Category Archives: Virginia shooting 2015

A day in the life of President Donald J Trump

I cannot remember the last time I boarded an airplane.  Not my thing.  It apparently  seems to be something the POTUS does quite often.  What does the President do before 11:45 a.m.?

Today is a  “slow” day for POTUS

Respectfully,

Deplorable Patriot

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Judge blocks California's high-capacity magazine ban

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Score one for the Second Amendment.
From ABC News: A federal judge on Thursday blocked a California law set to take effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The judge ruled that the ban approved by the Legislature and voters last year takes away gun owners’ Second Amendment rights and amounts to the government taking people’s private property without compensation.
California law has prohibited buying or selling the magazines since 2000, but until now allowed those who had them to keep them.
“Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of otherwise law-abiding citizens will have an untenable choice: become an outlaw or dispossess one’s self of lawfully acquired property,” San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez wrote. (Judge Benitez was appointed by George W. Bush.)
He issued a preliminary injunction blocking the law from taking effect while he considers the underlying lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association-affiliated California Rifle & Pistol Association.
Meanwhile, a Sacramento-based judge on Thursday rejected a similar challenge by several other gun owners’ rights organizations, creating what Ari Freilich, staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, called “dueling opinions” that may be sorted out on appeal. “Unfortunately this law will be delayed but we are confident it will go into effect, and soon,” he said.
He called the San Diego lawsuit and ruling part of an effort by the NRA “to delay and dismantle California’s law brick by brick.”
Had the ban taken effect, owners would have been required to get rid of their magazines by sending them out of state, altering them to hold no more than 10 bullets, destroying them or turning them into law enforcement agencies. Possession could have been punished by $100 fines or up to a year in jail.
Owners can now keep the magazines until a final ruling by Benitez or if an appeals court overturns his injunction, said Chuck Michel, attorney for the NRA and the California Rifle & Pistol Association.
“This court recognized that the Second Amendment is not a second-class right and that law-abiding gun owners have the right to own these magazines to defend themselves and their families,” Michel said.
State lawmakers approved the ban last year as part of a package of bills adding to what already were some of the nation’s strictest gun laws. Voters agreed in November when they approved Proposition 63, a measure that toughened the penalties by allowing violators to be fined or jailed.
Benitez said he was mindful of voters’ approval and government’s legitimate interest in protecting the public but added that the “Constitution is a shield from the tyranny of the majority.”
Gun owner’s constitutional rights “are not eliminated simply because they possess ‘unpopular’ magazines holding more than 10 rounds,” he wrote in a 66-page decision.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra criticized the decision but did not say what he will do next. “Proposition 63 was overwhelmingly approved by voters to increase public safety and enhance security in a sensible and constitutional way,” Becerra said in a statement. “I will defend the will of California voters because we cannot continue to lose innocent lives due to gun violence.”
Supporters say that magazines often holding 30 or 100 bullets are typically used in mass shootings and aren’t needed by hunters or civilian owners. “Clearly it escalates the lethality in any mass shooting when high-capacity magazines are involved,” said Amanda Wilcox, a spokeswoman for the California chapters of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence whose daughter was fatally shot.
Forcing assailants to change magazines more frequently gives victims time to flee or subdue the shooter, Becerra argued in court filings.
He listed as examples the shooting in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people and injured 53; the terrorist assault that killed 14 and injured 22 in San Bernardino; the massacre of children and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; and the Arizona attack that killed six and wounded 13 including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Moreover, the government wouldn’t own the magazines in the way it would property seized for a new highway or public building, he argued, since the magazines would be destroyed by law enforcement agencies.
Becerra said opponents’ Second Amendment challenge has repeatedly been rejected by other courts, allowing at least seven other states and 11 local governments to already restrict the possession or sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines.
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Survivor of Virginia shooting, Vicki Gardner, speaks out

Gardner had dropped to the ground after the shooter, Vester Lee Flanagan [aka Bryce Williams], targeted Parker and Ward.
“The only thing I could think of was ‘play dead,’ ” Gardner said. “I just fell to the ground as though I had been hit.”
Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, were interviewing Gardner, the executive director of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce, at the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center when Flanagan ambushed them.
Flanagan ended up striking Gardner in the back. She thought that was the end.
“I knew, the next shot, he was just gonna shoot me in the head, because that was what he was doing,” she said. “When he shot me in the back, I said, ‘I’m gonna be paralyzed, darn. And then, I waited. “They say the world goes in front of you, and it did real fast, and I said, ‘I’m ready, I’m ready.”
But there was no next shot. Flanagan had fled, and police arrived within minutes.
Gardner, who is expected to make a full recovery, said she watched the horrific video of the shooting.
“So that I can put my mind at peace that I’m not conjuring up something that wasn’t,” she said. “You can’t take this and bury it. It’ll be a long path. I need to watch it.”
The 41-year-old Flanagan, a disgruntled ex-employee of WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, fired a total of 17 shots from a Glock pistol, authorities said.
He fatally shot himself in the head after a police chase.

Gardner’s Fox interview is not yet on YouTube. Here’s an older video of Gardner’s husband, Tim, talking about his wife  being shot:

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UPDATE:

Vicki Gardner’s LinkedIn page says she’s been Executive Director at Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber for 13 years, since 2002.
A people search engine says there’s a Vicki Gardner, age 60s, who lives in Goodview, VA, with a Timothy J. Gardner among her relatives. Goodview, VA, is about 10 miles northwest of Moneta, VA, where Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce is located.
From the above, it appears that Vicki Gardner is who she says she is.
~Éowyn

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Virginia shooting: Reporter Alison Parker did two takes of being shot


Peekay22 points out that in the video of the shooting taken by WDBJ, reporter Alison Parker nodded her head several times just before being shot, whereas in the video taken by alleged shooter Lester Flanagan, aka Bryce Williams, there was no nodding.
H/t John Molloy
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~Éowyn

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