Daily Digest: Hearts & Minds Edition

By Matt in FL

California State Senator Leland Yee (courtesy sfgate.com)

Surprising virtually no one, Sen. Leland Yee of California pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to all charges related to his arrest as part of a corruption and organized crime investigation. He faces a gun trafficking charge and multiple counts of “depriving the public of honest services.” He remains employed by the California Senate, but is suspended with pay. In a related story, Tony Serra, the attorney for one of Yee’s co-conspirators, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, said Tuesday that the FBI was guilty of racism and entrapment in their prosecution of his client. Serra said, “We will put the government rightfully on trial” for their actions in this case. Good luck with that, I suppose. . .

Your Lockdown of the Day™ comes from Portland, Oregon. It was only a brief one, but it’s in keeping with the idea of “Keep Portland Weird.” Last Thursday afternoon, Lincoln High School was briefly locked down while police responded to a report of a man who appeared to be high on drugs who was wandering in and out of traffic and hitting cars. When they got there and approached him, he motioned to his waist and claimed to have a gun. Police then fired a bean-bag gun at the man, but according to witnesses, he did not immediately react. After a moment or three, he laid down on the ground and police took him into custody. No gun was found, and the lockdown was lifted very soon thereafter.

A man in Fresno, California is facing an attempted murder charge after he shot himself during an attempted armed robbery early Friday morning. The suspect, Henry Bess, rode up to a couple on a BMX bike at a gas station in Fresno, and started yelling and making threatening gestures at the man. Bess then attempted to pull a gun from his waistband, which was grabbed by the other man. A scuffle ensued, with both men falling to the ground, during which at least two shots were fired, one of which struck Bess. The victim fled to his car, while Bess tried to get away on his bicycle. He was found a short distance away by police, who followed a trail of blood to find him hiding in the bushes and groaning. When he gets out of the hospital, he’ll be charged with attempted murder, as well as violation of parole.

The SIG AR Pistol Brace has been in the news a lot lately, and The Yankee Marshal offers up his opinion, now that he’s picked one up for his pistol. Apparently it’s pretty hard to install, as the middle 45 seconds of the video will attest. I appreciate his thoughts that it might help change minds, but I feel like he’s giving the vast majority of non-”gun people” way too much credit. I just don’t see it happening that way. I really think that as far as most uninformed Americans go, the best we can really hope for is a neutral reaction.

The Lahti 20mm anti-tank gun has been mentioned several times in the past, but usually only in passing. In this video, Kenton Tucker, who owns quite a few unusual and exotic firearms, gives an actual walkaround tour of the big gun and how it operates. Definitely on my “someday” list, simply because it’s cool. You only live once, after all.

I like how the side-by-side comparison of the 20mm round with the .50 BMG makes the .50 look like a .223.

    


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