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Cops Can't Be Sued for Restraining Orders (Alternate report)
Submitted by: Scotty doc

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"The Supreme Court ruled Monday that police cannot be sued for how they enforce restraining orders, ending a lawsuit by a Colorado woman who claimed police did not do enough to prevent her estranged husband from killing her three young daughters."

"Jessica Gonzales did not have a constitutional right to police enforcement of the court order against her husband, the court said in a 7-2 opinion."

"City governments had feared that if the court ruled the other way, it would unleash a potentially devastating flood of cases that could bankrupt municipal governments."

 

No Rehnquist announcement; Commandments split
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"In a 7-2 decision, the Court ruled that local governments have no constitutional duty to protect from private violence an individual who is shielded by a court's restraining order. Such individuals do not gain an enforceable interest in that protection, the Court declared in an opinion by Justice Scalia. The case was Town of Castle Rock v. Gonzales."

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Submitter's Note: This should help to shut up some of the "just call 911" gun control crowd.
 

Politicians Want Gun Buyers Checked, Not Illegal Aliens
Submitted by: riotboy

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"Dozens of U.S. House members who sponsored the nationwide instant background check system for gun buyers in 1993 or backed the expansion of that system in 2002, have shown no support for a similar database intended to identify illegal aliens trying to find work in the U.S."

"At least one member who supported the gun control measure is challenging the proposal to crack down on illegal immigrants."
 

Put the "Independence" Back in Independence Day
Submitted by: News Admin

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"'Independence Day' is a critically important title. It signifies the fundamental meaning of this nation, not just of the holiday. The American Revolution remains unique in human history: a revolution--and a nation--founded on a moral principle, the principle of individual rights. Jefferson at Philadelphia, and Washington at Valley Forge, pledged their 'lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.' For what? Not for mere separation from England, not--like most rebels--for the 'freedom' to set up their own tyranny. In fact, Britain's tyranny over the colonists was mild compared to what most current governments do to their citizens."
 

Charley Reese: We Live on the Frontier
Submitted by: riotboy

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"Not long ago on the east coast of Florida, a 30-something thug broke into the home of an elderly lady. His biggest and final surprise came when he found himself staring down the barrel of the dear lady's pistol, with which she promptly shot him dead."

"In my hometown, a Korean grocer has shot dead two would-be robbers on two separate occasions. Since the last one died on his floor, no one has tried to rob that particular store again."

"I relay these two anecdotes to remind you that as much as we might doubt it, we live in relatively the same situation as our ancestors. We live in a country in which there are brigands, bandits, killers and rapists. If they choose us as victims, then we, like our ancestors on the frontier, will have to deal with them."
 

I Own a "Sniper Rifle"
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"What I own is a bolt action, .30-06 rifle made by an American firearms company."

"The rifle weighs about eight pounds, has a stainless steel barrel mounted in a synthetic stock, a variable power scope, and an attached bipod to steady it for long-range shots."

"No doubt about it. It’s one scary piece of work were it to be pointed at you but, for that to happen, there’d have to be someone behind it who wanted to do you harm, i.e. some 'wannabe' sniper type."

"You see, guns kill like pencils misspell. Both need a living, breathing soul to make things happen."
 

JB Williams: Ding…Ding…Ding! Another Bell Rings…This time, not for Liberty!
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Jefferson and the other founders, while not able to predict a tyrannical judicial branch, were able to predict a tyrannical government acting at odds with the interests of the individuals their constitution was written to protect."

"That’s why Jefferson also said this, 'No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.' He said, 'The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.' He reasoned that 'The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government', adding, 'Every generation needs a new revolution.'"
 

Al Doyle: Give Your Children an Early Inheritance
Submitted by: riotboy

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"Don't wait until you're in the grave to give the kids something of real value. I'm not talking about imitating the biblical father who handed over a large sum to his prodigal son. In some cases, this early inheritance can cost less than $100 per child."

"How can a parent do this? Buy a child a gun – and take the time to teach how to use it responsibly and safely. When the child turns 18 (rifles and shotguns) or 21 (handguns), it becomes their personal property. There are several reasons for parents to take a proactive role in training kids in this vital skill."

"Youngsters and teens in all levels of the government school system are subjected to a constant barrage of anti-gun and anti-Second Amendment propaganda. If a child never experiences the responsibility and pleasure of gun ownership and never gets to use these tools (that's all a gun is when you get right down to basics), their views will be shaped by socialist indoctrinators."
 

UK: Gun raider found guilty
Submitted by: News Admin

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"A Portuguese reggae DJ was today convicted of carrying out two terrifying armed raids on Telford post offices. Female shoppers had a knife held to their throats while Paulo Antonio, who was armed with a gun, demanded cash in the attacks."

"He showed no emotion as the verdicts were read out and could now face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment when he is sentenced next month."

"Dreadlocked Antonio, along with an accomplice who has never been found, raided Horsehay Post Office on October 14, 2003, getting away with £1,330. He then targeted the Admaston Post Office two days later but escaped empty-handed."
 

MI: Group marches against gun violence
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"They marched west, carrying signs and chanting to end violence in Battle Creek."

"Beginning about 1 p.m. Saturday in a Battle Creek Central High School parking lot, about two dozen people followed community activist Bobby Holley as he emphatically called into a bullhorn, 'Stop the guns! No more violence!'"

"People honked and waved as they passed the march in their cars, but in the hot, muggy and thick summer afternoon air, the march lasted only a few blocks and ended in McCamly Park, at the corner of Washington Avenue and West Van Buren Street."

"People gathered in the shade of a large tree, laying their 'No more violence' and 'Silence the violence' signs at their feet, to hear several local leaders speak."

"Kirk Shack wiped the sweat from his 14-year-old brow with one hand and held is sign, reading 'God not guns,' with the other."
 

Japan: Abduction suspect served fresh arrest warrant for air-gun robbery
Submitted by: News Admin

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"A man under arrest for attempting to abduct a young girl has been slapped with a fresh arrest warrant for threatening a housewife with an air gun and grabbing over 1 million yen from her, police said."

"The 33-year-old man, Takashi Tsuyuki, a resident of Yokosuka, was served the arrest warrant on suspicion of illegal confinement and robbery."
 

MN: Hundreds Apply for Handgun Permits in New Rush
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Hundreds of Minnesota citizens have applied for handgun permits in a new rush since the permits became widely available again a month ago."

"According to a state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension database, 932 permit applications have been filed since the state's suspended handgun permit law went back into effect May 25."

"But the database lags behind actual filings, and a Star Tribune survey of sheriffs in the seven-county Twin Cities area alone found more applications than that. The counties have seen more than twice as many applicants as during the 30 days before the 2003 conceal-carry law was ruled unconstitutional by state courts in July 2004, citing the unusual procedure by which it was passed in the Legislature."
 

UK: Gun terror
Submitted by: News Admin

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"ARMED police with dogs were involved in a tense stand-off outside a house in a quiet Peterborough street after reports that a man had a gun."

"Police swooped on the house in Pitneys, Paston, following calls about a disturbance in the early hours of yesterday."

"The call came after residents had heard the sound of a loud party going on for several hours, and someone reported that a man had a gun."
 

UK: Man’s puppy stolen in street gun robbery
Submitted by: News Admin

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"A MAN stole a puppy by threatening the dog's owner with a gun."

"Bailey, a three-month-old cross breed, was stolen at around 10.30pm on Tuesday, June 7, as his owner was walking along Kennedy Road, in Ealing."
 

DC: gun laws are reviewed by a congressional committee Tuesday
Submitted by: News Admin

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"The House Government Reform Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the District's gun control laws at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The hearing will consider current gun control laws, current policies to combat violent crimes and - most controversial - the possible effects of repealing current D.C. gun laws. The committee will also discuss constitutional issues relating to the gun laws. This hearing will be in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building."
 

TX: Gun Battle Breaks Out Between Family, Intruders
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Police said four men tried to break into the home on Lakewood and Jensen drives when the homeowner and his family arrived at about 1:30 a.m."

"Investigators said a gun battle broke out between the family and the group of intruders."

"Authorities said the intruders fled to a home on Willie and Terrell, where one of the men died from a gunshot wound. Another man was transported to Ben Taub Hospital. His condition was not released."
 

TX: Former HPD officer's murder trial to begin Tuesday
Submitted by: News Admin

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"A possible relationship between former Houston Police Department officer Eric Hillman and the wife of the man he is accused of shooting and killing could be at the heart of Hillman's murder trial that is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning at the Montgomery County Courthouse."

"Hillman was indicted last year for first-degree felony murder in connection with the Dec. 16, 2003 shooting death of 25-year-old Kevin Lunsford. Hillman allegedly shot Lunsford several times after Lunsford drove into the driveway of Hillman's Cut and Shoot home that evening."
 

MI: Jewelry Store Owner Grabs Gun, Chases Robber
Submitted by: News Admin

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"The owner of a jewelry store in Hamtramck attempted to chase down a robber on Saturday, Local 4 reported."

"Police said a man grabbed about $500 worth of jewelry from the Nice Jewelry store on Jos Campau Street."

"The owner of the store grabbed his gun, chased the robber out of the store and fired a warning shot into the air, police said." ...

"Police said it was not the first time the store had been the target of a robbery. The owner was shot in the chest and in the stomach during a robbery in July 2000." ...

"The owner recovered from those injuries and returned to work, but said the only way he could protect his family and his business was to carry a gun..."
 

UK: Drivers alerted after spate of gun attacks
Submitted by: News Admin

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"DRIVERS using the A141 near Huntingdon have been warned to be on their guard after a series of potentially lethal attacks on vehicles."

"Police believe youths with an air rifle may have been behind some of the attacks and are also investigating possible attacks with stones."

"Cambridgeshire police said: 'These were potentially very dangerous attacks on vehicles which could have resulted in serious road traffic collisions.'"
 

Australia: Hounded to her death
Submitted by: News Admin

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"A TASMANIAN woman was hounded by her killer in the months before her death, her family said yesterday."

"Andrea Wrathall had called police two days before she was shot by her former fiance Stephen Montague Pugh, her father said."

"The family spoke out yesterday in the hope that the tragedy would bring changes to the law and help others in the same situation." ...

"A restraining order's just a bit of paper, isn't it? And how did he get a gun so easily?"
 

UK: Kidnap victim leaps from car
Submitted by: News Admin

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"A TERRIFIED man jumped from his speeding car as it was driven along a motorway to escape two men who had abducted him at gunpoint."

"The 32-year-old victim, who comes from Stockport, suffered a broken shoulder and serious cuts and bruising."

"He was still being treated for his injuries today in an unnamed hospital."
 

OR: Nanny state laws (Letter)
Submitted by: James A. Farmer
Website: http://farmer@soou.edu

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Second letter from the bottom:

"...Self-righteous political elitists and anti-gun do-gooders falsely claim not buckling up and owning a handgun is a public-health hazard."

"In contrast, big 'socialist/collectivist' government and over regulation remain the public-health hazard! Criminal governments kill (murder!) infinitely more citizens than unbuckled drivers and firearms ever will."

"These damnable, deceitful and vile laws are motivated by dishonest political agendas and people control. They aren’t altruistic, benign and for the common good."
 

PA: Senate vote looms for "gun violence" bill
Submitted by: medicdave

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"The bill --which would allow judges to order a person with a protection from abuse order against him to relinquish all weapons within 24 hours -- was passed in the House on Wednesday. It also would make it mandatory for abusers to turn in their guns if they violate protection from abuse orders."

"Victims' advocates say it's been a long wait for the legislation to get this far. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence has been trying to expand the state's PFA laws for nearly a decade, said its executive director, Susan Kelly-Dreiss." ...

"The current law allows judges to confiscate only the specific weapons abusers have used to threaten or hurt their victims, even if the abusers have other weapons."
 

CA: Enthusiasm on the wane for gun show
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Ask Don Fern, a lifelong NRA member and a resident of Santa Maria for the past 40 years, for a civics lesson, and he'll tell you that without the second amendment, 'there wouldn't be any of the others.'"

"Fern and fellow National Rifle Association members were but one of the many tables that filled the inside of the Santa Maria Fairpark on Sunday. This weekend's exhibition brought in merchants from all over California, peddling wares as exotic as authentic World War I German rifles and throwing knives sold in packages of three, six and 10. Though these shows once saw packed houses, according to promoter Anda Padgett, restrictive legislation and the decline of gun culture in California have seen numbers at shows such as these on the wane."
 

LA: The Times supports Project Safe Neighborhoods
Submitted by: News Admin

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"Get the facts about federal gun prosecution under Project Safe Neighborhoods."

"While gun possession is an important Second Amendment right, some people have lost that right and are subject to federal prosecution under the Project Safe Neighborhoods program."

"Federal prosecution can mean no bail, and federal conviction means long sentences with no opportunity for parole."
 

Zimbabwe: Government withdraws gun licences without explanation
Submitted by: News Admin

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"The government has withdrawn firearm licences with immediate effect, raising suspicion that it is already working on countering an armed revolt."

"Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena on Sunday urged people with automatic weapons at their homes to surrender them at the nearest police stations."

"These weapons include all types of rifles and an assortment of pistols. ...
 

Australia: Man charged over gun shop robbery
Submitted by: News Admin

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"A 26-year-old man will face court today charged with stealing $10,000 worth of guns from a shop, after a raid south-west of Melbourne."

"Police arrested the man in a house in Werribee shortly after 7pm yesterday."

"Police allege the man stole 15 firearms from a gun shop in March."
 

SC: Gun detection system provides police evidence
Submitted by: News Admin

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"For two years, the ShotSpotter system has provided police in two Lowcountry cities key evidence in shooting cases and has resulted in less gunfire in some areas where the system is used."

"Also during the period, the number of gun assaults has remained relatively stable in Charleston and North Charleston."

"The system uses acoustic sensors linked by phone lines to a computer to tell dispatchers where guns are fired. It allows officers to get to the scene quickly, allowing them to preserve evidence and helping get guns off the streets."
 

Australia: Police complete security firm gun database
Submitted by: Haddock
Website: http://www.servicerifle.com.au/qmrcabout.htm

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"CRIMINALS using guns stolen from security guards have more chance of being caught following the completion by NSW Police of the cataloguing of security firms' firearms."

"The process involved test-firing 2,228 guns held by 208 NSW security firms then recording the unique marks left on the bullets and cartridge cases on a database called the integrated ballistics identification system (IBIS)."

"The IBIS helps match bullets to the guns from which they are fired and can be used to link crimes involving the same weapons."

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Submitter's Note: This, of course, is a first step before the ballistic recording of all civilian guns.
 

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