Bob Irwin highlights the latest self defense and other shootings of the week. Read them and see what went wrong, what went right and what we can learn from self defense with a gun.
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- The Baltimore Sun reported on 02-07-18, a double-fatal shooting in Northeast Baltimore in December has been reclassified as a justified act, reducing the city’s 2017 homicide count from 343 to 341, Baltimore Police said Friday.
Last year remains the deadliest in the city’s history on a per capita basis.
The shooting in question occurred about 1 p.m. on Dec. 18 2017 in the 1100 block of E. 43rd St.
At the time, police said officers had arrived on the block for a reported shooting and found a 27-year-old with a gunshot wound to his stomach. That person who had a handgun in his possession, died at a local hospital.
Officers then “received information that another shooting victim was inside of a home” in the 4700 block of Midwood Ave., and found a 31 year old shot in the chest. He also died at a local hospital.
Police said the incident was counted as a double homicide until Thursday, when the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office notified police that prosecutors would decline to file charges in the case given the circumstances.
Chief Deputy State’s Attorney said that the man who committed the shooting “had the right to use the force that he used” because the two dead guys were engaged in beating the man’s neighbor at the time, by pistol-whipping him.
“The law allows the use of such force to come to the defense of others,” the state’s attorney said.
Intentional fatal shootings are technically “homicides,” as logged by the medical examiner’s office, whether they are justified or not. But justified shootings aren’t counted by the city in uniform reporting of killings to the FBI, which is the number both officially refer to as the homicide count.
With 341 homicides now counted last year, 2017 remains the deadliest in the city’s history, with a per capita homicide rate of 55.5 per 100,000 residents.
Last month, police announced that two killings in 2015 had been ruled justified as well, dropping the total number of homicides that year to 342. However, the city had several thousand more residents in 2015, according to the most recent U.S. Census data — making the corresponding per capita homicide rate for 2015 about 55 per 100,000 residents.
The most homicides in a single year was 353 in 1993, but the city had about 100,000 more residents at the time, and therefore a per capita rate of below 50.
Justifiable shootings are not counted by the FBI as crimes as they are not unlawful.
They are of course counted by the anti-gun political hacks to bolster the danger of anybody having a firearm.
A clear example of how the anti-gun crowd manipulates statistics to show that guns rather than individuals misusing firearms are the problem.
Honest citizens defending themselves are not the “gun problem”.
Bob Irwin, Las Vegas
About Bob Irwin
Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays at 9 a.m. This is 8 Nevada stations. Streamed world wide. As a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State and local courts.