“Staggering Amounts of Violence” But Mayor Focused on Recreation

“Safe” isn’t the word I would use. Mayor says Detroit is safe enough to bring back summer recreation programs.

To be fair, he is trying to deal with some fallout from the lockdown, like property tax relief for people who are out of work, but…

But the mayor said the city is still struggling to find a way to stem the staggering amount of violence that erupted this summer. Homicides are up 31% and shootings are up 53%. There have been nearly 400 shootings over the last two months, resulting in 63 deaths. Those figures include three people shot by police — two of whom died after shooting at or pointing a gun at police.

And of course they need to emphasize the 0.75% of shootings that were by police, and – not ignore exactly – the 99.25% of shootings that were not done by cops. Because if we defund the police, all the problems will go away, or something.

So against the backdrop of 400 shootings, the mayor is worried about summer programs for the kids. Somehow I have to think that reducing the number of shootings would be good for everyone, including the kids.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He apparently thought breaking into a home in the middle of the night was a good idea, but he picked the wrong home. Homeowner kills intruder.

Police responded about 2:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a home invasion in progress in Coloma Township, according to the Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph.
Coloma Township Police Chief Wes Smigielski said the homeowner came outside with his hands up when officers arrived.

The dead-guy was found in the home with a single gunshot wound.

So how would you respond to an uninvited visitor in your home at 2:30 AM?

Self-defense is a human-right.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

crime scene tapeHe thought breaking into a home was a good idea. He was mistaken. Home invasion suspect shot and killed by homeowner, suspect identified.

Police were dispatched to 5500 block of Paw Paw Lake Road around 2:30 a.m. for reports of a home invasion in progress.

While on the way, dispatchers advised police the homeowner possibly shot the intruder, reports said.

Officers arrived and the homeowner came out of the house with his hands in the air.

The police found the would-be bad-guy inside the home. He was dead from a single gunshot wound.

Good Guy With a Gun – Bad Guy With a Gun

crime scene tapeAnd a handful of innocent bystanders. CPL holder fatally shoots man aiming gun at motorists on Michigan highway, police say.

The soon-to-be-dead-guy was standing in the middle of the road, firing a weapon and pointing it at people. Then he pointed at a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holder.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 22-year-old resident of Delta Township had been traveling east on Saginaw Highway when he stopped near Brookside Drive. The male standing in the highway then pointed the pistol at him, according to police.

The 22-year-old, a CPL holder, fired his pistol from his vehicle, striking the male, identified as a 26-year-old with a last known address in Walker. Further information will be updated pending next of kin notification

So this is the thing that The Left says NEVER happens. A good guy with a gun stops a crazy person with a gun.

Self-defense is a human-right. (Hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms.)

How Should a Woman Defend Herself?

This guy was breaking into her home at 2:15 in the morning on Sunday. What should she do? What should she do after they “defund” the police? Man shot by homeowner after attempting to break in.

Police say the suspect, a 30-year-old man, was shot by a home owner after attempting to force his way into her home, by breaking her front living room window and the glass of the front door.

Cops took him to the hospital, and then to jail.

In the absence of police, after the Left has disbanded them, should she just shoot until he’s dead, and then dispose of the body? That doesn’t sound right to me. So in the absence of firearms, what should she do? Just revel in her impending victim-status? I would love to hear what the Left has to say on either issue. (Other than the ad hominem attacks I usually get, that is.)

Michigan Also Killing People In Nursing Homes

The governor must be taking cues from New York. Michigan considers change to controversial nursing home policy.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week extended her Executive Order that placed coronavirus patients in with COVID-19 negative patients. It expires Wednesday. She’s now considering changing that policy.

Nursing home deaths account for about 30% of all COVID-19 deaths in Michigan.

How do governors have the authority to issue stupid orders, that clearly expose vulnerable populations to a deadly disease? Democrats are geniuses. Just ask them, they will tell you they are.

Edenville Dam Collapse

It was apparently not a surprise to some people that the dam was in danger. Feds revoked failed Edenville dam’s license in 2018 over inability to handle big floods.

Federal regulators in 2018 revoked the hydro-power generating license for the collapsed Edenville Dam in Midland and Gladwin counties, citing years of failure by the dam’s owners to address safety problems — especially the dam’s ability to withstand a major flood.

The Edenville Dam ruptured Tuesday after heavy rains

There is a short video, 35 seconds or so, at the link above that shows the extent of the flooding.

The details on the dam…

The Edenville Dam is a 6,600-foot [1.25 miles or just over 2 kilometers] earthen embankment up to 54.5 feet in height, spanning both the Tittabawassee and Tobacco Rivers in Midland and Gladwin counties. The dam creates a 2,600-acre reservoir known as Wixom Lake, with a gross storage capacity of about 40,000 acre-feet [4.934×107 cubic meters] of water and a 49-mile-long shoreline when full. The dam was equipped with two, 2.4 megawatt turbine generators and was licensed for hydro-power generation in 1998.

According to the Wiki, the dam was completed in 1925. So probably there were both design and maintenance issues with a dam that old.

Apparently they had been trying for 14 years to get some safety concerns addressed, before they finally revoked the license.

So with no ability to generate power, were the turbines just closed off, and not able to help drain the lake? It doesn’t say anywhere that I can find. And in any event, the dam seems to have been designed only to handle about 50% of the “probable maximum flood.” Which is apparently what they got. Water in that quantity over the spillway caused erosion of the earthen structure, and we see the result.

And while politicians are busy doing all the things that are popular today, like art in the park, and funding cultural centers, or whatever, infrastructure is left to crumble.

A 2018 report card on Michigan dams by the state chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers found that while the state had improved its D-grade from the society’s 2009 report card, it still had persistent issues.

“There are approximately 2,600 dams in Michigan, of which about two-thirds are older than their typical 50-year design life. In the next five years, about 80 percent of Michigan’s dams will be over 50 years old,” their report stated.

There were 19 high-hazard dams in unsatisfactory or poor condition in Michigan in 2018, ranking 20th among the 45 states and Puerto Rico for which The Associated Press obtained condition assessments.

This won’t be the last dam to fail, or even the last one in Michigan. And I doubt politicians even think about infrastructure.

Nothing lasts forever. And an earthen dam built in 1925 is going to need some maintenance, and maybe even some improvements, and eventually it will need to be replaced. The “What could go wrong?” attitude has got to stop.

There is fairly good video of the breached dam at this link. It is only 35 seconds or so, but part of the video is a clear view of the breach in the dam from an airplane. Not the best video. (People hold your phones horizontal, when taking videos!) but it is clear. There are a few seconds at the end that show the breach from the shore.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into an occupied home was a good idea. MSP: Suspect accused of breaking into home shot by homeowner.

And apparently Michigan is also not New Jersey. At least some of the residents are armed for their own defense.

The investigation shows a man broke a home’s window, and once inside, was shot in the stomach by the homeowner, MSP Lt. Dave Kaiser said.

He was taken to the hospital, and is listed as “stable.”

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

The Democrats Reveal Their Inner Dictators

Some more than others. The Worst Governor in America.

Gretchen Whitmer imposes insane policies on Michigan.

The worst of the worst is declaring seeds “non-essential,” because apparently you don’t need food to survive. And it is just in time for gardening to start. Or not start, as the case may be. (Hat tip to The Other McCain.)

Don’t Bring a Crowbar to a Gunfight

You can also file this under, “Coronavirus is hazardous to your health.” Shooter from coronavirus argument death no longer in custody, police say.

The shooter told police that his roommate lunged at him with a crowbar right before he started firing, police said. The gunman notified officers of the incident, police said.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal in Michigan

I always suspected that it was. County prosecutor finds Grand Rapids intruder shooting justified.

Matthew Jakubowksi shot and killed Adam Whitz, after Whitz pushed his way into his ex-girlfriend Anastasia Hahn’s home. Jakubowski and Hahn were living in the home together as a couple and according to the prosecutor’s detailing of the situation, Whitz had come to her home on multiple occasions and caused disturbances

On January 8th, at about 2 o’clock in the morning, he broke into the home and was shot once in the chest. He died at the scene.

A bit over two months to make the determination that this shooting is justified isn’t bad for anyplace that isn’t Texas. Or Oklahoma.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said his office will not be filing criminal charges out of the shooting. Becker detailed his decision in a press release March 17.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Michigan, it just might be your legal right as well.

The Guy Who Challenged Biden Gets His AR-14

Heh. Michigan Firearm Maker Awards Special “AR-14” to Auto Worker Who Challenged Biden on 2A.

During Biden’s tour of the new plant Mr. Wayne took his chance and asked the former Vice President a question about his Second Amendment policy, “Why are you actively trying to end our Second Amendment rights and take away our guns?”

Biden blew a gasket that anyone would question him. Especially a peon. He went on about how you “don’t need an AR-14,” which as far as I know, didn’t exist before the confrontation. (Though Armalite does have any number of models…)

Mr. Wayne’s courage caught the eye of a local firearm manufacturer in Michigan call Next Level Armament and they decided to award the autoworker with a very special edition AR-15 model “AR-14” for his convictions.

Very cool. Click the link above for a nice picture of the “AR-14.” They did a nice job with the customizing. (Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.)

Self-defense Is Legal in Michigan

JusticeAnd prosecutors hate that. Prosecutors: Fatal downtown Lansing shooting was self defense.

It took them since November 10th to decide this case was self-defense.

Demetrius Wright, 42, was the first to pull a trigger, police said in a news release. He shot a 21-year-old Lansing man, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Another man then shot and killed Wright.

If someone opens fire on your group, and you defend yourself, how exactly is that not self-defense? Because they didn’t shoot you first, but shot the guy standing next to you?

Self-defense is a human-right, but District Attorneys will still try to charge you with something if they think they can win. Justice? What’s that?

Leniency Leads to Crime Spree

JusticeSix deaths in six days. He should have been in prison. Police: Suspect in multiple Detroit-area killings dies after shooting himself. So what is social justice quotient in 6 deaths?

Brown’s case has triggered controversy and finger-pointing as he allegedly carried out these crimes weeks after a federal judge released him back into society following a probation violation, rather than locking him back up.

But keeping violent criminals in prison is unfair.

He shot himself as police were closing in.

Six people would be alive if that judge had exercised some judgement. But instead, I’m sure he was worried about his social-justice standing.

Sounds Like the Start of a Crime Spree Stopped By an Armed Homeonwer

Hand CuffsYou can also file this under “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” Police: Man robbed teacher, shot by homeowner during break-in.

Someone needed to stop him.

First he robbed a teacher. He was armed with a knife. Then he tried to break into a home.

People in the home said that a man, later identified as Jacob Adam Sword, was armed with a knife and was attempting to break into their home. They shot him, and then held him until police arrived.

Cops took him to a local hospital. He was later charged with armed robbery, 1st degree home invasion, and assaulting and resisting police.

The robbery of the teacher took place at the school.

Concealed Carry Stops Robbery

And color me skeptical, that a 22-year-old is a homeowner. Police: Homeowner shoots armed robber in Warren.

A 22-year-old resident was returning home from a concert when he was approached by another man armed with a handgun. Police say the suspect announced a holdup.

The resident, a CPL holder, pulled out his own pistol and shot the would-be bandit twice

But I suppose it’s better to say homeowner than general armed citizen out for a stroll to the people who hate guns.

Michigan Is Also Not New Jersey

And self-defense works. Police: Intruder shot and killed by Grand Rapids homeowner.

So this guy decided to break into a home at a little after 2:00 Wednesday morning.

A man went into a home and was confronted by the homeowner. Police say a fight broke out between the two men, which lead to the shooting.

The homeowner shot the intruder in the chest — he died on the scene.

Police are being a bit cagey, but it sounds like an ex-boyfriend/ex-husband breaking into the home were his ex now lives. The “How dare you live without me!” attitude never works out in the long run.

If an Armed Homeowner Gives You a Chance to Walk Away…

You might consider heeding that warning. Intruder doesn’t heed Detroit homeowner’s warning, gets shot.

When the homeowner heard someone trying to break into his home, he called police and grabbed a rifle.

“I yelled out, ‘You about to get shot. Get away from my door.’ (It) didn’t bother him. He got even more relentless,” he said. “I said, ‘Well I gotta get him before he gets me,’ so I fired a shot through the door.”

The guy who got shot, had an interesting response. “Ouch.” And then said he was going to get his gun. Cops showed up before that happened and took him to a local hospital. After he’s done there, he will be headed to jail.

No word on what kind of rifle was used. Though I know what kind of rifle I would reach for.

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

I’m guessing things didn’t go according to this guy’s plan. MSP: Man armed with knife shot, killed by homeowners during home invasion.

MSP said a 29-year-old Copemish man, identified as Nathan Reed, forced his way into a house while brandishing a knife when a man and woman were inside.

There was a physical struggle and one of the occupants shot Reed with a firearm.

He died at the scene.

The investigation is still ongoing.

But self-defense is still a human-right.

Teacher Assaults Student Over Trump Pin

Because of course he did. UPDATE: Student says teacher pulled off her ‘Women For Trump’ pin.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is a real thing.

A Mason High School student turned to the police alleging a teacher assaulted her during school hours because she supports President Donald Trump.

At the very least, he should lose his job, his career, and his pension. At most he should do time for assault.

Hat tip to The Right Scoop and Pirate’s Cove.

I can’t decide. Is this “stupid criminals,” or a “hate crime?”