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Don’t blame gun maker for acts of criminals
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Regarding the column by Robert Scheer, 'Bullet-proof protection for gun industry' (Oct. 30):"

"A gun manufacturer has no control over how a gun is used after it is sold. All guns are equipped with a safety device, a gun lock and an owner’s manual full of warnings and cautions. But guns sometimes fall into the wrong hands, and the manufacturer has no control over this."

"Placing responsibility on a manufacturer of a gun that was used in a criminal action makes about as much sense as blaming Boeing for the destruction of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon because it built the aircraft used in these attacks." ...
 

San Francisco's pointless handgun ban
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"It’s not easy to do, but gun control advocates in San Francisco have come up with an anti-firearms measure that embarrasses even some gun control advocates. The red-faced ones may realize this one is not likely to work even if it is upheld in court, which it almost certainly will not be. But the pointlessness of the initiative didn’t stop San Franciscans from approving it by a hefty majority."

"Proposition H outlaws the sale, manufacture, transfer and ownership of handguns and ammunition in the city. ..."

"So what’s wrong with this plan? Just about everything. Start with the fact that it appears to conflict with the state constitution, which gives the state sole jurisdiction over firearms regulation ..." ...
 

2A for CA
Submitted by: Liberty Belles
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"Citizens of San Francisco recently voted to ban the possession, manufacture, distribution, sale and transfer of handguns and ammunition within their city. They have voluntarily stripped themselves of their Second Amendment rights and they have forcefully removed the rights of other citizens who disagree with their position. And while people across the country may have found this shocking, there are a number of ex-Californians who are not surprised in the least as banning firearms represents an integral element of the "progressive" movement as it strides toward a Communist regime." ...
 

Girls, Get Your Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The spotlight on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's position on abortion has shone so brightly that the issue has overshadowed another controversial question: Where does he stand on gun ownership?"

"It is just one example of how gun rights have been temporarily pushed aside. ... When the issue reassumes center stage, some will be surprised to see that it wears a somewhat different face — a more feminine face."

"One thing is certain: The issue of gun rights will keep emerging not only because it has highly organized advocates and detractors, but also because the average person has become more concerned about personal safety in a post-Sept. 11 world. Recent events have heightened people's concern." ...
 

Gunmaker readies new pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Smith & Wesson began production yesterday on a new pistol it hopes will crack the military and police markets."

"The M&P pistol should be shipping by the end of the week, said spokesman Paul Pluff."

"The new part-plastic gun has been designed specifically to appeal to law enforcement customers. It will simultaneously ship to retail and police customers, with a suggested list price of $695, Pluff said."

"Officials have said they see the new pistol as a chance to win back some of the law enforcement market Smith & Wesson has lost over the years. The company's revolvers were once the weapon of choice for police use, but have been eclipsed in recent years by pistols, including those from competitor Glock." ...
 

FL: Trib Columnist Takes Aim At Peaceful, Responsible Gun Owners
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"As much as I disagree with Daniel Ruth's bleeding- heart liberal politics, I do enjoy reading his columns as I much appreciate his wit and sarcasm. His column on Oct. 21 though, must be countered."

"I have never understood what it is about law-abiding citizens that scares the antigun crowd so much. What makes it so difficult for them to understand that a criminal, by definition, doesn't follow the law? What, for instance, is so difficult to understand about the fact that a law-abiding citizen isn't going to walk into his place of employment and begin shooting?"

"... Why is it so difficult for these anti-gun folks to understand that a gun doesn't turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal any more than a vodka and tonic turns a social drinker into a raging alcoholic?" ...
 

WI: Green Officeholders Across Wisconsin to Offer Budget Amendments to Cover Capital Costs of 'Concealed Carry' Bill
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"At a press conference in Racine today, Green Party elected municipal officials from across Wisconsin announced that they will be proposing amendments to their local budgets to financially plan in the event that the bill allowing the carrying of concealed weapons (CCW) virtually anywhere, by virtually anyone, becomes law in our State."

"Under the proposed CCW legislation, cities, villages, towns and counties could only prohibit permit holders from carrying concealed weapons into municipal buildings - such as city hall, community centers, or public libraries - if expensive metal detectors and locking gun cabinets are purchased, installed, and attended at all building entrances." ...
 

TX: Sheriff: Shooting a case of mistaken identity
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"Hidalgo County sheriff’s officials believe Monday’s early morning shooting outside a ranch home is another case of mistaken identity — the third of its kind in the past week."

"Shattered glass still covered parts of the roadway Monday afternoon along 6 Mile Line and Stewart Road after a caretaker watching over Los Ojitos Ranch was awakened by the sound of gunfire, said Sheriff Lupe Trevińo. Around 5:30 a.m., a group of men riding in a late-model GMC Denali stopped in front of the tan wooden home and opened fire. In self-defense, the sole occupant inside the home rushed out armed with a shotgun and a 9 mm handgun and returned fire. It is unclear whether anyone was wounded in the shooting, the sheriff said." ...
 

PA: Charge against teacher dismissed
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"A district judge interrupted the prosecutor’s closing statements Monday to dismiss charges against a Perry County teacher who carried a rifle onto the grounds of New Bloomfield Elementary School."

"'I’m sitting here listening to this and all you have is intent. He didn’t realize he had a gun on school property. The district attorney will probably refile, but I discharge the case,' District Judge Donald 'Pete' Howell told Assistant District Attorney Sean Potter in Newport." ...

"State police at Newport had charged Woods with possession of a weapon on school property, a first degree misdemeanor punishable by forfeiture of all firearms for life and up to five years in prison, said his attorney, Terrence McGowan of Harrisburg." ...
 

NC: Teens threaten students, staff
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"Two teenagers from a private Christian school near Matthews have been accused of threatening to shoot fellow students and staff members, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said."

"The boys - both 15 years old - were students at Bible Baptist Christian School last month, when another student told church officials about the threats, Pastor Ron Allen told the Observer."

"The church called police Oct. 24 and the boys were arrested soon after. They are charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a felony, Sgt. Doug Gallant said."

"Gallant declined to say exactly what the boys planned, when they planned to do it, or if they had access to guns." ...
 

LA: Never bring a gun to school
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"The other evening I turned on the television and saw a scenario which, sadly has become all too common today. High school students running frantically, searching for a safe place to hide from an armed gunman."

"The young men and women, dressed in school uniforms were running through the halls in full panic mode, screaming as they tried to find an exit from the school they had been coming to for years – a place they had up until now felt was a safe place to learn and just be normal teens."

"Fortunately, the confusion was only a mock situation. The gunmen were not really carrying guns and no one was shot...this time. It was an experiment used to teach the youth what to do ..." ...
 

OH: Boys Charged With Having Gun At School
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"Six boys are facing serious charges after a BB gun was found at Hamilton's Jefferson Elementary, police say."

"Some of the boys even fired shots on school grounds."

"For now, the sixth grade boys aren't allowed back in the school. They're facing criminal charges."

"The six students were arrested after school Monday."

"One of the six is Walter Freytag. He says one of his classmates brought the BB gun and started showing it off in the bathroom." ...

"'... It's just not right bringing a gun to school,' said Walter's mom, Maria Freytag, who says she's outraged her son is in this situation."

"'I want my child to be safe,' she said. 'I don't like guns. I don't believe in them.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: No wonder Walter was curious.
 

TX: Expulsion Hearing Held For Primary Student
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"A primary student who brought a gun to a Lufkin school campus is back in the classroom, but administrators are not saying where."

"The district suspended the five-year-old boy last week after the principal at Garrett Primary found a gun in his backpack. The .22-caliber pistol was not loaded, but school leaders met with the kindergartner's parents to talk about possibly taking further disciplinary action against him."

"Deputy Superintendent Roy Knight said, 'We did hold an expulsion hearing - per law - [Monday] with the parents, and from that meeting we had made the appropriate determination for educational placement for that child.'" ...
 

FL: Suspect in Miramar bus shooting turns self in; classmate victim identified
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"A charter school student was shot in the chest aboard a school bus Tuesday morning by a teenage classmate armed with a gun. The suspect turned her self into police later in the day."

"Officials locked down two nearby schools – Perry Elementary and Perry Middle – on the possibility the armed teen could be headed to that area."

"Around 11 a.m., police identified the wounded girl as Kaliesha Cheatam, 17, of Hollywood. She was listed in critical condition at Memorial Regional Hospital West in Pembroke Pines, but her injuries were not life-threatening, officials said." ...
 

GA: Middle School Student Arrested for Having Gun
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"A 15-year-old boy who attends Myers Middle School is under arrest for bringing a loaded 25-calibre handgun to school Monday. The school resource officer found it in the boy's backpack, and the student had it loaded with a bullet in the chamber at the time."

"Campus police tell us they were tipped off by a couple of other students who came forward saying the teen had the gun."

"'It's all about empowerment,' said Chief Ulysses Bryant. 'That's just one example of the level of rapport the resource officer has been able to establish with them, that they felt confident he wouldn't betray their names or anything of that nature.'" ...
 

LA: Caddo Sheriff Offers "First Gun Course" for Kids
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"Registration is currently underway for children ages 8to 12 to participate in the Caddo Sheriff's Office 'First Gun Course.' The 4-hour class will be offered from 8 A.M. until noon on December 17th and again on January 7th.All classes will be held at the Sheriff's Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, 15639 Hwy. One South."

"Designed for kids only, the course provides basic instruction for those who may never have fired a gun, but want to be able to use one safely. It is also recommended for kids who will receive a new BB gun or hunting rifle for Christmas."

"Children are welcome to attend with their BB guns, pellet guns, .22 rifles and small caliber shotguns. No high-powered rifles will be allowed. ..." ...
 

HI: Department of Transportation investigating airport incident
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"A 30-minute videotape shows a uniformed Wackenhut Security guard cursing and spitting at a Pacific Wings employee and threatening to kill him with another guard’s gun."

"The Sunday incident at Kahului Airport, which is the latest altercation between a Wackenhut security guard and a Pacific Wings employee, stemmed from a dispute over an airline employee parking in a loading zone."

"It led to the arrest of Eric Brown, 49, of Makawao. He was charged with second-degree terroristic threatening and was released from the Wailuku police station after posting a $200 bail." ...
 

WA: Deputy accused of molestations, abuse
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"Kay Quall was 14 when she learned never to trust a cop. She was on a date when the car ran out of gas. King County sheriff's Deputy Denny Gulla offered Quall and her boyfriend a ride home. Gulla dropped the young man off first. Then, Quall says, he got in the back seat of his patrol car with her, slid his hand under her shirt and thrust his tongue into her mouth."

"Quall is 35 now. She is one of three women who say they still carry memories from their encounters with Gulla when each was 14. One of the others is brain-damaged now from an apparent suicide attempt and the third is in jail, struggling with her own demons. But one fact binds them all:"

"Denny Gulla is still on patrol with a badge and a gun." ...
 

AL: Former police officer's murder trial under way
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"A Talladega County jury of seven women and six men was selected Monday to hear the murder charge against former Lincoln police officer Kenneth L. Pollard Jr., 37, of Gadsden. Opening arguments begin today at 8:30 a.m. in Circuit Judge Julian King’s courtroom."

"Pollard, along with former Lincoln police officer Kevin W. Jung, 39, is accused of the June 2003 murder of Wayne Earl Ellis, 54, of West Monroe, La. According to the indictment, Ellis died as a result of numerous injuries consistent with those inflicted by 'hands, feet, and a blunt object,' most likely a flashlight." ...
 

TX: Sheriff's deputy injured by gun discharge
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"A Denton County Sheriff’s deputy accidentally discharged his weapon Tuesday morning, and a .40-caliber bullet pierced his calf and broke his ankle."

"Kevin Clark, who serves as a resource officer for the sheriff’s office in the Northwest school district, was at the Denton Police Department gun range with other members of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Denton’s tactical unit for a joint training day."

"Sheriff’s spokesman Tom Reedy said the officers were preparing for the training about 8:35 a.m. when Clark’s Glock pistol discharged. The bullet traveled downward, struck his calf and continued downward into his ankle, lodging in the bone and breaking it." ...
 

UK: Two wheels: good. Two legs: terrorist suspect
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"WITH her year-round tan, long blonde hair and designer clothes, Sally Cameron does not look like a threat to national security."

"But the 34-year-old property developer has joined the ranks of Britain’s most unlikely terrorist suspects after being held for hours for trespassing on a cycle path."

"Ms Cameron was being hailed yesterday as Scotland’s answer to Walter Wolfgang, the 82-year-old heckler manhandled out of the Labour Party conference last month. She was arrested under the Terrorism Act for walking along a cycle path in the harbour area of Dundee." ...

"She was walking from her office in Dundee to her home in the suburb of Broughty Ferry when she was arrested under new anti-terrorist legislation and held for four hours." ...

"A spokesman for Forth Ports said: 'We will robustly prosecute anyone who breaches these new security measures because they have been introduced by the Government and we are obliged to enforce them.'"
 

Jamaica: Adams planted gun in Kraal, says prosecution witness
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"Monday a former member of the disbanded Crime Management Unit (CMU) alleged that he saw Senior Superintendent Reneto Adams planting a gun at the house in Kraal, Clarendon where four persons were killed in 2003."

"Constable Tyrone Brown said the gun was collected from premises in East Kingston."

"He was giving testimony Monday at the murder trial of SSP Adams and five members of his unit in the Home Circuit Court." ...
 

UK: Cops could face criminal charges
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"ARMED police could face criminal charges for ignoring orders to shoot dead suspected suicide bombers, it emerged yesterday."

"Scotland Yard says marksmen who hesitate when told to blast suspects in the head face possible charges of 'failing to prevent a criminal attack'."

"That means, in a repeat of the scenario when Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead at Stockwell Tube station, officers would be legally obliged to pull the trigger if senior officers gave the order."

"In a new report on the controversial Operation Kratos tactic - dubbed shoot to kill to protect - Yard chiefs insist the strategy is legal under existing laws." ...
 

India: Policeman's rifle goes off, kills teacher
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"A 40-year-old teacher died when a policeman's rifle went off in a freak accident during a Children's Day function in Madhya Pradesh, reports reaching here said on Tuesday."

"Mahesh Kumar, a teacher with a government high school in Chhattarpur, took the students of his school to the Kotwali police station ..."

"The purpose of the visit was to acquaint the students with the working of the police force, school authorities said."

"While the policemen were showing their rifles to the students, a rifle accidentally went off, killing Kumar on the spot."

"'We have come to know that the police station in-charge accidentally fired the shot that killed Mahesh Kumar. Action is being taken against the police official,' said a senior official."
 

MN: A safe and sure cure for 'buck fever'
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"I recently worked as a range safety officer at the Oakdale Gun Club, part of the 18 hours every member works each year. The 100-yard range was packed with hunters sighting in their rifles for the deer-hunting opener. The 25-yard, 50-yard and 200-meter ranges were equally busy. What surprised me — and shouldn't have — was the people who showed up to shoot. They were anything but the stereotypical crowd."

"Sure, there were more than a few shooters in camouflage clothing and Day-Glo orange hats. But there also were engineers and executives from 3M, whose headquarters is nearby. They came in before work or during lunch, easy to spot in their neatly pressed dress slacks and shirts." ...
 

Hunting accidents on decline
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... "Still, accidents like his are on the decline, not only in Indiana but also nationally, according to the International Hunter Education Association, a Colorado-based organization that collects state-by-state data and reports that hunting-related accidents are 30 percent below what they were a decade ago."

"Fatalities attributed to hunting accidents have dropped from more than 200 nationally in 1987 to fewer than 100 annually from 1996 through 2002, the most recent year for which IHEA has a complete report." ...
 

WI: City puts gun club under the gun
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"The longstanding dispute over city permits for the Hartland Sportsmen's Club might be ending soon, but the question remains how soon."

"City officials say they want it over in 60 days; gun club officials say that is not likely to happen."

"And what the city can do about that remains an unanswered question and somewhat of a secret around City Hall."

"Gun club officials told the Common Council on Monday night that construction of an addition to the shelter on the 50-yard pistol range has been completed."

"The addition to the shelter is intended to prevent live rounds from escaping the range and to provide some noise abatement, according to club officials." ...
 

TX: Frogs finish fall schedule undefeated with victory over Arkansas-Fort Smith
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"Freshman Tanya Gorin set a new school record for 60-shot air rifle to lead TCU to victory over the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, 2267 to 1785, this Saturday at the UAFS Fieldhouse. The win marks the fifth of the season for the Frogs who finish the fall portion of their schedule undefeated in dual meet competition."

"With a score of 581, Gorin smashed her old record of 575 and earned the second first-place finish of her young career. ... Junior Celeste Green finished second in the competition with a score of 568 and junior Emily Conway earned a third-place finish with a 564. Freshman Aida Garcia and senior Carly Snead both shot career-high scores of 554 and 550 respectively." ...
 

Jamaica: Jamaica always violence-prone
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"Historically, Jamaica has always been a violence-prone society. What is different today than, say, in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s is the choice of a far more deadly weapon - the gun - to commit violence than obtained in those days, and the increased use of it as inner-city gangs grew, mostly from uneducated young people who migrated from rural communities to urban areas particularly in Kingston and St Andrew." ...

"In the meantime, guns and ammunition continue to increase mainly from smuggling into the island through the ports and coastal borders which are rather porous. Police conservatively estimate that there are some 10,000 illegal firearms, including homemade shotguns, in the hands of criminals." ...
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Submitter's Note: So unable to address the root causes of your violence your choice is to perpetuate an admittedly ineffective ban, leaving the innocent and law-abiding to suffer the whim of the thug. Interesting philosophy.
 

Canada: Scugog ban on replica, toy guns expected in December
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"A notice of motion and bylaw is expected to be brought forward next month which will pave the way towards Township officials banning toy guns which closely resemble the real thing." ...

"At an Oct. 24 meeting, councillors agreed to address the issue of potential gun violence and accidental shootings in the Township by banning certain types of toy guns. It came in the wake of two recent incidents. In one case paintball guns were fired from a moving vehicle near Port Perry High School, injuring two teens. In another case, police were called after two boys were seen near a Water Street variety store with guns, which turned out to be replicas." ...
 

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