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John Lott: Research on Guns and Road Rage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are multiple concerns with this analysis. There is not attempt to differentiate whether the person who had the gun in the car had it legally or not. No attempt to determine whether they had a gun when the rage occurred. While one regression with a few very basic variables was apparently run (but not shown), no explanation was offered for why such a limited set of control variables were used (e.g., why not trouble with law enforcement, education, income, smoker, race). Trouble with law enforcement (past arrests) would have been obvious (though it would have been even better if they had asked whether the person had convictions for felonies (I wonder why they didn't include that question))." ...

"After a second telephone call, Hemenway said that while he will not give out the data used in the paper, he may reconsider providing a portion of the data, but that he can't make a decision before talking to his co-authors. He is also very busy and would not say when he would check into even this."
 

Hurler's wife up in arms over Brady
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Barely a week after the Mets traded pitcher Kris Benson to the Baltimore Orioles, his spitfire wife, Anna, is trading brickbats with the locals."

"Her latest adversary is gun-control advocate James Brady, who lives just outside Washington, a short drive from Baltimore. The 65-year-old Brady was paralyzed - and nearly killed - by John Hinckley's bullet during the 1981 assassination attempt on Brady's then-boss, President Ronald Reagan."

"'I am afraid of gun-control lobbyists,' the 29-year-old Benson writes on her Web site, annabenson.net, where she calls herself a 'pistol-packing mama,' reveals that weapons are placed "strategically" all over her house and urges everyone to obtain a firearm."
 

An interview and an offer
Submitted by: News Director

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"Aaron Zelman: Let’s go through some of the abuses of power that you see and perhaps some ways to get our power back? As they say, power to the people."

"Jim Bovard: Okay, something that you and JPFO have done a lot of work on is the need for a Bill of Right cultures in this country. It is unfortunate that Americans are no longer aware of what the constitution says and what their rights are. Because of that, we are often very passive about what happens when the government violates those rights. ...The Bush Administration portends that the fourth amendment doesn’t say anything about probable cause or a warrant. Instead, as long as some government official thinks it is reasonable, then the government is entitled to invade your privacy. ...
 

KS: Gun advocates press for permit bill
Submitted by: News Director

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"Kansas is one of only four states that offers no concealed-weapons permits. Advocates of concealed weapons say they hope election-year politics may change that."

"As they have for years, pro-gun lawmakers are pushing a bill that would set up a permit process for residents who want to carry a concealed firearm. Similar measures have passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate in recent years, but have always met with a gubernatorial veto."

"The bill by Sen. Phil Journey, R-Haysville, would allow concealed weapons permits for state residents over age 21 who pass a background check, complete a training course, and have never been convicted of a felony. ..."
 

MI: Not just guns -- thugs with guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police Chief Gerald H. Cliff advised Saginaw City Council members Monday against buying citizen's guns to thwart violence, saying buybacks didn't get the types of high-powered weapons used by gangs off the streets."

"Cliff's straightforward evaluation of gun buy-backs was right on target. Gun buy-back initiatives, in which officials purchase guns from citizens, ostensibly to keep them out of the hands of criminals, aren't effective. A handful of studies since the 1990s, when the federal government gave cities cash to buy guns, show they tend to lure law-abiding citizens to bring in small caliber guns. More importantly, Cliff said the studies indicate buying 'closet guns' doesn't have a measurable impact on reducing violence." ...
 

TX: Clerk kills holdup man in Hurst
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"HURST — A suspected holdup man was shot and killed late Wednesday after gunfire erupted at a Hurst convenience store."

"Police said the would-be robber pulled a gun at the H.E.B. Food Mart in the 1600 block of Sotogrande Blvd. just before 11 p.m. and shot one of two employees."

"The second employee produced a weapon and shot the robber in the chest as he fled."

"The store had been under police surveillance throughout the month of January. The day the surveillance was discontinued, a man police recognized as the same robber showed up ready to strike again."
 

PA: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Meet with Gun Violence Prevention Coalition to Discuss Ways to Limit Illegal Handgun Trafficking; PATH Coalition Expresses Gratitude to Participants for Meeting to Develop Support for One Handgun Per Month Bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Leaders of the statewide PATH Coalition met today with important state lawmakers and other community leaders to discuss legislation pending in the PA House and Senate to reduce illegal handgun trafficking by preventing straw purchasers from buying handguns in bulk for unlawful street sale. Today's meeting was seen by the PATH Coalition as an important early dialogue about how best to pass life-saving measures to limit illegal handgun trafficking."

"The PATH Coalition, comprised of many civic, anti-violence, religious, law enforcement and public health groups from around the state and nation, advocates for a law to limit handgun purchases by individuals to one every thirty days. ..."
 

NJ: [Jersey City Police Chief] Troy should do his job (letter)
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Believe it or not, when there was a shooting in the parking lot of a business establishment in Jersey City, Police Chief Troy placed a curfew on the establishment and made the owners close early!

Gee, if we close all the banks, nobody will rob them!

This is the same Chief Troy who went on television last year to back Lautenberg's ban on the "armor piercing gun."

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"Jersey City's crime rate is out of control. Over the past couple of years I have witnessed the police brass taking the easy way out. One clear example was when the shooting occurred up the block from the police station of Communipaw Avenue (mind you, up the block). The chicken establishment had a shooting in the parking lot and the police action was to place a curfew on the establishment and make them close early. It wasn't the establishment that ignited the incident but the lack of police presence."

"In this case, instead of punishing the establishment and its employees, Chief Troy should lose some of his salary or even his job so he could see how it feels to be unjustly punished...."
 

CA: Boy, 10, Shot On School Bus In Compton
Submitted by: News Director

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"A 10-year-old boy suffered a 'superficial' gunshot wound today on a school bus in Compton while an 8-year-old boy was showing off a handgun, authorities said."

"The apparently accidental shooting occurred about 8:20 a.m. at Caldwell Street and Oleander Avenue, said Sgt. Paul Patterson of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau."

"The boys are enrolled in the special-education program at Longfellow Elementary School, Patterson said."
 

AZ: Tombstone marshal finds law in disorder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Deputies in this Old West city are accused of drinking on duty, lying in court and trading police protection and drugs for sexual favors from women, according to an internal memo by the local marshal."

"The memo by the newly appointed marshal, Lance Crosthwait, describes an out-of-control department, with evidence lying out in the open and sex toys stashed in drawers. The marshal charged that at least one deputy knowingly used a broken breath-analysis unit for months, leading to the conviction of several people for driving while intoxicated, and that other deputies lied in official reports."

"Crosthwait also wrote that one deputy promptly resigned, citing 'personality conflicts' with the new marshal after being told that everyone in the department would have to pass a polygraph and drug test." ...
 

CA: Salinas high school student facing expulsion over replica gun
Submitted by: News Director

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"A Salinas high school freshman is facing the possibility of being expelled from school after authorities say he took a realistic-looking toy gun to school."

"The student at North Salinas High School was taken to Monterey County Juvenile Hall shortly after the nine millimeter replica gun was discovered yesterday morning in his locker."
 

ID: Pull!: Local gun club sees surge in membership
Submitted by: News Director

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"Trapshooting is one of the fastest-growing family activities in the nation, and Mini-Cassia is no exception." ...

"Part of the growth in popularity is increased interest from women and youth."
 

SC: St. George teenager charged with bringing gun to Branchville High
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"A St. George youth has been charged with bringing a gun on school property during a Monday visit to Branchville High School."

"Derrick Pelzer, 17, of 870 Hope Lane in St. George, was charged with possession of a weapon on school property and disturbing school, Orangeburg County Sheriff Larry Williams said."
 

NY: Bush administration bows to gun lobby, says Weiner
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"In response to reports that the White House killed Diana Taylor's nomination to head the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens) released the following statement:

"It is simply insane that someone as qualified as Diana Taylor would be prevented from serving our nation by the most reactionary and zealous force in Washington – the NRA."

"If anyone still needed evidence that the Bush administration does the bidding of the gun lobby, then this is it."
 

ND: Crosby police say student charged after gun threat
Submitted by: News Director

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"A student accused of threatening a school shooting has been charged with disorderly conduct and referred to juvenile authorities, the police chief says."

"Crosby Police Chief Joseph 'Skeeter' Osvald said the 16-year-old made the threats in talking with other students at Divide County High School on or around Jan. 6."

"'The student said a gun would be brought to school, and that person would shoot everyone,' Osvald said. The case was taken to the state's attorney and the regional juvenile supervisor, he said."
 

IN: Jeff student faces charges in gun incident
Submitted by: News Director

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"A Jefferson High School senior caught Wednesday with an unloaded gun in the trunk of his car in the school parking lot faces felony charges."

"Patrick T. Ruby, 17, of Lafayette was charged Thursday in Tippecanoe Superior Court 2 with Class C felony carrying a handgun and several other offenses after police, acting on a tip, searched his car and found a handgun, a marijuana pipe and a bottle of vodka."

"He is being held in the Tippecanoe County Jail on $10,000 bond. During a court hearing at the jail Thursday, Magistrate Norris Wang set a tentative trial date of May 16. Ruby is attempting to hire his own attorney."
 

UK: Lawful killing verdict in gun-lighter case upheld
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"The family of a man shot four times in the back by police marksmen after he pointed a cigarette lighter in the shape of handgun at officers, on Friday lost their bid for a fresh inquest into his death."

"Justice Andrew Collins at London's High Court ruled the coroner had been correct to deny the jury in the inquest of 29-year old Derek Bennett the opportunity to return an unlawful killing verdict."
 

NY: Police search for gun at Franklin
Submitted by: News Director

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"Rochester schools Superintendent Manuel Rivera said he plans to hold community meetings on school safety after a gun scare halted instruction at Franklin High School on Thursday."

"Rivera said Franklin is a safe school but his administration will meet with teachers and parents to develop short- and long-term security improvements."
 

NC: Police Plan To Battle Gun Violence
Submitted by: News Director

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"One day after releasing statistics showing a slight rise in violent crimes last year, Raleigh police unveiled a 10-point plan Friday to battle gun violence."

"'Firearm violence can be reduced when all facets of the community, including law enforcement, put forth a unified effort,' Police Chief Jane Perlov said. 'The purpose of this 10-point plan is to reduce firearm violence in Raleigh by getting guns out of the hands of those who use them to commit crimes, by tracking down and arresting armed criminals and by working with the community to prevent firearm violence.'"
 

MD: Maryland Officers Charged In Off-Duty Fight
Submitted by: News Director

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"They were three friends casually talking about famous black men in world history over slices of pizza at a Federal Hill carryout one Saturday evening."

"Two men who appeared to have been drinking walked in, ordered food and then inexplicably butted into the friends' conversation, witnesses would later tell police."

"Akhenaton R. Bonaparte IV, who is black, said the two white men leveled a steady barrage of insults at him and his two teenage friends inside Maria D's restaurant. One called him a racist, and provoked him into a fight on Light Street that ended, Bonaparte said, with him pinned against a car with his hands cuffed behind his back."
 

AL: 11 indicted; 556 guns seized
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"U.S. Attorney Alice Martin said the suspects were accused of running businesses that sold weapons without the proper license. Hobbyists can legally sell guns without a license, she said, but the 11 were making sales too frequently to be legal."

"'These people who are operating every Saturday and Sunday and are selling hundreds of guns have gone beyond hobby,' said Martin, who announced the arrests at a news conference in Huntsville."

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Seems it's now up to the "authorities" to decide who is selling "too much" to be legal. It seems pretty subjective.
 

FL: Range future is uncertain
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Questions on reinstatement of privileges for a private gun club at the sheriff’s gun range, located off SR 80 in Pioneer Plantation, remain unanswered. At the Jan. 24 county commission meeting, President of the Caloosa Sports Shooters Association Ed Kuntz said the original plan was for a dual law enforcement-public shooting facility and that the arrangement worked well for four years. However, questions about insurance and who had keys to the premises prompted Sheriff Ronnie Lee to close the shotgun and pistol/rifle range to the public. The skeet and trap range remains open to the public."
 

MO: NRA pushes 'don’t retreat'
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Stand your ground."

"That’s the rallying cry of the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights advocates, who are pressing for laws that would allow quicker use of deadly force in self-defense."

"Lawmakers in Missouri, Kansas and 11 other states have introduced legislation this year stating that a person should have 'no duty to retreat' before defending against an attack."

"Hearings are set for next week on the Missouri and Kansas bills."
 

UK: Shot boy found in pool of blood by neighbour
Submitted by: News Director

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"NEIGHBOURS saw gaping wounds to the bone after a teenager was shot by his cousin, a court has heard."

"A 15-year-old Haverhill boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies causing grievous bodily harm to his 14- year-old cousin after blasting him in the face with a 12-bore shotgun just after playing violent video game Grand Theft Auto."

"At the second day of the trial at Bury St Edmunds Youth Court yesterday (Thursday, 02 February), magistrates were told that a neighbour found the victim next to a pool of blood."
 

MI: Charges filed in road-rage gun incident
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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"A Leighton Township Fire Department lieutenant who teaches concealed weapons classes is facing felony weapons charges after allegedly pulling a weapon in a road-rage incident, state police said."

"Lt. Terry Thompson, 58, is charged in Allegan County District Court with assault with a dangerous weapon, using a firearm in a felony and brandishing a gun in public."
 

Australia: Man charged over gun threats
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"A 26-year-old man is due to appear in court on Monday accused of threatening to kill an invalid pensioner with a gun in suburban Darwin."

"Police armed with shotguns and wearing bullet proof vests converged on Rapid Creek yesterday afternoon after receiving a report of a man armed with a gun."

"Police allege the man was involved in an argument with an invalid pensioner he cares for, during which he produced a shotgun."

"Police allege he threatened the pensioner and a female neighbour."
 

UT: Student Brings Gun To School In Roosevelt
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"A high school student in Roosevelt brought a gun to school today, and witnesses believe he intended to shoot another student."

"Authorities say they found an unloaded 45-caliber handgun in a student's locker at Union High School."

"Officers say they took the student with the gun in his locker into custody but later released him when they found the student who actually put it in the locker."
 

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