Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Indiana: Robber killed in self-defense: "The fatal shooting of a robbery suspect at a Near-Northside apartment appeared to be self-defense, police said Monday. Christopher Hampton, 38, Indianapolis, was shot and killed at 6 p.m. Sunday in the apartment in the 1500 block of North Pennsylvania Street. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Sgt. Matthew Mount said Brian Blevins, 24, Indianapolis, told investigators Hampton tried to rob him. Blevins, who had a permit to carry a handgun, and two witnesses were questioned by detectives and released. The Marion County prosecutor's office will review the evidence. Hampton was wearing an ankle bracelet for an unrelated invasion of privacy and violation of a protective order arrest on April 5."

Bloomberg on the march: "[New York City] Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s national anti-gun group is using the anniversary of the Columbine shooting to launch a campaign to close the gun show loophole. Mayors Against Illegal [sic] Guns began running television ads today on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and in local markets in five states.”

Gun owners come armed with message: "Gun owners came out in force on both sides of the Potomac on Monday to proclaim their Second Amendment rights, but only those on the Northern Virginia side of the river came bearing their handguns and rifles. Hundreds of pro-gun activists rallied near the base of the Washington Monument on the National Mall and at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Va. Those in the District protested city laws that prohibit them from displaying their guns in public. The daylong event in the District attracted gun-rights advocates from across the country."

Crime and constitutionality: "I’m a strong proponent of the Second Amendment. One reason for that (there are others) is that I believe that you have an absolute right to self defense. A firearm is, for many, the best and most effective method of self defense. You’ll often hear me lamenting the fact that one person at a crime scene — a passenger, a customer, a teacher, a student, a security guard, a clerk — could have saved many more if only they’d had a gun to use against the bad guy. And it’s not bragging to tell you that I’m right in 100% of those cases because it’s a plain and simple fact.”

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