Sunday, March 02, 2008

Alabama: 3 bullets in butt needed to chase off crazy invader: "A six-foot fence, three dogs, 385 pounds worth of teenage boys and three gunshot wounds to the buttocks didn't stop one alleged burglar from bursting into two other homes before police detained him Thursday night. Horton allegedly jumped a 6-foot chain-link fence at 2702 Ninth Ave. and dodged Brenda Glover's pit bull puppy, Rottweiler and German shepherd before forcing open her front door at about 11:15 p.m. Glover said she went to bed early, but her two sons, 17-year-old David and 18-year-old Jerry, were up playing video games and heard the dogs bark seconds before the burglar crashed into their home. Glover woke up and heard the man fighting with her sons, who managed to wrestle the man into a headlock. She grabbed an umbrella before entering the scuffle. "I told him to leave, and he said, 'No I'm coming in the house,'" she said. "He still kept coming, and I told him, 'I'm going to go get my gun if you don't leave.'" The three tried to push the man back out the front door, but he wouldn't budge, Glover said. When the burglar didn't heed her warning, Glover retrieved her .38-caliber pistol and gave him a final chance to leave before firing a shot into his backside. The first shot didn't register with the man, so Glover fired two more shots before he finally turned and ran back out the door."

Maryland: Armed Man Fatally Shot by Security Guard: "A private security guard shot and killed a 26-year-old man at an apartment complex near Glassmanor Elementary School in Oxon Hill yesterday morning, Prince George's County police said. About 9 a.m., the guard approached two men in the 1000 block of Marcy Avenue, said Cpl. Arvel Lewis, a police spokesman. One of the men produced a handgun, and the guard opened fire, striking him, Lewis said. The other man fled the complex on foot. The wounded man, later identified as Dominique Emanuel McFadden, of the 800 block of Marcy Avenue, died at a hospital. Police found a gun in his possession, Lewis said. Lewis said police are looking for the other man, described as black, 18 to 20 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a baseball cap. Lewis said it was unclear what caused the confrontation or whether the two men shot at the security guard. Lewis said that it appears that the security guard's action was justifiable but that an investigation of the shooting had to be completed. "It appears that he was doing his job, which is to check on people within the apartment complex," Lewis said. McFadden "pulled a gun on the guard. . . . You've got to defend yourself, definitely."

Turnpike toll takers' guns collected: "Gun-toting toll collectors have been stripped of their sidearms by Mass Pike brass after secretly carrying them for decades without formal training, the Herald has learned. "I didn't want to have a wild west show out there," said Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Executive Director Alan LeBovidge, who ordered the practice stopped. "I could find nothing to show that the employees had state police training that would make them qualified to carry guns." But union officials said they are going to fight to allow the toll collectors to keep their weapons, even though a Pike review found the guns were not being properly maintained, with firing pins misaligned and other problems."

Campaign growing for allowing guns on campus: "Since the tragic string of college campus shootings across the country, students have organized a national campaign to allow handguns in classrooms. Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, an Internet-based organization, is claiming to have over 15,000 members nationwide. The group has already staged "empty-holster" protests in several states, and 14 Ohio campuses have established their own chapters. Stephen J. Feltoon, a University of Miami graduate and psychology major, is the Midwest regional director of the student group. "The group started about two days after the Virginia Tech shootings," said Feltoon. "We were just trying to gather like-minded individuals and it just blossomed into the national campaign." Feltoon said that although any activism is up to each individual campus leader, his organization encourages hanging up fliers, taking new shooters to the range and writing op-eds for local campuses or newspapers. Nationally, Feltoon said, they are planning a second empty-holster protest for April 21, where students with concealed carry permits are encouraged to wear empty gun holsters to class. "We've already begun to generate interest," said Feltoon. "Our first protest was a real success."

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