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Second Amendment Lessons From Iraq
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Like all informed Second Amendment supporters, I don't trust any politician who claims support for that amendment and then goes on to relate how much he/she stands up for the rights of hunters as if the rights of hunters were what that amendment is all about. We know why the Second Amendment was put in the Bill of Rights. ..." ...

"Does the failure of heavily armed Iraqis to liberate themselves undermine the arguments of Second Amendment supporters in the United States, few of whom seem to be aware that Iraqi civilians were heavily armed even in Saddam's day? I'm surprised that the gun prohibitionists haven't used the Iraq situation to jump on this pro-Second Amendment argument with both feet. ..." ...
 

A Well Regulated Militia
Submitted by: Jennifer Freeman
Website: http://www.libertybelles.org

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"Why is it that when it comes to the Second Amendment, anti-gunners only see the words, 'National Guard'?"

"The United States was founded by English subjects (residing in the American colonies) who took up arms when their government's tyrannical behavior became too much to bear. After winning the revolution, our Founding Fathers declared certain rights inalienable and therefore the law of the land. The right to keep and bear arms was named second only to freedom of expression. Clearly the need for the private ownership of firearms was to keep the government in check which would hopefully prevent future acts of tyranny." ...
 

American Red Cross, AARP, The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are Among the Most Trusted Beltway Groups
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Among U.S. adults who say they are familiar with them, the American Red Cross, AARP, The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are the most trusted among 14 large organizations measured, according to a new Harris Poll. Conversely, the National Rifle Association, the AFL-CIO and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are the least trusted. These organizations have a great deal of influence affecting many public policy discussions in and around the Nation's Capitol." ...

"While the National Rifle Association (NRA) is near the top in terms of recognition (87%), just over half of those familiar with this organization (54%) trust the NRA while 46 percent do not trust them. However, the NRA can take some comfort that this represents an improvement from last year when less than half (48%) trusted the NRA." ...
 

MN: Man shot to death in Wright County home is identified
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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A man was shot to death early Wednesday after forcibly entering a home in Rockford, said the Wright County Sheriff's Office.

The man, Erik A. Richter, 35 of Watertown, forced his way into his former girlfriend's home in violation of a conditional release order, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Deputies were called about 3:30 a.m. to a shooting in the home of Samantha E. Simons, 21, in the 8800 block of Walnut Place, a news release said. The intruder was shot by Simons' friend, a 30-year-old man from Rockford. Investigators were trying to determine whether the shooting was a case of self-defense, said Lt. Greg Howell. He said he couldn't provide any other details.
 

OH: 1 Fatally Shot In Apparent Home Invasion
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Deputies in Clark County said one man is dead and another in critical condition after an apparent home invasion overnight.

The shooting happened just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday in German Township. Sheriff Gene Kelly said both men were shot multiple times.

Investigators said the deceased man was found on the front porch. They said the other man was taken by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital.

Deputies said, at this time, the people inside the home fired in self-defense.
 

TX: Pellet Gun Found On Middle School Campus
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A pellet gun was discovered on a middle school campus Wednesday on the city's East Side.

According to the principal at Wheatley Middle School, a 13-year-old student brought the weapon from home and gave it to another 13-year-old student.

The mother of the teen who originally had the weapon alerted them about the pellet gun, school officials said.

Campus police then found the weapon, which was dressed up to look like a high-caliber pistol, school officials said.

School officials said they are grateful to the parent for alerting them.
 

PA: 16-Year-Old Shoots AK-47 In School Hall
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... "Then, around 9:15 a.m. between classes in a hall near the school science wing when the teen, wearing a Led Zeppelin T-shirt and blue jeans, pulled the semiautomatic rifle from his bag, warned students nearby to get down and get away and he started shooting into the ceiling, leaving huge craters in the cinder block walls." ...

"Police said they responded almost immediately and were in the building when the final shot was fired into the boy's head. The coroner will do an autopsy Wednesday but confirmed that the death appears to be a suicide, according to Castor."

"A note was found in Halligan's front pocket indicating that he intended to commit suicide." ...
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Submitters note: Tragic, but one more example of the failure of victim disarmanent zones.
 

AR: Student Brings Gun To School
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A student informed a principal and a police officer assigned to MacArthur Junior High School in Jonesboro that a fellow student had brought a loaded pistol to school.

Officials say that within minutes, the 15-year-old student was in the principal's office, disarmed. Principal Brad Faught says the boy had the gun in his pocket and took it out to show two other students. He then told them if they told anyone he had the gun, he would shoot them.

At lunch, a student approached Faught and resource Officer Donna Johnston and told them about the gun. Johnston quietly approached the student and told him to take his hands out of his pockets and go to the office. Moments later, the gun was confiscated and the boy was arrested.
 

UT: Reading, Writing and Reloading
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I sought long and hard for a reason. Eventually, I found a handful. That is, during my five-plus years attending the University of Utah did I ever have reason to pull a handgun ... from my parka's inside pocket?"

"Well, there was the moment when I felt like popping my English professor one. He had this annoying habit of musing ad nauseum about the 'hidden worlds' of literary figures without saying anything substantive. I also recall when, right in the middle of lunch with a sexy brunette from my stadium-size biology class, I watched in horror as her boyfriend sat down to join us. Let me tell you, nothing makes you want to reach for your Glock or Sig Sauer quite like the attitude of some smart guy out to steal your gal." ...
 

Canada: Teen arrested for bringing starter pistol to school
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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A 17-year-old New Brunswick boy was arrested Tuesday for bringing a starter pistol to a school near Florenceville.

RCMP Cpl. Gilles Blinn says officers were called to Carleton North High School in Bristol where they arrested the teen and seized the weapon without incident.

"It's not a gun. It's not a firearm. It was called in as a firearm, but the investigation revealed that it was a starter pistol. So there was no actual firearm involved. There were no threats made by this student to the staff or any other student.

A starter pistol is a replica gun used to fire blanks, often used to start races or on stage or movie sets.

No charges have been laid, and police are continuing to investigate.
 

OH: Anti-gun mayors contemplate legal challenge to Preemption Law (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"The Associated Press is reporting that anti-gun Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson plans to waste tax-payer money in a legal challenge to the state's new firearms law preemption statute." ...

"Three Senate Republicans voted against overriding Taft, and three Democrats voted in favor of an override, including the attorney general-elect Marc Dann" ...

"... 'Having contradictory gun laws all over the state doesn't make sense,' he said." ...

"It is highly possible one of Dann's first acts as Ohio Attorney General will be to defend Ohio law against these mayors' baseless legal attacks." ...
 

OH: Media promotes anti-gun poll to accompany veto override news (BFA)
Submitted by: Buckeye Firearms Association
Website: http://www.buckeyefirearms.org

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"In an effort to staunch the bleeding of the anti-gun lobby in Ohio, and in anticipation of a Senatorial veto-override, the Ohio media conspired to publicize a poll at the same time as the override vote, purportedly showing that Ohioans did not support the move." ...

"As with past opinion audits on the subject of concealed carry, the wording of the poll question had everything to do with the outcome of the poll." ...
 

OH: Ohioans Overrule Gov. Taft On Firearms Regs.; Institute General Law (PRO)
Submitted by: Peoples Rights Organization
Website: http://www.peoplesrights.org

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"For only the second time in approximately 130 years did common sense break out at the Ohio Statehouse regarding firearms regulations." ...

"The Ohio Senate, in an historic move, today voted to override Gov. Bob Taft's veto of Am. Sub. HB347. This bill fixes many of the flaws in Ohio's three-year old concealed carry law, and establishes statewide general law regarding firearms regulations. This watershed moment comes on the heels of passage of lawful concealed carry just three years ago, an issue on which Peoples Rights Organization worked for more than a decade." ...
 

OH: Intellectually Bankrupt Arguments Pouring Into Ohio Media Outlets (PRO)
Submitted by: Brent Greer
Website: http://www.peoplesrights.org

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"'We've lost our arsenal of tools to fight crime.'"

"'Rural lawmakers are telling urban lawmakers what they can and can't do about crime laws and gun laws.'"

"'There is a great disconnect at the Ohio Statehouse.'"

"My thoughts? Sometimes doing the right thing isn't the most popular thing. The Ohio General Assembly did the right thing for Ohioans, both because there are larger implications at stake, and because local government bodies in Ohio have abused Home Rule on the gun issue for more than a decade." ...
 

OH: Sore Losers Just Don't Get It (OFCC)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I imagine that many Ohio firearm owners awoke this morning refreshed from their slumber that was free from nightmares... Nightmares that won't be able to come true around three months from now... Nightmares about unknowingly becoming a criminal due to crossing a municipal boundary with a handgun that can be legally carried some places and not others with their state-issued Concealed Handgun License. Many probably sipped their morning coffee and smiled while thinking about how nice it will be to never again worry about the ambiguity of Ohio�s car carry restrictions. Hopefully, their celebratory mood wasn�t ruined when they opened their newspaper and saw the expected whining that is likely to prevail for quite awhile." ...
 

OH: Cities upset by veto override
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Cities around the state were already weighing legal options following the Legislature's override of Gov. Bob Taft's veto of a bill wiping out local gun laws."

"Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson promised a lawsuit fighting the legislation. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman said the state constitution is clear on the rights given local governments. Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said his city has lost an important crime fighting tool."

"'We're trying to get a handle on the homicides and the violent crimes that we've had in our city,' Mallory, a Democrat, said Tuesday." ...
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Submitter's Note: So, Mark, how many convictions has Cincinnati had under these 'important crime fighting' laws?
 

OH: Gun veto, city ban both tossed
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The Republican-controlled Senate narrowly overrode Gov. Bob Taft's veto of a concealed-carry weapons bill Tuesday."

"The override, the first of any governor in 29 years, means that more than 80 local gun ordinances, including Cincinnati's assault weapons ban, will be abolished in 90 days."

"Mayor Mark Mallory, a state legislator for 10 years, said he is discouraged by the Ohio General Assembly's vote against home rule." ...
 

NY: Sean Bell shooting: '4th man' surfaces -- Sez cops wrong: No man, no gun
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The 'fourth man' who supposedly fled with a gun moments before police killed Sean Bell in a barrage of 50 bullets surfaced yesterday and insisted cops have been chasing a ghost."

"'There's no fourth man; there's no gun,' said 27-year-old Jean Nelson, in his first public statements since he was identified by police sources as the mystery man. 'We just want justice to be served, that's all.'"

"Another man who attended Bell's bachelor party at a Queens strip joint on Nov. 25 just before the fatal police shooting said cops had rousted him and several other witnesses for no good reason."

"'Like my lawyer said, we've been cooperating,' said Lorenzo Kinred ... 'We'd like to keep cooperating without fear of police harassment.'" ...
 

NC: 3 Former Wake Deputies Indicted In Garner Restaurant Assault
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"Three former Wake County deputies were indicted Tuesday on charges of misdemeanor assault stemming from an attack on a Garner man at a restaurant in August."

"Robert Wise told investigators he did nothing to warrant an attack and that the deputies assaulted him in the parking lot of a Garner Applebee's on Aug. 26, because they did not like the way he parked."

"'Police officers, like some other people in society -- teachers and other groups -- we allow more latitude than others, but they, too, can (cross) over the line,' said Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby. 'And in this case, that's what the grand jury thought happened.'" ...
 

FL: Alabama Police Officer Arrested In TV Sex Sting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Authorities said an Alabama police officer was among 21 men arrested in an operation to catch people searching the Internet to meet children for sex."

"The weekend sting at a rented Flagler Beach, Florida home was videotaped as part of a 'Dateline NBC' series. ..."

"41-year-old Todd Spikes, an officer from Florala, who said he lives in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, came to the house to meet a person he thought was a young girl."

"Flagler Beach Police Chief Roger Free said Spikes drove up to the house but then pulled away without getting out of his car."

"Free said Spikes had an assault rifle, a shotgun, three pistols and rope in his car, but authorities were not sure what he intended to do with the items." ...
 

UK: Soldier Shot By Officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A SCOTS Army officer has been fined for shooting one of his men."

"Captain Gillan McNay caught his finger in the trigger of his pistol as he took it from its holster."

"The stray bullet hit Private Craig Scott, 22, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, in the right thigh."

"Both men were serving with the King's Own Scottish Borderers, now part of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, when the incident happened in Bosnia."

"Yesterday, McNay, of Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, admitted negligently performing a duty when he appeared at a court martial at Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire."

"He was fined �800, ordered to pay the injured soldier �2000 compensation and told to pay �200 costs." ...
 

Philippines: NCRPO nabs 5 cops in drug bust
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Five policemen from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD), a dismissed policeman and two others were arrested last Tuesday by agents of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) during a drug buy-bust operation involving two kilos of shabu worth P4.6 million."

"The five policemen initially shot at the arresting officers but they surrendered after they were outnumbered and the NCRPO agents identified themselves as police officers." ...
 

NJ: Bullets slip through hole in gun laws
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Criminal offenders bought handgun ammunition from nine stores in Monmouth and Ocean counties, according to testimony heard Tuesday by a state panel investigating the link between bullet sales and street violence."

"Seven of those stores were in Ocean County, which ranked first among the 19 counties probed by the State Commission of Investigation, an independent watchdog of state government."

"The commission used those figures to expose the lack of state laws regulating ammunition sales and how some of those purchases end up in the guns of gang members who use violence to control some of New Jersey's most dangerous neighborhoods."

"Most sales to criminal offenders in the Shore area and elsewhere were legal ..." ...
 

MS: Officers want your serial numbers
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"The Clarksdale Police Department is looking to stay a step ahead of would-be thieves during this holiday season."

"The department will sponsor a weapon and electronic registration drive at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, on the first floor of City Hall."

"Residents are encouraged to bring the serial numbers of their firearms, guns, pistols, etc. and identification including a picture ID." ...

"Greg Hoskins, Clarksdale police chief, said Monday registering valuables with the department will help keep track of those belongings." ...
 

MN: Minneapolis to install gunshot sensors
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Minneapolis' South Side neighbors are about a week away from experiencing the Police Department's newest crime-fighting technology."

"It's called ShotSpotter, a sensor that can pinpoint the location of gunshots so officers could respond more efficiently. Lt. Greg Reinhardt will demonstrate the tool at 10 p.m. tonight at Peavey Park at Park and Franklin Avenue."

"ShotSpotter will be operational on the city's North Side in a month. The 80 sensors will cover about 4 square miles responsible for 50 percent of the more than 5,000 'shots fired' calls police get each year, he said." ...
 

IL: City seeks to turn guns into computers
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Gun owners looking to get rid of their firearms will be able to trade them in for prepaid credit cards or discounts on computers through the city's second gun trade-in, taking place this Saturday, officials and clergy leaders announced today."

"Fifteen churches will serve as drop-off points for the 'Don't Kill a Dream, Save a Life' campaign, sponsored by the Clergy for Safer Streets in partnership with the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy."

"The guns will be collected from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at each location by specially trained firearms officers, said Sgt. Saadia Carter of the Chicago Police Department. Residents will receive $100 for each assault weapon, $50 for each handgun or rifle, and $10 for a gun replica or BB gun." ...
 

TX: College Station police issue Airsoft gun warning
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"College Station police are warning people about playing with Airsoft guns, especially in public and within city limits."

"Airsoft guns shoot BBs or plastic projectiles at speeds that easily can cause serious injury, authorities said. The guns are popular, probably because of how realistic they look, Lt. Mark Langwell said."

"'Citizens see kids playing with guns. They don't know they're not real, so they get alarmed and call us,' he said. 'On our way to the scene, all we know is that there's a suspect with a gun. It can be dangerous for everyone.'" ...

"Firing any kind of rifle, pistol or any other mechanism that discharges a projectile within the College Station city limits is illegal and could result in a citation carrying a $265 fine."
 

UK: Assistant terrorised in masked gun raid
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"TWO masked gunmen carried out a terrifying armed raid at a St Annes off-licence."

"The robbers burst into Thoroughgoods on Alexandria Drive last night brandishing a pistol."

"They forced the lone woman shop assistant to hand over cash and goods worth more than �500
before they fled on foot."

"Police scrambled the force helicopter and carried out a search of the area, but the robbers escaped."

"Det Sgt Chris Williams of Blackpool CID today said: 'These two men have gone in holding a gun and demanded the shop assistant had over money.'" ...

"The raid, which happened at just after 8pm, was the fifth armed robbery to take place on the Fylde coast during a violent fortnight of crime." ...
 

UK: 'Armed raiders pointed a gun in my face'
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"FATHER-of-two Paul Reens could only think of how his sons would cope with Christmas without him as he stared down the barrel of a gun."

"The forklift driver faced a pistol for what he describes as 'a lifetime' while two robbers held up a Securicor driver in Gorse Hill."

"The 28-year-old from Uffington had answered a cry for help as he waited to pay in money at HSBC yesterday lunchtime."

"He said: 'An elderly man with a crutch came rushing in and shouted 'He needs help'.'"

"'I ran outside and saw the guard being held up by two black men. They had a security box and were asking for more money.'" ...
 

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