Monday, January 04, 2010

PA: Man shot and killed in liquor robbery: "A New Bloomfield man was fatally shot while he apparently attempted to rob a beverage distributor in Carroll Township, Perry County Saturday night, state police said. Perry County Coroner Michael Shalonis said he pronounced Jeffrey Thomas Harless, 25, dead at Shermans Dale Beer & Beverage at 10:55 p.m. Saturday from a single gunshot wound to the chest. At about 9:44 p.m., an alarm sounded at the 4946 Spring Road beverage distributor and an employee arrived at the store to find the front door’s glass broken out, a news release from the state police said. The employee entered the store and confronted Harless, an apparent burglar, police said. A confrontation ensued, police said, and the employee shot Harless once in the upper chest with a pistol. Harless was also armed, police said. Police did not release the name of the employee because the investigation is ongoing."

TX: Alleged Gunman Released From Police Custody: "The alleged gunman in Tuesday's homicide is now free from police custody after being held briefly for questioning. The Wichita Falls Police Department isn't releasing the man's name, and they say they're turning the case over so a grand jury can decide if the homicide was in self defense. Police officials tell us the gunman called 911 around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and reported shooting 20 year old Matt Whatley. Police say, Whatley was dead when officers arrived at the apartment complex on 32nd street. According to police, the shooter says, he was acting in self defense. The man says, Whatley followed him into the apartment, and when Whatley refused to leave, the man went to get his gun. Then, Whatley allegedly approached the gunman, and that's when he tells police he opened fire. Police aren't giving out any more details or saying how the men knew each other, but neighbors tell us the two men had been friends. "It was a friend thing, and the girl came between them," said Long. Detectives are reviewing this case and plan on turning it over to the district attorney, but no charges have been filed against the alleged gunman."

New Year’s resolutions for gun owners and those just thinkin’ about it: "Let’s start with those of you are just thinkin’ about it. Here are a few suggested resolutions for you: 1. Resolve to decide early in 2010 whether or not you are going to take personal responsibility for yourself and your family, whether at home or away. When the barbarians are at the gate, will you be prepared to defend the castle until the cavalry arrive (in nine or ten minutes)? 2. If you resolve to defend the castle, then the next thing is to determine what measures to take, between minimal and extreme. Do you have good locks on the doors? What about an alarm? Is it monitored? Do you and your neighbors watch out for each other? Are you prepared for a home invasion, of which we have seen too many of lately?”

ACLU’s attention to rights should include gun rights: "The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has vowed to monitor legislative reaction to three different police shootings in Washington State to make sure the proposals do not ultimately violate people’s rights if they become law. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today reminds the ACLU that the right to keep and bear arms is a constitutionally-protected right, and demands the same protection from legislative abuse as any other civil right. “While our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of those officers who have been murdered in recent weeks,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “we share the ACLU’s concern that the legislature’s reaction may be to clamp down on the rights of law-abiding citizens, as well as the rights of criminal suspects, without actually accomplishing anything.” Washington ACLU spokesman Doug Honig was quoted by the Associated Press observing, “Our concern would be measures that are proposals that sound tough, but in practice won’t do much to make us safer, but will restrict people’s rights.” “That’s what gun owners have been saying for years about restrictive gun control measures that don’t reduce crime,” Gottlieb stated. “Already, some lawmakers are using these police shootings to advance their personal anti-gun agenda"

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