Friday, January 21, 2011

CA.: Musician shot alleged attacker in self-defense: "The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office has determined that the musician who shot an alleged attacker outside a downtown restaurant in October acted in self-defense, but he was charged with a misdemeanor violation for carrying a loaded firearm in a public place. Prosecutors said Phillips – who was performing with a band in front of The Broiler, an upscale steakhouse on K Street – had seen the alleged attacker, the 29-year-old Rawles, fight a homeless man and slug a waiter at the restaurant. When the intoxicated Rawles allegedly turned to confront Phillips, prosecutors said, "it was reasonable for him to believe he was in imminent danger of serious bodily injury." Rawles cut an intimidating figure, at 6 feet 5 inches tall and 270 pounds, authorities said. Phillips retrieved the firearm from his music travel bag and fired at Rawles, striking him twice. Rawles survived his wounds and has been charged with felony battery causing serious bodily injury for his alleged assault on the waiter and felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury for his alleged attack on Phillips."

CA: Robber faces murder charge in death of his accomplice: "A man accused of breaking into a Los Osos home while armed in 2009 to steal marijuana and money — a robbery that prompted the shooting death of his accomplice — began his murder trial Thursday afternoon in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.... Davis said he was eating Thai food in his home when Bakerriley knocked on the door and demanded to know where “Scooter” was. Davis said he’d never seen Bakerriley or Alvarez before. Both men entered the house and talked to Davis and his friend. As they spoke, Bakerriley wielded a gun, warning Davis not to try anything because he was a thug. Bakerriley demanded money and marijuana, Davis said. Davis grabbed his 22-caliber handgun after being led into a back room of the house by Bakerriley. Once in the room, Davis started firing shots. He said he never saw Alvarez during the time he fired the gun."

Is “Project Gunwalker” about to bust wide open? "We’ve recently discussed what I call 'Project Gunwalker.' That title is a parody of the 'Project Gunrunner' name the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has assigned to its southwest border initiative on U.S. guns going to the Mexican drug criminals, and refers to sourced information that the bureau has intentionally — and importantly, criminally, and with management cognizance — allowed guns to be transported across the border while keeping Mexican authorities in the dark"

Knee-Jerk gun control reaches new low: "What is as predictable as a threatened snowstorm bringing Atlanta to a standstill? Answer -- gun control advocates taking advantage of every shooting incident as an excuse to further restrict Americans' Second Amendment rights. The recent shooting incident in Tucson, Arizona — involving a clearly deranged individual who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge and several other innocent people -- is no exception."

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