Wednesday, October 05, 2011

CA: Suspected robber killed in shooting: "A man trying to rob a business was shot and killed by the owner Tuesday morning in San Bernardino, authorities said. Police received a call about 9:30 a.m. regarding a disturbance between two people at Jerry's Barber Shop, 1248 W. 5th Street. When officers were heading to the scene, they were told that a man was lying on the ground in front of some businesses, said police Lt. Paul Williams. Officers said the man, who was possibly homeless, had walked into the barber shop, demanded money from the owner and pulled out a large knife. The owner, fearing for his life, shot the would-be robber with a handgun he kept for store protection, Williams said."

CA: Man threatens family with screwdriver, is shot: "A 23-year-old man shot to death inside a home Saturday was arguing with the family of a woman carrying his unborn child when he threatened them with a screwdriver, according to a source close to the investigation. ... The shooting is being treated as an act of self-defense and no arrests have been made."

Chicago’s Violent Crime Rates Plummet After SCOTUS Removes Handgun Ban: "Murder and violent crime rates were supposed to soar after the Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s and Washington, D.C.’s gun control laws. Politicians predicted disaster. “More handguns in the District of Columbia will only lead to more handgun violence,” Washington’s Mayor Adrian Fenty warned the day the court made its decision. Chicago’s Mayor Daley predicted that we would “go back to the Old West, you have a gun and I have a gun and we’ll settle it in the streets.” The New York Times even editorialized last month about the Supreme Court’s “unwise” decision that there is a right for people “to keep guns in the home.” But Armageddon never happened. Newly released data for Chicago shows that, as in D.C., murder and gun crime rates didn’t rise after the bans were eliminated; they plummeted. They have fallen much more than the national crime rate, but the national media has been completely silent."

US appeals court rules in favor of DC gun limits: "A federal appeals court panel Tuesday upheld the District’s authority to impose a system of handgun registration and rejected a challenge to the city’s ban on semiautomatic assault rifles and large-capacity ammunition clips. The 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District leaves in place the gun-ownership regulations passed by the D.C. Council after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2008 ended the city’s decades-old handgun ban."

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