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"Dominate. Intimidate. Control." - The sorry record of the Transportation Security Administration
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. . . "The attacks of September 11, 2001, changed many things, but they did not make the federal government more competent or effective, and they did not make it more willing to respect the dignity or liberty of its citizens. For proof, one need only examine the TSA’s sorry record." ...

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There is surely some new and infuriating data about TSA in this one, even for people who've followed this miserable excuse of a federal agency closely.
 

Justice Department budget grows "to continue vigorously enforcing federal laws -- particularly drug, gun and civil rights violations"
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"Funding for the Justice Department under the Bush administration budget released on Monday would grow to $19.7 billion in fiscal 2005... a 2 percent increase." ...

"In addition to funds directed at fighting terrorism, Attorney General John Ashcroft said in a statement that the budget 'provides the tools for the department to continue vigorously enforcing federal laws -- particularly drug, gun and civil rights violations -- and to combat corporate fraud and obscenity.' " ...

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This is the same John Ashcroft who sent his Chief of Terrorism at us for trying to get him to enforce the Second Amendment.
 

John Edwards caught with knife at airport
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"Sen. John Edwards had a penknife confiscated as part of a stepped up security search that caused a one-hour delay for the Democratic presidential candidate and others boarding his chartered plane."

"Albuquerque security officials gave extensive screenings to those traveling with the senator, including hand inspections of everyone's luggage and carry-on bags."

" 'We must look dangerous,' joked the North Carolina Democrat, who was forced to go through a metal detector along with other passengers, and to have all his bags X-rayed, before being allowed to board his campaign plane."

"A small knife was confiscated from Edwards' luggage. 'It was a pocket knife,' Edwards said. 'I didn't even know it was there.' He said he was told it would be returned to him later."

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Yes, you are dangerous, Senator. You are dangerous to the rights of law-abiding, freedom-loving citizens of America.

Now you got a little taste of the policies you and your fellow tyrants have been enacting. How does it feel?
 

"Young men with conduct disorders are more likely to carry guns"
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"The likelihood of carrying a concealed gun appears to be linked with conduct disorder (CD) in young men, according to an article in the February issue of The Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals." ...

"... Using weapons is also a symptom of CD, but little is known about how many boys with CD illegally carry concealed guns before the age of 18 and to what extent their gun carrying is associated with violence or crime."

"Rolf Loeber, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues investigated the relationship between carrying a concealed gun and CD in young men, and how gun carrying is associated with crime in adulthood." ...

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This is quite possibly one of the most absurd press releases to ever be published. Millions of people carry concealed guns every day. Are they all afflicted with "conduct disorders?" It is also a fact that many of the young men who commit crimes eat doughnuts and wear sneakers. Will they try to establish a link as well?
 

Gun control reappears as political issue
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"Gun control — a divisive issue that has lain dormant so far in the political campaign — will likely come to the fore as the Senate prepares for a series of contentious votes next month." ...

"The most likely showdown will occur over a bill that would shield gun makers from civil-liability lawsuits stemming from to gun violence. Slated for Senate debate the first week of March, the bill has strong backing and will likely pass by a comfortable, filibuster-proof margin."

"But gun-control advocates hope to capitalize on the measure’s popularity by tacking on controversial amendments, including a provision sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that would require background checks for all gun sales at gun shows." ...
 

WI: Lawmakers Get Eyeful in Concealed Carry Debate
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"The Assembly scheduled a vote Tuesday on the governor's veto of the concealed weapons bill. A last-ditch effort is mounting to keep concealed weapons out of peoples' pockets."

"Late Monday afternoon, members of 20 organizations announced they plan to rally Tuesday at the Capitol against concealed weapons. The noon gathering is expected to include law enforcement and victims of gun violence."

"If the Assembly has enough votes, people could request permits to carry concealed weapons. Last month the Senate overrode Governor Doyle's veto, but last week the Assembly postponed its vote. Democrats charged the Assembly Speaker delayed the vote because he didn't have enough votes to guarantee an override." ...
 

South Africa: Family bury slain policeman
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"The police officer who died from a gunshot wound after pleading in vain for bystanders to take him to hospital was buried in Soshanguve at the weekend."

"Deputy Area Commissioner Elias Mawela condemned the act of those who killed Kekana."

" 'The communities who play ignorant when it comes to crime and illegal possessions of guns and look the other way instead of acting are aggravating the problem,' he said."

"If you know of someone in possession of an illegal firearm do not be afraid to report them."

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So the cops are unable to protect themselves, are the agents of a government that's trying to disarm the people and render them defenseless against armed thugs, but want people to consider them their friends?
 

UK: Father blames son (his accomplice) for murder with firearm
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"A father blamed his son for plotting a raid on a tobacco warehouse which ended in murder, a Luxembourg court has heard."

"The plot was hatched as Keith Birkinshaw, 50, and 29-year old son Edward, drove to Luxembourg with Glenn Dawson, 26, on one of their regular visits to buy thousands of cut-price cigarettes to smuggle back into the UK, the court was told."

"Instead of buying the goods as usual, Edward Birkinshaw wanted to steal cigarettes and money, according to his father."

"And when the three arrived at La Tabatheque, in Esch, Edward Birkinshaw pulled a gun inside the warehouse, shooting and seriously wounding the warehouse owner, Francis Lemal." ...
 

NM: 84 people licensed to carry concealed handguns in N.M.
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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The state Department of Public Safety says 84 people are now licensed to carry concealed handguns in New Mexico.

An agency spokesman, Peter Olson, says hundreds of people have completed a mandated course and have filed the paperwork to obtain the licenses.

The state Supreme Court ruled last month that the law allowing the licenses would stand.

The law allows New Mexicans age 25 and over to get two-year licenses after completing firearms training courses and passing criminal background checks.
 

Ireland: Limerick man jailed for arms offences
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A County Limerick man has been jailed for nine years for firearms and explosives offences.

Michael Scanlon, 26, from St Mary's Terrace in Askeaton faced four charges in relation to a garda raid on a house at Lockmore, Mungret on 3 June 2003.

Last month he pleaded guilty to having an under car booby trap bomb, a sterling sub machine gun and a quantity of ammunition and explosives at the house on the day of the raid.
 

Kenya: Society of Crime And Guns in Wrong Hands
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"The high incidence of violent crimes is a real nightmare for Nairobi residents. Carjackers, armed robbers and muggers lurk everywhere - on the roads, in the city centre and in the residential estates. The other day, a friend was accosted right at his gate, forced into the boot of his car and driven off into the night. He was robbed of cash, his wedding ring and other belongings and dumped by the roadside. The car was later found but, of course, without his tool kit and jack and some of his treasured music cassettes. Luckily enough, he didn't resist and was not hurt."

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And the government wants its citizens disarmed in the face of these thugs, because apparently the "wrong hands" are the hands of anyone but the state and its agents.
 

There is a Duty to Monitor
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New poster from our allies.
 

NY: Escapades of a serial rapist/robber in anti-self-defense NYC
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Here is what has been happening where self-defense on the streets is banned:

... "In one case, an 18-year-old college student returning to her apartment building at about 4:30 a.m. was followed by the suspect, who told her he had a gun and demanded money, police said."

"The suspect walked with the woman to a nearby bodega, forced her to withdraw $100 from an automated teller machine and then took her back to her building, where he sodomized her in the lobby, police said." ...
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The suspect is in custody. He's been arrested 26 times in the past. He is suspected of many recent sexual assaults. And in NYC, potential unarmed victims are everywhere in wide variety -- because carrying a firearm for self-defense is a felony.
 

VA: "Lawmakers seek to close loophole in gun sales"
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RICHMOND — "State lawmakers have introduced a bill tightening regulations on weapons sales at gun shows and are scheduled to debate a proposal that forbids people with concealed-weapons permits from bringing their guns into restaurants that serve alcohol."

"The Senate Finance Committee this week will debate the bill that requires buyers at gun shows to pass a criminal background check. Virginia law now requires background checks only for people who buy guns from licensed dealers and from stores." ...

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The "gun show loophole" is that people have to jump through hoops to exercise basic constitutional rights. THAT is the loophole.

Once again - for the uninformed - less than two percent of criminals obtain guns at gun shows. If there was a "loophole," one would think many of them would flock to that gun show for some easy armaments.
 

Brady Campaign: Good News From the States
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"NRAleaders.com - Exposing Extremists In the Gun Lobby: The Brady Campaign united with the Million Mom March has launched a new website, NRAleaders.com which details the extreme, and racist, attitudes of the NRA's leadership. This is part of a continuing campaign to expose the NRA. After reviewing the NRAleaders.com website, New York City Mayor Bloomberg's spokesperson called the NRA leaders 'reprehensible' and the New York City Council moved to urge the Republican Party to prohibit the NRA from participating in the Republican National Convention in New York this fall. For more information visit: www.NRAleaders.com"

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These people are expanding and strengthening Jim Crow laws and they call us racists and extremists?

Meanwhile, the man who has directed his police force to generate revenue by fining New York's citizens for such grievous crimes as sitting on a milk crate, having an ashtray in their place of business and having the wrong sized sign on their awning in a city that prosecutes fathers for defending their families with firearms and old men for trying to fend off robbers with a gun is calling the NRA "reprehensible."

Pot. Kettle. Black,
 

Democratic candidates back off gun control
Submitted by: Bruce W. Krafft
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"Four years after adopting a platform demanding a government crackdown on guns, Democratic presidential candidates this year are back peddling from a decade of party support for federal regulation of firearms."

"John Kerry, frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, repeatedly notes in his speeches that he is a hunter, and Wesley Clark says that he has '20-some odd guns in the house.' Howard Dean suggests gun laws should be left to states to decide, and Joseph Lieberman has repudiated a 2000 campaign pledge by his running mate Al Gore to license anyone buying a gun."

"These views represent a shift in views in the Democratic Party, which over the last decade has pushed tough gun control proposals in Congress."

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These views represent politicians trying to kiss up to the uninformed by attempting to appear a bit more moderate. Being a gun owner doesn't make Kerry Constitutionally literate.
 

Bahamas: Man shot in 'cold blood' by police impersonators
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"A 38-year-old Haitian man was murdered in his sister's home Sunday morning after three men claiming to be police officers entered the residence."

"Andrew Dareus had just 'pitched up from sleep', when he was shot in 'cold blood' in the face by one of the men who had been terrorising his family since 3:00 a.m."

"According to head of the Central Detective Unit Chief Supt. Marvin Dames, Mr. Dareus was asleep in a room at his sister's house, located off Claridge Road at the rear of JBR, when there was an incessant knocking at the door."

"When his 44-year old brother-in-law went to answer the door, there was a man holding a flashlight, who identified himself as a police officer, he said."

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In the "gun-free" Bahamas?
 

South Africa: Two elderly farming couples attacked
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"Two elderly farming couples were attacked and robbed in the northern Free State."

"Thakeng said two balaclava-wearing men robbed Theodorus Kleynhans and his wife Martha, on their farm outside Hennenman, near Welkom."

"Mrs Kleynhans was accosted by the men when she went to investigate why her dogs were barking." KABA Note: Go armed when you investigate

"A second couple were attacked by three men at their farm in Koppies, near Welkom."

"The attackers tied the couple up outside the house and forced Mr Groenewald to take them into the house, where they took R3 000 and a firearm."

"Groenewald was assaulted before the men fled, his wife was also hurt."

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And the South African government is busy disarming its citizens against these thugs.
 

New Zealand: Boy, 8, opens fire on school
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"An eight-year-old New Zealand boy shot at his school with a .22-calibre rifle yesterday morning, hitting the staff room, the school office and breaking several windows."

"The boy, who had to reload between shots, fired seven bullets from a distance of about 120m at Ocean View school and a nearby house, then packed up the rifle, put it away and walked from his house down the street to the school."

"Shane Fogarty, of Dunedin police, said the boy's mother had no idea what had happened until the police came knocking at her door."

" 'The young lad had actually been shown how to use the rifle when the family was on holiday,' Sergeant Fogarty said. 'They showed him the proper procedures and safety.' "
 

Australia: Favour for a friend that cost Mark his life
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"Mr Nicholls was gunned down outside a southwestern Sydney smash repairs shop on Sunday."

"Police are examining whether the former security guard was the intended target or just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

"Mr Nicholls was killed just metres from where his friend, a key witness for police in a high-profile case against an alleged organised crime family, was working."

"He had been asked to help out moving some vehicles from the Condell Park premises which were set to be leased out."

"Moments after he arrived, a group of men approached, one firing a heavy-calibre semi-automatic firearm five times into Mr Nicholls' head and body before fleeing in what was believed to be a silver Holden V8 Commodore sedan."
 

Canada: Gun registry rests on free vote: 'Financial malnutrition' could kill beleaguered program, MP contends
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"The final battle over the $1-billion federal gun registry is set to be waged during the next two months, with a senior Liberal MP telling constituents he believes the controversial program may die of 'financial malnutrition' after a free vote in the Commons."

"Sarnia, Ont., MP Roger Gallaway, designated by Prime Minister Paul Martin as the parliamentary secretary for democratic reform, says he expects the government to allow a free vote when a request for more funding is presented to parliament during government estimates in March."

"MP Breitkreuz, who has relentlessly attacked the program over the decade since it was launched says he expects nearly 50 Liberal MPs will side with opposition Conservative MPs to refuse the funding."
 

OH: Gun prohibitionists seek traction in Akron businesses
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"Restaurant owner Ed Davidian said when it comes to his Country Diners, guns will be joining cigars and pipes on the list of unwelcome items."

" 'We're a family type of restaurant. I don't see where a gun is necessary in our businesses. I just don't see that,' Davidian said."

"And Summit County Executive James McCarthy said he wants there to be no doubt in anyone's mind: Leave your guns at home if you're heading for a county building."

"McCarthy signed an executive order last week prohibiting guns in all county buildings and vehicles and on county property."

"Davidian and McCarthy are responding to a new law that makes carrying a concealed weapon in Ohio legal."
 

New Zealand: Boy's poor gun safety training means "all guns [need] to be registered."
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"A shooting spree by an eight-year-old boy from his Otago home is a chilling reminder about the need for tougher gun laws, the Coalition for Gun Control said today."

"The boy, who was aiming his father's .22 rifle at a magpie, yesterday fired two shots into his neighbour's house and four shots into nearby Ocean View School."

"The shooting ...happened ...when the boy's father was at work and his mother thought he was already at school."

"Coalition for Gun Control spokeswoman Marion Hancock said the incident highlighted the need for more stringent laws, including requiring all guns to be registered." ...

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Because, of course, if the firearm had been registered, those misplaced rounds would never have gone so far. Right?
 

MD: State Lawmakers Consider Banning Replica, BB Guns
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- "A bill taking aim at toy guns is picking up steam among some Maryland lawmakers. The legislation would ban the sale of toy guns that look like the real thing and the sale of pellet and BB guns would also be outlawed, WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins reported."

"Baltimore City Delegate Curt Anderson, D-District 43, is co-sponsoring legislation ( House Bill 45) that leaves nothing to chance. The bill would impose a statewide ban on the sale toy guns that resemble real firearms. The prohibition would include BB and pellet guns and, in effect, take toys out of the hands of children, Collins said." ...

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See the above news item for a link to the bill.
 

UK: Hunt for Restaurant Armed Robbers Who Used Knife and Handgun
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"Police are hunting two robbers who walked into a leading Italian restaurant and threatened customers with a knife and a handgun."

"The men entered Rosmarino, in Blenheim Terrace, St John’s Wood, north-west London and demanded that money, mobile phones and personal belongings be put on the tables."

"One male member of staff and a customer even had the gun pointed at their heads during the robbery at just after 10pm on Sunday, Scotland Yard said."

"Seven people were robbed, before the two men took the property and fled. No one was injured." ...

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No one was injured? Hello? Robbed at gunpoint, guns pointed at their heads. Earth Calling London, Come in London! Idiots on Common Law, obviously.
 

Ridge Unaware of TSA's Threatening Email to Armed Pilots
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"The Transportation Security Administration's recent email to participants in the armed pilots program, threatening them with dismissal and fines if they disclosed classified information about the program to members of Congress, was apparently sent without the knowledge or approval of the cabinet secretary who supervises TSA."

"Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge last week said he did not know about the email, which one congressman called 'the final straw' in TSA's handling of the armed pilots, or Federal Flight Deck Officer, program. The program was a key component of the anti-terrorism legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."

"On Thursday, following TSA's retraction of the emailed threat, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson said he was "hopeful" about the agency's attitude." ...

" '[TSA's retraction is] completely lacking in sincerity,' Sproc continued. 'Their actions speak louder than words. They've had the better part of a year to institute a program that would attract tens of thousands of pilots but, in reality, they only have about one thousand trained.' "
 

UK: Shock as weapons delivered to home
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"A SELF-defence enthusiast spoke of his shock last night when a parcel was delivered to his door containing three potentially lethal weapons."

"Now David Roberts plans to hand the pepper spray, baton and knuckleduster over to police."

"They warned it would be an offence to carry them."

"What amazed Mr Roberts was that he had not ordered the items."

"Instead, he had merely asked for a newsletter from the American company which supplied them."

"Mr Roberts, 26, from Rossett, near Wrexham, found an American website specialising in self-defence equipment and e-mailed them."

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This supposed "self-defense" expert turns in to a panty wetter at the mere sight of these "potentially lethal" weapons. Is he aware that his hands, feet, car and the knives in this kitchen fall into that category as well?
 

OH: The Truth about Concealed Carry and Business
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"After failing to scare business lobbyists into the fight in 2003, and after loosing in the legislative arena just weeks ago, gun ban lobbyists' are now hoping to convince business owners to discriminate against employees and customers who choose to obtain a concealed handgun license (CHL) for self-protection, as witnessed in the Jan. 26 letter to Crain's Cleveland Business magazine from 'Million' Mom March president Lori O'Neill."

"O'Neill states that with passage of HB12, 'Ohio employers have an additional burden to deal with' - 'armed employees and customers entering their work zones.' But as families of victims of two recent Ohio public shootings at Case Western Reserve University and Watkins Motor Lines trucking company are painfully aware, there is no new burden at issue. With or without this law, there will always be instances of persons bringing firearms into public places. Sadly, in our state's past, the persons who did so nearly always meant to do others harm, and cared nothing for signs, company policies, or legal prohibitions."
 

Philippines: Four security guards mistaken for robbers, nabbed by Quezon City cops
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"Four men, who turned out to be licensed security guards, were arrested by the police on Monday in Quezon City."

"However, the police released the guards as the operation turned out to be a case of mistaken identity: those arrested who were mistaken to be bank robbers were, in fact, licensed security guards of the Kadre Security Agency."

"Worse, two of those arrested happened to be confidential agents of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines."

"Apparently embarrassed by the fizzled operation, the National Capital Region Police Office charged the guards with violation of the Omnibus Election law for carrying guns without a permit from the Commission on Elections."
 

MN: Repeal Conceal rally at MN Capitol on opening day of Legislative session
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Citizens for a Safer Minnesota (no, not real safety, but feel safety) Organized a "Repeal Conceal" rally at the Capitol Building today. Here is how one of the local channels covered it.

Click on the link, the KSTP window will open, then click on the "Watch video" link.

Some thoughts: Isn't it truly ironic how KSTP's coverage omitted entirely any snippet of CSM's presentation? Nearly the only coverage their rally got involved the guy that opposed their argument. His characterization of their campaign as "the sky isn't falling" dominated the coverage.]
 

The Occupied Zone
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"...Americans in droves are willing to give up their freedom for the false promise of safety. Assaults on our liberties are right out in the open and before our very eyes yet we spinelessly acquiesce without protest. After all, we want to be safe - at ANY cost!"

"Some believe our nation has gone crazy in its defensive overkill. We are all extremely aware of terrorism since 9-11 so color alerts serve only to create mass hysteria or cloud sensible judgment - or worse - desensitized us. Each time the alert is heightened, nothing happens so we ignore it the next time. Sort of like the child who cried wolf."
 

Ireland: SF seeks gun ban in Northern Ireland
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"Sinn Féin has called for stronger gun controls in the North in an effort to deal with legally and illegally-held weapons."

"The call is contained in the party’s agenda for the upcoming review of the Good Friday Agreement, which is due to begin on February 3."

"The document calls for the introduction of 'Dunblane-style' gun controls in the North, where there are an estimated 40,000 legally held handguns."

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Oh, boy! The miserable failure that is British the gun control experiment just wasn't enough of a lesson?
 

IL: Shoot-first culture stalks streets of murder capital: Poverty, value system erosion spark persistent gang violence
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"The new year was about 43 hours old when Joseph Budakovic turned his mother's Ford Escort north onto Avers Avenue in Logan Square, following a street lined with well-kept two-flats still draped in garland and strands of Christmas lights."

"He double-parked outside a friend's house and waited, seemingly secure on a block just south of bustling Fullerton Avenue, a block that would blend in seamlessly in any working-class Chicago neighborhood."

"Shortly after 7 p.m., two bullets shattered the car's rear driver's side window, pierced the seat cushion and hit the 23-year-old Budakovic in the lower back. The factory worker's head slumped on the steering wheel and the assailant vanished into the night."

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In the snuggly gun control utopia of Chicago?
 

Australia: Police hunt for gunman who shot man in leg
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Police are searching for a gunman who shot another man in the leg with a pistol outside a hotel in Liverpool in Sydney's south-west last night.

The victim, aged in his 30s, was confronted by another man armed with a handgun in Terminus Street about 7.30pm (AEDT).

He was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a stable condition, while police launched a search for the gunman.

He was described as being of Middle Eastern appearance, 175 centimetres tall with a shaved head.
 

NY: Cop shoot victim seeks $600M
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"A Staten Island man who was paralyzed after being shot by a cop in a 1998 foot chase is suing the city for $600 million."

"Thomas Nimely was armed with a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol when he was shot by Officer John Muirhead, who was searching for a triggerman wanted in an unrelated shooting."

"Muirhead, who is accused in the suit of using excessive force, maintains Nimely was holding the weapon and has testified that he believed he shot Nimely in the chest as the suspect whirled toward him."

"The cop, who was never charged with a crime or disciplined for the shooting, has since been promoted to sergeant."

"Medical evidence offers conclusive proof the bullet entered through Nimely's back, Kelton said."
 

South Africa: Seven held for weekend Johannesburg robberies
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"Seven people were arrested after two separate robberies in Johannesburg, police reported on Sunday."

"Police spokesperson Superintendent Chris Wilken said three men were arrested around 5am on Sunday after a man and his wife were attacked in their Regent's Park home in southern Johannesburg."

"The men were arrested by neighbours who came to assist the couple, after a fire alarm was sounded when a storeroom at their home caught alight."

"In the second incident four men were arrested and three guns seized after an armed robbery at [a] shopping centre on Saturday, Wilken said."

"The robbery also left two bystanders injured and three damaged vehicles."

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Why does the government want law-abiding citizens disarmed?
 

WI: Woman who depended on "paper protection" found savagely beaten but alive in storage locker
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"The Racine County woman believed abducted along with her two daughters Saturday was found Sunday stuffed in a plastic garbage can - severely beaten but alive - inside a storage room rented by her ex-husband in Wheeling, Ill., authorities said."

"When she was found, just before 1 p.m. Sunday, the partially clothed woman uttered, 'I'm Teri from Racine,' Racine County Sheriff Robert Carlson said. Jendusa-Nicolai was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., where she was in serious but stable condition Sunday night."

"Larsen was supposed to appear in a Racine County court today for a hearing about a restraining order that Jendusa-Nicolai had filed against him Jan. 22."
 

DC: Teen Shot and Killed at High School
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"James Richardson, 17, a student at Ballou High School, died after being shot several times in the chest." ...

" 'It's a sad, tragic, terrible day for our city,' said Mayor Anthony A. Williams, who pledged his support for efforts to improve school security. He also called on parents and students to help."

"D.C Council member Kevin Chavous called for immediate measures to improve security, including security guards and metal detectors at every exit."

" 'We are going to have to put some extreme resources in here to do whatever is necessary to protect our kids,' he said."

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Here's an extreme measure for you - how 'bout arming some of the teachers or staff? But no, extreme measures to these tyrants is turning the school into a prison camp.
 

Australia: Gun owners facing "safety audit"
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"POLICE will target gun owners in a series of surprise weapon safety audits across the Oxley Local Area Command and the State in coming weeks."

"The audit is aimed at preventing theft and injury caused by the unsafe storage of firearms, such as under a bed or in a cupboard, an unfortunate circumstance of improper firearm storage that police often have to deal with."

"Police have detailed files of thousands of licence holders and have already begun random visits in the Tamworth area. The audit will extend the throughout the command area."

"Inspector Rogers said it was a condition of the licence for gun owners to allow police onto their premises for safety inspections."

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Isn't it nice that the government is taking such good care of its subjects for the common good?
 

IL: Gun Crimes News Conference Interrupted By Black Activists
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"State, federal and local law enforcement officials wanted to discuss programs that have reduced crime in Chicago -- the city's murder rate has dropped to its lowest level in 36 years -- but their news conference was disrupted by a group of activists who wanted to talk about police shootings." ...

"Chicago police Superintendent Phil Cline and the head of ATF, Larry Ford, joined in the praise of the program." ...

"But the news conference was disrupted by a group of black activists demanding the police and prosecutors talk about recent police shootings. They demanded a meeting with Fitzgerald and were promised they would get it." ...
 

Protecting and Defending your State and Federal Constitutions
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"There are more ways to defend your country than donning fatigues and being willing to die to protect the oil interests of the rich and powerful. Armed with determination, your computer, a fax/copier, a phone, and the Internet, you can be a defender of liberty, and bequeath to your children and all your descendants the same freedom you were privileged to inherit. Read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence to your children for their bedtime stories."
 

PA: Lawsuit Against Reckless Gun Dealer Gets Green Light for Trial
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This is from the socialist gun banners at the Brady Bunch, so, as with anything from them, take it with a grain of salt:

. . . "Tennille Jefferson's suit, stemming from the shooting death of her seven-year-old son Nafis in South Philadelphia on April 19, 1999, alleges that Sauers Trading of Williamsport, Pennsylvania repeatedly sold guns to a drug-addicted gun trafficker that quickly made their way to the streets of Philadelphia. The January 29 ruling by Philadelphia Judge Nitza Quiñones Alejandro rejected Sauers' motion for summary judgment and clears the case for trial on April 5th." ...
 

FL: UF student attacked on campus
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"University of Florida Police say a female student was attacked at her residence hall early Saturday morning, and because of some gutsy self defense, she isn't hurt."

"The unidentified student came home around 3:15 am Saturday when she heard a knock on the outside door of the Thomas Hall dormitory. She thought she recognized the man standing outside, and even though she realized she didn't know him once she opened the door, she let him in anyway, thinking he was visiting a friend. When she started up the stairs, he grabbed her by the throat." . . .

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"Do not carry a gun or other deadly weapon. Possession of deadly weapons is prohibited by university policy and is never recommended as a preventative strategy."
 

Anybody Seen America?
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"...They don’t understand. I didn’t leave the United States. It left me. It was a bait-and-switch operation. I signed on to one country, and they slipped another in under me. I want my money back."

"In the country where I grew up, if you found a naked intruder in your daughter’s bedroom with a Bowie knife and a hard-on, you shot him and arranged to have the rugs cleaned. The sheriff wasn’t greatly interested and the country prosecutor didn’t see anything to prosecute. The scum floating on the gene pool wasn’t a protected species. It wasn’t the driving engine of the culture. It was just scum."

"Today you would be charged with the use of excessive force. The cadaver’s family would sue. They would end up with your house unless they just ran you broke with legal bills. The outcome would depend on the racial make-up of you, the intruder, and the jury. Your daughter would be married with grandchildren before the courts reached any conclusion."
 

Girl's Slaying Opens Window On Intimidation
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"Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has introduced federal legislation that would provide state and local law enforcement agencies in high-crime areas $90 million a year to provide temporary or long-term protection. The bill follows a witness killing in Brooklyn last summer."

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Schumer's answer to violence? Give government agents more money to jack up the citizenry under the guise of protection. "We'll protect you, so you don't have any need or right to self defense"
 

OK: Oklahoma U Crushes A Prof's Free Speech
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"My troubles began in March of 2000 when I published a 'letter to the editor' in the campus newspaper that some people found offensive. Responding to a female columnist who claimed that possession of a firearm made every gun owner a potential murderer, I pointed out by way of analogy that her possession of an unregistered sexual organ made her a potential prostitute. For writing this letter, twenty-five charges of sexual harassment were filed against me by people I had never met. My attitudes, convictions, and beliefs were put on trial in a secret Star Chamber proceeding. After I admitted (gasp) that I was a member of the National Rifle Association, I was asked this question: do you think the Nazis were bad people?"
 

NY: Pistol permit parameters
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With the passage of a handgun carry licensing law in Ohio on Jan. 8, that state joins 36 others with standardized "carry" laws on the books.

"New York in one of those 13 states that does not have a general carry-law provision," said State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Depew. Volker noted that standardized, statewide licensing laws do not exist because of the Sullivan Law amended in the 1940s in New York State. That law imposed restrictions on carrying handguns and extended the right of pistol permit issuance to county officials, rather than impose a general law with statewide standards.

Thomas H. King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, says varying standards of handgun registration cause "law-abiding citizens to take their chances with the law (when possessing handguns)."

For more details, see the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Web site, www.nysppa.org.
 

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