Thursday, August 17, 2006

Philippines: Crime spurs push for gun ownership: "Philippine lawyer Johnmuel Mendoza vividly recalls the day his gun saved his life. He was sitting in his pick-up truck in a Manila suburb when a deranged man appeared out of nowhere and started attacking his car with a metal pipe. 'As he was about to smash my windshield I took out my gun and told him to stop,' Mendoza recalls. At the sight of the gun the man came to his senses, dropped the pipe and fled. Today, Mendoza uses the lessons of that incident as president of PROGUN, perhaps the only organization in Asia fighting for the right of private citizens to own guns."

NY: Man jailed for self-defense: "When Matthew L. McDonald tried to rob Stuart D. Miles at gunpoint, Miles responded by shooting and killing McDonald with a .38-caliber revolver. Now Miles is in trouble for illegally possessing the gun he used in self-defense. Miles, 25, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to second- and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the May 1 slaying of McDonald, 18, on Jefferson Avenue.If convicted, Miles could be imprisoned up to 15 years. Monroe County Court Judge Patricia D. Marks ordered him held without bail in County Jail."

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