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AZ: AJ schools' gun-safety program enlists help of students
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"Lock up one gun, save one life."

"School officials in Apache Junction hope an innovative gun-safety program will have students holding their parents accountable for keeping guns and ammunition out of reach."

"Funded in part by a $25,000 Project Safe Neighborhoods grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the program will teach each student in the district to make Mom and Dad aware of gun dangers at home through what they learn in the classroom."

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This is absolutely repugnant! The school is indoctrinating its students into the "lock up your tools of self-defense" mentality, teaching them to be afraid of firearms, instead of having a healthy respect for them, and teaching them to rely upon mechanical gadgets, instead of their common sense and responsibility for their safety.

What's worse, it's encouraging kids to bring this destructive mentality home to their parents!

Your tax dollars at work.
 

GA: Police officer shot by own weapon at elementary school
Submitted by: John Fansler

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According to this story, the pistol decided to shoot the officer of its own volition.

The headline SHOULD read:

"Incompetent Police Officer Shoots Himself with His Own Weapon at Elementary School."

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"A police officer arriving at an elementary school to teach a Drug Awareness and Resistance Education class was accidentally shot in the left leg by his own gun as he was getting out of his patrol car Tuesday, officials said."

"Officer Duke Fontenot was taken to Tanner Medical Center-Carrollton, where he was treated for the wound behind Carrollton Elementary School about 1:30 p.m." ...

"Under police department rules, no guns are worn in the elementary school, and Fontenot had taken the weapon from his holster and put it on the car seat when it went off, the superintendent said."

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This helps explain why so many short-sighted Police Chiefs are anti-conceal carry permits. They are judging citizens by the police performance.
 

NY: Bite night on the 7 train - chomper attacks 2 riders
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"A crazed straphanger bit off the thumb of a 71-year-old Queens man and chewed his grandson's face during a wild attack in a packed rush-hour subway car, police said yesterday."

"The nightmare on the Flushing-bound 7 train began at 5 p.m. Monday when a disheveled and drunken man jumped 18-year-old Jose Velez, ripped off his own shirt and screamed, 'I'm bad. You're nothing. I'm a bada--.' "

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Better ban teeth on subways.
 

Mayors of Chicago, Gary criticize gun suit ban
Submitted by: Chris Covert

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"Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on Wednesday called on Congress to reject legislation that would ban local governments from suing the gun industry over the sale of firearms that land in the hands of criminals."

"Daley, together with Mayor Scott King of Gary, Ind., lashed out at a House-approved measure that is before the Senate, arguing it would effectively dismiss lawsuits the cities have filed against some gun manufacturers in state courts."

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Yes, that's right. It would. Why should you use the courts to force legitimate business to take responsibility for the fact that you cannot effectively protect your citizens and have made your cities into safe havens for criminals.
 

No need for voting machines
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"There is no right to privacy in the Constitution. No one back then imagined that the Constitution would be used to assert a right to deceive others. Nowhere is it written that there is some convenient privilege to pick up and leave behind obligations voluntarily assumed and fail to reveal those liabilities to our new circle of acquaintance No one imagined a world where a sexual predator would be released from prison and move next door to you and your child without your knowledge."

"Such an idea would have astonished the Founders. A person was their word, and a signed piece of paper could not change the moral bankruptcy of the individual who defaulted."
 

Concerns about gun stores misguided
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A 31-page report (Selling Crime, High Crime Gun Stores Fuel Criminals) issued recently by AGS and reported in Saturday's Chronicle shakes an accusing finger at 120 U.S. gun dealers who sold at least 200 firearms traced to some sort of criminal activity from 1996-2000. (The most recent statistics.)"

"Note that 'traced to crime' doesn't necessarily mean 'traced to violent crime.' If I report a gun stolen, the store that sold me the gun years ago gets a mark next to its name. If a law enforcement agency runs a routine check on a firearm and turns up nothing, that check may generate a mark against the original seller."

 

CA: Walk Softly and Carry a Big Gun
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"Please bear with me. I am an Alaskan, and Alaskans, for better or worse, are given to looking down on the rest of the nation. We mean no offense; it is just in our nature, and because of our place on this Earth, which leads us to be confused from time to time when we visit the Lower 48."

"I am puzzled now by the strange way people here are dealing with mountain lions — which is to say, letting them kill you."

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That's because Californians have been indoctrinated into the warped mentality that human life means nothing, that it's not worth protecting against nature or even armed criminals. Witness California's draconian gun laws.
 

LA: Investigation Expands In Trooper's Shooting Of Girlfriend: FBI Says Woman May Have Been Coerced
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"The FBI has joined the investigation of a state trooper who admits shooting and killing his girlfriend."

"Even though investigators say it appears that Heath Schumacher is telling the truth when he says the shooting was in self-defense, Schumacher has been placed on administrative leave and the investigation is expanding."

"Schumacher admits he shot to death Tamatha Osbourn inside their Metairie apartment Jan. 11. Osbourn's family says it was murder set up to look like a case of self-defense."

"FBI agent Louis Reigel said agents are investigating whether Schumacher used his position to force the woman -- who was a convicted felon and a confidential informant for Schumacher -- to do 'activities she would not otherwise have done.' "
 

Russia: Lies, Damn Lies and Police Statistics
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When the State Duma passed amendments to the Criminal Code's section on self-defense in February 2002, it seemed as if a big step had been taken toward developing civilized legislation in the country. Just a few new lines in the code meant more than 2,000 people who were jailed for killing their assailants in self-defense were freed."

" 'Any sort of [physical] harm caused to an assailant is not a crime,' the amendment says."

"The Yabloko deputies who wrote the law hoped that the number of assaults and robberies would fall significantly after the amendment came into force, since potential attackers would be aware they could be killed by their victims."

"It is not clear, however, whether the deputies' hopes were misplaced or not, because the police lie when they report crimes and so no one knows what the true crime statistics are."
 

AR: Witness Says No Time To Alter Tactics
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"A state trooper said his tactical team didn’t have time to form a new plan for raiding Kenneth Barrett’s home before bullets were fired at them from the residence."

"The tactical team saw Barrett was awake and the lights were on in his home when they arrived to serve a no-knock search warrant in 1999, Trooper Raymond Greninger testified Tuesday at Barrett’s murder trial."

"Troopers realized they may have lost the element of surprise when they pulled onto Barrett’s property, Greninger said." ...

"Barrett claims he was acting in self-defense and did not know his home was being raided by police. Officers drove unmarked vehicles, did not announce their presence and did not use emergency lights, Echols said."
 

IL: Cop memo differs from his testimony OR Cop can't keep his lies straight
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"Less than a week after a Chicago police detective gave dramatic testimony in the case of accused cop-killer James Scott, a seemingly contradictory police memo has surfaced, temporarily halting Scott's trial."

"The memo was sent by prosecutors to defense attorneys Saturday night. It shows that hours after Officer John Knight was fatally shot, his partner told a supervisor that Scott stood over him with his gun drawn, yelled an expletive, then ran before the two exchanged gunfire."

"On the witness stand last week, James Butler told a different story--that Scott stood over him, but pulled the trigger of his gun twice, only to have it jam. It was after the gun jammed, Butler said, that Scott shouted the expletive and ran."
 

Malaysia: One of two robbers shot dead was a Police Chief Inspector
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"One of two robbers shot dead on Monday by a security guard at a bank was a Chief Inspector of Police Chief Police Officer Datuk Musa Hassan said Wednesday."

"He said the police criminal whose face was smashed in the shooting at close range had been identified as Chief Inspector Ahmad Shukri Hamid, 31."

"Ahmad Shukri joined the police force in 1995 and had served in the Negeri Sembilan Narcotics Department and as Crime Investigation Officer in Johor Bahru Timur, Datuk Musa told a news conference here."

"He said when serving in Johor Bahru Timur Shukri had extorted RM5,000 from a trader and his Sri Lanka girlfriend who had no valid travel documents."

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And Sarah Brady thinks police should have the power and the guns, while the disarmed populace is abused by the corrupt ones.
 

UK: Armed cops with a Scots police force pull their guns four times a week
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"Officers with Lothian and Borders police have been told to be 'prepared to fire' 160 times since April last year more than double the year before."

"Marksmen attended 324 incidents, most involving replica guns and air pistols."

"They are only allowed to open fire if a clear warning is given."

"Tough laws brought in yesterday make it illegal to carry an air weapon or replica gun in an open space."

"The figures were released as it was announced that a police marksman who shot a woman after she refused to drop an air pistol would not be prosecuted."
 

South Africa: Man arrested over double rape and murder
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"Eastern Cape police believe the murder and rape of two women near Umtata may have been the result of a drug deal that went sour."

"Captain Sherin Reddy said the suspect confessed to detectives that he had killed and raped both women." ...

"After questioning, the 'non remorseful' suspect lead detectives to the murder scene of another woman whom he claims to also have also raped and murdered two days earlier in Mlengana area nearby."

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Meanwhile, the South African government continues to render men and women disarmed and defenseless against monsters like this.
 

India: 3 caught making illegal arms; pistols recovered
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Three criminals, who allegedly manufactured illegal weapons and kattas, were arrested today. Police recovered two country made pistols of .315 bore, 13 unfinished pistols and the raw materials for their manufacture, like pistol barrels, hammers, triggers, pistol bodies and butts and machines used in the manufacture of these arms."

"On January 17, the Vivek Vihar police received information that two persons involved in the manufacture of illegal weapons were selling weapons for Rs 1,500 apiece. The two were nabbed by the police on that day itself."

"During interrogation, Narendra and Pramod allegedly said that they had been making weapons for three years. They first worked in Uttar Pradesh and then shifted base to Delhi."
 

Japan: U.S. Marine sentenced, discharged in fatal shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Marine was sentenced to three years’ confinement and a handed a bad conduct discharge for accidentally killing another Marine last June while playing with loaded pistols in the back of a moving Humvee."

"Pfc. Jonathan Markert, 20, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the June 8 shooting of Lance Cpl. Scott Oldroyd, 21, as they were being transported for gate guard duty on Camp Hansen, in northern Okinawa."

"He also pleaded guilty to failing to obey proper procedures for handling weapons and engaging in reckless misconduct that was prejudicial to good order and brought discredit upon the Marine Corps."

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But only cops and the military are responsible enough to have guns, right Wesley Clark, Sarah Brady and crew?
 

IL: ISRA Says Blagojevich Plan to Reorganize Ill. Dept. of Natural Resources Jeopardizes Millions in Federal Funding Dollars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The ISRA is urging Gov. Blagojevich to re-think his plan to reorganize the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The ISRA and other outdoor sporting groups are very concerned that the proposed reorganization will seriously damage the professionalism of the IDNR, and jeopardize tens of millions of dollars in federal wildlife management funding."

"Under the proposal, IDNR facility managers would be reassigned to Central Management Services and the IDNR Conservation Police Department would be folded into the Illinois State Police. Due to the nature of the proposed reorganization, Illinois may no longer qualify for critical federal wildlife program funding."
 

UK: Jury out in 'gun kit' case
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"Jurors are considering their verdict on whether a father and son supplied ready made "kits" to reactivate used guns."

"William Greenwood, 76, and Mitchell Greenwood, 42, are accused of selling AK-47 rifles, Uzi sub-machine guns and pistols."

"The men, of Catchills Farm, South Wingfield, Derbyshire, owned an antiques shop in nearby Long Eaton."

"Both men deny a charge of conspiracy to convert deactivated firearms into live weapons, at Derby Crown Court."
 

OH: Law officers offering gun locks
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"Aimed at reducing firearm accidents in the home, area law enforcement agencies are distributing free gun locks and safety information to area firearm owners."

"The program is called "Project ChildSafe" and is funded by a $50 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice and gun manufacturers. More than 20 million firearm safety kits are being distributed across the nation, including 650,000 in Ohio alone."

"Locks are available while supplies last from any Washington County law enforcement agency."

"The program is designed to educate firearm owners on key safety issues, such as unloading all guns when not in use and to encourage secure storage."
 

Enforcing Victimhood: The last phase of gun control
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...gun control, the ultimate objective of which is the total ban of firearms ownership by other than police and the military, isn’t at the forefront of a media conspiracy, but it is certainly an obvious given at all the right Manhattan cocktail parties attended by the print and broadcast media elite."

"As police state terrorism increases, hyped by government-controlled media propaganda citing imagined foreign terrorist plots against our people and nation, our powerful central government continues provoking and terrorizing other sovereign nations, not only fueling a worldwide hatred for America, but generating even more expansive government suppression of individual freedom in order to promote 'national security.' "
 

Canada: Police chiefs defend embattled gun registry
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"The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police wants the federal government to resist attacks on Canada's gun control system, which the chiefs call a vital tool in combating crime."

"In a release today, association president Edgar MacLeod called proposals to scrap the gun control regime 'wasteful and irresponsible' and a serious threat to the public safety."

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No, what's wasteful and irresponsible is spending over a billion dollars on a system that treats peaceable citizens like criminals for making a simple purchase of a self defense tool.
 

UK: Blunkett to boost community police
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"David Blunkett, the home secretary, is expected to outline plans today to increase community accountability of the police and to boost the 'official presence' on Britain's streets of patrols by community support officers, street wardens and others."

"His plan for the 'civic renewal' of local communities comes as statistics from the Home Office are expected to confirm that the rise in gun crime in England and Wales has passed its peak, with 10,250 firearm offences recorded between 2002-03."

"The crime figures, published today, show an annual rise of 3% in gun crime compared with a 35% increase the previous year. Provisional figures showed that gun crime fell between November 2002 and March 2003."
 

VA: Committee Advances Gun Show Legislation
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"In a surprising victory for gun control advocates, a Senate committee Wednesday narrowly advanced a bill that would require background checks on people who buy guns from unlicensed dealers at gun shows." ...

"The Senate Courts of Justice Committee passed Sen. Henry L. Marsh's bill, 8-7, after several Republicans who previously voted against the bill switched their votes. The bill died 11-3 last year in the same committee." ...

"Opponents argued that only 2 percent of crimes are committed by guns purchased at gun shows, according to NRA statistics."

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These aren't NRA statistics! They're Bureau of Justice Statistics data!

• In 1997 among State inmates
possessing a gun, fewer than 2%
bought their firearm at a flea market
or gun show, about 12% from a retail store or pawnshop, and 80% from family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source."

 

KY: Free gun locks available
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Free gun locks will be available at the Henderson Police Department and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

A representative with Project ChildSafe is scheduled to drop off the gun locks at the two agencies sometime today.

Project ChildSafe is a national program in which the National Shooting Sports Foundation has partnered with local law enforcement to distribute the cable-style gun locks, according to a press release.

In Kentucky, the goal is to give away 370,000 locks.

Anyone interested in getting a gun lock should contact the Henderson Police Department at 831-1295 or Henderson County Sheriff's Office at 826-2713.
 

WI: Student brings BB gun to Arrowhead High School
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"According to the Waukesha County Sheriff, the 18-year-old student brought a BB gun that looked very similar to a semi-automatic handgun."

"School officials were alerted that a dangerous weapon may be on school property, and they talked to the student. The student told school officials in the morning that the air pistol was in his car, which was not parked on school district property, the report said."

"However, in the early afternoon school officials were alerted that the man had just shown the gun to another student, the report said."

"Officials, concerned that it was a real handgun or a BB gun, contacted the Sheriff's Department. Deputies questioned the man who admitted he did have the air pistol in his jacket pocket."
 

MD: Ehrlich Funds Baltimore Gun Prosecutors In Budget Proposal
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"Gov. Bob Ehrlich presented his 2005 budget proposal Wednesday, providing funds that Baltimore City State's Attorney Pat Jessamy has had to beg for in the past several years."

"The governor has included $2 million in his budget to fund the positions of 20 prosecutors in Baltimore City -- quite a change from previous years in which the positions were always on the chopping block..."

"The money is used to fund gun prosecutions in Baltimore. Last year, the governor came to the rescue at the very last minute, providing Jessamy a grant just before nine prosecutors were to be laid off."

"This year, the governor has chosen to include the funding for the prosecutors in his budget, which is a much more secure funding source."
 

Mayor Daley In Washington To Fight For Gun Lawsuit
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Chicago Mayor Daley is urging Congress to reject legislation that would ban local governments like his from suing the gun industry over firearm sales to criminals.

The measure has been approved by the House and is pending before the Senate as part of a huge spending bill for the federal government. It is expected to pass later this month.

Daley was joined by Gary, IN Mayor Scott King at a U.S. Conference of Mayor's news conference in criticizing the measure's provision that would have their cities' lawsuits against the gun industry dismissed from state courts.

Daley says mayors are asking senators and representatives that if they care at all about people's safety, they will not protect the gun industry from civil lawsuits.
 

PA: Gun locks can reduce accidents
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"The sheriff's departments in Franklin and Cumberland counties and some local police departments are giving away free gun locks and firearm safety information to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe."

"This is a much-needed public service because of the popularity of firearms. Project ChildSafe plans to distribute 883,500 locks to law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania."

"Thus far, about 700 of the locks have been distributed by the sheriff's office at the Franklin County Courthouse, 157 Lincoln Way East."

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Thus far about 700 self defense tools have been rendered useless in an emergency.
 

NY: Former police officer pleads guilty in drug case
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"A former Buffalo police officer with a history of on-the-job problems pleaded guilty Wednesday to drug-trafficking."

"William Westbrook, a 17-year police veteran who resigned after his arrest last year, will likely be sentenced to between two years and 30 months in prison under a plea agreement with the government."

"Westbrook pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute, and possession of a stolen firearm. The charges were filed after a search of Westbrook's apartment in September turned up 12 packets of cocaine in the pocket of a uniform shirt, along with a stolen .44-caliber handgun."

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But only cops are trustworthy enough to have guns, right Sarah?
 

CA: Law agencies offer free locks to gun owners
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"Thousands of gunlocks are being distributed free of charge to keep Calaveras County children safe from deadly accidents." ...

"Locks are available at the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department in San Andreas and the City of Angels Police Department in Angels Camp and through the state Department of Fish and Game."

"The locks are not designed to prevent theft, Fish and Game Capt. Roy Griffith said, but to render a gun inoperable, 'to keep a child safe from being hurt.' "

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And if an armed thug invades your home, how is your child going to be "safe" if your tool of self-defense is "inoperable"?
 

UK: Raid is just the latest in a "catalogue" of abuse
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"The owner of a city-centre newsagent robbed at gunpoint says the raid is just the latest in a catalogue of break-ins and abuse."

"Maz Mohammed is urging the public to help police investigate after an armed gang threatened one of his assistants at Rainbows Newsagents, in Angel Row."

"The gunman was one of three robbers who escaped with a large cash sum, a mobile phone and more than 20 packets of cigarettes."
 

IN: Safe alternative
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"Free gun locks are now available from the Terre Haute Police Department, said Chief George Ralston."

"Each lock comes with a manual for its use and contains additional safety tips."

"Last year, he said, the department distributed every one of the locks they had to give away."

"Statistics from the National Center for Disease Control show that about 28,000 people are killed every year by firearms. The three most common causes of firearm death are homicide, suicide and accidental discharge."

" 'If we can save one life ... it's worth it,' Ralston said. 'This is a real proactive approach.' "

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What if rendering your weapon of self defense useless costs you your life, or that of a family member? If locking up your gun costs a life, is it worth it?
 

Canada: Firearm registry option won't work, prof says
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"A proposal to circumvent the federal firearms registry by having the Alberta government recognize the role guns have played in the province's heritage won't work, a University of Alberta constitutional law expert says."

"Gerald Gall said the Supreme Court has already ruled the federal government has jurisdiction over gun control."

" 'A provincial declaration of some kind that it is part of provincial heritage? First, I don't think that is historically accurate,' he said Tuesday, 'and I don't think the legislation would affect federal legislation one iota.' "

"The proposal, from an organization calling itself Responsible Firearms Owners of Alberta, was discussed Tuesday with a three-member committee of government MLAs."
 

MD: Maryland's Ballistic 'Fingerprinting' System Proves Cumbersome
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"More than three years after Maryland adopted a 'ballistic fingerprinting' system for all new handguns, state police are opposing calls for the program to be expanded, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action reported."

"According to the ILA, Maryland's 'ballistic fingerprinting' database has so far failed to solve a single crime, and it's costing $2-million to maintain."

"A report in the February 2004 American Rifleman noted, 'The database has generated four matches, and in each case, police already had the gun they were trying to trace.' The article cites a 40-page report issued by the director of the Maryland state police crime lab."

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Ballistic "fingerprinting" is a backdoor registration scheme. Nothing more.
 

UK: Gang leader is off our streets
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"LIVERPOOL police were today celebrating the jailing of a feared gangland leader at the centre of a bitter underworld gun battle."

"Today police revealed his key role in the north Liverpool firearm trade and how gun crime fell when he was arrested."

"Chief Superintendent Mike Langdon said: 'We are happy with this sentence because it means he is off the streets.' "

"He was the leader of a faction in north Liverpool responsible for a large proportion of gun crime in that area."

"After he was arrested last year that type of crime fell and that shows how significant he was."

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Of course he won't be replaced, right?
 

OH: Gun law stirs interest
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"Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies are making preparations for Ohio's new concealed weapons law, which takes effect in April."

"Under the new law, citizens who apply for and are granted a special permit are allowed to carry concealed handguns in Ohio."

"The issue of concealed carry was an ongoing debate that took several drafts and several years before finally being signed into law earlier this month. Already, several Washington County residents have called to request permits. The will be available after April 9."

"Cutler resident Jeff Wright, 39, said he is looking forward to having the ability to choose whether to carry a concealed weapon."
 

IL: Out-of-State Guns Used in Chicago
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"A gun battle is being waged on two fronts -- from the streets of Chicago to the halls of Congress."

"The last defendant in an interstate gun running scheme was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court to 15 years in prison. The case underscores how and why an increasing number of guns used to commit crimes in Chicago are coming from out of state."

"There's been increasing heat on Chicago area gun dealers over the last five years. As a result, it appears an increasing number of guns recovered in Chicago crimes are coming from stores in states where regulations are more lax."

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So if access is a problem, why don't these places where the "regulations are more lax" have Chicago's gun crime problem?
 

Rep. Ron Paul wins seat early
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"Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas – known as 'Mr. Constitution' on Capitol Hill for his strict adherence to the document when voting on legislation – won't face any challengers for his House seat this year since he was the only person to file for the race."

"The deadline to file in his 14th Congressional District was Friday."

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This should put to rest any doubt that a politician cannot get elected on integrity. They can, but they choose not to.
 

Bush Using Terror War As Political Asset
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"The war on terrorism has been President Bush's strong suit since the Sept. 11 attacks, and he still sees that issue as a political winner."

"America is committed to keeping the world's most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the world's most dangerous regimes..."

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Apparently the people of the United States are now a "dangerous regime." After all, President Bush doesn't want us to have SURs (Sport Utility Rifles).

"Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear, kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of 'grave national emergency.' Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it." ~ General Douglas Macarthur, 1957

 

Gun Shows: An American Tradition
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"Like boat shows, car shows and art shows, gun shows are large events open to the public. Held in convention centers and similar facilities, they attract a broad range of people with an interest in guns, including collectors, hunters, target shooters, police officers and military personnel. Exhibitors include gun dealers (all federally licensed), gun collectors, hunting guides, target shooting clubs, and vendors of books, clothing, hunting accessories, targets, gun parts and the like."
 

UK: New Figures Show "Only" A 3% Increase In Gun Crime But Violent Crime Rose 9% In Only Three Months
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"Latest crime figures were being published by ministers today."

"A breakdown of gun crime in the October data showed total firearms offences in England and Wales increased 3% in the last financial year."

"This was less than a tenth of the 35% increase seen the year before, leading Home Office officials to conclude that the increase in gun crime peaked in autumn 2002."

"It had been falling since November 2002, they said."

"After the last data, ministers expressed concerns about levels of violent crime overall."

"Levels rose 9% in the three months from April to June to 272,900 offences, compared with 249,500 in the same period the year before."

"More serious attacks such as major assaults and homicides rose 7% to 10,300."
 

Canada: No room for gun registry cuts say police chiefs
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"The federal government should scrap plans to rein in spending on Canada's $1-billion gun registry because there's almost no room for more cuts, says the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police."

"Edgar MacLeod told a news conference Wednesday that spending problems identified by the federal auditor general have already been addressed. 'It is expensive, but when you look at the costs, there's not much room anymore for manoeuvring that we could see,' said MacLeod."

"He added that until someone comes up with a better way of registering and controlling firearms, the current system must be maintained to ensure public safety."

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What "public safety"! Registering guns has never led to lower crime rates. But it has led to confiscation and tyranny.
 

Gartner Blasts Government On Broken Privacy Promises
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"The Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) recently reversed itself and said it would publish personal information -- including e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, and phone numbers -- of those who had commented on a government proceeding in 2003."

"That back-flip rankled Richard Hunter, a research director with Gartner who tracks privacy issues."

" 'That's just not acceptable,' he said. 'To unilaterally renege on a promise because it's not convenient doesn't strike me as a good precedent.' "

"The TTB's decision, based strictly on convenience, is one, that if taken by a private firm, would draw the attention, and likely the ire, of consumers and governmental regulatory agencies alike, said Hunter."
 

New Zealand: Shotgun farmer faces trial for defending his property
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"A Northland farmer has been committed for trial for shooting at three thieves he caught stealing his quadbike."

"Paul McIntyre was yesterday committed to trial on two charges for his actions in confronting Samuel Hati and Ned and Raymond Brown when they tried to steal the vehicle."

"The Whangae man said he would plead not guilty to the charges, laid under the Crimes Act and the Arms Act."

"One was for shooting and injuring 30-year-old Moerewa farm worker Samuel Hati with reckless disregard for the safety of others."

"McIntyre fired a shot that went through the back of the ute cab and hit Hati in the back of the neck."

"He was also charged with discharging a shotgun without reasonable cause while disregarding the safety of others."
 

IL: Firing back: Gun shop responds to national ranking in report
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"Patron has been at Bell's Gun & Sport Shop since a new owner took over for Universal in May 2002."

"Patron said a gun-shop owner could follow all laws involving the sale of guns to the letter and still end up having items used in crimes."

" 'Bad people will do bad things,' he said. 'Obviously, if someone walked in and said they wanted to buy a gun to do something bad with it, you wouldn't sell to them.' "

"But as long as procedures are followed, and we get an approval from the State Police after they're called, there's really no way for a gun shop to control what happens when the gun leaves the store."
 

Canada: Firearms centre tight-lipped on Alberta's stand
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"A three-member Conservative committee yesterday heard a pitch from Dale Blue, president of the Responsible Firearms Owners of Alberta."

"His group brought forward, 'ideas and innovative ways that they think we might be able to attack this problem,' said Jacobs, which includes enshrining Albertans' right to bear arms indefinitely due to the province's cultural heritage."

" 'We've shown the (provincial) government the federal firearms registration legislation is still an issue in Alberta, and will be,' Blue said. 'The bottom line is we've identified a problem, and we're hoping for what help we can get from the Alberta government to help resolve it.' "

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The provinces recognize it doesn't work, when will the Federal government?
 

NC: City clarifies firearms regulations
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"Shooting birds is prohibited in Jacksonville now that the city has been declared a bird sanctuary."

"The City Council unanimously passed the measure Tuesday night in the wake of recent reports by residents of the Wilson Bay area of hunters firing near their homes."

"According to city officials, some thought the city was already a bird sanctuary, while local law enforcement wondered just had jurisdiction in the bay."

"The bird sanctuary's boundaries and the shooting ban cover all of Wilson Bay and some waters bordering Marine Corps installations at Camp Geiger, Camp Johnson and Camp Lejeune, which the city annexed in the early 1990s, city attorney John Carter said."
 

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