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The Long, Loving Marriage of Boys to Guns
Submitted by: John Fansler

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A year into the new century and it's finally safe for small boys to come out from wherever it is they've been hiding since sometime in the 1960s. War toys are back.

Retail reports say that this season's hot toys are various versions of GI Joe, along with assorted lethal accessories like machine guns and M-16s. The reason, of course, is the war in Afghanistan and the heroics of the Marines, carrier crews and special operations troops.

(Fun Stuff!!!)
 

"Serious Crimes" drop; but "Murders, Robberies" rise slightly
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Violent crime dropped in the first six months of this year, although the number of murders increased, the FBI said.

A 1.3% drop in violent crime continued a 9-year trend of fewer "serious" crimes. The decline was less dramatic than in recent years, however.

Murders, after dropping 1.1% in 2000, were up by 0.3% in the first half of 2001.

Crime varied by region...
 

NY: More seek security in handguns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The number of people requesting pistol permit applications has skyrocketed since the Sept. 11 attacks, as Capital Region residents reached for guns to help fight off a new sense of vulnerability.

Pistol permit clerks in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties were swamped with application requests. And a monthly handgun safety course required for pistol permit applicants in Saratoga County was filled to overflowing.
 

Strategic Petroleum Reserve officials misuse government authority to get guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Officials at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve misused government authority to get discounted handguns for personal use, a federal probe found.

Workers used government letterhead and assigned a false security badge number to at least one employee in order to buy the semiautomatic guns directly from the manufacturer, according to an Energy Department report obtained by The Times-Picayune.
 

Terrorism and Guns - Ashcroft's "coddling" of gun owners
Submitted by: Kevin Novak

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"This means, of course, that if the feds were following the law, there wouldn't be any records to examine, since they're supposed to be destroyed once a sale is approved.

"It also means that every congressman who voted for final passage of the Brady Act in 1993 (including Senators Kennedy, Biden, and Leahy, as well as then-Representative Schumer) voted for this explicit ban on keeping the federal records of legal gun buyers." --Dave Kopel
 

TX: Grandmother, 88, Leads Deer-Hunting Contest
Submitted by: Anonymous

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In a Texas contest to bag the biggest buck of the hunting season, 88-year-old grandmother Viola Meckel is the best shot of them all.

She is currently winning the competition in Comal County, north of San Antonio, with a 98-pound deer she gunned down earlier this month from the back door of her rural home.

Meckel said on Friday she spotted the deer and grabbed a rifle she keeps by the door just for such moments...
 

Sailors Learn to Handle Weapons
Submitted by: Rick Schwartz

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ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT - Once or twice a month, sailors aboard this carrier take a break from launching fighter jets to fire shotguns, assault rifles and automatic pistols off the ship's fantail.

"From day one in boot camp all the way to the point of their retirement, they should know how to handle a weapon...recognizing they are part of the defense of our nation not just a yeoman, or a metal-smith, that they are integral to the security of the United States."
 

SC: Gun permit requests double since 9-11
Submitted by: Doug Huffman

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The number of South Carolinians applying for gun permits has doubled since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a state agency reports.

"It's self-explanatory: self-defense," said Aleshire, who also wants to get a permit for his wife. "It opened our eyes. If it can happen there it can happen here. I've got the guns. I just want to carry them legally."
 

Counterpane: Info on National ID Cards
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Security expert, Bruce Schneier, analyzes the security flaws any type of ID card system and points out the damage they can cause.

"Given the failure modes, how well do IDs solve the problem? Not very well. They're prone to errors and misuse, and are likely to be blindly trusted even when wrong."
 

TX: County schools "tighten security"
Submitted by: serinde

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In a world where security seems increasingly elusive, education officials say they are "working harder than ever" to provide safe public school campuses.

Officials with every district contacted said they had "committees" and "crisis management plans" to deal with emergencies.

“We want to prevent things,” said Santa Fe school district Police Chief Jeff Chernosky.

KABA NOTE: We wonder if Chief Chernosky has anything more speicific in mind??
 

Rick Stanley - An Act of Civil Disobedience
Submitted by: Dennis Jackson

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Denver, CO -- At 12:15pm, December 15, 2001, Rick Stanley, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, was arrested by the Denver police for insisting that his constitutional right to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed.

"You -- not the government -- can decide what kind of gun you need, and when you need it, and how you want to carry it. As long as you use it only for lawful purposes -- for self-defense -- the government has absolutely no lawful authority to restrict your Second Amendment right." --Rick Stanley

http://www.Stanley2002.org
 

CA: State still not tracing crime guns
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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There might be nothing so controversial in the Legislature as a gun bill. Advocates of gun control, who tend to favor broad-based registration and licensing, are forever butting heads with defenders of the Second Amendment, who want the state's attention focused not on law-abiding citizens, but on people who use a gun in a crime.
 

Fun with air guns no longer limited by high cost
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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The newest addition to my modest gun collection carries one of the most famous monikers in the shooting world. It's a Winchester, with a dark walnut stock and deeply blued barrel and receiver.

There is a big difference between this rifle and its popular cousins, such as the Model 94 and Model 70. It's powered by air.
 

CO: Stratton and the Natural Right of Self-Defense
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Little Stratton, Colo. (pop. 649) is in the vanguard of civil rights. Police Chief Brian Hill and town council members decided last month to issue permits to carry concealed firearms not only to qualified residents of Stratton but to any Coloradoans who qualify under state law."

by Timothy Wheeler, Director of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a Project of The Claremont Institute
 

CA: Iraqi caught in foreign-student sweep faces gun, fraud charges
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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SAN DIEGO - A native of Iraq who was arrested in a sweep of foreigners suspected of violating their student visas was charged Friday with immigration fraud and illegal gun possession.

Maher Hazim Azziz was caught with two handguns and counterfeit immigration documents when federal agents came to interview him during the visa sweep Wednesday.
 

Australia: Armed Air Marshals Take To The Sky
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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U.S.-trained sky marshals will begin flying on domestic Australian flights within days, discreetly armed with low-velocity weapons using ammunition designed not to penetrate an aircraft's fuselage.
 

AL: Police charge two men for firing 'potato gun'
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Several Rockville and Montgomery County Police were called to 5719 Ridgeway Ave. in Rockville last Thursday with reports of a gun being fired and a possible injury.

More than a dozen officers from both agencies set up a perimeter around the house, then telephoned to talk the suspects out, according to Rockville Chief of Police Terrance N. Treschuk.

Police reported that they found two men shooting a "potato gun" -- a homemade weapon designed to shoot potatoes.
 

Gun Dean's Christmas Card Supports Arming Pilots
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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John Michael Snyder, public affairs director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, has mailed a special greeting card which depicts Santa, standing on top of an aircraft, holding a bag of handguns, leaning over the cockpit and presenting one of the guns to the plane's pilot.
 

Lawsuit Losses Don't Deter Gun-Control Groups
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Although many state legislatures have passed measures preventing local municipalities from suing gunmakers, gun-control groups refuse to concede defeat, the Los Angeles Daily Journal reported Dec. 12.
 

Proposed measure strictly limits use of Social Security numbers
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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With terrorists stealing Social Security numbers to establish new identities, Congress is looking at revamping the way banks, hospitals and state drivers license agencies keep track of every American.

"Social Security numbers should be sacrosanct, but terrorists and ordinary criminals have easy access to them, and we have to stop it," said Rep. Robert Matsui of California, the main Democratic sponsor of a bill to restrict the use of Social Security numbers to federal agencies.
 

Good Work in Getting Signatures for Hostettler-Young Letter
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Thanks to your help, Reps John Hostettler (R-IN) and Don Young (R-AK) secured more than 60 signatures on their petition to Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta.

Your phone calls, faxes and emails were instrumental in helping get more than 5 dozen Congressmen in a short period of time.

Now, Sen Bob Smith (R-NH) is circulating a similar letter in the Senate and is inviting his fellow colleagues to join him in petitioning Mineta. -- Check the link for more info.
 

AGS: "Terrorist Suspect Proves Gun Background Checks Necessary"
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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Hamas Agent Foiled When Gun Store Background Check Leads to Arrest -- Americans for Gun Safety (AGS) today urged Congress to quickly approve the McCain-Lieberman gun show bill after a background check at an Oregon gun store led to the arrest of an apparent member of the terrorist group Hamas.

KABA NOTE: (1) You don't restrict everyone's freedom because a few have abused that freedom; and (2) If he couldn't get the gun through a dealer, he could get it on the black market (which would inevitably expand with greater restrictions). The only affected people are the law-abiding citizens.
 

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