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KS: City officials taken aback by Colorado company's use of City logo in limited edition rifle
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"A Colorado company that sells rifles bearing the city logo caught Hutchinson officials by surprise, especially since no one asked for permission to use it, city officials said."

"Investment Arms Inc., of Fort Collins, Colo., has made 26 limited-edition 'City of Hutchinson' Ruger .22-caliber rifles, each engraved with the city's 'Come Share Our Space' logo. More than half were sold by Friday, the company said."

"City Attorney Carolyn Patterson said the company didn't have the city's permission to use the 'City of Hutchinson' name. However, she said she'd have to research whether the name is in the public domain." ...

" 'This is not endorsed by the city. You can't even shoot a BB gun in the city.' " ...
 

Australia: Violent film celebrity has gun license revoked
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"Soccer hardman Vinnie Jones has had his shotguns taken from him by the police, it was revealed."

"Jones, the star of gangster movie Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, a keen shooting fan, had his firearms licence revoked by Hertfordshire Police."

"It follows Jones's conviction last week of an air-rage attack, when he screamed at fellow passengers: 'I can get you murdered, I can get the whole crew murdered for STG3,000 ($A7,200).' "

He also threatened to 'eat the face' of a passenger."

"A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said: 'His firearms licence has been revoked. It was done this week. He cannot legally keep firearms.' "

"Millionaire Jones, 38, is a keen shooting enthusiast and the son of a game keeper." ...
 

Assault Weapons Fraud
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"It amazes me how many supposedly intelligent folks continue to parrot the ignorance deliberately being spread by the leftist anti-gun media concerning an accurate and truthful definition of so-called 'assault weapons.' The only legitimate and authorized 'assault weapons' are those used by military and police in America. They have several firing options, the least deadly of which is semi-automatic single trigger pull firing. This is defined as a shot being fired every time the trigger is pulled, and this type of firing option has been available on American firearms since the late 1800s."
 

VA: Alexandria police officer negligently shoots his partner
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Alexandria, Va. (AP) - An Alexandria (website - news) police officer is recovering after being accidentally shot by a fellow officer.

Police say the 32-year-old, nine-year veteran of the force was shot in the left wrist while arresting a drug suspect near the corner of North Fayette and Wythe Streets. The officer's were getting out of their car when one officer's gun accidentally fired.

The officer who was shot is being treated at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

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First, there is NO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY to ban people from putting whatever they please into their own bodies. Then there's the fact that multiple rules of gun safety were violated. Paid leave? Probably.
 

NY: Family gets naked because armed thug tells them to, but house cat saves them
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New York City: Where disarmed subjects strip naked for street thugs and house cats have more guts than the politicians and most of the people.

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"Cheryl Walker says she and her family owe their lives to Boo-Boo the kitty. That's because two nights ago, the family was preparing dinner at home in the Inwood section of Manhattan, when a man holding a hostage at gunpoint entered their apartment demanding money -- and something else."

" 'He said 'everyone get naked.' So that's what we did,' Walker said."

"But Boo-Boo may have unwittingly saved the entire family from certain harm. He attacked the suspect just as he was trying to take another hostage." ...
 

MD: Teen charged with firing gun at school in Gun Control Utopia
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MILLERSVILLE -- "A 16-year-old boy has been charged in the firing of a handgun that forced a lockdown at Old Mill High School in Millersville Wednesday, Anne Arundel County police said."

"An arrest warrant has been issued for Aaron Davis and he was charged today as an adult with carrying a handgun, disturbing a school operation, having a deadly weapon on school property, discharging a firearm and making a false statement to an officer, police said."

"Anne Arundel County police were searching Friday for Davis." ...

"Officers found a .38-caliber handgun and a spent shell casing in a boys' bathroom nearby." ...
 

CA: Riverside County ban on hiring deputies who smoke may extend to all County employees
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" 'Riverside County is banning the hiring of sheriff's deputies who smoke - and officials say they may expand the ban to all hires in county government. Riverside County is the latest to hire only nonsmokers, arguing they are less likely to get cancer, heart disease and other ailments linked to tobacco.' "

"Well, let's list some of these other, unhealthy behaviors that Riverside County could ban in terms of public employment. Coffee drinkers are out, because caffeine is a very addictive drug. It's horribly damaging and causes the jitters. You can't hold a gun if you drink coffee or caffeinated soda. While they're at it, they'll ban sugar and fast food, because you may increase your risk of diabetes." ...
 

SD: Gun on the floor = Call out the SWAT team and man the roofs with snipers
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SIOUX FALLS -- "Police responded to a burglar alarm at the Nyberg's Ace Hardware Store on West 12th Street just before six Friday morning. When officers started looking around, they found a gun laying on the floor. SWAT and K-9 teams were called and entered the building around eight, not knowing if a suspect was still inside. After searching the building, police found someone had broken in and taken a few things, but the suspect had gotten away."

"Since the store carries guns and ammunition, Sioux Falls Police Lieutenant Nick Boschee says the first officers to arrive did the right thing by waiting for back-up..." ...
 

"New Black Panther Party" says shooting a black guy who shot you first is "racially motivated"
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Police officer pulls someone over. One of the two passengers shoots the cop in the leg. Cop returns fire and kills the man. The man's genetic heritage is of African origin.

"This case has received attention from members of the New Black Panther Party, who have said the traffic stop and shooting were racially motivated. But Herrington says the evidence proves otherwise, including a statement from Jefferson's fiance, who was driving their truck that night." ...
 

CA: Man shoots himself dead while in police custody
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. . . "Officials say before the officers could get out of the patrol car, the suspect pulled out a large caliber handgun and opened fire. The deputy’s bullet-proof vest stopped most of the bullets, but one did penetrate the vest, hitting him in the stomach." ...

"The officers who took the man into custody did not find the gun used in the shooting."

" 'We had him hand cuffed. As we took the handcuffs off, we were preparing to do an interview. Before we could stop him, he shot himself.' "

"Authorities say that the suspect did not aim for any of the officers. He pointed the gun straight at his own head and fired."

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Guys shoots cop, but they don't find the gun anywhere even though it was on him? Hello?
 

Thousands Signing Up to Stop the NRA
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"When the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and a group of individuals launched a 'Stop the NRA' campaign in October with a call for volunteers to request inclusion on an NRA blacklist, organizers hoped for 10,000 names. Today, according to Brady president Michael Barnes, the goal is 100,000."

"The 'blacklist' received broad publicity after the New York Times' Bob Herbert revealed its existence in an Oct. 13 column. It lies deep within the NRA's website, with an ostensible purpose of letting members know who their enemies are on the gun issue."

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So an organization with over four million members has perhaps as many as one hundred thousand opposed to it. Big whoop.
 

Canada: Santa-garbed woman uses gun in McDonald's heist
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"Terrified staff and restaurant patrons weren't feeling very jolly after a young woman wearing a Santa hat and packing a pistol held up the westside McDonald's."

"School bus driver Bruce Fenton was inside chaperoning a group of about 25 students from Bezanson school when the robbery happened."

" 'I had my back to the counter where she was. Then Holly (a Bezanson school teacher) said 'Oh my God, she's got a gun',' he said."

"The Grade 5 and 6 students were frightened as Fenton and several teachers tried to rush them out of the dining area and playroom to safety."

"They were scared. They were damn scared. We were hollering for them to get flat on the ground or get out the door."

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But Canada has registration!
 

Japan: 6 rightists (read 'militia members') held in shootings
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"A sword dealer in Gifu is one of the key suspects."

"GIFU-Police on Friday swooped on rightist organizations and arrested six people in connection with a string of shootings."

"Among those arrested is sword dealer Ichiro Murakami, 54, a self-professed rightist who runs a cutlery company in Gifu and is chairman of an association of Japanese sword aficionados."

"The attacks targeted Aum Shinrikyo facilities in Tokyo and Osaka and a teachers' union office in Hiroshima."

"In calls to the media, organizations calling themselves Kenkoku Giyugun (nation-building volunteer corps) and Kokuzoku Seibatsutai (troops to conquer traitors to Japan) claimed responsibility for the attacks in May and June."
 

WA: Brier man, 30, arrested after police chased him into classroom
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"A 30-year-old Brier man is in the Snohomish County Jail after police yesterday chased him into a classroom at Mountlake Terrace Elementary School, subdued him with pepper spray and found he had a loaded gun.
Nine students were treated and released at Stevens Hospital yesterday for exposure to pepper spray."

"The man is being held on two outstanding felony warrants and for investigation of illegal possession of a firearm and eluding police."

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The only reason this story had a happy ending is that the police were right behind this guy. If they had been 10 seconds slower he would have had a room full of hostages guaranteed by the government to be disarmed.
 

UK: Eight years for push-bike robber
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"A MAN who launched a daring armed raid on his local bank - and then pedalled away on a bicycle - has been sent to prison for eight years."

"Bespectacled father-of-two John Farrell was led away in handcuffs , his face drained of all colour, as members of his family sobbed loudly in the public gallery at Carlisle Crown Court."

"Farrell, 36, had denied being the man who went into the Keswick branch of Lloyds TSB on November 11 last year and, after pointing a sawn-off replica double barrelled shotgun, got away with £6,039."

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The British subjects have been emasculated to such an extent that the bank robbers don't even need to use real guns any more. How pathetic.
 

South Africa: Toughening up on guns
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"The South African government is planning to get tough on gun owners. New regulations have been drafted that will make it much harder to legally own a gun. But the firearms lobby says the government is aiming at the wrong target: the real problem is the number of illegal guns in the country."

"Friedel van Pletzen is an instructor and gun-dealer at the range. He says his customers include hunters and sportsmen and women, but most are looking to protect themselves."

"You do get a few people who are interested in the sport itself, but there's a huge quantity of people. It's mainly after they've been robbed, or after hijacking, that they buy a firearm."

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And the government is trying to disarm even more of these victims.
 

NH: Former Newburyport district court officer arraigned on sex assault charges
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KABA NOTE: He wasn't a former officer until after the alleged rapes

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"A former Newburyport district court officer pleaded innocent to charges of assaulting a female prisoner in a courthouse cell, the Essex District Attorney's office said."

"Douglas Morrill is charged with four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and two counts of unnatural and lascivious acts."

"Morrill is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old female prisoner in a courthouse cell, as she waited for a hearing on a probation violation. Morrill forcibly kissed the victim, fondled her and had her perform oral sex in two separate incidents while she waited for her court appearances, Essex Assistant District Attorney Kathe Tuttman said."
 

UK: Kids in the firing line
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"Teenagers are putting themselves in the firing line by brandishing toy guns on the city's streets."

"Armed police are being forced to respond to a potentially lethal craze in which youngsters wave plastic weapons at each other."

"Officers are being called out virtually every day to firearms incidents - only to find the 'gunman' is someone simply messing around."

"And some incidents seem so serious, armed police are given authority to open fire. On one such occasion they later discovered it was a teenager playing with a water pistol."

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In a completely disarmed nation, even kids with toy guns incite panic and paranoia
 

UK: Parking rage gunman is jailed
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"A GUNMAN who shot a motorist in a parking rage incident has been jailed for nine years."

"Michael Hazel was searching for a parking space for his Ford Puma when he angered Chrysler driver Christopher Williams."

"During a violent confrontation, Williams, 27, of St Oswalds Road, Norbury, produced a handgun from his jacket and shot the 28-year-old."

"The bullet passed through his left armpit and had to be surgically removed following the incident on May 19 last year."

"A jury at The Old Bailey deliberated for more than three hours last Friday before clearing Williams of attempted murder."

"He was convicted of wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life."

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But in the UK handguns are banned!
 

UK: Shotgun raiders threat to have-a-go hero
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"A HAVE-A-GO hero tried to block the way of armed robbers after their cash raid on a Leigh post office."

"But the man was knocked to the ground and found himself looking down the muzzle of a sawn-off shotgun."

"Thankfully the weapon was not fired and the masked raiders fled, but both the customer and staff inside the Plank Lane post office were left badly shaken by their ordeal."

"It was at 4.45pm on Monday that the two robbers burst into the Firs Lane store, one armed with the shotgun and the other with a large kitchen knife."

"While the gunman trained his firearm on employees behind the shop counter, the man with the knife ran to the post office desk and forced the teller to hand over around £2,000 in banknotes."
 

MI: 'I forgot' won't work at Metro
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"If you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon and have gotten used to keeping a firearm with you, don't forget to leave it at home if you are planning to go to Detroit Metropolitan Airport. If not, you could be in for some big trouble after airport security and law enforcement officials this week announced a new 'zero tolerance' policy on guns at Detroit Metro. If you are found to possess a firearm at an airport security checkpoint - no matter how unintentional it might be - you will be detained and processed for possible federal, state or local prosecution."

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Unless, of course, you are a Chief of Police, the spouse of a TSA worker, or some other member of the privileged elite.
 

TX: Keep records longer than 24 hours OR More Brady Center lies
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"I'd like to offer some constructive disagreement with your Dec. 9 editorial ('Turn off the alarms') about a provision in a federal appropriations bill that would require destroying federal gun purchase records within 24 hours. But I also agree with some of your comments."

"We haven't said that the current congressional proposal would 'gut' the background check program, which has kept more than a million felons, domestic abusers and other prohibited purchasers from purchasing guns. It doesn't gut, but it's a nonsensical idea nevertheless."

-- Regional Director John E. Shanks, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, San Antonio

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Again the same inflated numbers with no substance behind them. Will the media ever fact check?
 

A Federal Court of Appeals Actually Protects Rights of File Swappers Via Their ISPs
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"The RIAA may have just hired the former head of the ATF to continue to aggressively attack music piracy but today consumer’s rights to privacy were protected by a federal appeals court who struck down a ruling ordering internet service providers (ISPs) to identify users sharing files on the internet. Written by Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the decision was a legal win for Verizon and other Internet service providers."

"A lower court had ruled that Verizon had to comply with a subpoena from the RIAA, seeking the identity of a subscriber to its Internet service who was downloading files via peer-to-peer services like the Gnutella network."
 

FL: FTAA Protests: Amnesty Says Miami Police May Have Broken UN Laws
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"Police in Miami may have violated various international laws and covenants on civil rights and use of force when they crushed protests against a free trade meeting last month, Amnesty International said."

"In a letter to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush the human rights watchdog repeated a call for an independent inquiry into police actions that led to more than 200 arrests and dozens of injuries."

" 'Concerns include reports of the indiscriminate and inappropriate use of nonlethal weapons on nonviolent protesters resulting in scores of injuries, multiple and random arrests ... and the denial of the right to freedom of expression and association,' program director Susan Lee wrote."

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Since when does the UN have jurisdiction in Miami?
 

UK: Boy charged over Leeds shootings
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"A 16-year-old boy has been charged in connection with two shootings in Leeds."

"He is due to appear before Leeds Youth Court on Saturday charged with attempted murder, abduction and firearms offences."

"A fifteen-year-old girl and a 25-year-old woman were wounded within an hour of each other following the shootings on Hamilton Terrace in Chapeltown and the A58 Wetherby Road on 10 December."

"In the first incident, police said the teenage girl received minor injuries when the occupant of a car fired a shot at her from a handgun as she walked along Hamilton Terrace, Chapeltown, at 2015 GMT."

"At 2245 GMT, the 25-year-old was attacked at an address in Saville Drive before being driven to the A58 Wetherby Road."
 

South Africa: 22 nabbed for shootout
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"A total of 22 men were arrested at the Qawukeni municipal offices for allegedly attacking staff in the building."

"Superintendent Nondumiso Jafta said a group of armed men arrived at the municipal offices on Thursday and told a commissioner that they were taking over the offices as security guards."

"The commissioner demanded a legal order allowing them to take over the offices, which the group failed to produce."

"They forcibly proceeded into the offices, and started firing shots inside and outside the building. A shootout ensued when officials from inside the building fired back."

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Oh, so government officials can have guns with which to defend themselves, it's just the peons who have to disarm.
 

A plethora of platitudes and ‘if onlys’
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"One must wonder how anyone nowadays can simply ignore the fact underlying almost all humanity’s woes: Evil exists. And not only does it exist, it is not going away simply for the wishes of a wistful few of us."

"What more proof of this do we need? The Nazi slaughter of 'undesirable' groups in Europe. The rape of Nanjing in China. The Indochina conflicts. The purges of Joseph Stalin. The Congo Free State genocide. The Chinese Warlord Era and Civil War. The list is depressingly endless. Estimates by historians place the number of human lives lost at close to a quarter billion."

"So will banning guns end violence? Only if you can magically make every firearm everywhere disappear, as well as every other possible weapon."
 

UK: Suspended sentence for police armourer (TRANSLATION: Member of the elite gets treated with kid gloves)
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A former Norfolk and Suffolk police armourer convicted of keeping weapons illegally today received a nine-month suspended sentence.

Richard Ashley, 58, of Pakenham, near Bury St Edmunds, was found guilty last month of having 10 guns he was not authorised to keep, including a rocket launcher, an anti-tank gun and a mortar.

Sentencing him at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court, judge David Goodin told him he would not go to jail, but said any further offences relating to firearms in the next two years would see him in prison.

Collector Ashley, who has more than 20 years experience as an armourer, was cleared of a further three charges, which included keeping too many handguns and machine guns in his secure armoury at his Suffolk home.
 

"We won't have that problem with the general."
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The Democrats are making noise about "taking back the South" by painting their fascist gun ban party as one that supports the Second Amendment.

"Rep. Steve Jones, D-West Memphis, said [retired General Wesley] Clark can 'turn the Southern states around to make them Democratic again.' "

" 'One of our problems in 2000 was we didn't qualify our position on guns,' he said. 'Around Arkansas and other states, my colleagues had heartburn over where Vice President Gore stood on guns. We won't have that problem with the general.' " ...
 

South Africa: Brace yourself for more roadblocks to disarm the peasants
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More roadblocks on national roads could be expected throughout the festive season, police said today.

The four-hour roadblock on the N3 highway near Heidelberg this morning initially had motorists hot under the collar. But, it soon picked up and motorists spent no more than four to five minutes having a quick check.

The roadblock produced five unlicensed firearms resulting on the spot arrests. However, it was not only motorists who had to face the law at the roadblock.

Andy Pieke, a police spokesperson, said: "A motorist stopped at this roadblock and informed a traffic official about two traffic officers taking bribes at a speed trap."
 

IL: "A total of 9,272 guns were seized in the first 11 months of the year"
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"Citing initiatives such as cameras in high-crime areas and reverse drug stings, police Supt. Phil Cline on Friday said Chicago in 2003 is on a pace to record the fewest homicides in 35 years." ...

"The statistics also showed a drop in the numbers for robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson."

"A total of 9,272 guns were seized in the first 11 months of the year, and police said that homicides committed with a firearm declined almost 30 percent since 1994." ...
 

CT: After 45 Years, Mag Wants To Give New Meaning To 'Targeted' Marketing
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"In the December 10 issue of The Onion, a mock headline proclaimed 'Guns & Ammo Holiday Party Exactly What You'd Expect.' The implication was that the magazine is written for and by a bunch of reckless gun-toting yahoos."

"Ask publisher Kevin Steele about one-liners like this, however, and you get the impression that he's a little tired of addressing the topic."

"Myth: the magazine attracts a lowbrow audience. Reality: its readers boast a median household income of $56,800, and 69 percent are college-educated. Myth: the magazine is little more than a marketing outlet for gun manufacturers. Reality: around 40 percent of its advertising comes from non-endemic companies, with the percentage slowly increasing."
 

Supreme Irrelevance
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"When is a television station not a television station? How about if it is owned by the National Rifle Association? It may not seem momentous, but the NRA's announcement this week that it might buy a television or radio station has sent shockwaves through campaign-finance-regulation advocates and may ultimately undo last week's Supreme Court decision upholding McCain-Feingold."
 

CO: Family sues Aurora police in fatal shooting of woman
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"The family of Denise Washington, the mentally ill woman shot to death by an Aurora police officer in August, sued the Aurora Police Department in U.S. District Court on Thursday."

"In the lawsuit, Washington's relatives say she died because the Police Department 'failed to adequately or properly train or supervise their officers in the use of force.' The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages."

"Officer John Austin shot Washington early on Aug. 5, after she hit him with a long brass candlestick and was preparing to hit him again, according to police reports."

"Relatives who witnessed the shooting have said Washington's hands were empty when Austin shot her."
 

NC: Assembly honors Bill of Rights
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"Peaceably assembling in front of the Franklin Street post office just before noon on Monday were two mayors, Town Council members both incumbent and newly elected, the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, some representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union, a half-dozen outlandishly decked-out 60ish women, a grad student dressed as the Statue of Liberty, and three tambourine-shaking followers of Hare Krishna."

"All gathered to honor the First Amendment -- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly -- and the next nine amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which together make up the Bill of Rights." ...

"Charles Kast from the ACLU, looking a tad sheepish, read the Second Amendment, the one about the right to bear arms. Later, he said he was the only one willing to read it. Yes, he does believe in it, though he doesn't own a gun."

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What does this tell you about the hypocrites who gathered to celebrate the Bill of Rights, but were unwilling to honor it in its entirety?
 

Honduras: Gunmen murder friar in Honduras
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"Four men armed with pistols shot and killed Franciscan friar Guillermo Salgado early Thursday while stealing the Christmas bonuses for workers at a home for the elderly in eastern Honduras." ...

"The center, which houses 100 people, is located in the Olancho province city of Juticalpa, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) east of the capital. The region of ranchlands and forests is also noted for disputes over land and timber and for banditry."

"A resident of the home was slightly wounded by a gunshot after hearing cries and going to investigate."

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This in the same nation that holds gun destruction ceremonies to celebrate the destruction of the people's right to defend themselves.
 

MN: Suspect in Brooklyn Park Shooting Surrenders
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"The man wanted in the shooting of his girlfriend and two children in Brooklyn Park turned himself in to police Thursday evening."

"Police said the 23-year-old suspect showed up at the Eden Park Apartments Wednesday where shot and wounded his girlfriend and two children, and shot and killed their neighbor."

"In a 911 call, a woman asked for police help in removing her boyfriend from her apartment. Shots rang out while she was still on the phone with the dispatcher. She screamed that she had just been shot and that the man was shooting her children."

"Officers arrived quickly but the gunman had sped away."

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Quickly?!? The guy shot 4 people and got away before the cops arrived!
 

Help pick biggest cover-ups of 2003 : World Net Daily's annual quest for year's most under-reported stories
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Attention, WND newshounds! As it does every year, WorldNetDaily.com is inviting readers to submit their candidates for the most "spiked" stories of the year in our interactive forum, "Operation Spike!"

While most news organizations present year-end retrospective replays of what they consider to have been the top news stories of the previous 12 months, WND's editors have always found it more newsworthy to publish a compilation of the important stories most ignored by the establishment press.

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Self defense stories routinely get ignored by the media as well.
 

Central African Republic: Bozize urged to discipline his former fighters
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"Human rights organisation have accused the military and Chadians, described as mercenaries, of committing atrocities on the population."

"In October, five presidential guards allegedly gang-raped a woman in a barracks, while in early December, other presidential guards allegedly killed three self-defence volunteers. A few days later, a group of Chadians stabbed an army officer to death."

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And yet, these same "human rights" organizations routinely advocate the disarmament of the general populace, leaving them at the mercy of armed mercenary thugs.
 

PA: Expert offers new theory on Hirko shooting
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"Timothy M. Palmbach, who runs the CT State Police crime laboratories, testified Thursday for the defense in a lawsuit over the Bethlehem police shooting of drug suspect John Hirko in a 1997 raid."

"Hirko's family, fiancée and landlord say Bethlehem police conspired to kill Hirko, stormed the house without warning, shot an unarmed Hirko and let the evidence burn in a fire started by a distraction grenade."

"Bethlehem police say they fired in self-defense after Hirko shot first."

"Police Sgt. Joe Riedy shot Hirko at least 10 times with an MP5 submachine gun. Riedy previously testified he shot Hirko in two bursts, once while Hirko faced him and again while Hirko was headed for a staircase."

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Hirko was shot in the back.
 

SC: Coroner: Man shot by store owner
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"A liquor store owner shot a masked gunman who entered his store Thursday morning, and then the wounded would-be robber turned his own gun on himself, the Berkeley County coroner said."

"Claude Gunnels was opening up for business."

"Gunnels returned from the back of the store to find a man wearing a mask and holding a handgun, Rhoad said."

"The gunman, Charles J. Williams, Jr., demanded money, Rhoad said. Gunnels walked behind the counter and opened the drawer to the cash register, Rhoad said. When Williams turned around to look out the front door, Gunnels grabbed a .38-caliber revolver that was next to the cash register and fired one shot at Williams, Rhoad said."
 

Russia: Kill Maniac Barehanded
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"It would make sense to allow the population to take care of its security if the government cannot protect people from crime. For example, the population might be allowed to purchase, keep and carry guns for self-defense. However, these measures will never work in Russia." [Why not?]

"So, ordinary people have to rely on their fists only to repulse attacks of bandits. It is important that now the Criminal Code does not stipulate for any limits of permitted self-defense. This fact may be used as a strong argument against street hooligans - and you will see if they are afraid of the innovation or not."

"RIA Novosti reports, that starting with December 16 the responsibility for exceeding the self-defense limits is cancelled in Russia."
 

Violence and kindness are two sides of the same human condition
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"The key to teaching kids to defend themselves is how to balance these two impulses."

"The goal, one hopes, is that through teaching self-defense, children will actually increase their capacity for kindness, while at the same time acquiring the tools to protect themselves in an emergency. Because the children will have first-hand experience with physical confrontation in a controlled and supervised atmosphere, they can be taught to empathize with the suffering of others and thereby decrease the likelihood of acting violently."

"Sure, the idea is controversial and unproven, but if we can exchange a few bloody noses and broken bones for a Columbine, I think it's worth looking into."
 

NJ: 4 hour robbery spree in disarmed New Jersey
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"A Jersey City man was shot in the foot when he took a swing at a holdup man's gun, police said, in one of several robberies reported in the city over a four-hour period on Wednesday night."

"The first robbery reported that evening occurred just before 6 p.m., when a woman was waiting to pick up her son from St. Aloysius Grammar School, reports said. As she waited, a man came up behind her, grabbed her purse and ran south."

"At 9:18 p.m., police responded to a bodega on Bergen Avenue near Union Street on a report of an armed robbery, reports said. The store manager said he was behind the counter when two men entered the store, forced their way behind the counter and pistol-whipped him."
 

IN: Child neglect deaths: guns account for just 10%
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"A state report has found that more than 50 Indiana children died from abuse and neglect during the past fiscal year."

"Half of the deaths cited in the report were attributed to either physical abuse, shaken-baby syndrome or abuse asphyxiation."

"Drowning and gun-related incidents each accounted for 10 percent of the deaths."

"The state's Division of Family and Children also investigated more than 60,000 reports of abuse and neglect during the same fiscal year." ...

"Officials say this year's death count is accurate."
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Hey. Since far more babies are dying by "either physical abuse, shaken-baby syndrome or abuse asphyxiation," maybe those things need to be banned.

Oh. Wait. They are banned. Double ban?
 

MO: Man arrested for shoot-out with police
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St. Louis police have arrested a man who was wanted in a shoot-out with an off-duty officer during a holdup on Tuesday.

Police allege that Coleman was one of two masked, armed men who entered the Phillips 66 Mini Mart, Tuesday and announced a holdup. An off-duty St. Louis officer, who was inside the store, identified himself and drew his pistol.

Police said Coleman fired at least one shot. Coleman was wounded, but he and his accomplice fled the store on foot, police said. A second off-duty officer, who had stayed in a car on the lot, also fired at the two fleeing men, as did a store manager.

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So bad guys flee when confronted with armed resistance. What a concept.
 

Thailand: Former MP denies attempted murder
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"Police say Mr Thanong shot and seriously wounded Wallop, a close aide to Kamnan Poh, an influential figure in Chon Buri, on Monday. Eyewitnesses said the shooting took place when Mr Thanong went to see businessman Suwatchai Anchaleewiwat to settle a debt problem."

"Mr Suwatchai was accompanied by Mr Wallop and another man identified only as a Mr Nopporn."

"There was a heated argument and Mr Thanong was physically attacked until he fell to the ground, the witnesses said."

"Mr Thanong got up and returned to his car."

"Mr Wallop followed him. Police say Mr Thanong then pulled out an 11mm pistol from inside his car and fired four shots at Mr Wallop, wounding him seriously."
 

NV: Relatives Ask Why Police Shot & Killed Family Member
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"He was a suspected murderer shot and killed during a police pursuit on Tuesday. Now, the relatives of Charles Whaley are criticizing the cops for their use of deadly force. Police originally said the suspect pointed a handgun at them. But as we later learned, the suspect was not armed with a weapon."

"At first, a Metro captain told us one of his officers shot Whaley because he pointed a pistol at the officers -- but no weapon was ever discovered. A coroner's inquest will determine whether the use of deadly force was justified."

"The officer who shot the suspect . . . has been placed on paid administrative leave."

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And if a civilian had shot an unarmed man he would be in jail.
 

OH: Gun-toting shoppers to stroll Vermilion's Harbour Town, sadly
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"Tomorrow your eyes won't be playing tricks on you if you see gun-toting people shopping in Vermilion's quaint Harbour Town district."

"It may give you the creeps, but it's 'Vermilion Open Carry Shopping Day,' as proclaimed by supporters of a law allowing Ohioans to carry concealed weapons."

"Dan White of Lorain, organizer of this sad and ill-advised stunt, tells potential participants on his Web site, 'Handguns only please. Longarms risk knocking over merchandise and crowding customers. It will be your choice whether to carry your firearm loaded.' "

Ohio doesn't need more people carrying guns in public, along with its certainty of more maiming and killing, accidentally or otherwise.
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More ignorant lip-flapping.
 

OH: Lorain Morning Journal Editorial Can't Handle The Packed Heat
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"The Morning Journal is so anti-gun that they've convinced themselves that firearms must already be registered, as witnessed in this quote from the editorial:"

"It's generally legal under current Ohio law to carry a licensed weapon in public as long as it's in plain view. White organized a peaceful 'gun walk' in Lorain in October."

"Newsflash: Its not 'generally legal', it is a fundamental constitutional right in Ohio to carry a firearm openly, and nobody has to license their firearm to do it this weekend so long as they are permitted to own the firearm they bring with them."
 

Philippines: Cop nabbed for gun-ban violation
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"Central Police District operatives arrested a rookie police officer based at Camp Crame for violating the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban in Quezon City at dawn Friday."

"Criminal and administrative charges will be filed against Engo for violating the Comelec gun ban."

"Reports said members of the CPD Station 7 accosted Engo, who was apparently drunk and was wearing civilian clothes."

"The Comelec gun ban exempts soldier and policemen who are wearing complete uniform."

"Engo identified himself as a policeman when the arresting officers apprehended him and the suspect immediately yielded a 9mm pistol, which he claimed was his service firearm."
 

AL: State trooper, lawyer settle shooting case
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"An 11th hour settlement Wednesday kept Lauderdale County jurors from hearing a civil case filed by a lawyer accidentally shot by a state trooper's pistol."

"Florence lawyer William E. Smith Jr. filed the negligence suit against state trooper Thomas Bates in February 2002 after the March 2001 incident at a Killen pawn shop."

"Smith was looking at a pistol in the pawn shop and Bates walked in and began showing Smith his personal weapon, which was the same as the one Smith was examining."

"The trooper removed the pistol's magazine, but there was still a round in the chamber, Connolly said. While Bates was trying to eject the round from the chamber, the pistol fired."

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But only cops are smart and well-trained enough to have guns!
 

UK: Pub gunman sparks major alert
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"A MASSIVE manhunt got under way after a gunman threatened customers in a village pub."

"He pointed the pistol at one man standing at the bar and told him: 'You'll no' be laughing now.' "

"But the gunman fled as another customer lunged at him."

"He ran from the pub then turned and pointed the gun at the man chasing him."

"But he was overpowered and the gun was snatched from his grasp. It was later found to be a starting pistol."

"Within minutes of the gunman running off towards the surrounding countryside, the Strathclyde Police helicopter was scrambled from its Glasgow base, scores of uniformed officers moved into Lochwinnoch and tracker dogs were called in. Armed officers were also involved."
 

US attorney general fined for breaking law
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"John Ashcroft, the US attorney general, has been fined £21,000 for breaking election laws during his defeat by a dead rival for a seat in the Senate."

"During his unsuccessful campaign in 2000, America's top lawman illegally accepted £62,700 from a body set up to support a run for the presidency, the Federal Election Commission found."

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And this is the man who has the temerity to self-righteously wield his power over the "little people" and push for more infringements of our rights.
 

MO: Court Grants Delay In Concealed Guns Filing
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Missouri's concealed guns battle has a new twist.

Attorneys for opponents of the law say their computers have crashed. That means they won't be able to meet Friday's deadline to file written arguments with the state Supreme Court.

Supreme Court judges have shown some sympathy, agreeing to delay the deadline until noon next Wednesday.

But the high court says it won't delay oral arguments in the case, which are scheduled for January 22nd.

Until then, the concealed guns law will remain on hold, under a decision by a St. Louis judge that it violates the state constitution.

The law would let most people age 23 and older apply for concealed gun permits from their county sheriffs.
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
Every 13 seconds in America someone uses a gun to stop a crime. —SEN. LARRY CRAIG

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