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Unarmed Sheep Shot (One Dead) in Knoxville Church

Posted by Thunder Pig on July 27, 2008

Multiple people have suffered gunshot wounds in what witnesses describe as a mass shooting inside a church in West Knoxville Sunday morning.

The shootings happened at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church on Kingston Pike.

A witness who spoke to 10 News said police had arrived and one person was being detained at the scene.

A children’s production of “Annie” was taking place as part of the normal Sunday service at the time of the shooting, the witness, who is a member of the church, said. The gunman walked into a packed sanctuary and opened fire.

Source: WBIR (The Website is being updated continuously)


I call them sheep because they did not have to be shot, and face death. An armed congregation could have defended themselves, saved lives, and lessened the number shot. The number of bullet holes in the attacker would (hopefully) have been at least equal to the number in said congregation with a firearm.

The sheep scenario would not happen at my church, as the number of shepherds outnumber the number of sheep in our flock.

Of course, since it was a Unitarian Universalist Church, odds were low that anyone inside would be armed under any circumstance.

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The Patriarch of the 2nd Amendment Has Passed

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 6, 2008

Charlton Heston (1923-2008)

The Heston family issued the following statement:

“To his loving friends, colleagues and fans, we appreciate your heartfelt prayers and support. Charlton Heston was seen by the world as larger than life. He was known for his chiseled jaw, broad shoulders and resonating voice, and, of course, for the roles he played. Indeed, he committed himself to every role with passion, and pursued every cause with unmatched enthusiasm and integrity.

We knew him as an adoring husband, a kind and devoted father, and a gentle grandfather, with an infectious sense of humor. He served these far greater roles with tremendous faith, courage and dignity. He loved deeply, and he was deeply loved.

No one could ask for a fuller life than his. No man could have given more to his family, to his profession, and to his country. In his own words, “I have lived such a wonderful life! I’ve lived enough for two people.”

A private memorial service will be held. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund:

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Woodland Hills, CA 91364

And the Full Version (3 video playlist):

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Illegal Sign

Posted by Thunder Pig on April 2, 2008

I think these signs are so stupid, and violate (if obeyed) my 2nd Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
How do they know if you are carrying if they do not search everyone who enters?

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J’lem yeshiva terror attack videos posted to you tube

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 27, 2008

The government recently posted three videos showing images from the terror attack at Jerusalem’s Mercaz Harav Yeshiva earlier this month in which eight students were killed.

The three videos were posted under the titles “Stop the Terror, Stop the Bloodshed,” “Act NOW: Stop The Bloodshed – Stop the Terror,” and “Emergency call, March 7, Jerusalem.”

While the person named as poster, AtiyaRachel, was not identified as having any connection to the government, TheMarker has learned that the Prime Minister’s Office was actually behind the uploads to the popular video site.

This is the first time that a government body has used the site in response to a terror attack.

The first film features graphic and bloody footage shot inside the yeshiva in the wake of the attack, as English subtitles document an emergency call made by a yeshiva student during the attack.

The one-minute video attracted over 5,300 viewings and 88 responses as of Wednesday night. You can view the footage below. Please note that this footage contains images of a graphic nature.

Source: Ha’aretz

And the terrorist was quickly dispatched by an armed student who was down the street from the attack. Imagine how differently things might have been had someone in the yeshiva had been armed.

Yesterday, during the Hendersonville debate, a question was raised about allowing the carrying of weapons on government property and on schools.
I believe all the candidates answered that students should not be allowed to carry. (I will post a video of that question and the responses here when I process it).
**update** 11.26 am The Times-News has video of the question and the responses.

(Their audio level sucks, I’ll still post my video later).

**update** 7.07 pm Here’s my version of the above video.

The only candidate who gave something close to the correct answer was Fred Smith. He is still wrong about not allowing people to carry concealed in public schools. There is not one policy that can be written that will prevent anyone from entering a school, and blowing away children, unarmed teachers and school employees. Not one. Only physical acts, such as Metal Detectors will screen out most of the firearms. Not all.

My belief is that if eligible students, faculty members, or passers through, are not allowed to carry…then who ever is responsible for the law that prevent it should be held criminally liable, financially liable, and blood liable.

This is one law I do not feel compelled to obey. One day, there will come a situation where a person, or (if we are lucky) people will be present who have disregarded such laws and regulations and they will save lives of the people around them and put down a mad dog masquerading as a human being. I dare any D.A. to attempt a prosecution of the life-saver. God help any D.A. if that person were me. I’d take the case to jury trial and set a precedent.

When it comes to the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, I am a purist. A law-abiding citizen is guaranteed the ability to carry weapons unregulated by the federal, state or local government.

Photo Credit: Scott Besier

**update** 11.18 am Great Minds think alike. Well, mostly. Ogre has some comments about the recent Virginia Tech Massacre Lawsuit that is proceeding through the legal system.

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John Armor Discusses DC v Heller with Jerry Agar

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 19, 2008

The Supreme Court of the United States has decided to take on the DC v. Heller case, and one of our candidates for Congress recently discussed the case with Jerry Agar, and you can listen in below:

Its always good to see someone from this area get recognized nationally.

John Armor is running for Congress in the NC-11 district.

Here are two of the places I have been frequenting to keep up with this very important case, SCOTUSblog, and The Volokh Conspiracy, although the Bench Memo and the blogfather have been following it as well.

Welcome FReepers! Thanks for the shout out.

Welcome Jerry Agar Listeners! Thanks for noticing.

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I Want One Of These!!! (No, Make That Three)

Posted by Thunder Pig on March 2, 2008

Hat Tip: Op For

While not as quick as simply pulling a .45 and dispatching the target…that concept weapon has that air of coolness only Q Branch can provide. Which reminds me that “Quantum of Solace” is only 9 months away.

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Retired Army Green Beret Court Martialed; Used Weapon of Inufficient Caliber On Home Intruder

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 25, 2008

Retired Army Green Beret Smokey Taylor was court martialed this weekend, and came away feeling good about it. Taylor, at age 80 the oldest member of Chapter XXXIII of the Special Forces Association, was on mock trial by his peers under the charge of “Failing to use a weapon of sufficient caliber” in the shooting of an intruder at his home in Knoxville, Tennesee, in December.

The entire affair, of course, was very much tongue in cheek. Taylor had been awakened in the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 2007, when an intruder broke into his home. He investigated the noises with one of his many weapons in hand. When the intruder threatened him with a knife, Taylor warned him, then brought his .22 caliber pistol to bear and shot him right between the eyes.

“That boy had the hardest head I’ve ever seen,” Taylor said after his trial. “The bullet bounced right off.” The impact knocked the would be thief down momentarily. He crawled out of the room then got up and ran out the door and down the street. Knoxville police apprehended him a few blocks away and he now awaits trial in the Knox County jail.

The charges against Taylor were considered to be serious. He is a retired Special Forces Weapons Sergeant with extensive combat experience during the wars in Korea and Vietnam. “Charges were brought against him under the premise that he should have saved the county and taxpayers the expense of a trial,” said Chapter XXXIII President Bill Long of Asheville. “He could have used a .45 or .38. The .22 just wasn’t big enough to get the job done.”

Source: Red Stater

My experience tells me that although a 9mm will put a man down, a 45 will keep him down. If you wish to avoid finding yourself in a similar situation, might I suggest my favorite brand of handgun.

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911 Audio Released From Tiger Attack

Posted by Thunder Pig on January 16, 2008

Here is yet another incident where an armed citizenry could have defended themselves if they had only had firearms.

Here are a few articles:

SAN FRANCISCO – “It’s a matter of life and death!” the caller screamed, but a 911 dispatcher said there was a delay: Paramedics needed to make sure the tiger loose in the San Francisco Zoo wasn’t going to attack them.

Either Paul or Kulbir Dhaliwal made the 911 call from outside a zoo cafe on Dec. 25, asking that a helicopter be brought in to rescue his brother, according to a recording of the call released Tuesday.

By the time the call heard on the nearly seven-minute recording ends, the escaped Siberian tiger already had killed the Dhaliwals’ friend, 17-year-old Carlos Sousa Jr., outside the animal’s enclosure and was creeping closer to the cafe.

“At the cafe, we have the tiger!” an officer shouts into his radio just after 5:27 p.m., according to a recording of police dispatch traffic, about four minutes after the call between the brother and the 911 dispatcher ends. “We have the tiger attacking the victim!”

Source: Charlotte Examiner
Related: San Fransisco Zoo Correspondence sent to members and supporters.

You can listen to the audio at SFGate, if you have the stomach for it.


I wonder if the San Fransisco Zoo has a “No Guns Allowed” policy? Perhaps the survivors should look into suing the Zoo because they were disarmed, and proper protection was not not provided by the facility?

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Woman With a Weapon Stopped Killing Spree

Posted by Thunder Pig on December 11, 2007

BY now, you have heard of the killings in Colorado that were stopped by one person with a firearm.

It is my personal policy to carry at least one firearm with me everywhere, even where posted, but not where metal detectors are used (I carry ceramic throwing knives in those situations).

Remember, Gun Free Zones are Victim Disarmament Zones, where criminals may operate without fear of having their fire returned.

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It May Be Time To Start Digging Up Our Caches

Posted by Thunder Pig on May 1, 2007

No Comments on this, other than the title of this post!

“Kill All They Send…

“The Modest Proposal of “Homer Simpson’s Dumber Brother”
for Gun Confiscation & A Modest Counter-Proposal
By Mike Vanderboegh Pinson, AL
“Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Nations and peoples who forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.”
— Robert Heinlein
“Hell, let’s just start shooting the bastards. Let’s get this crap over with while I’m still young enough to march in the victory parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
— An American gun owner, overheard in a Birmingham, Alabama, gun store, 27 April 2007.
Career Foreign Service Officer and former Ambassador Daniel H. Simpson, now slumming in retirement as a member of the Toledo Blade & Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s editorial board, has a modest proposal entitled “The Disarming of America.” Unlike Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” for the Irish poor to alleviate their hunger by eating their children, I think Ambassador Dan is really serious about his. A snippet:
“The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm.

Click here to read the rest.

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