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FL: Loose policy on use of guns
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Throughout a decade of sometimes hair-raising shootings, Miami police supervisors allowed officers wide discretion to decide when to fire their guns."

"Unlike some other departments', Miami's deadly-force policy was relatively liberal. It said an officer could shoot only 'as a last resort to prevent death or substantial harm to himself or another.' But, at the same time, officers had a green light to shoot escaping persons -- especially if they had a 'reasonable belief' that the suspect was armed, or was a violent criminal such as a murderer, rapist, armed robber or even an unarmed mugger."

"Miami police supervisors point to those guidelines when defending their decisions to clear dozens of questionable shootings. Police Chief Raúl Martinez said the looser policy was a reflection of what the community wanted -- hard-charging crime fighting."

"Last year -- only after federal indictments -- Miami tightened its policy." ...
 

UK: Senior citizens must use household items to defend against young burglars
Submitted by: P. Jones

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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Pensioners fight off bogus callers"
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"An 85-year-old war veteran has told how he and his 90-year-old sister armed themselves with a poker and a walking stick to see off burglars from their home."

"A man calling at their home in Tidworth, near Salisbury, on Friday night, claimed to be a water company official there to deal with a leak."

"When the elderly man would not let him in, the would-be thief jammed his foot in the door and called to his accomplice."

"The 85-year-old former infantryman in the Wiltshire Regiment, who weighs only six stone and is very frail, grabbed a poker and hit one of the men two or three times over the head."

"When he called to his sister to contact police, she came downstairs and hit both men with her walking stick." ...
 

IN: Homeowner kills two intruders
Submitted by: Jerry Rowe

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"No charges filled in two deadly shootings at an illegal gambling spot. Police say William Savage and Dion Davis entered a house in the 17-hundred block of Bundy with guns Friday night. The suspects attacked the owners, George and Joe Braxton, shooting one and hitting the other in the head with a pipe."

"Officers say George Braxton, who is in his 70s, managed to shoot and kill the suspects."
 

Gun laws (letter)
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"Last year, a million and a half people used a gun to defend themselves -- and 46 percent were women." ...

"The root of the high rate of criminal violence is the judges. Forty-five percent of people who commit a crime with a gun never do jail time. If the judges gave jail sentences to criminals, the loss of lives by guns would be greatly diminished."

"If the serial sniper comes before a Maryland judge, Lord help us. The sniper will get community service because he had an unfortunate childhood." ...
 

FL: Shootings by police put lives in danger
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"FATAL FIRE, FLAWED JUSTICE
A Herald review finds a lack of punishment for reckless use of deadly force in Miami"

"In dozens of shootings since 1990, city of Miami police officers have shot unarmed people in the back, fired wildly at fleeing cars, and shot indiscriminately even when it put innocent lives at risk, a Herald review of every bullet fired by officers shows." ...
 

DE: Wilmington gets more surveillance cameras
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The addition of more than a dozen cameras to those already recording people on downtown Wilmington's streets and sidewalks has helped make the city's camera surveillance among the most intensive on the East Coast, experts say." ...
 

Pentagon Plans a Computer System That Would Peek at Personal Data of Americans
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Forget T.I.P.S. -- now there's T.I.A.
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"The Pentagon is constructing a computer system that could create a vast electronic dragnet, searching for personal information as part of the hunt for terrorists around the globe — including the United States."

"It will provide intelligence analysts and law enforcement officials with instant access to information from Internet mail and calling records to credit card and banking transactions and travel documents, without a search warrant." ...
 

NC: Charlotte police officer charged with rape at gunpoint
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"On an application for a restraining order, which a judge granted Tuesday, the woman said he 'raped me three or four times. He put a gun to my head and said he would kill me and himself I believe he will do what he threatened.' " ...

"Guffie is charged with felony rape, sexual assault and crime against nature; and misdemeanor breaking and entering, assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, and two counts of communicating threats." ...
 

Australia: Gun control group alarmed by firearms theft
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The theft of 98 firearms from a residence in northern Tasmania has alarmed the National Coalition for Gun Control."

"The stolen guns from a house in Beauty Point include 35 revolvers and 24 semi-automatic pistols."

"Police say all of the firearms were registered and stored in accordance with current legislation."

"The chairman of the National Coalition for Gun Control, Roland Browne, fears the hand guns will end up for sale on the black market in Tasmania or interstate." ...
 

Australia: Thousands die with barely a murmur, but mention guns ...
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Marijuana is banned: does this mean no one is smoking it? Heroin is banned: does that mean you can't buy it? Ecstacy and cocaine are banned: are those substances not available? It is illegal to speed, yet speed cameras are making a fortune. Despite the laws, recreational drug use is at an all-time high. ...When politicians and lobbyists speak of banning guns they should go straight to simply banning crime, because the effect will be the same - none at all." ...
 

AL: Neighbors stand up for a man charged in shooting death of criminal
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Penny Byrd took a pen and emphatically signed her name on a petition to support Steve Bedgood, a neighbor charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a suspected burglar."

"When Bedgood was charged with reckless manslaughter Monday after he shot and killed the suspected burglar with a .270-caliber deer rifle, the community responded with outrage that he would be charged and determination to see him cleared." ...

"Tammy Wood... said people admire Bedgood for 'standing up for what the community believes.' "

"It's not that a stolen chain saw is worth a human life, she said. It's that people are frustrated about being victimized." ...
 

MS: Girl accidentally shot to death
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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The Brady Campaign's most recent report on children and gun violence, released in January, gives Mississippi a D minus.

"The report cites several reasons for the low mark, including Mississippi not having a Child Access Prevention law, which would require safety locks to be sold with handguns."

Nothing like demanding legislative action for the actions of irresponsible parents to make life difficult for the majority of responsible gun owners.
 

Canada: Illegal handguns proliferate in Canada
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Police in Canada's largest city have statistics to illustrate a proliferation of illegal handguns in recent years. But the bloodshed in Toronto during the last month speaks for itself."

" 'It's just overwhelming,' said Toronto police Staff Insp. Bob Clarke, unit commander of the department's homicide squad." ...
 

"Gun registration isn't regulation to be feared" (Letter)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The old fear of the 'communist conspiracy' to register our guns, confiscate them in some way and then take over our system of government has long gone by the wayside. (No it hasn't. Read Australian news lately?) ,... It may even be a great benefit to gun owners if their weapons are lost or stolen so they can report them and possibly be able to retrieve them."

"Come on, NRA and gun owners, give us a break!" No, you give US a break, you ignorant sheep!
 

Voice of the People (letter)
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"First, blaming President Bush or the National Rifle Association for a Muslim terror sniping is so ludicrous as to defy reality." ...

"Does he not understand that gun 'fingerprinting' becomes a de facto national registration base for law-abiding firearms owners? Is he so out of touch with reality he does not see what happened in Britain and Australia with their violent crime after using all registration methods to confiscate firearms from legal owners?" ...
 

FL: Lawyer determined to penalize gunmakers
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Crusading West Palm Beach attorney Bob Montgomery, who represented Florida in its $11.3 billion victory over Big Tobacco, has only one goal in the lawsuit he's prosecuting against a South Florida gun distributor -- putting the manufacturers of cheap, easily concealed handguns out of business." ...
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And here we thought this bloodsucker was after millions of dollars ($78 Million, to be exact).
 

FL: Police not responsive to domestic violence plea
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Walker said she filed a report at the Carol City substation on Northwest 27th Avenue but never heard from police. The next time she saw her estranged husband, he was standing over her with a gun."

"Miami-Dade police did not respond to requests for comment Saturday. A spokesman said Friday that neighborhood officers were familiar with the one-story home with a wrought-iron gate; they had responded to domestic dispute calls there before." ...
 

Federal experts check gun crimes nationwide
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Federal weapons experts are working with police departments across the country who suspect a link between shootings in their communities and two suspects arrested last month in a spree of sniper attacks that chilled the nation." ...

"Police also began checking unsolved murders around the nation for ties to the three-week wave of sniper attacks that terrorized the Washington area." ...
 

NY: Women learn points of self-defense
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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" 'It's about empowering women and giving them a greater sense of confidence as they go through their daily lives,' said Steve La Rivee, one of the instructors from the Wilmington police department in Massachusetts." ...
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How about empowering them with a handgun and classes in its proper use?
 

UK: Blair to scrap double-jeopardy rule, "thereby allowing a person to be tried a second time."
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"PM admits public feel unsafe as criminals walk free"

"Tony Blair has launched a withering attack on the failure of Britain's institutions to deal with the public's fear of crime, admitting that offenders often escape punishment or receive sentences that do 'not fit the crime'."

"In a frank admission in today's Observer that people do not feel safe, the Prime Minister reveals details of a sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system and backs scrapping the double jeopardy rule for murder and other serious offences, thereby allowing a person to be tried a second time."

"He also says hearsay evidence should be used more regularly, that on-the-spot fines will cover a new range of offences and that he will tackle 'vested interests' within the courts and legal system to tackle people's fear of crime."

" 'The truth is people don't feel more secure,' he said. 'They know the system is not working as it should.' " ...
 

DE: Police arrive half hour after 911 armed robbery call
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Officer arrived half an hour after 911 call for robbery and assault on Lancaster Ave."

"Wilmington police officials said Wednesday that an internal review is under way to determine what kept police from responding quickly to an armed robbery call Tuesday afternoon." ...
 

Australia: Only two Monash guns on the banned list
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Only two of the seven handguns owned by the alleged Monash University gunman are on the list of 259 the Federal Government wants to ban."

"The other five are used in exempt sports shooting events in the Commonwealth Games, the National Rifle Association action match and the International Practical Shooting Confederation. These include handguns such as the long-barrel Smith & Wesson .357 magnum revolver and the Beretta .22 semi-automatic Model 89."

"Justice Minister Chris Ellison said the list of banned guns released last week was not final." ...
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The general idea of this "report" out of Australia is that every firearm owned by some psycho should be banned because that psycho owned them. And that in itself is a psychotic proposition.
 

Scotland: Police spiderman-style 'net guns' alternative to firearms
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"THE use of Spiderman-style ‘net guns’ is being researched by police scientists as a non-lethal alternative to firearms, Scotland on Sunday can reveal."

"The guns fire a large nylon net which entangles the suspect and prevents them from running away or posing a threat to police officers."

"The devices, which are effective at ranges up to 17ft, are already used by several foreign police forces, including the Japanese. They are now being assessed by experts at the Police Scientific Development Branch (PSDB), which examines the suitability of all new equipment for UK police forces." ...
 

Lightfield's at the fore of sabot slug technology
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Call them 'sabeaus' (the French version) or "sabots" (rhymes with "grab its"), shotgun sabot slug technology has developed in the past 10 years, much like rifle design developed between the Civil War and World War II." ...
 

Sen. John McCain caught in Sniper Joke Flap, calls for more gun control
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"Asked...whether he thought Republicans should celebrate their victory by buying guns, McCain quipped, 'The Bushmaster is popular now'... A McCain spokesman told New York's Daily News that the apparent sniper joke was in reality a cleverly disguised call for better gun control, rather than an attempt to make light of the killing spree." ...
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Oh, that wacky Manchurian Candidate. And notice how he tries to save face at the expense of gun owners?
 

OH: HB274 sponsors reveals the disaster ahead for CCW (Urgent!)
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org/alet.php

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Rep. Aslanides says the FOP is going to gut HB274, add huge increases such as 20 hours of range time, and other poison pills to the legislation. It is imperative that you get everyone you know in Ohio to call their Senators and Representatives - Tell them to REJECT the FOP's efforts to destroy concealed carry reform.

Visit our website, call your Senator & every Senator on the Judiciary Committee and tell them to reject the anti-gun FOP gun control efforts.

http://www.OhioCCW.org/alet.php
 

Gila Wilderness: Catron County
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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The steel target 300 yards distant rocked violently as the last of 30 spent cartridges clinked into the bottom of the brass catcher. The old veteran sat up straight and pulled another Garcia Y Vega from his vest pocket. As he flicked the lighter and drew deeply from the cheroot a sense of well being and peace enveloped him as he quietly spoke to the ghosts of his memories. "Here's to you Brothers. Happy Veterans Day."
 

Australia: Gun prohibitionist says theft of firearms proves need for ban
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"The theft of nearly 100 registered guns from a house in Northern Tasmania has reignited debate about the ownership of firearms."

"Tasmanian police have issued a nationwide alert for the weapons, which they police were stolen from a Beauty Point house sometime in the past three weeks while its owners were on holidays."

"98 guns were taken, including 13 shot guns, 5 rifles, 35 revolvers and 24 semi automatic pistols."

"Roland Browne from the National Coalition of Gun Control, said the robbery proves the need for immediate legislative change." ...
 

Australia: 'There's absolutely no reason why sporting shooters can't use single shot hand guns'
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"The National Coalition for Gun Control has questioned the merit of the Government's proposed blacklist of hand guns."

"It says only two of the seven weapons used in the Monash shootings are on the list."

"The Government is yet to make a final decision and is still consulting sporting shooters."

"The coalition's NSW convenor, Samantha Lee, says the other five hand guns used at Monash still should be banned."

" 'There's absolutely no reason why sporting shooters can't use single shot hand guns,' she said."

"Single shot hand guns are guns that have to be reloaded, instead of the semi-automatics which propel a number of bullets in just a few seconds."
 

Australia: Thousands of guns unaccounted for: Opposition
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"The Western Australian State Opposition wants to know why thousands of illegal semi-automatic guns have yet to be accounted for by police."

"Prior to new gun laws being introduced in the wake of the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, there were more than 12,000 licences issued for semi-automatic weapons in WA."

"But Opposition police spokesman Matt Birney says there are still more than 3,000 unaccounted for."

"Mr Birney says inadequate police resources have been devoted to the task of tracking down the owners of the missing guns."

"He also says too many owners are getting away with saying their illegal gun was lost or stolen."

" 'The public have an expectation that this gun buyback would have been put to bed by now, sadly that's not the case,' he said."

" 'I think it's important that the police are vigilant in putting this thing to bed.' "
 

MA: Lawrence police: Weapons found in N.H. storage locker were department property
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LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — "A Lawrence police officer who kept weapons at a New Hampshire storage facility will likely face criminal charges after authorities confirmed that two rifles recovered there belong to police and not the officer, as he claimed, Police Chief John Romero said."
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Interesting how this person was just put on adminstrative leave instead of arrested and then required to defend themself. And "likely face criminal charges"?
 

Guest commentary: Another excuse for gun control
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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This is a very well written editorial opposing those who attempt to use events like the "sniper shootings" to further infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
 

IN: 2 men killed in failed robbery attempt
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Much more thorough version of another story found above. ...
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"George Braxton knew it was bad when two masked men, one armed with a pistol and the other with a bat, forced their way into his Near-Northside house and demanded money."

"The 70-year-old heard his brother yell out he'd been shot in his back, 'and all hell broke lose,' Braxton said Saturday."

"In the end, the two teenage intruders were killed in the melee, and Braxton and his 72-year-old brother, Joe, were seriously injured. Police said several other people were at the house when the shooting occurred shortly before midnight Friday, but none was injured." ...
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Hopefully, these seasoned citizens will heal quickly and stay vigilant. Fortunately, the two thugs will not be breeding.
 

MI: Clio set to ban firearms, knives in city facilities
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"The City Commission last week gave preliminary approval to a law banning firearms and other concealed weapons from some city facilities."

"Commissioners approved a revised ordinance that would bar everybody but on- and off-duty police officers from carrying a concealed weapon at City Hall, the police department, the Department of Public Works facility and Rogers Lodge."

"Along with guns, the proposed law bans daggers, razors and stilettos with blades of three inches or longer."

"The commission first considered the issue on Oct. 21 but asked for changes in the draft law. The revised draft was modeled after a Ferndale ordinance that survived a circuit court challenge and is now before the state Court of Appeals, officials said."

"Commissioners passed the new ordinance on first reading last week and are expected to approve it later this month."
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In essence, the city is notifying local criminals that everyone in city facilities is required by law to be a sitting duck. Smooth move.
 

Anti Surveillance Defense Group Declares War on Public Video Voyeurism
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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A majority of the general public is unaware of how out of control secret video spying is in public places. A recent state Supreme Court decision declared as "lewd but legal" upskirt photography in a public place. This and other similar rulings demands an accelerated call to action for the Anti-Surveillance Defense Group, a single issue organization, formed to combat the worldwide proliferation of both overt and covert use of video surveillance cameras.
 

FL: Gradeschool students charged with felonies for having handgun at school
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"Three elementary school students face felony charges for allegedly passing around an unloaded handgun on school grounds."

"The 10-year-old and two 11-year-old boys were taken into custody Friday at Caddo Heights Elementary School. They were charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds after another student told police he saw the gun at school."

"The gun had been properly stored at one boy's home, but he found it and brought it to school, police said. That boy and the two other youths taken into custody passed the gun among themselves while on campus, police said."

"Police found the gun in a backpack." ...
 

Jamaica: "Police find 5 guns, ammo in Central Kingston"
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"MORE THAN 300 assorted rounds of ammunition and five semi-automatic pistols were unearthed from the compound of the St. Michael's All-Age School, Tower Street, Central Kingston, during an extensive police operation yesterday morning."

["compound" - a term to call any place with a firearm these days.]

"The school is located across the road from the General Penitentiary and borders the rival political communities of 'Southside' and Rae Town." ...
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Sounds like these people might need a firearm or two for self-defense -- but that's illegal in Jamaica.

Notice the police are happy to "raid" a religious school -- but they aren't so quick to raid a well-armed gang's lair.
 

Lee Boyd Malvo — sometimes “giggling and laughing” — admitted to sniper shootings
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"NBC News has confirmed that, during nearly eight hours of police interrogation, sniper suspect Lee Boyd Malvo — sometimes “giggling and laughing” — admitted that he fired the Bushmaster assault rifle in several of the sniper shootings, including the slaying of an FBI analyst on Oct. 14." ...
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If ever there was a time for a public execution, this one might be it.

Will the anti-executionists among us also say that this murderous wretch should live?
 

CA: Man uses pistol to scare off mountain lion
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TENAJA -- "State wildlife officials called off a hunt for a mountain lion on the Santa Rosa Plateau Thursday, four days after a couple riding their horses on the plateau west of Murrieta reported a confrontation with a cougar."

" 'We weren't able to pick up anything,' said Mike McBride, assistant chief of the Department of Fish and Game's Eastern Sierra/Deserts Region. 'It was bone dry the past few days and scent doesn't do well in dry weather.' "

"The man on horseback who had the confrontation with the lion Sunday reported that upon spotting the cougar in a grassy area, the lion didn't run, but instead assumed a crouched position. When the lion approached the man, he fired one round from a pistol in the lion's direction, after which the lion slowly crept away like it was injured, McBride said." ...
 

"Gun ring traced to Peninsula"
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... "Stringfellow's weapon is just one of 11 guns - traced to an illegal Peninsula gun ring - which have ended up on Baltimore's streets. Federal authorities say the guns were purchased illegally from Peninsula dealers between March 28, 2001, and April 2002. Another 15 or 16 illegal guns from the Peninsula are unaccounted for, Detective Andrew Corsaro of the Baltimore police intelligence unit, said."

"Paul J. McNulty, the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, said the problem with illegal gun purchases is statewide. However, the problem seems more acute on the Peninsula."

"In past years, Virginia handguns have surfaced in homicides, robberies and drug raids in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. These places have stricter gun laws - longer waiting periods when buying a gun or an outright ban on the sale of handguns." ...

"Although Corsaro could not say how Stringfellow acquired his pistol, he said crime guns often change hands several times before they surface. The trail of the pistol Stringfellow was carrying began March 28, 2001 - 174 days prior to the Baltimore homicide, Corsaro said. That day, Neil Dennis bought the gun at Cash Quick of Denbigh Pawn Shop in Newport News."

"Dennis and two of his friends didn't have criminal records, but a drug habit left them vulnerable and in need of cash, police said. They got paid for buying the guns." ...
 

OR: Yet another unarmed rape
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She thought she was "safe" in her own home, and with a roommate even.
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"The search is in Clackamas County for a man suspected of raping a Portland woman in her own apartment. According to Clackamas County Sheriff detectives, the attack occurred Friday night at the Watermark Square Apartments."

"The 20-year-old victim told detectives the Hispanic suspect knocked on the door of her apartment asked for a person that didn’t live there. After the suspect left, the victim locked the door and went to her room."

"Minutes later the suspect entered her room grabbed her from behind and rapped her. The victim’s male roommate heard the disturbance, prompting the suspect to flee, jumping 12 feet down from the bedroom window." ...
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Instead of shooting this piece of trash where he stood, she gave him her dignity and let him go so he could prey on someone else.
 

FL: 56 errant shots caused damage, death
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"Of 59 bullets fired by Miami police the night of May 27, 1994, only three found their targets: the backs of two armed robbers trying to escape, self-described criminals caught in the middle of a holdup."

"But it is the other bullets -- 56 errant shots -- that best portray what became an escalating pattern of reckless shooting by Miami police, a Herald investigation has found."

"Those bullets hit five nearby homes, six parked cars, fence gates, a nearby McDonald's restaurant -- and the back of the head of Jorge Morales, the father of a baby daughter born the day before, a construction worker on an evening walk with his 5-year-old stepdaughter."

"Morales died where he fell. Police say he was hit by a ricochet." ...
 

OH: FOP of Ohio position on CCW
Submitted by: Steven T Ling

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From the Ohio FOP website, their position on CCW. I don't think their position is unreasonable. I'm sure I've just made some enemies but read it and feel free to e-mail me with comments. Note: scroll down to the bottom of the page.

RELEVANT EXCERPTS:

"The Fraternal Order of Police supports that right of citizens being able to protect themselves. We know that we can’t be everywhere or foresee every crime that takes place in this state. A properly trained individual knowing the responsibilities of owning a gun may very well be able to fend off and prevent a crime from occurring. This we do not dispute nor oppose the concept."

"What the Fraternal Order of Police opposes is language contained in HB 274 allowing criminals with warrants out for their arrest to legally carry a concealed weapon. ... We oppose the language that would allow an individual who has been convicted of a violent misdemeanor crime, including assault on a police officer, to obtain a permit and carry a concealed firearm. We oppose the language that would allow an individual who has just finished a 6 month sentence in jail to literally walk out of his or her cell, go straight to the local sheriff and get a permit to carry a concealed weapon."

"Another major concern of the FOP is the lack of training. ... We don’t believe that four hours of training is adequate enough to safely handle a handgun when out in public."

"In conclusion I would like to state that we do not oppose the concept of conceal and carry. We do believe that any legislation passed should be both reasonable and responsible. This issue is not just about officer safety but the Public Safety."
 

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