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Gun Control Education To Be Voted On This Week
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"Last month, Gun Owners of America alerted you to legislation that would continue the dangerous trend towards erasing our foundational principles from America's schools -- principles such as the right to keep and bear arms."

"It now appears that the bill may be "fast tracked" to the House floor for a vote."

"That legislation is H.R. 1078, a bill which gives unelected bureaucrats the power to set up Presidential Academies to train educators -- educators who will end up teaching revisionist history and civics."

"Already, federally subsidized curricula in the schools have been chipping away at national sovereignty and the notion of God-given rights for several years." ...
 

September 11 message from airline pilots
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"...Frankly it is disgusting to me that a full 2 years have gone by and we only 'have hundreds (that is a little over 200 to be exact) of Federal Flight Deck Officers (FFDO’s)' to quote Mr. Robert Johnson, spokesman for the TSA. We are indeed missing the boat on an extremely important layer of security and no one in the Administration, Homeland Security, or the TSA seems that concerned. I will tell you it is possible to have a totally safe program AND do it quickly. Secretary Ridge of Homeland Security and John Moran of the TSA would have you believe the only way to do this is to move as slowly as possible, in the name of safety, in hopes the program will 'die on the vine'."
 

Inequitable Penalties? The Tales of Two Gun Researchers
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"While the cases of John Lott and Michael Bellesiles appear to be similar, their subsequent stories have played out quite differently, however. Where Bellesiles was forced to resign, to relinquish the prestigious Bancroft Prize that his book had won for him, and to move to Europe for a time, Lott has continued to push his pro-gun agenda as a researcher at the conservative American Enterprise Institute as though nothing has happened. And judging by the frequency with which journalists use him as an 'expert' on gun policy and on the fact that mainstream newspapers are running his opinion pieces, he's getting away with it." ...

"The claim that about one third of shootings in public schools had been averted by armed citizens over a five-year period does indeed sound impressive. But according to people who have looked into the statistic, there's just one small problem: It seems to be bogus."

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What this hackjob does not mention is that while Bellesiles' work of fiction was proven to have contained intentional incidents of fraud. No such thing has been proven in the case of John Lott. Nonetheless, this doesn't stop Bellesiles and the gun grabbers from whining.
 

Police dupe suspects into giving up DNA
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"Police across the nation increasingly are turning to such clever — and, critics say, legally questionable — ploys to get DNA from suspects without obtaining court orders. In the past four years, cops seeking DNA samples have created a phony dating service in Boston and have impersonated a public health worker in New York City. They have portrayed a rape counselor in Iowa City, a Taco Bell worker in Brea, Calif., and a diner at a Wendy's restaurant in Upstate New York."

"Police in at least a dozen other U.S. cities and in Toronto have rummaged through garbage cans, sifted through hospital refuse and picked up cigarette butts, drinking glasses, business correspondence and even gobs of spit left by crime suspects on sidewalks."
 

Group to protest 'spy chips'
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"A consumer-protection group is planning to lead a demonstration against the introduction of electronic identification technology critics say violates basic privacy rights."

"According to a statement issued by Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, or CASPIAN, opponents will protest the launch of the Electronic Product Code, or EPC, network during a Sept. 16 symposium at Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center."
 

Administration appeal for more surveillance powers sparks outcry
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"Privacy and civil-liberties groups on Thursday criticized President Bush's call for expanding government surveillance capabilities..."

"In a Wednesday speech at the FBI academy in Quantico, Va., Bush called for three new law enforcement powers that had been included in early version of the 2001 law, known as the USA PATRIOT Act, but that were stripped before its enactment. On Tuesday, lawmakers introduced two new bills, H.R. 3037 and H.R. 3040, that would address two of those three powers.

 

Has Post-9/11 Dragnet Gone Too Far?
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"Two years after the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, civil-liberties advocates warn that, given the open-ended nature of the war on terror, the current counterterrorism provisions could become a permanent feature of the legal landscape. Their list includes:"

"The indefinite imprisonment without charge of three 'enemy combatants' - Jose Padilla, Yasser Hamdi, and Ali Saleh al-Marri."

"The planned use of military commissions - with relaxed evidentiary rules and diminished defendant rights - to try terror suspects." ...

"The holding in indefinite detention of material witnesses as a means of coercing testimony or confessions from anyone who might possess intelligence information federal agents deem useful."
 

Sept. 11 and civil liberties
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"On the home front, unease is growing over the bending of the Bill of Rights by such means as the Patriot Act, which allows federal officers under the rationale of fighting terror to tap phones, hunt through a citizen’s electronic communications, and conduct secret searches of homes and offices. Meanwhile, we can hardly pick up a newspaper without reading about totally innocent foreign nationals being deported from their homes and families for the sin of botched paperwork."

"Congress is currently considering a new measure – the Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003 – that combines the war on terror with the war on drugs in ways that could further reduce Americans’ civil rights."
 

Dean Losing Left's Support with Gun-Control, Drugs Stance
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"Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean, who has been steadily gaining support, is starting to lose some left-leaning followers because of his views on gun control, the drug war, and other core issues, The Forward reported Aug. 22."

"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence/Million Mom March is urging its members to vote against Dean because he views gun control mainly as a state matter."
 

MA: Gun-safety advocate brings her mission to Lowell
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"She visited the Massachusetts Safety Officers League meeting in Lowell yesterday where John Bish, the father of Warren lifeguard Molly Bish who was murdered in June 2000, was the featured speaker. Her purpose was to tout gun safety."

"People from the Project ChildSafe program gave out about 1,600 gunlocks outside the meeting. They look like cable padlocks that run through the guns to keep the mechanisms from working."

"Representatives for ChildSafe also visited Billerica, Dracut, Billerica, Tewksbury and Wilmington yesterday, said Mike Harrington, a program coordinator."

"They had already visited Boxboro, Littleton, Westford, Groton, Ayer, Shirley, Dunstable, Tyngsboro and Chelmsford."
 

UK: Cat loses eye after air gun attack
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"A cat was badly injured after being shot in the side by an air rifle in Bookham."

"Pet owners are being warned to be on their guard after Ginnie the cat was the victim of one of two rifle attacks at the weekend."

"Ianthe Cox, owner of Brelades veterinary surgery in Knoll Road, Dorking, is warning owners to keep a close eye on their pets after the two attacks."

"The horrific incidents took place in Bookham on Friday and Dorking on Sunday."
 

NY: Buffalo-Area Police Warn of Potato Gun Attacks
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"Police in a Buffalo suburb are warning parents and merchants to be on the lookout for any teens who acquire large numbers of potatoes, PVC pipe and flammable substances."

"The warning comes after a man was hurt by a teen who fired a 'potato gun.' " ...

"An 18-year-old man was later charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon."

"Authorities say a flammable liquid poured in a pipe and then ignited creates an explosive force capable of shooting an object such as a potato several hundred feet."

"Police say being hit by an object fired from such a device could cause serious injury and even death."
 

Thailand: Disarming the public makes sound sense
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"...Curiously, many police officers favour private gun ownership. They say they are not in a position to guarantee public safety, particularly in remote areas." ...

"A campaign is needed to inform people of the dangers associated with gun ownership. Gun enthusiasts tend to claim self-defence as a reason for possessing a weapon, arguing that criminals are often armed and need to be matched. A gun might indeed frighten off some thieves or be useful at holding them at bay, but guns are rarely used to deter a legitimate threat." ...

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In America guns are used between 80,000 and 2.5 million times annually to deter threats. Tell that to the countless people whose lives have been saved by guns.
 

MT: Transportation security takes a different meaning
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"While the items not allowed on airplanes constitutes the obvious – explosives, firearms, knives – there are items that aren’t so obvious, and some that are unique to Montana. 'Bear spray,' Ford said. 'We get a lot of that. It’s a pepper spray and we don’t allow that.' ”

"Between 50 and 100 guns will pass through the baggage checkpoint every day. 'We have a lot of hunters and they know the rules by now – guns being locked in their cases and so on. They’re pretty good about it,' Ford said."

“ 'We still get three or four boxcutters a week,' Ford said. 'And corkscrews, we see thousands of them.' ”

"TSA guards allow the passenger to return the banned object to his car. If this can’t be done, they confiscate the item."

 

ID: New TV and Radio Spots target guns
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"As crime dramas continue to dominate prime time television -- a new public service campaign launched Thursday is aimed at preventing gun violence in our neighborhoods."

"The 30-second commercials address the use of guns in drug deals, party situations, and domestic violence."

"The public service announcements are locally produced and for the next year and a half, will run on television and radio stations across Idaho. They are part of a Bush Administration effort to reduce gun violence in America."
 

Australia: Sword Controls in the Land Down Under
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"Highland dancers are in a fling over tough new sword controls proposed by the Victorian State Government."

"Victorian State Highland Dancing Committee president Judy Niven said the proposed changes would kill highland dancing."

"The new controls would treat swords like guns, forcing owners to pay a $135 licence fee and keep their weapons locked in safes bolted to the floor." ...

"National Party police spokesman Bill Sykes said the changes would equally apply to collectors and heirloom owners."
 

GunHunter: New Magazine From Buckmasters
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"Dedicated hunters know that being prepared increases the odds for success when that once-in-a-lifetime trophy appears. These hunters do not consider going afield until all the details are worked out to their satisfaction. When they're not in the field, the hunt continues for better accuracy, greater velocities, better-performing bullets, and just the right rifle scopes, spotting scopes, binoculars and other equipment and accessories."

"That's where Buckmasters' new publication comes in. Buckmasters GunHunter magazine's premier issue launches this month." ...
 

VA: Port, airline security has been stepped up
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"Two years into the war on terrorism, the effects of the post-Sept. 11, 2001, world are seen no more vividly in Hampton Roads than in the changes that have swept through the region's port and airports. There's more going on than requirements to remove shoes before boarding airplanes, too. Other transportation industries have seen remarkable changes." ...

"Because the attacks originated at airports, the federal government's attention and funding first focused on the aviation industry. Interest in security at ports lagged behind but has recently gathered steam because of the massive amounts of cargo that travel through ports virtually unchecked."
 

MO: Police, Crime Victims are Safer After Missouri Legislators Override Governor's Veto of Right-To-Carry Says LEAA
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"Speaking from Jefferson City, James J. Fotis, executive director of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA) said, 'This legislature, with this strong override vote, has sent a clear message to the Governor... These legislators trust the citizens with the same rights most other Americans enjoy, while clearly the Governor does not!' "
 

MS: Hood lays out 10-point plan to curb crime
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"Democratic attorney general candidate Jim Hood on Wednesday unveiled a 10-point plan that would add an array of new laws and programs aimed at curbing crime, especially those involving violent offenders."

"Hood, 41, who lives in Houston, Miss., and is district attorney for the seven county Third Circuit Court District in North Mississippi, said he favors the creation of 5-year mandatory additional sentences for offenders who commit crimes with a gun, creating a sexual crimes prosecutor in the attorney general's office, expediting death penalty cases and assigning assistant attorneys general to work with local prosecutors."
 

UK: Sex attacker kidnaps teen at bus stop
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"A fourteen-year-old girl was kidnapped in broad daylight and subjected to a terrifying sexual assault at gunpoint. The teenager was grabbed by three men as she waited for a bus outside Greggs bakery in Hertford Road on August 27."

"She was bundled into a red Nova which sped off along Green Street into Brimsdown Avenue at around 2.45pm."

"The car stopped outside a sweet shop and an MOT garage before driving into Eastfield Road along Hoe Lane and back into Hertford Road."

"She was indecently assaulted by one of the men after the car stopped in Turkey Street, close to a car park. After the attack, the girl managed to escape and run home."
 

WA: 'We Don't Want To Give Up Our Freedoms In The Name Of It'
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"On the streets of Tonasket in Okanogan County, one man wearing an American veteran's outfit and holding an American flag, saluted cars as they passed by in memory of Sept. 11, 2001."

"Thursday night, town residents planned to light candles."

"But the same city of 1,000 people also want it known that city officials and the citizens oppose the government's Patriot Act."
 

IL: Pop Gun Costs Substitute Teacher His Job
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"A toy-gun has cost a substitute teacher his job at a suburban middle school."

"St. Charles school district 303 spokesman Tom Hernandez says the substitute 8th grade science teacher at Wredling Middle School reportedly used the toy 'pop' gun to get the attention of his class, scaring some student so badly that the student took the incident to a school counselor."

"The counselor in turn told the principal who confronted the instructor and admitted to using the toy gun in class."

"A letter went home to parents and within a day the teacher was removed."
 

Jamaica: Another gun off the streets
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"This gun, a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver, and six rounds of ammunition, were seized yesterday at a house in Greenwich Town, Kingston 13. Four men -- Livingston Spalding, 27; Romaldo Byfield, alias Damion Lopez, 23; Adrian Spencer, 19; and Norval Brown, alias Corduroy -- all of Greenwich Town, were arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition."

"Police say the passport and voter's identification card belong to the owner of the premises, who was not at the house at the time. He is not among those arrested."

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Jamaica has stringent gun control. What was that gun doing on the streets in the first place?
 

NJ: Two shootings in A.C. Police wound apparent juvenile suspect
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"The first incident occurred around 10 p.m. in the Chelsea neighborhood in the 4400 block Ventnor Avenue when a jitney driver noticed two males with handguns standing outside the Fiesta Pizza restaurant, Sgt. Ralph Meyers said."

"Police responded to what preliminary reports called an attempted robbery and one of the men, said to be a juvenile, was shot and taken to the hospital, Meyers said. The other suspect was taken into custody."

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Note that this "cleaner" version says nothing about the red-colored barrels these suspects' toy guns had. This report makes it appear as if the shooting was justified.
 

NJ: Officer Mistakes Toy Gun For Real Thing, Teen Shot
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This appears to be a more accurate account of the New Jersey shooting.

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"A south New Jersey teenager said he is both a victim and a suspect after he is shot by police in Atlantic City Tuesday night."

"Officers wounded the 13-year-old after he refused to drop a toy gun that police said looked like it could have been real."

"Luis Delacruz told NBC 10 News that the toy guns he and his friends were playing with had red-colored barrels but experienced police officer said they looked real."
 

IL: Chicago, victims' families ask high court to OK gun lawsuit
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"A city plagued by violence and a father who lost his son in a gang shooting asked the Illinois Supreme Court to let them sue the gun industry for not doing more to prevent gun crimes."

"In two separate but similar cases Wednesday, attorneys argued that some manufacturers design and market guns for criminals while unscrupulous dealers sell weapons to people who clearly intend to use them illegally."

"The result is a threat to public safety, the plaintiffs say."
 

Brazil: soap opera tackles gun issue for real
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“Characters in Brazil's avidly watched TV soap opera 'Women in Love' have talked all week about joining a demonstration to call for a ban on guns sales in the crime-stricken country”

“The characters are fictional but the rally will take place for real on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro in a Brazilian display of fantasy meeting reality.”

“Organizers expect 100,000 people to gather on Copacabana Beach, underlining public concern about the rampant violence afflicting Rio and other cities.”

“Actors from the ‘telenovela’ will take part and the event will be filmed to become part of the fictional world of the soap opera again.”
 

MO: Senate Votes to Override Veto of Gun Legislation
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“Missouri senators voted Thursday to override Gov. Bob Holden's veto of a bill that would restrict the ability of governments to sue gun manufacturers”

“The 23-10 vote sends the bill to the House and marks the third time in two days that one of the two chambers has voted to override Holden's vetoes.”

“On Wednesday, the House voted to override Holden vetoes on an abortion bill and bill allowing Missourians to carry concealed guns. The Senate was debating Thursday whether to also override the vetoes of those bills.”

“The separate gun-lawsuit legislation would prohibit cities, counties and the state from suing gun manufacturers.”
 

Australia: How a shooting spree changed the nation's gun laws
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“In the six months before the shootings, Xiang allegedly legally bought seven guns in North Melbourne, Clayton, Dandenong and Flemington from licensed firearms dealers.”

”Xiang became a member of the Sporting Shooters Association in April last year. Records showed he attended target practice.”

“In June, he became an approved holder of a Victorian handgun licence and submitted permits to acquire applications in respect of handguns. All were approved.”

“The Monash shootings sparked a state and federal crackdown on some handguns. Victoria's handgun buyback began last month in Geelong, when dozens of banned firearms were handed in.”
 

FL: Flag-flying Marine vet could lose home
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"A U.S. Marine veteran is once again in danger of losing his home in a neighborhood feud over flying an American flag."

"George Andres of Jupiter, Fla., who has been warring with his homeowners association for the past four years, faced a setback yesterday when a Palm Beach County judge ruled the association could go forward with a foreclosure sale next month to collect legal fees, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported."

"Andres vowed to appeal the latest ruling."
 

Thailand: Owners get 60 days to give up arms
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"Owners of illegal firearms will have 60 days to surrender their weapons without facing legal action, a House extraordinary committee scrutinising a gun control bill said yesterday."

"The panel has approved the government-sponsored bill giving a 60-day amnesty to people who agree to return illegal weapons and fireworks to the state, said panel chairman Gen Rattana Chalermsanyakorn."

"Failure to hand over illegal weapons within the 60-day period is an offence punishable by a 10-year jail term and a 20,000-baht fine under the bill, which has already passed its first reading in the lower house."
 

OH: California Company Demonstrates Self-Defense Weapon In The Tri-state
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"If you are like most in the Tri-state you're concerned about keeping your family and home safe."

"This week a company selected Cincinnati to debut a new kind of home protection for people who do not want a gun in the house: it's a non-lethal pistol that shoots pepper spray."

"The 'PepperBall' company out of California says it's research shows that Cincinnati is the perfect place to debut this. It's called the 'Neutralizer.' "

"It's made for people who are concerned about crime where they live, they want protection, but they don't want a gun."

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Of course some people are relatively unaffected by pepper spray and others develop a resistance to it. How many people develop a resistence to bullets?
 

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