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Firearms control chief admits political radioactivity of agenda, notes United States gun law expert
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"'The president of one of the nation’s leading anti-gun organizations recently admitted that the gun control lobby’s agenda is politically radioactive,' gun law expert John M. Snyder noted here today."

"In an article appearing in the November 12 issue of the Los Angeles Times, Peter Wallsten and Janet Hook wrote that Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 'acknowledged that his challenge is to persuade potentially squeamish Democrats that his cause is not 'radioactive.'"

"Snyder said that 'Helmke ... is trying to promote a ban on the importation, manufacture and distribution of certain semiautomatic firearms, which he and other gun grabbers refer to incorrectly as 'assault weapons.'" ...
 

A Case For Guns
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"Four decades ago, a gunman accosted my mother, who was on her way home after attending the 6 a.m. Mass at St. Lucy's in Spanish Harlem. When he demanded all her money, she looked him in the eye and said, 'What would your mother think of you doing this?' The gunman turned around and fled, saying nothing."

"These days, she likely would have been shot dead. Even as the latest school shootings fade from the public's consciousness, the battle against guns wages forth on all cylinders. But while guns have always been a part of the American landscape, it's the criminal element that has absolutely no respect for innocent life that is a relatively recent phenomenon." ...
 

Debates in the Convention of the State of NO. Carolina, on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution: July 29, 1788
Submitted by: GunShowOnTheNet.com
Website: http://gunshowonthenet.com/

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"...The officers are only to be sworn to support the Constitution. . . . No officer will be bound by his oath to support any act that would violate the principles of the Constitution..."

"...There are certain human rights that ought not to be given up, and which ought in some manner to be secured. With respect to these great essential rights, no latitude ought to be left. They are the most inestimable gifts of the great Creator, and therefore ought not to be destroyed, but ought to be secured"....

"...If we have this inherent, this unalienable, this indefeasible title to those rights, if they are not given up, are they not retained?..."
 

MO: East-Side Homeowner Fires At Intruder
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"An east-side homeowner is keeping his rifle handy to scare away a persistent robber, KMBC's Jim Flink reported Thursday."

"The 68-year-old veteran, who didn't want to be identified, said he was watching TV before going to bed when he heard an intruder and grabbed his rifle."

"'I heard the glass break and I looked around, and I see an arm coming through the window and I fired,' the homeowner said."

"He said he fired one shot, but he didn't injure the intruder."

"'If I had taken the time to really draw a bead on him, I could have hit him, but I just looked in that direction and fired,' he said." ...
 

MS: Judge rules killing was self defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The 19-year-old female charged in an Oct. 31 fatal shooting has been freed from police custody."

"Phyllis Williamson of Greenville was arraigned on Nov. 1 in Greenville Municipal Court before Judge Michael Prewitt."

"At that time, Prewitt set Williamson's bond on the murder charge at $100,000."

"However, during a preliminary hearing last week, Prewitt dismissed the charges against Williamson."

"'The charges were dismissed by the judge stating that it was in self-defense,' Lt. Andrew Kaho explained. 'However, the Police Department will continue to investigate the case and prepare it for presentation to the grand jury.'" ...
 

OH: CHL Holder Will Not Face Charges For Self-Defense Shooting (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In October Bennie Hall, Jr. left his car warming up in Cincinnati ... when a 14-year-old kid attempted to steal his car. Hall, a concealed handgun licensee, shot and killed the 14-year-old as his car was coming at him. At the time this website chose not to write about the story until the facts came out or the grand jury indicted Hall."

"When this story broke in October Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters made this very concerning statement: 'I don't want to live in a community where we're opening fire on shoplifters...'"

"Today, clearly changing course, he announced in a press release (doc) that his office has not only determined that Hall was acting in self-defense, but that he will not face criminal charges either. ..." ...
 

TX: Woman kills intruder at a southwest Houston home
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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A woman fatally shot a man around 7:30 p.m. Thursday in southwest Houston after she felt "forced to use deadly force to protect herself and her children," Houston Police Sgt. Mark Newcomb said.

The man entered the woman's apartment at 10211 Sugarbranch at the Forum Park Three Townhomes where he was shot once, fled the apartment, and collapsed and died nearby.

Two witnesses, one of whom is a security guard at the complex, will be charged with possession. The woman also was in possession of narcotics at the time of the incident and was an acquaintance of the victim, Newcomb said. The woman's children are in the care of relatives.
 

CO: Homeowner Shoots, Kills Intruder
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Police said a possible home intruder has been shot trying to break into a house.

It happened Thursday night at a home in the 1300 block of S. Wadsworth.

According to police, the homeowner told them he shot a man trying to enter his house.

The possible intruder was killed. His name had not been released.

Police were questioning the home owner.

"We have just begun our investigation," said Michelle Tovrea with Lakewood police. "It's very preliminary at this time."

Police will investigate to see if the case falls under the state's Make My Day Law which protects homeowners who feel threatened in their home.
 

UK: Jury clear would-be Army officer who stood up to yobs of firearms crimes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A TA soldier has warned others against taking direct action against yobs and drunken louts after he ended up in the dock."

"Christopher Richard Egas-Kitchener ... fired air pistol pellets that hit a 17-year-old youth's chin, thigh and hand ..."

"He told a jury the youth was among a group of five young men who had invaded his student house ... and attacked his housemate at midnight."

"After they left, he had gone looking for them so he could take pictures of them on his mobile phone to help police."

"He had a loaded air pistol tucked in his belt."

"His actions led police to charge him with possessing a firearm with intent to make another fear unlawful violence and wounding." ...

"He denied both charges on the grounds he had acted in self-defence and the jury acquitted ..." ...
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Submitter's Note: A glimmer of hope?
 

Bill Introduced to Allow Carry in National Parks (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Senator George Allen (R-Virginia) has introduced SB 4057, the National Park Second Amendment Restoration and Personal Protection Act of 2006. If adopted as law, this legislation would allow legal carry of firearms into National Parks so long as the state does not prohibit carry in all parks."

"The arbitrary prohibition of your right to self-defense in a National Park needs to end. Your life is not worth less while visiting one of our country’s beautiful parks than it is anywhere else you may be. Personally, I believe that lonely wilderness trails may be one of the places that I would most want to have my self-defense firearm. Armed citizens regularly argue that we may not be able to wait for 911 to save us. ..." ...
 

AR: Castle Doctrine to be law in Arkansas ?
Submitted by: The Citizens Journal
Website: http://thecitizensjournalblog.blogspot.com/

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"I noticed today the Arkansas Democrat Gazette has reported, as I predicted, that Castle Doctrine law would be making its way to Arkansas. Castle doctrine is very simple, it makes me wonder why we even have to have a law that says one can defend yourself without worrying if a criminals family members will try to hit you with a wrongful death suit." ...
 

IL: Assault weapon ban gets boost from election results
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Website: HTTP://WWW.RPA-PAC.ORG

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"State legislators from the Cook County suburbs as well as the collar counties would be well-served to look at the results of the Nov. 7 election as they consider their votes on gun issues in the 2007 General Assembly."

"In Cook County, a referendum proposal calling for a statewide ban on assault weapons was approved with more than 85 percent of the vote. The results were not all that surprising considering that more than 70 percent of voters statewide have indicated their support for an assault weapons ban in the past. What is surprising is that several legislators from suburban Cook County voted against an assault weapons ban in 2005. ..." ...
 

ID: Council: Bear arms to hold off refugees of Katrina
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"After seeing the chaos of Hurricane Katrina, a city councilor in this tiny Idaho town founded by pacifist Quakers came up with a novel idea."

"Ordinance 208, passed by the City Council on Tuesday, asks Greenleaf's 862 residents who do not object on religious or other grounds to keep a gun at home in case they are overrun by refugees from the Gulf Coast."

"'This is not an 'it'll never happen here kind of thing,' said Steven Jett, the ordinance's sponsor. 'We could get refugees.'"

"In this town ... - where an estimated 80 percent of the adults already own guns - the proposal hardly caused a stir: It went through weeks of public hearings and drew only mild criticism from the pastor of the town's Quaker meeting house." ...
 

NC: Raleigh officer won't get her job back
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A decision has been made about a Raleigh police officer who is fighting to get her job back.

The Civil Service Commission decided Thursday not to give Michelle Peele her job back. She was fired after she admitted to killing a man she says was trying to steal her personal car.

She was off-duty when the shooting happened and says it was in self defense, but a police department policy prohibits firing into moving vehicles.

The commission says the city did not violate any policy by terminating Peele.
 

UK: How Force Science saved 2 'gun cops' from trial for murder
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For the first time, a scientific reconstruction of how an unarmed suspect must have moved during a confrontation with police has been successfully introduced into the British criminal justice system, exonerating 2 officers who were facing murder charges after shooting the man dead."

"The officers, who'd been accused of lying to cover up their 'execution,' were cleared after Dr. Bill Lewinski, executive director of the Force Science Research Center at Minnesota State University-Mankato, convinced authorities that the only way the controversial shooting could have occurred was the way the officers said it did--when the suspect unexpectedly turned toward them, pointing what they reasonably believed was a sawed-off shotgun." ...
 

DC: District slayings usually with gun
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"The District is among the major U.S. cities with the highest percentage of people being killed by firearms, despite having one of the strictest gun-control laws in the country."

"A recent Metropolitan Police Department report on homicides from 2001 to 2005 states that 901 of 1,126 homicide victims, or about 80 percent, were fatally shot." ...

"Firearms last year alone were used to commit 157 of the District's 196 homicides, or about 80 percent. That percentage has remained relatively consistent since 2001, when a five-year low of 78.4 percent of homicides were committed using guns."

"FBI crime statistics for 2005 show 10,100 of the country's 14,860 homicide victims, or 68 percent, were killed by guns." ...
 

MI: Hunting heritage important to state
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Thousands of hunters will take to the woods this firearm deer season. The Michigan tradition of deer hunting and deer camp go back many generations. Hunting and hunting heritage is an important part of Michigan's local customs. In an era when hunting seasons depend on voting and democracy, hunters need organizations to be their voice. One organization helps provide that voice while it continues to promote hunting and preserve hunting's heritage. The organization is the National Rifle Association (NRA)."

"... Since its inception, the organization has continued in its efforts to promote marksmanship, support Second Amendment rights, assist and train law enforcement officers and support hunting." ...
 

OH: Hoping for a Return to the Wild West (BFA)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The movie Pale Rider starring Clint Eastwood is typical of old-time Westerns. For those that don’t know the story, a group of prospectors is terrorized by a greedy mining company owner that wants control of their soon to be rich mining claim." ...

"Taking the Pale Rider example one step further we need to be reminded that it isn’t until Clint Eastwood’s character arrives and defends the prospectors with a gun that they are freed from torment. The same is true of the law-abiding American public who for years were disarmed by the anti-gun movement and terrorized by criminals only to be rescued by concealed carry laws and the end of gun-control as we know it." ...
 

RI: Student group in Rhode Island wants to provide weapons to underprivileged women
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A college student group in Rhode Island is under fire for trying to provide weapons to women."

"They're collecting money from classmates, hoping to buy guns to help women protect themselves, and not everyone is happy about it."

"It's clear these weapons are guns, but a student group at the University of Rhode Island call them rape prevention kits and wants to arm underprivileged women with one."

"'By arming these women we're providing them with an alternative when faced with a horrendous situation,' said one supporter." ...
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Submitter's Note: Interesting that the "news" story features a prominent pictue of a Tec-9 pistol.
 

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