Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Indiana man shoots, kills robber: "An attempted robbery early Sunday morning turned fatal for one of the suspects, police said. A 38-year-old man and his girlfriend were exiting their sport-utility vehicle in the parking lot of McTavern's bar in the 7400 block of Indianapolis Boulevard when two people attempted to rob the couple, according to a Hammond police news release. The owner of the vehicle took a handgun from the SUV and shot one of the suspects in the chest, the release states. The shooting victim died at the scene before Hammond Fire Department personnel could provide further treatment and he could get to a hospital. Kenneth Denson, 17, of the 600 block of East 131st Street in Chicago, was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest about 1:30 a.m., a Lake County coroner's office spokeswoman said Sunday. The second robbery suspect and an accomplice fled from the scene in a vehicle and traveled north on Indianapolis Boulevard into East Chicago, where they crashed and police apprehended them. Miller said an illegal narcotic drug was found in the vehicle. Police said the investigation continues. The man who shot Denson has cooperated with police and has turned over his handgun. Charges could be filed today against the other two suspects in custody, Miller said."

Arkansas: Old lady with gun scares off robber: "Altha Rider usually keeps a .38 pistol by her bedside. Thursday night, the 87-year-old woman was ready to use it. It wasn’t long after Rider went to bed Thursday night that someone tried to kick in the front door of her home at 65 Brushy Road, she told an officer, whom she met at the carport door with pistol in hand. Rider said she had gone to bed around 9 p.m. with a light on in her den, and was awakened by the sound of her front door being kicked in around 10. “When I heard the racket I screamed and then got up to see what happened,” Rider said. “I couldn’t see anyone, so I got up and went lookin’.” Rider went looking with the .38 pistol that she keeps by her bedside for protection. She said she also has a .410 shotgun, but realized that would only give her one shot before she would have to reload. According to Rider, the intruder had tried unsuccessfully to gain entry through a back door before going to the front of her home. The bottom half of the door was broken and splintered from the dead bolt down. “He unlocked my storm door to get to the wood door,” Rider said. “But he didn’t get the door open — the door lock held.” After not seeing anyone around her house, Rider said she called a family member, who then called police. “They (police) were here right away and looked around, but they couldn’t find anybody,” Rider said"

PA: Clergy target gun dealers for intimidation campaign: "Citing frustration with the legislature's reluctance to pass tough laws against 'straw' handgun purchases, a coalition of religious leaders stood outside a gun store yesterday and announced a plan to pressure retailers directly. . Dealers who take the pledge agree to: Videotape all their firearms transactions. Participate in a computerized gun-trace log that will identify buyers whose previous purchases were used in crimes. Interviewed later at his shop, Colosimo, 77, said he had not signed because his lawyers advised him that the computerized tracing system was illegal and that other requirements in the code could be unconstitutional."

Gun banners' strategy outlined : "The powerful gun-ban lobby has developed its own language to color and disguise its true agenda - the disarming of law-abiding Americans in every way possible, and the end of effective self defense. Their latest set of plans - used as a fund raiser (outlined below) - is filled with nice sounding terms that put a deceptive spin on their goals. Respect for the Bill of Rights is nowhere to be found, only clever end runs and literal destruction of rights Americans have always had. Starkly missing from these plans is any direct attack on criminals - the whole game plan is aimed at firearms the public holds. It is a product of abject gun fear - hoplophobia - that afflicts the people behind the plan."

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