Washington Post claims first time that ballistic fingerprinting was used to solve case.
The casings recovered at the murder scene matched a casing that was on file with Maryland State Police, showing that the weapon was purchased by Garner's then-girlfriend (now his wife) in a Forestville store about three weeks before the killing, according to trial testimony.
"That evidence was the cornerstone of our case," said Glenn F. Ivey, the Prince George's state's attorney. "It was powerful evidence. I hope this verdict helps our efforts to have the [ballistics identification database] continued and expanded."
Strangely, while the crime took place on 4/23/04, the testimony before the state legislature on the usefulness of the ballistic fingerprinting system occurred on 3/1/05 and the trial was just completed. Yet, during the legislative testimony it was clear that the Maryland state police did not believe that the ballistic fingerprinting had been useful. During the testimony, Tobin stated that something to the effect that "I don't consider 165th record to be a hit" and that might have been referring to this case. Even in this case there were apparently multiple eye witnesses so there is the issue of what additional role the ballistic fingerprinting played, indeed if the Maryland State Police are wrong and it indeed played any significant role. I have not read the transcript of the trial.
Another op-ed discusses gun free zones
"What the gun banners, and their media cheerleaders, have rather carefully ignored is that all of these brutal acts occurred in so-called 'gun-free' zones."
The first paragraph of this piece and several other paragraphs are very similar to my earlier piece at Foxnews.com.
You are what you drive?
Scarborough also determined that Volvos were the most "Democratic" cars, by 44 to 32 percent, followed by Subarus and Hyundais. But although a lot of old Volvos on the road are driven by Democrats, the customers in Volvo showrooms no longer fit the old stereotype, according to a survey of 163,000 new-car buyers last year that was conducted by CNW Marketing Research of Bandon, Ore.
As Volvo's advertising has stressed performance in addition to safety, more and more Republicans are buying Volvos. The CNW survey last year showed that Democratic buyers of Volvo cars outnumbered Republicans by only 32 percent to 27 percent. . . .
Jeep Grand Cherokee S.U.V. was more than half again as likely to be bought by a Republican than by a Democrat, at 46 percent to 28. Among Hummer buyers, the Republican-to-Democrat ratio was a whopping 52 to 23.
"Deadly force bill passes House" in Florida
But the proposed law says that a person who is lawfully in any place has "no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm."
Brief history of Armed Pilot Program after 911
An associate editor of the Pioneer Press editorial page discusses gun free zones
Indeed, it's an exercise in futility to try to make sense out of the senseless. Things happen and often times we don't know why. Instead of crafting a bevy of new legislation — on top of the laws that already exist — our time would be better spent preparing for the next time a school security guard or teacher is confronted by an insane student.
As distasteful as the idea may be to some, we need to be honest and admit that only one thing would have stopped Weise: a security guard, administrator or teacher, properly trained, and armed with a gun.
Shea Riecke says she's proud of her brother, 25-year-old Cpl. William Riecke. She recently brought a photo to display in her classroom.
"I initially grabbed the picture and didn't think anything of it. It's a picture of my brother at war," Riecke told KOIN News 6.
But the Salem-Keizer School District says the picture is "inappropriate in a classroom setting" because he is holding a gun.
"Mum jailed for firing air gun in row of vandals"
Linda Walker, 48, who teaches children with behavioural problems, had the gun in her underwear drawer after her shed was broken into.
A confrontation with a gang of youths drove her to fire the weapon at the pavement near one teenager's feet.
Alphecca's Weekly Check on the Bias
"Steroids Prescribed To NFL Players"
So what about Philadelphia's Mayor Street blaming the Right-to-carry laws for Philadelphia's murder rate?
In the extraordinarily rare cases when permit-holders get in trouble, there is news coverage. Yet there's not one single news story on such a case this year.
Indeed, with 28,000 concealed handgun permit-holders in Philadelphia and more than 600,000 statewide, there was no such murder last year, or the year before, or the year before in the entire state.
The other side of the debate is presented here.
The Philadelphia Daily News has its own call for more gun control.
My piece was also picked up in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
New Op-ed: Affirmative Action Has Mixed Results for Cops
But what has been ignored in the case of Brian Nichols is the role that affirmative action has played in hiring standards for police.
Internet hunting in Texas may soon be banned
Thanks to Kevin Hassett to sending this link to me.
More on gun free zones
These "victim disarmament zones" are actually worse than doing nothing as they take the attention off the real problems. They further a sense of complacency with respect to security. Ignorantly we assume a sign stating "No Guns Allowed" will protect us. . . .
Utah, as one of few states that allow concealed carry in schools, is watched carefully as a "laboratory" of sorts for concealed carry in these environments. Concealed weapons have been allowed in schools since 1995 that has been recently re-enforced with legislation. We have also resisted efforts that would have mitigated lawful self-defense in schools and churches.
What has the Brady Campaign and the Violence Policy Center learned from the Minnesota Shooting?
The Violence Policy Center also used the Minnesota tragedy to berate the nation for its "love affair with guns." Again, does this "love affair" apply to the police?