Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The benefits of an armed citizenry exhibited in Israel: "A Palestinian resident of Jerusalem last night commandeered a bulldozer and rampaged along the street outside the hotel in which US presidential candidate Barack Obama was due to stay today, in the second such attack in three weeks. The driver was shot dead and up 16 people injured, most suffering from anxiety, in what Israeli police described as a terror attack. Police named the driver as Ghassan Abu Tir, from the East Jerusalem of Umm Tuba. He is a relative of a jailed Hamas MP. The attack appeared to replicate a rampage on July 2, in which three people were killed when another Arab resident set off through a city street in a larger bulldozer, crushing several cars and overturning a bus. Yesterday's incident was over within five minutes. The driver was shot first by an Israeli civilian, then by a border police officer. Several cars were severely damaged along with at least one bus that was struck by the bulldozer."

PA: Would be robber shot,killed: "A would-be robber picked on the wrong victim in Manheim early Tuesday, according to police. Kevin Smith, 19, of Lancaster City was shot twice in the chest and died hours later at a local hospital. The botched holdup occurred just after 5 a.m. when two men followed the operations manager of Power Pro Battery into his office.Police said knowing he was about to be robbed, the manager pulled out his own handgun, turned and fired twice, hitting one of the robbers.The other man got away.Police are now trying to learn who he is and where he might be.Investigators said they believe the manager acted in self-defense."

NJ: Most find gun control outside realm of public health: "Gun regulation is not a public health issue, according to more than 80% of some 2,000 respondents to a MedPage Today poll.When the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine decried the recent Supreme Court decision overturning the District of Columbia's handgun law, they did so claiming the issue is a matter of public health. Now doctors in the trenches have weighed in with their own views.The responses from physicians who are registered members of the site was remarkbly evenly divided. .But for readers as a whole, it was another story - with 83% of the 2,023 respondents saying No. And as a further measure of interest in gun control, there were 36 comments posted with the poll."

NY: Gun owner files lawsuit over seized guns : "An outspoken Long Island gun owner's home was raided by Nassau County detectives, who seized two dozen weapons he lawfully owns just one day after Rep. Carolyn McCarthy's office made a 911 call about him.Freeport resident Gabriel Razzano claims he was targeted in the spring raid for his `unpopular' political beliefs.He's now filed a $5 million federal lawsuit against the Nassau PD and McCarthy, charging they joined forces to strip him of his guns unconstitutionally. .. The flap arose on March 19, when Razzano visited McCarthy's Garden City office to discuss an article about an illegal immigrant ..Razzano's home was raided the next morning."

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