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David Codrea: The Hallowed Halls Of Learning
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'You don't like the fact you can't have a gun on your college campus? Drop out of school.'"

"These were the words of Brady Center Communications Director Peter Hamm, reacting to Students for Concealed Carry on Campus wearing empty holsters for a week in protest of policies and laws prohibiting firearms on campuses."

"Rather than being the bastions of tolerance and diversity they portray themselves as, our institutions of higher learning have proven themselves rigidly anti-defense to the point of hysteria. Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin, Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida, issued a memorandum about the protest advising 'if any faculty member or student feels genuinely threatened, they should feel free to call the University Police Department.'" ...
 

Nicki F: "I feel sorry for you..."
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "No offense, Colin, but you're insane. Completely and utterly batshiat crazy! And no, I'm not going to take pity on you or take it easy on you because you happened to have been shot by a madman, because you STILL refuse to take any personal responsibility for your own safety. You are a willing victim, Colin! You are a coward. You are bringing this upon yourself, and I have ZERO sympathy for you."

"Let me tell you something, Colin. You don't feel sorry for Jeff Knox. Your disingenuous sympathy is nothing but a thinly-veiled disguise for your envy. You don't have the courage to defend yourself. You don't have the integrity to be accountable for your own safety. You know he does, and it pisses you off ..." ...
 

True Confessions - The Horror and The Heresy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It happened again, and I can't stand it anymore — the muffled whispers and furtive pointing; the sidelong slitty-eyed glances and snide snickering. I have to confess; get it off my chest and out in the open: I don't shoot by The Book!"

"I was at another GunWriter Group-Grope — one of those wingdings put on by arms and ammo makers where a buncha real gunwriters and a couple fellow hacks like me are invited to burn up a ton of somebody else's ordnance and fondle their firearms."

"Anyway, I was merrily makin' mayhem on innocent cardboard targets when, once again, I became aware of weighty stares and rancid repugnance radiatin' from an assembly of The Anointed. They were horrified at my heresy. ..." ...
 

Smith & Wesson Withdraws Profit Target
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. is unsure it will meet its profit and sales targets this year because of an 'extremely unsettled' business climate, the gun maker said Tuesday."

"Smith & Wesson stripped the guidelines the company issued in December for profit of 40 cents per share and sales growth of 28 percent to $300 million in fiscal 2008, which ends in April."

"'We, like many other companies doing business today, find ourselves now in an uncertain business environment,' Chief Executive Michael F. Golden said in a statement. 'What has changed, and it has changed profoundly, is the fact that the current business and economic environments are extremely unsettled.'" ...
 

Swift Response Pistol
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"The Les Baer SRP (Swift Response Pistol) rests in an unpretentious shipping box marked “CHROME / 1-1/2" GROUPS / EXTENDED SAFETY.” (The “1-1/2" group” part catches your attention even faster than “CHROME” in all caps.)"

"It comes out of the box tight, as all by its maker do. Every day, prospective buyers pick up Les Baer pistols, try to work the slide to check the chamber the way they normally would with a 1911, and exclaim, 'There’s something wrong with this gun! The slide is stuck!'"

"Ain't nuthin' wrong with the gun. It's just nature’s way of telling you it's in the hand of someone not yet experienced with a really tight 1911. ..." ...
 

Gun ownership declining in US
Submitted by: Carl in Chicago

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"Thanks to a Reuters piece of last week, America's gun culture - fading slowly?, I belatedly reviewed a report published in April '07 by the University of Chicago's respected National Opinion Research Center (NORC), entitled Public Attitudes towards the Regulation of Firearms. The news therein is not likely to cause rejoicing on the part of the gun lobby or the gun industry for which it fronts." ...
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Submitter's Note: The University of Chicago's "respected" NORC is funded by the gun control advocacy group Joyce Foundation (also based in Chicago). See article comments for more information.
 

Second Amendment vs. reality of handguns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"The 19 friend-of-the-court briefs supporting the District of Columbia's U.S. Supreme Court bid to uphold its handgun ban might look like the 'usual suspects.' The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Network to End Domestic Violence, police chiefs, criminal justice professors, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association."

"Then there's the brief led by the American Jewish Committee. It speaks for 23 groups as diverse as the Baptist Peace Fellowship, Citizens for a Safer Minnesota and the Gray Panthers, but also for 'certain individual victims and families of victims of gun violence.'" ...
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KABA Note: For those who don't know, 'Citizens for a Safer Minnesota' is an astroturf group funded primarily by the Joyce Foundation (over $625,000 since 2000).
 

IN: Too many guns, too many deaths
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent tragic shootings of three helpless and innocent children -- two of them died in their mother's arms -- remind us daily of the senseless violence at the hands of individuals with guns. While so many argue that it's not the gun that is the problem, but the person shooting it, we must recognize that the gun will most likely function as designed -- to impale or kill. Its lethality cannot be questioned."

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rank Indiana as the Midwestern state with the second highest rate of deaths from guns, second only to Kentucky. The rate of death from guns in Indiana has been higher than the national average for the past 11 years." ...
 

Supreme Court Sets Date For Arguments In D.C. Gun Ban Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The Supreme Court has set a date for hearing arguments in the D.C. gun ban case.

Oral arguments will take place March 18 at 10 a.m.

The court will examine the District's 31-year-old ban on handguns, one of the strictest gun-control laws in the nation.

A federal appeals court struck down the ban in March as incompatible with the Second Amendment.

At issue is whether the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects an individual's right to own guns or instead merely sets forth the collective right of states to maintain militias.
 

Right to bear arms hinges upon upcoming Supreme Court ruling
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"In the coming months, the Supremes - not to be confused with the famous Motown trio - will render a momentous decision. Yes, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on Heller vs. District of Columbia, a case involving, possibly, our most controversial constitutional issue - the right of individuals to keep and bear arms. This case comes to the Supreme Court after the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the D.C. ban on handguns violates the Second Amendment of the Constitution." ...
 

Commas, Clauses and Missing Butter at the Supreme Court
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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"Excelling at grammar has not seemed to be among the skills required of a Supreme Court justice. Law clerks and the reporter of decisions take care of that, right?"

"But this term, grammar knowledge is looming large. As we've reported ... the meaning of the commas in the Second Amendment could be a major factor in deciding D.C. V. Heller, the critical case testing D.C.'s strict handgun ordinance."

"Today, in a much lower-profile decision Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, grammar also plays a role in interpreting the statute at issue. And if you parse it closely, it may even offer some hints about how the justices will handle the Second Amendment case as well." ...
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Submitter's Note: Supreme Court decision on prisons comes down to grammar; a hint of what is to come with DC v. Heller?
 

Civil unrest: Gun rights supporters livid at Bush
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A shooting war of sorts has broken out between gun rights advocates and the Bush administration in the D.C. gun-ban case currently before the Supreme Court. Although both support the notion that the Second Amendment creates an individual right to bear arms, the Justice Department isn't going as far as the pro-gun forces would like in embracing that view." ...

"... in a brief filed earlier this month, the Justice Department called for the case to be returned to the lower court, arguing that the appeals court had used an incorrect judicial standard in its ruling. That shocked gun-ban foes, who thought the Bush administration had been a solid ally ..." ...
 

Bush Administration Wrong on Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every Supreme Court term has at least one 'blockbuster' case that send shockwaves not only through the legal community, but also through the general public. ..."

"Although there are several important cases this term, none will have the effect on the public's mind that the Supreme Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller will have. ..." ...

"... it came as an absolute shock to many supporters of an individual right ... when the Solicitor General filed a brief in the Heller matter opposing the plaintiffs' claims. This remarkable brief brings back memories of the ... Grutter and Gratz cases, where the Administration argued that, while the schools' affirmative action policies were unconstitutional, the rationale behind them was not." ...
 

Misfire at Justice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Second Amendment's right to bear arms has rarely been considered by the Supreme Court, but this year the Court is hearing a case that could become a Constitutional landmark. So it is nothing short of astonishing, and dispiriting, that the Bush Justice Department has now weighed in with an amicus brief that is far too clever by half."

"... Judge Laurence Silberman wrote ... that 'the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms' (our emphasis) ..."

"The amicus brief filed by Solicitor General Paul Clement agrees with this part of the D.C. Circuit ruling. But then it goes on a bender about violent felons wielding machine guns ..." ...
 

OK: 1 dead in McCurtain Co. shooting
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Officers say a fatal shooting in McCurtain County Tuesday morning may have been done in self defense.

The victim, Teddy Jacob, 39, is dead after he was shot four to five times.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation officials say it happened in Golden, Oklahoma, between Broken Bow and Idabel.

The victim was shot at the suspect's home, who was the victim's brother-in-law.

The suspect's name is not being released because he has not been charged.

Police officials say it appears the shooting was in self-defense.
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Submitter's Note: So if he hasn't been charged, why are you calling him a suspect?!?
 

VA: "I feel sorry for you... -- you feel you need to protect yourself"
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"I would have stopped him," Jeff Knox, director of operations for the Manassas-based group told Colin Goddard. "Because when I went to school, I carried a gun. It was legal, I did it."

Goddard, a Virginia Tech senior who was shot four times in the April 16 massacre, was taken aback, then said: "I feel sorry for you--the fact that you feel you need to protect yourself in every situation. You're afraid of crazy situations happening. I've lived through this and I know that I can't continue in my life afraid of things. Things are gonna happen out of my control. There are people within our society who we deem capable and correct, our police forces who are supposed to protect us--and I put my full trust in them."
 

OK: Gun classes missing in Edmond
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More than 54,000 Oklahomans are licensed to carry a concealed weapon, according to 2007 figures from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation."

"For Edmond residents, the licensing process is complicated by the fact that there are no concealed handgun classes offered locally."

"Any qualified Oklahoma resident who wants to carry a concealed firearm must complete a state-approved course, demonstrate competence with a firearm and submit the necessary paperwork and fees. ..."

"'Students ask all the time why there aren't any classes in Edmond,' said Roy Jones, who teaches the course at his private range in the Newalla area. 'In the past few months, the best we can figure, we've had about 18 students from Edmond.'" ...
 

KY: Campus gun bill is likely to die
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"A bill that would allow people to bring guns onto college campuses -- and use them if they were threatened -- may die in a legislative committee amid growing concerns by educators and others."

"'This is a really bad idea,' said Centre College President John Roush, whose private college in Danville bans firearms. 'It would run counter to our tradition and the principles on which we operate our community.'" ...

"Some critics said the bill could lead to 'road rage' incidents on campuses ..."

"'The fewer places people are allowed to carry guns, the better,' said lawyer Scott Drabenstadt, who represents the man disabled in the shooting. 'There are places where it is entirely inappropriate, especially universities and schools.'" ...
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KABA Note: It is good when the anti-gunners break cover and admit their ultimate goal.
 

FL: Meet Rudolph the redneck vote-hunter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rudy Giuliani's black SUV stirred up a cloud of dust as it raced along the twisting dirt roads to the hunting lodge at the Wild Creek Safari Club."

"This is not the Florida pictured in travel brochures. The hunting lodge sits a few hundred yards from the border of Georgia, and the churchgoing people who come here speak with thick Southern accents you'd never hear in Miami."

"For Giuliani, it is not a natural fit. But he's come here because Florida is now the only hope he has to rescue a campaign that seems to be slipping from his grasp." ...

"Still ... Rudy is one determined fighter. And if winning means he has to hide his long history of sturdy support for gun control, then so be it." ...
 

VA: Va. Tech families protest state gun law
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"Survivors and families of the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings faced off Monday against gun-rights advocates over a bill that would prevent criminals and the mentally ill from buying firearms at gun shows."

"About 100 supporters of the measure lay on the Capitol lawn to honor the victims of gun violence, as about 200 opponents stood nearby, holding signs that read, 'Here Lie Disarmed Victims.'" ...
 

CO: A 'Day Better'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"REP. CORY Gardner is taking another shot at passage of his 'Make My Day Better' legislation."

"Under Colorado's current Make My Day Law, people can use deadly force to protect themselves in their own homes. ..."

"Rep. Gardner, a Republican whose district covers part of Southeastern Colorado, wants to extend the right of self-protection to people in the workplace. As it is, there are disparities in how such incidents are handled by prosecutors."

"In Denver, a man was charged with manslaughter for protecting himself from a burglar, but in Colorado Springs in the same type of crime, the store owner who protected himself wasn’t charged with anything." ...
 

VA: Showdown on Gun Law Looms Before Senate Panel
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"The debate over firearms continues at the General Assembly as a Senate committee on Wednesday considers a bill by Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, to close the so-called 'gun-show loophole.'"

"Marsh is sponsoring Senate Bill 109, which would require criminal background checks on people who want to buy firearms at gun shows in Virginia."

"Marsh said he is confident that his proposal will pass the Senate Court of Justice Committee on Wednesday. It then would go to the full Senate for consideration." ...
 

VA: Here Lie Disarmed Victims
Submitted by: Dustin
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"Gun rights proponents outnumbered gun grabbers 3 to 1 & held up signs saying 'Here Lie Disarmed Victims,' 'Life is precious. Guns protect it,' and 'Freedom is not a loophole,' while the gun grabbers held a 'Lie in' to represent the Virginia Tech victims in support of a bill to prevent Virginia citizens from being able to sell their own firearms to other citizens while at gun shows (a practice that gun grabbers fondly like to call a 'gun-show loophole'. I guess they want the citizens to instead have to arrange to meet at the local Coffee Shop after the Gun Show to close the deal ... Anything that gun grabbers can legislate in an effort to make the lives of law abiding citizens more complicated is not too low for them to stoop." ...
 

VA: Closing the loophole
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"SEUNG-HUI CHO didn't get the guns he used to kill 33 Virginia Tech students and faculty, including himself, from a gun show. But legislation to close the loophole in Virginia law that allows certain purchases at gun shows without a background check is justified if we are to prevent a recurrence of the madness and sadness of April 16."

"Gov. Tim Kaine proposed the change, which was recommended by the Virginia Tech Review Panel that studied the campus massacre. Legislation to close the loophole was filed in both General Assembly chambers."

"On Friday, the Republican-led House Militia, Police and Public Safety committee killed its version in a 13-9 party-line vote. ..." ...
 

AZ: Bill would allow restaurant patrons to pack guns
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"A state lawmaker may have crafted the most politically acceptable plan yet to allow patrons at restaurants that serve alcohol keep their firearms at their sides."

"The proposal by Sen. Jack Harper, R-Surprise, would leave the decision about weapons to each individual restaurant owner. In fact, it is worded so that guns would be allowed only if the proprietor specifically posted a sign saying they are permitted."

"More to the point, those eating establishments that didn't want armed diners would not have to do anything to keep it that way."

"That verbiage - and the opt-in provision - is enough so that the Arizona Restaurant and Hospitality Association, which helped kill prior versions of this measure, might remain neutral." ...
 

NE: Lawmaker wants to keep guns with Nebraskans after disasters
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"Should disaster strike and chaos ensue, Nebraskans could be forced to give up their guns, under current law."

"That's what happened in New Orleans, when police seized guns after Hurricane Katrina walloped the city in 2005."

"But a state lawmaker wants to change the rules so that cities and other political subdivisions in Nebraska couldn't do the same." ...
 

Speech Of Richard H. Dana, Jr., "First, the right to bear arms, fortunately, does not depend upon the decision of any State", June 21, 1865
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"...either you must have four millions of disfranchised, disarmed, untaught, landless, thriftless, non-producing, non-consuming, degraded men, or else you must have four millions of land-holding, industrious, arms-bearing and voting population. [Loud applause.] Choose between these two! Which will you have? ..."

"...This, then, fellow-citizens, is what we have a right to demand. Now comes my third question--How do you propose to accomplish it? We know our powers, we know what we want to do,--how do we propose to do it? First, the right to bear arms, fortunately, does not depend upon the decision of any State. That is a matter which, under the Constitution..."
 

NY: 4 Officers Arrested in Corruption Inquiry
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"Four New York City police officers are facing criminal charges as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into corruption among officers assigned to a unit of narcotics investigators in Brooklyn, officials said on Monday."

"Two of the officers, Sean Johnstone and Julio Alvarez, were arrested in December after officials said they claimed to have recovered 17 Ziploc bags of cocaine rather than the 28 bags they actually recovered from a drug suspect on Sept. 13 during a buy-and-bust operation in Coney Island."

"The accusations of wrongdoing came to light as investigators prepared the case for court and Officer Johnstone, a detective, was overheard on a departmental tape recording bragging about keeping the missing 11 bags. ..." ...
 

IL: Another black eye
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"New Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis will take a 'hard, close look' at taking further action against an officer suspended after a surveillance camera captured him beating a man handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair ..."

"Officer William J. Cozzi is one of three officers who pleaded guilty last year to misdemeanor battery for beating people in 2005. Surveillance cameras recorded each of the separate incidents."

"Cozzi, 50, is scheduled to return to work in April after completing a suspension." ...

"Cozzi couldn't be reached for comment, but his attorney, William Fahy, said his client is 'extremely remorseful of his conduct.'" ...
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NJ: Submachine gun back in cops' arsenal
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"A submachine gun missing from the Wayne Police Department turned up Monday, but police won't say where it was found."

"Police do not know who took the MP5 rapid-fire gun -- normally under lock and key in the department arsenal -- but 'are going to keep looking for who had it,' Deputy Chief John Reardon said."

"Chief of Police Donald Stouthamer gave assurances again on Monday that the public was never in danger from the weapon. The chief said he always believed that the missing gun was an internal matter 'because no civilian has access to it here.'"

"If the person responsible comes forward, Stouthamer said, 'it could probably make a difference' whether the department pursues criminal charges or administrative action." ...
 

NJ: Lost police submachine mysteriously turns up (another view)
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Wayne police have found a rapid-fire submachine gun that had been missing for at least two weeks.

But they won't say exactly where the nine-millimeter weapon turned up on Monday.

It's still not known who took the MP5 gun, which can shoot 700 to 900 rounds per minute, or how long it was missing from the department's arsenal.

But the Passaic County Sheriff's Department is running tests on the weapon to make sure it wasn't used in any criminal activity.

Meanwhile, Wayne police and county officials are conducting a criminal investigation to determine how the gun went missing.
 

NJ: Stop on your way to target practice, go to jail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New Jersey's persecution of honest gun owners hit a new low recently, when S2431 was enacted into law with no protections added to prevent law-abiding gun owners from being sent to jail for 10 years for horrific 'crimes' like stopping for food or fuel on the way to a target range, handing a firearm to a spouse in the privacy of one's home, or letting someone try your firearm at the range and then getting separated for even a moment."

"On its face, S2431 seems innocent enough: it raises the level of crime for 'unlawful possession' of a handgun from third to second degree. Second degree crimes carry a prison term of up to 10 years (7 years minimum is presumptive) and a fine of up to $150,000." ...
 

TX: The State's New Gun Law Has People Talking
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The Castle Doctrine allows people to use whatever means necessary to protect themselves and their property without fear of civil liability, but now a new law expands on the castle law.

This law, nicknamed the "Carjacking Law," allows Texans to carry guns in their cars for self defense, even without a concealed handgun license. All you have to do is meet the law's other requirements, such as not being involved in a gang, not committing a crime, and keeping the gun out of sight.

Some are worried it promotes a shoot first, ask questions later strategy.
 

NY: An Arsenal in Brooklyn (follow-up)
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"Back in September, a day or so after residents of Brooklyn Heights discovered as many as 23 swastikas painted on synagogues and other property, the police department sent around the neighborhood an officer to reassure residents that they were taking the matter seriously. A good thing they were. It turns out that yesterday the police obtained a confession to painting the swastikas from the culprit they arrested over the weekend for maintaining an arsenal of guns and pipe bombs in an apartment in a brownstone on one of the most idyllic street corners in the city." ...
 

NJ: Cops say war leaves ammo in short supply
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"A nationwide ammunition shortage is hitting New Jersey police departments hard. As demand surges, police agencies are the target of price increases and longer waits for equipment."

"But the biggest casualties are likely to be taxpayers who have to pay more for police to reload."

"Troops fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- along with the rising cost of supplies needed to produce ammunition -- are creating shortfalls in much of the equipment used by police agencies from coast to coast."

"Police chiefs in towns across North Jersey have reported that the war has taken a toll on their ability to secure the ammunition they need. ..." ...
 

UK: Reclaim the streets now!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Genghis Khan or Jacqui Smith? Tricky choice. One is a polite Nu-Lab minister in a sensible suit, the other founded the Mongol empire with fire and the sword. On the other hand, Genghis's eventual boast was that 'a virgin with a bag of gold around her neck could walk naked from one end of the realm to another without being attacked'. Whereas Jacqui Smith apparently doesn't even have an ambition to make this small, affluent, educated country safe for the fully dressed after 10pm."

"The revelation occurred in an interview. The Home Secretary was droning peacefully on about how 'people are safer in terms of crime than ten years ago' (ignoring, as they always do, the fact that much street crime goes unreported because there's no point ..)." ...
 

Canada: Handgun ban misses the mark
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"Handguns kill. That is their only practical purpose. Often, they kill people, and so it is understandable that those most likely to be threatened by a handgun should be motivated to ban them."

"But, as with most issues that cross into the matter of civil liberties, what to do about the rash of handguns falling into the hands of people not afraid to use them is complicated. And, increasingly, urgent." ...
 

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