Friday, March 23, 2007

NJ: Victim turns tables: "A man who was the intended victim of an armed robbery head butted his assailant several times, wrestled a handgun away from him, and then had a drug store clerk call police, who took the suspect into custody. Police said the intended victim in the Sunday afternoon incident ran into a Rite Aid drugstore to get help. As the man was walking in the area of Lewis Street and Matilda Avenue around 3 p.m., Sante A. Patron, 37, of New Brunswick Avenue in Fords, approached him, brandishing a 9 mm pistol, said. Cpl. Philip Rizzo. A struggle ensued, and the 28-year-old victim, a Somerset resident, wrestled the weapon away from Patron while head butting him, Rizzo said. After the suspect fell to the ground, the victim ran into the Rite Aid drug store on the corner of Hamilton Street and Matilda Avenue, advised a clerk to call the police, and handed them the weapon when they arrived. About seven officers responded to the scene."

IL: Homeowner shoots intruder: "Police in west suburban Aurora are investigating a home invasion this morning in which a homeowner shot at and possibly wounded an intruder, who then fled the scene. The incident began before 9 a.m. when a young man in a dark hooded sweat shirt forced his way into a two-story single-family home on the 900 block of Zenner Avenue on the city's northeast side. The 53-year-old unidentified homeowner, who had been awakened earlier by the repeated ringing of his doorbell, answered the door and saw the suspect walking away, police said. The suspect then allegedly walked back to the house and began kicking the front door. The homeowner went to his bedroom, called 911 and retrieved a small-caliber handgun, police said. The resident heard the suspect enter the home, and he confronted him in the hall outside the bedroom. The homeowner fired two shots at the man from about 10 feet away, possibly hitting the intruder, who fled the house, police said."

Reading is fundamental: "Last week the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., issued the most important gun control ruling in 70 years when it used the Second Amendment to overturn a gun ban in the nation's Capitol. In a 2-1 decision, the Court rejected arguments from the city that the Constitutional 'right to bear arms' only applied to militias. The majority specifically held that rights under the Second Amendment 'are not limited to militia service, nor is an individual's enjoyment of the right contingent' on enrollment in a militia. Predictably, liberals went nuts, claiming the ruling was based on a 'radical' interpretation of the law. The Washington Post was apoplectic, screaming that the ruling gives a 'new and dangerous meaning to the Second Amendment.' D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty argued that the outrageous ruling would reverse the laws that have 'helped decrease gun violence in the District of Columbia.' Really? The murder rate in his city is actually 26 percent higher than it was when the gun ban was first instituted in 1978. I wonder if his legal acumen is any better than his math skills."

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