The man accused of shooting and killing a 9-year-old girl in Ferguson, Mo., has a record of lawless behavior. De’eris Brown, who is 21, pleaded guilty in 2014 to second-degree felony robbery charges. He was also charged for a separate incident in which he was said to have illegally displayed a firearm; that case was dropped due to lack of cooperation from the victim, according to the St. Charles County Prosecutor’s Office.
It is unknown what Brown’s motivation was when he allegedly opened fire on the young girl’s house—wounding her mother as well—but it is clear that a justice system that fails to keep dangerous criminals behind bars is a major contributor to violence in our urban communities.
Tennessee Man Defends Home From Armed Trio
Police officers responded to a home in Springfield, Tenn., in response to a possible robbery early Tuesday morning. According to the victims, there was a knock at the door. The resident, identified by police as a Hispanic male in his 50s, armed himself with a gun and opened the door to find three men with firearms. The resident and alleged robbers all began shooting, witnesses told police.
As the shooting started, the three suspects fled on foot, but one of the suspects later turned up at a local emergency room with a bullet wound. Police said the wound was not life threatening.
“Robberies matching this same pattern targeting Hispanics in our community have been occurring with some frequency in the last two years; we believe this robbery is tied to them,” said Police Chief David Thompson. The incident is still under investigation by police, and further information will be released as it becomes available.
Fort Worth Armed Citizen Saves Friends, Newborn
Six people—including a one-month-old baby—were together in a Fort Worth apartment on Tuesday when two men broke in around 1 p.m. and demanded “everything.” They recognized one of the men as 36-year-old Larry Chism, whom they’d been friends with until the week before, when Chism had pulled a 9 mm pistol on them.
When the residents demanded the suspects leave, one of them did. Chism, however, refused to back down or leave. Fearing for the safety of his friends and the newbown, Blake Severin, 21, pulled out his gun and shot Chism in the chest and the shoulder, killing him.
Fort Worth police are calling the incident a robbery-home invasion, and believe Severin acted in self-defense. No one else was hurt during the incident. Resident Brad White, the baby’s father, praised Severin’s actions. “My friend didn’t hesitate—he knew I had a baby in there and he shot (the robber),” White said.
San Jose Woman Sues For Access To Guns
Lori Rodriguez of San Jose, Calif., has filed suit against the city and police department in an effort to expedite the return of 12 firearms that were confiscated from her home. Her husband is prohibited from owning guns for the next two years due to a psychiatric hold, and the city intends to hold onto the collection until he is cleared. But Rodriguez says that she wants them back—after all, the guns are hers, and the law does not prevent her as an individual from owning them.
Don Kilmer, attorney for Ms. Rodriguez, says that his client will comply with state law by keeping her firearms locked in a gun safe, but City Attorney Rick Doyle insists that this will not prevent access from her husband. Lori Rodriguez disagrees: “Every situation is different, so every situation should be treated differently.”
Vox Gets Their NRAs Mixed Up
The online publication Vox, which frequently runs anti-gun content, tweeted a link to an article meant to discredit the National Rifle Association by citing a statement from the organization’s president in 1934. For the graphic accompanying the tweet, Vox used an appropriately old-timey poster with “NRA” and “1934” prominently emblazoned on it.
Problem is, the NRA in question was the Depression-era National Recovery Administration. It doesn’t seem like the fine journalists working at the publication can keep their NRAs straight—even when the poster in question features text about “cocoa and chocolate manufacturing.”
UN Arms Treaty Reps Approve Veto-Proof Decision Making
Representatives from 130 countries gathered in Mexico to push forward the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) have unanimously decided that unanimous agreements will not have to be reached on future gun-control decisions, according to a Breitbart report. This gives the body a veto-proof process for making gun control decisions going forward.
In another action, delegates at the meeting also determined that Geneva will be “the seat of the permanent secretariat for the ATT.”
While Secretary of State John Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty back in 2013, the U.S. Senate has never ratified the treaty. Instead, following signing, 50 senators signed a letter to President Obama opposing the treaty. A similar bipartisan letter was signed by 181 U.S. House members and sent to the president.