Tale of Two Cities: Cleveland man dies; Tucson man lives

Gilbert Wingfield and David Hill liked to get together occasionally and talk about old times.

The retirees planned to get together again early Sunday at Hill's apartment on Cleveland's East Side.

But Wingfield never made it. He died just feet from the door of his friend's apartment after being stabbed and robbed.

"He was a good man, a good friend," Hill, 63, said yesterday. "This was just a random act of violence."

He had just slammed shut the door of his 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee when a neighborhood man walked up to him, took something from Wingfield's hand and stabbed him, police and witnesses said.

Hill said the man, who is in his mid-20s, once lived in a neighboring apartment but moved about a year ago. Police told him the man was high on the drug wet and took money from Wingfield, he said.

Wingfield, a retired truck driver, lived in Moreland Hills. He and his wife of 27 years, Sherry, built a nursery school chain that serves about 300 children.

Meanwhile, in a state that allows its law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense, a different outcome resulted when this Arizona man was confronted by a knife-wielding attacker (and an accomplice!):

Click on the Read More..." link below for the full story.

Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Ariz.

The rhythmic pounding of an evening jog gave way to a pulse-pounding life-or-death struggle for a Tucson, Ariz., man who found himself the prey of a nefarious duo. As the resident jogged down a city street, two men one armed with a 5 inch knife approached from behind and commenced an attack, according to police. After the knife-wielding assailant shouted a threat, the jogger fired his 9 mm handgun. One assailant ended up at a local hospital while the other was treated to a stay in the Pima County Jail. The victim later stated, "At some point in their lives, people get involved in a violent situation. I figured it was bound to happen at some point. That's why I got a [gun] permit."

• Could the lifting of Ohio's unconstitutional ban on carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense have saved this Cleveland robbery & homicide victim his life?

Contact information for the area's elected officials is provided below:

State House of Representatives
Rep. Claudette Woodard (D-9) - consistent anti-CCW voter
Phone: (614) 644-5079
Fax: (614) 644-9494

State Senate
Sen. C. J. Prentiss (D-21)
Phone: (614) 466-4857

Click here to read the entire story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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