When Ann Nichols’ home alarm system indicated that the garage door had been opened just after 1 a.m. last Tuesday, the 61-year-old grandmother was wary—her Muncie, Ind., residence had been burglarized before. While her sister, Jane, dialed 911, Nichols grabbed her handgun, and she and her nephew, Nick, went into the garage to investigate. Nick saw the intruder, 29-year-old Mark West Jr., first and pinned him behind the opened door—but then Nichols took over, putting the handgun to West’s throat and warning him not to move. Despite repeated requests from West to put the gun down, Nichols held him until police arrived about 10 minutes later.
West, who had a prior armed robbery conviction, reportedly told officers that he was just looking for gas, but as Jane pointed out, “You don’t go getting gas with gloves and a duffel bag.”
Smash ‘N’ Grab Ends Badly For Burglars
Three males, ages 17, 18 and 20, probably thought to themselves of their planned early morning activities, “What could possibly go wrong?” It was 4 a.m. on Friday, and time for some fun. So they hopped into a stolen van, rammed it through the window of Bouchard’s sporting goods store in Milwaukee, and were prepared to do a little “shopping.”
What they weren’t expecting was for the owner to be inside … armed and ready. He fired shots at the young men, seriously wounding the 20-year-old. When the other two men took him to the hospital, all three were arrested and taken into custody.
Damage to the store is estimated at $12,000-$15,000. Eddie Parr, manager of the Cricket Wireless next door, offered the men some advice: “I feel like people just need to get a job, get a grind, get something because you see what's happening, you gonna get killed.”
New Orleans Murder Rate Jumps
Fourth of July weekend was a violent one in many cities across the country, from Chicago to Cleveland. Another city that is now noticeably feeling the effects of a sudden jump in crime is New Orleans. After several consecutive years of minor—but steady—drops in violent crime, murder is on the rise again.
With police nationwide under public scrutiny, the criminal element is becoming bolder. According to Tamara Jackson, executive director of Silence Is Violence—a group that supports victims’ families—since criminals “aren’t respecting law enforcement, you know the average citizen stands a poor chance.” Living in a state that respects the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, more and more New Orleans residents might soon find it necessary to arm themselves in defense against an increasingly confident criminal element.
Bloomberg, FEMA And Your Tax Dollars
We’d hesitate to call it a surprise, but it is certainly disappointing: Michael Bloomberg is organized enough to build his own mega-fortune and create various groups to disarm Americans, but when it came to orchestrating the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and taxpayer money to protect New York City, things didn’t go well.
A DHS report revealed this week that prime terror targets NYC and the state of New York had no defined goals for spending roughly $67 million in grants designated to improve public safety. As a result, many of those taxpayer dollars are being spent at the extreme margins of federal guidelines—or outside them. Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander summed up: “The common thread here is not enough oversight and not enough planning, and no self correcting along the way.”
No wonder The Washington Times has awarded a “Golden Hammer,” given weekly for examples of fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars.
Right-To-Carry On Chicago’s Dangerous Streets
While Chicago’s mean streets continue to get meaner—there were 82 shootings in the city over the Independence Day weekend, resulting in 14 deaths—there is a ray of hope as lawful citizens are beginning to prepare to fight back.
A report over the weekend in the Chicago Sun-Times shows that since right-to-carry was passed in Illinois two years ago, many residents of the inner city have received carry permits. And the neighborhood where Otis McDonald, the African-American plaintiff in the groundbreaking McDonald v. Chicago case, lived before passing away last year ranks 23rd in permits, out of more than 1,300 zip codes in the state.
McDonald had seen his historically peaceful neighborhood being ruined by gangs and gang violence, and fought hard for the right of Chicagoans to be able to protect themselves from such violence. Since 2013, when the concealed-carry legislation passed, Illinois has issued nearly 120,000 permits.
San Francisco Released A Felon And Unleashed Tragedy
Last Wednesday, pregnant 32-year-old Kate Steinle was shot to death as she walked with her father on San Francisco’s Pier 14. In an interview with KGO-TV, confessed shooter Francisco Sanchez claimed to have taken sleeping pills and then found the gun wrapped in a T-shirt. When he picked it up, it fired three times on its own. While Steinle lay dying on the pier, he kicked the gun into the bay, lit a cigarette and strolled away.
Sanchez is a convicted felon and illegal immigrant who has been deported to Mexico five times. Federal officials had turned him over to San Francisco authorities to face drug charges, asking to be notified after the case was resolved. Instead, city officials released him, citing SF’s “sanctuary” status.
It is simply unconscionable for San Francisco bureaucrats to enact policies that endanger their citizens while at the same time robbing them of their right to bear arms.