Archive for August 10, 2009

Man Lets Dog Run Into Lake and Get Leg Bitten Off by Gator, Mad Because Gators Are in Lake

From Jacksonville.com:

Rust said that he knew his dogs were supposed to be leashed, but he wasn’t worried when they went for a drink. He said never recalled seeing an alligator in the lake in the 10 years he’s been visiting the park, while he’s spotted plenty of people fishing and standing in water.

Rust said if there was a danger from alligators, he would have expected park officials to periodically clear the lake of them.

“Why do we have alligators in a public lake where people are fishing and paddleboarding?” he said.

Uh, hello. If there is a large body of water in Florida that is not a swimming pool, there is an alligator in it. Even Florida city people ought to know that, so I suppose he’s not a Floridian. As to why the alligators are there, they are protected. Dogs are not.

Alligators LOVE dog in their diet. You should never, EVER allow a child near the edge of a pond or a lake, especially if there’s a dog with or near them.

A few years ago, some neighborhood kids were fishing without adult supervision at a canal near me with their dog, a pitbull; luckily, the gator got the dog and not one of the kids. Although the kids were traumatized by the sudden loss of their pet, it could have been much worse.

I can’t say that I felt very bad upon hearing about the untimely demise of the pit bull. We had my son’s golden retriever locked in a shed at night while she was in season. Pitbull ripped through the side of the shed and, as a result, we had some very ugly chicken-killing pups.

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Florida Concealed Carry Permit Applications WAAAAY Up

The AP story about it, though, from News4Jax is pretty pitiful:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida is seeing a huge increase in applications for concealed weapon permits.

The state is on pace to handle 150,000 requests — a 67 percent increase over 2008. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was so overwhelmed that Commissioner Charles Bronson petitioned the Legislature for 61 temporary employees, giving him 202 workers to wade through a spring backlog of 90,000 requests.

That amount alone represents as many petitions as the state received in all of 2008.

“We’re still sitting on about 50,000 applications,” Bronson said. “We’re getting in about 14,000 or 15,000 a month, and whenever they get a good slug out, they’re getting another 15,000 in.”

As of July 31, Florida had 607,977 concealed-weapon permit holders. Most permit requests are approved, so long as the person is over 21 and has no felony record.

Former National Rifle Association president Marion Hammer, who lobbied Florida legislators two decades ago to pass one of the country’s first concealed-carry laws, says he’s not surprised. The increase follows a law prohibiting businesses from banning guns in the workplace as long as employees lock them safely in cars. Hammer also says President Barack Obama’s election and the Democrat Party’s advances in Congress are alarming to gun rights advocates.

“There are over 6 million gun owners in Florida – people who care about freedom, who care about the 2nd Amendment, who are concerned about their ability to protect themselves,” Hammer said. (Pssssst, AP: Marion Hammer is a SHE.)

Peter Hamm, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, calls those concerns “paranoia.” As evidence, Hamm points to new legislation unopposed by Obama that allows guns in national parks.

“We’ve seen nothing out of this administration whatsoever,” Hamm said. “Law-abiding citizens who are getting permits because they think the government is coming to take their guns away are just wrong — it’s an absurd, cartoonish myth.”

Any spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence seems to have their head firmly up their ass. People are not getting gun permits because they are afraid of the government coming to get them. People that are concerned about the government coming to get guns are busily acquiring them from individuals that aren’t filling out paperwork for the government and aren’t about to fill out the paperwork for a gun permit. Sheesh.

No, the people that are getting concealed carry permits are small business people that fear getting robbed/killed at work, people that worry about being robbed in the parking lot or restaurant, and people like repairmen that are called out at all hours and into neighborhoods where being a stranger could be a death sentence.

People that don’t have the means to protect themselves are the fools.

Man arrested for threatening to kill pastor’s son during church service.

From Jacksonville.com:

Elderly man hospitalized after car stolen in attack

A 92-year-old man pistol-whipped when he arrived home was hospitalized early Sunday after his car was stolen in the attack, according to Jacksonville police.

The man, whose name is not being released by the Times-Union because no arrests have been reported, was hospitalized shortly after noon with non-life-threatening lacerations to the side of his head, forehead and both arms.

He told police he was in his garage getting out of his car at his house on North Marsh Creek Drive when he was attacked from behind. His attacker took his keys and left in the 2-year-old Chrysler.

A neighbor in the Arlington neighborhood said she heard someone calling for help and went to the house, but a man standing in the garage told her everything was all right and closed the garage door.

She said the door opened and the same man, described as a 6-foot, 175-pound, slender black man with a narrow face, medium skin tone wearing a black cap, black T-shirt and no jewelry drove off in the car.

The woman’s husband saw the car leave and followed it from the neighborhood to a gas station where it parked next to another car that had been seen circling the neighborhood. The victim’s car was then driven off on Fort Caroline Road.

A bloody BB pistol was found on North Marsh Creek Drive and turned over to police.

A police alert and an air unit did not locate the car.

That elderly man is going to live in fear because his neighborhood is no longer safe. He was attacked in his own garage, beaten, and his car stolen. Will he be any safer in his house? Probably not.

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