Tuesday, January 06, 2009

AZ: Jewelry store owner shoots would-be thieves: "The owner of a Phoenix jewelry store shot two men who had used pepper spray on him during an attempted robbery. The suspects, identified as 24-year-old Gregory Mills and 27-year-old Jason Buckingham, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and are expected to be charged Tuesday. Phoenix police say Mills and Buckingham went to the jewelry store of a 61-year-old man around 2 p.m. Monday and tried to sell a watch, but were denied because it was missing parts. About 10 minutes later, they returned, pepper sprayed the store owner in the face and smashed the glass of a display cabinet. That's when the owner pulled a gun from his pocket, shot each suspect and held them at gunpoint until officers arrived. Investigators say the owner acted in self defense and won't be charged."

AL: Man shoots alleged attacker: "A Pell City man is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he allegedly broke into a Hanceville residence and attacked the owner Saturday. According to Hanceville police reports, the gunshot victim was 32-year-old Charles Kendrick. "He was shot once in the stomach with a 25-caliber automatic," said Lt. Jimmy Rodgers of the Hanceville Police Department. "Further investigation has ruled it was a self-defense shooting." "The owner of the residence was at home when this guy (Kendrick) jumped on him and began to fight him," Rodgers said. "The owner went inside and locked the door and retrieved a handgun." Rodgers said Kendrick allegedly then began smashing the back windows of the residence and tried to enter. "The owner pointed the gun at him to prevent him from entering," Rodgers said. "The gun was unloaded at this point." Undeterred, Kendrick allegedly continued to break the window and then entered the home, Rodgers said. The homeowner then went into his bedroom and locked the door. "The perpetrator kicked in the door, at which point he was shot by the resident," Rodgers said. An investigation revealed the attack was a type of domestic violence situation, Rodgers said. "The homeowner's girlfriend has kids by the perpetrator, and apparently he was upset about the kids and took it out on the boyfriend," Rodgers said. Rodgers noted Kendrick could face criminal charges once he is released from the hospital, including a charge of burglary.

DC: District targets spots for gun stores: "The District will allow gun stores along major commercial corridors in every corner of the city, under new rules recently adopted by the D.C. Zoning Commission. Emergency regulations issued by the commission allow gun stores to open along most commercial corridors not zoned for neighborhood retail, throughout much of downtown and in a handful of industrial zones. But because each store must be at least 300 feet away from the nearest school, library, home, playground and church, the number of specific possible locations is very limited. The rules are far less restrictive than those adopted in July - a month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the District's 32-year-old handgun ban."

Another reason to arm up? "While we stumble along economically with bailouts, buyouts, and poor sales in almost all sectors, two products in America are seeing dramatic increases in sales: guns and ammo. People who never owned a gun before are buying; people are buying multiples of military style weapons and ammo is being bought by the case instead of by the box. Many explain this away as folks simply worried that Obama will move to ban certain firearms, especially those referred to by the ignorant as `assault weapons,' I believe the motivation to buy firearms and ammunition goes much deeper. More and more Americans are becoming increasingly aware of the storm that is brewing on the horizon, a storm driven by the possibility of a complete economic collapse. The more astute are reading the handwriting on the wall: military combat units being assigned for stateside duty to quell domestic disturbances, a militarization of law enforcement, and the fear of what will happen when the state is no longer able to provide monthly checks to the millions currently living on government handouts labeled as `entitlements.'"

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