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NRA called no friend of hunters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Corvallis free-lance writer with a national reputation and a chukar-hunting book under his belt has fired a broadside at the National Rifle Association over its avowed defense of hunting."

"The NRA's support is superficial and, ultimately, dangerous for hunting, says Pat Wray, a 57-year-old retired Marine helicopter pilot and NRA member for more than 20 years."

"Wray says the NRA is selling hunting down the political river solely to bolster its advocacy for gun rights and the Second Amendment."

"The issues, he says, go far beyond recent NRA clout that helped President Bush open millions of acres of roadless areas -- a move Wray says will only help corporate America at the cost of accelerating the loss of valuable wildlife habitat." ...
 

A few questions, if I may; (blog)
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"To those who desire the disarming of American Citizens, I would like to pose some questions;"

"Are you fully aware that your supposition is in direct confliction to the Founding Principles of Our Country, The United States of America?"

"To what end, aim, and purpose is your goal for disarmament?"

"Can you honestly provide us with suitable justifications, which outline the merits of your supposition?"

"What superior mode of protection can be employed, to replace the intended one?" ...
 

Yes, Virginia, there actually is a Bill of Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ron Miller included the following words in his op-ed: 'But there is no section of the Constitution called the 'Bill of Rights.'"

"Mr. Miller is described as a science-fiction and science-fact writer and illustrator. He may well be these things, but he is certainly no constitutional scholar."

"If you read anything at all about the adoption of the Constitution to replace the Articles of Confederation, you will sooner or later come across the issue of guaranteeing rights to the individual citizens."

"This was demanded by many people at the time in order to place a check on what they feared would be unlimited federal power to curtail individual liberties." ...
 

Miller was way off the mark in his reading of history
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In 'Hold your fire: Second Amendment was aimed at building militias,' Ron Miller does a splendid job of furthering his credentials as a writer of science fiction [March 1]."

"He does little, however, to accurately portray the Founding Fathers' written historical justification for an armed citizenry."

"Fortunately, for those of us interested in real history (as opposed to the revisionist kind), the authors of the Constitution attempted to convince citizens to adopt it following the first Constitutional Convention."

"Some of these authors made public their arguments in favor of passage through newspaper articles in The New York Packet and The Independent Journal in 1787 and 1788. These collected articles are now commonly known as the Federalist Papers." ...
 

Confused about Second Amendment? Blame Congress
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ron Miller's op-ed missed its target entirely ['Hold your fire: Second Amendment was aimed at building militias,' March 1]."

"The 19th-century state militias failed not from lack of ability, but because they became glorified social clubs that neglected basic military tactics."

"This was magnified in their poor performance during the 1898 Spanish-American War. Recognizing this collapse, Congress passed the 1903 Dick Act, which established the National Guard as a U.S. Army reserve component."

"However, a civilian army formed under the militia concept can win military victories, even if a battle is never fought."

"Mr. Miller conveniently forgot about Switzerland ..." ...
 

Wrong, Mr. Miller; we do have the right to bear arms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ron Miller has tried mightily to explain his version of facts about the American Revolution, the Bill of Rights, and the Second Amendment."

"He even almost got it right."

"It is true that militias are formed by gathering the rifles from 'above the door' and the farmers and shopkeepers assemble on the green. It is also true that militias were not very effective against standing armies, since the troops tended to go home after the battle."

"But you cannot simply reorder the Second Amendment to change the intent of the authors. You also must understand that the reason the first 10 amendments are called the Bill of Rights is that they were called that by the newspapers and congressmen at the time of their adoption." ...
 

FL: Florida Man Fatally Shoots Home Invader
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A Pensacola man won't be charged for fatally shooting a man trying to break into his home, authorities said Monday.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Edward Lucas Sr. woke up early Sunday and found a man trying to get in his house.

Investigators said Lucas shot at 29-year-old Tyrone Preyer more than four times.

A spokesman for the department said Lucas won't be charged because he was acting in self-defense.

Reports show Preyer was suspected in several other neighborhood break-ins.
 

FL: Man shoots, kills home intruder (follow-up)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"When Edward Lucas Sr. checked to see why the neighbor's German shepherd was barking at Sunday at 5:40 a.m., he had no idea that minutes later an intruder would be lying dead on his living room rug."

"Lucas ... never wanted to have to use his .22 caliber rifle that way, but Tyrone Fyoungious Preyer, 29, would not stop breaking through the door, he said."

"'I yelled 'Get out of my house,' but he kept coming,' said Lucas, a retired Sears employee who resided at that house for almost eight years. 'I was scared to death.'"

"Preyer, who died at the home when Lucas fired at him more than four times, tried to break into at least three other surrounding homes, Escambia County Sheriff's Office investigators said." ...
 

IL: Gov. candidate Brady visits Cortland
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State Sen. Bill Brady made a brief stop in Cortland Sunday to speak with a handful of local residents as part of his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor."

"Before a group of less than 10 people that included Mayor Bob Seyller and state Sen. Brad Burzynski, R-Clare, he spoke about the importance of being from Bloomington and representing the state from Springfield, not from Chicago - a common criticism of governor and Chicago resident Rod Blagojevich." ...

"'I'm the only candidate who's consistently been pro-life, consistently supports the second amendment, consistently against tax increases. I think these are fundamental issues that affect Illinois families and businesses,' he said." ...
 

NH: Are state pols willing to stand their ground?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The House and Senate will vote on bills this week that would justify the use of deadly force to protect against a likely attack, deadly or otherwise. They would also eliminate the responsibility to retreat from a perceived threat." ...

"Proponents say the current law is ambiguous and creates problems for people about when they do or don't need to retreat."

"'If you're in your car and somebody rips the door open, you have an obligation to jump out and give them the car. Your children as well, if they're in the car. It's a rather ridiculous requirement,' said Rep. Howard 'Crow' Dickinson, the 16-term Center Conway Republican who sponsored the House bill." ...
 

KY: Use of deadly force against intruders (letters)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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'Poorly thought out'

"The 'shoot first' bills in the Kentucky House and Senate are repugnant enough in their incredibly broad concept of self-defense . . . but even worse, they would make Kentuckians pay for the privilege of having these new vigilantes." ...

'Get training and practice'

"House Bill 236 solidifies our rights to defend our lives and property in the event of an assault. With that right goes an incredible moral obligation to train ourselves in the use of firearms in the event that we decide to use deadly force. Training is more than knowing how to load a firearm to shoot at a stationary target. Training involves mental preparation, practice under stress and, above all, an awareness of your surroundings." ...
 

AZ: NRA-backed measure would allow gun, ammo sales during state emergencies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association is pushing a measure at the state Legislature that would keep the governor from confiscating or placing restrictions on firearms and ammunition -- including sales -- during a state of emergency."

"The bill was approved by the state Senate on Monday and has the backing of some leading Republican lawmakers, including state Senate President Ken Bennett and Senate Majority Leader Tim Bee. The measure prohibits the governor from curtailing the legal use, sale or transfer of firearms and ammo during a state of emergency. The measure now moves to the state House of Representatives." ...
 

VA: Gun Rights Bill Clears Senate Committee
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill making it illegal for most businesses to prohibit guns in locked vehicles on their property squeaked through a Senate committee today."

"The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 8-to-7 to advance Delegate Scott Lingamfelter's bill, which would require businesses to allow employees and customers to keep guns in their locked vehicles while parked on site. The bill contains exemptions for vehicles on school property and private property where the parking area is gated or restricted. It also exempts business-owned vehicles, such as delivery vans." ...
 

Firing into suspects' cars restricted in many cities
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite a national shift toward restricting when law enforcement officers may fire at moving vehicles, such use-of-force policies in Bexar County and San Antonio remain more permissive than those in other major cities."

"The ironic result could be an increased risk to public safety, experts and some law officers said."

"'You have to balance the benefits and the risks' of firing at moving vehicles, said Geoffrey Alpert, a criminologist at the University of South Carolina and an expert on the use of deadly force. 'And clearly, the risks are enormous, compared to the potential benefits.'" ...
 

CA: 3 More Arrested in Rogue Cop Robberies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nineteen people, including five former police officers, have been criminally charged in connection with a string of daring and sometimes violent robberies in Southern California, which were staged to look like law enforcement raids as the suspects used police badges and equipment to fool victims, federal authorities said Thursday." ...

"'What makes this case so disturbing is that the defendants include five sworn law enforcement officers who abused their badges, their uniforms and their oaths of office to engage in criminal conduct under the pretense of conducting real police operations,' said Thomas O'Brien, head of the criminal division for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. ..." ...
 

MA: OUR VIEW: Why the secrecy?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It took Secretary of State William Galvin’s involvement to force the Plymouth Police Department to release what should have been a policy document readily available to the public."

"Plymouth residents have been clamoring for answers ever since two Plymouth officers shot and killed a 16-year-old boy Jan. 10 after he allegedly drove straight at them following a 1.3-mile pursuit through downtown at about 3 a.m." ...

"A police shooting is not an everyday event, and Plymouth Police Chief Robert Pomeroy could have used the opportunity to provide facts and reassurances to residents."

"Instead, Pomeroy refused to say anything about the incident. ..."

"In the absence of any statement or justification, the chief’s silence only added to public concern over the incident." ...
 

India: SPO rapes woman in Rajouri
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police has registered a case against a Special Police Officer (SPO) for allegedly raping a woman in Jammu’s Rajouri district on Saturday."

"Local news agency KNS said the SPO Balwant Singh son of Sant Singh of Kalakote entered into the house of Muhammad Sabzar on the pretext of drinking water."

"Balwant however did not disclose his identity and asked Sabzar to send his wife Shah Bano to fetch water for him. 'The SPO pounced upon Shah Bano and dragged her out of the house, bolting it from outside. He took the woman to a nearby field where he raped her,' the KNS quoted a police report as saying." ...
 

Australia: Gun blunder in mail
Submitted by: Haddock
Website: http://www.servicerifle.com.au/qmrcabout.htm

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"CUSTOMS officers blundered when they delivered assault rifle parts to the door of a gun enthusiast in Queensland."

"The components, ammunition magazines for a Russian-made AK-47, should have been impounded when they entered Australia."

"Doubling the embarrassment for authorities was the fact the package ... was cleared after being opened and examined by Customs officers."

"... Tim Powell, who has previously been convicted for importing illegal firearm parts, ordered the magazines to fit a legally registered pump-action Vektor H5 rifle."

"Rules state that when such restricted items arrive in Australia they must be held by Customs until the person importing them presents themselves along with ID, import permits and gun licences for proper checks." ...
 

India: Trooper kills 4 colleagues, self
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Srinagar, Mar 6: Five Army men and one civilian were killed while five people were injured in the state since Sunday night."

"Reports said an Army man killed his four colleagues after a heated exchange of words, and later committed suicide in Miran Sahib area of Jammu on Sunday evening."

"Naik Satinder Singh of 21 Rajput opened indiscriminate firing on his colleagues with his service rifle killing four of them on spot. Satinder was suffering from mental depression for some time and had an brief altercation with his colleagues before taking the drastic step, reports said." ...
 

Japan: Crime victim data leaked via Web
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Personal data on 1,500 people including the names and addresses of crime victims has been leaked via the Internet from the personal computer of a police officer in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, sources said."

"The data, which related to police investigations, was spread via the Winny file-sharing program."

"Police believe the computer was infected with a virus through Winny that enabled the information to be leaked."

"The leak is the latest in a string of cases in which confidential government material has been spread via the Internet through Winny software. Last month, the Self-Defense Forces revealed that secret military codes and other data were leaked in the same way." ...
 

CT: Rifle Takes Second At MAC Championships
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The University of Akron rifle team concluded its season this past weekend with a second-place finish in the Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC) championships held at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. The Zips shot a final overall score of 4,545 out of 4,800 in the Master's class of the conference championship." ...
 

Canada: Conservatives to gut gun registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Many gun owners could soon get a break from the gun registry under plans by the Conservative government and, according to local hunters and business, that would be a good thing."

"According to the CTV News Web site, the government plans to grant an amnesty to rifle and shotgun owners, which means the registry would apply only to handguns and automatic weapons."

"The Conservatives also plan to waive the $60 fee paid by more than 1.5 million Canadians this year to renew firearm registrations."

"Brian Hoffart, president of the Saskatchewan Outfitters Association, praised the decision."

"'That’s where it should be in the first place,' he noted, adding the money saved can go towards initiatives such as extra police and health care." ...
 

Canada: Save the gun registry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made no secret of his dislike for the federal gun registry. If it were in his power to dismantle it outright, Harper would surely do so."

"But because Harper and the Conservative party lack the parliamentary majority to change the legislation that created the registry, he is seeking a more circuitous path to undermine it and ultimately to render it useless."

"In recent days, the Prime Minister has talked of reviewing options, including exempting rifle and shotgun owners from having to register their weapons, waiving the $60 fee paid every five years to re-register guns and granting an amnesty for those who have yet to register." ...
 

Ireland: Gun crime and drugs trade 'inextricably linked'
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"JUSTICE Minister Michael McDowell yesterday urged society to take a stand against the thugs who wreak havoc on lives with drug deals and gun crime."

"Responding to the shooting dead of young mother Donna Cleary, Mr McDowell said gun crime was inextricably linked with the drugs trade and both had to be tackled 'head on.'"

"'This kind of wanton disregard of human life is a by-product of the drugs industry. You cannot have one without the other,' he said, appealing to anyone who knew a drug dealer or the location of a weapon to speak to gardaí." ...
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Submitter's Note: But why not just ban drugs and guns?
 

UK: Jail term for man caught with guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A MAN caught strolling down a Sheffield road with two guns under his arm told police he found the weapons under a bush."

"Undercover police officers swooped on Paul Heard as he walked down Olive Grove Road in Heeley last November, the court heard."

"The 24-year-old fled with the guns, which were wrapped in a black carrier bag, but was caught on nearby Heeley Bank Road."

"'He claimed he had been urinating when he found the guns hidden under a bush, and was taking them to a friend's house,' said Robert Sandford, prosecuting."

"Police took the guns - described in court as a bolt action rifle and a double barrel shotgun - and found car keys in Heard's pocket which belonged to a car parked nearby." ...
 

UK: Rare pistol given to Napoleon up for auction
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A historic pistol given to Napoleon Bonaparte by a flamboyant English army officer in 1802 is expected to fetch £25,000-30,000 when it is sold at auction next month."

"The gold-inlaid, 120-bore, three-barrelled flintlock pocket pistol is one of a pair and thought to be the only weapon ever given to Napoleon by an Englishman."

"It was presented to the French general and 'First Consul' by Lt Col Thomas Thornton when he visited France during a lull in hostilities in the Napoleonic Wars."

"David Williams, head of arms and armour at Bonhams auction house, said: 'It's absolutely fascinating. The pistol itself is beautiful with all the gold inlay. They were usually rather more restrained at the time.'" ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy ... censorship. When any government, or any church, for that matter, undertakes to say to it's subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything. You cannot conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." --Robert A. Heinlein, "Revolt in 2100" (Pg. 68-69, Baen Books paperback edition, 1999 printing)

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