Friday, July 31, 2009

Ohio Man Fatally Shoots Armed Intruder: "A man fatally shot an armed intruder while protecting his 5-year-old relative late Wednesday, authorities said. CPD said the incident started with a home invasion but it was the suspect who was fatally shot. CPD was called to a home on the 1500 block of Autumn Village Drive on reports of a shooting at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Officers found a man on a front porch with a gunshot wound to his neck. The armed suspect broke into home shortly before he was fatally shot, CPD said. “There was a knock on the door. The resident went to the door, at which time the victim out front entered the house with a firearm in commission of an aggravated robbery,” said CPD homicide Sgt. Dana Norman. As the armed suspect entered the home, a man picked up his 5-year-old relative to protect child as well as a firearm and fired shots, according to authorities. The suspect attempted to flee the home after being wounded but collapsed on the porch. He died a short time later. The police report listed the suspect as an unknown black male in his 20s. The man who fatally shot the suspect was not a resident of the home; he was staying there with relatives. There were four people in home at time of the invasion: a woman, child and two men, one of whom is bedridden. No other injuries were reported from the incident. No charges were filed against the man who shot the intruder currently, but the case will be presented to the Franklin County grand jury for review."

Colorado: Bear in home shot: "It took three rounds from a shotgun, five bullets from a handgun and two shots from a rifle to kill the 120-pound black bear that broke into a Boulder County home early Monday morning. Brenda Fischer's barking dog woke her at about 2 a.m. Monday morning. When she went upstairs to investigate, she found a bear in the kitchen of her home on Poorman Road, between Sunshine and Fourmile canyons. Fischer quickly returned downstairs to wake her two children and her husband. "As soon as I knew there was a bear inside the house, I went to gather up both our weapon and our ammunition, because they are in two different places, and went to place myself with the weapon between the family and the bear," said Paul Fischer, Brenda's husband. "As soon as I moved to try and make a place for him to get out, he charged me," Fischer continued. "That's when I shot him and he kept charging me. I shot him a second time, and he kept charging me. I shot him a third time and he was finally disoriented enough for me to get away." The first two rounds from the 12-gauge shotgun were birdshot and the third was rubber bullets, according to a report by the sheriff's office. The Fischers escaped through a bedroom window, leaving the wounded bear inside the house. When officers arrived on the scene at about 2:30 a.m., they found a bloody bear trying to claw his way through a screen door. Sheriff's Sgt. Lance Enholm, after determining that the bear was severely injured and would need to be put down, fired his .45-caliber handgun five more times at the animal." [Birdshot???]

CA: 9th Circuit to rehear fairgrounds victim disarmament case: “The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just agreed to host another shootout over gun rights. The court decided Wednesday to review en banc a panel ruling that had significantly broadened Second Amendment protections by applying them to state and local governments. This holding, arrived at by Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, is at odds with other rulings from around the country — including one penned by 2nd Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor. The 9th Circuit panel had still upheld an Alameda County, Calif., ordinance that forbids a gun show at a public fairground. Thus neither side had asked for en banc review. ‘I suppose they were both afraid of what could happen,’ said Arthur Hellman, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Hellman speculated that pro-gun control forces on the 9th Circuit may be seeking to resolve the circuit split now, which would relieve some of the pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in.”

You can have safer streets if you want them … : “Last edition, I mentioned the e-book version release of my book Safe Streets In The Nationwide Concealed Carry Of Handguns. At the core is the formula for how to get back your safe streets. Does it work? It works. In Los Angeles, Angelinos felt the loss of seventeen year old Lily Burk. Lily was stalked and robbed by someone who should have remained in jail. Lily was abducted, coerced into making repeated attempts to obtain money from her credit card, and then slashed and beaten to death …. Here in L.A. there is talk of the death penalty …. There is talk of keeping people in jail. There is talk of swift justice. All of this is after-the-fact. … Why can’t there be more exploration about how to get back to safer streets?”

Thursday, July 30, 2009

TN: Son Kills Father-in-Law In Self Defense: "A man died Wednesday after being shot in Murfreesboro. According to police, a young man shot and killed a 56-year-old man early Wednesday morning at an apartment located in the 600 block of Maple Street. Neighbors said the young man shot his father-in-law in self-defense. According to the neighbors, the 56-year-old man pulled a gun on his son-in-law first. Police confirmed that the shooting was classified as domestic related homicide; although, investigators have not ruled out self-defense or accidental shooting. In regards to an arrest, investigators spoke with and released a person of interest, which doesn't mean the case is closed. Police said they plan on sending the case to the grand jury. Emergency officials revived the father-in-law on the scene and then transported him to Middle Tennessee Medical Center. The victim was then flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he died in surgery."

Young black Michigan cab robber shot: "The victim of an armed robbery shot and killed his robber Thursday morning, police said. Police said an armed man attempted to rob a cab driver at the Citgo Gas Station on McNichols Street around 5 a.m. The cab driver pulled out a gun and fired several rounds, striking the thief three times, said police. The man was transported to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where he died. Police said the 38-year-old shooter called police to report the shooting. He is now in custody and being questioned. Police said the cab driver had a legitimate license to carry a concealed weapon."

Connecticut man scares off intruder with shotgun: "Plainfield and state police are looking for an intruder who apparently was scared off when a homeowner fired his shotgun. Police say John Gold heard noises inside his home late Monday night and got out of bed to investigate and saw the movement of a flashlight. Police say when Gold couldn't immediately find his cell phone to call 911, he grabbed his shotgun and began loading it when the intruder confronted him. Gold told police he fired one shot and the intruder, who apparently was not injured, took off."

Florida: Would-Be Robber Shot and Killed: "Orange County Sheriff's deputies say a robbery victim turned the tables on two robbery suspects. Deputies say Miguel Jimenez was walking into his apartment at Villa Tuscany near Ocoee when 18-year-old Andri Benjamin ran up, put a gun in his face and tried to rob him. But Jimenez was carrying a loaded revolver and a concealed weapons permit to go along with it. He pulled his gun out and shot Benjamin several times, killing him... Deputies rushed to the scene while Jimenez was holding the second suspect at gunpoint."

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

TX: Homeowner fatally shoots burglary suspect: "A homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar who came at him with a tire iron Tuesday after breaking into a storage shed on the man’s property in east Harris County, officals said. Although the shooting will be referred to a Harris County grand jury, investigators said it appears to be self-defense. "He has the right to protect himself and his property," said Sgt. Felipe Rivera, with the Harris County sheriff’s homicide division. Investigators later Tuesday had not released the names of the homeowner or of the dead man. On Tuesday, the homeowner saw a car about 3:30 p.m. as it pulled into the driveway leading to the home in the 100 block of Cedar Lane in Channelview. After checking with his father-in-law, who lives in another home on the same property, the man took his .45-caliber pistol and went outside to confront the man he had seen in the car, investigators said. The man was carrying empty cases used to hold crossbows when the homeowner confronted him in the driveway. "He pulled out his gun and ordered the suspect to stop," Rivera said. "The suspect threw the cases down and produced the tire iron." The homeowner fired once with the pistol. He fired a second time when the man continued moving toward him. The man got into his car then began grabbing for the pistol, Rivera said. "They struggled for the gun and he (the homeowner) fires two or three more shots," Rivera said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Rivera said.

Oregon man grabs shotgun, kills invading bear: "An Oregon family has learned the hazards of leaving a window open in summer time. That's after a bear ripped off the window screen and broke into their house over the weekend. Everett Skinner's daughter was the first to spot the bear after awakening to a strange shuffling sound. She quickly retreated to her parents' room to get help. Skinner grabbed his shotgun and found the bear in the den. He says the animal stood up and headed toward him, so he fired. It took four shots to kill the bear. Skinner is still not sure what made the bear decide to visit."

GA man shot girlfriend's ex in self defense: "Police say a man who shot and killed his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend was acting in self defense. The shooting happened just after 3 p.m. Monday. Atlanta police Maj. Renee Propes said the shooting victim waited outside his ex-girlfriend's apartment until her new boyfriend came home. Propes said the man attacked the new boyfriend and the fight continued into the apartment, where the new boyfriend shot and killed the ex-boyfriend. Propes said charges aren't likely to be filed. Police didn't release the names or ages of the men but said the man killed had recently gotten out of jail.

NY: Cuomo takes aim at toy guns: “Attorney General Andrew Cuomo today announced that he sent cease-and-desist letters to over 100 companies who are selling imitation toy guns, saying state law prohibits their sale of without specifically indicating that they are toys. ‘Realistic toy guns are a tragedy waiting to happen,’ Cuomo said in a statement. ‘Every day, these imitation weapons put the lives of both law enforcement and civilians at risk. This is a public safety matter, plain and simple, and we will not permit these companies to profit by making our streets more dangerous.’ Letters were sent to manufacturers, distributors, and … over 100 local retailers who purchased illegal toy guns from Rhode Island Novelty Co.”

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Idaho: Prison escapees meet their match in Idaho mom with gun: "The Idaho County Sheriff's Office had honored a Cottonwood woman with a certificate of achievement saying she showed true courage in the face of danger for fending off two prison escapees who tried to break into her home. Cassidy Lockett was home with her young children late last month when she says two men tried to break into her home. She hid the children behind the couch, grabbed a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol and aimed it at a man who was already halfway through a window, climbing into her home. Lockett says she pointed the gun at him and told him to get out or she'd shoot. She says he complied, and left along with another man who was trying to get through the locked front door. The sheriff's department says the two were Richard Nieves and Ben Westley Perez, who are both facing escape, burglary and other charges."

New Mexico: DA drops murder charge: "District Attorney Kari Brandenburg has dropped a murder charge against a 23-year-old man who shot two rival gang members in 2008. According to Pat Davis of the district attorney’s office, Robert Romero was in an apartment building on Mountain Road near Old Town in November of 2008 when the two gang members attempted to force their way in with a shotgun. Romero shot the two and then fled. He was taken into custody following a SWAT standoff on July 11, 2009. David says that with Romero’s arrest, investigators have been able to take into consideration the issue of self defense. “Given this new information, it has been determined that murder charges against Romero are not appropriate at this time,” reads a release from the DA’s office. Prosecutors are leaving open the option of seeking a grand jury indictment against Romero."

Thought for the weekend: Should you own a gun?: “It has been a particularly discouraging week during which two women in South Park were brutally stabbed … as they slept, one teen fatally shot another … and two people … were robbed of a gun and electronics. So, let us consider for a moment: Should you own a firearm? Take a good look in the mirror, size up that person you see, and ask whether you think that man or woman has the skill, temperament, and backbone to use a gun properly, should the occasion arise? [E]arly Friday, three thugs, one armed with a gun, burst in to confront the two people living in a residence. One of the residents grabbed his own gun but … ‘dropped his firearm and complied with the suspects’ because he was in fear for his life. This one left veteran gun owners mystified, asking, ‘Instead of dropping his gun, why didn’t the guy just shoot the other guy?’”

Americans use a gun in self-defense every 13 seconds : “Americans use a gun in self defense once every 13 seconds, according to a peer-reviewed study. The National Self Defense Survey, as conducted by Florida State University criminologists in 1994, indicates that Americans use guns in self defense 2,500,000 times per year, which is once every 13 seconds. In about 30% of the defensive gun uses, the would-be victim believes that the gun ‘almost certainly’ or ‘probably’ saved a life. In more than 1/2 of the self defense gun uses, the would-be victim was under attack by 2 or more criminals, making a firearm the only viable means of self defense for most people.”

Monday, July 27, 2009

SC: One dead in attempted robbery : "“An Horry County man shot and killed another Thursday after two men entered a home on Forestbrook Road apparently with the intent to rob those inside, police said. The pair were confronted by a man inside the home, where there also was another adult and a 7-year-old child, according to police. … A child called 911 and reported that his father was arguing with other people in the living room, according to the police report.One of the intruders produced a handgun and a person in the home, who has not been identified shot Chestnut in self-defense.”

Florida: Brinks security guard fatally shot a would-be robber: "A Brinks security guard shot and killed a would-be robber who attacked him while he was making a routine stop at a South Miami-Dade health clinic Friday, according to witnesses. After the 2 p.m. shooting outside the Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216th St., Miami-Dade police arrested two other suspects after a search of surrounding neighborhoods. Miami-Dade police have not identified the dead man. Those arrested also were not identified. "According to investigators, shots were fired when three subjects, armed with firearms, attempted to rob an armored truck crew making a pick up or delivery at the health center located at 10300 SW 216th Street,'' a Miami-Dade police statement said late Friday. One employee of the health center, who did not want to be identified, told The Miami Herald that the shooting took place after the apparent robber attacked the Brinks security guard. The guard, said the witness, then shot the man outside the health center, which remained under lockdown for hours as police officers swarmed the area in search of the other suspects. Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 reported that police found the other suspects less than a mile away at the Cutler Creek Town Homes. They reported that police officers went house to house and then surrounded one home."

Fans of St. Gabriel Possenti see him as patron of “handgunnners”: “From lost causes to the unattractive, patron saints are associated with virtually every occupation, ailment and activity. St. Gabriel Francis Possenti, a 19th-century Passionist monk and patron saint of Italy’s Abruzzi region, clerics and youths, is gaining a line of followers who feel he should be recognized by the Vatican as the patron saint of ‘handgunners.’ The St. Gabriel Possenti Society of Arlington, Va., is an interdenominational society dedicated to promoting the public recognition of the saint and advocating his Vatican designation as patron of ‘handgunners.’ It emphasizes historical, philosophical and theological bases for the right to self-defense.”

Federal court rules no probable cause in arrest for open carry : “Georgia resident Luke Woodard ended up in the Paulding County jail for purchasing lottery tickets while carrying a handgun openly. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, even though he was carrying openly, and disorderly conduct. As reported in these pages previously, Luke Woodard sued the two Paulding County Sheriff’s Deputies involved. Federal Judge Harold Murphy, Northern District of Georgia, recently ruled that the officers had no probable cause to arrest Mr. Woodard on either charge, and that therefore, his arrest was illegal. The analysis does not end there, however, as the court decided to go further and argue that the two deputies had something called ‘arguable’ probable cause.”

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Kansas Corrections worker shoots assailant: "A 61-year-old man acted in self-defense when he shot one of two men who were robbing him outside his part-time job near downtown, the Topekan’s attorney said Thursday evening. The shooter, Albert B. Thompson, will give a statement to Topeka police this morning about the robbery and shooting, said William Rork, an attorney representing Thompson. “He’s not a suspect in any way,” Rork said of his client. Thompson is “a 61-year-old man and has had double bypass surgery a year ago and was in fear of his life,” Rork said. Thompson had gone to his vehicle early Thursday when he was attacked and beaten, Rork said. Thompson works at the Senate Luxury Suite Apartments, 900 S.W. Tyler, as a front desk night auditor and at the Kansas Department of Corrections... Police haven’t released the name of the man who was shot Thursday. He was taken to a hospital after the shooting. His condition was unavailable. The incident began when Thompson walked toward his vehicle in the east parking lot of the apartments. Two men emerged and attempted to rob him. There was a struggle, and as he was being hit by the robbers, Thompson reached inside his car, grabbed a gun and fired at his assailants, police said. One of the men was hit by gunfire. The pair fled, and witnesses said the assailants appeared to flag down a car in the 500 block S.W. 10th, and the wounded man was taken to an area hospital, police said. Police were summoned to the 900 block of S.W. Tyler at 4:11 a.m. moments after the shooting. While searching the area, officers were notified by dispatchers that a wounded person showed up at a local hospital. Police are still seeking the second assailant, who is described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and wearing a brown T-shirt.

Foolish civilian patrol arouses suspicion and gets shot up: "Serbeck and his partner were doing a neighborhood mobile patrol Tuesday night when they were confronted by an angry Reginald Campos. Authorities said Campos believed the two men were stalking their daughter and friends. But investigators learned that the two men were performing their duties and asking questions of the girls. However, those familiar with mobile patrols said that mistakes were made. "Don't take firearms with you and don't get involved,” said Levi Hughes who teaches mobile watch patrols for the sheriff’s office. “You don't stop people and interview them, don't question people you think might be involved in a crime. Leave that to law enforcement.” Serbeck was carrying a gun and did have a concealed weapons permit. But Campos didn’t. However a new law allows the public to carry a weapon in their car. And the law allows the owner to use if it’s a case of self defense. The 9-1-1 audio tape released by the sheriff’s office reveals that Campos thought he was in danger. "He got out of his car and pulled a gun on me and he cocked it and I let him have it,” said Campos to the dispatcher. Campos fired three times and held the two men on the ground until deputies arrived.... Campos was booked into the Sale Lake County jail on attempted murder. Prosecutors have yet to file charges against him. Meanwhile, Serbeck remains hospitalized and in critical condition. There is some fear that the bullet damaged his spinal cord and may be paralyzed."

Senate blocks gun bill: "The Senate voted last week to block a bill that would have expanded gun rights by allowing licensed owners of firearms to carry concealed weapons into other states. Senators voted 58-39 to shelve an amendment by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. While Thune won support from a majority, he needed 60 votes to prevail under a deal reached among senators. The amendment would have required individual states to honor concealed weapons permits issued by other states even as the rules for carrying guns might vary from state to state. All but two states, Wisconsin and Illinois, allow licensed gun owners to carry a hidden weapon. The amendment, strongly supported by the National Rifle Association, would have required the traveling gun owner to honor local laws that might bar hidden weapons in restaurants and other places. Thune argued expanding the right to carry concealed guns would reduce crime. Thugs would think twice about committing a crime not knowing if their victim might be armed, he said. The amendment "will allow law-abiding individuals to travel, without complication, throughout the 48 states that currently permit some form of conceal and carry," Thune said. "Law-abiding individuals have the right to self-defense." Opponents argued the amendment would trample a state's right to determine who can legally carry guns within its borders."

TN: Kingsport will leave guns-in-parks law in effect: "The city of Kingsport will not be opting out of a new state law allowing gun owners with carry permits to take their firearms into parks, city and elected officials said last week. The Tennessee General Assembly earlier this year approved House Bill 716 allowing Tennessee’s 222,000 handgun-carry permit holders to bring their firearms into federal, state and local parks. Gov. Phil Bredesen signed the bill into law last month. The bill allows city and county governments the right to opt out of the legislation, thus prohibiting guns from local parks. Locally, Bristol and Johnson City have opted out of the law, Church Hill voted last week not to opt out and the Hawkins County Commission plans to vote on Monday whether or not to do so. Sullivan County has not addressed the issue."

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Texas oldster shoots teen carjacker: "August Peters, 74, pulled in front of the home about 6:30 a.m. when he noticed another car drive past and park along the curb across the street, police said. Soon after Peters got out of his car, Martin Baltazar, 18, came up to him and jammed a knife against his throat, Houston police said. “He said, ‘Give me your car or I'll kill you,' “ said Victor Senties, an HPD spokesman. Peters reached into his car for a pistol. He began firing, with at least one round striking Baltazar in the abdomen, Houston police said. The wounded Baltazar fled across the street, forcing his way into the home where Luis Ramos lives with his wife and brother. Baltazar ran through the house — terrifying Ramos' wife in the bedroom — as he sought to escape. “He said, ‘Don't touch me. Don't touch me. Move,' “ Ramos said. “I was nervous. I didn't know what to do in this case.“ Ramos said Baltazar finally found the kitchen but was unable to open the locked back door. “He took a big chair and he hit the window,“ Ramos said. The bleeding Baltazar climbed through the shattered window but apparently had a problem holding up his baggy trousers, Ramos said. “He left his pants in the kitchen,“ he said. Baltazar vaulted the backyard fence but was captured moments later by Houston police a few blocks away from where he was shot. He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where he was in fair condition, officials said later Thursday. Baltazar has been charged with aggravated robbery with bail set at $30,000. No other injuries were reported."

CA: Armed Robbery Suspect goes to sleep. Victim holds him with gun: "A 45-year-old Running Springs man has been released from jail on $200,000 bail after he allegedly assaulted and robbed a man in Valley of Enchantment. Joel Curtis Eastwood was arrested Monday, July 20 at 3:59 a.m. and booked at the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino at 5:22 a.m. The unnamed victim called 911 because there was a male subject — later identified as Eastwood —inside his residence who had allegedly physically assaulted him causing severe injury to his face and left eye. Dispatchers were told the man refused to leave so the victim, fearing for his life, armed himself with a shotgun and held the suspect at gunpoint until deputies arrived. The suspect had been ordered to lie on the floor by the victim. During the investigation, deputies discovered the victim was reportedly punched in the face causing injury and loss of consciousness. While he was unconscious, the suspect is reported to have taken the victim's wallet without his permission. When he regained consciousness, the victim discovered Eastwood was sleeping on his couch and retrieved the shotgun for self defense. During contact with Eastwood, according to a Sheriff's Department media release, officers found the victim's wallet in his pocket."

MO: Oldster says he fired in self-defense "Johnson said he was in a chair when Yarbrough jumped on him without explanation. “He’d been drinking,” Johnson said. “He had something in his hand.” Johnson kicked Yarbrough away and walked to his bedroom. When Johnson returned about 10 minutes later, Yarbrough allegedly lunged at him again. “I told him to leave me alone,” Johnson said. Yarbrough did not quit, Johnson said, so Johnson pulled a gun from his pocket and shot Yarbrough. From KCPD: The victim of the homicide in the 3300 block of Jackson (Tuesday) night has been positively identified as 29 year old, Marcus Yarbrough of KCMO. Yarbrough and the elderly man (80's) involved lived together in the home, but are not related. Apparently the two were arguing and witnesses were unable to defuse the situation that led to the shooting."

The Window War — coming soon to a window near you? : “What would happen if three percent of American gun owners or maybe even three percent of the American public decided they were ready to take things to the next level with minor breaches of the law? It’s doubtful the damage would be limited to the headquarters of political parties and the offices of the house and the senate in their districts. Expect to see damage at the multitudes of new offices, which have sent forth swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance in recent decades. Many an alphabet agency’s windows are likely to get in on the action. ‘The Window War’ also hints that private residences are likewise on the list.”

Friday, July 24, 2009

In "gun-free" Britain: A schoolgirl with an M-16: "A schoolgirl of 13 has been arrested by armed police after an assault rifle was found hidden in her bedroom. The M16 automatic machine gun, which is believed to have been placed under a wardrobe by her gangster brother, was discovered wrapped in several pieces of clothing. Fifteen officers armed with sub-machine guns yesterday stormed a block of flats in Croydon, South London, after a tip-off about the weapon. Detectives believe that the girl's older brother, who is a known gang member, smuggled the gun into her bedroom to avoid detection shortly after the family moved into the flat a few weeks ago. Police subsequently arrested a 19-year-old man last night on suspicion of possession of a firearm. [The paper does not of course say so but it is mainly blacks who have and use such weapons in Britain]

KY: Intruder fatally shot : “At 12:46 a.m. Tuesday, the homeowner, Hurlin McQuerry, called 911 to report that a man had forcibly entered his home and that the homeowner had shot him with a .410-gauge shotgun, state police said in a release. Upon arrival, state police found Helton dead of a single gunshot wound to the chest. Helton was wearing a ski mask and gloves and had a crowbar when he entered the house, state police said.”

Gateway to tyranny: "“New research into Adolf Hitler’s use of firearms registration lists to confiscate guns and the execution of their owners teaches a forceful lesson — one that reveals why the American people and Congress have rejected registering honest firearm owners.It would be instructive at this time to recall why the American citizenry and Congress have historically opposed the registration of firearms. The reason is plain. Registration makes it easy for a tyrannical government to confiscate firearms and to make prey of its subjects. Denying this historical fact is no more justified than denying that the Holocaust occurred or that the Nazis murdered millions of unarmed people.”

Street fighting man: “Although, sadly, gun culture in the United States isn’t nearly what it was even a generation or two ago, it’s still pretty strong in some regions. Most states make the open or concealed carrying of handguns a simple matter, and there’s evidence lots of people are taking advantage of it. Personally, I find it hard to fathom the psychology of people who want to disarm society. From a strictly practical point of view, the idea of having to engage in hand-to-hand combat, half naked, with an intruder in the middle of the night is most unappealing. Especially since the odds of that happening are going way up in the near future. Everyone should have a gun in his nightstand, at a minimum. But that’s only a fraction of what gun ownership is really about. A free person should have the right to possess whatever he desires. End of story. And only slaves, or those with a slave mentality, comply with no thought of resistance when they’re told what they can or cannot own, especially if compliance means disarming themselves.”

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Conn. man uses shotgun to stop burglar: "Police say a Plainfield man scared away a burglar Monday night when he fired a shotgun blast at the intruder. According to Plainfield police, John Gold of 112 E. Shepard Hill Road in Central Village, was awakened shortly before 10:45 p.m. Monday by a noise coming from inside his home. After first dismissing the sound, Gold was startled to hear more noise from inside his house and got up to investigate, police said. Looking out into a hallway from inside his bedroom, he saw a flashlight beam moving in another part of the house. Gold tried unsuccessfully to find his cell phone to call 911, so he went to his bedroom closet and retrieved a shotgun and shells he kept there. As he attempted to load a shell into the gun, he was confronted in the bedroom by the intruder, police said. Gold fired one shot at the intruder, who quickly fled. Police said it did not appear the intruder was struck by the shot. A search by police, along with a police dog unit from the Danielson state police barracks, turned up no sign of the man, who may have fled in a car."

Florida invader dies after being shot twice by oldster: “There were two knocks at my door,” Harvell said. “I didn’t get up when I heard the first one. But I decided to go see who it was on the second knock.” As Harvell cracked the door open to take a peek outside, a man dressed in a black T-shirt, black jeans with a blue bandanna covering his mouth, forced his way inside. Harvell said the man, later identified as Octavius Barnes, 24, of Sanford, Fla., shot him with a stun gun, causing Harvell to fall back on his bed. The intruder then pulled out what appeared to be a black pistol and demanded money. Harvell pulled out his money clip and gave the robber half of the cash. When pressed to give more, Harvell said he turned it all over. But Harvell then reached for his .357 magnum among a pile of papers on the floor next to his bed and shot Barnes near the stomach. Barnes fell over on the TV, knocking it onto Harvell, who fired another round, striking Barnes in the head. “I did what I did to try and save myself,” Harvell said Monday afternoon, after spending the night with his sister in Bristol. “I’m 82-years-old. I’ve made it this far, and I want to keep on living.” The call came in about 9:20 p.m., according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office. When a deputy arrived, with her weapon drawn, Harvell said he told her, “There’s no need for the gun. I don’t think he’s going to get up and do anything else.”

Alaska man holds robbers with Glock: "Daniel Ames reckons he dealt one for the good guys on Saturday night near Soldotna when he came home, found two burglars in his house, wrestled with them over a pistol, then took them down, telling them he was going to blow off their knees if they didn't start following his orders. One of the two 21-year-olds charged with the burglary turned out to be Ames' next-door neighbor, according to a report from the Alaska State Troopers. The young man registered a blood alcohol content of .418, which is more than five times the legal limit to drive. The 49-year-old construction worker was returning home from work on Saturday around 9 p.m. when a neighbor told him some kids were wandering around near his home, which was being remodeled. He rushed home to find his neighbor, Chance Tallman, and Joshua Simons trying to walk out of his house with a $125 ceiling fan, he said. "What are you two buttheads doing in my house?" he said. To that, apparently, one of the young men said, "Who are you calling buttheads?" and began to pull out a Glock pistol. Ames grabbed for it and began wrestling, thrashing Tallman's hand against wall studs to loosen his grip. The gun broke loose and then, according to Ames, the men looked ready to carry on with their fists. That's when he pulled out his own concealed weapon, also a Glock. He shot into the ground to let the burglars know he was serious, he said. He told the men to get down on their knees. If they didn't, he was going to blow off their kneecaps. Troopers charged Tallman with burglary, theft, assault and misconduct with a weapon. Simons faces burglary and theft charges. Trooper Sgt. James Truesdell, who investigated the case, said that when he arrived Ames had both men on the ground in the front yard."

Brits ban guns, increase knife crime: “The number of people killed by knives rises in areas targeted by a major anti-knife crime programme, officials say. The government’s Tackling Knives Action Programme was launched last July by 10 police forces in England and Wales. In its first nine months, 126 people died after being attacked with a knife or other sharp object — seven more than in the same period the previous year.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

CA: Father found not guilty of murdering his son: "A jury Tuesday found a Monrovia man accused of shooting his son to death with a shotgun not guilty of murder. Jurors in the Alhambra Court began deliberations at about noon Tuesday in the murder trial for Willie McGhee, 66. It took them only until about 4 p.m. to find him not guilty of shooting his 22-year-old son Robert McGhee to death following a drunken physical confrontation at the family's Monrovia home in August 2007. McGhee claimed he acted in self-defense when he shot his son following a backyard fight. His defense attorney, Csaba Palfi,became choked up twice during his closing argument, painting his client as a victim of a violent son who repeatedly assaulted him. Palfi argued that the McGhee was trying to defend himself after Robert "beat the crap out of his father," punching him in the face and kicking him while he was down during the altercation. "He went and got a shotgun because he was in fear for his own life," Palfi said.... Amber Bastian,Robert McGhee's girlfriend at the time, testified Monday that Robert physically assaulted her and his father and was carrying a gun the day he was killed. She also said Robert McGhee was a member of the Du Roc Crips, a local African-American gang that police have tied to murders in Monrovia and Duarte over the past few years".

FL: Man Set Free By Appellate Court: "Two years ago, Jimmy Ray Hair was arrested and charged with murder for shooting a man in self defense. Hair has been in jail ever since... arguing he was just standing his ground. On Tuesday, an appellate court agreed with him, and Hair was released tonight. Two years to the date... Jimmy Ray Hair has been behind iron doors... but now he's a free man.... "Jimmy was the passenger in a vehicle. Another person entered the vehicle, attacked him. There was some tussling and in the course of the tussling, Jimmy shot him," says John Leace, Hair's trial attorney. Within just a few hours, the court agreed that Hair was acting in lawful self defense. "It's unusual for a district court to grant relief just hours after an oral argument. That is fairly unusual," says Eddie Bauer, Hair's Appellate Attorney. When the appellate court overturned Circuit court's denial of Hair's self defense plea... it also ordered Hair to be released from jail. Jimmy Ray Hair had no prior record and lawfully owned the gun he used when he killed his attacker."

VA: Police charge man in convenience store shooting: "Richmond police have charged a 30-year-old South Richmond man in the aborted robbery of a convenience store that left him and the store owner wounded. James Grooms of the 2200 block of Chalfont Drive remains hospitalized after being shot by a friend of the owner of Golden Food Market at 2701 Jefferson Davis Highway in South Richmond. Grooms shot the store owner and fired at several customers, missing them, in the attempted robbery on Saturday just after 1 p.m. Police charged Grooms with attempted robbery, use of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He remains in the custody of the Richmond Sheriff's Office while being treated for a gunshot wound to the torso at VCU Medical Center. No information was available on his condition. The attempted robbery was the second time in a month that a shopkeeper at Golden Market was shot. Said "Saim" Messaf was shot on June 12. The store's owner, who police did not identify, suffered non-life threatening wounds in Saturday's shooting. No information was available today on his condition."

AZ: Fish freed at last: "A retired Tolleson teacher whose murder conviction was overturned walked out of prison Tuesday to hugs from his family after serving three years of a 10-year sentence. Harold Fish, 62, left the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis near Buckeye where he was incarcerated for the fatal shooting of Grant Kuenzli, 43, on a forest trail north of Payson in May 2004. Fish claimed self-defense, and there were no witnesses. Fish's case rippled through the Arizona legal and political arena and drew national attention from gun-rights advocates. After Fish was charged, legislators rewrote Arizona's self-defense laws. The Arizona Court of Appeals last month ordered a new trial in the second-degree murder case, ruling that testimony was improperly kept out of Fish's trial. The Coconino County attorney then said he would not retry the case and agreed to Fish's release. Fish's legal ordeal is not over. As he was being set free, the Arizona Attorney General's Office announced plans to challenge the appellate-court ruling. The attorney general will ask the Arizona Supreme Court to review the case, said Steve Wilson, a spokesman for Attorney General Terry Goddard. Earlier this month, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that makes the new self-defense law retroactive to Fish's case. Though it seems unlikely Fish will face a new trial, if he were retried, prosecutors would be required to prove he did not act in self-defense. In Fish's trial, the burden was on the defense to prove Fish acted in self-defense. Fish was completing a hike May 11, 2004, when he encountered Kuenzli and Kuenzli's snarling dogs. Fish fired a warning shot that scared away the dogs, but then Kuenzli charged at him, Fish said."

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Alabama: Store owner says robber shot himself: "An owner of the Vineyard Food Market told The Birmingham News that a man shot himself dead as he ran after robbing the store on Tuesday night. The owner said he fired a shot at the fleeing man, who had grabbed money in the store and ran, but he did not think he had hit him. Police have not confirmed that account of the incident, but said the dead man had attempted to rob the store on Crestwood Boulevard. Jerry Tucker, owner of Crestwood Antiques a few doors down from Vineyard Food Market, was called to the scene because an alarm went off at his business after a bullet went through a window. Tucker, who has been in business there for eight years, said it's a nice community, but there is a lot of crime. Tucker said his son-in-law closed a computer store that he had owned in the same shopping center after several break-ins. Tucker said the owners of the Vineyard are well-liked by members of the community.

Kentucky homeowner subdues intruder until police arrive: "Police in Oldham County are investigating another apparent home invasion attempt. This time the homeowner subdued the alleged intruder until police could arrive. According to a press release from the Oldham County Police Department, officers were sent to the 1000 block of Goshen Lane about 1:30 a.m. Friday on a report of a home invasion burglary. When police arrived on scene, they found the home owner, Wes Johnson, and a houseguest, Richard Rackleffe, restraining 34-year-old Sherman Ellis from Louisville. Johnson told us it was about 1 a.m. Friday when Wes Johnson, his wife and their two out-of-town guests went to bed. About a half-hour later, Johnson says they heard something strange: the garage door opening and closing. "We got out there and the garage was closed and we couldn't really figure out what was going on," Johnson said... "I saw a closet door in our basement close. When I approached the door and kicked it open the guy came out and started to assault me," Johnson said. Johnson says he and Ellis continued to struggle. "When somebody's coming at you in the darkness in the night and somebody comes at you with something in their hand to hit you, it helps you realize real quick that something's not right." Johnson says he yelled for his wife to bring him a pistol he had in the house. In the meantime, Johnson's guests - both former FBI agents - came running downstairs. "The guy was fighting all he could," said Johnson's guest, Richard Rackleffe. I used to work with defense tactics and all I did was take the arm and put it in a twist, where he quit fighting and he just succumbed or submitted at that point." They held Ellis at gunpoint until police arrived and even then Johnson said Ellis fought officers, slightly injuring one before being handcuffed. Ellis has a long criminal past, including multiple rape charges."

IL: Police say concealed carry law would deter criminals: "Talk of bringing concealed-carry legislation to Illinois gives many residents a fear of the unknown. Several local police chiefs and other personnel said putting fear into the minds of criminals on the streets is also one of the best arguments for allowing concealed carry. ‘We’re supporting the sheriff’s association with mandated regulations if the Legislature decides to enact concealed-carry in the state,’ Bartonville Police Chief Brian Fengel said. ‘They’re already out on the streets. The gangbangers already have guns. This would allow law-abiding citizens to have them with mandatory training and background checks.’”

Senate Considers Concealed Weapons Amendment: "The Senate begins debating an amendment Monday that would allow people issued concealed weapons permits in their home state to carry those concealed weapons in any state in the union. The amendment to the defense authorization bill is sponsored by Republican South Dakota Sen. John Thune, who says it "enables citizens to protect themselves while respecting individual state firearms laws." A release from Thune's office claims that "states with concealed carry laws enjoy significantly lower violent crimes rates than those states that do not." The release also says that those who leave their home state with concealed weapons would still have to follow gun laws in other states, "including laws concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may or may not be carried."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Michigan dice-game robber shot: "Neighbors in one community said a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning after he interrupted a neighborhood party and robbed some of the partygoers. "It's like playground rules. They just broke one of them by going in and robbing and turning your back on someone," neighbor Andre said. Andre said 29-year-old Gregory Scott interupted a dice game in the basement of a house in the 300 block of Seward Street in Pontiac at about 3:30 a.m. Andre said Scott pulled a gun on partygoers and robbed them. "He goes in, pulls out a gun, let off a shot or two to make the person come out his money, and he was fine with that and turned his back," Andre said. "But everybody had pistols ... lights went off on him then." Andre said the man was shot several times as he ran up the stairs and out of the house. "He made it outside. He fell outside," Andre said. Neighbors said two other people were also wounded but were able to walk away from the scene."

Virginia: No charges against store owner who shot suspect: "No charges will be filed against a man who shot and killed a would-be robber in his store, the Suffolk commonwealth's attorney announced Thursday. On the morning on June 21, the alarm went off at James Durden’s Whaleyville store – J&L Food Mart. Durden, who lives close by, grabbed a gun and went to the store. His brother told 13News that Durden opened fire because he thought the man pointed a gun at him. That man, identified as Ernest Scott Roop, was struck four times. Detectives determined Roop was wearing camouflage clothing with his face concealed in a "ninjna" style fashion. They also said Roop had a hunting knife and crowbar and was wearing heavy construction gloves. In the letter to Police Chief Thomas Bennett, C. Phillip Ferguson stated, “Mr. Durden was confronted with a very dangerous situation created by Roop and was legally justified in using deadly force as he genuinely believed that Roop had a firearm and that his own life was in danger. In addition, from a practical standpoint, convinced that a Suffolk jury would not convict Mr. Durden of criminal misconduct under the facts of this case. Therefore, this Office declines to prosecute any charges against Mr. Durden.”

MO: Car dealer offers free AK-47 with truck: “Buy a truck and get a free AK-47 gun. That’s the deal a Missouri truck dealer is offering new customers who buy a pick-up truck in August. Mark Muller, owner of Max Motors in Butler, says he knows people will be bothered by the promotion. But not to worry, Muller is not handing out free guns. Instead, he will give buyers a voucher to use at a gun store after they obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon. The AK-47 is an upgrade on a previous promotion in which Muller gave away vouchers for the price of a Caltec pistol. The retail value of an AK-47 is $450 dollars but Muller says customers can spend their voucher on the gun of their choice.”

All-state weapons permit sought : “A U.S. senator is pushing for a law that would let concealed-weapons-permit holders carry their guns in nearly every state, but gun-control advocates are blasting the idea. One Utah supporter likes the idea, but concedes it is likely doomed. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., is proposing an amendment to a major defense bill that would require any state that issues concealed-weapons permits to honor those from any other state. Currently, 48 states permit concealed weapons; Wisconsin and Illinois are the only two that do not. Thirty-three states recognize Utah’s concealed-weapons permit."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Louisiana boy shoots black intruders: "A ten-year-old boy left home alone with his sister used his mother's gun to shoot an intruder in the face, police said. Late Tuesday, West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies received a call to a Port Allen apartment complex after several shots rang out from inside one of the apartments. "You are out here trying to work and for someone to come and do that and invade your home is very hard," the children's mother said. She asked to not be identified. Deputies say Dean Favron and Roderick Porter knocked several times on the apartment door. The two young children, a ten-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl, stood on the other side, terrified. "He told his sister to be quiet and seconds later, they started kicking on the door and finally kicked the door in," said Sheriff Mike Cazes. The two children ran to their mother's bedroom closet. In a panic, the ten-year-old grabbed his mother's gun for protection. "He did what I told him to do. I never told him to get the gun, but thank God he did," she said. Once the two suspects opened the door, threatening the kids, deputies say the boy fired a bullet into the lip of Roderick Porter. The two men were taken to the hospital by a third suspect, who is a 15-year-old juvenile. Once they got to the hospital, they were later arrested."

Indiana: Three suspects in a Craigs-list exchange that turned into an armed robbery: "Eugene A. Hall, 49, of Gary; Edward D. Mercer, 27, of Hammond; and Jarrod E. Rodriguez, 26, of Gary were each charged Thursday with six felony counts. Warrants were issued out of Tippecanoe Superior Court 2 for their rearrest. Hall, Mercer and Rodriguez had arranged to meet in the Subway parking lot to purchase tires and rims listed on Craigslist by two Indianapolis men. But after agreeing upon a purchase price of $3,100 and handing over the cash, two of the buyers pulled handguns and demanded the money back. Guns were held to both victims' heads. One of them, Kyle Delord Bostic, also was armed. Shots were then fired by both parties. The La-fayette Police Department stopped a van that Hall, Mercer and Rodriguez were in shortly after on Indiana 38 East. Tires and rims allegedly taken during the exchange were in the back seat. Officers found a revolver and ammunition near the road that a witness said the three men had discarded there. Detective Mark Pinkard said Thursday criminal charges will not be pursued against Bostic or the other Indianapolis man, Courtney Robinson, because their shots were fired in self-defense. Bostic also was properly licensed for his firearm.

Idaho: Alleged theft turns into dangerous situation between four men, two handguns: "Just after 1:15 p.m. Friday, Boise Police received a call of a man with a gun near Americana Boulevard and River Street. Multiple officers arrived on scene and found two men with handguns pointed at different people. Police de-escalated and sorted out the situation, according to a Friday release. Police said the original suspect, later identified as John Dickey, had allegedly stolen personal property from a victim at a nearby homeless shelter. The suspect fled on foot traveling east on River Street. As the victim chased on foot, a third man intervened the chase, produced a handgun and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect was on the ground and held at gunpoint when another person, who also had a concealed weapons permit, saw the situation, intervened and demanded the other man drop his gun. Officers then arrived on scene, according to the release. Police said the original theft suspect is in custody. No other citations have been issued and information on the incident is forwarded to the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office for review. “We caution all citizens to think carefully before intervening in a potentially dangerous situation without knowing what is actually taking place. Although we are pleased that the theft suspect is in custody the situation could have easily turned into something much worse"

The Second Amendment, Inc.: "“Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court correctly ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment is a personal right. That was a huge victory for freedom-loving Americans. Unfortunately, the court did not address the matter of whether the Second Amendment only restricted the power of the federal government or if it should apply to state and city laws as well. What many Americans do not realize is that the Bill of Rights, of which the Second Amendment is a part, do not all apply to the states.”

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Georgia: Police Seeking Home Invasion Suspect After Gunfight: "A home invasion Tuesday afternoon ended in gunfire in South Cobb County, after a would-be robber tied up two men who lived at a home in Mableton. Police said that one of the men got free and started shooting at the home invaders. That led to a massive search for the suspect, but the man remained on the run Tuesday night. At around 1 p.m., a man with a gun broke into a home on Nickajack Road near Fontaine Road and rounded up all the people inside, tying them up. One of the victims was able to get free, and retrieve his personal gun. He fired at the intruder in the confrontation that ensued, and police said that the suspect may have been shot before getting away on foot."

Erosion of truth and American freedoms : “We’re all familiar with the common phrases used to defend our right to keep and bear arms, like, ‘I carry a gun because a cop is too heavy,’ or ‘I’d rather be judged by twelve than carried by six.’ What we may not be familiar with is the cultural assault being perpetrated by the movies, TV and news. There isn’t a ghost behind every door, but there are tons of subtle suggestions and insidious attacks on our freedom by modern culture. If you don’t believe me, observe how many times you see happy 4th of July instead of Happy Independence Day. Everyone has a July 4th, but we have Independence Day. Anti-gunners run in circles with those who hate freedom.”

Legal guns in D.C. not used one year later: "It's been a year since a Northwest D.C. housewife carried a Ruger .357 Magnum into police headquarters in a blue plastic grocery bag and became the District's first legal handgun owner since the Supreme Court overturned a decades-old ban. Today, Amy McVey's handgun is one of just 515 that have been legally registered with the Metropolitan Police Department -- a number that pales compared with more than 2,000 illegal weapons that have been seized in the same period. She hasn't had to use it to defend her home. Nor has anyone attempted to steal it and use it against her or to commit some other crime -- undermining the most widely used arguments for and against permitting guns. In fact, police say they have no information that would indicate any gun legally registered since July 17, 2008, has been fired by its owner in defense of life or property, or that one has been stolen or used in the commission of a crime." [D.C. gal Lynda Salvatore holds her legal Glock 21 handgun above]

Gun control will not stop youth violence: “There are strict laws regulating dealing in firearms. There are strict laws defining ‘prohibited persons’ who may not legally even touch a firearm. There are strict laws forbidding possession of guns by minors and ‘illegally’ carrying them concealed. There are strict laws against brandishing a gun, threatening someone with one, assault with a deadly weapon, shooting people who aren’t attacking you ….There are laws against murder. They don’t seem to be working very well with people inclined to disobey them, do they?”

Friday, July 17, 2009

Utah man shoots at intruder, chases him away: "Tense moments in Lehi Tuesday after police set up a perimeter looking for a suspect in a home-invasion robbery. The all clear has been given, but there are a lot of worried neighbors. They saw dozens of police cars in the street and officers with weapons and K-9s looking for a man who tried to stab someone inside his home. Around 2 p.m. a 23-year-old man reported to police that someone broke inside his home near 2400 North and 800 West. He said the man tried to stab him, so he grabbed a gun and fired a shot at the intruder and chased him away through the back door. Greg Neer, with the Lehi Police Department, said, "We do not have a suspect in custody. We have a description of him. He's wearing ... he's described as wearing a black tank top with cammo shorts, some Nike running shoes and his hair was light brown, has a little bit spiky in the front." Police are still unsure if the suspect was hit, and at this point aren't giving any more information about what happened."

SC: Woman shoots home intruder : “Two [black] men kicked in the front door of a North Charleston mobile home Wednesday morning. As they started going through the home, a woman who lived there grabbed her gun and shot one of them, police said. Authorities said she later identified the man she shot as her boyfriend's brother. After the 5:15 a.m. shooting on Ott Street, the intruders fled the Trailwood mobile home park in a vehicle, which crashed shortly afterward at Dorchester and Meeting Street roads, said Spencer Pryor, police public information officer. Pryor said the passenger in the vehicle was 24-year-old Myron Maurice Jenkins. He said Jenkins suffered a serious gunshot wound and was unconscious. Later in the day, Jenkins was at Medical University Hospital clinging to life, his family said. The family said the former Middleton High School student's chance for survival was not good, and if he pulled through, he might never walk again. Brandon LeVar Johnson, 22, of Charleston, is charged with first-degree burglary. Police also accused him of driving the getaway vehicle. He was scheduled to have a bond hearing this morning. Jenkins, of West Ashley, also will face a first-degree burglary charge, Pryor said. The resident of the mobile home told officers she fired the gun because she was afraid the intruders were going to hurt her, police said. Police did not identify her, and she was not charged with any crime."

Texas teen fatally shoots intruder: "A teenager shot and killed an armed intruder who broke into a Spring Branch home where the youngster was sleeping early Thursday, police said. Houston police said they believe the shooting was a case of self-defense. The incident happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. Thursday at a house that was being remodeled in the 9000 block of Kerrwood, northwest of Hammerly and Bingle.... The teenager had been spending the night at the house to protect the residence and was asleep when the intruder, armed with a pistol, kicked in the back door, said Sgt. Bobby Roberts of the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division. The teenager fled to another part of the house where a gun was kept and stayed there, Roberts said. When the armed intruder entered the room, the teenager fired at him. The wounded intruder then made his way back through the house, collapsing and dying inside the residence, Roberts said."

AZ: Modified self-defense law retroactive: “Self-defense. Senate Bill 1449 directly impacts the case of Harold Fish, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2004 shooting of a hiker near Payson. Fish claimed the shooting was self-defense. During Fish’s 2006 trial, the state changed its self-defense law to shift the burden of proof from the defendant (the person claiming to fire in self-defense) to the prosecution. The new law allows the modified self-defense law to be applied retroactively to Fish’s case, as well as to any others filed after April 24, 2006, as long as the defendant did not plead guilty or no contest.”

Thursday, July 16, 2009

California man kills thief: "An Anderson man shot and killed a 33-year-old Burney man early Sunday after he allegedly caught him trying to steal property from his Tranquil Lane home, investigators said. Jerry Kirk called 911 about 3:40 a.m. saying he'd just shot a man in his front yard, Shasta County sheriff's Capt. Dave Compomizzo said. Curtis Evin Ingalls died from his wounds on the property, Compomizzo said. The home sits behind a gate at the end of a quiet street surrounded by walnut orchards and horse pastures. The two men knew each other, Compomizzo said. Kirk went to confront Ingalls after he caught him trying to take tools and other equipment from the property, Compomizzo said. "He didn't assault Kirk, but he went after him," Compomizzo said. No arrests have been made in the case. Ingalls has a lengthy criminal history in Shasta County. On Wednesday, he pleaded no contest to obstructing an executive officer, a felony, according to electronic Shasta County Superior Court records. In January, Ingalls pleaded no contest to obstructing a police officer and injuring a police dog. He was sentenced to 63 days in Shasta County jail, court records show.

Arkansas footballer shot: "Former Blinn College football player Paul Stephens was shot early Saturday morning after he allegedly tried to burglarize a local residence, according to a report by The Jonesboro Sun. Stephens, who was listed as the starting cornerback for Arkansas State University after earning the job during spring practices, was taken to St. Bernards Medical Center after being shot in the torso, The Sun reports. When police responded to an emergency call to investigate a burglary, 25-year-old Antonio Williams told them he shot an intruder at his apartment. Shortly thereafter, police were able to locate Stephens, who had a gunshot wound in his midsection."

Pennsylvania: Shots scare thieves: "An Allentown man and a 17-year-old juvenile got more than they bargained for when they attempted to rob city resident Michael Dawes early Saturday morning, according to police. Dawes, 38, of N. 13th Street, was smoking a cigarette near 13th and Union streets about 3:45 a.m. when the juvenile approached and asked for a dollar, said police Capt. Daryl Hendricks. Dawes said he didn't have a dollar and the youth moved away. Moments later, Albert Torres Jr., 24, of 841 Tilghman St. approached Dawes and asked for marijuana, getting the same reply, Hendricks said. At that point, the two attacked Dawes, who pulled a registered handgun and started firing. Dawes got off two shots, but the assailants, who quickly fled, were not hit, Hendricks said. When police arrived, Dawes spotted a car he'd seen lurking in the area before the incident. Police stopped the car, and Dawes identified the two people inside as those who tried to attack him. Torres was charged with robbery, conspiracy, attempted theft and simple assault, Hendricks said. The youth was sent to a juvenile detention facility."

AZ: Governor signs bills on guns, abortion: “Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday signed into law tight new restrictions on access to abortion in Arizona, imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking the procedure and requiring that minors first receive written, notarized consent from a parent or guardian. The Republican governor also expanded the rights of gun owners by allowing those with a concealed-carry permit to take their firearms into establishments that serve alcohol, but she cited wildfire concerns in rejecting a proposal that would have legalized the sale of small fireworks in the state. … On Monday, Brewer’s final day to act upon legislation before it became law automatically, she signed 79 bills and vetoed nine.”

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

IL: Man shot with own gun: "A shooting Friday morning in the 1500 block of Clark Road resulted from a struggle by a man who brought a gun with him and was shot with it during the fight, Cpl. Gabrielle King said. Ronnerial Luckett, 46, was shot in the forehead as he and Donnell Currin Jr. both fought to control Luckett's handgun. The weapon discharged during the confrontation and Luckett was wounded. Luckett was in serious condition after the shooting and an updated condition was not available Monday. Detective Cpl. Michael Barnes is investigating the shooting, which police believe will be ruled as self defense, King said.

NJ: The county Prosecutor's Office is dropping the manslaughter charge pending against Middle Township resident Seth Cooper "It was about 7:40 p.m. Dec. 10, 2006, when police were called to Pennsylvania Avenue in the Burleigh section of Middle Township. There, they found Cavicchio lying in the road, the right side of his head bleeding from a single gunshot wound. During the trial, Cooper admitted to firing the fatal shot but told jurors he was acting in self-defense. Cooper testified that he had never met Cavicchio before that night. Cooper and another man, Ernest Dominguez, had agreed to meet each other at a Burleigh cemetery that night to settle a dispute over a mutual girlfriend, Christiena McKinstry. Cavicchio, of Wildwood, and another man, Charles Griggs, accompanied Dominguez, while Cooper arrived with his brother, Riley, and his friend, Raymond Fryar. Cooper took a .32-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver with him. The gun had been purchased just a week or so earlier for $250. After an initial confrontation, Cooper pulled out the gun, fired a shot and chased Dominguez down the road. It was then that Cavicchio got into Dominguez's car with Griggs by his side. Cooper told jurors that the car Cavicchio was driving "was about to run me over." He said he moved to the right to avoid the car and then fired the fatal shot through the passenger side window, shattering the glass. The bullet missed Griggs in the passenger seat and struck Cavicchio. "I jumped, and I shot," Cooper said. "I didn't have time to think about it. I just reacted." Cavicchio was flown to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where he died the following day."

Georgia: Intruder, resident shot to death in home invasion: "Garden City police say two men are dead from gunshot wounds in an apparent home invasion. Police Chief David Lyons said a man and a woman were inside the residence about 1 a.m. Tuesday when two armed intruders broke in through a bedroom window. Lyons said the resident also was armed and gunfire erupted. He said one of the intruders was hit and ran from the house. He was found dead in some woods about 70 yards from the house. The chief said the male resident was alive when police found him in a bedroom, but he died on his way to a hospital. He said the female was not hurt. Police said identities will be released after relatives are notified.

Examining the anti-gun gang: “Introduced by Obama-State congressman Bobby L. Rush, the ploy of this proposal is to leave the right to keep and bear arms entirely untouched but to so burden the would-be gun owner with so many rules and regulations and hoops and hurdles and hitches and hazards and snags and snares that actually exercising that right will be nearly impossible. So, just as the Jim Crow laws of the pre-Civil Rights Movement South were designed to circumvent the Constitution as a way of discouraging Negroes from voting, so HR 45 is designed to discourage all citizens today from owning firearms. As Jim Crow featured a burdensome poll tax so HR 45 includes a license fee and multiple re-registration charges. As Jim Crow included a demanding ‘literacy test’ so HR 45 includes a gun ownership test designed to fail as many people as possible. But that’s just for starters.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

WV: Mason County man fatally shoots his son: “State Police say a Mason County man is claiming self defense after fatally shooting his son during a dispute in his New Haven home. … Charles Greenlee had gone to the Seventh Street home of his father and stepmother earlier Friday evening and the three of them got into an argument, troopers said. State Police spokesman Michael Baylous said Charles Greenlee assaulted his father and then began assaulting his stepmother, whose name has not been released. At that time, Lyman Greenlee retrieved a small- to medium-sized handgun and ordered his son to stop, Baylous said. Troopers said Lyman Greenlee then fired one shot, which struck his son.”

Missouri: Armed struggle ends with man shot in Northland: "A man was shot in Kansas City, North, shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday after he had come, armed with a handgun, to the home of another man. Police said the two had an ongoing disagreement and that the man they identified as a suspect went into the other man's home in the 1000 block of Northwest 63rd Street brandishing a handgun. The two struggled over the intruder's gun, and the resident pulled out his own gun and shot the other man"

SC: Again, a pizza, a robbery, a gunshot: "A Papa John’s pizza delivery man shot and wounded a 17-year-old who called in a pizza order and then robbed him at a vacant house with a fake handgun, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said. The incident occurred July 5, but deputies delayed announcing it until Monday — a day after the teen was charged with robbery, and eight days after the shooting. It was the second time in recent months that a pizza delivery man in Lexington County has shot someone trying to rob him. The other incident was March 7, when a Pizza Hut delivery man shot and killed a 17-year-old assailant who was beating him. Deputies have arrested three other teens in that Irmo-area incident. But neither pizza delivery man is facing charges, since authorities have ruled both shootings were in self-defense. The two delivery men carried concealed-weapon permits, deputies said. In the most recent shooting, Sheriff James Metts is withholding the name of the pizza delivery man. He said Monday through a spokesman that deputies feared for the man’s safety — but would not give details of any threats. The suspect, Raymond Antonio Metze, 17, of 212 Crestridge Drive, Lexington, was booked Sunday at the Lexington County Detention Center on charges of armed robbery and possessing a weapon during the commission of a violent crime. He is in jail under $100,000 bond."

TN: Injunction to stop “guns in bars” law denied: “Davidson County Chancellor Claudia Bonnyman rejected a request by Nashville restaurateur Randy Rayburn and others to issue an injunction that would prevent legislation from going into effect at midnight that would allow carry-permit holders to take handguns into restaurants and bars. Bonnyman said the case should move forward based on its merits, but said the plaintiffs were not able to effectively argue that an injunction was needed to prevent ‘irreparable harm.’ She cited the law’s opt-out provision that allows restaurant and bar owners to post sign barring weapons.”

Monday, July 13, 2009

Virginia: Two shot in South Richmond store: "A gunman who had wounded a shopkeeper and opened fire on several customers was stopped yesterday when another man shot him at the store in South Richmond, authorities said. The violent attempted robbery took place shortly after 1 p.m. at the Golden Food Market at 2701 Jefferson Davis Highway, the same store where another man was shot last month -- and only three blocks from the scene of another robbery in June that left a shopkeeper dead. Trammell, who arrived outside the store shortly after yesterday's shootings, described a frenzied scene. One man told Trammell that the man who had shot the robber was a guardian angel. "Whoever did it probably saved their lives in there," Trammell said of the shooter. The man who shot the robber is a friend of the store owner, and he was wearing a holster with a Western-style revolver, said Managing Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland. After the suspect shot the store owner and opened fire on patrons, the owner's friend shot the suspect once in the torso, took his gun and called police, Thorne-Begland said. Thorne-Begland said it appeared that the shooting of the suspect was justified, although he emphasized that the investigation was in the early stages. Police said they expect to file charges against the suspect. The store owner's injuries did not appear life-threatening, authorities said, but the gunman's injuries were said to be life-threatening. No one else was hurt."

Illinois man shot by store owner: "A Waukegan man is in stable condition after being shot by the store owner he is charged with robbing. Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Patricia Fix said officials are reviewing the details of the Sunday night shooting of Demitrius Newbill, 29. Newbill, who was shot in the chest, is at Vista East Medical Center. Fix said Newbill, of the 500 block of Poplar Street, entered the Pasteleria Panaderia, 701 Yeoman St., about 8:15 p.m. The owner of the bakery told police Newbill had his left hand under his shirt and asked for a piece of paper and a pencil, Fix said. Newbill wrote a note that said: "I have a gun. Give me all the money," and handed it to the owner, Fix said. The owner gave Newbill all the cash in the register, Fix said, and told police he believed he saw a gun in Newbill's waistband as he did so. Newbill then took the business telephone and cell phones from the owner and his employees, Fix said, and began backing toward the door of the store. The owner told police he thought he saw Newbill reaching for the object in his waistband as he neared the door, so he took a .38 caliber revolver from underneath the counter and fired three times. Police interviewed Newbill at the hospital, Fix said, and he admitted the robbery and that he told the store owner he had a gun. Newbill, who was unarmed, has been charged with aggravated robbery and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Fix said police reports and witness statements are being reviewed to determine if anyone else will be charged. The store owner has a current state firearm owner's identification card, Fix said. Court records show Newbill was convicted of robbery in 2003 and placed on probation, but he was found in violation of the probation and resentenced to five years in prison".

OH: Owner of store shoots robber: " A Barberton store owner opened fire on two robbers Thursday night, and police believe one of them was a man whose body was later discovered outside Akron General Medical Center. The body has yet to be identified. His accomplice has also not been identified. Barberton Police Chief Michael Kallai said the robbery occurred at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at the 619 Brew Thru at Fifth Street Southeast and Snyder Avenue. One of the men robbed a clerk and then, after being shot, fled with an undisclosed amount of money in a red Nissan Maxima sedan. Police said store owner Morad A. Fares fired at the robbers. Fares, 22, declined comment Friday afternoon. Kallai said the case remains under investigation. He said a prosecutor would ultimately decide whether Fares acted in self-defense. Fares has told police that at least one of the robbers was armed. Ohio law generally allows shop owners and homeowners to protect themselves when their lives are threatened. Earlier this year, a West Akron pizza shop owner was exonerated of criminal charges by Summit County prosecutors, who ruled he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed an armed robber. Police say the shooting victim was a light-skinned black male, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing about 200 pounds. He had a goatee and a discolored front tooth. He wore white jogging pants, a blue ''BOSS'' labeled T-shirt, a green hooded sweat shirt and a blue baseball cap. The driver of the vehicle is described only as a white male in his 40s."

California man stops attempted burglary: "At 3:40 a.m., the homeowner awoke to sounds of a window breaking toward the front of his home in the 43-600 block of Louisiana Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials. The man saw two people standing in front of his home. He then armed himself with a pistol and chased the suspects as they fled north toward a golf course. The man fired one shot, which caused the suspects to surrender until Palm Desert police officers arrived. Steven Flores, 18, of Palm Desert, and a 16-year-old male teenager from Rancho Mirage were arrested on suspicion of attempted burglary. Flores is in the county jail in Indio and the male teenager is at a juvenile detention facility in Indio. The name of the juvenile is not being released because of his age, officers said."

TN: Age Limit on Private Gun Sales Proposed

(Nashville, Tennessee) State Representative Brenda Gilmore has proposed legislation to impose an age limit on private sales of handguns by requiring a signed affidavit certifying that buyers are at least 21 years old.
"As the seller, I should have to assume some responsibility to make sure that who I'm selling it to is actually old enough and responsible enough to handle that gun," Gilmore said.
Opponents of the measure contend that private sales do not cause widespread problems and enforcement would be impossible.

Rep. Gilmore, a liberal Democrat, is a gun control advocate who earlier this year sponsored a contentious resolution expressing regret for slavery and segregation. The resolution was tabled. It's predicted that restrictions on private sales of handguns will similarly fail.

Incidentally, it appears that Gilmore's proposal was prompted by the shooting of football star Steve McNair by his 20-year-old girlfriend, Sahel Kazemi, who then turned the gun on herself. According to police, Kazemi bought her gun from a private owner.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Angry Kentucky doctor killed in shooting : "Police are investigating a deadly shooting over the weekend, involving a well known doctor in Lexington. 27NEWSFIRST has learned Rodney Mann was shot and killed Sunday outside a home on Four Mile Road in Clark County. About a month ago, Dr. Mann contacted NEWSFIRST about an incident he had in the parking lot of Sam's Club in which he says a man keyed his car after an altercation. The damage was said to have cost Dr. Mann $1,100 worth of damage to his Acura. Police say Dr. Mann then went to the man's home in Clark County and began to slash the tires to his car. The homeowner caught Mann slashing the tires on his truck and came out to confront him. Police say Mann had two guns and a knife on him and say during the fight the owner was able to get one gun away from him and shoot him. Police have not charged the man who pulled the trigger. They're investigating if the shooting was in self defense."

TN: Resolution would ban guns in Williamson County parks: “A new resolution seeks to bar gun owners from bringing weapons to any Williamson County-owned park, trail or historic site. Beginning Sept. 1, handgun owners who have carry permits can bring their guns to all local parks in Tennessee, unless leaders in local governments choose to ban them. The General Assembly passed the new law a few weeks ago. But the resolution sponsored by County Commissioners Mary Brockman, Mary Mills and Judy Hayes would prevent gun owners from bringing their guns to all public parks owned and operated by Williamson County. That would include nature trails, waterways, greenways, historic parks and other similar places. The issue will be discussed at 5 p.m. tonight at a meeting of the county Property Committee, at the Williamson County Administrative Complex in Franklin. The entire board of county commissioners will vote on the matter July 13.”

No logic to gun fears : “Saturday, July 4, we celebrate American independence! During this time I hope that Americans will take a few minutes to reflect on how we gained our independence … while so many, to this very day, are still unable to achieve liberty. The fact is, we can thank our success on one thing — the individual right to bear arms. If it were not for the firearms owned by private citizens in the late 1700s, the British would have easily defeated us. Yet so many today are willing to give up this basic right in the hope that government will be there to protect them and will never become oppressive.”

You bet it’s personal: “Agree to disagree. Live and let live, right? This is the attitude of most people in Atlanta today about controversial topics. We all can disagree and yet still get along.Does this philosophy hold up when applied to the ‘gun control’ debate? I think not.It does from my side of the argument. I carry a gun every day. … I also view my gun as a necessary tool that might save my life or the life of somebody close to me in an emergency situation.At the same time, I realize most people do not carry a gun on a daily basis. I am ok with that, and I do not seek to force any of them to start carrying a gun. Let’s call my position the ‘pro-choice’ position. Now let us examine the same issue from the other side.”

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Arkansas: Worker Shoots Burglary Suspect During Break-In: "A worker at a Little Rock motorcycle dealership shot a burglary suspect early Tuesday morning. Around 5:00 a.m., police responded to a burglar alarm at BMW Motorcycles of Little Rock on Jones Street. An employee, Julius Ceasaer, told officers that he was sleeping in the business when he heard a loud noise. He then saw a dark colored Dodge pick up backing into the business. Ceasaer said that he grabbed his shotgun, approached the front door and saw a man looking around at some of the motorcycles that were on display. When the suspect, 43-year-old Haywood Patterson, saw Ceasaer, he ran out of the business. Two other suspects inside the pick up then drove away. Ceasaer saw Patterson crouching down outside. Ceasaer told police he feared Patterson may have had a weapon, so he fired shots at him. Patterson was wounded in the upper body and face. He attempted to flee the area, but was caught shortly after. He was transported to UAMS where his injuries are life threatening. No charges have been filed at this time and detectives are working to identify the other two suspects in the truck"

Louisiana: Attempted robbery leads to deadly shooting: "Police say a deadly shooting on Alliquippa Street in Baton Rouge was apparently the result of an attempted robbery gone bad. They say around 2:00 Wednesday morning two men rushed into a home attempting to rob the people inside. Police say an 18-year-old inside the home grabbed his gun and started shooting, but so did a 38-year-old robber. The robber died at the scene, while the 18-year-old remains hospitalized fighting for his life."

Louisiana: Business owner foils robbery try: "A business owner who fought back foiled a robbery try early today and may have wounded one of the men who tried to rob him, Shreveport police say. At around 12:15 a.m., Shreveport police patrol officers were sent to Mitchell’s Transmission in the 3100 block of Morningside Drive after getting reports of an attempted robbery there. Officers learned that three men wearing ski masks, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, had tried to rob the owner as he closed the business. The business owner said he pulled out his handgun and fired two shots at the robbers, who ran off. The business owner was not injured. About 10 minutes later, officers got a call from Willis-Knighton Medical center on Greenwood Road where a man had shown up at the emergency room with a gunshot wound. At the hospital, officers contacted one Derrick Glover, 20, who had a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Glover told officers he had been shot by an unknown man somewhere on Kent Street. Kent intersects with Morningside in the Caddo Heights neighborhood in central Shreveport. Detectives are trying to determine whether the robbery try and the shooting are related."

Louisiana: Clerk shoots suspect during armed robbery: "A suspected robber is being treated at a local hospital after being shot by a store clerk, and his accomplice is in police custody. It happened about 7:25 a.m. at Cherokee Park Grocery store in the 300 block of North Thomas Street, north of downtown Shreveport, said Cpl. Bill Goodin, police spokesman. Police say a clerk fired shots at two black males who entered the store with handguns and took some merchandise. One of the men was shot in the hip, Goodin said. He is being treated at LSU Hospital in Shreveport with non-life threatening injuries. The other is being questioned by detectives."

Friday, July 10, 2009

Texas: Intruder Shot: "An apparent ongoing dispute led to an intruder being shot after he forced his way into a Whitney area home late Saturday, July 4. Hill County Sheriff’s Office deputies had been to a residence in the 300 block of Timberline Street off Farm Road 1713 earlier in the evening. The shooting was called into authorities at 11:53 p.m. after the victim forced open a door at the home to gain entry. The 46-year-old Whitney man struggled with the 43-year-old homeowner before he armed himself with a .22 caliber pistol. One shot was apparently fired, striking the older man in the abdomen. The victim fled and was taken to Lake Whitney Medical Center in Whitney by private vehicle. He was later flown by Air Evac to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco. According to sheriff’s office reports, he was listed in stable condition the following day. Sheriff Jeffrey T. Lyon said that a charge of burglary of a habitation is expected to be filed on the man after he is released from the hospital."

Georgia: Homeowner Exchanges Gunfire With Would-Be Robber: "A quiet night in front of the television ended with a shoot-out in southwest Atlanta. A homeowner was in the hospital Thursday morning as police searched for the would-be robber. Officials said a homeowner will recover after suffering a gunshot wound to the ear during a gun battle when someone tried to break into his home. A shoot-out on Westmont Road between a homeowner and a would-be robber woke up several people in the neighborhood. "I guess I would say about 15 to 20 rounds was exchanged," said neighbor Otis Holliman. The homeowner told Channel 2 Action News her husband was in the living room watching television when he heard a noise outside the house. He grabbed his gun to check it out and that's when the gun battle erupted. The husband was shot once in the right ear and was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital. "The guy dropped the gun that was shooting at her husband," said Holliman. The suspect got away. Holliman said criminals have been targeting his neighbors since they moved in. Doctors said the victim is in stable condition. The victim's wife said once her husband gets out of the hospital, they plan to move."

Tennessee: 2 Criminals Shot During Jewelry Robbery: "Two people have been shot during an attempted robbery of a jewelry vender in East Memphis. It happened around 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 8, 2009, in the 5300 block of Poplar Avenue, outside of the Hopson Building. was first on the scene, just seconds after the call went out to Memphis Police. Police say a jewelry vender was doing business inside the building just before the shooting happened. The man told police that he had been followed by four men, but didn’t know how long they were watching him. Investigators say when the man left the building, the four suspects tried to rob him. The vendor then pulled his gun and shot two of the would be robbers, police said. Police say the two who were shot are in critical condition. Investigators also tell the jeweler, 62 year-old Stephen Fleischman was targeted by the four men. It's believed the would be robbers were following Fleischman for quite some time. Authorities say they are searching for two Latino men in a white Ford Fusion. Surveillance cameras captured the car leaving the parking garage seconds after the shooting."

Colorado store owner shoots, kills robbery suspect: "The owner of a check-cashing and cigarette store shot and killed an armed robber in his store early Monday afternoon, according to eyewitnesses and a vague police account. Aurora police said they received a 911 call shortly after 1 p.m. about a gunman who attempted to rob the check-cashing store on the northwest corner of Clinton Street and East Colfax Avenue. After investigating, police said a "possible suspect" had been shot by a person in the store. The wounded person was driven by an unknown person to a Denver-area hospital where he died of a single gunshot wound, police said, refusing to identify the victim or the hospital where he was treated. However, Ryan Moench, 17, a mechanic at Muffler Pros, which his family has owned for 15 years directly across Colfax from the check-cashing store, said he heard a single gunshot, then saw two men dressed in blue running from the store, out of his view. "I heard a shot and saw two guys running out of the store and around to the back," Moench said. He couldn't recall if one was bleeding and could give no other description. "I could see the owner of the store in the door on the telephone. Five minutes later, the police arrived," he said. The owner of the check-cashing business is a 56-year-old man named Tom, who has owned the business for 22 years, according to his landlord, Jim Rellos. Rellos said he couldn't remember his tenant's last name and couldn't find the lease."

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Florida Man Shoots Intruder In Self-Defense: "William West was asleep in his bed when he got an unusual call from his neighbor at 4:30 in the morning. "I called him back, and he was like, 'Somebody in your house right now. How asleep is you? They in your house right now," West's neighbor said. That's when West said he got up and armed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun, taking matters into his own hands. "I didn't really have time to think, you know what I'm saying," West said. "Didn't have time to think to be scared or not. I just know I had to try to protect myself. That's it." West said he shot the intruder who was later identified as 25-year-old Gerald Wright. According to the arrest report, Wright came in through West's window armed with a silver handgun and was standing in his living room. "I couldn't really see because I wear glasses, so I just shot because I had buck shots, and I know they would spread," West said. According to the report, Wright was able to climb back out and run a couple blocks away, where he was found lying on the ground near the dorms at Edward Waters College. Five days later, you can still see a trail of blood from the suspect leading from the window down the stairwell."

SC: Resident interrupts burglary, shots fired: “A late night burglary on Billy Road off Highway 19 near the Aiken and Edgefield County line ended in gunfire and the suspect fleeing the residence armed with a stolen .38 caliber handgun around midnight …. the homeowner walked in on the suspect during the burglary and the confrontation ended with shots being fired at the suspect inside the home. … As more information on the suspect became available, it was learned he was a known gang member and is known for resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, and failure to stop for blue lights. Deputies were warned that the suspect is armed and extreme caution should be used in approaching the suspect.”

NM: Shooting raises question of self-defense: “A bizarre shooting in Belen leaves a former corrections officer dead, and a former Marine in jail charged with his murder. … Deputies say 38-year-old Luke Sanchez, a former Marine who served as a military policeman, was driving back to his farm in Belen when he spotted Gabaldon and another suspect stealing supplies from Enchantment Propane. They say Sanchez called police, but also drove closer to the suspects to try to get their license plate number. Deputies say he got too close — Gabaldon spotted him, ran over to his car and broke the driver’s side window. David Dawson is close friends with Sanchez, and says he was just defending himself. ‘They were bashing his windows in and he was screaming for them to leave him alone,’ Dawson said. After a short fight, deputies say Sanchez pulled out his gun and shot Gabaldon in the head, killing him.”

Mexican Standoff On Second Amendment: "Big lies die slowly. After a claim by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that 90% of Mexican drug dealers' military weapons (machine guns, hand grenades and missiles) come from American gun stores was exposed as a lie several months ago, it's back — this time with the imprimatur of the Government Accountability Office. A June 21 CBS "60 Minutes" report by Anderson Cooper was clearly coordinated to coincide with release of the GAO report and a similar one by "activist" Josh Sugarmann."