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They Pry Them from Our Cold Dead Fingers
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"That big yellow school bus takes our children to huge government buildings where most of their waking hours are spent. Where each day begins with an invocation of loyalty to the state. Where their most treasured spiritual values and symbols are banished. Where peer pressure replaces family values. Where the truly important questions of life can’t be asked, much less answered. Where pop culture surpasses the classics. Where socialism is taught – both in theory and by example. Where conformity and indoctrination are far more important than thinking or reading…"

"Libertarians and most conservatives boldly and nobly take a stand for our right to keep and bear arms. Not so we can go duck hunting, but so we can defend ourselves and our families from invasion. And so we can, if necessary, defend our liberty from the possibility of a tyrannical state."

"But what if the tyranny we fear comes to pass – grown and nurtured in our very homes?"

"Until we have equal passion for defending our children from the invasion of their MINDS – unless we take a bold and noble stand for the separation of SCHOOL and state – we will continue to allow our children to be taken from our warm, loving arms."
 

Groveling on guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Lie #1: "Of all the laws enacted or proposed over the years to curb gun violence, the most sensible and arguably the most effective is the Brady Act, named for the White House press spokesman who was seriously wounded in the 1981 gun assault on then-President Reagan."

"During its 10-year life, the law has blocked hundreds of thousands of gun sales to people barred by law from owning firearms -- felons, domestic abusers, mentally defective persons and those under court restraining orders."

Fact #1: The Brady Bill did NOTHING to decrease firearms homicides. Given that the majority of criminals get their guns through illegal means, the Brady Bill does nothing except prevent legitimate purchases.

Lie #2: "The Brady law seems sure to survive. But a measure that has already passed the House and is now before the Senate could weaken it, by forcing the destruction of records of gun sales within 24 hours of purchase. The current holding period is 90 days, which allows the FBI time to cross-check for illicit sales. A survey last year by the General Accounting Office turned up 228 transactions during a six-month period that should have been blocked but were not."

Fact #2: Under a policy which requires firearm purchase records to be retained for 90 days, the FBI has found that during the first half of the year 2001, the FBI used retained records to initiate 235 firearm-retrieval actions, of which 228 (97 percent) could not have been initiated under the proposed next-day destruction policy.

However, the FBI reports that during the six month period about 2.6 million NICS transactions were processed.

Essentially, out of 2.6 million transactions processed through NICS, 228 firearms wound up in the wrong hands. That’s .009 percent. To call this number insignificant would be an insult to inconsequentiality. It's hardly worth infringing on the rights of millions of law abiding gun owners and treating them like criminals for making a constitutionally protected purchase.
 

An open letter to my Christian friends: WHEN YOUR FAITH IS THREATENED, YOU ARE THREATENED
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Few people would have believed it 10 years ago—or even five—or even two or three years ago. But Christianity is in danger of becoming a scorned and despised religion in the United States." ...

"Since most examples of officially sanctioned religious prejudice in the United States are now directed against Christians, it's time for us Jews to defend our Christian brothers." ...

"Someday we Jews may have to stand at the side of our Christian friends in defense of our country, our faiths, and our lives. We should all face this reality and prepare for it. We Jews should stop throwing barriers in the way of self-defense. And Jews and Christians alike should cultivate the mindset and skills for self-defense."
 

OH: Friend defends man facing gun charges
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News story with update on liberty activist Jeff "the Hunter" Jordan's CCW arrest in Ohio, plus comments from a LRT friend.

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" 'It would be ironic if Jeff becomes one of the last casualties in Ohio of the kind of gun laws responsible Ohioans have been working against so hard for so long,' Sunni Maravillosa, a long-time friend of Jordan, said." ...

"Jeff or 'the Hunter,' as we call him, is an intelligent, thoughtful individual who has a lot of respect for this country's founding principles... He tries to uphold those principles in his life and in his dealings with others."
 

Free Hunter: Update on Hunter; and Thanks
Submitted by: Melissa (skypod)
Website: http://Skypod.DeadBangGuns.com

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"The wheels of justice turn ever so slowly, it's said, and progress in Jeffrey 'the Hunter' Jordan's case is no different."

"We've been trying to keep Hunter updated with all the support he's getting, and his lawyer sends along Hunter's sincerest thanks for all that each of you has done to help."
 

ID: Brady gives Idaho an "F+" -- Congratulations Idaho!
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"The Brady Campaign recently released its 7th Annual Gun Report Card. The report looks at state laws that protect children from gun violence. Ten states received a Sensible Star rating. Bryan Latham looks into whether Idaho was one of them."

"Idaho received an 'F+'. In fact, out of seven categories, the state failed five. However, according to a local hunting education instructor, there is a whole other perspective."

"Grant Bodily has been an Idaho hunting education instructor for nearly a decade. He says this report targets guns and not what he feels is the real issue - safety."
 

NV: Nevada gets D in gun safety
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"The Brady Campaign to [Eradicate Gun Ownership] has given Nevada's gun control laws a D grade for the seventh year in a row. But local police, gun safety advocates and gun merchants say Nevada should get more credit for its other preventive measures."

"The Brady report grades the quality of seven state laws the organization believes are critical to preventing gun violence, particularly violence involving children. The national, nonpartisan organization responsible for the federal Brady Bill banning certain assault weapons gave 31 states grades of D or F for their gun control laws."

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People who treasure freedom in the United States should strive for low grades from this fascist group of gun grabbers.
 

WY: Wyoming gets F for gun safety - Congratulations, Wyoming!
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Guernsey resident Mark Spongin, president of the Wyoming State Shooting Association:

" 'An F from the Brady Campaign, we consider that a very satisfactory grade,' he said. 'What they would grade an F, we would grade an A. ...' "

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In 2000 there was one firearm death for children ages 0-14, according to data from National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, and three firearm deaths for young adults 15-19.

In 2001, according to the CDC, 1 child between 10-14 committed suicide with a firearm, and 12 so-called "children" ages 15-24 died in that manner. Two supposed "children" died through firearms homicide. So much for the Brady "report card" being an accurate gauge of child safety.
 

UK: City street living in gun terror
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"Stunned families living in a quiet Coventry street are still reeling from the shock discovery of a loaded gun by a six-year-old boy earlier this week."

"Horrified mum Yvonne Curly refuses to consider what could have happened if the converted replica found at the bottom of her garden had been picked up by her three-year-old daughter Chloe."

"The little girl often plays outside in the garden of her terraced house in Cherrybrook Way, Bell Green, Coventry, and could easily have found and played with the weapon."

"The gun was discovered loaded with homemade bullets and poking out of a bush by six-year-old Jack Lindon on Monday."
 

PA: Gun lock program making Valley safer (for criminals)
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"Several Mid-Mon Valley police departments are taking part in an effort aimed at avoiding potential tragedies."

"Police have joined in Project Childsafe, a program that provides free gun locks to residents throughout the nation."

"In Monessen alone, 1,000 of the locking devices were obtained. 'People have guns in the home that aren't locked up. Kids could get to them, and that could be a tragedy,' Monessen Police Chief Mark Gibson said."

"Rostraver, Donora and North Belle Vernon also are among the departments that have received the locks, distributed through a $50 million federal grant."
 

OH: Gun-toting teen says he was bullied
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"A 16-year-old Brookville boy, accused of holding a loaded revolver to the head of another student, cried and hugged his parents Thursday after a juvenile court judge ordered him held on delinquency charges stemming from the incident Wednesday at Brookville High School." ...

"No one was hurt. The boy's parents insisted he brought his grandfather's .38-caliber revolver to school to protect himself from a school bully he and they had complained about." ...

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This kid was apparently terrorized to such a degree that he felt he had no choice but to bring a gun to school to defend himself. Meanwhile, the school system, unable to stop the abuse, prosecutes this kid for wanting to protect himself.
 

WY: Appeals court upholds Downes reciting pledge
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"Frank Herbert Wonschik, Jr., his brain loaded with liquor and his 10 mm pistol loaded with ammo, ventilated a poster of a wolf at his home in Aurora, Colo., leading to a federal trial, conviction, and appeal that targeted Chief U.S. District Judge William Downes of Casper for allegedly prejudicing jurors by leading them in the Pledge of Allegiance."

"Tuesday, Wonschik lost an appeal before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, which affirmed his conviction of illegal possession of a machine gun and also ruled that Downes did not deprive him of a fair trial."
 

OH: Reporters get special access, then get threats not to use it
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"While it's nice that these government documents aren't closed off completely, few reporters are satisfied with their special access." ...

"Reporters may have access, but apparently they have to be careful how they use their special privilege, or the big bad legislature is going to take that access away."

"Rep. Jim Aslanides, R-Coshocton, spent two days warning reporters that if they dare step out of line and abuse their access to the lists of concealed permit owners, he will work to change the law and close off all records." ...

"Frank Deaner, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association, was 'disturbed' by Aslanides' warning."

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Oh, HE's disturbed? He wants the ability to publish people's private information, to put them on display to every hoplophobic freak and criminal and to expose them for merely exercising their constitutional rights, and he's disturbed about being admonished not to do so frivolously?

How would he like it if we published his private information? Let's start with email: fdeaner@ohionews.org

 

CA: Police: Protect your guns
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"Police departments are asking gun owners to ensure their firearms do not get into the wrong hands."

"The best way to protect guns is to lock them in a large safe. Police realize this is an impractical option for many gun owners because of cost and space."

"There are, however, responsible steps gun owners may take to secure the safety of their property."

"All Valley law enforcement agencies are handing out gun-safety kits. This is a project sponsored by the federal Department of Justice and administered through the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The kits contain a mechanism that locks and prevents a gun from being fired."
 

More Guns, Less Terrorism? (Letter)
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"As commander of a potential missile, loaded with explosive fuel, a commercial pilot is already in charge of a lethal weapon. By inserting ourselves inside said missile, we've already put our lives into his hands. And we're worried about a gun in the cockpit?"

"Some 70% of pilots have served in the military and are quite familiar with the use of firearms. Some even flew the same F-16s authorized to blow commercial airliners out of the sky."

"If the 9/11 flight crews had been armed, 3,000 people might be alive today, and the World Trade Center might still be standing. Guns in the cockpit certainly couldn't have made 9/11 worse."
 

WV: Should felons carry guns?
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"In July 1991, 23-year-old Grant County resident Tommy Rohrbaugh was indicted on 41 counts of statutory rape. He had been having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, although his lawyers say he did not know she was underage."

"He later reached a deal and pleaded guilty to one felony count of third-degree sexual assault."

"Rohrbaugh’s prison sentence was suspended. Instead, he served five years on probation. As a convicted felon, he was barred from having a gun under state and federal laws."

"That was until Grant County Circuit Judge Andrew Frye decided those laws were unfair and declared them unconstitutional."

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If the felon is still dangerous - dangerous enough not to be trusted with firearms - what are they doing out of prison? And if they have been "rehabilitated" and are no longer dangerous, why deny them their constitutional rights?
 

OH: And the last of the E-pinions on gun editorial, posted 11.10.04
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation." ...

"...The notion that the police have no legal obligation in most instances to protect the life, property, and rights of any given individual -- while at the same time spending unthinkable amounts of time and energy attempting to deprive that individual of the means and legal right to self-defense -- puts the lie to every claim for government that statists have ever made." ...
 

NY: Songwriter Arrested at Airport
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"Country songwriter Hugh Prestwood was arrested at MacArthur Airport yesterday after security officials found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage."

"The 61-year-old Emmy Award winner and three-time Grammy nominee faces both state and federal charges." ...

"Prestwood did not have a permit in Suffolk County for the gun, he added."

"Besides the third-degree criminal possession of a weapon charge, the TSA also plans to press federal charges."

" 'The TSA has zero tolerance for any weapons at the airport or any ammunition,' said Paul Crispi, TSA security director for the airport."
 

Stopping Violence (Letter)
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Last letter on the page

"Sadly, the proliferation of guns in professional sports is nothing new. While high school coaches are preparing their players for the next game, the next season and the next stage in their lives, professional athletes — whom many young people try to emulate — seem to carry guns as frequently as they carry the ball."

"High school coaches in selected cities around the country are participating in Coaches Against Gun Violence, a public education campaign. ...Perhaps by putting away their guns, professional athletes can join these coaches by helping youths realize that carrying a gun is not an effective way to address conflicts."

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But being a disarmed victim is preferable?
 

CO: Lawmakers tackle guns and water during 2004 Legislature
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"Area lawmakers are dealing with some familiar issues - both personally and statewide - as they return to Denver for the 2004 state Legislature."

"Rep. Ray Rose, R-Montrose, is again trying to change some provisions in the voter-passed amendment that requires background checks at gun shows." ...

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Considering that less than 2 percent of criminals get their guns at gun shows, this legislation is hysterical, paranoid and superfluous.
 

OH: Guard from armored truck shoots man trying robbery
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"A Middleburg Heights man tried to rob an armored truck Friday near downtown Cleveland using only pepper spray, police said."

"The trucks, of course, are guarded by men with guns. One of the guards shot Brian Kettenbauber,25,in the leg. Kettenbauber was treated at MetroHealth Medical Center. He was in City Jail last night but had not been charged, police said."

" 'You don 't bring Mace to a gunfight,' Police Captain Joe Sadie said."

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If the above quote is true, why is it so many law enforcement bureaucrats advocate that citizens be disarmed in Ohio?
 

UK: Train 'gunman' questioned
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"Police are continuing to question a man arrested after allegedly brandishing a gun on a busy commuter train."

"Major delays were caused to rush hour services on Friday evening following the alleged incident just outside Hastings in East Sussex."

"A train from London to Hastings was stopped at about 1700 GMT after a passenger phoned police to say he had seen a man on board armed with a gun."

"The train came to a halt near West St Leonards station, which was closed while British Transport Police officers arrested the man."
 

OH: Concealed Gun Critics Probably Won't Launch Referendum Drive
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Governor Bob Taft has signed into law the plan Ohio legislators have approved to legalize concealed weapons. Opponents of the measure are now admitting they’re probably going to have to give up fighting it, even though the Ohio Constitution theoretically gives them the power. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.
 

MI: Gun violence crackdown gets results
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"A four-year effort to rid Calhoun County of gun violence has sent 30 people to federal prison."

"Project Safe Neighborhood is a joint effort between federal and state law enforcement to prosecute gun violations." ...

"Calhoun County Prosecutor John Hallacy said his office refers many gun violation cases to the federal courts because the penalties are more severe."

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This contributes to the absurd mentality that crimes committed with firearms are somehow more heinous than crimes committed with other tools, like blades, baseball bats, bath tubs and swimming pools.
 

FL: Principal faces suspension over toy gun
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"Okeeheelee Middle School Principal David Samore faces a 10-day suspension without pay for putting a toy gun to the neck of a student in October."

"The 13-year-old student was being questioned by Samore after a rumor surfaced that he had a gun at school. School police had already searched the student and found no weapon."

"In police interviews, Samore, 49, said he wasn't trying to frighten the student but wanted to 'illustrate to him that even toy guns scare people.' "

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Students face expulsion for bringing inoperable and toy weapons to school and this nitwit bureaucrat gets a slap on the wrist?
 

OH: New gun bill raises serious questions
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"The list of places you can't pack your hand gun is long. But who wants to carry a gun into church, or into a bar; a day-care center, government or school building or anyplace that bans concealed weapons? You are not a peace officer."

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But if I'm a law abiding citizen, why should I leave my gun in my car and leave it vulnerable to theft or carjacking? If I'm a peaceable gun owner, why wouldn't I want to have my gun for protection in a church, a federal building or a daycare center? Are those places impervious to criminal attack? And why should "peace officers" only be allowed that "privilege"?

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Time to educate this elitist misanthrope: rsimon@nncogannett.com.
 

OH: Gun law doesn't make much sense
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"It's hard to believe introducing more guns onto the streets, even if in the hands of law-abiding citizens, will make those streets safer."

KABA Note: It's made the vast majority of states safer. Are Ohioans more violent than people in other areas?

"Although background checks and training make this law preferable to earlier proposals, we still think the law is a bad idea. Many police officers agree with us."

KABA Note: Actually, most police officers have no problem with the citizens exercising their Second Amendment rights. It's their power-hungry, bureaucrat superiors, who barely step a foot in the crime-ridden streets, but spend most of their times chairborne, who have a problem with it.
 

NJ: Trooper who fired gun in parking lot to seek counseling
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"A New Jersey State Police trooper planned to seek alcohol counseling following an incident in which authorities said he fired his gun in an Ocean County diner parking lot while off duty."

"Trooper Ronald Poll, 35, who is assigned to the Holmdel barracks, turned in his guns and was taking time off from work, said his lawyer, Charles Sciarra of Newark."

"Ocean County Prosecutor Thomas Kelaher said Poll fired three shots from his private weapon into the ground at the OB Diner in Point Pleasant about 3 a.m. on Jan. 3."

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Another case for the "Only Police Should Have Firearms" File
 

IL: U.S. gives [criminals] a gift of safety
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"A device for gun owners that could save a child's life is available free to residents of nearly three dozen south and southwest suburban communities."

"Under a nationwide program called Project ChildSafe, police departments in 35 area suburbs are distributing gun locks to gun owners in an effort to reduce unintentional shootings by children, teenagers and young adults."

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The only people made safer by these gun locks are criminals who will be glad to know that the guns are rendered inoperable by gun locks.
 

CA: Ex-cop guilty of firing gun
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"A former Sunnyvale police officer was convicted Friday of negligently firing his gun during a road-rage incident on Highway 101 but was acquitted of assault and reckless-driving charges."

"As a convicted felon, Bart Carrigan, a security expert for a major San Francisco corporation, now will be prohibited from carrying a weapon."
 

India: Woman takes bullet shielding husband
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"Her first instinct was to save her husband from the assassin’s bullets, but the effort took its toll on Shampa Chowdhury. The Howrah lady got a bullet in the stomach instead and had to be rushed to SSKM Hospital in Kolkata."

"Moloy and Shampa Chowdhury were manning their grocery shop on Nitai Charan Dutt Lane in the Howrah police station area on Saturday evening when two motorcycleborne youths stopped by."

"The pillion rider got off, pulled out a gun and shot at Moloy. The bullet hit him in the right arm and before the man could squeeze off another shot, Shampa instinctively dived in front of her husband, trying her best to save him."

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Another victim of gun control.
 

MO: Clerk thwarts robbers
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Two robbers ran into a major complication when they tried to rob a Missouri liquor store.

The alleged robbers tried to rob Kern's Liquor Store in Independence, Missouri. But when the robbers ran stormed into the store, the clerk reached for his own gun.

The clerk, Stephan Eads, took a bullet in the shoulder, but was able to open fire as the robbers took off out the door. Eads also called 911.

The robbers didn't escape with any money. The shooting was caught on tape by the store's surveillance camera.

The clerk is expected to be okay.
 

Australia: Australian Firearm Deaths Decline, another carefully crafted lie
Submitted by: Gary L. Erne

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The "Million Misguided Morons" are once again lying through their teeth and not telling the whole story about the Australian criminal element running wild now that the citizenry has been disarmed. This is their idea of the wonderful world of victim disarmament.

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"Overall firearms deaths have declined by 50 percent in Australia within the past decade, the latest report by the Australian Institute of Criminology finds. But handgun deaths are on the rise, the Australian reported Jan. 2."

"Australia enacted tough gun laws following the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, and the number of deaths from firearms has declined from 629 in 1991 to 333 in 2001. In addition, the number of suicides involving a firearm declined from 505 to 261, while the number of homicide deaths fell from 84 to 47."

"But while deaths involving hunting rifles and shotguns declined significantly, the report found that handgun deaths have increased from 29 in 1991 to 49 in 2001."
 

MD: Illegal Immigrant Guilty Of Assaulting Md. Child -- Man Was Deported in '98 After First Offense
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"A Rockville man who was deported to El Salvador in 1998 after serving jail time for fondling a 10-year-old boy pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually assaulting another Montgomery County child last year after illegally reentering the United States." ...

"It was not clear yesterday when or how Alvarado applied for temporary protected status or why he was not detained at that time." ...

"Courtney acknowledged that gaps in procedure at the former Immigration and Naturalization Service could have led to a convicted felon such as Alvarado being allowed into the country. Courtney said that since the service was split into three agencies March 1, 'a lot of loopholes have been closed.' "

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Don't you feel secure now? Peaceable citizens are being prosecuted for merely exercising their Second Amendment rights. But meanwhile, child molesters are sneaking into this country undetected due to "loopholes."
 

VA: High Level Of Alcohol Cited in TSA Security chief's Arrest
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"The federal TSA security chief at Dulles International Airport had a blood alcohol level of 0.26, more than three times the legal limit, when he was arrested for drunken driving on New Year's Day, according to court papers."

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This is the same guy in charge of disarming you under the guise of keeping you safe from terrorists.
 

Brazil: Bandit Pulls Off Second Escape in 17 Days
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Brazilian authorities have arrested three police officials suspected of helping a Rio de Janeiro drug lord pull off his second remarkable escape in just 17 days, police said on Friday."

"Leandro Aparecida Sabino simply walked out the front door of a police station on Thursday."

"A police spokesman said the arrested officials were accused of releasing Sabino, who remains at large, under the pretext that his middle name was spelled wrong in the arrest warrant."

"Last month, 10 heavily armed men disguised as doctors helped Sabino escape from a hospital where he was being treated after a car accident. He was recaptured the next day."

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And while the Brazilian government is busy clamping down on gun owners, criminals are busy being aided and abetted by police in their escape from the law - police who Sarah Brady says should be the only ones allowed firearms.
 

RI: Don't treat rifle club like bad neighbor
Submitted by: Barry Mellow MD

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"In early December, a bullet struck a house on Meadow Lane behind the rifle club. Ballistics tests conducted on a rifle being used at the club's outdoor firing range at the time showed the bullet did not come from that gun, or three other guns the club member turned over to police. The club immediately closed the outdoor range pending an investigation."

"Despite that fact - and the ongoing investigation involving Middletown police, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the University of Rhode Island crime lab - neighbors, claiming fears for their safety and that of their children, are calling on the town to force changes to or close the club's outdoor firing range. Dozens of residents turned out for a meeting Monday night at Town Hall hoping to speak on the issue, but were frustrated when the Town Council delayed public discussion on the matter, citing the investigation."

"Members of the rifle club were disappointed, too. They almost feel as if they are the hunted - even though no evidence has shown the bullet came from a member's gun and even though there are no substantiated reports of previous problems at the club, which was established 50 years ago (long before most of the houses in the East Meadow subdivision)."

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This is the kind of mentality Americans are indoctrinated into. Treat gun owners and enthusiasts like pariahs, and spread fear and paranoia to make them outcasts.
 

Canada: WHAT POLICE HAVE SAID ABOUT THE GUN REGISTRY
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A lot of our members on the street say they don't really care if the gun that's firing at them is registered or unregistered... The fact is, the gun exists and the person that pulled the trigger should be paying a far greater price than what they are receiving right now." ...

"Loren Schinkel of the Winnipeg Police Association says the registry has done little to curb crime. The registry has rung up roughly a billion dollars in expenses since it was first announced in the mid-1990s. Schinkel compares that dollar amount to Winnipeg's annual police budget, which is less than $150 million." ...

"Al Koenig, president of the Calgary Police Association, said the vast amount of money spent on the firearms program could have been much better put to use for front-line police officers in Canada. He said the program has had no effect on crime or acted in any way as a deterrent." ...

"The federal gun registry, criticized for costing too much, has been of precious little help..." ...
 

KY: Officer has previously shot at a fleeing suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Jan. 3 fatal shooting in which Louisville Metro Police Officer Mattingly fired three times into the back of Michael Newby wasn't the first time Mattingly had shot at a fleeing suspect."

"Just a few months after Mattingly joined the Bardstown Police Department in 1996, he fired a dozen shots at a truck driven by Robert Shields, who had sped away after firing a shot from his vehicle."

"The metro Louisville force is investigating the shooting in which Newby was killed during an alleged attempted drug buy. Police Chief White has said Newby and Mattingly struggled over Mattingly's weapon and the gun discharged; the chief said that when Newby ran away, Mattingly fired his weapon four times, striking Newby three times.
 

OH: 'Concealed carry' bewilders enforcers
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"Law enforcement officials had more questions than answers Friday about Ohio's new law permitting people to carry concealed weapons."

"The law takes effect April 7 and requires the state's 88 sheriffs to process applications for permits to carry handguns within 45 days."

"Clermont County Sheriff A.J. 'Tim' Rodenberg Jr. spent most of Friday studying the new law. He said there is a lot to worry about."

" 'There are a lot of little twists and turns in there that can really trip people up,' Rodenberg said. 'And not just citizens - governmental agencies, too. The first few months are going to be real interesting. We're going to have our hands full, and we're going to have to circle the wagons and be ready for it.' "

"The Ohio Attorney General's Office has its hands full, too. It must create a database in the next 90 days listing everyone found mentally incompetent by an Ohio court."
 

Miami federal court has 'secret docket' to keep some cases hidden from public
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"A secret docketing system hiding some sensitive Miami federal court cases from public view has been exposed and is being challenged in two higher courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court."

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Given the tens of thousands of unconstitutional gun laws and rabid anti-gunner politicians and judges, all gun owners should be aware and watchful of this issue.

Not to mention the fact that government is supposed to be accountable to its citizens, AND that the Constitution guarantees a speedy and PUBLIC trial.
 

What good is the Bill of Rights?
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Does the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the United States mean anything anymore? No.

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""When President Bush travels around the United States, the Secret Service visits the location ahead of time and orders local police to set up 'free speech zones' or 'protest zones,' where people opposed to Bush policies (and sometimes sign-carrying supporters) are quarantined. These zones routinely succeed in keeping protesters out of presidential sight and outside the view of media covering the event." ...

"The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 grants the FBI unprecedented power to obtain records from financial institutions without requiring permission from a judge. Under the law, the FBI does not need to seek a court order to access such records, nor does it need to prove just cause." ...

"The Bush administration said Wednesday it will ask the Supreme Court to quickly reverse a federal appeals court ruling that ordered the release of former Chicago street gang member Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who has been held without charges as an 'enemy combatant' for about 19 months." ...

"The government has won its argument in lower courts that Hamdi, arrested in Afghanistan while fighting with Taliban troops in November 2001, may be held indefinitely without access to a lawyer or the U.S. court system."
 

RI: City cops getting new guns
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"The curtain is falling on the era of the Glock for the Woonsocket police."

"After arming officers with .45-caliber handguns manufactured by the Austrian company for more than a decade, the department will soon switch to the Sig Sauer P226, a .357 Magnum model of Swiss design."

"The .45-caliber was hailed for its stopping power, but Deputy Police Chief Michael L.A. Houle says the Sig Sauer is a less clunky, easier-to-handle weapon."

"And while the ammunition fired by the Sig Sauer is lighter in weight than the Glock, what it lacks in mass is more than made up by the speed with which it emerges from the weapon, resulting in more overall stopping and penetration power."
 

AL: Gun crimes on ICE
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"Local agencies within the Southern District of Alabama are referring more firearms cases to federal officials for prosecution. Homicides in Mobile and Montgomery are down sharply. And according to information from Mobile County Metro Jail inmates, word is spreading among felons that they could face new, harsh punishment if they get caught carrying a gun."

"Authorities attribute those indicators largely to Project ICE -- Isolating the Criminal Element -- the Alabama incarnation of a Department of Justice push known as Project Safe Neighborhoods." ...
 

AL: Studies find 'zero' doesn't always add up
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"Miranda Harrison said she had no idea taking sinus medicine supplied by a friend would result in one week of suspension and 15 days in alternative school." ...

"The Jefferson County school system and most others in Alabama classify possession of unauthorized prescription and over-the-counter medication as major drug offenses... Zero tolerance is given to all who violate the policy." ...

"State and national studies question the validity of zero-tolerance policies and impact. The National Center for Education Statistics in a 1997 survey said zero-tolerance policies did not necessarily prevent major infractions."
 

AZ: Making folk heroes out of pair of vigilantes
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Here's another "Hug-a-Thug" editorial by Ed Montini. ed.montini@arizonarepublic.com.

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"We just wish that people would think a little bit about whether this was a good idea. Is that want people want? Regular people riding around shooting guns and killing someone over a drill? Who knows where the bullets of the next guy will go? What would happen if an innocent person got killed?"

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If the law fails people again and again, they have no choice but to defend themselves and their property against thugs. Maybe to some, property is no big deal, but to others, it's what they've earned, it's what they've worked for and it's moral to defend the results of their hard work.
 

UK: Sky marshals could get 'smart guns'
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Armed guards on British planes could be issued with "smart guns" that would fail to fire if they fell into the hands of hijackers.

They would be activated by the fingerprint of the marshal or by wearing an electronic encoded bracelet.

The high-tech solution could address the fears of pilots who are opposed to guns on planes.

The Government wants armed guards on flights after intelligence indicated the al-Qaeda terror network may be planning another atrocity.

Transport Secretary Alistair Darling has met pilots' representatives to discuss the issue. He told the Commons that sky marshals would be deployed "where appropriate".
 

OH: State Builds Database Of Those Banned From Carrying Guns
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"The state Bureau of Criminal Investigation has about three months to build a database of those declared mentally incompetent by Ohio courts so the information is available for sheriffs deciding whether to grant concealed weapons permits." ...

"Applicants will be refused if they are younger than 21, are under indictment or a court protective order, have been convicted of certain crimes, have been legally declared mentally incompetent or are fugitives from justice."

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It's rather absurd that at 18 years old, one can enlist in the military and be sent overseas to shoot what could be considered an "assault" weapon in Iraq and die, but cannot lawfully carry a gun in Ohio.
 

UK: Arming the Police
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"The Avon and Somerset Police have become the first in Britain to send officers out on routine duties carrying guns."

"Some say it is inevitable given the record levels of violent crime."

"But there are warnings that it can only encourage the growing gun culture in the West Country."

"The sight of police officers carrying guns is more common in our towns and cities. Marksmen take aim around armed sieges."

"Officers with semi automatic weapons carry out raids on serious criminals."

"In inner city Bristol there have even been armed patrols on foot in response to an upsurge in gang violence."
 

Uganda: Ugandan villagers on front lines: Volunteers taking up arms against brutal LRA rebels: Critics say more guns will only increase violence
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"Sgt. Celestine Otwili has temporarily exchanged managing his dry goods shop for defending his village against rebel attacks with an automatic assault rifle."

"Otwili, 45, has joined a militia group in this northern village in hopes of ending the devastating 17-year civil conflict."

" 'We are not certain when these attacks will end,' he says through an interpreter, his AK-47 and ammunition belt dangling from his shoulder."

"But we are hungry for war if it means protecting ourselves."

"Northern Ugandan officials are recruiting 10,000 men and women to defend the Lango region against a merciless rebel force attempting to overthrow the government by destabilizing the embattled north." ...

"The New York-based Human Rights Watch has accused the UPDF of only increasing the violence against Ugandans, torturing and summarily executing suspected LRA collaborators, rather than safeguarding civilians' security."

"UPDF spokesman Lt. Chris Magezi says the army is supporting the formation of the militia — known as the Amukas, or Rhinos — by providing combat training for recruits, as well as weapons and ammunition."
 

CO: Land Mine Is Found in Passenger's Luggage
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A 24-year-old Army sergeant was removed from an American Airlines flight after an inert land mine was found in his checked baggage, the Transportation Safety Administration said.

TSA screeners noticed the land mine Friday, pulled the bag from the luggage system at Denver International Airport and confiscated the mine, TSA spokesman Mike Fierberg said. No flights were delayed.

The soldier, whose name was not released, could face civil penalties for trying to put a prohibited item aboard a flight, Fierberg said. No criminal charges would be filed, he said.

The man was released by police, but the airline refused to allow him aboard his flight to Dallas, Fierberg said.
 

The Ultimate Inversion
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"Don’t even think about ever living in Wilmette, Illinois if you believe you have a God given inalienable right to defend your family."

"Hale DeMar is a Chicago area homeowner who has been charged with violating an insane local ordinance banning possession of handguns." ...

"Meanwhile here in the 'land of the free', Morio Billings, reportedly entered the DeMar home twice within 24 hours. Prosecutors say Billings crashed through the DeMar front window after he was shot, then drove himself to the hospital in the family's SUV (which he had stolen the night before)."

"Billings, convicted last year of a similar home burglary, is now in the Cook County Jail with bail set at $3 million."

"DeMar, is looking at up to a year in jail, a $2,500 fine or court supervision or probation if convicted. The village's handgun ordinance carries a separate fine of up to $750."

"Chief Carpenter (a permanent resident of the state of denial in a suburb of Stepford) insists local residents have responded favorably." ...

"In ‘The Nature of Government’, Ayn Rand observed, 'We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.' "
 

NC: Commissioners re-examine shooting limits
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"Guilford County gun owners might soon be asked to holster their weapons nearer to their neighbors' property, as the county commissioners this week will discuss tightening a law governing shooting."

"A county home owner, Linda Stanton, has complained to the commissioners that people living next to her 25-acre horse farm in Whitsett frequently fire guns within feet of her property and sometimes into it, scaring her horses and endangering the lives of the animals and their riders."

"Some of the commissioners are sympathetic and say that as Guilford becomes more urban, the county should adopt laws more in line with those of cities. Other commissioners, however, see the issue as a threat to citizens' constitutional right to bear arms."
 

Sri Lanka: Possible police links to court slaying
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"IGP Indra De Silva yesterday said a special investigation was underway to find out possible police and political involvement in the shocking shoot out within the Colombo Magistrate's Court on Friday killing the underworld figure Dhammika Perera alias Dhammika Amaresinghe."

"The police chief said the assailant's easy entry to the court premises carrying a pistol has raised suspicion that he must have connived with the security personnel on duty at that time. Colombo Crime Division SSP Sarath Lugoda and Prisons Commissioner Rumy Marzook also raised the same questions."

"SSP Lugoda said they were also investigating possible political involvement in the incident and were on the lookout for five other suspects."

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But only police should have firearms, right Sarah?
 

U.S. ammunition plant reaching its limit
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"The U.S. military's only plant making small-arms ammunition is running at near capacity, 4 million rounds a day, and the United States still is forced to look overseas and to the recreational industry for ammunition for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and those training to deploy there soon."

"The increased demand for ammunition for combat shooting and intensified training has made deep inroads in the nation's war reserves of ammunition."

"The sole plant making small-arms ammunition, the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo., is running three eight-hour shifts a day, six days a week. The plant provides 5.56 mm rifle, 7.62 mm and .50 caliber machine gun as well as 9 mm pistol cartridges for all branches of the military."
 

OH: February courses already filling up
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Pistol prowess


Sportsmen are already signing up to attend NRA Basic Pistol Courses in the area, a requirement for obtaining a concealed carry permit. Gander Mountain in Sheffield has two-day courses on Feb. 13-14 and Feb. 28-29, combining classroom work with the required range time. Cost is $100. Class size is limited. Call Ken Wilson at 440-984-4551, or Paul Hoover at 440-324-7611.
 

UK: Jail for burglars who beheaded cat
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"Two burglars who beheaded a cat and cooked a live mouse in a microwave have been jailed for three years each."

"Steven Browitt and Andrew Maloney used a blunt axe to behead Greta, a blind 19-year-old tortoiseshell cat, during a break-in in Wigan, Greater Manchester, last August."

"They left her severed head on a living room coffee table for owner David Byrne to find when he returned home."

"Browitt and Maloney, aged 35 and 26, both from Wigan, killed Mr Byrne's pet mouse Snowy by putting it in the microwave along with some vegetables."

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Thank goodness Britain deprives its citizens from owning firearms! They might, then, be able to defend themselves against thugs such as these!
 

Canada: Officer hit, gunman killed
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"A Toronto police sergeant was shot in the arm and a suspect is dead following an exchange of gunfire in a west-end laneway."

"The sergeant was struck by a shotgun blast while police officers responded to a complaint near Croma Electronics at 2021 Dufferin St. near Rogers Rd."

"A second officer returned fire, mortally wounding the suspect, police said."

"Police chief Julian Fantino appeared at the hospital within hours of the shooting, expressing relief the officer escaped with his life."

"I fear for their safety always. There's just too many guns out there and too many people willing to use them."

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Wasn't your Billion dollar registration system going to help cut down on crime? Or was this just another step to confiscation?
 

LA: Stolen police car recovered
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"A stolen unmarked Kenner police car was recovered during a traffic stop in the 1400 block of South Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans early Saturday and its two occupants were arrested, police said."

"Not recovered in the traffic stop were a .40-caliber pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun, police body armor, handcuffs, flashlights and other police equipment that had been in the car when it was stolen from outside an officer's Metairie home Friday morning, authorities said."

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So if laws are passed making the owner responsible if their stolen gun is used in a crime, that will include cops, right?
 

NH: 'Surprising' lack of interest in the upcoming Democratic primary at the Manchester Gun Show
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"At one of New Hampshire's biggest gun shows this weekend, it was easy to find rifles, pistols, knives and various other gear for firearms aficionados."

"It was a lot harder, however, to find someone interested in the state's upcoming Democratic presidential primary -- let alone someone planning to vote in it."

"For outsiders, New Hampshire's primaries are arguably the state's most recognizable feature. But at the gun show on Sunday in Manchester, the Jan. 27 primary was far back on the minds of participants -- many of whom shunned Democrats for their position on gun control."

" 'Because I'm strong on the gun side, I tend to lean Republican,' said Bill Setterlund, an antique firearms vendor."

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Unfortunately, the Republicans will also deprive you of your rights. They'll just do it more slowly and surreptitiously.
 

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