Sunday, February 22, 2009

Texas: Burglary attempt gets man shot: " man who Sheriff's deputies say was trying burglarize a home is taken by helicopter to the hospital after he is shot. The shooting took place after 12 a.m. Wednesday in a business at the intersection of Wadsworth Street and Talcott Street in Channelview. Harris County Sheriff's investigators have not determined if a clerk or a security guard shot the would-be burglar. The 44-year-old man accused of trying to burglarize the store was shot in the abdomen and taken by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital."

Texas burglar fatally shot: "A burglar was fatally shot in northwest Houston early Wednesday, police told KPRC Local 2. Houston police said a man kicked in the door of an apartment on Pinemont Drive near Langfield Road at about 3:15 a.m. Two men entered the home and one of them had a gun, investigators said. One of the tenants, 30-year-old Matthew Rixner, grabbed a shotgun and opened fire on the attackers, police said. One of the attackers was wounded and died at the scene. Police said he was 18-25 years old, but his name was not released. The second attacker escaped, officials said.

What is a Three Percenter?: "During the American Revolution, the active forces in the field against the King's tyranny never amounted to more than 3% of the colonists. They were in turn actively supported by perhaps 10% of the population. In addition to these revolutionaries were perhaps another 20% who favored their cause but did little or nothing to support it. Another one-third of the population sided with the King . and the final third took no side, blew with the wind and took what came. Three Percenters today do not claim that we represent 3% of the American people, although we might... We DO claim that we represent at least 3% of American gun owners, which is still a healthy number somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 million people."

So much for Australia's gun ban: "Weapons offences in Victoria have doubled in the past decade. Almost 7000 offences involving guns, knives and other weapons, bombs and explosives were recorded last year. That is up from 6716 crimes detected in 2006-2007 and 3472 crimes in 1998-1999. Hundreds of Victorians were found to be illegally in possession of guns, including pistols, or ammunition, explosives and illegal fireworks. The most recent figures available show 19 people were caught possessing, carrying or using unlicensed long-armed firearms such as rifles and 17 were caught using a firearm in a dangerous manner. People caught with a gun while prohibited from possessing a weapon numbered 172. A further 16 people were caught trying to take a weapon into court premises, 24 were caught either carrying or using a gun in a public place and 44 using or carrying a gun in a populous place. Eleven people carried a gun while drunk. There has been a big rise in the number of people charged with arming themselves with pistols or handguns and 258 people were caught in possession of an unregistered handgun. Two people were charged with possessing body armour without approval, while 30 people were charged with selling a firearm to an unlicensed buyer."

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