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CCRKBA Blasts Seattle Plan to Hire 'Crime Gun' Program Coordinator
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The City of Seattle plans to hire a 'Crime Gun Program Coordinator' who, from all indications, will be 'nothing more than a bureaucrat whose job will be to create and advocate gun control schemes under the guise of stopping criminal misuse of firearms,' the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today."

"The Crime Gun Program Coordinator will be hired -- at a cost to taxpayers of between $61,366 and $92,060 -- by the Seattle Police Department. ..." ...
 

Killing Made Easy
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"With pitifully little notice paid, another rash of year-end homicide statistics points up the madness of this country's fascination with handguns. The domestic arms race continues full tilt. ..." ...

"There's an obvious thread here that members of Congress choose not to see: The all-too-free flow of handguns, a warped way of life that cows presidents and members of Congress who ought to recognize that the availability of handguns is murderous. ..." ...
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KABA Note: Ah yes, the ever popular 'availability' myth. For a quick debunk, see here at GunCite.com.
 

Should Christians Shoot to Kill in Self-Defense?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I have been asked if Christians should 'shoot to kill' in self-defense, No, they should shoot to stay alive! A truism very appropriate today in America is, a gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone. Courts have ruled that the police have no legal obligation to protect you."

"In real, everyday life, you and your family are on your own! As Dad you are to be the provider, priest, and protector of the family. You are the paladin 'Have Gun, Will Travel' and that means you may have to shoot another person to keep the family safe."

"Most Americans admit that self-defense is American but is it Christian? I think so, although many will disagree." ...
 

NV: The courts, parents, kids and guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week, we were discussing the December sentencing of Geoffrey Wells of Las Vegas, on charges of child abuse and endangerment, after his 12-year-old son Syber -- possibly distraught over his parents' divorce -- committed suicide with his father's shotgun."

"But laws are supposed to be uniform, and written down. How can these prosecutors and judges define 'child abuse and endangerment' to mean anything they want it to, after the fact, without reference to NRS 202.300 (the only Nevada law dealing with kids and guns) and when b
 

NC: Home Owner Shoots Would Be Robbers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two Orange County women are recovering from bullet wounds after surviving a violent home invasion."

"It began early Monday morning ... when two suspects kicked in the front door of a home, and shot the two women watching TV inside."

"Marjorie Whitted, 50, and her 27-year-old daughter, Vicky both suffered bullet wounds to their legs."

"Carlton Whitted, 62, was in the bedroom when the men broke in. ... The suspects tried to push their way into Carlton's bedroom but Carlton had other plans. 'I seen my rifle sitting in the corner I reached and grabbed it and I turned the door loose.' Whitted says he shot both men in the back as they tried to escape. 'I was going to shoot them in the head that's when the bullets gave out to clicking. ...'" ...
 

DE: A push for looser gun laws
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"For Wilmington lawyer John J. Thompson, the question of whether Delaware should make it easier for law-abiding residents to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun is a simple one."

"'You ought to be able to defend your life and the life of your loved ones. I think that’s a basic human right,' said Thompson, who holds a concealed-carry permit and is president of the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association."

"For the Rev. Derrick Johnson, who works to bring peace to some of Wilmington’s meanest streets, the issue is equally basic."

"'I know too well, being from the ghetto, being a person who was dumb enough to steal and carry a gun and foolish enough to use it, I know full well that good citizens in the heat of passion can use a gun,' Johnson said." ...
 

OK: Not much support for heat-packing administrators.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Americans cherish their Second Amendment rights, so not many eyebrows may be lifted by a bill in the Oklahoma Legislature that would allow superintendents and principals to carry guns on school property. But ... lift them we should."

"According to Rep. Bud Smithson, D-Sallisaw ... administrators need to be able to protect themselves 'when violence erupts in the schools.' Since Smithson took the trouble to introduce legislation, one might logically assume several school officials who felt threatened had asked him to intervene on their behalf. In fact, Smithson mentions only one advocate: the Belfonte superintendent, whose name – 'Lucky' McCrary – is befitting of the rootin’, tootin’ cowboy he apparently sees in the mirror when he shaves." ...
 

OH: Will Ohio CHL-holders get the blame for 2005's urban crime problems? (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"The first 21 months of concealed carry in Ohio have provided pro-gun rights advocates a plethora of opportunities to disprove the rhetoric their opponents in the gun ban movements have thrown around during the near decade-long debate on concealed carry in the Buckeye State. There has been no soccer mom shootout, fender-bender murder, or Wild West-style vigilantism. ..."

"Without taking away from observations that do need to be made, I believe that as we approach opponent testimony on Ohio House Bill 347, Buckeye State gun owners would be remiss if we did not also examine our own predictions pre-concealed carry. ..." ...
 

GA: Shoot down gun bill
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"Since passing its 'shoot first, ask questions later' law last year, the state of Florida has been derided by the international press, become the subject of an ad campaign that warns visitors not to 'shout or make threatening gestures' at the natives, and provided fodder for amused bloggers, pundits and late-night comics. (What's the Sunshine State's new motto? 'Florida: Don't make us come up there.')"

"So guess what state — also led by cowering politicians desperate to curry the gun lobby's endorsement — is considering the same law?"

"Yes, Georgia state Sen. Greg Goggans (R-Douglas) and Senate President Pro Tem Eric Johnson (R-Savannah) have introduced their own 'stand your ground' bill ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Read the act for yourself and see how the Journal Constitution is, um, misinterpreting the language of the bill.
 

VA: Senate panel kills gun show bill
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"For the fourth year in a row, legislators on Monday rejected a bill requiring private sellers at gun shows to conduct criminal background checks on buyers."

"Current law requires only federally licensed dealers to conduct background checks. Sen. Henry Marsh, D-Richmond, proposed toughening the law to make it harder for criminals to buy weapons at gun shows."

"The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 9-4 to kill the bill after hearing from several gun-rights supporters who said it would be unduly burdensome and would do little to stop crime."

"Firearms industry lobbyist Tom Evans said most private sales at gun shows involve old shotguns, hunting rifles and military rifles _ which are not typically used by criminals." ...
 

NY: The Problem of Illegal Guns
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"Although homicides reported in New York City last year reached their lowest level since 1963, two killings of police officers late in the year raised public awareness of the problem of illegal guns on the city’s streets. In his inaugural address on Jan. 1, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declared that a major goal of his second term would be to 'rid our streets of guns, and punish all those who possess and traffic in these instruments of death.'"
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Submitter's Note: Another version, this one with interesting charts and graphics.
 

UK: Olympic shooters take aim at gun ban
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"British lawmakers are being urged to ease a ban on handguns so Britain's champion shooters can train for the Olympics."

"Competitors currently must travel to Switzerland, where their guns are kept locked in an armory at a shooting range in Zurich ..." ...

"A dispensation for handguns was granted during the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, but the rules were so strict that some international teams lodged complaints, and are now asking for better conditions for the London Olympics in 2012, the newspaper said."

"Shooters were escorted from Heathrow Airport under armed guard and their guns were taken in an armored vehicle to the national shooting center. Spectators had to watch events behind screens and shooters were guarded by armed officers."
 

TX: Border agent faces hearing over gun purchase
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"A U.S. border patrol agent is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Del Rio, Texas, on federal charges that he illegally purchased a pistol for a Mexican national who intended to smuggle the weapon into Mexico, according to U.S. investigators."

"Franklin L. Sherren, a Del Rio-based agent, was indicted Dec. 21 by a federal grand jury after an investigation by three federal agencies ..."

"The two-count indictment accuses Sherren of making a false statement during a firearms purchase and transferring a firearm to a person prohibited from owning one in the United States. He is accused of buying a Walther .40-caliber pistol for Ismael Maltos Romo, a Mexican national." ...
 

NJ: Fake gun can seem a real threat
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"Not long ago, a Woodbury Heights man kept police, the county SWAT team and a state police tactical unit at bay for more than 19 hours after he'd pointed a snub-nosed revolver at the police chief."

"When the siege ended peacefully, the weapon seized from the 66-year-old man with history of mental illness was a somewhat real-looking plastic pistol."

"These days, just because a fake gun is involved, doesn't mean real force won't come into play, triggering an armed response, because the replica firearms are so real looking." ...
 

FL: Officer Shoots Two Over Poker Game
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"A poker game took a violent turn when an off-duty police officer shot two men who refused to let him play, authorities said."

"Maitland police Officer Daniel John Metevier shot player Francis Webster in the shoulder, and Jason Granich in the stomach, Seminole County Sheriff's investigators said."

"Granich was listed in serious but not life-threatening condition, the sheriff's office said. Webster's wound was superficial." ...

"Metevier has a good record with the police department, where he has worked since 2002. He took another job last year, but continued to work as a reserve officer ..."

"Schardine wouldn't say if the semiautomatic pistol used in the shooting was issued by the department." ...
 

South Africa: Hijack cop 'hired' out gun
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"A 25-year-old Metro police officer implicated in a hijacking in Berea allegedly hired out his service pistol for R150 to three hijackers."

"The Johannesburg Metro police department on Monday condemned the alleged involvement of one of their officers in the hijacking of a car at the weekend."

"Spokesperson Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said the Tracker recovery team had traced the hijacked white Golf to Senaoane in Soweto, then called the police."

"Minaar said a hijacker had since identified his accomplices and had told police the gun used in the hijacking belonged to the metro police officer." ...
 

Tanzania: Safety Ministry admits possible police involvement in crime
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"The Deputy Minister for Public Safety and Security, Mr Mohamed Aboud Mohamed, has reiterated the possibility of police involvement in armed robberies."

"Mr Mohamed told a Press conference in Dar es Salaam yesterday that reports already received indicated that police were also involved in armed robberies."

"He said following such reports, there were plans to conduct some sort of crime census in the police force in order to weed out banditry."

"He said members of the police would soon be required to cast secret ballots on those, among them, they thought were involved in banditry." ...
 

Turkey: Prosecution seeks 35 years prison for Semdinli shooting
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"Turkish prosecutors have opened a court case revolving around incidents that followed the bombing of a bookstore in the south eastern town of Semdinli last year, widely blamed on members of the armed forces." ...

"The prosecution indictment against expert sergeant Tanju Cavus for shooting at the members of the public following the blast calls for a 35 years prison term. One person, Ali Yilmaz, was killed and another five injured in the shooting. The prosecution based its indictment that fact that opening fire on the angry crowd that gathered after the bombing surpassed the limits of self defence." ...
 

OH: Candidate Petro's Lt. Gov candidate withdraws (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"Following weeks of rumor, and a strong insistence just last week by Petro campaign manager Bob Paduchik that it was all just a story being circulated by his opponents, the Petro campaign announced Monday that Phil Heimlich would not be running for Lt. Governor on the Petro for Governor ticket." ...

"Readers may recall that soon after Heimlich's announcement last spring, he took a concealed carry class and announced his intentions to apply for a license to carry ..." ...
 

PA: We're in this together on gun violence
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"LETTER-WRITER Kevin Allen asks if he, as a 'white guy with a clean record and a permit to carry,' should care about the gun violence that affects African-Americans."

"Aside from the obvious response that he should care if he retains an ounce of human decency in his soul, Mr. Allen should care because the increase in murders stains a city that drives the economic engine for this entire region. If Philadelphia descends into lawlessness, the repercussions will be felt far beyond the neighborhoods where violence is greatest and the city renaissance will be short-lived, indeed." ...
 

AL: Interim choices include, guns, movies and New York
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"For most high school students, the first week back to school after the holiday break is a rather depressing letdown. ..."

"Not so for the students of Westminster Christian Academy."

"The school has a way to alleviate some of the after-holiday boredom and let the students get to know their teachers ... Westminster's headmaster, Dr. Bob Illman, coined it 'Interim Week.'"

"During this week, students have the opportunity to pick from a variety of teacher-led activities and trips. This year, activities ranged from a trip to New York City ... to classes on gun safety or ballroom dancing."

"In the gun safety class, students learned how to handle and clean guns. They were then given the opportunity to shoot rifles and pistols." ...
 

PA: Navy Rifle Edges Past Akron in Palmyra Tournament
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"The Navy rifle team used a strong air rifle performance to edge past Akron, 4,614 to 4,557, on Sunday night in the Palmyra Tournament. The tournament is one of the toughest in the nation, spanning three weeks. Navy, which improved to 5-0 with the victory, is the defending champion in the event."

"Sarah Bergman (Fort Mill, S.C.) led Navy in air rifle with a solid 589. Josh Albright (Shelton, Conn.) added a 580, while Chris Schneider (Fort Mill, S.C.) and Lisa Kunzelman (Constantia, N.Y.) scored a 578 and 577 respectively. As a team, Navy outscored Akron in the air rifle, 2,324 to 2,278." ...
 

AZ: 4-H shooting club back up, for now
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"The Arizona Board of Regents has agreed, at least temporarily, to allow a 4-H shooting program to continue around the state."

"The Board, which oversees the University of Arizona-sponsored 4-H, decided to end the statewide Shooting Sports Program after an audit alerted board members to the existence of the longtime program."

"The program was shut down for three days last month until outraged parents and participants persuaded the Board of Regents to bring it back."

"The program teaches marksmanship and responsible firearm use of 22-caliber rifles, air pistols, air rifles, archery, shot guns and muzzle-loading arms. No live ammunition is used." ...
 

Canada: Professor Gary Mauser to speak on 'Guns and Gangs in Canada: What Should We Do?'
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"Professor Gary Mauser will speak on Wednesday, January 18, at a Fraser Institute policy briefing in Vancouver ..."

"The recent wave of gun violence in Vancouver and Toronto has revived the debate around banning handguns as a crime prevention strategy. Mauser will argue that Canada's universal gun registry has been plagued by a variety of problems and creating more of the same failed gun laws will not make a difference in crime prevention."

"Based on research in Canada and around the world, Mauser will discuss alternative and more effective strategies to combat violent crime. He will also discuss the impact of increasing resources available to the police force or lengthening prison terms." ...
 

UK: Animal welfare workers seek stiffer airgun laws
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"ANIMAL welfare campaigners are today launching a campaign for tighter controls on airguns, as a new report revealed the scale of their use in attacks on animals in Scotland."

"The report, compiled by the Scottish SPCA, found that three-quarters of vets and animal inspectors had responded to an airgun attack at least once during their careers, and that attacks were becoming more frequent and vicious." ...

"Jim McGovern of Lothian and Borders Police, the first full-time police officer in Scotland to be assigned as a wildlife crime co-ordinator, said: 'It is too easy for airguns to be transformed into potentially deadly weapons.'"
 

UK: 'If you value your life carry a weapon'
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"Ordinary people should carry weapons if they want to be safe on Britain's crime-ridden streets, the father of murdered lawyer Tom Ap Rhys Pryce's fiancee said last night."

"In a bitter denunciation of the lack of police officers on the beat and the lenience of the courts, Rod Eastman said it was better to risk arrest for carrying an offensive weapon than risk being murdered by muggers."

"Mr Eastman launched his attack on 'this lawless society' as he comforted his daughter Adele, who was still struggling to come to terms with her fiance's brutal killing just yards from their North London home. 'If you value your life and you want to protect yourself on the streets then the only way is to carry a weapon,' said 58-year-old Mr Eastman ..." ...
 

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