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Lugar-Obama Bill to Keep Weapons Out of Terrorists' Hands Heads to Senate Floor
Submitted by: Robert Tims

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"The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed out of committee, S. 2566, the Lugar-Obama Act. Modeled after the Nunn-Lugar program that focuses on weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union, the bill was introduced by Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL) to expand the cooperative threat reduction concept to conventional weapons." ...

"... The Lugar-Obama bill will build on this success by helping other nations find and eliminate conventional weapons that have been used against our own soldiers in Iraq and sought by terrorists all over the world,' said Obama."

"'We are convinced that the United States can and should do more to eliminate conventional weapons stockpiles ...' Lugar said." ...
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Submitter's Note: Conventional weapons includes civilian weapons.
 

TX: Fight between two women turns deadly
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Shots were fired as a man's ex-girlfriend and his wife got into a fight.

It happened on Wichita and Delano on the city's south side overnight . Investigators say a woman showed up at her ex-boyfriend's home with a knife. When the man's wife answered, the two women got into a fight.

Police say the wife then pulled out a gun and shot the ex-girlfriend in the neck. She died on the way to the hospital.

Police want to further question the wife before ruling the shooting was in self-defense.
 

OR: Skateboarders come to terms with friend's death (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two vigils of mourning — one of anger and one of acceptance — were held at the Albany Skatepark over the weekend in honor of Jeremiah 'Jeremy' O'Sullivan, 16, who died of a gunshot wound early Saturday morning." ...

"By Sunday night, after they had time to think things through, the young people realized their friend and fellow skateboarder had made a mistake, Shay said." ...

"O'Sullivan was shot by Bruce Gosnell Jr., 32, with a 9mm pistol about 3 a.m. Saturday after he entered the fenced backyard of Gosnell's residence ... No charges have been filed against Gosnell, who told police that O'Sullivan was moving toward an open window in the home where his wife and two daughters were sleeping." ...
 

OH: Violence can strike us anywhere, even in a restaurant (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A fight at a popular Central Ohio Mexican restaurant turned into a double homicide over the weekend where two men were shot and killed following a fight. Two others, including an owner of the facility, were injured in the shooting. According to published reports police don't know what started the fight."

"The La Hacienda Real on Sinclair Road, like most restaurants, is prohibited to those who carry a concealed handgun license in Ohio. While not every tragic shooting can be prevented, the fact is prohibiting gun owners in restaurants isn't going to solve the problem of random violence." ...

"The Ohio Legislature needs to resolve this fatal flaw in Ohio's concealed carry law."
 

Gun Control: The Sins of Government Are Visited Upon the People (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The United Nations has been promoting world-wide civilian disarmament since the 1990s. Their professed goals are encapsulated in the reference above: guns kill people, therefore the people should not have access to guns. If all guns were restricted from civilian access, would this halt the international arms trade, thus eliminating criminal access and reducing crime as well? Most importantly, is it really true that civilian firearms are the biggest threat to our global safety and security?"

"Deciding their government could not protect them, the Brazilian people recently rejected the proposal to ban civilian firearms in their country:" ...
 

NY: Winning the battle
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared war on the illegal gun trade that has most recently caused so much grief in New York City. Handgun murders -- even on Staten Island -- have increased slightly over last year, but any upward trend, no matter how small, is reason for if not alarm, at least an increase in counter measures."

"Mr. Bloomberg has been joined by an impressive number of other mayors, who are also concerned about the movement of illegal weapons across state lines and the carnage that has resulted."

"This campaign is a good thing, especially in light of recent news reports concerning the innovative -- but no less deadly -- weapons that have begun to turn up on our city's streets." ...
 

TN: Tennessee Senatorial Candidates On Guns (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There's a big Senate race to replace Bill Frist in my state. So, here's what I found on the candidates with respect to the gun issue:"

"Ed Bryant says on his website:"

"I support the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees our right to keep and bear arms."

As U.S. Attorney ... I've seen how gun-control laws only penalize law abiding Tennesseans and do nothing to stop a person intent on committing a violent crime with a gun." ...

"Bob Corker's site says:"

"As Senator, I will protect the Second Amendment’s guarantee of our right to bear arms and reject attempts to limit the freedom of law-abiding gun owners. ..." ...
 

KS: Wichita businesses face decisions regarding new concealed carry law
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Larkspur Restaurant owner Ty Issa says Kansas' law allowing people to carry concealed weapons won't change his business at all."

"'It won't have any bearing on us,' he says. 'Those aren't my customers. The guys with guns are the young people, the gangs that need to be closed down. My people are between 30 and 60 and they don't carry guns.'" ...
 

IN: New gun law boon for owners, question mark for law officers
Submitted by: Mark H. Reed

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"A new state law that allows Hoosiers to seek a lifetime permit to carry a handgun -- rather than reapplying every four years -- could mean more work for local law enforcement to ensure that future criminals don't slip through the cracks."

"But the legislation, which took effect Saturday, is being touted as a time-saver for Indiana citizens who can now choose between the two options."

"'It's going to be a lot faster with a more complete, thorough check,' said Dick Fidler, who owns Lafayette's Flat Creek Range, a shooting range and gun retailer. 'It's good, it's convenient. But I think they also need to monitor and see 'What's going on with this person?' Maybe run checks at random to make sure nothing comes up.'" ...
 

MS: License To Kill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mississippi's new 'Deadly Force' law took effect over the weekend, protecting your right to defend your property. But before you shoot without thinking twice, you need to know when the law doesn't apply."

"Mississippians have a new license to kill. If someone is breaking and entering your home, car or office, you don't have to hesitate before using deadly force. 'You can take action to defend yourself, and the law isn't going to second guess you after the fact,' says Sen. Charlie Ross."

"He introduced the law that presumes you've acted responsibly in those cases, and makes you immune to civil liability. ..." ...
 

Ex-soldier charged with rape, murder in Iraq
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Army soldier has been charged with raping an Iraqi and killing her and three members of her family."

"Steven D. Green, 21, made a first appearance in federal court in Charlotte this morning, and is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail."

"Green, 21, is accused of going to a home in Mahmudiyah, Iraq with three other soldiers on March 12, shooting three people inside, including a child, and then raping a young female before also killing her."

"The Washington Post has reported that the rape victim's age was 15. Court documents estimate her age at 25. Green was honorably discharged because of a personality disorder before military officials knew of the incident. ..." ...
 

Sweden: No explanation for reservist's shooting spree
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Police say they cannot explain why a young Swedish army reservist shot a girl and then took his own life in a Stockholm suburb on Sunday."

"'We have done a routine house search and confiscated a computer and a number of other items, but we have no explanation for what happened,' said detective inspector Per Håkansson, who is leading the police investigation."

"The 17-year old girl was injured in the leg in the attack ..."

"Police say they have not found any letters from the man. Håkansson said he could not comment on media reports that the man had been psychologically unstable for some time."

"Police say they believe that the man fired around twenty shots with his AK4 service rifle before turning the gun on himself." ...
 

Bangladesh: Cops kill woman over grandson's marriage
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three policemen were suspended yesterday after preliminary investigation found them guilty of murdering a 65-year-old woman ..." ...

"On Sunday night, Mukhlesur Rahman along with four or five policemen in civil dress went to arrest Badsha Mia and his son Jewel ... accusing them of abducting ... Dishari Akhtar Tumpa."

"Montu's daughter Dishari Akhtar Tumpa, 17, eloped with Badsha's son ... locals said."

"Not finding Badsha and Jewel in the house, Mukhles became furious and started questioning Badsha's mother Nayan Banu regarding whereabouts of them."

"... Mukhles started kicking Nayan Banu and kept beating her with the rifle butt. At one stage she fell down dead and the policemen fled away when the neighbours rushed in." ...
 

Zimbabwe: Army Officers Face Charge of Obstructing Justice
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"TWO army officers ... who allegedly received and concealed pistols used by the jailed Tynwald trio in another robbery committed at Amalinda Farm are facing the charge of obstructing or defeating the course of justice." ...

"Prosecutor Mr Douglas Chesa said the incident took place in January this year when the two soldiers received a stolen .22 rifle and a Star pistol from a fellow soldier Weston Kandira after his alleged robbery with some of the jailed Tynwald robbers and rapists."

"Upon receiving the guns from Kandira ... the duo allegedly concealed them at an unknown place."

"After the arrest of Kandira, he indicated to the detectives that Mutenga and Chatonzwa took the two guns he used in the commission of the offence." ...
 

NY: Gun club members set sights on 1st shooting competition
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"They may not be old enough to hold a driver's license, but the members of the North Forest Rod and Gun Club's first scholastic shooting team are proving they're still mature enough to handle some adult-type responsibilities."

"Besides being entrusted with the proper handling of a loaded rifle, the eight Niagara County youths are ready to walk into history. They will begin their historic march July 14 to 16, when they compete as a team for the first time in the National Skeet and Sporting Clays Championships at the Rochester Brooks Gun Club in Rush." ...
 

CO: A small pebble making big waves
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A pebble fell in the pond of outdoor communication two weeks ago, and ripples are spreading far and wide. Those ripples bear close scrutiny by anyone who cares about gun ownership, hunting, wildlife and wild lands."

"The pebble is a new organization called the American Hunters and Shooters Association ..."

"AHSA appears to be the answer to the prayers of a lot of shooters and gun owners who have become disillusioned with the National Rifle Association (NRA) ..."

"AHSA's approach is more measured. ... 'AHSA vigorously defends the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, promotes safe and responsible gun use, and supports reasonable public policies, so that all Americans can enjoy the benefits of this crucial and historic liberty.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: You can contact the author of this piece to correct his misapprehensions about the ultimate goals of AHSA at patwray@comcast.net.
 

IA: West Liberty Gun Club
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The West Liberty Gun Club hosted a National Rifle Association-approved conventional pistol 2,700 match this week. There were only 10 competitors this week, but the match still managed to attract shooters from as far away as Anna, Illinois, and Madison, Wisconsin."

"Paul Porter took home the match win again this week, but he did have some competition in the high-master class. ... Joe Jindrich recorded 2562-72x in the master class. Daniel Ide captured first expert in the lower combined class with 2515-64x. ..."

"The combined lower class saw some close competition. Nine of the 10 competitors were able to take home prize money due to a first or second place in at least one of the 16 sub-matches that made up the day's event."
 

IN: Helmke brings shame to city with gun-control leadership
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The selection of former Fort Wayne Mayor Paul Helmke to be the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is a black mark on the city of Fort Wayne."

"The Brady Campaign is committed to the de facto repeal of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The Brady Campaign has done everything in its power to have laws put on the books that infringe upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners. They have also backed frivolous lawsuits designed to bankrupt the gun industry, one of the most regulated industries in America." ...
 

NE: 'Cowboy Shooters' put on show to delight of crowd
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Perched atop her horse, Kelly Swallow couldn't help but feel like a little kid again."

"Dressed in a cowboy hat and red vest, the Madison woman said she always dreamed of being a cowgirl."

"'I don't know about you, but when I see a person dressed in cowboy clothes it takes me back to when I was a kid and I wanted to ride on a horse,' Swallow said."

"Swallow and other members of the Turkey Creek Regulators get to live out that dream as members of the Cowboy Mounted Shooters Association."

"The CMSA is an equestrian sports group where mounted contestants ride through a course in a timed event and use .45 caliber single action revolvers and rifles to shoot at targets. ..." ...
 

UK: How can Britain stem the crime wave?
Submitted by: none@none.com

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"The Sunday Telegraph has launched a campaign to Make Britain Safe, prompted by the government's failure to tackle violent crime."

"Other countries have successfully fought back against murderers, rapists and muggers: America's crime rate, for instance, has fallen to the level it was at 50 years ago."

"It is time for Britain to reverse its slide into a society cowed by a violent minority."

"The Sunday Telegraph has commissioned David Green, a leading expert on crime, punishment and rehabilitation to write a manifesto for radical law and order reform."

"We call for more police on the street, tougher jail sentences, more prisons, better rehabilitation and education of offenders, and a Royal Commission to be set up that would examine how our failing criminal justice system can be fundamentally reshaped." ...
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KABA Note: How about starting by decriminalizing self-defense and all its myriad tools?
 

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