Florida Man Has Competition

“I wish I could make this up.” Police: Man teaching his dog to drive was arrested after leading troopers on a high-speed chase. The difference between reality and fiction, is that fiction has to make sense.

The suspect was driving “absolutely recklessly,” and a pursuit ensued at 109 miles an hour, [trooper Heather Axtman] said. One of the troopers attempted to corner the suspect’s car, looked inside and realized a pit bull was sitting in the driver’s seat while the suspect steered, Axtman said. [SNIP]

Eventually troopers were able to use spike strips to end the pursuit. During the arrest, Axtman said the suspect gave them one explanation: He was “trying to teach his dog how to drive.”

“I wish I could make this up,” Axtman, who is also a public information officer, said.

Who knew Washington State was this crazy? Hat tip to Wirecutter – All I wanna know is how did its feet reach the pedals?

Self-defense Is Still Legal in Washington State

crime scene tapeThough the powers that be in that state are probably working to change that. Police: Washington homeowner shoots kills burglar.

Police said they got reports that an unknown man broke into a family’s home while they were inside. The homeowner confronted the suspected burglar with a gun — eventually shooting and killing him.

The investigation continues, but self-defense is a human-right.

Epic Fail of the Victim-selection Process

Hand CuffsI suppose he thought robbing an old man would be easy. Elderly man shoots suspect who barged into his home.

Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies Thursday night arrested a man after he allegedly broke into a rural Castle Rock-area home armed with a pipe and assaulted an 84-year-old resident, who in turn shot him during a struggle.

Joseph Wiegert, 27, is being held on $500,000 bail in the Cowlitz County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary and unlawful firearm possession, all in the first degree, and an unrelated warrant.

The homeowner is 84.

Even after he was shot, cops had to use a taser on this guy, because, as The Other McCain is always saying, crazy people are dangerous. The cops took him to a local hospital before dumping him in the county jail.

Self-defense is a human-right, and Washington state has a long history of supporting legal self-defense. They are of course trying to change that.

Isn’t Cooperation Supposed to Guarantee Safety?

I guess this guy didn’t get that memo. Clerk Shot in Tacoma Armed Robbery, Police Searching for Suspect.

“Just give them what they want.” It’s a statement made by people who hate the idea of self-defense or any individual action. There’s just one problem; giving violent criminals what they want doesn’t stop them from being violent criminals.

Police state that the male walked in wearing a mask and demanded money while armed with a semi-automatic handgun. He got the money but wanted more. While the clerk was opening the drawer to the till the suspect shot him because he was moving too slowly.

Cooperation didn’t guarantee anything. But then if this clerk had been armed for his own defense, he still would have not guarantees. There are no guarantees in this life. Cooperation is a strategy. I don’t happen to think it is a very good strategy.

Self-defense in Washington State

Washington hasn’t quite turned into New Jersey. Armed intruder killed after breaking into McCleary home.

The suspect was confronted by the reporting party and a struggle ensued. A 36-year-old female who was also present retrieved a firearm and shot the suspect, killing him. The suspect had a protection order prohibiting him from contacting the female who shot the suspect, said [Undersheriff Brad] Johansson.

So in the end, the order of protection did no protecting, and a firearm was required to keep the good people safe from the bad person.

The investigation continues, but police are calling it self-defense.

A Particularly Noteworthy Wind Turbine Fire

I’ve been cutoff from the 24/7 news hysteria for a while, but I don’t really remember anything about this fire being trumpeted by media. 500-acre Juniper Fire in S. Washington sparked by wind turbine, officials say. The story is from late July of this year.

I’ve linked this story from the media because it has a decent video of how the wildfire got started. And the video is only about a minute. It turns out (if you look at all the coverage) that 500 acre number was an exaggeration. The fire burned less than 250 acres; when they got around to aerial mapping the original estimates were too high.

The fire was sparked by a wind turbine that malfunctioned and caught fire.

A fire in the hub set the blades on fire, the burning blades fell and ignited dry grass. I wonder what something like this would do in California. Not that the media would report it, I’m guessing. (Green energy = good.)

This is a continuation of my fascination with problems with wind turbines.

So what is the carbon footprint of this wind turbine?

Female Homeowner. Two Would-be Miscreants. How Should She React?

According to the gun-hating-Left, she should be disarmed for her own safety. Burglary suspect shot by homeowner, bitten by sheriff’s dog and then arrested.

The headline says it all.

The homeowner told deputies two strange men came onto her property and continued approaching her when she confronted them, according to the affidavit. She said she was afraid for her safety, deputies said, so she fired two rounds in their direction, at which point they fled into a nearby vineyard.

So the Sheriff’s department brought in a K-9 unit, and one of the two were captured. He was arrested after he got out of the hospital.

The Gun-hating Left Would Like Her to Fight Only With Her Bare Hands

And it looks like there were 2 bad guys, though that isn’t clear. Seattle woman shoots burglary suspect.

She shot him as he was trying to break in.

When officers arrived, they found the homeowner on the roof and a man behind the home with a gunshot wound to the shoulder and a handgun on the ground nearby.

The cops arrested a 2nd guy not far from the scene, but won’t say if he was involved.

My favorite part of the story is that the police had to talk her down from her sniper perch.

Seattle police say the homeowner, who was armed with a rifle, had to be coaxed down by police so they could give the man medical aid.

Self-defense is a human-right.

This is What a Hero Looks Like

He doesn’t have a sponsorship deal with some sports apparel manufacturer, but maybe he should. Uncle rushes into burning home to save his 8-year-old niece: ‘I’d do it again’.

“She was screaming my name,” said [20-year-old Derrick] Byrd. “So, I wasn’t going to let her sit there. I wasn’t going to let my niece die.”

So he ran into a burning building. (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

“We have someone (armed with a hand gun) in every building”

In deep blue Washington? WA school district arms staff to deter campus shootings.

“We have someone (armed with a hand gun) in every building”, says Toppenish School District Superintendent, John Cerna. “In some buildings we have multiple people…and nobody knows who they are except me.”

In the event of a school shooter, the first thing you do is call for people with guns to come to the campus. This short-circuits a lot of wait time.

How Would You Respond to Being Attacked in Your Own Kitchen?

He should have taken the hint from the stick. Washington homeowner attempts to fight off burglar with stick, then shoots him in chest, police say.

Detectives told Q13 News the homeowner did his best to fend off the burglary suspect in his kitchen using a piece of wood. When that did not stop the suspect, the man grabbed a weapon and fired a single shot, hitting the intruder in the chest.

The would be bad guy will be charged when he gets out of the hospital.

“The homeowner knew that he did the right thing, and the only thing he could do to protect himself and his wife,” Lt. Tim Rudloff told Q13 News.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Armed Homeowner Meets Home Invader

Results as expected. Intruder shot after forcing his way into a home near Black Lake, deputies say.

The homeowner discovered the man taking food out of a refrigerator on the home’s back porch, said Lt. Tim Rudloff. The homeowner told the man to leave but he refused and forced his way into the house.

That is when the homeowner took out a gun and shot him once in the chest.

No charges for the homeowner, but the guy who got shot was arrested on burglary charges. Probably not the way he saw things working out.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Neighbors Are Terrified

By the realization that they live in a place where crime, and police action, can take place. Spokane Valley neighbors call Saturday’s fatal shooting ‘unsettling’.

Reports of a guy who was apparently high, and bothering kids. Cops get there and he runs for a homeless camp, then stops and pretty much tells the cops he has a weapon, so they shoot him.

The homeless camp? No big deal. The guy who was high, hanging around kids? Apparently that is not a problem. The cops on the other hand…

“It’s terrifying. And that’s our backyard,” said neighbor Crystal Runions. “What if my youngest had said, ‘hey, can I go out with my friends and play with my Nerf guns?’ and they were just running around and one of those bullets went stray and took our one of our kids?”

What do you expect from Washington State?

But if you can read this, then you live in The Real World™ where crime can, and sometimes does, happen, and that usually results in some kind of action by the police. Up to and including shooting the bad guys.

They Took The Money, Then Shot a 79-year-old Woman in the Back

We are constantly told by the gun-hating Left to just give the Bad Guys what they want, and they will leave us alone. These guys didn’t get that memo. Hunt for 79-year-old store owner’s killers continues.

“For someone to come in, do a robbery, take the money, just like they asked, and then shoot them in the back, there you go. At this point, we even have criminals out looking for them,” said Detective Ed Troyer, with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of anything you are doing, or not doing.

And neighbors were shocked to discover that they live and work in The Real World™ and not in some fantasy land.

“To come in here and blemish our neighborhood and feel our safety is threatened is really hard to believe,” Larry Chambers said.

Because they want to feel safe, even if they aren’t safe.

911 Call Released From Self-defense Incident April 22nd

The 911 call from an armed self-defense incident. LISTEN: 911 call audio from homeowner who shot & killed burglar released.

Police say that the homeowner has been cleared by Detectives and will not face any charges for the shooting death of the 29-year old suspect who had broken into his home.

Below is audio of the actual 911 call (WARNING: some of the call contains disturbing audio content) made by the homeowner as he hid in the closet in his bedroom waiting for Deputies to arrive:

It is 12 minutes of audio. That is a long time to wait. Good thing that calling 911 wasn’t the only thing he was prepared to do. My original coverage of the story is at this link.

Even In Deep Blue Seattle, Self-defense Works

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner, even if you limit yourself to deep blue, gun-hating regions. Homeowner fatally shoots suspected burglar.

The homeowner called 911 to report that he heard breaking glass downstairs and believed several people were inside his home.

A short time later, while the homeowner was still on the phone with 911 and trying to hide, he fired several gunshots and killed an intruder near the bedroom.

Cops don’t believe there was more than one person.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Cooperation With Violent Criminals Doesn’t Guarantee Safety

The gun-hating-Left is always going on about how if you just cooperate, the bad guys will leave you alone. (They never, ever want to talk about rape when that subject comes up.) Do you recognize the robber who pistol-whipped and shot a Midland-area clerk?.

Held at gunpoint, the clerk opened the cash register and the robber took fistfuls of cash.

He then shot the clerk, grabbed more money and ran.

He cooperated and he got shot anyway.

Now maybe there was nothing he could have done. Being armed in your own self-defense is also not a guarantee. “There are no guarantees in this life save for death and next winter’s snow.” But meekly cooperating didn’t do much.

Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of anything you are or are not doing.

Prosecutors Hate Self-defense

JusticeThis attorney held a guy in jail for 14 months for defending himself, and then dropped the charges. Murder Charges Dropped in Longbranch Shootings.

He was attacked by the sister and brother-in-law of his girlfriend. She had a sledgehammer, he was shooting his truck. He shot both of them.

Given the darkness, the speed of events, Beth’s aggressive focus on Mason, and the fact that Mason was in the car when she was disarmed while Lukas was firing his weapon, the prosecutor’s office concluded it could not show beyond a reasonable doubt that Mason was unaware Beth was unarmed at the time he shot her.

There are more details than I can relate here. Click thru if you’re interested.

As someone keeps reminding me, the process is the punishment. This guy was guilty of no crime. Yet after 14 months, he probably lost his job, his home, his friends,…

Self-defense is a human-right, even if the lawyers hate that.