Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fast & Furious: Univision investigative report coming out

On its program Aquí y Ahora,, Sunday, Sept. 30, at 7 PM Eastern and Pacific, 6 Central (and no idea what time Mountain). It'll be close captioned in English.

From the press release:

"A Univision News investigation reveals how the U.S. government armed Mexican drug cartels. The consequences of the controversial “Fast and Furious” undercover operation put in place by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2009 have been deadlier than what has been made public to date. The exclusive, in-depth investigation by Univision News’ award-winning Investigative Unit – Univision Investiga – has found that the guns that crossed the border as part of Operation Fast and Furious caused dozens of deaths inside Mexico.

Univision’s Investigative Unit identified massacres committed with guns from the ATF operation, including the killing of 16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010. This and many other shocking new revelations about Fast and Furious will be presented in a special edition of Univision Network’s newsmagazine “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now) this Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. Central). The Univision News special will be aired with closed captioning in English to expand the reach and impact of this eye-opening investigation.

Univision News’ Investigative Unit was also able to identify additional guns that escaped the control of ATF agents and were used in different types of crimes throughout Mexico. Furthermore, some of these guns –none of which were reported by Congressional investigators–were put in the hands of drug traffickers in Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. A person familiar with the recent Congressional hearings called Univision’s findings “the holy grail” that Congress had been searching for."


(FL)One intruder dead, another wounded in Lake City

One intruder was shot dead and another wounded in Columbia County on Thursday night by a man who was armed and ready when the two men broke into his home, according to Columbia County sheriff's officials.

Travis Brown, 26, and Johnnie Collins, 22, entered an unidentified victim's home in the 1300 block of Northeast Washington Street in Lake City at around 10:30 p.m., according to sheriff's officials. The victim told detectives that at least one of the intruders was armed with a handgun.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

(TN)Police: Students hold off robber with guns, sword

MURFREESBORO — It was a scary night for a college student who was being robbed at gunpoint, until his quick-thinking roommate helped turn the tables. While the pair waited for police to arrive, they held a suspect down with guns and a samurai sword, according to police.

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An earlier report did not mention that the students had guns.

The Untold Story Behind The "Fast and Furious" Scandal

Often lost amid the rancor in Washington are the stories of dozens of people killed by guns that flowed south as part of the undercover operation, and later slipped out of view from U.S. officials. Univision's Investigative Unit (Univision Investiga) has identified massacres committed using guns from the ATF operation, including the killing of 16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010.

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The story will be aired on Univision on 30 September at 7 pm est, with english subtitles.

German Jewish leader deters racist attack with gun

BERLIN (Reuters) - A leading member of Germany's Jewish community had to point to a gun he was carrying to ward off a young man shouting anti-Semetic abuse, the latest in a string of racist incidents in Berlin that has shocked Jews and city authorities.

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(MI)Baseball Bat Wielding Robbers Fended Off by Homeowner

ALBION TOWNSHIP, Mich — An Eastern Calhoun County couple is recovering after a violent home invasion early Thursday morning.

Police say two men armed with baseball bats attacked Dave and Kathy Powers at their home on J Drive South in Albion Township.

According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department the homeowners fought back leading to a police investigation that spans several Michigan counties.

Police were first called around 9:30 Thursday morning to a report of a home invasion and a shooting.

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It is better to have your gun with you, than to have to break free and retrieve it for self defense.

Friday, September 28, 2012

(TX)Police: Former firefighter shoots, kills home invader

HOUSTON - A former Houston firefighter pulled a gun on two robbery suspects, killing one of them, investigators said.

Houston police said the homeowner pulled into his driveway on Glenhurst Drive near Southbank in southeast Houston about 10 p.m. Wednesday. Two armed men walked up to him and demanded cash, officials said.

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(TN)Victim Uses Samurai Sword To Stop Armed Robber

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - You know the saying: Don't bring a knife to a gunfight? Try telling that to three students who pulled a Samurai sword on a gun-packing robber.

"He chose the wrong guy to mug. I always said I'm not going to give money to someone who mugs me, and I'm living proof. I'm here and he's in jail," said Tyler Michaels, a teenage college student.

The person in jail is armed robbery suspect Deadrick Gaines.

Michaels said Gaines pulled a gun on him in a parking lot and then demanded they go get money from inside his apartment. Once inside, Michaels said he fought back -- successfully wrestling the gun from Gaines, but ending up with two black eyes.

"He put a beating on me. I was just after that gun. I took that beating to get that gun," said Michaels.

He then called his roommates for help and Andrew Perez rushed in and grabbed a decorative samurai sword off the wall and held it to Gaines chest until Murfreesboro police arrived.

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(KY)Homeowner pulls gun after home invasion

The Adair County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a possible armed robbery at a country store and a home invasion by two masked males.

Adair County 911 dispatch received a call Monday at 5:08 a.m. that someone had forcibly entered a residence on Rose Lane by breaking the door frame.

Sheriff deputy B.J. Bray responded to the scene where the homeowner reported that the two males entered his residence and he confronted them with a firearm before they fled on foot.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

(CT)New Haven store owner scares off armed robber

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A New Haven convenience store owner fought back against a man trying to rob him and won Tuesday night.

The owner fired off two shots in his store which was enough to scare him off. It was the third time he's faced a gun in an attempted robbery.

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Christians and guns

There is a long and thorough article here on what the Christian attitude to guns should be.  The author (a Christian} is rather scathing about the element of pacifism that has crept into the more unthinking churches.


I recently had the pleasure of touring the Utah facility where Silencerco and SWR sound suppressors for firearms are manufactured. I toured my first arms plant in the late 1960s and many since, and I’ve never seen a manufacturing facility cleaner or more modern than this one. Their approach to their product is just as clean and modern.
They want to make silencers more readily available to law-abiding citizens. I for one have no problem with that at all.
Before Silencerco absorbed SWR, those companies joined two other firms to create the American Silencer Association. Most of the general public, and even many shooters, are unaware that these devices are legal to own in most states, though it involves going through some legal hoops, and a $200 government fee.
ASA maintains a full-time lobbyist to work in several directions. At the state level, to make it legal for law abiding citizens to have silencers in the jurisdictions where it isn’t now. And, to make it legal to hunt with them, which is not the case in many states. At the national level, the association wants you able to buy one without having to pay $200 to the Federal government for approval, and hopefully streamline the whole process.
Suppressors can be life-savers in emergency shootings inside buildings. Police officers and citizens fending off home intruders are at risk for some hearing loss when they fire powerful weapons in close quarters with their ears unprotected. During the fight, loud gunfire can keep you from hearing something that might make the difference between life and death. Hunters firing high powered rifles without ear protection often notice their ears ringing for some time thereafter, a sign of hearing damage. Cleaning out pastures full of prairie dogs ruining good land, or herds of feral hogs doing the same, means lots of gunfire and multiplies that potential for hearing damage. Ear protection can help, but most types get in the way of hearing where the animal is, and all are uncomfortable for all-day wear in the field. Suppressors solve that problem nicely. I’m told ASA’s efforts have resulted in Texas and Arizona approving silencers for hunters.

In other nations – even anti-gun England – the use of silencers for casual hunting, pest eradication, and recreational shooting in the countryside is encouraged. It is considered the gentlemanly thing to do there, so neighbors are not disturbed.
The 1934 NFA requiring a $200 tax and jumping through numerous regulatory hoops in order to possess a gun muffler has been one of the worst public health disasters created by the federal government. Millions have suffered hearing loss as a result.
This issue is finally coming to a head. There is no logic or reason that gun mufflers should not be available in the local hardware store for $75, as they are in Finland.
The Supreme court in Finland ruled that it was a constitutional right to be able to construct, sell, or trade silencers.
You know we have a real problem when most European nations have less restrictive gun laws in this area than the United States.

(SC)Sheriff: Cherokee Co. Homicide Most Likely Self Defense


Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler ruled the death a homicide, but the Sheriff's Office hasn't filed any charges yet. Sheriff Steve Mueller told 7 On Your Side it appears the homeowner was defending himself when he hit a driver multiple times with a cement block.

“Did Mr. Hughes do too much? I don't think so,” said Sheriff Mueller. “I think he done what any reasonable home owner would have done."

Sheriff Mueller says volunteer firemen Josh McAbee was killed at a Glen Hughes’ home on Corinth Road, Saturday morning.

Mueller tells us, McAbee was driving erratically. Somehow his truck ran off the road and hit a trailer in Hughes' yard. Hearing the commotion, Hughes came outside with a gun and fired off warning shots. The sheriff says that's when the two started fighting, and Hughes picked up a cinder block and hit McAbee in the head, killing him.

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Perhaps the homeowner ran out of ammunition. This is a case against warning shots.

(SD)Homeowner Kills Intruder During Home Invasion


A North Rapid City neighborhood is in shock after an early morning shooting. Police say it happened during a home invasion where the home owner shot and killed the intruder shortly before 5 a.m.

When police arrived they found at 21-year old Dallas Two Bulls' body. He was shot three times by a homeowner acting in self defense.

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(NC)Store owner shoots at armed robbers

WHITE PLAINS — It’s bad enough when armed gunmen rob your store, but when owner Teresa Smith saw a loved one being threatened, the situation reached another level.

“I shot as much as that gun would let me shoot,” Smith said of the .38-caliber revolver she wielded Sunday night when two robbers entered the Cupboard No. 2 in White Plains and one held a handgun on her husband Barry.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

(IN)Self-defense found in fatal Indy gun shop shooting

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in Indianapolis say a gun store employee who fatally shot a customer who had shot him first acted in self-defense under Indiana law and won't face charges.

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Armed criminals in gun shops are exceedingly rare. Notice that AP refers to the assailant as a "customer" rather than an assailant, aggressor, bushwacker, or assaulter.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

(MI)Detroit crime bulletin describes how pistol-packing senior thwarted carjacking

Detroit - Two would-be carjackers fled when they realized the elderly woman they were trying to rob had packed a pistol to go to church and the grocery store, according to a Detroit Police bulletin.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

(WI)Woman says shooting at home intruder saved her life Police: Woman confronted in home early Saturday


Police said that a woman fired a handgun at a masked home intruder Saturday morning.

Now that victim -- who, despite talking to WISC-TV, is not identifying herself -- says she wants everyone to be prepared for similar unexpected situations.

"It's nothing that I ever thought I'd ever go through," the victim said. "I got the gun in case something were to happen, but I never ever thought in a million years I'd actually have to use it."

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(GA)Atlanta homeowner fights backs against robbers

ATLANTA - A homeowner opens fire on a pair of armed robbers at his southwest Atlanta home early Sunday morning.

He tells FOX 5 News that the gunmen surprised him when he arrived home. He says he feared he would not survive a violent confrontation with armed gunmen. The shootout left his porch splattered with blood.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

(UT)Gunman dies from gunshot wounds

KAYSVILLE — A suspected gunman has died from gunshot wounds after a shooting that left another man in critical condition.

Just before 2:30 p.m. Friday, a gunman at Francis Peak Apartments, located at 600 West Mutton Hollow Road in Kaysville, shot 51-year-old maintenance manager Steve Bailey multiple times, "emptying the clip" and critically wounding him.

Witnesses report that Bailey witnessed a domestic dispute between a man and woman in a common area of the apartment complex and tried to intervene when the man shot Bailey at close range.

Police report that an armed witness shot at the gunman, but it is unknown at this time if those gunshots were those that caused the suspect's death.

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(WI)Woman Scares Off Burglar With Gun Shots

Posted: Saturday, September 23, 2012 -- 7:09 a.m.

From the Dane County Sheriff's Department:

Madison, WI. September 22, 2012 – at approximately 2:09 am, Dane County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Officers from the Madison Police Department, responded to the 3500 block of Commercial Ave., Township of Blooming Grove, for a report of a home invasion where a female resident had been confronted by an intruder.

The investigation revealed that the resident, while investigating the sound of footsteps, was confronted by a masked intruder, who attempted to use a form of pepper spray on her. In response to this, the resident, who had armed herself with a handgun, fired several shots at the intruder, who subsequently fled the residence on foot. The resident was not injured during this incident.

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(TX)Police: Levelland homeowner kills intruder with shotgun blast


Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in northwest Levelland on Friday afternoon. Police say a man was found shot to death around 4:30 p.m.

Investigators say a man named Paul Ochoa - also known as "The Joker" possibly attempted to break into a home in the 300 block of North Avenue M, where the homeowner shot the intruder point blank in the chest with a shotgun.

It is unknown if Ochoa was shot inside the home or in the street where he was found.

"The person who made the call apparently claimed to be the shooter. He is in our custody and that is still under investigation," Levelland Sergeant Daniel Hancock said.

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Picture is of Paul Ochoa

Saturday, September 22, 2012

(MI)Shotgun-wielding Laketon Township cancer patient, 63, holds off alleged home invaders

LAKETON TOWNSHIP, MI – Two young men allegedly picked the wrong Muskegon County home to invade Thursday.

As they climbed the stairs to the second floor of Dixon Smith’s rural home in the 200 block of North Buys Road, they found themselves confronted by the homeowner – a 63-year-old with stage 4 lymphoma, steady nerves and a double-barreled shotgun.

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(ME)No charges to be filed after man shot in chest in Warren

WARREN, Maine — There will be no charges filed in connection with an Aug. 7 incident in which a 47-year-old man was shot in the chest at a home in Warren.

District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said Thursday in a written statement that the decision to decline prosecution was based solely on the application of Maine law regarding the use of deadly force.

“The decision is not intended to and does not contain any opinion on whether other actions could have been taken which might have eliminated the need to use deadly force,” Rushlau stated

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

(SC)Irmo Chief: Homeowner Shoots Burglar Inside New Friarsgate Home

An Irmo homeowner shot an intruder twice after the man entered the New Friarsgate home by climbing through the kitchen window.

About 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the owner of a home on Trinity Three Road in Irmo was awoken by banging on his home.

Irmo Police Chief Brian Buck said the homeowner, whose name has been withheld by authorities, grabbed his pistol and went downstairs.

The suspect had entered the home through a kitchen window.

The homeowner confronted the man in the kitchen.

Fearing for his safety, the homeowner shot the man twice, Buck said.

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(KY)Store Owner Fires Gun At Robbers

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - Another convenience store robbery in Pike County, but this time the store owner fought back, firing four shots at the two would-be robbers.

The whole incident was caught on tape.

It happened Monday night at the Meta Mart in the Johns Creek community.

The store owner, Gary Thornsberry, said he wanted to take control of the situation and had been preparing himself for the moment.

"I've gone over it in my mind, and I've decided that I want the ball in my court," he said.

Thornsberry said he was in the office when two men entered the Meta Mart, at least one of them had a gun. When he heard the clerk call his name, he looked up at the surveillance monitor and saw what was happening.

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(OH)Buckeyes for Concealed Carry President Uses Handgun to Defend Family

At approximately 7:00 pm Saturday night, Ohio State Students Joe and Amanda Smith were approached by a threatening white male near Westland Mall requiring Joe, Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus President, to use his concealed handgun to defend himself, his wife Amanda, and their sixteen month old son Kyedin.

The threatening male approached their vehicle while Amanda was buckling Kyedin into his stroller and Joe was near the tailgate. He began making cat calls at Amanda as he closed in on her. Amanda and Joe asked him to leave them alone. Joe placed himself between his wife and the aggressor while a panicked Amanda began to remove Kyedin from the stroller and place him back into the vehicle. The male then became belligerent and began issuing threats to Joe.

"He just kept coming, no matter what I said. Then he told me he had a gun and had no problem killing all of us," said Joe. Joe instructed Amanda to call the police while he engaged the threat. "He kept saying he was going to kill us. He stopped short to answer his phone and told whoever it was where he was and to come help him get this 'white honky.'"

"I demanded he stop, but he didn't. When he was about fifteen feet away, I drew my handgun," Joe explained. "I was prepared to shoot, but didn't have to."

According to Joe, the aggressor stopped, raised his hands, and began apologizing. An older vehicle arrived, presumably with the aggressor's backup. He got into the vehicle and left.

"I was terrified," said Amanda. "I'm glad Joe had his gun. Who knows what would've happened if he didn't."

Deputy Zachary P. Cooper (#933) of the Franklin County Sheriff's office responded to Amanda's 911 call in approximately 7 minutes. Deputy Cooper told Joe "this is exactly why law abiding citizens can carry firearms. I'm a firm believer in it."

Ohio Students for Concealed Carry State Director Michael Newbern points out that "Joe was forced to defend himself with his handgun on a Saturday." Newbern added, "What if this incident occurred on a weekday when Joe and Amanda were going home from campus and he would have been disarmed by Ohio State policy?

"This is why Ohio Students for Concealed Carry and Buckeyes for Concealed Carry is suing Ohio State to bring the student code of conduct in line with Ohio Revised Code," he added.

Students for Concealed Carry is a nationwide non-partisan student organization. The group's sole mission is to restore the right of law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms on all public university campuses. The group works to accomplish this mission by educating the public, university officials, and lawmakers of the facts about campus carry and lobbying to remove the restrictions on campus carry from the laws of the state.


I did not find this incident to be reported in any old media. Surveys show that citizens use firearms to stop crimes and/or defend themselves between 1.5 to 2.5 million times a year. In upward of 95 percent of the time, no shots are fired. Obviously, as in this case, most of these incidents are not reported in the media.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

(MI)Juvenile killed in botched robbery attempt at Detroit's Grandland Shopping Center

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say a 17-year-old boy was killed when he and three other youths started shooting at a 50-year-old man sitting in his car at a shopping center and the target returned fire.

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The 50 year old had a ccw permit.

(WA)No charges for Edmonds man who shot intruder

An Edmonds homeowner will not face criminal charges in the February shooting death of a suspected burglar.

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(WA)Homeowner with gun detains trespasser

Manson homeowner held a gun on an intoxicated intruder early Sunday morning and detained him until law enforcement officers could arrive.

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(TX)Man fatally shot in road rage incident

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A woman says she shot and killed a man Monday because she was afraid for her life, but an eyewitness is telling a much different story.

The deadly encounter began as a simple fender bender accident on FM 1960 near Perry Road. What happened next depends on who you ask.

There were two vehicles, two drivers; both on their way to work Monday morning. But now only one only is alive to tell her story.

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(CA)RAMONA: Man shot in struggle with homeowner on Sunday died

RAMONA ---- Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was shot in Ramona on Sunday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Department.

The man, whose name has not been released, went to a home in the 1300 block of Walnut Street about 3 p.m. and got into an argument with the homeowner, said Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. The two men started fighting, and the homeowner's son brought a gun out of the home.

The victim, a 34-year-old man who was unknown to the homeowner, was asked to leave at gunpoint, authorities said.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

(IN)Gun shop owner: Clerk kills customer who shot him

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The owner of an Indianapolis gun store says a customer with a rented gun opened fire on a clerk before the employee returned fire, killing the customer.

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(Fiji)Two shots scare away would-be thieves

THE police are investigating an attempted break-in where the homeowner discharged his weapon.

Police have confirmed a 12-gauge shotgun was used to scare the two masked men away after they tried to break into a house at Lobau settlement in Nausori early yesterday morning.

However, director operations Senior Superintendent Rusiate Tudravu said he could not confirm at this stage whether or not shots fired hit one of the intruders because they had yet to receive a report to this effect.

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(OK)Disabled Homeowner Shoots and Kills Female Buglar

An Oklahoma gun owner shot and killed an intruder who broke into his home last Thursday. Yeah, yeah, we know – you’ve heard this story and stories just like it a thousand times before. This one’s a little bit different though, because this time the would-be thief was a woman.

The burglar in question was 50-year-old Mary Kathleen Sanders, but she also brought along two accomplices, 26-year-old Misty Dawn Puskaric and 37-year-old Starr Michelle Timmons. According to reports, Sanders had previously worked for the homeowner and therefore knew that he was disabled.

But just because somebody is disabled doesn’t mean that he can’t put up a fight -- especially when he's got a gun in his hand.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the man was awaken by the three suspects as they burglarized his home. At some point between waking up and confronting the would-be robbers, he grabbed his gun. The homeowner shot and killed Sanders just outside of his home, prompting Puskaric and Timmons to flee the scene. The two women were later arrested by authorities and are being charged with first-degree burglary.

It isn’t very often that you hear about a group of women committing a crime against men. It’s kind of surprising considering the fact that they could probably get away with it more easily. Studies have shown that people automatically trust women more than men.

It’s difficult to imagine how social convention might affect a gun owner’s decision to pull (or not pull) the trigger. A popular societal rule is you’re not supposed to hit a girl, so perhaps some think that translates as you’re not supposed to shoot a girl either. Whoever made that rule probably didn’t have home invasions in mind, though.

It makes you wonder: what types of criminals would make you hesitate? You wouldn’t have to think twice about shooting a huge guy with a knife, but what if you walked downstairs at two in the morning to find a woman stealing your stuff? What if the robber is obviously a teenager? Would you still pull the trigger then?

The homeowner in this story was put in a tough situation. When you’re disabled or put at a major physical disadvantage, it’s probably safer to shoot your attacker and ask questions later. Things get a little bit fuzzier if the homeowner has a marked physical advantage over the intruder. In that case it might just be better to hold the criminal at gun point and wait for the authorities.

What do our readers think? Would the age or gender of a burglar affect whether or not you pull the trigger, or is “intruder” the only descriptor that matters when it comes to issues of self-defense?


Clovis NM man found not guilty in shotgun defense

ALBUQUERQUE- David Chipman “Chip” Venie, one of the best criminal defense attorneys in New Mexico, won two more major cases at trial recently: one aggravated DWI and one aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Criminal defense attorney Chip Venie was able to improve his overall trial record to an astounding 49-6 (16-1 in New Mexico).

State v. Holt, D-905-CR-2011- 00640, was an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon case in Clovis, New Mexico at the District Court at 701 N. Main Street, before Judge Ted Hartley. The defendant, R. Holt, was accused of bashing a man’s head in with a shotgun. In State v. Holt, Chip Venie was able to show that all three witnesses in the case, Alvin Stacy, Tim Stacy, and Lee Lupo (owner of Sparkle Cleaners in Clovis, New Mexico), were not telling the entire truth. Criminal defense attorney Chip Venie showed Mr. Holt was the actual victim and acted only in self defense. The case went to jury on August 9, 2012. The jury came back with a not guilty in less than half an hour. Chip Venie was able to obtain a complete exoneration (not guilty) for Mr. Holt. The trial judge was Teddy Hartley and the prosecutor was Wil Greig and Matt Chandler.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Nevada Views: Is gun registration worth cost?

Seven decades ago, Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, Meyer Lansky and their pals from New York decided that Clark County was ripe for expanding mob operations, and organized crime arrived in Las Vegas - complete with armed "soldiers" for protection and muscle. In response, the county adopted the ordinance requiring the registration of handguns. (The idea probably came from California, where some form of handgun registration has been required since at least the end of World War I.) It was assumed that the mobsters wouldn't comply so, with few legal restrictions on search and seizure back then, the new ordinance provided law enforcement with some serious leverage.

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More likely, the idea came from the New York Sullivan law, where handgun registration was instituted by the infamous mobster and legislator, Big Tim Sullivan, who instituted the law to protect his ganster buddies.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

(AZ)Burglary suspect is fatally shot in Guadalupe

GUADALUPE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a home burglary suspect shot by a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy in the town of Guadalupe has died.

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(OK)Harmon County Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder; Two Others Arrested

HARMON COUNTY, Oklahoma - A homeowner in Harmon County shot and killed one of three women who tried to burglarize his home Thursday. The other two women were arrested by Beckham County deputies later that day.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, just after 12 p.m. on Thursday, three women tried to burglarize a home located in the 14000 block of N. 1747 Road in Vinson, Oklahoma.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ohio woman fires gun to chase off attacker

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — A 68-year-old southeastern Ohio woman tells sheriff’s deputies that she chased off a masked attacker by pulling out a pistol and firing shots at him.

Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly says 68-year-old Tamara Snyder was attacked in her driveway Wednesday night. She said she was hit in the head, knocked to the ground and kicked by someone wearing a black ski mask.

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(TX)Resident Opens Fire on Two Intruders

CORPUS CHRISTI - A resident in the 2400 block of Niagra opened fire on a couple of intruders last night. Police say the 48-year-old man heard glass breaking after 2:30 a.m., so he got a gun and headed towards the kitchen.

There were two men inside the kitchen who he ordered to 'freeze.' Instead, one of the men headed towards him. The victim fired his gun and the men ran off.

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Fast and Furious Embodies Corruption at Highest Levels

After government-trafficked guns were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010, higher-ups all the way to the White House started scrambling to cover their tracks.

The gun-walking program known as Operation Fast and Furious came to a head two years later on June 20, 2012, when the House voted to hold the United States attorney general in contempt for lying to Congress.

The same day of the House vote, the president himself publicly stepped into the fray. Obama invoked executive privilege in order to prevent long-awaited subpoenaed documents from seeing the light of day. Not surprisingly, the state-run media downplayed Obama's official entrance into the Fast and Furious scandal.

Now, after a 17-month-long investigation, the inspector general for the DOJ is releasing his findings. And another hearing has been scheduled for September 20 (the third time it has been rescheduled), with the IG appearing before Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee.

Fox News has already obtained certain sections of IG Michael Horowitz's report. If this partial information is any indication of the rest of the report, it doesn't look like the investigation will be a shining example of transparency.

The IG's conclusion: Fast and Furious began in Phoenix, with most of the blame going to three ATF managers: Phoenix Agent in Charge Bill Newell, Supervisor Dave Voth, and Case Agent Hope MacAllister. Attorneys for all three vehemently defended their clients.

Debra Roth, an attorney for MacAllister, wrote to Inspector General Michael Horowitz that the report "fails to account for the abdication of oversight, guidance and responsibility by ATF headquarters and Main Department of Justice regarding the implementation of what is in essence a strategy to combat an international criminal enterprise.

It looks like Horowitz plans to scapegoat ATF underlings who followed orders from higher-ups at the DOJ. What about DOJ U.S. Attorney in Arizona Dennis Burke, who talked openly about "the river of iron flowing from Phoenix to Mexico"?

The report also cites "a failure in leadership and a lack of accountability and oversight up and down the chain of command." Translation: nothing to see here -- just some negligent ATF agents and their supervisors looking the other way.

"We found no evidence in Operation Fast and Furious that the ATF or the (U.S. attorney's office) attempted at any point during the investigation to balance the risks to the public safety against the long-term benefits of identifying trafficking networks and participants," the draft report says.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (BAFTE) receives its orders from the DOJ. And since the president made the decision to cover for his AG, Americans can safely assume he and Holder are up to their eyeballs in Fast and Furious.

Did Horowitz find a smoking gun leading directly to the White House? Did Obama know about Fast and Furious back in 2009? What about Homeland Security's Janet Napolitano and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?

Maybe the IG will be able to explain Holder's and Obama's "under the radar role" in a plot that killed two federal agents and scores of Mexican citizens. Perhaps one of the representatives will ask Horowitz the exact location of White House National Security staffer Kevin O'Reilly. Is he still in Iraq hiding out?

Can the IG tell us when weapons possibly linked to Fast and Furious will finally stop showing up in Mexico? Recently, a cache of firearms was found there when school authorities discovered a nine-year-old boy with a fully loaded semi-automatic gun stashed in his bookbag. A police SWAT team raided the boy's home, where they located powerful weapons -- some brand-new. The packaging suggested that they came from the United States, according to David Codrea at the Examiner. Sources will neither confirm nor deny whether the guns are tied to Fast and Furious.

Will Issa then ask Horowitz why he felt it necessary to run the report by White House lawyers before making it public? Why not just let the DOJ attorneys go over it? According to Issa, because of DOJ "pushback," Horowitz delayed the hearing a week in an effort to delete sensitive information and to allow any agencies named in his final report to refute his findings.

Congressman Issa told Greta Van Susteren he is "trying to be cautiously optimistic" and taht he hopes the report and hearing get to the bottom of who really authorized the gun-walking program.

After the last four years of this administration's "transparency," odds are Issa and the rest of us are going to be severely disappointed.

The reason the Fast and Furious scandal never gets off the merry-go-round is because the Obama administration is rife with corruption. Agencies like the DOJ that police an independent IG's reports through demands to review it before the final release to the public can mean only one thing: there's nowhere to turn for real justice.

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(OH)Police: Resident stabs alleged robber in Painesville home invasion

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - A resident whose Painesville home was broken into early Friday morning took action, stabbing the suspect, police say.

Police said it happened at 3 a.m. at the apartments at 39 Pearl Street.

The alleged suspect, a 26-year-old resident was found nearby and taken by Painesville City Rescue to TriPoint Medical Center for treatment of wounds, then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

(GA)Father, son shot in home burglary(Burglar also shot)

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- A father and his son were hospitalized after walking in on a burglary in progress in their home Tuesday evening.

The shooting happened at around 8:30 p.m. at a home on Edison Drive near Flat Rock Road in Stockbridge's Lexington Park subdivision.

Henry County Police spokesman Sgt. Joey Smith said the father and son, 68-year-old Ronnie Cantrell Sr., and 42-year-old Ronnie Cantrell Jr., arrived home to find two black men in masks robbing their house.

There was an exchange of gunfire. Both Cantrells were hit; Maj. Jason Bolton with Henry County Police said one of the burglary suspects was hit as well.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pharmacist fires gun to foil robbery in NJ

WINSLOW TWP., N.J. - September 12, 2012 (WPVI) -- Police in Camden County are searching for a would-be bandit who got an unexpected surprise Wednesday afternoon when a pharmacist turned the tables on him.

It happened at about 2:00 p.m. at Jolin's Pharmacy in the 400 block of Sicklerville Road in Winslow Township.

The Camden County Prosecutor's office tells Action News that one man entered the business and demanded a prescription painkiller, Oxycontin, from the owner, pharmacist John Agyemang.

Rather than comply with the demand, prosecutors say, Agyemang pulled out a handgun and fired several times at the man.

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(OR)Homeowner fights off burglar inside Beavercreek home

BEAVERCREEK, OR (KPTV) - A 63-year-old homeowner fought off a burglar Tuesday night in Beavercreek.

It happened at the home on South Moehnke Court at about 10:20 p.m.

Deputies said the homeowner was sitting in his home when a man entered through an open door. The homeowner then confronted the man and they got into a fight.

Deputies said the victim shouted for his wife to get a gun, which she did. Before the gun was used, the would-be burglar punched the man's wife and ran off.

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(TN)UPDATED: Truck owner shoots at suspects stealing his truck at Walmart

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A man left his truck keys on a counter at the Walmart on Brainerd Road Tuesday afternoon, where they were picked up by another man who stole his truck.

The suspect took the keys to the Walmart parking lot, where he used the keyless entry fob to find and open the silver 2010 Ford F-150 truck. The suspect and another female suspect left in the truck.

The truck's owner, a licensed handgun carry permit holder, discovered his vehicle being stolen and fired on the suspects.

Chattanooga Police Department's PIO Nathan Hartwig said, "If you're shooting someone because they are stealing, no, you are not justified in that shooting. But as long as a person can articulate that they were in fear they are going to be seriously hurt or killed or someone else is going to be seriously hurt or killed, then you have the right to shoot at that suspect."

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

(KY)92-Year-Old Man Fatally Shoots Home Intruder

“I aimed right for his heart,” said Earl Jones, a 92-year-old man from Kentucky, as he described the moment when he delivered a fatal shot to a home intruder.

What could have caused such calculated determination? We should go back to the beginning, but to be fair this is a story that’s 92 years in the making.

Earl Jones has been having trouble with young whippersnappers recently. Not because they drive too fast or because they walk around with their fancy iPod whatchamacallits, but because they’ve been stealing from him. Jones has recently been the victim of three separate incidents of theft. The crooks have taken just about everything they can get their hands on, from guns and money to livestock.

It’s kind of understandable how Jones' property could have become a hotspot for criminal activity. To criminals, old timers probably seem like easy targets. They don’t have the best eyesight, their reflexes can be a little slow, and some of them can’t get out of their chair, let alone put up a fight. But young folks tend to forget: you don’t get a few years away from the big 100 by being a wuss.

Just to refresh your memories, here’s an incomplete list of what 92-year-old Earl Jones of Kentucky has been through in his lifetime:

* The Great Depression

* Serving in World War II

* The Red Scare

* ‘80s Fashion

If we ever decided to get into the world of crime, “people who fought the Nazis” would probably be pretty low on our list of targets. But Lloyd Maxwell, 24, Ryan Dalton, 22, and Donnie Inabnit, 20, were willing to take their chances. They broke into Jones’ home in the fourth and most recent robbery incident, which led to a lethal encounter with a still very dangerous gun owner.

As soon as Maxwell entered the doorway and exposed himself to Jones, the WWII veteran pulled the trigger. The would-be thieves retreated, leaving Jones to call his neighbor, who then called police. When asked why Jones never bothered to call 911, he matter-of-factly answered, "I'm a military man -- I ain't going to dial somebody and have to wait for an hour while the guy shoots me in the face and is gone.”

This might be a good time to mention what Jones did in WWII. He served in the Air Force and worked on planes, including the Enola Gay. Yes, the Enola Gay, the one that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.

The robbers retreated to their car and drove for about a mile before calling 911. Medical help and authorities showed up to find Lloyd Maxwell dead on arrival. The other two offered a shaky alibi about what caused the wound and were ultimately arrested. Dalton and Inabnit are both being charged with 2nd degree complicity and tampering with physical evidence.

Jones, on the other hand, will not be charged. Kentucky lawyer Bruce McClure explained that Jones was well in his right to pull the trigger. "The statute does not require you to retreat even to the telephone,” McClure said. "His defense is that he had a right to presume that they meant to cause him harm. He's got the presumption in his favor."

This shooting might put a stop to the recent crime spree, but if it doesn’t then this fiery old-timer still isn’t about to throw in the towel. He’s already phoned police to try to get his confiscated weapon back. In the meanwhile, his neighbor has loaned Jones a shotgun and a local pawn shop has offered to give him a replacement rifle.

That just goes to show you: mess with WWII veterans at your own peril.

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Did Colorado shooter single out Cinemark theater because it banned guns?

With 12 dead and 58 wounded, the July 20th shooting at the Cinemark Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado was sure to result in a lawsuit. On Friday, the first suit was announced, claiming Cinemark has “primary responsibility.” The theater did have responsibility for the attack, but not for the reasons that the lawyers bringing the case think.

The lawyer bringing the suit, Attorney Marc Bern, with the New York city law firm of Napoli, Bern, Ripka and Scholonik, suggested the theater should have had security guards the night of the attack. Yet, checking bags or metal detectors at the front of the theater that night wouldn’t have prevented the attack. The killer brought his guns in through an emergency backdoor.

Armed security guards at movie theaters are rare in low crime areas, such as Aurora, especially on less crowded weeknights. And, with an audience fleeing the theater, armed guards may have experienced difficulty getting quickly inside.

So why did the killer pick the Cinemark theater? You might think that it was the one closest to the killer’s apartment. Or, that it was the one with the largest audience.

Yet, neither explanation is right. Instead, out of all the movie theaters within 20 minutes of his apartment showing the new Batman movie that night, it was the only one where guns were banned. In Colorado, individuals with permits can carry concealed handgun in most malls, stores, movie theaters, and restaurants. But private businesses can determine whether permit holders can carry guns on their private property.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

(AZ)Homeowner thwarts burglary attempt, fires shot

Police say a homeowner in Phoenix thwarted a burglary attempt at his house and fired at least one round from a shotgun at three suspects who then fled the scene.

Phoenix police spokesman Trent Crump says one of the suspects suffered a minor injury to one of his legs that may have been the result of a pellet from the shotgun.

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(TX)Islander shoots trespasser

GALVESTON — A man caught trespassing on private property in Galveston on Friday night was shot by a resident but did not suffer life-threatening wounds, Galveston police Lt. Michael Gray said.

The resident of the 2100 block of Avenue P home told police he heard a commotion in the backyard about 9:30 p.m. and found Sergio Rojas, 24, in the backyard. The two did not know each other. The resident shot Rojas once in the arm. A second bullet possibly grazed Rojas in the forehead, Gray said.

Police found Rojas, who was conscious and coherent, inside a garage apartment on the property and transported him to the University of Texas Medical Branch for treatment.

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(MI)Homeowner holds theft suspect at gunpoint

A Battle Creek man, 23, was arrested on a charge of a larceny from a vehicle after Battle Creek police said he was caught by a resident taking items from his motorcycle.

Police were called at 2:33 a.m. Sunday to the first block of Ardmore Drive. The motorcycle owner’s wife told police she was watching television when she heard a noise and saw a man tampering with their motorcycle, which was parked a few feet from the front door of the home. She said he also was urinating.

She woke her husband, 48, who grabbed an unloaded shotgun and confronted the man. The owner of the motorcycle said he cocked the gun and the man outside the house raised his hands and they waited for officers to arrive.

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(MO) McDonald County Jury Says Man Acted In Self-Defense

PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) - A 32-year-old man has been acquitted of fatally shooting his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend and wounding another man in southwest Missouri.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Microstamping folly: More liberal brainlessness

New York politicians are targeting Remington Arms in their state with microstamping legislation and Connecticut has Colt in its sights.

But both gun makers say microstamping is expensive and unreliable and they will leave their respective states if these laws are passed, resulting in job losses for the Yankee states and job gains for unspecified Western states.

Proponents claim microstamping will allow authorities "to quickly identify the registered guns used in crimes."

Unless, of course, criminals use only revolvers which don't eject spent cartridge cases.

Unless, of course, criminals pick up their spent cartridge cases and carry them away from the crime scene along with their microstamped guns.

Unless, of course, criminals buy their guns outside of New York and Connecticut.

Unless, of course, criminals buy foreign-made guns through the black market once the entire US is required to adopt microstamping.

Unless, of course, glove-wearing criminals use registered microstamped guns stolen from honest citizens and simply leave the guns at the crime scene along with the spent cartridge cases.

Unless, of course, criminals pay their underworld gunsmiths to replace the microstamped firing pins for un-microstamped firing pins.

These are just some of the problems.

New York Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, identified in the article as "a Democrat and the chief sponsor of the microstamping legislation" said of Remington and Colt, "It’s unfair of them to resist sensible regulation to save lives."

But, of course, microstamping won't save a single life because the spent cartridge cases are not "spent" until after they have been fired and the victim is already dead.


(MI)Owner of Detroit party store opens fire on intruders, killing 1, wounding 2

Detroit police said a store owner on Detroit's west side shot three men who were allegedly breaking into his business early Friday morning, killing one of them. Police said the 51-year-old owner heard the men breaking into his liquor store on Joy Road near Ohio just after 3 a.m. He opened fire on them, killing a man in his 20s.

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(MI) Man shoots attempted robber at Detroit gas station

DETROIT - A man is in the hospital after being shot when he allegedly tried to rob a man who had a gun at a gas station on Detroit’s west side. According to police, a man stopped at Sunoco Gas Station near Joy and Hubbell roads Friday night. He went into the station and when he was walking back to his car two men attacked him and tried to rob him. “I think it’s just terrible, it’s bold,” said a woman who asked not to be identified. During the altercation, the man pulled a gun, which he is licensed to carry, and fired one round at one of the suspected robbers. He struck him in the chest, the other man got away.

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

(FL)Neighbor saves woman from pit bull attack with rifle

DELTONA - Awilda Gonzalez of Deltona says she could have been killed.Two stray pit bulls attacked her and her diabetic puggle, Bucky, while they were on a walk around 7 p.m. Thursday night on Derby Drive. Gonzalez says she was just eight doors down from her house, when the dogs knocked her off her feet. "All of a sudden, I look up, and I saw this guy with a rifle," she said. Before the pit bulls could take any bites, Brian Gregg was in the driveway across the street with his gun. "I felt horrible, but they were attacking this woman, and her dog," he said.Gregg fired four rounds, and hit at least one of the dogs in the leg.They both ran off and have not been located.Gregg says stray dogs are a big problem around the neighborhood.

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Saturday, September 08, 2012

(South Africa) Paraplegic man kills intruder

A paraplegic man shot and killed his gardener after the man attacked him in his Cradock home in the Eastern Cape, the Beeld reported on Monday. Police spokeswoman Captain Stefanie Smith said the victim (58) heard a knock at his door and opened it, as he had been expecting a relative on Saturday morning. His gardener forced his way into the home, threatened him with a knife and demanded money, the paper reported. The victim was stabbed in both arms, then wheeled into his bedroom, where he was further assaulted.

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(RI) W. Warwick home invasion: owner speaks

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – A West Warwick neighborhood is still looking for answers after a bizarre attempted robbery on Labor Day. Eyewitness News spoke to Ruth Fulton, a homeowner that says her granddaughter told her someone was trying to get onto her porch. Fulton soon discovered it was a woman holding a baby trying to enter her home, all while a different person was trying to break-in to a neighbor’s house. Eventually, she heard a pop. According to police, that pop was a gunshot.

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The homeowner stopped the invasion with gunfire. A police dog located the subject later.

(TN) Police investigate fatal shooting(Home Defense)

A Highland Avenue woman shot and killed a man who had broken into her home and was attacking another man, Columbia police said. Prudence Spencer, who lives at 1503 Highland Ave., told police Thomas Darnell Moore forced his way into her residence by kicking in the front door about 4:23 a.m. Wednesday, Lt. Jeremy Alsup said.Moore began assaulting Terrance Hill, who was in the residence with Spencer, Alsup said. Spencer shot Moore to defend Hill. Moore was pronounced dead at the scene, Alsup said. Spencer and Hill fled to a neighbor’s house and called 911, Alsup said. The firearm, which Alsup only described as a “long gun,” was recovered in the area between the two residences. He said he did not know to whom the weapon belonged.

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Friday, September 07, 2012

(UK) Couple who shot burglars describe ordeal as 'difficult beyond belief'

A couple arrested after shooting at masked burglars who broke into their remote cottage have described the ordeal as "difficult beyond belief". Andy and Tracey Ferrie said they had been "humbled" by the support they had received since the incident in the early hours of Sunday morning.   After almost three days of questioning by police the couple were released on police bail.Last night however the Crown Prosecution Service announced their actions had been within the law and they were not to face charges. In a statement the pair said: "The past few days have been difficult beyond belief. We are grateful and humbled by the support we have received."

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(CA) Shotgun-Wielding Mom Saves Two-Year-Old From Kidnapper

Stealing candy from a baby is pretty easy, but stealing a baby from a gun-toting mother is a whole different story. Just this past Tuesday, Brianne Rodriguez was placed in a deadly struggle with the fate of her two-year-old daughter hanging in the balance.

At around 8:40 a.m., a man knocked on Rodriguez’s front door of her home in Fresno County, California, but she wisely decided not to answer. A few moments later Rodriguez heard somebody breaking in through the backdoor and things quickly went from bad to worse when the ski mask-wearing intruder attacked Rodriguez. She said the man threw a chair at her, which she tripped over and fell, and that's when her two-year-old daughter started screaming. The intruder saw the little girl and proceeded to walk towards her.

Rodriguez described the terrifying moment, "I was thinking, 'please God don’t let him take my baby.'" She said she grabbed at the man, but he just threw her back to the ground and began kicking her in the ribs and face.

While she was subdued the man then grabbed the helpless child, put his hand around her mouth, snatched Rodriguez's purse and then attempted to flee to his car. Though battered, Rodriguez said she knew she had to do something. "I’m here now, I need to get her, to protect my baby," Rodriguez recalled. "I kicked into lioness mode, protecting my cub."

She said she stumbled to the front of her house, grabbed an unloaded shotgun that she kept in the closet, and confronted the man in her front yard as he made his dash around the house towards his car. She gave the man a very simple ultimatum: drop the child or die.

If the man had called Rodriguez on her bluff, we probably would have turned on the news earlier this week to an Amber Alert. Luckily, the would-be kidnapper dropped the girl and fled the scene. The story also would have gone a lot differently if Rodriguez had enough time to load the gun before confronting him – the kidnapper probably wouldn't have made it two steps before getting transformed into a spaghetti strainer.

Police are investigating the crime and currently looking for the suspect, who is described as a white or light Hispanic man with dirty blonde hair.


Strict French gun controls at work

Three of the four victims killed at a French Alpine beauty spot were shot in the middle of the head, prosecutors said today.

The family including parents, an older woman and two children were found in a bullet-riddled BMW near Chevaline in France.

The owner of the car was named as Iraqi-born Saad Al-Hilli, 50, who lived in Claygate, Surrey.

Mr Al Hilli is understood to have been the secretary of a Wiltshire-based aerial photography company, AMS 1087, since 2007.

The woman, believed to be the mother of the two girls, was reportedly 50 years old while a 77-year-old Swedish woman was also killed in the car.

They were discovered by a French cyclist named as Sylvain Mollier, a father-of-three in his 40s, who overtook a British cyclist on the approach to the crime scene yesterday afternoon. The second rider, a former serviceman in the RAF, then raised the alarm after finding the bloodbath.

Detectives discovered 15 spent bullet casings around the car, which was locked and the engine running when it was discovered.

France recently tightened its laws on illegal firearms amid a worrying rise in the use of guns by criminals. In July a gunman using an assault rifle shot dead two people and injured five at a nightclub in Lille after being turned away.

In March, Mohammed Merah, who claimed to be linked to al-Qaeda, killed four people at a Jewish school and three soldiers in southern France. He was killed after a 32-hour siege in Toulouse.


To be fair, the fact that the driver was an Iraqi involved in aerial photography may suggest an "international" involvement

Thursday, September 06, 2012

(MA)Police: Homeowner with gun confronts, apprehends trespasser

PHILLIPSTON — A Phillipston man has been charged with trespassing, after a resident of Barre Road in Phillipston found him on his property Saturday night, confronted him with a handgun, and held him in custody until police arrived. Alex P. Travisano, 22, of Phillipston, was arraigned Tuesday in Gardner District Court on a charge of trespassing. He was released on personal recognizance bail after Judge Arthur F. Haley III rejected a plea agreement which he would have pleaded guilty and accepted a sentence of one year of probation.
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(UK)In the clear! No charges against couple who shot burglers who targeted their isolated cottage

The couple arrested for opening fire on intruders who targeted their isolated cottage will not face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service announced last night.

Andy and Tracey Ferrie had been held on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after dialling 999 to report that they had discharged a shotgun when a four-man gang broke in to their home in the middle of the night.

The couple spent almost three days and nights in custody until they were released on bail late on Tuesday night.

Yesterday, hours after two men appeared in court charged with burglary in connection with the raid on the Ferries’ 200-year-old cottage, prosecutors said it was ‘clear’ the couple ‘did what they believed was necessary to protect themselves, and their home, from intruders’.

The decision was greeted as a victory for common sense by friends and relatives.

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Kansas man wounded while robbing store pleads guilty to federal firearms charge

How to wreck your life in one easy lesson

A man who was shot and seriously wounded when he tried to rob a Kansas City, Kan., convenience store has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Donnell H. Roberson, 25, Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of carrying a firearm in furtherance of an armed robbery.

In his plea, Roberson admitted that on Jan. 10, 2011, he was one of two men carrying handguns and wearing masks who robbed the Everyday Convenience Store at 6828 Kaw Drive in Kansas City, Kan.

Roberson was shot as he fled the store. About half an hour later, Roberson was admitted to Providence Medical Center with a gunshot wound. Roberson had two collapsed lungs from being shot. One of his lungs was removed at Providence Medical Center.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 10. He faces a sentence of not less than seven years and not more than life in federal prison.


(TX)Reserve officer shot and killed intruder

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Authorities said a 30-year-old Poteet reserve police officer reportedly shot and killed an intruder at his North Side home Tuesday morning.

Police at the scene said Officer Alfredo Isaac Gonzalez was asleep at 3:15 a.m. in the upstairs apartment at the Lincoln Village Apartments in the 1700 block of Jackson-Keller Road when he heard glass shattering in his kitchen.

Gonzalez told police that when he went to investigate, he saw a man trying to break in through a window. San Antonio police spokesman Officer Matthew Porter said Gonzalez identified himself as an officer and ordered the intruder to stop, but the man ignored his commands.

Porter said Gonzalez then fired once through the blinds. The intruder was struck in the head and died on the apartment’s patio, police said. The alleged intruder, believed to be in his early 20s, was wearing black socks on his hands and had tools in his pocket.

Police said the intruder apparently opened a patio storage closet before trying to enter the home. No charges are expected for Gonzalez, who Poteet Police Chief Martin Chavez said had been an unpaid volunteer patrol officer for the department only about a month, working once a week.

Chavez said Gonzalez was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. Gonzalez’s peace officer license never has been suspended or revoked because of disciplinary actions, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

Meanwhile, police said two other men were in Gonzalez’s apartment at the time of the shooting. A man who answered the door at the apartment Tuesday afternoon declined an interview request on behalf of the household, including Gonzalez.

Several neighbors at the complex said the incident didn’t make them feel unsafe. Jorge Rodriguez, who lives in Gonzalez’s building, applauded his neighbor for using a gun to protect his home. Rodriguez said he keeps a pistol for self-defense.


Wednesday, September 05, 2012

(FL)Video: Security Guard Shoots Robbers at Internet Cafe

An armed security guard opened fire on would-be robbers early Tuesday at a Melbourne, Florida, Internet café, striking one of them, police said. Three armed individuals burst into the Allied Veterans of the World arcade on Babcock Street about 4 a.m. to rob the business, Melbourne police said.

The video shows the security officer responding within three seconds, able to control his gunfire, remove himself from harms way, take protective cover and wound one of the robbers.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

(CA)Neighbors: Early morning shooting an act of self-defense

A 19-year-old man shot and killed an intruder who tried to break into his west Patterson home early Monday, Sept. 3, according to the teen's neighbors. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department received word at 1:09 a.m. that someone had been shot on the 1400 block of Shearwater Drive, according to Sgt. Frank Fenn of the sheriff’s department. When firefighters and medics arrived at the scene, they found the shooting victim lying dead on the driveway of a home immediately next to the home he sought to burglarize, according to police and neighbors.
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(KY)Boone County homeowner shoots, kills intruder

VERONA, Ky. - —
One man is dead and two more are behind bars after a World War II veteran took matters into his own hands when a burglar broke into his home.Boone County Police say a man broke into the basement of a home in the 15000 block of Violet Road in Verona just after 2 a.m. The homeowner, Earl Jones, 92, was awakened and grabbed his .22 caliber rifle. Thieves targeted Jones’ farm at least three times recently, stealing guns, money, even cattle. This time, Jones woke up when he heard intruders in the cellar.
Jones is a 92-year-old Air Force veteran who worked on planes, including the Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. He will not be charged.
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(KY)One dead, two in custody after attempted burglary

VERONA, KY (FOX19) - A home intruder has died after being shot by the owner during an attempted burglary.

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on Monday when the intruder broke into a home in the 15,000 block of Violet Road in Verona. Police say that Earl Jones, 92, was awakened by a noise in the basement and armed himself with a .22 caliber rifle.

Once the suspect entered the home through the basement, Jones shot the suspect in the chest and called his neighbor, who then called 911.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the outside basement door propped open, but no one other than Jones was present at the residence.

Shortly after the shooting, Kenton County Police responded to a call on Courtney Road of a man who had been shot. They then found Lloyd (Adam) Maxwell, 24, of Richmond, and two others in a 2001 Chevrolet Impala.

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(TX)Evil Comes From Man Not the Gun

Wisconsin --( A redneck friend of mine and a native Texan sent me a picture by e-mail of a Texas road sign.

A green highway one, with the Texas flag on it you would see as you drive into that state. They usually have the expression “Don’t mess with Texas” on the bottom of the sign.

The sign in the picture had four more lines added. “Our citizens have concealed weapons”, “If you kill someone, we kill you back”, “We enjoy gun fights-it’s a Texas tradition” and “We have 120 prisons – enjoy your stay.”

There is a good chance that the signage has been enhanced on someone’s computer. Perhaps Texas does not officially endorse such verbiage. The alter-ego of my red neck Texas friend is a mild mannered, retired Oklahoma grade school teacher. I am sure there is no way she would endorse lawlessness in the guise of revenge or streets of Laredo justice.

Evil however sometimes knows no justice. Sometimes you just have to stop evil before it can harm again. I have been to Columbine high school. I was in Colorado Springs four years ago when evil in the guise of a wannabe missionary (who was removed from training) killed innocent family members walking out of church on a cold December, Sunday morn.

As a Colorado Ranger I made the offer in my column to attend the execution of Major Hasan, assuming he ever goes to trial for the massacre of thirteen soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas. Now we have the movie theater massacre of twelve innocent people (including three military members) in Aurora, Colorado.

Each a planned, practiced, and very well orchestrated public display of evil.

The recent Colorado shooter was seen at an outdoor firing range practicing with the very rifle, handgun and shotgun he used to dispense evil in the form of murder. There is video footage of the two Columbine high school males / murderers shooting their weapons prior to their deliverance of death and unrecoverable family destruction.

The guns are NOT the only the tools to facilitate the pain and carnage that the deliverers of evil used. It was not guns that the 9-11 hijackers used to kill almost 3000 victims. It was airplanes that were controlled and guided by pure evil that flew into the towers. Colorado citizens have the state sanctioned right to carry a firearm to protect and defend their lives and the lives of their families. The City of Aurora and the movie theater took that right away from the innocent patrons.

There is probably very little chance that a lone theater patron carrying his / her legally authorized handgun was going to rise from their seat and single handedly charge the “machine gun of evil” and kill the destructive shooter. Many of the patrons were however lying on the floor looking up at the shooter from inches away. In that scenario a single armed citizen could have made the difference of how many had to die or be injured that night, but no, Aurora is a gun free city.

By Colorado State statute a business can post their premises for the open (non-concealed carry) carry of a firearm, but they cannot post against concealed carry. Again Aurora is a gun free city, as far as I can see doing so against Colorado State statute.

Wisconsin enacted concealed carry in November of 2011. They made sure in the new statute that if you did not post your business against carrying a firearm on your premises, you would not be held liable if an evil person used his weapon to harm people on your property. However if you choose to post your business and disallow a citizen the ability to carry their firearm to defend themselves and they are harmed because they cannot defend, you the business owner are liable.

I believe this is not the case in Colorado. So the dead and the many wounded could not defend from or repel evil. The current liberal government is laying low on the gun control issue. They know it is a political career stopper and want to side step any semblance of trying to stand in the way of the Second Amendment, at least until they can get their candidate reelected.

The firearm in the hands of evil can and most assuredly will destroy, but it is evil that drives this train. Evil will always be with us and Americans must be able to oppose, defend and stop it whenever they can. Some how the words on the Texas road sign seem less funny and ring more true.

Major Van Harl USAF Ret

About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.: Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret. , is a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. Now retired, these days he enjoys camping, traveling, volunteering with the Girl Scouts and writing.


(MI)A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Detroit Police Gun Buy-Back

Detroit, Michigan --( During a Detroit gun buy-back program conducted yesterday at a local church, a group of gun rights activists staged an event of their own – a firearm rescue operation.

On Thursday, August 30th, the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and the St. Cecilia Catholic Church conducted a gun buy-back event which netted a reported 365 firearms. Predictably, the organizers announced that the program was a success and that the city would be safer, as a result of citizens voluntarily disarming themselves. Apparently, these folks do not know that there are at least 21 confirmed serial rapists in Detroit and that there have been at least 240 homicides this year, as of last Sunday.

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This year’s haul of 365 firearm purchases pales in comparison to 737 guns they bought in August of last year. Of course, they’ll tell you that just one junk gun bought from a widow means that one person may not get shot as a result. This conjecture flies in the face of the fact that gun buy-backs have no measurable effect on violent crime. Furthermore, the police are not asking any questions about the guns such as how they were acquired. These events are conducted for the sake of appearances – another “feel good” media story on how hard the police are “trying” to make our city safer.

Imagine the surprise that the gun buy-back organizers must have felt when about 20 gun rights activists arrived to the scene carrying signs which promised to pay more cash than the church.

For the record, the official prices being paid to participants were $10 for pellet guns, $25 for inoperable junk guns, $50 for working firearms, and $100 for so-called “Assault Weapons” – whatever those may be. >P> The “gun rescue” was organized by both Michigan Open Carry, Inc. and followers of the “Legally Armed In Detroit” blog. Participants stayed off the private property of the church, displayed their “Buying Guns – CASH” signs, and rescued about 20 firearms. More firearms could have been saved however much of what was being offered for sale was junk. For example, one lady produced a banged up small form-factor Bryco Arms .22LR caliber semi-automatic handgun without a magazine. She was advised to quickly sell it the police before they ran out of money.

The police working the event, 20 – 30 officers, were professional. No major complaints were aired, however, there was one action performed during the event that did cast a shadow. Five officers were standing in the street forming a blockade between the church and private buyers. Obviously, some firearm sellers were intimidated by the show of force and did not run the risk of exploring a better offer for their unwanted firearm.

The “gun rescue” participants had to adjust tactics; sellers were solicited a little further up the street from the church.

In all, some previously unwanted firearms now have a home that appreciates them and the community at large has been educated about the false promises of gun buy-backs. The counter-buy-back has been covered extensively in the media and more people will now demand that their elected officials do more than waste scant public safety resources to solve our violent crime problem. Hopefully, the police department will not have the gall and audacity to stage more of these worthless events in the future. >P> About The Author Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school – Rick’s Firearm Academy of Detroit.

Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, NRAnews, Gun Digest, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, WJLB, WGPR and the UrbanShooterPodcast.

For more info about Detroit Michigan CPL Classes, please contact: Rick’s Firearm Academy of Detroit Contact: Rick Ector Web: Email: Phone: 313.733.7404


(TX)HPD: Naked suspect shot by homeowner during attempted burglary

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A homeowner fought back against a suspected burglar who was reportedly naked. Police say the naked man was behind the wheel of a vehicle when he forced his way through the gate on the homeowner's property at around 8am Monday on Tierwester Street near Lehall on Houston's south side..

The homeowner emptied one gun into the suspect's vehicle and when the suspect didn't stop, he began firing another gun at the vehicle.

The homeowner, Anthony Allen, says the suspect used his vehicle to push the sliding gate open. That's when the homeowner's mother saw the suspect driving around to her son's back door. She called her son and woke him up. When Allen came outside, he saw the gate was closed and the suspect driving forward then backward in his driveway. That's when Allen says he yelled for the suspect to stop, but he continued to drive and opened his car door.

Allen says with the suspect close, he fired his handgun into the vehicle, and when that didn't stop him, he fired his shotgun.

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Monday, September 03, 2012

You can be arrested for self-defense in Britain

A householder was arrested yesterday after he shot two suspected burglars in a midnight break-in at his home.  The 35-year-old – believed to be a farm worker – fired a shotgun at a gang of suspected burglars who broke into his isolated cottage in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

The man and his wife, 43, were understood to have called police immediately after the shooting, at 12.26am.   He told officers he had fired his shotgun, which is licensed and legally held, and the intruders fled.

Minutes later, ambulance paramedics were called to treat a man with shotgun injuries. The 999 call was understood to have been made by one of the suspected burglars.  A second man was treated for shotgun injuries after he walked into Leicester Royal Infirmary, around ten miles from the cottage.  Neither of the men’s injuries were said to be serious.

The householder and his wife were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.  He is thought to be a farm worker who kept the shotgun legally as part of his job.

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(IN) Homeowner shoots burglar

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Metro Police say an Indianapolis homeowner shot the man who had broken into his home early Friday morning. The home is in the 5600 block of Willowridge Court in Decatur Township. The homeowner, Wallace Turner, told police he, his wife and 5-year-old daughter were sleeping around 1:45 a.m., when the intruder kicked in the back door. Turner said he grabbed his handgun and ran down the hall to confront the burglar who was standing in his living room.Turner said, "He wasn't getting past me. My wife and daughter were behind me.

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Sunday, September 02, 2012

(MI) Detroit woman shoots back at would-be carjackers

A Detroit woman targeted by would-be carjackers surprised them by shooting back at them.   Alaina, who asked only to be identified by her first name, said she walked out of a store at Plymouth Road and Myers Road earlier this month and was confronted by two men. One of them started shooting in an attempt to rob Alaina and steal her sport utility vehicle.Alaina was shot and wounded. Her vehicle was hit several times, but she has a concealed pistol permit and she returned fire.
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(TX)Hunters shoot at gun thieves in restaurant parking lot

SAN ANTONIO – Hunters hoping to enjoy the first day of dove season instead ended up using their guns on suspected car thieves.

The hunters were eating inside the T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant off of Loop 410 and Highway 151 on the west side.

Police say they looked out the window and saw thieves breaking into their pickup truck. The smash-and-grab left glass shattered across the parking lot.

Officers say the hunters ran out of the restaurant and told the thieves to stop but by then, the suspects had stolen about five handguns and shotguns and jumped into an SUV.

Police say the hunters are conceal-carry permit holders and quickly took action: they pulled out the guns they were carrying and shot at the getaway car.

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(TX)Homeowner Shoots At Intruder, Lawmen Mount Search For Suspect

CHINA SPRING (August 31, 2012)—A homeowner confronted a burglary Friday morning at a residence in China Spring and was able to fire at least one shot at the suspect before he ran away.

McLennan County deputies were sent just before 11 a.m. to a residence in the 2000 block of Meandering Way where a homeowner reported he had opened fire on a man who was trying to break into the home.

Chief Deputy Randy Plemons could not say if the burglar was hit by the gunfire.

Deputies had mounted a search for the suspect Friday afternoon.

The homeowner was not harmed in the incident.

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NC:  Robber shot after victim wrestles for gun, police say:  "A robbery suspect was shot after the victim fought back in an incident on Wednesday night, police said.  The victim said a man pulled a gun on him and his son, demanding money. He said instinct kicked in and he reached for the weapon. "He had his hand and the guy was shooting," the translator said. The victim was grazed by a bullet. He said there was a second suspect who was on top of his son and he was afraid the bullets would hit him, so he kept wrestling with the gunman, who he said ended up shooting himself.  "When (the suspect) shot himself, he let the gun down and (the victim) grabbed the gun," the translator said. In the meantime, the victim said the other suspect took off, but not before he tried to hit them with his car. He said luckily, a tree got in the way.  Police said the suspect was rushed to the hospital for surgery.  He hasn't been charged yet, so police haven't released his name."

Saturday, September 01, 2012

(GA)Home invasion leads to gun battle south of Atlanta


EAST POINT, Ga. (AP) — Three people are hospitalized in critical condition after a home invasion led to a gun battle in East Point, just south of Atlanta.Police say an occupant of the home opened fire on at least two men who broke into his townhome at the Regency Park Apartments shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday

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(WA) Employee, 76, shoots intruder in scuffle at Everett real estate office

EVERETT, Wash. - An intruder who attempted to burglarize an Everett real estate office is in the hospital after he was shot by an employee at the office during a scuffle, police say.The incident unfolded at about 9:15 a.m. Thursday when Everett police received a 911 call from the 76-year-old employee saying he was holding a burglar at gunpoint inside the real estate business in the 1800 block of Colby Avenue.

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(IN)Southwestside homeowner shoots burglary suspect in leg

Today turned out to be a bad start to the Labor Day weekend for James Frye, 30.First, the Indianapolis man was shot in the leg. Then he was arrested for alleged burglary.

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