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CCRKBA Says Fairfax County Officials 'All Wet' on Proposed Gun Restrictions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Officials in Fairfax County, VA, including the county police chief, are 'all wet' with their proposals to restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens because of a horrible crime committed earlier this year by a mentally ill 18-year-old who could never legally qualify to carry a firearm in Virginia or anywhere else, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today."

"CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron said the proposed restrictions have been on the wish list of Old Dominion anti- gunners long before the May 8 shooting rampage at the Sully district police station. Gunman Michael Kennedy was killed, but not before he murdered Detective Vicky O. Armel and fatally wounded Officer Michael E. Garbarino." ...
 

A Parting Shot From George Allen
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a last little gift to America, Senator George Allen, who was narrowly defeated by James Webb this month, has introduced what may be his final piece of legislation: a bill that would allow the carrying of concealed weapons in national parks. The argument behind the bill is that national park regulations unfairly strip many Americans of a right they may enjoy outside the parks. The bill has passed to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where we hope it will die the miserable death it deserves."

"America’s confusion about the Second Amendment is now nearly total. An amendment that ensures a collective right to bear arms has been misread ... as a law guaranteeing an individual’s right to carry a weapon in public." ...
 

The New York Times Doesn’t Get The Constitution
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You won’t be shocked to learn what the New York Times thinks of laws allowing citizens to carry their guns in public."

"As a last little gift to America, Senator George Allen ... has introduced what may be his final piece of legislation: a bill that would allow the carrying of concealed weapons in national parks. ... we hope it will die the miserable death it deserves." ...

"What's funny about that last bit is that the Constitution didn’t originally contain any language granting a universal right to vote. Originally only white, male landowners were allowed to vote. That has changed for the better since the days of this country's founding, but what hasn’t changed in the bill of rights is the 2nd amendment ..." ...
 

Macklin: Second Amendment rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

In response to a previous letter, it is true, the Second Amendment does not give any individual rights. In fact, none of the amendments known as the Bill of Rights give anybody any rights. The Bill of Rights is the written guarantee that the government will not infringe on the rights the people hold by virtue of being alive.

To see what may be the best authoritative report on the history and purpose of the Second Amendment, the U.S. Department of Justice Report is available on-line at http://www.usdoj.gov/olc/secondamendment2.htm.

James H. Macklin,

Wichita, Kan.
 

Gun ornament draws fire
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Nothing says Christmas quite like a glittery black handgun hanging from the tree."

"Urban Outfitters Inc. - no stranger to controversial products - is offering the 5-inch-long, Chinese-made gun ornament for $6 in its stores and catalogs this year."

"'Bust a cap in your tree with this superglittery ornament in the shape of a handgun, complete with a satin ribbon for hanging,' the online description of the revolver says. It is meant, the retailer says, as an 'ironic twist' on the holidays."

"'Twisted' is more like it, said Kate Philips, [PA] Gov. Rendell's spokeswoman. 'The governor doesn't find it humorous or clever to display weapons that are responsible for taking hundreds of lives each year as if they are decorations,' she said." ...
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KABA Note: Once again the antis ignore the hundreds of thousands of lives saved by guns every year.
 

Rangel and Jefferson Agree on a National Service Program
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Many of the world's mature democracies require every high-school graduate to serve a year or two of either military or nonprofit service, as Congressman Charlie Rangel has proposed every year for some time now. At first blush, this may seem like an oppression by government, but history shows it's actually one of the best ways to prevent a military from becoming its own insular and dangerous subculture ..." ...

"But while many Founders saw a standing army as a threat to democracy, others pointed to threats ranging from hostile Indians to French Canadians ... as reasons to keep it."

"... The tattered and compromised remnant of that discussion is today known as our Second Amendment to the Constitution ..." ...
 

The Debates in the Several State Conventions, (Virginia), June 12, 1788
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...that there is a possibility that, in process of time, and from the simple operation of effects from causes, the whole commerce of the United States may be exclusively carried on by merchants residing within the seat of government, and those places of arms which may be purchased of the state legislatures. How detrimental and injurious to the community, and how repugnant to the equal rights of mankind.... Things of a similar nature have happened in other countries...."

"...We are not actuated by local consideration, but by such as affect the people of America in general. This conduct will give our amendments full weight...."

"...I was surprised when I heard introduced the opinion of a gentleman (Mr. Jefferson)..."
 

TN: Lumpy Lambert's Armed Citizen Story (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Those that do not regularly listen to the excellent programs that air on NRANews.com or keep their radar tuned to self-defense stories are probably not aware of what recently happened to Lumpy Lambert. That is because armed citizen accounts rarely make it to print. When they do, the vast majority of them report that, 'Mrs. Smith is lucky to be alive' rather than 'Mrs. Smith used her legal firearm for self-defense. If she hadn't, she would now be dead.' Official FBI statistics predict that a firearm is used 1.5 million times a year in self-defense. Do you hear about all of those in the news? I certainly do not." ...
 

OH: Crime Stoppers chief draws handgun to fend off attacker; AP mum (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"On Tuesday morning, November 21, Columbus awoke to the news that the president of Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, Kevin Miles, had been attacked near his home on Sunday morning by a bat wielding assailant."

"The Columbus Dispatch reported that the attack was stopped when Miles 'had to draw his handgun to stop a man from beating him'. Other news media, however, omitted Miles' defensive use of a handgun from their reports." ...

"When the TV news stations were called for comment, WBNS 10 reporter Angela An explained that an editorial decision had been made by the producer to omit the defensive handgun use portion of the story. She explained that it was not worth mentioning because defensive handgun use is so common in Columbus and that anyone could verify this by 'asking any police officer'." [emphasis added] ...
 

OH: Cincinnati: Victims fighting attackers (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"In a story that varies between the encouraging (law enforcement defending citizens' right to self-defense) to the ridiculous (the media warning of the consequences of defending oneself, while ignoring the often deadly alternative), the Cincinnati Enquirer has published a story examining an apparent increase in self-defense shootings in that city." ...
 

Anti-Gun Mayor Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges
Submitted by: Glenn Guest

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"A Mississippi mayor has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor weapons charges after carrying a handgun on church and school property, and a gun rights group thinks now would be a good time for him to step down from Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG)."

"Jackson Mayor Frank Melton, a Democrat, pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to the misdemeanors to avoid felony charges that would have cost him his job. Instead of jail time, he was fined $1,500 and put on a year's probation."

"Lawrence Keane, director of the gun rights lobbying group National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), on Tuesday called Melton a 'hypocrite' for violating gun laws while maintaining membership in MAIG." ...
 

Gun-totin' Miss. mayor OK by Mike
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Bloomberg has no intention of booting the mayor of Jackson, Miss., from his national coalition of mayors against illegal guns, even though the Southern official pleaded guilty to weapons charges last week."

"Mayor Frank Melton pleaded no contest on Nov. 15 to three misdemeanor charges: carrying a gun in a park and in a church, and carrying a concealed weapon. He agreed to a six-month suspended sentence and $1,500 in fines."

"Despite the transgression, Bloomberg continues to welcome Melton as one of the 120 mayors from across the country who joined his coalition, Mayors Against Illegal Guns."

"'Mayor Melton has been an important member since the beginning and we look forward to his continued contribution to the coalition,' said Virginia Lam, a Bloomberg spokeswoman." ...
 

MS: A Bloomberg Anti-Gun Mayor Is Charged With Carrying Weapon
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"One of the members of Mayor Bloomberg's anti-gun coalition has pleaded to charges of illegally carrying a gun into a church, onto a college campus, and into a park."

"The mayor of Jackson, Miss., Frank Melton, is one of more than 100 mayors in the coalition Mr. Bloomberg and the mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino, created to push for stronger gun control laws."

"But, last week, Mr. Melton — who according to news reports, carries firearms at all times and has a reputation for being tough on crime — pleaded no contest to carrying a concealed gun on the campus of a Mississippi College School of Law. He also pleaded guilty to carrying a gun into a church and into a park, also illegal under state law. The first was reduced from a felony charge to a misdemeanor; the latter two were misdemeanors." ...
 

IN: Gun found; police have leads on gang rumors, bomb threats
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In three days at two Sunman-Dearborn schools officials have confiscated a handgun, searched a school and bookbags because of a bomb threat and called in police to quell a rumored 'gang fight.'"

"The searches and police presence at the schools began Wednesday, Nov. 15, with two nearly simultaneous but unrelated incidents."

"A 15-year-old East Central High School freshman who took a gun to school Nov. 15, faces a one-year expulsion, after the gun was located and the student taken into police custody, said school officials." ...
 

IL: Crook County bans more guns...surprise (ICarry.org)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Section 6-2 Assault weapons and large capacity magazines - Sale prohibited - Exceptions."

"(a) No person shall manufacture, sell, offer or display for sale, give, lend, transfer ownership of, acquire or possess any assault weapon or large capacity magazine. This subsection shall not apply to:"

"(1) the sale or transfer to, or possession by any officer, agent, or employee of Cook County or any other municipality or state or of the United States ..." ...

"(b) Any assault weapon or large capacity magazine possessed, sold or transferred in violation of subsection (a) of this section is hereby declared to be contraband and shall be seized and disposed of in accordance with the provisions of Section 6-2 ..." ...
 

GA: Woman, 92, dies in shootout with police
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"A police official said narcotics officers were justified in returning fire on a 92-year-old woman they shot to death after she shot them as they tried to serve a warrant at her house." ...

"Assistant Chief Alan Dreher said the officers had a legal warrant and 'knocked and announced' before they forced open the door. He said they were justified in shooting once they were fired upon."

"As the plainclothes Atlanta police officers approached the house about 7 p.m., a woman inside started shooting, striking each of them, said Officer Joe Cobb, a police spokesman."

"One was hit in the arm, another in a thigh and the third in a shoulder. ..." ...
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Submitters Note: Swat teams on COPS enter with all of them screaming at the top of their lungs. It is impossible for an older person to distinguish what is being yelled. What happened could happen to any of us.
 

NC: District attorney: Marine shot by police after pulling gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Marine who died Monday was armed with two weapons and posed an immediate threat when he was shot twice by police officers, according to the Onslow County, N.C., District Attorney’s office."

"Staff Sgt. Neil Howard Manson, 40, was at the home of his estranged wife early Monday morning when Jacksonville police received a 911 call about a gun-wielding man in a yard. When police arrived on the scene at about 7:20 a.m., they saw Manson displaying a gun ..."

"Manson’s estranged wife was able to leave her home through a back door while he was outside the front door. She told police Manson was on anti-depressant medications." ...
 

Argentina: Bush's daughter robbed in Argentina
Submitted by: Protector

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"U.S. and Argentine media reported that one of President Bush's 24-year-old twin daughters had her purse stolen while being guarded by the Secret Service during a visit here." ...

"A pair of thieves removed the purse from under a table while Secret Service agents stood guard at a distance, La Nacion reported. La Nacion said its sources did not reveal which of the Bush daughters had her purse stolen." ...

"CNN cited a law-enforcement source who was briefed on the incident as saying that 'at no point were the protectees out of visual contact and at no point was there any risk of harm.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: If the Secret Service can't even protect the President's daugher, how do they expect us to depend on local police to protect us?
 

OH: Experts: Self-defense cases hard to prosecute
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters had little choice in deciding not to file charges in three recent deaths labeled self-defense, say legal experts."

"Deters summed it up this way: 'Prosecutors have an ethical duty. We have to believe in the likelihood and the probability of success at trial before we try anybody.'"

"Because successful prosecution was unlikely, legal experts said Deters had little choice, including in his decision Tuesday to not file charges against 50-year-old Anthony Stone in the death of Tyree Henderson, 30, of Fairborn, Ohio. Henderson was run over and killed Nov. 30 after he tried to rob Stone and a passenger in Stone's car at gunpoint." ...
 

UT: Pay as you go: Fees for concealed gun permits should cover expenses
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Rep. Curt Oda has got part of the answer. The Clearfield Republican says that the fees from permits to carry concealed guns in Utah should go directly to the Bureau of Criminal Identification rather than to the general fund."

"He's right that the program should pay for itself, eliminating the budget shortage of the BCI. But the Legislature should remain in the appropriations process to maintain oversight; it should allocate the money back to BCI from the general fund. In addition, lawmakers should increase the fees, especially for non-Utahns." ...
 

TN: In crime-pocked Memphis, the good guys -- and women -- get ready
Submitted by: Protector

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"They are not of one race, one gender, or one generation."

"They are of one mind."

"It's time."

"It's time if they live in a gated community in East Memphis or a poor neighborhood in South Memphis."

"It's time if they're postal workers or preachers, and it's time if they're retirees or entrepreneurs."

"It's time if they've had guns pointed in their faces while working in a neighbor's yard during broad daylight, or while working behind the counter of a convenience store in the middle of the night."

"For all of them, it's time."

"'I hate to say it,' says Scott Carroll, owner of the Bullzeye Shooting Range on Lamar Avenue, 'but business is good.'" ...
 

For More Than 1,000 Days, Nights, Darfur’s Defenceless Civilians Fear for Lives; Sudanese Government’s Failure to Protect Is 'Shameful'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With a volatile mix of Government forces, militias, rebels and armed opposition groups from Chad roaming freely throughout much of the Sudan’s western Darfur spreading fear and terror, the United Nations top humanitarian official warned the Security Council that war-torn western Darfur was close to the abyss ..."

"Briefing the Council on his recent visits to Darfur and northern Uganda, Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said '... The Government's failure to protect its own citizens ... has been shameful and continues. So does our own failure, more than a year after world leaders in this very building pledged their own responsibility to protect civilians where the Government manifestly fails to do so.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: So their own government won't protect them, and the UN won't live up to their pledge to protect them, but the UN still thinks they should be disarmed.
 

UK: Brave postmaster fights off armed robbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is the heartstopping moment a ruthless gunman pointed a loaded pistol at a postmaster during a terrifying armed robbery."

"Wearing a black motorcycle helmet, the armed man is caught by a security camera as he demands money and threatens customers."

"But instead of handing over the cash to the two raiders, postmaster Jagdish Patel would not be intimidated and decided to fight back."

"Despite being hit twice on the head with the gun, he pressed the panic alarm and picked up a large baseball bat he keeps below the counter at his store in Rochdale, Greater Manchester."

"Mr Patel, 36, then vaulted the counter and swung the baseball bat at the gunman's hand knocking him off balance." ...
 

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