Saturday, April 30, 2005


Pity the store owner wasn't a better shot

A suspected robber is recovering at Vanderbilt Medical Center after being shot by a store owner who is also a former Army Ranger. The incident happened in north Nashville at a family run country store. Owner Brad Lewis, his fiancee, and another clerk were working late checking inventory when they heard a crash at the front door of their business around 1am.

The owner's brother says Brad tried to protect his loved ones. "[Brad came out and saw] the perpetrator who had made his way into the store. He had a hood over his head, hands in pocket and told Brad to give him all his money. At that point Brad feared for his life, and that's when he started firing,� said Bryan Lewis, Owner's brother.

Police say convicted felon Ralph Wade Flemming, 35, was hit twice, once in the leg and once in the arm. He ran across the street where he collapsed. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Flemming is familiar with police having been arrested 69 times in Davidson County. Police say he may not have been working alone. "We have not found a car, and we don't know if he walked or was dropped off. Maybe someone was waiting on him and heard the shots and fled,� said Metro Detective Robert Swisher.

Police say the store owner had a permit for his handgun and will not be charged. His brother says it is the first incident at the store since opening in February. Just a few hours after the shooting, the store was back open for business.


Such a great help that guns are illegal in Britain! "Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal shooting in a garden in Glasgow. James Differ, 42, from Kirkintilloch, was seriously injured in Gartloch Road, Garthamlock, on 21 April. He died later in hospital. Strathclyde Police said a 45-year-old man has been arrested and is being held in custody. The man is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court in Glasgow on Friday."

Florida: Bill now law: "With a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association at his side, Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill Tuesday intended to make it clear that people have a right to defend themselves on the street, meeting 'force with force' without fear of being prosecuted. The measure, which passed the Legislature overwhelmingly earlier this year, says people are under attack don't have to retreat before responding, as long as they're in a place they legally have a right to be."

Friday, April 29, 2005


"It is either a Wild West revival, a return to the days of "shoot first and ask questions later," or a triumph for the "Castle Doctrine" -- the notion that enemies invade personal space at their peril. Such dueling rhetoric marked the debate over a measure that Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) could sign as early as Tuesday.

The legislation passed so emphatically that National Rifle Association backers plan to take it to statehouses across the nation, including Virginia's, over the next year. The law will let Floridians "meet force with force," erasing the "duty to retreat" when they fear for their lives outside of their homes, in their cars or businesses, or on the street. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in an interview that the Florida measure is the "first step of a multi-state strategy" that he hopes can capitalize on a political climate dominated by conservative opponents of gun control at the state and national levels. "There's a big tailwind we have, moving from state legislature to state legislature," LaPierre said. "The South, the Midwest, everything they call 'flyover land' -- if John Kerry held a shotgun in that state, we can pass this law in that state."

The Florida measure says any person "has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm." Florida law already lets residents defend themselves against attackers if they can prove they could not have escaped. The new law would allow them to use deadly force even if they could have fled and says that prosecutors must automatically presume that would-be victims feared for their lives if attacked. The overwhelming vote margins and bipartisan support for the Florida gun bill -- it passed unanimously in the state Senate and was approved 94 to 20 in the state House, with nearly a dozen Democratic co-sponsors -- have alarmed some national gun-control advocates, who say a measure that made headlines in Florida slipped beneath their radar".

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A remote Cape Cod farmhouse became the scene of a bloodbath early yesterday after two masked gunmen burst into a West Barnstable home and pistol-whipped its occupant, only to have the victim's son beat one intruder to death with a baseball bat, sources said. Barnstable police responded to 56 Boxwood Drive after a panicked 911 call saying the suspects had forced their way into the home and began to beat Pete Somers with the butt of a handgun and attempted to tie him up, sources said.

Somers' son, Joel, who was upstairs, grabbed a baseball bat and rushed downstairs to help his father. By then, the elder Somers had fought off one attacker, who then fled. The younger Somers apparently began to beat the second masked gunman, Osnel D. Azor, 23, with the baseball bat. Azor died a short time later at Cape Cod Hospital.

Law enforcement sources said it is unlikely that Joel Somers, who was recently released from jail, will face charges for the fatal beating. Yesterday, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe confirmed Azor was an intruder. ``He did not belong on the property - had no authority or right to be there,'' O'Keefe said. Another law enforcement source said Azor, who lived in Dennisport, had a long rap sheet. Still, it remained unclear why the gunmen targeted the Somers family, police and prosecutors said. ``Police are conducting a series of interviews and they will continue to do so until they have a clear picture of what went on,'' O'Keefe said.

The Somers' neighbor, Arnold Eliason, called the rental ``a party house,'' saying: ``My gut feeling was there was monkey business going on.'' Both men told neighbors they worked in construction. The Somers, formerly of Franklin, had moved to the dead-end street in September, according to their landlord, J.E. Vandell of Yarmouthport. ``They seemed like good tenants,'' Vandell said. ``They maintained the house nice and paid the rent on time.''


Thursday, April 28, 2005

Augusta: Beer thieves hit with shotgun: "The Aiken County Sheriff's Office said today that it will seek warrants for the arrest of two Trenton. S.C., men in connection with a convenience store burglary Monday night. Efrem L. Nipper, 37, of Jacob Mackie Road, and Trah Best, 25, of Lloyd Road, will face charges of second-degree burglary, sheriff's Lt. Michael Frank said in a news release. Robert McFerrin, the owner of Twin Lakes Food Mart at 1230 Bettis Academy Road, shot both men with a shotgun after they kicked open the front door of the store and tried to remove seven cases of beer at about 10:45 p.m., police said. "Although the victim was defending his property, we still have to check with the Solicitor's Office for guidance in this case," Sheriff Michael Hunt said in a statement. Deputies found one of the men lying on the ground. He had a gunshot wound to the left shoulder, Lt. Frank said. The Aiken Bloodhound Team traced the second man to a car, which he had driven to Edgefield County. He called 911 to report that he had been shot, police said".

Minnesota: Last gun shop may face its final battle: "Mark Koscielski, the owner of the only remaining gun shop in Minneapolis, is entering the final stages of a fight with the city that could shutter his business, at least at its current location. Koscielski awaits a hearing next month before the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Earlier this month, the city sent Koscielski an order telling him to cease operating the gun shop on the 2900 block of Chicago Av. S. by April 18 because it is out of compliance with zoning laws. It's the latest chapter in a 10-year legal battle with the city for Koscielski."

VeriChips: the taking of free will: "In October, 2004, the FDA approved an implantable microchip for use in humans. A tiny subcutaneous RFID tag, now made by several American companies like Applied Digital Solutions, VeriChip, and Digital Angel are mass-producing RFID chips and stocking chip warehouses and implantation centers. Upper level governmental officials are getting 'chipped' to demonstrate public acceptance of the technology, and they are very quick to highlight the humanitarian uses of tracking devices in humans. ... And gun owners -- heads up! On April 13, 2004, Applied Digital Solutions announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, VeriChip Corporation, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with FN Manufacturing, a leading gun manufacturer, to develop a first in the world of firearms. Their objective is an integrated 'User Authorization System' for firearms using VeriChip RFID technology. You shall be chipped in order to keep and bear. You had to know that was coming considering the 30-year, non-stop efforts to deny you of your 2nd Amendment rights."

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

CHARLOTTE, N.C. � Police say one person is dead and two others are injured after an apartment break-in early Sunday morning on Mereview Court in southwest Charlotte. Police say someone kicked down the door of the apartment and several people were inside. The suspect then fired a gun, hitting one person in the chest. That person was taken to Carolinas Medical Center. Police say someone inside the apartment, who also had a gun, fired a fatal shot that hit the suspect. The suspect died on the back steps. They say another person inside the apartment was hospitalized with stab wounds.

Gun controllers: A specious species: "Every time a state enacts right-to-carry, doomsayers predict scenarios like shoot-outs over parking spaces and traffic stops that turn deadly for law enforcement. That there are now 38 RTC states without such horrors does not deter the gun control addict, for theirs is not a crusade based upon logic or statistical reality. It is the purpose of these writings to expose gun controllers' defective reasoning, to give you the tools for addressing the issues surrounding gun control, and to promote and protect your right to carry."

NEWARK, N.J. -- "She's 87, and "a nice lady." She's also facing a weapons charge after trying to enter the Essex County Courthouse with a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson. Rebecca Solomon of Newark was running late for a hearing at landlord-tenant court, and said she forgot to take the gun -- which was still in its original box -- out of her handbag last Wednesday. A metal detector at the courthouse flagged the weapon. "I asked the guard if he could just keep it until I got back from court," Solomon told The Star-Ledger of Newark for Monday's newspapers. "He said, `I can't do that, I'm afraid I'm going to have to call my supervisor."' Although the senior has a permit to own the gun, she does not have one to carry it in public. She was charged with unlawful possession of a handgun. "We had no choice," said Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura. "We felt bad about it. But there was nothing we can do." The sheriff said he hopes the prosecutor's office examines the case and either downgrades the charges or dismisses them entirely. "She didn't mean any harm," the sheriff said. "And she's such a nice lady." Solomon said she bought the gun -- and a box of bullets -- for protection. Within the past year, her home has been broken into three times, she said."

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Oregon: Senate panel rejects victim disarmament bill: "A Senate panel shot down a bill Thursday that would have authorized school districts to bar concealed weapons permit holders from taking guns to schools. The Senate Judiciary Committee defeated the measure on a 4-3 count, with Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, joining the committee's three Republicans in voting it. The measure was a priority for Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, the committee's chairwoman and the Legislature's most outspoken gun control advocate."

Public rejects bans to fight terrorism: "A new poll conducted by Zogby International shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans reject the notion that gun bans would reduce the threat from terrorism. The poll was conducted from Mar. 30 through Apr. 1 for the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). Zogby conducted interviews of 1,009 likely voters selected at random around the country with a margin of error of plus/minus 3.2%. ... Rejection of gun bans as a tool against terrorism ran pretty consistently across all sub-groups in the poll, according to Zogby."

Monday, April 25, 2005

Even the NYT recognizes it: "Despite dire predictions that the streets would be awash in military-style guns, the expiration of the decade-long assault weapons ban last September has not set off a sustained surge in the weapons' sales, gun makers and sellers say. It also has not caused any noticeable increase in gun crime in the past seven months, according to several metropolitan police departments. The uneventful expiration of the assault weapons ban did not surprise gun owners..."

Knives to be banned? "The number of weapons offences involving knives in the city has spiked, prompting city police to prepare reports for Crown attorneys on the skyrocketing statistics. Police hope the reports, which will be provided when someone convicted of a weapon offence is sentenced, will show judges that the use of knives is a dangerous trend in London. "We're hoping to send a message," deputy chief Tony McGowan said yesterday. Police hope the statistics will convince judges to impose stiffer sentences for weapons offences, he said. In 2003, London police investigated 165 offences involving knives, compared to 190 in 2004 and 63 in the first three months of this year -- a 50 per cent increase compared to the same time period in 2004. If the trend continues, police are on pace to investigate 250 offences involving knives this year, McGowan said. "It's disturbing," he told the police services board at its monthly meeting yesterday. "We recognize that weapons are a significant issue we're facing as a police service and that the community is facing.""

Gun lessons at school: "In Arizona, Governor Janet Napolitano has just signed into law Senate Bill 1271. This law makes her state the first in the nation that will authorize school districts to offer classes in marksmanship and gun-safety as high school electives: The voluntary, one-semester elective is among the first in the nation, according to advocates. But many administrators in the [Phoenix] Valley say their budgets and schedules are over-taxed as it is, and offering an elective that doesn't relate to life skills or state standards isn't in the cards. Al Korwin anticipated that tepid response. The Phoenix gun-law publisher initiated discussion of the bill, which Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa, introduced in January. Korwin said he knew schools would be uncomfortable with the course because "a lot of teachers are fearful of guns." Rex Powers isn't one of them. The Wickenburg High School art teacher and coach of one of the country's few high-powered-rifle teams has seen the self-discipline that working with firearms instills in students. But Powers fears losing time available to teach other courses. "It's a good idea because we live in a state where there are a lot of firearms, and learning how to handle them responsibly is important," Powers said. "But we have enough on our hands. As long as it's voluntary, it's great. If it's going to cost the school district money, I'm not really for it.""

Sunday, April 24, 2005

NYC shootout: "In what some police officers described as a shootout that �looked like it was a movie,� a suspected gunman who allegedly took part in an attempted home invasion robbery last Monday was shot four times by his intended victim, police from the 69th Precinct said. The victim�s name was not re-leased. The suspect, Negus Martin, 21, of Brooklyn Avenue, and another man, had apparently followed the victim as he entered his home on Flatlands Avenue near Rockaway Parkway at about 7:45 p.m. on March 21 and, wielding handguns, forced their way inside, also menacing his wife. As they forced the man and his wife to go to the basement, the victim�s wife distracted Martin, police said, giving the victim a chance to swing around, grab the gun from Martin�s hand and force both suspects back to the front door. As the second man aimed his weapon in his direction, the victim drew his own licensed 9mm handgun and fired, wounding Martin, who fell to the outside steps of the house. The second suspect aimed his gun at the victim again while helping Martin to his feet and the victim fired �several more shots� at the two suspects, who fled in a waiting car, according to police. Neither the victim nor his wife was wounded in the shootout. Less than an hour later, Martin walked into Kings County Hospital with four gunshot wounds to his chest and arms.... According to local authorities, there were no charges filed against the victim who shot Martin".

Black teenage pizza robber killed: "A 16-year-old Niagara Falls High School student with a criminal history was shot to death Wednesday night during a robbery in what Niagara Falls police called a "justified homicide." Anthony M. Sheard, of 13th Street, who would have turned 17 in two weeks, was shot in the head by a 54-year-old deliveryman for Mr. Ventry's Pizza. Police said Sheard and another person had tried to rob the deliveryman at gunpoint at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday in an alley on the 1300 block of Pierce Avenue... Sheard, who was carrying what appeared to be a gun, was shot once in the head while struggling with the deliveryman. "We believe the deliveryman acted in self-defense," Police Capt. Ernest Palmer said. "We know he saw a gun. Later, the gun we found at the scene turned out to be a Walther PPK look-alike gun that was actually a CO2 pellet gun." Police did not release the name of the deliveryman, citing fears he could be targeted for retribution. They said Sheard recently had been arrested on charges of felony gang assault and was accused of breaking another person's jaw. The deliveryman told police he struggled with the two masked robbers who tackled him in the alleyway near the pizza shop where he worked. "We found mud on his clothes, scrapes on his hands, and the contents of his pockets strewn about" the alleyway, Palmer said. Palmer said the deliveryman, who was registered to carry a concealed weapon, shot Sheard with a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun."

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Guns in right hands deter crime: "Depending on who you ask, the constitutional "Right of the People to keep and bear Arms" means: Plan A: The right of soldiers and National Guardsmen to carry rifles when ordered to do so. Plan B: The right of approved citizens to apply for permits to carry (shudder!) concealed, loaded pistols. Plan C: The right of every responsible person to buy and carry such weapons as he or she sees fit. Loaded or unloaded. Concealed or openly. At home, in the car or on foot. On the other side of this issue is "gun control." Gun control is either a total or partial negation of the right of the people to keep and bear arms."

Fairness in firearms testing: "Good news! At the urging of freedom's friend Len Savage, Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia's 11th congressional district has introduced H.R. 1603, 'The Fairness in Firearm Testing Act.' This brief, clearly worded bill would require the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to video-record ALL tests it conducts on firearms and to make copies of the unedited recordings available to owners of the tested items and defendants in cases involving those items. ... Gun owners have been aware of such dirty ATF tricks for decades. ... If Rep. Gingrey's bill passes as written, the ATF will have a much harder time destroying American lives. If the bill doesn't pass (or gets weakened), then the ATF and a compliant court system will do everything they can to make sure We the People never again witness how that agency operates behind the scenes."

Activist judge circumvented: "Following the recent Minnesota Court of Appeals ruling, Reps. Larry Howes, R-Walker, and Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, introduced new legislation supporting the Citizens Protection Act. "Once again activist judges are attempting to write the laws for Minnesota," Howes said. "This bill is essentially the same one that was approved by the Legislature last year but, hopefully, it won't be necessary. I'm optimistic the state Supreme Court will rule in favor of current law." The state Court of Appeals upheld a Ramsey County District Court ruling that stated legislators violated the state constitution's requirement that no law embrace more than one subject. The conceal and carry amendment was added on to a natural resources bill in 2003. Howes said the new legislation will be properly handled as a "stand-alone" bill. Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, introduced the same bill in the Senate Friday. "I reintroduced this bill, because I think we need to have a fair standard applied across the state for people who want a permit," Ruud said. The legislators say the Citizens Protection Act is needed because it creates a uniform gun permitting system that features safeguards for those who apply""

Friday, April 22, 2005

NRA takes parting shot at major media: "The National Rifle Association may have fond feelings for Houston, but that affection apparently does not extend to the mainstream news media. .... as the convention attendees prepared to return to their homes around the country, members of a closing-day panel on news coverage encouraged them to find alternatives to mainstream media � which panelists variously described as elitist, biased and ignorant. "We all know the media is biased," said Cam Edwards, an NRA online talk show host who also has worked as a radio reporter in Oklahoma City. 'An anti-gun bias is prevalent in the media. But they won't admit it.'Edwards, who acknowledged he also has some biases, said there should be more stories about gun owners who successfully defend themselves, and less coverage of celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Britney Spears. "

Michigan: Moms, daughters take aim and fire at DNR event: "One of 6-year-old Kristen Carroll's feet dangled above the ground as she perched on her seat Saturday and focused on shooting a .22-caliber rifle at a paper target 25 yards away. "Watch where your gun's pointing," warned her mother, Michelle Carroll, as the ponytailed youngster in her bright orange sweat shirt and pink capri pants wiggled momentarily. Only one of Kristen's shots hit the target at the Rose Lake Shooting Range near Bath. But she pointed excitedly at her mother's bull's-eye after the two wrapped up practice at a mother-daughter shooting and hunter safety event sponsored by the state Department of Natural Resources."

Philippines: Half of gun owners fail to renew license: "Almost half of the country's nearly one-million legal gun owners failed to renew their firearms license, the Philippine National Police said Monday. Sr. Supt. Arturo Cacdac Jr., chief of the PNP's Firearms and Explosive Division, said records showed that out of 915,000 licensed firearm holders, 415, 320 did not renew their licenses. PNP chief, Director General Arturo Lomibao, said those who fail to renew their gun licenses should surrender their firearms to the police. "Starting May, we will send notices to holders of expired licenses," Lomibao said.He also ordered organizers of gun shows and shooting competitions to stop displaying assault weapons in their exhibits.High-powered firearms, Lomibao added, are for the exclusive use of the military and law-enforcement agencies."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Ted Nugent to fellow NRAers: Get hardcore: "With an assault weapon in each hand, rocker and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent urged National Rifle Association members to be 'hardcore, radical extremists demanding the right to self defense.' Speaking at the NRA's annual convention Saturday, Nugent said each NRA member should try to enroll 10 new members over the next year and associate only with other members. 'Let's next year sit here and say, 'Holy smokes, the NRA has 40 million members now,'' he said."

Arizona: Guns in bars bill reaches governor: "Carrying your loaded gun into a nightclub, bar or restaurant that serves alcohol could soon be legal as long as you don't drink under a bill that emerged from the Legislature on Monday. But don't load those holsters and head for the dance floor just yet. Gov. Janet Napolitano still has to sign the bill. And her cryptic statements so far indicate she is leaning on the side of Arizona's tourism and hospitality industry, neighborhood groups and major public-safety organizations who have all strongly opposed the measure. The Senate gave final passage to Senate Bill 1363 by a vote of 17-12. The National Rifle Association, the main force behind the bill, says its membership has practical reasons for wanting the law changed. Law-abiding gun owners don't want to have to leave their weapons at home or in the car, where they are useless for protection, when they dine in restaurants that serve alcohol."

Australia: New call for victim disarmament: "A gun-control group has called for a total ban on semi-automatic handguns to prevent them falling into criminal hands with deadly consequences. Speaking at the launch of a new national anti-handgun advertising campaign, National Coalition for Gun Control chair Sam Lee said the future looked bleak in relation to guns. 'What we are going to see in the future is more high-powered handguns on the streets because gun manufacturers are developing what are called quick-draws, which means they can be quickly grabbed and aimed at someone,' Ms Lee said.The campaign launch comes just days after the fatal drive-by shootings of two men at The Rocks in Sydney. 'It is our belief that a handgun was used in this shooting and these lives could have been saved,' Ms Lee said."

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Feisty deacon: "Police say a deacon from Mount Olive Bapist went to the Normandale Compass Bank to deposit the church's offerings when a man approached him. The man then allegedly knocked the deacon down, took the money and started running away. The suspect, however, was in for a surprise. The deacon was carrying more than a money bag to the bank... he was carrying a loaded gun. He began firing at the suspect, who slipped, fell to the ground and dropped the cash. When the robber went to retrieve the bag, the deacon threatened to shoot him if he touched it. The suspect ran away".

Illinois: Legislature shoots down victim disarmament bills: "Illinois lawmakers Thursday mowed down a series of major gun-control bills favored by Gov. Blagojevich and Mayor Daley during a marathon day of legislative sausage-making. ... Facing today's deadline to pass bills, the House and Senate churned well into the evening Thursday, with the biggest news of the day involving the fate of the gun initiatives. By a 37-21 vote, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a National Rifle Association-backed package that would require purchasers at gun shows to undergo criminal background checks, force the State Police to destroy those background records after 90 days and scrap most local gun-control laws outside Chicago. That bill moves to the House, but its fate there appeared in doubt after House members rejected an identical NRA-backed bill by a 63-50 vote with 71 votes needed for passage."

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Guns are the key to L.A.�s crime crisis: Mayoral candidates Villaraigosa and Hahn have both pledged to hire more police officers. Yet there is a more effective solution to LA�s crime that costs the public nothing. The winner of the May 17th election should direct Police Chief William Bratton or his successor, to issue a permit to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) to every eligible applicant. (Felons, children, drug addicts, the insane, etc. are ineligible by law. Furthermore, applicants must attend a gun safety class and pass marksmanship qualifications.) urrently, Chief Bratton routinely denies applications from people who are not celebrities and do not work for the government, regardless of how much these �ordinary citizens� need protection.... There is little to fear from CCW holders, since they tend to be among the most conscientious of citizens. Researcher David Kopel notes, �In Florida, where 315,000 permits have been issued, there are only five known instances of violent gun crime by a person with a permit.This makes a permit-holding Floridian the cream of the crop of law-abiding citizens... The time is now for Los Angeles residents to have the means for self-defense in public when their police cannot.

Ohio: Gun law marks its first year: "Friday was the first anniversary of the Ohio concealed handgun law, marking the end of a year that was significant because of two things that didn't happen. Ohio didn't return to Wild West shootout days as feared by some, and fewer people applied for licenses than proponents of the law had expected."

Michigan: CCW law may change after nearly four years: "It will be four years this summer since it became easier in Michigan to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Now some state lawmakers are considering changes. Some gun rights advocates want lawmakers to allow concealed weapons in public areas, such as schools, hospitals and churches, where firearms mostly are banned. Other possible changes include moving the permitting and application process from the counties to the Secretary of State's office and allowing permits to be renewed without turning in new fingerprints."

Monday, April 18, 2005

Smart kid: "A 13-year-old boy shot and wounded an armed intruder Thursday outside a north Medford home, prompting police to order lockdowns at four nearby schools while officers searched for the injured suspect. The wounded man ran from the scene of the 12:30 p.m. shooting and had not been located as of 10 p.m. Thursday, police said. The teen shooter told police that he was alone at his grandmother�s home in the 2200 block of Crater Lake Avenue when he looked outside and saw a man attempting to break into a travel trailer situated in the back yard. The boy confronted the intruder, who allegedly pointed a handgun at the teen, Medford police Lt. Mike Moran said. The youth told police he ran inside a garage and armed himself with a handgun. He then went back outside and shot the intruder, who fled toward Crater Lake Avenue, Moran said."

Oregon: Gunfire breaks out during robbery: "You can see the bullet holes in siding and in windows, as well as chalk marks for the casings, left over from an early-morning gunfight between a group of armed suspects and the neighbor of a home they invaded. ... The neighbor, who doesn't want to be identified, says his wife woke him up when she heard a crash. He grabbed his gun. 'I was toward the end of the driveway. They were running out at the end of that driveway. It was just the street length across from him. He was shooting right at me, so my instinct was to shoot back.' After breaking down his front door, police say the armed men pistol whipped the owner and then took some of his licensed medical marijuana plants. Fortunately, neither the homeowner nor the neighbor was seriously injured."

Ohio: Advocate gets court date to challenge gun law: "Bruce Beatty got just what he wanted yesterday -- a court date. The Luckey, Ohio, resident held a party in Ottawa Park to challenge Toledo's prohibition on concealed weapons in parks. 'I'm totally prepared to go to court and fight it,' he said. Mr. Beatty contends that Toledo's prohibition violates Ohio's concealed-carry law, which went into effect April 8, 2004. The state law specifically prohibits concealed weapons from schools, government buildings, and places of worship, but does not mention parks."

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Fat old lady fixes robber: "Janet Grammer decided in an instant: Thursday wasn't her day to die. So when a would-be robber burst into a Jacksonville convenience store shortly before 1 p.m. and fired two shots while demanding she clean out the cash register, the 64-year-old clerk and mother of 10 knew one thing. "I figured either I was going to have to pull the trigger or I'd be dead," said Grammer. So she did. Faking a moment's hesitation, Grammer reached under the counter for a .38 special and came up firing, her first shot hitting the man in the chest at point-blank range. The force knocked him down and jolted the gun from his hand, she said. As the man staggered for the door of Apple Gate Food Store at Wesconnett Boulevard and 105th Street, she fired two more rounds, police said. The suspect left a trail of blood before running into nearby woods.... A man fitting the robber's description went to the Orange Park Medical Center a short time after the robbery attempt as a police helicopter and canine units scoured the neighborhood for the robber. The man told doctors he shot himself. He was taken by helicopter to Shands Jacksonville, according to police, who did not identify the man but confirmed he was in custody. The incident would have been the store's third robbery in two weeks without Grammer's quick thinking, said store owner George Rubboz. "I'm telling you, she is the lady," he said. Grammer said she's handled guns before, during a 10-year stint as a security guard years ago in Charleston, S.C."

Illinois: Daley defeated: "Following the Illinois Supreme Court's lead, the Senate last night rejected Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's proposals to allow lawsuits against the gun industry. Another key measure to Daley's efforts to reduce violence on his city's streets -- limiting handgun purchases to one a month -- also failed 20-to-34. Both the House and Senate did approve proposals that would require criminal background checks of purchasers at shows as well as in gun shops. Daley -- who went to Springfield this year seeking that legislative action -- has sought tougher gun laws for years. But opponents say the measures Daley wanted would be used to harass dealers and drive them out of business".

Slip slidin' away "Leaders in the civilian disarmament movement ridicule the notion that gun control laws are intended to result in, uh, civilian disarmament. There is no 'slippery slope,' they say, and suggestions to the contrary are unfounded. ... In other words, the 'slippery slope' argument is a myth. There is no hidden agenda. There is no proof that success in some gun control measures leads to other attempts at restrictions. The whole argument is a fiction. If you believe in it, you're living in a paranoid world where you think people are trying to take away your rights.Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Gun controllers hate women: "Gun controllers hate women. They know that personal firearms have the reputation as "the great equalizer," enabling women to defend themselves in life-threatening situations against assailants that are undoubtedly bigger and stronger than they are. It appears that at least a few have found a way around having to deal with this contradiction to their agenda: labeling any woman who wants effective self-defense as "sick" and "paranoid" and engaging in "the fantasy of killing a bad-guy, antisocial, murderous, rapist intruder." Welcome to the modern version of the old misogynistic rape advice, "just lay back and enjoy it" that is now being promoted by the anti-self-defense advocates. In an attempt to promote their agenda, they resort to minimizing the threat to women, telling us that "it's all in your imagination." Just how imaginary is it? According to crime statistics, about 1 in 4 women will be raped during her lifetime. Some small percentage of them will be murdered in the course of the rape. A larger percentage will experience attempted murder. Women on the average are about 30 pounds lighter than men. They have about 60% of the muscle mass, which means that not only are they smaller, but they have considerably less muscle mass per pound. Women have a serious strength disadvantage when dealing with just a single male assailant. So what can a gun controller offer to offset this disparity?"

Jeweller opens fire: "Emboldened by a successful robbery only last week, Anderson Lewis walked into a Penal jewelry store yesterday with his cutlass hoping for a bigger pay-off. He was shot three times by the jeweller and died at the scene. Lewis, of Alta Garcia Trace, Siparia, was identified three hours after his death by the man he robbed last Wednesday. The bungled robbery took place at around 3pm, in the Singer Building, High Street Penal, four buildings away from the Penal Police Station. The first floor of the building houses a hair dressing salon, dental lab, and Ramroop Jewellery Store. Lewis is said to have entered the jewelry store posing as a customer. The police were told that the store owner Wesley Ramroop attended to two other customers and escorted them out of the business. Lewis reportedly announced a hold up, grabbed jewelry and money before Ramroop returned. Lewis is said to have confronted Ramroop, demanding more money. Ramroop pulled his licensed handgun and began firing."

Store clerk shoots purse-snatcher: "According to police, Barbara Winters, 70, was opening her car door outside a Fort Lauderdale liquor store when Steven Wendal, 15, snatched her purse and took off. That's when the store clerk, Kingsly Brown, shot Wendal, police said. "I really was in shock. I commended him for using that kind of resolve to protect a customer," Winters said. "He deserves to be shot at. He is a kid. He is a stupid kid. Kids do stupid things. He deserves to be shot at." Wounded, Wendal raced a mile and a half through neighborhoods, knocking on doors for help. His trail of blood stopped on Kathleen Rouse's porch. "I didn't know what to think. I was shocked and he wanted me to take him to the hospital and I said, 'No, I will call 911.' And he said, 'It's going to take too long for them to get here,'" Rouse said. The 911 call led police to arrest Wendal. Although Wendal was not armed when Brown shot him, police said the clerk might not be charged. "We don't have a final say on that but we don't anticipate charges," Veda Coleman-Wright, of the Broward Sheriff's Office, said."

Friday, April 15, 2005

Arizona: We'll shut down the border with machine guns: "Eyewitness News 4 has learned an armed militia along the border near Douglas may take matters into its own hands this July. Casey Nethercott, the leader of the group said Friday that he doesn't yet want to go into detail on his plans. He supports the Minutemen, but his backup plan is a much more aggressive approach. .... 'When this Minuteman thing is over, if it doesn't work, we're going to come out here and close the border with machine guns,' Nethercott said."

Ohio: Area has many who carry guns: "These days you see the signs declaring several public buildings gun-free, but not outside John Rossington's.A blue-and-white sign is posted at the door with a drawing of a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and the words "Protected by 2nd Amendment Security."'It's everybody's right," said Rossington, the owner of Ohio Auto Parts on East Mansfield Street. "It says so in the Constitution."Rossingon got a permit because he wanted to take the required training course taught by friend and New Washington police officer Louis Katona III. He said the gun-free zones signs on some public buildings are "absurd.""If someone is carrying (a gun), do you think they'd admit it?" Rossington said.He said he didn't mind people coming into his business with a gun, as long as they have no intent to harm anyone without cause."

Oregon: Bill lets school districts disarm victims "Facing long odds, the Legislature's leading gun-control advocate is setting her sights low in this year's session. But Sen. Ginny Burdick hopes lawmakers will at least take a new step toward keeping all guns out of schools. The Portland Democrat says she hopes to soon push for a vote in the Senate on a bill that would allow local school districts to prohibit holders of concealed-weapons permits from taking firearms into schools. 'I think the public strongly supports this measure,' Burdick said in an interview last week. Oregon is one of 13 states that don't bar all guns from schools."

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Armed teachers can save childrens' lives: "We have just lived through another horrendous school shooting. Sadly, the residents of Red Lake, Minnesota have found themselves in the same unenviable position as those in Littleton, Springfield and Erfort, Germany. ... I would suggest that we do one simple thing: Remove the restrictions that prohibit Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders from carrying their personal firearms while on school property. This is a deceptively simple act. Nothing more or less is needed to increase exponentially the safety of our schools."

Safety first: It's for the children: "As a concealed permit holder, I believe that proper respect for the firearm at all times is essential. It is the responsibility of ALL gun owners to exercise caution and obey all safety rules at all times. I believe that these safety rules should be instilled in all family members who have guns in their homes AND in children who may come across guns in someone else's home. I strongly encourage proper gun safety education for children."

North Carolina: Resident shoots masked intruder: "A man shot an armed intruder at his east Charlotte home Saturday night, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said, sending the masked man to the hospital. A man wearing a bandana on his face entered a home in the 6300 block of Montego Drive near The Plaza through an unlocked door about 11:30 p.m., said Capt. Earl Mathis. Three adults and two children were home at the time, Mathis said. The suspect followed one of the residents into a bedroom to get money. The resident shot the intruder multiple times, Mathis said. The intruder, whose identity police did not release, was rushed to a hospital for surgery. He was expected to recover."

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Arizona: ASU to step up irrelevant weapons ban after fatal shooting: "Arizona State University will step up enforcement of its campus weapons ban and set up a committee to better investigate code of conduct violations in the wake of last weekend's fatal shooting involving a football player..... Wade, 21, has been jailed without bond since Saturday when he was arrested in the shooting death of former ASU football player Brandon Falkner, 25, outside a Scottsdale nightspot. .... The university already bans the possession of weapons on campus, but Crow said the revised weapons policy will require students and employees to inform the ASU Department of Public Safety of any violations of the weapons policy. Failure to do so will result in sanctions under existing employment and student policies.Crow also said that any student or employee making a threat of violence, if that threat is verified, will be sent for mental health assessment and may be removed from campus and all programs."

Missouri: Police say killing was self-defense: "A robbery attempt in a house in the 5300 block of Maple Avenue early Wednesday turned into a wild fight that ended up with all three participants shot, one of them fatally, St. Louis homicide detectives said. Darryl Blockton, 21, was slashed with a butcher knife and fatally shot after he had shot and wounded Jerelle Gatlin, 31, and Gatlin's girlfriend, Twanna McNeil, 27, with a shotgun blast, police said. ... Detectives said Gatlin fired several shots at Blockton during a struggle over a shotgun and pistol, and McNeil also fired a couple of shots at Blockton and slashed him with a butcher knife. No criminal charges will be brought against the couple because Blockton was the aggressor and the couple acted in self-defense."

Not everyone has a blast with gun use: "Last Friday was the second installment of 'Blow Away Your Stress,' an activity open to all students who wish to blow off steam by firing guns at targets. ... Although I strongly support the right to bare [sic] arms, using AK-74s as a means of leisure is a little disconcerting. I prefer to think of guns as a means of self-defense rather than emotional release. Still, knowing how to fire a gun isn't a worthless talent. Learning how to load and fire a gun may just be more relevant in our lives than studying about, say, Polish cinema or Italian architecture. Students at Webster get a broad liberal arts background, but one of Webster's tenets is 'real world experience.' Nothing is quite so matter-of-fact as knowing how to take aim and fire. Perhaps all students could benefit from taking time away from their studies of formal logic and learning how to protect themselves."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

An aggressive home invader escapes with his life (undeservedly): "A Hempfield man shot an intruder who invaded his home early Saturday, state police at Greensburg said. The unidentified homeowner fired two warning shots before shooting Gregory R. Powell, 43, of Greensburg in the legs, police said. The unidentified family --- a 37-year-old male, a 33-year-old female and 5-year-old and 8-year-old girls --- were not hurt in the 3 a.m. home invasion, Trooper Jared Slater said in a press release issued 13 hours after the incident. Powell allegedly broke into the residence by using an iron fireplace poker and his fists to break out a pane of door glass. The family called police. The homeowner, armed with a handgun, warned Powell not to enter the residence. According to police, Powell entered and charged at the man, who then fired two warning shots. After Powell continued to "menace" the man, he was shot in the legs, according to police. Police said Powell then broke out another pane of door glass and escaped from the house. He was arrested at the scene"

Desperate Brits: "After a neighbour was robbed and beaten at home, a Sussex businessman decided to take crime prevention into his own hands. The wealthy, self-employed father of two bought a stun gun during a working trip to France, which he sent in the post to his home close to Brighton. Customs officers say that they have seen a six-fold increase in the number of stun guns being seized at ports and airports. Last year, Customs intercepted 672 stun guns, which can paralyse victims with a 50,000-volt shock. Those found carrying the weapons all told officers that they wanted them for their own protection. A Scotland Yard investigation into a French company selling arms on the internet found that many of its British customers were not underworld figures but respectable mortgage-payers from the shires. Raids on customers� addresses took officers to stockbroker belts, gated private estates and properties costing several millions. The weaponry seized included shotguns, ammunition and automatic pistols. A number of the weapons� owners are still under police caution while prosecutors consider their next move".

Women of Hawaii should be allowed to carry firearms: "Honolulu police report an 18-year-old woman was kidnapped and gang raped by five men on Monday, March 28, 2005, at about 9 p.m. near the University of Hawaii. ... No one deserves to suffer that kind of attack. Everyone deserves the right to protect themselves. That right was ensured by America's founding fathers, who made the right to bear arms the Second Amendment in the United States Constitution, following only the right to free speech and religion. So why is it that in Hawaii, as a law-abiding citizen, I cannot carry a firearm with me to protect myself and my family?"

Monday, April 11, 2005


With more than four out of five states allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons, that argument is finished. Now, the nation's long-running argument over guns turns on how much to loosen the rules - should guns be allowed in judge's chambers? Bars? In workplace parking lots? The work in state legislatures following the latest spate of fatal shootings shows how much the debate has changed. The 1999 Columbine school shootings sent moms marching into the streets for tougher gun laws, but this year, many state legislators are looking at ways to broaden access to weapons and ease training and other requirements.

The push for concealed weapons began in the late 1980s, when all but 10 states refused to allow residents to do so, or only allowed it in special circumstances. But starting in 1989, those barriers fell. Now it's up to 46, with 35 states allowing just about anyone who is not a felon to get a permit. The late 1990s saw a rise in gun control legislation. In 1999, after 15 were killed, including the gunmen, at the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, gun control gained a sharp edge and legislators' attention.

Violence hasn't subsided this year, from courthouse shootings in Atlanta and Tyler, Texas, to the school killings at Red Lake, Minn., the most deadly since Columbine. But the reaction has spurred something far different, drawing on the idea that if the victims had weapons they might not be victims. "At the scene of these crimes, despite all the good intentions of the police, the prosecutors, the courts, the judges - they're all coming in later," said Wayne LaPierre, chief executive of the National Rifle Association. "The country as a whole is taking another look, across the board, at the idea that maybe it makes good sense to allow people to protect themselves in as many situations as possible." Current legislation in some cases is a direct response to the recent shootings, though often predates it. In recent weeks:

-Florida legislators passed a measure allowing people to "meet force with force" to defend themselves without fear of prosecution, extending the right from their homes to anywhere they're legally allowed to be. Gov. Jeb Bush said he intends to sign it.

-Arizona's Senate approved letting people carry guns into bars and restaurants, as long as they're not drinking. The House has yet to act.

-North Dakota legislators approved removing the shooting test needed for a concealed-weapon permit, though the bill awaits final approval from the governor.

Even schools and workplaces, the scene of some of the most horrific violence, saw restrictions fall. A new Virginia law lets people with concealed handguns onto school grounds, as long as they and the gun remain in their car. A 2004 Oklahoma law lets employees with permits keep guns in cars in job parking lots.

Anderson, in New Mexico, said restrictions are outlawing the way he grew up, when he learned about guns before he was a teenager. In his view, restrictions make crime more likely, and his view seems on the rise. "There should be the possibility that any house on the street should have a weapon," he said. "Do I think every house should have one? No. But the bad guy should think so."

More here

Wisconsin: Victim not charged: "A man visiting from Arkansas will not face any criminal charges for killing a Racine man in self-defense. The 64-year-old has been released from jail. Police said a group of young people tried to rob the man at a gas station on 12th and North Sunday morning. They began beating the man with his cane, police said. That's when the Arkansas man grabbed his gun and shot 20-year-old Kendall Moss."

ATF hysteria over museum: "[Marcellus] Area residents want federal authorities to return a 1918 German .50 caliber machine gun to the local VFW Post's war museum after it was taken during a search earlier this year. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms took the Maxim machine gun as part of a broader investigation into the person who donated the weapon to the post, the Three Rivers Commercial-News reported. Museum curator and Vietnam veteran Wilber Breseman was outraged by the Feb. 23 search. ... Four ATF agents and one state trooper arrived at the post with a search warrant for concealed weapons. Mark Hady, the ATF's resident agent in charge, said the donor was under investigation for illegally dealing in firearms."

Sunday, April 10, 2005


While murder rates have been falling or flat for years in the rest of the country, including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia's rate has been rising. Last year's murder rate was the highest since 1993, and Philadelphia replaced Chicago, the perennial leader, as the top 10 largest city with the highest murder rate. With 85 murders in this year's first 82 days, Philadelphia's murder rate is well ahead of even last year's level.

Unfortunately, Mayor John Street's solution may affect the rest of the state. He mentions nothing about fixing the city's declining arrest rates for murder. Instead he blames the law-abiding citizens who have permits to carry concealed handguns. And he recently announced that the city will deliberately begin delaying issuing new concealed-handgun permits. Gov. Ed Rendell's proposed crime task force promises to examine the issue further.

None of Philadelphia's reporters seem to have asked Mayor Street or Gov. Rendell the obvious question: If permit holders are the problem, how many of these 85 murders were caused by a person with a permitted concealed handgun? When I asked, the city police and mayor's office were unable or unwilling to answer that question. But my guess is zero. To put it simply, in those extraordinarily rare cases when permit holders get in trouble, there is news coverage -- and there is not one single news story on such a case this year.

Indeed, with 28,000 concealed-handgun permit holders in Philadelphia and more than 600,000 in the state, there wasn't such a murder last year or the year before or the year before that in the entire state. There are only two such cases since the state law started in 1989.

Instead, in Philadelphia there are a number of cases such as this: Last December a robber shot at a deliveryman despite being given all his money and only then did the deliveryman use his permitted concealed handgun to wound the robber. There are dramatic cases statewide. A couple of years ago, a serial rapist in Pittsburgh was wounded by his sixth intended victim, who had a permitted concealed handgun. Of course, in addition to self-defense, others who would never even think of carrying a gun also benefit because criminals don't know in advance who can protect themselves.

More here

Georgia: Father shoots intruder to protect daughter "An Atlanta man says he shot an intruder into his home to protect his daughter. Amos Evans said his home has been broken into three times over the last two months. Evans said his home was again broken into Tuesday morning while his 7-year-old daughter was taking a bath. 'I heard some glass break and I thought maybe she fell or hurt herself in the bathroom, so I ran in there and when I looked to my left I saw this guy who had busted the glass and was coming through my apartment,' Evans said. 'I asked him to stop, he didn't stop, I ran in my room got my gun, cocked it, and got off one shot,' he said. Atlanta police say the intruder fled after being shot in the chest. He was later found near Daniel and Gartrell streets."

Carnival of Cordite is up again. I note a post there saying that the allegedly factual site Snopes is anti-gun. They are in fact a very Leftist site in general. A few small mistakes in a post will cause them to put a big red "False" label on it if it is pro-conservative -- even though the story may be broadly correct.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Illinois: Should citizens be "allowed" to carry firearms? "While the 'right to carry' law is being debated in Springfield, some people here in the Quad Cities already have their doubts about the bill. 'I've been held up at gunpoint before,' said Andrea Wunderlich, 'as a rape victim.' The bill would allow anyone to carry a concealed weapon as long as they pass a training course. Iowa already has a 'reasonable issue' law and pistol range owner Steve Bartels says it would be a good law for Illinois to adopt as well. 'There is an old saying: 'An armed society is a polite society',' says Bartels. 'If the bad guys don't know who's carrying, they are less likely to rob someone.'"

Kentucky: Home invasion suspect killed by homeowner: "Someone broke into the residence of Ozie and Evelyn Toole .... State police say Ozie Toole confronted the intruder and shot him. The Adair County coroner says 21-year-old Stephen Penn of Columbia died at the scene.A police report says entry was gained through a broken window. Investigators say the same residence had been entered earlier in the day when the Tooles were not home and that Penn was also a suspect in that break-in."

A threat to freedom of speech: "On Friday, February 25th 2005, members of the Luty family were arrested and charged with 'Conspiracy to Manufacture Firearms' by British police. Due to the information shown on website, police raided and searched three addresses belonging to the Luty family. They were looking, apparently, for 'prohibited firearms.'. ... A great deal of wanton damage was caused to property during these searches, apparently in revenge for failure to locate anything more dangerous than a collection of books and CDs! This is a direct challenge by the British authorities to our non-negotiable rights of Freedom of Speech and Artistic Licence."

Friday, April 08, 2005

Louisiana: Fatal shooting ruled self-defense: "An argument over a child has left a 45-year-old Shreveport man shot to death. Police concluded that last night's shooting was in self-defense and no charges will be filed. They say Percy Davenport was killed during an argument that began over his four-year-old grandniece. Investigators say Davenport pulled two guns and came after the child's father, who grabbed one of the guns and shot Davenport."

Who's crazy now? "The gun control advocacy group immediately spoke out against the tragedy by chastising Congress for permitting the Assault Weapons Ban to expire last year. But the accused Red Lake shooter used two handguns and a shotgun during his spree, none of which were inderdicted by the AWB. ... The group lamented that the government only conducted 'limited law enforcement investigations of gun sellers' and that there were laws in force that mandate the 'immediate destruction of gun-sale records.' But the accused shooter didn't buy any of the guns he used .... Gun control promoters like the Brady Campaign deny that they want to remove all guns from private ownership, but there's been more than one instance of such advocates noting that it might be best and safest if only the police had access to firearms. This case argues against that point, too. It seems the accused shooter stole the guns he used from his grandfather who -- you guessed it -- was a tribal police officer."

Poll supports gun ownership: "Would banning guns reduce the threat from terrorists? Seventy-five percent of Americans say no, according to a new Zogby International poll commissioned by the Second Amendment Foundation. Only one in five respondents supported a gun ban and five percent were not sure. Zobgy pollsters contacted 1,009 likely voters chosen at random nationwide between March 30 and April 1. The poll's margin of error is plus/minus 3.2 percent. SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb said the poll shows that Americans are not buying terrorism as an excuse to pass more restrictive gun laws. (The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has used national security as justification for banning fifty-caliber "sniper rifles," which it says are "easily accessible" to terrorists.) But the Second Amendment Foundation says gun control groups like the Brady Campaign are waging a "one-note campaign" - their only solution, to "take guns away from people - any guns.""

Thursday, April 07, 2005


On 8 March 2005, two sailing yachts, Mahdi & Gandalf, were moving SW 30 miles off the coast of Yemen proceeding to the port of Aden from Salalah, Oman.

At about 0900 two outboard powered boats, about 25 feet long with 3 men in each one, passed off our stern moving south at about 25 knots. An hour or two later they returned, one coming quite close and looking us over carefully. The second boat passed our bows but quite a ways away. These boats were obviously not engaged in a normal activity such as fishing, etc. At that time we were south of Al Mukalla, Yemen. The area around Al Mukalla is well documented as being a piracy problem area and we started watching carefully for anything out of the ordinary.

At about 1600 we observed two different boats approaching us head on from the SW. These boats were 25-30 feet long, had higher freeboard and diesel powered. They were coming very fast directly at us. There were 4 men in each boat. The boats separated at about 200 yards, one boat ahead of the other, coming down Mahdi's port side and firing into the cockpit. The other boat was firing an automatic weapon at both Gandalf and Mahdi from ahead, more at Gandalf. These guys were shooting directly at the cockpits, and obviously intended to kill us. The first boat swung around behind Mahdi's stern to come up and board us.

At that point I, Rod Nowlin aboard Mahdi and armed with a 12 gage shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot, started shooting into their boat. I forced them to keep their heads down so that they could not shoot at us. I am not sure I hit anyone at that point although I could see the driver of the boat crouched down behind a steering console. After firing 3 shots at them their engine started to smoke and I swung around to shoot at the boat ahead.

At that point, I saw Jay Barry on Gandalf ram that boat amidships almost cutting it in two and turning it almost completely over. I turned back around to shoot again at the boat behind Mahdi and that is when they turned away from Mahdi and were heading toward the stern of Gandalf. Gandalf was beside us, about 100 feet away. The bow of the pirate's boat came right up against Gandalf's stern and two men stood up on the bow to board Gandalf. That was a serious and probably fateful error on their part. I shot both of them. That boat then veered away and I shot the driver, although I am not sure of the outcome because they were farther away and I did not knock him down like the other two.

Mahdi and Gandalf kept going at full speed to put as much distance between the pirates and us as possible. As soon as we were out of rifle range we looked back and both boats were drifting and appeared to be disabled.

If Jay on Gandalf had not had the presence of mind to veer over into one boat and ram it, the outcome of this attack would have been totally different. All they needed to do was stand off a ways and shoot us to pieces with automatic weapons. We were extremely lucky. We broadcast Mayday calls on all VHF and HF radio frequencies, including two HF emergency frequencies supplied by the US Coast Guard a few days before. The Coalition Forces in the area were supposed to be monitoring these frequencies. There was no response except from a commercial ship in the area on VHF 16 who approached and observed the disabled pirates for a bit, then sailed along side of us for 2-4 hours until dark to make sure we would be all right.

The pirates were well organized and well armed. There were at least 4 boats involved. They had set up a picket line out from the Yemen coast probably at least for 50-75 miles, so if you transited the area during the day they wouldn't miss you. The two boats that attacked us appeared to have come from the south.



Why did arrogant courts take away a person's right to self-defence in the first place

The governor of Florida is being asked to sign a measure that will allow people in that state to use "deadly force" to protect themselves at home or in their car. The bill "authorizes a person to use force, including deadly force, against an intruder or attacker in a dwelling, residence, or vehicle under certain circumstances," the state legislature says on its website.

The Florida House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday. The state Senate has already approved it, so all it lacks before becoming law is the signature of Gov. Jeb Bush. Among other provisions, the bill:

* Creates a presumption that residents are reasonable to fear that an intruder has broken in to hurt or kill them.
* Allows the use of deadly force.
* Declares that a person does not have to retreat from an intruder.

A backer of the bill, Representative Dennis Baxley, said it gives people the right to defend themselves without having to worry about the legal consequences. That will discourage criminals, he added. The National Rifle Association, which supports the bill, said it "corrects a serious problem for citizens who choose to protect themselves in the face of attack by violent criminals." The bill reverses the doctrine that people have a "'duty to retreat' (leave your property and RUN) when attacked" which was established by Florida courts, the group said on its website.


Samaritan wounded; robber dies: "An attempted robbery at a grocery store in South Laredo late Monday left the suspected robber dead and a rescuer seriously injured. Officials said 19-year-old David Rivera was dressed in black, had a handkerchief over his face and was armed with a rifle when he attempted to rob two women outside of a "beer run" drive-thru in the 3300 block of Santa Barbara. As the women were accosted, the owner of the El H-Evito grocery store next door ran outside to intervene. Owner Manuel Garcia, 59, was shot in the left hip, but he managed to return fire from 10 feet away, hitting Rivera in the head, said County Court-at-Law Judge Jesus "Chuy" Garza. Rivera, the son of Laredo police spokesman Juan Rivera, was pronounced dead at the scene by Garza. The storeowner was taken to Laredo Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery on his hip. He was in fair condition Tuesday night, hospital officials reported. Meanwhile, Yesenia Paredes, 18, and Griselda Gonzalez, 20, who were with the alleged robber, were arrested on charges of aggravated robbery and engaging in organized criminal activity. Records show that Rivera had been arrested in the past on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, engaging in organized crime and theft, among other charges".

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The 'gun problem': "In the wake of another school shooting by another sociopathic teenager, Second Amendment opponents are again out in force attempting to convert the blood of innocents into political capital for gun confiscation. .... In an observation typical of the gun confiscation crowd's Leftmedia trucklings, Washington Post Deputy Editor Colbert King posed this loaded question: "What about the guns that take away the life?"'Gun problem," "gun violence" and "guns that take away the life"? Like Barnes and Havelin, King insists that the problem is guns and that confiscating guns will solve the problem. But Barnes, Havelin and King, like most Leftists, display a chronic disconnect with reality. The "problem" in Red Lake, Minnesota (nine dead), is similar to that which visited Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado (thirteen dead), back in 1999.What was the problem? Leftists brace yourself: It was not a gun problem, but a culture problem."

Wisconsin hotel massacre victims had no right to carry: "Seven people gunned down Mar. 12 by a man who then turned the firearm on himself were victims not only of the gunman, but also of the failure of the Wisconsin legislature to pass a concealed carry statute by override when they had a chance, gun rights activists have argued. Late in 2003, anti-gun Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, vetoed legislation that would have established concealed carry for Wisconsin residents. When the legislature tried to override Doyle's veto, they fell just one vote short. That vote was cast by a Democrat, Rep. Gary Sherman, who had co-sponsored the legislation, but switched at the last minute to oppose the measure."

Arm the Darfurians: "The slaughter, rape and torment of the citizens of Darfur would end if humanitarian aid included guns. Darfur is a Texas-size region of Sudan. The Sudanese government and its militia proxies have killed roughly 70,000 civilians, raped and mutilated untold numbers of others and caused about 3 million refugees to live in camps. ... I always wondered why there was no mention of the victims fighting back. 'Some do defend themselves,' said Bill Garvelink, acting assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance in the U.S. Agency for International Development. The United States has given about $600 million since 2003. 'But Sudan has helicopters and AK-47s. People in the camps have machetes,' Garvelink said. International treaties covering humanitarian aid prohibit giving any side arms to defend oneself; otherwise no aid workers would be allowed to bring in supplies to a troubled region."

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

And no-one had a gun to defend themselves: "Police in Germany said a man entered a Protestant church Sunday wielding a sword and killed one man and injured others. Investigators described the scene at the church in Stuttgart, Germany, as grisly, and said they had not determined a motive for the attack, the BBC reported. Severed limbs were lying all round the church, a police spokeswoman said. One man was taken into custody".

Checks are working: "No one is more opposed to terrorists acquiring firearms than the 4 million members of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA). But a handful of politicians are trying to scare Americans into believing that terrorists are buying guns in America and that the FBI is unable to stop them. Nothing could be further from the truth, and law enforcement is doing its job well!"

Monday, April 04, 2005


"Paul Bucher, the district attorney for the Wisconsin county where a man opened fire in a church service last month, killing seven people and himself, has one answer to the deadly mass shootings around the country in recent weeks: more guns.

"The problems aren't the guns, it's the guns in the wrong hands," said Mr. Bucher, a Republican who recently announced his candidacy for Wisconsin attorney general. "We need to put more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Whether having that would have changed what happened is all speculation, but it would level the playing field. If the person you're fighting has a gun and all you have is your fists, you lose."

Across the country, efforts to expand or establish laws allowing concealed handguns have been fueled by the horrifying shootings in the last month - of the family of a federal judge in Chicago, at the church service in Wisconsin, at courthouses in Atlanta and Tyler, Tex., and the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota.

In Texas and Illinois, the shootings prompted new legislation to allow judges and prosecutors to be armed. Legislators in Nebraska and Wisconsin, which were already considering allowing concealed weapons, say they think the shootings will help their cause..... after the recent shootings in Red Lake, N.R.A. officials proposed arming teachers."

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Sensenbrenner fails test: "In February, Aaron Zelman wrote a personal memo to Rep. James Sensenbrenner. The memo listed a number of abuses by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and called for Sensenbrenner to call hearings to publicize and curb the outrages committed by this out-of-control agency. Aaron emphasized how the BATFE targets the innocent and vulnerable and how it damages the U.S. firearms industry. ... James Sensenbrenner is the very powerful chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Aaron Zelman lives in [his] district. ... So what was Sensenbrenner's response? Did this 'representative' of a gun-friendly district agree to call hearings? ... NO. Far from it. Instead, he responded with a form letter which not only assumed that the executive director of a well-known gun-rights group needed a basic primer on BATFE functions, but which also praised the rogue agency in glowing terms."

South Africa: Rush is on to dump "illegal" guns: "More people are expected to rush to police stations countrywide in the next two days to give up their illegal firearms and ammunition, said government news agency BuaNews on Tuesday. The deadline for the handing in of illegal weapons is March 31 -- Thursday. The agency reported that those who did not hand in illegal guns faced up to 25 years in jail. According to the police service, more than 20 000 illegal guns and ammunition have been handed in at police stations since the amnesty began in January."

Sunday, April 03, 2005


An 83-year-old woman fought with an intruder in her home and fired two shots at him before he fled with her gun and purse. Mark Foulk, 44, of Fall Branch, was pulled over by a Sullivan County Sheriff's deputy about 20 minutes later and charged with DUI and speeding. Authorities at the jail found glass in his pockets and cuts on his hands and a gun and purse in his car. He was then charged with robbery and aggravated burglary. An intruder broke into the house of Clara Groseclose early Tuesday. She heard a noise downstairs, retrieved a handgun and went to check on it. Groseclose encountered a man near a broken window, and he demanded money, police said. She struggled with the man and fired two rounds at him. Police said Foulk had an abrasion on his face that could have come from the muzzle of the gun when it was fired. The man took Groseclose's gun and purse and fled. She had a minor cut on her knee from the struggle but was not seriously injured.


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Kansas: Why you need guns "Intruders trying to shoot their way into a home Monday morning fired into a kitchen door, and on the other side sat three young children at a breakfast table. ... None of the children, nor a woman at the table with them, were hurt. But two men were in the Sedgwick County Jail awaiting criminal charges. A third intruder remained in a Wichita hospital with multiple gunshot wounds after one of the residents fired back."

Gunsmoke "I'm stunned that the reaction to last Tuesday's column on why Philadelphians want to carry guns was entirely positive -- except for a single e-mail. Since Philly is liberal, with more than its share of loopy leftists and column-writing, gun-hating hysterics, I thought I'd be picking buckshot out of my pants for a week. I got support, of course, from gun-owners, Libertarians, Second Amendment supporters and 'gun nuts,' but I heard from many everyday people who feel a deep need for personal protection. What does it mean if the 'anti-gun' crowd is largely mum in Philly?"

Saturday, April 02, 2005


The 214-year-old American right to keep and bear arms does not protect some sort of collective, or assembled militias, or armed forces, or a right of the states. Those newly minted arguments are now off the table, wiped out, dead. RKBA is a right you and I have as individuals. I've gotten the link a dozen times already, you may have too, and if not, here it is:

However, since the bulk of resistance to the American right to arms has its roots in a medical condition, no amount of history, legal analysis, precedent, logic or argument will resolve the issue.

People who are terrified of and hate guns -- hoplophobes -- don't care about anything rational, and we waste our time on such arguments. They want guns to go away. They don't trust guns. They don't trust people who have guns, and especially people who like guns. The only exception is "official" people with guns, meaning, they're from the government, a source of relief. I know, I know, that's irrational. But that's the nature of the disease, and it will not be fixed by DOJ reports.

The more intelligent of the hoplophobes may give up their you-have-no-rights argument due to the DOJ report, but it won't stop them one bit. They will seize on anything else, because hoplophobia is an irrational fear. Conveniently, the language of the report itself says that the limits of this individual right have not been clearly defined. To a hoplophobe, that means your right to arms can be legally limited to a single gun, with a single round, that does not operate, and is locked away, with government holding the key. And even that leaves them nervous.

We don't need more arguments or some DOJ paper that finds what we already know and have exercised for two centuries. Oh, I guess the intellectuals on our side will make some use of it, and it may have some positive effects in some courts. What we really need is research and medical-treatment programs for the poor, unfortunate people who are terrified of guns, won't go near guns, who would not defend themselves or their families if they had to, and who, very plainly, hate guns.

It must be confronted vigorously, righteously, and in a forthright manner. Logic and law do not confront hate, or help lessen it. We must learn not to tolerate gun hate, anywhere we find it. Hoplophobic behavior in government, schools, and all facets of public life must be recognized for what it is, exposed, and rooted out or treated. Seemingly utopian pacifists are free to profess their love of a weapon-free world, but they must start by disarming the evil, criminal and tyrannical. Disarming the general public is a vent for their twisted fear and hatred, a grotesque affront to freedom, and unacceptable.

Guns save lives. Guns stop crime. Guns are why America is still free. The history of freedom is inextricably tied to the development of weapons (an interesting study, by the way, if you have the time to examine it). Good people need guns. Efforts to end that are immoral and unjust, and when done by government, is a direct failure to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution." That's a violation of the oath of office, which should lead to removal from office and possibly even criminal charges. The people we elect or hire for public service should be screened for latent or overt gun hatred, and disqualified if such hatred is found, before it can do any more harm to our nation and its values.

It is well past the time when the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), the catalog of recognized mental infirmities, includes "hoplophobia," in all its forms, and serious medical research is conducted to identify and treat this pernicious condition that threatens us all. The doctors among you should begin raising this issue. If you're not a doctor but have one or two, ask them about it.

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Illinois hunters and gun dealers are trying to shoot down a flurry of gun-control proposals they say rose from fear in the streets of Chicago, far from the downstate prairies and woods where guns are appreciated for sport. They see no room for compromise on Chicago-led efforts to ban assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles and ammunition, and they oppose proposals to require background checks for gun-show purchases and to limit gun buyers to one handgun per month. "The problem is once you start banning things, where does it end?" said Dan Brookman, a retired police officer who owns a gun dealership in Pana, midway between Springfield and Effingham. "Banning is nothing but censorship. Once they're done with the Second Amendment, they could move on to the First."

Chicago officials say they understand the sensitivity of gun measures in Illinois and have carefully tailored their proposals over the years to minimize the impact on hunters. A bill to require statewide licensing of gun dealers, for example, would apply only to handguns, not rifles or shotguns. "We're very conscious of the upstate-downstate views on guns," said John Dunn, Chicago's deputy director of governmental affairs. But gun dealers and advocates say the proposals this year illustrate just how little politicians know about guns. Banning .50-caliber ammunition, for example, would affect guns used for deer hunting, not just the high-powered rifles that gun control advocates are targeting, said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, a group affiliated with the NRA.....

There is an age-old divide between Chicago and the rest of the state that often focuses on who gets the biggest slice of state money for roads and other projects, but when it comes to guns, the differences are polarizing. "In rural areas, guns are much more of a way of life-- part of a tradition, a part of growing up that creates bonds between parents and their children. In urban areas, guns are seen as a threat or a way to protect yourself," said Robert Bradley, an Illinois State University political science professor. Many downstate hunters worry that any attempt to restrict gun rights, even if it seems innocuous, will open the door to even tighter restrictions.

In the Illinois Legislature, gun votes tend to split along urban-rural lines rather than political party. The governor, meanwhile, is caught between cultures. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Chicago Democrat, has praised Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's gun-control efforts, but he has been criticized by gun-control advocates for doing nothing to prevent their bills from being rejected by committees this year while proposals to let Illinoisans carry concealed handguns have advanced. At the same time, downstate gun advocates believe Blagojevich favors Chicago and gun control. "They say they're pro-gun when they run and once they're elected they change," said Corey Partridge, who owns a gun and hunting shop in Harrisburg, at the edge of the Shawnee National Forest....

Gun supporters say if lawmakers really want to deter crime they should allow concealed carry. "Why should the criminals have all the guns? They're carrying them and the rest of us aren't allowed to," said Betty Richardson of Springfield, a 64-year-old retiree who took up target shooting two years ago for self-defense. Ron Barrington, owner of a Peoria gun shop, agrees, saying criminals will "think twice when they don't know who's armed and who isn't."

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Wyoming: No charges in shooting death: "No charges will be filed in the shooting death of a Montana man at a campground last weekend after an investigation determined the shooting was likely 'justifiable,' according to the Big Horn County Sheriff's Department. Larry P. Thomas, 44, of Roundup, Mont., was found dead Sunday afternoon from a single gunshot wound near the Five Springs Campground, Sheriff Dave Mattis said. 'All the information we have now' indicates Thomas was shot while he was assaulting a man, Mattis said. That man and another man were detained in the Big Horn County Jail while police investigated. 'We're not saying that the homicide was entirely justifiable, but we're saying no charges will be filed,' Mattis said. "All the information we have now" indicates Thomas was shot while he was assaulting a man, Mattis said. That man and another man were detained in the Big Horn County Jail while police investigated. "We're not saying that the homicide was entirely justifiable, but we're saying no charges will be filed," Mattis said.... When the two men left in their vehicle, Thomas rammed them from behind with his pickup "for some unknown reason" and off the roadway, according to a sheriff's office news release. Thomas then attacked the driver of the first vehicle and began slamming his head against rocks. The passenger of the first vehicle grabbed his rifle, warned Thomas to stop and shot him after he continued to beat the other man's head into the rocks, according to the sheriff's office."

Friday, April 01, 2005

San Antonio, TX: "George Shandy had had enough. Following a recent burglary at his mother's vacant home on the near East Side, Shandy decided to take matters into his own hands. On Tuesday night, he waited inside the home in the 1800 block of Dawson, armed with a 9 mm handgun. He knew someone would be back for more, after all, the china cabinet had been stolen earlier in the day and the front door was left open with the washer and dryer not far from it. At 9:30 p.m., two men broke into the home, not realizing what awaited them, police said. "When he turned the light on, I popped up out of the bedroom with my gun and told them to get down on the floor until the police came," Shandy said. Police arrived a few minutes later and took the two men into custody. On Saturday night, Shandy shot a man who broke into the home. The man was wounded in the arm and was arrested and charged with burglary. Shandy said he isn't a vigilante, he's just a son protecting his mother's property."

Noo Joisey justice: "The spate of slayings over the first three months of the year has prompted Assemblyman Louis Manzo, D-Jersey City, to introduce a bill which would make it possible to confiscate a home or car in which an illegal firearm is found - even if the gun doesn't belong to the owner. "Simply put, we cannot afford to lose another life, at a time when it has become a daily routine to read about another life lost in our neighborhoods as a result of gun violence," Manzo says in a letter asking state Assembly Speaker Albio Sires, D-West New York, to expedite a vote on the bill. "Now is the time to send a message that the consequences for harboring an illegal firearm are severe and will not be tolerated by our law-makers, communities or families," Manzo says in the letter. Manzo said the bill will make the stakes so high that people will "think twice about driving a friend (they) know carries a gun, and about allowing a family member to harbor an illegal gun in the home." Even if the bill were passed, however, it would likely be challenged as unconstitutional, said Frank Askin, director of the Constitutional Clinic at Rutgers University in Newark. "I'm skeptical the New Jersey Supreme Court would uphold it under the state constitution," Askin said yesterday. "I think under the state constitution there would at least have to be a innocent owner exception. "The New Jersey Supreme Court has been much more protective of private property rights than the Supreme Court has been in recent years," Askin said."

Florida: Cab driver guns down attempted thief: "Police say a cab driver took the law into his own hands Thursday night when an attempted robber held him at gunpoint. ... According to authorities, the cabbie was dropping off two passengers when a man tried to rob him. The driver turned the tables on the man, pulled out a gun of his own, and shot him. ... The suspect died at the scene, but the driver and the passengers were not hurt."