Shooting on Fremont Street
Two people were shot in a fight downtown after two groups got into an altercation. I'm going to guess that it was probably gang members or other trash with criminal histories who were illegally carrying concealed or prohibited persons. Ordinary armed citizens don't get into gunfights downtown and then run away from police.
This occurred at Fremont and 4th which is outside of the security cordon which may or may not have been up, but any shooting down there will be used as a justification for further restrictions. Facts don't matter anymore. Precisely where we need to be armed for our protection, Democrats want us to be disarmed.
What happened? Soft on crime policies have led to criminals not fearing justice and getting out of jail/prison. COVID was an excuse to release a bunch of thugs on the street. COVID also hit tourism so hard casinos had to lower room rates to attract customers and that attracted the kind of low-impulse criminal scum responsible for the increase in violence. Network in Vegas describes it perfectly:
If you’re thinking about coming to Vegas, don’t – Nevada democrats have turned us into a third-world hellhole where you will likely be assaulted, robbed, or killed!
And of course we can't talk about any of the real issues behind this because to do so is racist or elitist or something. Point is, normal people need their guns downtown. Laws and bans will do nothing to disarm criminals and low-impulse idiots who do these kind of things.
So I've been looking for different ammo choices for my .380. There are two theories I'm considering when it comes to .380 defensive ammo selection: heavy, round (or blunt) nose FMJ at say 102gr; or very fast, light bullet. Expansion in hollow point is velocity dependent and a small cartridge and a short barrel does not make for ideal expansion. Thus, a lighter bullet goes faster because there is less mass to accelerate in that short, often 3", distance.
I tried these Hornady Critical Defense FTX 90gr .380 in a Glock 42. They fed well and shot accurately enough for a quick test. Next I need to pattern them and maybe get some ballistic gel when the weather warms again. They did feel powerful in the hand but the recoil was not excessive and was comparable to a standard target 9mm from a Glock 43. Based on feeding and accuracy, I'd feel comfortable carrying these.
Are these or rounds like them the "best" for .380? I'm not sure yet. Next up in the ammo trial is high-velocity non-expanding copper rounds (see the Paul Harrell video below).
North Las Vegas, November 19, 2022. Devonte Madison and Jaylin Morrison decided to attempt to carjack a woman at gunpoint. During the attempt, the victim managed to snatch the gun which (apparently) Madison put on his lap while trying to start the car. Madison chased the woman and tackled her. The victim shot and killed Madison. (here is a better version of the story)
Fairly straightforward and brave defensive gun use, right?
Well here's the problem with media manipulation. The Review-Journal fell into the "he a good boy, he dindu nuffin'" paradigm seen so often with criminally inclined African-American males. Madison's photo is a graduation photo, which tends to portray him in a better light than the fact he was committing a felony and potentially read to kill. The photo also implies that he was a victim.
The headline is also deceptive especially in connection with the photo. The original headline read: "Aspiring enrepreneur, ex-Cheyenne High School quarterback fatally shot." Sensibly, "Teen killed while attempting carjacking" tells the truth more accurately. The initial version is like announcing Jeffery Dahmer's arrest as: "Man who never killed anyone before arrested."
The original article went into a lot more detail about Madison's "entreprenuerial" spirit, whatever that was. If it was a legitimate business, why didn't the family describe what it was? It read as if Madison was the victim and he was trying to do something positive for his life. Shame on me for not saving the original article in today's revisionary journalism. Well, as it turned out Madison wasn't doing something very positive if he was carjacking people.
Was the Review-Journal trying to create another Trayvon Martin or George Floyd "the criminal is really the good guy narrative?" We'll never know.
Clayton E. Cramer
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