Wednesday, July 09, 2008

There is an interesting video here of a shotgun round for U.S. army tanks. The thousand tungsten pellets in it would make it an amazing antipersonnel weapon. In the days of sailing ships, it would have been called "grapeshot".

WV: Man shot after two vehicles broken into: "A Scott Depot man was shot on Saturday following an incident of breaking and entering into not one but two vehicles belonging to the same household. Putnam County Sheriff Mark Smith said a man was returning home from work and found a man sitting in his girlfriend's Camero at the bottom of the hill to their home. The owner reportedly confronted the thief, who left the scene. At that time, the vehicle was reported to have received some damage to the ignition. The owner contacted the sheriff's office and a report was made without incident. Shortly after, the owner and his girlfriend took the Camero to a local convenience store. According to Smith, when they returned, the man found the same man inside a second vehicle at the home. The owner confronted the thief with a gun while the police were again contacted. The thief was shot after an altercation. Smith said that no charges have been filed against the owner in the shooting."

Virginia: Gunshot victim ID'd as suspected robber: "A 19-year-old who was fatally shot Wednesday night was one of three men attempting to rob another man in the Liberty Estates apartment complex on Cunningham Avenue, police said. The robbery at about 9:20 p.m. led to a struggle between the gunman, Maurice Edward Simpson of Newport News, and the victim, during which time Simpson was shot in the upper torso, said Hampton police spokeswoman Cpl. Paula Ensley. The other alleged robbers are Dejon Jamal Middleton, 20, and Jamaal Orlando Watson, 21, both of the 700 block of Crossing Court in Newport News, police said. Middleton was charged with one count of robbery, one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of possession of marijuana. Watson was charged with one count of robbery and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police had not released the name of the robbery victim Friday, and Ensley said he is not charged with a crime because at this point it is considered a justifiable homicide. After Simpson was shot, Middleton and Watson took him to Sentara CarePlex, police said. Simpson was taken inside the hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

NY: Judge upholds unconstitutional victim disarmament law: "In a sign that federal courts here in New York will defend New York City's restrictive gun regulations, a judge is allowing the city to strip a disabled Vietnam War veteran of his gun license. The decision, handed down this week, is likely the first court ruling to deal with New York's gun-permitting scheme since the Supreme Court declared that the Second Amendment gives citizens an individual right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. The veteran who lost his gun license, Dominick DiNapoli, said the Supreme Court's decision ought to require that he gets back his gun permit. 'Who needs a gun more than someone like me, who is disabled and can't physically defend his home?' Mr. DiNapoli said in an interview."

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