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CT: Ex-Police Detective Sentenced
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FULL STORY:
A former New Haven police detective convicted in a Police Department drug scandal was sentenced on Monday in Federal District Court to 90 days in jail. The former detective, Jose Silva, 36, pleaded guilty to depriving an individual of his constitutional rights in October. Federal prosecutors said Mr. Silva knew that another detective, Justen Kasperzyk, had moved suspected narcotics from the basement to the back bedroom of a first-floor apartment in New Haven, resulting in an unlawful arrest in November 2006. Mr. Kasperzyk pleaded guilty to one count of civil rights conspiracy, a felony, and one count of theft of government property, a misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 27.

 

UT: Woman shot to death in LDS Church parking lot
Submitted by: MACpistol.com
Website: http://www.MACpistol.com

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A woman was shot and killed in Lehi this morning during Sunday services at an LDS church. Police say the woman's husband opened fire on her in the parking lot, without even saying a word, leaving her dead and witnesses hysterical.

Submitter's note: This is just more evidence that so called "protective" orders only inflame and antagonize people who probably would not have acted violently, let alone KILLED anyone.

Ed.: Aren't all LDS churches "gun-free" zones?
 

War on Guns: NRA-ILA Responds on Sullivan
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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All of us who wrote got the same letter (thanks to everyone who forwarded theirs), and Armed and Safe presents it and pretty well sums everything up, so I won't duplicate that here.

It's what I expected when I said they didn't want to give an unequivocal "yes" or "no" answer. Their world is too labyrinthine for directness, and they're counting on being a force of influence on pending legislation. As such, they'll do nothing to alienate or jeopardize access, which, for lobbyists, is everything.

And this way, if and when "Maximum Mike" is confirmed, they will not have been among his assailants, providing additional capital.

If nothing else, it's masterful political judo, turning this to their advantage.
 

JPFO: What's it Gonna Take? (Part One of Three)
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed ... -- Thomas Jefferson, "Declaration of Independence"

Right, left, and center, activists and ideologues of various stripes often complain that Americans are asleep, even comatose, and in any case, blissfully unaware of the real world around them, where (depending on one's outlook) all manner of terrible things are going on.

A police officer once informed me loftily that civilization has to be maintained by authoritarian managers because individuals in general are selfishly uninterested in doing the hard work of maintaining it themselves....
 

Huckabee gets hunting help from the Almighty
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Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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There's something in the air; a sense of excitement. For days I've been puzzling over it and suddenly it dawned. It's 2008, a presidential election year. Soon, very soon, aspiring candidates will come forward to announce their intentions and attempt to persuade us of their peculiar abilities to manage the highest office in the land. I can hardly wait.
 

Letter from the NRA to the ATF
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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Chris Cox, the Executive Director of the NRA-ILA wrote an open letter to Michael Sullivan, the acting director of the ATF.

"Those licensees who do choose to fight to retain their licenses face several obstacles. Chief among those is BATFE’s incorrect application of the term “willful”…Dealers who omitted as few as 19 pieces of information out of 51,240 separate boxes on 880 different forms (an error rate better than that in BATFE’s own National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record) have been treated as “willful” violators and subjected to revocation proceedings, resulting in years of costly litigation."

The entire letter is worth reading.
 

George Washington to George Clinton, "The troops paraded with their Arms; seized the Artillery of the division, and marched off", Jan. 4, 1781
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"...General Wayne informs me that on the night of the 1st. instant a mutiny was excited among the non Commd. Officers and privates; several Officers were killed and wounded in endeavouring to quell it in the first instance, but resistance was soon found vain. The troops paraded with their Arms; seized the Artillery of the division, and marched off in a body towards Philada..."

"...Perhaps that's why Mr. Washington had later stated the following?:

"That no man should scruple, or hesitate a moment to use arms in defense of so valuable a blessing [as liberty], on which all the good and evil of life depends; is clearly my opinion; yet Arms...should be the last resort." ..."

 

GA: Gun bills way off the mark
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Asked about priorities in their communities, most Georgians would offer a similar list of pressing needs — improved transit, better schools and comprehensive water planning. Few, if any, would call for more guns on their streets. Yet the General Assembly will devote hours to extremist gun bills built around the fantasy that average Georgians cannot go unarmed to work, school or the dry cleaners. That nightmarish depiction of daily life in Georgia is not shared by most voters, who would rather see their elected officials deal with education, gridlock and drought.
 

WA: Ex-Tacoma cop gets 19 years for child rape
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A retired police officer, who once toured grade schools with a talking motorcycle, was sentenced Thursday to more than 19 years in prison for child rape and other offenses involving young relatives.
... first-degree child rape, second-degree child rape, first-degree child molestation and third-degree assault of a child.

...videotapes showing Giles and Wear raping and molesting the boy, described as developmentally disabled, and molesting two girls related to Giles.

As an officer, Giles appeared with Harvey, the talking motorcycle, in a grade school program
*designed to make police less scary*
and was involved in the TV program "Behind the Shield." After retiring he became host of "Crime Time" on KLAY-AM radio.
 

NM: What Happened When One Man Missed A Doctors Appointment
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This is under the comment area for another article concerning the Unsers in Albuquerque, NM, and how the police abused him.
 

MI: Michigan sees fewer gun deaths — with more permits
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Website: http://www.mcrgo.org

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Six years after new rules made it much easier to get a license to carry concealed weapons, the number of Michiganders legally packing heat has increased more than six-fold.

But dire predictions about increased violence and bloodshed have largely gone unfulfilled, according to law enforcement officials and, to the extent they can be measured, crime statistics.

The incidence of violent crime in Michigan in the six years since the law went into effect has been, on average, below the rate of the previous six years.
 

Ill-advised gun bill
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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With the support of the National Rifle Association, Congress has sent to President Bush legislation that purports to prevent the mentally ill from committing mass murder. The bill has its merits, and people naturally are sympathetic to the movement to keep guns out of the hands of crazies and criminals. But this one leaves us uneasy. The 1968 Gun Control Act already prohibits, albeit ineffectively, anyone found by a court to be "a mental defective" from owning guns.
 

CT: More Guilford County residents taking up arms
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In July of last year, a multiple homicide stunned an upper-class Connecticut neighborhood. Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes reportedly entered the home of William Petit Jr. in Cheshire. According to a report from Court TV, "the pair raped and strangled the doctor's 48-year-old wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit. The couple's daughters, Hayley Petit, 18, and Michaela Petit, 11, were tied to their beds and the youngest was raped before the men poured gasoline around their beds and set fire to the family home." Petit was tied up in the basement, savagely beaten with a baseball bat and left for dead. Miraculously, he survived. Many of us wondered if Petit's tragedy could have been avoided if he had engaged his assailants with a firearm.
 

Armed and Safe: Finally--a reply (well, sort of)
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com

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Thank you for contacting us regarding the nomination of Michael Sullivan as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). We have very serious and long-standing concerns about some of the practices and enforcement activities of BATFE. NRA has a long history of exposing problems with BATFE, and you can be sure that we are doing everything we can to address these concerns.

NRA's history of questioning BATFE activities predates even the Bureau itself. It began with our coverage of the 1971 shooting of Kenyon Ballew by investigators with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division, which became the BATF a year later.
 

Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence, "excepting always the quantity that may be necessary for the defence", July 8, 1783
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"...Article XIII.--The ships of war belonging to the two parties, as also those of their subjects which are armed..."

"...In like manner no citizen, subject, or inhabitant of the said United States, or of any of them, shall demand or accept of any commission or letter of marque (to arm any vessel or vessels to cruise against the subjects of his said majesty..."

"...and other arms of that kind fit to arm soldiers; swivels, shoulder belts, horses with their equipages, and all other instruments of war whatever, excepting always the quantity that may be necessary for the defence of the vessel and such as compose the crew..."
 

TX: Home intruder shot, killed
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A homeowner shot and killed a man as he forced his way into a home in Copperas Cove on Friday afternoon, police said. Police were called to 2204 Boland St. after shots were fired inside the home. They discovered a man who had been shot several times in the upper torso, Copperas Cove police said in a statement. Through the investigation, police learned the man was an intruder who had “entered the residence unlawfully and apparently used physical force against the homeowner,” police said.
 

Safe Streets Author Discusses Gun Control Policy on Coast To Coast AM
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Safe Streets Author and Syndicated Columnist John Longenecker will be on Coast To Coast AM with George Noory again, January 9th, 2008 for three hours, from 11 pm to 2 am Pacific Time. Topics will include the identity of public interest values between Citizen CPR, First-aid and the Heimlich Maneuver and Citizen CCW, the concealed carry of handguns.
 

VA: Despite Tech shootings, gun show rules unlikely to be altered
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Emotions will be raw when Andrew Goddard and the parents of about a dozen other victims in April’s shootings at Virginia Tech approach the General Assembly this winter to ask for more gun control. Goddard says he will describe the injuries from the four bullets that ripped into his son, Colin, who is among the survivors. He and other parents will urge lawmakers to close a loophole in the state’s gun laws. They want to end a practice that allows some firearms to be sold at gun shows without a background check on the buyer. “Please,” Goddard plans to tell legislators, “don’t wait for another Tech tragedy before you act.”
 

GA: NRA shouldn't push parking-lot gun bill
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Three years ago, the Washington, D.C.-based National Rifle Association raised eyebrows at the Georgia Capitol with introduction of a bill to establish a peculiar new right in Georgia: the right for any person to enter any other person's personal or private property and park, so long as the driver had a gun in the car. Yes, I know it sounds bizarre, but it's true.
 

TN: With more people carrying guns, self-defense killings on increase
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The number of justifiable homicides in Memphis jumped from 11 in 2006 to 32 in 2007. No one is sure why, but one man has a theory. "The thugs have started running into people who can protect themselves," said Tom Givens, owner and instructor at the firearms training school RangeMaster, 2611 S. Mendenhall in Memphis.
 

Canada: How far can you go to defend your castle?
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Your home is your castle. You would do whatever it takes to protect yourself, and your loved ones, from an intruder.

But in so doing, could you actually find yourself on the wrong side of the law?

It's a question many Calgarians have been asking themselves after two men broke into a Langdon-area home in the middle of the night Thursday.

A fight ensued; when it was all over, one assailant was seriously injured, the other dead.



"To put it bluntly, you're not entitled to go ape if someone breaks into your home."


"The laws of self-defence in our country are unduly technical and unduly complex," adds Levy.

 

MI: Elderly Man Shoots Home Intruder
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An 82-year-old man on Detroit's northwest side shot and severely wounded an intruder who walked into his Collingwood Street home Sunday afternoon. Police said that the intruder, a 44-year-old man from Redford, was visiting friends in the neighborhood when he entered the home of Thomas Jackson, 82, and his wife. Jackson grabbed his gun and shot the intruder.
 

WA: The internal workings of red light cameras [video]
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Earlier this week the city of Seattle announced that it will install 24 more red light cameras at various intersections. KOMO 4' s Matt Markovich got an inside look at exactly how the cameras work.
 

WA: New Banners Packing Heat
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By Sade Malloy
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Yakima -- The new red and gold banners are supposed to look like sun rays but some say they're more like rifles.

It's made the national news wires.

We all like attention but, not that kind for those hard working folks who put em up.

Michael Morales says, "And even if you do see rifles are you offended by a rifle, I'm not but somebody else might be so with 20,000 cars a day on that street I'm sure we can get 20,000 viewpoints of what's on that banner."

They're talking about our banners with a rep at news stations in Seattle, Alabama, and Michigan.
 

NC: Gun shop fighting to keep dealer license
Submitted by: ChareltonHest
Website: http://atfabuse.com

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Jim’s Gun Jobbery of Fayetteville and a sister store in Wilmington have been granted a trial in their fight to keep their firearms dealer licenses.

The trial is scheduled for April 21.

The survival of Jim’s, one of the area’s most prominent gun dealers, may hinge on the outcome.

In 2004, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revoked the gun sales licenses of the Fayetteville store and Jim’s Pawn & Gun of Wilmington. The bureau contended that the stores were lax in keeping records of their gun inventory and sales. Gun dealers are required to keep records in an effort to keep weapons away from criminals.

Both stores are owned by James M. Faircloth of Fayetteville.
 

CT: Finch joins coalition against illegal guns
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Mayor Bill Finch has joined the national Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, an advocacy group started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Finch joins 250 other mayors from 44 states — including six mayors in Connecticut — who have pledged to push for gun safety laws, crack down on illegal gun sales and back legislation that makes it easier to track guns.
 

TX: [Copperas] Cove homeowner fatally shoots intruder
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A Copperas Cove man fatally shot a suspected intruder during a home invasion Friday afternoon. Police were called at 3:40 p.m. to the 2200 block of Boland Drive in Copperas Cove, where they found a male, believed to be an intruder, who had been shot in the torso multiple times, a Copperas Cove Police Department news release said. The male was transported to Darnall Army Medical Center on Fort Hood, where he later died.
 

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