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In Harm's Way: Guns and Kids
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun-owning parents who think their children don't know where firearms are kept or haven't handled the weapons without permission may be in for a disturbing surprise."

"A new study involving 201 parents and an equal number of their children has found that 39 percent of kids knew the location of their parents' firearms, while 22 percent said they had handled the weapons, despite their parents' assertions to the contrary. ..."

"Children are really curious and have lots of things in their home that parents have no intention of letting them find -- but they do,' said Matthew Miller, associate director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and co-author of the study in Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. ..." ...
 

True stories from the files of 'The Armed Citizen'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"HARRY CARPENTER suffers from pulmonary fibrosis and wears oxygen tubes for much of the day, but that didn't stop him from fending off two knife-wielding burglars. Police say two young men barged into his home, one forcing him at knife point to sit on a couch while the other demanded money from his wife, Jackie. When Jackie pretended to faint, Harry's captor went to investigate. Harry sneaked into the laundry room where he kept an unloaded .22-caliber rifle he's owned since his youth. ... The intruder returned before Harry could load his firearm, but Harry racked the bolt home as if it were loaded. 'He yelled out, 'Let's go, he's got a gun!' Harry recalled. The suspects fled the scene. (Savannah Morning News, Savannah, Ga.)" ...
 

'Deadly force' defense gains support
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A campaign by gun rights advocates to make it easier to use deadly force in self-defense is rapidly winning support across the country, as state after state makes it legal for people who think their lives are in danger to shoot down an attacker, whether in a carjacking or on the street."

"The law has spurred debate about whether allowing deadly force protects against lawlessness or spurs more crime. Supporters say it is an unambiguous answer to random violence, while critics -- including police chiefs and prosecutors -- warn that criminals are more likely to benefit than innocent victims."

"Ten states this year have passed versions of the law. Florida last year became the first state to do so." ...
 

TN: Store Owner Shoots Robber
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A South Memphis business owner fights back against armed robbers." ...

"Adam Obsiye's South Memphis convenience store and his native Somalia would seem to have little in common, but his friends say they do."

"Ali Mohammed says, 'It's the same over here and over there. Same. People over there killing people. People over here killing people. It's the same thing. Ain't nothing different. Ain't no peace.'"

"Memphis police say as Obsiye was closing up shop Sunday night, two armed men stormed into his store. A third man waited outside. When they two robbers inside demanded money from Obsiye, the store owner grabbed his pistol and started shooting. He hit one in the thigh as they ran out of his store." ...
 

South Africa: Man held for throwing son into road
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man has been arrested for attempted murder after he threw his four-year-old son into a road in front of an oncoming car in Tshifulani, Thohoyandou, Limpopo police said on Monday." ...

"Malelo said the man then threw the boy into the road. The oncoming driver was travelling slowly enough to stop before hitting the child."

"When the woman stood up she began screaming for help, and a member of the public who heard her screams produced his licenced pistol and fired two shots into the air to stop the husband who had grabbed the boy once again and run off into nearby bushes."

"The man stopped and a fight ensued between the two men."

"The community member pistol-whipped the man and took him to a nearby satellite police station. ..." ...
 

DC: Girl Sexually Assaulted in Armed Robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man and a girl were held up at gunpoint early yesterday on the Mall, and the girl was sexually assaulted, U.S. Park Police said."

"It was the third armed robbery and physical attack in little more than 48 hours on the Mall, which is at the heart of federal and tourist Washington and has long been known for its safety." ...

"In both of Thursday's cases, at least three robbers, one with a semiautomatic handgun, held up a man and woman and beat the woman. One of the women attacked Thursday was beaten and kicked in the head and back."

"Park Police said one of the three men involved in yesterday's incident was described as wearing a black ski mask and having a silver semiautomatic pistol with a black grip ..." ...
 

NY: Sarah and James S. Brady endorse Andrew Cuomo for Attorney General
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Today, New York State Attorney General candidate Andrew Cuomo earned the endorsements of Sarah and James S. Brady, two of the nation's greatest leaders in the fight to prevent gun violence. James S. Brady, former White House Press Secretary to President Reagan, was shot, along with Reagan and two law enforcement officers, when John Hinckley attempted to assassinate the President on March 30, 1981."

"'We will never forget how you stood up to the gun lobby when you served in President Clinton's cabinet, and we are eternally grateful,' said Sarah Brady in a letter of endorsement ..." ...
 

NH: Lynch takes quiet path
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In his second year at the State House, Gov. John Lynch proposed and championed two initiatives in the 2006 legislative session ..."

"Lynch, a Democrat, enjoyed relative success with the Republican-dominated Legislature, which wrapped up its regular business for the year last week." ...

"Lynch was more active with vetoes this year than last, when he blocked one bill. This year, Lynch has vetoed four bills ..."

"The governor objected to a self-defense bill that would have eliminated the duty to retreat from an attack and would have allowed people to respond with deadly force against the threat of a non-deadly attack. ..." ...
 

Joint chiefs chairman pledges 'appropriate action' in probe of Iraqi civilian deaths
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The chairman of the military's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday 'it would be premature for me to judge" the outcome of a Pentagon investigation into the killing of as many as two dozen Iraqi civilians by Marines."

"But at the same time, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said he believes it's critically important to make the point that if certain service members are responsible for an atrocity there, they 'have not performed their duty the way that 99.9 percent of their fellow Marines have.'"

"Interviewed on CBS's 'The Early Show' as the nation observed Memorial Day honoring men and women lost in war, Pace pledged that 'we'll get to the bottom of the investigation and take the appropriate action.'" ...
 

Canada: Ottawa police will shoot to kill
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"Ottawa's 700 frontline police patrol officers will now rapidly attack when an 'active killer' is on the loose and engage the shooter with new deadly close-quarters-battle weapons used for military combat."

"Police are sometimes in the right spot at the right time. On Saturday, a young man opened fire with a gun in a busy Oklahoma City mall, injuring a teen before he was shot and killed by an off-duty sheriff's deputy."

"More often, though, the killer or killers quickly carry out their slaughter before tactical officers are ready to move in."

"Police now know the first 10 to 20 minutes are crucial. Instead of containing the suspect, the new objective is to hunt him down and 'neutralize' him." ...
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KABA Note: Or you could just allow your subjects to exercise their fundamental human right to self-defense without fear of harassment, arrest and imprisonment.
 

East Timor: Unarmed police under UN protection shot in Dili
Submitted by: Haddock
Website: http://www.servicerifle.com.au/qmrcabout.htm

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"Investigations are continuing into yesterday's shooting incident outside the police headquarters in Dili, where Army troops opened fire on a group of police and some UN staff members, killing nine local officers and injuring 27 other people. 18 of the injured remain in a serious condition in hospital."

"Two of the injured were UN police officers, who had worked alongside senior UN officials helping to broker the surrender of the Timorese police, under the protection of the UN flag."

"The incident began with an attack by government forces on the police building, that lasted several hours, before the police tried to give up." ...
 

DC: Capital Offices Cleared After Report of Gunfire
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"What turned out to be an erroneous report of gunfire in a parking garage led the police to lock down an office building on Capitol Hill for five hours Friday as machine-gun-toting officers went room to room, looking for intruders and escorting lawmakers, lobbyists and visitors out, many with their hands on their heads." ...
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Submitter's Note: Notice that it was a New Jersey legislator who first hit the panic button. Maybe if he'd been more familiar with the sound of gunfire ...
 

NY: Five churches will host gun turn-in program Saturday
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Rochester police and members of the clergy will be working out the final details this week to launch a citywide gun turn-in program at five churches on Saturday."

"'We want to reach the parents and grandparents of these kids who are carrying guns and solving their problems with guns,' said the Rev. Deloris Simpson, the youth pastor at the First Genesis Missionary Baptist Church on Hudson Avenue. 'We want them to know we want a safe community and we're tired of seeing our young people getting shot and shooting each other."

"'Most of our killings are caused by guns, and we're saying enough is enough.'" ...
 

PA: One Gun a Month
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association has stock arguments it uses when anyone suggests new firearm regulations, including one-handgun-per-month purchase limits."

"Two bills languishing in Pennsylvania propose such a limit. The legislation is meant to make it harder to buy handguns - the weapon most often used in Philadelphia homicides - through a transaction known as a straw purchase." ...

"Handguns bought this way don't end up in the homes of law-abiding citizens who want to defend their families against intruders."

"A handgun purchase limit would help to dry up the illegal market that sells to criminals and young people."
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Submitter's Note: But according to a CDC study, such laws have not been shown to be effective.
 

KS: Dalton Days offers plenty of Wild West fun
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"For a step back in time 116 years ago when the Dalton brothers terrorized trains and brutalized banks, visit the Dalton Gang Hideout at their sister Eva’s home where the 2006 Dalton Days Classic Gunfights and Living History competitions will be held June 3 and 4."

"The annual Dalton Days Wild West Fest has joined this year with the American Frontier Reenactment Guild to sponsor the first annual Mid West Regional Classic Gunfights & Living History Competitions in Meade."

"'We expect several hundred people to attend,' said Marc Ferguson, manager and curator of the Dalton Gang Hideout in Meade, who has been bottle feeding a baby buffalo to show folks who attend the festivities." ...
 

CO: Concealed weapons permits tapering off
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"The number of concealed weapons permits issued in Colorado last year tumbled to its lowest level since 2003, when a new law created a uniform, statewide system for granting the licenses."

"Local sheriffs issued 9,522 licenses in 2003, followed by 6,860 in 2004 and 6,279 last year. The high number of issued permits in 2003 didn't surprise one of Colorado's biggest backers of less-restrictive gun laws."

"'It was on the front page of every newspaper, so it was no surprise that it dawned on people that, 'Hey, I can carry a gun now if I go out and get the permit,' said Dudley Brown, director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners." ...
 

KY: Justice Resource Center will buy back guns today
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The Justice Resource Center will buy guns at 28th Street and Broadway from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, the Rev. Louis Coleman said yesterday.

The payment is $20 for pistols and $25 for rifles and shotguns.

Coleman, who heads the resource center, said it had bought 12 guns at the same corner on Saturday.

That brought the total number of firearms purchased at four such events this spring to 55, he said.

He said people who would like further information or want to get rid of a gun can call the center at 562-6737.
 

Germany: German Youth in Drunken Frenzy Stabs 28
Submitted by: Jeff Rau

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"A knife-wielding German teenager in a drunken frenzy stabbed at people leaving a ceremony to dedicate Berlin's new central rail station just before midnight on Friday, injuring 28 before he was stopped."

"The police said Saturday that six of those injured in the 10-minute attack on a crowded street in the center of Berlin were in serious condition. The teenager was quickly seized after witnesses pointed him out to security officials. The attack came as a shock to Germany less than two weeks before the World Cup soccer tournament opens in this country, and cast a shadow over the fireworks and celebrations to open the new station that some 500,000 people watched." ...
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KABA Note: Notice how the good sheep did not attempt to stop the 'bad man' themselves. They waited TEN MINUTES for police to arrive.
 

Germany: Fear of HIV contamination after teenager stabs 35 (follow-up)
Submitted by: Glenn Guest

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"Victims of a Berlin knifeman who injured 35 people in a knife frenzy late on Friday night are living in fear of contracting the Aids virus after it was discovered one of the knifeman's first targets was HIV positive."

"Most of the injured who were attacked after the opening of Berlin's new railway station are now frantic with worry. They will have to live with the anxiety of possibly being infected for at least three months until tests prove positive or negative."

"So will those who stopped to give help to the wounded as they lay in shop doorways, in the foyers of apartment blocks and on the streets and who became splashed with their blood." ...
 

Iraq: Guns Becoming as Important as Food
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Guns have come to be seen in Iraq as a need second only to food."

"Under Saddam Hussein possession of weapons was highly regulated. But after the invasion of Iraq, the military collapsed and many armouries and ammunition dumps were left unprotected. In an environment of a lack of security, these came to supply a growing appetite for guns."

"To begin with people bought guns -- or took those discarded on the streets -- as a defence against the eruption of lawlessness after the fall of Baghdad."

"Recently, after the bombing of the al-Askariyah shrine in Samarra in February this year, a wave of reprisal killings drastically increased the desire of each Iraqi family to have at least one gun." ...
 

Malaysia: Sheriff shoots to glory again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"SELANGOR shooter Omar Sheriff Mohd Sheriff won his second individual gold in style by gunning down a 10-year-old Sukma record at the Pokok Sena Range yesterday."

"Omar Sheriff posted a low 87 points in the sixth and final round but it was enough for him to establish a new record for the boys’ 25m rapid fire pistol individual event."

"The 18-year-old, who won the 50m free pistol event on Sunday, came out with guns blazing, firing 97-98-89-95-92 before the final round for a total of 558 points."

"The previous record of 557 points was set by Che Wan Zulqarnain of Pahang in the 1996 Games in Kuantan." ...
 

Canada: Fastest draw in the world unholsters her stuff
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It was a wet and wild time in St. Albert on Saturday, as the 42nd annual Rainmaker Rodeo lived up to its name."

"Just minutes before the main rodeo event was set to begin, the sky opened up and the mud soon started to develop." ...

"Alanna Blinn made sure to keep her powder dry during the brief rainstorm so she could perform during intermission. The 21-year-old is world champion in women's fast-draw shooting."

"How long would it take you to whip your gun from its holster, cock the hammer back and fire? Two seconds? One second?"

"Even at half a second, you'd still be left with a smoking hole in your chest if you pulled pistols against Blinn."

"Her world-record time is 0.26 of a second. ..." ...
 

Australia: Residents against feral animal shooters in forests
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"A Hunter Valley residents' group is concerned there will be an influx of 'rogue' hunters once several local forests are opened up for hunting."

"After successful trials elsewhere in the state, the New South Wales Game Council is planning to allow the hunting of pests in 10 Hunter forests from next week to help manage feral animals." ...

"Brunkerville Residents Action Group chairman Robert Bignall ... fears the plan will have disastrous consequences."

"'Well, I think it's going to be catastrophic, one can only imagine the upsetting effect that it's going to have if somebody's sitting in the bush, bird watching and having a picnic and here comes somebody in a camouflage suit out of the bush carrying a high powered rifle ...' he said." ...
 

Canada: Rifle confusion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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There seems to be some confusion among those who support the continued existence of the controversial long-gun registry. Advocates of the program are quick to point out the benefits of mandatory criminal background checks, gun safety training and safe storage laws. What they do not mention is that none of these has anything to do with the registry.

Background checks and training are required to obtain a Firearms Possession and Acquisition License, the permit needed to purchase guns and ammunition. These regulations are not being targeted for change and will not be affected by repealing the disastrous and completely useless long-gun registration program.

Mike Thomlinson

Calgary
 

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