Sunday, September 07, 2008

Obama believes in miracles

The ignoramus thinks he can come up with a law that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals! He mustn't know that the States have been legislating to achieve that for decades -- without success. How come he doesn't know that? Too busy writing multiple autobiographies about his non-achievements, I guess. He really is an empty vessel

Barack Obama wanted to talk about the economy Friday as he campaigned in Pennsylvania, especially in light of that morning's government report showing unemployment increasing to 6.1% in August. But at least one person wanted to talk instead about gun rights -- an issue Obama can't seem to avoid in the Keystone State. It was an issue that plagued him during the primaries because of his comment about "bitter" small-town Americans who "cling" to guns.

And campaigning Friday near Scranton, the Democrat was asked whether -- as some foes keep insisting -- he would take guns away if elected president. The Times' Noam Levey was on the scene at a factory in Duryea, and he reported that Obama fiercely denied any such intention, and then explained his position:

"Here's what I believe: that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right and it means something; that people have a right to bear arms." But Obama had some choice words for the National Rifle Assn., which plans to unleash a major ad campaign opposing him this fall: "Their general attitude is . . . if you even breathe the word gun control or gun safety, then you must want to take away everybody's guns. Well, that's just not true.

"But what we have to understand is that there are two realities about guns in this country. There's the reality of people who are lawfully and safely using guns for hunting and skeet shooting and protecting their families. And you've got illegal handguns being dumped in Philadelphia, in the hands of teenage gang-bangers and drug dealers who are wreaking havoc and killing people. And surely we can come up with a system that protects lawful gun owners but at the same time tries to do something about kids getting shot."

Many have thought so in the past. But so far, as Obama well knows, that's proved a challenge.


Florida: Gunshot scares off burglar: "The Bay County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man on counts of Burglary Monday night. The incident took place just down the street from the burglar’s own home. Jimmy Miller was arrested at his residence on Blue Gill Drive, only a tenth of a mile away from the victim Bradley Hawthorne’s house, also on Blue Gill Drive. Hawthorne told police he heard his wife’s car door slam while standing on his porch, and then saw someone running towards the back of his property. He says he went inside his residence to get a gun and says when he came back out the intruder was coming toward him making threats. Hawthorne then fired one shot in the direction of the subject. Police arrested Miller after he was identified as the intruder. Bay County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jeremy Mathis says this was well within Hawthorne’s rights of protecting himself and his possessions, especially according to a relatively new law."

Texas Homeowner Fatally Shoots Intruder: "A home invasion on the city's east side Saturday ended in gunfire as the homeowner fatally shot the intruder, police said. According to police, the intruder broke in through a window, but he didn't make it far. The invasion and shooting happened Saturday at about 10 a.m. in the 1400 block of South Palmetto. Police said the intruder, a man in his early 30s, slipped in through the back window of the house. They said the homeowner had been sleeping inside but must have heard the intruder breaking in. "(The homeowner) woke up, grabbed a rifle, confronted the person (and) shot him inside the house," San Antonio Sgt. Steven Peterson said. "(It) looks like the person was able to get back out the window and collapsed in the back yard and died." No charges have been filed against the homeowner, police said, and officers at the home said based on the information they had, it looked like the homeowner acted in self-defense."

California: Homeowner routs burglars as bullets fly: "A homeowner who was awakened by burglars early Friday chased them away while firing his guns. Police surrounded the neighborhood in the 12000 block of San Timoteo Canyon Road and caught one of the burglars, but the other escaped, police said. About 1:30 a.m., the homeowner heard glass breaking in his home, the sound of voices and then saw a man looking through his property. He hid in the bathroom and called 9-1-1. Redlands police heard a struggle while the man was on the phone. When officers arrived, they discovered the man chased the burglars and fired several rounds from a handgun and shotgun he kept in the residence. Police said they arrested 42-year-old Timothy Hewitt of San Bernardino after finding him hiding in some nearby bushes. He had property in his possession that he had stolen from the home, police said. Officers booked him into Central Detention Center in San Bernardino on suspicion of burglary and violating parole."

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