Sunday, March 1, 2015

Texas 3-Year-old Dies After Accidental Shooting

A 3-year-old victim was airlifted to the hospital after a shooting in the 7400 block of Betanna Lane on Friday. Photo: Steve Harris / handout

Local news reports

A 3-year-old boy died at the hospital after he was struck in what investigators characterized as an "accidental shooting" at his home in northwest Harris County.

Sheriff's deputies said the incident happened about 12:30 p.m. Friday inside the two-story home in the 7400 block of Betanna near Elmont.

The boy, his mother, and another young sibling were the only ones in the house at the time.
The mother was in another part of the house when she heard a gunshot, officials said.

She rushed to her two children and found the 3-year-old with a gunshot to the neck or jaw area, deputies said.

The boy, who has not been identified, was flown by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital at the Texas Medical Center, where he died, officials said.

Sheriff's detectives said later Friday they have not yet questioned the boy's mother, who was at the hospital.

Texas Mom Pulls Gun on 14-Year-old Daughter's Rival During Playground Girlfight

Virianda Alvarez is accused of pointing a gun at the head of student Victoria Myers during a fight the girl was having with Alvarez' daughter at a Texas high school.

Local news reports with video

Mommy brought a gun to a fistfight.

Texas-style justice went too far when a mom tried to sway a playground fight between her 14-year-old daughter and a rival by pointing a handgun at the head of the other girl, video from the incident shows.

Hours after the Tuesday girlfight at a park next to Pasadena High School in suburban Houston — broken up by campus police — Viridiana Alvarez, 33, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after photos and video emerged of the gun-toting mom.

Federal Court Rejects Challenge to California Gun Safety Law

Local news

A federal court has rejected a challenge to California's gun safety law, possibly paving the way for a requirement that new guns mark the bullets they fire so they can be traced. 

The ruling on Wednesday was a defeat for two gun rights groups that argued the Unsafe Handgun Act violated the constitutional right to bear arms.
The law prohibits the manufacture or sale in California of any gun that doesn't meet certain safety requirements. 

It was aimed at outlawing cheap "Saturday Night Specials" that were disproportionally used in crimes.
A 2007 amendment added a requirement that new or modified semi-automatic handguns include technology that microstamps a bullet casing with a code identifying the gun's make, model and serial number.

That requirement was held up by concerns about patent issues on the technology but took effect in 2013. However, the federal challenge continued.
This week's ruling "means that more gun crimes will be solved, more lives will be saved and California communities will be safer," said a Friday statement from Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, who authored the 2007 amendment when he was a state Assembly member.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

This Side of Paradise

Missouri Spree Shooting - 9 Dead Including the Shooter

Alleged shooter
 Joseph Jesse Aldridge

The Houston Herald

Eight people were killed, including the alleged gunman, in multiple shootings Thursday night near Tyrone in Texas County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the suspect, 36-year-old Joseph Jesse Aldridge, apparently killed seven individuals and injured another at multiple residences before fleeing to Shannon County and killing himself. Authorities believe a ninth person died of natural causes before the shooting spree and may have motivated the gunman.

ATF Proposes Banning 5.56mm/.223 Caliber Ammunition Used in Popular AR-15 Style Rifle

Shooting w Bushmaster .223 5.56mm AR-15 spread at 100 yards


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(ATF) seeks to ban certain types of 5.56mm/.223 caliber ammunition.   The bullets are commonly used with the popular AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle for sporting purposes, such as target shooting.

In a 17 page document released earlier this month the ATF proposed the reclassification of “5.56mm constituent projectiles of SS109 and M855 cartridges” from the category of “primarily used for sporting purposes” to that of “armor piercing ammunition.”  The agency fears that the ammunition used in AR based handguns can penetrate bullet proof vests worn by law enforcement officers.

Commonly available steel-core, “green tip” M855 and SS109 rifle ammunition that is primarily intended and regularly used for “sporting purposes,” like target shooting, has been exempt from federal law banning armor piercing ammunition for decades.  A ban would have far reaching implications for target shooter, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts.

To read the entire 17 page ATF document proposing the ban click here. The ATF is taking public comment on the proposed ban of commonly available steel-core ball ammunition until March 16.

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