the suspect fired one round, hitting his brother in the leg.

Still, you see Zeb motioning to the cash, the suspect not backing down.

Then, the video shows Zeb taking matters into his own hands and fighting back — all while bleeding from his leg.

Defending yourself with a gun is a strategy. Cooperating with criminals is a strategy. Neither strategy will work 100 percent of the time. (“There is nothing certain in this life save death and next winter’s snows.”) But I know which strategy I prefer.