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Sheep, goats and guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Nowhere in the American political landscape is the divide between left and right greater than in the realm of self defense. This is true on the individual level, as when one awakes with an intruder in the bedroom, and it is true in our collective experience as a nation."
 

CA: Alameda Gun show ban (another version)
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"In upholding an Alameda County, Calif., ban on possession of guns within county property -- an ordinance that effectively bans gun shows -- a three-judge panel nevertheless ripped into one court precedent and reduced to dicta a December opinion by 9th Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt. The latest opinions cement the court's place at the center of the debate over whether the Constitution confers an individual, rather than a collective, right to keep and bear arms."
 

When Clinton supported regime change
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The opponents of the Bush administration's possible military action against Iraq make the following arguments: 'He's simply trying to finish the job his father started'; 'No blood for oil'; 'Iraq poses no imminent threat';" etc. ...

"But Bill Clinton, four years ago, took to the airwaves and explained his authorization of non-U.N.-approved missile strikes against Iraq, using the very same arguments now advanced by President Bush. Yet the silence was deafening."
 

NY: No Homicide Charge for Man Who Killed an Armed Intruder
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"With one foot in Ms. Gutierrez's living room, the intruder, John Mejia, a k a Luis Rodriguez, 36, was shot to death by Ms. Gutierrez's son Manuel Falquez, 22, an airman in the Air Force who used an unlicensed 9-millimeter pistol, the authorities said."

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This is incredible and obscene! Protect a defenseless woman from an intruder in her own home and get prosecuted for using an unlicensed handgun to do it!
 

MI: Project Safe Neighborhoods Seeks to Reduce Gun Violence
Submitted by: MichiganShooter.cOm
Website: http://www.michiganshooter.com

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"Project Safe Neighborhoods, a new, national initiative to reduce gun violence is a Department of Justice program being implemented regionally by each U.S. Attorney in an effort to make our communities safer, more viable places to live. In the Eastern District of Michigan, PSN is being implemented by U.S. Attorney Jeffrey G. Collins in partnership with Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick..."
 

NJ: Cop accused of pulling gun on neighbors
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"An off-duty West Orange police officer accused of bursting into a Newton home and brandishing his loaded service handgun in front of two men and a teenager must undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he is eligible for release from jail."

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More evidence that only Police Officers should be armed.

 

TX: Officer examining gun shoots himself in leg
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Dallas police officer visiting a relative in northwest Houston accidentally shot himself in the leg while looking at the relative's handgun, authorities said." ...

"The witness told police Pennie was handling a Colt .45 caliber handgun when it discharged, striking him in the leg."

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What's this? Only "trained professionals" should be allowed to have guns?
 

CO: Local Gun Laws in Peril
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Denver laws that ban the possession of concealed firearms would be thrown out under a sweeping gun measure given preliminary approval Wednesday by the state Senate."

 

CA: No lawsuit immunity for gun industry
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"One Sunday in 1994, my 15-year-old son, Kenzo, was at a friend's house, when the friend decided to show him his father's handgun. Without telling Kenzo what he was doing, the boy took out a clip that had bullets in it and put in an empty clip. That made him think the gun was empty. But the gun's design had tricked him. When he pulled the trigger, the bullet hidden in the chamber killed my son."

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No, what killed your son was the failure of his friend's parents to supervise the youngsters around loaded firearms and the sheer carelessness with which the friend ignored basic safety rules of firearms handling. THE GUN IS ALWAYS LOADED The firearm was simply the tool by which that irresponsibility manifested itself that tragic day.
 

NY: Man Fatally Shoots Armed Intruder In Mom's Apartment (another report)
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"Manuel Falquez, 22, an Air Force information manager stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey, was in his mother's third-floor apartment with his girlfriend Tuesday night when a man with a .38-caliber revolver appeared on the living-room balcony and began to jimmy the door with a knife, police said."

"Falquez grabbed an unlicensed 9mm pistol and ordered the intruder to drop his weapon, police Deputy Inspector Kenneth Mekeel said. Falquez shot the man once in the head when the intruder held onto his gun, Mekeel said."

"A spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Falquez would be charged with criminal possession of a weapon."
 

For a while, only a very few guns will be in the cockpit
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...not many pilots will want to if they have to carry their weapons in cases and undergo extensive psychological testing, said Capt. Fred Bates..." ...

"There are going to be fewer pilots who are willing to go through an extensive vetting process," Bates said. 'Unsafe and unworkable' is how he characterized the TSA's requirement that pilots carry guns in locked cases inside a bag when going to and from the airport."
 

CA: Gun show ruling won't affect north state events
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"This week's court ruling allowing gun shows to be banned on public property likely won't impact shows in the north state, government officials and gun enthusiasts said Wednesday."

"The city of Redding hasn't considered putting an end to the two gun shows held each year at the Redding Convention Center, City Attorney Brad L. Fuller said."
 

NH: Guns in schools: Let’s stop pretending they aren't already there
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Though schools are much safer than many other places kids go, they are no longer the safe havens they once were. Thugs, drug dealers and picked-on kids who want to settle old scores with class bullies have made campus security uncertain. You never know when some kid is going to create havoc in a school."
 

Kurt Russell is a Libertarian who doesn't believe in gun control
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Here's a Hollywood rarity!

"... I'm a libertarian, which to some people is akin to being a Scientologist, so Marty and I had some interesting discussions.'

"We had some nice people on that set who were politically very liberal. And gun control was always a strong issue with them. Well, then the L.A. riots come and these same people are calling me asking, 'Do you have any guns?' "

"And I said, 'I'd love to help you out, but they're all being used.' Those people, suddenly, really realized what it's like to be in that ghetto every day. It's just about survival. It's just about getting through the day. Any way you can do it, you do it. And suddenly that Second Amendment made some sense during that rough moment."
 

UK: Gun-toting thug knocks at the door
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"A Tilehurst man had a terrifying late-night encounter with a mystery thug who tried to barge into his home brandishing a gun."

"The victim answered a knock at the front door of his Elvaston Way home at 11.30pm on Wednesday last week and found the gunman on his doorstep."

"But when the man tried to force his way in, the quick-thinking householder managed to slam the door shut."
 

CA: Bee provides balance [Letter]
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"I, and other gun enthusiasts, appreciate the way The Bee continues to publish editorials and columns that are well thought out in response to authors favoring more gun restrictions (such as Don Shaw's column, 'Gun control does not mean total gun confiscation,' Jan. 29). The Bee could have just easily been like many other papers by publishing only pro-gun opinions." ...

SCOTT HERMANN
NRA certified pistol instructor
Manteca
 

Anti-Gun Group Targets Campus Firearms Policies
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"An anti-gun group says it has surveyed gun possession policies at more than 150 'prestigious' colleges and universities, discovering 'a broad array' of policies, some of which might disturb parents whose teenagers are now applying to colleges."

"The Alliance for Justice said it plans to distribute its findings as part of a reference guide for the parents of high school students."

"But, in a press release, the AFJ said numbers don't tell the whole story. The group urged parents to 'look beyond a university's stated policy and ask questions about enforcement of that policy.' "
 

Outlaw all handguns! Gun control, Brady Watch (E-bay ad)
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"If you are in favor of getting guns off the streets and out of our society, here is the perfect watch for you. It makes your political statement, like a bumper sticker on your wrist. If you are a member of the Jim and Sarah Brady organization Handgun Control, or the Brady Campaign, and are anti-NRA, you'll like this."

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Great item for muggers to steal from unarmed anti-gun, bedwetters.
 

Terry: Gun Nuts' Need to Separate Themselves from Zealots (Letter)
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Although you stoutly claim to be a hunter, after reading your insane, anti-Second Amendment piece, we sincerely doubt that you are any kind of gun owner or hunter, since you clearly don't understand the mechanical differences between hunting weapons like a Remington model 1100 shotgun or Model 7400 hunting rifle, or a Browning Automatic Rifle such as the BAR Classic or Lightweight Stalker - and the ubiquitous semi-automatic assault weapon. Guess what: there isn't any mechanical difference."
 

NY: Guns' Legality Key in 4 Cases
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The concept of 'a man's home is his castle' dates back to English common law. But modern law dictates you can't protect that castle with an illegal gun."

"In the past two months, four intruders have been shot in the city during burglaries and armed robberies. Three of those would-be thieves were killed."

"In all but one of those cases, the men protecting their homes or business used unlicensed guns, potentially landing themselves in legal hot water."
 

Philippines: GMA'S gun ban challenged before Supreme Court
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"Former Solicitor General Francisco Chavez yesterday questioned before the Supreme Court the declaration of President Arroyo banning the carrying of firearms outside of residence."

"In a 55-page petition for certiorari, prohibition and mandamus, Chavez, who is himself a licensed gun owner, told the tribunal that the President has no right to amend existing laws through her imposition of a nationwide gun ban."
 

MD: Action taken against deputies
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"Two Baltimore sheriff's deputies have been fired and two more suspended for their roles in a stun gun attack on a Salvadoran construction worker who was mistaken for a bank robber in September."
 

OR: Domestic violence advocates team with gun prevention advocates; Kitts unveils legislation
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'This is not a gun bill', said Diana Madarieta, Director of Ceasefire Oregon, a gun violence prevention organization. 'This bill hooks us back into existing federal law and gives domestic violence advocates and law enforcement one more tool in their effort to protect women and children from their abusers. This bill is a domestic violence bill and opposing it is tantamount to saying that you support domestic violence.' "
 

GA: Man Arrested With Loaded Gun At Glynco Jetport
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"A Roswell, Ga., man was arrested Thursday after Transportation Safety Administration officers reported finding a loaded firearm in his luggage at the Glynco Jetport."
 

Canada: Students charged with weapons offenses
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"Police say the students were in a Grade 9 class when one produced what appeared to be a handgun and the other a dagger."

"Police say the gun was pointed at a third student, who tried to flee and was shot twice with what turned out to be a BB gun."
 

The Thin Yellow Line that Protects Us
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The NRA had it all wrong: These aren't jackbooted, government thugs, these are just everyday cowards with a strong yellow
streak down their backs that shows every time they run into someone with the guts to hit back."
 

Nullification Returns Power to Juries--Where It Belongs
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Jury nullification is the power and right of jurors to find the verdict according to their consciences and to judge the law as well as the facts in all criminal trials. Jurors have had this power to nullify bad law since our nation was founded and it used to be standard practice for judges to inform them of this. This practice was stopped in the 1890's and from that time on, ignorance regarding jury rights has been spreading."
 

OR: A fatal lack of responsibility (Letter)
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"I read with disgust the Feb. 15 article, 'Boy enters guilty plea of killing sister.' Why isn't the dad having to take any responsibility for his own lack of accountability as a parent, a gun owner and a sheriff's sergeant to boot?" ...

"It would be like a dad leaving a can of gasoline, along with matches, for a pyromaniac. The dad should be held accountable for not storing his guns properly and for not having safety locks."
 

VT: Vt. Bookseller Purges Files to Avoid Potential 'Patriot Act' Searches
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Some booksellers are troubled by a post-Sept. 11 federal law that gives the government broad powers to seize the records of bookstores and libraries to find out what people have been reading."

"Bear Pond Books in Montpelier will purge purchase records for customers if they ask, and it has already dumped the names of books bought by its readers' club."
 

NY: Empire State Games should aim to preserve shooting sports
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Back in the fall, there was electricity in the air because an advance team from the Empire State Games was reviewing venues in the Hudson Valley."

"Dutchess County Legislator James Hammond has been working hard to bring the 2004 games to the Poughkeepsie area. Whether the effort he's invested in the project will bear fruit awaits a decision by ESG officials."
 

FL: Veterans' Memorial Dismantled Amidst Controversy
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"A veterans' memorial, set to open in three weeks, in Marion County, was dismantled today. Some community leaders felt part of the memorial was offensive, because the flags had Confederate symbols on them."

"The plan was to put up 50 flags, one for each state, at this memorial park. The Reverend James Sykes first complained about the flag proposal a few months ago. He says the flags for 11 southern states include some kind of symbol that is tied to the confederate army."
 

CA: Bird hopes to argue gun case before highest court
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"A Rancho Tehama man recently appealed to the supreme law of the land in his attempt to make California officials admit that private citizens have a constitutional right to bear arms."

"Having his case denied, appealed and unruled upon, has still not deterred Don Bird, 68. The retired contractor, who filed suit against California officials after the passage of several gun-control laws, hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will hear his case."
 

Family Donates Historic Revolver to Museum
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"A .38-caliber Smith and Wesson service revolver used by a World War II hero to shoot down a German attack plane will soon be on display at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base..."

"Officials disputed the achievement until a few days later when Capt. Clark Gable presented proof of the kill..."

"The kill was the only feat of its kind in World War II and has not been repeated since."
 

Canada: Feds take over gun safety courses
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Effective Feb. 1, the federal government took over administering the classes, previously managed by the Saskatchewan Association of Firearms Educators."

"Michelle Snyder of the Canadian Firearms Centre in Edmonton said the switch was made as part of a government cost recovery initiative, and expects costs will be minimal."
 

A Celebration for Criminals
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"I hope the central planners are happy. After years of abuse and contorting the criminal justice system for political gain, the party is over and the secret is out. The criminal justice system is dead. It does not produce justice nor does it protect people or their property."
 

UT: Gunslingers bring SASS to shooting
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"The new firepower in the gun-rights movement may not come from zealots defending cop-killer bullets or assault rifles, but folks who like fake badges, curly mustaches and spaghetti-western aliases."

"Joan 'Arizona Rose' Bailey of South Jordan gets admiring looks from the gentlemen for her choice in late winter fashion: a dark purple velvet dress and black leather boots.

"Of course, this cowgirl accessorizes with a real Colt .45 -- and she knows how to use it. Bailey is part of a growing cowboy-style shooting craze taking hold at gun shows across the country -- most recently at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy last weekend."
 

IN: Bill: No Guns For Domestic Violence Offenders
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"A pending bill in the Indiana House would ban people convicted of crimes involving domestic violence from possessing a firearm."

"House Bill 1849 is a response to a December federal court ruling that limited the firearms ban to the time spent in prison, and also restored civil rights such as the voting and the ability to serve on juries."
 

Clearing Your Home of a Suspected Intruder
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"While people often use the phrase ‘clear a room’, not everyone has a full understanding of what is involved. If you’ve watched much
TV, you’ve seen actors portraying police officers sweep their gun around a room from a doorway, pause and then yell, 'Clear!' in an authoritative tone. This is about as accurate as a Rosie O’Donnell interview."
 

FL: Baseless accusations (Letter)
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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Second letter on page

"In response to Hiroyuki Ueda (Crime problem exists Letters Jan 22) crime is a world-wide problem and we share the affliction. I don't have demographics comparing our per capita crime rate with those of England or Australia. The indisputable fact remains their burglary, assault, rape and murder rates rose drastically after law-abiding citizens' firearms were seized by government edict."
 

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