In this Sunday article York lays out five incidents so far this year, four of them fatal, and then makes this statement:
“[Background checks] might have made a difference in three of the life-threatening encounters our officers were involved in.”
Really, Rusty? Which three? Out of the five, one was stolen, police don’t know if two were stolen or not, one was a shotgun where Rusty doesn’t tell us or doesn’t know if it was purchased or stolen, and the remaining handgun was sold privately. I’m kind of wondering what three instances he’s referring to here.
Add to that the typical cop tale of woe:
“There is a reason they are required to wear body armor. They are more likely to be involved in a deadly encounter with an armed suspect today than at any time previously in the history of law enforcement in our country.”
(Actually, that’s not true. Increased use of body armor probably just has more to do with self-imposed increased police militarization. Violence against police is actually at a historic low. Cue Balko:
“I’ve pointed out a number of times that the job of police officer has been getting progressively safer for a generation. Last year was the safest year for cops since the early 1960s. And it isn’t just because the police are carrying bigger guns or have better armor. Assaults on police officers have been dropping over the same period. Which means that not only are fewer cops getting killed on the job, people in general are less inclined to try to hurt them. Yes, working as a police officer is still more dangerous than, say, working as a journalist. (Or at least a journalist here in the U.S.) But a cop today is about as likely to be murdered on the job as someone who merely resides in about half of the country’s 75 largest cities.”)
“I find it curious why the threat posed to law enforcement officers never becomes part of the equation when changes to firearms laws are debated. Their safety is being ignored. Instead, I hear: ‘The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.’”
(I hate to spoil this for you Rusty, but “law enforcement officers” are paid to be those good guys.)
“The good guys are facing more and more bad guys with guns every day, and unfortunately, the good guys are getting shot far too often. According to the most current FBI statistics, in 2011, 63 officers were killed in the line of duty and 2,190 were assaulted with firearms.”
(Once again, head back to Balko. What Rusty fails to mention is that this number actually proves the opposite of his point.)
Am I against background checks? No. But does that mean I want laws of any sort shaped by outright lies and perpetuating the “war on cops” myth? Hell no.
I stop paying attention for like 5 minutes and look what happens
David Bisard caught driving drunk after crashing, again.
At least this time he didn’t kill anyone and cops didn’t try to cover for him this time. Which seems to be treatment he’s come to expect after killing a motorcyclist on August 6, 2010 in his IMPD patrol car:
“I’ve been drinking since noon and I’m not [going to] say I’ve had two like everyone else does,” Bisard told officers, according to the police report. “I know you know who I am. I messed up today. If you guys can cut me a break, I promise I will never drink again.”
After his arrest, Bisard made “several statements that he would never drink again and to just let him go, stating he has a wife and kids at home and his life is over if he goes to prison.”
But not nearly as over as the life of Eric Wells, the motorcyclist he killed over two years ago.
The Arrestee Processing Center has asked that Bisard be held without bond in this new case, and that his bond be revoked on his existing case. With any luck, Bisard will be staying in jail until he finally faces trial in the 2010 case.
A 20-year-old Montreal woman was surprised when police showed up at her home to arrest her for an Instagram photo she took of graffiti showing Montreal police spokesperson Ian Lafreniere with a bullet in his head.
Jennifer Pawluck took the photo in question in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood of Montreal last month.
“Many of my friends do not like the police,” Pawluck told the Huffington Post Québec, in French. “I thought it would be funny to put the picture on Instagram. I do not even know who he is, Ian Lafreniere.”
The police arrived at her home Wednesday morning with a warrant accusing her of uttering threats to the well-known spokesman for the City of Montreal Police Department (SPVM)…
Police swarmed Rhode Island campus after blind panic
Steve Watson Infowars.com April 5, 2013
Panic ensued when a university campus in Rhode Island was placed on lockdown after a professor overheard a student saying that he was “a good guy” with a gun, unaware that he was most likely referring to an ongoing “zombie” game.
Police were called in as the professor immediately ordered his students take cover inside a classroom, and later to evacuate the room altogether, following voices he overheard coming from outside, according to reports.
Kayla Gilmore, a URI Student who was in the class told reporters, “We were in physiology class and heard somebody pounding on the door saying that they have a gun and let them in. ‘I have a gun.’ So we all dove underneath our seats and then our professor told us, ‘everybody run!’”
URI ‘gunman’ report leads to student panic
When word got around about the incident via twitter and text messages, students subsequently reported seeing an armed man in a lecture hall, which was also immediately evacuated, with some students suffering minor injuries in the stampede to flee the building.
The sighting is thought to have been part of the panic, rather than any real threat, with police saying that they later recovered a toy “nerf” gun.
“No evidence was found that an active firearm or active shooter was there,” Captain James Manni of the Rhode Island State Police said. He added that it had become apparent that students at the school were participating in an unofficial “zombie week,” where “humans” shoot “zombies” with nerf guns.
“It was possibly some type of game that was being played,” Manni said, adding that police were investigating if it was connected to the gun scare.
Mark Curtis reports on URI Scare
Capt. Frank Castellone, of the Rhode Island State Police said, “At no time was there ever an active shooter or a handgun on campus. And at no time was there ever anyone in danger.”
Police said they are still attempting to ascertain who “pounded” on the door and for what purpose, presuming it was a prank.
Following the lockdown, which lasted for two and a half hours, the university canceled all classes at the Kingston campus, with officials saying it was a precautionary measure. Classes resumed Friday as normal.
Some students reacted on Facebook, with one noting:
“This whole ordeal is really annoying, people are now freaking out over a “threat” which was not carried out. this is proof that gun bans do not work, if the alleged really did have a firearm it sure as hell did not stop the individual from bringing it.”
This is now an all too familiar scene on campuses and at schools across the nation in the wake of increased hysteria following the Sandy Hook tragedy in December.
Back in January, a discussion between two children about a toy nerf gun caused a lockdown and a massive armed police response at two elementary schools in the Bronx.
The two schools were locked down for over an hour with pupils kept inside as police with weapons drawn hunted down the deadly non-existent toy gun.
We have also seen a long string of incidents where students have been suspended or expelled for bringing anything remotely resembling a gun, pointing fingers into the shape of a gun, or even inadvertently biting food into the shape of a gun.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, andPrisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.
Yet another mass killer on violence-causing anti-depressants
Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com April 5, 2013
Newly released court documents confirm that ‘Batman’ shooter James Holmes was taking the anti-depressant drug Zoloft before he conducted his massacre in an Aurora theater last July, underscoring yet again the prevalent yet underreported connection between psychotropic drugs and mass shootings.
While it was known that prescription medication was seized during the search of Holmes’ property, the precise identity of the drug has remained unknown for nearly 9 months – until now.
During their execution of the search warrant on Holmes’ apartment, police, “found prescription medication for sertraline, a generic version of Zoloft used to treat depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and Clonazepam, usually prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks,” reports the L.A. Times.
Zoloft is the same psychotropic drug that Columbine killer Eric Harris was taking before his rampage.
Clonazepam, also known under its brand name Klonopin, has been labeled “the world’s deadliest pill,” in that it “dramatically affects the functioning of the brain” and is highly addictive. Long term use of the drug has been linked with “violence and aggression”.
While this represents yet another example of antidepressant drugs being linked to mass shootings, the mainstream media is loathe to make the connection, preferring instead to blame the Second Amendment in concert with the Obama administration’s gun control agenda.
“How long do we have to wait until there is a thorough investigation into the dangers these drugs pose to society? It’s far easier to blame video games and use the tragedies to target innocent gun owners. Big Pharma and their bought and paid for stooges in government must be stopped,” writes Lew Rockwell.
As CCHR documents, psychiatric drugs have been involved in at least 31 different school shootings and other massacres over the last 25 years.
It has not yet been revealed whether or not Sandy Hook killer Adam Lanza was also on psychotropic drugs, although Louise Tambascio, a family friend of the shooter and his mother, told 60 Minutes, “I know he was on medication and everything….I knew he was on medication, but that’s all I know.”
The recently revealed search warrant for Lanza’s home reveals that books on autism and Asperger syndrome were found. The symptoms of Asperger’s are commonly treated with psychotropic drugs linked with violent outbursts, although no specific mention of any medication Lanza was taking has been made.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.
“When you cut facilities, slash jobs, abuse power, discriminate, drive people into deeper poverty & shoot people dead whilst refusing to provide answers or justice, the people will rise up & express their anger & frustration if you refuse to hear their cries. A riot is the language of the unheard.” - MLK
Following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4th 1968, people rioted in over 100 major cities in America.
It was determined that the states could not successfully repress what seemed to be an unrising in America, so the white house sent tens of thousands of national guard troops to several cities where the unrest was strongest.
J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI director who was responsible for COINTELPRO and thought to be the person who ordered Malcolm X’s assassination, reportedly recommended to top officials that they have the national guard kill the rioters. Walter Washington refused and later became the first elected mayor of Washington D.C. as well as the first black mayor in the city.
Palestinian protesters clashed with soldiers after thousands of mourners turned out for the funerals of a 64-year-old cancer-stricken prisoner and two teenage boys shot dead by the Israeli military, the latest sign of the increasing turbulence across the West Bank.
Meanwhile Gaza militants fired rockets towards Israel for the third consecutive day in a move that threatens to trigger a fresh cycle of violence after almost five months of calm since the eight-day war last November which killed 170 Palestinians and 6 Israeli’s.
Following two Israeli air strikes on Gaza overnight on Wednesday, the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, warned that the country would not tolerate renewed rocket fire. “If the quiet is violated we will respond strongly,” he said.
Thousands of mourners packed into the streets around the Abu Aisha mosque before carrying Abu Hamdiyeh’s body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag with his head swathed in a black and white keffiyeh, to the Shuhada (martyrs’) cemetery.
Echoing claims of Israeli negligence, Itidal Abu Hamdiyeh, the sister of the dead prisoner, said her brother had been shackled to his bed when dying “even though he could not move his body” and had only been given pain-relief medication despite the cancer diagnosis.
“My brother is a symbol because he worked in the resistance since he was a young man, for about 45 years,” she told the Guardian.
After the funeral Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers close to an extremist Jewish settlement in the heart of the city. The Israeli military responded with teargas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. Abdullah al-Nashe, 13, whose eyes were streaming as a result of teargas, said he was angry at Hamdiyeh’s death and hoped throwing stones would bring change.
Ahmed Slemeh, 18, wearing a black balaclava, said: “The Israelis have killed one of us and we have to resist back. But if we want to achieve our political objectives we have to go on with an intifada [uprising]. I hope this gets bigger.”
Referring to the land of historic Palestine, he added: “What was taken by force is recovered only by force.”