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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.

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.”

 

 

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.”

American Heroes Stop Jihadist Gunman on Train to Paris

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Photo: ABC News

“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.

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.

Minions Fart Blaster Gun Creates Stink at Airport

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The Minions got in trouble again. This time, they got a three-year old boy in trouble with them. Dublin Airport Authority (DDA) officers in Ireland took away the toddler’s Minion’s Fart Blaster toy gun over the weekend during a pre-flight security check screening.

Little Leo Fitzpatrick was travelling home to Nottingham, England with his mother after a trip to visit her family in Dublin, Ireland. His Minions Fart Blaster created a stink at the Dublin Airport when it showed up on an x-ray machine screening his backpack.

Leo’s 25-year old single pregnant mother, Daire Fitzpatrick, was asked by DDA officers to empty the backpack at which time they experienced the plastic megaphone toy which lights up, makes “fart noises,” and releases a banana scent when the trigger gets pulled. Officials said the gun posed a security threat. So they seized it.

A spokesman for Dublin Airport spokesman released a statement saying, “Toy guns and replica guns are on the prohibited items list and we urge people to check this before they travel. We don’t make the rules but we apply the rules consistently; anything that is a replica gun with a trigger mechanism on it is listed as a prohibited item.”

Little Leo was given the toy one day earlier. It was a present from his grandfather. Daire Fitzpatrick told the Daily Mail she had never seen her son smile so much. “This gun was his life for the last 24 hours. He had become so attached to it and would really hysterically laugh when he pressed the button,” said Daire. “If you look at it it’s just ridiculous it could be considered a weapon. I mean, would you shake with fear if I pointed a Minions Fart Blaster at you?”

Mom says the DDA official even admitted his own child was bearing the same Arms at home. She says her three-year old was devastated, but polite. He was upset and didn’t understand why he had to “share” his new toy with the man he did not know.

DDA apologized to the family and said they would hold the boy’s Minions Fart Blaster toy gun until the family could return to collect it. The family decided to leave the megaphone in Ireland and purchased a new one for Leo when they got home.

Cell Phone Shoots Gun in Road Rage Incident

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Photo: KRQE 13

An Albuquerque, New Mexico man is making news. It comes after shooting a gun with his cell phone during a road rage incident. It happened Sunday afternoon on I-25 near the spectacular Sandia Peak Tramway which stretches from the Sandia Mountains to the city with breathtaking aerial views. Yet it was the driving on the freeway which took this man’s breath away.

He told his story to Channel 13 KRQE-TV News in Albuquerque. Why he went to the media, we don’t know. Reportedly, he was too shaken to identify himself and didn’t want to show his face on camera.

The man claimed a confrontation with the driver of a gold BMW 745i began as soon as he merged onto the I-25 freeway behind a semi-tractor trailer.  He said, “Next thing I know that BMW is right on my tail honking at me. He kicks it into high gear and hauls butt past me.”

He said once the gold BMW was in front of him, the driver kept slamming on the brakes and would not let him pass. “We’re on a freeway, you can’t just sit there at 10 miles an hour, and he did this like five more times. I mean I just screeched to almost a stand still.”

The man claims he then used his cell phone in an attempt to get video and photos of the BMW and its license plate. For some reason, he then took the opportunity to pull up alongside the driver’s side of the BMW. Here he got his “money shot” before exiting the freeway to call 911.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office says the video led them to the suspect. They say 44-year old Marty Herrera confessed to taking part in the road rage incident. The image on camera shows him holding a gun and pointing it toward the camera. He must have been doing some serious knee driving on I-25 as the image shows no hands near the steering wheel. The passenger seen in the front seat is looking ahead.

Online court documents show the suspect, Marty Herrera has multiple citations for speeding, but no prior criminal record. He was charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He surrendered his firearm to detectives and was released yesterday on a $15,000 bond.

“Obviously this individual was so upset,” said Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Aaron Williamson. “A split second decision, he makes that choice to pull the trigger, and now we have a fatality or a serious injury. There’s no reason to go to prison for somebody cutting you off in traffic.”

There’s also no reason to go to the morgue armed with only a cell phone in an unexpected gunfight. That’s if you can legally do anything about it.

A road rage incident is not planned like a trip. It can rear its ugly head at any moment, during any stretch of the highways and byways of America. Modern day driving is just one of the real-life scenarios in which a firearm can really save yours.

Obama Staffer Barvetta Singletary Facing Gun Charges

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Photo: Barvetta Silngletary. SC Now

 

Welcome to where TMZ meets C-SPAN. A President Obama staffer is now facing gun charges. Police say the domestic violence dispute stems from a lover’s quarrel between Barvetta Singletary and her boyfriend. He happens to be a U.S. Capitol Police Officer.

For more than a year, Barvetta Singletary has served as a Special Assistant to the President and House Legislative Affairs Liaison.

A White House spokesperson released this statement about the Obama Staffer:

“We are aware of the matter and have temporarily place the employee in question on unpaid leave and revoked her access to the complex until we have more information. We will take additional actions as needed.”

According to the charging documents with the Prince George’s County, Maryland, Police Department, 37-year old Barvetta Singletary sent her boyfriend a text asking him to come to her Upper Marlboro, Maryland home for sex. Like just about any guy would, he agreed.

Soon after they had sex, investigators say Singletary confronted the boyfriend. She wanted to know about other women he was dating. She led them outside. They went to the boyfriend’s car and both got inside. Then she asked to see his cell phones. He refused. Allegedly, Ms. Singletary then reached into his bag, grabbed two cell phones and the U.S. Capitol Police Officer’s service weapon. It was a .40 caliber Glock 23.

Police say Barvetta Singletary took the items and ran back into her home. The victim went after her pleading for her to give back his weapon. She would not comply. Instead, she demanded the passwords to his cell phones.

The arrest warrant says after the boyfriend refused, Singletary pulled the gun out of its holster, pointed it at him and said, “You taught me how to use this. Don’t think I won’t use it.” After he again refused to give her the passwords, she told him, “Your phone is more important than me holding the gun on you.”

Police say Singletary then pointed the firearm in the victim’s direction. Then she pulled the trigger and fired off one round. The victim ran away from the home, and called 911. He also told police he witnessed Ms. Singletary wiping down his gun with a towel to remove her fingerprints.

Barvetta Singletary was arrested at her home without incident. President Obama cannot be happy about the story of her wrongly bearing Arms with a U.S. Capitol Police Officer’s gun. Her right to work in the Obama White House may soon be infringed.

Ferguson Shooting Provides New Ammo for Conflict

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Photo: KMOV

Anyone legally carrying a firearm near Ferguson, Missouri, may need it today even more than usual. The same could easily be said if you are in other cities across the country where racial tensions are running high. It’s all because new ammo was loaded in another Ferguson shooting by police late last night.

This morning, an 18-year old man is in a local hospital listed in critical, unstable condition following surgery. He is identified as Tyrone Harris, Jr. St. Louis County police officers had believed he was armed when they were tracking him at the planned peaceful demonstrations on the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown. Harris’ father told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper his son and Michael Brown “were real close.”

The death of Brown on August 9, 2014 was the Ferguson shooting which sparked outrage nationwide. The African-American teen was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, a Caucasian. This incident launched the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

Police say last night’s violence erupted at about 11:15 local time on a rainy night. It was the third consecutive night of organized demonstrations, but the first where some police were dressed in riot gear, including bullet-proof vests and helmets with shields.

Reports say only about 100 people remained in the planned protests, and were actually outnumbered by members of the media at that point of the evening. The situation escalated when the crowd began blocking traffic and confronting police, including a brick and glass bottle being thrown at police.

In other incidents, two teens were hospitalized with gunshot wounds involving a drive-by shooting. A local member of the St. Louis media was also hospitalized after he was assaulted and robbed by several suspects.

The main event came when one of at least two suspects opened fire on plainclothes detectives at a gathering along West Florissant Avenue. An unmarked van activated its emergency lights and approached the suspect. Police Chief Jon Belmar described the shootout that followed as “remarkable.” He said in the span of roughly 45 seconds, a gunfire exchange took place in which up to 50 shots were fired.

The van was struck by multiple gunshots. Detectives inside returned fire before pursuing the man on foot. Chief Belmar said the suspect again pulled the trigger shooting at police. All four detectives returned fire leaving the suspect with multiple gunshot wounds.

At a media gathering earlier this morning to share details of the latest Ferguson shooting, Chief Belmar described those in the gunfight with police. “They were criminals,” he said. “They weren’t protesters.”

The chief said the wounded suspect, Tyrone Harris, Jr., had in his possession a semi-automatic 9MM handgun which was stolen last year in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

None of the officers involved in last night’s Ferguson shooting were seriously injured. All had between 6 and 12 years of experience on the job. In standard procedure, they have been placed on administrative leave.

Their services might be sorely missed today in another planned day of “civil disobedience.”

Ares Armor Inc. at ANM Expo Summer 2015

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Think cool.

The Army Navy Military Expo has exactly what you need in Las Vegas in August — air conditioning. The ANME Summer 2015 show is being held inside the comforts of the Tuscany Suites and Casino from Sunday, August 16 through Tuesday, August 18th.

The Army Navy Military Expo is a battle-tested B2B tradeshow. It brings together buyers and sellers through displays of the coolest products in the army-navy surplus, tactical, law enforcement, and outdoor industries.

David Castlegrant is the show manager for ANME Summer 2015, the 15th edition of the event which began in 2007. “We’re hoping for a great show,” said Castlegrant, who’s got more than 20 years of experience in the surplus industry. “The summer show is smaller and usually more intimate. But our pre-registration for this event is up dramatically. We’re expecting we could have more than 900 attendees.

Even during summer in the desert, Las Vegas attracts visitors from around the world. “We already have international buyers from 19 different countries right now,” adds Castlegrant. “They come from a lot of gun stores, “cop shops” or police supply stores, and plenty of surplus stores. The interesting thing about surplus stores is no two are alike.”

Think cool.

U.S. Veterans from Ares Armor Inc. will be at the ANM Expo to meet you, and show you a wide array of the company’s expanding product line. They will be featuring products from the company’s complete nylon catalog, as well as items from the metal catalog. You can find Ares Armor Inc. at Exhibitor Booth #705. It’s right by the breakfast and lunch area.

Think cool.

If you are a buyer or serious browser, your cost to register for the Army Navy Military Expo Summer 2015 event couldn’t be more attractive. It’s free at www.anmexpo.com.

We’ll look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas at the ANM Expo.

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