Monday, April 19, 2010

Alleged robber killed in Indianapolis shooting: "Metro police officers responded to a report of a person shot at an apartment building at 1503 N. Pennsylvania Street around 4 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found an unidentified male lying in the third floor hallway with multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. The 24-year-old shooter told police he and his girlfriend were helping another friend move into an apartment when they were approached by the shooting victim, who was asking for change for a five dollar bill. One of the men said they had change in the apartment. As they walked into the building, the shooting victim pulled out a gun and ordered everyone into the back room. The shooter said he feared for their lives, so while walking to the back area of the apartment, he pulled out a gun he was carrying, turned and fired at the would be robber. It is unknown if the shooting victim fired any shots. No arrests have been made at this time".

VA: Shooter exonerated: "A man who was injured during a shooting in March is now charged in connection with the same incident, police said. Michael Jerome Parker, 29, of Hampton, was found by police March 12 in the first block of Emeraude Plage near Big Bethel Road, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Johnathan C. Long, 26, of Hampton, was initially charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony in connection with the shooting. The charges against Long have been dismissed, said police spokeswoman Cpl. Paula Scheck." [More detail here]

Why not try a “pro-gun” self-defense TV show?: "As long as advocacy programming is part of the mix, there’s no shortage of truthful stories to be told about armed defense. … Reality programming is comparatively cheap to make, which is why there’s so much of it, and based on the fact that there is so much of it, people evidently watch it. I think it’s past time such a program was attempted. I bet it could even be a hit if it were done right, like, say, per my outline. I bet it would even draw a lot more viewers than the sob-sister hoplophobes could ever hope to bring in.”

NRA too soft? "Some gun owners, saying that the National Rifle Association isn't battling hard enough for their rights, are taking the fight into their own hands. They are coming together in smaller, loosely organized groups that recruit on the Internet and find inspiration from the tea party movement. On Monday, several thousand gun owners plan to mount two protests—a march in Washington and an "open-carry" rally in Mount Vernon, Va. "More and more the gun-rights movement is moving toward a stand-up-and-shout approach," said Jeff Knox, director of the Firearms Coalition, a for-profit, loose-knit coalition of activists. "There's a lot of general frustration with NRA not taking a hard enough line."

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