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Letters to the editor from Ryan Anderson
Submitted by: tdoff

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Anderson is the guy recently arrested for attempting to pass information to al Qaeda, but his letters make you wonder if he wasn't under suspicion for another reason. We better not judge him too quickly. His case is worthy of some scrutiny.

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"I fear war for another reason, that being that the elements in our own society who would rob us of our individual liberties and freedoms can use the auspices of national security to steal them. Already in the past century we have given up an alarming amount of individual liberty to feel safe."

"No amount of gun control, press restriction or racial or religious profiling will save us from a body count like that of Sept. 11. But if you get a chance to read some of the bills due to go before Congress, some people obviously aren't going to let that stop them from continuing their crusade to save us from ourselves." ...

"A militia by definition is an irregular force. It usually includes all able-bodied citizens between the ages of 17 and 45. In simplest terms, a militia is a group of armed citizens who have banded together temporarily to defend their homes and community."

"If we went with Becker's interpretation, the Second Amendment would grant a standing army and a police force the right to maintain weapons, a right that has no need to be declared in a document such as the Bill of Rights, even in the 1770s." ...

"I fear that my voice, however, is but a calm whisper in a room of angry shouts. Today I am a young soldier, sworn to protect and defend this country, but if tomorrow I find that this nation is no longer the one based upon the freedom I was taught to love, I'll have little choice but to go where I can live in freedom. When you people out there who would give up liberty for safety, stand up to be counted, you'll not find me among you, because you deserve neither. Free men can possess arms, slaves cannot."
 

Gun Control or Homeland Security: You Can't Have Both
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"They are working behind the scenes to make sure you are defenseless, so that when they attack, they will be assured of success. Driven by hate, they seek to render you harmless to them, so that they may inflict maximum harm to you."

"Sounds like typical Islamic terrorists, doesn’t it. But I am not talking about them; they are small potatoes compared to what is being proposed by some Democratic senators, led by Ted (Chappaquiddick) Kennedy and Frank (No Guns for You) Lautenberg. The terrorists are honest. They hate you and aren’t afraid to show it. They despise our way of life and live only to see it destroyed. The aforementioned U.S. senators claim to care about your security and well-being. They mouth feel-good slogans to disarm you mentally and emotionally, so that they can disarm you in fact." ...

"Senators Lautenberg and Kennedy are proposing S. 969, the Homeland Security Gun Safety Act of 2003. This bill would effectively suspend your ability to purchase any gun if the 'Homeland Security Advisory System is elevated, high, or severe.' This ban would remain in effect until 'the threat condition has been at the lowest level for 180 consecutive days.' "
 

Tiahrt helps gun records stay out of public view
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The government no longer is releasing records tracking the source of firearms used in crimes, a concession to the gun lobby that was approved by Congress last month."

"The change was enforced for the first time last week when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives turned down Freedom of Information Act requests made by The Associated Press and others for certain gun records."

"The change bars the release of any information that was gathered regarding gun dealers. Law enforcement agencies still have access."
 

Parents not Locking up Guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Parents do a reasonably good job of making their homes safe for children -- with one major exception, new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research indicates. As a group, they don't lock guns away where kids can't get at them." ...

"Coyne-Beasley and UNC School of Public Health graduate students Kara McGee and Renee M. Johnson, limited their current analysis to the 94 people who owned guns and also had children under age 7. Among the findings was that 36 percent of people reporting gun ownership and younger children in the home admitted to keeping their firearms loaded. Forty-five percent didn't store their guns locked, and 57 percent failed to store them in a locked compartment."

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So what? So parents aren't disabling their self defense tools or making them inaccessible in times of emergency, and this is supposed to be a bad thing? Maybe they are teaching their children gun safety. Maybe they never leave their children unsupervised with loaded guns.
 

Police Chiefs Campaign to Fight Senate Bill That Would Protect Gun Dealers
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Lie: "A large number of police chiefs and other law enforcement officials have joined gun control advocates in a campaign to defeat a Senate bill that would grant gun makers and dealers almost total immunity from lawsuits."

Truth: If gun makers produce a defective product that doesn't do what it is supposed to do, or somehow misfires and harms the user, there is no immunity. If a gun dealer knowingly breaks the law, there is no immunity.

How can you take an article that states a blatant lie in the very first paragraph seriously?

 

FL: Guns don't kill; records do?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Look! More ignorance from the (com)Post!

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"Florida lawmakers, prominent among them Rep. Carl Domino, R-Jupiter, are promoting legislation that would make it harder for police to solve violent gun crimes." ...

"Basically, Florida Senate Bill 1152 and House Bill 0155 would keep police from compiling records of pawned guns." ...

"Who knew that keeping track of pawned guns was such a threat to hard-won liberty?" KABA Answer: Anyone who understands that every free human being has a right to conduct a mutually beneficial property exchange with another without the government breathing down their necks.
 

PA: Hiding guns is no gauge of safety
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Gun safety advocates say the only way to keep a gun out of a child's hands is to secure it with a trigger lock or in a gun safe, which legislation introduced in the state House last year would require. Under the legislation, if parents don't properly secure their guns and a child uses one to commit a crime, the parent could be held criminally responsible."

"A crime resulting in injury or death would mean felony charges." ...

"Pro-gun groups such as the Allegheny County Sportsmen's League say use of gun locks should be up to the owner. Michael Slavonic Jr., chairman of the league's legislative committee, said his group is in favor of education and training that informs gun owners about responsibility with firearms."
 

Guardsman outspoken on Islam, patriotism
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The arrest bewildered the brigade's soldiers and their family members, and stunned Anderson's family." ...

"Anderson, who grew up in Everett, made his appearance in the Muslim chat room shortly after he graduated from Washington State University in 2002..."

"His e-mails to the group included references to his skill as a marksman and his desire to teach others how to shoot guns."

"Concerned, Junejo said, he appealed to the Web site's administrator to boot Anderson off. Denied that action, Junejo appealed to Anderson, telling him the remarks were inappropriate and that Islam is a religion of peace."

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Does the religion of peace preclude armed self-defense, or the defense of one's land?
 

Will the Real Threat to America Please Stand Up?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"...My point is that the government cannot protect us completely, and in my opinion, have contributed to or even allowed such a scenario! Personally, I’d rather live in a free country with some chance of violence than live in a police state and be (supposedly) totally safe."

"On the other hand, now that the US government has admitted they can’t protect us, I don’t think we should pay them! Right? Only those who can do the job get paid? After the next attack all Americans should refuse to pay the taxes. Fire’em all! Maybe I should be the National Security Advisor. ..."
 

NY: New York Police Training for Catastrophic Terrorism
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"The New York Police Department, working with city health officials, federal authorities and other agencies, has been preparing for a possible attack with nuclear, biological or chemical weapons, perhaps the most daunting threat facing municipalities in a post-9/11 world."

"Meeting in secret and conducting complex drills, the department has brought together government agencies in a broad effort for much of the last year. In doing so, it has put together a program that some national security and law enforcement officials describe as unrivaled among American cities." ...

"Additional officers would be required to maintain order in a potentially panicky city, which could experience an exodus, at the same time the department would be seeking to increase patrols to deter a possible secondary attack as they were investigating the one that had already occurred." ...

"Moreover, the city recently changed the health code to allow the city to detain anyone health officials suspect of having being exposed to a deadly infectious pathogen."
 

FL: One cop refused to 'play game' of stats
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"An internal memo typed by Shawn Enser, a Broward sheriff's sergeant who refused to 'play the game,' was one catalyst for an investigation of whether Broward County's largest law enforcement agency has falsified crime statistics to make itself look good."

"Released Friday, the five-page memo prompted BSO's internal affairs department to take a hard look at the way deputies allegedly downgraded crimes into non-crimes, intimidated victims into not reporting crimes or 'cleared' crimes that weren't really solved."

"The memo was released in response to a Herald public records request five days ago that prompted Sheriff Ken Jenne to disclose the investigation at a Thursday news conference."
 

Nixon's Children
Submitted by: Joshua Long

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"But out of the gobbledygook, comes a very clear thing: you can't trust the government; you can't believe what they say; and you can't rely on their judgment; and the – the implicit infallibility of presidents, which has been an accepted thing in America, is badly hurt by this, because it shows that people do things the president wants to do even though it's wrong, and the president can be wrong."

"...former President Richard M. Nixon heard those fateful words during a meeting in the Oval Office with aide H.R. Halderman, who uttered them. The date was June 14, 1971 and Nixon was obsessing over the publication a day earlier of the Pentagon Papers in The Washington Post."
 

Bopp letter to the Editor of Roll Call
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Emboldened by a Supreme Court victory in McConnell v. FEC, upholding nearly every McCain-Feingold amendment to the Federal Election Campaign Act, the 'reform' industry seeks to trick Republicans into supporting further restrictions on advocacy group participation in our democracy. The purported targets of these new restrictions are newly created section 527 groups, America Coming Together and the Media Fund, whose announced purpose is defeating President Bush. Republicans should not take this bait."
 

TX: Student Steals Gun From Teacher's Locked Briefcase
Submitted by: Tom Glass
Website: http://www.juryduty.org

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"A special education teacher who brought a loaded pistol to the Stafford High School campus has resigned."

"A 16-year-old student stole the gun from a locked briefcase Wednesday and took the weapon home, police said. Police have recovered it, and charges are pending against the teacher and student, said Stafford police officer Raphael Virata."

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The gun was in a locked briefcase with conflicting stories on the briefcase in the school (illegal) or the teacher's car (legal).

Sadly, the teacher has resigned. In this day of school disarmed victim slaughter zones, we need more teachers with the courage to protect our children effectively. To protect our children, we need TLC (Teachers Licensed to Carry).
 

IN: Immunity bill wrongly protects owners of guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The family of slain police officer Eryk Heck deserves an opportunity to sue the owners of the gun that killed him. A bill in the General Assembly that would nullify their lawsuit and most others filed against gun owners for negligence should be defeated."

"The bill co-sponsored by Sen. Robert Meeks, R-LaGrange, would carve out a special exemption from negligence lawsuits for gun owners, legal immunity not available to owners of motor vehicles or other potentially lethal possessions subject to misuse by others."

"...The immunity would shield gun owners even when common sense should tell them someone is likely to commit a crime with their weapons."
 

Japan: Police inspector fires gun inside Chiba police station
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"An assistant police inspector accidentally fired his revolver inside a police box conference room after he forgot to unload it, it has been learned."

"Police said officers were carrying out laser shooting training without bullets in the conference room at the Yachiyo Police Station in Chiba Prefecture at about 8:40 a.m. on Tuesday when the assistant inspector accidentally fired one shot from his revolver."

"The shot hit the concrete wall of the room and no one was injured."
 

UK: Amateur rappers had loaded gun and bullets
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A nine-millimetre pistol 'loaded and ready for action' was found by armed officers when they raided a bungalow where five young men were staying, Birmingham Crown Court was told."

"Police also discovered an 'amateur rap video' the men had made featuring the weapon, it was claimed." ...

"He said when arrested and interviewed, all the men denied knowledge of the gun."

"Simms, he said, admitted the body armour was his for his own protection telling officers 'There are lots of bad people out there.' "
 

Japan: Gun enthusiasts drive booming illegal gun trade
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The number of handguns police seized from online traders has shot up by nearly 75 percent in 2003 from the corresponding figure a year before, a National Police Agency (NPA) report has shown."

"The report published on Thursday also revealed that gun enthusiasts have clearly overtaken members of gang organizations as the number one customers in the illegal gun trade. A total of 785 pistols were confiscated in Japan and 451 of them, or 57.5 percent, were seized from members of the public without gangland connections."
 

PA: Shots fired at victim disarmament zone
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The gunmen who opened fire outside a North Philadelphia school on Wednesday morning, striking young Faheem Thomas-Childs in the face, unleashed 94 rounds of ammunition during their wild shooting spree."

"Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson also said Friday that ballistics reports showed that six guns were used during the shoot-out."

"The assailants, who police believe are members of two warring factions in the neighborhood around 23d and Cambria Streets, were still at large, Johnson said. But police now believe they, too, were dropping off children at the school when they drew their weapons and began to shoot."
 

MS: More than 800 guns taken off streets
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"How many illegal guns are on the streets of Jackson?"

"Jackson Police Sgt. Anthony Moore can only shake his head and shrug his shoulders. 'We have recovered hundreds of them,' he said."

"Local, state and federal authorities are working together to get guns out of the wrong hands. But it's a daunting task."

"Last year alone, more than 800 guns were taken off the streets. Of the 46 people killed in Jackson last year, 32 were gunshot victims."
 

OH: Libraries, other public buildings post reminders against guns
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Will Ohioans remember to check their newly concealed handguns at the door?

" 'How the hell should we know?' fumes Stephen Wood, head of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. 'They're concealed!' "

"As required by the state's concealed-handgun law, officials are posting signs reminding locals that their new power to pack hidden handguns ends at the thresholds of public buildings."

"But Wood worries that patrons may overlook the new signs as easily as the old ones calling for silence."
 

OH: Sheriff’s office working to answer concealed-carry questions
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"Several questions about Ohio’s new concealed carry law were raised by members of the Hamilton business community on Friday, but many could not be answered."

"The Butler County Sheriff’s Office held a public information session aimed to familiarize business owners with Ohio’s Concealed Handgun Permit Law — which goes into effect on April 8 — and how it applies to and affects businesses." ...

"Business owners posed questions that ran the gamut from whether business owners would be liable for employee, gun-related incidents that occur on their property, to whether a person can carry a gun on his person while traveling through a bank’s drive-thru night deposit, if the bank specifies that firearms are not allowed on the premises."
 

OH: Law enforcement debates what the law will mean
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"Interest in obtaining concealed-carry handgun permits will be strong at first but will ebb once people realize that packing a gun can be a bother, says the director of a statewide law enforcement organization."

"About 100,000 Ohioans will get the permits this year, estimated Robert Cornwell, executive director of the Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association, which supports the new law."

"That number is likely to lessen over time because "a lot of the novelty will wear off" as permit holders encounter the inconveniences and concerns that come with carrying a concealed gun, Cornwell said."

"Can't take it everywhere."
 

South Africa: Drive-by killer carries a gun again - legally
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"A former police reservist convicted of attempting to murder two people in racist drive-by shootings in Durban in 1997, and declared unfit by the court to possess a firearm, is out of jail and in 'legal' possession of a licensed Glock 9mm pistol."

"Convicted of attempting to murder Ishmail Hadebe, 63, and Simon Hlongwane, 55, in separate drive-by shootings ...Matthew Towill is on parole after serving a portion of two five-year sentences." ...

"He is clearly a dangerous guy to be carrying a firearm. This was not supposed to happen. There must be a loophole in the law. " ...

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Meanwhile, the disarmament of law-abiding citizens continues, while this guy is granted the privilege of carrying a pistol. Government at work.
 

South Africa: Cop kills wife, then turns gun on himself
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FULL TEXT BELOW:

An off-duty policeman in Umtata allegedly shot dead his wife before using the gun to kill himself following an argument morning.

Police spokesman Superintendent Nondumiso Jafta, said the incident happened at their home in the city's Ikwezi Section.

It is alleged that the wife attempted to escape the premises by car but crashed into a building, following which the husband shot her dead, then turned the gun on himself.

Police have not released the names of the couple as their next-of-kin have not yet been informed of their deaths.

The policeman held the rank of sergeant and was attached to the national intervention unit in Umtata.
 

AR: "Free" gun locks are available
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"The National Shooting Sports Foundation has partnered with Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller and local law enforcement to distribute more than 280,000 free gun locks in Arkansas as part of the national Project ChildSafe (PCS) initiative, designed to help make homes with firearms safer by raising awareness about responsible firearm ownership and storage."

"A PCS representative will drop off the cable style gunlocks and educational materials at each department in Pope County to then be distributed throughout each community by local law enforcement."
 

NH: Another school administration overreacts
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"In Hampstead last week, two eighth-graders were given 10-day suspensions for playing with a plastic pistol on the school bus. The toy was loaded with plastic pellets, which the boys threw at the other children." ...

“They were throwing the pellets around and hitting kids. It was not a simple matter of students just holding this gun. Whether it was a toy gun or not, it still had projectiles and could have caused the students a lot of worry.”

"A lot of worry? That’s worth a 10-day suspension? Spitballs are projectiles, too, but it would be overkill to give a 10-day suspension for shooting spitballs on the bus. What about throwing paper clips or shooting rubber bands? Do those acts merit a 10-day banishment from class?"
 

WI: Complaint filed against gun club
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"The Plan Commission will be asked to consider revoking the conditional use permit for the Hartland Sportsman's Club, according to city officials." ...

"The petition alleges that operations of the gun club are denying neighbors "peaceful occupancy" of their homes." ...

"City codes require city approval for the gun club to operate. However, Carlson points out that state law and the federal Constitution might limit the city's ability to prohibit the operation of the gun club."
 

FL: Gun debate continues on
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"328,929."

"That's the number of Floridians who can legally walk around with a concealed gun."

"Of those, 10,816 live in Brevard County. That's a little more than the population of West Melbourne. Up nearly 3,000 in the past two years." ...

"Gun control advocates bemoan the lack of universal background checks for a concealed gun license while gun owners say gun control legislation is aimed at the wrong people." ...

"Some states, like New York, require every gun to be registered. But in Florida, officials have no way of tracking the number of guns and exactly who owns them." ...

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And yet, in New York, crime rates are much higher than in Florida. Care to explain this?
 

OH: "It is going to be like Dodge City out there..."
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"Local sheriffs are being deluged with requests for application forms that have not been printed."

"Many are wrestling with how to handle the background checks the law requires, in addition to planning for problems that a pistol-packing public can cause for law enforcement." ...

" 'It is going to be like Dodge City out there,' said Lake County Sheriff Daniel Dunlap. 'I don't see how we are becoming a more civilized society by doing this.' "

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Well, gee, Sheriff -- In 1878 in Dodge City, there were just five killings - and that was the most homicidal year in the town's Frontier history. Care to reveal how many you got?

Contact the ignorant statist at (440) 350-5517
 

Canada: Minister, gun registry critics meet
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"Opponents of the federal gun registry got a long-awaited chance to say their piece to a federal minister Friday, but the meeting fell far short of expectations." ...

"Schemenauer says he got a call early in the week that federal Minister for Emergency Preparedness Albina Guarnieri, who is reviewing the gun registry at the request of Prime Minister Paul Martin, wanted to meet with him for an hour to talk about the registry."

"The minister was running late, Schemenauer says, and the meeting was cut down to less than 10 minutes."
 

Feedback on Nemerov Article on Gun Control
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Dear Mr. Nemerov;

I just read your article "Gun Controllers: It's Like They Have an Addiction!" on the ChronWatch site.

Wow! How insightful! I'd never thought of the control freaks in exactly those terms before, other than having a generalized sense of 'when will enough be enough?' and thinking the only logical answer would have to be 'never!'

Thanks for a great article; I'll do my best to publicize it amongst my shooting friends!

Regards,
Doug
Kalama, Wash.

 

NH: Waiting for gun permit can be deadly
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"NEVER DID I expect to wind up living alone, in a new area, with a violent acquaintance threatening me because of some perceived offense."

"Never did I expect to ever need to carry my handgun to and from work in case that man tracked me down and physically threatened me."

"So naturally, I didn’t have the paperwork I needed to defend my own life when I needed it most."

"New Hampshire has a chance to help women who find themselves terrified, in my situation, by passing Senate Bill 454, which will do away with the paperwork now required to carry a concealed weapon. How unfortunate that the NH Women’s Lobby doesn’t see it that way and is opposing the bill, which can help women more than men. Men, after all, sometimes have fighting skills and brute physical strength that can help them defend themselves; women rarely do." ...

" 'You should just call us if anything happens,' the police officer who took my phone call responded; 'That’s the safest thing you can do.' "

"I couldn’t believe it. I should fumble with my cell phone, pray I get a strong enough signal, and report the incident to the police as I was being attacked?"
 

Personal Voices: A Hysterical Librarian
Submitted by: Joshua Long

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"I am a librarian in a medium-sized public library in Washington state. I have always loved the subversive nature of public libraries. Without paying a dime, king and hobo mingle and obtain information on anything and everything. I saw public libraries as havens, places where we protected the rights of all citizens to have free access to information without interference from the government."

"I'm not saying libraries are safe places. They aren't now, and they never have been. They are filled with all kinds of revolutionary – and wrong – information. Everyone can find something in a public library to offend and outrage them. At the same time, it was a unique public space where people could get information and view it at their leisure without anyone keeping track of what they were viewing, researching, or reading. That was before the Patriot Act, of course."
 

WI: Beneath the bluster, NRA fires blanks
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
Website: http://home.comcast.net/~bruce.krafft/

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"It's always a good idea to take seriously angry threats from people with guns."

"When the NRA threatens to target politicians and bring them down, everyone already knows the organization is armed and dangerous."

"But the Democratic legislators who voted to uphold Gov. Jim Doyle's veto of a concealed carry law in Wisconsin should welcome the NRA's threats with words we all know posturing tough guys understand: 'Bring it on!' ..."

"Politicians going into an election battle can usually feel pretty confident when they have law enforcement and 70 percent of the people on their side."

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Of course when the poll questions are slanted, and the cops on the street disagree with their bosses, confidence wanes. And when cowardly, dishonest politicians publicly admit that they voted a certain way to support their party rather than backing what is right, they become easy targets for opponents with integrity, courage and the ability to put morals ahead of politics.
 

CA: Building Safety Into Schools
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"Lockdowns. Perimeter fencing. Security cameras. Access control. The terms might seem more suited to maximum-security prisons than campuses full of children. But those are among the concerns driving school design these days, particularly in urban districts, where parents are apt to worry more about whether their children are safe on campus than about what they're learning in science class."
 

NY: Pataki's fee plan penalizes state's honest gun owners
Submitted by: New York State Highpower Rifle
Website: http://www.nyhighpower.com

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"Instead of directly banning handguns, this proposal would simply make it too expensive to own them. People and companies are leaving New York because of schemes like this that benefit the rich at the expense of the little guy."

"What is worse is that this legislation is a direct threat to the right to keep and bear arms. This legislation requires gun owners at renewal to provide make, model, caliber, and serial numbers of all 'firearms.' The problem is that in 2000 the definition of firearm was changed to include anything that could fall under the definition of 'assault weapon.' "
 

What's wrong with [mandatory] national service?
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Who owns you? That simple question is at the core of any discussion about the morality of national service programs."

"If you own yourself, then politicians have no right to force you to perform so-called "public service" jobs or to serve in the military."

"On the other hand, if the government owns you, then politicians have every right to tell you what to do. If they decide your country needs you to fight a war, tutor poor children, or plant trees, then you have no right to refuse -- since your labor belongs to them."

"Not surprisingly, politicians never justify national service in such stark language. That would conflict with their constant rhapsodizing about it." ...
 

RS 2477 Reform is Needed to Protect Private Property
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A lot has been said about the 1866 law known as RS 2477. Some people have even suggested that RS 2477 protects access to inholders who are surrounded by Federal land. While this may be true in some circumstances, it is a double-edged sword--a very sharp and dangerous one."

"Landowners who invoke RS 2477 could end up deeply regretting it, because its use could result in creating a public road or off-road recreation area on their own property. And since there is a vast array of other laws that can be used to create private easements for access (as opposed to public highways), inholders do not need to put their own property at risk."
 

Canada: Ottawa defends gun registry tab
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"The federal government defended the costs of the national gun registry yesterday, denying a report they would balloon to $2 billion."

"A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Anne McLellan said there was no basis for the conclusion in a CBC-TV report Friday that the cost of the controversial registry would reach $2 billion." ...

"He said the program has been 'heavily vetted' by the federal auditor-general, who has concluded the costs will total $1 billion by the end of 2005."

"The gun registry, which requires all gun owners to register their weapons, was originally supposed to cost $2 million."
 

Canada: Soldier shot in sleeping quarters marks 13th gun mishap for Canadians
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"Canadian troops in Afghanistan fired their weapons by accident or through negligence a dozen times before a soldier apparently shot himself Sunday, The Canadian Press has learned."

"The soldier remained in critical condition in the army hospital at Camp Julien late Sunday. He was alone with his gun in his sleeping quarters when he was shot in the face. A military investigation is underway."

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Another case for the "Only police and military should have firearms" file.
 

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