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NC: No Charges will be filed in Lemon Spring Slaying
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Assistant District Attorney Mike Beam will not bring charges against Paul Redmond, 56, of 1065 Sanders Road, in relation to an August shooting death at his residence."

"Redmond shot Wesley Kelly, 50, of Texas, after Kelly forced his way into Redmond's home, according to Lee County sheriff's deputies. Kelly had reportedly been outside Redmond's home, repeatedly asking to come inside before he broke down the door."
 

CA: It's not the guns [2 letters]
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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2nd and 3rd letters on page

"...The 'low' murder rate of 69 to 100,000 in Washington, D.C., where firearms can not be owned, must be due to strict gun limits, and the 'high' murder rate of 9 to 100,000 in the city of Indianapolis, in a shall-issue state, must be due to lack of gun limits..."

William Seidman

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It's nice to see one of our Featured Writers quoted in yet another news source. This particular excerpt must be credited to Michael Z. Williamson's excellent list of gun control absurdities.
 

FL: Sheriff's official says guns, computers have public purpose
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office's program to finance employees' purchases of guns and computers at discount rates serves public purposes, sheriff's officials said this week."

"The program allows deputies and jailers to buy their own semi-automatic rifles and handguns to supplement their department-issued arsenals at their own expense, said Lt. Terry Branscome, sheriff's firearms training officer."
 

OH: Family: Teen Murder Suspect Fired In Self-Defense
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"A 13-year-old boy accused of shooting 3 teenagers Thursday night will be staying in juvenile detention for now." ...

"Family members said that the suspect, whom WLWT is not naming, started shooting only after the shooting victims jumped on him. They also said the suspect had been bullied by the suspects since last summer..."
 

CO: Sure as shootin' this gun bill is confusin'
Submitted by: John Fansler

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"It's a bill courtesy of Sen. Jim Dyer, R-Littleton, who professes to want nothing more than to make gun laws conform statewide. He wants the same gun laws in a mountain redoubt and on the 16th Street Mall. He worries - oh, he worries - that some poor soul who hails from a part of the state where a Lexus comes fitted with a gun rack will wander unsuspecting into Denver. And, faced with big-city justice, he'll inadvertently break a law and spend the rest of his life behind bars."
 

Canada: Suspect sought after two rough home invasions
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Vancouver police are investigating two home invasions involving elderly victims Thursday that may have been committed by the same suspect."

"The victims were roughed up, but not seriously injured."
 

Japan: Woman dies after being stabbed in thigh
Submitted by: Blacksnake

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"Police on Saturday identified a woman found Friday lying on a walkway near death and bleeding from the left thigh in Suma Ward, Kobe, as Kazuko Terada, a 44-year-old resident of the ward."

"Terada, a part-time worker, was discovered lying on the road at about 11 p.m. on Friday, the police said. She was rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. Terada had a stab wound three centimeters deep and three centimeters wide, and the police believe she died from blood loss."
 

New Zealand: Elderly woman attacked in church
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"An elderly woman was pushed to the ground and robbed of $20 in a Wellington church." ...

"Slug-gun shooting Armed police were called to Palmerston North's Square after an elderly woman was shot with a slug gun."
 

PA: Escaped Inmate Hides Under Woman's Bed
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"A Beaver County Jail inmate overpowered and disarmed a constable, escaped from his vehicle and ran into an elderly woman's home, authorities said."

"Jeffery Alford, 27, of Aliquippa, was found hiding under the woman's bed, ending the 25-minute ordeal in Aliquippa early Friday afternoon, police said."
 

Australia: Police guns in safety row
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"Doubts have been raised over the safety of 50,000-volt Taser stun guns, to be used by Territory police in a 12-month trial."

"Questions have been raised about the risks of using the guns, particularly on pregnant women, people with mental illnesses, people with pacemakers or weak hearts and epilepsy sufferers."
 

Australia: Minister quizzed on gun buyback
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"The national hand gun buyback has again sparked controversy, with claims the Howard Government wants to spend its $15 million contribution on a glossy advertising campaign."

"Queensland Police Minister Tony McGrady yesterday called on Federal Justice Minister Chris Ellison to detail how the Commonwealth would spend the money, which was left over after the 1996 gun buyback."
 

OR: Guns a constitutional right (Letter)
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"Mr. Osborne uses quotes from an obscure liberal movie producer to assist his agenda. News flash! Hollywood does not run this country and the producer capitalizing on the Columbine tragedy is despicable at best."

"You think Mr. Osborne has a fear of guns now? Wait until a criminal enters his home (locked door or not) with an 'illegal' weapon." ...
 

MI: Ex-cons with gun violations face tougher federal penalties
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"West Michigan's chief federal judge, Robert Holmes Bell, is sounding an alarm over what he calls 'sentence shopping.' "...

"But the judge believes there is more to consider. Bell is concerned about what doesn't make headlines, such as the cost to the federal justice system and the increasingly blurry distinction of what belongs in state or federal court."
 

Libertarians seek a state to call their own
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Within the next several years, according to the plan, 20,000 Libertarians would move to a single state and begin infiltrating. They'd get jobs, join civic groups, get elected and take a hatchet to taxes and laws. In this utopia called the Free State Project, schools would be severed from the state, gun-control laws abolished, drugs legalized, health and social services privatized, most federal aid rejected. Government's only job would be to protect against 'force and fraud.' "
 

UK: Police asked if they want guns on patrol
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"Thousands of front line police officers have been surveyed on whether they want to carry guns."

"The Police Federation has asked more than 6,500 members on whether officers should be routinely armed..." ...

"But police organisation Protect the Protectors said a survey of just 6,500 officers was insufficient."

"Last month, relatives of police officers killed in the line of duty backed the group's call for all 127,000 officers in England and Wales to be balloted."
 

IN: Gun violence put youths on path to prison
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"Over the course of a year, more children and teens die from gunfire than from cancer, pneumonia, influenza, asthma, and HIV/AIDS combined, according to the Children's Defense Fund."

"In 2000, 3,042 youths ages 19 and younger were killed by firearms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
 

SC: Gun storage up to officers, agencies say
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"Upstate law enforcement agencies say they let their officers decide how best to store their service weapons while off duty."

"Officials from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, the Greenville Police Department and the Highway Patrol said the officers draw from their training and personal judgment to decide how to store weapons at home."
 

NJ: Jerseyans all for smart-gun technology
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"The poll found that despite strong opposition from the gun lobby during the long debate, 74 percent of gun owners say they support smart guns." ...

"Rich Miller, chairman of the Coalition of New Jersey Sportsmen, which lobbied against the smart-gun bill, said the poll's reliability is questionable because it did not specifically ask New Jerseyans whether they support banning all standard handguns once a smart gun is on the market."
 

MA: Police: Salem cop shot by fellow officer
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"The Salem detective shot Friday night while investigating an armed robbery was inadvertently shot by another officer." ...

"Police say Oliveri was attempting to place robbery suspects in custody Friday evening, with the help of other officers, when a gun went off."
 

LA: AK-47 assault rifles can be bought in Alexandria
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One dealer is quoted as saying, "With the gun shows, they can go in and at least 50 percent of the dealers are not licensed dealers." He claims that "with the frequent gun shows coming through town, especially during hunting season, felons can purchase weapons from unscrupulous gun sellers."

Once again there's a need to point out that were it that easy for a felon to purchase a gun at a gun show, more than the current 2 percent who get guns there would be doing so.
 

VA: Blaze orange and camouflage transform young woman
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"Fifteen-year-old Sarah Mitchell forgoes more traditional feminine pastimes in favor of her most adored hobby--hunting." ...

"At 15, Sarah has become a die-hard hunter, killing her first deer last season."

"Virginia is home to 380,000 licensed hunters, according to regional game warden Joe Dedrick. Fifteen percent are under age 18. As few as 5 percent are female."
 

NY: Local gun sales grow
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Fears about domestic terrorism and war may be prompting people to purchase firearms, according to several local shop owners who are reporting marked sale increases." ...

"Neudecker said that his sales have increased by at least 30 percent this year, which is on pace to exceed last year's sales, his best in nearly 20 years of business."
 

KY: Fatal shootings may be avoided if officers are better trained
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Since June 2000, Louisville police have fatally shot six people. In the five years ending in December, nine were shot and killed in the city. In the 10 cities that were closest to Louisville's size, only one had more fatal shootings by police in that time."

"Five experts who reviewed summaries of the six most recent cases, prepared by The Courier-Journal, found in most instances the shootings were justified because the officers believed their lives or the lives of other officers were threatened."

"But the experts also found that the fatalities might have been avoided if police had been better trained, had not made procedural errors and had avoided practices that have been prohibited in some other departments."
 

FL: Neighbors know little about man at center of standoff
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"The quiet and reclusive man became the center of attention when deputies, believing he was inside, declared a standoff outside his home." ...

"...in the end, they discovered that Walters was not even home and that all the guns and ammunition had been legally obtained."

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Standoff? With an empty house? Is this an example of objective, factual journalism?
 

Not since 'Dirty Harry' has a Magnum handgun drawn this much attention
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"In final review, this engineering masterpiece has generated far more negative coverage than a simple tool should deserve. If you are looking for a great big handgun to hunt dangerous game or just want to own the latest shooting toy, buy a 500 Magnum."

"If you think this gun is going to be killing police officers and toddlers by the hearse-load, go find something else to fill your pointy little head with worry."
 

NY: The Anti-Anti-American
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"My own experience has taught me that I can't, and don't want to, sidestep my own Americanness in order to placate the country's blunter critics, who frequently make fewer distinctions among us than we like to make among ourselves. What feels from within like a national crazy quilt of opinions and sensibilities can look like a monotone blanket from abroad, but there comes a point when resisting being lumped this way amounts to self-betrayal. I'd prefer to define myself on my own terms, and America has always let me do that, but certain anti-Americans aren't so kind: they insist that I be their worst nightmare or be nothing. This is a dangerous choice to force on someone, especially when he's already feeling threatened by mortal, not just cultural, enemies. Corner the boy, unleash the bully -- that's another way to say it. There's more Merle Haggard in me than I knew, I discovered at Oxford, and the harder I'm pressed to deny him, the louder he sings."
 

NC: NRA banquet coming to Fayetteville
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"The sponsor-only gun drawing features a Ruger 17/17 with case. The door prize is a Ruger 10/22 rifle in stainless steel with scope."

"Other rifles, shotguns and handguns are featured in formal auction and raffles. They are on display at Fayetteville Arms Room."

"The event raises funds for national and local NRA programs." ...
 

FL: A peek at SHOT Showstoppers
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Overwhelming. That's the usual description given by a newcomer to the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show, better known as the SHOT Show." ...

"I could only spend one day there, which is sort of like trying to do Disney World in an hour. Still, I aisle-hopped past the latest in camo and ammo, firearms and optics, everything from Zulu hunting spears to a matching set of four Perazzi shotguns on sale for -- are you ready for this? -- $362,560."



 

GA: Family seeks justice for only woman to die in Georgia’s chair
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Lena Baker claimed she was being held against her will by a drunken white man and acted in self-defense when she wrested his gun away and shot him."

"For a black maid in the segregated South in 1944, her defense was a tough sell to a jury of 12 white men. And rumors that she was romantically involved with victim E.B. Knight didn’t help. Her murder trial lasted just a day, without a single witness called by her court-appointed lawyer."

"She was convicted and sentenced to death."

"Now the relatives of the only woman ever executed in Georgia’s electric chair are returning to Cuthbert to honor Baker and try to clear her name."
 

UK: Teenage drug dealer jailed for five years
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"A 17-year-old DJ was jailed for five years after being caught with a loaded gun and a stash of heroin and crack cocaine."

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Aren't both drugs and guns banned in the UK? How is it possible that these criminals keep getting a hold of both?
 

Bigger, badder gun excites enthusiasts, ignites debate
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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Once again, it appears only the anti-gunners are quoted in this story, with hand-wringing quotes such as: "A hunting weapon? That's a joke. ...What we have here is a weapon that's designed to appeal to people who just want to make a bigger hole in whatever they're shooting at, and, hopefully, they're not living next door to me."
 

UK: Police hunt gunmen
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"A 12-year-old schoolgirl was alone at home ...last Tuesday as she was getting ready to celebrate the Muslim festival of Eid."

"She was in an upstairs bedroom when she heard noises downstairs and as she came down she was confronted by two men sitting on the sofa."

"She threatened to call the police but when she attempted to dial 999 one of the men picked her up and threw her across the living room."

"One of the attackers then warned her he had a gun."
 

UK: Hit and rumble after car crash gun theft
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"A group robbed at gunpoint in their car after a crash managed to catch one of their attackers after a road chase to nearby Tottenham."

"The robbery in Edmonton followed a collision between two cars on the North Circular near Wilbury Way on Monday."

 

FL: Miami Beach Officer Runs Over Sunbathing Sisters
Submitted by: Bob Wolfley

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"A tourist is dead and her 26-year-old sister is in critical condition after being run over by a Miami Beach police officer's sports utility vehicle."

"The officer, George Varon, was driving a marked Ford Explorer on the crowded beach shores. He was searching for two robbery suspects and apparently did not see the sunbathing sisters."

"However, several witnesses say the officer's actions were reckless."
 

Speaking Out for Freedom in War and Peace
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Ultimately, the greatest long-run threat to the freedom of any people is its own government, which possesses the legitimized right to use force and the threat of force against them in its own territory. If history has taught anything, it is that once freedoms have been lost by a people, regaining those lost freedoms from their own government is no easy task. The first duty, therefore, is to prevent those freedoms from being taken away."
 

MN: $3 Million Settlement in Police Shooting
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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Officer Eagle said Balandin (naked and tripping on LSD) was trying to take his gun, but there were no fingerprints on the gun, no pictures showing the scratches on the officer's face, and forensic evidence shows that the first shot was fired from 2 - 3 feet, and the second from 6 feet, as Mr. Balandin was falling.

" 'I disagree with the medical examiner,' Chief Johnson said. 'Officer Eagle did exactly what he was trained to do, and the Police Department [is] standing behind the officer.' "
 

The union that killed education
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Public schools are run by the National Educational Association. They are not run by people you can hold accountable, such as teachers, superintendents and school boards. The NEA opposes merit pay, charter schools and any decision by any school administrator that has not been determined in advance by collective bargaining. Simply put, the NEA opposes everything except its own power."
 

UK: Wipe that brilliant-white smile off your face, says EU
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"British dentists have been warned that they face criminal prosecution under EU law if they use tooth-whitening treatments to give their patients Hollywood smiles."

"The Department of Trade and Industry says that the nation's most common tooth-whitening procedure ...is illegal under EU rules governing the supply of hydrogen peroxide bleach."

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More absurdities from the socialists at the EU.
 

The U.S. government is dying
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The US Government is dying. Its ultimate fate was sealed the moment the Federal Reserve Fiat money system was put into place. Like a recreational drug user enjoying that first chemical rush, those who created the federal Reserve luxuriated in the seemingly endless flow of money pouring forth from the Federal Reserve, money used to prolong and consolidate power, money spent without worry in the full knowledge that it was going to be someone else's problem to pay it all back."
 

To All Good Cops...
Submitted by: John Brothers
Website: http://rebel.onestop.net/

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"I keep hearing that some cops, maybe the majority of them, are 'good cops'... As years go by and I look at what has happened to this country, I'm having trouble accepting that."

"How can any good person be willing to ruin his fellow citizen's life because that citizen used the 'wrong' dried plant matter in his cigarettes? How could a good person who walks around with a high-capacity autopistol on his hip arrest a citizen for carrying an old revolver without feeling like a complete hypocrite? How can a good person harass peaceable citizens over the countless intrusive, freedom-sapping laws without feeling like a total heel?"
 

FL: Second Amendment Club holds meeting
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"The Second Amendment Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Sandals Restaurant, 5245 Limestone Drive.
Guest speaker Ed Mejias will discuss appeals court cases concerning the Second Amendment and individual rights to own firearms."
 

SC: Officers shot man in self-defense, lawyers say
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"Two Cayce police officers who shot and killed a Richland County man last month fired in self-defense, prosecutors said Friday."

"Videotape taken from a police cruiser and witness statements clearly indicate that Norris Lorenzo Lee, 33, fired at Sgt. Doug Curry and officer Joseph Hart several times before he was shot Jan. 26, said Assistant 11th Circuit Solicitor Tav Swarat. The officers have been cleared of any wrongdoing, he said."
 

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