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AL: Woman shot at mall
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Wilkins, who was with her 19-year-old daughter — whom police did not identify — allegedly pulled a knife on the other woman, and the woman, in turn, pulled the handgun and fired, Swindle said. Swindle said the woman, who moved here from Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, had a permit for the gun and told police that Wilkins was trying to pick a fight with her. Wilkins’ daughter sustained a scrape to the head during the altercation but was not taken to the hospital.

Kosloff said both the gun and a knife were found at the scene. As of late Saturday night, the victim’s daughter and the shooter were being questioned by police.
 

OH: Space Works To Preserve Gunowners’ Rights and Eliminate Gun Tax
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Standing up for the rights of gun owners, Congressman Zack Space (OH-18) today announced the introduction of the Comprehensive Firearms Reform Act of 2007. Space’s legislation would strike a blow against the excessive infringement of Second Amendment rights at the hands of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE).

This bill makes corrections to the BATFE’s jurisdiction to help ensure that overzealous bureaucrats can’t go after gun purchasers. BATFE regulations now are so restrictive that if a person writes “y” instead of “yes” on a gun purchase form, the application is frequently rejected.
 

WA: We All Have a Right to Bear Firearms
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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To examine that intention and the mindset of our founders, it would be wise to go back 216 years and examine the writings, the speeches and the reasons that gave rise to the creation of our Second Amendment. Instead, Mr. Woutat writes about a 1939 Supreme Court decision without the courtesy of putting a name to that case! Agreeably, the words "a well regulated Militia" seem to be both a stumbling block to fully understand the entire sentence and a time-worn rally cry for those who would deny us "the right of the people to keep and bear arms."
 

NH: Opposition to Iraq war a campaign theme
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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OUTSIDE Riley's Gun Shop, there are several signs supporting Republican presidential candidates, but the largest one belongs to Ron Paul's campaign.

Ron Paul on the trail This is friendly turf for the Texas congressman, who is known for his staunch support of gun owners' rights. So, during a recent late Saturday morning visit, he's given the star treatment as he walks through the bustling gun store.

An employee hands Paul a .357 Magnum revolver to look at and, while he's holding it, the candidate asks him about guns. Though he's big on gun rights, Paul admittedly isn't a big shooter himself; he says he can't remember the last time he shot a firearm. His pro-gun supporters don't care about that.
 

IN: How about a waiting period before printing gun articles?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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It's not surprising to read a letter to the editor that decries criminal use of "automatic weapons," which have been strictly federally controlled, effectively banned, since 1934. It's not surprising to see them conflated with tragedies like Virginia Tech, which involved common pistols. It's not surprising to see the tired old idiocy that our Founders never foresaw "automatic weapons" when they wrote the Second Amendment, even though rapid-firing and automatic guns did exist in the era of flintlocks.
 

CO: Sorting out Republican candidates puzzling task
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Rarely does the New York Times hit the nail on the head, but just as a stopped clock is right twice a day, a recent Times/CBS poll confirmed that most Republicans (76 percent) don't know what to make of the party's candidates for president. Count me among them.

In judging among candidates, my checklist is short: commitment to low tax rates and balanced budgets, unwavering on national security and reliable to appoint judges who adhere to the plain language of the Constitution.
 

SD: Self Defense Is No Defense?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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In Tennessee, a school district has decided that defending yourself from an attacker is no excuse for fighting in school. Which is a fairly widespread policy. At least, it’s that way in the schools in my area as well. If two students fight, they’re both punished regardless if one instigated it or not

Which means that a bully can essentially pull a good student down to his/her level simply by instigating a fight. The bully goes up, starts an altercation, and the end result is that both students are treated as though they did something wrong.
 

TX: Questions and Doubts in a Texas Shooting Case
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Moments later, the police said, Mr. Horn, disregarding the operator’s pleas to stay inside, confronted the fleeing pair in his front yard and, saying “Move, you’re dead,” fired three blasts of 00 buckshot from his 12-gauge, striking them in their backs as a plainclothes officer who had just pulled up ducked for cover. Both ran short distances before collapsing and dying, leaving behind a tire iron used to break open a window, a lock-punch and a pillowcase holding jewelry and about $2,000 cash from the neighbors, a Vietnamese family that ran a local dry-cleaners.
 

FL: Yet Another Citizen Tasered
Submitted by: clell

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Video has surfaced of a Daytona Beach police officer using a TASER on a woman in a store.
According to our partners at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Elizabeth Beeland was shopping at a Best Buy in Daytona Beach last month.
Before she checked out, she got an upsetting phone call about her child and stepped outside to take the call.

Submitter's note: How do we stop this? there has to be a way.
 

WA: Burglar Shot Dead by Homeowner
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"KENT, Wash. -- A burglar was shot to death in a Kent condominium Saturday evening, and police say the homeowner was behind the trigger."

"A chaplain interviewed the homeowner and found that he had come home to find the man in his home. A fight ensued, with the homeowner eventually shooting and killing the burglar."

"' I know some people would say give the guy an award," said neighbor Jeff Johnson. "(But) that's pretty scary.'"


[And finding a burglar in your home is not?]
 

Full Auto Shotgun [video]
Submitted by: Clell Adams

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The Auto Assault-12 (AA-12) is an automatic 12-gauge shotgun that can fire 300 rounds per minute and is recoilless. Basically, it's incredibly powerful and you really, really, don't want to be at the wrong end of it. It's also claimed that it requires no cleaning or lubrication ever, although I'm not really sure how that would work. In any case, you don't really care. What you care about is that it's a big gun and makes loud noises and busts stuff up real good
 

PA: Muzzleloaders mourn loss of friend Houck
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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While muzzleloader hunters across Pennsylvania prepare to celebrate the opening of the flintlock deer season, Wednesday, many also mourn the loss of “Donnie” Houck of Schuylkill Haven. Houck, 75, was one of the pioneers behind establishing the popularity of muzzleloader shooting in general and flintlock shooting in particular during the early 1970s. He was one of the key supporters in establishing the Pennsylvania Federation of Black Powder Shooters, which today has a membership of 30 clubs.
 

NY: Cops seizing more guns in Kingston
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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City police this year have confiscated nearly twice the number of illegal guns they took off the streets in 2006, according to Police Chief Gerald Keller. In a recent interview, Keller said police this year seized 22 handguns, all illegal and in some cases stolen, as they conducted drug investigations or responded to shooting incidents or reports of shots fired. In all of 2006, police confiscated 12 guns.
 

PA: Peters council revises 1976 ordinance on weapons
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Peters council on Monday revised a 1976 ordinance that restricted hunting and discharging a weapon within the township, but not before detractors and one councilman referred to certain provisions about BB guns and slingshots as "downright silly" and "overly intrusive." The changes come almost four months after council rescinded a controversial and unpopular ordinance calling for a ban on guns at most township-owned properties. That ban was lifted after angry residents and gun rights activists lobbied council for a month, saying the ordinance was unconstitutional and illegal. It also drew attention to shortcomings in the 1976 law.
 

FBI To Spend $1 Billion On Biometrics
Submitted by: Clell Adams

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The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world's largest computer database of peoples' physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.
Digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns are already flowing into FBI systems in a climate-controlled, secure basement here. Next month, the FBI intends to award a 10-year contract that would significantly expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives. And in the coming years, law enforcement authorities around the world will be able to rely on iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and perhaps even the unique ways people walk and talk, to solve crimes and identify criminals and terrorists. The FBI will also retain, upon request by employers, the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks so the employers can be notified if employees have brushes with the law.

Submitter's note: The time to strike without bloodshed is now. A non violent revolution. Elect Ron Paul and others like him all over the country.
 

J. Edgar Hoover Had Plans for Mass Arrests
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Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had a plan to suspend the rules against illegal detention and arrest up to 12,000 Americans he suspected of being disloyal, according to a newly declassified document...The plan called for the FBI to apprehend all potentially dangerous individuals whose names were on a list Hoover had been compiling for years..."The index now contains approximately twelve thousand individuals, of which approximately ninety-seven percent are citizens of the United States," Hoover wrote in the now-declassified document. "In order to make effective these apprehensions, the proclamation suspends the writ of habeas corpus." [emphasis added]
 

Killings At Gun-Free Virginia Tech Voted Most Important News Story of 2007
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://thereadyline.blogspot.com

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The massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech -- a campus where officials had banned the carry of self-defense firearms by law-abiding students, faculty and staff -- by a mentally disturbed student was chosen the top story of 2007 by U.S. editors and news directors in The Associated Press' annual vote.

 

NY: Hunting with muzzleloader worth the time
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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For years I've been hunting with a bow and arrow and it has become an absolute passion of mine. There is something very special about being high in a tree - becoming part of the forest environment - and watching what happens in the natural world. To discuss all the wonderful things I've seen from a tree stand would take volumes and they are all very special to me. But what I've always loved most about bowhunting is the fact that I do it at a time when the woods are very quiet and the animals are moving naturally. This is usually not the case with gun hunting and that's the primary reason I seldom ventured forth with a gun in my hand.
 

CA: Get rid of these guns - now
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"Murray was the troubled young man who killed four people last Sunday and injured others at religious organizations in Arvada and Colorado Springs, Colo..."

"He was armed with a Bushmaster XM-15 assault rifle, the kind used by military and law-enforcement personnel, during his killing spree in Colorado Springs..."

"Such extraordinary firepower is not meant for hunting animals or target shooting. We see only one other purpose. And so did Murray."

"Frankly, we can't figure out the benefits of having assault weapons easily available. Law enforcement officers universally agree that people wanting self protection don't carry assault weapons. But criminals do."



 

NY: NRA funds UCSO blood clotting agent purchase
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The Ulster County Sheriff’s Office has received a $2,000 grant from the National Rifle Association for the purchase of the emergency blood clotting agent CELOX. A-state-of the-art first aid agent used also by the US Army, CELOX stems serious bleeding, including arterial bleeding, does not burn the victim or caregiver, and works in hypothermic conditions. The Sheriff’s Office plans to equip all patrol cars and all emergency response team members with the product for use in the event of a serious injury.
 

VA: Want security? Then protect our gun laws
Submitted by: Pastor Guest
Website: http://www.stepstowardthemark.com

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London is the most spied upon city in the world with a camera infrastructure so vast it is the eighth wonder of the world.

Any minor thing is quick digital voice retaliation, and privacy is an obsolete term in the Oxford Dictionary. Does this sound familiar? Winston Smith the main character in 1984 towards the climax is met with “You are dead!” said by Big Brother.

You cannot afford to sacrifice your right to privacy and your freedom.
 

Hillary blew chance to speak to gun owners
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton supports giving driver's licenses to illegal aliens, but she opposes right-to-carry statutes that provide concealed-carry licenses for law-abiding American citizens and others who are here legally, based on her comments during a recent debate. Clinton was the only presidential candidate, either Republican or Democrat, who ignored an invitation to appear at the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference in Fort Mitchell, Ky., near Cincinnati. Every other candidate, both Republican and Democrat, either attended, called or sent their regrets that they could not attend, but Clinton simply blew off the opportunity to speak to a representative cross-section of America's 80 million gun-owning voters.
 

Several Top Positions at Justice Department Unfilled
Submitted by: Idaho Ordnance
Website: http://www.id-ord.com/

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From the other side of the aisle, three Republican senators have placed holds on the nomination of Michael Sullivan, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is part of the Justice Department.

Sens. Larry E. Craig and Michael D. Crapo of Idaho, along with Sen. David Vitter (La.), cite complaints from some gun-rights organizations that the ATF has been too aggressive in penalizing gun owners and dealers for minor infractions and paperwork errors.

"I need to see more willingness from the nominee to address these problems before I can allow his nomination to move forward," Vitter said last week, referring to "over-aggressive ATF regulation."
 

WA: Butcher says Off-duty Officer's Actions Scared Many
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"VANCOUVER, Wash. - The owner of a Vancouver butcher shop said he and his store full of customers were scared for their lives when a man who turned out to be an off-duty Vancouver police officer pulled out a gun during an argument there Friday."

"That's when Brannan claims Evans backed up, drew his pistol and told the owner not to come any closer or he would shoot."

"The sheriff's office has not officially confirmed that the officer involved was Evans. They have also not made any arrests - a spokesman said that is because detectives do not see the officer as a threat to the public. But the investigation is continuing."

[Another "professional" at work...]

 

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