Criminal Mindset

I normally don’t name criminals, especially murderers, on this blog. Part of that reasoning is to deny them the publicity they want. Sometimes though, publicity is the last thing they might want. So for that reason, I’m naming – Artrai Alexander — the car jacker who was taken down by the minivan mom and her boyfriend. Mostly the minivan mom; Mr. Alexander, I hope that fact follows you for a very long time.

 

Fox 4 news had a brief clip of a jail house interview with Artrai Alexander – take a look.

 

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Now, let’s think about some of the statements which shows Artrai Alexander (and to some extent many other criminals) mindset

 

Alexander told FOX 4 that yes, he stole a Dodge Challenger and yes, he drove crazily while trying to get away from police.

However, he does not take any responsibility.

He claimed the car’s owner pulled a gun on him earlier in the day, and that he did not stop because he was afraid police would shoot him.

Because someone else committed a crime; possibly, maybe, he claims; it is okay to commit another crime. He didn’t call the police, he didn’t avoid the situation, he didn’t try to work out their differences (if there were any). Nope, he stole a new $25,000 vehicle.

Next, after committing a crime; he believes it was acceptable to endanger other lives to avoid jeopardizing his own. Says a lot about how he values other people eh? He risked many lives, including driving at high speed through a school zone, just to keep from possibly maybe, he claims from being shot. Gee, I wonder why he might think the police would shoot him. Anyone else notice the first pictures of Artrai Alexander was a 2009 mug shot?

 

And the reporter is absolutely right about denying responsibility.

Liesmann’s 13-year-old son, T.J., was also in the van when it was hit, and police said Liesmann was like a mad mama bear, hanging on to Alexander until officers arrived.

“She’s pretty tough, huh?” FOX 4 asked Alexander.

“Yeah,” said Alexander. “Thumbs up to her…I want you to understand my upset-ness as well for being put in that situation

Emphasis mine — he didn’t do anything himself; he was ‘put in that situation. Excuse me if I disagree Artrai you and only you are responsible for the situation. Ever wonder how criminals can justify the horrific acts they do? Easy, they blame some one else.

This is a great example of why I do not agree with the mentality and advice of ‘just give them what they want’. I don’t know what they want, I don’t know if doing so will keep me safe and I don’t know if they even see me as anything other than a walking resource.

We don’t need gun control. We need to gain control of social values that raises up people like Artrai Alexander. We need to implement laws that reduces the chance of someone like Artrai Alexander being able to repeatedly endanger the public for his own gain.

 

Please join the discussion. 

Signs of Decline…

…every civilization has declined in time. The signs are usually obvious in hind sight. Sometimes though they are so startlingly clear it boggles the mind.

Syfy tells Adweek exclusively that it has green-lit a third movie in its increasingly silly Sharknado franchise before even airing the second one (official title: The Second One).

The first flick cost the network a scant $250,000, a cost repaid in social chatter and fan love. Now the network has committed to a third film to be set in a yet-to-be-determined city, presumably with the rest of the principal cast from Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One, provided no airborne carnivorous fish spend their last moments on Earth munching on Tara Reid or Ian Ziering between now and then.

And it isn’t just that they approved the movie but the fact that the movies made money. I may have to study Revelations to see if this isn’t listed as a sign of the end of times.

Politcs and firearms.

Anti-Rights cultists, like “Perfectly Frank”, usually try to do two things; first they want to make firearm related violence simplistic (There are too many guns) and second, they usually try to paint gun owners with a broad brush.
Frank tried it with his “Adding Color To Firearm Death Rates” . He took the very simplistic approach of ‘determining’ which states are ‘Red’ (Conservative) and which states are “Blue” (Liberal); of course the top states with high firearm death rates are predominately Red. I left a reply – actually two – with links or the images below. That was Thursday; funny how there has been no reply since then.
These images are still very simplistic but add a layer of information or two.

First, as I showed with the city statistics for the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex; not every area is the same. Especially not at the state level like Frank is trying to imply. I really like this first graphic; everyone has seen it. It shows some major cities in relation to the firearm death rates of other countries. Of course these aren’t ‘advanced, developed, western, handpicked nations’ so I’m sure some people will claim the comparison is invalid.

 

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The last graphic shows the voting pattern, broken down by county level, for ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states. Amazing how Red the country looks at this level of detail; much different from Frank’s list by state.

 

 

And when we look at the homicides by city and then look at the counties those cities are in; an amazing thing happens — it looks like many of those cities are voting liberal !!! Oh no, doesn’t that kinda run counter the ‘conservative’ areas are killing others more often?

Now, there are some important differences between urban and rural areas that need to be addressed.

Objectives. We analyzed urban–rural differences in intentional firearm death.

Methods. We analyzed 584629 deaths from 1989 to 1999 assigned to 3141 US counties, using negative binomial regressions and an 11-category urban–rural variable.

Results. The most urban counties had 1.03 (95% confidence interval [CI]=0.87, 1.20) times the adjusted firearm death rate of the most rural counties. The most rural counties experienced 1.54 (95% CI=1.29, 1.83) times the adjusted firearm suicide rate of the most urban. The most urban counties experienced 1.90 (95% CI=1.50, 2.40) times the adjusted firearm homicide rate of the most rural. Similar opposing trends were not found for nonfirearm suicide or homicide.

Conclusions. Firearm suicide in rural counties is as important a public health problem as firearm homicide in urban counties. Policymakers should become aware that intentional firearm deaths affect all types of communities in the United States.

Cities have nearly twice the firearm homicide rate of rural areas while rural areas only have a slightly higher rate of suicide. Other distinctions have been noted.

Background: Family physicians can play a vital role in preventing gun violence, and better data on which to base their interventions might result in more effective prevention efforts. Using Washington State data, two assumptions on which interventions can be based were tested: compared with urban areas, rural areas have (1) a higher percentage of gun deaths from shotguns and rifles, and (2) a higher percentage of gun deaths from suicides and accidents.

This is important as we consider that suicides are much more common then homicides and the types of gun control laws proposed by anti-rights cultists are unlikely to address the most common rifles and shotguns used in rural suicides. That is unless they push for really draconian laws.

I won’t get into the debate about whether or not we suicide should be illegal. I’ll just note that very few of the gun control laws proposed by any of the antis address suicides.

Please join the discussion.

 

 

 

That’ll Teach Ya To Brag

A 22-year-old Mineral Wells man is in jail after allegedly posting on his Facebook page that he had more than a dozen warrants out for his arrest.

Authorities say Eddie Smith’s Facebook page on Jan. 20 boasted of having 16 warrants out for his arrest

Yep — post on Facebook that you are wanted on a dozen warrants. Have friends of dubious level of ‘friendship’. Facebook’s single level of ‘friends’ is a rant I’m going to pass on for today.
And cops will find you to collect on those warrants. Sometimes the crooks make it easy.

Sometimes the victims make it all too easy also

Melissa Pace had her car broken into last week while she worked out at a Lifetime Fitness in Flower Mound. She’d left a tote bag in her Escalade with her credit cards and driver’s license.

“Lifetime has cameras, and so I thought, ‘Who in the world is going to do it?’ because there are cameras all over the place, but I was wrong,” said Pace.

Police believe the same suspect was caught on security camera video taken after another smash-and-grab spree at a Lifetime Fitness in Colleyville as the suspect used a stolen card at a nearby Hobby Lobby.

Colleyville police call the man a dedicated opportunist who’s watching for women who get out of their cars without a purse.

Yeah, cameras have really proven to stop criminals. I simply can not understand the mindset that thinks cameras keep crime from happening. We see media report after media report of criminals being caught ON CAMERA during and after the crime. Wouldn’t you think anyone paying the least bit of attention would make the connection that camera does not equal crime free?

 

Chutzpah — example of, politician type.

Dallas County commissioner John Wiley Price will be in federal court on Tuesday, and he is asking taxpayers to pick up the legal tab in his corruption trial.

The embattled commissioner will also face a judge to ask for two separate trials — one for alleged bribery and the other for alleged tax fraud.

Back in September, a federal judge denied Price’s request for a court-appointed attorney, saying that he could afford to pay for his own legal defense.

The federal trial is set to begin in January of next year.

Price has pleaded not guilty and has maintained his innocence. Fellow commissioner Mike Cantrell pushed for Price to be suspended from commissioner’s court, but the efforts failed and Price refused to step down.

Jiminy Crickets — this man has no shame at all. Awaiting trial for using his political position for personal gain and he wants the taxpayers to defend him.

Monday Meandering Thoughts

Sports

Well, Green Bay let the game slip through their fingers. Seattle simply out played them in the last part of the game; when it mattered the most, the Packers couldn’t close the deal.

 

Entertainment

I missed much of the game – apparently tuning in just in time to see the Seattle come back – because She Who Lets Me Make Her Coffee Every Morning and I were out seeing the record breaking American Sniper movie. Along with just about every gun blogger and a large part of the country.
I wonder if the movie industry is going to pay any attention to these two little tidbits.

The largest R-rated four-day weekend ever. The previous record for the restricted rating was Hangover Part II which made $103.4 million over the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2011.

 

Hmm, could it be that people are trying to tell the industry something about the types of movies they really wants ?

Sleeping in

Not this weekend. Normally get up on Sundays for church but some Saturdays I can get a few extra hours in; this weekend was one of the times I couldn’t. Was up, out of the house and setting up at the Gun Club at 7:00 a.m. in the morning. Having to make sure we get set up for Orientation class really early; some applicants got there before the club volunteers and the sheer number of applicants is starting to push our processes. We had another 34 new members attend Class. Despite the considerable investment in technology (more on that in another post), we still have the typical slow downs of getting people checked in, money collected etc. What worked in the past “Please show up 5 minutes before class starts” has now turned into “15 to 30 minutes before“. We still get everyone through the process in under 4 hours but sometimes we get really close to that 4 hour mark.

Wonder if the board would approve us moving the Orientation class to 1:00 p.m. just so I could sleep in a little longer on Class dates?

Media Coverage

This really struck home in two events this weekend; both happening in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

Teenager dies in crash in North Richland Hills

A North Richland Hills teenager died in a crash Saturday night.

The crash happened just after 7:00 p.m. in the 5500 block of Snow Drive in North Richland Hills, according to North Richland Hill police Public Information Officer Jeff Williams. Williams says 15 year old Kendall Clark was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by her mother. The mother made a left turn and her vehicle was broadsided. Kendall’s mother is listed in critical condition in a local hospital. The driver and passenger in the second vehicle were treated for injuries at the scene but did not require hospitalization

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Colleyville dad arrested for shooting daughter in the hand

A Colleyville man is in jail for shooting his daughter in the hand.

Colleyville Police say 53-year-old Steven Johnson was showing his gun to some friends who were visiting his house when it went off.

Officials say Johnson’s 10-year-old daughter was in the next room and was hit in the hand. The child was taken to the Baylor Emergency Medical Center but had to be later Care Flighted to Children’s Medical Center of Dallas for care.

She suffered a broken bone in her hand and was treated.

Johnson was arrested for injury to a child (a state jail felony) and was booked into the Keller Jail. He does not have a criminal history.

 

Notice any difference between the two reports? (My sympathies goes out to both families, especially of the teen girl who lost her life.)
Still not a lot of information on the traffic fatality but no reports mention speeding or failure to yield by the car that struck the mom’s car. That leads me to believe the Mom was likely at fault in the collision. Not one mention of her criminal history, not one mention of her being booked into jail.

The father who negligently handled and discharged a firearm? Oh, yeah — his past is being brought up and rightfully being changed with a crime for his actions.
Which negligent behavior will the antis focus on ? Of course the firearm related incident even though there was no loss of life; why well because “gun death“.

And what will the media continue to focus on days for days afterwards? Without a doubt the story that had no fatality. An anti-gun bias or agenda doesn’t have to be blunt; simply choosing which story to follow, which words to use  — notice the man is in jail for shooting his daughter but the teenager ‘died’ and the mom ‘made a left turn and her vehicle was broadsided’.

 

Hope you had a great weekend.

 

According to the Antis…

…..we should be seeing widespread bloodshed, rampant violence and multiple deaths in every city over the controversial call in Green Bay*; right?

 

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What with the dangers of a gun in the home or people just snapping or people being law abiding until suddenly they aren’t. Shouldn’t the playoff losses have triggered wide spread gun fire?
Surely all those homes, estimated by survey to be 38%, out of 132,802,859 ‘housing units‘ means (doing math .38*units….carry the one) =50,465,086.42 — let’s call it 50.5 million housing units.

Surely 1% of the people with firearms in their homes snapped, couldn’t take it any more, got into an argument and went for their guns; right?

As for “carrying,” it’s now legal in every state in America and allowed in ever more situations as well. In the last year, for instance, Idaho, where that mother died, became the seventh state to green-light the carrying of concealed guns on college campuses. To put all this in perspective, less than two decades ago, fewer than a million concealed weapons were being legally carried in the U.S.; now, more than one million people are permitted to carry such weapons in Florida alone

If, to a visitor from Mars or even (as Ann Jones points out in “Is This Country Crazy?“) Europe, all this might seem like the definition of madness, it’s also increasingly the definition of a way of life in this country. What was once the “tool” of law enforcement types, the military, and hunters is now the equivalent of an iPhone, a talisman of connection and social order. It’s something that just about anyone can put in a pocket, a purse, or simply strap on in the full light of day in a land where all of us, even toddlers, seem to be heading for the O.K. Corral.

And let’s not forget the New Year often brings a large number of divorce filings. Domestic violence is a huge problem without a doubt; so why didn’t every newspaper and media station in the country include yet another case of domestic violence escalating into a shooting.

Instead this is one of the few stories being reported on in the gun friendly Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex

One man died and two men were injured in a shootout between a Hurst homeowner and two men police suspect of armed robbery Thursday night, according to authorities.

Hurst police said a driver parked a blue Mitsubishi Mirage in a residential area in the 100 block of Charlene Drive at about 8 p.m. A homeowner grabbed his gun when he saw a man exit the vehicle and run through a field behind the neighborhood toward a nearby convenience store.

The man went into the convenience store in the 200 block of Norwood Drive, robbed the clerk and a customer at gunpoint and then left, police said.

As the man ran back through the field toward the vehicle, police said the homeowner “challenged” him. A gunfight erupted between the homeowner, man and driver and all three were shot, police said. The gunfight continued as the driver and man drove away toward Euless.

As Hurst police responded to calls about the shooting and robbery, Euless police said they responded to a gunshot victim call in the 3000 block of Sycamore Circle and found a Mitsubishi Mirage and two men with gunshot wounds later identified as the man suspected in the armed robbery and the driver.

One of the men was pronounced deceased and the other was transported to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

The homeowner was also taken to a nearby hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Yep, a homeowner who paid attention to what was going on (other reports have stated his home had been robbed a couple of times) ended 1 criminal career and  suspended (given the revolving door justice system) of another.
Did other violence happen in the last couple of days; sure. But not at the levels the antis tell us we should be seeing if the antis are right. And wouldn’t the firearm related violence be higher in gun friendly Fort Worth Texas than say Chicago Illinois ?

Maybe just maybe the anti-rights cultists are over-stating the dangers of normal people owning firearms, eh. I’m trying to be charitable and not accuse them of out-right lying.

Please join the discussion. 

* – for the record in case some of my 4 readers didn’t know; I’m a Green Bay fan. Yet strangely enough despite the Cowboys’ loss, my life hasn’t been threatened, my home or car hasn’t been shot up.

Green Bay Wins

Which means it should be an interesting week at work and at church; most of my friends, family, co-workers, etc are Cowboy fans.

Especially given the controversial (but in my opinion correct) call regarding the Dez Bryant incomplete pass.