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Expert Applauds Effort To Teach Children To Combat School Shooters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A program encouraging students to confront and counterattack a violent intruder in their school is earning applause from an expert at Kansas State University."

"Charles Smith ... wrote 'Raising Courageous Kids: Eight Steps to Practical Heroism.' When he heard about a school district in Texas that is training its students to fight back against an attacker, Smith thought the idea was right-on."

"'Yes, finally somebody is really looking at this and saying, 'Don't be a lamb,' he said. 'It's telling kids to keep their heads up and to defend themselves with a sense of honor and self-respect.'" ...
 

Friends Committee on National Legislation: United Nations Votes to Support Global Arms Trade Treaty, U.S. Votes No
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"The member states of the United Nations today took a first step toward approving a treaty that could save hundreds of thousands of lives each year by controlling the global arms trade. Meeting in New York City today, the First Committee of the General Assembly voted to study the feasibility, scope and draft parameters for a comprehensive, legally binding agreement establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. The United States was the only country to vote no on the resolution." ...
 

TX: Clerk defends store in robbery
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"A store clerk turned the tables on a man trying to rob the store at which she was working ..."

"Port Arthur Police responded to a call that an unwanted individual was at 1629 Memorial Blvd. When police arrived and questioned the man, they discovered the 55-year-old had a warrant for a parole violation. He was placed in custody at that time."

"Shortly after apprehending the suspect, police learned he had attempted to rob the M&D Food Mart on Memorial. The suspect had pretended to have a weapon in his pocket. He was wearing a plastic bag over his head and said, 'Gimme all the money.' At that point, the clerk at the store grabbed the pistol behind the counter. The suspect ran away." ...
 

'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' Preparing Their Assault
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"More than one hundred of the nation's mayors are breathing new life into the gun control movement." ...

"The National Rifle Association says the mayoral efforts are too much talk and too little action." ...

"It's real simple. If you want to get crime off your streets, get criminals off your streets,' LaPierre said. ..."

"'Walk down to Town Hall and tell your prosecuting attorneys that from now on, no plea bargains ... A drug dealer caught with a gun goes to jail. A violent felon caught with a gun goes to jail. Discharge a gun in commission of a felony, go to jail. Smuggle a gun, go to jail. If you do that, if you stop talking and start acting, your violent crime rate will drop 30 to 40 to 50 percent in one year."
 

IL: Bloomberg Assails N.R.A. and Supports Lieberman
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"Raising his oratory against illegal guns, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg sharply assailed the National Rifle Association on Wednesday during a visit here that also included a fund-raiser for the re-election campaign of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut."

"Mr. Bloomberg joined Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago at a news conference to promote a gathering of officials from 22 Midwest cities who are to discuss gun-control strategies on Thursday. Similar meetings are scheduled in Boston on Nov. 9 and Atlanta on Nov. 30." ...
 

IL: New York City Mayor Bloomberg Received Distinguished 'Abraham Lincoln Award' from Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence
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"'Mayors know that illegal guns have nothing to do with the Second Amendment, and everything to do with law enforcement,' said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who visited Chicago to receive the distinguished 'Abraham Lincoln Award' from the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence."

"The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) held its 24th annual awards banquet to honor Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his political and personal courage in the fight to reduce gun violence and to stop criminal gun trafficking." ...
 

Bloomberg, Daley lead mayors in coalition against gun violence
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"New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Milwaukee Mayor Thomas Barrett had harsh words Wednesday for the Bush administration and the gun lobby's influence on Congress."

"'When Washington makes bad decisions to protect criminals rather than the public, we suffer the consequences,' Bloomberg said at a news conference outlining the agenda for Thursday's Midwestern summit of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group Bloomberg founded with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino." ...
 

Police Officials Slam NRA Moves to Weaken Gun Law Enforcement as Outlined in New Report From Brady Center
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"Law enforcement officials today joined with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence to denounce the National Rifle Association's (NRA) campaign to weaken enforcement of federal gun laws. The NRA's attacks on federal law enforcement are profiled in a new Brady Center report, 'The NRA: A Criminal's Best Friend,' [.pdf] which chronicles decades of NRA assaults on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that have greatly aided criminals seeking to obtain illegal firearms." ...
 

Mayor Bloomberg and Chicago Mayor Daley Kick-Off First Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition Regional Staff Conference
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"Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley today kicked off the first Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition Regional Staff Conference which will convene senior city officials from 22 cities around the Midwest tomorrow morning to discuss the national fight against illegal guns. The regional conferences were announced earlier this month in Boston when Mayor Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino announced the expansion of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition - of which Mayor Daley is a member - to 109 mayors in 44 states across the country." ...
 

ME: Board expels 2 for bringing gun to school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"At a special SAD 21 board meeting Tuesday night, directors unanimously voted to expel two Dirigo High School students who brought a pellet gun to the school on Oct. 10." ...

"On Oct. 10, high school officials locked down the facility 30 minutes after classes when an adult ran in, saying there was a man with a gun on school grounds. The man turned out to be the two boys, who left school property and returned with a pellet handgun to show to friends."

"Dixfield police, who said the toy resembles a .45-caliber pistol, arrested and charged the pair with felony terrorizing with a firearm. The boys are tentatively scheduled to be arraigned on Nov. 13 in juvenile session at Rumford District Court."
 

OH: Ward, Adams face off in race for Ohio 78th
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The candidates for the 78th Ohio House District voice similar opinions when talking about abortion, guns and creationism but differ in their approaches to other issues."

"Republican candidate John Adams, who ran for the house seat in past elections, faces Democratic candidate Adam Ward. While both candidates share some conservative values, pro-life and pro-gun, Adams said voters should consider party lines."

"'I will vote as a conservative, and I will lead in the House as a conservative,' he said."

"Ward said he won't compromise his beliefs in the sanctity of life and the Second Amendment." ...
 

NY: Carolyn McCarthy v. Martin Blessinger (NYSRPA blog)
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"To the surprise of no one, Newsday endorsed Carolyn McCathy for re-election ..." ...

"'… The sharpest difference between the two is on McCarthy’s signature issue, guns. She’s the conscience of the Congress, pushing for sane control of firearms. Blessinger is a competitive shooter and former deputy commander of the police firearms training unit. He shed no tears when the assault weapons ban lapsed in 2004, and applauds Congress' decision to shield gun makers from legal liability. He’s no absolutist - he favors background checks and closing down irresponsible gun dealers. …'"

"NRA gave Marty Blessinger a D rating which according to Newsday makes him 'no absolutist', meaning he doesn’t want the total prohibition and mandatory confiscation McCarthy and Newsday want." ...
 

ME: Candidate misleading in gun-control stances
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"During a visit from Ryan Harmon, who is running against our state representative, John Piotti, I mentioned that I am a strong advocate of gun rights. At this point, Harmon was quick to point out that Piotti had voted against a concealed carry bill in the Legislature. He gave me the clear impression that Piotti is in favor of more gun control and had voted in a way that showed this."

"This troubled me, because I had always respected Piotti and also knew that he had been a strong defender of the Second Amendment. So I did some research. After I learned about the bill in question, I concluded that I would have voted against it as well. ..." ...
 

NY: Outrage as cop shoots teen, says it's accidental
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... "In a crowded three-bedroom apartment in central Harlem, partygoers drank, chatted and danced until their jovial moods were interrupted by members of the NYPD claiming to be responding to a report of a 'dispute with a firearm.'ť According to eyewitnesses ... the police arrived at the wrong residence and were overly aggressive ..."

"In the midst of the action, a shot was fired by a sergeant (whose name has not yet been released to the public). The officer, a veteran of the force, wounded 15-year-old Luke Saintil from Staten Island in his left calf."

"There were no weapons found on Saintil. ..."

"The sergeant who shot Saintil said his hand was bumped by a partygoer and that is when his gun fired ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: Col. Cooper's Safety Rule #3: Keep your booger hook off the bang switch!
 

VA: Gun owners slam police
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"Some pistol-packing restaurant patrons plan to give City Council members a piece of their minds Thursday, months after they say city police officers harassed them for legally carrying weapons into a restaurant."

"Several officers responded to Casa di Scotto's Italian Restaurant on July 15 after a customer told a 911 dispatcher that three men wearing handguns had walked into a bathroom together." ...

"The officers surrounded a table and calmly asked to see identification from the men, but did not physically detain them and even bid them a good night as they left a few minutes later, according to a complaint filed by one of the men." ...
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Submitter's Note: Interestingly the story does not mention the claim that the cops lied and told the men that the manager had called and complained, asking that they be removed.
 

OH: Drunk and Armed: On Duty with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"Ohio's concealed carry law was stonewalled for years by the opposition of the Ohio State Highway Patrol bureaucrats, who refused to endorse any bill that allowed law-abiding citizens to carry concealed loaded guns in a vehicle. ..." ...

"Although the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s administration claims carrying a gun in plain sight means the owner is less likely to kill someone, it did not stop Trooper Joshua Risner, who while carrying his gun in plain sight, got drunk on duty, chose to drive his patrol cruiser drunk, and then killed three people when he lost control - because in Ohio it is not currently illegal for a Trooper to drive drunk on official duty, even while carrying a gun." ...
 

CT: State Probes Armed Raids
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It sounds like a scene from a Wild West movie - gun-toting citizens posing as badge-wearing marshals rounding up bad guys."

"The scenario appears to have played out for real this past weekend in the Waterbury area, when two civilians - both apparently armed - were allowed to participate in a sweep of suspected deadbeat dads."

"The involvement of the untrained civilians wasn't the only problem with the raids, however. There is also concern that the state marshals did not receive weapons training from a certified instructor as required by state regulations." ...

"State officials said they are investigating." ...
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Submitter's Note: Take 12 cups of hydrated lime, 1 pound salt, 2 gallons water and mix ... apply liberally.
 

Indiana Court Becomes First to Rule Gun Industry Legal Shield Law Unconstitutional (BCPGV)
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"In a landmark ruling with nationwide implications, Lake County, Indiana Superior Court Judge Robert A. Pete on Monday declared unconstitutional a 2005 federal law backed by the gun lobby that sought to limit the legal liability of gun dealers and manufacturers in the case of City of Gary v. Smith & Wesson et al."

"The ruling held that the so-called 'Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act' ... violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of Due Process and Separation of Powers. ... Cases pending in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and other states have raised similar challenges to the constitutionality of the law, but this is the first court to find it unconstitutional. Lawyers from the Brady Center's Legal Action Project represent Gary in the case." ...
 

IN: Industry to Appeal Indiana Judge's Decision Against Gun Makers
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"An Indiana judge this week ruled that the city of Gary, Indiana's frivolous lawsuit against 16 firearm manufacturers, including Smith & Wesson, Colt, Browning, Sturm, Ruger and Beretta, can proceed in spite of federal law to prohibit such suits."

Lake County Superior Court Judge Robert A. Pete declared that the federal law -- the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act -- enacted exactly one year ago today, is unconstitutional."

The trade association for the firearm industry, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), called the ruling 'a badly flawed constitutional analysis' and promised an appeal." ...
 

IN: City's Lawsuit Against Gun Dealers, Manufacturers Allowed to Proceed
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"An Indiana judge ruled Tuesday that the city of Gary may proceed with its lawsuit against 16 gun manufacturers and six Indiana gun dealers, a gun-control group reported."

"The case, which dates back to 1999, stems from a police sting of six Indiana gun dealers accused of selling firearms to undercover officers posing as straw purchasers."

"The city of Gary also sued major gun manufacturers that sold handguns through the dealerships, accusing them of profiting from the diversion of guns to criminals ..."

"'This is an important victory for the citizens of Gary and the people of Indiana, who have long suffered from the steady supply of illegal guns from rogue gun dealers operating in our state' said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Center ..." ...
 

Stern aiming to clamp down on guns (follow-up)
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"Commissioner David Stern said yesterday he wants to 'eliminate guns from the NBA' and challenged the players' association to enter talks on what he called 'an alarming subject.'"

"'My suggestion [is] that you get full input from the union,' Stern said yesterday during his annual tipoff conference call with reporters. 'But we think this is an alarming subject. And though you'll read about players saying they feel safer with guns, in fact, those guns make them less safe. It's a proven issue.'"

"Stern's strong stance against players carrying firearms in public, even if they are licensed to do so, came on the heels of two embarrassing incidents involving NBA players and loaded weapons." ...
 

NE: Permits On The Way
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"Nebraska's law allowing concealed weapons goes into effect Jan. 1, 2007, but exactly how it will work has been up in the air until recently."

"Channel 6 learned Wednesday that training regulations have been finalized and are now ready for the approval of the governor and attorney general."

"Steve Shipe is one Nebraskan thinking about getting a concealed handgun permit after the new law takes effect. He says he is mostly interested in learning more about gun safety."

"'I may never carry one, and probably won't,' Shipe said, 'but I'm just kind of interested in the background of it and the training.'"

"But the training courses for Nebraska's new concealed carry permits have been held up until recently." ...
 

MN: Stop the hype and get schooled on concealed weapons
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"As violent crime has increased on and near campus, some students have re-examined their ability to resist physical attack. In this vein, the University's ban on carrying licensed, concealed weapons on campus has also been questioned. In the interest of full disclosure, I'm a gun owner in favor of lifting the ban. However, my purpose here is not to advocate lifting the ban, but to encourage and inform the debate."

"To begin with, we need to clarify what the discussion is about. It's not about giving students firearms or letting anyone bring a firearm to campus. It's about letting holders of a valid permit to carry a pistol carry concealed weapons on campus in accordance with the law. ..." ...
 

UK: How firearms became weapon of choice for Birmingham's gangs
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"The drive-by shooting of Charlene Ellis, 18, and Letisha Shakespeare, 17, outside a party on New Year's Day 2003 brought Birmingham's gun and gang culture to national attention." ...

"Cities such as Manchester, Nottingham, and London are notorious for regular outbreaks of gun-related violence, but a survey by The Independent reveals that the West Midlands Police area has the largest concentration of firearms incidents. Six of the 10 worst areas for firearms incidents per head of population are in the West Midlands, Birmingham city centre topping the league with 75 incidents, one for every 207 residents." ...
 

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