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Watch Gun Legislation Debates on the Internet
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The Senate debates on the 'Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act' (now S1805, previously S659) commenced Wednesday morning and throughout the day.

Debates will continue 9:30am Thursday and can be viewed on C-SPAN2 on television or online at the above link.

Amendments to be debated do include Sen. Feinstein's bill to renew the so-called "assault weapons ban", Sen. McCain's attack on gun shows, a bill on so-called "cop killer bullets" -- and some other stuff not authorized by the U.S. Constitution.

If you have not yet made your statements to elected officials, now is a good time to invest a few minutes calling and/or faxing the congresscritters. Use the following address to get the contact data you need.

http://capwiz.com/gunowners/dbq/officials/
 

Three GOP Traitors Support Renewing the Clinton/Feinstein Semi-auto Rifle and Magazine Ban
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Three Republican senators agreed Tuesday to support renewal of the soon-to-expire assault weapons ban, a small victory for gun control proponents as the Senate prepares to wade into several contentious gun issues this election year." ...

" 'Although I voted against the ban a decade ago, over the past 10 years it has reduced crime dramatically and has made our streets safer,' [Virginia Senator, John] Warner said. 'The legislation also has protected the rights of gun owners better than many of us predicted.' "

The two other U.S. Senators whose careers need to be ruined on election day: Mike DeWine of Ohio and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island.

Naturally, the sleaziest and most dishonest of anti-gun foes is pleased:

"The three GOP senators' support does not guarantee the amendment's approval in the Senate, but 'this gives the effort to renew the assault weapons ban new momentum,' said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a sponsor of the original assault weapons ban." ...
 

VA: Sen. John Warner reverses course on assault-weapons ban
Submitted by: David Adams
Website: http://www.vasportsmen.org

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"Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., switching positions from a decade ago, joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., yesterday in proposing to extend a federal ban on certain assault weapons."

" 'The law also has protected the rights of gun owners better than many of us predicted.' " ...
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KABA NOTE:

Virginians: Save this article, and remember it well. This fool has got to go. His career belongs in our collective crosshairs. Make a commitment to yourself, right now: we're going to make John Warner pay.
 

Congressional newspaper supports protecting gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits
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"Reasonable people do not believe that Ford or General Motors should be sued when a drunken driver speeds into and kills a pedestrian. They understand that the manufacturer should not be faulted merely because its product is used improperly and illegally. It is obviously the driver who needs to be punished."

"Similarly, the predations of arsonists do not prompt litigation against matchbook makers any more than the maker of Swiss Army knives is responsible for stabbings or the makers of Louisville Sluggers are to blame when their product is used in a beating."

"Yet a minority of people and politicians believe that the manufacturer should pay when a gun is used improperly or illegally." ...
 

Bush Opposes Additions to Gun Bill
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"The White House is opposing addition of gun show and assault weapons restrictions to a bill shielding firearms makers and dealers from lawsuits, prompting angry complaints from Democrats that President Bush is reneging on earlier support for the two proposals."

"The dispute emerged as the Senate began debating the lawsuits measure, which is strongly backed by the National Rifle Association as well as the White House..."

"The bill easily cleared its first procedural hurdle yesterday. But close votes are anticipated on the gun-control proposals, which would require background checks for purchases at gun shows and extend for 10 years the current ban on 19 types of semiautomatic assault weapons, which expires in September." ...
 

Bill shielding gun makers faces series of tests
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WASHINGTON - "A Republican-led bill to shield gun manufacturers and distributors from lawsuits arising from gun crimes passed its first Senate test Wednesday, but Democrats plan to complicate its future by forcing votes on extending an assault weapons ban and requiring background checks on purchasers at gun shows."

"The Senate, with a 75-22 test vote, showed that there is enough support from both parties to get gunmaker immunity legislation through, but Democrats plan to try and add their gun legislation to the package before it heads to the House." ...
 

Legislation on gunmaker immunity moving forward; Democrats to try to add other gun matters
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- "Legislation that protects gun manufacturers and distributors against lawsuits over gun crimes passed its first Senate test Wednesday."

"Democrats said the cost to Republicans will be public votes on extending the assault weapons ban and requiring comprehensive background checks at gun shows."

"The bill providing for immunity from suits won the support of 75 senators in a test vote and opponents acknowledge it has the backing to pass. Still, several Democrats and Republicans plan to force votes on less popular gun measures."

" 'We all know this underlying bill has legs. That's why we want to get some amendments on there,' said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif." ...
 

OFF Alert on Gun Control Issues Before the U.S. Senate
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. . . "As predicted, many anti-gun amendments have been added to the agenda. That's the bad news. The good news is, that as a result of these added complications, the debate will go on for some time giving everybody time to contact Senators Wyden and Smith and repeat that we will accept NO more attacks on gun rights to pass this bill."

"And, it looks like the many messages the NRA has been getting to stand firm and make no deals are having an effect. Please keep it up."

"Not long ago conventional wisdom was that the 'assault weapon' ban was a dead issue. Now, as a result of deal making, it is very much alive." ...
 

Sen. Frank Lautenberg 'A Liar' in Statements About Tacoma Gun Shop, Says CCRKBA
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"A-New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, in public debate over passage of S.659/S.1805, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, today lied about the role that a Tacoma, WA gun shop played in the acquisition of a rifle by convicted Beltway snipers John Allan Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, said the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)."

"Speaking to the Senate, Sen. Lautenberg asserted that the Bull's Eye Shooters Supply 'sold' the Bushmaster rifle used in the October 2002 murder spree."

" 'That's not true, and Sen. Lautenberg knows it,' said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron." ...
 

Gun Suit Reform Could Still Be Shot Down
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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. . . "The new legislation will of course not end lawsuits against defective products that cause harm or injury. Similarly, a company will still face civil liability in addition to criminal penalties if it has violated state or federal law or sold a gun knowing that it would be used to commit a crime."

"Yet, amendments to extend the ban on some semi-automatic guns and to further regulate gun shows face close votes. These amendments threaten to kill the bill in conference committee, yet some senators, including Tom Daschle, are simultaneously promising to vote for the bill but also promising gun control groups that they are 'solid' for the gun show and assault weapons amendments." ...
 

Blame Gun Makers for Crime? (6 Letters)
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To the Editor:
Re "Lawyers, Guns and Mayors" (Op-Ed, Feb. 24):

As an answer to the problem of gun violence, ordinary law-abiding citizens should be permitted to carry weapons.

Citizens must be able to defend themselves; this is a fine example of why liberals don't do security well.

MARY MCLEMORE
Autaugaville, Ala., Feb. 24, 2004
 

"The Gun Lobby's Bull's-Eye"
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"Proponents, counting on senators' raw fear of electoral retaliation if they dare to stand up on such an obvious issue of public safety, claim to be near the 60 votes needed to defeat any opposition filibuster. Failing that, gun-control advocates like Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, hope that they can at least amend the bill by adding a renewal of the assault weapons ban, which is about to run out after 10 years of protecting the public." ...
 

Brady Campaign to Eradicate Gun Ownership Rants About Gun Manufacturer Protection
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"The following fact sheet on the gun industry was released today by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence United with the Million Mom March:" ...

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Sarah Brady's camp calling their press release a "fact sheet" is like Dianne Feinstein saying she's a "gun safety" advocate.
 

DC: Gun banners having a press pow-wow Thursday afternoon
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Corrupt lawmakers and lying activists are holding a press conference on the nation's capital Thursday afternoon -- "to call on Bush to keep promises, fight for amendments to close gun show loophole, renew assault weapons ban at news conference Thursday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 628."

See link for details if you are in the area and would like to go listen to a long string of fibs, evasions, diversions and a good deal of stale whining. If you attend and bring ripe tomatoes, make sure they are also rotten.
 

Senator Boxer proposes "federal law requiring safety locks on all handguns sold in the United States"
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"Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday unveiled a proposed federal law requiring safety locks on all handguns sold in the United States."

" 'Most handguns have so little trigger resistance they could be fired by a 3-year-old, yet there are an estimated 3.3 million children in the United States living in houses with guns that are always or sometimes kept loaded and unlocked,' said Boxer, D-Calif." ...

"Boxer ...plans to introduce the bill in Congress later this week. It would prohibit manufacturers and dealers from selling or transferring a handgun for retail purposes unless it had a safety lock."

"Violators could have their licenses revoked and face up to $15,000 in fines." ...
 

David Codrea's Interview on Guntalk
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KABA writer David Codrea was investigated after writing a letter to San Francisco civil authorities challenging their blatant hypocrisy.

Tom Gresham interviewed Codrea for his Feb 22 radio show. You can click the above link to listen to the full interview. Codrea's portion of the show begins roughly ten minutes in.
 

PA: Senior citizen pulls gun on knife-wielding robber
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"A senior citizen using the men's room yesterday at a popular Middletown eatery was approached by a would-be robber waving a knife. The potential victim responded by pulling out his own weapon - a handgun."

"A thin, white male between 25 and 30 years old tried to rob the 68-year-old Langhorne man about 9:30 a.m. at the Great American Diner and Pub, 1201 E. Lincoln Highway, Middletown Sgt. Ken Mellus said."

"The Langhorne man is licensed to carry the gun, police said. No shots were fired and the suspect fled." ...

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If the gun banners had their way, the intended victim would have had no choice but to hand over his money or be cut -- and the robber would have gotten away with another crime, emboldened to do it again.
 

OH: Questions remain on concealed carry
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"In the wake of the recent passing of the concealed carry law (H.B. 12), many questions still remain. For instance, when exactly will one be able to apply for a permit? How much training does one need, and where is it available?"

"The concealed carry law officially goes into effect on April 8. However, the public will not be able to apply for permits until approximately 60 days after that date. The Ohio Attorney General’s office has 30 days after April 8 to submit a set of rules that will govern the permit process. After these rules are submitted and approved by the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review, the OAG has 30 days to make application forms, instructional pamphlets and license forms available to county sheriffs." ...
 

NH: Police express concerns over concealed weapon bill
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" 'It’s absolutely ridiculous...I don’t know what they are thinking," --Meredith Police Chief John Curran

" 'It’s a right to bear arms, but not to put it under your jacket and hide it. We aren’t out to deny people their rights...all we are saying is that if you have to have a permit for it." --Franklin Police Chief Nelson Forest.

"From a law enforcement perspective it’s good for officers to have ability to research and identify individuals who might be armed." --Moultonboro Police Chief Scott Kinmond

KABA NOTE:

The number of people with concealed weapons permits who've shot at law enforcement officers is so tiny it's a minuscule blip on the statistical radar. Police officers are far more likely to shoot an innocent person than be shot by a concealed weapons permit holder. Furthermore, if someone is of the mindset to shoot a police officer, that person isn't likely to see a "permit" anyway. So this is just more fear-mongering.

Most importantly, the "safety" of government employees is a concern, sure -- but that concern is trumped by the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
 

GA: Senate Approves "Lock Up Your Safety" Bill
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"The Georgia Senate unanimously passed a child-endangerment bill that would increase penalties for any adult who leaves a weapon in reach of a child, manufactures methamphetamine in the presence of a child, or commits other offenses against children, WXIA-TV reported Feb. 13." ...

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Submitter's Comment: The GA senators prefer GA children to be endangered by intruders, who will have a safer "workplace," now that GA guns will be locked up.
 

NC: Mother cited for not securing gun
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- "The mother of a 14-year-old who accidentally shot his friend in the leg Tuesday afternoon was cited Wednesday for not having a secured firearm."

"Police said the teenager was showing off a gun to three of his friends at his home on North Vicksburg Park Court in southwest Charlotte."

"The teen shot the gun once to prove to his friends that it was real, but then the gun jammed and went off again, police said, hitting a 17-year-old in the leg near his ankle."

"The shooting victim was taken to Carolinas Medical Center. His injuries were not life-threatening."
 

FL: Bill Would Bar Former Felons from Possessing Ammunition
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"Although Florida law bars former felons from possessing guns, there is no regulation preventing them from having ammunition. A bill introduced by Rep. Dan Gelber (D-Miami Beach) is aimed at changing that, the Miami Herald reported Feb. 19." ...

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Submitter's Comment: What are these felons going to do, throw a cartridge at someone? What's next, a law barring felons from reading Guns & Ammo?

KABA NOTE:
Federal law already prohibits convicted felons from possessing ammunition -- and that federal law can be enforced by any law enforcement agency of the state or any subdivision thereof. So the real purpose of this bill is....?
 

AZ: Gun-control advocates rally for show limits
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"Gun-control advocates rallied at the state Capitol on Tuesday, saying they believe they are closer to their goal of requiring background checks for firearms sold at gun shows."

" 'We need to keep criminals from getting guns so easy,' said Lory Smith of Phoenix, an anti-gun activist since her teenage daughter, Shannon, was killed by a stray bullet in 1999. 'There are just too many deaths due to guns.' " ...

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KABA QUESTION:
If Lory's daughter had been killed via the criminal misuse of an automobile, would she be trying to implement Car Control? Or is she just another irrational phony like so many of her comrades?
 

MI: House approves bills allowing antique gun purchases without license
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- "Gun enthusiasts would be able to purchase antique handguns without a license or safety inspection under legislation unanimously approved Wednesday by the state House."

"Now residents who want to buy a handgun first must get a permit then have the firearm inspected by their local police department. There's some uncertainty about whether the current requirement applies to black powder and antique pistols."

"The three-bill package would eliminate that requirement for pistols manufactured before 1898 and replicas of antiques that use black powder or obscure calibers. It would make antique firearms subject to the same purchase requirements and background checks as shotguns and long rifles." ...
 

PA: Pennsylvania considers statewide 'firearm-free' zones
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"The slaying of a 10-year-old boy in North Philadelphia has driven several Philadelphia lawmakers to propose legislation creating 'firearm-free' zones at schools and recreation areas throughout the state."

"If passed, the zones would ban firearms within 1,000 feet of every public, private and parochial school and higher-learning institution, and within 500 feet of every playground, recreation facility and school-transportation vehicle."

"Those caught illegally possessing or firing guns within these zones would face mandatory minimum prison terms. The precise penalties have yet to be worked out." ...

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Columbine High School was a "gun free zone." That's a clue.
 

CA: Man charged with shooting dog that was suffering after being attacked by two pit bulls
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An East Bay man is under arrest, accused of firing shots at his dog that he says was being attacked by two other dogs.

Officers took Lindon Horn into custody after two pit bulls attacked his spaniel near Pinole. Horn's family says he fired warning shots, called police and even tried to use an umbrella to get the dogs away.

But nothing worked according to the family. The family members say their dog was suffering and Horn shot it to put it out of its misery.

Horn's son, Lindon Horn Jr., told NBC11 News, "I'll get over my dog, it sucks though. I have my dad doing the right thing and he's going to jail. I really don't understand."

Contra Costa sheriff's deputies say Horn fired several shots. He is charged with discharging a firearm in a negligent manner.
 

Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair pleads innocent to firearms charge
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"Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges of drunken driving and possession of a firearm while intoxicated."

"McNair, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle last week, did not appear in Davidson County Criminal Court before Judge Cheryl Blackburn. His attorney, Roger May, entered the plea."

"The NFL's co-MVP is due in court on April 15 for initial discussions in his case and again on June 3. He was indicted earlier this month on charges stemming from his arrest last May."

"He was arrested after an officer noticed him driving on a downtown street, and his blood alcohol content was 0.18 percent, almost twice the 0.10 level then used to define driving under the influence." ...
 

"Playing with weapons breeds violent behavior"
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... "When all was said and done, expert wisdom or not, I simply didn’t like the way kids acted when they played with certain violent toys." ...

"And yet, knowing the power of culture and a little boys’ urges, I ultimately decided to take it one supervised weapon play at a time. Two well-behaved boys playing toy soldiers on the floor became acceptable. Ouzis [sic] in the hands of 6-year-olds, or 15-year-olds, for that matter, did not. An occasional sword fight in the living room, as long as there was no actual contact, was tolerable."

"Neighborhood gun battles were not. All weapon play, regardless, was heavily monitored and controlled, so it didn’t escalate into something it shouldn’t." ...
 

TX: Education contributes to decline in firearms accidents
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Texas in 2003 came oh-so-close to seeing the first calendar year unmarred by a hunting-related firearms fatality in the 38 years such records have been maintained."

"Except for a single tragic accident no other hunters died in firearms accidents this past year."

"Over the past four decades, the number of hunting-related firearms accidents have dropped by half and the number of fatalities by much, much more."

" 'If you look at the statistics, you can see a correlation between the decline (in fatalities and accidents) and onset of mandatory hunter education,' he said." ...

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Not gun locks, not "safe (for criminals) storage" laws, not confiscations or prohibition, but education.
 

AR: Crimestoppers: "Number Of Women Buying Fire Guns Increasing"
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"76 million people own a gun in this country. And now more than ever, the number of women who are buying and learning to fire guns is increasing."

"There are approximately 38,000 licensed gun owners in this state and each year, the number of women who choose to pack a pistol is increasing. The question is why? Women not only own guns but are trained to use a deadly weapon."

"Women of all kinds are training to shoot a gun. Not for sport but for safety."

"Don Hill of Don's Weaponry says he has seen the number of females buying guns increase 100% in 5 years. 'Most women say I don't want to buy a gun--I might hurt someone--well bull! What do you think they are trying to do to you?' " ...

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Fire guns? As opposed to...water guns?
 

NC: Christian school seeking air gun shooting range on its campus stirs debate
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"The Southern Pines Town Council could vote March 9 on a request to allow exceptions to an ordinance against shooting BB guns and air guns in the city limits."

"Calvary Christian School wants to have a 50-foot shooting range on its campus off South Bennett Street as part of its education program for students. That prompted the town to consider changing its ordinance."

"Dwight Creech, who has been principal of the private Calvary Christian School for 31 years, said recently that he would be surprised if the council didn’t approve the amendment. Southern Pines Police Chief Gerald Galloway has recommended approval of the proposed change to the code of ordinances." ...
 

MO: Two sneak guns into E. St. Louis schools
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"Two students, 11 and 15, sneaked semiautomatic pistols past security at two East St. Louis schools Wednesday morning, prompting panicked administrators at one of the schools to lock students in their classrooms for nearly two hours."

"Students at East St. Louis Senior High School huddled behind locked classroom doors while police searched for a 15-year-old boy who authorities said had brandished a loaded semiautomatic pistol. Witnesses told police that the boy had threatened to shoot a teacher with whom he had quarreled earlier Wednesday morning." ...

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And what would a defenseless teacher have been able to do if one of these gun-toting children had entered their victim-disarmament zone-room and started shooting?
 

TN: Thief strikes during church - He robbed while victims worshipped
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"This past Sunday morning while the congregation of Rushings Creek Missionary Baptist Church was involved in their Sunday morning worship service, a Springville man was in the church parking lot, busily robbing their vehicles."

"The man had been noticed earlier by a neighbor, Tony Broadway."

. . . " 'The man got out of his truck and started looking at the parked cars in the church parking lot, so we started walking to the church to see what he was doing. The owner of the residence where the man parked called the Sheriff’s Department and reported the truck parked without permission in her driveway,' Broadway said." ...

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But according to the anti-self-defense crowd, you should leave your gun in the car when you go to church. They complain about criminals having firearms but support policies that make it easier for them to get one.
 

Throttle Control
Submitted by: Jose Batista

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"Even as automakers get bolder in promoting the speed potential of their vehicles, Lund senses a gathering backlash that could lead to controls on cars and trucks to prevent them from exceeding speed limits."

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Submitter's Comment: What if you have to get an injured person to the hospital? Rely on 911?

While we're at it, wouldn't it be doubleplusgood to legislate more engine size limits and wire the electronics so that police can shut off your car remotely?

Then, all we need are draconian penalties for, say, breaking holographic foil seals on the hood, and that will ensure that only criminals drive black market cars that are faster and more reliable than everyone else's.
 

"A list of 10 simple things you can do to improve the safety of your family"
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. . . "2. If you have guns, keep them locked up and teach children gun safety as soon as they're old enough." . . .
 

Attitude adjustment at TSA
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"The wonderful folks at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) — an agency created in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, who are just now preparing to implement the already discredited Computer-Assisted Passenger Pre-screening System ("CAPPS II") — have finally discovered what most government bureaucracies learn in their first days. They have discovered taxpayer-citizens are but wallets to be opened and fleeced at will." ...
 

Sportsmen working to get hunting rights legally guaranteed
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"Sportsmen are flexing their political muscle around the country, changing laws in state after state to protect against what they see as threats to their heritage."

"In Pennsylvania, for example - second to Texas in total licensed hunters - sportsmen have hardly been under siege. Yet even there, the state Constitution could soon carry a new guarantee:"
"Right of the people to hunt and fish."
"Exactly what that would mean is unclear. But the broader trend is quite clear: Eleven states recognize citizens' right to hunt, fish or trap, mostly through laws or constitutional changes approved in the last few years." ...
 

CA: Televised shooting prompts review of chase policy
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"When Los Angeles police officers unleashed a barrage of bullets early Monday into the car of a robbery suspect, killing him, five TV helicopters hovered above, beaming the scene into the homes of thousands of viewers."

"Puffs of smoke could be seen as the officers fired their handguns into the car of Nicholas Killinger, 23, who toppled face down into the street in front of Santa Monica High School. Killinger, who was suspected of tying up a gas station attendant at knifepoint near Malibu and taking US$180 from his cash register, died an hour later."

"Already under fire for its approach to using deadly force, the Los Angeles Police Department is struggling to revise a policy on pursuits and how to end them." ...
 

FL: Retrial opens for Miami officers accused of gun-planting coverup
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"Attorneys offered drastically opposing views Wednesday as they opened the retrial of three Miami police officers charged with covering up that guns were planted on two robbers who had been fatally shot."

"Prosecutors promised testimony from officers who saw the robbers empty-handed before they were shot in the back in 1995." ...

"The officers could face up to five years in prison if convicted. All three are charged with conspiracy. Lt. Israel Gonzalez and Officer Jorge Garcia also are charged with perjury and obstruction of justice. Sgt. Jose Quintero is accused of planting a gun five to six steps from a mortally wounded Derrick Wiltshire." ...

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Why are they only facing five years if convicted?
 

IL: School bus stopped after report of small toy gun
Submitted by: Lawrence Miller

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"No weapons were found."

"The student, told officers he handled a cap gun before school but left it at a friend's house."

"The small toy gun later was recovered by officials at the house, police said."

" 'It was never on the bus, and it was never at school,' police spokesman said." ...

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Submitter's Comment:
Seems the police over reacted. Was the gun "recovered" keeping their actions within the bounds of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights?

KABA QUESTION:
Are government employees so confused that they are literally confiscating toy guns now?
 

MD: Armed robbers beat, tie Burger King employee in victim disarmament state
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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This is quite easy, for bad guys, in a police statist paradise like Maryland. No resistance is expected or likely -- especially at a place like Burger King, where company policy requires everyone to be a passive, submissive, defenseless weakling.
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"Police throughout the region searched Tuesday for two armed men who robbed and beat a Burger King employee at closing Monday."

"The 10:30 p.m. incident at the Burger King on U.S. Route 220 occurred when an employee locking the door from the outside was struck from behind by a pistol butt, knocked to the ground and then kicked several times, according to the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department."

"The employee was taken back inside the business where he was forced to empty a safe. The suspects then tied the employee before leaving with an unknown amount of money."

"The victim was taken by Keyser EMS to Potomac Valley Hospital where he was treated for a laceration to the head." ...
 

UK: Gun expert jailed for murdering ex-wife may only do 11 years
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"THE former police armourer who shot his wife in the back of her head with his police-issue pistol has been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum 11-year term, after pleading guilty to her murder."

"Adrian Stewart Baird was sentenced today by Lord Justice McCollum at Ballymena Crown Court, sitting at Laganside in Belfast."

"The court heard that Baird admitted firing the single shot that killed his wife on February 10 last year."

"Katrina Baird also suffered a broken nose and according to the official pathologist had injuries consistent with having been punched in the face, and partially strangled." ...

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But only cops and other government employees should have guns, right Sarah?
 

Philippines: Cops zero in on notorious car thieves
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"Members of the notorious robbery-holdup gang responsible in the series of heists in Metro Manila are on a roll after they perpetrated a daring robbery in last week."

"The gang staged a daring armored van robbery around 3:15 p.m. on February 19 in downtown Dagupan, but failed to snatch the money from the bank teller and the security escort in Dagupan. The Export Bank guards clashed with the gunmen, who were forced to retreat."

"The gang, composed of some eight to 10 people with either police or military background, was equipped with two-way radios, high-powered weapons like M-16 and M-14 automatic rifles, .45 and 9mm pistols and sometimes wear police and fatigue uniforms."

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But only military and cops . . .
 

Canadian Military going out of business...
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"...reports foresee a situation so dire that they recommend curtailing operations, dry-docking ships and mothballing vehicles or aircraft and closing at least four Canadian Forces bases." ...

"The navy predicts it will not be able to live up to treaty obligations to NATO and other alliances and cannot carry out enough patrols of Canadian waters to comply with agreements with other government departments such as Immigration Canada or Fisheries and Oceans." ...

" 'We will not be able to meet our domestic defence obligations,' one naval officer said." ...

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Submitter's Comment: OK, so they want to take guns away from the citizens. And dial 911 for help. But there will be no one answering the phone when the country is invaded.
 

UK: Rape and Murder Accused Was Spurned, Jury Told
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"A 54-year-old man killed and raped because he was spurned by a woman, the Old Bailey was told today."

"Francis Goff forced his way into the 43-year-old woman’s home and stabbed to death Clinton Darch, 29, who had met her ten weeks before, it was alleged."

"After she watched her friend being stabbed five times in the living room, the woman was raped in an upstairs bedroom, said David Jeremy, prosecuting."

"She woke the next morning to find Goff gone and telephoned police who arrested her for murder."

"But later, Goff admitted to killing Mr Darch but said it had been self-defence or an accident. He said the woman consented to sex with him."

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And if she'd had access to a gun she might have saved Clinton and avoided being raped. But to gun banners, it's better to be raped and murdered than to shoot a murderous rapist. The proper descriptive term for people who take that position is "morally and spiritually bankrupt."
 

Canada: 500 rubber bullets and 3,000 tear gas canisters "not excessive" for crowd dispersion, says RCMP brass
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"RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli should be fired for flouting key parts of a Mountie watchdog report that found excessive force was used at the 2001 Summit of the Americas, says New Democrat MP Svend Robinson."

"Zaccardelli has refused to apologize, and rejects the finding of undue force by the independent but toothless Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP." ...

" 'Police fired over 500 rubber bullets and over 3,000 tear gas canisters,' [Robinson] said of the force used against mostly peaceful demonstrators, including himself." ...
 

Canada: 'The number of guns we're seeing is alarming.'
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VANCOUVER - "Last week, police received a call about shots fired in the 2400-block of Nanaimo involving a dispute between two groups of men. Police found a dozen shell casings at the scene but the five men arrested would not reveal what happened."

"A day earlier, a 22-year-old Vancouver man, Laurence Ka Ching Chow, was fatally shot outside the Insomnia karaoke club in Richmond."

"Two days before that, 23-year-old Christopher Michael Howey of Vancouver was fatally gunned down as he walked along Boundary Road during rush hour. His vehicle had run out of gas. Police believe he was ambushed."

"Police say the incidents reflect a disturbing trend -- more people are packing guns..." ...

" 'We're seeing a very marked increase in shots-fired calls, shootings and guns seized,' said Vancouver police media liaison Constable Anne Drennan. 'The number of guns we're seeing is alarming.' " ...

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Gosh. Isn't Canada a gun-free paradise -- the utopian ideal to which American gun banners aspire?
 

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