Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Va.: Store owner shoots would-be robber: "Newport News police are asking for the public's help in identifying one of the suspects who tried to rob a grocery store late Friday evening. Police tell the crime happened at around 11 p.m. at White's Grocery store in the 3300 block of Chestnut Avenue. The two men walked into the business wearing masks; one was holding a shotgun. The armed suspect held up the store's owner and one of the employees while the other suspect, identified as Barry Lee Hooker, went around the counter. According to police, the store owner then reached for his gun and shot Hooker. Police say the armed suspect fled the store. Investigators are trying to identify the man, described as a dark skinned, black male, 160lbs., 5’10” with a goatee. Hooker was taken to the hospital where he is currently in ICU. Police say he had two outstanding warrants for assault and battery. In addition, he now faces several other charges including attempted robbery. The store owner and employee were not hurt."

MS: Gunshot answers assault with bat: "In Jackson County, one man was shot overnight. However, his alleged assailant claimed it was in self defense. The altercation took place on Racetrack Drive in St. Martin sometime before 2am Tuesday morning. Investigators say Marc Marques, 45, was taken to the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound. While deputies searched the scene for clues, Clayton Obarr walked up to them, and admitted he was the shooter. But he also said he fired his gun after being attacked with a baseball bat. The handgun and the bat were sent to the state crime lab to be analyzed. So far, no charges have been filed."

America does not want stricter gun control laws: "By now you probably know the US Supreme Court will be taking another look at the Second Amendment, this time to determine if its protection from infringement of our protected rights also applies to state and local governments. Although everyone’s opinion has little if anything to do with the reality of this legal concept, I thought it would be interesting to share with you some information about what people generally think of this issue. There are a number of cities who have or are considering restrictive gun laws, which were usually enacted as a reaction to reduce some recent crime.”

PA: First and Second Amendment victory: "After months of national media attention, a student threatened with punishment for attempting to form a gun-rights group at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is finally allowed to distribute pamphlets about the group on campus. The college has also rescinded its unconstitutional policy demanding ‘prior written approval’ for ‘personal contact with individuals or groups related to non-sponsored college material or events.’ After Christine Brashier, who wanted to form a chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), was told that her pamphlets were unacceptable ’solicitation’ and that any further efforts would be considered ‘academic misconduct,’ she turned to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.”

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