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Gun in Underwear is a Killer

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Photo:  Pittsburgh Police Dept.

We’ve all been there. “My underwear is killing me!” Those words have been said or thought by countless people fixing a wedgie or other form of uncomfortable thunder down under. This common problem can be especially deadly for those who choose the gun in underwear method instead of safely and securely carrying it in a Kydex Holster.

This painful truth of an underwear adjustment just became reality again near Pittsburgh.

What makes for a totally strange but true story is this fact. The gun in underwear tragedy didn’t kill the 19-year old carrying the firearm. Instead, he allegedly killed another 19-year old sitting in front of him.

Eietyoung Kemp (pictured above) of East Allegheny, PA is now in the Allegheny County Jail after turning himself in to police last night following the shooting death of Robert Alston from the North Side over the weekend. Court records show Kemp has been charged with homicide, carrying a firearm without a license, recklessly endangering another person, and tampering with evidence.

Police were called to the emergency room of UMPC Magee-Womens Hospital on Saturday night, after friends dropped off Robert Alston with a single gunshot wound to the torso. The young man was pronounced dead at 11:49 p.m.

The criminal complaint says this is what happened.

Eietyoung Kemp, Alston, Justice Johnson, and Dominick Hall were in a car together on their way to a party. Kemp told detectives just before the four arrived, he was sitting in the back seat directly behind Alston on the passenger’s side. As he was attempting to adjust the gun in his underwear he said his finger accidentally pulled the trigger and the gun went off.

The bullet went through the seat and in through the back of Robert Alston. When Alston began screaming in pain, Kemp ran away. He went back to the North Side. While crossing the Roberto Clemente Bridge, he tossed the gun into the Allegheny River below.

The next day, police lifted fingerprints from the car the young men were driving when the shooting took place. Fingerprints matched Eietyoung Kemp. That same day, the suspect arrived at police headquarters to report his role in the gun in underwear shooting which he claimed was an accident. He was released on Sunday, and formally surrendered last night.

Watch is on for U.S. Military Wearable Technologies

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Photo: Apple Watch

Maybe the Pentagon was waiting to see how well the Apple Watch performed. To most everyone’s surprise, the product has enjoyed a better launch than even the iPhone and iPad. Today, the watch is on. The world is now waiting anxiously after the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) just listed Apple among its 162 partners in developing wearable technologies for the U.S. Military.

Boeing, Harvard University, and an assortment of other high tech companies, universities, and groups were announced as members of the new FlexTech Alliance. They will collaborate in support of the U.S. Department of Defense to develop “high-end printing technologies,” such as 3D printing. The FlexTech Alliance will operate within a $171 million budget for the research and development of U.S. Military wearable technologies.

An unnamed defense official told Reuters a primary objective is to “create stretchable electronics that could be embedded with sensors and worn by soldiers.” Reports say the Pentagon is very interested in the development of flexible sensing wearable technologies. These could be used for real-time monitoring of the status of soldiers in battle.

In addition to being worn by humans, these technologies could also be designed to wrap around military assets in battle acting like smart exercise kits. Ultimately, you can also think of these wearable technologies in ways where they could be used on U.S. Navy battleships, combat vehicles driven by the U.S. Army, or U.S. Air Force warplanes to deliver real-time monitoring of their structural integrity.

A press release distributed today by the U.S. Department of Defense explained in more detail. “Flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing describes the innovative production of electronics and sensors packaging through new techniques in electronic device handling and high precision printing on flexible, stretchable substrates. The potential array of products range from wearable devices to improved medical health monitoring technologies, and will certainly increase the variety and capability of sensors that already interconnect the world. The technologies promise dual use applications in both the consumer economy and the development of military solutions for the warfighter.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced the FlexTech Alliance today in a speech at the NASA operated Moffett Federal Airfield near Google Headquarters in the heart of the Silicon Valley. He is taking the tactic of making allies with industry experts rather than putting all of the innovative pressure internally on the U.S. Military.

Carter said, “I’ve been pushing the Pentagon  to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country.”

Trump Doesn’t See Gun Problem

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Photo: CNN

Donald Trump doesn’t see a gun problem in the United States. He sees a mental health problem. The current frontrunner among the Republican presidential candidates vying for the nomination appeared this morning on the CNN show, “New Day” with Chris Cuomo.

Cuomo whose last name is well documented with gun control, was interviewing Donald Trump. It was no coincidence the interviews was one day after the fatal shootings of a television reporter and a television cameraman on live television in Virginia.

Mr. Trump made his pro-gun position very clear. He told Chris Cuomo he is opposed to gun laws in America being tightened. Trump said, “This isn’t a gun problem. This is a mental health problem. It’s not a question of the laws. It’s really the people.”

Donald Trump called the disgruntled former TV station employee a “very sick man.” He said it was “really very sad” that the man yesterday shot and killed the two television journalists before pulling the trigger of his gun on himself.

Trump told Cuomo, “In the old days they had mental institutions for people like this because he was really, definitely borderline and definitely would have been and should have been institutionalized. At some point somebody should have seen that, I mean the people close to him should have seen it.”

Trump added that if he is elected president he would be in favor of addressing mental health to prevent shootings. He said there were “so many things that can be done” with mental health. However, he did not propose any specific solutions on CNN this morning. He did say that mental health in the United States is “a massive problem.”

After the Virginia TV shootings yesterday, Hillary Clinton posted a tweet which said, “We are smart enough – compassionate enough – to figure out how to balance legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures.”

President Barack Obama called the Virginia shootings “heartbreaking.” He also used the opportunity to call for more gun control legislation, saying it was “one more argument for why we need to look at how we can reduce gun violence in this country.”

 

 

Walmart to Stop Selling Sporting Rifles

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The selection of guns for sale at Walmart just got smaller. Modern sporting rifles are being removed from Walmart Stores. The retail giant confirmed the announcement today. It was a move which had been rumored for quite some time given the liberal-motivated push for more gun control.

“We previously carried modern sporting rifles in less than a third of our stores,” said company spokesman Kory Lundberg. “Our merchandising decisions are driven largely by customer demand. In our everyday course of doing business, we are continually reviewing and adjusting our product assortment to meet our customers’ needs.”

Lundberg added that the decision to pull the trigger on stopping sales of modern sporting rifles in Walmart stores was not driven by political pressure.

Walmart Stores Inc. is the largest gun retailer in the United States. Earlier this year in a television interview broadcast on CNN, the company’s CEO Douglas McMillon said, “Our focus as it relates to firearms should be hunters and people who shoot sporting clays and things like that. We believe in serving those customers. We have for a long time, and we believe we should continue to.”

You may also recall back in April 2015, a U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a ruling involving Walmart and a ballot proposal from Manhattan’s Trinity Church. It was one which originally ordered Wal-Mart to have its shareholders vote on a proposal which possibly could have restricted gun sales. Following the successful appeal, the corporation publicly described the verdict as the court making “the right decision.”

This latest announcement involving the removal of rifles from the wide array of products it sells was not the first by Wal-Mart. In the past it has made corporate calls designed to reduce the number and variety of firearms sold by the retail giant.

1993 was the last year when Walmart sold handguns to its customers. Then, nearly one decade ago in 2006, the retailer announced it would stop the sale of guns in about one-third of its stores. The company said it was basing the decision on “diminished customer relevancy and demand in these markets.” Interestingly enough, just three years later, Walmart expanded its gun and ammunition stock.

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Joint Light Tactical Vehicles Coming Soon

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Pull over HMMWVs. The JLTV is about to be rolling into battle.

U.S. Military leaders have been looking at this changing of the guard for their combat vehicles for quite some time. Now the Department of Defense (DOD) has just pulled the trigger on announcing the big decision which paves the way for the better protecting and performing Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV).

A $6.7 billion contract was just awarded to replace the Humvee troop carriers being retired. It went to the Wisconsin-based truckmaker, Oshkosh Defense. The company beat out the likes of competitors, Lockheed-Martin and AM General.

The President of Oshkosh Defense, John Urias is a retired Army major general. In a statement said, “Our JLTV has been extensively tested and is proven to provide the ballistic protection of a light tank, the underbody protection of an MRAP-class vehicle, and the off-road mobility of a Baja racer.”

The U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps are expected to purchase as many as 55,000 JLTV in the next 25 years. Roughly 90% of those would be going to Army troops. The Marines will be getting all of their JLTVs upfront. The Army is set to get 17,000 to start, and by 2018 decide whether it still wants the rest.

The new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) will be made into versions with two-seats and four-seats. Oshkosh claims these vehicles are more superior, faster, more capable in off-road conditions, and better armored against roadside bombs and mines than Humvees or other tactical wheeled vehicles currently on the market.

U.S. Military officials obviously agree.

The JLTV includes an asset which is called the “Core 1080 Crew Protection System.” This provides a number of important defensive features such as IED detection, mine resistance, and bolt-on armor. There are also more offensive features such as missile launch units.

Whatever you want to use Joint Light Tactical Vehicles for, the wherever aspect will be less of a problem. A JLTV comes with an enhanced suspension which can be lowered or raised electronically. Thus, these high-performing, high-speed combat vehicles can be transported to where they need to be.

 

 

 

 

Jailed for Giving Suicidal Man a Loaded Gun

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Photo: Cache County Jail

He doesn’t seem anything like Dr. Jack Kevorkian. That’s what a district judge thought. Now a Logan, Utah man will be doing time for giving a loaded gun to a young man he knew was suicidal.

48-year old David Thomas Schofield (pictured above) pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm by a restricted person, a second-degree felony. He was a felon from a 1997 conviction in Arizona for aggravated assault. Schofield also pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, a class A misdemeanor. 1st District Judge Kevin Allen sentenced him to one to 15 years in prison. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors agreed not to pursue additional charges against Schofield.

Back in June, 20-year old Bradley Stewart Wenneberg has been battling depression and suicidal thoughts. He went to Schofield’s home in Logan, Utah seeking help. Court testimony says Schofield handed Wenneberg a loaded gun as he sat on the couch and told him, “’If you’re going to do it, then pull the (expletive) trigger.’”

Police say, Wenneberg took the .38-caliber handgun from Schofield. Then, in front of his girlfriend and best friend, Ben Mackey, he put the gun to his temple and pulled the trigger killing himself.

Mackey told the judge, “I trusted him, and Bradley trusted him as well, and he handed him a loaded gun.” “Your actions caused the death of a troubled but innocent man,” 1st District Judge Kevin Allen told Schofield. “I can’t even imagine what was going through your mind,” said Judge Allen.

Schofield pleaded for probation. He said, “It was a bad judgment call due to a bad week prior, and it just kept building and building.” He said he was clouded by his own mental struggles and made a mistake.

Police say Schofield originally told them while he was using the restroom, Wenneberg took his gun from a bedroom and shot himself. The witnesses reported a much different account of the shooting insisting Schofield urged their friend to pull the trigger.

The judge said, “Mr. Schofield, you and you alone are the reason that young man died that night, and you and you alone are the reason you will be spending up to 15 years in prison.” He also ordered Schofield to pay $7,500 in funeral expenses to the victim’s family, plus ongoing counseling expenses for the parents, as well as the two friends who were witnesses of the shooting.

Brad Wenneberg, Sr., the young man’s father pushed for the maximum sentence saying to Schofield in the courtroom, “You gave him a gun. How stupid can you be, dude? You took my kid from me.”

Seattle Sued Over Gun Violence Tax

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The expected recoil didn’t take long. The city of Seattle was sued today by a team of gun groups over its recently passed adoption of what was called a “gun violence tax.”

The complaint was filed today in the King County Superior Court. The pro-gun rights groups behind the legal action were the Second Amendment Foundation of Bellevue, Washington, the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, plus a pair of gun owners and gun shops.

Collectively they argue the local ordinance for the gun violence tax is legally unenforceable because the state of Washington statutes prohibit local governments from adopting firearm laws unless they are specifically authorized by the state.

The lawsuit said, “The ordinance serves only as a piece of propaganda, because the ordinance’s mandates are legally unenforceable. The state of Washington has the exclusive right to regulate the sale of firearms in Washington, and cities may not enact local laws or regulations related to the sale of firearms.”

Alan Gottlieb, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation added in a press release, “The city does not seem to understand that no matter how they wrap this package, it’s still a gun control law and it violates Washington’s long-standing pre-emption statute.”

Seattle City Council president Tim Burgess proposed the gun violence tax and led the push for its approval which happened unanimously earlier this month. He said today,”We took a simple and commonsense measure to support gun safety research and prevention methods. It’s not in any way an attempt to regulate the sale, use or possession of firearms.” Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney has argued the recently approved gun-violence tax falls squarely under Seattle’s taxing authority.

Seattle modeled its gun violence tax on the efforts of Chicago’s Cook County, Illinois. It calls for adding a $25 tax on top of the sale of every firearm. Plus, it would tack on another 2 or 5 cents on every round of ammunition. The gun violence tax would begin in January 2016. Revenues collected would be used for assorted gun violence prevention programs as well as gun safety research.

The estimated $300,000 to $500,000 in annual tax revenues collected from the sales of firearms and ammunition were designed to compensate the city of Seattle for the financial toll taken from gun violence. Another measure approved at the same time requires gun owners to file reports if their firearms are lost are stolen.

American Heroes Stop Jihadist Gunman on Train to Paris

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“He didn’t stand a chance.” Often when a Jihadist gunman is involved, that statement would be made about a victim. This time was much better. Those words were spoken by Anthony Sadler, one of three being hailed as American heroes today. He was talking about the Islamic terrorist he and his two buddies derailed on a train bound for Paris from Amsterdam.

The gunman is a 25-year old Moroccan national. He has been identified as Ayoub El Khazzani. Counter-terrorism authorities in France and Spain knew of him. The French say he had been living in Spain until last year when he went to Syria “due to his membership of the radical Islamist movement.”

Here is how the scene played out.

The French operated Thalys high-speed train has just passed from Belgium into Northern France. A 28-year old French passenger was first to notice the suspect as the gunman left a toilet cubicle. He was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, a Luger automatic pistol, multiple magazines, and a box-cutter. Ayoub El Khazzani got away and opened fire on board.

The next heroic act came from a Franco-American passenger in his 50s. He tried to stop the Islamic extremist and was shot in the shoulder.

Then came the main event. A pair of off-duty U.S. Military heroes and their American friend overpowered the gunman.

22-year old Alex Skarlatos had recently returned from serving our country in Afghanistan. He is a member of the National Guard in Oregon. Skarlatos said, “I didn’t realize what was happening until I saw a guard run past. I looked back and saw a guy enter with a Kalashnikov. My friends and I got down and then I said ‘Let’s get him.'”

The group may have caught a lucky break in that the gunman’s firearm may have jammed. Adds Skarlatos, “We didn’t know if the gun wasn’t working or anything like that. Spencer just ran anyway and if anyone had gotten shot, it would have been Spencer and we’re just very lucky that nobody got killed.”

Spencer Stone, a member of the United States Air Force bull rushed the gunman and put him in a chokehold. He was cut in the neck and hand by a box cutter. A surgery was successful to prevent him from losing his thumb.

Skarlatos finished the job. “At that point I showed up and grabbed the gun from him and basically started beating him in the head until he fell unconscious.” Sadler says, “He didn’t say anything. He was just telling us to give back his gun. ‘Give me back my gun! Give me back my gun!’ But we just carried on beating him up and immobilized him and that was it.”

Khazzani was hog tied with his hands and feet behind his back. Bare-chested, he was arrested when the train stopped at the Arras station in Northern France with 554 passengers aboard. He is now being interrogated by counter-terrorism officials.

President Barack Obama singled out the American heroes saying, “It is clear that their heroic actions may hve prevented a far worse tragedy. Without their cool-headed actions we could have been faced with a terrible incident.”

On Monday at the Elysse Palace, French President Francois Hollande will honor the American heroes and a British man for their heroics on the train. Thanks to all of them for their bravery. Hopefully, they will serve as inspiration to others to stand together and take action in self-defense.

Detroit Answering Call to Arms

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The Detroit Pistons basketball team may need to change its name to the Detroit Pistols. That’s if the law-abiding citizens keep exercising their legal right to bear Arms, and answering one of their local leader’s Call to Arms.

In a city with more than its fair share of problems, there were more than 1,600 gun crimes in the first five months of 2015. That’s an average of more than 10 gun crimes being committed in Detroit every single day.

To combat the violence by gun carrying criminals, every single day more and more of the responsible people of the motor city are revving up their own power by legally carrying guns for self-defense.

It seems the people of Detroit are sick of being victims of rapes and the robberies. They’re tired of being victims of carjackings and home invasions. They want the drugs off their streets. They want the thugs off their streets, too, whether it’s by way of jail or the morgue.

Detroit Police Chief is Cool with Citizens Packing Heat

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig is different. Chief Craig is not only okay with the good people of the city exercising their Second Amendment rights, he is a promoter of it. “When you look at the city of Detroit,” says Craig. “We’re kind of leading the way in terms of urban areas with law-abiding citizens carrying guns.” He’s right and he’s smart.

Craig oversees protection of a population of 680,000. He has less than the amount of firearms and firepower he would like. You see, with a city riddled with chronic unemployment, a chronic downtown area, and a chronic local economy, his police force is dwindling, not growing to deal with demand. Mayor Mike Duggan has said 200 to 300 new police officers are set to be hired this year. That will be a shot in the arm.

Still, the best solution for everyone in Detroit is a “We the People” approach to bearing Arms.

As Detroit Police Chief, James Craig first went public with his Call to Arms in December 2013. The men and women of the city have listened. They have legally taken action, too.

In the first year of Craig’s Call to Arms, there were some 8,102 guns registered with the Detroit Police Department. 1,169 new handgun permits were issued. Proof that prior permit holders and new ones were willing to do their part to save Detroit from those carelessly trying to destroy it.

Already in 2015, more than 5,000 more guns have been registered by men and women of Detroit. Roughly 500 more permit holders have been added by the police department to the save the city effort.

The Department of Justice is also funding a plan targeting gun-toting drug-dealers and other criminals with felonies. They’ll handing out much stiffer prison sentences to Detroit felons caught with an illegal gun. For example, someone with three prior felonies could be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in a federal prison if arrested with a gun.

Billboards in town say, “Felon + Gun = federal prisons.” The next ones should read “Citizens + Firearms = Safer, Better Detroit.”

F-35A Firing Gun at Full Capacity

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Photo: U.S. Air Force

Some videos are just too cool. They are must see and must share. For instance, take a look at the video below. It was just released by Lockheed-Martin on its YouTube Channel. It shows you an F-35A firing off 181 rounds from a four-barrel, 25 mm Gatling gun.

The F-35 is a fifth generation fighter replacement built for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S Marine Corps. It is designed with the ability to defeat the most advanced threat systems currently in the air and on the ground, as well as those expected in the coming years.

The footage which surely gets the blood pumping was recorded one week ago during ground testing at the wide open spaces of Edwards Air Force Base in California. Plans are for airborne gun testing to be conducted in the fall. In 2017, when the program’s system development and demonstration process is completed, this gun will be operational on the F-35.

The GAU-22 gun is meant to provide the pilots of the low-flying aircraft the enhanced ability to rapidly and repeatedly engage air to ground targets as well as air to air targets. Here is a look at how the weapon is being integrated into the stealthy F-35 aircraft.

As you can see in the video, the Gatling gun is embedded in the left wing. It is designed to remain hidden behind the closed doors. This is important for minimizing the radar cross section until the trigger is engaged.

This testing is to certify the gun’s ability to properly spin up and down. Additional tests will be done next year with a line production F-35A jet to integrate with the full mission systems and avionics capabilities. Test pilots will have the opportunity to then observe flying qualities in confirming the aircraft can withstand the loads of firing the gun, and look at other factors such as muzzle flash.

The first phase of the F-35A gun testing began at the gun harmonizing range on Edwards Air Force Base back on June 9. Over the next few months, the amount of munitions fired gradually increased until the 181 rounds were fired last week.

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