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Lott: Canada Blames Us
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"If you have a problem, it's often easier to blame someone else rather than deal with it. And with Canada's murder rate rising 12 percent last year and a recent rash of murders by gangs in Toronto and other cities, it's understandable that Canadian politicians want a scapegoat. That at least was the strategy Canada's premiers took when they met last Thursday with the new U.S. ambassador to Canada, David Wilkins, and spent much of their time blaming their crime problems on guns smuggled in from the United States."

"Of course, there is a minor problem with the attacks on the U.S. ... the government does not how many crime-guns were seized in Canada, let alone where those guns came from. ..." ...
 

SAAMI Gains Seat At U.N. Table
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"With the United Nations' continued attempt toward international gun ban treaties marching forward, it is heartening to finally get some good gun-related news out of the U.N. The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI) has recently been granted official consultive status to the U.N."

"Founded in 1926, SAAMI publishes voluntary industry quality and safety standards, coordinates technical manufacturing data, and promotes safe and responsible firearms use. Virtually all new firearms sold in the United States adhere to the approximately 700 standards set by SAAMI that are reviewed by the National Institute Of Standards and Technology."
 

OH: Exposed: Pulling back the curtain on the Gun Grabbers' Wizard of Toledo (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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... "Several volunteers for the Buckeye Firearms Association have since been working on this investigation, and have uncovered evidence that Ms.Toby Hoover's Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence has been raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from the ultra-liberal and anti-gun Joyce Foundation over the past several years, and that Toby Hoover has been paying herself a nice salary plus hefty expense reimbursements ever since."

"We can also now reveal what the liberal media failed to do when examining the issue of money and influence - when it comes to funding for Ohio-based gun groups on both sides of the gun issue, Hoover's OCAGV wins hands-down." ...
 

TN: Ruling says gas stations liable
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Selling gas to a drunk could make store owners legally responsible for injuries suffered if the intoxicated motorist causes a crash, the state Supreme Court has ruled."

"The groundbreaking ruling comes in a Knoxville lawsuit that sought to extend the state's negligence laws, long applied to those who hawk alcohol to drunks, to those who provide them gas." ...
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Submitter's Note: Next stop - Bullet makers are at fault for all armed robbery.
 

NC: Jury continues deliberations today in Byrd trial
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A jury continues its deliberations today in the trial of a Transylvania County man charged with trying to kill his wife by shooting her in the head after she made plans to end their troubled relationship." ...

"Prosecutors say Byrd gunned down Carrie Byrd on March 23, 2004, at Olsten Staffing Services in Arden, where she worked as a receptionist."

"Byrd is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, one for causing serious injury, in connection with the shooting of his wife and firing shots at her co-worker, Gerald Cotton. He also is charged with violating a domestic violence restraining order." ...
 

South Africa: Driver denies road rage claim
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pietermaritzburg businessman Mahomed Essa has reacted with outrage to allegations that, far from being the victim of an attempted hijacking, he had pursued two men who crashed his luxury car and then fired shots at them in a "road rage" incident a week ago." ...

"Essa had told the police and The Mercury that on Monday, August 15, two hijackers had deliberately smashed into his car on the corner of King Edward Avenue and Durban Road."

"They had then opened fire on him in the middle of morning traffic, he said. He said that he believed he might have wounded one or both of his alleged attackers during the exchange of gunfire after he turned the tables on his alleged hijackers and pursued their car." ...
 

Botswana: Court discharges, acquits murder accused
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"David Morwaagole, the man who has been on trial for killing Meleko Dube in Mochudi in 2001, is a free man."

"Justice Athalia Molokomme discharged and acquitted Morwaagole in Mochudi where the High Court was on circuit."

"Morwaagoles discharge and acquittal followed a submission by his defence attorney, Joao Salbany of Bayford and Associates, that his client had no case to answer." ...

"For the state, Susan Mangori contended that the shotgun used by Morwaagole was not proportional to the screwdriver wielded by Dube." ...

"The right to defend oneself, family and property against an unlawful attack is protected by Section 4 (2) (a) of Botswana Constitution, the judge emphasised." ...
 

WI: Where are Wisconsin's statesmen?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The death of Wisconsin's Gaylord Nelson ... highlights the dearth of statesmen in today's political climate and, in particular, the absence of leadership that transcends party politics in the Republican-controlled state Legislature." ...

"Think about the Republican-sponsored bill promoting the right to carry concealed weapons that would encourage vigilante behavior at a time when gun-related accidents, crime, deaths, stalking, road rage and revenge murders are on the rise. Will the vigilante of today become the moralistic, tar-and-feathering, public-lynching advocate of tomorrow?" ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, I guess I know what they think of us!
 

WI: Editorial: Keep guns out of wrong hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The "whereas" clauses in a resolution the Milwaukee County Board passed in June are weighty. They note, for instance, that:"

"About 2,000 people have died of gunshot wounds in the county since 1991, and about 1,400 of the deaths were homicides."

"Some 85% of guns traced to crime in Milwaukee had been transferred at least once after the weapon was originally bought." ...

"In contrast, the 'resolved' clause is mild - merely, putting the County Board on record as supporting efforts by the state Legislature 'to enact legislation that will regulate the sale of handguns, rifles, shotguns and machine guns to convicted felons and minors.' The mild language no doubt helps explain why the resolution enjoyed unanimous support." ...
 

OR: Westlund says he has been approached about gubernatorial bid
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An unfamiliar face or two may join those vying to be Oregon's next governor." ...

"But state Sen. Ben Westlund, R-Tumalo, said he's been approached by Republicans and Democrats to consider a run as an independent."

"And while Westlund told The Bend Bulletin that he hasn't yet made up his mind about the race, he called the interest, 'flattering and encouraging.'" ...

"Westlund has won applause from the left side of the political spectrum for supporting civil unions for same-sex couples, for supporting higher cigarette taxes ..."

"On the conservative side, he has advocated for reforming the land-use system, supported gun rights and attempted to limit the liability of doctors who treat Oregon Health Plan patients." ...
 

NJ: 'Mobster' Led A Triple Life
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"Russell Thomas Fallacara was apparently a busy man."

"In addition to his day job as an inspector for the Jersey City Incinerator Authority and his duties as an alleged associate in the Genovese crime family, a check of county records revealed Fallacara also found time to work on political campaigns." ...

"Former Jersey City Mayor Gerald McCann said Fallacara was a well-known political personality who volunteered for numerous candidates, including Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, Councilman Steve Lipski and Assemblyman Louis Manzo." ...
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Submitter's comment: Louis Manzo is the legislator who wants the state to seize the homes or cars of persons where illegal firearms are found, regardless of whether the owner knows they're there.
 

FL: Two raids turned out differently
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I was struck by the ironic similarity but polar outcomes of two pieces I read in the Aug. 11 paper."

"The first article, 'Fugitives caught in Ohio motel,' told of their brazen escape ... They were given the opportunity to surrender after federal marshals called their room and informed them that they were surrounded. ..."

"The second piece ... was about Anthony Dioiauto. He was shot in his own home, in his closet, in an early morning raid by the Sunrise SWAT team because they were looking for 'evidence' of drugs at his house. ..."

"Now I am wondering, why ... is there such a big difference between Ohio's technique in apprehending murderers and Florida's technique in apprehending a suspected drug dealer?" ...
 

CA: Vista Residents Calling For Audit Into Recent Shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Residents and activists demanded an independent audit of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department after three recent deputy-involved shootings."

"Critics are concerned because all three of the men shot to death by deputies were young Hispanics. Sheriff's Department officials have repeatedly denied that race played any role in the shootings." ...

"Sergio Garcia Vasquez, 32, was killed July 28 as he allegedly hurled a 10-pound dumbbell at a deputy during a domestic violence call. The next day, a deputy killed armed robbery suspect Jorge Ramirez, 26, thinking he was going for a gun. It was later determined he had no gun." ...
 

MN: Tape captures police chase and crash
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"St. Paul police were to examine television tapes of a police chase and apprehension from early today in which a juvenile was arrested after allegedly trying to outrun police in a stolen car." ...

"A police spokesman said department officials were to review tapes of the apprehension that was caught on traffic monitoring cameras that was being supplied by KSTP-TV. The tape showed the car losing control and crashing into a barrier. The tape also showed the driver being shot by a Taser stun gun after leaving the car. The tape appears to show one of the arresting officers kicking at the suspect."
 

MN: Tales from the street brings confiscated weapons into public eye
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Elk River Police Department is putting weapons confiscated from criminals to good use."

"Instead of destroying all of the guns, knives and makeshift nastiness — like they’re allowed to after the cases are closed — the department, thanks to the woodworking ability of Officer Dale Olmscheid, has put together an educational display to give people an idea of the kinds of weapons they encounter in the line of duty."

"While many veteran officers could share stories of being attacked with weapons, ranging from pitchforks to handguns, the display is an opportunity for the public to see what officers know they could encounter any day they’re out on the street." ...
 

AR: Ready, aim, firing range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Twenty-eight acres of land south of Atkins could have a new use in the near future that will benefit Pope County law enforcement."

"The Pope County Sheriff’s Department would have access to its own firing range ... by the end of the year if the Quorum Court chooses to fund a $2,500 per year, or $208 per month, agreed lease amount between the land owners and the Sheriff’s Department." ...

"Tim Harrell, co-owner of the 28 acres and member of the Pope County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, said he has seen first-hand that county law enforcement officials don’t have adequate space to conduct the training they need. He said the Sheriff’s Office has shared training facilities ... in the past, but the officers desperately need more room." ...
 

UK: 'Shoot to Kill' -- Tony Blair’s First Trophy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian electrician, was apprehended by Scotland Yard’s special Firearms Unit on July 22 in the London subway, and shot 7 times in the head at point-blank range. He becomes the first victim of Britain’s new 'shoot-to-kill' policy and the first trophy in Blair’s war on civil liberties." ...

"Police Chief Blair knew from the very beginning that de Menezes was not wearing a 'thick, padded coat which could hide explosives,' 'did not run from police,' 'did not vault the barrier at the underground Tube,' 'had used his Tube Pass' to board the subway, and 'had taken a seat before being grabbed by an officer.' All of these fabrications were leaked to the press and never refuted ..." ...
 

PA: Gun safety at core of family event
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"With an eye toward safety, Shooters Place in Fallston will be hosting a Family Safety Day on Aug. 27 from noon to 5 p.m."

"The event will highlight firearm and archery safety, home safety, fire response and medical issues. More than 100 free gunlocks will be distributed. These were donated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and distributed by the Beaver Police Department as part of Project Child Safe. McGruff the Crime Dog and the National Rifle Association's Eddie the Eagle will both be there with free give-aways." ...
 

MI: Waterford library's gun ban conflicts with Michigan law
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"As Waterford Township officials prepare to revise the township's library rules, they've decided the issue of carrying guns into libraries isn't one they'll take further."

"The library board has worked with a city attorney for a couple of months to adopt new regulations -- one of which would ban guns from the public facility."

"But board members soon learned that prohibiting guns from the library is in direct conflict with state law." ...
 

NY: 5 slain overnight in Bronx, Brooklyn
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three men were slain in Brooklyn and two in the Bronx over a bloody 10-hour span from about 8 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. yesterday that also saw cops shoot a gun-wielding thug in Brooklyn."

"Just after 1 a.m. yesterday in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ulysses Watkins, 19, was chasing a man while firing his 9-mm. pistol when the pair ran into cops at the Marcy Houses, sources said."

"Housing Officers John Siraco, Brian Quill and Darren Santiago ordered Watkins to drop his weapon, sources said. He didn't, and the cops fired at him, hitting him once in the left thigh, cops said." ...
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Submitter's Note: But New York City has some of the toughest anti-gun laws in the country!
 

TN: 'Davy Crockett Days': Weekend Event Offered Trip Back In Time
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Davy Crockett appeared to be visiting the state park near Limestone that honors the place of his birth during the weekend ..."

"More accurately, a man who looked a great deal like Crockett, was dressed like him, and who knew all manner of details about his life was there."

"He actually was Al Bouler, of Birmingham, Ala. Bouler is employed by 'Old Alabama Town,' in Birmingham, an historical attraction, but Davy Crockett is his hobby and passion."

"Birthplace State Park to portray the park’s namesake. Bouler roamed the grounds wearing buckskin and carrying a flintlock rifle that, like every rifle that the real Crockett ever owned, was named 'Betsy,' after the frontiersman’s sister." ...
 

SD: Reasons stated for lion season
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"The state Game, Fish and Parks Commission on Monday specified its reasons for a hunting season on mountain lions in South Dakota."

"Meeting by telephone, the commission approved a document that says lion hunting is intended to reduce the growing number and frequency of human encounters with the cats, lessen the threat of lion attacks on humans, curb livestock losses and give residents an opportunity to hunt the animals."

"No order of priority was placed on those goals."

"The commission voted ... to allow lion hunting from Oct. 1-Dec. 15 in the Black Hills. Landowners can get licenses statewide to shoot an unlimited number of lions on their property, although officials doubt that many will be killed outside the Black Hills." ...
 

RI: Goin' Outdoors
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... "All day at the Bradford Sportsman's Club on Ross Hill Road, women 14 and older learned basic archery and shotgun, drove off-road vehicles along Charlestown's East Beach sand paths, practiced self-defense, sketched scenic landscapes, identified birds, constructed crafts out of grapevines, made new friends and conquered fears."

"Jakoboski said, like many women, said she froze at the mention of chainsaws or guns."

"'You just have to shoot the gun once. I was afraid of the kickback and the noise,' she said. 'You get used to the noise and the feel and then you can focus.'" ...
 

ME: Youth Field Day draws 70 participants
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 7th annual Maine Youth Field Day, hosted by the York County Fish & Game Association in Lyman Saturday, was a success, with 70 kids participating." ...

"Events included instruction in.22 caliber rifle and trap shooting. A muzzle loading rifle, or smoothbore musket shooting, competition was held in conjunction with a French & Indian War period encampment. Archery, bait and fly-casting, compass reading, bearings, and wildlife displays rounded out the day of traditional Maine outdoors sporting activities." ...
 

NY: Area groups opposed to rifle hunting bill
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"Local outdoors organizations say they’re opposed to a bill that would legalize hunting big game with a rifle in Cattaraugus, Allegany and several other counties in the state."

"The bill was delivered to Gov. George Pataki on Thursday and he has 10 business days to sign or veto it. ..."

"Randy Opferbeck, president of the Enchanted Mountain chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation, said his organization and others are urging Gov. Pataki to veto the bill. The local Wild Turkey Federation chapter and the Cattaraugus County Federated Sportsmen’s Club have voiced opposition to the bill, he said."

"'The bill is so broad that it includes areas where rifles should not be permitted,' Mr. Opferbeck said." ...
 

Canada: Heist weapon a maiming machine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The restricted semi- automatic rifle seized after last week's jewelry heist and police pursuit has a history as an easy-to-carry maiming machine."

"'In the gang context, the AR-15 could be deemed a status symbol because it's small and light and compact in terms of assault rifles,' said Marko Jugley, a gun owner and executive member of the Maple Leaf Marksmen Rifle and Revolver Club in St. Catherines."

"The rifle's cartridges are also lightweight, allowing users to carry more ammunition at a time. That ammunition packs a nasty punch." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well, at least they aren't calling it a 'high-powered' assault rifle.
 

UK: Raiders storm petrol station
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pistol wielding raiders stormed into a Kidderminster petrol station and held a cashier at gunpoint."

"Two men in balaclavas launched a night-time swoop on the Lynwood Service Station, also known as the Rosehill Garage, Rednal."

"There were no customers in the Texaco garage at the time but one of the men put a pistol to the head of the cashier, a man in his 40s, and threatened to shoot him."

"Initially the cashier, who has not been named, refused to hand any money over to the robbers and managed to sound the alarm."

"The sound prompted the pair to run off empty handed and were believed to have headed towards Monument Lane."

"The cashier escaped unharmed." ...
 

UK: Guns are stolen from house
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"Police were today hunting thieves who stole guns from a house in the Dungiven area."

"Detectives appealed for information after four legally-held firearms and a wallet containing a significant sum in cash were stolen from a house in the Cashel area during the early hours of yesterday."

"The thieves' haul included a Smith and Wesson .22 pistol, bearing the serial number A583302, and a Beretta semi-automatic 12 gauge shotgun with the serial number AA029147."

"The other weapons were a BRNO .22 small bore rifle bearing the serial number 639028 and a Lanber over and under 12 gauge shotgun with the serial number 364019."

"Several hundred pounds in a wallet were also stolen." ...
 

Canada: Boy,12, Among 10 Arrested in Gun Busts
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A 12-year-old boy is among 10 people arrested in a crackdown on guns in Toronto.

The arrests come as six weapons were seized in separate incidents in the past four days.
The young boy was one of four suspects picked up after a 19-year-old man was robbed at gunpoint.

Police say many of those charged are on bail or probation for some form of firearms prohibition.
 

Philippines: Man gunned down: 88th vigilante victim?
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"A 36-year-old man was shot dead while talking to his wife on a gutter in front of his mother’s house in barangay Tisa last Saturday night, drawing speculations that the so-called vigilantes did it and he could be the 88th victim thus far."

"The killing occurred a day after officials of the Regional Peace and Order Council met in Dumaguete City where regional police officials reported to them that only 77 people were counted as victims of vigilantes in Cebu City."

"The victim was identified as Raimero Aguilar, actually a resident of sitio Cabanayon in Bulacao, Talisay City, who just went to Tisa to help his mother prepare some food for the fiesta celebration there supposedly yesterday." ...
 

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