Story 1 : Carjacker should have used protection…
A few weeks ago, a woman was able to defend herself and her friend from a disturbing attack. At a Walmart in Pennsylvania, a shoplifter ran out of the store. He sprinted into the parking lot and jumped into the back seat of a vehicle. The vehicle was occupied by two women, who were commanded by the thief to drive him to safety. He threatened the driver by saying he had something that would give her HIV. So they drove out of the lot and began to make their way down the road. But once they got to a red light, the passenger exited the vehicle and pulled out her concealed weapon. She pointed the gun at the carjacker and told him to exit the vehicle. He got out, but a scuffle ensued and the gun was fired, then the man ran off. No one was hurt in the struggle, and thankfully the man was later taken into custody. The attacker, Michael Ortiz, was identified from a security camera and is being held on charges of robbery, and kidnapping. Both women are safe, and the carrier is under no legal scrutiny. Great job on her part, and of course don’t ever let a threatening person take you to a separate location, no matter what.
Story 2 : Gun shops looted after Matthew
Looting from stores is a common danger after natural disasters, political discourse, and even after sporting events. In the wake of the hurricane hitting Florida, this past week a gun shop was robbed of a large portion of its inventory. The theft happened sometime around Thursday night to Sunday morning of last week. It appears that an unknown number of people entered the shop and stole more than 40 guns from the store. They took pistols and semi-automatic rifles. And Florida isn’t alone, the South Carolina gun shop Five Star Guns is now struggling after having 225 guns stolen from their store. The owner is devastated as you will hear in this clip…about 60% of this store’s inventory was stolen during the incident and the suspects haven’t been caught. Of course the owner is highly concerned about the misuse of the guns stolen.
Story 3 : Crossing the law
Up in the city of Harbor Beach, Michigan, Casey Armitage who works as a crossing guard was concerned about the students she watches over as they travel to and from school. She wanted to protect the students from more than just traffic so she decided to research the policies of carrying a firearm while on duty. After looking up the laws it was revealed that while concealed carry is not permitted, the employee handbook has no policy governing open carry. Open carry also happens to be the law of the land in Michigan. And if you have a concealed pistol license, like Armitage does, you can open carry in some locations that are normally restricted such as hospitals, churches, banks, and day cares. Unfortunately, after the loophole was pointed out, the city council quickly scrambled and voted to prohibit open carry while on duty, bringing down the options for city works to protect themselves to zero. Essentially trying to solve for a problem that didn’t even exist. She’s testified in front of city council and was interviewed on a Youtube video by The-FireArm-Guy channel. As it was pointed out the city has no plan to increase security. So what’s the magic number of violent incidents to ban citizens from carrying guns, but not enough to increase general security?
Story 4 : Kansas brings up campus carry
Recently the great state of Texas changed it’s campus carry laws so that Universities were no longer restricted areas for License to Carry permit holders. It’s one of the few states in the nation that has laws allowing concealed handguns on campus. In 2017 Kansas University will be added to that list. 4 years ago Kansas state Legislature voted to make campus carry legal on university grounds and university buildings. The universities have some room to negotiate restrictions on campus carry, Kansas U. for example, has submitted a weapons policy that restricts campus carry to areas where purposed adequate security measures are at each entrance. In this case, it would mean every entrance to a gun free building must be guarded by security guards, and have metal detectors. Some of course still have concerns about campus carry, such as these students Unfortunately for these students…personal safety, violence, crime, and legislation is not dictated by feelings.