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Exposing the Greens
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Greens espouse the same hatred of capitalism that created the poverty, misery, and mass slaughter in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Communist China, The National Socialist Workers Party of Germany (Nazis), Cambodia, Cuba, and much of Central and South America."

"That's why Greens are called 'watermelons': green on the outside, red on the inside. The media was slow to expose the world's socialist hell-holes and the media is doing the same for the Green Party's hateful ideology." ...
 

Australia: No agreement on handgun ban
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The states and the commonwealth have failed to agree on proposals to ban some types of handguns."

"Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison today said the commonwealth wanted to ban about 200 types of concealable handguns."

"However, Senator Ellison said NSW, Queensland and South Australia opposed the proposal."

" 'Some of the states have reserved the option to look at no change,' Senator Ellison said after today's Sydney meeting of the Australasian Police Ministers Council."

" 'That, we believe, is not a consideration,' Senator Ellison said."

"NSW Police Michael Costa said his state was pushing for graduated access to firearms."

"Senator Ellison said the commonwealth wanted a ban on handguns with a barrel less than 100 millimetres, those which fired more than ten shots and which were not within the .23 to .45 calibre range." ...
 

LA: VP Dick Cheney stumps for candidate of Dec 7 runoff
Submitted by: Tyree White

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"Vice President Dick Cheney swooped into Monroe on Monday, hoping he could help sweep two fellow Republicans into Congress."

"During a speech at the Monroe Civic Center, he said the nation remains under a terrorist threat and that President Bush needs leaders 'to work with us rather than against us.' " ...
 

CA: Hunters' aim: Defend a Hobby many oppose
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A shot rings out. A cry is heard, then silence. A body lies lifeless on the ground. Success at last."

"If you're the hunter, that is."

" 'I think that hunting is messed up,' said Kristen Pisani, a 17-year-old senior at Redwood High School, 'because you are killing something and that is murder.' " ...
 

Pilots Eye Guns in Cockpit by Spring
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Commercial airline pilots could start carrying guns into the cockpits as early as this spring as protection against terror attacks. But fewer than half are expected to do so."

"The homeland security bill that President Bush signed Monday includes a provision allowing pilots on passenger planes to carry weapons if they're qualified and trained." ...
 

Income tax to end within few years?
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Legislation backed by national grass-roots efforts and constituent pressure on lawmakers over the next few years could lead to the replacement of the income tax in favor of a consumption tax, says the official spokesman for a noted tax-reform group." ...
 

ME: Guardsman ranks as elite shooter
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Staff Sgt. Bruce Roscoe is a sharpshooter extraordinaire."

"Put an M-16 rifle in his hands and he can cut a target in two at 300 yards or better. Single-shot or rapid fire makes no difference to the Waterville resident."

"At a National Guard competition held recently in Arkansas, Roscoe finished near the top among the country's most elite riflemen." ...
 

PA: Bill Could Silence Churches on Homosexuality
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"A bill that could make pastors open to lawsuits for teaching the biblical truth of homosexuality could soon become law. House Bill 1493 has already passed the Pennsylvania state. If pastors from pulpits speak either of the supremacy of biblical traditional marriage or speak of sexually alternative lifestyles in an unfavorable way, under this amendment they could be open to litigation." ...
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You can call Governor Mark Schweiker at (717) 787-2500 to express your concerns, in reference to House Bill 1493.
 

PA: The right to bear arms
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The original debate over the Second Amendment in 1789 did not focus on whether people should have the right to keep guns for themselves. In a nation abutting an unexplored frontier, guns were no more unusual a sight in a home than was a broom. Several states -- Pennsylvania was among the least ambiguous in its language -- proposed words explicitly granting the right to possess weapons for self-defense, defense of the state and hunting game." ...
 

Government, ACLU reach a pact on Patriot Act data
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The government agreed to tell the American Civil Liberties Union by Jan. 15 which documents it would release about increased surveillance in the United States under a law passed in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks."

"In response to a suit brought by the ACLU and other groups, the Justice Department also said it would supply a list of documents that it would keep confidential, citing national security concerns. The ACLU could challenge the decision to withhold any documents." ...
 

AZ: Bioterror 'Event' Checks Readiness For High School
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Officers with assault rifles and paramedics armed with hypodermic needles invaded Mesa's Westwood High School on Thursday."

"The men and women in uniform were part of a daylong drill at the school to see how ready health, emergency and military systems are to deal with a bioterror attack." ...
 

Canada: Senator refuses to back gun bill
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A Liberal senator wants Inuit people to be exempt from Canada's controversial gun-control laws and said he will refuse to 'rubber-stamp' a new firearms bill."

" 'Our right to life is not being recognized,' Senator Charlie Watt, an aboriginal from northern Quebec, said in an interview. 'It's a different world where we are.' " ...
 

Hotel chain quits animal rightists
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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2nd article on page.

"The national Accor Economy Lodging hotel/motel chain has responded to a flood of calls and letters from U.S. sportsmen and is discontinuing its partnership with the nation's largest animal rights group, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). So says the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, a hunting advocacy organization that has led the fight to get Accor Economy Lodging to stop helping HSUS."
 

UK: Gunman steals 20,000 worth of gems from 63-year-old woman
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"A gunman left an elderly woman tied up in a 20,000 gems raid after delivering flowers to her Tyneside home."
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More victimizations of the innocent in a country where the citizens are left defenseless and at the mercy of armed scum.
 

OH: Judge refuses to make city turn over data in gun case
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"A Hamilton County judge Tuesday refused to order the city of Cincinnati to turn over documents that gun manufacturers say might be evidence supporting the city's allegations that gun makers are responsible for the unauthorized ways criminals obtain firearms.

"The city of Cincinnati is suing gun manufacturers over the issue.

"Attorneys for the gun companies say that, despite their pleas, the city has failed to produce any statistics or reports to support its contentions." ...
 

MI: Board suspends school bus driver after arrest on weapons charge
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"In addition to receiving no pay or benefits during his suspension, Alschbach will have a reprimand placed in his personnel file, will not be permitted to carry any weapons on school property, must sign a 'last chance document' agreeing that any similar violations in the future will be grounds for dismissal without recourse, must agree to be searched for weapons at any time and must forfeit his concealed weapons permit as long as he works for the district..."
 

OH: Ohio HB274 (CCW Bill) Hearings Next Week
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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The Senate Judiciary Committee (Civil Justice) will hold hearings for HB274 next week.

We highly encourage EVERYONE who can make the trip to Columbus do so to attend one or more of these hearings.
 

UK: Former cop's wife turns him in for having a shotgun
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"FORMER policeman who kept a sawnoff shotgun in his wardrobe was shopped by his own wife, a court has been told.

"David Brown and his wife were getting divorced when she contacted the police and tipped them off to the weapon in their bedroom.

"However 43-year-old Brown, of Mersey Way, Thatcham, now a taxi driver, escaped jail after the prosecution told Mr Recorder Peter Clarke that they were satisfied he had not been planning a crime." ...
 

UK: MP airs gun fears
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"CONCERNS raised in the 'Gazette' about the misuse of pellet guns, often referred to as BB guns, have been raised in the House of Commons by Moray MP Angus Robertson.

"The MPs comments coincided with the launch of an initiative by Grampian Police to urge parents and shopkeepers not to allow teenagers to purchase the weapons, which have been involved in a number of incidents in the Forres area.
The incidents revealed that the weapons could be bought legally from the age of 14." ...
 

OR: "Federal laws add extra bite to prosecution of gun cases"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The program also is targeting armed career criminals: a person who has three violent felony convictions, such as sex abuse, arson, assault, robbery or murder. There are 6,800 such persons living in Oregon, Weinhouse said. If convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun, these persons are subject to an enhanced sentence of 15 years to life in prison." ...
 

Canada: More firearms may be missing
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Victoria police could be missing up to 20 'retired' police revolvers, Victoria police Chief Paul Battershill said Tuesday."

" 'We have a shortlist of guns not accounted for,' said Battershill. 'It could be 10 to 20 firearms.' "

"The department filed a Police Act complaint against itself last week after one of its revolvers was found in the possession of a Vancouver gang member." ...
 

National Rifle Association, Something To Be Thankful For
Submitted by: Frank

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"...NRA has decided to go on the push side of attempting to get rid of some of the stupid gun laws passed during the Clinton era." ...
 

Feinstein warns that 'Big Brother' could be watching
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the Department of Defense should be prevented from moving any further with its so-called 'Total Information Awareness' (TIA) program until Congress has specifically authorized it."

"She says it could be used to gather vast amounts of personal information on U.S. citizens."
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What a staggering bout of hypocrisy! This is the same woman who was one of the majority who, with superstitious fervor, voted in favor of the USA PATRIOT Act.
 

VA: Norfolk City Council maintains ban on carrying guns in parks
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"Despite another appeal from gun enthusiasts Tuesday, including the Virginia Citizens Defense League, the City Council is keeping its ban on guns in city parks."

"Four Norfolk residents praised the council for preserving the ban."

" 'Norfolk is a beautiful and a safe city,' said one woman. But gun supporters contend 'that death lurks around every corner. Do we really want our children to become paranoid?' she asked." ...
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Nah. Kidnapped is so much better.
 

MO: St. Louis Police Complain That Gun-Happy Criminals Are Becoming Bolder
Submitted by: P. Jones

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In the land where citizens are not allowed to carry a firearm to protect themselves...
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"With 22 years of city policing under his gun belt, Sgt. Gary Wiegert has suddenly seen this Gateway to the West look more like the Gateway to the Wild West."

"So far this year, St. Louis police have been shot at nearly 40 times. That is about even with last year's rate. But police say this year's shootings have been more brazen, and more of them seem senseless and unprovoked. Nine officers have been wounded so far in 2002." ...

"It seems like criminals used to run away. Now, they're standing their ground and shooting at us," said Wiegert, president of the police union. "Not only are the criminals out there trying to shoot us, but sometimes it feels like the community is against us." ...
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Support concealed carry decriminalization and the Real Americans will help you clean up the streets.
 

PA: Police sponsor gun safety program
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Hardy's presentation was part of the Tunkhannock Borough Police and Police Athletic League's first gun safety program Thursday at the middle school.

"Parents and students with an interest in hunting were invited to attend the program to learn about gun history, proper usage and storage of weapons and their hazards...

"He stressed that in today's society, guns are a status symbol. But, he said, 'It is not cool, it is not neat, it is not a status symbol' to own a gun." ...
 

"Most pilots unlikely to take up arms, despite new law"
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Commercial airline pilots could start carrying guns into cockpits as early as this spring as protection against terror attacks. But fewer than half are expected to do so...

"Al Aitken, spokesman for the Allied Pilots Association, said he expects more than 30,000 of the 100,000 U.S. airline pilots will volunteer to become 'federal flight deck officers.' Congress stipulated the training should begin within three months." ...
 

MS: Lawmakers: State is no longer lawsuit haven
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Under the provision... a defendant found to be less than 30 percent at fault would be responsible for a share of noneconomic damages - damages for things such as pain and suffering - equal to his fault. Defendants found to be 30 percent or more at fault can be forced to pay up to half of the noneconomic damages."

"The bill would also limit multiple lawsuits by cities and counties against gun manufacturers..." ...
 

New Zealand: Shooting survivor tells court of 'evil laugh'
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The sole survivor of the RSA killings told a jury yesterday of William Duane Bell's 'evil laugh' as he held her and two of her colleagues at gunpoint...

"Bell, 24, and Darnell Kere Tupe, 23, have pleaded not guilty to joint charges of murdering Wayne Johnson, Mary Hobson and Bill Absolum at the RSA on December 8 last year. They are also charged with the attempted murder of Ms Couch and the aggravated robbery of Ms Couch and the Mt Wellington-Panmure RSA of cigarettes and cash." ...
 

UK: Greater powers urged in crime fight
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"The head of London's black-on-black crime team is appealing to London MPs to support mandatory five-year sentences for possessing weapons in an effort to fight black gun crime.

"Already this year 18 black men have been murdered in shootings and more than 170 have been injured by gunfire." ...
 

Big Brother's been around a long time
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"For most practical purposes, Total Information Awareness got here years ago. Police reports, criminal record, mortgage records, credit history, medical history, former employment, DMV data ... either lawfully or with artifice any competent private investigator can get the skinny on you. Wiretaps? My local lineman tells me that years ago, the cops stopped even asking the phone company for an OK to monitor calls. Try buying a gun, and see how many questions you have to answer." ...
 

New Zealand: Bottles, knives and machetes Drawn In Auckland Brawl
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
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"Bottles, knives and machetes have been used in a street brawl in the south Auckland of Mangere."
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Machetes? Bottles? Knives? Well, now we know what's next on the ban list.
 

Fifth Circuit Ignores Emerson - Supports Firearms Possession Charge
Submitted by: Tom Glass
Website: http://www.rule-of-law.info

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In this case, USA v Herrera, the Fifth Circuit en banc upheld a conviction for possessing firearms while an "unlawful user" of controlled substances. DeMoss, one author of Emerson, joined by Smith, dissented saying in part that the ruling violated the Second Amendment and Emerson. Note that in another case in October 2002, Smith and DeMoss upheld ruling that possession of sawed-off shotgun was "crime of violence" (USA v Sema).
 

OH: Trial Balloon: Gov. Taft considers raising bar for CCW support
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"For two years, Bob Taft has said he would only sign on to HB274 if it had the support of law enforcement, which he narrowly defined as the FOP police union."

"Now that the possibility of FOP labor union support looks more and more likely, this story appears to be a trial balloon - a test to measure how much backlash, or support, Taft could garner for this eleventh hour raising of the bar."

Sen. Jacobson's office denied the issue had been raised in negotiations. But no matter how likely this possibility, the fact that it has been floated necessitates a response." ...
 

AZ: Phoenix police hope to stem dog shootings with more training
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"...as the number of officer shootings of dogs rise, Maricopa County officials say they want to help stop it."

" 'Quite frankly, a lot of the time they panic,' animal control spokeswoman Julie Bank said." ...
 

HI: Gun-toting students suspended
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The state Department of Education yesterday suspended six Kea'au Middle School students on the Big Island for one year following last week's incident in which two handguns were brought to campus and passed around."

"Judith Saranchock, DOE complex area superintendent for the Kea'au, Pahoa and Ka'u school complexes, issued the suspension order. The boys, all seventh-graders, initially were placed on "crisis suspension" Nov. 18 while school officials investigated. Saranchock said the parents of the students will have five business days to file an appeal with DOE Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto." ...

"The two semiautomatic handguns that were brought to school by one of the boys are registered to one of the students' parents, Osorio said." ...
 

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