June 2008

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

 The principal of a North Carolina high school and an area school superintendent who supported his decision to prohibit the school’s marksmanship team from participating in a state-sponsored shooting tournament should be fired, CCRKBA said last month. East Wake Principal Sebastian Shipp and Area Superintendent Danny Barnes the previous month barred the school shooting team from the tournament conducted by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, based on a school district policy that bans firearms and other dangerous weapons from school campuses. Both officials reportedly interpreted that ban to extend to participation in the off-campus, non-school hours tournament. CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb said, “This is an outrageous position.”

Authorities in Kelseyville, California say a dentist was defending himself when he shot and wounded his estranged wife who had attacked him with a pickax, reports the Associated Press. The Lake County Sheriff’s Department said dentist Don Johnson shot his wife, Margaret Johnson, once in the neck after she broke into their home with a pickax. She was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and listed in stable, but critical condition. The couple was not living together and Margaret Johnson had been served with a restraining order the day of the shooting. Don Johnson said his wife broke through a window after he had gone to bed one Friday and that she entered the house armed with a pickax. Authorities said Don Johnson fired one shot, and then called the sheriff’s department. Charges against Margaret Johnson were pending further investigation as of this writing.

A would-be robber at an Inglewood, Tennessee liquor store was shot and killed in late April after a customer opened fire, Metro police said, according to the Tennessean. Two men entered Sinkers Wine & Spirits around 10 p.m. on a Saturday and attempted to rob the store with handguns, Captain David Imhof said. During the robbery, a customer took out a handgun of his own and began a shootout. One of the robbery suspects ran away, but the other collapsed outside the store. He was pronounced dead at a medical facility. The customer who fired on the robbery suspects has a permit to carry a weapon and has not been charged. “A citizen, like a police officer, has the right to utilize deadly force if there is a threat of serious bodily injury of harm,” Imhof said.

Security personnel at Juniata College soon will be carrying weapons. Trustees at the small central Pennsylvania school voted to arm campus police officers. Juniata College President Thomas Kepple said the college joined other schools in looking at security policies following the Virginia Tech shooting a year ago. The school hasn’t decided yet what kind of weapon the officers will carry. A campus spokesman said officers have to get state certification, and that they likely will not be armed until the fall. Juniata has about 1,400 students and seven full-time officers.

Marion P. Hammer, Executive Director of United Sportsmen of Florida and a former CCRKBA honoree, writes Sunshine State gun owners that, “In the fight for your firearms freedom, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation were determined to kill the bill that protects your right to keep a firearm in your vehicle for personal protection. They even threatened the Legislature and the Governor with a lawsuit. The Legislature was not intimidated – they passed the bill. Governor Charlie Crist was not intimidated – he signed it into law. They stood up for your self-defense rights against the big business bullies who were trying to eliminate them. Six days after Governor Crist signed the bill into law, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation rushed into federal court and filed a frivolous lawsuit to try to have the new law overturned. They had already bragged to the media that they would spend huge amounts of money to fight to negate your constitutional rights. They are relying on Disney, Publix, Walmart and other anti-gun corporate giants to fund their assault of the Legislature, Governor Crist and on our right to carry.”