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OH: Governor Taft Signs Concealed Handgun Bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gov. Bob Taft signed a bill Thursday to allow Ohioans to carry hidden guns, just one day after lawmakers passed it."

"The bill goes into effect 90 days after it is signed by Taft and is filed with the Ohio Secretary of State."

"The vote marked the first time the Legislature and the governor's office have agreed to a deal after a decade of debate on the highly contentious issue."

"Ohioans who apply for permits to carry concealed weapons would have to pay a fee, undergo background checks and be trained in the use of a weapon."

" 'The goal of concealed carry legislation is to allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families when they feel their lives may be in danger,' Taft said in a statement." ...
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That's what people have been trying to get through your thick skull for years, Bob.
 

OH: Local residents, sheriff think concealed weapons bill will be beneficial
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"Residents and law enforcement officials agree that the proposed CCW law for Ohio is a good idea."

"Area residents seem to approve of the idea."

" 'If you look at our history, we have always had guns,' said Lorraine Dingey of Zanesville. 'There has been some violence, but most of the time, people have obeyed the laws. There are some states now that have these laws and allow us to carry weapons.' "

"Ann Todd of Zanesville agreed."

" 'I am for bearing arms,' she said. 'We ought to carry them on airplanes. Right now we are taking guns from the citizens but the robbers and criminals have guns.' "

" 'I am in favor of this law,' said Muskingum County Sheriff Bob Stephenson." ...

You can thank this Sheriff by email if you want to:
information@ohiomuskingumsheriff.org
 

OH: Newspaper commits to publishing identities of permit holders; KABA will return fire
Submitted by: Angel Shamaya

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer is committed to publishing the names of people who receive concealed weapons permits in Ohio:

"[I]t is this newspaper's intention to obtain this information and publish it. Our readers deserve to know the identities of those who obtain permits to carry their guns in public. We hope other news organizations will do the same in their communities."

The editors of this newspaper can expect a taste of their own medicine.

As soon as they publish permit holders' names, we'll publish the names, phone numbers and home addresses of every single person on staff at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Same goes for any other newspaper that singles out gun owners in this way.

And we will distribute that data as far and wide as we can, throughout the State of Ohio, through all channels of our influence -- just like these Gun Bigots are threatening to do.

Contemplate other legal ways to make this newspaper regret their commitment to violating the privacy of lawful gun owners. Post comments here; we'll be reading them.

I'm also requesting that people in and around Cleveland begin collecting intel on the staff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer and forwarding it to me immediately. We've got a little time before permits are issued, but we may as well begin preparations for a measured, civil response to these hate-mongers right now.
 

CA: Man Was Protecting Himself, Wife when he killed armed teenage intruder
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. . . "After being told the grandson was not at home, police said the two came back a second time, but this time the homeowner was armed with a gun when he answered the door."

" 'The same two male Hispanic teens forced their way into the residence. One of them was armed with a handgun. The (homeowner) retreated and took cover behind a chair where he does exchange a couple rounds of fire,' Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Justin Risley said."

"The shooting continued as the homeowner ran down a hallway to a bedroom, where police said he shot and killed one of the intruders."

" 'All indications are that the man was protecting his life and the life of his wife,' Risley said."
 

CA: South Sacramento Homeowner Kills Intruder (another report)
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"A home invasion turned deadly Wednesday morning when the homeowner exchanged gunfire with the two intruders."

"According to police, the incident began when two young men went to a home on Wakefield Way near Florin and Freeport Boulevard at 8:30 a.m. The two men knocked on the door and asked for the homeowner's grandson, who was not at home. The homeowner was suspicious of the men's motives, so when they returned, he answered the door with his gun in hand."

"The two men, who were also armed, forced their way into the house. Although its not clear who fired first, a gun battle broke out in the front of the home. It continued down a hallway, culminating in the fatal shooting of one of the suspects in a bedroom." ...
 

IL: Wilmette Man Who Shot Burglar Charged, Not For Assault Because Armed Self-Defense Was Justified, But For Having The Temerity To Own And Use A Self-Defense Tool
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"A Wilmette man was charged Thursday with weapons violations after he shot and wounded a burglar in his home more than a week ago."

"Hale DeMar was charged with a misdemeanor for violating a state law that required firearm owners to have a valid Firearm Owner's Identification card."

"DeMar was also cited for violating a village code that prohibits possession of handguns in Wilmette, the release said. Violation of the ordinance is a petty offense carrying a maximum fine of $750 upon conviction."

"The intruder who was shot, Mario Billings was being held on a $3 million bond for two charges of residential burglary and one charge of possession of a stolen motor vehicle."

"Police said Billings has a lengthy criminal history." ...
 

WI: Man who shot deputy claims self-defense
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"Larry Ryan Dunkerly was acting in self-defense when he shot a deputy in the foot last month, his lawyer said at a preliminary hearing Thursday."

"Dunkerly, 22, 1703 Erie St. upper, didn't know that Racine County Sheriff's deputies were executing a search warrant at his apartment when he opened fire shortly before 6 a.m. on Dec. 12. Instead, Dunkerly thought he was being robbed, lawyer Eric P. Guttenberg said."

"Racine Police Investigator George Wanggaard, who interviewed Dunkerly after the shooting, said basically the same thing in his testimony."

" 'He indicated that he believed he was being robbed,' Wanggaard said. 'He armed himself and fired from the doorway.' " ...
 

Canada: Kitchen utensils as self-defense weapons
Submitted by: Larry E. Bigham

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"The moral for a man who broke into a Newmarket home just after midnight yesterday: Don't underestimate an older couple with an attitude and a few good kitchen implements on hand."

"A good thing for the intruder that Gladys, 59, didn't find her rolling pin. If she had, he might have had a few more bruises to add to those he got being shoved down the stairs and pummelled by Gladys' husband Clifford, 66, and then struck repeatedly in the back by Gladys wielding her metal tea kettle." ...
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These people are lucky the guy wasn't armed with something stronger than their kitchen gear.
 

Brady Campaign to Eradicate Gun Ownership Gives "Grades" to States Again
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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March and the nation's leading state-based gun violence prevention groups today released 'report cards' for every state in America, educating citizens about how their state's leaders are doing on laws and policies that promote a reduction in gun violence." ...
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Click on your State to see if you've still got enough freedom left to get an F. If not, there's still work to do. The goal: Brady F's for everyone.
 

"A Closer Look at Rifle Used in Cop Killings"
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Here is yet another gun grabbing media outlet using VPC's deceitful assaults on semi-automatic rifles -- this time, once again, telling more lies like this one:

"...one in five law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty over a four-year period were killed with assault weapons."

They cannot substantiate that claim no matter how they stretch their definition of "assault weapon". But since when has VPC cared about the truth?
 

Faithful Fathers
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"I recently wrote an article on Compassionate Cowboys, which noted that those virtues which Leftists inside and outside of America so loath are good guys who shoot back: American cowboys. The term 'cowboy' means much more than a particular profession." . . .

"Fathers teach children how to use dangerous toys safely. Mothers prefer that the children not have dangerous toys at all. The lovely comedy A Christmas Story is an excellent example of the contrast between fatherhood and motherhood. Mother, guided by love of her son, does not want him to have a Red Rider rifle; Father, guided just as much by love, wants him to learn to use the rifle properly." ...
 

On Gun Control, Dean Aims for the Center
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BARRE, Vt. -- It was a brisk winter evening outside the Elks Lodge here on Dec. 2, 1998, but inside, Gregory Costa was on the hot seat. Angry members of Vermont's two largest gun rights groups had a pointed question for the National Rifle Association's state representative: Why did he go against the wishes of many of them and endorse Howard Dean for governor?

"He got a real hard time that night," said Monty Butterfield, president of Gun Owners of Vermont, who was at the meeting. "People just felt that Costa hadn't listened, that Howard Dean was not the supporter of gun rights or the friend of sportsmen that the NRA seemed to think he was." ...
 

Taser unveils stun gun for civilians
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"Taser International, the Scottsdale company whose sales and stock price have surged on law enforcement orders for its latest stun gun, plans to introduce a consumer version later this year."

"The Taser X26C, introduced Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will sell for $999 online and through telephone orders beginning this summer."

"The device will send out less of a jolt than the law enforcement X26 but fire for a longer time. This is to allow individuals in danger to drop the gun and run, since they won't have the benefit of handcuffs, Taser CEO Rick Smith said." ...
 

NRA's List of Enemies Includes Britney
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"What do Britney Spears, the United Methodist Church, the St. Louis Rams and Hallmark Cards have in common? They're among the hundreds of celebrities, organizations and companies on the National Rifle Association's roster of entities that it considers hostile to gun-ownership rights." ...
 

Primitive weapons? Not These Muzzleloaders
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"James Dean of Norton Sporting Goods believes he knows why more deer were bagged during the recently completed muzzleloader season than ever before."

" 'Muzzleloaders are getting easier and easier to use,' said Dean of the centuries-old black powder weapon."

" 'They've gone from the traditional side lockers to the new in-line models,' Dean added."

"During Ohio's primitive deer hunting season hunters were allowed to use muzzleloading rifles of .38 caliber or larger; muzzleloading shotguns using a single ball; crossbows; or longbows."

"According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, more than 90 percent of the deer taken during this season were by hunters using a muzzleloader." ...
 

CO: Denver cops make gains on nonlethal force
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"The call came in around 9:40 Monday night. It sounded like big-time domestic violence. Some guy had a large knife. He was holding it to a woman's throat."

"Denver police officer Anselmo Jarmillo answered the call. He found what the dispatcher had described - a man brandishing a knife at a woman."

"The guy with the knife bolted at the sight of the cop."

"Jarmillo took off after him, gun drawn. The guy with the knife forced his way into a nearby house. Then he turned on Jarmillo and waved the knife."

"It was an invitation to mayhem."

"Instead, Jarmillo kept his distance and holstered his pistol. Then he pulled out a Taser and proved that police reform in Denver is headed in the right direction." ...
 

IN: Gun locks here to 'save [criminals] lives'
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"Sheriff Frank Canarecci threaded a metal cable through the barrel of a shiny black pistol and out of the open cylinder."

"He latched the cable together with a little yellow padlock."

"St. Joseph County Police are ready to give away 700 of these gun locks for free, and the Mishawaka Police Department will dispense 200 of them."

" 'The goal is simple, and that's to save lives,' Canarecci said at a press conference Wednesday." ...
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That's right. Burglars' lives. How many burglars and home invaders are shot and killed each year by homeowners with privately owned guns?
 

KS: Police Trainee Accidentally Shoots Self
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- "A man training to be an Overland park police officer accidentally shot himself in the leg Wednesday, KMBC reported."

"The man was reportedly holstering his pistol at a training range when the gun went off." ...
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Guns do not just "go off." The trigger is what fires a firearm.
 

MA: Local men lead grassroots effort to repeal the Patriot Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Two Marbleheaders are saying something is sweeping across the country, and it's not tainted beef or the flu virus. It's a grassroots movement to repeal parts (actually the entire) USA Patriot Act."

"Passed into law by a jittery Congress just 45 days after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the anti-terrorism act won't do much to combat terrorism but instead erodes our civil liberties, said Larry Kepko."

"He and software engineer Russell Lane have formed the Marblehead Bill of Rights Defense Committee and aim to place Marblehead among the 240 U.S. cities and towns, representing 30 million residents, that have passed resolutions saying that the Patriot Act compromises the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights and should be amended." ...
 

MD: Four Greenbelt Men Arrested In Gun Store Burglary
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Four Greenbelt men have been arrested in a burglary at a gun store in Silver Spring.

Five assault rifles were taken in the heist.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Baltimore said Steven Osborne, Justin Jones, Derrick Clay and Eric Garris have been arrested in the burglary, which occurred Tuesday at Atlantic Guns.

Police in Montgomery and Prince George's counties were also involved in the investigation, and the rifles have since been found.

Investigators said they received a tip about the location of the stolen guns within 36 hours of the burglary, which led them to a home in Prince George's County where the arrests were made.
 

MN: Ex-sheriff's aide fights denial of gun permit
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"At first, a court records mix-up kept a former reserve deputy for the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department from getting a permit to carry a concealed handgun."

"Now, Timothy Gene Kelvie says rejections have gotten personal, alleging that sheriff's office staff 'have it in for me' in a petition filed Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court."

" 'This is such a freaky deal,' said Kelvie's attorney, Tom Lee of Roseville."

"In May, state lawmakers passed the Minnesota Citizens' Personal Protection Act, granting easier access to handgun permits that allow holders to carry their weapons in most public places." ...
 

VA: Bill would forbid illegals to bear arms
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"A Virginia lawmaker is drafting a bill that would prohibit illegal immigrants from carrying a gun, a move that toughens a law that he says allows potential terrorists and drug dealers to roam free."

"Delegate Thomas C. Wright Jr., Victoria Republican, said current law allows illegal aliens to carry any guns except assault weapons. He said his bill will give police new authority when trying to crack down on terrorism and drug trafficking."

" 'I'm not approaching this from a gun-control standpoint. If someone is in this country illegally, there is no basis for granting them rights to a firearm,' said Mr. Wright, who describes himself as a 'strong Second Amendment supporter.' " ...
 

VA: Newsom Wins One: A Victory for the Battered First Amendment
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"First Amendment rights and Second Amendment values won a big victory, and political correctness suffered a harsh defeat, last month in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the case of Newsom v. Albermarle County School Board the Fourth Circuit ruled 3-0 in favor of a public-school student's First Amendment right to wear a shirt from an NRA shooting-sports camp. The unanimous panel rejected the school's preposterous argument that banning the shirt was necessary for school safety."

"Alan Newsom was a sixth-grader at Jack Jouett Middle School, in Albermarle County, Virginia. In April 2002, he was having lunch in the cafeteria, wearing a T-shirt bearing the words 'NRA Shooting Sports Camp.' " ...
 

WV: Key to childproofing your firearms
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In Berkeley County, the sheriff's department is giving gunowners the key to 'childproofing' their firearms.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Department has 1,600 free safety kits to give away. The kits contain gun safety information and a gunlock that fits on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. It's all part of a nationwide effort to protect children from firearm accidents at home.

Residents can request up to three locks per household.
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No, the key to childproofing your firearms is training your children in the basics of gun safety. And making sure that their friends all know the basics.
 

LA: DA tosses cases in which corruption-indicted cops played a role
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"The Orleans Parish district attorney's office announced Thursday that it is dismissing all cases in which two police officers -- who are indicted on corruption charges -- had a principal role."

"New Orleans Police Officers Harrison Gardner and Henry Studlein were recently indicted by an Orleans Parish Grand Jury for their alleged involvement in corrupt activities while on police duty. Studlein is charged with felony theft, malfeasance in office, injuring public records and perjury. Gardner is charged with malfeasance in office, injuring public records and perjury."

" 'It makes no sense for my office to ask a jury to believe witnesses in whom my office has no confidence,' District Attorney Eddie Jordan said in a written release. 'These officers cannot be believed in court and, therefore, the cases in which they played a vital role will not be prosecuted.' " ...
 

MI: Prosecutors say police planted drugs, guns at least 13 times
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DETROIT (AP) — "In a court filing, government prosecutors say indicted Detroit Police officers planted drugs and guns on residents at least 13 times during a two-year period."

"Eighteen officers were indicted last year on corruption charges. The filing precedes two trials in U.S. District Court, the first of which is scheduled to begin in February, The Detroit News reported Wednesday."

"Wayne Circuit judges already have overturned the convictions of two men based on interviews with indicted officers."

"The officers planted drugs and guns on their victims. They claimed that the arrests of the victims occurred in public when actually (the) defendants entered the victims homes illegally and arrested them. They repeatedly made false claims of 'hot pursuit' to justify unlawful entries. They caused bodily injury to the victims and concealed that," government lawyers John Engstrom and Michael Bullota said in a 50-page U.S. District Court filing Tuesday." ...
 

SC: The raid on civil rights at Goose Creek
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"Suppose the police in one community staged, with guns drawn, a drug raid at a high school and rounded up more than one hundred students to search and arrest – but found no drugs."

"Suppose they staged that drug raid at a predominantly white school – but staged it at a time of the morning when most of the students in the school they would round up would be African American – but still found no drugs."

"Suppose during that drug raid the school’s principal, who is white, in at least one instance directed police officers to specific groups of students; and those officers then proceeded to put plastic handcuffs on their wrists, and train guns on them and allow a police dog to prowl among them as the principal and other school officials searched inside some students’ pockets."

"But still found no drugs at all."

"Wouldn’t you have questions?" ...

"There’s the reason, then: Intimidation of the innocent out of a frustration at not catching the guilty." ...
 

TX: Deputy arrested on theft charge at Wal-Mart
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"A Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested on a theft charge Saturday at a Wal-Mart on SE Loop 410 at Rigsby, police said."

"Jose Perez, 58, is accused of taking an estimated $500 worth of merchandise to the checkout counter but paying only about $70 for his purchases, Deputy Chief Henry Martinez said."

"Perez was released on a $3,500 bond and is taking a 10-day paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department. The San Antonio Police Department is handling his criminal investigation."

"He will be asked to use his vacation time if the investigation requires more than 10 days."

"Perez likely will face termination if convicted, police said." ...
 

TX: Five Houston police officers fired over extortion racket
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"Five police officers charged with taking money from cantina owners in exchange for protection and forewarning of enforcement have been dismissed for allegedly failing to cooperate in a subsequent internal affairs investigation." ...
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Best protection money can buy. Or, "To Protect and Serve -- for some under-the-table money."
 

TX: Dallas PD officer charged with weapon offense
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"Dallas Police Officer Larry Dyer turned himself into the Collin County jail on Thursday. He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon."

"Dyer, a 15-year veteran of the force, claims he was simply protecting his property in the November incident. He is accused of assaulting a Dallas repossession agent. Dyer said he looked out his window in the early morning hours of Nov. 19 and saw his bass boat being towed away. He said he thought someone was stealing it, so he got in his car and followed."

" 'I went in front of the boat and cut if off. I got out with my pistol, pointed it at a white male that was driving a wrecker,' Dyer described." ...
 

Canada: Six officers charged in corruption probe of Toronto's disbanded drug squad
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TORONTO (CP) - "Six longtime veterans of Canada's largest urban police force were hit Wednesday with a battery of criminal charges after a two-year probe into allegations of corruption, deceit and brutality among members of the city's drug squad."

"Between July 1995 and March 2002, the officers allegedly forged notes and police records, gave false testimony and affidavits to obtain search warrants and failed to account for seized evidence, said RCMP Chief Supt. John Neily, head of a special Toronto police task force probing the squad." ...
 

UK: Police weapons expert admits shooting wife in back of head, execution-style
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"A POLICE armourer with a history of depressive illness has admitted carrying out the execution-style murder of his estranged wife."

"Katrina Baird (41), died from a single pistol shot to the back of her head fired by her firearms expert husband, Adrian Stewart Baird (47), at a farm courtyard near Broughshane last February."

"Adrian Baird was arrested the day of the shooting, and entered a not guilty plea when first before the court in Ballymena."

"But on December 19 in a Belfast courtroom he changed his plea to guilty of murder, it can be revealed today." ...
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But only the cops should have guns, because they are an elite . . . or something. Right Sarah?
 

MA: Police briefs: Man treated for gunshot wound
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Awful lot of gun crime given how restrictive Mass's gun laws are. Isn't it illegal to carry a gun, illegal to commit armed robbery and illegal to shoot innocent people?
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"On Wednesday, Dec. 31, a Cambridge resident checked himself into the Cambridge Hospital with a gunshot wound in his leg."

"He later told police that he had been shot by an unknown person while he was standing at the corner of Windsor and Market streets. He alleged that the suspect, a black male, in his 30s, fired three shots from the passenger seat of a navy blue Honda. The victim was struck once in the leg. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the Cambridge Hospital."

Armed robberies

"Four armed robberies, three at gunpoint, left their mark on residents again this week." ...
 

NJ: Homicide rate 2nd highest in 20 years
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"The 18 homicides in Cumberland County last year mark the second-highest number of murders here in two decades."

"A roadblock in determining what caused the dramatic increase is that murder is a crime that defies classification, state and local officials said. Unlike many other crimes, murder can be the result of a domestic argument, a robbery gone awry or an untreated mental illness."

" 'So often there's no rhyme or reason to the crime -- no common aspect to all murders,' county Prosecutor Ronald Casella said. 'Unlike most other crimes, many individuals who murder have no prior record of criminal activity.' " ...
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HORSEFEATHERS!

"Approximately 74 percent of murder defendants had prior criminal records."

--U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Murder in Families
See study abstract
 

NY: Despite Overall Crime Decline, Murder Is Up 123% In SE Queens
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Gun control is working so well in Queens they've had a 123% spike in murders this year.
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"Southeast Queens continued to partake in the city’s decade-long drop in crime rates in 2003, but it has experienced a troubling spike in murders during the past year, new Police Department statistics show."

"The most significant rises in homicide rates were in the 103rd Precinct, which covers Jamaica, and the 113th Precinct, which covers St. Albans, Hollis, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park and South Jamaica."

"Last year saw more than twice as many murders in the 103rd Precinct than the previous year. The rise from 13 murders in 2002 to 29 murders in 2003 represented a 123 percent increase, surpassing the 1993 statistic of 28 murders." ...
 

NJ: City man pistol-whipped, robbed by pack of thugs in this "gun-free" paradise
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"A 29-year-old Walnut Street resident reported to police early Wednesday that he was assaulted, pistol-whipped and robbed by three assailants on Irving Avenue just east of South Jersey Hospital-Bridgeton."

"The victim was treated at the hospital, where he received stitches to the right and left side of his head, according to a report by Ptl. Ryan Shinn."

"No arrests have been made in connection with the reported armed robbery, according to authorities."

"The victim was only able to provide vague descriptions of the three individuals, due to the clothing they were wearing and injuries he sustained." ...
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Another disarmed victim of victim disarmament. Carrying a gun legally for self-defense in New Jersey is impossible unless you're among the elite of the elite. Victims like this are left to the wolves.
 

Canada: Two Armed Robberies in the City in One Day
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Police are investigating two armed robberies in the city on Monday.

Shortly after 3 p.m., a woman entered Sorenson's Loans, 412 Seymour St., with a handgun. She demanded a cash box and the employee's backpack.

Police say the suspect is native, with medium-brown pockmarked skin, five-foot eight inches, with brown eyes and hair.

The stolen backpack is multi-coloured brown and orange with a purple crest with the letters NIN and a second crest with ALIEN on it.

At about 10:30 p.m., a man with a small pistol robbed General Grant's Store, 611 Fortune Dr., of an undisclosed amount of money.

Police say the suspect is about five-foot seven inches, medium build, wearing a navy blue jacket, a toque and glasses.
 

UK: Police double armed response cars
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"The chief constable of Thames Valley Police has vowed to double the number of armed response vehicles by the end of the year.
The move by Chief Constable Peter Neyroud comes after an inquest into the death of 27-year-old Jason Gifford, who was shot by a police marksman."

"Mr Gifford, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was shot in June 2003 as he held his wife hostage using a three-foot samurai sword and replica pistol." ...
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But guns are outlawed in the United Kingdom. Why would you need more armed police?
 

AZ: Howell files suit vs. Prescott Area Narcotics Task force (PANT), officials
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"Robert Howell, who has admitted he fired a shot at police officers as they entered his home in March 2003, has filed suit against a number of law enforcement officials and seven police officers."

"The lawsuit alleges that officers obtained a search warrant based on inadequate probable cause."

"Based on that information, a judge issued a warrant for a search of Bryan Keith Kelly, who has never lived or resided in the plaintiff’s home, the complaint alleges."

"In addition, the officers entered Howell’s home without proper knocking and announcing of police presence with a reasonable waiting period, the lawsuit states."

"Not knowing who was breaking into his home Howell fired a round in self defense and defense of property and family." ...
 

CT: Governor Rowland facing calls for impeachment, resignation after "favors" scandal
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"Gov. John G. Rowland took his plight to the people, asking them for a chance to continue as governor while denying that he gave any favors in exchange for gifts now under federal scrutiny."

"The 46-year-old governor gave a six-minute televised speech Wednesday evening and apologized again for lying about the gifts he received in the form of improvements to his Litchfield summer cottage."

" 'Tonight, I humbly ask for a renewed opportunity to earn back your trust, to redeem myself in your eyes and to continue to lead this state,' Rowland said."

"The speech was delivered on the same day a poll by Quinnipiac University found 56 percent of voters surveyed said Rowland should resign - up from 44 percent in a poll released Dec. 17."

"Some lawmakers, including Senate President Pro Tem Kevin Sullivan, D-West Hartford, have called for Rowland to resign. There is some support in the legislature to pursue impeachment. Five newspapers in the state have said in editorials that Rowland should resign." ...
 

TN: Free Speech Zone Keeps Knoxville Protestors away from President
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"Approximately 250 environmental activists and opponents of the war in Iraq rallied outside the Knoxville Convention Center during President Bush's visit Thursday."

"Police contained them in a free-speech zone across the street. It's unlikely Bush even saw them, as they were on a sidewalk opposite the motorcade and past the convention center."

" 'We've been having an incredible time fighting this first amendment zone stuff that we never heard about,' one protestor Tony Delucia told 6 News."

" 'We provide this forum so they can protest,' said the Knoxville Police Department's Ted Kingsberry. 'Basically we give them a free, safe area so they can protest.' " ...
 

US Treasury breaks word on e-mail anonymity
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"The U.S. Treasury Department plans to publish nearly 10,000 e-mail addresses on the Web, violating its privacy promise to Americans who used e-mail to comment on a government proceeding."

"In March 2003, the Treasury Department's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) asked for e-mail comments about a proposal that could raise the price of malt beverages like Bacardi Breezer and Smirnoff Ice. At the time, the department said that the text of comments would be made public--but assured people that e-mail addresses, home addresses and other personal information of individuals would be removed first." ...
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Wow, the federal government lied to us. What a shock!
 

Conservatism is Dead
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"Republican Conservatism is dead on the Federal level. It may be a while before real conservatives find out. Nonetheless, look at what neoconservative Republicans are doing: George Bush and his Congressional Republicans are running the largest budget deficits in history. The expected deficit this year is a half-trillion dollars. That's a bit different from the traditional conservative objectives: a balanced budget and a debt-free Republic."
 

2004 - Year of the Slave
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"Setting aside the stereotyped image of a slave as a bleeding chain-bound wretch, slaves throughout history are often hard to recognize. In some cases, such as the Medieval Serfs, they were held slaves to the rulers by religious belief, and did not see themselves as slaves even though they were treated as such."

"In 2003, however, the chains started to become visible. The Constitutional right to freedom of expression was confined to 'free-speech' zones. A slave may have an opinion, so long as it is not expressed where it might upset the other slaves. The Constitutional right to an armed populace, the means by which the men who set up a nation of free citizens hoped to keep them free, is under constant attack." . . .
 

Police State or Free America: Stories from Jail
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"I have to ask if America is a 'Police State' or a 'free state'? I am in jail, for exercising my constitutionally protected and guaranteed, God given right, to openly carry a weapon anywhere in Colorado. I face two new felony charges for filing a 'pleading' with two judges in Adams County, Rose and Marshall, giving notice that by not overturning my conviction from an unconstitutional ruling, they were committing treason, failing to uphold their oath of office to defend the Constitution ..."
 

The Medicare bribe story gets weirder.
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"Get ready for the third version of Rep. Nick Smith's [R-MI] Medicare bribery story." ...
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First, he says he was bribed to vote for the socialist drug program. Then he says he wasn't. Now...
 

UK: Nine Years for Armed Robber
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"An armed robber who held up a van containing £500,000 worth of mobile phones was jailed for nine years today."

"Michael Grant, 39, of Edmonton, north London, was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court for attempting to rob a Mercedes sprinter van containing phones belonging to the Carphone Warehouse, Scotland Yard said."

"He received a concurrent four-year jail term for possessing a firearm when committing an indictable offence, a spokesman said."

"At about 8.30am on November 10 last year police swooped on Grant as he pointed a loaded semi-automatic handgun at the driver and attempted to steal the van and its contents outside Carphone Warehouse in Finchley Road, West Hampstead, north London." ...
 

China: PRC fires nearly 45,000 police for misconduct
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"China has dismissed 44,701 police for lacking job qualifications, corruption or other offenses in a campaign to raise policing standards, state media said yesterday."

"The mass firings from departments nationwide came during a four-month campaign that ended in November, the Xinhua News Agency and newspapers reported."

"It was launched after a July report by China's police minister to President Hu Jintao and other leaders on policing problems 'aroused great alarm,' Xinhua said."

"Hu and other leaders who took power last year have called repeatedly for China's government to be more professional and responsive to public needs." ...
 

Australia: Firearm Owner's Association sounds off at judge over firearm decision
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"THE Tasmanian Firearm Owners Association has attacked a magistrate's comments in a court case involving the storage of firearms and ammunition."

"Association president John Green said he believed magistrate Sam Mollard's comments went well beyond what was required under Tasmanian legislation."

"Mr Green singled out Mr Mollard's comments that, in his opinion, it was 'a basic obvious precaution to store a gun safe in a place where it can't be seen' and that the same could be said for the safe's key."

"Mr Green said there was nothing in legislation governing firearm storage about hiding gun safes or their keys." ...
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Start with "reasonable" legislation. Then have your pet judges tighten it more and more.
 

Australia: Man caught with bullets at airport
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"A 39-year-old unemployed Melbourne man has been charged with a firearm offence after allegedly attempting to smuggle 500 bullets and shotgun shells on to a flight to Samoa."

"Routine X-ray screening at Sydney International Airport detected the bullets in the man's hand luggage as he tried to board a Polynesian Airlines flight yesterday morning."

"The man, a New Zealand passport holder, did not have a gun and is believed to have been taking the ammunition to Samoa for a relative."

"Authorities said he surrendered the ammunition - a mixture of 0.22 calibre bullets and 12 gauge shotgun shells -- without trouble and there was no suggestion terrorism was involved." ...
 

South Africa: Robbers caught in funeral home
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Two men were arrested as they robbed an undertaker's business in Pietermaritzburg, police said on Thursday.

Captain Joshua Gwala said Luke Nkomonde, an employee at Gama Funeral Services, was confronted by two men about 09:00 on Wednesday.

Holding Nkomonde at gunpoint, they demanded the safe keys and searched the drawers in the office, removing two cellphones.

They forced Nkomonde to the back of the premises.

Just then, two policemen attending to a matter nearby saw the commotion and rushed to Nkomonde's aid. They arrested the two suspects and confiscated a licensed firearm.

The suspects will appear in the Pietermaritzburg magistrate's court soon.
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But doesn't gun licensing stop this sort of thing?
 

New Zealand: Lone gunman robs Takapuna bar and cafe
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A lone gunman took the till contents from a bar in Takapuna while patrons played the pokie machines in the next room.

At 9.50pm on Monday, December 23, the offender pointed a brown-handled semi-automatic pistol at the manager of the Barrys Pt Bar and Cafe, demanded the cash and then ran through nearby streets, where the trail was lost.

He wore a dark-hooded sweatshirt with two white stripes down each sleeve, grey trackpants, gloves and a balaclava. As he left the bar, the man, who was about 1.74m (5ft 8in), took the balaclava off to reveal untidy brown shoulder-length hair.

If you know him or if you saw anything suspicious that night phone Detective Steve Pivac on (09) 488-6200.
 

South Africa: We're demonised, say landless campaigners
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"The Landless People's Movement (LPM) lamented on Thursday what it described as a grotesque distortion of its programmes by the media, and denied it had any violent or lawless intentions."

"All its activities, the movement said, were aimed at putting pressure on the government to speed up land redistribution through legislative and policy changes."

" 'Legal and constitutional land expropriation is a common phenomenon in all democracies.' "

"Recent reports have quoted the LPM as threatening to create a people's army for self defence unless the government protected farmworkers from abuse by their employers." ...
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And the government is trying to disarm farmers to face these "agrarian reformers".
 

Russia: Military prosecutors expose theft of weapons in Amur region
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Military prosecutors in the Amur region have exposed the theft of weapons from ammunition dumps, a source in the press service of the Main military prosecutor’s office told Itar-Tass on Thursday morning.

Inspectors detected deficiency in quantity of Makarov pistols in the storage facilities. Thanks to prompt action it was established that four pistols had been stolen by two army servicemen and sold to local inhabitants, the press service source noted.

The source said the stolen pistols have been confiscated and returned to the army unit. A criminal case has been opened and the prosecutor’s office is running a check on compliance of the unit command with legislation regulating the safe keeping and accounting for weapons and munitions.
 

Iraq: Scottish soldier killed by own rifle on firing range
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"A YOUNG Scottish soldier was killed by his own weapon just two days after arriving in Iraq with an advance party to prepare for the arrival of the rest of his regiment."

"Lance Corporal Andy Craw, 21, died on Wednesday morning in what the army described as a tragic incident on a firing range at Shaibah airfield near Basra, in the south of the country."

"He was part of a small group from the 1st Battalion, who arrived in Iraq on Monday to prepare for the deployment of the regiment next week."

"The army has begun an investigation into how he died but army sources say that he was killed by his own weapon on the firing range, where he had been taking part in training." ...
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But only the military are well-trained enough to have guns!
 

Canada: Gun registry not expected to get nixed
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"Critics of the federal gun registry say the new Liberal cabinet has a perfect opportunity to use a promised review of programs, spending and value-for-money to scrap or radically reform the controversial firearms program."

"But they are not holding their breath."

" 'If this government and its much touted program and spending review do not wrestle this program to the ground, then this whole exercise will be shown to be a charade,' said Manitoba Canadian Alliance MP and justice critic Vic Toews. 'The program is fundamentally flawed and that is not just my judgment but the judgment of the auditor general. But as finance minister, Paul Martin wrote the cheques that kept the registry afloat so I do not expect him to scuttle it now.' " ...
 

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To suppose arms in the hands of citizens, to be used at individual discretion, except in private self-defense or by partial orders of towns...is a dissolution of the government. — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America (1787-1788).

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