Sunday, February 01, 2009

Missouri: Intruder who was shot by homeowner is charged: "Clay County authorities today charged a 40-year-old man who was shot after he allegedly forced his way into a Clay County home last week. George R. England Jr. of Imperial, Mo., faces one count of first-degree burglary for the incident that occurred about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at a residence in the 12000 block of Missouri 92, just west of Kearney. Bond was set at $75,000, and England remains hospitalized in stable condition, authorities said this afternoon. A 48-year-old woman inside the residence dialed 911 to report a disturbance in progress. The woman said an unknown man drove up to the residence, stood outside the front door and began yelling, according to court records. "Come out here," England is accused of yelling to the homeowner. "You know me, I'm Animal." As the woman was speaking with 911 dispatchers, England allegedly forced open the front door and began to walk inside. At that point, the caller's 44-year-old husband confronted the intruder and shot him with a handgun, court records said. Authorities arrived a short time later and transported England to the hospital. Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White said today that no criminal charges are being considered against the 44-year-old homeowner who shot England. "The homeowner in this instance acted with remarkable restraint," said White. "He ensured the safety of his family, repeatedly advised England that England was neither his friend nor acquaintance, only shot when England forced open the front door of the residence." The homeowner's wife and two school-age children were at the home at the time of the incident. No other injuries were reported. Authorities think the intruder was highly intoxicated."

Michigan: Business owner shoots would-be robber: "A Bay County man went to great lengths to protect himself and his business Wednesday night after two people tried to rob him. It happened just after 7 p.m. in the village of Auburn at Evergreen Insurance on Midland Road. Police say the suspects wore masks when they tried to make their way inside. The business owner shot one suspect, and the other is still on the loose. The suspects were believed to be armed. A suspect vehicle was located. Police say they believe the suspect that left the vehicle is on foot."

More guns on the street, or more of our own authority?: "Is it smart to stop a crime in progress when police will not arrive in time? It is if the target is you and you have no choice. As with aging, consider the alternative. Millions of Americans suffer at the hands of criminals purely because they do not resist. Home invasions are in the increase, and so are abductions. Understand that much of the violent crime we are talking about are not squabbles over who did what to whom, some of which is best left to civil courts, but purely criminal acts such as robberies, sexual assaults, kidnapings, beatings and other aggression."

Personal freedom begins with gun rights: "Of all the issues being debated in today's marketplace of opinion, one issue remains inviolate - the belief that everyone is free from bodily harm. Whether it takes the form of being beaten, murdered, raped or unfairly searched is irrelevant - any attack, no matter how placid, on a person's own body is, by definition, immoral. How that right is protected is where the true arguments begin, and where the arguments will continue in today's political world.Although the Bill of Rights was hotly debated prior to ratification, there was little disagreement among the Founders on how to determine whether a person's body was being violated."

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