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John Lott: Defenseless Decision: Why were guns taken from law-abiding citizens in New Orleans?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans' residents got an idea of what life is like without the rule of law. They had no telephones, no way to call 911. Even if they had, the police who reported for duty were busy with rescue missions, not fighting crime. Citizens had to protect themselves. This was made rather difficult by the city's confiscation of guns, even from law-abiding citizens."

"After five months of denial in federal district court, the city last week made an embarrassing admission: in the aftermath of the hurricane, the severely overworked police apparently had the time to confiscate thousands of guns from law-abiding citizens." ...
 

South Africa: South African Gun Owners at the Cross Roads
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is a new pro-gun, pro-self defense organization in South Africa, and none too soon. Gun Owners of South Africa (GOSA) was publicly launched on January 26 in Cape Town. It was my pleasure to be on hand for the auspicious event."

"South African officials, including Communist Party Member and now Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula just days before the GOSA launch, made it clear that the purpose of the new law requiring reapplication for gun licenses was to disarm the public of all legal guns. Nqakula should know since his Ministry is in charge of administering the Firearms Control Act." [emphasis added] ...
 

Brady Campaign’s State Gun Law 'Grades' Once Again Fail to Pass the Laugh Test (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Every year since 1997, Brady Campaign (previously Handgun Control, Inc.), has 'graded' the states on their gun laws. It released its 2005 'grades' on March 9, 2006. The exercise has always been a publicity stunt lacking in substance, and has shown that the group's support for 'gun control' is blind to the effect (or lack of effect) that 'gun control' has on criminal or accidental misuses of guns. This year, however, they added a new twist. More on that in a moment."

"Brady's premise with its grades has always been simple. It supports gun prohibition and laws that inch closer to prohibition, and for that reason always pretends that there aren't enough gun laws. ..." ...
 

The AK-47: 60 years old and still the symbol of death to the West
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THIS YEAR MARKS the 60th birthday of the most malevolent and anti- American icon that has yet appeared on the face of the earth: Mikhail Kalashnikov's AK-47 assault rifle. One can hardly imagine a Red Square parade, Viet Cong assault, or any number of hijackings, kidnappings or terrorist incidents without the AK-47 being front and center."

"In some Middle Eastern societies it is called the 'jewelry of a man' and weddings, funerals, and most any event are observed with long bursts of AK fire directed (not always harmlessly) into the air."

"Years ago I saw a disturbing photograph of Palestinian children being taught to assemble Kalashnikov rifles while blindfolded. ... " ...
 

Deadly Self-Defense Idea Spreads
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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More states are following the lead of Florida to justify the use of deadly self-defense by citizens against attackers.

South Dakota has enacted a similar law, USA Today reported, adding 16 other states were considering similar proposals.

The measures, supported by groups such as the National Rifle Association, mostly exempt those from prosecution who use deadly force to combat any unlawful entry or attack not only in their homes but even in public places. Currently, supporters say, the laws require people under attack in public places to retreat rather than retaliate unless their lives are in danger.

Critics say the bills would encourage vigilantism and lead to deadly confrontations, the report said.
 

NC: Pizza employees robbed, one injured
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Kinston police are looking for the man who robbed two employees of Papa John’s pizza restaurant at gunpoint after pistol-whipping one of them."

"Manager Nathan Jones was struck several times in the head with the butt of a handgun. Manager William Nelson said Jones has seven staples in his head, but is alright for the most part." ...

:Kinston Public Safety Cmdr. Greg Thompson said Jones and Baker were walking to their car Saturday night after closing the West Vernon Avenue store when a black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask approached them with a handgun. He demanded the night deposit bag and the employees' wallets. The thief fled on foot." ...
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Submitter's Note: Papa John's is a criminal friendly company.
 

OK: Armed Robbery Gone Wrong
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Two men walked into the Homeland at 89th and Memorial. They walked up to the cashier, and one of them pulled out a gun, demanding money. That's when a customer pulled out a gun and shot one of the robbers. The robber then began to crawl towards the door. Both men were able to get away in a white four-door Oldsmobile. No word yet how badly the suspect was hurt. The customer who shot the suspect did have a concealed weapons permit. If you have any information about this case, call Crimestoppers. The number is 596-COPS.
 

AK: Wainwright soldiers acquitted of killing rapper
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three Alaska soldiers accused of murder last summer in the shooting death of a Fairbanks rapper were found not guilty Monday, although at least two will leave the Army."

"After deliberating 14 hours, a jury returned with not guilty verdicts ... on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree weapons misconduct. Defense attorneys had argued the soldiers acted in self-defense."

"The three men had been charged in the Aug. 15 shooting death of Alvin Wilkins Jr., which prevented them from being deployed as scheduled ..."

"Everyone involved in the incident had been armed the night of the shooting, according to trial testimony. A coroner said Wilkins was killed by buckshot from a gun belonging to Wright." ...
 

NC: Child Brings Gun To School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A child is in hot water, after being caught with a gun at school. It happened last Thursday at Tyrell Elementary. School Superintendent Nelson Smith tells Nine on Your Side the boy apparently just wanted to show his friends the .22 caliber pistol and had no intention of shooting anyone. The gun was not loaded. The boy could be suspended for a year as outlined by state law.
 

NY: Mike has L.A. ally vs. guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The city got a new weapon yesterday in its war against guns - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa."

"Mayor Bloomberg, who has made his crusade to get illegal guns off the streets a hallmark of his second term, met yesterday with Villaraigosa to discuss working together on gun-control issues."

"Neither mayor would give details about their plan."

"'I'm excited about the prospect of working with him,' said Villaraigosa, adding that he plans to come back for another visit to focus on the issue." ...
 

KS: Sebelius vetoes concealed carry legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Citing opposition from law enforcement and business leaders, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as expected vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have allowed qualified Kansans to carry concealed guns. Supporters promised a swift attempt to override her veto."

"The governor spiked a similar bill in 2004, and said repeatedly she didn't believe the measure would make Kansas safer. In her veto message, Sebelius said Kansas' crime rate is lower than states where concealed guns are allowed." ...
 

KS: Text of Sebelius veto message on concealed guns bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The text of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto message on a bill allowing Kansans to carry concealed guns:"

"'I support the Second Amendment and the right of our citizens to keep and bear arms. It's an important part of our heritage and way of life in Kansas, and I've upheld that right as Gov.. All law-abiding Kansans have the right to own a weapon to provide for their protection and the protection of their families.'"

"'Last year, I signed a bill to allow retired law enforcement officers, who have unique experience and special training, to carry concealed weapons. ...'" ...

"'While every law-abiding Kansan has a right to keep and bear arms, hidden weapons make it harder for law enforcement to do its job ...'"
 

KY: Need for deadly force law questioned
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Roland Burns was awakened in the middle of the night by an intruder who had broken into his home." ...

"After a brief struggle, the retired college geography professor felt he had no choice but to shoot to protect himself and his family." ...

"Police agreed. Burns was not charged with a crime."

"Legislation pending in Kentucky and 12 other states would offer protection from prosecution to people who use deadly force against home invaders. In light of the Burns case, some observers wonder whether the legislation is necessary."

"'It's my belief that it's offered for political reasons,' said state Rep. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington." ...
 

NH: House Rejects Bill Expanding Right To Use Deadly Force
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"House lawmakers on Tuesday voted down a proposal that would expand people's right to use deadly force in self-defense."

"The 194-138 vote comes two weeks after the Senate approved its own bill to allow people to use their guns in self-defense in any place they have a right to be. It would remove the requirement that a person retreat when it's safe to do so. The vote was a close one, however, with 12 senators in favor and 11 opposed. One later said he'd mistakenly voted in favor."

"Current law allows people to shoot an intruder who threatens them in their homes. They also can shoot to protect themselves or another person from a deadly attack ... But people are required to retreat from violence when they can safely do so in public." ...
 

DE: Sarah and Jim Brady to Testify Against Overhaul of Delaware Concealed Weapons Laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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Sarah and Jim Brady will testify Wednesday afternoon in Dover, Del., against a bill proposing a radical overhaul of Delaware's concealed weapons permitting statutes at a hearing being held by the Delaware House Public Safety Committee. The hearing is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. in the House Majority Caucus Room.
 

TX: Hutto considers firearms restrictions
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A small Central Texas city is growing so fast, it's now considering big city rules. Monday night, the Hutto city council in Williamson County will likely pass new firearm restrictions."

"If council members approve the ordinance, residents will not be allowed to shoot any type of gun within the city limits of Hutto."

"'There are so many kids here now and the houses are so close, I really think that as parents we should stop and think about it,' said Dawn Phelps, Hutto resident."

"Harold Thomas has been the chief of police in Hutto since December. He says new firearm restrictions were on the top of his to-do list, and it's all about safety." ...
 

AZ: Guns, evidence stolen from Game and Fish office
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Several weapons and unidentified evidence were among items stolen from a warehouse at an Arizona Department of Game and Fish office during a weekend burglary, officials said."

"Flagstaff police are investigating the break-in, apparently committed by someone who wiggled under a fence, stole tools from vehicles and used them to break into the warehouse."

"Police were notified when state workers discovered the burglary Sunday afternoon, said Ron Seig, regional supervisor for the Game and Fish department." ...

"A complete list of stolen items hasn't been completed, but shotguns, rifles, pistols were among weapons stored in the warehouse. A rifle also was reported taken from one of the vehicles."
 

VA: Death raises concern at police tactics
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"The recent killing of an unarmed Virginia doctor has raised concerns about what some say is an explosion in the use of military-style police Swat teams in the United States."

"Armed with assault rifles, stun grenades - even armoured personnel carriers - units once used only in highly volatile situations are increasingly being deployed on more routine police missions." ...
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Submitter's Note: Police Force: Peace Officers or Paramilitary Occupation Force? You Decide
 

NJ: Rare gun found 24 years after Bergen theft
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A rare Civil War pistol stolen from a Bergen County collector 24 years ago has been recovered by a federal interstate theft task force, the FBI said Monday."

"'We're in the process of returning it to its rightful owner,' FBI spokesman Steve Siegel said."

"The pistol, a Griswold & Gunnison .36-caliber Confederate pistol, was part of a collection that included presentation swords and scabbards that were stolen from a house in Woodcliff Lake on Aug. 13, 1982, the FBI said."

"The collection was valued at $650,000 in 1982, Siegel said."

"The pistol has a current value of $40,000." ...
 

South Africa: Victims wait for compensation for negligence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"People left paralysed, mentally disabled or traumatised by brutal or negligent police officials face a minimum 10-year wait for any compensation."

"And it's usually three times the amount they originally claimed."

"Safety and security department officials are spending millions of taxpayers' rands unsuccessfully fighting lawsuits brought against the police."

"'It's madness,' said a top human rights advocate, who has handled three damages claims against the police."

"'They seem to believe that because they have seemingly unlimited funds, they can wear people down with litigation.'" ...
 

Spain: Disturbed police officer shoots himself after ex attack
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A 54 year old man who was on "extended leave" from the National Police Force, burst into a bar in Mutxamel (Alicante) yesterday, brandishing a pistol with which he then shot his former girlfriend, who was behind the bar.

Seeing what had happened another client tried to intervene and was shot in the face for his pains.

The man then went into one of the storerooms of the bar and shot himself in the head.

Both the former girlfriend, who was shot in the arm, and the man who was shot in the face are recuperating in San Juan Hospital.
 

UT: Gun-lock giveaway a hit for Cabela's shoppers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"He was shot at close range by a .45-caliber handgun and lived to tell about it."

"That was the story one Cabela's patron shared Monday while picking up a pair of free gun locks ..."

"Dark-haired and in his 20s, the shopper said he was at a campsite a couple of years ago where people were consuming beer. One man fired his .45-caliber pistol in the dim light at what he thought was a log -- but wasn't." ...

"Jay Drangeid, a firearm safety education representative with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said the man's experience of what can happen when guns aren't secured was the most extreme example he's heard of in working at 300 gun-lock giveaways in the past three years." ...
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Submitter's Note: Lemme get this straight: Jay thinks that a drunk violating all four of the gun safety rules would have used a gun lock?
 

NY: Clay pigeons made of cornstarch
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"You don't have to hit the target to enjoy the sport of trapshooting."

"With the butt of the shotgun tucked high into your shoulder, you slide your face forward so your cheek is snug along the stock, then cast an eye down the barrel."

"When you feel set in your stance, your feet planted comfortably apart, your body leaning slightly forward, you are ready for action and call out 'pull.'"

"A spinning orange disc jets out and up in front of you, it floats flat like a Frisbee, but is hell-bent to get away."

"Your eye and the gun barrel move as one, following the flight of the disc upward until the instant before it reaches its peak ... and watch triumphantly as the disc shatters in mid-air... or maybe not." ...
 

OK: Council approves electric rate hike
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... "Other city business:" ...

"City Police will be selling 40 Smith and Wesson pistols, 23 magazines for pistols and 45 holsters for pistols by sealed bid."

"'It was our feeling that we would get more money for these weapons by selling them to a dealer by sealed bid instead of getting a trade-in allowance when we purchased the new handguns,' Police Chief Mickey Perry told the Council. The funds from the sale will be placed back into the police budget." ...
 

MT: Shooters lose appeal on gun range at park
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A state board on Monday upheld plans to remove a rifle range from Makoshika State Park, and reinforced a requirement that shooting be allowed until a usable range is designated elsewhere."

"The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission held a hearing on an appeal of the park's new 10-year plan, specifically where it says the rifle range will be eliminated. The plan requires a replacement range be designated somewhere else."

"Some shooters in Glendive, which is near Makoshika, said the range has existed for at least 50 years and preceded park features such as a visitor center and a campground. They said they do not object to having a range at a different location, but want one no less desirable." ...
 

Jamaica: Unwise, impractical gun proposal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"SENATOR PRUDENCE Kidd-Deans' proposal to allow for more citizens to get licensed guns as a means of self-defence, is perhaps reflective of the general fears and concerns of the wider population over rising crime and violent attacks. It is however, unwise, and if it were to be implemented would be extremely dangerous in our local setting."

"Some people will object to the implied criticism that Jamaicans are inherently violent and therefore more likely to be trigger-happy. The fact is we are not a people generally given to restraint and more guns in the hands of the general populace simply encourage their use in the slightest of confrontations and disputes." ...
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Submitter's Note: Wild West! Road rage killings! Parking spot massacres! Fender-bender shootouts! Sound familiar?
 

Canada: Canadian shooter Eagles wins silver
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"Shooter Kim Eagles of Richmond, B.C., has her second medal of the Commonwealth Games. She won a silver in the women's 25-metre pistol event Tuesday."

"Later, Susan Nattrass of Edmonton beat two rivals in a shootoff to claim bronze in trap shooting."

"Eagles finished second with a score of 774. Lalita Yauhleuskaya of Australia won the gold with 781.5 points while teammate Pamela McKenzie took the bronze with 772.3."

"'She was so far ahead that she had to totally miss a shot for me to catch her,' Eagles said of Yauhleuskaya. 'I was fourth going into the final and I just set my sights on silver."

"'I was really happy with the precision part of my shooting today,' she added." ...
 

Australia: Full-bore shooters take the long-range view
Submitted by: Haddock
Website: http://www.servicerifle.com.au/qmrcabout.htm

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"While many of us would like to see Commonwealth Games sports such as netball, squash, lawn bowls and rugby make the leap to Olympic status, their parochial nature makes it unlikely to happen. But there are more tragic, historical reasons why full-bore shooting is in the same basket."

"The event has been missing from the Olympics since the Munich massacre of 1972, in which 11 Israeli team members were murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Games village."

"'The decision was taken after that that high-powered weapons would not be allowed in the Olympics, so what you've got is the fall-out from … a terrorist act in 1972,' Australian shooter Bruce Scott said last week." ...
 

UK: Gang jailed for robbing children
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"A gang of youths who robbed Gloucester schoolchildren has been sentenced to more than 21 years detention."

"The five wore ski masks and used metal bars, knives, machetes and a pistol as they threatened youngsters in Quedgeley on 7 November 2005."

"At Gloucester Crown Court, Judge Jamie Tabor QC allowed reporting restrictions to be lifted on gang members under 18, so they could be named and shamed."

"The five pleaded guilty to the robbery charges in February."

"In one attack, a group of schoolboys aged 13 and 14 were robbed of a mobile phone near a subway in Quedgeley."

"In another incident, a mobile and a moped were taken from two groups of teenagers in an Aldi supermarket car park." ...
 

UK: Shot Girl 'Like Scene From A Horror Film'
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... "The teen - who cannot be named for legal reasons - went on to tell Mr Goddard she had also been raped, burned with cigarettes and had her head shaved. He went on: 'You would think it's impossible for somebody to hurt someone else that badly, just so cold-bloodedly.'" ...

"The girl later had more than 20 bullet fragments removed from her forehead. But her life was almost certainly saved because Mary-Ann's killers were armed with a botched conversion of a starter pistol."

"After Mary-Ann was stabbed the teenager was shot at point-blank range and left for dead by the gang."

"But the low-velocity bullet failed to pierce her forehead - the thickest part of the skull." ...
 

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