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Claims of 'Huge' Anti-Gun Protests Were Lies, Says CCRKBA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Brady Campaign news release headline claiming that 'huge' crowds turned out across America for anti-gun protests on Tuesday was both false and misleading, the [CCRKBA] said this morning. ..."

"'Careful analysis of news coverage, or the lack of it in the 24 hours following the Tuesday protests, confirm that these events were pretty much a bust,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. 'The biggest crowds reported were 'about 200' people bused to an event at Lake Barrington, Illinois, and another in Philadelphia. A Maryland protest ... drew about 60 demonstrators, and one at Seattle's Green Lake Park attracted two people ... That gives a whole new definition of the term 'lie-in' that was used to describe this protest." ...
 

Two Years After Gun Week Expose, USFS Finally Changes Shooting Policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two years after The New Gun Week – a publication owned by the Second Amendment Foundation – revealed that U.S. Forest Service personnel were incorrectly using an obscure regulation to prohibit recreational shooting near forest roads, the agency has issued a memorandum correcting the error, the SAF has learned."

"Under the old interpretation, the USFS, particularly in Colorado’s Boulder Ranger District, had been preventing the public from recreational shooting within 150 yards of any road on the presumption that a road is an 'occupied area' under the language of Federal Regulation 36 CFR 261.10. But the memorandum, issued by Joel Holtrop, deputy chief of the National Forest System, clarifies the regulation." ...
 

What About True "Assault Weapons"?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yuri Orlov doesn't know what to say about NRA Director Joaquin Jackson's arrogance and ignorance. ..."

"In an update, Sebastian points us to the NRA Damage Control page, where Jackson tells us he didn't mean semiautos, and when he was talking about limiting magazine capacity to 5 rounds, he was talking about for hunting, not from general ownership." ...

"I can't find any other conclusion to draw from this than he does support banning full autos from civilian possession. I don't know what the hell Jackson thinks the Second Amendment is about, but he certainly hasn't demonstrated a competent understanding of the unalienable right of the people to keep and bear arms to deserve a leadership position." ...
 

Editorial: Locked, Loaded and Looney
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"As the Army’s suicide rate hits record levels in the Iraq war, there’s small wonder practically everyone in Congress wants to deal with the parallel emerging crisis of depressed veterans tempted to take their own lives. Everyone, that is, except Senator Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma. He stands alone in blocking final passage of a suicide prevention bill in fear that the government’s record-keeping on troubled vets might somehow crimp their ability to purchase handguns."

"Even the craven gun lobby should manage some shame over this absurd example of Second Amendment idolatry." ...
 

Disease of violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Pasadena. The jewel of the valley. The Paris of the West. That's probably true, unless you live in west Pasadena."

"The past few months we have seen murders on the rise in that area. Is that the development Magic Johnson hoped for when he opened his gym at Lincoln and Woodbury? I don't think so. So what are we seeing? A well-armed, ready to kill and maim cohort of people who lack empathy for others." ...

"... Kids get messages about guns from music and music videos, TV, movies, video games and a culture that thinks the Second Amendment means every person deserves the right to have a firearm for personal protection, instead of for creating a well-regulated militia." ...
 

Inane response
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Re: 'Democratic presidential contenders take potshots at Second Amendment' (Perspectives, July 20)."

"Columnist Michelle Malkin called U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., the embodiment of snide. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. She defends a man who owns a Bushmaster AR-15, and goes on to spout her spiel about the Second Amendment."

"When Biden said about the gun owner 'I don't know that he is mentally qualified to own that gun,' her inane response was "Why? Because he showed affection for his possession? Because he's an enthusiastic hobbyist? ..."

"Hello? ... We're talking about a weapon that was designed for the military to kill as many people as possible in as little time as possible." ...
 

The Virginia Tech Report... part of the problem. Updated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It's late Wednesday night, and the report on the VA Tech shooting is due out tomorrow, but in typical fashion several mainstream news outlets got their hands on it." ...

"What a bunch of stinking bullshit! 'Deep divisions' over 'rapid fire and high-capacity magazines'? Were you guys really considering even the slightest effort to ban or increase regulation of such firearms? Out of your scope is damn right. But that's not what I'm upset about. It is the implication (assuming the NYT article accurately sums up the report) that VA Tech did not already have a weapons policy (regulation of guns on campus) by insisting that the state of Virginia establish a right for colleges to regulate firearms." ...
 

VA Tech panel report blames everyone but the shooter
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.libertyzone.blogspot.com

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"The report speculates - and I DO mean SPECULATES - that if 'numerous people had been rushing around with handguns outside Norris Hall on the morning of April 16, the possibility of accidental or mistaken shootings would have increased significantly.'"

"Of course, there's no actual evidence that any accidental or mistaken shooting would have taken place. After all, there was only ONE obvious target - the one holding guns and shooting at students. And chances are, had anyone in those classrooms actually had a firearm as Cho was shooting random students, they would have had a fighting chance - certainly a better chance than without."
 

VA Tech report skips important detail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As a grad student, events like Virginia Tech and policies such as the 'gun-free' campus ... are hot button topics for me."

"The independent review of the VA Tech response has been released and I don't really fault it's findings."

"In short, it says the U and the police dropped the ball by assuming that the first two deaths were isolated incidents."

"The authors then provide some suggestions to reduce the number of casualties when/if this happens again."

"But, to no surprise really, the panel avoided a simple and effective solution: Drop the CCW ban."

"Why is it so bloody difficult for jackasses such as those in VA Tech administration ... to understand that CCW holders are not the threat?" ...
 

Cho's Problems Date to Early Childhood
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"The gunman responsible for the April massacre at Virginia Tech was a sickly child - shy, frail and leery of physical contact by the time he was 3. His teachers said he began showing suicidal and homicidal tendencies by the eighth grade." ...

"'While Cho's emotional and psychological disabilities undoubtedly clouded his ability to evaluate his own situation, he, ultimately, is the primary person responsible for April 16, 2007,' the report said. 'To imply otherwise would be wrong.'" [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: In others words--the guns didn't do it!!!
 

Statement of Paul Helmke on Release of Governor Kaine's Panel Report on Virginia Tech Tragedy
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement on the report and recommendations issued today by a panel commissioned by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre:"

"'It is time for action on guns. Condolences are not enough.'" ...
 

Gun Violence Prevention Groups Commend Work of Virginia Tech Review Panel
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"National and Virginia-based gun violence prevention groups applaud Governor Tim Kaine and the Virginia Tech Review Panel for forthrightly addressing the role of federal and state gun laws in the April 16 mass shootings at the university. The groups pledge to work with policy makers in Richmond to help implement the panel's recommendations in an expeditious manner." ...
 

Clueless At Va. Tech
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A governor's report on the Virginia Tech shootings says earlier warnings might have helped reduce the carnage. It says nothing about VT's complicity in denying the murdered their right to self-defense."

"After the release of Virginia Tech's internal review of the shooting spree ... it was hard to imagine a more clueless document on the tragedy being released. But the report released Wednesday by an eight-member panel headed by Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine takes the prize."

"VT's review called on police, counselors and other university personnel to monitor students whose behavior might indicate they pose a threat. It also recommended internal locks on classroom doors and Internet-based message boards to transmit warnings." ...
 

Guns and the Virginia Tech Massacre: The Review Panel Report
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Today's on-line NYT edition covers the release of the report commissioned by Governor Kaine of Virigina on the horrifying April 16 Virgina Tech massacre. ..."

"The panel that put together the report did a very good job of analyzing the massacre itself; the events that led to it; and above all, the reaction of authorities before, during and after the rampage which left 33 people dead, including its perpetrator, Korean immigrant and legal permanent resident Seung Hui Cho. The Diplomad believes that the report, quite frankly, gives little comfort to those who advocate more restrictions on the Second Amendment." ...
 

Let’s Play a Game
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A quiz for the readers: what is the drawing below supposed to be? Does this picture in any way seem threatening to you?" ...

"The above drawing is supposed to be a drawing of a gun. Was that your first guess? Does this drawing seem threatening to you? Apparently, the administrators of Payne Junior High School in Queen Creek, Arizona found the drawing threatening enough they decided to suspend the 13 year-old boy who drew if for five days ... Though there was no rule in place in the student handbook which prohibited drawing weapons, the principle cited a rule which states that students should not engage in activities which they deem: 'Threatening an educational institution by interference with or disruption of the school.'" ...
 

Ron Paul's campaign buzz resonates on Internet
Submitted by: Annamae Nedrow

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"In a New Hampshire meadow on a recent weekend, Ron Paul is without a doubt the main draw at a Republican presidential straw poll that attracts several long shot candidates." ...

"Though Paul's message focuses chiefly on liberty and the Constitution, the obstetrician has a hard-to-pigeonhole record as a pro-gun, anti-war abortion opponent who'd abolish the income tax, dismantle the Homeland Security and Education departments, quit the United Nations, end the war on drugs, militarize the border and return to the gold standard." ...
 

Fred Thompson To Announce His run for presidency on September 6th, 2007
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On September 6, 2007, Fred Thompson will be announcing his intention to run for President of the United States with a webcast available to millions at www.imwithfred.com. ..." ...

"Thompson, who served eight years as a Tennessee senator before deciding not to seek re-election in 2002, has been touting his conservative credentials. He says he's 'unabashedly' against allowing abortion and is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"'You look at my voting record on things like taxes, regulations, national security, abortion-related issues and guns,' Thompson, 65, said in the interview. 'By any measure, I've got a conservative voting record ...'" ...
 

PA: Gun ban lifted in Peters; council session questioned
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"Peters Council on Monday rescinded a controversial and unpopular ordinance banning firearms from most township-owned buildings and parks, but not before getting an earful from angry residents and gun rights activists."

"Members of the public have been lobbying council for a month to withdraw the ordinance, which they said is unconstitutional and a violation of Second Amendment rights, but others expressed concern on Monday over how discussion about the issue unfolded."

"During a meeting earlier this month, council convened an executive session to discuss privately what they would do about the ordinance, which drew criticism from the National Rifle Association and national conservative publications." ...

"'That executive session was wrong. It violated the Sunshine Act,' said resident and former councilman Peter Glasser ..." ...
 

Does ATF Acting Director deserve to be confirmed? (Red's Trading Post)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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soon be asked to confirm Acting ATF Director Michael J. Sullivan as the ATF Director. Mr. Sullivan so far has demonstrated that he is no fan of the Second Amendment and is prepared to continue on this path of shutting down firearms dealers and manufacturers."

"Awhile ago, I contacted Mr. Sullivan's office and was transferred to ... his assistant. I explained what I going through ... I indicated to her that I would be willing to sit down and talk about these issues and come to find some reasonable solutions to stop this abuse of dealers. This was on a Friday and she told me that she would have someone contact me by Monday. Needless to say, no one ever called me; it seems that Mr. Sullivan has no intention of listening." ...
 

NY: Diallo cop shot down again in bid for gun
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A cop involved in the infamous shooting death of Amadou Diallo isn't entitled to get his gun back, a federal judge has ruled."

"Kenneth Boss, acquitted of criminal charges and cleared of wrongdoing by the NYPD Firearms Discharge Review Board, said in his Manhattan federal court suit that being deprived of a gun has led to his being 'regarded as a pariah' and 'forced to endure regular taunts because of his duty status,' including 'the mocking moniker 'Kenny No-Gun.'"

"He charged that Police Commissioner Ray Kelly's decision not to let him carry a gun is a violation of his constitutional rights."

"Judge Sidney Stein disagreed, noting the commisioner has the power to prevent ordinary citizens from carrying guns and therefore can prevent one of his employees from being armed." ...
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TN: Loudon chief surprised by arrest of part time officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two men, one of whom is a part time police officer for the city of Loudon, were arrested today by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and charged with nearly two dozen burglaries."

"They were identified as Steve Robert Gutt, 24, whose booking information states he is a Loudon city police officer, and Hubert Phillip Elam Jr., 54."

"Each man is charged with 23 counts of aggravated burglary and one count of theft over $1,000 ..."

"Loudon City Manager Lynn Mills said Gutt ... was fired immediately after his arrest."

"Gutt had been working for the police department since April, but only on a part time basis. Mills said Gutt had no regular schedule, was called in only when needed and paid for the time he worked." ...
 

MA: Boston Officer was Shot by Friendly Fire
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

A Boston police officer shot during a May encounter with a gang member in Dorchester was hit by friendly fire.

The Boston Herald reported that a ballistic report showed Officer Stephen Romano was shot by a bullet from State Trooper James Grasso's gun.

Prosecutors said a known gang member, Antonio Franklin, was allegedly involved in the shooting and still holds some responsibility in the case, saying he did point his gun and fire at the officer.

Franklin will be arraigned on a long list of charges Thursday.
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Submitter's Note: Only these elite are professional enough to carry guns.
 

IL: Chicago Man Sues after Prostitution Arrest
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"It was Rocio Palacios who first noticed the woman who appeared to need help."

"It was 8 a.m. when she and her husband, Erasmo ... saw the woman waving her arms ..."

"The Palacioses, of Chicago, claim the woman approached their car ... leaned in to the passenger side where Rocio was sitting and asked Erasmo if he wanted oral sex for $20 or sex for $25."

"The couple laughed ..."

"But within seconds, Chicago police swarmed the family car, hauling Erasmo Palacios out in handcuffs. He was charged with solicitation of a prostitute"

"Eight hours later, Palacios ... was released from custody. And weeks later, charges against him were dropped." ...

"Attorneys Lonny Ben Ogus and Joe Cavanaugh also want to know what happened to the family's 1983 Mercedes. ..."

"The city wants more than $4,700 in towing and storage fees if he wants the car back." ...
 

FL: Sport a hit even with shooters who miss
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The group of about a dozen women and children walked off the porch of the main building one recent Sunday afternoon at Deer Creek Sporting Clays and headed toward the tin-roofed firing range."

"They were a jumble of ball caps, skate shoes, hand bags and yoga pants. They had been fitted with ear plugs, safety glasses and shotguns. Now they were ready to go blast orange-ringed clays out of the high blue sky." ...

"Roger and Cathy Gascoigne, the husband and wife who run Deer Creek ... up in the thick woods and remaining ranch land of north central Pasco, put on these free sporting clays clinics for women and children the third Sunday of every month. They do it as a way to introduce nontraditional shooters to the sport." ...
 

PA: Gun check system still to shut down Sunday
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"The state's computerized background check system will be shut down for an upgrade starting Sunday, despite the outcry from sportsmen and gun dealers who say the timing will interfere with last-minute firearms sales during the start of dove and Canada goose hunting season."

"The governor announced yesterday that the state will stick to its plan to begin upgrading the Pennsylvania Instant Check System Sunday evening; however, the work will be completed by 6 p.m. next Wednesday instead of noon on Sept. 6, as originally scheduled."

"Dealers, who use the system to conduct instant criminal background checks of gun buyers, have said they will lose sales." ...
 

Uganda: Government Restricts Gun Ownership
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"THE Government has restricted the import of firearms by private security organisations in a bid to control the number of guns brought into the country."

"Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, said some of the guns that were imported were sold to private citizens."

"'From around 1996, it became a fashion for some wealthy people to own pistols. If you did not possess one, you were seen as someone out of fashion,' Kayihura noted ..." ...

"The Police together with the internal affairs ministry have instituted more stringent measures for somebody to acquire a gun ..." ...
 

Canada: Gun amnesty benefits touted
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"Manitoba's government and police agencies put out a call for arms yesterday, urging people to turn in their unwanted guns during a month-long amnesty."

"The second amnesty in three years aims to eliminate firearms that could end up in a criminal's arsenal and be used in violent crimes."

"'One gun in the hands of a criminal threatens the lives of police officers and the citizens they protect,' said Winnipeg police Sgt. Paul Brown, a member of the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team."

"During the month of September, Manitobans can get rid of firearms and other weapons without being charged unless it was stolen or used to commit a crime, officials said. The weapons will be destroyed." ...
 

NJ: Cops hunt wolfpack that broke man's bones
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jersey City police say they have launched a 'full court press' to capture the teens that severely beat a 60-year-old man as he was walking home from shopping Saturday morning, officials said." ...

"The Union Street man suffered a broken knee and five broken ribs, one of which punctured his lung, officials said. He remains in the Jersey City Medical Center where yesterday he was listed in stable condition, hospital spokesman John McKeegan said." ...

"Some area residents blamed the crime on a lack of activities for youths."

"But [Capt.] Donaghue said: 'This crime was caused because, unfortunately, there are some people, no matter how many activities are available, who would rather see some violent act ...'"
 

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