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"The Scope of Shared Tragedy"
Submitted by: Doug Compton

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"There is only one question, really. Who is he? Once we answer that one, the police can arrest him or, if necessary, kill him."

"But we don't know."

"We know so much else. We know the grief he's caused, the holes he's shot in 10 families and in our society. We know the fear that he brings as his dark claim to our attention. We know he is that most loathsome thing, a man who has himself confused with God and has taken on God's entitlements. We know his particularly profane blend of intimacy and distance: He can study us through his optics, look at the light in our eyes, the shape of our lips, the uncertainty of our hairlines, the eagerness in our young bodies. Then he safely presses a trigger from a long way out and takes all that away." ...
 

"Gun DNA" does not deserve politicizing
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The mixed signals sent by the Bush administration regarding a national ballistic fingerprint system shows how contentious, and political, an issue it is."

"It shouldn't be. Even as a sniper widens a hold of terror on the Maryland-Virginia area, the focus, and debate, should be not on preserving gun rights but expanding law enforcement's crime-fighting tools and strategies. And most of all, catching the killer or killers, and deterring future murders of Americans."

THAT SETTLES IT THEN...

If the objective is fighting crime, "ballistic fingerprinting" is a waste of money. Anyone who objectively studies the full range of issues involved knows that.

To send a letter to the editor: letters@thejournalnews.com .
 

"Cache found in N.H. includes sniper rifles, grenades"
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Viciously anti-gun and inaccurate news report
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FREMONT, N.H. -- "A Massachusetts police officer who kept sniper rifles and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition in a storage facility had no business possessing the items, his boss said Friday."

"Police recovered two M1 Garand military sniper rifles, tear gas grenades, riot control spray and a bomb dismantling tool kit after investigating a break-in at a self-storage business."

"Lawrence (Mass.) Police Sgt. John F. Sapienza, who rented one of the burglarized units, told police he personally owned the weapons, Fremont Police Chief Neal Janvrin said." ...
 

Anti-gunner: Behind the pistol, view is different
Submitted by: Lee Matthews

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Seattle Times columnist who once boasted that she was proud to be "the mouthpiece for the Gun-hatred culture" gets a lesson in reality.
 

CA: Unarmed campus police avoid dangerous tasks
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"When two men, armed with a stick and a handgun, threatened to kill two other people during a turbulent Sunday sporting event at Cosumnes River College, campus police could not respond."

"Because officers carry no handguns, they decided against wading through 2,000 fans where tensions were running high, said Cosumnes Police Chief Cheryl Sears."

" 'It was too dangerous to go in there with the tools we had,' Sears said of the event last month."
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Danger to police-no. Danger to fans-OK.
 

TX: Bow-and-arrow hunter kills man trying to steal his car
Submitted by: Anonymous

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We need ballistic fingerprinting of arrows!
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"A would-be car thief died Friday after he was shot by the car's owner, a camouflage-clad hunter toting a bow and arrow, police said."

"The thief was moments from a clean getaway when the hunter happened upon his car, police said. The man told the hunter he had a gun and threatened to kill him, said Sgt. T.E. Kiser of the Harris County Sheriff's Department homicide division."

"The hunter drew his bow and shot at the man, hitting him in the hip and buttocks area." ...
 

Italy: "Violence is as Italian as spaghetti"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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This Italian report on various slaying in the nation concludes with the following statement:

"Despite thousands of years of civilisation, it seems Italy is no better than the USA when it comes to family violence, and the social surroundings of these mass murders are remarkably similar to the small-town massacres associated with middle America. 'If violence is as American as apple pie,' wrote the newspaper Corriere Della Sera in a recent editorial, 'it is also as Italian as spaghetti.' "
 

Despite Sept. 11, fliers still come armed
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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... "Although the memory of the Sept. 11 attacks is still fresh, tens of thousands of passengers keep showing up at U.S. airports with a bewildering array of guns, knives, box cutters and other potentially lethal weapons, risking arrest and federal prosecution." ...
 

Letter: "Ballistic Fingerprinting is Ineffective"
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Letter to the editor of the Saint Petersburg Times. Third letter down.
 

Welfare Recipients Must Take Drug Test
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Although I do not condone the use of drugs, I am more concerned about the government's intrusion on how we live our lives. What's to stop government from applying ANY criteria it wishes to force us to do what it desires...we have to wean our people from the government teat!
 

Australia: Police officer fires at gunman
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"A POLICE officer fired a number of shots at a man who threatened him with a gun in Melbourne's north this morning."

"The man confronted the officer after police stopped his white Holden Commodore sedan at 5.50am (AEST) near the intersection of Tyler and David streets in Preston because it did not have a rear number plate."

"The police officer fired a number of shots but the man escaped in his car."

"An extensive search is under way to locate the gunman." ...
 

"1 bullet: Universal point of fear"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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... "Not since the Civil War has any American city experienced such an environment for more than a few hours. ... One can only wonder what this community's reaction might be to the national frenzy over a single sniper loose in the 'burbs (or their laughter at the idea that any military reconnaissance aircraft might soon fly to their rescue)." ...
 

NY: Sleeping boy hit by bullet as officer fires at assailant
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Ripped from a sound sleep, snuggled beside his older brother, 7-year-old Antoine Perez screamed, 'Mommy, someone hit me!' "

"That someone turned out to be a stray bullet fired at 2:09 a.m. Saturday by a Buffalo police officer who, authorities said, was defending himself against a man pointing a loaded handgun at him."

"...the man police shot at and missed was convicted in a 1999 shooting and was shot himself about a year ago in a bar next to her house, but he had refused to press charges."

CONSIDER...

If an innocent citizen uses a firearm in self-defense and hits a bystander (or, in this case, a bysleeper), he or she is liable for damages. Will the officer or the department be liable for damages?
 

VA: Most Va. lawmakers oppose new gun bills
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Most of the rest of the state's heavily Republican delegation, which receives thousands of dollars in NRA contributions, typically opposes gun-control measures. One of the state's three Democratic members of Congress - Rep. Rick Boucher of Abingdon - is also an NRA backer. Boucher... received $6,000 in NRA money for his 2000 campaign and $3,000 so far this year."
 

OK: Police officers train to be 'elite team'
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"By the mid-1970s, the need for preparedness had overcome concern about cost, and the tac team came into being. From humble beginnings, the team has grown to 28 gunmen, including eight countersnipers, plus nine negotiators, four communications technicians and a supervisor, sort of a police department within a police department."
 

CA: "Businessman is denied state certification for [gun] lock"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Scott, 51, claims he's missed out on a gold mine's worth of contracts around the world — including one for $37 million — since the state earlier this year refused to certify his device, the Breech Block."

"Scott appealed the decision, but an April 4 letter from the state Department of Justice informed Scott that the Breech Block didn't have a DOJ-approved key or combination lock, so it wouldn't be listed on its roster of approved firearms safety devices." ...

" 'They don't want it because I kill their gun control laws. I can make any gun safe,' Scott said." ...
 

"We're Unused to Being the Hunted"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"...Virginia's governor, Mark Warner, is bucking to be the Rudy Giuliani of the crisis; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is trying to capitalize on her personal history with tragic gun killings to save her limp gubernatorial bid; Democrats in Congress tried to capitalize by rushing to pass a small-bore gun control measure... President Bush and the GOP are still taking dictation from the NRA." ...

"...Certainly, in the case of the president, the real issue is NRA cash for the GOP." ...
 

UK: Gun attack on north Belfast home
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Three men, a woman and a four-month-old baby have escaped injury in a gun attack on a house in north Belfast."
 

The sniper and the gun controllers
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Gun control laws do not control people who are in the business of breaking laws. Gun control simply disarms their potential victims, making crime a safer occupation, and hence one that can be indulged in more widely by more people."

"Gun control laws would no more have stopped the current sniper than they stop innumerable other gun crimes in places with some of the strongest gun control laws in the country [and world]." ...
 

NRA Pans Ballistic Fingerprinting Plan
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The leader of the largest U.S. gun owners' group on Sunday dismissed a plan to 'fingerprint' bullets, an idea promoted by gun control advocates after the Washington area sniper attacks."

"The chief executive of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, said on NBC's 'Meet the Press' that ballistic fingerprinting legislation in Congress was a 'technical fantasy' that would not help solve cases like the Washington sniper attacks."

" 'A sniper, a criminal with steel wool, with a cleaning kit, with a drill can completely change the characteristics in the time it takes (someone) to drink a cup of coffee,' LaPierre said." ...
 

CT: Cop charged with kidnapping ex-girlfriend commits suicide
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Fairfield police officer who died in a car crash off Route 7 on Friday committed suicide, the office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled."

"Kirk Holzapfel, 26, crashed his Lexus into a rock wall beyond the end of the Route 7 expressway about 12:25 a.m., police have said."

"The manner of the death was ruled a suicide and the cause was blunt traumatic injuries, a spokeswoman for the office said Saturday." ...

"Holzapfel was scheduled to appear Oct. 30 at Bridgeport Superior Court on charges that on Sept. 20 he kidnapped his 22-year-old Fairfield girlfriend from the lot of the Fitness Edge gym on Commerce Drive, using his duty weapon." ...

"He was charged with second-degree kidnapping with a firearm and third-degree assault." ...
 

"Gun prints data get a new push"
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The ongoing shooting spree in the Washington, D.C., area that has killed nine and wounded two has led to renewed calls for a federal ballistics fingerprinting system similar to ones in place in New York and in Maryland."

"The shootings also have revived debate over gun control in general, including the overarching issue of whether gun control should be addressed on a national basis or individually by each state." ...
 

Letters: Don't use sniper to attack NRA
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"Frankly, I am tired of paying to have personal insults delivered to my door, so I have canceled my subscription to The Baltimore Sun newspaper."

"The reason for my action is cartoonist Mike Lane's shameless exploitation of tragic events involving abuse of firearms."

"His Oct. 9 editorial cartoon insinuates that, by virtue of my membership in the National Rifle Association, I and fellow members are somehow complicit in the of random killings in the vicinity of our nation's capital." ...
 

The Age of Confusion
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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We Americans have heard of "constitutional rights". Nearly all of us - including Supreme Court justices - have often used the phrase but it has been used with little understanding of "natural or unalienable rights". No man or woman born of American Citizens in one of the 50 states - a Citizen of the United States of America - has "constitutional rights". Such would mean that rights were granted by a document written by men that, in turn, would mean men are granting other men "rights".
 

Australia: University gunman kills two
Submitted by: Caleb

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The sarcasm:
Not in Australia of all places! I thought those things were banned. Good thing the victims were defenseless. We can't have innocent individuals taking the law into their own hands and defending their own lives, that’s what police are for.

Now seriously, lets pray for the family and victims. These people didn't deserve this. It could have happened anywhere, gun ban or no. I just wish the anti's could understand that fact; instead they dance on the graves of the dead.
 

Canada: 'Terror' started long before shooting
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Richard Anderson was cracking up long before he walked back into the environment ministry offices in Kamloops and shot two people dead before turning the gun on himself, say former colleagues."

"Anderson walked into the office of the B.C. Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection Tuesday and gunned down subordinate David Mardon, a union shop steward whom Anderson apparently blamed for a formal letter of reprimand that Anderson received earlier in the day. As a steward, Mardon had represented fellow employees troubled by Anderson's behaviour."

"He also fatally shot out-of-town supervisor James McCracken, who delivered the letter." ...
 

"Give police guns' DNA"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"It's been more than a fortnight since the Beltway Sniper first struck, and the only thing 1,000-plus federal, state and local investigators know for sure is that the victims were shot by bullets fired by the same gun."

"Now, wouldn't it be good if the cops knew who made the rifle used in the killings, and who sold it, or to whom it was sold? Of course it would - and finding out wouldn't be impossible." ...
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Email the simple parrot who made such an ill-informed statement; his name is Michael Kramer: mkramer@edit.nydailynews.com.

Be sure to send a copy to the editor: voicers@edit.nydailynews.com.
 

Sudan: Hijacker helped by airport officer
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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FULL TEXT BELOW...
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"KHARTOUM, 21 October — Adel Nasir Faraj, the man who tried to hijack a Saudi Arabian Airlines plane last week, received help from a Khartoum airport officer to smuggle the gun on board the flight, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported. The paper said a video clip showed Muhammad Abdullah, the security officer, receiving the gun from Faraj before security check and then handing it over to him at the plane’s gate. The criminal court, where the case is being heard, has decided to examine the video clip that showed that Abdullah and Faraj had been moving together since Faraj’s entry into the airport terminal. Faraj has admitted bribing the officer to smuggle the gun onto the plane. Lawyers defending the Sudanese suspect claimed that their client was not aware of the Saudi man’s intention to hijack the plane. Faraj tried to hijack Saudia Flight 450 soon after it took off from Khartoum Airport on Oct. 15 on its way to Jeddah. Security officers on board the plane overpowered Faraj and foiled the hijack attempt."
 

Movie about Columbine gets mixed reaction from victims' families
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Some parents of children killed in the Columbine massacre praised a new documentary about the killings, saying it contributes to the fight for tighter gun control. Others said the film exploits tragedy." ...

" 'I doubt there's much of a redeeming quality to that movie," Brian Rohrbough said Friday. 'This is just a guy trying to capitalize on the tragedy of others.' Rohrbough, whose son, also named Daniel, was among the dead, had not seen the film." ...
 

Military sniper watches U.S. case with mix of horror, fascination
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Alex, a Canadian sniper in Afghanistan, remembers his first combat kill with mixed emotions - he probably saved lives but he killed a man. That's why he's watching the events unfold around Washington, D.C., with a mixture of horror and fascination. How, he asks, can this so-called sniper kill innocent people?"

"The thing that enabled Alex to squeeze the trigger was the AK-47 rounds kicking up the dirt around him, the cries of agony from wounded troops, and what he'd heard the al-Qaida did to his captured American brethren." ...
 

Mexico bans sale of certain toy guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -- "Mexico said Sunday it had banned toy guns that look like the real thing because they were being used by real bad guys to commit crimes and get away with lighter sentences."

"The Economy Ministry said it had issued a decree banning the import, manufacture and sale of replicas of assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns and pistols."

"The aim of the new law 'is to permanently remove replicas of firearms sold in national territory that are frequently used to commit various types of crimes and to protect people's well-being and health,' the ministry said." ...
 

RI: Westerly police replace S&W handguns with H&K
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Westerly police get new guns"
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"The Westerly Police Department will replace guns that officers call sorely outdated with a newer model chosen after various brands were researched and tested."

"The Town Council approved the purchase of 47 handguns and holsters for $20,895. The new .40-caliber weapons from Heckler & Koch, a German manufacturer, will replace 9 mm Smith & Wesson handguns." ...
 

Exploiting Mass Murder
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"October 2002 gave the battered anti-gun lobby what it desperately needed: a high-profile mass murderer who used a firearm. It has been over three years since the lobby's last big public relations victory at Columbine, but time has not changed the way these rare incidents are covered and exploited."

"There is an old saying that journalists know nothing about guns and don't want to learn. This was reaffirmed by last week's saturation coverage from the Washington suburbs that was loaded with firearms myths and misinformation."

"I used to enjoy a derisive laugh at reporters like the CNN anchor who used the nonsense term "high-powered assault hunting-type weapon," but now I just feel embarrassed for them and quickly change the channel." ...
 

CA: VPC's Chief Liar to speak at fundraiser in Santa Barbara
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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THEIR ABSURD TITLE: "Crime expert to speak out against gun violence"
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"The Coalition Against Gun Violence will host author Tim Diaz at its annual dinner Saturday night in Santa Barbara."

"Mr. Diaz, author of 'Making A Killing: The Business of Guns in America' is a senior policy analyst at the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C."

"The dinner will be held in the Cabrillo Room of the Radisson Hotel in Santa Barbara. A reception and silent auction will start at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is at 7 p.m." ...
 

OK: Jurors deadlock in trial of man who killed state trooper in "no knock raid"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A judge declared a mistrial early Saturday in the trial of a man accused of killing a trooper during a 1999 drug raid." ...

"The panel began deliberating about 2:30 p.m. Friday after hearing closing arguments in the trial of Kenneth Eugene Barrett, who was charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper David "Rocky" Eales, of rural McAlester." ...

"Defense attorney John Echols said during closing arguments that Barrett was defending his home, his son and himself when he began firing at the troopers. Barrett did not recognize the troopers because they drove unmarked vehicles, and he feared for the safety of his son, Echols said."

" 'The cusp of this case is what, if any, rights does a homeowner have to respond when their home, their boy and themselves come upon this kind of threat,' Echols said."

" 'All you can do is react in two ways, fight or flight. But there was no place to flee. He was already inside his own home.' " ...
 

LA: Man who shot daughter's molester gets recommendation
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"A man sent to prison for shooting his teenage daughter's molester could be released soon following a clemency recommendation from the Louisiana Pardon Board."

"During a hearing last week, the board recommended that Allie 'Bo' Johnson receive immediate parole eligibility. Gov. Mike Foster must approve the request."

"Johnson has served two years of a seven-year sentence. The convicted molester, Donald Wayne Spears, was sentenced to five years and paroled after serving less than two years."

"Johnson said he and his wife, frustrated by the lack of response from the Beauregard Parish sheriff's office, began drinking and decided to take the law into their own hands." ...
 

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