According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), more background checks for gun sales were processed last month than for any other September on record. That marks the 17th straight month in which the country has experienced a record-high gun sales total.
Just under 2 million checks were conducted using the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) in September, an increase of about 200,000 over the same month last year. The September total also outpaced the record August total by about 150,000.
Courageous Firefighter Who Took Down S.C. Elementary School Shooter Was Armed
Contrary to initial press reports, the firefighter who courageously took down the shooter at the Townville Elementary School last week was armed, it was revealed Monday.
Anderson County, S.C., Sheriff John Skipper said that Jamie Brock, the 30-year volunteer firefighter who was the first to confront the shooter, was carrying a handgun. The shooter allegedly killed his father before shooting two students and a teacher at the school; one of students, 6-year-old Jacob Hall, later died of his injuries.
Initial reports indicated Brock was not armed. Fire chief Billy McAdams recounted how he and Brock responded to the call for help in a first-person account that did not provide any details as to how Brock was able to subdue the gunman, and officials would not comment on whether or not he used his handgun to take down the murderer.
PETA Would Rather See Deer Starve Or Be Killed By Cars Than Be Hunted
The plaintiff in an unsuccessful lawsuit seeking to stop a special archery-only deer hunting season in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., filed an appeal Friday with Maryland’s second-highest court, Bethesda magazine reports. The plaintiff, Eilene Cohhn, a member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), claimed that the Montgomery County program violated Maryland’s cruelty code.
PETA’s general counsel, Jeff Kerr, said, “The only way to curb the deer population is by reducing the food available to them—not by cruelly killing them.” There’s not enough Agent Orange on the planet to eradicate every birch, begonia and blade of grass in Montgomery County, but if there were, the deer would simply starve—which contradicts PETA lawyer Jenni James’ claim that “lethal methods just don’t work.”
Chinese Youth Accused Of Killing Parents And 17 Helpless Villagers
Firearms are strictly controlled in the People’s Republic of China, which means, of course, that private citizens aren’t allowed to own guns. So when a 26-year-old in a southwest China village decided to kill his parents, then murder 17 of his neighbors while trying to hide the crime, there were no residents who could stop him.
According to the China’s Xinhua News Agency, Yang Qingpei fought with his parents over money last Wednesday evening, eventually killing them both. Then, incomprehensibly, he murdered 17 other residents in the village of Yema in a panic that they would identify him as the killer.
It’s been many years since a mass murder this deadly was reported in China, where public attacks are commonly triggered by family bitterness or Chinese society in general. The news agency did not reveal how the villagers died, but mass killings in China frequently involve poison, arson, knives or homemade explosive devices.
Carjacker Picks Wrong Victim, Pays With His Life
Two carjackers targeted the wrong victim in Shreveport’s Highland neighborhood Saturday evening, and the armed victim came out on top.
According to Cpl. Marcus Hines, public information officer for the Shreveport Police Department, the incident happened Saturday night at a Circle K convenience store just before midnight.
“During that time, two individuals walked up to the vehicle, to the victim's truck, pointed a gun at the victim, ordered him out," said Cpl. Hines. "The victim, unbeknownst to the suspects, was armed. And he managed to fire rounds, striking both suspects, killing one and seriously injuring the other suspect."
When officers arrived, they found two suspects suffering gunshot wounds to the upper body.
Hines said no charges are pending against the armed citizen. “Someone pulls a gun on you and orders you out of a car, you have every right to defend yourself,” he said.