Meet Il Ling New
New is the first female instructor at the Gunsite Academy, and the subject of not one, but TWO articles in the San Francisco Chronicle. One focuses on how she came to be an firearms instructor, and one on using guns for self defense.
No, it's not April First, and I'm not joking.
More on No-Knocks and Self Defense
Go read Kim, who also has links to all of Balko's posts.
Corey Maye, No-Knock Raids, and Self Defense
Glenn Reynolds has more from Radley Balko, in which Radley comes close to expressing my thoughts:
Put yourself in Maye's shoes. You have no criminal record. You've done nothing wrong. In the middle of the night, in a bad neighborhood, you awake to find someone attempting to break down your door. The door flies open, and a man in black paramilitary gear comes storming into your bedroom, where your infant daughter also happens to be sleeping.
Not only is that set of circumstances "reasonable ground" to think that someone is about to do you "great personal injury," and that you're in "imminent danger" of said personal injury being accomplished, you'd be crazy not to take quick action to defend yourself.
The SWAT team was in Maye's home illegally. And they failed to exercise due dilligence in obtaining the search warrant, given that they were obviously unaware that the target of the warrant was a duplex with a second residence. These are facts.
Let me add this: there have been documented cases of home invaders masquerading as police, even of crooked cops executing home invasions in uniform. So just because the guy(s) kicking down the door is (are) wearing tactical gear the shouting "POLICE!" doesn't mean a person doesn't have legitimate reason to be in fear for his life, or the lives of others in the house. Especially if, as in this case, the homeowner hasn't committed any crime, doesn't have a warrant for his arrest or the search of his home, and thus has no reason to expect the police to be crashing through his door.
Whether or not Officer Jones identified himself upon crashing through the door is also in dispute. The police apparently say they did-though whether this was before entering the other half of the duplex, or specifically before entering Maye's residence, is unclear. According to Maye's testimony (which I saw on another site, which caused IE to crash when I navigated away from it), the police didn't ID themselves until AFTER he shot Jones. Can anyone out there say, "reasonable doubt?"
Even if Jones had identified himself, he, and any officers with him, were trespassing. Why? Because the warrant did not allow them to enter or search Maye's portion of the duplex. This means they had no right to be there. And when they kicked in his door, they became guilty of illegal forced entry. I'm not sure if that can be a felony in Mississippi or not. Generally, unless you live in a socialist governed part of the world such as England, Kalifornia, or Massachusetts, if a homeowner shoots and kills someone who is trespassing on his property in the middle of the night, someone who forced his way into the homeowner's house, the police and the local DA give it a quick look, pronounce "self defense," and that's the end of it. Especially in a small town, and especially in a state like Mississippi. Of course, normally, the trespasser/home invader isn't a cop, much less the son of the police chief.
From my point of view, the person responsible for Officer Jones' death is the raid commander. He was responsible for the conduct of the raid, which means he was responsible for the failure to do the research and recon of the target building. And figurinig out that there were two residences shouldn't have been that difficult. Any number of people and/or agencies could have told the police that there were two residences. Like, for exemple, the mailman for the area. He could have told them that there was 123 Main Street and 123A. Or the city/county building department-which, if I was the charge, I would have gone to in any case, to get floor plans of the target if possible. Or the utility, phone, and cable companies.
The entire incident is a tragedy, a tragedy that has been made worse by Maye's tragically incompetent lawyer. I'd urge people to contact Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour at 1-877-405-0733 (there's no email link on his website), but I think, politically, it is almost impossible for him to pardon Corey Maye if he wants to be reelected. Pardoning a 'cop killer' lends itself to sound bite attacks that require lengthy explanations. But if he did have the political courage to do the right thing, I think he'd immediately go to the top of my list for GOP nominees for Pres in '08.
John Kerry is a Friggin' 'Tard
I know the junior <s>jackass</s>Senator from Marxachussetts said this a long time ago, but I just feel like dissecting his dumbness today.
Now, I'm willing to give Senator Ketchup a tiny break, because he was a squid, and squids generally don't know squat about ground tactics, but only a tiny one. Because apparently he hasn't paid the least bit of attention to anything military (other than to vote against appropraitations for new equipment) for the last couple of decades, at least. First of all, our troops don't just go randomly raiding houses in the middle of the night just for kicks. If they're kicking down a certain door or set of doors, it's because they got information, information that is believed to be reliable, that there are terrorists and/or terrorist weapons in that house. Perhaps Senator Windsurfer would rather we leave the terrorists and their explosive toys alone, rather that scare women and children? Second, there are good, sound tactical reasons for conducting these raids at night. Number one, that's when you have the best chance of catchinig your target asleep, which minimizes the risk of them shooting back at our troops, which minimizing casualties on our side. Oh wait, I keep forgetting-you Dems like American casualties, because it gives you something to beat the President over the head with. Which means, in your eyes, all our raids should be conducted in daylight, and give the terrorists at least 48 hours warning before we go in. Well, fuck you. We'll do it our way, thanks. Second, we have the advantage at night, because we have night vision, meaning we can see in the dark and the terrorists, for the most part, can't. Again, this minimizes our casualties and maximizes the enemy casualties. And finally, Senator Recto-Cranial Inversion, Iraqi forces are conducting the exact same kinds of raids. And they're conducting an ever-growing percentage of them. Your head is so far up your butt that you keep calling for us to do exactly what we've been doing for the last couple of years. Are you really dense enough that you didn't know what has been happening in Iraq, or are you just trying to take credit for it, credit you don't deserve? America is not fooled, Senator.
"And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the – of – the historical customs, religious customs. Whether you like it or not ... Iraqis should be doing that." -- John Kerry
OK, I've tried twice today to post long and serious thoughts on the Corey Maye case. Both times my web browser has crashed while I was hunting around for links. I'm not in the mood to rewrite the whole thing for a third time (I was using my AKO web based email when the crashes happened.) So just go to http://www.theagitator.com/archives/025979.php#025979 and start reading. Radley is on it.
I'll post more on no-knock's and self defense soon.
How Tookie Can Save His Own Worthless Life
There's been much all over the media about celebrity Kalifornia Death Row occupant Tookie Williams and whether he deserves clemency for various things he's done during his absurd 26 year stay on death row.
Here's my take: forgiveness requires repentance on the part of the sinner. Repentance means confession of sins and admitting that they were wrong (neither of which, to the best of my knowledge, Mr. Williams has done to this point.)
But that, for my purposes, isn't really here or there. There's one surefire way that Mr. Williams could keep the needle out of his arm that involves niether clemency nor appeals to ever higher courts. It's so simple it's amazing: all he has to do is to start talking.
Mr Williams almost certainly has a good amount of knowledge from his time in the Crips about a good many murders cases that are still outstanding. All he has to do is to start testifying about those cases and the state won't be able to kill him, because he would be a witness. And Mr Williams could die of old age in prison.
Of course, if he started talking, his former compadres might take care of the state's problem for them.
Also, testifying would go a long way towards demonstrating repentance and actually making him deserving of clemency, as well.