Government-mandated victim zone attacks

  • $25,000 reward in postal robbery
      The U.S. Postal Service is offering $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man who robbed the Twinsburg post office March 25.

      An armed man wearing a three-quarter-length brown coat and a blue skullcap with a tan stripe approached two postal workers. He forced them into the back of a truck, locked them in, and then made off with several mailbags carrying an undetermined amount of mail, officials said.

      Thieves target mail to steal several things, including checks and credit cards.

    In addition to the obvious problem that yet another armed criminal walked into yet another victim disarmament zone, this story demonstrates a level of sophistication among criminals that we are told (by the anti-gun media answering charges that publishing names of CHL-holders gives criminals a shopping list of guns to steal) doesn't exist.

  • Shooting sparks new safety push around UC
      University of Cincinnati student government leaders have been working for months to make the campus and surrounding community safer for their students and faculty.

      They woke up Saturday to yet another reason to carry on with that mission.

      Phillip Wessler, a 22-year-old arts and sciences student at the school, was fighting for his life. He was shot in the abdomen during a failed robbery attempt as he and a friend walked down Warner Street at about 1:15 a.m. Saturday, police said.

      Student leaders will meet this week with university police and community councils to discuss ways to make the area safer. Past meetings have included Cincinnati City Council members, police, and business leaders, said LaVandez Jones, community-affairs director for the UC student government.

    The story goes on to report that all too often, students are waking up to news of violence. "Crime statistics show that the neighborhoods around the college all have their share of violent crime: 235 murders, rapes and aggravated assaults in Corryville, Avondale, University Heights, Fairview and Clifton from January 2004 through February 2005."

    Ohioans For Concealed Carry has been copied on an email today from Barbara Rinto, Director of the UC Women's Center, advising that "on Saturday, April 9, the sexual assault of a female student was reported by University Hospital to UC Police. According to UC Police, the incident occurred in a UC residence hall and involved a male student known to the woman. The UC Sexual Offense Response Team has met to review this incident and the survivor is receiving appropriate UC services and referrals."

    Does the very fact that UC needs a Sexual Offense Response Team say anything about the need for self-defense on campuses? The email goes on to offer advice to students what to tell other students to do if they are assaulted.

    Unfortunately for UC students, one idea that would actually work - encouraging of-age students to arm themselves and get trained to defend themselves when attacked - is illegal, thanks to Ohio law, which says that although they can marry, vote, and even take up arms to fight for their country or in the Ohio National Guard, they cannot take up arms to defend their own life on a college campus.

    "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." This old axiom certainly has proven to apply in places where guns are banned in Ohio again and again and again…

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