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Guns save lives
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"When lobbying for further restrictions on Second Amendment rights, gun-control advocates love to call attention to the number of crimes committed with guns in America. Brushing the Constitution off like a Transportation Services parking ticket, these groups call for more laws, more interference with average citizens seeking to exercise their outdated (albeit enumerated) rights. Somehow, they confuse good citizens with criminals. Ignored is the fact that, in the hands of the law-abiding, firearms are frequently used to prevent crimes."
 

Terrorists Beware
Submitted by: Robert Lewis

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"Now is the time for all Americans to acknowledge their God-given right to defend themselves and their families. The late Dr. Robert Humphries also asserted that we have an obligation to protect each other (others). Jack Hoban memorialized the philosophy of Dr. Humphries in 'The Warrior Creed': Wherever I go, everyone is a little bit safer because I am there. Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend. Whenever I return home, everyone is happy I am there."
 

Guns are Really Neat
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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"Guns are Really Neat. Aside from the fact that they can blow big 'ole holes through engine blocks and elk, they also teach us good theology. You see if people were basically good, we wouldn't need guns at all. And since governments consist universally of people, we know that we must not trust our leaders even as we obey God and pray for them. Train yourself to shoot a gun. And pray also that no one ever forces you to use it."
 

Don't protect a negligent industry
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Cars aren't meant to be crashed and Venetian blind cords aren't meant to be wrapped around your neck. But accidents happen. And so products from toys to appliances are designed with safety in mind - and are recalled when they cause injury."

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If every car involved in a crash were recalled or the car manufacturer sued, we'd all be walking. Suing a manufacturer for making a product that does exactly what it's designed to do simply because it's abused by a criminal few is absurd.
 

OK: Lawmen work to save program to fight crime
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Oklahoma lawmen are fighting to save a national crime prevention program that has provided state sheriffs and police departments with millions of dollars in grants and hundreds of new officers."

"The Community Oriented Policing Services program, known as COPS, has provided $9 billion in grants and has created more than 100,000 officer positions nationwide since 1994. President Bush's proposed fiscal year 2004 budget would slash the program's annual funding from more than $700 million to less than $200 million."
 

NPR airs BBC-produced anti-gun polemic
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"This major BBC World Service series, investigates the international illicit trade in small arms and light weapons."

"It examines how and why such weapons are trafficked, the negative impact of the trade and the international efforts employed to tackle it."

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The level of bias is remarkable, even for a notoriously far left broadcast outlet. What's worse is that NPR is funded in part by taxpayer dollars.
 

Don't punish industry for what people do
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"The lawsuits in question are definitely not frivolous. There is no question that they have been used as deadly weapons to damage or destroy gun manufacturing companies. They drive up the cost of firearms, thereby discriminating against low-income citizens who wish to protect their families or participate in shooting sports."

"The most notable suits are financed with your tax dollars by big-city mayors hoping to distract attention from their crime-fighting failures. They claim to seek reimbursement for the cost of treating gun violence victims. City council members who object are usually quieted with the promise of a financial windfall for the city if a suit is successful."
 

CA: 700 can carry concealed guns
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"Yuba County's latest batch of would-be pistol-packers recently finished a required eight-hour course offered by Yuba College.

They still face a background check and interview at the Sheriff's Department before they can legally go out in public with a snub-nosed .38 in a shoulder holster or a pink-handled .22 semiautomatic tucked in a purse."

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"A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the federal constitution... The power to impose a license tax on the exercise of these freedoms is indeed as potent as the power of censorship which this Court has repeatedly struck down... a person cannot be compelled 'to purchase, through a license fee or a license tax, the privilege freely granted by the constitution.' — MURDOCK V. PENNSYLVANIA 319 US 105 (1942)"
 

The Nineteen Eleven Effect
Submitted by: R. Lee Wrights
Website: http://www.rationalreview.com

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"The 1911, as we call the big roscoe with fond familiarity, did the job remarkably well for 75 years ... until the mid-1980s, when it was replaced by a travesty of European pseudomodernity and corrupt wheeler-dealering, an aluminum-framed small-caliber Italian popgun that's now being replaced, itself. The 1911 was even beginning to be replaced in the hearts and minds of civilian shooters, but it now appears -- thanks to Congress -- that it won't happen anytime soon."
 

TX: Federal Drug Agents Shoot Teen Girl In Head
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"The plain-clothed Drug Enforcement Administration officers were trying to apprehend a suspect when the teen girl left a building with someone matching the description of the man they were looking for."

"Officials said the teen and the man got into a car and began to drive off."

"The federal agents said when they tried to stop the pair, the girl, who was driving, drove the car toward the agents. Officials said one agent fired two rounds toward the car. When she tried to back up, agents said they fired two more rounds at the car."

"The girl was hit in the head by one of the bullets."
 

FL: Woman says her great-grandfather never sought gun before Miami cops shot him
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A woman whose great-grandfather was killed in a hail of 123 bullets from a Miami police SWAT team testified Monday that she never said he came to her room seeking a gun, saying the reference was a court reporter's mistake."

"Janeka Brown's testimony is crucial for federal prosecutors, who have charged 11 Miami officers with planting guns after four police shootings from 1995 to 1997 or covering up the misconduct."
 

UK: Gunmen threaten off-licence owner
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"Two thieves threatened an off-licence owner in Sutton-at-Hone with a gun before grabbing several hundred pounds in cash." ...

"They first entered the shop and approached the counter. Then one man produced a handgun, threatened the shop owner, reached over the counter and grabbed the cash. They both ran off towards Farningham station."
 

CA: Examine full picture (Letter)
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"The overall attempt by this state and this city -- and this newspaper -- to demonize the gun does have its rippling effect. I am sad to say there are law enforcement officers who would like to see citizens disarmed and, yes, there are some (very few) law enforcement officers who should not have a badge, let alone a gun. But this constant attack on guns --- can only make things harder on all our police and deputies. Maybe the next move is to take those nasty guns away from them."
 

Canada: First Nations' firearms licences
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A B.C. First Nation will start issuing its own firearms licences later this week, in a direct challenge to Ottawa's firearms' registry."

"The Tsilhquot'in Nation says it will issue the new licences instead of the legally-required federal licences."

"Chief Ervin Charleyboy says he's not worried that the plan goes against federal firearms laws."

"He says people who live on the six Tsilhquot'in reserves don't trust Ottawa's firearms registry."
 

Philippines: PNP backtracks on gun ban
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The implementation of President Macapagal-Arroyo’s gun ban for civilians has apparently fizzled out with the closure of a number of mobile checkpoints even before they could become operational."

"The Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday ordered its district offices to reduce the number of checkpoints in favor of intensified intelligence operations to identify individuals with unre­gistered firearms."
 

Dred Scott and your right to carry
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"For if they were so received, and entitled to the privileges and immunities of citizens, it would exempt them from the operation of the special laws and from the police regulations which they considered to be necessary for their own safety. It would give to persons of the negro race, who were recognized as citizens in any one State of the Union, the right to enter every other State whenever they pleased, singly or in companies, without pass or passport, and without obstruction, to sojourn there as long as they pleased, to go where they pleased at every hour of the day or night without molestation, unless they committed some violation of law for which a white man would be punished; and it would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went. And all of this would be done in the face of the subject race of the same color, both free and slaves, and inevitably producing discontent and insubordination among them, and endangering the peace and safety of the State."
 

UK: Fury over return of gun pupil
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"Union chiefs called for a change in legislation today after a school was forced to take back a pupil it expelled for shooting a teacher."

"The 11-year-old is back at Llantwit Major Comprehensive School in south Wales after shooting his sociology master in the neck with a toy ball bearing gun."
"School head Michael Norton expelled the pupil and was quickly backed up by his board of governors."

"But the boy's parents appealed to an independent panel which overturned the school's decision."
 

WA: Help keep guns from kids, crooks
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"Senate Bill 5317 is a simple, unobtrusive proposal. If a gun owner's loaded firearm should wind up in the hands of a child, the gun owner could face a charge of reckless endangerment, a gross misdemeanor. The gun owner is legally inoculated against that charge, however, if the firearm was safely stored; that is, 'secured in a locked box, gun safe, other secure locked storage space or secured with a lock or any device that prevents the firearm from discharging.' "

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The gun owner will also be legally dead in the event of a home invasion if his gun is inaccessible to him to defend his and his family's lives. But that doesn't matter to gun controllers, whose only mission is to institute yet more laws to make firearms completely inaccessible in times of need.
 

UK: Gunman threatens Telegraph reporter
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"Daily Telegraph sports journalist Martin Johnson has been threatened by a gunman in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare." ...

" 'An armed guard came out from nowhere with a sten(?) gun on his shoulder. He removed it from the non-offensive position to suggest to me that he didn't much care for my presence,' Johnson said."

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Aren't the Brits overwhelmingly in favor of only law enforcement having firearms? All of a sudden, this particular Brit wasn't too comfy when the guard pointed his weapon at him.
 

OH: Sex offenders: Where are they?
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"Ohio law officers cannot find at least 301 sex offenders who have failed to register their address as required by the state's Megan's Law."

"Among the wanted are predators who have committed violent rapes of teens and the elderly. Others on the list have molested children."

"And yet, an unconstitutional Ohio law prevents women from legally carrying a concealed firearm for their self-defense."
 

OH: CCW Debate 4pm Tuesday @ University Of Akron
Submitted by: Ohioans For Concealed Carry
Website: http://www.OhioCCW.org

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The University of Akron Sociology Club has scheduled a debate between the UofA Police Chief Paul Callahan and Professor of Sociology Dr. Brian Pendleton at 4pm TODAY (Tuesday). Ohioans For Concealed Carry is trying to inform individuals in the Akron area who may wish to attend this debate, possibly wearing OFCC shirts if you have them!

For more information (directions, locations, time) please follow the story link and pass the word.
 

OH: Akron: Yet another attack after 'restraining' order fails to restrain
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"Police said Mickie T. Barmore, entered Eleanor D. Heller's home in the 400 block of Cole Avenue around 2:30 a.m. and told her, 'You're going to die,' while stabbing her with a steak knife."

"Heller had a restraining order against Barmore, who is the father of her two children."

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This woman should have been armed with more than just a piece of paper.

The victims of violence in these situations may realize only too late that they need to defend themselves, and in such a situation, Ohio's concealed carry ban can kill.
 

New second amendment lawsuit challenging the D.C. gun ban (blog)
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"Two people from the Cato Institute (though not the Institute itself) and a couple of other lawyers have filed a lawsuit challenging the D.C. gun ban on Second Amendment grounds." ...

"I think the plaintiffs should win; ... I believe the Second Amendment secures an individual right to keep and bear arms, and a near-total gun ban such as the one in D.C. (which prohibits the possession even of rifles and shotguns, unless they are unloaded and either locked or disassembled) surely violates that right. Whether the plaintiffs will win is, of course, a harder question."

[Article includes links.]
 

OH: Cincy cop assaulted with his own nightstick shoots, kills attacker
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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In Hamilton County, where two courts and four judges ruled Ohio's felony prohibition against carrying firearms for self-defense is unconstitutional, a police officer was forced to use deadly force when a burglary suspect turned on him with the officer's nightstick.

One can only imagine the reaction this suspect may have had against the average disarmed citizen in Hamilton County had someone discovered him in their own home.
 

OH: Latest Million Mom attack on Ohio's Jim Trakas (R-17)
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"The Million Mommies just won't let up on Jim Trakas (R-17). After enduring a litany of televised attack ads, and the staging of a poorly attended and politically unsuccessful election eve opposition rally, Rep. Jim Trakas probably thought the Mommies were silenced on election day, when he soared to a convincing victory, taking votes nearly 2 to 1."

"Little did he know, his anti-CCW foes would wait less than 1 month into the start of the 125th General Assembly to launch a new salvo."
 

NY: Rod & Gun Club aims at having fun
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"The hills behind the Elbridge Rod and Gun Club on Laird Road rang with shots fired from muzzleloaders Saturday morning. The annual Black Powder Shoot and Winter Rendezvous drew about 40 people to the club, and more are expected as the rendezvous continues today. Participants shoot at paper targets 25 yards away."
 

OH: HB12 Assigned to Criminal Justice Committee
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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House Bill 12 was assigned to the Criminal Justice Committee, which meets at 2:30pm Tuesday afternoons. HB12 is not on the agenda yet, but could be added at any time.

Hearings are held in room 114 of the Statehouse and parking can be found under the building (if you arrive early) or in neighboring parking garages.

Click here for the list of committee members, their concealed carry reform position, & contact information.
 

OH: New online poll asks if votes in '04 will be affected by failure to pass CCW in Ohio
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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A new survey has been added to the OFCC PAC website, inquiring as to whether or not your votes for incumbent Representatives and Senators in 2004 would be affected by another failure to pass a CCW reform bill into law.
 

TX: Texas Constable Accused Of Looting Shuttle Debris
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Sources told Houston's KPRC-TV that Harrison County Constable Robert Hagan, who is an elected official, has been charged with theft of government property."

"U.S. Attorney Michael Orwig said Hagan is accused of taking a piece of tile and other debris while helping with recovery efforts in the Nacogdoches, Texas, area."

"Hagan was spotted over the weekend with significant amounts of shuttle debris in his patrol car, sources said."
 

OH: Postal Worker Shot While Delivering Mail
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A woman allegedly approached him and said she wanted a ride. He apparently told her that he couldn't give her one because he was working. She then pulled out a gun and told him to give her everything he had. He tried to give her his mailbag, but she wanted his wallet. The woman ended up shooting Perkins in the stomach, according to officials."
 

Peace Eludes Sniper Victims
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...Ms. Adams explained how she finds herself furious at some moments and equally afraid at others. She wondered out loud about buying a handgun to protect herself and her 21-month-old daughter, Brenda Lynn, when her husband, Lyn, a local supermarket truck driver, is at work. Noting that she has never been a fan of guns, Ms. Adams said buying one would be about protecting her psyche as much as her person."
 

South Africa: Pietermaritzburg butchery owner shoots burglar dead
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" 'I took my firearm and drove to the butchery [where] I found that the burglar bars and shop front had been broken. As I got out my vehicle, I saw three men inside. One of them had a gun, which he pointed at me, and the other one had a knife in his hand.' "

"Hanuman got his firearm from his car and then saw that the men were coming towards him."

" 'I immediately fired two shots and one of them fell to the ground. The other two ran away.' "
 

Special protection for firearms industry opposed by Blacks, gun control advocates
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Nearly 30,000 Americans are killed by gun violence annually, he said, and the industry refuses 'to take simple steps to regulate, supervise, or exercise reasonable control over the marketing, distribution and sale of its handguns.' "

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More lies and distortions from the Brady Center about the so-called special protections for the gun industry. The industry is already liable if the product malfunctions in any way. What Brady really wants is to sue the gun industry out of existence.
 

New 'Patriot Act' under fire from civil rights groups
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"Civil rights campaigners have criticised proposals for a second 'Patriot Act' that would strengthen the already comprehensive powers of US law enforcement agencies." ...

"Proposals being drafted would expand those powers by authorising secret arrests, compiling a new DNA data-base, extending the death penalty to more offences, scrapping judicial oversight of police surveillance and removing citizenship from those people who support groups not favoured by the authorities."
 

Why Are We Tolerating Treason?
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"I read daily of horrible acts against the people of this country and those of the world. In every case, the rights of Man are defied by those who have been elected to serve the people in various government positions or hired by those in office to serve the people. Somehow, though, these elected/hired officials have forgotten their duty is to the people, not to the State..."
 

Cato Legal Scholars File Second Amendment Challenge to Washington, D.C. Gun Ban
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Robert A. Levy, senior fellow in constitutional studies, and Gene Healy, senior editor, joined by two other D.C.-based attorneys, argue in their complaint that 'the Second Amendment guarantees individuals a fundamental right to possess a functional, personal firearm, such as a handgun ... within the home.' But D.C. officials 'enforce a set of laws [that] deprive individuals, including the plaintiffs, of this important right.' "
 

VA: Banana robber gets time
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"A Lynchburg, Virginia, man who robbed a convenience store by pretending a banana in his pocket was a gun has been sentenced to 18 months in prison."

"Patrick Mann says he was trying to finance a crack cocaine addiction that cost him 300 dollars a day."

"He entered a 7-Eleven store last July Fourth, took a banana, put it in his pocket like a gun and demanded money."

"He made off with about ten dollars."

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Do you suppose that had this happened in New York City, legislators there would be taking steps to outlaw bananas and all banana-shaped toys?
 

Damn Right to Bear Arms
Submitted by: J W Parsons

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“The main reason people must have the right to bear arms is for the balance of power. Once the government even knows the location of all the weapons, the people no longer have the ability to stop despotism. (This, of course, implies that the people would want to stop it, as is clearly not the case in the U.S.) . . . As for snipers and mad bombers, they are only the first symptoms of a disintegrating democracy.”
 

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