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NY: Pondering John Lennon's 63rd Birthday Today...
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Today would have been John Lennon's 63rd birthday. But he was shot dead, in New York City, on August 12, 1980 -- by a guy who ignored the handgun ban as well as the ban on murder.

In the 23 years since Lennon was shot dead, thousands of people have been shot with illegal handguns in NYC, and many of them died.

It is time gun banners admit that the NYC handgun ban only empowers criminals. It is high time to let innocent, decent, law-abiding people defend themselves.
 

Gun Bans Don't Work
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WASHINGTON TIMES -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study last week that states there is no evidence to prove gun-control laws are effective in preventing violence. No kidding. There always has been substance to the cliche that guns don't kill people, people do. Correlative to that rule is that the criminals who use guns to kill usually possess their weapons illegally. These serial lawbreakers are not deterred by statutes prohibiting or regulating gun ownership. They will continue to use guns to commit violent crimes even if the rest of the population of sitting ducks are disarmed.

In the exhaustive brief, the CDC analyzed scientific evidence regarding "bans on specified firearms and ammunition, restrictions on firearm acquisition [including waiting periods], firearm registration and licensing, concealed-carry laws, child-access-prevention laws, zero-tolerance laws for firearms in schools and combinations of firearms laws." The verdict? "The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes." The task force also concluded that "firearms-related injuries in the United States have declined since 1993" despite the fact that "approximately 4.5 million new firearms are sold each year." ...
 

AZ: Gun Ban Leader Hates Innocent Blind People
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Original Title: "Concerns Surround Concealed Weapon Law"
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"People who hold permits in 28 other states are now legally entitled to carry concealed weapons in Arizona under what's called concealed weapons reciprocity."

" 'Right now it's a bad law because not every state has high standards when it comes to testing,' says Sean Hammond, a member of Arizonans for Gun Safety."

"He says he's not against guns or concealed weapon permits. But he does say the new law is unfair, especially since states like Tennessee actually allowed a legally blind woman to carry a concealed weapon."

" 'If people in this society think a legally blind person should be able to carry a handgun, then I think we're a poorer society for it.' " ...
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Blind people shouldn't be allowed to defend themselves? How very typical of this particular gun ban organization: they pretend they hold some moral high ground when in fact they openly endorse policies that abuse and further limit handicapped people. Rather than be called "Arizonans for Gun Safety", they should be called "Arizonans Who Hate Blind Women".

Message for Sean Hammond, the Very Disturbed Man Who Hates Innocent Blind People:

Blind Man Shoots Robber In Chest (MI)
 

AK: 2 campers killed by bear in "gun free" National Park
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KING SALMON, Alaska - "A man and a woman were fatally mauled in a bear attack in Katmai National Park and Preserve - the first known bear killings in the 4.7 million-acre park, National Park Service officials said Tuesday."

"The bodies were found near Kaflia Bay on Monday when a pilot with Andrew Airways arrived to pick them up and take them to Kodiak, Alaska State Troopers said. The park is on the Alaska Peninsula."

"The pilot saw a bear, possibly on top of a body, in the camp and contacted the Park Service in King Salmon and troopers in Kodiak."

"Park rangers encountered an aggressive bear when they arrived at the campsite and killed it." ...

[Killed it with a firearm -- like any sane person would do if it was trying to eat them.]

... "No weapons were found at the scene, Park Service spokeswoman Jane Tranel said." ...
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Comment - More needless deaths due to federal laws prohibiting weapons in national parks.
 

AK: Bear activist killed by Alaska grizzly (another report)
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"A self-taught bear enthusiast who once called Alaska’s brown bears harmless was one of two people fatally mauled in a bear attack in the Katmai National Park and Preserve."

"THE BODIES OF Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard both of Malibu, Calif., were found Monday at their campsite when a pilot arrived who was supposed to take them to Kodiak, state troopers said Tuesday." . . .

"Park rangers encountered a large, aggressive male brown bear within minutes of arriving. Ranger Joel Ellis said two officers stood by with shotguns as he fired 11 times with a semi-automatic handgun before the animal fell, 12 feet away."
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Obviously they don't "need" a .50 cal handgun, right? Firearms may be banned in National Parks for "the little people," but not for special government employees.
 

OR: "Elephant" movie does "dramatic investigation" of Columbine massacre
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"For a city that is always taking its own temperature, Saturday night was a veritable hot flash. Gus Van Sant's award-winning movie 'Elephant,' set and shot in Portland, had its U.S. premiere."

" 'Elephant' centers on 10 minutes in the life of the fictional Watt High School in Portland, when two boys bring in a bag full of guns and perpetrate a Columbine-like massacre."

" 'My dad bought me one (a gun) for my birthday,' Zack Wilson offered. 'I've got a MAC-10 and a.357 Magnum, but I haven't fired them yet,' he said amiably. His friends shrieked and were at pains to point out that he's a good guy, really.' " ...

"At a news conference earlier in the day, the director described 'Elephant' as a 'dramatic investigation' of the Columbine shootings, as opposed to a journalistic one. ... He said he fully expected it to cause controversy, though he wouldn't name any of the myriad groups who possibly could be offended." ...
 

"Protecting People from Guns"
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"Guns are being brought out and readied for hunting season all over the northwest. As the number of guns in homes rises, so does the risk of accidental and intentional firearm-related injuries and deaths."

"If you have a gun in your home, whether it's a hunting rifle, a shotgun or a handgun, this is a good time to make sure that it is stored safely at all times. If children or teens live in or visit your home, safe gun storage becomes even more important."

"Although hunting accidents usually get a lot of media attention, they are rare compared to firearm-related suicides. Of all the deaths caused by guns in Oregon, 77 percent of them are because of suicide." ...
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No, suicides are caused by people who decide it's time to die and make it so. Some nations with virtually no private firearm ownership have even higher rates of suicide -- "but at least they don't do it with guns."?
 

NY: Boy, 11, shoots rifle to scare off teen intruders
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PHELPS, N.Y. -- An 11-year-old boy fired a rifle several times to scare off two older boys who kept ringing the doorbell.

The boy went to the door and ordered the teens, ages 13 and 14, to go away, but they refused and then entered the home's adjoining garage in this rural western New York town, the sheriff's office said.

When the teens refused orders to leave, the boy went into the house, reappeared with a .22-caliber rifle and fired several shots outside the garage door, authorities said. The bullets passed within five feet of the teens, who were not hurt.

The boy, who was not identified, could be charged with reckless endangerment, the sheriff's office said in Tuesday's Daily Messenger of Canandaigua.
 

MD: Governor's Wife Makes 'Inadvertent' Comment About Shooting Britney Spears
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While speaking at a domestic violence conference at Hood College in Frederick, Kendel Ehrlich said

"You know, really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would," Ehrlich said Friday.

Jive Records, the New York-based label that represents Spears, said in an e-mailed statement that Ehrlich had "shot her own self in the foot by promoting violence."
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KABA NOTE:

It's odd that Maryland's first lady, while speaking out about how public celebrity access can be harmful, would do such harm with her celebrity access. Go figure.

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OH: Man who shot himself faces two charges
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"A Fremont man who authorities say accidentally shot himself in the ankle and then lied about how he was wounded now faces two misdemeanor charges."

"Larry D. Edwards, 27, of 1136 Western Ave. was charged Tuesday with one count each of improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and falsification, both first-degree misdemeanors. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine."

"Edwards is scheduled for an initial appearance at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 in Fremont Municipal Court."

"Edwards accidentally shot himself in his right ankle the night of Sept. 27 while driving, but initially lied to authorities and said it occurred while he was helping a disabled motorist on Ohio 53 South, near the Sandusky/Seneca County line, according to sheriff's office reports." ...
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He wouldn't have any need to lie to the "authorities" if he was legally allowed to carry a loaded firearm in his vehicle and didn't fear being arrested for telling the truth.
 

IL: Suit claims negligence in bowling alley shooting
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NORTH AURORA — "A man shot during a violent bowling alley melee filed a lawsuit against the alleged shooter and AMF Valley Bowling Lanes, claiming the facility failed to provide adequate security."

[So bowling allies are supposed to have metal detectors and enough armed security on hand to quell a gang-related brawl now?]

"Omar Delgado, 24, of Aurora, was shot in the chest during a gang-related brawl at the bowling alley on March 30. He is seeking more than $50,000 in damages." ...
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Submitter's comment: Public companies are not required to protect us, nor should they prevent us from protecting ourselves.
 

MI: Detroit police chief's driver arrested in bar attack
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"A police officer who serves as the driver for Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver has been suspended after he allegedly was involved in an attack where he pulled his weapon on two civilians at the Post Bar in Mount Clemens, officials said Monday."

"William Trzos, 25, was charged late last week in 41B District Court on five charges including two felonies. He posted bond and was released pending an Oct. 21 preliminary court hearing."

"Trzos is accused of assaulting a Florida man and his sister during a Sept. 28 outing at the Post Bar on North Walnut in Mount Clemens."

"A department spokeswoman said Trzos has been suspended with pay until the charges are resolved. He was hired in 2000..." ...
 

AZ: "2 border vigilantes go to jail in capture"
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"Two men received jail sentences Wednesday for illegally hunting down undocumented immigrants along the southern Arizona border with Mexico."

"Human rights advocates, prosecutors and Mexican officials hailed the sentencing as a blow against border vigilantes, but the leader of a citizens border patrol group said the case has galvanized a group of people in the Yuma area to take up arms and patrol the border themselves."

"A Yuma County Superior Court judge in Yuma sentenced Matthew Paul Hoffman, 23, of Yuma to 120 days in jail, and Alexander David Dumas, 26, of Big Bear Lake, Calif., to 30 days in jail. Both men also were placed on three years of probation and ordered to perform 360 hours of community service." ...
 

MO: Opponents to File Lawsuit Against Concealed-Guns Law
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The 10 plaintiffs include three Democratic state senators who voted against the bill -- Sens. Joan Bray, Rita Days and Maida Coleman, all of St. Louis.

Opponents of Missouri's new concealed gun law plan to target it in court on claims that it violates various parts of the state constitution.

A lawsuit to be filed Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, seeks both an injunction blocking the law from taking effect Saturday and a permanent declaration striking it down.

The lawsuit claims a provision of the Missouri Constitution dating to 1875 prohibits the wearing of concealed firearms, and it alleges the new law unconstitutionally imposes a requirement on counties without providing funding to cover the increased costs.
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If you can't win by legislation, try with litigation!
 

IN: IPD charged with misdemeanor battery for punching a paraplegic man and chipping teeth -- but at least he's "sorry"
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"An Indianapolis police detective will face a battery charge for allegedly punching a paraplegic at an Eastside strip club."

"Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi filed the misdemeanor charge today against Frank Hittel, who is accused of hitting the man and knocking him from his wheelchair during an altercation."

" 'Obviously, I can't talk about the facts of this case, but self-defense is not a good excuse,' [Marion County Prosecutor Carl] Brizzi said."

"Michael Farmer who was left paralyzed from the chest down after a car accident two years ago, said he was struck so hard that some of his teeth were chipped."

" 'I'm sorry. I made a mistake. I'm human,' Hittel told The Star in a statement made through department officials."
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But only cops should have guns! And suffice it to say that if YOU struck a paraplegic guy, knocked him from his wheelchair and chipped his teeth, a mere "misdemeanor" would be very unlikely.
 

IL: What chemical? What bomb?
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"In the early morning hours of Aug. 1, locks were broken, doors destroyed and lives turned upside down as the FBI burst into the business and home of Sam and Rita Mody, owners of Super 8 Motel in Paris, with a search warrant."

"Federal officers were searching for evidence of explosive making chemicals and any related items."

"What they found was nothing."

"At approximately 2:30 a.m., sounds of crashing doors and thundering footsteps jolted Rita Mody from sleep. As she opened her eyes, she stared into the blinding light at the end of a rifle pointed at her. Her husband was dragged out of bed and into the motel lobby, his hands bound behind his back at the wrist." ...
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They couldn't wait 5 1/2 hours until people were up?
 

UK: Third shooting in four days in "gun free United Kingdom"
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THE Government was accused of letting street gun crime run out of control last night after the third shooting in four days.

As police began investigating the latest case - a shotgun attack on three men - shadow home secretary Oliver Letwin said: "One might have thought that this was Baghdad. In fact it’s Blair’s Britain."

The latest shooting happened in Reading, Berkshire, on Friday, just over 12 hours after criminal David King was killed with an automatic weapon in a gangland-style shooting in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.

And on Tuesday jeweller Marian Bates, 64, was shot in the chest after she jumped in front of her daughter Xanthe when a robber produced a handgun during a raid on their shop in Arnold, Nottingham. ...
 

MO: Concealed Guns Banned From ECC Campus
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"East Central College trustees Monday night adopted a resolution that prohibits carrying concealed weapons on campus including all parking lots, grounds and buildings."

"The resolution was adopted in response to the state's new concealed weapons statute, which goes into effect this Saturday, Oct. 11.
According to the resolution, concealed firearms are prohibited on campus at all times."

"Concealed firearms are also prohibited at any meeting of the college board of trustees, whether or not the meeting is being held on campus."

"The prohibition applies to students, employees, and members of the public. It does not apply to law enforcement officers, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and security officers authorized by law to carry firearms." ...
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These guys don't trust their fellow employees, but they trust students to obey the law? So much for logic. Every last rape, beating, stabbing, shooting and robbery is their liability.
 

NY: Challenge to Ban on Non-Resident Weapons Permit Fails (another report)
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Bach, a commissioned officer in the Naval Reserve now serving in the Office of the General Counsel, is a former Navy SEAL who was on active duty throughout Operation Desert Storm. His parents own a small farm in Ulster County, which he occasionally visits with his wife and three young children. Bach said he is uncomfortable traveling unarmed.

Bach complained that New York law has effectively left him defenseless, and to add insult to injury, "the state would be immune from liability should my family or I be harmed by criminals, even if the state were found to be grossly negligent."
 

NY: Rhinebeck shooting range on defensive
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"A gun club that has existed in the town since the 1930s has come under fire from neighbors who say noise at the Enterprise Road facility has become intolerable since it installed new equipment at its shooting range." ...
 

WI: Student Arrested for Gun Possession at "Gun Free School"
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"A 16-year-old Ashwaubenon High School student was arrested, accused of bringing a weapon to the school."

"According to the public safety department, a student found the school liaison officer shortly after school was let out, to say another student had a handgun. Public safety officers and school officials went to the student's house and checked the neighborhood."

"A while later they found the student had come home, and turned the gun over to officers. They say it was a pellet gun that resembled a nine-millimeter semi-automatic handgun. They believe the student brought it to school to 'get an upper hand in an argument with another student,' Lt. Kenneth Raupach said."
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But guns are illegal in schools.
 

OR: Student brings gun to "gun free" middle school
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But guns are banned in schools! If this kid had started shooting, who could have stopped him -- firearms are banned on campus.
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On Monday, Oct. 6, the Albany Police Department was notified that a student armed with a gun was on North Albany Middle School property, forcing both the middle school and North Albany Elementary School to go into an immediate lockdown lasting 35 minutes.

Officers arrived to find an eighth grade male student and a North Albany Middle School staff member in the middle of the play field, according to police reports.

The staff member had noticed the student sitting alone and approached him after noticing the handgun.

Other staff members were notified and the lockdown was initiated.
 

KY: Kentucky Conceal Carry
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Some people in our region take aim as another Heartland state prepares to become a conceal carry state. People in Missouri can register to carry concealed weapons starting October 11th. Kentuckians have had that right for quite a while.

The Bluegrass State passed its Conceal Carry law in 1996. State police say they haven't noticed an increase or a decrease in violent crime since then. But, many of the Kentucky gun owners who use it say it provides protection. In fact, many people in Kentucky describe their state's Conceal Carry law as right on target. "When a criminal doesn't know if his victim is armed or not, he is more hesitant to commit the crime," says Bob Ayers, a special agent in Paducah.
 

MO: Right-to-carry concealed weapon law makes state history books
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The state just passed a controversial law, adding Missouri to the majority of states across the nation allowing a person the right-to-carry a concealed weapon.

But, Webster County Sheriff Ron Worsham thinks that many people who are issued a certificate to carry still won't be packing a pistol.

"Most people will find it's a big hassle to carry a weapon ... due to the many places that'll still be unlawful to go with a weapon," said Worsham. He went on to say that a list of the many locations and facilities where it will still be off-limits to carry, will be presented to applicants during a required gun safety training class.
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Substitute "speak freely" for "carry a weapon" and what would you have?
 

MO: Dozens at sheriff's session on gun law
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Jefferson City resident Patricia Davis plans to apply to carry a concealed firearm.

Davis, 57, said she often travels secondary roads after dark and would feel more comfortable if she had protection.

Her husband, John, 57, also plans to apply to carry a concealed weapon. He grew accustomed to carrying a firearm and providing his own protection during his years in the military.

"It feels rather awkward since I've been out. I feel vulnerable," he said.

Patricia and John haven't yet completed the certification training requirements necessary to carry concealed weapons.

But they were among the more than 50 people who turned out Tuesday night to learn more about the state's concealed weapons legislation and use of force laws.
 

OH: 13-year old girl wrestles firearm from deputy, pulls trigger
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In the hallway that opened into the crowded lobby of Franklin County Children Services, a 13-year-old girl and a deputy sheriff scrapped until the deputy was on her knees and the girl held her gun.

Hafsa Aboi Hassan pointed the 9 mm handgun at the back of Deputy Betty Ashley’s head and pulled the trigger. Nothing.

She pointed the gun at Children Services caseworker Malcolm Tanksley, who had tried to intervene. Hassan again pulled the trigger. Again, the gun didn’t fire. ...
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Only cops should have guns, say gun banners. But at least some of them can't handle little girls.
 

Canada: Man shot and killed in south Edmonton, 15th homicide this year
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Edmonton police are investigating a shooting death on the city's southside.

A young man was killed early today when he was shot in his car in the area of 85 Street and Knottwood Road.

The victim is believed to be in his twenties.

He was found dead in the driver's seat of a car that was found about half a block from where he was shot.

The man drove a short distance before his car hit a light standard.

Police aren't saying if the gun was fired from inside or outside the car.

The man's name has not been released.

It's the fifteenth homicide this year in Edmonton.
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Doesn't square too well with Michael Moore's "documentary".
 

South Africa: Firearms Act Faces Court Challenge
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'Law is unfair to legal gun owners'

Legal gun owners, facing strict control regulations under the Firearms Control Act despite police statistics showing that they are not responsible for gun-related crimes, are likely to challenge the constitutionality of the new law.

Legal gun owners are increasingly saying that the statistics show they are law-abiding and yet the law targets them. This has led to threats of Constitutional Court action and massive noncompliance with the law when gun owners are required to reapply for licences and to surrender what the state considers to be surplus weapons. ...

South African Gun Owners' Association spokesman Alex Holmes said yesterday that even Gun Free SA acknowledged that only about 0,1% of all legal guns had been used to commit crimes. ...
 

MT: Underage drinking ‘solutions’ failing - apply same logic to gun control
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Now apply these arguments to gun laws.
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"Good intentions are worth only so much. When it comes to protecting young adults and society from the evils of Demon Rum, good intention codified in laws barring minors from drinking alcoholic beverages aren’t worth all that much."

"But if tough laws aren’t solving the problem, tougher laws might not be the answer, either. In fact, America appears to be re-learning the lesson of Prohibition. Banning alcohol consumption didn’t work with adults, and it doesn’t seem to be working with minors." ...
 

MO: Offer Handgun Safety Training
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"A handgun safety training course will begin Wednesday night in St. Clair for people who wish to obtain a permit allowing them to carry concealed firearms."

"Two licensed handgun safety instructors from Crawford County will offer the course in St. Clair, beginning Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Budget Lodging. The first class is limited to 20 people and the class is full, according to the instructors."

"The instructors are Mike Venable and Jeff Duncan, deputy sheriffs in Crawford County, who are certified by the Missouri Highway Patrol to offer handgun safety courses. They are firearms instructors for the Crawford County sheriff's department." ...
 

MO: Lessons with lethal weapons
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A former Scott County chief deputy looked stone-faced at the 12 of us, sipping our morning beverages and sitting at four round tables in his small classroom.

"Death is forever," he said solemnly, pausing for emphasis.

The statement elicited a few knowing smiles from those of us shifting slightly in our seats. We were different people brought together for one purpose: to qualify to carry concealed guns.

But Tom Beardslee wasn't about to just take our $100 training fee and only tell us which end the bullets came out of. He intended to make sure that, by the end of our eight hours together on Sunday, we would understand just how much toting a hidden gun could change our lives and the lives of others.
 

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Not a news story, but an excellent link. All kinds of reference and resource material.
 

UK: British Museum to Battle Government Over Collection of Elvis Presley's Handguns
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New depths of cowardice by the once-proud British government.
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LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) - "A British museum is facing a battle with the government over its plan to import a collection of handguns once owned by Elvis Presley (news)."

"The museum wants to display the guns but has to prove it is complying with Britain's tough firearm laws."

"The Home Office says it wants to know more about how the guns will be transported from the United States and how they will be safeguarded at the museum."

"The six guns include a World War II Colt pistol, one of a set of three owned by Elvis. The King of Rock 'n' Roll presented one of the other two to U.S. President Richard Nixon on a visit to Washington in 1970."

"They also include a Golden Beretta pistol which Elvis went to extraordinary lengths to buy." ...
 

UK: Man killed in baseball bat and gun attack
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More disarmed victims of victim disarmament.
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A man was murdered when a gang of up to 20 men armed with baseball bats and guns stormed a house.

Adeel Acabar, 24, a married security guard, was shot after the gang burst into the house in Essex Road, Leyton, north London at 10.30pm yesterday.

He was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital where he was pronounced dead in the early hours of this morning.

Several other people at the house at the time were also hit with baseball bats and were treated for their injuries.
 

Ireland: Unarmed victims very easy to harass, intimidate, threaten and endanger
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Good thing there are no guns in Ireland, someone could have defended themselves!
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A Catholic family was forced to leave their home in the Parkhall estate in Antrim after a number of masked and it is believed armed men attacked their house and attempted to force their way inside.

Catholic family in Coleraine were forced to leave their home when they came under fire from loyalists for the second time this week - gunshots were fired at their home.

Attack on Our Lady of Mercy's school in North Belfast -- six cars belonging to staff were destroyed and two badly damaged after loyalists entered the grounds carrying petrol cans, doused the cars, smashed the window screens and set them on fire.
 

New Zealand: Double murderer tells court he was schooled in art of robbery
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"You got the power. You got the gun. Just fire a warning shot. If anyone tries to f*** with you, shoot them in the leg," he said he was told by his alleged accomplices.

Falealii is serving a life sentence for the murders of part-time pizza worker Marcus Doig in May last year and Mangere Bridge ASB Bank teller John Vaughan a week later.

The 19-year-old, is giving evidence for the Crown, against Joseph Sam Samoa, William Logan Johansson and Pago Savaiinaea, who the Crown claims were parties to one or both murders.
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In peaceful New Zealand? Where carrying a firearm for self-defense, legally, is very difficult to accomplish? There must be some mistake.
 

Australia: Gun Club
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Anyone who ever wanted to try clay target shooting can get a taste of the real thing on Sunday, October 12. No licence is required. Guns, ammunition and instruction supplied at Glen Innes clay target club on Stonehenge recreation ground. 10am start.

The club has obtained permission to hold a coach and beginners' day to let boys and girls, young and old, find out if they would like the sport of clay target shooting before they go to the expense of purchasing a shotgun and the trouble of becoming licensed.

People who already have shotguns and/or shooters' licences for other purposes are of course also welcome to try the clay target sport.
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See? Guns aren't banned in Australia! They still have "sporting" gun shoots.
 

Australia: Armed cyclist robs milk bars
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A MAN held up two milk bars with a handgun before escaping on a bicycle in Victoria's north last night, police said.

The man first struck a milk bar in Wyndham Street in regional Shepparton and threatened staff with a handgun before escaping with cash about 7.15pm, police said.

He then held up a St Georges Road milkbar about 9pm, before staff saw him escape on a bicycle, police said.

No shots were fired and no one was injured in either incident, police said.

Police believe the same man robbed both stores.

"It would be fair to say we're investigating links between the two incidents," a police spokesman said.
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But the gun bans were going to stop this type of thing...right?
 

India: Robberies terrorise diamond merchants
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Diamond merchants in Surat in Gujarat are feeling insecure after two of their colleagues were robbed of diamonds worth nearly Rs 50 lakh in broad daylight.

On Tuesday morning a diamond merchant and his colleague were on their way to the diamond trading market from a diamond cutting factory when they were stopped by three men armed with a country-made pistol.

The robbery has once again shaken the diamond traders' industry in Surat, still recovering from the kidnap and murder of a diamond broker in May.

To prevent further robberies, Surat's diamond association has asked the state government to demarcate a separate area for them that can be boarded up and guarded.
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Right, look to the Government that disarmed you and left you defenseless against thugs. Makes so much sense.
 

Canada: West meets east in cowboy-style shoot-outs at Ontario gun clubs
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ONTARIO -- With his pistol at the ready, the tumbleweed a rollin', and his cowboy hat set just so, the Rev. Damon Fire will fight for his honour this weekend in a barn shootout just east of Ottawa.

"There ain't room for both of us in this global village," says Marshal McLuhan, one of the nefarious characters who will take Fire on. Known out of the corral as Dave Bartlett, McLuhan is also the president of the Eastern Ontario Handgun Club, which is bringing together a dozen or so eastern Ontario gun enthusiasts for a Cowboy Action Shooting weekend starting Saturday.
 

Nairobi: Carjackers Rob Molo Matatu Passengers
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More disarmed victims of victim disarmament.
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Five armed gangsters hijacked passengers at Karunga bus stage on Monday night.

One of the passengers who had stashed his mobile phone in his private parts saved the day when he used it to alert police and the vehicle owner.

The driver was dropping a passenger at the stage when the gang emerged from a nearby bush and ordered him to the back seats at gun point.

The gang took control of the vehicle with 17 passengers on board and drove it towards Rongai as they robbed the travellers of their property.

Several passengers sustained serious head and arms injuries while others were admitted to hospital with internal fractures after a thorough beating by the gangsters.
 

Sweep these Ashcrofts under the rug
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Attorney General John Ashcroft is on tour trying to dredge up support for the Patriot Acts I & II which of course means more power for him and the other security hacks in Washington. I still don't think that the public understands that The Patriot Acts, in conjunction with the RICO Act and others, are the final mechanism for the suspension of the Constitution and the imposition of a military and police dictatorship in this country. The signs are widely available.
 

OH: Ohio Poll: Taft disapproval numbers at 46%
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They say obstructing concealed carry reform to protect Governor Bob Taft is about Republican Party solidarity. It looks more like they're tying lines to a sinking ship.

According to the latest Ohio Poll, released Wednesday by the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Policy Research, more Ohioans than ever say they are not happy with the job Taft is doing. According to the poll, the governor’s disapproval rating is at 46 percent.
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KABA COMMENT:

Recall him like they did in California. Then the GOP can get behind another liberal RINO (Republican In Name Only) and abuse any real conservatives who stand up for what the GOP abandoned a long, long time ago: Principles.
 

Live Free or Die Trying
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"A few months ago, I wrote about the Free State Project -- a plan whereby thousands of libertarians and constitutional purists would move en masse to a single state in hopes of winning public office and dismantling cumbersome Big Gov't rule. Now, an update: The ballots are in, the votes have been counted, and New Hampshire's been chosen as the official destination of freedom-loving people all over the world."

"From where I stand, the Free State Project represents our best shot at a genuine American revolution. Not the violent kind, mind you, but the kind that grabs hard-working, clear-thinking people by the heart -- the kind that shakes, not stirs, them to their senses." ...
 

FL: City Considers Anti-Patriot Act Measure
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SARASOTA -- "City commissioners have voted 3-2 to consider a resolution that would make Sarasota the 180th community to express opposition to the federal counterterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act."

"The commission will consider the resolution Oct. 20."

"Monday's vote to put the resolution on the agenda for the next meeting followed a rally by dozens of local activists critical of the act."

" 'Although passed nationally, it's the local people that are affected,' said Marie Millett, who attended the rally at Five Points Park, across from Selby Public Library."

"Millett, 77, followed the protesters to City Hall, where they packed the commission chambers to hear the commissioners take positions on their demand." ...
 

NJ: Borough voices Patriot Act concerns
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PRINCETON BOROUGH - "Following in the footsteps of at least 180 other municipalities around the country, the borough council last night passed a resolution that expresses concern over the USA Patriot Act's potential harm to civil liberties and individual rights."

"The council's 4-3 vote in favor of the resolution makes the borough the second New Jersey municipality to adopt a measure critical of the Patriot Act, the federal anti-terrorism bill passed after the Sept. 11 attacks."

"Willingboro's township council unanimously passed a resolution last month that made that community the first in New Jersey to take an official stance critical of the Patriot Act, Willingboro Councilman James Ayrer said." ...
 

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