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Guns and Communism
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"The anti-gun ideology has burrowed its way into the tenderest corner of Americans’ hearts – the place where love resides between man and woman." ...

"America has vexed her foes and gladdened her friends for over 200 years. But today, the foundation of America’s strength – the family – has come under attack. An invisible wedge has sundered man from woman. Thus divided, we cannot defend our rights."

"That wedge has a name. It is called Marxism." ...
 

To Vote or Not to Vote?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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. . . If your preferred candidate has little chance to win, voting for someone else or staying home on Election Day will only serve to prevent similar candidates from ever breaking through to significant levels of support.

What if voting for a third party or independent candidate does allow the more objectionable major party candidate to win? Short of victory for the true pro-liberty candidate, this is in fact the best outcome that can be hoped for. Why? Because the more liberty-friendly major party (traditionally the Republicans, though perhaps not so in 2004) could interpret this in only one way -- as dramatic evidence that they have drifted too far from their espoused principles, and that this time, it cost them.
 

Gun Industry Group Won't Support Renewing Anti-Terrorism Law
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"In an article published today by CongressDailyAM, Lawrence Keane, vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is quoted as saying that even a bill sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) to extend the 'plastic gun' ban for 10 years is 'anti-gun legislation that is irrational and based on false information.' " ...

"The NSSF has been a leader in pushing for legislation, currently pending in the United States Senate, to give gun manufacturers and sellers sweeping immunity from lawsuits, even where they acted negligently to arm criminals and juveniles. ...The legislation would also immunize the NSSF itself." ...
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Meanwhile, the NRA is on record actively supporting the renewal of the ban -- both in Congress and in the media.
 

We're From the Government and We're Here to Help
Submitted by: John Fansler

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After pulling him over, the officer asked to search Peruchi's car. Peruchi had about $19,000 in a satchel, but nothing criminal to hide, so he consented. The officer found Peruchi's cash, and immediately suspected Peruchi was involved with drugs. He called in drug-sniffing dogs, who then reacted suspiciously to Peruchi's satchel (most all of the U.S. money supply carries feint amounts of drug residue, mostly cocaine).

The dogs' reaction, no more, was enough for the West Memphis police department to seize Peruchi's money. When Peruchi protested, the police officer retorted, "Carry checks next time."
 

Firearms industry regulated enough
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"Gun control activists, having failed to promote their extremist anti-gun-rights agenda in the legislative arena, have turned to the courts to accomplish what they couldn't get through the conventional legislative process."

"Grant-driven organizations such as the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the NAACP have encouraged and assisted cities, counties and states to file lawsuits against the firearms industry to achieve their failed legislative agenda." ...

"The firearms industry is one of the most heavily regulated in the United States, with extensive federal and local laws controlling manufacture, distribution and delivery at the retail level." ...
 

OH: Ohio lawmakers ready to take new shot at gun bill compromise
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"A joint House-Senate committee formed to work out a compromise on the concealed handgun bill will meet for the first time this week, and the chairman says he's preparing new ideas." ...

"The bill requires county sheriffs to issue concealed handgun permits to anyone age 21 or over who passes a criminal background check and a 12-hour training course."

"Debate remains not so much between the House and Senate, but rather between the House and Gov. Bob Taft, who refuses to sign a bill that's opposed by law enforcement."

"House members, including Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, refuse to go along with the Senate bill Taft said he will sign. Senate leaders have refused to override a Taft veto." ...
 

For most Dems, gun control a federal issue
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"Both Martin and Klein said that the main problem confronting the Democratic candidates besides Dean is that there is little room for them to make their gun control platforms unique."

"In fact, Kerry, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman and Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt have nearly identical voting records on issues of gun control."

"The candidates all voted in favor of stringent federal restrictions on gun ownership and usage in the past, and all support an assault weapons ban."

"Rev. Al Sharpton, Carol Moseley-Braun and Clark have also expressed their preference for strict federal regulation of guns." ...
 

MD: Annapolis Council To Vote On Toy Gun Ban
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The Annapolis city council could vote Monday night on a proposal to ban the sale and possession of real-looking toy guns in the city.

Offenders could be fined up to $1,000 or sent to jail for up to three months.

The ordinance was introduced by Alderwoman Cynthia Carter after a 7-year-old boy was arrested in April for pointing a toy gun at a video store clerk. The boy was charged with attempted armed robbery.

Carter says she plans to add an amendment excluding toy guns that are transparent, brightly colored or otherwise don't resemble firearms.

She says she's concerned that police might shoot a child carrying a real-looking toy gun.
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NY: Groups Raising Money for Elderly Mugging Victim Charged With Gun Possession
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An outpouring of support from around the country for that elderly Bronx man facing charges after fighting off his mugger with a gun.

Soon after 80-year-old Lester Campbell's story was broadcast last week, Web site has been raising money for his defense fund.

Campbell says his gun went off during a struggle with a mugger. The suspect got away unharmed. But Campbell was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

So far, the site has raised more than $1,200. ...
 

TX: Child's mother charged with making a firearm available to a child, a class C misdemeanor
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Boy who took gun to school enrolls in alt. campus — (11/10/2003)

WACO -- A North Waco Elementary student who brought a gun to school started attending a classes on an alternative campus today.
Last Monday, school officials found an unloaded gun in the 8-year-old's pocket. A panel hearing was held to determine the best course of action for the "special needs" child.

He will attend school on the alternative campus until the end of the school year.

The child's mother has been charged with making a firearm available to a child, a class C misdemeanor.
 

WI: Sheriffs: We can't afford gun checks
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About 90 percent of Wisconsin sheriffs would ask to opt out of the proposed concealed weapons bill if it became law because they do not have the resources to conduct adequate background checks on applicants, a spokesman for a sheriffs association says.

"Sheriffs and their deputies take very seriously the power to issue a permit where a person can potentially use deadly force," said Jeff Wiswell, spokesman for the Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association.

"It's ridiculous in the extreme to think that we would do a simple computer check on a concealed weapons application." ...
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We agree, though probably for different reasons: You're not required to get a "permit" to exercise your First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendment rights. So why should you be required to get one to exercise the Second? That is, indeed, ridiculous.
 

MO: Two die after a reported self-defense shooting
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"A man told Ozark County sheriff’s deputies that he shot and killed a couple who came to his home on Sunday night. The shooting victims are Merl Cantwell, 40, and Tammy Cantwell, 32, who lived near Isabella." ...

"The homeowner told deputies that he asked his wife gave him a gun after Merl Cantwell, whom he didn’t know, attacked him when he opened his front door. Then Tammy Cantwell joined the attack, he reported. He says he shot the couple in self-defense."

"The sheriff’s department continues to investigate the shootings. No charges were filed by Monday afternoon." ...
 

NC: Victim Killed By Alleged Stalker May Have Been Concerned About Safety
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"Authorities have uncovered more information about a murder-suicide in Durham that started as a stalking case at North Carolina State University. There are signs the victim may have been concerned about her safety."

"In a letter, 23-year-old Amena Khan told N.C. State police that classmate Najebullah Naimee was harassing her and later began stalking her. She told them he had grabbed her arm and had called her incessantly." ...
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And what is the University's policy on firearms for self-defensive purposes -- to defend against such people?
 

MO: Police mistakenly release gun to man now accused in slaying
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"A pistol that was mistakenly returned by police to a man convicted of assaulting his girlfriend appears to have been used in a slaying earlier this month in this southeast Missouri city, authorities say."

"Investigators allege that Gregory Allen McNeely used the .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun to kill Terry Lynn on Nov. 1 outside the Players Lounge club."

"Police records show McNeely picked up the handgun June 23, more than a month after he pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic assault against his live-in girlfriend." ...
 

Fingers of Flame, Fingers of Blame
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"In the aftermath of the horrific 1998 Columbine killings in Littleton Colorado, gun-control advocates went on their own rampage, demanding vastly more stringent laws restricting the rights of honest citizens to acquire, own, and bear firearms." ...

"...The shrillness and hype of liberals in response to Columbine obviously exceeded anything warranted even by that horrendous situation. Furthermore, calls for more gun-control laws clearly weren’t a result of any truthful assessment of what had actually transpired. Therefore, Delay concluded, liberals were concerned about something other than their professed desire to insure the safety of public school students." ...
 

MO: Concealed carry classes in limbo
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"The blocking of Missouri's concealed weapons has frozen training activity in Eastern Jackson County and left some business owners eating their investments."

"The St. Louis judge's ruling turned on the language in the state Constitution that affirms the right to bear arms but adds 'this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.' That phrase prevents the General Assembly from creating laws that allow concealed weapons, the judge ruled."

"Attorney General Jay Nixon has filed an appeal with the Missouri Supreme Court." ...
 

NJ: 111 guns collected at buyback
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"Saturday's gun buyback program netted 111 firearms, according to members of the Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County (CCCC)."

"CCCC member Alex Dragotta said the grassroots community group counted 65 handguns and 46 firearms 'with long barrels' at the parking lot of Union Baptist Temple church by the time the event ended at 3 p.m."

"The group offered $50 for every gun turned in, and no questions were asked of people who turned them in." ...
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...providing criminals with the perfect opportunity to get rid of the firearms they used in crimes without facing the consequences. And it's not a "buyback"; it's a buyUP.
 

MO: Missouri Officials - Treason or Ignorance
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In the issue of concealed weapon or open carry, and any issue involving the arming of the people, judges do not have any discretionary power whatsoever as the 2nd Amendment is as clear as can be written. It is enumerated as the founders by their own words knew the dangers of giving a few authority ... and wanted to preserve the right of self-defense. This includes above all the right to defend against government officials running amuck with their sickness caused by assumed authority.
 

WA: Own a gun? Police are giving out free locks
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"Free gun locks will be available to Southwest Washington gun owners starting today as part of a $50 million nationwide firearms safety education program." ...

"Troopers also will carry locks in their cars, and locks are available from the Vancouver Police Department and some fire stations."

"Installed properly, the locks will deactivate the weapon's slide and prevent it from being loaded..."

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...rendering it instantly unusable in case of an emergency.
 

CT: Women take aim with NRA gun safety course - and they like it !!
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GUILFORD — Despite a fear of guns, Stephanie Batick, 26, held up a severely perforated bull’s-eye target Sunday and expressed pleasure with her right to bear arms.

"I didn’t even want to pick up a gun before this," said Batick, of Branford.

But while surveying the damage she made with a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun, she added, "It felt pretty good."

Batick and some 80 other area women gathered Sunday at Gunsite Indoor Shooting Range to participate in the Women On Target program. ...
 

NY: "Gun-free" Utopia Claims Another Life
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Original title: Queens Woman, 71, Found Dead In Her Home

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A woman, 71, was dead in her home Monday in the St. Albans section of Queens, police said.

Investigators say Olga Prince was found face-down inside her kitchen at 189th Street and Liberty.

NewsChannel 4 has learned that a gun was found near the badly beaten body. But authorities are not yet sure if she was shot.

The body was discovered by a family member at 1:40 p.m.

Investigators haven't determined the motive for the crime and no arrests have been made.
 

Who Will Lead This Nation?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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This nation was founded by courageous, humble, selfless individuals - statesmen, soldiers, farmers, housewives, businessmen and blue collar workers, who were willing to give their lives, reputations and honor in exchange for our freedom.

During the past 225 years We the People have allowed wolves in sheeps' clothing to enter our freedom flock and destroy many of our natural rights:

- Socialists are overtaking our education system, re-writing history and preparing our children to live under a governing system of total dependence.

- Our right to self-defense, to protect our family, neighbors, community and nation is being threatened by self-righteous elitists who want to control every aspect of our lives.
 

CA: Supporters attend pre-trial hearing of Oakland Port Protesters
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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. . . The police had attempted to justify the April 7th attack by falsely claiming that protesters had showered them with a hail of rocks, bottles and railroad spikes, thus forcing them to fire in self defense. However, numerous videos, including one taken by the police themselves, showed that there'd been no rock throwing. The videos along with witnesses accounts established that the demonstrators were peaceful, and Oakland police officials were caught in a lie.

Meanwhile, no charges have been filed against the police.
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But only cops should have guns, right Sarah? They would never use them to restrict people's rights like peaceable assembly and free speech.
 

IL: Vets revisit gear that got them through
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The Aurora Sportsmen's Club hosted its 19th annual Veteran's Day observance

"This is our way of recognizing the people who have protected our freedom," said Wilson, who served in the U.S. Army nearly 40 years ago. ...

Veterans had an opportunity to fire a full range of military rifles and pistols from World War II to modern day. ...
 

PA: Pittsburg woman gives others a fighting chance
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. . . She has started a monthly series of self-defense classes designed to teach people with physical limitations to defend themselves.

The workshops are taught by Johnny G., the former owner of JG's Self Defense and Natural Healing Center of Hackettstown.

"J.G.," said he goes beyond teaching people just self-defense techniques. He said he helps each person to tap into his or her own inner essence.

Other self-defense programs teach aggression and violence, but J.G. said that can actually help the attacker.

Instead, J.G. points to pressure points, inner energies, mental awareness and reaction as the main tools needed for self-protection.
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Actually, "inner essence" is all well and good, but a firearm is the most effective, most affordable, easiest to carry and use tool for self-protection ever created -- especially "people with physical limitations".
 

Taking a Shot at Saving Tradition Dear to Some
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"Buttoned up in a bright orange jacket, Eric Sands, 12, slung a 20-gauge shotgun over his shoulder and trudged into the woods before dawn to do what men in his family have done here for generations: hunt for deer." ...

"Eric's recent foray was part of an effort by hunting organizations to get young people interested in a pastime that once helped define the nation. The number of people who hunt each year in this country fell by 7 percent between 1996 and 2001, according to a government survey. The decline, fueled by creeping urbanization and the increasing appeal of indoor activities, also means there are not as many 12-year-olds hunting." ...
 

New Zealand: Farmer Explains Shooting as Self-defense
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Far North farmer Paul McIntyre has told a Kaikohe court he shot at three men who tried to steal his quad bike in an attempt to "slow the buggers down".

Today is the second day of a pre-trial hearing into the charges against the 45-year-old.

In a taped police interview Paul McIntyre claims he had only been aiming at the tyre of the truck used by the three when he hit the driver in the collarbone.

When asked why he had a loaded pump-action shotgun with him, he states he was hardly going to confront the complainants with a piece of paper and a pen.

Asked why he reloaded his gun, having already fired a warning shot, McIntyre says he feared the intruders might also be armed and he wanted to be ready.
 

UK: Another raid on a post office in gun-free Britain
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TWO raiders believed to be armed with a gun were foiled by the quick thinking of the postmaster when they tried to rob a Sheffield post office.

The pair tried to kick the door down at Southey Post Office, Southey Avenue early on Saturday morning.

They fled empty-handed when the postmaster sounded the panic alarm.

Both men were in the mid to late 20s, about 5ft 10ins tall and wore dark anoraks with the hoods up.
 

UK: Youth caught with gun
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"A 20-YEAR-OLD caught with a loaded gun in his car acted with 'gross stupidity'."

"Eren Kaptanoglu was outside Bromley Magistrates’ Court when police stopped him."

"He claimed the four-barrelled Uberti Derringer pistol was left by two men he had given a lift to, Croydon Crown Court heard."

"But Judge Cedric Joseph told him it would have been dangerous if it had fallen into the wrong hands." ...
 

UK: Police Powerless as Spurned Lover Stabbed Partner to Death, Court Told
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"Officers were powerless as a man stabbed his estranged partner in front of them in a police station car park, a murder trial heard today."

"Nahed Akhter, 40, pulled a large kitchen knife from his jacket and attacked mother-of-three Yvonne Heap, 39, in a 'furious attack', Oxford Crown Court was told."

"He had followed her after suspecting she was seeing another man and confronted her outside Cowley Police Station in Oxford."

"The court was told Miss Heap had already complained that Akhter was harassing her and had sent her a video tape of a television documentary about her cousin who had been murdered by her husband in 2002." ...
 

South Africa: Cop shot, police car stolen - but the police will protect you
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A policeman was shot and critically wounded and a police vehicle stolen during an attack on Monday morning.

Superintendent Opperman said the policeman and his female colleague were driving when they noticed three suspicious looking people.

They got out of their vehicle and approached the suspects, who was acting nervously, Opperman said.

As they approached the three men, one of the suspects fired shots at them.

The policeman was shot in his stomach. His colleague escaped unharmed.

The attackers fled in the police vehicle.

The vehicle was found abandoned about two kilometres from the crime scene.
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Two armed cops can't protect themselves, but the gov't wants disarmed citizens to rely on them. And if you disagree with such logic, it's you who is the "extremist".
 

Australia: Home gun drama
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A GUN-wielding bandit fired bullets into the front door of a St Albans home late on Sunday.

Police said the man went to the Rita St house about 10.30pm, brandishing the firearm. When the male occupant answered the front door, the bandit confronted him, firing three shots into the lower section of the door before fleeing.

The occupant was not injured.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800-333-000.
 

Canada: Violent prisoner escorted to escape while on "cultural visit"
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EDMONTON - "A sexual offender and inmate in Hobbema's minimum security prison escaped from his escort Sunday morning during a cultural visit to a Round Dance on the Louis Bull Reserve...on a temporary escorted absence..."

"Terrance Gooddager, 26, is from the Stand Off Reserve in southern Alberta."

"He was serving a five-year sentence for sexual assault, unlawful confinement, assault, robbery using a firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm, assault with a weapon and evading police and some lesser charges."

"...began serving his sentence in December 2000...became eligible for day parole in February 2002...eligible for full parole in August 2002."

"...considered low risk...weighs 209 pounds and is six feet tall." ...
 

France: Ram-Raiders Seek New Prey -- Tobacconists
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Cigarette price increases have led to a sharp rise in robberies from tobacco shops in France and the government says it plans to give owners extra protection.

Things have got so bad that tobacco outlets have even been targeted by ram-raiders -- thieves who smash stolen cars into shop fronts in a technique usually reserved for jewelry stores.

The government last month raised the price of cigarettes by 20 percent, sparking the anger of smokers and of the country's 34,000 tobacconists, who staged a one-day strike in protest.

"All the things we predicted have come true...development of a black market and smuggling, and a rise in burglaries and hold-ups," head of the National Confederation of Tobacco Outlets, told the daily Le Figaro.
 

Brazil: Rio - where such deaths are the norm
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It was the kind of bloodshed that has become depressingly routine in Rio's shantytowns - four young men dead from a hail of police bullets.

Cops said they fired in self-defence when they were shot at by drug traffickers and found the four bodies afterwards.

Witnesses said the officers attacked with no provocation and finished off at least one wounded man from close range.

The toll wasn't even particularly high by the standards of the city's slums, where shootouts between come with numbing regularity.

But the incident last spring, for which five officers face charges, is back in the spotlight after the recent visit of a special United Nations investigator probing killings by police.
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Cops = gun criminals?
 

New Zealand: Most Police Don't Want Guns
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A survey of police officers finds two thirds do not want to be armed all the time.

The poll was conducted on behalf of their union, the Police Association.

It finds 64 percent of officers oppose carrying guns all the time, with 31 percent in favour and five percent unsure.

Six percent say they would quit the force if arming became mandatory.

The poll finds support for being armed is strongest amongst younger frontline constables, citing self-defence and increasing violent crime.
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But New Zealand has strict anti-gun laws, so why would the cops need guns?
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
"There's no legitimate use for a gun like this." --Chicago Police Superintendent Philip Cline, brandishing a 9mm semiautomatic handgun at a news conference (Chicago Tribune, "Special unit hauling in guns, drugs" by Glenn Jeffers, January 29, 2004)

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