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Holder first squall in an approaching storm
Submitted by: David Codrea
Website: http://waronguns.blogspot.com

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"We all saw 'The Terminator,' right?"

'He said there's a storm coming in.'

'I know.'

"We see it approaching, and we see an opportunity to set its advance temporarily back while we scramble to prepare for the onslaught. It's now up to you if you will do anything about it, and if so, what."
 

Patriotic dissent
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the last 8 years, the liberals have been screaming that 'dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' I cannot tell you just how excited I am to show how 'patriotic' I'll be in the coming Obama years."

"These folks are going to hold me up as some kind of patriotic idol when they see how much dissent can be dished up."

"When they try to take away the second amendment by banning ammunition, they'll witness epic dissent."

"Liberal politicians cover up the fact that in the 20th century alone, more than 56 million citizens have been exterminated by their own governments when 'gun control' was imposed on them. Without armed citizenry, there can be no dissent toward a tyrannical government." ...
 

What it is about guns isn't even about guns, Part III: The Castle Doctrine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When it comes to owning a handgun, making the decision to buy and to train opens the door to a new world of values and understanding generally not available to them before they elected to buy. ... Owning a gun reflects the understanding of taking the very first responsibility that no one else can take for you, and it is where it all begins."

"Self-defense is what the lawyers call an affirmative defense to a crime or a tort. Self-defense is what activists call a safety-net for the target of a crime, and assert that legislation affirming the rights of the target of a crime are not needed. But what isn’t mentioned is the cost of mounting this defense in court in fighting the criminal charge or civil charge for electing to fight back." ...
 

Know thy enemy
Submitted by: Daniel White
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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"It can be invaluable during debates to know the standard arguments used by the anti-gunners and be ready to defeat them with logic. A great resource for going just that is Gun Facts - Your Guide to Debunking Gun Control Myths."

"We can take that resource and apply it to the 'Sensible Solutions' proposed by the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence to demonstrate how rational facts defeat the hysterical rantings they come up with."

"'Over 1,000 Ohioans are killed by gun violence each year.'"

Looking at the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services website, we can review statistics for various years and see that this statistic sounds far worse than it is." ...
 

If We are Divided, They will Conquer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A common refrain of the anti-gun crowd are repeated calls for 'reasonable' gun control designed to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the so-called mentally ill. We already know there is no such thing as 'reasonable' gun control, yet the attempt of the anti-gun crowd to vilify people with mental illness is typical of their willingess to exploit just about anything to push their immoral agenda."

"... One of [the antis] favorite targets is people with a so-called mental illness and the favorite tactic of the anti-gun groups is to use people's illness as grounds for destroying their civil rights."

"The problem is that very few people with mental illness are truly impaired by their medical problems. ..." ...
 

But then again . . .
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, I praised STI for joining Barrett Firearms in cutting off the criminal government of California ... I very deeply admire the moral courage of any commercial enterprise willing to voluntarily sacrifice its bottom line, out of ... reverence for the Constitution."

"After giving it some more thought, though, it occurs to me that a much sterner test could soon be coming. I refer, of course, to the coming storm of federal citizen disarmament laws ..." ...

"I'm sure the business Barrett did with the California government was substantial, but it could hardly compare to what they earn in sales to the feds."

"Are they willing to turn their backs on that business, too?"

"Personally, I'm an optimist ..." ...
 

Anti-gun agenda is class warfare
Submitted by: James A. Farmer

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"Counter rebutting Scott Dixon's anti-gun commentary (see Dec. 19 Tidings 'A gun tax would reduce the number of firearms and deaths') isn't difficult. The distorted myths blaming firearms for huge economic losses, medical costs, homicides, suicides and considerably more evil has already been debunked by Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc. (www.jpfo.org). JPFO, Inc. isn't affiliated with the National Rifle Association. Any free-thinking honest reader can access, research, and study JPFO's articles and learn quickly the socialist/collectivist anti-gun agenda is not only people control, but likewise class warfare of a political elite against honest working-class Americans, many of whom are innocent gun owners!" ...
 

For Porter, NFL players, happiness is not a warm gun
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "During an interview ... Porter was asked to comment on the troubles of his friend and former teammate Plaxico Burress ..."

"'Until you've been in that situation,' Porter told ESPN, 'When you've been robbed at gunpoint or you've had a gun waved in your face or had your house broken into before or been carjacked, you really don't know what it's like. For a person to carry a gun, I mean, you're not carrying a gun to show that 'I'm tough.' It's safety, it's nothing but safety.'"

"Whether or not you're a fan a Joey Porter's, these comments have to make you shake your head. ..."

"Porter’s rationale is akin to the old west mentality: Heck, if everyone carries a gun, then the bad guys won't have an advantage, right?" ...
 

South Africa: Ban guns in public during 2010 World Cup
Submitted by: jghilty

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"THE horrific shooting of ANC councillor Jimmy Mohlala has again ignited concerns that the 2010 soccer World Cup will be blighted by security problems. — Joseph Dube, Africa co-ordinator of the International Action Network on Small Arms" ...

"To the outside world, his murder reinforces many countries' misgivings about South Africa's ability to host the World Cup. South Africa has the fourth-highest gun homicide rate in the world. ..." ...

"What if we used the Cup as an opportunity to show the world how a country can combat gun violence?"

"I can think of no better way to commemorate a man mercilessly shot down in front of his child than for the government to immediately declare the World Cup a gun-free event." ...
 

Why the national park gun rule should stand
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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In early December President Bush kept his promise and came through for gun owners who supported him by loosening rules allowing loaded, concealed guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

Now, President-elect Obama needs to keep his promise and come through for gun owners who supported him by allowing this rule to stand as currently written." ...

"... Rangers at entrance stations don’t even ask park visitors if they have guns, partly because they don't care, but mostly because Reagan's gun rule was impractical, if not impossible, to enforce."

"So, when the Bush rule hits the ground next year, the impact will be invisible. All that changes is the status quo becoming the legal status quo .." ...
 

FL: Victim Shoots And Kills Robbery Suspect
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies said two men with a sawed off shot gun tried to rob a man at a car wash on Orange Blossom trail Friday night. The suspects didn't bet on the victim pulling out his own gun and shooting."

"One of the suspects was hit in the chest. He was rushed to the hospital, where he later died. Investigators said the victim had a concealed weapons permit."

"'For the bad guys out there, you never know who you're dealing with when you go and commit this crime. You might be the one who is laying in the parking lot dead because you went up to someone who is legally protecting himself,' said Cmdr. Spike Hopkins of the Orange County Sheriff’s office." ...
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Submitter's Note: I like Spike's attitude!
 

IL: Waukegan store clerk cleared in death of alleged robber
Submitted by: jghilty

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"For the second time in six years, jurors have decided clerks at the same Waukegan grocery will not be punished for killing a robber at the store."

"The October fatal shooting of an alleged robber by a clerk ... was justified, and no charges should be filed against the clerk, a Lake County grand jury decided this week."

"Lake County Assistant State's Atty. Steve Scheller said the grand jury's decision Wednesday means the investigation into the shooting is over."

"The case has been controversial in Lake County: Some called the shooting justifiable self-defense, but others wondered whether vigilante justice was at work. The clerk shot Brandon Starks, 20, as Starks was fleeing on his bicycle, police said." ...
 

TX: Police Release Name of Intruder Shot to Death (follow-up)
Submitted by: jghilty

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Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies today released the identity of a man killed after breaking into a Colerain Township apartment building late Tuesday night.

21 year old Diamond Johnson of Roselawn was shot and killed by the tenant, 37 year Elmer Bowers.

Hamilton County deputies say Johnson and another man, whose identity is not known, broke into Bowers apartment in the Burgandy Court apartments on Rocker Drive in Colerain Township around 11:30 Tuesday night.

Bowers opened fire on Johnson, killing him and possibly injured a second suspect, a thin, black man with light complexion, who got away.

Bowers was not hurt and no charges have been filed against him.
 

Oakland police shooting of Oscar Grant made a story by citizen journalists
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"... Camera-equipped cell phones on the scene captured the incident as it happened, putting the telling of the tale on YouTube and beyond the power of official spin."

"... rarely, if ever, before has the public been so motivated by a story driven less by professional media reports than by raw footage taken and distributed by citizens bypassing formal channels."

"Fast as the media was to respond, it relied on the amateur video captured at the scene --and even professional reports were then edited and repurposed by citizen journalists dedicated to telling their own version of the tale. When speaking to the jaded pros, police spokespeople have found themselves chasing a story driven by grassroots outrage -- one that couldn't be put to rest by stroking a few familiar faces." ...
 

Pentagon Wants Loving Chat-Bot to Calm Troops' Kids
Submitted by: Larry

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"Now that the Predator drone has convinced the U.S. military of the power of killer robots, the Pentagon has put up a call for a loving, family-oriented artificial intelligence. The Department of Defense is soliciting proposals from small businesses for a computer program that would replicate troops serving abroad, during phone conversations and video conferences with their families."

"The program ... is billed as a 'Virtual Dialogue Application for Families of Deployed Service Members'. It's meant to address the strain on children caused by long deployments -- by using the same kind of automated voice recognition software that airlines, banks, and phone companies all use to keep us from real customer service. ..." ...
 

They Never Mention Guns
Submitted by: Larry

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Every so often one one of the "major" broadcast networks airs a report on home safety. A security expert will go on and on about locking doors and windows, installing alarm systems, using motion detectors and a bunch of other things that a home owner might do including, of course, calling the police. But what about that useful, portable, concealable, reusable and affordable equalizer and tool of last resort? In fact, when have we ever been told not to rely on the state for anything?
 

WA: Concealed weapons could be banned from city property
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In response to recent incidents of violence, including a shooting on May 24 at Seattle's Folklife festival, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has recommended that all city departments consider a ban of all concealed weapons on city property." ...

"In a press release Nickels said '... we're addressing public safety issues from all directions. Common-sense gun rules are just one more way to protect our workers, residents, families and children.'" ...

"'I think the problem is there are too many guns walking around the city,' says Godefroy. 'It's the availability of guns that has more to do with the recent rise in youth violence.'"

"Others see it as a violation of their second amendment right." ...
 

WA: Seattle Homicide Stats Don't Support Nickels Gun Ban Scheme, Says SAF
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Homicide statistics for 2008 in Seattle do not justify a proposal by anti-gun Mayor Greg Nickels to ban legally-carried handguns from public property, nor his plan to lobby for a change in the state's preemption law, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation said today."

"'Less than half of Seattle's homicides in 2008 involved firearms,' noted SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, 'and about one-third were gang-related. Yet Mayor Nickels would have the public believe there is a dire need to violate state statute and the civil rights of law-abiding gun owners ...'"

"Gottlieb noted that Seattle's 28 homicides pale in comparison to those logged in similar-sized cities, where concealed carry is forbidden. ..." ...
 

WY: Lawmakers: Inform accused of potential loss of gun rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Some Wyoming lawmakers want to make certain that people accused of misdemeanor domestic violence realize that pleading guilty would cost them their federal gun rights."

"A bill drafted for the upcoming legislative session would require judges to inform defendants that a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction would cost them their gun rights. The bill would also classify misdemeanor domestic violence as a serious offense requiring defendants to have lawyers."

"Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, is the bill's main sponsor. He was also the author of a 2004 state law that sought to establish a procedure for misdemeanor domestic violence convicts to expunge their first conviction and regain their firearms rights. ..." ...
 

MD: Baltimore Mayor Charged With Theft
Submitted by: jac

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"Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Friday on charges that she accepted illegal gifts during her time as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards that she allegedly used for a holiday shopping spree."

"A grand jury indicted Dixon on 12 counts, including four counts of perjury and two counts of theft over $500. She was also charged with theft under $500, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and misconduct in office." ...
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Submitters Note: Another one of the gun grabbers. They should pay more attention to their own behavior instead of worrying about legal gun owners.
 

IL: A guide to the Blagojevich impeachment
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Here is a guide to the process by which Gov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois might be removed from office"

"What is impeachment?"

"Impeachment is the formal accusation of wrongdoing, lobbed by a legislative body against an executive branch official, such as a governor or a president."

"Impeachment is somewhat analogous to an indictment the criminal court system."

"It is only the first step of a two-step process."

"Once an official is impeached (or accused) by the lower house of the legislative branch, he or she then must be tried by the upper body of the legislature." ...
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Submitter's Note: What is it about gun grabbing politicians and corruption?
 

There Is a God After All
Submitted by: Larry

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"And He hath seen our oppression under the wicked Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and hath smitten its malefactors with a plague. Yes, the TSA’s vaunted new uniforms apparently cause "skin rashes, …runny or bloody noses, lightheadedness [sic], red eyes, and swollen and cracked lips." Or at least that’s what the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) claims. It "estimate[s]" that 200 or 300 "workers" [sic for "stand-ins at the security theater"] have complained of such symptoms." ...
 

U.S. Plans Border 'Surge' Against Any Drug Wars
Submitted by: Larry

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"The soaring level of violence in Mexico resulting from the drug wars there has led the United States to develop plans for a 'surge' of civilian and perhaps even military law enforcement should the bloodshed spread across the border, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Wednesday." [emphasis added] ...

"Officials of the Homeland Security Department said the plan called for aircraft, armored vehicles and special teams to converge on border trouble spots, with the size of the force depending on the scale of the problem. Military forces would be called upon if civilian agencies like the Border Patrol and local law enforcement were overwhelmed, but the officials said military involvement was considered unlikely." [emphasis added] ...
 

Notice to All Federal Firearms Licensees
Submitted by: jghilty

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U.S. Department of Justice

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives

Assistant Director

Washington, DC 20226


January 6, 2009
Notice to All Federal Firearms Licensees
Regarding ATF Form 4473 Shortage

As a result of an unprecedented increase in demand for ATF Forms 4473 (5300.9) Part I Revised August 2008, inventory of the form at the ATF Distribution Center is running low.

As a temporary measure, ATF is allowing FFLs to photocopy the form 4473 in it’s entirety until they receive their orders from the ATF Distribution Center.

A notice will be posted at the expiration of this temporary authorized change.
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KABA Note: And what if they stop printing the forms and don't allow photocopies?
 

UT: Police Planned to Arrest Ex-Utah Trooper
Submitted by: jac

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"An ex-Utah state trooper who police say was involved in a series of roadway shootings last month learned just hours before the deadly incidents that he would soon be arrested on burglary and robbery charges."

"Southlake police planned to arrest Brian Smith in connection with a Dec. 17 mugging and a Dec. 22 vehicle burglary, according to the Thursday online edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram."

"Southlake police Detective Richard Anderson interviewed Smith about the burglary about 12:45 p.m. Dec. 22, about two hours after it was reported, documents released Thursday said. Detectives connected Smith to the crimes after a witness to the vehicle burglary wrote down his license plate number." ...
 

WI: DNR to hunters: Hand over your guns on demand
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has a simple, blunt message for hunters in Wisconsin: When a DNR warden asks you to give up your legal firearm, do so, plain and simple, no matter what."

"What's more, that goes for all citizens, the agency has asserted. Citizens with firearms, the DNR argues, should always do exactly what law enforcement officers tell them to do, regardless of the circumstances of the situation."

"To which one former hunter education instructor for the department has an equally simple and blunt response: The agency's directive is unconstitutional, plain and simple, and citizens don't have to hand over their firearms without any probable cause." ...
 

FL: Former Cop Sentenced For Drug Trade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A former Altamonte Springs police officer, who put the lives of other officers at risk while he was operating in the drug trade, was sentenced Friday.

Clay Adams will spend the next 17 years in prison. His wife, Robyn, got a 10-year sentence. Both had entered guilty pleas.

Investigators said Clay formed a grow house partnership, with an informant and gave him a list of undercover agents working in Seminole County.
 

Virgin Islands: USVI police charge ATF agent with murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A U.S. federal agent has been charged with second-degree murder in the alleged 2008 shooting of his neighbor in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Justice officials say they arrested Agent William Clark with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He also was charged with involuntary manslaughter and using a dangerous weapon during a violent crime.

The Virgin Island Daily News had previously reported that Clark had intervened after hearing a loud argument in an upscale condo where a couple lived. He is accused of shooting Mahogany Run resident Marcus Sukow.

It is unclear whether Clark had an attorney. The ATF did not return calls for comment.

The arrest occurred Wednesday.
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AL: Judge releases Ala. sheriff jailed over jail food
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An Alabama sheriff who made $212,000 in the last three years by feeding inmates what a judge said were skimpy portions was released from prison Thursday after submitting a plan pledging to feed them better."

"Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett profited legally from a Depression-era state law that allows sheriffs to keep any money they can make by feeding inmates for less than what they receive in state funding. Bartlett said he reported the profit as income on his tax returns." ...

"'He makes money by failing to spend the allocated funds for food for the inmates,' Clemon ruled after the daylong hearing in a lawsuit filed by prisoners over jail conditions." ...
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GA: S.C. [former police officer] charged with kidnapping
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A former Columbia police officer faces kidnapping and assault charges after a 13-hour hostage standoff at an interstate hotel 60 miles east of Atlanta ended peacefully Monday." ...

"No one was injured, but Dietz allegedly fired two shots at officers early in the standoff, leading to the aggravated assault charges in addition to kidnapping."

"The standoff, ... started about 8 p.m. Sunday when a state trooper spotted a Ford Explorer that was the subject of an Amber Alert for a missing or abducted child."

"Police said Dietz ... abducted Allim Dietz, 7 months, and Dietz's estranged wife ..." ...
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CO: Recession-resistant retail: guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The line to buy a gun on this morning was long, if you take into account the time, the date and location, which was a Wheat Ridge shop barely larger than my living room."

"Used to be few folks bought guns this soon after Christmas, the shop's owner, Rich Wyatt, is saying ..."

"The old man in the cardigan was standing first at the glass counter, almost caressing a brushed nickel .45, from which hung a $1,045 price tag. Last I saw him, he was picking out ammo."

"'This is nothing!' a beaming Rich Wyatt said, gesturing at the three men at his counter. 'Two weeks ago Saturday, I set an all-time sales record. And when I reopened the next Tuesday, I doubled that Saturday record. Doubled it! I couldn't have ever imagined it.'" ...
 

MO: Dealers: Assault rifle sales up; long waiting list for handguns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Gun advocates are up in arms and that means big business for firearm retailers."

"Since the 2008 presidential election, gun sales have spiked nationally, with the [FBI] tracking 1.53 million criminal background checks in November, a 42 percent increase compared with November 2007." ...

"'Before the election, we might have sold one or two assault rifles a week'” said Stan Dix, co-owner of Top Gun Shooting Sports of Imperial, Mo. 'We’ve gotten to maybe 10 or 15 a week.'"

"In St. Louis County, the number of applications for concealed carry licenses mirrored the rise in gun sales. In 2008, there were 563 applications for the months of November and December, compared with 282 for the same period in 2007." ...
 

WA: Gun sales on the rise
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"Gun sales have been on the rise since the election of Barack Obama. Some worry his administration may ban certain weapons. Others are concerned that people buying handguns don't know how to use them safely. KNDU stopped into Hole in the Wall Firing Range in Kennewick to learn more."

"'No, I don't use a hand gun for personal protection, I use a shotgun in my home.' Says Chuck Connor's a resident in Kennewick. Connor says he's been through two safety courses to learn how to use his weapons."

"'I wouldn't give my kid a car and let him go out and drive without teaching him how to use a car, and I wouldn't do that with a gun either'" ...
 

CT: Militia group to meet Saturday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A newly formed militia group is scheduled to hold a recruitment meeting in town Saturday, the second such meeting in as many months."

"The first meeting of the Northern Connecticut Constitutional Militia happened Dec. 6 at Sunrise Park in Suffield, an event that police kept a close watch over."

"Suffield Police Chief Michael Manzi said two of his police officers attended the event 'to keep the peace' if necessary. However, Manzi said, the meeting, which attracted about 20 men and one woman, took place without incident." ...

"The group's literature says it is looking to 'meet like-minded people' who 'support the Second Amendment and the U.S. Constitution.'" ...
 

SD: Gun freedoms appreciated
Submitted by: jghilty

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"In response to the Jan. 3 Argus Leader article, "Fewer S. Dakotans seek guns," I would like to add and clarify some information that many people are unaware of."

"The article states that 15,029 permits were issued in 2008, which represented a 16.9 percent increase from the previous record of 12,855 in 2006 when South Dakota was No. 1 in the nation for concealed carry permits per capita."

"While it is true that fewer background checks were performed for firearms in 2008 than in 2007, it might not be true that this represents an overall decrease in firearm spending. The sharp increase in permits issued should tell our local, state and national leaders that South Dakotans, perhaps more than anyone else, appreciate our freedoms." ...
 

Ireland: Firearms stolen in gun shop raid
Submitted by: R. Smith

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Up to 30 firearms have been stolen in a robbery at a gun shop in Carrick-on-Suir, garda said.

Four men, one of whom was armed, lay in wait for the owner of the licensed firearms dealership to return home with his wife and they were then taken into the house.

About 30 firearms, including pistols and rifles, were taken, along with the family car - a beige/champagne-coloured Honda Civic saloon, registration 03WX5048. No shots were fired and nobody was injured.
 

U.K.: Police fired guns and Taser at man
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"A man shot by police in response to a domestic disturbance was fired at with four live rounds and a Taser, investigators said."

"The 44-year-old man, from West Yorkshire, was hit in the arm and body and remains ill in hospital."

"An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into the incident has begun."

"A spokesman for the IPCC said West Yorkshire Police received a 999 call at 12.09am on Friday from a woman who said a man was threatening her."

"Firearms officers were deployed and five entered the house. A Taser was used by the officers before they fired their guns." ...

"Police said a sword was recovered from the property, in Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse." ...
 

UK: Teenager was 'paid' to brandish guns on Panorama, court told
Submitted by: R. Smith

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"A teenager was paid £50 by a 'fixer' to brandish guns on the BBC's Panorama programme, a court heard yesterday."

"The 17-year-old ... was filmed assembling a shotgun for the programme about guns and gang culture on Merseyside."

"The teenager, a member of the Marsh gang, was approached by an intermediary and paid to 'show off' the weapons on camera ..."

"After the Young Guns documentary was broadcast in July last year Merseyside's chief constable, Bernard Hogan-Howe, wrote to BBC director general Mark Thompson asking if young people had been paid to pose with guns."

"The 17-year-old pleaded guilty on 11 December to possession of a shotgun, a handgun and ammunition." ...
 

Canada: Bloodiest year ever-Mountie boss can only say 'people are killing more people'
Submitted by: jghilty

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"A rocketing homicide rate in rural Alberta made 2008 the bloodiest year ever."

"There were 53 homicides investigated last year, more than double the 23 slayings of 2007, and slightly more than spikes in 2004 and 2005." ...

"RCMP Alberta spokesman Cpl. Wayne Oakes said there don't seem to be any easy explanations for the rapid rise."

"'Some might think it glib, but the only thing you can say is people are killing more people,' he said. 'I cannot put a finger on any reasons ... for an increase.'" ...

"One disturbing trend Oakes acknowledged is a steady rise in the number of slayings involving weapons." ...
 

UK: Man shot dead in post office robbery
Submitted by: Pastor Guest
Website: http://www.stepstowardthemark.com

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"Masked gunmen shot dead a post office worker during a raid on a family-run village store this morning."

"West Mercia police said the man died after being shot in the chest at 8.20am during the raid ... A second man was in hospital after being shot in the leg. Neither was immediately identified."

"Three robbers were on the run after the armed raid at Fairfield Stores, a combined post office and shop."

"'The offenders are dangerous and must not be approached,' said Detective Superintendent Jon Groves of West Mercia constabulary's major incident unit."

"Police said three raiders wearing balaclavas, and armed with a handgun and a sledgehammer had targeted the store. ..." ...
 

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