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Bob Barr: Trashing privacy
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"Thanks to the U.S. Senate's remarkable but well-known lack of backbone, nations such as Albania, Croatia, Uganda and many others now will be able to call up the U.S. Justice Department and find out as much as they would like about anything you do with your computer." ...

"The issue at hand is the so-called Cybercrime Treaty, drafted by European bureaucrats and championed by the Bush administration. ..." ...

"Similarly, if law enforcement officials in another signatory nation with much stricter gun control laws than ours, decide there's some evidence on a U.S. citizen's computer in this country that they say is related to an anti-firearms prosecution, all they need do is ring up our Justice Department and request the information. It matters not that the offense in the other country triggering the investigation might not be a crime under U.S. law." ...
 

The executive over-reaches again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This nation was originally conceived not as the United States, but as the united states - a coalition of independent nations, each with its own militia and chief executive, working together to overthrow the British crown."

"For more than 200 years, those militias - now known as the National Guard - have remained under the control of each state's chief executive. But the federal government is quietly trying to change that."

"According to the National Governors Association, someone - no one seems sure who - inserted language into a thousands-of-pages-long defense appropriations bill that would give the president the power to take control of National Guard forces in the event of a broadly-defined domestic emergency ..." ...
 

Officially Induced Panic
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"More than a week after the US and UK announcements that an alleged terror plot to blow up commercial airliners flying from Britain to the US had been foiled, the official claims are unraveling. Authorities have been unable to provide any concrete evidence to back up the story that police raids and mass arrests in Britain thwarted an imminent attack that would have taken the lives of thousands of transatlantic travelers."

"Significant details, in fact, have come to light that indicate the opposite. Not only has it been revealed that no bombs were actually in the process of being assembled, but none of the suspects ... had purchased airline tickets. Some did not even hold passports." ...
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Submitter's Note: Anybody Surprised?
 

Dear Annie (last letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Dear Annie: I had to laugh when I read the letter from 'Nonviolent in the Midwest,' who didn't want her children to play with toy guns. I also tried to keep my son from playing with toy guns. However, after watching him chew a toy pistol from a piece of toast, I finally gave up."

"My son is now almost 20 and spending his summer at the Rainbow Family Festival, which is dedicated to peace and love. With Aloha from Hawaii"

"Dear Hawaii: Thank you for pointing out that playing with toy guns does not necessarily make a child prone to violence. It's reassuring for parents to know."
 

Blackwater and Heckler & Koch Form Training Program
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Heckler & Koch and Blackwater announced today the formation of a joint training program."

"Blackwater HK International Training Services will develop and teach high-level firearms, tactical, and armorer's courses that use renowned Heckler & Koch weapons."

"Blackwater HK International Training Services will combine the current courses of the Heckler & Koch Training Group of Ashburn, Virginia, with curriculum developed jointly by Heckler & Koch and the Blackwater Training Center, one of the business units of Blackwater and the largest private training facility in the United States." ...
 

A Thing for Slings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I like a rifle sling. I dislike hunting without one, and I really hate the occasional oddball rifle that isn't equipped with sling swivels. Not everyone agrees. I know many African professional hunters who abhor slings. These guys carry a bigbore rifle sort of like I carry my cell phone. They want it ready at all times and aren't comfortable having it slung over a shoulder and thus even a half-second out of reach--and they don't want the temptation to carry it that way. In their situation and occupation they are correct." ...

"Me, I'm lazy, and I like to carry the rifle slung when I'm not going to need it anytime soon. There are, of course, times when the rifle really should be in your hands ..." ...
 

GA: Self-defense law may aid accused shooter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Gainesville businessman could fend off aggravated assault charges with the help of a self-defense bill signed into law earlier this year, the man's attorney said."

"Troy Millikan, who represents 47-year-old Anderson Bobo Briscoe, said his client's actions on Mother's Day 2005 are now protected by a statute known as the 'Stand Your Ground' bill, which was signed into law in April." ...

"Richardson was shot twice in the chest with a 9 mm, but survived. Briscoe later turned himself in and was charged with aggravated assault and possession of a gun during the commission of a felony." ...

"Millikan maintains that Briscoe acted in self-defense ... A booking photo of Briscoe shows him with a severely swollen right eye." ...
 

CA: Self defense a matter of dignity
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This is in response to the Your Turn commentary Aug. 12 by Diane Barde of the Brady Campaign to promote a police state."

"If a person such as Barde does not want to protect herself or her family, that is perfectly fine, but why should law-abiding, free people who do want to protect themselves have to ask permission to do so?"

"Why shouldn't criminals live in fear instead of the good guys? Many cities in the Bay Area have astronomical murder rates. Why should a law-abiding citizen have to be unprotected? Why should I have to wear a Timex instead of a Rolex because the county sheriff or the state will not allow citizens the dignity of self protection?" ...
 

Josh Sugarman: John McCain's "Gun Problem"
Submitted by: Ed Anger

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"A front-page story in today's New York Times details how Arizona Senator John McCain is 'locking up a cast of top-shelf Republican strategists, policy experts, fund-raisers, and donors' in an effort to put his bid for the Republican Presidential nomination ahead of the pack. Among the strategists joining McCain's team is former National Rifle Association top lobbyist James Jay Baker, now with a private Washington lobbying firm."

"Baker's addition to this 'growing kitchen cabinet' exposes one of McCain's most glaring weaknesses in his efforts to appeal to the Republican base necessary to secure the nomination: McCain has a very big problem with the pro-gun vote. They think he's a weasel and a turncoat." ...
 

CT: Montville mayor withdraws gun ordinance
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Montville Mayor Joseph Jaskiewicz is withdrawing a proposed ordinance regulating target shooting.

About 175 people attended a town council meeting last week in opposition to Jaskiewicz’s proposal, which has gained the attention of the National Rifle Association.

Jaskiewicz proposed the ordinance after it was discovered the state regulates hunting, but not target shooting. It also came shortly after John Dufrat, chief warden of the Milo Light Nature Preserve, became concerned about a neighbor's increased shooting near the preserve.

In withdrawing the ordinance, Jaskiewicz said "this ordinance was drafted with the intent of assuring the public's safety with respect to target shooting, certainly never to take anyone’s rights away."
 

NE: Columbus Will Maintain Ban On Concealed Handguns
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"City officials in Columbus have decided to keep a local law in place which bans carrying concealed weapons of all kinds with city limits."

"The action was in line with a request by Police Chief William Gumm to leave the ordinance unchanged."

"In January a new state law will allow qualified Nebraskans to apply for permits to carry concealed handguns. However, it leaves in place the authority of cities to further regulate or ban concealed weapons within their boundaries."

"Several Columbus officials said they wanted to see how the 'concealed carry' law would impact other cities of similar size." ...
 

CA: Doolittle, Brown court gun owners
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"U.S. Rep. John Doolittle and challenger Charlie Brown are both courting gun owners as they campaign for a sprawling District 4 congressional seat ..."

"Doolittle, R-Roseville and Brown, a Democrat and Roseville resident, claim gun ownership. Both say they believe strongly in the rights of firearms ownership, as spelled out in the U.S. Constitution." ...

"'I believe that every law-abiding American citizen should be permitted to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms,' Doolittle said."

"Brown said he owns several guns, often target practices, and goes so far as to invite Doolittle to a target-shooting contest." ...
 

MA: [Police]Man says gunshot story a lie
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"A local man and part-time Randolph Police officer has acknowledged he lied to police about an intruder at his parents' home earlier this month to justify firing his 9 mm 'off-duty' handgun."

"Greg W. Kennedy, 29, of 11 Maude Terrace, speaking briefly on the steps outside his home yesterday, said the incident has cost him his firearms permit and may cost him his full-time job at a private security company, but he expects to keep his part-time job as an officer with the Randolph Auxiliary Police Force." ...
 

UK: Officer cleared of assaulting reveller
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A POLICEMAN has had his conviction for assaulting a reveller overturned after his alleged victim refused to give evidence at his appeal."

"After his name was cleared, PC Paul Kelly, 51, of Wakefield, said: 'I am absolutely thrilled to bits. It was an unexpected decision. But never for one moment did I feel that I would be found guilty of this offence and it has restored my faith in British justice.'"

"He was found guilty last September of two charges of common assault on Ben Colcombe in Pontefract town centre in 2003 and sentenced to 200 hours of community service with £545 court costs."

"But that conviction was quashed at Bradford Crown Court on Monday. ..." ...
 

CO: 1853 revolving carbine rifle, rarest find at annual gun show
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Antique, firearm, knife and coin collectors gathered in the Chaffee County Fairgrounds community building Saturday for the annual Mon-Ark Shrine Club Heart of the Rockies Gun Show."

"Weapons ranging from the rarest antiques to the latest available filled tables, in addition to an array of accessories."

"John Maddux, one of the most popular dealers, has attended all but one show since its inception. He returned after a medical hiatus last year."

"Maddux displayed the rarest firearm at the show - a .54 caliber Schalk and McClennahan revolving carbine rifle manufactured in 1853 in St. Louis, Mo. It is valued between $14,000 and $16,000." ...
 

IN: Keep guns from outlaws
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"Gun advocates often claim that if stricter gun laws are approved, only the outlaws would have guns."

"The idea to keep weapons out of reach of convicted felons is a good one. Rules keeping the weapons from such men and women should pacify even the most ardent of gun-rights supporters."

"Van Bokkelen, a U.S. attorney for Indiana's Northern District, along with other law-enforcement officials, publicized a program last week touting the severe prison terms people would face if convicted of straw purchases of firearms." ...

"The federal Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bureau has classified Indiana as a source for firearms purchased legally and later used in crimes throughout the Midwest." ...
 

NY: Guns Don’t Kill People, People Kill People
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"Mr. Olson quoted: 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed' and concluded that the Second Amendment is clearly in favor of gun control. That one has me scratching my head."

"Gun control advocates like Mr .Olson love to throw around crime statistics as proof that there is a gun problem in this country, when in actuality, they only prove our country has a crime problem, that criminals like using guns, and that our governments, justice systems, and law enforcement agencies have failed to adequately control crime. What Mr. Olson of course failed to mention, was that criminals commit crimes using ILLEGAL firearms. Law abiding citizens and their legally owned firearms, are not the problem." ...
 

Terminally ill youth get hunting wish
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Statesman Journal our of Salem, Oregon has published a great story about a non-profit group called Hunt of a Lifetime:"

"After hearing testimony that was emotional, even tearful, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday approved issuing up to 25 free hunting tags to be used by terminally ill youngsters." ...

"We are all familiar with various groups that provide special trips for very ill or terminally ill young people. Many such groups will not include hunting trips in their agenda. It is great to see Hunt of a Lifetime filling that void and making something special happen for these youth. The people involved in this effort certainly deserve a hearty thank you and a gold star in Heaven." ...
 

VA: Hunting on Sunday still is hot topic
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The yellow stickers stood out like wildflowers in the forest."

"'I Support Sunday Hunting,' they proclaimed on the shirts of many patrons at the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show last weekend."

"Butch Ammon went beyond stickers with a T-shirt that was more like a billboard."

"'I Support Sunday Hunting. How About You?' the front said."

"The back listed things you can do on Sunday -- go fishing, boating, target shooting -- but not hunting."

"Not everyone embraced Ammon's message warmly, but that is a measure of the heat the issue generates, not only among outdoor sportsmen but also with the public."

And the debate is definitely bubbling." ...
 

The Not-So-Humble Twenty-Two
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In 1980, Kimber of Oregon introduced their famous Model 82. It was billed as an 'adult-sized, high-quality .22 rifle,' and greeted with a mixture of admiration, disbelief and no small amount of cynicism." ...

"The subject here, however, isn’t Kimber but the high-quality .22, a contradiction in terms in the eyes of most shooters today, especially younger ones who’ve never seen a .22 rifle or handgun that wasn’t a cheaply made 'youth' model bolt action or a hammered-out semiauto. Even today’s target pistols aren’t in the same class as those of the 1950s, at least in terms of machining and finishing. Accurate they may be, but works of art they are not." ...
 

UK: Sawn-off shotguns seized in raid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A DETECTIVE inspector shows the haul of two sawn-off shotguns and a pistol which were recovered during a raid on a house.

Det Insp Paul Withers, pictured with the guns, led the raid in St George's View, Blackburn, on Thursday when his officers executed a firearms warrant.

The weapons were seized as well as a quantity of drugs.

Three men, aged 19, 22 and 42, have been arrested and questioned on the suspicion of possessing the weapons.
 

Japan: High-level yakuza held on suspicion of gun-smuggling
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Tokyo police on Monday arrested a crime boss whose gang allegedly spearheaded an operation to smuggle guns and explosives from the Philippines into Japan."

"The Metropolitan Police Department said Tadashi Matsuda, 43, was arrested on suspicion of violating firearms control laws."

"Matsuda's gang ... has been under investigation for allegedly smuggling at least 11 handguns and 220 bullets from the Philippines in December ..." ...

"Prior to Monday's arrest, police had held nine people in March in connection with the gang's arms smuggling. Police confiscated more than 20 handguns and automatic pistols, two grenades and explosives while searching sites linked to the Inagawa-kai around Yokohama." ...
 

UK: Gun Alert Trio Released
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A MAN and two youths arrested after reports of guns being brandished and pointed at pedestrians in Clarendon Road, Shanklin, last week, were later released." ...

"Four air weapons were recovered by police in a house where the trio were arrested. ..."

"Det Sgt Nick Heelan said: 'This inappropriate behaviour with BB guns resulted in deployment of the armed response vehicle, a dog unit and several officers to the address. In addition, road closures were put in place at a busy time, when Shanklin Regatta was closing.'"

"'Two members of the public were shocked and concerned when they saw what they believed were a real shotgun and pistol being waved by these people on the doorstep of the property in full view of the public.'"
 

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The gun-control movement is driven by raw emotion. Facts are irrelevant. Logic is spurned. Utter nonsense is solemnly intoned. It's little wonder that our most emotive president has made gun control his signature domestic issue. — Don Feder

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