When Middletown police responded to a report of shots fired, they discovered 34-year-old Kristina King in her home, suffering “severe damage” from several facial lacerations. It appears King faced the brunt of a violent assault, but stood her ground.
At around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, two women tried to force their way into King’s home. As she fought to keep the door closed, one of the intruders began to slash and cut King’s face, causing her to retreat to the back of the house. Once inside, the woman—who was also armed with a handgun—approached King’s 10-year-old child. That’s when King retrieved her own gun and fired at the invader.
The suspects fled, but a short time later investigators found 25-year-old Brindia Dominque Renee Thompson at a nearby medical center. Thompson was charged with aggravated burglary and felonious assault, while Lt. Jimmy Cunningham told The Journal-News the women may somehow be connected through ex-boyfriends.
NRA/CRPA File Third Lawsuit Over “Assault Weapons” Regulations
Back in May, NRA attorneys representing the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA) filed a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on standard-capacity magazines. It wasn’t the first suit filed—just a month before, the NRA and affiliated groups issued a legal challenge over the ban of bullet buttons—and it won't be the last, promised NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. “This lawsuit, and others that will follow, is an effort to ensure the rights of law-abiding gun owners are respected in California," Cox said at the time.
On Thursday, the next suit followed. Villanueva v. Becerra challenges the California Department of Justice’s recently enacted regulations that revise the existing “assault weapons” definition to include more than 40 new categories of firearms. The NRA and CRPA attorneys filed the lawsuit in Fresno Superior Court.
Audit Finds California Schools Unprepared For Shootings
Despite some high-profile mass shootings and plenty of talk in political circles, a California state auditor report released last week concluded that K-12 schools in the state are not properly prepared for “active shooter” scenarios.
“Districts and county offices have provided their schools with inadequate oversight, resulting in the schools’ potential reliance on insufficient or nonexistent safety plans and creating an environment for inadequate emergency response,” the audit reads. Schools in the San Bernardino area were singled out for their lack of planning, even after the terrorist attack there. Campus Safety magazine reports that some county offices either questioned the accuracy of the audit or claimed to be compliant with the law, no matter how unprepared they are.
Meanwhile, the California Assembly is considering a bill designed to eliminate the ability of school administrators to authorize lawful carry of firearms on school grounds in the districts that allow it. You’ve got to ask yourself, are they even trying to keep kids safe?
The bill’s Hearing Protection Act would greatly simplify the firearm suppressor purchasing process, to the advantage of landowners and shooters alike. The SHARE Act would also offer enhanced protections for those carrying firearms on Army Corps of Engineers land; require the facilitation of hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on public lands; rework the federal “sporting purposes test” that unnecessarily complicates the importation of shotguns and rifles; and revise the Firearm Owners Protection Act’s interstate transportation regulations.
“I would like to thank Rep. Duncan for introducing this important legislation,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox said. “All Americans deserve access to our rich outdoor heritage and the tools that help make hunting and shooting safer.”
The House Natural Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing on H.R. 3668 for Sept. 12.