Friday, April 6, 2012

New adventure

I have two new things cooking today.

First, my new blog www.podcastzen.com . This is going to feature podcasts that are worth listening to. I have began the process of interviewing podcasters for my own podcast.

Second, I have wanted to do a podcast about airgunning since I started this blog. So there is no time like now.

So be on the lookout for the my adventures coming your way.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ambulance Tech shot

An ambulance medic was shot by an airgun thug as he battled to save a patient's life. The 40-year-old technician was hit on his right shoulder during an emergency call-out in Glasgow. Yesterday, cops pleaded for help to catch the "sniper", who was hiding in bushes in a nearby park. The injured ambulanceman, who did not want to be named for fear of repercussions, is recovering at home after his shoulder was pierced and badly bruised in the assault. Relatives condemned the "cowardly" attack on the technician, who has 15 years' service, while on a lifesaving mission in Partick. One said: "I think it is absolutely shocking someone would take a pot shot at an ambulanceman while he is on active duty trying to save someone's life. "What kind of low-life would do that? "He was attending a heart attack victim and had gone down to the ambulance for vital supplies when he was shot on the shoulder at the top of his right arm. "His skin was pierced and he has about two to three inches of bruising around the hole in his arm. "He knows it was an airgun because he heard a bang coming from the bushes in the park across the road from the incident. "It was very painful and he had to be taken to hospital for a check-up. It was a pretty traumatic experience. "His partner, a paramedic, heard his cries for help and rushed to his aid. "The police were called and they searched the park but by then, they had scarpered. "The message has to get out that thugs who attack emergency staff on duty are the lowest of the low." Strathclyde Police confirmed an investigation had been launched into the attack on the dad-of-two last Tuesday in Laurel Place. A spokesman added: "Inquiries are continuing." And an ambulance spokesman said: "Assaults of any kind on ambulance staff are totally unacceptable and in this case, it was only luck that prevented potentially critical injuries. "Our staff undertake a challenging job and deserve respect. It is difficult to comprehend why anyone would want to assault ambulance crews who are helping patients in need."

Obama's West LA office attack may be politically motivated

ABC7's Sister Station LOS ANGELES -- An attack on a new campaign office for President Barack Obama in West Los Angeles may have been politically motivated. Pellets from a BB gun left marks next to re-election signs and familiar slogans posted at the office, located along the 6700 block of South Centinela Avenue in Westchester. Three front-door windows and a side glass door were smashed. Plywood boards covered up some of the damage Friday. Investigators said they did not find rocks or projectiles at the scene. They believe one or more attackers used BB guns to cause the damage. Detectives believe the attack was politically motivated because no other businesses in the usually low-crime area were targeted. No threats were made before or after the attack. A Democratic official told Eyewitness News there were three staffers and one volunteer in the office at the time the glass broke. No one was injured. It was originally reported that no one was inside the office at the time of the incident. Some employees of the building were near the parking lot when they heard glass breaking just after 7 p.m. Thursday. "It could have been a kid's prank or anything," said Joyce Rankin, who works at a collection agency on the third floor of the building. Rankin was not in her office when the vandals fired the BB pellets and she's relieved nobody was hurt. "They could seriously have hurt someone if it had been something other than a pellet gun or whatever they could have possibly used. To me, it makes no sense. It's just a piece of property," said Rankin. Police do not have a description of the vandals or surveillance video of the crime. The attack comes just days ahead of the president's scheduled visit to Southern California. Obama is expected to arrive in Los Angeles Monday to meet supporters at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, then attend a private event nearby. The money raised is for his 2012 campaign. The president last visited Los Angeles in April also to attend a pair of fundraisers. The Secret Service has been notified of the incident, and FBI officials said they are assisting LAPD with the investigation. If you have any information regarding this incident, you're urged to contact the LAPD at (877) LAPD-24-7 or (877) 527-3247. The Associated Press contributed to this report. (Copyright ©2011 KABC-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

Teen shot victim with Pellet gun

1 injury, 1 arrest Updated: Monday, 19 Sep 2011, 10:56 PM EDT Published : Monday, 19 Sep 2011, 10:56 PM EDT Vernon, Conn. (WTNH) - On September 11, police were called to West Main Street to look for a wanted person. When they arrived on the scene, they found a blood trail leading to a male victim. The victim had been shot at least three in the face with a Pellet gun. An investigation revealed that the victim was having an argument with Justin Robinson,19, when Robinson shot him with a Pellet gun. On Monday night, police arrested Robinson and charged him with assault with a firearm, carrying a dangerous weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm, and breach of peace. He is being held on a court set bond of $300,000. The victim was transported to Rockville Hospital. Due to the seriousness of his injuries, he was then transferred to Hartford Hospital. The victim has since been released from the hospital.

New Zealand man Killing Appeal Dismissed

A man jailed for eight years for killing an undercover police officer has had his appeal against his sentence dismissed. Iain Clegg was found guilty of the manslaughter of Sergeant Don Wilkinson, who was shot with a high-powered airgun while carrying out an operation in South Auckland in 2008. A lawyer for Clegg, one of two men convicted over the killing, argued that the eight-year sentence given to his client was excessive. He said Clegg was not directly responsible for Sgt Wilkinson's death and that none of the injuries he inflicted were life-threatening. But the Court of Appeal said a deterrent sentence was plainly called for, because the officer was pursued and brutally attacked. A second man, John Skinner, was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years for Sgt Wilkinson's murder. Copyright © 2011, Radio New Zealand

California airgun Bill Defeated

Columbus, OH --(Ammoland.com)- California’s Senate Bill 798, sponsored by Sen. Kevin De Leon (D- Los Angeles), failed to make it out of the Assembly Committee on Public Safety and it has been defeated. The bill, which would have threatened many sportsmen who use airguns, was changed a number of times throughout California’s legislative session. Originally, the bill would have banned the sale of airguns, including BB and pellet guns used by sportsmen, unless the entire exterior surface of the gun was predominately colored white or bright red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink, or purple, or was transparent. Essentially, airguns would have been required to be made to look like “toy” guns. The most recent version of the bill did away with the “toy” coloring requirement for airguns, and instead would have repealed the state’s preemption law that prohibits local ordinances from regulating most airguns, like BB and pellet guns. Repealing this section of law would have opened the door for local municipalities in the state to set their own regulations or bans. “If passed, Senate Bill 798 would have allowed each local government to enact its own set of regulations for airguns,” said Jeremy Rine, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance associate director of state services. “One city could have required airguns to be bright pink while another could have banned them outright. Thankfully, sportsmen can rest a little easier knowing that this ridiculous idea has been put to rest for this session.” About: The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. Visit www.ussportsmen.org.

Rescued and adopted cat shot with airgun

The eight-year-old rescue named Arty had been outside for just half an hour before his devastated owner discovered the wound left by the pellet, which had ripped through his right shoulder and narrowly missed his lungs. Arty, who was adopted from the RSPCA last year, was rushed to the vets to have the shot removed and is making a good recovery at home. Animal welfare investigators from the charity, along with the police, are now appealing for information to the shooting to help them track down who carried out the “concerning” attack. RSPCA inspector Ben Kirby is leading the charity’s investigation. He said: “Arty was very lucky that the pellet did not cause more damage and we are very concerned that someone is taking pot shots at animals in the area. “It is absolutely vital that if anyone saw anything suspicious or knows of anyone shooting at animals in the area that they come forward with information. People cannot be allowed to get away with causing such awful injuries.” A number of pigeons were also reported to have been found dead in suspicious circumstances around the Warren Court area where Arty was shot. ● Anyone with information about the attack, which happened between 7am and 7.30am on Friday, September 2, should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.