More Ferguson residents take up arms to thwart rioting, looting trash

Imagine how much worse things would be without a right to keep and bear arms

FERGUSON, Mo. — Since looting first erupted following the August police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown, nearly all the businesses in a two-square-mile area of this St. Louis suburb have had to board up. All except one — a Conoco gas station and convenience store.

One, a 6-foot-8-inches man named Derrick Jordan — “Stretch,” as friends call him — whisked an AR-15 assault rifle out from a pickup truck parked near the entrance.

Jordan, 37, was one of four black Ferguson residents who spent Tuesday night planted in front of the store, pistols tucked into their waistbands, waiting to ward off looters or catch shoplifters.

Jordan and the others guarding the gas station are all black. The station’s owner is white.

Ferguson has seen a stark demographic shift in recent decades, going from all white to mostly black. About two-thirds of the town’s 21,000-strong population are black. By some accounts, the Brown shooting has heightened racial tensions in the city. But not at the gas station.

“We would have been burned to the ground many times over if it weren’t for them,” said gas station owner Doug Merello, whose father first bought it in 1984.

Merello said he feels deep ties to Ferguson, and if the loyalty of some of his regular customers is any indication, the feeling is mutual.

At times, Jordan and his friends were joined on Tuesday night by other men from the neighborhood, also armed. None of the men was getting paid to be there. They said they felt they owed it to Merello, who has employed many of them over the years and treats them with respect.

“He’s a nice dude, he’s helped us a lot,” said a 29-year-old who identified himself as R.J. He said he, like the other volunteers, had lived a short distance away from the store for most of his life.

He carried a Taurus 9mm pistol in his sweatpants and drew it out to show another customer, an older man at a pump who was brandishing a MAC-10 machine pistol.

Missouri allows the open carrying of firearms. State lawmakers recently passed a law overriding any local ordinance that banned the open carry of firearms by people who have concealed-weapons permits.

R.J. said on Monday they chased away several groups of teenagers rampaging through the area.

These folks, like the vast majority of Americans, COULD GIVE A YOU-KNOW-WHAT LESS ABOUT SKIN COLOR. They are setting an example of how to deal with thugs, you take a strong stand, in force against them. You do not coddle them, make excuses for them, or try to hamper the ability of law enforcement to deal with them. Are you listening Mr. President? Try listening to a man who would make a far better AG than Mr, Holder

Your Self-Defense Story of the Day

A good woman with a gun…………

Thanksgiving morning police say a mother shot an intruder who was trying to break in to her Edmonds home.

It happened in the 16400 block of 75th Avenue West, in a house overlooking Puget Sound.

After pounding at her door at 3:15am, police said the 22-year-old suspect tried to force his way inside.

“They thought they knew this person, by the pounding on the door,” Sgt. Bob Barker said. “That’s why it was open initially. Then they realized it wasn’t, they tried to push him out, it didn’t work

When she knew she couldn’t keep him out the woman fired one shot hitting the suspect in the stomach, detectives said.

The woman’s husband and children, ages 14, 10, and 5, were in the home along with a friend of the 14-year-old. They called 911 before the mother shot the suspect, detectives said.

More news/updates, and takes on the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” fraud

Bob Owens looks at the evidence which lays to rest the false narrative of Saint Michael Brown Via the Washington Post

Prior to his encounter with Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson, Officer Wilson’s day had been completely uneventful. He was in the area responding to a sick child call and was responding with EMS, who then transported the mother and newborn with a fever to the hospital (p. 199-202). It was while he was completing this call to in Northwoods apartments that he first heard of the strong-arm robbery call. Two other units were dispatched to handle that call. Wilson was not. (p. 202)

Wilson was dressed in a normal police uniform and was driving a marked Ferguson police SUV ( a Chevrolet Tahoe) with light bar (p. 204). Wilson’s duty equipment included a Sig 229 .40 Smith & Wesson caliber pistol with a 12 round magazine, plus one round in the chamber for a total of 13 rounds in the gun. He carried two spare magazines on his belt, along with two pairs of handcuffs, an ASP baton, chemical spray, and his portable radio. The Ferguson Police Department does not have enough Tasers for every officer, and Wilson generally does not request them because they are large, bulky and uncomfortable to carry (p. 205-206).

After completing the sick child call, Wilson is leaving when he notices that two men, one much larger than the other, are walking down the double yellow centerline of Canfield Drive, impeding traffic (p. 207).

Wilson pulls up with his window down and  suggests that Johnson and Brown move out of the road and use the sidewalk. Johnson informs Officer Wilson that they are almost to their destination, and continues walking down the middle of the road. Wilson replied, “Well, what’s wrong with using the sidewalk?” to which Michael Brown replied, “F**k what you have to say.” (p. 208).

It was at this point Brown drew Officer Wilson’s full attention, and he noticed that Michael Brown had a handful of Cigarillos, and that Dorian Johnson wore a black shirt. Wilson realized that the Johnson and Wilson matched the descriptions of the two strong-arm robbery suspects that two other officers had been dispatched to find (p. 209).

The two suspects kept walking past Wilson’s car. Wilson got on his radio and informed dispatch that he needed another car, then backed up his SUV past Johnson and Brown, then angled it to impede their progress  and starts to open his door, saying to Brown, “Hey, come here a minute.” Brown then said, “What the f**k are you going to do about it,” and slammed the door shut (p. 209).

Wilson then tried to open the door again and push Brown away, exclaiming, “Get the f**k back.” Brown slammed the door shut a second time, and then threw a punch at Officer Wilson, striking him in the face. Wilson described the punch as a “full on swing, but not a full shot,” (p. 210) suggesting that Michael Brown put all of his 292 pounds into an attempted knock-out punch, but that he didn’t fully connect, and only struck a glancing blow.

Under Missouri law this justifies the use of deadly force.

After striking Officer Wilson, Brown handed the Cigarillos to Dorian Johnson and Wilson attempted and failed to gain control over Brown’s right arm. He described it as fruitless as “a five year old holding on to Hulk Hogan” (p. 212).

Wilson again attempted to open his door and escape the vehicle, but Brown blocked his escape and swung another full power punch and hit Wilson in the face again.

This again justifies the use of deadly force.

Officer Wilson began to run through his options, and ruled out his chemical spray because Brown’s hands were in front of his face (rendering the spray unlikely to hit his eyes and work), and the vehicle confines would likely result in Wilson getting the spray into his eyes as well. Wilson’s ASP baton was behind his right hip and trapped against the SUV’s seat, and even if he could deploy it, there wasn’t room to deploy and swing it with any force.  He couldn’t use the flashlight on the passenger seat as an impact weapon either, for the same reason. There simply wasn’t enough room to swing it (p. 213-214).

Wilson finally decides that he has to go for his handgun, the Sig P229 in .40 Smith & Wesson.

Wilson  unholsters his pistol and shouts a warning to Brown, “Get back or I’m going to shoot you.”

Brown responds by grabbing Officer Wilson’s gun and stating, “You’re too much of a p***y to shoot me” (p.214). Brown twists the gun so that the barrel is pointed at Wilson’s body.

Yet again, this justifies the use of deadly force.

At this point, the grand jury interrupts to ask Wilson to identify his handgun in a series of photos so that they can better understand what the pistol looked like (p. 215-216). The grand jury notes at this time that Brown had struck Wilson twice in the face with full-power blows, and Wilson responds that he was worried that a third blow could render him unconscious or kill him outright (p. 216-217).

Wilson then starts to describe the struggle over control of the gun, and the grand jury redirects him to pictures showing his injuries photographed at the hospital. They include scratches to the back of his neck, considerably swelling to both his right cheek, swelling to his left cheek, and red marks (p.217-222).

After detailing his injuries, they return to the struggle over Wilson’s pistol, which Brown had turned into Wilson’s body. Wilson restates that Brown said that “You’re too much of a p***y to shoot me,” and then attempted to get his finger inside the triggerguard of the weapon to shoot officer Wilson (p.223).

This is attempted murder, and yet again justifies the use of deadly force by Officer Wilson.

Wilson is worried that Brown is going to be able to fire a shot into his leg, and shifts his body, then uses his left hand to push Brown away with all his force. This allows Wilson to move the barrel away from his leg, but Brown still has his hand on the gun.

Wilson attempted to pull the trigger, but the gun fails to discharge with Brown still holding on to it (p.224).

He pulled the trigger again, and it just clicked again. It is probable that the slide is out of battery during these two attempts to fire.  It wasn’t until his third trigger pull that the gun went off, blasting a bullet through the door panel. Glass explodes (the window was down and in the door panel) and Wilson saw blood. At this point both men are startled. Brown takes a step back, gets a look on his face “like a demon” and comes back at Wilson through the SUV’s window again.

Once again, this justifies the use of deadly force.

Brown hits Wilson again, and Wilson attempts to fire again, and his gun goes “click” instead of “bang.” He does a “tap-tack-bang,” drill throws his left hand up to protect his face, and fires again. This time the gun fired again (p.225).

Because of the struggle over the gun pushing it out of battery, it went click, click, boom, click, boom, in the five attempts to fire in the SUV, with only two successful shots fired.

By this time, Dorian Johnson has taken off. A witness claimed he sprinted away at the first gun shot, and that he never turned as he ran. All his testimony that was the root of the initial riots in August is believed to have been entirely fabricated.

Michael Brown then starts to run. Wilson calls for backup and says shots were fired over the radio. He then starts running after Brown (p.226).

Wilson chases Brown, Brown stops. Wilson stops. Brown turns.

Wilson yells for Brown to get on the ground. Instead, Brown grunts and does a stutter step, to start running back at Wilson (p.227). Brown’s left hand is in a fist. His right hand goes under his shirt, towards his waistband. Wilson tells Brown to get on the ground again,then fires a series of shots (p.228). Wilson is focused on Brown’s hands. This likely explains the hits to Brown’s arms (you tend to shoot where you look). Wilson knows that he missed some shots but knows at least one connected because he sees Brown flinch.

Brown keeps coming.

Wilson describes having tunnel vision focused on Brown’s right hand (p.228) as his fires that volley of shots. After the final shot, his vision opens up again. Brown is still coming, and hasn’t slowed down. Wilson screams for Brown to get on the ground again, but he just keeps coming. Wilson is backpedaling to keep some distance between them. Brown just looks angry that hes been shot, and continues to charge.

Brown is just 8-10 feet away and Wilson thinks that an enraged Brown will kill him if he reaches him. Wilson adjusts his point of aim and concentrates on the sights, aimed at Brown’s head (p.229).

After the final shot, the anger on Brown’s face went slack, “the aggression was gone,” and Brown fell face forward to the ground.

It was then that Wilson got on the radio and called for a supervisor and “every car you got” (p.230).

The shooting was over. the fallout was just beginning.

The forensic evidence collected at the scene includes blood droplet spatter that suggests Michael Brown did in fact turn and then advance upon Officer Wilson.

Evidence collected inside the car, on Wilson’s gun, from his uniform, and from Michael Brown’s body in three separate autopsies are consistent with the claim that Brown was shot in the hand in the struggle over the weapon.

Multiple eyewitnesses confirmed the physical evidence that Michael Brown was advancing upon Officer Wilson when he was shot and killed.

While there may not be such thing as a “textbook” shooting, every single shot fired by Officer Wilson, from the first attempt inside the Tahoe until the final shot into the apex of a charging Brown’s head, was entirely justified as a matter of self-defense.

So, it is clear that the “testimony” of Brown’s friend, who fled the scene when the bullets started flying, was completely false, yet, it was picked up, repeated, and continues, even after being refuted, to be repeated. The Left cares nothing about truth, achieving their goal is all that matters to them. They will continue to repeat it, so it will be up to us, yes, us, to be prepared, with facts, to destroy their false narrative.

Turning to the riots, Bob Owens notes that some business owners chose to arm themselves to stop the rioters

As criminals raged and overwhelmed the ability of law enforcement to respond to threats in Ferguson, Missouri, last night, it was up to armed citizens—good guys with guns—to save the day.

Nobody is robbing St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio anytime soon. Or County Guns, for that matter.

The two north-county businesses share a storefront in a Florissant strip mall less than ten minute drive from the epicenter of last night’s riots in Ferguson. After nightfall, what began as a community’s peaceful demonstration against the Ferguson Police Department’s shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown turned increasingly violent. Crowds plundered a QuikTrip and burned it to the ground, and local news began reporting brazen raids on other stores in the area.

After hearing of the roving bands of looters, Mike Gutierrez knew he had to protect his tattoo shop. He brought a posse with him, including Adam Weinstein, owner of County Guns, who was acutely worried about criminals getting their hands on his merchandise.

“We didn’t want them coming in here and then running around with a bunch of free guns,” Weinstein told Daily RFT when we arrive at the store around 12:30 a.m. this morning. Weinstein was outfitted with an assault rifle, pistol and tactical vest. Gutierrez cradled his own rifle in his hands.

Gutierrez, Weinstein and their group arrived to find thieves tearing through a Dollar General in the same strip mall that houses their business. Weinstein says the looters attempted moving toward the shop, but were scared off by the guns. Then the police arrived.

“There were like two SWAT vans, two dozen cop cars,” said one woman. The cops apparently checked out the situation and then tore off to some other crisis.

Why do Leftists cry so for gun control? Many reasons, of course, but stripping away the right to self-defense is the biggest goal they have. This is why they seek laws that restrict gun ownership, laws that curtail the right to carry, laws that punish self-defense, and laws that mandate how we store our guns. 

In other stories of note, Leftist hacks continue to grasp at straws to keep the RAAAAACISM narrative alive. For instance, the word “charging” is now RAAAAACIST and offenseive!

NBC News Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom argued that “charging” is a “racially-tinged offensive word” in a discussion on the Darren Wilson grand jury decision on Tuesday’s “Reid Report” on MSNBC.

Bloom alleged that there were inconsistencies and ambiguities in Wilson’s statements that were not properly exposed by the prosecution during Wilson’s testimony before the grand jury, including “this issue about charging, which I find to be sort of a racially-tinged offensive word in and of itself.” Bloom continued “I would have asked him, ‘what exactly does that mean?’ Because at one point he says Mike Brown took a step forward. another point he says, he took a hop, as if he was about to run and then he began running. So, running is inconsistent with one step forward. which is it, Mr. Wilson? I mean, you really have to get to the bottom of it. you can’t let an ambiguous word like ‘charged’ get out there to the grand jury without analyzing it, without cross-examining it and that just didn’t happen.” 

Ambiguous? Good grief how asinine, we all know what charging means. Bloom is desperate to keep the racial division going. So are some celebrities, you can read their inane ramblings here

Conservative Hideout has 13 things about Ferguson you might not know

The Last Refuge shares some concerns about a war on witnesses

Several of the eye-witnesses, who gave honest testimony to the Grand Jury, were, according to their own statements, warned immediately after the shooting to keep their mouths shut.   All of the eye-witnesses were African American.  If you read the reports the overwhelming sense of fear about speaking the truth is overwhelming.  

Many, if not all, of the witness statements outlined in police reports, FBI reports, and later in Grand Jury testimony -who testified to the factual events as outlined by officer Wilson, and whose testimony fit the physical and forensic evidence- were threatened by the local Canfield Greens community.

(Via Daily Mail) A man has died during the Ferguson riots just yards from where Michael Brown was shot dead.  Residents on Canfield Drive said that DeAndre Joshua, 20, was shot whilst in his car though police at the scene refused to confirm any details.

DeAndre’s grandmother Renita Towns said that ‘somebody killed him’ during the carnage.

Gateway Pundit has more, and wonder why Brown’s mom and step dad are screaming “Burn the Bitch Down”. Classy, calling for the destruction of their neighbors homes, and businesses? That will bring justice? The people on this video sound like thugs, and like a lynch mob.

Mooonbattery notes that noted buffoon Marc Lamont Hill, who seems to get outraged when police confront thugs, is whining that police are not confronting thugs!

Marc Lamont Hill, Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College (I never heard of it either), who often barks left-wing talking points on cable news, was moved to a new level of hypocrisy by the pageant of lawlessness and savagery on display in Ferguson:

Almost no police on W Ferguson as poor people’s property and bodies are vulnerable.Countless police on S. Florrissant protecting their stuff

Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted

This is what I keep hearing, listening now to the announcement, and it sounds like there will be none. Prosecutor McCullough is laying out the timeline, and the evidence, which is important, no matter what the decision of the grand jury. Prosecutor McCullough talking about grounds for self-defense, and there will be no indictment. Physical evidence and testimonies do NOT support the case for indictment.

Prosecutor McCullough is now laying out the findings, I hope everyone will LISTEN before reacting, It is so important to know the evidence, and not react emotionally.

What role did anti-gun insanity lay in death of 12-year-old boy?

Bearing Arms asks the obvious questions

It has happened again, this time in Cleveland: a tween playing with an airsoft gun in a park becomes the subject of a craven citizen’s 911 call to police. Officers arrived, and when the 12-year-old failed to respond to police commands precisely as they wanted, as fast as they wanted, he was shot and killed.

A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds on Sunday, one day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving what the caller described as a “probably fake” gun at a playground.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said one officer fired twice after the boy pulled the fake weapon — which was lacking the orange safety indicator usually found on the muzzle — from his waistband but had not pointed it at police. The boy did not make any verbal threats, but grabbed the replica handgun after being told to raise his hands, Deputy Chief Tomba said.

“That’s when the officer fired,” he said.

The Cuyahoga County medical examiner identified the boy as Tamir Rice.

There are a number of things worth talking about with this tragic shooting. Let’s first list them, then unpack them.

  • Why did the 911 caller, who said twice on the recorded call that he thought the gun was fake, feel compelled to call 911 for a toy gun? Doesn’t this amount to SWATting a child?

As Bob Owens notes, there were many factors, but I am stuck on why anyone would call police if he thought the gun was a fake? Has the anti-gun fanaticism gone this far?

An older white man (by his voice) called 911 to report that Rice was pointing a “probably fake” gun while playing with friends, and was “scaring the sh*t out of people.”

His definition of “people” probably meant just himself, as no one else made a similar 911 call.

What kind of person calls the police for a toy gun that he even believes to be a toy gun, merely because toy guns make him uncomfortable?

This may not have been an intentional SWATting call where the caller was hoping to get the young man hurt or killed. It was clearly an incident where a person who doesn’t like even toy guns felt compelled to call police on an emergency line to report a child playing with a toy.

The results are the same. Tamir Rice was effectively SWATted to death by a man we can reasonably suspect is a supporter of gun control.

Dear God what a waste. How hyper sensitive are we becoming?