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MD: Maryland State Police Superintendent Edward T. Norris Indicted
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"A chief who 'lies, cheats, steals,' DiBiagio says; Head of Md. police quits after document unsealed; Misuse of city fund alleged; Court papers say $20,000 was used for gifts, trips"

"Maryland State Police Superintendent Edward T. Norris has been charged with illegally spending about $20,000 in Baltimore police funds while he was the city's top officer to cover personal expenses, including romantic liaisons with several women, according to a federal indictment unsealed yesterday."

"Norris, 43, who is married, promptly resigned and is expected to appear in U.S. District Court for his initial hearing today on charges that he conspired to misapply funds, misapplied funds and made a false statement on a mortgage application three years ago."

"Among the revelations in the indictment about Norris' spending from the obscure departmental expense account:"

• Norris made repeated trips to New York, where he had romantic encounters with women while staying at trendy hotels and dining at expensive restaurants.

• The former commissioner bought personal items - from money clips to clothes, including a leather jacket for $371.61 - and stocked hundreds of dollars worth of liquor in his home.

• He bought gifts for himself and others, including items for three women from a Victoria's Secret store the day before Valentine's Day in 2001. ...
 

LA: Ex-Abita Springs Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Malfeasance
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COVINGTON, La. -- "The trial of former Abita Springs Police Chief James Lala was over before it began Thursday in state court in Covington."

"Lala faces charges of malfeasance and public bribery for allegedly selling scores of police commissions to ordinary citizens, part of a corruption scandal that has shaken the six-member police force. He has pleaded guilty to the charges."

"Lala resigned as police chief in August, four days after two other members of his police force were arrested. Lt. Benny Garcia Jr. and Lt. Panagiotis Kondylis were booked with malfeasance and other charges. They are accused of using their police credentials to buy restricted weapons such as assault weapons and selling them on the street."

"Their trial dates have not been set."

"In November, voters in Abita Springs decided to change the police chief's post to an appointive position rather than an elected one."

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The Important Thing to Remember Here: Before these guys were caught, they were sworn law enforcement officers who, we are told, deserved the utmost respect -- pillars of the community to whom everyone should have been looking up. And if you had suggested any different, even if based on your own personal experience with these individuals, you'd have been labeled a "cop hater" who had "authority problems" -- or even an "anti-government extremist". Get it?
 

SC: Two Greenville County sheriff's deputies fired, arrested on assault charges
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"Two Greenville County sheriff's deputies have been fired in connection with assault charges."

"The deputies were fired and then arrested Wednesday in connection with the incidents, which did not occur while they were on duty."

"Former deputy David Jerry Hannon was charged with two counts of pointing a gun and assault and battery, according to an arrest warrant."

"Former deputy Michael Christian McElroy was charged with criminal domestic violence, according to an arrest warrant."

"Hannon is accused of repeatedly punching a man following a verbal altercation at a party late Dec. 5 or early Dec. 6."

"McElroy is accused of kicking and shoving his wife sometime between Sept. 23 and 24, according to the warrant." ...

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Moral of the Story: Only the police should have guns. As soon as they are hired by government agencies, they immediately become highly honorable and trustworthy people -- and this story is just more proof of that Gungrabber's Dream.
 

NYC: Two Narcotics Officers Robbed a Drug Dealer While Wearing NYPD raid jackets
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"Two detectives from the troubled Manhattan North narcotics unit have had their guns removed, the latest officers snagged in what appears to be a widening corruption scandal, a police official said Tuesday."

"Newsday reported Tuesday that the two, along with a retired lieutenant, were recently implicated by retired Det. Thomas Rachko, who was arrested with his former partner last month after the two allegedly robbed a drug dealer."

"The investigation by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn began last month when Rachko and Det. Julio Vasquez were videotaped allegedly stealing $169,000 from a drug courier in Astoria."

"The two were wearing NYPD raid jackets, according to the criminal complaint filed against them in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn. The money has not been recovered."

"Vasquez, an 18-year veteran, assigned at the time to the department's Firearms Investigation Unit, immediately resigned. Thus far, he is not cooperating, sources close to the investigation said." ...

AND LET'S DO RECALL...

You're supposed to respect and look up to "the authorities". They are here to "protect and service" and "make the streets safe".
 

CA: Many charges refiled in Oakland 'Riders' police brutality case
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"Alameda County prosecutors today charged three former Oakland police officers accused of criminal misconduct with a total of 15 charges, restarting a legal process that had ended earlier this year in a hung jury."

"Known as the 'Riders,' Clarence 'Chuck' Mabanag, Jude Siapno and Matthew Hornung face a second trial on felony charges accusing them of lying in police reports, assault and conspiracy."

"The men were fired after rookie police officer Keith Batt told his superiors that the men had beat people, mishandled evidence and lied in police reports during a two-week period in the summer of 2000."

"Siapno, Mabanag and Hornung were later charged and tried and 35 felony counts. A jury acquitted the men on Sept. 30 of eight of those charges and could not reach a decision on the remaining 27. Judge Leo Dorado declared a mistrial, leaving the decision to District Attorney Thomas Orloff on whether to retry the men or dismiss the charges." ...
 

TN: Cop suspended for attempting preferential treatment for sports celebrity
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"A police officer was suspended Thursday for 12 days after asking that he be allowed to take Steve McNair home after the Tennessee Titans quarterback was arrested on a drunken-driving charge."

"Officer Jeb Johnston acknowledged phoning Officer Shawn Taylor twice on the morning of May 22 after Taylor arrested McNair."

"Johnston denied asking Taylor to release McNair to him so he could take him home, saying his first call was to see if the quarterback had been arrested and the second to learn if reporters were present at Night Court."

"But Assistant Chief Valerie Meece concluded after a disciplinary hearing that Johnston did try to get McNair released in one of his calls to Taylor." ...

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12-day suspension for blatantly violating the "equal protection of the law" doctrine?
 

CA: Report on pretrial process of 3 city councilmen accused of taking bribes
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"Attorneys for three San Diego City Council members accused of taking a strip club owner's bribes to undo a 'no touch' ordinance pressed government lawyers Thursday to say if any cash was exchanged."

"Jerry Coughlan, the attorney for Councilman Michael Zucchet, told U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Miller that prosecutors would 'neither confirm (n)or deny' the existence of cash payments in the case."

"Attorneys for Zucchet and councilmen Ralph Inzunza and Charles Lewis have said any payments the trio were received were legally reported as campaign contributions." ...

"According to a federal indictment returned Aug. 28, Cheetahs owner Michael Galardi, his San Diego night manager John D'Intino and Galardi lobbyist Lance Malone paid an undercover San Diego vice detective, who they believed was on the take, for tipoffs on when inspectors might drop in at Cheetahs in Kearny Mesa."

"The indictment alleges the defendants conspired to get San Diego's 'no touch' rule at strip clubs repealed by giving thousands of dollars to the councilmen." ...
 

Federal Firearms Law Enforcement Efforts (NRA Fact Sheet)
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" 'Referrals for the prosecution of gun crimes by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) have almost tripled in recent years,' according to a new report from the independent, non-partisan Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University. This continues an upward trend that began in 1997 after federal enforcement actions hit their recent all-time low under the Clinton-Gore-Reno Administration." ...

"And, according to TRAC, the lead charge in two out of three BATFE`s recent prosecution referrals for weapons violations was a section of federal law making it a crime for a felon to possess a gun." ...
 

IL: Buy-back gun program promotes safety for criminals
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"Gurnee and Grayslake residents will once again be afforded the opportunity to earn some cash for making their homes safer." [Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you heard it here first. You're safer when you are defenseless. We know it's true because the newspaper says so.]

"The Lake County Sheriff's Office's third annual gun buy-back program Saturday hopes to motivate residents to turn in unused firearms and rewards them with a $50 store gift certificate just in time for the holidays." ["Step right up, step right up! Turn in your guns and go buy presents -- so anyone who wants to can waltz right into your home and take them all! We're from the government, and we're here to help."]

"Gurnee and Grayslake police stations will be among eight locations where residents can turn in unwanted firearms, ammunition and accessories between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. During last year's program, the Gurnee Police Department collected 90 firearms, more than any other drop-off site. Grayslake, which participated for the first time last year, collected around 60." ... [No word yet on how many of them had been used in crimes.]
 

MN: District 279 will post ‘no guns’ sign at ESC
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"The Osseo Area District 279 School Board voted on Tuesday, Dec. 2, to post a sign at the Educational Service Center in Maple Grove banning firearms from the building." [Why, who would want to shoot at the school board members?]

"Part of the decision includes seeking the opinion of the Minnesota Attorney General as to whether or not the district can legally post the sign."

"District 279 Superintendent Chris Richardson said the attorney general’s decision regarding the matter would probably take two or three months."

"If the attorney general tells the district to take down the sign, the board will abide by that decision." ...

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Oh, yeah! A sign will surely stop criminals from bringing weapons to school. Hey. Post a sign on every street corner in America saying "Marijuana Banned on These Premises" and poof! The weed just disappears and everyone turns into a law-abiding citizen.

"God made the idiot for practice, then He made the school board." --Mark Twain
 

AZ: Man protecting his home shoots burglary suspect
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"Jorge Portillo said he didn't have a choice."

"He and his father chased a man from Portillo's home, hoping to stop him for police and get back a stolen drill. But when the suspect tried to run them off the road and then pointed a gun out the window at them, Portillo said he had to do something he never thought he'd do: shoot at someone."

" 'My life was threatened at the time. I had to protect myself and my dad,' [Jorge] said Wednesday."

"I wasn't going to wait for him to shoot first." ...

"People are fed up with thieves and burglars ripping them off," Detective Tony Morales said. "They happened to catch this guy in the act, and they did what they thought was right. . . . I don't fault them at all for that." ...
 

KS: Lenexa Homeowner Clubs Overnight Intruder with Musket
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"Cliff Sonnenbrot was startled out of bed early Wednesday morning by a sound no one wants to hear -- a window shattering as an intruder tried to break into his home."

"But Sonnenbrot didn't take matters lying down. He grabbed an antique rifle and waited to beat some sense into the culprit."

"Sonnenbrot (pictured, left) said he waited for an hour in his basement until the burglar finally tried to climb through the window. But as soon as he saw the intruder, Sonnenbrot took action."

" 'At the moment when he put his foot inside, I clubbed him hard,' Sonnenbrot said. 'He jumped up, I tried to chase him through the window, tried to follow him.' "

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That is one way to use a long gun. Hopefully the old firearm didn't get damaged.
 

OH: Gun bill lands on Taft's desk
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"Concealed weapons legislation shot through both chambers of the Ohio legislature last night and landed on Gov. Bob Taft's desk."

"The bill passed the Senate, 25-8, and minutes later passed the House, 69-27."

"The Republican governor signaled his intent to veto the bill, because it only partially responded to his demand that permit-holder information be available to the public."

"Leaders in both chambers said they had enough votes to override such a veto - but whether both GOP-led chambers have the political gumption to oppose their fellow Republican was yet to be seen. House Speaker Larry Householder, when asked if the veto should be overridden, said, 'If it's necessary, yes.' "
 

OH: Ohio One Step Away From Concealed Carry
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"A pro-gun group is urging Ohio Gov. Bob Taft to sign a bill that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons."

"The bill isn't perfect, said Ohioans for Concealed Carry, but nevertheless, the group believes it will serve as a deterrent to violent crime." ...

"The group points to a series of recent carjacking incidents in Ohio as one of the justifications for allowing people to carry a concealed weapon for defensive purposes."
 

OH: 'No More Excuses, Gov. Taft; Sign CCW Bill,' Gun Rights Group Insists
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"Gov. Taft has evidently run out of excuses and the time for stonewalling on public safety is past. It's time for Taft to sign concealed carry legislation for the Buckeye State."

So stated Joe Waldron, executive director of the CCRKBA following Tuesday night's passage of a concealed carry bill by the Legislature. The bill reportedly addresses law enforcement concerns, and certainly has the overwhelming support of lawmakers, who passed the measure in both houses with what may be a veto-proof majority.

". . . So, what it boils down to is that, absent any other excuse, Gov. Taft is going to veto a responsible bill because it does not allow the harassment of law- abiding gun owners by anyone who may want to know their identity." ...
 

Carry On
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"The number of states that allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms hit 36 in September, up from 10 in 1986. The three-dozen mark was reached after Missouri’s legislature voted to override Gov. Bob Holden’s veto of a right-to-carry bill." ...

"Thirty-one other states have such 'shall issue' laws, which require that a permit be given to anyone who meets a set of uniform, specific criteria. Two states, Alabama and Connecticut, have discretionary permit policies that the National Rifle Association deems 'fair,' and two others, Vermont and Alaska, do not require permits at all. Alaska, which used to have a "shall issue" law, changed to the more permissive approach in June."
 

"Holiday dream toy? Modern-day BB gun is no such thing"
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"Modern BB guns are nothing like the wooden-stock rifles of 1938, the kind yearned for by Ralphie in the holiday classic, 'A Christmas Story.' Eighty percent of BB guns on the market today attain muzzle velocities (the speed at which the projectile leaves the barrel of the gun) high enough to penetrate bone. More than half meet or exceed the muzzle velocity of pistols."

"Handing your child a BB gun could be handing him a ticket to disaster. In the year 2000, more than 15,000 children were treated for BB gun injuries in U.S. emergency rooms, with boys ages 10 to 14 recording the highest rates. Minnesota reported more than 400 BB gun injuries between 1998 and 2001. Five percent of those injuries were due to acts of violence." ...

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In other words, it's the gun's fault and has nothing to do with proper training and parental guidance. Of course! How could anyone think differently?
 

OH: "Million" Misguided Mommies try to whine away more of our rights
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"Last night, the Ohio General Assembly took a step that would make the state more dangerous for its citizens. In a move opposed by a majority of Ohioans, Ohio lawmakers voted to overturn the state's restriction on carrying concealed handguns in public. Governor Taft has promised to veto this dangerous bill, and I urge him to do so, and stand up to pressure from the gun lobby." ...

"Ohio leaders must place the health and safety of Ohioans before the interests of the gun lobby. Ohio law already allows law-abiding citizens to protect themselves by openly carrying handguns. This bill would deprive Ohio citizens of the right to know if anyone near them or their children is carrying a loaded gun." ...
 

Gun Safety Group Applauds Dean For Rejecting Gore's 2000 Gun Positions
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Washington, DC - "As former Vice President Al Gore endorses Howard Dean, Americans for Gun Safety applauds Dean for rejecting Gore's 2000 strategy on guns and staking out a new centrist position on gun safety for the Democratic Party in 2004." ...
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Oh, this is rich! Dean's campaign website shows him to be a gun grabber who thinks the states should be able to ban guns. He supports all current gun laws -- just like the NRA.
 

MMM Dances on fresh graves to promote their political agenda
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"Wednesday’s shooting death of a young woman in North Austin has sparked the interest of the Million Mom March. Police say she was killed by her former boyfriend."

"The MMM works to pass laws that will prevent gun violence and believe this is a tragedy that could have been prevented."

" 'These incidences are all preventable - we just need to move on them and we need to do something about them,' Anna Astalas of the Million Mom March of Central Texas said."

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How about empowering women to defend themselves, instead of working to make them enslaved potential victims? If this victim was a faithful MMM devotee, MMM's "be a defenseless victim" advocacy is partly to blame.
 

IL: Gun Buy Back Saturday
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"Lake County residents can dispose of unwanted guns and receive a gift during the third annual Lake County Gun Buy Back Program starting Saturday."

"Eight drop-off sites will accept guns and ammunition between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. A $50 gift certificate will be given to those who turn in firearms (limit $100 per person) and a stuffed animal will be given to those who turn in pellet guns."

"According to the National Center for Victims of Crime, 9 percent of violent crimes in 2001 involved firearms. A closer look reveals that 61 percent of murders, 31 percent of robberies, 26 percent of assaults and 2 percent of rapes and sexual assaults in 2001 involved a firearm." ...
 

NJ: Weapons surrender
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"Owners of firearms and other weapons are invited to surrender them Saturday at the Old Bridge Police Department, Route 516."

"As part of a program implemented by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, weapons will be accepted on a 'no questions asked' basis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Prosecutor’s Office will offer a $500 reimbursement for those who surrender assault weapons during this program."

"While other weapons will be accepted, there will be no compensation paid, according to information released by the Prosecutor’s Office."

"Assault weapons are considered the most dangerous of all firearms, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, and they have been illegal in New Jersey since 1990." ...

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Most dangerous of all? So a military-pattern .223 with a flash suppressor and a folding stock is more "dangerous" than a hunting-style .300 Winchester Magnum? Please explain. Meanwhile, ask your local cops which one they'd rather take in the chest.
 

FL: Environment vs. gun control (follow-up)
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"More than 400 gun ranges across the state could be shielded from state environmental laws under a fast-moving legislative proposal being pushed by House Republicans."

"A House panel on Tuesday approved the legislation sponsored by Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, who along with a representative of the National Rifle Association accused state regulators who work for Gov. Jeb Bush of pursuing 'back door gun control.' " ...
 

Jamaica: Council, Forbes split over gun amnesty
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"MAYOR of Spanish Town, Dr Raymoth Notice, will today launch his initiative to offer the holders of illegal firearms cash and education support to turn in their guns, although he doesn't yet have the green light for the plan from either the police or the national security minister."

"Forbes last month asked Notice for additional information on what Notice and his St Catherine Parish Council were then calling a gun amnesty, but apparently Notice is not prepared to be deterred by sceptics." (sic) ...
 

UK: Grave protest against worldwide gun crime
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"A series of gravestones were erected at Birmingham's St Philips Cathedral yesterday as part of a campaign to highlight the plight of people who have died as a result of a rise in gun crime."

"Campaigners were highlighting the 500,000 people who have died across the world as a result of armed violence - one life for every minute of the day."

"The event, to mark International Human Rights Day, was organised by campaigners from Amnesty International and Oxfam with the support of Gordon Mursell, the Dean of Birmingham Cathedral." ...
 

High court ruling is assault on political rights, Libertarians say
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" 'Why not just outlaw elections and get it over with?' said Geoffrey Neale, the Libertarian Party's national chair. 'The Supreme Court has just given incumbent politicians the power to financially cripple their competitors and, in the process, award themselves lifetime jobs.' "

"In a 5-4 ruling that shocked advocacy groups across the political spectrum, the Supreme Court endorsed key provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law." ...

"But Libertarians point out that McCain-Feingold was nothing more than an incumbent protection act in the first place -- and that the court's ruling was tantamount to outlawing political competition."
 

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case Concerning How the Feds Buy Jurisdiction
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"To bring federal charges against Edward T. Norris, prosecutors relied on a broadly drawn public corruption statute now under challenge in a U.S. Supreme Court case that could have direct implications for Maryland's former state police superintendent."

"The law allows U.S. prosecutors to pursue virtually any local corruption investigation, provided only that the probe is linked to a government agency that received at least $10,000 in federal funds. The statute does not require prosecutors to prove any connection between the alleged offenses and the federal money." ...

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In other words, the feds buy jurisdiction to pursue "corruption" -- to be expanded later, "for the good of the community."

If the way "Justice" O'Connor (a Reagan appointee) has been ruling lately is any indication on how this opinion will come down, she'll probably say that the feds should be able to buy jurisdiction for a $1.29 -- and several of her co-traitors will sign on with a smile and say it's for our own good.
 

IN: Grant lets law officers hand out free gun locks
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"One of life’s greatest tragedies is poised on the triggers of loaded and unsecured firearms in homes across the nation. Local law enforcement officers hope the distribution of free gun locks will prevent those guns from causing needless harm." ...

"Funded by a $50 million dollar grant from the Department of Justice, the project will provide nearly 20 million free gun locks and firearm safety educational materials to families in all 50 states, the five U.S. territories and District of Columbia."

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Learn the meaning of words. If taxpayers fund the project, it is certainly not free.
 

PA: Free Gun Locks at Local Police Stations
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"In 2002, The National Education Association reported that more than three thousand children and teens were killed by gunfire in the United States. Now, State and Local Police around the nation are offering gun-locks, free of charge." ...

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Would the majority of the gang bangers and young criminals use these gun locks or will they continue killing one another and padding Sarah Brady's and the gun controllers' misleading statistics?
 

DC: Kids shot at "gun free" school in "gun free" city
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"These are tough times for public schools in the nation's capital."

"Gang violence is rising. School buildings are crumbling. An embezzlement scandal plagues the teachers' union. The superintendent abruptly quit. And with a budget deficit of about $21 million, school officials said this week they would cut 771 jobs - 545 of them teaching positions."

"D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams recently referred to the school system as a 'slow-moving train wreck.' "

"Police have gone to schools numerous times to break up fights, some between rival gangs. Patrols have been boosted around particularly troublesome schools, but violence persists."

"Devin Fowlkes, 16, a promising student and football player at Anacostia High School, was shot and killed outside his school on Oct. 30. A 15-year-old girl was wounded. Police do not believe either was the intended target. A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder." ...

[Thank goodness these schools are "gun free" and that the city is also "gun free".]

"And many students can't get the help they need at home because of this stark statistic: 37 percent of the city's adults read below a ninth-grade level."

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And how many of these sub-literate people vote Democrat?
 

UK: Mistaken identity cost teenager his life
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"A CONVICTED killer was yesterday ordered to serve at least 22 years of a life sentence for murdering a schoolboy who had the 'massive misfortune' to look like the intended victim of the killing."

"William Ferris, 53, had said it was 'pay-back time' as he slashed and stabbed Jason Hutchison, 15, in his bed, before setting fire to the body. He had meant to attack the teenager’s brother, David, 19, who had been involved in a fight with Ferris’s wife more than a year earlier."

"When Ferris discovered his mistake in identifying his victim, he stated: 'Better luck next time.' "

"It was the second murder committed by Ferris. In 1977, he had stabbed a man to death while living in England." ...

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But banning guns was supposed to cure crime!
 

South Africa: More potential victims being disarmed
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More than 3880 illegal firearms were seized and 4161 people arrested in connection with their seizure in the Eastern Cape since April 1 to date, police said today.

Mzukisi Fatyela, a police spokesperson, said most of the weapons were confiscated in Umtata and East London in the Eastern Cape. He said 3339 hand weapons, 26 AK47s, 36 R4 or R5 rifles, 276 homemade guns, 210 shotguns, and 34 111 rounds of ammunition were seized during the eight months.

Eight explosives, 22 hand grenades, nine smoke grenades and eight Uzi sub-machine guns were seized during raids conducted under the banner of Operation Sethunya. The operation was launched on April 1 and its main aim is to remove illegal weapons that are available in South Africa.

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Try these mass gun confiscations in America and the gun banners' dire predictions will finally come true: there will be blood in the streets.
 

UK: Guns 'were to repel Russians'
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"A man built up an armoury in County Down to repel soldiers from an invading Russian force, a court has heard."

" 'Police found 10 long-arm weapons, two flare guns and approximately 6,000 rounds of ammunition along with a substantial quantity of American-style military equipment,' said the lawyer."

"The court heard Mr Barstow went to Banbridge police station and read from a prepared statement in which he said: 'At the height of the Cold War I felt I should be prepared to take a 'Minuteman' role (an irregular volunteer mustered to repel an invasion).' "
 

Australia: Staff tied up in sex shop robbery
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"FIVE men tied up the staff of a sex shop during a robbery on Brisbane's northside." [Rumor has it there was an ample supply of bondage implements handy.]

"A police spokeswoman said the five men, all wearing stockings or balaclavas, entered the Naughty But Nice store at Kedron around 9pm (AEST) yesterday."

"One man armed with a rifle ordered the two female staff and three male customers to the ground before tying the women up."

"He then emptied the contents of the cash register into a black bag before the group left the shop."

"As they ran across the car park the man with a rifle threatened a security guard, who was in a car, and stole his mobile phone, pager and radio before fleeing." ...

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Let us guess: the "security" "guard" was armed with a dreaded assault stick.
 

Australia: Witnesses interviewed over gun fight
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Police will continue investigations this morning into a series of shots fired in Sydney's south-west yesterday afternoon.

Police say shots where exchanged between two groups on Australis Avenue in the suburb of Wattle Grove about 6:00pm AEDT.

Spokeswoman Michelle Stone says police do not yet know exactly how many shots were fired.

"A number of the shots hit two nearby homes, residents were home in one but they were uninjured, the other home was vacant," she said.

"Police are waiting to interview a number of witnesses to further their inquiries."

Police forensics will this morning go over a car found in a nearby street.

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Another cuddly "gun free" utopia that cannot control its "gun crime."
 

Australia: Accused alleged to have "used meat cleavers and pistols to assault a man"
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"FOUR Port Macquarie men alleged to have used meat cleavers and pistols to assault a man at a Willawarrin property late on Wednesday will appear before Port Macquarie Local Court today."

"Police said the men travelled from Port Macquarie to the property, about 30 kilometres west of Kempsey, where they allegedly became involved in an argument over a horse."

"Wielding the knives and weapons, the men allegedly assaulted the property owner causing cuts and bruises to his head."

"The men ran away and the victim, a Willawarrin man, called police. Kempsey detectives stopped the men travelling in a car, five kilometres along Armidale Rd." ...

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Good things guns are outlawed, otherwise the victim might have been able to defend himself.
 

UK: Martial expert comes to town
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"YOUNGSTERS in Middleton can now benefit from the teachings of a newly arrived martial arts expert."

"Members of the recently opened Doryoku Karate Club learn effective self-defence techniques and improve their academic work and household responsibilities through the Good Citizenship Programme devised by the club's Sensai, Irfan Ansari." [they teach them to shoot?]

"Ansari, a lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science, has studied Karate for more than 20 years. He first took up martial arts at the age of five."

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Kung-Fu, schmung-foo; you can't karate chop a bullet.
 

UK: Father, son sold do-it-yourself kits to turn deactivated firearms into lethal weapons (follow-up)
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"Gun dealers William Greenwood and his son Mitchell knew they were probably helping criminals but 'turned a blind eye' to the possibility, it was alleged."

"The pair, a jury at Derby Crown Court was told, were 'eventually caught in the act' by detectives and TV programme The Cook Report."

"Anthony Russell QC, prosecuting, said the Greenwoods legally offered deactivated weapons for sale when they advertised their family business, RIFLE, of Little Eaton, near Derby in gun magazines.
But when asked he alleged, they would offer 'starter kits' that would enable customers to convert their buys back into usable condition."

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So when bans are enacted, a black market springs up to circumvent it? C'mon. Really?
 

Where is your voice?
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"Where is your voice?"

"Will you simply shuffle to the polls once again on Election Day and vote for yet another tyrant who will use the Constitution to wipe his derriere?"

"Where is your outrage?"

"Will you read the newspapers, watch TV reports and read Internet news, stew in your own juices at the demise of our freedoms, but refuse to write a single letter or make a single phone call to help restore your rights?"

"Where is your heart?"

"Will you watch as your fellow Americans get victimized and terrorized by their own government and sigh with relief that it’s not you?"

"I have a sneaking suspicion that a vast number of you reading this today will do just that. I’m saddened by it, but I’ve seen no proof to the contrary. My heart aches to see so much apathy on behalf of my fellow Americans. I can only hope that those of you who rage and bleed and tear your heart out at the injustice that is perpetrated on our countrymen daily by those who have been entrusted with the sacred duty of upholding our freedoms keep your vision, keep a close watch on your future, and steel your resolve."

"I get the feeling the worst is yet to come."
 

The First Law of Nature Demands a Second Amendment / The Excalibur of the People
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"The attacks on our World Trade Center have brought unimaginable grief to thousands of American families. They have also ignited a keen awareness of our vulnerability. And, the dereliction of federal government has become evident by its inability or refusal to provide adequate nationwide defenses from foreign aggression. Whether the appropriate charge is criminal negligence or high treason, there is no question that the people have been betrayed."

"However, individual security is not the constitutional responsibility of government. More than one judicial decision will confirm such a statement. In other words, it is you, the individual that is obliged to make provisions for your own safety by adhering to the First Law of Nature." ...
 

RI: Student's death threats taken seriously enough to steal his parents' guns, but not seriously enough to arrest him
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"A sophomore football player at Tiverton High School who threatened to kill five of his classmates, was questioned and then released by police on Friday. After investigating the situation, removing seven guns from the boy's residence, and having the student evaluated at Newport Hospital, Tiverton Police turned the boy over to his parents."

" 'We interviewed the suspect and his parents, and at that time the student did say that he had made comments, corroborating the information that we had received. He said he did not mean them seriously, and was not going to carry through with what he said,' Deputy Chief Maltais said." ...
 

KS: Geuda gun law (requiring gun ownership) goes bye-bye
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"It appears the much-debated gun ordinance in this small Sumner County town is doomed."

"Mayor Ed Lacey has vetoed a resolution that ordered a redrafting of the ordinance and a resolution calling for a straw poll to gauge public opinion on the issue, a spokesperson at Geuda Springs’ city hall said this morning." ...
 

HI: Man claiming self-defense in shooting faces trial
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"Shane Mark took the witness stand in his own defense today and described the night of Feb. 1 when, out of fear for his life and his pregnant girlfriend, he fired two shots at men he believed were about to rob him and beat him in the parking lot of an Moanalua church."

"Mark, 29, is charged with the March 4 shooting death of Honolulu police Officer Glen Gaspar in a Kapolei ice cream shop. If convicted of first-degree murder, Mark would face a mandatory life term in prison without the possibility of parole."

"Gaspar was shot during a struggle in an ice cream store at the shopping center as he and fellow officer Calvin Sung attempted to arrest Mark." ...
 

OH: Another Race-based Rebellion Brewing in Cincinnati?
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Some of the quotes in this heavily one-sided editorial suggest that Cincinnati is on the verge of more racially motivated riots:

"Beaten to death by Cincinnati cops
This was murder"

"In April 2001, Cincinnati was rocked by a three-day rebellion after a cop murdered 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, a young Black man pursued because of outstanding traffic violations."

"On December 5, activists from the Cincinnati Black United Front, Concerned Citizens for Justice, the International Socialist Organization and Cincinnati Progressive Action gathered at District 1 Police Headquarters to demand Streicher’s firing."

"Another Black man is dead," he said. "We can’t trust the police."

Chanting "Hidey, hidey, ho, Streicher, it’s time to go," activists placed his eviction notice on the front door of the building. ...

etc.
 

NY: College offers hunters gun storage
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"It’s hunting season in New York and, although weapons are not permitted on college property, the Office of Public Safety offers a little known service for student hunters that allows them to store their firearms on campus." ...

"It is illegal to possess weapons of any kind on a college campus under New York State penal law. This includes anything from slingshots and paintball guns to large knives and firearms. However, Public Safety will store any legal weapons for students."

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Brilliant idea. Publicly advertise your victim disarmament policy so criminals know where to find easy pickens!
 

CA: Another victim of paper protection
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"His parents' long-standing domestic problems crescendoed to a tragic end about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday as police officers hurried toward the Rocklin house Ohland shared with his mother, Daphne Anne Pettit, 42, and half brother, Addam Pettit, 19."

"Ironically, a restraining order Daphne Pettit sought against Ohland's father, Ronald Stephen Ohland, 43, last month was officially granted later on the day of the deaths."

"Police said Addam Pettit had awakened to hear his mother arguing with Ohland's father, who had been living in Oregon. Addam Pettit called police."

"As officers approached the Willard Way home, several shots rang out, police said." ...
 

IL: Taped confession played in Aurora murder trial
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"Prosecutors played a videotaped confession for jurors Thursday in the murder trial of Auroran David Salazar in which the admitted gang member told investigators he fired his gun at Leo Griffin Jr. in a moment of panic."

"Salazar on the tape is heard telling police he shot at the West Aurora High School student because he thought the teenager was with members of a rival gang standing on a porch and feared Griffin was reaching for a weapon as Salazar approached."

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And you can be sure that the band of liars that calls itself the Brady Center will include this type of gang warfare as "proof" that "children are killed by guns."
 

Brazil: Violent Brazil puts a cork in gun sales
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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."

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Typical of the "gun bans are good" mentality. Admit that the law will only affect the good people who'll obey the laws, then pass it off as a "hitch".

If the cuddly "gun-free" utopia of Britain is any indication, expect Brazil's gun-related crime to skyrocket.
 

NE: Hastings Museum plans to use grant for gun exhibit
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"The Hastings Museum has a pretty good shot at renovating an exhibit on guns throughout history thanks to a state grant."

"The Local Civic, Cultural and Convention Center Financing Fund has recommended the museum for $120,000, Sue Uerling, director of marketing and public relations for the museum, said. The grant is issued by the state Department of Economic Development." ...
 

TX: Sheriff teaches women to defend themselves
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"The idea that a woman needs to use a weapon or depend on a man for her personal safety is a myth, according to Galveston County Sheriff’s Deputy Jimmie Gillane."

"Gillane and other officers from the Sheriff’s office offer a self-defense course called Rape Aggression Defense, or RAD, that helps women displace that myth."

"RAD teaches women how to use the items they would normally carry with them as weapons, how to deal with public vs. private abduction scenarios and how to fight mentally and physically."

“ 'What we try to tell them is, look, you can do this yourself.' Gillane said. 'You don’t have to be dependent on a male or pepper spray.' " ...

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A gun, used properly, increases your likelihood of surviving a violent attack, which is why the police carry them. Does this guy urge his wife to use "whatever she has available," too?
 

Australia: Fake gun man gets six months in jail
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"A GOULBURN man who pointed a replica pistol at neighbours after jolting them from their early morning slumber will spend the next six months in jail." ...

"Michael James McPherson, 21, pleaded guilty to charges of assault and using an imitation firearm." ...
 

Social Predation 101: Now showing in classrooms near youz
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" 'When you told me there were social predators teaching at the high school I thought you were a bit nuts -- I'd never heard of such a thing,' the district administrator whispered. 'But, I've since come to see you had understated the problem.' "

"The administrator's discovery process had likely been triggered six months earlier when I used the word 'predatory' to describe the practices of activist-teachers who were using their positions of authority in the classroom to recruit children into their personal, political, social, and religious agendas." ...
 

Philippines: Dare to pursue the common good (Read: Socialist Agenda)
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"Killing people to teach that killing is bad is no solution at all. A gun is made to kill and maim -- not to prolong life." ...

KABA NOTE: Do tell that to the thousands of people who use firearms in self-defense and to protect the lives of others.

"...Both houses of Congress must pass a joint resolution, with the concurrence of the President, declaring as contrary to public policy, public morals, good customs, public interest, public safety and the common good, the glorification of guns, sex and violence in the movies, television, radio, print media, billboards, posters, stickers, etc."

KABA NOTE: In other words, muzzle freedom of speech, destroy the right to self defense and create a society of mindless slaves? Hey! This person should come to America and run for Congress!
 

ID: Cowboy sport combines history, gunsmoke
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"A blur of fire-spitting six-guns, rifles and shotguns transforms the quiet desert plinking ground at Blacks Creek Public Rifle Range twice a month."

"The dusty sagebrush desert makes a perfect backdrop for the more than 75 participants who get gussied up in 19th-century costume to socialize and compete in Cowboy Action Shooting, a fantasy sport that combines a heap of historical flavor with rapid-fire target shooting."

"For a few hours a month, ordinary people become steely eyed lawmen or bad-news drifters. At least in their own minds, they become Jesse James or Wyatt Earp, or Annie Oakley or Belle Star." ...
 

UK: Victorian Prize Fighter's Gun Sells for £5,500
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"A gun which once belonged to a Victorian prize fighter – and whose name is said by some who have inspired the naming of Big Ben – was sold for £5,500 today."

"The gun was once owned by bare knuckle fighter Benjamin Caunt, who won the English heavyweight title in a 76-round contest in 1838. At the auction in central London today the six-bore percussion shot gun was sold for £5,500, not including buyer’s premium of 17.6%."

"The gun had been expected to fetch up to £2,500 at the sale at the Duke of York’s barracks in Chelsea." ...
 

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