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Cities Pass Civil Liberties Resolutions
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Civil liberties groups are waging a city by city campaign against anti-terror laws they consider threatening to civil rights."

"The groups have successfully pushed city councils nationwide to approve resolutions criticizing the Patriot and Homeland Security Acts. Most of the participating municipalities are liberal strongholds."
 

Amendment not last word (Letter)
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The Second Amendment cannot be the final word on the subject. There is a long history of precedent in American jurisprudence that says the rights of society at large must at times outweigh the rights of the individual. Since there is more gun violence in America than anywhere else in the western world, clearly the rights of society at large to be safe from guns violence must be considered."

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Obviously, this misinformed, drooling, catatonic Brady disciple has missed stories of escalating gun violence and disarmed victims caught in the crossfire in the gun control haven of the United Kingdom.
 

FL: Sheriff's Employee Allegedly Tapes Naked Babysitter Man Charged With Voyeurism
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"A veteran employee of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office is in trouble for allegedly watching a 14-year-old babysitter undress and take a shower at his home.
Defense lawyer Mark Lipinski said that the actions by David Clooney last summer amounted to a harmless 'boys-will-be-boys' thing.
He's charged with misdemeanor voyeurism."

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Is that what they call perverse abuses by those tasked with serving and protecting - "a-boys-will-be-boys" thing?
 

UK: Public has zero tolerance of Blair on crime
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Public confidence in the way ministers and senior judges are tackling crime has virtually collapsed, according to an opinion survey for The Telegraph."

"At the end of a week that showed firearms offences at record levels and burglaries on the rise again, voters are unhappy with the Government's record after more than five years in office."
 

UK: Elite drug squad officers caught snorting cocaine are jailed
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Two members of the elite National Crime Squad who were caught on a hidden camera snorting and dealing cocaine were jailed yesterday."

"Det Sgts David Redfern and Mark Jennison, both 42, were seized as part of a sting by colleagues. Redfern was jailed at Northampton Crown Court for three years and nine months, and Jennison for a year."

"Det Con Heather Bossart, a third officer embroiled in the drugs ring, was sentenced to 100 hours' community service."
 

UK: Man arrested for possessing "11 Bullets"
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Original title: Carrickfergus ammunition charge

"A 37-year-old Carrickfergus man has appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court charged with possessing eleven bullets."

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Also notice the plethora of violent crime stories at the right side of the page. It doesn't appear that gun control is working in the U.K.
 

NJ: Student fatally stabbed intervening in fight
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"A 19-year-old college student was fatally stabbed while intervening in a fight after a high school basketball game, police said."

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More proof that a criminal will find ways other than guns to kill and maim innocent, disarmed victims.
 

UK: Gunman told to "control his temper" by Judge
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"A gunman who shot at police officers while they were trying to arrest him was spared jail yesterday and ordered to seek help to control his temper."

"Building site agent Alan Fraith fired a starting pistol at police officers who thought he was armed with a real revolver."
 

CA: 'Monster' Sought in a Dozen Killings
Submitted by: Anonymous

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“He said McGhee has targeted unarmed and defenseless people, often going on hunting expeditions with fellow gang members. ‘He likes killing people; it's his high and he does it for kicks,’ Teague said.”

Well if he likes unarmed, defenseless victims, he’s picked the right town for it—thanks to the anti-defense political establishment and their despicable cheerleaders at the Los Angeles Times.
 

Lars on how guns can stay out of kids hands
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Some common sense solutions:

"We need to find a way to get kids who see their friends with guns to tell somebody responsible."

"Local police agencies could offer safe, short term storage of firearms for families going through some kind crisis, like domestic violence, a suicidal family member or the like."

"The new sheriff of Multnomah County said it is an idea that wouldn't take much in the way of new resources, and he would consider the idea."

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What's your take on the issue? Send your emails to yourturn@katu.com, and they'll actually air the best responses.
 

UK: Listen to us, Mr Blunkett
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'A five-year sentence ain't gonna stop nothing,' a gun-toting east Londoner told me. 'You give all these mans carrying guns five-year sentences, what do you think is gonna happen when these people are all in the same prison? Are they not still gonna fight? Everyone's gonna have to stay in their cells otherwise people are gonna be getting stabbed.' "

" ...it's never gonna stop.' "
 

UK: Police say knives are a greater threat than guns
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Get ready for British knife control!

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"Scotland's brutal culture of knives, machismo and alcohol is a much greater threat to public safety north of the Border than guns and must be brought under control, claims Hugh Henry, the deputy justice minister."

"Henry says the country is in the grip of a rising tide of violent knife crime." ...
 

UK: City pupils to be taught how to resist gun culture
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Thousands of schoolchildren in cities across Britain are to be given anti-gun lessons and be taught about the problems of gang culture as the Government struggles to contain the spiraling problem of armed crime among the young."
 

UK: Seven days... 58 gun crimes (in quietest week of the year)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Sunday Mirror has compiled a horrifying diary of gun crime across Britain for the seven days to midnight on Thursday. There were 58 incidents - including one death - from Glasgow to the South Coast, all in the week that the families of Letisha Shakespeare and Charlene Ellis grieved for their lost daughters, one described by the Met as the quietest of the year..."
 

Why We Need To Counterattack
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The gun control debate is like a boxing match. Specifically, it's like a boxing match in which the pro-gun-rights fighter blocks but never hits back."

"At the North Bridge Training Institute, we would like to change this. We're running CounterAttack 2003, a training conference for grassroots activists, where successful pro-gun activists can teach others their techniques for cultural change." ...
 

UK: Gun crime crisis dismissed as "fiction"
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"The impression that Britain is drowning under a tidal wave of gun crime is a fiction promulgated by the government to create the illusion it is cracking down on crime, a former police superintendent claimed yesterday."

"Colin Greenwood, who has previously been consulted by the Commons home affairs select committee firearms sub-committee and acted as a firearms consultant to West Yorkshire Police, accused David Blunkett, the Home Secretary, of conning the public and creating a panic about guns."
 

UK: Fear of the gun
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Seven out of 10 Scots believe the country is more violent and dangerous than it was five years ago."

"And the gun ban introduced in the wake of the Dunblane school massacre in 1997 has done nothing to make them feel safer."
 

UK: Don't arm our police, says widow
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"The widow of murdered Constable Lewis Fulton yesterday joined the opposition to the routine arming of police officers."

"Christine Fulton says her husband would not have wanted to carry a gun, even though it could have saved his life when he confronted teenage knifeman Philip McFadden."

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No, of course he wouldn't have wanted to carry a gun. It could only have saved his life, kept him alive and happy with his family and taken an armed criminal off the streets of the UK. Who would want that?
 

Jerry Fisher, Master Gunmaker
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"He began hunting in 1943 when he was 13 years old and has been at it ever since. He built his first custom rifle in 1956 and very quickly became one of the premier American gunmakers. There are a few men who can equal Jerry Fisher’s work, but no one can do better. Today, at 71, he is still a hunter and a gunsmith, and it’s doubtful if there is anyone who knows more about fine rifles—and their use in the field."
 

Canada: Gun law defied
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"A Tory member of the Alberta legislature has joined a fellow-backbencher in defying the federal gun registry."

"Tony Abbott has chosen not to register his firearms as a form of protest and a sign of solidarity with his constituents."
 

Interpreting the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Tyree White

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"Badly needed in the U.S. are strict gun-control laws aimed at removing guns from the streets and reducing a firearm homicide rate from 10 to a 100 times higher than that of other civilized nations. In developing such laws, perhaps we should consider, with reservations reflecting our culture and traditions, the firearm penalties meted out in countries whose populations are among the safest in the world — e.g., Singapore."

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Obviously the author hasn't read about the zero effect his beloved gun control laws have had on gun crime in other countries.

You can email the Washington Times with your thoughts at general@washingtontimes.com.
 

South Africa: Gun found at Nigel prison, again
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"A gun was found in the visiting room of the Nigel Prison earlier today, less then eight days after the discovery of a gun at the same prison." ...

"Last week Friday a man awaiting trial for a cash heist was found in possession of a 9mm pistol and seven rounds of ammunition. The gun was found after a fellow prisoner informed the authorities."
 

MN: Metscape: Gun club knows neighbors can't help listening
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"In recent years, many gun clubs around the state have been either shut down as unneighborly nuisances or sold for redevelopment. Legislative attempts to protect shooting ranges have stalled. Finding new sites is difficult in the face of predictable opposition, and Kotarski said members of the Plymouth club are adamant that the range isn't for sale."
 

ID: One-third of recent Idaho slayings are domestic violence-related
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Almost a third of the slayings committed in recent years in Idaho are related to domestic violence, according to a report by the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance. From mid-1995 to mid-2000, 51 of 156 murders were classified as domestic violence-related, the report said."

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Sounds like Idaho women need to arm themselves against violent significant others.
 

Australia: Stores left empty as stock vanishes
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Thousands of lap-top computers, TVs, video cameras, DVDs and mobile phones have been stolen by Defence personnel and consultants." ...

"Defence logistics is also a shambles, with poor record keeping and little knowledge of stock."

"Sources in Canberra say millions of items have disappeared, cannot be accounted for or reappear in unusual places."

"This includes spare parts, weaponry and gun parts, ammunition, tyres, generators, batteries and electrical items." ...

"Every time stock goes missing Defence simply writes the equipment off. Last year the amount of property written off amounted to $500 million, according to Senate hearings."
 

UK: Decline in number of armed police
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The number of armed police in the Midlands has DROPPED - despite the dramatic increase in gun crime."

"The Sunday Mercury can reveal today that 628 police officers are licensed to carry weapons in the region."

"That is 12 less than in 2001. And in the West Midlands, where gun crime rose a shocking 50 per cent last year, the number of armed cops fell by more than 10 per cent."
 

NY: Guns must go with deputies
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"The unsolved Christmas morning theft of two loaded guns from a Saratoga County Sheriff's Department substation has resulted in at least one new rule: Deputies now have to take their weapons with them."

"Two loaded .45-caliber service pistols were taken from what the Sheriff's Department calls a locked, secured gun storage unit in its Halfmoon substation. Two portable police radios and two bulletproof vests also were taken."
 

VA: A deadly loophole needs closing in Va.
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"Licensed dealers sell about 15,000 firearms a year at these shows, state police report. Each sale is subject to a background check. But nothing prevents a criminal who is turned down at the table of a licensed dealer from stepping across the aisle where the wares of an unlicensed dealer are for sale."

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Considering that less than one percent of criminals get their guns at gun shows, if the gun show "loophole" is such a problem, why is it that the criminals don't patronize these gun shows in droves?
 

Subject or Citizen?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"County and city governments have been controlling the choices of their citizens for years and doing it in the name of the 'greater good' or the 'common good.' All the while, year after year, Democrats and Republicans add links to the chains that already enslave us by further legislating our decisions for us. ... Like benevolent masters they look down upon the pitiful slaves and mercifully relieve them of their choices and rob them of their personal responsibility."
 

FL: Inmates beat officer in escape attempt
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"Nearby corrections officers locked-down the cellblock, handcuffed the four inmates separating them into single cells. Deputies and Fort Myers Police officers blocked off downtown streets outside. We're told the corrections officer who was assaulted wasn't armed with a gun and was making the rounds ...alone. Sheriff Shoap says the inmates who attacked the young officer weren't armed with weapons either."
 

Transfer of ATF has many worried
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A government plan to move the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to the Department of Justice has both sides of the gun debate worried."

"Some gun owners, already skeptical of the Bush administration's efforts to monitor the activity of citizens, fear that the change could increase surveillance and make big government even bigger."

"Meanwhile, proponents of gun control are concerned that Attorney General John Ashcroft's support of gun rights will translate into a watered-down ATF."
 

CA: Guns at council meetings argued
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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""Councilman Will O'Bryant, a retired Alameda County sheriff's deputy, is at the center of the controversy."

"Concealed firearms are allowed at Tenth Street Place, where council meetings are held, as long as the bearers have permits."

"O'Bryant has refused to confirm or deny that he carried a concealed weapon during Tuesday's open meeting, saying it is his own business."

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Notice the cowardly hand-wringing on the party of the Brady Center goons in the article.
 

CT: Shooting at Meriden theater leaves dog dead
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"The theater manager told police he heard the dog yelp, grabbed a gun and fired several shots at the would-be burglar."

"The manager then locked himself inside his office and called police, said Sgt. Leonard Caponigro." ...

"When police searched the building, they found the dog dead and a trail of blood leading out the back door, Caponigro said."
 

U.S. Focus: Lives On The Line
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Today's rangers are armed, in some cases with M-16s. They remain spread thin, however, with fewer than 1,400 patrolling 84 million acres in 387 parks, monuments and historic sites that attract more than 400 million visitors annually."

"And although the National Park Service has had an increased budget in recent years, it's the bureaucracy that has increased, not the number of rangers in the field."
 

Group challenges notion that gays, guns don't mix
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Some lawmakers who support gun-control measures, including Democratic Assemblyman Paul Koretz of California, have called the Pink Pistols a tool of the National Rifle Association. But Krick and other members actually fault the NRA for accepting compromise gun-control legislation."
 

Canada: We're armed, not dangerous, says gun lobby
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"John Evers owns almost 50 guns, and he wants you to know that he's not a gunslinging hick who deals drugs and goes on murderous rampages."

"Like many Canadian gun owners, he says the Chretien government's embattled firearms registry has stereotyped him as a reckless criminal."
 

TSA: Airport screeners can't unionize
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"A union representing government workers said it will continue to organize federal airport security workers despite an order from the head of the Transportation Security Administration banning collective bargaining."
 

UK: Don't bother about burglary, police told
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"Police have been ordered not to bother investigating crimes such as burglary, vandalism and assaults unless evidence pointing to the culprits is easily available, The Telegraph can reveal."

"Under new guidelines, officers have been informed that only 'serious' crimes, such as murder, rape or so-called hate crimes, should be investigated as a matter of course."

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This is, of course, wonderful news for the scores of armed criminals in the UK, who now know that law-abiding British subjects are now not only disarmed, but also cannot rely on the police for help.
 

Foreign students fret over INS tracking
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'There's a lot of information that's going to be collected, and we don't know how it's going to be used,' said Zuberi, who is pursuing a doctorate in chemistry. 'People are literally afraid that if they don't pay a $5 library fine, they could be deported.' "

"By January 30, campuses across the country must be prepared to submit information on new international students. Schools cannot accept new foreign students until they comply."
 

DC: Police Investigating Pair of Fatal District Shootings
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Gun-free DC experiences two fatal shootings in one day.

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"Metropolitan Police Department officers found the body of a male in an alley ...just before 4:30 p.m. yesterday."

"The man had been shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene."

"Soon after that ...police were called to the 100 block of Atlantic Street, Southeast where they found man in the hallway of a building suffering from a similar gunshot wound to the head."
 

What Clayton Cramer Saw and (Nearly) Everyone Else Missed
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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"I sat down with a list of bizarre, amazing claims that Bellesiles had made, and started chasing down the citations at Sonoma State University’s library. I found quotations of out of context that completely reversed the author’s original intent. I found dates changed. I found the text of statutes changed—and the changes completely reversed the meaning of the law. It took me twelve hours of hunting before I found a citation that was completely correct. In the intervening two years, I have spent thousands of hours chasing down Bellesiles’s citations, and I have found many hundreds of shockingly gross falsifications."
 

DC: Trio aims to turn 'No Murders D.C.' into reality
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Mrs. Horton, a lawyer who works for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence as the director of the education division, provides charts on the homicide rate and a startling statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicates the number of years of life lost each year to homicides in the District is 7,512."

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The trio fails to acknowledge the obvious failure of an outright ban on guns in DC, choosing to focus instead on a hazy concept of giving law enforcement "tools" to solve DC's problems.
 

China: China to deploy 2,000 air marshals
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"China says it will put 2,000 specially trained police officers aboard domestic airline flights to protect against terrorism and other attacks."

"Starting later this year, two uniformed and armed police will be aboard every internal flight."
 

John Lott is being accused of... well, something
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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"The complaint doesn't run to his published scholarly work, but to public statements he's made about a survey whose results were never published. Some people are now saying that he never conducted the survey at all." ...
 

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