Sunday, July 11, 2010

MO: 17-year-old robber is shot: "A 17-year-old was shot as he apparently tried to rob a man in a parked car at 10:10 p.m. Friday in the 5400 block of Riverview Boulevard, police said. The victim, who was shot in both arms and whose chest was grazed by a bullet, was at a hospital Saturday in serious but stable condition. Witnesses told police the 17-year-old approached the parked car, pulled out a gun and apparently tried to rob the man inside. The person in the car, who had a gun, then shot the apparent robber multiple times. The shooting victim ran through an alley and collapsed in front of a residence. The man in the car fled before police arrived."

Virginia Man Brings Knife To Gunfight: "A 27-year-old man told police he was trying to protect himself when he shot a Newport News man Friday night. Newport News officers say 29-year-old Greg Arsenault of the first block of Tally Ho Drive in Hampton died a short time after being shot in a parking lot at Sentara Port Warwick. The 27-year-old shooter told police Arsenault started a fight with him inside nearby Kelly’s Tavern. The man says Arsenault had a knife and that management kicked Arsenault out of the restaurant. Witnesses say Arsenault quickly went after the 27-year-old at his car a short time later. The man got a gun out of his car and told Arsenault to stop. Arsenault allegedly did not listen and advanced on the man in a threatening manner before the 27-year-old shot him several times. Police say several witnesses confirm all or part of the shooter’s story."

Why the Left hate guns: " In matters ranging from financial derivatives to education to gun control, the Left believes that we face a choice between a masterful state and a Hobbesian war of all against all. For all of the smart set’s vaunted and self-congratulatory nuance, it is this absolutist vision, this Manichean horror, that forms the foundation of progressivism. This, and not the threat of uncontrollable crime, is really at the hear of the suburban progressives’ abomination of firearms. [...] To use lethal force in self-defense is the ultimate declaration of independence, a kind of momentary secession from the authority of the government whose laws and prisons and police officers have, in that moment, failed the citizen. To acknowledge the right to self-defense–and the concomitant right to be forearmed against aggressors–is to acknowledge that some things are outside the state and its authority, or at least that some moments are outside the state and its authority."

Armed citizens promote non-violence: "How are safer streets restored non-violently by more citizens armed with lethal force? Violence is stopped the moment it strikes by the only person who can really stop it, the one present. It means realizing that there is no one else. No one else who is armed with superior force and no one else in authority. Experts acknowledge that in the vast number of cases, the citizen is on their own. They state three reasons why. 1. Police cannot be everywhere. 2. Police have no duty to protect individuals from the criminal acts of others, and; 3. Realistically speaking, you are on your own. That is an observation that is passive. For an observation that is active, try this on for size: in the final analysis, the target is their own best first line of defense. The armed citizen means safer streets non-violently, because the armed citizen is not hostile or anti-social as thugs are; the armed citizen is not aggressive, but defensive; the armed citizen brings superior force to bear which he elects to use if necessary, or not use the moment the threat is de-escalated. The armed citizen observes and adheres to the law and has a love of community thugs do not have."

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