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Lies, Myths and Downright Stupidity
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Myth No. 3 — Guns are Bad

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however, fewer than 100 kids 15 and under are killed in gun accidents every year. Of course that's horrible, and I understand why demonstrators say we need more gun control."

"But guess what? The Centers for Disease Control recently completed a review of studies of various types of gun control: background checks, waiting periods, bans on certain guns and ammunition. It could not document that these rules have reduced violent crime."
 

States' Database a Trove of Personal Info
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"A federally funded crime database run by seven states is looking increasingly to privacy advocates like a potent substitute for the data-mining program the Pentagon scrapped after public rebuke."

"Law enforcement officials and the private company that manages the database, known as Matrix, say it merely streamlines police access to information about suspects that authorities have long been able to get from disparate sources."

"But newly emerging facts about the program, including documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, indicate it could also be made to sift through vast stores of Americans' personal data - some 20 billion records - and proactively finger crime and terrorism suspects."
 

Privacy advocates suspicious of 7-state crime database
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"A federally funded crime database run by seven states, including Connecticut, is looking increasingly to privacy advocates like a potent substitute for the data-mining program the Pentagon scrapped after public rebuke."

"Law enforcement officials and the private company that manages the database, known as Matrix, say it merely streamlines police access to information about suspects that authorities have long been able to get from disparate sources."

"But newly emerging facts about the program, including documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union, indicate it could also be made to sift through vast stores of Americans’ personal data — some 20 billion records — and proactively finger crime and terrorism suspects."
 

Airlines Hustling on Data Disclosure
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"Major U.S. carriers are scrambling to create disclosure policies that inform customers they might share personal data with the federal government, in response to two highly publicized cases in which airlines secretly handed over private passenger information."

"The airlines are working swiftly to alert passengers and protect themselves from liability as the U.S. government is poised to force the carriers as early as next month to turn over data as part of a computerized passenger screening program called CAPPS II."

"The airlines are under pressure because of the disclosure last week that Northwest Airlines failed to inform customers that it gave the government records on millions of passengers for a secret security project. ..."
 

AL: NRA may be mute on proposed Alabama gun law
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"The National Rifle Association historically opposes almost all gun-control measures, but recent activity suggests it might remain silent if the Alabama Legislature enacts a law requiring the state to share mental commitment records with the federal database used for gun checks."

"Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, and Rep. Tommy Carter, D-Elkmont, said in the aftermath of the recent shooting deaths of two Athens policemen that they support the concept of adding state mental commitment records to a federal database used for pre-sale gun checks."

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It is instructive that the NRA is not only silent, but even supportive of legislation that could prevent a completely new class of citizens from defending themselves with firearms, as well as has the potential to violate private medical information and allow the feds to use it to deprive people of their Constitutional rights.

 

OH: Cleveland lawyer shopping anti-self-defense op-ed
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"Attorney Stephanie E. Trudeau, a Cleveland employment and labor lawyer who can be reached at strudeau@ulmer.com or (216) 621-8400, has issued an anti-self-defense press release instructing businesses on the merits of banning licensees from carrying their firearms while at work, while shopping, or simply while visiting on business."

"This attorney's agenda is as transparent as it is one-sided. What kind of legal advice fails to address half of the law? The kind from a partner at the Cleveland office of Ulmer & Berne LLP, apparently. ..."
 

Media needs to report without an political bias
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"World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings has it out, not only for the current president, but also for all Republicans. On a segment about gun control, he stated, 'Republicans in Congress try to stop gun control lobbyists from passing a bill on basic gun safety.' Well, first off, who cares if they are Republicans? What does that have to do with the bill? There are some Republicans for gun control, some against, and the same goes for Democrats. Jennings makes these gross generalizations about a particular group, and he likes to make them look like rednecks fighting for their gun racks on their Ford F-150’s." ...
 

Does the Second Amendment still make sense in the U.S.?
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The lies begin at the very top of this inane editorial.

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"In a time when violent crimes dominate the headlines, and when the incidence of violent crime in the U.S. greatly outpaces violence in other industrial countries, the issue of gun ownership has been one of the most hotly contested topics for decades. As with any intense, long-running debate, the truth may be hard to get at, now that it's been clouded by years of well-rehearsed rhetoric and over-interpreted data."

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The incidence of violent crime in the U.S. is much lower than in countries with strict gun control and others that have banned gun ownership outright. This 2001 report shows that Australia and England lead the world in violent victimizations, followed by Canada, Scotland, Finland and Poland. The United States doesn't even appear on this list.

Yes, it's very difficult to have a coherent "debate" on the Second Amendment when editorial boards such as this one distort the truth, isn't it?

And given the increase in government tyranny via such legislation as the "Patriot" Act, Victory Act and Patriot II, the Second Amendment, which protects the citizens' ability to defend themselves from government tyranny is not only appropriate but makes more sense now than ever before in our nation's history.
 

Great News for Criminals: Socialist Brazil Bans Handguns
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"In an effort to trim its high murder rate, Brazil's government has virtually outlawed possession of handguns in public by almost everyone, with the exception of police, soldiers, prison guards and security officers."

"The law, which took effect shortly before Christmas, is being hailed by opponents of gun rights as a bold new social experiment they hope will reduce murder rates."

"However, other countries that have tried this not-so-new type of 'bold social experiment' have had unhappy results."
 

IL: State gun control group finds support for assault weapons ban
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"Illinois residents overwhelmingly support banning assault weapons for use by the public, a gun control group said in a survey released Wednesday."

"Congress passed a federal 10-year ban on 19 assault weapons in 1994. Whether to make the ban permanent, let it expire or strengthen it is an issue before Congress this year. Both gun control advocates and gun rights advocates agree the current ban is ineffective. But they are deeply divided on how to proceed."

"A survey the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence released Wednesday showed 69 percent of Illinois residents supported renewing the ban."

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A poll by an organization obviously biased against firearms finds that supposedly most citizens support their fascist policies? What a shocker!

Maybe this uninformed lot hasn't heard that the "assault" weapons ban has been completely worthless when it comes to reducing crimes committed with said weapons?
 

Gun ban doesn't meet consumer standards
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"With the federal assault weapons ban set to expire in September, gun-control advocates are pushing for legislation that will not only renew the ban, but also strengthen it."

" 'The current ban has failed in its mission to keep assault weapons from being the weapon of choice for criminals,' said Chris Boyster, regional coordinator for the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, at a press conference sponsored Wednesday by the Champaign County Healthcare Consumers."

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According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, these weapons are hardly the "weapon of choice" for criminals, as the gun whiners claim. Less than 2 percent of criminals use them to commit crimes. But facts never stop the gun banners from pushing their foul propaganda, do they?
 

VA: Delegates committee kills pair of gun bills
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"A House of Delegates committee effectively killed a pair of gun control bills on Friday - one that would have kept domestic abusers from owning firearms and one that would allow local school boards to enforce zero-tolerance firearms policies on school property."

"The House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee voted to table the measures indefinitely."

"Gun control advocates touted the defeated measures as common sense, but gun rights lobbyists said the rules would unfairly punish misdemeanor offenders and put legislative power in the wrong hands."
 

OH: Ohio Ready To Add Criminal Records To Anti-Terrorism Database
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"Ohio is ready to add criminal records to a growing multistate database meant to fight terrorism that some fear is a threat to privacy."

"Backers of the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange think it allows police to fight crime by processing information faster and more efficiently."

"Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro believes in the program and has agreed to provide the state's criminal history database, which includes arrests, convictions and identifying information such as Social Security numbers, fingerprints, addresses and telephone numbers."

"Other states have contributed driver's licenses and photos, vehicle registrations, driving records and other information."
 

Review the Patriot Act
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"There was President Bush, full of vigor in a State of the Union address that was as much about answering his Democratic rivals' criticisms as anything else, addressing the Patriot Act. 'Key provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire next year,' he said to unanticipated applause."

"Deft a politician as he is, Mr. Bush might give that welcome scenario some thought. His immediate vow, though, straight from the script from which he was momentarily distracted, was, 'The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule. Our law enforcement needs this vital legislation to protect our citizens. You need to renew the Patriot Act.' That showed the President in command but not in the right."
 

When Bush Loses In November, He Will Have No One To Blame but Himself
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"Let me be the first one to say it: President Bush is on track to lose in November, and it won't matter who his Democratic opponent is. His fabrications, deceptions, and prevarications are just too much to stomach. His duplicity rivals anything in the previous administration, a Republican name plate notwithstanding."

"It's hard to think of anything this president has done right. His policies are every bit as socialist (or fascist) as the most liberal Democrat. We have lost more freedoms during the last three years than we had lost during the previous thirty! Even though Bush has enjoyed Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, neither conservatives nor constitutionalists can point to a single victory Bush has given them. ..."
 

UK: Our gun crime statistics are simply way off target
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"But the reality is that many of the crimes recorded in last week's data - designed by the Government to be used by newspaper editors nation-wide as contemporary - were actually committed almost two years ago."

"Indeed, the very last of those crimes recorded in the figures happened nine months ago. None were more recent than that."

"No indication was made, therefore, about the progress Staffordshire Constabulary might have made in the last year to counter their problems."

"The same can be said of fake firearms statistics, released at the same time, which show a 46 per cent year-on-year national rise. Of course, this is extremely disturbing and backs strong campaigns by a number of Midlands MPs to have imitation weapons banned."
 

Venezuela: Judge throws out gun charges against Urbina
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"A judge has thrown out charges against former Florida Marlins closer Ugueth Urbina, who was arrested for allegedly firing gunshots into the air in an upscale Caracas neighborhood."

"Judge Ludmila Pinto ruled that Urbina fired his gun in self-defense when a man on a motorcycle tried to rob him, the pitcher's lawyer, Andres Peinado, said in comments published in El Universal newspaper Sunday."

"Police arrested Urbina early Friday morning for firing a gun out the passenger window of a sport utility vehicle."
 

NY: Woman gets past N.Y. airport security with stun gun, knife
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"A woman passed through security screening at New York's LaGuardia Airport with a stun gun and knife in her purse — but later discovered the mistake herself and alerted authorities."

"The woman realized she was carrying the items Saturday after a short layover in Detroit and on her way to Denver."

" 'She immediately went, 'Oh, my God, I'm not supposed to have these here,' and called the flight attendant over,' said Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Laura Bennett."

"The pilot alerted Denver International Airport; police met the plane at the gate and took the woman into custody for questioning. She was released without charges."
 

Australia: Blaming gun owners a semi-automatic response
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"I got my first rifle in 1939 and from my experience, a semi-trailer is a more lethal weapon. We respect guns here but the firearm business in Australia is a mess because the legitimate gun owner has been confused with the criminal."

"Almost eight years after the horrors of the Port Arthur massacre, the number of people seeking to hold a gun licence in NSW is on the rise."

"Numbers have jumped from a low of 140,000 in 1997, as the new package of guns laws and restrictions cut numbers of gun owners in half, to just over 180,000 at last count. The number of firearms in circulation has also grown. In the past two years an extra 35,000 guns have been registered, taking the total in NSW to more than 654,000."
 

IL: Retired state cop guilty in gun case
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"A retired Illinois State Police sergeant pleaded guilty Friday to a federal weapons charge and admitted he sold three semiautomatic pistols to a government informant in hopes of obtaining crack cocaine in return."

"Dennis Kalinoski, 61, has been in custody since May when federal, state and local authorities seized more than 400 firearms and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition in his North Riverside home."

"Kalinoski pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing firearms and ammunition while addicted to crack cocaine..."
 

NY: Another shot dead in gun-free New York
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A man trying to break up a fight at a banquet hall in Brooklyn has been shot dead.

It happened at about 4 a.m. at a Masonic temple in Broadway Juntion. Witnesses say a fight broke out early this morning at the Brooklyn Prince Hall Temple at 70 Pennsylvania Avenue. Someone pulled out a gun and three people were shot.

A 21-year-old man died on the scene. Two other men, 27 and 21 years old, were in stable condition at Brookdale Hospital.

There have been no arrests.
 

UK: Raid cops 'right to use guns'
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"POLICE have defended the decision to use firearms in a raid at the home of an alleged drug dealer in the city."

"Residents had expressed concern at the sight of armed officers in their street."

"As reported in The Evening Telegraph, police officers arrived at the house in Lavender Crescent, Dogsthorpe, at about 7.30am."

"There were officers with guns surrounding the house."

"The guns they were carrying looked huge – it was quite scary."
 

Canada: Allegations of corruption, racism, brutality stain Canada's police badges
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"Cops in Toronto aren't keen to speak publicly about the allegations of corruption, brutality and conspiracy swirling lately around Canada's largest urban police force." ...

"Six members of the city's now-disbanded drug squad were charged after a massive RCMP-led corruption probe and accusations of forged notes and police records, false testimony and missing evidence."

"Court documents released last week showcased a catalog of stunning allegations: beatings, perjury, bribery, and stolen drugs, guns, cash and jewelry - to say nothing of allegations that officers closed ranks and even threatened witnesses in order to protect their own."
 

Philippines: Cops back in nightclubs -- dating GROs, drinking for free
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"Less than four months after they were banned from nightclubs, policemen are back in night spots with a vengeance."

"This was revealed to Today by nightclub insiders and maintainers, substantiating the prediction of businessman Perry Mariano, a known club owner, that the ban on policemen in night spots will be for naught."

"Today confirmed this after monitoring the activities at a Quezon City nightclub where some policemen were seen drinking and carousing with bar girls."
 

NV: AIRPORT SECURITY: Banned items seized often
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"Thousands of airline travelers moving through Las Vegas appear to be arming themselves for something more sinister than a ride through the friendly skies."

"Federal screeners at McCarran International Airport confiscated nearly 4,500 'deadly or dangerous weapons' at security checkpoints in the 18-month period ending Oct. 31, according to federal records obtained by the Review-Journal last week."

"On average, Transportation Security Administration workers at the airport collected explosives about every three weeks, a gun every two weeks and a box cutter every day."
 

States Rights vs. Federal Tyranny
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"In 1995 the Court struck down the federal Gun Free School Zones Act. That Act made it a federal crime to possess a firearm in a school zone. The Court concluded that the act of possessing a handgun does not substantially affect commerce." ...

"Ironically, it is the Bush administration that is reviving the old fears of states' rights." ...

"So here we are. Conservatives dominate all three branches of government. They are using their control of the legislative and executive branches to assert their authority to police individual behavior. Meanwhile, their brethren on the judicial bench are using arguments from a pre-New Deal era to deny them that authority."
 

PA: Owner Kills Gunman in N. Phila. Grocery Store
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A North Philadelphia store owner has shot and killed a man he says shot a store employee during an armed robbery attempt.

Police say the suspect walked into the B&S grocery store, in the 1400 block of North Franklin Street, pulled out a gun, and demanded money.

The gunman fired one shot, wounding a shop employee. The owner of the mom-and-pop store pulled out his own gun and fired one shot, hitting the gunman in the head.

The employee, who was not identified, was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with a hip wound. The suspect was pronounced dead on arrival at the same facility.

No charges are expected to be filed against the store owner.
 

CA: A Family Deposed by Force
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Government thugs destroy a family's life and property over a suspicion-- and then when it turns out they were wrong, they continue trying to destroy them.

They apparently don't have real threats to fight, so pick on this poor couple. It does explain why they don't want the people to keep and bear arms though-- someone might take exception and do something about it.

Remember this the next time they say they need to raise taxes or they won't be able to provide "law enforcement." They sure have the resources to spend on harassing people who just want to live free. Maybe it's easier than going after gangbangers, who might shoot back.
 

UK: Knife-wielding robbers tie up grandmother in farmhouse raid
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"ARMED robbers tied up a grandmother and locked her five-year-old grandson in a bedroom before making off with thousands of pounds in cash, police said last night."

"The three men, who were wearing balaclavas and armed with knives and other weapons, walked into a farmhouse near Hamilton while 52-year-old Margaret Baird was babysitting her grandson, Andrew."

"Baird was thrown to the floor, injuring her shoulders, and tied up during the incident at about 7.30pm on Friday. The gang stole a four-figure sum of cash from a safe and threatened to murder the former teacher if she called the police."

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And yet, the UK insists on tightening the noose around the populace by disarming them, forcing reliance upon their bungling, mostly disarmed law enforcement and prosecuting anyone who dares to defend life or property with the most effective self-defense tools on the market.
 

TN: 'First Amendment zones' restrict free speech
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"President Bush's 'First Amendment zones' were not a new development for Knoxville. Police and Secret Service agents have been restricting protesters across the country to zones variously called 'protest zones' or 'free-speech zones' or, as in Knoxville, 'First Amendment zones' for the president's appearances."

"The fact that they're not new, however, doesn't make them any more palatable. In a country that reveres free speech as a basic tenet, it is an insult to limit that right to particular areas or zones. To paraphrase a comment made by a protester in Pennsylvania, we thought all of America was a First Amendment zone."
 

The Power of the Gun Lobby
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Another whimpering, whining, weak editorial from the nazis at the New York Times, claiming that the big, bad "gun lobby" is exercising its power.

Gun owners are millions strong, editor! And we are tired of being treated like criminals and pariahs because panty wetters like your editorial staff are too afraid of the Constitution and the freedoms it protects.
 

OH: Cops combat flood of firearms
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"Guns are flooding Cincinnati's streets, police say, showing up frequently in the hands of suspects ranging from children to the elderly.
As a result, police are increasing efforts to use a federal prosecution program that gives harsher penalties to the city's most violent offenders."

"In the two years since police began using Project Disarm more aggressively, the number of guns confiscated also has jumped dramatically."

"Under the program, every arrest involving a firearm is analyzed to determine whether it meets the standards to be prosecuted in federal courts."
 

IL: Dose of Reality Demands Political Shootout on North Shore
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"Wilmette, like several North Shore enclaves, passed an ordinance some years ago banning residential gun ownership. Mr. DeMar has been charged for violating Wilmette’s Orwellian ordinance and faces a fine of up to $750."

"I know what you’re thinking. According to the Illinois Constitution, 'Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed' (Section 22, Article I of the Illinois Bill of Rights)."

"Such pedestrian arguments about Constitutional rights don’t hold much water to the illuminati who sit on the Wilmette Village Board or serve as their public safety personnel."

"What kind of representation do the residents of a community whose median annual household income is slightly more than $106,000 get?" ...

"When asked about reviewing the village’s gun ownership ban in the wake of the incident at the DeMar residence, Wilmette Trustee James Griffith told the Chicago Tribune that he did not think the ordinance would change but added, 'But I’m glad the guy had a gun.' "

"An Ivy League logician would call Mr. Griffith’s 'glad we ban gun ownership but glad the guy had the gun' line of reasoning a paralogism. I would call it inane."
 

CO: Kill the easy-gun bill
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"All four firearms used in the Columbine High School massacre came from gun shows. Three of the weapons were purchased specifically for the killers at shows where background checks weren't required. The fourth had been legally bought at a previous gun show and wound up illegally in the murderers' hands." ...

"Even thoughtful gun-rights advocates acknowledge that some people should never possess firearms. Instant background checks are designed to prevent crooks from getting guns without seriously inconveniencing law-abiding gun buyers. Amendment 22 is an excellent tool in making background checks more effective, and thus at stopping the wrong people from getting hold of such weapons."

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Now, would these hoplophobic statists care to inform us WHO bought the rifles used in the Columbine shooting? Would they tell the truth and confirm that the guns were purchased legally by others and handed to Klebold and Harris?

Would they report that 22 year old Mark Manes (the son of a long-time anti-gun activist) bought a pistol at a gun show legally and Robyn Anderson both bought the three long guns at a Denver area gun show legally as well?

As both would have passed background checks, had clean records and could have bought the guns at any gun store or show without a problem, would these liars at the Denver Post explain to us please how background checks would have prevented this massacre?
 

IL: Why I used a gun to defend my family and my home
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"What is one to do when a criminal proceeds, undeterred by a 90-pound German shepherd, a security alarm system and a property lit up like an outdoor stadium? And now he has our house keys and an inventory of the things he'd like to call his own. Would the police patrol my dead-end street as effectively the second time as they had the first? Would my small children be unharmed the next time? Would the criminal be satisfied with another automobile, another television, or would he feel the need to climb the staircase to the bedrooms, perhaps for a watch or a ring or a wallet, again risking little?"

"Would my children wake to find a masked figure, clad in total black, in their bedroom doorway, a vision that might haunt them for years? Would the police come again and fill out yet another report and at what point should I feel comfortable that the 'bad guy' got everything he wanted and wouldn't return a third time?"

"I went to the safe where my licensed and registered gun was kept, loaded it for the very first time and tucked it under the mattress of my bed. I assured my frightened children 'that Daddy would deal with the bad guy ... if he ever returned.' "
 

IL: Student, 16, found slain in basement in Sarah Brady's gun control "paradise"
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"Chicago police were investigating the shooting death of a 16-year-old Calumet High School student whose body was discovered in the basement of her family's South Side home, police said Wednesday."
 

IL: Gun-free, enslaved and undefended: Grenades, launcher found near school
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"Chicago police say someone dumped three grenades, a grenade launcher and three boxes of ammunition in a trash bin outside a South Side elementary school."
 

IL: Cop's teen son admits killing dad
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A 14-year-old Mount Greenwood boy faces at least five years in prison after pleading guilty in the murder of his father, a Chicago police sergeant.

Francis Skroch IV, a 41-year-old sergeant in the Grand Crossing District, was shot to death Aug. 5 at the family's home near 111th and Kedzie.

Prosecutors said the teen confessed to killing his father because he felt the rules of the house were too strict. He faces a mandatory minimum prison term of five years -- and possible incarceration until his 21st birthday -- when sentenced next month.

In the weeks after the slaying, the boy's family -- including his mother and sister -- tearfully hugged the teen at court appearances. They insisted that Skroch would not have wanted his son prosecuted as an adult.

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One would think that a police officer, dedicated to preserving public safety, protecting life and property and defending the Constitution would want the most stringent prosecution for his criminal son.

 

IL: Student killed on Benedictine campus - another victim disarmament zone
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"A 19-year-old College of DuPage student was shot to death during a fight at a private apartment complex on the Lisle campus of Benedictine University, DuPage County authorities said Wednesday."
 

IL: Weapons trafficker gets 15-year prison sentence
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"A reputed Chicago street gang member was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for trafficking in dozens of assault rifles and other weapons." ...

"Rowe and two other gang members, all convicted felons barred by law from buying weapons, bought 83 firearms in Mississippi by getting women to pose as buyers, known as 'straw purchasers,' authorities said."

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And again here is proof positive that Chicago's victim disarmament laws do nothing to protect the law-abiding from gang thugs who will figure out other ways to get their hands on weapons to terrorize the innocent.
 

IL: Trial opens in road-rage shooting death of teen
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"The trial of a Riverdale man accused in the road-rage killing of an 18-year-old Chicago woman opened Wednesday with a witness testifying he saw his friend take off after the victim with his gun poised."

"Prosecutors allege that Walter Russell, then a 22-year-old prison guard, shot and killed Aletra Slack on July 19, 2000, after a pursuit that ended when the silver sport-utility vehicle in which she was a passenger crashed into a tree in the 12000 block of Wentworth Avenue in Chicago."

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But nonetheless Mayor Daley wants only law enforcement "professionals" to be armed - thugs like this prison guard who shot a young woman in cold blood with a weapon he was "special" enough to have, while they were disarmed.
 

FL: Brevard corrections officer charged in scheme to recover stolen money
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"A corrections officer at the Brevard County Detention Center was arrested today, charged with two felonies." ...

"According to police reports, Britt's arrest came after an investigation revealed that she got into a verbal agreement with an inmate at the Brevard County Detention Center to recover $53,000 in stolen money as well as two handguns."
 

UK: More Guns, Less Beeb?
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"For a group that holds itself up as champions of Democracy, Britain's chattering classes sure can get their knickers in a knot with the will of the people offends their liberal sensibilities."

"Case in point: a recent stunt by BBC Radio 4's Today program. As an exercise in grass-roots lobbying, Today asked its 6 million weekly listeners to propose a new law for the new year." ...

"Clearly expecting some sensible law mandating fat-free potato chips or renewed efforts to save the ruby-throated thrush of Upper Equatorial Guinea, the organizers were obviously aghast when the winner, with 37 percent of the vote, was a law allowing homeowners to use 'any means' to defend their property from intruders." ...

"As usual, the much-maligned tabloids were more in tune with the frustrations of the common folk than the opinion-mongers of the broadsheets. The Today poll was a clear indication of just how frustrated folks in England are with rising crime and the apparent inability of police to do anything about it, they said."
 

NY: A Rampage of Terror By One Man In 3 Boroughs
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"A convicted rapist went on a violent 13-hour crime spree across three boroughs, killing a young man in front of a 4-year-old girl in Queens, sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Manhattan and shooting at people in the Bronx before he was arrested by a team of police detectives late Wednesday night, law enforcement officials said yesterday." ...

"The man who was arrested, Andre Shobey, 45, had a knife and a loaded .32-caliber revolver when the police caught him. He has spent most of his adult life in maximum security prisons for accosting people in elevators, and for raping, robbing, beating and humiliating his victims in one-day crime sprees more than 20 years ago, records show."

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So while violent criminals are being released into society to victimize yet more innocents, New York is disarming said innocents against these foul thugs, forcing them to face their fate vulnerable, defenseless and completely dependent on the police to protect them - something that the courts have repeatedly claimed the police have no obligation to do.
 

FL: Detention Deputy Fired For Allegedly Pawning Gun For Gambling Cash
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"A Broward County detention deputy was fired after an investigation showed she pawned her service revolver to help cover gambling debts, officials said."

"Tracey Schuler has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing by state officials, although an investigation revealed she also pawned another deputy's weapon and at least 46 other items over a six-year period."

"Schuler was fired in July, four months after she was suspended with pay."
 

PA: Female Guard Charged With Having Sex With Inmate
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A second female employee at the maximum-security Graterford Prison in Montgomery County is charged with having sex with an inmate. This time it's a guard.

Last August, a counselor was charged with having sex with inmates at the state prison. Now a guard who has been watching over the all-male inmate population for more than two years has been fired and taken into custody.

Kelly Rozier, 35, came under investigation after a guard official reported seeing her having sex with one of two inmates she was supposed to be escorting on a trash detail.

Court papers indicate that the second inmate may have been acting as a lookout for the alleged sexual encounter -- but apparently unknown to the three of them, a lieutenant was watching through the glass window of a nearby room.
 

FL: Teen Brings Wrong Bullets To Failed Robbery
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KABA NOTE: Sometimes we will run "Dumb Criminal" stories just for a bit of levity. This one also makes a point. A cowardly, uneducated hoplophobe would never have noticed that the idiot thug was attempting to load the wrong ammunition into his weapon. The typical eunuch our society has been trying to breed would have dropped face first on the floor and wet his pants in fear. This is another reason to ensure that even basic firearms education is introduced into every citizen's life.

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"A teen trying to rob a convenience store was thwarted when he tried to load a rifle with the wrong-sized bullets."

"The 16-year-old stormed into a 7-Eleven and pointed his long rifle at the store clerk, Broward County sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal said."

"But a customer tackled the teen after seeing him trying to jam .40 caliber bullets into the .22 caliber rifle."
 

A (Somewhat) Brief Intro to Fallacies
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"The next fallacy I'll address is the standard used by government at all levels and in all of its incarnations and forms. It is called the 'False Dilemma.' A dilemma is a situation in which you have two equally favorable or unfavorable choices. A true dilemma is, for example, a situation like 'I have a choice: I can work to support myself, or I can starve.' That one is pretty easy-as much as I don't like working, I much prefer it to dying. A false dilemma, on the other hand, is a situation in which the arguer is attempting to force a decision between two equally bad (or I suppose it's possible, good) choices, when in fact the range of choices is broader than the two being offered. The basic example of this is the choice 'Your money or your life.' The standard false dilemma offered by crooks of every sort-from the common street mugger to the government agent. The opponent is trying to get you to believe that you only have two choices: either you give them your money, or they will take your life. They don't want you to realize you have other choices, for example 1) run and hide, or my favorite 2) remove the ass from the gene pool by the most expedient method available. This is the same fallacy upon which the old 'Left-Right' political spectrum and the two-party political system is based."
 

KY: Officer made up story. Admitted he shot himself.
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"A juvenile court officer in Louisville said he was shot by a black man Wednesday night, but now police say he was lying."

"Police said Thursday that Glenn Satterly, 40, actually shot himself."

"Satterly gave a false report of the shooting incident, which occurred in a church parking lot on Greenwood Road in Pleasure Ridge Park, WLKY NewsChannel 32 reported. His bulletproof vest stopped the bullet."

"A police spokesman said Satterly admitted to investigators that he shot himself. After the shooting he tried to get rid of the bullet lodged in his vest. The bullet was tested at the Kentucky State Police crime lab, where officials said it matched those in Satterly's gun, WLKY reported. When the officer was confronted about the evidence, Satterly reportedly admitted that he shot himself."

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Are these the kind of stellar "professionals" you want the disarmed populace to rely on for their very lives, Mrs. Brady?
 

KY: Louisville teen charged in head butting death.
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A Louisville man turned himself in to Lexington police Wednesday and was charged in the death of a University of Dayton student near the University of Kentucky campus.

Aaron Roth, 19, was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

According to police, Nicholas Holmes, also 19, of House Springs, Mo., died after a man head-butted him early Sunday and knocked him to the sidewalk. The victim's father said the altercation apparently started with a racial slur.

Holmes suffered serious head injuries and died Sunday night at the UK Hospital.

Holmes and another Dayton student, Noah McDaniel, were assaulted by a man they did not know near the Royal Lexington Apartments early Sunday morning. The assailant also punched McDaniel, 21, in the nose.

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What's next, Sarah? Banning heads as weapons of mass destruction or registering head owners?
 

MO: Focus of Court Debate in Missouri CCW
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"Until Thursday, most of the legal arguments over Missouri's new concealed-weapons law had focused on whether a section of the state constitution bans concealed weapons."

"But the focus of the debate may have shifted Thursday when the Missouri Supreme Court took up the matter in a courtroom crowded with reporters and supporters and opponents of the law."

"The Hancock amendment, which limits state government spending and bars unfunded mandates, became a key topic as oral arguments were presented."
 

PA: A lack of decency? Quick answers needed to dog shooting by cop
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"A tearful woman reported to Rush Township Supervisors this week that a policeman shot her dog dead, left the animal's frozen body on the side of the road, and didn't even have the decency to call her to tell her what happened."

"To say the incident has dog lovers howling mad is an understatement." ...

"Ms. Meiser claims somehow her 29-pound purebred Schnauzer, which had been tied in her yard, got away. She searched the entire weekend, called the police, and finally, with the help of a neighbor, found the dog on Monday, lying beside the road with a bullet in its neck." ...

"We'd like to know why a police officer would have to take such drastic measures against a Schnauzer, a relatively small, playful dog that's hardly in the same league as Pit Bulls, Rotweillers or even German Shepherds?"
 

UK: Tidal wave of violent crime
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"THE number of violent crimes soared last year, Government figures revealed yesterday."

"Police recorded a 14 per cent rise in offences involving violence."

"From July to September there were 289,500 violent crimes in England and Wales — compared with only 253,000 in the same period in 2002."

"This included an 18 per cent increase in homicide and serious wounding, from 10,000 to 11,800."

"England and Wales have 10,608 crimes for every 100,000 citizens, followed by Scotland and Northern Ireland with 8,315." ...

"Germany has 7,734, France 6,880 and America — known for violent crime — just 4,157."
 

WI: Wisconsin Senate overrides gun-bill veto
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"The state Senate voted Thursday to override the governor’s veto of a bill that would overturn Wisconsin’s 130-year-old ban on concealed weapons."

"The question now goes to the Assembly. If supporters can muster 66 votes to override the veto, the bill becomes law."

"The Republican-controlled Senate voted 23-10 in favor of the override, one more vote than required to overturn Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle’s November veto."
 

Brady whines that her gun owner registration scheme won't fly (for now)
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Sarah Brady, Chair of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March, issued the following statement:

"The Senate voted today to destroy background check records, to make it easier for dangerous criminals to access guns, and to protect the most reckless gun dealers in the nation. President Bush should veto this bill.

"Congress ignored the counsel of their own independent investigative office and instead listened to the gun lobby. It has made it easier for spousal abusers, stalkers, the mentally ill and even terrorists to get guns and keep them.

"Congress hopes the public will not notice. That's not going to happen. Eventually, we will restore the background check system and strengthen it. Jim and I pray that there aren't too many people who fall victim to criminals before sanity is restored.

"The Brady Background Check has blocked over a million prohibited purchasers since it was enacted. In addition, police have been able to retrieve guns from many criminals who have purchased guns and shouldn't have - because records were retained for a reasonable period of time. Now those guns will stay in those criminals' hands.

"I have never pretended that the fight for sensible gun laws is an easy one. But this is a shameful step backward."

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The government is not supposed to retain ANY INFORMATION obtained in a NICS check.
 

NY: Trail of Horror [another version]
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"A baby-sitting Queens teenager paid with his life when he stood up to a recently released ex-con in the midst of a daylong, three-borough crime rampage, police said yesterday."

"Terrance Neal, 19, was slashed and stabbed to death by Andre Shobey, 45, on Wednesday at the Jamaica apartment where Neal was baby-sitting an autistic 4-year-old girl, police said yesterday." ...

"But Shobey, a convicted rapist, killed him, slashing his throat and stabbing him in the chest as they struggled in the apartment on 160th Street in Jamaica where Neal was staying, police said. The child was unharmed."
 

UT: LDS: No guns in church
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"The LDS Church said Friday it will impose a gun ban in its hundreds of houses of worship throughout Utah, invoking provisions of a state law that allow for criminal prosecution of violators."

"The carrying of lethal weapons, concealed or otherwise, within their walls is inappropriate except as required by officers of the law."

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So when this elitist bunch of ingrates and their ignorant policies cause the death of a disarmed worshipper, will they complain when they are sued?
 

UT: Firearm-check bill dies in committee
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"Republican lawmakers defeated a bill Friday requiring pawnbrokers to perform a mandatory check on used firearms before purchasing the weapons."

"The bill -- opposed by the National Rifle Association and Utah gun rights activists -- was an attempt to keep stolen guns off the street and stop criminals from having 'easy access' to money, said sponsor Rep. Judy Buffmire, D-Millcreek."
 

WA: Group proposes expansion of no-shooting zone along Sultan road
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"On a dirt pullout covered with plastic shards, shot-up encyclopedias and appliances with the integrity of fine Swiss cheese, Laurie Bergvall marvels at how many bullets it must take to saw through an 80-foot Douglas fir."

" 'On any given Saturday or Sunday it's just a Wild West show. There's bullets flying every which way, there's people acting undesirably, and there's never, ever any cops up there,' Holden said."
 

UK: Police let escaped cannabis smuggler go free
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"A SCOTTISH ‘supergrass’ who escaped from a 21-year prison sentence for smuggling £10m-worth of cannabis is immune from arrest because police have failed to issue a warrant."

"More than two months after Roddy McLean walked out of an open prison in Bristol and fled abroad, Avon and Somerset Police have still not taken the necessary steps to secure his extradition from a foreign country."

"McLean, a police informer also believed to have links to the security and intelligence services, was sent to the open prison unusually early, and Scottish police sources said it was "extremely odd, not to say a little sinister" that detectives had not yet issued a warrant."

"McLean, a successful developer turned stolen-goods dealer and gunrunner, was convicted of drug smuggling after he was caught with three tonnes of cannabis in a boat off the east coast in July 1996. A customs officer died during the operation to arrest McLean and his accomplices when he fell between the boat and a customs vessel and was crushed."
 

Press M for Murder: Cell Phones That Kill
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"Don't be surprised if you're asked to whip out your cell phone and make a call next time you go through airport security. A mobile phone that masquerades as a gun may sound like a device concocted for 007, but it's the latest hidden weaponry to show up on the radar of law-enforcement folks."

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Actually, it's a gun that masquerades as a mobile phone. But what do you expect from Time?

 

NY: Calhoun opposes hiking pistol permits
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A proposal in the governor's 2004-2005 state budget would increase the fees to register pistol permits, between $20 and $100.

“It costs over $100 now for a person to legally go in and get a pistol permit,” she said. “To raise that to over $200, which is what this proposal could do for someone who wants to legally and totally approved go out and do some target shooting is certainly not the way to go and it singles out one important segment, our sportsmen.”

While the governor said he would not propose raising taxes, fees for some services would be increased.
 

PA: Group looks to close firearm loophole
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"A national gun control group is pointing to last week's triple homicide in Armstrong County as 'Exhibit A' on why there should be a background check on antiques and every other firearm."

"Donald R. Barnhart, who police said used an antique replica handgun to kill his girlfriend's sister, the sister's husband and the couple's toddler at their Parks Township residence, apparently took advantage of a gun-law loophole that exempts buyers of antique guns from registration or background checks."

"Barnhart was barred by state and federal law from owning a firearm because he pleaded guilty to felony charges in 1998. But antique guns -- and even newly made replicas of antique guns -- don't require a background check under the law."

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When have background checks ever stopped a violent criminal from doing their nefarious work? What is to blame for this tragedy - the freedoms we all cherish or the failure of authorities to keep this violent thug locked up while disarming the rest of us?
 

DC: Elite Leave Girl, 14, to the Wolves Because She's too Scared to Cooperate
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"A 14-year-old girl who was killed Friday night in Northwest Washington had been questioned by detectives the day before about another killing, and police said yesterday that she was targeted because she was believed to be a witness."

"Jahkema Princess Hansen was shot in the head, torso and leg in a neighbor's townhouse off North Capitol Street NW. Authorities said she appeared to have been shot execution-style by a gunman who burst in and sprayed a room where Princess, as she was known, and at least one other girl were watching television." ...

"Princess's mother, Judyann Hansen, said D.C. police detectives had offered her daughter protection in exchange for information about that killing. Police were clear about the danger witnesses face, Hansen said, with one detective telling her that a gunman will 'come and put you to sleep because he don't want to do 60 years.' "

"But her daughter declined the offer..."

"Hansen said she was angry at police for not providing more help."

"Even if my daughter didn't want to say anything, they were supposed to put out protection just in case..."

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That's not what the courts say. The police owe you nothing. They have no obligation to protect you at all. They intimidate you, put your life in danger by interrogating you and when you refuse to play their games, they leave you to be killed by thugs.
 

WI: Confession reinstated in tan salon filming
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"In a search of the business, police found the taping system, including a 'pinhole camera' in a security light on a wall in the tanning room, and seized two dozen videotapes."

"Because police knew Troyer had guns at his home and did not want a confrontation with him, investigators called him about 12:30 a.m., reported his business had been burglarized and asked him to come to the police station, according to court records."
 

New Zealand: Bar Robbed At Gunpoint
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Police on Auckland's North Shore are investigating an armed robbery at a bar in Milford.

A man wearing a balaclava pulled out a gun in Charlie's Bar on Kitchener Street, just after 9:30 last night.

Police say he used the pistol to demand the manager open the safe.

The gunman escaped with an amount of cash.

At the time, there were three customers in the bar but police say no one was injured.
 

New Zealand: Children find loaded guns in park
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"A group of young children found a loaded rifle stashed in a guitar case while playing in a Porirua park."

"Police believe the gun - a .22 scope-mounted rifle - and a sawn-off shotgun found underneath it, might have been used during a crime or planted to be used later."

"Detective Sergeant John Price said the children were playing in bushes at Cannons Creek Park on Thursday when they stumbled across the case."

"When they discovered the loaded rifle and ammunition inside, they left it and told their parents, who immediately contacted police."
 

OH: Plain Dealer opinions spill onto news pages
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"Seemingly not content with their three editorials on the subject, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's latest rant about the open records issue and concealed carry is written in the form of 'news'." ...

"The truth always manages to wrangle its way into these stories, somehow. In this one, it comes when a Brady Bunch spokesperson admits that the statistics concerning abuses by license holders just don't provide the kind of 'emotional power' that one or two individual stories can. ...So instead, Tolley admits they must rely on, and fight for, the ability to search for anecdotal stories among the millions of license holders in our nation, in order to attempt to make a mountain out of an ant hill."
 

NY: Kelly: Killing Unjustified
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"A police officer patrolling a Bedford-Stuyvesant housing project Saturday morning shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old man as he headed with friends to a party, a shooting for which Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said 'there appears to be no justification.' "

"Timothy Stansbury was shot at 12:58 a.m. by a Housing Bureau officer who in 12 years on the force had never before fired his weapon, police said. A police source identified him as Officer Richard Neri, who was patrolling rooftops in the Louis Armstrong Houses complex with his partner." ...

"Neri was immediately placed on modified duty. His gun and shield were taken away, as occurs with officers in many police shootings."

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The authorities were sure quick enough to prosecute Ron Dixon for a justified shooting of an intruder in his home. But this swine, whose salary is partially paid by the family of the victim he shot in cold blood, doesn't even lose his job.
 

NY: Explosion Sets Off Terrorism Scare
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"An eccentric artist welding a makeshift confetti gun set off a mad terrorism scare in Brooklyn Saturday when the device exploded and police found weapons and maps of the city in his apartment, officials said." ...

"Hackett was arrested on weapons possession charges after police found two AK-47 rifles, a World War II-vintage Sten gun and maps of New York City, the Aqueduct Water Tunnel and other sensitive locations. In his studio, they also found a picture of the World Trade Center, several maps and blueprints." ...

"Richard Nelson, 15, who lives across the street from Hackett and often visits him to see his art, said Hackett uses gun parts to form his work, but was not a threat."
 

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