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VT: Loaded arguments
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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We've heard some nonsensical argument lately concerning gun control, almost exclusively from people who feel we shouldn't have it. In the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, we've been inundated, both in Bennington and throughout the nation, with the notion that guns are a sacred right and, even more absurdly, that if the Virginia Tech students had been armed, perhaps none of this would have happened.
 

WV: Gun control: Worthwhile or not?
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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In the wake of the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech, gun rights have been a point of contention. Some think stricter gun control laws would have prevented the massacre; others believe if the laws were less strict, the deaths could have been cut down.

If anything, the fact Seung-Hui Cho had mental problems, which contributed to his eventual mass murders, should make states re-evaluate the way they treat people with mental health struggles, especially ones who, like Cho, show violent tendencies and obviously need treatment.
 

OH: Gun licenses safe choice
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Utah is the only state that specifically allows licensed gun carriers on college campuses. Until just recently, the administration of the University of Utah banned legally concealed guns, but a decision from the Utah Supreme Court forced them to comply. Other colleges in Utah, including the College of Eastern Utah, have had legal concealed carry since at least 2003. If there were serious problems with these schools, wouldn't we have heard of them by now? Opponents of campus carry don't like to talk about what happens in the real world; only what happens in their pessimistic, sociologically illiterate minds.
 

OH: N.C. prof says tragic event turned around his outlook on guns
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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A criminology professor from North Carolina last Thursday told an Ohio University audience how a personal tragedy jolted his political assumptions and persuaded him to abandon his long-held anti-gun position.
 

PA: Center City Thefts Stir Law Enforcement
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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From home security to self-defense physical training, there are a number of steps people can take to safeguard themselves and their property. According to Officer Troy Brickle of the Ninth District, the following are tips to mind and risks to avoid.

Ed. Note: Of course they never mention being prepared to defend yourself.
 

TX: Critic ignores key points of gun bill
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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She consistently concealed the key points of the legislation, instead spouting off horror stories that are irrelevant.

She fails to mention that the measure applies only to those who hold a Texas Concealed Handgun License. CHL holders in Texas face a rigorous background check, the highest fee in the nation and a criminal history requirement cleaner than that required to become a police officer. They are statistically proven to commit crimes at a rate 7.7 times less often than the general public.
 

CO: Armed for learning
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Gingrich remarked recently that students at Virginia Tech, if properly armed, could have shot it out with Cho and limited the slaughter. Given this philosophy, it would be the obligation of parents to equip their college-age children with handguns, plus provide training in how to use them during armed skirmishes in the blood-spattered halls of academia.

As if it's not enough to worry about advanced algebra, students must now worry about gunbattles raging across campus. If Gingrich were in charge, colleges would institute a new curriculum that includes intro to self-defense, freshman marksmanship and barricade building 101.
 

OH: Terror gun control
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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The Lantern believes the rights guaranteed in the constitution are created equal, and the fact that one might come in the Second Amendment makes it no more important than those in subsequent amendments. It is true that the political ideologies in the United States have latched onto certain rights to call their own. Some on the left have taken freedom of religion to mean absolutely no mention of God in public, ever, while some on the right have taken a well-regulated militia to mean an AK-47 in every home. Still, we should remember it takes a significant majority to amend the constitution, which means at one point in time the issues addressed by the amendments were not simply tools for partisan bickering.
 

MA: No talk of gun control in D.C., on campaign trail
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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Tough gun laws are not a panacea, of course. But uniform, well-enforced federal standards on the firearms trade — based on Massachusetts’ toughest-in-the-nation regulations passed in 1998 — would go a long way toward discouraging the interstate black market in guns.

Ed.: Let's tell the author we don't need them to set up straw-man fallacies--we are are perfectly capable of presenting our own *actual* arguments.
 

The case for owning a gun made top pick
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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As shootings like Columbine become more common, and the death tolls increase, such as at Virginia Tech where 32 innocent people were gunned down, WND readers are concerned about what they can do, especially in areas that are declared to be gun-free, such as Virginia Tech.

"As Van Wyk's experience illustrates, no place is totally safe – not even a church," said Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, who wrote the forward to Van Wyk's book. "The notion that declaring an area to be gun-free will keep criminals from maliciously using guns is ludicrous.
 

TX: Police Officer Shoots Teenager To Death
Submitted by: Mark A. Taff

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(May 7, 2007)--Officials say a 15-year-old boy was fatally shot by a Dallas light-rail system officer when the teen attacked another officer at a station.

Spokesman Morgan Lyons says two female Dallas Area Rapid Transit officers were patrolling the station in South Dallas early Sunday when the teen jumped from the bushes and attacked one of the officers.

Ed. Note: Gun poll on site.
 

TX: Sorry, Gov. Perry, but guns on campus flunks
Submitted by: Tom Glass
Website: http://www.juryduty.org

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"No proof exists that concealed weapons deter crime in any setting. But in a university environment, the proliferation of weapons would risk facilitating crime, and would definitely have a chilling effect on academic freedom." This law professor with economics training (from whom I have taken two classes) says he will not address the economic reasoning of John Lott. Rather, he focuses on his fears that guns on campus will intimidate professors and students from engaging in open, scholarly debate.
 

KS: 7 looting suspects arrested in storm-ravaged Kansas town
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Four soldiers and a reserve police officer were arrested Sunday on suspicion of looting cigarettes and alcohol from a store in this tornado-ravaged town, state officials said.

In a separate incident, two people wearing Red Cross jackets who were not members of the relief agency were arrested Sunday on suspicion of looting, said Sharon Watson, a spokeswoman for the adjutant general's office. She did not have any additional details.

The soldiers from Fort Riley Army base and the reserve police officer had come to assist on their own and were not part of any official detachment, said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the state's adjutant general.

"These were people who weren't supposed to be there," Bunting said.

 

STOP!!! (or I'll post another sign)
Submitted by: Anonymous

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A no weapons sign issues stern visual warnings about one of today's most pressing safety concerns--gun-related incidents. No firearms signs protect the grounds 24/7/365 with a range of heavy-duty security signs--ideal for a variety of organizational and business environments.

Illustrate a serious no-weapons policy on your premises. Don't let the threat of gun incidents or violence overrun the security of your property.

Graphic red-circle symbol understood by all. Keep firearms away.

One of the strongest security statements you can make. Signs deliver instant, impossible-to-ignore results.

Ed. Note: This funny link falls in the category of "Dammned if you do, dammned if you don't".
Another sign
 

Re: "Ban Assault Rifles"
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://GunShowOnTheNet.com/

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"...A regular poster on Keep and Bear Arms who goes by the handle "Phat Chantz" sent me a reply to one of the articles posted. The article appeared on 5/07/2007 at CourierPostOnline (New Jersey) and was by JACQUELIN AGOSTINI. Enjoy the commentary that "Phat" usually makes, so asked his permission to share it; ..."

"...The Founding Fathers wanted to assure that any man could obtain and bear the most lethal and terrible weapons of the time..."

"...Many casual readers of the Constitution and its amendments read their own biases into the interpretation..."

"...Most importantly, the Second Amendment enumerates the RIGHT (to keep and bear arms) and not the OBJECT of the right (which arms, how many arms, kept where, how)..."
 

CA: LAPD Acts Against Elite Police Squad
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police Chief William Bratton said Sunday that up to 60 members of an elite squad that swarmed into a park and fired rubber bullets during a May Day immigration rally are no longer on the street."

"Bratton said he spent the weekend viewing video of the MacArthur Park incident and he said LAPD failures were widespread with officers from the top on down culpable."

"'I'm not going to defend the indefensible,' Bratton told journalists ... 'Things were done that shouldn't have been done.'"

"Journalists were among those roughed up as Metropolitan Division's B Platoon moved through MacArthur and fired 148 rubber bullets to break up what had been a peaceful and lawful immigration rally." ...
 

We shouldn't overreact with more gun control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." These 27 words of the Second Amendment are the cause of the debate between gun control and gun rights, which has only been heightened by the recent devastation at Virginia Tech.

Ed. Note: This paper is so far out there even it's "pro-gun" op-eds are anti-gun. The author is a child, so be gentle with your corrections. :-)
 

NY: CUNY gun buy after VA. Tech
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Two days after the Virginia Tech massacre, the City University of New York bought two dozen Glock 9mm pistols to beef up security at five of its campuses, The Post has learned. CUNY purchased the semiautomatic handguns for $10,200 from Amchar Wholesale, a Rochester gun dealer, on April 18. The guns will go to Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Hostos Community College, La Guardia Community College and the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.
 

NY: Answer Va. Tech tragedy with more controls
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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The April 16 tragedy at Virginia Tech has ignited many debates throughout the political world surrounding issues such as excessive violence in video games, national mental health policies, mandatory security measures and, most prominently, gun control or our country's lack of it. The horrendous events at Virginia Tech have resurrected a need for tighter gun control laws. After Virginia Tech, a telephone survey was conducted through Rasmussen Reports. The results stated that 45 percent of American adults now say the country needs stricter gun control laws; 37 percent disagreed.
 

McCain and Thompson similar?
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer

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Unlike McCain, Thompson didn't all of a sudden find Second Amendment religion and claim he was for 'no gun control' when his pathetic record shows otherwise. Out of 33 votes in the Senate during Thompson's tenure there, he voted 'pro-gun' 19 times. While McCain earned an F- in the most recent GOA ratings, Thompson rated a solid B in the 105th Congress." ...

"So what am I saying? I'm saying that even though I don't agree with Fred Thompson on everything, he's a lot more consistent and a lot less socialist than John McCain. He is what he is, and he does what he does, and he doesn't apologize for it or flip-flop like a freshly caught fish. I like that."
 

NY: Gun buyback program only benefits criminals
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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Is Mayor Byron Brown serious? Let me get this straight. The police officers, firefighters and teachers can't get their raises, which are due them, but we have money to pay criminals -- the same ones we lock up -- to turn in guns so they can go back out on the street and buy drugs and maybe even better guns than the police have?
 

Gundamentalists: Talk to the armed law students
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Submitters Note: Based on this op-ed piece questioning media objectivity, the tiny Hook in Charlottesville, Virginia, interviewed one of the two armed students who used their personal firearms to help halt a massacre at the Appalachian School of Law in 2002. That article, "First interview: Hero in 2002 shooting dislikes gun bans" is also in this edition at www.readthehook.com/stories/2007/05/03/NEWS-LawSchoolShootStopperMikaelgross-B.rtf.aspx

Ed Note: The author of the op-ed doesn't agree with us, but he gets kudos from me for having the courage to admit a failing of the mainstream media.
 

Sheriff: Louisiana Man Who Died Trying to Hide Murders Killed 3 Wives
Submitted by: jac

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COVINGTON, La.--A 78-year-old man who died after setting a fire to hide the murders of his third wife and her brother had killed two previous wives, a sheriff says.

Everette Simpson had served a total of 20 years for the two killings.

He spent nine years in a California prison for second-degree murder of his first wife, who was hacked 16 times with a butcher knife in 1960, and 11 years in Louisiana for manslaughter of his second wife, attacked with knife and hatchet and then smothered with a pillow in 1983, authorities said.

Submitters note: 20 years in prison for two murders. This proves that evil people don't need guns to commit evil. And the only thing that works to reduce crime is to lock them up and throw away the key.
 

Samuel Adams, Boston Gazette, 27 Feb. 1769
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
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"...This was the fate of a race of Kings, bigotted to the greatest degree to the doctrines of slavery and regardless of the natural, inherent, divinely hereditary and indefeasible rights of their subjects.--At the revolution, the British constitution was again restor'd to its original principles, declared in the bill of rights; which was afterwards pass'd into a law, and stands as a bulwark to the natural rights of subjects..."

"...These he calls "auxiliary subordinate rights, which serve principally as barriers to protect and maintain inviolate the three great and primary rights of personal security, personal liberty and private property": And that of having arms for their defence..."
 

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