Rodney Black Kills Garrick Hopkins & His Brother, Wrongly Claims They Were Trespassing

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Rodney Black Kills Garrick Hopkins & His Brother, Wrongly Claims They Were Trespassing

Rodney Black shot and killed two men he claimed were trespassing and breaking into his shed in Barboursville, WV. One problem — the shed and the property it sat on belonged to Garrick Hopkins, who was showing his brother Carl Hopkins Jr., his new purchase, when they were fatally shot by Black.

Black shot the two men without giving any warning, notes WCHS.

However, the new shed and the property it sat on belonged to Garrick Hopkins, who was showing his brother Carl Hopkins Jr. his new purchase when they were shot by Black, reports The Herald-Dispatch.

“Garrick Hopkins took his brother to his newly purchased lot to show him the property where he and his family were to build a new residence in the coming weeks,” the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “The outbuilding in question was on the Hopkins property and contained no belongings of the suspect Rodney Black.”

According to sheriff’s deputies, Black admitted to shooting the two men and was charged with two counts of first-degree murder.  Source:  Opposing Views

Detroit Police Chief James Craig Believes Good Gun Owners Can Deter Crime

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig Believes Good Gun Owners Can Deter Crime (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Detroit Police Chief James Craig believes that if more citizens were armed, criminals would think twice before attacking them. He said responsible gun owners would likely deter crime, the Detroit News reports.

During a press conference Thursday at police headquarters, Craig siad, “When we look at the good community members who have concealed weapons permits, the likelihood they’ll shoot is based on a lack of confidence in this Police Department.” Sounds like something National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre would say.

Chief Craig was a staunch gun control supporter during his 28-year tenure at the Los Angeles Police Department. That changed when he left California in 2009 and became police chief in Portland, Maine.

He said, “coming from California, where it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit, I got to Maine, where they give out lots of CCWs [carrying concealed weapon permits], and I had a stack of CCW permits I was denying. That was my orientation.” He then added, “I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

As of December, nearly 80,000 concealed carry permits were approved in Wayne County, where Detroit is located, Michigan State Police documents show.

Chief James Craig supports a ban on assault weapons, regulating magazines and ammunition, as well as tighter background checks at gun shows, the Huffington Post reports.  So, do you agree with Chief Craig that more good guys with guns will deter criminals from acting?

LAX Shooter Paul Ciancia’s Manifesto Had Homophobic Slurs Against Janet Napolitano

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LAX Shooter Paul Ciancia’s Manifesto Had Homophobic Slurs Against Janet Napolitano

The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that the note the LAX shooter Paul Ciancia had with him referenced conspiracy theories and referred to former Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano as a ‘bull dyke.” The note also allegedly said “FU Janet Napolitano.”

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a law enforcement source confirmed that he note contained racist, homophobic and sexist slurs aimed at government officials, security agencies, liberals and racial minorities.

Raw Story noted on Friday that police reported that Ciancia was carrying a document that referred to the “New World Order,” a favorite phrase of the conspiracy-minded right used to describe an amorphous group of world elites who seek to impose one world government on all people. Both Alex Jones and Glenn Beck have included the phrase in their rantings.

The SPLC said that “a knowledgeable source with ranking law enforcement contacts” had read Ciancia’s manifesto and that its contents placed him squarely in the right-wing “Patriot” movement of anti-government conservatives.

Mark Potok of the SPLC’s “Hatewatch” blog wrote, “So-called Patriots also increasingly see the DHS, which produces intelligence assessments of extremists that are distributed to other law enforcement agencies, as an enemy and even a collaborator in the New World Order conspiracy. Many believe DHS has targeted their movement and is somehow connected to the alleged construction of concentration camps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).”

Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis Cited 8 Times for Misconduct During Navy Stint

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Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis Cited 8 Times for Misconduct During Navy Stint

Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was cited eight times during his Navy career for misconduct, insubordination, disorderly conduct and multiple excessive absences from work, the Washington Post reports.

Alexis was also given an administrative sanction by the Navy after he was arrested by DeKalb County, Ga., police in 2008, and held for two nights in jail.

Aaron Alexis, who lived in Fort Worth, Tx., was hired by a private company to do a project at the Navy Yard and had security clearance and a valid military ID card,  which is known as a common access card, the Washington Post reports.

Navy Yard Shooting: D.C. Mayor Says Sequestration Cuts ‘Put People at Risk’

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Navy Yard Shooting: D.C. Mayor Says Sequestration Cuts ‘Put People at Risk’

NAVY YARD SHOOTING:  Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said that sequestration cut costs of projects and then “we put people at risk,” in response to questions about Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis’ access, whether it was about policy or money.

“Well it’s hard to know, we’ll continue with this investigation, but certainly as I look at, for example, sequestration which is about saving money in the federal government being spent, how we somehow skimped on what would be available for projects like this and then we put people at risk. You know, obviously 12 people have paid the ultimate price for whatever, you know, whatever was done to have this man on the base,” Gray said to CNN’s “New Day.” Source: Politico

Sen. Dianne Feinstein also called for renewed gun control efforts as the National Rifle Association remained quiet. Aaron Alexis had a history of ‘serious’ mental health issues, even claiming to “hear voices.” This begs the question of why was someone with a history of gun issues and serious mental health issues granted security clearance and allowed to purchase guns? Haven’t we heard this storyline before? Namely Adam Lanza, who massacred over 24 people, including first grade students and administrators in Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting?

Navy Yard Shooting Victims Include Michael Arnold, Sylvia Frasier and Kathy Gaarde

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Names of 7 people killed during Aaron Alexis Navy Yard shooting rampage (Busted Mugshots)

NAVY YARD SHOOTING RAMPAGE:  Seven of the 12 victims in Aaron Alexis shooting rampage at the Washington D.C. Navy Yard have been identified. Those killed in the Navy Yard shooting range in age from 46 to 73. The following names were released Monday night:

  • Michael Arnold, 59
  • Sylvia Frasier, 53
  • Kathy Gaarde, 62
  • John Roger Johnson, 73
  • Frank Kohler, 50
  • Kenneth Bernard Proctor, 46
  • Vishnu Pandit, 61

Officials said they will release the other five names once their families have been notified. Although not officially released, Arthur Daniels, is also among the victims. Jacqueline Alston told CNN that she hasn’t heard from her husband, Ernest, who is a custodial employee at the Navy Yard. We are praying that he will be found safe. Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said eight people were injured.

NBC News reports that shooter Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, may have lost his job recently. According to NBC News sources, Alexis “had been treated multiple times for psychological issues, including sleep deprivation, anger and paranoia.” He was reportedly most recent treated at a VA Hospital in New England.

There are about 3,000 people working at the Naval Sea Systems Command and it could take a full day before everyone is notified, the Navy Secretary said on Monday.

[UPDATED 09/17/13 12:06 pm EST]: The Metropolitan police released the names of the five remaining victims:  Arthur Daniels, 51; Mary Francis Knight, 51; Gerald L. Read, 58; Martin Bodrog, 54 and Richard Michael Ridgell, 52.

Here are some pictures of the victims of the Navy Yard shooting:

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Arthur Daniels, a 19-year-veteran of the Navy Yard, killed by Aaron Alexis

Kenneth Proctor, father of two, also killed:

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Kenneth Proctor, father of 2, killed by Aaron Alexis during Navy Yard shooting rampage

NRA Claims NSA Surveillance Programs Could be Used as ‘Backdoor’ for National Gun Registry

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NRA Claims NSA Surveillance Programs Could be Used as ‘Backdoor’ for National Gun Registry

The National Rifle Association has started a new freak-out. The leaders of the NRA plan to press members of Congress to block the NSA’s surveillance program to collect records of phone calls made by Americans, claiming these efforts can be used as a “backdoor” to construct a national gun registry. SMH. What’s sad is that there are people who will believe this mess coming from the NRA.

“We will be up there and we will be making our feelings known,” David Keene, a member of the NRA’s executive board who served until this spring as the group’s president, told NBC News. “Our members are concerned about this. This metadata can be used to construct a list” of every gun owner.

Keene’s comments signaled a new determination by the gun lobby to take up opposition to the NSA surveillance efforts as a political cause, joining with civil liberties groups and others on the left who have been lobbying against the program for months, and potentially complicating the Obama administration’s efforts to preserve the phone surveillance program.

The comments came as NRA board members gathered this weekend in Arlington, Va., for a quarterly meeting and to celebrate the gun lobby’s latest political coup: Its defeat of two state senators in Colorado — including the state Senate president — in a special recall election pushed by the NRA as payback for the lawmakers’ support of gun control measures….. Source: NBC News

Iowa Granting Gun Permits to People Who are Legally or Completely Blind

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Iowa Granting Gun Permits to People Who are Legally or Completely Blind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WTF: Iowa is granting permits to purchase or carry guns in public to people who are legally or completely blind. It’s not enough that some mentally ill people are getting their hands on guns, but now the blind.

No one questions the legality of the permits. State law does not allow sheriffs to deny an Iowan the right to carry a weapon based on physical ability.

The quandary centers squarely on public safety. Advocates for the disabled and Iowa law enforcement officers disagree over whether it’s a good idea for visually disabled Iowans to have weapons.

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“I’m not an expert in vision,” Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere said. “At what point do vision problems have a detrimental effect to fire a firearm? If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn’t be shooting something.” Source: USA Today

President Obama Signs Executive Order to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Convicted Felons

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President Obama Signs Executive Order to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Convicted Felons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The White House issued a press release detailing two more executive orders in the gun control battle. Of course, the right wing is none too pleased that President Obama is flexing his muscles. As expected, the National Rifle Association freaked out. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said “prohibiting the re-importation of firearms into the U.S. that were manufactured 50 or more years ago does not keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.” Yeah, whatever.  Here’s an excerpt from President Obama’s executive order:

Closing a Loophole to Keep Some of the Most Dangerous Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

  • Current law places special restrictions on many of the most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns.  These weapons must be registered, and in order to lawfully possess them, a prospective buyer must undergo a fingerprint-based background check.
  •  However, felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns can easily evade the required background check and gain access to machine guns or other particularly dangerous weapons by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation.  At present, when the weapon is registered to a trust or corporation, no background check is run.  ATF reports that last year alone, it received more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.
  • Today, ATF is issuing a new proposed regulation to close this loophole.  The proposed rule requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations that acquire these types of weapons to undergo background checks, just as these individuals would if the weapons were registered to them individually.  By closing this loophole, the regulation will ensure that machine guns and other particularly dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.

Keeping Surplus Military Weapons Off Our Streets

  • When the United States provides military firearms to its allies, either as direct commercial sales or through the foreign military sales or military assistance programs, those firearms may not be imported back into the United States without U.S. government approval.  Since 2005, the U.S. Government has authorized requests to reimport more than 250,000 of these firearms.

  • Today, the Administration is announcing a new policy of denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities, with only a few exceptions such as for museums.  This new policy will help keep military-grade firearms off our streets.

72-Year-Old Margie Rhea Ramsey Shoots at Family of 7 Turning in Her Driveway in Rogersville

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72-Year-Old Margie Rhea Ramsey Shoots at Family of 7 Turning in Her Driveway in Rogersville TN

Gun violence: Margie Rhea Ramsey, 72, was arrested for firing her .22 caliber rifle at a car full of children that was backing into her driveway in Rogersville, Tenn., last Sunday, WBIR reports.

Oscar Scott, his wife and their five young children were returning home to Virginia after a day at Bays Mountain Park when they took the ‘scenic route’ back through Hawkins County. Scott got lost down a narrow dirt road and decided to reverse his 1999 Chevy Tahoe in Ramsey’s driveway. That’s when all hell broke loose.

Margie Rhea Ramsey started ‘hollering’ from a porch and then a bullet struck the passenger side of the vehicle. Oscar Scott told the Kingsport Times-News “she fired one shot and my wife hollered and told her we’re just turning around, and then she shot again.” “We got out of there pretty well as fast as we could. I still don’t really know what her problem was.” Luckily, no one was injured.

Margie Rhea Ramsey was booked into Hawkins County Jail on seven counts of felony reckless endangerment. She has since been released on bond. Ramsey’s preliminary hearing is set for September 23rd.

I can only repeat something Nancy Grace said during George Zimmerman’s murder trial — a gun makes a little man big and a big man little. If Margie Rhea Ramsey didn’t have a gun, I am pretty sure she would not have confronted Oscar Scott.