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My World: The case against gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"In the 2004 elections, America was faced with a tough decision: Kerry or Bush. Coming down to the wire, many of us had to choose between particular issues under each candidate's platform that we felt confident were important. One issue, although not the main one, that helped me choose was gun control." ...

"Gun control advocates would cite crime and murder rates involving the use of guns in general, or assault rifles to be specific. In my opinion, this is quite laughable. Yes, I agree that guns may be and have been used to facilitate the bad intentions of many a criminal mind; but that is just one side of the token. Countless individuals have seen the good a sturdy double barreled shotgun can do when confronted by a home invader ..." ...
 

Public's desire to bear arms in America must be changed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I find Charley Reese to be entertaining and thought-provoking. However, I must adversely comment on the closing paragraph of his column of Nov. 7 ('Finally, a law that levels playing field for American gun manufacturers')." ...

"Do I want the government to have a monopoly on force? You betcha! Those we elect and appoint to protect us need to hold all the cards. The time at which officialdom might abuse such a monopoly is miniscule when compared to the daily slaughter of Americans by Americans throughout the land." ...
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Submitter's Note: Hmmmm, 169,000,000 dead by Democide in the 20th century and Mr. Paul wants a police state?
 

TN: Officer Hurt, Family Feels 'Invaded'
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Three teenagers, and the father of two of them are out of jail tonight, after they admitted roughing up a DeSoto County Sheriff's Deputy. That, every body agrees on. ..." ...

"[Brown] says he and his sons were sitting at home Tuesday night, when a man walked into his home claiming to be a law officer. 'He barged straight in. I didn't know who he was, so I asked him to step back outside and talk. He pushed me.' said Brown, who lives on Millbranch, 7 houses up from the state line."

"What happened here remains in dispute, but one thing's for sure. DeSoto County sheriff's deputy Daniel Grisham ended up with a dislocated shoulder."

"'Me and my youngest son grabbed him and throwed him out of our house.' admitted Brown ..." ...
 

Defense Technology International Magazine Looks at Problems In Next-Generation Radios, M-16 Replacement
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The November/December issue of Defense Technology International (DTI), a new magazine published by The McGraw-Hill Companies' Aviation Week Group, highlights growing problems in the U.S. Army's ambitious modernization efforts. ... " ...

"In another feature story, DTI looks at the Army's cancellation of a competition to replace the M-16 assault rifle, a process that began 19 years ago. The quest to replace the 40-year old M-16 with an updated, modular family of assault weapons was cancelled while the Army 'reevaluates its priorities for small-caliber weapons, and to incorporate emerging requirements identified during Operation Enduring freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.'" ...
 

WA: Shooting victim at mall drew gun, family says
Submitted by: George Prudden

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"The man who was critically wounded during Sunday's shooting rampage at Tacoma Mall drew a pistol and confronted the gunman before he was cut down by gunfire, his family said Tuesday."

"Brendan 'Dan' McKown was delivering a bank deposit for a mall gift store when gunshots scattered shoppers at around noon. McKown was among six people hit."

"Police say Dominick Sergio Maldonado, 20, of Tacoma, marched through the mall shooting randomly at shoppers before taking four hostages in a Sam Goody music store. He surrendered about four hours later."

"Witnesses told McKown's family that he was shot after he pulled his own handgun during the shooting." ...
 

WA: Dad Calls Son in Mall Shooting a Hero (another view)
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The father of the man most seriously wounded in a shooting rampage at a shopping mall called his son a hero Tuesday for drawing a pistol and confronting the gunman before being shot."

"Brendan 'Dan' McKown, 38, was hit twice in the abdomen Sunday, when a gunman opened fire on crowds in the Tacoma Mall before ducking into a store and taking several hostages. The gunman later surrendered and the hostages were released unharmed."

"Roger McKown, 63, of Yelm, said his son has been licensed to carry a firearm for years." ...
 

OH: Ohio concealed handgun license-holder defends self against attackers (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"The Warren Tribune-Chronicle, which is one of the Ohio newspapers which recklessly publishes lists of Ohio CHL-holders as though they were criminals, is reporting that a pizza deliveryman with an Ohio CHL was able to defend his life against a group of male attackers who were trying to rob him." ...
 

TX: Police Say Shooting May Have Been Self-Defense
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 27-year-old man from the Seven Points area died after his father allegedly shot him in the chest in what police said appears to be an act of self-defense."

"The father, Ronald Ferguson, reportedly shot the son, Robin Allen Ferguson, during an argument at their home around 10:20 p.m. Monday, said Lt. Pat McWilliams, information officer for the Henderson County Sheriff's Office."

"The son returned home after he allegedly had been drinking heavily and a fight ensued, McWilliams said. The son reportedly threatened his parents with a pistol and his father, who was armed with a revolver, shot him in the chest." ...
 

TX: Ennis Grandmother Chases Burglars
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"An 84-year old woman who chased down a group of suspected burglars is making headlines in Ennis. Nell Tonick, a retired Dallas County deputy, took a loaded gun and chased after four men who allegedly stole items from her grandson's house."

"Police say the Ennis resident received a phone call from her granddaughters, who live next door. They said four men were robbing their home, so Tonick ran outside and found the men loading a four-wheeler into the back of a van."

"Tonick says she reached speeds of up to 60 miles per hour while chasing the group. As the men tried to escape one of the tires on their van blew and the vehicle flipped and crashed into a tree." ...
 

FL: Gun-toting man robs pizza place
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A gun-waving robber held up a pizza place in Lauderdale Lakes Tuesday night, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office."

"The robbery happened at about 8:20 p.m. at the Papa John's pizza shop ... in Lauderdale Lakes."

"The man was captured on a video camera entering the business, where two men were waiting for pizza, BSO said."

"Then, according to the sheriff's office, the man pulled a handgun from his pants pocket and went behind the counter, pointing the gun at frightened employees. He then held the pistol to the manager's head and led him to the back office, demanding that he open the safe, BSO said." ...
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Submitter's Note: As noted previously, Papa John's prohibits employees from carrying guns.
 

PA: News in brief from central Pennsylvania
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"5-year-old boy brought a 9mm pistol and two magazines, one of them loaded, on a school van Tuesday morning, police said."

"No one was injured."

"The boy, whose name was not released, told the driver he had the pistol and a set of handcuffs in his backpack, said Lower Dauphin School District spokesman Jim Hazen."

"The van driver pulled over, confirmed the items were in the boy's backpack and called the district, Hazen said. School officials then called state police, who instructed the driver to go to police headquarters."

"Police said they interviewed the student's parents and were consulting with the Dauphin County District Attorney's Office on whether to file charges against them." ...
 

WI: Allowing concealed guns a bad idea
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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" I am a police officer with the Racine Police Department and a part-time police officer for another community in Racine County. ... The Wisconsin law against carrying a concealed firearm has worked effectively for over 130 years. Deciding to pass a concealed carry law in Wisconsin that will allow almost every adult to carry a concealed firearm is a potentially dangerous decision."

"Carrying a concealed firearm and deciding to shoot another human being is different from what is perceived on television, in the movies or while playing a video game. Allowing Wisconsin residents to carry concealed firearms may not reduce crime. If anything, crime may increase and there will be, without a doubt, more firearms in our homes and on our streets." ...
 

IL: 'Excellent' police response not enough to save woman
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Eight minutes. According to the Chicago Police Department, it took eight minutes for police to arrive at the scene where a man had been beating his wife for 15 to 20 minutes while her children screamed and hollered. In those eight minutes last Wednesday night, Stacey D. Moyer, 29, of 3555 S. Cottage Grove, was shot and killed. After shooting his wife of only two months, Billy Earl Winborn allegedly shot himself in the head."

"The tragedy happened while both of Moyer's children by previous relationships were in the apartment. Crystal Marshall, Moyer's 12-year-old daughter, called 911 repeatedly after her mother yelled out from a locked bedroom door that Winborn was hurting her." ...
 

MD: City police probe officers' fight
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Baltimore police were investigating a fight early yesterday between two off-duty city police officers that ended with one stabbed in the back. The fight occurred about 7:45 a.m. in the 3600 block of Raymonn Ave. in Northeast Baltimore. Police identified the officers involved as Walter Brown, 24, and Larry Worsley, 23, both assigned to the Central District. The officer who was stabbed, Brown, drove himself to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was treated for minor injuries, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. Worsley also suffered minor injuries, Harris said. The cause of the fight remained under investigation. Police were trying to determine whether criminal and departmental charges should be filed, Harris said.
 

OH: UC Police offer holiday safety tips
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"UC Police and Public Safety want to help students avoid being victims of a crime. With the holiday just around the corner, the UC Public Safety Office is distributing green crime prevention pamphlets with safety tips to assist you with making your holiday safer. Here are some of the tips that are listed in the pamphlet." ...

"6. Carry your keys in your hands to get into your vehicle more quickly. Your keys can also be used as a self-defense tool." ...
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Submitter's Note: According to their website, 'unauthorized' firearms are prohibited on campus. I guess keys are a little better than nothing.
 

CA: LAPD Bans Officers From Using Glock 21 Pistols
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Los Angeles Police Department has instructed its officers to stop using Glock 21 pistols because of concerns that the weapons could misfire."

"According to Assistant Chief Jim McDonnell, the LAPD's Armory discovered that there may be a mechanical flaw with about two percent of the guns."

"Officials with Austria-based Glock Inc. are expected to investigate the matter with the LAPD next week, he said."

"The moratorium is being taken as a safety precaution for officers."

"The lighter-weight, easier-to-shoot Glocks were approved in August 2003."

"About 70 percent of law enforcement agencies across the country use Glocks, a futuristic-looking plastic and metal gun that costs about $500." ...
 

OH: Newspaper: CHL-holder 'wins case' against Toledo police, gets his gun back (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"The Toledo Free Press is reporting that Toledo Police have finally returned a Toledo CHL-holder's firearm more than three months after they illegally confiscated it."

"Thomas Szych, who has faced high levels of gang and criminal activity in his north Toledo neighborhood this summer, was forced to seek the help of an attorney after police illegally confiscated his firearm after a neighbor filed a complaint against him. Though the Toledo prosecutor's office did not find enough evidence to bring charges against Mr. Szych in August, Toledo police refused to return the firearm they had illegally seized, but instead forwarded the case to the Citizens Dispute Settlement Program."

"More than three months later, on November 8, the Toledo police finally returned Szych's gun, having never charged him with any crime." ...
 

VA: Belvoir MP emerges as best of the best
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Fort Belvoir’s Sgt. 1st Class Donald Nelson of the 212th Military Police Detachment, shattered all records during a national law enforcement competition Nov. 16, officially marking him as the fastest policeman in the country."

"Nelson came out as the ultimate champion at the Law Enforcement Officer Performance and Reaction Drill National Competition held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas."

"The timed sports and fitness challenge is a competition between police officers from local and federal law enforcement agencies."

"In May, Nelson won and broke the record at the regional contest held in the Washington Convention Center, where he competed against officers all over the Northeast ..." ...
 

Australia: Victorian cops nabbed in secret sting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"THREE Victoria Police officers were suspended last night and are facing corruption charges. It is believed they failed secret integrity tests, and will be charged on summons with a range of offences."

"Their homes were raided yesterday and a number of items were seized."

"It is believed the raids discovered an unregistered gun, several knives and swords, drugs, and allegedly stolen items."

"The three detective senior-constables were arrested at Springvale CIU yesterday during a raid by the Office of Police Integrity and officers from Victoria Police's ethical standards department." ...
 

NY: NYC Claims Exception in New Federal Law Allows Gun Suit
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The fate of New York City's lawsuit against the gun industry may rest on how a federal judge interprets an exception to sweeping legislation recently enacted by Congress."

"During two hours of oral argument Monday, Eastern District of New York Judge Jack B. Weinstein asked repeated questions about a provision of the Lawful Commerce in Arms Act that would allow a lawsuit if gun manufacturers had violated a state statute in the sale or marketing of firearms."

"At the same time, however, the judge greeted with great skepticism the city's claim that the legislation, signed by President George W. Bush in October, was unconstitutional." ...
 

NY: Man in Gray Flannel Suit Likes to Shoot
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"This past summer, members of a Manhattan law firm went on a field trip to Danbury, Conn., where they spent an entire day at a range without swinging bats or golf clubs. The members of Kobre & Kim LLP were there not to hit and hack, but to lock and load, and to experience the thrill of firing pistols, rifles and even submachine guns."

"'We do very aggressive litigation and trial work,' said Michael Kim, a partner in the firm. 'So we prefer an activity that dovetails nicely with that aggressive culture, and hitting a little white ball on the greens doesn't do much for us.'" ...
 

Greg Martin Auctions, an Escala Group Company, Announces Its Fall Sale on November 14 - 16 Achieves Strong Results
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Fall Auction of Fine Antique & Collectible Firearms, held November 14-16 at Greg Martin Auctions, an Escala Group Company (Nasdaq: ESCL), demonstrated strong sales. ..."

" Greg Martin Auctions' Fall auction showcased a vast array of products, supported by three distinctive catalogs. These included Important Antique & Collectible Firearms; The Estate Arms Collections; and Remington Arms Collections, featuring the estates of Leon Wier, Richard C. Gooding and Bud Hebditch." ...

"Here are some highlights of the November Sale ..."

"* $181,600 - A Winchester Model 1866 deluxe lever action rifle, with gold-washed finish and deep relief engraving by Conrad Ulrich, one of the 19th century's master firearm engravers. ..." ...
 

IL: Final standings announced for gun club's fall .22 rifle league
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Hancock County Gun Club announced its final standings in the 2005 fall .22 rifle league."

"Participants had four shots in each of four positions: stranding, kneeling, sitting and prone. There were 400 possible points."

"Jessica Cramberg of Dallas City won the youth peep sights class with 1,536 points. She averaged 307 points per week."

"Ken Cramberg of Carman won the adult peep sights class with 1,865 points. He averaged 373 points per week. Jerry Matter of Nauvoo was second with 1,575 points (315 average). Ted Pawlias of Macomb was third with 1,503 points (300 average). Owen Thompson of Macomb was fourth with 1,234 points (247 average)." ...
 

ND: Annual indoor range orientation scheduled
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The Valley City Rifle and Pistol Club will have its annual indoor range orientation class on Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, at the indoor range (basement of the V.C. police building).

Sessions will start at 7 p.m. each night and are free to attendees. New club members are required to attend two sessions to have independent access to the indoor range. The sessions will include: basic firearm and range safety; the proper operation and use of the range and equipment; and the basics of bullseye pistol shooting.

To register or for more information, contact: Harvey Carico at 845-1533; or Travis Carico at 845-0022.
 

MI: Rifle seasons has poor start
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The deer season around Northwest Michigan got off to a poor start last Tuesday."

"Almost every day has been marked by some sort of weather problem including big winds, rain and heavy snow. Any of those weather situations will cause the deer to lay low, seeking their day beds early or remaining in them in heavy cover during the day and even at night."

"Those deer that were up and moving got thoroughly spooked as usual during the first day or two and then they retired to the thick stuff and their beds. This means, of course, that there are still a lot of deer in the woods, but the heavy hunting pressure is gone and won't return." ...
 

UK: Pilot caught with a pistol
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A DOPEY pilot triggered a major security alert at an airport after a GUN was found in his bag.

The pistol and ammunition were uncovered during a routine check in the freight area of Bournemouth International, Dorset.

The private security staff in charge of passenger safety called in police, who arrested the 60-year-old uniformed pilot.

Closer examination revealed the weapon was in fact a starting pistol and the airman was cautioned under the Aviation Security Act.

It is believed the pilot, from Kent, picked up the wrong bag as he left for work on Tuesday.

Dorset police said: "At no time was any member of the public at risk."
 

Guyana: How can the ordinary man protect himself? (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "With the Christmas season approaching, crime is rapidly on the increase."

"My question is when the ordinary man retaliates to protect his loved ones and property, what will be the outcome? Despite police presence the boldness of bandits is being portrayed on a daily basis. To obtain a legal weapon is almost impossible. What happens when he retaliates using illegal weaponry resulting in fatalities? What would be the charges, murder or manslaughter or will self-defence be accepted?"

"For how long will ordinary law abiding citizens suffer these atrocities? I would like someone to give a satisfactory explanation." ...
 

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