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Gun Group Says MTV 'Fair' to Gun Owners, Not Facts
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"A pro-gun lobbying group is complimenting MTV for treating law-abiding gun owners fairly in its "True Life: I'm a Gun Owner" documentary, which aired Thursday night. But Gun Owners of America argued that the producers featured misleading and inaccurate statistics and focused almost exclusively on anti-gun anecdotes, giving viewers a false impression about the effects of gun ownership in America." ...

"It seems that they did treat fairly the two legitimate gun owners, the two 'good guys' ...But they didn't even give you one legitimate case of self-defense with a gun, which is a shame considering that there are, on average, 7,000 such cases every day."
 

I'm a Soldier, Not a Spy
Submitted by: News Director

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"...I can envision a time when antiabortion groups and churches might fear soldiers attending meetings or services if such groups are labeled 'threats' by a subsequent administration. ...Perhaps gun owners' groups might feel that soldiers are joining to get access to membership lists or activities if such groups are deemed 'dangerous.' Is one a Second Amendment defender or domestic spy?"

"Yes, I took an oath to defend the United States against all enemies 'foreign and domestic,' but the implication of domestic intelligence-gathering by the military, even by a limited number of soldiers, should be sufficiently disturbing for American citizens in and out of uniform that we think long and hard about crossing the line, even a little."
 

Vin Suprynowicz: "The Unlimited Power of the Sword"
Submitted by: Tomahawk

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"The Founders had every opportunity to add 'except for bombs, mortars, artillery and other devices that can kill more than one person at a time' – all of which were well-known by 1787. They did not. Quite to the contrary, Tench Coxe, noted federalist and friend of James Madison, wrote in defense of the proposed Constitution, in the Pennsylvania Gazette of Feb. 20, 1788: 'Their swords, and every other terrible instrument of the soldier, are the birth right of an American. ... The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or the state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.'"

"Note 'unlimited.' Note 'every terrible instrument.'"
 

IN: McDonald's worker suspended for shooting at robber
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"A McDonald's maintenance worker who pulled out his gun and fired two shots at a woman who was robbing another employee at gunpoint has been suspended from his job."

"While police officials say Clifton Brown Jr. violated no laws last week when he fired the shots shortly after the restaurant's midnight closing, the franchise owner said Brown violated a ban on guns at the restaurant."
 

OH: Intruder Shot to Death
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A woman fires at an intruder in her home. A half a mile away, a teenager dies from a gun shot. Police now say the dead teenager was the intruder."

"The young man was 19 year old Kahlief Tye who was out on bond, awaiting trial for another aggravated robbery just a few blocks away."

"This time, Tye broke into a home and found a woman with a gun."

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Any bets on how quickly Brady and crew will incorporate this defensive shooting into their "children" killed with guns statistics?
 

FL: Police officer at school is arrested in DUI case
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"A Palm Beach County school police officer was arrested Monday, accused of using a firearm while intoxicated, among other charges, according to Broward County sheriff's officials."

"Sheriff's officials said witnesses heard shots fired from the 1998 red Mercury Marquis driven by Nicholas Sarnicola, 48, of Boca Raton, who works as a school officer at Boca Raton Middle School."

"Deputies stopped Sarnicola about 10 p.m. -- moments after the shots were heard -- and arrested him."
 

NY: US Soldier Fires Gun And Accidentally Kills NYC Mother Of Two
Submitted by: News Director

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"A U.S. soldier on leave from the Army was arrested on Thursday for firing into the air and subsequently killing a young mother as she looked out her window."

"U.S. Army Pvt. Danny Carpio, 23, is accused of randomly firing a gun in the borough of Queens late Wednesday."

"Carpio is to be arraigned in criminal court on Friday on one charge of second-degree manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. Both counts carry a maximum of 15 years."
 

NY: Cops probed for misconduct
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"Two Queens cops have been placed on modified duty - and at least two others are under investigation - for their role in a scheme involving bars, gambling and hookers, according to police sources."

"The implicated cops are believed to have taken free drinks and may also have taken kickbacks, sources said."
 

OH: Former police officer sentenced for kidnapping, robbery
Submitted by: News Director

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"A former police officer in suburban East Cleveland was sentenced to six years in prison for helping another man commit a robbery and kidnap three people."

"Antonio Evans, 34, can remain free on $10,000 bond during his appeals, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Sutula said Thursday."

"Evans was convicted in November of aggravated robbery and kidnapping with a gun, which actually was his service weapon."
 

WA: Deputy who turned in her officer-husband felt ostracized
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"Svinth described a Sheriff's Office where favoritism ran rampant, discipline was selective and department brass seemed to reward those who kept their mouths shut while castigating whistle-blowers."

"At the center of this circle, Svinth said, was Sue Rahr, then a senior officer and now sheriff."

"Svinth said she initially crossed Rahr and another high-ranking officer, Rebecca Norton, when she came forward with separate sexual-harassment complaints against two male deputies in the late 1980s and early '90s."
 

UK: Prison for man who had gun 'to kill himself'
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"A MAN who claimed he had a handgun to commit suicide has been jailed."

"Unemployed Simon Gill, of Nova Road, Croydon, said he bought the weapon to kill himself." ...

"Tackling gun crime remains a priority for the police and we remain committed to bringing to justice those responsible for gun related crime."

"Detectives found the gun had a magazine with six rounds of ammunition, while another round was discovered under a cushion at the premises."
 

NJ: Gun laws must be revised
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"During the presidential campaign, there was a gun control bill on the president's desk which he never signed because he was afraid of the N.R.A. because it would cost him votes. I call automatic pistols and submachine guns 'Cop Killers.' The N.R.A. has now made it possible for criminals to arm themselves with all kinds of nasty weapons."

"The latest one is Barrett 50-caliber rifle which fires 6-inch, armor-piercing phosphorus bullets. It has a range of 2 miles. It has enough power to destroy an armored personnel carrier and probably a light aircraft. It is definitely not a weapon to hunt Bambi. It might come in handy if you wanted to rob a Brinks truck. Our Vice President Cheney is an avid bird hunter. Maybe he could use it in case he is attacked by a wild canary. A man who had five deferments during the Vietnam War can't be too careful."

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We would challenge the writer of this hysterical, blubbering blather to point out any cases of crimes being committed with the Barrett rifle, and then research how many police are killed by people wielding "automatic pistols" and "submachine guns."

Here's a clue: Not a whole lot.
 

NE: Concealed weapons measure has strong support
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The fight to allow Nebraskans to carry concealed weapons is now a decade old, but Sen. Jeanne Combs believes it will be passed in the upcoming legislative session."

"Combs, a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, introduced her concealed-weapons measure (LB454) last year."
 

UK: Post office gun terror
Submitted by: News Director

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"A terrified post office worker was robbed at gunpoint by a raider who threatened to shoot her unless she opened the till."

"The man pulled a shotgun on the woman after posing as a customer with a Christmas parcel."

"He then grabbed a 'substantial' amount of money from the safe and fled the premises. Police hunting the robber today described the incident as 'brutal'."
 

Australia: Chemicals, gun seized in raid
Submitted by: News Director

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A QUANTITY of chemicals and a handgun have been seized in a police raid on a western Sydney home.

Officers raided the home at Doyle Place, Baulkham Hills, about 5.30pm (AEDT), uncovering a stash of chemicals and the pistol.

Police said the search of the premises was continuing.

A 32-year-old man, arrested at the home, is helping police with their inquiries.
 

IA: Practice firearms safety at all times
Submitted by: News Director

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"The lack of firearms safety and disregard of the Iowa code related to gun safety have serious consequences. A bullet indiscriminately discharged from a weapon can cause property damage, personal injury or death. Any firearm left unsecured or improperly stored where any person younger than 14 has access to the firearm is a violation of the law, punishable as a serious misdemeanor. ..."
 

Australia: Surprise over firearm review
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"A REVIEW of Tasmania's firearm laws will go before cabinet next year even though none of the recommendations have been considered by an expert panel formed especially to consider legislative changes."

"Spokesman for Police and Public Safety Minister David Llewellyn Shaun Rigby said yesterday the review was finished and cabinet would consider the recommendations before they were released for public comment."

"But a member of the expert panel, Tasmanian Firearm Owners Association vice-president John Green, said he was surprised this was the case, as the panel itself had not formulated or seen any recommendations."
 

UK: Six years for possessing murder gun
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"A GUNMAN who blamed rapper 50 Cent for an upsurge in street violence was jailed for six years."

"Garry Clarke, 34, was caught with a revolver used to shoot dead 25-year-old drug dealer Nicholas 'Yankee' Davies."

"But although his sweat was found on the handgrip of the weapon, he was cleared of the murder by an Old Bailey jury."
 

Canada: Liberals' gun tactic criticized
Submitted by: News Director

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"Twenty Liberal candidates from the Greater Toronto Area gathered yesterday to condemn a pro-gun campaign that had already been cancelled, prompting a Conservative candidate to accuse the Liberals of political opportunism."

"Following Prime Minister Paul Martin's announcement of a proposed handgun ban, the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association began planning a $100,000 advertising campaign for the last two weeks of the election." ...

"But Liberal candidates lined up before TV cameras yesterday to express ...'concern' that the U.S.-based National Rifle Association was influencing Canada -- a claim to which Mr. Whitmore objects."
 

UK: Waiter is facing 10 years’ jail
Submitted by: News Director

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"A WAITER caught with a gun and the address of a British soldier is facing up to 10 years in prison."

"Abu Baker Mansha, aged 21, tracked down the home of Corporal Mark Byles, 34, after reading a newspaper report on his killing of three rebels in Iraq."
 

Australia: Armed teens rob elderly woman
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"TWO teenagers wielding a firearm have been charged over a home invasion in Sydney's south west during which an elderly woman was robbed."

"Two 17-year-olds allegedly entered a home in Derribong Street, Villawood after kicking in the front door about 12.30pm (AEDT) yesterday."

"The men produced golf clubs and a firearm and threatened the occupant, a 73-year-old woman, police said."
 

PA: State House to give guns to security officers
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"Uniformed officers who patrol the offices of the state House of Representatives will be armed with handguns in a move that House officials say has to do with terrorism prevention, not public outrage over the now-repealed pay raise."

"Acting on a request by the security officers, House legislative leaders decided in November to allow them to carry .357-caliber handguns, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Wednesday. The 25 guards will begin carrying the weapons next month."
 

IL: Man Arrested At Airport Says Gun Was For Protection
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"An arrest report shows that a North Carolina man arrested for having a stun gun in his baggage at Chicago's main airport told police he'd just returned from missionary work in Nigeria and had the weapon for protection there." ...

"He's charged with unauthorized use of a weapon and attempting to board an aircraft with a weapon."

"Adegbenjo's wife said her husband's missionary group in Nigeria didn't want to depend on police protection."
 

UK: Gun robbers take jeweller's stock
Submitted by: News Director

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"Armed robbers took stock worth £100,000 in a raid on a jeweller's shop on Friday afternoon."

"Surrey Police said between three and five men entered Goldsmiths in Esher High Street armed with handguns."

"Officers said the robbers ordered staff to remain at the back of the shop while they cleared windows of Rolex and Tag watches and other jewellery."
 

OK: DA declines to charge pilot with gun possession
Submitted by: News Director

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"The District Attorney’s Office has declined to file charges on a California pilot arrested at the Chickasha Municipal Airport Tuesday night for allegedly possessing a weapon illegally."

"Based on information from Homeland Security, the aircraft of Leonard Christia Schwartz, 51, was searched by Chickasha Police and Grady County Deputies when it arrived at the Chickasha Municipal Airport shortly before 8 p.m. on Tuesday night."

"Chickasha Officers reportedly found a rifle and a 9mm Berreta handgun in the aircraft. They did not locate any contraband."
 

Taking on the Fourth Amendment
Submitted by: News Director

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"Churches and the press have long seen the First Amendment as critical to their ability to function. Gun owners have exalted the Second Amendment as a bulwark against the government confiscating their weapons. Will the Fourth Amendment become a touchstone for those who don't want Big Brother reading their e-mail or tracking their Web surfing habits? Or will the right of the people to be "secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects" be trumped by fear of terrorists and easy access to telecommunications?"
 

Infringement on one is an infringement on all (Letter)
Submitted by: News Director

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"People who actually believe that if you have nothing to hide then why worry, scare me because they are willing to give away the right of privacy to an authority who can make up the rules as the game goes on and can declare anything or anybody a 'threat' and can, if given the motivation, decide that what you do, what you think and what you say is wrong for this country."

"If the president has the power to waive or disregard the Fourth Amendment he has the right to waive and disregard any part of the Constitution he sees fit, to include 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms' as specified in the Second Amendment."

"You can't have it both ways."

 

WI: Rural taxpayer and concealed carry (Letter)
Submitted by: News Director

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

I’m gratified to see our legislators here in Wisconsin “Get It” finally.

We all know the response times to crime by law enforcement here in the rural areas of the midwest much less is it guaranteed by the Constitution despite being a taxpayer. The passage of concealed carry is the re-affirmation of the Second Amendment and the God-given right to self-preservation will no doubt lead to less crime because criminals won’t know who’s armed and who’s a willing victim.

The biggest hurdle now will be the Madison Beltway mindset and the mighty (albeit over-worked of late) veto pen of Jim Doyle. Let’s pull together to protect our rural way of life and urge the signing of this bill into law.
 

Canada: Support ban on handguns, Toronto mayor urges
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"Toronto's mayor came out swinging at opponents of gun control in his first news conference since the Boxing Day shootout that took the life of a teenaged bystander and wounded six others."

"David Miller, who came back from a vacation in Spain on Thursday evening, told a Friday news conference at City Hall any federal party 'that doesn't include gun control in its platform isn't addressing the issues in Toronto.'"
 

Canada: Harper blasts gun control
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"Another gun registry and banning hand guns isn’t going to reduce violence on the streets, says Stephen Harper, leader of the official Opposition and Conservative candidate for the prime minister’s job."
 

Canada: More laws not the solution (Letter)
Submitted by: News Director

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"Prime Minister Paul Martin and his gang just do not get it on gun control. His solution -- more laws."

"Well, his billion-dollar gun registry has been a disaster, but rather than do something useful, he pours more good money after bad." ...

"We have laws now -- the problem is, the courts refuse to enforce them. We need a mass firing of judges and replace them with people who will enforce the laws."
 

CeaseFire PA Warning
Submitted by: News Director

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"CeaseFire PA, the statewide coalition of groups and individuals devoted to reducing gun violence, joined today with the Philadelphia District Attorney and community gun violence prevention advocates to ask Philadelphians to forsake the dangerous tradition of shooting firearms into the air at midnight to herald the New Year."

"Jennifer Stein, a member of CeaseFire PA stated, '...If you want to make noise, go to your local party supply store and buy a bag of blowers. Or shout at the top of your lungs, or honk a car horn. But don't fire a gun. Shooting a gun into the air at the stroke of midnight threatens your own safety and the safety of your neighbors, and serves no legitimate purpose.'"
 

OH: 2005: A Year in Self-Defense
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"I will defer to anti-gun crusaders to show the examples of the soccer mom shootouts, the fender-bender murders and the valuable uses of the media access loophole, and instead focus my efforts on the pro-gun predictions offered when Ohio first passed HB 12, Ohio's concealed carry law. The examples cited are drawn upon the first 18 months of the law being in effect."

"I would like to apologize to the individuals involved in these examples, their families, and anyone impacted by the incidents. It is not my intent to re-open old wounds or to gain from your tragedy. However, it is critical that the public understand how well this law is working."
 

Canada: Gun lobby scraps ads in wake of Toronto shooting
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"In the wake of a deadly downtown Toronto shooting on Boxing Day, gun lobby groups have scrapped their plan for a $100,000 ad campaign in the city to attack the Liberals' proposal to ban handguns." ...

"At first, the lobby groups intended to present the campaign ..."

"The campaign's organizers later decided to cancel the ads, however. 'In light of the recent barbaric acts in downtown Toronto, resulting in the death of 15-year-old Jane Creba and the injury of six others, we are very concerned that our informational advertising is being intentionally misconstrued for political purposes,' Larry Whitmore, executive director of the sports association, said in a statement Thursday."
 

LA: Police warn revelers about firing guns into the air
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"Revelers who want to fire guns into the air to celebrate the arrival of the new year are being warned that the laws of physics and Shreveport both provide consequences for that type behavior."

"Shooting a gun within the city limits of Shreveport -- where parts of some neighborhoods have sounded like shooting galleries on past new years -- could cost you a $500 fine and at least 30 days in jail."
 

MD: Wicomico County EXILE Wants To Get More Guns Off The Street In 2006
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"Revelers who want to fire guns into the air to Wicomico County Exile plans to get more guns off the streets in 2006 than ever before.
The gun crime awareness program plans to talk to more kids and families about the hard time for gun crime."

"Since its start last summer, Wicomico Exile has spoken to every high school in the county. The program tells kids if you get involved with guns, you will go to prison for a long time. There is a message for parents as well."

"'We need witness participation. The fact of the matter is, witnesses, victims are intimidated. We've had people shot at close range who won't testify as to who shot them because they're afraid,' said David Dougherty."
 

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