Category Archives: crime

Study confirms what gun rights advocates have said for a long time about crime

Shocker, not.

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From Sacramento Bee: Lawful gun owners commit less than a fifth of all gun crimes, according to a novel analysis released this week by the University of Pittsburgh.

In the study, led by epidemiologist Anthony Fabio of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, researchers partnered with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to trace the origins of all 893 firearms that police recovered from crime scenes in the year 2008.

They found that in approximately 8 out of 10 cases, the perpetrator was not a lawful gun owner but rather in illegal possession of a weapon that belonged to someone else. The researchers were primarily interested in how these guns made their way from a legal purchase – at a firearm dealer or via a private sale – to the scene of the crime.

“All guns start out as legal guns,” Fabio said in an interview. But a “huge number of them” move into illegal hands. As a public-health person, I’d like to be able to figure out that path,” he added.

More than 30 percent of the guns that ended up at crime scenes had been stolen, according to Fabio’s research. But more than 40 percent of those stolen guns weren’t reported by the owners as stolen until after police contacted them when the gun was used in a crime.

One of the more concerning findings in the study was that for the majority of guns recovered (62 percent), “the place where the owner lost possession of the firearm was unknown.”

“We have a lot of people with a lot of guns,” Fabio said, referencing statistics on the large number of guns in circulation. “And some of them aren’t keeping track of them for different reasons – maybe because they have a lot of them and they don’t use them that often.

A number of factors could lead to legal firearms entering the black market. Owners could misplace them, or they could be stolen – either through carelessness on the owner’s part (leaving a gun in an unlocked car, for instance) or determination on the part of thieves.

It’s also likely that many guns on the black market got there via straw purchases – where a person purchases a gun from a dealer without disclosing that they’re buying it for someone else. This is illegal under federal law. One potential sign that straw purchasing is a factor in the Pittsburgh data: Forty-four percent of the gun owners who were identified in 2008 did not respond to police attempts to contact them.

The top-line finding of the study – that the overwhelming majority of gun crimes aren’t committed by lawful gun owners – reinforces a common refrain among gun rights advocacy groups. They argue that since criminals don’t follow laws, new regulations on gun ownership would only serve to burden lawful owners while doing little to combat crime.

But Fabio’s research suggests that this strict dichotomy between “good guys” and “bad guys” isn’t necessarily helpful for figuring out how to keep “good” guns – those purchased legally – from getting into “bad” hands. And there may be modest, non-burdensome ways to help keep guns in the hands of the good guys.

For instance, 10 states plus the District of Columbia have laws in place requiring gun owners to report the theft or loss of firearms to law enforcement, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a group that advocates for stronger firearm regulations. But in the majority of states, no such law is in place.

Additionally, past research has demonstrated that a small fraction of gun dealers are responsible for the majority of guns used in crimes in the United States. A 2000 report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms found that in 1998, more than 85 percent of gun dealers had no guns used in crimes trace back to them. By contrast, 1 percent of dealers accounted for nearly 6 in 10 crime gun traces that year.

The firearms bureau knows exactly who these gun dealers are – but they’re not allowed to share that information with policymakers or researchers due to a law passed by Congress in 2003. As a result, solutions for stanching the flow of guns from these dealers to crime scenes remain frustratingly out of reach for public-health researchers.

“There’s not much federal funding out there to do research on firearm and firearm safety,” Fabio said. As a result, “there’s not a lot of good research out there. The process of getting it done has been hindered by a lot of limits on academics and how they can do firearms research.”

In the meantime, researchers have to be creative – like partnering with local law enforcement agencies to find answers to their questions.

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The Clinton Horror Movie

This needs no further comment from me, other than please make sure you show it to everyone you know – especially if they are a democrat that is considering voting for comrade Broom Hilda in November:

Disgusting, ain’t it?

-Dave

This is Chiraq: 3 dead, 26 wounded in weekend shootings across Chicago

Same thing EVERY WEEKEND. And yet not ONE PEEP from the BLM crowd.

No where to be seen in Chicago...

No where to be seen in Chicago…

From MyFoxChicago: Three men were killed and at least 26 others have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, according to Chicago Police.

The weekend’s latest homicide happened Saturday afternoon in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side. About 1:35 p.m., a 25-year-old man was sitting in a car parked in the 10400 block of South Wentworth when someone walked up and shot him in the head, police said. He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he later died, police said.

Another shooting in the same neighborhood left a man dead less than a mile away Friday evening. About 6:15 p.m., a 20-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds to the head and chest in the back yard of a home in the 10700 block of South Edbrooke, police said. He was dead at the scene. Authorities have not released either of the Roseland victims’ names.

The weekend’s first fatal attack happened about 4:30 p.m. Friday in Englewood.

Ernest Hudson, 18, was shot in the head about 4:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Lowe, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:55 p.m.

The most recent nonfatal attack happened about 5:30 a.m. Sunday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. A 23-year-old man and 28-year-old woman were both wounded in a shooting about 5:30 a.m. in the 2400 block of West Chicago, police said. The man was shot in the shoulder and back and the woman suffered a gunshot wound the left arm. They later showed up at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, where they were both listed in serious condition. A police source said the man is a documented gang member.

At least 24 more people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since 7 p.m. Friday.

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

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What libtards won’t admit: The truth about gun-free zones

A reader from Weasel Zippers shared this video with me. It demonstrates the reality of gun-free zones and how an armed woman can have the chance to save herself. Something gun-grabbers don’t want you to believe in.

The video was produced by Reel Clef Studios – a film and music studio located in Chicago – a place where one knows how well those strict gun control laws works.

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Saturday Funny: FoxNews terrorist analyst who claims to be ex-CIA was a nightclub doorman

This would be funny if the implications about the gullible media and government weren’t so troubling.

Wayne Simmons, 62, was a U.S. intelligence adviser in Afghanistan in 2010, and had appeared on Fox News as a “terrorism analyst”. To burnish his credentials, Simmons claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades. But neither the U.S. military nor Fox News ever bothered to conduct even a cursory background check or verify his resumé.

It turns out Simmons is neither a former CIA agent nor a terrorism expert. Instead, during the time he was supposed to be a CIA special operative, his jobs included being a nightclub doorman. He is also a convicted felon.

Wayne Simmons, fake terrorism expert

Reuters reports that on July 15, 2016, in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, Wayne Simmons was sentenced to 33 months in prison for fraudulently claiming to have been a CIA agent for decades. Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said, “Wayne Simmons is a fraud. Simmons has no military or intelligence background, or any skills relevant to the positions he attained through his fraud.”

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III also sentenced Simmons to serve three years of supervised release, to forfeit two firearms and $176,000 in criminal proceeds, and to pay restitution.

Simmons has appeared on Fox News, the top-ranked U.S. cable television news network, as an unpaid guest analyst on terrorism since 2002.

Last October, a grand jury indicted Simmons for portraying himself as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the CIA from 1973 to 2000. But instead of working for the CIA, Simmons’ jobs during that period included nightclub doorman, bookie, manager of a rent-by-the-hour hot tub business, mortgage broker and defensive back for the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints.

This April, Simmons pleaded guilty to charges of major fraud against the U.S. government, wire fraud and a firearms offense. He admitted that he had defrauded the government in 2008 when he got work as a team leader in an Army program, and again in 2010 when he was deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence adviser. Simmons also admitted to defrauding an unidentified woman out of $125,000 in a bogus real estate investment.

When he was arrested, Simmons illegally possessed two firearms, which he was barred from having because of prior felonies, including a state conviction and two federal firearms violations.

~Eowyn

This CNN headline says it all: Obama’s warped reality

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The headline under Obama reads, “Obama: Trump’s doom-and-gloom doesn’t match reality.”

Obama also said this yesterday, in response to Trump’s speech at the RNC convention:

President Barack Obama this afternoon dismissed Donald Trump’s doom and gloom speech Thursday night at the Republican convention as a distortion of what’s happening in America.

‘This idea that America is somehow on the verge of collapse, this vision of violence and chaos everywhere, doesn’t really jive with the experience of most people,’ Obama stated.

The exiting president says he didn’t watch Republicans’ convention. But he did see the news clips, he said today, and thinks Trump and the Republican Party have it wrong. ‘Some of the fears that were expressed throughout the week just don’t jive with the facts,’ Obama said.

The crime rate in America has went down since Republican hero Ronald Reagan was president, Obama said Friday afternoon.

So have the incidences of murder and violence and intentional killing of police officers, even though it may not seem that way based on the violence recently in American cities. Illegal immigration has also slowed, he protested.

‘We have put unprecedented resources at our border,’ Obama asserted.

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Read the whole story here.

h/t Twitchy

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Millions of LinkedIn passwords hacked and sold on black market

I’m a paid member of LifeLock. This afternoon, I received an email alert from LifeLock that “LifeLock detected a piece of your personal information” — my email address — “being sold online.”

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The alert said my email address was found on “social media,” specifically the “potential impacted site” of http://www.linkedin.com — the website of LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals and business people.

Fortunately, the personal data that was breached is one of my email addresses. LifeLock warns that “If your debit card, credit card, bank account numbers or PINs appear in this alert, change all accounts sharing the login name and password, and contact the corresponding financial institutions immediately. We recommend you use different logins and passwords for each account; this will minimize the scope of your potential risk.”

After freaking out for a few seconds, I got to work.

First, I went on the net to search for LinkedIn having been hacked. This is what I found.

Jose Pagliery reports for CNN Money that four years ago, in 2012, LinkedIn was hacked, resulting in, we were told, the theft of 6.5 million passwords.

Companies typically protect customer passwords by encrypting them. But LinkedIn was hacked because in 2012, the company had a rather lackadaisical security policy that eschewed adding a pivotal layer of security that would have made the encrypted jumbled text harder to decode.

The massive hack led computer security experts to wonder why it took so long for LinkedIn to figure out what happened to their own company computers, and to acknowledge it publicly. Brad Taylor, CEO of cybersecurity firm Proficio, asked: “If LinkedIn is only now discovering the scale of data that was exfiltrated from their systems, what went wrong with the forensic analysis that should have discovered this?”

It gets worse.

It turns out that the number of passwords stolen was way more than 6.5 million. In actuality, 117 million LinkedIn passwords were stolen by hackers.

Then it gets really really bad.

According to the tech news site Motherboard, on May 18, 2016, LinkedIn acknowledged that a massive batch of login credentials is being sold by hackers on an online black market called “The Real Deal”.

Worst still is this: Since we tend to reuse our passwords, the hackers who have the 117 million LinkedIn passwords are more likely to gain access to those 117 million people’s email and bank accounts as well.

Put on the defensive, LinkedIn’s chief information security officer Cory Scott said, “We take the safety and security of our members’ accounts seriously,” blah blah blah. The company is now scrambling to try to stop people from sharing the stolen goods online — often an impractical task — as well as invalidating all customer passwords that haven’t been updated since they were stolen 4 years ago.

LinkedIn also said it’s reaching out to individual members affected by the breach, but I’ve received no notification from LinkedIn. If it wasn’t for LifeLock, I would not know that my email address was hacked and is being sold on the black market.

If you are a member of LinkedIn, you should:

  1. Change your password.
  2. Add two-factor authentication, which requires a text message every time you sign in from a new computer.
  3. Here’s my advice: If you use your LinkedIn password on other accounts, change those passwords as well, especially for bank and other financial accounts, such as PayPal. I spent several hours this afternoon doing just that. I also closed my LinkedIn account.

~Eowyn