Pittsburgh synagogue shooting leaves 11 dead and 6 wounded, including 4 officers; suspect in custody

H/T Fox News.

My two cents on this scumbag is execute him immediately and make it a public execution to send a message this savagery won’t be tolerated.

But sadly it won’t happen.

A gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday morning, killing 11 people and injuring six others, including four police officers, before being taken into custody, authorities said.

Mere hours later, thousands were assembling at an intersection in the light rain to grieve for those killed and wounded.

We’ll be dealing with this for months and years,” said State Rep. Dan Frankel, who represents the synagogue’s district and was speaking a block away when the gunfire began. “It leaves an indelible mark.”

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said police were dispatched to Tree of Life Synagogue at 9:55 a.m. after receiving calls describing an active-shooter situation in the city’s predominantly Jewish Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

In all, he confirmed 11 deaths — none of them children. As for the injury tally, he said it did not include the shooter, who was taken to the hospital after being taken into custody.

Law enforcement officials identified the suspect in the shooting as Robert Bowers, 46.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center officials said a 61-year-old woman was among the injured. Her injuries were described as “extremity soft tissue injuries that required cleaning in the operating room.” She is said to be in good condition and recovering.

Another victim was ID’d as a 70-year-old male with gunshot wounds to his torso “involving major organs in his abdomen.” He was undergoing his second operation and in critical condition, hospital officials said.

Police Chief Scott Schubert said that two police officers were hit during initial contact with the shooter and that two SWAT team members were also struck “during an engagement inside the building.” He confirmed that all four law enforcement officials are in stable condition.

Officials said there were multiple fatalities and six people injured in the shooting on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Officials said there were multiple fatalities and six people injured in the shooting on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP)

The FBI special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh office, Bob Jones, said that it was the most “horrific crime scene” he’s witnessed in his 22-year career with the bureau. Jones said that the victims were targeted “simply because of their faith,” but that Bowers’ full motive was as yet unknown.

Bowers is said to have shouted that “all Jews must die” as he sprayed bullets, according to KDKA-TV. The attack took place during a baby naming ceremony on Shabbat, what is traditionally the busiest of days for synagogues.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said that the FBI is investigating the shooting as “a hate crime.” That was reinforced on Saturday evening by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said the Justice Department intends to file hate-crime and other charges over an act he deemed “reprehensible and repugnant to the values of this nation.”

The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania Scott Brady that authorities “expect to file criminal charges shortly, perhaps as early as today.”

They believe the suspect acted alone.

“At this point we have no knowledge that Bowers was known to law enforcement before today,” Jones added.

In the afternoon appearance in Indianapolis, President Trump, who said he’d been in contact with the mayor and governor over the tragedy, called the shooting a wicked, anti-Semitic act of “pure evil.”

First responders were seen near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., where a shooter opened fire Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

First responders were seen near the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., where a shooter opened fire Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP)

First lady Melania Trump, like her husband, tweeted about the incident Saturday.

“My heart breaks over the news out of Pittsburgh. The violence needs to stop. May God bless, guide & unite the United States of America,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, police in New York and Los Angeles said they would be deploying extra teams to synagogues and Jewish locations throughout those cities.

During Saturday night’s memorial, there was no shortage of prayers and singing. There was also anger, and a “vote, vote, vote” chant broke out during an  emotional gathering at which some derided the nation’s political climate.

Several attendees blamed the shooting on the nation’s deepening political and social rifts, and said they took little solace in a planned visit by Trump.

Governor Wolf attended the vigil, suspending a campaign bus trip after learning of the attack.

Ammo Manufacturer Sues Dick’s Sporting Goods For Breach Of Contract

H/T Bearing Arms.

Dick’s is one of two companies I can not wait to see go belly up and the other is Nike.

While most people try to be good people, many of us fall very short of what we hope to be. I am no exception in that regard, but I’ll admit that there are times that I don’t even try. That’s especially true when I experience the sensation the Germans call “schadenfreude.”

Basically, that’s deriving joy out of the misery of others. Now, I won’t pretend this is the mark of a good man by and large, but considering the one suffering right now is Dick’s Sporting Goods, I think I’ll give myself a pass.

Citing breach of contract and fraud, Nevada-based Battle Born Munitions filed suit in federal court against Dick’s Sporting Goods this week.

At the root of the filing is what BBM says was the failure by Dick’s to hold up their end of a contract for the ammo distributor to supply the retailer with Field & Stream-branded ammo for resale in their stores. The delay by the big box sporting goods outlet, argues the filing, resulted in BBM losing out on a multi-million dollar contract to supply helicopters to an overseas U.S. ally.

The 11-page lawsuit filed Tuesday in a Pennsylvania federal court details that the two companies entered into an agreement in January 2016 to supply ammo packaged with Dick’s trademarked Field & Stream packaging. Acting on the contract, BBM paid two ammo manufacturers — Bosnian-based Igman and Hungarian-based RUAG — a total of $4.5 million for the product and made the munitions available to Dick’s by November of the same year, a delivery timeline stipulated by the contract. However, BBM says Dick’s then left them holding the bag for almost a year, refusing to pay them or take delivery of the ammo.

The house-branded ammo, which could not be repacked and sold to another retailer due to the Field & Stream headstamp on the cartridges, was eventually accepted by Dick’s but the intervening storage, at BBM’s expense, cost the ammo distributor $200,000. Further, since BBM’s cash was tied up in the stalled deal, they could not fill a contract with Lebanon for a batch of Bell helicopters, losing out on an additional $5 million, which they are seeking to recoup from Dick’s.

The filing says the actions by Dick’s went beyond just holding up the ammo delivery.

I’ll be honest, despite the schadenfreude, I’d rather this not be going on. Not because I have any affection for Dick’s at this point, but because BBM isn’t part of that and it has already had to suffer. It’s the one who got screwed over here.

If the facts presented here are accurate, and I have no reason to believe they’re not, then it’s clear that Dick’s dropped the ball at pretty much every level. You can’t leave someone holding the bag like that and not expect them to want something in return. In this case, they want the costs associated with basically being their warehouse.

A lot of people don’t understand the costs of ammo just sitting in storage like that. After all, isn’t it just there? Well, yeah, but a lot more goes into it including BBM not being able to use that space for inventory that will sell.

Dick’s should be liable for that, even if the company hadn’t taken a solid anti-gun stance this year. The fact that it did, though, makes me enjoy the idea of a judge lowering the boom on it even more.

Ohio AG DeWine Files Friend Of The Court Brief To Battle Anti-Gun Columbus

H/T AmmoLand.

It is good to see Ohio Attorney Mike DeWine standing up for the Second Amendment.

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Attorney General Mike DeWine is vigorously defending the “statewide preemption” statute that we pro-gun Ohioans fought so hard to get enshrined into law.

Ohio – -(AmmoLand.com)- You may have been following the ongoing story of our lawsuits challenging the blatantly anti-gun ordinances passed by Columbus and Cincinnati.

These are fights to defend the “statewide preemption” law found in ORC9.68 that prohibits local municipalities from enacting firearms laws stricter than the state has set. With your help, we are winning these battles but they are far from over. In the Columbus case, currently, in the tenth district court of appeals, there is a development you all should know about.

This week the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine filed a “Friend of the Court” brief that you can read for yourself here:

Ohio AG Dewine Files Friend Of The Court Brief To Battle Anti-Gun Columbus

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In summary, Attorney General Mike DeWine is vigorously defending the “statewide preemption” statute that we pro-gun Ohioans fought so hard to get enshrined into law.

He is battling back against the anti-gun forces of Columbus and demanding that they respect the will of the General Assembly. This is a BIG development because the appeals court could look very favorably upon the interpretation of the law from the Ohio Attorney General.

We at Ohioans for Concealed Carry SALUTE Mike DeWine for stepping up to the plate and fighting for our rights!

Sincerely,

Ohioans for Concealed Carry


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Ohioans for Concealed Carry, founded in 1999, is a grassroots political activist organization. When founded, the primary goal of OFCC was getting concealed carry passed into law in Ohio. With that accomplished, our mission became to refine the concealed carry law and to expand and preserve the rights of all gun owners in Ohio. Visit: Ohioccw.org

The 10 Most (and Least) Tax-Friendly States in America

H/T Mental Floss.

A little food for thought.

Alaska, Wyoming, and South Dakota are the three states where taxes are lowest, according to a new analysis of tax rates that form the basis of a Yahoo! Finance infographic. The “State-by-State Guide to Taxes” comes from Kiplinger, a service that provides personal finance news and advice, and it demonstrates just how much taxes vary from state to state.

The types of taxes taken into account were those on income, property, sales, fuel, “sin” (alcohol, vapor, and tobacco products), inheritance and gifts, wireless, and travel. In creating the ranking, Kiplinger used a slew of data from the Tax Foundation, the U.S. Census American Community Survey, The American Petroleum Institute, and several other sources.

In addition to the three aforementioned Western/Midwestern states, three Southern states also fared well, tax-wise: Florida is the fourth most tax-friendly state, and Mississippi and Louisiana came in ninth and tenth, respectively.

If you’re looking to lessen your financial burden by moving somewhere with less aggressive tax rates, you’ll want to avoid the Northeast. Maryland, New York, Maine, Vermont, New Jersey, and Connecticut all made the top 10 for the most heavily taxed locales.

In addition to Yahoo!’s infographic, which breaks down the top 10 most and least tax-friendly states, Kiplinger also has an interactive map on its site that lets you click on an individual state’s profile for more information on various tax rates. The site also lists the states with no income tax (there are seven, plus two that only tax dividends and investment income) and the states with no sales tax (five in total).

Perhaps most importantly, if you want to know the states with the lowest beer taxes, Kiplinger has figured that out, too. (Beer lovers might want to head to Oregon, which not only has the most breweries per resident, but also some of the lowest beer taxes in the country.)

Keep scrolling to see the top 10 most and least tax-friendly states.

Most tax-friendly:

1. Alaska
2. Wyoming
3. South Dakota
4. Florida
5. Nevada
6. North Dakota
7. Delaware
8. Arizona
9. Mississippi
10. Louisiana

Least tax-friendly:

1. Minnesota
2. Maryland
3. New York
4. Illinois
5. Maine
6. Vermont
7. Hawaii
8. California
9. New Jersey
10. Connecticut

[h/t Yahoo! Finance]

Andrew Gillum: Police ‘going too far’ if they pull out gun, baton or stun gun

H/T Fox News Politics.

I hope the people of Florida are not nuts enough to elect this clown as their governor.

The Democratic nominee in Florida’s gubernatorial race, Andrew Gillum, failed to dismiss rumors that he is the “anti-police” candidate after saying that law enforcement officers go “too far” whenever they draw their weapons.

Speaking on the podcast “Pod Save America,” Gillum said he’s not “anti-police” but rather for “police accountability,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.

“Law enforcement society cannot work and, quite frankly, law enforcement cannot do its job if it does not have a trusting relationship with the community,” Gillum said.

“At the time that a law enforcement official has to go to a weapon, to a gun, to a baton, to a Taser,” then they’ve already gone “too far by their very presence,” he added, according to The Beacon.

Gillum explained that the trust police instill in the community should “bring most situations to heel” alone.

Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, is facing former U.S. Rep. Rob DeSantis, a Republican, in what has become a hotly contested and high-profile race involving allegations of race-baiting and corruption.

Democrat Kathleen Williams Proposes A $200 Million Tax On Montana Gun Owners

H/T AmmoLand.

This crazy woman is the face of the DemocRat party.

This is the way the DemocRats think of and what to do to all gun owners.

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Democrat Kathleen Williams Proposes A $200 Million Tax On Montana Gun Owners

 

Montana – -(AmmoLand.com)- Dear Friends,

On August 29th, 2018, candidate for Congress Kathleen Williams told a Kalispell audience that she wants to levy a $200 million tax on Montana gun owners.

Really! Although that’s not the way she put it. She said that “high capacity magazines” (over 10 rounds of ammunition) need to be treated legally the same as “sawed off shotguns” and “machine guns.”

These items, you may know, require an application to the BATFE, a nine-month wait, and a $200 tax for each item registered, in order to legally possess them.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that there are 132 million high capacity magazines in private ownership in the US. Given the high density of firearms in Montana, there must be at least one million of the magazines Williams would target in Montana, probably many more.

One million magazines in Montana and a $200 tax for each one by Williams is where Williams’ $200 million tax on Montana gun owners comes from.

Wait, you say. Williams is so ignorant about gun laws that she didn’t know that her proposal to legally reclassify hi-cap magazines as NFA items would levy $200 million in taxes on Montana gun owners.

Well, if she gets her way and you don’t pay the tax on your magazines, some judge will inform you that ignorance of the law is no excuse. Not for you and me, and not for Williams.

If Williams should get elected and get her way about the tax on Montana gun owners, one of the people who would have to pay that tax is Greg Gianforte, our sitting congressman who Williams is trying to unseat. I don’t know how many hi-cap magazines Gianforte has, but I know he has some.

It is because I know Gianforte to be a very pro-gun guy, and because of Williams idea for a $200 million tax on Montana gun owners, that I urge you to tell all your friends to support Gianforte in the election that is going on right now.

Sincerely,


Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
http://www.mtssa.org
Author, Gun Laws of Montana

http://www.mtpublish.com


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USS England Destroyed an Entire Squadron of Japanese Submarines

H/T War History OnLine.

This is an amazing story from World War II.

In May 1944, the USS England achieved a remarkable victory when it single-handedly destroyed an entire squadron of Japanese submarines.

This victory was made possible by the skill of the England’s executive officer and by the adoption of a strange weapon: a mortar called the hedgehog.

The Hedgehog

The hedgehog was the brainchild of Major Millis Jefferis, a British officer working in a secretive department in Britain’s Ministry of Supply. His job was to produce specialist armaments for use in the war against the Axis powers.

Millis Jefferis

Jefferis’s department created a wide range of weapons, from limpet mines to unusual hand grenades. These often went through unexpected changes during the design process, and that was particularly true for the hedgehog.

The hedgehog was originally created as a land-based sabotage weapon to be used behind enemy lines if the Germans invaded Britain. But it ended up becoming a naval weapon employed to destroy submarines.

Cecil Vandepeer Clarke wearing an early version of the limpet mine on a keeper plate. It is in the position used by a swimmer although Clarke is not appropriately dressed.

The hedgehog fired a whole cluster of explosives at once. These hurtled up into the air, then plummeted down into the water. Using carefully calculated mathematics, their arcs would cause the weapons to cluster together to ensure maximum impact as they hit a submarine.

Unlike a depth charge, a hedgehog round only exploded if it hit an enemy vessel. This ensured that the full explosive force was delivered to the enemy. It also meant that the crew would know if the weapon had hit because otherwise there would be no blast.

Anti-Submarine Weapons- Hedgehog, a 24 barrelled anti-submarine mortar mounted on the forecastle of HMS Westcott.

Adopted by America

The hedgehog was first installed on British ships in 1943. The British were heavily engaged in battling German u-boats, both to maintain the naval blockade on Germany and to protect supply convoys. But British naval commanders were wary of this new device, preferring to stick with depth charges.

Hedgehog, a 24 spigot anti-submarine mortar. Sailors loading the Hedgehog on board HHMS TOMPAZIS whilst others watch.

The Americans proved more enthusiastic. Late in 1943, they fitted hedgehogs to a number of their ships, including the USS England, a destroyer escort. Given its name, the Englandwas a particularly fitting transport for this English-made weapon which would soon be put to good use.

USS England off San Francisco, 9 February 1944

Squadron Seven

In the spring of 1944, Admiral Soemu Toyoda created the plan for Operation A-Go. This was a concerted effort by the Japanese military to destroy the US Navy in the Pacific. Supply and transport lines in the Pacific were almost entirely seaborne, so if the Japanese could take control of the waves, then they could halt Allied advances.

Battle of the Philippine Sea. Zuikaku and two destroyers under attack. The carrier Zuikaku (center) and two destroyers under attack by U.S. Navy carrier aircraft, June 20, 1944

Toyoda knew that submarines would be crucial to the success of A-Go. Rear-Admiral Naburo Owada was given command of Squadron Seven, a submarine force with a key role in the battle.

Owada’s orders in the buildup to the operation, given to him by Toyoda on the 3rd of May, were to launch a surprise attack against Allied task forces and invasion forces, an attack which would stop Allied attempts to strike against the Japanese.

Soemu Toyoda, admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Unknown to Owada, the Americans were intercepting many of the signals about his operations. US officers learned that the I-16, one of the largest Japanese submarines, was heading toward the Solomon Islands, commanded by the brilliant Yoshitaka Takeuchi.

It was time to take the hedgehog hunting.

Anti-Submarine Weapons- A salvo of 24 Hedgehog bombs in flight.

John Williamson Goes Hunting

Details of the I-16’s movements were sent to the England. The ship was commanded by W. D. Pendleton, who set out to hunt down the Japanese boat.

Pendleton’s executive officer was John Williamson, a smart young officer who was also a tech geek. While the England was still in San Francisco, he had carried out test firings of the hedgehog into the harbor. He was convinced of the weapon’s power.

Hedgehog bomb projectors used in anti-submarine warfare.

Filled with excitement, Williamson and the rest of the England’s crew set out to hunt down the I-16. It was a dangerous mission. With the powerful Japanese ship lurking just beneath the waves, one mistake on their part could see them sunk by enemy torpedoes.

At 1:25 pm on the 18th of May, the England’s soundman, Roger Bernhardt, detected the I-16 1,400 yards (1,280 meters) away. The battle was on.

Hedgehog bomb projectors used in anti-submarine warfare.

First Blood

The England’s engines turned to full power as she raced to intercept the I-16.

Takeuchi was an expert in his craft. At a range of 400 yards (365 meters), he turned hard left and kicked the screws on his sub into high gear. He was using a technique called kicking the rudder, in which a submarine captain caused as much disturbance in the water as he could. This distorted sonar echoes, making it hard for the enemy to find him.

A large white upwelling of water from an underwater explosion just ahead of Moberly’s bow following hedgehog launch

But Williamson was also an expert. Using the data gathered by the England‘s sensors, he sat down to calculate the location and exact depth of the I-16. At 2:33 pm, Williamson got a fix on the I-16. Using the results, he targeted the hedgehog.

A moment later, the hedgehog roared. A perfect ellipse of mortar shells raced into the air, then descended into the ocean.

USS Sarsfield after firing dual Hedgehogs

Williamson waited in tense silence, desperate to see if he had hit. Then there was an explosion, and another, and another, and another.

Punctured by six hits, the I-16’s hull crumpled and then collapsed. Catastrophic decompression tore the sub apart, wrenching its crew out into the ocean.

The England had its kill.

Hedgehog, a 24 spigot anti-submarine mortar. On the target.

Twelve Days

For the next 12 days, the England hunted the rest of Squadron Seven through the Pacific. Thanks to Williamson’s math and the power of the hedgehog, they took out another five submarines.

On the 15th of June, Admiral Toyoda sent the order to launch Operation A-Go. To Admiral Owada, he sent orders for Squadron Seven to move immediately east of Saipan, where they would intercept American transports and carriers at any cost.

Hedgehog, a 24 spigot anti-submarine mortar. Greek naval ratings being instructed at the control panel of the Hedgehog on board the Greek corvette HHMS TOMPAZIS

But the cost had already been paid. Owada messaged back, saying that Squadron Seven had no submarines.

The hedgehogs had destroyed them all.