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Another Gun Control Failure (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A recent study entitled 'Gun Laws and Sudden Death: Did the Australian Firearms Legislation of 1996 Make a Difference?' published in the British Journal of Criminology examines the history of gun control laws enacted in Australia. These laws include a complete ban on pump action shotguns, semi-automatic shotguns, and semi-automatic rifles. Australia also implemented a massive government sponsored Gun Buyback Program. That program has spent $500 million collecting 640,000 arbitrarily banned firearms."

"The authors cited data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) to reach their conclusions that the gun law reforms have had no effect whatsoever on murder or suicide rates when a firearm is used. " ...
 

Pro-gun study says buyback a bad decision
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"TONY EASTLEY: The introduction of Australia's tough new gun laws in 1996 has done little to reduce the rate of gun murder or suicide, according to a new report. And it says the $500 million buyback of guns after the Port Arthur massacre, where 35 people were killed, has had no effect on the homicide rate."

"The study, prepared by Australian pro-gun lobbyists and published in the British Journal of Criminology, argues that the money spent on buying back more than 600,000 weapons would have been better spent on a public health campaign." ...
 

Australia: Study no excuse to shoot down the law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"RESEARCH showing that the Australian gun buyback had no effect on the rate of gun homicide in Australia may have surprised and disappointed many people. Given that countries where more people own guns generally have more firearm homicides, it seemed sensible after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 to try to reduce the number of people owning firearms in Australia. So why didn't the policy work?"

"Before answering this question it is important to be clear about what the research shows and what it does not."

"First, although the authors of the study admit to being members of gun clubs, the study was well conducted and published in an internationally respected, peer-reviewed journal. ..." ...
 

Australia: Buyback has no effect on murder rate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"HALF a billion dollars spent buying back hundreds of thousands of guns after the Port Arthur massacre had no effect on the homicide rate, says a study published in an influential British journal."

"The report by two Australian academics, published in the British Journal of Criminology, said statistics gathered in the decade since Port Arthur showed gun deaths had been declining well before 1996 and the buyback of more than 600,000 mainly semi-automatic rifles and pump-action shotguns had made no difference in the rate of decline." ...

"'Homicide patterns (firearm and non-firearm) were not influenced by the NFA, the conclusion being that the gun buyback and restrictive legislative changes had no influence on firearm homicide in Australia,' the study says." ...
 

More Guns, Safer Schools
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Should teachers and administrators legally be allowed to carry guns to school? This must be seriously discussed in the United States. It seems like the tragedy that struck Columbine High School in 1999 has become more common since then." ...

"According to John R. Lott, Jr., Ph.D. economist and author of More Guns, Less Crime and The Bias Against Guns, banning guns might seem to be the logical way to keep children safe in school. However, he uses a simple analogy:"

"Would you feel safe putting a sign in front of your home saying, 'This home is a gun-free zone'? Law-abiding citizens might be pleased by such a sign, but to criminals it would be an invitation." ....
 

Stern wants NBA players to leave the guns at home
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"David Stern understands having a gun to protect your home. He's not convinced carrying one on the streets makes you any safer.

For that reason, the NBA commissioner said Wednesday that he would prefer his players leave their firearms behind when they go out."

"'It's a pretty, I think, widely accepted statistic that if you carry a gun, your chances of being shot by one increase dramatically,' Stern said during his preseason conference call. 'We think this is an alarming subject, that although you'll read players saying how they feel safer with guns, in fact those guns actually make them less safe. And it's a real issue.'" ...
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KABA Note: It also used to be widely accepted that the Earth is flat, heavier objects fall faster than lighter ones, and that spaceflight is impossible.
 

SC: No charges filed against woman who police say killed roommate's boyfriend
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Police say charges will not be filed against a woman who killed her roommate's boyfriend in Myrtle Beach earlier this month.

They say David Shelton and his girlfriend were arguing inside her home at Kirkley's Mobile Home Park on Highway 15 earlier this month, when the fight got heated and her roommate shot Shelton.

Investigators are calling the shooting self defense and say there isn't enough evidence to charge either woman.
 

NC: Case dismissed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Superior Court judge dismissed Tuesday the case against Mark Steven Canady, who had been charged with murder in the death of Malcolm Jamal Farmer."

"After hearing testimony from its last witness, the state finished its case around 10:30 a.m. Defense attorney Tom Sallenger then made a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence of murder. Sallenger argued that Canady shot Farmer as a means of self-defense."

"Judge Frank Brown granted Sallenger's motion, concluding the trial that began Monday afternoon." ...
 

PA: Hazelwood clerk opens fire on hooded intruder
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"A would-be burglar learned a valuable lesson this morning at the S&R Market in Hazelwood."

"Don't bring a rock to a gunfight."

"A 54-year-old clerk opened fire on a hooded intruder who threw a rock through the window as she slept in a back room at the Second Avenue convenience store."

"'It was just reflex,' said the clerk, a Vietnamese immigrant who gave her name only as 'Tina.' 'I really was not aiming at him. Just scaring him.'"

"The three bullets Tina fired from her "Lady Smith" .357 revolver apparently did not hit the burglar, who ran from the store."

"Police said Tina will not likely face criminal charges for the 2 a.m. incident, since she is licensed to carry the gun." ...
 

Gun owners take aim at ballot box
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"DURING the past decade, hunters have learned to gather their forces in order fight the daily attacks by anti-gun and animal-rights groups."

"The more radical the assault on hunters and shooters, the closer sportsmen stick together."

"Never is this instinct more visible than on Election Day. Gun owners are quick to spot anti, predatory candidates charging from the long grass. Reacting by forming themselves into a tight group, sportsmen run to the ballot box and vote with an enthusiasm matched by few other blocs."

"Their unified voice has made America's 40 million hunters and shooters into a trophy of modern politics." ...
 

AZ: Burns relies on record for re-election
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"Republican Jennifer Burns thinks she can appeal to both Democrats and moderate Republicans."

"As the youngest candidate in the District 25 house race, she also reaches out to a contingent of younger voters who other candidates come dangerously close to overlooking." ...

"Burns thought the governor made a mistake by vetoing a bill that would have prevented the government from taking people's guns and ammunition during an emergency."

"'One of the things that's very critical ... in Arizona is our Second Amendment rights,' Burns said. 'That's one of the things that's fundamental in protecting our sovereignty ... a people being allowed to have those weapons.'" ...
 

WV: WV Federation of Young Republicans Revived
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ashley Stinnett, previously a leader in the Wayne County Young Republicans, has been elected chairman of the West Virginia Federation of Young Republicans. This auxiliary organization to the state GOP concentrates on the 18-40 demographic in registering voters, helping candidates, and assisting with fundraising." ...

"One of the issues on which Stinnett has strong feelings concerns the Second Amendment. Despite the Homeland Security concerns, he explained that the right of citizens to have guns in their homes extends to the founding fathers who wanted to ensure that ordinary citizens 'could repel anyone who invades our shores.'" ...
 

MA: Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke to Join Police Leaders and Candidates Deval Patrick and Martha Coakley for Boston Announcement
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Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, will join with Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Deval Patrick and Attorney General candidate Martha Coakley the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. at the Best Western at Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA, adjacent to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Helmke was a three-term Republican Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He took over as Brady President in July.
 

NY: Enlisting Laughter to Fight Gun Violence: Brady Center 'Stand Up for America' Event; Photo Available
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"High-resolution, publication-quality photos supported by the following captions are available for free editorial use at http://photos.usnewswire.com/"

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"Richard Belzer of NBC's Law & Order SVU; Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence; and Lewis Black, star of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, headliner of an HBO special and cast member of the current film smash Man of the Year with Robin Williams, at the Brady Center "Stand Up for America" event Monday, October 23 at Cipriani's 23rd in the Toy Building in New York. Belzer was presented with an award by Black for his work to fight gun violence. (Liz Baylen/U.S. Newswire)" ...
 

MO: Noland says he is the true conservative in district race
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"'Ike is the best politician I've ever seen,' said Noland, ... He said Skelton has a conservative district and conservative image, and he encourages that."

"'And if a bill is going to pass or fail by five or six votes, he is as conservative as I am,' Noland said. '... But when the rubber meets the road - when his vote really counts - he is as liberal as Ted Kennedy.'" ...

"Noland concedes that Skelton, like him, supports gun ownership rights under the second amendment, but said Skelton's party doesn't support those rights."

"'A vote for Skelton is a vote to put the liberals in control of Congress and to make Nancy Pelosi speaker,' he said. 'This would not be good for gun owners.'" ...
 

PA: Firearms lobby exalts senator, also likes Casey
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"Aiming to energize one of U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's key voting blocs, top National Rifle Association officials toured the state with the senator Tuesday to highlight that he's one of the biggest supporters of the right to bear arms."

"'In terms of the Second Amendment and hunting, he's made a huge difference in the United States and in Pennsylvania,' said Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and chief executive officer."

"The NRA officials said Mr. Santorum, the third-ranked Senate Republican, successfully championed a bill that prevents lawsuits against the manufacturers of guns used by criminals and another bill that forbids confiscation of legally owned guns during states of emergency." ...
 

CO: Noonan heavily invested
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Noonan is locked in a tight battle with Republican Mike Kopp in District 22 in south Jefferson County, normally GOP territory. The incumbent, Republican Kiki Traylor, was picked by a vacancy committee last January to complete retiring Sen. Norma Anderson's unexpired term, but Traylor was beaten by Kopp in the August primary." ...

"She claims he's against all gun control, whereas she believes the laws already in place are reasonable."

"'I'm not out to take away anybody's Second Amendment rights,' she said. 'But I think a certain amount of checking is sensible.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Then just what does "shall not be infringed" mean Ms. Noonan?
 

OH: Deja Vu: Senate promises action on gun bill...after election (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "... in Ohio even leading Republicans see that in Columbus, Democrats are likely to gain seats in the General Assembly."

"Republican Senate President Bill Harris acknowledged ... that the election cycle favors Democrats."

"According to Gongwer, Harris acknowledged the political winds could have some effect on the legislature but said he was confident that Democrats would not be able to completely overtake the GOP's solid majorities in both chambers." ...

"With Harris having blocked a much-needed concealed carry reform bill for most of the year, it's no doubt why he has trouble convincing gun owners that he and his Senate incumbents are 'doing such a great job.'" ...
 

NC: Cherokee County Crime Commission announces handgun safety project
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"Cherokee County Crime Commission President Bruce Savage and Law Enforcement Committee Chairman Mitch Boudrot recently announced the development of an educational program in handgun familiarization and safety, available to the residents and guests of Cherokee County. With an anticipated release in the spring 2007, the development of the public safety project is attributed to an ongoing need to emphasize responsible firearm ownership and safe handling/storage practices. The goal of the project is two-fold: decrease the potential for firearm-related accidents within cherokee County, wile increasing public awareness and education. Community partnerships, range location and event scheduling will be announced as the program nears completion. ..."
 

New Zealand: Give us Tasers or give us guns - police
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... "[Police] Association president Greg O'Connor said they needed to guard against middle class bureaucrats trying to water down police powers. The union represents almost 8000 sworn police." ...

"'The laws are often made by those that live in the leafier suburbs who develop their law and order from dinner parties, rather than bottle-throwing parties,' Mr O'Connor said."

"'We are the coercive arm of the state that must be able to impose the will of the state on those who would thumb their noses at the laws, and we must have the power and ability to do that.'" [emphasis added] ...
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Submitter's Note: So much for the whole "To serve and oritect" thing.
 

IL: Winter Indoor Pistol League set to begin
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"The Winter Indoor Pistol League, hosted by Carmi Rifle and Pistol Club, is set to get underway Thursday, Nov. 2."

"The local club hosts the informal .22 caliber handgun league on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., running throughout the evening until all participants have fired through as many relays as they choose."

"A relay consists of four phases." ...
 

MI: Opponents of dove hunting want to eliminate all hunting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"On November 7, Michigan voters will be faced with the choice of accepting a state law that permits the hunting of mourning doves or limiting the rights of residents of this state. I support Proposal 3 for the reason that its opponents are threatening to eliminate the sport of hunting one species at a time."

"The emotional appeal presented by opponents of dove hunting is a disguise for their ultimate goal of banning all hunting, trapping and even fishing. Anti-hunting groups are using this issue as a stepping-stone toward the complete eradication of hunters' rights. It is frightening when our society places a higher value on animal rights than human rights." ...
 

VT: Violence unrelated to gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Once you give up a piece of freedom, it's nearly impossible to get it back. Gun owners and sportsmen need to stick together this election and make sure that we don't send people to Washington who would abridge our freedoms because of their own personal views on firearms. Passing new gun-control legislation will do nothing to solve the problem of school shootings or violence in America; it will only take us further away from being a society that values personal responsibility and individual freedom. Rich Tarrant will be a defender of the Second Amendment and will fight to preserve our right to hunt, fish and trap. His opponent, Bernie Sanders, isn't behind the Second Amendment ..." ...
 

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