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City of New Orleans, Mayor Ray Nagin, Once Again Found in Contempt of Court
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) and law abiding gun owners have won yet another victory On February 13, 2007, against New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and former police chief Warren Riley."

"Judge Carl J. Barbier ... granted NRA's motion for contempt against New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Warren Riley ..."

"'Once more, Mayor Ray Nagin and former police chief Warren Riley are held accountable for considering themselves above the law,' said Chris W. Cox, NRA's chief lobbyist. 'These men have had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, every step of the way in this process to return the lawfully owned firearms to their own citizens, and Judge Barbier rightly found them in contempt of court for their complete lack of respect for the rule of law.'" ...
 

John Longenecker: 2008: Gun Control Candidates Need Not Apply.
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"For the American electorate, candidates who commit to the nationwide concealed carry bills and who see them signed into law will show a deeper respect for citizens and the law of the land than gun control obsessives can. It could be a winning issue." ...

"Rudy Giuliani announced in a tour through Kalifornia that his gun control helped reduce crime in New York. (Gun control puts the K in Kalifornia.)" ...

"Gun control contributes nothing to crime control any more than delaying police contributes to crime control. It harms innocent constituents by disarming the very people on whose authority police operate." ...
 

Ready to aim: Review of 'Armed America: The Story Of How And Why Guns Became As American As Apple Pie'
Submitted by: The Eggman
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"In 1996, Michael Bellesiles published a paper in the Journal of American History. The thesis: Early Americans rarely owned firearms, and manufacturer marketing and activist lobbying created today's gun culture. Four years later, Mr. Bellesiles turned the paper into a book, 'Arming America.'"

The claim, obviously, was false. ... he resigned his job as an Emory University professor. Columbia University revoked the Bancroft Prize it had awarded Mr. Bellesiles and asked for the award money back."

"One good thing came from all this, though. The initially positive reaction to 'Arming America' stunned gun-rights supporter, historian and blogger Clayton Cramer. He decided to set the record straight, and the result is the thorough and well written 'Armed America.'" ...
 

How do we change societal attitudes?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Issue: The president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence suggests that changes in societal attitudes as well as the enactment and enforcement of laws are needed to stop gun violence."

"Our Opinion: He's right, but as yet there has been no agreement on how those attitude changes should be made."

"An average of 90 people a day are killed by guns in the United States, according to Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

KABA Note: Actually it is closer to 83 a day, and only if you include the 46 daily suicides that use a gun.

"Addressing a group at the Reading Area Community College that included mayors of several Pennsylvania cities, Helmke proposed the usual remedy: enact and enforce sensible gun laws." ...
 

Bush Administration Warns Bloomberg, But Leaves Lawbreaking Gun Dealers Alone (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"'The response by the Bush Administration's Justice Department to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to combat illegal gun trafficking come across as an effort to silence the messenger rather than respond to the problem of a rise in violent crime,' according to Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

"Mayor Bloomberg's office last year carefully constructed a program of apparent straw purchases of firearms, sending teams of investigators into gun shops. As a result of the operation the City filed suit against a total of 27 shops." ...
 

A move to arm pilots on International flights (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Editor's note: Author's name has been changed for security reasons. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot license with type ratings for B-757 and B-767 airplanes and flies for a major U.S. Airline. His co-workers were among the first murdered on 9/11/2001."

"Last week the USA Today ran a story, 'U.S. asks to arm pilots abroad'." ...

"Well, it's about time! It's been more than five years since our country was attacked using our own airliners, and more than four years since Congress passed a law that mandated pilots be permitted to carry guns to defend their cockpit. ..." ...
 

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: Two More Horrific Shootings, in Two States With Weak Gun Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Once again today, we are all struggling with reports about terrible losses of lives to gun violence. What a disturbed teenager in Utah and a tormented businessman in Pennsylvania have in common is that they had access to guns. Horrific mass killings cannot be committed with knives or baseball bats or bare fists. Weak gun laws have led to a glut of weapons on the streets. And as a result, bitter human frustrations lead to gun violence. Anger leads to killings. When will our Nation wake up and confront the tragic reality that we make it far too easy for dangerous people to have access to guns?" ...
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KABA Note: Yet the Utah shooting took place in a "gun free" zone.
 

PA: Statement of the PATH Coalition on Yesterday's Shooting Tragedy in Philadelphia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The following statement was issued today by the PATH Coalition (Pennsylvanians Against Trafficking Handguns):"

"Once again Philadelphia has been rocked by a senseless act of gun violence. Last night's tragedy that left 4 men dead reminds us all how easy it is for a person armed with a gun to end lives. Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and families of the victims."

"This tragedy makes clear that gun violence affects more than urban and poor neighborhoods. It is a problem that impacts all walks of life, including the business community. The PATH Coalition hopes that the business community of Philadelphia will join us in the campaign to strengthen Pennsylvania's gun laws, so to reduce the likelihood of all gun violence." ...
 

PA: National Shooting Spree
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun violence is the scourge of Philadelphia. Last year, 406 people were murdered in this city. Nearly all the victims were young, poor, and black; and already, the city is on course to exceed this total in 2007. The situation here has become so dire that in late January, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence released a report in Philly entitled 'Shady Dealings: Illegal Gun Trafficking from Licensed Gun Dealers.' The report focused on over two dozen cases of gun trafficking nationwide, most of incidents coming from urban areas like Philly." ...
 

IN: Homeowner shoots burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"This time Michael Harmon's luck ran out."

"The 46-year-old Gary man who was acquitted on burglary charges in June has a new felony charge and a gunshot wound to his leg, all the result of an alleged theft at a Brunswick home earlier this month."

"Detective Cpl. Dan Callahan said Harmon of 1079 Jackson St. was charged with burglary after the resident of a home in the 1100 block of Hendricks Street caught the suspect inside and shot him."

"Homeowner Waymond Pearson was not charged in connection with the shooting ..." ...
 

UT: Witness: Mall Teen Gunman Calmly Opened Fire
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"A trench coat-clad teenager who opened fire on shoppers at a mall had one thing in mind: "to kill a large number of people," and he likely would have killed more than the five victims who died had an off-duty officer not confronted him, the police chief said Tuesday." ...

"Marie Smith, 23, a Bath & Body Works manager, said she had seen the gunman through the store window. She watched as he raised his gun and fired at a young woman approaching him from behind."

"'His expression stayed totally calm. He didn't seem upset, or like he was on a rampage,' said Smith, who crawled to an employee restroom to hide with others. He looked like 'an average Joe,' she said." ...
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KABA Note: According to blogger Garrett this mall is "one of the few malls in Utah that features a 'NO GUNS ALLOWED' sign on their doors".
 

NY: Westchester gun bill sidelined for now
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Westchester County legislators are abandoning - at least for now - a proposal to put county police entirely in control of pistol licenses."

"County Executive Andrew Spano had called for the measure to be included in the county's 'joint legislative package,' a wish list of his and legislators' priorities for state action."

But after weeks of debate, 'we've told the administration it's pretty much dead,' Board of Legislators Majority Leader Martin Rogowsky, D-Harrison, said yesterday." ...
 

NY: New York Senate backs Winner firearms law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The New York State Senate on Monday unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Sen. George H. Winner Jr. R-Elmira, to require that anyone who discharges a firearm and causes an injury must immediately file a police report."

"'This proposed law seeks to prevent tragedies associated with unreported firearms accidents,' Winner said Monday in a news release from his office." ...
 

ND: Stand Your Ground Bill Passes North Dakota House
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Opposition from prosecutors and law enforcement officers could not derail legislation giving North Dakotans the right to shoot a burglar or carjacker with protection from criminal prosecution or civil lawsuits if they do."

"'This bill is simply a citizen's version of homeland security,' said Rep. Ron Carlisle, R-Bismarck." ...

"It deletes language in existing law that declares 'the use of deadly force is not justified if it can be avoided, with safety to the actor and others, by retreat ...'" ...
 

NJ: New Jersey could become 5th state to limit monthly handgun buys
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"New Jersey could become the nation's fifth state and the first in seven years to make it illegal for people to buy more than one handgun per month."

"Assemblywoman Joan Quigley, a sponsor of the legislation, represents Jersey City, which like other New Jersey cities has struggled against street gangs and gun violence."

"'I personally can see no reason why anyone would want to go out and buy guns in multiples,' she said." ...
 

AR: New bill could give homeowners right to shoot intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A new bill under consideration could give some Mid-Southerners more rights when it comes to protecting themselves and their homes."

"That bill is causing some controversy."

"The bill proposed by Pine Bluff State Senator Jerry Taylor would let a homeowner shoot an intruder on the property outside their house."

"It is a bill prosecutors in Arkansas do not like." ...

"'It could turn it into the Wild West. We'd have to be very careful about that,' says West Memphis Police Chief, Bob Paudert." ...
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KABA Note: "Wolf!" cried Chief Paudert. "Help! Wolf!!"
 

GA: House approves gun rights bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Georgia motorists could carry their guns wherever they choose inside their cars under legislation the House passed on Monday."

"Under current law, motorists who don't have a concealed weapons permit must keep firearms in plain view or inside a glove compartment or console."

"The bill, which passed 130-38 and now heads to the Senate, would allow drivers to hide their guns under the seat or between seat cushions."

"Monday's hourlong debate on the measure came down to the constitutional right to bear arms versus concerns over the safety of children and police officers."

"'This gives back a small piece of the Second Amendment that has been deprived from law-abiding citizens,' said Rep. Tim Bearden, R-Villa Rica, the bill's sponsor." ...
 

UT: Compromise on concealed weapons is full of holes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... just what happened between the Utah Legislature and the University of Utah, which wanted a legislative means to enforce its long-standing concealed weapons ban? A legislative solution was needed after the Utah Supreme Court found the policy conflicted with state law."

"So university officials said, in effect, 'OK, we'll work with the Legislature on this. ...'"

"For that demonstration of good faith, the university got a state law that permits students who live on campus to elect not to be placed with students who are concealed-weapon permit holders and allows professors to post signs if they object to a student carrying a concealed weapon into their offices."

"Permit holders are still free to carry guns ... just about anywhere else on campus."

"Some compromise."
 

Journals of the Continental Congress, "were to be permitted to carry home their arms", July 28, 1783
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"...Resolved, That though Congress are disposed to extend every possible mark of humanity to the troops clemency which may consist with the honor of government and safety of the public, to those troops who were concerned in the late mutiny, they cannot take any final resolutions on that subject, till the commanding officer shall have finished the trials and enquiries now begun...."

"...Resolved, That as the act of the 26 of May last, by which the troops that were discharged or furloughed were to be permitted to carry home their arms, originated in the high degree of confidence which Congress have ever had occasion to place in the patriotism and good disposition of the army...."
 

Journal of the Senate of the United States of America, "that they should be armed, so as to be ready to repel any attack", May 11, 1842
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"...I have, therefore, authorized the colonel in command there, as soon as he shall deem it expedient, to declare that hostilities against the Indians have ceased, and that they will not be renewed unless provoked and rendered indispensable by new outrages on their part; but that neither citizens nor troops are to be restrained from any necessary and proper acts of self-defence against any attempts to molest them...."

"...But, to render this system of protection effectual, it is essential that settlements of our citizens should be made within the line so established, and that they should be armed, so as to be ready to repel any attack...."

"...it would be expedient to authorize the loan of muskets...."
 

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, "Our fellow citizens were undoubtedly prepared to meet every event", Nov. 27, 1800
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"...Compelled by the habits of a long life, as well as by all the principles of society and government which I could ever understand and believe, to consider the great body of the People as the source of all legitimate authority, no less than of all efficient power..."

"...May the spirit which animated the great founder of this city descend to future generations..."

"...Our fellow citizens were undoubtedly prepared to meet every event which national honor, or national security could render necessary. These it is to be hoped are secured at the cheapest and easiest rate: if not, they will be secured at more expense...."
 

Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States, "that a militia is the only natural and proper defence of a free country", May 25, 1798
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"...Resolutions of a meeting of the citizens of the town of Newton, in the State of Massachusetts . . . stating their determination to support the Constitution of the United States against the unjust claims and aggressions of any foreign Power, and all open and secret enemies to the Government and, People thereof...."

"...the Militia of the State of Virginia, at meetings held in the counties of Fairfax and Loudon, stating that, in their opinion, it is improper to leave it to the discretion of the President of the United States to raise an armed force . . . that a militia is the only natural and proper defence of a free country..."

"...they will not hesitate to step forward, as one man, in defence of their rights and property...."
 

NY: Suing cops earn hearing
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A group of city cops who say they're going deaf from gun blasts on the NYPD's firing ranges finally have found a judge who will listen, the Daily News has learned."

"Last week, Bronx Supreme Court Justice Paul Victor rejected a bid to dismiss a lawsuit filed by eight police officers who allege that faulty protective earmuffs caused them to suffer serious hearing loss." ...
 

NC: Robeson Deputy Pleads Guilty in Federal Probe
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"Another former Robeson County deputy pleaded guilty Monday to drug and kidnapping conspiracy and using a gun in a crime, charges that resulted from the 'Operation Tarnished Badge' probe of the sheriff's department, federal prosecutors announced."

"Vincent Sinclair, 44, of Red Springs, admitted taking part in the crimes in December 2003 and February 2004. The drug conspiracy and gun charges each carry five-year minimum sentences, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District, based in Raleigh. No sentencing date was set."

"Prosecutors said the investigation, which focused on the drug-enforcement division of the sheriff's office, has now resulted in 11 convictions." ...
 

FL: Courts have upheld individual's right to own guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Feb. 2, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel published a letter decrying the argument that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees a right of individual gun ownership as 'hokum.' Apparently, the author of the letter was unaware that in 2001 a decision of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal held exactly that. While subsequent decisions of the Ninth and Tenth Circuits disagree, the issue will not be settled until the U.S. Supreme Court tackles the issue head on and it, unfortunately, has been avoiding Second Amendment cases for almost 70 years. Regardless, there is much scholarly debate both ways, hardly the stuff of 'hokum.'" ...
 

CA: Saugus rifle event shot down by legal fears
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"Project Appleseed is about planting the seeds of marksmanship and the spirit of the rifleman across the country." ...

"The nonprofit project was started by the Revolutionary War Veterans Association, a gun club in North Carolina." ...

"The first event in California was scheduled this weekend at A Place to Shoot, a firing range in Saugus. Until it was abruptly canceled." ...

"... An attorney who is a firearms owner advised [RWVA] 'that certain California laws in conjunction with a potential strong anti-gun bias of some local prosecutors could create problems for the program and those who attend it."

"The primary concern was the state militia law and the teaching of military-style marksmanship ..." ...
 

CA: Froman hails free speech, gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Twenty-six years ago, Sandra Froman heard a strange sound coming from her front door in the middle of the night. She looked through the peephole to find a large man attempting to break her lock and enter her house. Petrified, Froman screamed to make it clear that someone was home. But her effort to scare the would-be intruder off was to no avail." ...

"'I realized I was out of options,' she told the crowd. 'I decided then and there I was never going to be that helpless again.'"

"Froman, a self-described 5-foot-2 Jewish woman, bought a gun the next day. She is now president of the National Rife Association (NRA), the second woman president in the organization’s 136-year history." ...
 

CA: Op-Ed: More guns, more crime: Columbine revisited
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In an essay released last year by investigators of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, 18-year-old gunman Eric Harris mused, 'Students can get weapons into school too easily and they have [too] much access to weapons outside of school.'"

"Long before he took the lives of 12 of his classmates, Harris recognized the societal loophole that allowed him and 17-year-old Dylan Klebold to commit one of the worst American atrocities of the last century — the result of a liberal gun culture that prizes more highly a right to wield a rifle than a right to live without the fear of being shot." ...
 

Iraq: Iraq to temporarily close borders with Iran, Syria
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"Iraq plans to close its borders with Iran and Syria for 72 hours in an attempt to secure the capital, the Iraqi commander in charge of Baghdad's security plan announced Tuesday."

"Lt. Gen. Abboud Qanbar, speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, spelled out the details of the security crackdown in a televised address Tuesday." ...

"Baghdad's curfew will being extended during the closures, and Iraqi forces plan to suspend civilian licenses for weapons and ammunition." ...
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Submitters note: Civilians are being killed left and right and the government wants to confiscate their weapons.
 

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