Tuesday, May 31, 2005

San Diego pharmacy robber killed: "An employee of a North Park pharmacy said he shot and killed a man who tried to rob the business and then threatened him with a weapon, police said. The attempted robbery of the Fed RX Pharmacy on 30th Street at Lincoln Avenue was reported to police at 11:36 a.m., said San Diego police Lt. Kevin Rooney. Patrol officers arrived at the scene six minutes later and found the body of David S. Robuck, 32, slumped inside the front door. Three hours later, the weapon that he had reportedly tried to grab just before the shooting was still tucked into his waistband, Rooney said. Police later determined the weapon was a plastic replica revolver.... The employee who told police he shot the intruder was among three workers in the pharmacy when the man walked in, Rooney said. The intruder was wearing sunglasses, dark clothing and latex gloves, Rooney said. Before he was shot, he demanded prescription drugs and reached for the weapon in his waistband, Rooney said. The employee told police he recognized the man as someone who had robbed the business of prescription drugs on April 11. Rooney said the employee involved in the shooting was questioned and released yesterday. He said the investigation was continuing and that any additional evidence would be presented to the district attorney."

Gun Control and the War on Drugs : "Many opponents of gun control support the war on drugs, and many critics and reformers of America's drug laws tend to believe in gun control. Conservatives tend to fall into the first category and liberals into the second. In reality, these two issues are more similar than many people might think. In both cases -- laws that restrict which guns people may buy, own, and carry; and laws that restrict which drugs people may buy, possess, and ingest -- what we're dealing with are possession crimes: victimless offenses against the state, whereby merely having something is branded a crime and punishable by fines and imprisonment."

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