Friday, December 01, 2006

One ring to ruin them all: "A Jersey City ordinance that takes effect on December 11 bars sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of a school, day care center, park, playground, sports facility, library, theater, or convenience store. These zones cover the entire city. As a result of the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act, you can't legally transport a firearm in Phoenix unless you have a carry permit or keep it locked and unloaded. In New Haven the only substantial piece of land not covered by a drug-free zone is the Yale University golf course. Across the country, politicians are eager to draw magical circles of protection they claim will banish evil and keep children safe. It's an easy, cheap way of opposing what everyone opposes and supporting what everyone supports. But the resulting crazy quilt of drug-free, gun-free, and molester-free zones is ineffective, sometimes counterproductive, and frequently unjust.... The victims of such laws also include innocent gun owners who are transformed into felons when they unwittingly traverse a school zone on the way to target practice or hunting grounds. The gun control analyst Alan Korwin warns that the 1,000-foot limit set by federal law subjects millions of Americans to a five-year prison term simply for venturing out of their homes with their guns"

NM: Suspected home invader shot, killed : "A late-night shooting in the Four Hills area of Albuquerque left one person dead and a homeowner shaken. Police say the homeowner called 911 about 11:30 Saturday night. Albuquerque Police Department spokesperson Trish Hoffman says the homeowner woke up to sounds inside his house, discovered a burglar and shot the intruder. The intruder died at the scene. Detectives haven't released whether the intruder was armed. Detectives are investigating the scene as a homicide, but say it's possible the homeowner won't be charged because it may be a justifiable homicide."

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