Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Ga. granny with gun foils robbery attempt via shootout with 2 armed men, injuring 1 of them: "Authorities in Georgia say a grandmother foiled a robbery attempt by two armed men by getting into a shootout with them, injuring one man. Police told The Telegraph that Lulu Campbell just dropped off her grandson at her daughter’s house early Saturday morning when someone demanded money outside her car, threatening to shoot her. Campbell says the man fired at her, missing. The 57-year-old fired back, striking him in the chest. Her truck sustained eight bullet holes in the hood, one in the grill. Both front side windows were destroyed. The second man fled after she shot at him. Campbell, who owns convenience stores and gas stations, always is armed. Police say 32-year-old Brenton Lance Spencer has been hospitalized and was charged with aggravated assault and attempted armed robbery."
FL: Clerk, gunman dead in store shootout: "About 5 p.m., a man entered AC Grocery, which is in a small strip mall called Pace Plaza, at 1450 Pace Blvd. near Godfrey Street. He robbed it at gunpoint, a news release from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said. During the robbery, the clerk took out a gun and shot the robber, the release said. The man then fired back at the clerk. The clerk was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said. The suspect ran away from the store but did not go far before collapsing. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died."
Zimmerman was constitutionally entitled to follow Martin: "I’ve heard TV pundits refer to George Zimmerman as a wannabe cop or “self appointed” neighborhood watch volunteer. This is a denigration of the private citizen’s responsibility to protect his neighborhood that would have shocked the Founding Fathers, who considered it was precisely the role of the private citizen to protect his neighbors whether as posse comitatus or as militia; the idea of standing police departments or military officers quartered among the people (Third Amendment prohibition) was exactly what the American Revolution — and the preservation of its principles in the Bill of Rights — was designed to escape. It’s the denigration of the private citizen using “police” powers to protect his community — and the usurpation of these powers by a centralized authority — that is one of the principal methods by which Americans are infantalized by a paternalistic government.
Obama good for gun industry: "The economic impact of the firearms industry is up 66 percent since the beginning of the Great Recession, providing an unexpected shot in the arm for the economy, according to a new study. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says the economic impact of firearm sales — a figure that includes jobs. taxes and sales — hit $31 billion in 2011, up from $19 billion in 2008. Jobs in the firearms business jumped 30 percent from 2008 to 2011, when the industry employed 98,750. Some in the industry attribute the jump in sales to fears the Obama administration will tighten gun control laws in a possible second term. "There's a concern that in the second term the Obama administration would lead an attempt to restrict gun ownership," Mr. Keane said. That concern, known in the industry as "the Obama factor," has led many gun owners to purchase now in hopes of avoiding more restrictions and regulations later."