Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Minn.: Police announce they will not charge homeowner who killed intruder: "He took the life of a Moorhead teenager who broke into his home and tried to assault him and today Moorhead Police announced they will not be pressing charges against Vernon Allen. Police say Allen acted out of self defense and that all the evidence, gun and interviews, was consistent. In June 20th, 17-year-old Joel LaFromboise entered three different homes in Moorhead. In the last one, Allen's, he walked in disoriented and took a swing at Allen. Allen retreated and LaFromboise took another swing. Allen then grabbed a gun from his room. The teenager took the gun's barrel tried to pull it away. Allen then shot him in the chest. Police have been criticized for taking a long time with this case and others have accused them of being racist. They say it had absolutely nothing to do with either: it has to do with evidence and what can or cannot be proven in a court of law."

Philippines: Meat dealer shoots man to death in self-defense: "In what he claimed to be an “act of self-defense,” a meat dealer at the Carbon Public Market shot dead a 19-year-old man yesterday dawn in the said area who was reportedly hurling stones at passing vehicles. Roberto Gonzaga, Sr., 43 years old, a resident of Tabunok, Talisay City, who has been in the meat-dealing trade in Carbon for the past 23 years, allegedly shot to death one Warren Dominguez, 19, of barangay Ermita at past 2 a.m. along M.F. EscaƱo Street as an act of self-defense. Chemar Entera and Jay Abadinas, both 18 years old, and neighbors of the victim told the police that they were walking on the roadside when they saw the victim throwing empty bottles and stones at vehicles passing by the area. A white Isuzu Elf delivery truck, with plate numbers YGW-678, driven by Gonzaga, who was with his wife on the way to the market, passed by and was also allegedly hit by a stone that the victim had thrown. It was also found out that the stone hit the left side mirror of the vehicle. Gonzaga, in an interview with reporters yesterday, said he first admonished the victim by asking him what’s wrong with him or what his problem could be. However, the victim without any word allegedly moved in an attempt to attack him which prompted Gonzaga to shoot the victim four times, hitting him twice in the right chest."

ID: Pharmacist who tackled armed robber fired: "A northern Idaho pharmacist who tackled a gun-toting robber and received a special award from the city of Coeur d’Alene has been fired for violating company policy. Jerry Gunderson said he was dismissed from the Shopko pharmacy late last month because he resisted the robbery. Gunderson later received a Citizen Appreciation Award from city leaders. Gunderson said he has since found another job at a different pharmacy. ‘It’s done, it’s in the past, I’ve moved on,’ said Gunderson. ‘My boss loved me, I know that. Someone 3,000 miles away decided to fire me.’”

Gun sales surge, violent crime drops: "When Obama was voted into office as president, the gun surge began. People started stocking up on their guns and ammo, mostly out of fear that Obama would start instituting anti-gun laws. Unlike what liberals would assume, though, there was also a drop in violent crime… at the same time as gun sales were skyrocketing. Preliminary statistics released by the FBI for the first half of 2009 show that violent crime continues a downward trend that began in 2006. The figures show crime falling in all categories–robbery, aggravated assault, motor vehicle thefts, etc.–with murders down a remarkable 10 percent from the previous year. The FBI statistics undermine a favorite argument of anti-gun groups and some mainstream media that “more guns equal more crime,” especially when you consider that the decrease in violent crime from late 2008 through the first half of 2009 occurred at the same time that firearm sales were surging. The most popular firearms selling at that time were handguns and modern sporting rifles (AR-style rifles)–two types of firearms that anti-gunners never miss an opportunity to demonize."

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