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The President of the National Rifle Association is Jewish?
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Sandra Froman is only the second woman and the first Jew ever to hold the volunteer position of NRA president. While there are certainly other Jews on her side of the gun debate (including several NRA board members), the vast majority of American Jews and much of the organized Jewish community consistently support gun control measures. Hadassah, B'nai B'rith, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, the American Jewish Committee and others have been essentially 'blacklisted' by the NRA on its website. Yet here is a Harvard Law-educated Jewish woman emerging as a leader on—as she herself teases—'the dark side.'" ...
 

Sovereign Immunity Needs to Go
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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... "Bob Arwady runs the Ammo Dump, a gun store in Houston, Texas. His first exposure to the abuses of sovereign immunity came from a knock on the door from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. After operating his new shooting range for police and public shooters for four months, the Commission shut him down with the threat of fining shooters $5,000 for each bullet they put in the dirt berms used as bullet traps. They claimed that they had a water sample that proved that those bullets were leaching lead in dangerous quantities into the stream behind his range and polluting water downstream."

"It turns out that the signed affidavit by the Environmental Quality officer stating that he had taken the water sample was a lie. ..." ...
 

Mallett negotiates agreement, NRA may remove Browns objection
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"An 11th-hour compromise on the Turret Road through Browns Canyon may open the door for the Browns Canyon Wilderness Act to be approved before the 109th Congress retires later this month."

"Chaffee County Commissioner Jerry Mallett on Friday negotiated an agreement with representatives of the National Rifle Association, of which he is a member, to remove the NRA's objection to the Browns Canyon Wilderness Act."

"The act would create a wilderness designation for 20,000 acres along the Arkansas River north of Salida. The NRA objected on grounds the designation would close Turret Road and restrict hunting access in the area." ...
 

MD: Garrett authorities say fatal shooting was self-defense
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Authorities in Garrett County say a fatal shooting Sunday was an apparent act of self-defense.

The shooting in Accident killed 29-year-old David Lancaster of Saltzburg, Pennsylvania.

The sheriff's office says Lancaster was shot three times with a handgun fired by his friend, 52-year-old Norris Rush. Authorities say Rush opened fire after Lancaster stabbed Rush in the hand with a butcher knife.

The altercation occurred in the kitchen of Rush's home in the 11-hundred block of Friendsville Road.
 

IL: Armed teenager fatally shot as he breaks into Zion home
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"A woman shot and killed a rifle-toting teenager who burst into her home late Friday night in Zion, police said." ...

"Clad in a black ski mask and gloves, Davis forced open the back door of a home ..."

"The 55-year-old wife heard the doorjamb shatter, grabbed a 9 mm handgun from her bedroom and ran to the kitchen, Malcolm said."

"She fired twice and both rounds struck Davis, who was found by police on the kitchen floor still wearing the mask, Malcolm said."

"'It's a terrible situation when it involves kids like this, but these were two middle-aged people sitting in their house and someone came in with a loaded rifle,' Malcolm said. 'With all the information we have right now, we don't anticipate any charges.'" ...
 

UN: United action needed to protect civilians in armed conflict, says departing Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The good news was that overall progress was being made towards protecting civilians in armed conflict, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Jan Egeland, told the Security Council today -- there were fewer armed conflicts, better humanitarian and peacekeeping work and better mediation than before -- but, the bad news was that the armed groups were more ruthless than ever, intent on making the situation as bad as possible for the defenceless civilian populations." [emphasis added]

"... Mr. Egeland warned that, in 2006, the abuse of civilian populations had regressed to the 'darkest Middle Ages'. The violations were really crimes against humanity and war crimes, which, in some cases, amounted to genocide, he said." ...
 

OH: 80 local gun laws imperiled by bill
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"Laws that hold adults responsible when children get guns."

"Assault-weapon bans in Columbus and six other cities."

"Prohibitions on 'Saturday night specials.'"

"A Cincinnati measure barring firearms sales within 1,000 feet of schools."

"All those and dozens of other ordinances would be swept away by a proposed state law that Gov. Bob Taft has pledged to veto."

"Overall, 80 ordinances in Columbus, Dublin and 18 other communities would be preempted if House Bill 347 becomes law. The bill is on the way to Taft after passing the Republican-controlled Ohio House 74-14 and the Ohio Senate 19-10." ...
 

OH: Press release - Amended Substitute HB347 (BFA)
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"Substitute HB 347 has been delivered to Governor Bob Taft today. This action starts the 10 day clock during which the Governor may either sign or veto the bill. If he does neither, it becomes law without his signature 90 days later."

"The governor's office maintains that he 'most likely will veto the bill.' He has until December 16 to take that action. The Governor's office has received hundreds of calls and emails in support of HB347."

"Jim Irvine, chairman of Buckeye Firearms Association, said 'This Bill is an important step on the path towards modernizing Ohio's firearm laws. We applaud the Senators and Representatives who worked hard to see this Bill's passage ...' ..." ...
 

PA: Small-town Pa. councilman calls for a gun in every house
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"In this tiny community of clapboard houses nestled along the banks of a Pennsylvania river, many residents own guns for hunting or self-defense."

"But a local councilman, inspired by steps taken by an Idaho town, has proposed an ordinance that recommends all households keep the weapons and ammunition to ward off would-be burglars and prevent crime from creeping into the area." ...
 

Say Hello to the Goodbye Weapon
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The crowd is getting ugly. Soldiers roll up in a Hummer. Suddenly, the whole right half of your body is screaming in agony. You feel like you've been dipped in molten lava. You almost faint from shock and pain, but instead you stumble backwards -- and then start running. To your surprise, everyone else is running too. In a few seconds, the street is completely empty."

"You've just been hit with a new nonlethal weapon that has been certified for use in Iraq -- even though critics argue there may be unforeseen effects." ...

"The ADS shoots a beam of millimeters waves ..."

"The longer waves are thought to limit the effects of the radiation. If used properly, ADS will produce no lasting adverse affects, the military argues." ...
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Submitter's Note: Like the TASER this will be presented as an alternative to shooting people. Like the TASER this will also be an very effective "pain compliance" device.
 

NC: 3 Deputies On Paid Leave Following Student's Shooting Death
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"Three New Hanover County sheriff's deputies are on paid leave following the shooting death of a Cape Fear Community College student from Durham who was killed while law enforcement officers served an arrest warrant at the home he shared."

"Peyton Strickland, 18, was killed Friday night after answering a knock at the door of his off-campus residence, his roommate, Mike Rhoton, told the Star-News of Wilmington."

"A spokesman for the sheriff's office said up to eight officers were helping University of North Carolina at Wilmington police serve the warrant. The three placed on paid leave all fired shots, the sheriff's office said late Sunday."

"Strickland was unarmed, Rhoton said, when he was shot. Deputies also shot Strickland's German shepherd dog to death, he said." ...
 

NC: Authorities tight-lipped about student shooting (follow-up)
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"Authorities are not saying much about what happened inside that house Friday night. But we have put a few pieces of the puzzle together after obtaining court documents in the case." ...

"While the use of deadly force may sound extreme cops may have had reason to fear for their safety during this arrest."

"NewsChannel 3 obtained a copy of the search warrant in the case. In it were pictures detectives found on Ryan Mills's web site. He's shown posing with assault rifles, shotguns and pistols." ...
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NC: Former Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Drug Charge
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"The former police chief of Bethel has pleaded guilty to illegally distributing crack cocaine."

"Reginald Laverne Roberts, 41, had been chief in the small Pitt County town for about five years before his arrest in October 2005."

"His plea entered in federal court Monday was part of a deal that resulted in the dismissal of four other charges. His sentencing is scheduled for March and he faces a prison term of at least five years." ...

"He and one of his department lieutenants, Jerome Earl Cox, 31, were arrested after an investigation by local, state and federal officers. ..."

"Pitt County District Attorney Clark Everett said prosecutors had to dismiss charges in about 25 cases that Roberts and Cox handled because of questions about their credibility. Most of the cases involved drug charges, he said."
 

NJ: Judge: Man isn't violating gun laws
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"District Judge Diane Repyneck threw out 17 citations Monday against a 62-year-old township man accused of violating local gun laws."

"The judge ruled Richard Seruga ... was not in violation of any other township laws when he repeatedly fired his gun at a target behind his home." ...

"[ADA] Zumas told the judge that by repeatedly ignoring police citations, Seruga showed 'blatant disregard' for officers and for the law."

"But defense attorney Craig Penglase of Doylestown said police were showing disregard."

"... chiding the township for continuing to cite Seruga even after Repyneck threw out Seruga's previous citations based on the argument that the law allows an exception for property owners to fire on their own land." ...
 

PA: Philly gun task force to seek consent to search homes
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"After an uptick in city homicides this year, the vast majority of them involving guns, law-enforcement officials have created a task force to try to rid the city of illegal guns."

"The unit, funded with $5 million from the state, will hire retired Philadelphia homicide detectives and others to target neighborhoods where gun violence is most pervasive."

"Police also plan to ask home owners at times for consent to search their homes without a probable-cause warrant, District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham said Monday."

"'If we go to a house, we're going to ask the owner of the house if they will consent to a search for illegal weapons,' Abraham said at a news conference. ..." ...
 

ME: 'Gun' incident comes close to tragic ending
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"If it weren’t for a quarter-inch strip of orange plastic on a toy gun, a 15-year-old boy might be interred in a cemetery today - and Police Chief Donald Bolduc’s career on hold." ...

"Bolduc was at the police station about 4 p.m. Thursday when he received a radio call ... reporting a youth with a gun in a front yard ..."

"Trained to prepare for the worst scenario, Bolduc donned his bulletproof vest and his police uniform overcoat and headed toward the house ..." ...

"Had it gone another way — had the boy been farther away, had the Gliddens seen him draw the realistic-looking pistol, or had Bolduc not been a trained firearms instructor with nearly 18 years of law enforcement experience — things could have ended very differently, Bolduc said." ...
 

NY: Guns Gone Wild
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"In the pre-dawn hours of November 25, outside the Kalua Cabaret in Jamaica, Queens, Detective Mike Oliver squeezed the trigger of his police-issue 9mm pistol in the line of duty for the first time in his 12 years on the force. He squeezed again and again and again until he had fired all 16 shots in the weapon. Then he pushed the extractor button with his thumb, popping out the empty clip, and with his left hand he slapped a 15-round clip up through the hollow handle. He fired and fired until the gun was emptied again—31 shots in 10 to 15 seconds, tops. And he wasn't the only cop firing." ...
 

PA: City police buy back 300 guns
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"The 13th annual Goods for Guns buyback program collected at least 300 guns Saturday, about 50 more than last year."

"About 260 of those were handguns; the rest were rifles, shotguns and one SKS assault rifle that someone turned over to Pittsburgh Housing Authority police."

"As happens every year, many people turned in loaded pistols." ...

The buyback ... allowed people to hand over unwanted guns anonymously in exchange for grocery coupons ..." ...

"Since the buyback started in 1994, spearheaded by emergency room doctors concerned about shootings, some 10,000 working guns have been collected."

"Buyback programs here and in other cities have often been criticized as ineffective in reducing street violence ..." ...
 

OH: Gun store owner drops plan to open shop in Wadsworth
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"Embattled area businessman Douglas Warren said he wanted to provide services to people in the Wadsworth area."

"But all he saw in the future for his proposed venture was a battle."

"That's the primary reason Warren and Siara Arms co-owners Tammy and Matthew Rinehart -- Wadsworth residents for 11 years -- decided Monday morning to keep their gun store in Coventry Plaza." ...
 

CO: Shooting - US Pan-Am Air Rifle, Pistol Team chosen; USAMU Soldier wins slot
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"U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athletes Emily Caruso of Fairfield, Conn., and Matt Emmons of Fairbanks, Alaska, secured their positions on the 2007 U.S. Pan-American Games Rifle Team on the final day of shots at the USA Shooting Top Gun Air Match, which ran Dec. 1 to 3."

"Caruso, a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, shot a 498.2 in Sunday's competition for a three-day total of 1399.1. The score bettered the marks of any other U.S. American, making her the automatic selection for Team USA." ...
 

OH: Another news story omits CHL details, so I asked DDN writer why (BFA)
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"On November 27, Dayton Daily News staff writer Steve Bennish filed a story detailing events involving a store clerk whp defended himself against an armed robber." ...

"I noticed that, once again, there was no mention of whether or not either the store clerk or criminal had a concealed handgun license, despite Ohio Newspaper Association assertions about the necessity media access loophole (which allows journalists to obtain the private, personal information of Ohio CHL-holders) for just such a time as this." ...

"So I decided to write Mr. Bennish to inquire as to why. His response was refreshing." ...
 

New Zealand: Gun shop worker chooses trial by jury
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"An Auckland gun shop worker has chosen trial by jury, on a charge in connection with a shooting."

"Greg Carvell, 33, appeared in Auckland District Court on Wednesday, following the shooting of a man in the gun shop last July. The man, who was allegedly threatening him with a machete, was wounded in the stomach."

"Mr Carvell - who is charged with the possession of a firearm without lawful, proper or sufficient purpose - ... vowed to fight the charge which he said is unfounded."

"A group of supporters also launched a petition outside court in his defence, with placards reading 'self defence is a human right'."

"Mr Carvell's father, Ray, says the Crown is trying to take away the fundamental right to self defence." ...
 

UK: War veteran attacked by burglar
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"A 92-year-old deaf man was hit over the head with a vase and beaten with his own walking stick by a burglar." ...

"The pensioner suffered cuts to his head and was taken to hospital. Police said the attack was 'truly shocking'." ...

"Det Ch Insp Mary Doyle, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), said: 'This was a truly shocking attack on a defenceless and frail elderly man in his own home.'"

"'We want to take this opportunity to remind residents, particularly vulnerable and elderly people, to keep their doors locked, even during the day.'" ...
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Submitter's Note: Translation - Cower in your homes but don't even think about defending yourself with force or we'll Tony Martin your ass.
 

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