Sunday, October 28, 2007

Australia: Intruder dies after throat cut on window

This story has nothing to do with guns but it is too good to pass over:

A GRANDFATHER has told how he desperately tried in vain to save the life of a burglar who was breaking into his home. The burglar bled to death in the man's frontyard after he tripped and slashed his throat while he climbed through a bedroom window. The resident, who didn't want to be named, said the burglar's throat "looked like an axe had hit it" after he came down face first on the jagged glass.

The deadly mishap occurred in the Adelaide suburb of O'Sullivan Beach at 2.10am yesterday after the burglar used a concrete garden statue to smash his way into the main bedroom. Police believe the burglar stumbled on a piece of the statue, which had broken when it struck the window. The couple, sleeping less than one metre away from the window, were showered with glass. "He threw one of our statues through the window," the man said. "It was a hell of a bang when it came through. My wife woke up screaming." The middle-aged man said he told his horrified wife to call police before peering out the window to see who was there.

"I didn't know whether I was going to be fighting for my life or running for my life," the man said. "I didn't know whether it would be one person or more or whether they would try and attack me." The resident was stunned to discover the burglar lying unconscious outside the window "in a pool of blood". "He wasn't trying to talk; he was well past that," he said.

"I took a couple of towels out there and tried to stop the bleeding. "Once I realised he wasn't going to attack me, I wanted to try and help him. "I felt his pulse but he was just cold and clammy. "He wasn't moving and he was barely breathing. "You could hear the air going in and out through his throat; not his nose and mouth. "By then I realised there was nothing I could do." "My guess is he slipped when he tried to get inside. "He was only wearing thongs and he must have slipped and fallen."


KS: Gun trumps bleach, Mace and frying pan: "A 76-year-old Wichita man who was attacked by his roommate shot her in self-defense, police spokesman Gordon Bassham said this morning. Police were called to the 500 block of North Spruce shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday night after getting the report of a domestic violence disturbance. Sgt. Jeff Davis said the 76-year-old man had asked his 52-year-old girlfriend and roommate to move out. She poured bleach on him, a police report said, sprayed him with a Mace-like product, and set fire to a paper bag, threatening to kill him. As she began hitting him with a frying pan, he pulled out a .38 revolver and shot her twice in the left shoulder. Emergency workers transported both of them to Wesley Medical Center. Doctors treated and released them both, Bassham said this morning. There is a pick up order for the woman's arrest, he said".

Best way to stop school shootings is abolish "gun free zones": "While anti-gun organizations are demanding that Congress quickly pass new legislation in response to the Virginia Tech massacre, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms suggests another approach: Abolish the concept of 'gun free zones.' 'Every tragic school shooting, and attacks such as those at Salt Lake City's Trolley Square, Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, and the Tacoma Mall had one common denominator,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'They all happened in so-called 'gun-free zones'.'"

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