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Devvy Kidd: Will you accept a national ID card?
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"Last week another gigantic step was taken toward the Sovietization of America. The so-called 'Intelligence Reform' bill was passed by the Republican-controlled Congress. I feel confident in saying that 95 percent of Congress didn't bother to read this 3,000 page tome except the portions that guarantee pork to their big donors." ...

"This is a crucial factor in subduing a mass of people: condition them like cattle with the state as the prod. In a totalitarian state, the government, or in this instance, 'Homeland Security' (Russia is called the Motherland, but the concept is identical) will be the new monitoring mechanism of every American's actions from birth, by numbering the cattle, until death. ..."
 

National standards for driver's licenses worry civil libertarians
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"Americans have long used their driver's licenses to identify themselves when cashing a check, buying liquor, applying for a job or starting an account at the video store."

"Now, under legislation signed by President Bush this month, those state-issued licenses will have to meet uniform national standards to be accepted as proof of identity for boarding airplanes, applying for federal benefits and other U.S. government purposes."

"Officials say the standards will reduce fraud and thwart terrorists. But civil libertarians worry the common driver's license is being transformed into a kind of national ID card that may allow authorities to follow movements and invade the privacy of innocent Americans."
 

Robert Kuttner: There are plenty of reasons to support a national ID card.
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"As a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, I'd like to have one more card in my wallet. The card I want, contrary to the views of most civil liberties activists, is a national ID card."

"Privacy advocates have always resisted this idea, for fear of government snooping on citizens. But that cat is out of the bag. Nearly all of us have driver's licenses, Social Security cards, passports. And corporations, credit agencies, and HMOs keep dossiers, too -- often more extensive than what government maintains."

"For civil libertarians, the real issue is not whether government and business collect databases on citizens, but whether there are adequate protections against abuses."
 

South Africa: Arms control is bad (Letter)
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"Even the most doubting Thomases amongst us should by this time realise that the Firearms Control Act was created to systematically disarm the public and destroy our firearm culture, common law and constitutional rights, from PA van Wyk, Parow."

"Target shooting with .22s has been banned in schools, actions by farmers to protect themselves in the midst of a tide of increasing crime and the abolition of the commando system, are declared illegal. Firearm licenses are declined for the most absurd reasons, especially to elderly people which leaves them vulnerable."

"Firearm dealers are closing their doors, the hunting industry has suffered incalculable damage, people lose their jobs and the Appeal Board ceased to exist on May 1." ...
 

NY: Scandal over gun giveaway
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"Under Bernie Kerik's watch, about two dozen Glock pistols belonging to the Correction Department were doled out as free personal perks to favored top officials, The Post has learned."

"The city, which purchased the Glock 26 firearms for about $500 apiece in the late 1990s, does not customarily sell or give away its guns." ...

"Officers in the Correction Department's firearms unit uncovered the discrepancy."

"They realized some serial numbers for Glock 26 pistols purchased through the emergency services unit matched serial numbers for 'personal protection firearms' that some emergency officers listed on their service record cards..."

"Herbert Reed, an assistant deputy warden, told The Post that a captain in the firearms unit tried to sort out the discrepancy — but was told by a superior to back off, which another source confirmed."
 

NY: Kerik's 'Dept. of Corruption' [Another story]
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"A whistleblowing former deputy warden has sent the U.S. Justice Department a 178-page report slamming Bernie Kerik for turning the city Department of Correction into 'the Department of Corruption' over the 51/2-year period he worked there."

"Terrence Skinner, 43, once a top correction cop who was promoted by Kerik and got plum assignments, said he wrote the report and delivered it to the feds last week to set the record straight on his former boss — and because Kerik was 'positioning himself for some future governmental position.'"

"The surfacing of Skinner's bombshell charges is the latest in a series of stunning blows that have hit Kerik since President Bush tapped him to be Homeland Security secretary." ...
 

Wyatt Earp, on trial for murder at the O.K. Corral
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "Murder in Tombstone provides an absorbing account of the legendary shootout and the trial of the Earps and Holliday. The gunfight originated in Ike Clanton's fear that Holliday would expose him as the snitch who fingered stagecoach robbers for Wyatt. Complicating law enforcement in Tombstone was the rivalry between Wyatt and Sheriff John Behan, rooted in politics (Behan was a Democrat, Wyatt a Republican), sex (Wyatt stole Josephine Marcus from Behan), and ambition (Behan reneged on a promise to appoint Wyatt undersheriff). So, out of fear or by design, Behan did not disarm the Clantons and their allies, Tom and Frank McLaury, but told Deputy U.S. Marshal Virgil Earp that he had." ...
 

MO: Gun project misfire is laid to police
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"Shortly after a record number of teens were murdered in the streets of St. Louis, police met with residents to talk about ways to get guns away from juveniles."

"One woman offered a simple solution."

"Why don't you knock on the door and ask that mother if you could search the house?"

"That idea 10 years ago spawned a wildly successful partnership between police and the community that led to the seizure of hundreds of guns from teenagers."

"Experts said the innovative program promised to be a prototype for police across the country."
 

IL: Bill addresses Officers' Safety Act
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"For Kevin Harney, carrying a gun is part of who he is."

"Recently retired after 26 years as a Sangamon County sheriff's deputy, Harney spent much of his life putting bad guys behind bars and keeping the public safe. It's not a habit that's easily hung on the hook on the way out the door."

"So when the opportunity came along in November for Harney to become certified to carry a concealed weapon, he took advantage of it. It wasn't because he felt he was in danger from anybody he'd arrested. In fact, he doesn't always carry a firearm. But he thinks it sometimes makes sense for a retired police officer to be armed." ...
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Poster's Note: Just as it makes sense for 'civilians' to be armed.
 

TX: Harris County officer-related shootings drop to 25-year low
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"The number of shootings of civilians by law enforcement officers in Harris County has dropped to 22 in 2004 - a 25-year low, according to an analysis by the Houston Chronicle."

"In 10 of the shootings, the person shot by law enforcement officers died..."

"Police department leaders and activists say the decline is due to policy changes, increased public awareness, the acquisition of Taser stun guns and a Chronicle midyear report on the issue."

"The Houston Police Department, the county's largest law enforcement agency, has had 10 shooting incidents in 2004, the fewest on record since 1979, according to an analysis of data from the District Attorney's Office."
 

MA: Instant-check system on gun sales has impact; Massachusetts database links cops, firearm dealers
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"When Massachusetts this month became the first state to install an electronic instant-check system complete with a fingerprint scanner for gun licenses and gun purchases, the impact was quickly apparent."

"On Wednesday, for example, moments after a court placed a woman's husband under a restraining order, a notice about the order popped up on a new computer terminal at the police station here. Given that information, the Woburn police went to the man's house and confiscated his guns, all 13 of them."

"The computer is part of the record-check system and allows the police and gun stores to learn right away whether a person can legally own or buy a firearm. The system provides instant updates on arrest warrants, restraining orders and convictions, and it links fingerprint scanners and computers at gun stores and police departments with a central database." ...
 

MS: Soldier detained in gun probe
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"A Mississippi National Guardsman is being detained after investigators found three of five weapons missing from Camp Shelby at a home, officials said."

"The soldier, whose identity was not released because charges have yet to be filed, is a member of the 155th Brigade Combat Team, Col. Leon Collins, brigade commander, said during a Friday news conference at the National Guard headquarters in Jackson. Collins would not disclose the soldier's rank."

"A semi-automatic rifle and two M9 9mm handguns were located off base Thursday night after an anonymous tip was reported, Collins said. Two 9mm handguns remain missing, he said."
 

Philippines: Warnings fail to stop 3 law enforcers from firing away
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"DESPITE stiff warnings from superiors, three uniformed men were accused yesterday of indiscriminately firing their guns on Christmas Day."

"PO1 Roy Jaime of the Mobile Patrol Group (MPG), JO1 Seferino Sosimosa of Operation Second Chance and Seaman First Class Nisipino Mendez of the Philippine Navy are all facing separate investigations."

"At least 12 persons from Barangay Bacayan complained to the MPG against Jaime, who allegedly fired his service 9mm four times and pointed his government-issued M16 rifle at three neighbors."

"According to Talamban Police Station Chief Marlou Martinez, there were two phoned-in complaining against Jaime that dawn." ...
 

India: Massive manhunt after Napet ambush
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"In the aftermath of the killing of five personnel, including one sub-inspector of Imphal east commandos in an ambush yesterday at Napet Pali, a combined team of state security forces and central paramilitary forces conducted a huge search and cordon operation in surrounding areas till late afternoon today. However, there were no report of any arrest so far said a source." ...

"The attackers also snatched the weapons in the possession of the deceased personnels. Reports said that the attackers took away three AK series rifles with 270 rounds, two 9 mm pistols with 90 rounds and one LMG with 120 rounds." ...
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Submitter's Note: When guns are outlawed, cops and the military are endangered.
 

Congo: Congo militiamen wreak havoc with rape as a weapon
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"Every agonising movement sends a tremor through Vumiliya Tembeyaona's body. She winces while walking a few steps, making the deep lines of pain etched on her face seem deeper still."

"She is the victim of a crime that occurs every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the world's deadliest war rages in the rainforests of central Africa." ...

"Miss Tembeyaona, 23, was gang-raped by 15 soldiers. Afterwards, they mutilated her and left her bleeding beside a jungle track. ..." ...

"They had guns and knives. I don't know which group they were from. They were just in uniform." ...

"They ordered the man to rape his sister... When he refused, they killed him with their knives."
 

Philippines: Caloocan cop kills 3 in shooting rampage
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"A police officer killed three of his neighbors and injured at least four other bystanders during a shooting rampage on Saturday in Caloocan City."

"Superintendent William Macavinta, Northern-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief, identified the suspect as PO2 Reynaldo de Castro, 40, detailed at the Caloocan City police Mobile Patrol Unit." ...

"During the face off, Ariel reportedly attacked and overpowered Reynaldo. The unarmed suspect reportedly ran home to get his .9 mm [sic] service pistol."

"When he returned Ariel scampered away and the irate suspect instead turned to Ariel’s relatives and peppered them with bullets killing the three on the spot."

"'He emptied the magazine of his pistol,' Macavinta said." ...
 

Philippines: Police warns against indiscriminate firing
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"PROVINCIAL Police Director C/SSupt. Marciano del Mar warned all policemen in Negros Oriental against indiscriminate firing to welcome the New Year."

"Supt. del Mar said he will not hesitate to punish those found guilty of firing their guns during the Christmas and New Year season."

"The police director reminded that violators will be dismissed since indiscriminate firing is not only a neglect of duty but also a criminal act."

"On the other hand, he admitted that the provincial command does not have any record of indiscriminate firing by its policemen."

"Meantime, he stressed the need for extra monitoring for the members of the police force and the public after the command lifted the order to tape the hole of their guns."
 

Colombia: Police officer’s gun used in attack on Colombian coach
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"Copa Libertadores winning coach Luis Fernando Montoya has suffered irreversible paralysis from the neck down after being shot twice, doctors said on Friday, while investigators said the pistol used in the attack belonged to a police officer."

"Montoya, who led Once Caldas to the South American club championship earlier this year, underwent further surgery Thursday to try to ease his breathing, but he remains on a ventilator and can’t move his body, doctors said in a brief statement on Friday. Montoya, 47, was shot twice earlier this week as he tried to protect his wife from robbers outside their home ... One of the bullets struck Montoya in the neck, hitting his spinal column and leaving him a quadriplegic." ...
 

Jamaica: Man shot eight times brings Christmas hope
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"More than 1,200 persons have died at the hands of gunmen so far this year; thousands more were injured, but police statistics do not capture the fear of those who are terrified that they might be next."

"One gunshot victim, who three years ago survived eight bullet wounds after a dreadful hold-up gone awry, has a message of hope for those who are living in fear: Trust in God and don't be afraid."
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Submitter's Note: I have a message too - Put your faith in your Creator and your hand on your Glock.
 

MN: Carry Permit Training in Minnesota Continues
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"'You know what they say: 'avoid the rush,' Joel Rosenberg says, with a smile. Rosenberg is a certified firearms instructor, and trains people who want to get a Minnesota handgun carry permit." ...
 

MA: Gun-toting sorority
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"First there was movement, brown fur gliding through brown forest, and then the doe crept into view. One blast from the hunter's shotgun, and the doe fell, laying still against the dead leaves."

"Kara Peterson had bagged her first deer. After she had tied up the 125-pound animal and dragged its carcass out of the woods, the other women on her hunting trip burst into cheers. ..." ...

"Peterson, interim principal of a charter school in Barnstable, is a member of a growing, gun-lugging sorority: women who have taken up hunting in recent years. While the number of male hunters is slowly declining, women are heading into the woods in greater numbers." ...
 

CO: Luxury resort targets shooters
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"Thomas Forman keeps his pistol raised as he enters the crowded bar. A hooded villain pops out of the storeroom behind the bartender. He's got a gun."

"With music blaring inside the smoky, poorly lit bar, Forman fires two quick rounds and the bad guy disappears."

"Minutes later, the former no-holds-barred professional martial-arts fighter holsters his pistol and shuttles next door to a white-linen restaurant for a gourmet lunch."

"It is Forman's idea of a perfect day at a perfect place, mingling firearm training with the highest levels of luxury." ...
 

MI: December pheasant season offers plenty of action
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"Phoebe, my sometimes excellent, sometimes exasperating Brittany, locked on point aside a stand of 10-foot tall marsh grass that was as dense as a hockey puck. I hollered to my partners ... that I was going in. I made about two sideways steps into marsh grass when I heard, then saw, a bird jump into the air and swing toward the winter wheat field adjoining the cover."

"I heard shotguns report. The bird fell. Phoebe was on it like a legislator lunching on a lobbyist's tab."

"As Phoebe trotted back toward me, mouth full of pheasant, another bird got up. I shot it and heard it hit with a thud. Phoebe dropped the rooster she had and took off toward the last bird, on the far side of the thicket." ...
 

OK: Woods County 4-H Competes at Air Rifle Shoot
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"Nine Woods County 4-H members participated in the second shoot of the Winter 4-H Shooting Sports meets held in Taloga on December 18. There were seven counties represented at the shoot."

"The Junior Air Rifle - Boys Division participants were Layne Meriwether, Hunter Ross and Brady Horn. Meriwether placed first in the division and Ross placed 6th."

"The Junior Air Rifle - Girls Division participants were Chassidee Koehn, 1st place and Michaela Zook, 4th place."

"The Intermediate Air Rifle - Boys Division participants were Skylar Ross, and Bret Horn. Ross placed 5th."
 

KY: Today opens license-free week for young hunters, trappers
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"When the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife commissioners were considering setting aside a few days after Christmas when youngsters could hunt and trap without a license, they might have been thinking about creating new sportsmen to bolster future license sales."

"Or they might have been fishing for ways to lure kids away from computer games, television and Disney.com and into the woods and fields."

"Or they simply might have wanted to make it as easy as possible for any young person who found a new Mossberg 20-gauge or Remington .22 under the Christmas tree to get out and shoot the thing." ...
 

Australia: How we survived killer blow
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... "The cyclone killed 69 people when it swept in to Darwin in the early hours of Christmas Day, 1974."

"About 70 per cent of the city's 12,000 homes were destroyed, 145 people seriously injured and 500 residents nursed minor injuries."

"About 30,000 of the 48,000 residents were left homeless." ...

"Men armed themselves with shotguns to guard against looters, pets were shot in the street because there were no fences to keep them in, police commandeered vehicles from second-hand car yards, putting police stickers on the side to make them official." ...
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Submitter's Note: Today they would not be able to arm themselves against looters . . .
 

Trinidad: Victims shot, chopped in hold-up
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"TWO men were shot and one chopped during a robbery in Rousillac, South Trinidad. at the weekend."

"Rajkumar Boodram, 40, owner of Raj and Vidya's Mini mart of Southern Main Road, Rousillac, his nephew, Prakash Boodram, 19, and Vijay Ganpat, 20, were attending to customers, when two masked and armed men entered the grocery, police said."

"One of the men was armed with a shotgun and the other with a cutlass."

"The man with the cutlass held up Boodram and robbed him of an undisclosed sum of money. Before the bandits left, the gunman shot Boodram in the abdomen. They also robbed Prakash Boodram of $300 and chopped Ganpat before running out of the mart." ...
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Submitter's Note: More disarmed victims of victim disarmament.
 

Fiji: Shooters seek cash for facility
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"THE Fiji Shooting Association will seek financial assistance from the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) for the construction of a facility in Nadi."

"Speaking to Times Sport yesterday, association spokesman Glen Kable said plans are in the pipeline for Fiji to host the 2007 World Championships in the Western Division."

""'We will be writing to FASANOC and hope to get their backing on the facility as it would be a boost for the sport and for the tourism industry,' he said."

"Kable, 41, who won the 2001 World Cup for Fiji in Korea, said Nadi would be the ideal spot for the facility as tourists would have access to it." ...
 

Cambodia: Turning guns into art in Cambodia
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"In a high-roofed warehouse on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, a group of Cambodian art students stood hunched over work benches, beating, welding and re-shaping pieces of twisted metal."

"The sculptures are made from old guns, triggers and rifle butts."

"This was not any old metal, but triggers, gun barrels and rifle butts, all taken from decommissioned weapons."

"In the hands of the young artists, such unpromising raw materials were being turned into pieces of art."
 

South Africa: Fight over woman ends in death
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"A man was fatally shot in his head in a fight over a woman at a filling station on Beyers Naude Drive, in Fairland, on Saturday night, said Johannesburg police spokesperson, Captain Schalk Borman."

"He and another man were with the woman in a back room of the Zenex garage on the corner of Willson Street when the fight broke out at 6.30pm, he said."

"One of the men pulled out a pistol and opened fire on the other man, shooting him in his head. He died on the scene."

"The gunman was arrested and the handgun seized, said Borman, who could not provide any details about the men or what they were doing at the petrol station." ...
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Submitter's Note: But I feel certain that the assailant complied with all aspects of the new gun control law.
 

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