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Deadline Approaches for NRA Women's Awards Program
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The deadline is approaching to submit your nomination for two of the National Rifle Association’s most prestigious awards for women. Nominations for the 2007 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award and the Marion P. Hammer Woman of Distinction Award are due November 1, 2006."

"Nominees must be current National Rifle Association members in good standing. They also need to have shown a tremendous outreach in advocacy, education, and volunteerism in preserving the Second Amendment and its freedoms." ...
 

Vilify guns to prevent violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Here is what I propose: let's make it unpopular to own a gun. Do not buy a gun, use a gun or support your friend's use of guns. Let others know that you think owning a gun is harmful to them and to others. There is no doubt that most Americans practice responsible ownership."

"Yet these responsible citizens create an environment that supports others to commit terrible crimes. Making it 'American' to own a gun encourages irresponsible people to own a lethal weapon. It appears today that school shootings are the collateral damage incurred from sustaining an unnecessary male urge to go duck hunting." ...
 

Gun violence's ugly intrusion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A few minutes ago, perhaps only an hour after the event, news of the murder of five young girls in a Pennsylvania schoolhouse reached my wife and me in our remote corner of southwest France." ...

"Not one piece of legislation put before the Congress in recent years to regulate the sale and possession of guns has attempted to remove the right of sane and qualified individuals to own a hunting weapon. Not one!"

"You would never know this from the propaganda spewed out by the National Rifle Association. It has drawn a Bush-like line in the sand. It's their way or no way at all."

"Does a deer hunter need an AK-47? Is there really a danger to our Second Amendment rights in requiring safety locks on guns to prevent their misuse by children?" ...
 

Transcript of Letter to President Bush from Brady President Paul Helmke
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Dear Mr. President:"

"I was pleased to hear that you have asked your staff to convene a White House Conference on school gun violence. I want to congratulate you for taking this action and offer my strong support."

"As the mayor of Fort Wayne, Ind. for three terms, I saw firsthand the terrible toll gun violence takes on our communities. As mayor, I tried everything I could to fight this scourge. I worked with survivors, faith leaders, neighborhood activists and law enforcement on a variety of programs. We didn't find all the answers, but working with all the groups, violence did begin to decline in our community." ...
 

Armed Teachers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In light of recent school shootings, a Wisconsin state Republican has floated the idea of arming teachers and school administrators to help them protect their charges from violent intruders and homicidal fellow students." ...

"Surprisingly, recorded reaction was not hysterical, but somewhat quizzical nonetheless." ...

"For those keeping score:"

"Exercising Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in defense of self and others= less freedom."

"Helplessly (and unsuccessfully) begging for one’s life at the feet of a homicidal lunatic= more freedom." ...
 

Safety always first with muzzleloader
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"There is a mystique to hunting big game with a muzzleloader, given the special set of skills necessary. Those who hunt with a modern replica of the firearms carried by Daniel Boone or the mountain men need even more savvy."

"With a muzzleloader, there is only one chance for success. If you participate in the state's special muzzleloader seasons, which get going in the Northern Zone next weekend, or simply choose these particular firearms for hunting during the regular deer season, blackpowder guns only allow one shot. If you miss, there is no second chance, just the white tail of a nice buck running away." ...
 

Mayor Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Menino Announce Expansion of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition to More Than 100 Mayors Nationwide
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Six months after hosting a landmark summit of mayors united against the plague of illegal guns, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the expansion of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns to 109 mayors in 44 states across the country and announced that the next summit would take place in January 2007 in Washington, DC. The mayors represent every region of the United States and include Republicans, Democrats and Independents. The expansion of the coalition builds upon the original group of 15 mayors who convened in April for the first Mayors' Summit on Illegal Guns. ..." ...
 

Gun Control Debate Resurfaces in Wake of Deadly US School Shootings
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Parents and communities across the United States have been shaken by a recent series of deadly school shootings in a handful of small towns and rural communities. The violence has focused attention on a longstanding argument about whether the U.S. should enact stronger gun control laws." ...

"Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says the incidents are proof the entire nation can be affected by gun violence. ..." ...

"They have also come up against many groups, such as the Natonal Rifle Association, which believe more gun control laws would violate the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms. " ...
 

NY: NYC, Yonkers, Boston mayors join to fight illegal guns
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in Boston this morning to announce the expansion of a coalition against illegal guns."

"The Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition now features 109 mayors from 44 states. The mayors also unveiled a new Web site, http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/home/home.shtml on which Amicone offers a video message."

"Yonkers has experienced a rash of gun violence over the past two years."

"Amicone joined fellow Republican Bloomberg and the Democratic Menino in April at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan to kick off the coalition by signing a a six-point resolution ..." ...
 

IN: Rethink lifting state handgun ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hoosier state parks welcome hikers, bikers and horse-back riders, bird-watchers and amateur botanists. If Kyle Hupfer, direct of the Department of Natural Resources, has his way, they also will welcome concealed weapons."

"Hupfer last week reversed a rule prohibiting handguns at all areas managed by the DNR." ...

"... [Hupfer] said. 'Folks like to be in a position to protect themselves when bow hunting.'"

"That's ridiculous. Law enforcement officers all over this country discourage people from confronting criminals. They tell store clerks to hand over the contents of cash registers when robbed. They tell regular folks to turn over their cash to muggers. It's not worth losing your life, they say." ...
 

NY: Grand jury: Bar owner justified in fatal shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Lyell Avenue bar owner was cleared today of potential criminal charges for fatally shooting an armed robber with a legally permitted pistol."

"A Monroe County grand jury brought no charges against John 'Paddy' Kitzel, 71, who shot Barry Woods, 38, when Woods tried to rob Kitzel's Restaurant about 12:15 p.m. on July 6."

"Assistant District Attorney Joanne M. Winslow said she could not divulge more information about the case because grand jury proceedings are secret." ...

"Woods was wearing a mask and brandishing a pistol when he attempted to rob the restaurant ... Kitzel shot him with a pistol he wears in a holster on his hip, his family said. The gun was listed on a pistol permit Kitzel holds." ...
 

MN: Harding freshman, 15, charged in gun case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Harding High School freshman who brought an unloaded gun to school Tuesday and a senior student who threatened officials ... both face expulsion."

"Authorities arrested both students Tuesday and charged them Wednesday in juvenile court. Officials said the incidents were unrelated."

"The boy caught with the gun apparently did not intend to harm anyone at the school, Harding Principal Todd Hochman said. A fellow student reported the 15-year-old to school officials."

"The boy was charged with three felonies — possession of a pistol by a minor, possession of a pistol on school property and committing a crime for the benefit of a gang. The boy, whose name was not released because of his age, pleaded not guilty Wednesday." ...
 

TX: W. Texas 4th-grader brings gun to school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A fourth-grader was suspended after a teacher in this small West Texas town found an unloaded .22-caliber pistol and ammunition in his backpack."

"Anton Superintendent Dwayne Chenault said the 10-year-old boy, whose name was not released, gave no explanation why he brought the weapon and ammo. No one was injured."

"A teacher at the Hockley County elementary school found the gun while searching the boy's backpack for items missing from the school that the teacher suspected were in the bag, school officials said."

"The boy was suspended for three days. School officials could, under state law, expel him for a year, school officials said." ...
 

KS: Signs in sights
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"People licensed to carry concealed handguns will be able to pack heat while visiting nearly any business in the state next year, unless a sign is posted prohibiting the practice."

"The sign proposed by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office — based upon the design seen above — is up for a public review during a hearing Tuesday in Topeka."

"Each sign would measure at least 8.5 inches by 11 inches, include the required font and logo, be yellow with black print and be 'displayed in a conspicuous manner that is clearly visible to the public,' according to the proposed regulations." ...
 

ID: Gun law keeps gaining steam
Submitted by: AvgJoe

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"A proposal to encourage gun ownership in this southwestern Idaho town is drawing national attention, but mostly bemusement from local residents."

"'It's odd,' Ruben Cruz, who said he doesn't care whether the ordinance is adopted or not, told the Idaho Statesman."

"On Tuesday, the City Council held a meeting that included the second reading of Draft Ordinance 208. The meeting was moved to a larger venue to handle an expected big crowd, but only about 15 people attended."

"Only three spoke about the proposed ordinance, and of those two made only passing reference to guns and instead talked about other parts of the measure." ...
 

IN: Citizens outgunned in the Statehouse
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"To everyone who believes that elected officials operate under a double-standard that works in their favor - and we are among them often enough - keep reading:"

"Ordinary, law-abiding, permit-carrying citizens will have to check their guns when entering the Statehouse during the upcoming General Assembly session. But lawmakers won't have to."

"We're all for the Second Amendment, but there are some instances where it might be reasonable to limit firearms. Keeping guns out of a building full of elected officials may not be a bad idea."

"Unfortunately, the evil of our times has made tougher security necessary, and we can't ignore it here in Indiana." ...
 

TX: Dallas working on toy-gun ordinance
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Hold your holsters."

"After directing City Attorney Tom Perkins in August to craft one of the nation's strictest ordinances regulating the sale and possession of toy guns, the Dallas City Council's public safety committee asked him Tuesday to keep working on the matter."

"The council never discussed the issue publicly Tuesday, instead spending nearly an hour in a closed-door meeting reviewing legal issues concerning toy-gun regulations."

"In interviews after the closed session, council members expressed concerns over moving forward with the kinds of regulations they had previously sought." ...
 

IL: Chicago City Council bans BB-guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Chicago City Council, reacting to the shooting of a teenager, has banned the sale and possession of air guns such as BB guns that look like real guns."

"The ban also applies to any replica that shoots a projectile ... The action comes in the wake of the August police shooting of a teenager who was carrying a ... BB-gun made to look like a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol."

"'This will help save the lives of many, many people ... If an officer has to hesitate and examine the situation to see if the gun is real, that officer is going to die,' said Alderman Burton Natarus ..."

"Mayor Richard M. Daley said gun violence is escalating and referred to this week's school shooting that left five Amish girls dead in Pennsylvania."
 

WI: Pistol-packing teachers advocated
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The recent string of school shootings has prompted a Wisconsin lawmaker to propose arming teachers with guns."

"Republican state Rep. Frank Lasee said it's a concept that's worked in Israel and Thailand, so why not Wisconsin?"

"Lasee said if teachers had guns, students or others would think twice about committing acts of violence in schools." ...

"Under his proposal, no teacher would be required to carry a weapon, but those who want to would get extensive training."

"He plans to introduce the bill at the start of next year's legislative session."

"Some people don't think it's a good idea. The Middleton-Cross Plains schools superintendent said it's only asking for more trouble."
 

WI: WAVE: Wis. State Rep. Lasee Exploits Tragic School Shootings to Promote His Extremist Pro-Gun Agenda
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"We've heard these same arguments before. Almost every time there is a terrible tragedy involving gun violence, one of the gun lobby's favorite legislators comes out clamoring about the need for more guns. The fact is putting guns in our schools isn't the answer. The day of the Columbine massacre there was an armed guard present, and that didn't deter the shooters, nor did it stop the worst school shooting in American history."

KABA Note: No, but he held the shooters off long enough for dozens of people to escape.

"It is absolutely perverse for a state lawmaker to exploit the recent school shootings in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and right here in Cazenovia, Wisconsin in order to push forward an extremist agenda to allow hidden, loaded handguns inside our schools." ...
 

WA: Spokane sheriff acknowledges porn search was at wrong house
Submitted by: Anonymous

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... "In a news conference earlier in the day, Knezovich said he would look into complaints by a 67-year-old man whose house was wrongly raided on Sept. 27 after Detective Timothy D. Hines was one digit off when he sought the location of a telephone number to which the obscene calls had been traced."

"Computers, CDs, floppy disks, VHS tapes and other items taken from the house were returned after the blunder was discovered Monday when more obscene calls were reported."

"'This is very serious,' Knezovich said. 'People can get hurt if this happens.'"

"Knezovich said supervisors who review search warrant applications will now be required to compare the information with supporting documents ..." ...
 

CA: Shooters encouraged to use nonlead bullets
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regular or unleaded?"

"Big game hunters in Monterey County will get a chance to try ammunition using nonlead bullets free of charge this month, courtesy of a coalition of wildlife organizations, state and federal agencies, hunters, shooters and ammunition manufacturers."

"A 'Non-Lead Ammunition Shooting Event and BBQ Lunch' will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Monterey County Swiss Rifle Club on La Gloria Road, just outside Soledad."

"Participants are asked to bring their own rifles and lead bullet ammunition for comparison shooting, along with adequate ear and eye protection." ...
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Submitter's Note: Non-lead ammunition? Don't you mean "armor-piercing cop-killer" bullets?
 

NY: Pols protest a fundraiser at shooting range
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A political fundraiser on a trap-and-skeet shooting range at Southaven County Park in Yaphank scheduled for today is drawing fire from politicians and residents who fought unsuccessfully to close the facility."

"They're charging that Assemb. Ginny Fields (D-Oakdale), who is holding the $75-a-person fundraiser for her campaign, is insensitive and asked her to reconsider, a request Fields rejected." ...
 

NY: Bloomberg Misdirects His Anti-Gun Anger
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Reducing the criminal misuse of firearms is a goal shared by all Americans, including the firearms industry. But New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would have people think he's the only one addressing the issue."

"Bloomberg has made cracking down on illegal guns a focus of his second term. With the media lavishing attention on him, the mayor has denounced the firearms industry and disparaged federal law enforcement."

"The firearms industry believes some aspects of the mayor’s initiative have merit. ... Not all of his actions are worthy of praise, however, and most can rightly be called political grandstanding." ...
 

OH: Newspaper Access to CHL Info Riddled with Hypocrisy (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that the state of Ohio has denied The Cincinnati Enquirer’s request for a list of names and locations of those licensed to be foster parents. Barbara Riley, Director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, has said that making such a list public could allow threatened foster children to be located." ...

"It is a shame that this common-sense protection is not granted uniformly throughout the state. Those that receive Concealed Handgun Licenses are endangered every day by major newspapers in Ohio, most notoriously The Cleveland Plain Dealer, by publishing lists divulging the name, age, and location of every CHL holder in their area. " ...
 

OH: OFCC Presents: VoteYourGuns.com
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"OFCC and the OFCC PAC are happy to announce the release of the 2006 Ohio General Election Voter Guide and the launch of the new VoteYourGuns.com Election Headquarters!"

"The Voter Guide is designed to help the Ohio voter make an informed decision in an effort to Vote Your Guns this election season and ensure that gun rights reform continues in Ohio."

"The new VoteYourGuns.com Election Headquarters page is a one stop resource for Ohio Voters. Not only does it list all of our endorsements, but even helps voters to find their various districts. It also links to a wealth of information such as state districting maps, voter requirements, and the locations of local Boards of Elections." ...
 

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