Sunday, August 26, 2007

Another great success for British anti-gun laws: "Two doormen were injured in a shooting at a bar and restaurant in Liverpool, two days after an 11-year-old schoolboy was shot dead in the city, police said. One of the men is critically ill in hospital, while the other is in a stable condition. They were shot late on Friday at the Alma de Santiago, a South American-themed venue in south Liverpool. Police said there was no link to the death of Rhys Jones, shot dead in the Croxteth area of the city as he walked home from football training on Wednesday. "At this early stage police are not prepared to speculate on a motive and are not connecting it to any other recent incidents," a Merseyside Police spokeswoman said. The gunman is thought to have travelled to the bar in a dark hatchback car. Police closed Penny Lane, the street immortalised in the Beatles song of the same name, to allow forensics officers to search the scene."

And a good ol' British coverup of results course: "The government was accused yesterday of covering up the full extent of the gun crime epidemic sweeping Britain, after official figures showed that gun-related killings and injuries had risen more than fourfold since 1998. The Home Office figures - which exclude crimes involving air weapons - show the number of deaths and injuries caused by gun attacks in England and Wales soared from 864 in 1998-99 to 3,821 in 2005-06. That means that more than 10 people are injured or killed in a gun attack every day. This weekend the Tories said the figures challenged claims by Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, that gun crime was falling. David Davis, the shadow home secretary, tells her in a letter today that the “staggering findings” show her claims that gun crime has fallen are “inaccurate and misleading”.

Kansas clerk shoots, kills would-be robber: "A man in his 40s died today after he was shot by an employee while he was trying to rob a Wichita pharmacy, police said. The man walked into Salyer Pharmacy at 102 E. 21st St. about 10:45 a.m. Saturday. He had a handkerchief over his face and a gun in his hand, Wichita Police Lt. Sam Hanley said. He demanded money from at least two clerks, Hanley said, and "at some point, they produced their own weapon" and shot the man. The man died about 20 minutes later at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus, Hanley said."

Florida homeowner shoots burglary suspect: "A 65-year-old Orange County homeowner shot a man late Friday as he was breaking into his home in the 2200 block of W. Pine St. Harvey Lee Williams, 22, was shot in the right arm and taken to a hospital for treatment. The homeowner, who fired from inside his house, does not face charges, Orange County Sheriff's Cmdr. Bruce McMullen said. Williams has not been charged, but the investigation is not complete."

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