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Line-of-duty deaths down to 48 in 2006
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Forty-eight law-enforcement officers were killed last year as a result of felonious line-of-duty attacks -- nearly half in the South -- the FBI said in a report yesterday. The total was seven less than in 2005." ...

"A breakdown of the data concerning the weapons used in the slayings of officers shows that firearms were the weapons most commonly used. Of the 46 officers who were fatally wounded with firearms, 35 were killed with handguns, eight were slain with rifles, two were killed with shotguns, and one officer was killed with an unknown type of firearm. Two officers were killed with vehicles." ...
 

SAF Leadership Conference better arms Regional Activists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The The Second Amendment Foundation held a leadership training conference on Saturday, May 12 at the Drawbridge Inn and Convention Center in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. This is also site of the 2007 Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) that will be held October 5-7."

"The event brought together leaders and activists from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana to network, share ideas, and learn from the experience and expertise of Alan Gottlieb, Joe Tartaro, and Peggy Tartaro regarding how to be more effective pro-gun activists." ...
 

Gun fighting African Christian missionary honored in America by society memorializing Catholic saint
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc. presented Charl van Wyk of Cape Town, Republic of South Africa with its Medallion of Honor and accompanying certificate during ceremonies over the weekend in Potomac MD, Society Chairman John M. Snyder announced here today."

"'Charl is a true, heroic proponent in both word and deed of the legitimate right to self-defense. He is a genuine, living exemplar of the principles upon which the international, interdenominational St. Gabriel Possenti Society is based. ...'"

"In July 1993, Charl, relying on his faith and a .38 caliber special revolver, caused a gang of terrorists to flee a church in Cape Town in what became known as the St. James Massacre. ..." ...
 

Smith-and-Wesson touts new .45 to military
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith-and-Wesson started shipping to retailers an updated .45-caliber pistol and is ready to supply the U.S. military if it decides it needs a new sidearm."

"The military has been exploring the possibility of going back to a heavyweight .45 as a standard sidearm to replace the current 9mm weapon that has been in use since the 1980s. The 9mm pistol is considered by critics to be more of a welterweight."

"'We are also aware that multiple branches of the military have expressed a desire to shift from their current 9mm weapons to either a .40- or .45-caliber duty weapon for greater stopping power,' company President Leland Nichols said in a statement Monday. ..." ...
 

Virginia Vs. NYC: Gun Wars
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg learned that a whole bunch of the guns used in violent crimes in his town had been illegally purchased from shops in Virginia, he authorized his police officers to conduct undercover operations designed to nail those Virginia retailers."

"Did Virginia thank New York for investigations that could help make the streets safer in both places? Did Virginia sheepishly admit that its own enforcement efforts were lacking and use the embarrassing moment to redouble its efforts?"

"You know the answers: Virginia did nothing of the sort. ..." ...
 

CA: Suspect slain in botched robbery ID'd
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A suspected robber killed in a botched liquor store shootout Friday night was identified Monday as 17-year-old Sacramento resident Tommy Ray Spencer Jr."

"His suspected accomplice, 23-year-old Juan Antonio 'Hot Boy' Gonzalez, who lived in the same apartment complex as Spencer, was arrested Monday evening in Sacramento." ...

"Spencer was found dead from a gunshot wound outside the Oak Tree Market ... that police say he and Gonzalez tried to rob just before 10 p.m. Friday."

"Police said Gonzalez and a 51-year-old store clerk exchanged shots, firing different caliber semi-automatic pistols." ...
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Submitter's Note: Another Brady 'teen victim' of gun violence.
 

LA: Avondale resident kills intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"An Avondale man shot and killed an apparent burglar he said entered his home Sunday night, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office reported."

"Ronnie Wells, 34, Avondale, was killed in the shooting ... Sheriff's Office investigators have ruled the shooting a justifiable homicide ..."

"Cornelius Sims, 61, told deputies that his family was sleeping when he was awakened by loud noises coming from his garage. Sims said he armed himself with a handgun and went to investigate. When he entered the kitchen, Sims saw a man standing in the shadows, he told deputies. Sims fired several shots at the man, who fled."

"Deputies found Wells dead in a side yard near the home." ...
 

UT: Arm yourselves legally in this 'us against them' world
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's a shame that we have to live in a world where there is a chance that someone will enter a room, be it in a mall or school campus, and start shooting. ..." ...

"Every person who is legally able to obtain a gun permit or concealed weapon permit should do so. This includes teachers and administrators in our public and private schools. Store owners and restaurant managers should be prepared to protect themselves and others. A person who is contemplating the idea of going on a shooting spree will think twice about their actions if they think that someone might stop them before they can accomplish their goal." ...
 

IN: Dead man's family questions shooting by neighbor (follow-up)
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"A near northside man says he was protecting himself and his property when he shot and killed a man in the 3100 block of North Park Avenue. The man broke into his house through a window. But the family of the man killed calls it murder." ...

"'I think that right there was careless murder,' said the dead man's brother-in-law Richard Robinson. Police say 40-year-old Lorenzo Copeland went to Carson's house about 11:30 Sunday night. The two knew each other. The dead man did some work for Carson." ...
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Submitter's Note: Not mentioned is that the dead man was climbing in through an upstairs window . . .
 

Time for the sun to set on the Culture of Sheep (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My first memory of encountering the 'anti-self defense culture', which I call the 'culture of sheep', was a cold morning in January 1975. I was in the sixth grade and was riding the school bus. Suddenly, another student sitting in the seat ahead of me turned and began striking me. ... Naturally I struck back in defense. ..."

"Now, Mark was a behavior problem who did things like this frequently. I had a clean slate ... However, since I had defended myself, I was in trouble too. ..."

"'Why am I being punished?' I asked."

"'Because you fought back,' I was told."

"I was stunned and disgusted in the same instant. ... it was my first memory that I and the other students were being conditioned to be victims ..." ...
 

OH: Run-in changes lawmaker's stance
Submitted by: T. Mar

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"It's funny how a gun can instantly change your perspective on things, make you wish you could rewrite history."

"State Rep. Michael DeBose, a southside Cleveland Democrat, discovered this lesson the night of May 1, when he thought he was going to die. That's the night he wished he had that gun vote back." ...

"'The tall one reached in his pocket and pulled out a silver gun. And they both started running towards me.'" ...

"DeBose twice voted against a measure to allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons. ..." ...

"'I was wrong,' he said Friday."

"'I'm going to get a permit and so is my wife.'" ...
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Submitter's note: Interesting how an attempted mugging can change a person's mind about CCW.
 

TN: Police clear senior citizen in Kingsport shooting (follow-up)
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"After reviewing statements and the evidence from the scene, police say a senior citizen acted in self-defense when he shot a man during a fracas in a Kingsport intersection." ...

"Having stopped Ferguson and his ex-girlfriend in the roadway, Jennings allegedly began kick and hitting the car. Police say Jennings cursed the two occupants before he opened the vehicle door and began hitting Ferguson in the face."

"It was at this point that Ferguson apparently pulled out a gun -- which he had a valid permit to carry -- and shot Jennings in the abdomen. ..." ...
 

MN: Police find man with 16-inch knife lurking at Roseville daycare center
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"A Roseville man found lurking at a church daycare center with a 16-inch knife tucked in his trench coat pocket now faces criminal charges."

"Prosecutors charged Richard Christopher Petterson, 34, with one felony count of possessing a dangerous weapon on school property." ...

"Police removed what an officer described as an 'assault knife' from Petterson's pocket. Petterson, who had a .253 blood-alcohol level, later told authorities he bought the knife at the Maplewood Mall. He admitting taking the knife to the church but said he planned to get rid of it by throwing it into a lake."
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Submitter's Note: Under Minnesota law daycares are Criminal Friendly Zones.
 

MA: Student charged with possession of sawed-off shot gun
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"'It was a normal day at Winchester High School,' said principal Thomas Gwin Monday morning in the wake of news over the weekend that a student pleaded not guilty in Woburn District Court Friday morning to multiple gun charges after he had been arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with possession of a sawed-off shot gun." ...

"... news reports say that Kenneth Torlone Jr., 17, was arrested just before 2 p.m. last Thursday when he went to his parked car off campus."

"... police also found ammunition with the sawed-off shot gun as well as other weapons at another location to which Torlone had access."

"School officials reportedly said another student knew about the weapons and told a teacher who told police." ...
 

OH: Boy Accused Of Taking Gun To School On House Arrest
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A 16-year-old boy charged with taking a loaded gun into Glenville High School is on home detention.

The boy was released from the juvenile detention center Tuesday after family members and coaches told Judge Thomas O'Malley that the boy is respectful and has never been in trouble before.

The judge released him, but the teen has to wear a monitor.

The trial is set for July.
 

TX: Shot fired in South Texas middle school
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"Police officers persuaded a student to surrender a pistol in the halls of a South Texas middle school on Tuesday after he fired a single shot into an empty bathroom. There were no injuries."

"Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said initial reports were the student at Liberty Memorial Middle School had taken hostages but it turned out he was alone when he fired the .38-caliber gun."

"Birdie Rodriguez, executive director of support services for the Los Fresnos school district, said the student fired the shot from the hallway into the bathroom."

"She said students were in class when the shot was fired and were immediately evacuated from the area."

"The armed student was quickly taken into custody ..." ...
 

TN: Teens with gun arrested at Cookeville High School
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"Two teens were arrested at Cookeville High last week for allegedly bringing illegal drugs and a gun onto school property." ...

"Allegedly, Hill, who apparently completed his high school career earlier this year, had been ordered by school officials to stay off school property ... according to School Resource Officer Bill Harris."

"On May 11, Assistant Principal Lane Ward notified Officer Harris that Hill was at the school again."

"... The officer arrested Hill and escorted him out to where he had parked his car. ..."

"Officer Harris then conducted a search of the car and allegedly found the following: a Remington .22 caliber rifle with ammunition for the gun laying beside it ..." ...
 

GA: Fayette shoots down gun ban in parks
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"Fayette County's plan to outlaw firearms in the county’s recreation areas is losing steam quickly."

"Last week, the county pulled it from the Thursday night agenda. Commission Chairman Jack Smith said it was a 'staff error' and should have instead appeared on a Wednesday workshop agenda. The issue came to the board after a recommendation from the Recreation Committee."

"But the real reason for the abrupt pulling of the item may have been the pressure exerted by georgiacarry.org, a gun-rights advocacy group that is currently in litigation with Coweta County over a similar ordinance." ...
 

MO: Missouri Senate backs weapons bill on intruders
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"The Missouri Senate on Monday easily approved a wide-ranging firearms bill that would give householders and motorists new justification for using deadly force against intruders."

"The final legislation, known as Senate Bill 62, would also repeal the requirement that Missouri residents receive permits from their sheriffs before buying handguns." ...

"Sen. Jolie Justus ... said she opposed the expanded justification for the use of deadly force. Current law already allows people to defend themselves, she said."

"However, the version that the House drafted, she said, was far more egregious in that it eliminated any duty that a person retreat from a confrontation, if possible." ...
 

AZ: Senate president’s firearms decision puts lawmakers ahead of Capital workers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Arizona Senate President Tim Bee, R-Tucson, has endorsed an unfair and discriminatory policy about the possession of guns within the Senate building that favors the Second Amendment rights of his colleagues but not the other people who work at their side every day."

"There have been rumors for years at the state Capitol that some lawmakers carry concealed ... despite policies that require everyone to surrender any guns at the front door ... Those stories went unconfirmed ... until last week when Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa, told Capitol Media Services that she carries a .22 caliber revolver each day in her purse, which she leaves in her Senate office while she works in and around the Capitol." ...
 

NJ: Lautenberg and Saxton tour Ft. Dix and McGuire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two federal lawmakers visited Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base Monday to promote proposed legislation to close loopholes in base security and gun-control laws that could be exploited by terrorists."

"The visit by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton followed the arrest last week of six suspected terrorists accused of plotting an armed attack on Fort Dix."

"Lautenberg introduced legislation last month that would allow the Department of Justice to bar the sale of firearms to persons on an FBI list of suspected terrorists." ...

"Lautenberg said both his legislation and Saxton's would help keep military bases safer from terrorists." ...
 

CT: Lost guns could mean lawsuits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Hartford officials have given city lawyers the authority to sue state residents who fail to report their guns have been lost or stolen."

"The city council Monday approved an ordinance that gives the city the power to sue any Connecticut resident who fails to report a missing gun which is then used in a crime in Hartford."

"The ordinance requires gun owners to report lost or stolen guns to the police within 72 hours, or face civil penalties." ...
 

VA: Kaine Criticizes Weapons Giveaway
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"Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) on Monday questioned the judgment of a gun-rights group in deciding to raffle off weapons and ammunition this week inside a Fairfax County government building."

"'I guess it's a free country, and people can make mistakes in judgment all the time,' Kaine said. ..." ...

"The Virginia Citizens Defense League ... is holding a 'Bloomberg Gun Giveaway' to protest New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's efforts to crack down on illegal gun sales in Virginia." ...

"... Virginia's top elected Republican leaders defended the gun giveaway Monday, saying the group is defending the right to own firearms and sending a message that Bloomberg should stay out of the state's affairs." ...
 

AZ: Lawmakers Carry Concealed Weapons into State Senate
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"Lawmakers defend a policy that lets them carry guns into the state senate."

"The sign out front says 'no weapons allowed,' but at least two state senators, both women, bring concealed guns with them to work every day."

"'I do think there's a difference between people that work in a building day after day after day and just the general public that walks in and out,' said State Senator Karen Johnson."

"'I don't think it's a double standard at all,' Johnson said. 'I think there is a sign out on the front that says the public cannot carry into this building.'"

"Johnson said she worries about safety, especially when leaving at night." ...
 

Application of Wisconsin, "arms to be deposited within the territory for the use of the citizens", Jan. 23, 1837
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"Well now, what do you think of that? I, for one, especially like the following excerpt;

"...Experience and the recent difficulties with those unrelenting foes to the enterprising settlers of the country have conclusively shown your memorialists the necessity of constant preparation to prevent and effectually repel any attack that may be contemplated or attempted by them hereafter; and as the citizens must always depend upon their own resources during the early stages of difficulties...."

"We all know what the words "experience", "conclusively", "necessity", "constant preparation" "effectually repel", "always depend" and "own resources" mean, RIGHT? I mean, it's not to difficult to confuse the MEANING of those words, is it?"
 

NJ: Wall police captain acquitted of DUI
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"A Wall Township police captain whose nomination to become chief of the department was yanked after an underling charged him with drunken driving was acquitted Monday." ...

"Municipal Court Judge William Himelman said Sullivan's lawyer created reasonable doubt as to whether Sullivan was drunk when he was pulled over ..."

"Red Bank Municipal Prosecutor James N. Butler, who said the police captain's breathalyzer reading was .19 ... was incredulous at the verdict."

"'I just don't understand it,' he said Monday afternoon. 'Once we get a .19, how do you just say he's not guilty? That's saying you don't believe the (arresting) police officer.'" ...
 

IL: Baby's first FOID card
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"My 10-month-old son has the cutest FOID card."

"Howard David Ludwig -- affectionately nicknamed Bubba -- received his state-issued Firearm Owner's Identification Card two weeks ago."

"The wallet-size card arrived in the mail about a month after his dear ol' dad correctly completed the online form and sent the $5 fee."

"As a FOID cardholder, baby Bubba can own a firearm and ammunition in Illinois. He can also legally transport an unloaded weapon -- though he can't walk yet, so that's not an issue." ...

"But why would the state police issue a FOID card to anyone younger than 18?"

"I called the state police, who said they followed the law as it's written." ...
 

UK: Target-driven policing leads to 'ludicrous arrests'
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"Frontline police called on the Government today to reverse the target-driven culture that has forced them to make 'ludicrous' decisions such as arresting a child for throwing cream buns."

"The Police Federation annual conference in Blackpool will debate today whether judging officers purely on how many arrests, cautions or on-the-spot fines they can deliver is making a mockery of the criminal justice system."

"The federation said the drive to meet Whitehall performance targets was compelling officers to criminalise middle England."

"The organisation published a dossier of ridiculous cases they claimed resulted from Home Office targets placed on beat bobbies." ...
 

South Africa: Police officer held after cash-van robbey
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Five men, one of them a police officer, have been arrested after being linked to a cash-in-transit robbery in Limpopo.

Superintendent Mohale Ramatseba said five armed men attacked two security guards from Fidelity and Cash Pay Master Services at Apele, near Lebowakgomo, last Thursday and took an undisclosed amount of money.

The security guards were injured and taken to hospital.

"The men, including a police officer stationed in Atteridgeville in Pretoria, were arrested after investigations over the weekend," Ramatseba said.

Police confiscated a nine millimetre pistol, an R5 rifle and some of the stolen money.

The men will appear in the Nebo magistrate's court on Wednesday.
 

UK: Armed police raid home after mistaking Lara Croft dummy for gunman
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"When police spotted a gun-wielding suspect lurking in the shadows of a suburban front room, their response was swift."

"Armed officers burst into the house, shouted at the owner to lie on the floor, and ordered him to surrender his weapon."

"But efficiency turned to embarrassment when the 'gunman' turned out to be a life-sized model of the video game character Lara Croft, complete with trademark outsized pistols." ...

"As the source of the confusion dawned on all concerned, it might have been the moment for an apology from the police."

"Instead, however, Mr Williams was taken to the cells and held for more than 13 hours ..."

"He is now on bail for a suspected firearms offence ..." ...
 

NY: Anti-gun legislation is way off target
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The big news about the latest round of proposed gun-control legislation indicates another bout of business as unusual."

"President Bill Clinton’s 1994 gun ban ended in 2004. A Justice Department report summed up the ban’s impact on violent crime as 'small at best, and too small to be statistically valid.'"

"But legislators such as U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) continue to introduce bills that gun-rights advocates such as Ken Mathison of Rochester and Harold 'Budd' Schroeder of Lancaster believe hinder rightful gun owners more than they curb or stop violent crime." ...
 

ME: Gun control after Virginia Tech massacre? Not on your life -- the NRA won't allow it
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"'History has shown that no law will stop a madman intent on doing evil.' -- National Rifle Association press release, April 27"

"The National Rifle Association is wrong."

"Gun control laws can stop madmen. They can prevent evil."

"History offers proof."

"After a string of mass shootings in the 1980s and early 1990s, Australia was horrified by the slaughter of 35 people at the Port Arthur Historical Site in Tasmania. ..."

"Within a few weeks, the government banned semiautomatic rifles and shotguns ..."

"There were 13 mass shootings in the 15 years before the horror in Tasmania."

"There have been none since."

"Gun laws stopped the evil." ...
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Submitter's Note: Strictly speaking that was a gun confiscation, and the author fails to address Australia's spiralling violent crime rates since the ban and also ignores the subsequent bombings and arsons.
 

NH: Concealed-carry law needs clarification
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"The perennial debate over the role of guns ... has bloomed again ... the state Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of a Dover man whose permit ... was revoked after he plunked his loaded gun down on the Dover city attorney's desk to make a point." ...

"What police chiefs, lawyers and gun-rights advocates agree on is that the state's law governing concealed weapons is hopelessly vague ..."

"Gun-rights advocates believe the existing law gives local police chiefs way too much latitude to deny permits. Chiefs say it doesn't even give them discretion to say no to people [with] ... what they suspect are undiagnosed mental problems. Nor does the law define what actions or facts constitute 'just cause' for revoking a permit." ...
 

IA: 'Assault weapon' is a loaded term
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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There is no such thing as an "assault weapon." This term was invented by Josh Sugarman of the Violence Policy Center - a liberal, anti-gun organization - for the sole purpose of scaring the uninformed into believing that a semi-automatic rifle is the same as a machine gun.

The truth is this: The military defines an assault rifle as a rifle having select fire capability - that is, being able to switch from semi-auto to full auto. The weapons that Les Baer makes for civilians are semi-auto self-loading rifles.

Words are important. By your constant use of the words the anti-rights crowd invents and uses on this and other issues, you help their cause move forward.

- Stephen Sheets,

Liscomb.
 

MA: A historic find frustrates Nahant
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Sergeant Alvin York's against-all-odds capture of a heavily fortified German machine gun nest in the Argonne Forest of France 89 years ago made York an American legend." ...

"Which is why officials at Nahant's public library were thrilled four years ago to discover what they say is one of the captured German machine guns in the library attic." ...

"Its rediscovery stoked dreams of a big windfall for the library ... Library officials said they contacted several auctioneers in New England who estimated the weapon's value at $100,000 and perhaps several times more than that."

"But the dreams didn't last long. Library officials soon learned that the gun is illegal and that they can do very little with it." ...
 

MT: Shoot to win: Missoula to host practical shooting competition in June
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"Summer will welcome a new national championship to Missoula."

"The United States Practical Shooting Association has selected Missoula for two parts of its national shooting championship competition, to be held June 20-24."

"'It means we'll probably have 350 to 400 competitors in town, and people will get a chance to see some of the best pistol shooters in the country,' said Gary Marbut, a member of the Big Sky Practical Shooting Club."

"Or as the USPSA's Web site puts it, you'll have the chance to see the Tiger Woods of practical shooting, whoever that happens to be."

"Practical shooting is to regular target shooting as Dirty Harry is to Barney Fife. It's the extreme version of shooting. ..." ...
 

FL: Militia matters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In his recent letter 'Amending Bill of Rights,' Jack Reiger writes that the Second Amendment 'was intended for us, as citizens, to protect ourselves from the militia and more likely British rebellion.'"

"This is not accurate. The militia referred to the individual men of the local towns who each kept his gun in his own home. And the purpose of the Second Amendment -- as demanded by the 13 individual sovereign nation-states who feared the federal government they were creating -- was to make it possible for them to fight against the federal government if it should turn tyrannical, as they feared it would." ...
 

NJ: Ban gun sales to those on terrorism watch lists
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"Bill backed by Lautenberg and Bush is a common-sense measure that should become law."

"It's not every day that decidedly liberal U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-Cliffside Park, and President Bush are in agreement. But when it comes to what should be a no-brainer of an issue -- blocking suspected terrorists from legally purchasing guns in this country -- the two are in agreement. We hope other lawmakers join them and get Lautenberg's legislation passed over the shortsighted, don't-give-an-inch objections of the National Rifle Association." ...
 

NH: Passer-by's use of deadly force in question (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police officers ... said they admired the actions of Gregory Floyd, who last Friday shot and killed a man who had shot Franconia Police Cpl. Bruce McKay and ran him over with his car." ...

"But some citizens think Floyd overstepped boundaries when he used lethal force to stop Liko Kenney, 24, who shot McKay after an altercation following a traffic stop."

"'No one has a right to take a life, regardless of what happens,' said Beth Starbird, 24 ... 'He should’ve tried to stop it or called for help.'"

"Kevin Miller, 18, a business major at Plymouth State College, said Floyd couldn’t have known who was at fault in the situation."

"'How do you know the truth?' said Miller ... 'How does he know what really happened?'" ...
 

Canada: Gas station clerk beaten unconscious
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The violence of crime in this city is escalating, says a 57-year-old gas station clerk who was beaten unconscious at 4 a.m. Sunday morning."

"As a woman cheered them on, two men beat Dave MacDougall while he lay on the floor inside the Esso on the corner of Young and Robie Streets." ...

"'These two large heavyweights put a beating on him,' said station manager Lawrence Boudreau."

"One of her burly companions put both arms over the counter to grab MacDougall, but he ducked. MacDougall grabbed a broom in self defence and repeated 'you have to leave guys.' One of the men shattered the broom, threw him to the ground and the two of them beat him for several minutes as the woman cheered them on." ...
 

UK: We feared raiders would kill us
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"A YOUNG mum has spoken of her terror after she was bound and gagged, and her boyfriend pistol-whipped by armed raiders in Nuneaton."

"Emma Monteith was tied up by the robbers who forced her partner to hand over cash at gunpoint."

"The 19-year-old and her partner, Stuart Goudie had just closed up the Chapel End Social Club ... and had woken their nine-month-old son, Jake, for a feed when they heard a window smash."

"Two men, wearing balaclavas and carrying a sawn-off shotgun and a handgun, made their way into their living quarters and demanded the night's takings at 1.45am on Sunday."

"Ms Monteith said: 'The next thing I knew my partner was being dragged round the living room and he got hit on the head with a gun.'" ...
 

UK: Two thirds of London teens know someone who’s been a victim of violent crime
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"Following the capital's recent spate of teen murders, a poll on Friday using Qwizdom (www.qwizdom.co.uk) voting devices – involving students aged 13-14 from Preston Manor High School in Wembley Park, north London – showed most secondary school students in London know someone who’s been a victim of gun or knife crime."

"The 27 students used buttons on their Qwizdom remote handsets to discreetly answer questions. The results were startling, revealing that 74 per cent knew someone who had carried a knife and 63 per cent knew a victim of violent crime." ...
 

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