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Bush Still Supports Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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"Actually, I made my intentions -- made my views clear. I did think we ought to extend the assault weapons ban, and was told the fact that the bill was never going to move, because Republicans and Democrats were against the assault weapon ban, people of both parties."

"I believe law-abiding citizens ought to be able to own a gun. I believe in background checks at gun shows or anywhere to make sure that guns don't get in the hands of people that shouldn't have them."

"But the best way to protect our citizens from guns is to prosecute those who commit crimes with guns." ...

"And the prosecutions are up by about 68 percent -- I believe -- is the number." ...
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KABA Note: That depends on how you define "gun crimes". If you are talking people who have harmed no one, nor threatened harm, but are in violation of some unconstitutional ex-post facto laws, then yes, prosecutions are up. If you are talking about locking up violent, serial predators and keeping them locked up? Not so much.
 

Kerry Tries to 'Roll Second Amendment Off a Cliff,' Gun Rights Group Says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"When Sen. John Kerry insisted during the final presidential debate that 'I will not tamper with the Second Amendment,' he was being disingenuous because he has actually been 'trying to roll the Second Amendment right off a cliff' for 20 years, a group of Second Amendment supporters has charged."

"Portraying himself as a pro-Second Amendment candidate, Kerry insisted: 'I am a hunter. I'm a gun owner. I've been a hunter since I was a kid; 12, 13 years old. And I respect the Second Amendment, and I will not tamper with the Second Amendment.'"

"Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said Kerry's claim 'does not pass the smell test.' Gottlieb added: 'One look at Mr. Kerry's record on gun control proves that actions speak louder than words.'" ...
 

OH: NRA ads up the ante against Kerry
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Sure, Wayne Pullins has seen the pictures of Senator John F. Kerry hunting. It seems to Pullins that every chance the Democratic nominee for president gets, he picks up a shotgun and aims at something -- and makes sure the cameras are close by to shoot him."

"But Pullins isn't buying it."

"'He's [gone] out and done the photo PR of shooting trap and one thing and another,' said Pullins, who owns the Pioneer Hunting Depot on Main Street. 'It makes him look progun. But I don't care what you say. Your actions will tell me who you are. His actions tell me he's antigun.'"

"The National Rifle Association is running an aggressive campaign against Kerry this year ... all across the Buckeye State, and in other battleground states, too. ..."...
 

What You Love Will Be Used Against You, by Jeff Snyder
Submitted by: motoboy

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... "The state comes along and bans the carry of guns – for the citizenry's "protection." Now each must choose in which manner he will risk failing to live up to his responsibilities: A husband and father may choose to carry, risking depriving his wife and children of his love and support if caught and convicted. He may, instead, choose to not carry, in order to insure he will not fail in his responsibilities to his loved ones due to imprisonment. But if he is assaulted, and fails to protect himself or his loved ones because he chose to not carry, then he has also failed, and must forever live with the thought he knew what he should have done and failed to do it." ...
 

IN: Firearms should be respected
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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... "My purpose for relating my experience is not to boast about or glorify firearms. The most important thing I gained from my day at the shooting range is a healthy respect for guns. Even though I had fun and enjoyed myself ... I have no aspirations to go out and buy a gun. I now know that it takes a lot of practice to be proficient in the handling and usage of a firearm. ... Above all, firing a gun made me realize the amount of responsibility one assumes when purchasing a firearm."

"Before having fired a gun, my views on gun control were fuzzy. Becoming familiar with the weapon made me see the need for gun control laws. But more importantly, I realized that personal accountability is also critical." ...
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So when he says firearms should be respected, he means "oooooh, guns are scaaaary!"
 

TN: Hendersonville chief backs shooting of dog; others disagree [follow-up]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"A dog shot to death by a Hendersonville city police officer wasn't a stray, but a family pet who had wandered to a city park."

"Officer Tim Torok shot the dog after an animal control officer had called for backup, saying the animal had bitten her."

"Torok arrived to find the animal on a leash."

"Video from the police car camera, aired on Nashville television stations, shows Torok taking the leash, then pulling his service pistol and shooting the animal." ...

"Lewis [the dog's owner] says Torok provoked his dog, lifting the leash and choking it."

"Hendersonville Mayor Jim Fuqua issued a statement Wednesday, expressing his disappointment that the dog was shot and saying it appears the officers had less drastic options, had they thought ahead."
 

NY: Source: NYPD cop tried to buy kilo of cocaine
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A Bronx police officer was arrested in Rhode Island yesterday after trying to buy a kilo of cocaine from an undercover federal drug agent, according to a law enforcement source."

"Officer Jose Delvalle, 24, who joined the force in July 2002, was off duty but carrying his service pistol when he tried to buy the drugs in Warwick, R.I., from a Drug Enforcement Administration agent posing as a drug dealer, the source said."

"Delvalle was charged with conspiracy to possess narcotics and using a firearm during a narcotics deal, police said. NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau investigators went to Warwick after the DEA took Delvalle into custody." ...
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KABA wonders if he'll get the same sort of "sentence enhancement" for "use
 

GA: Air Force sergeant and wife charged with reported murder-for-hire
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Air Force sergeant and his wife have been arrested for allegedly trying to arrange the killing of a witness in the man's trial for reportedly threatening two squadron supervisors."

"Houston County Sheriff's investigators and the 78th Security Forces Squadron at Robins Air Force Base arrested Jessica Gladue, 25, and 51st Combat Communications Squadron Sgt. Matthew Wray Gladue, 28, on Wednesday."

"They face charges of criminal conspiracy to commit murder and criminal attempt to commit murder for trying to hire a hit man. The intended victim was reportedly a witness against Sgt. Gladue in his upcoming trial on Air Force charges of making terroristic threats at the base." ...
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But only men like these should have guns, right Sarah?
 

Aligning the sights on a rifle before actually shooting it
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"One of the oldest methods for aligning the sights (scope) of a rifle prior to actually shooting it at a target is called 'bore sighting' This method has been in used literally since the self-contained cartridge was invented. It appears to be a relatively simple process, but, in truth, it isn’t and it’s not exactly precise."

"Well, the day of the rifle-holding vise is gone. Also, going to the range and trying to align the bore on a target a 100 yards distant (which by the way is not easy) is no longer necessary. Modern technology has come to the rescue in the form of a laser type device that takes a lot of the guesswork out of bore sighting. ..." ...
 

Vanishing joys of hunting squirrels
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"As a youngster growing up in North Carolina's high country, I cut my hunting teeth on squirrels. From the time I was first allowed to hunt alone until it came time to leave the comforting hills and hollows of home for college, every fall and winter found countless hours devoted to outwitting the treetop tricksters."

"It was a time when no one gave a second thought to a lad walking down the main street of my little home town carrying a gun. Today such action would bring 911 calls and immediate attention from the police. We live in a different, and not necessarily better, world."

"Throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s, squirrel hunting was the most popular type of hunting, in terms of numbers, across almost all the South. ..." ...
 

AR: Columnist remembers the real thrill of the hunt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Each fall as the air turns crisp and leaves begin to pile, thousands of Arkansans begin their preparations for an attempt to bring home that trophy buck during the state's archery, muzzleloader or modern gun deer seasons."

"While a plethora of advertising tells hunters about the new ATV on the market or of the ability to purchase remote cameras to stake out deer trails, my mind drifts back to a 'simpler time'."

"Some of my earliest childhood memories involve deer season, specifically the modern gun portion. At my house, deer season was the start of a family reunion. All of my uncles and cousins came in from the Kansas City area to hunt the backwoods of Izard County." ...
 

UT: Rifle Hunters Should See More Deer in North Utah
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For the first time in years, rifle hunters in the northern half of Utah may see as many deer as those hunting in the south."

"Utah's general rifle buck deer hunt begins Oct. 23. About 60,000 hunters are expected afield for the state's most popular hunt."

"Permits for four of Utah's five regions have sold out, but at the start of October about 6,000 Northern Region permits were still available." ...

"'The northern half of Utah received some good rainfall during the spring of 2003, and that helped the number of fawns born that spring rebound after four years of decline,' said Jim Karpowitz, big game coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. ..."...
 

VA: Moran Wants Local Options to Deter Virginia Gun Violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"In a strongly-worded letter citing the appearance of three dozen armed protesters at the Falls Church City Council meeting last month, Rep. Jim Moran Tuesday urged the leadership of the Virginia legislature to 'allow localities to protect the well-being of their constituents.'" ...

"Moran's letter was circulated among members of the Falls Church City Council at its meeting Tuesday. City Clerk Kathleen Buschow noted a number of letters from Falls Church citizens supporting an administrative move by City Manager Dan McKeever task City employees with alerting local police of individuals seen carrying weapons." ...
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I don't think this policy goes far enough. I think you should have city employees call police to stop and harass anyone who "looks scary", especially minorities (everyone knows they're all criminals), bikers (they're probably Hell's Angels, and we all know they're bad men), and people carrying baseball bats, tire irons, rocks . . .
 

VA: Toy Gun Brought Into PW School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A toy gun brought into a Prince William County school Friday caused a bit of a scare."

"Police were called to Woodbridge High School before classes started, for a report of a gun brought inside. Officers arrived and discovered it was a toy made of plastic, and determined the freshman had no intention of threatening or scaring anyone."

"But county police say another student who saw the gun in the boy's hand did feel threatened, so they arrested him and charged him with brandishing a gun on school property."

"Police also say a number of other students had seen the gun earlier this morning at a bus stop, but apparently knew it was a toy and didn't tell anyone." ...
 

NC: Why does NRA cling to assault weapons? [first letter on page]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"Assault weapons are primarily made to kill many human beings as quickly as possible. [KABA asks, if this is true, why do cops carry them?] These types of weapons have a military purpose, so why is it so important to the National Rifle Association that assault weapons be available to the public?"

"Many people in our country harbor strong anti-government sentiments. These types of people, as exemplified by NRA executive Wayne LaPierre, form the heart and soul of the NRA leadership. They feel the need to amass firepower equal or superior to that possessed by law enforcement so that if the authorities attempt to impose 'government tyranny,' they will be prepared for armed resistance. This sounds like a terrorist organization ready to spring into action." ...
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I believe this individual would have been one of those Samuel Adams was addressing when he said "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
 

AZ: Killer of two Tucson teens acted in self-defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Tucson Police and Pima County attorneys say they now know who killed two teenagers last month. But, they can't go after him in court." [Interesting way of saying "It was self-defense."] ...

"It's [near this South side strip mall] that 16-year-old Buelna and his friend, 19-year-old Johnny Urquidez died in their car, surrounded by weapons."

"'Both victims had handguns still in their hands and shotguns right at their sides,' said the County's Chief Criminal Deputy, Rick Unklesbay."

"Mesa claimed self-defense. After a thorough investigation by Tucson Police, officers agreed with him. He says he fired at the teenagers only after Buelna pointed his gun." ...
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Two more "children" who were killed by guns, right Sarah?
 

PA: Women fight back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"You've seen it in movies like "Big Momma's House" and "Miss Congeniality" -- a self-defense class where women learn to protect themselves from criminals and sexual predators."

"In the movies, you laugh as the women get aggressive and give some man a drubbing. In real life, women's self-defense is no joke."

"With two sexual assaults in Franklin County last month and a series of stalker incidents on the campus of Shippensburg University, women in the area are looking for ways to protect themselves, and self-defense courses may be their best bet." ...
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Um, no. According to all available information, the best (safest) thing for a woman to do when assaulted is pull a gun. She is less likely to be injured, and her injuries are likely to be less severe that any other course of action.
 

WA: Ex-owner of gun store linked to snipers indicted for not paying taxes
Submitted by: Larry E. Bigham

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"A federal grand jury yesterday indicted on tax charges the former owner of the Tacoma gun store that was the source of the rifle used by snipers to terrorize the nation's capital in 2002."

"Brian Borgelt, 40, of Lakewood owned Bull's Eye Shooter Supply when Lee Malvo, one of two men convicted of murder in the sniper case, told federal agents that he stole the Bushmaster rifle used in the killings from the store in Tacoma." ...

"ATF inspections were able to document extensive record-keeping violations of federal regulations designed to keep track of firearms at the store. But the U.S. Attorney's Office yesterday reported its decision that 'there are no viable federal firearms charges that could be pursued against Borgelt.'" ...
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If gov't can't get ya one way they'll come from a different direction 'til they do.
 

OR: LCC revisits policy on concealed guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"People with concealed-weapons permits will be able to carry guns on the Lane Community College campus under a policy change being considered by the school's board of education." ...

"The proposed change - which has dismayed some LCC employees who want a tougher ban - will get its first review at a meeting that starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at LCC's Florence center, 3149 Oak St."

"An earlier draft of the LCC policy would have required those with concealed-weapon permits to keep their guns unloaded and leave them locked in their cars. LCC scrapped that idea after further review by the college's attorney, who said state law doesn't appear to give the college the authority to ban legally concealed guns." ...
 

MA: Lock down on gun accidents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Having a gun and a child in the same home is a dangerous combination, but with the help of Project ChildSafe, it's a risk that may soon disappear."

"During the week of Oct. 4 the organization distributed 170,000 gun locks to police departments in Massachusetts. The locks are steel cables that go through the barrel, preventing the gun from being loaded, and works on semiautomatic pistols, revolvers and rifles. The cable is then locked into place, and no two keys are alike. Along with the free locks the organization distributed firearm safety education materials to the police. ..." ...
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Or you could just teach your child gun safety, which will protect him/her from guns that aren't locked.
 

MI: Gun ban ends without bang
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Expiration of the ban on the ability to purchase assault weapons triggered mostly blanks locally."

"On Sept. 13, the 1994 law signed by President Clinton forbidding the sale of 19 types of semi-automatic weapons and ammunition clips of 10 rounds or more expired. Among the weapons banned were TEC-9s and AK-47s."

"Since then, there has been no local rush to purchase formerly banned items. Police are not raising any alarms."

"Wexford County Sheriff Gary Finstrom said the expiration of the ban is not something the department has talked about with deputies."

"At the Michigan State Police, Lansing spokeswoman Shannon Akans said the agency takes no position on the expiration of the ban. She referred questions to the [BATFE]." ...
 

CA: Settlement near on county rifle ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The legal battle brewing over Contra Costa's ban on the sale of .50-caliber rifles may soon come to an end."

"This week, both parties signed papers agreeing to cancel the scheduled Nov. 4 court hearing on the case. A coalition of gun-rights advocates had filed a petition to block the county from enforcing the ban." ...

"Both sides have indicated that a recently approved state law -- banning the sale, manufacture, distribution, or possession of a .50-caliber Browning Machine Gun (BMG) rifle without a permit in California -- pre-empts the county law." ...
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"An ordinance which... makes the peaceful enjoyment of freedoms which the Constitution guarantees contingent upon the uncontrolled will of an official — as by requiring a permit or license which may be granted or withheld in the discretion of such official — is an unconstitutional censorship or prior restraint upon the enjoyment of those freedoms. And our decisions have made clear that a person faced with such an unconstitutional licensing law may ignore it and engage with impunity in the exercise of the right of free expression for which the law purports to require a license." — SHUTTLESWORTH v. CITY OF BIRMINGHAM AL
 

TX: Accomplice killed in robbery attempt
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A man was shot to death after running over his accomplice during a botched robbery attempt at a west Houston Whataburger drive-through early Thursday, police said."

"The holdup was thwarted when a pair of armed, uniformed security guards in the drive-though lane intervened after noticing the crime in their rearview mirror ..."

"The incident began ... when a man waiting in the drive-through was confronted by a gunman demanding money ..."

"The security guards ... saw the commotion and stepped out, police said."

"The gunman pointed his pistol at the guards, then tried to run back to his car, police said. His accomplice, however, backed up the vehicle, running over the approaching gunman, investigators said." ...
 

VT: Pownal gun law is shot down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The town dodged a serious political bullet Thursday after a resident withdrew his petition calling for a local gun discharge ordinance."

"A cadre of about 10 firearms enthusiasts showed up at the select board's weekly meeting Thursday night to voice their opinions on the proposed ordinance. The board had planned on appointing a committee to discuss the ordinance that night."

"That committee was quashed after Gary James, a five-year resident of the town, withdrew his 40-signature petition. James began the petition because a neighbor had been shooting in his backyard, leaving him worried for the safety of his family." ...
 

OH: Annie Oakley Gun To Be Auctioned Off Saturday
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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A gun once owned by Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley is scheduled to be auctioned Saturday in Bluffton, Indiana.

The Remington rifle has been in the possession of a Bluffton family since Oakley, an Ohio native, presented it to a boy named Ralph Rinear following an exhibition at the Wells County Courthouse in 1906.

The gun is now owned by Joe Moore, Rinear's great-nephew, who decided to sell it.

The gun will be auctioned tomorrow morning at the Wells County 4-H park. About 200 other firearms will also be auctioned.
 

Brazil: Thieves tunnel 120m to grab US$1.6 million
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"Highly organized thieves wearing monkey and clown masks tunneled into a company that transports money for banks, surprised workers counting cash and made off with 4.7 million reals (US$1.6 million), police said Wednesday."

"At least eight men broke through a bathroom of Nordeste Transbank Seguranca e Transporte de Valores Monday night after digging a 120m tunnel from a nearby house, said Naif Saadi, police chief for the district where the crime occurred."

"Wielding AK-47 semiautomatic rifles, the thieves forced about 75 workers tallying cash for automatic teller machines to stuff the money in bags and fled back through the tunnel after spending only 10 minutes inside the building, Saadi said." ...
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But guns are illegal in Brazil!
 

UK: Gavin shows a touch of Tory Kwon-Do [last item on page]
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WE SHOULD never have tarred the Conservatives’ Gavin Brown with the brush of Hollywood as opposed to Holyrood. We recounted how Gavin had been mistaken for Kiefer Sutherland when out canvassing. But the Tories’ Westminster candidate in Edinburgh South seems to have taken the action man persona to heart. In the latest Tory leaflet, Gavin is pictured performing martial arts on Peter Duncan, MP. An attempt maybe to prove that the Tories are tougher on crime than Tony and Gordon, but encouraging self-defence is perhaps taking privatisation a bit too far.
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Waitaminnit! "[E]ncouraging self-defence is perhaps taking privatisation a bit too far"?!? So I guess it is official. Self-defence is baaaaaad, and good sheep don't try it.
 

UK: Youth, 16 is sent for trial
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A YOUTH has been sent for trial charged with reckless conduct and committing firearms offences near a nursery school.

Bryan Niven, 16, is accused of recklessly firing an air rifle in a residential area close to a nursery near his home in Jeffrey Street, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, on October 4, to the danger of adults and children, and with utter disregard for the consequences.

Niven is also charged with underage possession of an air weapon, carrying it uncovered in a public place and committing the alleged offences on bail.

He made no plea or declaration at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court and was freed on bail, fully committed for trial.
 

South Africa: Teen sees hijacker gun down mother
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A horror hijacking has seen a woman shot to death in front of her own mother and daughter."

"Forty-eight-year-old Mariana Engelbrecht had gone to her 73-year-old mother, Anna Bence's house in Olifantsfontein yesterday to pick up her 13-year-old daughter."

"The two women were standing chatting in the driveway at 24 Glenton Avenue at about 5pm. Minutes later, a single bullet to the chest ended Engelbrecht's life." ...

"'He produced a revolver and asked Mariana if she did not want to buy it. She ran towards the car.'" ...

"Bence said his granddaughter had climbed out of the car, but as his daughter turned to face the hijacker, he shot her in the chest." ...
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But why wasn't this prevented by the new Firearms Cont
 

Canada: Leslie Ellins has shot her way to the top
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Leslie Ellins decided four years ago that since she was driving her crack shot daughter, Jen, 'all over the place' to compete in rifle shooting, she might as well try it herself."

"Jen made both the junior Summer and Winter games at the age of 16 that year. Her mom decided that since she was already present at the junior competitions, she would try her hand at the sport."

"'I used to shoot skeet with my dad when I was about 14,' she said. 'But he would never take me hunting. Only the boys (her brothers) got to do that.'"

"Ms Ellins, 43, began moving rapidly up the ranks, shooting from the Lakeshore Small Bore Association in Scarborough." ...
 

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No kingdom can be secured otherwise than by arming the people. The possession of arms is the distinction between a freeman and a slave. He, who has nothing, and who himself belongs to another, must be defended by him, whose property he is, and needs no arms. But he, who thinks he is his own master, and has what he can call his own, ought to have arms to defend himself, and what he possesses; else he lives precariously, and at discretion. — James Burgh, Political Disquisitions: Or, an Enquiry into Public Errors, Defects, and Abuses [London, 1774-1775].

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