Archive for October, 2009

Gifts For Guns

Posted: October 13, 2009 in Nitegator

Myron Lowery has done his sixth Gifts for Guns skit this week. The program allowed a gun owner to turn in a gun for a $100 gift card from Kroger or from the New York Suit Exchange. “These guns will never kill or harm anyone,” Lowery said. I guess Lowery haven’t noticed, people are killed with all kinds of weapons. Knives, ropes, screwdrivers, baseball bats, bricks, and wood boards like Chicago teen Darrion Albert. Lowery are you going to start Gifts for Knives, Gifts for Ropes, Gifts for 2×4’s or are you just sticking to attacking Guns. Last time I checked, a person can walk in any store and purchase a knife, rope, 2×4 with out a background check.

Look at Monday’s crime report Memphis police have charged Christopher Norfleet with second-degree murder in the killing of Earnest McGee. According to police, Norfleet’s girlfriend and others were involved in a fight. Norfleet pulled a knife and started to enter the fray. Norfleet then stabbed McGee four or five times, sending him to the hospital, where he later died. NO GUN. Memphis police are looking for Herman McKinley, as a suspect in a Sept. 23 homicide. Herman McKinley shooting Toby Gladney in the Claiborne Homes complex. GUN. Leo Johnson is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ivory Calhoun. Police believe Calhoun and Johnson were involved in an altercation, at which time the suspect strangled the victim. NO GUN. Stabbing, Gun, Strangling. About 160 guns were turn in Saturday. Throughout the years more than 2,000 guns have been collected. Look at the crime statics of Memphis the past 10 years one would see this program has not effected the gun crimes in the city. Today two people were shot. I guess the shooters didn’t need that $100 gift card from Kroger or the New York Suit Exchange so they decided to keep their guns.

Lowery has good intentions, but he is fighting an issue that will not be solved by giving somebody a couple of dollars for a weapon. First, a criminal will not turn in his tool. Second, a person that want to harm someone will use what ever they can find. If you ask anybody on the street how criminals get guns you’re likely to hear “They steal them” Wrong. According to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) most guns used in crimes are not stolen out of private gun owners’ homes and cars. Stolen guns account for only about 10% to 15% of guns used in crimes. (Click Here) Because when they want guns they want them immediately the wait is usually too long for a weapon to be stolen and find its way to a criminal.”

Don’t be fool with these “Done With Guns” phrases. They sound great and true, if only one gun is removed from the street, lives will have been saved and it will be worth it. That is TRUE in the criminal’s hand. If you can get the gun from a criminal who is willing to use that gun to shoot his/her victim. Most of those who are in a position to provide information on guns are themselves gang members or those who are involved in illegal activities. There are easier ways to make $100 than by calling Crime Stoppers. Criminals don’t wait in line to surrender their guns for a few bucks or a suit from New York Suit Exchange, BE FOR REAL HERE! Many decent citizens lawfully keep firearms in their homes for protection against home invasion and burglary. To suggest that they disarm leaves them vulnerable to horrific crimes perpetrated by vicious criminals.

These gun “Buyback” programs have been around for almost 25 years. Piles of weapons are handed over to the police for a few dollars every year. They make great photographs, but repeated studies of politically popular gun buyback programs across the country have found no detectable effect on violent crime or in firearms deaths. These programs attract the wrong weapon. Most buyback programs have a potent political appeal. At most, they take 1% to 2% of guns out of a community, and the guns collected are among the least likely to be used for violence. The gun owners who turn in their weapons tend to be middle-age or elderly. Street criminals tend to be adolescents and young adults. Also, In any case, surveys of the people who turn in their weapons frequently find they have additional guns at home they intend to keep. Would you turn in your gun for $100 gift card from Kroger or the New York Suit Exchange?

The Shelby County Election Commission released a list of Candidates in the Memphis mayor’s race. Financial Disclosures

Leo Awgowhat
Randy Cagle
Charles Carpenter
Carol Chumney
Dewey Clark
James Clingan
Menelik Fombi
Wanda Halbert
Johnny Hatcher
Robert “Prince Mongo” Hodges
Constance Houston
Dewayne Jones
E.C. Jones
Jerry Lawler
Myron Lowery
Ernest Lunati
Mary Taylor-Shelby Wright
Detric Stigall
Thomas “Silky” Sullivan
David Vinciarelli
Vuong Vaughn Vo
Sharon Webb
Kenneth Whalum Jr.
A C Wharton
John Willingham

“Anyone can win.”

Memphis Red Light Cameras

Posted: October 10, 2009 in Memphis

Memphis has launch a life saving red light camera program. This program will improve safety on Memphis Intersections. There are similar programs around the country, and they have resulted in a decrease in red light running and fewer collisions and injuries. Red light camera systems attract the attention of communities looking to reduce their operating expenses. In theory, the systems reduce the number of paid officers on duty, thereby decreasing overhead expenses. Additionally, the devices work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with little or no maintenance. A single officer typically reviews the film footage before citations are sent.

Red Light Cameras are sophisticated surveillance systems known as A.C.E.S., they are designed to catch drivers who run red lights at intersections. Rather than relying on police officers to perform this function, the cameras automatically trigger when a driver enters an intersection after the light turns red.A police officer then reviews the tape, citations are sent by mail to the owner of the vehicle within a few weeks.

Germantown has the longest running red light system, put in place in 2002 by Rhode Island-based Nestor Traffic Systems. Memphis will have a total of 13 and operate basically the same. If a driver runs a red light, the camera will catch the infraction, snapping two pictures. The cameras will send information to a network hub operated by American Traffic Solutions in Scottsdale, Arizona. Technitions in Arizona will use the car’s tag to collect information about its owner, and will then send the evidence to Memphis police. If police in Memphis agree that a driver ran a red light, that person will be maled a ticket.

Camera Locations
Riverdale Road at Winchester Road
Germantown Parkway at Trinity Road
East Shelby Drive at Lamar Avenue
Germantown Parkway at Dexter Road
North Germantown Parkway at US-64
Winchester Road at Hickory Hill Road
Lamar Avenue at American Way
Lamar Avenue at Winchester Road
Germantown Parkway at Cordova Road
Austin Peay Highway at Yale Road
East Shelby Drive at Getwell Road
East Shelby Drive at Millbranch Road
Poplar Ave at South Highland Street

When people know there’s a red light camera, they change their driving behavior, and they slam on their brakes trying to avoid a ticket. Have you been ticketed by a Red Light Camera?

Bullets In Slow Motion

Posted: October 8, 2009 in Nitegator

Great footage of Bullets in Motion