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Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Regarding firearms coverage, the case for actual malice and reckless disregard of the truth by the Times is much stronger."

"In an Oct. 21, 2001, article observing that many people were thinking about gun policy in light of the 9/11 attacks, Butterfield concluded the piece: 'Meanwhile, in Seattle, a sniper killed a federal prosecutor, Thomas C. Wales. The motive was not immediately clear, but investigators took note that Wales made many enemies as a strong gun-control advocate.' Presumably, there were people who didn't like Wales because of gun-policy disagreements, but those people had won overwhelmingly at the ballot box, defeating a 1997 initiative that Wales had promoted. Sometimes federal prosecutors make mortal enemies by prosecuting real criminals."

"It says a great deal about Butterfield's prejudices that he shoehorned the news about the murder of a federal prosecutor into a story about gun policy, and that Butterfield used an anonymous quote to insinuate that Second Amendment activists were the prime suspects."
 

TX: A firm foundation: Junior cadets learn respect and build character
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"The [Junior ROTC] program uses military concepts to teach leadership, organization and citizenship with what district officials call a character-building curriculum." ...

"The curriculum is taught using a military style that requires greater discipline than the average middle-school class."

"Students learn drilling, fitness and units of U.S. history, government and the armed forces in an environment of obedience and respect, especially toward the instructor."
 

NY: Straight shooter wants permit for dad
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Adam just has the American dream when he works at Assary grocery store on St. Nicholas Avenue and 127th Street."

"That's why he went to Police Headquarters last week to get a gun-permit application for his father, an American citizen trying to make an honest buck."

"He was given a nine-page application that takes about six months to a year to process. But deep in his heart - even if his dad goes through with it and pays the $329 application fee - Adam doesn't believe the NYPD will give his father permission to have a gun."
 

NY: Gun Grabs Put Freeze On Crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The NYPD's double-barrel 'Cash for Guns' and 'Operation Gun-Stop,' which were devised to get illegal weapons off the street, are getting what they aimed for - a critical drop in shootings citywide."

"Since the beginning of this year, there have been 565 shooting-related crimes, compared to 625 shootings for the same period last year - down by nearly 10 percent."

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Right. It couldn't have anything to do with at least 4 bad guys being shot by armed citizens, could it?
 

MD: Pitting Gospel Against 12-Gauge In Hyattsville
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The Mossberg Model 500 shotgun, which retails for north of $300, has proved to be quite a draw for the Catholic Sportsmen's Organization. Each year on the Saturday before Father's Day, members of St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Hyattsville join with others from around town for lunch, fellowship, shooting contests and a gun raffle."

"The idea is to raise money for kids in Hyattsville who need good sports activities to keep them off the streets and out of gangs."

"The raffle has drawn bigger crowds and collected more money -- $30,000 in three years -- than your average church fundraiser." ...

"But some Catholics in Hyattsville believe that guns and God do not belong in the same building, nor in the same collection basket."
 

UK: A Tax on Fatty Foods?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"Hamburgers, soft drinks and cakes could be hit with a "fat-tax" in a bid to combat Britain's growing levels of obesity, doctors said Monday."

"The British Medical Association is proposing a 17.5 percent VAT on high-fat foods like biscuits and processed meats to solve obesity-related problems, which cost the NHS roughly 500 million pounds ($825 million) a year."

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The inevitable result of nationalized health care. See "Lipidleggin" by F. Paul Wilson for more.
 

NY: Woman Kills Man with Her High-Heeled Shoe
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"Rhinehart was charged with manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. 'It was her shoe,' Det. Chew said."

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The woman also sat on her boyfriend's chest while she beat him. Given her 220 lb girth and the fact that the man also died of chest compression, is her weight considered a lethal weapon as well?
 

MT: Responsible gun safety is no accident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Bret Chaussee died the kind of death that's practically unheard of in America. The Philipsburg man was shot to death at a gun club." ...

"John Hefty of Whitefish jacked a shell into a borrowed 12-gauge shotgun, and the gun fired. The blast caught Chaussee at close range, high in the back and side. Witnesses later testified that there'd been a bit of drinking going on; Hefty's blood-alcohol level registered 0.098 when he was tested two hours later - too high to legally drive a car." ...

"The No. 1 rule of firearm safety, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is 'Always Keep the Muzzle Pointed in a Safe Direction.' You simply can't kill or wound anyone if you follow that rule." ...
 

CA: Maker of .50-Caliber Rifle Warns Legislators Are 'Nibbling' Away Gun Rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdec.com

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"The rights of California gun owners came under attack last week when the state Assembly and Los Angeles City Council adopted measures imposing new restrictions on the .50-caliber rifle."

"Gun enthusiasts immediately warned that the actions threatened their Second Amendment rights and would accomplish nothing in the way of reducing crime or saving lives."

"The Assembly bill classifies .50-caliber rifles as assault weapons." ...
 

IL: House OKs gun control bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdec.com

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"The Illinois House on Wednesday passed its first gun-control measure of the session, requiring nonlicensed dealers of firearms at Illinois gun shows to conduct criminal background checks on buyers." ...

"The gun-show bill passed 60-51. It would require nonlicensed dealers to call the Illinois State Police, who will then run a criminal background check on the potential buyer."

"Each background check will cost the nonlicensed dealer $2."
 

UK: Police name grandfather shot in head
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Joseph Montague, 64, was killed at the wheel of his Ford Focus as he parked outside his terraced house in Coventry."

"A post mortem examination revealed that Mr. Montague, a married grandfather, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head."
 

India: CRPF man shot dead after he kills two superiors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A CRPF constable gunned down two of his superiors before being shot dead on Sunday night, CRPF sources said on Monday."

"The constable, stated to be in an inebriated state, went to the barrack of a company Havaldar Major on and shot him dead. He had earlier in the day allegedly misbehaved with the Havaldar, the sources said."

"The constable then went to a second barrack and shot and injured another Haldar Major, who died on way to hospital."

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Another one for the "law enforcement and military should have firearms" file.
 

MS: Officer Shot; Saved by Bulletproof Vest
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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" '(Russell) has an extensive history with the Jackson Police Department,' said Assistant Chief Daryl Smith. 'He also admitted to being released from prison for a three-year term for strong armed robbery.' "

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Consider this: the criminal was a violent felon, prohibited from obtaining a firearm. Yet, somehow he managed to get it and shoot the officer with it. How will more stringent gun control stop him? It won't. The officer was able to defend himself with his firearm, the average citizen MUST be able to do the same.
 

CA: Mexican Druglords Grow Pot in Calif. Parks
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"Their activity has caused a number of problems with innocent passers-by who didn't know they were stumbling upon secret stashes. A number of hikers have been shot by the drug dealers, and the dealers have even traded gunfire with park rangers."

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And thanks to CA disarming people they cannot shoot back.
 

MD: Hampden's haven of hon is hardly a 'nexus of crime'
Submitted by: Orange Fuzzy

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" 'I run over to see what the officer needs and try to be accommodating and ... he demands my employee names, addresses and Social Security numbers 'NOW,' she wrote to O'Malley. 'Well, I have all that upstairs, and it would take some time to unlock the office, locate the files, turn on the photocopier, etc. He has now gone out to his car to write me up for non-compliance or failure to cooperate.' "
 

UK: Anger over gun protest concert
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" 'The organiser of an anti-gun crime concert held in Birmingham over the weekend said it was 'disgraceful' that the event had to be funded by a musician from Manchester."
 

Insidious Cancer Part 5
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... "They 'create a crisis,' or take advantage of a real one, then 'whip us into a frenzy' over it until we demand a 'solution.' Then they offer a solution that involves more and more control over our actions and usually does nothing to 'solve the crisis,' which is still around to use later to get more laws made that are against our interests."
 

Some of Us DO Care: A Response to Ann Coulter
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"And it's not just Iraq either. The pro-gun crowd (solidly behind Bush during the last election) find themselves now scratching their heads over the pending renewal of the semi-auto ban. And since when did the 'liberation' of a nation include forcibly removing the people's own means of personal defense? Can Americans look forward to such a 'liberation' in their own country soon?"
 

Tiny IDs can track almost anything
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips now in mass production are affixed to postage-stamp-size labels. Merchandisers, led by Wal-Mart, will soon use them to track goods inside the store. Shelf antennae will alert staff to restock products, or turn on surveillance cameras if shoplifting is suspected." ...

"The global infrastructure that MIT envisions is an Internet tool 'that will make it possible for computers to identify any object anywhere in the world instantly. This network will not just provide the means to feed reliable, accurate, real-time information into existing business applications; it will usher in a whole new era of innovation and opportunity.' "

"And that is what worries some privacy advocates, who fear the Big Brother technology attached to clothing will follow customers out of the store and be used to track people through the items they purchase."
 

Homeland Security Unveils Cybersecurity Agency
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"The Department of Homeland Security on Friday unveiled the long-anticipated formation of its National Cyber Security Division, which will work under the department's Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate."

"No decision has been made as to who will head the new agency, says a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security." ...

"Pescatore says the top priority for the still-to-be-named director of the new agency isn't to stop cyberterror attacks over the Internet. 'The government's priority needs to be how the DHS secures its own collaboration, how the different agencies can securely bring their systems together so they can share information,' ..."

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In other words, its first priority is to spy on you more efficiently.
 

NY: Clerk Fires Back - Bodega thug-killer in fear of reprisals
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A bodega clerk charged in the shooting of an armed robber said he was forced to make the fatal split-second decision "to preserve my life." ...

"Acosta was charged with shooting the suspected stickup man with an unregistered .22-caliber handgun."

"He says he now lives in fear of jail, deportation and retaliation by the slain man's family and friends."

"For the past two weeks, the retired Dominican Republic cop has holed himself up at his son's Westchester County home. He can't return to work because the slain 19-year-old Washington lived just two blocks away from the store."
 

WA: $75M Claim Filed in Wash. Police Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Relatives of the wife of the former police chief, who killed her and himself in a parking lot shooting, filed a $75 million claim Monday alleging that city officials had ignored danger signs about the man."

"Police Chief David Brame shot his estranged wife, Crystal, and himself on April 26 in suburban Gig Harbor."

"Since the killing, the Washington State Patrol has been investigating his career, including a date rape allegation against him in the late 1980s and his performance on a psychological test in the early 1980s that found him unfit for duty."
 

AK: Big Lake pastor releases statement after shooting that left 2 would-be burglars dead
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Alternate headline
Gun in Church Saves Lives

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"The pastor shot Chris Palmer and Frank Jones in the pre-dawn darkness of April 24 as they rushed toward him on the chapel's stairway - even after he shouted at them to stop, according to a public statement [by] Mielke's attorneys."

"The statement, by Anchorage attorney Jerry Wade, emphasizes that the shooting was justified and provides several details that had remained a mystery."
 

OH: Anti-CCW academic John J. Donohue III exposed in lie
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"In the final days before anticipated Senate votes on HB12, the Columbus Dispatch has printed a response to Dr. John Lott's April 24 op-ed. In doing so, Dispatch editors signaled they're ready to do their best to aid anti-self-defense activists in a last ditch effort to defeat HB12."

"Following the publishing of the letter, it has been confirmed by Ohioans For Concealed Carry that at least one statement made by the author of this letter is a blatant lie."

"The offender? John J. Donohue III."
 

LA: 2 Officers Booked In French Quarter Tourist Attack
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"The assistant police chief of the Sorrento Police Department, a sheriff's deputy and a man who apparently once worked for Baton Rouge police face charges in a weekend assault on a tourist visiting New Orleans' French Quarter." ...

"The tourist was attacked after he identified himself as Australian and said he did not know what the three men were talking about, Defillo said. The tourist suffered black eyes and a broken nose."

 

IL: Local librarians, residents worry about effect of Patriot Act
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Naperville library patron recently asked Kay Rinella a question. What happens to the signup sheet computer users have to fill out?"

" 'I was glad to tell him we shred them,' the library's adult services supervisor said."

"Librarians and booksellers around the country believe anxiety about records is a widespread phenomenon, one due to a law passed after Sept. 11 called the USA Patriot Act."
 

Australia: Terrorism: Governments fuel fear
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"At the start of a new century, the world has entered a new and frightening 'age of terror', the world's ruling elite tells us. The attack on Manhattan's Twin Towers supposedly 'changed everything'."

"There is a 'real and present danger posed to Australians by unscrupulous fanatics in our very midst who exploit our liberal values and our respect for civil liberties by plotting murder and mayhem against us', the June 2 editorial in the Murdoch-owned Australian claimed."
 

IL: Tollway cheaters could find their cars towed
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"Now, tollway officials are awaiting broad new powers to tow or immobilize cars of toll violators as they begin to comb through two years of backlogged photos of cars speeding past booths in a renewed effort to crack down on such cheating."

"The new power was wrapped in a package of tollway reforms approved by lawmakers, and it now awaits Gov. Rod Blagojevich's signature. The proposal also gives the state new oversight of the tollway's funding and creates an inspector general position to root out mismanagement and corruption within the agency."

"But critics contend 20 years of tollway scandals means the authority will likely mess up again and innocent motorists will watch their cars being towed away."
 

Liberation VS Occupation
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"And how do we liberate a country and disarm them at the same time? In my opinion there is no freedom in a country that has no right to bear arms. At the same time the U.S. government can not afford to allow the Shiites to arm themselves. We now have all of the makings for a powder keg to explode in our faces. It makes me wonder what will be the cost of 'liberating' the Iraqi people?"

"And will the lessons they have learned in disarming civilian populations one day be carried home?"
 

South Africa: Bid to control KZN gun licenses
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"The police commissioner for the massive Umfolozi policing area in northern KwaZulu-Natal has designated six out the 22 stations under his jurisdiction to control firearm licence applications."

"Captain Musa Khaba said that Assistant Commissioner BO Maseko, whose area runs from the Tugela to the Mozambique border, had designated the police stations at Richards Bay, Empangeni, Kwamsane, Sundumbili, Umbombo and Emanguzi to act as firearms registration control centres."
 

Justice for Gun Victims Statement on Sniper Gun Store Link to 1999 Jewish Community Center Shootings
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"What are the odds that a single gun store would be linked to two of the most high-profile mass shootings in recent memory? These revelations show the folly of attempts by some in Congress to immunize an entire industry from accountability."

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They fail to mention that Furrow's gun was apparently a perfectly legal sale, where the shop followed the letter of the law.
 

Tibet: Heavy sentences for Tibetan gun runners
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Four Tibetans convicted of arms trafficking in a court in China's western Qinghai province have been given long prison terms and suspended death sentences.

The convictions came after the four were arrested on a bus in June last year with 52 handguns and 97 bullets hidden in boxes of fruit.

They have been given sentences ranging from the death penalty with two years reprieve, to life imprisonment and 11 years in prison.

A death sentence with two year's reprieve in China is normally commuted to life in prison.
 

WI: Glendale couple want to run gun shop from home
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"The North Shore's only gun store has closed its commercial operation on Port Washington Road, but its owners are asking the Glendale Common Council for permission to operate an Internet gun sales operation out of their home."

"The request is likely to meet stiff resistance from the council." ...
 

SD: Discharging firearm illegal inside city limits
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"The city's firearms ordinance basically states that no person can discharge or shoot any gun within the corporate limits of the city, on any city-owned public ground or park outside of city limits, or within one mile of the corporate limits."

"Exceptions are shooting at a range, police officers acting in the line of duty and property owners within one-mile of city limits discharging shotguns on their property during pheasant season."
 

Libertarians aim to take over a 'Free State'
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"More specifically, the Free Staters want to see taxes slashed and government scaled back to the bone. Schools would be privatized. Drugs would be legalized. Gun control would be abolished. Federal aid would be spurned."
 

The Government Press - Why Not Separation Of Press And State?
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"Media bias has long been a thorn in the side of Republicans such that enabling a greater concentration of ownership to fewer interests seems to empower its opponents all the more. Yet in both cases, these seeming dichotomies do work in one ominous direction: an increasing control over the American people." ...
 

AL: ICE cooling area's violent crime rate
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"President Bush has declared gun crime reduction the top domestic criminal justice initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime through coordination of state and federal efforts. In order to implement PSN, U.S. attorneys, in collaboration with law enforcement and community leaders, have each devised a unique strategic plan to address the gun crime problems peculiar to their districts." ...

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Never mind that PSN is a violation of the 10th Amendment. Never mind that it makes "gun crime" more heinous than other crime. The feds will push it, because it will give them more power.
 

Canada: Federal gun registry doesn't make sense, but ignoring it does
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"Why hasn't Ottawa just killed the joke known as the federal gun registry? It has already cost taxpayers $1 billion, and it's doing little, if anything to enhance public safety." ...

"Whatever the reason, if Ottawa won't officially put this misbegotten monster out of its misery, the provinces should unofficially do so."
 

Ballistic "Fingerprinting" - both unworkable and unneeded
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"Gun-prohibitionists have latched onto 'ballistic fingerprinting' and have used tragedies and horrific crimes to promote it, but they have failed to show that ballistic 'fingerprinting' would be anything more than an expensive firearm registration scheme."
 

Stun gun plan on planes wins support
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"Stun guns could be used on planes as a deterrent against terrorist attacks, the Transportation Security Administration said Monday."

"Spokesman Robert Johnson said an agency report to Congress concludes 'commercial aviation security can be enhanced through the deployment of less than lethal electrical shock.' "
 

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