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Lifetime journey starts with single shot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'By the rude bridge that arched the flood, their flag to April's breeze unfurled, here once the embattled farmers stood, and fired the shot heard round the world.'"

"This shot in April 1775 is described in Ralph Waldo Emerson's 'Concord Hymn.'"

"Around 1933, I fired a shot that in every sense of the word determined my future. Here's what happened." ...

"That particular shot was not heard round the world, but it did light a flame in me that has never gone out. ..."

"Insignificant as it is, it started me on a lifetime venture of varmint hunting that led to gun writing, and today I share many of those experiences with varmint hunters across the nation and ... literally around the world." ...
 

Essential Principles For The Conservation Of Liberty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"WHY DO PEOPLE FAIL TO PRESERVE LIBERTY?"

"WHY DO PEOPLE HAVE SUCH A DIFFICULT TIME RECOGNIZING ITS LOSS?"

"In response to these difficult questions regarding the loss of liberty, I have felt compelled to author this booklet. ..."

"The primal importance of this work lies in its fundamental premise: that there exists certain fundamental rights (life, liberty, ownership, and self-defense) that all men possess by virtue of their God-given standing as free-agents here on earth, which are superior to any government, constitution, or law which may be enacted by man to the contrary. While this idea is certainly not unique among the annals of jurisprudence, it has always been a rather nebulous idea ..." ...
 

Primary Elections
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"National voter turnout during mid-term elections is only about 35-40%. Voter turnout in presidential elections averages approximately 55%. And yet, voting is the easiest form of activism. A little research (made oh, so easy by the internet), a couple of phone calls, and show up to vote -- twice. Once for the Primary Election and once for the General Election."

"Compare that to the effort involved in fighting for your rights in Dianne Feinstein's district."

"Many people complain during the General Election that they just can't choose between two evils. Or that no candidate closely matches their values. And yet, the Primary Elections offer a variety of choices from a variety of parties. It is perhaps even more important than the General Election." ...
 

Guns in School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There was a boy in my algebra class in 9th grade who I'll never forget. Everyday, he put a bullet on his desk. The teacher didn't know. One day, when my teacher wasn't there, some knuckleheads came to the class and were messing with the guy, making fun of him. He calmly pulled out a gun and started polishing it. There were about ten of us around. We were shocked and kinda scared. He told us that someone was out to get him and he was using it as protection."

"Three days later, security guards and a cop came to our class. ... They found two pistols on him - loaded, with two extra clips. ... " ...

"The guy who played with bullets in 9th grade is in juvenile hall now ... I'm sure he regrets having a gun at school, because in the end it didn't protect him at all."
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Submitter's Note: Except from 'some knuckleheads', and anyone else who (like you) knew that he had the means to protect himself, and so didn't start anything.
 

Big Guns -- The wild success of a massive Smith & Wesson revolver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Name recognition certainly counts for something in a competitive marketplace, but it can't make up for incompetent leadership. That's a business-school truism that Smith & Wesson learned the hard way in 1998, when the 154-year-old gun-maker was supplanted by the less-celebrated Sturm, Ruger and Co. Inc. as America's No. 1 handgun manufacturer. While Smith & Wesson's British owner, Tomkins plc., was making numerous strategic missteps�sticking with steel, for example, rather than switching to lightweight polymers�Ruger sold boatloads of its .22-caliber revolvers to protective homeowners and security guards." ...
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Submitter's Note: Interesting that the author discounts the boycott.
 

A Catalogue of Horror
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ABC News has obtained a chilling catalog of the concealed weapons collected by America's police officers as they walked their beats. Among the items the cops had to face down are shotguns disguised as a very popular flash light and 'Killer Kitty key chains.'" ...

"The entire array of weapons and other criminal paraphernalia is more than 90 pages long. It includes razor headbands, flare guns converted into .38 caliber pistols, cigarette pack guns and guns concealed in the handles of $1600 brief cases."

"Compiled with the help of dozens of police agencies, the booklet is in its fifth edition, a fact that is perhaps as frightening as the weapons it displays." ...
 

About 'About.com'..... (blog)
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"Recently came across an article that was posted on Keep and Bear Arms called "Do We Need More Second Amendment "Judicial Activism"? that is posted on About.com."

"It seems About.com has a 'News & Issues' section with page(s) having their own versions concerning our 'Civil Liberties'. A particularly interesting aspect about this is that they have references to the ACLU on the page(s). One of these pages is evidently devoted to their version of the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights attached to the United States Constitution. And we all know what champions the American Civil Liberties Union is, (Communist liberties, perhaps), on the individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms." ...
 

Glock Model 19
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In June of 2003, I was lucky enough to attend the Glock Tactical Pistol Course ... For that school I used my Glock Model 23 in .40S&W, but I was surrounded by shooters using their 9mm Glocks. In fact, the instructional staff at Blackwater voiced the opinion that the Glock 9mm pistol was probably the best pistol to have in today's world. Why? Because the 9mm round is so prevalent worldwide and the Glock pistols are just so reliable."

"I've owned a Glock Model 19 (2nd generation) since the early 1990s. Recently I purchased a G19 3rd generation gun and enjoy it just as much. The cosmetic differences between the two ... are the addition of accessory rails under the barrel and finger grooves on the front of the grip. ..." ...
 

AR: Struggle with gun at local store
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A dispute led to a violent scuffle inside a local business Tuesday, resulting in injuries and an arrest." ...

"Police were drawn into a struggle between Stroman employees and Troy Crook, who had accompanied a family member into the store."

"According to the store manager, Crook became extremely irate when he learned that his relative was being charged a late fee. Witnesses claim that the struggle began when Crook, a rather large man, attacked employees working behind the counter. One of the employees grabbed a wooden stick for protection and another employee, who is certified to carry a concealed weapon, drew a handgun in self-defense." ...
 

MO: Warrant issued for suspect in shooting
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"A warrant was issued this week charging a man with firing a gun several times at three other men in Cape Girardeau." ...

"The shooting ... was apparently over a quarrel between the one of the three targets and family members of Shannon, Selzer said. ..."

"According to one of the witnesses, Shannon was shooting at him and two brothers from a porch on Ellis Street, and then began running toward the trio, firing four to five more shots ..."

"The witness picked up a .45-caliber pistol dropped by one of the brothers and was able to fire one shot at Shannon before the clip fell out. That weapon was later recovered, but Shannon's was not, Selzer said."

"No charges had been filed Thursday against the witness who fired the gun."
 

Thailand: 1,300 teachers to train in use of weapons for self-defence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Over 1,000 teachers in the strife-torn deep South will undergo weapons training next week to qualify to enter the so-called 'teachers' self-protection battalion. Some 1,300 teachers, both men and women ... have applied to join the teacher protection battalion project, established at the suggestion of Her Majesty the Queen."

"They will be trained jointly ... on May 11-12, several days before schools re-open for the new term." ...

"Surapol Kiatsakul , 54, a teacher of Ban Taba school in Narathiwat's Tak Bai district who recently applied for the project, said teachers had to carry guns to protect themselves as security officers could not take care of them all the time. The security forces themselves are also targets." ...
 

FL: Victim of Nassau shooting survives through the night
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"One of the victims of Thursday's tragic shooting in Nassau County made it through the night."

"Sarah Rogers is in serious condition this morning after police say she was shot by 60-year-old Denny Taylor ... Taylor's ex-wife, Frances Taylor, and Roy Rogers, Mrs. Taylor's brother-in-law, were also among the victims."

"Rogers died in the attack, and Frances Taylor was hospitalized in critical condition." ...

"A deeper look into the Nassau shooting suspect's background reveals that Denny Taylor's had a prior criminal record."

"A Duval County judge ordered Taylor just two days before to stay away from his ex-wife. But he did not heed the warning." [emphasis added] ...
 

NE: Murder-Suicide
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Authorities say the Thursday night gunfire that took two lives in Omaha was a murder-suicide. They say 46-year-old Eric Bandur shot his ex-wife Laura and then turned the gun on himself."

"The shootings happened around 8:30 at 336 Beverly Drive. That's just south of 78th and Dodge. Police say that Eric Bandur drove up from Phoenix, shot 36-year-old Laura Bandur and then killed himself."

"Court documents indicate that Laura Bandur had a protection order against her ex-husband. The court papers provide a glimpse of a volatile and oftentimes abusive relationship, especially over the past year or so." ...
 

WI: Cars, house rammed, police say
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"Nearly three months after allegedly threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, a Black Earth man used his minivan to ram three squad cars as well as the boyfriend's home, authorities said." ...

"In February, McCune was arrested after walking uninvited into former girlfriend Christine Milonczyk's Cross Plains home to start a fight with Young ... During the altercation, the complaint said, he threatened to kill Young in front of a village officer."

"As part of his signature bond, McCune was ordered not to have contact with Young or Milonczyk and to stay away from both of their homes as well as dangerous weapons."

"McCune allegedly violated every one of those orders Thursday morning." ...
 

TN: Boy put in custody for handling BB gun at school in Maryville
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"A 12-year-old boy in Maryville will spend the weekend inside a juvenile detention center after he was charged with handling a BB gun at school Friday."

"The sixth grader was arrested at Everett Learning Center on Jett Road."

"According to a press release from the Blount County Sheriff's Department, two teachers saw the boy walking along the back fence line of the Everett campus with what appeared to be a rifle."

"The teachers approached the boy, and when he saw them, he dropped the weapon and ran behind an outbuilding."

"The teachers talked him out from behind the building and he was restrained until deputies arrived. The weapon, an unloaded Crossman pellet/BB gun, was retrieved." ...
 

VA: Charges dropped against teen who had unloaded rifle at school
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A Norfolk high school student no longer faces charges for having an unloaded rifle in the trunk of his car.

Charges were dropped for now, a legal term called nol prossed, against 19-year-old Corey Benton, according to 13News' partners at the Virginian Pilot, because it's not against the law to have an unloaded and secured gun on school property.

Officials at Lake Taylor High found the rifle when they searched his car. The investigation began, according to police, when security officers said Benton and another student smelled like marijuana.
 

AL: Gun, pills found at school (second story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 13-year-old Causey Middle School student and a 17-year-old Baker High School student were arrested Thursday after authorities found a gun and pills in a Causey locker, police said."

"School officials were tipped off that the 13-year-old had a pistol in school and called police, said spokesman Cpl. Marcus Young."

"The names of the students were not released because of their ages."

"Two school officials opened the student's locker and found a .25-caliber pistol with a magazine but no ammunition and four pills, Young said."

"Investigators arrested later Thursday the 17-year-old girl and accused her of having the same .25-caliber pistol on the school bus Wednesday morning, Young said." ...
 

HI: Extraordinary Heroes and Scoundrels of the 2006 Legislative Session
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There are 51 members in the House of Representatives (10 Republican and 41 Democrats) and 25 members in the Senate (20 Democrats and 5 Republican) Here are the Heroes and Scoundrels of the 2006 Legislative Session, submitted by readers." ...

"Heroes: Rep. Ken Ito, D-Kaneohe, and Sen. Sam Slom, R-Hawaii Kai, for their passionate advocacy for the Second Amendment and the right to carry concealed firearms. Both were awarded lawmaker of the year by the Hawaii Rifle Association for their efforts." ...
 

WV: Lewis postcards misleading, NRA says
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Some West Virginia members of the National Rifle Association woke up Thursday to an orange postcard in their mailboxes, the same color the pro-gun organization sends out to announce candidates it has endorsed."

"This card, however, was paid for by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Hiram Lewis' campaign, telling voters of his past 'A' rating with the national group and work he has done for NRA candidates in the past."

"The campaign mailing didn't go over well with NRA leaders in suburban Virginia."

"'It looks very similar to what we send,' said NRA spokeswoman Autumn Fogg. 'It's clearly an effort to mislead.'" ...
 

Louisiana Jindal's Gun Hurricane and Disaster Bill Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hurricane season is coming and it's time to pick up those batteries, lightbulbs and that gun."

"According to a release by Congressman Bobby Jindal, his Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006 (H.R. 5013) continues to build strong support in Congress."

"Here is the balance of the press release:"

"This bipartisan legislation will work to protect the rights of Louisiana's gun owners so that in the wake of natural disasters, citizen's firearms cannot be taken without just cause."
 

NH: Why Gov. Lynch should sign deadly-force bill (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gov. Lynch should sign Senate Bill 318 regarding the use of deadly force in self-defense."

"An editorial in the Monitor summarized deadly force as 'shoot to kill.' A letter called supporters 'shoot-'em-up lawmakers.'"

"While the use of a gun is certainly deadly force, this bill provides broader protection than that. A young girl using a softball bat to defend herself from an attacker, an elderly person using a tire iron on the side of the road or a wife using her martial-arts training could be considered deadly force."

"Deadly force is only allowed for self-defense from someone who uses unlawful force in the commission of a felony. So, I'm not sure that 'two drunks accidentally elbowing each other' is a felony. ..." ...
 

NE: City Council should pass weapons ban
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"The Lincoln City Council should heed the advice of Police Chief Tom Casady. It should approve the ordinance proposed by Mayor Coleen Seng that would ban concealed weapons in Lincoln."

"The risks that concealed weapons would bring to Lincoln outweigh the potential benefits." ...

"The most persuasive argument against concealed weapons is that the more guns are being carried around, the more risk there is. There will be more accidents. There will be bad judgment. Handguns may be used on their owners. As Casady once said, 'It's still another gun at the party that you have to worry about.'"

"Perhaps concealed weapons laws may be right for some communities."

"Fortunately, the recently passed state law allows the city of Lincoln to determine what is best for itself." ...
 

MN: NRA backs expansion of right to shoot attackers
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"Having secured the right of most Minnesotans to carry firearms in public, gun-rights advocates began moving Thursday to expand the legal freedom to shoot in self-defense."

"A bill introduced in the Legislature by Republicans and backed by the National Rifle Association would allow the use of deadly force against an attacker anywhere citizens have a legal right to be, if they reasonably believe they face imminent danger of death or substantial bodily harm."

"The legislation would codify and extend court decisions that already authorize deadly force against an intruder in one's own home. It would eliminate a legal duty to retreat as a first line of self-defense and allow the use of 'superior force' ... 'so long as the individual's objective is defense.'" ...
 

AK: Coast Guard Law Enforcement Adopts New Pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a group of law enforcement students gather for training at the Lemon Creek shooting facility, Petty Officer Joseph Baxter, a small arms instructor for Coast Guard Station Juneau, asks his assistants if the line is ready. ..." ...

"... Chief Petty Officer Brian S. Green, Supervisor of Pacific Area Armory, approaches each shooter, coaching and giving advice to perfect his or her technique."

"Green is tasked with traveling to every cutter and unit in Southeast Alaska in order to conduct training on the Sig Sauer� P229R DAKTM .40 caliber pistol, which is replacing the 9mm Berretta� as the Coast Guard's standard law enforcement pistol. ..." ...
 

NC: Jury convicts ex-police officer of illegally providing an AK-47 (second story)
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A federal jury found a former Shelby police officer guilty on several firearms violations Thursday, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District Office of North Carolina.

Prosecutors say Michael Lee Drake operated two pawn shops in Shelby and knowingly provided an AK-47 rifle and ammunition to a person under indictment. Another firearm in Drake's possession had an obliterated serial number, which also violates federal law, the release stated.

A federal jury deliberated for more than an hour before finding Drake guilty on seven counts.

Observer archives show Drake was fired from the Shelby Police Department in 1992 after he was charged with selling alcohol to a minor while working at his off-duty job as a convenience store clerk. Drake is awaiting sentencing.
 

Guyana: Missing AK-47s probe
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"Several new suspects have been identified in the theft of 30 AK-47s following lie detector tests conducted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at Camp Ayanganna on Tuesday, according to a joint services statement last night."

"Stabroek News has been reliably informed that the lie detector tests were conducted on both senior and junior ranks of the army and that some of them have failed the tests, placing them under the microscope of the investigating team."

"According to the statement, the three-person US FBI team has been working closely with the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) in its effort to recover the missing AK-47s and five pistols." ...
 

Rwanda : How the genocide was planned
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"Organisers of the 1994 Rwandan genocide used a 'civilian-defence system' to mobilize the militias that led the campaign to exterminate the Tutsi minority, a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said."

"In a report titled 'The Rwanda Genocide: How It Was Prepared,' HRW quotes previously unpublished documents which expose how the genocide was planned, months before it was launched exactly twelve years ago."

"'Genocidal violence did not just break out as a result of fear or hatred of the Tutsi minority,' the report quotes Allison De Forges, a senior advised at HRW Africa Division as saying. 'It was launched by the military, administrative and political authorities using the machinery of the state.'" [emphasis added] ...
 

NH: Go unarmed if you like, but don't disarm me
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"Re Jay Rosenfield's May 2 Monitor letter requesting that Gov. Lynch veto Senate Bill 318 and bashing the Legislature for selling out to the NRA: Mr. Rosenfield predicts chaos now that law-abiding citizens can defend themselves when being attacked with lethal force, and he is ashamed and embarrassed by the pistol-packing lawmakers in the Legislature."

"Mr. Rosenfield, you may choose to be a helpless, unarmed victim who would probably lose his life in that one-in-1,000 life-death scenario. However, as someone who grew up in New Hampshire handling guns, I would rather take charge of my destiny and the destiny of other would-be victims around me than let some criminal decide who lives and dies." ...
 

South Africa: Guns kill more people than car accidents
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"South Africa is slowly moving towards the vision of a gun-free society, yet the vision is still lost in the distant future."

"For the last few years, South Africa has been trying to come to grips with the fact that there are entirely too many guns in our society."

"Having once heard, 'guns don�t kill people, people kill people,' one cannot help but think if those guns were never there in the first place what would have happened."

"Statistics from the Gun Control Alliance, report that 'While the number of people murdered in South Africa since 1994 has actually declined, the number of people killed by guns is increasing annually, from 41% of all murders in 1994 to 49.3% in 2000'." ...
 

UK: Kitten shot by airgun thugs
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"POLICE and the RSPCA are hunting vicious thugs who shot a kitten with an air rifle."

"Willow - the six-month old family pet of Stephanie Thorpe ... - limped into their home in Aldford Drive, Atherton."

"Mrs Thorpe said: 'At first we thought she might have been hit by a car or a bike because she was limping badly.'"

"'Then when we took her to the vets we got two surprises - firstly, she was actually a he ...'"

"'Secondly, the reason he was limping was because there was an air gun pellet lodged in his leg, which showed up when he was X-rayed.'"

"'I am so angry, who would do this to a defenceless cat?'"

"RSPCA Inspector Cathy Hyde said that incidents like this were on the increase in the Leigh area." ...
 

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