Monday, February 08, 2010

Kansas Latino claims self-defense against racially-motivated attackers: "Being a former bounty hunter, Bonilla carries with him a 22 pistol, which is legal under Kansas' open carry law. It was this gun that Bonilla contends saved the lives of his son, nephew and himself as these men, Steven Holt and Tanner Brunson, revved up the engine of their four-wheeler and chased down Bonilla and his son and nephew. Bonilla and the boys jumped out of the way. The truck backed up and the men jumped out and quickly walked over to Bonilla. Bonilla drew his weapon, told the boys to stand behind him and warned Holt and Brunson to stop or he would shoot. The men didn't stop and just as they were within reach to grab Bonilla's gun, Bonilla fired shots hitting both men. Bonilla told the boys to run and he did too as soon as one man fell to the ground and the other staggered back and fell against the truck. One of the men, Steven Holt, died. The other lived. Both of these men had extensive criminal records, along with one of the men, Tanner Brunson, believed to be affiliated with the Aryan Brotherhood. Bonilla turned himself into authorities after the incident and was questioned and released only to be arrested a few days later on second-degree murder charges. So, Bonilla sits in the Ford County jail hoping above hope that he will be found innocent of the charges".

Man shot during attempted armored car robbery in South Seattle: "A 40-year-old man was shot in South Seattle about 10:20 a.m. Sunday as he attempted to rob an armored car employee outside a McDonald's restaurant, Seattle police said. The man was shot three times, in the arm, the chest and the shoulder, after he confronted a Garda armored car worker, said police spokeswoman ReneƩ Witt. The employee, who was armed, fired six shots during the encounter, Witt said. He was not injured. Witt said she didn't know whether the suspect was armed or whether he implied he had a weapon. "I know there was a verbal exchange between the suspect and the guard when the suspect grabbed the money bag and tried to snatch it out of the guard's hand," she said. When police arrived at the McDonald's in the 9300 block of Rainier Avenue South, in Rainier Beach, they found the wounded suspect on the ground, Witt said. Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Dana VanderHowen said the man was taken to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries."

Starbucks refuses to ban guns: " applauds Starbuck’s policy to serve all lawful gun carriers world wide. It is refreshing to see yet one more company not requiring law abiding gun owners to go to the back of the bus. “Importantly,” says John Pierce, co-founder of, “Starbucks joins most American corporations in deciding not to discriminate against lawful gun carriers.” For example, North American computer retailer giant Best Buy Inc.’s policy is also to “not restrict our customers who are legally entitled to carry a firearm.” urges all gun owners to patronize Starbucks worldwide and thank them for supporting the Second Amendment. [The Brady campaign had tried to get Starbucks to ban guns but Starbucks said they just obey local laws]

Georgia: Volleying Begins on Gun-Carry Bill: "The first shots have been fired in a skirmish over a new gun bill that would allow people to legally carry firearms in a lot more places, including college campuses. The bill’s author, Tim Bearden (R-Villa Rica), summed it up succinctly: “What I’d like to see is the right to carry in public buildings.” He was addressing a subcommittee of the House Judciciary Non-Civil Committee about HB 615. Bearden is still gathering law enforcement opinion on the definition of “public buildings,” but he would definitely strike current prohibitions against carrying firearms in “public gatherings”: churches, political rallies, sporting events or any government-owned or -operated building. Representatives of the University System of Georgia came to testify in favor of the status quo. But Bearden favors a broad interpretation of the Second Amendment with a minimum of “infringements” — regulations — on gun ownership and use, or even safety training. Rep. Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) disagreed. Because guns are especially dangerous, she said, “I’d push away from the idea that having a training program is an infringement of Constitutional rights.” Bearden, along with his ardent supporters at, argue that the Constitution is simple, whereas Georgia gun law is confusing because it is unclear and spread among too many code sections. They aim for gun law to settle in one easy-to-understand code section."

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