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Drop the Musket and Assume the Position!
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"The gun control debate is heating up in America and at the center of this debate is the Second Amendment. Last year, Attorney General John Ashcroft caused a stir when his Justice Department issued a memorandum supporting the constitutional right of individuals to bear arms. Since then, several criminal defendants have challenged their weapons convictions on constitutional grounds."
 

AZ: Arizona militia set to patrol border for illegal aliens
Submitted by: Jim Sr

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"A former kindergarten teacher who has organized a 600-strong militia in Arizona will station 50 armed militia members on public land this weekend to "protect their country" against an invasion of illegal aliens, warning federal authorities not to interfere.

'I dare the president of the United States to arrest Americans who are protecting their own country.'

Federal and state lawmakers have hearings to determine if he has violated any laws in forming the armed militia organization."
 

Lagos: Policeman Kills 2 Colleagues, Another Person
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"A mobile policeman on Wednesday shot dead two of his colleagues and a male civilian passerby in the Ogba, Ifako/Iyaye area of Lagos.

"The policeman, who also left four of his colleagues injured when he mishandled the gun in his possession, was said to have been promptly arrested, preparatory for arraignment in court for murder tomorrow."

But only police should have guns.
 

Canada: Suspect shot dead by police held fake gun
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Vancouver homicide detectives are investigating two fellow police officers after they shot a man dead in an allegedly stolen car on East Pender Street Saturday night.

" 'They were confronted by a situation where a suspect was wielding a gun and they had to make a decision,' said police spokeswoman Constable Sarah Bloor."

"The gun turned out to be a replica."
 

Canada: Lib-er-al: A once great party; name now mud
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"The Liberal Party of Canada was rebranded last week. The party that slew the deficit, that brought fiscal responsibility to Ottawa, is now the party that blew a billion dollars on a gun registry that doesn't work, and then tried to hide the boondoggle from Parliament."
 

UK: Man threatened in own home with gun
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Police are appealing for help in their hunt for armed men who broke into a house in Shaftesbury Parade, South Harrow on November 29.

Three men, one carrying a double-barrelled shotgun and another a knife, climbed in through a window at 12.05am, surprising the 28-year-old man who lived there. They threatened him, demanding he hand over his valuables..." ...

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Gee, thank goodness guns are outlawed in the UK, and the people are forced to prostrate themselves before armed criminals in their own homes!
 

Outlaws and Databases
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"We simply have to get over the notion that we can prevent violence by controlling weapons. We are destined to live in a world with an endless variety of arms that are inexpensive and concealable. This trend, as undesirable as it may be, is unavoidable.

With weapons becoming powerful and difficult to detect, the phrase "guns don't kill, people kill" is going to become the only realistic principle for security." ...
 

MI: Buyback nets 32 guns in four hours
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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Alternate title: Taxpayers shell out hundreds of dollars to purchase other people's guns

"Those turning in rifles and shotguns receive a $25 gift certificate at Wal-Mart; handguns earn them $50 gift certificates; while assault weapons such as automatic and semi automatic guns bring $100 certificates.

Saturday, 32 guns were turned in during the four-hour period of the buyback. Eleven of those were long guns, mostly shotguns, while the other 21 were handguns."
 

UK: Help Police Capture Gunman
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"We need to catch this man before he strikes again - this is the urgent appeal from police chiefs who believe he is responsible for 'terrifying' armed robberies at two Scunthorpe petrol stations."

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We? Who's we? You're the one that's armed, not the citizenry. So what are they supposed to do - wait for you to arrive and throw needles, rocks and pine cones at the gunman in the meantime?
 

UK: Collection of old guns disappears
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"POLICE fear antique guns stolen in West Kingsdown could be used to help in further crimes.

"Around £20,000 worth of old muzzle-loader guns were stolen when burglars removed the door frame and door to get into the warehouse containing the collection...

"But police fear the weapons could be used in further crimes because victims will react to the sight of a gun, regardless of whether it can be fired."
 

Canada: Liberals drop bid for gun money
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The Liberal government yesterday withdrew a request for an additional $72-million for its gun registry, under intense pressure from the opposition and some of its own backbenchers."

"Martin Cauchon, the Justice Minister, insisted the program will continue though he refused to say how much money it will cost."
 

Ready, Fire, Aim
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has given gun-control advocates an early Christmas gift--a comprehensive, historically based argument that undermines an individual's right to own firearms. This is a gift the antigun crowd sorely needed after the revelation that Michael Bellesiles' book 'Arming America'-which claimed guns were rare in early America--was a work of slipshod scholarship if not outright fraud."
 

Japan: Police launch hunt for serial swan killer
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Two swans were fatally shot through the heart at a bird sanctuary here, prompting police to launch a hunt for the shooter, officials said Monday.

After local residents found the two mute swans in Tatebayashi, Gunma Prefecture, on separate occasions late last week, local government officials asked a veterinarian to investigate the cause of their death.

The vet concluded that the swans had died after being shot in the heart with either a bullet or an arrow."
 

Canada: Rock defends gun registry program, Cauchon promises to fix it
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Industry Minister Allan Rock defended the government's gun registry Sunday saying he doesn't think the massive cost overrun will hurt his potential Liberal leadership ambitions."

" 'If I run, I've always intended to advertise an association with what I think is a terrific achievement in the prime minister's government,' Rock

 

UK: Tower block gun terror
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"Armed police sealed off an area early yesterday after shots were fired in a tower block.

Officers were called after neighbours reported that two men had gone in to a flat and fired a weapon."
 

MI: "Gun Buyback" held in Niles
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There are fewer guns on the street in Berrien County thanks to the Stop the Violence Coalition of Berrien County and the Berrien County Sheriff's Department. Saturday was the first day of the countywide 'Gun Buyback' in Niles. The coalition buys working, but unwanted guns in an attempt to get firearms off the streets."
 

Gun Control Misses the Target
Submitted by: Nicki Fellenzer
Website: http://www.armedfemalesofamerica.com/index.php?section=TAKING+AIM...

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"If we have learned anything from both our own experiences and events overseas, it is that the only effect guns have on crime is to make people worse off when they aren't around. Gun control may provide catchy sound bites at election time, but it misses the target by a long shot."
 

WA: Despite Violations, Gun Shop in Sniper Case Continued to Operate, Records Show
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The gun store that supplied the rifle used in the Washington-area sniper attacks was allowed to stay in business despite four investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that found dozens of guns missing and serious violations of federal laws requiring dealers to keep records of weapons they buy and sell, according to court records."
 

NV: Fireworks seen over gun show
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Should the annual gun show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds return this winter?"

"Expecting many responses to that question, Fair Board CEO Ed Scofield moved Tuesday night's meeting to a larger venue - the Senior Center, adjacent to the board's standard meeting room."

"Last year's permit meeting drew 20 to 25 people, most of them gun show opponents."
 

Canada: Gun registry 'case study' of mismanagement: Fraser
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Auditor General Sheila Fraser says the massive cost overruns in the national firearms registry is a 'case study' of what's wrong with accountability in Canada's public service."

"At the centre of the firearms controversy is a public service that simply didn't give Parliament enough information about the program's ballooning costs, changes made along the way or the expected results for MPs to do their job and hold the government to account."
 

Canada: Gun owners firing blanks with registration process
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Desperate gun owners are calling the Wild West Shooting Centre at West Edmonton Mall, pleading for help with registering their weapons before a looming Dec. 31 deadline."

" 'We probably get 30 to 40 calls a day,' Wild West's co-owner Flora Kupsch said Saturday. 'Everybody is angry.' "
 

UK: The Death Wish Toy
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"SCHOOLKIDS are strutting around the streets toting terrifyingly realistic toy guns in a deadly new craze sweeping Britain."

"Unscrupulous shopkeepers are happily selling cheap but astonishingly accurate copies of real danger weapons for as little as £2.99 - despite the fact the kids could be gunned down."
 

OH: Concealed-weapons bill appears dead for this year
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Don't look for Ohio's concealed-weapons ban to be lifted any time soon."

"A bill that would have allowed most Ohioans to carry handguns in purses, pockets and holsters appeared dead yesterday, when the Ohio House went home for the year knowing members needed to take one last vote on it."
 

Ninth Circuit Court ruling 'Typically Preposterous," Say Gun Rights Leaders
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In a joint announcement, leaders of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today called the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Second Amendment does not protect an individual right 'A typically preposterous opinion from a court that has the worst track record in the nation for overturned decisions.' "
 

PA: Gun trade campaign hits target
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"If this year is like any of the past eight, there should be about 400 fewer guns in the hands and homes of Pittsburghers by now. Saturday saw the first of two days of the ninth annual Goods for Guns campaign, and organizers expected a haul of nearly 900 firearms to be turned in by area residents by the end of next weekend."
 

Mexican Anti-Americanism in America
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"In Los Angeles last year, cars were seen bearing illuminated signs that read “F--- you, this is still Mexico.” Not just a few cars. Thousands. This is but one sign of the hostility towards the United States that is growing among Mexicans living in this country."

"As the number of Mexicans living in the U.S. has ballooned (growing from 2 million to 23 million over the past thirty years), so have the feelings of anti-Americanism among them. While the many Mexicans living in the U.S. are still law-abiding and loyal, there are disturbing signs that anti-Americanism is on the increase. Worse, it is being aided and abetted by the anti-Americanism of native American leftists."
 

TX: East End vigilantes arm to cut crime
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Sandra Liebeg says she practices shooting because she has to."

"The young men at whom she fears she may have to aim her gun some night use the same firing range -- and bring their own targets."

" 'They don't miss their targets,' said Liebeg, an airline flight attendant who last week offered to enlist in a vigilante group patrolling the Eastwood neighborhood."
 

NY: Pizza deliveryman with gun scares off would-be robber
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A pizza deliveryman used a shotgun to scare off an armed man who approached him early Sunday morning during a pizza delivery on St. Louis Avenue."

"Ferry-Fillmore District officers said the man was carrying a .22 rifle but fled toward Moselle Street after seeing the shotgun in the hands of the employee of Gary Lee's Pizza on St. Louis near Walden Avenue."
 

Judicial excess
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just published a long-winded opinion declaring that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution doesn't confer an individual right to 'keep and bear arms.' "

"The problem with the court's dissertation is that it seems to be totally beside the point. The issue before the court was the validity of an assault-weapons ban enacted by the California cq legislature in 1999."
 

N.A.A.C.P. and Ku Klux Klan Join Forces
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The old maxim that "politics makes strange bedfellows" does not begin to describe the new alliance between the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Ku Klux Klan. According to NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, the nearly century-old civil rights organization has come to see the value of the Klan perspective on African-Americans."
 

Military continues research into use of nonlethal weaponry
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"During a search for illegal weapons, U.S. troops on peacekeeping duties in Kosovo encountered a large and hostile crowd. When the mob began throwing rocks that injured some soldiers, the troops were forced to employ their weapons in self-defense."

"But instead of a deadly fusillade from their rifles, the troops used nonlethal devices that dispersed the crowd without serious injuries and allowed the mission to proceed."
 

MI: State will consider stun guns for police
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Michigan police officers may soon be allowed to carry sophisticated stun guns that shoot tiny metal darts that drop a crook to his knees with electricity."

"The lame-duck Legislature is considering a bill that would permit local and state police to carry Tasers, which can be used an alternative to chemical sprays, batons or firearms."
 

MO: Fewer licensed gun dealers since Brady, crime bills passed
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Fewer gun transactions are being made on Missouri’s kitchen tables since federal firearms laws were tightened nearly a decade ago."

"The 1993 Brady Law and the 1994 federal crime bill put more restrictions on who could buy and sell guns. A waiting period, background check and stricter rules on who can be licensed have been enacted because of the new laws."
 

MN: Minnesota Craftsman Builds Kentucky Rifles
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Gray November light passes through panes of glass, illuminating Brent Gurtek's workbench. Elmo, a tri-colored cat, has folded herself in the basket at the end of the bench. She watches Gurtek as he secures a steel bar the size of a ruler in his vise."

" 'We're going to make a trigger,' Gurtek announces."

"He lights a propane torch and directs its blue flame at one edge of the piece of steel."
 

WI: Hunter shoots 'grotesque' deer
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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" 'It's the ugliest thing I've ever seen,' said Gary King of Rice Lake."

"King was talking about a doe he shot in Washburn County during the gun deer season last week.
King said the deer was so emaciated that 'you could have picked it up by the backbone.' "
 

SD: Pheasant hunting, 1880s-style
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Four New Englanders arrived last Thursday in South Dakota with more on their agenda than bagging the daily limit of pheasants - for them, how they hunt is just as important as the game they bag."

" 'We all by natural inclination love side-by-side firearms,' said Chris Gilgun, of Hawley, Mass. 'We would rather shoot the antique shotgun that has the history - guns shot by our fathers and grandfathers - and know that we're going to be part of that history.' "
 

Arms Trafficking Networks Out of Kenya and Somalia, Including Links to Terrorists
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The meeting between President Bush and Kenyan President Moi to discuss the war on terrorism, scheduled before the terrorists attacks last week in Kenya, is a critical step in fostering cooperation to fight terrorism. But these efforts will prove fruitless unless both countries are committed to adopting serious arms control measures to stem the smuggling of weapons to terrorists, The Fund for Peace said today."
 

An overdue rebuke for Ashcroft's gun crusade
Submitted by: Tyree White

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"Mr. Ashcroft's act in interpreting the Second Amendment to square with the NRA position and then instructing federal prosecutors to take the Texas decision as their guide in handling gun cases has put him in a contradictory posture.

As the nation's chief law-enforcement officer committed to cracking down on criminals, his policy shift opened the door for criminal defendants to use the broader interpretation of individual gun ownership in combating gun control laws under which they may be charged.

But Mr. Ashcroft now will have to decide whether to hold to his position in light of the California decision or cave in, to the ire of his NRA friends and supporters."

As the nation's chief law enforcement officer, Ashcroft must uphold and defend the Constitution - the entire Constitution, not just parts that please Mr. Whitcover, the VPC and the Brady Center.
 

Making War in the Name of Peace
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"If "looking away" is indeed "a prelude to broader war and greater horror" why has the President of the United States of America brushed off the admission by North Korean officials that their country has capabilities for producing weapons of mass destruction? What horror is George Bush inviting on the American people by ignoring a sworn enemy with admitted nuclear capabilities to chase wild geese in the Middle East? Oh yeah, I forgot. He is busy planning war in the name of peace."
 

Anti-Gunners Expose True Agenda After Ninth Circuit Ruling
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"'This ruling even relies on material from Michael Bellesiles, the anti-gun historian whose research has been so discredited that he was forced to resign from Emory University,' Waldron noted.

Pratt also disputed the Court's claim that the "individual rights" position "had never been adopted by any court," until recent times.

'The Dred Scott decision before the Civil War did just that,' ... That if blacks were permitted to become citizens, 'that would mean they could keep and bear arms.'" ...
 

In defense of U.S. citizens
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"There's a problem in the land, or so said the so-called reformers. Powerful organizations, they told us, are taking over our politics. They are drowning out the voice of the people. Democracy is in peril unless we can reconstitute our campaign finance laws to shut these organizations up when elections draw nigh. Need an example? They had one they loved to trot out — the National Rifle Association."
 

Aliens Among Us
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Recently there were complaints from Arizona state elected officials regarding an editorial published in a newspaper in Cochise County, Arizona, calling for citizens to form a 'militia' to defend their property from trespass by illegal aliens. Arizona's Governor and the Governor-elect responded to this by stating that local, state and federal law enforcement would investigate these 'vigilantes' and prosecute them if possible."
 

MI: 26,000 fugitives in Detroit
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26,000 fugitives are roaming Detroit streets...and police aren't doing anything about it.

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"A team of Detroit News reporters found that since 1999, thousands of unapprehended fugitives remain on the loose despite being suspected of -- or having committed -- hundreds of crimes, including murder, rape, armed robbery, carjacking and violent assaults. Some failed to show up for court and had a warrant issued for nonappearance. Others violated the condition of their parole or probation. Many repeatedly victimize the community."
 

The Ninth doesn't get it
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"The federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has reiterated its view that the Second Amendment only applies to the collective right of states to have a militia. They upheld the constitutionality of the California state ban on certain semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. Their ruling did not get anything right."
 

CA: California homicides up 16%
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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" 'These troubling figures drive home a painful truth: crime continues to creep up and we must harness our limited resources to stop this growth,' Lockyer said. 'With the economy still lagging and budget gaps still growing, it is critical that we support officers on the street by continuing to improve and expand programs that get guns out of the hands of criminals and use DNA science to solve crimes and prosecute perpetrators.' "
 

Acting like God – again
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Stevie Reinhardt strikes again!"

"Forgive me. I'm not showing proper respect. Judge Stephen Reinhardt strikes again!"

"If you don't know the name – you should. What he writes and rules will have an impact on your lives. Indeed, if the decisions hold, on the future of this country."
 

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