Friday, September 14, 2007

Colorado: Robbers chased off but owner hurts himself: "A 64-year-old Denver businessman accidentally shot himself in the chest Sunday night as he chased a pair of robbers from his dry cleaning business. Rick Bugdanowitz went to his business, La Nouvelle Fine Cleaners, 4025 E. Dickenson Place, Sunday at about 7:20 p.m. to check a security alarm, said Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson. Bugdanowitz found two robbers inside and they threatened him, Jackson said. The business owner grabbed a handgun he keeps in the store, Jackson said, and fired two shots at the robbers. The pair fled and as Bugdanowitz chased them out the front door he tripped, Jackson said. The gun he was holding fired and hit Bugdanowitz in the chest. His injury was not life-threatening, Jackson said."

Arkansas shooting justified: "Jefferson County’s prosecutor ruled Wednesday that the death of a 15-year-old boy who was shot by the owner of a Pine Bluff pawn shop was “justified under the law.” Taron Hopkins was shot by Chuck Smith, the owner of Chuck Smith Pawn Shop at 3621 W. Sixth Ave., on Aug. 16 after Hopkins and two other juveniles tried to break into the business at approximately 11:30 p.m. In a memo to Police Chief John Howell, 11th Judicial District West Prosecuting Attorney Steve Dalrymple said, “The physical evidence of the event was corroborated by the statements of the two youths that accompanied Taron Hopkins in the burglary of the building. Additionally, their two statements support the account of Chuck Smith.” Smith told police he heard a noise at the back door of the building and, when he opened the back door, saw several individuals standing in front of him, including one holding what appeared to be a tire iron. “The law is very clear on the use of deadly force,” Dalrymple said in the memo to Howell. “The use of a firearm by Smith was justifiable when faced by an intruder armed with a potential weapon, a tire iron.” Hopkins was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:15 a.m. of an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body."

Corruption run amok within anti-gun ranks: "A recent spate of contemptible allegations has shaken up some prominent players within the ranks of the anti-gun community. Earlier last week, anti-gun Broward County, Florida Sheriff Ken Jenne resigned after agreeing to plead guilty to federal tax evasion and mail fraud charges stemming from a federal corruption investigation."

Leftist Canadian nut wants to ban guns to prevent stabbings! "Ontario Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty said Wednesday that he does not want to see the provinces' schools resort to installing metal detectors and having uniformed security officers patrol the halls in the wake of Tuesday's fatal stabbing at a Toronto high school. Such a move, he said, would amount to the Americanization of schools in Ontario. “I see that as an absolute last resort,” Mr. McGuinty told reporters during an election campaign stop. Instead, he said, Ontario needs to distinguish itself from the United States by imposing an outright ban on hand guns. “Let's ban handguns in Ontario,” he said. “Let's ban handguns across the country. Let's declare war against handguns."

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