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Did Gun Control Lead to September 11?
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"Near the Canadian border in Boundary County, Idaho during August of 1992, the federal government went berserk. At Ruby Ridge Randy Weaver suffered the loss of his wife and son -- neither of whom had committed a crime -- to government agents."

"The feds brought about an even worse debacle in Waco the next year, and other less breathtaking abuses of power have occurred with disturbing frequency."

"Both tragedies stemmed from enforcement of unconstitutional laws for alleged crimes that had harmed no one." ...

"Clearly, waiting for the authorities to protect us can be hazardous to our health, but using a gun for defense may make us a criminal. Welcome to the Brave New World of Gun Control where we become criminals when we use guns to resist (or be prepared to resist) criminals."
 

OH: Gun requests may swamp Ohio sheriffs
Submitted by: George Combs II

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"Gov. Bob Taft signed legislation Thursday giving law-abiding and mentally competent Ohioans the right to carry concealed handguns, just a day after the legislature sent it to him."

"The bill will take effect April 9, said Orest Holubec, spokesman for Taft. Bob Beasley, spokesman for Attorney General Jim Petro, said work already has started on the application forms and other material that county sheriffs will need to process applications and issue licenses."

"Still, it could be as long as 60 days after the bill takes effect before Ohioans can start applying for licenses, said state Sen. Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek, a key supporter of the legislation."

"When it does start, sheriffs should brace themselves for a flurry of applications, said Katie Bower, a manager in the Criminal Justice Information Center of the Michigan State Police."

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They have several months to prepare for it. Better start now.
 

OH: Rotten Apples and Sour Grapes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Some just sound like losers. Others sound like sore losers. And OFCC has learned that at least two of Ohio's liberal media outlets are already planning to violate the spirit and intent of the public records provision."

Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Since Taft chooses to hide behind journalists on this vital public-records matter, it is this newspaper's intention to obtain this information and publish it. Our readers deserve to know the identities of those who obtain permits to carry their guns in public. We hope other news organizations will do the same in their communities."

OFCC has learned that the Elyria Chronicle Telegram's editorial board voted, and plans to follow the lead of the Plain Dealer by printing the names of licensees.

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Prior message from KeepAndBearArms.com Executive Director Angel Shamaya:

As soon as they publish permit holders' names, we'll publish the names, phone numbers and home addresses of every single person on staff at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Same goes for any other newspaper that singles out gun owners in this way.

And we will distribute that data as far and wide as we can, throughout the State of Ohio, through all channels of our influence -- just like these Gun Bigots are threatening to do.

Contemplate other legal ways to make this newspaper regret their commitment to violating the privacy of lawful gun owners. Post comments here; we'll be reading them.

I'm also requesting that people in and around Cleveland begin collecting intel on the staff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and forwarding it to me immediately. We've got a little time before permits are issued, but we may as well begin preparations for a measured, civil response to these hate-mongers right now.
 

OH: Firearm plan gets mixed reactions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"By the middle of April, the person sitting next to you at McDonald's or walking past you on the sidewalk could be carrying a hidden, loaded gun -- and it would be perfectly legal."

"To the surprise of many, the Ohio legislature passed a 'concealed carry' law this week and Gov. Bob Taft agreed to sign it."

"Paul Hlynsky, president of Lodge 7 of the FOP, is among those who see both sides of the argument. But he doesn't believe we will experience any dramatic changes."

"He isn't particularly worried that street cops will be at greater risk on routine traffic stops. 'Law-abiding citizens will never use a weapon against a police officer, whether they've got 10 weapons in the car or one weapon in the car.... There's no reason to panic.' "
 

OH: Law Enforcement Alliance of America Commends Ohio Right to Carry Passage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) Executive Director and Retired Police Officer, James Fotis, commended the Ohio Legislature and Governor's Office for producing an agreement to pass Ohio's Right- To-Carry law. This remarkable agreement caps nearly ten years of LEAA's grassroots advocacy in support of Right-To-Carry in Ohio." ...

"LEAA's efforts in support of Right-To-Carry have included bringing local and national law enforcement experts, including Ohio law enforcement officers, as well as Ohio crime victims, to testify in favor of the measure before the Ohio legislature. In the Buckeye state, LEAA has been the leading, most vocal police based group to support Right-To-Carry."
 

OH: Businesses not worried about fallout from gun bill
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"Many area business people don't expect Ohio's new concealed weapons law to increase the threat of gun violence at their establishments."

"For some, the new law will probably boost sales at gun stores and businesses that make signs. Others say the law won't change how they do business."
 

OH: Gun ban extremists' expected 'Business Blitz' begins
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"As gun ban extremists have lost their fight against concealed carry legislation in state after state after state, their next course of action is to try to discourage people from exercising their newly-recognized right."

"Although the methods vary, the reason is transparent. As proven in state after state, the more people who carry, the greater the downward impact on crime will be, and the more their dire warnings will be shown for the fear-mongering that they are."

"And so it begins in Ohio. As we've all come to expect, the media is helping lead the charge."
 

OH: Approach with caution
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'I think it could be helpful in some ways,' Mansfield police Officer J.B. Bond said of the concealed-carry legislation that Gov. Bob Taft signed into law Thursday. 'But if you went in on a scene and you've got four or five people with a gun, it is hard to determine who the good guy is and who is the bad guy. That's the only thing that worries me as law enforcement.' "

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It's telling that these LEOs' idea of telling a good guy from a bad guy is based on who has the gun. Were they taught that citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights are to be treated like criminals?
 

OH: Finally, concealed carry in Ohio (Blog)
Submitted by: George Combs II
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"Of course, the gun control advocates are coming out of the woodwork, screaming that it's a sad day in Ohio, and how law-abiding citizens, particularly our kids, will be in greater danger. Well, with violent crime at, near, or even surpassing record levels in the state depending on the area, please explain how much better it would have been to continue the decades-old ban. Sarah Brady? Toby Hoover? Tom Diaz? Anyone?" ...

"...Guns in the hands of properly trained, law-abiding citizens are not dangerous to anyone but criminals, while guns in the hands of the lawless are."
 

OH: Only one of three 2006 Governor-hopefuls would have done it better than Taft
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"It's official. Only Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell would have handled the HB12 legislative debacle any better than Bob Taft. Quite possibly, one or both of his opponents would have botched it up even more - and they freely admit it."

"Hearing State Auditor Betty Montgomery's admission that she would not sign HB12 is should be no surprise. When she was Ohio's attorney general, Montgomery fought to continue the state's ban on concealed carry, even as two courts and four judges found the law to be unconstitutional."

"Attorney General Jim Petro isn't getting off on the right foot by saying he'd have refused to accept anything less than full public disclosure of licensee's private information." . . .
 

WV: Concealed Carry: Does It Work?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The law Ohio approved isn't much different than one, which has been in effect for years in West Virginia."

"One concern Ohio law enforcement officials have had about the law is that it might lead to an increase in gun crime. Johnson says in Wood County, that hasn't been the case."
 

NH: Report card blasts N.H. gun control
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"A local gun control advocate placed the blame for New Hampshire getting only a D- rating on an annual report card issued by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence squarely on the shoulders of the state leaders."

"Chuck Drew, executive director of N.H. Ceasefire, said the state is currently run by 'a Republican-controlled Legislature that is pretty vocal about gun rights.' " ...

"The report specifically cited the passage of House Bill 811, the Gun Immunity Bill, which granted gun manufacturers immunity from liability for crimes committed with their products, as one of the reasons for the low rating." ...

"Drew said the state also scored badly due to the lack of secondary background checks at gun shows..."

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Essentially, New Hampshire got a low grade for being FREE. They got a low grade for their lack of fascism. This should be a source of pride.
 

NM: New Mexico gets "F" grade on gun laws and kid safety
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"A national gun violence prevention group today gave New Mexico an 'F' for approving a new law that allows New Mexicans to carry concealed, loaded handguns."

"The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence said New Mexico is among nine states that have weakened its state gun laws. And it criticized the state for approving the concealed weapons law."

"The law allows New Mexicans 25 and over to get two-year licenses to carry loaded, concealed handguns after completing firearms training courses and passing criminal background checks."
 

OH: Gun-control advocates: Ohio fares poorly on firearms safety
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"Even before Ohio legislators passed a law Wednesday allowing people to carry concealed weapons, two of the nation’s leading gun-control groups gave the state a D-plus for its ability to protect children from gun violence."

"The organizations lauded Ohio lawmakers for avoiding passage of a conceal/carry bill last year. But this week’s action is expected to give Ohio a failing grade next year." ...

"Ohio’s low rating did not disturb gun-rights advocates."

" 'I was hoping for an F,' said Chad D. Baus, spokesman for Ohioans for Concealed Carry. 'The Brady Campaign has a history of giving states with the lowest crime rates and least restrictive gun laws' failing grades."
 

UT: Utah Gets Poor Grade For Gun-Control
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"Another year, another "D". A national gun control organization is giving Utah a D-minus for failing to adopt laws to protect children from gunfire."

"Utah received the same grade last year."

"The grade was given by the Brady Campaign, Million Mom March and other gun-control groups."

"Their annual report says Utah fails in penalizing adults who leave loaded guns within the reach of children. Utah also does not require child-safety trigger locks to be sold with guns."
 

TX: Meet the Divas, who think that guns, hunting and women are made for one another
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"Judy Rhodes loves her camouflage hunting outfit. It's designed specifically for women, fits her figure well, and has her name embroidered on it."

"And she accessorizes it well, with full makeup, a jeweled green belt buckle, six silver bracelets and large earrings with zebras on them. Plus, she styles her hair with curlers before heading out to hunt."

"A gal's gotta look good in the field, you know."

"Underneath the groomed exterior is a heart that's passionate about hunting. So much so that she founded an organization for women and girls who hunt, target shoot or want to protect themselves with a handgun."
 

CA: Mountain lion 'out for blood' killed after attacking bikers
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"California authorities shot and killed a mountain lion that attacked two female mountain bikers Thursday afternoon in the Foothill Ranch region of Orange County, California, leaving one woman in critical condition and another badly shaken. The body of another apparent attack victim was discovered nearby."

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"Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks." --Thomas Jefferson
 

TX: Better watch out! Daytime burglaries have police on alert
Submitted by: william rodgers

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The Commerce Police Department has compiled a list of ways residents can help prevent or deter the burglaries:

Make your home more difficult to enter by using solid core or metal doors with deadbolt locks.

Make sure sliding door locks are in good shape and use a secondary locking device along the track to keep the door from being opened.

Use alarm systems and post signs and decals in conspicuous places to deter burglars.

Have large, barking dogs.

Make sure all windows are locked and use secondary devices to keep windows from being opened.

Have good communication with your neighbors and work out a system of your neighbors watching for suspicious activity and return the favor by watching your neighbor's house while they are away. ...
 

VT: Tax-weary Vermont ski town considers joining New Hampshire
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"Officials in the popular ski resort area of Killington want the town to secede from Vermont and join neighboring New Hampshire in a dispute over taxes."

"They say the town's restaurants, inns and other businesses send $10 million a year to the state capital in sales, room and meal taxes, but the state returns just $1 million in state aid to Killington."

"Even more galling to the town is a statewide property tax imposed in 1997 to fund schools. The town of 1,092 won a Superior Court order that called the state's method of assessing local properties 'arbitrary and capricious,' but the state Supreme Court reversed that decision."

" 'It kind of reminds us of Colonial days,' Town Manager David Lewis said Thursday. 'The Colonies were being faced with the Stamp Act, the Tea Act, the Sugar Act. England wasn't giving them any rights. They were treating the Colonies as just a revenue source.' "

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Hey, from each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Maybe the tyrants in Vermont just didn't feel Killington needed any more.
 

VA: Weapons in city schools
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"According to Richmond Public Schools security reports obtained by The Times-Dispatch, the school system has recorded at least 18 incidents of weapons being found in schools since September."

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This in the "home" of Project Exile.
 

PA: Challenge to checks of gun buyers sent back for new hearing
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"A prospective gun owner whose 1962 conviction for stealing a case of beer prevented him from buying a firearm has been given a new opportunity to argue the constitutionality of the state's system of background checks."

"The state Supreme Court ruled last week that an administrative law judge erred when he declined to consider the constitutional claims made by Lancaster construction worker Michael S. Lehman, who said he wanted a .22-caliber rifle for target practice."
 

NJ: Bridgeton deli robbed at knifepoint
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"A man used a knife to rob the Los Puentes Deli of $600 on Wednesday night, police said." ...

"Aurora told police that the man pulled out a knife and told her, 'Give me the money or die.' "

"Police said Aurora tried to run toward the door on the east of the counter when the man jumped over it. She told police that she handed the man $600, which he pocketed before running out the door."

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What's needed is some common-sense knife control, right Sarah?
 

Canada: Canadian Pols Cling to Their Billion-dollar Gun Registry Fiasco
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"It’s been called a fiasco, critics say it doesn’t work and, as NewsMax has been reporting, it has cost a staggering $1 billion so far, but Canada’s government officials continue to support their badly flawed gun registration law."

"Writing in the Internet’s General Firearms and Shooting Information Page, one critic charged that statistical proof shows that registration has not, and will not, reduce the criminal use of firearms or save a single life, but Canada’s federal government refuses to admit that it made a huge misjudgment in implementing the law."
 

TX: Officer accused of pulling gun on repo man
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"A Dallas police officer accused of pulling a gun on a man who was trying to repossess his boat and sport utility vehicle has been charged with aggravated assault."

"Detective Larry L. Dyer, 38, turned himself in to Collin County authorities after Frisco police issued an arrest warrant on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant."

"He was released on Thursday after posting $10,000 bail. If convicted of the first-degree felony, Dyer could face five years to life in prison and a fine of $10,000."
 

AL: Gun count off in Morgan sales-tax office collection
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"Three weapons might be missing from a collection of guns that Morgan County sales tax enforcement officers obtained during a 1993 sting operation and a serial number for another weapon taken in the sting does not match the paperwork."

"Sales Tax Director Ed Sims said he does not know what happened to the guns. He said he never had them."
 

NY: Mayor Offers Coming Attractions on Safety, Taxes and Schools
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"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg promoted his accomplishments yesterday and provided a peek into his agenda for the coming year. His plans include a campaign against gun crimes, a tax rebate for homeowners and an end to the practice of social promotion for third graders in the public schools."

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New York already has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country and some of the highest crime rates. "Campaigning" against gun crimes won't accomplish much.

What are Bloomberg's accomplishments in New York?

* A 19 year old guy was cited for sitting on a milk crate

* During the blackouts last year, when traffic lights were malfunctioning, a citizen was forced to direct traffic while the New York police wrote him and others parking tickets.

* A black plastic frame around 28-year-old Jacob Walzer's license plate, identifying the dealer from which he purchased the vehicle, resulted in a $55 fine;

* Elle and Serge Shroitman were cited, because their vehicle was "blocking" their own driveway

* Crystal Rivera, who was six months pregnant, had stopped to rest while climbing the stairs out of a subway station and was cited for blocking a stairwell.

 

UK: Cops shot at by gang of burglars
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"TWO unarmed police officers were shot at with handguns when they pursued a gang of burglary GREG-pects into the shadows of a South London estate."

"The officers had to dive for cover when members of the gang drew handguns, pointed them at the officers and fired shots."

"Miraculously, both officers escaped injury. The constables had been driving a marked police car along Portland Road in South Norwood when they saw a silver Saab driving at speed towards Streatham."

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And yet, the clueless, heartless Brits, still claim that their foul tradition of disarming their police is preferable to an armed police force and an armed populace.
 

UK: Don't carry pellet guns, young told
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"Shropshire youngsters are being warned not to carry imitation or replica guns in public places after a rising number of 'alarming incidents' in the county saw armed police descending on two areas of Shrewsbury."

"Police warn they could be mistaken for somebody with a real gun - and be at risk of being shot themselves when challenged by officers."

"The number of people with imitation or BB pellet firing guns seen in public has led to today's strong warning by West Mercia Police."
 

UK: Replica weapons in firing line
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"HALF the handguns seized by armed police in Norfolk turn out to be imitations." ...

"REPLICA handguns and rifles are readily available in shops, over the internet or from mail order catalogues, with no checks on who is buying, or why." ...

The problem of imitation firearms has become so acute that from January 19, the Anti-social Behaviour Act will make it an offence to carry such weapons, whether loaded or not, in a public place without a reasonable excuse.

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If you had any doubt that the UK is an Orwellian nightmare, let their Anti-social Behaviour Act dispel any disbelief.
 

UT: Clergy in Utah defy law to post gun ban
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"Guns in the house of God? Unsurprisingly, clergy aren't fond of the idea."

"But nearly four dozen leaders of Utah churches and synagogues say they also don't want to be forced to have a notice posted on a state-run Web site that announces they've placed a ban on firearms for their sanctuaries."

"The interfaith alliance says a state law requiring that they notify state officials if they impose a gun ban constitutes undue government interference with religion."

" 'We don't think we need to be on a state list of who's allowed to be exempt from the gun law,' said the Most Rev. Niederauer, bishop of the Roman Catholic Church's Salt Lake Diocese."

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Synagogues can just put up a big sign: Attention Nazis -- Unarmed Jews Inside!
 

FL: Palm Beach County unable to block controversial fireworks store
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"Resident Sheldon Lind...an instructor with the National Rifle Association, said the powder used in fireworks is highly explosive.

"It's very dangerous to store any black powder...I'm very concerned because I live across the street from it."

"It (Independence) ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for evermore." - John Adams

 

OH: Not all eager to welcome gun-toting customers
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"Stacey Thomas can see no reason for customers to bring guns into her family's two Golden Nugget restaurants, even if a new state law allows people to carry concealed weapons."

"The way I feel, I'm responsible for everyone in here that enters. Personal views or not, I'm responsible for my employees and I'm also responsible for my customers..."

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Yes, you are responsible, and will be if one of your disarmed customers falls victim to an armed thug thanks to your absurd anti-gun policy.
 

OH: Still off-limits to weapons
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Carrying a concealed handgun would still be prohibited in the following locations:

• Day-care centers and family day-care homes

• Government-owned buildings, including the Statehouse

• Police stations, sheriff’s offices, Highway Patrol stations

• Jails and prisons

• School safety zones, including buildings and premises

• Airport passenger terminals

• Institutions for the mentally ill and mentally retarded

• Places of worship

• Colleges and universities, unless gun is in locked vehicle

• Bars and facilities, including open-air arenas in which liquor is dispensed for on-premise consumption

• Private businesses where the owner has chosen to post a sign prohibiting guns
 

NY: Ballistics test identify officer who killed bystander
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"The shot that killed an innocent bystander during a police chase on New Year's Eve came from Albany Police Officer Joseph Gerace's gun, according to a published report Friday."

"Ballistics tests confirmed that Gerace's gun fired the bullet removed from the body of David Scaringe's body, the Times Union of Albany reported on its Web site."

"Albany Police Chief Robert Wolfgang had said following the fatal incident that Gerace fired seven of eight shots meant to stop an erratic driver."

"One of those bullets hit Scaringe, 24, as he crossed a busy intersection in downtown Albany, a few blocks from the state Capitol.
 

UK: Raider points gun at shop worker's head
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"A TERRIFIED shopworker was today held at gunpoint and bundled into a cupboard, by a raider who snatched cash and his laptop computer."

"John Manning, who was running Merchant House Antiques in St Peter's Street, feared for his life when the raider ordered him not to move or he would shoot."

"The 27-year-old's ordeal at lunchtime today, only ended when the raider fled."
 

Shooting for a New Generation
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"Long out of favor, hunting is fast becoming a hip way to spend the weekend for the young and upwardly mobile. According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the number of hunters with household incomes of $100,000 or more increased more than 25 percent, to 1.3 million, from 1991 to 2001 (taking into account inflation and population increases). And over the last three years alone, upscale hunting clubs like the Mashomack Preserve Club in Pine Plains, N.Y., and Pintail Point in Queenstown, Md., report that business has grown as much as 20 percent, while high-end gun manufacturers and specialty clothing retailers say that sales of hunting jackets and other gear are up 10 percent or more."
 

IN: Stop the killing, crowd at vigil pleads
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"A few steps away from where the city's first homicide of 2004 took place, a group of concerned citizens, ministers and activists assembled Thursday for a prayer vigil against gun violence." ...

"At the vigil, Police Chief Jerry Barker urged the residents of the Near-Northside neighborhood where the shooting took place to be vigilant and strong in their pursuit of curbing crime and asked them to trust the police and authorities working in the neighborhoods.
With a $1.1 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Safe Neighborhoods has provided money to erect anti-violence billboards and hire officers and prosecutors to keep guns off the streets."
 

IL: Criminals' paradise not only prosecutes a man for defending his family but spreads vicious socialist propaganda
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"A Wilmette homeowner was charged Thursday with illegally owning two handguns after he shot a home intruder last month as his family prepared for bed." ...

" 'Wilmette residents are much safer without a handgun in their homes,' said Carpenter, who has been asked to speak on the issue during the Wilmette Village Board meeting Tuesday."

" 'We see handguns stolen, used in domestic arguments or suicides,' he said. 'Those are far more likely outcomes than when you would actually need a handgun to defend yourself.' "

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Notice that this fascist thug makes this absurd proclamation in reference to a case that involves the use of a gun to defend a family. He says residents are much safer without a gun in their home, while reports are flowing in almost daily about people using firearms to defend themselves.

In other words, he lies. Deluge his office with email: police@wilmette.com.
 

New Zealand: Ministry of Fisheries warns officers against baton offer
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"The Ministry of Fisheries (MFish) is advising its officers not to take up a union offer of batons to protect themselves because they could find themselves in legal hot water."

"The National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) said today it was offering retractable batons to fishery officers after a plan approved by MFish in October 2002 to supply officers batons and pepper spray had not yet received government approval."

" 'This response follows a number of recent publicised attacks on fishery officers, who have the power to arrest and handcuff offenders,' NUPE acting secretary John Kerr said."

"However MFish national compliance manager Dave Wood said its legal advice was that the law needed to be changed before officers could use batons."
 

IL: Maywood cop charged with having stolen guns
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"A Maywood police lieutenant already in trouble for a 2001 traffic stop now is accused of possession of stolen firearms, officials said Thursday."

"Harold Jenkins was indicted Jan. 2 on the weapons charges and faces arraignment Jan. 23..."

"Some of the guns were reported stolen from an Ohio teacher's vehicle, a source said. One gun was previously owned by a Maywood liquor store owner but confiscated by the police. The store owner was charged with illegally firing the weapon, but there was no record of the gun being placed into evidence. Another gun was in a plastic bag with an evidence receipt, but investigators were unable to determine what crime the gun was linked to, the source said."
 

UK: Police angry at judge who refused to believe a police officer over a burglar who brutalized him
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"THE Police Federation has hit out at a judge who refused to take a police officer’s word over that of a burglar who beat him up."

"PC Pete Scott suffered a breakdown after raider Paul Reilly attacked him in a loft Reilly had broken into, Reading Crown Court heard."

"Reilly admitted the assault but claimed he was only acting in self-defence – a claim Judge Stanley Spence accepted, despite PC Scott and a fellow police officer saying it was an unprovoked attack."

"Judge Spence’s decision on Wednesday means Reilly will be sentenced on the basis that he may have been attacked first, a decision described by Inspector Martin Elliott, chairman of the Police Federation, as 'bizarre'."

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Oh, no! The police are definitely better off disarmed!
 

Australia: Fear, drugs drive rise in knife use
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"A culture of fear and the drug trade are behind a significant increase in young people carrying and using knives, according to a Victorian study."

"The three-year study by researchers at RMIT University, to be published later this year, found that 15 per cent of young people interviewed in focus groups admitted to having carried a weapon. Most cited the need for self-defence."

"Using Victoria Police data and hospital admission reports, the researchers found young men were both the predominant perpetrators and victims of knife attacks."

"Total offences involving knives tripled from 931 to 2798 between 1995 and 2000, according to police statistics."

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Better start banning those knives!
 

Irish airline the latest in cowardly gun condemnations
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"Against a backdrop of European objections to tough U.S. aviation security measures, the head of Ireland's Ryanair said Friday that putting armed guards on flights would make travel more dangerous."

" 'Putting armed air marshals on airplanes isn't going to make an airplane more secure, it's going to make it less secure,' said Ryanair CEO Michael O' Leary in Brussels."

" 'The fewer guns there are, the safer the situation is.' "

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Tell that to the thousands who died on 9-11, where not a single gun was used. Maybe, just maybe, if one or more of the passengers or a pilot had been armed, the World Trade Center would still be standing.
 

IL: Gun Sales Picking Up Among Young Women
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"One local gunshop owner says he's seen a change in trends, and now more women are buying handguns."

"Ron Barrington is the owner of Barrington Arms and Antiques in Peoria. Barrington says he has seen a shift in the numbers of 20 to 35 year olds who are buying handguns."

"He says that age group used to make up 40-percent of his business, but now many of those male customers are serving overseas in the armed forces."

"Ron Barrington says, 'I'm seeing young nurses coming in that feel the need for self-defense. I'm also seeing young married women coming in with their husbands and together they're picking out something so when the husband is gone on long trips or whatever she'll feel safe in the home.' "
 

KS: Concealed guns issue expected in Legislature
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"Kansas is among five states where it remains illegal for citizens to carry a gun covered by a coat or tucked into a purse, but some lawmakers plan to make a run at changing that this year."

"The odds seem against the state allowing the carrying of concealed handguns. When such legislation passed in 1997, then-Gov. Bill Graves vetoed it. Recently, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said that she supports allowing retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed guns, but it should stop there."

"That won't stop advocates from pushing the idea, arguing - among other things - there's increased concern about personal safety following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks."
 

Ireland: Gardaí destroy illegal arms
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"Up to 800 firearms seized during investigations into criminal and terrorist activities were destroyed by gardaí today."

"The decommissioned weapons included heavy sub-machine guns, handguns, Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifles, a number of RPG rocket launchers and sawn-off shotguns."

"The weapons were confiscated from republican terrorists and criminal gangs operating across the Republic in the last two years."

"The metal fragments produced during the destruction process are to be melted down and shipped to Ohio in the United States where they will be used to build a peace fountain."
 

UK: Pub robbers hold landlord prisoner
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"A Pub landlord was held prisoner for more than three hours after armed robbers broke into his pub."

"Two raiders, one armed with a firearm and another with a knife, broke into the Trent Navigation pub, in Meadow Lane, at around 4am yesterday."

"They stole a safe containing a three-figure-sum of cash and other property."

"The landlord, who lives above the pub, was awoken by the noise."

"When he went to investigate he was grabbed by the robbers and locked in a room. He was in the room for three-and-a-half hours and only managed to free himself when the robbers left."
 

UK: Mugging victims targeted by teenage gang for phones
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"A gang of teeny muggers who targeted young Torquay victims for their mobile phones and beat them up in the streets have all been sent to young offenders institutions."

"The persistent 15-year-olds carried out a series of robberies on teenagers during the summer of last year, Exeter Crown Court heard. In all the five faced a total of 11 robbery charges as well as offences of assault by beating, assault on police and assault with intent to rob."

"All of the gang had previous convictions including possessing and discharging a firearm, burglary, stealing cars, dangerous driving, criminal damage and racial harassment."
 

TX: Federal Tyranny, Texas Style; Justice Held in Contempt Simkanin Takes The Stand
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"Federal prosecutors and USDC Judge John McBryde continued in earnest yesterday afternoon to deny all reason and justice in their quest to control the trial and ensure the conviction of non-withholding employer Dick Simkanin."

"Fortunately, Simkanin's attorney, Arch McColl, despite a clearly biased and hostile courtroom environment, made a noteworthy stand against the tyrannical acts of the judge and Assistant US Attorney. According to observers in the fully packed courtroom, the thinly veiled attempts by the government to deny justice to Simkanin were not lost on members of the jury. They were certainly not lost on the courtroom observers."
 

NY: List of recent shootings in "gun-free" New York
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40th PCT.

DEC. 27th – A security guard was rushed to Lincoln Medical Center after being shot inside a store in the Hub area.

DEC. 27th – Additional police officers responded into the South Bronx after two males were shot.

DEC. 28th - A 21-year-old male was rushed to the emergency room at Lincoln Medical Center after being shot.

41st PCT.

DEC. 27th – An investigation was started after police learned of a previous shooting.


42nd PCT.

DEC. 23rd - The young teen was rushed to the medical facility after being shot once in the leg while walking up a flight of stairs.

DEC. 27th – A 20-year-old man was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center after being shot.
 

South Africa: Bullets Fly in Hotel Attack
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"All hell broke loose in a Parow guesthouse after armed robbers burst in, battered two staff to a bloody pulp and then engaged in a shootout with police and a security officer."

"A woman employee had serious facial wounds, but is in a stable condition in a northern suburbs hospital."

"[T]he woman and a colleague were watching TV in a lounge at the guesthouse between 6.30pm and 7pm when two men charged in."

"One produced a gun, threatened the woman and grabbed her cellphone."

"The other intruder threatened and lashed out at the male colleague, demanding to know where the safe was."

"Louw said one of the men had repeatedly hit the woman in the face."

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And the government wants to disarm all its citizens and leave them at the mercy of these thugs.
 

NH: Chief seeks to update policies
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"In his first monthly report to the Board of Selectmen on Wednesday, new police Chief Bill Baker outlined his ideas on updating policies on gun licensing, tow truck operations and Seabrook Station notification protocol."

"Policies and procedures have not been updated in the department since the late 1960s, Baker said. In some cases, the law is vague, he said, such as in the instance of the pistol licensing law."

"The law states the license should be given to a 'suitable' person, Baker said."

"Baker suggested that anyone applying for a pistol or gun license be required to attach their criminal record from the Department of Safety to their application."

"Selectman Asa Knowles said many hunters in town have a license to carry a sidearm."
 

NY: Police Shoot 'Brooklyn Bandit'
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"A bandit who pulled a gun on cops in the middle of a Brooklyn robbery got a rough payback yesterday when an officer opened fire and grazed him, police said."

"The injured gunman was part of a gang of five people busted while allegedly holding up a transportation business."

"Police said they forced employees to strip and pistol-whipped a worker before collecting $2,400 in loot."

"Cops said the group of four men and a woman entered the business at 2:25 a.m. and announced the stickup."

"One of several employees in the office managed to sneak out and went to the 77th Precinct station house, about half a mile away."

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But New York City has such strict "gun control" how could this have happened?
 

Australia: Gunman opens fire on reception centre
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"A GUNMAN turned a busy Brunswick strip into a shooting gallery, opening fire on a reception centre from a car as children as young as nine stood outside."

"The children were among about 200 people at an engagement party, just 500m from Brunswick police station."

"Bullets sprayed the building above the heads of eight children, aged nine to 12, in Thursday night's drive-by shooting."

"The party-goers miraculously escaped injury."

"The brazen gunman, believed to be wielding a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, fired five shots into the second storey of the building."

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Of course the gunman was brazen. He was guaranteed disarmed victims by the government!
 

TX: Longview High School student caught with gun and bullets in victim disarmament zone
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"A 14-year-old Longview High School student was arrested Thursday morning after authorities found him with a pistol and ammunition at the campus. Police say the boy brought the weapon to school for two days before it was discovered."

"Sgt. James Johnson, police spokesman, said authorities were alerted Wednesday evening about the gun, tipped by a parent whose child had seen the boy showing off the weapon in his fifth-period class."

"Police and school administrators apprehended the teen when classes started Thursday and found seven live rounds in his pocket and a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol in his backpack, Johnson said. The gun was not loaded, and Johnson said the boy's parents had reported the weapon stolen Sunday."
 

Australia: First stun gun used in Abbotsford siege
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"POLICE today hailed their first use of stun guns a success, after they helped subdue a man who held police at bay for more than seven hours yesterday."

"Deputy Commissioner Peter Nancarrow said the 68-year-old man, armed with a carving knife, barricaded himself inside his house on Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, in Melbourne's north-east, about 3.45pm."

"Members of the police special operations group sealed off the area as they tried to negotiate his surrender and shortly after 11pm they used the Taser stun guns to subdue the man and end the siege."

" 'The Taser was considered to be the least lethal option and the most effective means of resolving the incident,' Mr Nancarrow said."
 

OH: Concealed guns soon will be legal on Ohio streets, God help us
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"Carrying concealed weapons soon will be legal in Ohio, and some of this area's state legislators should be ashamed of helping make that possible."

"For once, we hope that gun advocates are right. They've been arguing that the result of concealed carry will be a decrease in crime, and that we'll see no increase in mayhem, intentional or accidental. We'll all find out soon enough."

KABA Note: The vast majority of the states have legalized concealed carry, and there has been no blood in the streets and no mayhem and murder. Why should Ohio be any different?

"Allowing concealed guns on Ohio's streets is a huge step downward in the quality of life for the people of Ohio."

Any actual proof or precedent of that? Or is this just another paranoid, hoplophobic rant?
 

TX: Emergency call little help for Highlander
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"When Mendy McGhee arrived home two days before Christmas and found that someone had busted her door open, she immediately called 911 from outside her Highlands home." ...

"With a 9-year-old, a 6-year-old and a baby on the way, McGhee did not want to put her children or herself in danger if someone was still inside her home. She gave the Harris County Sheriff’s Department her address on Gray Road, but it could not locate her house on its Key Map." ...

"I asked him what would have happened if my dad had not found a cop, and he said, ‘Dispatch would have stayed on the phone with you.’ Well, that made me feel safe..."

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9-1-1 or armed self-defense? What would you choose?
 

UK: Car thief kills holidaymaker at airport
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Maybe the lawmakers who care about "accidental deaths from deadly weapons" should push legislation mandating cars only respond to their owners or other authorized people. That would stop these senseless tragedies.

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"A murder investigation was launched yesterday after a holidaymaker was knocked down and killed by a car thief outside an airport terminal."

"Michael Howard, a 57-year-old father of three who worked for Mawdsley-Brooks, a Salford-based pharmaceutical company, was knocked down moments after he took his suitcases out of the boot of his silver Volvo estate at Liverpool John Lennon airport."
 

IN: Franklin Township eighth-grader arrested in toy gun incident
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"A Franklin Township Middle School eighth-grader accused of bringing a toy gun to school was arrested Thursday."

"A report from the Franklin Township Schools police said the 15-year-old boy pointed the gun at another student and said, 'I'm mad at you. Why are you saying stuff about me?' "

"While the gun was not real, school police said it did not have the orange marking associated with plastic replicas."
 

TX: Hays man will not be tried for killing intruder
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"Stanley Hughson will not face prosecution for the fatal shooting of a North Carolina man who entered his house uninvited and later fought with authorities." ...

"Authorities said Lufuma, who was unarmed, entered Hughson's house on Old Stagecoach Road, about five miles south of Kyle, and refused to leave. Hughson called 911, and two deputies from the Hays County sheriff's office went to the house. They tried to arrest Lufuma, but he attacked them, according to the sheriff's office."

"Police in Raleigh told Lufuma's family that he reached for an officer's gun before he was shot, family members have said."

"Hughson shot Lufuma once as he tangled with the deputies." ...
 

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