Mom of 4 holds intruder at gunpoint for a terrifying 13 minutes until police arrive

H/T Yahoo News.

The gun this woman had made the difference between her and her children possibly dying.

A Tampa Bay mother held an intruder in her home at gunpoint for a terrifying 13 minutes until police arrived at the scene. Lauren Richards, a mother of four, initially made a call reporting a suspicious person on her property 21 minutes before police arrived.

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, Richards called 911 at 12:41 a.m., according to a Pasco County Sheriff’s Office representative.

“I tell [911] somebody just came into my door. He’s unfamiliar. I don’t recognize him,” Richards told WFLA.

While waiting for officers to arrive to the suspicious person call, Richards looked outside her home in Rolling Oaks Estates in Hudson, Fla., and noticed her mini-pig, Milton, had his nose to the ground. She realized the animal had picked up a scent and that someone either had been in her garage or was currently in her garage.

Richards, already afraid the man would break into her home, took her gun and entered the garage. Eight feet away was the intruder, identified as Devin Cooke, 25. Richards realized that her typically open garage door was now shut.

She placed a second call to police at 12:54 a.m.

In audio obtained by the station of the police call, Richards says, “I have a gun pointed and I need the police to show up immediately. I called 10 minutes ago and nobody has shown up.”

“The two calls were merged by dispatch approximately 90 seconds later, at 12:56 a.m., and additional units, including Air, K9 and a Sgt., were dispatched,” the representative of Pasco County Sheriff’s Office tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Given the priority of the second call, those units responded with lights and sirens, as opposed to the first unit, who was en route following normal traffic laws, given the fact that the suspect had left the area and the call had been subsequently downgraded.”

While waiting for police, a neighbor, Hector Nieves, grabbed his gun and went over to help. His wife, Melodie, also called 911 during the incident.

“I want to make sure the cops know my husband went… with a gun over there to protect her,” Melodie told dispatch.

Hector told WFLA: “I’m just like I gotta help, you know. She’s got little kids. We held him at gunpoint until the cops showed up.”

The first unit, a sergeant, arrived on the scene at 1:07 a.m.

“Had she not had a gun and been ready to protect herself or call the neighbors, she might not be standing here,” Melodie told the outlet. “Who knows what would happen.”

In a police report provided to Yahoo Lifestyle, the intruder was allegedly under the impression that his grandparents had been murdered and he was distraught. He was transported for a mental health evaluation.

“On May 29, upon further investigation, a probable cause order was issued for Devin Cooke for the burglary charges. The medical facility where he was staying was alerted to this and a police hold was placed on him. This means that when he is able to be released from the facility, the facility will notify PSO and he will be released to our custody, under the burglary charge,” the representative says.

The representative continues: “Our priority is ensuring the safety of all parties involved. On May 25, our priority was to secure the scene and ensure both the caller and the suspect were unharmed. Given the substantial amount of witnesses during the incident, and the fact that the suspect remained in medical custody during that period, the investigation could be completed at a later date than the incident date.”

Software Provider Salesforce Cuts Off Gun Industry To Hide Dirty Laundry

H/T Bearing Arms.

More backdoor under-handed gun control.

It’s been a while since anyone decided to turn their backs on the firearm industry, long enough that I thought maybe that kind of nonsense was finished. It turns out that it wasn’t. Not even close.

While the company Salesforce isn’t exactly a household name, that’s because the average American household isn’t their target market. Instead, they provide software services to the companies those households buy from.

Now, they’re the latest company to cut off the firearm industry.

Retailers like Amazon, eBay and Dick’s Sporting Goods have already banned or restricted sales of guns. Salesforce is taking that to a new level by banning retailers that sell certain guns and ammunition from using its sales management software.

  • The ban covers Salesforce customers that sell automatic and semiautomatic weapons, 3D-printed guns and a number of accessories such as magazines capable of accepting more than ten rounds and flash or sound suppressors.
  • A Salesforce spokesperson said the change affects new customers and a small number of existing customers when their current contracts expire.
  • Typically, retailers use Salesforce software as a database to keep track of customers and what they purchase.
  • The policy was updated in April, but first made public by the Washington Post on Thursday.

Worried about the ban, the gun industry says Salesforce is discriminating against gun owners. An analyst told the Washington Post it would cost one gun seller millions of dollars to switch to another platform.

Now, Forbes was quick to point out how Salesforce has a history with social issues, even highlighting a tweet from CEO Marc Benioff. It seems Benioff is a longtime supporter of gun control.

Which makes this move now rather curious. After all, there were plenty of companies adopting policies like this last year. If Benioff is so adamantly anti-gun, why didn’t he join the chorus then?

Maybe because he and his company weren’t looking like total scumbags back then?

You see, Forbes conveniently failed to mention one important fact about Salesforce, and that’s a lawsuit against the company. It seems that a group of 50 women is suing Salesforce for their role in facilitating human trafficking.

Fifty women have filed a lawsuit against Salesforce in a San Francisco court, claiming that the company facilitated “sex trafficking, negligence, and conspiracy” by providing tools to support the growth of Backpage.com.

The suit claims that Salesforce provided a customized database “tailored for Backpage’s operations, both locally and internationally,” which allowed the site to “market to new ‘users’—that is, pimps, johns, and traffickers.”

It further alleges that Salesforce helped Backpage “survive and even grow,” despite contemporaneous efforts to shut it down. At the same time, however, Salesforce was publicly boasting about its work to fight human trafficking.

The 50 women who filed the suit, identified as Jane Does 1 through 50, were reportedly sold for sex across the U.S. They claim that they were sexually exploited and trafficked through Backpage. “The Jane Does were forced, coerced, and made victims of sex trafficking by means of force, fear, fraud, deceit, coercion, violence, duress, menace, or threat of unlawful injury to themselves and others, including family members,” the lawsuit reads. “Salesforce committed acts at issue with malice, oppression, fraud, and duress.” They are seeking unspecified damages.

Ouch.

Now, I’m not saying that Salesforce is responsible for what happened to these women. What I am saying is that the story broke two months ago, one all but guaranteed to give them a bloody nose, so now they’re suddenly virtue signaling about firearms?

Where was this moral outrage earlier?

The truth of the matter is that Backpage was long known to be used to connect people with prostitutes. It was the topic of countless articles, including how it may well be facilitating human trafficking. Salesforce opted to continue to work with Backpage despite these discussions, even as they bragged about combatting the very act they reportedly helped facilitate.

I can’t help but notice the timing and be more than a little bit cynical about their motivations.

After all, this looks like a public relations shell game. Look over here at how we’re not going to work with the lawful firearm industry rather than this lawsuit that alleges we helped facilitate one of the worst crimes humanly possible.

Why not cut off the gun companies last year? Because they didn’t have anything to really gain last year. Now, they desperately need to look like the good guys.

I hate to break it to them, though. It doesn’t. If anything, it makes them look worse.

After all, if they’ll cut off an entire industry that’s in compliance with the law, why not cut off a single website that had been linked time and again to sex trafficking?

I guess Benioff didn’t look at it that way, now did he?

 

MSM Ignores Arrest of Bloomberg-Funded, Gun Control Lobbyist Charged with Domestic Violence

H/T Gun Powder Magazine.

If this was a Second Amendment Advocate the story would be on a 24 hr cycle with the drive-by media.

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A lobbyist for the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund has been arrested and charged with a slew of crimes, but chances are you haven’t heard about it from the mainstream media.

Stephen Green at PJ Media reports:

Robert Blaisdell, managing partner for Demers, Blaisdell & Parsol Inc. and a lobbyist for Michael Bloomberg’s “Everytown” gun control group, was arrested earlier in May on a whole host of charges in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was charged on domestic violence-related crimes of simple assault, false imprisonment, and criminal mischief. Police say Blaisdell “knowingly” confined a family member, trapping his victim by “holding the laundry room door closed over a period of several minutes.” Police claim that Blaisdell also stepped on the person’s hand during the incident, and also allegedly destroyed their cellphone.

According to Everytown.org, the organization’s focus issues include “background checks on all gun sales.” Everytown urges people to “kick out lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby” and “stop concealed carry reciprocity.” And according to Green, Everytown “has a $36 million dollar annual budget according to its most recent filing, and includes well-known subsidiaries Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action.”

It’s no surprise, then, that the left-wing media would be keeping the news of the arrest of a prominent gun control lobbyist off the front page.

Ammoland reports:

The New Hampshire Union Leader seemed to play down the charges, reporting that Blaisdell faces “three misdemeanor domestic-related complaints” that were “lodged against him” earlier this month. Other media referred to them as “domestic violence-related.” The charges reportedly include false imprisonment and in either case, it’s an embarrassing situation for the partner in one of New Hampshire’s top lobbying firms, especially one who represents not only the nation’s wealthiest gun prohibition lobbying organizations but also has represented law enforcement organizations.

Green’s PJ Media article quotes Steve MacDonald, who, writing for the Granite Grok, said Blaisdell is “someone who ‘advocates for the government disarming women, was arrested in Manchester… for domestic violence, among other charges.’

“The irony is delicious,” writes Green, “and exactly the kind of thing the left-wing national media would have a field day with… were Blaisdell not one of their own.”

Blaisdell is scheduled for a July 1 court appearance. GPM will continue to report on this case as details emerge.

Bernie Sanders Blasts NRA, Calls for Gun Control After VA Beach Shooting

H/T Breitbart.

I have two questions for Comrade Sanders first how are the NRA and its approximately 5 million members responsible for this shooting? 

The second question is what new gun control laws would have stopped the shooter?

The answer to both questions is nothing the NRA and its members had nothing to do with the shootings and there is nothing any new gun laws could do to stop the shooter.

Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blasted the NRA and called for more gun control following the May 31, 2019, Virginia Beach shooting.
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The days of the NRA controlling Congress and writing our gun laws must end. Congress must listen to the American people and pass gun safety legislation. This sickening gun violence must stop.

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On March 21, 2019 — less than one week after the mosque attack in Christchurch — Breitbart News reported Sanders’ calls for the U.S. to adopt New Zealand-style gun controls. Those controls include a ban on numerous commonly-owned semiautomatic rifles, pump shotguns, “high-capacity” magazines, and certain gun parts.

Sanders praised New Zealand gun controls, tweeting, “This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States.”

 

Kamala Harris’ 2020 bid seems to fade as other Democrats bypass her

H/T Fox News.

You can not expect to gain much traction as a candidate when your central theme is I hate Donald Trump more than you do.

She also has a second theme I hate the NRA guns and gun owners worse than you.

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ star appears to be dimming as other Democrats rise past her while she struggles to gain a footing among likely voters.

The junior U.S. senator from California was one of the first Democrats to launch a White House bid, raising at the time an astonishing $1.5 million in just 24 hours while attracting tens of thousands of supposed supporters to a rally in Oakland.

The 54-year-old former state attorney general and San Francisco district attorney — who succeeded Democrat Barbara Boxer in the Senate in 2017 — was viewed as a frontrunner in the 2020 race thanks to her progressive bona fides and effective opposition to President Trump since moving to Washington. Meanwhile, her stint as a DA, while criticized by progressives, was seen as a way to appeal to more moderate voters.

But four months into her campaign, Harris is returning to Los Angeles for the annual state Democratic Party convention no longer as a frontrunner.

Political experts told the Los Angeles Times that part of the reason why Harris’ campaign has stalled is that she has failed to make a succinct case for her candidacy, beyond her background as a prosecutor and virulent opposition to the Trump administration.

“You don’t get elected because you’re a list of qualities,” Gil Duran, a former Harris adviser, told the newspaper. “What’s the big idea she’s carrying? That’s what she’s trying to figure out. She’s having trouble figuring out what she represents.”

“You don’t get elected because you’re a list of qualities. What’s the big idea she’s carrying? That’s what she’s trying to figure out. She’s having trouble figuring out what she represents.”

— Gil Duran, former Harris adviser

Latest polls were particularly troubling to Harris, with former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont fighting for the title of party frontrunner.

Both Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Pete Buttigieg — the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who’s surging despite being virtually unknown just a few months ago — are polling better than Harris.

In fact, according to the Morning Consult poll tracker, Harris’ support peaked just weeks after her announcement, with 14 percent of Democratic voters throwing their support behind her in a Feb. 3 poll. Since then, her support has halved to 7 percent.

But more evidently, the momentum behind her campaign has evaporated while other candidates have solidified their support and may be poised to expand further nationally.

Yet supporters of Harris suggest that her campaign is in the exact right spot at this time — still able to compete and fundraise without the burden of being a frontrunner.

“I don’t think anyone ever thought she would get in the race and blow away the field and be a frontrunner from January 2019 through Election Day,” Brian Brokaw, who managed Harris’ runs for state attorney general, told the Times.

“She needs to stay in the upper tier, which I think she is. Stay in striking position and you outlast everybody.”

Harris recently made a number of comments about policies that are supposed to solidify her progressive stances, including fining corporations that don’t take steps toward closing the gender pay gap.

The senator’s plan, touted by the Harris campaign as “first-of-its-kind” and “historic,” if passed into law, would mandate that large corporations obtain “equal pay certification” from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Companies failing to land a certification would face fines – for every 1 percent wage gap, they would be fined 1 percent of their profits.

In a separate proposal, Harris also said that she will use executive orders to mandate background checks on the private transfers of guns, revoke the licenses of gun makers and dealers whose guns are used in crimes, and ban the importation of many semi-automatic guns.

Ilhan Omar slammed for blaming NRA for Virginia shooting that left 12 people dead

H/T Fox News.

All of the shooters gun purchases were legal so was there something in his past that went unreported?

If there was nothing in the shooters past that would have prevented him from the firearms purchases what new laws would have stopped him?

Ilhan Omar is doing want DemocRats do the best dancing on the graves of murder victims while running off at the mouth with no real answers.

National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch ripped Rep. Ilhan Omar after she blamed the gun rights group for the deaths inside a Virginia Beach municipal building on Friday.

The embattled Minnesota Democrat took a swipe at the NRA just hours after a disgruntled city employee went on a shooting spree that left 12 people dead and four more injured.

“I am outraged and heartbroken,” she wrote in a tweet. “How much longer will we ignore the pain of our communities? We need to immediately confront the power of the NRA and end the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”

DeWayne Craddock, the suspected shooter, died in a gunfight with police officers. He was a veteran employee of the Public Utilities Department who made multiple legal firearm purchases, including for a handgun and rifle, in recent weeks, the Wall Street Journal reported.

A police officer was also wounded but was saved by his bullet-proof vest. The police didn’t reveal the motive for the shooting.

Omar’s comment about the NRA prompted the group’s spokeswoman to question how it was related.

“This was a heinous tragedy,” Loesch wrote in a tweet. “Your remarks move me to ask: What do 5 million members of the NRA have to do with this man’s crime? Was this man a card-carrying member? His purchases were legal, whose fault is that? Does he bear any blame at all? Serious questions.”

The Minnesota Democrat has long been opposed to the NRA, often decrying the supposed influence of the group on the gun control debate in the country.

After the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, Omar went to Twitter to decry the NRA as “the true enemy.”

“Prayers and condolences won’t keep our kids safe, sensible #GunLaws will. It’s time for you and Republicans to put the safety of Americans first and seek freedom from the NRA,” she wrote. “They are the true enemy!”

Trump’s Pick to Lead the ATF Is a 2nd Amendment-Loving Cop

H/T Western Journal.

President Trump made the right call with this appointment.

The federal government’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives — better known simply as the “ATF” — has been without a Senate-confirmed permanent director since 2015, but that may be about to change as President Donald Trump has signaled his intention to soon make a formal nomination for that position.

In a news release last week, the White House named Charles Canterbury, Jr. as Trump’s likely nominee to be the director of the ATF. That nomination should put to rest at least some of the concerns many gun owners hold with regard to that particular agency, as Canterbury is quite open about his strong support for the Second Amendment and the gun rights cherished by American citizens.

The release noted, “Mr. Canterbury currently serves as President of the National Fraternal Order of Police, a position he has held since 2003. He earned the rank of Major in the Horry County Police Department in Conway, South Carolina, after 26 years in the Patrol Division, Criminal Division, and Training Division.”

“He has served on the Executive Board of the National Fraternal Order of Police for more than two decades. His distinguished career earned him an induction into the South Carolina Law Enforcement Hall of Fame,” the statement added.

Canterbury’s name actually came up as a potential nominee to lead the ATF in November 2018, when Politico reported upon some of the controversy and criticism that arose following Canterbury and the FOP’s endorsement of Trump’s criminal justice reform efforts, efforts the FOP had previously stood against.

That article pointed out that Canterbury had a “very good relationship” with the president, and noted that he had taken part in several of the White House listening sessions and round table discussions about immigration and other law enforcement-related issues.

It also included anonymous and partisan speculation that Canterbury had been angling for some time for any of several possible jobs in the administration.

Regardless, the executive director of the National Sheriffs’ Association, Jonathan Thompson, told Politico of Canterbury and the ATF top spot: “Chuck is one of the most honorable people I’ve ever worked with and if he is selected, I can’t think of a finer person to take the position.”

As for Canterbury’s stance on gun ownership and the Second Amendment, The Daily Caller reported that there are plenty of prior statements from the FOP president that make it abundantly clear where he stands on the issue of firearms in civilian hands.

In 2009, while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearings for then-Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Canterbury said he saw no contradiction between supporting the Second Amendment and supporting the liberal jurist.

“I want no mistake to be made,” Canterbury said, according to The Daily Caller. “I take a back seat to no one in my reverence for the Second Amendment.”

“In fact, if I thought that Judge Sotomayor’s presence on the court posed a threat to my Second Amendment right, I would not be supporting her here today,” he added.

Just two years later, in 2011, Canterbury sat down for an interview with Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association — Institute for Legislative Action, and reiterated his strong support for civilian gun ownership and the Second Amendment.

Remarking upon the close cooperation between the NRA and the FOP, Canterbury said, “It’s a duty for us at FOP to support policies that protect our nation’s law enforcement officers — but also protect the rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Canterbury also addressed his opposition to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun mayor’s organization and strict gun control proposals — some of which Canterbury argued would prove dangerous to police officers.

That opposition led Bloomberg to dismissively refer to the FOP as a radical “fringe group” that should be ignored.

Canterbury’s answer to that was perfect.

“If standing up for officer safety makes the FOP a fringe group, then so be it,” he said.

“The real fringe group is the reckless politicians who interfere with law enforcement. I can’t just stand by while politicians grandstand over our issues without understanding the real-world implications.”

It is those “real-world implications” of strict gun control laws and an undermined Second Amendment — specifically the impact such measures have on the streets — that a career law enforcement official would know better than any politician.

That, plus his recognition of the importance of protecting the gun rights of law-abiding citizens means he is quite likely the best choice as any to lead — and hopefully, reform for the better — an agency that many gun owners have long viewed with suspicion.