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Crime ReportAnonymous writes:  


A Cape Girardeau mother with a gun is being credited with stopping the attempted rape of her daughter.

The Southeast Missourian reports that 51-year-old Craig Kizer faces a variety of charges, including attempted rape, armed criminal action and burglary. He has no known address and did not have an attorney.

Police say Kizer had been working on the family's home as part of a renovation project, but was not staying there. The teen was in bed around 5:30 a.m. Sunday when Kizer came into her room with a knife and climbed on top of her.

When he set the knife down on the bed, the teen grabbed it and screamed.

The girl's mother came into the room with a gun, pointed it at the suspect and ordered him out of the house. Police later arrested him.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 @ 02:21:02 CDT (19577 reads)


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Posted by ShaunKranish on Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 17:26:28 CDT (5183 reads)


Examiner.com article here

The owner of a pawn shop on Chicago's Northwest side reportedly used his gun in self defense against three robbers.

Police say that that three robbers entered the pawn shop, located on the 5900 block of West Fullerton Avenue, just before 1 PM.  After being placed in fear for life by the robbers, the pawn shop owner is said to have fired in self defense, striking one of the robbers and sending his accomplices fleeing.  A dead suspect was found near the crime scene, and police are seeking the two other suspects, according to news reports.  No injuries to the pawn shop owner or any bystanders were reported.

This is the third self defense shooting to occur in Chicago during the last couple of weeks.  In the first self defense shooting, an 80 year old Chicago homeowner used his handgun to stop a convicted felon who broke in during the ealy morning hours.  In the second self defense shooting, another Chicago homeowner used his handgun to stop a fugitive who dove through his front window while running from the police.

Sadly, gun control advocates ignore the self defense value of firearms and believe that infringing the right of law abiding citizens to own a gun for self defense will somehow prevent criminals from having a gun and using it to commit a crime.  The fact is that criminals ignore the laws that tell them not to have a gun, just as readily as they ignore the rest of society’s laws.  The result is that criminals remained armed, and are able to prey upon their defenseless victims with impunity.  Adding insult to injury, gun bans lead to situations where those citizens who fire in self defense end up prosecuted for saving their own lives.  Hopefully, the soon to be decided McDonald v. Chicago case will put an end to Chicago’s handgun ban and the injustice that goes along with it, allowing more Chicago residents to defend themselves against violent criminals.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:58:18 CDT (8040 reads)


Chicago Breaking News

June 3, 2010 9:38 AM   |  51 Comments  | UPDATED STORY
A South Austin resident shot and wounded a man who crashed through the window of his home while fleeing police early this morning, officials say.

The resident had a valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card and police are not pursuing charges against him despite the city's ban on handguns, police said.

It's the second time in little more than a week that police have chosen not to file charges against someone who shot an intruder. On May 26, an 80-year-old East Garfield Park homeowner shot and killed a suspected burglar.
In today's incident, Aaron Marshall was pulled over by police for a traffic violation in the 300 block of North Pine Street in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side shortly after midnight, according to Police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak.

Marshall, a convicted felon, jumped out of his car and led officers on a foot chase as he dropped a large quantity of narcotics, Kubiak said.

Marshall crashed through the front window of a home on the 300 block of North Long Avenue, Kubiak said. When police showed up at the home, they found the man shot in the chest, apparently with a revolver, Kubiak said.

The residents told police they heard glass breaking and saw a man inside their home, Kubiak said. One resident told police he feared for his safety and shot the man, Kubiak said.

Marshall was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition had stabilized. He was expected to survive, officials said.

Marshall, of the 5400 block of West Monroe Street, has been charged with criminal trespass and drug possession, Kubiak said. He also was ticketed for failure to heed a stop sign and for driving on a revoked license.

Marshall's criminal background includes a felony drug conviction in 2009 and a 2007 conviction for felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, court records show. He also is a gang member with a lengthy arrest record, police said.

-- Carlos Sadovi

Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, June 03, 2010 @ 11:46:08 CDT (6172 reads)


Article in the Chicago Sun Times here

May 29, 2010

Mayor Daley doesn't get it about firearms and personal safety. After the highly publicized self-defense shooting in East Garfield Park on the West Side on Wednesday, he should fold his tent, shut his mouth and go away.

The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to nullify Chicago's draconian handgun ban, and nothing clarifies Daley's dilemma with guns more dramatically than the slaying of home invader Anthony "Big Ant" Nelson, a 29-year-old career thug who has, according to the Chicago Tribune, a "13-page rap sheet that includes a number of drug and weapons convictions dating to 1998, according to police and court records." This neighborhood predator made what nationally recognized self-defense expert Massad Ayoob calls "a fatal error in the victim selection process."

Nelson reportedly fired a shot from a handgun -- you know, they're banned in Chicago, and convicted felons like "Big Ant" aren't supposed to have them anyway; yet another failure of gun control -- through the bedroom window of an 80-year-old Army veteran who served in the Korean War.

Most likely to Nelson's great, and terminal, surprise, the older man fired back, with his own handgun that almost certainly was not registered in the city. Had he followed the law, this gentleman, his wife, and possibly their 12-year-old grandson, who was in the next room, might all be dead right now.

Fortunately, thanks to the Illinois Legislature's override of Rod Blagojevich's veto of SB 2165 in November 2004, the older gentleman will not face prosecution. That was the "Hale DeMar" act, which protects homeowners who shoot in self-defense even if there is a local ordinance against handgun possession.

DeMar shot a burglar in his Wilmette home and was initially charged with violating that community's handgun ban, but public outrage forced the Cook County prosecutor to drop the charge.

The question remains in this case whether the old gentleman will get his gun back from the police when the investigation is completed.

Daley wants his citizens, including elderly people, to remain disarmed while only someone living in monumental denial would believe that creeps like Nelson might be deterred from packing guns illegally.

Daley has practiced anti-gun demagoguery for years, but that may soon come to a screeching halt, not only because of an affirmative high court ruling in the case of McDonald vs. City of Chicago -- the Second Amendment Foundation's case before the U.S. Supreme Court -- but also because public reaction to the Nelson shooting is decidedly in support of the man who shot him.

Chicago residents have grown weary of living in dangerous neighborhoods where, because of Daley's anti-gun policies that defend the city's ban, they have been stripped of the tools to fight back. It is their plight against armed criminals like Nelson that compelled the Second Amendment Foundation to join with the Illinois State Rifle Association and four Chicago residents to sue the city.

Reaction among Chicago residents to Wednesday's fatal shooting clearly demonstrates that the public supports this lawsuit.

While Daley appears at a press event and suggests he might like to poke a gun barrel into the rump of a reporter and fire a round, neighbors of the Army veteran who killed Nelson in self-defense, along with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Stella Foster, are telling the mayor that he needs to "come up with a better solution [to crime] than just saying 'turn in your guns.' "

Daley's stubborn defense of his city's handgun ban shows him to be so out of touch with the public, and with the reality of his city's crime problem, that he may not even be jolted to good sense by a Supreme Court loss.

Well, here is the reality: Richard Daley's policies are directly responsible for people like Nelson, because the Chicago gun ban has emboldened Windy City thugs to prey on good people they know will be disarmed. Tough luck for Nelson that one courageous older man -- a man who had been robbed at gunpoint last year in his own home for $150 -- had the fortitude and good sense to arm himself in spite of Daley's ban, and now his neighborhood is "one short" of the kind of scum that the Chicago ban has essentially protected for more than a quarter-century.

Alan Gottlieb is executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation. Dave Workman is senior editor of Gun Week. They are co-authors of 'America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age.'

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 @ 13:04:41 CDT (9525 reads)


Chicago Tribune story here

May 27, 2010 3:12 PM   |  64 Comments  | UPDATED STORY

Mayor Richard Daley refused to say today whether an 80-year-old Army veteran who shot and killed an intruder will be charged under the city's handgun ban.

Asked about the possibility of charges, the mayor ended a news conference he had called about summer curfew in the city.

"I don't know. Thank you very much," Daley said and stepped away from the microphone.

Before walking away, Daley acknowledged people's frustration over the issue of gun control but insisted "I don't think the answer is guns."

The homeowner was asleep with his 83-year-old wife and 12-year-old great-grandson when Anthony Nelson -- a parolee with a record of drug and gun arrests -- tried breaking into their East Garfield Park home, police say.

Nelson died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office, which said Nelson died in a homicide--the death of a person at the hands of another person.

The homeowner told investigators that Nelson fired twice before he fired back. The homeowner had bought the gun after being robbed in his home last fall, according to relatives. Police questioned the man for several hours and released him without filing charges, though officials say the investigation is continuing.

The Cook County state's attorney's office has said it has not been contacted regarding pressing charges against the homeowner, but police would be able to charge the homeowner with a misdemeanor crime--such as a violation of city ordinance--without approval from the state's attorney's office.

The man has been hailed as a hero by his family and neighbors, but Daley cautioned that "guns is not the answer to the problems that we see in a home, in the streets of America. It's as simple as that.

"I think everybody understands the frustration that people have in regards to guns, and that's an instance, and I think we understand that," Daley said. "But again, the access to guns in America, the access today is higher today than at any period of time in America."

Police today would say nothing more than that two guns were found at the scene of the home invasion, and that the homeowner has not been charged, but that the investigation is continuing.

-- John Byrne, Liam Ford

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 @ 12:49:08 CDT (6614 reads)


Chicago Tribune story here

At least 22 shot in separate shootings, 1 dead
May 30, 2010 2:09 PM | 129 Comments | UPDATED STORY

At least 22 people were wounded in separate shootings around the city roughly between noon Saturday and noon Sunday, including a man who died this morning after he was shot in the head, Chicago police said.

At a news conference this morning, Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said that nearly half of the shootings appear to be gang-related, including the fatal incident. Weis added that at least two of the other victims have refused to cooperate with police, "which makes the job of our detectives ... far more difficult."

One of the shootings was particularly disturbing because one of the female victims was eight months pregnant, the superintendent said. No one in custody for any of the incidents.

The most recent incident happened in the 8000 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue just after noon today, Chicago Police Officer Laura Kubiak said. A man at the location was shot in the hand.

Four people were shot about 3:15 a.m. today in the 9100 block of South Marshfield Avenue, police said. The victims -- two women, ages 32 and 30, and two men, ages 40 and 41 -- were sitting in a vehicle when a dark four-door sedan approached, a man got out and opened fire. The older woman and the younger man were taken to local hospitals in serious conditions, police said. The other victims suffered only minor injuries.

About 2 a.m. in the 10800 block of South Racine Avenue, two people were shot while they sat in a parked vehicle, police said. One victim, a 43-year-old man, was shot in the chest and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. The other victim, 22, was shot in the shoulder and was listed in "stable" condition at Roseland Community Hospital. Police said the 22-year-old is gang-affiliated. The men were shot by a passenger of a gold four-door car, police said.

About 12:45 a.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot in the 1500 block of East 67th Street. He was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm.

About 12:30 a.m., a 28-year-old man was shot in the Roseland neighborhood in the 10500 block of South Corliss Avenue, police said. He was taken to Roseland Community Hospital with a gunshot wound to his right calf and was described as in "stable" condition.

At the same time on the Southeast Side, three more people were shot as they sat on a porch in the 9200 block of South Blackstone Avenue, Kubiak said. One victim, a 25-year-old man, was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. An 18-year-old man was taken in "stable" condition to Advocate Trinity Hospital. Another victim, 27, was treated and released from Trinity with a graze wound to his arm, police said. The 18-year-old and 27-year-old have gang affiliations, Kubiak said.

About 12:28 a.m., a 19-year-old man was shot in the head in the 5100 block of South Laflin Street, police said. A spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office identifed the man as Darius Murphy of the 5300 block of South Bishop Street.

On the West Side about 12:15 a.m., two people were shot in the 3900 block of West Gladys Avenue, police said. A 24-year-old man was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in "stable" condition with a graze wound to his head. A 19-year-old woman also was taken to the same hospital. She was listed in "stable" condition with a gunshot wound to her neck.

About 8:10 p.m. Saturday in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue in the Logan Square neighborhood, a 47-year-old man was shot in one arm in what police believe was a drive-by shooting. The victim was taken to Norwegian-American Hospital and was listed in good condition.

Roughly 20 minutes earlier in the Ashburn neighborhood, a man, 19, was wounded in the leg in the 3900 block of West 79th Street outside Bogan Computer Technical High School. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and was listed in critical condition. The victim has gang affiliations and was not being cooperative in the police investigation, Kubiak said.

About 7:30 p.m., a 17-year-old boy was standing on the sidewalk on the 7400 block of South Evans Avenue when he heard shots and felt pain. He was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the upper right side.

Two people were shot about 6:45 p.m. in the 8400 block of South Muskegon Avenue but both told conflicting stories, said Kubiak.

An 18-year-old gang-affiliated man suffered a graze wound but refused treatment. He said he was walking in the 8400 block of South Escanaba Avenue when a suspect walked up and shot him, police said. The other victim, 19, told a different story. He said he was driving when someone pulled up and began shouting gang slogans and shot into his car, police said. He drove himself to Advocate Trinity Hospital where he was treated and released.

Police could not locate either victims for interviews after the shootings, Kubiak said.

One of the shootings happened about 3 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in the Woodlawn neighborhood. A 56-year-old man was standing on the corner when a passing car fired in his direction, police said. He fell to the ground in pain and discovered he was shot in his calf. He was taken to an area hospital and listed in good condition.

Earlier Saturday about 11 a.m., a 25-year-old man was shot on the 5300 block of South Laflin Street. He was wounded in the arm and hospitalized. Police said the Laflin shooting appeared to be gang-related, but witnesses were giving conflicting accounts of the event.

No one is in custody for any of the shootings. Calumet Area, Harrison Area and Wentworth Area detectives are investigating.

-- Deanese Williams-Harris

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 @ 12:47:43 CDT (6704 reads)

Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 20:10:05 CDT (6627 reads)


Original Chicago Sun Times Article Here

May 26, 2010
By KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporter

An 80-year-old Army veteran shot and killed an armed man who’d broken in to the two-flat where he and his wife live in East Garfield Park early this morning and fired at him.

He did what his son said “he had to do” after having vowed not to be victimized again following a robbery months earlier.

Neither the man nor his wife was hurt.

He was questioned by police and released without any charges being filed.

The dead man has a history of drug and weapons convictions. Police said they are continuing to investigate.

When he returned home, the man, 80 — who walked with the aid of a walking stick and wore a T-shirt emblazoned with President Obama’s face and name — told a reporter he didn’t want to talk about what had happened.

His 57-year-old son, though, said his father was “sorry that it happened, but it had to be him or us.”

The son said the intruder, armed with a pistol, came in through a rear window and ran up a rear staircase, banging on his locked door before running downstairs and being shot in a confrontation with the older man.

The intruder shot first before the veteran fired back and killed him, the son said and police confirmed.

“Evidently, he missed,” the son said of the intruder. "My father had no choice. It was him or the other guy.

“I heard boom-boom-boom, and there he was by the back door,” said the son, who was upstairs sleeping at the time of the break-in shortly after 5 a.m.

Walking slowly from the police car that brought them home, the couple returned to their home at noon. They slowly climbed the steps to their front door and went inside.

A couple of months ago, the man — a Korean war veteran with three children and six grandkids — had been robbed at gunpoint at his home by three intruders, his son said. The robbers took $150, he said — and his father bought a gun and vowed never to be a victim again.

“If homeowners can’t have guns to defend themselves and their families, there’s going to be more home invasions,” the son said. “My father’s glad he had a weapon. He did what he had to do.”

The son said he recognized the intruder from the neighborhood.

Though police hadn’t publicly identified the dead man, his mother said it was Anthony Nelson, 29, of the 3300 block of West Walnut.

Nelson had a history of drug and weapons convictions and was last released from prison in December, Lenora Nelson said and Illinois Department of Corrections records confirmed. Nelson was free on parole, the records show.

Nelson was studying to be a carpenter, his mother said, and was due to start a job next week clearing out homes.

She said he ate his favorite dinner with her Tuesday night — steak burritos — and that she hadn’t seen him since 9 p.m.

Of the man who shot her son, she said she has “no feelings for him at all.”

Neighbors applauded the elderly man’s actions.

“It’s a good thing they had a gun, or they might be dead,” said Curtis Thompson, who lives next to the couple.

Thompson reflected on the break-in and added, “It could have been us.”

“I’d have done the same thing," said another neighbor, Audrey Williams, who has known the couple for more than 40 years. "They say we've got to give up our guns. But that's crazy."

The break-in happened at 5:22 a.m., according to police, when an armed man entered the home in the 600 block of North Sawyer Avenue on Chicago’s West Side, awakening the homeowner, who shot him.

Neighbors said the elderly couple are longtime residents of the block.

“They’re a nice, loving couple,” another neighbor, Shaquite Johnson, said of the elderly man and woman.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 12:11:05 CDT (6249 reads)


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The son of an elderly Army veteran who shot and killed a would-be burglar early Wednesday morning says the situation exemplifies why Chicago's law banning guns is flawed.

"That's an open door for people like this suspect to enter people's homes, especially [the] elderly. They can prey on them," said Butch Gant.

Earlier Wednesday, Gant's father, an 80-year-old Korean War veteran, who has not been identified by police, heard sometime trying to break into his East Garfield Park home through a window.

"He hit first floor window," Gant said. "He hit once, then hit it again. Daddy got full view of him and fired. He had the gun by his bedside."

The first shot missed the intruder, but the homeowner shot again and connected, killing Anthony Nelson, a former convict.

Gant's father said he was protecting his 83-year-old wife and their 12-year-old great-grandson, who was asleep in the house.  It was the second time in six months someone had tried to break into the home.

Nelson had a criminal record dating back to 1998 that included numerous drug and weapons convictions. He lived about a mile away.

Police questioned the homeowner at the station but escorted him home around noon. No charges will be filed.

Friends and neighbors have pledged support for the octogenarian.

"In my house I would do same thing," said 75-year-old neighbor Audrey Williams.

His family is hailing him as a hero.

"He protected his family and that accounts more than anything," Gant said. "He saved all our lives, the whole family."

Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, May 27, 2010 @ 11:43:26 CDT (5420 reads)


Burglary attempt ends in fatal shooting

MOSS POINT, MISSISSIPPI — Charles and Annetta Ray had just returned home from church when a New Orleans man looking for cash or a ride to a bus station tried to force his way inside their home Sunday, resulting in an exchange of gunfire that ended the man’s life, authorities and witnesses said.

Cornelious Ferrande, 23, died Sunday of a single gunshot wound outside the home in the 3800 block of Wembley Avenue, Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus said.

“At this time, I believe it was a possible justifiable homicide,” Moss Point Police detective J.D. Savage said Monday. “We will present the findings to a grand jury for them to make the final determination.”

Moss Point police and other first responders spent several hours Sunday at this home on Wembley Avenue, where a couple was wounded when a man reportedly tried to get inside their home. The unidentified man died and Charles and Rita Ray were injured.

Several witnesses reported seeing Ferrande turned away from several homes before he wrapped a part of his shirt around one of his fingers and rang the front doorbell at the Ray’s home. Then, a witness said, Ferrande ran around the back of the house, and gunfire soon erupted.

Donald and Wanda Hamm are neighbors and longtime friends of the Ray family. They got a firsthand account of what happened from the family.

Charles Ray, they said, answered the back door when Ferrande came around asking him to call a bus for him, When Ray, a retired shipyard worker, refused the request, Donald Hamm said, Ferrande told him to get his wife to call for a ride.

By that time, Hamm said, Annetta Ray already had realized they were in danger and brought her husband’s pistol to him at the back door. She was hidden by a curtain on the back door window, Hamm said, when she snuck the gun to Charles Ray.

By then, Ferrande, with his foot already wedged in the back door, was forcing his way inside the Ray’s home.

“He (Ferrande) had a .22-caliber pistol,” Hamm said. “He shot her in the neck and blew her jaw all to pieces. He sprayed the whole kitchen with bullets.”

Charles Ray was shot, among other places, in the chin, Hamm said, and knocked to the floor. His wife was shot in the face, Hamm said.

Ferrande was about to shoot Charles Ray again, Hamm said, when Ray pulled out his pistol and fired.

“The guy wobbled out the back door and fell under the carport,” Hamm said. “If she (Annetta Ray) hadn’t gone and got that pistol, he’d have killed both of them. I hate that someone got killed, but in this case, the right one died.”

Charles Ray suffered multiple wounds, but was treated at an area hospital Sunday and released. Annetta Ray, a retired school teacher, was airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where she remained hospitalized Monday.

Sunday’s shooting has left many neighborhood residents shaken and scared.

Not long after the Sunday shooting, police responded to a report of a home burglary, also on Wembley Avenue.

“It’s scary,” said Donald and Wanda Hamm’s daughter-in-law, Susie Hamm, also a Wembley Avenue resident. “I don’t really want to go out in the yard anymore.”

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 11:29:17 CDT (5802 reads)


Some Gun Control Supporters Now Thinking Of Breaking City's Handgun Ban


They are law-abiding citizens in Chicago, but they are so worried about their own safety, they say they might have to break the law.
The last straw was the death of Chicago Police officer Thomas Wortham IV last week.

That has some African-American families in Chicago considering doing something they never would have done before: carry a pistol.

CBS 2's Jim Williams reports he grew up among those families and he's never anything like it.

Many Chicagoans have been upset for some time about violence here, but Wortham's murder has touched a raw nerve in the black community.

Now some want to do more than simply call 911 or march for peace in the streets. They want their own gun.

Mike Robinson, who runs basketball camps, is hearing it.

"I've heard parents in my basketball camps express that very fervently, just over the weekend, that they want the right to protect themselves," Robinson said.

Estella Jernigan, works at a seniors center in Chatham, talked to an older man here who's taking a job for one reason.

"He said he was going to apply for a security guard so he would be armed." Jernigan said. "So he could carry a gun."

South Side resident and local school council member Shawn Gowder said, "I'm hearing that all over town - South Side, West Side."

Gowder, who said his mother had always been in favor of gun control, has now changed her mind.

"My mother, who is in 60s, now feels she needs to have a gun and she needs to take lessons so that she will be qualified in case somebody kicks in her door," said Gowder.

In middle class black neighborhoods like Chatham, people have voted overwhelmingly for Democratic politicians who have overwhelmingly supported gun control.

But now many are scared and angry over the killing of Officer Wortham, late Wednesday night in Chatham.

"I would say the most recent incident here in Chatham has such a profound impact on people's consciousness about violence, about crime in the streets, that people who would not normally want to own a gun, are considering that," said Robinson.

In that neighborhood, many residents have told CS 2 News off camera that they are willing to begin carrying a gun to protect themselves, even if it means breaking the ban on handguns.

Coy Pugh, a former state representative and lobbyist for the Illinois Rifle Association, said he knows why even law-abiding citizens might arm themselves.

"In the community that I grew up in, they say it's better for the police to catch me with it than the robber to catch me without it," said Pugh.

And that concerns people like Linda Williams, who believes more guns in the community will make matter worse.

"All the other industrialized nations do not have the gun laws that we have and they don't have nearly the amount of killing and injury we do," she said. "So, no, I don't believe that more guns is better."

Those in favor of gun control point out that even though Wortham had a weapon and so did his father, a retired police sergeant, the young officer still ended up shot and killed.

But those on the other side of the argument believe criminals are less likely to approach someone in the first place, or break into a home, if they think the would-be victim might be carrying a gun.

Meantime, the U.S Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of June on whether Chicago's handgun ban is constitutional. It is widely expected the court will strike down the city's ban, given the court struck down a similar ban in Washington, D.C., in 2008.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 @ 11:20:50 CDT (3686 reads)

IllinoisAnonymous writes:  

This past weekend,

Folks of all walks of life got together on private land to openly carry firearms as law abiding citizens.  

Pictures are on facebook, under the group Illinois Gun Owners Working Together.  (IGOWT)

Thank you



Posted by ShaunKranish on Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 23:26:25 CDT (4172 reads)


http://www.wifr.com/home/headlines/94667114.html (video included)

Dozens came out to the Bullet Stop Gun Shop with pistols in their holsters. The open carry event was hosted by ICarry.org, which is trying to sway lawmakers to give gun owners more rights. Since the gun shop is private property, organizers say they are not breaking the law because in Illinois, open carry is illegal, as is wearing a concealed weapon. In fact, Illinois is the only state in the nation to not have either of these laws.

"Self defense is a human right and is not limited to your bare hands. And self defense is a right, and if you take away that right or limit that right, you're actually encouraging crime and criminals to violently attack people because they know they can't defend themselves," says ICarry.org Executive Director Shaun Kranish.

ICarry.org held a similar event in Beloit in March. It was at a park, and participants were able to wear pistols openly since open carry is legal in Wisconsin.

Posted by ShaunKranish on Monday, May 24, 2010 @ 21:44:33 CDT (3476 reads)


Not a new video, but a good one nonetheless.  See why no one invades the Swiss - everyone is a member of the militia and provided a rifle (full auto) by the state.  The state even has shooting competitions and provides free ammo!


Posted by ShaunKranish on Thursday, May 20, 2010 @ 14:33:25 CDT (2115 reads)

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