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Anti-Gun Activists Tout 'Cure' for 'NRA Mad Sheep Disease'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Angry that a bi-partisan group of 55 senators is cosponsoring legislation to prohibit lawsuits against gun makers and sellers for the actions of criminals, anti-gun activists swarmed the hallways of Senate office buildings Thursday offering a 'cure' for 'Mad NRA Sheep Disease.' "

"Second Amendment supporters responded that opponents of the bill should have read the legislation before criticizing it inaccurately."

"The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act passed the House in April by a vote of 285-140. Critics of the bill call it 'nothing but a gift to the gun industry.' "

" 'This special-interest, giveaway legislation flies in the face of freedom,' claimed Suzi Robinson, president of the Virginia 'Million Mom March' state council."
 

The Limits of Gun Ownership
Submitted by: Keith Dowers

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"Gun-rights advocates aren't the only people who believe that individuals should be free to own guns. Even gun-control advocates usually specify that they aren't trying to ban all guns."

"But most activists on both sides of the gun issue say there must be limits on gun ownership."

"Why?"

"So that guns don't fall into the 'wrong' hands."

"But if a law could keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be virtually no violent crime at all. Just pass a law specifying that bad people can't own guns and the problem of gun violence is solved."

"Unfortunately, things don't work out that way in the real world."
 

The Cop Revolt Against Gun Control
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"AN ALL-OUT REVOLT against gun control may be brewing among rank-and-file police officers."

"In my last column, 'Gray Davis’ Cop-Killing Gun Law,' I revealed that anti-gun zealots such as Sarah Brady and Ted Kennedy have found a new enemy: cops. No longer content to disarm ordinary citizens, gun prohibitionists now want to strip off-duty and retired police of the right to keep and bear arms."...
 

What partial-birth abortions and assault weapons have in common
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"On the same day The New York Times reported that the Senate had approved a federal ban on 'partial birth' abortions, the paper carried a full-page ad in support of the federal ban on 'assault weapons.' The coincidence was striking because the two bans are similar in several conspicuous ways."

"To begin with, both are based on distinctions that dissolve upon close examination. 'Partial birth' abortion is said to be especially immoral, but it isn't. 'Assault weapons' are said be especially dangerous, but they aren't."
 

Another Gun Ban Needs To Expire In Peace
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"A plastic gun is harder to find than a Senator who can swim the turbulent coastal waters off the Massachusetts coast..."

"There never has been a plastic gun; there is no such gun at this time; and if there were one sometime in the future, the Senator's law would do nothing to keep thugs and terrorists from obtaining such a gun."

"If someone were to build a plastic gun, firing it would convert the gun into a handful of useless, plastic rubble."

"Those in the anti-self defense crowd such as Senator Kennedy believe that gun bans will keep guns out of the wrong hands. The island of England has a near-total gun ban and now has more crime committed with guns than at any time in recent history."
 

Grassroots Groups Urge Congress to Stand Up to the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Organizers of the Million Mom March and States United to Prevent Gun Violence, the nation's largest umbrella grassroots organizations devoted to reducing gun violence, partnered today (Thursday) to pressure Congress to both renew and strengthen the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) and vote down a bill that would grant sweeping civil immunity from liability to gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers."

"The AWB, signed by President Clinton in 1994, will expire next year unless Congress renews it. It prohibits by name the sale of high-powered weapons such as UZIs, AK-47s and other semiautomatic guns capable of firing more than ten rounds of ammunition in rapid succession."
 

Movies glorify U.S. gun culture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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I was as bloodthirsty as the next guy when Harrison Ford shot the swordsman to kingdom come in Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

You remember the scene. A menacing man dressed in black robes and red sash, smiling as he wields a fearsome blade, advances on hero grave robber Indiana Jones (Ford).

Indy takes one tired look at the guy, pulls out his revolver and shoots him dead.

Bang. Hurrah! Pass the popcorn.

It got a huge laugh and a round of applause from the crowd I saw Raiders with at the old University Theatre, the week the film opened in 1981.

What exactly were we applauding? What was so funny about killing a man in cold blood?

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Someone is coming at the character with a menacing blade, but it's not self defense, but "cold blood"? Write this yahoo at petehowell@aol.com.
 

Random searches on ferries may return
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"Ferry passengers won't have to endure airport-like screening under new federal maritime-security regulations designed to protect U.S. ports and shipping lanes from terrorist attack."

"But the rules, announced yesterday by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, could spell the return of random searches of vehicles boarding state ferries."
 

OH: Toy Gun Leads To Student's Arrest
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Here is more "zero tolerance" lunacy.

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A special needs student in Huron is in trouble with the law because of a plastic toy gun he brought on a school bus, reported NewsChannel5.

The 13-year old boy was on a school bus heading to Shawnee School Friday morning when he found a plastic toy gun in the pocket of his brother's coat, which he was wearing.

When other students saw it they panicked and told the bus driver.

Once at school, a teacher retrieved the toy gun and contacted the principal, who called the police.

The boy reportedly did not understand what was happening, so he resisted arrest.

In court, the boy was charged with inducing panic, possession of a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

The student is due back in court for another hearing in two weeks.

The school principal wasn't available for comment.
 

UK: Ban on replicas 'will not stop gun crime'
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"A MAN who lives in one of America's most violent cities has spoken out against any ban on replica guns."

"Dr. Gazi George - a former Iraqi scientist married to a Huddersfield woman - believes police appeals for a ban would not ease crime problems."

"He lives in Detroit with his wife Linda who carries a gun in her bag because of the fear of crime on the streets."

"But Dr. George was not impressed by news that police in Huddersfield have urged tough restrictions on the sale of replica weapons, in the wake of sharp rise in gun incidents."

"Having lived in one of the most violent cities in the US, I can tell you that prohibiting guns and even their corresponding replicas will not work."
 

UK: Armed Thug Terrorizes Victims Disarmed by the British Government
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[Original Title: Gun Raid Terror]

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TERRIFIED customers were held at gunpoint and told to lie face down on the floor during a raid in a village store.

A man entered the Co-op in West Street, Isleham, and threatened staff and customers with a handgun, demanding money from the cashier.

Security measures in the store meant he was only able to escape with a small sum of cash.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place at 4.15pm on Wednesday. Call Ely police on (01223) 358966 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you can help.
 

MO: Rep. Graves on target with gun enthusiasts
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"U.S. Rep. Sam Graves’ grandfather, a competitive marksman, taught him to strive for 'accuracy, not precision' in his shooting. The lawmaker found his mark among some St. Joseph gun enthusiasts Thursday afternoon."

"Not only did he speak to a friendly audience about Second Amendment issues at the St. Joseph Rifle and Pistol Club, the Northwest Missouri representative fired two tight five-shot groupings at a target 100 yards away."

"When he inspected the results later, he found five bullet holes less than an inch apart on two separate targets."

"The shooting earned him instant credibility with the 20 people gathered to hear him, though his views on gun issues preceded him."
 

MN: Officers defend their restraint in gun incident
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"When the Washington County sheriff's office this month decided not to send officers into a house where someone was firing a gun, they say they were making the right choice."

"A resident reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot at a nearby house. Police arrived, witnessed four people inside with a gun, saw shots fired and waited for reinforcements."

"Sheriff's deputies knocked on the door, called the home and tried to talk their way in. The people inside turned off the lights, shut the blinds, hid and hung up on police."

"...officers were told by their commander to leave. Police officials say it was clear no one was injured, and they didn't have legal cause to enter."
 

Australia: Police go on attack against drive-by shooters
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"Sydney police are calling it urban terrorism. And it's not the sort of face the city wants during the rugby World Cup."

"It seems as though every morning there is news of a drive-by shooting, sometimes fatal, the night before."

"A research project by the New South Wales opposition estimates that a potentially life-threatening firearms incident takes place somewhere in New South Wales every 43 hours."

"Many of them are taking place in Sydney's south-west where ethnic gangs have waged a war across a few suburbs for the past 18 months. There have been about 120 drive-by shootings, murders, kneecappings, armed robberies and other firearm offences since March."

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Perhaps you should pass yet stricter "gun control" laws? The draconian ones you currently have don't seem to be very effective.
 

South Africa: Disarmed Victims Shot During 'Hot' Burglary
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Original Title: Tragedy hits happy gathering

"What should have been an exciting occasion has instead turned into a tragedy for a Richards Bay family after one son was shot dead and another is fighting for his life."

"Kevin Oxley was shot dead in his parents house on Sunday night."

"Kevin and his fiancee, Jane Grindley, both worked on a game farm in Tanzania and got engaged in September. But they decided to host a joint engagement party with Kevin's brother, Glen, on Saturday night."

"What should have been a happy occasion turned into a nightmare when two armed men burst into the house of Don Oxley."
 

TN: Tennessee Highway Patrol Under Investigation
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"Members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol are currently under an official state investigation after whistleblowers raised allegations of fraud inside the department." ...

"Lt. Larry Parsley is better known to Volunteer Fans as the man who guards UT Football Coach Philip Fulmer during UT football games. But law enforcement officers in two counties now claim he’s tarnishing the reputation of the majority of THP officers who are committed to public safety, honesty and THP ethics. The worst part, say sources, was that THP leadership, including Captain Charles Laxton, were fully aware of what was going on."
 

MI: 'Street justice' has a long history in Detroit
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"They horse-whipped radicals."

"They torched a crack house."

"They branded a child molester with a hot spatula."

"For more than 150 years, Detroiters - like other Americans - have been dishing out street justice. It might have happened again this week on the west side, and it has caught the attention of people across the country."

"Police say two men rolled up in a small white car early Wednesday, and the passenger shot and killed Johnny Donaldson Jr., 22, of Detroit as he beat a 16-year-old girl with a metal pipe. The men then drove off, running over Donaldson's body as they fled."

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And note that the "balanced" reporter compares this action to racist lynch mobs, instead of conceding that this action may very well have saved the teen girl's life.
 

CA: Volunteer Police Saves Millions
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Two Los Angeles City councilmen have been dubbed "Starsky and Hutch" because they moonlight as volunteer police officers.

Dennis Zine and Greig Smith are part of the 900-strong reserve corps of police officers who wear uniforms, carry a gun in many cases and make arrests, but are not paid, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Last year, reserve offers saved the city $7 million, the equivalent of 104 full time-officers, according to department officials.

Los Angeles requires its volunteers to have the same training as regular officers, and they must undergo background checks and refresher courses.

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But can they get CCW permits? If so, to whose campaign do I contribute to become a volunteer?
 

WI: Gun charge for high school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The boy has been suspended since Oct. 17, when a .22-caliber rifle was discovered in the trunk of his car in the parking lot of Mukwonago High School. A decision on whether he could be expelled will likely be made today. The boy told authorities he had been hunting with the gun and forgot it in his car, although other students reported to police the boy told at least one other student about it."

"But he likely will not be charged with bringing the gun to school due to exceptions in state laws governing guns at schools. State law provides exceptions for cases when the gun is unloaded and kept in a case, or is used for a school program with permission, or when taken to private property by crossing school grounds."

"The student's gun was in a case in the truck of his car, unloaded."

From school superintendent Paul Strobel: "I don't want kids keeping rifles in the trunks of their cars even if they are cased and not loaded. I don't think it's generally a good idea. ... Potentially there is access to that car by other people. You just don't want to take that risk. It can simply get into the wrong hands. The best way to avoid that is to have (guns) locked up in their homes."
 

Nigeria: Armed Police Kill Three Bandits Caught Robbing Disarmed Victims
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Three bandits were on Wednesday shot dead by the police anti-robbery patrol team in the Jakusko Local Government Area of Yobe State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes the police spokesman, Superintendent Felix Uzoh, as saying in Damaturu that three other bandits escaped after a gun battle with the police, while another three were arrested.

He said the patrol team arrived at the robbery scene as the gang was dispossessing travellers of their valuables.

The robbers opened fire and a gun battle ensued, the spokesman stated.

Uzoh said the three arrested bandits, reported to be former convicts, had been identified by the travellers.

They would soon be charged to court, he said.
 

Philippines: 30% of local cops cannot hit target
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"THREE out of 10 policemen in Pangasinan lack the capability to carry firearms as they cannot hit their target right."

"This was disclosed by Police Senior Supt. Mario R. Sandiego, who said this was based on the results of the ongoing short firearms and marksmanship training for policemen at the provincial police command."

"Sandiego said those who failed the training will be given second chance to undertake another shooting workout. If they still fail, however, their issued firearms will be recalled and they will instead be issued a nightstick or batuta."

" 'We don't want to endanger the lives of innocent people because of poor gun handling,' he remarked."

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But they're perfectly willing to endanger innocent people by disarming them and making them depend on these incompetent officers for their personal protection.
 

Philippines: Wanted cop betrays self in Camp Crame
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"THINKING that as policeman he could do away with double frustrated murder, PO2 Joseph Luntayao confidently visited Camp Crame to try to follow up his promotion."

"Unknown to him, the Philippine National Police (PNP) already had copy of the charge sheet against him and he was promptly arrested."

"General Santos City Police Office (GSCPO) director, Senior Supt. Jeorge Aquisap, confirmed the recent arrest of Luntayao who is wanted for trying to kill his wife and a university professor last June 2."

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But only cops should have guns, right Sarah?
 

VA: Partial settlement in Virginia inmate lawsuit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The state of Virginia has settled its part of a lawsuit involving the death of an inmate from Connecticut."

"Terms of Virginia's settlement in the $204 million lawsuit filed by the family of Larry Frazier, who died after being shocked repeatedly with a stun gun at the Wallens Ridge prison."

"The Virginia Department of Corrections has denied that excessive force led to Frazier's death about three years ago."

"In the agreement, it acknowledged no wrongdoing."

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But only responsible government agencies should have guns, right Sarah? Like the Department of Corrections, the Gestapo, KGB, Stasi . . .
 

MO: Judge to file written decision on gun law
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"Missourians will have to wait a little longer to learn whether they'll be able to carry concealed weapons."

"St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer heard arguments on the constitutionality of the new concealed-guns law Thursday, but opted to issue a written decision instead of ruling in the courtroom."

"Ohmer did not say when he would rule, but indicated it would be as soon as possible."

" 'The Constitution is written in simple language, but that doesn't mean the decision is simple,' Ohmer said following a hearing that lasted 5 1/2 hours. 'I have great respect and deference for the General Assembly, and any decisions about the Constitution are of great importance.' "
 

GA: Student expelled over diary
Submitted by: David Adams
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More zero tolerance lunacy. There are two related stories on the same page - the one about the expulsion and the story where the expulsion was lifted.
 

LA: Woman shoots her alleged carjacker in New Orleans
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"A homeless man remained in Charity Hospital Friday after he allegedly tried to carjack a woman but was foiled when she pulled a gun and shot him twice in the chest."

"Thorlief Thorbjornsen, 42, allegedly approached the woman in a parking lot about 5 p.m. Thursday in the central business district, near federal and state courthouses."

"The woman, 32, told police that Thorbjornsen indicated he had a handgun and demanded she get out of her Jeep Cherokee. She reached into the center console of her Jeep, pulled out a 9 mm pistol and shot Thorbjornsen twice in the torso, said Capt. Marlon Defillo, a police spokesman."

"Thorbjornsen did not have a weapon."
 

UK: Toni-Ann buried as bishop calls for end to killing
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"A church minister made a fresh appeal today for an end to the violence blighting Britain's African Caribbean communities at the funeral of Toni-Ann Byfield - the 7-year-old girl who was shot dead with her father."

"At the service in Birmingham, Bishop Derek Webley drew a standing ovation from mourners at the service for the youngster and her father, Bertram Byfield, 41, as he made a plea for criminals in the black community to end the cycle of violence and drug-dealing."

"To cheers, Bishop Webley said that black communities should not settle for the negative images often portrayed, particularly relating to people of Jamaican origin, simply because a minority were caught up in gun crime."

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The Brits are tragically beginning to discover that a gun ban will not solve these problems?
 

MI: Killing may have been vigilantism?
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"On October twenty-second 2003 in Detroit's crime-plagued west side, surly Johnny Donaldson Junior, twenty-two, was illegally assaulting an innocent sixteen-year-old girl with a pipe in broad daylight at Northlawn and Plymouth when an alert motorist in a silver Pontiac stopped, and his compassionate passenger justly opened fire from inside the car, killing the vicious thug."

"Like Massachusetts, the evil social fascist oligarchy of Michigan wouldn’t have handed the good Samaritans citizenship medals for aptly applying legal use of deadly force through disparity of force under the category 'Male against female,' but would’ve maliciously prosecuted them for the nebulous and unconstitutional malum prohibitum 'crime' of justifiably immediately protecting a citizen in obvious immediate danger of crippling injury or death -without a permit from 'government,' so closely are the elitist extremist victim disarmament prosecutors of both the united States and Britain."
 

Government Out of Control: A Response To Alan Burkhart
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"What does Mr. Burkhart propose we do about the problems he enumerated in his column? Does he say we should be up in Denver demanding, (by way of using the Second Amendment) the release and pardon of Rick Stanley? Does he suggest we all take up arms and march on Washington DC, in a 'Million Gun March'? Or does he say we ought to not re-elect those 'Elitist Liberal Left and the Pompous Conservative Right' people?"

"When, in the last sentence of this article, he states, 'Americans must stand up and force the stuffed shirts in Washington to quit their bickering and DO THE JOB WE HIRED THEM FOR', do we stand up NOW and march, or do we wait, with eyes cast down and knee bent, until November 2004?"
 

APC Mobilizes Against More "Heritage Areas" Sites
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"One of the biggest problems both residential and commercial property owners face with Heritage Areas is that they effectively lead to restrictive federal zoning and land use policy. Moreover, local property owners are not properly notified when their land falls within the boundaries of a proposed Heritage Area. This effectively deprives them of the right to have any say in these designations."
 

Myth vs Reality: The Truth About the USA Patriot Act
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A U.S. Department of Justice report providing information about civil liberties protections, supervision by the federal court system, and to show how this law has contributed to America’s successes in the war on terrorism.

You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file.
 

Brazil: Legislature Ignores Studies, Facts, in Quest to Look Effective
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Original Title: Tougher gun control measure advances in Brazil

"Brazil's lower house of Congress passed a bill on Thursday to tighten gun control, moving the measure past its biggest hurdle in a nation with one of the world's highest murder rates."

"Gun control advocates said they were pleased because the bill retained a plan to hold a referendum on whether to ban gun sales outright."

"Opponents said they managed to block proposals they say would have prevented ordinary Brazilians from owning guns."

"The Senate passed a similar version of the bill in July and must now vote on it again. President da Silva backs the measure and was expected to sign it."

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Current CDC report shows such laws do nothing!
 

UK: Police grilled about gun crime
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"The widower of murdered Nottingham jeweller Marion Bates has grilled police about the lack of beat bobbies, at a public meeting."

"Victor Bates, 64, who saw his wife gunned down in their family-run shop in Arnold's high street on 30 September, said Nottinghamshire's chief constable was 'obstinate in the extreme'."

"Mr. Bates said police chief Steve Green refuses to put more police on the street."

"Police superintendent Alan Butler, who represented Nottinghamshire Police at the meeting, blamed the problem of gun crime in the city on the drug trade, saying it was 'fuelled by cocaine'."

"He agreed that police visibility was vital to reassuring citizens about their safety."

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And yet, the government does nothing to change the citizens' defenselessness.
 

CA: Gun antics turn deadly for Concord 16-year-old [Follow-up]
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"Richard Jones, and two 16-year-old friends watched in horror as Christopher jokingly put the gun to his right temple and pulled the trigger, said Antioch police Sgt. Scott Willerford. No criminal charges were expected, he said."

" 'These are all real good kids,' Willerford said. 'They were just doing stuff they shouldn't be doing with loaded weapons.' " [or unloaded weapons!]

"Police took eight guns -- all legally owned and registered -- from the home."

"Jones loaded one round into the pistol and clicked the trigger on a few empty chambers. As a girl in the room begged her friends to stop playing with the gun, Christopher took the pistol and fired the single shot."

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Apparently gun registration and licensing is not an insurance policy against stupidity. Apparently Eddie the Eagle didn't make it down to this kid's school, and his parents didn't see it necessary to teach him to treat EVERY gun like it is loaded.
 

MO: Commission endorses shooting ranges, gun clubs inside city limits
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"If Missouri's concealed carry law represents a demand, then permitting firing ranges inside Jefferson City limits is the supply."

"The Planning and Zoning Commission at a special meeting Thursday endorsed a new ordinance that would allow both outdoor and indoor target-shooting ranges or gun clubs to locate in the city."

"City Attorney Nathan Nickolaus said that, before the adoption of the concealed carry law, there was no real demand for the ranges."

" 'With the concealed weapons statute being passed, we've had inquiries from two entities interested in building indoor ranges,' Nickolaus said."

"The city ordinance, he said, will allow officials to create appropriate regulations for ranges."
 

CO: Autopsy Reveals New Details In Businessman's Death by Restraining Order
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"A prominent businessman killed outside a police station was shot at least twice by a police officer trying to defend him from a kidnapper."

"Autopsy results released Thursday show former auto dealer Justyn Rosen was shot a total of 15 times on Oct. 3. after being kidnapped by Teresa Perez."

"Officer Danny Perez shot Rosen twice while aiming for Teresa Perez, who was standing over Rosen and firing repeatedly at him."

"Teresa Perez used to work for Rosen and she told friends the two had become lovers. The day before the incident Rosen had gone to court seeking a restraining order against her."

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More victims of paper protection. Gun will trump paper every time.
 

WI: County Board shows 2-1 support for concealed-carry
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"With the state Senate debating the merits of the proposed concealed-carry gun legislation at the same time, the Racine County Board's Thursday vote on a resolution supporting the effort may have little impact. Nonetheless, county supervisors on either side of the issue showed how strongly they feel about the matter."

"The County Board voted 13-7 to support Racine Supervisor Van Wanggaard's resolution calling for support of the matter."

"Wanggaard, whose background is in law enforcement, said research he has reviewed shows that violent crime has been reduced in the 45 states that have adopted concealed-carry laws."
 

UK: Be your own speed cop
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POLICE are handing out radar guns to members of the public so they can nail speeding drivers.

If a pilot scheme proves successful, there could soon be an army of volunteers gunning for motorists across Scotland.

But last night, human rights groups warned that the system was open to abuse by over-zealous vigilantes.

And legal experts said evidence gathered by the amateur enforcers might not stand up in court.

 

CT: Former Waterford Police Officer Accused Of Carrying Gun On Plane Is Denied AR
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"A judge in Enfield Superior Court denied accelerated rehabilitation Thursday for the former Waterford police officer charged in Florida and Connecticut with illegally carrying a gun onto a plane."

"Calli E. Carboni, 35, of Franklin is charged in Connecticut with two counts of circumventing security measures at Bradley International Airport. The charge stems from an incident on April 1 at Tampa International Airport."

"She had applied for the special probation program earlier this month."
 

UK: Blair Hears of Battle Against Gun Crime
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"Prime Minister Tony Blair today stood less than two miles from the spot where jeweller Marian Bates was shot dead as he was shown a stash of firearms collected by officers battling against a recent wave of gun crime."

"The Prime Minister listened intently as officers in Nottingham showed him how easily replica guns could be modified to hold live ammunition and asked him to ban them from the streets."

"He asked the officers what would make a difference to the problem of gun violence and promised to take all their concerns on board."
 

MI: Volunteers to promote gun safety
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"CMU Public Television Programming and Outreach Manager Linda Dielman knows the importance of gun safety."

"She said children are sometimes the victims of the improper disarming and storing of unused firearms." ...

"Local volunteers and community partners of Project ChildSafe will be spending part of their Saturday distributing gunlocks and sharing information about gun safety."
 

UK: Guns -- The Dangers
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"Children as young as four will be taught about the danger of guns."

"Notts youngsters aged between four and 11 will be the first in the country to take part in the Risk Watch scheme."

"It was piloted in America and has been brought here by Notts Fire Chief Paul Woods."

"Pupils will also be taught about water safety, bike and pedestrian safety, preventing falls, poisoning prevention and choking, suffocation and strangulation prevention."
 

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