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Female gun advocate straight shoots with students
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"The founding fathers were the first feminists, they understood that the Second Amendment was about individual rights to defend themselves from those that would do them harm, said Janalee Tobias, president and founder of Women Against Gun Control (WAGC)." ...

" 'I have a message for the United Nations and any other person or organization that tries to take my guns away to leave me and my family defenseless to terrorists, rapists and murderers; You'll have to pry my gun away from my cold dead fingers,' Tobias said. 'You don't protect yourself by disarming yourself.' "
 

War on terror fuels small arms trade
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"The 'war on terror' has weakened national arms controls and fuelled the proliferation of conventional weapons, a coalition of leading human rights charities warned yesterday. Launching a global campaign to regulate the arms trade, Amnesty International, Oxfam, and the International Network on Small Arms said that on average 500,000 people were killed each year by armed violence - roughly one victim a minute."
 

Sarah Brady, Gun/Alcohol Experts Decry Anheuser-Busch Support For Carrying Concealed Weapons in Missouri
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"The audacity of this endorsement is just breathtaking... Here we have the world’s largest beer company telling the citizens of their home state that carrying loaded guns in drinking establishments is a good thing. Here we have a company that, for all its talk of the need for individual freedom, is pandering to the gun lobby."

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See how much hypocrisy you can locate in just one paragraph.
 

Washington sniper trial opens old wounds after anniversary of the killings
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"THEIR loved ones were shot dead while filling their cars at petrol stations, walking along the street, loading shopping into vehicles, even just sitting on a bench outside a post office."

"Now, as if the first anniversaries of the Washington-area sniper attacks were not grim enough for the victims’ families still struggling to rebuild their shattered lives, the long-awaited trial of the first suspect opens on Tuesday and is sure to bring the memories flooding back."

"Thirteen people were shot, 10 of them fatally, during a 20-day spree of terror."
 

MT: 'Catch and No Release' catching on
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"There are some people who just shouldn't have guns. It's the law."

"And Montana's federal prosecutors, along with their colleagues nationwide, are doing their darndest to get those people charged, convicted and locked up in federal prison. But to do this, they need the help of local law enforcement officers, who say they are more than willing to do their part."

"Nationwide, this effort is dubbed 'Project Safe Neighborhoods.' It's U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft's second-highest priority - just behind terrorism and just ahead of drug trafficking."

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Of course, no one mentions the fact that this project bribes states to give up more of their authority to prosecute criminals to the feds, or that it unfairly targets crimes committed with firearms as being worse than other heinous crimes.
 

GA: Gun season opens Saturday
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"Hunting is an opportunity for mankind to become closer with nature, according to Georgia Department of Natural Resources game warden Tommy Lawrence. 'It's nothing like being in the woods and seeing the sun rise and being one with nature,' Lawrence revealed."

"Many animals are hunted in this part of the state, which includes wild turkeys, mourning doves, bobwhite quail and water fowl, but the most hunted animal in southwest Georgia is the deer, according to Lawrence. Hunters may use firearms to hunt deer beginning Oct. 18."
 

UK: Children discover gun in garden near home
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"POLICE have launched an investigation after children found a handgun while playing near their city home."

"An armed response unit was called to Northfield Park Grove following the discovery of the 8mm gun in a garden."

"The weapon was later found to have been decommissioned but could still fire blanks."
 

MD: Project Exile and its enemies
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"In an interview with The Washington Times on Friday, a spokesman for Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich denied that the administration has decided not to ask the General Assembly to approve a state version of a Project Exile — a program, modeled after a highly successful anti-crime initiative begun in Richmond,Va., which would impose stricter sentences on criminals using guns in the commission of a crime." ...

"This is welcome news, because we believe that Project Exile has an important role to play in making Maryland's streets safer. Unfortunately, an obstructionist state legislature has prevented Mr. Ehrlich from getting the program implemented statewide." ...
 

MO: 30 states struggled with gun legislation
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"Missouri’s growing pains with a new conceal-and-carry law should be no different than those experienced by more than 30 other states that have established similar statutes, according to a national gun rights organization."

"In fact, the most likely scenario to evolve over time for the would-be 37th conceal-and-carry state would be annual reductions in reported crimes, said Erich Pratt, communications director for lobbyist Gun Owners of America in Springfield, Va."

" 'Florida was kind of the leader in this movement back in 1987,' Mr. Pratt said."

"During that debate, he said the concealed-carry law’s opponents warned that Florida would become known as the 'Gunshine State' complete with rampant shootouts and decreased safety for residents."

" 'Not only has that not happened,' Mr. Pratt said, 'their murder rate has gone down each and every year.' "
 

UK: Gun victim dumped outside hospital
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A man suffering from gunshot wounds who was dropped off outside a hospital in Leeds has died of his injuries.

Police say the man, in his 30s, was left outside Leeds General Infirmary at about 0630 BST on Sunday.

He was driven up to the main entrance in a silver Volkswagen Golf containing two other people.

Detectives are now working to discover the victim's identity and the background to the shooting.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "At this stage it is unclear how or where the man came by his injuries."

Officers are anxious to trace the car, which has the registration number W191 RCN.
 

UK: Gun held against bar worker's head
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"Detectives are hunting for two armed men who made off with the evening's takings after robbing a pub using a handgun."

"The two men, who were both wearing balaclavas, entered the Stag Inn pub, on Upper Bedford Street, in Brighton, at 2345 BST on Saturday."

"Sussex Police say one of the men pulled out a handgun and demanded cash from the till."

"As the landlord emptied the contents, the gunman placed the weapon against the head of one bar worker and pulled the trigger."
 

Australia: Man held after Southbank gun threats
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A man has been charged with serious assault and gun-related offences after he threatened a number of people at Southbank in Brisbane's inner city.

Police say they received a call from a Southbank security guard last night saying a man had threatened him and members of the public with a pistol.

Police and the dog squad found the 20-year-old alleged offender at a park in Greenslopes in Brisbane's inner south.

He is expected to appear in court this week.

 

Philippines: DCPAG man faces gun-toting charge
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"A MAN believed to be a member of the Davao City Police Auxiliary Group (DCPAG) is in trouble for allegedly pointing his gun at a civilian, Saturday dawn."

"Facing possible charges of grave threats and illegal possession of firearms is one Bernardo Cani, 52, trisikad driver of Barangay Lapu-lapu in Agdao, this city."

"Cani was accused by one Reynante Salas, 28 of Barangay Jerome, Agdao of grave threats by pointing and squeezing the trigger of his gun at him."

"Luckily, Salas said, Cani's .38 caliber revolver did not fire."
 

KS: Gun advocates see window for change in 2004
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"Gun rights advocates think 2004 will be the year they can remove the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons."

"But they must overcome opposition from the governor's office, a political feat they were unable to accomplish in 1997 and 1999."

"Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, like her predecessor, Bill Graves, opposes granting permits to most citizens for concealed handguns and other weapons. She supports allowing retired law enforcement officers to carry."
 

FL: Want to purchase a weapon at a gun show in Pasco County?
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"The Pasco chapter of the National Organization for Women and gun control activists are teaming up to draw attention to the fact you don't have to go through a back ground check to buy a firearm at a gun show in Pasco."

"They are fighting to change that, and they have the support of Pasco resident Dan Callaghan." ...

"The National Organization for Women says it has about 6,000 members in Florida."

"The number of women who have concealed weapons permits in the sunshine state is seven times that."
 

UK: Gun culture: 'Independent' survey uncovers 109 incidents just this week
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"Anti-gun crime tactics deployed by Scotland Yard specialists are to be deployed throughout the country in an attempt to curb the burgeoning menace of firearms and gang warfare."

"Other initiatives targeting drug dealers and gun gangs, such as those developed in Manchester and Bristol, will also be adopted nationwide."

"To highlight the scale of the problem The Independent publishes a diary today of a week of gun crime in Britain. On average, there are 30 firearms incidents a day and about 100 people die a year. The majority of gun crime involves gangsters, drug dealers, and other criminals shooting each other - known by police as 'bad on bad'."
 

Australia: Guns in the car but still on parole
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"Damian McEachern, caught with a cache of firearms and a mace while on parole for armed robbery, will remain a free man."

"The NSW Parole Board, which met on Friday, has refused to cancel his parole and put him back behind bars - despite a public outcry."

"Instead the board opted to 'supervise' McEachern until his sentence ends in December. The 'warning' means McEachern cannot change address, must stay within NSW and be available for interview by a parole officer for the next three months."

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A disarmed citizenry, lenient punishment for criminals and a growing black market for firearms due to stringent gun control make for a potentially deadly combination.
 

Australia: Canberra to let spies carry guns
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"Australian spies for the first time in two decades will be given the power to shoot to defend themselves in anti-terrorism operations overseas."

"The controversial move overturns a decision in the early 1980s to ban the spies from bearing arms in Australia or overseas after a training exercise by Australian Secret Intelligence Service officers went horribly wrong at Melbourne's Sheraton Hotel."

"In that exercise civilians were menaced, doors bashed in and the police called."
 

Australia: Weapons seized in hospital attacks
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"HOSPITALS are being targeted by criminals who prey on vulnerable patients and staff knowing security services are undermanned and unarmed."

"Frustrated security guards at Nepean Hospital have spoken out saying they are dealing with up to 60 violent incidents each week." ...

"In May and June 343 physical assaults were committed on staff – mainly nurses – at public hospitals run by the Sydney area health services."

"Additionally, 1387 instances of staff being threatened with violence or verbally abused were recorded."

"More than 250 robberies were also committed during the two months."

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Gun control in action.
 

MD: Replacement guns arrive for transit authority police
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"Two months after discovering what the chief called a 'design flaw' in pistols purchased for the Maryland Transportation Authority's more than 400 police officers, 450 new handguns arrived last week to replace them."

"The .40-caliber Glocks will be handed out in the coming week as officers are trained to use them, said authority Police Chief Gary W. McLhinney. The new guns were paid for with $230,000 in emergency procurement money, he said."
 

OH: Plans for walk with loaded guns just silly
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"As if you didn't have enough to think about, a local gun rights advocate wants you to know that it's perfectly legal and constitutional in Ohio to walk down the street carrying a loaded pistol, out in plain sight, for self-defense."

"He's planning to do just that in Lorain on Sunday, Oct. 19, perhaps along with some like-minded people."

"Well, duh."

"It's also perfectly legal to walk down the street wearing a gorilla suit."

"And it is unquestionably constitutional to walk down the street in a ballerina's costume and holding a fish in your teeth."

"And thank the full force of Ohio's legal foundations for making it possible for you to yodel in public."

"But it's silly."

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So is this whole paranoid, whining diatribe, and yet they still let this petulant coward spout it.
 

UK: Bar Staff Held Up in Armed Pub Raid (Another Report)
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"Two bar workers were left 'very shaken' after a robber pulled the trigger of an unloaded handgun while holding it to their heads during a pub raid, police said today."

"Detectives said two men wearing balaclavas burst into the Stag Inn and demanded the landlord hand over money shortly after closing time on Saturday night."

"One of the robbers then held the gun to the head of a man and a woman member of staff and pulled the trigger, but no bullets were fired. He then did the same to another worker who challenged the robber."

"A Sussex Police spokesman said the men – one white and one black – then ran from the bar with the takings and headed in the direction of Somerset Street."

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In the "gun-free" UK!
 

IN: Police officer resigns but isn't happy about treatment he got
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"Ron Hawkins is far from happy about the deal he struck last week with the county prosecutor."

"The former South Bend police corporal pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery, and the prosecutor dropped two felony charges of stalking and intimidation."

"Hawkins continues to insist he did nothing wrong and that the charges were bogus."

"So why did he plead guilty?"

"He said it was because he wanted to salvage a parallel deal that was being worked out to let him resign from the police department with sufficient seniority to lock in his pension. Under that deal, the city agreed to add $13,000 to his pension base and pay him $12,000 in back pay."
 

Ireland: Criminal violence in Dublin
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"Two unarmed gardaí were widely praised when they pursued and captured two armed robbers who had shot and wounded a bar owner and fired at the pursuing gardaí. Dublin publican Charlie Chawke, the owner of the Goat in Goatstown, south Dublin, was about to bring the weekend's takings to the bank at around lunchtime on Monday when he was confronted by two men, both carrying sawn-off shotguns. Although Mr. Chawke immediately handed over the money, one of the gunmen shot him in the leg. Two gardaí happened to be passing at the time and gave chase, despite being fired at on at least one occasion. The thieves were apprehended after they abandoned their car in a housing estate and began running."

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How do bad guys keep getting guns in the land of gun control?
 

AR: Ozark Youth Shooting Team hosting open house
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"Kids and guns. How politically incorrect can you get?"

"With so much violence, why is the Ozark Youth Shooting Team wanting to teach 'kids' how to use firearms? It is because of this youth violence that the OYST is so successful."

"In fact, the mission statement of the OYST is to 'teach youth the safe, ethical and responsible way to shoot, hunt and enjoy the outdoors'."

"Started in 1996, the OYST is entering its seventh year of operations. What started out seven years ago as a single instructor with seven youth has today become a nationally recognized training organization with over 65 youth, two dozen instructors and coaches, travel to dozens of state, national and international shooting events and a budget of over $25,000 annually."
 

MN: Government workers worry about safety on job
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"Some workers at the Hennepin County Government Center weren't surprised at the shooting there Sept. 29, in which a woman is accused of killing a cousin and wounding an attorney. Though government workers weren't the target that time, some said they're always aware that they could be."

"The shooting ignited debate over what levels of security are appropriate for government buildings, weighing employee safety against public accessibility."

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County employees are disarmed by county policy. I'd worry too.
 

IL: What happens to old police firearms?
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"The Colt M16A1 carbine was in storage for years before the Fairview Heights Police Department decided to put it to use."

"No, the officers didn't put it back in service. Police traded the fully automatic weapon to a legitimate gun dealer -- a practice that has become commonplace among law enforcement agencies nationwide."

"In exchange, it received 10 Bushmaster A2 semi-automatic carbines, 30 magazines and various slings and cases." ...

"The savings a police department may enjoy from a legitimate trade are nice, Mannard said, but the fact still remains: the gun remains in circulation."
 

NC: Legislation: Group eyes loopholes
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"For many gun-control activists, the nation's legislatures are the front lines in the ongoing battle to shut down the Iron Pipeline."

"Tougher laws are crucial, they believe. But a sweeping federal review of the existing gun-control laws -- including mandatory waiting periods and bans on certain weapons -- found no proof such measures reduce firearm violence." ...

"Earl Woodham, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Charlotte, said more gun laws won't stop criminals."

" 'Use the existing laws to prosecute criminals and put them away in federal prison,' he said. 'A firearms law in itself can't stop crime any more than state law can stop burglary.' "

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No mention of the fact that many existing gun control laws are unconstitutional?
 

KS: Q&A: Carrying an unconcealed weapon is legal in some places
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"Question: Missouri just passed a concealed gun law for handguns. Is it legal in Kansas to carry a gun 'unconcealed?' -- E.N., Topeka."

"Answer: Yes, it is legal in some places in Kansas to carry an unconcealed gun."

"The decision is made by governmental jurisdictions under state law."

" 'The law permits cities and counties to pass a law to permit carrying an unconcealed weapon,' said Kim Gulley, director of policy development and communications of the League of Kansas Municipalities."

"Most jurisdictions that permit carrying an unconcealed weapon are the smaller ones in Kansas, while the larger ones traditionally don't permit it, she said. The league has no figures on who does or doesn't permit it."
 

NJ: Man gets 25 years for crime spree at Greekfest
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"A judge yesterday imposed a 25-year prison sentence on an Asbury Park man who had admitted robbing four people during the 2001 Greekfest celebration."

"Saleem Wheeler, 21, must serve 19 1/2 years before he is eligible for parole."

"Superior Court Judge Francis P. DeStefano sentenced Wheeler according to the terms of a plea agreement that had been reached between the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, Wheeler and his attorney, Steven Nelson."

"Wheeler was accused of being part of a large group that robbed people of jewelry, cellular phones and a car at gunpoint during the Asbury Park gathering on July 15, 2001. In all, 10 people were robbed and four people were shot and wounded; among the latter were Wheeler and a co-defendant, Christian Deloach." ...

"Leschot also said the evidence was overwhelming against Wheeler, who with others 'succeeded in terrorizing a lot of innocent people on that day.' "

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Perhaps had the state of New Jersey not unilaterally disarmed its citizens, this criminal would not have had the chance to terrorize all those innocent people. New Jersey is reaping what it sows.
 

UK: Gun crime fears continue
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"The Independent's front page, carries a dominant picture of a gun under the headline 'a very British way of life, and death'." ...

"According to the Guardian, the problem is being exacerbated by a growing supply of replica weapons converted to fire live ammunition."

"Even though it leads on the story, the Guardian - on its inside pages - goes on to question whether the panic about gun crime is justified."

"It points out that although shootings have now spread to the countryside, firearms offences still account for only 0.4% of all recorded crime."

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That's hardly the issue, however. The bigger issue is the obscene increase in crime involving firearms ever since the British gun ban.
 

UK: Replica gun sales 'fuel crime fears'
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"Police are to more closely monitor the sale of fake guns amid concern they are being turned into lethal weapons."

"The move in London follows a confidential Scotland Yard report showing a growing number of replica guns are being converted to fire live ammunition."

"The study by the specialist crime directorate seen by the paper expresses concern that the conversion of fake guns has become as much of a threat as the illegal importation of handguns."

"Police found 72% of the firearms seized by the Metropolitan Police under last year's Operation Trident, were either imitations, air weapons, blank firers or starter pistols that had been converted, modified or upgraded to fire bullets."

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Get ready for a replica ban!
 

UK: Gun panic sets in... but is it justified?
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"Hours after the murder last month of Toni-Ann Byfield, the seven-year-old girl gunned down in her father's bedsit, Peter Herbert, a leading black lawyer reflected wearily on what it might take to get the wider public interested in gun crime. 'There will be a little white girl shot one day, or someone well connected or someone ordinary living in the suburbs, and then the whole establishment will go crazy,' he said."

"That prediction has seemed uncannily accurate in the past three weeks. For all the sadness provoked by Toni-Ann's death it was not until the gun crime phenomenon was perceived as having spread to the provinces and the countryside that the moral panic set in."
 

CA: Santa Maria Officers Mourn Police Officer's Death (Follow Up)
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"City Hall flags were lowered to half staff Thursday as members of the Santa Maria Police Department struggled to cope with the loss of a veteran colleague."

"Officer Robert R. Ramos, 52, was dressing for work at his Santa Maria home about 5:45 a.m. Thursday when he dropped his Beretta handgun as he was putting it into his holster. It fired as he tried to catch it, Lt. Mike Cordero said."

"Ramos, a 19-year department veteran most recently assigned to the traffic bureau, was wounded in the abdomen and apparently bled to death very quickly, officials said."
 

MO: Conceal & Carry Delay Doesn't Hold Up Gun Training
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"Tucked away triggers. It's been on the tip of the tongue lately, but Saturday talk about constitutionality took over."

"The legislature voted last month to override the governor's veto of concealed weapons, but now a group of public officials, members of the St. Louis Clergy Coalition and the Institute for Peace and justice are challenging the law in the state's highest court. And that's leaving people in the Ozarks, in a legal limbo." ...

"Sheriff Richard Wrinkle had staff standing by for the anticipated rush. Now they're in a holding pattern hoping their weeks of prep time won't be lost on the law challenge."
 

DC: Latino gangs strike fear in heart of US capital
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"... In the heart of Washington DC, two miles from the White House, Latino gangs are on the rise, ruling their neighbourhoods through fear and the gun. They have brought the problems of gang-ridden cities such as Los Angeles to the heart of America's capital."

"It has been a summer of gang violence in Washington's Latino community. At least five people have been shot dead in the feuding. Some of the attacks, including one in which a five-year-old girl was wounded, have occurred in daylight in suburbs just north of the capital's city centre."

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Of course gang violence is on the increase! They have a whole city of disarmed victims to prey on.
 

Good Government: a Hit or a Myth?
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"...As it turns out, this second 'myth' is neatly summed up in a single issue, one that the nation's incumbents baptized 'Campaign Finance Reform' but which detractors have universally anointed (metaphorically, not with sun tea) 'The Incumbent Protection Act.' "

"John Samples of the Cato Institute, the prestigious libertarian think tank, observed ...that the champions of campaign finance reform 'hit an anti-democratic triple: they made future elections even less competitive, weakened political parties, and ran roughshod over our constitutionally protected freedom of speech.' "
 

NY: Passenger Hijacks Brooklyn Bus, Robs Driver
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"A passenger Sunday pistol-whipped a city bus driver, forced him at gunpoint to drive the bus to an off-route destination and took his wedding band, watch, wallet and $300, according to police and a union official."

"The hijacker got away and the driver, who was not identified, was treated for his injuries to Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn. He was listed in stable condition, police said."

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More crime committed with firearms in the gun control haven of New York.
 

MO: Concealed carry will be decided by high court
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"The fate of Missouri's concealed weapons law, which was to go into effect Saturday, has now landed squarely in the lap of the Missouri Supreme Court."

"It will be up to the seven judges on the state's highest court to decide whether language in the Missouri Constitution bars the carrying of concealed firearms or if the law passed by the Missouri Legislature last month - over Gov. Bob Holden's veto - can go into effect."

"At the heart of the matter: the state constitution's assertion of the right of citizens to keep and bear arms, which is followed by a clause that says that those rights 'shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.' "
 

Australia: Pair held over $16 million drug bust
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"NORTHERN Territory police have seized liquid amphetamine worth more than $16 million during a raid on an illicit drug lab."

"Drug Squad Superintendent Les Martin said the weekend haul was the NT's biggest amphetamine bust on record." ...

"A 28-year-old man was arrested at the Gunn address, where police found an unlicensed 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a large quantity of ammunition."

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Drugs are illegal in Australia. And yet a criminal possessed both them and an "illegal" weapon. How do criminals keep breaking the law?
 

DC: Bus Driver Shooting Wasn't An Accident
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New details are emerging about the daytime gang shootout that injured a Metrobus driver last week.

The Washington Post reported that charging documents allege the bus driver shooting was not accidental.

Three men have been charged in the shooting that also left an alleged gang member dead.

Jose Valasquez, 16, a Cardozo High School freshman, is charged with shooting the bus driver. Court documents allege Velasquez looked at the driver, pointed a pistol and fired.

A 17-year-old, who's charged as a juvenile, faces a weapons offense while 27-year-old Jose Salamanca is charged with killing 20-year-old Milton Sagastizado. Both teenagers have criminal records and were supposed to be working or in school while living in city funded group homes.

Salmanca had worked at a Dupont Circle restaurant and has a criminal record.

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What a surprise! Guns are outlawed in DC, aren't they? How do those criminals continue to violate the law?
 

Patriot Act Curbing Data Retention
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"Could the Patriot Act threaten the growth of e-commerce?"

"That is the question being raised by some online booksellers and e-tailing analysts, who suggest that the Patriot Act, passed in October 2001 to give the government new counterterrorism capabilities, has already changed the way some companies and consumers do business online. For some consumers, it has meant fewer online purchases of politically incorrect books. For the Web sites, it has meant changes to privacy policies and marketing strategies, among other things."

"Some moderate voices among online businesspeople see no true threat, and the Justice Department dismisses the risks of the Patriot Act altogether. But Phillip Bevis sees it otherwise."
 

Bush's once-mighty empire springs a serious leak
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"The White House is full of secrets, even secrets predating 9/11. The list of corporate cronies who wrote the Bush/Cheney energy policy hasn't been divulged yet. President Bush made 'loyalty' the chief virtue of his administration, and loyalty's first test is the ability to keep a secret."

"After 9/11, White House secrecy wasn't just a matter of personal, partisan loyalty, it became a matter of national patriotism, and the Patriot Act is all about secrets: how to keep the government's and how to find out yours."
 

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