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"Free-Speech Zone": The administration quarantines dissent.
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"On Dec. 6, 2001, Attorney General John Ashcroft informed the Senate Judiciary Committee, 'To those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty … your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and … give ammunition to America’s enemies.' Some commentators feared that Ashcroft’s statement, which was vetted beforehand by top lawyers at the Justice Department, signaled that this White House would take a far more hostile view towards opponents than did recent presidents. And indeed, some Bush administration policies indicate that Ashcroft’s comment was not a mere throwaway line." ...
 

Courts without law
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"Lawlessness usually conjures up images of a wild frontier or mobs in the streets. But the painful reality is that the supreme examples of lawlessness in our times are in the august and sedate chambers of the Supreme Court of the United States."

"If you think the issue in the recent Supreme Court decision upholding campaign finance legislation is whether campaign finance reform is a good idea or a bad idea, then you have already surrendered the far more important and more fundamental idea of Constitutional government."

"There is nothing in the Constitution of the United States which authorizes Congress to regulate what is said by whom, or under what conditions, in a political campaign. On the contrary, the Constitution says plainly, 'Congress shall make no law' -- no law! -- 'abridging the freedom of speech.' "

"The merits or demerits of this particular law, restricting what you can say when, or how much money you can contribute to get your message out, are all beside the point. Just what part of "no law" don't the Supreme Court justices understand?"
 

Muzzling democracy
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"The history of constitutional law is the history of faddish intellectual currents. Neither the language nor purpose of the Constitution regularly defeat foolishness fortified by orthodoxy. Thus, a razor-thin 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court last week blessed a staggering assault on the First Amendment's protection of 'soft money' speech by political parties, profit and nonprofit corporations, and unions in McConnell vs. Federal Election Commission (Dec. 10, 2003). Time-honored principles celebrating political advocacy and an informed electorate succumbed to voguish myths sermonizing about the alleged evils of money in politics." ...
 

'Freedoms and security must co-exist equally'
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Website: http://www.vasportsmen.org

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"The United States needs to guard against acts of terrorism without sacrificing civil liberties, undermining law enforcement or spending money unwisely in pursuit of unattainable security."

"Those conclusions drive a provocative farewell package of recommendations from a national commission led by former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore."
 

Latest path around soft-money ban: Buy a TV station
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"What does the NRA have in common with NBC? Not much so far, but the National Rifle Association has been talking in recent days like a media conglomerate."

"Last week, NRA president Wayne LaPierre hinted that the group for gun owners would consider buying a TV or radio station to get its messages across if the Supreme Court upheld new federal restrictions on the financing of political campaigns. A few days later, the justices did just that, supporting regulations that, among other things, forbid last-minute political ads from independent groups like the NRA." ...
 

MO: Federal Agents Raid Gun Dealers
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"Federal authorities shut down five gun dealers in the Springfield to investigate firearms violations. During raids the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms arrested at least two people and confiscated dozens of guns and other items from the businesses."

"Agents remained on the scene of Gunsmoke Gun and Pawn stores on East Division and West Chestnut Expressway well into the early evening. But the ATF released few specifics about the cases and said no charges had yet been filed against the businesses or the men taken into custody."
 

MO: Federal charges follow raids at gun shops (second report)
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SPRINGFIELD -- "Federal law officers were completing a long investigation of firearms violations when they led raids at three businesses on Tuesday morning. By the end of the day, U.S. attorneys had formally charged four people."

"Larry Scott, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said about 100 federal and local officers executed search warrants, which were the result of a three-year investigation." ...

The charges listed in this article include:

"federal firearms violations"
"selling guns without a license"

Then there's this one:

"Francis can't legally sell firearms, or work in a business that sells firearms, because he pleaded guilty in 1986 to conspiracy to deal firearms without a license."

Prior conviction based on an anti-Second Amendment statute.

"aiding and abetting Bob Francis"

"operating the shop ...with an expired license"

Etc.

In other words, business as usual for the Gun Nazis -- spending three years investigating to come up with victimless crimes based on anti-Second Amendment statutes upon which their fraudulent organization is built, and prosecuting feverishly with the help of local cops.
 

MO: BATF conducts gun confiscation sweep against five gun dealers over alleged violations of unconstitutional laws
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"Federal authorities shut down five gun dealers in the Springfield to investigate firearms violations. During raids the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms arrested at least two people and confiscated dozens of guns and other items from the businesses."

"Agents remained on the scene of Gunsmoke Gun and Pawn stores on East Division and West Chestnut Expressway well into the early evening. But the ATF released few specifics about the cases and said no charges had yet been filed against the businesses or the men taken into custody."

"ATF spokesman Larry Scott confirmed federal warrants were served on three gun dealers in Springfield, and Gator's Pawn Shops in Marshfield and Mountain Grove, Missouri. Agents took one person into custody at the West Chestnut Expressway store of Gunsmoke Gun and Pawn and confiscated a number of computers from the shop."

"A federal warrant was also served on Westley Richards gun shop next door in the same building on West Chestnut. The AFT also removed items from the Gunsmoke Gun and Gold Exchange store on East Division near Glenstone. And agents took one person into custody at Gator's pawn in Marshfield while confiscating dozens of weapons from that store."

"Scott declined to comment on why the raids were being conducted other than to say the investigation centered around violations of federal firearms licensing laws." ...
 

MO: Judge will reconsider another objection to concealed gun law
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"The judge who ruled Missouri's concealed guns law violates the constitution will consider another objection. He plans a hearing on Thursday on whether the law violates a provision forbidding unfunded mandates."

"In November, St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer issued an injunction that keeps the law from taking effect. Ohmer ruled that a provision of the Missouri Constitution prohibits the Legislature from allowing people to carry concealed weapons. The Missouri Attorney General's office appealed and the state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case Jan. 22." ...
 

Iraq: "Unarmed supporters of Saddam gunned down in semi-darkness as they fled from Americans troops"
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"Dramatic videotape from the city of Ramadi 75 miles west of Baghdad showed unarmed supporters of Saddam Hussein being gunned down in semi-darkness as they fled from Americans troops. Eleven of the 18 dead were killed by the Americans in Samarra to the north of Baghdad."

"All the killings came during demonstrations by Sunni Muslims against the American seizure of Saddam, protests that started near Samarra on Monday evening. The first demonstrators blocked roads north of Baghdad when armed men appeared alongside civilians who believed - initially - that US forces had arrested one of Saddam's doubles rather than the ex-dictator of Iraq. But their jubilation turned to fury when the Americans opened fire in Samarra a few hours later." ...

KABA NOTE:

IF this story is true, these Iraqi "protestors" still had it better than the women and children in Waco, Texas had it at the hands of the BATF and the FBI. Here, it sounds like the deceased died quickly. The deaths of most of the slain in Waco -- including little girls -- were agonizing, torturous and prolonged. And not one single government thug from either the BATF or the FBI ever even got reprimanded. In fact, former U.S. attorney general and Terrorist Janet Reno praised their efforts.
 

There’s no substitute for arming yourself (Letter)
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"Like handgun-control and various other "Brady" organizations, CeasefirePa has realized that it cannot express its true goals because most Americans believe in the Second Amendment."

"Most Americans also know that the police show up after a crime and if you are to defend yourself you had better be armed legally and know how to use the weapon." ...

"Studies have shown that more than 2 million times a year citizens do use guns to defend themselves and others because the police are not there while the crime is being committed." ...

"Concerning Mr. Lott’s work being taken apart, that’s garbage. It has been published and has withstood great scrutiny, but the only use anti-gun people get is when they take it out of context."
 

UK: "Heroic officers tackle robbers"
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"Police constables Charles Ehikioya and Mark Griffiths responded immediately. The two officers were unarmed, but waiting for armed backup would have lost vital time."

"With no thought for themselves the heroic officers sped to the scene and placed themselves directly in the line of the fire."

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It's a bizarre nation that disarms its peace officers and forces them into the dubious role of "hero" for doing their jobs unarmed.
 

NY: Police searching for store shooting suspect in New York
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"Police in upstate New York State were looking Tuesday night for a man suspected of shooting two people at a Worcester home improvement store."

"Schenectady police Lt. Pete Frisoni said Worcester officers contacted them at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, saying they had traced a call made by shooting suspect Mark Anthony LeBreton from a gas station pay phone in the city just west of Albany. His truck had been spotted early Tuesday morning in the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire."
 

Australia: Sydney gun bandits spark police manhunt
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At least 100 police from across Sydney have been involved in a manhunt in Redfern after three men allegedly stole guns from security guards during a robbery in a nearby shopping complex.

The guards from an armoured van company are believed to have been picking up money from a business at the Broadway shopping centre when they were confronted by the men, who were wearing black balaclavas.

A police chase ensued and at one stage in the nearby suburb of Chippendale, one of the men pointed a gun at a police officer but did not fire.

The men abandoned their car in nearby Redfern and police cordoned off a large area of the suburb to find them.

Police called off the search after about 30 minutes and are expected to publicly release details of the incident this afternoon.
 

NY: Standing up for safe schools
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"It took repeated incidents of violence, weeks of urging by UFT President Randi Weingarten demonstrations by educators, parents and students and front-page stories in The New York Times and other newspapers. But the Bloomberg/Klein administration has finally publicly admitted that school violence is a problem this year — and has pledged to do something about it." ...
 

MA: Police Probe Relationship Between Alleged Shooter and His Victims
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"They were neighbors in a quiet central Massachusetts neighborhood. They did business together and must have passed by each other's homes countless times. But somewhere, their relationship soured."

"It boiled over Monday in a quick burst of violence. Worcester police say Mark Anthony LeBreton, a 38-year-old contractor, allegedly shot Steve Collins, a fellow tradesman, at a Lowe's Home Improvement store."

"Police spent Tuesday searching for LeBreton, whose pickup truck was spotted in New Hampshire's White Mountains - and trying to piece together a motive for the shooting that left Collins and another man hospitalized."
 

KY: "Gun Free" schools aren't living up to their descriptions
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"Police arrested two Atherton High School students after one allegedly brought a gun to the campus and showed it to classmates Monday. WAVE 3's Dina Kaplan reports."

"The students were taken into custody Monday during a morning class being held at Atherton's library. Officials tell us that's where a freshman student was showing the semi-automatic gun to other students under a table."

"Years of warnings about violence in school paid off: one student did the right thing and alerted a teacher. That teacher notified the assistant principal and police were called. Eventually, a gun was found in a student's locker."
 

CSGV attempts to further whine away our rights
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"Tucked away in the massive omnibus spending bill are provisions that would codify into law the near-immediate destruction of criminal background check records for gun purchases, and hamper law enforcement's ability to share and analyze crime gun trace data. Because of these anti-law enforcement provisions, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence urges the U.S. Senate to reject the omnibus bill when it considers the legislation on January 20."
 

UK: Drive-by murder man jailed
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"A gun club member who murdered his ex-girlfriend's new lover in a drive-by shooting has been jailed for life."

"Michael Gwilliam, 43, fled to the continent after gunning down Mark Richards in a jealous rage as he stood outside a Wolverhampton pub in September 2001."

"Gwilliam, who was extradited from Belgium in April this year, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to murder at a previous hearing."
 

TX: Seventh-grader expelled after weapons charge
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"TISD police accuse boy of taking semiautomatic handgun to school"

"A Texas Middle School student was arrested Friday morning for allegedly having a gun on school property."

"The seventh-grader is charged with having a weapon in a place where a weapon was prohibited and was taken to the Bowie County Juvenile Detention Center, said Texarkana Independent School District Police Chief Todd Warren."

"The student has also been expelled and will attend the Lincoln Street Alternative School, Superintendent Dr. Larry Sullivan said Monday." ...

"The gun wasn't working, school officials said."

"Warren said the semi-automatic 9mm handgun's firing pin had been removed and there was no clip or bullets in the gun." ...
 

UK: Jail for thug in gang war attack
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News from the "Gun Free" Utopian United Kingdom:

"A LIVERPOOL man who took part in a punishment beating of a member of a rival gang has been jailed for nine years."

"James Woods, of Maryport Close, Anfield, was part of a group that bundled Anthony Tootle, 21, into the back of a people carrier, took him to a deserted sports ground and carried out a savage attack."

"Mr Tootle was left with injuries including a punctured lung, fractured leg and finger and bite marks to his ears. Liverpool crown court heard that he was hit with a baseball bat and bottles." ...

"Det Insp Neil Bickley told the court: 'This dispute has been going on at least two years. It has become an increasingly violent dispute with a number of firearm incidents against people and property. There have been petrol bombs and arms attacks, threats and beatings, that sort of thing.' "

"He said the factions appeared to be from two rival estates, but it was difficult to estimate the numbers in each gang." ...
 

FL: Former officer gets life for ex-wife's murder
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A former Fort Walton Beach police officer is getting a life prison term for killing his ex-wife outside a day care center as she dropped off their three-year-old daughter.

It was the only possible sentence for Ronald Barnicoat of Niceville, who was convicted last month of first-degree murder. The state had previously decided NOT to seek the death penalty.

Circuit Judge Robert Barron has denied a defense request that Barnicoat serve his sentence in an Oregon prison, so he could be closer to family. He has also rejected a request for a new trial.

Barnicoat is also getting a 25-year sentence for discharging a firearm in the act of committing a felony.

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Why the extra 25 years, you ask? Well, you see, murder with a firearm is worse than murder with a butcher knife. We know this is true because the Nanny State says so and judges agree.
 

OH: Packing heat for the holidays (another report)
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"Holiday shopping can be fun if shoppers pack accordingly, says Dan White, who is organizing a group outing to Vermilion on Saturday." ...

"For two hours, men and women wearing holstered guns will gather in Vermilion to shop." ...

"Toby Hoover, executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, criticized the Vermilion event, saying it is certainly not in keeping with the 'peace and goodwill' spirit of the holiday." ...

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In the mind of Toby Hoover and other people of his low moral character, "peace and goodwill" means giving a rapist whatever he demands. Such is the type of criminal-endorsing cowardice we've come to expect from such people: they wouldn't even protect their own mothers from murderous thugs. And that says plenty about them.
 

Good Housekeeping Magazine: "Intimate Partners Kill by Gun"
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20% Of Women Murdered In the U.S. Are Shot By An Intimate Partner Physicians Call For The Disarmament Of Abusers And Better Screening For Victims

"Domestic violence continues to devastate as many as 2 million lives each year and immediate steps must be taken to disarm abusers and increase screening for victims, according to a report released today by the HELP Network, a gun violence prevention organization affiliated with Childrens Memorial Hospital."

"The report, Guns and Domestic Violence: A Deadly Combination, gives new focus to the lethal role guns play in intimate partner violence. In addition to providing a comprehensive look at related statistics, research findings and policy implications, the report calls on the medical community to increase screening for abuse victims while urging policymakers to strengthen and enforce laws that separate batterers from guns." ...
 

AK: Guns don't make safer cities, people do
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This is a report dealing with a recent spate of shootings in Anchorage after which community members got together to discuss what to do about it. One thing they mention deserves independent validation before being considered factual:

"Alaska has the highest per capita rate of firearm thefts, more than two and a half times the national average."
 

Canada: Taxi robber accidentally shoots himself dead
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News from Canada, where gun control is working so well taxi drivers are sitting ducks:

"A man died when he apparently shot himself accidentally after the robbery of a taxi driver in Brampton early yesterday."

"Randy Robinson, 19, of Brampton, died in hospital shortly after a Kwik Cab taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint, at about 1:10 a.m. on Adam St. near Bovaird Blvd. and Conestoga Rd."

"Peel police believe Robinson and another man robbed the cabbie and then fled the scene, but the handgun accidentally went off when the dead man tried to put the weapon into his pants."

"The other, unidentified, man is believed to have picked up the gun before leaving the scene, police sources said."

"The taxi driver, a 42-year-old Brampton man, was unhurt." ...
 

Jamaica: Blair Supports Calls for Removal of Firing Range
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"POLITICAL ombudsman Rev Herro Blair has joined the debate over the logic of having a firing range in the Mountain View area, the scene of numerous running gunbattles between rival gangs as well as gunmen and members of the security forces."

"According to Blair, who recommended that the century-old facility at Top Range be relocated elsewhere, its presence in the area was driving more fear into residents who are often confused about the identity of those pulling the trigger."
 

OR: Enthusiasts of shooting clays aim to shatter a different par
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"Jones demonstrates 'sporting clays,' a relatively new game in the United States that involves shooting flying targets at 15 to 21 stations far enough apart that enthusiasts often use golf carts."

"Many, in fact, refer to the sport as 'gun golf' because of the spread-out course and because every station requires a different strategy. At Mitchell's Clay Targets Sports Center in Brooks, each station is redesigned weekly, so shooters never know what to expect."

"The gist: Teams of players rotate through outdoor stations, shooting at clay targets doing things that mimic nature. Like a teal jetting straight into the sky, a squirrel running across the ground or a bird darting through the brush."
 

UK: Police hunt scooter speeders, not violent criminals
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"An arrest warrant has been issued for former Formula One racer Eddie Irvine after he was caught speeding through a London park on a scooter without a licence or insurance."

"The 38-year-old Northern Irishman was due in court on Wednesday for sentencing following his arrest by police in Hyde Park in July, but failed to attend."

"He was found guilty in his absence at a hearing last month."

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What about the rapists and murderers preying on the disarmed in the UK's public parks? Perhaps they are more difficult to catch with their laser guns...
 

Australia: Deck-mounted machine gun deployed to protect fish
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ARMED patrols will protect the remote Southern Ocean from illegal fishermen targeting Australia's precious stocks of Patagonian toothfish, the Federal Government said today.

The Australian Customs Service would lease an ice-strengthened ship for full-time surveillance and enforcement of the region, Justice and Customs Minister Chris Ellison said.

The ship will carry a deck-mounted machine gun, a customs boarding party armed with handguns, Australian fisheries officers and a civilian boarding crew, Senator Ellison and Fisheries Minister Ian Macdonald said in a joint statement.

Patrols of Australian waters surrounding Heard Island and McDonald Island will be conducted and the ship will be able to operate year-round in almost all weather conditions.
 

FL: "I'm a Thug" Rapper Facing Assault, Weapons Charges Performs for Kids at City Function
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"Rapper Trick Daddy, awaiting trial on drug possession, assault and weapons charges, was allowed to perform at a city-sponsored holiday party this week for about 5,000 children."

"Kelly Penton, press secretary for Mayor Manny Diaz, wasn't sure how the rapper, whose real name is Maurice Young, became involved with the party. But Penton defended the choice, calling Young 'a local artist who children are very familiar with and he had some positive things to say.' "

"Young, who has denied all allegations, told the children that he felt a kinship with them, saying he was once an underprivileged child."

" 'Trick love the kids,' he said at the annual party, held Monday at the Coconut Grove. Young also appeared last week at a city-sponsored HIV -AIDS awareness march."

"Young — known for songs such as 'I'm a Thug,' 'Sweatin' Me' and 'In Da Wind' — faces assault and weapons charges stemming from a February dispute. He was arrested again in September after police allegedly found cocaine and marijuana in his shirt pocket." ...
 

DE: The "authorities" let violent criminal escape
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DOVER - "An inmate in the custody of the state Department of Correction escaped Tuesday morning. According to DOC, he is considered dangerous."

"If the inmate is spotted, the public is strongly urged not to approach him and to contact a local police agency."

See story for details of his escape, his mugshot, etc. If you live in the area, be prepared to drop this fool if he's stupid enough to choose you as his potential victim.
 

OH: Concealed weapons backers plan armed shopping trip
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VERMILION, Ohio (AP) -- "Supporters of a concealed weapons bill plan to holiday shop Saturday while wearing holstered guns."

" 'Handguns only, please. Longarms risk knocking over merchandise and crowding other customers. It will be your choice whether to carry your firearm loaded,' Dan White advises on his Web page promoting 'Vermilion Open Carry Shopping Day.' "

"The 29-year-old Lorain man is organizing the two-hour outing to bring attention to the legislation passed by the state Legislature last week. Gov. Bob Taft has indicated he intends to veto the bill, which would give Ohioans the right to carry a concealed gun."

"White, a member of Ohioans for Concealed Carry, organized a walk in downtown Lorain in October, but decided to go a step further this time and have the armed adults go into stores." ...
 

CA: Darwin Award Candidate: "Gunplay turns deadly"
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PEMBROKE, North Carolina -- A playful game turned deadly on Sunday when a Pembroke man was shot to death by his roommate, according to sheriff's Maj. Randal Patterson.

Patterson said that Brandon Strickland, 17, shot and killed Wade Deese, 24, in the hallway of the mobile home they shared at Deese Mobile Home Park off Old Main Road in Pembroke.

"They were playing around with the gun and pointing it at each other," Patterson said. "Brandon pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger, not knowing it was loaded."

Patterson said that the two men had been playing with the 9 mm handgun most of the day on Sunday. When Deese walked down the hallway to take a shower, Strickland pointed the gun one last time, pulled the trigger - and it fired.

Patterson said Deese, who was shot once in the back, was pronounced dead at the home. He said the shooting death occurred at about 9:30 p.m.

Sheriff's Detective Lt. Ricky Britt charged Strickland with felony voluntary manslaughter early this morning, Patterson said. Strickland's bail was set at $10,000.

"Guns aren't something you play with," Patterson said. "A firearm of any kind is not a toy that you should play with, regardless of your age."

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"Stupid is as stupid does." --Forrest Gump's Mama
 

Canadian Refugee Board rules on Kubby case
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Canada and the US take the 'official position' that there is no political persecution of citizens in either country, and therefore refugee status is not appropriate. A recently published report in the Toronto Sun revealed that sixteen Canadians have been granted refugee protection in the US, directly contradicting this official position. The Kubbys have argued that the U.S. government¹s "War on Drugs" is in fact political, and that Steve Kubby ... has been singled out for persecution...
 

NY: Gun Program To Expand (another report)
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"The successful gun court program begun this year in Brooklyn will expand soon to Queens and the Bronx, and include almost half of the city's 76 police precincts, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday."

"Since opening in April, the Brooklyn gun court has expanded to five precincts and produced more and longer jail sentences, and eliminated straight probation for felony gun offenders, officials said."

"In each gun court, one judge presides over all qualifying cases from beginning to end, making all legal rulings, conducting all hearings and trials, and imposing sentence for all convicted offenders." ...

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In case you don't have your New York City Dictionary handy, let's define "felony gun offenders" here: anyone who owns a firearm without the government's permission, and government often refuses to give you permission to own a handgun to defend yourself in your own home. Only the elite get permission to protect themselves on the streets. To illustrate, one New York City police officer is on record telling a female citizen of the city to "use a frying pan" to deal with a midnight burglar. So Mayor Bloomberg is just another Gun Thug, like all of his predecessors in the last few decades have been.
 

NY: Suspect Nabbed in B'klyn Church Robbery (Follow Up)
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"Police today arrested a man suspected of taking $12,000 in donations during an armed robbery of a Catholic church in Brooklyn."

"Charges were pending against the 31-year-old suspect; Police gave no details about the arrest."

"Rev. Andrew Struzzieri told investigators that the robber confronted him in the rectory of St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in the Crown Heights section at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The thief pointed a gun at Struzzieri, bound his hands and mouth with duct tape, and ordered him to open the church's safe."

"Another priest appeared and struggled with the robber, who ran off with the $12,000, Struzzieri said."
 

NC: Loaded firearm packed by moronic traveler goes off in luggage at airport
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Authorities say a man was detained at an airport after a rifle he had checked as luggage accidentally discharged on the tarmac.

Mindy Hamlin, spokeswoman for the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, said a man scheduled to fly to Chicago on American Airlines on Tuesday morning packed away the rifle in a case.

She said he had filled out all of the necessary paperwork declaring the rifle as secure and not loaded. But one bullet remained in the gun as it sat on a luggage cart on the tarmac, she said.

"It hadn't been loaded in the plane," Hamlin said. "It fell over and the bullet accidentally discharged and struck a bag next to it. Fortunately, no one was injured."

The flight was delayed but eventually went on to Chicago, she said.

The man was held while authorities investigated. They determined that no crime was committed and he was eventually released.

Hamlin said the man's name was not released because he wasn't arrested.

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Anyone stupid enough to pack a loaded firearm into luggage bound for an airplane is too stupid to own a gun.
 

NY: "Gun Court" Program Expands from Brooklyn to Bronx, Queens
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"The mayor announced Tuesday plans to expand a program aimed at getting guns off city streets."

"The state requires at least a one year minimum sentence for gun offenders, but there is an exemption that judges can use to hand out lesser sentences. The mayor says that's less likely to happen in Gun Court."

"It's expected to start in the Bronx and Queens in January." ...
 

Number of murders across nation rises
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"Murders were up slightly nationwide during the first six months of the year, and gang violence contributed to more killings in some of the nation's largest cities, the FBI reported Monday."

"The number of murders rose 1.1% nationwide, while overall violent crime declined 3.1%. New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia were among the cities with an increase in homicides."
 

Honest Firearm owners know what this is all about?
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FREEDOM

As sure as I set down I could die. My name is Mohammed Akar. Welcome to a country where you can say both names.

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Guns, Drugs and Juvenile Crime (Blog)
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TriggerFinger pokes holes in a new study concerning firearms, drug use, and crime among juveniles.
 

IL: "Sheriff’s Department handing out free firearm safety kits"
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"Randolph County Sheriff Fred Frederking as announced his department will be providing free firearm safety kits to county residents beginning on Monday."

"County residents interested in picking up a safety kit can stop by the department on Taylor Street in Chester from 9am to 4pm beginning on Monday. There are only 700 kits available."

"The distribution of the safety kits is part of a nationwide firearms safety program called Project ChildSafe. Funding for the program is from a grant from the US Department of Justice and the firearm industry." ...
 

PA: Teenage hunter charged for negligent discharge of gun that injured 70-yr-old man
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GOOD! There is no such thing as an "accidental discharge." This was pure negligence and has put a man in the hospital. That is a violation of someone else's rights and is clearly punishable. This idiot is lucky it's only a misdemeanor.

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"A California teenager has been charged by the state Game Commission in connection with a hunting accident that seriously injured at 70-year-old man."

"The 16-year-old boy was taking a rifle off his shoulder in Hanover Township, Beaver County, on Dec. 9 when the gun went off, according to the game commission."

"A bullet from the rifle struck William Vujasin who was standing about 10 feet away and passed through his body, game officials said. He was in serious condition at the Allegheny General Hospital on Tuesday, hospital officials said."

"The boy, who was not identified, was charged with injuring another person while hunting and also hunting without a nonresident license."

"The charges, both misdemeanors, were filed through the Beaver County juvenile division."
 

NJ: Kid found with handgun at school in this Gun Control Paradise
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ABERDEEN — "A 15-year-old Matawan Regional High School student was arrested by township police for allegedly bringing a .38-caliber gun to the school."

"Police were called to the school Dec. 9 at 12:50 p.m. and arrested and charged the 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old Matawan Avenue Middle School student with unlawful possession of a firearm, township Deputy Chief John Powers said."

"Students at Matawan Regional reported the 15-year-old to the school’s Principal Kenneth Smith after the student allegedly showed the gun around the school, Monmouth County Prosecutor John Kaye said."

"The unloaded gun was allegedly found concealed under his pants strapped to his leg, he said." ...
 

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