Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Kansas City: Former boyfriend shot: "Police said a woman shot an intruder after he broke into her home near 34th Street and Norton early Monday morning. The man was shot in the head. He is in serious condition at a hospital. KMBC's Brenda Washington reported that there were four young children inside the home at the time. The homeowner told a friend that she felt she had no choice but to shoot after the man started to break in the door of her infant daughter's bedroom. "I don't know what happened after that, but she said she had to protect herself and the baby. I understand that," said a friend of the homeowner. "I think I would have done the same thing if someone broke in on me and my kids. To protect us, I would do the same thing," neighbor Sharon Bedford said. Neither the woman nor her children were hurt. Friends told Washington that the intruder was a former boyfriend. The shooting is under investigation".

Ohio State law to override city bans: "A bill to be introduced soon in the Ohio Legislature would prohibit cities from enacting their own gun laws like the one passed by the Columbus City Council banning assault weapon sales. The measure is being written by the lead sponsor of the concealed-carry law, Representative James Aslanides, and it would also would restrict media access to gun permit records. The Coshocton Republican says the provisions are among a number of loopholes in the state's gun laws that still need to be addressed. Aslanides' bill also would clarify that cities cannot ban gun from parks or other places not designated as gun-free zones under state law."

Machinegun shootup: "It's the Hardyville Whiskey Day Memorial Machine Gun Shoot and Ice Cream Social. And everything you see out there, sitting amid the sagebrush at the foot of the hill, is about to become history. ... To set off fireworks is a grand American tradition. So, of course, is shooting -- however nervous it makes Our Beloved Leaders (hot-house city folk, almost to the last). Machine gun shooting can be a combination of fireworks and firepower that, while it may not have that much real world application, is a whale of a lot of fun. And if semi-auto shooting unhinges the Schumers and Feinsteins of the world, full-auto fire really, really, really makes Our Beloved Leaders quake in their Guccis and Pradas. Which is (some would say) one perfectly good reason to do it. Yes, the combo of machine guns and Hardyville is long overdue."

DC mayor wants citizens to be "subjects": "The proposed legislation is known as the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. Mayor Anthony A. Williams told a House committee that ending the District's 30-year-old handgun ban would be 'a slap in the face to me and to the people who live in this city' and 'an indignity to the democratic process.' In response, CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb noted, 'A far greater indignity is suffered by victims of violent crime every day in the capital of the free world. How dare Mayor Williams suggest that saving his political face is more important than restoring the right of self-defense to the citizens of the city?'"

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