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"Million" Moms head to Washington for gun control
Submitted by: P. Jones

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"Mary Leigh Blek, president emeritus of the Million Mom March: 'Since our last march, 120,000 Americans - almost 14,000 of them children - have died from gun violence. We are deeply disappointed that Congress hasn’t made progress - and instead is trying to turn back the clock on the progress we’ve made. We are resolute, and we won’t rest until our children are safer.' "

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How many of those "children" were gang bangers and criminals killed by police or law abiding citizens in self defense? Maybe to strident, shrill, emotionalist anti-gunners, there's no difference between criminals dying in the commission of crimes and innocents.
 

Gun raffle fails to raise eyebrows in US
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"Well staying in the United States, Anti-gun campaigners are concerned about a worrying trend in which charity groups and fundraisers are using guns as prizes in raffles."

"A volunteer fire brigade has set a new benchmark with its raffle, giving away a gun every day for the entire year."

"It says it needs the cash to continue operating, but many are wondering whether America, a nation already saturated with guns, needs anymore."

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Fortunately it's not up to the "anti-gun campaigners" to determine need.
 

Senate will consider gun industry shield
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"Sure to rekindle the gun debate once more, the Senate is expected to vote next week on a bill that would shield the gun industry from certain lawsuits."

"If the bill passes, victims of gun-related violence would not be able to sue gun manufacturers or dealers, who the bill's proponents say are not responsible for crimes committed once the guns leave the shop."

"The only people liable for gun injuries are the people who fire the guns, they say."
 

Bill would protect firearms industry
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"Paul Coil of Bend-based bullet manufacture Nosler said that in an industry as small and closely linked as firearms, each company feels the effects of unregulated litigation."

"Coil also said that the issue is bigger than guns, and that manufactures in any industry suffer when third parties are not held accountable for their actions once a product has been legally obtained."

" 'It's an issue of legal liability in this country,' Coil said. 'Take golf clubs or baseball bats manufacturers. If someone accosts someone with one of those, should we hold them responsible? It's an absurd concept.' "
 

U.S. terror watch list keeps eye on all groups
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"The U.S. master terror watch list, used to stop suspected terrorists from entering the country, includes not only suspected al Qaeda members but other suspects from a wide spectrum of organizations around the world, a top federal law enforcement official says." ...

"It's not [just] the al Qaeda watch list... So any terrorist from any organization, al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah ... the IRA [Irish Republican Army], anybody could potentially be on it if there was a reason to want to prevent that person from getting on an aircraft."
 

DC: Security Efforts Turning Capital Into Armed Camp
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"Day by day, the nation's capital is becoming a fortress, turning a city known for graceful beauty into a virtual armed camp. In response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, federal security agents along with their counterparts in the Washington, Maryland and Virginia governments began a huge effort to build permanent safeguards for the capital area's most important buildings and monuments."

"The effort that built slowly after the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City intensified after one jetliner slammed into the Pentagon and another jet crashed in Pennsylvania, presumably on its way to a target in Washington."

"But more recently, security efforts have gained a new urgency as officials seek ways to stop truck bombs and other terrorist tactics that have been used in other countries, like suicide bombers."
 

US targeted us on racial grounds: Australians
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"Gayan Abeyaratne, 22, from Canberra, was one of the four friends of Sri Lankan background who were detained by New Jersey Port Authority police on January 18."

"Mr Abeyaratne told the Herald that Continental Airlines Flight 21, from Newark to Orlando, was taxiing towards take-off just after 3pm when, without explanation from the cabin crew, it returned to the departure gate and remained there for over an hour."

"At about 4.30pm, several armed police got on the plane and asked the four men to disembark."

"They were then handcuffed and taken away in police cars, in full view of other passengers. The four Australians were frisked before being locked in separate cells." ...

"After questioning the men over a five-hour period, police released them without charge. They resumed their holiday, but had to pay for a taxi to the home of a relative in New York that night, and forfeited the cost of a night's accommodation in Orlando." ...
 

UK: Victim of police brutalization is a decorated former paratrooper
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"A SUSPECT filmed being repeatedly kicked by police is a decorated former paratrooper."

"Delbo King, 33, was attacked after being spreadeagled and handcuffed by five officers who caught him damaging a bus shelter."

"The former Army boxing champion won a medal for meritorious service in Ulster. An ex-colleague said: 'He was a real pro and a great guy.' "
 

MN: Police release pictures of St. Paul bar shooting suspect
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St. Paul Police hope that surveillance pictures showing the gunman in a random shooting at a bar early Friday morning will help them make an arrest.

Police released several pictures today.

They show the suspect coming into Arnellias bar and firing a gun.

The shot hit and killed Stephen Ful Kuma, one day before his 46th birthday.

Investigators say the suspect had just been thrown out of the bar, when he came back in with a gun.

Anyone with information is asked to call St. Paul Police at 651-291-1111.

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Signs banning concealed carry, a metal detector at the door; according to the antis, this should be the safest bar in Minnesota!
 

Australia: Former world champion boxer Fenech's new punchline
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"The three-time world champion, who retired with a record of 20 wins by knockout, has embarked on an Australia-wide tour to teach women personal trainers how to box." ...

"Fenech says he hopes the program, to be launched at Fernwood Women's Health Clubs across the country in April, will preach to girls the fitness benefits of his sport." ...

"But personal trainer Vanessa Peisley, 24, who took part in Fenech's Brisbane workshop on Friday said she would employ her new boxing skills for recreational exercise and self-defence."

" 'If someone came up to me I'm sure that I'd be able to punch them properly, rather than just tap,' she said."

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"Better use a gun to scare them off from 20 feet rather than have to punch them at 1 foot."
 

UT: The self-protection sham (Letter)
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"No legitimate or credible reason exists for a civilian to go about armed in Utah. The tired and lame reasoning that carrying legally concealed weapons is a deterrent to crime, or that it is needed for self-defense, just doesn't hold up."

"Since the right-to-carry bill was passed in Utah, not a single incident of a concealed weapon holder in Utah using a weapon to protect himself or herself has been reported in the media. So much for the sham of 'self-protection.' "

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So when your shrill screeching predictions about "fender-bender shootouts" and "blood in the streets" turn out false, you are reduced to arguing that the law is a failure because no permit holder has defended himself (a blatant lie).
 

OH: Dayton Daily News: Gun lobby shows clout in Ohio
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Letters speak louder than donations, some say

"When it comes to political contributions, the gun lobby outspent gun-control advocates 32 to 1 since 1995, the year legislative supporters first began pushing for a bill to allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons."

"Gun advocates also sent 11 times as many letters, faxes and e-mails to Gov. Bob Taft and called his office 3 1/2 times as much as opponents of the concealed-carry bill did. And gun-rights groups put the pressure on state leaders over the years by packing hearing rooms, holding demonstrations, and signing petitions."

"Simply put, they outgunned their opponents."
 

The Enforcer
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"Conversely, if he disagrees with a law, he is less eager to enforce it. Under Ashcroft, enforcement of federal gun control laws has suffered. He ended the routine exchange of information about gun ownership within the Justice Department, erecting unnecessary fire walls that could hinder the fight against terrorism. And he issued a directive ordering law enforcement personnel to destroy records of gun licenses within 24 hours where they had been allowed to keep them up to 90 days. Catching up with illegal gun buyers often takes more than 24 hours, but Ashcroft is a purist on Second Amendment rights and imposes his views wherever he can. "

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A purist? This is the same Ashcroft who, when faced with a Petition asking him to enforce the Second Amendment, which bore 20,000 signatures, sent his Head of Terrorism and Violent Crimes Section to deal with us, claiming that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is "subject to a number of reasonable, historically-based restrictions...

Is that what passes for purism these days?
 

UT: Diary of a gun
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"The violent story of one stubby 9 mm handgun begins on Dec. 11, 2001, when thieves smashed the front door of a rural Utah gun store with a stone about the size of a soccer ball."

"Eleven months later, the tale ends with Justin Van Roekel, a troubled student at a suburban high school, shooting and killing West Jordan police officer Ron Wood and, later, himself. A Hi-Point C, the handgun was first molded at a plant in Mansfield, Ohio, on March 6, 2001, one of 23,000 such weapons produced that year. A month later, it was sold to an Ohio gun supply company and from there made its way to a shelf in a Roosevelt gun store, marked with a $79.26 price tag."
 

OH: Gun lobby busy for concealed carry law
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"Gun lobbyists have outspent gun-control advocates in Ohio 32-to-1 since 1995, the year supporters began pushing a bill to allow Ohioans to carry concealed weapons, the Dayton Daily News reported Saturday."

"They also sent 11 times as many letters, faxes and e-mails to Gov. Bob Taft and called his office three times as much as opponents of the bill. They packed hearing rooms, marched in demonstrations and signed petitions."
 

Australia: Buyback cuts gun crimes by half
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"GUN-RELATED crime in Queensland has more than halved in eight years in what has been hailed as a victory for the Federal Government's controversial gun buyback scheme."

"Queensland Police Service figures obtained by The Courier-Mail reveal that firearms offences committed against people in the Smart State slumped to just 400 in 2002-2003 – the lowest figure in at least a decade and 424 offences fewer than in 1996-1997."

"The proportion of gun crime also steadily decreased since 1996."

"In 1996-1997 firearms figured in 2.9 per cent of all offences committed against people in Queensland."

"Last year guns were involved in only 1.2 per cent of 'offences against the person'."
 

Knowing Gun Safety Can Mean Life or Death
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"There are guns in 70 million American homes."

" 'It's the only statistic the pro-gun and anti-gun people can agree on,' Richmond Police Detective Virgil Shaw said."

"Shaw doesn't necessarily take sides in the argument. He just wants to be sure the people in those homes -- about two-thirds of all Americans -- know how to handle the guns safely."
 

MD: Business Booms for Gun Dealers Selling Assault Rifles
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"As lawmakers debate a ban on assault rifles, gun dealers are getting a lot more business."

"At a gun show in Upper Marlboro Saturday, Sanford Abrams of Valley Gun in Parkville waited on customers standing three deep around displays of firearms and accessories. Many customers eyed the rifles that would be outlawed by proposed legislation."

"Abrams says the legislature his best salesman. By noon, he had sold seven assault rifles ranging in price from $700 to $1200 dollars."

"Nathaniel Dixon attended the gun show that drew more than 2,000 people to the Showplace Arena in Upper Marlboro."
 

NH: School criticized for handling of toy gun incident
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"Some Memorial Elementary School parents are not happy with school administrators, because they say they were not notified quickly enough that a child brought a toy gun to school."

"This incident is at least the third in Rockingham County in the past three weeks. On Feb. 6, an 8-year-old boy brought an inoperable, but real, semiautomatic pistol to Sandown North Elementary to bring to a friend’s house after school, and on Feb. 10, two Hampstead Middle School students brought a life-like toy gun on the school bus." ...

"After interviewing students and the child’s parents, it was determined the child brought a toy cowboy pistol that he showed to other students on the bus. The child was suspended for an unspecified amount of time."
 

WI: Anti-gun programs to get $567,000
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"About $567,000 in federal grants will be awarded to anti-gun violence programs in eastern Wisconsin, U.S. Attorney Steven M. Biskupic announced." ...

"The recipients are: An initiative of the Milwaukee police and Milwaukee County's Sheriff's Department and district attorney's office that targets suppliers of guns to minors, about $370,000; the Racine police and Racine County Sheriff's Department, $78,000; the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, $20,000, the Outagamie County district attorney's office, $32,000; and the state Department of Health and Family Services, $65,000 to help the other recipient agencies collect data on their efforts."
 

UK: Boy died of gun shot wounds - police
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"A 13-year-old boy who died after an incident in a quarry had been shot, police have said."

"The unnamed boy died after the incident on Friday in an old quarry near Carlton Husthwaite near Thirsk, North Yorkshire."

"A force spokesman said another person had been helping police with their inquiries but no-one had been arrested or charged."

"North Yorkshire Police was not looking for anyone else in connection with the death, the spokesman added."

"The boy suffered serious wounds and was rushed to York District Hospital where he died soon after."
 

South Africa: Mob attack toy gun robbers
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"Two men, aged 22 and 24, were assaulted by a mob in Soweto on Friday after they allegedly robbed a man of his cellphone with a toy gun, Johannesburg police reported on Saturday."

"Sergeant Richard Munyai said a 25-year-old man was walking home to Molapo on Tshepiso Street around 5.30pm when two men approached him. One of the men took out the supposed firearm and they took the man's cellphone."

"Members of the community, who witnessed the incident, chased the two men and assaulted them."

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This wasn't assault. This was a populace tired of being victimized and fighting back.
 

UK: CCTV footage 'shows assault by police'
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"Greater Manchester Police removed an officer from frontline duty yesterday after a man was caught on CCTV camera being repeatedly beaten while he was arrested."

"The force, which suspended three officers in October after a BBC undercover documentary made allegations of racism against them, insisted there had been no "racial element" to the alleged beating of Delbo King, 33, who was subjected to a blow across the head and kicked several times while he was being restrained." ...

"...The 20-minute video showed up to four officers trying to restrain King while one colleague stood close by. King was apparently sprayed with gas, then pulled to the ground. At one point, an officer kicked a handcuffed King while he was on the ground. King then appeared to be banged against the door frame of a police van when he was placed inside."
 

UK: YES - I back random drug-testing in our schools
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"TONY Blair has sensationally urged schools across Britain to introduce random drug-testing following the News of the World's chilling exposé of the growing menace in our classrooms."

"The Prime Minister revealed that the government is to send historic new guidelines to headmasters giving them the power to take urine samples from pupils AND use sniffer dogs to search school grounds for drugs."
 

KY: Local Officer Allegedly Beats Wife.
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To protect and serve... right?

"A local police officer spent most of Friday in jail after allegedly assaulting his wife in the parking lot of a Louisville restaurant."

"Gregory Graham, a 19-year veteran with the Jeffersontown Police Department, has been suspended without pay, WLKY NewsChannel 32's Allison Gardner reported Friday."

"Metro police officers said they found Graham's wife in the parking lot of a popular restaurant just after midnight Friday. And at about 8 a.m., they went to Graham's home to arrest him." ...

"Officers said Graham's wife appeared as if she'd been in a struggle..."

"Graham's wife told officers he almost ran her over with his truck." ...
 

WA: Store owner shoots robber
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SEATTLE — A jewelry-store owner shot an armed robber yesterday afternoon in the 4200 block of Southwest Alaska Street.
Investigators said the robbery occurred at 4:19 p.m. when two masked men pointed their handguns at the store's owner and an employee, said Seattle police spokeswoman Deanna Nollette.

During the robbery, the 42-year-old store owner pulled out his own handgun and shot one of the men in the chest, police said.

The men fled the store in a green Jeep Cherokee and pulled into Harborview Medical Center, where one of them was treated for a gunshot wound, Nollette said. His condition was unknown last night.

Police are looking for the second man.

 

WA: Suspect wounded in jewelry store hold-up (Another report)
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"Shooting erupted at a jewelry store in West Seattle when it was held up Friday afternoon by two men with semi-automatic handguns."

"The owner of the jewelry store in the 4200 block of S.W. Alaska, who was armed, fired shots and hit one of the suspects, saving his and his employee's life."

 

WA: Gunfire Erupts During Jewelry Store Robbery Alleged Gunman Wounded, Treated At Harborview (Third version)
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"An alleged robber in a jewelry store holdup in West Seattle was hit when the store owner opened fire during the attempted heist Friday afternoon."

"The robbery, at Western Jewelry and Coin Exchange in the 4200 block of Southwest Alaska Street, occurred about 4:19 p.m., when two masked men armed with guns entered the store."

"After the store owner -- a 42-year-old man -- fired one round, the two men fled in a green Jeep Cherokee."
 

MN: St. Paul bar killing followed by cop inquiry
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"St. Paul police are conducting an internal affairs investigation into allegations that an off-duty officer left the scene after a man was shot to death in a bar in the city early Friday." ...

"The victim walked into the bar and was shot to death seconds later when a customer who had been kicked out returned with a gun and opened fire."

"The internal affairs investigation is not focusing on whether the officer should have returned fire or pursued the shooter, Schnell said."

" 'It is important to note that St. Paul police officers have full police authority whether they are on or off duty,' he added.

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So a cop doesn't have protect you even if he is right there at the scene!

BTW - the bar is posted.
 

NJ: Budget benefits patrol vehicles, recruiting
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After New Jersey's Governor McGreevey cries poor, claims the State is in severe financial straits and raises taxes, permit fees and ticket "quotas" to allow NJ to remain solvent, his real agenda begins to surface. More high end salaries ($50K - $80K+) with unlimited benefits and hundreds of expensive new Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser/interceptors. The question is, is he trying to fight crime, unemployment or his own constituents?

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" Funding that will help pay for hundreds of new state police patrol vehicles and boost the number of recruits who attend the agency's training academies will be part of the upcoming state budget, according to the force's superintendent."
 

MI: Police say official put drugs in locker
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This story began on the 19th and the saga continued on the 21st.


And here's the latest:

"Assistant South Haven High School Principal Pat Conroy told police he placed marijuana in the locker of a student he suspected was a drug dealer last year, but the plan to get the boy expelled didn't work because the city's police drug dog failed to find the contraband during a school search."

"After Conroy told South Haven police the planted evidence story earlier this month, police raided his high school office Feb. 9 and found a drawer full of numerous packets of marijuana and assorted pills, according to a police report.
The district placed Conroy on paid administrative leave that day, according to Superintendent Dave Myers..."
 

India: Mother Teresa's successor Robbed in India
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"Mother Teresa's successor, Sister Nirmala, was robbed Saturday by highway bandits during a tour of rural areas in eastern India, police said."

"Nirmala was visiting centers run by her order, the Missionaries of Charity, in Jharkhand state when about two dozen bandits began stopping buses and cars and robbing people, said Inspector-General Rajiv Kumar, the state's police chief."

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Apparently the criminals know exactly where to find disarmed prey.
 

UK: Sweeping new powers in UK war on terror
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"Terror suspects could be convicted on the evidence of 'electronic eavesdropping' of phone calls and emails under sweeping moves to combat the threat of an al-Qaeda atrocity."

"In a blunt admission that the risk of attack remains 'real and serious', Home Secretary David Blunkett will pledge a massive staffing boost for MI5. Priorities will include linguists, translators and surveillance to help infiltrate overseas-sponsored terror networks in Britain."

"Blunkett will also flesh out highly controversial plans for new anti-terrorism powers which would see suspects convicted on lower standards of proof than the criminal courts and of crimes not yet even committed - such as an intent to execute a suicide bombing."
 

UK: Labour approves random drug tests for pupils
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"Schoolchildren will be subjected to random drug testing, Tony Blair announced yesterday, under new guidance for headteachers to be published shortly."

"The move, routine in some American schools, is designed to reassure parents worried about the increasing availability of drugs in the playground."

"But it raises serious questions over the invasion of pupils' civil liberties: random testing has not been introduced in workplaces because to take samples without consent from an adult constitutes assault."
 

RI: Detective planted drugs, board concludes
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"He was an 'A-team' detective on the city police force who had won numerous accolades. And he had a target: A man who was described as 'a dangerous and despicable career criminal.' "

"But in his zeal to keep the target behind bars, the detective went too far, according to a disciplinary hearing board composed of police officers. He planted marijuana in the man's car, the board said, and he must be fired."
 

Australia: Banks to be prosecuted on hold-ups
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"The Finance Sector Union is planning a series of prosecutions against banks for allegedly failing to reduce injury risk to staff during robberies across Sydney, now rated Australia's bank robbery capital."

"A prosecution is underway against the ANZ over its alleged failure to remove a "known hazard" at the Peakhurst branch. The ANZ faces a maximum fine of $550,000 if found guilty."

"The union says some banks have failed to invest in good security at their branches, making them too easy a target."

"Both the union and police are also concerned that robberies are becoming more violent."
 

CA: Corrections officer killed in confrontation with sheriff's deputy
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"A California prison guard was shot and mortally wounded in a confrontation with a sheriff's deputy after a night of heavy drinking by the guard and a neighbor, authorities said Saturday."

"The Sacramento County coroner's office identified the dead man as Miles Woodford, 44."

"Woodford, a guard at Solano State Prison in Vacaville, was shot twice when he pointed a pistol at a female deputy who went to his home in response to two 911 calls, authorities said."

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Only police should have guns, right Sarah?
 

NC: The lawsuits worse than death
Submitted by: J. R. Miller

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"Americans' God-given Second Amendment right to manufacture and sell guns without fear of being sued is being jeopardized by crybaby police chiefs and other spineless wimps who apparently want to see this country taken over by criminals, federal agents or U.N. soldiers in black helicopters."

"Big shot law-enforcement whiners – or is that wieners? – are holding press conferences and buying ads to denounce a proposed federal law that would give gun makers and gun sellers much more protection from lawsuits – the kind filed by widows and orphans who got that way thanks to the effect of bullets on loved ones."

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Yes, please trot out the old "widows and children" adage. It just further proves the lack of merit on your side. Fact is that criminals are responsible for the murder of innocent people, not businesses engaged in lawful transactions.
 

NM: votes for ignition interlocks on every vehicle
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The House has approved a measure that would require ignition interlocks on every vehicle sold in New Mexico.

It would require the devices on new vehicles by 2008 and on used vehicles offered for sale by 2009.

Ignition interlocks prevent vehicles from being started when the driver is drunk.

The measure’s sponsor, Grants Democrat Ken Martinez, says it would save lives.

He says putting ignition interlocks on every car, truck and commercial vehicle would shift the focus from punishment to prevention.

New Mexico already requires ignition interlocks for some convicted drunken drivers.

Opponents complain that requiring them on every vehicle would be costly to businesses and to the vast majority of citizens, who obey the law.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

 

MN: Community Expungement Workshop
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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Saturday, 28 February 2004 - 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Organizer: International Leadership Institute


Does your criminal record prevent you from getting the jobs or housing that you need?

You have rights.

You may be able to get your record sealed through a legal process called expungement. This prevents employers, landlords, and others from learning about your criminal record.

The International Leadership Institute is hosting an
Expungement Workshop Saturday, February 28 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Come and learn the process. Community advocates, social workers, county service workers, clergy, family support services, renters, and lawyers welcomed.
 

RI: e police say officers' legal shield is too broad
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"The Rhode Island State Police wanted to fire Trooper Eve Marani after she admitted to driving drunk one day last year and assaulting the East Greenwich police officers trying to arrest her." ...

"Marani's lawyer, John D. Lynch Jr., agrees that her behavior was inappropriate, but thinks the state police went too far in trying to fire her."

 

Canada: Six dead in spasm of crime
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"A weekend of violence in and near Toronto has left six people dead, several others seriously injured and a 12-year-old girl traumatized after a stranger assaulted her in her own home."

" 'Somebody tried to rape me,' the girl told neighbours after she escaped her attacker and ran several hundred metres barefoot through the snow for help near Warden and 19th Aves., a semi-rural area just north of Toronto in Markham."

"The weekend toll also included four deaths in Toronto, two in Kitchener, and leaves a man fighting for his life in Sunnybrook hospital."
 

Canada: The Naked Mountie bares all
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Police officers connected to the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit raided home after home in search of illegal guns — including Kift's Oshawa home, where his wife and two daughters awoke to a team of Durham Region police officers and a unit from the Canadian army on their doorstep." ...

"Kift would learn later that day that he was one of 13 people scooped up in raids that were the culmination of Operation Pun — a lengthy undercover operation involving scores of officers, surveillance, wire taps and secret 'sneak-and-peak' searches."

"The Naked Mountie, as Kift called himself in his 1998 self-published, tell-all journal about his days with the RCMP, was under arrest for conspiring to traffic firearms."
 

FL: Retrial For Miami Officers Accused Of Shooting Cover-Up
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"Three Miami police officers face a retrial on charges they covered up guns planted after the shooting deaths of two fleeing robbers."

"The scandal over charges against 13 officers in four shootings rocked the department and scarred the city's image of police." ...

"Jury selection begins Monday for three officers charged in a single alleged cover-up involving the most dramatic and deadly shootings." ...

"Prosecutors contend the handguns were planted and offer witnesses who saw the shooting victims fleeing with empty hands."

"The defense maintains the men were armed, and the officers had no motive to plant the guns."
 

UK: Sweeping new powers for police planned
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"Tony Blair is facing a fresh clash with civil liberties campaigners amid reports that ministers are considering controversial plans to force lawyers to disclose confidential client information."

"According to The Times, the measures - which would also cover other professionals like bankers and accountants - are among sweeping new powers being considered for the planned Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)."

"They were said to be aimed at white collar workers with links to organised criminals, who use their skills either to legitimise their profits or hide them in networks of offshore companies."

"Professionals, normally bound by strict client confidentiality, could face fines or even prison if they refuse to co-operate with investigators."
 

CA: Marriage license vs. "assault" weapons license (Blog)
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"...while most of the attention was focused on his making arguments that people born outside of the U.S. should be eligible for the presidency, he did manage to slip this in concerning the homosexual marriage situation in San Francisco:"

"In San Francisco it is license for marriage of same sex. Maybe the next thing is another city that hands out licenses for assault weapons and someone else hands out licenses for selling drugs, I mean you can't do that,"

"& ya know he's correct: they shouldn't hand out licenses for 'assault weapons'. After all, owning & carrying an 'assault weapon' is a Constitutionally enumerated Right & a license &/or fee should not be required. Although I doubt his statement was based on the same reasoning."
 

VA: Advocates outline gun-control bills
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"Gun-control advocates, buoyed by their success at the polls in November, outlined a series of proposals yesterday to tighten the state's firearms laws." ...

"Proposed measures include preventing people from openly carrying guns into bars and restaurants that sell alcohol; letting local school boards decide, after holding a public hearing, whether they want to establish gun-free school zones; mandating criminal-background checks on all gun sales at gun shows; requiring training for people applying for concealed-handgun permits; and banning the sale of high-powered, .50-caliber assault rifles in Virginia."
 

NJ: CCCC expanding gun buy back program
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"Bolstered by its success here in November, the Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County (CCCC) will soon move its gun buyback initiative into other county municipalities." ...

"The group also discussed the possibility of conducting a gun buyback program once a month in one of the three municipalities."

"Edwards said Millville Police have pledged their support of the one-day gun buyback program, which allows individuals to pick up $50 for dropping off a firearm -- no questions asked."

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How nice of them to provide a convenient, anonymous way for criminals to dispose of guns they used in crimes!
 

OH: Deputy jumps gun, then points it at men
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"Lakewood-Two men searching in a friend's car for change to pay their bar tab were surprised by an off-duty Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputy who thought they were stealing from the car and stuck a loaded gun in their faces, police said."

"The deputy also put his gun to the head of the car owner and aimed the weapon at a man talking on a cell phone nearby, apparently for staring, police said."

"Lakewood police arrested the deputy, Jamie Bonnette, 29, who was charged with public intoxication, aggravated menacing and using a weapon while intoxicated, all misdemeanors."
 

OH: Armed robbers victimize students near UC again
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"Another armed robbery was reported early Friday morning, and an on-campus theft attempt was reported Thursday."

"Two men with handguns approached four students at about 1:30 a.m. Friday on Wheeler Street near West Clifton Avenue and demanded their money, according to the students."

"Ten other off-campus robberies, usually men with guns approaching lone students between 8 p.m. and midnight, have occurred since Feb. 3, according to police reports."

"One robbery involved an abduction, where three men drove a student to ATM machines to withdraw money from his account. ..."

"Two similar crimes have been reported on campus."

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Another disarmed campus. Yet more defenseless prey.
 

Canada: U.S. police chase that crossed Cdn border, killed woman 'inexcusable': Kwinter
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"It's 'totally inexcusable' and 'offensive' that U.S. police crashed through a border crossing in Niagara Falls during a high-speed pursuit that ended up killing an Ontario woman, the province's community safety minister said Friday." ...

"Lori Bishop, 40, was hit by a pickup truck that was being pursued by police after a carjacking, hostage-taking and robbery that allegedly occurred in Buffalo before the chase." ...

"Police officers from other provinces aren't even allowed to bring their weapons into Ontario, let alone those from a foreign nation, Kwinter said."
 

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