Sobering thoughts on self-defense firearms from a Minnesota cop

I have a friend who’s a police officer in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota.  He’s got more than twenty years service, and is looking forward to retiring soon.  He’s had a lot of “street” and “hands-on” experience, and knows whereof he speaks.  I’ll call him Mike for the purposes of this discussion (not his real name). Mike got in touch a few days ago.  After the usual pleasantries between friends, he got down to business.  He said that the current crop of synthetic marijuana, sometimes known as “spice” (and by up to 700 other street names), is producing some truly

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That’s not crime – that’s a war zone!

I’m still blinking in astonishment at this news report from Chicago.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. Since Friday at 5 p.m., 60 people have been shot, nine fatally, in shootings in Chicago. 34 of the shootings and five deaths occurred between 10 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, according to police. During one two-and-a-half hour-hour period, 25 people were shot in five multi-injury shootings. “We know that some of these incidents were targeted and are related to gang conflicts in those areas,” said Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller at a press conference Sunday afternoon. . . . CPD said the

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Police get a bovine assist

A car thief in Florida was captured by police . . . with the help of a herd of cows. A news report stated: Sanford police said they spotted a stolen Subaru SUV from Brevard County Monday near Celery and Locust avenues and attempted to make a traffic stop. The driver of the Subaru kept going, running a stop sign, and crashed into a ditch near Celery and Sipes avenues, according to the police report. Police said the driver, Jamie Young, 46, ran into a pasture to the east … the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office aerial alert team continued to track

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Gotta watch out for them babies . . .

I had to laugh while reading this report. German police have rescued a man after he called for help saying a baby squirrel would not leave him alone. . . . Officers sent a patrol car out to investigate and arrived to find the chase still in full flow. But the drama ended suddenly when the squirrel, apparently exhausted by its exertions, lay down abruptly and fell asleep. Officers took pity on the animal, which had probably become separated from its mother. Police said it likely targeted the man because it was in search of a new home. “It often happens

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Sometimes the police can’t win for losing

Calibre Press posted this video a few days ago. In an accompanying article, the author pointed out: Only one person should be talking to the witnesses and taking information—confidential information, as it is—from the victims. That person in this case, Officer Bartynski. No one else should inject themselves into the investigation. This is too much, it seems, for Rev. David Bullock. . . . I’m not going to detail everything Reverend Bullock said over the course of the video. But what I will say is that this is a sad state of affairs we’re in. Elites criticize peace officers with impunity.

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Heh

It’s nice to encounter officials with a sense of humor now and then.  The Kennebunk Police Department in Maine put out this press release on their Facebook page this week (clickit to biggit): After that, what can I do but post this? Peter

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Synthetic drug overdoses: a national crisis, or the ultimate cure?

I was saddened, particularly as a retired pastor, to read of the mass overdose crisisin New Haven, Connecticut, a few days ago. This mass, rapid-fire overdose event was a sped-up version of what is happening across the US as local and federal governments struggle to reduce the colliding impacts of opioid, methamphetamine, cocaine and other addictions. . . . In 2017, drug overdoses killed nearly 200 people per day, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data released this week, a new record driven by the deadly opioid epidemic. Since K2 was first detected in the US in 2008,

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OK, so just how did he think this was a good idea?

Sometimes one’s left shaking one’s head in disbelief. Police shot a man after he reportedly shot at police from aboard a lawnmower on Labor Day … Camelin Demetrius McRae, 25, was charged with three counts of attempted murder as well as second degree burglary, malicious injury to real property, injury valued at more than $2,000 but less than $10,000 and petit larceny. Police encountered the man as they were investigating a break-in Monday morning, the AP reports. A man riding a lawnmower on the other side of the street began driving toward the officers and fired at them … In response,

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Some people truly are a waste of oxygen

This man appears to be one of them. Three people were arrested by Kennewick police on Labor Day for having methamphetamine, including a man allegedly caught in a compromising position with an injured beaver. . . . The beaver was hit by a car sometime Monday night, and a woman who found it ran home for a box so she could transport the injured animal to a veterinarian, according to Sgt. Aaron Clem. The woman reportedly returned to the Kennewick park to find a man lying next to the beaver. She wondered if the man, later identified as Delp, was comforting

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Well, I suppose it was enlightening

I’m very sorry that this lady had to suffer like that . . . but I can’t understand how she made that mistake. A Connecticut woman mistakenly lit a stick of dynamite instead of a candle during a power outage and suffered severe injuries Thursday night, police said. Authorities said the “tragic accident” happened to the 30-year-old mother of two on Lindley Street after thunderstorms passed through the Bridgeport area. The family tried to go to Home Depot to buy emergency lighting, but the store was closed. When they got back home, they went to get what they believed were candles left

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