Friday, November 25, 2005

Canadians blame singer instead of their own disarming of law-abiding citizens: "Bad-boy rapper 50 Cent is not welcome in Canada, says a lawmaker representing Toronto, the country's biggest city, which has been gripped by a recent wave of gun violence. MP Dan McTeague called on officials to prevent 50 Cent, who has a criminal record, from entering the country because he allegedly promotes gun violence. "Toronto has witnessed unprecedented violence on its streets and deaths as a result of gang warfare, gang culture," McTeague told AFP. "This is not a question of censorship," he said. "This is a question of trying to protect impressionable young men in our communities who are being destroyed in the prime of their lives." Gang violence has claimed 49 lives in several incidents this year in Toronto, including the shooting death last week of a 17-year-old boy outside the funeral of his best friend, who had also been shot dead."

California: Car-thief picked the wrong Jeep: "An off-duty San Francisco police officer shot and wounded a man whom he found sitting inside his Jeep, police said. The 42-year-old man was taken to San Francisco General Hospital to be treated, but his condition was unknown Tuesday night. Maria Oropeza said that when the officer saw the man in his car, a confrontation ensued that ended with the officer shooting the man once. Neither the officer nor the man who was shot was identified. Oropeza said she did not know if the man was armed. The officer might have been returning to his Jeep with a bag of take-out food when he saw the man in his car at about 8:30 p.m., Oropeza said. The officer was placed on administrative leave, as is routine during the investigation of officer-involved shootings".

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