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The Suggested Stand Your Ground Movement's Top Ten Agenda
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Stand Your Ground laws are making their way throughout America. Legislators are coming to realize that — unless they are corrupt — they will see more prestige and revenues from a healthy community than a crippled one, and that their careers can flourish with supportive, independent voters better than with a constituency of forever angry dependent voters. ..." ...

"3. Repeal all gun laws. Name one gun law that has stopped a crime. Just one. Name one gun law that reaches criminals to prevent a crime and name one gun law that doesn’t injure the rights of the innocent instead. Please. Criminals don’t obey the law, and at present, any legal act can be criminalized by way of a very selective enforcement. ..." ...
 

UN threatens U.S. gun lovers
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... "Interviewed last year, he said he was sorry that he ever became a soldier and that he wanted to get back to school."

"Paul was enrolled in what the United Nations calls a 'disarmament, demobilization, rehabilitation and reintegration' program. The world body is keen to promote such programs wherever appropriate. The National Rifle Association (NRA), the lobby for U.S. gun lovers, does not like the sound of that."

"'So, after we are disarmed, the UN wants us demobilized and reintegrated. I can hear it now: 'Step right this way for your reprogramming, sir. Once we confiscate your guns, we can demobilize your aggressive instincts and reintegrate you into civil society.'"

"'No thanks,' shudders Wayne LaPierre ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: And once our gun 'rights' are removed, what 'rights' will we lose next?
 

Michael Douglas backs U.N. gun ban
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"Actor Michael Douglas – who for many years has been designated by the United Nations as a "U.N. peace messenger" – is backing the global body's upcoming conference on small arms trafficking."

"In a public service announcement, Douglas 'spotlights the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and promotes an upcoming U.N. conference aimed at addressing the problem,' according to the U.N. News Center." ...
 

Bush's bad constitutional record
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Constitutional conservatives and federalists can wholeheartedly support big parts of President Bush's agenda. Congressionally authorized military action in Afghanistan and Iraq, tax cuts and Social Security reform are good and clearly constitutional policies. In other areas, however, the administration has gone too far for fans of limited national government to stomach." ...

"... the writers doubt that a Democratic president would do any better in abiding by the supreme law of the land. And Bush does deserve constitutional credit, they say, for recognizing that 'the Second Amendment guarantees a personal, individual right to bear arms' and appointing 'a number of federal judges who appear to take constitutional limits seriously.'" ...
 

CO: Privately run schools for combat rise
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... "If the fight had been real, that might not have been good enough, the instructor said. 'He may not be dead.'"

"Such are the hard-edged lessons taught here at Valhalla Training Center, where students learn the basics of urban shootouts."

"Special Forces soldiers train here for combat, but Klintmalm is not a soldier: He is a 23-year-old aspiring student from Dallas, who gave his current occupation as 'ski bumming.'"

"Valhalla is part of a lightly regulated industry thriving in a time of war overseas and terrorism fears at home. Across the country, at least 16 privately run schools teach civilian students skills usually associated with SWAT teams or military combat: close-in gunfighting, assault-rifle tactics, sniper shooting." ...
 

A Maryland Farmer no. 1 (blog)
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"To assert that bills of rights have always originated from, or been considered as grants of the King or Prince, and that the liberties which they secure are the gracious concessions of the sovereign, betrays an equal ignorance of history and of law, or what in effect amounts to the same thing a violent and precipitate zeal." ...

"... and consequently that no power, which they thus conditionally delegated to the majority (in whatever form organized) should be so exercised as to infringe and impair these their natural rights--not vested in SOCIETY, but reserved to each member thereof." ...
 

MI: DNR rules bear shooting justified
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"A man who shot and killed a black bear near the Kent-Montcalm County line will not be ticketed because the shooting was justified, state officials say."

"Bill Tippett was teaching son Steven, 15, and nephew Tyler Smith, 14, how to hunt wild turkey on private land near Sand Lake on Tuesday when the shooting happened."

"'All of a sudden, here comes this bear running right toward my nephew. I pulled up the gun and shot it once,' Tippett, 47, told The Grand Rapids Press. 'It flipped over three times and got up and started toward my son, so I shot it again.'"

"The Kentwood man reported the shooting to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources." ...
 

WA: Officials Seize Weapons From Man Who Shot Bear
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"The Issaquah man who claims he shot a black bear in self-defense near his home Monday night is now under investigation by the Department of Fish and Wildlife for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for hunting a bear out of season."

"King County Sheriff's deputies, officers with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms served a search warrant Wednesday at Aaron Enright's home ..." ...

"Enright was convicted of felony burglary 24 years ago when he was 17 years old. That is the basis for the "unlawful possession of a firearm" accusation.

"Enright's record shows that in 1983 he received a three-year deferred sentence. ..." ...
 

NY: McCarthy Cites Need for Gun Reform
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"In the future, gun buyers may be subject to more comprehensive and complete background checks, thanks to an increasingly more streamlined and efficient national databank."

"The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security passed the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Improvement Act, a series of additions and upgrades to already existing laws. The NICS is a federally mandated databank of criminal records utilized by Federal Firearm Licensees and managed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A licensed firearms dealer is required, under permanent provisions of the Brady Act, to conduct a criminal background check on prospective gun buyers." ...
 

OK: Reviews in on '06 Legislature
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"The threat of a Republican takeover in the Senate this fall, coupled with upcoming races for governor and lieutenant governor, resulted in a session of 'instant gratification' and 10-second sound bytes."

"This is the way a long-time senator-turned-lobbyist described the four months of the regular legislative session that ended Friday." ...

"Henry also signed a 'Stand Your Ground' measure, giving those who justly use deadly force to protect themselves more legal footing. Beginning Nov. 1, the self-defense protection that already applies to homes will be expanded to vehicles and other dwellings and any other place that a person has lawful right to be." ...
 

SC: Hunting protection hangs on in Senate
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"The legislative Sportsmen's Caucus was furious last week because Sen. Dick Elliott tried to shoot down a bill they have wanted for years."

"'I could choke him,' said Rep. Thayer Rivers ... 'We have worked on that for years.'"

"But after saying that, Rivers and other supporters persuaded Sen. Tommy Moore ... to revive the bill by calling it up from the committee and placing it on the agenda for Tuesday."

"The caucus wants to pass a bill calling for a constitutional amendment referendum that would guarantee hunting and fishing rights."

"It is part of a nationwide movement assisted by hunter and gun groups including the National Rifle Association."

"Supporters fear a growing movement to ban hunting in some places." ...
 

MN: Minnesota Outdoors Legislation: What Changes, What Stays The Same
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"Minnesota lawmakers tweaked deer rules and licenses and gave Wildlife Management Areas a huge financial boost. But they failed to give a high-profile habitat project new money or approve regulations for big-game shooting preserves."

"Those were among the dozens of outdoors-related laws and funding measures passed - or not passed - by the Minnesota Legislature, which concluded last week."

"In northwestern Minnesota, legislation of special interest includes a measure lawmakers passed that prohibits recreational feeding of deer within a 15-mile radius of farms where cattle are infected with bovine tuberculosis. The disease was found last summer in a handful of cattle herds ... Two deer also have tested positive for the disease." ...
 

PA: Ex-cop convicted
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"An Allegheny County judge has rejected the argument of a former Pittsburgh police officer that he shot out the tire of a tractor-trailer on the Parkway West more than two years ago in self-defense."

"Judge Anthony Mariani this week convicted Paul Anthony Palmer ... of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person."

"Palmer, a 10-year member of the city police force who was on medical leave at the time of the incident and was later fired, shot seven times on Dec. 3, 2003, into the right front tire of a truck driven by Oliver Sherwood Jr. ..."

"Palmer claimed Sherwood, who was not injured, had nearly run him off the road. Sherwood denied the accusation. ..."
 

NH: Lawsuit accuses three Lewiston officers of excessive force
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"A Norway man who claims he was shot 18 times by Lewiston police officers after he used a hammer to damage police cruisers says his constitutional rights were violated." ...

"... An investigation by the state attorney general concluded that they were justified in using deadly force." ...

"In his lawsuit, Berube said police fired 26 rounds, hitting him 18 times. ..."

"Officer Carly Conley fired first and Berube fell to the pavement, dropping the hammer, the lawsuit said. The other officers, Eric Syphers, and Matthew Vierling, fired when Berube tried to get back up, the lawsuit said." ...

"The officers ... say Berube never dropped the hammer, which appeared as a metallic object in his hand." ...
 

CO: Two Fort Carson Soldiers Arrested
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Colorado Springs police arrested two Fort Carson soldiers, one for allegedly pointing a loaded assault rifle at two people.

The Gazette said 25-year-old Matthew Shane Jackson allegedly point an AK-47 and then a pistol at two people early Saturday.

Twenty-three-year-old Eric Monteith, who was in their car, was arrested on a warrant for a third-degree assault.

The soldiers, members of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment which recently returned from Iraq, were booked into the El Paso County Jail and later released.
 

Brazil: Some Brazilian police officers live amid growing sense of fear
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"When Ruiz Cezário turns in at night, he places his .38-caliber revolver next to the Bible on his bedside table. He no longer takes public transportation, riding instead behind the tinted windows of the family hatchback ..." ...

"... Cezário is a corporal in the military police force of the state of São Paulo ..." ...

"In the subsequent crackdown, police killed 110 people, many of whom remain unidentified and some of whom bear telltale wounds signifying they had been shot point-blank. Critics of the police crackdown accuse officers of taking advantage of the fighting to target gang members and other suspected criminals in a show of force and vengeance." ...
 

Canada: Mom sues RCMP for killing son
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"The mother of a young man shot to death by an RCMP officer seven months ago ... filed a lawsuit Friday against the rookie officer, Const. Paul Koester, claiming he was negligent." ...

"The 54-year-old mother said Friday she still is waiting for answers as to how her son ended up dead 20 minutes after he was taken to the Houston police station. The young man ... was arrested for obstruction of justice after he gave the officer a friend's name instead of his own." ...

"Bush's lawyer, Howard Rubin of North Vancouver, said it is 'ridiculous' that a decision hasn't been made by Crown counsel about whether or not to charge the officer. "Normally charges would be approved or not be approved within days," he said. ..." ...
 

NY: Gun Dealers Hit With Misdemeanors In Outshoot Of NYC Civil Suit
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"Police acting on information gathered by private investigators working on the city's civil lawsuits against the gun industry have filed the first criminal charges related to the case."

"Two licensed firearms dealers were charged with misdemeanor weapons offenses on Wednesday after police reviewed videotape of a sting operation conducted in connection with the suit."

"Police said the dealers, Jack Togati, 40, of the DF Brothers Sport Center in Brooklyn, and Michael Spallone, 43, of the Woodhaven Rifle and Pistol Range in Queens, each illegally sold a firearm without requiring the customer to produce a valid gun license." ...
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Submitter's Note: Just wondering when the buyers are going to be hit with criminal charges for their violations?
 

NY: Gun dealers' return fire
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A Bensonhurst gun store owner busted in the mayor's crusade against illegal firearms blasted back at the city's tactics.

Joseph Benfante, a lawyer for DF Brothers Sport Center - which the city says sold a gun illegally to an undercover investigator - claimed the store first sent the former cop packing for providing insufficient paperwork and then the ex-cop misled the gun dealer on her application.

Benfante said the charges against DF owner Jack Togati, 40, were off the mark and that the investigator sent to ensnare him indicated on her application that the gun was intended only for her use.

Benfante said the gun was never sold illegally.

"The fact remains, an individual took possession of a firearm without producing the required permit," said an NYPD spokesman.
 

NY: U.S. Will Help New York City Pursue Cases Against Gun Dealers
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"Casework supporting the city's federal lawsuit against 15 gun dealers in five states will be funneled to federal law enforcement agents around the country for possible criminal investigations and prosecutions, officials said yesterday."

"The New York office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will collect and evaluate the evidence on illegal purchases of guns that has been gathered by the Bloomberg administration and send it to offices with jurisdiction over those dealers, officials said." ...
 

DC: Gun-loving pols get payback hint
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"The Washington office of Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) is usually open on weekdays, but the staffer who answered the phone there Friday afternoon said nobody was being allowed in or out."

"'We're on lockdown and we're not allowed to leave,' the staffer said. 'Somebody heard a gunshot down in the garage.'"

"The staffer did not seem to perceive the irony obvious to any New Yorker who is sick of the carnage caused by illegal guns. Tiahrt was the congressman behind a 2003 provision that protects gun dealers from lawsuits and denies the public access to data related to the origin of illegal guns." ...
 

AZ: Defense rests, Fish doesn't take stand in murder trial
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"The defense rested Tuesday without calling the only surviving witness to a 2004 shooting, who claims he shot and killed another man in self-defense."

"Harold A. Fish, 59, is accused of second-degree murder in connection with the May 11, 2004, shooting death of Grant Kuenzli at a trailhead near Pine."

"On Tuesday, the defense, led by Phoenix attorney A. Melvin McDonald, rested its case without calling Fish to the stand. McDonald had said in opening statements that the jury would hear Fish testify."

"After rebuttal witnesses, the trial, being held in Coconino County Superior Court, must wait until the Arizona Court of Appeals decides whether a new law governing self-defense will apply to Fish." ...
 

IA: Charity Cowboy Shoot continues this weekend
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The Illowa Irregulars of the Milan Rifle Club and the Shady Creek Shooters of the Monmouth Gun Club, in conjunction with Davenport’s Alpha Beta Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, is conducting its seventh annual Charity Cowboy Shoot this weekend to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Monmouth Gun Club hosted the event Saturday, and the Milan Rifle Club will host it today.

Shooters from both clubs have raised almost $40,000 in previous years.

Local merchants will donate items for raffle.

For more information, call Terry or Jody Spurrier at (309) 798-2635.
 

India: Catholic priest seeks pistol, stirs row
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"Fr Jacob Augustine, a Catholic priest here, has applied for a pistol license, kicking up a controversy."

"Fr Augustine had applied to the Kottayam Collectorate for a license in January, but a section within his church is protesting against this move. The 42-year-old priest is also the manager of the Amal Jyothi Engineering College, owned by the Catholic Diocese of Kanjirapally, 50 km from here."

"'There are several priests in our church who possess a licensed weapon. Moreover, since I manage a big institution, which has got lot of assets, I do not think possessing a gun is wrong,' Fr Augustine told IANS." ...
 

UK: Knives amnesty launched
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"POLICE have launched a knives amnesty in a bid to save lives and reduce injuries."

"Last year, there were 61 reported knife crimes in the Salisbury division, which was the only area in Wiltshire to see an increase in the number of incidents involving blades."

"The amnesty, which started today and runs until June 30, is part of a nationwide initiative targeted at 14- to 30-year-olds, particularly those who carry weapons out of fear."

"Amnesty bins will be set up at Salisbury and Amesbury police stations, where those who carry knives will be encouraged to take their weapons to be disposed of safely." ...
 

UK: Knifeman red-faced after shopkeeper foils robbery with wife's curry powder
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shopkeeper foiled an armed robbery - by throwing his wife's red-hot curry powder in the face of the knifeman."

"Sikander Ali proved too hot for robber Gary Boyd to handle when he demanded cash - and got a face full of chilli powder instead."

"Screaming in agony Boyd, 25, was then chased out ..."

"Last night, Mr Ali, 46, said: 'We've been robbed twice and we weren't going to let it happen again.'"

"'I don't think this robber was expecting such a warm reception but we acted on our instincts.'"

"'My wife has a special recipe of spices for her curries, filled with hot chilli.'"

"'She'd brought some of it into the shop for our assistant to try out in her cooking. I just grabbed it and threw it into his face.'" ...
 

Philippines: Journalists on their own
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"THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is a fine outfit. It is quick on its toes to point out abuses against members of the Fourth Estate, increasing numbers of whom have been felled by assassins’ bullets. For this it should be commended."

"But when NUJP says that members of the working press reject outright the suggestion that they arm themselves, Joe Torres, Caloy Conde and their comrades are speaking only for themselves. Many other reporters, editors, news photographers and commentators are taking matters into their own hands—literally."

"The latest suggestion for journalists to arm themselves comes from Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez ..." ...
 

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