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High Court Rules Roadblocks Don't Violate Privacy
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The Supreme Court gave its conditional approval today to 'informational checkpoints' on the nation's streets, ruling that police may briefly stop traffic in order to inform vehicle occupants of a recent crime and ask if they have any information about it." ...

" 'The Fourth Amendment does not treat a motorist's car as his castle,' Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote for the court. 'And special law enforcement concerns will sometimes justify highway stops without individualized suspicion.' "

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Big brother would be proud
 

Supreme Court OKs Roadblocks for Police Information (Another report)
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that police acted reasonably and constitutionally when they put up a roadblock to ask motorists for information about a fatal hit-and-run accident."

"The justices reversed an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that such checkpoints, designed to gather information, represented an unconstitutional search and seizure of evidence in the case of a man arrested for drunken driving."

"The ruling was a victory for Illinois, other states and the U.S. Justice Department, which argued officers should be allowed to set up checkpoints and briefly stop motorists when the purpose is to investigate a crime."
 

AZ: 2,800 crime guns tied to 7 dealers
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"Seven Arizona gun dealers sold nearly 2,800 handguns that were used from 1996 to 2000 to commit crimes as severe as murder, according to a report released Monday by a national advocacy group."

"The large number of high-crime gun dealers in the state, particularly in Tucson, 'should raise some red flags,' said Jim Kessler, policy director for Americans for Gun Safety, which analyzed 'trace data' provided by the ATF for a lawsuit by the NAACP against gun manufacturers."

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Typical gun grabber smear campaign. Kessler knows perfectly well that this raw data is not an indicator of any illegal activity, but the truth never stops enemies of freedom from promoting misleading information to advance their nefarious cause.
 

Report Details Crime Gun Sales (Another report)
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A relatively tiny number of gundealers in 22 states including Maryland and Virginia sold nearly 15 percent of the firearms traced by police to crimes nationwide in the late 1990s, according to a new study." ...

"Gun dealers and gun-rights advocates criticized the study yesterday, saying that dealers with high sales volumes will inevitably sell many guns that end up in police custody."

"The foundation 'is basically taking these numbers and attributing them to illegal acts which don't exist,' said Sanford Abrams, president of the Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association and owner of Valley Gun, a Baltimore business listed in the report as Maryland's third-biggest dealer of guns linked to crimes. 'It does not mean that our dealers are doing anything illegal. It simply means that they are selling a lot of firearms, and a lot of them are stolen or end up in the wrong hands.' "

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Since when do the facts matter to the gun grabbers? All that matters is vilifying legitimate merchants, destroying their credibility and business and eradicating firearms ownership one small step at a time.
 

IL: Gun-[grabber] group names 4 area stores (More gun grabber propaganda)
Submitted by: Chris Covert

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"Chuck's was among the dealers and manufacturers Mayor Daley sued in 1998 for allegedly flooding Chicago with guns that wind up in street killings. The lawsuit is pending in the Illinois Supreme Court."

"The owner of Chuck's has never been charged with a crime. When the store applied for a new federal firearms license last year, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives approved the request."

" 'There was no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing that would prevent him from reapplying and getting a license,' ATF spokesman Tom Ahern said of Chuck's owner John Riggio..."

"I do not understand why they think we are such evil people. Why would I risk my business intentionally selling guns to criminals?" -- Suburban Sporting Goods owner Donald R. Beltrame
 

IN: Guns sold here top crime list
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"A national study of gun crimes has found that firearms bought in Indiana were used in more of the crimes than those bought in any other state." ...

"The foundation describes itself as a moderate organization that is committed to educating Americans about gun rights and responsibilities."

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The AGS is about as moderate as PETA members are balanced.
 

MD: More Vile Slander Against Maryland Gun Dealers
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"Valley Gun Shop on Harford Road in Parkville is also listed as a high-crime dealer. Owner Sanford Abrams said he is angered by the label, saying the foundation is taking 'raw data and making totally false assumptions.' "

" 'We do nothing wrong,' Abrams said. 'We sell under the tightest security.' "

Even the ATF said the report was misleading.

"A Baltimore spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives questioned some of the report's assumptions.

" 'When you have a gun store located in a high-crime area that does a high-volume business, a lot of guns will be traced back to them,' said ATF spokeswoman Kelly Long. 'It doesn't mean that [the store owner] is doing something illegal.' "

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Maybe if these business owners got together and sued AGS, these gun grabbers would get the message that using smear tactics and propaganda to promote their vile cause at all costs is unacceptable.
 

MN: Robbinsdale gun shop sold 373 guns traced to crime
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"A Minnesota gun shop is listed in a report of firearms dealers that sold the most guns later traced to a crime and linked to illegal gun trafficking." ...

"Monson said in an interview last summer that he bought the shop in June and had complied with all gun registration and background check laws."

"He noted then that the shop had a large volume of gun sales, which could explain why more of its guns were traced to crimes. He noted that guns could reach criminal hands through gun thefts, owner resales or auctions."

"Robbinsdale Police Chief Wayne Shellum said Monson and the shop's previous owner, Bill Penny, had been cooperative and that police hadn't received any complaints."
 

NC: Charlotte gun shop cited in report
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"A report released by a gun control group on Monday puts a Charlotte gun dealer among 120 it claims sold 15 percent of the guns used in crimes nationally or considered suspicious between 1996 and 2000."

"But a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which collected the data used in the report, says the Charlotte dealer -- Hyatt Coin & Gun Shop -- is reputable, cooperative with law enforcement and does business by the book."

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Even the ATF, whose raw data was cited in this vicious piece of propaganda, disputes the misleading conclusions of the report. But does that stop the gun grabbers? Of course not.
 

OH: Groups wants local gun shop closed
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Columbus gun shop owner is outraged by a new report that claims that his shop sells guns to criminals, NewsChannel 4's Natalie Walston reported."

"The report by Washington, D.C.-based Americans For Gun Safety listed Vance's Shooters Supplies along with five other Ohio gun shops and 118 others in the country. The group calls on the government to shut down the shops."

"There are a number of factors in figuring out where criminals get handguns, Walston reported. Columbus police do effective traces, which makes any reported numbers appear higher than departments that don't do effective reports. That's one frustration facing the owner of Vance's Shooters Supplies, which is located on Cleveland Avenue..." ...

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But the misleading nature of their report doesn't matter to AGS, which is apparently vying for the title of "Most Irrelevant and Absurd" gun grabber group.
 

Guns vs. Teddy Bears
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Should unelected officials be allowed to order the confiscation of some or all guns and ammunition in the United States? This is the question posed by Sen. Jon Corzine (D., N.J.) and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D., R.I.), in their proposed Firearms Safety and Consumer Protection Act. As one might suspect, the bill is about neither firearm safety nor consumer protection, but is an especially clever stratagem by the gun-prohibition lobby. The Kennedy-Corzine bill would give the Treasury Department and the courts nearly unlimited powers to restrict firearms manufacture and sales, and to confiscate guns."
 

Soldiers increasingly trying to carry prohibited items on airliners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Increasingly Soldiers are attempting to carry prohibited items on commercial airliners either going to or returning from an overseas assignments, officials said. This act could be a career ender for soldiers under the UCMJ, said Chet Spangler, Air Traffic Control staff specialist, Headquarters, U.S. Army Aeronautical Services Agency."

"Recently, the Transportation Security Administration confiscated various items to include five pounds of fireworks, brass knuckles with a four-inch knife blade, a loaded BB pistol and a nine-millimeter pistol during airport security checks..."
 

The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave
Submitted by: David Codrea

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"Some of the most violent criminals at large today are illegal aliens. Yet in cities where the crime these aliens commit is highest, the police cannot use the most obvious tool to apprehend them: their immigration status."

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Yet the same politicians who subject us to this murderous policy not only threaten to cut back police services or release prisoners if they can't wring more money from us, but are at the forefront of blaming the crime THEY MAKE INEVITABLE on our guns, while trying to disarm us.
 

NC: Teen Suspects Involved in DATA Bus Shooting in Custody
Submitted by: E. F. Haywood

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"Two 15-year-olds suspected of exchanging gunfire near a Durham DATA bus Monday morning are in the custody of Durham police. The shooting happened around 10:30 a.m. at Alston Avenue and Dowd Street."

"One teenager outside the bus argued with another who was inside. 'The individual got on the bus and said he was going to shoot...' "

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Note: DATA busses have “No Concealed Weapons” signs posted; therefore, under North Carolina law, concealed carry is not permitted. Maybe these teenagers overlooked the sign prominently displayed as they boarded the bus.
 

NC: Shots riddle city bus again (Another report)
Submitted by: E. F. Haywood

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This is a story that provides additional details about the DATA bus shooting mentioned above.

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"Following the third incident, city officials halted part of the route after dark over the weekend, before hiring Wackenhut Corp., a private security firm, on April 21. Wackenhut officials were asked to ride the DATA buses, staff bus terminals and follow the buses to monitor their surroundings." ...

"In June, DATA unveiled its new fleet of buses, which are equipped with interior and exterior cameras." ...

"DATA administrators also are reviewing the situation to determine if they need to do anything to beef up security on that route, Thompson said."

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How about revoking that absurd "no concealed weapons" policy?
 

IL: Ex-Bulls player arrested after cops find loaded gun in SUV
Submitted by: Chris Covert

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"Brown then told the officer the card was inside a gym bag on the front seat, and that's where police found a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, according to the police report. Prosecutors said there was a live round in the gun's chamber."

"Brown, who owns a real estate development company, is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, a felony."

"Under state and city laws, it is illegal to own a handgun in Chicago, except for police officers."

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And many disarmed Chicagoans are dying needlessly because of this racist, elitist, absurd gun ban. Meanwhile, a man who did not hurt anyone, had a firearms permit and is a legitimate businessman is being prosecuted for simply possessing the most effective self-defense tool.
 

IL: Blagojevich is sitting pretty
Submitted by: Chris Covert

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"As he begins his second year in office Tuesday, Gov. Rod Blagojevich is vowing to deepen spending cuts, to consider gambling expansion AND TO RESURRECT THE PASSIONATE ADVOCACY FOR GUN CONTROL HE DEMONSTRATED BEFORE RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR."

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And apparently Illinois voters approve of this petty tyrant, who doesn't respect or understand the United States Constitution and violates his oath of office
 

IL: Yorkville police providing gun locks
Submitted by: Lawrence Miller

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"The Police Department will provide free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project Childsafe, a nationwide firearm safety program."

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Here is more waste of taxpayers' money to make gun owners dependent on technological gadgets for safety instead of their own common sense.
 

KS: Board takes no action on zero-tolerance policy
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Calling it unjust and simplistic, Wichita NAACP and student leaders pushed the Wichita Board of Education on Monday to change its zero-tolerance policy on battery against school employees." ...

"Shante White, 15, said she was severely beaten by a group of girls in the restroom because of a false rumor spread about her."

"She managed to escape and was running through the hall when an assistant principal grabbed her from behind."

"White said she didn't see who it was and started swinging."

"Because of the district's zero- tolerance policy, school administrators expelled her for 186 days."
 

Holland: Invalid, 71, arrested for killing armed robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 71-year-old invalid vehicle yard owner has been arrested for shooting and killing a man during an attempted armed robbery last month, but the businessman claims he acted in self-defence."

"Cees Gardien said via his lawyer on Monday that he would have been killed if he had not fired his weapon. But Gardien, the victim of three other robberies and nine burglaries, has been charged with manslaughter."

"Defence lawyer Michaël Mantz is enraged that his client is still being detained, claiming that he had been surrounded by five dangerous criminals and had no alternative but to open fire. He said Gardien acted out of self defence and to protect his sick wife."

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And yet the extremist tyrants in Holland want this man to spend what may be the rest of his life in jail for daring to defend himself against these armed thugs! This in the land of legalized prostitution and drugs.
 

Philippines: Northern Police District Office (NPDO) dismisses 15 police scalawags
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Northern Police District Office (NPDO) dismissed 15 erring police officers, most of them involved in the protection of drug pushers and illegal gambling operators."

"NPDO director Chief Supt. Marcelino Franco Jr. ...said Binayug shot and killed one of two GMA 7 employees last year."

"He said the others were found guilty of protecting illegal-gambling operations and local drug pushers." ...

"Meanwhile, reporters covering the northern Metro Manila police are wondering why another rogue policeman, PO1 Arnold Lising, was not sacked along with the other police misfits."

"Lising was accused by a teenaged female detainee of raping her inside one of the offices of the Navotas police."

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Murder, rape, extortion, protection. . . . but only cops should have guns!
 

IN: Mother Arrested For Having Stripper Image On Car
Submitted by: George Combs II
Website: http://www.georgecombs.org

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"A woman who drove a car bearing the airbrushed image of a stripper to pick up her daughter at school could face up to three years in prison."

"Erica Meredith, 25, of Indianapolis, was scheduled to appear Tuesday for an initial hearing on a felony charge of disseminating matter harmful to minors." ...

Note this outrageous quote by the prosecutor: ""I would concede it probably is a First Amendment issue, but not all First Amendment cases mean that you can't restrict the speech. Protecting third- and fourth-graders from a centerfold on wheels is one of those valid restrictions."

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Where, in the Constitution, are prosecutors granted morality enforcement powers?
 

South Africa: Prisoner grabs warder's gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Pandemonium broke out at a sexual offences court when a suspected rapist grabbed a prison warder's gun and tried to kill her."

"Fortunately, the gun wasn't loaded, but prosecutor Jerry Mahlo wasn't going to take chances and leapt from the floor right over the magistrates rostrum." ...

"The suspect was to appear on double rapes charges on Monday when he allegedly grabbed a female warder's service pistol from her hip and aimed it at her head."

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Sounds like this particular government employee needs refresher courses in weapon retention. Will Sarah Brady tell us that only well trained professionals such as this should have guns?
 

Philippines: 4 Sual policemen face robbery rap
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"THE Bureau of National Investigation on Monday filed robbery charges against four Sual policemen before the Municipal Trial Court in Sual town."

"The filing of the case was based on the complaint of Avelino Orpilla, a businessman and resident, as well as from investigation conducted by NBI agents."

"In his sworn affidavit, Orpilla said on October 27 last year the four policemen entered his house and purportedly claimed there was a complaint against him for hiding guns inside his residence."

"The four cops allegedly ransacked his residence and got his two firearms, a caliber .45 pistol and a shotgun, although these were licensed."

"Orpilla alleged the scouring at his residence was undertaken without a search warrant."
 

Canada: Firearms lesson No. 1: Gun isn't a hammer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Montreal police officer who used his service pistol to smash a car window probably caused it to accidentally discharge, an internal investigation by the force shows."

"Police don't believe there was anything wrong with the service weapon, the new semi-automatic 9-millimetre Walther P99 Quick Action pistol officers use."

" 'An expert is looking at the weapon, but we don't have the results yet,' said Commander Pierre Cadieux, head of the Montreal police media-relations department. 'But we don't think the gun was at fault.' "

" 'When he smashed the window, the gun went off,' Cadieux said. 'We don't know is whether the gun went off after the smashing motion or whether the trigger was pulled.' "

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This one's for the "DUH" files! Yes, Mrs. Brady. Only the police are capable, responsible, intelligent and professional enough to have firearms, right?
 

UK: Gunman shot sleeping teenager in head in the "gun-free" paradise
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 30-YEAR-OLD Craigavon man has gone on trial accused of the murder of a teenager shot in the head as he lay sleeping in a chair."

"Craigavon Crown Court heard yesterday that 19-year-old Peter McNally was shot four times by two gunmen who forced their way into a house at Westacres in the town in the early hours of October 29, 2001."

"Prosecution QC James Lavery claimed that the gunman who fired the fatal shot was Raymond Heaney from Legahory Court, Craigavon, who denies the murder."

"Mr Lavery said while much of the evidence was of a scientific and forensic nature, 'like the pieces of a jigsaw' the evidence would fall into place to show that Heaney was the gunman who fired the fatal shot."
 

GA: Students robbed at gunpoint, police trying to match fingerprints
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Athens-Clarke County Police are testing fingerprints from two University students' vehicles to determine who robbed them at gunpoint late Friday night."

"Lauren Crockett told police a black man wearing a black UGA stocking cap opened her vehicle's front right door just after she had pulled into the Sigma Alpha Epsilon parking lot downtown."

" 'The man kind of leaned in and asked me to hand over my purse,' Crockett said. 'He had an old pistol.' "

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Under Georgia Code Section 16-11-127.1(b), weapons are not allowed on the University of Georgia Campus. Weapons include, but are not limited to, any gun, shotgun or rifle . . .

More victims of government disarmament.
 

UK: Victim 'In the Wrong Place at Wrong Time'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"MARTIN Taylor may have been murdered by loyalist paramilitaries because he 'was in the wrong place at the wrong time', an inquest heard yesterday."

"The 35-year-old from Prestwick Park, Belfast, a friend of the PUP's Billy Hutchinson, was gunned down as he helped friends James Fittis and William Whiteside build a wall in Silverstream Park on July 26, 2000."

"Coroner for Greater Belfast Deborah Malcolm described the father-of-two's death as a 'despicable crime'."

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Definition: Wrong Place - any place that denies it's people the right to self-defense.
 

MD: CeaseFire Maryland Holds Reception in Support of Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"CeaseFire Maryland, the state's leading gun violence prevention group, is joined by key Marylanders in calling for an assault rifles ban in our state. A reception taking place in Chevy Chase, Maryland on the evening of January 12th will benefit CeaseFire Maryland's campaign to ban these military-style weapons from our communities. Leah Barrett, Executive Director of CeaseFire Maryland, said: 'Leading Marylanders are joining with us to demand a ban on semi-automatic assault rifles like the Bushmaster rifle used to terrorize Montgomery County just over a year ago. We hope that state legislators will follow suit and extend our 1994 assault pistols ban to assault rifles in the forthcoming General Assembly session.' Montgomery, Prince George's and Howard County legislators will be joining over 100 people on January 12th to show their support for a ban."

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Fact: The Bushmaster used by Mohammed and Malvo is not an "assault" weapon.

Fact: The "assault" weapons (cosmetic features) ban has not prevented crime with such weapons. As a matter of fact, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the percentage of crimes committed with such weapons has risen slightly after the ban was implemented.
 

Holland: KLM agrees to armed sky marshals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"KLM has agreed with the Justice Ministry to conduct a six-month trial under strict conditions with air marshals armed with firearms on its flights to and from the US."

"But the Dutch airline demanded and received a guarantee on Monday that a protocol will be drawn up stating that pilots will maintain command of the plane at all times throughout the flight."

"The sky marshal scheme will be conducted on a trial basis over a period of six months and could start as early as next month. KLM has urged that sky marshals be equipped with relatively mild weapons, such as pistols with rubber bullets or anaesthetic."

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So after the hijackers overwhelm the marshal, they can reload his weapon with real bullets!
 

CA: First 2004 Pro-gun Congressional Race Might Be Decided March 2nd
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For gun rights supporters, one of the most important of the 2004 Congressional elections is going to take place in early March."

"Pro-gun State Senator Rico Oller is running in the Republican Primary in California's 3rd Congressional District, a seat being vacated by anti-gun Rep. Doug Ose."

"This district is heavily Republican, so the next congressman could very well be determined in the March 2nd primary."

"Sen. Oller is a proven leader for the Second Amendment, fighting hard against the anti-gun establishment in Sacramento."

"Not only is Rico Oller a friend to gun owners; he is a gun owner and an avid outdoorsman himself."
 

Don George Bush: A problem you can't defuse
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"I doubt whether 10% of our citizens would even recognize the Constitution and if 5% have ever even read it through. I doubt whether more than 1% of our government officials understand it let alone have any commitment to it. The vast majority of our citizens have been reduced to viewing government as some huge cow with a teat large enough to suckle them forever. But the teat is going to run out of milk soon."
 

NY: "New York State today is among a shrinking minority of states that continue to enforce a policy of victim disarmament"
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"With Ohio's enactment yesterday of a law mandating the issuance of a license to carry a personal firearm to law-abiding adults, New York State today is among a shrinking minority of states that continue to enforce a policy of victim disarmament. Today, 37 states have laws that either mandate the issuance of a carry license to every qualifying adult who applies, or else do not require that a law-abiding adult obtain such a license in order to carry a personal defense firearm. Three of those states - Connecticut, Vermont and Pennsylvania - border on the Empire State. Their citizens are freer than New York's, and also safer. The 'parade of horribles' constantly promised by the anti-gun Cassandras has never materialized, and never will."
 

OH: CHL Poll
Submitted by: Jason

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The Advocate out of Newark Ohio is running a poll on who will apply for a CHL under the new Ohio law. Please help us blow it out of the water!

The poll is located on the right side of the page
 

Holland: High school student shoots biology teacher
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In a rare outbreak of gun violence in the Netherlands, a student shot and critically wounded his high school biology teacher Tuesday before fleeing the scene."

"The teacher, who is also the deputy principal at the Stevincollege, was shot in the head and taken by helicopter to the nearby Westeinde hospital. There were no other injuries, said a police spokeswoman, Dianna Wezenberg."

"The shooter, whose identity was not released, apparently carried out the attack after being suspended for misbehavior a few days earlier." ...

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Fortunately, firearm possession is tightly regulated in the Netherlands -- so things like this can't happen.
 

NY: Elderly Couple, Good Samaritan Slashed in Alleged Robbery
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Sometimes, you can just tell how one well-placed bullet would have been so much more effective.

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"There is outrage over a vicious attack in the Bronx. The victims are a well liked couple who are longtime residents in the community. They were slashed in their store along with a good Samaritan who was trying to stop the attack." ...

"Now it's unclear whether the store will ever reopen." ...

"Just before closing Monday night the couple was robbed. Police say 19-year-old Julius Pena pulled out a BB gun and began pistol whipping the 61-year-old woman while demanding she empty out the register. Her 65-year-old husband then began struggling with the suspect while a nearby shopkeeper ran into the store." ...
 

AL: "Senator wants to close loophole on gun buys"
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"A state senator from north Alabama, where a man with a history of mental problems was able to buy a rifle used in the deaths of two Athens policemen, said steps need to be taken to keep the mentally ill from obtaining guns."

" 'This is a loophole that needs to be looked at,' said Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison. 'That's a population that does not need to have access to weapons.' "

"Farron Barksdale, 29, bought a rifle from a Huntsville gun dealer Christmas Eve. Despite four orders committing him to mental facilities because he was 'a danger to himself and others,' Barksdale passed an FBI background check to purchase the gun."

"The gun he purchased was used to kill two Athens police officers Jan. 2..." ...

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This bigot is painting an entire group of people as violent and unfit to exercise their Second Amendment rights simply because they may have been under the care of a psychiatrist. Not all people who seek mental help are violent or dangerous.
 

FL: $2.2 million settlement reached in flea market killings
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"Attorneys for four siblings whose parents were shot to death last year in their booth in one of South Florida's largest outdoor markets announced Tuesday they had reached a $2.2 million pre-trial settlement."

"The lawsuit accused operators of the Opa-locka Hialeah Flea Market of failing to provide sufficient security even though the incidence of criminal activity was well known. Better security could have prevented the murders, they said."

Three masked gunmen stormed into a jewelry shop at the Opa-locka Hialeah Flea Market at 12705 NW 42nd Ave. and shot dead the booth's renters, Angela and Jonada Campos, on May 27, 2003." ...

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Of course carrying a gun for self defense could have prevented the murders as well. But according to the flea market General manager, "If a vendor was found to keep a weapon at the booth, they would be gone; no second chances-it’s a zero tolerance policy."

It's this zero-SENSE policy that caused the deaths of those people.
 

AZ: Zero tolerance plan embarrasses district
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"One of the fundamentals of learning is repetition, and one would think the Rio Rancho School District has been through the "zero tolerance" exercise enough that officials there would finally get it. Alas, they haven't."

"The latest episode involves a 13-year-old middle school boy who was suspended for five days for having heartburn-relief medicine - for controlling intestinal gas - in his possession. Somebody alert the Drug Enforcement Administration."
 

CA: Daylight serial bank robbers in a land where banks just hand it over
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Gone are the days when robbing a bank was a good way to get shot. These enterprising bank robbers have quite the success ratio. In a day when all it takes to rob a bank is a note, is anyone surprised?

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"The FBI said Tuesday that it needs the public's help in finding three men dubbed the 'Till,' 'Fedex' and 'Uncle Fester' bandits for robbing Southern California banks."

"Surveillance cameras recorded excellent photographs of the men during robberies in Los Angeles and Orange counties, but they are known only by their code names, the FBI said."

"The Till Bandit is believed responsible for robbing six banks in September and got his name from demand notes that read: 'Give me all the money in your till.' " ...
 

CT: 18 domestic disputes involving police, plus restraining order - man still murders family
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A truly disturbed man murdered his wife and two daughters and then set fire to their bodies. He's being arraigned on multiple felonies and could get the death sentence.

The eye-opening part of the case is the fact that the police were called out on domestic disputes 18 times but the man was still living there. Deputies were due to force him out of the home the day he lost it and turned psycho.

Moral of the Story: paper doesn't protect you, and in many cases neither do the police. Which would be better: three dead innocents, or one dead attacker? You read the story and be the judge. Hanging is too good for this bastard.
 

Canada: Gun registry key to western alienation
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"Prime Minister Paul Martin is caught in the crossfire over Canada's firearms registry. It's clear he'll not find political safety for long by ducking behind vague promises of a review."

"On one side is a majority of western Canadians who are steadfastly opposed to the registry. They see it as a symbol of how western opinions are ignored by Ottawa, as a colossal waste of taxpayers' money and as an assault on their individual rights." ...

"On the other side is a Canadian public acutely aware of violent crime and firearm safety, demanding some sort of gun control to make them feel more secure. Support for the registry is strongest in Ontario and Quebec, traditional Liberal strongholds."
 

KS: Home invader uses stun gun on elderly woman to affect robbery
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This is a reminder/warning. We've seen self-defense stories where home owners would have been victims if they hadn't answered their doors with pistols. This unarmed woman never had a chance.

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"Police say a masked man barged into an Olathe woman's home, tied up the resident and used a stun gun on her several times." ...

"The 67-year-old woman told officers a man appeared at her door with a clip board, and she assumed he was there to make some sort of delivery. When she opened the door, the man forced his way inside, tied her up and took her into the basement, where he used a stun gun on her several times, police said." ...
 

IL: Gun Group Defends Homeowner Who Stopped Burglar With Bullet
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"A pro-Second Amendment group calls it outrageous that a suburban Chicago homeowner faces criminal charges for defending his family - by shooting a burglar who broke into his home several times."

"Blame it on 'regressive, Draconian' Illinois gun laws, said the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)." ...

" 'Carpenter has the audacity to claim that Wilmette residents are much safer without a handgun in the home,' Gottlieb added. 'What he's really saying is that burglars and home invaders are a lot safer if they enter unarmed Wilmette homes, and he seems eager to maintain that safe working environment for criminals.' "
 

TX: Police investigate shooting
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"Police are questioning a suburban Dallas man who said he shot two men dead who were trying to rob him Tuesday."

"Police in Grand Prairie said the man -- who is in his 60s -- reported the two men took him against his will from his home to an ATM."

"There, the man said he was forced to withdraw cash."

"According to police detective John Brimmer, the man said one of the men had a baseball bat and he believed his life was in danger."

"However, police said the alleged victim had a small pistol with him."

"Brimmer said the man reported pulling the gun and shooting both men as they sat in a car."

"Police said the man -- who was not injured -- has a concealed-weapons permit."
 

VA: Gun-control advocates in Assembly take aim at guns in bars
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"Gun-control advocates, heartened by Democratic gains in the House last fall, will push to keep guns worn in plain sight out of bars just as concealed guns are, and to give local school divisions the option of enacting their own firearms bans."

"Other bills would require vendors at gun shows to conduct the same sort of criminal background checks on gun purchasers that firearms retailers already do and to require that people receive training in use of firearms before they are granted concealed weapons permits."
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Gun control? It's the best thing you can do for crooks and gangsters. I want you to have nothing. If I'm a bad guy, I'm always gonna have a gun. Safety locks? You will pull the trigger with a lock on, and I'll pull the trigger. We'll see who wins. — Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, whose testimony convicted John Gotti.

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