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Libertarians Are Terrorists, Says the State of Alabama
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Alabama Department of Homeland Security (ALDHS), established in June of 2003, has recently constructed a website that defines Domestic Terrorists as those who oppose gun control and a strong federal government."

"Under the heading 'Anti-Government Groups', the site displays a flag that is widely considered one of the first symbols of American patriotism and reads, 'In general, these terrorists claim that the U.S. government is infringing on their individual rights, and/or that the government's policies are criminal and immoral. Such groups may hold that the current government is violating the basic principles laid out by the U.S. Constitution…'" ...
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Submitter's Note: The page has since been removed, but the google cached version is available here.
 

N.Y. triggers gun stings nationwide
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A half-dozen cities might follow New York's lead and conduct their own undercover sting operations to disrupt illegal gun sales, a senior mayoral aide disclosed yesterday."

"'There are a number of cities that want to emulate what we've done,' John Feinblatt, Mayor Bloomberg's criminal justice coordinator, said at a breakfast sponsored by Ladies Home Journal." ...
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KABA Note: These 'stings' are what the DOJ was referring to when it said "... civilian efforts can unintentionally interrupt or jeopardize ongoing criminal investigations" in a letter rebuking Bloomberg.
 

Sandy Froman: Gun rights: Won or lost in the courts
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As I explained in my previous column, federal courts have the power to declare what the Constitution means ... And the opinion of our highest court, the U.S. Supreme Court, is the law of the land."

"But the Supreme Court has never definitively ruled on what the Second Amendment means." ...

"In the almost 70 years since U.S. v. Miller, the high court has never had to rule on the Second Amendment. But just a couple days ago, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition for rehearing en banc in the case of Parker v. D.C. ..."

"If the Parker case reaches the Supreme Court, the justices will have to determine whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms." ...
 

Why reveal who's concealed?
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.libertyzone.blogspot.com

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... "I can guarantee that knowing I carry concealed in my home state of Virginia will not make my neighbors safer in any way. What it will do is make my home a target for potential burglars, who will assume it's a safe bet I have guns to steal. What it would do, if I were trying to avoid and protect myself against an abusive ex-spouse or significant other, is give him access to my whereabouts. And frankly, it will give robbers a list of homes to avoid when trying to choose their next prey. Research shows criminal trolls likely to avoid homes they believe will be inhabited with an armed resident. So who will be left? Those who are disarmed, who the criminals will assume have no guns in their homes." ...
 

Gun Control: Clueless in Chicago
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A curious editorial appeared on the Chicago Tribune website, written by their “senior correspondent”. In keeping with a classic anti-gun-rights gambit, the author claims to be speaking for everybody besides Texas when declaring that a new debate has begun about gun control due to the Virginia Tech shooting, while attempting to stigmatize and ostracize Texans:"

"HOUSTON -- Much of the rest of the nation might have begun debating whether new gun-control measures are in order in the wake of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history at Virginia Tech last month. But here in Texas, a place where guns seem a part of the state’s very DNA, folks have got some other ideas.1" ...
 

Placating the anti-gun crowd
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The relationship between the Bush administration and the pro-Second Amendment community has been lukewarm, at best."

"The high point in that relationship came early in George W. Bush's first term, when former Attorney General John Ashcroft wrote a letter to the National Rifle Association, clearly stating the administration's view that the Second Amendment guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms. Since the time of that letter -- May 17, 2001 -- reasons for celebration by us Second Amendment advocates have been few and far between. Based on a recent legislative initiative by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, in cahoots with several anti-gun senators, the road is certain to continue rocky." ...
 

An About-Face on Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On Monday the New York Times uncharacteristically gave front page space to a story about liberal scholars who have -- albeit reluctantly -- come round to the individual rights view of the Second Amendment. Among the most prominent is Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe ... who now teaches that any law-abiding American adult who wants a Colt Diamondback to safeguard his family or go 'coon hunting has the Second Amendment behind him."

"Eight years ago scholars were predicting that Dr. Tribe's change of heart would 'force judges and others to face the [individual rights] issue on its merits.' That is precisely what happened in the March 2007 Parker v. District of Columbia decision ..." ...
 

Legal case could set precedent in determining right to bear arms
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"There is a case (Parker v. District of Columbia) moving toward the Supreme Court that will likely give us a precedent on the individual right to own a firearm."

"The debate over that right is a passionate one."

"Everyone agrees that the Second Amendment to the Constitution refers to the right of the people to keep and bear arms. The disagreement is over the meaning-- which people were the framers referring too?" ...
 

Silence on Guns
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"The tragedy of our runaway gun culture can only deepen now that it's clear the new Democratic Congress operates in fear of the gun lobby's well-practiced demagoguery and rich campaign treasury. ..."

"Truly responsible lawmakers would put political survival on hold and shut two of the most lethal loopholes in gun control ... The first barred state and local police forces from getting access to information on illegal gun sales regularly collected by federal inspectors ..."

"The second abuse has made a mockery of homeland security by tolerating the sale of firearms to people on federal watch lists of terrorism suspects. ..." [links added] ...
 

Insane society
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One wonders why it takes 'Courier-Post' columnists weeks and thousands of words finally to begin to realize that a society that arms its lunatics with weapons that can fire dozens, perhaps hundreds, of shots per minute is an insane society. Or, society is so stupid that it allows itself to be bought by its gun collectors. It is self-evident that arming the lunatics is insane."

"As much as the gun enthusiasts try to associate the founding fathers with their own pathology, the drafters and adopters of the Second Amendment were faced with weapons that could fire at most a shot or two in a minute. Such weapons might deter an intruder, but such weapons could never enable a massacre. ..." ...
 

Second Amendment becomes anachronism
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Literally, in the wake of the disastrous events at Virginia Tech University and the daily murders in our own streets, the issue of the proliferation of guns in our society needs to be looked in the light of when and why it was included in the Bill of Rights 218 years ago." ...

"It's important to note that the 'right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed upon' is tied directly to the need for 'a well-regulated militia.' Times have changed with the establishment of the National Guard, thus raising serious doubts as to the necessity for the Second Amendment today." ...
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Submitter's Note: Actually the well-regulated militia is tied directly to the security of a free state, and the people make up the militia, meaning that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" is 'tied directly' to the security of our nation.
 

OK: Liquor store owner foils robbery attempt
Submitted by: Howard Ross Nemerov

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"A Purcell liquor store owner refused to comply when a man entered his store and told him to hand over his money Tuesday. Instead, the owner pulled out his gun and told the would-be robber to get out." ...

"The man demanded all of the money in the register, and Kluth said he replied, 'F-- you,' ..."

"'What do you mean, 'F-- you?' Give me all your money,' the man responded ..."

"Then the man reached into his pants, 'like he had a gun,' Kluth said."

"So Kluth retrieved his own Smith -- Wesson 357 and pointed it at the man, telling him to get out of the store, Kluth said."

"The man made an attempt to grab the gun, but when he failed he ran out of the store, Kluth said." ...
 

OK: Pistol packin’ grandma stops robbery attempt at her liquor store
Submitted by: Howard Ross Nemerov

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"Criminals listen up. You might want to think twice before messing with one pistol-packin' grandma. A couple of would-be-robbers found out the hard way when they tried to hold up a west Lawton liquor store. What they didn't know was that the owner, 75-year-old Rosemarie O'Keeffe, was waiting for them-- armed with a gun and ready to pull the trigger. It seems they changed their minds pretty quickly when they realized they were staring down the barrel of her pistol." ...

"'I said, 'Oh my God he's going to rob me. What do I do?' I get up. I grab my gun and I point it at the door. He came in and I said, 'Get out or I'll shoot'.'"

"... O'Keeffe says they immediately high-tailed it out the door and ran away through the alley." ...
 

FL: Jewelry store owner wounds 2 robbers in gun battle in Fort Lauderdale
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"One man lay wounded on the floor of the jewelry store police say he tried to rob Wednesday morning. His accomplice, blood pouring from several gunshot wounds, took a swig from a fruit drink before surrendering to police down the street, authorities said."

"Both would-be robbers lost a gun battle with a jewelry store owner who didn't hesitate when the men drew pistols, police said. Police didn't identify the pair who were shot. They were at Broward General Medical Center in critical condition."

"The owners -- a man, his wife and their son -- were unharmed and declined to talk about the incident Wednesday." ...
 

Mindset – the key to winning a deadly encounter (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"There are many components that go into winning a violent encounter; having the proper tools at hand, shooting ability, physical conditioning, tactics and all the particulars of the specific incident. But the most important aspect may be mindset."

"Having the pre-determined mindset that you will not be a victim, that you will win against any attacker, at any time, any place, and any situation, is the crux of self-defense."

"Proper mindset starts with the realization that just because you live in a good neighborhood, work in a safe office and shop and travel in low crime areas, you are not guaranteed to be safe. Police rarely respond in time to stop a crime. They investigate the crime that happened before they arrived." ...
 

OH: Plain Dealer LTEs: Guns in the wrongs hands - and the right ones (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Cleveland Plain Dealer has published several letters to the editor in response to its April 29 story entitled 'Gun advocates: Statistics are inadequate' and to the continued discussion over the latest Ohio CHL-holder to defend his own life when attacked." ...
 

Fred Thompson: Armed with the Truth
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you care about Constitutional law, and everybody should, the big news is that it looks as if the Supreme Court is going to hear a Second Amendment case some time next year. The event that sparked this legal fuse was a case brought by six D.C. residents who simply wanted functional firearms in their homes for self-defense. ..."

"Our individual right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, may finally be confirmed by the high court; but this means that we're going to see increasing pressure on the Supreme Court from anti-gun rights activists who want the Constitution reinterpreted to fit their prejudices. The New York Times has already fired the first broadside." ...
 

Senator Feinstein Leads Coalition of Senators to Introduce Bill to Regulate .50 BMG Caliber Combat-Style Sniper Rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), today introduced legislation to regulate the transfer and possession of .50 BMG caliber sniper rifles ..."

"Current federal law classifies all .50 caliber rifles as 'long guns,' subject to the least government regulation for any firearm. ..." ...

"This legislation would:"

"Add the .50 BMG caliber sniper rifle to the list of firearms classified as 'destructive devices' under the National Firearms Act ..."

"Require the same registration for any 'copycat' sniper rifles that might be developed ... and"

"Allow people who already possess .50 BMG caliber sniper weapons up to seven years to register their existing firearms ..." ...
 

McCarthy optimistic about gun-control
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"Three weeks after the shootings at Virginia Tech, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy remains optimistic that she'll finally succeed in her longtime drive to strengthen background checks on gun buyers."

"'This is something that everybody knows has to be changed,' the New York Democrat said."

"Still, she readily acknowledges a tough road ahead. She has no timetable for congressional action, but she expects her bill to be on the House floor 'sooner rather than later.' In the Senate, Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is expected to introduce companion legislation within the next few weeks." ...
 

An "Independent Attorney General"?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The weeks go by, and Alberto Gonzales remains the Attorney General of the United States. ..."

"... The next president is going to have develop policies about the proper relationship between the Justice Department and the White House ..." ...

"It is easy to imagine Justice Department issues getting significant play in the 2008 campaign. Indeed, it would be shocking if our selection of the next President did not include significant debate over such issues as how the next President's Justice Department should balance our commitment to civil liberties with our national security needs, ... and not only as to what extent gun control is good policy, but also to what extent it is constitutionally permitted under the Second Amendment." ...
 

TN: Gun carrying bill in step with public
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill that would allow Tenneseans to carry their state permitted handguns into public places like playgrounds met with a healthy dose of skepticism from Davidson County legislators, but passed another committee hurdle nonetheless." ...

"Perhaps Rep. Frank Niceley made the best argument."

"'Every state that passes a permit law, the violent crime drops for one reason: because the crooks don't know who has the gun and who doesn't,' said Rep. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains), the bill's sponsor. 'You can look at the facts. The cold hard facts will say that the law-abiding citizen, who has a carry permit, is no threat to anyone.'" ...
 

TX: Republicans torn over gun legislation
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a gun-rights advocate, Suzanna Gratia Hupp believes she should be able to carry her concealed weapon anywhere she wants."

"'It is ultimately my responsibility,' explains Hupp, whose parents were shot in front of her at the 1991 Luby's massacre in Killeen while Hupp's handgun sat — illegally at the time — in her vehicle. 'My safety is my responsibility.'"

"But as a former Republican lawmaker, she's also a strong supporter of a property owner's right to dictate just who or what can come onto her property."

"So when it comes to taking a stance on a proposed bill that would allow licensed concealed weapons carriers to keep their guns locked in their car at work, Hupp, like many conservatives, is a little torn." ...
 

IL: Senate OK's ban on high-capacity gun magazines
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With suggestions that it could help limit tragedies like April's Virginia Tech massacre, the Senate on Wednesday approved a ban on high-capacity gun magazines."

"Ammunition clips holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition would be illegal under legislation that passed 31-26 and was sent to the House."

"Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Park Ridge Democrat, sold the bill as one that doesn't limit the manufacture or sale of guns in a state reluctant to toughen controls on weapons despite solid Democratic control of the Legislature."

"But in a legislature that has struggled for several years to ban assault rifles, Kotowski refused to concede his bill was a smaller bite of the apple." ...
 

NY: We won't cave on gun stings: city
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"Despite a stern warning from the Justice Department, the city plans to move forward with more sting operations against illegal gun dealers, a top city official said yesterday."

"John Feinblatt, the city's criminal justice coordinator, said a half-dozen other cities are also exploring the possibility of doing similar stings."

"'There will be more actions against dealers,' Feinblatt said. 'That's the way we've driven crime down - by taking an aggressive approach. We're not going to stop.'" ...
 

NJ: Gun ban takes shot at re-enactors, hunters
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"The Continental Army and the Redcoats may have to go at each other with baseball bats in New Jersey."

"Revolutionary War buffs who annually re-enact historic conflicts ... with muskets contend they will be disarmed by a proposed gun ban aimed at modern .50-caliber rifles that gun-control advocates call potential terrorist 'sniper' weapons."

"A bill in the Assembly (A3998) states that antiques and replica guns will be excluded from the ban, but ... caps that exclusionary rule at .60-caliber rifles -- which would ban muskets carried by many Civil War re-enactors, as well as the Continental Army. The proposed law also extends the ban to popular, one-shot 'in-line' muzzleloaders used by thousands of deer hunters ..." ...
 

TX: Bill protecting IDs of gun owners heads to Perry
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"A bill that would cloak the identities of Texans issued concealed handgun licenses by the Texas Department of Public Safety is on its way to Gov. Rick Perry."

"The Texas Senate passed the bill Wednesday, adopting identical language to the House to bar the public from viewing the names of concealed handgun licensees." ...

"The right to check who possesses a concealed handgun license has been in place a dozen years, since the concealed handgun law passed in 1995."

"Under current law, an individual can request in writing information on whether a particular person has a concealed handgun license. ..."

"If Perry signs the bill, that right will disappear for the general public ..." ...
 

Convention of Delegates, "Over the class of unalienable rights the supreme power hath no controul", April 29, 1778
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"...2. That a bill of rights, clearly ascertaining and defining the rights of conscience, and that security of person and property, which every member in the State hath a right to expect from the supreme power thereof, ought to be settled and established, previous to the ratification of any constitution for the State..."

"...10. That the rights of conscience, and the security of person and property each member of the State is entitled to..."

"...to those principles of equal impartial liberty, which is the property of all men from their birth as the gift of their Creator..."

"...Over the class of unalienable rights the supreme power hath no controul, and they ought to be clearly defined and ascertained in a BILL OF RIGHTS..."

 

Answering an LA Detective
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, I wrote an article calling for a reexamination of SWAT teams as they are used in the United States. The article must have struck a nerve because I received more emails about that one piece than all my other articles combined. ..."

"More than a few of the emails were from citizens who recounted their own experiences with overzealous law enforcement officers, while two others reminded me why I am a fervent defender of the second amendment. However, I did receive one email which I believe deserves a thoughtful reply."

"The following message came from a Los Angeles police detective ..." ...
 

MI: Mich. Cop Avoids Charge for Pot Brownies
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A police officer will avoid criminal charges despite admitting he took marijuana from criminal suspects and, with his wife, baked it into brownies."

"The police department's decision not to pursue a case against former Cpl. Edward Sanchez left a bad taste in the mouth of at least one city official, who vowed to investigate."

"'If you're a cop and you're arresting people and you're confiscating the marijuana and keeping it yourself, that's bad. That's real bad,' said City Councilman Doug Thomas."

"Sanchez, who resigned last year from the department in this Detroit suburb, declined comment Wednesday to the Detroit Free Press. Police Cmdr. Jeff Geisinger did not return calls seeking comment." ...
 

OH: Officers volunteer to protect CHL-holder; Some politicians still don't get it (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"NewsChannel5 (ABC Cleveland) is reporting that police officers will volunteer their time to protect an Ohio CHL-holder who shot and killed an armed 15-year-old who was attempting to rob him."

"... Not all adults are taking such an intelligent approach to dealing with what has been called the 'cancer that has taken over the inner city'." ...
 

MN: The Right Side of the Prairie
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "I am a staunch advocate of our rights under the Second Amendment to the Constitution ..."

"Invariably whenever guns are used in senseless acts of violence some folks call for more gun control or even the outright banning of handguns. I believe there are far greater dangers lurking within those ideas than most people realize. Perhaps I sound a bit paranoid but there are those creatures who would seek to control you and me for evil purposes – without limit. ... Of course no one would want those situations, so the problem as I see it is that anti-gun people do not believe those could actually be the consequences of disarming the public." ...
 

VA: Readers respond to Second Amendment letter
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"Everyone from the NRA to John Wasdi misquotes the Second Amendment ..."

"The NRA conveniently neglected to inscribe the first clause of the Second Amendment on their headquarters. ..." ...

"In your last week's issue, Mr. Wasdi took me to task for not clearly differentiating the difference between the long-standing ban on fully automatic weapons (i.e., machine guns) and the lapsed ban on semiautomatic weapons. Of course, he is correct."

"Sadly, this will be of little solace to the families and friends of the students and teachers who were gunned down by the semiautomatic weapons which were used by the Virginia Tech killer. Our problem in the US is clear. We do not sufficiently control and limit ownership of guns." ...
 

MD: A gun ban will not work
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

I saw the letter suggesting a handgun ban ('Only criminals need a handgun in this country,' April 26).

No ban will work, so don't try one. I assure you that the folks with guns will always have leverage over those who don't. You may deplore it or admire it, but that's the fact.

Tragedy is huge in impact and insignificant in statistics. One hundred times the people died on Sept. 11, 2001, as did at Virginia Tech, and the actions taken since have not been exemplary.

Similar hasty answers are predictably incorrect now. One armed citizen would have changed history. The lack of one did.

There should be no gun ban whatsoever until I'm dead, or America repeals the Second Amendment.

Mitch Shrader, Tulsa, Okla.
 

DC: Fenty, firearms and the future
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"Gun-rights advocates are cautiously optimistic these days, and with good reason. The latest Second Amendment news is that a federal appeals court will not reconsider a panel judgment against the District of Columbia's gun ban. This means that the options facing pro-gun-ban Mayor Adrian Fenty are, at least by his lights, all bad. The District may now either take the case to the Supreme Court or admit that the gun ban is defeated. City officials must decide by the second week of August."

"What a Catch-22 for the gun-control crowd. ... Assuming that the court agrees to hear it, the current justices are likelier than any group in recent memory to scale back gun-control laws ..." ...
 

DC: The District should ask the Supreme Court to save its gun law
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"MAYOR ADRIAN M. Fenty (D) faces a decision now that a federal appeals court has let stand a ruling overturning the District's strict gun-control law. The interests of District residents mandate an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court."

"The District's longtime ban on keeping handguns in homes was ruled unconstitutional in March ... The disappointing refusal by the full appeals court to grant a rehearing on this crucial question sets up a dilemma for advocates of gun control."

"No doubt an appeal to the Supreme Court carries risks. ..."

"But Mr. Fenty has to think of what is best for his city, which has nothing to lose by going to the Supreme Court. If the District wins, the law stays on the books ..." ...
 

MN: Bell Ringing in Memory of Virginia Tech Shooting Victims and Honoring Local Peace Officers
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On Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at noon, there will be a bell ringing in memory of the Virginia Tech shooting victims and honoring local peace officers at the Memorial Bell Garden at Lake Place Park (Located above the Lakewalk at the corner near the restroom building and up the stairs or ramp, or from Superior St. to the Lakewalk at Lake Ave. or 1st Ave. East) The Northland Million Mom Chapter of the Brady Campaign will ring the bell at their Memorial Bell Garden in memory of the victims one month after the massacre.
 

CA: California Brady Campaign Meets With Sacramento Leaders May 23 to do Something About Rising Gun Violence
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"The California Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (BCPGV) will hold a Lobby Day at the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 with a press conference at 11:00 a.m. on the East Lawn of the Capitol. Assembly Member Mike Feuer will speak about new microstamping technology, which will revolutionize crime fighting and help law enforcement solve more gun crimes, more quickly." ...
 

IL: Left wants to keep guns from the law-abiding
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I agree with T.K. Slaughter's letter of April 28, 2007, but I don't know that we will ever see enough good guys with guns. There are many stories around the country about guns thwarting crime, but they are hard to find because the big newspapers and other media don’t tell them. Only the local papers carry those stories, mainly because they have to."

"Guns are banned in many big cities and those big cities have the most gun crimes. You would think that would tell us that outlawing guns doesn't work, right? Wrong! People on the far left would have you believe it’s because guns need to be banned everywhere else. The old NRA saying, 'When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns' is absolutely true." ...
 

UK: Dangers of policing the streets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After a police constable was shot dead in Shrewsbury, are officers facing increasing danger on the streets?"

"The officer who died in Shrewsbury was killed while attending a domestic incident in which a man was brandishing a firearm." ...

"Research carried out by the Police Federation for England and Wales last year found 40,000 officers had been faced with a knife, and 7,000 threatened with a gun, during the previous two years."

"Paul Tonks, chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, said that during his 28 years' service there had always been colleagues injured, but the job had become more dangerous recently." ...
 

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