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Gun safety begins with responsible parents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The thing about BB guns, though, is too many parents don't consider them 'real' guns. They are. They shoot projectiles that can penetrate the skin and, yes, can put an eye out. More powerful air rifles are capable of causing serious injury or death."

"... Ralphie is allowed to load the BBs in the house and then go unsupervised into the backyard to shoot. Ralphie hangs his paper target on a metal sign and stands about 10 feet away, creating a situation for a ricochet that inevitably does almost cause him to shoot his eye out." ...

"Responsibility with firearms is something that must be learned, and it must be taught by a responsible, disciplined adult who won't give in to any amount of whining, eye-rolling or begging." ...
 

CA: S.F. city attorney, NRA agree to delay for part of gun ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said today that the city will delay the implementation of part of an ordinance banning handguns for two months as part of an agreement with the National Rifle Association."

"Proposition H, which was approved by San Francisco voters by a margin of 58 to 42 percent on Nov. 8, had been scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1."

"Under the agreement announced today, part of the ordinance won't go into effect March 1."

"The NRA is the principal plaintiff in a legal challenge to Proposition H that was filed the day after the measure passed." ...
 

NY: Big Brother is listening
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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I told a good friend, who supports whatever President Bush chooses to do, about my signing a petition protesting our president's spying on American citizens without court review.

My friend told me he had no problems with this, and that he had written to the NSA saying they were welcome to listen to all of his phone calls. A word to the wise, to all similarly minded folks who are not worried about anything but Second Amendment rights: Be careful not to mention your firearm inventory in your phone calls, e-mails, or perhaps even in thought, word, or deed, or your guns will be on permanent record in Washington, DC.

Edward Vytlacil

Endicott
 

IN: Checking in with the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The volume of hate emails has dribbled off considerably so I think it is a good time to check in with Second Amendment issues and see what kind of vitriol we might dredge up from a few of the regular readers/cranks."

"Our first item is an article ... that says the Democratic Party is 'rethinking its approach to the gun debate to improve the chances of its candidates in the western states.' Apparently it has finally dawned on the national Democratic leadership that people who own firearms are not deranged sadistic rednecks but instead, ordinary American citizens who vote religiously." ...

"As an aside, this corner would be interested to see a copy of the Mr. Kerry’s current 2005 hunting license." ...
 

NC: Investigators Search For Owner Of Weapon Used In Shooting
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"There is new information about the children involved in the shooting death of a 10-year-old girl."

"A 13-year-old boy said he accidentally shot his 10-year-old sister on Tuesday. He said he didn't know the weapon was real." ...

"Police said there are still many things under investigation including ownership of the weapon and if the weapon was properly locked up. They said if the weapon wasn't properly locked, whoever the gun belongs to could be facing serious charges."

"The Safe Kids Coalition said a gun kept in the home is 43 times more likely to kill someone known to the family than to kill someone in self-defense." ...
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Submitter's Note: 19 years later and Dr. Kellerman's flawed study is still being cited.
 

ID: Idaho smoke shop clerk fatally shoots masked intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Confronted by a masked man who pulled an apparent handgun and demanded money, a tobacco shop clerk pulled his own .40 caliber handgun and shot the intruder 10 times, killing him, a Kootenai County sheriff's officer said Tuesday." ...
 

KS: Wichita police call a Tuesday shooting self defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Wichita police called the death of a 40-year-old woman Tuesday, justifiable homicide."

"Police say Elizabeth White went into a home near 27th and Bluff Tuesday, and started arguing with her parents and son. Officers got a domestic dispute call. By the time they got there, they say the woman drove away from the house ... and finally stopped in a field nearby."

"... Now police say the 14-year-old boy shot his mother with a pellet rifle, standing about 20 feet away from White. The pellet went between White's ribs and pierced her heart."

"Police say they were surprised. The pellet was shaped like a bullet with basically an arrow at the end of it."
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Submitter's Note: If air power works ... but a powder gun is more reliable.
 

WI: Police treating shooting at club as self-defense (second story on page)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A shooting that left one man dead and another critically injured in a bar early Saturday is being treated as a self-defense case, police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said Tuesday."

"LaCharles Hester, 27, was killed and another man ... was wounded in the chest by a bartender ... The case has been referred to the Milwaukee County district attorney's office as justified but it will be up to prosecutors to rule on whether charges will be filed in the case, she said."

"The bar owner was trying to clear the bar when Hester pulled out a gun, fired into the ceiling and pointed the gun at the bartender and other people in the bar, Schwartz said. The bartender ... drew a gun from his holster and shot Hester in the back of the head, she said." ...
 

AL: Girlfriend charged in slaying of suspect
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"The alleged accomplice-girlfriend of the man whose body was found three days after he was shot during an attempted home invasion was charged with murder Tuesday, police said." ...

"Thornton said Friday's home invasion began as a drug deal that didn't materialize and then escalated to a robbery."

"'It wasn't just a random home invasion,' he said."

"Courtney Courtland, 20, was shot Friday at 954 National Street, after he allegedly tried to force his way into the upstairs apartment of Malcolm C. Echols, 47, who was shot in the shoulder during the melee."

"Police said Echols fired at Courtland in self-defense after Courtland shot him in the shoulder while trying to break into Echols' apartment." ...
 

CO: Suspected Burglar Falls Twice While Running From Homeowner
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"Arapahoe County authorities say a 22-year-old man suffered serious head injuries Wednesday morning when he tried to run away from homeowner with a gun."

"Kris Gibson was taken to a hospital for treatment and then taken to jail."

"Authorities say Gibson broke into a home ... at about 4:30 a.m."

"The homeowner -- whose name hasn't been released -- said a noise woke him up and when he went to check it out, he saw someone downstairs. He grabbed his rifle and ran after the man."

"'The suspect ran from the house. The homeowner pursued him outside the residence. The homeowner fired a shot into the ground in an attempt to keep the person here,' said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson." ...
 

Blame America: The new Canadian anti-gun slogan (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"You might not be a fan of the 'adult' South Park Cartoon series that has been a hit on Comedy Central for some time. Those of you not entertained by childish or sometime stupid humor might even be disappointed that we're about to quote it. Sadly, it fits here."

"However, those of you who are familiar with the show might see the irony between a popular South Park song and the recent tragic shooting spree that has taken place in Toronto during 'Boxing Day' (the day after Christmas)."

"Believe it or not, you and I and every other American are apparently responsible for the shooting spree that took place in Canada. Seriously!" ...
 

Canada: Canada blames U.S. for gun violence
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"Canadian officials, seeking to make sense of another fatal shooting in what has been a record year for gun-related deaths, said Tuesday that along with a host of social ills, part of the problem stemmed from what they said was the United States exporting its violence."

"Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Toronto Mayor David Miller warned that Canada could become like the United States after gunfire erupted Monday on a busy street filled with holiday shoppers, killing a 15-year-old girl and wounding six bystanders -- the latest victims in a record surge in gun violence in Toronto." ...

"'It's a sign that the lack of gun laws in the U.S. is allowing guns to flood across the border that are literally being used to kill people in the streets of Toronto,' Miller said." ...
 

Canada: Guns aren't the problem
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "While the first reaction of Canadian politicians is to blame the United States for the escalation of gun violence, there is anecdotal evidence that there are not many more guns coming into the city than there were a few years ago. What we are seeing is not more guns, but guns being used more; in brazen ways that were unheard of five or ten years ago. Where in the past gang members would use guns for self defense or to blow away someone who had ripped them off, they now shoot people who have 'dissed' them. And where shootings used to be carried out in secluded areas during the middle of the night, they are now taking place near daycare centres or schools, on public transit ... The guns aren’t the problem — the shooters are." ...
 

Canada: 'Knives and .45s' in Doomstown
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"A hip hop compilation DVD featuring young black men waving silver pistols and making chilling boasts about lethal reprisals and street supremacy is pivotal when trying to understand the gun violence that has plagued Toronto streets this year, police sources say." ...

"Beyond that, police allege two separate recordings that appear on the DVD, available over the Internet and at stores selling urban music, sparked a gang war that played out for months on Toronto streets this past year, mostly concentrated in the northwest part of the city." ...
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Submitter's Note: But I thought US guns caused your shootings. Now you are saying that it was a DVD?
 

ME: Bay State's gun woes no cause for Maine action
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In your Dec. 1 editorial, 'Maine legislators should not be afraid of tough gun laws,' you suggest Maine should adopt a licensing and registration program and a fee for handgun buyers similar to what Massachusetts has in place. You also make a mention of the rising rate of firearms crime in Massachusetts."

"I'm confused. If Massachusetts-style gun laws are the answer to gun violence, then why is Massachusetts having such a problem with gun crimes?" ...
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KABA Note: To say nothing of the fact that the CDC's study on the effectiveness of firearms laws was unable to find any indication that they worked to stop crime.
 

NY: NYC Cop In Trouble with the Law Himself
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"An NYPD officer will be arraigned today after being busted with defaced guns, ski masks and a bulletproof vest -- and is being probed for possibly being in a ring ripping off drug dealers."

"Eyewitness News has learned 30-year-old Donald Medard and three other men were caught with the guns, whose serial numbers were scraped off, in Washington Heights."

"Authorities believe Medard and his crew may have been targeting neighborhood drug dealers." ...
 

CT: Labor Panel Backs City On Velez Suspension
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The state Department of Labor has upheld the city's 17-month suspension of a police officer because a restraining order prevented him from carrying a firearm."

"An arbitration panel's ruling Thursday effectively prevents Officer Genaro Velez, a 23-year veteran of the police department who has been arrested six times for domestic violence, from recouping pay lost during the suspension."

"'We do not intend to pay back pay because he did not perform his duties,' said city attorney Brian K. Estep ..." ...

"Velez was suspended in February 2004 after his wife, Luz Ramirez, obtained a restraining order against him."

"Velez returned to active duty in July 2005 after the latest case against him was dismissed and the restraining order expired." ...
 

SC: Police still searching for missing assault rifle
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"An assault rifle taken from a SWAT team member’s truck in mid-November is still missing, and Columbia-area law enforcement officials are still searching."

"The AR-15 Bushmaster rifle with 80 rounds of ammunition was stolen from the truck Nov. 17. The weapon still has not been recovered ..."

"Whoever stole the weapon took it from a truck parked in front of the home of Officer James Patrick Auld off Garners Ferry Road, according to reports."

"One of the truck’s windows was broken with a brick and the weapon taken around 3 a.m. Nov. 17."

"A little more than two hours later, the rifle’s case was found inside a stolen car on Bluff Road. The rifle was gone." ...
 

TX: Pregnant Woman Shot To Death While Calling 911
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A pregnant woman was shot and killed while calling 911 in her southeast Harris County home Wednesday, officials told KPRC Local 2."

"Police said Sherry Arnold was in the house in the 9900 block of Sageroyal at Blackhawk Boulevard when she apparently called 911 shortly after 1 a.m. Dispatchers heard a gunshot on the call before the line went dead and sent deputies."

"'There was a disturbance and you could hear a gunshot that had gone off,' said Sgt. James Parker of the Harris County Sheriff's Office."

"When officers arrived, they found Arnold shot in the head. She died a short time later." ...
 

Russia: Report on Beslan school siege criticizes local police as negligent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The school siege in Beslan last year - the deadliest act of terror to ever strike Russia - could have been prevented if local police heeded warnings from federal authorities that terrorist attacks were in the works and security at schools should be tightened, the head of a parliamentary investigation into the siege said Wednesday."

"Russia's Interior Ministry issued those warnings Aug. 21, 2004, and again on Aug. 31, a day before Chechen separatist militants and loyalists took hostage more than 1,000 terrified children, parents and teachers at School No. 1 in Beslan on Russia's Day of Knowledge, the country's traditional first day of school." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course if teachers carried guns, the way they do in Israel, the lives of many children could have been spared.
 

Trinidad: Two Trinidad soldiers caught with illegal firearm and ammunition
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"A lance corporal and a corporal in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force are now under investigation after being arrested for illegal possession of a quantity of ammunition, a semi-automatic pistol and a large sum of money."

"The two soldiers were held on Christmas Eve morning by a special unit of police officers and members of the Trinidad Defence Force criminal intelligence unit."

"The men were caught while traveling in a military vehicle northeast of the capital, Port of Spain."

"Investigators in Trinidad believe the soldiers may be part of an underworld criminal group involved in organized crime and might be connected to a recent spate of kidnappings and murders in the country." ...
 

Japan: Ex-MSDF member gets 6 years over fatal abuse of daughter
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The Naha District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 29-year-old former member of the Maritime Self-Defense Force to six years in prison for fatally beating his infant daughter because she wouldn't obey him.

Kazuya Kinjo was convicted of assault resulting in death for beating 18-month-old Yuina in the head on June 24 at their home in the Okinawa capital of Naha. She died of brain damage.
 

CO: There's more to Glade's Gunsmithing than meets the eye
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"It's been a few years since Glade Gordon took his 20 to 25-year passion for guns and the art of gunsmithing into the business world."

"Beginning in the garage at his residence, the owner of Glade's Gunsmithing soon found himself moving to a location on Colorado Avenue due to space restrictions and the need for more accessibility to warehouse suppliers." ...

"Gordon, who carries nine different certifications, not only provides the public with gunsmithing services, but also carries all makes and models of firearms. He also offers fishing supplies and is in the process of establishing himself as a Department of Wildlife licensing representative to sell fishing and hunting licenses." ...
 

PA: Rendell OKs bill for young hunters
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"Gov. Ed Rendell has signed a bill to allow the Game Commission to set up a mentoring program that would allow youths under age 12 to hunt under limited circumstances and with adult supervision." ...

"The bill to clear the way for a youth mentoring program comes four years after Smith proposed lowering the hunting age to 10. He killed that bill due to public opposition."

"Smith said the mentoring program would have specific rules, finalized by the Game Commission, covering when a youth can hold a rifle and which species they can hunt. There would also be rules ensuring the youth has close adult supervision, he said." ...
 

MT: FWP mulls new hunting district
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"A new hunting district is being proposed for the Helena Valley, in an attempt to better control the burgeoning deer population."

"The district would be carved out of two existing hunting areas ..."

"It’s expected that the FWP will increase the number of deer permits available in the new district."

"'The east side of the valley is fairly substantial agricultural area, and we’ve been directing hunters out there for the last few years,' Korn said. 'Some landowners weren‘t allowing hunters onto their property, and the (deer) population has really grown. So last season we sat down with the landowners and said that we really needed to get people in there.'" ...
 

OR: Why one hunter is fed up with the NRA
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"I am a hunter. I care deeply about our hunting heritage and our ability to pass it on. Like most hunters, I consider organizations that work on behalf of hunting my friends, and those that work against hunting my adversaries. Like most hunters, I am confused when the lines become blurred. And today the lines are blurry indeed in regards to the National Rifle Association (NRA)." ...

"... Because I and millions of others like me believe in what the NRA does on behalf of our right to own guns, we are inclined to believe it when it tells us it's standing up for our right to hunt. This is a dangerous idea, because where the interests of gun ownership and hunting diverge, I am seeing that the NRA always comes down on the side of guns." ...
 

Bangladesh: Suspected Maoist rebels attack police post in Bangladesh, killing at least 3
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Suspected Maoist rebels attacked a police camp at a remote village in northern Bangladesh on Wednesday, leaving at least three policemen dead, a media report said.

The attack occurred in Singhra area in Natore district, 160 kilometres northwest of the capital, Dhaka, the United News of Bangladesh agency reported.

It said the suspected members of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party also stole at least 10 rifles from the camp.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the agency quoted witnesses as saying the attackers chanted slogans in the name of the late Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong before leaving the scene.
 

Philippines: Man slain vigilante-style; killers flee on 2 motorcycles
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"A jobless man was shot dead inside a billiard hall his family owned on Gil Tudtud St. in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City at 9:30 last night."

"A masked man, with three companions on board two motorcycles, gunned down Arturo Vinluan, 31. At that time, his father had tasked him to collect payments from patrons playing billiards."

"Four wounds marked Vinluan’s body."

"The police suspect that the attack was an offshoot of a killing that left a former Army man dead three weeks ago. Vinluan’s brother was tagged as the gunman."

"The family has been getting death threats since." ...
 

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