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Citizens Committee Lauds N.J. Judge's 'Epiphany' Decision
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week's decision by an Essex County, N.J. judge to scrap Newark's crack- down on gun offenders because there's no evidence that the "Gun Strategy" program has done anything to curb crime was likened to an 'epiphany' by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)."

"According to the Newark Star-Ledger, State Superior Court Assignment Judge Patricia Costello reportedly saw no benefit from the four-year-old program. She was quoted as sating, 'It didn't work the way it was intended.'"

"'Obviously,' said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, 'Judge Costello arrived at a moment of true clarity. She discovered what gun rights advocates have long understood: Feel-good gun control schemes do nothing to reduce crime.'" ...
 

Congress Passes NRA-backed 'Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The National Rifle Association (NRA) and law-abiding gun owners scored a significant victory yesterday when the United States Congress acted to prohibit the confiscation of legal firearms from law-abiding citizens during states of emergency, barring practices conducted by officials in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. This action was included in the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill that passed both chambers of Congress. This bill now heads to President Bush for his expected signature."

"'Following the chaos and civil disorder in New Orleans when the city effectively suspended the Second Amendment, NRA vowed to make sure we never again witnessed this kind of desecration on our rights,' declared Chris W. Cox. ..." ...
 

Chicks With Guns, Part II
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"I got more mail from last week’s column than any of my others—some from grandmas, some from single gals, some from shooting instructors. I got new stories, weapon recommendations, invitations to the shooting range."

"I am very proud to report that I inspired at least two women to put a handgun on their wish lists:"

"Thanks for that column. I have been thinking of getting a gun and this makes me think about getting it sooner!"

"Thank you so much for sharing this info! This just made my day! I loved it!"

"I have now added a .380 to my Christmas list!" ...
 

Gun-related actions go overboard, again
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last week was good for the gun crowd in Congress."

"Whether you're happy about it or not, thank those who helped pass an awful bill ..."

"This vote produced a justified tirade of criticism from New York's Republican mayor, Michael Bloomberg ..."

"He drew a direct link between gun-related violence and the House-passed legislation, which makes it harder both to follow the path of illegal guns and to penalize rogue dealers."

"He said of such bills, 'They are pro-criminal and anti-public. ... Nobody wants to take away your right to bear arms, but these bills are a disgrace ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: So Mike, how do your cops treat those law-abiding New Yorkers who choose to exercise their "right to bear arms" without jumping through your statist hoops?
 

FL: Dispute at strip club ends in death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A security guard at a strip club in Miami Gardens apparently shot into a car during a dispute with a customer, killing one man and injuring another." ...

"A witness told The Miami Herald that the greenish sedan was quickly going in reverse toward two uniformed security guards ... when one of the security guards fired into the car." ...

"Business continued as usual at Tootsie's as homicide detectives interviewed the security guard and witnesses. Police were unavailable for comment."

"It is not clear if the guards will face charges. Florida's new 'Stand Your Ground' law, passed last year, allows someone who feels threatened to shoot in self-defense, even if they don't see a gun." ...
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Submitter's Note: Would this even be a question if a cop had done the shooting?
 

NC: No Charges Filed After Homeowner Kills Intruder
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"No charges will be filed against an Orange County homeowner who killed an intruder Sunday, authorities said Monday."

"Danny Jones Jr. told investigators he was working on his neighbor's boat shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday when he saw a car drive up to his house, located on Cedar Valley Road near Hillsborough, and heard a bang. Jones said he found his house had been broken into, and he confronted a crowbar-wielding man upstairs."

"Jones said he ran to his truck to get a gun, but the man chased after him and started beating him. As the two men wrestled on the ground, Jones said he shot his attacker once in the chest." ...
 

IL: Man to be tried in brother's murder even though he didn't pull trigger
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"33 year old Joe Willie Hicks Teague didn't kill his brother, but ... prosecutors have charged him with murder in his brother's death, anyway."

"Authorities say the teenager who actually shot and killed 34-year-old James Teague Junior ... was acting in self-defense -- protecting himself against armed robbery by the Teague brothers and another man."

"And since Joe Teague was allegedly a co-conspirator in the robbery scheme, the 33-year-old East Moline man is the only one of five defendants in the September 2005 case to be charged with murder."

"Prosecutors are set to try him October 30th under a felony-murder law that says he's legally responsible for the crime even though he wasn't the one who pulled the trigger."
 

CO: High school shooting (fourth letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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FULL TEXT BELOW:

I figured it wouldn't take long for some gun-control enthusiast to write in claiming stricter laws would have stopped the horrible tragedy at Platte Canyon High School."

"Letter-writer Paul A. Thompson (Sept. 29 Open Forum) blames the National Rifle Association for fighting to maintain our Second Amendment rights, but his anger is misguided. He should be blaming the politicians who write such inane laws like the one banning concealed-carry permit holders from bringing their guns on school grounds.

Why don't we try leveling the playing field for a change and begin saving these kids' lives before another wacko can squeeze off the next round?

Kipp Welch, Phoenix
 

AR: Student Charged for Carrying Gun to School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"There has been a recent rise in school violence throughout the country. In Arkansas, a Conway high school student is charged after police say he carried a gun to school. The 16-year-old reportedly went to the East Campus last Thursday with the weapon."

"The principal says faculty and the resource officer played a major role in keeping the situation under control when at least two former students came onto campus to visit a teacher and one had a gun."

"A teacher saw the pistol and alerted the principal. Within minutes the police talked to six suspects, taking one juvenile into custody. He faces a felony charge for possession of a firearm on school property." ...
 

WI: Area students react to Weston shooting: Some want metal detectors, cops
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Self-defense classes, police officers and metal detectors are what some area students would like to see at their high schools after a student was charged Friday with shooting the Weston High School principal to death."

"While some students urged adults and administrators not to crack down on teens just because of one incident, many students who spoke with the State Journal want to feel safer at school."

"'It's really scary,' said Chelsey Walters, a freshman at Richland Center High School. 'I think there should be metal detectors (at the schools).'" ...
 

Statement of Brady Campaign President Paul Helmke on Yet Another Day of School Gun Incidents
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued the following statement in response to the terrible incident this morning in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania and other school-related gun incidents in recent days:" ...

"'It is too easy for anyone - children, teens, and troubled adults, as well as criminals and terrorists - to access firearms in this country. Incidents like this happen all too often in all parts of this nation. We know all too well that there are reasons why we have the levels of gun violence that we have in this country. In New York City, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Florida, Wisconsin, California and in too many other places to list, we are holding funerals for children, and we need to do something about that.'" ...
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KABA Note: Not even letting the bodies cool to room temperature before starting to dance on their graves, eh Paul?
 

PA: How the Amish shooting unfolded
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gunman has shot dead three girls and injured seven others before killing himself in an attack on an Amish school in the US state of Pennsylvania."

"The attack by 32-year-old truck driver Charles Carl Roberts IV happened in a one-room school in the village of Paradise near Nickel Mines in Lancaster County."

"Pennsylvania state police commissioner Col Jeffrey B Miller has outlined the details of how the attack unfolded." ...
 

PA: 'A Number' Dead in Amish School Shooting
Submitted by: Doug Huffman

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"A gunman killed 'a number' of people at a one-room Amish schoolhouse Monday in Pennsylvania's bucolic Lancaster County, state police said."

"The shooter was among the dead, and a number of people were injured, said state police Cpl. Ralph Striebig." ...
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Submitter's Note: Another school shooting. This time among the most principled of victims, the most defenseless. Please be angry at the petty tyrants that allow and cause this.
 

PA: Police Surround One-Room Amish Schoolhouse
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"A gunman stormed a one-room Amish schoolhouse Monday morning, barricaded it, lined up students and shot 11 of them, one teacher's aide and then himself before police could even start negotiations."

"The teacher's aide and two students died at the scene. Another student was dead on arrival at Lancaster General Hospital. The eight other students are in critical condition. The gunman is dead." ...
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Submitters note: This is the third school shooting in a week. When will people realize that gun prohibitions in schools and other victim disarmament zones does nothing to discourage those who are bent on causing death and carnage.
 

FL: Trooper recruit arrested for domestic violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Florida Highway Patrol Trooper recruit and his girlfriend are both arrested and charged with domestic violence."

"According to Lee County deputies, Roland Gissendanner, 40, and Julia Samms, 28, got into a fight Saturday morning." ...

"Reports say the confrontation 'cooled down,' but started again about three hours later. Samms said Gissendanner choked her and she scratched him in an attempt to get away."

"Gissendanner admitted to grabbing Samms neck, but said it was in self defense - that he was trying to fend off her attack."

"After taking pictures of minor injuries to Gissendanner and Samms, deputies placed them both under arrest. Each was charged with battery - domestic violence."
 

MA: Boston Police officer pleads not guilty to shooting fellow officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Boston police officer today pleaded not guilty to criminal charges stemming from an incident last June when he allegedly shot and wounded a fellow Boston police officer while both were off-duty."

"Officer Paul Durkin was ... released on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty to a single charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon." ...

"After arriving at Behnke's house, Durkin got out of the car and started to walk away, Wall said."

"Behnke urged him to come into the house, but Durkin continued to walk away. As Behnke pursued him, Durkin allegedly drew his .40 caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol and fired one shot 'from a short distance' at Behnke." ...
 

MO: Shooting Program Builds More Than Marksmanship
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'Are you ready?' Roxana Kessler asked, watching her youngest son, Jacob's, face as he uncased his shotgun. The youngster was about to shoot a round of 25 clay targets at the state 4-H Shooting Sports Program competition. He mumbled a brief reply, not meeting his mom's inquiring look."

"A few days short of 13, Jacob didn't want his mother fussing over him. He had done well in the .22 cal. rifle competition earlier that morning and was confident in the shotgun skills he had learned on hunting trips with his dad and friends. He walked casually onto the trap field, where he and four other youths received instructions from the safety officer. ..." ...
 

ID: Councilman to Idaho town: Get your guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Town Council in Greenleaf, Idaho, is considering a recommendation that all households keep and maintain guns because of the crime that might come with the encroaching growth from nearby Boise."

"To date, violent crime is nearly unheard of in Greenleaf, population 890, admits City Councilman Steve Jett, who proposed the ordinance the council will take up Tuesday. Even so, Jett says it's only a matter of time."

"'The biggest thing I was looking at is preparation,' Jeff says."

"When asked about violent crime in Greenleaf, which doesn't have its own police force, Albert Erickson, police chief of neighboring Wilder, says, 'I don't remember any.'" ...
 

IN: Lifting gun ban will change nothing in state parks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Now that the ban on firearms in Indiana State Parks has been lifted, rest assured there'd be no greater number of firearms carried into the parks than there were when the ban was in effect. Guns were always there. ('Weapons at parks? Let's tell 'em to take a hike,' Sept. 27)."

"The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Any rule, ban, or law to the contrary is in violation of the Second Amendment." ...

"Gun permit holders are not interested in intimidating or making other citizens feel uncomfortable. They're only exercising their right to accept responsibility for their own safety." ...
 

CA: Politicians back gun control; constituents load up on firearms
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"MILL VALLEY mom Joan Rodriguez decided she needed an outlet to release the frustrations that come with running a real estate business with her husband and guiding a teenage son through middle school. So she went back to school. Pistol school."

"Rodriguez, 47, didn't tell anyone - not even her husband - when she signed up for the entry pistol-shooting class at Bullseye Shooting Range in San Rafael. The stigma attached to guns in Marin County made that unthinkable at first, she said."

"She finally broke the silence several months ago by confiding in one of her son's friends after hearing he had a family member who liked to shoot guns."

"'It's fun,' she said. 'It's not a bad thing.'"

"She is not alone." ...
 

PA: Gun control proposals are aimed at violence, not at citizen's rights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"We are part of a violent society. The murder rate in cities near us -- Philadelphia, Camden, Reading -- is skyrocketing. Children are being killed by random gunfire for no reason other than they were playing in the wrong place at the wrong time." ...

"With that backdrop, we find it difficult to understand the rationale of sportsman’s clubs and gun owners who believe that the only good control of guns is no control."

"The gun laws being proposed are not intended to overturn the Second Amendment rights of citizens to own and carry guns, and we find it hard to fathom that many of the restrictions being proposed would cause undue harm to hunters or gun collectors." ...
 

VA: Want to ban guns in libraries? You've got a mountain to move
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"State law is pretty clear. Basically, it's the folks meeting in the Capitol up in Richmond who write the gun control laws. Not the members of the Newport News City Council or any other local governing board."

"And so on the point of law, the gun-rights group that complained about Newport News' ban on guns in libraries is correct. The city will have to amend its approach." ...

"State law ought to allow localities to ban firearms in public buildings. The Second Amendment, whatever it might mean, does not mean government can't bar possession of weapons in public buildings. ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: There is no 'might' about it, that is exactly what "shall not be infringed" means.
 

UK: For sale: A deadly book that shows knifemen how to kill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THE 99p download entitled Put 'Em Down, Take 'Em Out: Knife Fighting Techniques from Folsom Prison by American author Don Pentecost is being sold by a number of online traders under the guise of a martial arts-based self-defence book."

"The 54-page book, described by trading standards officers as 'appalling', features techniques allegedly devised in one of America's most violent prisons ... to protect against knife attack."

"However, the guide also features detailed information on how to attack and kill using a knife as a weapon."

"Highlighting key areas of the body to attack, such as the heart and neck, the book describes how to 'stop' an opponent ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: First guns, then self-defense, then knives, then books? NOW do you see how these things progress?
 

UK: A Shot In The Arm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The sport of shooting pumps £280 million a year into the Westcountry economy and supports 12,000 full-time jobs, a new report has revealed."

"The report, published just as the pheasant shooting season is about to begin, says much of the benefit is concentrated in areas where the rural economy is struggling with changes in traditional industries."

"The research - commissioned by pro-shooting organisations - has also underlined the environmental importance of shooting in maintaining habitats ..."

"It comes as anti-hunting group the League Against Cruel Sports (LACS) continues to campaign against commercial shooting, which it says results in millions of game birds being bred in stressful conditions." ...
 

Australia: Intruder shot with own gun during break-in
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"AN intruder has been shot in the knee during a struggle for his own shotgun after he allegedly broke into a Queenland home overnight."

"Police are waiting to interview the 36-year-old man who is being treated in Cairns Base Hospital today as they canvas the area hoping to speak to witnesses."

"The drama began about 11pm (AEST) last night, when the injured man allegedly forced his way into the home at Stratford near Cairns."

"Three men inside, one aged 51 and the others in their 30s, were attempting to disarm him when the gun went off, police said."

"They were able to restrain the man until police arrived." ...
 

OH: They Fought the Law and Won! (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"They 'fought' the law and won!"

"On a crisp September morning, law enforcement officers from Lorain and Huron counties took a trip back in time to challenge some old time gunfighters to a little friendly competition to benefit the Ohio Search Dog Association at the Third Annual Cops & Cowboys Benefit Shootout. OFCC was pleased to be one of the day's sponsors." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The gun-control movement is driven by raw emotion. Facts are irrelevant. Logic is spurned. Utter nonsense is solemnly intoned. It's little wonder that our most emotive president has made gun control his signature domestic issue. — Don Feder

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