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SAF Fires Back at Daly's Lame Attempt to Penalize Gun Makers for City's Failures
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An offer by anti- gun San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly to cover court costs -- in response to a call by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) that he pay for the city's appeal of a court ruling striking down that city's handgun ban -- was dismissed by SAF as a 'lame attempt to deflect responsibility for a failure of leadership.'" ...

"'Not only should Daly pay for the appeal,' Gottlieb said, 'he should also sponsor legislation that would require the city -- not gun makers -- to compensate every violent crime victim in San Francisco that over-worked police can't protect, and who cannot protect themselves because the city wants to disarm them.'" ...
 

Lawsuit filed!
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"New Orleans attorney Ashton O'Dwyer filed suit Wednesday, June 14, in United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana on behalf of Mark Edward Marchiafava. The title 42 section 1983 action, resulted from the unlawful arrest and wrongful imprisonment of Marchiafava in January after he was confronted by Gonzales, La. police for openly carrying his firearm at the Tanger Outlet Mall."

"I blogged about Mark in February. I described the details of his arrest, and published one memorable quote from an Officer Billiot: 'I don't care what the laws or the Supreme Court say. WE are NOT going to have people running around, wearing guns...'" ...
 

Stabbings In New York: 'It's The Criminals, Stupid,' CCRKBA Tells Bloomberg
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Four high-profile stabbings within 24 hours in New York City prompted the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) to predict that rabidly anti-gun Mayor Michael Bloomberg will now start campaigning for knife control laws."

"The victims included two women tourists ... a Texas man who was attacked on a subway, and a local resident who was also stabbed on a subway, according to the Reuters news agency."

"'I fully expect the mayor to start ranting about 'crime knives' and how the nation needs a law to stop 'illegal blades' from being smuggled in from other states with lax cutlery laws,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'I say to Bloomberg, 'It's not guns, or knives, it’s the criminals, stupid!'" ...
 

Letter: United Nations gaining too much power
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As we have just celebrated Memorial Day and are approaching the 4th of July, our very way of life as well as parts of the U.S. Constitution are being threatened as never before."

"On July 4, 2006, 'Kofi Annan' is throwing a party at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City for almost 50 dictatorships, as well as six terrorist states, to finalize a UN treaty on a worldwide gun ban."

"Many of these countries endorse execution based on religious faith as well, so you see, not only the second amendment is being threatened."

"These countries include Cuba, North Korea, Iran, as well as many others who hate the United States as all the freedom we enjoy." ...
 

Guns Don't Kill People, Bullets Do
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association ... has philosophically argued that 'guns don't kill people, only people kill people'."

"But Oxfam, the international relief organisation based in London, raises that argument to a more realistic level: it's bullets that kill people. 'The bullet trade is out of control,' says Oxfam, and 'it is fuelling conflict and human rights abuses worldwide.'"

"Oxfam Director Barbara Stocking points out that in June 2003, during the height of the civil war in Liberia, one of the warring factions ran out of bullets and was forced to retreat."

"'But once a new shipment arrived, they attacked again, this time ferociously, killing many innocent people,' Stocking said." ...
 

Letters.....
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://gunshowonthenet.com/

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"EXCERPT from letter by Oliver Wolcott, Delegate to Congress, to Laura Wolcott dated MARCH 22, 1777:"

"The Law of Self Preservation certainly will justify Violating a Law not founded on Moral Principles but of supposed Conveniency only, but no Laws ought to Exist which are merely political when it is clearly known that they will not be observed as Laws of that Nature are supposed to be the Symtoms of the Want either of Power or Wisdom or perhaps both...." ...

"George Washington to George William Fairfax:"

"Philadelphia May 31st. 1775. Discusses matters pertaining to Fairfax's business affairs. Mentions Lexington and Concord and encloses affidavits taken after the engagement.(1) 'General Gage acknowledges that the detachment under Lieutenant Colonel Smith was sent out to destroy private property; or, in other Words, to destroy a Magazine which self preservation obliged the Inhabitants to establish. ...'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Hmmmm.....
 

SCOTUS destroys home privacy -- No Knock, No Problem (blog)
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"The new Alito Supreme Court won't disallow evidence from a no-knock raid (with a warrant). 5-4 decision in Hudson v. Michigan, with Alito on the no-knock, no-problem side." ...

 

Guns and Identity Theft
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"Massive, uncontrolled illegal immigration combined with a disappearing border and the diminishing use of the English language in the United States spells obvious doom for American sovereignty and with that the recognition of our inherent rights as citizens. Personal firearm ownership is a cornerstone of American citizenship and a highly prized right. The loss of our sovereignty would likely lead to the loss of private firearm ownership and eventually to governmental tyranny."

"A more immediate issue that has yet to be addressed is the possibility of someone stealing your identity to purchase a firearm and then committing a crime with that firearm. ..." ...
 

General Hayden, Invest in the Arms Trade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On June 26, representatives of governments and non-governmental organizations will gather in New York for the United Nations Review Conference on Small Arms. In the grand scheme of things, little worthwhile can be expected out of the two week summit: a similar kaffeeklatsch five years ago produced little more than pious promises of a 'global response'—and no discernable 'deliverables' other than the current meeting."

"The point is that even if there was a consensus for action—and there isn't, as our Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, has repeatedly reminded his colleagues, citing the strength of Americans' commitment to their Second Amendment rights—there would still be no reliable figures on which to establish any baselines from which to move." ...
 

Clearing The Mind For Trigger Time
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This person's name isn't really Tom. I just picked Tom to represent many of the men in sports, including rifle, pistol, shotgun, and other competitive disciplines. Tom surely ranks at or near the top for trying the hardest to get everything right in his shooting. And I mean everything. A computer analyst, CEO, software guru, accounting, engineer type, he is a strong, left-brain thinker."

"Tom personifies step-by-step shooting, which makes his every shot 10 times harder than it really is ..."

"If you could stand behind me, you would be amazed at what Tom is actually capable of in the sporting clays box. When I guide him past all his connect-the-dot thinking, his swing becomes fluid and graceful. ..." ...
 

AZ: Retired teacher convicted in shooting death on hiking trail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A retired Phoenix-area teacher is facing a prison sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in the 2004 shooting death of a man at a remote northern Arizona hiking trail." ...

"The prosecution argued that Fish overreacted and took a man's life when other options were available and that self defense was not justified."

"A. Melvin McDonald, one of Fish's attorneys, said the verdict would be appealed."

"McDonald said jurors were not allowed to hear evidence such as Kuenzli's history of violence and aggression, and the fact that he was armed with a screwdriver at the time of the shooting."
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Submitter's Note: So if anyone ever tells you "We don't need a 'Stand Your Ground Law'" you can just say "Harold Fish".
 

MS: Man released after shooting alleged burglar
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The man accused of shooting a fleeing 15-year-old male who apparently had tried to break into his Jackson home was released on his own recognizance Wednesday."

"Marcus Yokem had been held without bond before Municipal Judge Melvin V. Priester approved his release. Priester could not be reached for comment Wednesday night."

"The Saturday morning shooting was one of two in less than a week in which homeowners wounded suspected burglars. Neither of the suspects has been identified, and both remain hospitalized."

"In both instances, the homes previously had been burglarized in the days leading up to the shootings, according to the homeowners." ...

"Both cases will be presented to a Hinds County grand jury." ...
 

UK: We all have a responsibility to act for the common good
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"John Reid's weekend initiative to deal with antisocial behaviour was criticised so heavily, and withdrawn so quickly, that there was barely time to register what he'd proposed. Apparently the Home Office wanted to encourage people to take action against antisocial behaviour ..."

"Within hours, embarrassed Home Office spokesmen were claiming that they had never meant to encourage public interventions. ... Tony Blair's official spokesman gave a rather prim soundbite, saying: 'We have never encouraged people to be vigilantes, and never would do so.' ... We are back to the status quo, where public safety is assumed to be the responsibility of the agencies of the state, and any individual who gets involved can be described as a vigilante." [emphasis added] ...
 

Canada: More charges in gun incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two more pupils have been charged in connection with the discovery of a pistol at a London elementary school last week."

"The 13-year-old boys are slapped with the same three weapons charges another classmate, 14, is already facing in the Cleardale Public School incident that’s clearly sparked a fierce police response."

"'We are exercising a zero-tolerance policy as it relates to the possession of weapons ... at school,' Const. Amanda Pfeffer said."

"One of the 13-year-olds was caught up in the investigation last week but, at that time, police decided to simply assign him to counselling, a common response under the Youth Criminal Justice Act." ...
 

CA: SF Supervisor Says Gun Industry Should Be Liable For Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly, responding Wednesday to a gun rights group's call for him to personally finance any appeal of the recent decision to strike down San Francisco's handgun ban, announced that he would pay for the appeal -- if the gun industry agrees to civil liability for firearm violence in the city."

"The Second Amendment Foundation's Tuesday call for Daly to pay out of his own pocket to defend what it referred to in a statement as an 'outrageous measure' (Proposition H) prompted Daly to fire back with his own offer." ...
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Submitter's Note: Why stop there Chris? Why not call for the auto industry to accept civil liability for car crashes? The liquor industry to accept civil liability for drunken brawls? Oh, here's an idea, since you propose disarming your subjects, how 'bout if the police accept civil liability for crime?!?
 

NY: Gov bill hits guns
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gov. Pataki has drafted new legislation that would toughen penalties for thugs who commit violent or drug felonies with guns, the Daily News has learned."

"The Pataki measure would smack such offenders with an additional and mandatory consecutive sentence - forcing them to do far longer stretches in prison."

"'A crime committed with the aid of a firearm is a serious offense, even if the firearm is not discharged,' Pataki said."

"The legislation also would make carrying a loaded firearm a high-grade violent felony, punishable by a prison stint of 3-1/2 to 15 years." ...
 

VA: Federal suit filed against police, city -- 17 say force used in '04 to break up party violated their rights
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"Seventeen people still smarting from the pepper spray Richmond police used on them two years ago at a party are suing the city and officers who did it." ...

"The suit claims the plaintiffs' constitutional rights were violated by the use of excessive force and seeks damages to be determined at trial."

"Lawyers for the plaintiffs are Steven D. Benjamin and Betty Layne DesPortes. They have filed several lawsuits based, like this one, on claims that Richmond police and the department promote policies and customs that too often lead to the use of excessive force." ...
 

MI: Machine Gun Stolen From Unmarked Patrol Car
Submitted by: Michigan Gun Owners
Website: http://www.migunowners.org

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A machine gun was stolen from an unmarked police car Wednesday night.

Someone broke into the patrol car, which belonged to an off-duty West Bloomfield officer, and stole a 9 mm Colt machine gun, according to police. The car was parked on Woodward Avenue while the officer was at the Detroit Tigers game.

Investigators said the weapon appeared to be the only item stolen from the patrol car.

Police are trying to track down the weapon.
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KABA Note: Read Newslink Director Nicki F's comments here.
 

MA: Conte: Officer killed himself
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The shot that killed part-time Police Officer Robert D. Morrow Jr. on June 5 came from his 'police issued pistol' and was the only round fired during his apparent suicide, District Attorney John J. Conte said in a statement issued yesterday." ...

"Neighbors and friends of Officer Morrow have asked selectmen to launch an independent investigation into the shooting ... and want the FBI be called in. Some have said that Officer Morrow, who was wanted on a warrant on four charges, including assault with intent to murder relating to an alleged domestic violence incident the previous night, would not have taken his own life." ...
 

GA: Deputy says he is not guilty
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A first-year Forsyth County Sheriff's deputy who Gainesville police say pointed a weapon at two motorists in April pleaded not guilty to those charges Wednesday in court." ...

"Dublin was charged with two counts of pointing a gun at another person April 15 after a car pulled out in front of him on Dawsonville Highway ..."

"A confrontation followed in a nearby parking lot, where the off-duty deputy reportedly pointed a handgun at two people in the vehicle that had cut him off. No shots were fired."

"Dublin was suspended from the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office pending an investigation of the incident, but has since returned to work." ...
 

NY: Yonkers gun manufacturer looks to expand, buy property
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A gun manufacturer's plans to expand its headquarters in the city has stirred opposition among some residents who live near the site and say the noise and traffic stemming from the plant is inappropriate for a residential area."

"Kimber Manufacturing Inc., which makes handguns and rifles, wants to expand its facility ..." ...

"Residents who live in the neighborhood ... spoke out against the plan at a Yonkers Planning Board meeting last night ... They say they are already coping with problems at the plant even without the expansion that would impact their safety and quality of life." ...

"Neighbor Rose Scofield worried about ... the potential for break-ins. Though the facility is guarded, she says, there is not enough protection there." ...
 

VA: Gun club permit request passes (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A western Hanover County gun club moved closer to compliance with the law late last night."

"The Hanover Board of Supervisors voted 5-2 just before midnight to approve permit applications filed by the Cavalier Rifle and Pistol Club."

"The vote came after an overflow crowd of more than 300 people gathered for a public hearing by the board, which heard comments for three hours until nearly 11 p.m."

"Cavalier was cited last year for alleged zoning violations after neighbors' complaints about noise and increased activity prompted an inspection of its 436-acre facility near the Louisa County line. In August, Cavalier filed for new permits that would make its current facilities legal." ...
 

MT: Real agenda exposed (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We now know, from their own words, exactly what the anti-gun crowd's aim is. It is to be able to execute with impunity anyone with whom they disagree. This case is not a matter of physical self-defense; it is a matter of intellectual disagreement ..."

"That is the upshot of a comment by New York State comptroller Alan G. Hevesi regarding the thoughts and wishes of the esteemed and 'honorable' Charles Schumer. The most 'diplomatic' way he could describe Schumer’s ambition was that Chuck wanted to put a bullet between the eyes of President Bush 'if he could get away with it.'"

"Now how else could Schumer 'get away with it' unless he and his kind were the only ones with guns? ..." ...
 

NY: When a toy turns criminal
Submitted by: NYSRPA
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"They're toys, barely capable of hurting a flea. But they look just like 9mm handguns. And they're legal."

"Cheektowaga police and an anti-violence group in Buffalo are teaming up to get some of these plastic guns - complete with orange tips - off the streets and maybe out of the stalls of a Walden Avenue flea market."

" The toy handguns are legal under the state's General Business Law, as long as they come with the orange tip, to differentiate them from the real thing." ...
 

GA: Rifle Team Members Place at USA Shooting National Championships
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"Wolf Pack rifle team members Meghann Morrill (Verdi, Nev.) and Sarah Smith (Gardnerville, Nev.) took ninth and 24th, respectively, in the 10m air rifle competition Wednesday at the 2006 USA Shooting National Championships. The event is being held June 11-18 at Fort Benning's International Shooting Complex in Columbus, Ga."

"Morrill, who will enter her junior year at Nevada this fall, shot a 391 to finish in ninth place. Morrill earned All-America honors and helped the Wolf Pack to fourth-place finish in air rifle at the 2006 NCAA Championships. Smith, who will be a sophomore this fall, shot a 385 to finish in 24th place. Smith led Nevada at the 2006 NCAA Championships, finishing seventh while shooting a 588." ...
 

GA: Kunzelman Earns a Spot on U.S. World Junior Team
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"Rising sophomore Lisa Kunzelman earned one of two available spots to compete at the World Junior Championships after garnering a second-place finish at the U.S. Shooting National Championships held this week at Fort Benning, Ga. Kunzelman, a native of Constantia, N.Y., fired a 390 in the 40-shot air rifle competition, and coupled with a second-place finish at the Junior Olympics, she gained one of the coveted spots. The World Junior Championships will be held in Croatia in late July. Two other Mids, rising sophomore Alex Karacsonyi and rising senior Sarah Bergman, are also competing in this week's event." ...
 

UK: Amnesty machete attackers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"FOUR thugs held a driver at knife point and demanded he hand over his car - just two weeks into a national knife amnesty."

"The group of four men, all white, signalled to the man to wind his window down before pushing a knife through it, shouting at him to get out and driving off."

"The 31-year-old Ilkeston man was stationary on Milnhay Road in Langley Mill when he was targeted in the early hours of last Sunday morning. Police found his green Vauxhall Vectra later the same day with a machete in the front footwell. People were seen running away from the car as officers approached it on Abercam Close in Bulwell at 11.35pm." ...
 

New Zealand: Shooting for trans-Tasman supremacy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When she is not co-ordinating conferences for Masssey University, Diane Crow is likely to be sporting a high-powered, large-calibre rifle."

"On Saturday Mrs Crow, along with former Massey student Kim Sharpe, also from Palmerston North, will fly to Brisbane with six other members of the New Zealand Ladies’ Fullbore Rifle Team to defend the trans-Tasman shooting title, the Collinson Shield."

"The teams event is part of a two-week tournament that occurs every 18 months, with the best women shooters from Australia and New Zealand competing also for individual titles. It is the fourth of the tournaments in which Mrs Crow has represented New Zealand." ...
 

UK: Knife amnesty doesn't stop stall's sales
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THESE shocking pictures show a range of horrific-looking weapons, from daggers and samurai swords to air pistols." ...

"These weapons were photographed on sale in a Welsh market - despite the ongoing amnesty and fears that knife crime is spiralling out of control."

"The market stall at Splott Market in Cardiff is selling Samurai swords, knives, daggers and air pistols. Market managers say they are holding a special meeting on Monday to discuss the future of the stall."

"The stall owners have defended their right to sell the knives and guns and say they are not doing anything illegal."

"Police are powerless to act because the market stall is not breaking the law." ...
 

Canada: Firearms Amnesty Half Over
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today marks the half way point of the firearms amnesty underway in the province of B.C. "

"Province wide, the RCMP are hailing the amnesty as a big success saying they have collected nearly 300 firearms including:"

"43 handguns and 10 prohibited firearms. Nine semi-automatic rifles were also turned into the RCMP, as were 6,713 rounds of ammunition."

"Some of the more unusual items handed in include a 1942 German Luger, two tiny .22 calibre pistols and 1.5 pounds of gunpowder."

"In Prince George, the numbers form a small fraction of the provincial picture."

"Police in P.G..have received two calls to pick up a total of three firearms." ...
 

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