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Consequences: Gun Ownership Linked to Higher Homicide Rates
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"States with the greatest number of guns in the home also have the highest rates of homicide, a new study finds."

"The study, in the February issue of Social Science and Medicine, looked at gun ownership in all 50 states and then compared the results with the number of people killed over a three-year period."

"The research, the authors said, 'suggests that household firearms are a direct and an indirect source of firearms used to kill Americans both in their homes and on the streets.'"

"The researchers, led by Matthew Miller of the Harvard School of Public Health, drew on data gathered by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2001, the agency surveyed more than 200,000 people and asked them, among other questions, whether they had a gun in or near the home." ...
 

Harvard Continues Assault on Gun Ownership (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Harvard School of Public Health continues to work for gun control. ..." ...

"Now, I'm going to show you just how full of crap Hemenway, Miller, and Tim Lambert are."

"Using the EXACT same data sources that Miller et al did, here is, in table form, showing -- state by state -- for 2004, the exact homicides by firearm. ... This chart ONLY shows what police in those states have termed homicides. This data comes from the CDC's WISQARS site, the same one the authors of the study claim that they used."

"In the last column, I list the percentage of homes that have firearms and this column takes it's data from -- again -- the BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) Report as listed in Miller's study." ...
 

Congress Shafts Second Amendment ... Again (JPFO)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Alan Korwin, author of 'Gun Laws of America' ( www.gunlaws.com ), recently alerted us to some ominous activity taking place in Congress. Less than three weeks after the 110th Congress convened, the Democrats have already proposed four -- yes, FOUR -- new gun laws!"

"'The Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2007,' H.R.256 ..."

"More ludricrous is H.R. 428 ( http://tinyurl.com/38k7mk ), entitled 'To require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban toys which in size, shape, or overall appearance resemble real handguns.' ..."

"There's also 'The NICS Improvement Act,' H.R. 297 ..."

"The most Draconian bill thus far, though, is 'The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2007,' H.R. 96 ..." ...
 

Knife stabs and shoots
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Law-enforcement agencies across the country have been warned about a deadly new weapon - a knife that fires bullets.

The Drug Enforcement Agency has sent out a bulletin alerting cops and federal agents about the device, a working knife with a trigger mechanism near its handle that can be easily concealed. It can fire five rounds.

The alert came after a video demonstrating the gun-knife surfaced on the Web site YouTube.

"We have not seen it on the streets yet, but there are guns out there being fashioned into pens, cellphones, Blackberrys. Soon, I'm sure, we'll see iPods being compromised," said DEA spokesman Douglas Collier.
 

KS: One Suspect Shot Attempting to Rob Store, Other Flees
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"We have an update to a shooting we first told you about Friday night."

"The victim of the shooting was actually trying to rob the Phillips 66 at 2525 29th St."

"Two suspects were holding up the owner of the store, Dean Yee, with a handgun."

"A man in the store, 57-year-old Michael Mah, drew a firearm and told one of the suspects to drop his weapon before shooting the 17-year-old."

"Mah had a valid concealed carry permit from Oklahoma." [emphasis added]

"The firearm the robbery suspect used was found to be stolen."

"The 17-year-old suspect was treated at a local hospital before being transferred to a Kansas City hospital. He is now in stable condition." ...
 

GA: Authorities identify intruder killed in Hall County (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Authorities have identified the intruder killed by a homeowner in Hall County.

Sheriff's Major Jeff Strickland says the man killed early Sunday was 37-year-old Robby Bailey of Winder.

He says the homeowners were home when they were confronted by a man wearing a ski mask and armed with a handgun just outside the door of the home. Strickland says one of the homeowners shot and killed Bailey after the suspect opened fire on them.

Authorities say the homeowner acted in self-defense and NO charges will be filed.

Strickland says Bailey's red 1996 Jeep Cherokee was located in a field about a half mile from the house.
 

KS: New Kansas CCW Law Already Effective (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Firearm advocates tuned to the national scene may recall that Kansas has recently joined every state in the Union but two by passing the '2006 Personal and Family Protection Act' allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed handguns. Although that law is less than a month old, several people are alive because of one man's actions to stop a life-threatening situation." ...
 

PA: Blame criminals, not the guns that stop them
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Re: the Dec. 27 commentary, 'Too many weapons: Control guns to stop the tide of death', by John D. Kelly IV:"

"Dr. Kelly obviously is committed to the medical profession. However, his negative position on firearms ownership is an emotional response that avoids the true factors in violent acts."

"He blames availability of guns and concealed-carry permits as the cause of 380 homicides in Philadelphia in 2005, noting that 208 of these deaths were over disputes."

"Dr. Kelly seems to purport that holding individuals accountable for their actions is unrealistic, and, therefore, that eliminating the rights in the Second Amendment is the only plausible solution to violent crime." ...
 

Sights on illegal guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In November, one of the clear messages voters sent Congress was to knock off the partisan gamesmanship and start finding common ground on real solutions. ... By putting aside ideology and focusing on facts, consensus becomes possible -- even on an issue as divisive as guns."

"We understand that there are good people on both sides of the gun debate -- and we respect each side. But for too long, this ideological gap has obscured a basic truth: The vast majority of guns used in crimes are purchased and possessed illegally. Criminals who cannot buy guns legally nevertheless have easy access to them on the black market ... Surely, members of both political parties can agree this is wrong ..." ...
 

Mayors Urge Crackdown on Illegal Guns; Resistance Emerges
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mayors from some of the nation's largest cities gathered here today to urge Congress to crack down on the sale of illegal firearms. But their expanding coalition, led by Mayors Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and Thomas M. Menino of Boston, has begun to encounter resistance among some advocates for gun owners." ...

"But there were signs of emerging opposition to the mayors' effort. The New York Sun reported last week that Jared Fuhriman, the mayor of Idaho Falls, Idaho, was the first and so far only mayor to drop out of the coalition, saying he thought the coalition was going too far. The coalition now includes mayors from 44 states and the District of Columbia. (Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, New Hampshire, West Virginia and Wyoming are not represented.)"
 

Bi-partisan coalition of mayors against illegal guns holds national summit in Washington, D.C.
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition (MAIG) held its first National Summit today in Washington, DC, attended by over 50 mayors from around the country. The bi-partisan coalition met to discuss the issue of illegal guns plaguing American cities. Building on the Statement of Principles developed at the first Summit held in April 2006 in New York City, the mayors today discussed the importance of gun trace data, joint lobbying against harmful federal legislation, cutting-edge policing strategies, and the unique initiatives being undertaken by mayors across the country on this issue. The Mayors today also announced that a bi-partisan Congressional Task Force on Illegal Guns is being created ..." ...
 

DC: This City Doth Protest Too Much
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"We thought that this week's protest-related excitement was over. ..."

"But the pro-life crowd isn't the only protest in town this week. The Virginia Citizens' Defense League is protesting outside of the Capital Hilton right now. You remember the VCDL, right? They're the Virginians responsible for protecting freedoms like the right to carry concealed firearms in Lowe's stores, and the right to act like it's perfectly normal to wear a holstered gun into a restaurant."

"Apparently, New York's Mayor Bloomberg is in town for a conference about illegal firearms and, naturally, this is deeply threatening to the rights of self-avowedly sane gun owners like the VCDL ..." ...
 

PA: Street joins nation's mayors in D.C. today to press for gun control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mayor Street joins a group of 50 mayors in Washington today pushing for new strategies to stanch the flow of illegal guns into American cities."

"With Pennsylvania hamstrung 'with some of the most lax gun laws in all of the country,' Street said, the mayors are pushing for 'tougher laws to control illegal guns... . This is a national movement to deal with the proliferation of guns.'"

"The coalition, known as Mayors Against Illegal Guns, formed last April in New York. In September, the coalition joined Street for a lobbying push in Harrisburg."

"With President Bush to offer his State of the Union address tonight to a Congress now controlled by Democrats, Street said that he's hoping for a better gun-control environment." ...
 

MA: Menino tells mayors to band together against guns
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"Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino told a group of mayors gathered in Washington, D.C., they must band together to press for stricter gun laws at a conference he organized with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg."

"'Mayors need partners and that is why we are here today,' Menino said."

"The coalition Menino formed with Bloomberg, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has grown from 15 mayors from across the country when it met last April in New York to more than 100. Some 50 attended today's meeting, where they discussed strategies to oppose proposed federal legislation that would restrict a federal database that tracks sales of guns by serial numbers." ...
 

MO: Bill would end bans on carrying guns openly
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"Missouri's local governments would no longer be allowed to ban the open carrying of firearms or the discharge of those weapons within their boundaries under a bill introduced by Sen. Jason Crowell."

"If approved, the measure would make a Cape Girardeau city ordinance against openly carrying guns unenforceable along with another provision, which is also in Jackson's city ordinances, against the discharge of firearms within city limits." ...
 

AZ: Anti-civil patrol bill wastes paper
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"And now, for the first truly preposterous idea of the 2007 legislative session, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, wants to classify lawabiding citizens as domestic terrorists because she doesn’t agree with their efforts to reduce illegal immigration."

"House Bill 2286 would establish a felony crime of domestic terrorism for people not affiliated with government who associate 'for the purpose of patrolling to detect alleged illegal activity' while carrying a weapon. In theory, this language could apply to any block watch group. But Sinema really is targeting the Minuteman Project and similar civilian border patrol groups ... She has been one of the Minuteman Project's most vocal critics, volunteering with the ACLU ..." ...
 

KS: Concealed carry valid for Kansas visitors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A law allowing Kansans to carry concealed weapons passed the legislature last year and went into effect this month. A recent shooting incident has revealed another aspect of the conceal carry law."

"To some it's a right granted [sic] by the Second Amendment. Others say that it’s an issue of safety. This month Kansas became the 48th state to issue concealed weapons licenses."

"'It gives citizens the ability to protect themselves and their families and other human beings,' Kansas State Senator ... Phil Journey said."

"Now it turns out Kansas also recognizes concealed weapons permits issued in other states."

"'There are 22 states that have reciprocity with Kansas,' Shawnee County Sheriff Dick Barta said." ...
 

MD: Maryland Sportsmen Up In Arms Over Proposed Gun Ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Mere hours after the Assault Weapons Ban legislation was introduced, concerned sportsmen were calling and emailing their state Senators in protest. Approximately half of the homes in Maryland have at least one firearm, and almost every gun owner in the state would be affected by the retroactive legislation. Maryland already has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation, and the highest favorable rating from the Brady organization. However, possibly because of those restrictions, Maryland has the highest robbery rate in the nation and is now tied for the highest murder rate." ...
 

Journals of the Continental Congress, Sept. 17, 1774
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"...2. That it is an indispensable duty which we owe to God, our country, ourselves and posterity, by all lawful ways and means in our power to maintain, defend and preserve those civil and religious rights and liberties, for which many of our fathers fought, bled and died, and to hand them down entire to future generations."

"3. ...are gross infractions of those rights to which we are justly entitled by the laws of nature, the British constitution, and the charter of the province."

"4. That no obedience is due from this province to either or any part of the acts above-mentioned, but that they be rejected as the attempts of a wicked administration to enslave America...."
 

Letters of Delegates to Congress, "...this act has created more universal disgust than any other of Government...", March 6, 1787
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"...Massachusetts have passed a Law---;which disfranchises---;and disarms all the insurgents, the chief object of which appears to be to prevent their voting at the next general Election in May. I have seen Gentlemen who lately passed through that Country---;that say this act has created more universal disgust than any other of Government and that the risings which was so nearly suppressed are rather more likely to begin again than the assembly had an Idea of...."
 

Letters of Delegates to Congress, "...are every where devoting themselves to arms...", Feb. 10, 1775
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"...But is this practicable, is there a resource in human nature for hope of such a miraculous change? is there one example of it in history or experience? a nation is easily corrupted, but not so easily reformed. The present reign may be that of Augustus, but upon my honour I expect twelve Caesars will succeed it. What is to become of America if they should? ought she not to think in time, and prepare for the worst...."

"...if this should be attempted, it will produce resistance and reprisals, and a flame through all America, such as eye have not seen nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of the minister or his minions to conceive...."

 

IN: Gun safety taught with help from Eddie Eagle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The students of Monnett Elementary School were visited by a special guest on Monday. Eddie Eagle flew in for a few minutes to share a message about gun safety with the children."

"'Stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell an adult,' is the lesson Eddie Eagle has been teaching since 1988. To help promote his message the children were treated to a short video about gun safety, a song and a dance called the 'Eagle Shuffle.'"

"Eddie Eagle enlisted a little help having Monnett's first grade teacher Shannon Anderson talk for him during the lesson. Also Rensselaer City Police Officer Matt Anderson was there to teach about gun safety."
 

CA: Xenonics Signs Licensing and Marketing Agreement for Its SuperVision Night Vision Device With the National Rifle Association
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"XENONICS HOLDINGS, INC. (Amex: XNN), a leader in high-intensity illumination and low-light viewing technologies, announced today that it has entered into a licensing and marketing agreement with the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) for Xenonics' new SuperVision(TM) night vision device."

"'The NRA is legendary for the trust and support it enjoys among its more than four million loyal members. We are thrilled to use the NRA name and trademark in our SuperVision branding and marketing campaigns,' said Cameron Hopkins, president of Xenonics' SuperVision division." ...
 

OH: Did media list of gun owners put these 20 guns on the street? (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"The Toledo Blade is reporting that detectives for the Lucas County Sheriff's office are searching for the person or people who took a safe containing about 20 weapons last week from a Spencer Township home." ...

"There are a number of lessons that can be learned from this burglary, which fly in the face of media arguments heard every time they attempt to defend the publishing of lists of gun owners." ...

"3) The gun thieves had advance knowledge of the location of the firearms."

"... We may never know how these thieves knew to target these victims, but it is at least possible that they were targeted by the gun thieves because they are listed on the Internet as gun owners." ...
 

Mexico: Tijuana Police Have Guns Confiscated, Issued Slingshots
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"The police department has issued about 60 slingshots to officers in the violent border city of Tijuana, where soldiers confiscated police weapons two weeks ago on allegations of collusion with drug traffickers."

"Municipal police spokesman Fernando Bojorquez said Monday that the slingshots, along with bags of ballbearings, were given to officers patrolling areas of the city visited by tourists." ...

Municipal police spokesman Fernando Bojorquez said Monday that the slingshots, along with bags of ballbearings, were given to officers patrolling areas of the city visited by tourists.

Submmitters note: Too funny for words.
 

Israel: Knesset Committee Paves Way For Vote on Self-Defense Bill
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The Knesset Committee has exempted MK Yisrael Katz’s proposed law protecting those who kill intruders from the usual waiting period prior to a vote.

The law would establish that someone who shoots a thief or intruder in self-defense cannot be charged with murder.

There is usually a waiting period between when a law is submitted and when it is voted upon. The law will therefore be voted upon in the coming days.
 

Canada: Tory pledge to kill gun registry still hanging fire after year
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A year after the federal Conservatives won power promising to abolish the gun registry, the program is still running - and any hope of killing it before the next election appears to be fading."

"Even gun enthusiasts who have long railed against the long-gun registry have lost faith that Prime Minister Stephen Harper can muster the votes to do away with it in the current minority Parliament."

"'The best thing to do would be to forget about it,' David Tomlinson, head of the National Firearms Association, said Monday."

"'There are no brownie points to be made by going ahead, it's merely an embarrassment . . . . At this point, the best advice is to wait until after the next election.'" ...
 

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