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UK: Serviceman shot dead in training camp
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A 30-year-old serviceman died after he was shot in the back at an accident at a Norfolk military training camp."

"The man, thought to be an RAF serviceman, died at West Tofts camp, near Thetford, on the Great Carr firing ranges."

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Another case for the "Let only the 'Professionals' Have Firearms" file.
 

TX: Former HPD Captain Goes On Trial For Kmart Raid
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"Testimony began Wednesday in the case of former Houston police Capt. Mark Aguirre who was charged with official oppression in the Kmart parking lot raid in which hundreds of people were arrested over the summer." ...

"If convicted on any one of the counts of official oppression, Aguirre could face up to one year behind bars and a fine up to $4,000."
 

Canada: Gun registry system crash may have wiped out names
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"A recent network crash may have deleted gun owners' names from the already troubled firearms registry, Solicitor General Wayne Easter admitted today."

"In yet another blow to the controversial gun-control initiative, Easter said a system overload might have wiped out online applications in late December."
 

‘Assault Weapons’ Bait-and-Switch
Submitted by: LFA Editor

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"This fraudulent misrepresentation, which is being passed off as 'informative political debate,' does a great disservice to American political discourse. Such media sensationalism — or worse yet, bias — is designed to exploit fear of violent crime, while doing nothing to accurately educate the public about the serious policy issues at stake. Dishonesty may drive up both political approval and television viewer ratings, but its end result is the propagation of popular misunderstanding and misguided policy."
 

NJ: Irvington cop admits she fired at crowd
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"A rookie Irvington police officer who fired her gun at a crowd after she was beaten during a dispute outside her home pleaded guilty yesterday to official misconduct and is likely to be sentenced to jail."

"Carson was one of six Irvington officers hired in December 2001 through a $1.8 million federal grant. Her salary was $36,184."

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Was she one of those 100,000 extra cops that Clinton promised? Don't you feel safer already?
 

Canada: Man flees jail twice in 1 month - using the same hacksaw
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"A man who escaped from the same jail twice within a month - using the same hacksaw - will be spending more time behind bars."

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It is said the Mounties always get their man. That's probably a good thing they can catch 'em, since they can't seem to hang on to 'em.
 

Trading A Constitutional Republic For Big Brother
Submitted by: Jim Rudd, Editor
Website: http://www.covenantnews.com

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"Conservatives would have us believe that President Bush and the Republican Party are working to reverse the rush toward bigger and bigger government. They aren't. In fact, Bush and Company are putting the pedal to the metal when it comes to promoting a bigger-than-ever federal system. In fact, Bush has used the events of 9/11 to strip Americans of more liberties than any President during the 20th Century, including Bill Clinton or Franklin Roosevelt."
 

CA: Officers on paid leave [followup]
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"Manteca Police Chief Charles Halford pulled two of his officers off the streets Tuesday after watching a videotape in which one of the officers pulled a gun and threatened a handcuffed man."

"The officers, Steve Harris and Sam Gallego, will be on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation into 'conduct unbecoming a police officer,' Manteca police spokesman Rex Osborn said."
 

OH: Toledo's violent crime rate on the rise
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"City officials and the Toledo media are busy touting the fact that a computer glitch falsely indicated Toledo's overall crime rate in 2002 rose by 2%, when in fact it dropped by 1%. The nature of the malfunction caused by some double-counting."

"But they're certainly not headlining the real story: despite a ban on inexpensive handguns in the city, and despite city-funded gun 'buyback' programs (both of which were intended to reduce violent crime), violent crimes - homicide, rape, robbery, and serious assault - rose 4.3 percent from 3,053 offenses in 2001 to 3,182 last year."
 

NY: Thousands of guns lost, forgotten
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Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Thousands of weapons in Onondaga County are likely tucked away in people's closets and attics and many have been long forgotten, police officials say." ...

"Because law enforcement agencies are concerned about more weapons ending up on the streets or getting into the hands of the wrong people, they are encouraging anyone who has weapons they no longer want or need to turn them in."
 

Spain: Police freeze pen-gun workshop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A workshop specialising in the manufacture of deadly small arms disguised as ordinary pens has been broken up by Spanish police." ...

"The weapons were apparently genuine 0.22 calibre pistols in the form of pens and could be deadly at close range."

"The pen guns were being sold on the black market for 300 euros (US$350), mainly to collectors, and were generally not destined for individuals intending to commit crimes, police said."

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DEADLY .22 single shot 2-inch barrel pistols? Some more victimless "crimes" get prosecuted by the jack-booted thugs.
 

OR: Driving While Intaxicated
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Oregon wants to know more about where people are driving -- a lot more. And it's looking at some high-tech ideas to generate tax revenue by billing drivers for every mile they travel on the state's roads."

"The Oregon Department of Transportation is evaluating a scheme that uses the global positioning system to keep track of the distance every car travels in order to impose a road-use tax."
 

"Rise of Evil" - An Important Lesson for All Americans
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Homeland Security legislation in a sense federalizes the state and local governments and makes the federal government the sole sovereign entity. Our government tells us that this is done to protect our safety and freedom. This is a seriously flawed concept. We will never have safety if nothing is done to protect our borders and we will not have true freedom until we return to the very limited form of federal government that our nation was founded upon."

"The reason that most people do not notice the similarities between Hitler's 'Enabling Act' and Homeland Security legislation is the fact that they are not educated about the principles in which our government was founded upon." ...
 

What’s Your ‘Risk Score’?
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The TSA is now testing a new generation of its Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening System, or CAPPS II, in a 120-day pilot program with Delta Air Lines. It says the program will help create an airport security system that moves passengers through the airport with increased efficiency, fewer hassles for innocent Americans, and a laser focus on catching potential terrorists. Critics charge that CAPPS II will create a security regime so intrusive and unaccountable that even former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr, known for his right-wing and libertarian views, fears the program could morph into a version of the controversial Total Information Awareness (TIA) program currently being envisioned by the Department of Defense."
 

CA: The Second Amendment and the courts (Letters)
Submitted by: Morgan McKay

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Recently 2A supporters have been writing in and revealing the truth behind many the lies of anti's in stories and letters printed in this paper.

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"Regarding Jack Weaver's letter to the editor May 30, '2nd Amendment not meant for individuals': "

"In 'The Second Amendment Primer' (1996), it states, '(I)t is in those ancient classical civilizations that we find the earliest expressions of man's inalienable right to keep and bear arms.' "

"According to our history in England and most European countries, man has had the right to bear arms for self-protection and to be used whenever he might be called to help defend his nation. This inalienable right of the individual has always been known as "a God-given right." The Bill of Rights are not rights given by the government to the people; rather, they are merely a guarantee by the government that it will not infringe or encroach on our God-given, individual rights."
 

Canada: Ontario joins chorus against gun law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"The federal government isn't getting much help from the provinces in enforcing the gun registry."

"Ontario joined the pack on Tuesday when Attorney General Norm Sterling called the Firearms Act a 'misdirected' law and said it would be up to federal prosecutors to enforce it."

"They should take the responsibility for a badly flawed piece of legislation which really persecutes the wrong people – innocent people, good people who want to use long firearms for hunting and recreational use."
 

Jamaica: Kgn man charged with failure to renew gun licence
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"R. Stephens, a businessman and licensed firearm holder, was on Monday fined $250 or 30 days for failure to renew his shotgun licence." ...

"His attorney explained to the court that Stephens had gone to the Constant Spring police station to effect the renewal but officers there asked him to return on another date because they were overwhelmed by the large crowd on hand."

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So the bureaucrats can't handle their responsibilities, but will punish someone for falling victim to the bureaucracy's own screw-ups!
 

MN: New gun law not big change here
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"According to Sheriff Denny Landborg, the new Personal Protection Act of 2003, better known as the Conceal and Carry Gun Law, won’t be a big deal in Aitkin County."

"Landborg said he’s had some calls inquiring about permits and about a half-dozen individuals have picked up gun permit applications." ...

The new law does take away the sheriff’s desecration[sic], however. If the applicant meets the criteria, he must issue the permit.

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Sometimes typos speak loud and clear! Think it was Freudian?
 

More dubious scholarship vis-a-vis firearms
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Douglas J. Wiebe, a scholar at the Firearms Injury Center at Penn (FICAP) found that people in households with guns are almost twice as likely to be victims of gun homicide than people in households without guns. Furthermore, he found that people were 16 times more likely to commit suicide with a gun if one is present in the home."
 

CO: Suspect in Aurora assault killed
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FULL STORY BELOW:

A suspected attacker was killed late Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted a woman and entered her Aurora home and was shot by a man inside, police said.

The woman said she was assaulted by two people after she went outside of her home to get her purse from her car, police said.

One of the suspects then entered the home at East Fifth Avenue and Emporia Street and was shot, according to police. The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital and died overnight. The second suspect fled the scene.
 

CA: Crescent City City Council sticks by Patriot Act
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The man who asked the city to defy the nation's Patriot Act was not on hand this week when the City Council flat said no."

"During its regular meeting Monday, the council considered and rejected the request of Richard Miles to issue a statement of non-support of the Patriot Act. Miles was a no-show at the meeting."
 

Kuwait: Marine Intentionally Shot By Fellow Marine, According to Witnesses
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A Camp Pendleton Marine was allegedly intentionally shot by another Marine in northern Kuwait."

"Officials with the Marine Corps are investigating the May 25 incident, which reportedly began when the two men had an argument concerning a dirty sleeping bag and the keys to an armored vehicle, several Marines who saw the shooting told the San Diego Union-Tribune."

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Leave the guns to the "professionals" right? Do they issue a halo along with the military ID and the M-16?
 

Product will make it easier for government to keep track of your finances
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Certegy Inc., a leading provider of payment services to financial institutions in the United States and abroad, today announced the launch of Patriot Guard(SM), a comprehensive solution to assist financial institutions to comply with Section 326 of the USA Patriot Act. In summary, the compliance rules of Section 326 of the Act, which will become mandatory October 1, 2003, require that financial institutions: 1) establish a formal Customer Identification Program (CIP); 2) verify the identity of any person seeking to open an account; 3) maintain records of the information used to verify the person's identity; and 4) determine whether the person appears on any lists of known or suspected terrorists or terrorist organizations."
 

U.S. reviewing old, secret surveillance files in terrorism investigations
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"Government prosecutors are reviewing years worth of sensitive telephone and e-mail wiretaps and results from secret searches to decide whether they can file criminal charges against suspected terrorists in the United States." ...

"The wiretaps and searches were performed during the past 25 years on suspected spies and terrorists under the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act." ...
 

Upcoming U.N. Conference Seeks To Ban Guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The U.N. will be holding a worldwide conference called a 'Week of Action Against Small Arms' beginning next week." ...

"The Gun Owners of America say the agenda of the U.N. on this issue is not covert, but rather it is unabashed. The U.N. 'unembarrassedly admits that it wants to strip small arms from all non-government individuals [like you] because the possession of such weapons allows people to oppose the U.N. itself...' "
 

NY: Mills - a State Supreme Court judge - was arrested
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"Mills - a State Supreme Court judge - was arrested last July 22 after crashing her luxury sedan into two parked cars outside a Riverdale store."

"Cops said the 50-year-old judge stank of liquor and slurred her words before refusing to take a blood-alcohol test."

"In a raised voice to Judge Ralph Fabrizio, Gentile also said his client was being unfairly singled out by court staff."
 

Weapons Ban Sends Wrong Message to Terrorists
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"President Bush's support for renewing a Clinton administration ban on so-called assault rifles sends the wrong message to terrorists and other criminals. Politicians who want to disarm vulnerable Americans at a time like this are a threat to homeland security. The government simply can't protect every one, all the time, but at least it can allow Americans to protect themselves."
 

OR: PDX Screener Accused Of Theft
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"A federal airport screener at Portland International Airport is on unpaid leave after being accused of taking $1,300 in cash from a woman's purse last month at a security checkpoint."

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I’m from the government, and I am here to help...

... myself to your belongings. All in the name of security, of course.
 

AZ: Teens foil carjacking
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Under normal circumstances oftentimes people are reluctant to get involved. In this particular case their willingness to help was instrumental in capturing the suspect. Without their help we would not have been able to find him. If they had not followed him, we don't know what would have happened."
 

A Lifetime in Limbo
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"A year ago this week Jose Padilla, nabbed while on a visit to Chicago, was taken into military custody and sealed off from the rest of the world. To date, the government continues to deny the Brooklyn native a right all Americans take for granted: to tell his side of the story."
 

TN: 17 month old shot by 4 year old sibling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A 17-month-old child is recovering Tuesday afternoon, after being shot in the shoulder by a 4-year-old sibling." ...

"The gun belonged to the children's father, who is a police officer."

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Apparently parental responsibility and effective firearm education for children isn't issued to police along with their badges and guns. What a shock!
 

AZ: Police ID burglar shot by owner
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://www.idcwebdev.com

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"A burglar killed last month by a Phoenix business owner known for subduing criminals had a rap sheet 'five pages long' and was a known gang member, police said."

"Adolfo Ariza Estrella, 27, was shot May 20 during an attempted burglary at a south Phoenix construction equipment yard. Another burglar vaulted a fence after the shooting and has yet to be caught by police."
 

PBS shows bias against guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program now with Bill Moyers has included on its Web site an extensive 'lesson plan' for teachers to instruct their high school students about the Second Amendment. Its title is the first sign that objectivity will not be a paramount goal: 'Gun Control and Terrorism: Laws or Loopholes.' "
 

NC: Senate Approves Reciprocity Bill!
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"On Tuesday, June 3, the North Carolina Senate approved legislation that would allow North Carolina to honor concealed handgun permits from other states that have similar issuing requirements as North Carolina. The measure was approved by the House on May 14, and sent back to the Senate for Concurrence where it passed 39-6!"
 

CO: Moore's grandstanding gets mixed reviews
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"Taylor contends Moore wasn't upfront about his intentions when the three visited Kmart's headquarters in Troy, Mich. Taylor said he was led to believe the visit would involve a talk with the chairman about enforcing policies on selling ammunition to youth and improving gun safety."

"Even with bullets still lodged in his body from the April 1999 shooting, Taylor remains supportive of gun ownership. Moore made it appear the opposite, Taylor said."
 

In Jayson Blair's wake, newspapers inch away from political correctness
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The recent scandals at the New York Times seem to be prompting some introspection at other newspapers. Last month John Carroll, editor of the Los Angeles Times, issued a staff memo in which he faulted a story by reporter Scott Gold for liberal bias." ...

"Meanwhile the Minneapolis Star Tribune, probably the nation's most politically correct big-city daily, says it may drop its policy of censoring 'offensive' names of sports teams..."
 

Smartcams Take Aim at Terrorists (and you as well... deploying in 2004)
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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"The Department of Defense believes intelligent DIVAs can fight terrorism." ...

"These distributed digital video arrays, or DIVAs, are collections of really smart cameras able to detect and identify an individual in a crowded train station and track him wherever he goes -- out of the station, into the parking lot, onto the freeway and so on."
 

WA: Gun laws ignored, group says
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"A national organization that supports the right to own firearms sent letters yesterday to Washington state's two U.S. attorneys criticizing them for failing to enforce the majority of federal gun laws."

"The letters from the Americans for Gun Safety Foundation come after a recently released study it conducted that slammed the Bush administration for giving rhetorical support to tough enforcement of gun laws but not following through."

"The study, 'The Enforcement Gap, Federal Gun Laws Ignored,' analyzed federal gun prosecutions across the nation from 2000 to 2002. It found that 20 of 22 major federal gun statutes are rarely enforced and that there is a 'vast enforcement gap' between the number of gun crimes and the number of federal prosecutions."

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Americans for Gun Safety Foundation is a gun rights group? Since when? Any group that promotes background checks, licensing and "tough" gun laws doesn't consider firearms ownership a right.
 

To Serve, to Protect, to Brag
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"Let this be said loud and clear before it becomes part of the self-created image of an agency that, like the Mounties, says it always gets its man: Eric Robert Rudolph was nabbed by a local cop on the beat. The FBI didn't have a damned thing to do with the capture of a man who had evaded the bureau for five long years while hiding practically under its nose."

"After Attorney General Ashcroft, obviously miffed by the FBI's blatant grab for credit, showed the good sense to tell the bureau to shut up about the case, it went scavenging for an alternative route to the publicity bandwagon by joining in a widely publicized massive search for Rudolph's hiding place, which it couldn't find over a five-year period at the cost of a reported $30 million in taxpayer money."
 

Don’t use tragedy to malign guns (Letter)
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"Envision this: You are a naive copy editor walking to work at midnight. Suddenly two muggers are beating you with a hockey stick, and you fear for your life. You see a friend that you know carries a gun for protection. Would you want him to intervene on your behalf? How about if it were your wife or daughter being mugged, or worse?" ...

"News people should write constructively and stop using such horribly tragic incidents to malign law-abiding citizens."
 

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