Monday, January 25, 2010
OH: Mother Shoots Would-Be Robber: "Police said a would-be robber was shot Saturday while trying to hold up a family on the city's west side. The shooting happened at a home in the 900-block of Harris Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. The homeowner said two acquaintances held his family at gunpoint, demanding cash and prescription painkillers, 10TV News reported. The homeowner said that's when his mother came out of a room with a handgun and opened fire, hitting one of the men. The man, whose identity was not immediately released by police, was taken to Mount Carmel West Hospital. There were no details on his condition. The other alleged robber was later apprehended, police said. He has yet to be identified. No other injuries were reported".
Tennessee: Teen shot dead by homeowner: "A teenager has been fatally shot by a man who said his mobile home was being burglarized. The Greeneville Sun quoted Greene County Sheriff Steve Burns who identified the dead youth as 17-year-old Michael E.A. Banner. Alan Burch, who lives in a mobile home, told investigators he fired shots toward the entrance door after being awakened late Thursday by someone kicking the door open. Burch said he then found at least one of the shots struck the teen. A deputy reported he was found lying on the front porch. The sheriff said three other persons were with Banner and police have an idea who they are.."
Florida: Homeowner Killed Would-Be Burglar: "Police said a homeowner shot and killed a would-be burglar Friday. The incident occurred at 2168 SW Pruitt St. shortly after 3 p.m. Port St. Lucie police said a man arrived at the home and tried to force his way inside. The homeowner, identified as Josh Moore, went to the bedroom and got a shotgun. Moore and the intruder fought over the gun, which discharged and hit the intruder in the chest, investigators said. Police got a search warrant to go into the house where the victim was discovered. Authorities said no criminal charges are pending at this time and that an autopsy is scheduled. The victim’s identity was not released pending notification of his next of kin. Detectives were interviewing a woman at the scene."
Australian Love song for firearms becomes an internet hit: "Steve Lee says he never set out to be an internet hit. He just loves guns - and thought he would write a song about it. He says he is as shocked as anyone that his YouTube clip I Like Guns has been viewed more than 1.26 million times in the six weeks it has been online. The paean to guns, produced by Bill Chambers - father of Kasey - features Lee shooting at everything from watermelons to cars, and with everything from muzzleloaders to a fully automatic M60 and a rocket-propelled grenade. Some of the guns are so dangerous that they are banned in Australia, meaning Mr Lee had to travel to Cambodia to film much of the clip. Mr Lee, who usually performs with his wife and four children, was inspired to write the song many years ago because of negative media coverage of guns. "When you watch movies firearms are portrayed as a bad thing … I wanted to show that they can be used for fun and sport and not violence.'' The song, which features lines such as ''[God] gave me this voice so I can be a singer, so you tell me why I've got a trigger finger'', has been particularly successful in the US, where the debate over gun control rages on."