Sunday, September 26, 2010

FL: 83-year-old pulls semiautomatic handgun on would-be robber: "Knocked to the ground by a would-be robber, 83-year-old Charles Place defended himself — by pulling a gun. Clearwater Police said Place was in a restaurant parking lot Wednesday when a man grabbed him from behind and tried to take his wallet. Place resisted and was knocked to the ground. Police said that's when Place pulled out a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun. Authorities said Place pointed it at the man and ordered him to leave him alone. The assailant, Bryan Treloar, ran and was followed by a witness. Police caught up with him and charged him with attempted strong arm robbery. He was being held on $10,000 bail. Place, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, wound up with small cuts on his hand."

Letting the fox design the henhouse: "To allow politicians, bureaucrats, and enforcement thugs (whether in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, or Washington DC) to control the ownership and features of guns makes as much sense as allowing mosquitoes to control the deployment and voltage of bug zappers.”

Deja vu, all over again: “More guns, less crime”: "Paul Helmke and Dennis Henigan — spokesmen for the beleaguered Brady Campaign these days — are old enough to know what a phonograph record is, so for their benefit we’ll put it this way: At the risk of sounding like a ‘broken record,’ gun ownership has risen to an all-time high, and violent crime has fallen to a 35-year low. Coinciding with a surge in gun purchases that began shortly before the 2008 elections, violent crime decreased six percent between 2008 and 2009, according to the FBI. This included an eight percent decrease in murder and a nine percent decrease in robbery. Since 1991, when total violent crime peaked, it has decreased 43 percent to a 35-year low.”

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