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America's Fascination With Firearms
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Unlike most of the world's people, many Americans view the possession of firearms as the norm rather than the exception."

"The European and Japanese feudal aristocracies loathed firearms, because they eliminated the role of the nobility in combat. Firearms democratized warfare, penetrated armor, and allowed fighting from a distance, thereby greatly reducing the importance of the nobility's old skills with swords in close combat. In Japan and much of Europe, the aristocracy promoted laws restricting or prohibiting the possession of firearms, especially handguns, by common people."
 

Global Arms Trade Dangerously Unregulated Says New Report
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The global arms trade is dangerously unregulated, and allows weapons to reach repressive governments, human rights abusers and criminals, says a new report released today. To address these concerns, three international organisations have joined to launch a global campaign in over 50 countries. The 'Control Arms' campaign aims to reduce arms proliferation and misuse and to convince governments to introduce a binding arms trade treaty. [Emphasis added]

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But Sarah et. al. say that only governments should have guns. You mean there are repressive governments out there that shouldn't have guns?
 

Lawyer says gun ownership has important historical role
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"Ben Mallicote still owns the antique Parker shotgun his grandfather gave him several years ago. He says that hardly makes him a gun enthusiast or even mildly interested in firearms. However, as a practicing attorney, Mallicote is interested in the dynamics of the Second Amendment that grants the right of private citizens to keep and bear arms."

" 'Rights are all about power,' Mallicote told members of the Elizabethton Rotary Club at their club luncheon Wednesday afternoon. 'What is the right to vote if not a source of power?' "

"Mallicote said that while wars claimed the lives of 40 million people during the 20th century, acts of genocide against people due to ethnicity and religion had resulted in the deaths of 170 million."

"The common thread is not one of those victimized by genocide was armed, he said."
 

Charities launch campaign against arms trade
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Uch Hy was asleep when a fellow taxi-driver threw a grenade through his window to settle a business dispute."

"The $5 weapon from a street market in Cambodia killed his wife and maimed his daughter."

"Hy's case was one of many included in a report published on Thursday by Amnesty International, Oxfam and IANSA, the International Action Network on Small Arms, to promote a new campaign to control the international arms trade."

"The report said the trade was spiralling out of control, with one person killed every minute by armed violence."

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To put that number in perspective, from 1901 - 2000 more than 3 people per minute were killed by their own governments via genocide. Most of them disarmed.
 

NRA's LaPierre Slams 'Phony' Anti-Gun Propaganda
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"National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told a New York audience over the weekend that bogus research touted by the Clinton administration was responsible for much of the anti-gun propaganda that continues to swirl throughout the media today."

 

Police-State-Patriotism
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"My enthusiasm is lacking for this police-state-patriotism that John Ashcroft so eagerly prescribed for the masses. Indeed, I am repelled by what he perceives to be desirable patriotic expression. His most recent 'phantoms of lost liberties' rebuke will not ease the pain of his Bully-Brother tactics. In testimony given before the Senate Judiciary Committee, our Attorney General, the archetype of sanctimoniousness, dared to insinuate that those people failing to enthusiastically embrace his 'Homeland'security tactics are unpatriotic and enablers of terrorism. What balderdash! What impudence! What treachery!"
 

My Political Plans
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"Unlike many of my friends and acquaintances, I have never believed that there is anything morally wrong with participating in electoral politics or in voting defensively. I have questioned its efficacy from time to time, but even that may be irrelevant. After all, when someone is about to kill you, you grab any weapon you can to fight back with, even a rusty old .25 automatic you find lying in the dust at your feet."

"But I've seen too much over the decades to believe that, even if a libertarian received a majority of the votes, the Republicans and
Democrats (collectively known as the 'Boot On Your Neck Party') would ever let him or her take office." ...
 

Americans’ Financial Liberty Placed at Risk by Patriot Act
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"The Justice Department recently revealed that the Patriot Act is being routinely used to prosecute a wide array of non-terrorist offenses. While many Americans assumed that the Patriot Act only concerned terrorists, the reality is that the act poses a grave threat to Americans’ financial privacy and property rights."

"The Patriot Act makes it far easier for the feds to vacuum up Americans’ financial records without a warrant. Banks are now required to gather far more information on their clients - their background, their sources of income, their financial behavior, etc." ...
 

Canada: U.N. rules Canada should ban spanking
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"A United Nations committee has ruled Canada should bar parents from spanking their children."

"As a signatory of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Canada is obligated to make periodic appearances before the U.N.'s Committee on Rights of the Child, which said the country should 'adopt legislation to remove the existing authorization of the use of 'reasonable force' in disciplining children,' the National Post reported."
 

Australia: Taken for a ride
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"BANDIDO biker and self-described outlaw Damian McEachern had embarked on a life of crime."

"While on parole for armed robbery he was caught with a staggering cache of weapons including assault rifles, shotguns and mace."

"A magistrate let him walk free, opting only to fine the biker gang member for a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 14 years' jail."

"The state's top gang investigator has attacked the courts for going soft on gun crime after McEachern, 30, was caught with the weapons while on parole."

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Disarm your citizens, then allow thugs to walk free to prey on them. The recipe for a police state.
 

WI: Milwaukee DA won't charge three officers in shootings
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"Three police officers who shot three unarmed motorists in unrelated incidents won't face criminal charges, the Milwaukee County district attorney said Thursday."

"District Attorney Michael McCann's decision follows the recommendation of three separate inquest jury investigations."

"McCann said the officers acted in self defense because they thought they were in danger of being run over by the motorists' vehicles during police chases."

"An attorney for the family of Fields said all facts weren't presented to the jury."

" 'I believe there was selective memory,' Mark Thompson said. 'Justin Fields did not try to run over officer Nawotka.' "
 

MO: Lawsuit isn't likely to dampen concealed gun growth
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"Bart Westerman recalled two couples entering his Springfield gun shop this week seeking firearms they could eventually carry concealed."

"One wanted a pistol for the woman, who worked late hours, he said. The other just felt it was their right to carry a concealed weapon."

"The local gun dealer said those couples and other Springfield-area potential concealed carriers will not likely feel deterred by a lawsuit filed Wednesday against the state and Attorney General Jay Nixon in St. Louis City Circuit Court by opponents of Missouri's new concealed-gun law."
 

UK: We are overrun by gun crime, says police chief
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"A chief Constable admitted yesterday that his officers are being forced to ignore thousands of burglaries, thefts and car crimes because they are swamped by increasing drug and gun violence."

"The public's perception that the police were not interested in low-level and non-violent crime was underlined when Steve Green, Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire police, said there was not enough money or officers available to investigate all crime."
 

UT: Actor nearly shot by police when waiving prop gun on street corner
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"A man waiving a gun on a street corner dropped his weapon when confronted by police at gunpoint."

" 'Had he not put the gun down and turned toward the officers, I know for a fact that they would have shot him,' said St. George police spokesman Craig Harding."

"However, it turned out that the gunman was an actor, and the gun was only a prop being used in a film currently being shot here."

"The man could have been cited for disorderly conduct, but walked away only after he and other members of the film crew received a severe tongue-lashing from officers, Harding said."
 

South Africa: Crime hard to swallow at posh KZN restaurant
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"Diners at top Durban restaurant Harvey's got an abrupt and unpleasant climax to supper when five armed robbers stormed into the posh eatery and robbed them of their belongings late on Tuesday night."

"Three patrons were pistol-whipped after the thugs gained entry to the premises at around midnight by forcing a terrified waitress to open the restaurant's security gates."

"Customers were ordered to lie face-down on the floor while the robbers relieved them of cellphones, cash, jewellery, watches and ATM bank cards."

" 'We have perfectly good security gates, but the men threatened a waitress with guns,' says Harvey's co-owner Andrew Draper."

"There was nothing else we could do."

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He can't even consider armed self-defense.
 

OH: Activists plan to march with guns
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"Advocates of an Ohio law to allow concealed weapons will march through Olde Gahanna Sunday afternoon to draw attention to what they say is a flaw in state law."

" 'Defense Walk' organizers Bob Maroldy and Gerard Valentino said they expect about 100 people to participate in the event. Most will carry handguns, which will be in plain view."

" 'Our goal is to have a safe, non-confrontational event,' said Maroldy, a former Texas resident who moved to Gahanna in November 2002."

"The event is being held in response to the Ohio Supreme Court's recent 5-2 vote to uphold Ohio's ban on concealed weapons. In its decision, the court said it is legal for Ohio residents to carry firearms as long as they are visible."
 

UK: Elderly postmaster shot in raid
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"An elderly postmaster is recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg when he confronted an armed raider."

"A police spokesman said: 'An offender went into the premises and threatened a security guard, who was making a delivery of cash, with a handgun.' "

" 'On seeing this, the 64-year-old postmaster challenged the gunman and was shot once in the leg.' "

" 'The offender then snatched a plastic cash bag from the security guard and ran off.' "

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With all the armed post office raids in the UK, it's a wonder they still have mail service.
 

FL: Home Invasion Suspect Shot And Killed
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Homicide detectives were called out to a fatal shooting on the Southside Wednesday night around 9pm. The shooting happened in a mobile home off Als Lane and Emerson.

Police say a man and woman were inside the mobile home when a man broke through the back door. He came in firing weapons. Investigators say he had a shotgun and a handgun. A struggle took place between the the two men and the suspect was shot and killed.

Police say the couple recognized the suspect from the neighborhood but did not know him. Police are investigating the motive.
 

UK: Charges brought after man seen with gun
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"A 39-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with possession of a firearm, common assault and ABH in connection with an incident in Leatherhead."

"Lynserd Arthur Mullings, known as Alan, of Benchley Hill, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, appeared before South East Surrey Magistrates last Thursday in connection with an alleged offence on Friday September 26."

"A flat in Kingston Road was cordoned off from about 6.30am after a report that a man had been seen with a handgun."

"No shots were fired and no one was hurt in the incident."

"Police negotiated with the man but when they entered the flat at about 3.30pm it was empty."
 

UK: Suspect 'Carried Loaded Weapon'
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"A Man was found with a loaded gun and 12 rounds of ammunition when he was stopped by detectives, a court heard."

"Darren Hayden was arrested as part of a police investigation into a New Year's Eve party shooting."

"Two men were injured at a house in Jedburgh Walk after four or five shots were fired from a handgun."

"Hayden was later charged with three counts of attempted murder in connection with the incident."

"He denied the three charges and police have now confirmed the case against him relating to these charges has been discontinued."

"At Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, Hayden admitted possession of a semi-automatic pistol, 12 rounds of 9mm ammunition and a lock knife following his arrest on January 10."
 

NY: Rash Of Murders In S.E. Queens Presents Challenges For Police
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"As a community-wide effort to reduce crime gets under way in Southeast Queens, one local precinct commander said the recent spate of killings fits an unusual pattern that could make it harder to combat." ...

"With 25 murders for the year so far, the 103rd Precinct ties with Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct as the most deadly in New York City. Ironically, the 103rd covers less geographical territory than most precincts." ...

"In conjunction with the postering, local politicians are opening up their offices for people to report crimes or drop off illegal handguns."

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So once you murder someone, you can get rid of the gun safely. Gooooood plan!
 

IN: Crown Point to help ex-cops keep guns
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"Two former Crown Point police officers — a DARE officer who faced termination for failing to report information about a murder plot and a former chief — will have the opportunity to purchase their service handguns for $1 each, with the Crown Point Police Department picking up the rest of the $360 tab for each pistol."

"The Crown Point Board of Public Works and Safety voted unanimously Wednesday to return the Glock .40-caliber semiautomatic handguns used by Milan Damjanovic and Mike Valsi to the manufacturer, and allow the men to acquire the weapons from there if they wish, according to board member Robert Corbin."
 

IL: Sugar Grove inks 20-year deal with Sportsmen's Club
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"The complicated agreement between the Aurora Sportsmen's' Club and the village of Sugar Grove finally has been completed."

"The Village Board this week approved ordinances pertaining to the club being deannexed from the village and reannexed under new conditions."

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Submitter's comment: The correct use of democracy came through to protect the 2nd Amendment here. People attended meetings about the ordinances.
 

Zimbabwe: Police arrest two suspected carjackers and four armed robbers
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"POLICE in Harare on Wednesday arrested two suspected carjackers and recovered four guns, ammunition and a Nissan Sunny suspected to have been used in committing a series of robberies."

"Officer Commanding CID Homicide Superinten-dent Godfrey Munyonga said police, acting on a tip- off, raided the pair’s hideout in Ruwa where they arrested the two and recovered the guns, ammunition and the vehicle which had a diplomatic number plate." ...

"In a related case, four other suspected armed robbers were nabbed in Hatfield after allegedly stealing property worth more than $7 million at a house in the suburb."

"Police have since recovered a pistol and property worth $5 million."

"Among those arrested were a maid and a gardener who were suspected to have been part of the gang of robbers. Police have since launched a manhunt for the other carjackers and robbers."

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Gun control certainly seems to have worked wonders...

...at making the citizens into disarmed prey.
 

CO: Boy, 13, Arrested For Allegedly Carrying Gun Near School
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Adams County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 13-year-old boy for allegedly carrying a gun near a middle school.

A neighbor spotted the boy with a gun walking toward Denver's Scott Carpenter Middle School on Tuesday.

All area schools were locked down as a precaution.

Teachers at the middle school saw the boy put the gun in a vehicle's bumper, and deputies recovered it.

No charges have been filed against the teen pending an investigation.
 

CO: Convicted Murderer Still On The Loose
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"Authorities are still for a convicted killer who escaped from prison by stowing away in a horse trailer hauling a load of saddles to a downtown Denver business."

"Jody Aguirre, 40, convicted of arson and murder, slipped out of the Buena Vista Correctional Facility and into the horse trailer Wednesday. He jumped out of the trailer when it pulled up to Colorado Saddlery Co. at about noon, police said."

"Police were searching the city with dogs and teams of investigators. Authorities said Aguirre, serving a life sentence with no chance of parole, had threatened to 'get' the people who put him behind bars."

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Tell me again, Mr. Mayor, why don't civilians need guns?
 

South Africa: Soldier guns down bank teller girlfriend
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"A soldier of 10th South African Infantry Regiment shot and seriously wounded his girlfriend, an employee of Absa Bank at Zeerust, before turning the gun on himself, police said on Wednesday."

"Inspector Gabashane Moseki said the 28-year-old soldier arrived at the bank, and went into his girlfriend's office, apparently to eat lunch with her."

"At about 3pm bank staff heard screams. The woman ran out of her office, pursued by the man, who fired several shots, wounding her twice, once in the back and once in the head."

"He then turned the pistol on himself."

"The man died on the scene. The woman is in a critical condition."

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But only cops and the military should have guns, right Sarah?
 

UK: Armed police lost live bullets
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"ARMED police lost a load of live bullets near a town centre roundabout just four days after the West Reading shooting."

"A worried man flagged down a passing police patrol car after he found the 15 9mm calibre bullets – used by firearm officers in their Glock pistols – by The Oracle roundabout in Bridge Street just before midnight on Tuesday."

"Yesterday, Reading police put their hands up and admitted the live ammunition was theirs and had been lost by one of the force’s armed response teams."

"Red-faced police could only say they thought the bullets – a magazine load in a Glock – went missing during a shift change at Loddon Valley police station."

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But only cops should have guns, because they are "professionals."
 

MD: Guns And Gun Violence
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"Two of my colleagues from the General Assembly, Sen. Rob Garagiola (D., Montgomery) and Del. Neil Quinter (D., Howard), have resurrected the bill to ban assault-style weapons in Maryland."

"They suggest that Maryland cannot depend on the Republican-controlled U. S. Congress to extend the current assault weapons ban. They also suggest that the federal ban does not include all of the weapons it should, most notably Bushmaster." ...

"I'm looking for the logical, rational public policy debate on this question. Don't trot out the line of victims as an excuse to implement poorly conceived public policy." ...

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MI: Baffling installed at shooting range
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"Although new sound barriers have been installed, Jenness Wiegand says she hasn’t noticed a decrease in the gun noise coming from the Island Lake State Recreation Area shooting range."

" 'Sure enough, I can hear it,' said Wiegand. She lives with her husband, Rick, and their five young children in a home a mile north of the shooting range, which is in Green Oak Township near I-96."

"Wiegand was inside her home, cleaning her daughter’s room, with the windows closed on Friday when she heard the gunshots. She then opened a window."

" 'It sure is loud,' Wiegand said."

"The Wiegands and a group of local residents have complained to Brighton and Green Oak townships about excessive noise coming from the shooting range."
 

NH: Free to the extreme
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"A fledgling individualistic society last week chose NH as home sweet home, someday, to 20,000 'free state' believers." ...

"The big picture, they say, is making government more responsive to personal freedom a New Hampshire that's even more of a 'live free' state than now."

"That may sound wonderful, and it has its points one of them being humor. But in the long run, it could mess up local politics considerably."

"Should this youngish, fairly well-educated group of settlers rule the roost in rural communities, before long we could see a region devoted to minimum government and maximum freedom even revolution, since New Hampshire's Constitution doesn't prohibit it. That's not all rosy."

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Minimum government and maximum freedom are bad?
 

NC: Town decries Patriot Act
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"This college town joined the small but growing chorus of communities across the country that are denouncing the USA Patriot Act."

"The Town Council on Wednesday night unanimously endorsed a resolution that criticizes the federal law and the Domestic Security Enhancement Act -- which many have dubbed Patriot Act II -- as threats to fundamental rights and liberties."

"In their one-page statement, council members agreed to encourage state and federal legislative delegations to work for the repeal of the Patriot Act..."
 

AZ: Fake cops stopping, terrifying motorists
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"Men impersonating law enforcement officers have pulled over at least three people since mid-September, shooting at one driver and forcing another to run into the desert at gunpoint, officials said Wednesday."

"No one was injured in the incidents, and authorities believe all three were committed by the same two men, using fake police lights to pull drivers to the side of the road. Officials put out information on the incidents to warn the public."
 

FL: Investigators: Officer Sold Stolen Car Parts On eBay
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"A Kissimmee police officer was arrested Thursday for allegedly selling parts of a stolen Ford Mustang on the Internet auction site, eBay, according to investigators."

"Police charged Joseph Gulino, a Kissimmee officer, with sale of a motor vehicle without an identification number, which is a felony and sale of another vehicle without a title."

"The vehicle and parts were paid for and later picked up in Kissimmee, Florida."
 

OR: Scofflaw shooters force limits
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"For decades, the Wildcat Mountain pit has been one of the most popular target shooting areas in the Mount Hood National Forest. Conducted safely, shooting is recognized as legal, legitimate forest recreation."

"But the Forest Service kept receiving reports of unsafe shooting at the Wildcat Pit. They were coupled with complaints about bad apples who carpeted the forest floor with spent casings, who dragged in and dumped targets from computers to cars, and who took aim at trees and signs."
 

IN: Woman shoots alleged abductor
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"A 28-year-old Gary woman said she knew what it meant Tuesday when she noticed the man holding a gun to her head was wearing gloves."

" 'I've called police on him before. He's tried to threaten me and my entire family. ... He was going to kill me," she said. 'He's a friend who wanted to be more than a friend, and it's not possible.' "

"But, the outcome of the incident took a turn when the woman pulled out her own 9 mm pistol and shot her abductor in the mouth, police said."

"She figured she was going to die."
 

VA: Middlesex woman sues over raid/Deputies stormed the wrong house
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"Estelle Newcomb is asking for $1.35 million in damages for each of eight counts of negligence alleged in a suit filed with the Middlesex County Circuit Court on Sept. 15."

"Sheriff Guy L. Abbott acknowledged in news reports atthe time that deputies stormed the wrong house the night of Oct. 26, 2001, because of an informer's error."

"Newcomb was at home with her 80-year-old aunt when several members of the sheriff's department rushed inside. Newcomb's suit says deputies kicked open the door to her Samos area mobile home, drew their guns and ordered her to the floor."


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A few months earlier, this department's helicopter surveillance mistook a tomato patch for a marijuana field, and Glen Coberly was on the ground at gunpoint until they correctly identified the plants.

Apparently Sheriff Guy Abbott tapped him on the shoulder as he was leaving and said he was sorry for the mistake.

"We're just trying to do our best to protect our citizens," the sheriff said... "And we're not perfect; we make mistakes."

Let's hope strike three doesn't kill someone.
 

UK: Sons of Car Chase Murder Victim ‘Disgusted’ by Growing Gun Culture
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"Two sons of a businessman shot dead after a 100mph car chase today told of their disgust at the growing culture of gun crime which robbed them of their beloved father."

"Amratlal Kanabar, 60, was with three friends in a car on the way home from a casino in Nottingham when he was gunned down in a cold-blooded attack from a passing vehicle."

"Detectives said the group could have been followed from the casino and fallen victim to attempted robbery or a road rage attack, but they were not ruling out a racial motive."

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Surprisingly enough, they aren't disgusted by the government victim disarmament that left their father helpless against these thugs.
 

AK: Learning early about gun safety
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"More than 200 sixth-graders from Floyd Dryden Middle School traded math class for firearm safety instruction and protractors for .22-caliber hunting rifles this week."

"It's the third year Floyd Dryden has participated in the state's hunter education program."
 

UK: Call for National Gun Crime Strategy as Shootings Toll Climbs
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"A national strategy to tackle gun crime was urged by a chief constable tonight after a new wave of shootings shook Britain."

"The call to Home Secretary David Blunkett followed a spate of attacks in which two people have died and at least seven have been wounded."

"The latest shootings come on top of the murder of jeweller Marian Bates at her shop in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, on September 30."

"Following an emergency meeting of Nottinghamshire Police Authority, Chief Constable Steve Green said leadership from central government would help all forces to tackle the threat of guns."

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How pathetic that they keep referring to the "threat of guns" instead of the "threat of armed criminals."

Here's a novel strategy: Decriminalize self-defense, and encourage your subjects to arm themselves for their protection.
 

MO: Carry and conceal permit process almost in place
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" 'We are about ready,' Sheriff Dan Bullock said regarding his department's preparation to begin accepting applications from residents who want a permit to carry a concealed weapon."

"The law allowing issuance of permits to carry concealed weapons goes into effect Saturday but it will be next Tuesday before St. Francois County residents will be able to make applications for a permit. That is because the department's office is closed on the weekend and Monday is Columbus Day, a holiday on which all county offices are closed."

"The department received the application forms from the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Friday and is updating its in-house computer system for the tracking of permit applications, Bullock said."
 

TX: Teenager In Trouble In Inhaler Incident
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"A teenager was disciplined for sharing medication used to treat asthma, but he said it saved his girlfriend's life, News2Houston reported Wednesday."

"Andra Ferguson and her boyfriend, Brandon Kivi, both 15, use the same type of asthma medicine, Albuterol Inhalation Aerosol."

"Ferguson said she forgot to bring her medication to their school, Caney Creek High School, on Sept. 24. When she had trouble breathing, she went to the nurse's office."

"Out of concern, Kivi let her use his inhaler."
 

NM: Grant County Joins Opposition To Patriot Act
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"The Grant County Commission has joined the list of local and county governments denouncing the U.S.A. Patriot Act."

"The commission unanimously passed a resolution Thursday calling for greater protection of citizens' civil liberties. The county joins the other New Mexico cities of Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Socorro, Aztec, Farmington, Taos and Albuquerque, plus Rio Arriba County and the New Mexico Municipal League, which have all approved resolutions against the act."
 

DC: Gun Battle Leaves One Man Dead
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"A gun battle erupted in the capital's bustling Mount Pleasant neighborhood Thursday, killing one man and wounding the driver of a bus caught in the crossfire."

"Five suspects were arrested and two guns recovered after the shootings, which sent people running for cover."
 

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