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LA Times: From "Guns are bad" to "I changed my mind: Guns aren't bad."
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It's amazing that the LA Times actually printed something this positive about firearms. Read it, and pass it on.
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"Guns are bad. All my life, it's been that simple. At my son's preschool, if a child pointed a banana and said 'bang,' he was admonished to "use the banana in a happier way." As far as I was concerned, the 2nd Amendment gave us the right to protect ourselves against invading armies, not the right to buy a gun and keep it under our beds."

"So what would make someone like me change my mind? I met this gun enthusiast. As research for my new novel, I asked him many questions, all the while voicing my disgust. My character might use a gun, but I never would. 'Come to the range,' the gun guy said. 'I'll teach you to shoot.' " ...
 

"But handguns? What are they really good for?"
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. . . "While I can't speak for other columnists, whenever I write about the danger handguns present or about the Confederate flag, a number of people hold nothing back in letting their feelings be known."

"Maybe it's a Southern thing, but such was the case last week when I joined Josh Sugarman, executive director of the Violence Policy Center in Washington, in calling for the ban of handguns in America." ...

"But handguns? What are they really good for?"

Dwight Lewis is a columnist, regional editor and member of the editorial board for The Tennessean. E-mail: dlewis@tennessean.com.
 

"U.S. lets scofflaw gun dealers continue to arm criminals"
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Lie #1:
"Multiple offenders make up only about 1% of the nation's 104,000 licensed gun dealers. "

Fact #1:
There has been no proof that these gun dealers did anything wrong. Therefore, calling these dealers "offenders" in a major U.S. newspaper is libelous and offensive.

Lie #2:
"The problem of scofflaw dealers was underscored by a report Tuesday by the Americans for Gun Safety Foundation, which favors tougher enforcement of existing laws."

Fact #2:
The ATF itself has branded the recent AGS so-called "study" as misleading, since traces do not necessarily lead to prosecutions and the owners of these stores have never been prosecuted for violations, and that high sales volume could lead to a higher number of traces.

In short, calling a gun dealer a "scofflaw" when he or she has never been convicted or even accused of breaking the law deserves to be met with a lawsuit.
 

'Little man with big gun' or a guy 'protecting his home'?
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"Aloysius Oliver was a 'little man with a big gun' and 'hell-bent' on not getting caught the night he fatally shot Chicago police officer Eric Lee in an alley, prosecutors said Tuesday at the start of Oliver's murder trial."

" 'Ladies and gentlemen, meet Aloysius Oliver, cop killer,' declared Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Jim McKay, striding up to where Oliver sat in court and jabbing a finger at him." ...

"Defense attorney Marijane Placek described a confused, fast-moving scene in which Oliver fired in self-defense, not knowing that Lee and other Chicago police officers, all dressed in plain clothes, were cops and believing they were trying to break into his home."

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Note that the "big gun" the news report describes is a .357-caliber revolver. Note also that in Chicago, guns are banned for everyone except cops, and yet this man was able to get his hands on a pistol and shoot this officer. This should tell you something about the efficacy of gun control.
 

"Gun Lobby Sets Sights on Weapons Restrictions"
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"The gun lobby is marshaling its forces for an all-out assault this year to weaken key gun-control laws and shield weapons makers from liability in lawsuits."

" 'Major advances for the NRA are within reach this year,' said Robert Spitzer, a political science professor at the State University of New York and author of a book on the politics of gun control. 'With the most sympathetic administration ever, the gun rights groups will have all their chips on the table.' "

"Over the next weeks and months, the pro-gun lobby is expected to play those chips in a friendly, Republican-controlled Congress, pushing ahead on an agenda that has gun control forces on the defensive. Congress will consider proposals that would . . . .
 

DC: Court Upholds D.C. Gun Ban in NRA's Seegars Lawsuit
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"A federal judge has upheld the District's strict gun control law against a legal challenge backed by the National Rifle Association."

"U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton dismissed a lawsuit by five D.C. residents, who said the 28 year old law infringes on their Second Amendment right to own firearms."

"But Walton ruled that the Second Amendment is not a broad-based right of individuals to own guns. He says it was meant to allow militias to mobilize for public defense."

"A spokesman for the Violence Policy Center, a pro gun control group. Calls the opinion well reasoned. He says its a victory for those who believe that the way to cut violence is to have fewer guns on the street, not more." ...
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KABA NOTE:

The D.C. District Court has published this opinion on their website. You'll find it here: http://www.dcd.uscourts.gov/03-834.pdf.

To refresh your memory on how this case was argued before this judge and how the ball was dropped when it came time to educate the judge about the nature, purpose and original intent of the militia, go here:
D.C. SECOND AMENDMENT FEDERAL COURT HEARING
Annotated Transcript of NRA Case Proceedings
 

MN: Court of Appeals Reverses Decision in Church's Gun Lawsuit
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"A state Court of Appeals panel has reversed a lower court's ruling that denied an Edina church the right to ban firearms in its parking lots."

"Tuesday's decision has breathed new life into the church's challenge to Minnesota's controversial handgun law."

"Leaders at Edina Community Lutheran Church hailed the ruling. Observers following the new law and the case called it an important turn in the battle over the issue of carrying handguns in public."

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A Florida flea market will pay $2.2 Million to the family of crime victims the flea market management disarmed. Do the churches have the money to cover potential lawsuits for disarming the people?
 

IL: Wilmette police chief gets an earful on handgun ban
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"Dozens of gun supporters listened to -- and sometimes booed -- Wilmette Police Chief George Carpenter as he spoke of the dangers of handguns during a packed village board meeting Tuesday evening."

" 'Wilmette residents ask me what's my experience working in this village, and I tell them that handguns create a hazard in the home,' said Carpenter, followed by some boos in the audience. 'My experience is that handguns are more likely to be used or threatened to be used in quarrel or domestic situations or in suicide attempts.' "

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The chief must not read the newspapers a whole lot. Armed self defense happens practically every day, but he still insists that a gun is more likely to be used against a family member, even despite the fact that the gun may have saved the lives of Mr. DeMar and his family after a career criminal broke into their home.

Tell ya what, chief. Why don't you willingly disarm yourself against the criminal element and instead of defending yourself call 911. Let's see what is faster, the criminal's bullet or the police response.
 

PA: Store that sold bullets not liable for worker's shooting
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"Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is not liable for injuries to an employee whose husband shot her in a Pottstown store break room, a federal judge has ruled in dismissing a negligence lawsuit by the employee."

"Bryan Midgette shot Marsha Midgette in the head Aug. 29, 1999, and then committed suicide, using .22-caliber bullets he bought at the store that day, court documents said. Marsha Midgette suffered extensive brain damage, according to her complaint."
 

VA: Assembly could start talking gun control
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"Gun-control advocates haven't had reason to cheer during recent General Assembly sessions, but they seem more excited about 2004."

"Two groups pushing for stricter limits on firearms introduced a legislative agenda Tuesday, one day before the session convenes. Among its goals: a stronger ban on carrying guns into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol, and giving local school boards the authority to declare gun-free zones on school property."

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In other words, disarm peaceable citizens who want to enter a restaurant, regardless of whether or not they plan to have an alcoholic drink and create yet more victim disarmament zones, leaving defenseless kids and teachers vulnerable to those who refuse to obey the law.
 

Gun issue could cost Democrats the White House again
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"Liberal Democrats in Congress are getting ready to force their party’s presidential nominee down the same road that led to the defeat of Al Gore and his running mate four years ago."

"In the days following the 2000 election, a number of Democrats realized that their fixation on guns and gun owners had cost their candidates millions of votes that year. Even before leaving office, President Bill Clinton warned that the 'gun issue' and the efforts of the National Rifle Association (NRA) had cost Gore five states that he might otherwise have won and, thus, the election. Labor leaders began urging the party to “get the gun issue off the table” after watching droves of their own members desert Democrats they were afraid would restrict their right to own firearms."

"And Democratic candidates took heed." ...
 

AZ: Gun crime prosecutions double
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"A day after a national study showed a large number of weapons sold in Arizona were used in crimes, the U.S. Attorney's Office said prosecution of gun crimes has nearly doubled under a program aimed at neighborhood safety."


"...federal gun prosecutions in the state are up to 302 last year from 156 in 1998, thanks to a nationwide program called Project Safe Neighborhoods that was initiated by President Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2001. It has meant $3.4 million for Arizona so far."

"Charlton, flanked at a press conference by Phoenix Police Chief Harold Hurtt, Mayor Phil Gordon and prosecutors working the gun cases, is now asking the public to get involved."

"They are kicking off a media campaign urging people to call police if they know about or suspect illegal activities involving guns or gun violence."

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In other words, not only are they using our tax money to violate the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution and to vilify guns, but they are recruiting people into the "snitch-on-your-neighbor" program.
 

TX: Man who says he killed intruders is held for time being
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"A man who told police he shot and killed two people trying to rob him was being held Tuesday by police as they tried to determine if the shooting was in self-defense."

"Grand Prairie police said Foyil Edward Deal was booked on the charge of capital murder and was to be arraigned today. Detective John Brimmer said in a news release that it wasn't known if police would file formal charges."

"Brimmer said Deal, 63, told officers two men forced their way into his home, threatened him with a baseball bat and ordered him to accompany them to an ATM, where Deal withdrew money. Deal said the men returned him to his home and again threatened him with the bat."
 

IL: The forked tongue of Rod Blagojevich
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"Top gun rights advocates charged Tuesday that Gov. Rod Blagojevich is two-timing them now that he has renewed his strong support for gun-control measures, and they pledged to fight him if he pushes anti-gun legislation this session."

"Senate Republican leader Frank Watson said the Democratic governor has backtracked since he campaigned Downstate, talking about the importance of the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and giving assurances that he would not infringe upon gun owner rights."
 

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Keeping Mum On Guns
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"The conventional wisdom within the Democratic Party is that gun control has become too risky an issue for candidates to include in their platforms. And as the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary draw near, it's clear that the party's nine Presidential aspirants, at least, are heeding that message."

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Predators always hunt silently.

 

UT: Bill would place restrictions on gun storage
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"A Utah anti-gun violence group is seeking legislation requiring gun owners to securely store guns if children are present."

"State Sen. Paula Julander is carrying a bill for the Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah."

"The group on Tuesday released a report claiming most shootings of children by children happen in the victim's home or that of a friend or relative. 'While some may characterize these incidents as 'accidents,' they are in fact preventable if adults act responsibly and ensure that guns are not accessible to children," stated the 'Kids Shooting Kids' report."

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No, they are preventable if adults teach children gun safety! If GVPC-UT members don't know gun safety they should find someone who does!
 

WI: CCRKBA Urges Wisconsin Gun Owners to Support Self-Defense Rights
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"The CCRKBA is calling on all Wisconsin residents who support the right of personal protection to call their state legislators and remind them of the importance of SB 214."

"That bill is scheduled for consideration in a legislative override session Wednesday, Jan. 21, according to its prime sponsor, Sen. Dave Zien. Anti-gun Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed the Personal Protection Act late last year, despite evidence that concealed carry laws help reduce violent crime rates."

" 'Wisconsin residents deserve the same kind of sensible, progressive personal protection legislation that has been passed in 46 other states where concealed carry is allowed,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb."

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Maybe we should start having some "Defense Walks" in WI?
 

CA: Santa Cruz sexual assault is third in a month
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"In the third attack in as many weeks, a 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted early Tuesday morning as she walked to her Lower Ocean home."

"The unidentified woman was walking home from downtown at 2:44 a.m. and became separated from her friends. A man approached her, said Santa Cruz police detective Mario Leon. Then, two men approached from behind and groped her."

"The Police Department recommends women do the following to reduce the odds they will be a target."

"Take a self-defense class. They’re available through the Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, 420-6298."

"Walk assertively. Keep your head up."

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What the police won't advise you to do: carry a gun for self-defense.
 

IL: Wilmette stands by handgun ban
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"Less than a week after filing charges against a man who shot a home intruder, Wilmette's police chief defended the village's handgun ban Tuesday night before a feisty crowd dominated by gun-rights advocates."

"Nearly 200 people packed a meeting of the Wilmette Village Board, and many booed and jeered when trustees voiced support for the ban. When the Pledge of Allegiance was recited at the start of the meeting, several members of the audience loudly emphasized the words, 'And justice for all.' "

" 'My experience is handguns create a hazard in the home,' Police Chief George Carpenter told the crowd. 'My experience is that handguns are far more likely to be stolen, to be used or threatened to be used in domestic situations.' " ...
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OK, George. Then tell us: Do YOU have any handguns in YOUR home? If so, you're a raging hypocrite, an unabashed elitist and a phony.
 

LA: Store clerk shoots robber
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"A Shreveport store operator facing the barrel of a robber's gun handed over cash this morning, then pulled a gun and shot the bandit, police said."

"The shooting happened at the Citgo at East 70th Street and Line Avenue."

"Police said a man walked into the store, pulled a pistol and demanded money. The store owner gave him money from the cash register, then fired two shots at him."

"The robber ran outside and got in a car parked behind the store and rode away with another man. A few minutes later, police got a tip that a man who had been shot was at a house on Altus Loop a few blocks away. Officers went there and found a man with a gunshot wound to the chest."
 

ME: Gun-ban vote an assault on common sense
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"He thought he had a full-fledged emergency on his hands. The federal ban on assault weapons is set to expire in September - and unless Maine acts quickly to enact its own ban, warns Sen. Ethan Strimling, D-Portland, 'there will be the sale of assault weapons on the streets of Maine.' "

"Forgive the good senator if he sounds a tad strident [and paranoid]. Strimling still can't believe that the State House gatekeepers - also known as the Legislative Council - shot down his bill calling for Maine's own assault-weapons ban before it could even get to a committee hearing." ...
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Awww. Poor wittle fascist didn't get to help further assault the Second Amendment with his fear-mongering. How tragic!
 

AL: Panel votes to report mental commitments to gun database
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"Following the killing of two police officers, a state commission decided Alabama should start giving information to a national gun database about Alabamians involuntarily committed to mental hospitals."

"The Alabama Criminal Justice Information System Commission voted Tuesday to try to make Alabama one of the states that reports commitments and mental defect data to the database used by gun dealers to check whether customers are qualified to purchase guns."

LEGITIMATE QUESTION TO CONSIDER:

Would this same body of people paint those who have received mental care with a broad, bigoted brush of violence if a "civilian" had been gunned down by a violent psycho?
 

CA: Our Voice: Parents essential in gun access debate
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"In the wake of the accidental shooting death of a 7-year-old Indio boy, a tired and familiar drumbeat has begun to sound in some circles -- a need for more laws, better laws to protect our children."

"Laws can only do so much. What begs for attention is strict enforcement of existing laws." ...

"More laws alone are not necessarily going to curb access; holding parents -- and other adults -- accountable will."

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What these people seem to miss is that access is not the problem. According to a 1995 federal study, boys who own legal firearms have much lower rates of delinquency and drug use and are even less delinquent than non-owners of guns. The issue is one of training, parental guidance and responsibility.
 

NY: Store Owner Thwarts Robber But Suffers Slashing
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"A gutsy Bronx store owner managed to defend her cash register from an armed robber, grabbing him around the neck even as he slashed her face with a box cutter, police said yesterday."

"Young Sang, 61, owner of Sang's Gift and Beauty, struggled with a teenager who tried to rob her around 6:30 p.m. Monday. The teen walked behind the register and brandished an air pistol, police said."

" 'I didn't want him to get away, so I held on to him,' Sang said yesterday in a bedside interview at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where she was recovering from cuts and bruises from the scuffle." ...
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When guns are outlawed, outlaws only need box-cutters.
 

Thousands of Pilots Won't Fly Armed, Blame TSA
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. . . "Pilots with knowledge of the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO), or 'armed pilots' program tell CNSNews.com that the manner in which the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires FFDOs to carry their weapons not only discourages participation, but also renders them defenseless against potential terrorist attacks when they are most vulnerable. The pilots also complain that TSA has issued a 'thinly veiled threat' to disclose personal information discovered during background investigations and subjective results of psychological evaluations in an attempt to further discourage pilots from volunteering for the program." ...
 

NY: Firearms violation charge misfires
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"When Livingston County sheriff’s officials last week arrested an Avon woman whose husband has been linked to a 1990 armored car heist, they alleged that she illegally possessed two handguns found in her home during an October raid."

"But, it turns out, the Livingston County authorities had not gotten complete information from the Monroe County Clerk’s Office, and Carla Farley did, in fact, have permits for the firearms."

"Livingston County District Attorney Thomas Moran said Tuesday that he has asked a judge to dismiss criminal charges connected to possession of the handguns." ...
 

NM: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument 'under siege' due to crime - but self-defense is banned
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"Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, plagued by rampant smuggling of people and marijuana, has been named one of America's 10 most endangered national parks."

"The National Parks and Conservation Association says progress has been made since park ranger Kris Eggle was murdered along the border in 2002. But the group says Organ Pipe still needs more money to repair ecological damage and strengthen law enforcement."

"Arizona 85 - the road Tucsonans take to Rocky Point - runs through the park and has become a prime route for narcotics and illegal migrants heading north. High-speed chases occur regularly. Some end when rangers - armed with military-style AR-15 assault rifles - deploy spikes to flatten the tires of vehicles fleeing back to Mexico." ...
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But you the citizen are disarmed by federal law when you enter the park.
 

IL: Wilmette Injustice: Homeowners banned from protecting their families
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"The good citizens of Wilmette have a problem. Just before Christmas in this leafy, upscale Chicago suburb, homeowner Hale DeMar used his handgun to shoot a burglar. Trouble is, Wilmette years ago outlawed the ownership of handguns."

"DeMar's case is similar to that of another valiant home defender, this one in New York City. A burglar had broken into Ronald Dixon's house and was going through dresser drawers in his two-year-old son's room when Dixon shot him. New York City doesn't ban handguns outright, but the bureaucratic wall a prospective handgun owner must surmount is practically the same as a ban."

"Why would inhabitants of two large urban areas outlaw handguns, the best home-defense firearms?" ...
 

LA: Columbine Anniversary Plot In Victim Disarmament Zone
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"Two Dutchtown High School students have been booked with terrorizing after Ascension Parish sheriff's detectives discovered an elaborate plan they allegedly devised to recreate the bloody Columbine school massacre on its five-year anniversary in April."

"Seventeen-year-old senior Christopher Levins, of Prairieville, and 19-year-old sophomore Adam Sinclair, of Geismar, were each booked yesterday with one count of terrorizing -- a felony punishable with up to 15 years in prison if convicted."

"Lieutenant Kevin Hanna says someone reported an anonymous call to the school Friday indicating some kind of disturbance involving weapons was being planned at the school." ...
 

Canada: Owner of Para Ordnance Under Scrutiny for Giving His Product to Chairman of Police Board
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"Guns are such a bitch — can't even give them away, sometimes."

"That's the problem Thanos Polyzos allegedly encountered when he tried to press a .45-calibre Tac-Four semi-automatic on Norm Gardner, then the chair of the Toronto Police Services Board. Just a little prezzie — no strings attached, no favours expected — from one firearms fancier to another; Polyzos the professional manufacturer, Gardner the lay enthusiast." ...

"The non-practising lawyer (although Polyzos certainly talks like one, in that stilted, pedantic lawyer-speak) co-owns Scarborough gun manufacturer Para Ordnance, most of its inventory marketed to buyers elsewhere, maybe 70 per cent to individual sport-shooters, the rest to law enforcement agencies." ...

"In that context, showcasing his product for future retail opportunities by giving even a snazzy new model to the chair of the police board, would have been a useless exercise. But perhaps there were other reasons for putting a sidearm on Gardner's hip and a smile on his face. That's a subtext to this inquiry's purpose in trying to determine whether Gardner broke the law when he accepted the handgun early last year, only paying for the pistol a couple of months later, at which time Gardner apparently knew that the Ontario Provincial Police were looking at the circumstances behind the gift." ...
 

IL: NRA spokesman actually surprised that a longtime gun banner is, well, a gun banner
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"Top gun rights advocates charged Tuesday that Gov. Blagojevich is two-timing them now that he has renewed his strong support for gun-control measures, and they pledged to fight him if he pushes anti-gun legislation this session."

"Senate Republican leader Frank Watson said the governor has backtracked since he campaigned Downstate, giving assurances that he would not infringe upon gun owner rights."

"Andrew Arulanandam, of the NRA, said Illinoisans should feel betrayed by Blagojevich and that he has 'revealed his true stripes.' "

" 'Given his reassurances to gun owners in Illinois when he was running for the office and now judging him by the drastic change in tone, the two words that come to mind are disingenuous and devious.' " ...

KABA NOTE:

Blagojevich has been a hardened, dedicated, vicious gun banner for years. A smart-mouthed thug who needs to be put in his place and deserves every bit of scorn and ridicule ever heaped upon his sorry head. Handgun bans? No problem for him; he loves them. Ban the .50BMG by telling blatant lies? Sounds great to Rod -- always has.

So the two words that ought to come to mind are two words to describe the gun-owning idiots who bought Blagojevich's electioneering deceit in the first place: gullible and naive. And those two words are actually just too kind. "Fool" and "sucker" are closer.
 

IL: Town bans paintball guns "with a maximum $750 fine"
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"Anyone planning a paintball fight in a spacious Lake Forest back yard should think twice."

"Lake Forest city council members recently amended a local ordinance to prohibit the use of paintball guns. Police can pop violators with a maximum $750 fine."

"Through the city council's action, Lake Forest joins a smattering of towns across the country, including West suburban North Aurora, in cracking down on paintball guns."

"Lake Forest Police Chief Michael Hosking said the local ordinance had to be tweaked because Lake County judges dismissed seven cases since 2002 in which officers alleged paintball guns were used illegally by young adults or juveniles." ...
 

Off-Field Paintball Injuries on the Rise
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"Jorel Travis, a 20-year-old mother, knows the pain that paintball pellets can cause."

"When she 15 years old, she was standing outside an ice cream parlor in Fort Collins, Colo., when she was attacked by a neighborhood teen who fired off a paintball gun into the crowd. The April 1998 assault left her legally blind in one eye."

" 'We where eating ice cream outside and a guy yelled,' Travis said. 'We turned and looked and the guy in the backseat had a paintball gun. I was hit a couple times and directly in the eye.' " ...
 

AL: Wounded Prattville police officer shot by fellow officer dies
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"A Prattville police officer died this evening following an accidental shooting by a fellow officer during a training exercise here this morning."

"Clinton Earl Walker a second-shift patrolman who has been on the force for three years, died at 6:26 p.m. at Jackson Hospital, where he underwent more than five hours of surgery, said Prattville Police Chief Alfred Wadsworth. A Prattville Police supervisor shot Walker, striking him in the abdomen."

"Walker is married. The couple has no children."

"The Wetumpka Police Department is investigating the shooting. Wetumpka Chief William Pertree declined to release the officer’s name who fired the shot, citing the ongoing investigation." ...
 

IL: Police lieutenant faces more charges over more stolen guns
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"A Maywood police lieutenant already under indictment and on paid administrative leave from the department has been indicted again -- this time on stolen gun charges."

"The indictment was based on two weapons - a Marlin .357 rifle and a Ruger .45 pistol - recovered by Attorney General's Office investigators."

"One of the weapons had been recovered by Maywood police in 1980 as evidence in a case against a man who fired the weapon into the air."

"Other weapons were also recovered from Jenkins' home, according to one published report, including multiple guns that were reported stolen from an Ohio teacher's vehicle. Another gun recovered from Jenkins was in a plastic bag with an evidence receipt tag attached." ...
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But only cops . . .
 

OR: Ex-policeman convicted on 10 charges, including using badge and position to get sex
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"A former Eugene police officer was convicted Tuesday of using his position as an officer to coerce women into providing sexual favors while he was on duty."

"In an after-hours proceeding, Juan Francisco Lara, 29, was convicted of all 10 charges carried in a grand jury indictment, which includes four felony charges."

"He faces a maximum sentence of 26 years at a hearing tentatively scheduled for Feb. 23, his original trial date. He remained free on bail."

"Lane County District Attorney Doug Harcleroad announced the conviction in a written statement faxed to news media Tuesday night." ...
 

TX: Police chief arrested by fellow officers on firearm charges
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"Anthony, Texas, Police Chief Ed Miranda was arrested Wednesday by two of his officers, Anthony Mayor Art Franco said."

"Miranda was charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon and carrying a weapon where prohibited, law-enforcement officials said."

"Police officers may carry weapons even while off duty if certified by the state of Texas. It is unknown whether Miranda, who was named Anthony police chief in June, was certified." ...

"Last month, two Anthony police officers were charged with civil rights violations after an investigation into allegations that they received sexual favors in exchange for not taking a woman to jail." ...
 

Bangladesh: MPs tell Home Minister to "Stop cop extortion of cattle traders"
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"Members of parliament from the northern and southwestern bordering districts have demanded adequate steps to check police repression and extortion of cattle traders during the ensuing Eid-ul-Azha."

"They made the demand at an inter-ministerial meeting at the home ministry yesterday."

"The lawmakers told the meeting that in the past cattle traders had to pay toll and bribe at more than eight spots on their way to the capital. As a result, the cattle prices went up and traders felt insecure on their way back home with money."

"The meeting also discussed harassment of hides and skin traders during the Eid and decided to ensure that hides and skin are not smuggled out." ...
 

India: ISI agent jumps bail, cops watch
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"The Delhi Police's special cell may be patting itself on the back for one of its biggest-ever hauls of arms and ammunition in 2003, but the alleged [Immigration] agent who pulled off the largest arms consignment to the city in recent years has given them the slip."

"The main accused in the case of the 361 foreign-made pistols that were seized jumped bail three months ago and is said to be untraceable."

"It's not even clear if the police have informed the courts about Padar's jumping bail. Moreover, at the time of arrest, the police had said that they would investigate the role of the customs officials who had allowed the bus into India through the Attari border, but it seems that was not followed up." ...
 

UK: Shake-up for cop’s gun crime approach
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"The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) are due to publish the findings of their scrutiny panel into gun crime next month, but a leaked copy of the report obtained by Blink reveals concerns over funding and witness protection."

"Tomorrow a service in Westminster Abbey attended by victims’ families, police and community anti-gun campaigners, will remember the victims of gun crime."

"Yesterday Blink revealed Britain has already seen ten fatal shootings in the first eleven days of 2004, with a total of 19 people reported shot. This figure is well above the average." ...
 

MI: Police: Storeowner Fires In Defense; Robbery Suspect Dies
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"A 17-year-old robbery suspect died late Thursday or early Friday after he suffered a gunshot wound when a storeowner fired in self-defense, police said."

"Rashawn Edward Linnear, of Detroit, was armed with a .45 caliber handgun when he and two other teens ... entered the Oakland Party Store ... at about 9 p.m. Wednesday, Local 4 reported."

"The three ordered the store's owner, 51-year-old Maurice Gorges, and a customer to the floor at gunpoint, police said."

"Gorges, of West Bloomfield, said he asked the teens to leave after he emptied out his register for them."

"'They kept saying, 'No. Give us the safe and the videotape (or) we're going to kill both of you,' said the customer ..."

"Gorges, who purchased a gun eight years ago after his store was robbed, said he fired his weapon when Linnear pointed the handgun at him." ...
 

UK: Hand over cash or we'll shoot
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"A TAXI driver was told to hand over his money and car or be shot when he was held at gunpoint in a terrifying robbery ordeal."

"The 43-year-old Halifax man was forced out of his vehicle and ordered to hand over his cash by three raiders, including one who was brandishing a pistol."

"He suffered a cut to his mouth and hand during the robbery when he dropped them off in Hambleton Drive, at the junction with High Lees Road, Mixenden, Halifax, at 4 am today."

Denise Robbins, of Calderdale Police intelligence unit, said: "They threatened the taxi driver and said 'hand over the money and your car and I will not shoot you' and one of them produced a pistol.
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In the "gun-free" UK?
 

The Power of Babel
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"Oh those kooky, cut-up Founding Fathers of ours. They had their fingers crossed, chuckling and winking all the while dipping quill pens made from endangered species' feathers into inkwells and scribbling graffiti like 'Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech …' "

"That, according to an AP story, is the way Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer apparently pictures the merry ol' Constitution writing party. Addressing a roomful of yet more lawyer wannabes at New York University School of Yet More Lawyer Wannabes, Hizzonor cautioned that 'the framers did not say specifically what factors judges should emphasize when seeking to interpret the Constitution's open language.' "

"Just how 'open' is language like 'Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech …'?"
 

UK: Judge rules that burglar injured policeman in self-defence - while escaping arrest
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"A judge's ruling was criticised yesterday for accepting a claim of self-defence from a burglar who injured a policeman trying to arrest him."

"Pc Peter Scott was called to a house where an intruder was hiding in the loft. The officer told a court that Paul Reilly resisted arrest and assaulted him as he attempted to carry out his duty, punching him and then grinding his face into roof lagging."

"Pc Scott was left with substantial facial injuries. Reilly appeared at Reading Crown Court last week and admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, but on the basis of self-defence."

"After listening to evidence, the judge said: 'I cannot be sure the defendant was not acting in self-defence when he pushed Pc Scott.' "

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The gutless, socialist hole of the UK has become a safe haven for criminals - a paradise where citizens are disarmed, the police are powerless and the criminals are protected by the courts.
 

OH: Toledo bureaucrats' 'solutions' not working to prevent terrible crimes
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"Councilman Ashford thinks the community should 'stand up.' "

"Councilman Brown wants to install silent alarms."

"Mayor Ford wants to help businesses to get small business loans so they can buy better security measures."

"Chief Navarre wants businesses to invest in more cameras (admittedly so he can have an easier time mopping up the blood and bad P.R. by tracking down the perp)."

"But the sad truth is, NONE of these 'solutions' would have prevented this crime. And many of the same people who claim to have new 'solutions' have stood in opposition to something that truly would save lives in that city - legalized self-defense."
 

Americans like Bush's qualities, poll says
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"The poll showed that though most Americans give the edge to the Democratic Party on domestic issues, the Republican Party retains an advantage on security issues and world affairs, and Bush gets credit for that."

"At least 50 percent or more of those interviewed said the Democratic Party would do a better job on such issues as the environment, health care and education."

"Nearly 50 percent preferred the Democrats on issues such as the budget deficit, the economy and taxes."

"But on issues such as terrorism, the Iraq war, world affairs and gun policy, those interviewed gave the nod to the Republicans."

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The sheeple still don't get it. Both Democrats and Republicans aim to relieve you of your rights. The Republicans are just doing it a bit more slowly.
 

UK: Memorial for victims of gun crime
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"A service of remembrance for victims of gun crime is to be held on Thursday at Westminster Abbey."

"The Hope Against Violence service will include speeches by Home Secretary David Blunkett and Metropolitan Chief Commissioner Sir John Stephens."

"Family members of victims will read testimonies and candles will be placed at the Innocent Victims memorial." ...
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A memorial for victims of gun crime in "gun-free" UK? Is this what Sarah Brady wants America to become?
 

IL: Ex-husband hit her 5 times with his car, woman testifies
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"A Glencoe woman testified Tuesday that her ex-husband hit her at least five times with his car, getting out on each occasion to tell her, 'Remember, this is only an accident.' "

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Thank God Chicago doesn't let people own guns. She could have gotten hurt!
 

IL: 2 men are held in boy's shooting in gun control "utopia"
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"Two men were in custody Tuesday in connection with a shooting on Chicago's South Side that wounded a young boy who was a bystander."

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Is this the type of gun-free paradise you envision, Sarah?
 

Holland: School shooting stuns Netherlands
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"A Dutch schoolteacher has died after a student shot him in the head in a school cafeteria.
Students of the secondary school in The Hague said a pupil known as a troublemaker shot an economics teacher."

"Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende described the shooting as horrific and promised an investigation."

Tuesday's shooting has sparked a national debate about security in schools, although the country has stringent gun control laws."

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You can count on the reactionary hoplophobes intensifying their cries for more gun control, even though the draconian measures already in place didn't do a thing to prevent this tragedy.
 

ME: Bomb squad makes find in Kittery parking lot, but can’t make arrest
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"The Trading Post’s parking lot was cordoned off after possible bomb-making material observed inside a vehicle resulted in a 3 hour investigation by state and local police and the state bomb squad."

"The bomb squad came and evaluated the situation and determined there was nothing there to bring about further concern or warrant criminal charges at that time,"

"Police also contacted police in the area of the vehicle owner’s residence and investigated his background."

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So, someone had some fluid and a gun in their car, and a paranoid snitch got nervous and decided to give the "authorities" something to do. Welcome to the Orwell's Corner.
 

It's Only Disfranchisement When Liberals Lose
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This article comes from the "National Leadership Network of Conservative African-Americans" and will hopefully help a few people understand why were are so adamant about our Inclusion Policy around here: We gun owners and liberty advocates have many allies among us whose genetic predisposition happens to be darker skin pigment. The author of this article can be reached at his email address at the bottom of the page.
 

MS: Militiamen capture thief, hold him for police, return stolen item
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Someone decided to snatch the purse of an American female. Two members of the unorganized militia (per U.S. Code, Title 10, Section 311) pursued the suspect, tackled him and held him on the ground until the police arrived to take him into custody.

See story for details.
 

Australia: Sniper attacks were "just for fun"
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"COUNCIL worker Jereme Robert Smith was just out for a good time when he embarked on a 90-minute shooting spree, a Sydney court heard today."

"The 20-year-old's undoing came when his co-accused, Christopher Robert Crago, 36, dobbed him in to police."

"Now he will spend his 21st birthday next Thursday behind bars."

"Smith has confessed to firing an air rifle from the back of a van with tinted windows and a sofa that gave him clear vision of unsuspecting pedestrians, police facts tendered today to Fairfield Local Court said."

"Crago bought the rifle in Queensland and had it stashed in the Brown Jug Hotel before the spate of shootings on Sunday afternoon." ...
 

Balkans: "Millions of Illegal Guns Threaten Peace", agree UN-organized collaborators for disarmament
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"The wars of the 1990s and centuries of tradition of holding personal weapons have left millions of illegally held guns around the Balkans."

"Several efforts to unearth these weapons including amnesty for weapon holders in Serbia, Macedonia and Kosovo have failed."

"Most weapons come from two sources, experts agree. The former Yugoslav army handed over hundreds of thousands of handguns and rifles to Serb civilians in former Yugoslavia since 1991. And they come from the looting of more than 1,300 army depots in Albania in 1997."

"Hundreds of thousands of these weapons were smuggled later to other areas of the Balkans."

"The presence of such arms 'contributes to the atmosphere of insecurity and instability in an area that badly needs peace and development,' the (United Nations-sponsored) meeting declared." ...
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Right, it has nothing to do with residents protecting themselves from repeats of the recent genocide! Will the UN forces in the area be laying down their arms? Hardly.
 

Fighting terror is a digital affair
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. . . "Consider operation 'Eligible Receiver,' a Pentagon project to gauge the thickness of our virtual fortress. Back in 1998, the Department of Defense planned a war game, commissioning 35 government hackers to try to take down the country." ...

"Pentagon official John Hamre went on record, saying: '... We didn't really let them take down the power system in the country, but we made them prove that they knew how to do it.' " ...

"So if you think a pop-up ad is the most peril you could encounter online, think of the soldiers typing long hours, chasing evil with an information technology degree and a modem." ...
 

VA: County's 911 emergency dispatch system under fire
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"Rappahannock County fire department officials say that the Sheriff's Office dispatchers delay getting emergency calls out, make mistakes in locations and are not sufficiently trained in fire and rescue dispatching."

"They said the dispatchers, who are deputy sheriffs, are overworked and sometimes distracted by other duties."

"Concerned about delays in a rural county where distances and time count in saving lives, the Amissville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company sent two written complaints to Sheriff Larry Sherertz detailing three incidents in the past two months..." ...
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911 is a good service for calling for backup. In situations requiring an armed response for self- and home-defense, the immediate duty falls to whoever is there in that moment. We're fine with the Sarah Brady-worshipping sheep lying on the floor of a closet and whimpering on the phone to a slow and sometimes inaccurate dispatcher. We just value ourselves, our lives, the lives of our loved ones and our personal dignities more than that.

You can't rape a .38.
 

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