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John Stossel's Lies, Myths and Stupidity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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The video of Myth 3: Guns are Bad.

How incredible that this story actually aired on liberal-leaning 20/20!

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Prosecute crime — not guns, Hatch says
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch says new Justice Department figures support longtime GOP claims that the best way to fight violence with guns is not to outlaw the guns, but to prosecute criminals."

"Data released Wednesday showed that as federal prosecution of gun crimes increased 68 percent from three years ago under the Bush administration, violent crimes dropped 21 percent."

" 'Our law enforcement's tough-on-crime approach parallels what I have always advocated: protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms and strictly enforce our gun laws,' Hatch said." ...
 

Get Ready for the U.S. National ID Card
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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"It's only a matter of time before driver's licenses become the de facto U.S. identification card. Our licenses already have most of the features of a national ID card, and state governments are hard at work improving what little they lack. From there, it'll be only a small step for America to adopt a full-fledged national ID card. What should freedom-lovers do about it? Reread the Constitution and 1984, and then buckle down for an impassioned debate that might challenge the way you think about the issue."

"The national ID card that civil libertarians fear most is one that is issued to all citizens, who must carry it at all times; contains a unique number and personal information; and is required by government agencies and businesses for those who transact with them. Libertarians fear the ability of governments and corporations to use a national ID as a means to know much about us and to use that information against us."
 

Cartoon: Mad Cow: The D.C. Solution
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Note the acronym of the name of the act.

Kevin Tuma strikes again.
 

Patriot Act revision stirs controversy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Idaho Senator Larry Craig was at the center of controversy Thursday in Washington."

"The controversy surrounds legislation that overhauls the Patriot Act."

"The legislation was co-authored by Senator Craig and is called the Security and Freedom Ensured Act, or Safe Act."

"U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft criticized the bill in a four page letter and threatened a presidential veto if the act makes it to President Bush's desk."

"It is not my intent to handcuff law enforcement. It is my intent to make sure that we lock some doors that we unlocked with Patriot Act," Craig said."

"Craig is particularly concerned with so-called 'sneak and peak' search warrants."
 

Repeal the Patriot Act?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The basic idea behind the Patriot Act is simple: Give those investigating terrorism the same tools already used by those going after mobsters and drug lords. The Patriot Act does not give the government more tools or allow laxer standards for investigations."

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Actually, it does. According to Section 213 of the Act, police may conduct searches of homes and offices without notifying the owner that the search is being conducted. Furthermore, this section allows an officer to delay notifying the subject of the search that a warrant is being executed if reasonable cause exists “…to believe that providing immediate notification… may have an adverse result.” This same section also allows the government to delay notifying a home or business owner about the execution of a warrant if a court finds there’s a “reasonable necessity for the seizure.”

Section 218 is a radical provision in the USA PATRIOT Act, which amends FISA's wiretap and physical search provisions. Prior to the passage of this bill, FISA’s lax standards could only be applied if the actual purpose of the surveillance was the gathering of foreign intelligence. Section 218 relaxes that standard to apply to a domestic criminal investigation if the gathering of foreign intelligence information merely constitutes a significant purpose of the surveillance.
 

CA: OUR OPINION: Questioning the Patriot Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A decision by federal Judge Collins in Los Angeles to strike down a portion of the sweeping anti-terrorism law looks like a heartening sign that the judiciary system might be ready to get back in the game of protecting the liberties of American citizens. Even better would be a decision by Congress to let those portions of the Patriot Act scheduled to expire this year to expire."

"Judge Collins' decision this week referred to specific language in the Patriot Act that prohibited anyone from providing 'expert advice or assistance' to designated terrorist groups."

"Before the Patriot Act it was already illegal to provide 'material assistance' to such groups, and people have been prosecuted for doing so." ...
 

Slouching toward Big Brother
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Last week the Supreme Court let stand the Justice Department's right to secretly arrest noncitizen residents."

"Combined with the government's power to designate foreign prisoners of war as 'enemy combatants' in order to ignore international treaties regulating their incarceration, and their power to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens without charge or access to an attorney, the United States is looking more and more like a police state."

"Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Justice Department has asked for, and largely received, additional powers that allow it to perform an unprecedented amount of surveillance of American citizens and visitors. The USA Patriot Act, passed in haste after Sept. 11, started the ball rolling."
 

UK: Gun crime sparks body vest rethink
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A surge in gun attacks on police could see every officer in London wearing body armour within weeks, it was revealed yesterday."

"Scotland Yard is considering whether to issue bullet-proof vests, which cost more than £200 each, to all 30,000 officers, and is also planning to boost numbers in its elite SO19 firearms unit."

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Meanwhile, disarmed citizens are unprotected and disarmed.
 

Bush to 9/11 families: 'enough already'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"While the Bush Administration never tires of reminding the American people that the president's war on terrorism, his invasion of Iraq, and the Patriot Act I and II are all rooted in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it has tired of one little bitty aspect of this post-9/11 period: the investigation by the ten-member bi-partisan independent commission."

"White House officials, along with House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill), have decided to oppose extending the time limit for work by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, 'virtually guaranteeing that the panel' will have to be done with its work by the end of May, the Washington Post reported on January 19."
 

UK: Fight the gun pledge fires public support
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"POLICE invited members of the public to sign up to an anti-gun pledge in Selborne Walk shopping centre."

"Leading members of the community were at the mall in Walthamstow High Street to lend their support to a London-wide campaign aimed at tackling the increase in gun crime across the capital." ...

"Sir John Stevens, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, was one of the first people to sign the pledge board when it was first used last year during a special conference to discuss ways to reduce and prevent gun crime."

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Question to ponder: How many criminals are going to sign that pledge and follow through on it?
 

UK: Cops taunt gun fear mum
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"CALLOUS cops fell about laughing at a terrified mum who believed their gun training exercise was for real."

"Vicky Gabriel, 28, cowered in bushes with her two babies as armed officers cornered a screaming 'gunman'."

"And when she finally emerged sobbing they cracked up over her misunderstanding."

"Vicky had taken her tiny son and daughter to feed the ducks at her local park when police cars screeched to a halt and armed cops got out."

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This is a sad commentary on British society. The citizens are vulnerable, terrified and indoctrinated into the victimhood mentality. Meanwhile, the cops, who are charged with defending a disarmed citizenry, are incapable of protecting them and laugh at their fear.
 

TN: Gun bill may be bad
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"One of the scariest bills to be introduced so far in this session of the Tennessee General Assembly would allow lawmakers to carry their firearms without a conceal-and-carry permit." ...

"Vincent's bill is dangerous. Allowing off-duty law enforcement officers to carry their weapons without a conceal-and-carry permit makes sense because they have been properly trained in their use. Law enforcement officials are thoroughly schooled in laws governing when weapons can be drawn and fired in public. Allowing law enforcement to carry without a permit can help prevent crime."

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A lot of regular citizens are better trained than the law enforcement officers.

This editorial is scary in its elitism.
 

Gun-dealer listing served no purpose
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"... Americans for Gun Safety Foundation released a report indicating that a seemingly inordinate number of guns used in crimes or found at crime scenes in this country came from a relatively few firearms dealers."

"Foundation officials used this information to conclude that perhaps there is something fishy going on at these stores and called for the federal government to put those stores on a watch list." ...

"While on the subject of the foundation's report, it seems it left out a critical number." ...

"What Kessler and others either overlook or choose to ignore is the number of what they call 'crime guns' sold by a particular dealer compared to the total number of guns sold by that dealer."
 

South Africa: Hijacker causes suburban mayhem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A woman was hijacked, another badly hurt, two schoolgirls were injured, shots were fired - and a car smashed through a kitchen wall."

"This was not a B-grade movie, but a hijack drama and a police chase in the early morning hours in Johannesburg on Wednesday."

"The chaos started at 6.50am when a 54-year-old woman arrived at the home of a friend for their usual early morning walk."

"As she drove into her friend's driveway, three men in a golden Honda Ballade ambushed her."

"Recounting her ordeal, the woman said she had just stopped when two men jumped out of the Ballade. One of them approached her friend with a gun before turning towards her, demanding the keys to her car."

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And the South African government continues to disarm its citizens against thugs such as these.
 

South Africa: Accused recounts how priest was shot
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"One of the men accused of killing Roman Catholic priest Father Michael D'Annucci described how the clergyman was first shot in the hand and foot before he was finally killed by a third bullet."

"In a statement handed to the Pretoria High Court, Boetie Mashego said they decided to rob D'Annucci and take his vehicle."

"The priest was shot because he refused to hand over the car keys. D'Annucci was killed on December 8 2001 in the driveway of a member of his congregation in Soshanguve."

"Minutes before being killed, the 61-year-old priest had said a prayer for the member of his flock. Apart from his car, the accused also made off with his Bible and cellphone."

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Pretty soon thugs, rapists and robbers will be the only ones armed in South Africa.
 

IL: Gun Group Objects to Police Taking Part in Gun Store Protest
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"The Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Board of Education are sponsoring a 'youth protest' outside a suburban gun shop, much to the dismay of some gun owners and Second Amendment supporters."

"The Illinois State Rifle Association says the youth protest is nothing more than 'state sponsored terrorism against the 2nd Amendment.' " ...

" 'It's galling to know that taxpayer dollars are being used to fund this politically-motivated publicity stunt,' said ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson."


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It's also galling to know that taxpayer dollars are paying for a police department that abuses sick leave more than any other department in the country, that their tax dollars are being used to destroy their rights, and that the city is absolutely incapable of protecting them against armed thugs, while it disarms them with unconstitutional law.

There's a lot to be galled about in Chicago.
 

For Bush or Not for Bush? That's the Question.
Submitted by: Vladimir Kushnir
Website: http://vkus.freeyellow.com

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"Do we vote for Bush again because Howard Dean or John Kerry is worse? I don’t think so. And here is why." ...

"Why should I give my vote to a person whom I don’t like, who signs unconstitutional bills into law, and thus violated his oath of office? For once, let’s vote guided by our conscience. This time I definitely will. And I hope, you do too. In 2004 we are not going to see 3d party candidate in the White House. But it will never happen if we continue to vote as if it is a test with 'multiple choice' answers D) and R). Now it is time to vote 'none of the above', and some day we might see in the White House a person who will respect the Constitution and the Rule of Law, and that will be a wonderful day. And to deserve to see that day I will not vote R) or D) in 2004. Will you join me?"
 

IL: Lawmakers target handgun bans
Submitted by: Chris Covert

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"What began as a suburban Chicago robbery attempt has turned into a national gun-rights debate and captured the attention of downstate lawmakers." ...

"Lawmakers from the state House and Senate took notice as well. Two new bills would protect gun owners who shoot in self-defense from being charged with violating local handgun bans."
 

UT: Lawmaker wants U of Utah gun ban shot down
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"As expected, lawmakers this year will get a chance to clarify what many thought was already clear — the Utah Legislature, and no one else, has the absolute right to enact gun laws throughout the state."

"Sponsored by Sen. Michael Waddoups, SB48 responds to a state court ruling that said the University of Utah could ban concealed weapons on its campus."

"Under SB48, no local authority or state entity could establish or enforce a rule prohibiting concealed weapons permit-holders from carrying their guns."

" 'My intention is that this bill makes it very clear that the University of Utah is part of the state of Utah and that they are going to have to adhere to the state law regarding concealed weapons on their campus,' said Waddoups."

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How about making it clear that the state and its universities will adhere to the US Constitution and will ensure that the students have the ability to defend themselves against criminal scum?
 

MO: Teen Uses Sword to Capture Prison Escapee
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Joshua Cary heard a noise in the basement, grabbed a sword from his big brother's collection and went downstairs to investigate."

"The 14-year-old didn't mince words."

" 'I'm going to give you until the count of three to come out, or I'm going to stab you,' he yelled Thursday, according to his mother, Rebecca Cary."

"Soon, a handcuffed man emerged, saying, 'I didn't do it.' "

"Joshua led the man upstairs at sword-point. His mother ran outside and found police searching for an escaped prisoner. The man, Mark A. Brown, who had broken free after he was picked up on a parole violation, was taken back into custody."

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And yet, the neo fascists in this country routinely disarm this young man and others like him, claim he is too young to exercise his Second Amendment rights and treat those young people who would use swords, firearms or knives to defend themselves like criminals.
 

NY: An agenda hides behind handgun fee
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"What Governor Pataki has in mind for New York's more than 1 million handgun permit-holders is outrageous, defies common sense and deserves to be scrapped pronto."

"The short item in the governor's budget proposal released a couple of weeks ago seemed to refer strictly to a revenue raiser -- namely, imposing for the first time a $100 state 'fee' for a pistol permit." ...

"That for the first time the state wants to stick up legal handgun owners without offering services or compensation in return is bad enough, but the totality of the proposed changes to penal law make it clear to me that the agenda goes far beyond raising about $31 million over 10 years." ...

"Changes to the penal law would include a $100 fee on new and renewal handgun licenses; a $25 fee for each permit amendment (adding or subtracting specific guns); a $100 fee on gunsmith and dealer licenses; a $25 fee on duplicate licenses, and a $25 fee on license transfers (from one county to another when the holder changes residence.)"

"Plus, statutory caps on local fees would be removed."

"Which means, in effect, one stickup after another is being proposed."

"That's not even the worst of it."
 

MA: Woman beaten by husband after obtaining restraining order.
Submitted by: Larry Mitchell

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"A woman's estranged husband beat her with a pipe when she returned home after getting a restraining order against him, authorities said."

"Donald G. Cornelius Jr., 46, pleaded innocent Friday to eight charges, including assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and violating a restraining order."

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Another victim of paper protection in a state where a beaten, raped woman is considered morally superior to a woman who would defend herself with a firearm.
 

OH: Possible sniper contacts police...hung up on maybe twice!
Submitted by: Larry Mitchell

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"In the first claim of responsibility, a man called police four times to say he was the highway shootings sniper, police said Friday. At least two of the calls disconnected."

"The caller described himself as the shooter several times during the calls that arrived in a two-minute span on Monday, police said." ...

"The police dispatcher appeared not to take the caller seriously, according to the 911 tapes, saying 'whatever' a couple of times and 'Yea. Yea. Yea.' "

"At another point she said, 'You just want attention, don't you.' "

"She also asked the caller to stay on the line while the call was traced. The call ended soon after."
 

New York Times Tells Its Reporters in War Zones Not to Carry Guns
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"Journalists covering wars or other conflicts for the New York Times are no longer allowed to carry a firearm while on assignment, according to a policy adopted by the company this week."

"The new policy, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was apparently put into place Wednesday following an internal debate over the issue. A Times reporter in Iraq, Dexter Filkins, was found carrying a gun last year, the Journal reported."

" 'The carrying of a weapon, for whatever reason, jeopardizes a journalist's status as neutral,' Times spokeswoman Catherine Mathis told CNSNews.com. '...it's also important that Times journalists do not travel with or accompany other journalists they know to be carrying weapons.' " ...

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Maybe dropping the Times management out in the middle of a war zone with no way to defend themselves will change their minds?
 

AK: Residents want game board to give them birdshot buffer
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"Residents living near the Mendenhall Wetlands are urging the state Board of Game to give them a buffer to protect their families and homes from being sprayed with birdshot."

" 'We've put up with that for over 15 years. We've been hit repeatedly, as have other neighbors,' Glen Wright, a hunter who lives on Mendenhall Peninsula Road, told the Juneau-Douglas Advisory Committee of the state Department of Fish and Game on Wednesday."

"Wright appealed to the committee to propose to the state Board of Game a nonhunting buffer near homes on the Mendenhall Wetlands, which is a state game refuge used by 600 to 700 waterfowl hunters in the fall." ...
 

WI: Wisconsin Fight To Override Veto Continues (NRA-ILA)
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"As we reported last week, despite the support of the majority of the legislature, rank-and-file police officers, and the people of Wisconsin, on November 18, Governor Jim Doyle (D) vetoed legislation that would allow law-abiding Wisconsin citizens the Right-to-Carry firearms to protect themselves and their loved ones."

"Regrettably, Governor Doyle does not trust his law-abiding constituents with the right of self-defense. The Right-to-Carry legislation requires mandatory training, a permit from the sheriff, and a criminal background check. Even polls by Right-to-Carry opponents reveal that a majority of Wisconsinites support this law." ...
 

India: Defence Against Rape Bids
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"AT the outset, it appears like a scene straight from a World Wrestling Federation contest. A girl in her early 20s, clad in salwar-kurta, is dragging another woman with the shoulder strap of her handbag around the second woman’s neck."

"But this fight is a real one, not a visual image on television. It is part of the self-defence training conducted by the Crime Against Women cell of the Delhi police. The programme teaches women how to defend themselves against possible sexual assault with daily-use accessories. Handbag straps or a dupatta to strangle the attacker, pens to jab at their temples, high-heels to step on their toes, and books to attack the nose and ears."

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God forbid you give them something useful, like a gun!
 

Ivory Coast: Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights on Human Rights Violations in the Ivory Coast
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Ivorian police, gendarmes and military have committed serious human rights violations—including torture, sexual violence, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and summary executions—since the military coup in 1999 and widespread election-related violence in 2000. Victims of these abuses have consistently been northern Ivorians, generally supporters or perceived supporters of the Rally of Republicans (Rassemblement de Republicains, RDR) opposition party, and West African immigrants. Throughout the months of open conflict in 2002-2003, hundreds of civilians perceived to be supporting the northern-based rebel movement and the RDR were harassed, assaulted, arbitrarily arrested, detained, tortured and often executed on the basis of their real or imputed ethnic, religious, and national affiliation. Ivorian police, paramilitary and armed forces were also responsible for brutal security operations in Abidjan, Daloa, Man and Monoko-Zohi that resulted in several massacres of civilians. To date, there have been no national or international investigations into these abuses, nor have any individuals been charged for any of these crimes."

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But police and the military would never abuse their monopoly on force, right Sarah? You and the UN try to disarm us daily, leaving us at the mercy of thugs with badges, and we're supposed to give up our guns quietly? Hardly.
 

CA: Figure in city corruption probe pleads guilty to arms charges (multiple felonies)
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"A peripheral figure in a probe into alleged corruption at City Hall pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges..."

"Charles Tappe, 57, of Serra Vista, Ariz., admitted selling 26 firearms, including machine guns and pistols with obliterated serial numbers, through a middleman, John D'Intino, to an undercover FBI operative."

"The weapons changed hands over a few months in 2002 at or near Cheetahs, a San Diego strip club where D'Intino worked as a manager. D'Intino, who pleaded guilty in September to weapons and fraud charges, has admitted taking part in a scheme to buy influence from three San Diego city councilmen." ...
 

Indonesia: Arrest for death of protester
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"THE paramilitary police commander who shot dead a protester at Newcrest Mining's Toguraci gold mine in the remote North Maluku in Indonesia has been arrested."

"The commander and his troops were paid by Newcrest to protect the mine, which last year had been invaded by illegal miners."

"North Maluku police chief Andi Bambang Sky confirmed the arrest to The Australian yesterday, after he was called to Jakarta to explain the incident to central police command."

"The commander had acted in self-defence, Chief Sky said, adding that the protesters were armed with spears and sharp knives."

" 'Inspector Baharuddin was arrested on the orders of the leaders because his shots caused a person's death,' he said. 'He must be punished.' "

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Are these the "authorities" who should be armed, while the rest of us submit to their whims, Sarah?
 

NY: Bronx Police Blotter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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40th Pct.

JAN. 15th – An inquiry was launched after a male was found shot.

42nd Pct.

JAN. 14th – Within hours after a local fast food restaurant was robbed [at gunpoint], investigators nabbed a suspect.

43rd Pct.

JAN. 17th – Police were notified that a Hispanic male was suffering from a bullet wound to the head.

44th Pct.

JAN. 18th – A 22-year-old man was stabbed multiple times during a robbery.

JAN. 20th – Sleuths were reviewing all the evidence after an armed robbery occurred.

45th Pct.

JAN. 14th – An inquiry was started after it was learned that shots had been fired in the Co-op City community.

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Gun control is sure doing wonders in New York City. It appears only the thugs are armed.
 

TN: One of two deputies wounded in shootout hit by 'friendly fire'
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"Shelby County Sheriff’s Department officials said Friday that a deputy was shot by another deputy during a shootout at a Hickory Hill apartment earlier this week."

"Sheriff’s department SWAT team officer Jason Pagenkopf, 31 was shot in the neck during the Monday afternoon incident that began with a 12-man team moving into position to search a search warrant. He was released from the hospital soon after the shooting."

"Sheriff Mark Luttrell said Friday afternoon complete forensic and ballistic reports are still being completed, but Pagenkopf was not injured by the suspect’s gun, a 9mm." ...
 

CA: Students apathetic to sexual assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A national and campus-wide trend suggests a decline in interest among students to address sexual assault and rape, despite statistics that say sexual assault is as prevalent as ever."

"On campus in recent months, there have been two high-profile sexual assault cases, one involving the infamous 'serial groper' and the other involving alleged sexual assault at a Delta Delta Delta sorority pledge event, though charges were never filed in the latter case."

"Nationally, the number of rapes has not declined like other violent crimes in recent years. According to the Bureau of Justice, rape and sexual assault numbers nationally have held steady and even slightly increased since 2000."

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But Stanford still bans self-defense tools. Maybe they're getting desensitized because they're raised with a victim mentality, as if sexual assault is a part of life.
 

Gun safe opens biometrically, with a fingerprint scan
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. . . "At the recent International Builders' Show, a trade gathering of 90,000 home builders spread across 10.6 miles of aisles, all manner of newfangled security devices went on display." ...

"Energy Technology Laboratories of Modesto, Calif., known for making Oxygenics shower heads, introduced at the show a gun safe worthy of James Bond. The safe opens biometrically, with a fingerprint scan. The slick, stainless-steel safe mounts nearly flush into a wall and can be hidden by a painting. Its slide-down door opens silently - should an intruder be listening in the next room - to reveal a loaded handgun in the 3 1/2-inch cavity, lined with a velvetlike cloth." ...
 

AZ: Arizona Court Bans Drug Testing of Firefighters
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"The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled against random drug and alcohol testing of firefighters, saying it is an unwarranted intrusion on privacy..."

"The 24-page ruling was made in a lawsuit brought against the city of Mesa by Capt. Craig W. Petersen of the Mesa Fire Department. The city had implemented a random drug-testing policy for firefighters in 2001."

"Lawyers for the city argued that the policy was in the best interest of public safety."

"The court's decision also would protect all public employees, with the exception of police officers." ...
 

GA: Newest member of City Council facing a number of criminal charges, including "pistol-whipping of a 16-year-old boy"
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"The newest member of City Council in Dawson in southwest Georgia is facing a number of criminal charges, including aggravated assault."

"Dawson police arrested 54-year-old Joseph Breedlove Wednesday night in connection with the beating and pistol-whipping of a 16-year-old boy."

"The teenager and several other witnesses told police Breedlove had attacked Jones and also fired at least two gunshots."

"Breedlove won a special election last fall and has been on the council for just three weeks." ...

"Breedlove is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and cruelty to children as well as misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct and possession of marijuana." ...
 

MA: Police officers accuse chief of harassing them because they arrested his son
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"The chief of police says he never interfered in the arrest of his son after a fight at the local American Legion Hall and showed no preferential treatment to his son-in-law, a former police officer."

"Chief Robert Jackson's statements came yesterday during testimony in a disciplinary hearing against two of his officers."

"Sgt. William Quigley and officer James McLean are accused of drinking during firearm training at the Scituate Rod and Gun Club May 22 and failing to follow procedure during several arrests."

"The officers say the allegations are politically motivated, and retaliation for the arrest of Jackson's son." ...

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It wouldn't be the first time a ranking police officer has used his power and authority to benefit himself or his family.
 

LA: Ex-deputy constable gets seven years for assaulting teen
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"A former deputy constable was sentenced to seven years in prison for molesting a teenage boy who was later wounded in a shootout when the man attacked him a second time."

"Patton had fired his .40-caliber service revolver 10 times during a shootout with the 14-year-old boy. Eight of the shots hit the boy and resulted in permanent disabilities and the loss of the boy's liver, Hernandez noted."

"After Patton shot the boy, the deputy constable also grabbed a chair and beat the boy until he was unconscious, according to an affidavit filed in the case."

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Molesting him, shooting him 8 times then beating him unconscious with a chair = assault and 7 years in prison?!? That's it?
 

OH: Officer charged with "obstructing police business, tampering with evidence and criminal mischief" seeks to suppress his own confession
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"The East Liverpool police officer charged with trying to thwart an investigation into the off-duty discharge of his handgun doesn’t want his statements about the incident to be used against him."

"The attorney for Martin T. Ward filed a motion this week ...seeking suppression of all statements Ward made about the incident to his boss, East Liverpool Police Chief Mike McVay."

"The motion also seeks dismissal of two of the three indictments against Ward..." ...

"Ward pleaded innocent in August to obstructing police business, tampering with evidence and criminal mischief. The maximum possible sentence he could receive if convicted is five years in prison, plus nine months in the county jail." ...
 

WI: Conceal and Carry Bill could affect campus, surrounding cities
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"Wisconsin residents will find out on Tuesday if conceal and carry will be the new law, when the Assembly votes on whether to override Gov. Jim Doyle's veto. The bill's passage would grant students the right to lawfully carry a firearm in some public places after obtaining a permit and going through the proper training required under the law."

"Likewise, many students would be able to obtain a weapon's permit and carry a handgun if the override is successful, a thought that worries some University of Wisconsin students."

" 'If you have a gun, chances are you're more likely to use it,' UW student Laura Nelson said. 'There's already been a lot of violence recently with the Ogg Hall and University Square attacks, so I don't think adding more handguns is what we need.' "

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No, it's much more moral to get comfortable and hope the rapist uses a condom and doesn't have AIDS than to shoot the bastard and preserve a shred of your humanity.
 

UK: Contract killer who used "silenced" 9mm sentenced for murdering policeman
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"Contract killer Gary Nelson, a former suspect in the murder of unarmed community policeman Pat Dunne, was jailed for life today by the Old Bailey after being arrested with the terrifying tools of his trade." ...

"Nelson, 34, walked the streets carrying a 9mm Browning semi-automatic pistol fitted with a laser sight in a shoulder holster."

"The gun he called 'my special thing' was seized by police when they raided his Woolwich riverside apartment. They found a hitman's kit - gun, sight, silencer and 24 rounds of ammunition - in a zip-up bag in his spare bedroom. Traces of firearm residue were found on his face, clothing and the silencer, showing a gun had recently been fired." ...

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UK gun control is so effective.
 

NE: Nebraska Recorded 18 Hunting Accidents in 2003
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"There were 18 non-fatal hunting accidents recorded in Nebraska during 2003, but it was the third year in a row that the state had no hunting fatalities..." ...

"We are very concerned about the increase, especially when we know none of the accidents would have happened if the shooter or the victim would have followed the rules of firearm safety." ...

"Though any accidents are too many, the figures should be put into the proper perspective. Last year approximately 139,594 habitat stamps were sold and there were only 18 hunting accidents reported, which means that only .0001 percent of those who hunted or trapped in Nebraska during 2003 were the victims of hunting accidents." ...
 

FL: "Rapper" convicted on gun and drug charges speaks to middle school kids, because "he is a role model"
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"Controversial rapper Maurice Young, better known as 'Trick Daddy,' served as a motivational speaker at an FCAT event focused on the impact the test might have on this year's graduating class."

"The choice of speakers left some at the event, which was hosted by the Florida Black Caucus, feeling uneasy, but organizers defended the rapper (pictured)."

"...Whether we like it or not, because of his lyrics and what he does, he's a role model to kids," said Rep. Edward Jennings.

"The speech at Miami Edison Middle School added to a tally of community service hours Trick Daddy must complete for his conviction on drug and firearm charges last year."
 

CO: Council ponders gun ban in city buildings
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"Welcome to Aurora, partner - now kindly leave your guns outside."

"City leaders are debating whether signs bearing that message - or something like it - should greet visitors who enter city hall."

"New state laws overruling local gun control laws have perplexed cities that want to control guns in public places." ...

"As things are now, if you legally own a pistol, you have the right to strap it on, walk into Aurora City Council chambers and take a seat." ...

"That makes some city employees uncomfortable."

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So what is it that these panty wetters are doing that makes them believe people want to kill them?
 

NJ: Unspinning: NJ "Division on Women"
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" 'NJ families now enjoy the lowest crime rate in three decades,' - Congratulations, resident, you live in a police state!" ...

" 'I signed the nation's first 'smart gun' technology law, creating the first such program to protect our children from handgun violence and accidents,' - see above. You're the same governor who ran on the platform that while you were in office, no NJ citizen would ever have the right to bear arms outside their own homes. Therefore when I'm on the street with my children, we are sitting ducks for the very violence you proclaim you wish to protect them against, since I am a law-abiding citizen and criminals aren't. Thanks for making us less safe, Mr. M." ...

" 'Protecting a Clean Environment,' good one. So you've won a massive settlement from some big companies for 'chromium contamination.' Good, going after business is always a great first step to a totalitarian state." ...

"You've allocated $150,000,000 to 'protect' more of our open spaces. I see, so the government will now own and control more and more significant amounts of land." ...
 

UK: North Yorkshire Police say new toy gun laws could be life saver
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"North Yorkshire Police have given a warm welcome to new legislation aimed at ridding the streets of toys that could result in deadly consequences."

"It is now an offence to have in a public place an air weapon, toy gun or replica that looks like a real firearm. The Anti-Social Behaviour Act says no-one may carry an air weapon or imitation firearm in a public place without lawful authority or reasonable excuse. And an imitation firearm is defined as one that 'has the appearance of being a firearm' whether or not it is capable of discharging a shot, bullet or missile."

"Offenders can be arrested." ...

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Oceania has finally come to fruition.
 

MD: Let's rid our streets of assault weapons
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"Anyone who has effective gun control in his or her sights needs to take a walk around town to figure out why the law not only should remain on the books, but be strengthened: If U.N. inspectors had visited certain Baltimore neighborhoods, they may have found more weapons of mass destruction there than they did in Iraq."

"With luck, the U.N. Security Council could have stemmed some of the 271 murders that occurred in Baltimore last year, up by 18 from 2002. Too many of these were from multiple gunshots, clearly a statement from the drug dealers responsible for the high murder rate regarding the consequences of getting on their wrong side."

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What amazing drivel! The weapons are already illegal, and obviously these laws are doing nothing to prevent criminals from obtaining said firearms. The use of these weapons in crimes has risen slightly after the implementation of the 1994 ban. And considering that they are used in less than two percent of crimes, comparing the streets of Baltimore to Iraq, while attempting to blame "assault" weapons, is not only hysterical but an outright misrepresentation.
 

UK: Police in zero-tolerance crackdown
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"EXTRA bobbies have been drafted in to help combat anti-social behaviour in Flint."

"Police have vowed to take a zero-tolerance approach to youths caught undermining people's quality of life."

"Insp Phil Hare told town councillors on Monday night an extra two bobbies would conduct high-profile policing."

" 'We're hoping this zero-tolerance approach will have a real impact,' he said. 'We will do this until March and are hoping it will bring positive results.' "

"Detailed consultations with the public through Communities First have revealed youths hanging around town are a major cause of concern for locals."

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Just teach the kids to say "Sieg Heil!" it would be quicker.
 

OH: If the media is watching Big Brother, who is watching them?
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"The recent debate over public records provisions in Ohio's concealed carry law sent the media into full blown fits about infringing freedom of the press and their self-proclaimed position as protectors of the common person from abuses by Big Brother. Hearing them describe their defense of the commoner conjures up images of valiant crusades headed by knights in shining armor - and reeks of elitism and shameless self-righteousness."

"It also requires we ask the question, if the media is watching big brother, who is watching them? The sad, painful answer is that nobody protects us from the whim of so-called journalists concerned more with pushing their own agenda instead of reporting the news." ...
 

Who's responsible for gun violence?
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"At issue is whether gun dealers and manufacturers should be held liable when guns they have sold are used in a crime. The proposal in Congress would give them immunity from lawsuits even if there is negligence."

"Families of crime victims say that would be tragic." ...

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Yeah, it would be tragic if they didn't get to use the deaths of their loved ones to steal money from legitimate businesses. Right.
 

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