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NE: Nebraska Concealed Carry Initiative
Submitted by: Lance Vejvoda

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This is an article about an initiative I've started. Please contact me if you would like to support this. I'm looking in to setting up a non-profit organization so I can receive tax free financial donations.
 

Ben Affleck's Cowardly Response to question about his application for a concealed weapons permit
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Bennifer anwers ESPN Page 2's 10 Questions, including a grilling on his application for a Georgia gun permit. Bennifer could have hit a home run with this one, but of course he played up the hollyweird line and simply stated he shoots clay pigeons. Didn't mention that he doesnt need any permit in Georgia for a shotgun ... and that what he got was a concealed firearm license. Oh well ... his movies still suck.
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"10. You recently applied for a gun permit in Georgia. Are you a hunter?"

"What I hunt are pigeons, but they're the clay variety. And let me tell you something: Those clay ones are tricky. A lot of clay ones have gotten away. I don't hunt live animals, but I do some target practice -- and mostly skeet shooting, clay pigeon shooting. Which is a lot of fun."

Here's a better response -- one this weenie could have given if he wasn't such a PC chump:

"Well, it's like this. I'm responsible for defending myself and those around me. I shouldn't have to get a so-called 'permit' because we have a Second Amendment, but I did it anyway. And let's be real clear: if anyone attacks me violently, I'm going to double tap him to the chest to make sure to stop the attack. Any other questions?"
 

No Apologies: Taxi Commissioner Revels in Role With the NRA
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Longtime community activist and D.C. Taxi Cab Commission member Sandra Seegars has never made a secret of her position on handguns in the city: She's all for legalizing them, saying that banning them nearly 30 years ago has left law-abiding residents defenseless."

"Last year, Seegars suggested that D.C. taxi drivers take up arms to protect themselves from dangerous, sometimes gun-wielding, passengers."

"And in April, Seegars, with a small group of District residents, filed suit in federal court challenging the District's gun ban, claiming denial of their Second Amendment rights, their right to equal protection under the law and their right of due process under the Fifth Amendment." ...
 

Coffee, Tea or Handcuffs? - "Homeland Security" harassment of a journalist
Submitted by: Stephen Carville

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"Sue Smethurst enjoys traveling...[b]ut when her Qantas flight from Melbourne, Australia, touched down at LAX around 8 a.m. on Friday, November 14, Smethurst found herself nightmarishly annoyed - by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)." ...

"What sort of stories did she write? What kind of magazine was New Idea? Where was it published? What was its circulation? Does it print politically sensitive articles? When would her interview appear? Who would be reading it?" ... Etc.
 

New Sweeping Powers for the FBI: "With a Whisper, Not a Bang"
Submitted by: TriggerFinger
Website: http://www.triggerfinger.org/

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Parts of Patriot II have been signed into law -- on the same day Saddam Hussein was captured, a move to avoid public debate.
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"On December 13, when U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein, President George W. Bush not only celebrated with his national security team, but also pulled out his pen and signed into law a bill that grants the FBI sweeping new powers. A White House spokesperson explained the curious timing of the signing - on a Saturday - as 'the President signs bills seven days a week.' But the last time Bush signed a bill into law on a Saturday happened more than a year ago - on a spending bill that the President needed to sign, to prevent shutting down the federal government the following Monday." ...
 

Government silence in "tax honesty" case speaks volumes
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"In addition, the court rejected Evans' motion without any opposing argument from the government as to why the motion should be denied. This is a growing and disturbing pattern for the Department of Justice and the court. Earlier in this case, the DOJ failed to provide any response to Evans' motion for summary judgment or to Evans' interrogatories, which, during a hearing for oral arguments held on August 22, 2003, the court verbally instructed the DOJ to answer."
 

Supreme Court provides prime example of lawlessness
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"[T]he 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.' " ...
 

IL: Two suburban police officers charged with Chicago stickup
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Two suburban police officers were arrested after they allegedly pretended to be Chicago cops. They reportedly stole hundreds of dollars from several victims on Christmas night."

"Two men say they were robbed at gunpoint and then were forced to sit along a curb. They say the suspects acted like Chicago police officers."

"The two were identified Saturday as Harvey Deputy Marshal Kevin Jones and Ford Heights police officer Michael Miller. Jones is being held on $90,000 bond and Miller is being held on $100,000. A third man, Johnnie Page of Chicago, is being held on $250,000 bond because he is a convicted felon."

"The suspects were convincing." ...

"Chicago police say Jones, Miller and two others had been working security Christmas night at a nightclub that was forced to close early. When they were not paid, they allegedly decided to do a stickup instead, and took money from men they believed to be street side drug dealers. Chicago police say the suspects had $1,800 in cash, a police badge, handcuffs and a fully loaded gun."

"Since his arrest, Harvey police say they have kicked Kevin Jones off the job." ...
 

"Technology to make guns safer exists"
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The lack of safety features in many guns in America poses a serious risk to gun owners. Many have been wounded or killed when their guns accidentally discharged or were unintentionally fired because of manufacturers' safety omissions."

"Gun makers have been allowed to decide what safety features, if any, to use on their weapons because no federal agency can set standards for firearms manufactured in the country. Not only have gun makers ignored long-established safety options, but they have been slow to embrace new technology." ...

Etc., etc., ad nauseam.
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1) Intelligent gun owners know when our firearms are loaded, and we treat them like they are always loaded. We only point a weapon at something we are willing to destroy, and we don't let untrained children at our firearms. That's just common sense. Darwin Award Recipients shoot themselves with negligent discharges. Intelligent gun owners do not.

2) Intelligent gun owners will not be entrusting their lives and safety to computerized/"personalized" firearms. If so-called "smart guns" are such a great idea, mandate that all police forces use them -- but leave the people out of it. We'll stick to our dumb guns, thank you.
 

NC: "Greensboro police not making use of bullet-tracking technology"
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This article is a roundabout way to push for ultimate gun and gun owner registration.
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. . . "Of the state's five largest police departments, Greensboro has the fewest guns listed on the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network, a database that allows police to compare markings on bullet fragments and casings to determine whether the same weapon was used in different crimes."

"Since 2000, Durham investigators entered ballistic results from 866 guns or bullets into the database. Over the same time, the State Bureau of Investigation has entered 52 guns or bullets recovered by Greensboro police into the NIBIN." ...
 

OR: Anti-gunner "will never stop hating the United States of America" because of shooting range
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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From an irrational letter to the editor:

"What kind of hick town is this? Why is there an outdoor shooting range in a residential area?

"Of course, since this is a lower middle class neighborhood, my neighbors and I are deemed unworthy of being treated like human beings in this society.

"But why should a small group of gun nuts have to drive to one of the hundreds of excellent places to shoot off guns that surround this city, especially when it is so much more fun to impose enormous stress on thousands of poor people?

"This situation exemplifies why I will never stop hating the United States of America. This country is not about liberty and justice for all." ...
 

More N.F.L. Players Turn to Guns for a Sense of Security (no bias in THIS headline)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Toward the end of his 19 years in the NFL, offensive tackle Lomas Brown noticed something that startled even a hardened veteran. It seemed as if almost every player he knew in the NFL owned a gun. Brown said he saw guns everywhere. On team flights. In locker rooms. In players' cars. In training camp dormitory rooms."

" 'I think the vast majority of players in the NFL have guns,' said Brown, who retired at the end of last season. 'Just about every guy I played with in the N.F.L. had a gun. Almost every player I knew had one. Guns are rampant in football. You have all these players packing guns wherever they go. It's a disaster waiting to happen.' " ...
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Disciplined enough to excel in professional sports, but not enough to carry a gun?
 

IL: Police: Shooting Victim Abused Woman, she shot him thereafter
Submitted by: Chris Covert

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"A 24-year-old Springfield man who was shot to death early Monday allegedly had repeatedly beaten the woman who killed him, police said Tuesday."

"No charges have yet been filed against the 17-year-old woman, according to Sangamon County State's Attorney John Schmidt."

"Larry Coleman of the 200 block of South Livingston Street was shot and killed in his home. Sangamon County Coroner Susan Boone said Coleman died from a single gunshot wound to the head." ...
 

CO: Jury acquits man on murder charge - after 16 months in jail
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"A 35-year-old man who spent 16 months in jail on a murder charge was acquitted Monday."

"The jury took about an hour before finding that Craig Silver acted in self-defense in the 2002 shooting of Jeremy Colton."

"Defense attorneys Daniel C. Bowen and Mandarin A. Bowers argued that Colton and another man had planned to rob Silver before the deadly gunfire on Aug. 14, 2002."

"They said that when Silver learned Colton wanted to 'rip him off,' Silver drove to the Berkley Village Mobile Home Park and confronted Colton."

"During the confrontation, Silver shot Colton in the face. Colton later died from his wounds after his friends dropped him off at the hospital." ...
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The jury figured it out in an hour. Why couldn't the DA?
 

Be careful when selecting first deer rifle
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Mr. Phillips, my son is going deer hunting with his friends after Christmas," the voice on the phone said. "What kind of rifle should I get him?"

Every year I have people calling me who need the answer to this same question. . . . Hopefully by answering that question here, I can help you and your friends solve the problem. . . .

When I inquired whether or not he owned any other rifles, the dad told me, "No." Next I asked if his son ever had shot a BB gun or a .22 rifle, or if he'd ever taken a hunter-safety course. The dad explained, "No, sir, this will be his first gun."

Before you buy a youngster a gun, I strongly recommend that you take the youngster out shooting, using either an air rifle and/or a .22.
 

Set sights on change of firearm
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"For most of us, the image that comes to mind when we hear the word muzzleloader is a firearm that Daniel Boone or maybe even Jeremiah Johnson would recognize."

"Blackpowder guns have undergone a nonstop evolution since the first special seasons for muzzleloaders were introduced in most states. The quest to make the blackpowder gun more reliable in any type of weather, more accurate and even more effective than the designs used in the 1700s and 1800s, have given rise to guns that the mountain men and the old buckskinners wouldn't recognize."

"The flintlocks and caplocks were designed to shoot a round, patched ball. The rifling in the octagonal barrels had a very slow twist, and these guns were quite accurate." ...
 

American Medical Marijuana Refugee Ordered To Return To United States
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"The Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board this week denied refugee status to American Steve Kubby and his family, and ordered their return to California where Kubby is expected to be sentenced to four months in jail for drug-related charges. Kubby has said he will appeal the ruling. He and his wife Michelle and two children will be allowed to remain in the country while awaiting their appeal. Kubby fled to Canada in 2001 rather than serve time in jail." ...
 

How "Real" are the Free State Project Numbers?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
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"Being somewhat of a skeptic, I always question any numbers I see. In the interest of fair disclosure I must confess that I am not a member of the FSP, but I am a supporter. The concept of the FSP might be best summed up with a quote from Ben Franklin, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.' We have had limited success thus far in the Liberty Movement. Perhaps the FSP is the next thing we should try." ...
 

CA: Guns-for-gifts sales up, local retailer says
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Some residents will be waking up this morning to find an unusual gift underneath their Christmas tree ---- a handgun or a rifle."

"Whether it's a first-time hunting or target rifle for Junior, a pistol for a wife's self defense, or an antique Colt six-shooter for Dad, more people are buying firearms as Christmas gifts this holiday season."

"Sales of firearms as gifts are up by about 20 percent at Murrieta's The Shootist, owner Randy Archbold said."

" 'We get a lot of fathers introducing their sons into shooting sports,' he said, adding that they will often buy a 'youth gun,' or smaller version of an adult-size weapon for their children." ...
 

CA: Safe holidays, for the criminals at least
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Sometimes that joy can be terminated by disasters."

"The first things that come to mind are guns. I remember being taught gun safety from the time I was able to get curious about them." . . .

"Times have changed. Not all families in urban areas are aware of the dangers, nor do many even own firearms."

"If you have guns in your house and have visitors with children, it is essential that you keep firearms out of their hands. It is wise to have trigger locks on all firearms, rifles, shotguns and pistols. They should be stashed well out of the reach and eyesight of kids." ...
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So if a pitchfork wielding madman breaks into your home he can savagely stab several kids to death with impunity.
 

GA: Citizen's tip leads to stolen firearms, arrest for burglary - then they let the suspect go
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"Detectives with the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office have recovered more than half a dozen firearms that were taken in a residential burglary earlier this month, Sheriff Jerry Davis reported Tuesday."

"Acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, investigating officers were able to track down the weapons and in the process charged William Kevin Dilbeck with one count of burglary."

"Dilbeck, 31, of 16 Johnston Road, Orchard Hill, a community just southeast of Griffin, was arrested by Spalding County authorities and transferred to Gordon County."

"The weapons, valued at more than $5,000, were recovered from two pawnshops and a retail gun dealer, all located in the metro Atlanta area." ...

"Davis also thanked Spalding County authorities for their assistance in apprehending Dilbeck, who was released from custody after posting a $10,000.00 bond."
 

MI: Rebutting the Detroit News Special...
Submitted by: TriggerFinger
Website: http://www.triggerfinger.org/

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Recently, the Detroit News published a "special report" on firearms, making the claim that firearm manufacturers routinely ignore safety considerations and editorializing against the immunity law currently being considered by the Senate. In the interests of countering their propaganda, I have written a point-by-point rebuttal and commentary on each of their story segments.
 

MI: FBI says Michigan's crime rate down 10.5% with CCW law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Anti-self-defense extremists are often confronted with the question of why Ohio should resist concealed carry reform, since 45 other states have it in some form or another (including every state that borders Ohio). They are fond of responding that since Ohio's crime rate is already lower (than, say, Michigan), there is no need for these reforms. Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence founder Toby Hoover made this very argument on a live WBGU panel show a little over a week ago."

"After reading the FBI's 2002 Uniform Crime Report, we know they're going to wish they'd used a different excuse." ...
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While reduced crime rates are nice, the real issue is a recognition of an individual's civil and human right of self-defense. An individual is not a statistic.
 

NY: Shooters Stay Sharp
Submitted by: RPA-PAC
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"If you think you've mastered trap shooting, try powdering clay pigeons when the firing line has a thin coat of ice and your shotgun swing is restricted by five layers of clothing." ...
 

NY: Gun club must seek permits for changes
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Neighbors of the Northern Dutchess Rod and Gun Club have gained a victory in their battle to squelch noise from the site. The Rhinebeck town zoning board of appeals recently ruled the club must apply for variances for changes they made to their site. The ZBA stated the club's target range was 300 feet within Enterprise Road." ...
 

NY: Reputed mobster shoots man for heckling singer
Submitted by: Paul.Parker

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"Gun Free" New York City -- "The scene in one of New York's fabled Italian restaurants would have done 'The Sopranos' TV scriptwriters proud -- a reputed mobster shot a man dead for heckling a woman singer."

"Police said Broadway chanteuse Rena Strober was singing 'Don't Rain on My Parade' at Rao's, an East Harlem restaurant, Monday night when a patron, Albert Circelli, criticized her performance."

"Reputed Luchese crime family associate Louis Barone told him to watch his mouth but when Circelli swore in response, Barone pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and shot him in the back, police said." ...
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BATF agents have shot people dead for less than that.
 

NY: NYPD Daily Blotter - "gun free" city's gun-related crimes continue
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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* A pair of gunmen robbed two men of $100 and a neck chain in a Cypress Hills apartment, police said yesterday.

* Three men stabbed a man and shot a bystander near St. James Park in Bedford Park, police said yesterday.

* A 14-year-old boy was shot in the leg when a gun a passer-by was carrying discharged, police said yesterday.

* Police were searching for a motive in yesterday's shooting of a man in the Tremont section.

* A man in his 20s told cops yesterday he was shot and wounded in the ankle on an East Elmhurst street.

* A man violated an order of protection when he menaced another man with a knife over a debt owed to him.
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Awful lot of shootings for a "gun-free" city. And "paper protection" doesn't work!
 

NY: Anti-Gun Vultures Gather to Celebrate as Officer is Shot in Albany
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Chief Wolfgang said "He's certainly well respected in the community, he's a wonderful ambassador for the city and the police department."

While authorities continue to piece together exactly what happened late Tuesday night, they do know one thing for certain, the weapon of choice used by the suspect. It was a semi-automatic machine pistol. Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings says incidents like these only confirm the need for better gun control. "I'm a strong proponent of doing whatever we have to do to get the message out that if you violate the laws relative to carrying an illegal weapon then you should go to jail."
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A) WTF is a "semi-automatic machine pistol"?

B) How much gun control does the state need? After all, a near-complete handgun ban doesn't do it, and the dreaded "semi-automatic machine pistol" is surely banned, right? Ah. Yes. Double Ban them. Call it "The Rosie O'Donnell Double Gun Ban", in honor of her armed bodyguard, who'll still be exempted.
 

NY: Officer Shot in Albany [The Rest of the Story]
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"An Albany police officer is in intensive care after he was shot during a foot chase."

"Lieutenant John Finn was shot late Tuesday night. Police officials said officers responded to a report of an armed robbery at a convenience store around 11:15 p.m. Tuesday in Albany's South End neighborhood."

"They pursued one of the suspects, Keshon Everett, through the streets before Everett allegedly opened fire and shot Lieutenant Finn. Police said the officers returned fire, wounding Everett."

"Police said Everett used a semi-automatic pistol during the shooting. Everett also underwent surgery, but his injuries were not as serious." ...

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Here's an idea: ban people from carrying pistols and ban them from shooting cops. Oh. Wait. Those bans already exist. Those bans work as well as the bans on cocaine, heroine and other hard street drugs.
 

NY: Roulette 'Murder' in "Gun Free" Brooklyn
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"Police identified the killer as Allan Murphy and described him as a 28-year- old, 5-foot-10, 200-pound black man."

"The shooting occurred at 4:30 a.m. yesterday in Murphy's Bushwick apartment after he, the victim and her friend partied, cops said."

"But sometime after 10 p.m., he hooked up with the victim, whom police identified as Stephanie Jenkins of Manhattan, and her friend."

"The trio ended up at Murphy's Cornelia Street apartment, where he showed off his .38 revolver and a .22 pistol and taunted Jenkins to play Russian roulette, cops said."

"When she refused, he allegedly spun the chamber and fired a bullet into her head, killing her." ...
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Another example of the consequences of living in a "gun-free" Utopia. Handguns virtually banned, but morons have no trouble getting their hands on them and killing people.
 

NY: Gun crimes in the Bronx 12/10 - 12/16
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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NOTE: This is all happening where handguns are virtually banned and carrying handguns is completely banned unless you're among the elite of the elite.
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40th Pct.

DEC 10th - A 13 year old male was arrested for bring a loaded gun into public school # 220.

DEC 13th – An 18 year old teen hearing a bullet being fire was struck by the projectile.

41st Pct.

DEC 14th – A teen walked into the emergency room of Lincoln Medical Center seeking assistance for several bullet wounds.

43rd Pct.

DEC 15th – A 17-year-old male teen was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center after being shot in the head.

44th Pct.

DEC 15th – The staff at the Lincoln Medical Center assisted a male who had been shot during a robbery attempt.

DEC 15th – A 32 year old man was fighting for his life after being shot during a dispute.

And on and on it goes . . .
 

OH: Tale of Two Cities: Cincinnati murders up 5th straight year, Detroit crime down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Officials in Michigan are crediting a new tough-on-gun crimes policy, modeled after Project Exile in Virginia, for inspiring part of the downward trend in crimes committed with firearms in Detroit. As we recently reported, the FBI has observed a 10.5% drop in crime across the state of Michigan in the first two years since passage of a concealed carry law there. For the first time in 40 years, Michigan's crime rate has dropped below Ohio's."

"According to the Detroit News, reported shootings in Detroit through November this year are down 2 percent from last year and down 21 percent from November 2001. The city’s murder rate has fallen 11 percent so far this year." ...
 

Australia: Time running out to turn in firearms and slingshots in Northern Territory
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Northern Territory police are reminding the public it has two more days to take advantage of an amnesty on firearms and commercially made slingshots.

A total of 61 weapons have been handed in during the firearm amnesty, including six handguns and a semi-automatic rifle.

Eighteen slingshots, one machete, a sword and nine replica handguns have also been surrendered.

The slingshot amnesty started on December 1 after changes to the Weapons Control Act.

Police warn that in the new year, people caught with commercially made slingshots face fines of up to $44,000 or a two-year jail term.

QUESTIONS:

What kind of government would threaten people with such lengthy jail time and hefty fines if they refused to turn in a mere slingshot?

What kind of a person would turn a firearm or even a slingshot in to that kind of government?
 

Australia: Home detention available to those who break and enter or commit fraud, but not those who illegally possess firearms
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"HOME DETENTION

"Valid from January 1 as an option for magistrates and judges.

"Applicable to those convicted of: credit card or social security fraud, shoplifting, minor driving offences, breaking and entering.

"Not applicable to those convicted of: violent, sex-related or firearm offences, stalking or breaching intervention orders."
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"Firearms offences" includes people "caught" merely possessing one single firearm without the government's permission. That, to the thugs running things in Australia, is worse than committing fraud or breaking into someone's home. That tells you plenty about the black heart of gun control and those who push it.
 

Australia: They "clung to a tree for 22 hours while the crocodile menaced them below"
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"HEAVILY-armed police yesterday resumed the search for the body of a man taken by a crocodile in a flood-swollen Northern Territory river last Sunday."

"A police spokesman said the search for the body of 22-year-old Brett Mann resumed at daybreak." ...

"After Mr Mann was taken by the saltwater crocodile, two friends, Shaun Blowers and Ashley McGough, clung to a tree for 22 hours while the crocodile menaced them below." ...
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From that close, even a decent handgun load will penetrate an alligator's brain when you hit him between the eyes. And if he's "menacing from below" for 22 hours, chances are good he'll expose that portion of his head eventually. But if you carry a firearm in much of Australia, chances are good you're going to jail if you get caught. The armed, bodyguarded "leaders" in government would rather you hang around in a tree for a day while mourning your friend who just got eaten alive. THAT is what gun control is all about.
 

UK: Two Unarmed Police Officers Shot Dead in "Gun Free" Great Britain
Submitted by: Sam Cox

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"A police officer has died and another is seriously injured after they were gunned down by a man they stopped in a stolen car in Leeds."

"Fellow officers have spoken of their 'shock' at the way their unarmed colleagues were attacked on Friday."

"However one senior officer said that shock had 'rapidly changed into a grim determination to seek out and arrest the offender'."

"The traffic officers were shot after approaching a 'suspiciously' parked BMW in Dib Lane, east Leeds."

"They had run a check on the car's number plates, found out they were false and established the car had been stolen." ...
 

UK: 'We don't Want Any Guns on Planes' Pilots Warn
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"The Government’s decision to deploy armed sky marshals on UK passenger flights has provoked an angry reaction among pilots, it emerged today."

"The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said it was disappointed not to have been consulted about measures which would do 'more harm than good'."

"The group said it would be advising pilots who were not happy with the new initiative not to fly their planes – a move which could cause chaos in the airline industry." ...
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Contrast these UK pilots with the thousands of American pilots who want to carry firearms and are willing to do so but are being thwarted repeatedly by the so-called Transportation Security Association even though Congress passed a law designed to arm them.
 

Philippines: "Illegal guns are flourishing"
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"With as many as one in 80 Filipinos owning a firearm, illegal guns are flourishing in trigger-happy Philippines, writes MICHAEL BARKER."

"OSE, a 35-year-old Filipino, is looking forward to brisk business ahead of presidential elections in the Philippines next May. But he is not in the market to provide campaign placards or even the food that candidates are fond of handing out to the poor to attract votes."

"Politicians are among a steady stream of clients for the revolvers and machine pistols Jose produces in the backyard of his home in Danao City on the central Philippine island of Cebu." ...
 

UK: "Unarmed police officers are like lambs to the slaughter"
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"THE killing of PC Ian Broadhurst has stunned the nation. Retired Det Chief Supt BOB TAYLOR, a former head of operations at the National Crime Squad and a West Yorkshire policeman for 31 years, was horrified by the murder. Here, he warns society is in danger of losing the battle against gun-related crime."

"FACED with the level of gun crime in Britain today, unarmed police officers are like lambs to the slaughter."

"We always used to say when dealing with criminals: 'Our gang is bigger than yours.' "

"The trouble nowadays is that very few of our gang have guns — and theirs do." ...
 

UK: "Some of the issues around the introduction of armed air marshals to Britain's transatlantic flights"
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"The BBC's home affairs correspondent Margaret Gilmore explains some of the issues around the introduction of armed air marshals to Britain's transatlantic flights."

Here are the question Margie answers:

Q: Who are the air marshals?
Q: Why have they been introduced?
Q: Where will they be used?
Q: Is there opposition to the plan?
 

UK: With air marshals coming to UK, reporters probe program in US
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This is a UK reporter exploring the US air marshal program, picking it apart in obvious opposition to the looming air marshal program in the UK.
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"The rapid expansion of the service triggered a torrent of leaks from marshals, blowing the whistle on problems that ranged from the serious to the frankly comic."

"The service was pressured to hire as many as 800 new marshals a month. Specialised training was cut back, leading to complaints that budding marshals were being passed despite repeatedly 'shooting' pretend flight attendants during drills."

"In the early days of the programme, problems included a marshal who lost his gun in flight and two others who left ammunition clips on planes. Overzealous marshals drew guns to quell mere rowdiness, triggering at least one lawsuit." ...
 

UK: Traffic cop shot dead in his own patrol car in "gun free" UK
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"A CRAZED gunman shot dead a traffic cop in his own patrol car last night...wounded a second officer before running ... firing at random and hijacking another car." ...
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Gun violence in Britain has gone up over 435% since the Socialist/Labor/Democrat Idiotcabal disarmed the British Populace by fiat and enabled the criminals to operate uncontested.

It appears that they should stick to arresting innocent law abiding people. Much safer since (unlike crazed criminals) most of them are unarmed.
 

South Africa: Cop cracks skull in tavern brawl
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"A police officer was admitted to hospital, together with his alleged attackers, after he interfered on behalf of his friend in a tavern brawl."

"Police Captain Motarafi Ntepe said there was a quarrel between two men over a girlfriend in the early hours of Thursday morning at the old beer hall."

"Patrons in the tavern intervened and sent one of the quarrellers away, but he later came back, accompanied by Constable Tshidiso Rateemane, his policeman friend."

"Ntepe said Rateemane, who was armed with a service pistol, allegedly started firing shots at the man who had quarrelled with his friend Nthuso Khibane."
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But only cops should have guns, right Sarah?
 

Australia: Illegal park leads to gun charges
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"A minor parking breach led to the arrest of two men armed with illegal pistols, while in an unrelated traffic offence, police caught two men who thought they had made a clean getaway after an armed robbery."

"Case one involved two men who parked their car in a no-stopping zone in front of the entrance to Bankstown Police Station on Christmas Eve."

"Police approached two men in the car to get them to move the vehicle and to breach the driver for illegal parking."

"But while speaking to the men the officers became suspicious and frisked both men."

"Police alleged they located a semi-automatic pistol magazine in the possession of one man and a Smith and Wesson revolver in the possession of the other man." ...
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In "gun control stops crime" Australia?!?
 

UK: Canine horribilis - Princess fined £500 when her dog mauls little kids
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"Anne arrived with Dottie — the dog that mauled two children last year, leading to the prosecution of the princess...Anne was fined £500 in November last year over Dottie’s attack on kids aged seven and 12 in Windsor Great Park...The children needed hospital treatment..."
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So in disarmed England, human subjects of the Crown may not have the means to defend themselves or their children against one of their ruler's animals…under penalty of law.
 

UK: Armed guards to operate under cover on UK planes
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"ARMED undercover police are to be deployed as sky marshals on some UK passenger planes because of the heightened state of the terror alert in the United States."

"Extra security measures are also to be put in place at airports. The government said it was 'a responsible and prudent step' at the present time.
The specially-trained officers would be used 'where appropriate'. It is believed their deployment would follow specific intelligence information." ...
 

India: Security guard shoots colleague mistakenly in J&K
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"In a case of mistaken identity, a security guard shot dead his colleague at a camp on the outskirts of the city, suspecting him to be a fidayeen (member of a suicide squad of militants), police said on Thursday."

"Sepoy Susheel Kumar of 24 Rashtriya Rifles was on guard duty at Mammer camp near Kangan, 42 km from here on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway , when he saw a person wrapped in a blanket heading towards the barracks on Tuesday night, they said."

"Suspecting the person to be a fidayeen, the jawan opened fire killing him instantly, police said adding the deceased was later identified as Sepoy Rujadh Singh who had ventured out of his barrack to attend the call of nature." ...
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But only cops and the military should have guns.
 

UK: More gun violence in "gun-free" United Kingdom
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"A traffic policeman was shot dead and another seriously wounded yesterday by the driver of a BMW saloon they had pulled over at a road junction."

"They were shot at about 4pm outside a row of shops in the Oakwood area of east Leeds. The gunman then hijacked a green Rover 6 series saloon, ordering two people out before driving off."

"Surgeons operated on both officers, who have not been named, at an undisclosed hospital in the city, but one died. He was 34."

"More than 50 police officers have been killed since 1980 as gun crime continues to rise."
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Gun crime continues to rise despite ever more draconian laws.

Insanity: Repeating the same behavior and expecting a different result.
 

Canada: Cop's gun goes off; suspect injured
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"Montreal police are investigating how an officer accidentally fired his gun while arresting a car-theft suspect in the east end early yesterday."

"The suspect wasn't injured by the gunshot but suffered minor head injuries, apparently when the window of the stolen minivan shattered, said Constable Olivier Lapointe, a Montreal police spokesperson. The police officer sprained his wrist, Lapointe said."

"The officer was armed with the new 9-mm pistol."

"Police investigators were trying to determine how the officer managed to accidentally fire his weapon, Lapointe said." ...
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Oooooh, oooooh! I know the answer! He had his finger on the trigger and pulled it! And it is called negligent discharge not "accidental discharge".
 

Philippines: PNP arrest 29 Gun ban violators
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"The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported yesterday that a total of 29 firearms were confiscated since the Commission on Elections (Comelec) started implementing the nationwide gun ban last Dec. 15."

"A total of 1,074 firearms - 757 low-powered firearms and 317 highpowered firearms - were already seized in the country for 2003."

"In 2002, a total of 936 guns - 670 low-powered firearms and 266 highpowered firearms - were confiscated by the PNP."

"Reports reaching the office of the PNP chief, Director General Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., revealed that from Dec.15 to 23 a total of 15 low-powered firearms and four high-powered firearms were confiscated by authorities in various parts of the country." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
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