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TSA Changing Pat-Down Policy
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"A lot of people are making their way through airports during this holiday season."

"And it appears changes are on the way for airline travelers going through airport security."

"Sources at the Transportation Security Administration confirm they're changing the way they conduct pat-downs. Some women have complained bitterly recently that the more thorough pat-downs to check for explosives just went to far - especially in the breast area."

"Federal News Radio AM 1050/WTOP has learned the examination in that area, and possibly other areas, will be tempered."
 

David Brownlow: The roving hands of airport insecurity
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"Under normal circumstances, if a strange man tried to stick his hands down my pants, one of us would end up lying on the ground bleeding. But we have entered into a world of the surreal - a world where millions of otherwise intelligent Americans are willing to stand in line and wait their turn to be groped by a complete stranger."

"I'm not exactly sure how it happened. But, I certainly seem to have done something to get myself on the airlines 'bad boy' list. Every time I set foot in an airport these days, I get dragged off for one of their 'random' special searches - three times in a row during a recent trip."
 

Howard Nemerov: Gun Control: True Lies in San Francisco
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A recent San Francisco Chronicle article is the perfect case study for those interested in understanding the goals and methods of gun controllers, which we will elucidate by examining four excerpts." ...

"Why trust people who lie to justify their stated goals, especially when gun control is consistently shown not to result in the stated goals of increased security and reduced crime?"

"Gun control advocates in San Francisco have finally exposed the truth: it’s not about 'safety' or 'violence prevention,' but about banning guns and controlling you."
 

CA: ID System Gets in Face of Criminals
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"The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking half a million dollars from the federal government to expand the use of advanced facial-recognition systems to identify criminal suspects."

"Police officials say the technology could be an important step in fighting crime."
 

Revolt of the Porcupines!
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"It’s not often that libertarians are enough of a threat to anyone else’s interests that they generate protests. But that is what has been happening in New Hampshire lately. In June, 200 residents showed up at a heated town meeting in tiny Grafton township to challenge a trio of libertarian activists they feared were trying to conquer their community. Less than a week later, a squad of protesters picketed a fund-raising dinner in Plymouth, featuring Republican Governor Craig Benson, sponsored by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance."

"Both protests were triggered by the Free State Project, or FSP, a recently hatched plan for libertarians to roll back the government of New Hampshire and thus create a flagship for a freer America."
 

CA: Police Shoot U.S Marine
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"An investigation was under way today into the killing by police of an active-duty U.S. Marine who allegedly pointed a gun at officers after killing a transgender prostitute in Hollywood."

"Officers who first tried to subdue the Marine with beanbag rounds shot him in a McDonald's parking lot in Atwater Village ..."

"The confrontation occurred after a high-speed chase by officers on the ground supported by an LAPD helicopter crew, police said. A handgun was recovered at the scene, said LAPD spokeswoman Sara Faden."

"During the chase, the Marine called his mother and sister and said he had shot a man who had tried to rob and carjack him, police told the Los Angeles Times."
 

CA: California DOJ Opinions on HR 218
Submitted by: Defensive Use of Firearms, LLC
Website: http://www.spw-duf.info

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California's Department of Justice discusses resolved and unresolved issues in implementing the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (HR 218). Some intriguing opinions are included.

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FL: Rubbery weapons stretch school's patience
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"Where do you stand on the rubber band issue? Are they useful doodads for holding things together, or missiles capable of shooting someone's eye out?" ...

"Rubber bands are not permitted at school. If students are in possession of rubber bands for any reason they will be subject to consequences that may include out of school suspension. When rubber bands are required for classroom use, they will be provided and collected."

 

FL: Robber hit by victim's shots in dark
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"A man shoots his intruder after enduring 30 minutes of terror. A wounded suspect, however, remains free."

"The man was dressed all in black, including a mask. He waved a chrome-plated handgun and demanded money and jewelry. He told Quicke to lie face down on the bed."

"I was thinking about some way I could get to my gun, and hoping he didn't find it."

"The man already had found Quicke's double-barrelled shotgun, but his .20-caliber nine-shot revolver was in another room." ...

"...Quicke got his gun from the other room."

"Quicke ran out to his second story deck, and that's when he heard the change jangling in the dark. He fired twice, and knew his aim had been good when he heard the man scream out. The man dropped Quicke's shotgun in the front yard, but kept going. Quicke called 911." ...

"Quicke said detectives told him that they hadn't arrested the man yet because they were still gathering evidence. Quicke said he fears that before they do, the robber will show up at his house again."
 

OH: Robbers use Plain Dealer to pre-plan armed robbery
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"...Time and again, when told that publishing lists of gun owners (CHL-holders) would provide criminals lists of homes from which to steal guns, the media (led in many ways by Cleveland Plain Dealer editor Doug Clifton) responded by saying that criminals just weren't smart enough to utilize the newspaper to premeditate their crimes or select their targets."

"The Akron Beacon Journal has called it a 'flimsy presumption', and Gannett News Columbus Bureau Chief Jim Siegel said warnings about the dangers of publishing the list of CHL-holders 'elevate these criminals to a level of sophistication they very likely do not possess...' Even Attorney General Jim Petro called such a scenario 'unlikely'."

"Right..."
 

OH: Victim zone robbery: Another Family Dollar gets hit
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"The holdup occurred at the Family Dollar store in the Wooster-Hawkins Shopping Plaza in West Akron. A clerk reported that a man entered shortly after 9:30 p.m. and approached the counter as if he were going to buy a soda pop."

"Once the register was open, the man said he had a gun and ordered the clerk to put money in a plastic bag. Police said the robber fled with about $1,400."

"The Beacon Journal failed to note that Family Dollar posts 'no-guns' signs at entrances."
 

NH: Flintlocks transcend time and geography
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"This past November I had the opportunity to meet with Dave Price and view his handiwork. Dave is an extraordinarily gifted flintlock rifle maker. To say that Price is just a gun maker is to suggest that Robert Frost was just another poet and the Rembrandt was just another painter. The official publication of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA) is Muzzle Blasts. The covers of the February 1998 issue and May 2004 are graced with Price rifles."
 

Philippines: Vigilantes on a roll: 3 men shot
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"After three more suspected robbers were shot Monday, the police are checking if a vigilante group is now operating in Cebu City."

"Two of the suspects died on the spot in front of the Philtrust Bank on Colon St. about 8:30 a.m."

"A third is still fighting for his life at the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC)." ...

"Monday's incident brings to seven the number of suspected robbers killed after Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña announced a P20,000 reward for anyone who disables a robber."

"The rash of killings has alarmed a lawyers' group and some political and church leaders."

"They said the trend may result to a 'breakdown of society.' "
 

PA: Gun play is not child's play
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"Boys will be boys."

"That's the message of last week's sentencing of three men who fired an AK-47 near the Susquehanna River in February, nearly hitting several fishermen on the water."

"The three — Kyle E. Mitzel, 27, of Manchester Township; Justin R. Herman, 20, of Manchester, and Jesse D. Leonhard, 19, of Harrisburg — had pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and were given six months of probation and fined $50 by Judge Stephen P. Linebaugh."

"A police officer described the trio as 'a bunch of kids who made a bad decision.' "

"Boys will be boys."

"In this case, though, the boys were men playing with a deadly toy."
 

South Africa: Robbers target bread vans
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"A gang of robbers have targeted bread and milk delivery trucks in the Chatsworth area and in the past month, four drivers having been robbed of cash."

"In the case of the bread delivery vehicle, robbers are not after the bread but the dough. Police say a pattern has emerged after four delivery trucks were robbed in the last two weeks."

"They say robbers are aware that the truck drivers have no armed security, which makes them easy targets."
 

MI: Robotic whitetail deer decoy helps DNR nab poachers
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"A robotic whitetail deer decoy is helping the state Department of Natural Resources target poachers." ...

"DNR Sgt. Greg Drogowski said that the decoy arrived just before the 2004 firearm deer season. Violations being targeted usually recreational trespass and hunting or shooting from a motor vehicle." ...

"Drogowski said officers deployed the decoy several times during deer season and made six arrests."

"Drogowski said that the decoy is also used at night to apprehend people who are shining or shooting deer illegally."

"Similar decoys have been used elsewhere in the state and have led to charges."
 

Violence, The Media, and The Children (is a little personal responsibility too much to ask for)
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"...Hollywood and the Internet are not created to be "high-tech babysitters". They are not there to provide a nanny service to irresponsible, and un-intrested parents." ...

"But basically that's the attitude in America today. The 'society made me do it' mentality is getting much praise, support, and fan-fair and teaches that you do not have to accept responsability or accountability for your actions, as long as you can find a scape-goat to blame. And the Liberals are only too happy to promote that theory and philosophy as they, themselves love to play "The Blame Game'."
 

MN: Handgun Carry Permit Training for More than 30 States Available in Minneapolis
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Joel Rosenberg, author of 'Everything Yuu Need to Know About (Legally) Carrying a Handgun in Minnesota' and 'Everything You Need to Know About (Legally) Carrying a Handgun in Missouri' has once again upgraded his Twin Cities Carry Course, to enable his students to be able to get carry permits valid in more than thirty states."
 

No need to fear national ID card (Letter)
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"The Journal Gazette has done it again. By 'it' I mean unwarranted fear-mongering. ..."

"Like Chicken Little who warned that 'the sky is falling,' the editorial suggests we should all be afraid – very afraid – of the concept of a nationalized driver’s license. The editorials rarely cite any specific harm that we should fear – they just play the 'privacy' card over and over."

"I can’t understand The Journal Gazette’s unwarranted fear about privacy. After all, nearly every one of the 9/11 terrorists were here in this country because of weaknesses in our nation’s immigration databases and procedures. The result? Thousands of people were killed."
 

CO: Student violations on the rise
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"Colorado pupils got caught more often last year smoking, taking drugs, carrying weapons and being habitually disruptive at school."

"But they drank and fought less, according to a Rocky Mountain News analysis of 2003-2004 School Accountability Report data released earlier this month."

"The total number of discipline violations in all categories increased 4.7 percent to 118,044 over the year before."

"The biggest increase - 6 percent - was in the 'other' category, which includes such violations as willful disobedience, defacement of school property and stealing. The number of fights and assaults dropped 20 percent, more than any other category."
 

John Longenecker: An important decision for the right to carry arms
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"Those buying into the gun control movement have very sadly come to experience the realities of being unarmed and defenseless — the District of Columbia and the United Kingdom most recently. They are rethinking their position of banning guns, with renewed debates and bills introduced to permit private ownership of firearms once again. The D.C. bill's sponsors realized that an unarmed citizenry is at the mercy of criminals. The U.K., also experiencing a horrific rise in violent crime since banning guns, is revisiting being gun-free. Similar gun-free countries — Australia, South Africa, the Philippines — are experiencing a tragic rise in crime."
 

IN: Gun show incident shouldn't reflect badly on owners (Letter)
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"I want all those people out there that are against gun shows and guns in general to understand that the unfortunate mishap at the gun show Dec. 18 was the action of one person. In order for that gun to go off he had to intentionally pull the trigger. Anyone who has anything to do with guns knows that you treat every gun as if it were loaded. You do not handle any gun unless you first assure that it is not loaded by opening the action and visually seeing that there is no round in the chamber. ...He should have never pulled the trigger."

"...please don't let the action of this individual affect your opinion of all gun owners or people who attend gun shows. ..."
 

JPFO: Remember What We Told You About Our 'Friends'?
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"Do you remember that we showed Innocents Betrayed at the first politically conservative, pro-rights film festival, the American Film Renaissance (AFR), last September?"

"We reported to you about the hostile and dismissive reviews that Innocents Betrayed received from the Leftist press, so that you could see how the attackers could only smear but not rebut the message." ...

"Now, three (3) months later, a so-called conservative, right wing publication, National Review, has finally printed a 'review' of the AFR." ...

"The reviewer paid Innocents Betrayed a backhanded compliment by observing that the film is of the quality that is routinely shown on the History Channel. That's exactly the quality level we attempted to achieve -- network, non-fiction, documentary quality with irrefutable facts. And we achieved that quality on a tiny budget contributed by private individuals and small organizations."

"The reviewer was unable to attack any of the factual statements or conclusions that Innocents Betrayed leads the reader to understand. Just like the Leftist reviewers, this National Review writer couldn't attack the film on its merits. That's another compliment."

"The reviewer made a special point of sneaking in some anti-Semitism into his review. The film was produced by JPFO, he notes and then adds: 'Make of that what you will.' "
 

OK: Change in gun law could satisfy both sides of possession argument
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"It appears the use of common sense is starting to take place regarding a new state law that would allow guns to be kept in workers’ locked vehicles."

"The law was supposed to go into effect this fall, but a lawsuit filed by two companies has put it on hold. Now, an Ardmore state representative is drafting a measure that would eliminate legal liability for businesses and employees should a gun be used or stolen at a work site."

"The new law would allow workers to keep guns in their vehicles at work. Many companies have rules that prevent workers from bringing guns on to company property, including parking lots." ...

"There are too many unknowns about how the new law would affect a business should a gun be stolen from a vehicle or a gun discharged from a worker’s vehicle in a parking lot. Businesses are right to be concerned about their legal liability if that should happen."
 

VA: Kaine, Kilgore talking tough ahead of race
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" 'There are so many differences between us,' Kilgore said. 'There's no lack of issues to talk about.' "

"Those differences were on display Dec. 8, when Kilgore and Kaine crossed swords in a joint appearance before state reporters and editors in Richmond. Kilgore vowed to remind voters that Kaine objects to capital punishment and 'actually represented death row inmates' as an attorney. He also questioned Kaine's commitment to gun rights and accused him of opposing a ban on 'partial-birth' abortions, charges Kaine adamantly disputed."
 

Mike Cook: Here's Mike!
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"...First let me say that any police office worth his or her salt would make every attempt he or she could to protect you. Many have been killed in the line of duty doing just that. However they can't be everywhere at once and will most likely not be able to get to you in time to save you. Here in our county a 20 minute response time in an emergency is fast. If you have ever been in a shoot out that is a very long time. That's just a fact of life."

"...the police have no affirmative duty to protect anyone. ...I know of at least 12 cases, some before the Supreme Court, that affirm my statement. They make it very clear that you and you alone are the one responsible for your protection."
 

VA: Hunting Trip For Game Officials Questioned
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"The state is investigating whether officials at the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries improperly charged about $12,000 in expenses for a hunting trip to Africa on state credit cards."

"The four officials who went on the 17-day expedition to Zimbabwe said it was supposed to focus on global game management and conservation."

"After Secretary of Natural Resources W. Tayloe Murphy Jr. withdrew state support for the trip, it became a vacation safari. ..."

"Murphy ruled two weeks before the officials departed that the state would not sponsor the trip..."

"A tip to the state fraud line reported that 3 high-ranking officials in the department already had bought $12,000 worth of clothing, luggage and equipment... "
 

Mary Starrett: Where's the Outrage?
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"When we're groped at our nation's airports… when we're pantsed and shoed and bloused and our suitcases are pawed through and our wallets picked apart by ham-fisted T.S.A. agents who are 'just doing their jobs'?"

"Where's the outrage when the votes just don't add up, when America, hell bent on securing 'honest elections' in third world countries, institutes 'black box' voting leaving no paper trail, just questions and numbers that don't add up; despite the warnings of the sharpest computer minds (at places like Stanford and M.I.T.) that Electronic Voting cannot be trusted?"
 

Australia: Man, woman found dead in house
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"A MAN and a woman found dead in a home in Sydney's south appear to have died from gunshot wounds, New South Wales Police said today."

"Officers went to the house in Woronora Rd, Engadine, about 5.45pm yesterday after being contacted by a concerned relative."

"They found the bodies of a 53-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman inside."

"Both appear to have suffered a fatal gunshot wound and a firearm was located nearby, police said."
 

OR: Growth puts club under the gun
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"A gun club complaining about a subdivision moving in? You'd think it'd be the other way around."

"For more than 75 years, the Siuslaw Rod and Gun Club has offered its members a serene place to blast away at sand dunes and clay targets with shotguns, rifles and pistols on a 43-acre parcel that once sat far outside the northern edge of town."

"But Florence's inevitable growth crept slowly toward the club, most noticeably in 1989, with the arrival of Florentine Estates, now a 180-acre retirement community due south of the gun club."

"It wasn't long before club president Fred Ross started hearing complaints about gunfire. ...Marked only by a small sign east of the club's entrance and the gateway to Florentine, many residents weren't aware they'd moved in next to a shooting range. ..."
 

UK: Tories launch Bill to give householders the power to tackle intruders
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"The Conservative Bill to give householders more rights to tackle intruders is today unveiled in The Sunday Telegraph."

"The Criminal Law (Amendment. Householder Protection) Bill would rebalance the law in favour of homeowners, enabling them to take stronger measures to defend themselves without fear of prosecution."

"Patrick Mercer tabled the legislation
Patrick Mercer, the Tory MP who has tabled the legislation with cross-party support, challenged the Government to speed its passage. The Bill, which amends section 3 of the Criminal Law Act 1967, has the backing of dozens of MPs on all sides of the House, including former Labour ministers such as Frank Field."
 

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