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CCRKBA Blasts NYC Mayor, Surgeon for 'Dancing in Blood' of Fallen Hero
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today condemned New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Dr. Robert Kurtz, director of service for Trauma and Surgical Care at Kings County Hospital for attempting to capitalize on the slaying of a highly decorated New York police officer to push their anti-gun political agenda."

"'New York City has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, where honest citizens find it incredibly difficult to purchase and own firearms,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. 'New York's complaints about gun trafficking from other states led to one-gun-a-month laws in those states, yet the mayor still contends that there are too many guns. ..." ...
 

An Enemy of the State
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"According to a printout from a computer controlled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice, I am an enemy of the state."

"The printout ... contains more than 100 pages documenting what the Bureau and the Bush Administration consider to be my threats to the security of the United States of America."

"Although the file finds no criminal activity by me or members of my immediate family, it remains open because I am a 'person of interest' who has 'written and promoted opinions that are contrary to the government of the United States of America.'" ...

"... They know I belong to the National Rifle Association ... and the file notes that my 'pattern of spending' shows no purchase of 'alcohol-related products' since the file was opened in 2001." ...
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Submitter's Note: Anyone think this file does not also list any guns he might have bought?
 

CO: Refusal to present ID sparks test of rights
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"Federal prosecutors are reviewing whether to pursue charges against an Arvada woman who refused to show identification to federal police while riding an RTD bus through the Federal Center in Lakewood." ...
 

Liberals Unwinding America Again: This Time Disarming Police. (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A few weeks ago, in another venue, I wrote that confiscation of weapons should be tried on the police first: if it works there, then we’ll talk about it."

"As unlikely as it sounded, it seems that some states have adopted my advice. Let’s look at it."

"Rhode Island and Police Departments nationwide are cutting back on their policy of 'Always armed, always a policeman.'"

"I was serious when I made my statement to disarm police, because we can anticipate the ultimate outcome. This is because I prefer my Law Enforcement being with us, identifying with our realities, not being against us and out of touch with our realities as their administrators are." ...
 

Unsafe 'shield'
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"This month President Bush was faced with a seemingly easy choice — whether to protect the innocent victims of gun violence or the firearms industry. Rather than making our streets safer, the president chose to shield the irresponsible manufacturers and dealers who supply guns to criminals."

The recently enacted Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act gives the gun industry unprecedented immunity from civil lawsuits. This law, which amounts to a gift to the gun industry while asking for nothing in exchange, is also a tragic reversal from the breakthrough Safe Gun Agreement the federal government reached with the industry just several years ago." ...
 

The Glock Model 38
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Consumers of self-defense handguns have always suffered on the horns of a dilemma. On the one side is the need for a small, lightweight, easy-to-carry-and-conceal sidearm, and on the other side is the need for a powerful, decisive cartridge."

"The problem being, if the gun was small and easy to conceal and carry, it was usually offered only in a midbore or smaller caliber. That meant it was less effective than the larger and heavier bigbore alternative."

"Those opting for the bigbore-diameter alternative were forced to choose either a large pistol that was difficult to conceal and carry for long hours or a radically reduced version of the first ..." ...
 

Pataki Snares Elder Bush's Fundraiser
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Republican George Pataki, eyeing a run for the White House in 2008, has snared a major fundraiser for the first President Bush to head the New York governor's national political action committee." ...

"Ganzi said the governor 'knows my feelings' but has not tipped his hand on whether he will run. Ganzi said he believed Pataki can win the GOP nomination and the White House, despite his support for gun control and abortion and gay rights positions that generally don't sit well with conservative GOP primary voters." [emphasis added]

"Ganzi was the national finance chairman for George H.W. Bush's successful 1988 presidential campaign." ...
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Submitter's Note: Well of course we'll all vote for an anti-gun Republican! I mean if we didn't we might get a Democrat!
 

IN: Woman won’t face charges in killing
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The woman who shot and killed her brother in a violent struggle inside the mobile home they shared is not expected to be charged, police said Monday."

"Christie Jones, 29, was questioned in the death of her brother, Donald Jones, 34, who was shot several times as he tried to attack her about 1 a.m. Friday, police said."

"Homicide Squad Detective Jeff Hemphill presented evidence to the Lake County prosecutor Monday. The case is being reviewed, but officials said it appears the woman acted in self defense and will not be charged."

"'He had started choking her and threw her around. He threw her into the room where she kept her gun,' Detective Cpl. Thomas Decanter said." ...
 

WY: No charges expected in teen's death
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Charges have not been filed yet in the shooting death of Brandon Martinez, and police and the county attorney are leaning toward the theory of a justifiable homicide on grounds of self-defense."

"Martinez, a 19-year-old Laramie resident, was allegedly trying to enter the house ... Friday to make contact with an estranged girlfriend when James Martino, 55, shot Martinez once in the chest with a .22-caliber rifle, said Commander Dale Stalder of the Laramie Police Department." ...

"Police had indicated Martinez had a stick or bat in his hand and he was trying to enter the house. Though police felt Martinez had breached the front door at some point, Stalder is not sure if he was in the house at the time he was shot." ...
 

MO: Thanksgiving Day shooting injures one
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A St. Robert man was severely beaten and a Waynesville man shot early Thanksgiving morning during an altercation in the Applewood Apartments on Highway Y north of St. Robert." ...

"'His condition is serious enough that he isn’t going anywhere ...' King said. 'He took two or three hits and at least one of them to the chest and one to the face.'"

"King said he believes Overton, the person who was shot, and a third person went to the Applewood Apartments to confront another person on personal matters. The Applewood tenant was attacked, King said, and suffered serious injuries."

"'He was beaten and choked with some kind of chain or cord around his neck,' King said. 'I think he shot in self-defense, but I’m not sure.'" ...
 

MS: Ski-masked man shot to death on porch had criminal history (follow-up)
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"Although Marcus Rawls has a criminal history, including burglary, his mother said Monday she does not believe he was trying to break into a house when he was fatally shot early Sunday morning."

"'Why would he rob somebody when he had money in his pockets,' Vonda Rawls said. Her 23-year-old son had been working construction jobs since being released from jail, she said." ...
 

Packing heat - and political punch
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Tammy Bruce calls herself 'a new radical individual,' which conjures up a masked anarchist with a baseball bat running through the streets shouting 'Death to the state!'"

"But no."

"She actually fits neatly into a long American political tradition, says the prolific author, garrulous talk show host, and noted maverick - although 'traditional' seems a stretch when applied to a gun-toting, pro-choice, 43-year-old lesbian who is both a Ronald Reagan admirer and the former head of a California chapter of NOW." ...

"Which brings us to the .38 snub-nosed Smith & Wesson she calls Snuffy."

""When I take Snuffy out of her drawer in my nightstand and we go to the shooting range,' Bruce says, 'it reminds me that I am responsible for myself. Owning a gun is at the heart of what it means to be an American. The only reason this country is free from government tyranny is that people like me are armed.'" ...
 

OH: Pro-gun legislator considered to head Ohio Democratic Party (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
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"The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Friday that the Ohio Democratic Party Chairman is resigning, effective Nov. 30, and that among the names being considered for his replacement is a former endorsee of this political action committee." ...

"So can a 2004 endorsee of this political action committee and a pro-gun Federal legislator-turned gubernatorial candidate change the attitude of the Democrat Party toward our gun rights? It's looking more and more like Ohioans may get the opportunity to find out!"
 

OH: Anti-gun Coleman quitting race for governor (BFA)
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"The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that anti-gun Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman will announce his withdrawal from the race for governor later today." ...

"On April 8, 2004, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman staged a press conference next to a jungle gym, lamenting the fact that the city was unable to 'protect children' by posting signs banning concealed handgun license-holders. Coleman called Ohio's concealed carry law 'a travesty for our city and for our state.'" ...

"Coleman's withdrawal leaves U.S. Rep. Ted Strickland, who has a history of strong defense for the Second Amendment, as the only major Democrat candidate who has announced their candidacy for governor ..." ...
 

OH: Ken Blackwell Answers OFCC Survey (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ohio gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell is the second candidate to respond to the Ohioans For Concealed Carry Gubernatorial Survey."

"The survey was created by OFCC and sent to all gubernatorial candidates for the 2006 election so that their views on firearms and the second amendment could be made clear to Ohio voters."

"As we expected, Mr. Blackwell's answers reflect a staunch support of the right to keep and bear arms."

"Law abiding citizens always should have the option to own and use firearms. We must fight any attempt to threaten these guarantees." ...
 

OH: Pete Draganic Responds to OFCC Candidate Survey (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Yesterday, I reported that Ken Blackwell was the first Gubernatorial candidate to respond to our candidate survey."

"That was not correct. Republican candidate Pete Draganic responded via email on November 11th. I did not see that email, and I apologize to the Draganic campaign for the oversight."

"Often toted as 'the people's candidate,' Pete's pro-gun stance is irreproachable:"

"I've never understood the concept of restricting the freedoms of law-abiding people in an effort make us safer from criminals." ...
 

GA: Crime increases in Albany
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Albany's murder rate nearly doubled from last year. Now County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard says he's sick of thugs running the city, and he wants the citizens to take back control." ...

"He says laws need to be on the books that will allow people to defend themselves or their loved ones, without being sued or prosecuted. 'I'm talking about some meaningful sustained law that would allow citizens to have protection against prosecution for those engaged in a violent crime with a gun.'"

"Chief Assistant District Attorney Greg Edwards says there are laws that allow citizens to take action. 'There are two aspects of self defense. There's crime prevention defense, and just traditional defense.'" ...
 

FL: Miami Police Take New Tack Against Terror
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"Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant."

"Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats." ...
 

CA: Drug Agent On Trial Defends Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A state drug agent on trial for killing an unarmed San Jose man will face more grilling on the witness stand Tuesday.

Michael Walker has been testifying for three days, explaining how and why he shot Rudy Cardenas in the back last year.

The prosecutor pointed out discrepancies in what Walker is saying now and what he told a grand jury last summer.

Waler says he fired in self-defense because he believed Cardenas had a gun.

Family members say Cardenas didn't pose any threat.

Walker shot Cardenas, who Walker believed was a dangerous fugitive.

If convicted of voluntary manslaughter, Walker could get 10 years in prison.
 

SC: Charleston, North Charleston police to stick with Glock 21 for service pistol
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The Charleston area's two largest police departments say their officers will continue to carry a popular brand of .45-caliber pistol, despite reports of the guns misfiring in other parts of the country."

"Police in Los Angeles and Portland, Ore., have barred officers from carrying the Glock Model 21 pistol amid concerns about the weapon's safety. But the pistol remains the standard duty weapon for hundreds of police officers in Charleston and North Charleston." ...
 

CA: Ex-deputy pleads guilty to stalking his wife
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Former Sutter County sheriff's deputy Michael Slayton has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of stalking his estranged wife, according to Assistant District Attorney Fred Schroeder." ...

"Besides stalking, Slayton was charged with three counts of spousal abuse, battery, making a death threat, burglary, six counts of violating a restraining order, and installing unauthorized wiretaps and video cameras in the house ..." ...

"Slayton's employment with the Sheriff's Department ended Sept. 7. A department official declined to say if Slayton was fired or resigned."

"Before he was arrested in August, Slayton had been on paid administrative leave for disciplinary reasons unconnected with stalking, the official said." ...
 

South Africa: Police inspector confesses to killing security guard
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A Coffee Bay police inspector confessed in the Mthatha High Court yesterday to killing Louis Fourie in December 1999."

"Three policemen – Mvuyeselo Pakane, Tamsanqa Sigagayi and Khayelihle Mahogo – had all pleaded not guilty to the murder of Coffee Bay businessman Fourie in December 1999, and also denied charges of defeating the ends of justice."

"At the start of the trial yesterday a confession from Sigagayi was read out to the court in which he admitted to killing Fourie and apologised for the deed. Other evidence yesterday was that Sigagayi changed R4 rifles after the shooting. He admitted telling his superiors Fourie had been shot but not that he had been shot by police." ...
 

NY: Killed by our mania over guns
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"The country and the city are awash in guns and we have to do something about it."

"I see all-too-graphic evidence of the problem daily in the emergency room at Kings County Hospital. About half our admissions are victims of penetrating trauma — from guns, knives, and other weapons and violence."

"New York, as we all know, has very restrictive gun laws and a very active police force that works very hard to get guns off the streets."

"But when the whole country is deluged with guns, and when people can buy guns very easily in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia and bring them up here, they're much too easily available." ...
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KABA Note: So if availability is the root of the problem, then why don't "Florida, Georgia, and Virginia" have your problems?
 

WI: Child dies while playing with gun
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"Micayla Ellis' mother took the suggested precautions with a gun in her home - she locked it up, hid the key and put the ammunition in different locations - but it still wasn't enough to stave off her children's curiosity." ...

"Nearly two-thirds of parents who own firearms and have school-age children believe they keep their firearms safely away from their children. But one study found that when a gun was in the home, 75 percent to 80 percent of first- and second-graders knew where it was kept." ...
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Note: "Safe storage" doesn't work - firearm education does. It is sad when parents don't understand that.
 

PA: For Philly's homicide rate, guns may not be the culprit
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "The feeling was amazing. I had never fired a gun before, and I felt as if I were reliving a childhood dream of mine - to be Rambo or Snake Plissken. Yet while 'locked and loaded,' I felt a chilling sense of morbid reality."

"There wasn't much stopping me from accidentally hurting myself. ..."

"Then, John Jones, a worker at the pistol range, said something to me that made it all seem so clear: 'Guns are not the problem. People are the problem. Responsible people use guns responsibly. Irresponsible people use guns irresponsibly.'"

"When guns become commonplace in back alley fights and schoolyard altercations, that's when they become an issue. Guns alone cannot commit a crime or produce a homicide." ...
 

IL: Gun-control advocate
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I continue to be shocked and outraged when creative law enforcement and safety initiatives struggle to reduce crime in Rockford. Despite tremendous advances by local antiviolence programs like CeaseFire and Crime Stoppers, pro-gun lobbyists continue to undermine their efforts by working to make it easier for criminals to get guns."

"Recently an 18-year-old female bystander was shot in the chest and foot, and a 23-year-old man was shot in the back of the head because of gang activity. Before this letter reaches readers, I would not be surprised to learn about another gun-related death in Rockford. The problem, as I see it, is easy access to guns." ...
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Submitter's Note: The 'access' myth that will not die.
 

PA: Butchers Busy During Deer Season
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Doug Peffer worked a knife into a large buck hanging from a hoist in his butcher shop, pulling the hide from its body."

"It’s one of hundreds of deer he’ll process this season."

"With the two-week rifle season under way, it’s not just hunters who will be busy. The processors who butcher deer expect a stream of business as hunters return from the woods with their bounty."

"Scott Donley, 33, a sales engineer from Ellwood City, shot his first buck—an 8-pointer weighing about 180 pounds—on Monday morning. He had tracked it for two hours before shooting it with his father’s 30.06 rifle." ...
 

Canada: Guns: Bringers of bad deathness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Worlds away in a town called Toronto, the sounds of gunshots perforate the air with disturbing regularity. Screams follow, and then sirens. Dozens of citizens, all described as sweet and innocent, are wasted as a city flounders."

"We read about it in papers, but it seems like just a surreal narrative from another place ... It could never happen in 'real life', our quaint little world of the Niagara Region. This happens to everyone else, we think. But then it happens …" ...

"There is no doubt that a crackdown is necessary, but the extent of the punishment is not sufficient. Merely carrying a gun should be punishable by a long prison sentence, even if no crime has been committed. ..." ...
 

UK: Why I believe in toy rifles
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Last weekend a call was made by the Chief Constable of Manchester for a complete ban to be imposed upon all toy guns being sold in the shops during the run-up to Christmas, writes Mick Cole of The Square, Kenilworth."

"Though this was immediately echoed by the doom-and-gloom brigade, it has also been viewed as an imposition of the 'nanny state' by consumer groups. Little boys have been playing at cowboys and indians, cops and robbers and soldiers for centuries and in the absence of toy guns have fashioned imitations from tree branches, broom handles and anything else to hand; and so it will go on, so let them enjoy it."

"When will the kill-joys and bleeding-heart liberals have the sense to admit that guns don't kill - people do!" ...
 

UK: Car-jackers target luxury vehicle owners at gun-point
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"A GANG of armed 'car-jackers' has been targeting the drivers of luxury vehicles in Glasgow it emerged yesterday, after Strathclyde Police confirmed they are investigating two separate car thefts at gun-point in an upmarket area of the city."

"Police were called in after two women were fired upon by masked gunmen in a car-jacking, during which their silver BMW sports car was stolen as they parked outside their home at about 10pm on Monday night in Fotheringay Road, Pollokshields."

"The incident followed a similar attack in the same part of the city on 25 October when a Porsche was carjacked by thieves brandishing a firearm. That vehicle was never traced." ...
 

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