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Americans Brace for AK-47s Now in Streets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is one of the most feared weapons that have largely been inaccessible for decades. That has changed recently, as law enforcement authorities in Palm Beach and Martin counties documented deadly incidents involving the new weapon of choice by gangs. In both counties, AK-47s were used to kill two people and wound four others in three separate incidents." ...

"The weapon is believed to be a badge of honour for organized youth gangs. AK-47s still are less readily available than the more traditional weapons used by gangs, but they appear to be the next phase of evolutionary drug turf battles. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So prohibited people are getting guns with their drugs. This should affect the law-abiding how?
 

Warnings Should Appear on Every Gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Earlier this week I told you about a warning card that came with my new gun ('My New Gun Works Far Better Than Its Warning Notice'). I explained how the warning was authored by a completely unreliable source from a state led by freedom-haters."

"What I failed to do was to recommend a replacement warning. ..." ...

"It's fine with me if those warning are engraved on the metal itself. I believe that safety takes priority over beauty."

"... After reading 'My New Gun Works Far Better Than Its Warning Notice' a John D. sent me this warning:"

"Be not afraid of any man

No matter what his size.

When danger threatens call on me

And I will equalize.
"
 

PA: Perzel could help cut gun violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Back from his mini-vacation in Boca Raton, Fla., John Perzel returned to Philadelphia to find a police officer had been shot and killed in a bar outside his district."

"This called for some finger-wagging by the House speaker, though not at the perp who killed Officer Gary Skerski with a shotgun blast to the neck." ...

"Of course, it is nuts that we have so many guns in the city. I wonder who is responsible for that?"

"Could it be House Speaker John Perzel? I think so."

"Could it be State Rep. Dennis O'Brien, another Republican, who is chair of the House Judiciary Committee? I think so." ...

"For more than a year, House Bill 871 has sat in O'Brien's committee gathering dust. This is the bill ... to limit handgun sales in Pennsylvania to one a month." ...
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Submitter's Note: And how would this bill have prevented the shotgun murder of Officer Skerski?
 

IA: Research, law changes could help prevent murder-suicides
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "All three murder-suicides in the span of a week in Iowa were unusual. ..." ...

"Increase attention to the means. Ninety-two percent of murder-suicide cases involved a firearm. All five cases in Iowa these past few months were carried out with guns. Guns are often easily available in homes. At the least, guns should be unloaded and locked and the ammunition stored separately. More effective for family safety is to remove guns from the home altogether. More owners need to take steps to ensure guns are less accessible, especially to youth."

"The steps outlined above could help prevent the repetition of tragedies like those in Gruver, Armstrong, Oskaloosa, Davenport, Le Mars and in many other communities across Iowa."
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Submitter's Note: Actually "safe-storage" laws have been shown to have no effect on crime or suicide.
 

John Lott: New gun lock research from Australia
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There is a new report out by the Australian Institute of Criminology on Firearms Theft. While the discussion is not clearly written in the text, it was my understanding from talking to Jenny Mouzos that out of 664 firearms stolen there were five instances where stolen guns were used in 'crime or violence' (two of those instances involved a suicide) (p. 11 and 59). There was apparently one murder committed with a stolen gun."

"When I talked to Jenny, one question that I asked her was how many defensive gun uses there were in Australia, and she told me that it was a crime to use a gun defensively, though she didn't know more than that. She did not even know how many prosecutions there were of defensive uses ..." ...
 

John Lott: Gov. Ed Rendell seeks mandate for more gun control in Pennsylvania
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Governor Rendell is again calling for changes to Pennsylvania gun laws following the first fatal shooting of an on-duty Philadelphia police officer in a decade." ...

"I am not sure what one officer being killed in a decade shows regarding gun control, but the officer was apparently killed with a shotgun ... I don't recall any laws specifically addressing the ownership of shotguns that was in effect in Philadelphia before 1995 or is currently being proposed if local regulatory control was granted. I hope that Rendell isn't allowed to view a win in the gubernatorial race this fall as a mandate for more gun laws. He was able to use his previous win as a mandate for higher income and other taxes in the state. ..." ...
 

John Lott: Are guns effectively banned in most US cities?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Fox News has an interesting program on Alan Korwin's work showing that the gun free school zones make it impossible for people to own guns legally in most cities. The program gave a lot of attention to someone defending the laws and it would have been useful to at least address the question whether these gun free zones actually produced any beneficial effects. I know of no studies that show that gun free zones reduce crime and I have research that indicates the opposite. Letting the defender of the laws simply claiming a benefit without any evidence was unfortunate, though I am glad that Alan was given a chance to point out the impact of these laws.
 

MI: Neighbor shoots alleged burglar
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Armed with two handguns while watching a neighbor's house, a man shot an alleged burglar and held another at gunpoint Friday until police arrived."

"Neighbors said the suspects -- an 18-year-old from Wyoming who was shot in the lower back and his 17-year-old accomplice -- got what was coming to them."

"The pair was warned twice earlier this week to stay away from the rural residential area around 10739 15 Mile Road NE, neighbors said."

"'You might say the third time is a charm, as far as I'm concerned,' said Charlie Seibold, who was at a friend's house when the men stumbled into the driveway and announced one was shot. 'They probably thought they were out in the country and that they could slip in and slip out without being noticed.'" ...
 

MI: House-sitter shoots would-be burglar (another view)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Police in Kent County say two burglary suspects got an unexpected welcome from an armed house-sitter."

"Oakfield Township investigators say the brother of the homeowner fired several shots, hitting one of the suspects as they tried to break in."

"Mark Diamond told police he used a handgun inside the home."

"Police say after the 18-year-old Wyoming man was shot, he and the other man fled the scene. The wounded suspect collapsed in a driveway across the street. He's in critical condition at a Grand Rapids hospital. The second suspect -- a Grand Rapids teen -- is in custody." ...
 

Dr. Sydney Vail's Report on LeMas BMT Ammo (Live Animal Tests)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Warning: This article contains graphic images of animal necropsies being conducted after live animal tests (ballistic tests) were performed with Le Mas BMT ammunition. 'BMT' stands for 'Blended Metal Technology', which is a trademark, not a description of bullet composition. ..." ...

"With respect to Le Mas BMT AP law enforcement bullets, I had the opportunity to both witness and conduct living (immediately post mortem) tissue animal necropsies. Of immediate interest with respect to the Le Mas AP ammo were the dramatic tissue destructions that did not represent a wounding pattern that I have seen with any other bullet type. ..." ...
 

FL: Harris aims to renew permit
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"U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris will spend the weekend in the Tampa Bay area where she will take a required class to reinstate a lapsed concealed weapons permit."

"Harris, a congresswoman from Longboat Key, received threats when she was secretary of state during the bitter presidential recount in 2000. The threats were investigated by the FBI, and Harris said Thursday they have stopped."

"'For me, I just want to have a permit in an overabundance of caution,' she said. 'I want to go ahead with getting it for practical purposes.'"

"Bill Bunting, the Pasco County Republican leader and the course instructor, said he has been encouraging Harris for months to take the class." ...
 

MI: Senate candidate visits Sault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Making four trips to the Upper Peninsula in the last year, Keith Butler seems to believe that rural Michigan is going to play an important role in his candidacy for the U.S. Senate."

"I have been received very well,' said the Oakland County resident of his northern Michigan visits. 'I'm very grateful for it.'"

"Butler is in a three-way race to win his party's nomination in the August primary. The winner will take on Democrat Debbie Stabenow in November. ..." ...

"Butler was visiting the Sault Ste. Marie area Thursday to meet with local Republicans. He is not only an avid hunter and supporter of the Second Amendment, but is also the author of the book Reviving the American Spirit ..."
 

NY: Mayor Gives Scorn to Guns, and Money to Their Allies
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"A month ago over lunch at the Four Seasons, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg urged a crowd of wealthy political donors to stop giving to candidates who do not support the city's priorities in Washington, like more money to fight terrorism or for a direct rail link to Kennedy Airport."

"But when it comes to controlling the gun trade, an issue Mr. Bloomberg has pushed to the top of the city's legislative agenda, he has not been following his own advice. An analysis of Federal Election Commission filings shows that in recent years he has mostly opened his overstuffed checkbook for pro-gun candidates, often contributing the maximum permitted by campaign finance rules." ...
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Submitter's Note: An anti-gun politician who is a hypocrite? What're the odds!
 

NH: Deadly force veto makes good sense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is almost inconceivable that a handful of gun advocates would propose legislation that would allow anyone, anywhere who claims to be acting in self-defense to pull a gun and start blasting away. Common sense dictates that the possibility of injury to innocent bystanders would require standards to be set where deadly force can and should be used."

"But N.H. Senate Bill 318 sought to revise state law to give individuals the same right in public places that they currently have within the confines of their homes - the right to choose to use deadly force rather than retreat. The legislation would have made those gun-toting individuals who are accosted in public immune from prosecution stemming from such a shooting." ...
 

NH: Lynch vetoes deadly force bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Invoking images of shoot-outs over drug deals gone bad or snatched purses in crowded shopping malls, Gov. John Lynch vetoed a bill yesterday that would have expanded the rights to use deadly force in self-defense."

"Lynch stood in the Executive Council chambers yesterday morning with more than 40 prosecutors and law enforcement officials - most in full uniform - to make the announcement. It is the third veto of his political career."

"'We do not want to put in place a law that would encourage felons to inject further violence in our communities,' Lynch said. 'Under this proposed legislation, one drug dealer, or other hardened criminal, could kill another and then claim self-defense in court.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Read the bill and decide for yourself if these doomsday scenarios are legitimate.
 

FL: Public Records -- A troubling public records exemption bill threatens to become law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The issue never threatened the Second Amendment, but state lawmakers passed a bad bill anyway."

"This one curbs Florida's Public Records and Open Meetings law by preventing the public from obtaining any information about individuals who possess a license to carry a concealed weapon."

"The governor should veto the measure, but don't hold your breath. The Legislature has a history of caving quickly to gun-rights advocates ... and Gov. Jeb Bush's record on open government isn't pristine." ...

"Left unsaid are the benefits of accountability and public safety, particularly ensuring that the government's ability to ensure that the recipients of these gun permits actually deserve to have them." ...
 

OK: Stand Your Ground Law: Take it to the streets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Stand Your Ground' legislation intended to allow Oklahomans to better protect themselves was signed into law Friday by Gov. Brad Henry."

"... the measure expands the state's 'Make My Day' law, which permits Oklahomans to use deadly force to protect themselves against intruders in their homes."

"Beginning Nov. 1, that self-defense protection will be extended to vehicles, other dwellings and any other place a person has a lawful right to be."

"The new law will guarantee immunity from criminal and civil action if the use of force is justified. However, it will not apply to deadly force used by people who are engaged in an unlawful activity or are using a dwelling, residence or vehicle to further an unlawful activity." ...
 

NE: Mayor, chief arrogant (last letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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It astounds me to think that the mayor and chief of police can be so arrogant as to believe that their emotional thoughts outweigh the collective wisdom of 49 elected state senators and 10 years of debate.

Leave the concealed carry topic alone, as we can decide for ourselves.

Gary Enevoldsen, Lincoln
 

Military keeping mentally ill troops in combat
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Army Spec. Jeffrey Henthorn ... was sent back to Iraq for a second tour even though his superiors knew he had twice threatened suicide. When he finally killed himself ... fragments of his skull pierced the barracks ceiling." ...

"These deaths are among the most extreme failures by the U.S. military to properly screen, treat and evacuate mentally unfit troops, a Hartford Courant investigation has found."

"Pressed by troop shortages, the military has increasingly sent, kept and recycled troubled service members into combat ... Besides suicides, experts say gaps in such care can fuel violence between soldiers, accidents and critical mistakes in judgment during combat operations." ...
 

NM: Copter case falls apart (follow-up)
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"An ex-Marine sharpshooter is a free man after federal charges accusing him of shooting down a Bernalillo County sheriff's helicopter last year were dropped because of ballistics issues."

"But Bernalillo County Undersheriff Sal Baragiola said Friday that Jason Kerns remains a 'very viable suspect' in the case."

"Senior U.S. District Judge John Edwards Conway issued the order Wednesday dismissing the five-count indictment against Kerns, 29, for the downing of the Metro One chopper. ..."

"The U.S. Attorney's Office sought the indictment's dismissal, saying in a motion Wednesday that a review of the ballistics work conducted in the case found insufficient evidence to proceed." ...
 

TX: Plan to put National Guard at border frightens West Texas town
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"The last time the U.S. military posted troops on the border near this tiny cluster of farms and ranches, an 18-year-old goat herder was shot to death."

"Hardly a day passes that Esequiel Hernandez Jr.'s family and neighbors don't think of May 20, 1997, the day a Marine corporal shot and killed him."

"With President Bush considering plans to deploy National Guard troops along the Mexican border, Hernandez's family is worried that other border residents or even his nephews, who tend goats along the same rugged West Texas desert where he was killed, could be the next victims."

"'There was no motive for them to (shoot) Esequiel and I worry that the same thing could happen, or worse,' his grandfather ... said in Spanish." ...
 

FL: Bradenton police hold gun buyback
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"Ossie Ostrander loaded up his old .22-caliber pistol into a shoebox and traded it Saturday for $50 worth of gift certificates at Albertsons."

"Ostrander handed over the aging weapon to the Bradenton Police Department amid a three-day gun buyback program that continues today."

"'That was too easy,' said Ostrander, 76, a longtime Bradenton resident who said he had no use for the gun, a semi-automatic that his father once used at a hunting camp in Michigan."

"Dozens of residents Saturday unloaded guns of all shapes and sizes -- from a small .25-caliber Beretta to a double-barrelled shotgun. Two vintage rifles will likely be donated to a historical group, said Lt. Tim Christensen." ...

"Authorities this week will review each gun to find those, if any, that were stolen or used in a crime. A stolen gun is returned to its owner." ...
 

FL: Pellet Guns Causing Stir For Police
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"Police added pellet guns to their lists of concerns lately. The fake guns that look very real are creating a new difficulty for officers."

"There have been many instances in which pellet guns have been used in hostage situations, school shootings and robberies; many of which have ended with the loss of a life. Many people, along with police, are fighting to get the fake guns off the streets ..."

"The mother of a man who was shot to death by a deputy condemned real-looking pellet pistols."

"'They shouldn't be sold. Period,' she said."...

"[Cmdr. Colin Morgan of the Lake Mary Police Department] said a helpful solution is for parents to be involved with their children and their guns." [emphasis added] ...
 

Australia: Verdicts prompt backlash
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"DETECTIVES and senior police were still 'seething' and 'gutted' yesterday after Coffin Cheaters bikie Troy Mercanti and organised-crime target John Kizon walked free from court."

"Officially, police said they respected the jury's decision on Friday to clear the men of wrongdoing ..."

"But off the record, detectives said the verdict was a disgrace."

"Police Minister John Kobelke came out firing, vowing to look at tougher laws to help police secure convictions." ...

"The jury found Mr Mercanti not guilty of unlawful wounding, accepting that he acted in self-defence when he shot Scorpion Boy gang member Nabil Dabag after being stabbed in the chest and neck." ...
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Submitter's Note: So cops are 'seething' that self-defense is still allowed? Interesting.
 

Canada: When help doesn't come
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"Three women called RCMP seeking assistance. All three died violently. ..." ...

"The tie that binds them: they asked the RCMP for assistance but were turned away by the police force with a mandate to serve and protect." ...

"Poor training, officers failing to follow policies or file charges, along with cynical attitudes that permeate some detachments -- all cited as problems in the three cases -- can have unintended consequences." ...

"Between last February and December, 40 women in northern Alberta reportedly called 911, but received no help, according to data collected by the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters." ...
 

South Africa: Traffic official kills wife, shoots himself
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"A Tzaneen traffic inspector committed suicide after shooting his wife in head at their home at Aqua Park in Tzaneen, Limpopo police said on Sunday."

"'On Saturday, the families of the couple had come to the house to intervene in an argument they were having. Then the woman went upstairs to take a bath and the man followed.'"

"'The parents just heard gunshots and called the police,' Superintendent Moatshe Ngoepe said."

"Ngoepe said when the police arrived they found the bodies of Douglas Seale, 34, and his wife Moon Mushwana, 33, with bullet wounds to the head."

"Seale's service pistol was also found next to him." ...
 

Canada: Canada Post 'looking into' lost guns
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"It's been two months since an Oshawa man ordered two guns through the mail and almost a month since he called police to say they never arrived."

"But Canada Post still hasn't figured out what happened to the rifle and shotgun."

"'We're still looking into that,' Canada Post spokesman Keisha McIntosh said yesterday. 'The investigation is ongoing.'"

"However, Durham Regional Police, using post office records, said officers determined the two long-barrelled guns were shipped to the man's home on March 17."

"The package was left on his front porch despite the delivery requiring a signature."

"Det.-Const. Steve Rhoden said shipping firearms is legal, but such deliveries must be signed for." ...
 

NE: Gun owners not morons (second letter)
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"So now we're a bunch of blithering morons whose guns might fall out of our holsters. Or we might leave them in a public restroom after nature calls, according to Police Chief Tom Casady. He would have us believe that 85 percent of the rank-and-file officers in his department also think the concealed carry law is bad and would put more guns on the street."

"If the 85 percent number is true, which considering the source is suspect, we need to recruit clearer thinking police officers to Lincoln. Everyone I know who is in support of the concealed carry law knows how to take care of their weapons. Maybe Chief Casady doesn’t, but us regular old law-abiding citizens who take their Second Amendment rights seriously do." ...
 

NY: Binghamton man wins trap titles
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Bill Barrows of Binghamton became the first double winner in the history of the John Faber Memorial - the Southern Tier's most prestigious trapshooting event - and finished second in the day's third event last Sunday at the Binghamton Gun Club."

"Barrows, a member of the club, won his first Faber titles in the singles and handicap events while finishing second to Center Lisle's Joe Pendell in the doubles event." ...
 

CT: Anti deer hunters bending the truth
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"Over the years, those opposed to deer hunting of any kind in Connecticut have been trying to force a bitter-tasting pill down the throats of state residents, regardless if they are deer hunters or not."

"The hunting opponents have claimed that deer/vehicle incidents are highest during the fall because hunters are chasing deer through the woods ... causing an increase in deer vehicle incidents."

"As usual, these hunting opponents have failed to produce a shred of evidence in the form of scientific data to support their irrational claims."

"Connecticut DEP wildlife biologist Howard Kilpatrick ... presented some pretty interesting facts that sort of flush the anti-hunting theories ... right down the toilet where they belong." ...
 

OR: Gun range, county draw fire in lawsuit
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"A California couple who own property near land where a shooting range is proposed north of Bandon has filed a lawsuit with the state's Land Use Board of Appeals, challenging the merit of a signed agreement between the gun range developers and Coos County." ...

"At the heart of the suit ... is a document between the Tioga Sports Park Association and Coos County called a concessionaire agreement. The wording in the agreement ... calls for the 'development, operation and maintenance' of the Tioga Sports Park. The park would include a shooting range with 20 rifle shooting corridors (each 1,000 yards long) pistol ranges, an archery field, a black powder course, a trap shooting range, a paintball course and an RV park." ...
 

VA: Take a Shot at Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Local citizens got a chance to take a shot at crime today.

The Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club played host to a fundraiser for the Jefferson Area Crimestoppers.

There were those who knew their way around a rifle as well as beginners who have never held a gun before all taking a shot at clay and skeet targets for a good cause.

“Everybody stands to benefit from reducing and preventing crime, after all you're the guy whose house is likely to be burglarized not the police officer,” said Crimestoppers treasurer Fred Payne.

Crimestoppers is a private community group that offers rewards for information leading to the capture of criminals. If you want to donate to Crimestoppers call Fred Payne at 434-977-4507.
 

CO: Hunting challenge provides ammunition to attract kids
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"Sadie Yates gazed down the barrel of her shotgun into blue sky. As clay targets lofted upward, Yates, 12, raised the gun and fired. One by one, the orange targets splintered in midair."

"In Yates' first competitive shooting event, she destroyed five of six targets. ..." ...

"Yates' target practice came at a Youth Hunter Education Challenge held east of Bayfield on Saturday. The event, sponsored by the National Rifle Association and run by volunteers from the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the community, aims to teach children how to hunt safely."

"The DOW hopes to spark interest in an ancient sport that must compete with team sports and video games for kids' attention." ...
 

NC: Straight shooters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Decked out in a corset, striped bloomers, black boots and a feather-tipped hat, Malinda Butson looked like she could have stepped out of a seedy tavern in the Old West."

"The only modern touch in her get-up was a pair of wraparound Smith and Wesson shooting glasses."

"Butson, you see, is a 21st century gunslinger."

"In cowgirl circles, she’s better known as Fannie Kickinshoot. She’s one of the Carolina Belles - a Lenoir-based foursome that enjoys shooting antique six-guns almost as much as they like dressing up in vintage costumes."

"Almost."

"'It doesn’t matter how you shoot,' said Allison Black, aka Tornado Alli. “It’s how good you look when you’re shooting.'" ...
 

UK: Female special constable murdered
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"A female special constable has been stabbed to death as she investigated a 'disturbance' outside her home in Wembley, northwest London."

"Police believe Nisha Patel-Nasri, 29, may have ventured outside in her night clothes because she heard thieves trying to break into two high-value cars - one a stretched limousine belonging to her husband Fadi, which was parked outside."

"Mrs Patel-Nasri was alone at her home at the time of the incident, believed to be just before midnight. Neighbours heard her scream and saw a male in a hooded top running from the scene towards Sylvester Rd. She was found lying in the street." ...
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Submitter's Note: Gun control and myopic nanny state social engineering at work
 

Canada: Gun Control in Canada - Part Two of Three
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Carrying handguns was banned within Canada starting in 1930. In 1978, the government of Canada passed bill C-17. This prohibited fully automatic weapons, required the registration of all handguns and certain rifles (Colt and Armalite, but not the Ruger). It also installed a system of controls that required firearms retailers (not black marketers) to only sell to those customers that could provide a federally issued Firearms Acquisition Certificate. It also prohibited the shooting of restricted firearms at any location other than a federally approved range. Prohibited weapons were destroyed without compensation to their owners. This was the first instance of the Canadian government seizing property without compensation during peacetime. The violent crime rate with firearms rose slightly with a greater rise in overall violent crime." ...
 

Canada: Lobbyists preparing for push on gun registry, control group claims
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"Lobbyists opposed to the gun registry are descending on Ottawa in anticipation of Tuesday's report from federal Auditor General Sheila Fraser, a gun-control group says."

"The Coalition for Gun Control said Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives may try to use recent leaks about the report to bolster their case for dismantling parts of the registry, which was brought in under previous Liberal governments."

"The coalition said information leaked to the media over the past week suggests there are more examples of mismanagement than previously disclosed."

"But the organization added that it 'is confident there are no major criticisms of the current system operations.'" ...
 

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