Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kansas homeowner thwarts home robbery attempt: "Wichita police are looking for three suspects involved in an attempted residential robbery early Monday morning. A 54-year-old man said a man kicked open the front door of his house in the 2000 block of South Madison at about 12:40 a.m. Monday and pointed a gun at him and his 21-year-old daughter. The man told police he grabbed the gun and forced the suspect to the front lawn, where he saw two others. One of the other suspects fired a shotgun at the victim, and the suspects ran north from the yard. As the suspects drove away from the area, the victim said, one of them fired a handgun at the house. No injuries were reported."

Wyoming man shoots mountain lion in self defense: "An Afton hunter killed a mountain lion earlier this month while hunting deer with his father in western Wyoming. The state Game and Fish Department determined the killing was self defense. Adam Lancaster told Warden Todd Graham that he killed the mountain lion on Oct. 7 as it approached the hunters while they were field dressing and boning a buck mule deer they had killed. The encounter occurred in the north end of Wyoming lion hunt Area 14 in the Coal Creek drainage, about four miles south of U.S. 89 on Salt Pass. No one was injured. They reported the incident immediately."

TX: Students threatened by college over gun safety tips flyer : "After distributing a jocular flyer listing `Top Ten Gun Safety Tips' at the school's `club rush,' a student group was threatened with probation and derecognition at Lone Star College-Tomball, a public college near Houston. After college officials banned the Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) from distributing the flyer, the school's general counsel invoked the specter of the Virginia Tech shootings, suggesting that even a `mention of firearms and weapons' is inherently a `material interference' with the school's operations. The group has turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help."

Who are the "only ones" we can trust with guns? : "Are police the only ones trustworthy enough to bear arms? Meet Lee Paige, a DEA agent who maintained exactly that. `I'm the only one in this room professional enough that I know of to carry this Glock .40,' he told a roomful of school kids in an anti-gun/drug lecture, then proceeded to shoot himself in the foot trying to holster the weapon. How often have we been told this though, by police officials, by politicians, by anti-gun groups, by the media? Our laws have been geared to exempt police from carry restrictions in `No Guns' zones, assigning to the uniform and the badge an automatic and unquestioned trust that police are better trained, and just generally more cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent than we mere mortal citizens. They are, we are told, the only ones who can handle the awesome trust of being armed in public. Thing is, that doesn't bear out, and the best benchmark to test that is by looking at the remarkable record of the concealed carry experiment that has been successfully conducted in every state but two to varying degrees."

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