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APRIL FOOL -- British Journalist Threatens Lawsuit Over Linking to His Crime Stories to Promote American Firearms Rights

APRIL FOOL

British Journalist Threatens Lawsuit
Over Linking to His Crime Stories to 
Promote American Firearms Rights

April 1, 2004

This is not an April Fool's joke. It's a true email exchange that happened on April Fool's day.

Following is the text of the email that started this exchange. NOTE: click here to see the full header below.

From: crime@slp.co.uk
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 16:25:37 +0100 
Subject: DO NOT USE MY STORIES
To: Newslinks@KeepAndBearArms.com 


DO NOT USE MY NEWS STORIES TO FUEL YOUR DESIRE TO BEAR FIREARMS.

TAKE NOTICE OF THIS WARNING OR I'LL PASS IT TO OUR LAWYERS TO DEAL WITH.

GREG TRUSCOTT, SOUTH LONDON PRESS, UK.

 

Apparently, Mr. Truscott is upset that KeepAndBearArms.com consistently links to stories in the UK showing their crime problems. We do this because we think it is important to show that even after a total gun ban, gun-related crime continues and increases -- that the general population is now a large pool of sitting ducks for any criminal who wishes to prey upon them. We've apparently located several relevant news stories on the South London Press website and linked to them -- some of them having been written by Mr. Truscott. Someone must've noticed traffic from our site to theirs, raising the issue with Mr. Truscott.

You can go to our Newslinks Search Page here: http://KeepAndBearArms.com/news/nl/NewsSearch.asp and do a search on "UK:", without the quotation marks, to find hundreds of stories showing the UK crime problem. Their anti-gun utopia isn't exactly working out for them very well. As anti-gun American newswhore Dan Rather said in a July 2000 CBS News Special Report, "The UK has a crime problem and, believe it or not, except for murder, theirs is worse than ours."

KeepAndBearArms.com Newslinks Director Nicki Fellenzer received the original message from Mr. Truscott and gave him his first reply:

 

Date sent: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 11:15:24 -0800 
From: "Newslinks Director" <Newslinks@KeepAndBearArms.com>  
Send reply to: <Newslinks@KeepAndBearArms.com>  
To: <crime@slp.co.uk>  
Copies to: "Angel Shamaya" <Director@KeepAndBearArms.com>  
Subject: Re: DO NOT USE MY STORIES 

Dear Mr. Truscott -- What exactly is your major malfunction? If you are a journalist who has been published in a newspaper and your writing is available online, we are within every right to post a link to your story for people to read -- it's the equivalent of giving a person directions -- we are giving our readers directions to your writing. If you don't like it, that is your problem, not ours.

Our "desire" is not to bear firearms per se. Our "desire" is freedom, as guaranteed and protected by our Constitution. And our "desire" is not to become like the crime-ridden pit the UK has turned into, disarming the peaceable and law abiding, placing them at the mercy of armed thugs and punishing them for defending their own lives when police are unable to do so. THAT is our desire.

Your shrill screeching is unappreciated. If you don't want people to be directed to your writing, perhaps you should have chosen another career.

Nicki Fellenzer 
Newslinks Director 
KeepAndBearArms.com

 

KABA Director Angel Shamaya became aware of the situation and responded to Nicki and the sender of the original email:

 

From: "Angel Shamaya" <Director@KeepAndBearArms.com
To: <crime@slp.co.uk>, <Newslinks@KeepAndBearArms.com
Date sent: Thu, 01 Apr 2004 12:05:23 -0700
Subject: Re: DO NOT USE MY STORIES
Send reply to: Director@KeepAndBearArms.com 
Priority: urgent

Nicki,

Mr. Truscott would probably be elated if we were "using" his stories to urge people to become as helpless and weak as British subjects now are. If we were "using" his stories to empower rapists, robbers and murderers, he'd surely be grateful and even proud. Misery loves company, and the Brits who turned in their weapons now want the criminals to join them in their stupid, morally bankrupt self-deprecation. But it doesn't work that way, so any "crime" reporter in the UK has definite job security. It's going to get a lot worse. That's what happens in police states. Don't they have history books in the UK? Or were they too busy pleading for American guns during World War II to stop and print any and just never resumed the practice? 

FYI, Mr. Truscott, a police state is defined as a locality "in which only the police and the criminals have guns." That's what you live in. Enjoy your country's descent into the abyss of tyranny while we look on with sad fascination. We don't like the fact that your country is a prime example of why not to turn in even one single firearm -- but reality is reality. 

Hey, Nicki. Have you ever had ANY anti-gun snivelers like this lad threaten us with lawyers for LINKING to their articles? I haven't. But what should we expect from a society of people who are banned from protecting their own lives? This is par for the course from a nation of ignorant cowards. 

But you have to admit, Nicki: his letter is seriously funny, isn't it? I laughed out loud. :-) In fact, I have been giggling ever since I read it. It's one of the very most pathetic anti-gunner emails I've ever received, and I've received at least several hundred from this guy's moral equivalent over the years. I think I'll publish it to give people a good laugh at his expense. We'll call it "April Fool." Maybe a few who read his whining will write him letters of condolence for his affliction. 

Angel Shamaya 
Founder/Executive Director/Ideal target for the British attorney
KeepAndBearArms.com

 

The brave British journalist sent his own reply:

 

From: crime@slp.co.uk  
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2004 17:25:12 +0100
Subject: DO NOT USE MY STORIES
To: Newslinks@KeepAndBearArms.com 

its now with our lawyers!

 

USING MORE OF THE SOUTH LONDON PRESS STORIES TO PROMOTE GUN RIGHTS NOW...

Following are a few of the most recent stories on the South London Press website to which we have linked.

Shot in cold blood
Mar 30 2004
By Greg Truscott, South London Press
"A 50-YEAR-OLD man has been gunned down outside a popular Brixton nightclub."

Jailed for shooting drug dealer
March 30, 2004
South London Press
"TWO gunmen have been jailed for life after shooting a Vietnamese drug dealer in a plot to steal a stash of cannabis."

Toddler hands over £10 to save mum's life
March 24, 2004
South London Press
"A TODDLER was forced to hand over her £10 savings to armed robbers - to buy her mum's life."

12-strong gang targeting jewelers, using guns to prey on unarmed people 
March 16, 2004
South London Press
"David Mayer, 21, Justin Philip, 25, and Sherome Blair, 22, all from South London, were with a 12-strong gang targeting jewellers on superbikes. ... Two men sat on each bike wearing sprayed-black crash helmets, balaclavas and gloves wielding sledgehammers and guns."

Gun threat to woman over phone
March 12, 2004
By Greg Truscott, South London Press
"A WOMAN was thrown across the bonnet of a car and had a handgun put to her neck when she left a Brixton nightclub."

Talented musician shot dead, suspect at large
March 12, 2004
South London Press
"LEON Forbes was murdered in cold blood on a quiet Clapham estate, aged just 21. His family are determined to see his killers brought to justice, writes GREG TRUSCOTT. LEON Forbes was a talented music producer with a promising life ahead of him."

 

And that's just the last couple of weeks on only this one British website. Notice that three of them are stories written by Mr. Truscott. He knows the gun bans aren't working -- knows it very well. But apparently, he not only likes the fact that people are sitting ducks in his country but is willing to engage attorneys against any organization that tries to expose his medieval philosophy. Or maybe it's just a matter of protecting his job security. After all, in the UK, a crime reporter is definitely going to get plenty of stories in the months and years ahead -- especially if they keep the ban on self-defense in place. Sad thing is, those stories will all be about the bad guys victimizing innocent people -- because Brits who defend themselves go to prison.

So, a final word to Pro Criminal, Anti-Self-Defense Mr. Truscott: send your attorney, old boy. We welcome the opportunity to give much, much wider exposure to your country's anti-gun insanity.

FINAL EMAIL SENT TO MR. TRUSCOTT:

From: "Angel Shamaya" <Director@KeepAndBearArms.com
To: crime@slp.co.uk 
Date sent: Thu, 01 Apr 2004 13:41:24 -0700
Subject: MR. TRUSCOTT -- A GIFT FOR YOU
Send reply to: Director@KeepAndBearArms.com 
Copies to: Newslinks@KeepAndBearArms.com, Director@KeepAndBearArms.com 
Priority: urgent


Dear Mr. Truscott,

We've got a present for you:

http://KeepAndBearArms.com/information/Item.asp?ID=3668 

Suggestion: when an armed criminal gang demands that you give them all your money and informs you that they are going to rape and murder you and kill your family just for kicks, congratulate yourself that you chose to be defenseless. After all, it's very noble to die as entertainment for thugs, right? 

Have a wonderful remainder of your day.

Angel Shamaya
Founder/Executive Director
KeepAndBearArms.com

 

FULL EMAIL HEADER OF ORIGINAL EMAIL WE RECEIVED

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