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GA: Soldier faces two counts of child molesting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Army lieutenant accused of fondling two boys -- after showering at least one of them with more than $2,000 worth of video games and camping equipment -- was arrested at Fort Benning on Tuesday after one of the boys complained to his father."

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Yet another case for the "Only Police and the Military should have firearms" file.
 

AZ: Arsenal? Hardly, gun experts say
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A Queen Creek munitions stash that federal agents touted Thursday as a potent military arsenal is nothing but a big dud, according to a defense attorney in the case and several experts on military firepower.

" 'That's not a cache of weapons,' said Louis Aloise, a Boston attorney representing suspect Scott Segal. 'It's a gun collection. The vast majority are not even functional.' "
 

NY: Hero dad under the gun
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Ronald Dixon froze in fear when he saw an intruder enter his toddler son's bedroom, and his heart pounded wildly after he fired two shots in a confrontation with the stranger." ...

"On Dec. 14, Dixon shot a career burglar who allegedly broke into his Canarsie house. Dixon used a 9-mm. pistol legally purchased in Florida that he says he was in the process of registering here."

"Dixon, who holds two computer jobs, was charged with misdemeanor gun possession, and the Brooklyn district attorney offered him a plea bargain that would require four weekends on Rikers."

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This district attorney is trying to make an example of a man who was defending the life of his child for anyone in violation of New York's ridiculous, fascist gun laws!
 

TX: Three sergeants suspended for making a bad call
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"After failing to promptly respond to a complaint about a drunken driver who was later involved in a fatal accident, three San Antonio police sergeants were suspended for 30 days without pay." ...

" 'They could not say they did everything that they could,' [Police Chief Albert] Ortiz said. 'It's important for officers in our department and (people in the) community to know, when officers commit a violation, they will pay serious consequences.' "
 

TX: UT cites national security for keeping surveillance information secret
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Mark Goodman, executive director of the Arlington, Va.-based Student Press Law Center, said he has never heard of a university challenging an open records request on the basis of national security."

" 'It's a very disturbing argument,' Goodman said. 'If the court were to buy that it is a matter of national security, there's no end to where government entities would use that argument to withhold public records.' "
 

Georgia gunrunning case shows why gun owners resist more laws
Submitted by: Karl Laschet

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"Slap-on-the-wrist sentences like this are why the firearms community justifiably feels as though it has become the scapegoat for this nation's crime problems. Such light penalties are also why gun groups oppose passage of any new laws that merely ratchet down their rights. How prosecutors could drop a charge of cocaine trafficking, when the flow of illegal drugs into this country is easily more responsible for our social ills than our constitutional right to keep and bear arms, is dumbfounding."

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A truly wonderful surprise to read such an opinion piece published in a left-of-center, pro-collective, anti-gun media publication such as the Chronicle.
 

AK: Shots scare school kids; gun was fake
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Three West High School boys were arrested Thursday after they fired a fake gun at children playing during recess at Chinook Elementary School, police said."

"No one was injured in the incident, but police say the juveniles -- aged 16, 15 and 14 -- also fired the fake firearm at a woman in a car who was stopped at an intersection in South Anchorage."
 

CA: Anti-gun program used in Bay Area called ineffectual; Project Exile sparks debate on crime.
Submitted by: SASister@keepandbeararms.com

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"A much-touted anti-gun crime program that has been used in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose and other Bay Area cities hasn't lived up to its star billing, a new study has found, sparking a debate about guns, repeat criminals and the role of prisons." ...

"Project Exile is usually accompanied by advertising campaigns, including billboards. The NRA has sunk millions of dollars into such ads, including ads in Oakland, said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the organization." ...

"Rand Corp. criminologist Peter Greenwood said the study shows Exile has been a flop: 'One of the most popular strategies developed during the past decade to reduce firearm violence is a bust. It has no impact. It does not work.' "
 

Freedom
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Freedom - does it rest in a document or documents written by Man? I think not. I think it rests in our hearts and that we are under no obligation to our fellow Man other that to not interfere in his life, property, and person. Documents written by men are just that - documents written by men. But no man has control over any other man excepting if he has contracted with the other to perform some service or some other commercial equity contract with him."
 

Breaking gun laws
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The truth is, smart Canadians can look across the ocean to see where gun control leads. Her Majesty's mess in Britain is truly colossal. After hyping the importance of outlawing firearms as a tack to pop the crime balloon, Brits are finding it was a bunch of John Bull."
 

Academic, Gun Control Advocate Disagree Over British Laws
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"An American academic has suggested that despite recent U.K. laws designed to restrict gun use and ownership, what Britain needs to cut crime is less gun control."

"Joyce Malcolm, professor of history at Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts, and author of 'Guns and Violence: The English Experience,' said that dismantling of self-defense laws has resulted in increased crime rates."

"But a leading British gun control advocate has taken issue with Malcolm's conclusions and argued that less gun control would intensify the level of violence on British streets."
 

NY: Gun control advocates engage in wishful thinking
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Gun control is one of those notions that seems to make sense on the surface, that reasonable people are initially inclined to accept. But that is the problem with gun control. It is wishful thinking: simplistic and naive. It is typical liberal thinking: Social problems can be solved by putting words on paper in state and federal statute books."
 

PA: Councilman: FBI expands officer-involved shooting to include two Pittsburgh cases
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The FBI has expanded a civil rights investigation in the police-related shooting death of a 12-year-old boy to include two men in the Pittsburgh area, a city councilman said." ...

"Udin said federal investigators will be better able to find out whether officers used excessive force during any of the encounters with the three unarmed victims, all of whom were black."
 

TX: Houston police chief's upcoming perjury trial stirs debate
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The first Houston police chief to be charged with a crime while in office will go to trial Tuesday, accused of intentionally lying about cursing a subordinate." ...

"A group of black ministers has said that District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal would not have pursued such a case against a white police chief."

"Bradford and his attorney said they do not believe the prosecution is racially or politically motivated. Rosenthal called the allegation 'ludicrous.' "
 

South Africa: Killer cop 'had been drinking'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A policeman claims the sergeant who wounded him and killed a colleague in a hostage drama at the Philippi charge office, had been drinking." ...

"The 33-year old sergeant is being held in connection with the murder and attempted murder on Magcoba, as well as a civilian, Patrick Theodor (36)."

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And yet another answer to those who claim only police and military should be trusted with firearms.
 

GA: Jail for gun dealer
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Colleen Bessie Christol cried Friday as her husband Kenneth Lavon Christol apologized to her and to the government before being sentenced to 38 months in prison for selling more than 1,000 guns without a license." ...

"Gregory Christol, a former detention officer at the Whitfield County jail - 'and a deputy at the time of the crimes,' ...was also supposed to appear for sentencing, but his attorney had a scheduling conflict and his sentencing will take place the first week of February."
 

UK: Thousands gather for anti-gun event
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Thousands of people have flocked to an event to show a united front in the fight against gun crime."

"Communities in Birmingham gathered together at Aston Villa Football Club's ground in memory of teenagers Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare, who were shot dead at a New Year's party."
 

AL: Annual gun buy-back collects 73 weapons
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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""Birmingham residents brought 73 pistols, shotguns, rifles and even pop guns and pellet guns to the church during this year's gun buy-back." ...

"The weapons were taken to the Birmingham Police Department's property room. Some will be used to help build a sculpture remembering victims of handgun violence in Birmingham, Woods said. The sculpture is expected to stand at the corner of Eighth Avenue North and 18th Street North, he said."

"The rest of the weapons will be destroyed."
 

UK: Blair vows to end gun culture
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Tony Blair was today issuing a passionate warning to those behind the gun culture by declaring that he would not rest until they were firmly behind bars."

"Expressing his 'revulsion' at the recent murders of two teenage girls gunned down as they celebrated the New Year, the Prime Minister said that those responsible for such 'cowardly and ruthless acts of violence' would be hunted down and brought to justice."
 

UK: Knife crime soars
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Police have voiced fears about a growing knife culture in the North after a Sunday Sun investigation discovered the number of people carrying offensive weapons has rocketed."

"Our findings come at the end of an eight-day period in which a North man was killed with a samurai sword, a policeman was stabbed to death in Manchester while arresting alleged terrorists."
 

NY: Cops shoot ex-detective's "gun"-waving son
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The son of a retired New York City narcotics detective was shot in the leg by police outside his family home in Queens yesterday - after brandishing what looked like a handgun.

The gun, recovered at the scene, was later determined to be a black toy cap pistol. It was about four inches long with a brown handle."

"Neighbors confirmed that the father of the suspect was a former city police officer."
 

Canada: Air security an illusion: Senate
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Air travel in Canada is not nearly as safe as the public is being told and swift action is needed to prevent bombings and hijackings, a Senate committee is expected to report on Tuesday."
 

UT: Capitol rally slams Patriot Act as contrary to the Constitution
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"About 100 people waving signs and holding banners stood in the Capitol Rotunda at noon Saturday to support the Bill of Rights and rally against the United States Patriot Act."

"They heard an unlikely series of speakers, beginning with Dani Eyer, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Utah and ending with Richard Mack, the former Arizona sheriff who became a folk hero to hard-core constitutionalists when he challenged the gun-regulating Brady Act."
 

TN: Gun that killed King, other newly unsealed evidence on display
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The rifle is among 200 pieces of freshly unsealed evidence from the assassination on public display for the first time. It is part of an $11 million expansion wing at the National Civil Rights Museum here that is shaking loose raw emotions from the past and rekindling questions about the official assassination record. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which is tomorrow, is the museum's largest attendance day each year."
 

Restoring the Second Amendment - Hon. Ron Paul
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Specifically, my legislation repeals the five-day waiting period and the 'instant' background check, which enables the federal government to compile a database of every gun owner in America. My legislation also repeals the misnamed ban on 'semi-automatic' weapons, which bans entire class of firearms for no conceivable reason beside the desire of demagogic politicians to appear tough on crime. Finally, my bill amends the Gun Control Act of 1968 by deleting the 'sporting purposes' test, which allows the Treasury Secretary to infringe on second amendment rights by classifying a firearm (handgun, rifle, shotgun) as a 'destructive device' simply because the Secretary believes the gun to be 'non-sporting.' "
 

OR: Officers must lead on gun safety
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"But reason has not prevailed in the argument over gun safety. Bills to require safer gun storage in Oregon have gone nowhere..."

"What we do know is that Emilee's death should spark a review by every police agency of policies to safeguard weapons in officers' homes. Surprisingly, some agencies take for granted that weapons will be secured, but safe storage isn't required."

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We have news for you: no amount of laws will replace a modicum of parental responsibility.
 

MI: Gun safety video fuels controversy
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'Many in law enforcement and education would not use the NRA video - not because of its content - because of its association with the NRA.' "

"In fact, the NRA and the MEA videos are very similar..."

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Translation: "We would rather create a blatant, pathetically stupid Eddie Eagle rip-off than give any appearance of making peace with the oldest organization dedicated to gun rights and education in the country, even though they're experts, and we're a whining, hand-wringing band of maggot socialists."

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Another interesting factoid this alleged "reporter" failed to mention is that despite the claim that educators were wary about the NRA connection, in 2002 alone, 68 Michigan public schools used Eddie Eagle to teach 80,000 students gun safety. Apparently, giving the appearance that Karen Schultz speaks for all Michigan schools and law enforcement agencies was much more important than actually reporting facts.
 

Japan: Skiing student flips out with crossbow and hatchet
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A high school student was arrested late Saturday after he suddenly went on the rampage, wielding a hatchet and a crossbow, at a hotel during a school skiing excursion, police said Sunday."
 

UK: Guns are not our future
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Your writer says we need to accept things are different now. We cannot and will not accept that gun crime is an inevitable part of modern Britain and will do everything in our powers to reverse its upward trend."

John Denham
Minister for Policing and Crime Reduction
 

UK: Which moron mentioned the justice system?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Government isn't prepared to slash burglary and gun crime by getting addicts out of the hands of gangsters and supplying them with NHS heroin and cocaine, not least because the tabloids would go wild."

"It must therefore confront the truth that 10 years after Blair woke the sleeping conscience of the nation, his crime policies have brought a unconscionable breakdown in prisons, probation hostels and courts and made the phrase 'justice system' more oxymoronic than ever."
 

UK: Martin would be free now, if he'd lied to his jailers
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"If only Mr. Martin had lied about his own thoughts! Then he might have been set free. But he is too stubborn and principled a man for that (even if some of his principles are legally, if not morally, wrong). It is surely a curious system that demands of prisoners that they should lie as a condition of their release. In this, however, the parole board is only demanding what is increasingly demanded of the rest of us: lies, lies and more lies."
 

Canada: Cost of registering guns drops in effort to rejuvenate program
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The federal Justice Department has reintroduced a bargain-basement firearm registration fee to entice more gun owners into the program, even though it may be unable to process the current backlog of registry applications before a June 30 deadline."
 

PA: Store in Pa. Gets $27M in Tax Subsidies
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"An outdoor superstore featuring a 30-foot indoor mountain replica, a 55,000-gallon walkthrough aquarium and a shooting gallery is getting $27 million in taxpayer funds for its building costs." ...

"The state expects the store to attract 6 million visitors a year, the same number generated by a Cabela's in Dundee, Mich., and to spur other development in a region hit by factory closings and a declining coal industry."
 

Maryland Firing Blanks
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"What has Virginia done that has made its residents safer than Marylanders -- other than not passing 'progressive' gun laws? In 1995 it enacted a law that allows law-abiding residents to carry concealed firearms. After an initial increase in the rate of firearm-related homicides, by 2000 Virginia's firearm-related homicide rate declined by 22 percent."
 

OK: Manslaughter Charge Dropped Against Nightclub Bouncer
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A manslaughter charge has now been dropped against a Tulsa bouncer.

In July, Willie Harjo died in a nightclub parking lot after being struck in the head with a flashlight.

Security guard Mark Stewart took the action in self defense when Harjo confronted him outside the club.

A Tulsa County judge dropped the manslaughter charge against Stewart because of insufficient evidence.
 

NJ: FBI searches bus for suspicious package
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"Authorities shut down a major New Jersey highway for three and a half hours Sunday while they searched a Greyhound bus for a suspicious package."

"Nothing suspicious was found, and the road was reopened, but the shutdown -- which began just after noon -- caused significant delays on Route 3 in East Rutherford. The highway is a major artery west of New York City."
 

CA: New state law requires more tests from handgun buyers
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'Thirty-question written test; driver's license; $25; proof of residency, such as a utility bill; demonstrate loading and unloading a dummy round safely; 10-day waiting period; background check.' ' ...

"But gun control advocates say it's still not hard enough -- written test questions are true-false or multiple-choice, and everyone so far at has passed it at Target Masters."

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Of course, it's not hard enough. It won't be enough until the test is so difficult, no one will be able to pass it, thereby reducing the number of guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens.
 

CDC anthrax study violated privacy regs
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention violated federal regulations when it failed to notify postal workers potentially exposed to anthrax in the 2001 attacks that their confidential medical information would be included in a study, medical privacy experts and postal employees told United Press International."
 

Why the draft won't fly
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...the draft will not happen again. First of all, when thousands of young servicemen die in war, it's bad. It's bad for politicians' popularity. It's bad for the parents. And it's just plain bad when people die. Bottom line: Modern political feelings and ideas will not allow a draft."

"Second, war is usually unpopular, but when you're forcing young Americans to go to fight a war, it's really unpopular. Case in point: The Vietnam War."
 

Legislator introduces handgun registration bill
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"To provide for the mandatory licensing and registration of handguns."

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This twit has once again introduced legislation to register handguns and brand law-abiding citizens as potential criminals. Tell him what to do with his bill here.
 

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