Pro-Gun Punditry: Wednesday's Buckeye State Roundabout

By Chris Chumita

There are more stories pertaining to our gun rights in Ohio then we can possibly draw attention to with individual daily commentary. But they are all worthy of mention.

What follows is our review of headlines from around the state though a pro-gun rights lens.

From a recently released felon striking again to a 13 year-old being suspended for drawing a gun, these articles should be a part of your required reading!

Click "Read More..." for several days of headlines accompanied by short, concise pro-gun analysis.

8/27/07: Troy, Ohio: Man Recently Released From Prison Charged With Rape, Kidnap

From the article:

    A Bethel Twp., Miami County, man recently released from prison faces felony rape, kidnapping and robbery charges for allegedly raping a woman he asked for a ride, then holding her up to 10 hours against her will earlier this month.

This animal didn't wait long to start preying on the public after his release from prison from another violent crime.

8/27/07: Cleveland, Ohio: Feds Indict Cleveland Cop On Drug Charges

From the article:

    The Cleveland police officer accused of taking part in a cocaine distribution ring took $23,000 in cash from a man who wanted to buy cocaine in May, prosecutors said.

Wasn't it just a few weeks ago that Cleveland Mayor Jackson stated that one of the reasons for Cleveland's rising homicide rate was a shortage of cocaine. It looks like one of his police officers took that statement a little too seriously.....

8/26/07: Marion, Ohio: Ammo Shortage Affects Law Officers, Gun Dealers

From the article:

    A shortage of ammunition due in part to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has one local law enforcement agency buying less and another waiting for its order to be filled.

    The scarcity of ammo has existed for the past couple of years, and prices have risen approximately 20 percent in the past year, said Rod Cooper, owner of Rod's Guns & More on Harding Highway East. Cooper, too, is waiting for orders to arrive for his business.

Hopefully, the ammo shortage problem will be solved soon, and the prices will come back down.

8/26/07: Oxford, Ohio" Police: Miami U. Student Attacked Again

From the article:

    Police in Oxford said a Miami University student who was kidnapped last year is once again the victim of a violent crime, NewsChannel5 partner ONN reported.

Hopefully, the victim will be turning 21 soon, and will be able to get his concealed handgun license (CHL).

8/26/07: Jackson Township, Ohio: Police: Voyeur Gets Bolder, Breaks Into Apartment

From the article:

    Police said the man is getting bolder. They said he started by peaking in windows. Then he broke into an apartment Saturday.

    Officials said he has struck about a half dozen times in the Jackson Township community in Stark County.

    Police said the man broke into a woman's home around 5 a.m. on Island Drive. She was home alone with her son.

The voyeur has escalated from being a peeping tom to actually breaking into the homes of his victims. How long before he escalates to rape or murder? This is exactly why we must be prepared to protect ourselves in our homes, even in "safe" communities like Jackson Township.

8/21/07: Chandler, Arizona: Chandler Boy Suspended For Sketching Gun

From the article:

    An East Valley eighth-grader was suspended this week after he turned in homework with a sketch that school officials said resembled a gun and posed a threat to his classmates.

    But parents of the 13-year-old, who attends Payne Junior High School in the Chandler Unified School District, said the drawing was a harmless doodle of a fake laser, and school officials overreacted.

This is just stupid, and proves how dumb "zero tolerance" policies are. The Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO), wrote an excellent commentary about this incident. You can read it here.

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