The Armed American

The Armed American

The Supreme Court of the United States has another chance to willfully misinterpret the 18th century prose of the 2nd Amendment this session. The Court will hear McDonald v. Chicago in January, to determine “Whether the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is incorporated as against the States by the Fourteenth Amendment’s Privileges or Immunities or Due Process Clauses.” In other words, if the plaintiff prevails, forget your “well regulated Militia” and your state and local gun laws.

Some Americans can’t wait, and are already exercising their God-given gun rights:

Cops: Mass. man shoots neighbor in leaf-dump fight

BOSTON – A man pleaded not guilty to armed assault with intent to murder after police said he shot his neighbor over a leaf-dumping dispute. Christopher Leonard was released Monday on $20,000 bail following his arraignment in Quincy District Court. Police said the 38-year-old shot his neighbor John Rota in the stomach Friday when they got into an argument over the disposal of leaves near their Randolph homes. 

–The Enterprise, via News Channel 8 (10/05/09)


 Man upset at closed Miami Taco Bell shoots worker

MIAMI — A man upset he was denied service at a closed Miami Taco Bell allegedly waited in the parking lot and shot at employees, hitting one in the leg.

Police say the incident happened about 3:40 Tuesday morning. Investigators are still searching for the suspect, and the victim’s name was not released. She was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Employees told him the store was closed, but the man continued to demand food. Workers said he got angry when he was told again they couldn’t serve him. The man then drove to the front of the store, where a manager asked him to leave.

Police say he shot at the manager, hitting another employee. Witnesses reported hearing six shots.

AP, via the Miami Herald (10/06/09)

CHP: Road rage to blame for Sacramento shootings

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Authorities say a Roseville man accused of four separate freeway shootings in the Sacramento area was motivated by road rage.

The California Highway Patrol on Tuesday announced the arrest of 23-year-old Kyle Douglas Frank in connection with the incidents, which began Aug. 22 and continued over the next few weeks on Interstates 5 and 80.

The CHP says in each case, Frank became enraged and drove around the victims’ cars in an attempt to bait them into a confrontation. He then allegedly pulled a handgun and opened fire.

Eight people, including two children, were endangered. One suffered minor injuries.

— AP via Silicon Valley News (10/01/2009)


We await the Supreme Court’s decision. God Bless America.


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58 Responses to “The Armed American”

  1. mikeb302000 Says:

    Mike, Thanks for a great post. I especially liked your phrase, “willfully misinterpret the 18th century prose.” Maybe they’ll surprise us come January.

  2. Mike Licht Says:

    mikeb302000: Justice Scalia, who claims to be an “Originalist” who interprets the Constitution using the definitions and meanings the words had at the time they were written, contradicted himself in the Heller decision. He may do it again in McDonald v. Chicago.

  3. Mike Licht Says:


    Gun-toting soccer mom is shot dead

    Meleanie Hain, the pistol-carrying Lebanon [PA] mom who received national attention for taking a loaded gun to her daughter’s soccer game, was shot to death Wednesday night with her husband in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

    — Steve Farley, (10/08/09)

  4. Mike Licht Says:


    Pasadena man in custody after wife shot dead

    A Pasadena [TX] man who is in custody for fatally shooting his wife at their home during an argument early this morning said he accidently fired an assault rifle at her.

    The couple’s 8-year old son was at home at the time of the shooting, but was not injured, police said. It’s uncertain if the child witnessed the shooting.

    The shooting happened about 2 a.m. at the couple’s home in the 500 block of Burke. Charges against the man are expected to be filed soon.

    The woman, whose name has not been released, apparently was shot once in the face with an AK-47, said Vance Mitchell, spokesman for the Pasadena Police Department. She died at the scene.

    No other injuries were reported.

    The man, whose name has not been released, called 911 after the shooting and said he had not meant to shoot her.

    “His statement was, ‘I didn’t mean to,“’ Mitchell said.

    He was at the home when officers arrived.

    The couple’s son is now staying with relatives.

    — Dale Lezon, Houston Chronicle (10/08/09)

  5. Mike Licht Says:


    CSU students dead in apparent murder-suicide

    OAKLAND, Calif.—Police say a California State University, East Bay student apparently shot and killed his girlfriend, then turned the gun on himself.

    Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason says officers responding to gunshots around 6:30 a.m. Thursday found a 19-year-old woman dead inside a car and 23-year-old Eric Hicks dead inside a nearby East Oakland home.

    Police say they believe the two had been dating and had known each other for several months. The woman, whose name has not been released, also attended the university and was living in the dorms.

    AP via Silicon Valley News (10/08/09)

  6. Mike Licht Says:


    Bull Shoals Grocery Store Reopens After Shooting

    A Bull Shoals, Arkansas grocery store has reopened after an ex employee’s husband shot the manager and then killed himself.

    Harps food store opened its doors for business today, (10-8) three days after the deadly shooting.

    Police say Tim Dilday walked in and asked to see the manager.

    Once inside Roger Swain’s office, Dilday apparently scuffled with Swain, shot him, then turned the gun on himself.

    KSPR News (10/08/09)

  7. Mike Licht Says:


    Homicide victim’s auto shops will stay open

    Andrea Tyrones insists her family’s four auto businesses will stay open despite her husband being shot and killed by what police call an irate customer.

    On Friday, George Tyrones, 46, will be buried about three miles from the European Auto Care Center where he was fatally shot.

    — Megan Matteucci, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (10/08/09)

  8. M. Havens Says:

    So, apparantly Mr. Licht is a hoplophobe. Why not publish some news reports on the lives guns save? The rapes and robberies they prevent?

  9. Mike Licht Says:

    M.Havens wrote:

    So, apparantly [sic] Mr. Licht is a hoplophobe [a neologism coined by gun law opponents, not a recognized medical syndrome]

    Irrational fear of firearms? Nope. Grew up with them. Just a perfectly rational fear of firearms misuse.

    Why not publish some news reports on the lives guns save? The rapes and robberies they prevent?

    Sorry, those are not coming up on Google News. What is? Fatal accidents, road rage shootings, armed and disgruntled employees and customers, domestic disputes that become gun murders and murder-suicides. That’s what I’m posting. I’ll check the news again tomorrow.

  10. Kevin Weiss Says:

    Are you looking to Google news for the 2 million rapes, robberies, and other violent crimes that DON’T happen every year when law abiding citizens exercise their constitutionally protected fundamental right to self defense?

  11. Mike Licht Says:

    Kevin Weiss wrote: Are you looking to Google news for the 2 million rapes, robberies, and other violent crimes that DON’T happen every year when law abiding citizens exercise their constitutionally protected fundamental right to self defense?

    Two million? What newspaper did you read that in? In what universe?

    I’m just looking at the news for a few days to see if the paranoia of handgun hobbyists is justified.

    Statistically thare should be a few legally-justifiable shootings by civilians each year.

    Very few.

    I’ll check the news for another few days to see how many come up compared to domestic murders and murder-suicides, road rage shootings, gun use by disgruntled ex-employees, fatal gun accidents, etc.

  12. ralpherus Says:

    Gun Control is murder by proxy. Supporters of gun control are guilty of the murders of the Disarmed Americans who are slain in the criminal empowerment zones.

  13. Mike Licht Says:

    ralpherus wrote: Gun Control is murder by proxy.

    I’m sure the Supreme Court will take that into consideration in McDonald v Chicago. I couldn’t find that priciple in the U.S. Code, though. Just in the DSM IV.

    Of course, I couldn’t find “Suicide by Cop” in the law, either, even though the practice is so very popular with gun hobbyists.

    Enough generalities. More news updates tonight.

  14. Barbarossa Says:

    the only misinterpretation that I see of the prose of the 2nd amendment is by those that want to pretend that it does not protect an INDIVIDUAL right–especially since you were a member of the militia if you were a citizen, 17 or older and not in the military

  15. Mike Licht Says:

    Barbarossa wrote: the only misinterpretation that I see of the prose of the 2nd amendment is by those that want to pretend that it does not protect an INDIVIDUAL right–especially since you were a member of the militia if you were a citizen, 17 or older and not in the military

    … and militias were under the command of the state governors, as they are today, as State National Guards. Visual learners: There is ample proof of this on the landscape: 2,700 state-owned armories — you know, where the state militia (National Guard) keeps firearms. A “well-organized militia” does not keep firearms in a bedside table or glovebox.

  16. Mike Licht Says:


    Tips Lead to Arrest in Road Rage Shooting in Hernando, Mississippi

    HERNANDO, Miss. – A 22 year old man has been arrested in last weekend’s road rage shooting in Hernando. Police say tip calls helped them capture 22-year-old Jeffrey Bateman of Coldwater, Mississippi. He was arrested Thursday on 3 counts of aggravated assault.

    Police say Bateman shot into a car, injuring the driver after getting into altercation with him. It happened late Saturday night on Robinson near Timberlane in Hernando. Investigators say the victim passed Bateman’s pickup because it was traveling very slowly. Words were exchanged between the two vehicles.

    According to police, Bateman followed the victim’s vehicle until it pulled over. He got out of his truck and fired 4 shots into the victim’s car, hitting the driver. Two other people in the car were not hurt.

    Police say Bateman admitted to shooting into the victim’s vehicle. The investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed. The victim remains at the Med.

    — Pansy Hall, 24ABC Eyewitness News (10/09/09)

  17. Mike Licht Says:


    Police: 2 murder-suicides claim 3 women, 1 man

    Last night, two homicide-suicide cases took the lives of a mother and a daughter, and a husband and wife, according to police.

    At 6:44 p.m., police found the bodies of two women in the dining room of a home in the 400 block of E. Gowen Street in East Mount Airy.

    Irene Kushnir, 89, who lived there, was apparently shot by her daughter, Motria Kushnir, 60, who then shot herself, police said.

    Both had head wounds. They were pronounced dead at 7:11 p.m.

    Shortly after 8:30 p.m., police were called to the 600 block of Maple Avenue in the Northeast’s Somerton section, where they found the bodies of a woman and her husband.

    Angela M. Atkinson, 35, died of gunshot wounds to the head and torso, police said.

    She was killed by her husband, Edward, 43, who then fatally shot himself in the head, according to police.

    They were both pronounced dead at the scene.

    — Peter Mucha, Philadelphia Inquirer (10/09/09)

  18. Mike Licht Says:


    Woman arrested after man shot dead at convenience store

    SAN JOSE — A man was shot and killed at a San Jose convenience store yesterday.

    When officers arrived at the Hamilton Avenue market around 11:30am, they were met by a woman who said she shot and killed someone there.

    The victim was soon found dead at the scene.

    The woman was later arrested after the initial investigation.

    Investigators have not released the identity of the victim and say they are leaning towards domestic violence as a motive for the shooting.

    KLIV 1590 Silicon Valley News (10/09/09)

  19. Mike Licht Says:


    Winter Springs man shoots wife-to-be one day before wedding

    WINTER SPRINGS – It was about 2:30 Friday morning and John Tabbutt thought he heard an intruder.

    He got his 38-caliber revolver, saw a figure in the hallway and fired a shot.

    But the person he shot was no intruder. It was Nancy Dinsmore, his live-in fiancée, the woman he was to marry today.

    — Rene Stutzman, Orlando Sentinel (10/09/09)

  20. Mike Licht Says:


    Woman killed in South Bend shooting

    A South Bend man is charged with killing his girlfriend.

    St. Joseph County prosecutors charged 25-year-old Brice L. Webb with murder on Friday.

    Police say Webb shot his girlfriend, 21-year-old Cherlyn Reyes, in the head early Friday morning in their home on Lincoln Way East.

    A friend of the couple who was at the home says Webb and Reyes were arguing all night and eventually went into a bathroom together. The witness said there was a gunshot in the bathroom and Webb emerged to say he shot Reyes, who was dead when police arrived.

    Webb is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail without bond. He will be arraigned on Tuesday.

    Fox 28 WSJV (10/09/09)

  21. Casey Says:

    Mike, it seems the point of your republishing these stories is ultimately to show how guns in our culture are misused and therefor should be banned. [off-topic comments omitted]

    Nope. The post is about McDonald v Chicago, in which the plaintiff seeks to invalidate state and municipal firearms laws (such as they are) across the country. The current daily news stories are merely footnotes recording actual use of handguns by civilians in the US on a day-to-day basis. A taste of things to come if the plaintiff prevails in McDonald v Chicago. – ml

  22. Rob Says:

    … the 2nd Amendment … doesn’t say “well-organized”, it says “well-regulated”. [Remaining 388 words omitted.]

    Rob’s point on “well-regulated” is well-taken. As a matter of fact, there is a post on the original 18th century meaning of those very words on this very blog.

  23. Mike Licht Says:

    Note on updates:

    Updates on this post are entered the day they appear in legitimate news sources.We have done this for a slice of time from October 8 -11, 2009. Hyperlinks to sources are provided.

    We appreciate the multiple postings of old or unattributed tales of gun-toting grannies we have been sent, but will not post items that do not meet the criteria above.

    This current sampling of actual civilian gun use ends October 11th.

  24. Bill Says:

    The media doesn’t usually give coverage when a gun is used in self defense. Many have used a gun for defense without firing a shot or filing a complaint.

    Ultimately, there is no excuse or cure for stupidity or craziness, regardless of the tool.

  25. Gene Hoffman Says:

    [UPDATE: First legal civilian use of firearms in the sample period.]

    Homeowner shoots teenager in yard

    SARASOTA COUNTY — A homeowner shot a teenager who tried to steal his car early Friday, authorities say.

    The teenager’s brother — who also was reportedly involved in the burglary — was arrested and the homeowner was cleared of any wrongdoing.

    The resident, 62-year-old Walter Gilliam, awoke at 2 a.m. and heard strange noises in the yard. He grabbed a gun and went outside the home in the 2100 block of 32nd Street to investigate.

    Outside, he spotted two teenagers hovering over the hood of his car. One of the teenagers held a screwdriver, which Gilliam told authorities he thought was a weapon.

    He fired at the burglars, deputies say, striking the younger teenager, who was not immediately identified.

    According to an arrest report, the teenager’s brother — 18-year-old George Johnson — ran off and was later arrested at home.

    His brother was hospitalized but is expected to survive.

    Sarasota Herald Tribune (10/10/2009)

  26. Mike Licht Says:

    Bill wrote: The media doesn’t usually give coverage when a gun is used in self defense. Many have used a gun for defense without firing a shot or filing a complaint.

    Rather than blame the facts or the media, or attempting to prove a negative, we will point out that the study cited by Bill’s tertiary source is unsupported by the subsequent research of others. For a layman’s explanation see “Do Guns Save Lives?” by Ed Magnuson, in Time.

    (Pardon for going off-topic. Today’s updates follow)

  27. Mike Licht Says:


    Man wanted in north Alabama shootings turns himself in to deputy

    SCOTTSBORO, Ala. — Authorities say a man wanted in the shootings of four acquaintances outside a northeastern Alabama bar surrendered to a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy.

    Chief Deputy Chuck Phillips said Saturday 28-year-old Christopher A. Kerr Jr. of Stevenson called Deputy Kevin Smith Friday night and agreed to turn himself in.

    Kerr was booked into the county jail around 11 p.m. on $200,000 bond.

    Phillips said Kerr fled after the shooting to Monroe, Miss., where he first called Smith, who’s also from Stevenson. Kerr called Smith again when he got back to Jackson County.

    Police still don’t know the motive for the 2 a.m. Friday shooting. The victims were taken to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., where one was in fair condition and the other three were being kept for observation late Friday.

    — AP via (10/10/09)

  28. Mike Licht Says:


    2 People Shot In KCK Overnight

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police are investigating a double shooting that left a woman fighting for her life.

    Police said a man and a woman were shot in a residence at 10th and Gilmore streets at about 3 a.m. The victims were taken to a hospital by a private vehicle.

    Officers said the woman suffered life-threatening injuries, while the man suffered minor injuries.

    Police have taken one person into custody. (10/10/09)

  29. Gene Hoffman Says:

    [UPDATE: First actual instance of an armed citizen scaring a burglar during sample slice of time:]

    Woman Chases Burglar From Business

    The man thought to be the burglar interupted by an armed homeowner in Hidden Valley Wednesday met more than one unwilling victim during his alleged crime spree.

    The man who led officers on a high speed chase ending in a crash at Rock Boulevard and Mill Street Wednesday is thought to be the burglar interupted by an armed homeowner in Hidden Valley a short time earlier.

    Police believe the same man crossed paths with a Sparks busiensswoman an hour earlier. That meeting didn’t go well either.

    — Ed Pearce, KOLO-TV (10/10/09)

  30. Mike Licht Says:


    Athens boy finds his parents dead in their bedroom

    An Athens boy assumed his parents were sleeping extra late, and went about his day Friday, watching television and playing.

    By late Friday afternoon, when his parents hadn’t opened their bedroom door, he went into the room at his older brother’s request. There, he found his parents, both dead of gunshot wounds.

    The couple — Harry and Phyllis Marable — had been dead for several hours following a murder-suicide, according to Coroner Sonny Wilson. The man shot his wife, then himself, Wilson said.

    “When he opened the door, there they were,” Wilson said.

    — Alexis Stevens and Mashaun D. Simon, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (10/10/09)

  31. Mike Licht Says:


    Police: Western Pa. man shoots wife, kills self

    FORD CITY, Pa. – State police in western Pennsylvania say a man shot his estranged wife early Saturday and then killed himself.

    Police in Armstrong County say 47-year-old Wesley Lane Cousins entered the Manor Township home of 41-year-old Michelle Cousins shortly after 3 a.m, armed with a semiautomatic pistol and a .357 Magnum revolver.

    Police say he allegedly fired at the victim multiple times, hitting her in the abdomen, hand and lower torso. They say the man, who was living in Washington Township, then shot himself and died at the scene.

    The woman was able to call 911 and was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, where no information about her condition was immediately available.

    Police say the Armstrong County coroner’s office is investigating along with state police.

    –AP via (10/10/10)

  32. Mike Licht Says:


    Man shoots self after SWAT standoff

    Albuquerque police tactical officers are at a home near Coors and Blake in Southwest Albuquerque in response to a domestic violence situation that began around 3:45 a.m. that ended with a man shooting himself.
    The man inside was refusing to come out and threatening to kill himself earlier in the morning, according to Albuquerque police.

    The man is expected to recover.

    Nearby residents who were home at the time, including residents of Baker’s Mobile Home Park, where the incident occurred, were asked to stay inside their homes.

    People who were not home at the time were expected to be allowed to go home around 4:30 p.m., Saturday.

    Police used flash bangs, tear gas and a robot in response to the situation.

    — Charlie Pabst, (10/10/09)

  33. David Says:

    [UPDATE: Second actual instance of homeowner scaring burglar with firearms in the slice of time covered (October 8 -11, 2009)]

    Homeowner chases away intruder with shotgun

    TEMPLE – A man shooed away a burglar with a shotgun, police said.

    The homeowner, who state police did not identify, came home Thursday morning to find a young man at the side door of the residence, state police said Friday in a press release.

    The man said he knew the homeowner’s son and had left a belonging there a few days earlier, state police said. But the homeowner asked the man to return when his son came home and shut his door, state police said.

    Moments later, the homeowner heard noises in his living room and entered to find the man shuffling through items, state police said.

    The homeowner got a shotgun and chased the man out of the house, state police said.

    State police are now searching for the suspected burglar. He is described as a young white male, about 16-17 years old, and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a blue baseball cap.

    – Albert McKeon, Nashua Telegraph (10/09/09)

  34. David Says:

    [UPDATE: First alleged justifiable use of firearms by a civilian in the time period under consideration. Authorities are investigating.]

    Alleged home intruder shot by homeowner, dies after car-crash getaway

    What started early Thursday morning as a home invasion has ended in the death of the alleged intruder.

    Just after 5 a.m., Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene in the 11400 block of South Foster Road.

    Deputies say 24-year-old Cardell Deon Joseph broke through the front door of a home there, and that’s when the homeowner shot him once in the intruder’s rib cage area.

    They say the Joseph then ran from the house and drove away, but he then crashed his vehicle a few blocks away. According to reports, the suspect was still talking after the crash, and asked the homeowners for help.

    But, Joseph later died at the scene.

    It’s unclear whether the crash or the gunshot wound was the major factor in his death.

    Bexar County records show that Joseph was in trouble before. He was arresed for evading arrest and possession of marijuana.

    The Bexar County district attorney’s office will review the case.

    Marvin Hurst and James Muñoz, KENS 5

  35. Mike Licht Says:


    Bullets strike pastor’s home in Raynham as family sleeps

    At least five bullets ripped through a two-story house in Raynham early Thursday that belongs to the pastor of a church in Dorchester, missing eight family members who were sleeping inside, authorities said.

    The pastor, Bishop Wayne Jordan of Victory Chapel Church, was out of town on business, and his family was not injured in the shooting on Locust Street, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m., a minister and police said yesterday.

    The Rev. Bruce Wall, pastor of Global Ministries Christian Church in Codman Square in Dorchester, said he has known the minister for about four years and said that Jordan believes his house was targeted. Wall spoke on behalf of the family yesterday but said Jordan may speak about the shooting in the coming days.

    “I talked with the bishop last night and again today, and he is very concerned for his family,’’ Wall said. “There were problems when they moved in a couple of years ago, with people passing by and using the N-word.’’

    “The police are not saying this is a hate crime, but I don’t believe that this is random. The bishop wants all avenues open; he doesn’t want it to just be investigated as a drive-by.’’

    Police Chief Louis Pacheco said yesterday that while the bullets did not pierce any of the bedrooms where Jordan’s family slept, the result could have been different if the muzzle was pointed an inch or two in a different direction. Bullets pierced a steel-lined front door and interior walls and damaged a big-screen television.

    — Brian R. Ballou, Boston Globe (10/10/09)

  36. Mike Licht Says:


    Bail set for Fla. mayor’s dad in gun threat case

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The father of Broward County Mayor Stacy Ritter has been ordered released on bail after he allegedly threatened her with a gun in a political dispute.

    A judge set $25,000 bail Friday for 84-year-old Ed Portner. He’s charged with armed burglary and assault for allegedly confronting Ritter with a handgun at her home. Portner will be released later in the day.

    Portner must wear a GPS tracking device, stay away from alcohol and receive anger management counseling.

    Portner is running for mayor of the town of Tamarac. He has publicly expressed displeasure with his daughter’s endorsement of his opponent, the incumbent.

    Circuit Judge Paul Backman said an out-of-town judge will be appointed because of the political connections.

    — AP via Miami Herald (10/10/09)

  37. Mike Licht Says:


    Two dead, two wounded in Stockton shooting

    A heavily armed man shot three people this afternoon and was shot by police when he blocked them from rescuing his victims.

    The gunman and one of his victims, a man in his 50s, have died. Two other victims, both women, are in critical condition at local hospitals.

    The Stockton Police Department reported that shortly after noon Saturday officers were called to the 1300 block of Carlton Avenue on a report that some people had been shot.

    When they arrived they could see two people lying on the ground, at the back of a loose stone driveway. They were bleeding from apparent gunshot wounds. One was calling for help. The officers hurried up the driveway to help, and that, said Officer Pete Smith, is when they saw a man with a shotgun, covering behind a stand-alone garage, and standing between the officers and the injured.

    “They get up the garage and he comes out, armed with a shotgun,” Smith said.

    In addition to the shotgun, he was wearing two pistols, one on each hip, and a band of ammunition.

    Smith said the officers ordered the man to drop his weapons, to allow them to reach the injured, but he did not. They shot him.

    “We needed to get in there,” Smith said. “We had those victims in plain sight.”

    The gunman, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. One victim died at the scene. The other two were taken to local hospitals in critical condition. Their names have also not been released.

    Smith said it appeared the gunman knew his victims, and that there may have been some kind of ongoing dispute among them.

    The Record (10/10/09)

  38. Mike Licht Says:


    A teenage girl was shot and killed at a party

    AUGUSTA, Kan. (AP) – A 14-year-old girl has been shot and killed at an underage drinking party in the South-Central Kansas town of Augusta.

    Police said the body of the girl was found after officers were called to the home around 10:30 p.m. Friday. She was a freshman at Augusta High School.

    Police said a 25-year-old man had been showing off a handgun to party-goers when the weapon went off. The girl was struck once.

    Police said the man owned the home where the shooting happened. He has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

    Augusta is located about 20 miles east of Wichita.

    — AP via KTKA 49 (10/10/09)

  39. Mike Licht Says:


    1 dead, 1 injured in SC shooting

    ROCK HILL — Authorities say one South Carolina teen was killed and another person was critically injured in a shootout.

    The Herald of Rock Hill reported Saturday that 18-year-old Tommy Leon Barber Jr. of Rock Hill was fatally shot Friday afternoon at a Rock Hill home. He died later at a local hospital.

    Rock Hill Police Lt. Brad Redfearn says a second person was shot. He declined to identify the person.

    Police say the injured person was found in a car that crashed into a utility pole. The crash split two poles and cut off power to the neighborhood.

    Barber is the second teenager in eight days to be murdered in Rock Hill. On Oct. 1, 18-year-old Tyrone King was robbed and shot to death.

    Redfearn would not say whether the two shootings are related.

    — AP via Aiken Standard (10/10/09)

  40. Nickl08 Says:

    I can agree that something needs to be done about gun crimes, I don’t agree about not posting any news stories about how guns have saved lives. The news media has a lot to do with not telling both sides or all of the story. You will always read more about bad news than you will read good news.

    [REPEAT: “Update” postings here are actual press reports in the slice of time October 8-11, 2009 about civilian gun use. We are not suppressing accounts of “positive” gun use — they barely exist. Sorry if reality does not match your imagination.

    Don’t blame the media — they love a “homeowner defends his splitlevel castle” story, but these are rare. Most of these turn out to be one drug dealer ripping off another — I haven’t reported those. ml]

  41. John Says:

    how about all the vacuumed murdered fetuses that never got a chance.

    [Okay John. Arm the fetuses. ml]

  42. anon Says:

    You attempt to prove your view by stating current crimes?

    All of those crimes (they are already illegal, yes?) were committed before this upcoming landmark ruling that will change everything?

    [A taste of things to come if the plaintiff prevails in McDonald v Chicago. – ml]

  43. Mike Licht Says:


    Two dead, two wounded in shooting in southern Iredell

    Two people are dead and two are wounded in a shooting Sunday morning at a residence on Peninsula Drive off Brawley School Road near Mooresville [NC].

    Deputies from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene as of 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

    Capt. Darren Campbell of the sheriff’s office said deputies responded to a cell phone call from inside 130 Peninsula Drive, which is off Stutts Road, off Brawley School Road.

    Deputies arrived and initially found nothing, but soon heard cries from inside the residence and forced their way inside. Campbell said they found two people dead inside the residence, a man and a woman, and two young men, in their 20s, wounded.

    All four had been shot.

    Campbell said authorities believe the person who did the shooting is one of the two people who are dead, but stopped short of classifying it a murder-suicide. “We’re investigating everything at this point,” he said.

    Both of the men wounded were airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center and both are in critical condition, Campbell said.

    The shootings occurred in a brick, ranch style house on a dead end street in what residents called a quiet neighborhood.

    “I’m absolutely shocked,” said Adam Parzych, who lives in a development across the street from Peninsula Drive.

    “I’ve been living here for two years. It’s very quiet,” he said.

    Campbell said the two deceased and two wounded persons are all family members, but the exact relationship is unclear at this time.

    — Donna Swicegood, Mooresville Tribune (10/11/09)

  44. Mike Licht Says:


    Mo. man faces murder charge after ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend, father, stepmom found dead

    LEBANON, Mo. – A southwest Missouri man faces a murder charge after his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend and her father and stepmother were shot and killed.

    Josh Reyes is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and armed criminal action in the death of the new boyfriend, 25-year-old Zachary Bryan Porter of Elkland. He died early Saturday at a Lebanon hospital.

    Shortly afterward, 51-year-old Jeffery L. Smith, and his wife, 48-year-old Glenda Smith, were found dead at their Laclede County home. Reyes has not been charged in those deaths, but authorities believe all three were connected

    — AP via Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune (10/11/09)

  45. Mike Licht Says:


    Father charged in shooting of boy, 4, in Newport News


    The father of a 4-year-old boy who was shot in the leg at their home was charged in the shooting.

    Police said Anthony Dunn, 27, of the 600 block of 18th St. was in control of the gun when it discharged. Police will not detail the circumstances leading to the shooting, saying only that it was an accident.

    Dunn has been charged with child neglect and reckless handling of a gun.

    Police were called to the residence at about 4:35 p.m. for the shooting. The boy had been shot in the upper left thigh and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, according to Newport News police. His condition was unknown.

    — Lauren King, Virginian-Pilot (10/11/09)

  46. Mike Licht Says:


    Man dies after shooting woman, himself, Zanesville police say

    ZANESVILLE — The man who shot a woman Saturday night and then himself at Putnam Landing Park has died of his wounds.

    Zanesville Police Sgt. Chris Rice said Claude Mayle was pronounced dead late Saturday night.

    According to Zanesville police, Mayle shot the woman after a domestic dispute at the corner of Prospect and Luck avenues then drove to the park and shot himself inside his vehicle.

    The woman’s name has not yet been released and an update on her condition was not immediately available.

    Zanesville Times-Recorder (10/11/09)

  47. Mike Licht Says:


    Two Ferrum College students shot

    Two Ferrum College students were shot in the leg at an off-campus party early Sunday morning, and police are looking for the man who did it. Franklin County deputies say the argument began because of a fight over a girl. The suspect could be facing several felony charges.

    — Candice Nelson, Lindsey Ward, WSLS10 (10/11/09)

  48. Mike Licht Says:


    Two men shot after dispute

    A dispute at a North Side home led to gunfire in the front yard and sent two men to the hospital Sunday evening but police had to sort through different versions of why it occurred.

    The shooting took place around 5:30 p.m. in the 17100 block of Darien Wing in a subdivision off O’Connor Road near Loop 1604.

    San Antonio Police Sgt. John Kellogg said the shooting appeared to have happened after a neighborhood dispute between a resident and three people who arrived at his home in a pickup, including the two who were shot.

    Kellogg said two persons were at the home when the three arrived. An argument ensued and a man who had come out of the house fired a handgun. Police did not know what kind of handgun or how many shots were fired.

    — Michelle Mondo, San Antonio Express News (10/11/09)

  49. Mike Licht Says:


    Man killed in Burnside shooting

    A man was fatally shot Saturday morning following an argument in the South Side Burnside community.

    Just before 8 a.m., officers responded to reports of a person shot in the 9200 block of South Woodlawn Avenue and found a man unresponsive with a gunshot wound to his head, police News Affairs Officer Michael Fitzpatrick said.

    Ronnie Dunkin, 23, of the 550 block of West 129th Street, was pronounced dead on the scene, a spokesman for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

    A Sunday autopsy ruled the death a homicide cause by multiple gunshot wounds, the medical examiner’s office said.

    The victim was reportedly involved in an argument with the gunman when he was shot, Fitzpatrick said. The shooter fled the scene and was not in custody Saturday night.

    Chicago Sun Times (10/11/09)

  50. Mike Licht Says:

    [Apparent actual instance of justified civilian gun use]

    Would-be robber shot dead by victim

    WEST OAK LANE – October 11, 2009 (WPVI) — A would-be robber is dead after one of his alleged victims fights back.

    It happened on North Street in Philadelphia’s West Oak Lane section early Sunday morning.

    Investigators say it apparently never crossed the thief’s mind that his victim just might be armed.

    Police say it was the man’s third robbery of the night. He forced the victim up against a vehicle along the street and demanded money. That’s when shots rang out – but not from the alleged robber.

    “‘POW, POW, POW.’ Real loud gunshots.”

    Aaron Wisher was listening to the radio in his West Oak Lane home just after midnight when he heard a man on his cell phone quickly followed by seven or eight gunshots.

    Wisher tells Action News, “After that I heard somebody yelling. Like, you know, just like talkin’ trash. Like, ‘Yeah, somethin’, somethin’, he got ’em, he got ’em. And I peeked out my window and saw somebody laying in the street.”

    He called 9-1-1 and police responded to investigate. As it turns out, the man who was being robbed had a license to carry a firearm, and shot the alleged robber.

    Police say at this time no charges are expected to be filed.

    — Katherine Scott, 6ABC Action News (10/11/09)

  51. Mike Licht Says:


    Lexington police investigate Centre Parkway shooting

    An argument Sunday inside the Marathon convenience store on Centre Parkway escalated into a shooting that put one man in the hospital.

    The victim’s name and condition were not released Sunday evening. The gunman is still at large.

    Lexington police say the shooter is man, 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-11, who was last seen wearing a winter coat, possibly brown, with fur around the hood.

    The victim was shot in the upper chest and arm in the store’s parking lot. After being shot, he went to the police roll call center on Centre Parkway seeking assistance. He was taken to University of Kentucky Hospital.

    Lexington Herald-Leader (10/11/09)

  52. Mike Licht Says:


    Early morning shooting leave Lubbock mother fighting for her life

    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A shooting suspect remains on the loose while a young mother fights for her life. Lucy Cortez, 21, lives at 2205 35th street, and someone shot her in her own front yard.

    “I just came out here this morning and seen all the crime tape and all that stuff,” said Tiffany Jackson on Sunday afternoon. Jackson heard some sort of commotion outside her home around 4:30 Sunday morning, but never thought she would wake up to crime tape and police outside her window. “They knocked on the door this morning and asked if we heard anything, and that’s when it all came back. I did hear some arguing or some screaming or something, but I never imagined it to be gun shots going on, especially this close to my house,” said Jackson.

    Cortez lives with her two young children and her mother in the home. Other neighbors were also surprised by the news. “It was scary. It was real scary because it’s right next door. We’re just like, oh my god, you know, right next door. They could have shot at our house,” said neighbor Celia Romero.

    Lubbock Police responded to a report of a shooting just after 6 a.m. Sunday morning. They found Cortez with at least one gunshot wound to her torso. She was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. Police believe a young woman suspect went to the residence and argued with Cortez, eventually got into a physical fight with her, and then fired several shots with a hand gun. The suspect then fled the scene.

    — Brittany Pieper, KCBD NewsChannel 11 (10/11/09)

  53. Mike Licht Says:


    Man Arrested In Fatal Shooting After Fight

    Shooting Stemmed From Pre-Existing Argument, Authorities Say

    SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. — A man is dead Sunday night and another is charged with murder after a dispute in Greenville County, sheriff’s investigators said.

    Authorities arrested Terry Gregory, 49, saying he had a disagreement with Roger Lee White Jr., 20. The sheriff’s office has called the case a death investigation.

    Deputies said the men knew each other through family members. Witnesses told deputies the men agreed to meet and settle the dispute man to man.

    Investigators said it started in Greenville at about 10:45 p.m. and ended about 15 minutes later a few miles south of Simpsonville at the corner of South Shirley and McKelvey roads.

    Deputies couldn’t say that the men met for the purpose of getting in a fight, but things got physical when the two met. At some point in the fight, deputies said Gregory pulled out a handgun and shot White in the neck.

    Several no trespassing signs were posted at Gregory’s home Sunday that neighbors said weren’t there Saturday. A man came out of the house to tell WYFF News 4 they had nothing to say.

    Lavern Hookfin, Gregory’s next-door neighbor, was shocked when she heard Gregory had been charged with murder.

    “As far as that happening last night, something had to escalate it a lot farther than it happened because I absolutely can’t fathom him doing that to anybody,” Hookfin said.

    Authorities did not specify what the argument entailed or what led to the shooting. (10/11/09)

  54. Mike Licht Says:


    Man, 35, dead after fight outside Milwaukee tavern

    MILWAUKEE – Police in Milwaukee are investigating a fatal shooting of a man they say had been firing a gun during a fight outside a tavern.

    Officers responded to the call on the city’s south side about 2:30 Sunday morning. They found a 35-year-old male dead with a gunshot wound to the chest and a gun lying next to him. He has not been identified.

    Witnesses told police that several people were fighting after leaving the tavern, and several reported seeing the victim shooting a gun. No one is in custody.

    — AP via Chicago Tribune (10/11/09)

  55. Mike Licht Says:


    Two dead in shooting

    STOCKTON – A woman lay on the white stone, bleeding. She raised her arm and called for help.

    The officers who had come to her aid could see her, hear her, but between them was the gunman, holding a shotgun, wearing a pistol on each hip and an ammunition belt.

    Watching from across the street was Rachel Rangel, who said she had seen the gunman reload after the first round of shots, before police arrived.

    Then there were more shots. The gunman was down; the officers were not.

    “I don’t know if he started shooting at them first,” Rangel said.

    Shortly after noon Saturday, police were called to the 1300 block of Carlton Avenue on a report that some people had been shot. When they arrived they could see two people lying on the ground, at the back of a loose stone driveway, past a stand-alone garage. The victims were bleeding from apparent gunshot wounds. One was calling for help. The officers hurried up the driveway to help, and that, said Officer Pete Smith, is when they saw the man with a shotgun, covering behind the other end of the garage, and standing between the officers and the injured.

    “They get up to the garage, and he comes out armed with a shotgun,” Smith said.

    Smith said the officers ordered the man to drop his weapons, to allow them to reach the injured, but he did not. The officers shot him.

    “We needed to get in there,” Smith said. “We had those victims in plain sight.”

    The gunman was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. One victim, a man in his 50s, died at the scene. The other two, both women, were taken to local hospitals in critical condition.

    Smith said it appeared the gunman knew his victims and that there may have been some kind of ongoing dispute among them.

    The names of the victims were not released Saturday, pending notification of their families, but neighbors said the man who was killed was Archie. He was Rangel’s landlord, and “a very feisty man and a beautiful person,” Valerie Rangel said. One of the other victims was his wife, she said. “They were inseparable.”

    The property where the shooting occurred was one of Archie’s, the Rangels said. He owned others in the neigborhood.

    — Christian Burkin, (10/11/09)

  56. Mike Licht Says:


    Dispute with gunfire catches shoppers at Walmart by surprise

    Police last night were searching for suspects after gunshots were fired near the entrance of a major retailer.

    At about 7:45 p.m., officers were sent to the Walmart Supercenter at 415 Conley Road, where two men were fighting outside the store’s south entrance, police Lt. Ken Gregory said. As one man ran away, the other fired a gun at him.

    Police had not found a victim or suspect an hour after the shooting, and they had not identified vehicles the men might have been driving.

    The shooting prompted police to limit access to part of the store for 30 to 40 minutes as officers marked off a portion of the parking lot and searched for bullet casings and damage to vehicles, Officers found one bullet fragment but no vehicle damage, Gregory said.

    Police treated the area as a crime scene but let some who had parked in the marked-off area drive away.

    Dariya Tsyrenzhapova, 22, and Ernis Batov, 23, said they were shopping and found they had to wait for police to let them leave. “They said we would have to wait for a while,” Batov said.

    Tsyrenzhapova said she called a friend to pick them up, and when police tore down the crime scene tape, she and Batov pushed a cart through the former crime scene and drove home.

    People with children and carts full of groceries walking past police asked what happened. Some expressed disbelief a shooting had occurred.

    “Crazy,” one man said after hearing about the gunfire.

    “At Walmart?” a woman remarked with surprise.

    — Jonathon Braden, Columbia Daily Tribune (10/11/09)

  57. Mike Licht Says:


    Woman Shot, Boyfriend Jailed

    WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY – Police say a weekend shooting leaves a woman injured and her boyfriend facing charges.

    Williamsport police say it happened Sunday afternoon around 2:30 during a domestic dispute in an apartment at 815 Hepburn Street.

    30-year-old Tyree Gates is accused of shooting 32-year-old Danielle Barnes.

    The victim was flown to a trauma center and underwent surgery for a single gunshot wound.

    –Eyewitness News, (10/11/09)

  58. Mike Licht Says:


    Results of our sampling of press reports of civilian gun use during the period October 8-11, 2009:

    Domestic disputes – 16
    Arguements with gun owners – 11
    Legitimate self-defense – 4
    Accidents – 2
    Mistaking loved one for intruder – 1
    Road rage – 1

    Total civilian gun use reported: 35 incidents
    Total legitimate civilian gun use reported: 4 incidents

    Thank you for your input, ladies and gentlemen.
    We will revisit this subject in December or January.


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