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Delta offers flight attendants self-defense training
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Delta Air Lines Inc. has launched new voluntary personal defense training to its more than 14,000 flight attendants."

"Atlanta-based Delta said it was one of the first airlines to offer comprehensive personal defense training."

" 'Our top priority is the safety and security of our customers and our people. We feel that we have a responsibility to our flight attendants and our customers to prepare flight attendants to provide the best security possible onboard', said Anne Corry, director of In-Flight Service Performance Systems." ...

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No, to do that you would arm your flight attendants. Flight attendant with hours of training vs. tango with months of training. Who is going to win?
 

Armed and Unharmed (the necessity of arms from a religious perspective)
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This is an article published on the site of an organization called "The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP)." In it, the author explains that the "philosophy" behind gun control is anything but religious because it deceptively promises a "utopian world of joy and peace," dismisses individual responsibility for your actions, empowers evildoers and directly contradicts the mandates of justice.

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"The gun-control lobby rallies in the name of peace and safety. By distorting some facts, turning a deaf ear to others or telling outright lies, they suggest that unrestricted access of law-abiding citizens to guns would lead to apocalyptic levels of carnage on the streets. Instead they point to a utopian world of joy and peace in which gun confiscation would solve all problems. Thus, they fill their ranks with 'useful innocents,' ignorant of the underlying agenda they promote."

"The gun control lobby reasons falsely, because they ascribe the evil of criminals to the guns they use."

"Their reasoning is false because they ascribe the evil of criminals to the instrument they use. Thus, they believe that taking guns off the streets will eradicate evil."
 

Lay down the arms?
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The sun is about to set on the 10-year-old assault weapons ban. But backers of the 1994 measure that outlawed 19 types of military-style, semi-automatic weapons say the Clinton-era legislation will rise again." ...

"At least 52 U.S. senators, as well as President Bush and Democratic opponent John Kerry, support renewing the law. Gun supporters, meantime, are ready for an extended fight should any backers of the ban move to renew the dying law."
 

American Workplace Shootings and Victims Virtually Doubled in 2003
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Workplace shootings in America virtually doubled in 2003 from 2002 as did the number of workplace shooting victims according to a new report, 'Terror Nine to Five: Guns in the American Workplace, 1994- 2003' released by Handgun-Free America (see here)."

"In 2002, there were 25 workplace shooting incidents and 33 victims killed. But in 2003, American workplace shootings rose dramatically to 45 incidents, with 69 victims killed and another 46 wounded. The report highlighted a dangerous five-year trend showing consistent increases in the number of American workplace shootings since 1998 when there were only 9 workplace shootings compared to 45 incidents in 2003." ...

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How many of those workplaces disarmed their employees, rendering them defenseless?
 

VPC: Urge U.S. House to Strengthen Assault Weapons Bill
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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The Hill newspaper contains an article www.thehill.com/news/051204/nra.aspx reinforcing reports that moderate Republicans are anxious to have a floor vote in the U.S. House on assault weapons.

According to the article:
Centrist Republicans in the House are urging the administration to get involved. In an interview, Rep. Michael Castle (R-Del.) said, "Pressure will build to renew the ban in the coming months."

Castle said he is working with Reps. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) to pass a bill that parallels the gun bill passed in 1994.

These members need to hear from local activists that simple renewal is not enough. Current federal law needs to be strengthened to effectively ban assault weapons. Here is the contact information for the listed members:

Mike Castle (R-Del.)
202-225-4165

Christopher Shays (R-Conn.)
202-225-5541

Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
202-225-4835

Mike Ferguson (R-N.J.)
202-225-5361

Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.)
202-225-5516

LET THEM KNOW THAT IF THE HOUSE ACTS, IT MUST BE ON LEGISLATION THAT WILL WORK TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS!

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Better yet, let them know if they attempt to renew this ridiculous ban, that you will do everything in your power to send them home this November.
 

Lightning Bolts and Thunder
Submitted by: Keith Russell

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"There are practical reasons why AK-47s are the weapon of choice for young gangstas on the streets of San Francisco."

KABA Note: Weapon of choice??? According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, these weapons are barely used!

"I got my first gun when I was 12. It was a .32 automatic, a small pistol no bigger than the palm of your hand. This guy would come around the neighborhood every three weeks with a backpack full of pistols and sell them for $25 each."

"The latest weapon of choice on the streets, the one getting all the attention today, is the Russian Kalashnikov, or AK-47 - a large assault rifle capable of holding 100 rounds in one clip. On the streets it's called a street-sweeper, because anything it hits gets swept away."

"Some people think that banning assault rifles will somehow stop them from circulating in 'our' society. But even with the current ban, you can still buy an AK-47 on the streets. The same is true for almost any gun, big or small."
 

Dealing With Bullies
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Do not resort to violence or carry a gun or other weapon. Carrying a gun will not make you safer. Guns often escalate conflicts and increase the chances you will be seriously harmed. You also run the risk that the gun may be turned on you or an innocent person will be hurt. And you may do something in a moment of fear or anger you will regret for the rest of your life."

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Just don't pay any attention to the millions of cases of armed self defense each year. All of those people were just lucky that the bad gun didn't harm them or someone innocent.
 

The Rallying Cry of 'Revolution!'
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"I hear people asking, 'How do we resist?' and 'How does the ordinary person become involved in creating REAL change in America?' Why not first start by refusing to cooperate with the enemy? 'THEY' may have a greater 'arsenal' of toys at their disposal with which to use against us, but we outnumber them and - realistically - we do NOT have to roll over and play dead 'just because' it's expected of us. Who among us enjoys being a doormat? Why not lend an ear to a new voice for a change? Your voice. My voice. Our voices. We can tune out the same old song and dance nonsense that has led us thus far and opt instead to create something new and different for these times. It is something Americans once held in their hands, but over time, allowed to slip through their fingers. It's called FREEDOM. ..."
 

I have inhaled
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Of all the issues facing America, a common, harmless plant seems to be one of the toughest for our politicians to confront with honesty, integrity or even common sense."

"Bill Clinton didn't inhale. Al Gore and George W. Bush shuffled their feet and referred to 'youthful indiscretions.' "

"My name is Aaron Russo, and I am not ashamed to say I have smoked marijuana. At least 70 million Americans have smoked marijuana. Millions of Americans continue to smoke marijuana occasionally, or even on a regular basis, with no ill effects."

"No ill effects, that is, except those which their government inflicts upon them with its war on marijuana."
 

UK: Gun scare at hospital
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"Three men were today still being quizzed by police after a Birmingham hospital casualty department was sealed off following a brawl which led to a gun being discovered in a car."

"A manager at City Hospital spotted the fight on the forecourt of A&E at shortly before 4pm yesterday and alerted the on-site policeman to the scene. Police broke up the fight, but a later search of one of their vehicles produced the firearm."

"During the drama City Hospital, in Dudley Road, the entrance was cordoned off, patients were herded away from the front doors and plans put in place to divert ambulance with emergencies to other entrances."
 

UK: New crackdown on gun crime
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"The government has launched a new review designed to help communities tackle the rise in firearms offences."

"A comprehensive review of the UK's gun laws and a £2.25 million cash boost for areas blighted by an escalation in shootings form the two new initiatives."

"Most of the budget - £2 million - will be drawn from recovered criminal assets."

"Another £250,000, known as the Connected Fund, will be allocated to small community organisations tackling the spread of guns."
 

Canada: New anti-gang law used in Toronto gun round-up
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"A huge series of raids in the Toronto area Wednesday using a new federal anti-gang law resulted in 65 arrests and the laying of more than 500 charges, authorities say."

"The operation was geared towards cracking down on gangs and their guns."

" 'What's happened today is the guns and gangs approach that this government is moving forward on, with crowns and police working together ...,' Michael Bryant, Ontario's attorney general, told reporters."
 

MI: No violent video games, teen gun violator is told
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"A 15-year-old Kent County boy who shipped an assault rifle to a Canadian teenager will be on probation for more than two years with several conditions, including a ban on playing violent video games, authorities said Tuesday."

"The boy and his mother signed an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office acknowledging his guilt."

"Based on an exam by a psychologist, he does not 'pose an undue threat to the safety of the community,' the seven-page agreement states."
 

TX: Homeowner may have wounded one of the burglars who broke into his house
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"A northeast Harris County man was shot and wounded in a break-in at his home overnight but may have managed to wound one of his attackers before they fled, officials said." ...

"Homeowner Ronnie Jones, 31, armed himself to investigate the noise and exchanged gunfire with some of the suspects, detectives said." ...

"Harris County Sheriff's Department detectives are now questioning a man who showed up at Ben Taub Hospital with a gunshot wound shortly after the shootout."
 

UK: Knifeman downed by cops' stun gun
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"A MAN wielding a knife was knocked down when police stunned him with 50,000 volts of electricity."

"The stun gun was used by North Wales police to end a stand-off with Carl Andrew Jones, a court heard yesterday."

"Jones had been threatening to kill himself and was brandishing a knife in a Deeside street late at night."

"After being hit by the force's Tazer gun, he fell, the knife was seized and he was arrested."
 

MN: City cleans its gun range
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"Mavo Systems completed lead contamination clean up at a former gun range in Winona last week, but it was in the Winona City Hall basement, not the Law Enforcement Center. The Fridley, Minn., environmental contractor was involved in both jobs, and owner Jay Robertson said they were similar projects. Each was a long narrow shooting range for use by law enforcement personnel and each had built up lead residue from years of use."
 

TN: Tenn. Passes Bill on Illegal-Immigrant ID
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"A bill passed Wednesday will transform Tennessee from a haven for illegal immigrants seeking driver's licenses to the state with the strictest driver's license policy in the nation, state officials say." ...

"The bill would prohibit illegal immigrants and foreign visitors on temporary visas from getting standard driver's licenses. Instead, they could apply for 'certificates of driving' that would be marked 'NOT VALID FOR I.D.' and would show only that the holder knew the rules of the road. The certificates, which would look significantly different than driver's licenses, could not be used as a way to confirm one's identity before boarding an airplane, buying a gun or renting a vehicle."
 

Miramax to Buy Michael Moore Documentary
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Miramax Films chiefs Bob and Harvey Weinstein plan to buy back Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9-11' _ which Walt Disney Co. blocked Miramax from releasing _ and distribute it themselves."

"Under the deal, the brothers, who have a thorny relationship with parent company Disney, would not be able to distribute the movie through Miramax. They would have to find a third-party company."

"Moore's film criticizes President Bush's handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and connects the Bush family with Osama bin Laden's."
 

IN: Deputy Faces Charges in Inmate Taser Gun Death
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A judge decided Wednesday to file charges against one of two deputies following a fatal taser gun incident at the Monroe County jail.

James L. Borden died in November of last year while in custody after receiving multiple shocks from jail officers in Bloomington.

At a hearing today the judge charged Deputy David Shaw with battery while armed with a deadly weapon and battery causing serious bodily injury. Both are Class C felonies.

Deputy Shaw is expected to turn himself in sometime this evening. The judge didn't file any charges against other deputy under investigation, Christopher Hutton.
 

FL: Man Arrested For Allegedly Shooting Intruder
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"Jacksonville police have a man in custody who they say shot a teen breaking into his home Tuesday afternoon."

"A 15-year-old girl who knows the man reportedly skipped school and broke into his home on the 7500 block of Patrice Court. The man then shot the teen in the arm after a confrontation." ...

"The homeowner said there was a second suspect who fled the scene. Police searched the area for the other intruder, but the story turned out to be false." ...

"The homeowner was arrested and may be charged with aggravated assault for firing the gun."
 

UK: Man shot dead by police
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"A 23-year-old man has been shot dead by police in Thornton Heath, south London."

"Armed officers had gone to arrest him after he failed to appear in court on firearms charges. The suspect was shot by an officer from the Metropolitan Police's SO19 firearms unit."

"The dead man had a hand gun when he was shot by police, it emerged. A second man was arrested at the scene and is now being held at a police station in south London."
 

UK: Man shot dead in arrest attempt
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"A 23-year-old man has been shot dead by police in south London."

"The man was shot by officers who were attempting to arrest him on Wednesday morning after he had failed to appear in court on firearms charges."

"He was pronounced dead after being shot in Raymead Passage off London Road, in Thornton Heath, at about 1125 BST. A hand gun was found, Scotland Yard said."

"A 19-year-old man was arrested and is being questioned by officers at a south London police station."
 

South Africa: Girl kidnapped, raped
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While South Africa takes a page out of the UK playbook and disarms its civilians, criminals still have guns and still prey on vulnerable victims.

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"A 34-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping , blindfolding and raping a eight-year-old girl in Primrose, eastern Johannesburg, police said."

"Superintendent Andy Pieke said the girl alleged that she was raped by a man who stopped her when she was on her way home on Monday. The man claimed to know her father and said he had money for him."

"The girl climbed into the car and the man threatened her with a gun. He drove to the post office in Germiston and ordered her to wait in the car."

"The girl feared for her life and remained in the car, said Pieke."
 

UK: Ministers rule out replica gun ban
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"The Government has ruled out a wholesale ban on imitation firearms despite revealing that gun crime has nearly doubled in four years."

"Firearms offences in England and Wales have rocketed from 13,874 in 1998-99 to 24,070 in 2002-03, according to Home Office figures."

"The number of recorded crimes involving imitation weapons has tripled from 566 to 1,815 during that period."

"But a consultation paper published by the Home Office said banning imitation guns was impractical."
 

KY: Former Court Officer Admits He Shot Himself
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"A former local juvenile court officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to filing a false police report."

"Only WLKY NewsChannel 32 cameras were there when Glenn Satterly admitted that he made up a story about a black man who shot him, when Satterly actually shot himself by accident." ...

"Satterly continued with his explanation, adding that the gun went off accidentally." ...

"When Satterly panicked, he also made up the story that a black man came up to his window and shot him, Harding reported."
 

LA: Carjacker shot to death by victim
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"Kyle M. Orgeron shot and killed Elgin T. Bailey, 24, late Sunday, according to a Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office report. Orgeron then called police to report the shooting, police said."

"Orgeron and his girlfriend were apparently lost, on their way from Larose to Morgan City, when their vehicle wound up in a ditch, sheriff's spokesman Larry Weidel said. Bailey and a second, unidentified man helped Orgeron get the car out of the ditch, then asked for a ride, police said."

"Orgeron told police that one of the men drew a gun and told his girlfriend to stop the car. Orgeron then drew his gun and shot Bailey in the chest..."
 

GA: Ex-DeKalb Sheriff Serving Life Sentence
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"Two men previously acquitted in the murder of DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on 12 new counts."

"Melvin Walker, who is suspected of being the triggerman in the death of Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, and David Ramsey, his alleged backup shooter, were indicted on charges of conspiracy, violations of interstate commerce and firearms crimes."

"Walker, 39, and Ramsey, 32, were acquitted by a DeKalb County jury of charges that they conspired to gun Brown down in his driveway the night of Dec. 15, 2000, on behalf of Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, who lost a re-election bid to Brown."

"Dorsey was convicted of the state charge in a separate trial held in Albany. He is serving a life sentence."
 

VA: Zero Tolerance Angers Parents
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"Patrick Dimarchi has a 3.5 GPA and, until last week, a spotless disciplinary record. That is until a random search of the Stonewall Jackson High School parking lot turned up a knife in the back of his car. 'It was a mistake, and I had no bad intentions with that weapon,' said Dimarchi."

"Dimarchi said the knife was leftover from a weekend camping trip. He says he simply forgot to take it out of his car. Shenandoah County Public Schools have a strict policy like many school districts that prohibits any knife with a blade longer than three inches to be on school property. ..." ...

"Patrick has been suspended for 10 days and could be expelled. ..."
 

OH: Gunman holds up over half dozen businesses in Warren
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"The Warren Tribune-Chronicle has twice published names of persons who were issued concealed handgun licenses. Their 'public service' did nothing to stop this crime, and won't stop future ones either."

"Nor did the fact the carrying a firearm into a bar is illegal stop this criminal, nor did any other of the laws his guilty of violating."

"Firearms prohibitions and victim zone restrictions will not act as deterrents, but 40% of felons surveyed by the Department of Justice say the fear of armed citizens will."

BUSINESSES WHICH ARE VOLUNTARILY CREATING DISARMED VICTIM ZONES IN WARREN:

AVI Food Systems, Inc.
Book Nook
CitiFinancial
Delphi Automotive
Perkins Family Restaurant
 

OH: Fingerprinting of concealed carry applicants to begin
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"The first applicants for concealed weapons permits will be getting fingerprinted Thursday, beginning the final step in the process before permits can be issued."

"County Sheriff David Smith said they’ve begun scheduling applicants to be fingerprinted because the fingerprint scanning equipment is finally back up and running."

"Approximately 262 people have applied for concealed carry permits since the law allowing Ohioans to carry a concealed weapon went into effect April 8."
 

AL: Legislature hikes fee to pack a pistol in Morgan County
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"A bill hiking the cost of pistol permits in Morgan County has passed the Legislature and awaits the governor's signature."

"The pistol permit bill is one of six that Sheriff Greg Bartlett requested to raise revenue for his office. All but one of the bills passed as originally submitted. The pistol fee bill fixing licenses at $20 was amended to reduce the fee to $17. Money raised from the fee will go to pay costs of new equipment and supplies for the new photo identification system that will be used with the permits."
 

SC: Teen Arrested For Having Gun At School
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A 15-year-old girl has been arrested for having a loaded gun at school.

It happened Monday at Indian Land High School in Lancaster County.

School officials say another student saw the weapon and told a teacher.

Authorities say a .25 caliber pistol was found pushed down inside the front of her pants.

The girl told school officials she needed it for protection after a confrontation over the weekend.

At the very least, she'll be expelled from school for a full year, officials said.
 

Some GOP Platform possibilities
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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Adherence to the Constitution and Bill of Rights


"First and foremost, we lead, as did the first Republican platform, with a commitment to support and maintain the principles promulgated in the Declaration of Independence and in the Federal Constitution."

"The Declaration of Independence enumerated the erosion of politician and economic freedoms. The Bill of Rights recognized that persons, not government, have rights. Governments only power is the power to protect those rights, or to abridge them. Our legal and moral adherence to the protection of life, liberty, and property of each person is our beacon and goal."
 

UK: Gun Crime: A Threatening Set of Figures
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Gun crime appears to be spiralling ever upwards and new figures released by the Home Office seem to confirm the public perception that the UK’s streets are filled with gun wielding villains."

"But is this a true reflection of the situation across the country or do the statistics conceal a more detailed picture of what is happening?" ...

"The 1997 Firearm (Amendment) Act banned handguns above .22 calibre and restricted smaller calibre weapons to secure gun clubs."

"It resulted in 160,000 weapons being surrendered to the police."

"But according to Home Office figures firearms offences in England and Wales have increased from 13,874 in 1998-99 to 24,070 in 2002-03. During the same period the number of people killed using a firearm rose from 49 to 81."
 

KY: No case, therefore no guilty verdict for storeowner
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"Juror Cole Lattimore carefully chose his words as he left Judge Martin McDonald’s court, having never heard the whole story about how Firas Al Kurdi shot and killed James Abdul-Shajee during an armed robbery."

" 'I said the case was not made, and I agreed with the judge,' Lattimore said. With that simple statement, Lattimore kept his mouth shut."

"In dismissing the case, McDonald didn’t."

"After agreeing to a defense motion for a directed verdict, McDonald lamented the case even reaching his circuit court. 'It was troubling to me from the get-go,' McDonald said of the murder charges levied against Al Kurdi, stemming from an armed robbery of his store, the Shelby Food Mart. 'I am puzzled how this case got by the grand jury.' "
 

NY: Fighting back against the violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"At a 'Halt the Assault' rally near the Capitol, protesters watched slideshows of gunshot victims, and cheered anti-violence speeches by Rev. Jesse Jackson and several politicians, including Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), whose husband was killed and son injured during the shooting on the 1993 Long Island Rail Road commuter train."

"Wearing T-shirts displaying pictures of loved ones, and raucously cheering as they were led by marching band from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, the demonstrators called for a fight against the political power of the National Rifle Association, and for the ousting of President George W. Bush."

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Strange. One would think they'd like Bush, since he supports nearly every gun control measure they are promoting, including the AW ban, gun locks and background checks at gun shows.
 

VA: Gang blamed in machete attack
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NOTE: Baseball bats are also a popular weapon.

"The latest gang-related assault, on a teenager whose hands were severed by a machete-wielding rival."

"Since 1999, the gang Mara Salvatrucha, also called MS-13, has been linked to five killings in Northern Virginia as well as shootings, other machete attacks, baseball-bat beatings and stabbings."

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Congressman James "Ban .50-Caliber Terrorist Assault Rifles of Mass Destruction" Moran's district? Nice priorities.

The hand that WIELDS the tool is to blame.
 

UK: Britain to Update Firearms Laws
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Citing confusion over Britain's outdated firearms laws, Home Secretary David Blunkett has ordered a complete overhaul of the nation's gun laws, the Independent reported May 9."

"The government will soon be releasing a consultant's report that will address Britain's gun culture. It is expected that the document would push for stricter restrictions on the sale and manufacture of replica firearms. New age limits on gun ownership, particularly for airguns, starter pistols, and shotguns, would also be included as part of the reform."

"Replica firearms and converted airguns, according to police officials, are responsible for the latest increase in gun crime."
 

VA: Richmond city councilwoman proposes 'neighborhood safe districts'
Submitted by: David Adams
Website: http://www.vasportsmen.org

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"At Monday night's city council meeting, Councilwoman Ellen Robertson outlined her plan, which would give certain communities a special designation called 'neighborhood safe districts.' "

" 'We'll be looking at gun control. We'll be looking at drug dealers that come in as well as the buyers that come in the neighborhood,' says Robertson."

"Robertson says the idea is the first of its kind in the city, and already has support from some residents in high crime areas."
 

VA: Richmond Detective asks city to pay his legal bills
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"The City of Richmond may have to come up with close to a quarter of a million dollars to pay the legal bills for a police officer. Detective David Melvin was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter earlier this year after he stood trial three times. Now, his defense attorneys have sent the city the bill. It's not exactly small change -- $240,000."

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Let's see: A cop shoots and kills an unarmed man, gets the best lawyers money can buy, gets off, and THEN demands taxpayers pay up.

Sweet (for him).
 

VA: Richmond City Council to decide whether to pay the costs incurred in David Melvin's defense
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Melvin was accused of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed robbery suspect Verlon M. Johnson on May 17, 2002." ...

" 'If the city pays Mr. Melvin's legal fees,' attorney Steve Benjamin said, 'it will be in violation of city law, but it's clear to me that the city long ago implied to Mr. Melvin and the attorneys that it would pay these bills.' "

" 'I also see it, quite frankly, as further proof that the city condoned the events of May 17, 2002,' he said. 'The city has been absolutely unapologetic about what happened that day. One thing they've been candid about is their support of Mr. Melvin.' "
 

If It's Moore, It's Less Than Honest
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Last week, Michael Moore announced that Disney had refused to distribute his new film, 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' As with all of Moore's pronouncements, you might want to season this one liberally with salt."

"Moore — who poses as a heroic truth-teller and who in a speech last year after winning an Oscar for his documentary 'Bowling for Columbine' bemoaned these 'fictitious times' — is a virtuoso of fictions himself."

"As the filmmaker's fictions go, this one was fairly modest; Moore appears to have timed his announcement to stir up publicity for his movie's upcoming screening at the Cannes Film Festival, though he has known for a year that Disney Chief Executive Michael Eisner was refusing to distribute 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' Still, the complaint was vintage Moore: People who disagree with you are part of a conspiracy led by corporate evildoers. ..."
 

NC: Man shot attempting break-in pleads guilty
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"Getting shot in the posterior while breaking into a city business in December is what it took for Terry Wayne Combs to turn his life around, his defense attorney said Tuesday."

" 'It's sad to say but being shot in the butt has opened his eyes,' attorney Ronald Butler told Superior Court Judge Russell Walker."

"Combs, 42, of 109 E. Peachtree Drive, pleaded guilty in Guilford County Superior Court in High Point on Tuesday to two counts of breaking and entering and one count of larceny in connection with the shooting incident."

"Under a plea bargain agreement, prosecutors consolidated the charges and Combs was sentenced to 10 to 12 months in prison." ...

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Shoot them for their own good?
 

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