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Longtime gun rights attorney passes away
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Obituary: Attorney John D. Brophy championed gun rights"
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California attorney John Brophy has passed away. Mr. Brophy's name was on the various legal filings in the Silveira v. Lockyer Second Amendment lawsuit. He was "backup" counsel of record in case something happened to lead attorney Gary Gorski. Mr. Gorski said today by phone: "Mr. Brophy's input on Second Amendment related issues was valuable and insightful. I was with him just a couple of days before he died, and I'll miss him."

Mr. Brophy was a good man and a strong supporter of the right of the people to keep and bear arms. His passion and devotion will be sorely missed, and we wish only peace and healing in this time of grief for his family.
 

Australia: Diamond requests return of gun licence
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"Olympic gold medallist Michael Diamond will today ask for the return of his firearms licence in a bid to secure a spot on the Australian Olympic shooting team."

"Diamond was cleared in the Queanbeyan Local Court earlier this week of an assault charge."

"The 31-year-old's lawyers will send a written request to the New South Wales Firearms Registry today for the return of his gun licence, which was automatically suspended when he was charged with assaulting his former girlfriend last September."

"But Diamond has now been cleared of the assault and also escaped a conviction after admitting to not properly securing his shotgun at his home."
 

UK: Man Charged over Fake Gun at Airport
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A man was charged with being in possession of an imitation firearm at an airport, police said today.

The 24-year-old from Cambridge was about to catch a flight when he was stopped during a routine bag check at Stansted Airport, in Essex, yesterday morning.

He was arrested, questioned and later charged. No further details were given by Essex Police.

He was released on police bail to appear at Harlow Magistrates’ Court on February 12.
 

MN: Gun confiscated at PHS; two arrested
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"Two Princeton High School students, 15 and 16, are under house arrest and have been formally charged with a felony weapons violation following an incident at the school Friday."

"Police confiscated an unloaded handgun from a 16-year-old male student who had apparently purchased it from a 15-year-old male student."

"The two were arrested and jailed Friday and then formally charged in Mille Lacs County District Court Monday with the felony violation of possessing, storing or keeping a dangerous weapon on school property."

"The sentence both students could get will depend on their background, said Mille Lacs County Attorney Jan Kolb."
 

WA: Second Amendment Foundation Says Spokane's 'Zero Tolerance Equals Zero Common Sense'
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"The Spokane School District's 'zero tolerance policy' on weapons that left three boys suspended for bringing tiny 2-inch-long 'action figure toy guns' to school reflects zero common sense on the part of school administrators, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) said today."

"SAF founder Alan Gottlieb said the school district, and especially Bemiss Elementary Principal Lorna Spear, 'should be kept after school for this foolishness.' "

" 'I get the feeling that when Spear was in school, she skipped class the day they covered the lesson on common sense,' Gottlieb stated. 'Zero tolerance policies are excuses that allow bureaucrats to escape making reasonable decisions on their own.' "
 

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."
 

South Korea: Japanese boy hurt in hammer attack in S. Korea.
Submitted by: Larry Mitchell

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"An axe-wielding South Korean ran amok in a school playground and injured two young Japanese students on Thursday, saying it was in revenge for a fight with another Japanese, Korean police said." ...

"Japan's Kyodo news agency said the boy -- attacked on his sixth birthday -- was undergoing emergency surgery for massive skull damage and had suffered extensive blood loss."

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Even without guns, someone manages to violently attack a child. Somehow no one is calling for hammer control... yet.
 

Gun-Control Advocates Have Work Cut Out for Them
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"This could be a very bad year for gun control. The grim news began last week when Congress slashed, from 90 days to one, the time officials can retain records of gun purchasers. It may worsen with the lapse of the 1994 assault-weapons ban. Congress should reverse its decision on gun-sale records, and renew and strengthen the assault-weapons ban."

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And why would that be? So the government can keep closer track on law abiding citizens who choose to make a legitimate purchase and who would be able to resist tyranny? So the feds can spend more money enforcing an ineffective and ridiculous law? Or so the politicians can lie and claim that they're "doing something" about crime to get votes?
 

NY: State budget raises ire of sportsmen
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"While Gov. George Pataki's 12th annual budget address last week to the state legislature may not have harbored many surprises, gun owners from across the state were caught off guard by what they view as another attempt by Pataki to take their handguns away."

"Pataki has presented a number of legislative initiatives since taking office that have not endeared him to the sportsmen and women in New York."

"If Pataki follows through with this latest threat, his 2004-2005 budget bill will include a request for a new law which would require all gun owners -- even those with lifetime licenses -- to renew their licenses every five years." ...

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How about the taxpayers vote that the governor move to the Bronx, leave his armed security and just live among the peons for a while with his family? How many muggings, rapes and assaults would it take to change his mind?
 

NY: Point and Counterpoint on Police Shooting
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"How can you come out and say it's an unjust shooting when you don't know all the facts?"

"The consensus among officers is that Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly moved to quickly mollify the family of Mr. Stansbury and to head off retaliatory unrest in the neighborhood. Many of the officers also said that the strategy was unnecessary and that the family and the surrounding community have more patience and are more interested in letting the facts come out in due time than city officials have given them credit for."

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What Kelly gave was a preliminary statement. He said the shooting appears not to be justified, based on the facts already in evidence. The teenager was unarmed and did not appear to pose a threat to the officer or to those around him. Lethal force does, indeed, appear to be unjustified.
 

Bush Pursues Big-Gov Nanny State
Submitted by: Joshua Long

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"In Time magazine this week, conservative pundit and blogger extraordinaire Andrew Sullivan penned an excellent column on the nanny-state policies of President Bush." ...

"Sullivan claims in his essay that while President Bush’s foreign policy is decidedly pro-freedom, that same sense of liberty curiously stops at American shores, where the president endorses a conservative form of the big-government nanny state.

"But according to University of Alabama Professor David Beito, the contrast between the Bush administration's domestic and foreign policies is not unusual. Governments that go to war almost always flex muscle at home."

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The fact that this phenomenon is common doesn't make it any less hypocritical and immoral.

You don't preach the virtues of freedom as partial rationalization for going to war in a foreign land, while at the same time turning the homefront into the very thing you are fighting - a dictatorship.
 

Damn Right To Bear Arms
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"Let’s not beat around the, uh . . . Bush. The United States Government and its various corporate sponsors (known hereafter as THE MAN), exists for one purpose: to enrich and empower HIMSELF." ...

"Fortunately, there are over 50 million gun owners in the United States. There’s still some hope, so long as you don’t try to 'interpret' the infamous Second Amendment, but ignore it." ...

"I’ll be damned if I’m going to ask THE MAN, who’s pursuing death and destruction at home and abroad with a multi-trillion dollar Military/Police apparatus, for permission to defend myself against . . . THE MAN. For permission to speak out against THE MAN."

"That’s like asking Himmler for a bar of soap and 'permission' to shower."
 

NY: Conservatives Aim To Shoot Down Pistol Fees (Press Release)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Conservative Party Chairman, Michael R. Long, let New York State Legislators know, in a strongly worded Legislative Memo, that the proposal to increase pistol fees is another infringement on responsible gun ownership. Following is the body of the memo issued to all 212 state legislators:"

"The Conservative Party of New York State has been a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution and is adamantly opposed to any action that will hinder the rights of Americans and New York State citizens to own a gun."

"We see this proposal as another infringement on responsible gun ownership."
 

IL: Special unit hauling in guns, drugs
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" 'There's no legitimate use for a gun like this,' Cline said, brandishing a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. Cline said the unit was started in the Calumet Area because of the increase in homicides last year in the Calumet District. While most districts recorded a drop in homicides in 2003, homicides in the Calumet District rose to 46 from 31 in 2002."

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No "legitimate" purpose? How about reading the Constitution you are supposed to uphold, you fascist, ignorant tyrant! It is written in plain language, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

And if you need further proof, cops carry 9mm semiauto handguns every day in the line of duty, and citizens such as Noelle Richardson probably thank God every day that they're alive because of that 9mm semi-automatic handgun's "legitimacy."
 

VA: Traffic laws a bit stricter for all of us non-sheriffs
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"If the non-sheriff resisted, he’d probably be charged with 'refusal.' "

"That particular charge can lead to all sorts of unpleasantness. Cars can be confiscated. Driving privileges suspended. But a sheriff stopped for speeding – in Portsmouth, anyway – can admit that he’s swilled beer without getting arrested."

"That might be because the sheriff pulled rank and tried to call the cop’s boss."

"When the sheriff couldn’t reach the police chief, he settled for an assistant."

"The matter ended after Waters arranged his own ride home."

"Appalling, isn’t it?"

"Well, no. Not if you’re the sheriff."
 

Ashcroft: Bush would veto bill scaling back Patriot Act
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"The Bush administration intensified its defense of the anti-terrorism Patriot Act on Thursday, threatening to veto legislation in Congress that would scale back key provisions."

"Attorney General John Ashcroft, in a letter to Senate leaders, said the changes proposed in the Security and Freedom Ensured Act, known as SAFE, would 'undermine our ongoing campaign to detect and prevent catastrophic attacks.' "

"Ashcroft told reporters that President Bush would veto the bill if it reached his desk."
 

CA: Court Says Cop Wrongly Fired for Masturbation Video
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A San Diego policeman who sold videos of himself masturbating after removing a police uniform was wrongly dismissed from the force, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Thursday."

"An officer named in court documents only as John Roe sold the videos on the Internet vendor eBay Inc., where his hobby was discovered by his supervisor. Roe never identified himself as a San Diego police officer in his sales pitch and gave a fictitious address in northern California."

"The 9th Circuit agreed with Roe that his dismissal by the San Diego Police Department in 2001 was unjust because his off-duty actions were protected by First Amendment rights to free speech."

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Masturbation for the public = speech, but "shall not be infringed" means "government may limit if it so desires." What is this world coming to?
 

Canada: Refugee Board refusing to obey Canadian law
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Steven Kubby, who was denied refugee status by the Vancouver Refugee Board last December, has filed a formal complaint with the Chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board for refusing to obey its own rules as well as Canadian laws. Kubby, who uses marijuana to control a rare type of adrenal cancer, has appealed the ruling, and has accused Paulah Dauns, the sole panel member who heard his case, of 'the appearance of bias.' "

"The Kubbys first complained of bias by the panel member at the beginning of their hearing, demanding that Ms. Dauns recuse herself, but she refused and assured the Kubbys that she would be unbiased."
 

UK: Police back air gun law
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"CHESHIRE police support Government laws making it illegal to possess air guns in public."

"Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, which has just come into force, people cannot have an air weapon or replica firearm in any public place."

"Home Secretary David Blunkett also announced a ban on the sale and manufacture of high-powered air weapons."

"Superintendent Neil Booth, of Cheshire police's uniform operations division, welcomed the moves, although he said incidents involving the illegal possession and criminal use of firearms are quite rare."
 

IL: Police: Children should be aware of gun dangers
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"Children should be made aware of the inherent dangers and legal consequences of handling guns even if there are none in their household, Bloomington police say." ...

"Hiding a gun is not enough because children may find it, said Ashmore."

"Guns should always be locked in a gun cabinet, safe or other child-proof container, said Ashmore. Keys or combinations for locks should be kept in an area where the children cannot find them."

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Yet more fascist statists telling sheeple to lock up their tools of self defense. Could it be that they WANT you completely dependent upon the government for your life?
 

FL: 12-Year-Old Girl Charged For Carrying Gun At School
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"School officials said a 12-year-old girl was suspended after they found a loaded gun in her bag Tuesday."

"Ribault Middle School Principal Gary Finger (pictured, right) said he was tipped off about the gun by other students."

"Officials found a loaded .38-caliber revolver in the girl's bag while conducting random searches with metal detectors." ...

"The girl reportedly told authorities she brought the gun to school because she was afraid of another student. Investigators were not sure where she got the gun."

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Even teenagers realize the value of being able to defend themselves. Too bad the statist adults are trying to indoctrinate them into the victim mentality.
 

Canada: City seeks answer to end gun violence
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"Police, politicians and community leaders agree an aggressive response is needed to combat Toronto's gangs, guns and youth violence."

"What's undecided is an approach to help rein in violence in the city." ...

"Yesterday, city council turned down a bid by Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) to hold an emergency council meeting on the issue of gun and youth violence. Mayor David Miller said council's policy and finance committee has directed senior city staff to prepare a report 'that will actually make a result and a difference' on the issue of guns, gangs and youth violence. That report is expected in April."
 

LA: Gun found on 15-year-old at Istrouma High
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"A security officer at Istrouma High School found a handgun on a 15-year-old student who claimed he brought it to school for protection, authorities said."

"The ninth-grader was stopped in the hallway on Wednesday by an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputy working security at the school." ...

"He claimed that there was someone looking for him on the street..."

"He said he had no intention of using it at school."
 

Americans want protected gun rights
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"The Jan. 22 'Other Opinion' editorial on gun control opened with the premise that a compromise between gun rights and gun control advocates would be desirable." ...

"The article suggests that gun rights advocates should compromise to achieve the goals of gun control advocates." ...

"John Kerry said, 'the NRA was trying to steal democracy.' No, John - over 200 years ago some dead old white guys promised 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.' NRA members want no more, and absolutely, unequivocally, will accept no less."

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Then maybe the members ought to talk to their NRA leadership about the compromises that appear to be the NRA's historic MO.

No, Americans shouldn't have to undergo a background check in order to exercise a basic right.

No, Americans shouldn't be denied their Constitutional rights because they got into a bar fight two decades ago and are now considered "felons."

And no, crimes committed with firearms are no more or less heinous than other violent crimes committed with knives, cars or baseball bats.

Yet, the NRA supports all these gun control measures.
 

UT: Banned Guns an Issue Again on Capitol Hill
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"The gun issue has come up again on Capitol Hill. Senator Michael Waddoups is sponsoring a bill to take on the University of Utah's ban on guns on campus. His bill says the Legislature has the final say over where guns are allowed--or not allowed--with few exceptions."

"The bill stems from a court ruling, appealed to the Supreme court, that the U of U can made the decision on its own."
 

OR: Guns on campus?
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"Well intended though it may be, the Oregon University System's decades-long rule against firearms on campuses appears on the verge of passing into history."

"Last week a University of Oregon graduate student sued over the matter." ...

"The university system adopted the firearms ban, which applies to the state's seven public universities, due to concerns about safety." ...

"But there's no reason to think concealed handguns are any more dangerous at Oregon State University, say, than they are wherever else there are lots of people, whether at an Albany River Rhythms concert or a Veterans Day Parade."
 

SC: Bill lets people buy more guns
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Gun buyers could purchase more than one pistol at a time under a bill that cleared a Senate subcommittee Thursday.

Current state law limits people to buying no more than one pistol every 30 days.

Sen. Ronnie Cromer, R-Prosperity, says that prevents gun collectors from buying pistols with sequential serial numbers.

The State Law Enforcement Division says they only catch people breaking that law after a delay of months in reviewing applications.

The bill already has passed the House and now heads to the full Senate Judiciary Committee.
 

VA: Gun Found Wednesday at Portsmouth High School
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"Portsmouth police say a 17-year old, convicted felon, was discovered with a gun Wednesday morning at I.C. Norcom High School."

"Police say the school resource officer at the school noticed two or three males loitering near a bathroom inside the school around 9:15am."

"When the teens entered the bathroom, the resource officer followed, and found the individuals huddled together inside one stall."

"Officials say the teens were ordered out of the stall, but one suspect remained inside."

"When the officer heard something metal fall to the floor, a struggle ensued, and the suspect was handcuffed. A small 25-caliber weapon was found on the bathroom floor."
 

AR: Anti-Gun-Crime Video Shown to County Inmates
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Jailers are showing a new video to inmates in Arkansas county lockups with the hopes that they will be deterred from committing gun crimes that could bring longer sentences.

U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins is in the video. In it, he tells inmates that if they commit a crime with a gun, even if it's in their pocket, they can count on federal involvement. He tells the inmates, "Whoever can put you in jail the longest is going to prosecute you."

The video is part of a national program called Project Safe Neighborhood. In Arkansas, it is currently being showing in Jefferson and Pulaski counties.

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Right. Inmates, many of whom are violent, hardened criminals, are going to be deterred by a video telling them how they're going to be punished more stringently if they use firearms.
 

Japan: Robber armed with a stun gun steals 13 million yen from ATM
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"A robber attacked a maintenance worker with a stun gun at an automatic teller machine (ATM) on Wednesday evening and stole about 13 million yen in cash, police said Thursday."

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No gun needed to victimize people in gun-free Japan.
 

India: Straight Answers with R K Narang, Range Director, UP State Rifle Association, On the shooting competition being organised in the city
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"What is the objective of organising a shooting competition? Does it not encourage use of firearms?"

"No, I think competitions like these are a must as through such forums people learn how to handle the weapon properly and safely. Firearms should only be used for sports competitions and self defence. In our club we have members of all ages who join to learn how to handle a firearm. Even children come and enroll with our association to learn how to fire air guns etc. We want to create awareness about safe handling of weapons like guns."

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Even in India the reporters have the slanted questions down pat.
 

PA: "Free" gun locks paid for with money appropriate from taxpayers
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In an effort to make homes safer and promote responsible gun ownership, state police are offering free gun locks as part of Project Childsafe, a national initiative.

Area residents may pick up the cable-style locks at no charge at the following Troop A barracks: Greensburg, 100 N. Westmoreland Ave.; Kiski Valley, 471 Route 66 in Apollo; Indiana, 4221 Route 286; Ebensburg, 100 Casale Court; and Somerset, 142 Sagamore St. Multiple locks may be obtained.

Project Childsafe is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
 

LA: Incident prompts Baton Rouge Recreation and Parks Commission (BREC) to enhance security
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"New security measures are expected to be implemented at BREC’s system of parks in East Baton Rouge Parish after an alleged gang rape of an employee occurred last week at one of its facilities."

"BREC officials said all of its centers and employees will be affected by the changes."

"BREC spokeswoman Kristi Barnett said the changes will be made beginning next week. Security systems and panic buttons are expected to be installed at each center in the near future and all BREC employees will begin receive training on how to recognize danger and crime and on self-defense as early as next week."

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But will they allow BREC employees to carry guns for self-defense?
 

PA: Security screener takes gun to work at Phila. airport
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"Three security screeners at Philadelphia International Airport have been placed on administrative leave after one of them brought a loaded pistol to work, apparently by mistake."

"Authorities said yesterday that the screener, whose name was not released, told them he forgot he had the gun, a 9mm Glock semiautomatic, with him when he reported for his shift at Terminal A-East Saturday morning. The man had been to a shooting range the night before and had packed the pistol in the same bag he brought to work, authorities said."
 

FL: Yellow ribbons greet principal in toy gun incident
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"David Samore received an enthusiastic welcome Wednesday as he stepped back onto the campus of Okeeheelee Middle School for the first time in three months."

"...Samore hadn't been at the school since late October, when district officials learned he pointed a toy gun at a 13-year-old boy."

"School district investigators found his actions inappropriate. The School Board gave him a 10-day unpaid suspension, which ended Tuesday. Before that, he'd been working at a desk job with no student contact."

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Kids get suspensions and expulsions for bringing toys to school and allowing their friends to borrow their inhalers but this guy gets a 10 day slap on the wrist? A bit of a double standard there.
 

IL: Police failed to protect Wilmette resident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This whole issue boils down to the futility of certain gun control laws and law enforcement's inability to protect our citizens at all times. Firearms allow citizens to defend themselves and their families in the absence of police officers. Guns become a great equalizer and allow females and persons of small stature to easily defend themselves against bad guys. By unfairly restricting firearm ownership by law abiding citizens, you remove their ability to defend themselves and their homes. This gives a motivated criminal the upper hand. They retain the power in a given confrontation because they are not hampered by the limitations of law. Otherwise law abiding citizens must then become criminals just to defend their homes and families from these mopes."
 

RI: Student with gun suspended for rest of school year
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"A 15-year-old Mt. Hope High School student who brought a BB gun to school in November has been suspended for the remainder of the school year. The Bristol Warren Regional School Committee decided to uphold that suspension during a special hearing behind closed doors last Wednesday. Until his return to school in September, the student will be tutored at home at the school department's expense."

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Meanwhile a school principal - an adult who should apparently know better - points a toy at a student and gets a 10 day suspension.
 

Philippines: Central Police District tracks gunmen who held up couple
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Central Police District (CPD) operatives have launched a manhunt for five men who held up a couple and carted away P2 million in Quezon City Wednesday night."

"The couple, probers said, were on their way home when the robbers pounced on them."

"CPD investigators said the victims were onboard their Toyota Revo when the five, armed with handguns, approached the vehicle and smashed the van’s windows."

"They commandeered the van and took the victims to barangay Veterans Village."

"Two of the gunmen, probers said, alighted from the van and rode a motorcycle bearing no license plate, while the other three casually walked away."

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But gun bans work (to keep criminals safe that is).
 

OH: Forbes seeks probe of police shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The leader of the local NAACP is calling for an investigation of a fatal police shooting last week."

"At a news conference Wednesday, Cleveland chapter President George Forbes said he has talked with four people who saw the shooting of Brandon Robinson, 24, on Jan 18. The witness accounts differ on some details, but all agree that Robinson was shot by an officer standing over him, according to Forbes."

"Police have said Robinson was shot by an officer who was scuffling with him on the ground. Robinson tried to grab's the officer's gun, police said, and the officer fired in self-defense."

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Now if only the NAACP hadn't ruined their credibility by suing gun manufacturers.
 

OH: Ohio Concealed Carry Education Foundation Established
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Ohioans For Concealed Carry, Ohio's largest grassroots concealed carry rights organization, announced the formation of the OFCC Education Foundation. The new organization is responsible for the state's largest concealed carry training network."

"When we started Ohioans For Concealed Carry our long term plans always included a focus on providing quality education when the law was passed... The education foundation is our attempt to meet the needs of concealed carry license applicants while adhering to our strong convictions that quality education is the key to firearm safety."
 

OH: Taft spinners trying to put a new face on years of anti-self-defense rhetoric
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Whether a student or not, campus journalism is always good for a read...and sometimes good for a laugh. But as we read this story from the student voice of the Ohio State University, we're not laughing at the writer. Instead, we're laughing at Bob Taft's sudden conversion into a concealed carry advocate.

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"Gov. Bob Taft intended on taking a bite out of Ohio's crime when he signed a legislative bill to legalize the carrying of concealed handguns."

"In an effort to prevent crime rates from rising, the Ohio legislature has followed the lead of 45 other states by upholding the Second Amendment as a constitutional right mandated by every law-abiding citizen." ...

"If Taft had always been the advocate he now claims to have been, he would have heeded the mountains of evidence we provided, which proves that the crime-fighting impact of concealed carry laws are lessened with extensive and unnecessary training requirements. Instead of appeasing them, he would have told the 'Ohioans who fear guns will only contribute to higher crime levels' to look noticed that neither Pennsylvania nor Indiana have any training requirements whatsoever, and have no problems. Were he such a great supporter of the right to bear arms, he would have told the Ohio State Highway Patrol that their officer safety concerns about law-abiding citizens were baseless, and ordered them to stick to writing speeding tickets."
 

OH: Freud does journalism?
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"Recently, astute readers have been treated to a couple of tasty freudian slips in mentions of Ms. Toby Hoover's personal anti-gun campaign, the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence."

"In a recent article, an OSU Lantern writer referred to Hoover's group as the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Control, and said Hoover 'would applaud Taft's efforts on initiating background checks, only if he plans to update the database in which they are stored.' If all her comments were like this, and with a group name like that, we might consider joining."

"Before you pass it off as a rookie error, consider that the Dayton Daily News recently termed Hoover's group the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Safety."
 

WI: Assembly delays override vote on concealed weapons again
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"For a second time, Republican leaders of the state Assembly put off a vote Wednesday on whether to override the governor's veto of a bill allowing Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons."

"The Assembly originally placed the vote on Tuesday's calendar, but Assembly Speaker John Gard then rescheduled the vote for Thursday, citing several reasons including the absence of one member."

"He delayed the vote again so that a lawmaker who won a special election Tuesday night could be sworn in -- and because other members had problems making Thursday's vote."

"He said the Assembly will vote next Tuesday." ...

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Get involved here.
 

NM: Airport partly evacuated as dog sniffs pyrotech residue
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"A whiff of pyrotechnics used on stage by a dance company caught the attention of Robbie, a police dog trained to sniff out explosives."

"So part of Albuquerque's airport was evacuated for two hours today." ...

"FBI supervisory agent Doug Beldon says the equipment trunk contained pyrotechnic residue from a prior performance -- not from any of the Albuquerque shows."
 

GA: Councilman arrested for beating teen
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"A teenager says he was pistol whipped by a Dawson councilman, 'I wasn't really scared. I was confused and I didn't know what was going on.' "

"Now, Joseph Breedlove is facing felony charges. The beating was apparently a case of mistaken identity. 16-year-old Michael Jones says he was followed to his girlfriend's home Wednesday night by a man he didn't know, then was jumped and beaten."

"Police say the man who attacked him is Dawson councilman Joseph Breedlove."

"Police say there was another disturbance involving Breedlove that same night, but no one was hurt. Breedlove is facing multiple charges, including aggravated assault and cruelty to children."

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But only trusted government officials should have guns, right Sarah?
 

NC: China Grove officer resigns
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"A police officer serving a suspension and facing criminal charges has resigned."

"Nicholas 'Nick' Jay Villa, 52, of Perrin Drive, Mooresville, was suspended in mid-December after Davidson Police charged him with assault and communicating threats." ...

"Villa [was quoted] as saying, 'I'm in the business of violence. This is what I do for a living. I know how to do it and get away with it.' "

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Yes, only the police should have guns. They'd never abuse their power.
 

Virgin Islands: 'Deadly Force' Survey Results
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"When federal civil rights investigators begin their probe of the Virgin Islands Police Department, their highest priority should be a thorough examination of the department's use of deadly force, say the family members of those slain by V. I. police officers."

"The special investigative report found that many of the uses of deadly force were so far outside the boundaries of accepted law enforcement behavior, they astounded national experts."

"The records used for the special investigative report show VI police officers have threatened people with their pistols on and off duty, pistol-whipped people who never committed a crime, robbed people and sot unarmed suspects - and never have been disciplined by the department."
 

UK: Major arrested at station was 'armed to the teeth'
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"A TOP level inquiry has been launched after a senior army officer returning from overseas peace-keeping duties was arrested at Reading Station carrying a rifle, pistol and ammunition."

"The Royal Logistics Corps major - who had been promoted to acting lieutenant colonel - had flown in hours earlier from Afghanistan."

"It is not yet clear why he was armed to the teeth and had not handed in his weapons to the military authorities after completing his six-month tour of duty in Kabul."

"But after landing at RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire he caught a train from Swindon, still wearing full battle dress."

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Sad, when a soldier's issue armament is "armed to the teeth".
 

UK: Amazing escape from shooting [follow-up on drive-by of Police Constables]
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"A POLICEWOMAN and a male colleague are recovering after they were the targets in a dramatic drive-by machine-gun shooting."

"They were with four colleagues from the Territorial Support Group which had stopped a car in Stratford on Saturday."

"As they questioned two teenagers in a vehicle, another car pulled up and, forensic experts discovered yesterday, TEN shots were fired in their direction."

"They have also now revealed that a sub-machine gun, and not a semi-automatic pistol as first thought, was used in the attack."

"Police are appealing for witnesses. The female officer received grazes to her shoulder from a bullet in the incident which has shocked police."

"She was saved from a more serious injury by her body armour."
 

NY: Cop May Speak to Grand Jury
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"Officer Richard Neri, who killed an unarmed Brooklyn teenager Saturday, is leaning toward testifying before a grand jury that could begin hearing evidence in the controversial shooting today."

"Neri shot Stansbury in the chest just before 1 a.m. Saturday during a roof-to-ground patrol at the Louis Armstrong Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant."

"If Neri goes before the grand jury, he's expected to testify that when Hallik opened the door Stansbury startled him and he reflexively jerked his 9-mm Glock pistol upward causing it to accidentally go off, according to sources close to the officer."

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Okay, one last time. Pulling the trigger while the gun is pointing at someone is not "accidentally going off"!
 

IL: Boys, 10 and 11, ordered jailed
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"Citing a grave concern for public safety, a judge ordered two Bloomington boys held until trial in the accidental firing of a handgun on a school bus."

"McLean County Circuit Judge Elizabeth Robb said it was extremely troubling that such young boys -- ages 10 and 11 -- were involved with a weapons offense."
 

FL: Former Corrections Officer Admits Dealing Drugs To Inmates
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"A former Orange County corrections officer admitted in federal court Thursday that he dealt drugs to jail inmates."

"Ricky Brandenberger told a federal judge Thursday morning that he was pleading guilty because he is guilty, and said he was very sorry for what happened, especially to his family. That includes his wife, an Orange County Sheriff's sergeant."

"Back in November, when Brandenberger was arrested, it was tough to imagine this day. Initially, he denied all of it and had planned to defend himself against the charges."
 

The Nanny in Chief
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"There's barely a speech by President Bush that doesn't cite the glories of human freedom. It's God's gift to mankind, he believes. ...Within the U.S., the Bush Administration has shown an unusually hostile attitude toward the exercise of personal freedom. When your individual choices conflict with what the Bush people think is good for you, they have been only too happy to intervene. The government, Bush clearly believes, has a right to be involved in many personal decisions you make — punishing some, encouraging others, nudging and prodding the public to live the good life as the President understands it. The nanny state, much loved by Democrats, is thriving under Republicans." ...

"He is doubling the federal money currently spent to admonish teens to practice sexual abstinence. He is spending hundreds of millions of dollars on antidrug propaganda and sending federal agents to bust pot clubs for those using medical marijuana to ease the pain of crippling diseases. Republican Senators are even trying to withhold federal funding from states that allow medical-marijuana ads on public transport." ...
 

KY: Toddler dies in toilet.
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A baby drowned in a bathroom in southeastern Kentucky.

According to police, 10-month-old Brianna Morgan was just learning to crawl and walk when she apparently fell into a toilet in the family's home in London, WLKY NewsChannel 32 reported.

The girl's older brothers found her and called 911.

Their mother tried to resuscitate her, but couldn't.

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Ban toilets? More children die in bathtubs and buckets as well. Shall we ban those for the children?
 

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