Thursday, June 05, 2008

Kentucky: Two teen intruders shot: "Two teens are dead, but police aren't charging the man who shot them with a crime. The shooting happened Tuesday at a house in west Louisville. "For sure, there's not a doubt in my mind, my wife and I would be dead if I didn't do what I did," said property owner Billy Jackson. Jackson said he was sprucing up an apartment in the house he owns at 3517 West Broadway when two masked men forced their way inside. He said one had a large gun, and threatened to kill him and his wife. "I figured I was going to die and they were going to die, too," said Jackson. "I faked a heart attack; shot him in the side." The coroner released the names of the alleged intruders late Wednesday afternoon. They are Earl Springer and Dazmond Turner, both 19. "At least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun," said Metro Police Detective Phil Russell. "The property owner was assaulted. He sustained minor injuries." Police said Springer died at the scene, while Turner died early Wednesday morning at University Hospital. "They will confer with the commonwealth attorney's office in order to determine if charges need to be placed," Russell said. "At this time in the investigation, it looks as though this was self-defense."

TX: Shooter avoids charges in man's death: "Harris County Sheriff's investigators said Wednesday they do not plan to file charges against a Spring man who said he shot another man to death in self-defense. Thomas Hightower, 24, was gunned down about 4 p.m. Tuesday during a fight involving two groups of people in the 4440 block of Quailgate and the 4440 block of Hickorygate, investigators said. The shooter, whose name has not been released, admitted he shot Hightower and handed investigators his pistol, said Harris County Sheriff's Sgt. Larry Davis. He has a concealed handgun permit, Davis added. He was not arrested. Davis said shell casings from two handguns were found at the scene of the shooting. He also said witnesses told investigators that Hightower had a gun. "We feel confident (of the witnesses)," Davis said. The shooting occurred after a feud started between two Spring High School girls, Davis said. Friends and relatives got involved in the dispute that erupted into a fight. "It just wouldn't stop," Davis said. "It continued to fester and came to a boil Tuesday."

Assault Weapons: Evil Black Rifles (or perhaps not): "Assault rifles" are being demonized by many politicians, media-types, and other anti-gun folk who actually have no idea what it is they are demonizing. Most people who hear the truth are quite surprised to find out just how off-base and factually wrong these nay-sayers are. Actually, many of the national leaders in the gun banning community know they are lying to the public. Josh Sugarmann, author of the 1988 book "Assault Weapons and Accessories in America" laid out the strategy for all to see. "Assault weapons-just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms-are a new topic. The weapons' menacing looks, coupled with the public's confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons-anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun-can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons."

Gun shop quits?: "The trial of a Georgia gun shop, which Mayor Bloomberg has accused of selling a high volume of guns that were subsequently trafficked into New York City, has been postponed indefinitely. The trial had been set to begin tomorrow at a U.S. District Court at Brooklyn. The judge hearing the case, Jack Weinstein, had decided last week that he - and not a jury - would decide the case. That decision apparently discouraged the lawyer for the gun shop, John Renzulli, enough to default the case. Mr. Renzulli, who has long accused Judge Weinstein of bias against the firearms industry, said that the default was a procedural maneuver to rush the case up to an appellate court to seek an order requiring Judge Weinstein to dismiss the case or hold a trial by jury. In an interview, he said that the gun store, Adventure Outdoors, would continue to fight the city's lawsuit. The city, however, counted the development as a win".

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