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Proof of 2nd Amendment as Individual Right (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense. ….. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms…'"
"--Alexander Hamilton, Essay 28, The Federalist Papers"

"The American Revolutionary War officially began when British soldiers came to the peaceful hamlets of Lexington and Concord to disarm our founding fathers. Little did they know, that action would spark an arduous war that they (the most powerful army on Earth) could not win. On that day, our founding fathers chose to fight instead of live under tyranny. ..." ...
 

Government is doing all it can to throttle freedom
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What is it that makes America a great country? That question will probably create quite a debate. There are those who do not think this is a great country, but ask them where they would rather live. I believe there are two major elements that make this country great -- freedom and capitalism. Unfortunately both of these are under attack." ...

"The Second amendment is constantly under attack and the rights of citizens to bear arms are routinely violated. Look at what happened in New Orleans when the mayor ordered police to enter citizens' homes and confiscate any weapons that they had." ...
 

Life should be more like an old Western
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"What's society like today?"

"Well, you've got corporate corruption, armed robbery, and murder happening daily."

"You've got the good people trying to live their lives while the bad people feed off them. And then you've got the scant few in the law enforcement business trying their best to stem the flow of lawlessness."

"That's not much different from the way things were in the Old West, with one major difference: everybody had a gun back then."

"Now, in my opinion, they ought to bring this system back. I'm stumped as to why it left in the first place." ...

"Can't you just see the difference? Instead of helpless citizenry powerless to stop the tide of lawbreakers, we'd be an armed posse ready to gun them down." ...
 

John Longnecker: Stopping Illegal Guns: Stopping GUNS or Stopping CRIME?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Week after week, I see articles from around the world about incoming illegal guns. Today, I read an article which wonders where they come from."

"This is not even germane to the predicament, for it reflects a misunderstanding of the very nature of the problem, and therefore its straightforward solutions."

"Many nations oppose weapons for oppressive reasons, not for reasons of justice or for keeping the peace. For many nations, keeping the peace is code for oppression, silencing opposition and delivering widespread, un-opposed murder. For them, guns in the hands of the people would mean justice, and not the kind they would appreciate." ...
 

OH: Man found not guilty in assault rifle killing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Diallo B. Hill, charged with an Easter-morning slaying in 2005, walked away a free man today after a jury found him not guilty of aggravated murder." ...

"Hill's first trial on aggravated-murder charges ended in a hung jury in November 2005. This time, the jury deliberated less than five hours before finding him not guilty."

"Hill was accused of using an assault rifle to shoot at a group of men outside the Obvious nightclub on E. Dublin-Granville Road on March 27, 2005. One of the shots killed Kinte Price, 27."

"Defense attorneys Christopher Cooper and Christa Pennington argued that Hill was defending himself against Price and his friends. The group had fired shots at Hill days earlier." [emphasis added]
 

FL: Shooting appears to be self-defense in burglary
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"Under the harsh glare of a flashlight, Walter Watson recognized the intruder who was trespassing on his property."

"But when the suspect threatened to kill the 70-year-old homeowner, police said Watson responded with at least two gunshots, leaving the much younger burglar bleeding on the sidewalk."

"The case could be the first in the area since a state law was passed in 2005 that allows property owners to use deadly force against intruders if the property owner feels threatened. ... officials are not charging Watson with the shooting ..."

"'It looks like self-defense,' [Lt.] Colon said Wednesday. 'We're going to talk to the suspect, review the case and send it to the State Attorney's Office.'" ...
 

'Weapons:' Sobering and Realistic Portrayal of How Easy Access to Guns Has Impacted America's Urban Neighborhoods
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Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Leaders of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence say a film to be debuted this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival here realistically and violently depicts a trend playing out more and more often in America's cities: Incidents of gun violence brought on by scenarios that used to lead to lesser confrontations."

"The film, 'Weapons,' was written and directed by Adam Bhala Lough and
stars Nick Cannon and Paul Dano. Rob Fried of Fried Films is producer, along with Pantry Films."

"'Don't take your young children to see this film, but see it for the sake of your children,' said Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ..." ...
 

PA: Armed teen shot outside Philadelphia high school; no arrests
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"Three males confronted an armed 17-year-old student outside his high school Thursday morning, shooting him twice before fleeing, police said."

"The victim, a sophomore, was shot in the thigh and buttocks behind Sayre High School in West Philadelphia just after classes started for the day, Police Capt. Michael Sinclair said. The dispute may stem from a simmering turf war between two neighborhood groups, he said." ...

"Police recovered a loaded 9 mm semiautomatic pistol from the scene, but believe the gun came from the victim's waistband, Sinclair said. ..." ...

"The shootings occurred on school grounds near a rear door. The victim had not yet entered the school Thursday, school district spokesman Fernando Gallard said."
 

NC: Teacher among those calling for stricter gun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On April 24, civics teacher Lisa Kukla was staying after school at East Chapel Hill High to help students with their schoolwork."

"About the time then-sophomore Chelsea Slegal arrived, another teenager who wasn't her student entered the classroom."

"'The next thing we know,' Kukla said, 'he pulled multiple weapons out from under his clothes and out of his backpack.'" ...

"An air pistol. A shotgun. A hunting knife."

"Kukla recounted parts of that day to about 60 members of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence as well as local politicians ... on Tuesday night.

"Her message -- along with that of four other speakers -- was: Make guns easier to track and harder to get for those who shouldn't have them." ...
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Submitter's Note: Yeah, if we'd had two or three more laws, I'm sure Slegal would have been dissuaded. /sarcasm
 

OH: Hudson student expelled
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"A teenager found this month to be delinquent on three weapons charges has been expelled from Hudson High School for one year, school officials announced Wednesday." ...

"Hudson police arrested the teenager, Logan West, early last month after an anonymous caller to the school said a student had a gun in his car."

"According to Hudson Police Chief David W. Robbins, officers searched the 16-year-old and found a short knife that he was wearing around his neck on a tether."

"Officers searching West's vehicle in the parking lot found an unloaded, 9-mm semiautomatic pistol and nine additional weapons, many of which are used in self-defense or in martial arts, the chief said." ...
 

NE: Handguns would be banned from college campuses
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Concealed handguns could not be carried on college campuses under a bill (LB491) introduced Wednesday by Senator John Harms of Scottsbluff. The Legislature passed a law last year allowing people to carry concealed guns, but it prohibits concealed weapons in some places, including schools.

Other places not wanting guns are required to post "conspicuous notice" that handguns are banned there.

Attorney General Jon Bruning ruled last year that colleges and universities are not considered schools under the act. That prompted the University of Nebraska and other institutions to post signs.

Wednesday's bill would add language banning concealed handguns from the grounds of any private or public university or college.
 

MD: Tuscarora students shot with pellet gun
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"Parents at Tuscarora High School in Frederick received a letter Tuesday from Principal Jay Berno asking them to talk with their children about an incident Friday in which two students reported being shot with a pellet gun."

"Berno said Tuesday that while the incident has not caused serious concern among students, it is an ongoing problem for educators in Frederick County and across the nation."

"'It's obvious to me that young people don't understand the serious consequences of carrying look-alike weapons,' he said. 'We [school administrators] are having to deal with what is essentially police work versus instruction.'" ...
 

IL: Chicago City Official Found with Handgun (OFCC)
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"Unfortunately for average citizens of Chicago, the possession of handguns has basically been banned since the early 1980’s. However, if you live in the Windy City and would like to own one for personal protection or target shooting, there is an avenue available to you: Become a City Alderman!"

"Apparently, these Chicago officials are part of an elite ruling class that can exercise their innate and (supposedly) protected right to keep and bear arms while forbidding you to do so. I was not aware of this discriminatory and despicable policy until I read an article from The Chicago Tribune reporting on a criminal raid of Chicago Alderman Arenda Troutman that resulted in the discovery of her legal .357 revolver." ...
 

Grass-roots groups qualify as lobbyists under ethics bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The ethics bill before the Senate not only cracks down on lawmakers, but also subjects politically active ministers and neighborhood groups to the same rules as K Street lobbyists."

"Under the legislation, grass-roots organizations that attempt to 'influence the general public' to contact members of Congress would have to register as lobbyists and file financial reports -- or face a $200,000 fine. The requirements could apply to a preacher who goes on TV or radio and tells listeners to call their congressman in support of a particular issue ..." ...

"... Democratic backers of the measure say it will expose phony grass-roots organizations, sometimes called 'astroturf,' that front for monied special interests." ...
 

VA: Loser of a loophole
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They may be performing the legislative equivalent of spitting in the wind, but bless the state legislators who are trying to make the world a little safer. Their strategy: close a loophole that allows gun sales to people who shouldn't have guns."

"That loophole says that some sales at gun shows, those by unlicensed dealers, don't have to go through the usual background checks. Those checks make sure a gun purchaser isn't a convicted felon or the subject of a restraining order for threatening, stalking or harassing an intimate partner or child - groups that no reasonable person thinks it would be a good idea to arm." ...
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Submitter's Note: The crime of dealing in firearms without a federal firearms license carries a maximum five year sentence of imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.
 

WI: Reject campaign for concealed guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wisconsin remains a holdout in the nationwide trend to allow people to carry concealed guns."

"The Legislature should keep it that way."

"The state has survived quite nicely for 134 years with a ban on concealed weapons. ..." ...

"If Wisconsin confronts another campaign to permit concealed weapons, legislators should this time reject it."

"In Minneapolis in the spring of 2005, police apprehended Zachary Ourada shortly after he had shot and killed a restaurant doorman. The doorman had earlier asked Ourada to leave the restaurant because he was harassing women."

"When police captured him, Ourada shouted: 'I didn't do nuthin' wrong. I got a permit to carry that (gun).'" ...
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Submitter's Note: But Mr. Ourada was not carrying his gun when he was kicked out. He was driven home to 'sleep it off' but instead retrieved his pistol, drove back to the bar and murdered the doorman.
 

OR: Officers Use Taser to Free Tangled Deer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Confronted with a deer whose antlers were tangled in a rope swing at a rural home, two officers saw no good choices. They weren't about to try to free the animal themselves. It weighed several hundred pounds and was thrashing wildly. A bullet in the skull seemed the alternative." ...

"Then Deputy Jeff Miller thought of the stun gun, commonly called a Taser, after its maker, used to immobilize out-of-control prisoners or suspects."

"Zap!"

"The deer stopped moving. The officers, one a sheriff's deputy, the other a state trooper, untangled the rope, which was dangling from a tree limb, and freed the buck."

"Not long after, the deer 'took off happy as a clam,' Strovink said. 'That was pretty good thinking.'"
 

CA: Tale of the videotape
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Residents of an otherwise quiet Altadena neighborhood have at times used video cameras to record the sometimes questionable behavior of veteran LAPD Officer Irsie Henry, who lives on their street and has allegedly made no secret of his dislike for interracial couples, which some of Henry's neighbors happen to be." ...

"But, ironically, when LA County sheriff's deputies took Henry into custody on Jan. 11, it was because of his own video surveillance of his neighbors, not theirs of him."

"Henry ... was handcuffed by a sheriff's detective outside the Pasadena courtroom, then booked on a misdemeanor count of illegal use of a chemical agent — all based on a videotape that Henry had made three weeks ago ..." ...
 

India: India airline gun security breach
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Aviation chiefs in India have launched an enquiry after a prominent industrialist checked-in a pistol and bullets on an international flight."

"The businessman is a grandson of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah."

"The Indian national carrier, Air India, has removed at least one official as a result of the security breach."

"The officials was alleged to have been present at the time the lapse occurred, and airport security apparatus failed to detect the firearm and bullets."

"Officials say that the well-known industrialist, Nusli Wadia, was found to be flying from Mumbai (Bombay) to Dubai last week with a revolver and 30 live bullets." ...
 

Australia: Police gun theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The security rules on New South Wales police firearms have been re-written, after the revelation 14 Glock pistols have been stolen from the force in the past decade."

"A recent internal police audit uncovered that seven pistols were stolen from police stations another seven were taken from unattended police cars."

"Five have been recovered, leaving nine unaccounted for."

"The audit was carried out after the recent theft of seven army rocket launchers from Sydney's Holsworthy Barracks."

"It's the biggest investigation into the theft of Glocks since 31 guns were stolen from a Sydney security firm in 2003."

"Some of those pistols are believed to have been used in a shootout between criminal gangs." ...
 

MA: Gun range permit under scrutiny
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The sign on its front door states 'no permit required,' but police allege a local gun shooting range violated city regulations when it allowed a woman to walk in, obtain a gun and shoot it without any permits. The woman killed herself inside the gun range, the second such death in eight years at Boston Gun Range, 317 Southwest Cutoff."

"Someone from Boston Gun Range is to appear before the License Commission at a meeting at 10 a.m. today, to answer to complaints that the range violated city regulations at the time of the woman’s death in October." ...
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KABA Note: Would they pull Home Depot's permit to sell rope if she'd hanged herself?
 

FL: Gun Bounty Program Goes Strong, Gun Buyback Program Goes Broke
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"J's Restaurant on the Northside sells smothered steak and oxtails. The history lesson is free."

"'I've been here 17 years in this one particular place,' said restaurant owner Jethro Boyd."

"Over the years, Boyd says the gun violence in this area has grown. Now it's at its worst."

"'Some of them will look at you, don't like the way you look and they'll shoot you,' said Boyd."

"So, Boyd is pleased with programs like the Gun Bounty Program that are getting criminals and their weapons off the street."

"'At this time, the program is moving in the right direction,' said Micheal Edwards with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office."

"JSO will pay $1,000 for tips leading to the arrest of a convicted felon with a gun." ...
 

IA: Legal scholarship supports individual gun rights
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"A.J. Greffenius' Jan. 4 Iowa View suggesting that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right to keep and bear arms is misleading ... The overwhelming weight of legal scholarship recognizes that the Second Amendment does protect an individual right."

"This view is held not only by attorneys and law professors who specialize in Second Amendment scholarship, but also by the doyen of American constitutional law, Harvard law professor Lawrence Tribe. ..."

"... As the attorney general has noted, '[t]he Second Amendment's preface identifies, as a justification for the individual right, that a necessary condition for an effective citizen militia, and for the 'free State' that it helps to secure, is a citizenry that is privately armed and able to use its private arms.'"
 

ND: Proud to be member of rifle association
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In response to the editorial cartoon on Jan. 10:"

"It is true the National Rifle Association raises a lot of funds. Anyone who has attended a local NRA banquet knows that those funds are used locally for such projects as rebuilding Girl and Boy Scout camps, wildlife habitat and gun club projects."

"The millions of NRA members are members because they want to keep their Second Amendment right to own a firearm guaranteed by the Constitution."

"Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton are anti-gun Democrats. If they had their way, they would ban all guns."

"When I attend the annual NRA banquet, I see my dentist, lawyer and others I did not know were NRA members." ...

"I am proud to be a life NRA member."
 

MO: UMKC Rifle Opens 2007 With Dual Meet Against Nebraska
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"UMKC's rifle team is back in action this weekend after a bit of a layoff over the holidays, facing off against the University of Nebraska on Saturday at the Nebraska Rifle Range in Lincoln, Neb. The dual meet, the third competition of the season for UMKC, is set for a 9 a.m. start."

"UMKC has faced off against Nebraska in each of the past three seasons, with the Huskers coming out on top in each of the three meetings. Each time, however, Nebraska has held a slight advantage as the matchup comes later in the season for the Huskers. This year the match marks the third on the schedule for the Kangaroos and the 10th for Nebraska." ...
 

MD: Navy Rifle Hosts Defending National Champ Alaska-Fairbanks
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"The Navy rifle team will face its stiffest competition to date, hosting defending national champion Alaska-Fairbanks on Friday at the Bancroft Rifle Range at 2:00 pm. The Mids are 5-2 after a pair of victories last weekend with one of the losses coming earlier this year to the visiting Nanooks."

"'Alaska-Fairbanks has had a great week so far (on their East coast swing), already posting the nation's highest score (4692) against Army,' said Navy head coach Bill Kelley. 'They are loaded again this year and have put up solid numbers all year and we expect them to do the same this weekend. It will be a great challenge for us and one that we are very excited for.'" ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Asked if a federal ban on "assault weapons" would reduce crime, Gwen Fitzgerald of Handgun Control Inc. says, "Let's pass the law and find out." --REASON magazine, May 1991 ("Gun-Shy Judges" by Jacob Sullum)

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