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Shoot First, Proof Later: Florida's New Gun Law (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "This right already existed at home for the people of Florida ... but now it's been extended to include anywhere they have a right to be. ..."

"I have a vision of the first time somebody cuts another person off in traffic, of an all-out street war ensuing. First it will be the initial participants opening fire ... but then drivers coming on the scene will be forced to enter into the fray as the bullets fly and they come under fire. What could be more menacing than being in a fire zone?" ...

"Given the state of mind most people are in these days ... we ought to be seeing at least one of these shoot-outs a day before long." ...
 

HI: Sunshine Gun Laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Although we did this as a lark, with tongue firmly in cheek, it captures fundamental principles that need rekindling through legislation. ..." ...

"Experts are anticipating a flood of new anti-rights legislation from people terrified of guns. That flow should be met head-on with measures blatantly supportive of individual rights, in defense of the personal liberties we anchor for the rest of the world." ...

"POOR-MAN'S-GUN-BAN BAN"

"Congress shall make no law restricting a person who may drive an inexpensive car, watch an inexpensive TV or eat inexpensive food, from buying an inexpensive gun. ... Racist measures seeking to allow only large expensive guns are a national disgrace." ...
 

DC: Judge: Gun's Don't Kill People, Gun Manufacturers Do
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"... In a ruling that could set a treacherous precedent by indirectly violating the 2nd Amendment Judge Michael Farrell opined,"

"'No due process issue is raised by legislation that seeks to redress injuries suffered by district residents and visitors resulting from the manufacture and distribution of a particular class of firearms whose lethal nature far outweighs their utility.'"

"The effect of this ruling in this case is that gun manufacturers can be held liable for damages inflicted upon shooting victims. Not the gun owner, not the one firing the shot, but the entrepreneurs who are making the firearms can be sued when the weapon is used for its intended purpose." ...
 

NV: Victim Turns Tables on Would Be Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An elderly man who fought back against an armed robber is in the hospital but his accused attacker is in the morgue."

"The violent scene unfolded at a self-serve car wash on East Sahara near Bruce on Monday night."

"'Hey good for him,' said one car wash customer who only wanted to be identified by his first name, Mark. 'Sometimes, you've got to fight back.'"

"Eighty-two-year-old L.G. Vonzehner turned over his wallet to the man who demanded his money at gunpoint. But police say the elderly victim also told the robber he had more money at home. Once inside Vonzehner's Cadillac, police say the elderly man pulled out his own gun and shot the robber. The robber then shot Vonzehner." ...
 

FL: VISIT FLORIDA Statement on Public Relations Effort of the Brady Campaign to Use the Florida Tourism Industry to Gain Visibility for Their Views
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Florida is a very safe and secure destination that excels in caring for its visitors. On any given day, Florida hosts a million visitors. ..."

"Florida has a low crime rate. In fact, it's at a 34-year low and has been falling for 13 consecutive years. ..."

"We believe that our visitors are wise enough to understand that the Brady Campaign is one group's political agenda and not a real safety issue. It is a scare tactic campaign, not an education campaign as stated."

"In 1987, the same group predicted that the gun permit law passed in Florida that year would increase gun violence. This increase in violence never occurred. A change in a law does not necessarily create a change in behavior." ...
 

WI: Racine council approves NRA coloring book
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police officers may soon be asking students to color in images of handguns to teach them about gun safety."

"The Racine Police Department got approval from the City Council on Tuesday night to use coloring books donated by the National Rifle Association at schools."

"Supporters say the books, which feature the character Eddie Eagle, will help teach children responsibility. But opponents, including Racine Alderman Pete Karas, argue the books won't provide enough training to keep children safe."

"'I just don't think (it's helpful) at all to be handing out sheets of paper to do what's a fun activity and they are coloring a handgun,' Karas told the council, which voted 8-7 to approve the books." ...
 

SC: Three push for Loris gun edict -- Ordinance would urge people to arm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three residents petitioned City Council at Monday's meeting to consider an ordinance that would ask heads of households and business owners to be armed in an attempt to reduce crime."

"Neal and Melissa Seaman cited a similar ordinance adopted in 1982 in Kennesaw, Ga., an Atlanta suburb, in their petitions."

"'The only thing the ordinance does is send a message to the bad guys saying that criminal behavior is not tolerated here - [that] citizens are armed and ready to protect themselves, their families and their homes,' Neal Seaman said during his presentation."

"Michael Nirenstein, a Loris chiropractor, also asked the council to consider the ordinance, which he thought could help make Loris safer." ...
 

UK: Hamilton 'gloated when he showed me gun'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THOMAS Hamilton seemed to be 'gloating' as he showed a police officer the gun he later used to kill himself, newly released files into the Dunblane massacre reveal."

"His behaviour with the .357 Smith & Wesson revolver deeply disturbed an officer who visited Hamilton's home in 1995 prior to renewal of a firearms certificate."

"But in spite of her misgivings and further background checks, she could find no legal justification to stop Hamilton from possessing guns."

"In March the following year, Hamilton entered Dunblane Primary School and shot dead 16 children and their teacher using 105 rounds from a 9mm Browning pistol."

"The 43-year-old then fired a single shot from the Smith & Wesson into his mouth." ...
 

MD: Scandal Shows Why Gun-Control Schemes Can't Be Trusted
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"A Second Amendment group says a scandal involving members of Sen. Chuck Schumer's staff shows why the Democrat's gun control schemes cannot be trusted." ...

"Two of Schumer's staffers, working for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, are accused of fraudulently obtaining credit information on Maryland's Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele." ...

"Americans have every right to be concerned that anti-gunners of Schumer's ilk, including those on his payroll, would use whatever means available to dig up dirt on gun owners, just to find some reason why they should not be allowed to own firearms." ...
 

ID: The ISU campus debate page : GUN CONTROL
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Usually when the argument about gun control ensues it is generally argued that Democrats are anti-guns and Republicans are pro-guns. ... This issue has always been a wedge issue in America."

"The fact of the matter is that Democrats do not want to ban guns; we simply want them to be safe. Any person who is opposed to safety locks on guns should be aware that an average of 8 children are killed in the U.S each day by guns (CDC National Center for Health Statistics mortality report online, 2005). ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: This figure includes "children" as old as 19 and includes 1,830 homicides and 828 suicides (neither of which are affected by gun locks). Removing those leaves 235 or less than 1 per day.
 

MI: Uphold right to protect our families, homes (second letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There seems to be a lot of issues that our legislators continually claim the other party is not handling well. ... But my greatest concern is the safety and sanctity of my family, my home and myself."

"I served during five theaters of operation in Vietnam and have worked as a law enforcement officer. I know first-hand about violence. I also know that a person with a firearm and trained in the proper use of a firearm has a much better chance of survival when attacked then if he were unarmed. Also, I know that the chance of police interdiction during the commitment of a crime is historically about the same as you or I winning the lotto." ...
 

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico orders FBI to turn over evidence in fatal shooting of militant nationalist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Local authorities have ordered the FBI to turn over weapons and other items to an investigation into the death of a fugitive Puerto Rican independence activist, officials said Wednesday."

"The U.S. territory's Justice Department issued a subpoena to the FBI as it decides whether anyone in the law enforcement agency committed a crime in the fatal shooting of Filoberto Ojeda Rios, who was sought for a 1983 robbery in Connecticut."

"FBI officials did not return phone calls seeking comment." ...
 

WI: Comment: Parents need to be involved in gun safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Among the numerous opinions on the Eddie Eagle debate came this post from Shirley Lochowitz, who has been working locally to improve gun safety for 10 years:"

"I am a retired Police Officer. Ten years ago this past August I was sent to a shooting call...only to learn on the way to the call that the 12yr old boy who had been shot was my son. He had been shot by his 14 yr old friend who had been playing with a .22 rifle. ..." ...

"It was later learned that the father of the boy ... had allowed his son to keep this loaded .22 rifle under his bed....because he thought nothing would happen. The boy had gone through the Hunter Safety course ... so he had certainly been taught the rules of not playing with a gun. ..." ...
 

CA: Newest Florida fashion rage: kevlar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nothing helps a person relax quite like going to the beach and basking in the sun, but if you're thinking of going to Florida you might want to forget the relaxation part and pack a bullet-proof vest."

"Florida has put a law into effect that allows anyone who may feel threatened in any way to shoot you."

"Now, obviously it's reasonable to be able to defend yourself when you feel threatened, but shooting someone should be left up to those times when you're actually being attacked and your life is in danger." ...

"Living in Los Angeles, it is easy to see how this new law can get out of hand. You can almost justify any situation out on the road as being threatening to you." ...
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OR: People can trade guns for gift certificates
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Julie Wheeler, a board member for Ceasefire Oregon, said she wishes that more people would think they don't need guns and would bring them to one of the nonprofit agency's gun turn-ins to exchange them for gift certificates for food." ...

"Not everyone agrees. These events don't help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, said Rod Harder, a Salem-based lobbyist for the National Rifle Association." ...

"Harder said he doesn't like to see people exchange firearms worth hundreds of dollars for gift certificates worth a fraction of the value, at least not without an appraisal. Licensed gun dealers at times have turned up at Ceasefire events to help people with their decisions and have been turned away, Harder said." ...
 

OR: Proposal would make hunters choose a weapon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ODFW wildlife managers recently presented to the state Fish and Wildlife Commission a proposal that would require hunters to choose between firearm and archery hunting each year."

"'Choose your weapon' was proposed by members of the ODFW Archery Review Committee, an advisory panel of hunters formed by ODFW to examine ways to improve archery hunting in the state."

"The Committee identified hunter crowding and big game population management as leading issues facing archery hunters, and noted that hunters who are unsuccessful in drawing rifle tags for controlled hunts often purchase archery permits as a backup plan."

"The Commission is still mulling a decision on whether to consider it for the 2006 hunting season." ...
 

Shoot Better Faster
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Acceptable aim.' I had to redefine that term after the pronghorn episode. The buck had run into a distant valley, spurred by a shot from another quarter. I'd followed, angling to intercept him when he slowed. The plan worked, and I spied him at 300 yards before he saw me. At 150 yards brush and terrain permitted a sitting shot, and I should have been satisfied with that. But just a few more steps would give me a poke from a steadier prone position. Hunched over, I dashed forward, flopped down and snugged the sling. The buck had only to walk into my reticle, now all but dead-still. And he would have. But two does spotted me and made off. The buck rocketed past at full throttle; I had no shot." ...
 

ID: Hunting for Dummies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have never been hunting, nor ever had any desire to hunt. Among those who know me, it's no secret that I struggle to even understand the motivation for or satisfaction derived from the activity of killing an animal. If hunting were necessary for survival, then of course I would re-evaluate my objections to it, but given the current state of food procurement (needing only a shopping cart and some moolah), I am of the opinion that successfully hunting down a parking spot at Wal-Mart on a Saturday morning is more likely to be a skill necessary to daily survival than tracking and hunting a wild animal." ...
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Submitter's Note: Translation: I am a hypocrite who will eat meat only if it is killed, butchered and packaged for me.
 

AZ: Gun safety, shooting class for kids
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Wickenburg Sportsmen's Club will host a fun day outing on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the gun range on Constellation Road for up to 40 local youths interested in learning the fundamentals of safe, responsible rifle handling and use."

"The club will welcome boys and girls who are 8 years of age or older. Those under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. One adult may bring a group of kids. Those 16 or 17 must bring a permission slip from a parent if not accompanied by an adult." ...
 

Protect Lawful Commerce in Arms
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"When a pro-gun bill is introduced in the House or Senate, you would not expect it to contain anti-gun clauses. Right? And yet, that is exactly what appears to be happening with S.397, one of two Lawful Commerce in Arms proposals." ...

"S. 397 and H.R. 800 were drafted to protect firearm manufacturers, importers, and dealers from such lawsuits. The two bills are not identical, however. S. 397, the bill that seems to be favored by the House and Senate, contains gun control measures whereas H.R. 800 does not. Unbelievable. Turn your head for one second and the guy (or girl) you voted into office tries to sneak your rights out from under you." ...
 

OH: Searching for proof of conversion in Taft's first HB347 form letter (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"After passage of Ohio's concealed carry law, Bob Taft, who opposed concealed carry reform for years after first being elected on a promise to pass it, and who contributed to the insertion of several poison pills in an attempt to kill it before attempting to take credit for it once final passage became inevitable." ...

"Excusably skeptical of Bob's sudden conversion, we noted at the time that Taft would have the chance to prove his 'conversion' when we begin work with legislators to 'reform the reform', and remove the terrible, invasive, and sometimes even dangerous provisions which were inserted by his hand."

"That time is now, and early signs point to a regression to form." ...
 

IL: Illinois State Rifle Association Encourages Citizens to Acquire Concealed Carry Permits Before Visiting Florida (ISRA)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The ISRA is encouraging Illinois citizens to acquire Florida Concealed Weapons Licenses before visiting the Sunshine State. This bit of advice comes only days after Florida reformed the state's deadly force laws to eliminate 'retreat' provisions found under the former statute."

"Prior to Oct. 1, persons within Florida who were being violently attacked had a duty to run away from their attackers ... The new law erased that absurdity, thus allowing law abiding citizens in the state to defend themselves and their families while maintaining their dignity."

"Florida also allows out of state residents to obtain concealed weapons licenses providing that the applicant has passed certain gun safety classes and has a clean criminal record ..." ...
 

IL: Americans Safer in Florida Than in Illinois
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"The Illinois State Rifle Association says Florida is a great vacation destination -- especially now that a new state law allows citizens to defend themselves against thugs who would harm them." ...

"Illinois is among a handful of states that denies its citizens the right to carry concealed firearms."

"'It's a shame that the politics of gun control has endangered the lives of so many law- abiding Illinois citizens,' Pearson said. He said ISRA will continue to fight for an Illinois concealed-carry law - to "reverse the denial of this most basic of human rights." ...
 

IL: Jim Brady to Thank Chicago Mayor Daley for His Tireless Gun Violence Prevention Efforts; Reception at City Hall Thursday (BCPGV)
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"Jim Brady, the former White House Press Secretary to President Ronald Reagan who was injured in a 1981 assassination attempt on the President, will thank Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on Thursday, Oct. 6, before the start of a Chicago City Council meeting."

"Brady, a native of Illinois, said Mayor Daley 'has the right stuff when it comes to fighting for sensible gun laws in Illinois and across America. He's a real champion for the people of Chicago.'"

"Brady will also thank state legislators and Gov. Rod Blagojevich for their efforts in the last legislative session." ...
 

MI: Men Charged In Fatal Pontiac Carjacking Return In Court -- Man Shot While Calling 911
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two men charged with the murder of a man at a Pontiac gas station returned to court on Tuesday." ...

"Both men have been charged with murder, carjacking and felony possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting death of 38-year-old David Lee Bingham."

"Police said Bingham stopped for gas at a Sunoco station on July 5, while on his way to work, when he was carjacked by two men."

"The men appeared to flee the scene in Bingham's truck, but police said Jackson followed Bingham into the station and fired four shots into his chest as he called 911." ...
 

FEMA'S Anti-Gun Posture Puts Rescue Team, Public at Risk, Says Citizen's Committee (CCRKBA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This week's astonishing revelation that the Federal Emergency Management Agency suspended the Phoenix, Ariz. Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team because it was accompanied by four armed police officers when it traveled to Louisiana to help with disaster relief efforts, demonstrates a despicable anti-gun attitude that the Bush Administration must immediately change, said the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)."

"'FEMA just flunked the personality test,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. 'FEMA officials didn't bat an eye when teams of police from other jurisdictions descended on New Orleans and St. Tammany Parish ... disarming law-abiding citizens who had committed no crime. ...'" ...
 

'Plumber' Scandal Shows Why Schumer's Gun Control Schemes Can't Be Trusted, Says CCRKBA (CCRKBA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A scandal involving members of Sen. Charles Schumer's staff -- working for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- who fraudulently obtained credit information on Maryland's Republican lieutenant governor, demonstrates why the anti-gun senator's invasive gun control schemes cannot be trusted, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today."

"The scandal has been quietly unfolding for weeks, but the mainstream press has largely ignored the story. CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb believes that biased news organizations are once again giving a gun control extremist what amounts to a 'free pass' over an outrage that hardly surprises gun owners." ...
 

UK: Man 'killed fighting off mugger'
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"An architect died after being stabbed by a mugger he tried to fight off, an Old Bailey jury has heard."

"Bernard Hegarty, 29, of Bethnal Green, east London, died five days after being stabbed through the heart while out shopping on his lunch break."
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FL: Boy, 12, arrested for bringing gun to Deerfield Beach school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A 12-year old boy is facing a felony charge after he brought an unloaded gun onto the campus of Deerfield Beach Middle School Wednesday morning, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

The sixth grader brought a .22-caliber Colt single shot pistol into a classroom at about 10:45 a.m. and showed the gun to two other students. Another student told school officials what was going on and BSO deputies recovered the gun.

No one was injured.

The child who brought the gun to school told deputies that he found it along the railroad tracks while walking to school this morning. BSO is investigating.

The boy was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center and is facing a charge of possession of a weapon on school grounds.
 

CO: Denver police officer charged in 'road-rage' incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Denver cop is on the wrong side of the legal system after the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office filed felony menacing charges against him Tuesday."

"Michael Douglas Ryan, a 41-year-old Denver police detective, was charged in connection with a road-rage incident that occurred Aug. 29 after he allegedly pulled a gun during a rolling altercation with two women in another vehicle."

"Those two women, Christine Joann Frappied, 34, and her mother, Christine Neona Urioste-Smedley, 55, also were charged in connection with the incident. ..."

"A Denver police spokesman did not return a call seeking information on Ryan's status with the department. Previously he was assigned as a vice and narcotics officer." ...
 

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