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InsiderOnline Blog: July 2004

They Have Guns In San Francisco? Well, Maybe Just the Criminals.

This just doesn't sound right to me but it is San Francisco.

A man who wrestled a burglar's gun away and shot him with it as he fled has been jailed on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

According to police, after the man wrestled the gun out of the burglar's hands and the burglar was making his clean get-away, the situation ceased to be a matter of self-defense and the victim had no right to shoot. But whether or not you buy that, you've got to wonder why there's no mention in the article of a charge against, oh I don't know... THE BURGLAR! But we are assured that he's in critical but stable condition and that the burgled man is being cooperative with law enforcement. Whew!

Seems to me the law-abiding always get the mean end of the barrel on gun issues these days, especially gun control, which according to this study has stripped good citizens of self-defense in Canada, Australia and Britain while giving criminals a citizenry of sitting ducks. The results?

The government just reported that gun crime in England and Wales nearly doubled in the four years from 1998-99 to 2002-03. The serious violent crime rate soared by 64 percent, and overall violent crime by 118 percent. Australia saw its violent crime rates soar after its 1996 Port Arthur gun-control measures banned most firearms. Violent crime rates averaged 32 percent higher in the six years after the law was passed (from 1997 to 2002) ... armed robbery rates increased 74 percent. (In Canada) the overall crime rate is more than half again higher than in the United States and has risen as the American crime rate has fallen.

In other gun stuff, check out Alphecca, a blog with great gun talk and CCRKBA for news on gun rights and gun fights (as in public policy and court battles, not good old-fashioned duels).

Posted on 07/23/04 01:12 PM by Mary Katherine Ham

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