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The Problem with the U.N.
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"The United Nations is trying, once again, to eliminate the Second Amendment of the United States. In conjunction with the Non-Governmental Organization known as the International Action Network Against Small Arms, the United Nations held yet another conference that supposedly intends to reduce the level of violence around the world by controlling the access and movement of small arms." ...

"The real reason for this treaty is to disarm people, including American citizens, in a way that is palatable. Clearly, if the U.N. were to go around forcibly disarming people the future of that organization would span the life of a housefly. By attempting disarmament in this fashion, the United Nations stands a better chance of successfully disarming most of the world's population. Once disarmed, the U.N. will likely move forward with an agenda so wildly unpopular as to bring this whole disarmament scheme into a better light. By that time it will be too late to revolt." ...
 

CA: Officials plan crackdown on illegal gun transfers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun owners beware: law enforcement officials want Los Angeles gun users to know that they can be arrested for giving or selling a gun to someone without a legal background check, especially if the gun turns up at a crime scene."

"Officials announced Thursday that state and local law enforcement agencies are teaming up to launch a crackdown on illegal gun exchanges."

"The effort will begin as a pilot program in two high-crime areas of Los Angeles, around the Los Angeles Police Department's 77th Street station in South Los Angeles, and around the Devonshire station in Northridge." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course the US Supreme Court has ruled that criminals can't be punished for failing to register their guns because it is self-incrimination. One can only assume that the same would be true of registering an illegal gun sale . . .
 

TX: Man Fatally Shoots Girlfriend's Ex-Husband
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the Hill Country, a man is dead after an alleged domestic dispute and apparent break in."

"Thirty-three-year-old Brandon Joseph Steele died Monday after being shot ... Authorities believe that he broke into his ex-wife's house through a bedroom window."

"The woman, her boyfriend and a 5-year-old child were in that room. Steele allegedly threatened them."

"The boyfriend told police that's when he shot Steele. The ex-wife claims he had come to the house earlier, intoxicated and belligerent."

"'This is a situation which has all indications of being a self defense issue. Unfortunately, there was a life taken in this event, so we have to proceed with it as if it is a homicide,' Chief Bill Lane of Horseshoe Bay said." ...
 

AL: Don't become vulnerable to rape on campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It is 2 a.m. I timidly pull up to a parking space at my place of residency. I put my car in park and I hesitate. The whole way home I constantly scout out my surroundings, but I still cannot see what may be lurking behind the bushes."

"When I step out of my car, my heart is pounding, I feel as if I am being hunted. I am the prey and the predator is watching my every move. Watching, waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike."

"Is he out there? Does he see me? Will I be the next victim of a sexual assault crime or rape?"

"Since November 2003, there have been 11 attempted rapes by a serial rapist targeting the vulnerable women of west Mobile. But women are starting to learn ways to fight back." ...
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Submitter's Note: Fortunately for the rapist, the University has a predator friendly gun ban on campus.
 

New Zealand: Act upholds the right to self-defence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"All New Zealanders should have a right to defend themselves, their families and their property from criminals without being prosecuted, says the Act party."

"Justice spokesman Stephen Franks yesterday announced the party's self-defence policy, which emphasises that the law should ensure criminals are afraid, not their victims. Mr Franks presented a medal to Auckland man Michael Vaimauga, who was arrested for assault after he stopped a burglar breaking into a shop."

"Mr Vaimauga went through five court hearings before being discharged without conviction and ordered to pay $150 to the Salvation Army. The would-be burglar has never been charged." ...
 

New Zealand: ACT Party accused of promoting vigilante action
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Launching the party's self-defence policy in Auckland yesterday ACT justice spokesman Stephen Franks said New Zealanders should be encouraged not punished for helping to stop crime."

"He said people who protected themselves or others should not face prosecution and criticised the police position of telling victims to do what offenders directed them to do." ...

"[Police Minister George] Hawkins said Labour supported police in their work rather than encourage people to put themselves at risk."

"'The Labour-led Government has given police the resources needed to slash crime in this country ...' Mr Hawkins said."

"'Political parties should be getting behind them rather than encouraging vigilantes to take the law into their own hands.'" ...
 

IA: Iowa Republicans give nod to Rice in presidential poll
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a surprising top choice for president among Iowa Republicans according to a poll to be released today -- more than two years before the state's first-in-the-nation caucuses."

"Among 400 Republicans who said they are likely to attend the 2008 caucuses, Rice received the backing of 30.3 percent. U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona was second in the survey with 16 percent and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received support from 15.3 percent. Roughly 20 percent were undecided." ...

"-- 58 percent said they vote for candidates who support the National Rifle Association and gun rights." ...
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Submitter's Note: "During the bombings of the summer of 1963, [Rice's] father and other neighborhood men guarded the streets at night to keep white vigilantes at bay. Rice said her staunch defense of gun rights comes from those days."
 

VA: Deeds launches gun rights group
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Democratic attorney general candidate R. Creigh Deeds launched a gun rights group Tuesday and was one of two nominees on his party’s statewide ticket to win the backing of the group NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia."

"Deeds, a Bath County state senator whose largely rural district includes the Charlottesville area, announced the formation of a 33-member 'Sportsmen for Deeds' group to publicize his conservation background and support for the right to hunt, fish and buy and bear arms." ...
 

NM: Former Marine accused of downing sheriff’s helicopter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man accused of shooting down a sheriff’s helicopter is a former Marine marksman who said he witnessed the crash and bragged to investigators that it would be no problem for him to 'make that shot,' according to sheriff’s records."

"Jason Kerns, 29, was arrested late Monday ..."

"Bernalillo County, N.M., authorities said they recovered several firearms from Kerns' home, including a rifle they believe was involved in the shooting, along with boxes of ammunition." ...

"Investigators ... later went to Kerns residence. There, they found 'multiple Marine Corps manuals and additional military literature,' along with empty military style 'ammo cans' scattered around the property, according to records." ...
 

CA: Police officials seek to address public anger over fatal police shooting (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Authorities sought Tuesday to assuage public concern and anger over a fatal police shooting that riddled an armed man's SUV with bullets and sent stray rounds into homes and parked cars."

"'It is not uncommon in officer-involved shootings to have an officer shoot 10 to 15 times -- an individual officer,' sheriff's Lt. Thomas Bennett said during a morning briefing on Sunday's fatal standoff in National City."

"Officers unleashed a total of 95 rounds when the 39-year-old man fired a pellet gun out of the back of his sport utility vehicle, where he had been holed up for hours. He died of multiple gunshot wounds."

"Three other cars and three homes were damaged in the barrage of gunfire." ...
 

AR: Gun grabbed, shot rings out in courthouse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A man committed to a mental hospital grabbed and fired a deputy’s pistol at the floor Tuesday during a scuffle outside a Sebastian County courtroom."

"A Sebastian County sheriff’s deputy was slightly injured in the 3 p.m. incident ..."

"Circuit Judge Jim Spears had just committed Robert Corbin, 28, of Fort Smith to Bridgeway Hospital in North Little Rock. Corbin left the court and was being held down the hall in a jury room at a courthouse annex at Garrison Avenue and Sixth Street, said his court-appointed attorney, David Dunagin of Fort Smith."

"Corbin attacked two deputies as they were switching handcuffs on Corbin so that he could be taken to the North Little Rock hospital, sheriff’s Capt. Bill Hollenbeck said." ...
 

RI: Town looks to end officer's paid suspension
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"The town is looking for a way to review the conduct of a suspended police sergeant and strip him of his pay if necessary, without compromising a months-long investigation mounted by Pawtucket and North Providence police and the attorney general, according to Mayor A. Ralph Mollis."

"Authorities say Sgt. Michael Ciresi was suspended -- with pay -- more than six months ago, sometime after a Dec. 23 robbery in which a Pawtucket man was accused of using a gun belonging to the sergeant." ...

"Now, with no way of knowing how long that probe might continue, Mollis says he is looking for ways to resolve the question of Ciresi's employment without undercutting the work of police investigators and prosecutors." ...
 

UK: Shot Brazilian 'did not jump barrier and run'
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"The Brazilian electrician shot dead by police on the London Underground last month was being restrained when he was killed by officers from Scotland Yard's firearms unit, according to documents leaked last night." ...

"Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has apologised for the death of Mr de Menezes and a senior officer has visited Brazil to talk to his family. However, the latest disclosures will cast fresh light on Sir Ian's insistence that the death was the tragic consequence of a legitimate operation."

"Shortly after the shooting, Sir Ian said: 'Whatever else they were doing, they clearly thought they were faced with a suicide bomber and they were running towards him. ...'" ...
 

Mexico: Police in Mexico arrest 'out of control' hit squad
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"Acting on a tip, police in Monterrey, Mexico, captured a heavily armed hit squad blamed for at least some of the recent killings of police officers in Nuevo Laredo, U.S. and Mexican authorities said Tuesday."

"Nuevo Leon state police arrested at least 20 people early Tuesday at a restaurant in an upscale Monterrey neighborhood."

"The suspects' own higher-ups had turned them in because the hit squad had gotten too violent and was 'out of control,' said a U.S. investigator with knowledge of the arrests." ...
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Mexico: Nine law officials arrested in Ensenada kidnappings, killings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Nine law enforcement officials in Ensenada, including an assistant director of the city's police force, were arrested over the weekend for suspected involvement in a series of kidnappings and killings in the port city."

"Some of the suspects have been linked to the region's major drug group, the Arellano Félix cartel, according to a news release from the Baja California state attorney general's office."

"The nine officials and two civilians were flown to Mexico City, where federal authorities with Mexico's organized crime unit have taken over the case. State authorities said the arrests stemmed from an investigation into the Aug. 11 abduction of an unidentified businessperson who later was rescued." ...
 

NV: 'Range slobs' ruin great volunteer effort
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the last three or four months, a couple of us have taken on the responsibility of cleaning up the make-shift firing range on Powerline Road. Your newspaper was even kind enough to do an article on our volunteer project."

"We would go out daily and pick up the trash, expended shells, food wrappers and only God knows what. We spent many hours of educating folks about picking up after themselves, not to shoot at glass bottles and please not to shoot their shotguns at the plywood we provided as a backstop ..."

"To the 95 out of 100 shooters who helped keep the place clean, I thank you ... This letter is directed to the four or five "range slobs" who seem not to have been taught any sort of manners whatsoever in their lifetime." ...
 

IL: Sportsmen can help recruit women, youth to hunting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It has been said more times than I can count that the future of the shooting and hunting sports lies with our youth. Truer words have never been spoken."

"The future of the shooting sports is the legacy that we pass down to the next generation of shooting sportsmen. Equally as important is recruiting women into the shooting sports. ... While I see more and more women in the shooting sports, I also see a huge need for more women to get involved in shooting. Not only can the introduction of a new woman shooter benefit the sport as a whole, but also it is an avenue for the introduction of the shooting sports to our youth who would otherwise have no exposure to shooting." ...
 

IL: Local hunters could assist in deer reduction
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Local hunters would help cut down the deer herd in Winnebago County forest preserves next year under a plan being considered by the preserve director."

"Hunters started asking County Board members more than two years ago to let them help cull a deer population ..."

"But under the latest proposal, County Board members have no official say. Instead, it's up to Tom Kalousek, forest preserve director."

"Kalousek said he will decide in December whether local hunters should help with the county's existing deer-kill program for the first three months of next year. Because it would be a deer-reduction program that's under the director's discretion and not a recreational hunt, no County Board vote is needed." ...
 

NC: Never on Sunday: Hunting ban studied
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"The ban on Sunday hunting, an issue that puts hunters, outdoors, farm and family-values groups at odds, will get the scrutiny of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission."

"Gov. Mike Easley requested a study of the controversial issue so as to come up with a report on whether to relax, abolish or keep the 136-year-old ban. The report would go to the legislature before its 2007-08 session."

"North Carolina is one of 10 states that forbids hunting on Sunday under a law passed by the 1868-69 legislature. Even hunters are split on the issue; some want the ban lifted, others want it kept in place." ...
 

OR: State plan calls for big increase in cougar hunting
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"A new state plan calls for up to a 45 percent increase in the number of hunter-killed female cougars in Oregon, after a steady increase in reports of cougar-human conflicts throughout the state."

"Complaints about the animals have been on the rise since hound-hunting was banned by voters in 1994, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife."

"The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife unveiled a draft of the Oregon Cougar Management Plan on Friday."

"While it sets a goal for fewer cougars around humans, it calls for no increases in quotas for sport-killed cougars or changes to the year-round hunting season." ...
 

CO: Dentry: Hunters disapprove proposal
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Big-game hunters flatly shot down recommendations of an ad hoc committee looking into changing the way limited elk, deer and pronghorn licenses might be doled out among user groups."

"In a public-input survey, a heavy majority of hunters gave a steely thumbs- down to virtually every option the License Allocation Work Group favored for rearranging the balance of big-game licenses among hunters, landowners and outfitters."

"The survey results fairly snarl at the committee's efforts to accommodate special interests that profit from commerce in hunting. The Colorado Wildlife Commission got first glance at the results Thursday at a workshop in Alamosa." ...
 

CA: Lompoc cops get new guns
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"When Lompoc's finest hit the streets on Monday, they will be newly trained and equipped with new duty weapons and individually assigned tasers."

"'We're doing a training on Friday (Aug. 19) and then they will be issued on Monday (Aug. 22),' said Lompoc Police Sgt. Chuck Strange."

"The department received city council approval two weeks ago to replace their aging Smith and Wesson model 5903 handguns, originally issued in 1988, with Glock G22 weapons complete with tactical lights that clip on to the gun's barrel and holsters. The new guns are the handgun of choice for many federal agencies, including the FBI, Strange said." ...
 

NV: Area hunters get 'Range Day'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Las Vegas area hunters and shooters should mark Sept. 10 on their calendars for Nevada Department of Wildlife Range Day.

For seven years, NDOW Range Day has provided hunters a place to safely and legally sight in their firearms for the upcoming big game seasons.

Desert Sportsman's Rifle and Pistol Club, 12201 W. Charleston Blvd., will again co-host the event.

Range officers and NDOW Hunter Education instructors will be standing by to insure safety and to provide personalized instruction with range time and targets provided free of charge.

Shooting starts at 8 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. Interested sportsmen should call the NDOW southern region office at 702-486-5127 ext. 3501 to reserve a time.
 

ME: Brewer tables firearms ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No one stood up to oppose a proposed change to the firearms ordinance, but Councilor Larry Doughty just didn't feel right about moving forward on the matter and asked for the issue to be sent back to committee for more public comment."

"Doughty, calling the proposed restriction 'extreme,' asked several questions about why the change was needed and what spurred the decision to restrict rifle use in certain outlying areas of the city."

"'I've got a problem with this,' he said. 'I think it's too broad and I think it ought to be redone or rewritten.'" ...
 

TX: Strange-Looking Dove is in the Bag
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... "... the influx of camouflaged clothes signals an exodus from cool air-conditioned comfort to the blistering late-summer heat of the dove hunting fields."

"Jim Cathey, Uvalde-based Extension wildlife specialist, said mourning dove have traditionally ruled the roost over much of Texas, making it the dominant species in most hunters' bags. Another native, the white-winged dove, has become established across parts of the state, and is fast expanding its number and range." ...

"But now, Cathey said, there's yet another new dove in town; one that may not be welcome. The Eurasian collared dove, unlike the native mourning and white-winged varieties, is an exotic or introduced species now being seen frequently." ...
 

IL: Illinois Shooters Take Honors at National Matches
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"The ISRA is pleased to announce that shooters from Illinois have enjoyed outstanding success at the National Matches, held recently in Camp Perry, Ohio." ...
 

KS: Project ChildSafe brings gun safety message to city
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The nation's largest firearm safety education program made a stop in El Dorado Monday to deliver free gun locks to El Dorado Police Department and the Butler County Sheriff's Office."

"Jay Drangeid, firearms safety coordinator for Project ChildSafe, said he delivered 500 locks to the sheriff's department and 200 locks to the police department." ...

"Project ChildSafe will have distributed more than 32 million gun locks in all 50 states by the end of 2005. ..."

"El Dorado Police Chief Tom Boren said people can request locks at police headquarters without having to bring their firearm."

"'Anyone who has a firearm in the home should have one,' Boren said, 'especially if there are children in the home.'"
 

Canada: Sharpen up for shoot
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"The Manitou Seguin Fish and Game Club will be holding their annual Turkey Shoot on Saturday, August 20. If it should happen to rain, the shoot will be held on August 27. This will begin at 10 a.m. on the McDougall Township Road running out of Parry Sound about 1 kilometre before it connects with Hurdville Road. You can use .22- calibre rifles and shotguns and you win frozen turkeys. Contact Wilf Monette at 389-9635." ...
 

UK: Wellard the mallard murdered
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A duck which survived having a screwdriver embedded in its side for more than a year has been found shot dead."

"The body of the adult male mallard - nicknamed Wellard - was discovered at Whittleford Pool, in Nuneaton, on Monday night after an anonymous tip-off to a local animal charity."

"It is the latest attack on wildfowl in the area in recent days - on Sunday night a male swan was found dead at a nearby pool after being targeted with a .22 air rifle."

"Geoff Grewcock, from the Nuneaton- based Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, said they had also had reports of another duck being shot with a crossbow in Bedworth." ...
 

Malaysia: Family robbed at gunpoint
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"A chief operating officer of a company and his family spent 30 terrifying minutes being held up in their house in USJ2 by two pistol-totting robbers on Monday night."

"The robbers ransacked the house and took RM1,000, a cell phone and a personal digital assistant (PDA), before escaping with the man’s RM450,000 Mercedes Benz S320."

"The robbers struck at 8.30pm when the victim was in the garden of his double-storey house with his pet Rottweiler."

"The robbers, who police believe had scaled a perimeter wall, walked up to the victim and put a gun to his head. They then ordered him to restrain the dog."

"They also threatened to shoot his family members if he failed to follow orders." ...
 

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