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CA: Alta Vista Homeowner Shoots Suspected Burglar
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"An Alta Vista homeowner shot and wounded a burglar Wednesday, 10News reported."

"The man fired a warning shot from a handgun when he heard someone trying to break in through the front door of his house ..."

"He fired several more rounds when the burglar broke a window and climbed through, Dare said."

"The homeowner then called authorities to report the attempted break-in and shooting."
 

MA: Shooting policy in question
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"Shoot to stop."

"That's how Massachusetts police officers are trained to react when they find themselves in a potentially life-threatening situation."

"And that's just what a Lowell police officer did on Christmas Day, according to Lowell police officials, when he shot and killed 19-year-old Andrew Clancy." ...

"The district attorney's office is investigating the shooting with help from the state police. The Lowell Police Department, which is conducting its own internal investigation, has defended its officer, calling the shooting one in self-defense."

"State law requires that new police officers complete 21 weeks of training at an academy, which includes firearms experience, before going on active duty, Collins said. The law also requires officers to refresh their education by attending 40 hours of training per year."

"One of the first rules: An officer can use deadly force whenever a person appears to be a threat to him or herself, someone else, or the officer."
 

NY: Bodega hero foils gunman
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"A Queens bodega clerk wrested a gun from a robber yesterday and then fired at the fleeing crook, who had just shot a co-worker, police said."

"The holdup man escaped with an accomplice, but dropped the $600 he had swiped from the cash register at the Nolasco Grocery on Guy Brewer Boulevard in South Jamaica." ...

"I twisted his arm and he dropped the gun... I picked up the gun. I fired a couple of shots."

"I was trying to protect myself . . . He already shot my co-worker. I didn't want to die over this."

"It's not known if any of his shots hit the robber."
 

UK: Search of hostages' homes ends
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"Detectives investigating the £22m Northern Bank robbery have finished searching the homes of two bank officials."

"The two families had to spend Christmas away from their houses in Poleglass and Loughinisland after they were preserved as crime scenes."

"But on Tuesday, police called an end to their examination of the houses which had been dusted down for clues about the gang who held the families hostage and carried out the robbery."

"The robbers stole millions from the vaults of the bank in Donegall Square West on 20 December as the families of the two bank officials were held hostage."
 

Ron Paul: Hands Off the Electoral College
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"...One U.S. Senator has promised to introduce legislation to abolish the Electoral College, claiming it is an anachronism that serves no good purpose in modern politics. Her stated goal is 'simply to allow the popular will of the American people to be expressed every four years when we elect our president.' ..."

"...Our nation was founded as a constitutionally limited republic, as any grammar school child knew just a few decades ago. ..."

"...election of the President by pure popular vote totals would damage statehood. Populated areas on both coasts would have increasing influence on national elections, to the detriment of less populated southern and western states. ...A popular vote system simply would intensify the populist pandering which already dominates national campaigns."
 

In war on terrorism, U.S. drafts shops to be on guard
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"...the Bin & Barrel — like thousands of other businesses — must have a written plan for foiling money-laundering terrorists. It also must have a 'compliance officer' to ensure the plan is heeded, train its employees to spot shady transactions and regularly audit its own performance."

"That's not all."

"While not widely known, the Bin & Barrel and every other U.S. business must steer clear of people on the government's 192-page list of 'specially designated nationals,' which has more than 5,000 names and is updated frequently. Otherwise, business people could face huge fines and a long stay in prison."
 

It's more than the Second Amendment they're destroying now
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"Let's just forget the issue of the right to keep and bear firearms, enshrined inarguably in the Second Amendment. Doesn't this sound like a violation of the right to due process under the 14th Amendment?"

"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." ...

"All a person needs to do in order to deprive a person of their guns is to file a restraining order, which requires only a bare minimum of evidence. They don't have to put up their own money; since there is no bond, a due process violation clearly exists when using this fingerprinting system to seize firearms. ..."
 

Americans Urged to Leave the Guns Locked Up on New Year's Eve, Says Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
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"In dozens of American communities this New Year's Eve, overexcited and under- intelligent individuals will welcome 2005 with an act of stupidity. They may kill an innocent in the bargain, too."

"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Million Mom March are joining with America's police departments to urge Americans not to engage in what police call 'celebratory gunfire' -- the indiscriminate unloading of weapons into the air. On New Year's Eve and Independence Day each year, scores of people place others at risk of injury or death as a result of celebratory gunfire. When a bullet is fired into the air, the bullet has to come down somewhere."
 

DC: Homicide Rate Down in Most of D.C. Area
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"The District of Columbia was pacing nearly 19 percent below last year's levels. As of Tuesday, 195 people had lost their lives as a result of homicide, compared to 240 by the same date last year, according to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department ..."

"Most of the region's other major jurisdictions also saw significant declines in homicide rates during 2004."
 

VA: Hostage shoots captor in home
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"An 84-year-old Dickenson County man who was held at gunpoint for hours by two robbers shot and killed one of them after one of them shot him in the leg..."

"Clyde Colley, a retired businessman, is recuperating under medical care ..." ...

"The two men ordered the Colleys onto the floor, Hammons said. While one of the men ransacked the house, the other kept his gun trained on the elderly couple for two hours."

"At some point in the evening, Sexton shot Colley in the calf with a .25-caliber handgun, Hammons said."

"Telling the two intruders he felt ill and needed to sit, Colley was able to grab his .38-caliber pistol. He fired a shot at Howard and missed, then fired again, shooting Howard in the head. Howard's accomplice fled."
 

UK: PSNI search for gun stolen during Christmas Eve raids
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"Police in the North are searching for a gun that was stolen from a vehicle during Christmas Eve raids in west Belfast."

"The gun was taken as officers searched homes in the city for evidence that might lead them to those responsible for taking £22m (€31.3m) from the Northern Bank on December 20."

"Police raided a number of homes in west and north Belfast on Christmas Eve."

"The raids caused fury in republican areas and people spilled out of their homes to attack the police."
 

MS: Soldier charged with theft of missing weapons from Camp Shelby
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"One soldier was arrested and charged with stealing weapons after five firearms were missing last week, officials said Sunday night."

"Spc. Earnest Leon Minor, 20, of near Meridian, was being held at Forrest County Jail after his arrest Friday on a charge of theft of military weapons, Maj. Doril Sanders said in a statement issued Sunday."

"Minor, a member of the 1st Battalion of the 155th Combat Brigade Team, was arrested by military police after an investigation by the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Command, the FBI and the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department."
 

TN: Winchester City, Chief, Ex-Police Officer Sued
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"The federal suit alleges that on Dec. 12, 2003 Parks, who served as an undercover officer for the Winchester Police Department, was a passenger in Willis' vehicle. ..."

"The suit then alleges that Willis 'became suspicious of Parks and stopped his vehicle and asked Parks to exit the vehicle.' The suit then alleges that Parks 'without warning drew a handgun and shot Willis.' Willis alleges that he was unarmed and 'posed no threat of harm to Parks.' "

"...Willis alleges that Parks was 'inadequately trained to perform the duties of an officer of the police department.' "

"The suit claims that when Young hired Parks that he followed his 'policy of hiring unqualified individuals as police officers.' "
 

Norway: Police drop most rape cases
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"Police in the Oslo area seem to have a poor track record of prosecuting rape cases, according to a new study."

"Police have dropped around 70 percent of all reported rapes in the Oslo metropolitan area, citing an alleged lack of evidence. In the suburban Asker og Bærum police district, investigations into 20 of 28 reported rapes were dropped."

"Of 170 reported rapes in Oslo and surrounding Akershus, only four resulted in convictions during the last three years, according to a new study."

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Submitter's Note: Looks like crime fighting in Norway is just a hobby.

"We are from the Police - We are here to protect you"
 

CA: Project Childsafe comes to Kern County
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"The Kern County Sheriff's Department will again provide (1000) free firearm safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program."

"The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be made available and distributed beginning on January 5, 2005."

"Project ChildSafe, a program developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), will distribute millions of firearm safety kits throughout the country over the next year. The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant, with additional funding provided by the firearms industry."
 

RI: Gun club controversy muffled
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"All is quiet now in the battle for Wyatt Road."

"While the bullets are still flying, the accusations and threats of strict town regulation for Aquidneck Island's oldest gun club have died in recent months."

"Keith Silvia said yesterday that the Newport Rifle Club survived the past year's public controversy and that the group's 300 members are moving on. The organization's president said that, if anything, membership has increased."
 

UK: Batterings more likely
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"BRITONS are for the first time more likely to be attacked than burgled, police watchdogs warned last night."

"Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Keith Povey blasted the rise in violence recorded by police as 'unprecedented'."

"He stressed: 'The public, police and the Government are rightly concerned about the level of violence routinely displayed on our streets.' "

“There has been a troubling increase in the use of firearms."
 

MO: Authorities tout success of Project Ceasefire in KC
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"Kansas City law enforcement closed 2004 by announcing that more than 700 defendants had been charged since 1999 under Project Ceasefire, a program that penalizes illegal firearm possession."

"Though the program is best known for ensnaring felons who illegally possess firearms, it also has snagged felons who simply possessed ammunition and offenders who had weapons while violating court orders of protection."

"U.S. Attorney Todd Graves said that gun violations will continue to be a top concern for his office."
 

UK: Thousands of cops leave to work in Oz
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"THOUSANDS of British police want to leave the UK for new jobs in the sun, it was revealed yesterday."

"One advertisement for British officers to join an Australian force attracted almost 400 applications." ...

"In conversation with officers it is quite clear they are deeply unhappy at the moment at the amount of time they spend filling in forms. Now we are beginning to see the consequences. With violent crime, gun crime and knife crime continuing to spiral out of control, we need action to free the police and allow them to carry out the jobs they joined the force to do."
 

UK: Ten-year-olds face instant fines
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"Young teenagers face on-the-spot fines of up to £40 from this week for antisocial behaviour such as vandalism and underage drinking, the Home Office announced last night."

"The new police powers to fine 10- to 15-year-olds are to be used in seven forces including Merseyside, Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands."

"Ministers hope parents and guardians of the teenagers, who will be liable for the fines of between £30 and £40, will do something about their children."

"Refusing to pay the fines could mean parents facing prison but is more likely to result in an increased fine or a court order instructing them to take a course in parenting skills."
 

WI: State action urged for gun law
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"Retired police officers, game wardens and others in Wisconsin who want to carry concealed guns under a new federal law would have to wait for state lawmakers to act, under a recommendation from the state attorney general."

"In a letter to the Legislature and Gov. Jim Doyle, Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager says the 6-month-old law poses problems involving identification, training, costs and liability. All those issues would require changes in state law, she says."

"For months, Lautenschlager's office has been studying how the law, which President Bush signed in July, will be applied to Wisconsin's law enforcement agencies and thousands of retired officers."

"The president of Milwaukee's largest police union said he will lobby legislative leaders to send the issue back to Lautenschlager's office for action. ..."
 

NJ: Shots Fired At Bayonne Range Prove Smart Gun Technology Works
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"Sixty people crowded last week into a small room at the Bayonne police firing range to witness smart gun technology. Donald H. Sebastian, senior vice president of research and development at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), stood near an oversized screen displaying a real-time video of an NJIT policeman shooting an experimental handgun in an adjacent indoor range. Although there was no applause as shots rang out, the action demonstrated that smart gun knew friend from foe."
 

PA: Boscola seeks rifle-hunting ban in Valley's developed areas
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"State Sen. Lisa Boscola has asked the Pennsylvania Game Commission to change hunting regulations in residential areas of the Lehigh Valley to prevent incidents such as the one that injured an expectant mother outside her home last month."

"Boscola, D-Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe, will meet with 18-year-old Casey Burns and her mother today at Burns' North Whitehall Township home, where Burns was struck in the head by a hunter's stray bullet Nov. 30 as she sat in a car in the driveway."
 

Put arms-toting members of the NRA to good use (Letter)
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Seventh letter on the page

"I was thinking recently about the problem we have in Iraq, where some observers have said our armed strength is insufficient to attain and maintain the peace. I think I may have a solution."

"It lies in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution..." ...

"We have a well-organized body of arms bearers in the National Rifle Association -- 2 million or so dues-payers, according to what I have read about NRA membership. Why not call upon these strong patriots to volunteer to serve in Iraq? They should require minimum training in the use of the arms; no one would argue or contest their use of automatic weapons (or even bigger and more powerful guns ---- even rocket launchers). They wouldn't have to be paid, being pure volunteers, the U.S. manpower problems would be solved and last, but not least, the Pentagon could devote more of its budget to 'Star Wars' and no-bid contracts for Halliburton and not have to waste it on armored vehicles for our regular Army."

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Submitter's Note: Sure, I'll consider going to Iraq if this twit considers being my human shield!
 

Shmuley Boteach: Use people power against genocide
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"Even President Bush, the greatest champion of democracy since Winston Churchill, has thus far done too little to help the wretched people of Darfur, where about 100,000 have already died."

"Which leaves just you and me."

"I believe that rather than merely blame world leaders for being indifferent to genocide, decent people everywhere must take it upon themselves to coerce their governments into action whenever a genocide occurs."

"There should be a mass strike, along with other acts of civil disobedience, for two days of every month until the great democracies take action to stop whole groups being exterminated."

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Submitter's Note: "I am from the government - I am here to protect you"

Arm the people and watch the silliness stop.
 

CO: Ex-teacher sues Denver Public Schools over unreported gun threat
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"A former Denver Public Schools teacher at an alternative school who says he was fired after speaking out about the way an alleged gun threat against him was handled filed a federal lawsuit Monday." ...

"The student allegedly took a gun to school Feb. 24, showed it to three students, and 'boasted that he was going to use the gun to kill Mr. Sherman,' according to court documents."

"The school's principal and one or more teachers learned about the gun and told the student to leave the school and take his gun with him."

"The school did not contact the security department or police and did not follow protocols, including a threat assessment, according to the lawsuit. ..."
 

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