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Australia: $263 million to recruit 600 extra police and build 68 new police stations
Submitted by: P. Jones

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Must be a really safe place, Australia -- where self-defense is banned and they need hundreds more officers. ...
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"A second-term Labor Government will spend $263 million to recruit 600 extra police and build 68 new police stations, as Premier Steve Bracks yesterday promised to ensure Victoria remained Australia's safest state."

"Launching the first part of Labor's law and order policy, Mr Bracks said the 600 police would be recruited over four years, at a cost of $125 million."

"After adding 800 police during its first term, Mr Bracks said Labor's promise of a further 600 would bring police numbers to a record high of 10,900." ...
 

UK: Law and order on 'verge of collapse'
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"Iain Duncan Smith today launched a pre-emptive attack on the government's record on crime - expected to be the lynchpin of tomorrow's Queen's speech."

"Speaking at a private drug treatment centre in west London, the Conservative leader claimed law and order in Britain was 'on the verge of collapse'."

"Seeking to move the agenda on from his own troubled leadership of the party, Mr Duncan Smith said Labour's push on crime and the courts in tomorrow's Queen's speech would be an 'empty gesture'."

" 'After five years of Labour, law and order in Britain is on the verge of collapse,' he said."

" 'A crime is committed every five seconds, detection rates have fallen by 28% and criminals have a 97.5% chance of not being caught and convicted.' " ...
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And self-defense is BANNED in the United Kingdom.
 

Terrorist Execution and Sniper Trial Could Provoke Attacks
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Within an article about potential imminent terrorist threats comes this tidbit (seventh paragraph from the top) on the deterrent effect of armed people:
"He [Pakastani national, Mir Ahmad Kasi, who murdered two CIA agents in 1993 outside CIA headquarters] indicated that he was going to take people out at either the CIA or the Israeli Embassy, but he chose the CIA because he felt there would be fewer people around with weapons."
 

Sniper shootings rekindle debate over firearms database
Submitted by: Thompson

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"If after the first or second victim in Washington, D.C., if law enforcement had known it was a Bushmaster that was sold from a Tacoma gunshop . . . that could have saved lives," [William Harwood, president of 'Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence'] said.
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Maybe if Chief Moose wasn't out everyday looking for a deranged white male in a white van or box truck, perhaps that could have saved lives!
 

AR: Program Helps Teach Children Dangers Of Guns, Drugs
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"Children are learning lessons about gun safety and the dangers of drugs and alcohol through the Eddie Eagle program." ...

"The program is used by law enforcement agencies and organizations concerned with the safety of children, including Beard Elementary in Fort Smith."

"At Beard, representatives of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Department work with children to make them understand the ramifications of drug and alcohol use and the unsupervised use of firearms." ...

QUESTION...

How many of us grew up with near-complete "unsupervised use of firearms"?

The issue is one of responsibility and training -- not hiding and scaring.
 

South Africa: "Corrupt cops: Arms seized"
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"Police raided 181 premises in the Cape Peninsula on Monday night, seizing 130 firearms and suspect firearm licences."

"Captain Etienne Terblanche said the swoop followed the arrest of a superintendent and two captains at the Philippi police station in Cape Town in July on charges of corruptly issuing firearm licences."

"Gang members were among those who received the improperly obtained licences." ...
 

UK: Chilling threat on fake guns
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"A TOP cop has given a stark warning that people carrying fake guns could be shot dead."

"You must expect armed police officers who you threaten will be prepared to shoot you for carrying an imitation weapon. Your life is worth far more than a £4 toy from a shop."
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But your life isn't worth so much that they'll let you defend it without relying on the state to do so. In fact, carry a real firearm, just to defend yourself, and these "bobbies" will use violent force to arrest you and throw you in jail -- kinda like in New York City, Chicago or Los Angeles, among too many others.
 

Canada: BB gun stirs a Code Red at area school
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"Children ran for cover at an elementary school west of Barrie after reports that two male teenagers were pointing a gun at them."

"Teachers on yard duty quickly notified the principal, who instigated the Safe Schools Code Red alarm to ensure all students immediately took cover."

"Two boys, 15 and 16-year-olds, had a BB gun taken away before being taken into custody. They will be charged with a firearm offence, said OPP Insp. Mark Allen." ...
 

Australia: Bacon pushes burglar alarm plan for gun owners
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"PREMIER Jim Bacon has flagged the likelihood that alarm systems would be required for substantial gun collections under proposed new laws on hand guns."

" 'It's clearly a problem when this number of weapons can be stolen from a home without an alarm system,' Mr Bacon said."

" 'That seems to me to be quite unacceptable and certainly it's something that will be addressed in changes to the law.' " ...
 

ME: Gun control advocates, opponents disagree on database
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"Gun control advocates and opponents in Maine are at odds on whether a national computer database containing the unique ballistic signature of each new firearm sold would be an effective crime-fighting tool."

"Some of the state's leading law enforcement officials support such a system, which could enable investigators to take a bullet fired in a crime, identify the gun that shot it and from that, track down where, when and to whom the gun was originally sold." ...

"But some police groups agree with gun control opponents that the effectiveness of such a system is overstated and some worry that creating a national database of ballistic images would be the equivalent of a national registry of gun owners." ...
 

Free State Project sets meeting
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"Many people savor New Hampshire because it espouses free living, taxes less than other states, offers a decent job market and has a coastline – granted not the longest of shorelines but it touches an ocean nonetheless."

"So don’t be surprised if 20,000 liberty-oriented people move here this decade. The very things that make New Hampshire attractive to its citizens also entice the members of the Free State Project."

"Claiming 2,000 members, the project has a goal of creating a 'free state' in America. The group does not wish to secede from the United States, but only limit its government." ...

"New Hampshire places high on the project’s wish list of 10 desirable states. The others are Vermont, Maine, North and South Dakota, Delaware, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Wyoming."

"The project will vote on the state if it reaches 5,000 members. If the project does not reach 20,000 members by 2006, though, it would likely fold." ...
 

FL: Police Report: Off-duty officer accused of armed threat
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"St. Augustine police are investigating whether an off-duty police officer allegedly pointed a gun and threatened to shoot a civilian during a road rage incident in Jacksonville."

"...Isaiah Mercer says off-duty Officer Mike Etheridge threatened him after Etheridge and his wife (in another vehicle) were chatting and blocking traffic, according to Record news partner First Coast News. Mercer said he honked his car horn and shouted out the window after the light turned green." ...
 

Australia: Four charged over gun thefts
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"Launceston police have charged four men and are pursuing a fifth over the theft of 98 firearms from a Beauty Point property."

"Police have also recovered 14 of the guns reported missing when the owner of the West Arm Rd property returned home from holiday last Friday." ...
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More proof that criminals will go to great lengths to get firearms -- as if, with the proliferation of banned drugs, any more proof is needed.
 

UK: Your money or it'll be my life!
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"POLICE are hunting a street robber who tried to blackmail his victim into handing over cash by threatening to shoot HIMSELF!"

"The victim refused to do so. 'When he realised his victim was not going to give him anything, he ran off.' " ...
 

OH: Gun Grabbers Trying To Kill CCW - HELP!
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Ohio's inappropriately named "Coalation Against Gun Violence" is trying to put pressure on lawmakers to kill House Bill 274. If you live in Ohio or know anyone in Ohio, we MUST get this information out to them.

On our website are phone numbers of the Senators on the committee. This tool can be used to identify Senators and email them. Please, help us spread the word. Callers should ask that FOP gun-control efforts be defeated. Help!
 

UK: "United in strength against gun wars"
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"Three mothers campaigning to stop the city's youth being killed in the growing gun gang culture have seen their new group go from strength to strength."

"Parents United was launched four months ago in Handsworth by three women demanding an end to the bloodshed which has deeply affected the Birmingham community." ...
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But... but... we're constantly told that more gun laws are the answer to crime! What more can there be than an outright ban?
 

UK: Gun victim shot in legs
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"A 19-YEAR-old man was treated in hospital last night for gunshot wounds to both legs following a shooting incident in Dundonald. The attack took place in Dornock Park at about 8pm." ...
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Thank goodness guns are banned -- this guy might have gotten shot!
 

Russia: 2,000 police hunt runaway armed soldier in Moscow
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"About 2,000 police officers are involved in the search for Mikhail Korzakov."

"Korzakov, 19, left his Interior Ministry unit base, taking an automatic rifle, 60 rounds of ammunition, a helmet and bullet-proof vest."

"Desertions, shootings and suicides have become increasingly common in the under-funded and demoralised Russian military, which is plagued by miserable living conditions and rampant bullying." ...
 

KY: Airport screeners find loaded gun in woman's backpack
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"A 52-year-old woman on her way to visit her daughter at a Dallas seminary was detained at Louisville International Airport after a loaded gun was found in her carry-on luggage Saturday."

"Helen Caswell, a Louisville homemaker, said she didn't know she had the .380-caliber handgun in her backpack after screeners spotted it with Xrays."

"Airport authorities did not arrest Caswell, and she made her flight. But she will have to appear in Jefferson District Court." ...
 

NC: Man under so-called "restraining order" kills wife, self
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"A husband who had a restraining order against him killed his estranged wife before turning the shotgun on himself, Gaston County police said."

"Police believe Mark Allen Ebert, 37, shot Lisa Lynn Ebert, 35, twice and himself once with a 12-guage [sic] shotgun."
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She should have been armed with more than a restraining order.
 

UK: Gunman under police seige who committed suicide left to rot for 26 hours
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"A gunman's body was left lying in a pool of blood for 26 hours after he had shot himself at the end of a four-day siege, an inquest jury was told."

"A shortage of Home Office pathologists in the West Midlands meant police could not move Shaun Adamson after he had blasted himself in the head, it heard." ...

"He had barricaded himself in for four days armed with a sawn-off shotgun after police tried to arrest him for offences involving firearms and violence." ...
 

CA: Man arrested for discharging shotgun to break up a party
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"An irate homeowner who reportedly used a shotgun to chase off unwanted partygoers is in jail on suspicion of assault with a firearm." ...

"Merced County Sheriff-elect Mark Pazin said the arrest was made around 1 a.m. when deputies responded to a call ...where a party had turned into an argument."

"Pazin said Contreras reportedly fired the shotgun at some people he wanted to leave. Details were sketchy on Monday, but Pazin said it appears no one sought medical treatment." ...
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Not much information here... but if the party was about to turn into a brawl, firing a shotgun may have actually saved people from getting hurt by scattering them.
 

NC: Months of fear end in murder-suicide -- Restraining order didn't keep Mark Ebert away
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"When Mark Allen Ebert burst through the front door of his cousin's home with a .12-gauge shotgun Sunday night, he wanted one thing: his estranged wife, Lisa."

"...Eric Ebert... huddled with his own wife and their three children and was ready to protect them with the only weapon he could find: a golf club." [Some kind of family man that guy is.]

"I was thinking, `What am I going to do if he comes in the house?' " Eric Ebert said. "I didn't have a gun." "

Maybe if he had, the tragedy could have been averted.
 

The Media Conspiracy Against Self-Defense
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"The more outrageous and bloody the story, the more incensed the public will be. Couple this with a few well-placed comments by Brady and gang at the graves of each victim and a few tugs at the leashes of the politicians who seek Brady’s sanction to get themselves elected, and you have all the makings of a poisoned legislative stew filled with yet more laws, yet more restrictions and yet more victimizations of law-abiding gun owners." ...
 

FBI attacks BATF in Draft Report - to protect its turf
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"The F.B.I. has initiated an unusual behind-the-scenes attack on another law enforcement agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as part of an effort to protect its turf and responsibility for domestic security, law enforcement officials said today."

"An internal F.B.I. draft full of criticisms of the firearms agency has circulated in the last week among law enforcement officials. Some of those officials say the draft is part of an effort by the bureau to head off a plan to move the firearms operations from the Treasury Department to the Justice Department in a broad reorganization of domestic security." ...

"The unsigned report accuses counterparts at the firearms agency of poor training for agents, dangerous handling of explosives at crime scenes and efforts to control cases outside its jurisdiction. The report cites examples from the recent sniper investigation, terrorism inquiries, the Salt Lake City Olympics and other prominent cases pursued by both agencies."

" "Due to the A.T.F.'s lack of strategic vision and sole jurisdiction mission," the report says, "they have `crept' into areas beyond their mandate." " ...
 

AZ: Mesa delaying issue of selling seized firearms
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ORIGINAL TITLE: "Mesa may delay gun-selling vote"
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"Mesa leaders will meet Thursday to talk about selling seized firearms to gun dealers, but a decision isn’t likely anytime soon."

"Four City Council members said Monday they will vote to delay the issue until the city finds a new police chief."

"Mesa is considering changing its policy of destroying impounded guns, which began in 1998. Before then, the city auctioned guns to licensed dealers. The change likely would bring thousands of dollars a year into the city treasury."

"Councilmen Rex Griswold, Kyle Jones and Mike Whalen said Monday they agree with changing the gun policy but want the new chief’s opinion before moving ahead."

"Vice Mayor Dennis Kavanaugh, who opposes the move, also wants to delay the issue until the new chief is consulted." ...
 

FL: Naples attorney prevails in lawsuit against east coast city, officer
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"When Naples attorney Gregory Mangone talks about the three hours he spent in the Miami-Dade County lockup, he's clearly irritated."

"But when Mangone discusses how the policeman who arrested him had trampled on his civil rights, the attorney's annoyance turns to anger, then vindication."

" 'I didn't do anything wrong. I knew it was a false arrest. I knew the officer was lying under oath with that police report and had violated my civil rights,' Mangone said."

"The actions of a police officer working for a tiny Miami-Dade town in August 1999 led to two trials, which led to two verdicts, one a few weeks ago. The decisions — one by a criminal court judge, another by a civil court jury — led to dismissal of a misdemeanor charge and a $300,000 judgment for Mangone, 38." ...
 

"D.C. sniper case highlights NRA's duplicity on guns"
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"Whenever a new shooting spree sparks a public outcry for tougher gun laws, the powerful National Rifle Association fires back with a stock reply: The remedy isn't new laws, but better enforcement of the laws already on the books."

"And that's just how the gun-control debate has played out in the weeks since two suspects were captured in the Washington, D.C., region's sniper killings." ...

--unsigned, anonymouse whining in USA Today
 

NY: Hunting a constitutional right?
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"Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment say the measure would guarantee the right to hunt, trap and fish in New York as well as silence local efforts to ban the sports." ...
 

VA: Gun group aims to end restrictions in Norfolk
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"If Philip Van Cleave had his way, he'd be free to stroll through the playground at Norfolk's Lafayette Park with a handgun on his hip. He'd be allowed to wear his gun while boating on the city's lakes, and to carry it into any city building -- libraries, recreation centers, City Hall, Scope -- without hassle." ...
 

Canada: Saskatchewan natives continue challenge to gun law
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"A vice chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians says he will not register his guns."

"The federation is challenging the federal government's gun control law, arguing that it infringes on treaty rights."

"Bill C-68 requires all firearms to be registered by Jan. 1." ...

IT'S POSSIBLE THAT...

Indigenous peoples have finally come to realize that the lies they are told surrounding gun control are of evil intent and cannot be condoned, supported or trusted. This is a good development, for Canadians, and for natives everywhere.
 

CA: California Voters Have Spoken (of their own ignorance)
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"As if California couldn't turn further left, it did so on November 5. The election results are a sign that Californians as a whole are probably the most uninformed voters in the U.S."

"Case in point:"

"1. Under the 'leadership' of Gray Davis, the Democratically controlled legislature grabbed our money and went from a $12 billion surplus to a $24 billion deficit in three years." ...
 

TX: Gun-Toting Student To Remain Detained
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"A judge ordered a 13-year-old girl who was caught with a .357 revolver in her backpack at school on Friday to remain in juvenile custody."

"...Kelsey agreed with prosecutors, who argued the eighth-grader could be a threat to herself or others."

"Kelsey scheduled another hearing in 10 days."

"According to school officials, the girl was a good student, but was expelled from school due to a zero-tolerance policy." ...
 

Gun owners tired of media's distortions
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"After reading Viewpoints ["In the line of fire," Oct. 27] I am struck once again how ill-informed many people are about firearms. The major points of the columns all have serious flaws."

"The so called 'gun show loophole' doesn't exist. All firearms bought from a vendor at a gun show require a background check. If for any reason the background check is not satisfactorily completed then the firearm cannot be purchased." ...
 

Millions More to Be Barred from Gun Ownership (H.R. 4757)
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"The House has passed H.R. 4757, the so-called Our Lady of Peace Act. Its chief sponsor is the rabidly anti-gun Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York."

"Not surprisingly, one of the other rabid anti-gunners from New York, Senator Chuck Shumer (D), has sponsored the companion bill in the Senate (S. 2826)." ...
 

Travis Tritt singing at this year's SHOT Show
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"One of Country Music’s best known sportsmen, platinum selling artist Travis Tritt will be appearing at the SHOT SHOW 25th Anniversary Dinner. The Grammy award-winning performer, known for hits such as It’s A Great Day To Be Alive, T-R-O-U-B-L-E and Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof, joins his fellow shooting enthusiasts in saluting the silver anniversary of the SHOT SHOW with a special performance."

"This not-to-be-missed celebration of America’s shooting sports heritage and music is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2003 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL." ...
 

Congress Pressed on Homeland Security, Armed Pilots
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"President Bush told Congress Tuesday that its lame duck session is the time to 'get the job done.' He was referring to legislation to create a Department of Homeland Security."

"At the same time, airline pilots are calling for the Senate to pass a bill allowing the pilots to carry firearms in the cockpit." ...
 

State Coalition Approves Internet Sales Tax Plan
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"Revenue-hungry states today took the first step toward building a national framework for taxing items sold over the Internet."

"In a meeting in Chicago, lawmakers and tax officials from 30 states -- including Virginia and the District of Columbia - endorsed a proposal to simplify their tax laws and enter into a voluntary pact to collect online sales taxes. Maryland officials present at the meeting abstained from today's vote." ...

"The voluntary program would take effect when at least 10 states representing 20 percent of the U.S. population have amended their laws to implement the program. Participating states would then be free to ask Congress to approve a mandatory, nationwide online sales tax regime. It's unclear, however, if Congress would go along with any online sales tax proposal." ...
 

Dear Sons of Liberty: A Letter From our Fathers
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"It is with great astonishment that I write this letter to you. It seems that in the course of recent events surrounding the grand experiment we have laid the foundation for, it is apparent the stewardship we so graciously left to you, and the responsibility of Freedom, has been lost. It is a mystery to me and my colleagues..."
 

Canada: Sask. native federation vice-chief says no to federal gun registration laws (another report)
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"Preparing for a showdown with Ottawa over gun registration laws, a vice-chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is refusing to list his firearms with the federal government."

"Greg Ahenakew said the registration law, which takes effect Jan. 1, infringe on treaty rights. He added while he doesn't advocate breaking the law, the federation will lend legal support to any Saskatchewan aboriginal person who chooses to do so." ...
 

Use Of Two-Way Radios in Hunting Illegal, Says Big Brother
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"Game wardens in western Montana are continuing to detect numerous violations of hunting regulations that prohibit use of two-way radios to aid in the pursuit of game or to avoid check stations or wardens."

" 'We're being inundated (with violations),' said Jeff Darrah, game warden captain for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks in Missoula." ...
 

SAF Will File Amicus Brief In Chicago Case To Keep Records Confidential
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"Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the City of Chicago should be allowed access to federal records of gun traces and transactions, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) announced today it will file an amicus curiae brief with the High Court, insisting that information about firearms purchases by private citizens should remain confidential, and not open to snooping by municipal governments suing the gun industry." ...
 

Top Police Officials Support Guns In The Cockpit, Survey Shows
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"Command law enforcement officers in the United States believe that pilots of commercial airlines should be permitted to carry firearms on board their aircraft, according to the 15th annual nationwide opinion survey of chiefs of police and sheriffs conducted by the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP)." ...
 

"President of Europe" plan under attack
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"The European Commission is working to kill a proposal backed by France, Britain and Spain for a long-term president of the European Union seen as a threat to its own power, senior Commission officials say."

"Instead, Commission President Romano Prodi will propose next week giving his EU executive greater democratic legitimacy by making it answerable to EU leaders as well as to the European Parliament, and possibly having his successor elected." ...
 

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
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"And this is the crux of this whole problem. People throughout the world love, respect and admire the United States. They say it all the time. It's our government they hate. If we want to inspire another generation in the Middle East to hate us, there will be no surer way than to commence this action against Iraq. The excuses that we give will not matter to the mother holding her dead child in her arms."

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Zimbabwe: U.S. citizen killed at roadblock
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"An American citizen died after being shot at by security forces at a roadblock in eastern Zimbabwe on Monday."

"A United States embassy spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday that Richard Gilman, (58) of Torrington, Connecticut, had died of a gunshot wound."

"However, the spokesperson added, 'the circumstances of his death remain unclear.' "

" 'We have sent officers to Mutare to figure out what happened. We have sent people out there to talk to anyone who can help us understand what happened.' "

"Gilman, a former auditor, was a frequent visitor to Zimbabwe, helping with a private humanitarian programme to improve the nutrition of rural Zimbabweans by developing alternative diets."

"No police comment was available on the incident."

"The state-controlled daily Herald newspaper said Gilman argued with officers who stopped him, and was fired on when he tried to flee the roadblock. He was hit in the shoulder and died three hours later, the embassy spokesperson said." ...
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Sounds like Miami.
 

Pentagon advisor on Iraq says Europe has lost its moral fiber for supporting Saddam
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"Richard Perle, a leading Pentagon adviser on Iraq, last night launched an extraordinary tirade against Europe which he accused of losing its moral direction and providing succour to Saddam Hussein."

" 'I think Europe has lost its moral compass. Many Europeans have become so obsessed by the prospect of violence they have failed to notice who we are dealing with,' he said in an interview with the Guardian."

"Mr Perle expressed serious reservations about the United Nations chief weapons inspector, Hans Blix, and the ability of his team to disarm Iraq."

"But he reserved his most scathing comments for Germany and Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's new anti-war stance."

" 'Germany has subsided into a moral numbing pacifism. For the German chancellor to say he will have nothing to do with action against Saddam Hussein, even if approved by the United Nations, is unilateralism,' Mr Perle said."

"France, which led resistance within the UN security council to the Bush administration's drive for an automatic mandate for war against Iraq, fared little better."

"Did the French show more signs of moral fibre? 'I have seen diplomatic manoeuvre, but not moral fibre,' Mr Perle said." ...
 

India: Tiger shot dead in self-defense
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" 'Forestry personnel had to kill one tiger Monday night in self-defense because it attacked them,' an official told Reuters by telephone from the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, home to around 245 Royal Bengal tigers, some of them man-eaters."

"The tiger was killed in Bali village, 70 miles south of Calcutta, capital of West Bengal state, which shares the sprawling Sunderbans mangrove delta with neighboring Bangladesh."

" 'The second tiger was tranquilized after it entered a villager's home near where the first tiger was killed. It (the second tiger) is safe,' said the official, who asked to remain unnamed. Nobody was in the house when the tiger entered." ...
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Nothing like a tiger entering your home to stir the old adrenaline.
 

"The CIA should own up to its Mistakes"
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"More than a year after Sept. 11, the war on terrorism holds many mysteries: Was there an Iraq connection to the Sept. 11 attacks? Is Osama Bin Laden dead? Why is George Tenet still head of the CIA?"

"The last mystery is the most easily solved." ...
 

OH: Man guards sheep after three sheep killed by pack of dogs
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"A flock of registered Jacob sheep, owned by Bill and Debbie Olinger on U.S. Route 40 west of Summerford, was viciously attacked by angry dogs early Thursday morning."

" 'We were awakened at 3:30 by a noise coming from the area where the sheep are being kept,' Debbie said."

" 'When we raised a window, we could hear the cries of the sheep and barking of dogs.' "

" 'Bill immediately grabbed a gun and I carried a high-powered flashlight as we ran out to the pasture to investigate the problem.' " ...

" 'Every night, Bill carries a gun as he walks around the perimeter of the area where the sheep are being kept while he looks for fresh tracks,' Debbie said." ...
 

CBS News: "Assembling Automatic Weapons"
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"As a licensed gun dealer, Mel Bernstein can buy, sell and shoot machine guns -- weapons considered so dangerous their sale is carefully controlled and buyers are rigorously screened by the government."

" 'You have to be super good to get approved for an automatic weapon, you have to have almost a super clean record,' he told CBS News Correspondent Cynthia Bowers. 'Anything you did in your lifetime can be used against you when you send in your paperwork to Washington.' "

"But a joint investigation by CBS News and Denver affiliate KCNC found that isn't always the case. Just because you're not approved for an automatic weapon, doesn't mean you can't get one."

"Anyone who wanted to modify a gun into an automatic weapon could easily find all the parts needed for sale at a recent Colorado gun show. It was the same gun show where Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold bought the weapons used in the Colombine [sic] massacre."

"And that easy availability has upset a lot of people." ...
 

ND: Former Williston woman brings down North Dakota elk
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"A former Williston woman, Sue (Storbakken) Haas harvested her first elk recently in the Killdeer Mountains. Haas brought down the 500-pound, 5x5 bull elk with a 300-yard shot."

"Drawing an elk tag is a once-in-a-lifetime event and Haas said she will never forget the hunt or the months of build up leading up to it."

"Haas and her husband, Brad, now live in Grand Forks and the couple cashed in on a bit of luck."

"Sue had drawn an elk tag just one year after Brad had gotten one. However, Brad didn't get his elk and Sue said she felt a little pressure to bring one home for the family." ...
 

Sam Houston's Bowie Knife Goes For $270K
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"A Dallas man has paid $270,000 at auction for a Bowie knife that Sam Houston carried into the Battle of San Jacinto and plans to make sure it stays in Texas."

"The knife had been on display at the San Jacinto Museum in La Porte for more than 60 years and at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum in Austin."

"The buyer purchased the knife at an auction in Orange, Calif., on Sunday. Auctioneer John Gangel said there were 11 bidders for the knife, 10 on the phone and one at the auction house." ...
 

More federal gun laws won't slow down criminal activity
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by Dr. Ron Brace
"Brace of Elk River (e-mail: ronbrace@ sprynet.com) is a founding member of Doctors for Sensible Gun Laws, a grass-roots association. He is a Twin Cities emergency department physician."
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"A commentary on gun violence by Jonathan Cowan (Oct. 14) employed many factual errors and statements in his attempt to fool the public."

"First, let us see exactly who Cowan is; he is the president of Americans for Gun Safety. This is a private group funded by billionaire Andrew McKelvey, the founder of Monster.com. This group has exactly one member, McKelvey. He is attempting to purchase our rights through his easily earned money by spending tens of millions on a campaign to support his personal beliefs. Cowan is an employee of McKelvey." ...
 

FBI memo highly critical of ATF abilities (another report)
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"An FBI memo questioning whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms can handle major bombing and terrorism investigations is circulating as Congress considers whether to merge ATF into the Justice Department."

"Rivalries between law enforcement agencies are nothing new. But the FBI memo is notable for its detailed criticism of a fellow federal agency at a time when the Bush administration has put a premium on cooperation in the battle against terrorism." ...
 

UK: Man on trial for shooting dog that attacked his peacock
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"A millionaire businessman shot dead a pet dog when it attacked a peacock on his country estate, a court heard." ...

"Magistrates in Swindon heard the 63-year-old shot David Baker's soft-coated terrier with a 0.22 rifle in February when one of his peacocks was found with its chest ripped open." ...

The man on trial for killing the dog that killed his bird said:
"I never saw it on a lead. It was not the first time it had killed one of my birds.

"In retrospect, I should have been firmer with David Baker, who, through his own irresponsibility, is responsible for this incident.

"If I'd had a rock in my hand I'd have thrown a rock but I had a gun. I maintain that what I did was a humanitarian thing to do.

"If by doing what I did put me outside the scope of the firearms certificate, I would probably have done it anyway."
 

IL: Chicago Bulls' Marcus Fizer pleads innocent to felony weapons charge
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"Bulls forward Marcus Fizer pleaded innocent Tuesday to a weapons charge after police say they found a loaded gun in his sport utility vehicle."

"He is free on bond and was ordered to return to court Dec. 11. The felony charge carries up to a three-year prison sentence."

"Attorney William Hooks entered the plea during Tuesday's arraignment. The 24-year-old Fizer did not speak at the hearing, and he and Hooks declined to speak with reporters."

"Fizer was arrested during an Oct. 13 traffic stop because his driver's license was suspended. Police said they searched his vehicle and found a loaded .40-caliber pistol under the seat. He was charged with unlawful use of a weapon."

"At a previous hearing, an Illinois State Police trooper testified that he stopped Fizer because his front windshield was tinted, which is illegal in Illinois."
 

"Let's make this a safe one"
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This article talks about deer hunting safety, gun control and the American soldier's ability to shoot.
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"Next Saturday, November 9, there will be several hundred thousand men and women going into the Minnesota forests armed with high caliber hunting rifles. They will be intent on harvesting upwards of 100,000 white-tailed deer which will be converted into steaks, roasts, stews and burger." ...
 

Denmark: "Hospitals kick out racism"
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"Patients at the country's hospitals should no longer be able to choose a Danish instead of a foreign doctor. A number of hospitals have now issued rulings stating that patients who discriminate racially will not be treated - unless in an acute emergency."
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Are the patients "racists" or perhaps just concerned with the possibility that some foreign doctors either have only third-world training or are accepted into Danish medical schools under a lower standard due to "affirmative-action" programs?

Does a patient have a right to choose his or her own doctor, for whatever personal reason?
 

CA: Interested in getting a Utah CCW in California?
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"W. Clark Aposhian, Chairman of the Utah Self-Defense Instructor's Network will be in San Francisco the first week of December and will, providing enough people sign up, put on a CCW training class which will qualify you for a Utah CCW. (We're going to try and get him to SoCal as well. See below.)" ...
 

Supreme Court to weigh privacy for gun owners
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WASHINGTON - "The Supreme Court plunged into the gun debate today, agreeing to decide whether the government can withhold information on some gun purchases and crimes, including details of database checks like those used to track weapons in the sniper case."

"The Bush administration, backed by the National Rifle Association and a police group, claims that confidential records are needed to safeguard investigations and protect people's privacy."

"Critics say the administration's policy keeps the public in the dark about gun violence and how well crime-fighters are doing."

"At issue for the Supreme Court is the scope of a federal public information law, which allows reporters and other outsiders to get unclassified government records that officials would not otherwise release."

"The court will decide if the release of the data could interfere with law enforcement efforts, which would exempt it from the sunshine law." ...

"The city of Chicago, which is suing the gun industry, filed suit to obtain the information under the Freedom of Information Act. Chicago is trying to recover money for gun violence. It claims marketing practices led to lawbreaking." ...

" 'There is simply no reasonable expectation of privacy involved in the purchase of firearms. And the recovery of a firearm by the authorities in the course of a criminal investigation is even less private,' the Supreme Court was told by Lawrence Rosenthal, Chicago's attorney." ...

"The case is United States Department of the Treasury v. City of Chicago, 02-322." [Click above link to read whole report.]
 

Gun-control logic fails (LaPierre in USA Today)
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"It takes little journalistic sweat to reel off another tired litany of sound bites that smear lawful gun owners as simple-minded obstructionists to whatever the anti-gun proposal du jour happens to be."

"Why, despite their investigative resources, do media types rarely trouble themselves to evaluate firearm policy beyond, 'Hey, that sounds good to me'? " ...
 

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