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NRA 'would have no comment' on ballistics databases?
Submitted by: P. Jones

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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Rules on gun database no help now"
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This misinformed rant promoting so-called "ballistic fingerprinting" only vaguely attempts to appear objective.

The bigger question: is the following "fact" true, and if so, why is the NRA not responding to a major news organization on this current and vital issue?
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"The NRA is on record as opposing ballistics databases for legally owned guns, but the group said it would have no comment yesterday."
 

Moose's temper well documented
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Police Chief Charles A. Moose, who was sharply critical yesterday of television and newspaper coverage of the sniper shootings that have gripped the region since Oct. 2, was known as an emotional and, at times, hot-tempered cop before coming to Montgomery County."

"While Chief Moose won praise from top officials in Portland, Ore., for his hard work as police chief there from 1993 to 1999, some in that city's government have said the chief's temper has been an issue throughout his career."

"The chief's personnel file shows that between 1975 and 1999 he was disciplined in four cases and sent to counseling for blowing up at people he thought were discriminating against him, according to a report printed in the Portland Oregonian in July 1999." ...
 

UK: Gun register delay 'costs lives'
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A scheme to register every licensed rifle and shotgun user across England and Wales on one central database is being delayed by technical problems."

"The new system was recommended following the tragedy, but due to technical problems will not be implemented until April 2004 - eight years later."

"Dr [Mick] North, who is a campaigner and member of the Gun Control Network [and whose daughter was killed in the Dunblane massacre which targeted mandatorily-defenseless victims], told BBC News Online: 'It would be naive to think the database will deal with all aspects of gun crime.' " ...
 

PA: State police agree to pay $550,000 to woman molested by trooper at 15
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Without admitting any mistakes in dealing with a sexual predator in their ranks, the state police have agreed to pay $550,000 to a young woman who was sexually molested by a state trooper behind the Skippack barracks in Montgomery County."

"The girl was 15 years old when the incident occurred, in September 1999. When she told a school counselor several days later that a state trooper had been 'hitting' on her, it set off a criminal investigation of Trooper Michael K. Evans, who eventually pleaded guilty to a string of sex-related offenses."

"He is now serving a five- to 10-year sentence at Waymart state prison." [His boyfriend calls him Sheila.]

"State Attorney General Mike Fisher, now the Republican candidate for governor, signed off on the settlement with the young woman, a Fisher spokesman said yesterday." ...
 

PA: Ex- Mounted Police boss sold horses, kept cash
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"When their owners donated Nestor and Swannee to the Philadelphia Police Department, they thought the horses would become proud members of the elite Mounted Unit."

"Instead, the healthy equines probably ended up as dog food, authorities said yesterday."

"Lt. David Brown, the unit's commander, forged documents from the department's veterinarian saying that Nestor and Swannee were not fit for duty, sold the horses to the horse auction in New Holland for about $1,000 each, then pocketed the proceeds, authorities said."

" 'What he did was reprehensible, to say the least,' said Deputy Police Commissioner John Norris, who oversees the police department's Internal Affairs Division."

"Brown surrendered to police Monday night and is being held on $25,000 bail. He is charged with numerous offenses, including theft by deception, receiving stolen property and forgery. Neither he nor an attorney representing him could be reached for comment last night." ...
 

CA: Ex-sheriff's sergeant cleared of molesting
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A former Santa Clara County sheriff's sergeant has been acquitted of felony charges that he molested a teenage girl but convicted of a misdemeanor charge of possessing unrelated pornographic images of children."

"George Zavala, 45, whose April 2001 arrest ended his 21-year career with the sheriff's department, was scheduled for sentencing Dec. 13 before Superior Court Judge Jerome E. Brock. He faces up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine, and he must register as a sex offender." ...

"Zavala, who posted $250,000 bail, remains free until sentencing and is now working in retail."

"Before his arrest, Zavala had been a respected and decorated department veteran."
 

CO: TRT Pro Gun Protester Wins Personal Lawsuit Against Jeffco Sherrifs
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A self-described 'political agitator' who was cited for several traffic violations as he prepared to protest outside the home of a Columbine victim won a $20,000 settlement from two sheriff's deputies in a civil-rights lawsuit."

"Duncan D. Philp, 45, accused Jefferson County sheriff's deputies Kirk Beaulieu and Donald Estep of violating his constitutional rights protecting him from unreasonable search and seizure and guaranteeing him due process."

"Philp's attorney, Vincent Todd, also alleged that Beaulieu and Estep pulled Philp over, detained him and ticketed him as part of a concerted effort to deny him and other protesters their First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly."

" 'In my experience, it's a fairly large settlement for something that started as a traffic ticket for someone that wasn't actually jailed,' Todd said Wednesday afternoon as he prepared to pick up a $20,000 check from Jefferson County authorities." ...
 

Namibia: White-owned farms being confiscated by black mobs, just like in Zimbabwe
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Do you think you could stop a violent racist mob from stealing your property and maybe your life if you weren't well armed?
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"Following the lead of neighboring Zimbabwe, the government of Namibia has announced a plan to confiscate white-owned farms. President Sam Nujoma recently released a list of 192 farms to be confiscated. Among them are 99 farms owned by German nationals and another 91 owned by white South Africans. There are 350 foreign-owned farms in Namibia. The total land area covered by these 192 farms is four times the size of Luxembourg. Namibia is a Marxist nation once part of apartheid South Africa."
 

VA: Sniper may have struck again (alternate report)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"James Alan Fox, who teaches criminal justice at Northeastern University, said ... 'It gives us tremendous insight into his behaviour, into his state of mind,' Dr Fox said. 'This man feels extremely important. Through the killing spree, he feels immortal, in control and in command. He's likely an ordinary individual who doesn't get the respect he deserves. Now he gets it with a gun.' "

Brilliant. Tell him he's a respected God. Why didn't we think of that. (And why are people assuming this sicko killer is a "he"?)
 

What U.S. papers say about sniper killer
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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Compiled by the UPI
 

World media spotlight 'Washington in Angst'
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"European newspapers have long written about American gun violence, in part because far stricter gun-control laws are favored there. But in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some foreign journalists say, the interest in violence on U.S. soil and the ability of the police to hunt down suspected killers has grown." ...
 

One Shot, One Kill
Submitted by: Charlie McMillion

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Washington Post Pimping VPC Tall Tales
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... "The .223 rifle round that investigators have identified is widely used in what are loosely referred to as military and 'military-style' weapons that are mass-marketed for dubious 'civilian' uses." ...
 

Sniper shootings prove "carrying a gun doesn’t make you safer"
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"An unseen sniper shooting from a distance undermines the argument that people can prevent crime by owning firearms, said Nancy Hwa of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence."

" 'This shows that carrying a gun doesn’t make you safer,' she said."
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Tell that to the people referenced in the latest news stories on the Operation Self Defense website, Nancy.
 

TX: Suspected car burglar shot dead in the act
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The resident went back to his apartment to call help and got a gun with which he intended to hold the suspects until police arrived."

"The man told police he fired when one of the suspects charged at him. One man was dead at the scene of the shooting. The other two suspects fled and remain at large."

"The case will be presented to a Harris County grand jury without charges."

Bye bye.
 

UK: Contract killing weapons seized
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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How DO these guns keep getting into England despite stringent gun control laws?
 

Gun registration records used in 'sniper' investigation
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"Investigators will check gun stores and other outlets for the names of people who might have purchased an AR-15 or bought armor-piercing bullets, the official said."

"Theoretically, that evidence could be matched to a registered weapon or one that has been confiscated at a crime scene or from a suspect."

" 'That would be a huge step toward solving these crimes,' said Mr. Pasco, who is the executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police."
 

"VPC Assails Gun Industry Pandering to Sniper Subculture"
Submitted by: Sean Glazier

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VPC is really making political hay out of the deaths of these people. And since your hunting rifle could be used to do the same thing..........

This is an unabashed attempt at getting all rifles banned -- always their goal. So gun owners are yet again being demonized.
 

Pro-Gun Group Wants To Arm Parents and Teachers
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"A Second Amendment group says the shooting of a 13-year-old boy outside a Maryland middle school on Monday bolsters its argument for allowing parents and teachers to carry guns on school grounds - specifically, in the parking lot outside."

"Ed Kelleher, president of GrassRoots South Carolina, believes the presence of legally armed parents in the parking lot at Benjamin Tasker Middle School in MD., could have provided a 'deterrent effect' ..."

[Note: We corrected the spelling of Ed's name; the reporter repeatedly calls him "Helleher".]
 

"Glorification of the sniper"
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"Few Americans are aware of a mysterious world that teaches civilians how to master the deadly sniper art — and it's only mouse clicks away."

"Through the Violence Policy Center, a national nonprofit organization working to fight gun violence, Tom Diaz has been monitoring the sniper culture for years. He has been collecting evidence of what he calls the glorification of the sniper."

"There is a subculture, there is a civilian subculture in this country dedicated to the fulfillment of that proposition," said Tom "BanHandgunsNow.org" Diaz.
 

MD: Townsend refuses to stop Hateful, Bigoted Anti-gun Campaign
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"The 30-second ad, which is being aired in prime time on cable channels in Montgomery County, includes images of a hooded man firing assault weapons, a hand cocking a semiautomatic pistol, chalk outlines of bodies at crime scenes and the face of a young girl. A male announcer says: 'Tell Bob Ehrlich to stop siding with gun-lobby extremists who threaten our neighbors.' "

"The Brady Campaign did not return calls seeking comment."
 

Canada: Local residents mistaken for biker hit men
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Kitchener resident Andy Brown will never forget the day he visited his ancestral home in New Brunswick only to find himself looking down the barrel of a police officer's gun because he said police mistook him for a Hells Angels hit man."

" 'I was terrified. I have never been so terrified,' the long-distance truck driver said in a telephone interview from California."

"And Brown's negative feelings about police have only increased by the force's refusal to apologize for their actions."
 

"Shooting a gun might not be as difficult as one thinks"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Early profiles of the shooter described an expert gunman, perhaps a military veteran or former cop; but now police are dismissing that. NBC25's Diolinda Vaz spent some time with a local gun expert who showed her the kind of equipment and training possibly used by the Washington shooter. It doesn't have to be as sophisticated as once thought."

"To do it requires practice, it requires some discipline, and aside from that, it can be done. You could learn to do it." ...
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KABA Note to Diolinda Vaz: You could be a prostitute, too.
 

WA: Anti-Gun News Paper Taking Jabs At A Fully Pro Gun Candidate
Submitted by: Bill Conway
Website: http://guned.com

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Mike W. Smith – A fully 100 percent pro Constitutionalist and firearm supporter needs your help. Mike is running a friendly campaign for state congress, and has recently been raked over the coals by the biased local newspaper. Fire off some comments to the paper, show your support.
 

It's Easy to Be a Sniper, Experts Say
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"There are 'good' snipers -- law-enforcement and military professionals who undergo extensive training in shooting, observation and other tactics." [And any lawful, peaceable gunowner who chooses to hone his or her long distance shooting skills -- for whatever reason, including "because I feel like it".]

"But there also are 'bad' snipers deranged individuals determined to kill innocent people. And experts say they don't have to go far to acquire the skills they need to gun down their prey."

"The so-called Serial Sniper 'is not demonstrating precision firing,' Meyers said. 'It is not that difficult to shoot somebody any average hunter can do that.' " ...
 

CT: Guglielmo: Time to review tax credits
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Guglielmo, a sportsman, said he thinks sportsmen are getting a 'raw deal.' Legislation to regulate gun ownership penalizes law-abiding sportsman, he said, while criminals, who don’t follow the law anyway, act with impunity. The Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen has given Guglielmo an A+ rating." ...
 

OK: Former internal affairs investigator acknowledges destroying documents
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"A former Internal Affairs investigator acknowledged destroying documents of an interview he conducted with a state trooper who was involved in a deadly gunbattle."

"But Lt. George Randolph of the OHP on Wednesday testified that he never knowingly destroyed evidence related to a criminal prosecution."
 

NY: Albany policeman indicted for stealing recovered items
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"An Albany Police Department officer is accused of stealing power tools recovered from a burglary... was placed on unpaid leave after being indicted Wednesday on charges of stealing a nail gun and leaf blower recovered in a burglary in May."
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This "law enforcement officer" was apparently enforcing the law of "I'm armed and powerful and can do whatever I please."
 

CA: "Santana High Shooter Speaks Out"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.keepandbeararms.com/Nicki

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"Sawyer responded to the issue of kids, schools and violence and said that the trend is not necessarily worse than 30 years ago, but the method is worse."

" 'What does seem to be different is that a child who is troubled, and in the grip of something has a gun available,' Sawyer told Edwards."
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Is she kidding? Is she saying people and kids didn't have access to guns 30 years ago???
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And the local media is glorifying school shooters with television interviews because...?
 

NV: 'They picked the wrong house'
Submitted by: John Fansler

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See, because they were LYING IN WAIT for the kids to break down the door, they were responsible for the burglary.

If they had answered the door, the kids would have moved on.

It's OBVIOUSLY the homeowners' fault they were burglarized. [/sarcasm]

Oops...more kids hurt by evil guns -- must add them to the database.
 

"Ballistic Database Is a Doubled-Edged Weapon"
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The random shootings by a sniper in the Washington, D.C., area have generated panic and widespread demand for action. Such events produce two distinct reactions. The public wants a quick fix from technology or law, and policymakers rush to offer their favorite solutions. The current call for a national ballistic database fits both patterns."
 

NC: Raleigh police firearms simulator a dud
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"Raleigh police had a $73,000 firearms training simulator installed more than a year ago to help officers learn a crucial aspect of policing: how and when to use force against suspects."

"But the machine doesn't shoot straight, and its software has been on the fritz."
 

Lawmakers Urge FTC to Probe Sniper Weapon Sales
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Yet another uneducated group of anti's displaying their lack of knowledge while using the recent Maryland/Virginia murders as an excuse to pass more gun control laws. In this report they are attempting to describe the difference between a military rifle and a hunting rifle and then tell us why the military "sniper" rifle should not be sold to the public. Will these folks ever get tired of looking foolish?
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"Several Democratic lawmakers on Thursday urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the marketing of military sniper rifles to civilians, noting that such a weapon may be involved in the recent Washington area shootings."

"Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, and three fellow House Democrats wrote in a letter to the FTC that sniper weapons are different from standard hunting rifles because they are designed to strike a target from a distance."
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Tell that to the elk hunter who bags one every year at 500 yards, Mr. Lying Sack of Michigan.
 

Another Way Government Fails Us or The Incredible Exploding Police Car
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"A police force to enforce the reasonable and proper laws that should exist is absolutely a Government function just as is a strong National Defense. We should support the fine police officers that risk their lives to help protect us, while working to bring reason to the laws they are forced to enforce. In a very serious manner their own administrators are risking their lives in false economy."
 

Of Practices Behind Promises
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"This month, the New York Attorney General's office announced the settlement of a 30-month, 10 state investigation into the privacy practices of the online advertising company DoubleClick. Besides paying the states nearly half a million dollars for investigative costs, and another nearly $2 million in legal fees to settle a separate class action suit, the company is required, among other things, to disclose its online tracking activities..."
 

"Should Mentally Ill Buy Guns?"
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"Privacy for the mentally ill is more important than the public’s right to protection from the potential dangers of mentally ill gun owners, says the president of the National Mental Health Association."

"Michael Faenza tells Steve Kroft that, despite a 1968 law prohibiting firearms sales to people who have been involuntarily committed, using medical records as a red flag denies an already stigmatized group their right to privacy. Kroft’s report for 60 Minutes will be broadcast Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. ET/PT." ...

" 'If we want to be serious about hand guns, targeting people with mental illness is not the place to start,' [president of the National Mental Health Association Michael Faenza] tells [60 Minutes' Steve] Kroft, pointing out that other factors, such as being sexually or physically abused or having alcohol problems, represent a greater risk to do violence."

OR MAYBE...

While CBS News is asking if "mentally ill" people "should buy guns," perhaps it's time to inquire as to whether or not mentally ill people should have such unfettered access to the public airwaves.
 

"Subculture of Snipers Disowns a Marksman"
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New York Times takes shots at .50-caliber rifles while parroting much of the same tired anti-gun rhetoric from the people who brought us BanHandgunsNow.org.

The also produce another clue that the murderous coward sniping people will be used to come after hunting rifles:

"In fact, the rifle employed by the Washington sniper, judging by the .223 caliber of the bullet fragments and shell casing that have been found, is probably a version of the standard American military M-16 or a Remington or Bushmaster hunting rifle, the A.T.F. has said."
 

Primitive guns come of age
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"In recent years, hunting with primitive weapons was, well, a primitive exercise." ...
 

IL: Cook County ballot rigging may void election
Submitted by: Stephanie Sailor
Website: http://www.SailorVsTheMachine.com

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The Illinois State Board of Elections took action against the Cook County Board of Elections for illegally altering ballot names, ordering the County Board to immediately restore the names as they appear on the ballot as officially certified by the State Board. In violation of the Illinois Constitution, Illinois Election Code, and the US Constitution, the County Board unlawfully edited candidate names on the ballot, removing nicknames at their whim.
 

PA: Gun owners withdraw Second Amendment lawsuit after ordinance is repealed
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"Two gun owners who filed a lawsuit against Clarion County concerning its security ordinance withdrew the complaint Wednesday."

"County commissioners repealed the ordinance on Tuesday and have changed security measures for the courthouse." ...

"The suit was filed in February on behalf of the plaintiffs by attorney William Strong."

"It said that requiring Minich and Switzer to pass through the detector and/or hand search for weapons constituted an unreasonable search in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."

"The complaint also said the screening for 'lawful firearms' and denial of entry to the courthouse 'constitutes an unlawful infringement of the plaintiff's right to keep and bear arms' as per the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution."

"Strong said the suit is no longer necessary since the commissioners repealed the ordinance."
 

UK: More police appeals "for information" for shooters
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Police begging for leads on shooters in the UK -- where handguns are banned, all other firearms are strictly regulated and people are shot daily -- is becoming a regular theme of news in their gun control paradise. Here's yet another in a long and growing list...

"POLICE are appealing for two men who might have seen a teacher shot by masked gunmen to come forward to help with their investigation."

"The 30-year-old teacher was shot in the arm by two men with sawn-off shotguns as he returned home after a school event." ...
 

TN: Officer faces two counts of assault
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"A Metro Police officer was arrested after he was accused of threatening to kill his wife and one of her co-workers because he believed they were having an affair, officials said yesterday."

"Officer Gary Smith went to his wife's place of employment, held a gun to her head, shoved the pistol against the co-worker's head and threatened to kill them both, investigators said."

"They said he threw her across an office, would not let her leave and at one point grabbed her by the throat." ...

Other than that, he's a fine officer who should be trusted to be respectful and courteous when he pulls you over.
 

NY: Town of Clinton heads to court to force shooting range into submission
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"Town Board members have agreed to proceed with litigation against Casperkill Game Club Inc. for continuing to use a firing range in apparent violation of a 2-year-old order to stop."

"The board voted Tuesday to go to court after neighbors complained about the shooting on Kansas Road, near the former town landfill." ...

"Code Enforcement Officer Robert Fennell said the use of firearms should be restricted to an area designated under land-use regulations." ...

"Among concerns cited in the letter was that the shooting area 'is some 200 yards long and is being used for modern semiautomatic weapons.' " ...
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So it'd be okay if patrons of the range were only shooting muzzleloaders?
 

Korea: Man arrested for smuggling pistol
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"The Seoul Public Prosecutors' Office arrested a 39-year-old Korean-Canadian man on the charge of smuggling in a firearm, officials said yesterday."

"The man dismantled a German-made pistol, which he acquired in Canada in August, and brought it in through the Busan seaport with the rest of his luggage, officials said."

"The prosecution also found handcuffs and 1,000 rounds of live ammunition in his possession. It is investigating his connection to organized crime."
 

"Giving pilots guns would be expensive, dangerous"
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"Arming pilots in an effort to keep aircraft safe was a cowboy idea that conjured a cowboy image: A muscular pilot with a military background strapping on a holster and guarding his plane with his pistol."

"It seemed simple enough."

"Favoring the proposal, Georgia's own Sen. Zell Miller framed his argument in a way designed to elicit an emotional response: Would you rather have an armed pilot, or an F-16 shooting down a commercial aircraft if someone tried to hijack it?"

"Otherwise reasonable members of Congress lost their heads and voted for the measure, which is now in a conference committee."

"It should die there." ...
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What follow are numerous "reasons" to favor shooting planes out of the sky over letting a pilot perform his final duty at the cockpit door if necessary. Perhaps the most amusing is this one:
"In addition, a system would have to be created for keeping track of the guns, and special lockboxes would have to be provided for pilots to carry the guns around (guns can't be left on the airplanes, after all)."
AJC's Thinkers envision pilots carrying lethal weapons around in locked boxes, their firearms inaccessible, assuring that enterprising thieves would only have to get through pilots' fists to steal them. But they are okay with air marshals carrying concealed firearms without ever being identified to all but a minority, while every pilot carries something of high street value that poses no more immediate risk to a criminal than a briefcase would -- and that could be criminally misused by violent people in the nearby community.

And this, in their "logical" analysis, passes for reason.
 

PA: SWAT team invades elderly widow's home
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"IT'S 10 a.m. on a quiet Sunday morning in Oxford Circle. The coffee's making, the birds are chirping."

"An elderly widow is in her bathroom, toweling off after a shower."

"A four-member Philadelphia Police Department SWAT team arrives - clutching a search warrant for guns and drugs - and pounds on her Sylvester Street door."

"A neighbor hollers to the cops they've got the wrong house. They tell her to shut up and go back inside."

"With the pounding unanswered - the 4-foot-8, 85-year-old grandmother doesn't know the sound is coming from her own door - the SWAT team pulls out a battering ram to break down the front door."

"It doesn't yield because, for safety's sake, the widow's son had it reinforced some years back."

"Undeterred, the SWAT team places an explosive charge on the door just as the widow, Sandy Cohen, is walking down the stairs from the second floor to the living room."

" 'They blew off her front door with an explosive device and entered in full gear with lasers pointed toward her chest,' said her son, Steve Cohen, who lives on the West Coast but rushed home to Philly after the incident."

"Sandy Cohen raised her arms defensively and told the armed cops they were in the wrong house, according to her son." ...

QUESTION:

If a bunch of "follow any orders" "drug and gun warriors" did this to your mother or grandmother, how would you respond?

Read the story to see what the woman's son's attorney is doing.
 

"Washington Sniper Has A Friend In NRA"
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"FORGET HANNIBAL LECTER, the embodiment of evil in its purest form is roaming the Washington, D.C., area right now, killing and wounding adults and children with cold dispatch."

"We don't know his name, but we do know this: The mystery sniper who has all of Washington hiding under its covers has an identifiable partner in crime who should be held nearly as responsible for these reprehensible acts as the shooter - the National Rifle Association."
 

NY: Intrepid Judge Helps Subdue Con
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"A Manhattan judge put himself in the line of fire yesterday when he tried to help court officers restrain a berserk prisoner who grabbed one of their guns - a confrontation that ended in gunfire inside the courtroom." ...

"The judge spotted the gun on the ground, and stepped on it to prevent Burgess from getting his hands on it again, Bookstaver said."

"Two court officers then rushed the judge to safety, while the other officers cuffed Burgess."
 

NY: Cop Re-suspended On Shoplift Rap
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"An NYPD lieutenant, arrested last month for misappropriating the credit card of a subordinate, is again in hot water - this time, for shoplifting items from a Queens drugstore, police said yesterday."

"Lt. Tonya Hickson, 35, was nabbed Tuesday by a security guard while swiping cologne and other sundries from a CVS store on 89th Street, sources said."

"Hickson, a 15-year veteran of the force, was charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property and resuspended."

"Her first suspension, in the credit-card case, lasted 30 days before she was reinstated under civil-service rules."
 

NY: Thief beaten by cops awarded $1,000,000 by jury
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"A two-bit loser won the lawsuit jackpot when a Queens jury awarded him a cool $1 million because his jaw was allegedly busted by a cop who caught him breaking into a car."

"José Costas, 44, 'may not be a model citizen,' said his lawyer, Bernard Broome, who admits his client has been in and out of jail his entire life on petty charges."

" 'But he's entitled to be treated like a human being.' "

"The jurors reached a unanimous verdict Tuesday, saying they believed that Costas' jaw was fractured on Feb. 5, 1987, by Officer Raymond Medina."

" 'The officer was banging [Costas'] face against the patrol car while he was handcuffed,' said Broome. 'We had an eyewitness.' "

"In addition to the beating Costas took at the time of his arrest, the jury found that after he was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for treatment, another cop, Joseph Stack, also punched him in the face, dislodging an IV tube and splattering blood all over his bed."

"Hospital records corroborated Costas' version." ...
 

UK: Judge says "gangs taking over the streets"
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"A judge has said Nottingham is going the way of other big cities with gangs taking over the streets."

"BBC News Online looks at how the city is coping with being caught in the sights." ...
 

UK: School forced to take back threat pupils
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"The mother of one of two boys expelled for threatening a teacher, then reinstated on appeal, says she will not accept a peace deal brokered by the education secretary."

"The 15-year-olds were expelled from their school in Surrey for making abusive phone calls - including death threats - to a PE teacher."

"But an independent appeals panel ordered that they should be allowed back into the school, where teachers are refusing to have them in their lessons." ...

"They apparently turned on him after he disciplined them for throwing stones at windows."
 

TX: Thrown-out cases sap court revenues
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"The city of Houston is losing out on millions of dollars in municipal court fines, largely because law-enforcement officers are charging Houstonians with crimes or infractions that are frequently dismissed."

"City officials rely on the courts to produce millions of dollars in revenue each year, but they consistently overestimate how much money they will receive. In some cases, that's because thousands of unworthy cases are dismissed; in other cases, it's because those writing the city's budget are repeating past errors."

"Bringing in money for the city is important, [Municipal Courts Director Barbara] Sudhoff said, but it is not the courts' most important role."

" 'No one can forget that first we are a court of law,' she said. 'First and foremost, we must be fair and impartial.' "
 

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