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The NRA and Gun Owner versus the Brady Campaign and Gun Opponents: Who Serves America Better
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Which group has contributed more to America and our way of life? Who has contributed more to our overall well-being? Is it the National Rifle Association and the gun owners throughout America or the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and those who believe that gun ownership is dangerous for Americans?" ...

"The NRA continues to represent a positive influence in our society. It seeks to inform rather than sway. Allegations by the Brady Campaign that the NRA promotes weapon systems dangerous to police and other government enforcement agencies don’t match the evidence. It is ludicrous to make such assertions, when so much of the NRA’s efforts are directed at supporting our law enforcement officers ..." ...
 

Mental Records Missing From Gun Database
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"In Alabama, a man with a history of mental illness killed two police officers with a rifle he bought on Christmas Eve. In suburban New York, a schizophrenic walked into a church during Mass and shot to death a priest and a parishioner. In Texas, a woman taking anti-psychotic medication used a shotgun to kill herself."

"Not one of their names was in a database that licensed gun dealers must check before making sales — even though federal law prohibits the mentally ill from purchasing guns."

"Most states have privacy laws barring such information from being shared with law enforcement. Legislation pending in Congress that has bipartisan support seeks to get more of the disqualifying records in the database." ...
 

Common sense about first guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A father can decide that his youngster is ready for his/her first gun at any time but for many, that option comes at Christmas time. Be it a shotgun or a rifle, there are serious mistakes that can be made."

"One reader even e-mailed for my suggestion on a handgun for a first time shooter in his early teens. How ridiculous and misinformed can one be? Some of us aren't mature enough for a handgun when we are 40."

"I love guns, shooting, hunting, fishing and everything in the outdoors. It pleases me when a father introduces his child to these great activities. Yet one should always realize that some young people will never want to do these things, and to force them is a mistake."

"The first rifle should be a .22 rimfire ..." ...
 

In the wrong hands
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I read with interest two articles in Saturdays Rutland Herald. On the front page was 'Vt. Guns worry Boston officials' and on B5 this story 'This .50 caliber tank-stopper triggers plenty of civilian interest.' In the second story it states that the .50 caliber...'are used by most civilians for hunting big game and in marksmanship competition.' Big Game!"

"Now first let me say I am fully in favor of the Second Amendment to the Constitution regardless of how it's phrased. I own guns and I do not favor registration of these. However I also believe in using a little common sense. As a hunter ... I could not imagine carrying around a 30lb weapon for thirty minutes much less a few hours unless it was mounted on a vehicle. ..." ...
 

IN: Owensboro Man Found Dead
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An Owensboro man is dead after his attack goes awry.

Police say they found 38-year-old David Hardy dead around 3 a.m. Saturday in the Ever Day Laundromat in Owensboro.

They believe he was shot once in the chest after he tried to attack 40-year-old David Ranburger outside of the 24-hour laundromat.

Police say Ranburger isn't in custody because he may have been acting in self-defense.
 

AL: Deer hunter bitten by black bear
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"A deer hunter was bitten on the knee by a black bear in Mobile County woods near Turnerville." ...

"Scoggin said he was near the end of a deer hunt near the Bush Coon Hunting Club when he heard a grunt."

"'By the time I saw her and she saw me, up the tree she came,' he said."

"Scoggin, who said he was at least 30 feet up a pine tree in a climbing tree stand, hung onto the seat of the stand, his safety harness unhooked."

"The bear climbed up the tree, bit him on the right knee, he said, and wouldn't let go."

"'She was hanging onto the meat, and I was hanging onto the seat,' Scoggin said. 'When that meat gave way, she fell to the ground, and I got my pistol around.'" ...
 

WI: To the Point: Wisconsin citizens can be trusted with their own safety
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"Recently, the Journal-Sentinel reported that the city had recorded 113 homicides, and there are still six weeks to go in the year."

"That's a grim statistic in a city of approximately 583,600 residents. So, it might appear understandable that [some] people ... are not too keen about legislation that would make it possible for Wisconsin citizens to carry concealed handguns."

"That is, until one does a quick comparison with another city of roughly the same size and social makeup. Welcome to Seattle, Wash., a city of approximately 571,500 people. At the same time Milwaukee had posted a body count of 113 homicides, Seattle had logged a mere 27."

"... Washington residents can carry concealed handguns, and a lot of them do ..." ...
 

WI: Concealed carry is best form of protection (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Your recent front-page article entitled 'Danger lurks outside the office' states that 'since 1991, at least 106 people in Wisconsin have been victims of homicides while on the job.'"

"While your safety tips are certainly valid, you continue to ignore (and, in fact, you continue to oppose) the most effective safety measure of all — concealed carry."

"Given the obvious fact that Wisconsin is not as safe as Gov. Doyle and others would have us believe, it's unconscionable that this state continues to deprive us of the most effective method of self-defense and self-preservation available."

"To borrow a phrase from the groups that advocate every other safety regulation, requirement and law imaginable, 'If it saves even one life, it will be worth it.'"
 

OK: Gun plan considers defense
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"The National Rifle Association is behind a nationwide push for legislation broadening the definition of self-defense -- but some Oklahomans say it would change little here."

"'I think the statutes are pretty clear already on what you can and can't do,' said Doug Friesen, an Oklahoma City attorney who has taught conceal-carry classes for nearly a decade."

"The proposed legislation is based on Florida's new 'Stand Your Ground' law, which took effect Oct. 1. ..." ...

"Under Oklahoma's 'Make My Day' law, people are already entitled to defend themselves against attackers, Friesen said, and nothing in state law requires individuals to compromise their safety by retreating from danger." ...
 

AL: Hall readies deadly force bill
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"State Rep. Albert Hall, D-Gurley, is shoring up support for his 'no-retreat' bill, legislation modeled on a Florida law attacked by gun control groups."

"The bill, pre-filed for the 2006 regular session, would allow people to use deadly force if they are in danger of being killed or kidnapped in a house, a building or a car without having to retreat from the intruder."

"The public 'has to have a right to protect themselves,' Hall said last week."

"Hall said he has sent the bill to the district attorneys offices in Madison and Montgomery counties for review. He has also asked the Legislative Reference Service to talk with Florida officials to try to prevent obstacles for the Alabama law." ...
 

With friends like him . . .
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... "In Friendly Fire: The Untold Story of the U.S. Bombing That Killed Four Canadian Soldiers in Afghanistan, Michael Friscolanti thoroughly debunks this myth in a complete and comprehensive review of the incident itself, the subsequent top-level investigations, desperate legal wrangling and cross-border political intrigue ..." ...

"Having read through all the testimony presented in Friendly Fire, it is with a sense of relief that one reads the final passage in the reprimand issued to Schmidt by U.S. Air Force Gen. Bruce Carlson: 'Following the incident in question, you lied about the reasons why you engaged the target after you were directed to hold fire, and then you sought to blame others. You had the right to remain silent, but not the right to lie. In short, the final casualty of the engagement over Kandahar on 17 April 2002 was your integrity.'" ...
 

LA: NOLA 'Sniper' Story In Doubt
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"Were the horror-stories of snipers shooting at relief contractors, after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, just one more example of propaganda to justify the police-state tactics employed by local authorities? New evidence has been revealed that these tales of woe may have been as disingenuous as the reports of massive police defections during the looting in the aftermath of the storm. (Those reports have since been found to be a cover-up of payroll padding in the city's employment records.)"

"A story in the Los Angeles Times appears to debunk the 'sniper threat' accounts, quoting several citizens who claim to have been shot by police officers. ..." ...
 

CO: Carbondale releases 1995 investigation of police officer
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"Carbondale police officer Jose Munoz grabbed a man by his long hair and throat after becoming offended by a 'racial remark' in a bar in 1995, recently released results of an 11-year-old investigation show." ...

"Munoz and another officer on duty walked into the Full Moon Saloon near midnight, the investigation says. Munoz said he was speaking with a patron in Spanish when a man at the bar told them, 'Oh, c'mon. Speak f---ing English,' according to the investigation by Fred Williams. Williams was the police chief at the time; he is now a police officer in Carbondale."

"Munoz grabbed the man by his hair with one hand and his throat with the other." ...
 

FL: Santa Rosa slaying prompts search to improve GPS monitoring
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"A man being monitored by a court-ordered Global Positioning System broke into his estranged wife's home in Pace last month and waited for her about 90 minutes before fatally shooting the woman and then killing himself."

"Now, Santa Rosa County Sheriff Wendell Hall and Bill Cleveland, director of the county's Probation Office, are looking for ways to improve the monitoring system." ...
 

PA: Inquiry of lost police gun yields few answers so far
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"A service pistol left behind by an Easton police detective at a Palmer Township restaurant earlier this week has yet to recovered, Palmer police said Friday."

"Palmer Detective Sgt. Timothy Ruoff said investigators are continuing to question those who were at the Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon on Tuesday when Easton Sgt. Thomas Smith left the loaded .40-caliber handgun in a men's room stall."

"Easton police Capt. Scheldon Smith, who is heading the police department until the city hires a new chief, said Friday he could not comment on whether Sgt. Smith faces disciplinary action." ...
 

FL: Miami Police Used Excessive Force Against Protestors: Lawsuit
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"The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida's Greater Miami Chapter has filed three lawsuits charging that officers of the Miami, Miami-Dade and Broward police departments used excessive force to intimidate and unlawfully arrest innocent bystanders and protesters who were exercising their free speech rights during the November 2003 Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) ministerial meetings in downtown Miami."

"The three lawsuits were filed today on the two-year anniversary of the FTAA summit and are on behalf of a former Miami New Times reporter, four labor union members and a college student from Massachusetts whose skull was fractured after police hit him in the head three times with a baton. ..." ...
 

Nigeria: Soldier kills fiancée in Kaduna
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"Call it an irony of love, you may be right. But call it a tragedy of love, it is most appropriate. An enraged soldier took aim at his fiancée and fired a few shots. Three of the shots hit the target and she died later. He is now cooling his feet in police cell." ...

"The duo spent a couple of years of courtship. But the relationship went sour when the deceased decided to heed the advice of her mother that she should face her education rather than be thinking of marriage. ..." ...
 

VA: Gun bans don't work (letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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I am writing in reference to the opinion expressed by Manuel R. Cizek regarding why anyone would desire to carry a gun in a public park ["Have a gun? Fine, but stay out of public parks!" Nov. 16].

Mr. Cizek apparently thinks that the posting of a "no guns" sign is an effective deterrent to criminals and that state parks are somehow violence-free zones.

He is, unfortunately, wrong on both counts. Such signs do not deter criminals, and crimes do occur in state parks. It is commonly known that the reason one might want to carry a gun legally in a state park is for self-defense.

If Mr. Cizek wishes to be a victim, so be it. Neither he nor any authority has the right to make victims of the rest of us, however.

Philip J. Balestrieri

Charlottesville
 

RI: Gun club has WG residents all fired up
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Sound engineers visited the site four years ago and determined that the sound measured at the property line did not exceed the West Greenwich Zoning Board's maximum noise allowance of 55 decibels."

"'The sound engineer said the noise was the same as squirrels rustling in the tree,' said one resident of the nearby Fox Run neighborhood. 'But sometimes it sounds more like machine guns.'"

"Other residents in the surrounding area likened the noise to a 'war-zone.'" ...

"Residents also complained that the police officers responding to the noise complaint calls behaved inappropriately."

"Healy described a conversation he had with an officer who responded to his call, saying, 'They told me that I was wasting their resources.'" ...
 

MI: Courts rule against gun club
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"A gun club is another round closer to losing its headquarters after courts ruled, again, that the club has no legal right to land it has occupied for decades."

"When Mina Wilcox willed her property to Elk Rapids Township before her death in 1948, it was with the stipulation the land be used as a public park."

"A home for the Elk Rapids Sportsman's Club wasn't what she had in mind, the Michigan Court of Appeals said in a recent ruling." ...
 

VA: Teen makes shot after others make hunt happen
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"Bill Knight needed only one finger to pull the trigger, but a community of helping hands enabled him to bag a buck that made the opening day of deer season a November to remember."

"Bill is 16 years old and has had osteogenesis imperfecta -- brittle bone disease from birth."

"He gets around in a wheelchair and has limited physical abilities." ...

"A friend recommended contacting folks at Buckmasters magazine to help pay for the gun. One thing led to another, and this summer Bill found himself the proud owner of a specially designed 6 mm rifle paid for by members of an area Buckmasters group. John Dunn, another friend, used a car-door motor to customize a rig for Bill to raise and lower the gun." ...
 

UT: AGE RESTRICTIONS: Let's be cautious in letting youngsters gun down prey
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"The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources wants to give hunting licenses to children younger than 12. Wildlife officials reason that, like soccer, basketball or golf, hunting is more apt to become a lifelong hobby if people start participating in it as youngsters."

"But one thing makes hunting different from other sports: lethal weapons." ...

"There is evidence from states surrounding Utah that allowing 12-year-olds to hunt does not increase the number of hunting-related accidents or fatalities. No other Western state sets the minimum age as high as 14. Eight states restrict big-game hunting to those 12 and older, and Arizona and New Mexico allow children younger than 12 to pack a high-power deer rifle or other weapon to kill big prey." ...
 

MO: Hunting deer with muzzle loaders can be effective, enjoyable experience
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... "When I was small boy, a long time ago, my great uncle had an old muzzle loading shotgun, but had never fired it. My grandfather told about older friends of his that had hunted with muzzle loaders that their fathers had. I went to work at Miller’s Dairy in 1954 and met Mr. Ralph Hooker and learned that people still shot muzzle loaders. Marshal Hooker, as he was known, told me about a Sunday afternoon shoot that was held close to Carthage so I went out and heard the crack of the a long rifle, smelled the black powder smoke and shot a few rounds and knew that I just had to have a muzzle loader. It was a few years before I had my own and several years more before I killed a deer with a muzzle loader, but I was hooked." ...
 

OK: News flash - deer are running rampant in the woods
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"Well, maybe it's not really a news flash, but the deer are in full rut at this time and are literally running through the woods. They are not paying much attention to anything else other than the other deer and if you're in the right place and have a clear shot, you could wind up with a trophy buck and some meat for a couple of months or so."

"From all indications, the rut is in full swing. Reports from hunters who have been afield say the bucks are actively chasing the does and will come running to your area if they hear antlers rattling." ...
 

WI: Gun deer season noted for safety
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"An accidental shooting Saturday morning is the lone smudge on what otherwise has been a safe and successful gun deer season in Sheboygan County, according to the Department of Natural Resources."

"The state's nine-day gun deer season ends today, which to hunters is one more day to get a trophy and to DNR officials is one more day to get hurt."

"'We always stress the importance of being safe out there; unfortunately we had some people make mistakes,' said Ron Preder, DNR conservation warden supervisor for Sheboygan, Ozaukee and Washington counties."

"There were several accidents within Preder's three-county area, but only one in Sheboygan County, he said." ...
 

LA: The Old West comes to life
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"The Bama Belle stands around with her six guns on her hips and her cowboy hat pulled down tight, waiting her turn to take on the targets shaped like bow-legged cowboys."

"A far cry from her real life, real name and real job at Northwestern State University as Joni Dupree, The Bama Belle, is spending her Saturday with friends shooting in a cowboy action shooting competition in Princeton."

"'This is my stress relief,' she tells a fellow shooter."

"In cowboy action shooting competitors take on an alias and dress and act the part of an Old West cowboy. Armed with double-barrel shotguns, single-action revolvers and lever-action rifles they shoot timed stages and are penalized for any missed shots." ...
 

PA: Should kids be allowed to hunt?
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"Dennis Freed wrapped his arm around his 9-year-old daughter's shoulders at a rifle range in Warrington Township Friday as he taught her how to shoot for the first time."

"Julia Freed nestled the .22-caliber rifle to her shoulder, looked through the scope and squeezed the trigger ..."

"Her 33-year-old dad was impressed when they inspected the target a few minutes later. ... she had a cluster of seven or eight shots in the same spot." ...

"Julia and her 11-year-old sister, Brittnie, can't wait to hunt with their dad, but Pennsylvania law doesn't allow children under the age of 12 to participate in the sport."

"That could change, though, if lawmakers approve new legislation for a mentored youth hunting program." ...
 

UK: Arming police has its own dangers (letter)
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"I AM horrified at the possibility of Scotland’s police routinely carrying sidearms ('After Bradford: calls to arm the police', News, November 20). As a dual US/British citizen (and having lived in both societies), I have always been proud of the fact that Scotland does not have anything like the level of gun crime that the US does. The police in Scotland undoubtedly face great challenges when confronted with an armed criminal and their bravery is to be commended. However, I have no doubt that guns breed guns and arming Scotland’s police will lead to a society that becomes more and more accepting of gun violence. The murder of a police officer would not make headline news across the country in the US. ..."
 

UK: MPs' lobby: Property protection
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"Reasonable force can be used in self-defence against burglary, but some politicians think the legal position is not clear enough."

"The 'Tony Martin law' - so-called after farmer Tony Martin was imprisoned for shooting dead a burglar - was first proposed by listeners to Radio 4's Today programme, to strengthen rights for people to defend themselves and their property."

"The Conservative shadow minister for foreign affairs, Anne McIntosh, has taken up the bill to support householders' efforts to protect their property."

"Would you know what 'reasonable force' is if you had to tackle an intruder? Do you think more legislation is necessary? Or do you think the law is clear enough to ensure justice?" ...
 

UK: Widow of shot banker inherits £130,000
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"THE wife of murdered bank manager Alistair Wilson has inherited more than £130,000 since his death."

"Wilson, 30, was gunned down on his doorstep a year ago tomorrow by a masked man who called at his house late at night and asked for him by name. The murder has baffled police, who still have no motive and no suspect for the shooting." ...
 

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