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DE: Woman is stabbed to death on Concord Pike during rush hour - witnesses no help
Submitted by: Gary L. Erne

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"Police spokesman Lt. Tim Winstead said none of the motorists who stopped on Concord Pike tried to confront the man with the knife."

" 'If they observe a suspect with a knife and her being stabbed, it would not have been wise to intervene,' Winstead said."
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If the sheeple weren't disarmed, one could have detained this sociopath until police arrived.....or they may have been able to aid the victim by preventing the assault altogether.

SUGGESTED READING...
A Nation of Cowards
by Jeffrey R. Snyder
 

TX: Fort Worth officer shoots self in hand
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"A Fort Worth police officer was accidentally shot in the left hand...when a gun discharged as he was disassembling it to clean at the department's firing range." [The "officer was shot", "gun discharged" phrases seem to suggest that the firearm has a mind of its own. Fortunately, blame is also laid where it belongs, below.]

"The incident is under investigation...as...in all police-involved shootings."

"Obviously, the range will again review the policies that they have there, but I think this wasn't due to anything that was not established in a policy or any lack of a policy...I think it was just oversight on the officer's part." - Lt. Al Allcon
 

TX: Luggage may be screened outdoors
Submitted by: serinde
Website: http://www.progunwomen.com

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"Dallas/Fort Worth Airport officials are crafting a makeshift plan for baggage screening that places some machines outside the terminals -- near where the planes park and out of the luggage owners' view."

"Most travelers at D/FW on Tuesday said they would tolerate having their bags searched out of their presence if it improved security."

" 'Whatever they have to do to ensure safety,' said business traveler Keith Golden of New York. 'I was searched today -- more than happy to do it.' "
 

'We Can't Assure Your Safety,' Police Chief Says
Submitted by: P. Jones

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... County Executive Duncan said, "The shooter has not placed any favoritism on any particular group...we're concerned about the risk of every individual..."

And [Montgomery County Police Chief Charles] Moose told reporters, "We have not been able to assure that anyone of any age, any gender, any race -- we've not been able to assure anyone their safety." ...
 

Australia: Shooting Prompts Appeals For Handgun Ban
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Left-leaning parties and firearm control campaigners in Australia pushed Tuesday for gun laws to be tightened after two students were killed in a shooting at a Melbourne university."

"The Australian Democrats, the third-largest party in the Senate, said it planned to introduce a bill to close what it sees as loopholes relating to the use and availability of handguns."

"Chinese commerce student Huan Yun Xiang, 36, appeared in a Melbourne magistrate's court Tuesday charged with two counts of murder and five of attempted murder." ...
 

Head of Iowa BATF Office Charged with Multiple Counts of Assault on Teenagers
Submitted by: Charlie McMillion

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"A federal agent who allegedly terrorized a group of Indianola teenagers who had thrown toilet paper in his yard was charged Tuesday with drunken driving and multiple counts of assault."

"Jon Carl Petersen, 41, is the head of the Iowa office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms."

"The teens said Petersen aimed a gun at them during the confrontation, which occurred a few blocks from the agent's home shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 16."

" 'I think he deserves what he gets,' one of the alleged victims, Tyler McAninch, 15, said Tuesday." ...

"Warren County Attorney Kevin Parker charged Petersen with 10 counts of assault with a weapon, drunken driving and two counts of simple assault. Parker said the charges cover separate incidents that occurred within an hour."

"Police say sobriety tests show Petersen's blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit during the incidents. They also confiscated a loaded five-shot revolver from the front seat of his government-owned Jeep, which is equipped with emergency lights and a siren that he allegedly used to stop the pickup truck. Petersen was arrested at the scene for alleged public intoxication."

"Parker said the weapons charges, which are aggravated misdemeanors, and the drunken-driving charge, a serious misdemeanor, stem from the incident with the youths in the pickup truck. The two misdemeanor charges of simple assault stem from an earlier confrontation Petersen allegedly had at his home." ...
 

OR: Getting a gun not difficult for teenagers
Submitted by: Joel Miller

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" 'So many guns are just taken in thefts, gun prowls, burglaries,' explained officer Jim McCausland with Portland’s Youth Gun Anti-violence Task Force. 'People are just not responsible with their guns, that's just all it is.' "

"He says gunshows and girlfriend's homes are also common places teenagers get their guns." ...
 

Gun control is illogical response to fear
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Washington, D.C. sniper has claimed a ninth victim and Americans stand transfixed to the story like deer in headlights, paralyzed by the fear that they can fall victim to a similar crime."

"Yet as the media circus over-dramatizes these sincerely tragic events, we must not get caught up in the mass hysteria and support draconian gun control laws. We must remain objective to the facts of gun ownership." ...
 

Worden: FBI Finally Gets it Right!
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Ladies & gentlemen:

"The authorities announced this morning that the shell casing found in the rental truck that was seized in VA was not a .223 and was therefore eliminated as being associated with the Beltway Sniper."

"HOLD IT!!!"

"For years I have predicted that a .308 shell casing loaded with a .223 sabot round would make an untraceable sniper bullet for urban use. What is a sabot round?" ...
 

Property Rights Loss Invites Anarchy
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"While Americans focus on the prospect of war with Iraq, one to liberate the citizens of that nation from a terrible dictator, other Americans are organizing to protect essential Constitutional rights that are being eroded and destroyed."

"There is outrage over the manipulation of election laws to thwart the will of the voters." ...
 

PA: Woman guilty of shooting at assailant
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A woman who was the victim of a robbery was convicted Tuesday of recklessly endangering another person for firing shots at her assailant as he fled in a crowded parking lot."

"Wendy Branch of Old Forge called her actions self-defense. But prosecutors called it 'street justice' that went too far."

"The result is a misdemeanor conviction that could send the 25-year-old single mother of one to prison for up to three years while her assailant and a man with him went uncharged." ...
 

NH: Heston still holding single shot musket and muttering about his "cold dead hands"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Holding a black-powder rifle above his head by one hand, Charlton Heston, president of the National Rifle Association, spoke the five words he has become famous for: 'From my cold, dead hands.' The crowd below him erupted into cheers."
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OKIE DOKIE, CHUCKIE...

While Mr. Heston pretends he would fight with his life to keep his outdated and militarily-useless antique, modern militia weapons are being confiscated in his own home state, and NRA says, "any honest, law-abiding American would turn in [banned firearms]."

Anyone who buys Charles Heston's "from my cold dead hands" dog and pony show is gullible enough to buy anything.
 

Patriotism or Loyalism?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"The U.S. regime taxes Americans 10 times more today than the British Parliament ever hoped to achieve in the past. Our government has deployed more than half a million troops in 100 countries ... in a way that would make the old British Empire envious. It conducts unwarranted searches and seizures with its asset forfeiture laws ... and causes American citizens to become targets for terrorism with its insane foreign policy." ...
 

Canada: MP calls gun control 'a shambles, a joke, expensive, dismal failure'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Liberal MP called his government's gun-control legislation 'a shambles, a joke' and an 'expensive, dismal failure' yesterday in a speech to public-sector financial managers."

"Sarnia-Lambton MP Roger Gallaway was the keynote speaker at a day-long seminar on government put on by the Ottawa chapter of the non-profit Financial Management Institute of Canada." ...
 

Australia: PM to push for tougher gun laws
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Prime Minister John Howard will get a cautious hearing today, when he asks the state and territory leaders to support tighter gun laws."

"John Howard overcame resistance from the states to restrict semi-automatic rifles and shotguns six years ago, after the Port Arthur massacre."

"Now he wants to reduce the number of automatic hand guns circulating in Australia." ...
 

"The .223 caliber bullet holds more gunpowder"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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This article is pretty much the same inaccurate and misleading BS we've seen all over the world lately. But one quote is worth sharing:

Jim Kouri, vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, in proving himself to be gun-ignorant, actually said: "the .223 caliber bullet holds more gunpowder and travels three times faster than the popular .22 caliber used in many handguns and rifles."

For those new to firearms -- or ignorant of common knowledge, like this politi-cop -- a 'bullet' doesn't hold gunpowder; a cartridge does. The bullet and the gunpowder reside in the cartridge, and the powder is ignited inside the cartridge (by striking a cartridge's primer with the firing pin) in order to propel the bullet.

Great 'expert' these gun prohibitionists have managed to use, isn't he? Almost as bright as those seeking to ban "semi-auto revolvers."

Are any of our police officers around here embarrassed by this guy?
 

FL: Police use mace, stun gun on unarmed 15-year-old girl who - for 'walking away'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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READ THIS ENTIRE STORY!!

Excerpts:

"Some Miramar parents are questioning whether police overreacted when they used pepper spray and a Taser stun gun on a 15-year-old girl following a disturbance on a school bus."

"The girl, a Miramar High sophomore, is under house arrest, facing a felony charge of resisting an officer with violence and two counts of resisting an officer without violence."

" 'For them to beat up a young girl like that and put Mace in her face and handcuff her like that, it didn't make sense to me,' said Leon DeVose, a parent who saw the incident. 'They don't even do hard-core criminals the way they did her. They went all out.' "

"Miramar police say their actions were justified. The teen struck an officer and resisted arrest, according to police reports."

" 'This was within our guidelines,' said the department's spokesman, Officer Bill Robertson. 'This fell within our policy to use this nonlethal weapon. As she was resisting, she didn't respond to the pepper spray. At that time, to stop her from being injured, the Taser was deployed.' "

"The teen, by all accounts, was not involved in the original bus incident -- where students on their way home were tossing wads of paper at each other. She spoke up in defense of another student whom police were questioning, witnesses say." ...
 

MN: Charlton Heston brings gun-rights campaign to Minnesota
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Aging and suffering from Alzheimer's disease, National Rifle Association president and actor Charlton Heston launched a two-week campaign tour for candidates who support gun rights."

"Heston spoke Monday to a crowd of about 700 in New Hampshire as part of the NRA's 'Vote Freedom First' campaign."
 

Canada: Changing times take joy out of gun business
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Jack and his wife, Carlene, are packing up -- and clearing out -- after more than 50 years of business at the Parkinson Gun Shop. Jack's father started the shop in 1949, and he built this two-storey brick building on Wharncliffe Avenue in 1956. Jack has been running the business since 1960."

"But last Saturday, the shop closed for good. The building has been sold and the Parkinsons are shutting down."

"The gun business, they say, just isn't the same. Too much red tape." ...
 

On gun violence, is there a fact-checker in the house?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Dr. Patrick Neustatter wrote an eloquent piece regarding the gun violence that we see all too commonly today ['Doctor finds evidence that guns can be dangerous to your health,' Oct. 20]."

"He explained some of the facts that we all fail to see or understand and in doing so he clearly states his position."

"What concerns me is not his support for the anti-gun agenda but that, as a learned man, a doctor no less, he would write such a biased piece without researching his facts." ...
 

CA: PD to become member of gun center
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The City Council approved an agreement with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on Monday that will make the Police Department a member of the Southern California Regional Crime Gun Center."

"The Police Department was already working with the center, which tracks guns from crime scenes and maps firearms trafficking." ...
 

OK: Man Draws Guns On Would-Be Thieves
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- A local businessman said he has had enough from a couple of thieves.

Scott Hunter said the thieves backed up a truck to one of his trailers near Rockwell and Reno, trying to steal it.

Hunter walked out of his home with his gun drawn while talking with 911.


"It's just chafing my butt, man," he said. "The devil ... he drew first blood that's it -- that's it."

The thieves left so quickly that they left the truck's tailgate behind.

Hunter is not sure if he hit either suspect.

Police made no immediate arrests.
 

GA: County employees learn [armed] self-defense
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The women in the recent course attended three two-hour classes in which they learned about such topics as workplace violence, domestic violence, acquaintance rape and sexual assault."

"A fourth session dealt with basic physical defense tactics; and the fifth, on Tuesday, was on firearms. The women were presented with information on handgun use and safety, then taken onto the joint HCBPS/Henry County Sheriff's Office firing range for some hands-on practice."
 

Sniper: Letter tells of 'ignored' calls
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"An angry letter found tacked to a tree behind a restaurant where the sniper wounded a man this weekend complained of six failed attempts to reach police, and threatened more killings, of children in particular, if millions of dollars were not deposited in a bank account within two days, law enforcement sources said."

"The letter listed half a dozen calls that had been 'ignored' by operators answering phones at the command center in Rockville, Md., the Montgomery County police station and the FBI. It even named some of the people who had answered the phones."

"They had hung up, the letter stated; that was 'incompetent.' "

" 'Five people had to die' because of it, the letter said, according to one law enforcement source who has seen a copy of the letter." ...
 

"Beltway's serial killer profiled as gun nut on a power trip"
Submitted by: Seth M. Vose III

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Boston Herald writer states that snipers "hobbies include target shooting and hunting 'to the point of addiction' ". He also likely enjoys...... "gun shows."
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Gee, that could include almost every gun enthusiast I know.
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It also includes many current and former military personnel, current and former law enforcement and more than a few people who now work for the federal government.
 

Why Ballistic Fingerprinting Is Not An Effective Crime Tool
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"After a killing spree in the national capital area, gun haters are once again using the Beltway shootings as an excuse for more gun control."

"USA Today. The New York Times. Various syndicated columnists. They're all jumping on the gun control bandwagon. This should be no surprise, for gun control advocates feel that restrictions on firearms are the cure for all of societies' ills: from stopping murderers to curing the common cold."

"Remember how Mayor David Dinkins responded to the stabbing murder of a Utah tourist on the New York City subway in 1990? In a subsequent press conference, Mayor Dinkins said that the stabbing (with a knife) proved that we needed more gun control, such as a national waiting period on firearm purchases!"

"Well, the latest weapon in the gun hater's arsenal is the registration of firearms. Specifically, they want to register the unique 'ballistic fingerprint' that each firearm leaves on a bullet or cartridge case after it is fired, and trace it back to the original buyer of the gun."

"Ballistic fingerprinting will hardly ever solve a crime, but it will accomplish something else -- a gun registry tied to the owners of the guns." ...
 

GOA Criticizes Sen. Schumer's Plan to Register Gun Owners
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gun Owners of America blasted a recent proposal by Democrat Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who wants to register the 'ballistic fingerprints' of every gun sold in America."

" 'This idea won't stop crooks from using guns in crimes,' said GOA Director of Communications Erich Pratt. 'The overwhelming majority of criminals don't leave a paper trail when buying firearms.' " ...
 

ME: "Prohibit them from keeping unloaded guns in locked vehicles"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Selectmen tonight will seek a compromise with town employees who hunt and object to a proposed workplace violence policy that would prohibit them from keeping unloaded guns in locked vehicles parked on town property." ...
 

Promoting General Welfare
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"It's the designers who deserve our contempt - just about every president since FDR (with the only possible exceptions of Reagan and Ford) and of course, the current Kennedys, Daschle, Gephardt and the other Democommies who have rammed this situation down our throats and the Republicrats who finance it. They are the ones who should be held culpable for the destruction of the moral foundation of our nation. These pimps made the harlots inevitable." ...
 

Brady Campaign: "Tell President to Support Law Enforcement, Not NRA"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"President Bush has taken a page out of the NRA's playbook by opposing sensible gun laws! Last week, he came out against a national ballistic database. With this database, law enforcement could better match ballistics evidence at a crime scene to a specific gun, and then trace the gun."

"The President's friends in the gun lobby want him to stall this effort. Don't let them! Contact President Bush right now and demand that he take sensible steps that will save lives." ...
 

NY: "DC Sniper Rifle Not Covered by New York State Law"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"This morning, gun control advocates called for New York State to close a glaring loophole in its ballistic fingerprinting law. This loophole means that NYS would not be able to identify the DC sniper rifle or its owner despite the existence of a state wide ballistic fingerprinting law." ...
 

When Men's Health Doesn't Count
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"[T]he National Institutes of Health--the federal focal point for medical research in the U.S.--spends nearly four times as much on female-specific health research as on male-specific research. And though the average man is as likely to die from prostate cancer as the average woman is from breast cancer, the Department of Health and Human Services' National Cancer Institute spends three and a half times as much money on breast cancer research as on prostate cancer research." ...
 

Australia: "Firearms: the repeating menace"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Most Australians assumed that after the Port Arthur massacre, all automatic and semi-automatic weapons were banned from the community. We accepted the legitimate possession of such weapons by police, military and farmers (for shooting feral animals), but common sense told us that any semi-automatic weapon is lethal whether it is a rifle, a shotgun or a handgun. The Monash killings, allegedly by a licensed shooter with seven legally owned handguns, exposed this misconception." ...
 

Russia: Armed men take theater audience hostage in Moscow
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MOSCOW -- "Armed men entered a crowded Moscow theater today and took the audience captive, the Federal Security Service said. Gunshots rang out during the rare hostage-taking in the Russian capital, and police and security forces went on high alert."

"ITAR-Tass reported the attackers inside the theater were laying mines. That report was based on a spectator who called police, but it could not be confirmed."

"In an interview with The Echo of Moscow radio station, a boy who was freed said the armed men were from the Caucasus region, spoke in one of the languages of southern Russia and demanded an end to Russia's war against Chechnya. The boy did not give his name." ...

CONSIDER...

How much luck would terrorists have in committing such a crime here in America, in a city or state that supports people in carrying firearms for self-defense?

And how much easier would it be to do something like this in, say, Washington D.C. or New York City, where armed self-defense by The People has been banned?
 

How an Armed Government Agent "Inspects" a Vehicle
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Take a look at the picture on the link above.

Feel free to post your comment with the "Post Comments" feature above, as well.

Does that look like America... or Stalin's Russia?
 

Kopel: Ballistic fingerprinting won’t work in response to the D.C. sniper.
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As usual, Dave Kopel handles his topic expertly -- in this case, his topic is the widespread lies about so-called and misnamed "ballistics fingerprinting".
 

Why Hollywood Is Anti-Gun
Submitted by: Flashbunny.org
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"While informed gun owners know that millions of people use their guns for self defense each year, often without firing a shot, Hollywood continues to portray gun owners as either incompetent or downright dangerous. Given their liberal leanings and anti-gun feelings, it's unlikely that they actually have any hands-on experience with guns on which their portrayals can be based. However, institutional bias and peer pressure are ready substitutes for the truth in tinsel town."

"If you doubt that there's a concerted effort by Hollywood to cast civilian gun usage in a bad light, here are some tips to Hollywood writers and producers on how to 'properly' portray gun use from the Entertainment Industries Council:" ...
 

"Stopping and handcuffing all drivers of white vans"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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How long before they pick on someone who doesn't take kindly to having his fourth amendment rights violated and responds in defense of his unalienable rights?

Take a good look at the picture at the link above.
 

Michael Moore: "Your Children Are Not Safe." Yes, Indeed.
Submitted by: Joel Miller

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"Yes, our children ARE not safe. They have not been safe for some time. Every single day in America, at least 8 children (19 yrs. old and younger) are killed by gun violence in the United States. EVERY SINGLE DAY in America between 30 and 40 people are murdered by someone using a gun. None of this has created a panic."

"Your children are not safe because they saw us adults allow a man to steal the White House, and then we did nothing about it." ...
 

NJ: Deer-hunt foes file federal lawsuit
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TRENTON - "The feud between Princeton Township and foes of its deer-control program has sparked a federal civil rights lawsuit against the township, its mayor and police chief."

"The lawsuit accuses top township officials of using the local police department to intimidate, harass and maliciously prosecute critics of its deer-culling program."

" 'Neither they nor anyone else has the right to . . . hijack or co-opt . . . the machinery of law enforcement for the purpose of advancing a political agenda by illegal means,' said Falk Engel, a township resident who is one of the lawyers for the group in the federal complaint."

"That's what has taken place in Princeton Township, according to the lawsuit, which was slated to be filed in federal district court in Trenton late yesterday." ...
 

"Guns found at Robert Blake's home"
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"A man removing gym equipment from a barn at actor Robert Blake's home last Friday found two .38-caliber revolvers, live ammunition and other items in a wooden box stashed behind a stereo cabinet that was suspended about 7 feet off the floor, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday."

"Citing a police search warrant affidavit, the paper reported that police believe clothing in the box contains 'evidence relating to the murder' of Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, in May 2001." ...

"The Times reported that, in addition to the two .38-caliber revolvers, investigators recovered 11 bullets, a holster, leggings, steel wool, an oil can, Teflon lubricant, a videotape, checks, a 22-inch metal bar with a black handle, and the will of Blake's daughter, Delinah."
 

Australia: "Tougher [gun] owner checks ignored"
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"POLICE recommendations of more than two years ago to run psychological checks on gun owners were dismissed as too intrusive."

"Victoria Police also backed mandatory reporting by health professionals of licensed shooters with mental illnesses or drug problems."

"But laws weren't changed after opposition from doctors, including the State Government's deputy chief psychiatrist."

"Mental health counsellor Paul McKillop, a member of the police taskforce that supported the recommendations in 2000, said police had been unable to get tighter controls." ...
 

Business Week: "Ballistics Fingerprinting: A Lifesaver"
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"The Beltway sniper case shows that matching a bullet to a gun helps police track a killer. A national ballistics database should come next"...
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Not much new in this ill-informed fantasy. But one quote is worth sharing. In trying to compare easily-changed ballistic markings/markers in firearms to human fingerprints, this anti-privacy female says:
"Few people complain about being fingerprinted anymore. After all, it helps trace missing children and provides a record for police in case harm comes to you. It's a public-safety tool, and so is ballistics fingerprinting."
The point of unalienable rights is that the ignorance of the majority cannot be used to tyrannize a minority.

People are free to willingly hand over their fingerprints, retinal scans, DNA samples, stool samples and whatever else they please -- but forcing innocent people to submit to such searches without probable cause is not only unconstitutional, it's outrageous and unacceptable.

Can you imagine Patrick Henry submitting a fingerprint or a DNA sample to a band of King George's redcoats? Or Thomas Jefferson submitting his rifle to a registration scheme under some fancy name like "ballistics fingerprinting"?

RELATED LINK ON BusinessWeek's WEBSITE:

Ballistics Fingerprinting: A Waste of Time
 

Brady Campaign/Million Mom March Reveal the "2002 Dangerous Dozen"
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"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March today released its 'Dangerous Dozen' list of 12 candidates for the United States Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and state governorships whose election could make the difference between common-sense gun laws and laws that make it easy for children and criminals to get guns." ...
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The list of people these anti-self-defense fanatics oppose is included below. The link above includes Brady's "reasons" for singling out these candidates:
• State Assemblyman Scott Garrett (R-NJ-5)
• Congressman Joe Knollenberg (R-MI-9)
• State Assemblyman Dick Monteith (R-CA-18-Open Seat)
• Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO)
• Former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman (R-MN)
• Businessman Doug Forrester (R-NJ)
• Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)
• Jim Talent (R Former Rep. MO-2)
• Jeb Bush (R-FL Gov.)
• Congressman Bob Ehrlich (R-MD)
• Attorney General Mike Fisher (R-PA)
• Businessman Bill Simon (R-CA)
• Congressman Joe Baca (D-CA-42)
• Congressman Phil Crane (R-IL-8)
• Congressman Tom Delay (R-TX- 22)
• Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL-14)
• Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA-11)
• Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL-6)
• Congressman John Dingell (D-MI-16)
 

UK: "Armed with sawn off shotgun, pick axe handles and baseball bats"
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And here's another report from the lovely, "gun free" United Kingdom, where only the police and criminals are armed:
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"TERRIFIED workers were handcuffed together and threatened at gunpoint by masked robbers during a raid on a Suffolk warehouse."

"The two middle aged male workers were left extremely traumatised and shaken by the ordeal but were not injured, police said."

"At least four men, armed with a sawn off shotgun, pick axe handles and baseball bats, burst into the SnackPax warehouse in Chase Road, on the Northern Way Industrial Estate, Bury St Edmunds, at around 9.45pm on Monday."

"The raiders all wore dark balaclavas, and took the two men and handcuffed them together at the rear of the warehouse, before escaping with thousands of pounds worth of cigarettes." ...
 

Australia: "Many pistol owners could be forced to surrender their weapons"
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"MANY pistol owners could be forced to surrender their weapons as part of a national crackdown in the wake of the Monash University rampage."

"Shooters might also face psychological tests amid growing calls for tough new gun controls."

"A ban or restrictions on the type of pistols recreational shooters can own and a buyback of unlicensed weapons are among other measures being supported by Victoria's leaders."

"Prime Minister John Howard last night was thrashing out a plan to put to state and territory leaders today as gun controls became a key state election issue." ...
 

NY: Former Raptor Chris Childs robbed at gunpoint - of $30K worth of jewelry
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NEW YORK (AP) — "Former Raptors guard Chris Childs was held up at gunpoint and robbed of some $30,000 worth of jewelry and cash as he was leaving Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs' Manhattan nightclub, police said."

"Four men, armed with a loaded 9 mm pistol, accosted Childs outside the rap impresario's club, Justin's, on West 21st Street early Tuesday, police said. Childs was not injured." ...
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New York City: where armed self-defense is banned. Only the police, the criminals, and the politically well-connected can keep and bear arms in their daily travels. Everyone else is "legally" stripped of the most effective, most efficient means to resist local thugs.
 

Pull the Trigger On Fingerprints
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"A ballistics registry entails no paperwork for gun owners or restrictions on gun purchases. Does this mean the NRA is on board? Please."

"Imagine if the Customs Service had a new technology that helped prevent unlawful entry by foreigners into the United States. It wasn’t guaranteed to nail every terrorist sneaking in; a few could doctor passports or otherwise game the new system. But once fully implemented, the technology would improve the odds of catching the next Mohamed Atta. Worth trying, right?" ...
 

CNN's Bob Lang - Political Cartoon
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Political Cartoon by Bob Lang at CNN.com.
 

UK: Does the US need to change its gun laws?
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"The string of sniper shootings in the area surrounding Washington DC has again highlighted the issue of gun control in the United States."

"Public outcries at a series of high profile shootings across the US have led to repeated calls for a tougher line against the country's prominent gun culture."

"There are an estimated 200 million privately held guns in the US, and although pro-gun lobby groups are fond of saying it is not guns but people who kill, the number of gun-related deaths each year runs into the tens of thousands." ...
 

Do Gun Laws decrease criminal activity?
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This is about Europe's failed Gun Control Laws and how crime has skyrocketed.
 

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