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Immigration Bill Could Outlaw Gun Shops (GOA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"First, there was the McCarthy-Dingell bill ... to greatly expand the Brady Law. They say it will stop future Virginia Tech shootings. And, oh yes, there's one more thing: they want you to believe the McCarthy-Dingell gun control bill isn't really gun control. Now, they want to bring you an anti-gun immigration amnesty bill. ..." ...

"So let's say your local gun store sells two or three firearms to Mayor Bloomberg's thuggish agents under New York City's extraterritorial 'sting' operations. Your gun shop is now a 'criminal gang.'"

"This provision could even be used against a family of five who drives by two schools on the way to a movie with a gun in the glove compartment. Certainly under a Hillary administration ..." ...
 

Seattle Mayor's Attention Focused in Wrong Direction, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The indictment of Jacob Nickels, son of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, on charges relating to a conspiracy to cheat casinos is enough to suggest that the anti-gun mayor -- who supports laws that would treat all gun owners like criminals -- perhaps should look closer to home to find someone who really needs his character scrutinized [CCRKBA] said today."

"CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb noted, 'While Mayor Nickels, a member of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun mayors' coalition, has been devoting so much energy looking for, or trying to create, criminals in the firearms community, he may have had one living right under his nose. But what can you expect from a man who looks the other way when Bloomberg mounts an illegal sting operation ..." ...
 

Gun control and the Second Amendment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have no personal stake in this matter. I don’t own a gun, I only hunt in times of famine, and I am not a member of the NRA." ...

"I am genuinely concerned for our God-given unalienable rights ..."

"The proposed gun laws are not in harmony with the Supreme law, which affords us the opportunity of protecting these God-given rights. Our guns are not to protect us from each other as much as they are for protecting us against usurpation from a tyrannical government."

"Government is defined as society's instrument of 'organized force,' and it has always been a problem to keep this force under control; this is the reason that their effort to disarm the American people is even an issue." ...
 

Australia: Force Against Australian Star Wars Fan
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"An Australian movie fan on his way to pose for a Star Wars 30th anniversary photo shoot was arrested by police after his replica laser pistol was mistaken for a more earthly machine gun, media reported on Friday." ...

"Police said despite being a harmless replica and a close match to a weapon from a galaxy far, far away, the man would be charged with possessing an unregistered firearm."
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Submitter's Note: And the Brady Campaign holds up Australia as a reasonable model of gun control. Now I guess we know what to expect if they get their way.
 

ID: Moscow Shooting Victim - 'It was like a war zone'
Submitted by: R.S.G.

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"While some people desperately dialed for help as gunfire rang out in Moscow, one young man sprang into action." ...

"Pete Husmann, like many, heard the hail of gunfire Saturday night. Unlike most, he ventured into the night. It is a choice that nearly killed him."

"'I was in my apartment and I just heard all this shooting, stepped outside. I waited a few more minutes and it sounded like a war zone, so I went up, put my sandals on, grabbed my 45, jumped on my bike and raced on down there,' said Husmann."

"'Why did you respond to this?' asked NewsChannel 7."

"'I didn't want to see another Virginia Tech,' said Husmann." ...
 

MI: Police shoot pit bull that attacked dog
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
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"Police shot a pit bull to end what witnesses described as a vicious attack on a neighbor's dog about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday."

"Police said Sissy, a female pit bull owned by Jennifer Spencer of Wolcott Street west of Dupont Street, was chained in her own backyard near her doghouse when another pit bull broke free from its pen next door and came through a chain-link fence between the yards, attacking Sissy."

"Police responded after a report that someone had fired a gun into the air trying to scare off the attacking dog." ...
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KABA Note: Shooting in the dog works better than shooting in the air.
 

NY: Irondequoit school custodian who had gun in car was asked to quit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Assocition
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"A custodian at Helendale Elementary School has resigned for bringing a gun onto school grounds on May 16."

"Johnny Thomas, who had worked at the school for 10 years, had the revolver locked in his car in the school parking lot. He is the legal owner of the gun, which is registered."

"Thomas knew it is against the law to bring a gun into the school. He says he was unaware that it is illegal to have a gun anywhere on school grounds, unless you are a police officer or have the permission from the school."

"'If I had known it, I wouldn't have done it,' he said. 'Believe me.'"

"Thomas said that due to concerns surrounding recent school shootings, he was asked to resign." ...
 

IA: North H.S. student nabbed with gun outside school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Des Moines North High School student was apprehended near the school this morning with a handgun hidden in his pants, officials"

"Jordan Benson, 16, had shown the gun to another student on his way into school, and was taken into custody near the building's entrance by a polic officer stationed at the school, district offiails said."

"No one was hurt."

"Principal Vince Lewis said it appears there was no threat at the school and that the gun was intended for self-defense due to gang-related concerns."

"Benson, a sophomore was suspended and will likely be expelled, Lewis said, adding that the student's probation officer was at the school and 'took him immediately to lockup.'" ...
 

FL: Forrest High students find loaded gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Students arriving for the second-to-last day of classes before summer vacation found a scary surprise on a Jacksonville high school's lawn Thursday - a loaded 9mm pistol."

"At 7:15 a.m., a 15-year-old Forrest High School student alerted a police officer working security at the school about the weapon, according to a Sheriff's Office report."

"School Principal Helene Kirkpatrick told the Times-Union that a group of four students saw the weapon on the front lawn after parking their car." ...

"Kirkpatrick commended the actions of students who helped turn the gun over to police without handling it or causing a big stir."

"'I am so proud of them because they did exactly the right thing,' she said." [link added]
 

Was he lying then or is he lying now?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Rudy Giuliani flip-flops on guns, proving that, yes, politicos will say anything to get elected:"

"Rudolph Giuliani Wednesday sounded open to letting anyone who’s not a criminal or mental patient carry a concealed handgun — even telling a woman who packs a piece in New York that it’s OK with him." ...
"Does he still believe in the 'densely populated area' exception to the second amendment? " ...

"Sorry, Rudy, I ain't buyin’ what you’re sellin'."
 

Democrats show some common sense on guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Having been a registered Democrat since the Ford administration, I know better than to say my party is a lead-pipe cinch in next year's presidential election. If there is any way to screw it up, the Democrats will find it."

"The wretched candidacies of Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis and John Kerry provide ample evidence of that. I am happy, then ... that in the wake of the recent massacre at Virginia Tech not one of the Democrats vying for the 2008 presidential nomination sallied forth to call for even more draconian gun-control laws."

"Party Chairman Howard Dean has done a world of good here, ... actually saying, out loud, that he'd love to have more gun rack-equipped pickup-truck drivers voting Democrat. ..." ...
 

TX: Perry Signs Bill Sealing Concealed Handgun License Records
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"The public's access to concealed handgun licenses -- is now cut off."

"Governor Rick Perry has signed into law a bill that seals state records showing who is allowed to pack a gun in public."

"Only law enforcement agencies would have access to the license
information. The law took effect immediately upon its signing Wednesday." ...
 

IN: Council shouldn't duck chance to improve safety
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It will be an act of political courage under fire if it happens, but the proposed ordinance banning indiscriminant gun discharges within Marion County ought to blaze its way to passage."

"All the measure would do, after all, is extend the boundaries of the existing 32-year-old law forbidding the discharge of a firearm ... The idea is to prevent New Year's revelers and other trigger-happy folk from firing away foolishly in parts of the county that have ceased to be rural and thinly populated."

"No-brainer? Maybe a non-starter as well. The council is faced with a fusillade of opposition from residents who see their constitutional rights under assault, and will have a committee recommendation of 'do not pass' before it ..." ...
 

TN: Criminals should note new defense law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Criminals in Tennessee had better take notice."

"Gov. Phil Bredesen has signed into law a bill that will allow an individual to use deadly force to protect him or herself wherever they have a legal right to be. The bill also provides civil immunity for those who defend themselves from criminal attack."

"The 'Castle Doctrine' self-defense bill received near unanimous approval in the legislature where all but one of the members voted for the bill. Rep. Barbara Cooper, D-Memphis, was present, but did not vote on the issue." ...
 

CA: California Ammo Registration Bill Scheduled for Hearing (NRA-ILA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Assembly Appropriations Committee has scheduled Assembly Bill 362 for a hearing on Thursday, May 31."

"AB362, sponsored by Assembly Member Kevin de Leon (D-45), would require identification be presented for all mail order and face-to-face ammunition sales. Sellers of ammunition would be forced to keep detailed and accurate sales records. No retail seller of ammunition would be able to sell, offer for sale, or display for sale any ammunition in a manner that allows ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser without the assistance of the retailer or authorized employee. The Federal law requiring ammunition purchasers to present I.D. was repealed [in 1986] because it was found to be ineffective in reducing crime." ...
 

IL: Support new gun controls
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"These deaths underscore the need for common-sense gun regulations that can help curb gun deaths and injuries. Several bills are being considered in Springfield that would address the lethal power and accessibility of guns. SB 1007 would ban large capacity ammunition magazines ... which enable the user to fire many times without reloading, and also to reload very quickly. At Virginia Tech, Cho was able to fire off more than 170 rounds in just nine minutes. SB 940 would close background check loopholes so that prohibited purchasers with mental health disorders could not buy guns. To stem the flow of illegal gun trafficking, HB 758 would require criminal background checks for all handgun transfers ..." ...
 

WA: Prosthetic Leg Prompts Lockdown
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"The woman suspected foul play was afoot; she just had no idea what it was."

"Police barricaded streets near a branch of St. Joseph Hospital after that woman called to report a man with an assault rifle walking into a medical office building. The assault rifle turned out to be a prosthetic leg, Bellingham Police Deputy Chief David Doll said."

"Police searched the building floor by floor. When no suspect was found, police evacuated the building and the woman who reported the incident spotted the office worker who had carried the leg, The Bellingham Herald reported."

"'Everyone did everything right,' Doll said. 'Like we hoped, it turned out to be a good situation today.'" ...
 

OH: Woman To Move Back Into House Where Teen Was Shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The woman who lives in a house where a man shot and killed a teen who was trying to rob him is getting ready to move back in." ...

"A property manager put fresh paint inside the house, laid new carpet and put up a new fence."

"Vandals had broken every window in the house."

"Berry said she believes they're trying to get back at Damon Wells, who shot Arthur Buford in self-defense when Buford and another teen, Mardale Williams, tried to rob him."

"Berry said she's the only person who lives at the home ..."

"She said Wells and his fiancee, her daughter, were simply visiting the night of the attempted robbery." ...

"The NAACP and local police are giving Berry 24-hour protection, free of charge." [emphasis added]
 

WA: 4 year old finds gun inside restaurant
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"A 4-year-old child found a gun while out to dinner with his family at Azteca Mexican Restaurant last Saturday night."

"Dawn Anstine said her grandson, Derek found a backpack under their table while fidgeting and bouncing around in his seat. When no one claimed it, Anstine said she opened it up, looking for identification. Instead, she found another pouch inside, which held a handgun." ...

"The restaurant manager confirms a police officer called and said he had left his bag at the restaurant." ...

"The restaurant manger said he believes the officer works for a specific local police department. But KOMO 4 News has not been able to independently confirm the statement, and therefore has chosen not to name the agency."
 

MA: Domestic assault charges against officer, wife ruled out (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A clerk magistrate has ruled domestic assault and battery charges will not be brought against a Gloucester patrolman and his wife in connection with a dispute at their home last month."

"Patrolman Kevin Mackey, 46, and his wife, Kandi Mackey, 44, met Tuesday in Gloucester District Court ... for a hearing to determine whether charges would move forward."

"Each invoked the legal protection against testifying against a spouse, meaning neither would testify to the alleged assault and battery."

"'They did not testify against each other, so the charges did not issue,' said Kevin Burke, the Gloucester clerk magistrate, who did not participate in the hearing because it involved a Gloucester patrolman." ...
 

U.N. force traded in gold, weapons
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pakistani U.N. peacekeepers charged with disarming Congolese militia instead engaged in gold and weapons trafficking with militia members, the BBC reported Wednesday."

"The BBC said U.N. investigators looking into the allegations of trading in gold and weapons were obstructed and threatened, adding that their report was buried to avoid embarrassing Pakistan, a large contributor to U.N. missions around the world."

"An official at U.N. headquarters denied the report was buried, saying its investigations always take time because of difficulties in the field and the need to conduct a comprehensive inquiry." ...
 

IN: Gun control opponents speak out
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Safety comes at the price of freedoms"

"I read with interest a letter to the editor suggesting that no one should own guns because 20 public school children have died in Chicago because of guns ... I suppose we should not drive either." ...

"Gun laws are about gun control"

"The death of a 16-year-old, who prosecutors say was killed by another youth with a handgun is tragic, but the gun isn't what killed Blair Holt. It didn't load itself, climb up on the bus by itself, point itself or pull its own trigger. ..." ...

"Education is the key to gun control" ...

"The problem is not gun control. The problem is education. Parents who have children in the house need to educate their kids ..." ...
 

NJ: 4 wolf pack suspects released to parents (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Four Jersey City teens charged with throwing a man into traffic during a vicious attack this week spent less than 24 hours in custody after a judge overruled the protests of prosecutors who said they posed a threat to society."

"'All four were released over our strenuous objection,' said Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio yesterday of the boys charged with assaulting Michael Delarosa ..."

"'Due to the allegations, we believed that the juveniles are a danger to others in the community,' DeFazio said." ...

"'All of a sudden someone from behind hit me and I flew into Kennedy Boulevard. I put my arms up to protect myself and a car hit me and threw me into a parked car,' Delarosa said." ...
 

VA: Share Words Instead of Weapons
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"On April 16, 2007 the nation was shocked to find that 33 lives were lost at Virginia Polytechnic ..."

"On May, 17 in Annandale, Va. the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a firearms enthusiast group, held the 'Bloomberg Gun Giveaway' ..." ...

"We at The Hilltop feel that regardless of Second Amendment rights, giving guns away is a dangerous, ignorant and insensitive form of protest in any situation. The [VCDL] could have engaged in many alternative and more productive ways of dealing with Bloomberg's stance on gun control laws. In this case, a public forum may have brought a new perspective to those on both sides of the issue. Giving out guns may have just fanned the flame on a problem that is already out of control." ...
 

NV: Fallon teen to attend NRA YES
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"Alex Belbin, a junior at Churchill County High School, has been selected to attend the National Rifle Association's 2007 Youth Education Summit."

"In its eleventh year, YES is a weeklong event in the Washington, DC area, designed to encourage American youth to become active and knowledgeable U. S. citizens. During this essential American experience, attendees meet NRA leadership, participate in Constitutional-topic debates, receive firearm instruction, tour Washington DC, and visit USMC base, Quantico VA. In addition, YES participants are eligible for up to $30,000 in scholarships given during and after the program." ...
 

AL: Boy Bags Wild Hog Bigger Than 'Hogzilla'
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"Hogzilla is being made into a horror movie. But the sequel may be even bigger: Meet Monster Pig. An 11-year-old Alabama boy used a pistol to kill a wild hog his father says weighed a staggering 1,051 pounds and measured 9-feet-4 from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail. Think hams as big as car tires." [emphasis added]

"If the claims are accurate, Jamison Stone's trophy boar would be bigger than Hogzilla, the famed wild hog that grew to seemingly mythical proportions after being killed in south Georgia in 2004." ...

"'It feels really good,' Jamison, of Pickensville, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. 'It's a good accomplishment. I probably won't ever kill anything else that big.'" ...
 

PA: No right to have a shootout
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Recently, state Rep. RoseMarie Swanger took a stand opposed to gun controls citing that her constituents were opposed to the same. I wrote to Swanger and suggested she is not accurately assessing her constituents. The inclusive embodiment of all constituents without polling the citizenry is without merit."

"I recognize that there are many hunters among her constituents, and I recognize that it is impossible to 'un-invent' firearms. But, it is possible to insert gun controls and not violate the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States." [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: Um, no, it isn't.
 

MN: Professor mauled in state park
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jon Kenning says being attacked by a wild animal while sleeping in a tent in Itasca State Park won't keep him from returning to the popular park in northwestern Minnesota."

"The 28-year-old visiting assistant professor ... was taken to a hospital, where he received several stitches to close a half-dozen cuts about two inches long on his face. ..."

"Kenning ... was sleeping about 10 yards away from the students in a two-man domed tent when he was attacked around 2 a.m. Thursday."

"'I got attacked. I threw my arms up and all I remember, in short order it was over. ...' he said."

"Based on the size of the tent and Kenning's injuries, law enforcement officers think a curious small bear wandered into the tent." ...
 

OR: Court disagrees with writer's gun opinion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I read with interest May 16 Mr. Ronai's editorial explanation of the Second Amendment. He stated: 'It is an inescapable conclusion that the Second Amendment gives the people the right to bear arms in order that they may serve in the National Guard at times of need.'"

"His view is not shared by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit. On March 9, Senior Judge Laurence Silberman wrote the majority opinion in the decision of Parker v. District of Columbia, which announced that Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban violates the Second Amendment."

"He wrote, referring to Second Amendment language, that keeping arms 'implies ownership or possession of a functioning weapon by an individual for private use.' ..." ...
 

NY: Fun is the target at shooting event
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The New York State Muzzleloaders Association is holding its annual spring shoot and campout this weekend at the Elbridge Rod and Gun Club."

"Shooters will begin setting up camp today at the club, located off Laird Road in Jordan. Competition is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday."

"Muzzleloading enthusiasts from throughout the state are expected. Both primitive and modern guns are welcome." ...
 

IN: County's sharpshooter was nation's best
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"When the National Rifle Association was formed in 1871, few realized that it would become the all-powerful organization that it is today."

"At that time, 15 New York National Guard officials met to form 'an Association ... to promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis.' All were veterans of the Civil War and thought it necessary to correct the poor marksmenship among the Union’s 'city bred' troops ..." ...

"This action led to the construction of what was considered the 'best rifle range in the world' ... Today a striking 352-foot marble column marks the site on South Bass Island 30 miles east of Toledo." ...
 

TX: NRA banquet salutes vets
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"The safest place in Brazoria County on Thursday night probably was the Lake Jackson Civic Center as a crowd of more than 175 residents gathered to celebrate the fifth annual Cradle of Texas Friends of the NRA banquet and auction."

"Among the gathering were area law officers, military veterans from World War II and the current Iraqi war, and a group of future American soldiers."

"Gayle Carter Cook, senior field representative for the National Rifle Association Foundation, was on hand to help coordinate the festivities." ...
 

IL: Gun-control supporters have double standards
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I agree with Phillip Rever. Why should the people opposed to private citizens owning firearms have body guards and concealed weapons?"

"Mayor Daley and Gov. Rod Blagojevich have body guards and Chicago councilmen have carry permits."

"Then there's Barack Obama shooting off his mouth. He claims to respect sportsmen, but he wants gun control ... and also has security."

"Illinois' Firearms Owner Identification card was only the first step in confiscation. Now they know who owns guns." ...
 

VA: Enact strict laws governing firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are two striking similarities between the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and the Virginia Tech shootings of April 16. The 9/11 attacks could have been prevented had the Federal Aviation Administration simply required secure cockpits in aircraft. ... The shootings at Virginia Tech could have been prevented had the weapons used not been available."

"The following are laws which should be enacted. The list may not be all-inclusive, but should be used as a basis:"

"All firearms should be registered to the owner by make, model, serial number and caliber."

Submitter's Note: This would have stopped Cho, how?

"Semi-automatic hand guns should require the same permit as that presently required for machine guns ..." ...

Submitter's Note: Because people shot with revolvers are less dead, how?
 

CA: 20,000 gun laws are enough
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent seemingly thoughtful commentary ('Getting our sights on gun control,' May 14) by Richard Schaaf deserves comment."

"He references an April 21 Economist Magazine article citing the number of gunfire and suicide deaths in 2006. The numbers are meant to impress us. How many of the deaths were criminals killing each other (gang shootings) or killed by police? How many were caused by law-biding citizens exercising their right to self-defense? Without categorizing the numbers, analysis of the data is meaningless."

"Mr. Schaaf asks rhetorically if more restrictive access to guns would cause fewer killings. The answer is no. More liberal laws for concealed carry ... has not lead to more killings." ...
 

UK: Cattle-prod woman is fined £200
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A CARE-WORKER from Cleator Moor bought herself a cattle-prod for her own self defence after being attacked in her home.

Anita Dunne, 41, of Aldby Place, bought the weapon on eBay for her own protection, magistrates heard this week.

Joe Kelly, defending, said Dunnee had suffered a nasty assault in her home in the presence of her 10-year-old daughter.

He said the police had so far not taken action and Dunne was a “nervous wreck” and frightened. This led to her getting the prod, and a CS gas canister, which were both classed as unauthorised weapons. [emphasis added]

They had never been taken outside the house and his client was of previous good character. She was fined £200 and told to pay £80 costs.
 

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