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Your best defense is a handgun, say four local officers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Probably the best thing about writing a column is hearing from readers, whether they love me or hate me." ...

"But then, believe it or not, sometimes there are correspondents who actually agree with what I wrote in the first place. One such reader is Gregg Jarrette, a former Will County sheriff's police officer who now runs a private security company. One of his concerns is the Second Amendment. He strongly believes lawful citizens have the right, perhaps even the obligation, to own a gun for self-defense." ...

"American citizens simply cannot count on the police to protect them from assault. Almost always, the only thing the police can do is show up after the fact and sort things out. Laws are not written to prevent crime; they are written to give society the means to punish the criminal after he has committed his misdeed."

"In short, when crunch time comes, you are on your own. And if you really want to improve your odds of surviving an encounter with a felon, you've got to have a handgun handy." ...
 

The Poor..The Defenseless.. Who Cares?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Another example is the tragic choice made by the City of San Francisco overnight, the decision to ban guns from the territory."

"From The San Francisco Chronicle," ...

"Only two other cities in the country -- Washington, D.C., and Chicago -- have similar bans."

"Brilliant."

"D.C. is the murder Capitol of the country and Chicago’s not so far behind. Great models."

"Gun owners knew the lessons of New Orleans generations before the levees broke. We know very well the fate of San Francisco now, too, as there is positively no provision for confiscating weapons from the bad guys, only from the good guys. It’s a pity that voters there don’t view themselves as good guys and bad guys as bad guys. To them, conservatives are the bad guys." ...
 

A Gun and a Dream, Part 2
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A home on the range motivated some gun enthusiasts to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars for a one-acre lot at the Front Sight Firearms Training Institute. Now 6 years later, the promised parcels remain as desolate as they day they were secured. Prompting a class action lawsuit against the organization and its president."

"The Front Sight Firearms Training Institute, near Pahrump, boasts some 4,000 members."

"These are people who've paid anywhere from $100,000 to $1,200 for a lifetime of self-defense training. Memberships purchased early on were marketed as investments, but now some are finding their sure-fire deal has missed its mark." ...
 

In New Jersey and Virginia Common Sense Gun Policy Candidates Prevail Says Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"'The people have spoken in Virginia and New Jersey, and they have elected candidates who have stuck to reasonable positions when it comes to sensible gun policies.'"

"'America's news media should pay heed: arch-conservative, guns above all else positions have been shown to be a losing recipe. Jerry Kilgore, in Virginia, said he wanted guns in bars and no limits on gun traffickers. In New Jersey, Doug Forrester reversed his earlier pro-gun lobby positioning, but the people of New Jersey were wary nevertheless.'" ...
 

Gun Extremism on the Defensive: In Multiple Races Nationwide, Voters Rejected Gun Lobby Agenda (BCPGV)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Jerry Kilgore called for allowing loaded guns in bars a week out from Virginia's gubernatorial race. Doug Forrester spent his entire campaign for Governor of New Jersey avoiding the NRA-friendly positions he took in earlier political campaigns."

"And in San Francisco, a referendum to outlaw handguns passed by a spectacular margin with pennies spent marketing it. The Brady Campaign took no position on the ban, but the broad margin of victory on the referendum (some 58 percent supported it) speaks volumes about the desire of urban residents to do something about the gun violence plaguing American cities."

"In a nutshell, Election Day 2005 was a positive one for supporters of sensible gun laws." ...
 

VA: More hysterical "journalism" (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"It appears Channel 19 removed its deliriously distraught commercial for the Couple thousand or so Mommy March yesterday. I wonder if it was due to poor journalism... I guess we'll never know."

"However, not to be outdone by the histrionics of Elizabeth Donatelli of Channel 19, Kate Andrews of the Daily Progress has written an infomercial of her own, posing as a 'news' story."

"Maybe you'll recognize the MO... Somber, descriptive, moody opening describing the lonely sight of 81 shirts flapping in the wind, symbolizing 81 young lives lost to guns (notice, not armed criminals or lack of personal responsibility). Same flawed statistics quoted from the mouths of distraught mothers whose only source is the Brady Center's propaganda. ..." ...
 

TX: Grandmother shoots intruder in north Arlington
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A 66-year-old grandmother shot an intruder in her north Arlington home early Wednesday as he grabbed for her gun, she told police."

"Susan Gaylord Buxton said the training she received to earn her concealed-handgun permit saved her life."

"'If I didn't have a gun to protect myself, I probably wouldn't be here,' she said."

"The man, identified as Christopher Lessner, 22, was under police guard Wednesday at Harris Methodist Fort Worth, where he was being treated for a leg wound, said Christy Gilfour, Arlington police spokeswoman." ...
 

SC: Murder charges dropped [in self-defense shooting]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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York County prosecutors have dropped charges against a 51-year-old woman accused of shooting a man she said attacked her.

Linda Diane Nelson was accused of shooting and killing 57-year-old James Jackson Massey on June 5th. York County Public Defender Harry Dest says his client acted in self-defense and had bruises on her legs and face from her encounter with Massey.

Julia Patterson-Massey says her common-law husband had a history of alcoholism and depression but that she had never seen him act violently. She says her husband had just returned to the area in hopes of reconciling with Nelson, who was described as Massey's long-time friend and drinking buddy.
 

MD: Man claims self-defense in fatal Glen Burnie shooting
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"A Glen Burnie man is claiming self-defense in a Friday night shooting that left a man dead in his apartment, county police said."

"'There is an element of self-defense,' Lt. David Waltemeyer, a county police spokesman, said yesterday of the statements Todd Poorman, 26, gave to detectives."

"Lt. Waltemeyer declined to elaborate and would not discuss what Mr. Poorman told investigators. Police haven't released Mr. Poorman's name because he has not been charged with a crime, but people familiar with the case confirmed he lives at the apartment in the 8000 block of Crainmont Drive where the shooting happened." ...
 

WI: Assembly panel votes to pass conceal carry bill
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Republican-controlled Assembly committee approved a bill Tuesday that would allow people to carry concealed weapons, after rejecting a Democratic amendment that would have barred guns in child care centers."

"The approval by the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Committee clears the way for a vote Thursday before the full Assembly."

"The committee also threw out Democratic proposals to make it easier for businesses to keep people from carrying guns on their properties and to allow police officers to check whether drivers had concealed weapons permits before approaching their cars during routine stops." ...
 

CA: Second Amendment Foundation Sues to Stop Victim Disarmament in San Francisco
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Despite opposition from police, media organizations and various organizations to an ill- advised ban on handguns and the sale of firearms and ammunition, Proposition H passed in San Francisco Tuesday, and today, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is joining in a lawsuit to challenge this measure in court."

"'If you ban firearms, criminals will not obey the law and only law-abiding citizens will be victimized, first by the ordinance, which we believe violates state statute, and then by the outlaws,' said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb. 'In addition to all the gun rights organizations and various other groups, the San Francisco Police Officers Association opposed the ban and so did the news media. ..." ...
 

CA: NRA to File Lawsuit Challenging
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Even with opposition from San Francisco law enforcement and major media outlets, Proposition H -- a measure banning the lawful possession, sale and manufacture of handguns and ammunition within city limits -- passed yesterday. The National Rifle Association (NRA) will file a lawsuit challenging this severe gun ban."

"NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre stated, 'We are disappointed, but this fight is just beginning. Lawful residents of San Francisco are being stripped of their freedom because of an illegal measure that defies common sense. We will fight this outrageous assault on the rights of law-abiding San Franciscans and I believe that we will prevail.'" ...
 

CA: Gun backers challenge SF's new prohibition on handguns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun owners and advocates wasted little time today in challenging San Francisco's newly enacted prohibition on handgun possession, filing suit in the same court that tossed out a local handgun ban 23 years ago." ...

"Plaintiffs in today's lawsuit include the National Rifle Association, the California Association of Firearm Retailers, two other organizations and seven individual gun owners. They argued that the new handgun ban is virtually identical to the 1982 ordinance that was struck down by the appeals court on the grounds that it conflicted with state law." ...
 

CA: Voters take stand against guns, recruiting at schools
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"San Francisco voters took a stand Tuesday against military recruitment on public school campuses, voted to keep firehouses open and approved the nation's toughest ban on handguns by making it illegal for city residents to possess them."

"Proposition H, which requires city residents who already own guns to turn them in to police by April 1, was winning 58 percent to 42 percent with 98 percent of precincts counted."

"The measure also makes it illegal to buy, sell, distribute and manufacture firearms and ammunition in the city."

"Only two other cities in the country -- Washington, D.C., and Chicago -- have similar bans." ...
 

CA: Violence Policy Center Hails Passage of San Francisco Handgun Ban (VPC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today hailed the passage of a ban on the sale and possession of handguns in San Francisco. The measure passed overwhelmingly--58 percent to 42 percent according to the Associated Press--in a referendum held yesterday. The measure bans the manufacture and sale of all firearms and ammunition as well as the private possession of handguns."

"Josh Sugarmann, VPC executive director and author of the 2000 book 'Every Handgun is Aimed at You: The Case for Banning Handguns,' states, 'San Francisco voters recognize the clear link between handgun availability and increased murder and suicide rates. Fewer handguns mean fewer deaths and increased public safety.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: For a graphic depiction of how flawed that argument is, please see here.
 

TN: Fayetteville principal severely beaten in his office
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In Fayetteville, the question on everybody's mind ... is this: Who would want to harm Steve Steelman?"

"Late Monday afternoon, Principal Steelman was in his office at Fayetteville Intermediate School when two masked people stormed his office and beat him severely about the face. His attackers left him bloodied on the floor, and he crawled out into a hallway where the school librarian found him about 4:30 p.m., according to authorities." ...

"Motive is unapparent at the moment, Chief Carver said. Also unclear is what weapon was used to inflict the beating. The chief said the principal had told investigators that both attackers were armed with pistols and knives." ...
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Submitter's Note: But don't those bad men know that weapons are banned in schools?
 

Gun Laws Fail at TN School
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"A ban on firearms at school and a ban on the possession of firearms by minors failed today when a student fatally shot an assistant principal and wounded two administrators in Campbell County, Tennessee. It is unknown at this time whether the student was under the influence of mood-altering drugs such as Ritalin, Provax, or Paxil. Also unknown is the motive."

"The natural reaction of gun-banners in such instances is to rally the cry for more gun control. They claim that if it saves just one child's life it would be worth it." ...
 

NY: Students report seeing armed man enter school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Police are investigating after the possible sighting of an armed man led to the lock down of a Washington County school Wednesday afternoon.

Three fifth grade girls reported seeing a man wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt walk into the Fort Edward School. One of the girls thought the man had a pistol.

The threat was deemed credible and the school was locked down.

Classes had already been dismissed for the day. However, there were still about 80 kids in the school for various after school activities. They were not allowed to leave.

Police searched the building and found nothing. They are now reviewing surveillance video.
 

TX: Primary Student Brings Gun To School
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A five-year-old boy who brought a gun to school in Lufkin this week will be disciplined by the school.

Authorities are calling it an accident. The student was on his way to school at Garrett Primary and had the gun in his backpack. He apparently did not know the gun was there.

His father reportedly had thrown the gun away and the boy's little brother got it out of the trash and put the pistol in the five-year-old's backpack.

The gun was not loaded. The school district continues to investigate.
 

MD: Teens Charged With Taking Weapons To School
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Two Crestwood Middle School students face juvenile charges of carrying concealed deadly weapons at school.

According to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, deputies found on Wednesday a BB pistol on one of the students and a butterfly knife with a 5-inch blade on the other.

Cpl. Jennifer Bailey said the BB gun resembled a Walther .380 handgun. She said the 13-year-old students also were linked to an Oct. 26 vandalism incident in which windows were shot out of two vehicles parked at a Wal-Mart store.
 

MI: Program for kids pulls no punches about gun violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The bullets from small caliber semiautomatic weapons bounce around inside a body and rip up organs, but the bullets from an Uzi can tear off someone's head."

"And in 2003, four children ranging in age from 1 to 11 were shot by someone armed with a 12-gauge shotgun while the children sat in their family's car. Only one child survived."

"Once upon a time, those might have seemed like odd lessons to share with 200 Highland Park youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade."

"However, according to U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy, people using firearms cause more than 90,000 injuries in the United States and more than 1,000 deaths in Michigan every year." ...
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Submitter's Note: Of course no mention is made of defensive gun uses, or the fact that about half of those 'gun deaths' are suicides' . . .
 

TX: Soldier sentenced in cocaine smuggling
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"An Army sergeant was sentenced to eight years in military prison today for his role in a cocaine smuggling ring. The ring transported large amounts of cocaine and money between a military base in Colombia and Fort Bliss."

"Staff Sergeant Victor J- Portales pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors. He also had his rank reduced to private and was given a dishonorable discharge."

"During testimony in the sentencing phase, a federal drug agent who helped investigate the ring allegedly run by four U-S military intelligence soldiers testified. He says that the suspects were working with members of one of Colombia's leading narcoterrorist organizations." ...
 

Philippines: Video triggers probe on cops' 'overkill' of suspects
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"BARELY four days after being heavily criticized for tagging an innocent man in Zamboanga Sibugay province as an Abu Sayyaf leader, the police braced yesterday for more tumultuous days as a video of an alleged rubout in Pasig City showed officers firing at suspects who were already immobilized."

"As the video surfaced, Traffic Management Group head Chief Superintendent Augusto Angcanan ordered the creation of a body that will look into whether operational procedures were followed by the policemen who killed three suspected car thieves on Monday night." ...
 

WI: Legislation would grant gun industry immunity from lawsuits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The gun industry would be protected from civil lawsuits in Wisconsin under legislation the state Senate approved Wednesday."

"The measure is similar to a ban approved by Congress last month and sent to the president. Supporters say the Wisconsin bill is still needed because it goes further than the federal ban by protecting gun clubs, shooting ranges and sporting associations from lawsuits as well." ...

"The legislation would prohibit units of government from filing lawsuits against firearm manufacturers, dealers and importers. It also would shield them from lawsuits by individuals unless there was a defect in the firearm or ammunition or it was sold illegally."
 

LA: FEMA Reconsidering Gun Ban at Trailer Park
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Spurred by inquiries from Gun Week magazine, attorneys for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were looking at a set of emergency shelter rules in Louisiana that include a prohibition on firearms to determine whether that ban is enforceable, and whether it squares with state law and both the state and federal constitutions."

"The issue came to a head when the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) threatened legal action if the policy remained in place. It was subsequently reported that the National Rifle Association (NRA) was also threatening a lawsuit. ..." ...
 

NV: Officials want to keep gun exemption
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"More than 20,000 Nevadans with permits to carry concealed weapons will be able to continue to buy guns without submitting to background checks required by federal law under a plan outlined this week by a statewide law enforcement group." ...
 

WI: Health Board opposes gun bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"With very little discussion but a unanimous voice vote, the Racine Board of Health decided on Tuesday to oppose the latest incarnation of a bill which would allow people to carry concealed weapons in Wisconsin."

"Also on Tuesday, a committee approved the bill, which now goes to the full Assembly for a vote."

"The letter approved by the board opposes the idea based on the detrimental effect that guns have on public health. Gunshots, the letter says, are a significant cause of preventable injury and death, and that the increased availability of guns is like to increase the number of wounds, impulsive shootings and teen suicides." ...
 

OH: Democracy Preserved: Defeat of State Issues 2-5 give victory to Ohio gun owners (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"When Buckeye Firearms Association's Larry Moore first sounded the alarm bells about why gun owners needed to pay attention to State Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5, many Second Amendment supports probably wondered what the Issues had to do with their gun rights. Our answer was simple - a fair and open elections process has everything to do with our gun rights, and the anti-gun people who were trying to change all that needed to be exposed for what they were." ...

"Gun owners and Ohio voters responded. Ohio Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5 were all soundly defeated in county after county throughout the state!" ...
 

Cayman: An opinion only, not backed by any substantial evidence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Mr Jim Ebanks considers my comments ‘ridiculous.’ An opinion only, and certainly not backed by any substantial evidence."

"... Mr Ebanks considers firearms to be deadly, yet I can prove that simple knives - including the kitchen variety - are used to inflict more injury and death than any number of firearms. So, why does he not inveigle against all knives - of whatever sort?"

"Now, let me turn to his comment: 'The possible lack of presence of Police is simply not a valid excuse.' I wonder: Would he be willing to say that to any woman about to be raped, by some man - twice her size and strength? Is she supposed to 'just lay there' and take it? I wonder again: if he was about to be raped, would he still think the same way? ..." ...
 

Canada: Student shot at Brampton, Ont., school parking lot
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"An 18-year-old student was hospitalized after he was shot and wounded Wednesday outside a high school in this city northwest of Toronto."

"Peel Regional Police said the victim was shot in the shoulder from behind as he sat in a parked car with another male in front of Chinguacousy Secondary School at about 8 a.m."

"The victim was able to crawl to the school office to seek help, said Constable Kathy Weylie."

"The student's wound was not considered life-threatening, Constable Weylie said."
 

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