Cris Maradiaga and his wife were heading to bed when they heard two loud crashes. The first sound was a car going through a wall surrounding their home. The second was a car going through their guest bedroom where a friend was sleeping.
“I came out and there were two guys that were trying to get in through the house,” Maradiaga told KTLA-TV 5 in Los Angeles. After Maradiaga and his wife checked on their newborn, he went to confront the intruders. “I went and got my gun and kept the guy here until the police got here, which was like a minute after.”
Police had attempted to pull the car over for a violation earlier, but the driver sped away and eventually crashed into the Fountain Valley home. In addition to the suspect held by Maradiaga, three others were tracked down and arrested. Three firearms, cocaine and meth were found in the car, which had been stolen.
Canadian Firearm Injury "Study" Included Pellet, Airsoft And Paintball Guns
Now we learn that 80 percent of those injuries were among people 15 years or older. Even more outrageous, the study—published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal—used a ludicrous definition of “firearm” to drastically inflate their totals. In cases where the type of firearm used was known, 78 percent of the injuries were caused by “pellet, airsoft and paintball guns—not rifles, shotguns and handguns …”
A defensive Dr. Natasha Saunders claimed, “The messaging from our paper wasn’t, ‘OK, now we have to restrict all firearms and be tighter around this.’” Not so fast, doc: You and co-author Dr. Astrid Guttman explicitly advocated several gun control measures, including encouraging doctors to question patients about guns, enacting safe storage laws and “enforcement of gun-control legislation”—and you positioned your fake gun injuries as “an important public health problem.”
Perhaps Drs. Saunders and Guttman should work on their truth problem first.
War On Women Who Like To Shoot?
Mark Glavin credits his wife and mother for the business he was proposing to open. They had indicated to him that many women feel intimidated in traditional gun stores—so Glavin made plans to open a gun shop and range that was female-friendly.
Last month, as the Daily Herald reported, Glavin presented his proposal to the Elgin, Ill., planning and zoning commission, and it was unanimously approved. However, when the Elgin City Council reviewed the proposal this week, councilors rejected it. The Chicago Tribune stated that officials sided with people who lived near the location and who had opposed the range.
The paper quoted one resident, Marlene Shales, as saying that “if guns are allowed there, guns will be allowed anywhere.” Unfortunately, that fear-inspired thinking will deny moms like Joy Simmons the chance to enjoy the range time and classes that the gun shop would have offered. “I'm the type of person this business hopes to attract,” Simmons had noted. “A young mother, with another child on the way.”