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Once Its Star, Agent Assails ATF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jay Dobyns is no stranger to dangerous adversaries. Within days of becoming a sworn agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Dobyns was taken hostage and shot during a Tucson sting operation. ..." ...

"Now, after nearly two decades of service, after being praised by ATF as a hero and earning national awards, the man known as 'Jaybird' is battling his most formidable foe yet: his employer."

"Dobyns, 45, is one of dozens of current and former agents to allege mismanagement and misconduct in the ATF ... More than a dozen lawsuits, administrative claims, grievances, ATF documents and letters to Congress ... accused administrators of betraying their own field investigators and operatives out of arrogance or incompetence." ...
 

Romney's Rough Weekend (DNC)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"By any measure, Smooth Talking Mitt Romney had a rough weekend. ... the Boston Herald accused him of abandoning Massachusetts voters, and the Boston Globe highlighted his recent flip-flopping on gun control issues."

"'Smooth talking Mitt Romney's effort to run from his record has hit a rough patch,' said Democratic National Committee spokesman Damien LaVera. ..."

"... Romney is now under fire for trying to distance himself from his record on gun control. In 1994 and 2002, Romney supported the Brady Bill and the assault weapons ban, even bragging that his positions were 'not going to make me the hero of the NRA.' As governor, Romney signed a 2004 law making Massachusetts the first state to pass a permanent assault weapons ban. (Boston Globe, 1/14/06)" ...
 

Cause of Death: Sloppy Doctors
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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"Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually. It's a shocking statistic, and, according to a July 2006 report from the National Academies of Science's Institute of Medicine (IOM), preventable medication mistakes also injure more than 1.5 million Americans annually. Many such errors result from unclear abbreviations and dosage indications and illegible writing on some of the 3.2 billion prescriptions written in the U.S. every year." ...
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KABA Note: And the Brady Bunch are up in arms about fewer than 70,000 firearm injuries a year!
 

Why every American should be pro-gun (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Why are you a member of the NRA? This is a question that has been asked of me on more than one occasion. My answer can not be summed up in a single sentence, but must be examined through a thorough analysis of our Bill of Rights."

"The first Ten Amendments of the United States Constitution bestow upon the private citizen certain unalienable rights, which have been given to us by our creator. Initially they were drafted to protect the private citizen against a powerful national government. They were in essence a compromise between the need for a central governing body, and a recognition that to much power in a central government will ultimately lead to tyranny of an overly powerful government over the people." ...
 

SC: Woman shoots carjacker in Two Notch Wal-Mart parking lot
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"A man and woman who were shopping at the Wal-Mart on Two Notch Road say a would-be carjacker was not only unsuccessful on Saturday - he is now suffering from a gunshot wound."

"Harold Jeffcoat, 29, is the suspect. The victims say the man who tried to rob them came towards them as they were getting into their car and said, 'Man, you know what time it is? Give me the keys!' Then they say Jeffcoat pushed his pistol into the man's stomach."

"That's when the woman acted. She opened the passenger door and got her pistol from the glove box. She says she fired about five shots at the suspect, who ran away."

"Officials say they found Jeffcoat at the Providence NE emergency room. He was there for a gunshot wound to the buttocks." ...
 

AL: Shooting appears self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tragic news came to Glenn Brown on Saturday with a knock at his door."

"A neighbor ran to Brown's home to tell him his 20-year-old son, Kelvin Lynn Brown, was lying shot nearby." ...

"The unnamed man who shot and killed Kelvin Brown apparently was acting in self-defense, Athens police Capt. Marty Bruce said."

"Bruce said police have not charged the man and are not releasing his name for safety reasons.'" ...

"Both men had weapons, Bruce said. The Scotland Drive resident had a 9 mm handgun and Brown a .25-caliber handgun. The shooting occurred in the driveway."

"'Witnesses say Brown shot first,' Bruce said. 'Self-defense is a factor.'" ...
 

IA: Guns are a bad thing?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Regarding "School Team's 'M:I'-Themed Poster Called out of Bounds" (Jan. 5): This is where we are as a society - a gun is now considered a bad thing whenever students are involved.

There was a time, years ago, when you were taught to respect dangerous things and how to use them correctly. Secret agents use guns. Law- enforcement officers carry guns. Our Second Amendment allows them when used safely and for our defense.

- Curtis Christiansen,

Des Moines.
 

VA: Legislation involves gun show dealers (another view)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Private sellers at gun shows would have to run background checks on their customers under legislation introduced this week in the General Assembly."

"Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, R-Vienna, is the bill's sponsor. ...

"Currently, licensed gun dealers at gun shows do have to run background checks on customers. But nondealers--say, individuals who just want to sell off part of their own gun collection--do not have to do the checks."

"It's called the 'gun show loophole' ... According to the group Virginians Against Handgun Violence ... 20 percent to 35 percent of vendors at gun shows are unlicensed." ...
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Submitter's Note: That's because you don't need a FFL to sell books or T-shirts.
 

VA: More Restrictions Urged On Gun-Show Purchases
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Proponents of tougher state laws governing the sale of firearms ... urged the General Assembly on Monday to require criminal background checks of all buyers at gun shows."

"The measure would close the so-called gun-show loophole, which allows unlicensed dealers to sell firearms at shows in Virginia without conducting the criminal checks required of licensed dealers. Its purpose ... is to prevent criminals who are prohibited from possessing guns from obtaining them ... at gun shows."

"'This is not a bill about taking away anyone's Second Amendment rights,' said Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites Davis (R-Fairfax). 'What this is about is making sure that upstanding citizens possess firearms and that those who are criminals do not.'" ...
 

PA: Campaign for safety now
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"Crime could be the top issue during the contest to succeed Philadelphia Mayor John Street. If last year's total of 406 homicides didn't make that point painfully enough, the tally of at least 17 already this year - more than one per day - should."

"The weapons most used in these killings were guns. That means any meaningful crime reduction strategy must include plans to reduce the flood of illegal weapons in the city."

"Some candidates have already offered ideas, and the rest undoubtedly will. But action can't wait until after the November election. Efforts need to be pushed now in Harrisburg and Washington by the men who would be mayor, and the one who currently holds office." ...
 

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, "And the people of said Territory shall be entitled to the right to keep and bear arms...",June 28, 1856
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"...And be it further enacted, That no person demeaning himself in a peaceable and orderly manner shall ever be molested on account of his mode of worship or religious sentiments in said Territory; that the inhabitants of said Territory shall always be entitled to the benefits of the writ of habeas corpus, of trial by jury, of proportionate representation of the people in the legislature, and of judicial proceedings according to the course of the common law..."

"...And the people of said Territory shall be entitled to the right to keep and bear arms, to the liberty of speech and of the press, as defined in the constitution of the United States, and all other rights of person or property thereby declared and as thereby defined..."
 

MS: Greenwood student now wants $2M for school scuffle, federal charges against officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A student involved in a videotaped scuffle with a police officer at Greenwood High School is upping the ante, now asking for $2 million in damages and seeking federal charges to be brought against the officer."

"Carlos Moore, the attorney for 18-year-old James Marshall, had earlier sought $1 million in damages after obtaining school surveillance tapes that show the white officer, Casey Wiggins, pointing his pistol at the unarmed black teenager." ...

"The Dec. 6 school surveillance tapes weren't released until Jan. 5, when Moore filed a motion to have them turned over. The tapes show Wiggins, who was on a security detail at the predominantly black school, twice pointing his gun at Marshall before putting the teen in a choke hold." ...
 

CA: Jury selection begins in second trial of ex-police officer
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"Jury selection in the second trial of an ex-Beaumont police officer accused of beating a handcuffed suspect in the back of his patrol car is slated to get under way Tuesday."

"Former Beaumont police Officer Christopher A. Chester, 35, is charged with two counts of assault, including one of assault under color of authority, according to court documents."

"Superior Court Judge Elisabeth Sichel declared a mistrial on Oct. 11 when Chester was tried the first time. The judge was responding to defense complaints that the Riverside County District Attorney's Office was late in turning over documents to be introduced as evidence." ...
 

IN: Victim's family to pursue civil suit in shooting death
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"The family of a Lowell man who was shot and killed outside a St. John bar in May plans to file a civil suit against the shooter."

"Johnathan Sabaitis fatally shot Petar Radjen, 25, and wounded Dragan 'Danny' Radjen during a fight May 9 ..."

"A grand jury in December determined Sabaitis would not be indicted in the case ..."

"Danny Radjen said his family will pursue the matter through a civil suit."

"'We're going through the legal process now,' he said."

"The shooting occurred after a disagreement inside the bar."

"Sabaitis said he shot the brothers in self-defense after they jumped him outside the bar. But Radjen said Sabaitis and his brother were in a one-on-one fight until Sabaitis pulled out a gun." ...
 

IA: Bearing 'arms' could get ugly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I could not agree more with A.J. Greffenius' astute analysis of the founders' intent of the Second Amendment. Additionally, in support of the proposition that the amendment is applicable to militias as opposed to individuals is the unmistakably clear wording of the amendment itself."

"The amendment says 'arms'; it does not say muskets or long guns or pistols. The word 'arms' meant in 1789 the same as it means today: all forms of armaments of any kind, including warships, cannons, mortars, bombs and hand grenades as well as muskets and pistols."

"I doubt that even the most ardent supporters of individuals' rights to carry weaponry would suggest that I am given a Second Amendment right to own my own artillery piece ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: You are correct Jim. The Second Amendment doesn't give you the right to own artillery, it protects your right to do so. At least, that was the idea.
 

OH: War against guns shows will intensify this year (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On the weekend of January 6th 2007, the Ohio Gun Collectors Association had their first show of the year ... As I walked the aisles admiring the displays of Colt's from the American Civil War and Winchesters of the 'Old West', the PA system came to life, and the voice over my head began talking about how the OGCA was celebrating seventy years in 2007. It made me stop and think to myself."

"'Will there be another seventy years?'"

"The reason for this pessimistic thought is rather obvious. While I was strolling those aisles admiring firearms that were used in the American Revolution and played their role in creating our country, an insidious plot is being hatched in Washington D.C. to kill gun shows." ...
 

ID: A Rifle in Every Pot
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"IT'S a phenomenon that gives the term 'gun control' a whole new meaning: community ordinances that encourage citizens to own guns."

"Last month, Greenleaf, Idaho, adopted Ordinance 208, calling for its citizens to own guns and keep them ready in their homes in case of emergency. It's not a response to high crime rates. As The Associated Press reported, 'Greenleaf doesn't really have crime ... the most violent offense reported in the past two years was a fist fight.' Rather, it's a statement about preparedness in the event of an emergency, and an effort to promote a culture of self-reliance.

"And it may not be a bad idea. While pro-gun laws like the one in Greenleaf are mostly symbolic, to the extent that they actually make a difference, it is likely to be a positive one." ...
 

KY: Under The Gun: Part One
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Kentucky General Assembly passed a concealed carry law in 1996. It allowed any Kentuckian who passed a state-run class the right to carry a handgun or any other deadly weapon on the body as long as it was hidden from plain view."

"Nationally, there are nearly 192 million privately-owned firearms in the United States. Sixty-five-million of those are handguns."

"Gunowners.org claims nearly 500,000 times a year a concealed handgun is used in self-defense away from the user's home." ...

"Every year, it seems that more and more Kentuckians are getting registered to discreetly protect themselves." ...
 

UT: Nominee would bring diverse past to bench
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an accidental celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Utah Legislature's Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee grilled, then endorsed a district court nominee who embodies Utah's growing ethnic diversity."

"Vernice Trease, a Samoa native, has been a public defender for 18 years ..." ...

"With the controversy over concealed weapons on the University of Utah's campus in mind, Sen. Michael Waddoups asked her how she felt about guns in public places."

"Trease responded, 'The Second Amendment, the last time I looked, is still good law. I will follow the law as it is on the books, regardless of the personal feelings I might have. . . . I value the Constitution, including the Second Amendment.'" ...
 

Mexico: U.S. guns pour into Mexico
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"The Mexican village of Zazalpa got a chilling lesson in American-made firepower recently. Homes, cars, everything was destroyed. Even the cows were shot."

"About 60 Mexican drug smugglers rolled into Zazalpa, 300 miles southeast of Douglas, looking for a rival trafficker in November. They rounded up residents, then raked the empty village with American-made AR-15 rifles."

"The destruction of Zazalpa is just one of dozens of unrelated drug skirmishes in Mexico with a common element: American guns." ...
 

UK: Armed thieves raid Tesco
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Armed thieves escaped with thousands of pounds in cash after a raid on a Tesco store tonight."

"The gun-wielding gang pounced on a security guard as he attended to a cash dispenser just before 7.30pm at the Tesco Express at the Hathaway Retail Park in Chippenham."

"Two men bundled the guard, who is in his early 40s, to the ground as he left a secure room in the store." ...

"Sgt Alvis said the staff believed one of the raiders was carrying a pistol."

"'We are investigating reports that one of the men was carrying a small firearm,' he said. 'Obviously we would like to hear from more witnesses on this.'" ...
 

Israel: Dichter: Don't permit firing at thieves (follow-up)
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"Public Security Minister Avi Dichter warned the Knesset on Wednesday not to change the Penal Code to allow property owners to open fire at trespassers with impunity despite public anger over the rash of thefts in the agricultural sector."

"Dichter spoke to the Knesset Law Committee during a special session held to discuss the fine balance between an act of self-defense and murder following an incident on Saturday, when a farmer, Shai Dromi, shot and killed Beduin Khaled al-Atrash and seriously wounded another trespasser whom he caught trying to steal from his farm."

"'Criminal law does not allow anyone to kill a person until he has exhausted all other means of stopping him,' said Dichter. ..." ...
 

Canada: Gun fired in attack at Londonderry rec centre
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"A gun was fired during a confrontation Monday evening inside a north-side leisure centre filled with up to 90 people, many of them children."

"The gunman stormed inside the Londonderry Leisure Centre, chasing an intended victim. When he struck the man on the arm with the butt of the weapon -- a shotgun or rifle -- a single shot rang out, police said."

"The shot missed the victim and went into the ceiling of the leisure centre lobby. The gunman fled without firing again."

"'A shot did go off when he was bumped inside the building ...' Insp. Teri Uhryn said. 'Nobody was shot. Nobody else was hurt.'"

"The victim suffered a minor injury in the blow from the gun. No arrests were made as of late Monday night." ...
 

Canada: Fake pistols throw scare into cops
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"Police issued a warning yesterday about the dangers of replica handguns after seizing two weapons so realistic they fooled veteran officers."

"Police arrested two men at gunpoint Sunday at around 10 p.m. after an area resident initially spotted one man running between two houses with what appeared to be a handgun."

"The men, aged 18 and 20, told police they bought the 9 mm and .40-calibre handguns off the Internet two months ago."

"The weapons were virtually identical to the ones used by police, expect the replicas fire plastic bullets."

".I personally have not seen anything that looks more like our gun than what I see here,. said Cobourg Sgt. Nancy Saunders, noting replica guns like these can lead to deadly situations." ...
 

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