Thursday, December 02, 2004

Pistol-packing hairdresser kills robber: "A pistol-packing hairdresser killed a robber and wounded two others in a shootout outside a butchery in the Pretoria CBD on Friday afternoon, police said. Seeing people being pushed around behind the closed doors of Capital Meat, next door to his shop, at 5:30 p.m., the hairdresser went to investigate, police spokesperson Inspector Percy Morokane said on Saturday. He caught one of the robbers walking out of the butchery pretending the be a customer, and forced him to the ground at gunpoint. ... The robber managed to flee with a bag of stolen cash when his three accomplices emerged, guns blazing, from a side door, leaving the slightly injured butcher inside. In the ensuing shootout, the hairdresser fatally wounded one of the robbers below his collarbone. ... The hairdresser would not face any charges 'for now,' but an inquest docket would be opened into the deaths of the robbers."

Illinois: Morton Grove to continue enforcing gun ban: "Morton Grove Police will continue to enforce the village's historic handgun ban despite a bill approved this week over a governor's veto aimed at curtailing local gun laws. Senate Bill 2165, which bars local prosecutions in self-defense cases, was drafted last year in response to an incident involving Wilmette resident Hale DeMar, who shot and wounded a burglar in his home. DeMar was cleared of any wrongdoing in the shooting, but faces a fine and loss of two handguns under a local law banning handgun possession."

What happened in Illinois reflected what happened around the U.S. "Ruling unanimously Nov. 18 on two lawsuits that had been filed against the firearms industry -- one by the City of Chicago and Cook County, the other by five individual plaintiffs -- the Illinois Supreme Court not only tossed out both cases, but dealt a serious blow to the gun control crowd. It cannot have been a worse month for hard-core disciples of gun control extremism, in Illinois and elsewhere. Their definition of sensible firearms law, short of repealing the Second Amendment, is to regulate gun ownership out of existence. Gun owners turned out in record numbers to keep George W. Bush in the White House, and then the Illinois high court rendered two painful opinions."

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