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SC: State land grab. Citizens fight. Cops die.
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"Neighbors said the Bixbys were angry over the road-widening project, even though it would take only a portion of their land." (emphasis added)

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The above quote ought to be a good indicator of the respect the statists have for private property. None.

State tries to confiscate land. Owners refuse to surrender. Cops sent to enforce decision. Citizens kill cops. Fat cats who made the decision to take the land are unharmed.

With all the government encroachments on citizens' rights, will this be happening more often?

Would confiscation by government be as prevalent if citizens decided to go after the decision makers instead of fighting the cops?
 

SC: "If we can't be freer than this, I'd rather die." (another report)
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"A man accused of murder in the deaths of two law enforcement officers in Abbeville County says he didn't do it." ...

"Inside the courtroom, Bixby claimed he was quoting from the New Hampshire constitution which he said states that if you feel you've been wronged by the government, you have a 'right to revolution.' " ...

" 'It was self defense,' Bixby said. 'If we can't be freer than this, I'd rather die.' " ...
 

SC: Suspect in standoff claims self-defense (another report)
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"A former New Hampshire man invoked the state's 'Live Free or Die' motto as justification for killing two police officers in South Carolina."

"Steven Bixby, 36, said he was just defending his parents' home against something like the standoffs between federal agents and armed citizens in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas. He was in court for an arraignment Tuesday, along with his 71-year-old mother, Rita."

"He said he acted in self-defense because sheriff's Sgt. Danny Wilson, 37, tried to force his way into the home on Monday."

"Wilson went there after highway workers widening the road reported someone had threatened them."

" 'If we can't be any freer than that in this country, I'd rather die,' Bixby said." ...
 

Liberia: At least 12 dead in Liberia riots against UN disarmament program
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"At least 12 people were reported dead in Monrovia after three days of rioting by former government fighters to protest a UN campaign to disarm them after 14 years of war in Liberia."

"The UN-backed disarmament process opened to great fanfare Sunday, with some 1,400 former government fighters handing over their weapons to a battalion of Bangladeshi peacekeepers at the Schieffelin military barracks outside Monrovia."

"Unimpressed by the food rations, psychological counseling, vocational training or schooling offered in addition to a promised 300-dollar stipend, scores more left Schieffelin carrying the assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades they had intended to leave behind." ...
 

FL: Former Charlotte detective guilty of pistol-whipping drug dealer
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"A former Charlotte County sheriff's narcotics detective was found guilty Wednesday of pistol-whipping a teenage drug dealer last year and then repeatedly lying about it to investigators."

"A 12-member jury deliberated for more than 13 hours over three days before convicting Wyatt Olen Henderson of using excessive force, filing a false police report and making a false statement while employed as an officer."

"Henderson, 45, showed no emotion as the three verdicts were read."

"According to prosecutors, Henderson struck Christopher Michael Grant in the face so hard that it broke the teen's jaw during a drug arrest in May 2002." ...

KABA QUESTION:

Anyone laying odds on whether or not this thug will ever do a day in prison?
 

AZ: Reconstructionist describes officer shooting
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"Former Chandler police Officer Dan Lovelace's 'minitrial' began Monday with a noted shooting reconstructionist describing how the defendant shot an Ahwatukee Foothills woman in the back of her left arm."

"Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Keppel will decide after the anticipated three-day preliminary hearing if there is probable cause to prosecute Lovelace for second-degree murder or if the charge should be dropped."

"Lucien Haag, a former Phoenix police criminologist, said Lovelace's Glock semiautomatic pistol was about a foot away from Dawn Rae Nelson when he fired and that the fatal shot traveled in a back-to-forward path at a 20-degree angle."

". . . Mehrens is attempting to use the time lapse to explain the discrepancy between Lovelace's account that the car was headed toward him when he fired in self-defense and the prosecution's argument that Lovelace ran after Nelson and shot her from behind." ...

"Wendy Bagley, one of three witnesses to testify, said she saw Nelson knock over Lovelace's motorcycle and the officer run after Nelson's convertible." ...
 

CA: Police Captain Accused of Bootleg DVD Sales
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"Just days after Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton pledged a crackdown on motion picture piracy, department investigators on Tuesday helped arrest an LAPD captain suspected of selling bootleg DVDs."

"Julie D. Nelson, a decorated patrol captain and a 28-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, was arrested at the Hollywood station following a sting operation in which she allegedly sold counterfeit film titles such as 'The Cat in the Hat' to undercover officers." ...
 

OH: A.W.O.L.: OSHP bureaucrats back out of Ohio Law Enforcement Summit
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"For the past month, OFCC has been following an exclusive report that due to Senate amendments to HB12 dealing with how one should carry a firearm, law enforcement agencies in Ohio are not in agreement on Am. Sub. HB12."

"On September 10, we reported that the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) had accepted the invitation to attend an Ohio Law Enforcement Summit Meeting with the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the Buckeye State Sheriff Association (BSSA)."

"The meeting was held yesterday, but without the OSHP bureaucracy, who backed out less than 24 hours prior to the event." ...

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Typical. Is anyone surprised? Government employees who want to maintain a monopoly on the use of self-defensive force don't have the guts to face facts or honor basic human rights.
 

AR: Pastor Ends Rampage by Gunning Down Violent Suspect
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"A 64-year-old minister shot a man dead on church grounds after the assailant attacked him and his son-in-law with a poker amid a string of assaults in an apparent drug-induced frenzy, police said on Wednesday." ...

"A police spokesman said that it appeared to him that Ford's use of deadly force was justified, although a final decision would be made by the local prosecuting attorney." ...
 

WA: Man shoots, kills dog that charged at family
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BELLEVUE -- "A man gunned down a pit bull Monday after he said is charged to within a foot of him and his family. The man's family had been repeatedly menaced by the dog, Bellevue police Officer Michael Chiu said."

"The shooting occurred in the 1600 block of 171st Avenue Northeast about 6 p.m., after the man's wife and child tried to leave their house and were hemmed in by the dog in the driveway." ...

"Police had warned the dog's owner hours earlier because of complaints from other neighbors."

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Perhaps the gun banners can take up a collection and start a new organization called "Let Vicious Dogs Eat Your Children, Inc." Such an organization would model the logic of 95% of their agendas.
 

NY: Store owner kills two armed robbers, may be charged for possession of firearm without a "license"
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This store owner came under attack by two armed robbers and was herded to the back of the store. He pulled his .38 and sent both of them to the hereafter and apparently didn't suffer any injuries in the process.

But apparently the man didn't have a "gun license" and will thus probably be charged. That's what New York City's Gun Nazis do -- they charge decent people for protecting themselves and ruin their lives.

Such is the status of anti-gun State Thuggery in The Big Apple, where an uprising was morally justified per the Declaration of Independence a few decades ago. Any government that will prosecute people for defending their own lives is unfit to exist and needs replacing.
 

PA: Gulf War Veteran does prison time for shooting attacking dog
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"Brad Hackenberger insists he didn't want to shoot his neighbor's yellow Labrador retriever when it came onto his farm 3 1/2 years ago, but the dog's aggressive actions toward him and his own cocker spaniel Luke gave him little choice."

"But because Hackenberger used a 'deadly weapon' - in his case, a .22 rifle - Hackenberger received a sentence of six months to two years for cruelty to animals, an offense that did not normally involve jail time."

"The judge imposed the deadly weapons enhancement, which calls for increased penalties, despite Hackenberger's lawyer's insistence it should only apply to cases with human victims."

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So shooting an attacking dog is a jailable offense in Pennsylvania?
 

VPC Says Spending Bill Provisions Threaten Public Safety
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"The fiscal year 2004 omnibus spending bill (H.R. 2673) now pending in the U.S. Senate contains provisions that are pro-criminal and anti-public safety, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) charged today. 'The gun lobby loaded up the omnibus spending bill with provisions that will help criminals arm themselves while protecting corrupt gun dealers,' stated Kristen Rand, VPC legislative director."

"The most egregious provision would reduce the time that the ATF can retain records of approved gun sales-from the current 90 days to a maximum of 24 hours."

" 'The practical effect of the 24-hour rule for records destruction will be to ensure that felons and domestic abusers remain armed,' Rand stated." ...

KABA NOTE:

VPC is on record, repeatedly, for years, wanting to ban handguns completely -- and they work toward that objective with vehemence. Therefore, Ms. Rand supports women being gang raped by hardened criminals and strangled with their own pantyhose due to being utterly defenseless -- a terrible potential fate she tries to force on every woman. The difference between her and many other American women -- and it's hard to refer to her as American other than by the fact that she unfortunately lives here -- is that there are women who'd like to be able to protect themselves but are banned from doing so in this country, while Ms. Rand is apparently the kind of person who'd give a rapist whatever he demanded. And that tells us plenty about her.
 

Brady Gunbanners Lament Outgoing BATF Director: "Fleeing an Agency Under Siege; Running ATF is Tough Where NRA Can Veto Every Decision"
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"Who can blame Bradley Buckles for leaving the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives? Buckles, Director of the ATF since 1999, announced Monday he's leaving the agency, and Mr. Buckles certainly deserves a break. He's been at the helm of a government law enforcement agency that has been under almost relentless attack by both the Bush Administration and the Congress for three years."

"The attacks have been orchestrated by the extreme gun lobby and are evidence of one of that lobby's most profound hypocrisies: 'They say they want tough enforcement of gun laws, but do everything they can to undermine that enforcement,' said Mike Barnes, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence United with the Million Mom March." ...

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Leave it to the Brady Bunch to praise the paramilitary outfit that torches little babies to death and prosecutes people for exercising their basic rights.
 

"Children's Defense Fund" uses 2001 statistics to call for extension of semi-auto rifle ban
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"Today, the Children's Defense Fund released an analysis comparing firearm deaths among children and teens in 2000 and 2001. While there was a small decrease in the number of overall deaths, the number of homicide deaths among young children rose dramatically, reinforcing the need for Congress to extend the assault weapons ban and reject S. 659, a bill that grants immunity from liability to gun manufacturers, when they return for legislative business in 2004."

" 'Our nation's lawmakers have a moral obligation to protect our children from gun violence. One death is too many, and as recently as 2001, gun violence claimed more than 2,900 young lives. Yet, both the President and Congress are poised to make matters worse,' said Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman." ...

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Get real, Marian. The vast majority of those deaths are criminals shooting other criminals or accidents. The Clinton/Feinstain ban has had no effect on crime, as proven by the CDC's own studies -- and you and the sad lot of people you run with know it.
 

"Plastic weapon ban is small victory in difficult times for gun control advocates"
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WASHINGTON -- "The passage of a law banning plastic firearms this week provided a rare, and some would say hollow, victory for gun control advocates this year."

"The measure, which continues an existing ban on undetectable firearms, reflects how much the political landscape has shifted in the last decade from banning assault weapons and strengthening waiting periods for gun buys, to relaxing purchasing regulations and limiting manufacturers' liability."

"Gun control advocates say the changes are products of a more gun-friendly Bush administration working with the National Rifle Association."

" 'We're really under attack,' said Tony Orza, director of government relations for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence." ...
 

Supreme Court Restricts Free Political Speech
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"A divided Supreme Court upheld the broadest restrictions on campaign donations in nearly 30 years Wednesday, ruling the nation is better off with limits on the financial influence of deep-pocket donors even if money can never be divorced from politics."

"Rooting out corruption, or even the appearance of it, justifies limitations on the free speech and free spending of contributors, candidates and political parties, the court said in a 5-4 decision." ...

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Guess we are experiencing too much freedom of information for the good "justices." Freedom really should be more controlled, um... I mean structured or it will get out of hand.
 

Supreme Court's Published Slip Opinion on Anti-Free-Speech Ruling
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Full text of Slip Opinion in pdf:

"...only a marginal restriction upon the contributor's ability to engage in free communication..."

NOTE: This is a 298 page .pdf file and may take a while to load.
 

Closing the First Amendment "Loophole"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The British philosopher Bertrand Russell once quipped that philosophy was the art of starting from premises too trivial for anyone to contest and arriving at conclusions too outlandish for anyone to accept. Had he lived to see the Supreme Court's recent ruling upholding core provisions of the Campaign Reform Act, he might have said something similar about jurisprudence—if not for the fact that so many people seem perfectly eager to accept the outlandish conclusions."

"The trivial-seeming premise is that cash isn't speech. Writing a thousand dollar check to Senator X isn't a form of free expression, any more than lobbying for a subsidy is free exercise of religion, however many corporate executives may indulge in the worship of Mammon." ...
 

McCain-Feingold Ruling Angers Activists on Both Left and Right
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"It's not every day the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union are outraged by the same Supreme Court decision."

"The two organizations are often used to represent opposite poles of American politics, the gun-toting right and the liberal left. But both groups hated yesterday's unexpectedly broad ruling by the court to uphold the major provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law." ...

"This attitude took the 5 to 4 majority well beyond earlier limitations on political advertising, in the judgment of several First Amendment experts. And so a broad range of advocacy organizations denounced the decision as a historic attack on the right to free speech. Under the ruling, groups wishing to use television ads to criticize -- or even mention -- federal candidates in the decisive months of an election year must comply with an array of regulations before they can say their piece." ...
 

Campaign Finance Ruling Gives GOP Edge (If You Completely Disregard the Media's Liberal Bias)
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"The Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling gives the Republicans, who raise far more in small donations, a big advantage in next year's elections for the White House and Congress."

"Democrats will have to try to make up the difference through outside groups exempt from most of the new restrictions."

"Several Democratic-leaning groups are already in action, raising millions in corporate, union and unlimited 'soft money' donations that the national parties can no longer accept under the new law."

"With an eye toward unseating President Bush and taking control of Congress, they plan to finance the get-out-the-vote drives and political issue ads that their party has underwritten in the past with large soft money checks." ...

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This all sounds plausible on the surface, yet the facts contradict this "it's better for conservatives" nonsense. ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, etc. are all run by and fronted by bleeding heart liberals -- and there's no restriction on how many lies they can tell in the days before an election.
 

America is a Police State! - And Yes We All Know the Meaning of "IS"!
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. . . “CNN recently reported that ‘the Justice Department is re-examining its investigation into the 1995 death of a federal prisoner that the victim’s family alleges was murder at the hands of the government.’ The victim was Kenneth Michael Trentadue. At 7 AM on August 21, 1995, officials from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s office arrived at the new Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center for the body of a man recently picked up for parole violation who allegedly was a suicide by hanging. The astonished state officials saw a body with scalp split to the skull in three places, throat slashed, and a body completely covered in blood, bruises and burns. As law requires, the officials asked to see the cell in which the alleged suicide occurred. Federal officials pulled rank and refused on the grounds that a federal investigation was underway. A federal investigation was not underway.” . . .
 

Bill O'Reilly - America's "Pinhead"
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"I watched Bill O'Reilly on 'The O’Reilly Factor' lie to his viewers last night over what the Clinton 'Assault Weapons Ban' (AWB) says. Mr. O'Reilly claimed that the public supports the AWB because it 'keeps your neighbors from owning bazookas and machineguns in their homes'. But those type weapons have been illegal for almost 3/4 of a century. And the AWB has nothing to do with that. The Clinton AWB only makes guns that 'LOOK' like military assault weapons illegal and has had no impact on preventing or reducing crime in the ten years of its existence."

"Anyway, here's what I sent to O'Reilly:"

"Hey Pinhead,

"The phony 'assault weapons ban' is not about bazookas and machineguns... those things have been illegal since 1934." ...
 

Court must settle gun issue
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"Last week, with little fanfare, the Supreme Court refused without comment to review a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the Constitution does not guarantee people a personal right to own a gun. In doing so 'without comment,' the court neither agrees nor disagrees with the 9th Circuit panel. As a citizen and an owner of firearms, I am extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court’s cowardice."

"Perhaps the court was taken aback by the storm of outrage after its last delving into highly charged ground with Lawrence v. Texas, overturning sodomy laws and sparking a nationwide cultural battle. If this is the case, it is yet another unfortunate consequence of that ruling." ...
 

'Gun Nut' News
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"An 'Ain't That the Truthism': Oh how the difference in one generation! In conversation with a family member the other day, he remarked that 'his father-in-law, who lived in Detroit, used to sleep on the front porch in his hammock on hot summer nights, with no doors ever needing to be locked.' "Nowadays,' as he commented, 'I live in the 'safer' suburbs, and sit here in my robe at night, with locked doors and a loaded 9mm on the coffee table.' " ...
 

GA: Man dies after being shocked twice with police taser gun
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A Unadilla man died after being stunned with a police Taser gun after he allegedly tried to abduct a woman in Houston County.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Perry has been called in to investigate the death of Curtis Lawson, 40, of 186 Lawson Road, Unadilla, who died after he was shocked twice with the stunning device. An investigation by GBI is not uncommon when a suspect dies while being arrested and Maj. Terry Deese of the Peach County Sheriff's Office said there is no indication of wrongdoing by any of the officers involved.

According to published reports, Lawson confronted the 22-year-old Roberta woman as she was pumping gas at the Pilot gas station at the Ga. 247 Connector/Warner Robins exit off Interstate 75 in Peach County at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
 

WI: Women on UWGB campus learn to fight back
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"Two attempted assaults on women at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay this year have the university — and some of its students — fighting back."

"Student leaders and administrators at the university called for Tuesday’s self-defense seminar last week after a man tried to assault a female student on a campus walkway Dec. 2."

" 'There’s extra patrol and those kind of things you could do, but you can’t be everyplace,' said UWGB Public Safety Director Randy Christopherson. 'We’re much better to empower people to give them the skills and confidence and knowledge that they can do things to help protect themselves — not just on campus but anyplace.' " ....

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Better still, empower them with a gun to protect themselves. A handgun is the most affordable, most effective, least expensive and easiest to use individual self-defense device yet created. That is your best defense from a violent attack. Period.
 

OH: Ohioans for Concealed Carry Applauds Carry Reform Passage
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"Ohioans for Concealed Carry (OFCC) is pleased that House Bill 12 is finally headed to Governor Taft. We support the passage of a concealed carry law as a vital deterrent to violent crime."

"With recent news about Ohio's skyrocketing crime rate this legislation is long overdue. Ohio's defenseless citizens deserve a law that will allow them the same right to survive a criminal encounter as citizens in every bordering state, and 44 across the nation now enjoy."

"The rash of carjacking incidents, including the one that took Tony Gordon’s life while his 13 year-old nephew watched in horror, need to stop. Allowing people the choice to defend their life in a car is vital to the success of concealed carry reform." ...
 

OH: Three more Ohioans couldn't drive away when attacked this week
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"We do not want a loaded firearm readily accessible to the driver of a car. If there's a dangerous situation and you're in your car, you can drive off." - Capt. John Born, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

"...Of all the changes made by the Senate, as a father, I am most proud of the work we did to ensure the safety of Ohio children under this bill." - Steve Austria, who chaired the committee which added Taft's "Carjacker Protection" provision in the Senate.

According to GunWeek Magazine, the Ohio State Highway Patrol refuses to answer questions about how their poor advice continues to fail Ohioans, sometimes at the cost of their very lives.
 

OH: Committee OKs deal on gun bill
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COLUMBUS - "Ohioans could carry concealed weapons after passing a background check and completing safety training under a bill passed by a joint House-Senate committee Wednesday and headed for a full vote by both chambers."

"The committee approved the compromise bill 5-1 with Rep. Lance Mason, D-Shaker Heights, casting the 'no' vote."

"Gov. Bob Taft said he would likely veto the bill after pushing unsuccessfully for reporters to have access to the names of all permit holders in a county."

"House Speaker Larry Householder, a fellow Republican, said he was willing to risk a veto and said he believed he had the votes to override it." ...
 

SD: U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow's felony conviction and his firearm prohibition
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PIERRE — "U.S. Rep. Bill Janklow's felony conviction for a fatal car crash means he could lose some of the rights Americans hold dear."

"The range of rights at risk depends on whether Circuit Judge Rodney Steele sentences Janklow to spend time in prison for the conviction on second-degree manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20."

"No matter what the sentence, Janklow loses the right to possess a firearm for 15 years. State law says anyone convicted of a crime of violence must not have firearms for that period." ...

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Federal law enforcement officers -- the BATF in particular -- do not recognize state firearms rights restorations. And the BATF stopped restoring people's right quite a while ago, under the phony ruse that congress stopped funding that aspect of what they do.

So the question is: if this manslaughtering soon-to-be-ex congressman lives long enough, will he get special treatment and get his rights restored while many people, far more deserving, are left in the cold?
 

Brazil: "Referendum - the first ever in Brazil - on a complete ban of arms sales"
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President Luiz InácioLula da Silva of Brazil is expected to sign into law tough gun controls approved by Congress this week in an effort to curb one of the world's highest homicide rates.

The legislation, which tightens rules on possessing and selling guns, calls for a referendum - the first ever in Brazil - on a complete ban of arms sales.

Many of Brazil's cities are regularly terrorised by waves of violence, in part drug-related. Last year alone nearly 49,000 people were killed in Brazil, an estimated 90 per cent of them by firearms.

Large anti-gun protests this year helped force the legislature to approve the proposals, which had been stuck in Congress for years. Opinion polls show nearly two-thirds of Brazilians favour a complete ban on gun ownership.
 

Brazil: Brazil's new victim disarmament laws are toughest in South America
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"New legislation passed by Brazil's Congress will give one of the world's most homicidal nations the toughest gun laws in South America. The hitch is that the law would cover legal gun sales, not widespread black-market arms dealing."

"The new measure raises the minimum age for gun ownership in Brazil to 25 from 21, severely restricts carrying handguns in public and requires background checks of potential gun buyers. It makes cross-border gunrunning a felony and - most controversially - calls for a referendum on Oct. 2, 2005, to determine whether to ban handgun sales in Brazil."

" 'Without any doubt, today we are really doing something about gun violence,' said Camila Magalhaes Lima, 17, who was shot and paralyzed in Rio at age 12." ...

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That's the same thing the illogical gun banners in Britain said -- and now they have a "gun crime epidemic", according to their own news reports, but all decent, lawful people are utterly defenseless.
 

NV: NRA endorses re-election of Sen. Reid, D-Nev.
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"Democratic Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada picked up the endorsement Wednesday of the political action committee for the largest gun rights group in the country, the National Rifle Association."

" 'My legislative record in the United States Senate reflects my dedication to representing the views of Nevadans when it comes to responsible gun ownership and it is gratifying the NRA has recognized my efforts,' said Reid, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate." ...

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There's little doubt that Sen. Reid is a cut above many Democrats and even plenty of Republicans. But he's far from perfect on gun rights. For example, he "Voted YES on background checks at gun shows" -- the Lautenberg amendment -- in 1999 and still apparently supports that nonsense.
 

FL: Florida Bill Would Exempt Gun Ranges from Environmental Laws
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"A measure moving quickly through the Florida legislature would protect gun ranges in the state from pollution claims."

"There are more than 400 gun ranges throughout Florida. They are causing environmental concerns because lead-based ammunition could contaminate the ground and nearby bodies of water."

"The bill, sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley (R-Ocala), was approved by the Florida House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. It would shield the gun ranges from pollution claims made by state and local governments that would force owners to clean up their land." ...

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They ban "silencers" then say our shots are too loud. They ban steel bullets ("cop-killers") then complain that there's lead fouling.
 

FL: A-(Canned)-Hunting We Will Go
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"I am not anti-hunting. In fact if you forced me to choose a label for myself it would be in favor of hunters most of the time. They contribute a heck of a lot to population control and habitat preservation. But 'canned hunts' are something different. Canned hunts are fenced-in ranches stocked with animals, sometimes exotic animals, which they raise to get blasted by shotgun/rifle/pistol-toting people willing to spend a lot of money. It is fail-proof hunting: you will get to kill something."

" 'Most states allow canned hunting,' says the Humane Society. 'California, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Wyoming have laws prohibiting the hunting of exotic mammals in enclosures.' " ...
 

MI: Muzzleloaders gain popularity in deer hunting
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"When Captain John Smith wrote about the abundance of game in Virginia in 1608, America's deer population was probably about the same as it is today, roughly 25 million."

"The enormous numbers allowed colonial settlers to make deer a staple in their diet by killing them with the muzzleloading flintlock firearms available in those days."

"The resurgence of the national deer herd during the past three decades is a major reason for the growing resurgence of muzzleloader hunting nearly 400 years later. But Captain John would do a double-take if he got a look at the guns used by black powder hunters in 2003." ...
 

NV: Two Reno 8th-graders arrested after gun found at middle school
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"Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of felony gun charges after a loaded gun was found at their Reno middle school.
The .22-caliber pistol was found in the pocket of a sweat shirt Traner Middle School, Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said." ...

"The gun was the second firearm found at a Washoe County School this semester, according to school district police. In October, a 14-year-old freshman was arrested on suspicion of carrying a loaded handgun to school." ...

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Those "Gun Free" school zones are sure effective, aren't they?
 

NYC: Schools Report Gun Incidents and Assaults
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"In a series of separate incidents in New York City schools yesterday, two students took guns into elementary schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx, a student at Washington Irving High School in Manhattan was arrested and charged with assaulting a school safety agent, and a student and a teacher at a Bronx middle school were removed by ambulance after a fistfight." ...

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Thank goodness handguns are banned in New York City and the surrounding boroughs. The ban works wonderfully, and everybody's safe and happy.
 

Australia: DIY spikes: police face a new kind of stick-up
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"Criminals are turning the tables on police by making crude versions of road spikes and hurling them in the path of pursuit cars."

"Police want the home-made road spikes, made from housing nails, plumbing tube and butter knives - to be added to the list of prohibited articles or have them categorised as an offensive weapon." ...
 

Kenya: Suspect beaten, raped in police cell
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"A woman is hospitalised after allegedly being beaten and raped in a police cell."

"Yesterday, the woman, 24, tearfully narrated her harrowing ordeal at the hands of the rapist at the Kakamega Police Station."

"She told the East African Standard from her hospital bed that she was slapped several times in the face and knocked down after being hit on the chest with a bottle."

"The woman had been held in the cell on suspicion of stealing from a fellow passenger while travelling on a bus from Nairobi."

"She narrated how her child fell on the floor as the officer wrestled her to the ground."

"The policeman, who was on night duty, tore her clothes and raped her. She was alone in the cell." ...

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But only men like this should have guns -- because they work for the government. Right?
 

New Zealand: Off-duty cops battered bar boss, court told
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"One of three Auckland police officers charged with assault yelled, 'we are the police' when a bar owner cried out to call police while he was allegedly being beaten."

"The police officers are appearing in the Rotorua District Court for a depositions hearing."

"Paul Ian Reeves, Ivan James Sarich and Tracey Catherine Wong are jointly charged with assaulting Fuze Bar part-owner and manager Glen Trinity Baker, female staff member Elinde Kersbergen, and patron Randall Brandon on May 21."

"Crown prosecutor John McDonald yesterday told the court the officers assaulted Mr Baker after he tried to prevent them from leaving the bar with open bottles of alcohol." ...
 

Nigeria: Time to stop these trigger-happy policemen
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"The callous killing of innocent Nigerians by armed policemen who mount check-points many of which are illegal, across the country is a worrying indictment and indeed, a hurting reference to the dearth of value for human life particularly on the part of the police."

"Recently, Team Nigeria’s cycling captain, at the just-concluded All Africa Games (Abuja 2003), Ibrahim Musa and two of his friends were shot and killed in cold blood by armed policemen at a police road-block in Kogi State when they were discovered to be carrying large money in the booth of the car they were travelling in from Kaduna to Lagos."

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But only cops should have guns, right Sarah?
 

Philippines: Illegal Guns Flourish in Trigger-Happy Philippines
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"Jose, a 35-year-old Filipino, is looking forward to brisk business ahead of presidential elections next May."

"But he is not in the market to provide campaign placards or even the food that candidates are fond of handing out to the poor to attract votes."

"Politicians are among a steady stream of clients for the revolvers and machine pistols Jose produces in the backyard of his home in Danao City on the central Philippine island of Cebu." [emphasis added]

" 'Usually we sell a lot when an election is coming and on our part we are very happy,' Jose told Reuters in his stuffy one-man workshop devoted to churning out the crude, illegal but highly effective weapons." ...
 

UK: Attacks spark athlete defence classes
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"ATHLETES are being offered self-defence classes after a spate of attacks on people training on the streets of Norwich."

"The courses are being offered in the wake of a brutal attack on the secretary of Norwich Road Runners Club who had his teeth knocked out and was left with a broken jaw." [emphasis added]

"And over the weekend, a 39-year-old woman out running in London was stabbed several times — highlighting the dangers faced by fitness fans out running or cycling."

"Bob Giddings, director of Norwich-based React Tactical Solutions Ltd, said he had decided to organise self-defence classes to help people further increase their security." ...

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Better to give them weapons and "permission" to use them. But when the government owns you outright and bans self-defense...
 

Army game garners 2.4 million users
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"The official computer game of the U.S. Army has enjoyed 2.4 million users since its debut in July 2002, according to Major Bret Wilson, the support operations officer for America’s Army, The Official U.S. Army Game."

" 'Nobody expects the Army to be a game developer,' Wilson said. The young men and women who the Army is trying to reach, however, are used to interacting with computer games. So a computer game is a cost-effective means to give potential recruits a way to see what Army life is like, Wilson said."

" 'The majority of these folks are already using this type of media,' Wilson said of computer games." ...
 

Off Topic: Deer Attacks Man
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... "His 200-pound frame was no match for the mature buck."

" 'He threw me around like a rag doll, like there was nothing to it, and threw me three feet in the air,' he said."

"Initially, Bixler said, he wrestled with the animal and was able to shove the deer’s antlers away from his body at each charge."

"However, when the buck directed his antlers toward Bixler's chest one last time following about 10 minutes of struggling, Bixler had only enough strength to push the antlers down."

"They tore into his groin, ripping his coat and pants to shreds." ...
 

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