Sunday, December 27, 2009

TN: Black robber shot -- has Extensive Criminal History: "Thieves picked the wrong house to invade over the weekend. Two people came into Marcus Grier's home on Stockton Drive. The thieves were armed and told Grier to give them his money. But he is a registered gun carrier and had the gun on him. So, Grier fired at the two and shot at least one of them. A short time later a man named of Leon McKinney showed up at Erlanger Medical Center with gunshot wounds to his chest and legs. The second suspect is still at large. Leon McKinney is recovering at Erlanger Medical Center from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and legs. He is in serious condition. His is a name familiar to law enforcement. He's spent his adult life in trouble with police. His criminal history dates back to 2004, when he was only eighteen years-old. He's been charged with 21 offenses since, not including the most recent robbery-related charges. In July of this year, McKinney was accused of robbing a friend. She told police he held her at gunpoint and demanded money and when she tried to push him out, she said he fired at her. Court records show his history is even more violent. He pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder in 2006. He was sentenced to ten years in prison, but was released for good behavior after serving only eleven months and twenty-nine days."

OH: Alleged Home Invader Wounded: "Occupants of a west-side home told police that the wounded man in the house had forcibly entered with a companion and a gun and was shot in self-defense. Police are sorting out what happened on Hadly Avenue Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, the victim of the gunshot was in critical condition at Mt. Carmel West and police were looking for a second person who was said to have run away. It wasn’t immediately clear if the occupants of the home had their own weapon or if the weapon used in the shooting was that of the home invaders."

Girls Just Wanna Have Guns: "Asked what they‘d like to receive for Christmas gifts this year, women respondents to a Consumer Reports Money and Shopping Blog survey they’d be “thrilled to receive boots, purses, pajamas and guns.” As further proof the gun sales boon is not wavering, data released this week by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,223,252 checks were conducted in November 2009, ranking the month in the top 10 for most NICS checks in the history of the system. Want more proof? The number of women participating in hunting and the shooting sports is increasing at an historic clip. Between 2003 and 2008, women who hunted with firearms increased an impressive 3.5 percent to 2.9 million, according to a new report released just last week by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). During the same period, women who participated in bowhunting rose 1.5 percent to 600,000. In the past year alone, the number of licensed female hunters in Louisiana increased a whopping 12 percent, reaching record numbers for the fairer gender in The Bayou State. Further, the number of woman taking firearms self-defense instruction and applying for concealed-carry permits has shot off the charts for most of 2009. Female enrollment in the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s “First Shots” Program has set new records all year... “The mama instinct is big-time,” said Mark Rutan, a salesman at Pinellas Park Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure in Pinellas Park. “Mamas want to protect their babies, and they will.”

You must be ready to kill: "Call it Reality and define it this way: If you are forced to shoot someone, they will probably die. And while I for one hope that shooting someone just makes them stop attacking me or someone else, The Reality is that–especially if I shoot them where everyone else says I should–if I do have to shoot them, then they will most likely stop their attack because they die as a result of the gunshot(s). So if you or me or anyone else wants to have a better chance of surviving not just the fight, but what will happen after the fight is over, we need to reach some sort of accommodation with this ahead of time. Because according to the last set of statistics I’ve seen, we’ll need to deal with Reality between 60 and 70 percent of the time, and no less than half the time, that we have to shoot someone in self-defense. Understand this: In the eyes of the Law, the gun is Lethal Force. Not ‘Stopping Force’–Lethal Force. Shoot someone, and it doesn’t matter to the Law that you just wanted to stop them; you have still employed Lethal Force. Deliberately shoot to wound, it won’t matter; you have still employed Lethal Force. (Shooting to wound isn’t guaranteed to just wound, either; people regularly die after being wounded in the arms or legs.) You don’t have to like it. You just have to acknowledge it".

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