Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MS: Burglary attempt ends in shooting: "Charles and Annetta Ray had just returned home from church when a New Orleans man looking for cash or a ride to a bus station tried to force his way inside their home Sunday, resulting in an exchange of gunfire that ended the man’s life, authorities and witnesses said. Cornelious Ferrande, 23, died Sunday of a single gunshot wound outside the home in the 3800 block of Wembley Avenue, Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus said. Charles Ray, they said, answered the back door when Ferrande came around asking him to call a bus for him, When Ray, a retired shipyard worker, refused the request, Donald Hamm said, Ferrande told him to get his wife to call for a ride. By that time, Hamm said, Annetta Ray already had realized they were in danger and brought her husband’s pistol to him at the back door. She was hidden by a curtain on the back door window, Hamm said, when she snuck the gun to Charles Ray."

Colorado Right to Carry is Protected Once Again: "Thanks to the efforts of Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly and the staff at Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, there was no confusion about the right of citizens to carry concealed handguns at this weekend’s Republican State Convention. Just weeks ago, RMGO activists noted that the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland – the site for the 2010 Republican State Convention – listed all firearms, including those carried by permit holders, as being banned at that facility. One problem: it’s a taxpayer-built and owned facility, and state law doesn’t allow them to ban concealed carry. RMGO staff talked to the managers of that facility, who were unwilling to budge, so we contacted the ultimate authority for that facility, namely a County Commissioner. Commissioner Tom Donnelly acted within minutes of finding out about this attempt to discourage self defense. And just like that, within hours of finding out about this ban, RMGO – and more notably, Tom Donnelly – fixed it."

Cannot rely on police: "But can we rely on the police to protect us? The reason the use of force in self-defense has always been justifiable at law is because the authorities cannot protect everyone, or indeed anyone all the time. Moreover, the courts have found police are not obliged to protect us. In the case of Warren v. District of Columbia, three young women sued the District of Columbia because the police failed to protect them. Men had burst into their townhouse and attacked their roommate downstairs. Hearing her screams, they called 911 repeatedly for over half an hour. When the screams stopped, they assumed the police had arrived and went downstairs only to be seized by the intruders. The police had lost track of their calls. All three women were brutally abused for 14 hours. D.C.'s highest court ruled that the police do not have a legal responsibility to provide personal protection to individuals. They have a general obligation to protect everyone but not an obligation to protect anyone.

Supreme Court refuses to hear Ileto v. Glock gun liability case: "The United States Supreme Court has decided to let stand a lower court's ruling that gun manufacture Glock is not liable for a white supremacist's shooting spree. In 1999, white supremacist Buford Furrow killed postal worker Joseph Ileto and wounded 5 others - including three children - at a Jewish Community Center in Grenada Hills, California. In order to carry out his racially motivated crime, Furrow broke numerous gun control laws (he was illegally in possession of 7 firearms). In 2001, the shooting victims and Ileto’s wife filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers, marketers, importers, distributors, and sellers of the firearms related to Furrow's shooting spree. They alleged that those defendants intentionally produced, marketed, distributed, and sold more firearms than the legitimate market demanded, in order to take advantage of re-sales to distributors that they know or should know will, in turn, sell to illegal buyers."

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