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Athletes and Guns
Submitted by: doug

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"So, what do many NFL players do when they realize that their physical strength does not give them enough protection from violent crime? The same as many other would-be victims -- they get guns. Well over 50 percent of NFL players are estimated to own guns. By contrast, about 45 percent of Americans generally own guns. Shortly before New Year’s, the concern that a majority of NFL players actually own guns rated a news story in the politically correct New York Times." ...

"With high profile basketball players including Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen having been arrested for illegal gun possession -- as well as football players such as Alonzo Spellman and Damien Robinson -- the issue of professional athletes and guns is often in the news, and this coverage helps form people’s opinions. (Though, in all these cases, charges were eventually dropped.)" ...

Unfortunately all of the nation's four leading pro sports leagues -- the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball -- trivialize the athletes’ concerns over safety." ...

 

National CCW Reciprocity on the Horizon?
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"There are now thirty-seven states that have adopted a shall-issue position on the issuance of concealed carry weapons permits. The basic difference between shall-issue and may-issue is that may-issue states tend to deny permits to regular folks. In many cases you have to be wealthy, famous, or otherwise influential to obtain a permit. Ordinary people have to prove a need that somehow always ends up being rejected as a legitimate need. For example, a single woman who is stalked and threatened by her ex-boyfriend does not demonstrate a need. The woman should apply for a restraining order."

"A family living in a violent gang-infested neighborhood should move. A real estate agent, traveling salesperson, or truck driver should look for other work. Under no circumstances should a person be allowed to defend herself with a firearm unless she is at home. Lawful self-defense with a firearm in the home is not lawful while outside of the home in the shan't issue cities and counties." ...

"As more and more states adopt the shall-issue policy, the need for national reciprocity becomes greater. The ability to travel freely and to provide for one's defense are hallmarks of liberty and should be recognized by our government."
 

Possible AWB Renewal Vote Soon in Senate
Submitted by: Chicagofarmer

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"S.659, the bill that limits junk lawsuits against the firearm industry, will be coming to the floor of the Senate in a month or so. It is almost a certainty that Sen. Feinstein & Co. will attempt to amend the bill with a renewal of the so-called "assault weapons" ban. While it is likely that this 'poison pill' amendment, if passed, will not make it through the House/Senate conference committee nor survive a final vote in the House (potentially killing the junk lawsuit bill), we have an opportunity to STOP the ban renewal in the Senate."

"A vote on this issue in the Senate would be very close, but could go either way. We need every single vote we can get. Please take just a moment to call both of your Senators, urging them to oppose S.1034 (the standalone bill that renews and slightly expands the 1994 'Assault Weapons' Ban) or any attempt to amend a ban renewal to S.659, the junk lawsuit preemption bill. Even if one or both of your Senators are known to be anti-gun, it doesn't hurt to remind them of how unpopular this issue is."

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One Man's Lonely Fight to Bear Arms
Submitted by: Ted Vaughn

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"Francis Warin had a nagging habit."

"Nearly 30 years ago, he toted a submachine gun into Toledo's federal courthouse and made a simple demand: Arrest me."

"He got his wish."

"Two months ago, the Ottawa County man mailed a homemade gun and silencer to an assistant U.S. attorney. To ensure there was no confusion, he sent the package by certified mail, complete with his return address."

"Warin again got his wish: He was arrested once more."

"Now the 72-year-old gun-rights advocate is fighting to get out of the Lucas County Jail - staging a hunger strike to try to force authorities' hands." ...
 

Armed Older Americans
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Every two and half minutes property crimes are committed in the U.S.

More Americans 65 and older are purchasing guns for protection. In fact 200,000,000 guns are in the hands of private citizens.

But, for the first time in history it's older Americans who own the most guns.

"12 gauge shotgun, then the next three are 22 rifles." Weldon Samm is part of a growing group of older Americans who own gun's.

While he uses the guns to hunt they're also used to protect himself, his wife and property.

Not so long ago, personal gun ownership was the highest among middle aged Americans. Now the trend has shifted to older Americans who are buying guns to protect themselves and their property. . . . .
 

FBI Agent's Credentials, Gun, Truck Stolen
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FBI says the theft is not a security breach.

HOUSTON -- "An FBI agent in town for Super Bowl security became a crime victim when his pickup truck was stolen with his credentials and gun inside..."

"The agent had just checked into Holiday Inn, 7787 Katy Freeway at Silber, when his truck was stolen from the parking lot around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. He was carrying baggage to his room, and when he returned to the parking lot, the truck was gone." ...

"The stolen vehicle was found about six hours later in the 7400 block of Fir in southeast Houston. Most of the items inside were gone, including the agent's 9mm Glock, FBI credentials, Hazmat suit and helmet." ...
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But at least the "Homeland" is "Secure", right? Meanwhile, a guy who was hired by the federal government to secure the Superbowl can't even secure his own equipment.
 

CA: School lockdown over alleged gun, gun never found, student charged anyway
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- "A Sacramento school was put into lockdown mode Wednesday after a teacher spotted a student with a gun, according to authorities."

"Students from Hiram Johnson High School were held inside classrooms for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon after a teacher saw a male student holding a gun while standing over a female student, officials said." ...

" 'We have not located the alleged gun. We're not certain or sure there is a gun. But we want to obviously make sure there is no gun outstanding,' said Sacramento Police Department spokesman Justin Risley." ...

"The male student was charged with having a gun on school property."
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LESSON LEARNED: A teacher can merely say she saw a gun to get a student charged with having a gun on campus. No evidence is required. No proof is needed.
 

CO: CBI's Computer Bugs Bog Down Gun Sales
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DENVER -- "The Colorado Bureau of Investigation's computer system was on the blink this week, causing headaches for many Colorado businesses, especially gun shops."

"CBI's system is crucial for conducting the mandatory background checks required for anyone who wants to buy a firearm."

"The computer glitch wasn't just an inconvenience for someone who wants to buy a gun -- it also meant that gun shop owners were losing thousands of dollars in business, 7NEWS reported." ...

"The CBI's computer was finally up and running again Wednesday but during the two days when there were problems, all customers could do was fill out paperwork and wait." ...

" '(It) never surprises me. The CBI has had a lot of problems with this system,' said Dudley Brown with the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners." ...
 

FL: Family Finds Officer's Assault Rifle Left Along Roadside
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Put this one in the "Howcome I never find this stuff?" file...
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- "Another officer's lost gun is prompting big changes at the Orlando Police Department. A person driving by found the assault rifle and then called police, only to find out the gun belonged to a police officer. Now that police officer is under investigation."

"A family found the weapon, still in its case, along North Orange Blossom Trail at John Young Parkway and Lee Road."

"Police officials say this is getting ridiculous, as they've seen guns left behind a few times in the last couple of months. But this week, they'll take extra steps to make sure officers stick to their guns." ...

"Back in November, another Orlando officer left his gun on the roadside. Officer Sam McFarland's police cruiser got a flat and he emptied his trunk to get the spare near Curry Ford Road. He never put his rifle back in its place and a business owner found it the next morning."

"And just days earlier, another Orlando officer left his personal gun in the auditorium of Kaley Elementary School." ...
 

IL: Legislator wants law that overrides handgun bans
Submitted by: Chris Covert

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"Arguing that a Wilmette man had a right to shoot an intruder in his home -- regardless of a local ban on handguns -- a state representative is proposing legislation that would override such bans when the guns are used in self-defense." ...

"Bradley said authorities are wrong in prosecuting Hale DeMar for violating Wilmette's handgun ban and for failing to renew an Illinois Firearm Owner's Identification card. The Constitution guarantees the right to bear arms, he said." ...

Gun banner's reply...

Chris Boyster of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence: "He was not a law-abiding citizen. He had a handgun, there was a handgun ban, he broke the law."
 

IL: Sparta gets 2nd shooting contest
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"The future World Shooting Complex in Sparta, Ill., is getting yet another gun event - involving cowboy-style competition - and Randolph County expects it to be an economic shot in the arm."

"The first Single Action Shooting Society Illinois State Championship will be held July 28-31 next year at the complex. The event, to be known as the Randolph County Ruckus, will be open Midwestern members of shooting society, including 1,000 in Illinois." ...
 

IL: Seven letters on Hale DeMar and pro-2A
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Rifles are next

I just wanted to mention that Dan Proft's column on Hale DeMar in Wilmette ["Dose of Reality Demands Political Shootout on North Shore," January 12] is posted on KeepAndBearArms.com.

Also, in the article he talked about the limousine liberals and the illuminati on the Board. It is very interesting the letter I sent to the Board regarding their banning of firearms, basically calling them out as being elitists, Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Knights Templar, etc.

Even if they aren't members of these types of groups, they certainly hold the exact same philosophy. They are scared to death of an armed citizenry.

They will do whatever they can to ban guns, including rifles. That is next I am sure.
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NOTE: There are other good letters on this page in support of your right to keep and bear arms -- including one from a police officer.
 

MA: Federal agents charge two with illegal gun dealing
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"Federal agents arrested two men Wednesday and charged them with illegally selling guns that authorities said were meant for criminals in the Springfield area."

"Andrey Buynovskiy, 22, of Springfield, and Roman Zhirnov, 33, of West Springfield, were ordered detained until their arraignment scheduled for Friday by U.S. District Court Magistrate Kenneth Neiman."

"A 13-count indictment charges Buynovskiy, Zhirnov and three others with selling illegal guns in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to a federal agent posing as a buyer. Authorities say the men sold the agent about 25 guns between July 2001 and October 2002."

"The indictment says the men removed the serial numbers from the guns and sold them without a license to do so." ...
 

MD: Senate president lends Beretta USA a helping hand
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ANNAPOLIS -- "Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. promised Thursday to sponsor legislation that would help local handgun manufacturer Beretta USA comply with the trigger lock provision in a landmark gun safety bill passed in 2000."

"Miller (D-Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach said Accokeek-based Beretta has not been able to sell its handguns in the state because of a controversial trigger lock provision contained in the gun law championed by Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D). Miller made no bones that he wants to help Beretta -- which is in his southern Prince George's County district -- comply with the law and sell its handguns to Marylanders." ...

"Miller emphasized that his bill will not weaken the provisions of the bill, dubbed the Responsible Gun Safety Act of 2000. It is intended only to clarify the definition of the locking device that has to be built into new handguns." ...
 

ND: South expels student for year in gun incident
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"A Fargo South High student was expelled for one year for firing a pellet gun at two other students -- a prank that triggered a 'zero tolerance' response." ...

" 'There were other students in the room and the weapon was discharged six or eight times,' Wolff said."

"Sgt. Dave Tod of the Fargo Police Department said it appears the student was indulging in a foolish prank with the recreational gun, made to resemble a real handgun."
 

NY: Rapist shot dead in possible vigilante attack
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A 50-year-old Yonkers man who is a convicted violent sex offender was fatally shot yesterday morning as he walked on Riverdale Avenue near the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Microsociety School, police said."

"Police Commissioner Robert Taggart said detectives were trying to determine if Richard L. Tunley's background as a sexual predator with 15 arrests — including six felonies and nine misdemeanors — had anything to do with why he was shot to death on the street."

" 'Our victim in this case, Mr. Tunley, is a known violent felon who has 15 convictions for various criminal activities,' Taggart said yesterday. 'At least one of those felonies is for a rape. He is classified as a Level Three sex offender, which would qualify him as a sexual predator.' ... "

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So why is it that a violent sexual predator is free to roam the streets while the citizens have to jump through a myriad of bureaucratic hoops to be able to defend themselves with a firearm when he rapes again?
 

PA: Court says driving drunk makes carrying unlicensed firearm a felony
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"A former police officer who argued that a drunken driving conviction should not trigger felony penalties for carrying an unlicensed gun lost an appeal in state Superior Court."

"Scott Alan Derr, 31, registered a blood-alcohol reading of 0.328 percent on May 16, 2001, after police in Camp Hill found him asleep inside his pickup truck with the keys in the ignition, according to court records. A shotgun and a loaded .25-caliber automatic handgun were in the cab, police said."

"State law converts the offense of carrying an unlicensed firearm, usually a misdemeanor, into a felony when the defendant simultaneously commits any other criminal violation." ...
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NOTE: The proper term for someone who blows a .328 in a breath test is: WASTED.
 

TX: Customer kills armed robber
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A man police said was trying to rob a business Wednesday evening died after being shot inside.

Samuel Nathaniel Eastland, 23, died after he rushed to the back of the business and was shot by a man identified by police as Keith Andre Spates. Eastland was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eastland and two other men were dressed in ski masks and carrying weapons when they kicked in the front door of the business at 636 West Little York. After Eastland rushed in and was shot, the other two fled.

Anyone with information on the other two unknown wanted suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.
 

UT: Gun-lock measure misfires
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"A bill requiring gun owners to lock up their weapons and ammunition was tabled by a Senate committee Tuesday after lawmakers said they wanted its sponsor and the state's powerful gun lobby to work on a compromise."

"SB38 is the fifth attempt by Sen. Paula Julander, D-Salt Lake, to give Utah a CAP — child access prevention — law. Her 2004 bill could criminally penalize those whose failure to store weapons and ammunition in separate, locked compartments results in the accidental shooting of a child."

"Julander's conservative colleagues in the Senate have long disliked the bill and have sided with gun lobbyists who favor safe-storage education as opposed to legislation to help keep children safe."
 

CA: Contraband weapons ready for remade lives
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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. . . "The medieval weapon lay jumbled with a collection of swords, machetes and knives Tuesday morning on a shelf inside the Richmond PD's mobile command van."

"Below it, were about 700 firearms of every size and shape, from palm-sized .22-caliber pistols to massive shotguns and assault rifles. Need a silencer? They've got 'em. Switchblades too, and illegal high-capacity ammunition clips."

"The contraband weapons of today, police say, will become the metal pipes and manhole covers of tomorrow."

"On Tuesday, evidence technicians loaded the van full of weapons confiscated by the department during 2003 and made their semi-annual visit to a local foundry, where the cache was incinerated and smelted, police Sgt. Enos Johnson said." ...
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NOTE: Bragging about destroying perfectly good weapons is an embarrassment, not a matter of pride. There are lawful, peaceable people who cannot afford self-defensive weapons and could use a firearm for home defense.
 

WI: Conceal-and-carry override faces delays
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Tuesday came and went without an Assembly vote to repeal Gov. Jim Doyle's conceal-and-carry veto as Republican leaders allegedly postponed voting until this Thursday to secure more votes to override."

"Assembly Speaker John Gard, R-Peshtigo, said the Assembly would delay voting on the action in order to 'pass a good law.' "

"Gard's press secretary, Steve Bass, said although legislators have been pressured by constituents to approve the legislation quickly, the vote was delayed Tuesday to ensure the passing of effective legislation."

" 'There is in no way a time crunch for the passage of this legislation,' Bass said." ...
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So says the man who has armed troopers guarding his workspace.
 

WI: CCRKBA Urges 'Final Push' by CCW Supporters in Wisconsin
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"Rescheduling of a veto override vote in Wisconsin until Thursday has given backers of personal safety legislation one more day to lobby lawmakers in Madison in an effort to see concealed carry become a reality in the Badger State."

"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today renewed its call to Wisconsin gun owners to utilize the toll-free Legislative Hotline (1-800-362-9472) to contact their representatives."

" 'This vote will come right down to the wires,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, 'and it is imperative for every Wisconsinite who supports the concept of personal protection to make their voices heard.' " ...
 

CA: Santa Cruz police reissue warnings after continued spike in sex assaults
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Santa Cruz police have reissued advice to women on how to protect themselves from sexual assaults as the city deals with a disturbing spike in such attacks in and near the downtown area since September."

"There has been little to connect the cases to one another, so police believe they have more than one suspect on their hands."

"Today the police department reissued a set of recommendations. Among them:

"• Don't walk alone. Walk assertively, with your head up. Be alert.

"• Take a self-defense class.

"• Trust your gut feeling. Go to a safer place if you are concerned.

"• Don't hesitate to call 911." ...
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Best of all, get a gun and be ready to use it! But then again, carrying a firearm for self-defense in Santa Cruz is a felony. So the choice to local women is clear: if you are confronted by a rapist, you either submit, fight him off with your bare hands and whatever other weapon is available -- or risk a felony prosecution for carrying illegally.

And gun banners actually believe they hold the moral high ground? Please. Opposing self-defense is the same as endorsing sexual predators.
 

MI: Sexual Predator Targets Women Waiting for the Bus
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"Detroit police are searching for a sexual predator who has threatened at least two women at gunpoint who were waiting at bus stops. Both incidents happened on the Detroit’s east side."

"Detroit police say the first incident occurred Tuesday afternoon. The victim was a 24-year-old woman who was just waiting for the bus. The suspect drove up, pulled a gun, and forced her into the car. After driving away, he told the woman to perform a sexual act on him. The victim waited for the suspect to put his gun down, when she punched him in the face and got out of the car and ran." ...
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NOTE: The most likely easy pickens for rapists are those who vocally support gun bans and oppose armed self-defense.
 

UK: Police instructing foreign college students on how to be good victims
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I pick up Valerie's account in her own words: "Her first question was to the women, 'How many of you brought Mace?' Three girls raised their hands. She told us we couldn't use it, shouldn't even carry it, it was illegal.

"Had any of us brought any other type of weapon, such as a knife? Several of the men in our group indicated that they carried pocket knives. She told us to leave them at home too."

"Then she instructed us on how to properly be a victim. If we were attacked, we were to assume a defensive posture, such as raising our hands to block an attack." ...
 

CA: Criminals come in all colors, even blue
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"In view of this most recent affront to the people of Oakland and surrounding cities, with regards first to the vindications of those rogue officers commonly known as the Riders, we now are slapped in the face with utter insult by the rehiring of proven liar and criminal, former Vice Officer John Gutierrez."

"This shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially given the fact that the last time I looked up the word perjury it was a felony, a crime punishable by imprisonment. J. Gutierrez was fired for exactly that. He lied on numerous police reports, he testified falsely in court to the extent that many cases which involved him were dismissed, simply because they knew that he was a rotten cop with absolutely no credibility." ...
 

DE: Bill shields officer IDs, fuels debate
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The Senate Judiciary Committee's agenda today includes a bill that would limit Delawarean's access to information about the state's criminal justice system."

"The state's chief prosecutor said the bill, which bars public access to computerized records identifying law enforcement officers in criminal cases, is intended to protect the officers from harm by criminals who might misuse the information. Criminal justice officials said they were particularly concerned that the database might be used to identify undercover officers whose names could otherwise be unknown."
 

NJ: Former officer gets 37 months
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"A former police sniper and sharpshooter turned financial adviser was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison Tuesday in connection with a scheme to defraud individual investors of more than $500,000."

"U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler also ordered Gary Tunnicliffe, 47, of Woodbury, to serve three years of supervised release when he completes his prison term and to pay $541,047 in restitution."

"At a plea hearing, Tunnicliffe admitted that from May 2000 through April 2003, he engaged in a scheme to misappropriate the financial holdings of clients by making fraudulent representations and promises." ...
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But only the "elite", like cops and the military should have guns, right Sarah? Because they are dependable once they are employed by The State.
 

OH: Police officer's job is at stake - over misdemeanor domestic violence conviction
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"An Akron police sergeant accused of assaulting his girlfriend while on duty is fighting to keep his job."

"Sgt. Bryan Banks could be fired if he fails to complete a court treatment program or if a police review of the case finds he violated departmental rules. The 45-year-old officer, who has been with the department since 1991 and a sergeant since 1999, is on indefinite suspension."

"Banks pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge Tuesday in Akron Municipal Court, but the offense will not show up on his record as a conviction if he successfully completes the court's yearlong family violence program. If convicted of domestic violence, Banks wouldn't be allowed to carry a gun, which would mean he couldn't do his job."

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Now imagine if you were not a LEO convicted of the same thing. Would you be able to retain your right to keep and bear arms? Likely not.
 

WA: King County Deputy Accused Of Theft And Stalking
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SEATTLE - The King County sheriff's office says one of its detectives was arrested Wednesday morning for investigation of theft and attempted stalking.

The sheriff's office says he's suspected of taking at least $5,000 from an 81-year-old man for which he had power of attorney. He's also suspected of using office computers to track his ex-wife, members of her family and her friends.

He was taken into custody at Sea-Tac Airport with the assistance of Port of Seattle police and booked into the King County jail.

The 48-year-old is a 25-year veteran of the department. It will be up to the prosecutor's office to decide whether to file charges.
 

OH: Feds more concerned with right to privacy than state bureaucrats?
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"A new federal privacy law may stand in the way of thorough background checks on people applying for concealed-weapons permits in Ohio."

"The Ohio Attorney General's Office is researching how to comply with federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, but also check to make sure gun permit applicants have not been committed to mental hospitals."

"The federal law requires that medical records be available only as they're needed for health care, payment and quality control."

"Ohio's new gun permit law, which takes effect April 8, disqualifies applicants who have felony convictions, have protective orders against them or who have been committed — involuntarily or voluntarily — to a mental institution." ...
 

Citizens' Debate Commission formed
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"National civic leaders from the left, right, and center of the political spectrum have come together to form the Citizens' Debate Commission. Operating with full transparency, the Citizens' Debate Commission will sponsor debates that address pressing national issues, feature innovative formats, and include the candidates the American people want to see. 'The Citizens' Debate Commission will sponsor presidential debates that put voter education first,' said former Congressman John B. Anderson." ...
 

A Warhawk Flies the Coop
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"I would like for the record to show that, today, I formally disavow the Republican Party as well as my past support for the Second Gulf War." ...

"This doesn't mean I've gone Democrat, though. Quite the contrary."

"The First and Second Amendments show we're supposed to protect ourselves. As part of this, I'm going to get off my lazy rear end and learn how to use a gun already." ...
 

The Constitution Is Not The Answer
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"For those who truly cherish liberty, it is reality check time. If nothing else, our history should have taught us that regardless of how much we yearn for the adherence to the Constitution, the true blueprint for freedom is not to be found there."

"Those who love power and its trappings and are willing to kill as many as necessary to have that power, will never allow themselves to be restrained by the Constitution." ...
 

Australia: Man 'stabbed in road rage fit'
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"A MOTORIST searching for his missing teenage daughter stabbed and killed a drunken man in a fit of road rage, the Victorian Supreme Court heard today."

"Paul Winter allegedly stabbed David Vanvelzen in the chest during an argument at a roundabout in Melbourne's south."

"Prosecutor Sue Pullen said the row started after Winter sounded his horn when he was forced to stop his car as Mr Vanvelzen stepped from a car at the intersection about 4pm on August 31, 2002."

"She said Mr Vanvelzen, who moved slowly and was later found to have a blood alcohol reading of .21, remonstrated and walked to the window of Winter's car."

"Witnesses then saw Mr Vanvelzen stagger backwards before collapsing by the roadside, bleeding heavily." ...

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Australia: where self-defense on the streets is banned and raging knife-wielders can do as they please.
 

America the Unfree
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"The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal’s tenth annual Index of Economic Freedom pulls the wool over our eyes. The deception is unintentional and arises from a fatal flaw in the index."

"The index delivers the comforting conclusion that the US is the 10th most free country, far ahead of 155th ranked North Korea. However, the index ignores the simple truth that people who do not own the product of their labor are not free. People subject to an income tax do not own the product of their labor." ...

"Any American who thinks he owns his labor can test the proposition by refusing to pay his income tax. He will quickly discover that he is not a free person."
 

South Africa: Onlookers laugh as policeman bleeds to death
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"Onlookers watched a policeman bleed to death as he pleaded to be taken to hospital after being shot."

"Thirty-six-year-old Inspector Jan Modise, of the Rosslyn Crime Combating Unit, was shot through the thigh while visiting a colleague in Soshanguve on Tuesday."

"Modise, who was off-duty, was sitting talking to his friend, Inspector R Skosana, when gunmen ran up to them and demanded money and the keys to Modise's car."

"They pistol-whipped and shot him when he refused to hand over his car."

"As the culprits tried to start Modise's car, Skosana, who had run inside to fetch his service pistol, opened fire on the men, forcing them to flee."
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Meanwhile, the South African government wants its citizens disarmed in the face of this sort of thing.
 

IL: Stalking: One girl's real life story about a man who wouldn't let her go
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"Someone I met literally became obsessed with me," said Katie Lahnmann, the victim of a four-year stalking.

She met the man while at a Chicago bar with a group of friends in October 1999.

Yet that night of fun turned into a prolonged nightmare for Lahnmann.

Stalking occurs when anyone follows, e-mails, phones or communicates "obsessively" to the point where it makes the victim afraid or concrened for their safety.

"In a year, close to 20 percent of college women are stalked," Merlin said of a National Institute of Justice survey published in 2000.
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And yet the vast majority of colleges and universities mandate that their students be defenseless againt predators like these.
 

I Should Have Taken the Damn Blue Pill
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. . . "Time after time our so called 'leaders' use deception, lies (now called 'spin') and political rhetoric to manipulate the masses and corral them into their world of illusion. By creating dubious problems, demagogic reactions and fabricating solutions which only exacerbate the so called problems they previously created, they weave their web of treachery and wait like the Black Widow -- ready to drink the life-blood from their unsuspecting victim's veins. How many times have we seen partisan bickering take place over no more than the so called 'left' playing 'political up-manship' against the so called 'right', or the right blaming the left for favoring this special interest group or that special interest group, while in the end we still get pretty much the same thing-- SCREWED?" ...
 

India: Sons of ward commissioner, ex-cop remanded
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"Two youths arrested on charge of robbing an additional attorney general's house Tuesday were placed on a seven-day remand in two separate cases yesterday."

"They are Imran Chowdhury, son of [the] commissioner of ward 48, and Javed Kaiser, son of a retired additional police superintendent."

"The cases alleged that the two robbed Tk 80,000 and gold ornaments at gunpoint from the house of AAG AJ Mohammad Ali before fleeing in a car."

"Shortly afterwards, police gave chase to the alleged robbers responding to a phone call from Ali's house."

"The suspects' vehicle knocked down five rickshaws as the driver tried to weave his way through traffic to avoid arrest." ...
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But only government elites (and their families) should have guns, Sarah?
 

India: Three shot in city
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"Three persons including a timber traders' leader were shot and injured in three incidents in the capital in a span of 18 hours yesterday."

"Extortionists shot president of local timber traders association Tajul Islam inside his shop."

"The gang also shot Tajul's another bother, also a timber trader, about eight months ago for the same reason."

"Earlier on Tuesday night, three alleged hijackers shot a CNG auto-rickshaw driver as he resisted their bid to hijack his vehicle at Madhya Paikpara in Mirpur."

"In another incident, a 15-year-old boy, Arif Dewan, was injured in a crossfire between two local gangs at about 3:00 pm yesterday." ...
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But they refer to people who arm themselves for self defense as criminals.
 

South Africa: Crime plagues Eastern Cape, where self-defense is virtually banned and guns are heavily restricted
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"A post office was robbed at gunpoint in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday. Superintendent Johann van Greunen said on Wednesday three armed men entered the North End Post Office around 5pm and held up staff."

"In another incident on Tuesday, Ntsikelelo Ngqezu was walking in Motherwell township on his way to work around 4am when four men approached him. One of the men pointed a firearm at Ngqezu and demanded cash. They took Ngqezu's 9mm pistol and R30 in cash without hurting him."

"In New Brighton township, Nonceba Gqalane and her friend were robbed of two cellular phones by three armed men."

"And in Gelvandale on Tuesday, Sherwin Jantjies was shot and killed by a stray bullet." ...
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More gov't disarmed victims . . .
 

New Zealand: Three bars robbed on the same day
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"Police hunting armed robbers who hit a suburban Auckland bar on Monday night say they may pay for information and minor criminals need not fear a prosecution."

"Police have few clues on the three armed and masked men who burst in to The Hilly, a bar in the Auckland suburb of Hillsborough on Monday night. They were armed with a baseball bat, a pipe and a firearm, probably a cut down shotgun."

"The bar is owned by former rugby league star Brent Todd, who had two other bars robbed on the same day."

"However, police said today they had no evidence the robberies were linked." ...
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Of course these robberies are linked, by a common thread: robbers knew that armed self-defense against their illegal actions was unlikely in any of the three locations.
 

The Challenge of Policing Police Brutality
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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – "DeLacy Davis leads marches against police brutality. He embraces victims’ family members and shouts through megaphones for justice and peace. And he testifies in courtrooms against rogue cops and holds seminars to teach people what to do when stopped by the police. DeLacy Davis is no ordinary activist. In fact, he would be the last person expected to be involved in these activities. That’s because Davis is a police officer. Twelve years ago, he decided he would stop tolerating unprovoked beatings and abuse of criminal suspects by police when he established Black Cops Against Police Brutality (B-CAP.)" ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached, and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of. Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. — James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46

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