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"Making enemies of America"
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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... "When we think of peace, what is it we think of? This American believes that peace is self-induced will to get along and live with others, that it cannot be forced at the end of a cannon, rifle, missile, smart bombs, EMP weaponry, bio and chemical weaponry, and covert/overt actions taken to murder leaders or opponents to various governments. This man keeps thinking of the Golden Rule - to do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." ...
 

Jury selection begins in gun distributor trial
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Jury selection began on Monday in Pam Grunow's legal face-off with the South Florida company that distributed the semiautomatic handgun teenager Nathaniel Brazill used to kill her husband."

"The widow's attorneys say the civil case against Sunrise-based Valor Corp. is simple: The lightweight .25-caliber Raven Arms handgun is a defective product. The 'Saturday Night Special' is unreasonably dangerous, easy to hide, looks like a toy and is the weapon of choice for many criminals, they argue."

[If those are the best 'arguments' these people have, they don't have a prayer.]

"We have no hidden agenda--we want this gun off the market," said Bob Montgomery, one of Grunow's attorneys. "We want to get a verdict that will be a clarion call."
 

MO: Non-violent felon facing prison for shotgun possession
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"A Cape Girardeau man, previously convicted of felonies, pleaded guilty Monday to unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition in federal court."

"Michael J. Farrow, 43, appeared Monday before U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel."

"Cape Girardeau police responded to his home on Jan. 27, where his wife, Ann S. Farrow, told them her husband kept a shotgun in the home and had cleaned it several times."

"Farrow had earlier been convicted of felony stealing and sale of an imitation controlled substance. He now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing was set for Jan. 6, 2003."
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Considering the fact that rights restoration is exceedingly difficult and that he was never convicted of a violent crime in the first place, does a trip to prison at the public's expense really make sense here?
 

ALERT: The Maryland-DC Shootings
Submitted by: Ted Vaughn

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The timing is too "good" for the victim-disarmament crowd.
-Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership
 

FDA-approved drug leads to suicide rate of 718 per 100,000
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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... "A recent study conducted by Arif Khan, medical director of the Northwest Clinical Research Center in Bellevue, Wash., and adjunct professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine, has revealed startling numbers of suicides committed and suicides attempted in the clinical trials for the new SSRI (serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors) antidepressants — numbers that for years had been hidden from both prescribing physicians and the public."

"Kahn has examined the official clinical drug-trial data for all SSRIs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 1985 and 2000, in which 71,604 participants in the clinical trials were treated with antipsychotics, all SSRIs and anticonvulsants. The rate of suicides in the general public is 11 in 100,000, which means an incidence rate for those participating in the SSRI clinical trials of nearly 68 percent — that's 718 suicides for every 100,000. Kahn's research further revealed that nearly 4 percent of SSRI drug-trial participants attempted suicide within the following year." ...
 

Freeh: 'Right-wing groups' bigger threat
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Clinton FBI chief's counterterror focus to be probed at 9-11 hearing"

"As WorldNetDaily first reported, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who has been criticized for refocusing counterterrorism efforts on 'right-wing groups,' will headline tomorrow's Senate hearings probing Sept. 11 failures." ...

"Despite alarming evidence of an escalation in anti-American attacks from Islamic terrorist groups like al-Qaida, Freeh in 1999 told Congress that domestic 'right-wing groups' posed 'a very real threat' to national security."

" "While the United States holds little credible intelligence at this time indicating that international or domestic terrorists are planning to attack United States interests domestically through the use of weapons of mass destruction, a growing number (while still small) of 'lone offender' and extremist splinter elements of right-wing groups have been identified as possessing or attempting to develop/use chemical, biological or radiological materials," Freeh said Feb. 4, 1999, in a prepared statement submitted to a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Appropriations." ...
 

Big Brother's National ID Card
Submitted by: Ted Vaughn

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Of course they don't CALL it a National ID Card-it's only a new drivers license.

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck...
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"A national Identification card - complete with biometic identifiers, such as fingerprints or retinal scans - is coming. Only it's not being called that. House Resolution 4633 - the Driver's License Modernization Act of 2002 - would effectively create a national ID if it's passed. The bill would require each state to adopt a uniform standard for driver's licenses and link their motor vehicle databases to a central computer registry." ...
 

IL: Lone pro-gun candidate still battling The Machine
Submitted by: Stephanie Sailor
Website: http://SailorVsTheMachine.com

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"With less than a month left in the race for US Congress, Stephanie Sailor (Libertarian, D-9, IL), reassured voters today that her avant-garde $0 cyber war chest is forging ahead full-force. While the Gen X pro-gun female may not fit the everyday profile of a typical Congressional candidate, Sailor’s no-nonsense campaign appeals to the everyday citizen. Sailor is battling the incumbent anti-gun Democratic Machine, Jan Schakowsky."
 

Task Force: Strip FBI of Domestic Intelligence
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"A high-powered independent task force recommended to the White House on Monday that it strip the FBI of much of its domestic intelligence investigation responsibilities and create a homeland intelligence agency."

"The recommendation is contained in a report, 'Protecting America's Freedom in the Information Age,' produced by Markle Foundation, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Brookings Institution."

"As the White House and Congress struggle over whether someone should have 'connected the dots' of intelligence that might have led to the prevention of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the task force asserts that only a new agency, carefully designed to avoid trampling civil rights and to provide meaningful, collated intelligence, can accomplish the task." ...
 

"Inside the Mind of a Sniper"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"I think the shooter's your loner, militia-type: 'We're not happy with what the government is doing and we're going take matters into our own hand" ...

"...the suspect is most likely unemployed or works part time because most of the shootings occurred when during normal working hours."

"The gunman is also very comfortable with weapons and could be an experienced hunter, an avid gun collector or may have had previous — or current — experience in the military or with law enforcement."
 

NC: Hoke board denies turkey shoot permit
Submitted by: G. Hughes

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"The Hoke County commissioners on Monday night denied a conditional-use permit to a man who wanted to open a place to hold turkey shoots.
But nearly a dozen residents spoke against the permit request, saying the shoots would create a safety hazard and be too noisy." ...
 

The DC Sniper Nest: None Dare Call it Terrorism
Submitted by: Ted Vaughn

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"No gun law will slow down this sniper. In fact, only the opposite is true." --J.J.Johnson
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"This will be one of those articles our enemies will try to pick apart in order to make the accusation that the author actually condones what is happening around the nation's capital. It's expected, since it's one of the few ways the left knows how to deal with such a dilemma." ...
 

"Gun-Law Mystery"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Americans are still guaranteed more privacy in buying a gun than in buying a car."

"To get a driver's license is infinitely more complicated than to acquire a high-powered rifle or a semi-automatic weapon capable of mass human destruction."

"Even after committing crimes, gun owners are protected by the laws of the country."
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Someone buy this overly-emotional, uninformed columnist a clue and get his head out of Sarah Brady's fourth point of contact!
 

NJ: Senate OKs 'smart gun' legislation
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Each new handgun sold in New Jersey eventually will need a mechanism to prevent anyone other than its owner from firing it if legislation approved by the state Senate on Monday becomes law."

New Jersey socialists: 1
Freedom: 0
 

CA: Governor’s debate - Simon "will not seek to overturn these [gun] laws"
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Gun-related quotes from the debate are below. Click above link for full transcript.
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"DAVIS: Mr. Simon, as you know, I served in the Vietnam War and I learned a little something about assault weapons, but I also know they have no place in a civilized society. So when I became governor, I signed gun safety legislation banning assault weapons, requiring trigger locks, to protect children, on weapons. You opposed my gun safety legislation, and for that you’ve been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, the Gun Owners of California and other gun groups. Just recently you received $50,000 contribution from the Firearms Freedom Fund."

"DAVIS: You told the L.A. Times over the weekend you couldn’t think of a single area in which you disagreed with the NRA. Now that you’ve had a couple of days to think about it, would you please tell us all the areas that you disagree with the NRA or the gun lobby?"

"SIMON: I’d be happy to do it, Mr. Davis. You know, first of all, you mischaracterized, you know, my positions, you know, with respect to stances I’ve taken. You know, I was not in favor of assault weapons, they have no place on our street."

"QUESTION: Mr. Simon, I want to go back to the question that Governor Davis asked you, and you never got a chance to answer it. Would you help the National Rifle Association try to repeal any gun control laws?"

"You specifically said you would have signed the assault weapon ban, but how about the bill regulating Saturday night specials, the one-per-month limit on handgun purchases, the bill requiring handgun buyers to pass a safety exam and be licensed? Would you have signed those bills?"

"SIMON: I would not have signed the Saturday night special law because I think it was broad on its face. But now, it’ll be tested in the courts."

"The bottom line is this: I will not seek to overturn these laws. I’m going to let them go through the natural, judicial process, because they are being challenged."

"And I’ve said publicly, and I’ll repeat it once again: I’m not in favor of any new gun laws, but when I take an oath as governor, I take an oath to enforce the law. I don’t choose. I don’t pick and choose which laws to enforce."
 

CA: Investigator indicted on murder charges
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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A couple of issues here:

1 - "If convicted, he faces 15 years to life in prison for the murder count plus additional time for the gun allegation." If he beat the suspect to death with his night stick, it would be OK, right?

2 - "Riter has been a law enforcement officer for about 31 years..." Another one for the "Only Law Enforcement Should Be Armed" file.
 

"Sniper attacks expose need for better gun-tracking tools"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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USA Today gets in on the "Registration will prevent crime" kick.
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"Who fired the weapon, however, remains a mystery, one that might be solved if the markings on the bullets could also be used to identify the gun's owner. Yet the creation of a national databank containing that critical information is being blocked by the fierce lobbying of the National Rifle Association (NRA)."

"The idea is simple: Every new gun sold in the country would be test-fired so that its unique markings could be entered into a national database. If the gun were ever used to commit a crime, the police could quickly match bullet to gun and, quite possibly, to the current owner. The Congressional Research Service, which conducts studies for members of Congress, recently concluded that the system would help authorities trace guns used in crimes." ...

"Police can track cars used in crimes to owners through mandatory auto licenses and registration. Collecting less information on guns used in crimes makes no sense."
 

System would fail -- opposing view to above editorial in USA Today
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Ballistic fingerprinting has not solved or prevented a single gun crime in Maryland. Chances are, it never will."

"For ballistic fingerprinting to work as intended, a shell casing and/or bullet must be recovered at a crime scene. Markings on the bullet or casing must match those from a gun in a database. That gun must be found in the possession of the criminal who used it."

"Since the majority of armed criminals use stolen guns, tracing a gun to its original owner accomplishes nothing." ...
 

NV: Deputy suspected of domestic battery could lose job
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A Washoe County sheriff’s deputy arrested on suspicion of domestic battery could lose his job if convicted because of a federal law..."

"Under a 1996 change to the Gun Control Act of 1968, it is illegal for anyone convicted of a felony or misdemeanor domestic violence-related charge to possess a gun or ammunition..."

"Obviously, if he is convicted, that could jeopardize his position, but it’s too early to determine whether or not that would occur..."
 

PA: Victim upset with plea offer
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Peirson's case began on the night of Nov. 11, 2001, in Kennett Square's Birch Inn."

"As Peirson, 42, sat at a table by the bar, Solis-Arreola, 32, allegedly showed a handgun to friends."

"The gun fired. The bullet, or fragments of the bullet, struck his hand, his brother's face and Peirson's right eye."
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Notice how the gun fired all by itself.

The shooter plea bargained to reckless endangerment, for which maximum allowable sentence is two years in a state prison.
 

Dr. Timothy Emerson convicted of federal firearms charges
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - "A former San Angelo doctor who challenged a federal law in a Second Amendment case was convicted Monday of firearm possession charges."

"A federal jury convicted Timothy Emerson of three counts of possessing a firearm. He was charged in 1998 after buying a pistol while under a restraining order during a divorce proceeding."

"U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings originally dismissed the charge against Emerson, ruling that the federal statute used to charge Emerson violated his Second Amendment right to bear arms."

"But the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the judge's ruling in October 2001."

"The 5th Circuit ruled that an individual has a right to bear arms -- a victory for gun rights advocates -- but that the right could be restricted under some circumstances."

"The case went back to the district court after the Supreme Court in June said it would not hear the case and a similar gun-rights case."

"During testimony, defense attorney David Guinn said his client was not a felon for owning guns that were legal once his divorce was completed."

" 'You jurors are the only ones who stand between the government and whatever they want to do whenever they want,' he said in a story in Monday night's online edition of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal. 'And that's what these kinds of laws do. Everything that the government says isn't always best for us and isn't always what is right.' "

"A sentencing date was not announced. Emerson faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, prosecutors said."

KABA NOTE:

This judicial train wreck is a direct result of the Bush/Ashcroft Administration's insistence that the Supreme Court not hear U.S. v. Emerson. The case was perfectly valid, long overdue and indeed righteous, yet the "pro gun" Bush/Ashcroft administration screwed America for political gain, letting Dr. Emerson get fed to the lions.
 

"Outrageous" Democrats
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Our nation was designed to ensure all for one and one for all. Facing down individualism as offered by Democrat Party High Holiness, Ted Kennedy, is absolutely not what America is about. So instead of being concerned with how law-abiding citizens should be gun-controlled, humanity would have been better served if he had paid more attention to his own car and booze control at Chappaquiddick."
 

NC: New rifle commemorates Buncombe history
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Gun collectors can get a bit of local history as well as a famous weapon."

"A Colorado company has produced a Winchester special edition .45 caliber rifle commemorating Buncombe County history."

"The Winchester Model 1894 carbine is finished in nickel silver and overlaid in 24-karat gold. The engraved metal work features scenes from Buncombe's past, including the drover trade, the Buncombe Riflemen who defended the Confederacy, the Biltmore Estate and the role of tobacco."
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Neat stuff.
 

"Bullet Analysis Key in Sniper Case"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Microscopic clues on a bullet fragment or a shell casing recovered from a victim or at a crime scene provide crucial information for investigators trying to catch a clandestine shooter." ...
 

MD: Ten Commandments banner pulled from city parade, group leader handcuffed, detained
Submitted by: The Eggman
Website: http://www.the-eggman.com/

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"The mayor of Frederick, Md., ordered police to stop a group of activists carrying a 'Save the Ten Commandments' banner from marching in a weekend parade."

"The group's leader, who had a permit to march in the parade with a banner, was handcuffed and detained until the parade had passed."

And here some ignorant sniper is shooting children nearby.
 

"Closing a loophole" -- calls for bans and registration
Submitted by: Stephanie D. Buelt

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Anti-Gun Editorial: "...An important part of the solution to gun violence -- whether on the streets or in houses of worship -- is a strict ban on private ownership of certain types of firearms, along with tough registration laws and crackdowns on gun shows where stolen weapons are sold and traded without restrictions...."
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TX: Students for the Second Amendment Teaches Firearm Safety to South Texas Area Scouts.
Submitted by: Damaso Torres
Website: http://www.sf2a.org

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"On Monday, October 8th Students for the Second Amendment and The Collegiate Firearms Instructor Program, taught a firearms safety class to the boy scouts and parents of Alamo Area Council, Troop 821 in San Antonio." ...
 

IL: Chicago Anti-gun rally doesn't even draw the homeless!
Submitted by: John Boch / Guns Save Life dot com
Website: http://www.gunssavelife.com

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THE FEW DOING THE WORK OF SO MANY
By John Birch, President, Concealed Carry, Inc.
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"This is the time to thank the 15 or so of you who showed up yesterday to counter the lies strewn by the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) at their annual hate rally. However I will not thank you because as patriots you were only doing the moral and right thing for your fellow man."

"The fact is we blunted the rally and then turned it to our advantage." . . .
 

Humor: Jersey's Next Senate Ringer
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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... "In a surprise move, New Jersey Democrats nominated ex-Gov. and -President Woodrow Wilson, who has been buried for the past 80 years. A Democratic spokesmen said, 'There is precedent here. Deceased candidates have been elected before. What does it matter if you are dead eight days or 80 years? Dead is dead.' " ...
 

Judge rejects plea deal in case where man carried firearm through airport "security"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A federal judge refused to accept a plea bargain that would have put a North Carolina man on probation for carrying a gun through security at Norfolk International Airport."

"William M. Barnes, an Outer Banks real estate developer, now faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine."

"A prosecutor and Barnes' lawyer sought probation and a smaller fine through the plea agreement, saying Barnes forgot the .22-caliber revolver and folding pocket knife were in his bags." ...

"Barnes cooperated with authorities and turned over a second handgun he had in his car, according to court records."

"He pleaded guilty Monday to a federal misdemeanor of violating airport security and was to receive three years of probation and a $2,000 fine."
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Remember fondly the days when INTENT and INJURED PARTY had something to do with producing convictions.
 

UK: Panel argues issue of liberty - sort of
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The right to kick a burglar down the stairs, the fight to protect hunting, the pressure to build new houses in the countryside, and the success of Marks & Spencer were among the issues that dominated a conference fringe debate on freedom." ...

"Under close questioning for an hour and a half, the participants tried to identify what freedom should mean to the Conservative Party - and what its limits should be - before a packed room of party representatives, academics and journalists." ...

" 'We have to be willing to give freedom not just to ourselves but to people whose instincts are not those of ours. Let's not worry what our fellow citizens do with their freedom, only give more of it,' he said." ...

"Lord Tebbit argued that God-given freedoms were being undermined by secular institutions such as the European Union, which had taken it on themselves to 'grant' rights to citizens." ...

"Lord Tebbit called for the consequences of individual actions to be accepted: 'If a burglar burgles you and you find him and kick him down the stairs, tough luck. That's the consequences of his actions.' "

"Mr Lilley and Mr Hayes said that for MPs, at least, the fight to defend the freedom to hunt should not extend to breaking the law."
 

WA: Police turn to Tasers to reduce injuries
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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BOTHELL -- "Police officers in Bothell and Kenmore have added a new tool to their belts, this one using a jolt of electricity to subdue violent offenders."

"The M26 Advanced Taser, the two departments' latest addition, is a less-than-lethal weapon gaining popularity around the country and the state, known for its ability to subdue offenders with no ill side effects."

" 'These are valuable tools that can assist in reducing injuries to officers and suspects,' Bothell Police Chief Forrest Conover said."

"On the Eastside, Kirkland and Bellevue police are carrying Tasers, as are police in Seattle and Lynnwood."

"The Taser is a laser-sighted weapon resembling a gun with a cartridge attached to the end of the barrel."

"The cartridges propel a pair of prongs on copper wires over a distance of six to 21 feet."

"The device sends 26 watts of electricity at more than 50,000 volts through the wires in a five-second burst." ...
 

Australia: Policeman gets counselling after fatal shooting
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The Queensland Police Union says the officer who fatally shot a 24-year-old man in Bundaberg yesterday is extremely upset about the incident."

"Daniel Cory Rhodes was shot after he allegedly pulled a gun on police who had stopped a car he was travelling in."

"The Police Ethical Command and Crime and Misconduct Commission are investigating, although Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson says interviews with witnesses corroborate police officers' accounts of the event."
 

OH: On-Campus Rape Fliers Promote Buying Guns
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"Fliers being distributed on The Ohio State University campus about a series of rapes are also suggesting that people should purchase guns to protect themselves."

"The fliers suggest buying a gun because police have been powerless to stop the rapist.

University Police Chief Ron Michalec ... told campus newspaper The Lantern, "We are not happy that they are using the same format as our crime alerts. It sends mixed messages; they are using the university to promote their own agenda."

"Officers have been told to take the fliers down."
 

AL: Newspaper Carrier Kills Gunman At Birmingham Store
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"A newspaper carrier filling racks at a convenience store became a hero to the clerk by gunning down a robber who had put a shotgun to the clerk's head."

Sam Harper, 43, was filling racks with Monday's edition of The Birmingham News when he saw a man put on a wig, burst into the store screaming and aim a shotgun only inches away from clerk Tom Burtnett. Harper grabbed his gun, went inside and fired.

"I just reacted," Harper said. "It was total chaos and it was pretty terrifying." "
 

"Calls to police hotlines have provided more than a thousand leads"
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First, the quote:

"Calls to police hotlines have provided more than a thousand leads in the investigation [of the sniper shootings in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.]."

THINK ABOUT IT...

If we are being told the truth -- that only one person has committed these cowardly acts of senseless and needless slaughter -- that means there are at least 999 people being treated, in some way, as suspects in crimes they didn't commit.

And they are all being "turned in" by their neighbors -- many of them, probably, because they are gunowners.

Multiply that kind of "public involvement" a millionfold, and that is what President Bush's "TIPS" program could become.
 

SC: National Rifle Association endorses Graham for U.S. Senate
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The National Rifle Association has endorsed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lindsey Graham, even though Democratic opponent Alex Sanders is a member of the organization."

"Graham has been a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to bear arms, but is not an NRA member, campaign spokesman Kevin Bishop said." ...
 

CT: Student arrested for using fake gun (a lighter) to make a threat
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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Turns out the gun was a lighter.
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"A Wethersfield High School student is behind bars tonight for allegedly threatening another student with a fake gun."

"Police say 16-year-old Derrick Comrie faces a variety of charges after he went to another students home, exchanged verbal threats and then displayed what appeared to be a chrome handgun."

"Police say Comrie then left the scene. The alleged victim reported this incident around 3 p.m."

"When police went to search Comrie's home, police say he became combative after his mother let police in. Police found the gun, which turned out to be a lighter, in Comrie's bedroom."

"Comrie is being held on a $10,000 bond. He'll be in New Britain Superior Court."

"He is charged with Brandishing a Facsimile Firearm, Interfering with a Police Officer, Threatening and Breach of Peace."
 

UK: Gunowner, imprisoned for mere possession of firearm, released from prison
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NOTE: Not a word about him misusing the firearm -- he simply had it in his possession, and off to prison he went.
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Ashley Walters, aka So Solid Crew's Asher D, has been released from Rugby Young Offenders institution, according to a spokesman.

To mark the occasion, Walters and the rest of the group have spoken openly to a TV documentary team about his experiences and the events that led up to his imprisonment.

Walters, from Peckham in south London, pleaded guilty to one count of possessing a loaded gun, following a confrontation with a traffic warden.

It is an offence which carries a maximum 10 years in jail. He was sentenced last March to 18 months in a young offenders' institution.

Southwark Crown Court heard he and his girlfriend were in their parked Peugeot car next to an "expired meter" in July 2001 when they were told to pay or go.

The traffic warden was so worried about the argument that followed in Hanover Square, near the capital's busy Oxford Street, that he called the police.

When an armed response team stopped the pop star's vehicle shortly afterwards, the gun was found wrapped in a sock in his girlfriend's handbag.

The court heard the loaded firearm, a Brocock, which looks like a Magnum handgun, had been altered from its original airgun specification to fire "potentially lethal" ammunition.
 

A sniper aimless in every way except in the aim of his gun
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This is an interesting and even educational analysis of various nut jobs from the past who've taken to killing multiple innocent people.

The general assertion is that while some of the murderous psychos from the past have had some sort of twisted logic to their mayhem, the recent east coast coward killing innocent people and recently a child on school property appears to be aimless and thus exceedingly difficult to track.
 

Brady/MMM hosting lovefest for Hollywood victim disarmament "entertainers"
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"On Thursday, October 10, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March will host the First Annual Taste of Los Angeles and Toast to Hollywood at the Hollywood Athletic Club on Sunset Boulevard. The event will honor Emmy-award winning actor Allison Janney (West Wing), Producer/Director Bill D'Elia (Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope) and Sandy Reisenbach of Warner Brothers for their commitment to raising public awareness of gun violence prevention issues through the entertainment industry." ...
 

UK: "I'm amazed that random killers are so rare"
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This UK columnist, in response to the Maryland sniper shootings, has a few observations to share. Among them:

"...whenever a 'gunman goes on the rampage' or a 'swordsman runs amok', the thought that passes through my head is not how often this kind of thing happens, but how seldom."

"That so many people must have such feelings, and yet so few actually behave in such a drastic way, is a cause, I think, for some celebration. It seems to prove that (in well-ordered societies at any rate) our natural sense of empathy – our understanding of the consequences of our actions for other human beings like ourselves – acts as a massive inhibitor." ...
 

"They Aim to Please" -- more on anti-gun filmmaker Michael Moore's latest assault
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"Two cheers for Michael Moore—and a raspberry. Released as the countdown begins for a second Gulf War, Moore's latest documentary psychodrama, Bowling for Columbine, is nothing if not timely in articulating sentiments and posing questions that few public personalities are willing to entertain (let alone so entertainingly)." ...

"It's exploitation with an agenda. ... Moore, however, is not one to let ...facts—get in the way."

"Credit Bowling for Columbine with a strong argument for enhanced gun control..."

"Moore documents himself accepting gratitude for staging a successful protest against Kmart's sale of bullets and hugging needy victims as though he were Mother Teresa in a baseball cap."

"Shamelessly roping in the events of September 11...luckily for his film, Moore does not attempt to appropriate the discredited thesis of Michael A. Bellesiles's Arming America..."

"Bowling for Columbine's grand finale shows the filmmaker using his lifelong membership in the National Rifle Association as a means to dupe the organization's chief cheerleader Charlton Heston into an at-home interview." ...
 

CA: Officer mistakes shotgun for beanbag gun, kills suspect
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"Authorities have launched an investigation into whether a Redondo Beach police officer accidentally killed a suspected car thief by mistaking a shotgun for a beanbag stun gun, according to two reports published Tuesday."

"...no weapons were found on the man or inside the vehicle."

QUESTION:

If a police officer cannot tell the difference between a beanbag gun and a shotgun, why is he allowed to officially wield either?
 

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