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Yoga Korunta

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25 April 2007

Home Defense

Cleveland man caught up in gun debate

Posted by Damian G. Guevara and Patrick O’Donnell April 23, 2007 19:56PM
Categories: Breaking News, Crime
Damon Wells is the man gun supporters imagined when they fought for the right to carry concealed weapons.
He had a permit to carry his gun, and he had the gun on him when a pair of teenage thieves approached him Saturday night on his front porch.
When one of the youths pulled a gun, Wells whipped out his and shot one of the boys multiple times in the chest, police said.
Arthur Buford, 15, died after stumbling away and collapsing on a sidewalk near East 134th Street and Kinsman Road.
City prosecutors decided Monday that Wells, 25, was justified and would not be charged for what appears to be the first time a concealed-carry permit holder has shot and killed an attacker.
Nonetheless, the shooting reignited the debate that roared three years ago when Ohio's concealed-carry law took effect.
Gun supporters said the weapon saved Wells' life. Opponents said it took Buford's - that the 15-year-old might be alive if a citizen had not been armed.
An angry throng of about 30 youths gathered Monday and set up a memorial at the intersection where Buford, a freshman at John F. Kennedy High School, died.
His cousin, Tameka Foster, 21, questioned why police refused to punish Buford's shooter. "They let that man run out freely," Foster said. "My cousin is dead."
Buford's accomplice disappeared after the shooting and had not been caught Monday night. Police found a .38-caliber handgun in the mail chute of a nearby house. They believe it belonged to Buford or the other suspect, Lt. Thomas Stacho said.
Police took a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson firearm from Wells, the police report shows.
Both sides of the gun debate said it was sad that a teenager died.
"It's tragic," said Jim Irvine, chairman of the Buckeye Firearm Association. "Anytime somebody dies it's tragic, but it's hard to have any sympathy when he chose to have a gun and go threaten somebody's life."
Irvine said it was "great that a potential victim is able to continue his life instead of having a criminal take it."
Toby Hoover, of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, said she had not heard of any other fatal shooting involving a concealed-carry permit holder.
"This is one of the few where they actually used it to stop a crime," Hoover said.
But, she said, "there's still a dead kid here."
A man who answered phone a number for Wells refused to comment and hung up. No one answered the door at Wells' home.
Plain Dealer reporters Jesse Tinsley and Brie Zelter and researcher Cheryl Diamond contributed to this story.

Friends, I don't live in a high crime area and thus don't feel the need to carry a weapon. Clearly, some people have good reasons for doing so.

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Blogger Melissa said...

There are more people murdered by guns than are actually saved. If that kid did not have a gun that was undoubtedly stolen from a responsible gun owner he'd still be alive. How many more people are murdered than actually saved by these weapons? It's a stat no gun lover dares to publish. I guess you would have to be a victim of an ugly crime to understand my point of view.

Pacica is a beautiful word. Too bad it will never describe reality.

18:58  
Blogger Melissa said...

oops--Pacifica

19:00  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

"If that kid did not have a gun that was undoubtedly stolen from a responsible gun owner he'd still be alive."

If that kid weren't a criminal in the first place, he wouldn't have attempted to rob Mr. Wells or burgle his home.

22:24  
Blogger Melissa said...

If the kid didn't have a gun he would not have attempted this robbery.

OK, three comments is my limit on a thread. Carry on, Wyatt.

01:17  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

One completely agrees with his lovely commenter. Thugs have no business bothering us.

07:11  

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