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IL: 2 Men Convicted in Chicago Gun Plot
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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CHICAGO -- "A former cocaine dealer and a firearms dealer were convicted Wednesday of joining a plot that put assault rifles and other firearms in the hands of street gangs."

"Charles Yarbor, 24, of Chicago and Jimmy Wren, 57, of Nettleton, Miss., were convicted of conspiring to purchase and sell firearms illegally through middlemen and by using bogus names."

"Yarbor and two associates were accused of raising the money to buy the guns from Wren by hauling cocaine to Mississippi and selling it there for four times the amount it would fetch in Chicago." ...
 

TX: Ex-deputy charged with fondling girls
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"A former Smith County sheriff's deputy jailed on felony charges related to his work as a private investigator now is charged with fondling two 12-year-old girls."

"David Beddingfield, once a member of a task force that investigated major crimes across East Texas, was indicted in June on charges that while he was chasing bail jumpers, he entered a rural Smith County residence three times without consent, at least once armed with a shotgun." ...
 

Tech Provisions Added to Homeland Security Bill
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Privacy advocates... say the new language is a back-door attempt to give the Bush administration the enhanced surveillance powers it failed to win in the USA Patriot Act, a law enacted in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks that significantly increased the capability of intelligence agencies to eavesdrop on personal conversations." ...
 

The Terminal State of the State
Submitted by: Orange Fuzzy

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... "The decentralization of destructive power, in other words, is producing a decentralization of political power, a relationship that helps to explain the importance of a well-armed public to the maintenance of liberty." ...
 

Russia: Moscow police target them, Chechens say
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Akhmed Khayauri was a brilliant student at the University of Ingushetia in southern Russia, but that just wasn't good enough for him. Three weeks ago, hungry for better education, he transferred to the University of Sociology in Moscow."

"The 20-year-old is inquisitive, an accomplished chess player and the winner of a national accounting competition, his father, Magomed, says proudly."

"He is also an ethnic Chechen. And that, his father says, is why Akhmed is now being detained in Moscow's notorious Butyrka prison and awaiting trial as a suspected drug lord."

"Police say they found two doses of heroin in Akhmed's coat pockets and a bit more on his cousin Khusein, 24, whom Magomed Khayauri had asked to accompany Akhmed on his son's second-ever trip away from home." ...

"Hundreds of Chechen residents of Moscow say they have been detained on trumped-up charges as part of the fallout from the Oct. 23 takeover by Chechen rebels of a theater and its audience of more than 800 people." ...
 

MT: Scout guns down grizzly bear
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A 15-year-old boy scout has saved his pet dog by shooting a grizzly bear."

"Daniel Pickar followed Bessie when she ran off but remembered his dad's advice that he should always take a gun into the woods with him."

"The boy from Montana spotted the bear coming towards him with his dog in front of it and so blasted it twice with a shotgun. Wildlife officials say the shooting was justified." ...
 

IN: Sunoco robber is shot, killed
Submitted by: Jerry Rowe

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"A gas station clerk shot and killed a 27-year-old armed man attempting to rob the Coldwater Road store late Wednesday, Fort Wayne police said."

"Byrd entered the store, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money, but the clerk, who has a gun permit, pulled his own weapon and shot at Byrd several times, Joyner said."

"Byrd then ran to the doors and went outside, he said. The clerk followed Byrd and fired several more shots at him outside, Joyner said." ...
 

House backs bag-screening extension for airports
Submitted by: serinde
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"Dallas/Fort Worth and other airports unable to meet an end-of-year deadline to install baggage-screening equipment moved closer to a reprieve."

"Congressional leaders agreed to a one-year extension as part of the Homeland Security Department legislation, which was easily approved in the House late Wednesday. The Senate is expected to pass the measure by next week. The bill also contains a provision that allows some pilots to carry guns in the cockpit." ...
 

TX: Suspected burglars slashed by resident
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"A suspected burglar called the police for help Wednesday night after being stabbed by a woman who surprised burglars inside her home, police said."

"The woman, who lives in the 4200 block of Cary Road, told investigators that she came home to find a man and a woman taking things from her home, Lt. Jesse Hernandez, a police spokesman, said."

"The woman began 'slashing at' the burglars with a box cutter, Hernandez said." ...
 

CA: Ex-Officers Sentenced for Beating - no jail time
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Two former Los Angeles police officers who assaulted a homeless man and then let two colleagues take the blame for the crime received one-year sentences Wednesday from a judge who recommended that they be placed in a work furlough program instead of jail."

"Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler called the actions of Christopher Coppock and David Cochrane 'felony stupid' and their crime 'serious.' "

"But Fidler also said he would not object if the ex-officers were allowed to serve their sentences at their homes under electronic monitoring." ...

"Cochrane, 36, and Coppock, 30, were convicted of terrorizing Bowen on Oct. 23, 1997, by forcing the homeless man into their squad car and taking him to a tunnel leading to the Los Angeles River, throwing him on the ground and threatening him with a handgun. Both were indicted on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and assault under color of authority." ...
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You do the same "felony stupid" thing and see if the judge recommends that you get to sit it out at your own home. Fat chance.
 

IL: School gun flap is much ado about nothing
Submitted by: P. Jones

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Gun bigot columnist Mark Brown thinks zero tolerance for fake guns in a school play are excessive...
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"It's a scary world in which we live. I'll grant you that. But I can't help but think we're making it worse than it has to be." ...

"As my new friends (read enemies) at the Illinois State Rifle Association can attest, I'm about as gun-phobic as they come."

"But how can this possibly warrant a five-day suspension?" ...
 

Former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore Panel Recommends Domestic Spy Effort
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An advisory panel tasked with making recommendations for anti-terrorism efforts in the United States wants the government to create a new domestic spy agency that would engage in both foreign and domestic surveillance."

"The new agency would also act as a clearinghouse of information coming in from the existing intelligence community — including the CIA and the FBI."

"Former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore, chairman of the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, also known as the Gilmore Commission, testified before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Procurement on Thursday." ...
 

UK: Victory for airgun law campaigners
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Tighter gun laws promised by the Government were today welcomed by campaigners across the North East."

"Yesterday's Queen's Speech saw the Government set out proposals to toughen the current laws on the guns."

"The development is a huge step forward for the Chronicle's Airgun Control Campaign, launched last year after Gateshead teenager Nicola Diston was blinded in one eye with one of the weapons." ...
 

Respect for the "law"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Strange that Mr. Churchill thought 10,000 regulations would destroy all respect for the law. Wonder what he would think of a country that has - what - maybe 2,000,000 regulations?"

"One might think that legislators in the United States and the united States of America have nothing to do but make regulations. That is their job but regulations regulating what?" ...
 

El Al: The Airline That Gets It Right
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"I FLEW TO Israel earlier this week against a backdrop of bad news."

"A Palestinian gunman shot and killed five people, including two children, at a kibbutz. Just hours earlier, two Palestinians were killed in a car explosion in what police say was a failed terror attack. It's the latest in a string of suicidal acts that have wreaked havoc in this country for the last two years."

"Yet en route to the Holy Land, I slept like a baby. Why so relaxed?"

"Because I traveled on El Al, the Israeli-owned airline, and I felt as safe in the air as I do in my bed at home." ...

"I think there is a great deal to learn from the Israelis. They do things differently. Our domestic airlines look for bombs and weapons. El Al looks for terrorists. And they make no apologies in the process. Moreover, no one seems to complain." ...
 

TN: Metro Program Aims to Get Guns Off the Streets (redux)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A new Metro program is aiming at getting guns off the streets and putting criminals in federal prison. The objective is for convicts caught with illegal weapons to face federal charges and more jail time."

"Metro police Sgt. Phillip Sage knows a lot about guns."

" 'This is an uzi here. We are running into more and more weapons like this. AR-15, AK-47, shorter shotguns.' " ...
 

NY: Armed man is shot, killed during home robbery (redux)
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"One of three men who burst into a Hastings Avenue home Tuesday night to rob its occupants at gunpoint was killed when the homeowner and responding police officers returned fire, Buffalo police said."

"The victim was one of two people killed in shootings Wednesday night." ...
 

Homeland Insecurity: Deconstructing the Constitution
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Let the political pundits proclaim a new era of post-Reagan conservatism based on the victory of the Republican Party that now controls both Congress and the White House. It is an illusion and a dangerous one."

"The election was a voter revolt against further onerous taxation and a response to the threat of the global Islamic holy war. It was neither about conservative values nor a conservative political agenda." ...
 

South Africa: Victim shoots robber dead
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A robber was killed in Berea on Wednesday after he and two accomplices robbed a man, police reported on Thursday."

"Inspector Amanda Roestoff said three robbers, one armed with a gun, robbed a 25-year-old man of his wallet, jewellery and cellphone, and fled."

"The man, who had a licensed gun on him, followed them. One of the robbers saw him and pointed his gun. The victim opened fire and shot the robber in the head, killing him." ...
 

Germany: Police raid 27 apartments to make one arrest
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"Police have searched 27 apartments across Germany and arrested one man in raids against suspected Islamic extremists, officials said Wednesday."

"The raids in such cities as Frankfurt, Muenster and Hamburg followed a yearlong observation of 25 people suspected of founding a radical Islamic organization, said Job Tilmann of the Frankfurt prosecutors' office, which coordinated Tuesday's operation." ...
 

DC: Six Dead, Four Hurt in D.C., Pr. George's in Seven Hours
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Six people were killed and four others -- including a D.C. police officer -- were wounded Tuesday night and early yesterday in the District and Prince George's County, a spate of unusual violence that increased already high homicide totals in both jurisdictions."
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This in two US jurisdictions with arguably some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.
 

NY: Man who fatally shot intruder was victim of previous home invasion (followup)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Hastings Avenue man who fired the shot that killed one of three armed men who stormed into his home Tuesday night was a victim of an armed home invasion last month, authorities confirmed."

"Detectives in the Major Crimes Unit said Kenneth Kyle, 26, was on his porch at 173 Hastings with two of his cousins - Daryl Thomas and Antwan Renfro, both of Buffalo - when three men burst through the front door at 9 p.m." ...
 

MT: Boy shoots grizzly, saves himself (another version)
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A father's advice paid off when a 15-year-old Eagle Scout obediently grabbed a firearm before going to look for his dog and ended up shooting a charging grizzly bear behind the family chicken coop."

"Daniel Pickar said he thought his dog Bessie was chasing varmints into the dark when he grabbed his .20-gauge shotgun and followed."

"As he rounded the corner of the shed, Bessie was running back toward him with a large bear not far behind." ...
 

CT: Handgun trumps crowbar in attempted robbery
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"James Borla, owner of Borla's Service Station, said he saw Erick Valsecchi on a video camera walking into the station as Borla was at work in his back office."

"He said he saw Valsecchi wielding a crowbar."

"The 22-year-old Valsecchi demanded cash from the attendant."

"Borla grabbed his .44-caliber shotgun[?], came up behind Valsecchi and ordered him to drop the crowbar and lie on the ground."

"Valsecchi complied and was soon arrested." ...
 

UK: Robber was illegal immigrant
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A ROBBER who threatened a shop manager with a sawn-off shotgun was an illegal immigrant at the time, a court heard."

"Ian Brooks arrived in the UK from Jamaica in November last year and was given permission to stay for six months."

"However, on that day he was in Ipswich – and hours later he walked into the Alldays store in Walton High Street and threatened manager Lesley Moore with a sawn-off shotgun." ...
 

NJ: Cops Wounded in Line of Duty Sue Companies "Responsible" for Arming the Shooter
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Today, two New Jersey law enforcement officers who were shot and seriously wounded while on
duty filed a lawsuit against the companies that put the gun in the hands of the criminal who shot them. Orange Police Detective David Lemongello and Officer Kenneth McGuire are seeking damages from a West Virginia pawnshop, Will's Jewelry and Loan, and gun manufacturer Sturm, Ruger. Also named as defendants are gun traffickers James Gray and Tammi Lea Songer, and the estate of the shooter..." ...
 

Democrats: Digging a deeper hole
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"On Iraq, Pelosi voted against the 1991 Gulf War and voted against authorizing the use of force against Iraq this year. In contrast, she's pushing for more gun control laws. Our Smith & Wesson pistols, it seems, cause Ms. Pelosi more nightmares than Saddam's super-sized vats of anthrax and aflatoxin." ...
 

A tour of the Liberal Museum
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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" Our first stop was the Tomb of the Unknown Gun Victim. "There used to be this issue called 'gun control,' " I explained to my kids. "Liberals fought for it, not to confiscate guns but to keep them out of the hands of loons."

"What happened?" Nate asked.

"Paranoia set in," I said. "Now any loon can get a gun at any gun show. Anyone who suggests the slightest restriction is laughed out of town." " ...
 

Stanford University should take stand against Patriot Act
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Last week, members of the Faculty Senate raised concerns regarding the impact that the ...USA Patriot Act ...would have on research at Stanford and on civil liberties for students. While acknowledging that the act could be quite 'Draconian,' University President John Hennessy stated that 'We (the administration) have relatively little power over this issue.' We find this stance unacceptable." ...
 

NY: DA sponsors gun safety lock giveaway
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- "More than 250 free gun safety locks were given away Thursday night at City Hall. This was the third annual gun lock giveaway, organized by the Saratoga County District Attorney's Office and supported by local police and organizations." ...
 

Another deadly security challenge: Is that REALLY you?
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"THE fingerprinting program for visitors and noncitizens entering the U.S. that began recently certainly underscores the need for a comprehensive ID system to help strengthen our borders."

"While this program will begin to enhance the security of our nation, the debate about domestic identity-verification programs is still not adequately addressing one of the most visible threats aimed at our national security - namely, the growing problem of identity fraud. (On Tuesday, Philadelphia's U.S. attorney announced that a task force would address the issue.)" ...
 

IL: ACLU forum to 'explore' ballistic fingerprinting
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"The Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union will present a forum on ballistic fingerprinting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale's Hiram Lesar Law School, Room 102." ...

"According to an ABC News poll, 73 percent of Americans, including 61 percent of gun owners, favor fingerprinting. The National Rifle Association and other groups concerned with Second Amendment protections view the method as ineffective and unworkable and as a pretext for gun registration and eventual confiscation."

"The forum will address the technical difficulties of fingerprinting, its policy implications, and the constitutional issues involved." ...
 

NY: Airport Guard Is Charged in Cabbie's Death and a 2nd Shooting
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"A security guard at Kennedy International Airport has been charged with killing a cabdriver and shooting another man in Queens during two failed robberies, the police said."

"Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said the guard, Paul Chandler, 30, and another man tried to rob Luis Quizhpi, 52, a taxi driver, about 3 a.m. Saturday behind Mr. Quizhpi's home in Woodside." ...
 

Grunow/Brazill Gun Verdict (Palm Beach Post)
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WEST PALM BEACH - "The jury reached a verdict after deliberating this morning Pam Grunow's $76 million case against Valor, make of the Raven pistol that was used to kill her husband, beloved Lake Worth Middle School teacher Barry Grunow. The verdict is expected to be read shortly." ...
 

Jury orders gun distributor to pay $1.2 million to teacher's widow (CNN report)
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"A jury ordered a gun distributor Thursday to pay $1.2 million to the widow of a teacher gunned down by a 13-year-old student in a landmark case targeting inexpensive handguns."

"The jury, however, pinned most of the fault for the 2000 slaying of Barry Grunow on the gun's owner and school officials." ...
 

Gun maker found liable in landmark case
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - "A jury ordered a gun distributor Thursday to pay $1.2 million to the widow of a teacher gunned down by a 13-year-old student in a landmark case targeting inexpensive handguns."

"The jury, however, pinned most of the fault for the 2000 slaying of Barry Grunow on the gun's owner and school officials." ...
 

WI: State Supreme Court hears arguments on concealed weapons law
Submitted by: Philip Mann

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Wisconsin's concealed weapons law clearly conflicts with its recently adopted constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to "bear arms" for "defense" and other "lawful purposes." The amendment, however, didn't keep the state from prosecuting a store owner who put a gun in his pocket -- after hours and IN HIS OWN STORE!

It's great that the State Supreme Court has taken the case, but, knowing a bit about who's on that court, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a favorable outcome.
 

Gun Company Must Pay Teacher's Widow (Click10.com)
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"A jury has awarded the widow of teacher Barry Grunow $1.2 million from a gun distributor."

"Pam Grunow's lawyer asked for $76 million. But the jury found gun distributor Valor Corporation 5 percent liable for Grunow's death. The owner of the gun and the school board held the most of the liability, the jury found." ...
 

Details scant on pistol packing pilots
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"While airline pilots will soon get the firearms they have sought since Sept. 11, 2001, it remains unclear what form the militarization of the cockpit will take. Virtually all of the devilish details of the program are still being worked out behind closed doors only days before President Bush is expected to sign it into law as part of the homeland security package." ...
 

WV: Police officers sue pawn shop over gun sale (another report)
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"Two New Jersey police officers filed a lawsuit Thursday against a South Charleston pawn shop, alleging it was negligent in failing to prevent the illegal purchase of a gun that a convicted felon used to shoot them."

"Officers David Lemongello and Kenneth McGuire filed the lawsuit ...against Will's Jewelry and Loan, which the officers allege failed to use reasonable care to prevent the sale and delivery of a handgun to Shuntez Everett, who had been convicted of drug charges." ...
 

UK: Operation patient dies after hunt for stapler needed to complete surgery
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"A patient died after an operation was interrupted for more than two hours while doctors tried to locate a vital piece of medical equipment to complete the surgery, an inquest was told yesterday."
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Did they look inside the patient?

So much for socialized medicine - the poor guy probably had to wait in line for the surgery, until he was half dead, and then the docs finished him off!

Had we accepted HillaryCare we might be facing the same sort of medical service the UK, and the People's Republic of Canada, now have.
 

Libertarian Real Politik For The Middle East
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"US involvement in the Middle East since WWII has been motivated by two primary concerns: propping up Israel against the Arab nations and protecting our supply of oil. As a libertarian, I'd like US foreign policy to consist of merely staffing our embassies, as opposed to stationing troops all over the globe and intervening in every region that is of 'national interest'. I also realize that this will not happen anytime soon." ...

"What does the US get in return? A huge decrease in spending, terrorism, and a relative guarantee the oil will keep flowing. A peaceful Middle East without violent interruptions will continue pumping oil -- their economies require it. There will be little motivation to attack US or other Western targets. The only cost to the US is a pledge to return if the treaty breaks down." ...
 

KS: Carr brothers sentenced to death for gruesome multiple slayings
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"Reginald and Jonathan Carr this afternoon were both sentenced to death for four murders in Wichita in December 2000." ...

Information for those who have not followed this internet case (it was blocked out by the major networks): The Carr brothers (who are black) executed 4 young white people in a snowy field two years ago. Before the slaying they made them do sick, homosexual, and even anal sexual acts not only amongst themselves...but also with the brothers. Three other whites were shot, but lived.
 

AZ: Panel recommends trigger locks on guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"All guns sold in Arizona should have trigger locks to cut down on teen deaths, a special state panel is recommending."

"The report by the Arizona Child Fatality Review Team shows that one out of every four deaths of those age 17 and under last year could have been prevented. A big portion of those were from automobile accidents where safety belts might have saved lives."

"But the study also noted that homicides of children ballooned from 17 in 2000 to 39 last year; suicides increased to 28 from 20." ...

CONSIDER...

These folks don't tell us how many of those deaths were drug-related turf warfare killings -- or even how many of those homicides were by firearm. They also don't tell us if they include the justifiable homicides of minors last year -- the ones shot by citizens, or police officers, in self-defense.

Take away all of those, and there may have been one or two preventable deaths due to parental negligence. But who's to say that a negligent parent is going to stop being negligent merely because the anti-gun fanatics tell them to be responsible?

RELATED READING...
• Triggerlocks archives
• "Safe" Storage archives

"Anyone conscientious enough to use a trigger lock doesn't need it, and anyone who isn't wouldn't use it."
— Paul Kelly, Denver Post
 

Tom Horn's rifle to be auctioned off in London
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"A Winchester rifle that belonged to Tom Horn will be auctioned off in London on Dec. 5."

"The .45-70 underlever repeating rifle, which has a 26-inch octagonal barrel and an adjustable back-sight, is being offered by antique weaponry auctioneer Nicholas Holt."

"The auction will be at The Duke of York's Headquarters." ...
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Are government officials going to make the buyer procure a "licence", or are they just going to arrest him for possession of a firearm?
 

TX: 10 years in prison on his first [non-violent] offense - 5 for mere gun possession
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While not condoning this man's actions, doesn't it seem a tad bit steep to be going to prison for FIVE YEARS for merely possessing a firearm?
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"A Texas man who pleaded guilty to drug and weapon charges was sentenced to 10 years in prison on his first offense Wednesday." ...

"Guy Laddie Cockrell, 37, of Fresno, Texas, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of a firearm in the commission of a drug crime."

"U.S. District Judge Richard Haik handed down the mandatory minimum sentence of five years on each charge. As required by federal law, the sentences must run consecutively. There is no parole in the federal system."

"Cockrell was arrested in September 2001 after police found cocaine, crack and a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol in the rented Cadillac he was driving." ...

"Haik said he's not concerned with shame. 'I'm concerned about the pistol you had with you,' he said. 'That concerns me.' "

"He said he bought the gun years ago to protect his body shop after it was robbed. He said he never even fired it, and never had any intention of using it to hurt a person." ...
 

FL: Ex-convict, released from prison in June, kills officer responding to home invasion
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This is the kind of story that turns people against gun owners. It's also the kind of story that makes you wonder what it's going to take to get the "justice" system to stop putting violent felons back out on the street. Our condolences go out to this officer and his family and friends.
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"A recently released felon was charged Thursday with the slaying of a Tallahassee police sergeant who was shot while investigating a home-invasion robbery."

"Coy J. Evans, who was released from prison June 30, was held on charges of first-degree murder of a police officer, two counts of armed robbery, armed burglary, kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon."

"Evans, 32, is accused of fatally shooting Sgt. Dale Green, a 13-year veteran of the Tallahassee police department, when he responded to a robbery report at a home in southwest Tallahassee shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday."

"Green was shot four times, including once in the back of the head, and died about an hour later at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, police chief Walt McNeil said." ...

"Evans was released from prison June 30 after serving six years of a seven-year sentence for burglary and robbery with a firearm." ...

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The Tallahassee Police Department's home page has additional information about Sgt. Greeen. And it appears that they may be accepting emails for the family here: hunts@talgov.com.
 

PA: Course to dispel myths about guns
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"A firearm safety course scheduled for this weekend may dispel a lot of myths surrounding guns, says organizer Jerry Males."

"The South Fayette parks and recreation director has encountered many different attitudes toward firearms, from housewives who shudder at the thought of a gun to kids who think handguns are really cool."

" 'Kids watch TV and see the hero get shot four times and walk off with the girl at the end,' Males says. 'If you get hit once with what I’m shooting, you’re not getting up.' "

"This Saturday (Nov. 16), South Fayette will host its second Firearms Fundamentals and Gun Safety program."

"In the morning, a team of certified National Rifle Association instructors will lecture on firearm basics: from safety, storage and handling procedures, with an emphasis on kids, to liability issues and how to purchase a gun."

"The afternoon will feature live fire exercises at the Greater Pittsburgh Gun Club in North Fayette." ...
 

Pilots Press For Firearms Instruction
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"With passage of the homeland security bill looking more likely, some pilots -- whom the bill would authorize to carry guns -- have begun pushing to get firearms training from the FBI or private schools."

"Those pilots say the Transportation Security Administration, which would be directed to run the armed pilots program, doesn't have enough facilities to train all the pilots who want to carry guns. Pilot groups estimate that about 30,000 pilots -- about half of those eligible -- will volunteer for the program."

"The TSA opposed arming pilots, but the bill would require the agency to set up a training program three months after it is signed into law." ...
 

Shooting holes in the law
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"It's time to say something in defense of the sound principles of the National Rifle Association's age-old mantra: 'Guns don't kill, people do.' "

"The best way to talk about guns and their shooters is by starting with cars and their drivers. Consider what happens when witnesses see a car strike and kill a pedestrian and speed away. But not before a witness noted the license tag." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States. — Noah Webster in "An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution," 1787, in Paul Ford, ed., Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States, at p. 56 (New York, 1888).

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