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MD: No Indictment for Police Officer Who Shot Unarmed Man in the Back
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"A Prince George's grand jury yesterday declined to indict a county police officer for shooting an unarmed man in the back during a raid a year ago....(Charles) Ramseur, 41, a 14-year veteran of the police force, has been on administrative leave with pay since he shot Desmond E. Ray, 23, on Dec. 11. Ramseur's bullet severed Ray's spinal cord, and Ray now uses a wheelchair....Ray is the fourth person Ramseur has shot in the line of duty since 1992. Another grand jury declined to indict the officer in a June 2000 shooting outside an Adelphi pizza shop, and no administrative or criminal charges were filed in previous cases." ...
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KABA NOTE:

Prince George's County, Maryland is famous for employing police officers who shoot unarmed people, sometimes to death, with IMPUNITY. Washington Post, to its credit, did a very thorough in-depth, multiple-report exposure of the problem. Click here to check it out -- if you can stomach the information.
 

FL: Two Ex-Agents Say Boss Beat Suspect
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"Two former Charlotte County sheriff's narcotics agents testified that their supervisor laughed and boasted of 'sending a message' after pistolwhipping a teenage drug suspect last year."

"Former Charlotte County sheriff's Cpl. Wyatt Henderson is standing trial in U.S. District Court, charged with using excessive force while arresting the 17-year-old in May 2002 and lying about it to the FBI."

"Keith Bennett, who was assigned to a vice-and-organized-crime unit run by Henderson, testified that he saw Henderson take Christopher Grant to the ground with a knee to the back and then hit the teen in the head with his pistol, breaking his jaw."

"Bennett and Charlotte Deputy Jack Collins testified that Henderson joked about hitting Grant." ...
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These officers should be commended for testifying about what they witnessed. The Code of Silence doesn't make that easy in some law enforcement circles today.
 

OH: Police officer to face theft charges for keeping confiscated guns [Follow-up story]
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"A Cincinnati police officer has been indicted on five counts of theft in office."

"A Hamilton County grand jury handed down the indictment Thursday against Edsel England, 47."

"Each of the counts carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison."

"England, who has pleaded not guilty, was arrested late last month, charged with keeping confiscated guns and gun-cleaning kits instead of turning them over for disposal. Among the items: a box of ammunition, a Colt .38-caliber Special revolver and a Crossman 600 pellet pistol."

"Free on his own recognizance, England faces the loss of his job if he is convicted of a felony."

"His police powers have been suspended, and he has been reassigned to desk duty." ...
 

PA: Trooper charged in burglaries committed while in uniform!
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AVONDALE -- "A nine-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police was arrested on burglary and criminal trespass charges late Wednesday night."

"Trooper John Travis Layne, 31, of East Goshen, was suspended without pay and released on an unsecured bail Thursday after investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police say they caught him breaking into a home on State Road in Lincoln University."

"Officials said because of earlier suspicions, Layne had been under surveillance by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, assisted by members of Troop J, Avondale Criminal Investigation Unit."

"Possible links could still exist between this crime and other unsolved cases, officials said."

"According to police, Layne, a member of Troop J, was wearing his uniform, though not on official business, during the time he allegedly broke into homes along rural roads in West Marlborough, Lincoln University, West Fallowfield and London Britain between Nov. 12 and Dec. 3." ...

"In his burglaries, Layne allegedly stole painkillers...Layne admitted to seeking prescription painkillers from the homes he entered." ...

"Those crimes were committed on the clock. We will do everything we can to solve them." ...
 

WA: Ex-cop charged with murder in wife's killing
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"Prosecutors filed a second-degree murder charge against a 60-year-old Mill Creek man Thursday, saying he intentionally shot his wife of eight years twice in the chest on Sunday and left her body in her car."

"Leta Kiesz was found dead in the driver's seat of her car by one of her daughters about in a parking lot of [a] shopping center on Kent's East Hill. The area was one where the Kieszs would meet, according to the charging papers filed late Thursday afternoon."

"Kiesz asked his wife to meet him for dinner on Sunday and she left to do that after telling a daughter where she was going. The meeting was to discuss and finalize their divorce." ...
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Another one for the "only cops . . . " file.
 

OH: The force of criminal excesses
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"Last Sunday morning, Nathaniel Jones of Cincinnati, US, got so drunk he passed out twice. The restaurant manager had to call medics and the police."

"Two white policemen responded and apparently made an offensive remark to the drunken man. Jones swung a punch at one. The two cops then unsheathed their metal truncheons and proceeded to club the 160kg man until he died. Jones was black."

"A video clip showed the officers pounding Nathaniel as he lay on the ground, crying out for help. His cries grew weaker and were gradually reduced to a whimper as the father of two received up to 50 blows to the body and head. The officers claimed Jones was resisting arrest."

"The Cincinnati police authorities said they were proud of their officers." ...
 

NJ: Former N.J. Officer Sentenced in Shooting
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"A retired police officer who killed his granddaughter and three others in an unprovoked shooting rampage through his neighborhood was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison without parole."

"John W. Mabie said nothing and sat without expression through the sentencing."

"In February 2002, Mabie locked his wife in the basement of their Dover Township home and walked down the street to his mother-in-law's house, where he used a pistol to kill Natalie Gingerelli, his favorite granddaughter."

"Then he walked to a nearby home and fatally shot Sue Kerian before going to another home to shoot Thomas Luyster and his fiancee, Suzanne Lavecchia." ...
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Just the sort of man we wanted our disarmed civilians counting on!
 

U.S. Prosecutor Found Brutally Stabbed to Death
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"A federal prosecutor was apparently 'brutalized with multiple stab wounds' and put in the creek where he eventually drowned, a Pennsylvania coroner said Friday."

"Jonathan Luna was stabbed 36 times, a federal law enforcement source told The Associated Press."

"Luna's vehicle was also smeared with blood on the driver's side door and front fender and was running when a well company worker discovered it early Thursday behind the company's parking lot, about 70 miles from Luna's Baltimore office."

"Authorities had yet to determine a motive behind Luna's killing. The official said investigators were interviewing people connected with past cases Luna prosecuted, as well as friends and associates." ...
 

FL: Someone tries to run over bicycle cop, helmet saves him
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"St. Johns County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Plott said Friday he's now a firm believer in bicycle safety helmets."

"This after the deputy, who bike patrols West Augustine, clung to the cab of a truck that tried to run him over Thursday night."

"In order to free himself, Plott fired three-to-four rounds from his .45-caliber gun at the truck's wheels."

"He then lost his grip, rolling into the grass traveling 35- to-45 mph, according to the Sheriff's Office."

"His head, protected by a helmet, took most of the blow." ...

"Plott motioned for the vehicle to stop and it did. But then the vehicle's engine began to accelerate rapidly towards him." ...
 

OK: "The police department took its tank out to serve warrants"
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"Tulsa Police officers are outraged over a new Oklahoma law. The law prevents them from arresting people who illegally carry guns in their cars. As a matter of fact, they can't even write the person a ticket." ...

"Shootings, murders and gang activity got so bad in Tulsa this spring, the police department took its tank out to serve warrants and federal and state agencies held news conferences about all they planned to do to get illegal guns off the streets."

"Little did they know that on July 1st, the state would pass a law that seems to work against them. It says officers who pull people over for traffic violations can no longer arrest those who are illegally transporting a firearm in a vehicle; instead, the person is to receive a $70 state ticket." ...
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Newsflash for the Oklahoma Waco Wannabes:

Transporting a firearm is a part of the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Maybe the courts don't have the balls to recognize that fact -- but WE DO. And many, many of us have had enough. Many of us are of the firm opinion that if you bring a tank against us, you're ready, willing and quite able to kill us.
 

OH: Fingerhut Introduces Statewide Assault Weapons Ban
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"As Congress debates fate of federal ban, Senator Fingerhut unveils bill to keep military-style weapons off Ohio streets" [unless, of course, they are wielded by government employees against citizens, in which case, glory hallelujah!]

"Toledo passed city council resolution last week; Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus considering them to renew, strengthen ban"

Columbus, OH - "The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV) and the national Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) today (Tuesday) applauded State Senator Eric Fingerhut for introducing a bill that would ban assault weapons in Ohio. They also urged the state's congressional delegation to renew and strengthen the national ban on military-style assault weapons." ...
 

Landmark Gun-Control Law Passes Milestone
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WASHINGTON (AP)-- "Veterans of the antigun wars gathered Thursday to mark the recent 10-year anniversary of former President Clinton's signing into law the Brady bill, which requires background checks of prospective gun buyers."

"While there was much to celebrate for 400 guests, a re-emerging theme was that gun-control advocates must prepare to fight the same old battles." ...
 

FEC Reveals Brady Campaign $211,000 Political Hypocrisy, Says Second Amendment Foundation
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BELLEVUE, Wash., Dec. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- "When they aren't trying to steal our gun rights, they're trying to steal our elections, but this time they got caught." So said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, following a report from the Federal Election Commission that the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence just agreed to pay a $26,000 fine for failing to properly disclose more than $200,000 it spent in attempts to unseat two members of Congress during the 2000 election. ...
 

VA: What? (Times-Dispatch supports school ban on T-shirts that support the shooting sports)
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The usually pro-gun Richmond Times Dispatch has stepped up to the plate questioning the 4th Circuit three judge panel's decision to issue an injuction against the Albermarle dress code while the case of the Albermarle NRA T-Shirt Ban is decided.

Says the anonymouse Dispatch writer:

"The relevant question asks whether [the school system] should have the power to make that call [to ban a T-shirt supporting the shooting sports] in the first place."

"If schools are to maintain a semblance of order, then officials not only should have that power, they must have it. And they ought to be able to expect parents will back them up." ...
 

Candidates on Guns
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The following is found on the home page of yet another gun banner website -- a site put together by a morally bankrupt group more accurately called Coalition to Make Women Easier Rape and Murder:

TAKE A STAND ON ASSAULT WEAPONS

Tell Presidential Candidates to Speak Out on Renewing and Strengthening the Ban! GO »

WRITE A LETTER TO YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPERS
We must take assault weapons off of our streets! GO »

SPEAK UP! BE COUNTED!
Sign Up For On Target ’04 E-Newsletter GO »
 

OK: Tulsa robbery suspect shot by store clerk
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"Two suspected robbers are in big trouble after a Tulsa grocery clerk fought back against the two men."

 

MS: Home entry where woman killed one intruder not random, sheriff says
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". . . [Sheriff] Trowbridge said Benson knocked on the door of the Lake Castle Road residence just before midnight Saturday, asked if the woman's fiance was there and forced his way inside when the woman said only she and her daughter were there. Benson then demanded money and attacked the woman, Trowbridge said. The woman ran to her bedroom, where she got a pistol from under a pillow, he said."

"Benson fled the house as the woman, whom Trowbridge would not identify because she fears retribution, fired shots at him. The second suspect, whose identity is not known, remained outside the home and shot the woman when she began firing at Benson, Trowbridge said." ...
 

FL: Cape man defends himself by shooting neighbor's pit bull
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". . . The couple said a barking dog woke them up at 4:30 a.m. Since they were awake, Diane Honas decided to walk her five Jack Russell terriers into the fenced back yard of their house."

" I heard a deep growling,' said Diane. 'I turned around and there was this big dog in the yard. The dog charged at me.' "

"She said she screamed and ran inside."

"Husband Gary Honas said he wanted to get his beloved 15-pound terriers inside, but the dogs were running around wildly as the pit bull chased them. He was afraid the pit bull would kill the terriers before he could grab them."

"So Gary Honas went inside and grabbed his 12-gauge shotgun. When the pit bull charged him, he said, he pulled the trigger twice." ...
 

KS: A Gun In Every Home?
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Some folks in Kansas are up in arms these days.

In the town of Geuda Springs, the town council recently passed an ordinance requiring every resident to own a firearm. And that had some people making the direst predictions.

Gun accidents will increase, they claimed. Murders will be up.

We've heard it all before. We hear the same cries from the Chicken Littles of the world every time a city or state encourages more gun ownership. Anti-gun fanatics come out of the woodwork, predicting that more guns in people's hands will result in rivers of blood flowing in the streets.

But it never happens.

It's just a good thing that a lot of politicos don't make their living making forecasts. The weathermen get it right more often.
 

On state vs. individual right to bear arms
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"In refusing to hear a case about gun ownership, the U.S. Supreme Court has allowed to stand a common but controversial interpretation of the Second Amendment. It said that the Second Amendment gives state militias, not individuals, the right to bear arms. Advocates for and against gun control will see the court's action as justifying their respective views."

"We like the fact that the high court has decided not to interfere with settled law. ...
 

CA: The California Aggie -- Protect yourself
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"I've been hearing reports of increased sexual assaults around campus and I'm a little freaked out about going out at night now. How can I protect myself?"

"It is understandable to be alarmed about being out at night considering what has been going on, but you should not be afraid. Here are some precautions you can consider to reduce your chances of being a sexual assault victim:"

"Avoid walking, being alone, especially at night. Make sure to go out with friends you trust and leave with the same group. If you are alone on campus, you can call the Cal Aggie Escort Service to escort you to your car, or even take you home if you live near campus." ...
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Better yet, don't go to school in a state that bans self-defense!
 

MA: Fear, resolve at Harvard after attacks
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"There was time for one audience question yesterday at a debate for undergraduate council president candidates at Harvard. The question did not concern concerts, tuition increases, or cafeteria food. It was about safety and the spate of recent attacks on women near campus."

". . . On Tuesday, a student walking back to her dormitory was hit over the head with a blunt object and then sexually assaulted in the parking lot of a church. There have been four other attacks on women in the Harvard Square area and only one arrest, which police say solved two of the cases." ...
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NOTE:

Massachusetts requires a $100 permit for pepper spray and Harvard bans all weapons on campus -- mandating that students be defenseless against such thuggery as described in this article. Perhaps a few anti-gun women at Harvard will wake up to the fact that they are mere sheep -- playthings for rapists -- because they are unarmed. We can always hope...
 

WI: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay community addresses safety issues
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"UWGB students and officials discussed an improved plan of action for campus safety following the attempted assault of a female student earlier this week."

"The meeting set forth the following measures:

"• Providing students with detailed instructions for contacting UWGB Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies in emergency and non-emergency situations.

"• Adding information about the status of ongoing investigations to communications already sent to staff and students about campus crime and security.

"• The development of a student aide service, a neighborhood watch organization and personal safety/self-defense workshops."
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But WI still bars concealed carry under all circumstances -- unless you're a government employee or a member of the elite and can get a signoff for a "permit".
 

WI: Elimination of "Gun Reduction Interdiction Program" (GRIP) leads to 10 deputies being fired
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"The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department notified 10 sheriff's deputies Friday that they would be terminated this month in order to comply with the new Milwaukee County budget." ...

"Jim Fuerst, president of the Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs' Association, said the cuts are a result of Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.'s defiant attitude toward the Milwaukee County Board, which passed the budget in November."

"In October, County Board members voted to eliminate Clarke's controversial Gun Reduction Interdiction Program, or GRIP, a 16-member unit that patrolled high-crime Milwaukee neighborhoods, stopping cars for minor infractions and asking for consent to search the vehicles for guns. Clarke vowed to keep the program running regardless of any action by the County Board." ...
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WORDS TO LIVE BY: "Do you have a search warrant? No? Do you have probable cause to believe I have committed a crime sufficient to legally justify searching my vehicle? No? Then NO THANK YOU."
 

Gun owners upset at Bush on environment
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"As Jimmie Rosenbruch stalked mountain goats in southeast Alaska last month, the Utah sportsman and master hunting guide toted more than a rifle.
The burly, lifelong Republican and acquaintance of the first President Bush also carried personal displeasure over the natural-resource agenda of Bush's son."

"In particular, Rosenbruch and a groundswell of other gun owners from the lower 48 are challenging the Bush administration's plan to undo protection of Alaska's Tongass and Chugach national forests by opening both to increased logging and road construction."

"For the current president, who relied upon unwavering support from the so-called "hook and bullet" crowd to win in 2000, the kind of public criticism now voiced by political conservatives such as Rosenbruch represents a potential problem in 2004, observers say." ...
 

NC: Lillington robbery ends in two deaths
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"A convenience store robbery gone bad late Thursday has left one of the store's owners and one robber dead, and the other store owner wounded." ...
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Our condolences to the family. But at least he took the thug with him. He deserves as posthumous medal for that.
 

CA: Gunshot Kills 12-Year-Old in Friend's Home
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"A 12-year-old boy who was visiting a friend in Paramount was accidentally shot and killed Thursday night, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department."

"The boy was struck in the upper torso and died at the scene."

"No arrests have been made."

"Investigators were looking into how the victim and his 14-year-old friend obtained the gun, Deputy Harry Drucker said."

"It is illegal to negligently store a firearm and authorities were investigating if that was the case, Drucker said."

" 'That law was enacted because of accidental shootings involving children,' he said."
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The law works real well doesn't it? Children stabbed to death with pitchforks because their family gun was locked up, children shot out of ignorance . . . definitely more effective than proper training... right?
 

CA: Gun locks given away - Your tax dollars redistributed yet again
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"Project Childsafe was present in Amador County Wednesday, giving away free gun locks at a booth set up in the parking lot of the former Amador County Hospital."

"ACSO Deputy Andy Mendonsa and Project Childsafe representative Bob Diverde manned the booth, disseminating literature, information and cable locks, for various types of firearms."

" 'We are trying to secure every gun in America,' said Diverde. Starting in April, Project Childsafe will begin to concentrate on community events, such as county and state fairs." ...
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Except most "child shootings" take place in houses with a felon in them!
 

IL: Taxpayer funded gun locks being given away
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"Livingston County Sheriff's Police will provide more than 800 free firearm safety lock kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be distributed at a later date and location to county residents."

" 'We encourage residents to pick up a Project ChildSafe safety kit so they can securely store their firearm,' said Livingston County Sheriff Robert McCarty. 'Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The lock fits on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home.' " ...
 

MI: A New State-Record Muzzleloader Buck
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"For the second year in a row, our state record for a muzzleloader buck was broken in Michigan in 2002."

"During December 2001, Richard Peet from Plainwell collected a 17-pointer in Van Buren County that nets 192 2/8 inches, setting a new mark in the non-typical division. Last fall, Eric Kwasnik from Port Huron connected on an impressive 11-pointer in St. Clair County that nets 175 3/8 inches, establishing a new state record among typicals."

"The previous state-record blackpowder typical was a Macomb County 12-pointer shot by Djura Drazic during the 1998 firearms season. Those antlers measured 172 4/8 inches. That buck still ranks as the highest scoring typical from Macomb County." ...
 

TN: Calhoun can't stop city hunters
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"Calhoun’s interest in establishing an ordinance prohibiting hunting inside the city limits appears to be facing a legal roadblock."

"According to the state attorney general’s office, cities don’t have authority on hunting regulations."

"Also, according to an attorney general’s opinion, a city ordinance prohibiting firearms discharges would not be enforceable against someone who is adhering to lawful hunting practices within a city. The attorney general’s opinion isn’t law in itself but was based on state constitutional provisions under which the Legislature gave the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency the sole authority on the regulation of hunting." ...
 

PA: Drexel security needs to be completely revamped
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"Of all the concerns that are voiced by the student body about student life, academics and administration, no issue takes more of a priority than safety on campus. While the publicity of attacks has receded in the recent weeks, the danger is still here, as it has always been. Even with the outsourcing by the University to the police department and the extended patrols by the ineffective campus security, I still watch my back constantly once the sun sets, as do almost all Drexel students who live both on and off campus. Theft, robberies and assaults are still a familiar reality."
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NOTE: Drexel University bans all weapons on campus -- so all but criminals are sitting ducks.
 

U.S. Park Police Chief Draws Suspension for Speaking Out on Safety Concerns
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"The top uniformed officer of the U.S. Park Police was suspended Friday, days after she went public with complaints that her department was understaffed and underfunded."

"Chambers told various media outlets on Tuesday that she had been forced to cut back on patrols across the area because her officers are now required to guard national monuments."

"The next day, Don Murphy, the U.S. Park Service's deputy director, said Chambers broke a federal rule against public comment on budget discussions and another barring someone in Chambers' position from lobbying." ...
 

NY: Police Precinct Reports
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"Additional police officers were sent into the Morrisian community after a 24 year old male was shot several times. The bullets ripped into the victim’s hand and leg several times before the gunman fled."

"An investigation was started after a male was shot in the leg. The injured male was taken to Lincoln Medical Center for treatment. Based on information obtained during the inquiry, both the victim and his girlfriend were arrested by authorities."

"Police were busy trying to gather information about a homicide. Responding officers found a 30-year-old man who had been shot to death. Due the course of the inquiry, investigators were questioning a female concerning the incident." ...
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Lot of shootings for a "gun-free" city.
 

DC: Shooting at Georgia Av. McDonalds
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"Two adult males were shot in the Georgia Ave. McDonald's parking lot at 12:37 a.m. Monday. One victim, was shot in the chest and the right arm and the other victim, was hit in the chest. Both were rushed to area hospitals and reported to be in stable condition. . . .

"This incident is just one of many that occur on campus. In late November a male student was robbed at gunpoint and pistol-whipped outside of Carver Hall."

"According to an anonymous source from the Campus Police Department there has allegedly been a rash of car break-ins in the area. The Campus Police caution students to exercise caution around campus, use common sense, and stay alert." ...
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But isn't the District a gun-free paradise?
 

UK: Gun gang behind bars for smuggling pistols
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"TWO men convicted of smuggling guns and ammunition into the country were today starting their first day behind bars."

"Glenn Webb, 33, of Blackbird Road, Beck Row, and 40-year-old builder John Cavey, of High Street, Ashley, were yesterday each jailed for four-and- a-half years at Croydon Crown Court after being found guilty of smuggling and possession of nine self-loading pistols and 200 rounds of ammunition."

"They had denied the allegations but were convicted last week."

"A third defendant, Flynn Prevost, 42, of Epping, Essex, who admitted the joint charge of smuggling, was jailed for five years."
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You mean when a desired product is banned it creates a black market? What a shock!
 

The Great Election Grab
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When does gerrymandering become a threat to democracy?

On his porch in Charleroi, Frank Mascara said the issue is a lot bigger than he is. "I'm through, I'm done, out of politics," he said. "It won't affect me one way or the other. But the system is now totally out of whack, and that matters to a lot of people. It's not about me, it's about power on a national scale." ...
 

The Liberty Bill Act
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A bill before Congress, H.R.1785 and S. 244, initiated by students, to put an abridged version of the Constitution on the back of U.S. currency.

". . .may be the greatest idea ever originated in any school system." THE TOPEKA CAPITAL-JOURNAL
 

Free Speech Infringed? Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision May Hinge on Flawed Database; Dec. 9 Decision Possible
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ST. LOUIS, Dec. 5 /U.S. Newswire/ -- "When the U.S. Supreme Court issues its much-awaited decision on the constitutionality of the controversial McCain-Feingold campaign reform legislation, its arguments may hinge on testimony regarding the validity of a political advertising database used to push for the legislation."

"While supporters of the legislation claim the database provides clear and compelling evidence that McCain-Feingold reforms do not infringe upon free speech, this is far from the truth, according to a political scientist who served as an expert witness when the case was heard in a lower court." ...
 

Thailand: Thai police to probe killings in anti-drug war
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"The Royal Thai Police said yesterday that it had launched an investigation into the more than 2,500 killings that took place in the early stages of the government's controversial 10-month 'war on drugs'."

"As the campaign continued, the gung-ho tactics of the police against drug criminals left a bloody trail of bodies - among them those of innocent bystanders."

"Questions were raised at home and abroad about violation of human rights in the campaign."

"Police claimed that most of the dead were traffickers killed by drug dealers who were afraid that they would expose them and their modus operandi."

"Others were killed by police acting in self-defence, they added." ...
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No death squads here!
 

South Africa: Two guards wounded in surprise attack
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"A gang of 10 armed men 'appeared out of nowhere', opened fired at two Fidelity guards as they were preparing to collect money from a supermarket, and set their cash van alight, with the driver at the wheel."

"The driver, who had burnt his hands, leapt from the van, but the gunmen forced him to the ground and took his firearm."

"They also grabbed the firearms of the other guards, who had been wounded. One of the guards was wounded in the arms and legs and the other in the stomach." ...
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And the government wants their citizens disarmed in the face of these thugs!
 

South Africa: Another Parent Relies on a Gun Safe Instead of Gun Safety
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A 16-year-old boy of Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, has been arrested after killing a friend, 17, with his father's handgun.

The incident happened on Thursday after the 16-year-old found the keys of his father's safe, said police spokesperson Superintendent Johann van Greunen said on Friday.

The boy took his father's pistol out of the safe and pointed the firearm at the 17-year-old and pulled the trigger. The firearm was cocked and a shot went off hitting the 17-year-old in the shoulder. He died on the scene.

The 16-year-old has been arrested.
 

South Africa: Robbers leave couple tied up
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"A Pretoria couple were tied up and robbed of their vehicle while sight-seeing at Fort Klapperkop on Thursday night."

"Captain Piletji Sebola said the couple were sitting in the vehicle in Johan Rissik Drive when eight men, one armed with a firearm, confronted them around 22:00."

"They were dragged out of the car and their hands tied with ropes. The robbers took the keys to the vehicle and drove off."

"Police have warned members of the public not to visit the site at night and that if they do they should do so in groups in order to avoid being attacked."
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So cops admit they can't stop the thugs, but still want the people disarmed. Sounds about like New York City, Chicago, D.C. and other anti-self-defense cities in America.
 

Tanzania: U.N. tribunal convicts media workers for genocide in first trial of its kind in 50 years
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"A U.N. tribunal convicted and sentenced a radio news director and a newspaper editor to life imprisonment Wednesday for their role in promoting the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the first trial of media workers by an international court in more than 50 years."

"A senior executive at the radio station, Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines, was also sentenced to 27 years in prison for his role in the government-orchestrated massacres of minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus that killed 500,000 people."
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NOTE: That should be "killed 500,000 disarmed people." The price of "gun control" is not inconvenience, it is genocide!
 

UK: Loyalist fails in court bid to overturn sentence
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"A leading loyalist has failed in his attempt to have a two-year jail sentence overturned."

"Andre Shoukri, from Belfast, was jailed in July after being found guilty of possessing a gun and ammunition in suspicious circumstances."

"The 26-year-old was also sentenced for two years to run concurrently on charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition without certificates."

"However, he was cleared of possession with the intent to endanger life."

"Mr Shoukri was not in court today to hear the ruling from the Appeal Court judges who said his sentence was fully merited as the gun had been obtained illicitly together with a significant amount of ammunition." ...
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You mean guns can be had in the UK? But they're banned!
 

Philippines: Editorial: Guns purchase
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"The usual practice, either in government or in ordinary households, is to supply something only when there is a need for it—unless of course one is awash with money, then one can buy anything on sight without anybody raising a howl."

"In the purchase by the Cebu City Government of 12 Smith and Wesson revolvers and pistols amounting to almost P300,000, one is therefore prompted to ask whether there is a need for the guns, and if there is none, whether City Hall is awash with money."

"In defending the purchase, Mayor Tomas Osmeña said his allies need the guns for their protection." ...
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But your peons are barred from having the tools of self-defense and will go to prison if caught with one.
 

Philippines: Cop mauls municipal driver
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"A DRIVER of the municipal government of Ilog filed a mauling complaint against a policeman, saying he was manhandled inside a refreshment store in the town."

"The victim, Josue Carnazo, said SPO 1 Fernando Vicente, who was reportedly drunk, mauled him around 9 p.m. last November 29 while the victim was having a drinking spree with companions inside a refreshment store operated by Dorothy Larracas."

"The victim added that without any provocation, Vicente elbowed him, hitting him in the right hand and right ribs."

"He also said the policeman punched him in the left cheek for no reason at all, he added."

"Carnazo said Vicente even drew his .9 mm caliber pistol service firearm and poked it on the victim's mouth." ...
 

South Africa: Cop shoots colleague, self
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A 28-year-old police officer shot and killed his colleague before turning the gun on himself in Tabase near Mount Fletcher on Friday, Eastern Cape police said.

Inspector Ursula Roelofse said Sergeant Mlungiseleli Kweba, 37, and Constable Zwelethu Abner Sidzaba, 28, who stayed at the station barracks, were involved in an argument.

Kweba attacked Sidzaba with a knobkerrie. Sidzaba produced a firearm and shot his colleague and then shot himself, Roelofse said.

The bodies of the two policemen were found by a member of the public who went to the station to open a case.

Police were investigating the matter, Roelofse said.
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But only cops (and your nephew) should have guns, right Sarah?
 

Philippines: Ex-soldier wanted for murder, robbery falls
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"One of South-Central Mindanao's most wanted men surrendered to the police after a seven-hour negotiation."

"Chief Insp. Michael Lebanan said Saturn Caldea Jr., a former scout ranger, who is being accused of robbery and murder, yielded peacefully to the authorities, who had arrest warrants for the suspect's outstanding criminal charges."

"Police tagged Caldea as the suspect behind the recent 'vigilante-style' killings of two victims who were allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in Surallah town. They further said that the suspect has pending arrest warrants for several bank and highway robberies and six counts of rape issued by various courts." ...
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"But only cops and the military should have guns," say Sarah Brady and her merry anti-self-defense cohorts.
 

UK: Dame Kiri triggers gun drama as she checks in at hotel
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"Dramatic entrances are the stock in trade of the opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, but the flap caused by her arrival at a city centre hotel must have surprised even her."

"The Maori soprano unwittingly spread consternation among staff at the Holiday Inn Theatreland in Glasgow when she asked to be directed to the hotel's 'gun store'. This, she declared, was where she would like to store her firearms during her stay."

"The manager told Dame Kiri, 59, that he would have to contact the police to let them know there were firearms on the premises, and two officers arrived quickly."
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So they would rather she kept the guns in her rooms?
 

Philippines: Kidnap-rob gangster (who happens to be a cop) falls in Caloocan City
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"Police arrested on Thursday the leader of the robbery-holdup gang in the abduction and killing of a GMA 7 utility employee after the man created trouble in a remote barangay in Caloocan City."

"Supt. Dionicio Borromeo, chief of the Caloocan Police Station’s Investigation and Detective Management Branch, identified the suspect as Police Officer 1 Vladimir Binayug."

"His arrest followed a complaint of one Charles Galarce, a tricycle driver, for allegedly indiscriminately firing his gun. The suspect was apparently drunk, according to Galarce, who claimed that the policeman has the habit of firing his gun in the air, to terrorize tricycle drivers in the area to give him tong." ...
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But only cops . . . should ... have guns?
 

UK: Police's 'plastic gun' alert
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"A toy gun caused a security alert in Northampton after a man was seen carrying what looked liked an old fashioned pistol."

"Armed officers were called into the centre of the town on Thursday morning following reports a man on a bus was armed with a 'gun'."

"A 43-year-old man was arrested at Northampton bus station with what turned out to be a plastic pistol and after being questioned by police was cautioned and released."

"Northamptonshire Police have now issued a warning urging people not to carry any toy or fake guns in public."

"Superintendent George Shipman said: 'If people report seeing someone with what they think is a gun then we have to make an assessment and deploy armed officers to deal with the potential threat.' " ...
 

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As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms. — Tench Coxe in `Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution' under the Pseudonym "A Pennsylvanian" in the Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789 at 2 col. 1.

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