Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tennessee: Would-be robber shot and killed in liquor store: "A would-be robber at an Inglewood liquor store was shot and killed Saturday night after a customer opened fire, Metro police said. Two men entered Sinkers Wine & Spirits on Gallatin Pike around 10 p.m. and attempted to rob the store with handguns, Capt. David Imhof said. During the robbery, a customer took out a handgun of his own and began a shootout, Imhof said. One of the robbery suspects ran away, but the other collapsed outside the store, Imhof said. He was taken to Skyline Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The remaining suspect was still on the loose Sunday night, police said. The customer who fired on the robbery suspects had a permit to carry a weapon, Imhof said. "A citizen, like a police officer, has the right to utilize deadly force if there is a threat of serious bodily injury or harm," Imhof said. The customer, described as in his early 20s, was interviewed and released by police. He has not been charged."

Texas Restaurant Owner Fatally Shoots Intruder: "A restaurant owner fatally shot a man who broke into his east Harris County business on Sunday, officials told KPRC Local 2. Harris County sheriff's deputies said an alarm company notified the owner of 4 Corners BBQ that someone may have been inside the restaurant on Decker Road shortly before noon. Investigators said the owner went to the business and found a broken window and a man inside. The owner fired one shot inside the building, fatally wounding the man. The man's identity was not released. Detectives said the case would be referred to a Harris County grand jury without charges.

Anti-gun nuts are projecting: "I think the point about gun owners being less outraged than non gun owners is an important one. If you listen to many people who are adamant gun control supporters, they often (mistakenly) believe that people simply shoot others because they are impulsive and angry, and a gun is nearby. My guess is that this is projection. This is what they feel they would do because they do not know how to modulate their own anger. They do not trust their own instincts (maybe with good reason!) and project their anger and inability to control themselves onto others. Most legal gun owners seem to have better anger management and control than the rest of the population. In fact, studies with kids who own legal firearms show them to have fewer behavioral problems, not more. The psychology of gun owners vs. non gun owners is important to understand in the ongoing debate about guns."

It's time to trust the students: "A few days ago, the Dayton Daily News ran a piece proclaiming that 'Students for Concealed Carry on Campus is fighting for the right to be armed at school.' The reality is that all students have an inherent right to be armed ... Students for Concealed Carry on Campus are merely pressing legislators to bring their civil liberties in line with their existing inherent rights. Officials are none too happy with this effort ... According to CNN, Gene Ferrara, the police chief at the University of Cincinnati (UC) said 'I don't think the answer to bullets flying is to send more bullets flying.' One wonders why campus police are armed at all if they object so strongly to armed intervention to stop violent criminal attacks."

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