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Gun sales are surging in a surprising state

Gun sales are surging in a surprising state

Concerns about looming gun control legislation and rising crime continued to fuel gun sales in America throughout the month of April, according to industry observers.

The FBI conducted more than 3.5 million gun-related background checks last month, a 20% year-over-year increase from April 2020, according to the latest FBI figures released Monday.

Nearly 1.7 million of those gun background checks were specifically for gun purchases, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a firearms industry trade group that cross references FBI data with actual sales figures provided by gun merchants to determine how many guns are sold monthly.

NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva said the firearms industry sold more guns last month than in any April on record.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/04/business/gun-sales-april-illinois/index.html

Operation Safety Net: Success or 'nightmare?'

Operation Safety Net: Success or 'nightmare?'

Operation Safety Net, the 12-week mission that stationed thousands of troops and police officers around the Twin Cities during the Derek Chauvin trial leaves behind a controversial legacy.

While officials argue the unprecedented mission succeeded in keeping people and buildings safe and secure during a tense period of time around the state, others argue it militarized the community already dealing with trauma. 

“I think Operation Safety Net failed miserably,” said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-Minnesota, a group that has been critical of the operation since it was set into motion.

“To some neighbors, it may present them a peaceful solution, to others it presented insult to injury, and to many people — who may not even know — they've been fully traumatized by this military might,” Hussein said.
https://kstp.com/news/looking-back-at-the-legacy-of-operation-safety-net/6091148/?cat=1

Intriguing question- was the relative peacefulness in the metro because of or in spite of Operation Safety Net?

A false facial recognition match sent this innocent Black man to jail

A false facial recognition match sent this innocent Black man to jail

In February 2019, Nijeer Parks walked into the Woodbridge Police Department to clear his name.

Parks, a 31-year-old Black man living in Paterson, New Jersey, had received a frantic phone call from his grandmother telling him that police from Woodbridge, a town 30 miles away, had come looking for him at the apartment they shared. This was all a misunderstanding, he had thought. Parks had trouble with the law in his past, but that was behind him. Since being released from prison on drug-related charges, he had changed his life and was now working a steady job as a carpenter.


Standing at the desk of the police station, holding an envelope with his Social Security card and identification, Parks was ready to clear his name. It wouldn't be so easy.

"Four or five minutes later as me and [the clerk] were talking, two other officers walk up and tell me to put my hands behind my back," Parks recalled in an interview with CNN Business. "He's like, 'Put your hands behind your back. You're under arrest.'"

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/29/tech/nijeer-parks-facial-recognition-police-arrest/index.html

Support for this technology has ebbed and flowed here.

3-day George Floyd commemoration to feature rally, day of action and celebration

3-day George Floyd commemoration to feature rally, day of action and celebration

Over three consecutive days at the end of May, the George Floyd Memorial Foundation will host a series of events to commemorate Floyd’s death.

Floyd died on Memorial Day 2020 during an arrest by Minneapolis police officers. Now-fired officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder in the case in April 2021.

Starting Sunday, May 23 and ending Tuesday, May 25, the foundation will host what they are calling a "series of positive community events," focused in Minneapolis.

https://www.fox9.com/news/3-day-george-floyd-commemoration-to-feature-rally-day-of-action-and-celebration

List of daily plan at link

Supreme Court agrees to take up major Second Amendment case

Supreme Court agrees to take up major Second Amendment case

(CNN)The Supreme Court announced Monday it will consider the scope of the Second Amendment next term in a case concerning a New York law that restricts an individual from carrying a concealed handgun in public.

It has been more than a decade since the justices have ruled on significant case concerning the right to bear arms, and it comes in the wake of several mass shootings and the Biden administration's push for enhanced gun regulations.

The court's move highlights the impact of Justice Amy Coney Barrett's presence on the newly solidified conservative court. Justice Clarence Thomas and others had been urging the justices to take up the issue, and just last term, the court declined several cases.

This story is breaking and will be updated

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/26/politics/supreme-court-second-amendment-case/index.html

Woman seen almost stabbed in Columbus police shooting video now gets death threats: I-Team

Woman seen almost stabbed in Columbus police shooting video now gets death threats: I-Team

CLEVELAND (WJW) – The FOX 8 I-Team has learned of death threats reported to Cleveland police by a woman at the heart of a deadly police shooting of a teen in Columbus.

Police video this week showed a Columbus officer shot a 16-year-old girl as she was about to stab a woman. That woman went to stay with a relative in Cleveland. Then she called police to report her life is in danger. She told police Friday someone posted her current and former addresses, phone number and picture on social media. That led others to share it on social media.

Then, the woman started seeing “threatening comments” about how she “should be beat or killed.” Someone even posted “they were on their way to her current address to kill her.”

The woman told Cleveland officers that in light of the shooting and what’s happened since she is in “extreme mental anguish.”

https://www.wkbn.com/news/ohio/cleveland-connection-in-deadly-police-shooting-of-teen-in-columbus-i-team/

Firearms/ gun owner's insurance

It is often brought up that it should be mandatory gun owners have insurance. Usually from the perspective that this would be a backdoor ban or at least only limit ownership to those of means. Although such a mandate probably would not survive a challenge in courts, there are certain cases where it could be upheld, such as having a carry permit- using a gun beyond simple ownership.

I decided to look into how it is handled now based on my own actual insurance policies.Since insurance laws do vary from state to state my experience may not be applicable to someone in another state or with a different company.

Under my homeowner's policy guns are considered a high value item and so have a upper limit the same as jewellery, furs or silverware. In my case it is $2500Against loss by theft or fire. I can purchase either a higher limit and/or broader coverage for a very reasonable amount.

What most people are interested in is liability insurance, that which would pay someone harmed by my actions.The policy comes with a $100,000 coverage standard and I have increased that to $500,000 at the great cost of $4 per year. In addition I have a one million dollar umbrella policy which covers myself, all members of my household for any liability resulting from action including auto accidents. So altogether I have one and a 1/2 million dollars coverage for the cost of about $10.50 a month.

So now the question is would it cover me if I shot someone on purpose or by accident? Reading the policy, and I recommend everyone read their insurance policies it's not that difficult, under exclusions it says intentional acts are excluded. Therefore if I intentionally try to harm someone these policies provide no coverage. However it does go on to say this exclusion does not apply in the case of REASONABLE USE OF FORCE IN SELF-DEFENSE, it is capitalised in the policy. So to sum up if I were to commit a crime, an intentional act, I would not be covered. If I shot at someone in self defence I would be, even if I hit a different person because that would be considered accidental. I did not hit the person I was aiming at.

The insurance company also does not care what kind of gun or how many i may have. Unless I have a collection worth over $2500, then they are happy to sell me extra coverage.

All this is to show an insurance mandate would only affect the poorest, those unable to spend an extra $10 per month. It also would not help anyone who is a victim of an intentional crime as a claim would be denied.

Killer cops

Per Snopes, police have shot and killed 984 people since April 2020. That is about 2.7 per day. Most of these don't make national news but many are now recorded so we can view what happened.

Three cases I have seen recently

-a boy being chased on foot for possibly shooting at cars. He tosses a gun and turns to show open hands. In less than a second he is shot once and killed.

-a female vet is entering through a window unarmed. Multiple cops are inside. Before even getting inside she is shot once and killed.

-police are called to a possible abuse/fight situation. There is a chaotic altercation. One girl with a knife tries to slash another girl then presses a third against a car and tries to stab her. She is shot four times and dies.

In none of these cases did police try to use less lethal weapons or de- escalation tactics. However in each case events were happening quickly.

Should any of these people be dead or should other attempts been made to subdue the victims?

Lexington and Concord

Lexington and Concord

On April 19, 1775, British and American soldiers exchanged fire in the Massachusetts towns of Lexington and Concord. On the night of April 18, the royal governor of Massachusetts, General Thomas Gage, commanded by King George III to suppress the rebellious Americans, had ordered 700 British soldiers, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith and Marine Major John Pitcairn, to seize the colonists’ military stores in Concord, some 20 miles west of Boston.

A system of signals and word-of-mouth communication set up by the colonists was effective in forewarning American volunteer militia men of the approach of the British troops. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” tells how a lantern was displayed in the steeple of Christ Church on the night of April 18, 1775, as a signal to Paul Revere and others.

At Lexington Green, the British were met by approximately seventy American Minute Men led by John Parker. At the North Bridge in Concord, the British were confronted again, this time by 300 to 400 armed colonists, and were forced to march back to Boston with the Americans firing on them all the way. By the end of the day, the colonists were singing “Yankee Doodle” and the American Revolution had begun. Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774 to 1789 includes a timeline of the events that followed.

https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/april-19/

Minneapolis police: Shots fired at National Guard and Minneapolis police members

Minneapolis police: Shots fired at National Guard and Minneapolis police members

A Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police Department neighborhood security team were fired upon early Sunday morning in north Minneapolis.

According to the Minneapolis Police Department, at around 4:15 a.m., a light-colored SUV fired shots at a Minnesota National Guard and Minneapolis Police team who was providing neighborhood security in the vicinity of Penn Avenue and Broadway Avenue.

No members of the team were seriously injured, said police.

The Minnesota National Guard stated that two National Guard members did sustain minor injuries from the incident. One National Guard member was taken to a hospital to receive care for lacerations from shattered glass. The other Guardsman received only superficial injuries.

No further information is available at this time.

https://kstp.com/news/minneapolis-police-shots-fired-at-national-guard-and-minneapolis-police-members/6078926/?cat=1
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