Wednesday, April 08, 2009

KY: Louisville Man Shoots Suspect After Robbery: "A Louisville man said he chased down a robber and shot him after a home invasion and armed robbery Monday night. James Monroe said he was defending himself and his family when he shot 19-year-old Michael Strong. According to Monroe and the police report, two men forced him into his home at gunpoint Monday night and robbed him while his wife and three young sons were inside. Monroe said Strong and the other man robbed him while his 8-month-old son was right next to the robbers and his two four-year-old sons and wife were in another area of the home. After the robbers left, Monroe said he got his gun and chased after Strong. "I seen him, he must have heard my gate. When I came out, I fired, he fired, he fired back and I kind of ducked behind the wall right here," said Monroe. Monroe said he shot about seven times and Strong shot just once before his gun jammed. Police later found Strong, who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Investigators said Monroe has a permit for the weapon, but it wasn't advisable for him to chase an armed gunman. Police said it is not legal to shoot a man to recover property, but it is legal to defend yourself, which is what Monroe said he was doing. "He did raise his weapon and got off one round and that justified me right there," said Monroe. According to court records, Strong pleaded guilty to five counts of robbery two years ago and was given five years probation on a 10-year sentence. Those records indicate Strong began serving that probation less than 16 months ago."

Germany: New shooting shows futility of anti-gun laws: “The killing Tuesday of at least two people in a courthouse shootout in Bavaria, Germany — which comes less than a month after a teenager killed 15 people in a school shooting — is expected to fuel debate about tightening Germany’s gun laws, already among the most restrictive in the world. The court was hearing a case regarding a dispute over inheritance. During a break, an argument broke out outside the courtroom, according to reports. The shooter, an older man, pulled a gun and shot a female relative, who later died. Shortly thereafter, he killed himself. Other people were injured in the attack, which occurred in Landshut, 45 miles northeast of Munich. Reports indicated that security checks are not routine at the Landshut courthouse. Tuesday’s shooting comes less than a month after the school shooting in Winnenden, in southwestern Germany. After that incident, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for tougher gun laws in Germany. German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, however, said that better enforcement and a change in values were needed. The Christian Science Monitor noted at the time that another school shooting, in 2002, had already spurred stricter regulation of guns"

Gun control humiliated again: “With every single criminal shooting, gun control is shown to have been a failure; an absolutely, abject, humiliating failure. I could begin by showing how every nation banning guns also saw its own share of increasing violence first, then the call for banning guns. Where there is violence, only the gun crimes are covered by the media, only the gun crimes are the most spectacular, one might think, but dying is dying; not all crimes of violence are guns — many are knifings, rapes, robberies, chokings, beatings, poisonings, abductions — each of which can be stopped by a the lethal force of a loaded gun in the hands of a citizen. This makes the anti-crime argument for taking guns a outright fraud.”

NH: Panic buying yields ammo shortage: “Panic buying of ammunition has created shortages for bullets and is slowly pushing up wholesale prices for ammo, according to New Hampshire gun dealers. …The dealers report that ammunition makers are producing as many bullets as they can — but that hasn’t yet translated to having plenty of stock in stores. It’s also caused wholesale prices to go up a bit, even though the cost of the raw materials going into the bullets has dropped sharply over the past few months. The root cause of the problem is based on the same panic buying that has sent firearms sales skyrocketing over the past few months. … Since President Barack Obama was elected in November, many people have gone on a buying spree, fearful the government would impose new restrictions and new taxes on guns and ammunition. But as demand has shot through the roof, issues on the supply side have also come to the forefront. For instance, cheap imported ammo from countries such as Russia has dried up. In Russia’s case, that came after the U.S. government slapped its state arms exporter with sanctions over ties to Iran, according to press reports. That was last fall. Ammo producers also aren’t just producing for the commercial market. They also have to fill military and police contracts.”

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