Concealed Carrier Stops Mass Shooter in Tennessee Church
A gunman wearing a ski mask stormed into a Nashville-area church on Sunday, shooting seven people, including the pastor, before attacking a church usher who ultimately subdued him with a personal weapon, Nashville police said.
The shooting — which left a 39-year-old woman dead — occurred shortly before noon at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tenn., about 12 miles southeast of downtown Nashville. Police identified the shooter as Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, of Tennessee, a Sudanese native who they said is a legal resident of the United States and apparently had attended worship services at the church in recent years. Police said Samson will be charged with murder and attempted murder……
At some point, the gunman also pistol-whipped a church usher, causing “significant injuries” to the man, Aaron said. The usher, 22-year-old Robert “Caleb” Engle, confronted the gunman, police said, and during a struggle, Samson was wounded by a shot from his own gun. The usher then ran to his car and retrieved a handgun, police said.
Aaron said the usher ensured the gunman di
d not make any more movements until officers arrived. “It would appear he was not expecting to encounter a brave individual like the church usher,” Aaron said.
Police Chief Steve Anderson praised Engle for intervening: “We believe he is the hero today.”
Chicago Gun Control Advocate Chooses Safety Over Ideology
A former gang member turned gun control champion has stepped down from many of the organizations she once supported and now legally carries a handgun.
Camiella Williams, 29, told WBEZ Chicago for NPR’s All Things Considered how her life has pivoted between poles when it comes to gun politics.
A former gang member, Williams says she bought her first gun when she was only 12 for $25 on the streets and lived a rough life until, at age 18 and pregnant with her son, she moved to a safer neighborhood in the suburbs. Along with getting her GED and starting college, Williams began to advocate for increased gun laws, citing the loss of more than 20 of her friends and relatives in fatal shootings as a driving force.
Besides appearing on local stations, she spoke in Washington and California and appeared nationally on MTV. U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., held Williams up as an example of community activism. Essence, People, The Trace and Vice all profiled her work.
But following the death of her 21-year-old cousin in a homicide last summer, Williams began to distance herself from the groups.
“I don’t think people understand because they tell me, Camiella, keep fighting,” she says. “You’re doing a good job. Keep speaking. We hear you. But to me, in my heart, do you really hear me? I don’t think nobody hear me.”
Working on her master’s degree, Williams says it is hard to find empathy with gun violence survivors.
“These parents that I’m helping – their kids got killed. How do I know that your kid ain’t killed my people? How do I know,” she said.
She also obtained a concealed carry permit and a handgun.
When questioned about the curious balance between her past advocacy and her newfound move to concealed carry, Williams says, “The people that will probably say that live in safe communities, never experienced the losses that I’ve experienced. To me, it’s like, I’m not going to die.”
Home Defenders Could Get Relief from Unjust Ohio Laws
An Ohio Senate bill would end the practice of forcing homeowners to have to prove they acted in self-defense. Instead, it would put the burden on the state to prove they did NOT act in self-defense. As it stands right now, the burden is on the homeowner in Ohio to prove they acted in self-defense if they use a gun to defend their home from intruders.
Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Minerva Park), who chairs the Judiciary Committee, has announced a first hearing for Senate Bill 180 (Concealed Carry Modernization) on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. in the North Hearing Room. The committee will consider sponsor testimony.
SB 180, introduced last month by Sens. Joe Uecker (R-Miami Twp.) and Jay Hottinger (R-Newark), seeks to reform the state’s arcane self-defense burden of proof requirements. For the most part, the bill mirrors HB 228, which as already been introduced in the House last spring.
Remember when you were taught that all people are “innocent until proven guilty?” Not in Ohio. Not if you are the victim of a deadly force attack and choose to defend your life. In Ohio you are considered guilty, and you must now prove your innocence.
“Ohio is the ONLY state in the U.S. with this absurd requirement for burden of proof,” said Jim Irvine, Chairman of Buckeye Firearms Association. “It has been talked about in legal seminars around the country for years. It is an embarrassment to Ohio.
“People under attack should be able to defend their life. They should not have legal hurdles to jump before acting to defend themselves. They should not be second-guessed for years over a decision they were forced to make in a second. Ohio law should protect the victim, not the aggressor. This bill corrects this problem with Ohio law.”
New Mexico Woman Quits Job After Employer Suspends Her For Defending Herself in Robbery
A woman who shot an armed robber while working at a Circle K in Albuquerque on Monday has been suspended over the shooting, but she says she’s fed up with company’s lack of concern for employee safety and decided to quit.
“Robberies have been going on like this for the past few weeks. They have done nothing to protect me,” Jennifer Wertz told Tucson News Now the day after the robbery.
Wertz said she felt the need to protect herself, knowing that she was working a late-night shift and that another nearby convenience store had recently been robbed. So, Wertz carried a gun to work on Monday, and a few hours into her shift, she was standing near the door when a man entered the store with a gun. She said the man put the gun in her face, and she “reacted.”
“I grabbed my gun from my
pocket, I cocked it, and I shot,” Wertz said.
The shot struck the suspect in the chest, and once officers responded to the robbery call, he was transported to the hospital for treatment. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Ferron Mendez and is expected to survive. He will be charged once he’s released from the hospital, according to local media……
……Wertz’s take-charge attitude landed her a two-week suspension.
“We are not to chase. We are not to provoke. We are not to do anything. We just stand there and give them what they want and they leave,” Wertz noted of Circle K’s policy regarding robberies.
MSM Hysterical Over Legal 50 Cal Muzzeloader with Silencer
There’s a new firearm on the market with an attached silencer that is not covered by federal gun control laws because it’s not considered a gun and it’s not considered a silencer.
The Maxim 50 from SilencerCo, a silencer manufacturer in Utah, is a .50-caliber muzzleloader, a modern version of the single-shot muskets used in the Revolutionary War. But unlike the muskets from hundreds of years ago, the Maxim 50 has a silencer that’s permanently attached.
That makes the Maxim 50, which went on sale this week, exempt from federal restrictions on the sale and distribution of firearms. SilencerCo says it deliberately sidestepped federal laws with the design.
But, the company also says it has already run into legal challenges from California, Massachusetts and New Jersey — three states with stringent gun laws.
“Since we have no desire to place any consumer in a situation where they may get arrested and charged with a felony because their state defines a firearm differently than the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), we have placed orders from those states on hold and are refunding customers pending conversations amongst lawyers,” said SilencerCo president Jason Schauble.
“It is relevant to point out that no states contemplated a product of this sort in their laws,” he said.