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Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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..."So why would anybody want or need to carry a gun to church, of all places?" -- Why should anyone have to justify to this writer or to the government where they choose to carry?

"Are there still hostile heathens lurking in the woods outside the chapel intent on scalping those who stole their land?" -- Is this pseudo-journalist trying to tell us getting raped, killed or mugged on the way to and from church as well as inside is an impossibility? Maybe he should read a recent story from New Zealand about an elderly woman being attacked in church.

"This newspaper is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment 'the right to bear arms' " -- Could have fooled us.

"but a proposal before the Georgia House is devoid of reason or good sense. There is, it appears, a reason that some Second Amendment advocates are referred to as 'gun nuts' ... with the emphasis on the second word." ... -- Maybe early Americans were nuts too, since there is historic precedent for being armed in church. According to a paper by Clayton Cramer, A 1619 [Virginia] statute required everyone to attend church on the Sabbath, “and all such as bear arms shall bring their pieces, swords, powder and shot.” Those failing to bring their guns were subject to a three shilling fine.

"Frankly, if some of the gun nuts among us are so paranoid as to fear being confronted by an axe-wielding maniac in church, or a football game, or at a speech by the governor inside City Hall, might one suggest to them that they just stay home and avoid such fearful places? -- Do armed criminals avoid such places?
 

eBay to Law Enforcement - We're Here to Help
Submitted by: Larry E. Bigham

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"Joseph E. Sullivan, Director of Compliance and Law Enforcement Relations, Senior Counsel, Trust and Safety for online auction powerhouse eBay, recently addressed a group of law enforcement officials regarding eBay's policies for cooperating with government investigations. Below are verbatim quotations from his briefing at the recent CyberCrime 2003 conference:"

"We [eBay] try to make rules to make it difficult for people to commit fraud and easy for you [law enforcement agencies] to investigate. One is our Privacy policy. I know from investigating eBay fraud cases that eBay has probably the most generous policy of any internet company when it comes to sharing information. [emphasis added]"

"We do not require a subpoena except for very limited circumstances. We require a subpoena when we need the financial information from the site, credit card info or sometimes IP information."

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How sad that eBay holds the value of state power over the value of individual privacy rights.
 

FL: Gun, ammo, grenade found at state office building
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Federal agents are investigating this morning's discovery of a rifle, two boxes of ammunition and an apparent live grenade at a state office building in Tampa."

"The discovery has forced the evacuation of 400 workers." ...

"...the items belonged to someone who worked in the building. That person has NOT been identified and NO arrests have been made.
 

Are you an Anti-American lone extremist?
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Soon, in order to earn the attention of the FBI and the New COINTELPRO under the Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003 -- which Bush will insist be passed soon after Iraq is invaded -- you won't even need to be a member of one of the above mentioned groups. All you will need do is agree with the philosophy of 'the extreme fringes of animal rights, pro-life, environmental, anti-nuclear, and other political and social movements.' "

"In the not too distant future thought crime alone will be enough to earn you the black mark of a 'lone extremist' in the eyes of Ashcroft, Bush, the FBI, and the emerging Ministry of Homeland Security."

"Terrorism -- it's not strictly for Muslims anymore."
 

Showdown on guns is near
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"More than eight years after Congress approved a ban on the sale of semiautomatic assault weapons, supporters and opponents are preparing to battle over whether to let the law expire as scheduled in September 2004."

"Although 19 months away, the sunset date for the 1994 law banning AK-47s and similar weapons is generating intensive lobbying efforts from both sides of the emotional gun control issue."
 

Japan: Bidding a farewell to arms in Japan
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Guns pretty much ceased to be a part of my life when I came to Japan. In fact, I don't recall ever having heard a gun being fired in this country" ...

"I choose to raise this point because Japan is supposed to be in the midst of a serious crime wave."

"As discouraging as that may appear, one shudders to think how much worse things would be if criminals could get their hands on guns."

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Is it really so much more desirable to be stabbed to death? Apparently, to this author skyrocketing crime is acceptable as long as he doesn't have to hear the sound of a gun.
 

Canada: Court Rules Bible a "Hate" Document
Submitted by: Curtis

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"Certain passages of the Bible can be construed as hate literature if placed in a particular context, according to a Canadian provincial court."

"The Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatchewan upheld a 2001 ruling by the province's human rights tribunal that fined a man for submitting a newspaper ad that included citations of four Bible verses that address homosexuality."
 

CA: Ex-cop packing heat at Magic Kingdom wonders who else carrying
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Steve Reed didn't think he would need his gun at Disneyland. Thankfully, he was right. But the fact that Steve walked around the Happiest Place on Earth for several days with a loaded gun hidden under his Mickey Mouse sweat shirt was scary -- especially to Steve."

" 'I'm a retired cop, and I'm licensed to carry a concealed weapon,' Steve said. 'But I didn't expect to walk right into Disneyland and not be challenged. I expected them to pat me down or wand me and tell me to put my gun in a locker. That never happened. It made me wonder who else is walking around Disneyland with God knows what under their sweat shirt.' "

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Why is the idea that another law-abiding, well-trained citizen other than himself could be walking around armed so abhorrent to this hypocrite?
 

FL: Man Shoots Alleged Thief In Head With Shotgun, Police Say
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A Miramar man claims his life was in danger when he shot a 13-year-old boy he says was stealing his car."

"That teenager, Anthony Campbell, is in critical condition with a shotgun wound to the head. Alejandro Avila claims he saw Campbell back his Saturn out of his driveway. Avila then said he grabbed his shotgun, and when he ran out to the street, Campbell turned the car toward him. That's when Avila said he fired."
 

UK: Phone robbers shoot man
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A man was blasted in the leg by gun wielding robbers who forced him to hand over his mobile phone."

"The 31-year-old victim was targeted by three men as he walked along Wellington Road, in Winson Green."

"He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to City Hospital for treatment."

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Increased penalties for gun crimes, gun amnesties and nice letters to criminals don't appear to be having the desired effect of reducing gun crime in the UK.
 

CA: Oakland's bad cops leave legacy
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Thanks to four bad cops, things just got a lot harder for the rest of Oakland's men and women in blue, who already have one of the toughest jobs anywhere."

"City officials tried their best to contain the damage: The $10.5 million settlement of lawsuits involving 119 people who alleged the 'Riders' violated their civil rights was a city record. But it could have run a lot higher had the cases gone to trial."

"And who could argue with sweeping reforms coming as a result of the settlement -- from a 24-hour telephone hot line to report police abuses to a requirement that supervisors respond in person to felony, drug and other arrests?"
 

UT: Citizen Rangers (Letter)
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Quite frankly, I'd place my faith in properly trained law enforcement officers and school staff who have thought through these situations much more thoroughly before relying on an armed and untrained citizen... The gun lobby needs to understand that it's not all about their rights, but the rights of all of us to feel safe and secure."

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And you, sir, should realize that your feelings and preferences have nothing to do with the established fact that armed citizens save lives every day.
 

WA: Neighbors target gun club
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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" 'Don't dump your noise on my neighborhood,' the Avalon Woods resident pointedly told the gun club members."

"But as newcomers seek regulations on hours of operation and noise levels at shooting ranges from West Coast to East, gun enthusiasts fire back, 'We were here first.' "

"Shooting ranges, their members say, work hard to be good neighbors, minimize noise and maintain rigid safety standards."
 

LA: Residents Say Shooter Was Pushed Too Far
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"David Jones, 49, likened his perception of APD harassment of neighborhood residents to an animal that is repeatedly abused."

" 'Only two things make a person do the kind of thing that boy did,' Jones said. 'Fear and abuse. Lives were lost, let's step back and look at what happened.' "
 

South Africa: Conditioned Victim? Your Choice!
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Crime is such that last year, 800,000 violent criminal events were recorded in South Africa, that's nearly 2,200 a day."

"Conditioned Victim is about knowing your neighbour, knowing your
strengths, and knowing your enemy."

"We say, be prepared, do like the Romans did, hope for the best but be prepared for the worst."
 

New Zealand: Gun pointed at motorist in road rage incident
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"A sawn-off firearm was pointed at a motorist after horn tooting escalated into violent road rage in Tauranga last night."

"The clash between two motorists resulted in one man cut with a knife and another pulling out a gun as the pair fought over an apparently innocent hornblast about 6pm."
 

FL: Take lesson from disarming of British citizens
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"As the horrible consequences of gun control play out today in Great Britain, it is important to remember that this dilemma started with the euphemistic "sensible first step." It began with firearms training requirements and government-mandated storage standards, progressed to home inspections and gun owner licensing, continued with the registration of firearms and their owners and culminated in firearms confiscation. Each "sensible" step was followed by another step, and yet another, until law-abiding gun owners were forced into the final step -- forfeiting their personal property and, with it, their means of defending themselves and their families. After suffering every gun control scheme that prohibitionists could devise, the British are now suffering from a surging wave of violent gun crimes and armed criminals are responsible. How could this happen?"
 

NE: Big project seeks to cut Omaha gun violence
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"A caller providing law enforcement with information leading to the arrest of someone possessing an illegal gun could be eligible for a reward of up to $250, under a new reward program announced Monday".

"The Project Safe Neighborhoods program has worked with Omaha Crime Stoppers ...to set up the rewards as part of its effort to combat gun violence."
 

Australia: Students tied up by gunmen
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"Three students have been tied up and robbed at gunpoint in a home invasion in Melbourne's west."

"Police said three men let themselves into a Tottenham house through an unlocked door about 10.30am (AEDT) yesterday and threatened the students with a small silver gun."
 

MI: Police: Off-Duty Cop Kills Attacker While Shoveling
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"The officer was shoveling snow in his driveway on Dragoon Street when he was attacked, according to police. A man pulled out a gun and demanded money from the officer... The man forced the officer into his garage and a struggle occurred, according to police."

"The suspect fired shots at the officer, police said. The officer returned fire, killing the man, according to police."
 

AL: Manager foils robbery attempt
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Mitt Tubbs said that McCain took a chance by taking matters into his own hands. Instead, he said robbery victims should call police and give a good description of the robber."

“ 'We’re equipped and trained to handle that and the average citizen is not. That’s a decision they have to make — we don’t recommend it, especially if someone is armed with a weapon,' he said. 'You can always replace property.' "

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Equipped and trained? Is that why news sources are constantly reporting on cops have accidental discharges, carelessly leave their firearms lying around unsupervised around children and accidentally shoot their partners? What is it that makes a trained, armed civilian any less able to defend himself and his life than a police officer who has to be summoned first?
 

FL: JSO to offer free firearms safety demonstration
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Mike MacDonald is a shooting instructor at JSO's gun range. He says these accidents are preventable if the people handling the guns follow some basic rules. 'I think the biggest problem is people don't realize they're dealing with a dangerous instrument ...' "

"...the first rule of thumb is treat all guns as if they're loaded. His system of safety is called 'Clear and Verify' - 'clear' your weapon of all ammunition and 'verify' that it's not loaded."
 

FL: Florida Man Arrested With Military Explosives
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"A Panama City-area man is charged with possessing and transporting a high-grade military-type explosive without a license."

"Police do not think Michael Merele Miller of Callaway was involved in terrorist activity. They say he was trying to swap a bag of devices containing the explosive for high-powered, but legal, military rifles."
 

CO: Cop Suspended Over Alleged Gun-Pointing Incident
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"According to police, officer Charles Jordan reportedly pointed his service handgun at a police dispatcher while the two were in the communications section of the Public Safety Center, shortly before midnight on Feb. 14. No shots were fired."

"The incident was later brought to the attention of a supervisor who initiated an internal investigation, police said. As a result, Jordan was suspended with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation."
 

PA: Philly Antique Gun Dealer Admits Fraud
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"A firearms expert pleaded guilty Monday to tricking a wealthy collector into thinking he was in a bidding war for two pistols once owned by legendary Texas Ranger Samuel H. Walker."

"Prosecutors said there was no other buyer for the pair of .44-caliber Colt revolvers, and that the price they sold for--$2.2 million--was vastly inflated."

"Richard Ellis, of Illinois, faces prison time when he is sentenced on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, prosecutors said."
 

CO: Senate approves gun bills
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The state Senate on Wednesday approved a statewide plan that would allow local communities to regulate firearms as long as they do not try to prohibit them."

"Sen. Jim Isgar, D-Hesperus, amended Senate Bill 25 to allow communities to bar open carrying of firearms in specific buildings and open areas. It would be up to communities to specify which buildings and areas would be off-limits."

"The bill passed on an 18-16 vote and now goes to the House."
 

Canada: Cauchon pins registry cost on honest mistakes
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Cost overruns in the federal gun control program are the result of honest mistakes and unforeseen managerial complications, not of bureaucratic incompetence or political deceit, says Justice Minister Martin Cauchon."
 

High Court to Review Limits on Searches
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The Supreme Court said Monday that it would consider a government appeal that asks if a SWAT team went too far by breaking down the door of a suspected drug dealer while he took a shower."

"An appeals court ruled that authorities acted unreasonably by using a battering ram to knock down Lashawn Lowell Banks' door just 15 to 20 seconds after demanding entrance. The masked officers found Banks naked and soapy, emerging from the bathroom."
 

Pilots: TSA Trying to Discourage Armed Pilot Volunteers
Submitted by: Tom Allison
Website: http://eternalvigilance.blogspot.com

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"There [are] a lot of things in this plan that they propose that point towards trying to minimize the number of volunteers and limit the size of the program instead of welcoming us and thanking us for coming forward and volunteering to do this,"
 

NH: Salem officer shot on I-93
Submitted by: thompson

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"A police officer trying to catch a robbery suspect apparently shot one of his colleagues on Interstate 93 Friday night."

"During the process of getting people out of car, a gun went off and Detective Richard Oliveri was hit, apparently by a bullet from another officer’s gun, McGuire said."

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Another case of smart gun - dumb cop.
 

OH: Officer Could Be Charged For Killing Alleged Burglar
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Charges could be filed against a Cleveland police officer accused of shooting and killing an alleged burglar while off duty." ...

"Prosecutors said Joseph Finley Jr. first attacked Toomey."

"Chief Assistant Prosecutor Sanford Watson said that while the shooting was justified, a grand jury should be called in to determine whether Toomey used excessive force."
 

CO: Dem senator has key vote on gun bill
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"The Colorado Senate is facing a shootout over a gun bill.
One senator - a Democrat - could help decide the fate of dozens of local gun laws across the state when he chooses sides."

"Sen. Jim Isgar, a rancher who represents Hesperus in southwest Colorado, indicated late last week he would vote in favor of Senate Bill 25, if the bill's sponsor amends it to say that it will not impact concealed-weapons ordinances. But he was still wavering."
 

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