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Myths About Gun Control
Submitted by: Henry Statkowski

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"Guns are dangerous. But myths are dangerous, too. Myths about guns are very dangerous, because they lead to bad laws. And bad laws kill people."

"'Don't tell me this bill will not make a difference,' said President Clinton, who signed the Brady Bill into law."

"Sorry. Even the federal government can't say it has made a difference. The Centers for Disease Control did an extensive review of various types of gun control: waiting periods, registration and licensing, and bans on certain firearms. It found that the idea that gun control laws have reduced violent crime is simply a myth." ...
 

Murder rate dips to lowest since '65
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The nation's murder rate declined last year for the first time in four years, dropping to the lowest level in 40 years, while the number of rape cases increased slightly last year, the FBI reported yesterday."

"Overall, the number of violent crimes, which include aggravated assaults and robberies, fell by 1.2 percent last year. Property crimes -- burglaries, larceny/theft and car theft -- dropped 1.1 percent in 2004, compared with 2003."

"There were 391 fewer murders nationwide in 2004 than the year before. The total of 16,137 worked out to 5.5 murders for every 100,000 people, a decline of 3.3 percent from 2003 and the lowest rate since 1965, when it was 5.1 for every 100,000 people." ...
 

Gun Control Bill Pulled Today! -- There is still time to place your calls (GOA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Big news! The House was scheduled to bring up S. 397 for a vote today. But now the latest information from the House of Representatives indicates that the bill has been postponed to tomorrow (Thursday)."

"GOA remains the only group at the national level that is fighting for a CLEAN bill to protect gun makers (H.R. 800)."

"It is imperative that you make your last-minute calls to the Hill in support of H.R. 800, especially if you have not done so already." ...
 

Rules Committee Sides with NRA Instead of Cop Safety and Enforcing Gun Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Rep. Carolyn McCarthy today criticized the House Rules Committee majority for rejecting two of her proposed amendments to S. 397, legislation granting the gun industry unprecedented immunity from negligence lawsuits." ...

"McCarthy’s first amendment would have banned all armor-piercing ammunition or 'cop-killer' bullets. Many of these bullets explode on impact and can penetrate most bullet-proof vests." ...

"McCarthy’s second amendment would permit lawsuits until the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) database includes at least 90% of the records necessary to conduct criminal background checks." ...
 

Liability for gun makers
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Confronted with a clear choice - protect the firearms industry or protect victims of gun violence - Congress is poised to side with the gun trade. In a shameful display of special-interest politics, the Senate voted in August to make it all but impossible to sue gun makers or firearms dealers for any role they may play in putting guns into the hands of criminals." ...
 

Defeat Gun Industry Immunity
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Time is running out to derail a piece of gun lunacy making its way through Congress."

"National Rifle Association lobbyists are using their considerable clout to push an extraordinary bill that would give the gun industry broad immunity from civil lawsuits. No other industry enjoys such protection." ...
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KABA Note: No other industry is being sued for the criminal misuse of their legal product by a third party, either.
 

Bringing Guns To Work
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"If you are reading this column at work, don't panic, but I do have troubling news: your right to bring a gun to work may be in jeopardy."

"Yes, your capacity to defend yourself from that jerk in human resources may, just may, be going the way of the typewriter."

"But there is something you can do to stop the march of wimphood and protect your Second Amendment rights: don't buy gas from Conoco." ...
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KABA Note: You can e-mail (politely please!) Against The Grain and let them know that it isn't the jerk in HR that bothers you, but instead her violent homicidal ex-spouse who plans to come in and 'get' her and all of her backstabbing lying co-workers too.
 

IL: Wife slain despite order of protection
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Even though he was ordered to stay away from his wife, Howard Jones apparently sneaked up to her car and scrawled "whore" and her telephone number on the windshield Saturday."

"The next day, he returned and fatally stabbed his 65-year-old wife, Bonnie Jones, as witnesses tried to save her."

"Neighbors of Bonnie Jones, a Clemente High School administrator, question if the criminal justice system did enough to protect her from her murderous husband."

"But authorities urged battered women to continue to seek orders of protection as Bonnie Jones had against her husband."

"'An order of protection is not a shield,' said Chicago Police Sgt. Kathleen Argentino. 'In a great number of cases, though, it does serve as a deterrent.'"
 

ME: W. Enfield man held in alleged home invasion
Submitted by: Neil Burnham

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"A West Enfield man who was out joy-riding with friends early Tuesday morning was being held at gunpoint by an aggrieved resident when officers arrived at a Route 1 home to check into a reported home invasion, according to Presque Isle police."

"Alex Laferriere, 25, was arrested on four charges after he broke down a door to a private home and attempted to steal a pickup truck, according to police."

"He was charged with criminal trespass, criminal mischief, criminal attempt and violation of probation. He was being held in the Aroostook County Jail Tuesday afternoon after Bangor officials placed a probation violation hold on him." ...
 

TX: Suspected robber hiding in trash can killed
Submitted by: bubba kress

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A southeast Houston resident killed a suspected robber he said had been hiding in a trash can in his yard.

The resident told police he arrived home around 3 a.m. today and was opening the front door to his house in the 100 block of North Carolina when he heard a noise and turned around to see an unknown man pointing a gun at him.

The resident took out his own gun and shot the man multiple times, police said, then went to a neighbor's home to call police. He reported seeing two other men flee.

The robbery suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Houston police are still investigating.
 

UK: Residents' bid to become trained fighting force
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"RESIDENTS on a crime-plagued estate want to set up self-defence classes to protect themselves."

"Police and tenants on the Market Estate in North Road, Holloway, hope to teach residents to look after themselves - following a rash of violent attacks nearby."

"An 18-year-old girl was assaulted in the secluded Fred White Walk in August by a man who grabbed hold of her hair. Police believe the assault could have been more serious if she had not managed to struggle free. A man was robbed in the same place at the end of 2004." ...
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Submitter's Note: Seem to be an awful lot of people needing to learn self-defense in the Brady Paradise of the UK.
 

NH: Police: Teen points pistol at students
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police arrested a local teen on a charge of reckless conduct Monday after he allegedly pointed a BB gun at a group of high school students on Front Street."

"Stephen Mackey ... was charged with one count of reckless conduct after police searched his car in the London Court Apartment parking lot on Front Street at about 3:30 p.m. and found a Black Daisy BB pistol underneath the driver’s sea, Merrimack Sgt. Dan Edmonds said."

"Officers had stopped Mackey’s car after a parent of a student reported that it’s driver had been seen pointing what looked like a semi-automatic handgun at a group of high school students that had gotten off a school bus on Front Street about 30 minutes prior, Edmonds said." ...
 

NC: Students to Sign Pledge to Stay Gun-Free
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"Students across the nation will be asked Wednesday to sign a pledge against gun violence."

"It's part of the National Day of Concern. The students will get a purple wristband in exchange for their promise. It reads, 'I pledge to be gun-free.'"

"The pledge day comes after some high-profile gun cases in area schools. ..."

"Audrey Langston's daughter is a middle schooler. Not only is Langston a parent - - she's also a teacher."

"'I think most kids want to have a safe environment,' she said. 'They really do want to learn. The majority of students are there to actually learn, not to cause trouble.'"
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Submitter's Note: Of course this completely ignored the Justice Department study which found (page 25) "Boys who own legal firearms, however, have much lower rates of delinquency and drug use and are even slightly less delinquent than nonowners of guns."
 

MN: Minneapolis charter schools see second gun incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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For the second time in a week, a student is accused of bringing a gun to a Minneapolis charter school.

Police say a 15-year-old boy had a handgun in class at Minnesota Transitions School in south Minneapolis Tuesday.

Superintendent Tony Scallon got a tip, pulled the student out of class and found the unloaded gun.

The 15-year-old was arrested, and another student was suspended.

Last week, a 19-year-old student was accused of bringing a pistol to another MTS high school.
 

PA: North Penn High student waives hearing on charges
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A North Penn High School senior who said he brought a loaded pistol to school earlier this month for protection waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday but was denied a bid to lower his $50,000 bail."

"Antwaun Emfinger, 18, of 201 Splitrail Circle, East Norriton Township, was stopped Oct. 5 by a school security guard for smoking and was taken to the assistant principal's office."

"While there, Emfinger told school officials he had a loaded semiautomatic pistol in his backpack."

"Emfinger faces charges of possession of a weapon on school property, possession of an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment." ...
 

TX: Student help is key weapon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ask a parent or a schoolteacher to identify the most efficient communication system possible and they'll likely respond in kind: the student population in any school in America." ...

"First came a call from Palo Duro High School this past Thursday. Student Crime Stoppers got a tip about a student carrying a gun in a backpack. Police searched the student's pack and found a loaded .22-caliber pistol containing three rounds. Two 14-year-old boys were taken into custody on charges of carrying a weapon unlawfully."

"Then, on Monday, a student at Bushland Middle School snitched on a friend to Principal P.J. Hanna. Again, a student was carrying a gun onto the campus. She was released to her parents' custody." ...
 

FL: Traveler Education Effort to Begin at Orlando Airport (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will begin handing out educational fliers to arriving passengers at Orlando International Airport at noon Thursday, Oct. 20.

Interested news media can meet up with Peter Hamm, director of communications for the Brady organization; Arthur Hayhoe, executive director of the Florida Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Marsha McCartney, National President's Council chair of the Million Mom March organization. They will meet in the center of Level 3, Terminal A in the circular area between the North and South Walks at noon Thursday.

The flier can be viewed at http://www.shootfirstlaw.org.
 

FL: Law-abiding at mercy of criminals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In his two columns on guns in the workplace, Howard Goodman makes some ridiculous assertions."

"Goodman attempted to be clever when he answered the concept that we who agree with the idea that criminals don't obey the law must logically favor allowing murder because people still kill each other. Mr. Goodman is wrong and it is a shame that no one at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel bothered to correct his ill-conceived notions of logic."

"The idea here is not that we believe that there should be no laws against murder but that we recognize that criminals would not obey an anti-gun restriction anyway because, Mr. Goodman, they are criminals." ...
 

FL: No cause for alarm yet over new gun law
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"Don't panic over criticism of Florida's new law allowing citizens to use deadly force in self defense. Wait and see might be a better attitude. Anti-gun forces and some newspaper columnists warning tourists to stay away from a Florida that could become Dodge City are off base."

"The new law removes a provision requiring citizens — before using deadly force — to make every effort to flee a person they believe wants to harm them. ..."

"Using deadly force — by anyone — is a serious matter, and people have a right to be concerned, but panic seems uncalled for based on Florida history." ...
 

CA: D.A. claims drug agent acted as a 'cowboy'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Santa Clara County prosecutor told a San Jose jury today that a state narcotics agent acted as a 'cowboy' when he killed a man in a case of mistaken identity and should be found guilty of manslaughter."

"State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement Agent Mike Walker shot and killed Rodolfo 'Rudy' Cardenas, 43, after mistaking him for a wanted fugitive ..."

"'Walker has a badge, but that day he was just a cowboy -- reckless and rash,' Deputy District Attorney Lane Liroff told the six-man, six-woman jury in his opening statement."

"Liroff also accused Walker's colleagues of withholding crucial information from investigators. 'They circled their wagons to protect their own,' he said." ...
 

FL: Deputy suspended in shooting incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 15-year veteran sheriff’s deputy was suspended with pay Oct. 11 after firing his service pistol while arresting a sex molestation suspect on 88th Avenue."

"Sheriff’s spokesman Mac McMullen said Detective Randall M. Jones, 37, would remain on suspension until completion of a routine administrative investigation of the shooting. No one was injured during the incident, McMullen said." ...

"McMullen said the deputies had been warned that Citak had a shotgun and that he had fired it inside of his own home recently and might be suicidal." ...

"The deputies ordered Citak to raise his hands and the suspect raised only one hand. Jones said he fired a shot into the wooden fence and Citak immediately raised both of his hands."
 

UK: Army probe as second gun goes missing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An intensive search continued today after a second soldier lost a firearm within a month."

"An SA80 assault rifle went missing during an army exercise in Pembrokeshire, the Ministry of Defence confirmed."

"It reportedly belonged to a sergeant major in 14 Signals Regiment who was taking part in the training with 900 other soldiers."

"The exercise was suspended when officers realised the weapon – capable of firing 700 rounds a minute – had been lost on October 2 or 3."

"An MoD spokesman said: 'There is an SA80 rifle that has been lost.'" ...
 

Papua New Guinea: Soldier, cop cited in clash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A SOLDIER, policeman and a magistrate were involved in an incident in Kagua district that led to the death of a man while others received serious injuries."

"Southern Highlands police boss Superintendent Simon Nigi said yesterday he would send a letter of complaint to the Police and the PNG Defence Force hierarchy recommending disciplinary actions for their behaviour."

"Supt Nigi said the soldier, a sergeant in the army, his policeman brother and a magistrate had gone into Kagua district to celebrate the awarding of Australian citizenship to the soldier."

"He said the three men were allegedly under the influence of liquor and were armed with guns." ...
 

WI: Concealed-carry law threatens order
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Last week, two state legislators finally introduced the controversial Personal Protection Act, a proposal that would allow citizens to bear a gun, knife or — as ridiculous as it sounds — a billy club in public. The bill’s drafters include every gun-lover’s hero, Sen. Dave Zien, R-Eau Claire, a man with more rifles and shotguns on his office walls than the Madison police, and Rep. Scott Gunderson, R-Waterford, the Assembly’s alleged hunting expert." ...
 

WV: National Crime Prevention Program Holds Free Seminar in Raleigh County
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Local volunteer instructors say the program helps people avoid dangerous situations and prevent criminal confrontations."

"'Refuse To Be a Victim' seminars are held across the country. The program was created by the women of the NRA back in 1993."

"The class covered several areas including home security and how to stay safe while you're driving."

"While the NRA created the program, guns are not a part of the class."

"Instructor Sarah Fulford says, 'The NRA believes in the second amendment to keep and bare arms. But they also believe that people should be more aware of how to avoid being the victim of a crime. Prevention that's the number one, first step.'" ...
 

TX: Houston fails to pull trigger on gun rule
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"It's still legal for Houston County residents to fire a gun on their property without their neighbor's permission - for now."

"Houston County commissioners held off on approving an ordinance Tuesday that would ban residents from firing a gun within 300 feet of an occupied building. The standing-room-only crowd broke into applause when the commission unanimously decided to table the measure." ...
 

NV: USF Rifle Sharp at Reno
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"The promising USF rifle team traveled to Reno to compete in its second match of the season and squared off against three schools in a smallbore and air rifle match at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Dons faced the team from Texas Christian University (TCU) in both air rifle and smallbore, while UNR faced an up and coming team from the University of Texas, El Paso." ...
 

WY: Gunsmith Builds Custom Rifles for Shooters with Custom Needs
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In a highly specialized and exacting field, gunsmith Randy Selby offers precision craftsmanship for shooters with custom needs, including those with disabilities. His exceptional qualifications include a hands-on apprenticeship with internationally known Les Bowman. Randy's experience comes not only from this historic expert, but from the many thousands of hours of personal experience and excellent training from other well known experts in the field at T.S. J.C. in the department founded by P.O. Ackely. His lifetime skill in hunting and a BS in gun-smithing has given him the dual advantage of formal training as well as hands-on experience as a gunsmith and tool and die maker machinist for 35 years." ...
 

Uganda: Night Flight
Submitted by: Bullfrog

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... "An estimated 50,000 Ugandans (30,000 of them children) from four northern regions walk from their homes in outlying rural areas to what they consider safer urban centers, like the city of Kitgum. They sleep in tents, schools, porches or verandas -- wherever they can find a place to lay their heads."

"Cornelius Williams is the head of UNICEF's Kitgum office. The organization supports nine of 17 different night commuter shelters with tents, fences and other supplies. But Williams says it's not the best way to deal with the problem."

"'It's a coping strategy,' he says, 'and it has not led to a stable situation. Basically, it shows the failure of the state to provide security. And the people are voting with their feet.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: This is what happens where people are disarmed and 'the state' fails to provide security.
 

Cayman Islands: Cayman Islands introduce new curbs on illegal weapons
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"Persons found with illegal guns in the Cayman Islands will have to spend no less than 10 years behind bars before any possibility of release, according to a soon to be implemented change to the local Firearms Law."

"Piloting the amendments to the Firearms Law in the Legislative Assembly, the Attorney General, Sam Bulgin indicated that Government is seeking to put the strongest possible restraint on persons found in illegal possession of weapons." ...
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Submitter's Note: Riiiight, because the weapon is the evil thing, so merely possessing one is bad.
 

UK: Police hunt same man for betting shop raids
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"POLICE have revealed they are now hunting one man in connection with a spate of armed robberies on bookies across Islington."

"The latest in a series of raids targeting William Hill bookmakers happened on October 11 and 13 - and police believe the same man is responsible for them all."

"A man walked up to the counter of a William Hill shop in St John Street, Finsbury, on October 11 and produced a black pistol, pointed it at the two women behind the counter and demanded cash."

"They handed over a quantity of notes and he grabbed some pound coins from the change racks."

"He then left the shop and turned right across the road. He managed to get away with less than £500 on that occasion." ...
 

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