Monday, November 16, 2009

SC: Shots fired after man challenges armed intruder: "A man arriving home around 9:15 Saturday night said when he entered the home he found a black male with a ski mask armed with two pistols. After a short confrontation the two struggled and shots rang out once the men were outside the home. The homeowner told deputies he was sure the intruder was hit in the gunfire. Deputies converged on the Our Road home to find the homeowner with blood on his shirt as he explained the incident. A search of the dirt road yielded no evidence of blood or shell casings. It is unknown at this writing if there was forced entry into the home. The alleged intruder was struck in the leg and possibly in the chest area, according to his victim.”

CO shooting apparently self-defense: "Chris Doyel admits that his son, James, was going through some tough times recently. James Doyel was trying to find work to help support an 18-month-old daughter, Emma’ lee, while trying to reconcile with his wife, Natasha, from whom he recently had become estranged. James Doyel, 23, was shot and killed Thursday night when he and three other people, including his wife, got into some sort of argument at a house at 635 W. Second St. Police have said they will present their findings to the district attorney’s office this week. Police took three people, two men and a woman, in for questioning and later released them. Police also said they are investigating “the possibility that the incident was a result of self-defense.” Family members confirmed Natasha was at the house when Doyel was killed. Prosecutors with the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office will decide what charges, if any, will be filed in connection with Doyel’s death."

What stops mass murderers? A gun: "Hasan reportedly had fired more than 100 rounds, requiring him to change handgun magazines several times — Sgt. Todd said Hasan was reloading again when he shot the suspect. Why didn’t any of the hundreds of Army personnel in the room shoot back, ending his killing spree far sooner? Because they couldn’t. Among President Bill Clinton’s first acts upon taking office in 1993 ‘was to disarm U.S. soldiers on military bases,’ the Washington Times points out. But mass murderers do generally have a harder time of it in Texas, nowadays, thanks to the legislative response to the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, which also occurred in Killeen, Texas — home to Fort Hood. In 1991, George Hennard drove his pickup through the window of a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, jumped out and began firing two pistols at the defenseless customers and employees inside, killing 23. As Jacob Sullum pointed out in his syndicated column in last week’s Review-Journal, one customer, Suzanna Hupp, saw Hennard gun down her parents. Mrs. Hupp later testified that she had brought a handgun with her that day but, to her bitter regret, left it in her car, as required by state law. Hupp ran for and was elected to the Texas Legislature, where she was able to win passage of a ’shall issue’ law that requires authorities to issue a concealed carry permit to any resident who meets certain objective criteria. Unless they join the Army.”

Little-known historical flag bears big message: "I’ve always been a history buff at heart and more recently an avid gun enthusiast, but most importantly, a supporter of Second Amendment rights. There’s a difference between just shooting guns and knowing the vast history behind our right to do so. The United States, as a country and before it was a country, has had a long history of flags — specifically, flags relating to our independence …. However, my personal favorite is a flag that may be better known to Texans. … The flag I’m talking about — recently gaining popularity among conservatives and gun-rights activists — originally was called the ‘Come and Take It’ flag, or Molon labe, a Greek phrase that means ‘come and take them.’”

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