Monday, May 01, 2006

Concealed carry, an issue of liberty: "The Second Amendment to the Constitution states that the people have the right to keep and bear arms and that this right is not to be infringed upon by the state. The Tenth Amendment states that powers not delegated to the federal government belong to the States and the people. The Constitution places priority on personal responsibility over federal bureaucracy. Citizens are given [sic] the right to defend themselves. When there is a question of interpretation, we should err on the side of more liberty, not more legislation. ... So the debate over concealed carry is really a debate over liberty. Will the state become more powerful, or will the people become more responsible?"

South Africa: Dad screamed like never before: "More than 30 shells and the shattered windows of two cars bore testimony on Tuesday to the raging gun battle between three robbers and a young man trying to save his father. When all the shooting was over, the three intruders lay dead at the Bertrams' house they had been trying to rob in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The 23-year-old, who does not want to be identified for fear of revenge attacks, described the gunfight between him and the band of robbers to Beeld on Tuesday, just a few hours after police officers removed the bodies of the three men. ... 'The police don't protect us and the new firearms act empowers only the criminals,' said the young man. People here are tired of crime and eventually you reach a point where you realise enough is enough -- you must look after your people yourself.''

OR: Salem police say shooting death likely self-defense: "What started as an argument involving a woman, her estranged boyfriend and her current boyfriend ended with the former boyfriend shot dead Monday night, Salem police said. Jason Benjamin Scott, 31, the former boyfriend of Diana Carol Rennels, 26, was found dead by police about 9:35 p.m. at 2375 Coral Ave. NE.Police said Sean C. Dougherty, 38, Rennels' current boyfriend, who lives with her at the northeast Salem apartment, shot Scott after the 6-foot-4, 300-pound man broke through the front door of Rennels' apartment. Three children were in the apartment at the time."

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