‘But some argue the castle doctrine is too broad’

Homeowners Haunted By Fatal Encounter

Homeowner Rick Colwell said he heard something that woke him up at about midnight a month ago. He said he checked his house and found no one, but instinct prompted him to load his gun…

The couple said seconds after the search, Alan Charles Hampton came into their bedroom and hit Rick with a stool before launching several blows.

“He hit me with all he had and I blocked the majority of it,” Rick Colwell said. “(I) put one in the tube and just started shooting.”

Hampton, a guy with “a rap sheet and was a schizophrenic who may have been off his medication,” was hit and retreated. He died of his wounds.

This bit is nice:

Officials said this incident was clearly a case of self-defense, but some argue the castle doctrine is too broad, because there doesn’t have to be a threat of physical harm.

Maybe they missed

Alan Charles Hampton came into their bedroom and hit Rick with a stool before launching several blows.

“He hit me with all he had”

Anyone who is in someone else’s house uninvited is a very serious threat.

23 State Attorneys General To Attorney General Holder: “No Semi-Auto Ban”

Via the NRA-ILA:

On June 11, the top law enforcement officials of nearly half the states signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, expressing their opposition to reinstatement of the federal ban on semi-automatic firearms.

“We share the Obama Administration’s commitment to reducing illegal drugs and violent crime within the United States. We also share your deep concern about drug cartel violence in Mexico. However, we do not believe that restricting law-abiding Americans’ access to certain semi-automatic firearms will resolve any of these problems,” the letter said.

The letter notes congressional opposition to bringing back the ban, and calls for increasing enforcement of existing laws.

We encourage NRA members to let these state officials know we appreciate them standing up to the incessant clamor for gun control that is currently coming from anti-gun groups and their media allies.

The 23 state Attorneys General, in alphabetical order, by state, are:
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Guns in Church Day

Gun-loving pastor to his flock: Piece be with you

Louisville, Kentucky:

A Kentucky pastor is inviting his flock to bring guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment.

New Bethel Church is welcoming “responsible handgun owners” to wear their firearms inside the church June 27, a Saturday. An ad says there will be a handgun raffle, patriotic music and information on gun safety.

“We’re just going to celebrate the upcoming theme of the birth of our nation,” said pastor Ken Pagano. “And we’re not ashamed to say that there was a strong belief in God and firearms — without that this country wouldn’t be here.”

The guns must be unloaded, which sort of defeats the purpose. But Murdoc notes that a gun with no mag and a loaded magazine is an “unloaded gun.”

Predictably, not everyone is thrilled with the idea:

John Phillips, an Arkansas pastor who was shot twice while leading a service at his former church in 1986, said a house of worship is no place for firearms.

“A church is designated as a safe haven, it’s a place of worship,” said Phillips, who was shot by a church member’s relative for an unknown reason and still has a bullet lodged in his spine. “It is unconscionable to me to think that a church would be a place that you would even want to bring a weapon.”

Two words: Colorado Springs.

Rev. Phillips has an opinion based at least in part on his own personal experiences. Parishioners of New Life Church in “The Springs” probably have their own opinions about the issue based at least in part upon their own experiences.

UPDATE: David Codrea is not impressed by the requirement for guns to be unloaded (as I mentioned a possible work-around) and the fact that police will be providing security:

The idea that police are the “only ones” who can be entrusted with loaded firearms should be offensive to everyone who believes in the right of the people to keep and bear arms. And while I get the symbolism and perception Pastor Pagano is trying to convey, I challenge the notion that encouraging deference to and reliance on official elitism–along with actual defenselessness– is an effective or desirable way to “promote responsible gun ownership and gun safety.”

Not Exactly Under the Radar

Those watching things closely may have noticed a trend:

These are all from the past two or three days and aren’t simply re-runs of AP items in different papers. All of these have considerable, if not exclusively, local content. I could easily have included many, many more.

No doubt, the media coverage is feeding the flames a bit. As is the fact that hunting seasons are kicking off or underway in most states right now. But the trend is unmistakable.

It doesn’t seem to be localized to the bitter, clingy parts of the nation. Or to the red states.

Louisville or Bust…preferably Louisville


I’m headed down to the 2nd Amendment Blog Bash at the NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, today. Looking forward to meeting a bunch of great folks. And even some gun bloggers if I have time.

Hah Hah! Sometimes I crack myself up.

Anyway. I’ll be on the road for a while today but I’ve got a couple things lined up to publish and I’ll post a few things here and there as time allows.

I’m not able to stay for the weekend, but it’s going to be great to meet so many of the bloggers I read and link to face to face.

A special note in case you’ve missed it: No guns will be allowed in to the Celebration of American Values banquet Saturday evening. Kentucky honors all concealed carry permits from other states and the NRA has no problems, but the Secret Service (guarding John McCain, who will be speaking) is a bit touchy about such things. Some have a beef with this, though I guess I’m not getting too worked up about it. Of course, I will have left town by then so it affects me not.

If you’re going to be in Louisville: See you there!

Guns on campus in Kentucky?

Jeff Soyer points out a Democrat (yes, you read that right) fighting for the right to bear arms on public university property in Kentucky. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bob Damron, is opposed by Rep. Kathy Stein, chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee. He called her a “gun control Sally.”

Of course, this always pits gun rights against property rights. I wonder if this bill would just effect public universities? Of course, even private schools generally receive taxpayer assistance. . . .

A commenter writes

Seems to me we need a clear legal definition of whose property my car is. If it’s my employers’, they need to accept full responsibility for it while parked. Damn straight they don’t, though.

UPDATE: Incidentally, Alphecca has just been blocked by the internet filter at Murdoc’s day job. Bummer.