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January 20, 2013
A ban on any firearm or accessory represents an assault on the Second Amendment ("O'Malley to push stricter gun limits," Jan. 15). Any actions toward more gun control lead one to believe that these policies are not trying to curb gun violence, which has gone down 50 percent over the last 20 years, but rather are pushing an agenda to eliminate the Second Amendment. In Maryland, rifles were used to commit murder only two times in 2011. Compare that to 75 murders by knives. Any talk of banning assault weapons is unjustified.
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July 14, 2014
Israel has not only the right but the obligation to protect its citizens from Hamas-launched rocket attacks that now have targeted Tel Aviv and Jerusalem ( "A dangerous turning point in Israel," July 7). If Hamas wants to call an end to the now developing war and avoid further casualties, all it needs to do is to stop the rocket attacks and declare that no further ones will ensue - in contrast to the 400 fired in three days. When Hamas, now part of the unity government of the Palestinian Authority, decided to shower all of Israel with long range rockets, it changed the conflict from confrontation to war. To prevent the constant rocket attacks and the hourly interference with normal life, Israel had no option but to respond, and forcibly.
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NEWS
October 17, 2007
Self-defense -- Tim Belton (left) of Savvy Self Defense teaches a continuing class in street survival, stressing effective self-defense techniques that work in conditions of stress. The class, which is held from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center, is also designed to increase flexibility, strength and cardiovascular health. The first class is free for new participants. The cost is $50 a month; $8 to drop in. Columbia residents can request at 10 percent discount.
NEWS
By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | May 22, 2014
What if he had smacked her one? She's going after him with fists and feet. What if he had defended himself in kind? Or what if he had been the one who attacked her without physical provocation? Would it still be funny? As we all know from a leaked elevator surveillance video that has been replayed countless times on television and online, that's not how it happened. Instead, rapper and businessman Jay Z deflected the blows and at one point caught a kicking foot in midair, but otherwise made no aggressive moves as his sister-in-law, singer Solange Knowles, whaled on him. Beyonce -- his wife, her sister -- watched without interfering, and an overmatched bodyguard tried to keep the peace.
NEWS
By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2003
Prosecutors say that on Nov. 13, 37-year-old Rodney Alexander murdered his estranged wife, stabbing and beating her in a vicious attack. But Alexander has claimed that he was fighting for his life, and that 35-year-old Laurie D. Alexander was the aggressor that night. This week, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Patrick Cavanaugh will decide which version he believes. Alexander's murder trial started before the judge yesterday, with prosecutors emphasizing the extent of Laurie Alexander's injuries and rejecting the idea that those multiple wounds could have been inflicted in self-defense.
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | March 27, 1994
Most of the time, James Benjamin thinks about how to sell financial derivative products to small banks. But on a recent Thursday he could be found lunging fiercely at Michael Schwartz with a knife.As Mr. Benjamin's personal trainer, Mr. Schwartz sidestepped the attack, deflected the blade, then yanked Mr. Benjamin's arm forward and twisted it back, stopping just shy of doing anydamage.Next, he hustled Mr. Benjamin across his loft to a heavy bag and directed him in a sequence of careful punches and kicks and then in a more predictable series of fitness maneuvers: jumping rope and lifting weights.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1997
Teresa J. Jones admitted to a jury yesterday that she killed her estranged husband, but said she did it in self-defense, after months of abuse that left her in fear for her life.Jones, 31, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Steven L. Jones in his White Hall home Nov. 10, 1996. Yesterday, Mrs. Jones was described by Bethesda psychologist Mary Ann Dutton as a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder and severe physical domestic violence.Dutton, who examined Mrs. Jones after the slaying, told a Baltimore County jury that she reached her conclusions after Mrs. Jones told her of many incidents of violence at the hands of her husband.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1994
Late at night, halfway between the shopping mall and her car, Charlene Lentzner noticed a man following her across the parking lot."I ran to a family getting into their van and pretended I knew them," she said. "I was scared to death. If they hadn't been there, I don't know what would have happened."Because she never wants to feel that vulnerable again, she began looking for a self-defense course, Ms. Lentzner said. "Every time you turn around, you hear about a woman being mugged or having her purse stolen," she said.
NEWS
By Donna R. Engle and Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF | May 24, 1996
A self-defense program for women that is popular on college campuses will be introduced to Mount Airy-area women at a free seminar Thursday.The one-hour seminar at Health Unlimited Family Fitness Center in Twin Arch Shopping Center is believed to be the first of its kind in Mount Airy. Introductory seminars and courses in Rape Aggression Defense have been taught for several years in Westminster.Mount Airy resident Flo Combs will lead the seminar. She will teach women how to be aware of possible dangers, how to reduce risks and some basic self-defense techniques.
NEWS
By Melissa Harris | June 18, 2008
A 22-year-old Baltimore man charged with murder pleaded guilty yesterday to a handgun charge and was sentenced to time served in prison and probation. The case was complicated by the fact that another man, Christopher Ford, then 17, had confessed to and was charged with killing Neil "Pills" Rather, 18, who died in a parking lot in the 3400 block of Clifton Ave. in Walbrook Junction. Evidence later showed that Ford's gun, which he had dropped, did not match the bullet recovered from the victim's body.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
A Baltimore County jury on Tuesday rejected a White Marsh woman's claim that the only way to end years of spousal abuse was to hire a hit man to kill her husband. The jury, composed of nine women and three men, convicted Karla Porter of first-degree murder in a case that tested the scope of self-defense arguments. The 51-year-old defendant stood stoically in a dark pant suit with her long red hair tightly braided as the jury foreman read the verdict, which could send her to prison for the rest of her life without the possibility of parole.
NEWS
July 23, 2013
George Zimmerman's acquittal was unjustified as self-defense ("Martin verdict protests continue," July 17). In Mr. Zimmerman's 911 call about Trayvon Martin, the dispatcher told him to stay in his car while police sped to the scene. He ignored this advice and got out of his car. Armed with his gun, Mr. Zimmerman approached Trayvon Martin. Mr. Martin became the threatened party, acted in self-defense - and died trying to save his life. Frederick E. Knowles, Chestertown
NEWS
July 19, 2013
Letter writer Ron Wirsing is quite correct when he says that "stand your ground self-defense laws are working" ("Zimmerman trial had nothing to do with race," July 17). What he doesn't mention however, is that this particularly inane Florida law and others like it are designed to make it easy to kill someone and get away with it. Usually there are only two witnesses, and one of them is dead. George Zimmerman shot a kid walking on a public street in a gated community to which he had been invited.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
The trial of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin failed in every way. It failed to bring forth anything resembling objective truth about what happened the night Mr. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, decided Mr. Martin looked suspicious and took the law into his hands. It failed to bring anything like closure to a nation that had been horrified by the senseless death of a young man who had done nothing wrong. And it failed most spectacularly to provide any measure of justice.
NEWS
June 8, 2013
The latest protest from some of Maryland's counties refusing to honor the new gun law is very revealing ("Sheriff won't enforce gun law," June 6). There was a day when we shot rabbits, squirrels and deer because they were in the actual food chain. They were the meal on the table. Not so today. Expert opinions have shown that even professional gun handler, have emotional problems when they have to draw their weapons in a crisis. So the claim for self-defense is at best, a daydream.
NEWS
By Cal Thomas | February 9, 2013
An unsigned and undated Justice Department white paper, obtained by NBC News, reports The New York Times, "... is the most detailed analysis yet to come into public view regarding the Obama legal team's views about the lawfulness of killing, without a trial, an American citizen who executive branch officials decide is an operational leader of Al Qaeda or one of its allies. " The proviso is they must pose "an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States. " If "an informed, high-level official" of the government decides they are a threat, the paper says, and if capture is not feasible, they may be killed.
NEWS
By Madison Park and Madison Park,Sun reporter | January 18, 2008
A Harford County jury has found an Edgewood man guilty of second-degree murder after almost 10 hours of deliberation. Sean Nelson Smith, 28, will be sentenced March 6. The jury, which returned the verdict about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, rejected Smith's argument that he shot Samuel David Horne on Aug. 11 in self-defense. They also found Smith guilty of the use of a handgun in a violent crime. Second-degree murder carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, and Deputy State's Attorney Scott Lewis said he would likely ask the judge for the maximum.
NEWS
By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,Staff Writer | July 19, 1993
They oohed at the Edward A. Myerberg Northwest Senior Center yesterday when self-defense specialist Douglas Lake demonstrated how to scratch out an assailant's eyes with his fingers, and they aahed when he nimbly executed a shoulder roll that instantaneously landed him back on his feet."
NEWS
January 24, 2013
There are some truly scary gun owners out there. Reader Jason Davis asks, "Why would anyone want to restict my right to defend myself and my family by limiting access to ammunition"? ("Limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines hinders self defense," Jan. 20.) By way of example he cites two New York officers who fired 39 and 45 rounds at a suspect respectively who was "only" hit 14 times! Is it normal and rational to believe it takes 84 rounds on one person for self defense? And hitting someone 14 times is "only"?
NEWS
January 20, 2013
A ban on any firearm or accessory represents an assault on the Second Amendment ("O'Malley to push stricter gun limits," Jan. 15). Any actions toward more gun control lead one to believe that these policies are not trying to curb gun violence, which has gone down 50 percent over the last 20 years, but rather are pushing an agenda to eliminate the Second Amendment. In Maryland, rifles were used to commit murder only two times in 2011. Compare that to 75 murders by knives. Any talk of banning assault weapons is unjustified.
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