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Secret Weapon -- Dave Kopel Attacks Silveira case, calls supporters "naïve"
Submitted by: David Adams
Website: http://www.vasportsmen.org

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"The gun-prohibition lobbies have what amounts to a secret weapon. Even better, from the point of view of the gun-prohibition lobbies, this secret weapon is entirely funded by naïve gun owners."

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This is the first installment of an obvious hatchet job on Silveira v. Lockyer. It would be curious to see how long Mr. Kopel believes Second Amendment advocates should wait for the right court, the right case and the right time. Apparently law abiding citizens being denied their fundamental rights by the fascist state of California doesn't pass muster as the "right" case for Mr. Kopel. It makes one wonder what does.

KeepAndBearArms.com has Ten very good reasons why SCOTUS should not only hear Silveira, but rule for the Second Amendment as well.
 

Reject UN Gun Control
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce the 'Right to Keep and Bear Arms Act.' This legislation prohibits US taxpayer dollars from being used to support or promote any United Nations actions that could infringe on the Second Amendment." ...

"Over the past decade, the UN has waged a campaign to undermine gun rights protected by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on members of the Security Council to 'tackle' the proliferation and 'easy availability' of small arms and light weapons. Just this June, the UN tried to 'tackle' gun rights by sponsoring a 'Week of Action Against Small Arms.' Of course, by small arms, the UN really means all privately owned firearms."
 

Anti-gun Billionaire mounting anti-Bush effort
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Billionaire George Soros reportedly is putting together a $10 million warchest to prevent U.S. President George Bush from winning a second term."

"Soros, who in 1992 made $1 billion in a single day through currency speculation that drove down the British pound, along with a group of philanthropists and trade unions, is mounting a campaign to unseat Bush for what he sees as the administration's misuse of power, Canada's National Post reported."
 

Patriot Act shouldn't worry law-abiding citizens
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Law-abiding Utahns would be shocked to know that before the Patriot Act, investigative tools used in drug investigations to counter new technologies like e-mail and cell phones could not be used against terrorists. Law enforcement could use 'roving wiretaps' to track drug dealers that changed telephones, but could not use this technique to track terrorists."

"No more. The Patriot Act made common-sense changes by adapting existing authorities to new technologies."

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How Orwellian!
 

Have Doctors (Or Their Minions) Now Become Cops?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"If you have been through the paperwork required to receive medical treatment lately, you noticed that you had to give information about relatives, without their effective consent, based on the logic that if there is a 'weakness' in the family genes, the government needs to know about it. The argument in favor of these intrusive questions is that it will help you and yours to get better medical treatment. Sure. If the insurance company can resist the monumental urge to cancel coverage on those family lines whose forms suggest a predisposition to heart disease or maybe cancer."

"Now one can understand why the quacks would want to know about your nutrition. How much coffee, sugar and salt you consume could actually fall under a doctor’s purview, but how many amendments are shredded when you are required to fill out a government document which carries a penalty under law for false statements, and expects a patient to admit to the following:" ...
 

Don't deny government useful anti-terror tools
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"For all of the furor stirred up by the administration's request, two reassuring facts have been overlooked: Not only does the federal government have a history of using the same powers responsibly, but tools exist to ensure that anti-terror investigations are conducted properly."

"The combination of past experience and mandated protections highlights a relatively risk-free way for Congress to test whether expanding the Patriot Act can aid the government's anti-terrorism efforts without endangering civil liberties."
 

Ashcroft Reducing Plea Bargain Discretion
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Federal prosecutors were ordered Monday by Attorney General John Ashcroft to pursue maximum criminal charges and sentences whenever possible and to seek lesser penalties through plea bargains only in limited circumstances."

"An Ashcroft memo sent to all 94 U.S. attorneys' offices supercedes policy during former Attorney General Janet Reno's tenure that allowed prosecutors greater individual discretion to determine if the charges and potential punishment fit the crime." ...

"The policy change is the latest example of Ashcroft's attempts to bring greater symmetry - critics say inflexibility - to the federal justice system." ...
 

Librarians dispute Justice's claim on use of Patriot Act
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Justice Department's claim that the Patriot Act has never been used to search public library records came as a surprise to the American Library Association, which says it runs contrary to previous reports." ...

"The release of the information was in response to mounting criticism that federal agents were abusing the law and invading readers' privacy. According to the documents, the department said the Patriot Act has been used 'zero' times for investigative purposes."

"Former Assistant Attorney General Viet Dinh told the House Judiciary Committee in May that libraries had been contacted approximately 50 times in 2002 using the Patriot Act." ...
 

A LONG RED LINE of subversion and deception
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"We were deceived because of our own trust of government and our belief in America as a perpetually free nation simply because we had a Constitution and Bill of Rights. It was not in the general voting public's mindset that subversive forces (meaning Stalinist in the critical 50s) actually were at work to infiltrate education, to create special interest groups with financial and lobbying power, and to create a superstructure that would sever representative government from the people to the Agenda."
 

NY: Big Brother says "No Smoking in Your Car!"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Smoking even in the privacy of your own car could be banned under one of at least five state bills introduced in the past year to limit where a person can light up."

"From public beaches to carnivals to a person's private vehicle, the legislation would make it more difficult for smokers to take a drag."

"Pro-smoking forces fear the ultimate goal of some lawmakers is to ban cigarettes and cigars completely in New York."
 

FL: Fort Lauderdale police may protest budget cuts by begging, 'working to rule'
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In protest of budget and salary cuts, police are threatening to beg for money with tin cups at intersections and 'work to the rule,' a move that would tie up more officers on each call."

"Florida's constitution prohibits police from striking or work slowdowns. 'But working to the rule, doing everything strictly by the book, it's going to create a backlog in calls, which we don't want to see, but then again, I don't want to see any officers get hurt out there,' said Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 31 President Tom Mangifesta."

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So if you thought you couldn't rely on police to protect you, this could make it even worse.
 

The Ultimate WMD: Taxation
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Simply put, the scourge of taxation destroys our ability to live independently from government intrusion into our lives. The bottom line is that without this power to fund their misguided deeds our government loses the ability to do about anything. It is the sole source of their power over us. As the old saying goes, 'follow the money.' "
 

OH: New Report Shows Ohio Violent Crimes Could Have Been Prevented
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.ohioccw.org

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"Over four hundred Ohioans would not have suffered a violent criminal attack if Ohio House Bill 12 was passed into law in June, according to a report released today by Ohioans For Concealed Carry, Ohio's largest grassroots organization focused solely on restoring Ohioans' right to bear arms for self-defense."

"The report compares estimates based on FBI Uniform Crime Report data and the nationwide "before and after" effects experienced after the passage of concealed carry legislation."

" 'The conclusion is simple common sense,' said Jeff Garvas, president of Ohioans For Concealed Carry. 'Hundreds of criminal victimizations and deaths in Ohio are easily preventable by the defensive and deterrent effects of concealed carry legislation.' "
 

Switzerland: Metzler calls for tighter gun controls
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Swiss justice minister, Ruth Metzler, has called for stricter gun controls in order to boost public security."

"In a newspaper interview, Metzler said all firearms should be centrally registered." ...

"The gun lobby, Pro Tell, is firmly against any changes to the law, arguing that putting them into practice would mean too much bureaucracy."

"It also says the state would have too much power to decide whether an individual should have the right to carry a gun."
 

OH: Group Plans ‘Gun Walk’ To Promote Concealed Carry Change
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A group is expected to push for the right to carry concealed weapons, by walking through a neighborhood with guns strapped to their hips."

"The so-called 'Gun Walk' is scheduled for next Sunday in Cincinnati."

"Organizer Vernon Ferrier says he hopes the demonstration prods the Ohio Supreme Court to rule soon on whether to overturn the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons."

"Justices heard arguments in the case in April."
 

WA: Call to arms is sounded by speaker
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"Arm yourself."

"That was the message heard by a small group of Gonzaga University School of Law students Wednesday by a controversial Washington, D.C., scholar."

"John R. Lott Jr. of the American Enterprise Institute was at Gonzaga to speak about his book, 'More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Controls Laws.' The book, like his speech Wednesday, cites various statistics that Lott says disprove the arguments of gun-control advocates."
 

WI: Wisconsin fails its citizens by limiting right to arms
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Last October, a woman was walking to a convenience store on Milwaukee's north side when she was dragged into an alley by five thugs."

"There, for 45 horrible minutes, she was repeatedly raped and beaten. Her assailants made a bonfire of her clothing. Neighbors heard her screams and called the police, who scoured the area, looking for her. Finally, but too late to stop the attack, one officer saw the flames from her clothing."

"This woman became one of the 1,100 women who are raped in Wisconsin every year." ...
 

MN: Banning guns is anti-American (Letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Having just returned home to Minnesota after living in Oregon, a state that prizes its individual rights above all else, you can imagine how happy I was to see that Minnesotans had finally been granted their Second Amendment right to carry concealed weapons on a "shall issue basis." I'm sure you can also imagine my disgust at seeing all of the signs posted in businesses stating that they ban guns on the premises. I guess the U.S. Constitution and the brave and wise individuals who crafted it don't mean as much in Minnesota as they do in the other 30 concealed carry states."
 

NY: Sportsman's Receives EPA Recognition
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"On any given weekend shots can be heard ringing out towards the head waters of the Peconic River as responsible sportsmen take aim at their targets."

"The guns are being fired at the Peconic River Sportsman's Club, which recently received a Certificate of Recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency for being the first private gun club in the United States to formally adopt EPA-recommended best management practices for lead at an outdoor shooting range."
 

NJ: Judge takes aim at guns
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"A Mercer County superior court judge took aim at the National Rifle Association yesterday and a culture that leads young men to think it's hip to carry guns."

"While sentencing a 22-year-old man to 15 years in prison for manslaughter, Judge Bill Mathesius said what he perceives as the driving logic of the NRA is 'as stupid and as ignorant as people can be.' "
 

WI: Police Chiefs Oppose Concealed-Carry Law (JTO report)
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"Top law-enforcement officers in Wisconsin voiced concerns about a new state law that allows residents to carry concealed firearms, the Sussex Sun reported Sept. 16."

"Even though the law includes a 22-hour training requirement, the police chiefs of Lisbon, Lannon, and Butler said that allowing concealed weapons is not the right policy."

" 'I'm all for the right to bear arms,' said Lisbon Police Chief Patrick Clarey. 'But there has to be a balance, and the way this law is written, it would not benefit society.' "

"Lannon Police Chief Mark Flessert said the training requirement is inadequate. He said that police officers are required under state law to train at least 24 hours every year."
 

Malaysia: Insurance executive shot dead at close range
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"A 51-year-old insurance company executive was shot dead while driving along a deserted stretch at the Kepayan Ridge area near here early yesterday morning."

"City police deputy chief Supt Joseph Joilis said the victim has been identified as Saide Ahmad and police have yet to determine the motive for the 3am shooting."

"Supt Joseph said Saide, who was driving a Perodua Kembara, was shot as he was driving along Jalan Bunga Raja Kayu."

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Malaysia has very strict gun control laws, including a mandatory death penalty for illegal possession. Somehow this doesn't appear to stop those intent on victimizing the disarmed.
 

TX: Increase in gang violence linked to parolees
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Gang-related violent crime in Fort Worth has almost doubled over the past fiscal year, an upsurge police attribute partly to the paroling of violent gang members back into the community."

"The criminal offenses included murder, aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery, theft/burglary from a vehicle, burglary and auto theft."

"In the mid '90s, when gang crime really exploded, we were sending those people to prison left and right," said Capt. Rick Reflogal. "They're getting out now and they're going back into the community."

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It's a good thing, then, that the state of Texas is gun friendly.
 

Australia: Illegal gun trade crackdown
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"TOUGHER penalties, an overhaul of the security industry and blocking legal loopholes are part of a state government crackdown on the thriving illegal gun trade."

"The blueprint for tackling illegal guns, obtained by The Daily Telegraph yesterday, suggests 14 years' jail for firearm theft – at present there's no specific charge."

"A person who steals a gun, but is not found with it in their possession, is charged with larceny. They would face the same penalty for the theft of a DVD player, which has a maximum sentence of five years."
 

UT: Let the hunt begin, Muzzleloaders are ready to head for the hills
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Once known as throwbacks to the days of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, muzzleloader hunters now are split into two distinct categories."

"The traditionalists who don coonskin hats and buckskin outfits to match the time period when their primitive weapons were developed. And the new muzzleloaders, who embrace the latest technology has to offer with guns that look much like rifles."

"Both groups still are united in that they have but one shot when it comes time to pull the trigger."

" 'Everything has evolved and become more efficient,' said Jim Karpowitz, big game manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. '[Muzzleloaders] certainly are not as primitive as they used to be.' "
 

NJ: NRA event gets 'Women on Target'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Michelle Gilbert peers through her yellow tinted eye-protectors, raising her 20-gauge shotgun ready to fire."

" 'Pull,' the eight-year-old says Saturday morning. Seconds later, she shoots. Miss."

"Here from Bethesda, Md., Michelle participated in 'Women on Target,' an instructional clinic sponsored by the Women of the National Riffle Association, that was held at the Quinton Sportsmen's Club Inc."

"Around 50 women attended, all of varying ability, for three hours of instruction."
 

PA: Rendell creates panel for advice on hunting, fishing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Gov. Ed Rendell, a former big-city politician and the only 2002 gubernatorial candidate to advocate new gun-control measures, moved to reassure Pennsylvania hunters and anglers that he has their interests at heart by creating a panel Monday to advise him on issues involving wildlife."

"Rendell signed an executive order creating the Gov.'s Advisory Council on Hunting, Fishing and Conservation, which he said will comprise 'a broad-based group' of 12 to 21 still-to-be-named appointees interested in the state's wildlife resources. It replaces the former Sportsmen's Advisory Council."
 

WA: Police shoot armed student after standoff at Spokane high school - a "gun free" zone
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A 17-year-old boy fired a handgun in a high school science classroom Monday, prompting his school's evacuation before police shot and critically wounded him."

"No one else was injured."

"Police Chief Roger Bragdon said an officer shot the student at Lewis and Clark High School after the student pulled out a gun while police were negotiating with him."
 

Australia: Man flashes gun for pool table
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A TRIVIAL dispute over the use of a pool table turned nasty when Zoran Mijadzevic flashed his gun at bystanders."

"Mijadzevic yesterday told Blacktown Local Court he carried the gun because he feared for his life following the death of Senior Constable Glenn McEnallay."

"Earlier this year, The Daily Telegraph exclusively revealed it was Mijadzevic's car that triggered the chain of events that led to the officer's death."

"Mijadzevic yesterday pleaded guilty to flashing his gun during a dispute over a pool table at a Blacktown nightclub in May."
 

TX: Federal agents arrest Frio County chief deputy
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"Federal agents on Monday arrested the chief deputy for the Frio County Sheriff's Department, accusing him of stealing from people that he stopped to question."

"Sheriff Lionel Trevino said FBI agents took Rodney Ray Lucio, 36, into custody at about 2 p.m. while he was on duty in Pearsall." ...

"Lucio later was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. He declined to comment as relatives escorted him away from a San Antonio federal court."

"FBI spokesman Rene Salinas said Lucio's arrest was a result of an investigation of alleged corruption at the Frio County Sheriff's Department that was initiated in 1997."
 

Australia: Guns amnesty won't affect criminals
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"The NSW government will press ahead with its illegal handguns amnesty despite admitting it is unlikely to take firearms from the hands of criminals."

"Police Minister John Watkins officially launched the 'no questions asked' campaign that will allow people with illegal firearms to hand them to police with impunity from October to March next year."

"It coincides with the six month national gun buyback scheme for recently outlawed types of handguns."

"Police have backed the amnesty but Police Association president Ian Ball said it was obvious criminals were not going to be handing their weapons over."
 

WI: High schools clamp down on student misbehavior
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Keeping kids in school and away from drugs and alcohol are the largest problems facing area disciplinarians, and school officials are focusing their efforts on keeping it that way."

"Like in most large high schools, full-time police officers roam the halls of high schools to prevent problems. They look like teachers, and except for the badge and gun belt, could very well be just another adult."

"While liaison officers break up fights and help with investigations, they really serve as deterrents to illegal behavior both in school and after graduation."
 

IA: U of I to be asked to allow sharpshooters on land
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"For the first time, the city will ask the University of Iowa to allow sharpshooters on its land to reduce the deer population within the city limits."

"The city's Deer Task Force has recommended sharpshooting in the city again this year because the number of deer roaming on city streets and yards has more than doubled since last year. The recommendation comes after the city decided not to hold the hunt last year."

"Lisa Mollenhauer, administrative assistant for the city manager, said officials have counted 354 deer this year - about 44 deer per square mile. The commonly accepted number of deer that an urban setting can sustain is between 20 and 25 per square mile, she said."
 

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