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"Researchers use a clever statistical technique to construct an objective measure of conservative or liberal bias in the news coverage"
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... "Is there a left- or right-wing bias, or have the media actually managed to be objective? A serious assessment requires quantification of the output put forth by the media. The best analysis I know along these lines is the ongoing study 'A Measure of Media Bias,' by professors Tim Groseclose of UCLA and Jeffrey Milyo of the University of Missouri."

"These researchers use a clever statistical technique to construct an objective measure of conservative or liberal bias in the news coverage of major U.S. television and radio stations, newspapers, magazines, and the Internet. ... Among 20 major outlets, Fox News and the Washington Times emerge as conservative, but the other 18 range from slightly to substantially left of center." ...
 

Companies that ban guns put on defensive
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... "Honeycutt wasn't about to become another robbery statistic. He grabbed the 9 mm handgun he always carries in his belt and shot the man more than 10 times, killing him."

"Honeycutt faced no criminal charges, because prosecutors decided that he acted in self-defense. But the 39-year-old did lose his job: Carrying a gun violated Pizza Hut's no-weapons rule." ...

"Employers have long banned guns from the workplace as part of a violence-prevention strategy, but those policies are being tested as states pass laws making it easier for residents to carry concealed guns — in some cases, crafting legislation that strikes down employers' attempts to keep guns off company property."
 

IL: Chicago Makes It Clear: City Doesn't Trust Retired Police Officers Says the Second Amendment Foundation
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"The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) today expressed astonishment that the City of Chicago would carry its anti-gun extremism to new heights by insulting every retired police officer in the country."

""'We've long known that the Daley Administration hates law- abiding gun owners,' said SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb. 'But now the city is fomenting hysteria over passage of a federal law that allows off-duty and retired police to legally carry concealed handguns anywhere in the country, provided they meet certain requirements.'"

"The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that Chicago's deputy corporation counsel Lawrence Rosenthal said there is a potential for the city to be named in lawsuits simply because its retired officers might take advantage of the new federal law, and subsequently use a firearm in self-defense or to stop a crime."

"'Isn't it odd,' Gottlieb observed, 'that Chicago is worried about being sued if one of its former employees uses a firearm in an incident beyond their control, yet they wailed crocodile tears recently when their own lawsuit against gun makers and a local gun shop -- which they had sued over the misuse of a firearm by a criminal beyond their control -- was thrown out of court." ...
 

Tragic Shooting Shows Why Americans Must Address Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic With a Comprehensive Plan to Address and Prevent All Types of Gun Deaths and Injuries
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The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence released the following statement following the tragic shooting at a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio, where 25-year-old Nathan Gale walked on stage and shot and killed 4 people, including heavy metal guitarist Darrell Abbott, before police shot and killed Gale.

"We want to offer our sympathies and condolences to the victims and families affected by this tragic shooting," said Toby Hoover, Executive Director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence. "This tragedy only adds to the daily and horrific toll of gun violence in Ohio and throughout our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families.

"Although there are many questions still unanswered as the investigation continues, one thing is clear, that this tragic shooting only emphasizes the desperate need for a comprehensive nationwide, public health approach to prevent and reduce gun violence. Until we accomplish that goal, gun violence will continue."
 

Gun owners claim right to take their rifles to work
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"Gun-toting, tough-talking, and anti-establishment to his muddy boot straps, Larry Mullens is an Oklahoman 'good ole boy' personified." ...

"So it was perhaps not surprising that he was enraged when his previous employer fired him for breaking company security rules that banned guns from the company car park after they found a .38 pistol stashed behind the seat of his pick-up."

"No one could have predicted that two years later he and his backers would claim an extraordinary revenge - a law allowing employees to keep guns in locked cars on company property."

"Just two days after a gunman jumped on to a stage in Columbus, Ohio, and shot dead a heavy metal guitarist and three others before himself being shot dead, it might seem surprising to hear that elsewhere a state is extending gun owners' rights." ...
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Submitter's Note: From the misleading headline to the sly digs about 'good ole boys' and the completely irrelevant comments about an Ohio shooting (in a bar where, by Ohio law, guns are banned) this reporter spares no effort at slanting his article. Not unexpected from a UK paper. Contact them at dtletters@telegraph.co.uk
 

Coast Guard Boarding Teams To Get More Powerful Pistols
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"The Coast Guard is trading in the 9 mm sidearms it has used for 18 years in favor of a more powerful pistol, the Sig Sauer .40-caliber automatic."

"Lt. j.g. John Strasburg of the Office of Cutter Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., said the service has started to take delivery on the first of 12,000 handguns to be purchased under a $4.2 million contract. Field units will start to get them next September." ...

"He said 22 Coast Guard marksmen helped to evaluate 46 models of handguns from six major vendors, firing 15,000 rounds during three weeks of tests in Altoona, Pa., and Fort Benning, Ga. The guns were each rated on 53 characteristics, and the shooters kept detailed logs about the rounds they fired." ...
 

Mineta to remain in Cabinet
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"Former San Jose mayor and congressman Norman Mineta will remain transportation secretary at President Bush's request, ensuring there is at least one Democrat in Bush's second-term Cabinet, the White House announced Thursday."

"'I got my contract renewed,' Mineta joked in an interview."

"The 73-year-old San Jose native said he had considered stepping down after Bush was re-elected, but decided along with his wife, Danealia, to stay if the president asked. Bush did so in a phone call Wednesday, Mineta said." ...
 

CT: Gun collector visited by Waterbury police
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"It never dawned on William Bechard that the two old Smith & Wesson revolvers he found for sale earlier this year in the Bargain News would get him arrested."

"The classified advertisement newspaper led Bechard, 52, to a man in Hartford who was selling a .32-caliber revolver and a .38-caliber revolver. Bechard, of Waterbury, is an avid gun collector and trader who owns nearly 100 rifles and handguns, nearly all of them more than 50 years old." ...

"Guns made before the late 1890s are considered antiques and don't have to be registered. Believing the guns were antiques, Bechard said he didn't give the matter a second thought until Thursday morning. Two State Police detectives knocked on his door Thursday around 7:30 a.m., Bechard said. They were there to arrest him for illegal transfer of a handgun."

"'I said, 'I'm a law-abiding citizen,' Bechard said. 'They said, 'Well, now you're not.'" ...
 

Canada: Alberta Mountie who shot prisoner gets house arrest for manslaughter
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"A former RCMP officer convicted of killing a drunken prisoner who had grabbed his gun was sentenced Friday to house arrest for two years less a day."

"Mike Ferguson had been through two second-degree murder trials that ended in hung juries before a third jury found him guilty of manslaughter in October. He voluntarily went to jail while he awaited his sentence."

"But Justice Ged Hawco of Court of Queen's Bench agreed with a constitutional challenge mounted by Ferguson's lawyer and ruled that he should serve no more time behind bars."

"Defence lawyer Earl Wilson had argued that the Criminal Code provision for a minimum four-year sentence for manslaughter with a firearm should not apply to a police officer, who has to use a gun for his job."
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Submitter's Note: So an officer of the law is not subject to the laws he is supposed to enforce? It's nice that the courts are finally openly acknowledging this fact.
 

Canada: Former Mountie spared jail [Another view]
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"Former RCMP officer Mike Ferguson has been given a conditional sentence for the shooting death of a prisoner, which means he will spend no more time in jail and be home in time for Christmas." ...

"The sentence angered the family of Darren Varley, who was shot in the stomach and the head in the holding cell of the Pincher Creek RCMP detachment during a scuffle five years ago."

"[Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ged] Hawco told a hushed courtroom that he is 'aware of the grief and anger of the victim's family. There is no sentence that will get rid of that.'"

"But he said he believes the 26-year-old Varley, who had been arrested for public drunkenness, tried to grab Ferguson's gun that night." ...

Submitter's Note: Regardless of the judge's 'beliefs', this was a question of fact that the jury decided when they returned their verdict.

"'You show me one piece of forensic evidence that shows me that Darren ever, ever had his finger on that gun and maybe I would compromise,' sister-in-law Connie Varley said. 'But there is not one physical piece of evidence.'" [emphasis added] ...
 

MN: Megamall 'parking lot rage' brings conviction
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"A 60-year-old man was convicted Friday of cutting another man with a knife during a dispute about a parking space at the Mall of American in Bloomington."

"John Patterson had taken the spot that the man was going to pull into, authorities said. As the man's children watched, Patterson cut him several times with the knife after words were exchanged between the man's wife and Patterson."

"The husband stepped in to protect her, but Patterson grabbed the man's throat. The man shoved Patterson away, but he came back and repeatedly stabbed him."

"The man suffered cuts under his left armpit and left lower torso area, a large gaping wound on his left elbow and a cut on his left forearm." ...
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Submitter's Note: The 'Megamall' is a victim disarmament zone.
 

PA: Grandsons thwart attempted break-in [with guns]
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"Brian Reihner discounts any notion that he and his brother, Bob, are heroes. But North Franklin Township police Chief Mark Kavakich credits them for possibly saving their grandfather's life during a home invasion early Thursday." ...

"The brothers were armed with rifles. Wallace pulled out a .38-cal. handgun that police later learned had been stolen in Pittsburgh."

"'He grabbed my brother's rifle and pulled him down,' Reihner said. 'I stepped back but kept my rifle on him. I told him to just leave.'"

"Wallace left, telling the brothers that they did not know him. He was caught a short time later by Washington police after security officers at Washington Crown Center saw him running across the parking lot. He had the gun in his pocket." ...
 

IN: Attack on nurse leads to increasing security
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"Community Hospital South is increasing security in response to an attack against a female employee earlier in the week."

"Extra security, escorts in and out of the building, additional cameras and self-defense classes are among the steps hospital officials are taking because of the assault, according to Lynda de Widt, a hospital spokeswoman."

"The employee walked into a break area in the back of the hospital campus about 8 p.m. Sunday."

"She told police a man wrapped his arms around her neck and shoved her toward a fence." ...

"She grabbed a pair of surgical scissors from her pocket and stabbed the attacker in the upper left arm, police reports said. Startled, the man lost his grip on the woman." ...
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Submitter's Note: See? Armed self-defense works! Now if they were serious about protecting their employees, they would have a gun purchase program and an on-site firing range ...
 

KY: School locked down after shots fired outside
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"For the second day in a row, a Jefferson County school tried to shield students from the effects of violence outside their buildings."

"Administrators locked down Hazelwood Elementary, across the street from the Iroquois Homes housing project, when a man was reported to be randomly firing off shots with a rifle and a pistol on Friday."

"'The police came out, and the gunplay was over,' said Hazelwood Principal Tom Pederson. 'No one could be found.'"

"No injuries were reported and no arrests were made." ...

"Lockdown drills and procedures spelling out what to do when shots ring out have become common in the school district over the last decade." ...
 

AL: Mother of School Shooting Suspect Speaks Out
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"The mother of a young Montgomery Junior High student accused of shooting another is speaking out tonight."

"Vicky Smith says news accounts calling the victim in yesterday's shooting at Bellingrath School an innocent bystander are wrong."

"WSFA's Chris Holmes met with Mrs. Smith Friday night. Smith says Dwhan Brown and the other boys involved in yesterday's shooting were threatening her son as far back as two months ago. And, she says they threatened to target her as well."

"Smith says the dispute between the boys has gone on for two months. As to what happened Thursday afternoon, Smith says her son told detectives at least nine other students confronted him and two of his friends before the gun was fired." ...
 

CO: 13-year-old student to stand trial in Fruita gun incident
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"A 13-year-old Fruita Middle School student will go to trial on charges he helped bring a gun to school and prepare a 'hit list' of students."

"Adam Berger will stand trial before Mesa County Judge Tom Deister on Feb. 4 on charges of possession of a deadly weapon on school grounds and possession of a handgun by a juvenile."

"Berger, 14-year-old Aaron Dicamillo, 15-year-old Ricky Johnson and three other 13-year-olds were arrested in connection with incidents in which a 9 mm pistol and a .25-caliber handgun were brought to the school on Nov. 19."

"The 9 mm, which Dicamillo allegedly brought to school, was found in Berger’s locker. A 'hit list' with the names of 34 students was found on Berger’s computer." ...
 

FL: Student Faces Charges For Bringing Gun To High School
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"The student brought a gun to Oakridge High School on Friday, possibly to sell it. Instead, he is being arrested."

"Students at the school were kept in their classes Friday afternoon after the school's administration was tipped off by one of their own students that a classmate brought a gun to school."

"The sheriff's office told Channel 9, the student brought a .45-caliber U.S. Army semi-automatic pistol to school to show it off to his friends and possibly even sell it."

"The school was locked down around two o' clock for about half an hour while Orange County deputies searched for the gun. They found it hidden in one of the school's portables." ...
 

KY: UofL gets 1,600 e-mails over instructor's remark -- It involved violence against Bush voters
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"The University of Louisville received 1,600 e-mail messages yesterday after a religious group said on its Web site that an instructor had urged violence against conservative voters."

"Members of the American Family Association fired off the messages, which called for the 'strictest disciplinary action available' against part-time sociology instructor John McTighe."

"McTighe acknowledged in an interview that he made comments Nov. 4 similar to those cited in a conservative student newspaper and on the family association's Web site that conservative voters should be shot with automatic rifles."

"But he said the comments were later taken out of context and that he was not calling for violence." ...
 

NC: Former State Trooper Found Guilty
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A former state highway patrol trooper is found guilty in Roxboro for trying to kill his estranged wife.

Bobby Regan is convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to 13 to 16 years in prison for trying to shoot his estranged wife through a bathroom window.

The trooper apparently used a 357-magnum pistol that was a Valentine's Day gift from his former girlfriend.

The defense however, claims the former girlfriend shot at Regan's wife.

Regan's attorneys say they'll appeal.
 

NY: Cop Gets Nailed in Drug Op
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"A dirty cop wearing a bulletproof vest was caught in a police sting designed to snare an armed band ripping off drug dealers, authorities said yesterday."

"Officer Porfirio Mejia, 28, was among six men busted Wednesday night at a Bronx parking lot, where they allegedly had gone planning to steal 10 kilograms of heroin and half a million dollars in cash from drug traffickers."

"But the dealers turned out to be undercover city cops working an elaborate investigation."

"Mejia, who made 128 arrests in his four years on the force, quickly hired an attorney and resigned from the NYPD."

"'He lawyered up and then quit the department,' a senior police official told The Post." ...
 

US Virgin Islands: School officer and teen charged in theft of groceries
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"A school resource officer at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School with a troubled past was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of conspiring with a teen to steal more than $1,000 in groceries from Plaza Extra."

"Territorial Judge Ive Swan found probable cause Thursday to charge Juniel 'Zulu' Charleswell, 37, of Estate Bolongo with conspiracy for grand larceny, aiding and abetting, receiving stolen property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor." ...

"In the early 1990s, Charleswell was a V.I. police officer. While he was on the force, he got drunk and shot up two police stations with a shotgun and a pistol, and threatened to kill a police chief." ...
 

NJ: Child-proof handgun research focus of $1 million grant to NJIT
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"New Jersey Democrats were in Bayonne yesterday afternoon - and they were armed."

"But not with weapons or harsh speech, but cold hard statistics about gun safety, as they announced $1 million in federal funding for child-proof handgun research at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark."

"'When you look at the statistics, you see that 30,000 people a year lose their lives to handguns, and 17,000 of them are suicides,' said Sen. Frank Lautenberg. 'Wouldn't it be wonderful is if we could intervene in so many of those instances where the convenience of the gun was not available except to the owner.'"

Submitter's Note: A) Those are total firearm deaths, not just handguns. B) Studies have shown that restricting firearms does not change the suicide rate. C) What's to stop a suicide from being the gun owner?

"Rep. Robert Menendez, D-Hoboken, relayed that 'in the U.S., 34 percent of children live in a home with at least one firearm. That comes to 22 million children in 11 million homes.'"
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Submitter's Note: And only 48 children (age 13 and under), only 48 were killed accidentally with a gun in 2002, 0 of them in New Jersey.
 

MS: Die-hards embrace muzzle-load season
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"I couldn't help but smile early Wednesday morning as I poured powder down the barrel and rammed a bullet in behind it."

"Loading a muzzle-loading rifle for the first time each year always brings up the same memory."

"Decades ago, when I was first introduced to black powder, ramrods and smokepoles, I asked a friend why he loved that form of hunting."

"'It's like this,' Jack Wood said. 'You walk around in the woods all day with a muzzle-loader praying that the darn thing won't go off in your hand and blow your head off.'"

"'Then when you see a deer and get a shot, you have to pray that the darn thing will go off.'" ...
 

TX: Texas Concealed Weapons Permits Valid In Two More States
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Governor Rick Perry has signed concealed handgun reciprocity agreements with two more states: Georgia and Montana. That brings to 14 the number of states having agreements with Texas to allow citizens with concealed handgun licenses to legally carry those weapons. The agreements allow licensed gun-carrying Texans to enjoy the same or similar privileges in those other states- as they do at home. So Texas has reciprocity agreements with Georgia, Montana, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming. Texas authorities note that concealed handgun laws vary from state to state, and permit holders should be aware of those laws before such travel.
 

IN: Firearms ordinance is tabled in Burns Harbor hearing draws crowd
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"Nearly 50 people crowded into the Burns Harbor Town Hall Wednesday night to express their views, for and against, a proposed ordinance which would ban the discharge of all firearms within town limits."

"The council will set a workshop date after their reorganization, Jan. 1 to amend the ordinance."

"Repeating a common refrain was the concern for safety. Residents who support the proposed ordinance urged the council to move ahead, though some suggested changes, such as allowing recreation projectiles like paint ball guns, bb guns and bows and arrows for backyard archery." ...
 

KY: California man proposes indoor shooting facility
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"A Los Angeles actor and real-estate broker wants to bring his love of shooting sports to Oldham County."

"At a public meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the John W. Black Community Center, Barry Laws will discuss his idea for an indoor target shooting facility in the area. Laws said he wants to gather input from community members before moving forward with his plan."

"'I see it as a very relaxed scenario,' Laws said in a telephone interview last week. 'I really want to find out what the community thinks of the concept.'"
 

UK: Defence of home against burglars [letters]
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"Sir, There is no need to tamper with the law on self-defence (report and Comment, December 8), which is clear and long established."

"If, in a moment of unexpected anguish, he does only what he honestly or instinctively thinks is necessary, then his actions are very likely to fall within the ambit of reasonable force."

"If prosecution lawyers decide that it is not in the public interest to prosecute or that there is no realistic prospect of conviction, the case will be dropped at an early stage. ..." ...

"Yours faithfully,
RICHARD THOMPSON (Solicitor)" ...

"Sir, If we give householders the freedom to defend themselves against burglars, are the burglars not likely to respond by coming armed?"

"Yours faithfully,
JOHN LAWRENCE" ...
 

UK: What can you do to fight back?
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"Poker"

"Lawyer: Absolutely not a problem. It is a household item with a completely innocent purpose."

"Self-defence expert: It is easy for someone who is small or less strong to keep good hold of. Jabbing or stabbing is much quicker than swinging it over your head." ...

"Hand gun"

"Lawyer: Completely illegal. No defence for owning one."

"Self-defence expert: They may be completely illegal but I know people who keep one handy. If their wife or children were threatened they would use it and take their chance in court."
 

UK: Cops nab buyer of website pistol
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"A MAN who unwittingly bought an illegal gun off the internet has been hit with 60 hours community service."

"Andrew Reedman, of Moorend Avenue, Chelmsley Wood, pleaded guilty to possessing the firearm at Solihull Magistrates Court on Tuesday."

"Nazim Awan prosecuting said that intelligence investigators tracked the purchase of the front venting handgun from the website on June 3 to Reedman's house."

"On November 24 officers were issued a warrant and after searching the 23-year-old's property they found the gun alongside 50 rounds of blank ammunition and a flare attachment." ...
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Submitter's Note: So where is the mens rea, the 'guilty mind' (that used to be) required for an act to be considered criminal?
 

UK: Devon landowner discovers hunting ban loophole
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"The Government is backing a new form of legal hunting which allows people and dogs to chase foxes, deer or any other wild mammal away from crops or any other animals." ...

"Defra's interpretation of hunting was learnt when Giles Bradshaw, a Devon landowner, contacted his local Defra office for advice about the dos and don'ts of the new laws." ...

"... he was told by Defra officials that the Hunting Act makes it an offence for anyone to hunt a wild mammal with a dog unless it is 'exempt hunting' which permits the flushing to guns of an animals by two dogs only." ...

"According to the Middle Way Group it also put him in the ridiculous position of being legally obliged to buy a high-powered rifle and to shoot any animal 'flushed' by dogs." ...
 

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