If Only They Had A Gun

Cases where a having a gun could have made all the difference

Car Accident Victim Stabbed in Oakland, CA

Just before 9PM, police responded to an incident at Scotia Avenue and Golf Links Road in Oakland, CA. Two vehicles had gotten into an accident, and afterward, a passenger in one car stabbed an individual in the other car, according to police. The victim was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, and the suspect was reportedly arrested. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 15th, 2010 at 9:19 pm





Springfield, MA Clerk Shot by Impatient Robber

A clerk at Wheeler’s Convenience Store, 142 Dickinson St., was shot in the abdomen by a masked gunman during a robbery Sunday morning, police said. The 38-year-old male clerk was rushed into surgery at Baystate Medical Center following the 11:30 a.m. shooting, and is expected to survive, said Sgt. John M. Delaney. Police say a man in a hooded sweatshirt and wearing a mask entered the store, pointed a small-caliber handgun at the clerk and demanded money from the register, Delaney said. He shot the clerk apparently because he felt the man was not emptying the register quickly enough, Delaney said. After the shooting, the robber jumped over the counter, grabbed money out of the register, and fled, he said. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 14th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

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Woman Jumps from Cliff to Escape from Rapist

Authorities say a man tried to sexually assault a Southern California jogger who escaped by jumping off a cliff. The woman was reportedly taken to a hospital Friday with cuts and bruises from the fall in Malibu. She told deputies she had finished a run at about noon at Point Dume State Beach and was standing at the edge of a cliff when she was grabbed from behind. She says she and the man struggled for several minutes before she was able to break away. That’s when the woman ran and jumped off the cliff. Deputies say the suspect then escaped in the woman’s Toyota Land Cruiser. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 13th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

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Moviegoer stabbed for complaining about another’s cell phone use

The California theater was packed for a 9 p.m. Saturday screening of the Martin Scorsese film when the moviegoer complained about a woman near him using a cellphone. The woman and two men with her left the theater. But sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said two men returned a few minutes later and stabbed the victim. “It was a vicious and cowardly attack,” Whitmore said. The victim, who was not identified, was hospitalized with serious wounds. Two other moviegoers who came to the victim’s aid were also hurt during the attack, officials said. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 12th, 2010 at 8:58 am





Toledo Police Issue Warrant for Serial Rape and Robbery Suspect

Toledo police have issued a warrant for the suspect accused of targeting women in five robberies, including one that escalated to rape. In at least two of the crimes committed in the last 10 days, the suspect hid in the backseat of the female victim’s unlocked car and ordered her at gunpoint to drive to an ATM and turn over cash, police said. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 12th, 2010 at 8:54 am





Ohio woman fatally stabbed in front of her child

A woman was stabbed to death in front of her son by a former boyfriend who died of self-inflicted stab wounds after a police chase, Lebanon, Ohio police said this morning. Shena Lee Nolan, 32, was stabbed several times by her ex-boyfriend after an argument in front of her 8-year-old son at her apartment about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Lebanon Assistant Police Chief Bob Hawley. The boy was not injured. “What kind of a person stabs a mother anyway, but then to do it front of a child?” Hawley reportedly said Thursday morning. Nolan was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, where she was pronounced dead. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 11th, 2010 at 5:33 pm





Mexican journalist’s burned body found

Mexican authorities reported Monday they have found the dismembered, burned body of a Mexican journalist kidnapped in 2007. Officials believe the journalist, Rodolfo Rincon Taracena, was killed by members of the Los Zetas cartel killed Taracena for his reporting on drug activity in the Gulf Coast city of Villahermosa. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 10th, 2010 at 3:29 pm





Woman Raped by Man Seeking Revenge Against her boyfriend

A Yonkers man, who reportedly raped and robbed a woman over a three hour period in an act of revenge against her boyfriend, has been sentenced to 20 years in state prison and 25 years parole. Kevin Denham, 28, had been convicted by a Westchester County Court jury of two counts of rape in the first degree, two counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree, one count of robbery in the first degree, one count of assault in the second degree, and one count of criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree, according to news reports. The attack reportedly took place on March 1, 2009 when Denham broke into the woman’s Yonkers apartment through a rear window and attacker her as she slept in her bed. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 10th, 2010 at 12:36 pm





2 Women Kidnapped and Raped

A Woodhull, Illinois man is reportedly facing six felony counts for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting two women March 1 on Big Island in Rock Island County. Jason W. Kugler, 29, was reportedly charged in Rock Island County Circuit Court with six Class X counts, which each carry up to 30 years in prison upon conviction. He faces two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated kidnapping. According to the charges, Kugler was armed with a weapon when he committed the crimes. The robbery counts allege that he stole each victim’s purse. The two women are 25 and 23 years old. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 9th, 2010 at 4:21 pm





Joliet, IL man fatally stabbed while helping assault victim

Joliet, Illinois police say a 47-year-old man died of stab wounds today after coming to the aid of the victim in an alleged domestic battery incident. Police Chief Fred Hayes said officers found Reuben T. Abbott, 0-100 block of York Avenue, lying in a pool of blood on the front porch of a home on the 100 block of Nicholson Street at 4:04 a.m. Abbott, who was unresponsive, “had been stabbed in the back, stomach and neck,” Hayes said. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 8th, 2010 at 10:18 pm





Gunman shoots father and son at Dallas office building

Police say that a gunman shot a 63-year-old man in the legs and his 39-year-old son in the neck at a business they own on the third floor of a Dallas office building. Dallas Police Lt. Andrew Harvey said the gunman pointed his gun at arriving police, who fired at him and missed. The suspect then shot himself, police said, causing critical injuries. “This is not a random offense. They were targeted. The suspect knew both of the victims,” stated Lt. Andrew Harvey. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 8th, 2010 at 9:18 pm





NH Landlord Beaten to Death

Prosecutors allege a New Hampshire man obsessed with getting a Harley-Davidson motorcycle beat his landlord to death, assumed his identify, and then stole his pickup truck in order to trade it for a motorcycle.  It is alleged that Paul McDonald traded his landlord’s new truck for the motorcycle and an older truck before fleeing to Vermont, where he was reportedly arrested.  Wilcox was found dead in June 2008 in the basement of the Danville home where McDonald lived as his tenant, according to police. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 8th, 2010 at 9:11 pm





Woman Raped, Word “Mine” Carved into her Stomach

A North Carolina man has been arrested and charged with raping a woman and carving the word “Mine” on her stomach, according to police. Keith Alan Campbell, 41, of Hickory, NC was reportedly charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female and two counts of communicating threats. The arrest warrant reportedly alleges that Campbell tied up the woman and used a box cutter to carve the word “Mine” on her stomach. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 8th, 2010 at 3:35 pm





Chicago Taxi Driver Stabbed in Robbery Attempt

A taxi cab driver was stabbed and critically injured Thursday night by a passenger in the West Town neighborhood during a robbery attempt, according to police. The attack occured at about 11:30 p.m. near Western Avenue and Hirsch Street, said Chicago Police Officer Hector Alfaro. The male assailant then fled the scene, and the cab driver was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, Alfaro said. No suspects are in custody. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 7th, 2010 at 5:36 pm





KY Woman Robbed and Stabbed by Home Invaders

The victim, Patricia Hall, said two men she did not know forced their way into her home wearing masks and gloves. She also told investigators stole some items, and stabbed her before leaving. Hall is reportedly hospitalized and listed in fair condition. No suspects are in custody, police say. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 7th, 2010 at 5:33 pm





Woman Drugged, Gang Raped

One arrest has been made in connection with a woman who was drugged and gang-raped on Saturday morning in Soweto, Johannesburg police said. “The woman was at her home when a group of men took her and drugged her. They took her to a house in Dobsonville where they took turns raping her,” said police spokesman, Inspector Kay Makhubele. He said the woman had sustained head injuries and had bruises on her body. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 7th, 2010 at 3:45 pm





Wendy’s Manager Stabbed in Elgin, IL

A manager working at the Wendy’s at 1001 Dundee Ave. was stabbed in the parking lot outside the fast food restaurant at about 9 p.m. Friday night, police said. A suspect described as a Hispanic man in his early 20s reportedly stabbed the manager, a 33-year-old Carpentersville man, with a knife at least once “in the chest area and in the liver,” an Elgin police spokesman said. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 6th, 2010 at 10:11 pm





South Carolina Woman Kidnapped, Raped

Spartanburg County deputies said that the victim said she was walking along Biblebrook Drive toward Sunnyglen Drive when a silver or gray, older-model car pulled up next to her. She said the two men inside the car asked her for directions. When she walked up to the car to provide directions, the men pulled her inside the car, drove to a dirt road off of Biblebrook Drive, raped her and then drove back to Biblebrook Drive where they put her out of the car, she says. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 5th, 2010 at 5:10 pm





Atlanta Woman Found Stabbed to Death in Her Home

Atlanta police reportedly say 4 children found their 35-year-old mother’s body on the bathroom floor, after coming home from school. Keith Meadows of the Atlanta Police Department reportedly says Yolanda Johnson had been stabbed four or five times. Her body was found Thursday afternoon in her apartment, which is near Georgia Tech. Meadows says there were signs of a struggle in the kitchen and bathroom. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 5th, 2010 at 5:04 pm





British Man Stabbed in Nottingham

A 20 year old man is in the hospital after being stabbed in the back in Nottingham. The victim was attacked on Lavender Walk in St Ann’s in the early hours of Saturday. He suffered a punctured lung and was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Center. More information here.

Things might have turned out differently if only they had a gun for self defense, as these people did.

March 3rd, 2010 at 8:49 pm

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