Wednesday, April 25, 2007

More gun neurosis: "An adjunct professor was fired after leading a classroom discussion about the Virginia Tech shootings in which he pointed a marker at some students and said "pow." The five-minute demonstration at Emmanuel College on Wednesday, two days after a student killed 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus, included a discussion of gun control, whether to respond to violence with violence, and the public's "celebration of victimhood," said the professor, Nicholas Winset. During the demonstration, Winset pretended to shoot some students. Then one student pretended to shoot Winset to illustrate his point that the gunman might have been stopped had another student or faculty member been armed. "A classroom is supposed to be a place for academic exploration," Winset, who taught financial accounting, told the Boston Herald. He said administrators had asked the faculty to engage students on the issue. But on Friday, he got a letter saying he was fired and ordering him to stay off campus. Winset, 37, argued that the Catholic liberal arts school was stifling free discussion by firing him, and he said the move would have a "chilling effect" on open debate. He posted an 18-minute video on the online site YouTube defending his action."

CA: Security guard off the hook: "A private security guard who shot and killed a 19-year-old man in a Sacramento apartment complex parking lot Monday morning was acting in self-defense and will not be arrested, police said. The 19-year-old was killed after security guard Gregory Gass, 37, confronted him and two others as they broke into a car parked in the lot of a University Avenue apartment complex about 4 a.m., according to Sacramento Police Sgt. Matt Young. Gass approached the men to detain them until officers arrived after seeing them break into the car, police said. The three men got into a black Honda that was backed into a parking stall and the driver accelerated toward Gass, according to police. As he tried to get away from the car, Gass fired one round through the windshield, striking the driver. The suspect's car slammed into two cars parked in the lot. Gass was detained but later released, police said. The driver died a few hours later, Young said. His name has not yet been released. The two men with the driver -- George Cardenas and Patrick Goodman, both 19 -- were arrested on suspicion of burglary, Young said. The incident is the second this month in which an alleged car burglar has been shot when caught in the act. In both instances, authorities said the shooting was justified."

NC man shot intruder through door: "A Gastonia homeowner says he shot a man through the door of his Log Cabin Road home early Tuesday because the man was trying to break-in. "I just wasn't going to allow (the break-in) to happen. I had no idea what his intentions was and I wasn't going to find out," he said. The homeowner, who didn't want to be identified because he's still frightened, says he was sitting in his house when some time after midnight one of his young children heard something at the front door. "My oldest child alerted me that there was someone on the porch trying to get in," he said. He grabbed his pistol and started walking to the door, but before he got there it began to open. "I saw the door open and I began to fire. I purposely aimed down. I didn't want to kill nobody," he said. The intruder came very close to getting inside, but instead ended up running to a car waiting nearby. "I fired over their heads and scared them off," the homeowner said. Police say a short time later the intruder was dropped off at Gaston Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds to one leg. He had to be flown to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment".

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