Thursday, April 05, 2007

WV: Man killed near Princeton in self-defense: "A Virginia man was shot and killed in Mercer County after he apparently approached his ex-girlfriend’s friend with a knife, police said. About 2:36 a.m. Sunday, police were called to Kirby Addition Road near Princeton where Luther Vane Byrd, 37, of Bluefield, Va., was found dead with a knife in his possession, Mercer County Sheriff’s Detective L.B. Murphy said. Milton Justice, 57, of Princeton had just exited a home where Byrd’s ex-girlfriend stayed since they parted and she moved out, he said. When Byrd approached him in the driveway, Justice fired a .38 special at least once from inside his vehicle, striking Byrd in the head and killing him, Murphy said. “We believe [Byrd’s ex-girlfriend did not have] an intimate relationship with shooter, but they were friends,” he said. “Luther was jealous of that.” Justice has not been charged with a crime since it appears he killed Byrd in self-defense, he said."

SAF hails Virginia AG for proposed "gun sting" legislation: "The Second Amendment Foundation today applauded Virginia Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell for requesting legislation that would outlaw 'simulated straw purchases,' thus prohibiting the kind of vigilante gun sting operation mounted last year by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In a letter to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, McDonnell noted that 'The recent activities by the City of New York in Virginia brought this issue to my attention. New York's actions were met with much concern by law enforcement and this office, and have resulted in much civil litigation against Virginia businesses.'"

Rudy Bumpo: "Rudolph Giuliani has a problem with guns. Seems that when he was cleaning up New York, Sheriff Giuliani took a hard line on hoglegs. His constituents didn't have a problem with this, or just about anything else Giuliani did to fight crime, since New York, in those days, resembled Deadwood on a slow night. As part of his campaign to make the streets safe, Giuliani's administration sued 30 American arms manufacturers, and his police commissioner proposed a nationwide system of registration under which citizens would be required to demonstrate good moral character and a reason for owning a gun. (Interesting to imagine how the same government that can lose track of 600,000 people under deportation orders would handle that one.) Now that Giuliani is among the frontrunners for the Republican presidential nomination, the question is: Will his antigun record be a deal-breaker, especially with the kind of people who tend to vote in primaries."

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