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Keep the Canary Alive
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Congress finally did something right, and we should all applaud. The Senate and the House passed a law that shields gun manufacturers from politically-motivated lawsuits."

"I just read a rant by a liberal columnist on the subject, and as usual, in his hysteria, he got the facts wrong. ... If they produce a defective product that causes injury, they can still be sued. All the new law does is put them on a level playing field with every other manufacturer." ...

"... The Second Amendment is the canary that monitors our freedom. When it dies, freedom dies. Even if you don't wish to own a firearm, you should join the National Rifle Association and defend the Second Amendment against those who want the government to have a monopoly on force."
 

Virtual Hunting: Entertainment or Alternative Hunting Opportunity? (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"Recently, NBC4i.com published a story examining an Internet phenomenon known as 'virtual hunting', and noting that Ohio Division of Wildlife Officials would like to see Ohio join the 13 states, including Michigan, that have outlawed virtual hunting."

Two of Buckeye Firearms Association's resident experts on hunting have taken a look at some of the complex questions surrounding the practice of 'virtual hunting', and their observations just might surprise you." ...
 

New federal gun law shows NRA's power
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"The National Rifle Association found nirvana, a peak of heavenly influence, that only Major League Baseball could dream of."

"Baseball has, for generations, had immunity from anti-trust lawsuits."

"The NRA on Oct. 20 got the Republican-controlled Congress to pass a bill granting gun manufacturers and dealers immunity from lawsuits brought by municipalities in behalf of people who died as a result of gunshot wounds." ...

"Sponsors think it will prompt the courts to dismiss still pending lawsuits against gun industry carelessness." ...
 

Australia: Gun laws fall short in war on crime
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun ownership is rising and there is no definitive evidence that a decade of restrictive firearms laws has done anything to reduce weapon-related crime, according to NSW's top criminal statistician."

"The latest figures show a renaissance in firearm ownership in the state - a 25 per cent increase in three years. And the head of the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Don Weatherburn, said falls in armed robberies and abductions in NSW in the past few years had more to do with the heroin drought and good policing than firearms legislation."

"Even falls in the homicide rate, which have been steady, began long before the gun law debate provoked by the Port Arthur massacre in 1996." ...
 

WI: Owner shoots intruder
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A Janesville homeowner shot and critically wounded a man that police say broke into the attic through a roof vent and then crashed into the living room through the ceiling Monday night." ...
 

MI: Store owner shoots and kills intruder
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A 19-year-old Battle Creek man was killed early this morning after allegedly breaking into a local convenience store."

"Police say the owner of the Northside Deli woke to find Joshua Lind in his store at 4:30 this morning. They say he confronted the intruder and shot him with a shotgun."

"The incident was the second time since Saturday someone has tried to rob the Northside Deli on Calhoun St. in Battle Creek." ...

"On Saturday, another man tried to rob the store. Police say Carson shot at him, too. ..." ...
 

PA: Officials: Rivalry in love led to [defensive] shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A love triangle led to the fatal shooting of a 42-year-old man Friday night in Lancaster Township, investigators said Monday."

"Detectives and prosecutors met Monday to discuss whether Robert Wright of Lancaster will be charged with killing Raymond Anthony Leary, who was having an affair with Wright's wife, Guilene."

"Leary attacked Wright ... where Guilene lives with her 12-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter."

"The men fought, and Leary struck Wright with a bottle."

"Wright, who has a permit to carry the Keltech [sic] 9 mm handgun used in the slaying, shot Leary in the abdomen."

"District Attorney Donald Totaro is reviewing police reports before determining whether Wright shot Leary in self-defense." ...
 

FL: Home Invader Dies After Struggle
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"A home-invasion robber died after fighting with the couple whose window he kicked in."

"Shelly Laughman, 36, said she tried to lock the front door after the 44-year-old invader punched it Sunday night, but the man ... kicked in a plastic window and crawled in."

"She screamed for her sleeping husband, Paul, 52. He wrestled with the man while his wife called police and got a shotgun."

"With the gun pointed at him, the man was released and told to leave, but the couple said he rushed again. Shelly Laughman aimed the shotgun and pulled the trigger, but it didn't fire because the safety was still on."

"Eventually, Paul Laughman and a neighbor subdued the man again and police arrived." ...
 

LA: Doctor chronicles harrowing days, fulfilling work on N.O. overpass
Submitted by: Pern

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"A 26-year-old urologist is credited with helping save hundreds of New Orleans hurricane victims who spent days stranded on a highway overpass."

"Packing a stethoscope in one hand and a loaded handgun in the other, Scott Delacroix Jr. provided medical care and helped evacuate people stranded on Interstate 10 and Causeway Boulevard in Metairie during the days following Hurricane Katrina." ...
 

SC: Police patrol school after gun found
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputies patrolled the parking lots adjacent to Hilton Head High School at dismissal Monday to ensure student safety after a 17-year-old suspect was arrested Friday while carrying a .380 semi-automatic pistol.

Obie Schramm, a community development specialist for the Beaufort County School District, said everything went smoothly at the campus Monday and there were no additional incidents.

Hilton Head High's school resource officer requested extra patrol cars in the parking behind and on the side of the school while students were leaving at the end of the day as a precautionary measure, she said.
 

'Machine Gun Sammy,' a Perfect Halloween Pick (BCPGV)
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"The following was released today by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court:"

"How could it have gone in any other direction, from a White House that just gave blanket immunity to the gun industry, which refuses to bar terrorists from buying guns, that broke a campaign promise and put Uzis and AK-47s back on America's city streets, and insisted that records of gun purchases be destroyed before the sun sets on them twice?"

"It had to be a Supreme Court pick that favors legal machine guns."

"In 1996, Judge Samuel Alito was the sole judge who dissented from his Third Circuit Court of Appeals colleagues when they upheld the authority of Congress to ban fully automatic machine guns." ...
 

Alito: Record leaves no doubt he's conservative
Submitted by: D. Finlayson

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"A sampling of his 300 published opinions shows a careful, workmanlike judge who quietly explains his conclusions without needless rhetoric, ideological pronouncements or attacks on opponents. ..."

"But the same decisions also show a judge who takes the conservative position in nearly every controversy ..." ...

"Alito also wrote a 1996 opinion saying that a federal ban on possessing machine guns exceeded Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce, but a majority of his court disagreed, and the Supreme Court denied review. He took no position on whether the Constitution protects an individual right to possess firearms." ...
 

Unfairly Tarnishing Judge Alito as a Judicial Activist
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When conservatives object to 'activist' judges what do they mean?"

"Typically it is one of two things:"

"1) Judges who don't feel bound by the original meaning of the constitution, instead subscribing to the theory that the document 'lives and breathes,' allowing them significant leeway to impose their policy preferences through judicial fiat."

"2) Judges who thwart the will of the people - often as expressed through Congress - by treating the judiciary as a more powerful branch than is warranted, striking down democratically enacted statutes."

"Too often, however, these concepts are muddled together by labeling a judge 'activist' without further explanation. ..." ...
 

How Samuel Alito Took a No-Brainer Case and Stepped Way, Way Out of the Mainstream (BCPGV)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"In 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the McClure-Volkmer Act, which severely weakened federal gun laws, but had one redeeming provision: it banned transfer and possession of machine guns not legally owned when the Act went into effect."

"Since then, criminals have repeatedly tried to escape culpability for illegal possession of machine guns by arguing that the ban is unconstitutional. The courts have unanimously upheld the law as constitutional; every Circuit Court of Appeal to consider the issue has upheld the ban, and the Supreme Court has consistently refused to consider any cases challenging its constitutionality. (Some of the cases are listed below.)"

"But if Judge Samuel Alito's view had prevailed, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals would have struck the law down as unconstitutional in 1996. On this issue, Judge Alito is far outside the mainstream of American constitutional jurisprudence." ...
 

The battle conservatives hoped for
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The selection of Judge Samuel Alito Jr. for the Supreme Court has given President George W. Bush's conservative backers and his liberal opponents just the battle they had prepared for."

"And it has given Bush - battered but not broken by a range of other troubles - a fight that he and the White House believe they can hardly help but win ..." ...

"Within hours of the president's announcement Monday, liberal groups that had waited a month or more last summer to take a position on Bush's nomination of Judge John Roberts Jr. issued broadsides. They formally opposed Alito as a threat to abortion rights, civil liberties and gun control, while conservative groups that had withheld support from Miers weighed in with glowing endorsements." ...
 

OH: 2nd Amendment among Betty’s website 'keywords', but content nonexistent (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"As gubernatorial-hopefuls jostle for position in preparation for what could be a bruising 2006 primary season in both parties, pro-gun Ohioans have begun to take note of who among the candidates have a record of true support for self-defense rights, and which of them may be more likely only to pay lip-service to support for the Second Amendment ..."

"As OFCC PAC has reported recently ... State Auditor Betty Montgomery opposed the restoration of Ohioans’ constitutional right to bear arms ..."

"So imagine our surprise when we discovered that in effort to promote the website in search engine hits, keywords programmed on www.bettymontgomery.com ... include 'Second Amendment', '2nd Amendment' and 'tough on crime'." ...
 

PA: State-Wide Coalition Points Out Need for Modest Handgun Purchase Limits to Reduce Illegal Handgun Trafficking (PATH)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Gun violence prevention advocates joined with elected officials and others today to call on lawmakers in the General Assembly to support legislation that would reduce the flow of handguns onto the illegal street market." ...
 

NY: With George Washington Bridge as a Backdrop – Advocates Call on Officials to Shut down Iron Pipeline Flooding NY with Illegal Guns (NYAGV)
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Earlier today, advocates from New York and New Jersey walked over a portion of the George Washington Bridge and held a press conference decrying the flood of illegal guns that continue to travel up I-95 aka 'The Iron Pipeline', wreaking havoc in communities throughout New York City and New York State." ...

"Andy Pelosi, executive director of New York Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), one of the event’s co-sponsors said, '90% of New York City’s crime guns originate from out of state – states with lax gun laws. Because New York’s gun purchase laws make it very difficult for traffickers to acquire multiple guns easily, which are needed to build their lethal businesses, traffickers obtain guns in other states, like Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania.'" ...
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KABA Note: Hate to burst your bubble Andy, but Virginia already has a 'one gun per month' law.
 

OH: Anti-self-defense GOP candidate picks up dubious endorsement (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"ChannelCincinnati.com is reporting that Ohio gubernatorial-hopeful Betty Montgomery, who opposes Ohioans' right to bear arms for self-defense, has picked up an endorsement from another person with a checkered past when it comes to concealed carry issues."

"According to the report, Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis has given his support to Ohio Auditor of State Betty Montgomery. Additionally, Leis has been selected to run Montgomery's campaign for governor in Hamilton County."

"Concealed-carry advocates will recall that it was Sheriff Leis who was the target of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Ohio's 150-year-old concealed carry ban." ...
 

IL: Law enforcement agencies, safety advocates urge lawmakers to uphold Governor’s key gun control vetoes
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry G. Trent was joined today by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and gun safety advocates seeking to uphold Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s vetoes of Senate Bill 57, Senate Bill 2104 and House Bill 340. Backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), these bills, if enacted, would have mandated the destruction of all gun purchase records, eliminated the waiting-period for gun owners trading in weapons, and overridden laws dealing with transportation of firearms in local communities." ...
 

IL: Blagojevich ratchets up rhetoric on gun measures
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Stung by a series of losses on gun control measures, the Blagojevich administration is turning up the rhetoric to put lawmakers in an unusual us-against-them situation."

"'There isn't really any middle ground on this issue,' State Police Director Larry Trent said at a news conference Tuesday. 'You either stand with the gun lobby or you stand with law enforcement.'" ...

"Law enforcement complains the trading bill will let gun owners trade up to higher-powered weapons without waiting periods that discourage impulsive gun crimes. They also argue communities should have the right to pass strict rules on how weapons must be stored when gun owners are passing through." ...
 

IL: Retired Chicago officer gets 18 years for shaking down drug dealers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A retired Chicago police sergeant who was convicted of robbing drug dealers of cash and drugs during his last six years on the force was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday."

"A 31-year police veteran, Larry Hargrove, 62, admitted in court to committing several robberies and acts of extortion, the Chicago Tribune reported on its Web site."

"'I take full responsibility for everything that's in the indictment,' the newspaper quoted Hargrove as saying. 'And what I would like to say is, I am guilty.'" ...
 

MO: Judge rules police chief not in contempt over edited video
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Kansas City police department's decision to withhold part of a videotape from lawyers in a criminal case was the result of miscommunication, rather than contempt of a court order ..."

"Judge John Torrence withdrew his recent order requiring Police Chief Jim Corwin to appear in court and explain why he shouldn't be held in contempt or jailed for contempt of court. Last week, Torrence accused Corwin of intentionally disobeying his March order to turn over the tape, which showed officers repeatedly stunning a suspect with a Taser gun."

"But after a hearing Tuesday, Torrence said he was convinced that nearly six minutes of the tape was withheld from attorneys because of a lack of communication between prosecutors and police." ...
 

India: Constable suspended for losing revolver
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Snehal Dhanpal Thorat, a police constable attached to the Local Armoury-I, has been suspended on charges of loss of his service revolver loaded with 10 live cartridges."

"Manoj Lohia, deputy commissioner of police (Local Armoury-I), on Tuesday evening confirmed the development that has put a question mark on the alertness of the constabulary responsible for handling expensive arms and ammunition. After completion duty on September 18 at around 8.30 pm, Thorat had visited two beer bars in Chembur. Under the influence of alcohol, he reportedly lost his service revolver."

"Thorat ... had lodged the complaint ... He stated that his 9mm revolver with 10 live cartridges, attached to the holster, was 'stolen', said sources." ...
 

OH: Pistol Team's Teresa Meyer to compete in the Championships of the Americas this week
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
Website: http://www.rpa-pac.org

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"Teresa Meyer (So., Dearborn, Mich.), a member of the Ohio State pistol team, will compete at the Championships of the Americas in Salinas, Puerto Rico this week. She will compete as a member of the sport pistol squad in competition that begins Wednesday, Nov. 3 to Nov. 5. The competition includes teams from Canada through South America." ...
 

SC: The Citadel Rifle Defeats Wofford
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The Citadel rifle squad topped Wofford in a match at Deas Hall over the weekend.

The Bulldogs coed team finished with a score of 2286.81, ahead of Wofford's total of 2099.35. The Citadel women also placed ahead of the Terriers as they combined to fire a score of 2120.44.

Men's team captain Evan Rishel had the top individual score of the season for the Bulldogs as he fired a 578.21. Steven Reis placed second with a total of 574.23 while women's team captain Amara Atella finished third with a score of 569.20.

The Bulldogs will again be in action this weekend, November 5-6, for a Southeastern Air Rifle Conference match in Raleigh, NC.
 

Australia: Fatal shots cap a year of violence
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For more than a decade many of the men of Fairfield's Assyrian community have gathered in the Babylon Cafe to play backgammon, cards, talk business or gossip over sweet tea and coffee, a meal or smoke tobacco in hookahs."

"The cafe ... had been a place to relax. But over the past year the atmosphere has been peppered by arguments and scuffles between individuals or groups of men - sometimes brandishing guns ..." ...

"At 9.40pm three gunmen in balaclavas and armed with semi-automatic pistols alighted from a black Honda ... and fired up to 17 shots into the cafe, sending 20 men diving to the floor. Mr Khananyah, who worked at his mother's nearby tobacconist shop, was standing outside when he was fatally wounded." ...
 

Canada: Uxbridge store pulls toy guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Canadian Tire Uxbridge has pulled 'soft air' guns from its shelves, after paint ball guns were fired from a moving vehicle near Port Perry high school about a month ago, injuring two teens."

"Police were called to the scene in another incident in Port Perry when two boys were spotted with guns, which turned out to be replicas."

"Uxbridge Canadian Tire owner Pat Higgins said there is no way to tell where the guns mentioned were purchased, but the Uxbridge and Port Perry stores decided to pull replica toy guns off shelves before the guns are possibly used for the wrong purpose." ...
 

Australia: Troubling toys (first story)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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HARD to believe your eyes when the toy section at Crazy Clarks offered this all-metal die-cast replica of a pistol for sale for just $4 this week.

Weren't such lifelike replicas made illegal when so many would-be criminals were using them for hold-ups? Well, apparently not any more. Although when I went back yesterday I noticed they were all gone from the shelves ... whether they'd been removed from sale or all snapped up by hopefuls planning extensive bank robberies is impossible to tell.
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Submitter's Note: Of course if this 'journalist' had asked the management, then s/he wouldn't have been able to end on that sinister note.
 

Canada: Gun-toting robbers loot Mac's stores
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Robbers armed with guns got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes from a Mac's Milk Convenience Store early this morning - less than an hour after a Mac's store in Brockville was knocked off in similar fashion."

"Grenville County OPP Constable Gary Sluytman said the robbery was reported at 3:35 a.m. at the 24-hour King Street West store in Prescott."

"'Four males entered the store and cash and cigarettes were taken,' said Sluytman."

"'They fled on foot across King Street into an alleyway.'"

"Sluytman said Constable Jeff Nussey is investigating the incident to see if it may be connected to a similar incident 45 minutes earlier in Brockville." ...
 

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