In recent days, we've seen a major surge in violence reported in the Greater Las Vegas area. For instance, the pace of homicides in the valley far exceeds last year. In the last week or so, we've seen several firearm homicides and one last night, where a woman was fatally shot multiple times after answering a knock on her door. Earlier, in the wee hours of Wednesday a male security guard was brutally murdered while patrolling a construction site. On April 18, a young man was gunned down at a local liquor store senselessly. One can argue in the age of instant information, we are just more aware, but there is an objective increase in this violence that you can quantify, and it is troubling.
In 2015, Nevada Governor, Brian Sandoval signed legislation making it illegal for people convicted of a misdemeanor battery domestic violence charge to possess a firearm. Although it's a covert one, it is none-the-less a real attack on the 2nd amendment. Keep in mind that Nevada Revised Statutes state that if police respond to a "domestic violence" incident, one or more parties must be taken into custody and booked into jail on a "domestic violence" charge. Furthermore, if a person could not afford to bail out of jail within 72 hours and the DA throws out a "deal", the inmate may be quick to take it. Often it comes under the "selling points" that if the defendant just pleads "no contest," he can avoid jail time, take some anger management classes, get an immediate release from jail, and maybe pay a modest fine. Sometimes even if the arrestee is completely innocent. On it's face it may look okay, but in reality, that defendant now has a domestic violence conviction that could preclude him from practicing his second amendment rights.
With the economy in dire straights for 7 + years now (despite rosy, boasts of Nevada unemployment rate below 6%) the possibilities for things happening to innocent individuals are real. If they look to save money on bail to take a "deal" and get released, the temptation to do it is perhaps too much. Circumstances like the the example above are likely occurring weekly here. What are your thoughts?
Henderson, Nevada, known nationwide as one of the safest cities to live in, was the location of a double homicide overnight. The event caused the 4th and 5th Henderson homicides in 2016.
Shortly after 12 am on April 12th, police responded to the 100 block of Trenier Drive. Reports detail an alleged altercation occurred in the vehicle--occupied by 4 people, and one passenger fired a weapon, killing the driver and front seat passenger.
After the shooting, the Nissan Atima crashed into a home and caught fire. The home sustained only minor damage. The fire was extinguished by the Henderson Fire Department. The two other occupants are cooperating with authorities and treated on the scene by medical personnel.
The names of those involved, including the surviving occupants, have not been released. The decedents' identities won't be released until next-of-kin are notified. No arrests have been made.
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