Monday, March 03, 2008

CA: Boy, 13, shot man in self-defense: "A Visalia woman whose common-law husband was shot and killed Wednesday was moving out of the couple's south Visalia home when the incident occurred, neighbors and police said. Witnesses said Joe Ray Martinez, 38, tried to stop the woman from doing so and got into an altercation with another man. "That's when [Martinez] drew a gun and threatened to shoot everyone, including kids," said Terry Anderson, a neighbor in the quiet cul-de-sac on South Thomas Street near Paradise Avenue. One of the "kids" at the home was a 13-year-old boy. The boy emerged from the home and shot Martinez in "a clear case of self-defense," Visalia Police Department Sgt. Ernie Villa said. "There will be no arrests," Villa said. Martinez had a long history of violent behavior, with felony convictions in 2000 and 2001 for assault with a nonfirearm deadly weapon, according to court records."

Mass. resident held purse-snatching suspect at gunpoint: Mr. Correia, 45, was tucking his 7-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter into bed. His wife went downstairs to see who was at the door and found a young man standing outside asking for help. Before opening the door, she summoned her husband. "Before I went downstairs, I tucked my .45 into the back of my pants," Mr. Correia said. Mr. Correia permitted the fugitive to use the house phone while providing him with hot tea, dry clothes and hot water to soak his chilled feet. "He made some calls, but he couldn't get anyone to come and get him," Mr. Correia said. "He wanted to call a cab, but he had no money, so I said I would pay." By then, however, Mr. Correia had grown suspicious of his visitor because his story kept changing as it went along, he said. "It just didn't add up, so I called 911 and asked them if they were looking for anyone." Based on the description provided by the police, Mr. Correia realized that his guest was a wanted man. "When it dawned on him that I was talking to the police, he jumped out of his chair. That's when I pulled my gun. I told him to sit back down, that the police were on their way, and he did." Minutes later, eight cruisers and about a dozen police officers arrived on the scene."

IL: New gun law under scrutiny: "Illinois lawmakers moved swiftly after last year's massacre at Virginia Tech to make it harder for anyone with a history of mental illness to buy guns, fortifying what were already some of the nation's toughest weapons laws. ... John Boch, like many other gun-rights activists in Illinois, said the answer is for the state to loosen its gun laws, not tighten them, so that students could have been able to shoot back during the NIU attack. Illinois is one of only two states with an outright ban on carrying concealed weapons. Wisconsin is the other. 'This guy at NIU committed murder, for god's sake,' Boch said. 'What are a few more gun laws going to do to protect human life? There are a lot of laws he violated in killing those kids, but one more law won't make a difference to guys like that.'"

Daley dancing in students' blood to push anti-gun agenda: "Almost as if on cue, anti-gun Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has danced in the blood of slain Northern Illinois University students to push his gun control agenda, yet none of the things on his wish list would have prevented the tragedy at DeKalb, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. 'Mayor Daley has virtually the same agenda he's been pandering for years,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb."

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