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Children and guns go together when proper lessons are involved
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The mental image of my 2-year-old niece hefting a gun in her cute little hands almost brings a smile to my face."

"No, not because she’s a crack shot and I taught her everything she knows. She’s not, and I didn't -- yet."

"That scenario makes me happy in a way because of the rest of the picture: Her parents with her, carefully showing her proper use of and respect for a gun."

"I wasn't there, so I don't know how accurate that image might be -- maybe she never even touched the guns -- but I'm glad my sisters and brothers-in-law recently took their kids out to learn gun safety and do some harmless target shooting under close supervision." ...

The smoking elephant in the room
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "In the wake of the recent wave of carnage, President George W. Bush, renowned moralist and global promoter of non-violence, quickly convened a summit on school safety. In parallel, right-wing talking heads quickly and deftly interspersed these shooting incidents with video footage of two girls in New Mexico brutally pummeling another girl on a school bus, casting all of these episodes as co-equal exhibits in a case against school violence and as occasion for yet another round of tirades against out-of-control youth. The president's summit, hailed by all who participated, provided much discussion on communication, 'intelligence' ... values and preparedness. Astoundingly, it mentioned nothing about guns." ...

MS: Saucier Couple Says Of Gunman: "It Was Him Or Us"
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"A gun battle in Saucier ended with an armed robbery suspect dead and an elderly couple lucky to be alive." ...

"Greer screamed for her husband who was inside. That's when she says the gunman walked past her and into the house to confront Tommy Greer." ...

"Still outside, Beth Greer had grabbed a gun from her car."

"'I heard a shot go off and, of course, I just knew he had killed Tommy. In an instant, he stepped back into the garage. One step in the garage, still with his gun pointed at me, and I just opened fire on him. I just shot, shot, shot, shot,' Beth Greer remembered."

"At the Harrison County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, the Greers finally got to see the face behind the mask. To their surprise it was Bobby Hardy, a regular customer at their store in Gulfport. ..." ...

TN: Two Teens Charged in Attempted Robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Two teens who tried to hold up a Mid-South credit union now face federal charges.

Memphis police say on Friday, October 13, the two suspects were spotted casing the American Savings Credit Union on Harvester.

When the two entered the building, a local vendor shot one of the suspects in the throat.

Investigators say the shooting was an act of self-defense.

Both robbers then fled the credit union on foot.

Police arrested the pair a short distance from the credit union.

The injured robber, 18-year-old Everett Jamison, was taken to the Med in critical condition.

Jamison remains in the hospital.

He is charged with one count of violation of the Federal Bank Robbery Statute.

18-year-old Anthony Spates faces the same charge.

CO: Dismissal sought in shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All charges against the owner of a Denver bar accused of shooting a burglar should be dismissed under Colorado's 'Make My Day' law, a defense lawyer argued Tuesday."

"Christakes Christou was charged with first-degree assault after he shot Dwayne Stepp, who broke into Christou's Funky Buddha bar at 3:11 a.m. on Jan. 3."

"The question is whether Colorado's Make My Day law, which says the occupant of a dwelling has the right to shoot an intruder, applies to a business."

"Defense lawyer Larry Pozner claims it does because Christou sometimes spent the night at his bar."

"Denver prosecutor Dawn Weber, however, said the law, which specifically uses the word 'dwelling,' pertains only to homes." ...

MI: Update: Alger Heights store owner will not face charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The store manager of Alger Heights Foods will not face charges for shooting an armed robber in self defense.

The Kent County Prosecutors office tells WZZM 13 the store manager may have prevented the deaths of his co-workers by shooting 45-year-old Michael Sams.

It happened Friday night at Alger Heights Foods on Eastern Avenue.

As the 3 suspects were tying up the employees the store manager broke free and shot Sams, who died of his injuries.

Security cameras caught images of the 2 other suspects, who are still on the loose.

Police say both are in their late teens to early 20's.

If you have any information call the Grand Rapids Police Department.

MN: Changing campus gun policy would face resistance from U
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Although the Minnesota Student Association won't consider requesting a change to University policy for a few weeks, the proposal to lift the campus firearm ban will likely hit a dead-end even if it passes Forum."

"At Tuesday's MSA meeting, Forum members heard University President Bob Bruininks discuss ... the resolution that would ask the administration to change the Student Conduct Code to allow students to carry licensed handguns on campus."

"Bruininks made his distaste for the resolution apparent."

"'It won't be just a hard sell, I think it's a nonstarter with me,' he said. 'It raises the ante and prospects of conflicts and violence on our campus.'"

"Bruininks said the University does not have the 'kind of culture' that would support conceal and carry on campus." ...

PA: Guns: No one is safe (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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It wasn't even a week before the school shooting in Lancaster County when Rep. Daryl Metcalfe vowed that no "liberal gun grabbing" legislation was going to be enacted in Pennsylvania and Rep. Dwight Evans reminded him and the rest of the legislators that nobody is immune to violence.

Not even little girls tucked away in a tiny one-room schoolhouse.

When did the Second Amendment mean any gun, any time, anywhere?

Rebecca Craven Greenhow

West Chester

Submitter's Note: Umm, when it was written?

IA: Officials cool toward guns-in-school idea
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Wisconsin lawmaker's call to arm teachers and other school administrators in the wake of school shootings across the nation has incited criticism from local education officials, who insisted such a measure would not succeed here." ...

"But local and state school officials find the idea of guns in schools alarming."

"'I think it would be absurd to [arm teachers to] stave violence at school,' said Jerry Arganbright, the principal of West High." ...

"Kathi Slaughter, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Education, said school violence prevention starts at a young age, with children being taught to respect each other using classroom exercises, guest speakers, and role playing." ...

AK: Keep pro-hunting, pro-gun legislators in office
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"The pro-gun, pro-hunting majority in the U.S. Senate and House may be gone after the next election. There is a chance that such rabidly anti-gun and anti-hunting senators as Kennedy, Clinton, Boxer, Schumer and Kerry will be leaders of the new majority ..."

"If this nightmare comes to pass, anti-gun and anti-hunting politicians at the state level will feel emboldened ... Therefore, it is absolutely necessary for us Alaskans not only to re-elect federal candidates who, like Don Young, have always staunchly defended the Second Amendment, but also to make sure that our next governor, state senators and representatives are on our side, not on the side of those who would ban guns and hunting." ...

TN: Top 5 Reasons To Support Brent Benedict
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"5. Zach Wamp is a professional politician who has never accomplished much of anything outside of politics. Brent Benedict is an engineer and systems analyst with a proven ability to solve complex problems under real-world constraints (including time limitations and balanced budget requirements.)." ...

"3. Zach Wamp has not stood strong on self-defense rights, earning only a 'B' grade (in his good years) from the Gun Owners of America. Brent Benedict will fully support the Second Amendment and earn an A+ rating every time." ...

TX: Possible Fraud in Grimes Sheriff's Office
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No arrests have been made, but three employees of the Grimes County Sheriff's Office have resigned for their alleged role in a Medicaid benefit scam. According to the Sheriff, a routine audit spurred the Office of the Inspector General to start looking into his employees' paperwork.

For two months detectives from the state have been looking into Investigator Angela Schroeder's medicade benefits application. She is now accused of tampering with government record.

Sgt. Ryan Schroeder and Sgt. Greg Eakens are being considered for acting with Mrs. Schroeder to falsify applications. The Sheriff says all three have worked for the department for more than seven years.

All possible charges will be handled by the Travis County District Attorney's office.

VA: A violation of constitutional rights?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Three guys came into the restaurant, and two of them had guns in their belts. And, I mean, they didn't look like undercover police. But then again, what does undercover police look like? But ... uh ... it just looks kind of odd. They kept getting up and going to the restroom and coming back and forth. They went to the restroom at least twice each. And I'm just a little concerned about it.'"

"The 9-1-1 call was logged at 6:31 p.m. ..." ...

"Alexandria resident David Yates was one of the men sitting at the corner table at Casa di Scotto's that evening."

"'We sat down for dinner, and I would guess that maybe 10, 15 minutes after we sat down, one of my friends said he had seen a bunch of police cars rolling up. ...'" ...

India: Drunk constable's firing lands two in hospital
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"TWO drivers of cars ferrying employees of Hadapsar-based WNS Business Process Outsourcing unit were injured when they were hit by stones that flew off a pavement after a police constable fired a round from his service rifle following a quarrel with a roadside food vendor at Fatimanagar Chowk on Tuesday night."

"The injured ... suffered multiple injuries on the chest, shoulders and face. They have been admitted to Sassoon Hospital where doctors said they were out of danger."

"Constable Murlidhar Sambhaji Chandgude (48), ... who fired the shot, has been arrested by the Wanavdi police. A case of attempted murder has been filed. He has been remanded to police custody till Friday." ...

TX: Dallas Theft Victim Helps ATF With Sting Operation
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"What risk would you take to catch criminals? A homeowner in Dallas' Preston Hollow neighborhood took action after two thieves stole his semi-automatic rifle and silencer." ...

"The thieves, Juan Benitez and Eric Navarro, returned the next night and rang the doorbell."

"'They said, 'We know you rob banks and knock off ATM’s, and we want in on some of the action,' Winters said."

"Winters is no criminal. He carries the rifle for protection with his ATM business." ...

"The undercover ATF agent credit Winters for helping crack the case."

"'He was willing to put himself in harm's way to get these guys into custody,' said ATF Special Agent, Kenneth Benton." ...

GA: Colbert gun shop raided: owner arrested in sting
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"Federal and state investigators locked down a Colbert gun shop Tuesday and jailed the Athens man who owns it on federal firearms charges."

"Michael Curtis Oakley ... was arrested at his workplace, Athens Housing Authority, by officers with the Athens-Clarke County police Drug and Vice Unit and agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ..." ...

"The arrest caps an investigation that began earlier this year when someone told Athens-Clarke police Oakley was selling guns to felons, Hunsinger said." ...

MI: Hunters, Anti-Hunters Duke It Out Over Doves
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"A Michigan ballot initiative on dove hunting is pitting hunters against animal 'rights' activists -- and people against politicians."

"Two years ago, the Michigan Legislature passed a bill allowing dove hunting in the state for the first time in 99 years. But critics accused state lawmakers of bowing to the will of hunters and pro-gun groups. Following a successful petition drive, a referendum on the Nov. 7 ballot will allow voters to say yes or no to dove hunting in the state." ...

"'Mourning doves are by all accounts gentle, harmless birds. They are monogamous creatures who raise their young as a team, a quality that one might expect would garner them praise in these family-focused times,' the Humane Society of the United States says on its website." ...

LA: Jindal to Chamber: Time to repair problems in state government is now
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"U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal, R-Kenner, told members of The Ascension Chamber of Commerce Thursday that in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the perfect time to weed out years of both government and infrastructure problems in state government is now." ...

"In Washington, Jindal said he believes government 'can use a little more common sense' when it comes to some issues. These include ... Second Amendment Rights in the wake of the storms." ...

"Jindal also said that he feels that private citizens should not have their personal guns taken away if they are owned legally, especially during an event such as Hurricane Katrina or Rita. He said in those cases, looting becomes an issue and citizens need to protect both themselves and their property." ...

PA: Don't lock the Glock
Submitted by: paulster

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"WE WERE SHOCKED to learn how little pressure it takes to squeeze the trigger of a Glock .45. The gun's firing mechanism is so light, even a 3-year-old can shoot it."

"And accidentally kill himself."

"Tylib Bailey-Henderson's death this week is tragic and frustrating because it could have been so easily avoided."

"A simple, properly attached gun-trigger lock, and Tylib would still be alive -smiling, laughing, playing."

"But gun advocates and their legislative buddies can't envision that happy image. It appears a child's safety is not their concern."

"Legislators in Congress and in Harrisburg have so far refused to require that when a gun is sold or transferred to a buyer, it would also have a trigger lock with it." ...

KABA Note: Because gunnies know that it is just one small step from requiring a gun lock be sold, to requiring that it be used.

MA: Healey calls for stripping police chiefs of gun-licensing role
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Lieutenant Governor Kerry M . Healey yesterday called for stripping local police chiefs of the power to issue gun licenses and transferring the responsibility to a specially appointed state public safety official, a proposal that puts in her line with the agenda of the Massachusetts gun owners' lobby."

"The new position by Healey, who has received a 95 percent rating from the Gun Owners Action League and its endorsement for governor, was announced just a day after her campaign issued a statement to the Globe saying that she believes the current laws are appropriate in protecting public safety without infringing on the rights of gun owners." ...

Canada: Gun control plans still in place says MP
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"St. Paul MP Brian Storseth says the Harper government won't be budging on its position in eliminating the long gun registry."

"The rampage shootings at Dawson College, a liberal arts college located in the upscale Westmount area of Montreal, Quebec, resulted in one death and several students were injured."

"'It's in our policy statement that we will be disbanding the long gun registry,' Storseth said, calling the registry 'inefficient.'" ...

"'Well thought out goals and plans do not change with the intrusion of events by one deranged individual. He had two weapons and both, actually, were registered. I don’t know what you would put in place to prevent that from happening.'" ...

Canada: Slain teen's parents push for gun registry
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"They lost their daughter to an enraged gunman five weeks ago. Now Louise and Nelson De Sousa want to try to prevent a similar tragedy from striking another family."

"Still grieving for 18-year-old Anastasia, killed in a hail of bullets at Dawson College in Montreal last month, the De Sousas want to press Ottawa for tighter gun control."

"They are supporting a campaign aimed at getting Prime Minister Stephen Harper to maintain Canada's long-gun registry."

"... the De Sousas said yesterday that Ottawa needs to place stricter limits on the circulation of weapons. Gunman Kimveer Gill, 25, used a legally registered semi-automatic rifle during the attack that killed Ms. De Sousa and wounded 19 others." ...

UK: Man shot dead after row with brothers
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"A WOMAN broke down in court as she recalled hearing gunshots during a late-night argument which resulted in a man's death."

"Claire Mitchell said she was watching the argument between three men from a window when she heard a 'strange, intermittent noise - like a bang.'"

"Gun enthusiast Richard Cope is accused of shooting father-of-two Matthew Crisp four times with a Korean rifle. Mr Crisp was arguing with Richard's brothers, Steven and Dean Cope ... when he was shot through the heart and right lung, Sheffield Crown Court was told."

"It happened yards from Mr Crisp's home ... in May."

"He survived long enough to run down the street, through a fence and into a garden, but there he collapsed." ...

I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least." — HENRY DAVID THOREAU

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