Belton South Carolina Mother Foils Attempted Break-in by Shooting at Men

June 17, 2010 by  
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Belton mother foils attempted break-in by shooting at menr – May 31

BELTON — A mother who was caring for her young child foiled two men’s attempts to break in to her house about 1:30 p.m. Monday when she, from her kitchen, shot at the men.

The woman’s identity was not released, and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office did not release any other identifying details, saying only that “a homeowner” had fired shots. But the woman’s husband confirmed that it was his wife who fired at least two shots when the men tried to break in to their home on Broadway School Road in Belton while he was out of town.

pink 22 rifleAuthorities did not know whether the woman had hit and injured either of the men. As of Monday night, no one had been arrested, and authorities were still looking for two black men in a burgundy compact car.

“The homeowner said two black males came to the front door and rang the doorbell, but the homeowner did not know them and so did not open the door,” said Chad McBride, a spokesman for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. “They drove their car to the back of the house and then picked up an object — a rock or a tool — and threw it through a glass door at the back of the house. “At that point, the homeowner fired a couple of shots.”

After the shooting, the men fled the location and drove away in their car, McBride said.

McBride said investigators found “no evidence at the home that would indicate” someone had been shot, but said authorities have not ruled out the possibility that at least one of the men had been injured.

McBride said sheriff’s deputies have worked several break-ins lately in which the robber or robbers have gotten into the homes the way these men tried to get into the Belton house on Monday. But he said investigators are not prepared to say the break-ins are connected.

Woman uses rifle to run off invader

June 17, 2010 by  
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Woman uses rifle to run off invader – June 14

A Port Charlotte woman foiled a home burglary early Sunday when she confronted the would-be burglar with a .22-caliber rifle.

Authorities are now looking for an unidentified black man who tried to break into the LaSalle Avenue home around 6 a.m.

Sheriff’s detectives said the woman scared away the man while investigating a suspicious noise outside her house.

pink 22 rifleThe suspect, described as about 6 feet tall, was standing on the lanai when the armed homeowner frightened him.

The man, who was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black shorts, hopped a privacy fence and disappeared.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-5477.

Campus Suppresses Free Speech – Student Gets Third Degree About Second Amendment

June 10, 2009 by  
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gun free zoneDiscussing guns dubbed ‘academic misconduct’

The forces of political correctness once vowed that, should they ever take over, their free expression on all kinds of issues — from gay rights to amnesty for illegals to space aliens inspiring the pyramids of ancient Egypt — would no longer be censored.

Censored? Heck, spouting the PC line is now mandatory, as many a professor lately hauled before a college Star Chamber on charges of having “given offense” now learns.

Internationally renowned Austrian economics professor Hans-Hermann Hoppe used a standard textbook example of investment time preferences in a classroom lecture at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a few years back, pointing out that gay couples often invest with shorter time horizons because they are less likely to have children to profit from investments that mature after they’re gone. A gay student filed a complaint — initially with the benefit of anonymity.

At this next lecture, Mr. Hoppe apologized. The student then complained that the apology offended him. UNLV’s diversity police wanted professor Hoppe to give up his next raise and his next sabbatical in penance. They backed down when Mr. Hoppe hired a lawyer and went public. Needless to say, Hans-Hermann Hoppe is no longer at UNLV, where benighted Keynesianism again reigns unperturbed, teaching Nevada’s youth that Tim “Tax Cheat” Geithner’s plan to print billions more greenbacks and use them to buy Treasury bonds is bound to work out just fine.

No, the PC forces are certainly not proving themselves very “tolerant” when it comes to people who want to talk about things that don’t meet with their approval.

A student who wants to form a gun-rights group at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh has been threatened with disciplinary action for her efforts, reports the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Student Christine Brashier says administrators banned her informational pamphlets, ordered her to destroy all copies of them and told her that further “academic misconduct” would not be tolerated.

“CCAC has demonstrated a shocking lack of respect for the rights of free speech and free association,” FIRE President Greg Lukianoff said in a May 27 news release. “Across the country, students are increasingly denied the First Amendment right to debate the Second Amendment. At CCAC, this censorship trend has reached a new low.”

In April, Ms. Brashier created pamphlets to distribute to her classmates encouraging them to join her in forming a chapter of the national organization Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. The handbill states that the group “supports the legalization of concealed carry by licensed individuals on college campuses.” She personally distributed copies of the flier, which identified her as a “campus leader” of the effort to start the chapter.

On April 24, Jean Snider, student development specialist at CCAC’s Allegheny Campus, summoned Ms. Brashier to a meeting that day with Snider and Yvonne Burns, dean of student development. According to Ms. Brashier, the deans told her that passing out her non-commercial pamphlets was prohibited as “solicitation.” Trying to “sell” other students on the idea of the organization was prohibited, they claimed.

College officials told Ms. Brashier that the college must pre-approve any distribution of literature to fellow students, and that pamphlets like hers would not be approved, even insisting she destroy all copies of her flier.

The young lady reports that she was also interrogated about whether she owned a licensed firearm and had ever brought it to campus (she has not), and whether she carries a concealed firearm off campus.

Dean Burns reportedly said, “You may want to discuss this topic, but the college does not, and you cannot make us.” Ms. Brashier was then told to cease all activities related to her involvement with Students for Concealed Carry on Campus at the college; that such “academic misconduct” would not be tolerated.

FIRE wrote CCAC President Alex Johnson on April 29 about these violations of Ms. Brashier’s First Amendment speech and association rights, pointing out that “her free speech in no way constituted solicitation, that CCAC is obligated to permit students to distribute literature and may not ban it on the basis of viewpoint or content, and that if CCAC recognizes student organizations at all, it must recognize an organization that supports concealed carry on campus.” FIRE requested a response by May 13; officials responded only by promising a reply from either the college or the Allegheny County solicitor’s office at some “reasonable” future time.

“If it is true that trying to ‘sell’ students on an idea is prohibited as a matter of solicitation, virtually the entire enterprise of the college is prohibited,” points out Robert Shibley, FIRE vice president. “All persuasive speech would have to be pre-approved by the college. CCAC must end this unjustified assault on its students’ rights immediately.”

This incident is the worst and latest in a significant trend of punishing students for debating the Second Amendment in the wake of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings (where students died because they were denied the right to carry arms to defend themselves), FIRE reports. At Central Connecticut State University, after a student gave a class presentation about concealed firearms on campus, his professor called the police. At Hamline University, a student was suspended — pending a mental health evaluation! — after he advocated in an e-mail for concealed weapons on campus.

The Students for Concealed Carry on Campus chapter at Tarrant County College in Texas has been prohibited, two years in a row, from holding an “empty holster protest.” At Lone Star College near Houston, the Young Conservatives of Texas were censored and threatened with de-listing when they distributed a humorous flier listing “Top Ten Gun Safety Tips,” the free-speech group reports. Lone Star’s general counsel suggested that even a “mention of firearms and weapons” is inherently a “material interference” with the school’s operations.

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Positive Trend: More Women Buying and Carrying Weapons

May 29, 2009 by  
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A firearm now is better than a scream that may or may not result in assistance minutes later. Are you willing to be Kitty Genovese? Maybe have a song written about itty bitty nice pacifist you? Suffering from Genovese Syndrome? Stockholm Syndrome?

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An unprecedented number of women are taking their protection into their own hands by getting a gun. Gun stores are seeing more women customers than anyone can remember. Many women are also getting permits to carry a concealed weapon.

Local 12 Reporter Liz Bonis shows us why many women are in a hurry to arm themselves.

When Jenny Jeffery recently made the decision to get a license to conceal and carry a weapon she says it wasn’t because she feels threatened right now, but rather:

Jenny Jeffery, Gun Owner: “What I saw, where society was going as a whole, and the need to step up and be proactive in my safety and that of my family.”

Apparently, Jeffery is not alone. Homer Cole has owned Shooters Supply for nearly a decade. Cole says, when it comes to sales of guns to girls…

Homer Cole, Shooters Supply & Sporting Goods: “I guess, when we first started, if we sold one in ten to fifteen, it was pretty good. Now, it’s not unusual to have one in three, one in four to ladies purchasing handguns.”

In fact, when Homer and a business partner recently built this new range beneath Shooters in Independence, a prime consideration was the rise in those who are female choosing to be armed.

“We kind of thought of that when we designed it to have it more open, well lit, friendly atmosphere, so if a lady came in, she would be comfortable in doing that.”

Cole’s team also has cameras to monitor the range and make it even more female-friendly. Tim Harney is a retired police officer and a conceal carry instructor. He says, when it comes to demographics, Cole and many other Tri-State gun shops and agencies catering to women are right on target. Some have had so many women sign up for the conceal-carry course this year, they’ve had to add sessions.

Tim Harney, Conceal-Carry Course Instructor: “We’ve seen a five percent increase in women this year alone.”

Others have had so many inquires from women who want to get a license to conceal and carry a weapon they are offering the course free to females. So, what’s driving all this? Well, some say it’s a concern about the gun laws that could change, but others say it’s simply that when the economy goes down, crime goes up, and many are concerned about personal safety.

“They are worried about being robbed, or walking in parking lots and to and from work.”

Jeffery’s concern started when her husband left for a tour of duty in Iraq.

“While he was gone, and most people in the area knew he was gone, there was a genuine concern about being alone in the house.”

Even though Jeffery’s husband is now back, she’s still serious about shooting. And that, Harney says, is the secret to a woman’s success. When it comes to the argument against girls using guns, which is mainly the risk of being overpowered by a stronger opponent, so the gun will be used on her…

“I don’t think that’s true. I think a woman. with proper training and practice, with a weapon, she’s every bit formidable as a man.”

Practice creates what Harney calls muscle memory, something critical for anyone to appropriately respond in a stressful situation.

“There’s a lot of women that can outshoot men, it has nothing to do with gender.”

Gun safety instructors tell us some of their women students are in their 70’s.

You must be 21 to take the conceal-carry course.

Toledo Responds Intelligently to Government Choosing Social Programs over Police

May 29, 2009 by  
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If dialing 911 isn’t going to result in being protected, defending yourself makes complete sense.

During a violent break in: A gun in the nightstand is worth two cops on the way.

Toledo police layoffs leading to gun buying
Posted: May 23, 2009 05:43 PM

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – The first round of Toledo police layoffs, in which 75 officers were let go, may already be having an affect on gun ownership.

“I just don’t feel safe with the amount they’re laying off,” says Jonna Ewing. “I think it’s going to be a longer respond time.”

She is spending the day at a conceal carry class. She’s been thinking of getting a gun for awhile, but feels now’s the time due to the recent layoffs.

She’s not alone. Case in point, someone in Jonna’s class wears one those infamous police t-shirts: “I called 911 and all I got was this lousy garbage can” that showed up soon after the TPD cuts.

Tom Urbanski runs Ski’s Firearms Training & Consulting. He also teaches the conceal carry classes.

For him, the layoffs mean big business as people are taking safety into their own hands.

“People are panicking, they’re figuring the only way they can protect themselves is for them to protect themselves,” says Urbanski. “So yeah, my business is booming.”

Urbanski says since the presidential election and the collapse of the economy, people have become more interested in owning guns.

He says locally the police layoffs and recent attacks on the elderly are only fueling the fire, especially for senior citizens.

“They don’t have much support out there. Their family is not visiting as often so they’re having to be their own protectors. I’m seeing an increase in the elderly.”

For Toledoans like Jonna, having a gun and knowing how to use it means she’ll sleep just a little better.

Armed student saves friends, kills assailant

May 8, 2009 by  
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Two masked gunmen burst into Charles Bailey’s apartment where he was entertaining ten guests, celebrating his birthday. The gunmen started counting bullets, making sure they had “enough,” and then separated the men and the women into different rooms to be raped. The gunmen didn’t expect one of Charles’ friends to be packing heat, but he was:

That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.

The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.

“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.

Calvin Lavant was found dead a block away, from a well-deserved gunshot wound to the face, and police say they are close to arresting the second gunman.

This story should illustrate that when things really hit the fan, you are ultimately responsible for protecting yourself and your loved ones. You will probably not have time to wait for help, and most importantly, you will be the one who has to live with the results. You can not count on the police to protect you, and they are not legally obligated to protect you (seriously).

Keep this story in mind as we push for tighter federal gun laws. If that one brave student hadn’t brought his gun to the party (and to be honest, I’m kind of blown away that he did), 10 lives would have been ruined, if not ended. You also might want to ask yourself why no major news outlets have been running this remarkable story, or read John Lott’s excellent essay on the media’s bias against guns.

As for me, my birthday’s not coming up for a while, but I’m asking for a cute little nine-millimeter insurance policy. And if you come to the celebration, feel free to come packin’.

Gunman kills 12 at Azerbaijan university

May 8, 2009 by  
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Gunman kills 12 at Azerbaijan university

He entered prestigious Azerbaijan State Oil Academy at a busy hour and ‘was just shooting right and left,’ an official says. More than a dozen people were wounded before the shooter killed himself.
By Megan K. Stack

May 1, 2009

Reporting from Moscow — A young man opened fire Thursday in a bustling building in a prestigious university in Azerbaijan, killing 12 people before turning the gun on himself.

The gunman was identified as Farda Gadyrov, a citizen of neighboring Georgia. He entered the building at Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in Baku, the capital, about 9:30 a.m. and began climbing the stairs, shooting indiscriminately as he went, officials said.

More than a dozen people were wounded. The gunman killed himself as police closed in.

“He was just shooting right and left around himself at people fleeing in all directions,” said Eskhan Zakhidov, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry. “At that time, the building is usually full of students and professors.”

Gadyrov came armed with a Makarov pistol and several fully loaded clips, officials in the oil-rich former Soviet republic said.

“The attacker is a young man, but it’s not clear whether he was a student himself,” Zakhidov said. “His motives aren’t clear, either.”

“We were in an exam, we heard gunshots, we went out of the classroom in panic and saw a gunman opening fire on everyone,” Turkish student Bekir Belek told Turkey’s CNN-Turk television from a hospital in Baku. “Everywhere was covered in blood, all corridors. There are many wounded.”

“We were trying to escape but had to return when my friends were shot,” Belek said. “We took them to the hospital.”

The century-old oil academy once trained engineers who worked throughout the Soviet Union.

“I feel deep regret,” Education Minister Misir Mardanov told reporters, “and consider this a terrible incident for our society.”

College Student Shoots, Kills Home Invader

May 8, 2009 by  
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Updated: 9:09 am EDT May 7, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — A group of college students said they are lucky to be alive and they’re thanking the quick-thinking of one of their own. Police said a fellow student shot and killed one of two masked me who burst into an apartment.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Tom Jones met with one of the students to talk about the incident.

“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” said student Charles Bailey.

Bailey said he thought it was the end of his life and the lives of the 10 people inside his apartment for a birthday party after two masked men with guns burst in through a patio door.

“They just came in and separated the men from the women and said, ‘Give me your wallets and cell phones,’” said George Williams of the College Park Police Department.

Bailey said the gunmen started counting bullets. “The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough,” said Bailey.

That’s when one student grabbed a gun out of a backpack and shot at the invader who was watching the men. The gunman ran out of the apartment.

The student then ran to the room where the second gunman, identified by police as 23-year-old Calvin Lavant, was holding the women.

“Apparently the guy was getting ready to rape his girlfriend. So he told the girls to get down and he started shooting. The guy jumped out of the window,” said Bailey.

A neighbor heard the shots and heard someone running nearby.

“And I heard someone say, ‘Someone help me. Call the police. Somebody call the police,’” said a neighbor.

The neighbor said she believes it was Lavant, who was found dead near his apartment, only one building away.

Bailey said he is just thankful one student risked his life to keep others alive.

“I think all of us are really cognizant of the fact that we could have all been killed,” said Bailey.

One female student was shot several times during the crossfire. She is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said they are close to making the arrest of the second suspect.