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Couple recount fatal fray at their Tierra Verde home

25-year-old beauty pageant winner:

Meghan Brown had fired her pink .38-caliber handgun only inside a shooting range. Even there, she said, she wasn’t very good.

The 2009 Miss Tierra Verde, 25 and a slender brunet, had trouble pulling back the trigger. When she did manage, she said she almost never hit the target.

That Saturday was different.

Aussie Twins: Apparently a Suicide Pact

A reader points out an update to the story about twin Australian sisters who ended up shot in the head at a Denver-area shooting range last week:

They were officially identified Friday as Kristin A. Hermeler — the twin who died — and Candice K. Hermeler — the twin who survived.

Each 29-year-old woman shot herself in the head with ammunition bought at Family Shooting Center, investigators said, with one twin using a rented .22-caliber revolver and the other a rented .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

They were not first-timers to the shooting range and had previously received gun training.

Aussie twin sisters drew guns on each other … and fired

At a Colorado shooting range:

THEY were sharing the experience of a lifetime, a cultural exchange to one of the most picturesque Rocky Mountain towns. But when one Australian twin was due to return home from the Colorado town of Arapahoe, the sisters did not take a taxi to the airport. Instead, the 29-year-old Victorian twins drove to a shooting range, hired two pistols – and shot each other in the head.

Just what motivated their desperate pact is unknown. And so horrific were their injuries, US police were yet to determine which sister died and which is critically injured.

It sounds like it’s real unclear what actually happened. Surveillance video shows them both simultaneously falling the to ground, but not exactly what caused it. Suicide pact? Murder and self-defense? Some sort of astronomical accident?

Armed man fatally shot at Tennessee high school :: WRAL.com

Armed man fatally shot at Tennessee high school

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — An armed man was fatally shot by deputies Monday at an east Tennessee high school after he went inside and pointed a gun at the principal’s head, a sheriff said.

Well done, deputies!

But there’s another interesting tidbit:

[The gun man] Cowan entered the school with a .380-caliber semiautomatic and a .25-caliber handgun in his back pocket, Anderson said. The sheriff said that after Cowan grabbed the principal, Melanie Riden, and pointed the semiautomatic at her head, student resource officer Carolyn Gudger pulled her gun on Cowan and moved the principal to safety. [emphasis Murdoc’s]

What sounds like a bit of a standoff followed, and deputies shot Cowan after he pointed his gun at Gudger.

Not only did an armed individual prevent a school attack, but the deputies didn’t seem to have trouble knowing who the good guys and the bad guys were. We keep being told that armed people in schools won’t help and will just make it tougher for the authorities to do their jobs.

Vikings Cheerleaders in Iraq

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Meghan Anderson, a St. Cloud, Minn., native, tries on a Soldier's equipment while visiting 501st Military Police Company, 1st Armored Division, at Camp Victory, May 20. The cheerleaders are touring bases in Iraq to talk with service members and civilians to bring them a feeling of home.
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Meghan Anderson, a St. Cloud, Minn., native, tries on a Soldier's equipment while visiting 501st Military Police Company, 1st Armored Division, at Camp Victory, May 20. The cheerleaders are touring bases in Iraq to talk with service members and civilians to bring them a feeling of home. Photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine.

Looks like she might be okay on trigger discipline here, but not so much in the photo below.

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders visit Soldiers assigned to the kennels of 501st Military Police Company, 1st Armored Division, at Camp Victory, May 20. The cheerleaders took time to talk to service members and take photos with them to help build morale and lift their spirits. They also participated in a military working dog demonstration, which included take-down techniques and obedience skills.
Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders visit Soldiers assigned to the kennels of 501st Military Police Company, 1st Armored Division, at Camp Victory, May 20. The cheerleaders took time to talk to service members and take photos with them to help build morale and lift their spirits. They also participated in a military working dog demonstration, which included take-down techniques and obedience skills. Photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine.

Wonder why the soldiers haven’t noticed the violation?

Poor killer didn’t get his emotional release

Suspect in machete attack regrets girl’s survival

Having “wanted to kill someone for a long time,” Christopher Gribble picked a house at random and used a machete to kill a woman sleeping in her bed. The woman’s daughter, 11, was also attacked and left for dead. The killer expressed disappointment that the girl survived “because now she has to live with this.”

The killer claims to be disappointed that he didn’t feel any emotion after killing the woman.

Three others invaded the home with Gribble. They cut the house’s power before entering. The woman’s husband was away, though I don’t think the invaders knew that. They just picked a house and went for it.

Whoa! Victims can be armed, too?

Christmas present comes in handy:

A teen trying to rob an espresso stand in northern Idaho met his match in a gun-toting barista.

Police say the 17-year-old confronted Sunshine Espresso owner Michelle Cornelson with a gun Wednesday morning, demanding all her money.

Plans, however, often don’t survive first contact with the enemy. This victim was armed with a Kel-Tec her husband had given her for Chirstmas. Robbers hate that sort of thing, so he ran. He was quickly caught.

Great-grandmother who shot robber says ‘God was with me’

Columbus, Ohio:

When an armed robber barged into a North Side motel room Wednesday night and ordered the six people there to the floor, he put a 70-year-old woman closer to her handgun.

The great-grandmother knelt between the beds, reached into her purse on the floor and pulled out her .357 Magnum pistol.

She fired one shot at the robber, who staggered from the room, collapsed in the parking lot and died.