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The Accidental Shootist (blog)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"No, perfect honesty will force you to acknowledge that law-abiding gun owners are not a threat to society, but armed criminals are. Perfect honesty will force you to acknowledge that the vast majority of violent crimes are committed by violent felons, not those who take the time and trouble to get safety classes, get concealed carry permits and jump through other various bureaucratic hoops just to be able to exercise their constitutional right. Perfect honesty also would force you to acknowledge that law-abiding gun owners never posed any threat to public safety. Paranoia is what might force you to assert, without any concrete, factual evidence whatsoever, that 'the threat to public safety these pro-gun laws pose probably far outweighs whatever value they may hold in preserving individual liberties.'" ...
 

"Negroes with Guns" -- Robert F. Williams and black power
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"For me, one of the revelations of Black History Month has been the life of Robert Franklin Williams ..." ...

"What’s more, thousands of KKK members met in Monroe met from time to time. After burning copious crosses, they hopped in their cars, honking horns, shooting off guns, and threatening to kill people. The object again: racial terror."

"During that time Williams had personally started organizing armed squads of black people for self-defense. ... And when push came to shove back in Monroe, when the Klan came raging into the black section of Newton one night, they were met by a cordon of armed black men. The Klansmen panicked and fled every which way. And this was the last time they rampaged through Newton." ...
 

Colt 9mm Sporter
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Our first gun review here at The Remnant starts off with a high-quality assault rifle and favorite of many. While the AR-15 is an extremely popular and well-known rifle among sport shooting enthusiast, Colt’s 9mm AR-15 Carbine is often overlooked compared to its .223 sibling. By chambering a lightweight, smaller rifle with a common pistol round, Colt succeeded in reducing recoil to almost nil. Standard magazines come in 25- and 32-round capacity, allowing the shooter a large base from which to take on multiple targets in a short period of time. With overall length a little over 3', the optional replacement of the solid stock with a collapsible stock commonly seen on Colt’s M4 Carbine adds the potential to reduce rifle length by 5'." ...
 

AL: Shooting victim dies; no charges filed yet
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Victor Russell, who allegedly was shot by a former girlfriend during a fight Sunday in west Mobile, died Monday night at a local hospital ..."

"Cpl. Marcus Young, a police spokesman, said no charges had been filed against the woman, Lashonda Cole, 30. But he said that the case would be presented to a Mobile County grand jury." ...

"... Russell had gone to Cole's house Sunday to pick up some of his belongings."

"According to police spokesman Young, Russell struck Cole several times in the head with his fist."

"The spokesman said Cole locked Russell out of the house, then fired a 9 mm pistol through the back door as Russell tried to break through. The bullet hit Russell in the face." ...
 

IL: Man shot by 87-year-old woman had long record (follow-up)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Jacksie King and Larry Tillman lived only seven blocks from each other on Gaty Avenue, but they lived worlds apart."

"'Our family is sorry that he lost his life,' said King's daughter, Pamela P. Clark. 'But he made the choice to take his own life by not leaving and by climbing into her home. From the appearance of the door, if he had gained entry to the house, the outcome may have been different."

"Last week, the 87-year-old King pulled the trigger of a gun that family members gave her to protect herself and fatally shot Tillman, 49. He pried the security bars off her window and was trying to come in. His body was found on the front porch the next morning when Clark arrived to check on her mother." ...
 

HI: Protected by the Second Amendment in Times of a Crisis
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I ... have been in the Alarm Industry for over 25 years. ... Anyone who thinks tragedies won’t occur to them need only field a days worth of calls to my office to hear the fear in the voice of someone who days ago thought it wouldn’t happen to them." ...

"I watched the news during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when innocent, brave, law abiding citizens ... were stripped of their only real source of security, their legally owned firearms, by the same law enforcement agency who was ineffective in protecting them. This was another wakeup call." ...

"I hope lawmakers will pass SB 2533, preempting any and all ordinances, resolutions or motions, or administrative action of any county or county agency relating to firearms." ...
 

OR: An independent streak joins the governor's race
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Ben Westlund comes to the governor's race from the middle of nowhere."

"It is not just that he lives outside of Bend, the town Neil Goldschmidt famously insulted when he rejected a debate there in his 1986 gubernatorial campaign. It is that Westlund comes from an increasingly lonely place in Oregon politics, the political middle." ...

"Westlund is his own political creation. He speaks with equal passion about the Second Amendment rights of gun owners and the civil rights of gays and lesbians. He's a lung cancer survivor who no longer has the time or patience, if he ever did, to keep putting off Oregon's biggest issues, including its school funding crisis and health care inequities." ...
 

WI: Rep. Van Akkeren stands up for kids
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"I am writing on behalf of the children of Sheboygan County to thank Rep. Terry Van Akkeren for standing up for their safety." ...

"Last week Rep. Van Akkeren bravely supported the governor's veto of the concealed carry bill."

"Because any exposure to a weapon is a dangerous situation for a child, the veto of this bill only makes Wisconsin safer for children."

"We know that a gun kept in the home is 43 times more likely to kill someone known to the family than to kill someone in self-defense. A 'concealed' weapon still comes home at night — and it is unlikely that it would be locked, with ammunition locked in a separate location, only to be reloaded the next morning." ...
 

NY: Mayor Continues Pressuring His Own Party On Gun Control And Education
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"From the moment Michael Bloomberg was sworn in for his second term it was clear the Republican Mayor was ready to take on his own party."

"'We will not rest until we secure all the tools we need to protect New Yorkers from the surge of illegal guns,' said the mayor at his inauguration in January." ...
 

NY: Mayor's promise on guns is noble
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Just when I'm ready to give up on the Democratic Party as the befuddled servant to a million greedy interest groups, along come the Republicans to show us what cravenness really means."

"Today's story starts with Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, crime fighter, nominal Republican and formidable enemy of illegal street guns. Since his resounding re-election victory last fall, the mayor has begun to assemble a spirited national gun-control crusade." ...

"... But for all his trouble, the New York Post reported recently, the mayor's own party has responded like a crowd of churlish oafs wholly owned by the National Rifle Association. So angry is the NRA with his effort, says the Post, it quietly killed the nomination of his girlfriend, Diana Taylor, to head the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp." ...
 

NE: 'Carry and conceal' bill won’t increase violence in Nebraska
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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... "The word 'gun' has a senseless negative connotation. It is not 'cocaine' or 'homicide.' People conjure up images of street shootings, hostage situations and car hijackings. We have scared ourselves into believing one more gun creates one more problem rather than a straightforward resolution. Tell that to a beat cop in New York City."

"Nebraska, though we think of ourselves as the rugged cowboy frontier, is only one of four states to not have a “carry and conceal” law on the books. The other three are Illinois, Kansas and Wisconsin. LB454, introduced last year, offers to change this for Nebraskans."

"The bill would allow citizens to obtain a permit, at the cost of $100 and a required training class, to carry and conceal a handgun (not a fully automatic firearm)." ...
 

CO: Gun loophole checked
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"A bill that would let concealed-gun permit holders skip federal background checks when purchasing firearms died Tuesday after a half-dozen law enforcement officials and anti-gun activists testified against it."

"Opponents told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee the bill was an attempt to weaken a state law passed in 2000 by voters that requires background checks for all firearms purchases." ...
 

AR: Haskell outlaws discharging firearms within city limits
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Haskell City Council members Monday approved an ordinance making it unlawful to discharge a firearm within city limits."

"Mayor Jeff Arey said the ordinance was needed to clear up confusion with previous ordinances, written almost 100 years ago."

"According to the ordinance, which took effect immediately, it is illegal to fire any type of firearm within the city limits except to defend life or property. It is also unlawful to discharge any type of BB or pellet gun 'with the intent of striking a person, residence, or causing physical damage to personal or real property belonging thereto.'"

"The ordinance also makes parents liable for the actions of minor children." ...
 

SD: Hidden handgun data may be sealed
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A bill to close a loophole in the state law that prevents the release of lists of people who have permits to carry concealed handguns was embraced Wednesday by the state Senate Judiciary Committee."

"HB1199, which now goes to the full Senate, would make it illegal to reveal the names of people who have applied for those permits. Until the permits have been granted, applicants' names are still public information, legislators were told."

"The bill would tighten the 2005 law forbidding the secretary of state from releasing the list of concealed weapons permit holders to anyone except law agencies." ...
 

GA: House tightens concealed-weapons permit law
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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The Georgia House of Representatives voted 165-1 Wednesday to tighten the requirements for obtaining and renewing a concealed weapons permit.

The bill requires background checks for license renewals, while current law allows a local court to request them at its discretion. The bill, supported by both gun control groups and the National Rifle Association, also bars pistol carry permits from illegal immigrants, illegal-drug users and mentally challenged people.
 

VA: Spotsylvania Deputies Receive Sex Services in Prostitution Cases
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"They enter the massage parlors as undercover detectives. They leave as satisfied customers."

"In Spotsylvania County, as part of a campaign by the sheriff's office to root out prostitution in the massage parlor business, detectives have been receiving sexual services from 'masseuses.' ..." ...

"'If I thought we could get the conviction without that, we wouldn't allow it,' [Spotsylvania Sheriff Howard D.] Smith said. 'If you want to make them, this has to be done.'"

"But numerous police and legal experts said they were not aware of any law enforcement agency in the Washington region, or the country, that allows sexual contact in prostitution investigations. Police should not break the law to enforce it, they said." ...
 

VA: Sheriff defends On-duty sex: 'It helps the county's detectives build cases'
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"Spotsylvania County authorities yesterday defended their practice of allowing detectives to engage in sexual activity while investigating suspected illegal massage parlors."

"Spotsylvania Sheriff Howard Smith said the measures are needed to bring felony sex charges rather than misdemeanors. He compared the practice to drug stings in which undercover officers buy illicit narcotics from suspected dealers."

"'I don't see a lot of difference,' he said after The Washington Post cited court documents in reporting that Spotsylvania detectives allowed women to perform sexual acts on them and once left a $350 tip during an investigation of an establishment called Moon Spa." ...
 

FL: Details Released In Agent's Sex Case
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"When an Orlando mall security officer responded to a complaint about a man exposing himself to a girl in the food court, the suspect hurried out of the mall and ran through the parking lot."

"The suspect was Frank Figueroa, then one of Florida's highest-ranking federal law enforcement officers and the former head of a national program formed to target child sex predators. Since his Oct. 25 arrest at The Mall at Millenia, Figueroa has been suspended from his post as the special agent in charge of the Tampa office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the law enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security." ...
 

Antigua: Last week cannabis disappeared from police HQ, this week…GUNS GO MISSING
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Two firearms belonging to the Royal Police Force of Antigua & Barbuda may very well be in the wrong hands today as they have reportedly gone missing from the law enforcement agency."

"The police are unsure as to whether the .380 pistols with several rounds of ammunition have hit the streets as yet." ...

"According to a well-placed source, the weapons are normally used by personnel going out on special duty, but now they cannot be found." ...

"The missing guns follow swiftly on the heels of missing cannabis, some 40 pounds with a street value of nearly $½ million, which disappeared without a trace from the police exhibit room at Police Headquarters on American Road without a trace." ...
 

VA: Let's hunt for answers on gun use
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"First, Del. Jack Reid accidentally shoots an unoccupied flak jacket inside Capitol Square. Then Vice President Dick Cheney blasts a 78-year-old lawyer buddy while quail hunting."

"What is this, stupid-gun-tricks year?" ...

"What happens when someone with a concealed-carry permit (renewable every five years) is charged with a crime or other permit violation?"

"The list of permit holders is part of Virginia's Criminal Information Network. When an arrest occurs or a warrant is issued, if the person involved has a concealed-carry permit, that is flagged." ...
 

GA: JROTC rifle team qualifies for Nationals
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
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"Colquitt County High’s experienced and talented precision air rifle team finished second in the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Marine Corps JROTC Eastern Championships last week and has qualified for the National JROTC Championships."

"The Colquitt County team placed eighth at Nationals last year with a team that included Shontae Robinson, Miranda Dampier, Victoria Dampier and Yohann Brinson."

"With Brinson, Robinson and Victoria Dampier back from that team and joined by veteran Jessica Corona, the Colquitt County team may be looking at an even better finish this year." ...
 

UK: Arms Still On Sale In No1 City For Gun Offences
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"NOTTINGHAM confirmed its reputation as Britain's gun-crime capital with the shootings of jeweller Marian Bates and schoolgirl Danielle Beccan."

"Yesterday guns were still on sale less than half a mile from where PC Rachael Bown was shot."

"A sign outside Drapers Air Gun Centre, Lenton, shows a picture of a revolver-type pistol with the word 'Guns' in red letters."

One passer-by said: 'I can't believe the weapons on display, although air rifles and pistols, look just like bullet-firing guns.' No one from the shop was available for comment."

"Mrs Bates, 64, was blasted at point-blank range as she tried to protect her daughter Xanthe from robbers at their shop in the Arnold area of the city in September 2003. ..." ...
 

UK: No more complacency: kill this gun culture
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"The shooting in Nottingham of a probationary woman police officer, Rachael Bown, reinforces the impression of a loss of control by the authorities over illegal handguns."

"Her wounding comes just three months after the murder of another policewoman, Sharon Beshenivsky, during a robbery in Bradford."

"The irony of the epidemic of gun crime in Britain is that it comes at a time when those who legally hold firearms are more policed and regulated than ever before."

"The heavy-handed approach many police forces take towards licensed owners contrasts with the increasing, and lethal, incidence of unlicensed ones." ...
 

UK: Victims of youth
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"A 14-year-old boy was travelling home from school on a packed bus when he was approached by a gang of 15-year-olds. They had already taken phones, cash and iPods from five other pupils and he knew they were about to confront him too."

"'He was on the bus in Southgate coming home it was broad daylight,' said the victim's father ..."

"'When he refused to give them his valuables, they punched him in the face. He came home with blood everywhere.'"

"Soon afterwards the gang worked their way to a 12-year-old boy. ... 'I told them to get their hands out of my pockets but they took my phone.'"

"It was about 4pm a time when youth crime soars in the borough. It was a busy bus route home, yet crimes like this remain an everyday occurrence." ...
 

 QUOTES TO REMEMBER
The Brady Bill's only effect will be to desensitize the public to regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation. — Charles Krauthammer, The Washington Post, April 5, 1996

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