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Anti-gun group uses lies to push anti-gun agenda
Submitted by: Anonymous

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Here the EIC (Entertainment Industries Council) gently "advises" that storylines need to depict lies, scare tactics and anti-gun propaganda.

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"Consider depicting the reality that women are far more likely to be shot by husbands or lovers than by an intruder. Odds are that a gun in her home will be used against her rather than in her defense."
 

EIC continues advising Hollywood to propagate paranoia and fear of guns
Submitted by: Anonymous

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This "tip sheet" recommends using panic to push an anti-gun agenda, such as blaming the presence of guns on teen suicides, even though no causative relationship has ever been found between the two.
 

Group advises the entertainment industry on how to push even more anti-gun propaganda
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Consider having characters successfully use alternatives to guns for self-defense, such as pepper spray or mace."

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Too bad for the EIC that firearms are the most effective self-defense tool on the market today. But this group will try and push the public to believe this pablum anyway, despite the documented fact that guns save lives.
 

Another "tip sheet" advising Hollywood to push gun control
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Consider showing a parent chastising his or her spouse for leaving a gun where their children can find it."

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Promote marital discord, rather than personal responsibility. Does anyone have any doubt as to why the entertainment industry is such a raging cesspool?
 

NJ: Suit against zero tolerance policy
Submitted by: Larry E. Bigham

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"Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed suit in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Essex County on behalf of Hamadi Alston, a third-grader at Augusta Street School in Irvington, N.J., who was arrested for using an L-shaped piece of paper as a gun in a pretend game of 'Cops and Robbers.' ...The complaint makes charges of false arrest, malicious prosecution, violations of Hamadi’s free speech rights and the unconstitutional application of baseless zero tolerance policies."

"On March 15, 2001, 8-year-old Hamadi and his classmates were directed to take advantage of the school’s 'free time' period, during which students are permitted to speak among themselves, read books and play board games that are available in the classroom. When Hamadi and a fellow student selected a book to read, they found an L-shaped piece of paper contained within it. Using the L-shaped item as a paper gun and exclaiming 'Pow, pow!' the boys began playing pretend games of 'Cops and Robbers' and 'Cowboys and Indians.' At no time did the boys threaten to harm each other or anyone else."
 

TX: Report: Houston Police Chief Knew Of DNA Lab Problem
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford reportedly knew of the potential for evidence contamination at the department's DNA lab more than five years ago but did little to fix the problem."

"According to a copyright story in Wednesday's editions of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Police Department has continued to use the lab in criminal investigations, including some death row cases, despite the problem."
 

FL: Ex-Miami officers testify about planted gun, prints wiped clean
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Two retired Miami police officers testifying under immunity put two pieces of a puzzle together Wednesday to support federal charges that a gun was planted by police after an officer shot a homeless man."

"One officer said he saw Officer Jesse Aguero drop the gun a few feet from where the homeless man was wounded in June 1997. The other officer testified he cleaned all fingerprints from a gun supplied by Aguero in early 1997, possibly April."
 

MN: Handgun permit bill one step from floor
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Obtaining a handgun permit could become easier in Minnesota."

"Lawmakers have made several changes to a bill that would allow wider access to handgun permits across the state. The House Judiciary Policy and Finance Committee endorsed the proposal today. It's now one committee stop from a floor vote."
 

America: The Victim Is Not the Guilty One
Submitted by: LFA Editor
Website: http://www.libertyforall.net

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"Individual American citizens in the WTC and the Pentagon are the ones who paid the bill for what is perceived as American arrogance and interference in the affairs of others. Many of them did not share the opinion of their government on foreign intervention. Many did not share the opinion of Left leaning think tanks as to how everyone should live. Many did not share the opinion of these NGOs who claim the right to determine the workings of foreign governments. They still paid the bill rung up by others. Our leaders still argue whether the 'Manhattan Massacre' was an act of war or merely criminal. It was war. What was criminal is that the people who died did not have the benefit of Jefferson's foreign policy."
 

AR: Arkansas House votes against gun-carrying federal judges
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"The House rejected a bill that would have allowed any federal judge, bankruptcy judge or magistrate to carry a concealed handgun. It failed on a 42-47 vote. Critics questioned why judges should get special treatment and if older judges should be armed."
 

WA: Sea-Tac refuses random car searches; legality of federal directive questioned
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... "The measures, ordered by the federal agency in charge of airport security, have drawn criticism from civil-liberties groups and prompted legal scholars to question whether random searches imposed by the federal government violated states' rights."

"At least one major airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, said it would not comply with the directive because it ran counter to state laws prohibiting police from searching a vehicle without a specific reason."
 

LA: Airport security guard charged with extorting money from traveler
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"A uniformed security guard at Armstrong International Airport was arrested on one count of extortion Wednesday after allegedly trying to shake down a man who had a gun in his car."

"Telita Arnolie, an employee with L&R Security, found a firearm in a man's car while performing a routine vehicle inspection at the airport..."

"Although officials said that having the gun in the car was not a violation, Arnolie allegedly told the man she'd arrest him if he didn't pay her $40."
 

Australia: Suspended policeman's guns returned
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"A suspended police sergeant facing charges of serious assault and perverting the course of justice has won a legal battle for the return of his guns."

"The Benalla officer's weapons were seized last May and his firearms licence cancelled months later after the Chief Commissioner declared him 'not a fit and proper person'."

"About the same time he was suspended without pay after investigation of several alleged assaults by the police ethical standards department."
 

CA: Richmond council opposes federal Patriot Act
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Predicting an stunning erosion of civil liberties, the City Council on Tuesday night passed a resolution condemning the Bush administration's U.S. Patriot Act and affirming support for the Bill of Rights."

"The council voiced near-unanimous support for the measure before hearing from more than 30 speakers, including several librarians opposed to provisions that would grant the government access to any individual's borrowing record."
 

NY: 'Long Island Lolita' Amy Fisher has new love: gun control
Submitted by: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
Website: http://www.nysrpa.org

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"Amy Fisher, the pistol-packin’ Long Islander who set off a frenzy of tabloid headlines a decade ago when she shot her lover’s wife, celebrated the end of her parole on Wednesday by announcing her intention to work for causes aimed at keeping handguns away from minors."
 

Supreme Court Throws Out Gun Records Case
Submitted by: john fansler

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"The Supreme Court said Wednesday that it would not decide after all if the government can withhold information on some gun purchases and crimes - because Congress has settled that question."

"The justices were scheduled to hear arguments next week in a case that asked whether the government had to make public details of database checks, including names of gun shops and gun owners whose weapons were used in crimes."

"Without comment, the court dismissed the case and said lower courts should consider a congressional ban on releasing the information."

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The case is United States Department of the Treasury v. City of Chicago, 02-322.
 

Op Ed: Gun Accident Reveals Double Standard
Submitted by: Ohioans for Concealed Carry PAC
Website: http://www.ofccpac.org

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"When politics and behind-the-scenes quid pro quo leads to the positioning of certain law enforcement groups against concealed carry reform, it is often tempting to place the blame on law enforcement itself."

"The simple fact is, a small sliver of society will always be disrespectful of our laws, not withstanding their occupation as police officers, accountants, car salespeople, journalists, etc. And as the following story proves, accidents can happen, even after hundreds of hours of training."
 

UK: Armed robbers steal £3,000 and mobile
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"Police are looking for a pair of gun-toting robbers who stole £3,000 and a mobile phone from two men in Martin Way, Raynes Park."

"The robbers approached the men at around 10.30pm, on Tuesday, February 18, threatened them with the gun, and escaped in a black, T-reg Mercedes 4x4 vehicle."
 

NC: Seven arrested for firing potato into former detective's house
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Authorities say seven people have been charged with firing a potato gun at the house of a former Lenoir County sheriff's detective.

Detectives say they believe the attack Sunday followed a series of pranks against off-duty sheriff's deputies the night before. Six officers reported that people kicked their front doors or made harassing phone calls to their homes.

Sheriff's department leaders say the harassment might have been in retaliation for an alcohol and drug checkpoint deputies set up Friday night outside a party at one suspect's house.
 

Me And My Big Dumb Gun
Submitted by: Anonymous

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"Can you feel the machismo? Can you feel the pulsing manly manhood just throbbing there in your hand, ready to silence a playground full of children or drop a charging elephant at 50 yards or annihilate a few hundred tofu-suckin' liberal jackass pacifist commie tree-huggers, protesting out there in the street? Mmm, phallic."

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Never has so much absurdity and vitriol flowed from a piece of... writing, since the last VPC press release on the 500 Magnum. Email this vapid moron here: mmorford@sfgate.com

 

UK: Bang goes our fun!
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"Clay pigeon shoot organisers in Northamptonshire have reacted angrily to a report calling for tougher regulations after the country sport was branded a noise nuisance." ...

"Bob Spademan, a shooting instructor of Weston, near Sulgrave, said the report was being produced in response to a growing anti-gun movement.
He said: 'I think the whole report is over-the-top and will provide an excuse for people to complain because there are more and more people against the use of guns.' "
 

VA: Henrico lifts handgun restriction
Submitted by: David Adams
Website: http://www.geocities.com/vasportsmen

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"Henrico County's Board of Supervisors last night shot down the county's decades-old ban on permit holders carrying concealed handguns in county parks."
 

WA: UW group gets a lesson in shooting
Submitted by: Paul Raynolds

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"Some college kids go to poetry readings in bohemian coffeehouses. Given a chance, others will shoot guns at a firing range, the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation believes."
 

The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban
Submitted by: Newslinks Admin

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"Weapons manufactured, imported, or configured in such a manner prior to the passage of the 1994 Act were 'grandfathered' as having a 'pre-ban' status. This had a two-pronged effect on the gun market. One was a steady and almost immediate inflation in prices of pre-ban weapons and high capacity magazines, their now limited availability causing an artificial stratification in price structure. Second, was the introduction of various 'post-ban' weapons designed to circumvent the particulars of the law, while providing a similar function or appearance to their pre-ban counterparts, albeit minus the full cosmetic effect or hefty price tag."
 

Canada: Liberals to pour another $170 million into federal gun registry
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"Justice Minister Martin Cauchon was to ask Parliament on Wednesday to approve another $170 million for the federal firearms registry."

"That would bring total spending on the program - which was originally supposed to cost taxpayers just $2 million - to nearly $1 billion." ...
 

UK: Three men injured in separate paramilitary-style attacks
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"In Co Down a man was shot in the lower leg in the Abbot Drive area of Newtownards." ...

"Meanwhile, a man was treated for gun shot wounds to his elbows and ankles after being shot in the Creggan area of Crossmaglen." ...

"Elsewhere, in Belfast a 19-year-old was beaten around the legs and head at a house in the north of the city. Four masked men entered the house in the UDA stronghold of Rathcoole and proceeded to beat the teenager with baseball bats."
 

CO: Gun laws won’t save lives (Letter)
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"The idea that passing more gun laws will save lives is debatable. The type of person who is prepared to take a human life for reasons other than self-defense is certainly not going to be stopped by another law."
 

OH: Hearings begin again on gun bill
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"A bill to issue concealed weapons permits to Ohioans began another round of hearings in the House Tuesday, featuring a quick debate sparked by Democrats."

"Rep. Jim Aslanides, R-Coshocton, repeated his belief to House committee members that the issue is critical to protect the rights and safety of Ohio residents."
 

UK: Minister pledges cash to break link between crack and crime
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"Drugs minister Bob Ainsworth announced the target areas, which include London, Manchester and Bristol, during a visit to a drugs programme centre... Mr. Ainsworth added that his own area of Coventry was among those selected."

"Many of the 37 communities have problems with acquisitive crime, including burglary and muggings, linked to the use of crack." ...

... "Mr. Ainsworth said he hoped that the national crack action plan would help reduce the levels of street and gun crime."
 

NY: Judge allows testimony from gun makers' lawyers
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"A federal court judge granted a request allowing lawyers suing major gun manufacturers to take sworn testimony from the gun makers' lawyers." ...

"The order could result in the removal of those lawyers from the trial scheduled to begin March 24. Pollak granted the request after an industry whistle-blower said the lawyers had met to work against firearms safety proposals."
 

UK: Boy of 5 held hostage
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"A five-year-old boy and a woman were being held hostage today."

"A man had been holding his girlfriend and the child at a house in Huyton since midnight."
 

UK: Schoolgirl shot
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"A 13-year-old girl was shot in the leg as she walked to school today."

"The Wirral teenager suffered a deep wound after being hit by a pellet at around 9.30am."

"It is understood the weapon was an air rifle or pellet gun."

"Three youths, believed to be 15-year-old pupils at the school, were arrested shortly after."
 

Philippines: GMA junks new EO on gun ban
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"President Arroyo Wednesday rejected the issuance of a new executive order to be the basis for the ban on the issuance of permits to carry firearms outside of residence (PTCFOR), as she noted the National Police had put in place specific guidelines that she herself had reviewed before the implementation."

"The President also told reporters ...that Palace lawyers are preparing Malacañang’s justification of the gun ban after the Supreme Court ordered the Palace to explain the ban."
 

CO: Legislature 2003: Gun bill passes Senate, has support of sheriff
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"Sen. Ken Chlouber may finally see a statewide concealed-weapons measure become law after a decade of trying. But opponents of the bill say the law will make it too easy for people to obtain handguns."

"Senate Bill 24, which passed the Senate 23-12 on Tuesday, creates a statewide standard to define how concealed-weapons permits should be issued. The bill’s provisions represent a major shift in how local law enforcement handles permit applications."
 

MD: Police Offer Rewards For Illegal Gun Tips
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"The Howard County Police Department is asking for the public's help in an effort to get illegal guns off the street."

"...anyone who provides a tip that results in the recovery of an illegal gun or the arrest of someone who has one could receive a $250 reward." ...

"According to police, 154 crimes involving firearms were committed in Howard County in 2001."

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This in a single county in a state with some of the most draconian gun laws in the country!
 

WA: Some Richland High students not proud of the cloud
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The school's logo is a mushroom cloud. Its team: the Bombers.

... "A delegation of 35 activists came from Japan to protest the symbol 15 years ago."

"...there's still faithful Bomber alums and community supporters who are proud of the cloud, which has been the school's icon since the 1940s."

"Laura Stephens ...said she's never been comfortable with the logo..."

" 'It's like having a gun for a mascot. It's the same difference. It's a weapon,' she said."
 

UK: Man in hold up at Bottoms Up
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"A man armed with a handgun robbed a South Croydon off-licence on Sunday night. The man entered Bottoms Up on Brighton Road around 8.20pm and pulled the gun on a member of staff after asking to view some wine."

"After ordering everyone into a back office, he made the staff open the safe and made off with the money."
 

MN: Undercover Cop Shot by Fellow Officer
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Minutes after fending off a man who had shot him once, undercover Minneapolis police officer Duy Ngo fell to the ground in pain."

"A bullet that hit his chest had been stopped by his body armor, but the pain stopped him cold. He had already radioed that an officer had been hurt."

"When officer Charles Storlie approached Ngo in a south Minneapolis alley, Storlie mistook him for the suspect and hollered at him. Then Storlie fired his weapon, which sources said was a submachine gun."
 

Feds Criticize Los Alamos Over Lost Guns
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft

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"Los Alamos National Laboratory, already under fire for failing to keep track of computers and other equipment, was criticized by the government Tuesday for not keeping an adequate inventory of firearms it uses in tests."

"The Energy Department report said lab officials could not accurately account for more than 1,600 machine guns, pistols, rifles and other weapons."

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Yet government officials are the only ones who should have guns or fissionable materials, right?
 

ME: Teachers Harassing Soldiers' Children
Submitted by: Doug Charette

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"Thanks to Trent Telenko for pointing this one my way. Apparently, the Maine National Guard Family Assistance Center has received about 30 complaints from children of deployed soldiers concerning harassment by school officials. Most of these kids are between 7 and 9 years old."

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When an adult takes out political frustration and war views on an innocent child whose parents are deployed in a danger zone, it's the height of insensitivity. When the act is being perpetrated by a worthless, ignorant bureaucrat whose salary the parent pays, it's the height of obscenity.
 

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