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Lying anti-gun author Michael Bellesiles removed from Emory University staff for misconduct
Submitted by: A. Cers

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Emory removes Professor Bellesiles for research misconduct in connection with his book "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture".

Now all we need is to find out how such scrutiny can be applied to the appalling misinformation coming out of the VPC.
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"Dr. Michael Bellesiles has resigned from his position as Professor of History at Emory University, effective December 31, 2002. Emory University has released a statement accepting Dr. Bellesiles's resignation and the report of an outside Investigative Committee appointed by Emory to investigate allegations concerning Dr. Bellesiles's research in his book, Arming America. Dr. Bellesiles has also issued a statement."
 

MN: Fatal stabbing ruled self defense
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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This isn't gun-related, but "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" includes blades, too. ...
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A Minneapolis woman acted in self-defense when she fatally stabbed her boyfriend as he attacked her with a wooden closet rod, the Hennepin County attorney's office said Thursday.

Monica R. Magnan, 49, will not be charged with a crime, prosecutors said.

"She called for help right away, she was very upset and she said that she had been choked and beaten," said Pete Cahill, a deputy county attorney. "Her injuries and details of the story matched the scene." ...
 

Students for the Second Amendment Featured in Women & Guns Magazine
Submitted by: Students for the Second Amendment
Website: http://www.sf2a.org

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Students for the Second Amendment's Collegiate Firearms Instructor Program is featured in the September/October issue of Women & Guns magazine.
 

BusinessWeek Online Survey Regarding Firearms, Gun Control
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Would having more information about firearms and their owners prevent violent crimes or allow them to be solved easier?"

Other questions are included, as well.
 

American Academy of Pediatrics Mourns Late Sen. Paul Wellstone as Gun Control Advocate
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... "The American Academy of Pediatrics supported Senator Wellstone in his pursuit of mental health parity, gun control and health insurance coverage." ...
 

CA: Young girls easy targets in "self defense prohibited" Los Angeles
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"An 18-year-old Los Angeles man who was arrested Thursday in connection with the abduction and rape of a Monroe High School student has been linked to at least eight other sexual assaults or attempted attacks in the San Fernando Valley, police said."

"The suspect is believed to be responsible for attacks since December in areas covered by the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire, Foothill and Van Nuys divisions, said Det. Jesse Alvarado. The man's identity is being withheld as police investigate his ties to the other crimes."

"In the abduction on Oct. 18, a man in a white Honda Accord approached a 14-year-old Monroe High student walking in the 9000 block of Willis Avenue. The girl was on her way to the North Hills school and the man offered her a ride."

"When the girl refused, the man drove farther up the block. After parking his car, he again approached the girl, simulated pointing a gun at her and forced her into the car. He then drove to an alley about two blocks away where he assaulted her, police said."

"The attack was the latest in a string of assaults allegedly carried out by the suspect involving victims who range in age from 14 to 26, Alvarado said. Five of the victims were under 18, he said." ...
 

'Imagine The Damage You Could Do If You Could Shoot With A Silencer'
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - "John Allen Muhammad, a former Army veteran linked to the Washington-area sniper shootings, tried to equip an assault rifle with a silencer four months ago and told a friend about the damage such a weapon could cause, federal authorities allege in court documents."

" 'Can you imagine the damage you could do if you could shoot with a silencer,' the court papers quote Muhammad as telling his former Army buddy, Robert Edwards Holmes. Holmes was interviewed by the FBI this week." ...
 

"Snipers' weapon an easy purchase" - "assault weapons loophole"
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"Uzi 9 mm. Chinese and Hungarian AK-47s. Bushmaster DCM XM15 rifle. Remington 700 police tactical sniper rifle."

"These are all firearms for sale by licensed gun owners in this week's issue of the Want Advertiser, a catalog of items ranging from televisions to baby strollers to high-powered rifles for sale published in Sudbury." ...

"We have to close the assault weapons loophole," [Massachusetts state Sen. Cheryl Jacques, D-Needham] said. "These are not weapons that people use for hunting or target shooting or to protect their homes. We see time and time again, these weapons are used in the worst crimes." ...
 

Ruger founder gets business award
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"A New Hampshire business group has posthumously awarded Sturm, Ruger & Co. founder William B.
Ruger, Sr., a lifetime achievement award, the Westport-based company said Thursday"

"The New Hampshire Business and Industry Association made its presentation on Wednesday."

"The award recognizes business professionals who have built successful businesses in New Hampshire."

"The company has its headquarters in Westport, but maintains plants and foundries in Newport, N.H." ...
 

"Who needs enemies when we've got us?"
Submitted by: P. Jones

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... "In that darkened theater, while police searched nationwide for a sniper, it became clear why Americans fatally shoot each other more than people in other countries do." ...

"It is important to realize that this sniper might not be the only one. There might be thousands in waiting, lured by fame, fueled by anger and armed by lax gun control laws."

"Talk of gun freedom and the Second Amendment while random shots have broken hearts is laughable." ...

"America is at war as long as any coward in the shadows can hunt innocents like deer. As long as guns are readily available to any nut who wants one, as Moore points out, we are our own worse enemy." ...
 

MI: Feds outline Police Department fixes
Submitted by: P. Jones

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DETROIT -- "After nearly two years of investigation, the U.S. Justice Department has found serious and systematic problems in how the Detroit Police Department uses force, trains officers, disciplines them and handles witnesses, The Detroit News has learned."

"In a series of three confidential letters, the Justice Department has urged the Detroit Police Department to carry out more than 175 recommendations to reform the department's policies on when officers can and can't use force; how and when to detain witnesses; and how to discipline officers. Federal investigators also told the department to improve many facilities, especially lock-ups where suspects are held."

"The department agrees with all of the federal recommendations and is in the process of applying them, Chief Jerry A. Oliver Sr. said Thursday." ...
 

Dems back off from gun control
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The sniper struck right in the heart of the nation's political-media axis of influence, leaving power players and their children as vulnerable as everyone else. But unlike the aftermath of the 1999 Columbine school shootings, the last few weeks' killings elicited little public outcry for tougher gun laws." ...
 

UK: Gunmen patrol streets
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Banning guns hasn't stopped these individuals from holding full-auto AK's, Uzi's, and even Rocket launchers...Banning lookalike semi-autos in the USA could result in the same kind of display in our streets, which we do not want...
 

Gun Laws Won't Help
Submitted by: Agraitear

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"Few Americans think tougher gun laws could make a difference in situations like the sniper attacks in the area around Washington D.C."

"The latest FOX News poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation found that most Americans are doubtful that tougher guns laws would help stop these kinds of acts, with 76 percent saying people like the serial sniper(s) will always find ways around gun laws. Only 14 percent say tougher gun laws can stop acts like the sniper shootings from happening." ...

"While there are no significant gender differences, Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to think tougher laws would make a difference (21 percent to 9 percent)."

"The poll shows a majority believes in the basic right of Americans to own a gun. Fifty-six percent say all U.S. citizens have the right to own a gun, 30 percent say no (12 percent "depends")." ...
 

CSpan Forum on Gun Control & Election 2002
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Latest Program on Politics from C-SPAN: Friday, October 25, 2002

Watch - Forum on Gun Control & Election 2002
Friday, October 25, 2002 - Washington, DC
Speakers: John Zogby, President & CEO, Zogby International; Jon Cowan, Executive Director, Americans for Gun Safety; Mike Barnes, President, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; Chris Cox, Executive Director, Institute for Legislative Action, National Rifle Association.
Length: 90 min.
 

VA: DEA agent's murder trial begins (Day 1)
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"DEA agent Timothy G. Workman is charged with murder in the February shooting of Keith Bailey outside of O'Charley's in Roanoke." ...

"To city prosecutors, the scene in the parking lot at O'Charley's on Valley View Boulevard played out like a testosterone fest, complicated by alcohol consumption and a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver."

"Workman's BAC was 0.11 percent hours after the incident. The limit in Virginia is 0.08 percent." ...
 

VA: DEA agent takes stand in murder trial (Day 3)
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" 'I wish it didn't happen,' Workman told the jury. 'I didn't have a choice.' "

"Prosecutors have told the jury that Workman did have a choice. The off-duty Drug Enforcement Administration agent, on assignment from Texas, confessed that he had two opportunities to leave his gun behind before drinking but didn't. He was violating two DEA policies regarding guns and drinking that night."

"He testified that he had a Smith & Wesson 9 mm revolver on an ankle holster that night." ...
 

Off target - CA Dem Rep. BLASTs herself in the foot
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"In the annals of rank opportunism, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., deserves a special place. All hail her efforts to exploit the Beltway-sniper killings by pushing a bad 'ballistic fingerprinting' bill. Her measure -- oddly dubbed -- is the Ballistics, Law Assistance and Safety Technology Act, or BLAST Act." ...

"Sure. There are millions of old firearms in America, yet a methodical sniper would choose a ballistics-signature-on-file gun to shoot strangers? I don't think so." ...
 

MD: Townsend Attacked (again) on Gun Checks
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ripped his gubernatorial rival yesterday for Maryland's failure to check the criminal backgrounds of hundreds of people applying to buy guns, taking the offensive on an issue that has dogged his campaign for weeks."

"Ehrlich's decision to go on the attack was an attempt to shift the debate on gun control, a volatile topic that until now has hamstrung his standing among many liberal and moderate suburban voters whose support he needs to win." ...
 

Bushmaster .223: Accurate, inexpensive
Submitted by: George Kinslow

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"The Bushmaster make is one of the less expensive models of the of the semi-automatic rifle, usually costing between $500 and $600, he said. 'The Bushmaster is known as a cheap gun,' Haney said."
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Really, a cheap gun??? Next it will be called a Saturday Night Special, then all rifles under $600 will fall into that category....
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Liberal Second Amendment:

All firearms that are cheap, expensive, powerful, weak, small or large can be banned by people who enjoy the protection of bodyguards.
 

Officials Say Records Show Sniper Gun Was Illegally Owned
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"Federal authorities said last night that a gun seized from two suspects had been officially linked to the shootings in the Washington area and that one of the suspects, John Allen Muhammad, should have been legally disqualified from buying or possessing it." ...

"Mr. Faraday said the gun was first sold to a distributor in Washington State last June. He declined to identify the wholesaler and said he did not know how or where Mr. Muhammad acquired the rifle." ...

"The sniper's choice of the XM15 was a little unusual, Mr. Faraday said, because it has a 16-inch barrel and is therefore less accurate than the conventional M-16, which has a 20-inch barrel, or many sniper rifles that have 26-inch barrels. The shorter barrel, however, does make the XM15 easier to conceal." ...

"Legally, Mr. Muhammad apparently should not have been able to buy a gun because he was under a domestic protective order taken out in March 2000 by Mildred Denice Muhammad, then his wife, in State Superior Court in Tacoma, Wash., court records show. The couple, who lived in Tacoma, were divorced in October 2000, and the restraining order was made permanent, the court documents also show." ...

""The ban on assault weapons expires in 2004 and is considered likely to be the subject of a major fight in Congress. The National Rifle Association strongly opposed the ban and has made not renewing it a priority. The association has also opposed the prohibition on people under a restraining order from buying a gun."

"A spokesman for the association, Andrew Arulanandam, did not return telephone calls today seeking comment." ...
 

VA: Woman who witnessed fight, shooting testifies at DEA agent's trial (Day 2)
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"Lori Miller testified that she met both Workman and Booth within minutes that night. While Booth's back was turned, a 'flirty' Workman tried to stick his hand down Miller's shirt as she sat at the bar, Miller testified. He later gave her his hotel room number and suggested she come over."

"After last call, Miller had a more critical contact with the dying Bailey, to whom she gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Bailey involuntarily spit blood into Miller's mouth repeatedly, she testified." ...
 

Australia: Beware the black market that follows prohibition
Submitted by: P. Jones

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Letters to the editor, including...
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"The Federal Government's proposals to ban the ownership of handguns, and more tightly regulate ownership among key professionals, is a welcome move. The only problem I see is that which attends moves towards prohibiting any activity."

"More often than not prohibition provides even greater opportunity for black marketeers and the criminal element to flourish. Generally speaking, a commodity whose supply and availability becomes restricted increases in value."

"If history is anything to go by, a prohibition environment will make no difference whatsoever to the availability of a handgun to someone who wants one." ...
 

Rifle tied to 11 shootings bought illegally in Tacoma, Feds say
Submitted by: Lee Matthews

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The Seattle media have claimed that current gun control laws were inadequate to stop John Muhammad from buying his Bushmaster at a retail gun shop on May 23, 2000. But if you read this story carefully you see that it was the state's court system that failed.

Muhammad purchased the gun because the state failed to notify NICS that he was subject to a restraining order. Today, WA state senator Jeanne Kohl-Wells announced a new bill for "fingerprinting" all guns in the state.
 

Australia: Nationals leader defends shooters
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"Recreational shooters should not be made 'to feel like criminals' by the Federal Government's crackdown on handguns, Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson said yesterday."

"As confusion continued as to what types of handguns would be banned, the National Party leader said legitimate users of guns for recreation and work 'do not present a danger'."

"Mr Anderson, who uses firearms on his farm and describes himself as 'a keen recreational shooter', has taken a much softer tone than Prime Minister John Howard, who has pledged to crack down on handguns in the community." ...
 

Rifle's maker voices dismay
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"The gun seized from two suspects in the Washington-area sniper shootings is a Bushmaster XM-15 M4 A3, a civilian version of the standard American military rifle, the M-16, according to officials of its manufacturer, Bushmaster Firearms."

"Bushmaster Firearms is a small privately owned company in Windham, Maine, that specializes in making copies of the M-16." ...

"In a telephone interview Thursday, [Bushmaster vice president Allen] Farraday said, 'Naturally, we feel terrible and horrified' by the sniper's killings in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. 'We are very sad this deranged and crazy man picked up one of our guns.' " ...
 

More Moore: "putting an end to the NRA agenda once and for all."
Submitted by: Joel Miller

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"Americans don't like people who assist serial killers in being able to ratchet up their kills because The Sniper knows that his bullets are prohibited by law from being traced to his gun."

"That, in a nutshell, is what the NRA is all about -- and I implore all responsible gun owners and hunters to join with me in putting an end to the NRA agenda once and for all."

--- Michael Moore
 

Clayton Cramer on Bellesiles "Resigning" From Emory University
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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Blog, by Clayton Cramer, on Bellesiles' resignation -
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... "I am overall disappointed that they didn't go after what I consider the far more blatant violations, such as his altering of quotes and misrepresenting the militia statutes of the colonial period--but they do skewer him reasonably well in the limited area that they were pursuing." ...
 

VPC wants to ban pistol grips & mags...
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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Pistol grips and detachable mags are "now" what makes a so-called "assault weapon"(!?)...This is what they are going after next, (the California model) so get ready for a fight, people...
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... "Kristen Rand, the legislative director for the Violence Policy Center in Washington, a gun control group, said that the XM-15 seized in Muhammad's car still had features that mimic an assault weapon, including a pistol grip that makes it easy to fire from the hip and a detachable magazine that holds 10 rounds."

" 'It complies with the letter of the law, but it is still an assault rifle,' Rand said." ...
 

Crunching the Numbers on Ballistic Registration
Submitted by: Randy Hudson

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Blog, by Clayton Cramer, on ballistic registration -
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"How much of a gain will mandatory ballistic registration get us? Let's make some best-case assumptions that even the gun control advocates would be embarrassed to make." ...
 

South Africa: Man arrested for shooting Britons
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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President of South Africa has plenty of innocent blood on his hands but insists on more "gun control", add this ex-Major and his wife to the list (could have easily happened in London though)...
 

Implantable Chip, On Sale Now
Submitted by: Thompson

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"It's a voluntary device that we think has enormous utility," Cossolotto said. "This is intended for good purposes."

-- I'm sorry, but isn't this how it always starts?
 

South Africa: Gang of seven gets 1503 years
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"Seven men were sentenced in the Circuit High Court in Heidelburg on Friday to a total of 1503 years' imprisonment for various crimes, Vaal Rand police said."

"The men were found guilty on four counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances, three counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder. They were also found guilty of the attempted theft of a vehicle and four counts relating to the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition." ...

"The men also gunned down Sergeant Fox Rapone (33), and Constable Lucas Manamela (35), who responded to the complaint."
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Strict regulation of firearms is having the same effect in South Africa that it's having in Great Britain: defenseless people are at the mercy of murderers, and even the police are under fire.
 

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