Monday, August 24, 2009

NC: State senator shoots intruder: “State Sen. R.C. Soles shot one of two people who he said were breaking into his Tabor City home about 5 p.m. Sunday, officials said. Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said Kyle Blackburn was taken to Loris Community Hospital in South Carolina. Late Sunday night, a spokeswoman at the hospital said that Blackburn was in good condition. The shooting occurred on Soles’ property when two men went to the senator’s house and tried to kick in his front door, Batten said.”

ID: GOP leader pulls .357 Magnum on delinquent homeowner: “The Republican Party chairman of Boise County in Idaho was arrested Thursday for aggravated assault after he pulled a gun on a man whose house he was photographing. Charles McAffee, 33, was among Idaho’s anti-tax tea-party activists, and is a member of the Idaho Republican Party Central Committee. He was arrested after pulling a handgun on a homeowner whose mortgage his employer sought to photograph for being delinquent. His employer is a contractor for Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo called McAffee’s behavior ‘horrific and absolutely inexcusable.’”

Open carry as a political act: “We’ve seen Chris Matthews foaming at the mouth while the calm ordinary citizen made him look like a raving loon. Anti-gun editorialists have opined how horrible the icky gunnies were, and how it detracted from the message of the protestors. (Rather missing the point that *I* think the activists made rather effectively, but then I’m not a trained newsie, so I am undoubtedly missing many of the subtle nuances.) Then there’s the spectacle of (supposedly) pro-gun editorials fretting about how counterproductive and unwise this open carry protest was. Perhaps I am old fashioned, but I much preferred the REAL pro-gun editorials gleefully countering every silly point made by both overt and closet hoplophobes. MSNBC got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, when not-so-clever editors carefully cropped video to ‘prove’ their pet theory that all pro-rights advocates are white supremacists … despite the inconvenient truth that the activist toting the AR15 they wanted to use as their poster boy was black. Oh yes, I forgot to mention the Secret Service putting out a statement that the President was never in any danger from legal armed citizens … first sensible thing I’ve heard out of the Praetorian Guard in years. I wonder if any of the hoplophobes running around screaming the sky is falling have realized that they have quite successfully spent the last week showing the public that open carry is legal and safe.”

Gun owners helped oust Seattle mayor: “Seattle gun owners can take much credit for the ouster of anti-gun Mayor Greg Nickels in this week’s primary election, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said this morning following what amounted to a concession speech at his press conference. Nickels came in third in the city’s ‘Top Two’ primary, signaling that voters in Seattle were fed up with his bully pulpit style, and perhaps more than anything, his arrogance, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.”

1 comment:

Wireless.Phil said...

On the Senator Soles story, there is a lot more about him on that news page.
* Man shot by Sen. R.C. Soles listed in fair condition
* SBI investigation into R.C. Soles continues
* Soles' accuser recants claim that state senator fondled him
* Veteran lawmaker Soles has proven hard to rattle
* R.C. Soles timeline
* Soles denies molesting teen 12 years ago
* SBI investigating accusations of sexual misconduct by Soles