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TX: Two thumbs up for fellow citizens
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"...let's congratulate Edward Riley for his perseverance and success in getting to the bottom of an unpleasant mistake. His large home near Crosby and Lake Houston was surrounded one November evening by Harris County deputies, and Riley soon found himself handcuffed and held in the back seat of a patrol car." ...

"Assistant D.A. Tommy LaFon told a Chronicle reporter that in 13 years as a prosecutor this was the first time he'd been involved with a grand jury investigation that resulted from direct contact by a citizen."
 

A Suffocating Temperance
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"By now, most of us have probably read about the situation in Fairfax, Va. There, local police have been infiltrating bars, administering Breathalyzer tests, and arresting patrons for 'public drunkenness.' " ...

"...Chuck Hurley of the National Transportation Council said, 'Nothing in the Constitution says you’re entitled to be intoxicated at those levels.' "

"Mr. Hurley might want to brush up on the Ninth and Twenty-First Amendments."
 

UK: Top policeman calls for tasers 'set to stun'
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Scots police are set to be armed as early as next year with electrically-charged dart guns capable of incapacitating violent offenders, Scotland on Sunday can reveal." ...

"The senior officer in charge of firearms policy for Scotland has confirmed there is a need for a weapon to occupy the middle ground between guns and CS spray or side-handled batons."
 

Germany: Wurst-Case Scenario Causes Police Alert
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A man who mistook a salami for an automatic pistol triggered a major police operation on Friday in southern Germany, involving 10 police cars and a helicopter."

"The man alerted police that he had seen three men handling a gun in a car at a motorway service area. Police cars, dogs and a helicopter chased the car and held up the men, only to identify the 'weapon' as a salami."
 

NJ: Experts say police are urged not to hold on to vehicles
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The troopers took custody of Herbert, then ordered Simmons, the driver, from the car. Instead of complying, authorities said, Simmons sped off with Ellington holding on to the roof rack. After several blocks, Ellington shot and killed Simmons. He then let go of the rack before the car struck another vehicle, authorities said."
 

FL: Lauderdale police decide to videotape interviews
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Fort Lauderdale detectives will begin videotaping all of their interviews with homicide suspects, the police department announced Friday."

"The decision to videotape interrogations from start to end, instead of only audiotaping confessions, was made to increase public confidence -- also because Broward State Attorney Mike Satz requested it, said Capt. Bob Lamberti, head of the criminal investigations division."
 

IL: Weapons raid leads to murder charge
Submitted by: Lawrence Miller

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"... Kane County [IL] prosecutors earlier charged Quigley with four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon [UUW] and possessing a firearm without a Firearm Owners Identification Card." ...

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Notice the alleged criminal in no way was deterred by a FOID card or draconian gun laws that do nothing but treat law-abiding citizens like common criminals.
 

UK: Mother of gun victim leads rally
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The mother of a teenager shot dead in an inner city estate led a rally calling for an end to gun crime yesterday.

Janice Collins, whose 16-year-old son, Brendon Lawrence, was murdered in Nottingham last February, led a protest march through the city amid calls for a ban on the sale of replica guns and tougher punishment for those caught carrying or using firearms.
 

NY: Cops take aim at guns
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Brooklyn cops are pulling guns off the street in record numbers by turning cases over to federal court, where convictions can more than double the time offenders spend behind bars."

"In June, under a new initiative called Trigger Lock, the NYPD assigned a 10-detective bureau to its Brooklyn North command to investigate every gun arrest in the sector's 10 precincts."

"The cases against many suspects arrested in the new offensive have been moved along to federal court, where a felony gun possession conviction can fetch 15 years in prison. But first, Trigger Lock investigators try to milk those suspects for information on other crimes."
 

Bushmaster responds
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"The Brady Center’s attorneys are very loose with the facts in an attempt to conform them to their anti-gun theories. For example, they state we would know the results of BATF’s audits, knowing full well that we would not have access to that information. They mischaracterize the rifle. The military version and the civilian version of our rifle are quite different. All rifles are designed to be accurate, and there are many, many rifles with a larger caliber than ours." ...
 

UK: Theakston vice girl robbed by gunman
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Meanwhile, while the moronic "more laws, less guns" crowd marches against violence, another defenseless, disarmed UK subject gets victimized by an armed criminal.

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"African-born Bella was alone at night when the raider tricked his way in, hurled her on to a bed and held a pistol to her neck as he demanded cash." ...

"Bella, 30, begged the stocky gunman not to shoot then gave him £600."
 

PA: New Ken burglars steal 4 guns, safe
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"Four guns and the safe they were in were stolen from a city residence during a Friday afternoon burglary, police said."

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Locking guns in a safe sure doesn't stop stubborn robbers, intent on getting their arms from getting them.
 

UK: Armed raid at village bank
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"An armed robber left staff terrified at a village bank."

"The man, wearing a motorcycle helmet, fled with a large cash haul after producing a handgun at Lloyds TSB in Wessenden Head Road, Meltham."

"It was the third gun crime in five days in the Huddersfield area - sparking increasing concern about firearms."

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Why an increased concern about firearms? Why not an increased concern about armed criminals victimizing disarmed British subjects?
 

CO: Columbine Gun Suit Settled
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Lawyers confirmed Friday that families of victims of the Columbine High School shootings have settled federal claims against the gun-show vendors accused of selling weapons to the underage killers."
 

Philippines: PROGUN group, solons question gun ban
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Peaceful, Responsible, Owners of Guns (PROGUN) group announced yesterday that it will question the directive in court and vowed to conduct mass actions."

"In a text message, PROGUN members encouraged gun owners to go to the streets and place eggplant in their holsters."

"But Philippine National Police chief Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. said that such mass action will only be futile."
 

Philippines: One year amnesty for loose firearms surrender
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"President Arroyo yesterday gave holders of loose firearms a one-year amnesty period to surrender their weapons to the PNP for custody and apply for a license."

"Arroyo, through Executive Order 171, said an estimated 350,000 loose firearms remain unaccounted for and unlicensed." ...

"She said those who surrender their firearms will not be prosecuted for illegal possession of firearms while in the act of surrendering their weapons." ...
 

FL: SAPD officer back from suspension
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"An officer from the St. Augustine Police Department is back in uniform after a 10-day suspension Chief David Shoar called a 'severe penalty.' " ...

"Isaiah Eugene Mercer, 31, of Jacksonville, filed a report with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office saying Etheridge, dressed in plainclothes, blocked his car in and pulled a gun without identifying himself as an officer."

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Ten days' suspension is a "severe penalty"????
 

FL: Woman who shot boyfriend will not be charged, police say
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"A pregnant woman who told authorities she was defending herself when she shot her former boyfriend Friday morning will not be charged in his death, police said."

"Phillip Michael Morris, 24, of Campobello, died Friday afternoon at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center."

"Tina Lindsey Jackson, of Lyman, shot Morris after he broke down her front door and aimed a gun at her, said Spartanburg County Sheriff Maj. Willie Brown."
 

Philippines: Ebdane: No gun ban for politicians
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"Philippine National Police Chief Hermogenes Ebdane has requested President Macapagal-Arroyo to exempt politicians from the ban on carrying guns outside their homes." ...

"Ebdane said the exemptions he seeks would cover only politicians and Cabinet members 'with legitimate death threats.' "

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As in any authoritarian hellhole, the protected ruling class gets privileges ordinary folks don't, turning the populace into subjects at the mercy of the state.
 

Canada: Gun owners' addresses found in garbage
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"Alliance MP Darrel Stinson blasted the Canadian Firearms Centre yesterday after the federal privacy watchdog disclosed that envelopes bearing the names and addresses of gun owners were found in a garbage bin."

"Privacy commissioner George Radwanski reported earlier this week that his office was tipped in late 2001 that Firearms Centre waste bags were found frozen to the bottom of the garbage bin. Radwanski did not disclose the location."
 

Australia: Union puts bank in dock over gun raid
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"A violent armed robbery at a Sydney bank has landed the ANZ before the NSW Industrial Relations Commission to answer alleged breaches of health and safety laws."

"In an unprecedented legal step, the Finance Sector Union (FSU) is prosecuting the ANZ, claiming it failed to protect its staff."

"Seven union members - all women - worked for the ANZ's branch at Brookvale, near Manly, when it became the target for a professional team of armed robbers."

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Australia's government is doing everything it can to disarm its populace and place it at the mercy of criminals, but the bank gets the blame?
 

NY: Rapes in 2 Boroughs Linked to 1 Attacker
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"The police are looking for a man who has attacked up to three women at a time in three incidents in the Bronx and in Chelsea. In each case, the man got onto an elevator in an apartment building with his victims, then attacked them in the elevator or a stairwell, a police spokesman said."

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The disarmed citizens of New York are defenseless fodder for this rapist, reduced to relying on the government to save them.
 

Gun Cases Up Under Ashcroft
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Washington - Federal gun prosecutions have jumped 45 percent under Attorney General John Ashcroft, but criminal filings in environment, civil rights, government regulation and organized crime cases have dropped, an analysis of federal records shows."

"Not surprisingly, the sharpest increase in any federal prosecutions since Ashcroft took over the Justice Department came in terrorism and internal security cases, a 15-fold jump to 1,208, nearly all of it coming after the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks."
 

Feds to Probe Screener Tests
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"The federal government will investigate reports that airport security screeners were told answers to a written test they took to get certified to operate machines that detect luggage bombs."

"The Transportation Security Administration also will look into statements by instructors that they, too, got answers to tests approving them to teach the baggage screeners."
 

Local Police Get Fed Funds for Sniper Work
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Justice Department is compensating Washington-area police departments whose help was instrumental during the three-week sniper investigation."

"Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., police departments will split a total of $2.5 million, which will cover about 58 percent of their reported overtime expenses."
 

SC: New gunfire detection system nets North Charleston arrest
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"Two days after police began testing a system that can pinpoint gunshots, the technology yielded its first arrests, authorities say."

"The ShotSpotter system led officers to two men firing shot from a stolen pistol Thursday evening, police said."

"Police arrived just three minutes after the shots were fired, authorities said. The gun had been stolen about 15 minutes before, police said."
 

Philippines: 'Only 10,000 owners may carry guns'
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"Not more than 10,000 gun owners will be granted permits to carry firearms outside their homes as the gun ban imposed by President Arroyo takes effect." ...

"Among those who will be allowed to carry guns are people under threat." ...
 

Philippines: Caloocan mulling registration of gun owners
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"Caloocan City plans to require all licensed gun-owning residents to register with the city hall to better protect civilians from irresponsible gun holders."

"In a telephone interview, Mayor Reynaldo Malonzo said he would ask the city council to pass a resolution requiring residents of Caloocan who have gun licenses issued by the National Police to likewise seek permits from the Office of the Mayor."
 

MD: Md. lawmakers propose gun bills
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"Maryland lawmakers are proposing a package of gun control laws, including one to expand ballistics fingerprinting to all firearms..." ...

"The proposals include a bill requiring gun owners to promptly report the theft of their weapons and another that would place strict limits on assault weapons. The ballistics bill would expand the state's current database of handguns to include all guns."
 

Departing national cybersecurity chief issues warning
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Richard A. Clarke, the blunt, sometimes abrasive White House adviser who raised the alarm about security threats ranging from biological to computer terrorism for more than a decade, quietly resigned Friday as President Bush's cybersecurity czar."

"In an interview after his last day in office, Clarke warned ...the United States faces ever greater peril, given its growing dependence on the Internet."
 

NJ: Court: Police Burglars' Victim Can't Sue
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"A woman who asked police to keep an eye on her home while she was on vacation, only to have officers break in and burglarize it, cannot sue the department, an appeals court ruled."

"The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said rogue officers in Palisades Park, N.J., were to blame for the burglary, and no reasonable jury could conclude that the department or the borough should have been aware of the theft and stopped it."
 

WA: Moeller bill targets untended firearms
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"Acknowledging the bill has little chance of becoming law, Vancouver Rep. Jim Moeller said Friday he will introduce legislation making it a crime to leave a loaded firearm within reach of a child." ...

"Nevertheless, Moeller said he wants a hearing in the wake of a recent shooting in Clark County in which a 13-year-old boy allegedly killed his 10-year-old sister with a pistol owned by their father, a Clark County sheriff's sergeant."
 

Take everyone's DNA fingerprint, says pioneer
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"Everybody in Europe and the US should have their genetic fingerprints entered into an international database to enable law enforcement agencies to fight crime and terrorism in an unstable world, according to James Watson, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix."

"...the scientist said the risks posed by terrorists and organised criminals now outweighed the possible objections on civil liberties grounds to a DNA database."
 

Australia: Heavy duty firearms seized
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Young detectives have seized a large number of guns including pistols, sniper rifles and automatic weapons from a property in Grenfell."

"Twenty-six guns in total were taken by police along with thousands of rounds of ammunition and magazines."

"The 34- year-old Grenfell man was charged with numerous firearm offences and perverting the course of justice."
 

The Tax Cuts - A Philosophical Argument
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"At its heart progressive taxation states that the more you earn, the less your rights to your property (i.e., money). Instead of owning 70% of what you make, as your neighbor who makes less does, you only own 60%. Your neighbor now has more rights to his property than you do, and since time is money (a wage is based on the fact that an hour of work corresponds to a certain amount of money), he also has more right to his own life than you do, which in essence makes you indentured to him." ...
 

CO: Rick Stanley found guilty again
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"On January 29, 2003, Rick Stanley was found guilty in Thornton Municipal Court of keeping and bearing a 'dangerous' weapon, violating his constitutional rights. This case mirrored the Denver case, except Stanley didn't get a jury trial by judicial decree, and Stanley handled the case pro se. ... The Denver ordinance prohibits the possession of a 'dangerous or deadly weapons,' a defined term considerably broader than the possessions of 'arms,' which apparently is limited to firearms."
 

Australia: Police hunt pair after high speed chase
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"Two men have escaped on foot from police after a high speed car chase that lasted for seven hours and covered more than 200 kilometres in central west NSW."

"The chase started in Orange at 8:30pm AEDT on Saturday where it is alleged two men carried out a violent home invasion in Currong Crescent."
 

AZ: Too many sociopaths roaming the streets (Letter)
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"The large number of police shootings in Arizona is most likely not the fault of the police, the laws or the guns. This situation results from a large number of criminally sociopathic people walking Arizona's streets."

"I retired here from Vermont, which has one of the lowest crime rates of any state in the nation. ...Its gun laws are the most permissive in the nation: No permits are required for a resident to buy or own guns in any quantity, or to carry them concealed and loaded."
 

UT: Guns and Crime (Letter)
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"The article 'Packing Gun Disputed as Crime Buster' (Tribune, Jan. 23) is a lame attempt to sell the misguided and ill-informed prattling of law professor John Donahue." ...

... "I suggest a more serious threat to the general public is an ignorant law professor exploiting his position to spread misinformation, and the newspapers that present it as fact."
 

AR: Bills Filed On Guns, Wages And Pot
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"Proposed legislation would require instant background checks at gun shows before guns could change hands. The measure filed Thursday would require gun show vendors to get approval first from the State Police."

"State Police would be required to perform a background check through the FBI's system. Vendors that ignore the law would face a felony charge. It would not apply to antique firearms."
 

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