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Senate to vote on gun industry liability restrictions - gun banners hoping to tack on "assault" weapons renewal
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"President Bush has voiced his support for the immunity bill, which has already passed the House."

"When the bill goes before Congress next week, some Democratic senators are hoping to add amendments to renew the ban on assault weapons."

"Other lawmakers plan to introduce an amendment to close a gun show loophole that allows some part-time unlicensed gun dealers to sell guns at gun shows without a background check."
 

Law enforcement to lean on Hastert; Illinois-based groups seek vote to extend assault-weapon ban
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"Illinois-based law enforcement officials will urge House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) early next month to schedule a vote on legislation that would extend the federal ban on assault weapons."

"The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police recently petitioned Hastert to extend and strengthen the 10-year ban, which expires Sept. 13." ...

"...When Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) brings a National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed gun-manufacturer liability bill to the floor, lobbyists expect Democrats to introduce an amendment on the assault weapons ban."
 

Kerry gets Secret Service protection
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"The Secret Service began providing protection Friday to presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry, and Sen. John Edwards also has applied for the protection."

"To receive Secret Service protection, a candidate must be campaigning on a national basis, must have a prominent position in national media polls and must have garnered at least 10 percent of the vote in two consecutive primaries or caucuses."

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Our single national political party protecting itself... with our tax dollars, while passing more and more laws to disarm the rest of us.

 

Jews Should Develop a "Passion" for Self-Defense
Submitted by: JPFO
Website: http://www.jpfo.org/

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"No matter what this film does or doesn't do, anti-Semitism is on the rise, worldwide. In a frenzy of lethal loathing not seen since Hitler's Germany, literally millions of people are just looking for excuses to destroy Jews and Judaism." ...

"These 'leaders' are missing the forest for the trees. And just as bad, they're gravely insulting millions of Christians. Their shrieks of indignation often make it sound as if they believe that every Christian who sees this film is going to rush out of the theater and start bashing and beating Jews."

"Nonsense! As JPFO has said repeatedly, the Christians of America are some of the best friends the Jews have ever had. No mere movie is going to change that. But these Jewish "leaders" themselves are doing a good job of alienating Christians by implying that masses of Christians are closet anti-Semites, just waiting for Hollywood to trigger their bigotry."
 

RI: Carcieri Withdraws Homeland Security Plan
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Gov. Don Carcieri on Thursday withdrew a homeland security plan criticized by scholars and civil libertarians as a threat to free speech and assembly rights."

"The bill introduced last week would include acts of terrorism under existing law that makes it illegal to 'speak, utter, or print' statements in support of anarchy or government overthrow."

"It also would have included terrorism under current law that makes it unlawful for any person 'to teach or advocate' a government overthrow, or display 'any flag or emblem other than the flag of the United States' as preferable to the United States government." ...

"Carcieri said the negative reaction, which included criticism from the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, was overblown."

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Overblown? Is he joking? In 1917, the Wilson administration and the people's elected representatives passed the Espionage and Sedition Acts and the Trading with the Enemy Act, meant to quash any dissent or negativity about the United States entering World War I. It imposed imprisonment on anyone making "false reports" to help the enemy - without specifying the what the standard for "falseness" might be; it empowered the Postmaster General to deny use of the mail to any publication that, in his judgment, advocated insurrection, criticized the government or the laws of the United States, allowed him to deny mail to any person, who, in his opinion, circulated "seditious" material, and gave him censorship authority over the foreign language press; it censored all international communications; and it forbade disloyal or abusive remarks about the form of government, flag or military uniform of the United States. More than 2,000 people were prosecuted under the aforementioned statutes, and 1,055 were convicted under the Espionage and Sedition Acts.

And he thinks concerns were overblown? No, they were firmly based in history.
 

Supreme Court Expands Review of 'Enemy Combatant' Rule
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"The United States Supreme Court announced today that it would review the case of Jose Padilla, an American citizen being held in a Navy brig as an enemy combatant, thus setting the stage for an historic debate on the balance between individual liberties and national security."

"The justices will hear the case of Mr. Padilla in April, when they will hear a related case, that of Yaser Esam Hamdi, another American citizen being held in a brig without charges as an enemy combatant."

"Still another case already scheduled to be argued before the court in April concerns nearly 700 foreigners being detained as enemy combatants at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba."
 

NY: Gun policies, ideas are bad
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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When it comes to regulating guns, the federal government is not doing enough and Gov. George Pataki wants to do too much." ...

"This is a reckless decision, one that was opposed by the FBI Agents Association, which argues that 24 hours is not enough time to ensure improper gun sales don't slip through the cracks. The group is correct."

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Riiiiight. Considering how few criminals actually bother to get their guns via legal means, forcing the feds to dispose of those records does absolutely nothing.
 

NY: Activists want gun ban extended
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Assemblyman John Lavelle and an anti-gun group targeted Rep. Vito Fossella yesterday for failing to sign onto a House bill that would expand and extend the federal assault weapons ban."

"Fossella (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) would vote to extend the existing law, but he has yet to review the new legislation, a spokesman said."

"About a dozen anti-gun advocates, including some children, held signs as they protested across the street from Fossella's district office on Amboy Road in Eltingville."

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When they can't convince their target of the validity of their case based on merit, trot out brainwashed children to guilt the target into doing their bidding.
 

AZ: Mesa officer indicted on fraud charge
Submitted by: Michael Lewis

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"Mesa police lieutenant has been indicted on fraud schemes involving a burglary reported at his Chandler home nearly 14 years ago."

"Lt. Randall Lineberger, 42, is charged with filing a false burglary report on April 5, 1990, and collecting more than $13,000 in insurance reimbursement for guns, jewelry, cameras, silver dishes and power tools."

"The case came to the attention of Chandler police in March 2003 when Lineberger's estranged wife, Joanne Lineberger, told them they could find many of those items in her home or his apartment."
 

RI: Carcieri pulls bill on homeland security (Alternate Report)
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"Carcieri's bill would have created new felony charges, closed some public records and included a definition of terrorism that critics contended was so broad it could have defined as terrorists people who were exercising their First Amendment rights of speech and assembly."

"Carcieri's 18-page bill also added language to World War I-era laws that make it illegal to: display foreign flags as symbolic of governments preferable to the United States; 'speak, utter, or print' statements in support of anarchy; speak in favor of overthrowing the government; or display 'any flag or emblem other than the flag of the Unites States' as symbolic of, or preferable to, the United States government."

"Carcieri said he will draft and introduce a new homeland-security bill in this session of the General Assembly."
 

Norway: Video of Dogs being shot causes Norway stir
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"A videotape set to music of Norwegian peacekeepers in Kosovo shooting dogs drew furious reactions in their homeland Friday." ...

"During the video, a soldier is shown shooting a dog at long range with a rifle, and another Norwegian peacekeeper appeared to empty his pistol into it at close range as the animal writhed in agony. It also shows a dog on a leash being shot."

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And these charming, sadistic sociopaths are charged with keeping the peace in Kosovo?
 

NY: Taxation leads to gun confiscation (Letter)
Submitted by: New York State Highpower Rifle
Website: http://www.nyhighpower.com

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"The News article on the proposal to increase fees for gun permits was excellent. It demonstrates the concept that Gov. George Pataki believes that anything that can be taxed (or fees increased) should be taxed. With his history of runaway spending and catering to special interests in Albany, he is desperate to find ways to raise revenue.
He ignores the wishes of the Conservative Party, whose line helped get him elected in the first place, and seeks to further raid the pockets of taxpayers rather than cut back on his grandiose spending programs."

"By using the gun permit as a vehicle for increased taxes, he demonstrates the elitist attitude that rich people can be trusted with guns, while the working person should be denied access."

"The right to keep and bear arms is the only constitutional right I can think of that has been eroded to a privilege. Anything licensed is a privilege and can be revoked or infringed by legislative or judicial whim."
 

UT: No good can come from firearms bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The state Legislature is obsessed with guns-big guns, little guns, guns on university campuses, guns in private cars, guns in the home, even guns in elementary schools. This issue seems to come up every year, each time getting increasingly more insane."

"This is shown expertly in a Jan. 28 political cartoon appearing in The Salt Lake Tribune by artist Pat Bagley. The cartoon shows a man, identified as a member of the Legislature, kneeling in a very Smeagol (a la 'The Lord of the Rings') sort of way, holding a gun in a dark cave. He laments, 'My precious...' This could not be a more accurate description of the odd ways that our elected officials seem to worship these destructive objects."

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No more odd than the enemies of freedom and self defense worshipping at the altar of disarmament and tyranny.
 

NY: Meier opposes proposed pistol permit increase
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Few items in the proposed 2004-2005 budget have brought about as much interest and concern among residents of my Senate District as the attempt to change the status of pistol permits and increase the fees associated with registering a handgun. I strongly disagree with this proposed increase."
 

IL: In Defense of a Father Protecting His Family
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"The right of self-defense is recognized by the federal government, every state in the union and every major religion of the world."

"The State of Illinois codified the right to self-defense in, among other statutes, 720 ILCS 5/7-1, 'Use of Force in Defense of Person.' ... " ...

"Yet, what are we to make of the ban on handguns imposed by the Village of Wilmette upon its own law-abiding citizens. The ban does not target criminals or those who seek to harm others. Criminals, rapists and killers are not disarming themselves because of well-intentioned gun control laws." ...

"However, those same well-intentioned gun laws are forcing law-abiding citizens to unilaterally disarm." ...
 

Turkey: Dead toddler's father wants tougher gun control
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"The father of a Scottish toddler killed by a stray bullet in a Turkish resort said today he hoped that tougher gun control laws would serve as a tribute to his son."

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Those tougher gun control laws will be a tribute to the criminals getting the upper hand over the disarmed innocents.
 

Armed and dangerous
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"THE NATION'S gun lobby rarely backs down from a good fight, which is more than could be said of vast numbers of congressional representatives too scared to take on the National Rifle Association."

"That's why it appears there is a chance a bill that would exempt gun manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits brought by shooting victims could be approved by the U.S. Senate in the next month..."

"Given that a number of cities, counties and states have been filing lawsuits against gun dealers, it's no surprise that the NRA would try to find a way to offset the growing liability." ...

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And how many of those lawsuits have been successful? They are meant to bankrupt the industry in order to achieve disarmament nationwide.
 

FL: Teenager kills a friend; how did he get gun?
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"How the 13-year-old got the gun that killed David Walker remains critical to a better understanding of how he might have been saved. Even if the shooting turns out to have been an accident, the availability of weapons to teenagers is a problem that society must continue to confront. The one certainty about what happened outside Ivey Green Village is that David Walker would be alive if a.22-caliber handgun never had entered the picture."

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He would also be alive if his parents bothered to teach him respect for guns, and educated him how to handle them properly. But the gun banners would much rather avoid the problem than tackle it like responsible adults.
 

MI: History profs to help high school teachers
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"Much like a science class performing experiments to learn about ideas and concepts, authentic learning in history also involves going into the laboratory of history. The bulk of the work is done by students using actual 'primary source' materials such as the Declaration of Independence, the U.S Constitution, or even more current documents such as the Campaign Finance Reform Bill."

... "The teacher might pass out copies of the Second Amendment, and say 'What we're going to do is look at the language the authors used when they wrote this amendment. We're going to look at the terminology and investigate what the authors meant by the phrase 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms.' "

 

Disarm the cops, or else
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"On July 14, 1716, a royal decree from Louis XV confirmed the prohibition of the carrying of arms in France, except for «the nobility, individuals living as nobles [les gens vivant noblement], royal justice officers, and men of war». This reminds me of the incident, just before Christmas, when a Montreal cop accidentally fired his new, 16-round, semi-automatic pistol, a weapon now forbidden to ordinary citizens."

"Consider the history of the New York City police. Between its founding in 1844 and the end of the 1860s, NYC police officers were forbidden to carry guns in the course of their duties, while ordinary citizens were naturally allowed to, and often did, carry concealed revolvers. From 1911 ...the situation was reversed..."
 

CA: Pro-gun Stalwart Ahead in Polls-- Rico Oller has Lead in Open Seat Race
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"A poll released on Thursday shows the campaign of Rico Oller, a California State Senator running for an open congressional seat, with a growing lead over his two rivals."

"The three candidates are locked in a fierce battle leading up to the March 2nd primary in California's 3rd Congressional District."

"Sen. Oller is a champion of gun owners' rights, and he is an avid sportsman and hunter himself. He is also 'A' rated by Gun Owners of America, based on his voting record, his leadership on the gun issue, and his answers to the GOA Questionnaire."
 

How to Deal With Your Big, Fat, Obnoxious Government
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"Petitioning The State only shows you are willing to play along with its scam--the scam that claims that elected and appointed elites will provide justice, maintain peace, and protect the life and property of its subjects. The fact that one is requesting help in these areas broadcasts to The State that yes, indeed, the petitioner does indeed recognize the State’s legitimacy as protector and agent of change. Individual sovereignty has been replaced by the 'people’s sovereignty,' the elements of which, are determined by State propaganda." ...
 

EU: Commission proposes inclusion of biometric identifiers in EU citizens' passports
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"The European Commission adopted today a proposal for a Regulation harmonising security standards, including biometrics, for EU citizens' passports. In accordance with the conclusions of the Thessaloniki European Council, there is a need for a coherent approach on the introduction of biometric identifiers into visas, residence permits and passports. The proposals for visas and residence permits provide for two mandatory biometric identifiers: the facial image and fingerprints. Only the facial image has been chosen as a mandatory biometric identifier for passports. Fingerprints can be added as an option at the discretion of Member States. The proposal will now be considered by the Council and the European Parliament."
 

IL: State Bill Would Supersede Local Gun Laws
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"Illinois lawmakers are considering a measure that would offer a defense to gun-owners charged with breaking local gun laws during a shooting."

"The bill would allow the legal argument that it is O.K. to violate local gun restrictions to shoot someone in self-defense."

"The measure was approved by a House committee today and now goes to the House floor. It is similar to a bill approved earlier by a Senate committee."

"Opponents worry the change would open the door for people to carry guns in public. They also say the state should not interfere with local attempts to regulate guns." ...
 

MI: Student brings gun to victim disarmament zone
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"A 12-year-old seventh grade student will most likely be expelled from the Saginaw Township School District after bringing a loaded gun to school on Wednesday. ABC12's Terry Camp had more."

"Parents of students at White Pine Middle School were shocked late Friday afternoon when they found out about the incident."
 

Australia: Gun parts buried in dirt on Nail Can, court told
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"A POLICE crime scene officer yesterday described to a Supreme Court jury in Griffith how parts of a .357 pistol were found at Nail Hill in Albury in June, 2002."

"The search was done about a month after the discovery of Mr Andy Hullicks body in a caravan at a property in Dallinger Rd on May 3." ...

"The search of Nail Can Hill had been carried out by about 30 to 40 SES personnel and police."

"Det Coleman said an area about 1500m by 1500m was searched."

"Police dogs experienced in searching for explosives and firearms were used."

"They were followed by police with metal detectors in a line search."

"Det Coleman said he had photographed areas where gun parts were found."
 

IL: Saturday Gun Show in Wilmette
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"Thanks to the 1st Division of the Sons of the American Legion, the hamlet of Wilmette, Illinois, one of the pearls communities of the North Shore strung along Lake Michigan from Chicago to the Wisconsin boarder, will be home to a gun show of sorts tomorrow."

"This won’t be a gun show in the traditional sense with actual firearms and firearm dealers present. It will be an information exchange, no background checks needed."

"The Legion is hosting a forum for residents and interested parties to discuss and debate the village’s infamous ban on gun ownership in light of the recent self-defense shooting and subsequent village prosecution of resident Hale DeMar."
 

CA: Student is expelled for gun in his truck
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"The Davis Board of Education voted Thursday to expel Davis High senior Adam Liston, then voted to suspend the expulsion and let Liston re-enroll in the district - but only as a student at King High School or the Davis School for Independent Study."

"Liston, 18, was arrested in January after he drove to Davis High School with an unloaded shotgun in the cab of his pickup truck."
 

OH: Student Arrested On School Gun Charges
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A West High School student was arrested for allegedly taking a weapon onto school grounds Friday morning.

A spokesman for Columbus Public Schools told NewsChannel 4 that a student told administrators that Ryan Jones, 18, had an unloaded AK-47 in his car.

Jones, a junior, was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon. He was also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.
 

GA: Audit finds trouble in city Police Department
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"Atlanta's troubled Police Department for years has failed to confront a serious crime problem and has even downplayed it, a new audit concludes."

"Police Chief Richard Pennington said the report, to be released today, describes a department where crime reports have been either intentionally suppressed or lost through sloppy record keeping. The result has been altered crime statistics, he said."
 

MA: Massachusetts to distribute 240,000 gun locks under federal program
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Massachusetts law enforcement officers will get 240,000 gun locks to distribute free to gun owners under a federal program officials announced Thursday.

The distribution is part of a $50 million national program, called Project Childsafe, being funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and administered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an industry trade group.

Lori O'Connell, a spokeswoman for the program, said the cable locks for both large and small bore weapons, will be handed out "no questions asked" by officers.

It is illegal for a dealer to sell a handgun or large capacity rife or shotgun in Massachusetts without a safety lock.
 

GA: Columbus killing stirs tensions
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The last thing Kenneth Walker probably heard were shouted commands from submachine gun-toting deputies in the night.

"The 39-year-old black insurance manager from Columbus was either exiting an SUV that had been pulled over on I-185 or was getting set to lie on the ground. A bullet, one of two shots fired from an MP5 9 mm submachine gun, ripped into Walker's brain. Six hours later, the husband and father of a 3-year-old girl was dead." ...

"Deputy David Glisson, who shot Walker, was fired Thursday because of the 'totality of facts revealed in the [in-house] administrative investigation,' said sheriff's spokesman Capt. Joe McCrea." ...
 

GA: Worry less about bullies; protect children from guns
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"When state Rep. Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus) learned of the shooting death of 14-year-old Bianca Walton, she resolved to stop the senseless slaughter of Georgia children. Hugley's instincts are on target." ...

"Georgia ranks among the top states in the number of students caught with weapons in school. Georgia is also third behind Texas and California in the number of children who die in gun accidents, according to the National Center for Health Statistics."

"Yet, the Legislature averts its eyes from those statistics in deference to gun fanatics who see any law as an infringement of their right to leave loaded guns on the mantelpiece during Cub Scout meetings."

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Instead of advocating a clamping down on our rights in a paranoid, insulting manner, wouldn't these editors be better off advocating education and safety training?
 

Greece: Another gun fires all by itself in the hands of stellar professionals
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"Two officers from an elite coast guard unit were seriously injured during an Olympics security exercise Friday after a gun fired accidentally."

"The officers were injured in the security drill at the main port of Piraeus, the merchant marine ministry said. They were hospitalized with wounds to the neck and shoulder, a ministry spokeswoman said."

" 'The gun fired ... while the officers were having a break during a routine exercise,' a statement said, adding that an inquiry has been ordered."

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If these "stellar professionals" can't even take responsibility for their negligent discharge, how will they protect the disarmed audiences at the Olympic games?
 

KS: Concealed-Gun Foes Testify, but Draw Verbal Flak in Kansas House
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"[The] chairman of Safe State Kansas... was the first to testify against a bill to allow Kansans to carry concealed weapons -- before a committee that heavily favors the measure."

" 'How many Kansans must die before you decide they have the right to defend themselves?' asked Rep. Harold Lane, D-Topeka."

" 'Isn't self-defense different than vigilantism?' asked Rep. Arlen Siegfreid, R- Olathe."
 

Philippines: Comelec: 'Balikatan' forces to be exempted from gun ban
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"PHILIPPINE and American forces participating in the Balikatan military exercises should apply for exemptions to the gun ban that the Commission on Elections imposed ahead of the May elections, a Comelec official told INQ7.net Friday."

"Comelec Commissioner Mehol Sadain made the call as he assured Balikatan participants that the exemption would be granted because this was under a separate agreement between the Philippine and United States governments."

"Of course, we will grant the exemptions." ...
 

AR: Two Benton High School Students Accused of Having Guns on School Property
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Two Benton High School students are in trouble Friday night accused a waving a gun at students on school property.

Witnesses say Thursday the two boys were sitting in the school parking lot pointing a gun at passing students.

Friday, police interviewed them. Officers also searched their cars. In one, they found a pellet gun that appeared like a real gun, the other car had a 20-gauge shotgun and a loaded rifle.

Weapon charges are now pending and the school is considering its form of punishment.

The names of the 17-year-olds are not being released.
 

NH: Guns not illegal in schools
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"School administrators all agree they don’t want guns of any kind on school grounds, but every district’s policy is different and state law provides little cohesion."

" 'Right now, it’s not illegal to take a gun to a school in New Hampshire,' said Rockingham County Attorney Jim Reams after the topic arose at a meeting of the county’s executive committee last week."
 

OH: Toledo Library board will post signs banning guns
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"Pistol-packing library patrons will have to leave their guns in their cars."

"The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Board of Trustees voted yesterday to post signs outside the system’s libraries announcing that no firearms can be taken inside its buildings in response to the state’s concealed carry law, which takes effect in April."

"Library Director Clyde Scoles said weapons already are prohibited in the system’s libraries, but the board wanted to make sure people knew that the law exempts libraries from compliance with the concealed-carry law."
 

KS: Supporters speak for firearms legislation
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"Fairway Police Chief Kevin Cavanaugh told a House panel on Thursday that Kansans should decide for themselves whether they want to carry handguns for their own protection."

"If they don't want to carry a concealed weapon, they don't have to apply for a $150 state license, the police chief said in an appearance before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee."

"The committee wound up two days of hearings on legislation that would allow Kansans to carry firearms in their pockets or purses, something that now is illegal in Kansas and three other states: Nebraska, Illinois and Wisconsin. Other states allow concealed weapons in some form."
 

UK: Brutal car raid gang behind bars
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"Four teenagers are in youth custody after a raid in which a young racing driver was brutally attacked, blighting his career."

"The four, all from Luton, Bedfordshire, stole two cars worth £180,000 from Ben Lewis's home at Royston, Hertfordshire." ...

"Luton Crown Court heard Hussain, fuelled by drink, took exception Mr Lewis fighting back when the gang struck on 20 June last year." ...

"Judge Geoffrey Breen
He hit Mr Lewis on the side of his face with the marble base of one of his trophies, shattering his eye socket and sliced his hand severing tendons, said Beverley Cripps, prosecuting."

"Aslam had pistol-whipped him and terrorised him with an imitation gun."
 

MS: 3 Arrested In Domino's Robbery
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Three suspects were in custody Friday morning for a robbery at a Clinton pizza place.

Police said two men robbed the Domino's Pizza shop on Old Vicksburg Road just after noon Thursday.

Police said the men had a small pistol. The men were seen fleeing the scene with a third individual.

Officers caught up with the three suspects in Jackson, but all three men gave false names, police said.

Investigators were working on identifying the men Friday morning.

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Too bad Domino's has a victim disarmament policy. They would rather see their employees robbed, raped or killed than allow them to defend themselves.
 

PA: Elementary Students Allegedly Approached By Armed Strangers
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"Schools are warning parents in York County to talk to their children about the dangers of strangers."

"The warning comes after two separate incidents involving young girls walking to school in York. In both cases, the children, a third- and a fourth-grader at the Phineas Davis Elementary School were approached by people in a car who reportedly had weapons."

"According to school officials, the girls were walking to school on East Princess Street when the incidents happened Tuesday morning."

"The third-grader said a car pulled up along side her and a woman with a penknife got out and approached her."

"The fourth-grader told school officials a man in a car asked her if she wanted to go for a ride. She said he also displayed a gun."
 

KS: Concealed carry bill draws support, criticism
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"With the introduction of legislation in the House of Representatives, Kansas may finally be joining most other states in permitting citizens to carry concealed weapons."

"Thirty-six representatives are co-sponsoring a bill allowing for the concealed carry of handguns--a bill referred to as the Personal and Family Protection Act."

"But even if the bill did pass in both the House and Senate, it still faces one major opponent who has the power to veto--Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a democrat."

"The governor has made her position on the bill very clear, saying that allowing retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed weapons is as far as she'll go."

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Hey Kathy, what about people who don't have bodyguards?
 

IL: House Committee Approves Creating Defense Exemption on Handgun
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The bill would allow the legal argument that it is ok to violate local gun restrictions to shoot someone in self-defense.

The measure was approved by a House committee Friday and now goes to the House floor. It is similar to a bill approved earlier by a Senate committee.

Opponents worry the change would open the door for people to carry guns in public. They also say the state should not interfere with local attempts to regulate guns.

The bills are a response to the case of a suburban Chicago man who in late December shot an intruder in his home.

Local officials charged him with violating the city's ban on handguns, although the charges were later dropped.
 

OH: Ohio's working families deserve right to self-defense to and from jobs
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"A builder on his way to work in the West End today was shot as he drove onto his construction site this morning."

"Police said the man, Alan Stenger, was stopped by a pedestrian as he was driving a white Dodge Ram pickup. The two spoke for a moment before the man outside the truck fired several shots, striking the Stenger in the left side of the torso."

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"This victim's employer (and every other employer in Ohio) has been empowered by business lobbyists and Senators to make sure that people are still unable to bear arms for self-defense while traveling to and from work, even after the state begins issuing concealed handgun licenses (CHLs)."
 

OH: Right to self-defense coming too late for some domestic violence victims who depend on "paper protection"
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"At sunrise Wednesday, with three blasts from a high-caliber rifle, the troubled lives and marriage of Charles and Cloay Swope came crashing down right before the horrified eyes of their 10-year-old son."

"So unreal, it seemed to neighbors, spotting Cloay's lifeless body collapsed in a pool of blood on the front porch of the Renshaw Road home she once shared with her estranged husband, two children and mother-in-law."

"A thick stack of reports and court orders of protection tell the story of a pair of young parents' seriously disturbed relationship, plagued by threats of harm, divorce and alleged harassment, always momentarily quelled by vows to try again to make the marriage work."
 

SD: Hidden handgun bill killed
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"A legislative effort to loosen restrictions on those who want to carry concealed handguns in vehicles came to an abrupt end Friday."

"Sen. Napoli asked the Senate State Affairs Committee to kill HB1247, and the panel quickly obliged 7-0."

"Napoli told his colleagues that many people have worked on the bill, but they still are not happy with it. He said the issue will be studied again this summer in preparation for a revised bill in next year's Legislature."

" 'We're still just not quite comfortable with the language of this bill,' Napoli said."

"Current law forbids people from having concealed handguns, loaded or unloaded, in vehicles unless those people have state permits. Violators face up to one year in jail and $1,000 fines."
 

First lady defends education plan and Patriot Act
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"Mrs. Bush, a former librarian, said she thought the Patriot Act should be renewed, despite opposition from civil rights groups that argue it violates privacy rights and constitutional free speech."

" 'I think it's very important in the fight against terrorism,' she said, adding that she understands the concerns of librarians who have rallied against the act as an infringement on First Amendment rights. 'I also know that no part of that act has been acted upon in a library.' "

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WA: Faculty Senate combats USA Patriot Act
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"Western's Faculty Senate will submit a resolution to the university for approval Monday, asking the university not to cooperate with federal activities that threaten or violate constitutionally protected rights and activities of any members of the Western community."

"The resolution will specifically address the implementation of government power on university activities since the passage of the USA Patriot Act in 2001, educational foundations professor Lorraine Kasprisin said."

" 'A university must have free expression,' Faculty Senate President James Loucky said. 'Fundamentally, (the resolution) speaks of democracy and its role (at Western).' "

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Bush Plays Bait-and-Switch With 9/11 Panel
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"Let us finally put to rest a widely circulated and grossly inaccurate story that's been making the rounds: Rumors of President George W. Bush's cooperation with the panel probing the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are unsubstantiated." ...

" 'I've experienced two political bait-and-switches since I've been on the commission,' said Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska senator and current president of the New School University in New York. And that's only about a month. 'The bait-and-switch in politics is a technique that is intentionally designed to lead the public (to believe) that you're going to do something that you're not going to do.' "
 

Nazamerica
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"What could be more half-baked than a 'war on terrorism?' What could be more evil than 530 flag-draped caskets? What could be more evil than killing ten thousand plus innocent Iraqis and their families? What could be more evil than blaming Saddam and Iraq for 9-11? What could be more evil than the lies of a reserved foreign policy, no nation-building, and compassionate conservatism replaced by the reality of unilaterally abandoning nuclear proliferation treaties, appointing oneself emperor and judge of international nuclear weaponry, and master race over the entire world as its police force?"
 

Lash Of Islamic Slavery Still Torments Sudan
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"Arguably the racist Muslims would not have attacked if they had expected to be on the receiving end of AK-47 fire from the villagers. As it was, the Arabs slaughtered whom they wished and kidnapped the rest. The attack lasted for only a few minutes, but the horror of the aftermath was interminable."

"What a pity that most U.S. foreign aid ends up as cash in the pockets of a few corrupt politicians instead of as guns in the homes of erstwhile helpless populations. In the case of the Sudan, the government has declared an Islamic holy war -- a jihad -- against the non-Muslims of the southern part of the country."
 

Even Football Players Need Guns
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"Who could be more secure from attack than some hulk who plays professional football? The answer is, of course, a professional football player with a gun."

"This is an answer that gets the criminals' friends in the anti-self-defense chorus singing the blues."

"Speaking of his 19 years in the National Football League in an article in the New York Times of December 26 last year, Lomas Brown complained of having seen guns everywhere -- on team flights, in locker rooms, in players' cars, in dormitory rooms. Oh, the thought of it!"
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The UK has a crime problem and, believe it or not, except for murder, theirs is worse than ours. — Dan Rather, CBS Special Report, July, 2000

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