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Exclusive: TSA’s Email Threat ‘Last Straw’ for Congressman
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"A sponsor of the anti-terrorism legislation aimed at arming commercial airline pilots against hijackers says a threatening email uncovered as part of a CNSNews.com investigation into the implementation of that program, is 'the final straw.' "

"U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) plans to introduce legislation, "right away," along with House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) and as many as 50 co-sponsors, to force major changes in the program. The proposal would primarily remove most of the Transportation Security Administration's influence over what is formally known as the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program. Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is expected to introduce an identical bill in the Senate."

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Congress says, "Arm our pilots." Bush says, "When I feel like it." In the meantime, American pilots train to shoot us down with Sidewinders. It's a crazy world!
 

Federal judge rules part of Patriot Act unconstitutional
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"A federal judge has declared unconstitutional a portion of the USA Patriot Act that bars giving expert advice or assistance to groups designated international terrorist organizations."

"The ruling marks the first court decision to declare a part of the post-September 11, 2001 anti-terrorism statute unconstitutional, said David Cole, a Georgetown University law professor who argued the case on behalf of the Humanitarian Law Project." ...

"The case before the court involved five groups and two U.S. citizens seeking to provide support for lawful, nonviolent activities on behalf of Kurdish refugees in Turkey."

"The Humanitarian Law Project, which brought the lawsuit, said the plaintiffs were threatened with 15 years in prison if they advised groups on seeking a peaceful resolution of the Kurds' campaign for self-determination in Turkey."

"The judge's ruling said the law, as written, does not differentiate between impermissible advice on violence and encouraging the use of peaceful, nonviolent means to achieve goals."
 

Tiahrt provision requires destruction of gun purchase records
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"The government will destroy records on gun buyers after one day because of a provision Kansas Rep. Todd Tiahrt inserted into the spending bill that became law last week."

"The length of time for keeping records will be shortened from 90 days to one day after a gun buyer passes a background check."

"First proposed two years ago by Attorney General John Ashcroft two years ago, the change is a victory for gun rights advocates who argue that keeping the records is an invasion of privacy."

"Gun control advocates say that destroying records immediately will handicap efforts to keep guns away from criminals and others who should not have them."
 

Report: More cellphones used as guns
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"Hollowed out cellphones that can shoot four .22 caliber bullets are spreading but so far none have been found in the United States, Time Magazine reported."

"The magazine's latest edition said the cellphones are made in Croatia and have been seized in drug raids in the Netherlands, England and Germany."

"The cellphone guns are fired by pressing buttons on the key pad."

"The appearance of the disguised weapons is causing closer scrutiny at airports and other inspection points, with more owners forced to turn on their cellphones and demonstrate they are genuine."
 

Zogby polls on voters' views on CCW & other firearm owners' rights
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"In a pre-9/11 poll, 67% of Ohioans said they preferred a CCW law that had training and background checks. Yet this isn't what we've been hearing from the gun ban lobby, now is it?"

"After reading these results from Zogby, you'll have good reason to expect that 67% figure has gone up in Ohio, as the numbers have gone up nationwide. We certainly don't expect to be seeing these new findings in the national headlines this week. But it is BIG national news."
 

NY: Neighbors Say Cop a 'Nice Guy'
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"The NYC police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager on a Brooklyn rooftop early Saturday was described Sunday by his Wantagh neighbors as a 'jolly' family man and a 'nice guy.' "

"Those who know Richard Neri were slow to criticize and quick to praise the man who New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said may have committed an 'unjustified' shooting when he fired a bullet from his service pistol into 19-year-old Timothy Stansbury of Bedford-Stuyvesant."

" 'He had a jolly attitude,' said Steve Petrucci who lives across the street from Neri. 'I would have thought he was a chef.' "

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In other words, he was overweight and obviously did not have enough training with his firearm to effectively carry out his duties.

Judging from all the reports, there was likely no malice involved, but there was plenty of incompetence.
 

TN: Vincent Says Tennesseans Passionate Over Right To Bear Arms
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"Rep. Jim Vincent said Monday he planned to tell House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh that 'he doesn't realize that a lot of Tennesseeans are passionate about their Second Amendment rights.' "

"House Speaker Naifeh blasted Rep. Vincent for introducing a bill that would let legislators carry guns without permits, calling it frivolous."

"Rep. Vincent said the part about the legislators was just the caption to a broader bill he planned to amend later changing various aspects of gun regulations."
 

An Ounce of Prevention
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"Recently I wrote about "Warning Signs," some of those indicators that our liberty is under serious and imminent threat. " ...

"The answer, of course, is at least as complex as the problem: a government out of control on virtually every level, and freedom under siege at almost every turn. But, simplistically speaking, there are still things that can be done even by those who (for reasons I'm sure I don't understand) don't want to do all that much. Of course, before you do anything else, you need to commit to working for those things that are Constitutional, and against those things that are not." ...
 

Germany: U.S. soldier, just out of prison, gets two years for robbery
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"A Schweinfurt-based soldier pleaded guilty last week to charges of robbery and assault against a German couple, a crime he committed barely one month after being released from jail on other charges."

"Pvt. Anthony G. Fugle, 20, of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, was sentenced to two years in military prison Tuesday at a court-martial in Schweinfurt, said Capt. Jason Duncan, the prosecutor." ...

"Fugle pulled a plastic replica of a pistol and threatened the Zeitlers, Duncan said. According to testimony, he ripped a chain from the man’s neck, pushed him to the ground, and beat him."

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But only cops and the military should have guns, right Sarah?
 

OR: Gun show draws fans of weapons both new and old
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"" 'When I'm collecting guns, I'm collecting history,' says Percival of Salem, owner of Saber Publishing, a budding producer of self-help books."

"Percival occupied one of 1,000 tables at the Rose City Gun Collectors 2004 Gun & Knife Show, which ran Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Expo Center. Organizer Wes Knodel said the show, one of seven he plans this year at the center, is one of the largest in the Northwest. Knodel said it drew 10,000 visitors to buy, sell, trade and admire guns and other weapons."

"Percival's pride and joy is a Manhattan Arms Co. revolver made, he supposes, in New York in the 1880s. It fires a .44-caliber Colt round from a cylinder that swings open horizontally from the barrel."
 

UT: Banning guns in church breaks law, commandments (Letter)
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"To you residents of Utah who believe that guns don't have any place in a sanctuary, answer one question: Would you place a sign in the front window of your house that reads, 'There are no weapons in this house'?"

"If the answer is no, then what makes you think God wants the same sign in the front window of his house?" ...

"To you legislators of Utah, remember that you have taken a solemn oath to support, obey and defend the constitutions of the United States and Utah."

"The second article of the Bill of Rights, and Article 1, Section 6 of Utah's Constitution, states: 'The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' "

"Now, you legislators, what part of 'no' don't you understand?"
 

Why bear arms?
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"But he isn't the only one who needs a mouthpiece. Police have charged Mr. Demar with breaking Wilmette's ban on handguns and with failing to update his firearm owner's ID card..."

"In a letter to that paper, Mr. Demar defended his actions thus: 'Until you are shocked by a piercing alarm in the middle of the night and met in your kitchen by a masked invader as your children shudder in their beds, please don't suggest that some village trustee knows better and he/she can effectively task the police to protect your family from the miscreants that this society has produced.' "

"The right to keep and bear arms isn't just about the ability to raise a militia, it's also about the right to protect one's family."
 

CT: Distraught merchant resumes gun sales
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"It doesn’t bother gun dealer Tom Imperati that he’s gone back on his word and started selling guns again."

" 'It’s just business,' said Imperati Friday from inside his motorcycle, gun and cigar store, Tommy Gun Choppers at 635 W. Main St."

"Last April, a distraught Imperati publicly vowed to quit the trade after a local woman, Jennifer O’Connor, allegedly purchased a .30-caliber Winchester rifle from him and shot her daughter. ..." ...

"Sales of handguns and newer-model firearms are in the past. Individuals with pistol permits are also turned away."

"Instead, collectors and out-of-state dealers have become the customers of choice and are only offered rare and antique rifles and shotguns 30 years old or older."
 

NY: Busted guard fired at us say cops
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"Without firing a shot, undercover cops captured a Brooklyn security guard who drew his pistol and fired at them three times, police said yesterday."

"The drama began at about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, when a passenger on a Brooklyn W train saw Kevin Joseph Tester, 48, fiddling with a holster, police said. The passenger followed him off the train at 72nd Street and called 911."

"Police arrived a few moments later and told Tester, who works for Epic Security, to stop."

"Instead, he pulled out his licensed .38-caliber pistol and, defiantly declaring, 'You ain't going to take me,' fired three shots at the officers, cops said."
 

OH: Concealed weapons: Why do people want to carry?
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"In light of overwhelming interest as tracked by a recent online survey by The Advocate, the newspaper asked people at an area sporting goods store why they intend to start carrying a concealed weapon. Of the 1,900 respondents to the non-scientific poll, 78 percent said they intend to apply and carry a weapon." ...

"Handgun Control Inc., the nation's leading anti-gun group, says on its Web site:

"Many permit holders have been stripped of their permits for criminal behavior -- and even law-abiding people get angry, drunk, careless or confused, make mistakes and escalate minor arguments into deadly gunplay."

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And they call gun owners paranoid?
 

CA: ID error led to assault in U.S. jail, doctor says
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"A Nova Scotia doctor now living in the United States claims he was brutally sodomized by guards at a California detention centre where he was held under suspicion of car theft."

"Ricky Chadda said this is just one of many atrocities he's endured as a result of a four-year-old case of mistaken identity."

"He said it's gotten so bad that he won't even leave the country to visit his mother in Halifax for fear of his life."

"Mr. Chadda, who moved to Los Angeles in 1996, said he's tired of covering up the threats directed at him by San Diego officials of the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, formerly known as the INS."

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But only cops (and prison guards) should have guns, right Sarah?
 

UK: Policewoman hit in drive-by shooting
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"A policewoman hit by a bullet in a drive-by shooting escaped with minor injuries, it emerged yesterday."

"The woman, thought to be in her 30s, suffered a grazed shoulder from a bullet which went through the side of a police van and deflected off her protective vest on Saturday night."

"Officers had stopped a white Renault Clio to question two 17-year-olds in Leytonstone, east London, seconds before a dark-coloured Saab 95 estate drove past and fired several shots, believed to be from a semi-automatic pistol, in the direction of the police van."

"Another PC who was inside the van suffered shock. Both officers were taken to hospital. They were later discharged."

"The Saab was later found burnt out and abandoned."
 

Trinidad: Cop kills teen over bump at fete
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"A POLICE detective who was at a Carnival fete shot a man who bumped into him and killed another when he fired into a crowd according to several eyewitnesses."

"The Express understands that investigators went to the constable's Couva home yesterday to take a statement from him but he could not be located."

"Investigators say they will have to consult the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Geoffrey Henderson at some stage and it is likely that the officer will be charged with killing Cato and shooting Solomon."

"Based on initial reports from several eyewitnesses, sources say the officer did not have just cause to draw his service pistol and shoot the men."
 

LA: More Senior Citizens Armed with Guns
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"The number of crimes involving firearms is down, but still in 2002, more than 350,000 people were the victims of a gun crime."

"Some people have said 'enough' and are fighting back and arming themselves. The majority of gun owners used to be mostly middle aged, but now, seniors are most likely to be armed."

" 'More people are becoming victims,' Earl Gothreaux said. 'Particularly the elderly. And they're not going to stand for it.' " ...

"Gun control advocates have expressed concern over this trend, saying with the possibility of dementia as we age, guns are not safe in older hands."

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Of course they have expressed concern. Anything that empowers the seniors, the juveniles and the otherwise defenseless derails their fascist agenda.
 

CA: Arm citizenry (Letter)
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"In a perfect world, so-called gun control legislation would negatively affect violent crime, but in a perfect world we wouldn't have any criminals either. The main effect of the Brady Bill and other unconstitutional legislation limiting citizens' ability to keep and bear arms is to increase criminals' sense of security and confidence that there will be no armed citizens available to deter their unlawful activity."
 

The UN Must Change or the U.S. Must Quit
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"The United Nations is the tooth fairy of American politics: Few adults believe in it, but it's generally regarded as a harmless story to amuse the children. Since 9/11, however, the UN has ceased to be harmless, and the Democratic presidential candidates' enthusiasm for it has ceased to be amusing. The United Nations has emerged at best as irrelevant to the terrorist threat that most concerns us, and at worst as an obstacle to our winning the war on terrorism. It must be reformed. And if it cannot be reformed, the United States should give serious consideration to withdrawal."

"The UN has become an obstacle to our national security because it purports to set legal limits on the United States' ability to defend itself. If these limits ever made sense at all, they do not make sense now."

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The UN is also a threat to our national security because of its consistent attempts to disarm us and render us vulnerable to yet more terrorist attacks.
 

CO: Gun control (Letter)
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"I read your rant against state Rep. Ray Rose's bill amending Amendment 22 (HB 1012), which is obviously more than you did with the bill prior to turning your editorial pencil amok."

"According to the editorial, Rose's bill would make it easier for people to avoid doing background checks on firearms sales at gun shows. Not true, at all. The bill does two things, both of which are needed. It clarifies the term 'collection,' which is horribly miswritten, defining it as a trade, barter or in-kind exchange of one or more firearms. Does that make any sort of sense to you? It certainly doesn't to me. The bill removes that definition. It leaves those items in the bill, but simply doesn't call them a 'collection.' "
 

PA: Entry tactic plays key role in Hirko trial
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"For simplicity, some people might be tempted to boil the John Hirko Jr. trial down to one issue: whether Hirko fired a gun at Bethlehem police before they shot him to death."

"But the trial is more complicated. Even if the suspected drug dealer shot at police, the police could still lose."

"The U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions protect people from unreasonable searches. And the jury could decide that police acted unreasonably when — with no warning or almost no warning — they stormed into Hirko's home with submachine guns and a flash-bang distraction device."

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Hirko was shot 11 times in the back. That should say it all.
 

VA: Program’s Aim Is Safe Gun Storage
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"Four local law enforcement agencies received a total of 2,300 locks last week as part of Project ChildSafe, a program created by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant." ...

"The Winchester, Frederick County, and Clarke County sheriff’s offices, as well as the Winchester Police Department, received the locks last Monday."

"Millholland and Frederick County Sheriff Robert T. Williamson said the locks are available from their offices for free until they run out."
 

Kowtowing to the NRA
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"THE U.S. Congress has done a grave disservice to the average American and severely hindered law enforcement by sneakingly passing an amendment that requires the destruction of background records on gun sales within 24 hours."

"In a belated Christmas gift to the National Rifle Association, the measure was approved as part of a catch-all appropriations bill that was originally designed as a supplemental spending plan to keep government running. The Republican-controlled Congress tucked the measure deep inside the overbloated bill."

"Until now, the Department of Justice required a 90-day hold on firearm sales records to ensure the kind of background checks that have so far stymied more than a million illegal buyers."

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More than a million? Do these editors have proof that the criminals who were prevented from purchasing firearms via legal means did not go out and purchase them off the street or via a straw purchase?

The 90 day hold, according to government reports, did next to nothing to prevent crime. During the 6-month period of July 1, 2001 to January 2, 2002 the FBI initiated 235 firearm-retrieval actions based on information received after NICS examiners initially allowed the transfers to proceed. The FBI reports that during the six month period about 2.6 million NICS transactions were processed. Out of 2.6 million transactions processed through NICS, 228 firearms wound up in the wrong hands. That's .009 percent.
 

Sri Lanka: Policemen shot by robbers
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"Two Police officers attached to the Wellawatte Station were yesterday shot and attacked with knives by two unidentified gunmen in an attempt to rob their weapons."

"Deputy Inspector General of Police Sirisena Herath told the Daily News that when the two policemen were walking to two recently established police posts around 7.00 pm, near the Savoy Cinema they were attacked from behind."

"The injured officers were admitted to the Kalubowila Hospital. One of them was in a serious condition having been shot and stabbed."

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They can't protect themselves, but a disarmed populace is supposed to depend on them to protect others?
 

IL: Oops They Did It Again
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"Just as they did in New York City, just as they did in Britain, the government of Wilmette, IL filed criminal charges against a homeowner defending his family. Hale DeMar shot a burglar and is being charged with violating a local ordinance banning handguns, and for violating state law by not having an Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Card (FOID) for the banned handgun." ...

"The similarities between this case, and that of Ronald Dixon a New Yorker, who shot a burglar rifling the bureau in his son’s room, and Tony Martin, a Englishman convicted and imprisoned for shooting and killing a burglar are many."

"Only adverse publicity about the case saved Dixon from a long prison term." ...
 

AL: Officer's Widow Upset Over 'Quick Draw' Speculation
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"Amanda Walker has attempted to end speculation over the death of her husband, a Prattville policeman killed Jan. 14 by another officer in a training exercise."

"Clinton Earl Walker died during training. Lt. Danny Jones, who fired the fatal shot, remains on administrative leave with pay."

" 'I think what upsets me the most out of all in this is that people are saying they were playing 'quick draw,' ' Amanda Walker told the Montgomery Advertiser."

"She said she has a copy of the police report."

" 'I know what happened. Anybody who said that couldn't have known my husband. Cops don't do that. Cops don't play that way,' she said."

"Prattville police officials have refused to say how the incident happened."
 

NY: ‘Zero tolerance’ turning students into ‘criminals’
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"A 10-year-old girl arrested for throwing crayons, paper and other art supplies around an empty classroom now has a legal aid defense attorney in what started as a school disciplinary case but quickly found its way into the juvenile justice system."

"This scenario is unfolding in Palm Beach, Florida, but education and civil rights advocates say it could happen in New York thanks to the zero-tolerance school disciplinary policies being implemented by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein."
 

Germany: Man charged in mosque killings
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Police arrested a 59-year-old Turkish man Monday suspected of shooting two worshippers in a mosque in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Police in the city of Gelsenkirchen, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of Duesseldorf, said the man pulled a pistol during morning prayers in the mosque and shot two other Turkish men, aged 48 and 58, while 20 others looked on.

The motive behind the killings was not immediately clear, police said.

The man fled the mosque and went home after the killings, where he was arrested without incident, police said.

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Meanwhile, some Utah churches are banning guns on their premises rendering their worshippers just as defenseless and helpless as the worshippers in that Mosque.
 

WI: Time to stand up to NRA (Another sub-American anti-gun rant)
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"Twenty-three members of the Wisconsin Senate - and five Democrats in particular - have sold out to the National Rifle Association. No matter how they try to couch it, that's the truth behind the Senate's 23-10 vote last Thursday to override the governor's veto of a bill allowing concealed weapons."

"Because they are afraid the NRA will work to defeat them in the next election, these 23 senators were willing to overturn Wisconsin's 130-year ban on allowing citizens to hide guns or knives under their coats." ...

"We keep being told that Wisconsin is one of only a handful of states that don't allow the carrying of concealed weapons. So what?" ...

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So what? Next time you are walking alone in a dark alley and are accosted by a thug intent on raping you and throttling you with your own panty hose, you may think it more noble to die. But others, who hold human life and dignity sacred would rather defend themselves with the best tools available. Email this pernicious coward at jettenhofer@madison.com
 

OH: Course in gun safety offered
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"The Fremont Police Department and Sandusky County Sheriff's Office are continuing to offer gun safety classes in conjunction with Project ChildSafe."

"The second of five identical two-hour classes will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the conference room of the Fremont Community Recreation Complex at 600 St. Joseph St."

"The free course will be a combination of lecture, demonstrations and hands-on participation by attendees. Training supplies will be provided. Participants should not take firearms or ammunition to the class."

"Classes are open to adults and children ages 15 and older if accompanied by an adult. Those who participate will be given two free gun locks and a certificate of completion at the end of the course."
 

FL: Operation Cease-Fire moves gun crimes forward, fast
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"Since 2002, the Brevard County State Attorney's Office has employed Operation Cease-Fire, a federal-state partnership that leads to convictions with stiffer penalties under federal guidelines. In some of these cases, new state law on gun violence would generate lesser sentences, if any." ...

"Under the federal system, a convicted felon caught with a gun could come close to getting double the sentence that would be given in state court. The defendant then enters a plea or goes to trial in 70 days. Under state law, the soonest anyone charged with a felony can go to trial is 180 days after arrest."
 

OH: Waiting period needed before buyer can take new gun home in Ohio
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"George Kallas shouldn't have had that .38-caliber pistol in his hand last Tuesday."

"Police had taken away the firearms in his house only two days earlier -- a .38-caliber handgun and three rifles. That was after Kallas had argued with his wife, Barbara, and pushed her down."

"But, on Tuesday, Kallas went to a local gun shop and quickly bought another .38-caliber pistol. Then he used it to kill Barbara. ..." ...

"Waiting won't kill anybody, but it could save lives."

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The assumption here is that the criminal would not be able to get a gun via other means, such as a street buy.

And a waiting period could kill someone who is faced with a stalker or wants to defend their family from an immediate attack.
 

Canada: MP backs gun registry
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"A New Brunswick member of Parliament says he's willing to defend the federal gun registry during the next election."

"Charles Hubbard is the MP for the riding of Miramichi where the gun registry processing centre employees more than 100 people."

"But Hubbard insists that's not the main reason he supports gun registration."

"We're looking at the fact that some 70 per cent of Canadians want gun registration and they want security in terms of how they're stored, how they're handled, and who owns them."

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And if some 70 percent of Canadians wanted to enslave blacks or place Jews in concentration camps, would this be right? Tyranny of the majority is still tyranny.
 

Canada: Politics imperiling public safety: Gun control advocate
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"A national advocate for gun control is worried that politics is getting ahead of public safety in the debate over Canada's gun registry."

"Wendy Cukier is the president of The Coalition for Gun Control says people are focusing too much on the cost of gun control, and ignoring its benefits."

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Benefits? What benefits? Registration has not stopped a single crime anywhere in the world. Nor has it helped to solve crimes. The only thing it has ever done is make it easier to confiscate firearms. Maybe Wendy needs to read her history a bit.
 

UK: "Most terrifying gun in the world" seized
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"THE first fully automatic handgun to surface in the UK - capable of firing 1,100 rounds a minute - has been seized in a police raid."

"It is a Glock 18, banned from sale in the US and described as a "monster of a weapon" that fires bullets with the intensity of a high- pressure water hose."

"The ultra-light, Austrian-made gun was discovered in a swoop on the home of a suspected Yardie gangster. Scotland Yard has issued a nationwide alert as they try to find the owner and establish how the weapon got into Britain." ...

"A Met firearms expert said: 'It's extremely worrying that such a weapon is here. I can't stress enough just how dangerous this gun is.' "

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Boy, that ban just doesn't seem to be working.
 

UK: Father and son guilty of selling gun kits to criminals
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"A FATHER and son were yesterday convicted of supplying criminals with thousands of deactivated guns, ready-made kits designed to convert them back into live weapons, and the expert knowledge to complete the task."

"The jury at Derby Crown Court was not told that the guns sold by William Mitchell Greenwood, 76, a former egg salesman, and Mitchell Verne Greenwood, 42, both of Catchills Farm, South Wingfield, Derbyshire, were used in several murders."

"The men offered supposedly safe AK-47 rifles, Uzi sub-machine guns and a variety of pistols from a shop in a converted farm building in a rural village."

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Gee, those gun bans are doing wonders, aren't they?
 

VA: Airports' gun ban under fire by group
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"A Virginia gun advocacy group is battling the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority over a regulation banning guns on its property - including sections of the heavily traveled Dulles Access Road, routes 28 and 606, and the Reagan National Airport Metrorail station."

"The Virginia Citizens Defense League claims MWAA is overstepping state and federal laws to purposely conceal the 'obscure and unknown' ban, essentially 'trapping' law-abiding gun owners who travel across authority property."

"The authority, which operates Dulles International and Reagan National airports, says it is not bound by 'the more general' state laws and that the ban is necessary to maintain airport security."

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As long as our tax dollars support your airports, we should be able to freely exercise our constitutional rights in said airports.
 

PA: Point Township Police Department adds Taser gun to its ‘arsenal’
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"Point Township police have a new weapon in their arsenal, but it’s not lethal."

"Officer Curt Brown was the first Point Township police officer to be trained to use the Taser M26." ...

"Tasers are hand-held weapons that use compressed nitrogen to shoot two small probes up to 21 feet."

"These probes are connected to the weapon by insulated wire. When the probes make contact with the suspect, the Taser transmits electrical pulses along the wires and into the suspect’s body through up to two inches of clothing."

"When hit, the suspect experiences a five-second shock that contracts his muscles, causing him to fall to the ground."
 

NY: Brooklyn grand jury will investigate "murder" rap
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"A Brooklyn grand jury will reportedly consider charges - including murder - against the NYPD officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old teen on a Brooklyn rooftop."

"Law-enforcement officials told The Associated Press that the panel will look at charges ranging from manslaughter to murder."
 

NY: PBA lashes out at commish
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"Outraged cops and the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association ripped into Police Commissioner Ray Kelly yesterday for saying the shooting of a black Brooklyn teen by a white cop appeared to have 'no justification.' "

" 'It is absolutely wrong for Commissioner Kelly to have jumped to conclusions when he knows that the police officer involved has not had an opportunity to speak with the district attorney's office,' declared PBA president Patrick Lynch. 'This investigation should be allowed to move forward without being tainted by politics or comments by Police Commissioner Kelly or others.' "

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Kelly was revealing the results of a preliminary investigation. Is their desire to protect their brethren so great that it overrides their desire for justice?
 

NY: Fellow Officer: "Tell us the truth"
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"A heartbroken city law-enforcement officer yesterday pleaded with the cop who fatally gunned down his nephew to 'stand up and tell us the truth' about the shooting."

" 'I would like this guy to say, 'I shot your son,' ' said Wayne Clayburne, 46, the uncle of 19-year-old shooting victim Timothy Stansbury Jr." ...

"We want to forgive him. But it's wrong if you're going to make up a story and say my nephew did something wrong. Don't make up a story now."

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It is very telling that a fellow officer is issuing a statement which essentially predicts that the officer involved will attempt to make up a lie.
 

IL: Vote in the Poll!
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The poll is located on the right hand side of the page. One of its options states:

"Neither local control or state pre-emption cut it. The 2nd Amendment is an absolute right. No unit of government has the right to prevent law-abiding citizens from the right to keep and bear arms."

At 6:23 pm EST, the vote is overwhelmingly in favor of an absolute Second Amendment right. (81.64%)
 

Australia: Sorry dad bites bullet
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"AN apologetic father has urged gun owners to make sure their weapons are properly secured -- after his 10-year-old son took a bullet to school."

"The prosecution based its case on the safe key being accessible from the key rack and the fact that the safe was in a visible place."

"Wilton said the offences had cost him not only the fine but also $3000 worth of rifles, which were confiscated and would be destroyed."

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Welcome to the fascist state. A child took a bullet to school. No one was hurt, but this was just a convenient excuse to confiscate private property.
 

UK: Cops blasted by gun nut
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"A MACHINE-GUN maniac sprayed a police van with bullets early today, almost killing one officer."

"Cops in the van made a frantic 999 call to their base after coming under attack."

"One shot flew within inches of an officer’s head." ...

"It is believed the bullets may have been fired from another vehicle. A car, which was involved in a collision, was then abandoned at the scene." ...

"The terrifying incident happened just two days after government figures revealed a big surge in violent crime."

"Statistics in a Home Office report showed that violent crime was up 14 per cent between July and September last year compared with the same period in 2002."

"And cases of murder and serious wounding had risen 18 per cent."
 

UK: Bungle over jail break
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"A DRUG baron on the run from jail could get clean away — because no warrant has been issued for his arrest."

"Scot Roddy McLean, 59, escaped from Leyhill open prison in Gloucestershire in November just six years into his 21-year term."

"He was caged for attempting to smuggle three tons of cannabis — worth £10million — into Britain from Spain."

"A customs officer was killed in the operation to nab the drug gang."

"McLean is believed to have fled abroad and could be hiding out in South Africa, where he has a home." ...

"However cops have taken no steps towards securing extradition."

"Police sources described the situation as 'extremely odd, not to say a little sinister' last night."
 

OH: Victim of anti-gun hysteria needs your support
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"They parade you and your 'arsenal' before the media. They let the media photograph the perfectly legal 'assault-style' rifle and ammo you had locked in the back of your vehicle (yes, it was perfectly legal even under Ohio law). They describe the collection of swords you were transporting—never mentioning that one was a dull-edged souvenir Lord of the Rings sword you'd taken to show your young nieces at Christmastime. They allow the media to take a photo of your tired, bewildered, uncombed self that makes you look like everybody's worst idea of a 'lone nut with guns.' "

"Most strangely, they mutter about the 'possible detonator' they found in your possession. You don't even know what they're talking about until a friend figures it out. A couple of years ago, the case broke on the keyless entry remote that opens the doors of your vehicle. Rather than pay $80 for a new remote, you put the electronics inside a different case—and the police tell the whole nation that this innocent object is a 'possible detonator.' " ...

"Don't make excuses. If you want people to defend your freedoms, defend theirs.

"Jeff 'Hunter' Jordan will be arraigned in Ashland, Ohio, on February 2, and he could use your support, both moral and financial. If you're in or near Ashland, consider attending his arraignment, February 2, 11:30 a.m., at the Ashland County Common Pleas Court. (If you go, please remember that it will help Hunter's case for you to dress neatly and behave in a way that makes it clear gun owners are exemplary citizens.)"
 

Democrats' next stop: Land of 'God and flag'
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"Georgia Democratic Sen. Zell Miller's best selling lament, 'A National Party No More,' argues that the Democrats cannot field a serious presidential candidate because the party is out of step with the South and much of the nation on such issues as welfare, taxation, gun control and the environment." ...

" 'I look forward to the day that Democrats are so scarce in South Carolina we have to start huntin' 'em with dogs,' Henry McMaster said in 2000. They're not gone, but they are on the run."
 

AL: Woman Accuses Local Lawmen Of Rape
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Four local lawmen are accused of raping a woman, NBC13 reported.

The woman filed a complaint this week, accusing two Birmingham police officers and two Bessemer officers of committing the crime last Monday.

Jefferson County sheriff's detectives are conducting a criminal investigation into the allegations, and Bessemer and Birmingham police have opened internal investigations.

No one has been charged in the case.

Birmingham has put both officers on administrative leave.
 

Please urge Congress to remove provision in pending bill that would block marijuana policy reform ads
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"With a provision that is in direct violation of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Congress is on the verge of prohibiting ads supporting marijuana policy reform from being displayed on public transportation systems across the nation." ...

"The provision at issue was inserted by U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK) into the Consolidated Appropriations Act - 2004 (H.R. 2673) while this bill was in a House/Senate conference committee. The provision would prohibit all local transit agencies from displaying marijuana policy reform advertising if they receive funding from the federal government -- which is most transit agencies."
 

"Justice was served…" - BULL
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"Once again, an innocent American Citizen has been railroaded by a team of officials that to the man should be impeached and/or tried for multiple crimes against the American people."

"To say that this writer is angry is to understate his emotion at the moment. In the case of Dick Simkanin being railroaded by the infamous and criminal Internal Revenue Service, the people should demand justice, and demand the injustice doled out by a judge and attorney based on what they believe made void. What they believe does not belong in a court of justice and law - only facts, fairness, and impartiality do."
 

WI: Cops rip GOP claim that hidden guns are no threat
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" 'An analysis of Texas data reveals that between 1996 and 1999, Texas permit holders were arrested for weapons-related offenses at a rate that was 66 percent higher than that of the general population,' Stammen said."

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What an unbelievable liar! Most of these so-called "offenses" involved improper concealment of the weapon or simply bringing it into a victim disarmament zone.

Arrest doesn't necessarily lead to conviction. DPS figures at the time this inept report showed its ugly head show only 29 percent of all misdemeanor and felony charges resulted in convictions.

A recent study confirmed that concealed-carry permit holders are 5.7 times less likely to be arrested for a violent offense.

Now a question for Sheriff Stammen: how many innocent citizens are killed by police error each year?
 

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