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Are Your Schools Prepared?
Submitted by: countertop
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... "... Finally, you remember what happened in Russia, and you can't believe this is real. Can you try to contain or control this situation? Have you prepared for this test?"

"I hope so. I hope, too, that the state has planned for it; that procedures, chains of command and jurisdictions are clear. I hope all first responders have thought about this and trained for it. I hope our schools have plans, alerts and procedures in place to react, not from instructions from the principal, but from good instincts and 'triggering activities.' I hope in terms of combat response that our police can act quickly if need be - to stop a massacre on their own without support - and they have at least practiced once for it." ...
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Submitter's Note: In light of this, please tell me why these same schools don't allow armed teachers to protect our children?
 

U.S. still backs private gun ownership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Most U.S. adults surveyed by the Gallup organization oppose laws banning private possession of handguns but support stricter laws governing gun sales."

"Sixty-three percent of the 1,012 adults over the age of 18 polled said they did not think there should be a law banning 'the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized persons.' Just 36 percent said there should be such a law."

"Fifty-four percent of those surveyed ... said laws covering the sales of firearms in the United States should be "more strict." Eleven percent said they should be "less strict" while 34 percent said the laws should remain as they are now." ...
 

See Instructions Before Beginning
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The government smothers its citizens in page after page of instructions intended to 'help' us build our lives. From our families to our businesses; from our property to our health; and from our creative ideas to our civil liberties; we're folded, bent, stapled, and mutilated to fit into the assembly guidelines established by lawmakers and regulatory agencies. Within the thousands of pages of IRS code alone, sufficient contradictory rules exist that every taxpayer breaks some law merely by obeying others. Across the country, there are more than 22,000 laws and ordinances that are all basically intended to enforce the simple fact that it's illegal to shoot somebody except in self defense and to say that you should be careful with loaded guns. Why, we lament, can't the instructions be in plain English? Why don't we have some directions that we can easily understand and which aren't too complicated to implement?" ...
 

Guns bring left, right logic in line
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "The NRA, on its Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) Web site, describes the ILA as 'the 'lobbying' arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is committed to preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.'"

"Meanwhile, across the political Death Valley, 'The mission of the ACLU is to preserve,' first and foremost, 'Your First Amendment rights-freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press, and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state.' ('About Us,' ACLU.org) The ACLU, by the way, is frequently endorsed by actors. Sound familiar?" ...
 

Common sense takes detour on gun issues
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"Two recent news stories, one out of Washington, D.C., and the other from nearby Londonderry, illustrate vividly how dysfunctional and lacking in common sense American society is regarding firearms."

"The news from our nation’s capital was the expiration of the federal ban on assault weapons, brought about by Congressional 'political cowardice,' as The Telegraph phrased it in an editorial last month."

"The Londonderry story concerns the town’s school officials, who have decided that Londonderry High School senior Blake Douglass is prohibited from displaying in the senior yearbook a photo of himself holding a trap-shooting gun over his shoulder. Can you say, 'political correctness'?" ...
 

Female hunters gather to sharpen skills
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"'Honey, I'm going hunting!' Since the first cave man slung a club over his shoulder, that refrain has marked a hunter's departure for a day in pursuit of game."

"But increasingly, it's the lady of the household in that hunter-gatherer role."

"More and more hunting families are including just as many hunting women as men. A national study of hunters and hunting found that women make up the fastest growing segment of the hunting community." ...
 

WI: Greens target gun show
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"It was the eighth annual gun show at Memorial Hall, and it's a target. In a press release issued early last week, the Green Party of Kenosha and Racine counties called for a commitment to eliminating weapons from communities through a requirement for background checks on all gun purchases, a state ban on assault weapons, and continued opposition to proposals that would allow the carrying of concealed weapons."

"On Sunday, Racine Alderman Pete Karas said he intended to sponsor such an action in the City Council, or, at the very least, object to the taxpayer subsidy of the Memorial Hall show."

"The gun show is sponsored by American Legion Post 310. Because it's a veterans group the city is forbidden from charging a rental fee for the hall because of an agreement that allows veterans groups free use of the hall. 'We think bringing a gun show in under those terms is an abuse of that agreement,' Karas said." ...
 

FBI Says 132 Officers Killed on Duty in 2003
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"The FBI reported Monday that 132 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2003, with guns and traffic accidents claiming the most lives."

"Of the total, which is eight deaths more than in 2002, 49 were killed in traffic accidents and 45 slain with firearms. Thirty-one of those killed with guns were wearing body armor at the time." ...
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Submitter's Note: We tried registering cars.....

We tried licensing drivers.....

We tried seatbelts.....

We tried airbags....

We tried anti-lock brakes......

YET, police officers keep getting killed by them.....

I say we need "ASSAULT VEHICLE BAN"....

DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN.....
 

IL: ISRA: November Veto Session to Test Gov. Blagojevich's Topsy Turvy Values System
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"Tuesday marks the opening of the 2004 Veto Session of the Illinois General Assembly. One of the more important agenda items this session will be a vote to override Gov. Blagojevich's veto of SB 2165."

"Passed this past spring by overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, SB 2165 is designed to protect homeowners from prosecution should they chose to use a handgun to defend their families from home invaders. The bill was drafted in response to an incident in Wilmette, IL in which a homeowner was arrested after shooting a hardened criminal who had broken into his home. Under pressure from the state's gun control organizations, Gov. Blagojevich vetoed the measure." ...
 

IL: Veto session wrangling begins Monday
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"State lawmakers return to Springfield on Monday for a six-day veto session, where they will likely wrangle over state borrowing, the governor's Opportunity Returns initiative, gambling expansion, gun control, Capitol security, and a proposed bailout of the Chicago mass transit system." ...

"Probably the most controversial one is SB 2165, which is often referred to as the 'Wilmette bill.' The measure was prompted by an incident in that Chicago suburb in which a man was charged with violating a municipal handgun ban after he shot a burglar in his home. The bill would allow a court to clear a defendant of charges of violating such a ban if the gun was used in self-defense or the defense of another on the owner's property." ...
 

IA: Hiawatha police plan to use silencers on assault rifles
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Some law enforcement officers in eastern Iowa are testing silencers on assault rifles as a new weapon in the fight against methamphetamine.

It's a way to keep gunfire from tripping explosive fumes inside methamphetamine labs during drug busts.

A record number of meth labs are turning up in eastern Iowa. Officials uncovered 176 labs or dumps last year.

The silencers, which also can save officers' hearing when they fire inside of buildings, first began being used in California.

Assistant Hiawatha Police Chief Mark Tope, who's looking into the silencers, says they don't eliminate all the noise, but most of it -- about 70 percent.
 

OH: Investigator Faces Charges
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"Tom Andrews serves as the special investigator for the Marshall County prosecutor's office. But Monday, he was suspended indefinitely from his job because of events that landed him behind bars in Belmont County."

"Police said it started as a domestic dispute but resulted in a list of charges, including DUI, failing to signal, domestic violence, carrying a concealed weapon, using a weapon while intoxicated, and improper use of a firearm in a motor vehicle."

"Those charges are a mix of misdemeanors and felonies, each one count and each with a varying degree of penalties." ...
 

CA: Plea deal spares ex-sheriff from jail
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"Even if former Sheriff Floyd Tidwell is sentenced under a felony conviction for pilfering guns from the Sheriff's Department's property room, he can rest easy knowing he won't get any jail time." ...
 

Kenya: Family Demand Justice As Police Victim is Buried
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... "What struck Waithera were the stories the police fabricated after the horrendous death. She said instead of the police owning up to torturing Muiruri, they claimed that he was a victim of a lynch mob."

"Charles Ndung'u, whose two-year-old daughter Muiruri is alleged to have attempted to defile, is as bewildered by the allegations like the villagers, who are supposed to have beaten Mburu to death."

"'It is true I reported to the police that Mburu had failed to return one of the balls for my pool table,' he said."

"He, however, denied reporting to the police that Muiruri had attempted to defile his daughter." ...

"When The Standard team visited the area yesterday, they found a village united in grief but angry at the falsehoods peddled by the police." ...
 

South Africa: Girl, 7, survives family murder
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"A seven-year-old girl escaped death in Nelspruit as a policeman went on an apparent suicide bid that left her mother dead and the man seriously injured, police reported on Sunday."

"Spokesperson Mtsholi Bhembe said the child was slightly injured by a door as the policeman slammed it trying to prevent her from fleeing."

"Bhembe said the 47-year-old police sergeant, based in Malelane, shot the woman, 35, who was his girlfriend, in the head three times, killing her on the scene."

"He then turned the gun on himself as the girl ran to alert neighbours."

"He was taken to hospital where he was alive with a serious wound in the head." ...
 

Kenya: Hunt On for Former Police Officers in Crime
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"At least eight former police officers are either being sought or have been arrested on turning to violent crime, the Sunday Nation can reveal today."

"They were once members of elite crime prevention and fighting units such as Flying Squad, General Service Unit and Criminal Investigations Department (CID), using their training and advanced skills to rob and kill members of the public and their former colleagues." [emphasis added]

"Though the rogue police officers are a minority in a force which has for years been plagued with numerous shortcomings, their training in the use of arms and police procedures makes them dangerous to civilians and law enforcers."

"Four of the police officers are facing either murder or robbery with violence charges ..." ...
 

Ireland: Demonstrators give evidence at Garda's assault trial
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"A garda hit a May 2002 'Reclaim the Streets' demonstrator over the head with a baton after dragging him back by the hold of his sweatshirt, a jury in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, has been told."

"Garda Donal Corcoran of Mountjoy Garda Station is also accused of assaulting two other demonstrators on the same occasion."

"He has pleaded not guilty to three counts of assault causing harm, to Oisin Breen, Butterfield Park, Rathfarnham, Katie Crean, New Cabra Road, Dublin 7 and Brian Hayden, Knockmore Grove, Tallaght on May 6, 2002." ...

"Brian Hayden, the first witness called in the trial, was allegedly struck with a baton on the head by Garda Corcoran and received eight stitches in St James Hospital." ...
 

Mexico: Armed assailants kill 7 returning from dance in Mexico
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"Armed men opened fire on a group of revelers returning from a weekend dance in central Mexico, killing seven people, including two children, Mexican news media reported Monday."

"The victims were traveling in a convoy of three trucks from the city of Nocupetaro in central Michoacan state when at least 10 armed assailants who had been hiding on the side of the highway opened fire with military weapons including Kalashnikov rifles, the state-run news agency Notimex reported." ...

"The Milenio daily newspaper reported the assailants included a police commander and three officers from Nocupetaro, and that some of the victims allegedly belonged to a group of marijuana growers and traffickers." ...
 

India: Army Chief Vij orders court of inquiry into rape of mother, daughter
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Taking a serious view of reports of alleged rape of a woman and her daughter in the frontier town of Handwara in Northern Kashmir, Army Chief Gen NC Vij today ordered immediate constitution of a court of inquiry to probe the case.

"The court of inquiry has been asked to submit its report within a week" an army spokesman said here. According to reports, local police have filed an FIR against a Rashtriya Rifle Major for alleged rape committed during a cordon and search night operation.
 

CA: Ohlone cops consider getting guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Ohlone College police officers soon will be carrying guns if college officials approve a request from the chief of the campus police department."

"Saying it is necessary to be prepared at all times, Ohlone Police Chief Steve Fajardo said that the move to arm Ohlone's officers is long overdue."

"'Part of being a police officer is carrying a weapon,' he said."

"While crime is almost nonexistent on the Ohlone campus, Fajardo said the police department needs to be prepared should a violent event happen. He pointed out that there have been fights and incidents with rowdy people, including non-students."

"A police officer, simply by having or drawing a gun, can stop an act of violence, or make a felony arrest safer, he said." ...
 

Gun safety is no accident
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"Most parents are concerned about the safety of their children and do their best to provide them with a safe environment by using car seats, seat belts, life preservers and bicycle helmets."

"However, too many parents forget about gun safety. Hunting season is upon us, and we feel this is a timely subject to cover."

"Whether you are a collector, hunter or a gun control advocate, you need to ensure your family's safety by talking with your child about the potential dangers of guns." ...
 

ME: Shoot to skill
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... "As deer hunting season begins in Maine, hunters are pulling out their firearms and sharpening their skills. From shooting in gravel pits to practicing at firing ranges, hunters have their own ways of preparing for the season."

"Along with scouting areas to hunt, honing shooting skills is important. Most hunters agree the best way to get ready is to shoot year round and many are part of gun clubs that have firing ranges." ...
 

MI: Hunters upset range may be shut down -- Closing could affect safety in the field, they say
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It was busy Sunday at the Island Lake State Recreation Area Shooting Range as hunters honed their skills before the start of firearm deer season next Monday.

But as the gun enthusiasts took aim at their targets, many of them worried it would be the last time they would be able to use the range. A Livingston County judge has approved an injunction ordering the entire complex - both the rifle range and skeet, trap and sporting clay range - closed.

Circuit Court Judge Daniel Burress ruled last week that the noise from the shooting range on Grand River Avenue, east of Brighton in Green Oak Township, has negatively impacted the lives of nearby residents and must be closed pending a trial.
 

NH: State considers a ‘learner’s permit’ model for hunters
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"If there’s one thing that really worries fans of hunting, it’s the lack of newcomers - young or old." ...

"Now the state Fish and Game Department is looking at radical response: A sort of hunting learner’s permit, called an accompanied-hunting license." ...
 

AL: Women urged to fight attackers
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"A Chicago woman who lost her best friend to a rapist and murderer three years ago admonished more than 100 young women at the University of South Alabama on Sunday that to live free of fear means the willingness to literally fight back."

"In fact, that's the name of the organization Erin Weed began after a college sorority sister was killed during a home invasion at East Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. -- Girls Fight Back." ...

"But there is an answer to protection, she said, and it begins with women becoming equally 'dangerous' and by having 'file folders' already processed in one's brain in order to call up automatic responses when physically assaulted." ...
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Submitter's Note: No mention of the safest course of action when attacked: Self-defense with a gun.
 

IN: Gun count in Whitley leads region
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"Whitley County resident Steve More has a .38-caliber handgun for recreational target shooting. In addition to target shooting, fellow county resident Jeff Ott uses his guns for hunting, self-defense and firearm instruction. Whatever the reason for owning firearms, the two men are not alone in Whitley County."

"A recent survey from Parkview Hospital showed that residents in the county have a significantly higher gun ownership rate than other counties in northeast Indiana, a figure that has risen as other counties experienced a decrease." ...
 

NC: Gun's buyer also culpable
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"As opening statements were delivered Friday in the trial of Matthew Grant, I was reminded of the terrible turn of events in February."

"First, news that Deputy Mark Tucker had been shot and killed. Then word of an arrest. Then a trickle of details about the young man who confessed: a troubled childhood, petty crimes, juvenile court, nine felony charges."

"Grant was on intensive felony probation when he was charged with shooting Tucker in the face. Which, of course, raised this question: What was someone like that doing with a gun? And how did he get it?" ...

"Six weeks before the shooting, Grant said, he took a friend to a pawnshop and had him purchase the shotgun." ...
 

MA: Gun safety kits available in Dedham
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"Local police are teaming up with a national program to help protect children from accidents with guns in the home."

"The department has 300 gun safety kits available for free to local residents who want them. The kits consist of a cable and padlock with instructions on how to use it to lock up a gun and prevent it from being fired." ...
 

GA: Police Reiterate Gun Lock Recall
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More than a week ago, Savannah-Chatham police gave away free gun locks, but some were defective. So far only one has been returned.

Police say the cable can unlatch on the red gun lock without the key, so you need to bring it back. They also gave out yellow gun locks, but those are okay.

If you have the red gun lock, please return it to any police precinct. They will make sure it's replaced for free.
 

VA: Orion Sporting Group Will Go to Trial over Constitutional Hunting Rights in Virginia
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... "'Virginia and other progressive states have protected and encouraged hunting rights,' said Stephen Halbrook, Orion co-lead counsel and constitutional law specialist. 'Orion's case is one of the first in U.S. history to fight a local government's infringement on state constitutional hunting rights.'"

"Orion sought to continue the operation of its pre-existing shotgun sports business on a new 450-acre rural tract of land in Nelson County, Virginia which also includes Orion's licensed hunting preserve. Litigation began more than a year ago when Orion was denied a conditional use permit by the county despite complying with the sound ordinance and working with the Board of Supervisors to keep Orion's business within Nelson County." ...
 

South Africa: Cash guards fight off 14 men
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"Three guards were injured after a gang of 14 men attempted a cash-in-transit heist in Katlehong on Monday, said East Rand police."

"Sergeant Prudence Mvelase said a Mercedes-Benz collided with an SBV security vehicle at 13:20 in Mukula section before the gang appeared in another Mercedes-Benz and Nissan bakkie."

"The men opened fire on the vehicle, which had just collected money from Lindela Railway Station, with R-4 rifles and the guards returned fire, wounding one of the attackers."

"Mvelase said 'The robbers fled and no money was taken.'" ...
 

Philippines: Vigilante still on the loose
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"Holduppers and snatchers had better beware. There is now a vigilante in a blue car on the loose out there. Worse, he could be a cop on the prowl."

"The vigilante made his debut last Saturday when he blew the brains out of a suspected robber fleeing from a jeep where he had shot a passenger who refused to give up his cellphone."

"Twenty-four hours after the incident and police are still clueless as to the identity of the vigilante."

"Police are now not even sure about the make of the car. Initial reports said the vigilante rode a blue Honda Civic but it appears only the color remained consistent as other witnesses described a different make to investigators." ...
 

Brazil: Brazil may extend gun buy-back programme
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"Brazil's gun buy-back programme has been so successful that the government is considering extending it for another six months, Justice Minister Marcio Thomaz Bastos said on Monday."

"Since the nationwide programme was launched in mid-July, Brazilians have relinquished 160 000 guns and rifles, Bastos told Agencia Brasil, the government's official news agency. That number is double the 80 000 the government had originally estimated would be turned in by December 23, as part of a tough new gun law."

"The buyback programme is part of the government's efforts to keep firearms off the streets of a country with one of the world's highest murder rates." ...
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Submitter's Note: Except according to some, it isn't the criminals who are disarming. Use the following information to access the above article:
Site username: Newslinks@KeepAndBearArms.com
Site password: Newslinks
 

UK: Driver has car stolen by armed gang of three
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A DRIVER was carjacked at gunpoint close to the Hackney border.

The 29-year-old had parked and locked his Peugeot 206 in Kingsbury Road, off Balls Pond Road, when three men surrounded him. One of them was holding a silver pistol with a brown handle and shouting "it's real".

He pointed the gun at the driver's head then moved it up and down his body as the other two men searched his pockets. Eventually the men found the car keys and sped away. The gang members were all white and about 20. One had short blond hair while the other two wore baseball caps.

The hold-up happened at 10.25pm on October 26.
 

UK: New laws aim to ban shops from selling knives
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"NEW laws banning high street shops from selling assault knives, machetes and other weapons could be introduced by the end of next year." [emphasis added]

"Sales of replica guns will also be banned because they can be converted into useable firearms."

"First Minister Jack McConnell has been in talks with chief constables on how to combat the rising level of knife crime, which is at its highest level for 10 years."

"There will also be tougher sentencing powers for knife assaults, and a proposal to give police random stop and search powers is being considered."

"The age at which young people can buy household knives and axes may also rise from 16 to 18." ...
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Submitter's Note: No butter knife for you!
 

Philippines: Rob gang on wheels strikes anew
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"Barely 24 hours after scoring their first kill, four car-riding robbers struck anew in Mandaluyong City yesterday, shooting and wounding a fastfood chain employee after divesting him of his cash and valuables."

"An irate Chief Superintendent Oscar Valenzuela, director of the Eastern Police District (EPD), ordered the Mandaluyong City police to institute measures to solve the series of robberies perpetrated by the four suspects." ...

"The suspects struck for the second time in Barangay Zaniga where they shot dead last Sunday, Alvin Lacson, 22, a bank employee, right after robbing him." ...
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But guns are banned in the Philippines!
 

UK: 'I Cradled Shotgun Blast Boy'
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"A COUPLE have told how they ran to the aid of a 13- year-old boy as he lay bleeding from gunshot wounds."

"The boy received serious injuries to his face and arms and is in a critical condition in hospital after being blasted by a shotgun at a house in Haverhill on Saturday afternoon."

"Red Cross first aiders Beryl and Walter Keep were at home in Warren Court on the Clements estate, Haverhill, when they heard a "tremendous bang" from next door, then a youngster's agonised screams for help."

"They rushed round to find a teenage boy lying on the stairwell, rapidly losing blood from shotgun wounds to his face and arms. No adults were at home and two teenage boys with him were in shock and trying to call an ambulance for help." ...
 

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