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Hillary Clinton: "I would also work to reinstate the assault-weapons ban."
Submitted by: Uncle John

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A gun-control exchange from Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate was printed in the Wall Street Journal Thursday. Some of the quotes from Hillary Clinton are noteworthy. Among them:

"I don't want the federal government pre-empting states and cities like New York that have very specific problems."

TRANSLATION: I don't want the Supreme Court to overrule any gun bans. We need more gun bans, not less.

"We do need to crack down on illegal gun dealers."

TRANSLATION: Anyone who sells a gun to a friend or family member without registering the transaction should go to jail.

"And we need to enforce the laws that we have on the books."

TRANSLATION: Enforce gun bans like the ones in DC & NYC, with vigorous prosecutions. And give the BATFE more money to help them convict more people on technical paperwork violations.

"I would also work to reinstate the assault-weapons ban."

TRANSLATION: Let's ban more guns and vigorously enforce the bans even though they didn't reduce crime when my perjuring adulterer husband tried it.
 

"U.S. government should have unfettered and warrantless access to U.S. citizens' Google search histories, private e-mails and file transfers"
Submitted by: motoboy

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"The nation's top spy, Michael McConnell, thinks the threat of cyberarmageddon is so great that the U.S. government should have unfettered and warrantless access to U.S. citizens' Google search histories, private e-mails and file transfers, in order to spot the cyberterrorists in our midst."

"That's according to a sprawling 18-page story on the Director of National Intelligence by Lawrence Wright in the January 21 edition of the New Yorker." ...

"McConnell regurgitates the hoary myth that computer crime costs America $100 billion a year."

"McConnell convinced President Bush that a massive cyber-attack on a single U.S. bank would be worse for the economy than than the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11..."
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Another neocon subsidy to the banking industry. Who pays? You. And not just with your taxes this time.
 

Ron Paul on the DC Gun Ban Case
Submitted by: clell

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Dr. Ron Paul is the only candidate who actually understands the issue.
 

American Bar Association Right, NRA Wrong
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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... "On the issue of whether business owners should be forced to permit guns on their parking lots, the high ground belongs to some leftists and the American Bar Association, which has 'condemned the parking lot law as a violation of property rights at its annual meeting in 2007.' "

"...the question of whether guns should or should not be permitted somewhere would, in a free society, be a property-rights question. It would not be guns everywhere, imposed on people who oppose them on their own property, nor guns nowhere, as the totalitarian gun controllers imagine. The conservatives, while (in general) far better on gun rights than the mainstream left, has never fully understood this entire issue." ...
 

DOJ sells out US firearms dealers
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"The US has said it will give Mexico access to an electronic database to trace weapons smuggled from the US to powerful drug gangs across the border."

"I would have less of a problem with this if it wasn’t for the fact that I know from personal experience how hopelessly corrupt the Mexican justice system is. To use a colorful turn of phrase, I’d call it rotten to the core."

"I’m also opposed to it because I don’t like that we’re essentially kowtowing to the demands of a foreign government to surrender information on our citizens to said foreign government. It only reinforces that we’re completely willing to compromise our sovereignty on an issue that appears to an internal problem with Mexico." ...
 

Report: School Slayings Down From 1990s
Submitted by: motoboy

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ATLANTA (AP) - "About 16 students are murdered at U.S. schools each year, says a new government report that shows the number and rate of slayings has held steady and is lower than in the previous decade." ...
 

NY: 73-yr-old shoots would-be robber
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A 73-year-old West Side store owner foiled a robbery Wednesday evening when he pulled out a 9 mm handgun and shot the would be bandit. It was the second time in three days an elderly city store owner fired a gun during a robbery attempt. The 78-year-old owner of Bocce Club Pizzeria on Clinton Street chased away two would-be robbers Monday night with a warning shot." ...

"Police said Wednesday’s incident occurred when Shaun M. Ford, 30, of Linwood Avenue, North Tonawanda, targeted the West Side Market at 255 Carolina St. just before 7 p.m. and demanded money from owner Ali Abdulla. Ford was wearing a protective mask used in paint-ball and was armed with a rifle, according to Central District Lt. David S. Stabler, head of the investigation."

"Ford followed Abdulla behind the counter, continuing to demand money and pointing the rifle at him, police said. Abdulla then pulled out his licensed handgun and fired as many as two shots at Ford, striking him once in the leg, police said." ...
 

WV: Sheriff: Burglary suspect shot by homeowner
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A Fayette County burglary suspect was shot by a homeowner who police said was burglarized by the same suspect at least one other time."

"Nighttime burglary charges are pending against Tracey Ann McQueen, 25, of Kaymoor Road, Fayetteville, Sheriff Bill Laird said. McQueen was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center Wednesday morning for treatment of a single gunshot wound to her left hand. She was under evaluation at the hospital as of Wednesday afternoon."

"At 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, the Fayette County 911 Center was notified of a burglary in progress at a Pleasant View Road residence, near Fayetteville, Laird said. Later, the alleged burglar was reported to have been shot in the hand by the homeowner." ...
 

SC: Laurens Co. Woman Shoots And Kills Home Invader
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"An Upstate woman shoots and kills a man deputies say broke into her home. The coroner's office tells us the man who died was 23 year old Richard Bennette Vanderford, who lived with his grandparents, next door to the victim on Pineland Shores Circle in the Cross Hill community of Laurens County."

"Sheriff Ricky Chastain tells us investigators believe Vanderford went into the woman's home through the back door. The woman had been home about 30 minutes when she heard a noise coming from the bedroom."

"Deputies say she looked and saw a hand under the bed. She got a pistol and shot at Vanderford three times as he started to come out from under the bed." ...

KABA NOTE: Had she been unarmed, this news story could be more along the lines of "Woman raped and murdered in her home, no suspects at this time."
 

NY: Deli owner shoots would-be robber, helps police capture him
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Thirty year old Shaun Ford allegedly went into the West Side Market on Carolina Street in Buffalo with a shotgun and a mask. His get away car with license plate partially covered was waiting outside. Police say he pointed a gun at the owner and got more than he bargained for. The owner had a gun too." ...

"The owner was unharmed. As for the alleged robber, he left, not in his get away car, but in an ambulance after being hit at least once in the leg. He was transported to ECMC, and is expected to survive. 'I think anybody has a right to self defense. Of course, we don't encourage vigilantism, but these store owners or anybody else has the right be safe.' said Lt. Stabler."
 

FL: No charges for concealed weapons permit holder who killed attacker
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...two white men ...confronted a black driver on Dec. 13 in Deerfield Beach, shouting racial slurs and trying to drag him from his vehicle."

"Hygens Labidou, 49, of Wellington, pulled a gun and shot his two attackers, police said. [Steven] Lonzisero survived, but his accomplice, Edward Borowsky, 28, of Cooper City, died four days later."

"Investigators determined that Labidou, who has a concealed weapons permit, acted in self-defense and faces no legal jeopardy." ...
 

AZ: Teen nails burglar with bat inside Mesa home
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A 14-year-old boy came face to face with a burglar ransacking his Mesa home on Tuesday and used a baseball bat to level the playing field."

"Michael Six hid in his bedroom closet and called 911 after seeing a man using a screwdriver to break into a sliding-glass door."

"The Kino Junior High ninth-grader talked in a low voice as he described the burglar's whereabouts."

"Then, Michael, clutching an aluminum baseball bat, heard his locked bedroom door rattle as the man used the screwdriver to bust in."

" 'You need to get out of the window,' the 911 operator told Michael."

" 'I can't,' he answered with a hint of anxiety in his voice."

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COMMENT: When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
 

MN: Police Kill Another Citizen With A Taser; Father of victim wants answers
Submitted by: Clell Adams

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"Authorities are investigating the death of a 29-year-old Fridley man shot with a Taser by state troopers, who said he had become 'uncooperative' after a rush-hour crash Tuesday evening."

"The victim was identified by his father as Mark C. Backlund. Gordon Backlund said his son was on his way to pick up his parents at the airport after they had taken a short trip to Florida."

"According to the State Patrol, he was involved in a rush-hour crash on Interstate Hwy. 694 near Silver Lake Road in New Brighton. The State Patrol said troopers shot him with the Taser because he was uncooperative. He was breathing but unconscious when paramedics arrived, according to Allina Medical Transportation spokesman Tim Burke but was pronounced dead at Unity Hospital in Fridley." ...

"In the United States, more than 290 people have died since June 2001 after being struck by police Tasers, according to the human rights group Amnesty International. It said in October that only 25 of the 290 were armed, and none had firearms." ...
 

MN: Man shot with stun gun after wreck then dies (another report)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A man died after state troopers stunned him with a Taser when they said he became 'uncooperative' after being involved in a wreck."

"The State Patrol said five troopers were placed on standard administrative leave after the man's death Tuesday. A patrol spokesman would not describe what kind of 'uncooperative' behavior was involved."

"The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation."

" 'This is a traumatic event for a lot of people,' superintendent Tim O'Malley said. 'Someone has died, and in fairness to that person, the troopers, family members and others who may have been affected, we need to make sure that we're accurate and thorough.' " ...

He was driving to pick up his mom and dad at the airport.
 

GA: Senate OK's bill allowing guns in parking lots, state parks, historic sites
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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"The Senate passed a narrow bill Thursday that allows some Georgians to carry their guns to work, but gives property owners the right to ban weapons from parking lots at all times."

"The watered down bill applies only to those who carry concealed weapons permits — just a tiny fraction of employees in the state."

"Under the bill approved Thursday, those who carry concealed weapons permits also can bring firearms into state parks and historic sites. Another tacked on amendment makes it illegal to send 'straw purchasers' to Georgia to attempt to buy guns in Georgia, a tactic used by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to sue gun dealers in Georgia." ...
 

GA: Senate Passes Concealed Gun Bill
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A bill that would expand the rights of Georgians to carry concealed weapons sailed through the state Senate on Thursday, over the objections of some law enforcement groups. The bill would allow those with concealed weapons permits to carry their weapon in a state park or historic site. And drivers legally eligible to obtain a gun license could also have a weapon in their car, under the legislation. It passed 41 to 15. 'Let us today make a bold statement: we are not afraid to trust our people,' state Sen. Chip Rogers, a Woodstock Republican, said." ...
 

GA: Close, official look at Georgia right-to-carry reform legislation as passed by the Senate
Submitted by: Mark McCullough
Website: http://www.georgiacarry.org/

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The Georgia Senate passed House Bill 89 today, January 17 by a vote of 41-15. This critical NRA-supported legislation to protect our firearm rights now heads to the House for a vote as early as tomorrow, January 18. HB89 has been amended to include the following pro-Second Amendment language:

- allows licensed carry permit holders to possess a firearm in any private motor vehicle, while on any publicly accessible parking lot;
- prohibits gun dealer entrapment schemes, such as those orchestrated by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg;
- allows concealed carry permit holders to carry in State Parks; and
- creates a strict time limit for various stages of the pistol license application process.
 

Froman: Voters have a chance to make the Second Amendment an issue in this election.
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"With a divided GOP field going into South Carolina, voters have a chance to make the Second Amendment an issue in this election. And they should."

"South Carolina holds a distinctive place in our presidential nominating process. As the first in the South primary, its focus on faith, family values, military service and American traditions makes it one of the most conservative states in the country." ...

"And while Second Amendment rights are a sizeable factor in many states' elections, in South Carolina you cannot win a general election if you're seen as hostile to firearm freedoms." ...

"In the GOP primary, you don't even want to show your face in a crowd of Republicans if you aren't ready to protect their gun rights." ...
 

NY: 500-pound cop loses bid to make taxpayers pay for his morbid obesity
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"He weighs more than 500 pounds, but that wasn't enough to tip the scales of justice for ex-cop Paul Soto."

"The rotund retiree lost his legal argument that it was a line-of-duty fall outside a doctor's office that cost him his NYPD career. A judge says it was actually his 'morbid obesity.' "

" 'There's no dispute that [Soto] is physically incapable of performing his duties as a police officer. He is morbidly obese, suffers from narcolepsy and is hypertensive,' Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Judith Gische wrote in her decision made public yesterday."

" 'Mr. Soto was put on desk duty for his own safety,' and 'was not any less able to perform his duties after the fall than he was before it.' " ...
 

CT: Connecticut Gun Dealer Who Sold Guns To Gangs Goes To Jail
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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Washington, D.C. – "Former Bridgeport, Connecticut gun dealer Frank D’Andrea is scheduled to report to prison tomorrow, Friday, January 18, 2008, after pleading guilty to a Federal gun crime. D’Andrea is scheduled to serve three and a half years in prison and pay a $75,000 fine."

"Frank D’Andrea, who owned D’Andrea’s Gun Case and was a “frequent critic of stronger gun-control laws,” was charged with hundreds of gun law violations over the decades he ran his store. The Brady Center compiled his record, and described the human cost of his sales practices in a report titled Guns for Gangs: Profile of a Rogue Gun Dealer – D’Andrea’s Gun Case. This report is available online at http://www.bradycenter.org/xshare/pdf/reports/dandrea_report.pdf ." ...
 

NY: Mayor Bloomberg pushes ammunition controls
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In a speech that highlighted national issues nearly as prominently as local ones, Mayor Michael Bloomberg Thursday afternoon promised to hold the line on taxes, promoted tough new DNA and gun-tracking technology..." ...

"Bloomberg, who has deflected speculation that he is considering a run for president, focused on immigration and gun control at the top of his sixth annual State of the City Address..." ...

"He also called for the state Legislature to allow DNA testing upon arrest, and to require gun manufacturers to use microstamping technology that allow authorities to connect bullets to individual weapons. Right now, the state does DNA testing upon conviction for all felonies and some misdemeanor crimes." ...
 

Task Force Wants Brain Injury Studies, could pose gun rights problems for homecoming troops
Submitted by: motoboy

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WASHINGTON (AP) - "As many as 20 percent of U.S. troops are coming home from war with signs they may have had a concussion, some of whom do not know they have symptoms that could be treated, Army officials said Thursday."

"The symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, nausea, light sensitivity, sleep problems, memory problems, confusion and irritability." ...
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SUBMITTER'S COMMENT:
Dear brain-injured troops: While you were away your country changed its rules. Now, if you want to own a gun back home, you'd better keep your mouth shut about your problems and lay low. Welcome home!
 

Dems' positions on gun control lacking
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Before being questioned about it during Tuesday's nationally televised debate, Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Barack Obama had not readily addressed the subject of gun control. It hadn't been part of their scripted talking points."

"Even their Web sites today are void of a position statement on the gun control issue. By contrast, the three leading Republican candidates -- Mike Huckabee, John McCain and Mitt Romney -- have posted statements outlining their positions on this sensitive topic."

"During Tuesday's debate, MSNBC's Tim Russert asked the candidates specifically about their positions on gun control." ...
 

IA: Hung jury: Was fight with cop self-defense, or assault?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A hung jury was declared this afternoon in the trial of two brothers who were in a Block E bachelor party brawl last spring." ...

"Jurors were trying to decide whether Tanner McCormack, 29, and Tyler McCormack, 23, of Cedar Falls, Iowa, were guilty of fourth-degree assault of a Minneapolis police officer or were acting in self-defense in an incident outside the Block E Hooters last May. The incident was captured on Block E security cameras and has been seen numerous times by jurors." ...
 

'Maximum Mike' and 'Project Gunrunner'
Submitted by: Red's Trading Post
Website: http://www.redstradingpost.com

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"The cries of 'weak U.S. gun laws are causing carnage in Mexico' are being screeched again and the BATFE wants a piece of the action."

"I've commented recently about the 'machine guns, bazookas and grenades' pointing out that such items are extremely heavily regulated in the U.S. 'Weak laws' here aren't responsible for Mexican drug gangs possession of them. But don't worry 'Maximum Mike' is on the case, so we're sure to get to the bottom of this."

"In fact, his boss, Attorney General Michael Mukasey (who, incidentally is also the boss of solicitor general Paul Clement, author of the Department of Justice's D.C. v Heller amicus brief that has the D.C. legal team 'gratified,') is now announcing a new program just to deal with this issue." ...
 

NY: Bloomberg wants to legislatively force microstamping technology on manufacturers even though it's not viable
Submitted by: Gun Legislation & Politics in New York
Website: http://blog.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City speech contains this: The City will also seek legislation that requires manufacturers to use microstamping technology, which helps police better connect crime scenes to guns."

KABA NOTE: So-called microstamping is never going to work in all guns all the time and has serious flaws. Any attempt to mandate it would be destined to cause more problems than it solved. A May 2007 study concluded that "New technology to link cartridge cases to guns by engraving microscopic codes on the firing pin is feasible, but does not work well for all guns and ammunition."

For more info, read the findings of the study for yourself: Microstamping Guns Feasible but Flawed, Study Finds
 

VIDEO: 11-yr-old Girl Sets New Record for Field Stripping Her AR15 (YouTube)
Submitted by: motoboy

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Submitter's comment: I hope she will let me be in her militia brigade some day.
 

Late Betrayal on Gun Rights
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Et tu, Brute? In the waning days of the Bush Administration, Justice Department lawyers have filed a curious amicus brief in the DC gun ban case before the US Supreme Court. The attorneys took a middle-of-the-road approach to Second Amendment freedoms. They argued that gun ownership is not a 'fundamental' right. Instead, they say, it is a right deserving only an 'intermediate' level of protection."

"The brief is a disappointing about face for a Justice Department once lauded for its ardent defense of Second Amendment rights." ...

"Attorney General Michael Mukasey owes gun owners an explanation for this late betrayal." ...
 

University newspaper: Carrying gun can provide self-defense
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"I can't help but wonder why any time anyone mentions carrying a gun, it's automatically a bad idea. The conversation came up recently when I asked if a kidnapped person had been carrying a gun. It is still one of our constitutional rights, you know. It has been since the beginning of this country. Why is it such an immoral question to ask if she was armed?" ...
 

CA: De Leon pledges to bring back ammo bill
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Assemblyman Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, said he will bring back controversial legislation that would impose new restrictions on the sale of firearms ammunition. When he does, he will jump into a gun law debate that could find California moving toward an all-purpose ID card for guns and ammunition."
 

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