Thursday, September 29, 2005

Kashmiri women take up arms for self-protection : "Women in Jammu and Kashmir have now picked up guns against Islamic militants to protect their homes. At least 30 Muslim women in the disputed region to the north of India and Pakistan have constituted a separate all-women Village Defense Committee (VDC) and are operating with the Indian army in the forested mountains of Surankote in the Poonch district bordering the Pakistani side of Kashmir to fight militants."

Nevada: Deputies continue to investigate Spanish Springs shooting death : "Sheriff's deputies continued Monday to investigate the death of a 44-year-old man they believe was killed trying to break into a Spanish Springs home. .... Deputies are investigating the possibility that the shooter was acting in self defense because Cruz was shot after he tried to break into a house in the 6000 block of Hibiscus Court, Rice said. At least one person was in the home when the break-in happened, Rice said. Rice didn't know whether the shooter was inside the house.When deputies arrived, Cruz already had died of a gunshot wound, Rice said."

In defense of freedom: "Guns are good and terrible things. Whether they are good or terrible depends on whether the hands that wield them are good or evil. Guns can, of course, be a lot of fun if they're used for target shooting or hunting. They can also be -- and often are -- lifesavers in the event of a threat. Since self-defense may be the single most basic of all the human rights, that's a whole lot of good going on! The obvious good of protecting yourself and your loved ones from harm is so integral to all of us and to society as a whole that even the drastic action of killing another human being can be excused under the law as 'justifiable' homicide, or, more simply and accurately, 'self-defense.'"

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