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If You Like Canada, You’ll Love Howard Dean
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A few years ago Dean was the governor of Vermont, a tiny state with more than its share of leftwing ideologues: Patrick Lahey and Jim Jeffords in the U.S. Senate and a self-proclaimed Socialist named Bernie Sanders in the House of Representatives. Dean was right in line with the Vermont tradition of his colleagues, taking ultraliberal positions on abortion, homosexual special rights, health care, Social Security, Medicare and, of course, the taxes to pay for it all."
 

Protect the Second!
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"YOU must realize that the anti’s desire to take YOUR firearm from you, any firearm you own, for whatever reason. Oh, they may say they don’t want your hunting rifle but what is a hunting rifle today is a 'sniper weapon' of tomorrow. A duck gun today is a 'weapon of mass destruction' tomorrow. And remember, you don’t have a legitimate 'need' for a .50 BMG rifle. And you don’t 'need' ANYTHING that is semi-auto."
 

TX: Security guard rejects plea offer
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"A Dallas security guard on trial for fatally shooting an unarmed teenager suspected of shoplifting rejected a plea bargain Monday that defense attorneys say was inspired by the monetary interests of the victim's mother."

"Minutes before the murder trial began, attorneys for Bennie Pointer, 50, declined the offer to plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter and take a 10-year prison sentence."
 

Australia: Man gang-raped, tortured for his bank PIN
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"A 19-year-old New Zealand man traveling in Australia on a backpacking trip was raped and tortured over the weekend by a gang of men trying to get his personal bank PIN number, reports Down Under." ...

"Hanbidge said telling the attackers his PIN probably saved the New Zealander's life."

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So would defending himself with a firearm, but he has no such right in Australia.
 

TX: Murder Trial Begins in 'Windshield' Death
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"A former nurse's aide pleaded guilty to a lesser count Monday before she went on trial on a murder charge, accused of hitting a man with her car and leaving him stuck in the windshield and dying."

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Strange how anti-gunners aren't pushing for a lawsuit holding car manufacturers responsible for criminal use of their product.
 

MD: Annapolis council plan gets serious on toy guns
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"Annapolis Alderman David Cordle, chief investigator with the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office and chairman of the city council's public safety committee, said he would oppose an all-out ban on toy guns in the state capital."

" 'I just don't think legislating a ban on toy guns will do anything,' Cordle said."
 

NC: Grandmothers Of Victims Support N.C. Domestic Violence Bill
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"The grandmothers of a 2-year-old boy killed last summer when his mother stumbled into a domestic violence situation are lobbying legislators for a bill that would take guns away from family abusers." ...

"The National Rifle Association has not fought the bill and even helped rewrite a few sections. Another pro-gun group, Grass Roots North Carolina, has criticized the bill, saying it would force judges to confiscate firearms from people before they are actually convicted of a crime."
 

TN: Police, fire departments request free cars from Homeland Security
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"Police and fire departments across Monroe County may soon be getting free vehicles thanks to a plan by Tennessee's Department of Homeland Security."

"Homeland Security is trying to make it possible for every officer in the state to have a vehicle to drive home and keep full time. These vehicles will be paid for by business sponsors who will be given advertising space on the cars." ...
 

NH: Libertarians Checking Out N.H.
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"The group is looking for a small state that tends toward fiscal conservatism and social liberalism. When the group finds it, its members will run for state offices on a traditional Libertarian platform: no gun-control laws, elimination of taxes and reduction in government spending."

"New Hampshire and Wyoming are the strongest contenders among 10 states being checked out."
 

OH: Weak-willed Governor waffles on concealed-carry legislation
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"I hope there will be no compromise and concealed carry will die. If it doesn't, more Ohioans will.

Joe Hallett is senior editor at The Dispatch.

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Email this hysterical crank at jhallett@dispatch.com

Apparently he forgets that there's no concealed carry in Ohio right now, but criminals appear to be shooting cops anyway. His histrionics only show him to be a paranoid miscreant with no respect for the Constitution.
 

MA: Police officer fired for smoking tobacco
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"A police officer who was fired for violating an obscure state law banning smoking among public safety workers plans to fight his dismissal, which was based on an anonymous letter."

"Wayne Jeffrey, a seven-year veteran of the Fall River force, was fired May 29 after an internal investigation, prompted by an unsigned letter that claimed he smoked tobacco at a party."
 

MO: Efforts to keep 'average Joe' home are working
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"[Kayne Robinson's] talk focused on two subjects that affect today's hunters and shooters - NRA members or not: lawsuit abuse and the strangulation of hunting."

"He began by citing Clinton Administration efforts to 'ban guns by bankrupting gun manufacturers with lawsuits, using the tobacco and asbestos models.' "
 

NY: Police firing fewer shots, have higher accuracy rate
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"Statistics released by the police department show that officers are shooting less and finding their targets more."

"Police had a 29 percent accuracy rate of 386 shots which hit their marks 113 times in 2002. The rate improved on the previous year when police had a 26 percent accuracy rate..."
 

NY: Stop Tide of Illegal Guns
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"Gun dealers have to know they will be held accountable when they abet criminals. But here's the thing: Even though the Justice Department says it increased prosecutions of gun dealers by 43 percent since 1999, only 578 prosecutions were brought last year - out of an estimated 150,000 violations, according to Americans for Gun Safety. That left 99.6 percent of illegal purchases unaddressed. You almost can't blame the gun dealers for playing those odds."

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Research by Chuckie Schumer's office shows that a tiny percentage of gun dealers (one tenth of one percent of all federally licensed gun dealers) is responsible for these illegal sales. It's entirely logical to assume that the 150,000 violations were being carried out by the same small bunch of dealers, and ergo, it's possible that the 578 prosecutions punished the majority of the "bad apples."
 

UK: Yard apologises to Queen over 'appalling' security breach
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Keystone Bobbies" strike again

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"Scotland Yard Commissioner Stevens apologised to the Royal Family for the 'appalling' breach of security which allowed intruder Aaron Barschak to gain access to Prince William's 21st birthday party." ...

"Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner David Veness said: 'He was challenged by a contractor and escorted to a police point. He gave what appeared to be a credible story and was allowed into the area of the castle where the party was taking place.' "
 

IL: Court Rejects More Of Gov. Ryan's Anti-Gun Sentencing Law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Illinois Supreme Court today threw out charges against eleven people being prosecuted under a law imposing stricter sentences on criminals who use guns."

"This is the latest in a series of defeats for the '15-20-Life' law proposed by former Governor George Ryan."

"It required an extra 15 years in prison for criminals who carry guns, 20 years for firing a gun and 25-to-life for shooting someone."

"But the Supreme Court says major sections of the law are unconstitutional because it does not apply across the board. A criminal could end up doing more time for less serious crimes."
 

OH: If carrying guns were legal ....
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Judge Michael P. Kelbley's ruling was the second since 2002 from a county court in Ohio declaring the conceal-carry law unconstitutional."

"The first, out of Hamilton County, was appealed and is now with the Ohio Supreme Court. Ohio's legislature is also working on concealed-carry legislation in the form of House Bill 12."

"Tiffin Police Chief Dave LaGrange said he doesn't have strong feelings on the mater either way, but those who take the time to get a permit 'are not the ones we have to worry about.' "
 

UK: Gun man sparks armed police swoop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Armed police sealed off a busy Norwich road after a motorist reported seeing a man waving what appeared to be an AK47 rifle."

"Police were scrambled to Boundary Road in Mile Cross yesterday when the man — aged in his 20s and wearing a baseball cap — was seen aiming the gun down the side of a house opposite the B&Q store."

"Up to 15 armed officers rushed to the house at 7pm and stopped two men, but neither of them was found to have a weapon."

"A search of the house found seven, eight millimetre BB guns, including six handguns, one imitation AK47 and a Heckler and Koch."
 

Bellicose Women Update (Blog)
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"I've mentioned many times that there's a culture change underway regarding women and firearms. Here's more evidence. The rather frothy friend-bio of pop star Jewel, Revealing Jewel: An Intimate Portrait from Family and Friends, contains this bit:"

"Q: What are your guilty pleasures?"

"A: I love lingerie and jewelry. And I don't know if I should say this, but I like firearms. Ty just gave me a lever action Winchester 30-30. It's pretty much a vintage gun -- the gun that won the West. They made a limited series of 500 with Ty, to honor his breaking the record with seven all-around titles. It's beautiful. I have number two."
 

Losing Liberty
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"We've done a philosophical flip-flop on civil liberties. The Bill of Rights, conceived to protect the individual from the powers of the government, is being steadily eroded in a hapless attempt to craft a more perfect society."

"The space the Constitution carved out where a citizen would be safe from state intrusion has been whittled perilously thin, and the justification needed for invading that space grown increasingly flimsy."

"We've always had to wrestle with the government to keep it from stealing our civil rights covers. But two wars -- one on drugs, the other on terrorism -- have tipped the balance so much in the state's favor that we risk losing our birthright."
 

UK: No End To War on Gun Gangs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The battle to stem the gun warfare between drugs gangs in West Yorkshire is to become a permanent specialist operation."

"A surge in murders and shootings prompted between Jamaican Yardies and home-grown gangs led West Yorkshire police to launch Operation Stirrup in 2001." ...

"Twelve people were killed and 40 were injured on the streets of West Yorkshire after the turf war exploded in 2000." ...

"Today Mr. Johnston warned that the gangland problems were still simmering beneath the surface and will return unless detectives maintain their hardline approach."

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Gun control doesn't seem to be stemming crime.
 

MA: North Adams man shot with BB gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A local man was wounded in the shoulder and back when someone shot him with a BB gun Friday, but police said he won't tell them who did it."

"Police found out about the shooting Friday, when an employee of North Adams Regional Hospital called to say that Christopher Beaumont was being treated for gunshot wounds. Hospitals are required to inform police of all injuries caused by shootings or stabbings." [emphasis added]
 

NJ: Nominally Reliable Ally: NRA
Submitted by: Jack Parsons

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"A local chapter of the National Rifle Association I belong to made it clear that they didn't want to get their hands dirty fighting the media monopoly in New Jersey. Instead, they hired a 'professional lobbyist' and paid her a six-figure salary. That was several years ago when a six-figure salary wasn't that easy to come by. At an annual meeting of the chapter, I asked her what her media strategy was, considering that the media has always been the leading proponent for gun control. Her response? 'Hrmmph!' "
 

Canada: U.S. marshals fly with guns in Canada
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gun-toting U.S. air marshals are flying into Canadian airports after the federal cabinet passed a top-secret order last month exempting them from undisclosed provisions of the Firearms Act." ...

"The matter is so sensitive that a records administrator with the Privy Council Office was concerned she might have broken the law simply by telling a reporter that information about the cabinet order was not authorized. Officials with Transport Canada and the Canadian Firearms Centre also refused to comment, declining even to name the U.S airlines flying into Canadian airports."
 

AZ: Strapped Arizona seeks respite from initiatives
Submitted by: David Morris

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"Arizona voters will be asked in November 2004 to give up some of their political power to prevent citizens initiatives from draining millions from the state's General Fund."

"A resolution to require future spending initiatives to identify their own sources of money survived a session that laid waste to all other attempts to free legislators from the shackles of voter mandates."

"Currently, the state is obligated to pay for voter-approved initiatives no matter how expensive they may be."
 

MI: Commission may prohibit firing of paintball guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The city is ready to declare a cease-fire to the paintball wars on at least some of the former state hospital grounds by banning the discharge of the guns throughout the city."

"Rules to prohibit the firing of paintball guns, BB guns and similar compressed-air devices within the city limits are being reviewed by the city commission. The action is aimed at ending the paintball activity around the Grand Traverse Commons campus, where complaints about the war games are escalating."
 

States, cities go own way in terror fight
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Across America, states are fighting the war on terror by their own rules, creating a new landscape where the adversary -- and the acts that draw intelligence gathering by law enforcement -- can shift on a city or state line."

"So far, the debate over the nation's approach to terrorism has centered on the federal government -- what the Pentagon and U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft are doing."

"But largely unnoticed, cities and states also are assuming new powers to collect intelligence and pursue terrorists, sometimes shadowing officials in Washington, but often adopting notions of terrorism that are more ambitious."

"As a result, a curious, uneven battlefield is emerging, one where cities and states are defining their security on diverse terms, often more broadly than their neighbors and the nation."
 

NY: Local Patriot Act opponents urge restrictions
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Monroe County employees, from librarians to police officers, would have to report when they were asked to comply with the USA Patriot Act, under a rule proposed by two county legislators who oppose the act."
 

CO: Maria's bookshop leads Freedom to Read drive
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Peter Schertz sells books, not political views. But when the Patriot Act became law, he knew it was time to speak up – for his customers, for himself and for his business."

"Schertz, who owns Maria’s Bookshop with his wife, Andrea Avantaggio, is leading a local petition drive urging congressional representatives to support the Freedom to Read Protection Act."

"The bill, introduced March 6 by Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., seeks to overturn powers granted to federal investigators by Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Under that provision, terrorism investigators can obtain customer-purchase and library-usage records, and monitor Internet traffic at public computer terminals without notification or a court order. A similar bill has been introduced in the Senate."
 

CA: Events in Northern California
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Event of interest to area residents:

6 p.m., SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, will present a forum titled "The Patriot Act and Patriot II: The Threat to Constitutional Democracy and Labor." Plumbers Union Hall, 1621 Market St. Contact: Kristina Zinnen, (415) 440-4809.
 

MD: Program offers women the chance to be safe shooters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The Outdoor Sports Program and The NRA Foundation Women on Target co-sponsored the all-day Women's Firearms Shooting Clinic, which brought in 17 instructors to teach women for $10 how to properly shoot muzzleloaders, shotguns, handguns and rifles."

" 'Women, given the opportunity to participate in a neutral setting, excel at this kind of thing,' Palmer said. 'They absorb information like a sponge and don't come in with a know-it-all attitude.' "
 

WA: Prisoner escapes in Tacoma
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"A jail inmate used a fake gun made out of paper to subdue guards, escape from the Pierce County Courthouse and hijack a pickup truck, a sheriff's spokeswoman said."

"The man, identified as 36-year-old Harold McCord, is facing a life sentence under Washington's 'three strikes' law, said sheriff's spokeswoman Lauren Pawlawski. His criminal record includes burglary, assault and kidnapping, she said."
 

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