Friday, June 04, 2010

Chicago: Another Self-Defense Gun Use Validates SAF Chicago Lawsuit: "SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said the early-morning shooting in the city's South Austin neighborhood involved a fleeing felon who had run from police with a large volume of narcotics, and crashed through the window of the gun owner's home. The unidentified armed citizen reportedly has a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card, according to the Chicago Tribune. The wounded suspect was identified as Aaron Marshall, whose criminal history includes felony convictions on drug and weapons charges. "The homeowner in this morning's incident, just like the 80-year-old Korean War veteran who fatally shot another thug last week, did the city a favor," he said, "and he apparently will not be charged, thanks to a state law that protects such people, even where handguns are banned. "Armed citizens," Gottlieb said, "are doing more to fight violent crime than Daley has done in his entire time in office."

A gun for Grandpa: "Chicago is deciding whether to prosecute a great-grandfather and Korean War veteran under its handgun ban. He refused to be a victim, and now there’s one less armed thug roaming the streets. What’s the problem? If the 80-year-old vet living on the city’s West Side didn’t have the gun the city said he shouldn’t have, he and his 83-year-old wife and 12-year-old great-grandson might have joined those victims of gun violence about whom gun-control advocates constantly chirp. The vet obtained the gun in violation of the city’s handgun ban after a prior incident in which the couple was robbed at gunpoint by three armed intruders. So when Anthony Nelson … tried breaking into their East Garfield Park home, they were ready.”

The persecution of Gilbert Arenas: "On January 15, 2010, Arenas pled guilty to one felony count of carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and five years in jail. On March 26, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Morin sentenced the player to 30 days in a halfway house, two years of probation, 400 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine. The judge got it about right — but only after three months of overkill from the other featured performers in the Arenas morality play: the overreaching prosecutors who pressed to lock him up, the tabloid heckler who mousetrapped the player with reckless smears, and the NBA commissioner who peremptorily wiped out Arenas’ season. You don’t have to support gun control laws to see that Arenas committed a stupid act that could have ended far worse than it did. But you don’t have to support gun rights to see that he has paid a price grossly disproportionate to his mistake.”

After the recent UK mass shooting, what makes gun banners think British laws would work here?: "The body count in Northwest England’s Cumbria county earlier today stands at a dozen dead and more than twice as many wounded, suspected gunman Derrick Bird is dead and he used only a sporting shotgun and .22-caliber rifle, according to published reports. Not an ‘assault weapon’ in sight, and there are indications that Bird may have legally owned those guns as he was apparently a member of a local gun club. … ‘American gun prohibitionists have frequently held up the gun laws of Great Britain as their model. They have created the impression that English-style gun laws would prevent outrages in this country. Today’s shooting spree … should forever put the lie to this argument.’

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