Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WA: 1 dead, 1 injured in garage burglary: "A homeowner shot two men who broke into his detached garage in Tacoma's South End early today, killing one and injuring the other. The homeowner and his wife heard noises at their home in the 3800 block of South D Street about 4:40 a.m., Fulghum said. Dogs were barking. The homeowner grabbed a handgun and went to investigate as his wife called 911, Fulghum said. The homeowner went into his detached garage, where he found the two burglars. The homeowner confronted the two and held them at gunpoint, Fulghum said. The homeowner told police that when the two men charged at him, he fired his gun, Fulghum said. One of the intruders ran off and died a short distance from the detached garage.Tacoma firefighters found the man in the alley behind the house when they arrived. The other intruder was wounded and stayed in the detached garage."

PA: Trailer invader shot, killed: "No charges will be filed for a deadly shooting of a man during a break-in of a mobile trailer in February. State police allege a masked Muntz kicked open the trailer’s front door and ran to the bedroom where he confronted Bowman’s boyfriend, Jeffrey Laton, 40. Muntz was armed with a firearm, state police allege, when he struggled with Laton on the bed. Bowman grabbed a loaded .40-caliber handgun, crawled into a closet and fired, missing Muntz. Muntz fired his weapon, hitting Bowman in the arm. Bowman fired a second round, hitting Muntz in the head, instantly killing him, according to the criminal complaint. “The investigation on behalf of the Pennsylvania State Police and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office clearly supports a case of self-defense,” Musto Carroll said in a prepared statement.

Kalifornians even hate air rifles: "If California anti-gun activists get their way, all air rifles sold in the state would have to be painted bright yellow, pink, blue or orange. This shouldn’t bother a grown man, but it bugs me — mainly because I own one of the more iconic BB guns ever created. When Daisy commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Daisy Red Ryder model, I jumped at the opportunity to buy one. In fact I bought two. I gave one to my nephew and kept the other to give to my son. A medical condition made it impossible to give the gun to my son, so I locked the Red Ryder away in my gun safe. It’s still there. It offends me that a perfectly wholesome kid’s toy — one that a wise parent could use to teach safety and responsibility in addition to marksmanship — could be so demonized by the Terribly Concerned that it gets saddled with a latter-day version of The Scarlet Letter."

Mystery: More guns = less crime: "The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year, to what appeared to be the lowest in nearly 40 years, a development that was considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation that crime would increase during a recession. In all regions, the country appears to be safer. The odds of being killed or robbed are now less than half of what they were in the early 1990s, when U.S. violent crime peaked."

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