Sunday, November 23, 2008

Georgia store owner shoots would-be thief: "A would-be robber apparently got more than he bargained for when he tried to rob a Cobb County package store. When a man wearing a hoodie and carrying a gun tried to rob the Windy Hill Package store, the owner fired a handgun at him, police spokesman Dana Pierce said. The owner of the store at 2425 Windy Hill Road in Marietta believes he shot the suspect as he ran from the store during the Nov. 15 robbery attempt. A store security camera captured the incident as it unfolded at about 7:30 p.m. at the store near Cobb Parkway. The suspect is seen on the security camera pointing a gun at the clerk. The owner, who asked that his name not be used because the suspect is still on the loose, said the robber first asked for a bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin. When he came back to the counter, he pointed his gun at the clerk and gestured toward the cash register. As the store owner pushed a bag with the bottle in it toward the robber, the robber put his gun in the waistband of his pants. The owner quickly reached under the counter and brought out his own gun -- a .45 caliber -- which he fired at the robber. The robber appeared to be hit in his right side and staggered as he turned to leave. Pierce said no bullet holes were found in the walls of the store. Pierce said the suspect left without any money -- or his gin. No charges are expected to be filed against the store owner."

Georgia homeowner shoots burglary suspect: "A homeowner shot an armed burglary suspect Wednesday morning after a break-in at a house in the Waverly Pines subdivision, police said. Roderick Manigault, 20, was shot twice in the abdomen about 8:30 a.m. in a hallway of a neighbor's home in the 600 block of Mitscher Drive, Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said. Manigault was in fair condition at Southeast Georgia Health System's Brunswick hospital, a medical center spokeswoman said. Doering said investigators were taking out arrest warrants against Manigault. Police withheld the homeowner's name because the investigation indicates others might have been involved, he said. "The preliminary investigation shows the homeowner acted properly in self-defense. We have no intention of filing charges against him," Doering said. Although the burglar was armed, he didn't fire at the homeowner, who was not injured. Police recovered a firearm when Manigault was found wounded in an acquaintance's home about three blocks away from the shooting scene, Doering said. "The homeowner said he looked down the hallway and saw a burglar who was armed with a gun," Doering said. After being shot, the burglar fled. Responding to a phone tip, police found Manigault wounded shortly after the shooting, Doering said. Police recovered some stolen property after Manigault was found, Doering said."

Another handgun ban repealed in the Chicago area: "An emotional night inside the Winnetka Village Council chamber as residents pleaded with council members to keep a 20-year old handgun ban in place. The issue has come up because three Winnetka residents sued the village claiming the ban violated their Second Amendment rights. Council members expressed their frustration over the vote and feared if they didn't repeal the ordinance it would cost the village thousands of dollars to fight the suit with risk of losing in court. "This is a case of a lawsuit trumping democracy," said Councilman E. King Poor. The council voted 6-0 to repeal the ban which would mean handguns in homes would now be permitted but firing guns and gun sales would stay illegal. The lawsuit was filed in response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said residents of Washington, D.C., a city under federal juristiction, could keep handguns for self defense. In the Chicago area, five suburbs--including Wilmette, Evanston, Morton Grove and Oak Park--had gun bans at the time of the Supreme Court ruling and had to take simliar measures to repeal bans. Wilmette repealed its ordinance in July. Evanston revised its ordinance to allow possession of guns in homes, but the city is considering zoning changes that would prohibit gun stores and public shooting ranges."

Media brainwashing: "There are a lot of people in New Jersey with open minds and open eyes, but the majority of us have been mentally conditioned to be afraid of guns. The Media in general have done an excellent job of demonizing firearms and the law-abiding citizens who own them. A two-year study by the Media Research Center concluded that television reporters are overwhelmingly opposed to Second Amendment rights. Broadcasts from major networks from July 1, 1995 to June 30, 1997, covering 244 gun policy stories, the ratio of anti-gun to pro-gun bias was 16 to 1. That means, for every one story of someone using their firearm in self defense or to save the live of another, they aired 16 stories of criminals using their guns to hurt the innocent. That ratio still remains the same today. It seems one sided and unfair, does it not? Despite what media coverage might seem to indicate, there are more deaths related to high school football than shootings. In a recent three year period, twice as many football players died from hits to the head, heat stroke, and other bizarre injuries as compared with students who were murdered by firearms during that same time period."

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