Category Archives: Gun Control/2nd Amendment

Seven-year-old punished at school for bringing in souvenir shell casing

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Fox4KC: Sherry Falke  said her seven-year-old son came home from school Tuesday crying hysterically. She thinks the school went overboard with a punishment her son received at s bringing in a souvenir shell casing.

“He felt it in his pocket, and he took it out and was showing some of his friends at school,” Falke explained. She says her son Zane forgot he left the shell casing in his pocket, a souvenir he received at the 9/11 ceremony from the VFW in Carrollton, given to him and his Cub Scout group.

The principal proceeded to reprimand him as though he were bringing live ammunition to school. I understand that’s in the policy, in the handbook, that they can’t bring guns to school, I fully support that, but it’s an empty blank casing,” Falke added.

Zane’s teacher took the shell casing, and took him to the principal’s office. Falke says they told Zane he could be suspended from school for 10 days, but instead gave him a silent lunch where he sat by himself, and missed two recesses.

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“In today’s society, unfortunately, we do have to be concerned with those types of things in schools,” said Dr. Roger Feagan, the superintendent of the Norborne R-VIII School District. He says while the shell casing is not a huge deal, the safety and security of students is their number one priority. (Because an empty shell is dangerous how?)

“Though this seems minor, if we don’t handle the minor things, they can unfortunately escalate into major things down the road,” added Dr. Feagan.

Falke said she called the school and explained the significance of the casing, and asked if they would reduce the punishment knowing now what it was.

“Had he brought a war medal to school, would he have been punished?” Falke asked. “They also passed out American flags to all the kids, if he brought that to school would he have been punished?”

The school said no, the punishment stands. “We didn’t want anything to lead to anything further with that student or think that was OK to bring to school,” said Dr. Feagan.

The school handbook specifically says weapons, firearms, knives, and the like, are not allowed. While the shell casing doesn’t exactly fall into that category, the school feels the punishment was appropriate, and a common consequence for minor offenses.

The school says it stands behind the punishment, and the superintendent adds that hopefully this is a learning experience for everyone. He says had the school been informed ahead of time about the souvenir, and where it came from, it could have been a great discussion topic in the classroom.

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Obama administration forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity

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Washington Times: The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.

With little fanfare, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its Form 4473 — the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm — to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check his or her race: Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white.

The amendment is causing a headache for gun retailers, as each box needs to be checked off or else it’s an ATF violation — severe enough for the government to shut a business down. Many times people skip over the Hispanic/Latino box and only check their race, or vice versa — both of which are federal errors that can be held against the dealer.

Requiring the race and ethnic information of gun buyers is not required by federal law and provides little law enforcement value, legal experts say. And gun industry officials worry about how the information is being used and whether it constitutes an unnecessary intrusion on privacy.

“This issue concerns me deeply because, first, it’s offensive, and, secondly, there’s no need for it,” said Evan Nappen, a private practice firearms lawyer in New Jersey. “If there’s no need for an amendment, then there’s usually a political reason for the change. What this indicates is it was done for political reasons, not law enforcement reasons.”

ATF said the change came about because it needed to update its forms to comply with an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reporting standard put into effect during the Clinton administration. The ATF declined to comment on why race and ethnicity information are needed in the first place or what they are used for. On its prior 4473 forms, the bureau had been collecting race data.

OMB’s race and ethnicity standards require agencies to ask both race and ethnicity in a specific manner (as done on [Form 4473]), and agencies may not ask for one without asking for the other,” wrote Elizabeth Gosselin, a spokeswoman for the ATF, in an emailed response to The Washington Times. She did not say why the agency suddenly made the change in response to a rule that was more than a decade old.

For ATF to ask for a purchaser’s race and ethnicity is not specifically authorized under federal statute, and since a government-issued photo ID — like a driver’s license — and a background check are already required by law to purchase a gun, the ethnicity/race boxes aren’t there for identification reasons, Mr. Nappen said.

“There is nothing [in ATF or OMB’s website links addressing the change in policy] that supports the requirement that ATF collect race-based information. The OMB guidance merely describes what categories of race should look like if information is collected,” Laura Murphy, the American Civil Liberties Union director for legislative affairs in Washington, said in an emailed statement.

In addition, Mrs. Murphy notes, the OMB guidance was supposed to be implemented by 2003; there’s no information given why ATF decided to make this change almost a decade later, she said. “If there is a civil rights enforcement reason for the ATF to collect this data, I have not heard that explanation from ATF or any other federal agency,” said Mrs. Murphy.

Both the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza — the nation’s largest national Hispanic civil rights group — declined comment.

The 4473 form is supposed to be kept in a gun retailer’s possession at all times — allowing ATF agents to inspect the form only during the course of a criminal investigation or during a random audit of the dealer. The form is to be kept out of the hands of the government, hence the distinction between “sales/transaction form” and “registration form.” But that isn’t always the case, gun rights advocates say.

“We’ve been contacted by several dealers saying ATF is or has been making wholesale copies of their 4473 forms, and it’s just not legal,” said Erich Pratt, spokesman for Gun Owners of America, a gun advocacy group. “If this is what they’re doing somewhat out in the open, what’s going on behind closed doors? Are these names and demographic information getting phoned [in and] punched into a government computer? Do they ever come out?

During the time ATF revised its 4473 form to include Hispanic or Latino as an ethnicity, the Obama administration was building gun control cases by saying U.S. firearms dealers were supplying Mexican gangs with weapons and that violence related to the sales was seeping across the border.

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In March 2009, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Mexico City and gave a speech against American gun stores and owners — blaming them for the drug cartels’ violence. Mrs. Clinton subsequently told CBS News that “90 percent” of the “guns that are used by the drug cartels against the police and military” actually “come from America.”

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About a week later, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. made the same points at a gun trafficking conference outside of Mexico City. In April, the president himself flew down to Mexico to inform President Felipe Calderon that Mr. Holder was going to review U.S. law enforcement operations, according to a 2011 report by the American Thinker.

This political worldview may have fueled decision-making at ATF, Mr. Nappen suggests. Around the same time that ATF started specifying “Latino/Hispanic” on their U.S. purchasing forms, they also required border firearms dealers in Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico to start reporting multiple rifle sales.

In 2012, when ATF made the Form 4473 modification, they insisted their new reporting requirement for multiple rifle sales in those border states had led to “follow-up investigations involving transactions that might indicate firearms trafficking activities.”

“Was it coincidental [that] about the time the form changed the requirements came in that border states had to report multiple rifle sales, and there was a push in the antigun movement to claim American guns were arming Mexican cartels south of the border?” asked Mr. Nappen.

Although gun advocates speculate on the reasoning behind changing the form, on one thing they are clear: Requiring ethnicity and race to purchase a gun is a clear government overstep, violating Second Amendment rights.

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“It’s an overreach, not authorized by Congress, taken upon [by ATF] unilaterally,” said Mr. Pratt. “The president has said his biggest frustration has been not getting gun control enacted — but we can see he’s been very active with his phone and his pen. And this certainly — either intentionally or unintentionally — feeds that notion.”

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Commuters attacked with machete in gun-control Chicago

Obama’s hometown Chicago is a gun-control city. But that hasn’t stopped Chicagoans from gun violence, as our DCG reports every Monday on the shootings that took place the weekend before. (See “A good weekend in Chicago? Less than a dozen shot“)

Not only does gun control fail to stop or even reduce gun violence and homicides, Chicago’s criminals are now wielding the primitive but lethal machete.

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Meg Wagner reports for New York Daily News that on Sept. 8, 2014, seven Chicago hoodlums, including three 15-year-olds, slashed a commuter on a train platform with a machete, which left the victim with serious cuts to his neck and head.

Around 12:30 a.m., the seven hoodlums — ranging in age from 23 to 15 — approached two brothers, 17 and 26 years old, sitting on a bench on a Brown Line train platform in Albany Park, Chicago’s WLS reported.

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They asked the victims to flash them gang signs, a request the two refused because they were not in a gang, they said.

That’s when 18-year-old Mario Elvira pulled out a machete.

The teen hacked into the 26-year-old’s head and neck, police said. Platform security video showed the rest of the group surrounding the victims as Elvira slashed.

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He kept swinging until the next train pulled into the station, sending the seven scurrying.

The 26-year-old was taken to a local hospital in stable condition with a deep gash to the head, which required 30 stitches. The 17-year-old was not injured.

Police caught the group shortly after the attack.

Elvira, 23-year-old Jean Salvatierra, 19-year-old Kevin Ramierz and 20-year-old Kevar Preston were charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing.

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One of the 15-year-old boys was charged with aggravated assault and trespassing. The two others, a boy and a girl, face only trespassing charges. Police have not released the juveniles’ names.

The four adults are being held on bails between $250,000 and $450,000.

Welcome to Amerika! – rapidly devolving before our very eyes into a third world country.

H/t FOTM reader Amy

~Eowyn

A good weekend in Chicago? Less than a dozen shot

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CBS Chicago: A 17-year-old boy was killed and 10 other people were wounded — including two people on the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways — in shootings across the city since Friday night.

The teenage boy was fatally shot in the head Saturday afternoon in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood. He was shot shortly before 3 p.m. in the 3900 block of South Prairie, police said. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His name was not released Saturday evening pending notification of his family.

Police said the shooting is gang-related, and that the boy was a documented gang member.

The most recent nonfatal shooting occurred early Sunday on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side. A man, whose age was not immediately known, was in a vehicle travelling southbound on Interstate 90/94 when he was shot near the 79th Street exit, Illinois State Police said. That person was taken to Christ Medical Center, but further information was not available.

Just two hours earlier, at 1 a.m., a male was shot on the Kennedy Expressway on the West Side. The male — whose age was not immediately known — was in a red Ford Mustang that was heading northbound on I-90 when he was shot near the Fullerton exit ramp, police said. That person was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said, but his condition was not available.

About 2:10 a.m., a 30-year-old man was shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. The man was shot in the leg and ankle in the 4100 block of West Adams, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition had stabilized, police said.

On Saturday night, a 17-year-old boy and a man, 20, were shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. The boy and man were both shot in the leg about 7:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Kimball, police said. They were taken to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where both of their conditions had stabilized.

Two hours earlier, a man was shot and seriously wounded in the South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood. The 18-year-old man was shot “multiple” times at 5:45 p.m. in the leg in the 9200 block of South Clyde, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a man delivering fried chicken in the Washington Park neighborhood was shot during an attempted robbery on the South Side. The delivery man, 39, got out of his car to deliver chicken to a customer about 12:40 p.m. near South Prairie and East 57th, when a male approached, pulled out a gun and announced a robbery, police said. The would-be robber started shooting, striking the delivery man in the abdomen, police said. He then ran off without stealing anything.

The delivery man then went back to his place of employment, from where he was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, police said. He was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

About 1:30 a.m. Saturday, two people were hurt in a shooting in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. A 23-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man were inside an establishment in the 1700 block of West 87th Street when someone outside opened fire, police said. A bullet grazed the woman’s leg and she refused medical treatment at the scene. The man showed up at Christ Medical Center with a graze wound to the head, and he was listed in good condition, police said.

The weekend’s first shooting happened about 11:10 p.m. Friday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 27-year-old man was standing outside in the 1700 block of North Mason when an unknown male walked up and opened fire, striking him in the arm and leg, police said. He was listed in good condition at West Suburban Hospital.

Additionally, police shot and critically wounded a man after he allegedly struck an officer with a car Saturday night on the West Side. Undercover officers driving an unmarked squad car stopped the suspect — a man thought to be in his 20s — about 10:15 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Lake as part of a narcotics investigation, police and Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.

After the stop, two officers exited their car, but the suspect accelerated and struck the police vehicle, according to a statement from Chicago Police. As a result, one officer was knocked to the ground, police said. The suspect then tried to flee — and almost ran over the fallen officer in the process — but was shot multiple times by police, according to police and Camden.

The male officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, officials said. Police said the officer’s injuries were not life-threatening. The man shot by police was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, officials said.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting, spokesman Larry Merritt said.

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Quiz time: How many were shot in Chicago over the weekend?

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NBC Chicago: At least 22 people have been shot and several others stabbed in violent attacks across Chicago this weekend. Police said five people were fatally shot and two people were stabbed to death this weekend.

The weekend’s first homicide took place around 11:30 p.m. Friday when police found a man stabbed to death inside a home in the 5800 block of North Mobile Avenue. Officers were conducting a well-being check after neighbors reported a disturbance leading to a fight outside the home. Police arrived and found a 36-year-old man in the kitchen with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Around the same time, a 20-year-old man was fatally stabbed during a robbery attempt in the West Rogers Park neighborhood roughly 6.5 miles away. The man was standing near a park in the 6200 block of North Hoyne Avenue when a group of men walked up and demanded his cell phone. When the man refused, he was stabbed. The victim was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Around 3 a.m. Saturday police said a 64-year-old man was killed during an attempted robbery outside a store in the 1500 block of South Lawndale Avenue. The man was approached by two men who shot him while attempting to rob him. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

Just after 4 a.m. Saturday,  a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest in the West Town neighborhood. The teen may have been a passenger in a vehicle at the time of the shooting, which took place in the 500 block of North Bishop, police said. The teen was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, but the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the teen died Sunday morning.

Two people were shot to death within an hour Saturday night.

Just before 9 p.m., three people were shot in the 7200 block of South Damen Avenue. A 19-year-old man was shot in the head and was initially transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition but was later pronounced dead, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

An 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg and a 22-year-old man was shot in the arm. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.

Police said the three were standing at the corner of 73rd and Damen when a black sedan pulled up and a man got out and opened fire. Area South Detectives are investigating.

A little less than one hour later, officers were patrolling the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood when they reported hearing gunshots. The officers searched the area and found a 24-year-old man on the sidewalk in the 4500 block of South Evans Avenue. The man was unresponsive at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds to his body. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Just before 4 a.m. Sunday, a security guard shot a drunken man who attacked him after being asked to leave a restaurant in the 4500 block of North Kedzie Avenue. Police said the security guard asked a 47-year-old man to leave the facility and the intoxicated man returned a short time later armed with a knife. The man confronted the guard and attacked him, police said. The guard then shot the man. The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.

At least 11 people were wounded in shootings since Friday. Three others were hurt in a stabbing in the city’s Loop early Sunday morning.

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Virginia Democrat wishes Ebola on the NRA

File this in the now-voluminous “Liberals Are Such Nice People” folder.

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See the bald, fat guy with the double chin in the photo above?

He’s Mike Dickinson, a Democrat running for Congress from Richmond, Virginia.

In his “Dickinson For Congress” Twitter bio, he describes himself as:

Left wing liberal and soon to be radio host. Published in Hustler. Seen on Fox news. Written about in major media.

He’s proud to be published in the hard porn mag, Hustler. Good grief.

Hey, Dickinson! You can add this FOTM post to your “written about in major media” bio.

Douglas Barclay reports for Rare that on Aug. 31, 2014, the warm-and-fuzzy oh-so-tolerant “left wing liberal” Dickinson sent out this tweet to his 2,285 Twitter followers, wishing that members of the National Rifle Association be infected with the deadly Ebola virus that has a fatality rate of 60-90%:

Dear god [sic]. Please use Ebola to infect the @NRA and it’s [sic] various members. For they are A (sic) true virus and true terrorists in America.

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Not only is the man vicious, he’s also a grammar idiot.

Note to Mike Dickinson:

It’s “its,” not “it’s”!

Earlier this July, dirty-old-man Dickinson had made headlines for offering money for nude photos of 19-year-old Kendall Jones, the Texan cheerleader who hunts exotic wild animals.

Dickinson is not endorsed by the Democrat Party.

H/t Clash Daily

See also these other warm-and-fuzzy oh-so-peaceful leftwing liberals:

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Quiz time: How many were shot in Chicago over Labor Day Weekend?

Chicago Sun Times: Three men were killed and at least 33 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city over Labor Day weekend.

The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday night in Rogers Park. Two men, both 29, were shot about 8:45 p.m. in the 7400 block of North Ridge, police said. One was shot in the abdomen and the leg, police said. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital, where he later died, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. His name was not released Monday morning. The other man was shot in the right leg and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized, police said.

Another man died Saturday morning, about five hours after he was shot and critically wounded on the Far South Side. Darius Sept, 34, was shot in the abdomen about 12:30 a.m. in the 10900 block of South Racine, authorities said. Sept, of the 1100 block of West 107th, was pronounced dead at Christ Medical Center at 5:41 a.m., a spokesman for the medical examiner’s office said. Police said he was uncooperative with investigators at the time of the shooting.

About 10:45 p.m. Friday, a 36-year-old man was found lying on the sidewalk in the 5400 block of South Damen with gunshot wounds to his head and thigh, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The medical examiner’s office confirmed the death, but the man’s identity was not released Monday morning.

The most recent non-fatal shooting happened early Monday in South Lawndale, where a man and a teenager were both critically wounded. The 17-year-old boy and 22-year-old man were sitting on a porch in the 4300 block of West 25th Place when two people got out of a vehicle nearby and started shooting, police said. The teen was shot in the arm, back and chest, and the man was shot in the head, police said They were both taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital.

About two hours earlier, a girl was wounded in a West Englewood neighborhood drive-by shooting. The 15-year-old was talking with friends near an alley about 1 a.m. in the 6900 block of South Justine when a dark-colored four-door Pontiac pulled up and someone inside opened fire, police said. She was shot in the leg as she ran away. Her condition stabilized at Comer Children’s Hospital, police said. The Pontiac fled westbound on 69th Street.

About 9:20 p.m. Sunday, a man and a woman were wounded in a possible domestic-related shooting in the South Deering neighborhood. The man, 51, and the woman, 27, were both shot near 95th and Oglesby , police said. The shooting is believed to have stemmed from a domestic argument, but detectives were still trying to determine who fired the weapon. The man was in serious condition with multiple gunshot wounds at Christ Medical Center, police said. The woman was also at Christ with a gunshot wound to her arm. Her condition had stabilized, police said.

At least 27 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since 7 p.m. Friday.

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WHEN IS SOMEONE GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT CHICAGO’S GUN VIOLENCE?

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