Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Florida home invasion results in death of robber: "Investigators said Vernet, Pascal and another man startled two of the residents of a home on Teal Court sometime around 1:43 a.m. The suspects are accused of binding the two residents' hands with zip ties and duct tape. While the suspects approached the bedrooms of the other two residents, one of the bound victims broke free and reached for his gun, firing several shots at the suspects. Detectives arrived and said that none of the residents was injured during the home invasion. About 13 miles away, a witness told officials he spotted a white van driving erratically in Osceola County. The witness also said he spotted a man's body on a driveway. Detectives later identified the body as Pascal. He had a red towel wrapped around his head that was used as a mask, the report shows. He died from several gunshot wounds."

WA: Aggressive panhandler shot outside McDonald’s: "A 61-year-old man was jailed Saturday afternoon after he allegedly shot a man who aggressively begged for money outside a McDonald’s in downtown Everett, according to Everett police. The alleged shooter lives in Marysville... Police said he was asked for money on his way in just before 11:30 a.m., then went inside and ordered something to drink, and on his way out he was panhandled again. The beggar, a 41-year-old man carrying Kentucky identification, followed the Marysville man out to his small pickup, police said. The older man grabbed a handgun and fired one shot into the beggar’s abdomen, police said. The Marysville man stayed at the scene and then was interviewed by detectives at a police station. Officers “were not satisfied this was self-defense,” and booked him into jail for investigation of first-degree assault, said police Sgt. Robert Goetz. The shooting victim was in surgery Saturday afternoon and was in serious condition, Goetz said.

Gun Control Advocates Make up Facts about Concealed Handgun Laws: "The Brady Campaign and the Violence Policy Center keep claiming that even those individuals who have legally obtained permits to carry concealed handguns are extremely dangerous.... But the gun control advocates inaccurately describe many shooting cases, choosing to ignore that the majority of incidents involve people properly defending themselves. Over the past three years, the number of active permit holders in the United States has gone from about 5 million to more than 6.2 million today. The numbers issued by the state regulatory agencies show time after time that these permit holders abide by the law."

House Expected to Vote on Bill to Protect Guns From Claims of Creditors in Bankruptcy Cases: "The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote tomorrow (Tuesday, July 27) on a bill that would protect guns from the claims of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings (H.R. 5827). The national gun violence prevention organizations Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, GunFreeKids.org, Legal Community Against Violence, Protest Easy Guns, and Violence Policy Center are adamantly opposed to the legislation. The groups warned that H.R. 5827--which would protect guns up to an aggregate value of $1,500--is only the latest wrong-headed idea from the gun lobby that would protect guns at the expense of families."

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