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Man carrying concealed pistol stops attack on Utah police officer

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Good guy with a gun Meyer (r) stops bad guy Anderson (l)/Springville Police/Fox 13 photo

Story sure to be ignored by the anti-gun, anti-NRA, agenda-driven liberal media.

From MyFoxChicago: A Utah police officer who was being attacked on Friday was saved by a passerby with a concealed pistol after the man drove by while the assault was taking place and turned around to help, officials said.

The unidentified police officer confronted the attacker, identified as Paul Douglas Anderson, after spotting feet dangling from a donation bin in Springville, FOX13 Salt Lake City reported on Saturday. Anderson got out of the bin, but refused to remove his hands from his pocket.

The officer ordered Anderson to remove his hands out of his pockets. Anderson eventually took his hands out of his pants’ pockets and began repeatedly punching the officer in the face.

Derek Meyer told FOX13 he was driving by the area when he spotted the police lights and saw Anderson attacking the cop. Meyer turned around, pulled over and pulled out his pistol.

“I carry a gun to protect me and those around me, but primarily I carry a gun to protect my family first and foremost,” Meyer, who has a concealed-carry permit, told FOX13. “Outside of that, if I were to use my gun to protect anyone it would be law enforcement or military personnel.”

Meyer aimed the pistol at Anderson and yelled at him to stop attacking the officer. Anderson bolted from the scene as responding officers arrived. The attacker, who was found hiding under a flatbed trailer, was arrested and faces several charges, according to FOX13.

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The officer suffered a fractured eye socket and lacerations around his eye.

Cpl. Cory Waters of Springville Police told FOX13 Meyer’s quick action helped save the officer’s life.

“Had he not been in the right place at the right time, who knows what would have happened,” Waters said. “But he definitely stopped the attack from continuing and becoming much worse. He might have even saved either one of their lives. It could have gone really bad, even for the suspect.”

Meyer said he stepped in because it was in his nature. He added, “[I didn’t do it] to get any extra attention or to have people talk about me or anything I did,” he told the news station.

Meyer added that he’s sharing his story because there aren’t enough “good stories from responsible, gun-owning people.”

The officer was released from the hospital and is expected to be ok.

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Rob Reiner calls President Trump an ill sociopath after Florida school shooting

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Remember folks, #LoveTrumpsHate!

From Fox News: Following the news of a Florida school shooting, Rob Reiner attacked “GOP patriots” and called for an end to Trump’s presidency. 

On Sunday, the famed Hollywood filmmaker took to Twitter to accuse the government of putting the president before the lives of children and the country.

The Hollywood writer and director tweeted, “How much longer do we have to put up with a mentally ill sociopath? When the f—ed up psyche of the leader of the free world comes before the horrific deaths of innocent children, it’s time for GOP patriots to stand up and end this sickness.”

The filmmaker, who is a frequent critic of Trump, also called out the president over reports of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

“There was a time when the GOP was the party of national security. When Trump refuses to acknowledge Russia’s attack on US, he refuses to protect US from without. When he refuses to support sensible gun safety, he refuses to protect US from within,” Reiner tweeted on the evening of Valentine’s Day following the mass shooting.

That Friday, the filmmaker continued to slam the president.

“There are 21,000,000 reasons why Donald Trump refuses to protect our children from being slaughtered by guns. The NRA has deep pockets. But we will show them that our hearts and our pockets are deeper than theirs,” Reiner wrote.

The “Princess Bride” director joins the chorus of celebrities who have called for government action after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Back in December, while accepting a social justice award at the African American Film Critics Association Awards, Reiner called the Trump presidency “the last battle of the Civil War.” 

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Gun control, Chiraq style: 21 shot (4 killed) over the weekend & woman grazed by bullet in her living room

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Please tell me, those who support #GunControlNow, how’s that strict gun control working in Chiraq?

The details of the weekend shootings are below. The details about the woman grazed by a bullet in her living room are here.

From MyFoxChicago: Four men were killed and at least 17 other people have been wounded in President’s Day weekend shootings across Chicago (as of 2:00 pm on Sunday).

The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday morning in the Scottsdale neighborhood on the Southwest Side. A male, whose age was unknown, was shot in the back about 5:22 a.m. in the 7700 block of South Kilbourn, according to Chicago Police. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately known.

Hours earlier, a man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting in the South Side Gresham neighborhood, police said. The men, ages 23 and 33, were standing on a sidewalk at 12:58 a.m. in the 1500 block of West 80th Street when they heard gunfire and realized they’d been shot, police said. The younger man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and the older man was shot in his legs. They were both taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where the younger man was pronounced dead and the older man was listed in good condition.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office didn’t immediately confirm the fatalities.

Another man was shot dead Saturday night in the Far South Side Altgeld Gardens neighborhood. About 8:50 p.m., 28-year-old Courvoisier L.M. Thurman was walking on the sidewalk in the 700 block of East 133rd Street when someone fired shots, striking him in the head, police said. Thurman was pronounced dead at the scene. He lived in the same block as the shooting.

Just over a day earlier, a man was killed in a Far South Side shooting that left another man critically wounded, police said.

Kaprice Griffin, 19, of Joliet, and an 18-year-old man were sitting in a vehicle about 8:15 p.m. in the 10200 block of South Hoxie when a group of males walked up and opened fire, police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Griffin was shot in the head and the younger man suffered a gunshot wound to the back. Both were taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where Griffin was pronounced dead at 11:58 p.m. and the other man was listed in critical condition.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday morning in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the South Side. A 37-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh about 5:45 a.m. in the 4500 block of South Hermitage, police said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. The circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately known.

Last weekend, five people were killed and three others were wounded in shootings across the city.

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More Californians could ask state to take guns from dangerous individuals under a new bill

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Bill author Phil Ting wearing his Planned Parenthood fighting gloves.

While I’m all for a solution to preventing whackos from gunning down people, I’m not a fan of a person being deprived of their due process.

From Sacramento Bee: Following a school shooting in Florida this week, a California legislator has reintroduced his proposal to expand the state’s gun violence restraining order system.

The law currently allows family members and law enforcement to petition a court when they believe someone is an “immediate and present danger” to themselves or others. If a judge agrees, that person must temporarily give up possession of their firearms and is banned from buying new ones, generally for 21 days.

Assembly Bill 2607 would add employers, coworkers, high school and college staff, and mental health workers to the list of individuals who can seek a restraining order.

Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat who is carrying the measure, said his bill could have helped teachers and administrators at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student on Wednesday killed 17 people, despite warnings to law enforcement.

“It just tells people in a workplace environment, if they see something, if they feel something, they can do something about it,” he said. “They don’t have to be helpless.”

Ting previously pursued a similar expansion two years, following the San Bernardino terrorist shooting, where a county Department of Public Health employee and his wife killed 14 colleagues at a Christmas party. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill, deeming it “premature” just six months after the original law took effect.

In 2016, the first year of the system, California courts issued 86 gun violence restraining orders. The largest number came from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties; six were issued in the Sacramento region.

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Gun control, Chiraq style: Felon accused of killing Chicago police commander

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Police Commander Paul Bauer: Killed by prohibited possessor criminal who didn’t follow the law

Chicago has some of the most strict gun control laws in the nation. They also have a major problem with gun violence: In 2017, Chicago’s homicides outnumbered US military casualties 18:1.

Do tell, you members of the #GunControlNow crowd, how will more gun laws stop criminals?

From MyFoxChicago: A repeat felon with a decades-long rap sheet was held without bond on Thursday for the murder of Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Shomari Legghette, 44, is also charged with aggravated use of a weapon by a felon and drug possession. Legghette is accused of shooting Bauer multiple times in a stairwell at about 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Thompson Center. Legghette shot at the veteran officer seven times and hit him six times, Assistant State’s Attorney Guy Lisuzzo said. Bauer was struck in head, neck, torso, back and wrist.

Legghette’s bond hearing was held in a larger courtroom on the seventh floor of the Leighton Criminal Courthouse to accommodate the standing-room only crowd, which included Police Supt. Eddie Johnson. As Legghette was brought before a Cook County judge in gray sweat pants and a Bears T-shirt, many uniformed police officers looked on.

Earlier on Tuesday, Bauer, who was wearing his uniform, had attended “active shooter” training in handling mass shootings. He was planning to meet later with aldermen at City Hall to discuss his efforts to quell violence in his Near North District.

Bauer was unable to fire his weapon during a struggle with Legghette in the stairwell, police said. Bauer had spotted Legghette after he heard police radio traffic from tactical officers who were chasing him through the Loop. Legghette matched the description of a suspect running in a long, fur-lined coat, police said.

The officers wanted to talk to Legghette about a shooting on Lower Wacker Drive on Friday afternoon. Someone in a car had fired at a car traveling in the opposite direction, but no one was hit.

Police said they don’t know whether Legghette was involved in that incident but wanted to see if he knew anything about it. Legghette had evaded the pursuing officers when Bauer spotted him on the street running south on Clark toward the Thompson Center and City Hall, police said.

Bauer, 53, lived with his wife and 13-year-old daughter in the Bridgeport neighborhood. He was the distant cousin of Officer Martin Darcy Jr., who was fatally shot in the line of duty in 1982, authorities confirmed.

Bauer’s killing was the first time an officer has been shot to death in the line of duty since 2011.

Bauer is remembered for his efforts to reach out to residents of his district to hear their concerns about crime. He was outspoken in his views that the criminal justice system isn’t doing enough to lock up repeat offenders.

Not a lot is known about Legghette’s background, except for his criminal record.

News stories say he played high-school basketball for Dunbar Vocational, with 23 points and eight rebounds attributed to him in one game in 1991. But people who know Legghette say he didn’t stay on the basketball team through his senior year and was basically in trouble since then.

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Taxpayer relief shot: Convicted sex offender shot by woman after breaking into home

A good DRT* ending.

From WTVY.com: A Blakely (Georgia) woman shot a convicted sex offender to death over the weekend after he allegedly broke into her home.

During a 9-1-1 call placed late Saturday the victim reported she was assaulted after discovering 53-year old Michael Lindsey hiding in a closet of her home. The woman’s 12-year old daughter was also present.

“Deputies arrived at the scene and insured the safety of the victims who had locked themselves inside a room because they weren’t sure if the intruder was still inside the home,” Early County Investigator Captain Will Caudill said.

Officers also discovered 53-year old Michael Lindsey outside the home. He was taken to a Blakely hospital and pronounced dead. He’s believed to have stumbled from inside before collapsing. Prior to the shooting she fought off her attacker with a spoon, a police report states.

Caudill said Lindsey molested a child in 1999 and is listed on the Georgia Sex Offender Registry.

Caudill said his car was found parked behind a motel located a short distance from the home. He isn’t sure if he had broken into the home before the victim arrived home or afterwards.

Records indicate the victim’s home had recently been burglarized twice. Caudill isn’t sure if those incidents are related to the home invasion.

No charges were filed against the woman who fatally shot Lindsey, and Caudill predicts if no new evidence is discovered none will be. “We plan to present our findings to the district attorney’s office, a standard practice on these type cases, and they can decide what action, if any, should be taken.”

h/t Breitbart

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Bump stock ban makes it way through Washington state senate

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Following in the foot steps of New Jersey, this “feel-good” bill will do nothing, absolutely NOTHING, to prevent people from bump firing.

From Hanna Scott at MyNorthwest.com: It was a big win for Washington Democrats and gun control advocates Thursday night as the state Senate approved a bump stock ban.

The bump stock ban is among a slew of gun control legislation making its way through the state Legislature this session (See here for the other anti-gun bills, including large capacity magazine ban and license/registration of “assault weapons”). But it’s one that many have had their eye on. The so-called bump stocks are a trigger modification that allows a semi-automatic rifle to fire more rapidly — similar to a fully automatic. It was used by the Las Vegas gunman who killed 58 people and injured hundreds.

This bill went through a Senate committee earlier this month where survivors of the Vegas shooting told lawmakers how dangerous the devices can be. A local mother who’s daughter was killed in the shooting begged lawmakers to ban bump stocks.

“The bump stock modification on the AR-15 that murdered Carrie increased the gun’s rate of fire to nine rounds per second,” she said. “Think of that — a 30-round magazine could be emptied in just over three seconds. Nobody stood a chance.”

Bump stock ban

Critics complained the bill was too broad because it included all types of trigger modifications, some of which can just be used to improve sighting and accuracy. But it made its way out of committee. It was debated late Thursday night on the Senate floor where Republican Senator Mike Padden fought for an amendment that would not ban the bump stocks at all. He proposed other measures.

“Rather than ban them, it takes a different approach and allows for the same requirements and procedures for purchasing and owning a pistol or handgun for the purchase and possession of a bump fire stock, including requiring a state and federal check at the time of acquisition,” Padden proposed.

But Democratic senators like Jaime Pedersen weren’t feeling it.

“This amendment essentially legalizes bump stocks with a background check and I think that’s the wrong direction to go in,” Pedersen argued. “The state has a very long history of not allowing machines guns or fully automatic rifles. And that is the reasoning behind why I brought this bill forward in the first place.”

Padden’s amendment failed, but another amendment by Republican Senator Hans Zieger did pass. Zeigler’s amendment tightens up the bill as far as the definition of trigger modifications, so the ban doesn’t effect trigger mods that help with things like accuracy. The final bill only bans modifications that are specifically designed to accelerate the rate of fire.

Lingering concerns

But before final passage there were still plenty of concerns from some Republicans, including Senator Mark Schoelser who argued it was slippery slope for gun rights in Washington state.

“Clearly, this is the first gun seizure in the State of Washington,” Schloesler said. “Because if you are found in possession, you are a felon. Turn it in, have it seized, be a felon. It is gun seizure for the first time.”

The ban cleared the Senate on a 29-20 vote with four Republicans joining the Democratic majority. If it clears the House and Governor Jay Inslee signs it as is, the ban would go into effect in July. After that, it would become illegal to manufacture or sell a bump stock in Washington. A year later it would become illegal to own or posses a bump stock. Anyone who owns them will have to turn them in. They’d also be declared contraband that can be seized by police, which had some Republicans concerned cops would go into homes to seize the weapons.

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