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Australia: Police spray use under fire
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Queensland Police Minister Tony McGrady has defended the use of capsicum spray by police officers after it was used to subdue New Year's revelers on the Gold Coast."

"A televised incident has sparked an investigation by acting Commissioner Dick Conder."

"He will examine whether there was excessive use of the spray after a news cameraman in Surfers Paradise captured footage of police using it on two men, who cried in pain as a result." ...
 

Study: Gun injuries cost $802 million nationwide
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"Injuries from gunshots result in $802 million a year in hospital charges nationwide, with nearly a third of victims uninsured, a new study indicates." ...

"Coben said that gunshots were 'the leading cause for uninsured hospital days in the country that year.' "

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Fact: The medical cost of gun violence is estimated to be less than one percent of America’s annual health care expenditures.
 

France: Terrorism charges filed against French airport baggage handler
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"French prosecutors filed terrorism charges against a Paris airport baggage handler arrested in possession of explosives and automatic weapons."

"Aberazak Besseghir issued a statement through his lawyer claiming he was an innocent victim of a set-up." ...
 

South Africa: 'Bag-snatcher' shot dead as hijack suspect
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"A Germiston motorist on Tuesday shot a man whom he said he thought was a hijacker while the man apparently was only trying to snatch a handbag, police reported."

"Superintendent Andy Pieke said the motorist was driving along Pretoria Street in Germiston on Tuesday evening with his sister-in-law and four children. When he stopped at an intersection, a man smashed a rear window. He saw his sister-in-law struggling with the attacker..." ...
 

Government-mandated cell phone etiquette?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Americans who find cell phone conversations annoying could patronize phone-free theaters, stores, and restaurants. Meanwhile, cell phone junkies would seek out phone-friendly environments. That way everyone would be satisfied - everyone except pandering politicians. Let's hope the crusade to hire cell phone cops that started in New York ends in New York as well. Civilized people can deal with minor annoyances without government intervention."
 

LA: Sketch released in Louisiana killings
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"Announcing a 'substantial development' in the southern Louisiana serial killer case, authorities say they are looking for a 'person of interest' spotted in a white pickup truck near where the latest victim was found."
 

MD: Pr. George's Man Is Fatally Shot Outside Home
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"A Hyattsville area man who for years portrayed himself as a retired D.C. police officer was fatally shot ..." ...

"The inside of Giannini's red truck, sources said, was outfitted to resemble a police vehicle, with a siren, flashing lights, ticket books and fake police identification cards. Inside his single-story, white-frame house, investigators found police academy diplomas and police badges that appeared to be falsified and several hastily assembled police IDs..."
 

UK: 'Shots heard' by officers in London armed siege
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"Shots were fired inside the flat at the centre of a seven-day armed siege last night."

"Police who have surrounded the flat in Hackney, east London, since Boxing Day, said they heard what "may have been a shot or shots" at about 5pm. A spokesman said the police did not return fire, and neither the gunman nor the hostage had been hurt." ...
 

LA: New Orleans murders up 22 percent in '02
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"Independent experts who closely watch the New Orleans Police Department say its leaders need to figure out ways to improve public support, including the cooperation of witnesses, in solving crime."

"A shrinking police force is another problem." ...
 

Regulators aim at money laundering
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"Mutual fund companies would have to file reports on suspicious financial transactions as part of an effort to catch drug dealers, terrorists and others who launder money, federal regulators recommended yesterday."

"If it's implemented, the recommendation ...would bring mutual fund companies more in line with banks, securities firms, money-service businesses and other companies that are required to file similar reports with the government."

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This is otherwise known as the government forcing all financial institutions to spy on their customers, or doing the government's dirty job for it.
 

Policy unchanged, but passengers confused about gun rules under tighter airport security
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Airline passengers confused about whether tighter airport security has changed the rules for packing heat can rest assured: Guns and ammo are still allowed in checked bags."

"Firearms have never been permitted inside the passenger cabin, except in the case of law enforcement officers. But passengers have always been able to transport unloaded guns in the cargo hold away from passengers' reach. The latest round of security doesn't change that."
 

OK: School shooting law ruled invalid
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"The law used to charge a Moore teenager with planning a school shooting is unconstitutionally vague, a Cleveland County judge ruled Tuesday."

"[Defense attorney Sara] McFall called the law a 'knee-jerk reaction' by state legislators to school violence."

"[A]ttorney Steve Presson said Robertson was being charged as a criminal for merely writing down his thoughts."

"McFall argued that Robinson did nothing to put the plan into action and did not show his writings to anyone."
 

GA: Shopkeeper shoots robber, police say
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"A convenience store owner shot and killed one of three men who tried to rob him Tuesday."

"It was the second time that the owner, Xiao Ming Lin, was involved in a fatal shooting at one of his stores."

"In January 2001, Lin was beaten with a brick during an attempted armed robbery at his former business on 40th and Montgomery streets. In that case, Lin's son shot and killed the suspect." ...
 

Downloadable Second Amendment Posters
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Print out and Distribute to Libraries, Schools, Message Boards, Offices, Markets etc...

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New Year revelers defy security fears
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"More than 500,000 New Yorkers shrugged off domestic terrorism concerns and the threat of war with Iraq to usher in 2003 in Times Square."

"The massive party was given the official theme "Hope for Courage" but the high police presence, sealed manhole covers and myriad other security checks were a constant reminder of the troubles clouding the celebrations." ...
 

Court Upholds Terrorism Law Secrecy
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"In a high-profile affirmation of the government's powerful new counter-terrorism laws, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that authorities can freeze the assets of a U.S.-based global Islamic charity that it believes is linked to terrorism without providing its evidence to defense lawyers."

"Justice Department officials and a lawyer for the charity described the ruling as a precedent-setting case that upholds some aspects of the USA Patriot Act ..." ...
 

Canada: Anti-gun control protesters gathering in Ottawa
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Dozens of gun owners opposed to Canada's new gun registration rules are converging on Parliament Hill today to burn their firearms registration certificates and swap unregistered guns in protest of a controversial federal gun law." ...
 

John Ashcroft: Man of the Year
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"John Ashcroft, the 79th attorney general of the United States, is Human Events 'Man of the Year' for 2002." ...

"...John Ashcroft and the department he heads have also taken vital steps in returning to the Executive Branch a respect for the rule of law and an understanding of the concept of separation of powers that is the foundation of ordered liberty in America." ...

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Especially the Constitution-gutting, woefully misnamed USA PATRIOT Act.
 

CA: Airport screeners begin searching checked bags
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A few headaches accompanied the launch of an intensified security regime at Bay Area airports Tuesday, but passengers for the most part said they are willing to put up with added demands in the name of increased safety."

" 'It could be worse," said Maura Donlan of San Carlos..." ...

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Of course, it could be worse. They could feel up your breasts and humiliate you in public. But they'd never do that, riiiiight?
 

CA: Undersheriff blames inadequate search for escape
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Deputies failed to properly search a Shasta Lake man who moments later shot an officer while en route to the Shasta County Jail last week, Shasta County Undersheriff Larry Schaller said Tuesday."

"A simple 'patdown' like the one performed early Friday on 44-year-old John Edward Knowles II wasn't sufficient, Schaller said."
 

UK: Armed London siege enters 7th day
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Police negotiators are involved in London's longest hostage siege in more than 20 years."

"By Wednesday, more than 50 officers, including armed marksmen, had been at the scene in Hackney, east London, for seven days."

"The standoff began on December 26 when a man inside a flat shot at police attempting to gain entry."

"The gunman and several police marksmen from Scotland Yard's firearms unit traded bullets during the initial shootout."
 

Canada: National gun tracking team better value than registry
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"While the much-maligned national gun registry has overrun its costs and fallen short of its goal of registering every firearm in the country, a special police team has been finding hundreds of illegal guns while working on a tight budget." ...

"The National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) is a unit of officers with weapons expertise who support local law enforcement to stop trafficking and smuggling of guns."
 

Life in the US with guns
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Melissa thinks there should be stricter gun laws in America." ...

" 'In social studies class we talked about how so many people are killed by guns each year.' "

"About 15,000 people are killed intentionally by handguns in the United States, however in Great Britain, no more than a few dozen are killed each year."

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However scores more are raped, burgled, assaulted and shot in Great Britain than in the US, and their victims are completely disarmed! So much for public school education.

Apparently this news outlet welcomes your reports, so why not give them some facts that "Melissa" has missed in her social studies class? Just follow this link
 

MD: New gun law caught in cross fire between dealers and supporters (follow up)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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Foes plan quick challenge of internal lock restriction.

"Starting today, gun buyers and dealers in Maryland will face a restriction not shared by their counterparts anywhere else in the country: a ban on the sale of newly made handguns that lack internal safety locks." ...

"But as the law debuts three years later, it is mired in confusion about its practical application and caught in a cross fire between gun dealers and gun control advocates that could stall its implementation." ...
 

CA: Prosecutor trips up fired policeman over testimony
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A fired cop whose testimony contradicts that of the star witness in the "Riders" police corruption trial had his credibility obliterated Tuesday during ferocious questioning by the prosecutor in the case."

"Before Alex Conroy was liberated from the witness stand by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Leo Dorado, Conroy conceded he made "mistakes" and misstatements, and that his version of events has changed since his sworn testimony at a preliminary hearing last year."
 

South Africa: Eastern Cape policeman murdered this morning
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"An Eastern Cape police inspector was murdered on his way home from serving on a New Year's Eve roadblock, police reported today. ...He was shot in the head." ...

"His 9mm service pistol was missing and a spent mm cartridge was found on the scene. Police suspect the inspector was killed with his own gun." ...
 

Canada: Lawmaker breaks gun law
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"An Alberta lawmaker said he won't register his firearms yesterday, joining thousands of Canadians defying the controversial federal gun law."

"Doug Griffiths, a member of the governing Progressive Conservatives, said Monday that he doesn't even have a license for his firearms."

" 'They could come and arrest me, and Lord knows they might,' said Griffiths, a rancher and gun owner who represents Wainwright, a provincial constituency east of Edmonton."
 

Canada: Officer suspended after assault charge
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A Calgary cop has been stripped of his badge and gun in the wake of allegations he assaulted his wife."

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Another one for the "Only police should have firearms" file.
 

CO: Denver cop's home raided
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The investigation into Lahey began Dec. 23, when U.S. Customs investigators doing a random check found the suspected testosterone in a package addressed to Lahey from Great Britain."

"On Thursday, with Denver internal affairs detectives watching, investigators posing as mail carriers delivered the package to Lahey, Robinson said."

"Moments later, the South Metro officers conducted the raid." ...
 

DE: Pardoned men seek OK to own firearms
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"When Ralph T. Miles and some friends stole an electric guitar and a tank of laughing gas 25 years ago, they weren't thinking about what could happen to their constitutional rights to own firearms or run for public office."

It wasn't until earlier this year, when Miles was pardoned by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner for the crimes he committed as an 18-year-old, that the question of those civil rights came up." ...
 

VA: Adults must be responsible for their guns and children (letter)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The writer of the Nov. 15 letter talks about a 2-year-old taking a shooting stance--that is really hard to believe. As for the writer of the second letter, Tommy Brown, who said, "thousands of children die because of guns," I ask, who's to blame?"

"It's the parents who are to blame. Their carelessness and ignorance are what causes accidents." ...
 

Canada: Gun-owning protesters arrested after flouting firearms law on Parliament Hill
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"Two gun-owning protesters were arrested and several others tried to draw police charges after flouting Canada's firearms law at a New Year's Day protest on Parliament Hill."

"Jim Turnbull, head of the Canadian Unregistered Firearms Owners Association, was arrested and charged for carrying a receiver - an unloaded part of a handgun - after burning a copy of the Firearms Act. Ed Hudson, another member of the association, was later charged with the same offence."
 

OR: RUBBISH!
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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"Portland's top brass said it was OK to swipe your garbage--so we grabbed theirs." ...

"Back in March, the police swiped the trash of fellow officer Gina Hoesly. They didn't ask permission. They didn't ask for a search warrant. They just grabbed it. Their sordid haul, which included a bloody tampon, became the basis for drug charges against her..."
 

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