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Unsafe Gun Storage Endangering Teens
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Parents with small children usually store firearms safely enough in the home, but that's not always the case when their kids are teens, U.S. researchers report."

"'It seems that parents are more concerned about gun safety when they have really young kids and aren't that concerned when they have older kids,' explained lead researcher Renee M. Johnson, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston." ...

"Statistics show that about one-third of American households with children also contain guns ... 14 percent to 30 percent of people with guns keep at least one firearm fully loaded. In addition, about 43 percent store one gun in an unlocked place.
 

Night Sights - Yes Or No?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I'm not an old-timer. OK, I am, sort of. I'm old enough that I learned to shoot with black iron sights, unadorned with white dots, lines or other gimmicks designed to draw the eyes into proper sight alignment. I thought the shooting industry had taken a major technological leap the first time I saw a red insert on a front sight coupled with a white line outlining the rear sight of my first Smith & Wesson Model 29. Those sights practically startled me under bright, sunny skies, which, incidentally, were exactly the conditions that rendered the need for a red front insert and white-outline rear sight unnecessary. I discovered ... that under dim light conditions the red insert pretty much faded into black when dusk settled in." ...
 

NC: Durham resident kills alleged intruder, shoots another
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Durham police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred early Wednesday inside a house on Dearborn Drive in northern Durham. Officers were dispatched to a break-in in progress call on Dearborn Drive at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, the residents told them that two men had kicked in the front door and entered the house."

"At least one of the men was armed with a gun. The resident shot and killed one male, who was pronounced dead at the scene. He has not been identified at this time."

"The resident also shot and wounded the second male, who fled from the house. A short time later, a 19-year-old male showed up at the Duke University Hospital emergency room for treatment of a gunshot wound to his arm. ..." ...
 

LA: 'Woulda, coulda' easy after the fact
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We've become painfully aware lately of just how fragile life is, and how quickly an existence can change. Shreveport has experienced some sad moments as lives have been lost and families changed when things go wrong."

"... In another instance, an elderly businessman defended himself against a young man who had broken into the business under the cover of darkness." ...

"District Attorney Paul Carmouche decided not to pursue charges, declaring it a justifiable homicide."

"But that wasn't the end of it."

"... LSU-Shreveport criminal justice professor Bernadette Palombo basically said the DA called it wrong and the elderly man should face charges. ..."

"Let me get this straight. A 74-year-old should have wrestled down a 19-year-old?" ...
 

CO: Statement of Paul Helmke on Ed Perlmutter's Victory in Colorado Democratic Primary
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement:

"Ed Perlmutter's victory in the Colorado Seventh Congressional district primary sends a message that other candidates should heed - the voters want straight talk about the gun violence threatening our communities, and sensible solutions to prevent criminals and children from getting guns."
 

IL: Students expelled after pellet gun incident
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three northwest suburban students have been expelled for bringing a plastic pellet gun to summer school classes and firing a few rounds on school grounds, officials said today."

"School board members in Arlington Heights-based Township High School District 214 met Tuesday for more than two hours in closed session before voting 5-0 to expel the students for the 2006-07 school year."

"'Our focus is on the safety and security of the students and staff,' said William Dussling, board president. 'We have to make sure we're showing the parents, the students we're entrusted with and our employees and staff [that] we have a secure environment for learning to take place.'" ...
 

MEU SOC .45 continues to provide stopping power for 31st MEU
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Whenever caught in the heat of a close-quarters battle, as a last resort, service members may draw for their side arm. For most U.S. military personnel, it will be the M-9 9 mm pistol – but that's not the case for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Deep Reconnaissance Platoon; they are still true to the renowned .45-caliber pistol."

"Like other Marine Expeditionary Units the 31st MEU's DRP carries the MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable) .45-caliber pistol, which is a specialized version of the classic Colt M-1911A1 frame, tailored particularly to offer the recon Marines with the stopping power required to help accomplish specific missions." ...
 

IA: Former Officer Arrested In Connection With Bank Robbery
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Anita bank bandit may be a former Anita police officer."

"Richard Dean Swope of Atlantic was arrested shortly after a robbery at the First National Bank on Tuesday afternoon."

"Police chiefs from different departments said that Swope had a troubled past with police departments."

"It's back to normal at the First National Bank in Anita, but customers are still talking about the robbery." ...

"Anita Police Chief Matt Erickson said that Swope fired a shot into the wall during the robbery when he asked the bank manager to get on the ground and the manager hesitated."

"The Anita city clerk said that as far as she knows, Swope was not fired from the Anita Police Department, NewsChannel 8 reported." ...
 

OH: Exclusive Dan Sayers Dashcam Video (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thanks to Dan Sayers dashcam video that his attorney received from the prosecutor of the incident is now published below."

"The video itself is suspect due to apparent editing. Moments into the response the responding vehicle siren stops, the tape jumps, the time stamp increments by 20-30 seconds, and the siren starts over again at an intersection. The engine is heard at high RPM while acceleration from a slower speed is apparent. What transpired during these crucial seconds is unknown, and a replacement copy of the dashcam tape is being sought." ...
 

WA: Seattle Officer Accused Of Unnecessary Force
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"A Seattle police officer, currently on paid leave after shooting a man during an off-duty scuffle, has repeatedly been in trouble before." ...

"KIRO Team 7 Investigators tracked down Thong, who has not talked publicly about the incident until now."

"Halsne: 'It (the SPD report) says he 'held his gun to your face and rubbed your face against the ground with the other.' Did he have his gun up to your head?'"

"Thong: 'Yes, he did. He got his gun poking my head when it was down. He kept pointing his gun, like, poking, tapping my head. It hurt, you know. A gun is metal and my head is nothing but bone. He kept attacking it and said I lied.'"

"Halsne: 'He's got a loaded gun right to your head?'"

"Thong: 'I think it's loaded. He can blow my brains out that morning.'"

"According to an SPD disciplinary report, Dornay used unnecessary force against Thong and lost 15 vacation days for 'Conduct Unbecoming an Officer.'"

"An exclusive KIRO Team 7 Investigation found Dornay not only remained on the force, but became a member of the elite Anti-Crime Team." ...
 

NJ: Pistol seized in state prison goes to trooper lab for testing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The State Police will conduct fingerprint and ballistic tests on the .32-caliber handgun found inside the secured perimeter of New Jersey State Prison last Friday, state officials said."

"The maximum-security facility in Trenton remained completely locked down yesterday as officers with the Department of Corrections conducted an investigation into how the weapon ended up there ..."

"Officials with knowledge of the investigation described the weapon as a .32-caliber semi-automatic handgun with five bullets in the clip. The Star-Ledger has previously reported that an inmate at the prison tipped an officer off to the location of the gun." ...
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Submitter's Note: Whoops!
 

DC: Stepped-Up Police Efforts Don't Avert Club Fracas
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"D.C. police said yesterday they were frustrated that despite efforts to curb juvenile crime, they were unable to prevent a melee that marred a daylight concert organized for teenagers."

"'There were fights, bottles thrown, people shot,' said D.C. Assistant Police Chief Brian K. Jordan about a fracas outside a Northeast Washington music club Monday evening that ended with two juveniles shot, two beaten and three arrested. 'What this says is we have some issues with our young people . . . the way they resolve issues with fights and weapons.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Good thing they have those strict gun laws, otherwise someone might have gotten shot . . . umm, never mind.
 

Canadian guide to middle east peace (blog)
Submitted by: Gunner Miller
Website: http://noquarters.blogspot.com/

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"... A retired Canadian military attache has an idea on how to bring peace to the middle east."

"Ex-military attache draws parallels to today's Mideast crisis with time he served there"

"To stop the killing in south Lebanon will take a military force powerful enough to subdue both sides of the conflict, says Bill McCullough, a retired Armed Forces colonel with extensive knowledge of the Middle East."

"Of course after you destroy the Israeli and Hezbollah you have to control those people."

"Here is where that Canadian compassion comes into play."

"Then, when order is established, make it illegal to own weapons."

"'No one must bear arms. Make it a capital offence - if you're carrying a weapon, you get shot on sight ..."
 

Australia: Trainee cop charged over replica gun
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"A NEW South Wales police student has been charged and booted out of the Goulburn training college for turning up to training with replica guns."

"Police said the 24-year-old Wakeley man was charged with possessing prohibited weapons after attending the NSW Police College with illegal weapons including a replica pistol with a laser sight and a replica sub-machine gun."

"A police spokeswoman said the trainee had been formally introducing himself to other students at a brief presentation session when he produced the weapons."

"'He used them as props,' the spokeswoman said. 'He may have thought they'd help give him a more effective presentation.'" ...
 

Australia: Army 'concocted accounts' of soldier's death in Iraq
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"MILITARY police investigating the death of Private Jake Kovco prepared in advance large parts of witness statements that were later signed by members of the dead soldier's unit in Iraq."

"One of those soldiers yesterday told a military board of inquiry these statements falsely claimed the unit had orders in place to prevent soldiers carrying loaded guns around the Australian Embassy in Baghdad."

"Soldier 14 - whose name has been withheld - said he had never been given such orders, which had not even been written at the time of the fatal shooting."

"He told the inquiry into Pte Kovco's death that large parts of his statement were 'objectionable' and 'did not accurately reflect' what he told military police." ...
 

MI: Supporting gun control good, not Anti-American
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"David Garlock's letter to the editor "Granholm signing Self-Defense Act laughable," (SN 8/8), only demonstrates his profound ignorance. According to Garlock, those who agree with gun control are an 'elitist cabal of freedom haters.' This is what is laughable."

"Perhaps Garlock would prefer to live in a country where his is the only viewpoint that counts."

"If you haven't picked up on it yet, I am for gun control. Don't get me wrong — I'm not your average 'elitist freedom hater.' I grew up as part of a working-class family in rural Alabama with shotguns and rifles on a gun rack on the living room wall just above the TV." ...
 

MI: MSU Grad Student Forgets New Orleans (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Michigan State University grad student wrote a letter to the editor to the MSU student newspaper opposing another student's LTE regarding gun control, ridiculing the other student's 'profound ignorance'."

"Duane Quates said he grew up around guns and is a Navy veteran, but believes that gun control 'is actually beneficial to both our economy and the operation of a free society.' He doesn't bother to explain how."

"After attacking the other student's pro-gun stance as ignorant, Quates demonstrates his own naïveté:"

"I can proudly say that I have no fear of the government taking away my firearms."

"Apparently, Quates has never heard the saying, Remember New Orleans..." ...
 

CA: 14th annual NRA benefit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

The Amador Friends of the National Rifle Association will host its 14th Annual NRA Fund-raiser Dinner & Auction, Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at St. Sava Mission, 604 Broadway, Jackson. The event will have a live auction, a silent auction and special drawings, with items including limited edition firearms, custom knives, art prints and items created only for the event. For more information, call 223-5550.
 

IN: O, we'll hammer out love
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More jail space, more courtrooms and more cops won't win the crime war our public officials have declared, any more than peace rallies or preaching will."

"I'm not exactly sure anything will. A few simple laws restricting access to guns would help, but rare is the elected official, even in law enforcement, who will come out and add the gun lobby to his list of enemies."

"The myth that violence is the work of a 'criminal element' that scoffs at gun control reigns pretty much unchallenged even in the face of relentless evidence that a whole lot of early death results from hotheads and addicts having heat at their disposal when they lose a parking space or need faster cash than you can get with a mop." ...
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Submitter's Note: How about the 'relentless evidence' that "Over 66% of murderers have long histories of violence against not only their enemies and other 'acquaintances,' but also against their relatives." (US Bureau of Justice Statistics, 'Murder in families', 1994 as quoted by GunFacts Ver. 4.0, p. 19)
 

PA: Of Arms and Angry Young Men
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Young black men are shooting each other at record rates this summer, and for some leaders the way to stem the violence is to remove the weapons. After all, it's difficult to shoot someone if you can't get your hands on a gun."

"The call to disarm has a reasonable ring to it. But given the facts, the notion of disarming local drug lords borders on the absurd. Philly's badlands are awash in weapons. And to hint that wholesale disarmament is even possible is to engage in magical thinking."

"The loudest cries are coming from Michael Nutter, a man who would be mayor. ... Nutter says that we're going have to be 'more aggressive in our policing ...'" ...
 

DC: Crime emergency affects very little
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Violent crime rates have changed little in the District since Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey declared a citywide crime emergency nearly a month ago."

"According to police statistics, the city had 21 homicides last month, when Chief Ramsey declared the crime emergency, and 20 in June."

"In addition, there were 309 reports of assaults with a deadly weapon last month, compared with 311 such reports in June. Sexual assaults numbered 33 last month and 38 in June."

"Last month, Mayor Anthony A. Williams said the crime emergency's goal was to decrease crime by 50 percent in 30 days."

"Yesterday, city officials defended the crime emergency, saying that arrests and enforcement have improved even if the crime rate has not." ...
 

IL: Referendum Supporters Gather at Morgue, Hoping Assault Weapons Victims Can One Day Stop Showing Up There
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Supporters of the Cook County referendum on the November ballot to allow resident to show their support for an assault weapons ban will discuss the referendum plans Thursday, Aug. 10 at 10 AM."

"They'll meet at the Cook County Morgue, 2121 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL."

"Scheduled attendees include Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin and other Cook County Commissioners; Siretha Woods and Denise Reed, the mothers of young Englewood assault weapons victims; Tom Dart, Candidate for Sheriff Cook County; State Representative Edward Acevedo; Jennifer Bishop, the State Director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; and others." ...
 

GA: Gun control: Responses to 'Crime will feed off lax U.S. gun laws,' Editorial, Aug. 7
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Once again, the liberal members of the AJC editorial board focus on their interpretation of events. Blaming the crime rate in New York and other gun-restrictive cities, such as Washington, D.C., on legal gun laws in other areas is the anti-gun lobby's stock argument. They never suggest that the super-strict banning of weapons in these cities leads to higher crime rates in these cities." ...

"The editorial misrepresents the efforts of legitimate and honest gun dealers here in Georgia. It fails to mention that one of the local dealers has filed his own lawsuit aimed at New York and its billionaire mayor, Michael Bloomberg, for slander as well as violations of federal law as a result of these attacks." ...
 

OH: What Were Your Reasons For Becoming Licensed? (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nearly 75,000 Ohio citizens have received a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) since Shall Issue CCW became law in 2004. ... However, the personal reasons why one chooses to pursue a CHL may vary. Some are a likely target for criminals due to their line of work. Some recognize the innate right to self defense guaranteed by the U.S. and Ohio Constitutions. For me, being recently married made me realize that I wanted to do everything in my power to protect those that I love. One brave woman in Middletown, Ohio has shared her reasons for seeking a license to carry a concealed handgun in an August 9th article in The Cincinnati Enquirer entitled 'Victim Standing her Ground'." ...
 

KS: Blackpowder users file complaint
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks is one of 15 game agencies in 15 states that has been named in a civil rights complaint of discrimination against those agencies for not permitting the use of rifle scopes during special muzzleloader deer seasons."

"The complaint was filed by the North American Muzzleloader Hunting Association and claims that since other firearms including center-fire rifles, handguns and slug-loaded shotguns can use rifle scopes as a sight aid, to deny the use of a rifle scope for muzzleloaders is discrimination due to age, sight disability and segregation, said Toby Bridges, founder of NAMHA in a letter of complaint to Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior." ...
 

WY: NRA sets sights on Wyoming
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Wyoming is one of eight states that the National Rifle Association will be lobbying in during the 2007 general session of the Legislature."

"Its goal: passage of a 'castle doctrine law.'"

"That law basically states that a person can defend himself with deadly force on anyone trying to illegally and forcibly enter his home, possibly with the motive of hurting that individual or the individual's family."

"The New York Times reported Monday that the NRA will seek to lobby for castle doctrine in eight unidentified states following the recent adoption of similar laws in 15 states."

"'We are interested in pursuing castle doctrine legislation in Wyoming,' said Ashley Varner, a spokeswoman for the legislative arm of the NRA ..." ...
 

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